Carnival's Next Excel-Class Ship To Be Named Celebration

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

A full roster of Carnival partners unwrapped boxes that revealed the letters of the Celebration name.

Carnival Cruise Line's next Excel-class ship will be named Carnival Celebration. Debuting in NOV 2022 from PortMiami, the launch coincides with the CCL's 50th birthday celebration.

Carnival Celebration’s itineraries will be announced over the coming weeks and the ship will be opening up for sale in OCT.

“The name Carnival Celebration couldn’t be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities.Carnival Celebration is our 50th Birthday present to our guests!” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  

Carnival Celebration will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras -- the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on 06FEB, 2021 from Port Canaveral. Although both Excel sisters share many of the same features including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, Celebration has some design elements created specifically for her.

Carnival’s 50th Birthday celebration kicks off in MAR 2022 with a series of commemorative sailings featuring special entertainment and itineraries, culminating with the arrival of Carnival Celebration in NOV. Additional information on the MAR 2022 sailings is available at

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. Check it out below.

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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