Peter Knego Interview aboard the Carnival Celebration

Join Cruise Addicts onboard Carnival Cruise Lines, newest ship, the Carnival Celebration, as we sit down with Peter Knego, who is an Ocean Liner Historian, Collector, and Journalist.

Peter Knego Interview

During our interview Knego, shares details about his collection of collectibles that are now part of the Golden Jubilee onboard this new ship. You will also learn unique facts and insights about other items aboard this incredible ship filled with historical objects from past Carnival Cruise Line ships.

The Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee, on Deck 6, in the same location as The Brass Magnolia on Mardi Gras, features artwork, memorabilia and original pieces from Carnival’s earlier vessels that are incorporated throughout the space bringing Carnival’s 50 years of fun full circle. These include:

  • A striking bar beneath two-deck-high ceilings adorned with a multi-piece brass chandelier and surrounded by reproductions of blueprints depicting the evolution of Carnival’s Fun Ships, including some hand-drawn designs by world-renowned architect Joe Farcus.
  • Chairs recreated from TSS Carnivale’s Riverboat Lounge paired with cocktail tables from Carnival Fascination’s Hollywood Boulevard adorned with signed sketches representing movie classics by iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. 
  • Original 17’ by 7’ full-height etched glass, nickel and mahogany partition wall with 24 windowpanes from TSS Mardi Gras’ casino, separating the bar from the promenade.
  • Original decorative etchings of musical instruments as well as polished brass and glass night club doors from TSS Carnivale that will frame one of the lounge’s entrances, allowing guests to physically walk through Carnival’s history.
  • Original bronze statue of Carnival founder Ted Arison and Finnish shipbuilder Martin Saarikangas, given as a gift from the Kvaerner Masa-Yards to the line upon delivery of Carnival Sensation in Helsinki, Finland, in 1993.
  • Reproductions of hand-drawn sketches by Farcus blended into mirrors, offering guests a glimpse into special Carnival moments like Carnival Fascination’s naming ceremony and Carnival Inspiration’s first transit of the Panama Canal.
  • Floor tiles surrounding the bar that feature a stylized maple leaf pattern reminiscent of the maple leaf design motif from the Grand Ballroom on TSS Mardi Gras that carried over from the ship’s former life as Empress of Canada for Canadian Pacific Line.
  • Mirror inserts integrated into the bar front and bottle display inspired by the etched glass inserts of TSS Carnivale’s main lobby doors.

Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration
Carnival Celebration sailing away from Port Miami

Carnival Celebration is the second ship in the popular Excel Class and sister to Mardi Gras. She carries 5,282 passengers (based on two per cabin). The Godmother of the ship is Cassidy Gifford. The ship takes her name from a former Carnival cruise ship, Celebration, that was part of the Holiday class. The name also pays homage to the companies long history as the ship was delivered during Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th birthday year.

Ship Highlights:

  • Features on board roller coaster (BOLT)
  • Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Restaurants from partners Guy Fieri (Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Smokehouse Brewhouse where we brew our own beer onboard), Emeril Lagasse (Emeril’s Bistro 1397), Rudi Sodamin (Rudi’s Seagrill) and Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal (Big Chicken)
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Peter Knego Interview aboard the Carnival Celebration | 24
John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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