Stepping back in time, Carnival Cruise Lines started 49 years ago when the original TSS Mardi Gras departed Port Miami on its inaugural cruise. A new form of fun travel formally reserved for the very rich became affordable and accessible to the masses. Over the years Carnival has carried more than 90 million guests.
The new Mardi Gras is scheduled to debut this year. It will be the first ship in North America to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and the first rollercoaster at sea. A sister ship, Carnival Celebration, is scheduled to enter service next year.
The countdown to Carnival’s 50th birthday have begun, with festivities planned to commence in March 2022 – the company’s birthday month – with a series of commemorative sailings featuring at-sea ship meet-ups off the coast of The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico and Australia, as well as special entertainment and activities continuing all year long, all culminating with Carnival Celebration’s arrival to PortMiami in November.
As part of the celebrations, the line asked fans to help rate the “Top 49 Moments Guests Miss About Cruising”. The responses featured the signature “Fun Ship” experiences including the SkyRide aerial attraction onboard Carnival Vista and the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake and the hand-crafted burger at Guy’s Burger Joint.
Carnival is also offering special birthday celebration deals. To find out more go to: carnival.com
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