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Kathie Lee Gifford, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O'Neal Reveal Carnival's Next Ship Name

Carnival announced new ship joining fleet in 2022
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A full roster of Carnival Cruise Line partners, including Kathie Lee Gifford, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O'Neal, announced the name of its next Excel-class ship arriving in 2022.

Coinciding with Carnival's 50th Birthday Celebration, the new cruise ship will be named "Carnival Celebration." 

Carnival partners unwrapped boxes that revealed the letters of the Celebration name, which is both a throwback to one of the popular early ships in the Carnival fleet, as well as a recognition of Carnival's 50th birthday celebration. The video announcement was made across Carnival's social media channels that you can watch below.

Carnival Celebration will debut from PortMiami in November 2022, and will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras, the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on Feb. 6, 2021 from Port Canaveral, Fla. The addition of Carnival Celebration to Miami will maintain PortMiami's position as the top embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Line.

"The name Carnival Celebration couldn't be more perfect for a ship that will be a key component of our 50th Birthday festivities," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Many thanks to our celebrity partners who helped us officially 'unbox the fun' and reveal the name of a ship that promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet. Carnival Celebration is our 50th Birthday present to our guests!"

Carnival Celebration will include many of the features that have made Mardi Gras one of the most anticipated ships in cruising, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, along with some unique design features created specifically for this vessel.   

Carnival's 50th Birthday celebration kicks off in March 2022 – the company's birthday month – with a series of commemorative sailings that will feature special entertainment and itineraries then continue all year long, culminating with the arrival of Carnival Celebration to Miami 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.

You can register online to be the "first to know" about the ship's itineraries and special sale promotions.

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