Margaritaville’s first cruise ship is now leaving Florida


If you fancy a vacation at sea with the possibility of wasting away (again), Jimmy Buffett’s hotel empire has you covered.

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…and it’s everything you’d expect from a Margaritaville floating resort.

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On May 14, the Margaritaville began passenger sailings aboard its first ship, the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise.

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The company’s cruise arm may be new, but the ship is already over 30 years old.

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Margaritaville has partnered with Florida-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to create the new cruise brand.

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This latest cruise brand has since adopted the Margaritaville at Sea brand…

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…and its flagship, the Grand Classica, followed the same route.

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After undergoing a “multi-million dollar investment and refurbishment”, remnants of the cruise ship’s past life have since been stripped down and replaced with…

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…a statue of a giant flip-flop…

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…and the promise of a tropical paradise at sea.

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The Margaritaville ship can sail up to 590 crew members who will then tend to carry up to 1,680 passengers.

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To accommodate these guests, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise has nearly 660 cabins ranging from inside and ocean view cabins (shown below)…

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… to junior suites and terrace.

A rendering of the luxurious Grand Terrace Suite on the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise.  The suite has a separate bedroom, living room and terrace.

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When you’re onboard, you can’t hide from the Margaritaville brand (or, dare I say, culture).

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Like all of Margaritaville’s hospitality offerings, the cruise ship is a goldmine of Jimmy Buffett credentials.

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Almost every amenity aboard the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise is named after a Jimmy Buffett reference or song, including Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria…

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… and the Port de l’Indécision Buffet.

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There are also several dining concepts available at the brand’s hotels and resorts, such as License to Chill and 5 o’Clock Somewhere bars.

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The buffet is smaller than those found on today’s modern giant cruise liners, but it still offers a variety of dishes and the crucial pasta and dessert bars.

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If you’re craving upscale dining, you can pay extra to eat at JWB Prime Steakhouse, an upscale concept available at select Margaritaville hotels.

Steak on a plate and bread in a basket surrounded by crockery at the JWB Prime Steakhouse on the Margaritaville in Sea Paradise.

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For more relaxed cruisers, there is also the main dining room, a pizzeria…

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