Updated: Jan 5, 2022
The Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach will become the home port of the cruise ship Margaritaville at Sea Paradise in 2022. The relaunch of the Port of Palm Beach’s only cruise ship will be the latest offering associated with Jimmy Buffett’s hit song from 1977 and the first ship branded with “Margaritaville.”
The Margaritaville at Sea will offer two- and three-night trips to Freeport in the Bahamas, as well as extended-stay vacations.
In a deal between the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville Enterprises, the former Grand Classica will be rebranded as the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line now will be known as Margaritaville at Sea.
The deal is the result of Margaritaville’s longtime search for the right opportunity to enter the cruise business, according to Cruise Industry News.
The cruise line joins Buffett’s Margaritaville family of businesses, which offers more than 25 hotels and resorts, two gaming properties, RV resorts, more than 60 food and beverage venues, real estate communities, vacation clubs and consumer lifestyle products.
John Cohlan, the CEO of Margaritaville, said the cruises will keep with the Margaritaville lifestyle brand of resort experiences and elevated service.
The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and renovation that will result in 10 passenger decks, 658 cabins in a variety of categories and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. The cabins and common areas will showcase Margaritaville’s signature casual-luxe design, highlighted by subtle nautical detailing and colors that evoke the sea, sky and sand.
Departures from the Port of Palm Beach are anticipated to begin in the spring. Margaritaville at Sea CEO Oniel Khosa said the launch of the cruise line should draw a tremendous amount of tourism.
The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will offer the only two- and three-day cruises sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport on Grand Bahama. The first passenger sailing is scheduled for April 30.
Dining options include JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Port of Indecision Buffet, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria and the Margaritaville Coffee & Pastry Shop. In addition to the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, drink locations include the LandShark Sports Bar, Euphoria Lounge and Sunset Bar.
To get further information or book a trip, visit margaritavilleatsea.com.