Carnival’s new cruise ship is another step towards completion

The highly anticipated Carnival Celebration has successfully completed her sea trials, bringing her one step closer to her debut with the Fun Ship fleet. These critical tests are essential to ensure that the ship’s systems are working properly, and the new ship went through the trials with excellent results.

Carnival Celebration Complete sea trials

Carnival Celebration set sail for her sea trials on Monday 5th September, from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The first trials lasted several days, testing the ship’s engines, thrusters and technical systems, including maneuverability, speed and stopping capabilities.

On board were the ship’s captain, Captain Vincenzo Alcaras, along with the engineering team and numerous crew members, not only supervising the trials, but also familiarizing themselves with the ship’s systems for smooth operation and efficient.

“During her sea trials, Carnival Celebration underwent several tests to determine the ship’s capabilities and performance,” said Alcaras. “We did a lot of maneuvering tests, such as endurance tests, steering tests, speed tests, and thruster tests. The ship has been performing wonderfully, and shortly we will take it out and start sailing.

While Alcaras and other crew members were aboard the ship to witness the sea trials, the ship remains under shipyard control and the captain has not yet taken control of the ship.

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Depending on the size, systems and performance of an individual vessel, as well as weather conditions and shipping traffic in the test area, sea trials typically take only a few days or up to 10 days.

Carnival Celebration completed its trials in the Baltic Sea, in the complicated archipelago around Turku, Finland, at the southwestern tip of the country.

And after?

The next step for the ship will be the ongoing finishing works and equipping the ship with all necessary supplies for passenger service. In the coming weeks, crew members will begin arriving on the ship and preparing to welcome guests.

The ship’s maiden voyage is scheduled for November 6, 2022, departing from Southampton. The 14-night one-way transatlantic itinerary will bring Carnival Celebration to her new home port of Miami, Florida, calling at ports in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands en route.

Carnival Celebration cruise ship
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The second Excel-class ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and sister ship to the award-winning lighthouse Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration is sure to be celebrated when she reaches Miami, with the fanfare of fireboats and shore facilities as she enters port for the first time.

The ship’s arrival in Miami will be the culmination of the cruise line’s 50th anniversary celebrations which have included special decorations, new menus, exclusive merchandisecruise ship encounters and other events throughout the year.

Carnival Celebration will feature six distinct areas onboard, each offering a unique touch for passenger enjoyment. Of particular interest will be the Golden Jubilee Bar and Loungea one-of-a-kind venue showcasing 50 years of Carnival Cruise Line history with built-in memorabilia, retro designs and other nostalgic touches.

For example, the site will host the vintage 1934 Rolls Royce Saloon which has been removed from carnival ecstasy in June. The Fantasy-class ship will be retired in early October, a few weeks before Carnival Celebration makes its debut.

Carnival Ecstasy Rolls Royce
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Once in Miami, the new ship will offer a range of 6-8 night Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean itineraries throughout the year, giving guests plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the ship has to offer. to offer, including second roller coaster Bolt at sea and many fleet-wide favourites.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration will be joined by another Excel-class vessel, Carnival Jubileewhich is scheduled to enter service in 2023.

Carnival Celebration cruise ship