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February 9, 2021

On National Pizza Day, Carnival Cruise Line Reveals Additional Details on Italian-Themed La Piazza Zone on New Mardi Gras

On National Pizza Day, Carnival Cruise Line today revealed additional details on La Piazza, a stunning Italian-themed zone on its newest ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in May. Inspired by Italy’s unique culture and delicious culinary offerings, La Piazza will be home to a variety of new food and beverage outlets, as well as…
December 22, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line’s New Mardi Gras Docks in Rotterdam for First LNG Refueling

Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras made its first port call this morning in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where the ship will refuel its innovative Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system for the first time after delivery. Mardi Gras, set to begin sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., next year, will be the first cruise ship in…
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December 18, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line today took delivery of its highly anticipated new ship, Mardi Gras, in a live virtual signing ceremony at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland. When Mardi Gras begins guest operations in April 2021, the 180,000-gross-ton vessel will be the most innovative ship in North America as it will be the first…
December 15, 2020

Yes, Virginia, There is a Roller Coaster On a Cruise Ship – And Santa Claus Just Rode It

Santa Claus took a break from his pre-Christmas festivities to venture down to Finland and take a test run on BOLT, the first-ever roller coaster at sea aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras which is being delivered at the Meyer Turku shipyard later this week. With enthusiastic shrieks of delight and a few hearty…
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September 28, 2020

Mardi Gras Departs on Sea Trials

Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras is shown here departing on its sea trials this morning from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.  The vessel will spend 10 days at sea before returning to the dock for final preparations for its departure for the U.S. The first ship in North America to be powered…
September 23, 2020

Mardi Gras Grand Central Atrium: Form Meets Function Aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Most Innovative Ship

Atriums have been an important part of cruise ship design for decades but leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to break the mold with Grand Central, a transformational three-deck-high space that is one of six themed zones on Mardi Gras, set to debut in February. A unique twist on the traditional atrium, Grand Central spans…
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September 9, 2020

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Carnival Cruise Line’s New Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line is giving fans a chance to go beyond the Finnish “Paasy Kielletty” (“No Admittance”) signs with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mardi Gras at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Scheduled to enter service in February, Mardi Gras’ progress is highlighted with a series of videos that show workers finalizing…
August 16, 2020

Shoreside Test Run of BOLT, First Rollercoaster At Sea Aboard Carnival’s New Mardi Gras, Showcased in New Video

Today is National Rollercoaster Day and to celebrate Carnival Cruise Line has released a new video highlighting a shoreside test run of BOLT, the first rollercoaster at sea, debuting on the new Mardi Gras in February.  The video can be viewed here. Shot in Munich, Germany, at Mauer Rides, the manufacturer of the groundbreaking top-deck…
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August 10, 2020

A Journey to Finland and Back Home Again

Petu Kummala, senior director of interior design and architecture for Carnival Cruise Line, dispels the old adage that you can’t go home again. The Finnish native has the good fortune to return to his hometown of Turku every few months when he checks on the progress of Mardi Gras, the line’s newest and most innovative…
July 20, 2020

Mardi Gras Construction Progressing at Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard

As revealed by photos released today, construction on Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras is progressing at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, as the ship is being readied for its scheduled February 2021 debut. Workers have installed nearly 800 feet of suspended track for BOLT, the first rollercoaster at sea, that will encircle…
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