Carnival Cruise Line’s first Excel-class vessel, Mardi Gras, has come out on high in Cruise Hive’s annual Cruise Ship Awards for the second consecutive yr. Readers have voted the Carnival vessel the perfect general cruise ship of 2022.
The LNG-powered vessel beats out ships from different main traces, together with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Mardi Gras Comes Out On High
With 2022 coming to an finish, it’s that point to start saying the winners of Cruise Hive’s Cruise Ship Awards. Receiving probably the most votes from readers, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras cruise ship has change into the winner of the perfect general cruise ship of 2022. It’s now the second consecutive yr that Mardi Gras has gained the class.
The primary Excel-class ship for the cruise line acquired extra votes than ships operated by rival traces and inside the identical fleet. Voting within the annual awards opened in September, with eight classes, together with the perfect general cruise ship of 2022.
Mardi Gras was up towards many different ships throughout a number of cruise traces. There have been no nominations inside the class, and readers have been capable of sort of their favourite ship.
Nevertheless, Mardi Gras had some powerful competitors, with Royal Caribbean’s Marvel of the Seas having the second-highest variety of votes. The Superstar Cruises-operated Superstar Solstice got here in with the third-highest variety of votes.
Different ships that acquired a excessive variety of votes included the Disney Dream, operated by Disney Cruise Line; Carnival Breeze from Carnival Cruise Line and the brand new Rotterdam, operated by Holland America Line.
Readers have been solely allowed to place ahead a single cruise ship as soon as, and any suspicious votes weren’t counted. There have been greater than 200 totally different ships recorded, together with the brand new vessels of Norwegian Prima from NCL and Carnival Celebration from Carnival. There have been additionally smaller luxurious vessels, together with Viking Sea, Star Breeze, and Silver Daybreak.
It’s not the primary time Mardi Gras has come out on high within the annual Cruise Ship Awards. The vessel was voted the Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship in 2020 and 2021. She was additionally voted Greatest New Cruise Ship in 2021 and Greatest General Cruise Ship in the identical yr.
The First Excel Class within the Fleet
Mardi Gras is the primary excel-class cruise ship constructed for Carnival Cruise Line and the primary within the fleet absolutely powered by Liquified Pure Fuel (LNG). The large vessel is 180,800 gross tons and has a visitor capability of 5,282 at double occupancy, together with 1,735 worldwide crew members. There are 15 passenger decks, together with a complete of two,641 cabins.
Mardi Gras introduced new ideas and improvements to the fleet, together with the BOLT curler coaster, a first-ever at sea. The all-electric thrilling journey takes company across the iconic Carnival funnel with drops and twits of as much as 50 MPH on the open deck, 187 ft above the water.
There are six themed zones on the Carnival ship, together with La Pizza, The French Quarter, Grand Central, The Lido, Summer season Touchdown, and the Final Playground, the place BOLT is positioned. Additionally onboard, company can discover the primary Chibang! Asian restaurant, Emeril’s Bistro 1396, Rudi’s Seagrill, Loft 19, and expanded venues already seen throughout the fleet.
The Carnival cruise ship was constructed on the common Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. She underwent a number of main development milestones earlier than lastly being delivered to the Miami-based cruise line in December 2020. Nevertheless, the supply happened in the course of the cruise trade’s international suspensions as a result of pandemic. Mardi Gras remained on maintain till lastly setting sail on her first visitor voyage on July 31, 2021, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Ever because the maiden voyage from the Florida port, Mardi Gras has been crusing Jap and Western Caribbean itineraries, together with common ports of name comparable to Cozumel in Mexico, Grand Turk within the Turks and Caicos, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Amber Cove within the Dominican Republic.