The 180,000 GT Mardi Gras – which will be North America’s first LNG-fuelled cruise ship and the largest in the Carnival fleet – was floated out at Meyer Turku’s Finnish shipyard today (24 January).
Jan Meyer, the CEO of Meyer Turku, said: ‘I believe Mardi Gras will be a truly special ship. She will be the first to use our now proven LNG cruise ship propulsion system in North American markets and feature many other sophisticated technologies – including BOLT, the first roller coaster onboard a ship.’
As previously reported by Bunkerspot, the delivery date for the Mardi Gras was originally scheduled for August this year but was subsequently pushed back to October. Carnival has announced that the Mardi Gras will enter revenue service on 14 November from Port Canaveral, Florida.