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Carnvai's Mardi Gras ship is part of the brand's Excel-class. All of the new piers will be able to accommodate Excel-class ships.
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Carnival’s Newest Ship Launches Caribbean Cruises

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 4, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship has come to the Caribbean. 

The line’s new Mardi Gras cruise ship kicked off its maiden voyage this week, with a seven-day Caribbean cruise sailing out of Port Canaveral. 

That included a return to cruising for the Amber Cove cruise port in the Dominican Republic. 

“We are delighted to begin our Mardi Gras sailings and offer guests an opportunity to experience all of the beauty of Amber Cove while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The restart of cruising in Amber Cove has such a wide-reaching impact and on behalf of Carnival, I would like to personally thank our partners at Amber Cove for their hospitality in welcoming our guests.”

The Mardi Gras ship is the first in the Americas to be powered by liquefied natural gas. 

Amenities include six themed zones, restaurant from culinary stars like Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri, and the first-ever roller coaster at sea. 

— CJ

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