February 1, 2019 - Ship lovers should note September 1, 2020 in their calendar. On this day, the Mardi Gras, the future flagship of the Carnival Cruise Line, calls at the port of Kiel on its maiden voyage. The ship, which has space for around 5200 passengers, is being built by MEYER WERFT in Turku, Finland.
The Mardi Gras is the first cruise ship built for the Carnival Cruise Line to run on environmentally friendly LNG liquefied natural gas. The ship, which has been measured at around 5.200 GT, will accommodate around 180.000 people. The final shape and equipment of the ship can probably be puzzled for a long time.
Carnival Mardi Gras - Rendering © Carnival Cruise Line
One thing is certain, the Mardi Gras will call at Kiel's port on September 1, 2020. She is on her from Copenhagen, via Gothenburg, Oslo, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre to Southampton leading maiden voyage. On September 9th, the ship leaves the English port city for a two-week voyage to New York. Stays in Tenerife, Madeira and the Azores loosen up the trip. Before the new building completes a winter season in the Caribbean, there is still a trip to the “Indian Summer” along the US east coast with destinations such as Portland / Maine and Saint John in Canada. Home port is Port Canaveral.
Carnival Mardi Gras outdoor area - rendering © Carnival Cruise Line
Before Mardi Gras, Carnival Panorama will join the current fleet of 26 ships in December of this year. With 5,2 million passengers, Carnival is one of the two largest cruise lines worldwide.