‘Mardi Gras’ technology, venues and accommodations will make this a game-changing vessel in North America,’ commented Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line. ‘With this delivery, we can now focus our collective efforts on the building of her sister ship, Carnival Celebration, which will arrive from Turku in 2022 in time for our 50th birthday.’
North America's first LNG-powered vessel, Mardi Gras is scheduled to enter service from Florida’s Port Canaveral in April.
Carnival’s newest addition is 340mtrs, has 19 decks and holds 5,200 passengers. It comprises a 64km/h roller-coaster, BOLT, plus a three-stories-high atrium, which opens to floor-to-ceiling windows. Movable LED screens drop down at night to help transform the space for entertainment.
Dining and entertainment venues are dispersed through six zones.
Passengers will be able to choose from more than 2,600 staterooms and 180 suites across 11 categories.
Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer said, ‘With these sophisticated [LNG] systems, she will be one of the most environmentally friendly ships to sail the North American waters. I am very proud of our team of shipbuilders and would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication during the building process.’