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The return of Mardi Gras as Carnival Cruise Line reveals name of its biggest ever ship

Carnival Cruise Line is to name its new XL-class ship Mardi Gras, resurrecting the name given to Carnival's first ever cruise ship that entered service in 1972.

The new class of vessel, to be delivered in 2020, will be the largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever constructed and the first in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising platform.

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras
Carnival’s new Mardi Gras will join the fleet in 2020 and, below, the original ship to bear the name
Carnival's first cruise ship Mardi Gras

At 180,000 tons, Mardi Gras will be six times bigger than its pioneering namesake.

The original 27,000-ton TSS Mardi Gras, a converted trans-Atlantic ocean liner purchased by entrepreneur and Carnival founder Ted Arison, ushered in the modern-day cruise industry when it set sail on its inaugural voyage in 1972, helping to transform cruising from an experience once reserved for the elite into a mainstream vacation accessible and affordable to everyone.

“Our first ship Mardi Gras was a historic vessel, introducing a brand new style of cruising to the vacationing public. What better way to pay tribute to our company’s nearly 50-year history of creating wonderful vacation memories than by naming this groundbreaking vessel after our original and beloved ‘Fun Ship,’” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“The new Mardi Gras will follow the trailblazing lead of her predecessor, introducing features and technological innovations that have never been seen before on a cruise ship while setting a new standard for seagoing vacations.”

Itineraries for Mardi Gras will be announced in January and go on sale later that same month.

Posted on 6th December 2018 at 05:02 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Carnival Cruise Line |

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