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P. 131: "Margaritaville at Sea" cruise line announced

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On 12/21/2020 at 4:09 AM, bethyyy said:

Is this thread still open? Was hoping to get in touch with some of my fellow cruise enthusiasts

We are huge cruise enthusiast! Looking forward to things returning to "normal" so we can get back to sailing!

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I really like this idea. My wife and I have always wanted to try a cruise mainly to relax and for the food. Feels almost like a starter pack for people who aren't too sure about the cost of doing a cruise would be a great cheap alternative for us to do a very short 2 days before deciding if we really want to experience one of the longer packages once corona is over.

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On 6/21/2021 at 5:11 PM, SharkTums said:

We posted a video about this when it was announced that includes a full pot and off ride of the actual coaster this is based on from Skyline Park.

 

 

Carnival is charging $15 for one time around the track, which takes 15 to 20 seconds. That's way overpriced.

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My wife and I are also thinking of going on a cruise as soon as the pandemic situation settles down. It seems to me that a two-day trip is quite a tempting offer to try and understand if we need it. We have already tried to go out on our own for a couple of hours in the ocean by taking a boat from boat rentals miami. My wife really liked this vacation. But I had to manage the yacht and I could not fully enjoy my vacation. Therefore, I think a cruise would be a great way for us to spend our holidays.

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3 hours ago, hawkismoll said:

My wife and I are also thinking of going on a cruise as soon as the pandemic situation settles down. It seems to me that a two-day trip is quite a tempting offer to try and understand if we need it.

honestly?   a 2 day isn't gonna be enough (and I didn't even know those are offered).

you'll want at least a 3 day / 2 night  - or is that what you meant - so you can experience the evening entertainment, the meal options, etc.

 

honestly, I'd go for a 5 day, so you get at least 1 "formal" night, so you can experience that. . . oh, and I would NOT do "Carnival" (ever personally, but certainly not for your 1st ever cruise).
Do something nice, so you can actually experience a nice ship, with a somewhat classier crowd than one would get on Carnival.

Don't get me wrong.. the TPR Klassy Cruise on Carnival looked like it was awesome - but they enjoyed the WTF of it as a group.    For your 1st ever?   yeah. . go for Royal Caribbean, Princess, or maybe even something more upscale like Celebrity or Disney.

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1 hour ago, bert425 said:

honestly?   a 2 day isn't gonna be enough (and I didn't even know those are offered).

you'll want at least a 3 day / 2 night  - or is that what you meant - so you can experience the evening entertainment, the meal options, etc.

 

honestly, I'd go for a 5 day, so you get at least 1 "formal" night, so you can experience that. . . oh, and I would NOT do "Carnival" (ever personally, but certainly not for your 1st ever cruise).
Do something nice, so you can actually experience a nice ship, with a somewhat classier crowd than one would get on Carnival.

Don't get me wrong.. the TPR Klassy Cruise on Carnival looked like it was awesome - but they enjoyed the WTF of it as a group.    For your 1st ever?   yeah. . go for Royal Caribbean, Princess, or maybe even something more upscale like Celebrity or Disney.

I second all of this!! 2 days is definitely not enough for a first cruise. Shoot, we don't think anything shorter than 7 nights is even worth it. 

 

I also second RCL. Book one of their Oasis class ships as your first cruise. You will LOVE it, and be addicted to it! 

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As others have said I would NEVER do a 2 night cruise. I don't even like 3 night ones!  I would recommend a 4 night for your first cruise for a couple of reasons. 1 - 4 night cruises are typically a less crazy crowd. 2 - 4 nights are often cheaper than 3 nights because they're during the week. 3 - You need 4 nights to really get the feel for a cruise. 

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^It depends on the ship and homeport, but usually the longer the voyage the better on Carnival.  If you've never cruised before Carnival can be a good 'starter' company and then you can see what some of the others offer.  If you hate it, don't blame cruising, try another line first!

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28 minutes ago, mikeykaise said:

My gf and I are looking at a Carnival cruise for 5 days to Mexico, should I be wary of Carnival or is it pretty decent? This will be my first ever cruise.

I used to work for Carnival.  Book with Royal Caribbean.

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I'm just going into the Carnival trip next year as being at Walmart for 5 days and an open mind. I'm more excited about actually getting a passport and traveling out of country going to Mahogany Bay and Cozumel and then back to Tampa. It'll be all sorts of interesting.

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19 minutes ago, mikeykaise said:

I'm just going into the Carnival trip next year as being at Walmart for 5 days and an open mind. I'm more excited about actually getting a passport and traveling out of country going to Mahogany Bay and Cozumel and then back to Tampa. It'll be all sorts of interesting.

The 5-7 day Carnival cruises are actually pretty fun.  You are usually on the better boats and it's mostly families.  It's the 3-4 day booze cruises on Carnival that you want to avoid.

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Woo hoo! Just booked a 2023 cruise on the Mardi Gras, so can try the new coaster. Got a deal for $210 a person (one more going), $200 on board credit and free drinks at casino. I’ve read the new ship is just as nice as mco or royal Caribbean.

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Last month it was announced that Margaritaville would be launching a new cruise line Margaritaville at Sea, starting with their first ship, the Margaritaville Paradise. This ship will offer two and three night starting on April 30th with sailings out of the Port of Palm Beach Florida. The ship is being refitted after previously serving as Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica. 

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https://blog.margaritaville.com/2021/12/margaritaville-sets-sail-with-margaritaville-at-sea/

Today, Margaritaville announces Margaritaville at Sea, an offshore resort experience. The first cruise ship, Margaritaville Paradise, will offer the fun, escapism, and state of mind synonymous with the global lifestyle brand.

“To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean. Now you can follow in our wake,” said singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett.

Departing on her first passenger sailing on April 30 from the Port of Palm Beach Florida to Grand Bahama Island, Margaritaville Paradise will include 10 passenger decks and 658 cabins in various stateroom categories. Following a multi-million investment and refurbishment, the ship’s cabins and common spaces will feature Margaritaville’s signature casual-luxe design with subtle nautical details and colors influenced by the surrounding sea, sand, and sky.

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“Margaritaville at Sea will be a new, exciting, and fun way for guests to escape and vacation in Margaritaville,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “From oceans to lakes, Margaritaville has an organic tie to the water and with Margaritaville at Sea, we’re able to put our iconic lifestyle, resort experiences, and elevated service directly on the sea. We look forward to seeing guests on, and in, Paradise.”

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Margaritaville Paradise, formerly Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s flagship vessel, Grand Classica, will feature gourmet food and beverage options, including JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria, Port of Indecision Buffet, LandShark Sports Bar, and Margaritaville Coffee & Pastry Shop as well as the Euphoria Lounge, Sunset Bar, and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar. Additionally, the ship will offer onboard leisure activities and entertainment, including the Par-A-Dice Casino, a Stars on the Water Theater, St. Somewhere Spa, Fins Up! Fitness Center, pools, a retail shop, and more. The ship was built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and entered service as a pioneer ship. She has opened many new markets and frontiers during her lifetime, so it is fitting that Margaritaville Paradise will again be a pioneer for Margaritaville at Sea.

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“We’re excited about this new partnership as we launch Margaritaville at Sea out of the Port of Palm Beach. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve built at Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and are appreciative of our loyal customers and trade partners who have stood by us through so much. We’re excited about this next phase of our evolution, rebranding as Margaritaville at Sea. The collaborative concept will add a different dimension to the cruising industry, appealing to a new audience of travelers,” added Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who will serve as CEO of Margaritaville at Sea. “Margaritaville at Sea will provide guests with Margaritaville’s authentic culture, entertainment, and food en route to a beautiful destination in Grand Bahama Island. The experience will be complemented by an unmatched, personalized approach to guest service from start to finish via valet service and exclusive cruise terminals for smoother embarkation and disembarkation. It’s the perfect partnership in paradise.”

For more information or to book, visit margaritavilleatsea.com.

About Margaritaville at Sea

Margaritaville at Sea is a floating island vacation at sea that brings together the brand’s iconic hospitality and resort experiences with the ability to escape and see the world. The inaugural ship, Margaritaville Paradise, features 658 casual-luxe cabins with nautical details and colors influenced by the sea, sand, and sky. Amenities include several dining venues, pools, entertainment programming, retail stores, a St. Somewhere Spa, Fins Up! Fitness Center, and more. In addition to Margaritaville at Sea, Margaritaville features over 25 hotels and resorts, two gaming properties, RV resorts, and over 60 food and beverage venues – as well as real estate communities, vacation clubs, and consumer lifestyle products. To learn about Margaritaville at Sea, visit margaritavilleatsea.com.

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I saw this in the news a few weeks back. It looks like for now all of the cruises are 2 night trips which is a bit limited but I like the idea of a Friday to Sunday option for a nice short little weekend trip. Will be interesting to see some reports of the ship and the whole experience after they start operating in April. I know some people are crazy about Buffet and the Margaritaville brand so I'm sure this thing will be successful.

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.... and those first posted packages (2-3 days?) sounds like what Carnival would offer.

With the usual resulting awful (drunken;uncool) cruises, for those who care about responsibility and such stuff. 🤮

I will wait, until they offer (at least) a 5-8 day cruise, for consideration. 🛳️

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