Carnival Corporation added its 100th cruise ship to its fleet today with the delivery of the Carnival Magic. This photo illustration provided by Carnival Cruise Lines depicts the new vessel along with the company’s first ship, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Mardi Gras which began service in 1972. At 130,000 gross tons, the Carnival Magic is almost five times the size of the Mardi Gras’ 27,250 tons. Carnival Magic stretches 1,004 feet in length with a beam of 158 feet and a capacity of 3,690 guests compared to the Mardi Gras’ 650-foot length and 86.5-foot beam and passenger capacity of 906.
In recognition of this achievement, on April 29 all guests sailing aboard Carnival Corp’s 100 ships will enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at dinner to commemorate this historic and unprecedented milestone. All told, more than 227,000 guests across the company’s 10 cruise brands will participate in the toast, believed to be the largest celebration of its kind at sea.
On a personal note, my first Carnival cruise was on the Mardi Gras, sailing a 4-night Bahamas cruise from Fort Lauderdale more than two decades ago. As I remember it fondly, I look forward to embarking on Carnival Miracle for her maiden sailing.