Cruise ship denied entry to Havana
The "Grand Classica" was denied entry in Havana in the morning of Feb 15, 2019. It left the port of Palm Beach on its maiden voyage to Cuba. The plan was to get to Havana at 7 a.m. Friday. Some people would get off the ship, and some Cuban nationals would temporarily board. Viva Travels had chartered the Grand "Classica". They said despite prior approval from the Cuban government, they were denied entry for unknown reasons and insted headed to the Bahamas before returning to the Port of Palm Beach, completing their 4-day cruise.
Man died after falling on board
Christopher McGrory, 29, a passenger of the "Grand Classica", died after being medevaced from the cruise ship which sailed from Palm Beach to Freeport. The man was at a bachelor’s party in advance of his Dec. 1 wedding. He fell on board in the night hours when the ship was 13 miles east of the port.The U.S. Coast Guard received a call on Oct 18, 2018, around 8:15 p.m. The man was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where hospital staff pronounced him dead. The ship then resumed its itinerary to Grand Bahama Island.
New Cruise Ship Arrived in Port of Palm Beach, Florida
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s new cruise ship named Grand Classica has arrived at the Port of Palm Beach, Florida to offer new cruises after being purchased from Costa Cruises and undergoing a major refurbishment. Grand Classica which is the newest ship in the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line fleet arrived in Palm Beach this morning. There was a musical welcome when the ship arrived with a performance by the Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation. The new addition joins Grand Celebration which already sails to the Bahamas from the Florida port. https://www.facebook.com/BPCruiseLine/videos/1498705956905575/Upload News