The first piece of steel was cut for the Carnival Celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, officially starting construction of Carnival Cruise Line's next Excel-class ship, scheduled to debut next year.
It will be the sister ship to the recently delivered Mardi Gras.
The Celebration is scheduled to begin sailing from Miami in November 2022, coinciding with Carnival's year-long 50th birthday festivities. The Celebration is scheduled to offer year-round service from PortMiami's new Terminal F, which is being constructed specifically for Carnival Cruise Line use.
Like Mardi Gras, the ship will have the Bolt roller coaster among other new design features.
A ceremony to mark the steel cutting was attended by Carnival's senior vice president of newbuilds, Ben Clement, and Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer.
Carnival parent company Carnival Corp. this week said that it had delayed the 2021 delivery schedule for its nine cruise brands and would only take delivery of one new cruise ship this year, Holland America Line's Rotterdam.