Largest cruise ship Mardi Gras heads out to sea trials
On Monday morning, LNG-powered XL-class newbuild Mardi Gras of Carnival Cruise Line went out to sea trials, Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku said.
The operations of the ship will be checked at sea for the next 10 days, after which, the shipyard said, it will return to the shipyard for a little while longer. On the basis of LNG refuelling carried out two weeks ago, sea trials are being reported.
Mardi Gras will be the largest ship ever built by the Carnival Cruise Line and the first to be driven by LNG in North America.
The 5,200-plus lower berth vessel at 180,000 tons would be more than six times the size of its namesake. In January 2020, the giant cruise ship floated out of the Meyer Turku shipyard and was scheduled for delivery in August 2020.
The delivery of the 5,200-passenger vessel was delayed on several occasions and is now scheduled to enter service from Port Canaveral, Florida on 6 February 2021, due to the COVID-19 effect.
Maritime Business World