Carnival Cruise Line has announced that its next Excel-class ship will be named Carnival Celebration. The new ship will join the fleet in ship in 2022 as the cruise line celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In a video announcement full of Carnival partners, including Kathie Lee Gifford, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O’Neal, Carnival Cruise Line announced the name of its next Excel-Class ship: Carnival Celebration. The Celebration name is both a throwback to one of the popular early ships in the Carnival fleet, as well as a recognition of Carnival’s 50th birthday celebration that will take place in 2022.
Carnival Celebration will debut from PortMiami in November 2022, and will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras, the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on Feb. 6, 2021 from Port Canaveral, Fla. The addition of Carnival Celebration to Miami will maintain PortMiami’s position as the top embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Line.
“The name Carnival Celebration couldn’t be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Many thanks to our celebrity partners who helped us officially ‘unbox the fun’ and reveal the name of a ship that promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet. CarnivalCelebration is our 50th Birthday present to our guests!”
Carnival Celebration will include many of the features that have made Mardi Gras one of the most anticipated ships in cruising, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, along with some unique design features created specifically for this vessel.
Carnival’s 50th Birthday celebration kicks off in March 2022 – the company’s birthday month – with a series of commemorative sailings that will feature special entertainment and itineraries. As part of the celebration Carnival ships will be meeting up with sister ships for a huge celebration at sea. The 50th Birthday celebration will culminate with the arrival of Carnival Celebration to Miami in November 2022. Additional information on the Carnival ¨sailabrations¨ is available here.