Carnival Mardi Gras construction photo update - July 20, 2020
Carnival Cruise Line released new construction photos that showcase the progress being made on the cruise line's next new cruise ship.
Mardi Gras is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The new ship is scheduled to debut in February 2021 (she was delayed from November 2020).
Some of the visible progress includes adding the first rollercoaster at sea, BOLT. Workers have installed almost 800 feet of suspended track that will encircle upper decks and offer guests an exhilarating ride with dips and drops with breathtaking ocean views 187 feet above the water line.
In addition, more than 2,600 staterooms have been installed onboard across 11 different categories.
Mardi Gras’ six themed zones are also taking shape. These unique areas will include dining, beverage and entertainment options, including restaurants from Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri and Shaquille O’Neal.
When the Mardi Gras does debut, she will feature a number of firsts onboard, including a new layout for a Carnival ship that includes Grand Central, a massive atrium with three-deck-high windows overlooking the sea.
The first Mardi Gras sailing is scheduled for February 6, 2021, from Port Canaveral, Florida. She will sail from Carnival's new Terminal 3 cruise terminal that was specifically constructed to accommodate Mardi Gras and its LNG propulsion system.
Once the 180,000-ton Mardis Gras is sea-ready, the ship, featuring the first roller coaster at sea, will have a maximum capacity of 6,500 passengers and about 2,000 crew members.