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Sailing on the Grand Classica's First Voyage 13APR2018


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Great picture review. It truly shows that the cruise line have their work cut out for them. If i sail on her it wont be for at least a year before she get up to the standards of her new sister ship the Grand Celebration. I’m afraid there will be many negative review before this ship get upgraded.

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Great picture review. It truly shows that the cruise line have their work cut out for them. If i sail on her it wont be for at least a year before she get up to the standards of her new sister ship the Grand Celebration. I’m afraid there will be many negative review before this ship get upgraded.

 

 

It seems to me, that the Grand Classica is by far, the nicer ship. She was the most expensive ship ever built in 1996, so I think she looks truly Lux. Also, she has many dining rooms and a very impressive main lobby!

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It seems to me, that the Grand Classica is by far, the nicer ship. She was the most expensive ship ever built in 1996, so I think she looks truly Lux. Also, she has many dining rooms and a very impressive main lobby!

 

 

Absolutely. When built as Costa Classica for EuroLuxe Cruises, I think it had the most amount of marble ever used on a ship. She really is in a different and higher calibre than GRAND CELEBRATION, which of course was originally a Carnival ship. I think Bahamas Celebration was very lucky to get CLASSICA.

 

I've sailed on COSTA neoROMANTICA which was/is GRAND CLASSICA's sister ship. The neoROMANTICA though was heavily altered, an experiment by Costa that was not repeated on CLASSICA, so she remains largely original at least in general arrangement. There have been multiple cosmetic refurbishments over the years, but I'm still glad to see some marble remains. Originally the dining room had an all marble floor (probably still does underneath). It was stunning, but far too noisy so eventually covered with carpet.

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You are correct, this ship was really nice and had lots of beautiful areas (for older ship). Gone are the glitz and glamor, and it shows the classic style of ships. though, there are a lot of fake flowers and plants. I have been on many ships, and notice that lots of the newer ones loose the public space, quiet areas to play cards or games, and so forth. this one was in great shape. Have done the Sunshine a couple of times, and the most recent it really showed wear and tear. the best thing about this one, no stench in the casino.

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I am very excited to cruise on the classica in a few weeks. We had a great time on Celebration a few weeks ago, and I can only imagine this will be better!

 

 

My question is this......why is every one so "put out" by fake flowers?

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I am very excited to cruise on the classica in a few weeks. We had a great time on Celebration a few weeks ago, and I can only imagine this will be better!

 

 

My question is this......why is every one so "put out" by fake flowers?

 

You will see what we mean when you’re on the ship. With that said i would love if you would do a comparison between the two ships. I am a great fan of the Grand Celebration and I was aboard the Classica. Not so impressed but she has great potential. So your feeback will be greatly appreciated. I am booked on the Grand Celebration May 6th and am expecting another great time.

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The entertainment in the evenings was fabulous, as was dinner at The Rock for an upcharge. The bands were the best I've heard on a ship. The singers and dancers were good in the shows. Staff was friendly and helpful. Buffet dinners offered only about 8 hot items, but was presented nicely. Service was very nice in the main dining room, but the food wasn't very good. There were so many mistakes on the daily schedule (spelling, deck numbers, venue names). The $10 store was good, but the clothing they sold (not $10) was really poor quality. The steakhouse wasn't opened yet but it looked nice.

 

Lighthouse Point resort is gorgeous, but the dj music at the pool was so loud and so bad that after lunch we spent the rest of the day in the hotel lobby. The resort food was delicious...they really know how to cook!

 

Based on how poorly organized the travel agent orientation group was, I would wait to book any groups until they have the chance to get more organized. It will be a fun ship for bachelorette or birthday parties!

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Based on how poorly organized the travel agent orientation group was, I would wait to book any groups until they have the chance to get more organized.

 

 

I wasn’t going to go there but since you brought it up, yeah- the agents adventure was something unique. No central figure, no question and answer, no agenda, no information dissemination. I found out about everything from the drink coupons to the hotels visit (which was lacklusterly organized too)from people in the hallway. Of the three hotels visited, I would choose the Lighthouse /Grand Macaya myself.

 

 

 

 

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I wasn’t going to go there but since you brought it up, yeah- the agents adventure was something unique. No central figure, no question and answer, no agenda, no information dissemination. I found out about everything from the drink coupons to the hotels visit (which was lacklusterly organized too)from people in the hallway.

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I had fun, and I'm grateful for the free cruise, but I feel sorry for the cruiseline...They gave so much away over these 4 cruises, but they missed so many opportunities due to disorganization. They should have invested in a professional organizer. After all, what's the point of having an event that leaves a bad impression? You end up worse off than if you hadn't had the event at all.

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The entertainment in the evenings was fabulous, as was dinner at The Rock for an upcharge. The bands were the best I've heard on a ship. The singers and dancers were good in the shows. Staff was friendly and helpful. Buffet dinners offered only about 8 hot items, but was presented nicely. Service was very nice in the main dining room, but the food wasn't very good. There were so many mistakes on the daily schedule (spelling, deck numbers, venue names). The $10 store was good, but the clothing they sold (not $10) was really poor quality. The steakhouse wasn't opened yet but it looked nice.

 

Lighthouse Point resort is gorgeous, but the dj music at the pool was so loud and so bad that after lunch we spent the rest of the day in the hotel lobby. The resort food was delicious...they really know how to cook!

 

Based on how poorly organized the travel agent orientation group was, I would wait to book any groups until they have the chance to get more organized. It will be a fun ship for bachelorette or birthday parties!

 

Which of the excursions is this one (lighthouse point)? and is food and drink included? what was the price? Thank you

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Which of the excursions is this one (lighthouse point)? and is food and drink included? what was the price? Thank you

 

http://www.bahamasdaypass.com/category-s/1860.htm offers the all inclusive options at 2 resorts. I would not think twice about the Lighthouse Point, even as a resort stay. See my review for a bunch of pictures (or google). went to three different resorts that the cruise line offers cruise/stay packages with - this is the best of the group, IMO.

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