Carnival Cruise Line will build a new vessel to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding. The Excel-class Carnival Celebration will join the company’s fleet in 2022
The vessel will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras, the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on 6 February 2021 from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland won the build contracts for both vessels, which will feature LNG propulsion.
The decision to use LNG was partly due to demands from international organisations and the European Union to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions.
In September 2019, Carnival Corp senior vice president of maritime affairs Tom Strang who leads Carnival’s LNG strategy said “The reason for choosing LNG is the environmental benefits. It is a phenomenal journey, but the choice of partners in this process is important. Having a yard like Meyer which has developed this in-house and has built LNG ferries, means they have the experience and capabilities” adding “We see it as a significant step forward in our journey, it almost eliminates local pollutants such as NOx, SOx and PM and reduces carbon. As we move forward on the decarbonisation journey, we see LNG and liquid bio-methane increasingly becoming part of this pathway.”
Carnival Celebration will sail from PortMiami, the company’s top embarkation port, in November 2022. Carnival Celebration’s itineraries will be announced over the coming weeks and the ship will be opening up for sale in October.
Carnival’s operation has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic including the postponement of Mardi Gras’ debut. In late July, the company reported the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration for scrap.
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