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Emeril Lagasse's First Restaurant at Sea to Debut on Carnival's Mardi Gras Cruise Ship in 2020
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Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras Sets Out on Sea Trials
Mardi Gras (Photo: Carnival)

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras Sets Out on Sea Trials

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras Sets Out on Sea Trials
Mardi Gras (Photo: Carnival)

September 28, 2020

Aaron Saunders
News and Features Editor
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(1:45 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival has sent its hotly-anticipated cruise ship Mardi Gras out on its first sea trials.

The trials, which test a ship's technical and marine handling capabilities, began today from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. They are expected to last for a period of 10 days,

Once completed, Mardi Gras will return to the shipyard for final fitting-out of the vessel's interior spaces before setting sail for the United States.

Carnival's Mardi Gras is the first Carnival vessel to be built on the Excellence platform that also includes P&O's new Iona and AIDA's AIDAnova. Mardi Gras will be the first Carnival ship of this class to enter service, and the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology.

Mardi Gras will also introduce a number of firsts for Carnival, including a redesigned atrium concept known as "Grand Central;  the first roller coaster at sea, and a brand-new livery featuring blue, red and white branding on the ship's bow.

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