Keel-Laying Ceremony Held for Carnival's Mardi Gras

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

A keel-laying ceremony was held on 18JUN at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, which is scheduled to enter service in AUG 2020.

“This is a historic day for Carnival – the official start of construction of the spectacular Mardi Gras which will usher in an exciting new chapter for our company and introduce so many guest-pleasing innovations,” said Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Newbuilds, Ben Clement.

The ceremony, which dates back hundreds of years, is performed for good luck for the ship and marks the official start of construction. 

Mardi Gras will feature a variety of innovations, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, the first seagoing restaurant by chef Emeril Lagasse, and six themed zones with a range of culinary, beverage and activity choices. 

Mardi Gras will also be the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” platform.

Mardi Gras is set to debut in Europe 31AUG, 2020, then reposition to New York for a series of voyages before shifting to Port Canaveral, FL for year-round Caribbean departures.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.