New Ship Guide: Mardi Gras
When is Mardi Gras slated to make its inaugural voyage?
Mardi Gras will set out on its maiden voyage on July 31, 2021 from Port Canaveral. In the Summer and Fall of 2021, the ship will sail a number of 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries throughout the end of the year. Eastern Caribbean port stops will include visits to San Juan, Puerto Playa, and Nassau. Western Caribbean port stops include Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan.
Carnival’s protocol for Mardi Gras (as well as all July and August sailings) states, “Guests, including children who are age-eligible for vaccines, will need to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination in advance of boarding. According to current CDC guidelines, vaccinated guests will not be required to wear face masks or physical distance while on board. However, masks are required at the cruise terminal during embarkation. Vaccinated guests may participate in Carnival-sponsored tours or independent activities.”
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.
What to Expect at Embarkation:
Every guest cruising with Carnival will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings. The line will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board.
Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. Contact tracing is planned for every cruise. Protocols are evolving and Carnival will be continually sharing information up until the time of sailing.
With so much to see and do in the Caribbean ports Mardi Gras visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
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