Carnival Celebration Cruise ship

The Grand Celebration
  • 1987-2008: Celebration
  • 2008-2014:
Port of registry:
Cost: US$130 million
Yard number: 597
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type:
Length: 223.37 m (733 ft)
Beam: 28.20 m (93 ft)
Draught: 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)
Installed power:
  • combined 23510 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: 21.7 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 mph)
Capacity: 1, 896 passengers
Crew: 670

The Grand Celebration is a Holiday class cruise ship, originally built for Carnival Cruise Lines. It entered service with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines on February 3, 2015 to replace the ill fated MS Bahamas Celebration.

The Grand Celebration has 2 sister ships. The, which is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and the, which is operated by HNA Tourism.

Unlike her sister "Henna", the trademark whale tail funnel on Grand Celebration was painted over but not altered or removed.


The ship was built as the Celebration in 1986 by Kockums Varv in Malmö, Sweden for Carnival Cruise Lines. The Celebration was retired from the Carnival fleet in April 2008 and underwent an extensive refit before re-entering service with Iberocruceros as the Grand Celebration that summer. The refit included new hull artwork and updated interiors.

In May 2014, it was announced that the ship would be renamed Costa Celebration and transferred to Costa Cruises in November 2014. After service with Iberocruceros had ended, the ship underwent refurbishment and was renamed the Costa Celebration. On November 21, 2014, on the day before the ship was scheduled to depart on its inaugural voyage, it was announced that the vessel had been sold to an unnamed buyer. The next day, the Costa Celebration was removed from Costa's fleet and all bookings were cancelled. Passengers who had booked on Costa Celebration's future cruises were either refunded or rebooked on other ships.

On December 23, 2014, it was revealed that the ship had been purchased by the newly formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who would use the name Grand Celebration and sail out the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Florida starting in February 2015. Bahamas Paradise was formed by former executives from the defunct Celebration Cruise Line that operated the Bahamas Celebration.

The Grand Celebration was scheduled to depart for its first cruise on February 1, 2015. Due to technical difficulties, the voyage was cancelled. Repairs were made and the ship set sail on February 3.


  • On the morning of 10 February 1989, the Celebration collided with the Cuban freighter Captain San Luis, breaking the freighter in half and causing it to sink in 13 minutes. Three crew members of the Captain San Luis, including its captain, were missing and presumed dead. The freighter was hauling cement at the time of the collision, and had been experiencing electrical problems which left it without lights, navigational equipment, or steering. The Celebration remained on-site, rescuing the 42 survivors from the water and transferring them to a Cuban navy ship and tugboat before continuing on to Miami.


  • Views of the ship as the MS ''Celebration'' (Carnival Cruise Lines)

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Does anyone know if you can wear flip flops with a dress to dinner on the Carnival Celebration cruise ship? | Yahoo Answers

i was on celebration in july. i saw people wearing flip flops on formal night and nothing was said to them. if you feel comfortable wearing them, then i don't see were it will be a problem.

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