Free Bahamas Sailings on Your Birthday
Discovery Cruise Line, a small Florida-based cruise company, offers round-trip sailings to Grand Bahama Island for free during your birthday month, and from $50 per adult—kids 12 and under are always free. Guests can choose to complete the round-trip in one day or stay overnight on the island in a hotel or resort before returning to Florida.
The Discovery departs daily from Ft. Lauderdale at 7:45 a.m. and arrives at Grand Bahama Island at 1:00 p.m. Guests can stay on the island or return for a 4:45 p.m. departure back to Ft. Lauderdale, arriving in port at 10:00 p.m.
Regular day cruise fares start at $50 per adult and include round-trip cruise transportation, onboard entertainment, buffet meals, and access to the ship's sundecks and swimming pool. Round-trip fares for kids (12 years old and under) traveling with an adult are free.
If it's your birthday month, you're entitled to a "free" trip as long as you're accompanied by a full-fare-paying adult in the same class. While it's true you don't have to pay for your ticket, all passengers six and older (including birthday passengers) are required to pay $20 in fees.
Onboard changing facilities are provided, but you may purchase accommodations in a cruise cabin for an extra charge if you want more privacy and space. Guests may also rent lockers for the day, which includes the use of public showers and changing rooms.
Packages that include cruise fares and one night's accommodations at the Island Palm Resort start at $80 per adult, based on double occupancy. Higher-class resorts and additional nights can be booked for higher prices. Kids under 12 stay free in their parents' room, so only the cruise fee applies unless a second hotel room is requested.
Prices are subject to availability and vary by date. Cruise fares are per person and do not include taxes, fees, or gratuities. Additional hotel taxes also apply to package rates.
All prices, dates, and booking details listed here were valid at the time of publication. Some information may have changed since that time.
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