Carnival Unveils New Design Details for Mardi Gras Grand Central Atrium
Carnival Cruise Line has introduced new information about its innovative Grand Central Atrium aboard its newest ship - Mardi Gras. According to the line, Grand Central is a transformational three-deck-high space that is one of the six zones on Mardi Gras.
A unique twist on the traditional atriums of Carnival Ships, Grand Central spans Decks 6 - 8 and includes 3,000-square-foot glass panels built into the starboard side of the ship to provide guests with impressive views of the ocean and ports of call.
"Building an atrium into the side of a cruise ship is no easy task and it was a total team effort between our new build management team, engineers, designers, and hotel and entertainment teams to create a space that is as beautiful as it is functional," said Glenn Aprile, Carnival's director of new build product development and part of the Mardi Gras design team.
During the day, Grand Central will serve as a spot for guests to sit, and enjoy live music, trivia contests, and other activities. During the evening, the space will transform into an intimate and immersive entertainment venue with a rotation of spectacular, soon-to-be-revealed experiences created just for Mardi Gras. Performers will interact with 16 individually controlled six- by 14-foot LED screens displaying video and special effects, as well as lasers and aerial feats.
Overlooking Grand Central is the Grand View Bar which will offer multi-level floor-to-ceiling sea views and includes a virtual waterfall on translucent panels. The main level of Grand Central will include the Center Stage Bar. Both of these venues will feature specialty cocktails inspired by the theme of that evening's entertainment.
Steps away is Java Blue, serving coffee drinks, fresh bakery items, and light fare throughout the day. The Cherry on Top sweets shop is also nearby for those who want to enjoy a decadent treat.
Connecting all of these spaces are a series of spacious and airy promenades and bridges that serve as thoroughfares to other areas of the ship while allowing guests to see all the other happenings on board, adding to the excitement.
Mardi Gras is set to make its debut from Port Canaveral on February 6, 2021, operating week-long itineraries. The vessel will be the first North North American ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.
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