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Carnival Cruise Line’s Newest and Biggest Cruise Ship Delayed a Second Time

For a second time, Carnival Cruise Line has delayed the launch of their newest and largest cruise ship ever, Mardi Gras.

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Due to delays at the shipyard due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival’s Mardi Gras will now enter service on February 6, 2021. The cruise ship’s November 14, 2020 through January 30, 2021 cruises have been canceled.

At 180,000 gross tons, Mardi Gras will be Carnival Cruise Line’s largest cruise ship in their fleet. The ship will be powered by LNG and will sail cruises to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Cruises are currently open for bookings.

The cruise ship will feature six distinct zones of guest pleasing experiences on the vessel’s 20 decks, including the first roller coaster on a cruise ship.

The accommodations on Mardi Gras will include more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites. Mardi Gras will also include the most expansive open decks on any Carnival ship, and a spectacular atrium that will serve as the hub of the ship as well as a stunning focal point where guests will be welcomed on board.

The cruise ship will be divided into the following six zones:

  • Grand Central (Decks 6-8, midship)
  • French Quarter (Deck 6, aft)
  • La Piazza (Deck 8, midship)
  • Summer Landing (Deck 8, aft)
  • Lido (Decks 16-17, aft)
  • The Ultimate Playground (Decks 18-20, aft)
For outdoor summer-inspired fun, there will be a pool and whirlpools, a new bar, the lunch counter for the Smokehouse Brewhouse along with ample lounging spaces and hang outs, making this the ideal spot to enjoy all the fun that a Carnival vacation experience delivers.

Mardi Gras was originally scheduled to debut this August but the cruise ship’s debut was pushed back to November due to delays at the shipyard.  Mardi Gras will now sail her maiden voyage on February 6, 2021.

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