As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s return to guest operations, the line’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico today, marking the first port of stopover of the ship during its maiden voyage. Mardi Gras is also the first cruise ship to call in San Juan in 16 months.
The Mardi Gras management team joined Governor Pedro Pierluisi, San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero and other local government officials for a plaque exchange ceremony. The seven-day Caribbean cruise departed Port Canaveral on July 31.
âWe are delighted to begin our Mardi Gras crossings and to have Puerto Rico as our first port of call on our maiden voyage. It is an honor to offer our customers the opportunity to experience all the beauty that Puerto Rico has to offer while giving a much needed boost to the local economy, âsaid Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line. âThe restart of the Puerto Rico cruise is having such a dramatic and far-reaching impact and on behalf of Carnival, I would like to personally thank Governor Pierluisi, Mayor Romero and all local officials for their hospitality in welcoming our guests.â
Mardi Gras is the Americas’ first cruise ship to run on environmentally friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and features BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.
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 over two dozen restaurants. with places by Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodiman and the Chief Fun Officer of the line, Shaquille O’Neal. Mardi Gras will sail year round from Port Canaveral, offering seven-day itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
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