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Cruise ship tours: Inside Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica

Posted: Updated: Jun 27, 2018 4:22 AM
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s 1,680-guest Grand Classica is the latest ship to offer two-night cruises from the port of Palm Beach, Fla., to Freeport, Bahamas. It sails in tandem with the slightly smaller Grand Celebration to provide daily departures. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s 1,680-guest Grand Classica is the latest ship to offer two-night cruises from the port of Palm Beach, Fla., to Freeport, Bahamas. It sails in tandem with the slightly smaller Grand Celebration to provide daily departures.
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Thinking about a quick getaway to The Bahamas? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at a vessel that just started up two-night voyages to the island nation from the port of Palm Beach, Florida: The 1,680-passenger Grand Classica.

Operated by three-year-old Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the former Costa Cruises ship sails from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island in tandem with the slightly smaller Grand Celebration to provide daily departures.

At 52,926 gross tons, Grand Classica is the largest passenger ship to be permanently based in cruise service from Palm Beach. As can be seen in the tour, it is also one of the most beautifully appointed ships ever used for such short itineraries.

Originally built in 1991 as the Costa Classica, the nine-deck-high vessel was designed by renowned architect Pierluigi Cerri and noted for its cutting-edge style and quality Italian art collection.

Created by veteran travel writer and ship photographer Peter Knego, the Grand Classica photo tour is part of our ongoing series of cruise ship galleries. For an inside look at dozens of other passenger vessels sailing the world's oceans and rivers, click on the links below:

Adventure Canada: Ocean Endeavour
AmaWaterways: AmaViola; AmaCerto
American Cruise Lines: American Constellation
American Queen Steamboat Company: American Queen; American Empress
Azamara Club Cruises: Azamara Quest
Avalon Waterways: Avalon Myanmar; Avalon Visionary; Avalon Passion
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line: Grand Classica
Carnival Cruise Line: Carnival Imagination; Carnival Inspiration; Carnival Miracle; early icons of the Carnival fleet; Carnival Vista
Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Solstice
Celestyal Cruises: Celestyal Olympia
Costa Cruises: Costa Diadema; Costa Atlantica; Costa Luminosa
CroisiEurope: Elbe Princesse
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: Discovery; Astoria
Crystal Cruises: Crystal Symphony
Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2
Disney Cruise Line: Disney Wonder; Disney Fantasy; Disney Magic; Disney Dream, Fantasy compared
Emerald Waterways: Emerald Sky; Emerald Radiance
Hapag-Lloyd: Europa 2
Hebridean Island Cruises: Hebridean Princess
Holland America Line: Amsterdam; Koningsdam; Westerdam; Rotterdam; Maasdam; Oosterdam
Hurtigruten: Midnatsol; Lofoten; Nordstjernen; Fram; Trollfjord
MSC Cruises: MSC Meraviglia
Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Getaway; Norwegian Escape; Norwegian Sky; Norwegian Joy; Norwegian Bliss
Oceania Cruises: Nautica; Sirena; Marina; Insignia
Paul Gauguin Cruises: Paul Gauguin
P&O Cruises: Britannia
Ponant: Le Soleal
Princess Cruises: Regal Princess; Diamond Princess; early icons of the Princess fleet; Star Princess; Golden Princess
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Seven Seas Mariner; Seven Seas Explorer; Seven Seas Voyager; Seven Seas Navigator
Royal Caribbean International: Quantum of the Seas; Anthem of the Seas; Freedom of the Seas; Harmony of the Seas; Symphony of the Seas
Scenic Cruises: Scenic Gem; Scenic Sapphire
Seabourn Cruise Line: Seabourn Encore
Silversea: Silver Galapagos; Silver Cloud; Silver Cloud (before 2017 makeover); Silver Muse
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper
Tauck: Inspire; Savor; Emerald
UnCruise Adventures: Safari Endeavour; Safari Voyager
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: S.S. Maria Theresa; River Countess
Viking River Cruises: Viking Skirnir; Viking Herja; Viking Hild
Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Star; Viking Sea; Viking Sky; Viking Sun
Windstar Cruises: Star Pride; Star Breeze; Wind Spirit

Retired ocean liners, cruise ships and yachts: SS Rotterdam; Royal Yacht Britannia
Theme galleries: 10 cruise ship suites that will blow your mind; the last of the great ocean liners; ship christenings with Queen Elizabeth II; Royal ship christenings through the years; 9 most amazing megaships; 25 most beautiful cruise vessels

USA TODAY Cruises: The 25 most beautiful cruise vessels

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