Carnival Unveils ‘The Gateway’ on New Ship
The new Carnival Celebration will do just that – celebrate travel and the excitement of exploring new destinations in its fun feature “The Gateway.”
“The Gateway was created to celebrate the enriching experience we all feel when traveling – not only because of the destinations we travel to, but also the world of cultures we get to explore,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a news release.
“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,” Duffy said. “That is the beauty of traveling, especially on a Carnival ship and that is what this zone will celebrate.”
The Gateway is an entirely new area on two decks. With design and décor inspired by grand terminals, transportation stations and departure points around the world, the entertainment, dining and shopping zone will feature a promenade highlighted by 12 high-definition multimedia virtual windows displaying unique scenes.
The 9.5-foot by 5-foot windows and the nearly 100 LED ceiling will be complemented by show lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system to create a fully immersive experience throughout the zone.
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.
“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,” Ben Clement, senior vice president of new builds, refurbishment and product innovation, said in a news release.
“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 now,” Clement said.
The zone’s offerings will support the night’s theme – from the music played to the drinks and food served and the entertainment activations offered. For example, on Mexico Lindo night, while the window displays and surrounding technology may take guests on a journey through ancient Mayan cities, beautiful beaches, lush jungles or magical towns, guests will enjoy themed offerings like special margaritas, palomas and agave tastings accompanied by a specialty food item tied to the evening’s theme.
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 that is being custom built by Oat Foundry in Philadelphia.
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.
The Gateway also will include the second seagoing restaurant by world-renowned chef and restauranteur Emil Lagasse, Emeril’s Bistro 1397, the ship’s hull number.
In addition, The Gateway will feature a large digital map display showcasing locations of Carnival ships around the world in real time. The zone will be home to The Golden Jubilee bar and lounge which ties into the zone’s theme of travel, celebrating Carnival’s 50 years of fun and the line’s Fun Ships that have served as their own destinations and as a means to travel around the world for the past five decades.
As part of Carnival’s 50th birthday festivals, Carnival Celebration – sister ship to Carnival Mardi Gras, is scheduled to debut in late 2022 from PortMiami.
Photo renderings courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line
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