Celebration Key Bahamas (Carnival Grand Bahama Island)

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Celebration Key Bahamas cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2024-06-14 23:17

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Port Celebration Key Bahamas cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Celebration Key Bahamas, Carnival Grand Bahama Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
19 July, 2025
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Vista08:0017:00
20 July, 2025
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest08:0017:00
21 July, 2025
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Vista08:0017:00
22 July, 2025
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0017:00
22 July, 2025
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest08:0017:00
23 July, 2025
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0017:00
23 July, 2025
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0017:00
24 July, 2025
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation08:0017:00
25 July, 2025
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Pride07:0013:00
25 July, 2025
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Mardi Gras08:0017:00
26 July, 2025
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Celebration08:0017:00
27 July, 2025
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0017:00
27 July, 2025
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest08:0017:00
28 July, 2025
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Horizon07:0016:00
28 July, 2025
Monday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation08:0017:00
29 July, 2025
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Freedom08:0017:00
29 July, 2025
Tuesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Dream09:0018:00
30 July, 2025
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Sunrise08:0017:00
31 July, 2025
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0017:00
31 July, 2025
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest08:0017:00

Celebration Key (Bahamas) is a newly developed by Carnival Corporation private resort destination located at Sharp Rocks, on the eastern coast of Grand Bahama Island (approx 32 km/20 mi to the east of Port Lucaya Freeport cruise port) and between Mather Town and Freetown. This exclusive beachfront resort is along the Grand Bahama Highway (length 9,3 km / 5,8 mi) and also close to (south of) the UB Campus (University of The Bahamas).

Besides Celebration Key, Carnival owns another two Bahamian private island destinations/exclusive cruise ports - Half Moon Cay/Little San Salvador Island and Princess Cays/Eleuthera. Half Moon Cay is owned by Carnival Corporation's subsidiary Holland America Line/HAL.

Unlike Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, Celebration Key is an exclusive Port serving only ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line (Carnival Corporation's largest subsidiary company). Celebration Key will be included in various itineraries leaving mainly from homeports in Florida (3-4-5-night short breaks from Miami and Jacksonville) as well as in longer (7-night and longer) sailings.

Originally known as "Grand Port", the trademarked name "Celebration Key" was officially announced on August 28, 2023. The resort is currently scheduled for opening and inauguration in 2025 (July).

Celebration Key is being developed in cooperation with The Bahamas government and Grand Bahama Port Authority. Construction works on the project officially started on May 12, 2022. During the groundbreaking ceremony was announced that the new Grand Bahama Port would cost Carnival ~US$200 million. The special event was attended by Christine Duffy (CCL's President), Arnold Donald (Carnival Corp's CEO), and Philip Edward Davis (Prime Minister).

Grand Port's project design was officially announced on February 4, 2019, in a media conference held at Foster B. Pestina Hall. The proposal documents were signed on February 5th, by Terry Thornton (CCL's Senior VP of Fleet Deployment and Port Operations) and David Candib (Carnival Corporation's VP of Development & Operations, Global Port & Destination Development). The special event was also attended by Sarah George (Grand Bahama Port Authority's Co-Chairman), Giora Israel (Carnival Corporation's Senior VP of Global Port & Destination Development) and Hubert Alexander Minnis (The Bahamas' Prime Minister/2017-2021).

On September 25, 2019, Carnival Corporation & plc (the world's largest cruise shipowner and parent company of CCL) signed an agreement with The Bahamas' government for two port developments - one for the new Grand Bahama's cruise port and one for the construction of a new pier on Half Moon Cay.

  • The East Grand Bahama cruise port represented an investment (by Carnival Corp) of US$100+ million, while Half Moon Cay's development was estimated at US$90 million.
  • The agreement documents were signed by Hubert Alexander Minnis (Prime Minister), Kevin Peter Turnquest (Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance), Kwasi Thompson (Minister of State for Grand Bahama). The signing ceremony was attended by Carnival Corporation's executives Giora Israel (Senior Vice President), Armando Corpas (Senior Director), David Candib and Marie McKenzie (VP of Government & Destination Affairs) as well as CCL's executives Terry Thornton (Senior VP of Nautical & Port Operations) and Chris Chiames (CCO/Chief Communications Officer).
  • Carnival's "Grand Port" mega-project was initially planned for completion in 2021-Q4 but was delayed/postponed due to the COVID crisis.

East Grand Bahama Port generated 1000+ permanent local jobs (direct and indirect) including businesses, entrepreneurs, employees/service staff. It was completed in several phases, encompassing smaller projects like dredging and construction works (access channel, turning basin, seawalls), berthing facilities (a cruise ship pier with 2 docks, a pier for water taxis, tour boats, workboats), tourism-related venues and facilities (shops, restaurants, car rentals, stands for tour buses and taxis, arts and craft displays, souvenir stores).

Various Bahamian businesses were contracted during the Pre-Construction Phase (for services regarding architecture, design, engineering, and environmental planning) and the Construction Phase (for plumbing, road infrastructure and electrical works, landscaping, fencing, and roofing). The new Port's Operations Phase provides opportunities for businesses in sectors like Transportation, Shore Excursions, Food & Beverage, and Maintenance.

When at Celebration Key, cruise ship tourists pay using their onboard S&S card or through a smartphone app. By this cashless system, once a week the amount of the money is deposited into the vendor's/tenant's account (minus any applicable fees and taxes).

The cruise port was designed with a capacity to accommodate two of the world's largest passenger ships simultaneously (of CCL's EXCEL-class), each with max passenger capacity ~6000 (or ~12000 guests total). These are Neopanamax-sized vessels able to transit the Panama Canal only through the 2016-opened new locks. Carnival's Grand Bahama Port design plans also exceed the US Coast Guard's/USCG's guidelines for withstanding Category 5 hurricanes.

To reduce the environmental impact, Celebration Key Port bans single-use plastics (for all products available in alternative packaging) and minimizes products generating solid waste (like aluminum and glass). Every item at the Port is recyclable and labeled as such. There is also an advanced system for wastewater purification allowing zero discharge into the environment.

On February 22, 2024, Carnival Corporation announced a US$100 million Celebration Key pier extension project for doubling the port's berthing capacity. The pier expansion will result in a total of 4 berths - two originally planned (scheduled for completion in 2025) plus two more (scheduled for completion in 2026), As each of the 4 berths is capable of accommodating an EXCEL Class ship, Celebration Key's projected annual passenger capacity by 2028 will be ~4 million.

In April 2024, Carnival Corporation purchased (from small-scale Bahamian growers) 5000 palm trees (~40% of all) for Celebration Key.

Celebration Key portals/zones

In January 2024, CCL announced that Celebration Key is divided into five "portals" (zones) designed for different experiences. The island's best feature is the Caribbean's largest freshwater lagoon (Starfish Lagoon) and a large white-sand beach.

 

"The Welcome Portal" is where tourists are greeted and assisted with information.

"The Family-Friendly Portal" (dedicated to families with kids) provides fun activities like swimming (in the Starfish Lagoon), a large splash pad, a sandcastle (with two racing waterslides), sports courts, playgrounds for small children and teenagers, as well as rental cabanas.

"The Adult-Friendly Portal" offers rental cabanas (beach cabanas and floating cabanas), rental villas (with personal slides into the lagoon), a swim-up bar, a DJ stage, several dining venues (including a full-service restaurant).

"The Private Club Portal" is an exclusive, adults-only retreat fitted with a beach, an infinity pool with a sunbathing area (padded loungers), gourmet dining options.

Lokono Cove (fka "The Retail Portal") is the complex' shopping village. The stores sell international brand merchandise as well as Bahamian artisanal shops and kiosks selling hand-made goods and merchandise from local retailers. Lokono Cove also features Bahamian music, large murals (painted by local artists) and opportunities to savor local light foods.

Paradise Plaza houses the 10-story Suncastle, a promenade, destination info kiosks, a fountain, ice cream shop.

The adult-friendly Calypso Lagoon (west of Paradise Plaza) offers popular water activities and houses the freshwater lagoon surrounded by a sunbathing/relaxation area with loungers, daybeds and private cabanas. The freshwater lagoon's bar has ~50 swing chairs dipped in the water. Around the Calypso Lagoon there are more bar and casual dining venues (snack shacks) as well as two full-service restaurants. A section of Calypso Lagoon plus the adjacent beach are adults-only and feature a swim-up bar and live DJ entertainment.

Starfish Lagoon

The Starfish Lagoon is a family-friendly playground offering an array of fun activities and modern amenities.

"Flash Flamingo" and "Mach III Marlin" are two waterslides named after the Bahamas' national bird and fish. These are 350-ft/107-m-long racing slides (running in parallel through the 10-story Suncastle) with a series of exciting turns and colorful light displays.

The Guppy Grotto Splash Pad is a coral reef-themed water playground reserved for toddlers and small kids. The facility features a 2-ft/60-cm-deep wading pool, various water toys, a dump bucket, interactive features, shaded seating (for the parents), and a nearby ice cream shop.

The Game Pavilion offers table games like foosball, ping pong, and cornhole, while the adjacent Sports Court is a full-size court for playing volleyball, basketball, and pickleball.

The Floating AquaBanas (12 cabanas for rental) provide seating for eight, a solid table, non-slipping surfaces, and direct access to the Starfish Lagoon. The cabanas are grouped around a peninsula with a dedicated beverage bar. Traditional cabanas and daybeds are also available for rent.

The Swim-Up Bar is adults-only and served popular drinks like specialty frozens/cocktails.

The Hammocks by the Suncastle are suspended over the water.

The Beach Area features kayak and paddleboard rentals, space for fun games (like frisbee or sandcastle building), sun loungers and umbrellas, and beachside cabanas.

Dining venues at the Starfish Lagoon include restaurants, snack and bar shacks, and Bahamian food trucks.

CCL cruise itineraries and ships visiting Celebration Key

In October 2023, CCL opened for sale ~400 voyages (12 ships leaving from 8 homeports in the USA) scheduled to visit Celebration Key throughout 2025 and 2026. By the end of 2023, CCL planned to add 100+ voyages (6 more ships) visiting its exclusive Bahamian resort.

The initial 12 liners (calling on Celebration Key) offer roundtrip departures from Florida (PortMiami, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville), Texas (Galveston), Louisiana (New Orleans), Alabama (Mobile), Virginia (Norfolk) and Maryland (Baltimore).

Next are listed Carnival's ships visiting Celebration Key in 2025 and their itineraries' lengths and homeports/departure ports.

HOMEPORTSSHIPSITINERARIES/DESTINATION (first departure in 2025)
Miami FLCarnival Celebration7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean (July 26)
Miami FLCarnival Conquest3- and 4-day Bahamas (July 20)
Port Canaveral FLCarnival Mardi Gras7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean (July 25)
Port Canaveral FLCarnival Freedom4- and 5-day Bahamas (July 23)
Port Canaveral FLCarnival Glory3- and 4-day Bahamas (July 22)
Jacksonville FLCarnival Elation4- and 5-day Bahamas (July 24)
Galveston TXCarnival Dream8-day Eastern Caribbean (July 29)
Galveston TXCarnival Legend10-day Eastern Caribbean (Nov 13)
Mobile ALCarnival Spirit6- and 8-day Bahamas (Nov 5)
Port NOLA/New OrleansCarnival Liberty7- and 8-day Eastern Caribbean (July 23)
Baltimore MDCarnival Pride7-day Bahamas (July 25)
Norfolk VACarnival Sunshine6- and 8-day Bahamas (Oct 21)

By the end of 2023, the exclusive destination was included in the schedules of 18x CCL vessels.

Celebration Key Bahamas cruise terminal

Carnival's Celebration Key cruise port has a large pier allowing simultaneous docking for two of the world's largest passenger ships (~12000 guests total) - one on each side. The largest liners to visit Celebration Key will be of CCL's EXCEL-class - Mardi Gras (2021-built), Celebration (2022) and Jubilee (2023).

Carnival expects the Celebration Key Port to serve annually ~2 million tourists.

There is a dedicated/separate Shore Excursions Pier for local boat tour and water excursion operators to pick up cruise tourists and take them to other destinations to enjoy activities like deep-sea fishing, glass-bottom boating, snorkeling and scuba diving, sailboating, parasailing, wildlife viewing. There is a separate center for land-based Bahamian tour businesses certified by and operating via contracts with CCL-Carnival.

The Port's amenities include an outdoor swimming pool (resort-style), a full-size Sports Court (for playing basketball, volleyball, football), exclusive sand beaches (swimming and sunbathing), active watersports and adventure activities, and various shopping and dining options ranging from premium restaurants to beachside food and beverage snacks. At the Port are presented several major Bahamian retail and F&B brands and vendors/tenants. Shopping opportunities include hand-made souvenirs, local and top-brand jewelry, a Straw Market (local produce and arts/crafts items).

The Bahamian Town Square and Festival Walkway interconnect Celebration Key’s facilities with a Nature Reserve/park.

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