Halloween Horror Nights dates announced, some tickets on sale
Universal Orlando Resort on Thursday announced that Halloween Horror Nights officially returns this fall for a record-breaking 44 select nights from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. READ: 9 things happening in Central Florida this weekendSingle-night event tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are already on sale, starting at $79.99 when purchased online. Additional tickets and offers, including the Frequent Fear Pass, will be announced in the months leading up to Halloween Horror Nights, Universal said. select nights sept.1 - oct 31.tickets on sale now https://t.co/3xMmtD7n21ready? 😈 pic.twitter.com/bYHEaJn1zL — Halloween Horror Nights (@HorrorNightsORL) March 23, 2023READ: Lineup announced for this year’s ‘Florida Man’-inspired Florida Film FestivalThis year’s event will bring 10 all-new haunted houses that draw inspiration from pop culture to original creations, five scare zones filled with “hordes of gruesome creatures” and live entertainment, Universal said.wftv.com
Orlando International Airport prepares for busiest spring break travel period
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando International Airport is only one day from its busy spring break travel season. The airport expects more than 7 million people to pass through during the travel period. Read: Breeze Airways adds 4 new routes from Orlando International AirportOIA believes Mar. According to a report, the second busiest day overall at the airport was recorded last weekend, with over 89,800 passengers. The travel period will end in April.wftv.com
Dropping Mardi Gras gun cases a mistake, prosecutor says
An assistant prosecutor wrongly decided to drop prosecution of more than a dozen illegal gun possession cases arising from Mardi Gras season arrests in exchange for the suspects' agreeing to forfeit their weapons, New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams said Thursday. Williams' statement was issued about the same time New Orleans Police Superintendent Michelle Woodfork told reporters her cousin was shot to death Tuesday night outside a neighborhood bar, a victim of sporadic, deadly gun violence that marred a largely peaceful weekend of Mardi Gras celebrations. Williams' office had come under sharp criticism when local news outlets reported the non-prosecution decision affecting 15 misdemeanor suspects and one felony suspect who were making their first court appearances on the weapons charges.news.yahoo.com
Universal Orlando surprises travelers with Mardi Gras pop-up party at new OIA terminal
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort surprised travelers at the Orlando International Airport earlier this month with a pop-up celebration for Mardi Gras.
The event featured performers, stilt walkers, and a five-piece brass band to greet guests arriving in the recently opened Terminal C.>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<
Mardi Gras parade shooting in New Orleans kills 1, hurts 4
NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — A shooting during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans killed one person, wounded four and sent panicked families running for cover, police said Monday. One suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting Sunday night, the New Orleans Police Department said. The shooting happened during the Krewe of Bacchus parade, WWL-TV reported, in a neighborhood outside the tourist-packed French Quarter. The route was filled with families with young children enjoying the parade when they heard gunshots, witnesses told the station. The parade was temporarily halted after the shooting.wftv.com
1 dead, 4 wounded, after Mardi Gras shooting in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — One person has died and four are in stable condition after a shooting during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, police said Monday. The New Orleans Police Department said one suspect was taken into custody shortly after the Sunday night shooting. The department said in a statement that the victims were “3 males, and 2 females. The shooting happened during the Krewe of Bacchus parade, WWL-TV reported. The superkrewe of Bacchus was temporarily halted in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue after the shooting.wftv.com
5 shot, including girl, at Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — Five people were shot, including a young girl, during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, police said, and a suspect was in custody. The other victims included a woman and three men, who were all taken to a hospital after Sunday night's shooting during the Krewe of Bacchus parade. One victim is in critical condition, according to Chief Deputy Hans Ganthier, but he did not specify which victim, WWL-TV reported. “We really wanted this to be a safe Mardi Gras.”The superkrewe of Bacchus was temporarily halted in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue after the shooting. An officer said that the parade would resume to “get out of the way” of the crime scene.wftv.com
Universal announces ‘epic’ ticket deal with 5 days for the price of 3
ORLANDO, Fla. — As Mardi Gras gets into full swing, Universal Orlando Resort has announced an “epic” ticket offer for guests to enjoy. The ticket allows U.S. and Canada residents to get five days of access to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for the price of three with their 3-Day, 2-Park Ticket. READ: Mardi Gras kicks off at Universal this weekend: 9 things to knowThe tickets start as low as $234.99 per adult, plus tax. READ: Villain-Con Minion Blast: Universal Orlando announces new attraction opening next summerExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Universal Mardi Gras Details announced for this year's Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. (Universal Orlando Resort)PHOTOS: Details announced for Universal’s Mardi GrasVideo: Universal announces new Epic Universe theme park to open in summer of 2025 Officials said construction of Universal’s brand-new theme park is on track for a summer 2025 opening.wftv.com
Belgian carnival town celebrates again after COVID hiatus
BINCHE, Belgium — (AP) — On a sunny winter morning heralding a radiant Mardi Gras, Beatrice and Karl Kersten don’t have a minute to spare. They are busy putting the finishing touches to the delicate lace details adorning the carnival costumes that will send a whole town into rapture once paraded through the cobbled streets of Binche. ”People came much earlier to reserve their costumes than in other years.”The earliest records of the Binche Mardi Gras, which draws thousands of revelers, date to the 14th century. But what makes Binche unique are the “Gilles” — local men deemed fit to wear the Mardi Gras costumes. Women can join in, but only men wear the Gille outfit.wftv.com
Mardi Gras kicks off at Universal this weekend: 9 things to know
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida officially kicks off this weekend for another season of fun, food and, of course, beads. Here are 9 things to know about this season’s Mardi Gras. There will be more than 20 food booths around Universal, featuring flavors from across the country and even some classic Mardi Gras flavors from New Orleans. READ: Universal announces expanded Mardi Gras festivities, concert lineup, new Tribute Store location6. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Universal Mardi Gras Details announced for this year's Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort.wftv.com
Festival kick-offs and more: 9 things to do in Central Florida this weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mardi Gras, festivals and more are kicking off this weekend in Central FloridaSee our list of top 9 events below. Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorldSeven Seas Food Festival returns to SeaWorld Friday and runs through May 7. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Universal Mardi Gras Details announced for this year's Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. 48th Mount Dora Arts FestivalA nationally ranked fine arts festival, the 48th Mount Dora Arts Festival returns Saturday and Sunday in historic downtown. Mardi Gras Street PartyThe Mardi Gras downtown Street Party in Maitland lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Independence Lane.wftv.com
Spreading the joy: Longer parade routes OKd for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras business, he said, usually enables him to put aside money to pay for taxes, insurance, building improvements and other emergencies. “There's a lot of people that make their living off Mardi Gras,” he noted. It reaches a climax in the final two weeks before Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and Lent. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 21 this year. Bikulege said money made during Mardi Gras bolsters income and helps pay for insurance, taxes and maintenance on his building.wftv.com
Actor Adam Devine to reign as Bacchus LIV at 2023 Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — One of Mardi Gras' signature carnival krewes will be led this year by actor and comedian Adam Devine. Devine, of Waterloo, Iowa, will reign as Bacchus LIV, king of the 2023 Krewe of Bacchus, which will roll through the streets of New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 19. Mardi Gras culminates on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Potato Head, Mr. Coffee and Mr. Mardi Gras. In 1969, Bacchus was the first Krewe to parade super floats — extended or double-decker structures — through the French Quarter.wftv.com
Universal announces expanded Mardi Gras festivities, concert lineup, new Tribute Store location
The theme of this year’s nightly Mardi Gras parade is “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras,” inspired by fantastical creatures with a Mardi Gras twist, Universal said. PHOTOS: Details announced for Universal’s Mardi GrasExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Universal Mardi Gras Details announced for this year's Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. (Universal Orlando Resort)Guests for a limited time can save $10 by purchasing a Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card by paying $65 for a $75 card. The annual Mardi Gras Tribute Store will also be moved to a new location: the Hollywood area. The party will continue in Universal CityWalk with special Mardi Gras festivities at select venues, Universal said.wftv.com
Universal to close several attractions to make room for ‘exciting new family entertainment’
ORLANDO, Fla. — Several beloved attractions at Universal Studios are set to permanently close in a few months, the resort announced Tuesday evening. READ: Universal Studios is going ‘beyond the bayou’ for Mardi Gras 2023The following attractions will close Jan. 16, with the last day of operation being Jan. 15:Fievel’s PlaylandWoody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse CoasterCurious George Goes to TownDreamWorks DestinationShrek and Donkey‘s Meet and GreetThe closings will make room for “exciting new family entertainment ... that will immerse guests in the adventures of beloved animated characters.”READ: Universal Studios is going ‘beyond the bayou’ for Mardi Gras 2023Adjacent attractions The E.T. ; SpongeBob StorePants, including meet-and-greets with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends; and KidZone Pizza Company will remain open, Universal said. More details about the new experiences will be announced in the months ahead, Universal said. READ: Universal Orlando Resort hiring for 2,500 jobsUpdate from Universal Orlando Resort: pic.twitter.com/ecVeEHfvbd — Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) November 2, 2022VIDEO: Monsters Café at Universal Studios closes to make room for new dining experience Monsters Café at Universal Studios closes to make room for new dining experienceClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Universal Studios is going ‘beyond the bayou’ for Mardi Gras 2023
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal has announced its dates for Mardi Gras next year with diverse floats and cuisine playing a major role in the event. Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval will take place running daily from Feb. 4 through Apr. Guests will get to experience the colorful parade floats while beads are being thrown throughout the parade route. All Mardi Gras events are free with park admission. Happening Friday: Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Orlando (WFTV)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Black parade culture museum reopening in New Orleans
Backstreet Cultural Museum Reopening FILE - A member of the North Side Skull & Bone Gang starts the celebration with a wake up call for Mardi Gras at the Backstreet Cultural Museum, Feb. 9, 2016, in New Orleans. Ten months after Hurricane Ida damaged the museum celebrating New Orleans’ African American parading culture, it is reopening. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) (Brynn Anderson)NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Ida damaged a museum celebrating New Orleans' African American parading culture, the Backstreet Cultural Museum is reopening. Hurricane Ida left holes in the roof and water inside the original building, a former funeral home, after the storm crashed ashore in August 2021. Artifacts at the museum include regalia given by Mardi Gras Indians — African Americans who create new elaborately plumed and beaded costumes every year.wftv.com
Coast Guard searching for man who jumped from Carnival cruise ship off Florida coast
Man jumps off vessel: A man jumped off Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras early Saturday as it neared Florida's east coast. (Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A 43-year-old man jumped overboard from a cruise ship about 55 miles east of the Florida coast early Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line, the man jumped off its Mardi Gras cruise ship as the vessel was returning to Port Canaveral, WFLA-TV reported. The cruise line said it searched for the man until the Coast Guard arrived on the scene and released the ship to return to port, according to the television station. Passenger jumps from Carnival Cruise ship headed for Florida https://t.co/SCMNUROKo0 #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/5EjEsoUexp — WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) April 16, 2022“The Carnival Care Team is supporting the guest’s family,” Carnival spokesperson Matt Lupoli told The Associated Press.wftv.com
US Coast Guard searches for man who jumped from cruise ship east of Port Canaveral
US Coast Guard searches for man who jumped from cruise ship east of Port CanaveralPORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who jumped overboard from a cruise ship early Saturday as it approached Florida. WATCH: Carnival’s Mardi Gras cruise ship set to sail from Port CanaveralThe man jumped from the Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras just after midnight about 55 miles east of Port Canaveral, according to the Coast Guard and Carnival. The Coast Guard responded with two cutters and an airplane to search for the 43-year-old man. The Mardi Gras and the cruise ship Elation also participated in the search, said Coast Guard spokesman David Micallef. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family.”Lupoli said the Coast Guard released the ship from the search efforts and it continued to Port Canaveral.wftv.com
US Coast Guard searches for man who jumped from cruise ship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who jumped overboard from a cruise ship early Saturday as it approached Florida. The man jumped from the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Mardi Gras just after midnight about 55 miles (89 kilometers) east of Port Canaveral, according to the Coast Guard and Carnival. The Coast Guard responded with two cutters and an airplane to search for the 43-year-old man. The Mardi Gras and the cruise ship Elation also participated in the search, said Coast Guard spokesman David Micallef. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family.”Lupoli said the Coast Guard released the ship from the search efforts and it continued to Port Canaveral.wftv.com
US Coast Guard searches for man who jumped from cruise ship
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who jumped overboard from a cruise ship early Saturday as it approached Florida. The Coast Guard responded with two cutters and an airplane to search for the 43-year-old man. The Mardi Gras and the cruise ship Elation also participated in the search, said Coast Guard spokesman David Micallef.news.yahoo.com
Cross Seminole Trail bridge to close for maintenance
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Beginning March 7, the Interstate 4 overpass bridge connecting the Cross Seminole Trail to the Seminole Wekiva Trail will be closed for routine maintenance. READ: Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration 2022 underwayTrail users who normally use the bridge to travel between the Cross Seminole Trail and the Seminole Wekiva Trail will need to cross at County Road 46A. See map of detour below:Cross Seminole Trail to the Seminole Wekiva Trail Detour (Seminole County Government)During the closure, crews will repaint metal components and test the cable systems. Drivers traveling in Seminole County should expect to encounter overnight lane closures along I-4 near the overpass while the work is completed. READ: Bike Week 2022 coming to Daytona Beach: 9 things you need to knowMore information about the closure can be found here.wftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: Bike Week begins, MORE THAN PINK Walk and more
Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts are set to roll into Volusia County for Bike Week 2022 this weekend. READ: Bike Week 2022 coming to Daytona Beach: 9 things you need to knowClick here to learn nine things you need to know about the event. Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is back this weekend with live concerts, parades and great food from around the world. Musical legends, global superstars and Grammy-nominated DJs are some of the acts you’ll be able to see as part of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration. READ: Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration 2022 underwayAlso returning are Mardi Gras parades, with six detailed floats that fuse Mardi Gras with cosmic-inspired elements such as comets, rockets and Martians.wftv.com
SEE: Carnival Cruise Line gives guests first look at its newest ship
ORLANDO, Fla. — Carnival Cruise Line is giving guests a first look at its newest ship, the Carnival Celebration. READ: Carnival Cruise Lines to relax masks rules next monthCelebration Central is where guests’ vacations start, the company said. READ: World’s biggest cruise ship ready to set sail from Florida“The Ultimate Playground” will also feature an aqua park, mini-golf course, basketball court and a ropes course. To learn more about the ship, click here. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 9 Carnival Celebration (Carnival Cruise Lines)Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Miami’s South Beach confronts disastrous spring break
People in a mostly maskless crowd walk down Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida's famed South Beach, Monday, March 22, 2021. A party-ending curfew is in effect in Miami Beach, imposed after fights, gunfire, property destruction and dangerous stampedes broke out among huge crowds of people. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Florida’s famed South Beach is desperately seeking a new image. Ad“We definitely want people to come and have fun," Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola said Monday. Miami Beach took less proactive measures under Republican Gov.
Gather your pirate crew for Universal’s Krewe Crawl Scavenger Hunt
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is well underway across the entire resort. If you’re looking for a bit of fun during your next visit, grab your pirate crew and join in on the Krewe Crawl Scavenger Hunt. Once you spot the skeletons, simply ask a team member inside the gift shop to stamp your scavenger hunt map. In the fall, the theme park offered a Scarecrow Stalk scavenger hunt and during the holidays there was a Christmas Tree Crawl. Click here to learn more about Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval.
First in US, new fueling technology coming to Port Canaveral
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Port Canaveral welcomed a new tug and barge system this week that will provide a cleaner burning fuel source for cruise ships including Carnival’s Mardi Gras scheduled to set sail later this year from Florida. The Port will become the first in the U.S. to become a liquified natural gas, or LNG, cruise port. With the fueling system, Mardi Gras can sail for two weeks between refueling. Port Canaveral Chief Financial Officer Michael Poole is projecting $32.59 million in operating revenue and a $43.12 million loss for the port in the current budget year that ends Sept. 30, reports Florida Today. “There is unanimous and overwhelming support for Port Canaveral,” Diane Luensmann of Port Canaveral Communications told Port commissioners Wednesday.
IHOP cancels its National Pancake Day
IHOP is canceling its National Pancake Day celebration or at least altering it. In years past, the restaurant chain has given away free flapjacks on Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras. AdMembers of IHOP’s email club will see an IOU for the free hot cakes hit their inboxes. IHOP National Pancake Day (Copyright 2020 by CNN Newsource - All rights reserved.) Customers not on that list can download a coupon on the company’s website but that version of the deal requires a $10 minimum purchase.
Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street
Tourists from Brooklyn take photos on a nearly deserted Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. “We were expecting a little bit lower key than the normal Mardi Gras,” Wheeler said. Coronavirus-related restrictions in New Orleans included canceled parades, closed bars and a near shutdown of rowdy Bourbon Street. That, and unusually frigid weather, prevented what New Orleans usually craves at the end of Mardi Gras season: streets and businesses jam-packed with revelers. To the east, Mobile, Alabama, which boasts the nation's oldest Mardi Gras celebrations, had also canceled parades.
Jazz, pirates and king cake: A detailed look inside Universal’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store
Something else that sticks out this year is the Mardi Gras Tribute Store. Universal Orlando Tribute Store. AdMaps inside the Universal Orlando Tribute Store (McReynolds)The hallway escorts guests into the pirate’s waterfront warehouse. Universal Orlando Tribute Store (Universal Orlando)The Tribute Store ends with a tour of the Bayou. Food inside the Universal Orlando Tribute Store (McReynolds)Another popular favorite for children and adults alike are the shipwrecked sour gummy pirate skulls, which move when they’re displayed.
Fun Spot America begins first-ever Mardi Gras celebration
Fun Spot America is beginning its first-ever Mardi Gras festival. All the new fun is joining alongside Fun Spot America’s attractions and games inside the parks. Mardi Gras Festival Apples (Fun Spot America)Officials said every Saturday in both parks, children 12 and under are welcome to line the park for its Children’s Mardi Gras Parade. Fun Spot America Mardi Gras photo ops (Fun Spot America)The escape room will be open on weekends, but officials said it could open on select weekdays through April 11. Fun Spot America is committed to the health and safety of its guests.
Universal Orlando goes international with upcoming Mardi Gras event
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort is set to begin its upcoming Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval on Feb. 6. AdSome flavors include dishes from Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and other regions including the home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans. Members of Universal’s culinary team said they’re bringing the Mardi Gras savory delights to select menus at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando resort hotels. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 17 Mardi Gras Food and Beverage OfferingsClick here to see the menu of food options available. Passholders can also pick-up a free Mardi Gras themed magnet and button at the passholder lounge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during operating hours.
Carnival cancels March cruises from Port Canaveral, other U.S. ports
Bolt is set to debut on board the Carnival Mardi Gras in 2020. Carnival Cruise Line on Wednesday said it is extending its halt to cruises from Port Canaveral and other U.S. ports through March, as it aims to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for resuming cruises. Port Canaveral has not had multiday cruises since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. The Carnival Mardi Gras — the cruise line’s newest and largest ship — is scheduled to begin sailing out of Port Canaveral on April 24, offering seven-night cruises to the Caribbean. Pre-pandemic, the Mardi Gras had been scheduled to start sailing from Port Canaveral in October.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay all jazzed up for Mardi Gras celebration
TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shared new details Monday about its upcoming Mardi Gras celebration which kicks off on Jan. 16. (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Event organizers said some of the food available include a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya, shrimp and grits, voodoo coffee and hot and fresh beignets. Guests will also get the chance to try a number of new Mardi Gras inspired cocktails including hurricane drinks. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations. The Mardi Gras celebration runs through Feb. 16.
Port Canaveral’s new $155M cruise terminal remains unused due to pandemic
Cruise Terminal 3, the largest-ever construction project at Port Canaveral is set to be completed in May. (Image: Port Canaveral)Port Canaveral’s new $155 million Cruise Terminal 3 is all dressed up and ready for visitors. ‘Ready to go’Cruise Terminal 3, the largest-ever construction project at Port Canaveral is set to be completed in May. (Image: Port Canaveral)Cruise Terminal 3 “is really a spectacular facility,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said during his recent State of the Port presentation. Cruise passengers will be able to use E-Pass prepaid accounts to pay for their parking fees in the Cruise Terminal 3 garage.
Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises through February, delays Mardi Gras debut
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Carnival Cruise Line announced it has canceled sailings from Port Canaveral, Miami and Galveston through February due to the coronavirus. The company also said it will delay the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras until April 24. The new ship will sail from Port Canaveral and includes a roller coaster on board. “As we implement our plans for the resumption of cruising in 2021, we have canceled select itineraries for specific operations including cruises in February in Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.
Debut delayed for Mardi Gras cruise ship featuring roller coaster
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – If you were hoping to take to the waves on one brand new cruise ship come fall, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Carnival Cruises is pushing back the debut of its Mardis Gras ship to Feb. 6, 2021. [RELATED: Carnival names new mega ship | Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras cruise ship]Once the 180,000-ton Mardis Gras is sea-ready, the ship, featuring the first roller coaster at sea, will have a maximum capacity of 6,500 passengers and about 2,000 crew members. Last year, Florida Today reported that Port Canaveral was building a two-story, 188,000-square-foot cruise terminal and 1,000-space parking garage that will be used by the Mardi Gras. It is part of the port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history — the $163 million Cruise Terminal 3 complex.
6 new cruise ships will begin sailing from Florida in 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. – Six new cruise ships will be calling Florida home in 2020. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the largest ship ever built for Carnival Cruise Line will have its debut at Port Canaveral. The Mardi Gras will have the first ever roller coaster at sea, and it will be the first cruise ship in North America to run on liquefied natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel. Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages line will begin sailing ships from Miami in March with the debut of the adults-only Scarlet Lady. Florida also will see the debut of the new Regent Seven Seas Splendor, Celebrity Apex and Enchanted Princess ships.