COVID 19 - Bahama Paradise Cruise Line

SAILING PROCEDURES

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM THE PORT OF PALM BEACH ON GRAND CLASSICA

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Booked guests will be provided full details before sailing.

 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE (as of September 21st, 2021)

This NEW POLICY relates to all sailings on Grand Classica beginning September 26th, 2021, through and including the sailing of October 30, 2021, departing from West Palm Beach.

The Bahamian Government recently announced new protocols requiring any visitors (12 years and older) to be fully vaccinated. Due to this latest requirement, we will now be requiring all guests 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated on all sailings beginning September 26th, 2021, through and including the sailing of October 30, 2021.

All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, will be asked to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. In addition, all vaccinated guests over 12 years old will need to provide either negative PCR tests OR negative Antigen test results not more than 72 hours before sailings. Guests will be considered fully vaccinated if they have received their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (or their single dose, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise. Vaccinated guests (if they provide proof of testing 72 hours before, are NO LONGER required to take the Antigen test at the port prior to embarkation).

THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO OUR CURRENT TESTING POLICY for sailings between September 26th and October 30th.

If guests are unable or unwilling to show proof of vaccination, they will be denied boarding and will be unable to sail. The Bahamian Government are ONLY accepting vaccinated guests during this period.

For guests under 12, (aged 2-11 years) who are currently ineligible for the vaccine, they can still cruise with us, if they provide a negative PCR test at least 72 hours prior to sailing and undergo an Antigen test at the port prior to embarkation. The cost of this Antigen test is $45 per person, nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. If they are unable to provide a PCR test, one can be done at the port. The cost of this is $120 per person nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line highly recommends that all guests arrive at the terminal with a COVID test performed less than 72 hours prior to sailing in order to expedite boarding.

Children under 2 years do not need to provide negative tests results nor wear a mask inside the ship.

For our Cruise and Stay guests or for one-way guests the same policy applies plus these guests will need to provide a copy of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa before embarkation. If guests are unable to provide a copy of the Travel Health Visa, then guests will be denied boarding as per mandate from the Bahamian Government.

For Bahamian one-way guests the same applies. All guests MUST be vaccinated, provide negative test results and the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Failure to do so will result in guests being denied boarding.

 

Authorized and Recommended Vaccines:

The CDC accepts all vaccines authorized by the FDA and the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVID-19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BionTech
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

For more information:

visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

 

The Bahamas Entry Requirement:

 

2-Night Cruise Guests:

For the most updated information about the Bahamas entry requirements please visit: https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates

 

Travel Documents Checklist

  • Passport Books (not cards) are strongly recommended, but not required. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the sailing’s return date. Original birth certificates with raised seal of the state of birth and/or driver’s licenses are accepted when passports are not available.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card OR Negative RT-PCR Test Result to board the ship.

 

Cruise & Stay Guests

  • Guests without a Bahamas Travel Health Visa will be denied boarding.

Leaving from West Palm Beach:

  • All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, will be asked to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. In addition, all vaccinated guests over 12 years old will need to provide either negative PCR tests OR negative Antigen test results not more than 72 hours before sailings
  • For guests under 12, (aged 2-11 years) who are currently ineligible for the vaccine, they can still cruise with us, if they provide a negative PCR test at least 72 hours prior to sailing and undergo an Antigen test at the port prior to embarkation. The cost of this Antigen test is $45 per person, nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. If they are unable to provide a PCR test one can be done at the port. The cost of this is $120 per person nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line highly recommends that all guests organize their COVID tests where possible before they sail.

Leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island:

  • Returning Vaccinated Guests (they must show proof of vaccine) will be required to take another COVID-19 Antigen test. Guests can contact the front desk of their resort to arrange for the Antigen test. Some resorts have this available on site. This can be no more than 24 hours prior to boarding.
  • PLEASE NOTE: While the cruise line will try it best to process the tests, it is the guest’s absolute responsibility to obtain the Bahamian Travel Health Visa. Guests will be denied access to the terminal and denied boarding if they are not in possession of the Travel Health Visa by the time the ship sails. It is therefore highly recommended that guests are in possession of the Travel Health Visa before sailing as there is NO GUARANTEE that a Health Visa will be processed in time to travel.

ONE-WAY

  • ALL One-Way guests, require the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Please visit https://travel.gov.bs/ for application details.
  • Guests without a Bahamas Travel health Visa will be denied boarding.

Leaving from West Palm Beach

  • All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, will be asked to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. In addition, all vaccinated guests over 12 years old will need to provide either negative PCR tests OR negative Antigen test results not more than 72 hours before sailings
  • For guests under 12, (aged 2-11 years) who are currently ineligible for the vaccine, they can still cruise with us, if they provide a negative PCR test at least 72 hours prior to sailing and undergo an Antigen test at the port prior to embarkation. The cost of this Antigen test is $45 per person, nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. If they are unable to provide a PCR test one can be done at the port. The cost of this is $120 per person nonrefundable and will be charged to their onboard account. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line highly recommends that all guests organize their COVID tests where possible before they sail.

Leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

All guests traveling one way MUST be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccine. Guests will be required to provide a negative Antigen test no more than 24 hours prior to sailing. To register for your test in Grand Bahama Island please visit https://www.doctorshosp.com/covid-testing

 

Cruise Ready Recap:

Boarding Day:
  • We’ve designed an enhanced, staggered check-in and embarkation to streamline the process at the terminal. Guests who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and guests who arrive late will need to wait until we can work them into another group.
  • Remember you need to wear your face-covering at the terminal from valet parking to embarkation.

 

 

Onboard the Ship:

As we return to the sea, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is sailing with fewer guests on board, letting you ease back into your getaway.

 

Dining

As all dining venues will offer socially distanced seating; it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations in advance for your onboard dining. You can reserve a table at our specialty dining venues before your cruise by emailing service@cruisebp.com or at the terminal before boarding.

 

Entertainment

All entertainment venues will offer socially distanced seating.

 

Shore Excursions

Be sure to check out our selection of shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to align our health protocols and guidance. You can reserve your shore excursion by calling (800) 374-4363 or at the terminal before boarding.

 

Local Regulations

When going into port, you must observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations that are in place. During onshore excursions, your local guide will let you know when a mask is needed. Please visit for the most updated information.

Before booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of COVID-19 is detected onboard the ship during your voyage, the voyage will end immediately, the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted and/or delayed. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries.