At a space-themed ceremony, the Canaveral Port Authority and longtime cruise partner Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex. The new terminal, dubbed the Launch Pad, will be the home of the Carnival Mardi Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, beginning in 2020!
Currently under construction, Mardi Gras will arrive at Port Canaveral mid-October 2020. It will feature:
- BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea
- 20 passenger decks
- 6 distinctive theme zones of fun, dining and entertainment:
- Grand Central
- The French Quarter with Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the first restaurant at sea created by famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse
- La Piazza
- Summer Landing
- The Ultimate Playground
We can’t wait to see the Carnival Mardi Gras in all its glory!
Port Authority Commissioners and the Port’s leadership team joined Carnival Cruise Line executives for the ceremonial groundbreaking at the project site. A NASA “Spaceman” even planted a Carnival Cruise Line flag on a simulated lunar landscape.
The event theme, “Go for Launch,” was a nod to the Port’s key role with the U.S. space program and the terminal’s futuristic design. It was inspired by nearby Kennedy Space Center.
The $163 million terminal project – the largest in the Port’s 65-year history – is scheduled for completion in May 2020. It will be ready for the arrival of Mardi Gras to her year-round Port Canaveral homeport in October 2020.
Port Canaveral and Carnival Cruise Line executives held a “pre-launch mission” news conference complete with a mock countdown. Then, they grabbed shovels on the terminal construction site for the ceremonial first dig to officially kick off construction.
What does the new terminal include?
The terminal will feature a high-tech baggage processing facility and a state-of-the-art check-in and security area on its second floor, with kiosks and seating for 1,700 guests. The six-story 692,000 sq. ft. parking garage will accommodate 1,800 vehicles.
Port Canaveral’s Launch Pad will be homeport to Carnival’s largest and most innovative cruise ship, Mardi Gras. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” platform. Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by this clean fuel technology.
We’re excited! How about you? Do you enjoy sailing Carnival?