Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates 50 Years in New Bar at Carnival Celebration – Orlando Sentinel

Carnival Cruise Line is looking pretty good for 50, so everyone is invited to toast aboard the new Carnival Celebration ship when it arrives in Miami this fall at a unique venue called the Golden Jubilee.

The bar and lounge will be a centerpiece of a still secret neighborhood, details of which have not been announced.

She is the second ship of the line’s largest new class founded in 1972, a sister ship to Mardi Gras which began sailing from Port Canaveral last summer. Much like Mardi Gras, the ship will feature six quarters, similar to the layout of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships.

The line, however, only announced the names of five of the six: One, 820 Biscayne, pays homage to Miami and the original address of Carnival’s headquarters when the line began operations.

This bar continues the self-congratulatory presence on board.

“The Golden Jubilee is the ultimate nod to our 50th anniversary – a nostalgic yet timeless lounge where our guests can relive and connect with Carnival’s bygone years while enjoying a glamorous and elegant space that embraces our Carnival style. current,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in a press release.

The bar and lounge located on deck 6 will replace The Brass Magnolia found on Mardi Gras. The cruise line’s history will be present in artwork, memorabilia and original pieces from Carnival’s past ships.

This includes a central brass chandelier and walls adorned with reproduction plans of the evolution of ships of the line over the years; recreated chairs from TSS Carnivale’s Riverboat Lounge; Carnival Fascination’s Hollywood Boulevard cocktail tables with caricature sketches by Al Hirschfeld; the original etched glass, nickel and mahogany partition wall of the TSS Mardi Gras casino; and original decorative etchings of musical instruments and polished brass and glass nightclub doors by TSS Carnivale.

An original bronze statue of Carnival founder Ted Arison and Finnish shipbuilder Martin Saarikangas, which was given as a gift by the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, to the cruise line in 1993 when it taken possession of Carnival Sensation, will also be present on the site.

Other features pay homage to moments other ships have had over the years, such as Carnival Inspiration’s first Panama Canal transit.

And the design will include throwbacks such as round windows similar to portholes on Carnival’s original ships.

The menu itself will bring back cocktails of yesteryear. Think Harvey Wallbangers and Tom Collins, though updated half a century later with premium ingredients and polished presentations.

The history lesson will also spill over into the adjacent promenade.

This includes a porthole gallery installation showing the evolution of what the line calls its Fun Ships. Decorative viewing windows feature three-dimensional dioramas, one for each decade of the line’s history and one for the future.

Cruisers will also find an original vintage 1955 Motor Telegraph installed on TSS Carnivale; coins for each of the line’s past and present ships embedded in the floor; a model of the new ship’s historical predecessor, TSS Carnivale and a 12-foot-long model of the new ship.

The line said it will reveal the name and more details about the latter quarter closer to PortMiami’s inaugural Nov. 21 departure date.

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It and Mardi Gras share many of the same features, including similar approaches to the atrium, called Celebration Central on the new ship. Both have the BOLT roller coaster as part of the upper deck called The Ultimate Playground with segments called Summer Landing and Lido.

The two ships, and a third coming in 2023 called Carnival Jubilee, are the largest in the fleet, measuring 1,130 feet in length, 180,800 gross tons and carrying capacity for 5,282 passengers in double occupancy. The line dubbed these ships its Excel class.

By comparison, TSS Carnivale came in at around 25,500 gross tons and was 640 feet long. She sailed with the line from 1976 but was originally launched in 1955 as Empress of Britain in a ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II. She was then sold in 1964 to sail for the Greek Line and renamed SS Queen Anna Maria before passing to Carnival for an 18-year run with the line.

Carnival Celebration will become the 24th ship in the Carnival fleet. Like Mardi Gras, she is powered by liquefied natural gas and will be the first LNG-powered vessel at homeport Miami. LNG fuel is a cleaner fuel than the diesel on which most ships depend.

Like Mardi Gras, it will also have its own WaterWorks water park, a SportSquare area with mini-golf, ropes course and basketball court, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse, Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, a two-level RedFrog Tiki Bar , Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint, Seafood Shack and BlueIguana Cantina among other spaces.

The ship will offer more than 20 cabin categories, including the family-friendly Family Harbor and adults-only Havana Cabana options.

Once in Miami, the ship will sail five-, six-, seven- and eight-night Caribbean itineraries.

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