On Saturday, October 16, 2021, we spent the day at Jetty Park Beach and as we were leaving enjoyed the familiar sights that we’ve been missing from our beach trips, cruise ships sailing out to sea from Port Canaveral with passengers! On this afternoon, we watched the Carnival Elation, the new Carnival Mardi Gras, and the Disney Fantasy depart from vantage points at Jetty Park and The Cove. Below are some photos and video of the ships sailing away, including the Disney Fantasy playing her iconic horns.
The Carnival Elation was the first ship to depart the port on this day. The Elation is a part of Carnival’s fantasy class of cruise ships, and entered service in 1998, the same year as the Disney Magic. The Carnival Elation offers a mix of Bahamian and Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral.
Carnival Mardi Gras
The next ship departing Port Canaveral was the Carnival Mardi Gras – the ship debuted upon the industry restart.
The Mardi Gras was built by Meyer Turku a subsidiary of Meyer Werft, the shipbuilder of the Dream, Fantasy, and the new Disney Cruise ships beginning with the Disney Wish. Similar to the Wish, the Mardi Gras is powered by LNG (liquified natural gas). One of the more unique features of the Mardi Gras is BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.
Last, but certainly not least, the Disney Fantasy departed Port Canaveral around 5:00 PM. As she made her way down the channel she played her horns.
You can get some great views of the ships at Port Canaveral by visiting Jetty Park, and The Cove area near Exploration Tower. Although there is a fee to enter Jetty Park, it is a great place to enjoy the beach during the day and watch the ships sail out before heading off to one of the many great local restaurants in the area.