Carnival’s new flagship floated in Finland

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 27 January 2020


Carnival Cruise line’s new flagship Mardi Gras was floated out at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland last week. The 180,000gt LNG-fuelled cruise ship will be the largest vessel in the Carnival fleet after delivery later in 2020.

“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”, CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer stated.


With the float-out Mardi Gras' six themed zones are also beginning to take shape with the interior build out of spaces like Emeril’s Bistro 1396 created by famed chef Emeril Lagasse and a ground-breaking new atrium concept with spectacular three-deck-high floor-to-ceiling windows and moveable LED screens.

“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.

A cruise ship is always a result of cooperation by many parties. The shipyard’s own design office works with the ship owner architects to create a custom designed ship for the signature style of the Carnival brand – a totally new architectural design. Next almost 1000 specialised companies are engaged in providing materials and complex services to create the cruise ship at Turku Shipyard.

“We are building all the facilities a smart modern city would have; hospitals, IT-networks, restaurants and sophisticated environmental technologies, on a ship sailing the seas. It is a very difficult undertaking but also the end result is really spectacular,” Meyer said.

Mardi Gras will be delivered in late October and Carnival has announced she will enter revenue service on 14 November 2020 from Port Canaveral, Florida.

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