Currently under construction in Finland, Carnival Celebration is set to debut in 2022, as part of the line's 50th birthday festivities.
Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Carnival president Christine Duffy, along with county commissioners and construction partners, used ceremonial shovels to officially mark the beginning of construction on the expansive 471,000-square-foot facility which will be Carnival's third terminal at the port and its largest in South Florida.
Carnival Cruise Line got its start when the original ‘Fun Ship’,’ the TSS Mardi Gras, departed on its inaugural voyage from PortMiami in March 1972, starting a nearly 50-year relationship that has seen Carnival grow to become the world's most popular cruise line and PortMiami earn the distinction as The Cruise Capital of the World.
"I'm grateful to Carnival Cruise Line and Lemartec for their partnership with Miami-Dade County," said Cava. "Despite the global pandemic, today's groundbreaking is another example of the growth happening at PortMiami – The Cruise Capital of the World – and how together, we can and we will continue to thrive."