keeping with maritime tradition, a keel-laying ceremony was held today at the
Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, for Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras,
which is scheduled to enter service in August 2020.
ceremony, which dates back hundreds of years, was highlighted by the placement
of coins placed on top of a 750-ton keel block called 3C signifying good luck
for the ship and the official start of construction.
Vice President of Newbuilds Ben Clement and Mardi Gras Captain Giuseppe Giusa, Chief Engineer Ferdinando Ruocco and Hotel Director Pierre
Camilleri joined Meyer
Turku CEO Jan Meyer at the festivities.
will be a stunning expression of the Carnival vacation experience offering a
variety of groundbreaking innovations, including BOLT, the first roller coaster
at sea; the first seagoing restaurant by legendary chef Emeril Lagasse; and six
themed zones with a wide 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 (LNG), part of Carnival
Corporation's "green cruising" platform.
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 Clement.
"We have been very
excited to design and now finally to start assembling Carnival Mardi Gras. All
these different features onboard require a lot of engineering and design
expertise which we have been happy to provide to our customer," CEO of Meyer
Turku Jan Meyer states.
is set to debut in Europe Aug. 31, 2020, then reposition to New York for a
series of voyages before shifting to Port Canaveral, Fla., for year-round