Some sad new coming from Carnival Cruises. Their brand new ship Carnival Mardi Gras has been delayed. Now being forced to cancel it’s first 8 sailings.
Due to a delay at the Meyer Turku shipyard, the Carnival Mardi Gras has been delayed. The cruise ship will now be delivered at the end of October.
The first sailing will now go straight to it’s brand new state of the art terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida on November 14. The delay unfortunately cancels the first eight sailings including the first 9-day voyage out of Copenhagen and the transatlantic cruise from Southampton. In addition, the New York sailings are also now canceled along with four out of the ship’s new new terminal out of Port Canaveral.
Carnival Cruise Line will be notifying all guests who booked on the sailings and offering a full refund for these sailings. In addition, Carnival is offering 25 percent future cruise credit for a future cruise. If guests use the future cruise credit by February 18, 2020, they will also receive $100 of free onboard credit. Carnival will also be helping with non-refundable travel arrangements. These include flights, hotel rooms, and other travel related expenses pertaining to the sailings.
The delay is a real shame, especially for one of the most anticipated ships Carnival has ever launched. Mardi Gras has far surpassed bookings for any of it’s new ships thus far. Personally, we had to wait until this fall to book ours in one of the best cabins on the ship. (An Excel Aft Suite, which we’ll definitely update you on in a later post.)
Fortunately, the delay does not impact our current sailing slated for more than two years out. Nor should it impact our next planned group cruise slated for the summer of 2021. JPIN Travel has pegged this as our 3rd Annual Collective Goods Customer Appreciation group cruise.