As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s highly anticipated return to guest operations, the line’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, arrived in Nassau, Bahamas last Friday, marking the ship’s third stopover during his maiden voyage. This is the first time that Carnival Cruise Line has called in Nassau in 16 months.
Mardi Gras arrived at the port flying the Bahamian flag, a symbol of Carnival’s commitment to the Bahamas. The seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise departed Port Canaveral on July 31. Mardi Gras is the first cruise ship in the Americas to be powered by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG). Considered the most advanced fuel technology in the marine industry, LNG is one of the cleanest fuels in the world, dramatically reducing emissions with cleaner exhaust gases. The ship also features BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.
âWe are delighted to make this inaugural stopover in Nassau and we are delighted to bring a new level of environmental sustainability to the many ports of the Bahamas and the Caribbean,â said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line. âThe restart of our Bahamian cruise operations calling at five different Bahamian ports is having an economic impact of such magnitude and on behalf of Carnival I would like to personally thank our partners in Nassau and the Bahamas for their hospitality in welcoming our guests. “
“Carnival has had a very close relationship with the Bahamas for almost half a century,” said Domenico Rognoni, senior vice president of Carnival, responsible for ethics and compliance, who is also vice president of the Bahamas Shipowner Association. âOur very first ship was the original Mardi Gras, and her maiden voyage was to the Bahamas, so we think rekindling history in this way and registering the new Mardi Gras with the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), is a demonstration appropriate to both the value of this relationship to Carnival and our continued commitment to the country. “
âWe are proud of our close collaboration and relationship with Carnival Cruise Line, and thank them for making the Bahamas their flag of choice for this innovative vessel,â said Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Managing Director and CEO of BMA . âAs the world’s largest flag for passenger ships, we have a deep understanding and knowledge of this industry, and we continue to take a proactive stance and advocate for passenger ship issues in the regulatory arena. international. “
âThe tourism and shipping sectors are two of the main financial contributors to the economic development of the Bahamas, and our long-standing relationship with Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line, epitomizes these two,â said the President of the Bahamas. BMA, Denise Lewis-Johnson. âWe appreciate the continued confidence Carnival has placed in the Registry by marking its new ship, Mardi Gras, the first LNG-powered cruise ship to operate in the Americas and the Caribbean, along with the Bahamas.
âThis choice testifies to the quality and expertise of the BMA team. We look forward to continuing to welcome the ship, her crew and passengers to our shores and to share our world-class hospitality and customer service in the Bahamas.
Mardi Gras guests can enjoy a plethora of entertainment experiences across the ship’s 19 decks and six distinct themed areas, including the first version aboard the hit TV show Family Feud, and more than two dozens of restaurants with places from Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodiman and Shaquille O’Neal, Chief Fun Officer of the line. Mardi Gras sails year-round from Port Canaveral, offering seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.