While Carnival Celebration will feature several new amenities and her own design personality, she’ll incorporate design elements from past ships in the fleet, which will be hidden in plain sight throughout her public rooms.
According to Carnival Cruise Line, the ship will pay homage to past vessels that have sailed in the fleet during its 50-year history, reflecting the inspiration behind Carnival Celebration’s name.
“From a design perspective, we are incorporating elements from our former ships, paying homage to the history of Carnival, and also showcasing Carnival Celebration as a modern, innovative and forward-looking vessel,” said Ben Clement, Senior Vice President of New Builds, Refurbishment and Product Innovation.
“While similar to Mardi Gras, with a plethora of options for dining, entertainment and relaxation, Celebration will have her own personality, one that celebrates all things Carnival, intertwining where we have been with where we are going,” he added.
These easter eggs of Fun Ship history will be pieces from former Carnival ships that will be repurposed to blend with the ship’s modern decor throughout Celebration Central and beyond.
In the Aquaria Bar, ocean-themed glass murals from Carnival Victory by Italian artist Luciano Vistosi will be incorporated into a striking two-deck-high decorative wall behind the bar to create an aquarium-like effect, while the Tropicale Bar is named after Carnival’s first ship to sport the line’s iconic funnel.
Carnival Cruise Line also released details about four of the six zones aboard the ship, each with its own distinct purpose and feel, much like the neighbourhoods found aboard the Oasis-class ships of Royal Caribbean.
Celebration Central, as the name suggest, is located amidships, and encompasses three decks (Decks 6, 7 and 8). Carnival Cruise Line says its an update to the huge starboard side atrium that debuted on Mardi Gras, with a whole new look and “the feeling of a festive party woven throughout”.
The vast three-deck atrium is the heart of Celebration Central with a ceiling that appears as a burst of a confetti canon made of approximately 1,400 color-changing lighting fixtures that will transform from day to night.
The space will include 3,000-square-foot floor-to-ceiling windows on the side of the ship that will change into 16 individually controlled, six- by 14-foot LED screens to work hand in hand with the ever-changing entertainment options, from live music, special effects, and aerial acrobatic performances, to high-energy shows.
Celebration Central will also include food and beverage options, such as JavaBlue Café, Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki, and entertainment venues such as Piano Bar 88 and The Punchliner Comedy Club.
The Ultimate Playground
The centerpiece of Carnival Celebration’s Ultimate Playground on Decks 18, 19 and 20 at the stern will of course be BOLT, The Ultimate Sea Coaster, which will be the second roller coaster at sea, after it debuted aboard Mardi Gras.
The all-electric, motorcycle-inspired vehicles will race along an 800-foot-long track 187 feet above the sea, achieving speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
Mauer Rides, the manufacturer of the top-deck attraction, has fully assembled BOLT on land and is currently conducting initial shoreside unmanned test runs in Munich, Germany, ahead of its reassembly and installation aboard Carnival Celebration.
Designed for fun for all-ages, the zone will also be home to the WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare featuring a mini-golf course, full-court basketball and a ropes course.
Carnival Celebration’s Summer Landing zone on Deck 8 aft will continue to serve as a chill spot at sea with Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse, offering smoked-on-board favorites created by Guy Fieri and an assortment of Carnival’s ParchedPig craft beers brewed on site.
This will be addition to pools and whirlpools, The Watering Hole poolside bar, and the Heroes Tribute Lounge honoring military personnel.
The poolside zone, Lido, on Decks 16-17 aft, will feature all of the fun experiences from Mardi Gras, including the two-level RedFrog Tiki Bar inspired by the South Pacific, Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurant, guest-favorite Guy’s Burger Joint, Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina.
Carnival Celebration will be the second Carnival ship to be powered by a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system, part of Carnival Corporation’s more environmentally-friendly cruising platform.
The ship will debut in November from the redesigned Terminal F at PortMiami, the line’s third terminal at the port and its largest in South Florida.
Additional details and zones on Carnival Celebration will be revealed in the coming months ahead of the ship’s inaugural cruise from Miami on November 21st.