Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras to Finally Begin Sailing to Grand Turk
The flagship of Carnival Cruise Line, Mardi Gras, is finally back in Grand Turk after numerous delays and cancellations as the port prepares for the return of cruises. That’s good news for impatient cruisers who missed this popular Caribbean stopover.
Grand Turk to welcome Mardi Gras
After previously canceling the port of call for Mardi Gras in December, Grand Turk is now ready to welcome the new ship at its Cruise Center facility. The ship will arrive at the Grand Turk Cruise Center at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022, for a full-day visit before departing at 4:00 p.m.
Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald confirmed the ship’s scheduled visit in a Facebook post, saying “It is great news that we can finally take our flagship Mardi Gras to Grand Turk this Thursday and on voyages beyond.”
During the visit, Mardi Gras Finally, guests will be able to enjoy the island’s stunning beaches, stylish boutiques, delicious restaurants, and shore excursions that include bus tours, museum tours, private beach cabanas, and more.
Mardi Gras Currently sailing an exotic 6-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary that left Port Canaveral on January 2 and previously visited Nassau in the Bahamas and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. The Grand Turk will be the ship’s last stop before a final day at sea and her return to Port Canaveral on Saturday January 8.
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Due to Mardi Gras‘exceptional size – the largest in the Carnival fleet with over 45,000 gross tonnes, with a capacity of almost 1,200 passengers in excess of Panorama of the Carnival, the next largest ship in the fleet – there was a need to recheck the dredging and how the facility could safely accommodate the new ship and provide an exceptional experience for cruise passengers.
Staff have also been trained in COVID protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, visitors and residents. Grand Turk has been exceptionally cautious about reopening to tourists, to ensure the island can respond safely and effectively to any positive case or possible outbreak.
The Grand Turk Cruise Center (GTCC) is funded and operated by Carnival Corporation. Parent company Carnival Corporation has accepted more than $ 73 million in investments with the Turks and Caicos Islands, of which $ 25 million will be spent on upgrades and renovations to the CCGT. A new supplier market is part of the planned upgrade, along with additional facilities to accommodate more options for shore excursions and shore activities.
Other ships visiting Grand Turk
Other cruise ships have already started calling Grand Turk. On December 13, 2021, Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam was the first cruise ship to visit the port since the industry-wide pandemic shutdown began in March 2020.
This first visit was quickly followed by Carnival Liberty December 15th. Other Carnival ships also visited the island throughout December, including Sunrise Carnival, the exhilaration of carnival, Carnival Liberty, Carnival magic, and Carnival sun.
According to Grand Turk Cruise Center Port Schedule, more than 30 cruise ship tours are scheduled throughout January, including ships from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line. Mardi Gras is due to make its second port visit on Thursday, January 20.
These tours are a welcome opportunity for tour operators, retailers, restaurateurs and others who depend on island tourism, as well as for passengers keen to return to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and popular stopovers.