What Happened to the Carnival Celebration Cruise Ship?

By Robert Palmer

Carnival Celebration was a cruise ship built in the early 1990s by the Carnival Cruise Line. The ship was designed to provide passengers with an all-inclusive experience, with everything from cabins and meals to entertainment and activities. It had a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers and 400 crew members and was one of the largest vessels in the Carnival fleet at the time.

The Carnival Celebration made its first voyage in 1992, departing from Miami and sailing to destinations throughout the Caribbean. It quickly became one of Carnival’s most popular ships, with its unique offerings such as an onboard casino, nightclubs, spas and swimming pools. Passengers could also enjoy special culinary experiences such as gourmet dinners or take part in fun activities such as karaoke nights or onboard shows.

In 2011, the Carnival Celebration underwent a massive renovation which included the addition of new staterooms, amenities and technology upgrades. The ship continued to offer passengers a luxurious cruise experience for several more years until it was unexpectedly retired from service in 2017. Since then, it has been sold to another company and is currently being used as a floating hotel in the Caribbean Sea.

Since its retirement from Carnival Cruise Line, the Carnival Celebration has had a few different owners over the years. In 2018 it was sold again to become a floating casino for use off the coast of Panama City Beach, Florida but this never materialized due to regulatory issues. In 2020 it was acquired by another company who intends to convert it into an eco-tourism hotel that will offer tours of local marine life and other attractions throughout Central America.

What Happened to the Carnival Celebration Cruise Ship?

The Carnival Celebration cruise ship was retired from service by Carnival Cruise Line in 2017 after 25 years of operation sailing throughout the Caribbean. Since then it has had several owners who have all had different plans for its future use including becoming a floating casino or eco-tourism hotel. Currently it is owned by another company who plans on converting it into an eco-tourism hotel offering tours in Central America sometime in 2021.