Carnival Cruise Line has again pushed back the debut of the Mardi Gras, the biggest ship in Carnival history.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mardi Gras’ maiden cruise from Port Canaveral has been rescheduled for Feb. 6, 2021. The ship had been scheduled to enter service on Nov. 14, 2020.

This is the Mardi Gras’ second delay. Last December, Carnival postponed the ship’s debut from Aug. 31 to Nov. 14 because of a construction delay at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. 

The Mardi Gras will accommodate 5,282 passengers at double occupancy and be powered by liquefied natural gas. The ship will feature the first roller coaster at sea.

Carnival also provided an update on the transformation of the Carnival Victory into the Carnival Radiance, saying that the ship’s $200 million makeover won’t likely be completed until the spring.

The massive renovation was suspended in March, when a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown in Spain affected operations at the shipyard in Cadiz.

Carnival said it is “evaluating shipyard options to complete the transformation.”

As a result of the delayed arrival of the Radiance, the Carnival Breeze will be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and will sail the Radiance’s itineraries from Nov. 8 to April 24. Consequently, 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort Lauderdale (Nov. 7 to March 7) have been canceled. 

Also, the Carnival Magic’s transatlantic and European itineraries from Mar. 13 to May 3, 2021, have been canceled. Seven sailings previously scheduled for the Carnival Breeze from Fort Lauderdale from Mar. 13 to Apr. 24, 2021, will move to Miami. Guests will sail on the same itinerary but on the Carnival Magic.


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