#MargaritavilleAtSea, offers an enticing option for budget-conscious travelers, with its two-night cruises aboard a floating paradise for a quick jaunt to The Bahamas.
The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise itinerary spans three days and two nights, navigating from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The cruise promises a laid-back, entertainment-filled experience where guests can bask in the sun and indulge in casual-luxe comfort.
Fresh from my inaugural cruise with Margaritaville At Sea on the Paradise, I am eager to share my insights. As with any review, it’s essential to acknowledge that individual vacation preferences vary.
Margaritaville At Sea currently offers a single itinerary—a 2-night sailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, with a stop at Grand Bahama Island. The embarkation process was seamlessly executed, and guests, like myself, found the boarding requirements straightforward. For this journey, we flew in from Orlando, Florida the night before, opting for a car-ride to the Port of Palm Beach.
Upon boarding on Deck 5, guests are greeted with a charming flower lei necklace, a delightful touch that sets the tone for the cruise. The iconic larger-than-life flip flop, a symbol of Margaritaville At Sea, became a popular photo spot for many cruisers throughout the journey.
The ship’s layout was easy to navigate, and staterooms were accessible by 2:00 pm. The mandatory muster drill, announced at 3:00 pm on embarkation day, was conducted efficiently, emphasizing the crew’s commitment to passenger safety.
Entertainment options abound on the ship. The Sail Away party on the first day, starting around 4:30 pm, marked the beginning of the cruise’s journey from West Palm Beach. The main pool deck transformed into a lively dance floor, with guests enthusiastically participating in guided dances led by the Cruise Director and crew members.
Margaritaville At Sea Paradise boasts five dining locations, including the buffet (Port of Indecision) and the main dining room (‘Fins’), along with three specialty dining venues. ‘Fins’ offered a diverse menu, allowing guests to choose a starter, soup or salad, main entree, and dessert. The buffet provided an adequate selection for breakfast and lunch, with complimentary coffee, tea, and juice available.
The ship’s ‘day in the Bahamas’ took us to Grand Bahama Island, specifically the Freeport Cruise Port. Guests had ample time for exploration, with the ship docking at 7:00 am and setting sail for Florida at 4:00 pm. However, it’s advisable for prospective guests to research Freeport’s attractions and plan excursions in advance.
Margaritaville At Sea Paradise features two pool areas on Deck 11—the main pool and an adults-only pool. The abundance of lounge spaces throughout the ship ensures that guests always find a comfortable spot. The pool deck, where Sail Away parties unfold, is a highlight of the cruise.
The night before disembarkation, an itemized list of expenses and detailed instructions for disembarkation were delivered to staterooms. Margaritaville At Sea excels in providing clear printed schedules, available next to guest services, detailing the opening and closing times of various ship spaces and activities.
Disembarkation commenced promptly at 7:30 am on the third day, emphasizing a smooth departure process.
Margaritaville At Sea Paradise embodies a sunny and carefree ambience, making it an attractive option for a quick and affordable getaway from South Florida. While it does cater to children and teens, the ship’s charm and appeal shine, particularly for young adults and couples seeking a vibrant and social cruise experience!