Saturday, February 4, 2023

Encounter with Carnival Cruises History

When you encounter historical and symbolic elements in the midst of your vacation, the experiences you keep in your memory will remind you of good food, beyond the attractions and amenities of a trip or destination. Remembering historical moments on a cruise has, until now, been no more than touching with the occasional commemorative element on some ships, but the Carnival celebration creates an ode to your company’s history, bringing together an entire room full of nostalgia. Appeals, therefore it amazes, entertains and teaches.

On a recent voyage, and led by Peter Kenego, we visited Golden Jubilee, a bar on deck six, which brings together – more than any other space on the new Carnival ship – part of the company’s history , which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, made its maiden voyage from the port of Miami, Florida. At the time, the ship was the TSS Mardi Gras, the largest ship ever to sail from that port. To date, the company’s ships have carried more than 90 million passengers.

Peter Kenego Demonstrating The Motorized Telegraph.
Peter Kenego demonstrating the motorized telegraph. (Gregorio Mei / Special)

A maritime historian and author, Kenego is passionate about the subject. He first traveled on a Carnival ship in 1982. Since then he has spent much of his life trying to find and buy key parts for many of the cruise ships that were moored in India at his Los Angeles home. The Jubilee now has many pieces from his important private collection, and Ngo is proud that other travelers can re-encounter history by looking at them. In addition, there are also collector’s items from the company.

collection pieces

An original motor telegraph from 1955 can be seen from the TSS Carnival in the golden jubilee between Kenego and the company. The symbol for Carnival’s forward telegraph is fixed at “full forward”.

In addition, stained glass and crystal from TSS Mardi Gras; Chairs sourced from the Riverboat Lounge, along with a cocktail table from Fascination, which features cartoons from classic movies by the legendary Al Hirschfeld, named after his daughter Nina; a piece of etched nickel and mahogany glass, also from Mardi Gras, that separated the casino from Kenego’s collection; a bronze statue of Carnival founder Ted Arison and Finnish builder Martin Saarikangas commemorating the delivery of the sensation in 1993; And the floor tiles around the bar, with maple leaves, are reminiscent of the design of the Grand Ballroom from Mardi Gras, formerly owned by a carnival called the Empress of Canada.

Guests can also view a gallery with crystals, mimicking skylights, that tell the story of the fun ships from their construction to the present. Each represents a decade of history, where you can see developments in design and features, and a sixth, the future.

Golden Jubilee Bar.
Golden Jubilee Bar. (Gregorio Mayin / Special)

joe farkas footprint

The shape and design of Joe Farkas could not be overlooked, as the architect was responsible for the innovative and colorful designs that symbolized the brand over the years. Important hand-drawn sketches made by him can be seen on the panel above the bar, including the first transit of the Carnival Inspiration through the Panama Canal.

Each ship has coins buried in the floor. A 12-foot-tall scale model of the current Carnival celebration is featured on one side, celebrating the company’s present and future.

The Jubilee’s menu, which also features round skylight windows, is an homage to older ships, reintroducing an early version of the 1970s Carnival logo and vintage cocktails. Each time the chair represents a different ship. To make it feel like you’re entering another era of the cruise industry, one of its doors is also historic, with bronze and glass panels featuring musical instruments from Carnival’s ballroom.

The celebration features other historic locations and fixtures, such as the TSS Carnival model at the entrance to the Carnival restaurant and a vintage 1934 Rolls Royce in the Carnival Ecstasy.

Twin to Mardi Gras and another to Excel classes, the celebration runs year-round from Miami, Florida.

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