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The launch of Carnival's new 5,200-guest cruise ship with a roller coaster onboard has been delayed again - see inside the Mardi Gras

Business Insider Logo By bchang@businessinsider.com (Brittany Chang) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 34:  The launch of Carnival's latest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, has been delayed throughout COVID-19. The cruise ship has a roller coaster, several water slides, and celebrity-backed eateries. There has been pent-up demand for Mardi Gras, Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Carnival's latest giant cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, was once set to begin sailing this month, but the cruise line's sweeping pause on sailings through June means the ship will be delayed, again.The new cruise ship's name is a direct reference to Carnival's former 1972 Mardi Gras cruise ship. But unlike the previous iteration, the new Mardi Gras holds a series of North American cruising firsts, such as the first cruise to have a roller coaster and the first to be powered by the liquefied natural gas, according to Carnival.Read more: Carnival and Royal Caribbean salaries revealed: From $32,000 to $383,000, here's how much the cruise industry's power players pay some of their employeesHowever, eager cruisegoers will have to wait a bit longer to board the Mardi Gras. As of now, many big cruise lines won't see any US sailings until this summer, many fully vaccinated. The Mardi Gras specifically - which was constructed in Finland - was once set to have its first seven-day sail from Florida to the Caribbean on April 24.But on April 6, Carnival announced a company-wide pause on sailings through June 30 from sailings from US ports, which means eager Mardi Gras guests will have to wait a bit longer for their return to sea. Right now, the soonest cruise on Mardi Gras won't depart until August 7.Like other cruise ships, the Mardi Gras' debut was pushed back due to COVID-19. However, while the cruise industry was initially decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, key players like Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean have managed to stay resilient. "Notwithstanding the delays related to the pandemic, there is tremendous enthusiasm and pent-up demand for this ship," Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement.Read more: COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but after surviving hijackings and shipwrecks, the industry looks unsinkableKeep scrolling to see its latest endeavor:Read the original article on Business Insider

The launch of Carnival's new 5,200-guest cruise ship with a roller coaster onboard has been delayed again - see inside the Mardi Gras

  • The launch of Carnival's latest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, has been delayed throughout COVID-19.
  • The cruise ship has a roller coaster, several water slides, and celebrity-backed eateries.
  • There has been pent-up demand for Mardi Gras, Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Carnival's latest giant cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, was once set to begin sailing this month, but the cruise line's sweeping pause on sailings through June means the ship will be delayed, again.

The new cruise ship's name is a direct reference to Carnival's former 1972 Mardi Gras cruise ship. But unlike the previous iteration, the new Mardi Gras holds a series of North American cruising firsts, such as the first cruise to have a roller coaster and the first to be powered by the liquefied natural gas, according to Carnival.

Read more: Carnival and Royal Caribbean salaries revealed: From $32,000 to $383,000, here's how much the cruise industry's power players pay some of their employees

However, eager cruisegoers will have to wait a bit longer to board the Mardi Gras. As of now, many big cruise lines won't see any US sailings until this summer, many fully vaccinated. The Mardi Gras specifically - which was constructed in Finland - was once set to have its first seven-day sail from Florida to the Caribbean on April 24.

But on April 6, Carnival announced a company-wide pause on sailings through June 30 from sailings from US ports, which means eager Mardi Gras guests will have to wait a bit longer for their return to sea. Right now, the soonest cruise on Mardi Gras won't depart until August 7.

Like other cruise ships, the Mardi Gras' debut was pushed back due to COVID-19. However, while the cruise industry was initially decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, key players like Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean have managed to stay resilient.

"Notwithstanding the delays related to the pandemic, there is tremendous enthusiasm and pent-up demand for this ship," Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement.

Read more: COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but after surviving hijackings and shipwrecks, the industry looks unsinkable

Keep scrolling to see its latest endeavor:

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