Carnival’s New and Largest Cruise Ship Completes Construction Milestone

Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ever cruise ship, Mardi Gras completed a construction milestone yesterday when she touched water for the first time.

After Mardi Gras floated out of the dry dock, the vessel was repositioned to a new location at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting, including the installation of the first roller coaster at sea, dubbed BOLT, part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.

the centerpiece of the Ultimate Playground, the roller coaster, was revealed during the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Conference in Orlando. The all-electric, motorcycle-inspired vehicles will feature metallic red and blue stripes and a yellow lightning bolt, The vehicle will be equipped with a digital speedometer display and speakers with new sound effects. Mardi Gras’s thrill-seekers will be able to enjoy 360-degree views on the 800-foot-long track. Riders will race 187 feet above the sea with drops, dips and hairpin turns achieving speeds of up to 40 miles per hour or if that is too fast, they will be able to choose their own speed.

With more than 2,600 staterooms, including 180 suites across 11 different categories, Mardi Gras will also be the first cruise ship in North America powered by Liquefied Natural Gas as part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising platform.

Mardi Gras will homeport in Port Canaveral and sail seven-day cruises to the Caribbean. The cruise ship’s maiden debut is scheduled for November 14, 2020.

According to Cruise Fever.