WATCH: Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras Reaches Major Milestone With ‘Whale Tail’ Being Installed

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas

ABOVE VIDEO: Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, reached a major milestone last week as its iconic red, white and blue funnel is installed at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, reached a major milestone last week as its iconic red, white and blue funnel is installed at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

With room for more than 6,500 guests, the 180,000-ton, XL Class Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas to homeport in North America when the vessel arrives at Port Canaveral in November.

The original 27,000-ton Mardi Grasa converted trans-Atlantic liner, entered service in 1972 and popularized cruise vacations in the United States, helping Carnival become the largest cruise company in the world today.

Mardi Gras’ arrival in Port Canaveral this year will mark 30 years that Carnival Cruise Line has been sailing from Port Canaveral, the longest of any of the Port’s cruise partners.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a long-term operating agreement with Carnival in August 2018.

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