Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration current position

Carnival Celebration current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 19.83544 N / -70.77457 W) cruising en route to TCGDT>DOAMB. The AIS position was reported 2 hours ago.

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Current itinerary of Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean. Prices start from USD 862 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Jul, 2024 and ends on 28 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
21 Jul 16:00    Departing from Miami, Florida hotels
23 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Grand Turk Island, Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
24 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Puerto Plata-Amber Cove, Dominicana
26 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Nassau, Bahamas, New Providence Island
28 Jul 08:00    Arriving in Miami, Florida hotels

Specifications of Carnival Celebration

Year of build2022  /  Age: 2
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Turku, Finland)
ClassCCL EXCEL (XL)
Building costEUR 700 million (USD 950 million)
Engines (power)MAK-Caterpillar (57.2 MW / 76706 hp)
Propulsion power37 MW / 49618 hp
Speed23 kn / 43 km/h / 26 mph
Length (LOA)344 m / 1129 ft
Beam (width)42 m / 138 ft
Gross Tonnage183900 gt
Passengers5374 - 6338
Crew1735
Passengers-to-space ratio29
Decks18
Cabins2641
Decks with cabins11
Sister-shipsCarnival Mardi Gras, Carnival Jubilee, AIDAnova, AIDAcosma, P&O Iona, P&O Arvia, Costa Smeralda, Costa Toscana
Christened byCassidy Gifford
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line

Carnival Celebration Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $964
2024 Jul 07 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $847
2024 Jul 13 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1362
2024 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $862
2024 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami
2024 Aug 04 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami
2024 Aug 10 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami
2024 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $944
2024 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $869
2024 Sep 01 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $739
2024 Sep 07 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1094
2024 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $719
2024 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $809
2024 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $719
2024 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2024 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $894
2024 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $714
2024 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $744
2024 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $759
2024 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $694
2024 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $744
2024 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $1019
2024 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $684
2024 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $839
2024 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2024 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $1139
2024 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1509
2025 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $719
2025 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $749
2025 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $699
2025 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $719
2025 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $749
2025 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $749
2025 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $769
2025 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $779
2025 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2025 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $809
2025 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $829
2025 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $849
2025 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2025 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $809
2025 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $829
2025 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $829
2025 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2025 May 04 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $869
2025 May 11 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $789
2025 May 17 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1139
2025 May 25 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $999
2025 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1119
2025 Jun 08 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1049
2025 Jun 14 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1289
2025 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1139
2025 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1149
2025 Jul 06 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1059
2025 Jul 12 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1289
2025 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1249
2025 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1219
2025 Aug 03 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $929
2025 Aug 09 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $1149
2025 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $919
2025 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $879
2025 Aug 31 6 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $749
2025 Sep 06 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami $929
2025 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2025 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $809
2025 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $789
2025 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2025 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $899
2025 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $789
2025 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $809
2025 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $839
2025 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1269
2025 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $1259
2026 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $809
2026 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $779
2026 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $779
2026 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $819
2026 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $799
2026 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $839
2026 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $819
2026 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $829
2026 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $869
2026 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $889
2026 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $889
2026 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $919
2026 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $939
2026 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $969
2026 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $839
2026 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $839
2026 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $869

Carnival Celebration Review

Review of Carnival Celebration

The 2022-built Carnival Celebration cruise ship is CCL fleet's second newest and largest liner of the Carnival XL-Class. All three units in this series are from the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft (shipyard Turku Finland). As with all other "Fun Ships", the shipowner is Carnival Corporation - the world's largest passenger shipping company.

The vessel (IMO number 9837456) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311001223) and registered in Nassau. Before its arrival in the USA, the vessel was Panama-flagged (MMSI 352898755).

The XL-Class is similar as design and facilities to HELIOS-Class ships produced for Carnival Corporation's brands Costa and AIDA (all by Meyer Werft in Papenburg Germany). Other EXCELLENCE-Class liners (Carnival Celebration sisterships) are Carnival Mardi Gras (2021), Carnival Jubilee (2023), P&O Iona (2020), P&O Arvia (2022), Costa Smeralda (2019), Costa Toscana (2021), AIDAnova (2018), AIDAcosma (2021).

Carnival Celebration cruise ship

Carnival XL-Class ship design features a new (red-white-navy blue) hull and was created by the NYC-based naval architecture firm "Bluarch Architecture". Among the world's largest passenger ships, the Celebration has length 1130 ft (344 m), passenger capacity 5200 (lower berths) and boasts the most advanced maritime technologies as well as various fleet-first and industry-first innovations.

Like the sisterships, Carnival Celebration has the second-at-sea roller coaster. The facility ("BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster") was built by Maurer Rides (Munich Germany-based company) specializing in roller coaster design and manufacturing. The race track has length 244 m (800 ft), with twists, turns, drops and speeds up to 64 kph (40 mph). Individual speeds are posted after the race. Carnival's roller coaster is all-electric and allows 2 riders to race along in motorbike-like vehicles at height 57 m (187 ft) above the sea. The experience features breathtaking top-deck 360-degree views and ends with a high-speed turn around the funnel/smokestack.

On January 25, 2019, was announced that the new Carnival XL-class vessel will have 6x themed zones/neighborhoods - Celebration Central, The Gateway ("French Quarter" on Mardi Gras), Lido-Pool, 820 Biscayne ("La Piazza" on Mardi Gras), Summer Landing, The Ultimate Playground.

Decks and Cabins

Carnival Celebration staterooms (a total of 2641 passenger cabins) are divided into 22 different categories, including 2-deck apartments (duplex suites) and 80 wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers). All cabin bathrooms feature CCL fleet's first glass-door showers and in-shower shaving bar. Over 70% of all staterooms are outside, 300 pairs are connecting/family cabins.

The boat has 18 decks, of which 15 are passenger-accessible and 11 with cabins.

Cabin balconies are accessed via sliding floor-ceiling glass doors. The lounge area is furnished with new-type sofabeds (couch bed with footstools opening up for storage), under-bed storage (for suitcases), flexible reading lamps (bedside), mini-refrigerator with transparent glass door, plenty of power outlets, USB ports (on the vanity table and bedside), more shelving (for electronic devices), large wardrobe (with folding shelves, sliding shoe rack, 2 pull-out bins).

Like the Vista-class Carnival liners, Celebration has Havana staterooms with a patio (indoor-outdoor space) with direct access to an exclusive Sundeck area with loungers, Bar and swimming pool. Another Vista-class type of cabins are Family Harbor (clustered near Camp Ocean/kids club) and with direct access to the exclusive Family Harbor Lounge. Cloud 9 Spa staterooms traditionally offer exclusive amenities, including premium bathrobes and slippers and Elemis brand toiletries.

The new Carnival ship Celebration offers 180+ suites in 11 categories, including CCL's new premium category "Carnival Excel" suites (32 staterooms in 4 categories) with new VIP amenities and exclusive access to Loft 19 (resort-style, open-air sundeck). All ship suites offer a VIP amenities package including priority boarding/debarkation, bottled water upon arrival, priority MDR (main dining room) seating, plush bathrobes. Passengers in "Carnival Excel" suites receive as additional amenities:

  • Dedicated concierge phone line
  • Unlimited access to Loft 19
  • Guaranteed specialty dining times (except Bonsai Teppanyaki, and Chef's Table)
  • Complimentary room service, laundry, and Bottomless Bubbles soda package
  • Fresh fruit basket and sparkling wine upon arrival
  • Upgraded bathroom amenities

Shipboard facilities and amenities

The sisterships Mardi Gras, Celebration and Jubilee have CCL fleet's largest Atriums and open-deck areas.

  • The Gateway (aft on Decks 6-7) is lined with eateries and bars. This neighborhood is linked via 2-deck-high Promenade with the traditional New Orleans jazz club lounge "The Golden Jubilee" (offering hand-crafted cocktails and live music).
  • 820 Biscayne (midship on Deck 8) is a Miami-themed zone housing the 24-hour complimentary Miami Slice Pizzeria, Cucina del Capitano (seafood restaurant), Bar 820 (retro-themed bar lounge, classic cocktails and live music nightly), Deco Deli (deli sandwiches).
  • Summer Landing (aft on Deck 8) houses Guy's Pig and Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse (Carnival's complimentary smoked-on-board BBQ food by Guy Fieri), The Watering Hole (outdoor bar with wide selections of cocktails and beers), ParchedPig (onboard- brewed craft beers), Heroes Tribute Lounge. Also in this neighborhood are located a lunch counter (for the Smokehouse-Brewhouse), an expansive sundeck area (with two Jacuzzies/spa pools and an infinity pool/Patio Pool, stern-facing), a stage for live music, a sports bar featuring indoor and outdoor TV screens, hang-out space with trivia, dance classes, arts and crafts.
  • Heroes Tribute (bar lounge via partnership with Operation Homefront/USA-based nonprofit organization that provides services and supports military families and veterans) offers comfortable seating (leather armchairs with low tables) and large TVs (for live sporting events).
  • Lido (aft on Decks 16-17) houses Carnival's complimentary Pool Deck eateries Seafood Shack, BlueIguana Cantina, and Guy's Burger Joint, plus the fleet's new venues "Street Eats" (grab-and-go eatery) and "Big Chicken by Shaq" (lunch and dinner take-away food bar)

The Ultimate Playground (aft on Decks 18-20) is a large family-friendly outdoor playground area highlighted by the fleet's largest Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark) and an expanded SportSquare (sports complex). Also here is the "BOLT - Ultimate Sea Coaster" (second at sea).

 

The new Carnival Celebration also has CCL's signature facilities Serenity (adults-only resort), Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse.

The Gateway Zone/Promenade

"The Gateway" zone (2-deck area / aft on decks 6-7) features design and decor inspired by land-based passenger terminals and transport stations, numerous dining, shopping and entertainment options (including fleet-firsts) and an indoor Promenade with 12x UHD virtual windows (each sized 9,5x5 inches / 24x13 cm) and a LED ceiling (100-inch/254 cm) complemented by an ultra-modern sound system and lighting system. The multimedia panels display relaxing scenes, unique global destinations and attractions, real-time day and night sky views.

The Gateway has a large digital map showing the current location of all CCL ships in real-time.

The Gateway (midship on deck 6) houses the Latitudes Bar fitted with travel-themed chairs and menus and featuring a mechanical split-flap display board (listing the daily menu - cocktails, wines, spirits, special tastings/samplers). At Latitudes Bar are also held the Celebration Happy Hour event (with live entertainment) as well as private parties and special occasions (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc).

The Gateway's Deck 6 is home to Latitudes Bar, Emeril’s Bistro 1397 (by chef Emeril Lagasse), The Golden Jubilee (travel-themed bar lounge), Carnivale Restaurant, Carnival Kitchen, Conference Room.

The Gateway's Deck 7 is home to Limelight Lounge, Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Dreams Studio.

Festivale Restaurant (MDR/main dining room) is aft-positioned on both decks (6-7).

Celebration Central Atrium

Celebration Central (midship location on decks 6-7-8) is an expanded Atrium concept combining a day-to-night entertainment complex with a bar lounge (overlooking the ship's starboard side) with 3-decks high floor-ceiling windows.

The Atrium's Lobby level (deck 6) has a large Center Stage (portside) for live performances and is served by the Tropicale Bar. The Atrium's mid-level (deck 7) is integrated into the Casino Louge served by the Aquaria Bar (featuring glass murals by Luciano Vistosi, from the ship Carnival Victory). From the Atrium's upper level (deck 8) are accessed the restaurants Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki.

Grand Central features 3000-ft2 (280-m2) glass panels (built into the vessel's superstructure) to provide passengers with unobstructed views as they relax in comfortable seating.

Carnival Cruise Line EXCEL-class (new ships) Atrium Grand Central

During the day, Celebration Central Atrium serves as a relaxing space for enjoying beverages, light food, live music or participating in trivia contests and leisurely pursuits. At night, the Atrium transforms into an intimate venue with live performances (stand-up comedy acts, dancing, acrobatics) and quality media as guests can interact with 16x individually controlled LED screens (sized 6x14 ft / 1,8x4,3 m each) displaying video and special effects, along with aerial feats and lasers.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Carnival Celebration's main dining rooms feature select items from the onboard steakhouse, available for an additional fee. Traditionally, shipboard dining includes a complimentary Lido Buffet Restaurant. A special venue is the New England-inspired casual eatery Seafood Shack. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating and the menu includes steamed lobster, lobster rolls, fried shrimp, fried clams, crab cakes, and other seafood surprises. Seafood Shack serves lunch and dinner and is priced a la carte starting at $4.

The ship has a Japanese specialty restaurant (named Bonsai Teppanyaki) located within the Bonsai Sushi restaurant (on Promenade-Havana Deck). The restaurant offers authentic Far East dishes and a live cooking show performance (by the chefs) at custom-built cooking stations positioned at the center of an 8-seat dining table. Due to the room's limited seating, reservations are required. Each meal at Bonsai Teppanyaki starts with a sampling of 5 appetizers (Miso Soup, Pork Belly Yakitori, Spicy Tuna on Rocks). Combo dinners are also offered. Each meal ends with the specialty desserts "Chocolate Bento Box" and "Green Tea Ice Cream". The restaurant is open for lunch (seadays only) and for dinner (every night of the voyage). Cover charge/price is per person and covers the entire meal.

Available on all Fun Ships is Chef's Table (VIP dining experience / 12-guest capacity) that includes multicourse dinner with ship's Master Chef, private cocktail reception and galley/kitchen tour. This dining option usually takes place in a non-traditional venue (a dedicated room in the galley) and can be booked onboard for USD 75 per person.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has a specialty restaurant (located in The Gateway/ Deck 6 portside). Lagasse is the chef and owner of 11 different restaurants, including 4 in New Orleans. He is a regular guest on Good Morning America (TV show) and has hosted 2000+ shows on Food Network (US pay-TV channel). Lagasse Restaurant offers New Orleans cuisine, including spicy creole specialties. Menu items include muffuletta sandwiches, oyster and cochon de lait po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya, side dishes (Creole potato salad with diced scallions, red beans, jazz-man rice), desserts (Bananas Foster, lemon icebox pie). For Breakfast are also offered Shrimp & Grits, and Shrimp Creole Omelet. A-la-carte menu appetizers cost US$2 each, entrees are priced at US$12.

New (currently available on XL-class Carnival ships only) drinking and dining venues are within the themed zones "Lido" (deck 16) and "Summer Landing" (Lanai/promenade deck 8 aft). These include RedFrog Tiki Bar, The Watering Hole, Street Eats, Big Chicken by Shaq.

  • RedFrog Tiki Bar is a South Pacific Island-themed, 2-level bar designed as a variation of Carnival's poolside RedFrog Bar. New is the island-inspired outdoor decoration with floral patterns, vibrant colors, tiki heads. Located close to Guy's Burger Joint, RedFrog Tiki Bar offers refreshing cocktails (like Red's Rum Runner Jumper, Jungle Bird, Polynesian Punch) presented in souvenir glasses and pineapples.
  • The Watering Hole (located within The Patio at Summer Landing) is a backyard-like designed outdoor bar with wide selections of cocktails and beers (including Carnival's own brands / canned and draft brews).
  • Street Eats is an open-air complimentary eatery located next to Seafood Shack. It offers ready-to-eat street food via 3 themed kiosks (steamed, fried, and plancha food). The new grab-and-go dining venue has a daily rotating menu. Small plates (including falafel or empanadas) are available at the fried food station, siu mai or bao buns - at the steamed food outlet, and satay and kebabs at the plancha food kiosk.
  • Bar 820 (retro-themed bar lounge/part of 820 Biscayne zone) has indoor-outdoor seating, vintage design, and serves Cuban coffee, brand coffees, frozens, cocktails.

Carnival Celebration has the fleet's third "Big Chicken" restaurant at sea (by Shaquille O'Neal). Big Chicken by Shaq is located aft on Lido Deck. Many menu items are developed by the basketball player himself, the rest are based on the celebrity's favorite food recipes.

Rudi's Seagrill is another fleet-first dining venue (seafood restaurant by Rudi Sodamin / Holland America Line's Master Chef). Rudi's Seagrill is a specialty restaurant (at surcharge / reservation fee) located on Deck 8 (between "Summer Landing" and "820 Biscayne") with indoor (80 seats) and outdoor seating (al fresco dining on The Lanai). The Seagrill offers appetizers, entrees and desserts, with all menu items presented as food faces. Signature dishes include Bigeye Tuna, Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino, Seared Scallops, Salt-Roasted Prawns, Broiled Lobster Tails, Crab Cake, Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Chocolate Truffle Cake. Non-seafood options are also on offer.

Celebration's 2-deck-high Lido zone houses the fleet's biggest "Guy's Burger Joint" (by Guy Fieri), the Mexican food bar BlueIguana Cantina, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and Lido Marketplace (ship's buffet restaurant). Other signature facilities in the area are Beach Pool (midship) and the infinity swimming pool Tides Pool (aft) with a bar, great stern views and ample seating. Lido-Pool Deck also houses deck parties and Dive-in Movies (at Carnival Seaside Theater/outdoor cinema).

Follows the complete list of Carnival Celebration restaurants and food bars.

  • Festivale Restaurant (2-level Aft Dining Room)
  • Carnivale Restaurant is a dinner-only Dining Room (complimentary) with sit-down waiter service.
  • "Emeril's Bistro 1397" is the second-at-sea (after Mardi Gras ship's) restaurant by chef Emeril Lagasse (celebrity chef and owner of 11 different restaurants in the USA). The restaurant was named after the Celebration ship's hull/Turku shipyard number (1397). A-la-carte menu appetizers cost US$2 each, entrees are priced at US$12. The restaurant offers New Orleans cuisine, including muffuletta sandwiches, side dishes (Creole potato salad with diced scallions, red beans, jazz-man rice), desserts (Bananas Foster, lemon icebox pie). For Breakfast are also offered Shrimp & Grits, and Shrimp Creole Omelet. Signature dishes at Emeril's Bistro 1397 are chef's favorites Slow-Cooked Cochon de Lait Po'Boy (Boston butt pork roast), BBQ-Grilled Shrimp (large shrimp/peeled-deveined, tails attached), Emeril's Classic Seafood Gumbo (shrimp, fish, oysters), Cajun Jambalaya (boneless-skinless chicken thighs).
  • Bonsai Sushi restaurant (including Bonsai Teppanyaki) serves Japanese cuisine specialties and drinks (a la carte priced menu).
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (indoor/outdoor seating, open between 6 - 9:30 pm) is a premium steakhouse-seafood restaurant at a surcharge (reservations recommended).
  • The Chef's Table (private dining room) is a small room dedicated to the multi-course Chef's Table VIP dinner package (surcharged at $75 per person).
  • Miami Slice Pizzeria (24-hour complimentary restaurant for hand-tossed pizzas by the slice) and Cucina del Capitano (seafood restaurant) are both part of Deck 8's "820 Biscayne" zone.
  • Summer Landing houses Guy's Pig and Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse (Carnival's complimentary smoked-on-board BBQ food by Guy Fieri) and ParchedPig (onboard-brewed craft beers).
  • Lido houses Carnival's complimentary Pool Deck eateries Seafood Shack, BlueIguana Cantina (Mexican fast food bar), and Guy's Burger Joint
  • BlueIguana Cantina is a complimentary poolside (self-serve) fast-food bar with Mexican cuisine serving the Beach Pool area.
  • Lido Marketplace (self-service buffet restaurant)
  • Big Chicken by Shaq (restaurant by Shaquille O'Neal) is complimentary, with many menu items developed by the basketball player himself, while the rest are based on Shaq's favorite food recipes.
  • Rudi's Seagrill (specialty restaurant by Rudi Sodamin)
  • RedFrog Tiki Bar
  • The Watering Hole
  • Street Eats (grab-and-go eatery)
  • Deco Deli (part of 820 Biscayne zone/deck 8) is complimentary and offers classic deli sandwiches (all with Cuban bread), as well as South Florida's favorite Cubano sandwich (pork, ham, swiss cheese), Croqueta sandwich (ham, cheese croqueta, pickles), Pan con Lechon sandwich (roasted pork, melted onion, mojo sauce).
  • (deck 16/Lido) Chibang! is a new (introduced on the ship Mardi Gras) restaurant for signature Chinese and Mexican dishes (a la carte-priced), with two separate food menus plus a beverage menu (including specialty cocktails, like Chibang! Margarit, Smokey Mezcal Negroni, Green Tea Martini). The decor is marked by floor-ceiling windows (wall-to-wall), heavy red and green, with gold accents, a colorful dragon (at the entrance). Dishes include favorites like Kung Pao Chicken, Singapore Chili Shrimp/Prawn, Slow-Braised Pork Belly, Egg Drop Soup, Crispy Pork Carnitas Tacos, Steak Ranchero, Mole de Pollo Mexicano, Pork Lomito, Pescado Frito Crujiente, Camarones a la Diabla (shrimp).

In mid-January 2018, CCL announced 4 new craft beers that will be brewed onboard Carnival Horizon (and the new ships Mardi Gras and Celebration). The brews were developed by brewmaster Colin Presby. They are offered at Guy's Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse (Brewhouse), The names of the new draft beers are inspired by the BBQ offerings at the Smokehouse/Brewhouse.

  • "ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale" is a lightly hopped dry finish beer.
  • "ParchedPig Smoked Porter" is brewed with in-house smoked malt, hickory smoke, and molasses.
  • "ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale" has rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit.
  • "ParchedPig West Coast IPA" is a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale loaded with bitterness and a distinctive aroma of pine and citrus.

The current list of draft beers brewed on the ship includes ThirstyFrog Red (clean and light), ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin' IPA (floral flavor, with passion fruit and citrus overtones), ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat (unfiltered lager with banana aroma and spices), FriskyFrog Java Stout (with hints of coffee), ParchedPig West Coast IPA (West Coast IPA/India Pale Ale, citrus and pine aroma), ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale (toasted caramel/biscuit flavored), Miami Guava (primary ingredient is pink guava), ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale (dry beer), ParchedPig Smoked Porter (in-house smoked malt, hickory smoke, molasses), ParchedPig Beach Lager (golden ale available both on tap and in cans/when served in bars/dining venues), Carnival Birthday Beer (golden ale introduced in 2022 for the company's 50th Anniversary).

Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship (new)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The outdoor activity complex on Carnival Celebration is named "The Ultimate Playground" (2-deck high) with SkyCourse, SportSquare, Carnival WaterWorks (fleet's largest aquapark with 3x spiraling waterslides, 1x 2-lane racing slide, 1x tipping bucket) and "BOLT - Ultimate Sea Coaster" (world's second rollercoaster at sea).

A signature outdoor fun facility is the ropes course SkyCourse (length 600 ft / 183 m). SkyCourse is part of the SportSquare (sports complex) with an indoor hangout, mini-bowling, mini-golf course, The Clubhouse, Ping-Pong area with tables, jogging track, interactive sports gaming, arcade basketball.

Located on top-deck (deck 19), Loft 19 is a new VIP leisure concept (secluded retreat for adults) designed as a premium resort complex. Here are offered full bar service, swimming pool, sunbathing area with cabanas, deckchairs and sun loungers available for rent. The cabanas are fully-stocked with beverages, chilled towels, plush bathrobes and provide dedicated concierge service with lunch delivery and fresh fruits. Carnival Excel Suite passengers enjoy priority cabana reservations.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Celebration lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Family Harbor Lounge (a dedicated to families space with 24-hour complimentary dining, concierge and babysitting service, movies, video games, board games by Hasbro).
  • Celebration Theater is the boat's main show lounge for grand-style show productions featuring live performances (tribute acts - singing and dancing) combined with sound and lighting special effects.
  • Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch (Karaoke, art auctions, nightly shows).
  • Piano Bar 88 (cocktail bar) offers themed music nights, a grand piano for live performances by a resident pianist, singalongs, trivia quizzes.
  • JavaBlue Cafe (open between 7-10 am, and between 4 pm-12:30 midnight) is a specialty patisserie/coffee bar.
  • Havana Bar is an authentic Cuban cafe (cocktail/coffee bar) with live Latin music in the evenings. After midnight, the bar transforms into a Latin disco/nightclub.
  • Cherry on Top (open between 4-10:30 pm) is a Carnival signature shop selling bulk candies by the oz (mix and match, sugar-free, assortments), confections (lollipops, sweet apples, truffles, chocolate deep cheesecakes and pretzels, cupcakes, fudge, cookies /and sugar-free).
  • The Fun Shops is the duty-free shopping complex of retail stores (open between 8 am - 12-midnight).
  • Special Occasions shop sells Bon Voyage wines/champagnes/liquor, Carnival cruise packages, specialty items, and gifts.
  • Empress Casino is a Vegas-style gambling lounge equipped with various slot machines (Coinless Fun Slot Machines) and gaming tables (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker, dealer-free poker tables). The Casino is served by the Aquaria Bar.
  • Limelight Lounge offers live evening entertainment by vocalists, musicians, comedians, karaoke.
  • Lanai promenade (with outdoor seats, served by Lanai Bar-BQ Bar).
  • Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail bar (drink pharmacy) where professional mixologists (dressed in lab coats) serve handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order drinks from unique ingredients.
  • Dreams Studio (photo sessions studio)
  • Pixels Photo Gallery & Shop (professional photo-video services, duty-free equipment, and accessories, photos on display available for purchasing)
  • Havana Outside is the Havana complex's pool area (1x swimming pool /Havana Pool, live palm trees).
  • Tides Pool (aft) has 1x swimming pool flanked by 2x Jacuzzies/spa pools and a large sunbathing area served with drinks by the Tides Bar.
  • Circle C (kids club lounge), Club O2 (teens club lounge)
  • Warehouse (Video Arcade)
  • Camp Ocean (formerly known as "Camp Carnival" - youth activities program)
  • Creative Cove (a dedicated room for kids' arts-crafts and workshops)
  • Dr Seuss Bookville is a family-themed indoor playground (kids room/library) fitted with all Dr Seuss books (available for reading), fun games, themed decorations and activities (Dr Seuss characters, memorable phrases from the books, character meet-and-greets). Other themed events held on the ship include Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (at Main Dining Rooms), Story Time (at Camp Carnival), Seuss-A-Palooza Parade (Promenade Deck show).
  • Carnival Cloud 9 Spa (wellness complex)
  • The Fitness Center/Gymnasium (complimentary)
  • Loft 19 Retreat offers full bar service and a swimming pool surrounded by cabanas.

Serenity is the ship's adults-only retreat (complimentary/free entry for passengers 21+ yo) accessible at any time. This is a forward-location outdoor area/sundeck with 2x Jacuzzies/whirlpools (large-size outdoor hot tubs, cantilevered/infinity pool type, with glass walls), 2x massage huts, cabanas, Fresh Creations (complimentary chopped salad station for made-to-order fresh salads), Spritz Bar/Serenity Bar (waiter-served beverages), and an exclusive sundeck for relaxation, sunbathing and evening dance parties. Both bars and the whirlpools are available between 8 am - 10 pm. Hours may vary depending on cruise itinerary, portdays/seadays, weather.

Serenity Deck is furnished with hammocks, premium wicker chaise lounges and clamshell chairs (plush seating, teal cushions), shaded seating areas with double loungers and plush wicker sofas, live trees for decoration. At regular bar prices, Serenity Bar's menu offers drinks and refreshments (cocktails, beer/buckets, wine by the glass, frozens, smoothies, shakes, sodas).

On Carnival Celebration (Camp Ocean venues) debuted the "Turtles" program for toddlers/kids under two years of age. The program's activities include Turtle Playdates, Turtle Band, Baby Turtle Trek, as well as drop-off time and late-night babysitting. Another new Camp Ocean program is "Nautical Explorer" offering maritime-themed activities like designing your own cruise ship.

The Gateway's "The Golden Jubilee" is a New Orleans-themed jazz lounge offering live performances and hand-crafted cocktails and featuring memorabilia, artworks and original pieces from CCL’s earlier liners, including:

  • Round (instead of square) windows, reminiscent of the classic liners' portholes
  • Chairs (recreated from TSS Carnivale’s "Riverboat Lounge") and cocktail tables from Carnival Fascination’s "Hollywood Boulevard" (Promenade & Bar Lounge)
  • Original full-height etched glass-nickel-mahogany partition wall with 24 windowpanes from the Casino of TSS Mardi Gras and floor tiles from the liner's Grand Ballroom
  • Original etchings of musical instruments and polished brass-and-glass nightclub doors from the ship TSS Carnivale
  • Reproductions of hand-drawn sketches by architect Joe Farcus (CCL's interior ship designer) blended into mirrors
  • Original bronze statue of Ted Arison (by Martin Saarikangas)
  • The Golden Jubilee Bar is beneath 2-deck-high ceilings (adorned with a brass chandelier) and features an early version of the CCL’s logo, mirror inserts (integrated into the front and bottle display), a special menu with the most popular cocktails throughout the decades since the company's establishment in 1972.

The Ultimate Playground is a large (2-decks high) family-friendly outdoor playground with fleet's largest Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark), expanded SportSquare (sports complex with a basketball court, ropes course, jogging track, mini-golf) and "BOLT - Ultimate Sea Coaster" (world's 2nd rollercoaster at sea).

CCL's entertainment team partnered with celebrity directors from Los Angeles (Broadway) and London (West End) to create 3 new signature shows - part of the onboard "Playlist Productions" revues. The new shows (named "Celestial Strings", "Soulbound", "Vintage Pop") use the full capacity of the interactive LED screens. A 4th show ("Amor Cubano - A Caribbean Dance Romance") is also available on the Horizon ship. It was introduced in 2017 on Carnival Vista.

  • "Celestial Strings" show is themed on classical music mixed with modern pop.
  • "Soulbound" is a gothic-inspired, New Orleans-themed show featuring R&B music favorites.
  • "Vintage Pop" show is themed on "Gatsby's Cotton Club", featuring modern songs recomposed into classic jazz interpretations performed live by a 6-piece jazz band.
  • "Amor Cubano - A Caribbean Dance Romance" show is themed on classic Latin songs mixed with modern music hits. It is held at the Havana Bar and highlighted by a 7-piece Cuban music band.

Carnival Celebration's retail shopping options include 9x new collections, including CCL's 50th Anniversary memorabilia (50th Birthday), 305 Deco Celebration (in the "820 Biscayne" zone/Miami-themed), new brands, fashion accessories and designs (customizable apparel, Romero Britto artworks, Effy Fine Jewellery, LVMH brands' luxury goods, ICONIC London's makeup products, Ariana Grande's perfumes and colognes, Cuervo y Sobrinos' watches), a destination-themed collection (based on the cruise itinerary's regions/countries/port cities), a Carnival-logoed collection (CCL-logoed and Carnival Celebration-logoed products plus various logo items), as well as special merchandise influenced by the cruise liner's entertainment venues. Carnival Celebration's retail shops are spread across all six zones/neighborhoods. "The Carnival Store" (deck 8) features an interactive floor experience. The Luxury Vintage Retail is a boutique promoting responsible fashion.

New (fleet-first and never-before-seen) live entertainment options on Carnival Celebration feature aerialist acts, grand productions, game shows, parties, themed events and presentations. The new programming (at Playlist Productions and Atrium's Center Stage) includes:

  • "Color My World - An Indie Rock and Pop Love Story" is dance music themed (street jazz, hip-hop, ballet, pop, indie rock) and features live painting.
  • "Rio Carnival" is a Brazilian fiesta show with the cast performing authentic dancing (samba, bossa nova, batudada, forro, carimbo, capoeira, marchinha), in addition to popular songs performed in Portuguese and English.
  • "The Most Magnificent Circus" is an extravagant aerialist show with professional wire-rigged performers flying over the audience.
  • Playlist Productions also hosts the new shows "Celestial Strings", "Cuban-meets-Latin" and "Amor Cubano", while Center Stage hosts the new "We Are One" music production.

Celebration Central Atrium's Center Stage hosts the "Visual Symphony" production using the 16 moving LED screens and high-tech lasers in combination with classic rock live music. Center Stage's shows were developed by Jason Whicker (aerial director).

Together with CCL's popular game shows "Love and Marriage", "Family Feud Live" and "Deal or No Deal", on Carnival Celebration debuted the new "Cash Bash" (casino game with prizes and interactive activities), "Guess That Groove" (groovy dance competition), "What’s Age Got to Do With It" (Q&A trivia show for all ages, including family duos). A new party that debuted on the ship is "Celebration Happy Hour" (at Latitudes Bar).

Itineraries

Carnival Celebration's itinerary program is based on year-round roundtrips to the Caribbean from homeport Miami (Florida USA), with preferential berthing at the new "Carnival Terminal 3" (CT3). The Maiden Voyage was on November 6, 2022. The itinerary was a 14-day "Carnival Journeys" (Transatlantic repositioning crossing Nov 6-20) from Southampton (England UK) to Miami via Madeira (Portugal) and Canary Islands (Spain).

CCL Celebration ship's Caribbean program (6-7-8-day roundtrips from Miami) started on November 21, 2022. The Western Caribbean itineraries visit Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Mya) and Honduras (Roatan). The Eastern Caribbean itineraries visit Dominicana (Amber Cove), Puerto Rico (San Juan), St Maarten (Philipsburg), St Thomas USVI (Charlotte Amalie). The Southern Caribbean itineraries visit the Dutch Antilles' ABC islands - Aruba (Oranjestad), Bonaire (Kralendijk), Curacao (Willemstad).

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The vessel's name (Carnival Celebration, IMO number 9837456) was announced on August 21, 2020. The boat's arrival in 2022 (inaugurated in November in PortMiami) was planned to coincide with CCL's 50th anniversary. The sistership Mardi Gras was originally scheduled for inauguration on February 6, 2021, leaving out Port Canaveral. Carnival Cruise Line's 50th Birthday was celebrated in March 2022, with a series of commemorative cruises (Sailabrations) featuring unique onboard entertainment/events and special itineraries.

CCL's President Christine Duffy commented, "The name Carnival Celebration couldn't be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities. Many thanks to our celebrity partners who helped us officially "unbox the fun" and reveal the name of a ship that promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet. Carnival Celebration is our 50th Birthday present to our guests!"

 

Like most large-sized newbuilds, the new Carnival Celebration is LNG-powered, with 4x Caterpillar Marine LNG engines (model MaK 16M-46DF) generating combined output 57,2 MW. The propulsion system is based on two Azimuting thrusters with combined power output 37 MW. The ship has 3x LNG tanks (cryogenic steel) with total capacity ~3200 m3. Two of the tanks are larger (length 35 m / 115 ft, diameter 8 m / 26 ft, gas capacity 1525 m3), while the 3rd tank has length 28 m (92 ft), diameter 5 m (16 ft) and gas capacity 520 m3. The vessel's bunkering takes ~8 hours and her LNG capacity is enough for ~14 days of operation (navigation and onboard electricity production).

For its LNG-bunkering operations in Florida (at homeports PortMiami and Port Canaveral), CCL-Carnival partnered with Royal Dutch Shell plc as fuel supplier.

The shipbuilding order (Meyer Turku yard number / hull 1397) was placed on September 6, 2016. Carnival Celebration's construction at Turku Shipyard Finland officially started on January 13, 2021, with the steel-cutting ceremony (yard/hull number 1397). The special event was attended by Ben Clement (CCL's Senior VP of Newbuilds, Refurbishments and Product Innovation) and Tim Meyer (Meyer Turku's CEO).

The ship was launched/floated out from drydock on February 11, 2022. The ceremony was attended by Tim Meyer and Ben Clement. The coin-ceremony (held on June 15th at Meyer Turku) was attended by Vincenzo Alcaras (Captain), Fabien Gervaise (Chief Engineer), Pierre Camilleri (Hotel Director) as well as by members of CCL's New Build Department and Meyer Turku representatives.

The ship was officially delivered from Meyer Turku to CCL on November 2, 2022. The delivery ceremony was attended by Tim Meyer and Christine Duffy (CCL). The maiden voyage departed from Southampton on November 6th.

The liner's Senior Officers are Vincenzo Alcaras (Captain since 2006 on Carnival Miracle, with CCL since 1996), Fabien Gervaise (Chief Engineer since 2013 on Carnival Breeze, with CCL since 2000), and Pierre Camilleri (Hotel Director, with CCL since 2004).

Carnival Celebration cruise ship construction

On June 16, 2022, at Port Mobile (Alabama) from Carnival Ecstasy was offloaded a vintage car (Rolls Royce Saloon from 1934). The unique automobile (originally positioned outside Ecstasy's Rolls Royce Cafe) was later shipped to Finland and loaded onto Carnival Celebration (at Meyer Turku shipyard). In February 2022, CCL announced that Ecstasy (1991-built/31-years-old) and Sensation (1993-built/29-years-old) leave the fleet in 2022.

Sea trials started on September 5, 2022, in the Archipelago Sea (northeastern Baltic Sea's Turku Archipelago/Finnish territorial waters) during which officers, technicians and engineers thoroughly tested the new vessel's technical, mechanical and navigational systems (including maneuvering, endurance, speed, thrusters, steering) to determine its capability and performance. The boat was mastered by Captain Vincenzo Alcaras.

The new ship's name honors MS Celebration (1987-built/2021-scrapped as "Grand Celebration") - CCL's last/3rd Holiday-class liner, with sisterships MS Jubilee (1986-built/2017-scrapped as "Henna") and MS Holiday (1985-built/2021-scrapped as "CMV Magellan").

The ship's naming ceremony was on November 20, 2022, held in PortMiami and led by godmother Cassidy Gifford. Cassidy Erin Gifford (1993-born American model and actress) is the daughter of Frank Gifford (former NFL player/footballer and sports broadcaster) and Kathie Lee Gifford (TV host, also the godmother of MS Celebration, 1987-built/2021-scrapped). Kathie Gifford served as Carnival's spokesperson in American TV campaigns (the industry's first network broadcasting ads) between 1984-2002. Cassidy Gifford's career started in 2005. Her best-known movies so far are "God's Not Dead" (2014, Christian drama/playing Kara) and "The Gallows" (2015, supernatural horror/playing Cassidy Spilker).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2022

In December 2020, CCL-Carnival officially announced the inaugural season's schedule of the new Celebration liner. Next tables show the Maiden Voyage (ship's first cruise) and the inaugural Caribbean itineraries with lowest prices in USD per person (with double occupancy).

(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 14-day Transatlantic crossing (RepositionCruises.com) from UK to USA (Southampton to Miami) - from $1140 pp

Date / TimePort
06 Nov 17:00Departing from Southampton, England UK
08 Nov 08:00 - 17:00La Coruna, Spain
09 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Vigo, Spain
11 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
12 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
20 Nov 08:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

Inaugural 6-day Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas itinerary ($740 pp)

Date / TimePort
21 Nov 16:00Departing from Miami
23 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Grand Turk Island
24 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Amber Cove, Dominicana
26 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Nassau, Bahamas
27 Nov 08:00Arriving in Miami

Inaugural 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary ($690 pp)

Date / TimePort
27 Nov 16:00Departing from Miami
29 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
30 Nov 07:00 - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
01 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Mahogany Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras
04 Dec 08:00Arriving in Miami

Inaugural 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary ($670 pp)

Date / TimePort
04 Dec 16:00Departing from Miami
06 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Amber Cove, Dominicana
07 Dec 10:00 - 19:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island
11 Dec 08:00Arriving in Miami

Inaugural 8-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary ($750 pp)

Date / TimePort
11 Dec 16:00Departing from Miami
13 Dec 09:00 - 18:00Grand Turk Island
14 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Amber Cove, Dominicana
15 Dec 10:00 - 19:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
16 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas Island, USVI
19 Dec 08:00Arriving in Miami

(2023) Inaugural 5-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary ($430 pp)

Date / TimePort
03 Jan 16:00Departing from Miami
05 Jan 09:00 - 18:00Amber Cove, Dominicana
06 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island
08 Jan 08:00Arriving in Miami

Godspeed!