Margaritaville at Sea introduces unlimited cruise pass
Boutique cruise line Margaritaville at Sea has introduced an industry first – a season pass for cruise excursions.
Dubbed the Ultimate Paradise Pass, the special offer is limited to just 500 passes and is only available while supplies last. The pass is valid for unlimited 2-night cruises aboard the cruise line’s only ship. Margaritaville in Sea Paradisewith departure dates from April 1st to December 31st, 2023.
There are only four blackout dates for the pass: July 2nd, July 28th, September 2nd, November 23rd and December 31st. All other embarkation dates throughout the year are for Passport holders.
However, interested guests should note that cruises do not have to be consecutive and can only be booked 24-72 hours before the sailing date. This means that instead of creating their own week-long cruises or planning cruises months in advance, guests can enjoy multiple cruises as long as they are booked separately and close to departure.
Margaritaville at Sea offers 2-night cruises to Free port in the Bahamasstarting from the Palm Beach Harbour. Cruises operate year-round and guests can book using their passes from April 1st.
Interested guests must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a pass and passes are only available to US residents.
A great deal, but be aware of the additional fees
The Ultimate Paradise Pass is available for $899 (USD) and secures the best available ocean view or inside cabin on guests’ select cruises. Exact cabins will be assigned upon check-in at the cruise terminal and are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.
Because cabins are double occupancy, pass holders can bring a friend on each cruise free of charge and choose different friends or family members to accompany them on each cruise if they wish.
In addition to the cost of the pass, guests must pay a $19.99 booking fee for each cruise (a fee per stateroom), and each passenger—both the pass holder and their guest—must pay applicable taxes, fees, and port costs. These fees are currently $94.40 per person but are subject to change.
Gratuities and possible fuel surcharges are also not included in the pass price, and no discounts apply to the purchase of food or beverages, casino games, or spa treatments or products.
Passes are non-transferable and the pass holder must travel with their guest on each cruise booked.
Ultimate Paradise Passes may be renewed for 2024, but no information is yet available as to what pass rates or other fees may apply for 2024 and beyond.
Additional benefits for pass holders
While the additional fees seem to negate what the pass is great about, the Ultimate Paradise Pass offers additional perks.
Pass holders receive a 10% discount on all packages and excursions purchased on board, such as:
The 10% discount also applies to onboard retail purchases. Exclusive previews and events are also only offered to pass holders.
On the first cruise purchased with the pass, the pass holder will receive a free Express Pass, which includes faster check-in, priority baggage delivery and more.
Sailing at sea with Margaritaville
While this boutique cruise line currently only has one ship in its fleet, Margaritaville in Sea Paradise is a well-travelled and meticulously maintained ship.
The ship was originally built in 1991 for Costa Cruises as Classic coast, and has been renamed, refurbished and upgraded several times during its long life. In 2018 she was acquired by the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Converted to Margaritaville at Sea in early 2022.
Characterized by vibrant tropical decor and a fun atmosphere, the 52,926 gross tonnage ship can welcome 1,308 passengers on double occupancy and up to 1,680 guests on full occupancy. More than 600 crew members are on board to provide excellent service with a festive, relaxing atmosphere.
Source: News Network
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