Mardi Gras sales drive Carnival new-ship record booking day

Lots of buzz about new features like the first roller-coaster at sea. And there's much more to come, Carnival's Christine Duffy said Lots of buzz about new features like the first roller-coaster at sea. And there's much more to come, Carnival's Christine Duffy said RENDERING: Carnival Cruise Line

The opening of bookings for Mardi Gras' 2020 inaugural season late Tuesday evening resulted in a record-breaking 24-hour sales cycle for a new ship introduced by Carnival Cruise Line.

'We broke sales records across all of our channels, as the excitement about our new ship’s experiences, features and itineraries, combined with the nostalgia of bringing back the name of our very first ship, resulted in tremendous enthusiasm from guests and travel partners alike,' president Christine Duffy said.

Buzz and anticipation

'We were prepared for a very big first day based on all the buzz and anticipation, but the actual results were way beyond what we had imagined,' Duffy added. 'And we’ve only just started to bring to life what an amazing ship this is going to be as we continue to introduce the Mardi Gras to cruise fans.'

Mardi Gras is scheduled to be delivered in August 2020, with a maiden voyage in Europe, a trans-Atlantic journey and then cruises from New York before the ship reaches its permanent home, Port Canaveral, in October.

It will be the first cruise ship in North America powered by LNG and the first to have a roller-coaster.

Posted 31 January 2019

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