Grand Celebration

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The Grand Celebration in Istanbul, June 2010. The characteristic Carnival "whale tail" funnel is clearly visible.
Name: 1987—2008: Celebration
2008 onwards: Iberocruceros Grand Celebration
Owner: 1987—2008: Carnival Cruise Lines[1][2]
2008 onwards: Unknown
Operator: 1987—2008: Carnival Cruise Lines
2008 onwards: Iberocruceros
Port of registry: 1987—2000: Monrovia, 22x20px Liberia
2000—2008: Panama City, 22x20px Panama
2008 onwards: Madeira, 22x20px Portugal
Builder: Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden
Cost: $130 million[3]
Yard number: 597[2]
Launched: 9 August 1986[2]
Acquired: February 1987[2]
In service: 14 March 1987[2]
Identification: IMO number: 8314134[2]
Status: In Service
General characteristics (as Celebration)[2]
Class and type: Holiday class cruise ship
Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 47,262 tons[1]
Displacement: 6,405 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 223.37 m (732 ft 10 in)
Beam: 28.20 m (92 ft 6 in)
Draught: 7.75 m (25 ft 5 in)
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)[3]
Installed power: 2 × 7-cylinder Sulzer diesels
combined 23510 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers[3]
Speed: 21.7 kn (40.19 km/h; 24.97 mph)
Capacity: 1,486 passengers (lower berths)[3]
1,896 passengers (all berths)[3]
Crew: 670[3]

Grand Celebration is a Holiday class cruise ship that is operated by Iberocruceros. She was built in 1986 by Kockums Varv in Malmö, Sweden for Carnival Cruise Lines as Celebration. The Grand Celebration has 2 sister ships. The Holiday which just retired from Carnival Cruise Lines, which will join Iberocruceros in 2010 as the Grand Holiday, and the Pacific Sun operates for P&O Cruises Australia. The Celebration was retired from the Carnival fleet in April 2008. The Grand Celebration had an extensive refit before re-entering service. The refit included new hull artwork. Unlike Carnival's other retired purpose built ships, the trademark whale tail funnel was not altered or removed, but only painted over. The Grand Celebration entered into service for Iberocruceros in the summer of 2008.

Incidents (with Carnival Cruise Lines)

On August 16, 2006, Carnival's Celebration struck the harbor floor in Nassau, The Bahamas as the ship with over 1100 passengers onboard was preparing to dock. The ship's propeller was struck, causing vessel damage and the release of 53 gallons of lubricating oil into the sea. The Celebration canceled its Port Of Call to Nassau and returned to its Jacksonville, Florida homebase, giving passengers an extra day at sea. All passengers received a 20% discount towards their next cruise.

On August 25, 2007, Carnival's "Fun Ship" Celebration was on its normal embarkation schedule in Jacksonville, Florida, when Carnival's sniffer dogs detected something suspicious in the luggage. The terminal was closed at approximately noon, and reopened around 8 pm. It was later detected that heart medication set the dogs off, according to Jacksonville City Police.

Public rooms (as Celebration)

  • Endless Summer lounge
  • Galax-Z dance Club
  • Bourbon Street, a tribute to New Orleans' celebrated thoroughfare.
  • Wheelhouse Bar & Grill
  • Admiral, ship's library
  • Red Hot Piano Bar
  • Islands in the Sky Bar
  • Rainbow Club Casino
  • Astoria Lounge
  • Vista and Horizon dining room

Meeting facilities (as Celebration)

  • Astoria Lounge: 900 maximum guests reception, 725 maximum guests theater, 200 maximum guests modified classroom, Dance floor, in house sound system with microphones, CD player, dual cassette player
  • Islands in the Sky Lounge: 350 maximum guests theater, 150 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Galax-Z dance club: 400 maximum guests reception, 150 maximum guests theater, 50 maximum guests modified classroom
  • Endless Summer Lounge: 110 maximum guests reception, 60 maximum guests theater, Dance Floor, built in karaoke machine
  • Red Hot Piano Bar: 60 maximum guests reception, 30 maximum guests theater, wireless microphone capability
  • Lido Deck: 300 maximum guests reception (semi-private), 250 maximum guests reception poolside (not private)
  • Vistahermosa Dining Room: 414 maximum guests
  • Riazor Dining Room: 480 maximum guests



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Celebration". Seatrade Communications Limited. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Asklander, Micke. "M/S Celebration (1987)" (in in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 235–236. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 

External links

fr:Grand célébration