Carnival Celebration is a sister ship to the Mardi Gras cruise ship. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The second ship in the Excel series embarked on its inaugural voyage in November 2022. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The first steel was cut for the Carnival Celebration ship in January 2021. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The construction for Carnival Celebration cruise ship is underway at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The ship completed sea trials in September 2022. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
Carnival took delivery of the ship in November 2022. Credit: Carnival Corporation.
The Carnival Celebration cruise ship is powered by a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system. Credit: Carnival Corporation.

Carnival Celebration is the second Excel-class cruise ship ordered by Carnival for its subsidiary Carnival Cruise Line. It is a sister ship to the first Excel-class ship, Mardi Gras, which entered service in 2021.

The steel-cutting ceremony for the ship was held in January 2021 at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and she was floated out in February 2022, marking a major step in her construction.

The coin ceremony of the ship marking the completion of the cruise ship was held in June 2022. The ship completed sea trials in September 2022.

Carnival took delivery of the cruise ship in November 2022. The ship embarked on its maiden voyage during the same month.

Carnival Celebration cruise ship design

The Carnival Celebration cruise ship is 345m long, 41.7m wide and has a gross tonnage of 183,521t. It can accommodate up to 5,374 guests across 18 passenger decks, served by 1,735 on-board crew members. Powered by a low-emission LNG drive system, the vessel has a cruise speed of 17kt.

The ship includes similar design features incorporated in its sister ship Mardi Gras. The innovative cruise ship includes six themed zones including Celebration Central, The Gateway, Summer Landing, 820 Biscayne, Lido and The Ultimate Playground.

Staterooms aboard Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration offers a broad range of accommodation categories with up to 180 suites across 11 different categories, namely Family Harbor Ocean View Suite, Havana Cabana Suite, Havana Cabana Corner Suite, Ocean Suite, Carnival Excel Corner Suite (Split Balcony), Ocean Suite (Extended Balcony), Carnival Excel Suite, Carnival Excel Aft Suite, Cloud 9 Spa Suite and Carnival Excel Presidential Suite.

The Carnival Excel Presidential Suite features a separate living room and bedroom, a lighted vanity, a sectional sofa and a bedroom with a TV. Guests at the suite have complimentary access to Thermal Suites and Havana Pool.

The ship includes 2,641 staterooms in four different categories: Family Harbor Interior, Havana Interior, Interior, Premium Interior and Cloud 9 Spa Interior.

The Family Harbor Interior stateroom features a unique nautical decor and includes a separate bedroom and living room area with a TV. The Cloud 9 Spa Suite includes large room features such as soothing decor, priority spa reservations and unlimited use of Thermal Suites.

Dining and entertainment facilities aboard Carnival Celebration

Carnival Celebration cruise houses 11 bars and ten restaurants and food bars with dining options that include Guy’s Pig & Smokehouse, Big Chicken, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Latitudes, Gu’s Burger Joint, Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, Seafood Shack, RedFrog® Tiki Bar, Havana Bar and The Chef’s Table.

The ship features onboard entertainment facilities for children, teens and families such as BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea Serenity Adult Only Retreat, Family Feud Live, Waterworks, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Playlist Productions and Loft 19.

The vessel also features seven lounges, five swimming pools, five jacuzzies and 22 elevators.

New activities were introduced for children and families in December 2022 including a new family show called “What’s Age Got to Do with It?”, Dr. Seuss Bookville and the Turtle programme, which is meant for children under the age of two and features activities such as Turtle Playdates, Turtle Band, toddler sensory activities and Baby Turtle Trek.

The Nautical Explorer programme includes maritime-themed activities for children in Camp Ocean. The programme provides an opportunity for children to learn nautical knowledge and earn their seafarer book.

Furthermore, the ship features a children’s space programme in partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and includes activities inspired by NASA science.