Carnival Gives Mardi Gras Update

The ship departed on its sea trials from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. The vessel will spend 10 days at sea before returning to the dock for final preparations for its departure to the U.S. The ship will feature BOLT, the first rollercoaster at sea, that will encircle upper decks and offer guests ocean views 187 feet above the water line. Construction for all of the ship’s more than 2,600 staterooms, including 180 suites across 11 different categories, is complete.

Mardi Gras’ six themed zones include dining, beverage and entertainment options, including restaurants from Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Encompassing 21 decks, Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking new layout will be highlighted by Grand Central, a massive atrium with three-deck-high windows overlooking the sea.