Mardi Gras Cruises is a cruise line that specializes in cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico. The company has been hit hard by Hurricane Maria, with many of their ships damaged or destroyed. After 17 months without guests, the company decided to visit Puerto Rico as an act of goodwill.
The cruise line news is that the Mardi Gras has become the first cruise ship to visit Puerto Rico in 17 months.
After two days at sea, passengers have had the chance to explore every part of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the ship has now docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, resuming the Caribbean island’s cruise business.
After all of the excitement, it’s time for visitors to embark on their journey and set foot on land for the first time. Although those passengers who have not been vaccinated will be unhappy since they will not be permitted to leave the ship, the city is more than prepared for the rest of the passengers.
Puerto Rico is working to improve its tourist sector, and the new Carnival cruise ship is a big part of it.
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San Juan Maintains Its Role as a Major Cruise Port
The return of Mardi Gras on August 3 marks a significant turning point for San Juan after a long absence. Carnival Cruise Line decided to make the first port of call here with Mardi Gras, its most anticipated cruise ship since it began running almost 50 years ago.
“The arrival of the Carnival Mardi Gras on August 3rd confirms Puerto Rico’s position as one of the most attractive and significant ports in a region as competitive as the Caribbean,” says PRTC Executive Director Carlos Mercado Santiago. The port of San Juan will be the first stop for Mardi Gras on its first 7-day itinerary in the Eastern Caribbean, after more than a year of pause in the cruise industry and months of waiting to confirm the final itinerary for the maiden voyage of one of the most anticipated cruise ships in the industry.”
San Juan’s Mardi Gras (Photo Credit: Puerto Rico Tourism Company)
Carnival’s Mardi Gras is the company’s largest and newest ship. With a gross weight of 180,000 tons, a capacity of 6,500 passengers, and its own roller coaster, Mardi Gras is widely regarded as a game-changer in the cruise business. A family cruise ship with everything from entertainment to waterparks, games, and family fun all rolled into one.
It is also the company’s first cruise ship to use liquid natural gas, or LNG, as fuel. This reduces emissions from the ship to much lower levels then teh traditional fuels used in the cruise industry such as Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), and Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (LSFO). Mardi Gras’ homeport will be in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Restrictions In Puerto Rico and aboard Mardi Gras cruise ships, the ban is still in effect.
Those who are concerned about the safety precautions in place aboard Mardi Gras and in Puerto Rico may rest easy. At least 95% of the passengers aboard have been vaccinated, with the 5% who have not been vaccinated required to demonstrate negative PCR-RT testing and undertake an antigen test before to boarding.
As Cruise Hive reported last week, passengers who have not been vaccinated are not permitted to walk ashore in Puerto Rico. Mardi Gras is sailing with around 70% of its entire guest capacity to guarantee that visitors may socially remove themselves if they want.
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A secure port of call during Mardi Gras is critical not just for the ship and Carnival Cruise Line, but also for the tourist sector of Puerto Rico:
“At the Tourism Company, we are very proud to have the confidence of the cruise industry, and we will continue to work with our partners to achieve the regular inclusion of all of the Island’s ports in the itineraries of their Caribbean cruises, the increase of stops and the use of San Juan as a home port, and the search for alternatives to offer passengers an unforgettable experience,” says Carlos Mercado Santiago.
The entire spending, or economic effect, related to cruises in Puerto Rico during the 2017/2018 cruise season was more than $150 million. During that single cruise season, almost 1.1 million cruise ship passengers visited the island.
Also see: Cruisers’ Activities in San Juan, Puerto Rico
On August 3, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Juan, Puerto Rico will host Mardi Gras. Following this stop, Carnival’s newest mega-ship will cruise to Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, and then to Nassau, Bahamas, after a day at sea.
On August 7, the Mardi Gras will return to her homeport of Port Canaveral to prepare for her next trip, which will take her to Mexico’s Cozumel and Costa Maya, as well as Honduras’ Mahogany Bay and Isla Roatan.
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