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Carnival Celebration Review

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The Gateway aboard Carnival Celebration (Rendering: Carnival Cruise Line)
The Golden Jubilee aboard Carnival Celebration (Rendering: Carnival Cruise Line)
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The sister-ship to Carnival Cruise Line's trendsetting Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration will join the fleet in November 2022 and be part of the line's 50th anniversary celebrations. It is Carnival's second Excel-class ship, and along with its sibling vessel, it will become the largest ship in the fleet with 6,500 passengers.

In a nod to Carnival heritage, the ship has been named after its namesake vessel of 1987 which was the last of the three Holiday Class ships and served in the Carnival fleet until 2008.

Carnival Celebration Deck Plans Include New Lounges and Features

Carnival Celebration will have a number of different themed zones onboard, and while most are the same as sister-ship Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration will boast its own unique areas, features and bars and lounges.

The ship will have a new zone called The Gateway, which will house a number of new experiences, including Latitudes -- a bar and lounge that will have an old-school, split-flap departures board showcasing messages and daily drink specials.

The new Gateway area will also offer the second seagoing restaurant by Emeril Lagasse, known as Emeril's Bistro 1397 -- so-named for the official hull number for Carnival Celebration. The menu will offer favorites developed for Lagasse's restaurant aboard Mardi Gras, along with international cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Gateway will offer additional entertainment, dining and shopping areas, highlighted by 12-high definition multimedia "windows" offering unique scenes. A 100-foot LED ceiling, state of the art sound system and show-style lighting will complement the area and make it a destination in its own right.

Carnival Celebration will also be the second ship in the fleet to have BOLT, the first-ever roller coaster at sea. Also expect to find outdoor diversions like Carnival's WaterWorks, mini-golf putting, an outdoor sports and activity area, and Serenity, Carnival's adults-only, top-deck enclave featuring loungers, hot tubs and an outdoor bar area.

A new lounge -- the Golden Jubilee - will be a throwback to Carnival's rich, 50-year maritime history, complete with artifacts and design motifs culled from past Carnival cruise ships throughout the decades.

Entertainment has long been Carnival's strong suit, and that continues aboard Carnival Celebration. Old favorites like Piano Bar 88 -- a hopping staple of any Carnival ship -- and the Punchliner Comedy Club return, along with several new, yet-to-be revealed features.

Carnival Celebration will feature some of the line's most popular dining options. The Lido Marketplace will offer up casual buffet-style fare, while other popular casual eateries including BlueIguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint, Street Eats and the Seafood Shack. Also expect to find the line's latest hit, Big Chicken, a restaurant created by Carnival's Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

The two-story main restaurant will serve up both open-seating and fixed-dining meals each evening. Carnival also makes a point of offering a Sea Day Brunch in its formal dining rooms on lazy days at sea, so expect this trend to continue aboard Carnival Celebration.

For-fee dining venues will include Fahrenheit 555, Carnival's premium steakhouse experience; the intimate 16-passenger Chef's Table; the Japanese-styled Bonsai Teppanyaki and Sushi and Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse and onboard brewery.

Carnival Celebration will have 2,687 cabins and suites, with various interpretations of inside, outside and balcony. For example, Cove Balcony cabins are inset into the hull of the ship on its lower decks and provide a sheltered balcony experience, while Carnival Celebration (like Mardi Gras) introduces a wide variety of forward-facing balcony cabins for those who like to have a view of the sea ahead. Staterooms across all categories are also available in Family Harbor, Cloud 9 Spa and Havana Cabana -- each with its own distinctive decor, amenities and perks.

Lavish suites -- which historically have not been Carnival's strong suit -- are better represented aboard Carnival Celebration. These include 12 aft-facing Excel Suites, 12 Corner Excel Suites, six Havana Cabana Suites, six Cloud 9 Spa Suites, and two Excel Presidential Suites.

A total of 90 cabins across all grades are accessible to those with mobility issues.

Carnival Celebration Will be Equipped With Eco-Friendly LNG Technology

Constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Carnival Celebration follows on from Mardi Gras as the second of Carnival's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessels. Carnival is the first cruise line to bring the eco-friendly LNG fuel to North America.

LNG is part of Carnival’s sustainability and environmental efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Other technological features on Carnival Celebration include advanced wastewater treatment and air quality systems, shore power connection capabilities, and comprehensive waste management, recycling and energy conservation programs.

Want to be Onboard First? Carnival Celebration's Maiden Voyage is November 2022

Carnival Celebrations set sail sets sail on November 6, 2022 on a one-off transatlantic crossing from Southampton, U.K. to Miami that will serve as the ship's maiden voyage.

Carnival Celebration Itineraries Will Focus on the Caribbean

Once Carnival Celebration completes its transatlantic crossing, the ship will sail five, six, and seven-day cruises from Miami to on Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Eight-day Southern Caribbean journeys will also be offered.

Carnival Celebration Specs

Carnival Celebration will be 180,000 gross tons and carry 6,500 passengers at full capacity, with 1,735 crew.

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