Carnival’s latest ship ‘floating smart city’

The ‘Mardi Gras’ Credit: Carnival The ‘Mardi Gras’ Credit: Carnival
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The float-out of the coming flag-ship of Carnival Cruise line has been celebrated at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

The 180,000gt Mardi Gras will be the largest cruise ship in the Carnival fleet after delivery later in 2020.

“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,” saud Ben Clement, Carnival’s senior vice president of newbuilds.

“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 on board a ship,” added Meyer Turku chief executive, Jan Meyer.

The Mardi Gras has six themed zones including spaces like Emeril’s Bistro 1396 created by chef Emeril Lagasse and a new atrium with three-deck-high floor-to-ceiling windows and moveable LED screens.

Floating smart city

The ship yard’s design office worked with the ship owner architects to create a custom-designed ship with Carnival’s signature style and almost 1000 further companies are providing materials and complex services.

“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,” said Jan Meyer.

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

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