First Steel Cut For Carnival’s New Celebration
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Carnival’s Senior Vice President of New Builds Ben Clement and Meyer Turku’s CEO Tim Meyer
attended Carnival Celebration’s steel-cutting ceremony. Photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line.

The maritime tradition to mark the first steel cut for a new ship took place for Carnival Celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, as Carnival Cruise Line prepares for its next Excel-class ship that will debut from PortMiami in 2022. 

A sister ship to the Mardi Gras, whose inaugural voyage is scheduled for 24APR, 2021, Celebration will launch just in time for Carnival Cruise Line’s year-long 50th birthday festivities.

“The steel-cutting ceremony marks the beginning of yet another exciting chapter for Carnival Cruise Line. Not only will Carnival Celebration feature signature amenities from Mardi Gras, but 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,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. 

“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 exciting milestone in our company’s history.”

When it debuts next year, Carnival Celebration will offer year-round service from PortMiami’s new Terminal F constructed specifically for Carnival Cruise Line. 

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

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ’s newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she’s new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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