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Carnival Mardi Gras welcomes media and travel advisors


Christine Duffy
TheCruiseGenius with Christine Duffy, President Carnival Cruise Line

I was overwhelmed when I boarded the brand new Carnival Mardi Gras. Media and travel advisors were invited to come onboard the day before her first sailing and it’s a day I’ll never forget.

Carnival Mardi Gras required a special pier at Port Canaveral considering she is an LNG-powered ship, and Terminal 3 was built just for that purpose!

CruiseIndustryNews.com reported, Carnival Cruise Line welcomed visitors on Mardi Gras for the first time today, with local officials, travel advisors and media enjoying an afternoon on the line’s newest ship.

The  Mardi Gras is scheduled to set sail on her maiden voyage on Saturday, July 31, which will also be the first cruise from Port Canaveral with guests since the industry-wide pause 16 months ago, according to a statement from Carnival.


Guests enjoyed samples from Mardi Gras’ vast array of restaurants and eateries, including first seagoing version of Big Chicken by Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the first shipboard restaurant created famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse, and a new international street food venue called Street Eats, along with libations from the new Polynesian-inspired RedFrog Tiki Bar, New Orleans-themed Brass Magnolia and others.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for the new Rudi’s Seagrill developed by celebrated chef Rudi Sodamin, the Heroes Tribute Bar with representatives from the military families support organization Operation Homefront that Carnival partners with, and a colorful new floral statue inspired by a young artist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the cruise line’s longtime charitable cause.”

I’ve known Chef Rudi Sodamin for many years. My wife Marty and I have sailed over 150 days on Holland America Line where he has been leading the culinary team on that brand.

Chef Rudi
Chef Rudi

I also had the honor of meeting John Heald, longtime Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador and Senior Cruise Director.

John Heald
John Heald

Email me at slara1961@gmail.com if you would like to book a cruise on the Carnival Mardi Gras or an all-inclusive resort experience!

Here’s a few YouTube videos of my tour of the Carnival Mardi Gras for you to enjoy.




Here’s a few pictures:

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About Scott Lara

Navy Veteran, Travel Agent, love to cruise!

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