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#1
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I tried plugging in many dummy dates into their website, www.bahamaparadisecruise.com. Every date, even more than a year out shows sold out.

I started a chat session, and they said they would have to call me, which they did about 15 minutes later from a number that ID's as Plaza Resorts.

I didn't quite understand the reason, but apparently they don't take bookings online anymore... only by phone. So the only way to even get a price is to talk to someone on the phone.

I refuse to do business that way... I'm curious, does anyone? It seems many people here got their cruises for free from timeshares or other promotions.
#2
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I called the cruise line directly and spoke to Ormondo. The price was the same if I booked it online and $20 per person cheaper if I had purchased a Groupon. I wanted to be next door to my friend so we booked a day apart. Try the phone number 800- 995-3201 or 954-414-1320.
#4
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I would also be cautious in dealing with someone who represents a party that I didn't expect to receice my call, much more give my personal details. There are groups who secures a phone number where a single digit is different from the real number you call, like credit card companies, cruise lines, airlines and others. They take advantage of a single error when you dial and pretend to be the receivong party. I was once a victim of that modus operandi.
I make a deal on the phone if the person I talk to represents the company I am calling when they answer the call.


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It's a legit company, the ship sails regularly from it's berth in Riviera Beach, Florida.

We know because we went for our Global Entry card interview in the brand new CPB building that sits right next to the berth. It took us awhile to find a parking spot as everyone was arriving to board the ship.

It is an older Carnival ship, but I cannot remember the name that Carnival had for it.
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I just got back from the cruise, June 20th and it was a good cruise. I first spoke with Armondo to make my It didn't have all the bells and whistles but the food was good, the room was clean and the Taino Beach in Freeport was beautiful. I paid $824 for four people, which I thought that was good. Gratuities were $25.98 for each person. I bought only one set of pictures for $19.98. For around $250 per person, I thought it was a great trip.
#7
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I booked online for the 9/2/17 sailing. Upon completion of booking, I got a message reminding me to check in online, but I didn't get a confirmation e-mail. I reached out to BPCL on Facebook and they took care of it, but it sounds like they could very well be cleaning up the booking engine.

There were not many cabins left on my sailing, nor was there a Groupon or Living Social deal for that date. The 9/30/17 sailing had already sold out.
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#8
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Ok so you were duped. When you look at the URL that you typed in, you typed bahamaparadisecruise.com. The actual cruise line URL is bahamasparadisecruise.com. You received a call from the timeshare company not the actual cruise line. The difference is the s in Bahama versus Bahamas. That happens all the time. Save yourself a lot trouble and call the cruise line not the timeshare. This is a legitimate cruise line and a great cruise. I have sailed on her 3 times. Good luck.
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#9
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I have been on this cruise line 3 times already. I only book using Groupon. I can get a cruise for around $400 for 2 people to cruise which includes the Groupon price for an ocean view cabin plus taxes and port fees. Once I purchase the Groupon I contact the cruise line to book the date I want on the number that is on my Groupon. I have never had to attend a timeshare presentation as I have heard from many people say they had to do. I live in Florida so it's a short drive to the port for me and it's a great "gotta get away" ship. We have enjoyed it and am looking for a new Groupon now to book my next get away.
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#10
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There are many website that are associated with this cruise line some of them have pictures of the old cruise ship. Say away from them but other with updated pictures are still timeshare companies so make sure you are at the right website.

The actual company sends me great last minute deals. I will take one soon.
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#11
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Originally posted by thinfool
It's a legit company, the ship sails regularly from it's berth in Riviera Beach, Florida.

We know because we went for our Global Entry card interview in the brand new CPB building that sits right next to the berth. It took us awhile to find a parking spot as everyone was arriving to board the ship.

It is an older Carnival ship, but I cannot remember the name that Carnival had for it.
It sailed for carnival as the Carnival Celebration!
#12
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I never book direct - When ever they have the craft fair in my area I go and spin this wheel at a table and almost always win a $500 off gift card - I make the hubby spin also to double my chances - Anyways when you go online to punch in the gift card code it tells you that you can save an additional $50 if you book that day so I end up paying about $150 for 2 people for 2 nights plus gratuities and parking when I get to the boat so all together less than $125 per person

Now I am told that I need to go to Ft lauderdale in order to pick up my certificates - Last time they called about a week ahead of time and said if I agreed to a time share presentation they would buy me breakfast and give me a 2 night hotel stay in orlando - I decided to go to the presentation instead of driving to ft lauderdale (look for my review if you want more info on this) - Needless to say when I go the "cruise documents" from them it was nothing more then a printed piece of paper telling me where to go - When I went to the port I gave them nothing but my passport and they pulled up my reservation and on the boat I went
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#13
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We booked directly through the cruise line both times.
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#14
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Joined Sep 2014
Originally posted by pinkie60
Ok so you were duped. When you look at the URL that you typed in, you typed bahamaparadisecruise.com. The actual cruise line URL is bahamasparadisecruise.com. You received a call from the timeshare company not the actual cruise line. The difference is the s in Bahama versus Bahamas. That happens all the time. Save yourself a lot trouble and call the cruise line not the timeshare. This is a legitimate cruise line and a great cruise. I have sailed on her 3 times. Good luck.
That's exactly what happened... the website you gave works great.

Incidentally the page I was looking at seems to have disappeared. Good riddance.

Thanks!
#15
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The cruise line was purchased in January by a group that includes Kevin Sheehan, former CEO of NCL, and
managing partner Oneil Khosa, a veteran of Blue Ocean Cruises (an Indian company, I believe), so many of us are watching to see what happens with it. I suspect when the contract runs out with the time share company you will see a different company emerge entirely. They already really upped the game with their new website.


The Grand Celebration is the largest ship they can sail out of Port of Palm Beach so I'm wondering if the line will add another ship of that size, or expand and cruise out of another port. I don't know Blue Ocean at all, but I did like what Sheehan did at NCL (I don't really want to debate the pros and cons of NCL in here, but just want to give an indication why there are many "watchers" keeping track of this line).
#16
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Originally posted by cruisingadget
I tried plugging in many dummy dates into their website, www.bahamaparadisecruise.com. Every date, even more than a year out shows sold out.

I started a chat session, and they said they would have to call me, which they did about 15 minutes later from a number that ID's as Plaza Resorts.

I didn't quite understand the reason, but apparently they don't take bookings online anymore... only by phone. So the only way to even get a price is to talk to someone on the phone.

I refuse to do business that way... I'm curious, does anyone? It seems many people here got their cruises for free from timeshares or other promotions.
I called the cruise line directly.
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