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Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship has arrived at its home port.
Mardi Gras completed the journey from Spain, reaching Florida’s Port Canaveral on Friday morning.
The 180,000-ton ship is Carnival’s largest and will call Port Canaveral its home port.
According to Orlando’s FOX 35, Mardi Gras left Spain on May 21 and sailed 5,000 miles before reaching Florida.
“We have been waiting for the Mardi Gras to come home for some time, and we know that there is a tremendous public interest to watch her arrival at the Port,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray said, per FOX 35. “We have worked with BCSO to address the public’s demand while maintaining our focus on public safety.”
Fans line up at Jetty Park to see the Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras arrive at Port Canaveral, Florida, early Friday morning. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
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FOX 35 reported that a cruise ship hasn’t set sail from Port Canaveral in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruise dates for Mardi Gras have not yet been announced, according to FOX 35. The ship was previously supposed to set sail in February of this year and then later, in April, Fox News reported in December. However, both dates were pushed back.
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Aside from being Carnival’s largest cruise ship, Mardi Gras is also the first cruise ship operating in the Americas to run on liquefied natural gas and it is the first cruise ship to have a roller coaster on board, Fox News previously reported.
Mardi Gras is 1,130 feet long with 21 decks and 2,641 guest staterooms. It has a normal occupancy of 5,282 guests and a crew of 1,745.
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