Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku has delivered the 180,000gt, LNG-powered cruise vessel, Mardi Gras, to Carnival Cruise Line.
The Mardi Gras has a range of distinctive features, including a three-storey atrium with a floor-to-ceiling window and movable LED screens. It also has the first roller coaster ever to have been built on a ship. Passengers will be able to choose from six different zones for dining and entertainment, and more than 2,600 cabins and 180 suites across eleven categories.
“We value our partnership with Meyer Turku, which has worked closely with us to deliver a beautiful ship that our guests will love,” declared Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Mardi Gras’ technology, venues and accommodations will make this a game-changing vessel in North America.” Meyer Turku CEO, Tim Meyer, described the vessel as “one of the most environmentally friendly ships to sail in North American waters. “I am very proud of our team of shipbuilders and would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication during the building process,” he said.
The 340m-long vessel is the first of two sisters being built at Meyer Turku, with the Carnival Celebration due to join the world’s largest cruise line’s fleet in 2022, in time for the company’s 50th birthday.