The original Mardi Gras began Carnival's fleet of ships when it left from Miami in 1972. This ship was purchased used and was only 27,000 tons.
In comparison, the Carnival Mardi Gras will be Carnival's largest ship when its makes it debut in 2020. The ship will be Carnival's first liquid natural gas powered ship and, according to Carnival, will be the first ship in North America to be powered by liquid natural gas. The lower berth passenger capacity of the ship will be 5,200 passengers. At this time, we are still awaiting specific details of the ship's features and amenities. The ship's United States homeport will be Port Canaveral, but no additional itinerary information is available at this time. Carnival is expected to release more itinerary details in January 2019.
In 2022, Carnival will be launching another XL class ship that will join the Carnival Mardi Gras. No additional details about the 2022 XL class ship are available at the time of writing. However, in the meantime, we can wait for more details about the Carnival Mardi Gras while it is constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
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