Carnival Cruise Line will take delivery of a sister ship to Mardi Gras, as part of the cruise giant’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2022.
The sister ship will sail from Miami and have features seen on Mardi Gras such as the Bolt roller coaster (pictured).
A November 2022 delivery date for the unnamed, LNG-powered ship has been confirmed from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Carnival said four other ships have been either sold or laid up for a long period, while others have been redeployed to new homeports.
Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration have been sold, and Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination will move to long-term lay-up status.
Carnival Sensation will move from Miami to Mobile and take up itineraries previously assigned to Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination.
Carnival Sunrise will move from Port Everglades to PortMiami and take on the itineraries previously operated by Carnival Sensation.
Carnival Sunrise is part of Carnival’s 50th birthday celebration and there will be no changes to its birthday sailing, scheduled for March 5, 2022.
Carnival Fascination itineraries from San Juan and Barbados have been cancelled for 2020-2021 as the cruise line focuses its return to operations on mainland drive markets in the US.
Itineraries for Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration from Long Beach have been cancelled until April 19, 2021.
Carnival Panorama will operate from Long Beach while Carnival Miracle will operate shorter itineraries from San Diego to Baja Mexico.
Carnival Radiance will now move directly from Europe after its $200 million revamp and homeport in Long Beach in April 2021.
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