Carnival Celebration’s new zone, The Gateway, offers entertainment, dining and shopping
Rendering of Carnival Celebration's The Gateway

Carnival Celebration’s new zone, The Gateway, offers entertainment, dining and shopping

MIAMI — Carnival’s next ship, Carnival Celebration, will feature The Gateway, an entirely new area on two decks “that celebrates travel and the excitement of exploring new destinations,” according to the cruise line.

The Gateway got its own dedicated reveal yesterday during a virtual press conference today hosted by Carnival’s President, Christine Duffy, and with feedback from Glenn Aprile, Carnival’s Director, New Build Product Development.

“The Gateway was created to celebrate the enriching experience we all feel when travelling – not only because of the destinations we travel to, but also the world of cultures we get to explore,” says Duffy. “We have millions of guests and team members who come from around the world to have fun together and create a welcoming and inclusive environment while sailing to new places – that is the beauty of traveling, especially on a Carnival ship, and that is what this zone will celebrate.”

The Gateway’s design and décor are inspired by grand terminals, transportation stations and departure points around the world.

Carnival Celebration’s new zone, The Gateway, offers entertainment, dining and shopping

Latitudes in The Gateway

The entertainment, dining and shopping zone will feature a promenade highlighted by 12 high-definition multimedia virtual windows displaying unique scenes. The 9.5’ by 5’ windows and the nearly 100’ LED ceiling will be complemented by show lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system.

By day, guests will be entertained with relaxing scenes like a sunny sky, but by night, the zone will take varying nightly themes, transporting guests to far-off places throughout the world. Some of the theme nights will include Abroad in Europe, Far East Voyage and Mexico Lindo.

Carnival Celebration’s new zone, The Gateway, offers entertainment, dining and shopping

Carnival’s Glenn Aprile, Director, New Build Product Development with President Christine Duffy

“When designing this innovative and transformative environment, we wanted to make sure that there was something new and exciting to see and experience every time a guest walks through the zone between day and night, and from day to day,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s Senior VP of New Builds, Refurbishment and Product Innovation. “We also wanted to ensure that the entire promenade in The Gateway was connected and that the upper level was engaged with what is happening below.”

Meanwhile, The Gateway’s main promenade will be home to a new travel-inspired bar concept, Latitudes. Latitudes will be reminiscent of a classic airport or train station with travel-themed chairs, menus and a mechanical split-flap display board, a modern take on the classic ‘departures’ board. Uniquely designed to come to life periodically with motion and sounds, including the familiar clack-clack sound that sparks memories of past travels, the board will change to display the bar’s daily menu offerings and will include messages to support the imagery on the surrounding virtual windows.

Bringing the best from Mardi Gras to Carnival Celebration, The Gateway will also include the second seagoing restaurant by chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Bistro 1397. The Gateway will also feature a large digital map display showcasing the locations of Carnival’s ships around the world in real time. The zone will also be home to the recently revealed bar and lounge, The Golden Jubilee, as well, which ties into the zone’s theme of travel, celebrating Carnival’s 50 year anniversary.

The ship’s main dining rooms adjacent to The Gateway are a nod to Carnival’s history. The forward Carnivale Restaurant is named after Carnival’s second ship, and the aft Festivale Restaurant is named after Carnival’s third ship.

Adjacent are also guest favourites including the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Carnival Kitchen, and Limelight Lounge.

The Gateway is the final zone aboard Carnival Celebration, joining 820 Biscayne, Celebration Central, The Ultimate Playground, Summer Landing, and Lido zones.

Carnival Celebration will be the second Carnival ship to be powered by a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system, part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising platform, and will include BOLT, the roller coaster at the top of the ship.

Carnival Celebration is scheduled to debut in November 2022 from Terminal F at PortMiami.

Duffy says additional details on Carnival Celebration will be revealed in the coming months leading up to the ship’s inaugural sailing from Miami on Nov. 21, 2022.