Craziest cruise ship coming in 2021 has a roller coaster

File photo: AP Photo/Jon Elswick

In cold, dark Finland, in the middle of the pandemic, shipyard workers at Meyer Turku were hard at work setting a roller coaster on top of a cruise ship-a world first. Others were installing a brewery that could produce craft beers with filtered sea water, intended for a staggering on-board audience of up to 6,500 passengers.

Their work at the shipyard is now complete: Mardi Gras, Carnival Cruise Lines's largest "Fun Ship" ever, is ready to set sail. Of course, it will be months before even the first traveler steps on board. Questions abound as to when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its no-sail orders and allow ships to resume-or in the case of Mardi Gras, commence-operations...

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