Miami-Based Carnival’s Largest Cruise Ship, Mardi Gras, Arrives At Port Canaveral – CBS Miami
PORT CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) – The largest ship ever built for the Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line arrived in its home area of Port Canaveral on Friday morning.
The Mardi Gras is not only the company’s newest luxury ship, but also the first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board.
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It’s called “Bolt” and is not a classic roller coaster. Instead of riding on a train, passengers sit in a smaller vehicle in the shape of a motorcycle that travels on a track. The cars are not driven by downhill inertia, but instead use electric motors. This means that the drivers can decide for themselves how fast they drive.
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Carnival also says the Mardi Gras will be the first in America to run on liquefied natural gas, a cleaner burning fuel.
The ship is 1,130 feet long, has 21 decks, 2,641 cabins, and has six themed areas and restaurants by Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodamin, and Shaquille O’Neal.
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cruise ships have no longer been carrying passengers from Port Canaveral or other US ports since March 2020. However, a handful of test drives will soon take place as part of an effort by the cruise lines to get federal permits to sail with paying passengers this summer.