Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back the name Mardi Gras for its new XL-class ship, which launches in 2020.
At 180,000 tons, the new Mardi Gras will be more than six times the size of its namesake, which was the line’s first ship, launched in 1972.
Carnival claims that the the 5,200-plus vessel will offer a variety of never-before-seen innovations and attractions, and will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
President of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy said: “Our first ship Mardi Gras was a historic vessel, introducing a brand new style of cruising to the holidaying public.
“What better way to pay tribute to our company’s nearly 50-year history of creating wonderful holiday memories than by naming this groundbreaking vessel after our original and beloved ‘Fun Ship’.
“The new Mardi Gras will follow the trailblazing lead of her predecessor, introducing features and technological innovations that have never been seen before on a cruise ship while setting a new standard for seagoing holidays.”
Itineraries for Mardi Gras will be announced in January and go on sale later in the same month. The ship will be based in Port Canaveral, which will feature a new state-of-the-art terminal.
A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022.