Port Canaveral holding public access for Carnival’s Mardi Gras arrival

by | Jun 3, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, will arrive at her new home in Port Canaveral on Friday, and the public has been invited to attend to witness the conclusion of her transatlantic voyage.

Port Canaveral released its plan for public access to the Port for viewing the arrival of Carnival Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, scheduled to arrive early tomorrow morning, June 4 to new Cruise Terminal 3 (CT3). Subject to change, the Mardi Gras is expected to pass Jetty Park by 6:15 a.m. and proceed to the Middle Turning Basin, where she will turn around and transit to CT3 by 7 a.m.

Access to viewing points at Port Canaveral will be limited, and traffic in and around the Port will be controlled.

“Visitors may view the Mardi Gras’ arrival and from Jetty Park, or from The Cove district. Access to viewing points at Port Canaveral will be limited, and traffic in and around the Port will be controlled,” officials said.

Mardi Gras has been the most highly anticipated new ship in the cruise industry for more than a year, with her arrival and inaugural impacted by the extended pause in cruise operations from U.S. ports. The cruise ship is the first in the Americas powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the first to feature a roller coaster. Mardi Gras also includes six themed zones and restaurants from Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse and Shaquille O’Neal.

Tomorrow’s event welcoming the ship will include remarks from Carnival president Christine Duffy and Canaveral Port Authority CEO Capt. John Murray.

“We have been waiting for the Mardi Gras to come home for some time, and we know that there is a tremendous public interest to watch her arrival at the Port,” said Murray “We have worked with BCSO to address the public’s demand while maintaining our focus on public safety.”

Mardi Gras will reach its terminus in Florida on Friday after setting sail from Barcelona on May 21.


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