Carnival Celebration responds to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships

Cruise ships have become something between floating mega-resorts and small towns.

Royal Caribbean (RCL) – Get the Royal Caribbean group report The iconic Oasis-class ships, for example, feature multiple neighborhoods, including a promenade with a carousel, and Central Park, a literal park that takes up part of the ship.

So when it comes to cruise ship design, raising the bar has become a challenge, because of what Royal Caribbean has accomplished. Its latest Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, offers everything from a robotic bar to a unique southern-themed restaurant, to a dry slide that covers most of of the ship.

Carnival Cruise Line (CCA) – Get Carnival Corporation report tried to meet Royal Caribbean with Mardi Gras, its first Excel-class ship. Mardi Gras offers the first roller coaster at sea and a range of restaurants that comes close, if not equal, to what Royal Caribbean offers on Oasis-class ships.

Now Carnival is slowly releasing details about Celebration, its next Excel-class ship.

What we know about the Carnival celebration

Sister ship to Mardi Gras, Celebration will feature a grand atrium spanning decks 6, 7 and 8 – which the company calls “the heart of the ship’s party spirit with an all-new look and feel of a party festive woven throughout.”

The new Celebration atrium will be an update to the Mardi Gras atrium. The atrium will be the first thing passengers see aboard Celebration, and it’s meant to be a place cruise passengers will often visit while on board.

“Functional as it is eye-catching, the space will feature 3,000 square foot floor-to-ceiling windows on the side of the ship that transform into 16 individually controlled six-by-14-foot LED screens to work hand in hand with the constant entertainment options. evolution, including live music, special effects, aerobatic performances and high-energy shows,” Carnival said in a press release.

Celebration will also seek to honor Carnival’s history, with spaces devoted to, well, celebrating ships that were once part of the company’s fleet. These include the Aquaria Bar with its Carnival Victory ocean-themed glass murals by Italian artist Luciano Vistosi, and the Tropicale Bar, named after Carnival’s first ship to sport the funnel. emblematic of the line.

“Design-wise, we’re incorporating elements from our past ships, paying homage to Carnival’s history, and also showcasing Carnival Celebration as a modern, innovative and forward-looking ship,” the vice said. -Senior Chairman Ben Clement.

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“While similar to Mardi Gras with a plethora of dining, entertainment and relaxation options, Celebration will have its own personality, one that celebrates all things carnival, blending in where we’ve been and where we’re going.”

Carnival celebration celebrates food

In addition to offering the second roller coaster at sea, Celebration will offer a range of dining options including JavaBlue Café, Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki.

It will also feature an area called “The Getaway”, which will feature a restaurant by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

“The Gateway was created to celebrate the enriching experience we all have when we travel, not only because of the destinations we travel to, but also the world of cultures we explore,” said President Christine Duffy.

“We have millions of guests and team members who come from all over the world to have fun together and create a welcoming and inclusive environment while sailing to new places – that’s the beauty of travel, especially on a Carnival ship, and that’s what this area is going to celebrate.

The area will feature a new bar called Latitudes, which is meant to be “reminiscent of a classic airport or train station with travel-themed chairs, menus and a split-flap mechanical notice board, a modern take on the classic board.” departures “. which is custom built by Oat Foundry in Philadelphia.” The board will display the bar’s daily offerings, which will be themed according to the ship’s destinations.

The Getaway’s signature restaurant will be the second iteration of Lagasse’s onboard restaurant, Emeril’s Bistro 1397, “but this time with a twist – and we’re not just talking about the venue’s new name to represent this ship’s hull number .

“The menu will not only feature Mardi Gras guests’ favorite dishes, but will also feature the best of international cuisines and flavors presented with a special carnival twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant will offer seating along the promenade as well as a dedicated and more intimate dining room overlooking the ocean.

Signature Carnival experiences will also be part of The Getaway, including the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Carnival Kitchen and Limelight Lounge.

Carnival Celebration will depart from Miami beginning in November 2022.

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