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Carnival reveals details for Starfish Lagoon family portal at Celebration Key

Starfish Lagoon is the latest portal revealed for Carnival Cruise Line’s Celebration Key, their exclusive port on the south side of Grand Bahama Island opening summer 2025. Families can enjoy all types of beach fun at Starfish Lagoon while soaking up the sun around one of the largest freshwater lagoons in the Caribbean. In addition to beach and lagoon access, the family-friendly portal includes waterslides, splash ground, game pavilion, sports court, and floating “AquaBanas.”

Carnival Cruise Line's Celebration Key Paradise Plaza
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“At Carnival, we carry more children than any other cruise line, so we’ve designed Starfish Lagoon specifically for family fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Toddlers, teens and adults alike will find their own piece of paradise whether it be racing down one of the waterslides, playing a round of pickleball or relaxing on our floating AquaBanas.”

Two, 350-foot-long waterslides wind around Celebration Key’s signature 10-story high Suncastle. Named after the national bird and national fish of The Bahamas, the pink Flash Flamingo and blue Mach III Marlin water slides, invite riders to race each other through twists, turns, and flashes of light and color to an exhilarating splashdown.

A playground in tropical paradise Starfish Lagoon is designed specifically for family fun
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Toddlers and small children can enjoy the Guppy Grotto splash pad – a colorful, coral-reef-themed children’s water play area, featuring a refreshing two-foot-deep wading pool, fun water toys, an exciting dump bucket, and interactive features, as well as plenty of shaded seating for parents with a nearby ice cream shop.

For toddlers and small children the Guppy Grotto splash pad is a colorful coral-reef themed childrens water play area
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The Game Pavilion features a variety of table games such as foosball, ping pong and corn hole, along with comfortable seating areas for socializing and meeting new friends. Adjacent to the Game Pavilion is a Sports Court with volleyball, basketball, and pickleball courts.

The Sports Court includes volleyball basketball and pickleball courts adjacent to the Game Pavilion
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Floating AquaBanas are comfortable and sturdy floating cabanas available for the whole family. Guests can relax with their feet in the water under the shady canopy as they sip on a refreshing beverage. Available for rental, AquaBanas come with seating space for eight, a solid table for drinks and other essentials, non-slip surfaces and steps for easy access into the lagoon. These 12 floating “private islands” are grouped around a peninsula with a dedicated bar, so that refreshments are just a few steps or a swim away. A variety of more traditional cabanas and daybeds will also be available.

Floating AquaBanas are comfortable cabanas that are fun for the whole family
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For adults, there’s a Swim Up Bar where colorful drinks, including the bar’s specialty frozen rum cocktails, will be served and enjoyed, all without leaving the water.

Next to the Suncastle are a number of hammocks allowing guests to stretch out and relax as they swing over the water and take in the views of Starfish Lagoon.

There’s a stretch of gorgeous beach and crystal blue water with kayak and paddleboard rentals and plenty of space for games of frisbee or sandcastle building, along with sun loungers, umbrellas, and beachside cabanas.

A stretch of gorgeous beach and crystal blue water with kayak and paddleboard rentals and plenty of space for games or lounging
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A variety of dining venues provide many options for guests including restaurants, snack and bar shacks, along with Bahamian food trucks.

Starfish Lagoon joins Paradise Plaza, the welcome area, Calypso Lagoon, the adult-friendly area and Lokono Cove, the shopping village, as four of the five portals. Carnival will share details soon on the adults-only private retreat.

To book your Carnival Cruise to Celebration Key, we recommend MEI Travel for a free, no obligation quote and free help throughout your trip.

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