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Carnival Celebration floats out in Finland

Carnival Celebration has floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, signifying a major step in her development.

She will now move alongside the outfitting pier and into the next phase of construction.

“This is the exciting part, after the float out, that’s when everything that everyone will love about the ship goes from blueprint to reality,” said Ben Clement, senior vice president of new builds, refurbishment and product innovation for Carnival Cruise Line, who was in Finland to oversee the milestone.

Carnival Celebration is the second of three Excel-class ships.

She joins Mardi Gras, already sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida, and Carnival Jubilee, set to sail from Galveston, Texas in 2023.

“We are very proud to build this beautiful ship for Carnival Cruise Line,” said Tim Meyer, chief executive of Meyer Turku.

“By the end of the summer, Carnival Celebration will be ready for her sea trial and then for delivery later in the autumn.”

Scheduled to enter service in the autumn, Carnival Celebration will sail a transatlantic voyage from Southampton to her PortMiami homeport in November.

Watch a video of the float out ceremony above.