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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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February 26, 2020

Carnival Previews Family Feud Live to be Featured on Mardi Gras

In anticipation of Mardi Gras’ November arrival, Carnival Cruise Line hosted a sneak preview of Family Feud Live, one of many new entertainment features that will debut on the most talked about new ship coming to North America. A team of travel advisors squared off against members of the press in a friendly game at…
February 25, 2020

Additional Details on Mardi Gras’ French Quarter Zone Revealed in New Episode of Carnival’s Behind-the-Scenes Video Series

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZp6YkSf8VM&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Gearing up for the arrival of the new Mardi Gras later this year, Carnival Cruise Line revealed additional details on the ship’s French Quarter zone in the latest episode of “Behind The Fun: The Making of Mardi Gras.” In a nod to the festive culture of New Orleans, the French Quarter will showcase a…
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February 10, 2020

New Eight-Part Behind-the-Scenes Series from Carnival Cruise Line Showcases Unique Innovations of Soon-to-Debut Mardi Gras

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thQbDgSnMwM[/embed]With the arrival of Mardi Gras later this year, Carnival Cruise Line launched a new eight-part video series that showcases the many unique innovations of the highly anticipated ship which is set to debut in November. Hosted by Mardi Gras Cruise Director Matt Mitcham and Brand Ambassador John Heald, the series takes viewers on a…
January 24, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ‘Floated Out’ at Meyer Turku

Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras was “floated out” at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland in anticipation of its debut later this year. 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…
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