Carnival Cruise Line has just announced the name for their newest ship – Carnival Mardi Gras. It’s a name that I clearly remember from my days at the University of Miami. Carnival’s first-ever cruise ship, Carnival Mardi Gras, debuted in Miami in 1972.
The new Carnival Mardi Gras will be the largest in the Carnival fleet, as their 28th ship. It will also be the first ship in North America to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and a new class of ship for Carnival; XL-Class.
It was on live television on Wednesday night during Wheel of Fortune that the new cruise ship name was announced. The ship is currently under construction at Meyer Turku in Finland. Carnival Mardi Gras will weight 180,000 tons and accommodate 5,200-plus guests, based on double occupancy.
Itineraries for Mardi Gras will be announced in January and go on sale later that same month. If you want a heads-up for “first to know” alerts and promotions, go here.
“Our first ship Mardi Gras was a historic vessel, introducing a brand new style of cruising to the vacationing public. What better way to pay tribute to our company’s nearly 50-year history of creating wonderful vacation memories than by naming this groundbreaking vessel after our original and beloved ‘Fun Ship,’” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The new Mardi Gras will follow the trailblazing lead of her predecessor, introducing features and technological innovations that have never been seen before on a cruise ship while setting a new standard for seagoing vacations.”
Carnival Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla., at a new state-of-the-art terminal currently under construction. A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 to be delivered in 2022 and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Lines.