The Mardi Gras is a carnival that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, the event made its first-ever visit to Costa Maya and became the largest carnival ever held in Central America.
Costa Maya is a city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is located on the southern end of the Yucatan Peninsula and is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations with its white sand beaches, coral reefs, and many Mayan ruins.
Carnival’s Mardi Gras continues to make first-time port calls, and on its second trip, the new ship made its first-ever visit to Costa Maya, Mexico. It comes at a time when Carnival Cruise Line has already reopened with six ships, with more on the way.
Mardi Gras Arrives in Costa Maya for the First Time
On August 10, the new Carnival cruise ship paid a visit to the Mexican cruise port as part of a seven-day western Caribbean voyage that began on August 7 in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Mardi Gras arrived at 7:00 a.m. and spent the most of the day moored at the Costa Maya cruise port, which is located on Mexico’s eastern Yucatan coast south of Cozumel island.
To commemorate the first-ever arrival of the Mardi Gras, the ship’s leadership team gathered local authorities for a plaque exchanging ceremony.
(Photo credit: NAN728 / Shutterstock.com) Costa Maya Cruise Port
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy stated, “We are pleased to launch our Mardi Gras sailings and give passengers a chance to enjoy all of the splendor of Costa Maya while giving a much-needed boost to the local economy.” “The resumption of cruising in Costa Maya has such a wide-ranging effect, and having our flagship stop on this port is so wonderful. I’d like to personally thank our Costa Maya partners for their hospitality in greeting our passengers on behalf of Carnival.”
Carnival’s most creative ship sailed out from the port at around 5:00 p.m. to continue the journey. On August 9, the ship made her first stop at Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the trip. On August 11, it will make another first-time visit to Mahogany Bay on the Honduran island of Roatan. Before returning to Florida on Saturday, August 14, Mardi Gras will spend two full days at sea.
Since the suspensions began in March 2020, the new vessel has become the sixth in the fleet to commence sailings. She was also the first ship to depart from Port Canaveral. Mardi Gras receives a lot of attention since she not only has remarkable characteristics like the first roller coaster at sea, but she also has an environmental aspect. The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered Mardi Gras is the first ship in the fleet to use the environmentally friendly fuel.
The ship, which is 180,800 gross tonnage and has a passenger capacity of 5,282 at double occupancy, began sailings on July 31, 2021. The ship, however, is not traveling at full capacity, and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone on board is safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What happened to the original Carnival Mardi Gras?
The original Carnival Mardi Gras was an event that took place in the games universe. It was eventually discontinued due to low attendance and the lack of new events to replace it.
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