Meyer Turku begins hull assembly for Carnival’s Mardi Gras

Meyer Turku begins hull assembly for Carnival’s Mardi Gras
Upon delivery in 2020 Mardi Gras will feature the world’s first roller coaster at sea (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku has officially begun constructing Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras. A traditional coin ceremony took place on 18 June to mark the start of the ship’s hull assembly. 

Mardi Gras is the second LNG-powered cruise ship being built at Meyer Turku and will have many innovations, including six themed zones and the world’s first roller coaster on a ship. One onboard highlight will be the Grand Central area, which has a floor-to-ceiling glass front. 

“We have been very excited to design and start assembling Carnival’s Mardi Gras,” said Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. “All these different features onboard require a lot of engineering and design expertise which we have been happy to provide to our customer.”

The ship is benefiting from Meyer Turku’s US$179 million investment programme. The steel halls at the shipyard are going through a major rebuilding with new machines and IT systems.

“We are seeing the benefits already and will continue to see more benefits later this year,” said Meyer. “Our automated steel pre-treatment facility and storage have been up and running for some time now and supporting the steel construction of Mardi Gras.” 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Wednesday, June 19, 2019