Carnival Cruise Line’s award-winning Mardi Gras has again helped with a seagoing rescue. This time, four people were brought aboard from a small rowboat.

The incident occurred on Thursday, June 30, as the ship was having a Fun Day at Sea and headed back towards Port Canaveral.

The small rowboat was in distress and the cruise ship stopped to help. The four rowboat’s adult occupants came along the cruise ship and were given a rope to help them get closer to it.

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Multiple Rescues in a Year

Mardi Gras, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest vessel, debuted on her first sailing on July 31, 2021. However, the ship is not new to at-sea rescues and has assisted many stranded ships and refugees in her first year at sea.

  • Mardi Gras spotted a submerged vessel on its first voyage, August 2, 2021, after only two days of sailing. She immediately began searching for survivors or refugees. The ship reported the location of the wreck to other mariners.
  • The Carnival flagship responded in January 2022 to a stranded boat between Cuba and Mexico. Although they didn’t bring the refugees aboard the cruise ship, Mardi Gras provided fuel and supplies for the smaller boat to continue its journey.
  • Mardi Gras rescued 16 people from a small boat off Cuba on June 3, 2022. This was due to bad weather and higher risk if they had stayed on their small craft.


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