Carnival to Name New Ship Carnival Celebration

Carnival Cruise Line Mardi Gras Under Construction at Finland's Meyer Turku shipyard. Photo by Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival's new ship will be named Carnival Celebration, sister to Mardi Gras (pictured here), a throwback to a vessel from the past, and appropriate timing-wise for delivery in 2022, the line's 50th birthday year. (Photo by Carnival Cruise Line)

With the help of celebrity partners past and present, Carnival Cruise Line announced that its next Excel-class ship arriving in 2022 to coincide with its 50th birthday celebration will be named Carnival Celebration.

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. 

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

Carnival Celebration will begin sailing 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 February 6, 2021 from Port Canaveral, FL.

The addition of Carnival Celebration to Miami will maintain PortMiami's position as the top embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Line.

“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 include many of the features that loyal guests can't wait to see on Mardi Gras, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, along with some unique design features.

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. 

Carnival Celebration’s itineraries will be announced over the coming weeks and reservations will open for sale in October. Travel advisors and guests can register to be the “first to know” about the ship’s itineraries and special sale promotions at

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