Carnival Cruise Line’s second Excel-class LNG cruise ship has floated on the water for the very first time at Meyer Turku shipyard in southwestern Finland. This is an important step in the construction and another step for Carnival Celebration set sail.
Celebrating a Construction Milestone
The highly anticipated Carnival Celebrationsister ship to Carnival Cruise Line’s flagship Mardi Grasachieved a major milestone in its construction as it was floated and first touched the water on February 11, 2022. This means that the vessel’s hull is officially complete and it is now ready to be equipped with interior details and features.
“That’s the exciting part, when everything everyone will love about the ship goes from plan to reality,” said Ben Clement, senior vice president of new construction, renovation and product innovation for Carnival Cruise Linewho was in Finland to oversee the float milestone. “When a new ship arrives, it’s always hard to choose your favorite part, but Carnival Celebration is going to make that choice harder than ever when it comes to Miami.”
The ship’s name is a nod to one of Carnival’s classic cruise ships, MS Celebrationbut in every way, the new Carnival Celebration is designed to pave the way for the future of cruising. Work will now begin to install some of the exterior features that are already delighting guests. Mardi Grasincluding the winner BOLT roller coaster.
Carnival Celebration already has one of its most recognizable features, as the ship received its iconic ‘whale’s tail’ funnel on January 25.
Inside the ship, construction will help bring out Carnival Celebration’s unique personality. The ship will feature six distinct areas, three of which are designed specifically for Carnival Celebration. Details on the new areas will be revealed soon.
Further interior construction will now pick up speed, as the ship will receive its interior finishes that will bring it to life. At present, construction is on track and proceeding as planned.
“We are very proud to build this magnificent ship for Carnival Cruise Line”, said Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. “By the end of the summer, Carnival Celebration will be ready for her sea trial and then for delivery later in the fall.”
Carnival Celebrationthe beginnings
Carnival Celebration is the second of three Excel-class ships, sister to the already very popular Mardi Gras as good as Carnival JubileeWho go join the Carnival fleet in fall 2023.
Scheduled to enter service this fall, the 180,000 gross ton Carnival Celebration will first embark on a 14-day “Carnival Journeys” transatlantic voyage from Southampton to its home port of Miami in November.
Her first sailing from Miami is a 6-day Eastern Caribbean cruise departing November 21, 2022 and calling at Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Nassau, with two days at sea for guests to fully explore the new ship.
Carnival CelebrationThe arrival of will truly be a celebration, marking the culmination of Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary celebration.