Carnival Cruise Line shares further details on Celebration Key

Carnival Cruise Line has shared more details about its new private island destination in Grand Bahama.

Celebration Key is scheduled to open in July 2025 and will feature on more than 500 itineraries via 18 Carnival ships sailing from nine US homeports, with up to two ships able to dock at any one time.

The cruise line said the new destination will offer a “range of activities across five distinct areas”, referred to as ‘portals’.

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Passengers will arrive and walk though the Welcome Portal which will provide information on what is available at the destination, with live music and a “giant sandcastle”.

The Family-Friendly Portal, designed for children of all ages, is centred around a large freshwater lagoon and also features a splash pad with a shallow pool, two racing water slides, a sports court, a beach, floating cabanas, beach cabanas and villas with private slides into the lagoon.

The Adult-Friendly Portal is home to a swim-up bar, cabanas and several dining venues, including a full service restaurant, while the Private Club Portal is a premium, adult-only section with an infinity pool and loungers plus “elevated” dining options.

Lastly, passengers can shop in the Retail Portal, which will contain local Bahamian goods and retailers, plus duty free outlets.

Celebration Key will also include an events pavilion for weddings and vow renewals.

Additional activities including a waterpark and zipline will be added at a later date.

President Christine Duffy said: “No one does fun like Carnival. We are designing Celebration Key with endless ways for our guests to unlock their own kind of fun in this incredible paradise that also celebrated the beauty of Grand Bahama.

“Celebration Key is uniquely positioned to bring an island experience to our guests in a way that lets them choose their own slice of paradise.”

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