New Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras arrived in Port Canaveral on Friday at a specifically built terminal.
The first US ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) features the first roller coaster at sea.
The company will now begin the process of ramping up Mardi Gras’ crew to a full contingent of 1,750.
Mardi Gras will run year-round seven-day itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean once approvals have been obtained.
The ship is divided into six themed zones, as well as a range of outdoor attractions, including the longest ropes course and largest water park in the fleet.
The line’s president Christine Duffy said: ” Mrdi Gras has been five years in the making and today’s arrival is a historic milestone for our company not to mention a truly emotional moment for everyone here at Carnival Cruise Line.
“This ship offers so many innovations and ways for our guests to choose fun that we are certain that she will quickly become a guest favorite. And as we look forward to our restart in guest operations, Mardi Gras’ arrival is symbolic of the excitement and anticipation we have about the future at Carnival Cruise Line.”