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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
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The Grand Celebration with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line livery in Freeport, Bahamas in 2015
History
Name:
  • 1987-2008: Celebration
  • 2008-2014: Grand Celebration
  • November 2014: Costa Celebration
  • 2014-present: Grand Celebration
Owner:
Operator:
Port of registry:
Builder: Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden
Cost: US$130 million
Yard number: 597
Launched: 9 August 1986
Acquired: February 1987
Maiden voyage:
  • 14 March 1987 (as Celebration)
  • June 2008 (as Grand Celebration) (When with Ibero Cruises)
  • 3 February 2015 (with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line)
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Holiday Class
Tonnage:
Length: 223.37 m (733 ft)
Beam: 28.20 m (93 ft)
Draught: 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)
Installed power:
  • 2 × 7-cylinder Sulzer diesels
  • combined 23510 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: 21.7 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 mph)
Capacity: 1,496 passengers
Crew: 670

The Grand Celebration is a Holiday class cruise ship, originally built for Carnival Cruise Line. It entered service with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines on February 3, 2015 to replace the ill-fated MS Bahamas Celebration.

The Grand Celebration has 2 sister ships. The Magellan, which is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and the Henna, which was operated by HNA Tourism.

Unlike her sister "Henna", the trademark whale tail funnel on Grand Celebration was painted over but not altered or removed.

History

The ship was built as the Celebration in 1986 by Kockums Varv in Malmö, Sweden for Carnival Cruise Lines. The Celebration was retired from the Carnival fleet in April 2008 and underwent an extensive refit before re-entering service with Iberocruceros as the Grand Celebration that summer. The refit included new hull artwork and updated interiors.

In May 2014, it was announced that the ship would be renamed Costa Celebration and transferred to Costa Cruises in November 2014.[1] After service with Iberocruceros had ended, the ship underwent refurbishment and was renamed the Costa Celebration. On November 21, 2014, on the day before the ship was scheduled to depart on its inaugural voyage, it was announced that the vessel had been sold to an unnamed buyer.[2] The next day, the Costa Celebration was removed from Costa's fleet and all bookings were cancelled. Passengers who had booked on Costa Celebration's future cruises were either refunded or rebooked on other ships.[3]

On December 23, 2014, it was revealed that the ship had been purchased by the newly formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who would use the name Grand Celebration and sail out the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Florida starting in February 2015.[4][5] Bahamas Paradise was formed by former executives from the defunct Celebration Cruise Line that operated the Bahamas Celebration.[6]

The Grand Celebration was scheduled to depart for its first cruise on February 1, 2015. Due to technical difficulties, the voyage was cancelled. Repairs were made and the ship set sail on February 3.[7]

It was announced on September 19, 2017 that FEMA would charter the ship for a 90-day period through December 2017 to house the National Guard in St. Thomas, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma.[8]

Incidents

  • On the morning of 10 February 1989, the Celebration collided with the Cuban freighter Captain San Luis, breaking the freighter in half and causing it to sink in 13 minutes.[9] Three crew members of the Captain San Luis, including its captain, were missing and presumed dead. The freighter was hauling cement at the time of the collision, and had been experiencing electrical problems which left it without lights, navigational equipment, or steering. The Celebration remained on-site, rescuing the 42 survivors from the water and transferring them to a Cuban navy ship and tugboat before continuing on to Miami.[]

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