MS Grand Celebration

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MV Grand Celebration in Venice.jpg
The Grand Celebration In Venice 2013
Name: 1987-2008: Celebration
2008 – present: Grand Celebration
Owner: 1987-2014: Carnival Corporation & plc
2014 – present: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Operator: 1987-2008: Carnival Cruise Lines
2008-2014: Ibero Cruises
2015 – present: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Port of registry: 1987-2000: Monrovia,  Liberia
2000-2008: Panama City,  Panama
2008-2014: Madeira, Portugal
2014 onwards: Nassau, The Bahamas
Builder: Kockums Varv, Malmo, Sweden
Cost: US$130 million
Yard number: 597
Launched: 9 August 1986
Acquired: February 1987
Maiden voyage: 14 March 1987
Identification: Callsign CQMC
IMO number: 8314134
MMSI number: 255803270
Status: Undergoing refit in Freeport, Bahamas
General characteristics
Class & type: Holiday Class
Tonnage: 47,262 GT
6,405 DWT
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: 2 × 7-cylinder Sulzer diesels
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. As of January 2015, it is being refitted in Freeport, Bahamas and is planned to re-enter service with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines in February 2015 to replace the ill fated MS Bahamas Celebration.


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.

The Grand Celebration has 2 sister ships. The Grand Holiday, which is operated by Iberocruceros and was formerly operated by Carnival as the Holiday, and the Henna, which is operated by HNA Tourism and was formerly operated by Carnival as the Jubilee and by P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Sun.

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

In May 2014, it was announced that the ship would be renamed Costa Celebration and transferred to Costa Cruises in November 2014.[1] However, on November 21, 2014, shortly after completing its last cruise for Iberocruiceros, it was announced that the vessel had been sold to an unnamed buyer.[2]

On December 23, 2014, it was revealed that the ship had been purchased by the newly formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who will keep the name Grand Celebration and will sail out the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Florida starting on February 1, 2015.[3] Bahamas Paradise was formed by former executives from the defunct Celebration Cruise Line that operated the Bahamas Celebration.[4]


  • 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.[5] 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.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Grand Celebration to become Costa Celebration Later This Year". Cruise News. Cruise Industry News. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Costa Celebration Moves Elsewhere". 
  3. ^ "Grand Celebration ship could launch in February - Protecting Your Pocket". 
  4. ^ South Florida Sun-Sentinel (24 December 2014). "Port of Palm Beach to get new cruise ship in February". 
  5. ^ "Cruise Ship, Freighter Collide". Sun Sentinel. 11 February 1989. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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