The first calls are scheduled in July 2025.
12 ships from eight homeports
Starting today, passengers can book cruises on the first 12 Carnival ships, sailing regularly from eight homeports, to visit Celebration Key in 2025 and 2026.
'As the first port destination exclusively designed for Carnival Cruise Line guests, Celebration Key will provide the ultimate Carnival fun in the sun, immersed in the natural beauty of Grand Bahama. Our guests have a wide range of ships, homeports and itineraries that visit our new exclusive destination to choose from,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said.
She noted thousands of Carnival loyalists signed up over the last week to become the first to know about the itineraries.
Duffy said Carnival is working closely with the Bahamas government and the local Grand Bahama community to 'make this the premier exclusive cruise port destination in the Caribbean,' and details will be announced in the near future.
With sales opening, Carnival also released the first rendering of Celebration Key (above).
Mile-long beach, freshwater lagoons
Located on the south side of Grand Bahama Island, the port is promised to offer a variety of relaxation and adventure options including pristine white sands of the mile-long beach, authentic Bahamian shopping and dining and excursions to explore Grand Bahama.
The destination’s features and offerings will be anchored around large freshwater lagoons that will have numerous recreational and leisure activities for families and adults.
Carnival ships will dock at an adjacent pier that can accommodate two of its Excel-class vessels simultaneously, providing direct access to Celebration Key.
'We have a bold vision of how Grand Bahama can become the premier destination for entertainment and events in the region and we look forward to showing Carnival’s guests a warm and memorable vacation when they start visiting our beautiful island in 2025,' Grand Bahama Minister Ginger Moxie said.
Wide range of homeports and itineraries
The 12 Carnival ships, sailing regularly from eight homeports, that will visit Celebration Key include Carnival Celebration with seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries and Carnival Conquest with three-/four-day Bahamas cruises from PortMiami.
Mardi Gras, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Glory will call on cruises from Port Canaveral, with Mardi Gras visiting on seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, one nine-day eastern cruise on Oct. 20, 2025, and two trans-Atlantic voyages (Canaveral to Barcelona on Sept. 13, 2025 and Barcelona to Canaveral on Oct. 16, 2025). Carnival Freedom's calls will be on four- and five-day Bahamas sailings, and Carnival Glory's on three-/four-day Bahamas getaways.
From Galveston, Carnival Dream will visit as part of eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises and Carnival Legend on several 10-day eastern routes. From New Orleans, Carnival Liberty will call on seven- and eight-day eastern Caribbean voyages. The new port is in six- and eight-day Bahamas cruises from the Mobile-based Carnival Spirit.
The Baltimore-based Carnival Pride will offer Celebration Key on seven-day Bahamas sailings and a 14-day 'Carnival Journeys' Panama Canal cruise on Jan. 11, 2026, while Norfolk's Carnival Sunshine will sail in on six- and eight-day Bahamas cruises.
And from Jacksonville: Carnival Elation will visit on four- and five-day Bahamas cruises.
Six more ships to come
Over the coming months, Carnival plans to open more than 100 additional Celebration Key itineraries on six additional ships.