Mardi Gras was floated out at Meyer Turku’s shipyard in Turku, Finland on 24 January (Image: Meyer Turku)
Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras has been floated out at Meyer Turku’s shipyard in Turku, Finland. The cruise line celebrated the milestone for the 180,000gt cruise ship, which will become the largest vessel in the fleet following its delivery in October 2020.
“We can’t wait for our guests to experience Mardi Gras, a one-of-a-kind ship that is a true game changer and continues the evolution of the Carnival vacation experience,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s senior vice president of newbuilds.
The six themed zones onboard Mardi Gras are now being built out, including the new atrium concept that will feature three-deck-high windows and moveable LED screens. Almost 1,000 companies are currently engaged in providing materials and services for the cruise ship’s construction.
“I believe Mardi Gras will be a truly special ship,” said Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. “She will be the first to use our now proven LNG cruise ship propulsion system in North American markets and feature many other sophisticated technologies – including BOLT, the first roller coaster onboard a ship. It is a very difficult undertaking, but the end result is really spectacular.”
Mardi Gras will enter service on 14 November 2020 from Port Canaveral in Florida, US.
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