Carnival’s New Mega Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

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The new Mardi Gras cruise ship that is in the final stages of outfitting has completed the 10-day sea. The shipyard has also posted a new video.

Mardi Gras Arrives Back at Shipyard

One of Carnival’s most anticipated new cruise ships ever has completed her 10-day sea trials on Monday and has now arrived back at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

The first XL-class mega-ship departed the shipyard at the end of September to undergo important sea trials. During this time a number of tests are usually done to make sure the vessel is seaworthy.

Important aspects of sea trials include propulsion systems and making sure systems are working before delivery to the cruise line. In this case, some testing took place off the coast of Airisto, Finland.

Meyer Turku released a new video that shows Mardi Gras first departing the shipyard for her trials. We get to see some stunning views of the new ship as she headed off:

Jälkitunnelmointia Carnival Mardi Grasin onnistuneelta merikokeelta! 😎 Alus palasi takaisin telakalle maanantaina ja työt jatkuvat 💪🏻

Posted by Meyer Turku on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

On Monday the Mardi Gras arrived back and the outfitting of all the interior spaces will continue along with final touches. Cruise Hive has already posted recent photos from inside the ship that you can view right here.

Even though work is still being done to Mardi Gras she was originally scheduled to debut in August 2020. With the suspension on operations and the impact on the cruise industry including shipyards that debut was pushed back to November and then again to February 2021.

Related: Carnival Cruise Line Details Mardi Gras Grand Central Atrium

It will be worth wait when the ship debuts out of Port Canaveral, Florida on February 6, 2021, with the first roller coaster at sea and featuring six themed zones. She’s the first Carnival cruise ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and takes the cruise line into a new era of ship design.

The next major milestone will be when Mardi Gras is delivered to Carnival Cruise Line. Also, still to be announced is the ship’s godmother in the coming weeks and month and keep an eye out for many more photos of the shiny new ship.

Mardi Gras is 180,000 gross tons with a guest capacity of 5,282 at double occupancy along with 1,735 international crew members.

Photo Via: John Heald (Carnival Cruise Line)

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