CruiseThe Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas

Carnival floats out the Mardi Gras

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The Mardi Gras will feature The Bolt, the first roller coaster at sea.
The Mardi Gras will feature The Bolt, the first roller coaster at sea.

TURKU, Finland - Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship, the 5,282-passenger Mardi Gras, was floated out in a ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. 

After being put in the water for the first time, the vessel was repositioned to a new location at the yard to finalise its interior and exterior outfitting. 

The Bolt, the first roller coaster at sea, will be installed in the coming weeks as part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.

The vessel will debut a new atrium concept with three-deck floor-to-ceiling windows and moveable LED screens. New restaurants will include Emeril’s Bistro 1396, created by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. 

The Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The 2,600-cabin ship is scheduled to debut Nov. 14. It will sail year-round, seven-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida. 

“We can’t wait for our guests to experience Mardi Gras, a one-of-a-kind ship that is true game-changer and continues the evolution of the Carnival vacation experience,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s senior vice president of newbuilds. 

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