Carnival floats out the Mardi Gras

Carnival floats out the Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship, the 5,282-passenger Mardi Gras, was floated out in a ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. 

After being put in the water for the first time, the vessel was repositioned to a new location at the yard to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting.

The Bolt, the first roller coaster at sea, will be installed in the coming weeks as part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.

The vessel will debut a new atrium concept with three-deck floor-to-ceiling windows and moveable LED screens. New restaurants will include Emeril’s Bistro 1396, created by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

The Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The 2,600-cabin ship is scheduled to debut Nov. 14. It will sail year-round, seven-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla. “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.

Costa Smeralda Passes Propulsion Tests

Costa Smeralda

The Costa Smeralda has successfully passed her sea trials carried out with liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a statement. 

During the sea trials, which began on Nov. 16, the ship carried out a series of tests to verify the correct operation of systems, equipment and engines with LNG propulsion.

“The fueling of cruise ships with LNG is an innovation in which we were the first to believe five years ago, when we ordered the Costa Smeralda, setting an example for the sector which has since been followed by other companies. It is a safe and reliable technology, which is currently the most effective and feasible solution to ensure a significant reduction in the environmental impact of cruise ships in port and at sea,” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.

Once the sea trials were finished, the ship returned to Meyer Turku for her final interior outfitting.

The first cruise will depart from Savona on Dec. 21. The itinerary, which will be repeated until May 16, 2020, will include Savona (Saturday), Marseilles (Sunday), Barcelona (Monday), Palma de Mallorca (Tuesday), Civitavecchia (Thursday) and La Spezia (Friday).

Royal Caribbean Orders Third Icon-Class Ship

Royal Caribbean Orders Third Icon-Class Ship

Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships
PHOTO: Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class ships. (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)