When Carnival Cruise Line’s latest ship, ’Mardi Gras’, arrives in her new home Port Canaveral, Florida, on 4th June, she will be flying the Bahamian flag.
Bahamas will be a new ship registry for the first LNG ship to operate in North America.
With more hopeful signs of a return to guest operations and constructive discussions between the industry and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carnival said it is moving the ship to Port Canaveral to get her ready for sailing.
She was due to leave Barcelona on 21st May to start her transatlantic voyage.
Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line’s President, thanked the Panama Maritime Authority for its support during the ship’s construction and registration process but said that the move to the Bahamas Maritime Authority made business sense for a number of reasons.
“The Bahamas will be a frequent destination for ’Mardi Gras’, and we are pleased to bring this new level of environmental sustainability to the many ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean that the ship and our guests and crew will be visiting,” she said.
Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) Managing Director and CEO, Capt Dwain Hutchinson, said: “We are proud of our close collaboration and relationship with Carnival Cruise Line and we thank them for making The Bahamas their flag of choice for this innovative vessel.
“As the world’s largest flag for passenger ships, and indeed for LNG vessels as well, we are an ideal partner for owners with ships transporting, or powered by, LNG. We have a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of both sectors and we continue to be an advocate on matters pertaining to both on the international regulatory stage,” he said.
“The Bahamas is committed to the IMO sustainability goals and we are encouraged by our shipowners’ goal-based approach through designs and operational processes to achieve regulatory compliance, so it is particularly rewarding to the team at The BMA to have registered our first LNG powered cruise ship and we look forward to adding further newbuilding in the future,” he concluded.
Upon arrival to Port Canaveral, ’Mardi Gras’ will continue to welcome joining crew members on board, train them on new equipment, technology and procedures, and get ready to welcome guests for her inaugural sailing.
Along with new LNG technology, she will boast many other firsts, including the first cruise ship with a roller coaster.