Grand Celebration

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"Grand Celebration", Rhodes 2012
Name: 1987—2008: Celebration
2008 onwards: Grand Celebration
2014: Costa Celebration
Owner: 1987—present: Carnival Corporation & plc[1][2]
Operator: 1987—2008: Carnival Cruise Lines
2008 onwards: Iberocruceros
2014: Costa Cruises
Port of registry: 1987—2000: Monrovia,  Liberia
2000—2008: Panama City,  Panama
2008 onwards: Madeira,  Portugal
2014: Genova,  Italy
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: Callsign CQMC
IMO number: 8314134
MMSI number: 255803270
Status: In Service
General characteristics (as Celebration)[2]
Class & type: Holiday class cruise ship
Tonnage: 47,262 GT[1]
6,405 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 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 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 Grand Holiday, also for Iberocruceros, as well as the Henna (formerly Jubilee, Pacific Sun) which operates for HNA Tourism. 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. The Grand Celebration entered into service for Iberocruceros in the summer of 2008.

Unlike her sister ship, retired Carnival ship Jubilee, the trademark whale tail funnel on Grand Celebration was not altered or removed, but only painted over, however in 2014 the Grand Celebration will lose her funnel, and will have it replaced with a Costa Cruises funnel instead, just like ex-Carnival Cruises Tropicale.

She will be transferred to Costa Cruises in November 2014, as the Costa Celebration and during her routine dry dock in May 2014 her Ibero Cruises livery was painted over.[4]


  • On the morning of 10 February 1989, the Carnival 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. ^ a b "Celebration". Seatrade Communications Limited. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Asklander, Micke. "M/S Celebration (1987)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 235–236. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 
  4. ^ "Grand Celebration to become Costa Celebration Later This Year". Cruise News. Cruise Industry News. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Cruise Ship, Freighter Collide". Sun Sentinel. 11 February 1989. Retrieved 20 Marcy 2012. 

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