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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville launching cruise ship from Florida to Bahamas


Known for his easy-going beach-bum persona, Jimmy Buffett has parlayed his success as a musician into an array of business ventures, including restaurants, cafes, retail stores and casinos, among others.

He not only uses his famous name and likeness as part of his sales pitch, the Mississippi native does most of his business dealings under his United States-based hospitality company, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which is a play on words with his most famous song that’s been a staple in his setlist since 1977.

And now, some 36-years after his opened his first Margaritaville retail store in Key West, Florida, his adopted home, Buffett is now taking his hotel and restaurant chain to the high seas, according to People.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is venturing into the cruise line industry with Margaritaville At Sea

Partnership: Margaritaville At Sea is a partnership between Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville

 Partnership: Margaritaville At Sea is a partnership between Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville

Buffett and company are venturing into the cruise line industry with Margaritaville At Sea: a partnership between Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville.

As part of the deal, the line’s lone ship, the Grand Classica, will be renamed the Margaritaville Paradise, and get a multimillion restoration and makeover, which will get the ship’s décor more in line with Margaritaville’s tropical theme. 

The Margaritaville At Sea Paradise cruise ship, which boasts 10 passenger decks and 658-cabins, will embark on its maiden voyage April 30, 2022 from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, and then cruise along the high seas to Grand Bahama Island.  

It will operate 2 day cruises from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Bahamas.

Beach bum style: As part of the deal, the line's lone ship, the Grand Classica, will be renamed the Margaritaville Paradise, and get a multimillion restoration and makeover, which will get the ship's décor more in line with Margaritaville's tropical theme

Beach bum style: As part of the deal, the line’s lone ship, the Grand Classica, will be renamed the Margaritaville Paradise, and get a multimillion restoration and makeover, which will get the ship’s décor more in line with Margaritaville’s tropical theme

Massive: The Margaritaville Paradise cruise ship boasts 10 passenger decks and 658-cabins

Massive: The Margaritaville Paradise cruise ship boasts 10 passenger decks and 658-cabins

Passengers will be treated to an array of relaxing amenities, including the Par-A-Dice Casino, a Stars On The Water Theater, St. Somewhere Spa, Fins Up! Fitness Center, multiple pools, and a retail shop with plenty of Buffett’s trademark gear.

There’s also an assortment of options when it comes to food and drinks, including Parrot Heads, including JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria, Port of Indecision Buffet, LandShark Sports Bar, and Margaritaville Coffee & Pastry Shop. 

Passengers can also kick back at the Euphoria Lounge, Sunset Bar or 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar.  

Beach bum persona: 'To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean,' Buffett, 74, said in a statement about the new business venture

Beach bum persona: ‘To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean,’ Buffett, 74, said in a statement about the new business venture

‘To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean. Now you can follow in our wake,” Buffett said in a statement included in the release.   

The Margaritaville brand already has over 20 lodging locations, 60 food and drink venues, and 20 additional projects currently in the works, according to its official website.

Again, the Margaritaville At Sea Paradise is set to sail for the first time on April 30 from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida.       

Coming in 2022: The ship will embark on its maiden voyage April 30, 2022 from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, and then cruise along the high seas to Grand Bahama Island

Coming in 2022: The ship will embark on its maiden voyage April 30, 2022 from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, and then cruise along the high seas to Grand Bahama Island



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