Carnival Cruise Line reveals the final themed zone featured onboard the new Carnival Celebration cruise ship, the second Excel-class in the fleet and sister to Mardi Gras. The cruise line has already detailed five zones, but the sixth and final one named “The Gateway” has been revealed.
Carnival Celebration’s The Gateway Zone
The cruise line has detailed The Gateway themed zone that will be featured onboard the new Carnival Celebration cruise ship. The zone is where the French Quater would be located, as on the sister ship Mardi Gras.
Included in The Gateway will be the new Latitudes Bar, which is inspired by the old bars at airport departure lounges. The bar will have a sizeable split-flap sign above that will measure 16 feet wide and the first-ever at sea created by Oat Foundry.
“The Gateway was created to celebrate the enriching experience we all feel when traveling – not only because of the destinations we travel to, but also the world of cultures we get to explore,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“We have millions of guests and team members who come from around the world to have fun together and create a welcoming and inclusive environment while sailing to new places – that is the beauty of traveling, especially on a Carnival ship, and that is what this zone will celebrate.”
Emeril’s Bistro will be slightly different from the one found on its sister ship. It will be named Emeril’s Bistro 1397, inspired by the Carnival Celebration’s hull number from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
The menu will be expanded with more international dishes, and the seating area is being expanded due to the show kitchen being moved to the opposite side.
Also as part of the zone will be 12 high-definition virtual windows with each being almost 10 feet high and five feet wide, along with an LED ceiling of almost 100 feet long. These visual displays will offer a transformational environment with different views throughout the day and night.
The displays will come to life at night with Carnival putting on a short multimedia show incorporating not just the virtual windows but also using lights around the zone. Guests will be taken on a journey with different views and there will even be themed entertainment offerings on select evenings.
Carnival Cruise Line has already revealed details on its five other themed zones, including Celebration Central, 820 Biscayne, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground. Each zone will be different in decor and features. The popular BOLT roller coaster that was first featured on the sister ship Mardi Gras will also be identical onboard the Carnival Celebration.
Carnival Celebration Debuts This November
The second Excel-class cruise ship will debut this November at the cruise line’s newly upgraded Terminal F at PortMiami in Florida. However, there will be a maiden transatlantic voyage departing Southampton, UK, on November 6. This will be a 14-night sailing that will end in Miami on November 20.
Once Carnival Celebration is in Miami, she will operate five-, six-, seven- and eight-day cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
The ship is currently in the final stages of construction and, once complete, will be 182,800 gross tons, making her the largest ship in the fleet. There will also be a passenger capacity of 5,374 at double occupancy and 1,735 international crew members.