Ship Guide: Mardi Gras
When did Mardi Gras make its inaugural voyage?
Mardi Gras set out on its maiden voyage on July 31, 2021, from Port Canaveral.
Cruising on Mardi Gras? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Mardi Gras is the largest-ever ship for Carnival, guaranteeing you will find no shortage of activities, entertainment, dining, and cabin options onboard. Sharing a name with Carnival’s first vessel launched back in 1972, Mardi Gras will continue the cruise line’s reputation for laidback fun with revolutionary new amenities, including BOLT, the first-ever roller coaster at sea. The extra-large ship can accommodate up to 6,338 passengers (when sailing at full capacity). There are 55 types of cabin categories available, with a total of 2,641 total rooms throughout the vessel.
Activities + Entertainment: Mardi Gras offers passengers a host of revolutionary new activities, as well as signature Carnival favorites. The ship is divided into six themed zones, each offering passengers a unique onboard experience: Grand Central, French Quarter, Summer Landing, La Piazza, Lido, and the Ultimate Playground.
Onboard highlights include: SportSquare (home to the SkyCourse ropes course, SkyFitness gym, miniature golf, sports courts, and a jogging track), BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, numerous kid-friendly venues such as Camp Ocean and Dr. Seuss Bookville, the Serenity adults-only retreat, WaterWorld water park, Cloud 9 Spa, a casino, five swimming pools and five whirlpools.
Adults looking for a ‘night out’ will find a number of bars, lounges, and entertainment venues. Passengers with traditional tastes can pour their own brew at the ship’s beer station or find the perfect vintage at Mardi Gras’ wine bar, while cruisers looking to try something new can visit Alchemy Bar for a martini tasting. Looking to take in a show? Visit the Punchliner Comedy Club for a chuckle and a cocktail, or enjoy a themed musical from Playlist Productions.
Dining: Cruisers will find a mouthwatering blend of exciting new dining options and Carnival eatery staples on Mardi Gras. Dining options include: Big Chicken by Shaq, BlueIguana Cantina, Bonsai Sushi, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555, Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, JavaBlue Cafe, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Lido Marketplace, Pizzeria del Capitano, Rudi’s Seagrill, Street Eats and The Chef’s Table. Specialty restaurants include: Emeril’s Bistro 1396 and the Seafood Shack.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly for the inaugural season for Mardi Gras. With a high demand from travelers to sail on a new highly-anticipated ship, we recommend booking NOW if you are considering cruising as prices are only going up.
Right now you can expect to pay about $80 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? This class of rooms currently starts at around
$130 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category.
Health & Safety Protocols
As requirements both onboard and pre-cruise boarding are subject to local and national rules, please consult the cruise line for updated information and requirements: Explore all of Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Have Fun. Be Safe.’ Health and Safety Protocol
With so much to see and do in the ports which Mardi Gras will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. Spend your day in port exploring, at the beach, on an adventure, or doing a city tour. Save money, and be guaranteed to return to the ship on time when you book with Shore Excursion Group.
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Latest Update: August 18, 2022