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Carnival’s newest cruise ship departs on maiden voyage

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Celebration, made a short visit to Southampton on 6 November 2022 en route from builders at Meyer Turku to Florida via Tenerife.

The $1billion ship is LNG powered, 181,000 gross tons and can accommodate 5,282 passengers.

Her maiden voyage, a 14-night cruise, started in Southampton on 6 November and ends in Miami on 20 November.

Carnival Celebration arrived in Southampton with local officials, travel partners, and members of the media going on board for guided tours and lunch on Carnival’s newest and largest cruise ship.

Carnival President Christine Duffy hosted a “Let’s Celebrate” event in the cruise terminal that included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting welcoming the first guests on board.

Carnival took delivery of Carnival Celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, before Captain Vincenzo Alcaras, Hotel Director Pierre Camilleri, Chief Engineer Fabian Gervaise and the ship’s 1,800 team members helped bring her to the UK destination.

“Carnival Celebration is the ultimate 50th Birthday gift and is a key part of a very unique and exciting period of growth for us. It’s been a wonderful 50 years, and we kicked off the next 50 with a bang today! Next up – Miami!” said Christine.

Carnival Celebration features six zones, including the new Miami-themed 820 Biscayne, travel-inspired The Gateway, and stunning Celebration Central, as well as the BOLT roller coaster. Carnival Celebration is the second ship in the Carnival fleet to be powered by a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system.

Including Carnival Celebration, Carnival is adding five new ships to its fleet over the next two years in a period of growth unlike any other in Carnival’s 50-year history.

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