The iconic red, white, and blue Carnival Cruise Line funnel has been installed on the new Mardi Gras cruise ship during construction.
Carnival Mardi Gras Funnel Installed
Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ever cruise ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, has had her iconic red, white, and blue funnel successfully installed. The funnel was lifted up and onto the new ship on Thursday morning, January 16, 2020.
The shipyard released a video of the major milestone as Mardi Gras becomes more of a recognizable ship and the external work moves towards completion:
Even though progress looks good for Mardi Gras the cruise line has been forced to cancel a total of eight sailings due to construction delays and the complex procedures involved with such a new and innovative ship. The ship’s first cruise will be setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on November 14, 2020, out of the new Carnival terminal. She was originally scheduled to depart Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 31, 2020, for her first cruise.
Mardi Gras will be Carnival’s largest ever cruise ship at 180,800 gross tons with a guest capacity of 5,282 at double occupancy. She will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and introduce new features including the first-ever roller coaster at sea, a new secluded retreat, and new exclusive dining venues.
According to Cruise Hive readers, Mardi Gras is the most anticipated new cruise ship of 2020. Once in service, she will sail year-round week-long cruises from Port Canaveral to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Still to come during construction in Finland will be the ship floating out onto the water, sea trials, and the move into fitting out all the interior spaces. No doubt some of the interior work has already begun, as prospective passengers around the world await more details and reveals for this highly anticipated ship. Cruise Hive will bring you all the latest Mardi Gras information as soon as it is announced!
Footage Credit: Meyer Turku