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Mardi Gras Makes Inaugural Call at Costa Maya, Mexico

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As Carnival Cruise Line’s ship Mardi Gras continues her maiden season, the vessel called at Costa Maya on Tuesday. The visit marks the first time Mardi Gras has visited the Mexican port.

In keeping with cruising tradition, Mardi Gras’ leadership team joined local government officials for a ceremonial plaque exchange to commemorate the flagship’s arrival.

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Costa Maya is Mardi Gras’ second port of call during her current seven-night western Caribbean itinerary, which departed on Saturday, August 7. Last week for her maiden voyage, the ship sailed an eastern Caribbean route.

“We are delighted to begin our Mardi Gras sailings and offer guests an opportunity to experience all of the beauty of Costa Maya while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“The restart of cruising in Costa Maya has such a wide-reaching impact, and it is so special to have our flagship call on this port. On behalf of Carnival, I would like to personally thank our partners at Costa Maya for their hospitality in welcoming our guests.”

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Mardi Gras is the first vessel in the Americas to be powered by eco-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas. Highlights of the vessel include the BOLT roller coaster, Family Feud Live game show, a suite-exclusive Loft 19 sundeck, the adults-only Serenity Retreat sundeck, a water park, and a ropes course.

Restaurants and bars on the ship include Emeril’s Bistro 1396 by Emeril Lagasse, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse by Guy Fieri, RedFrog Tiki Bar, Big Chicken by Shaquille O’Neal, and Rudi’s Seagrill by Chef Rudi Sodamin.

The vessel is and will continue to sail seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises.

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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