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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Start of the hull assembly phase of the 180,000gt 'Carnival Mardi Gras' cruise ship has been formally celebrated with a traditional coin ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard.

The assembly of the ship hull had already begun with the arrival of the floating engine room unit from another Meyer shipyard, Neptun Werft, in Rostock, Germany.

Mardi Gras is the second LNG powered cruise ship being built at Meyer Turku and will have many attractions, including the first onboard roller coaster and New Orleans-inspired cocktail bars and restaurants. A large open three-deck entertainment space features a floor-to-ceiling glass front, which the yard says represents a complex feat of design and engineering skill.

“We have been very excited to design and now finally to start assembling Carnival Mardi Gras. All these different features onboard require a lot of engineering and design expertise which we have been happy to provide to our customer”, said CEO Meyer Turku Jan Meyer.

“This is a historic day for Carnival – the official start of construction of the spectacular Mardi Gras which will usher in an exciting new chapter for our company and introduce so many guest-pleasing innovations,” said Carnival Cruise Lines SVP Newbuilds Ben Clement.

Carnival Mardi Gras is benefiting from some of Meyer Turku’s €200 million investment programme. The steel halls at the shipyard are going through a major rebuilding with new machines and IT-systems, and new processes to build the ships with newly trained employees.

“We are seeing the benefits already and will continue to see more benefits later this year. Already our automated steel pre-treatment facility and storage have been up and running for some time now and supporting the steel construction of Mardi Gras”, said Meyer.

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