Carnival Cruise Line has pushed back its planned launch for its highly-anticipated new Mardi Gras cruise ship.
The cruise line said shipbuilder Meyer Turku had informed it that delivery would be delayed, meaning the first revenue sailing of the ship would be Nov. 14, 2020.
The ship had been slated to make its first sailings beginning Aug. 31, 2020.
Carnival Mardi Gras will be sailing Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, Fla.
“We have been working closely with Meyer Turku executives to keep the Mardi Gras delivery on schedule, and while we deeply regret disappointing our guests, this change in the delivery date is required to make sure all of the ship’s systems, features and technology will be fully operational, so that we can give our guests the vacation they expect. Our commitment is to deliver a great and innovative ship, and Mardi Gras will definitely be that when it arrives in North America,” said Ben Clement, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior vice president of newbuild.