Carnival Mardi Gras Reaches “Float Out” Milestone

Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line’s much anticipated new cruise ship, Mardi Gras, was “floated out” at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Also Watch: Mardi Gras – Carnival Mega Cruise Ship Preview (2020) Following the float out, Mardi Gras was repositioned to a new location at the yard to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting, including the installation of BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea in the coming weeks, part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area. The ship’s more than 2,600 staterooms, including 180 suites across 11 different categories, have…

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Carnival’s Mardi Gras Delivery Delayed, Sailings Cancelled

Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line has been informed by officials at the Meyer Turku shipyard that delivery of Mardi Gras will be delayed and is advising booked guests and travel advisors that the first revenue sailing of the ship will be Nov. 14, 2020. With this new schedule, Carnival will now take delivery of the ship in late October and its first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020.  Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug. 31 have been cancelled, including European, transatlantic and New…

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Top New Cruise Ships Arriving in 2020

In our 3rd annual guide to the Top New Cruise Ships (2020 Edition), we highlight 9 of the most anticipated cruise ships you’ll likely want to book for 2020. New Cruise Ships 2020 Several of the cruise lines on our list are evolving the proven designs from existing ship classes and expanding their fleets, one luxury cruise line is entering into the expedition cruise market, two other cruise lines are launching their largest vessels ever, and a brand-new cruise line is readying their first ship for launch. Note: This list…

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Carnival’s Mardi Gras Ship to have Premium Level Suites

Mardi Gras Excel Suites

Carnival Cruise Line announced the addition of a premium level of suites onboard their largest cruise ship Mardi Gras.The new category is called Carnival Excel and features suites with select amenities and access to a new resort-style, open-air enclave called Loft 19. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said: New Premium Level Carnival Excel Suites The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories: Carnival Excel Presidential Suite –Two Presidential Suites – the largest in the fleet – located on Deck 17 that feature…

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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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