On Friday Carnival Cruise Line, with the help of some of their celebrity partners, revealed the name of the line’s next new ship. The second ship in the Excel-Class, sister to the Mardi Gras will be named, Carnival Celebration.
Throughout the week Carnival Brand Ambassador, John Heald and his friend The Cat in the Hat, have been sharing clues to the name of the new ship. Most guesses I had seen online were for Carnivale. The cruise line harkened back to it’s beginnings by naming the first Excel-Class ship Mardi Gras, after the company’s first ship so many assumed they would continue the tradition. Instead, they are repurposing a name, but of a newer ship, with a more deeper meaning.
“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. “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 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.
Carnival Celebration will include many of the features that have made Mardi Grasone 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. Additional information on the March 2022 sailings is available at 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.
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