Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras to homeport in Port Canaveral June 4, 2021

Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras to homeport in Port Canaveral June 4, 2021

NEWS + 15 IMAGES: When Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras, arrives at her new home in Port Canaveral, Florida on June 4, she’ll be flying the Bahamian flag to designate the new ship registry for the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ship to operate in North America.

Carnival Cruises Mardi Gras Exterior Aft

Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras has been the most highly-anticipated new ship in the cruise industry for more than a year, with her arrival and inaugural impacted by the extended pause in cruise operations from U.S. ports.

Carnival Mardi Gras Grand Central Construction

But with more and more hopeful signs of a return to guest operations and constructive discussions between the industry and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras is moving to Port Canaveral to get her ready for sailing.

Carnival Cruises Mardi Gras roller coaster two person


Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras cruise ship will depart from Barcelona on May 21 to start her transatlantic voyage and eventual arrival.

Carnival Mardi Gras Atrium Daytime

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, thanked the Panama Maritime Authority for their support during the ship’s construction and registration process but said that the move to the Bahamas Maritime Authority made business sense for a number of reasons.

Carnival Mardi Gras Atrium Grand Bar

“The Bahamas will be a frequent destination for Mardi Gras, and we are pleased to bring this new level of environmental sustainability to the many ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean that the ship and our guests and crew will be visiting,” she said.

Carnival Cruise Mardi Gras Atrium Bar 2

Upon arrival to Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras will continue to bring joining crew members on board, train them on new equipment, technology and procedures, and get ready to welcome guests for her inaugural sailing.

Carnival Cruises Mardi Gras Exterior Bow

Carnival Mardi Gras Bolt rollercoaster by Maurer 2

On Sunday evening during the global broadcast of the MISS UNIVERSE competition, Carnival named Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jimenez as Carnival Cruises’  Mardi Gras godmother.

Carnival Cruises Mardi Gras exterior

Carnival Mardi Gras Bolt rollercoaster by Maurer 4

The Dominican Republic destination of Amber Cove will be among the destinations the ship will regularly visit on seven-day itineraries. Along with the new LNG technology, Mardi Gras will boast many other firsts, including the first cruise ship with a roller coaster.

Carnival Cruises Mardi Gras Roller coaster back view

Carnival Mardi Gras Bolt rollercoaster by Maurer 3Carnival Mardi Gras Bolt rollercoaster by Maurer 3

Source: Carnival Cruise Line and Maurer


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