Coin ceremony held for Carnival Celebration 

Coin ceremony held for Carnival Celebration 

The ship will enter service in November, making its inaugural sailing from Southampton

Carnival Cruise Line has held a coin ceremony for its new ship Carnival Celebration, which will begin service in early November with a 14-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton to its homeport of PortMiami. 

The milestone in the ship-building process was held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, and the ceremony symbolises good fortune for the ship and its crew.

The vessel will be the second of the line’s new LNG-powered ships, following sister ship Mardi Gras, which entered service last year as the first ship in North America to run on an LNG propulsion system. As part of the line’s new Excel-class, they will be joined by Carnival Jubilee next year. The trio feature six fun-filled zones, including the line’s BOLT roller coaster.

Carnival Celebration will debut along with Carnival’s redesigned Terminal F at PortMiami, which will be among the first terminals to be shore-power ready in 2023.

Those present at the ceremony included Carnival Celebration’s captain Vincenzo Alcaras, chief engineer Fabien Gervaise, hotel director Pierre Camilleri and members of Carnival’s new build team. They joined representatives from Meyer Turku to help weld a special box containing coins, which had been temporarily placed under the ship’s keel at the start of construction, to a permanent position near the mast of the ship.

Carnival has also announced that Costa Luminosa will move from the Costa Cruises fleet to the Carnival brand in September. It will then start sailing as Carnival Luminosa in November from Brisbane.

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