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.
Recently, a video taken by a passenger aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship was posted on Twitter. It shows a test dummy tied to a rope and being dropped over the railing of a passenger balcony at the stern of the Disney Fantasy , violently twisting at the end of the rope, and then being slowly pulled back up to the balcony. The crew apparently dropped and retrieved the dummy several times.
Royal Caribbean is planning a two-month, $165 million overhaul of Allure of the Seas in spring 2020. The makeover will give the ship some of the same iconic features as the other three Oasis-class ships.
The overhaul includes the 10-story dry slide The Ultimate Abyss and The Perfect Storm, which is a trio of water slides with see-through panels so you can enjoy the views as you go down. The record-breaking slides already exist on sister ships Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, which are both based in the US.