Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, made her U.S. debut 04JUN, and docked for the very first time at Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3.
The slip was built specifically for this vessel, which is the first of its kind in the Americas to be powered by eco-friendly Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).
The ship also features the very first roller coaster at sea, and the first shipboard version of the hit TV show Family Feud.
“Mardi Gras has been five years in the making and today’s arrival is a historic milestone for our company, not to mention a truly emotional moment for everyone here at Carnival Cruise Line,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy.
“This ship offers so many innovations and ways for our guests to choose fun that we are certain that she will quickly become a guest favourite.”
More than 1,500 people gathered at Jetty Park located adjacent to the terminal, to get a look at the new ship and watched Port Canaveral-based ships Carnival Freedom and Carnival Liberty joined Mardi Gras as she made her way down the cruise channel.
Aboard the ship guests can enjoy a host of culinary, bar and entertainment experiences including venues from Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodiman and the line’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal.
Throughout the 19 decks and six distinct themed zones, there is also a range of outdoor attractions, including the longest ropes course, and largest waterpark in the fleet.
Mardi Gras will sail year-round from Port Canaveral, offering seven-day itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean.