Carnival Cruise Line has announced that its next Excel-class ship – which arrives in 2022 to coincide with its 50th birthday celebration — will be named “Carnival Celebration.”
To mark the occasion, a full roster of Carnival partners, including Kathie Lee Gifford, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O’Neal, unwrapped boxes that revealed the letters of the Celebration name, which 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 when the new Carnival Celebration will join the fleet.
Check out the video announcement that Carnival has released across all of its social media channels
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.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said that: “The name Carnival Celebration couldn’t be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities.”
Duffy continued: “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. Carnival Celebration 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 then continue all year long, culminating with the arrival of Carnival Celebration to Miami in November 2022.
For more, on the March 2022 sailings, go to www.carnival.com/sailabration .
Carnival Celebration’s itineraries will be announced over the coming weeks and the ship will be opening up for sale in October.
Guests can register to be the “first to know” about the ship’s itineraries and special sale promotions at www.carnival.com/ship2022.