Carnival Picks Familiar Name for their Largest Ship Ever

Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line’s much anticipated 180,000 ton ship, has been given a name that harkens back to the beginnings of the company. The new ship, previously only known as Carnival XL, will be called Mardi Gras. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the Mardi Gras was the name of the first ship to sail for Carnival Cruise Line. The original 27,000-ton TSS Mardi Gras, a converted trans-Atlantic ocean liner  purchased by entrepreneur and Carnival founder Ted Arison, ushered in the modern-day cruise industry when it set sail on its…

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Preview of Carnival XL Cruise Ship as First Steel is Cut

Carnival XL

A brand new class of cruise ship and the largest ever for Carnival Cruise Line had its first steel cut at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. Set to be delivered in 2020, the 180,000-ton XL vessel that will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use liquefied natural gas (LNG). At the ceremony, Carnival Cruise Line also revealed a dramatic new red, white and blue hull design that celebrates its legacy as America’s Cruise Line and pays homage to maritime tradition.  Developed by New York-based Bluarch…

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