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Mardi Gras overview

By Staff - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

With a maiden voyage scheduled for summer 2020, Mardi Gras will be Carnival’s newest and largest-ever ship. 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. And while the ship includes classic Carnival favorites such as Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and the Serenity adults-only retreat, brand new experiences that are still in the works haven’t even been announced yet.

Mardi Gras is divided into six themed zones, each offering passengers a unique onboard experience. For a dose of adventure, cruisers can visit the family-friendly Ultimate Playground, which boasts the fleet’s largest WaterWorks water park and Carnival’s SportSquare athletic area, while travelers looking for a cooler vibe should check out the New Orleans-inspired French quarter, which includes jazz clubs, funky boutiques, and creole cuisine at Emeril’s Bistro 1396.

Designed with family appeal, Mardi Gras offers plenty of activities for the kids. Young cruisers can enjoy supervised fun at Carnival’s Camp Ocean, while Circle C provides a hangout for tweens. For teens, Club O2 offers opportunities to socialize and even attend an onboard prom.

Carnival’s Mardi Gras will sail year-round from Florida’s Port Canaveral, offering 6- to 15-day cruises to popular Caribbean ports. Cruises will alternate between eastern and western Caribbean destinations, with additional voyages to the southern Caribbean. Ports of call on eastern Caribbean voyages may include San Juan, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove, while western Caribbean trips take cruisers to Cozumel, Mahogany Bay, and Costa Maya. Southern Caribbean cruises stop at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao.

Carnival Mardi Gras is best for

With its wealth of activities, entertainment, and dining options, Carnival Mardi Gras is for cruisers who crave variety and casual fun, along with families and multigenerational groups.

Carnival Mardi Gras ship highlights

  • Six themed Zones: Grand Central, French Quarter, Summer Landing, La Piazza, Lido, and Ultimate Playground
  • SportSquare: SkyCourse ropes course, SkyFitness gym, miniature golf, sports courts, and a jogging track
  • BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster
  • Kid-friendly activities: Camp Ocean, Club O2, Circle C, Dr. Seuss Bookville
  • Serenity adults-only retreat
  • Big Chicken by Shaq
  • WaterWorks water park featuring three spiraling slides
  • Cloud 9 Spa
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • Casino
  • RedFrog Tiki Bar
  • Emeril’s Bistro 1396
  • Playlist Productions’ themed musicals
  • Havana cabins with exclusive bar and pool
  • Family Harbor cabins with exclusive lounge
  • Carnival Excel Suites with Loft 19 sundeck access
  • Five swimming pools and five whirlpools

You should know

With up to 5,282 passengers, Mardi Gras won’t appeal to cruisers looking to avoid crowded spaces and booked venues. The ship’s sheer size may also be a put-off to travelers who prefer their amenities within a short walking distance.

Mardi Gras ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 4.5
  • Entertainment 4.2
  • Food and Dining 4.4
  • Onboard Activities 4.2
  • Service and Staff 4.7
  • Ship Quality 4.4

Mardi Gras cabins

2641 cabins and 55 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(1 Review)
Avg. Size: 164 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $103/night
Oceanview Cabin


Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $136/night
Balcony Cabin


(3 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 202 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $150/night
Suite Cabin


Avg. Size: 382 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $253/night

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Mardi Gras dining

Bonsai Sushi

Bonsai Sushi

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JavaBlue Cafe

JavaBlue Cafe

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Mardi Gras onboard activities



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Havana Bar

Havana Bar

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Bar della Rosa

Bar della Rosa

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52 Mardi Gras Reviews

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Mardi Gras vacation by Tinker08

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Mardi Gras

Had an amazing time the ship is beautiful love it

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Amazing Caribbean Vacation by krssmdsn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Mardi Gras / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Everything about this vacation was wonderful, We had a large family group and it was very easy to schedule dinners together but yet have time by yourself to relax and enjoy the ship on your own time. Would cruise on this ship again.

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Relaxing, enjoyable 'back to cruising' Cruise by Cruiser69345189

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Mardi Gras / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall everything was great; there were a few snafus' in the beginning but overall it was an enjoyable time. Guest services were not very organized and weren't quite as helpful, but okay.

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48 Mardi Gras tips


Aug 07, 2021

Take your time to explore the ship and enjoy all she has to offer. You may have to come back to get everything in but it will be worth the return trip. We are going back in Novmber


Aug 07, 2021

On port days, if you want an elevator going up, jump on one going down... it's quicker!


Aug 07, 2021

If you love new and improved this is it. Carnival really thought of everything! Be willing to try everything. There’s literally something for everyone on this ship.

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