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Saturday, December 21, 2019 

The Meyer Turku shipyard has said that delivery of the first LNG-fuelled cruise ship for the American market, 'Carnival Mardi Gras', has been moved from August 2020 to October 2020.

The official reason is revised production schedules, which no doubt have something to do with the delayed delivery of a previous gas-fuelled Carnival group ship, the Costa Smeralda, which was finally handed over at the beginning of this month.

As well as being the first cruise ship of this size and type for Carnival's US market to be powered by dual-fuel engines, the MardI Gras is notable for having the first onboard roller coaster.

Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled the first eight scheduled cruises of the Mardi Gras; with the inaugural cruise deferred to November. According to Carnival, the change in the delivery date is required to make sure all of the ship’s systems, features and technology will be fully operational.

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