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Top 5 Things to do on Carnival Cruise Line’s Celebration Key

26 June 2024

Carnival Cruise Line's Celebration Key

Celebration Key: An Extraordinary Private Island Resort

Opening in summer 2025, Celebration Key is Carnival Cruise Line’s new, extraordinary private resort located on the tropical island of Grand Bahama. Spanning an incredible 65 acres, there’s something for everyone on the island, whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore all that the resort has to offer. Divided into five unique portals, there’s activities for families and those seeking a more relaxing, adults-only experience.

Featuring the biggest freshwater lagoons in the region, a mile-long beach with beautiful white sands, a selection of restaurants serving up Bahamian-inspired cuisine and plenty of shopping opportunities, Celebration Key will keep all the family busy throughout the day. 

“No one does fun like Carnival, and we are designing Celebration Key, and its five portals, with endless ways for our guests to unlock their own kind of fun in this incredible paradise that also celebrates the beauty of Grand Bahama”...“Celebration Key is uniquely positioned to bring an island experience to our diverse range of guests, in a way that lets them choose their slice of paradise.” - President of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy

In this guide, we’ll take you through the different portals of Celebration Key, and all the information we have so far about this remarkable resort. Keep reading to find out more.

Take in the Sights at Paradise Plaza 

Step off of your cruise ship and head into Celebration Key from the colourful pier. As you approach the resort, you’ll be greeted by the spectacular Paradise Plaza, the resort’s first portal that’s waiting to be explored. 

Paradise Plaza
Paradise Plaza

Paradise Plaza boasts an ice cream shop, a Bahamian-inspired fountain that’s perfect for a photo-op, an impressive sandcastle slide and an observation deck. Live music fills the air and you’ll be surrounded by turquoise lagoons; the perfect start to your adventure at Celebration Key. 

"Paradise Plaza will be the perfect welcome spot and will set the tone for the entire visit to this truly unique destination..." - Christine Duffy

Relax and Unwind at Calypso Lagoon 

This adults-only area on Celebration Key has it all- from tranquil cabanas where you can unwind, to a glistening lagoon where you can enjoy a refreshing dip, a sports court and a vibrant swim-up bar. The perfect escape on this tropical island, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise the moment you arrive. 

Calypso Lagoon 
Calypso Lagoon 

And when you get hungry, Calypso Lagoon has two restaurants specialising in both international and Bahamian cuisine, catering to a wide range of palates. 

Enjoy Family Fun at Starfish Lagoon 

Known as the ‘family-friendly portal’, Starfish Lagoon is the ultimate destination for families, whether you’ve got little ones or teens. Featuring a variety of fun activities, from a games pavilion offering basketball, volleyball and pickleball to beach villas and a splash pad with a shallow pool. 

Starfish Lagoon
Starfish Lagoon

And don’t worry, the kids will also have a wide selection of food to choose from thanks to Starfish Lagoon’s selection of restaurants and food trucks. 

Shop Til’ You Drop at Lokono Cove 

If you’re looking for retail therapy during your stopover at Celebration Key, head over to Lokono Cove. Boasting an array of stores, kiosks and even a straw market, it’s a bustling showcase of Bahamian art, live music and artisanal goods- such as handcrafted jewellery. 

Lokono Cove
Lokono Cove

Taking its name from the island’s earliest settlers, it’s the perfect place to grab a souvenir or gift to take home to loved ones to commemorate your Carnival cruise. 

Delight in Exclusive Amenities at the Private Club Portal 

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more secluded area with elevated dining, a crystal-clear pool and an escape from the crowds, why not upgrade your experience on Celebration Key by treating yourself to access to the Private Club Portal. 

Private Club Portal
Private Club Portal

An adults-only area, membership to the portal includes access to the infinity pool, dining, and lounge chairs that are located on a picturesque, private beach. 

How many ships can dock at Celebration Key?

There’s expected to be two piers at Celebration Key, catering for up to 4 ships and 20,000+ guests at a time. 

Which ships will sail to Celebration Key?

It’s estimated that over the next few years, there will be 500+ itineraries from 9+ U.S ports onboard up to 18 Carnival Cruise Line ships. Cruise ships that will stop at Celebration Key include the likes of Carnival Venezia, Carnival Celebration and Carnival Mardi Gras

Top Celebration Key Cruises 

Here’s our top 3 Carnival Cruise Line itineraries that include a stop-off at Celebration Key. 

Book Your Celebration Key Getaway with Iglu Cruise Today

So what are you waiting for? Book your Carnival Cruise Line Celebration Key getaway with Iglu Cruise today and look forward to an unforgettable adventure on this magical private island resort filled with fun, spectacular food and a myriad of exciting activities.

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