The 47,263-gross-ton, 1,486-guest Grand Celebration sails for West Palm Beach, Florida-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line on two-night cruises to Freeport, Bahamas. The Grand Celebration was originally Carnival Cruise Line’s Celebration, the third in its Holiday Class of “Super Liners” that also included the Holiday of 1985 and the Jubilee of 1986. Hull No. 597, the Celebration was built in Malmo, Sweden, in 1987 by the Kockums Shipyard. The Celebration was based in the Caribbean for most of its career with Carnival. The Celebration was known for its wild, concept-themed original decor by Carnival’s favored architect, Joseph Farcus. For instance, a genuine New Orleans street car was part of the Trolley Bar’s decor, along with brick decking meant to emulate an open-air Bourbon Street cafe. In 2008, the Celebration was transferred to Carnival’s Spanish-language subsidiary, Iberocruceros, and after a complete revamping, renamed Grand Celebration. In 2014, the Grand Celebration was transferred to Carnival-owned Costa Cruises and renamed Costa Celebration. The Costa Celebration was given a refit at Genoa’s San Giorgio del Porto shipyard but on the eve of its maiden voyage for Costa, the ship was sold to newly formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and once again named Grand Celebration. The Grand Celebration began Bahamas cruise service in late 2014. The ship is staffed by a friendly crew numbering 680. Together with the Grand Classica, which was introduced in 2018, the Grand Celebration provides daily departures from West Palm Beach. The Grand Celebration is powered by Sulzer diesels that drive twin screws at a service speed of 19 knots. The Grand Celebration has nine guest decks, beginning at the top with Sun Deck (12). Sun Deck is lined in teak and sheltered from high winds on three sides by glass panels. There are cabanas in the forward portion of Sun Deck. Sun Deck also boasts a large Jacuzzi. The aft portion of Sun Deck is also lined in teak. There is a generous amount of open sunning space on aft Sun Deck. Sun Deck offers a great vantage over the midships pool area, which is especially popular at sailaway time. The next level, Venus Deck (11), overlooks the midships pool. Slight wings project over the side of the ship on Venus Deck, offering vertiginous views of the sea. Seen here from Venus Deck, the Grand Celebration’s funnel is a trademark Carnival Cruises design attributed to architect Joseph Farcus. Inspired by an airplane’s tail, its wings project to either side, helping keep the deck areas clear of smuts. Venus Deck continues aft from the pool area via a pair of sunning decks. The aft portion of Venus Deck is home to a stage and a wide-open deck space. The al fresco Dancing Martian Bar is located at the far aft end of Venus Deck. The exterior portion of Luna Deck (10) begins with finite teak-lined promenades on either side of the ship. The midships portion of Luna Deck surrounds the La Piscina pool area, which has a large bar and grill. On either side of the La Piscina pool area on Luna Deck, there is a sheltered seating area. At 6:30 p.m. each evening, the La Piscina pool area is home to the The Bull, an a la carte gourmet burger venue (charges apply). This is a fresh veggie burger with fries and homemade coleslaw at The Bull. Luna Deck continues aft of the pool area with finite teak-lined promenades on either side. Named for a classic former ocean liner that used to sail between Florida and the Bahamas, the Ocean Breeze Bar serves the aft portion of Luna Deck. The aft portion of Luna Deck is also home to a wading pool, a pair of whirlpools and more sunning space. From aft Luna Deck, there is a nice view of the children’s play area on aft Paradise Deck (9) and the Kruzers Pool, which is reserved for kids aged 3-7. Here is another view of the play area on aft Paradise Deck. Located on Venus Deck overlooking the La Piscina pool area, Vibe is a teen center for those aged 13-17. The Ocean View buffet is located aft of the La Piscina pool area on Luna Deck. There is a cluster of granite-topped serving stations in the Ocean View buffet. This is the hot entrée section of the Ocean View buffet. There is also a carvery and pizzeria in the Ocean View buffet. This is one of the main seating areas of the Ocean View buffet. The double-deck Legends Grand Theater has no less than six terraces of seating. The upper level of Legends is accessed via Paradise Deck. Legends is the setting for the Grand Celebration’s nightly production shows. The Memories Photo Gallery is located at the starboard entrance to Legends on Paradise Deck. Islands of Adventure is a seating area and gallery located at the port entrance to Legends on Paradise Deck. The Grand Celebration is vertically accessed via three main stair towers and eight lifts. This is the forward stair tower on Paradise Deck. The Encore Lounge has an open floor plan with its own bar and a small stage. The Encore is used for movie screenings and live entertainment, including talented cover bands. A V-shaped bar serves both the Encore Lounge and the Par-A-Dice Casino. The Par-A-Dice Casino is just aft of the Encore Lounge on Paradise Deck. The Grand Cafe is a specialty coffee shop on the starboard side of Paradise Deck. The Grand Cafe is also a purveyor of fine gelato, smoothies and sweet treats. Named for the Regal Empress, another former classic liner that spent years sailing to the Bahamas from Florida, the Regal Room is a lounge and bar on Paradise Deck. The Voltage Nightclub is adjacent to the Regal Room on Paradise Deck. A seating area with nice views through full-length windows is near the entrance to the Voltage Night Club. A corner of Paradise Deck adjacent to the Indulgence Spa and Salon is dedicated to scalp and neck massages. The Indulgence Spa and Salon is located at the aft end of Paradise Deck. The Indulgence Spa has a fully equipped salon. offering hair and nail treatments The Indulgence Spa has men’s (shown) and women’s changing areas. The Indulgence Spa has several treatment rooms offering a menu of massage and skin therapies. This is room No. 2. This is treatment room 4 in the Indulgence Spa. The Indulgence Spa has a thermal suite that is available to guests for a fee. There is a mosaic-tiled steam room in the Indulgence Spa’s thermal suite. The Indulgence Spa also has a Turkish bath-style steam area. Accessed via the Indulgence Spa, the well-equipped Ship Shape Fitness Center is available for guests’ use, free of charge. Kruzers is a playroom on aft Paradise Deck for kids aged 3-7. Forget Me Knot is a duty-free shop off the Aries Deck (8) entrance to the Legends Grand Theater. A gallery that is open to the deck above leads aft from the shops to The Helm, a library, card room and meeting room. The Helm retains much of its ocean liner-themed decor from its first incarnation as the Celebration’s Admiralty Library. The Helm’s decorative centerpiece is a stained glass ceiling designed by Carnival architect Joseph Farcus depicting the original Queen Mary and its rival, French Line’s Normandie. The Helm has vitrines filled with ocean liner artifacts, such as this commemorative plate from the Normandie and napkin rings from various British liners. The entrance to Admiral’s Steak and Seafood restaurant is between The Helm and the Commodore Bar on Aries Deck. The Commodore Bar is a popular pre- and post-dinner watering hole on port Aries Deck. The Admiral’s Steak and Seafood is an open-seating, extra-tariff ($30 cover) surf and turf restaurant on Aries Deck. This is the elevated mid-section of the room. There are galleries of recessed seating with picture-window views on either side of Admiral’s Steak and Seafood restaurant. This is a table setting in Admiral’s Steak and Seafood restaurant. The included-in-the-fare Stellar Prime restaurant is at the aft end of Aries Deck. Stellar Prime also has booth and window seating on either side of the room. Most guests enter the Grand Celebration via the lobby on Moon Deck (5) where the reception desk is located. Guests can book excursions or Freeport accommodations at the tour desk on Moon Deck. A central passage links the reception area with the midships staircase on Moon Deck. At the top of the Grand Celebration’s accommodations tier, 10 346-square-foot Deluxe Terrace Suites are located on Venus Deck. This is the bedroom of a Deluxe Terrace Suite. Deluxe Terrace and Terrace Suites can sleep up to five guests and come with additional perks, including a mini-bar and priority debarkation. Deluxe Terrace Suite bedrooms have an oversized mirror and a dressing area. This is the living room of a Deluxe Terrace Suite. Deluxe Terrace Suites are supplied with beverages and snacks. Deluxe Terrace Suite balconies are lined in teak and have space for a pair of chairs and a small table. Deluxe Terrace Suite bathrooms have been recently refurbished. Deluxe Terrace Suite bathrooms have whirlpool tubs. Deluxe Terrace Suites are supplied with upscale Clarins toiletries. Two Terrace Suites measure 303 square feet and are located on Venus Deck. Terrace Suites have a double bed and a living room area. Terrace Suites have a balcony with two chairs and a table. Terrace Suite bathrooms have a marble sink console and a whirlpool tub. Oceanview Staterooms measure 181 square feet. Most feature a double bed and a picture window as well as a TV, writing desk, hair dryer and plenty of storage space. Some Oceanview Staterooms have a porthole in lieu of a picture window. Interior Staterooms measure 181 square feet and have the same amenities — minus the view — as Oceanview Staterooms. This is an Interior Stateroom with a different configuration. Oceanview and Interior Staterooms can accommodate up to four guests. Standard bathrooms in Oceanview and Interior Staterooms are modular and have a toilet, sink and shower. Several staterooms on the Grand Celebration have modified bathrooms with a shower seat to accommodate wheelchair guests. All Oceanview and Interior Stateroom bathrooms come with environmentally friendly soap and shampoo dispensers.