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Grand Bahama Island is a haven of gorgeous white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal clear waters that stretch for miles. Extend your vacation on land and stay at your choice of three gorgeous partner resorts on Grand Bahama Island for an all-inclusive experience.

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Margaritaville at Sea - Cruise To Grand Bahama Island

The Bahamas 2-Night Cruise Aboard Margaritaville at Sea | Port of Palm Beach To Grand Bahama Island | Departs Every Other Day

The all new Margaritaville at Sea is now booking! A quick and affordable getaway. This is the only 2-night cruise sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, every other day. 

Traditional Cruise

The Margaritaville at Sea offers a traditional 2-night cruise to Grand Bahama Island, departing every other day from the easily accessible Port of Palm Beach. This spectacular ship has a maximum capacity of 1,800 passengers and includes all of the excitement, on-board amenities and fabulous entertainment options you would expect from a long duration cruise without the high price.

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Sailing to Grand Bahama island

  • Cruise departs West Palm Beach at 5:30 pm
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  • Cruise arrives in the Bahamas at 8:00 am (next day)
  • Spend the day on Grand Bahama Island
  • Cruise departs the Bahamas at 5:00 pm
  • Cruise arrives West Palm Beach at 7:00 am (next day)
  • Disembark by 10:30 am

While aboard ship you'll enjoy:

  • Spacious cabins with your choice of interior, ocean view or suite
  • All meals, snacks and standard beverages
  • Lots of entertainment options
  • Port taxes & departure fees are included in your final price
  • Gratuities aboard ship are not included & will be collected upon boarding

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Posted by The Bishop Family on Jun 7th 2022

We just returned from the Margaritaville cruise. It was so much fun! It had the same laid back and relaxing vibe of the Margaritaville Resort that we visited last year. The price is great so we will be back!

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The Grand Celebration is quite-a-step up from the old Celebration cruise. It's much larger and much newer. We like this little cruise and have also taken the cruise & stay package, combining 2 nights at the Viva resort in the Bahamas...great deal!

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Margaritaville at Sea Paradise | Margaritaville Cruise Ship

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Starting April 30, 2022, the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship will set sail on it’s maiden voyage departing from the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach (West Palm Beach), Florida.  This all new cruise excursion replaces the former Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and will offer passengers three-day / two-night cruises to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island with sailings occurring every other day.

The 30 year old 722-foot ship features 10-decks that include 658 cabins which can accommodate up to 1,680 passengers.  The ship recently underwent a multimillion renovation and refurbishment transforming it into a classic island theme similar to that of Margaritaville’s hotels and resorts.  At this time the Margaritaville Paradise is the only ship in the Margaritaville hospitality empire (Margaritaville Enterprises)

Margaritaville Enterprises is a lifestyle and hospitality company branded inspired by the singer Jimmy Buffet.  In addition to the Margarita at Sea Paradise cruse ship, the company features more than 25 hotels & resorts, two casinos, over 60 food and beverage venues, retail stores and several residential retirement communities.

If you thinking about staying the any of the Margaritaville hotels and resorts not only in Florida, but all across the USA, we would appreciate if you can use our links when making the reservation.  Endless Summer is an affiliate with  Expedia.com  and receives a small commission for each stay that was referred by our website.

Frequently Asked Questions – Margaritaville at Sea Paradise

What is the cost of the margaritaville at sea paradise cruise.

The cost of a three-day / two-night Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ranges is price from $169 to $329 per person for interior and ocean view cabins with balcony cabins exceeding $800 per person.  Additional costs include taxes, fees and port charges of $88.44 per person and gratuities of $13.95 per person per night (suites are $15 per person per night).

What is included in the price of the cruise?

Included the cost of the cruise is shipboard accommodations to and from Grand Bahama Island, meals (except specialty dining options), select beverages, onboard entertainment and supervised kid’s programs.

Where is the home port of the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship?

The home port of the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship is located at the Port of Palm Beach, just adjacent to the City of West Palm Beach in southeast Florida.

When is boarding and disembarking for the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise Cruise?

Guests can check in as early as 11:00 AM the day of department and boarding extends from noon to 4:00 PM.  Disembarking is from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on day 3 of the cruise. 

Are drink packages available?

Guests can purchase a variety of drink packages including the unlimited soda package ($24.78), the 10 drink Boats Drink Package ($89.67) and the No Feathers Non-Alcoholic Package ($41.30).  All packages have an 18% service charge in addition to the cost of the drink package.

Are there balconies in the cabins on the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship?

While most of the exterior cabins feature a picture window or porthole, there are a limited number of 525 square foot balcony suites available on deck 10.

Where does the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship dock?

The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship docks in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas.  Guests can disembark at at that time and explore all that the island has to offer.

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About the Ship

While not one of the modern mega-cruise ship, the Margaritaville Paradise will feature some of the traditional cruise ship amenities including a swimming pool, entertainment, retail stores, a spa and fitness center and a casino called the Par-A-Dice Casino. 

Food and Beverage Options

  • JWB Prime Steak & Seafood
  • Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria
  • Port of Indecision Buffet
  • LandShark Sports Bar
  • Margaritaville Coffee & Pastry Shop
  • Euphoria Lounge
  • 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar

Spa & Salon

  • Massage treatments
  • Manis & Pedis
  • Eyebrows & Lashes
  • Teeth Whitening

Cabins and Suites

The Margaritaville Paradise will feature a number of different interior cabins and ocean view cabins (portholes and windows) featuring 176 square feet in addition to a small number of Grand Terrace suites on deck 10 that feature 525 square feet and include private balconies.

Grand Bahama Island Excursions

For guests looking to explore the Bahamas, there are a number of off-ship excursions offered while docked at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.  

Viva Wyndham Resort

For $99 per adult and $79 per child, guests will enjoy a day at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Resort which offers a host of amenities including:

  • All-inclusive access
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Tennis court access
  • Archery & bicycling
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Fitness center access

Taino Resort

For $49 per adult and $39 per child, guests will enjoy a day at the Taino Beach Resort which offers a host of amenities including:

  • Resort pool with lazy river, water slide & children’s splash pool
  • White sandy beach
  • On site restaurant (food & beverages are available for purchase)
  • Tennis and volleyball

Swim with Pigs

For $79 per adult and $69 per child, guests will enjoy a day of swimming with the famous Bahamian pigs in the crystal clear waters off Grand Bahama Island.

Dolphin Swim & Dolphin Close Encounters

For $199 per adult and per child, guests will be able to swim directly in the water with bottlenose dolphin for 20 to 25 minutes.  If a more mild experience is wanted, then the dolphin close encounters will also guests to interact with dolphins for about 10 minutes.  The cost of the dolphin encounter is $131 per adult and $99 per child.

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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This Low-Cost Cruise Between West Palm Beach & the Bahamas is Florida’s Best-Kept Secret

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If you consider yourself a beach bum—or just daydream about jetting off to tropical places–you may think you know everything there is to know about vacationing in Florida . But chances are, this affordable cruise between the Bahamas and Florida has never even crossed your radar. Can’t decide between a trip to the Bahamas or a trip to Florida? With Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line out of West Palm Beach, Florida , you don’t have to.

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An Weekend Cruise From Palm Beach to the Bahamas

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line operates just two ships— Grand Celebration and Grand Classica— out of the Port of Palm Beach, located just north of downtown West Palm Beach in an area formally known as Riviera Beach. Not a lot of people know about it, even in Florida, but it’s the perfect way to pack more into your vacation. The cruise line has year-round daily sailings between Florida and the Bahamas.

The sailings are typically two-night/three-day cruises, which makes it easy to just take off on a vacation when you need one. You can leave on a Friday and be back by Sunday morning (and not even have to take a day off of work !).

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers super chill and easygoing cruises between two amazing tropical vacation destinations , and it allows you to maximize your time in the Sunshine State by exploring another destination during just a short stint away from your first vacation. It’s kind of like a vacation within a vacation , and who wouldn’t want that?

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Where Does Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Go?

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sails between West Palm Beach and the Bahamas and docks in Freeport (Grand Bahama Island). While docked in port, you can opt to explore on your own or book an excursion to help you make the most of your time in the islands.

Another perk of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the fact that, if you prefer, you can extend your trip by staying over in the Bahamas for a couple of nights and then coming back on a different sailing. This is something that few other cruise lines offer (if any), and it’s a nice way to spend a little extra time in the Bahamas while still enjoying a cruise vacation on either end. You can book the four-night vacation option directly on the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line site and choose between a few different hotel options, including some all-inclusives.

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How Much Is Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line?

This is perhaps the biggest draw of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line: it’s affordable. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you might even find a Groupon for the cruise, and then it’s even cheaper.

Plus, everything’s included in the price, as on most cruises: food and drink won’t cost you unless you pay extra for the upgrade restaurants or purchase an alcoholic drink package (which I recommend doing if you’re going to have more than one or two piña coladas on the cruise). And I also recommend at least one meal at The Rock Grill, a super fun dining experience where you cook your own meal on 1000-degree lava rocks brought to your table!

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The cruise is usually around $150 or less for a 2-night/3-day jaunt to the Bahamas. They also offer regular deals and promotions like flash sales (I’ve seen $59 per person, per night!) and even “kids sail free” promos (they have three separate kids clubs onboard). They also offer perks for solo cruisers , so don’t write off the cruise if you can’t find a travel buddy or if you just need a little “me” time.

They even offer monthly Ladies Night cruises, which is $49 per lady with packages available that include drink coupons, spa discounts, VIP perks and other treats.

Through July 31, 2019, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has brought back their Triple Play promotion: $129 per person for all staterooms plus perks like five free drinks, a $25 onboard credit and $50 casino match play. Am I doing my math wrong, or do the perks just about cover the cost of the cruise?!

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Experience

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line isn’t a luxury cruise line and the ships aren’t the latest and greatest state-of-the-art types with all the newest bells and whistles (so don’t go in with those kinds of expectations!).

What you will find is a laidback, no-frills way to spend a couple of days away from your cares, the ideal place to take a break from the real world and spend some time in the Bahamas. And for the price, you really can’t beat it…try to visit the Bahamas for less, I dare you!

The actual visit to the Bahamas is short—you only have from the time the ship docks in the morning til you have to be back on board again in the afternoon—but sometimes, that’s all you need for a total reset. You’ll sail back into port the next day feeling like you got a nice break from reality for a bit.

The cruises are also pretty versatile. While the party goes all night at the casino and bar areas, you can also get away from it all and have a relaxed time aboard the ship. There’s onboard entertainment and shows , a casino , bars and poolside parties on the sun deck , but there’s also a spa and salon , fitness center, and a little shopping—or you can just enjoy the view from your room !

Whether you want an action-packed, no-sleep kind of trip or a soothing time with endless sea surrounding you to dissolve your stresses away, you can find what you’re looking for on a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ship.

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What’s The Difference Between Grand Classica & Grand Celebration ?

There are two ships in the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line fleet: Grand Classica and Grand Celebration .

There aren’t many differences between the two different Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships. Their restaurants vary slightly—they have a few of the same restaurants but some different ones—but overall, the vibe is very similar and one isn’t better than the other. I wouldn’t pick a cruise based on the ship because they’re so similar.

I’ve been on both, but if I had to pick one to go on again, I think it would be Grand Celebration . I think it’s the original (and thus older) ship, but for some reason, the vibe flowed better for me and I liked its selection of restaurants.

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MS Grand Celebration cruise ship was constructed in Malmo Sweden (by Saab Kockums AB) for CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines . The vessel was launched under the name "MS Celebration" (aka Carnival Celebration / link to the 2022- newbuild ). Its previous operator was the Spanish company Ibero Cruises (Ibero Cruceros), subsidiary of Carnival Corporation .

History - construction and ownership

In December 2020, the vessel (IMO number 8314134) was re- flagged from Bahamas (MMSI 311000328, registered in Nassau , 2014-2020, shipowner Bahamas Paradise ) to St Kitts and Nevis (MMSI 341102000). Previously it was Portugal-flagged and registered in Madeira (MMSI 255803270, 2008-2014, shipowner Carnival Corporation), Panama-flagged and registered in Panama City (2001-2008, shipowner Carnival Corporation) and Liberia-flagged and registered in Monrovia (1987-2000, shipowner Carnival Cruise Lines).

In mid-November 2020 was unofficially announced that the ship Grand Celebration has been sold for scrap metal (for an undisclosed sale price). The vessel left Freeport Bahamas on November 15, allegedly heading to India's Alang Shipbreaking Yard (world's largest), with estimated arrival on January 3.

Reportedly, a worker at Alang revealed that the ship will be beached (tides permitting) in January's first week. However, on Nov 17, the ship's AIS continued to report "FREEPORT OPL" as next destination. On November 16, Anchor Shipbroking Inc (Greece) released a weekly report with Grand Celebration listed there for demolition. The list also included Marella Dream . On November 22, the ship's AIS reported as next destination PORT LOUIS (Mauritius Island) where it arrived and docked on December 30, at 6 am. On January 2, 2021, the 34-years-old cruise liner arrived and anchored off Alang, and on January 14th was beached for scrapping.

A total of 41 itineraries (planned roundtrips from homeport West Palm Beach, Florida USA ) were cancelled. The "2-Night From West Palm Beach to Nassau Cruise" itinerary was scheduled to be operated by Grand Celebration between March 3 and November 14, 2021.

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The 1896-passenger cruise ship Grand Celebration was operated by IberoCruceros until November 2014, when it was transferred to Costa Cruises . However, on November 21, 2014 (the day before the vessel's scheduled departure on the Maiden Voyage for Costa) was announced that the ship had been purchased by an unnamed buyer. On December 23 was revealed the new shipowner - Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Ltd .

The Holiday-class Grand Celebration had two sisterships - MS Holiday/CMV Magellan and Henna (Carnival Jubilee) . Until 2008, the vessel was named "MS Celebration" and part of CCL-arnival Cruise Line 's fleet. In 2008, it was briefly operated by the Spanish company IberoCruceros ( Carnival Corporation -owned brand/now defunct).

Grand Celebration was drydock renovated in 2008 to serve the Spanish source market under Carnival's brand Ibero. The vessel was transferred to IberoCruceros but still remained under the control of Carnival Cruises (with 75% share).

For Bahamas Paradise, Grand Celebration started operations in 2015 (Maiden Voyage on February 3) replacing Bahamas Celebration (IMO 7904891, out of service since October 31, 2014, scrapped in 2015), which ran aground in Freeport Bahamas . Bahamas Celebration was homeported in Freeport since 2010.

In April 2018, Grand Classica (fka Costa neoClassica/now Margaritaville Paradise) joined MS Grand Celebration as the 2nd ship in the fleet of the Florida-based company Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Carnival Celebration's sisterships (Holiday-class CCL boats) were MS Jubilee (1986-built/2017- scrapped ) and MS Holiday/CMV Magellan (1985-built/2021-scrapped).

As the only cruise ship company operating roundtrips out of Palm Beach, Bahamas Paradise provides its customers with expedited boarding (30-min embarkation/disembarkation) and valet parking (at the cruise terminal). Cruise passengers are also offered Bahamas "cruise and hotel" packages in Bahamian hotels. These deals offer 2-, 4-, and 6-night Bahamas hotel stays to be combined (booked together) with the Palm Beach roundtrip voyages.

MS Grand Celebration cruise ship (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line)

MS Grand Celebration was operated under charter (leased) by the Bahamas-based company "Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd" (formerly "Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line"), that changed ownership on December 22, 2016. Among the new company's owners are Kevin Sheehan, former CEO and President of NCLH ("Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings"), who resigned NCL in January 2015. In August 2016, he became CEO and President of the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games Corporation (a leading developer of technology products and services for the worldwide gaming and lottery industries). The company's other owner (with 50% stake) is Oneil Khosa (the India-based Blue Ocean Cruises company's CEO and Managing Director). Until 2014, Blue Ocean operated short breaks (1-, 2- and 4-nights itineraries) leaving from Mumbai-Bombay and Mormugao-Goa .

In 2017, Bahamas Paradise had booked ~250,000 passengers, around half of whom were from South Florida. The liner was last drydock refurbished in 2017 (at Freeport's Grand Bahama Shipyard).

Itineraries

MS Grand Celebration itinerary program was based on 2-night / 3-day Bahamas cruises leaving roundtrip from Palm Beach (Riviera Beach) Florida USA . The regularly scheduled Florida to Bahamas cruises were initially to Freeport and later to Nassau . The vessel was the only one at the Riviera Beach port, and also the largest ever homeported there.

In the period October 2015 - September 2016, a total of 482,211 passengers booked Grand Celebration cruises. The peak month was July 2016, with a total of 54,036 passengers. The 2-night cruises to the Bahamas are the most booked (prices start from USD 130 pp).

Since Hurricane Matthew (September-October 2016) damaged Freeport, the cruise ship was diverted to Bimini Islands but resumed calling on Freeport on January 3, 2017.

Annually, Port Palm Beach received ~USD 4 million from the Grand Celebration ship in port fees and cruise parking fees. Port commissioners signed the agreement with the new shipowner (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) on December 15, 2016. With LOA length 223 m (733 ft), Grand Celebration was the max-sized vessel that Port Palm Beach can handle.

MS Grand Celebration cruise ship (Ibero Cruises)

Decks and Cabins

Grand Celebration staterooms (751 total) are accessed via plastic (hotel-style) punch cards. Room service is complimentary, soaps and towels are provided in the cabins' ensuite bathrooms. The ship doesn't offer family or connecting cabins but has 18 wheelchair-accessible cabins, 2 of which Suites. Only 12 passenger staterooms have balconies and these are in the Suite categories. Of these suites, 4 are with obstructed by lifeboats views.

The ship has a total of 8 elevators (passenger-accessible lifts) interconnecting all cabin decks (5 out of 12).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The ship had a total of 5 restaurants.

Stellar Prime on Deck 8 is the main dining room, where passengers can choose between early (6:15 pm) or late (8:30 pm) dinner seating, and will be paired with other passengers. A violinist rotates between the Stellar Prime and Admiralty Club. Sommeliers are also available at both venues, but the wine list has a limited number of options for wine-by-the-glass. The restaurant is one level, with big round tables and some smaller 2-seat tables, all with white tablecloths.

Plunge Grill is a small, open-air buffet restaurant located close to the swimming pool area (La Piscina) on Lido Deck. It serves hot dogs, burgers, and fries at lunch and transforms into an omelet station for breakfast. The venue serves a late breakfast (10-11 am) and lunch items all afternoon.

Ocean View Buffet is the ship's main buffet restaurant with panoramic window seating and contemporary, furniture. This cafeteria-like restaurant has a centrally-located buffet station and doesn't have additional food stations.

Admiralty Club Restaurant is a steakhouse restaurant with a 5-course menu.

Latitude is an a la carte priced, counter-style cafe bar/patisserie located in the corner of Ocean View Buffet. The cafe serves specialty coffees with complimentary, fresh-made pastries and gelato ice-creams.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The cruise ship had 7 musical venues, multiple lounges, 5 swimming pools and whirlpools, wellness center, 3 shops, 3 kids' areas. Legends Theater (850-seat show lounge) features a large stage and rotating cocktail chairs with tables for drinks. It spreads across 2 decks and has large porthole windows covered by curtains. The signature production shows change every 8 weeks, but include performances of American hits with many costume changes, plus variety acts that feature acrobats, comedians, magicians. In addition to the live performances, the theater lounge is also used for movies.

Wine tastings kick off in the afternoon, as do steel drum band performances and pool parties. Welcome aboard orientations, ship tours, martini tastings, and casino gaming lessons keep travelers occupied until the sun goes down.

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Grand Celebration Wiki

The vessel ("MS Celebration"/ aka "Carnival Celebration") was launched on August 9, 1986, delivered to CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines (shipowner) in February 1987 and started its Inaugural Cruise on March 14, 1987.

MS Celebration cruise ship (Carnival Celebration)

The vessel (hull/yard number 597) was launched/floated out from drydock on August 9, 1986, and delivered to CCL in February 1987. MS Celebration's Maiden Voyage departed on March 14th (1987).

In June 2008 the boat was renamed to "Grand Celebration" and transferred to IberoCruceros ( Carnival Corporation -owned brand). In November 2014 it was transferred to Costa Cruises (as "Costa Celebration") after Carnival terminated the Ibero brand. However, on November 21 (departure scheduled as Maiden Voyage for Costa), Carnival announced the vessel's sale (to an undisclosed buyer). On November 22, Celebration was removed from Costa's website and all bookings canceled - with either full refunds or rebooking on other Costa ships. On December 23 was revealed the new shipowner - Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line/Margaritaville ( new company brand ). The Inaugural Cruise for Bahamas Paradise started on February 3, 2015 (out of homeport Palm Beach FL ).

In September 2017, the Grand Celebration, the ship was chartered by FEMA (USA's "Federal Emergency Management Agency") as a hotel ship for the US National Guard. The humanitarian mission started in St Thomas Island USVI on September 23, 2017. The charter period was through mid-December. The cruise ship re-entered service on December 23, 2017.

In 2017, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) chartered the cruise ship for 90 days for a total of USD 25,75 million (daily charter rate USD 286,100). During the 90-day period (September through December) the vessel remained docked in Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI) serving as a hotel ship for survivors following the hurricanes Irma and Maria (September 2017). The ship re-entered service for "Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line" in mid-December, continuing its 2-day Palm Beach to Bahamas cruise program. FEMA is a US Government agency (US Department of Homeland Security) created to coordinate the response to all types of disasters in the USA. FEMA overwhelms all other local and state authorities after the governor of a particular state officially request from the US president FEMA's response to the disaster.

MS Grand Celebration ship (Ibero Cruises)

Sadly (due to the Coronavirus crisis), in January 2021, the 34-year-old vessel was beached at Alang India and soon scrapped .

Next table shows the ship's last scheduled voyage (in 2021), with prices from USD 130-140 per person (with double occupancy).

"2-Night From West Palm Beach to Nassau Cruise"

The cruise ship's namesake (in the period 1987-2008) is Carnival Celebration (2022- newbuild ).

Margaritaville at Sea passenger files lawsuit saying she was raped in Bahamas hotel

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  • A passenger on a Margaritaville at Sea cruise is suing the cruise line’s parent company Classica Cruise Operator claiming she was sexually assaulted by an employee of the hotel booked by the company.
  • The hotel has a history of sexual assault allegations, and the cruise line was liable to warn about and protect passengers from the hotel’s “dangerous conditions,” said the lawsuit.
  • This is the latest in a string of sexual assault incidents involving Margaritaville at Sea cruises.

A Margaritaville at Sea passenger is suing the cruise line’s parent company Classica Cruise Operator claiming she was sexually assaulted by an employee of the hotel booked by the company, according to the lawsuit filed last week.

The hotel has a history of sexual assault allegations, and the cruise line was liable to warn about and protect passengers from the hotel’s “dangerous conditions,” said the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

“We want to make people aware,” Alex Perez, the passenger’s attorney from the maritime and admiralty law firm Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., told USA TODAY. “These things happen in foreign ports. I know you’re on vacation but you have to be careful. This can help people make informed decisions.”

The passenger, named “Jane Doe” in the case, is a Missouri resident who went on a two-day cruise from West Palm Beach, Florida, to the Bahamas and back in August 2023. 

According to the complaint, Classica had arranged for the passenger to stay at the Viva Fortuna Beach by Wyndham, located in Freeport in the Bahamas because the ship did not have cabins available for her.

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The lawsuit states that the passenger left her room at night to get water when an employee forced her into the control room of the resort’s theatre, locked the door and raped her. 

This isn’t the first allegation of rape at the Viva Fortuna Beach by Wyndham. In 2016, a TripAdvisor user who went to the resort to get married wrote a review saying she was gang raped by staff when a security officer opened her door while her husband was out. The general manager had responded to the review by saying the resort takes “allegations of violence very seriously.” The investigation hit a dead-end when no evidence was found. 

Resort employees have a “practice” of encouraging alcohol to the guests “with a motive to sexually assault and/or rape them if they became vulnerable,” according to the complaint.

“Prior to the subject incident, (Classica and Wyndham) knew or should have known that the resort was not reasonably safe and/or employees at the Resort had a proclivity for sexual misconduct,” the lawsuit said. However, Classica neglected to warn the passenger or provide her with security during her stay there. 

Margaritaville at Sea and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

Jane Doe is suing the resort for damages for the physical injuries and pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, “mental anguish,” “loss of enjoyment of life” and medical expenses among other things she experienced from the assault. 

The lawsuit will help “prevent any of this happening to anyone else,” Perez said. “That’s step No. 1. I’m not here to make the cruise lines look like the bad guy. I have a sister, a mother, there’s women in my life, and I don’t want anything like this to happen to someone.”

This is the latest in a string of sexual assault incidents involving Margaritaville at Sea Cruises. Last year, two women aboard the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise cruise ship said they were raped by a bartender who snuck into their room at night, ultimately impregnating one. 

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

The Key Points at the top of this article were created with the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reviewed by a journalist before publication. No other parts of the article were generated using AI. Learn more .

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12 Things To Do In Freeport: Complete Guide To This Bustling Bahamas City

F reeport is known by different names: The Second City and The Industrial Capital. The former refers to its title as the second-largest city in The Bahamas, trailing only Nassau . The latter nickname refers to its role as a center for international business owing to its strategic position on a major shipping route. These titles have earned Freeport some notoriety in the region, making it the largest city in the Grand Bahama, the island on which it’s found.

And, like any other destination in The Bahamas, Freeport also earns its stripes from tourism, with its stunning waterfront beaches drawing millions of tourists annually. Still, tourists speak good things about attractions like the Lucayan National Park, found just a short drive from the city. Whether one is looking for diving sites, snorkeling spots, shopping locations, or dining spots, this article shares a complete list of the things to do in Freeport to help those planning a trip.

UPDATE: 2023/08/24 15:29 EST BY NOAH STAATS

There Are More Things To Do When Heading To Freeport!

This article has been refreshed with four new stops in Freeport, Bahamas, as well as a section on tips for potential visitors. Whether someone wants to learn about maritime history, taste local beer, explore a natural preserve, or walk through a vibrant town, Freeport is the place to be this summer, fall, and beyond!

Things To Do

The beaches in Freeport are among the main reasons visitors troop to this city on the Grand Bahama. However, there are a number of attractions and activities that are bound to keep tourists busy throughout their visit. Below is a look at some of the top things to do in or near Freeport .

Learn Something New At The Bahamas Maritime Museum

One thing to see while in Freeport is the Bahamas Maritime Museum . Here lies the rich history of the islands, its vast maritime tradition, its amazing collection of recovered treasures and antiquities, and the people who helped form The Bahamas that we know today.

Notably, this museum is in partnership with the Bahamas government and is a must-see destination on the island. The entire area has a rich maritime history, and there's no better place to learn about it than Freeport.

  • Address: G974+8XW Sea Horse Road Port Lucaya Marketplace Freeport, Bahamas 00000 Grand Bahama, Bahamas
  • Open Monday - Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Tickets: $12 per adult, $6 per child

Tour The Bahamian Brewery

For those who want to take a tour of the island's brewery, heading over to The Bahamian Brewery is worth a shot. Here, people can take guided tours through the beer-making process, try local brews, and even purchase their favorites at the gift shop.

Notably, The Brewery produces nine different brands: Sands, Sands Light, Sands Pink Grapefruit Radler, Sands Passion/Guava Radler, High Rock Lager, Strong Back Stout, and others, making this the perfect afternoon stop.

  • Address: G7F6+GV3, Grand Bahaman, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours: Open Monday - Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Pricing: $15 per guest, two-person minimum

Embrace Horses At Pinetree Stables

Something fun while in Freeport is visiting the iconic Pinetree Stables , a horseriding and sightseeing opportunity while on the island. This is one of the more popular attractions, with horse tours booking up fast.

During the ride, people can expect to experience a two-hour private guided trail ride on island-bred horses boasting fire climax pine forest with castle views, cool, dense hardwood coppice dunes, beach, and ocean.

  • Tour service in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Address: Beachway Dr, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Price: $185 per person
  • Weight Limit: 200 pounds

Explore Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park is found about 17 miles east of Freeport, a drive that lasts about 20 minutes. Boasting an area of 40 acres, the national park’s claim to fame is its underwater cave system, which is recognized as one of the largest in the world.

Two of these caves are open for exploration, but one requires a special permit.

This site is also home to diverse bird life, with rare species like the Bahamian Parrot and the Red-legged Thrush calling this home. Visitors can view these birds and more while trekking the trails and boardwalks that run through the national park.

  • Address : High Rock, Bahamas
  • Hours : Sat & Sun: 9 am - 4 pm (closed the rest of the week)
  • Admission : $12 (adults); $6 (kids 12 and under); $9 (seniors 60+)

Walk Around The Port Lucaya Marina

The next thing to do in Freeport is to head over to the Port Lucaya Marina, a bustling dock for boats on the island. Here, guests can find a sheltered marina with colorful painted buildings, plus docking and facilities for boats and yachts.

This is a nice spot to catch sunrise or sunset while on the water or on a boat tour, so that's something to keep in mind. Boat tours also run in and out of here, so it could be a location to inquire about with the hotel you're staying at.

  • Address: G975+H2Q, Sea Horse Rd, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours: Open 24 hours

Shop At The Port Lucaya Marketplace

Those looking for the perfect place to shop in Freeport will be drawn to Port Lucaya Marketplace , the largest open-air marketplace in the Bahamas. The market is made up of more than 40 stores selling everything from Bahamian crafts and souvenirs to designer products.

Port Lucaya’s colorful and boisterous nature is taken a notch higher with live entertainment at The Market Square.

Still, those looking for local cuisine can head to one of the many dining spots in the marketplace, serving the famous conch dishes, seafood, and so much more. This fun spot is made even more appealing by its location close to Lucaya Beach.

  • Address : Sea Horse Rd, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours : Sun - Thu: 7 am - 12 am; Fri & Sat: 7 am - 2 am

Wander Around The Garden Of The Groves

Nature lovers are always drawn to Garden of the Groves , a serene botanical garden in Freeport with 12 acres of tropical plants from more than 10,000 species. It’s also home to a variety of birds, ranging from hummingbirds to flycatchers, making this a delightful spot for birdwatchers.

This certified Wildlife Habitat can be explored via the trails that lead to features like waterfalls and fountains, as well as a chapel that hosts weddings. There are also shops, a café, a bar, and a playground for kids, making this a perfect family destination.

  • Address : HC3H+346, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours : 9 am - 4 pm (daily)
  • Admission : $17 (adults); $12 (children 5 to 11 yrs)

Visit Rand Nature Center

Rand Nature Center is another serene location in Freeport, offering 100 acres of natural space made up of Bahamian flora and fauna. Visitors can explore this location via the extensive trail system that cuts through the different ecosystems, from the pine barrens to a freshwater wildlife pond.

Birdwatchers will also enjoy their visit as Rand Nature Center is a popular birding hotspot in the area. In fact, the nature center receives a huge population of birds from October to May, which escape the winter in the north. There are also flamingoes, turtles, and raccoons at Rand.

  • Address : E Settlers Way, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours : Mon - Fri: 9 am - 4 pm; Sat: 9 am - 2 pm (closed on Sun)
  • Admission : $12 (adults); $9 (seniors 60+); $6 (children 12 and under)

Relax At The Beach

There’s no getting away from the fact that Freeport is a destination for beachgoers, with a number of world-class beaches for those who want to spend time by the ocean. Here are some of the top beaches in Freeport .

Taino Beach

Taino Beach is found about 15 minutes from Port Lucaya Marketplace on the island’s south coast. This beach is renowned for its snorkeling spots, but visitors can also enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding here.

Related: This Island Has The Best Snorkeling In The Bahamas

Xanadu Beach

Found about 20 minutes from Port Lucaya Marketplace, Xanadu Beach is beloved by windsurfers as it offers some of the best windsurfing conditions. Visitors can also enjoy kiteboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling at Xanadu.

Lucaya Beach

Those who enjoy parasailing can head to Lucaya Beach, found just a short walk from Port Lucaya Marketplace. This beach’s location close to the market makes it one of the most popular in Freeport, and it’s a good place to go swimming or simply sunbathing.

Spend A Day At Peterson Cay National Park

Peterson Cay National Park is an island park found about 25 minutes outside of Freeport, and it’s only accessible by boat. Spanning about 1.5 acres, it is also surrounded by a 3.5-mile coral reef with a number of marine species that call this home, ranging from colorful fish to stingrays.

A popular activity at Peterson Cay is snorkeling, thanks to the stunning coral reef. A number of tour operators organize snorkeling tours to the national park, but visitors can also sign up for kayaking experiences. The park is also outfitted with picnic spots, restrooms, and a snack bar.

Go Diving At Deadman’s Reef

Found on the western end of The Grand Bahama Island, Deadman’s Reef offers visitors an unforgettable snorkeling and diving experience. This location’s marine life diversity is no different from other attractions on the island, with sea turtles, stingrays, and even dolphins making up the population.

Visitors are particularly drawn to the area’s diving spots; there are designated diving areas that are safe for everyone. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also allowed at this location.

Explore Theo’s Wreck

Theo’s Wreck is another popular dive site near Freeport, which is a sunken vessel that has created an artificial reef. Actually, the vessel was intentionally sunk in the 1980s to create this reef that is now beloved among diving enthusiasts.

  • Several companies organize diving tours to Theo’s Wreck, which is accessible by boat as it’s located 1.5 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama Island.

Best Time To Visit Freeport

Freeport has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures and sunshine throughout the year. The ideal months to visit are from December to April, as the weather is cooler and drier, perfect for spending time outdoors. Here's a look at what to expect in Freeport during different months.

December to April

These months mark the peak tourist season in Freeport, with comfortable temperatures and minimal rainfall. The average high temperature is around 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), while the average low is roughly 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius).

The dry season offers lower humidity levels and clear skies, making it an excellent time for outdoor activities. However, it’s more expensive to visit Freeport at this time owing to the higher tourist numbers.

Related: Here's What Makes December A Surprisingly Good Time To Visit The Bahamas

May to November

Temperatures in Freeport begin to rise during these months, with average highs reaching 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) and lows around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). The humidity levels also increase, leading up to the rainy season.

Despite the heat and humidity, these months can still be a suitable time to visit Freeport as the tourist crowds start to dissipate and prices become more affordable. However, visitors should be prepared for occasional rain showers and the possibility of hurricanes, particularly between June and November.

The hurricane season in the Bahamas typically runs from June to November, with the highest risk of storms occurring between August and October. While hurricanes are not frequent in Freeport, it is important for visitors to stay on top of weather updates and follow any safety guidelines provided by local authorities. Travelers who choose to visit during this period can benefit from lower prices and fewer crowds, but they should also consider purchasing travel insurance for added protection.

Best Ways Around Freeport, Bahamas

Travelers flying into Freeport will arrive at the Grand Bahama International Airport, located just 3 miles from the city center. This airport receives daily flights from major cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Nassau.

To explore the city and its surroundings, tourists can use the following means of transportation.

Taxis are a popular and convenient way to get around Freeport. They can be found at the airport, hotels, and popular tourist spots. Fares are typically based on zones rather than meters, with prices starting at around $5 for short trips within the city.

Confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey.

For those who prefer more flexibility and independence, renting a car is an excellent option. Several car rental agencies operate in Freeport, offering a variety of vehicles to suit different needs and budgets. Driving in Freeport is on the left side of the road, and a valid driver's license from the visitor's home country is required.

Freeport's public bus system provides an affordable way to explore the city and its surroundings. The buses operate from 7 a.m. to sunset, but there’s no fixed schedule.

  • Buses run on several routes on Grand Bahama, with fares starting at $1.50 per ride.

Related: 10 Tips For Booking A Flight From New York To The Bahamas

For those looking to visit nearby islands or enjoy a scenic ride along the coast, ferries are available for transportation. The Bahamas Ferries company offers services between Freeport and several other islands in the Bahamas, including Nassau and Abaco.

  • Prices vary depending on the destination and type of ticket, with one-way fares starting at around $40.

Several bike rental shops are available in Freeport, offering a range of bicycles for different skill levels and preferences.

  • Prices for bike rentals start at around $15 per day.

Where To Eat In Freeport

Eating out in Freeport involves local favorites, seafood, and great views. Here are some great options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks on the island.

Breakfast/Lunch

Merport Bistro

  • Address : 3 Merport Building One Town Center Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas
  • Hours : Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
  • Meals : House Buttermilk Pancakes, Blueberry Swirl Pancakes, California Omelet, Native Stew Conch with Grits, Stew Fish

Zorbas Café & Pastries

  • Hours : 8 am - 10 pm (daily)
  • Meals : Coconut French Toast, Tuna & Grits, Waffles, Fried Calamari, Grilled Octopus

Lunch/Dinner

The Stoned Crab Restaurant

  • Address : Taino Beach West Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas
  • Hours : Wed-Sat: 1 pm - 9 pm; Sun: 11 am - 6 pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
  • Meals : Seared Scallops, Shrimp Caesar, Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Stir Fry, Grilled Lobster

Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience

  • Address : Taino Beach, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours : Sun - Fri: 12 pm - 6 pm (closed on Sat)
  • Meals : Conch salad, Roast Conch, Roast Fish, Grilled Conch Burger, Lobster

Dinner/Drinks

Sabor Restaurant & Bar

  • Hours : 11 am - 4 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm (daily)
  • Meals : Adaiah’s Cheese Steak & Lobster Sandwich, Thai Coconut Curry Seafood Pan, Lemon Peppered Grilled Grouper, Pasta
  • Drinks : Cocktails: Absolute Stress, Almond Joy, Apple-Tini, Cosmopolitan, Dirty Bloody Mary, Margaritas, Mojitos

Flying Fish GastroBar

  • Address : 1 Seahorse Road Box F 42555, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Hours : 12 pm - 9 pm (daily)
  • Meals : Grilled Lamb ribs, Crispy Pork Belly, Sweet & Sour Conch Bites, Piri Piri Shrimp, Charred Octopus
  • Drinks : The Margarita, Mojito, Purple Rain, Flying Fish Punch, Mango Cilantro Margarita, Ultimate Gin & Tonic

Where To Stay In Freeport

From luxury resorts to beachfront Airbnbs , Freeport has a variety of accommodations for those visiting. Below are some recommendations.

Luxury Stays

Luxurious Townhouse

  • Address : Freeport, Bahamas
  • Price : From $396
  • Amenities : 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, beach access, washer/dryer, 55-inch TV, indoor fireplace, full kitchen, private patio, BBQ grill, shared pool

Pelican Bay Resort at Lucaya

  • Address : Seahorse Road On Lucayan Bay, 1, Freeport, Bahamas
  • Price : From $172
  • Amenities : Infinity pool, fitness center, spa, pool bar, restaurant, laundry facilities, free parking

Mid-Tier Hotels

Dolphin Cove

  • Address : #14 Swan Drive, Freeport 99999
  • Price : From $170
  • Amenities : Fitness center, hot tub, pool, spa, bar, restaurant, garden

The Marlin at Taino Beach Resort & Clubs

  • Address : 30 Jolly Roger Dr, Freeport, The Bahamas, Freeport
  • Price : From $118
  • Amenities : Private beach, tennis court, pool, hot tub, free parking, restaurant, bar, watersport facilities

Related: 10 Budget-Friendly Airbnbs To Book In The Bahamas

Budget Accommodations

Charming Studio In The Sky

  • Price : From $92
  • Amenities : Double bed, washer, full kitchen, free parking

The Blue Haven Getaway

  • Price : From $105
  • Amenities : 1 bedroom, 1 bath, workstation, kitchenette, beach access, private backyard, free parking

Tips For Visiting Freeport, Bahamas

When it comes to tips for visiting Freeport in the Bahamas, this shouldn't be a difficult place to navigate, as it's incredibly tourist-heavy and friendly. However, it is recommended to be observant of local rules and policies while here to avoid issues with authorities.

The Bahamas, although laid back, do tend to save Sunday for church and family, so expect businesses to have modified hours or be closed. Cruise ships pull in and out of Freeport daily, so there are crowds during that time. It might be better to stay away from the main port if you don't want to wait in long lines for food, gifts, or beach access.

Regardless, the weather and people are nearly perfect here, and the hotels, restaurants, and shops are worth walking through while on the island.

Spending The Perfect Day In Freeport, Bahamas

Start the perfect day in Freeport with a stroll at Lucaya Beach before having breakfast at a beachside eatery. After the meal, head to the Lucayan National Park for a morning exploring the site’s trails and possibly the underwater caves on a diving expedition.

Afterward, visit Taino Beach and enjoy a seafood lunch at one of the beachside restaurants like Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience. Then, sunbathe at the beach or enjoy some water activities like paddleboarding. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through Garden Of The Groves before enjoying an evening of shopping and dining at Port Lucaya Marketplace.

Finally, catch a live performance at Market Square in the marketplace to wind down the day.

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Executives of classica cruise lines have yet to say what their plans are for the cruise ship bought from carnival cruise lines; the ship is too big to operate out of palm beach..

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The Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise line has bought a second ship from Carnival Cruise Line but don't expect it to operate out of the Port of Palm Beach ; it is too big.

There has been speculation for some time that Classica Cruise Operator LTD, the entity that owns Margaritaville at Sea Paradise , was looking to add a second ship.

The Paradise , Classica Cruise's only ship, offers three-day, two-night sailings to Grand Bahama from the Port of Palm Beach. Executives of Classica Cruise have declined to comment about the purchase or its plans for Costa Atlantica, a 23-year-old vessel. It is 959 feet long, about 200 feet longer than Margaritaville at Sea Paradise . The length limit for a vessel at Port of Palm Beach is about 800 feet.

The Costa Atlantica, already renamed "Margaritaville at Sea Islander," can accommodate 2,680 passengers, nearly double that of the Paradise ship. The Costa Atlantica operated a range of itineraries for the Costa Cruises line, a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise lines. It had been closely associated with the Chinese market and was part of a joint partnership between Carnival and China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

According to VesselsValue, a company that provides data on ships, Costa Atlantica was constructed by STX Finland. It has an estimated value of $65 million. Port of Palm Beach spokeswoman Yaremi Farinas said the port does not know what the plans are for the new vessel but confirmed its length prevents it from operating out of the Port of Palm Beach.

More on the new cruise ship: The Margaritaville at Sea Islander

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In a statement emailed to The Palm Beach Post, Executive Director Michael Meekins said the cruise line notified the Port that new investors are acquiring ownership and control of the company, adding that the management is comfortable with the ownership change and looks forward to more years of shared success.

The Post reported in June that the Margaritaville Paradise ship was generating strong revenue. In June 2022, its first full month of operation, the passenger count was 13,688 and the following month, it doubled to nearly 27,000. Nearly 43,000 passengers boarded the vessel in July 2023, 59% more than the same month of a year ago.

The Costa Atlantica remains registered in the Bahamas. It is still at dock with Carnival Corp., according to a Maritime Executive, and has not been used since the pandemic.

So what port will be the home base for Margaritaville at Sea Islander? Possible sites include PortMiami and Port Everglades.

Mike Diamond is a journalist at  The Palm Beach Post , part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. He covers Palm Beach County government and transportation. You can reach him at [email protected] . Help support local journalism. Subscribe today

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