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Article By: Richard Tribou


What’s old is new again as Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back the name of its first ship for the XL-class ship coming to Port Canaveral: Carnival Mardi Gras.

The new Carnival Mardi Gras will be more than six times the size, a 180,000-gross-ton, 1,130-foot-long vessel with a 6,500-passenger capacity. The ship’s first steel was cut in mid-November at the at Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.

It’s slated for delivery in mid-2020 when it will then make Port Canaveral its first home. The ship is also to be powered by liquefied natural gas, and will be the first such cruise ship to be based in North America when it debuts.

Where the ship will be sailing will be revealed in January. Its home base will be a revamped Terminal 3 at Port Canaveral.