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It’s not all doom and gloom in cruising – Carnival Cruise Line starts work on a new ship!

January 20, 2021 Headline News No Comments

Carnival Cruise Line, which claims to be the “World’s Most Popular Cruise Line”, with Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit both scheduled to return to Australia when cruise operations resume from their scheduled home ports of Sydney and Brisbane, has announced that the maritime tradition to mark the first steel cut for its new ship Carnival Celebration its next Excel-class ship that will debut next year took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

A sister ship to the highly anticipated Carnival Mardi Gras, [pictured] Carnival Celebration is scheduled to begin sailing from PortMiami in November 2022, part of Carnival Cruise Line’s year-long 50th birthday festivities.

Following the ceremony, which was attended by Carnival’s Senior Vice President of New Builds, Ben Clement, and Meyer Turku’s CEO, Tim Meyer, work officially began on Carnival Celebration’s innovative offerings, with Mardi Gras and Celebration claimed to be the most anticipated ships in cruising, with Carnival Celebration including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, along with unique design features created specifically for this vessel, and new signature venues that will be specific to this ship.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said, “The steel-cutting ceremony marks the beginning of yet another exciting chapter for Carnival Cruise Line,” and, “Not only will Carnival Celebration feature signature amenities from Mardi Gras, she’ll usher in a new era for Carnival Cruise Line with some special innovations created just for her that we’re sure our guests will enjoy”.

She added, “We’re equally excited about Carnival Celebration’s role in our 50th birthday festivities which will serve as an unforgettable way for our fans to mark this milestone in our company’s history.”

Carnival Celebration is scheduled to debut in November 2022 and will offer year-round service from PortMiami’s new Terminal F being constructed specifically for Carnival Cruise Line.  The addition of Carnival Celebration to Miami will maintain PortMiami’s position as the top embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival’s 50th Birthday festivities begin in March 2022 – the company’s founding month – with a series of commemorative sailings that will feature special entertainment and itineraries and continuing all year long, culminating with Carnival Celebration’s arrival in November.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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