Dash around the world on the Grand Celebration


By: Jeff Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Way back in 1986 I was a guest on the inaugural sailing of the Carnival Celebration.  After a wonderful life as a Carnival ship, the ship has been refurbished and is sailing from the Port of Palm Beach on two night cruises to Grand Bahama Island.  It is a great option for those that do not want to run down to Miami for a short cruise.  It is the ideal ship to get started in cruising. Another option is the cruise and stay option, which allows you to stay for two, four, or six nights at a hotel Gn grand Bahama, essentially using the ship as a ferry.
The ship, which holds 1,800 passengers has 9 public decks and has 751 passenger cabins.  Four dining venues are available including a buffet that is open late, a main sit-down restaurant, a poolside grill and a specialty that charges a supplement.
There is also a main theater that seats 850 passengers, a casino, eight bars and lounges, and a nightclub/disco. There are age-appropriate kids clubs, an arcade and game room, and a splash pool.  The ship has two additional pools, three jacuzzis, a spa, a salon with a sauna, a steam-room and a fitness area.
With the Grand Celebration, old-time cruising is back.  They have set-seating dining, steel drum bands, and a midnight buffet.  That means passengers have to do without ice skating rinks, zip-lines, high diving acts and rock-climbing walls.  The Grand Celebration gives passengers a sense of what ocean cruising is all about. Live nightly entertainment, several pools and hot tubs, a casino and children’s clubs are enough to keep passengers entertained for two nights.
It seems everyone is on-board to have a good time, even the crew, who seem more at ease than on other ships.  Legends Theater impresses not only with its 850 seat capacity, but also the size of its stage.. The signature production shows change every eight weeks, but include performances of popular American hits with plenty of costume changes, plus variety acts that might feature contortionists, acrobats, comedians or magicians.  In addition to live musical performances and headliner shows, the theater is used for comedy shows, movies and orientation.
The Par a Dice Casino has more than 75 slot machines, 4 black jack tables,a craps table, roulette, and three poker tables. The bars and lounges are scattered on the upper decks.  The Indulgence Spa on Deck 9 has an expansive spa menu with options ranging from mud and cellulite wraps to aromatherapy and hot stone treatments. The salon offers wash and cuts, hair-coloring, island hair braiding and makeovers.  Tucked away in the back of the Spa is a Fitness area with treadmills, bikes and weight machines.
Interior Cabins are 172 square feet, while ocean-view cabins are 181 square feet. They also have 18 handicap-accessible cabins. There are also 18 suites. They have a kids program and a teen zone.  They have Shore Excursion desk which arranges various activities to do on shore including swim with the dolphins, a day on the beach, a day of golf, a day of shopping or a day of sightseeing.
It’s a fun Ship, perfect for a quick getaway with the family or with friends celebrating a special occasion.
Dash Travel is located on 504 E. Atlantic Ave. For more information, call Dash Travel 561-498-8439.