Carnival Cruise Line’s first LNG-powered ship departs on maiden voyage

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Posted on August 2, 2021 at 8:08 PM by

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Carnival Cruise Line’s newest mega-ship departed Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday, marking the seaport’s return to cruise ship revenue travel after a lengthy COVID-19 hiatus.

Carnival President Christine Duffy was on hand for a “Back to Pleasure” themed opening ceremony to welcome guests aboard the brand new vessel. “Mardi Gras has been in the works for five years, so finally welcoming guests on board to experience this one-of-a-kind vessel is something we’ve been looking forward to for a very long time, ”said Duffy. “It’s so rewarding to be able to play a role in helping the local community by providing much needed jobs and a boost to the economy. “

Mardi Gras is a giant of 5,200 passengers, and is equipped with all the amenities of a family-friendly Carnival ship, including a water park and the world’s first roller coaster at sea (above). As the name suggests, its New Orleans theme extends to its attractions, including a bistro designed by celebrity Louisiana chef Emeril Lagasse and a bar inspired by the city’s Garden District.

The ship is Carnival Cruise Line‘s first LNG-powered ship, and it shares basic design elements with seven other Carnival Corporation LNG ships, including AIDAnova and Costa smeralda. Another of those twin ships, Carnival celebration, will be homeported out of PortMiami after its delivery next year.

For Mardi Gras’ first voyage, vaccination was indeed required for all crew members and passengers (although unvaccinated customers may apply for qualification, with additional costs and restrictions). Photos posted on social media suggest all crew members were wearing masks, as were some passengers. The CDC currently recommends masking in indoor public spaces for all individuals in high transmission counties, based on new evidence that vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant of the virus if infected. COVID transmission rates in the Southeastern United States are high, the agency said, including rates in all but one of Florida counties.

Mardi Gras is Carnival Cruise Line’s fifth ship to return to service, with more ships expected to resume operations soon. By October, 15 Carnival ships will sail, more than half of the line’s fleet.


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