Shaquem Griffin, winner of the NFL Game Changer Award and NCAA Inspiration Award, served as godfather of Margaritaville at Sea Paradise during Friday festivities.
Port Executive Director Manuel Almira, alongside Port of Palm Beach District Board of Commission Vice Chair Jean Enright and Commissioner Joseph Anderson, presented a commemorative plaque to the the ship’s captain, Margaritaville at Sea CEO Oneil Khosa and Margaritaville Holdings CEO John Cohlan.
Almira predicted a 'positive economic impact to the City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County and the state of Florida' from this 'one-of-a-kind cruise experience.
Rebranded line, ship and amenities
The ship is the former Grand Classica, which sailed for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. It has rebranded to Margaritaville at Sea and the vessel underwent a transformation to offer 11 rebranded food and beverage venues, a Broadway-style show written and produced by Jimmy Buffett and Frank Marshall and a St. Somewhere Spa.
Margaritaville at Sea Paradise has 658 staterooms that can accommodate almost 1,700 passengers.
Port of Palm Beach connectivity
The Port of Palm Beach is a 15-minute drive from the Palm Beach International Airport and a five-minute walk from the Riviera Beach Marina Village with its restaurants and watersports offerings including paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing.
The West Palm Beach Brightline Station and the nearby Tri-Rail station in Mangonia Park provide connectivity to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Miami International airports.
Margaritaville at Seas is featured in the current issue of Seatrade Cruise Review