A cruise line sailing out of the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, is offering active-duty troops and veterans free passage on its three-day, two-night trips.
Margaritaville at Sea is a 1,680-passenger cruise ship that first started sailing in 2022. It features country music star Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville-themed shows and amenities, and the "iconic Margaritaville lifestyle," according to the ship's website. It's owned by the former Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Margaritaville Enterprises. The ship previously sailed as the Grand Classica through Bahama Paradise.
In a "Heroes Sail Free" program announced Sept. 7, 2022, veterans, active-duty troops, first responders and educators who are verified through the GovX ID system can get free passage on two-night sailings through April 29, 2024.
Only those verified through the platform get free tickets. This offer is available for inside or ocean view staterooms, is not valid for single travelers, and applies to one qualifying member per stateroom.
The freebie may carry blackout dates, and the website states that additional dates can be added at any time. Passengers on free tickets will need to pay fees and taxes, and the tickets are non-transferable. Qualified passengers can take one free cruise a year, the website says.
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