Newest ship name is a familiar one for Carnival fans

MIAMI — Carnival is bringing back an iconic name for its newest ship.

The brand new Carnival Celebration is scheduled to debut in November 2022, with sailings out of Port Miami.

Carnival Celebration itineraries will be announced over the coming weeks and the ship will be opening up for sale in October 2020.

It will be a sister ship to the Mardi Gras, scheduled to launch on Feb. 6, 2021. The two ships are Carnival’s first Excel series vessels.

The former Carnival Celebration sailed from 1987 to 2008 and is now in Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s fleet as Grand Celebration, after a brief stint with Costa Cruise Line.

Carnival says the Celebration name is in recognition of Carnival’s 50th birthday celebration that will take place in 2022 when the new Carnival Celebration joins the fleet.

“The name Carnival Celebration couldn’t be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities,” said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line.

Celebrity partners of the cruise line including Shaquille O’Neal, Guy Fieri and Kathie Lee Gifford were part of the celebrations, each posing for pics with a letter to spell out the new ship’s name.

A video announcement was made across Carnival’s social media channels and can be viewed here.

“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!” added Duffy.

Both Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras will feature BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.

While the ship isn’t set to sail until Nov. 2022, the celebrations will kick off in March 2022 – the cruise line’s 50th birthday month – with a series of commemorative sailings that will feature special entertainment and itineraries. More information is available at

Anyone looking to be among the ‘first to know’ about the ship’s itineraries and special sale promotions can register at

Last month Carnival announced a number of updates including sold ships and redeployments. The cruise line, along with other U.S.-based cruise lines, is currently pausing all operations due to the pandemic, until at least Oct. 31.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the cruise industry and shipyards and last month Carnival announced Mardi Gras’ new Feb. 6, 2021 debut date. The ship had already been delayed once, from Aug. 31, 2020 to November 2020.

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