08/31/2011 10:32 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Grand Celebration: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Grand Celebration is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Grand Celebration.


The Carnival Celebration no longer sails for Carnival Cruise Lines. In 2008, the ship was sold to the Spanish cruise line Ibero. Rechristened the Grand Celebration, the ship now cruises the Mediterranean, Asia and South America.

Grand Ship

The Carnival Celebration was built as a Holiday-class cruise ship. The ship was built in 1986 and launched in 1987. At just more than 700 feet long and 90 feet wide, the Celebration is smaller than many of the mega-ships on the seas today.

Special Features

The Ibero Grand Celebration retains many of the features of the Carnival Celebration. The ship features a casino, theater and several lounges. The ship even retained the Galax-Z dance club, renaming it the Disco Alameda.


The Carnival Celebration staterooms were desinged to relax passengers. Light-colored wood was accented with neutral tones to give each cabin a warm glow. Since the ship was sold, some of the decor has changed. The Grand Celebration retained the light wood but punctuated the neutral tones with rich, jewel-colored accents.


Prices on Grand Celebration cruises vary depending on the destination and the time of year. The Ibero website offers a low-price guarantee. Count on spending 498 euros per person for a seven-night cruise of Europe. Plan on spending up to 4,200 euros per person on a trip to the North Sea.


Carnival Celebration passengers recommend the excursion to Xcaret in Mexico. The Carnival excusion staff takes passengers to a private beach. Dolphin swimming, rope climbing and cave exploration are all part of the land excursion.

Dining Experience

The main dining room of the Carnival Celebration seats 480. The Grand Celebration has two dining rooms, including a buffet and a formal evening dining room. The ship has also added a specialty restaurant, the Cafe Fuencarral.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Celebration launched on March 14, 1987. She cruised for Carnival for 21 years and was sold in 2008. The ship was repainted and rechristened the Grand Carnival for Ibero in June 2008.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Carnival Celebration.


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