Holiday-class cruise ship
Grand Holiday, the first ship of the Holiday class, with Iberocruceros livery.
|Operators:||Carnival Cruise Lines (originally built for) 1985-2009
P&O Cruises Australia 2004-2012
|Succeeded by:||Carnival Cruise Lines: Fantasy class|
For Carnival Cruise Lines: 1985-2009
|Active:||3 Ships (only for Iberocruceros except Henna)|
|Tonnage:||46,052 GRT - 47,262 GRT|
|Length:||727 ft (222 m) - 733 ft (223 m)|
|Crew:||660 - 670|
The Holiday class was the first class of newbuilds for Carnival Cruise Lines after their first newbuild, the Tropicale. The first ship in the class, the 46,052 gross ton vessel Holiday, was completed in 1985. A second and slightly larger sister ship, the Jubilee, was built in 1986 at 47,262 gross tons. The third and final ship, the Celebration, is identical to the Jubilee and it was completed in 1987. In 2004 Carnival retired the Jubilee and transferred the ship to P&O Cruises Australia where it became the Pacific Sun . In late-2005, Carnival took the Holiday out of service to be used to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina for one year. The Holiday returned to service in late-2006 to resume cruising. The Celebration was retired from Carnival's fleet in April 2008 to be used for a new sister company Iberocruceros as the Grand Celebration , Carnival Cruise Lines retired the Holiday in November 2009. She began operating for Iberocruceros as the Grand Holiday in May of 2010. On July 2012, P&O sold the Pacific Sun to Chinese interests as Henna. In May 2014, Iberocruceros announced that the Grand Celebration will be transferred to Costa Cruises in November 2014, as the Costa Celebration.
|Ship||Year Built||Current Operator||Tonnage||Flag||Notes||Image (when with carnival)||Image (as today)|
|Grand Holiday||1985||Iberocruceros||46,052 GRT||Portugal||Originally sailed as the Holiday for Carnival Cruise Lines. She is smallest of the 3 ships in the class.|
|Henna||1986||HNA Tourism||47,262 GRT||Malta||Originally sailed as the Jubilee for Carnival Cruise Lines, and Pacific Sun for P&O Australia.|
|Grand Celebration||1987||Iberocruceros Costa Cruises (Starting November 2014)||47,262 GRT||Portugal||Originally sailed as the Celebration for Carnival Cruise Lines. Will be transferred to Costa Cruises as the Costa Celebration in November 2014.|
On the morning of 10 February 1989, The Carnival Celebration collided with the Cuban freighter Captain San Luis, causing the freighter to break in half and it sunk in 13 minutes. The Celebration rescued the 42 survivors from the water and transferring them to a Cuban navy ship and tugboat before continuing on to Miami.
On November 24, 2004, passenger Glenn Sheridan went mysteriously disappeared from the Carnival Celebration when it docked in Jacksonville, Florida. Security cameras showed that he did not disembark off the ship, but search of the ship & the surrounding area turned up nothing.
In late July 2008, During a storm, 42 passengers in the Pacific Sun were injured. The event became widely known when video footage was reposted on the internet two years later.
On June 15, 2009, Holiday passenger Michelle Vilborg went missing & believed to have fallen overboard. Her husband she was travelling with reported her missing when she disappeared from the room while he was asleep, & other passengers allegedly heard a splash. Upon doing a head count, they found that Vilborg was missing.
In September 2013, Henna was detained at a port on the South Korean island of Jeju after Chinese shipping service company Jiangsu Shagang International applied for a seizure. After several days stuck on board, the 1,659 passengers were flown home, leaving their cruise uncompleted.
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2008)|