Meyer Turku hands Carnival Celebration to Carnival Cruise Line

Delivery of new Excel-class ship marks the culmination of brand’s 50th birthday celebrations

Meyer Turku hands Carnival Celebration to Carnival Cruise Line


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Carnival Celebration will travel from Southampton and arrive in PortMiami on 20 November

By Amber Hickman |

Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Carnival Celebration, during a ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland on 2 November 2022.

Carnival Celebration is the sister to Mardi Gras and the fleet's newest Excel-class ship. The vessel's delivery marks the grand finale of Carnival Cruise Line's 50th anniversary celebrations.

"We have so many reasons to celebrate now that Carnival Celebration has joined as the 24th ship in our fleet," 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."

The ship, which will accommodate more than 5,200 guests, features a three-deck-high atrium and dozens of dining and beverage concepts spread across six themed zones. The ship's interiors also feature elements from the company's previous ships, paying homage to the history of Carnival Cruise Line, as well as multiple innovations.

"Our team of shipbuilders are delivering a world-class addition to the Carnival fleet today," said Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. "She is one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ships."

Carnival Celebration will sail from Southampton, UK, and arrive at PortMiami in Florida on 20 November for its naming ceremony. It will then operate year-round Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

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