Ship sail

Carnival Cruise Line’s new mega-ship begins sea trials

Carnival CelebrationCarnival Cruise Line’s second Excel-class cruise ship, today participated in its first round of sea trials. The sister ship to Mardi Gras left the Meyer Turku yard in Finland and is expected to remain at sea for several days.

During the sea trials, the engineers will test all the technical systems on board, but also maneuverability and speed. Construction site on Carnival Celebration began in January 2021, with the ship expected to start operations in November from Miami, Florida later this year.

Carnival Celebration Sailing for the first time

She’s not ready for guests yet, but Carnival Celebration is undoubtedly one step closer to its official launch later this year. After a period of construction which started just twenty months agoThe newest cruise ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet set sail for its first round of sea trials on Monday, September 5 from Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland.

The ship is currently sailing in the archipelago around the Baltic Sea port city, where engineers will test all on-board systems. Sea trials are an essential part of the build process and are expected to last anywhere from a few days to ten days, depending on the test results.

Like his sister, Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Although the shipyard has now installed the power source on several ships, it still means extensive testing of on-board systems and whether or not the ship meets the criteria Carnival Cruise Line has set for maneuverability and speed.

Captain and crew already on board

The sea trials will also allow the ship’s crew and officers to familiarize themselves with the ship, as Captain Vincenzo Alcaras explained earlier to John Heald:

“During the sea trials, the vessel undergoes several tests, which are aimed at determining the capacity and performance of the vessel. We carry out many tests, but I will list only a few, such as the endurance test, direction tests, speed tests, thruster tests, zig-zag tests, which are part of the maneuver tests, and any tests required by the class.

Captain Captain Vincenzo Alcaras, Center (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Sea trials are always under the supervision of the shipyard, and although the Captain is on board, it is only in the role of an observer:

“During the sea trial, the ship is under the responsibility of the Meyer shipyard. I will not take command of the ship. My role with my team is to observe the various tests, the performances and to assist in the commissioning deck equipment department, Captain Vincenzo Alcaras continues.

The captain is not alone on board; several other senior officers and crew have already boarded the ship. They will be responsible for launching Carnival Celebration and guiding it through the difficult launch period.

Carnival Celebration will be 180,800 gross tons with capacity for 5,282 guests in double occupancy, as well as 1,282 crew. Like with Mardi Gras, both ships are part of the Excel class of ships. Other ships in the class include P&O Cruises Iona and Arvia, AIDAnova for AIDA cruises, Costa Smeralda and Tuscany for Costa Cruises, Carnival JubileeWhich one is should be delivered in 2023and more.

Carnival Celebration Set sail at the end of this year

There can be no surprise that Carnival Celebration is the most anticipated cruise ship for 2022. The ship plays a vital role in Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary celebrations, with the arrival in Miami later this year marking the culmination of those celebrations.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities to keep them entertained during their time on board, including LOCKthe same roller coaster that is featured on board Mardi Grasand six fun zones on board, including Celebration Central, The Gateway, Summer Landing, 802 BiscayneLido and the Ultimate Playground.

Carnival Celebration BOLT Roller Coaster
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Although Carnival Cruise Line calls the first Caribbean cruise the maiden voyage, Carnival Celebration will cruise before arriving in the United States. On Sunday, November 6, Carnival Celebration will embark on her maiden transatlantic voyage from Southampton in the UK.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “Carnival Celebration promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet – just in time for our 50th anniversary – and we have put together a terrific range of itineraries starting with an inaugural two-week transatlantic cruise and then year-round in the Caribbean.departures from PortMiami with some of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the region.”

Carnival celebration theme area
Rendering Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line

During this 14-day trip, he will stop in La Coruña and Vigo in Spain, Funchal on the island of Madeira and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

November 20, Carnival Celebration will arrive in Miami early in the morning, after which Carnival Cruise Line will host a series of celebrations, including the official christening ceremony, to celebrate the arrival of the newest ship in the fleet.

Carnival Celebration is scheduled to debut in Miami on November 21, 2022. The cruise ship will offer year-round service to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from the new PortMiami Terminal F, built specifically for Carnival Cruise Line. The cruises will last between 6 and 8 days.

Carnival Celebration Sea Trials