Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest Excel-class ship, Carnival Celebration, during a ceremony today in Finland.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy and Carnival Senior Vice President of New Builds Ben Clement joined CEO of Meyer Turku Tim Meyer to welcome Celebration into the fleet during a signing ceremony at the shipyard.
“We have so many reasons to celebrate now that Carnival Celebration has joined as the 24th ship in our fleet. Now, more guests will experience all that our innovative Excel-class has brought to cruising,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “She represents the culmination of our 50th birthday while also shining a light on our bright future with so much more excitement to come!”
Carnival Celebration is the second Excel-class ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet following Mardi Gras, which debuted last summer. They feature a three-story atrium, dozens of dining and beverage concepts throughout six themed zones, and a top-deck roller coaster.
“Our team of shipbuilders are delivering a world-class addition to the Carnival fleet today. She is one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally-friendly ships,” said CEO of Meyer Turku, Tim Meyer. “I am very proud of the results of this great partnership.”
On November 6th, the ship will set sail on a transatlantic crossing from Southampton, England to Miami, Florida. A naming ceremony for the ship will be held in Miami on November 20th.
Carnival Celebration will sail from Carnival’s redesigned Terminal F at PortMiami, joining sister ship Mardi Gras as the second vessel in the fleet with a liquefied natural gas propulsion system. The ship will offer eastern and western Caribbean voyages year-round.