Loved the Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Cruise Review

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Mardi Gras

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 14, 2021

Ship: Mardi Gras

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9508

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

Absolutely loved this Carnival ship, was very impressed with the design and everything aboard and we will be sailing it again for sure!


5 out of 5
Drop off luggage first floor of parking garage, go up a floor or two to park (3rd floor has walk over to check in), quick and easy to board

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Must tries: Big Chicken - sandwiches are BIG, tender and delicious. ChiBang - Chinese/Mexican - food is woohoo good, great flavors Guys Burgers - as always, yummy

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool waters were not so blooming cold so we enjoyed that and not crowded at this point either. Also, check out the Deal or No Deal show, that was fun as well.


5 out of 5
Cruise Director Chris Williams (the Flying Scotsman) is a pretty good entertainer, make sure to check out a couple of his shows. Also a must to see, is the violin trio

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Our granddaughter had a blast in Circle C, we didn't see much of her on this cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the staff are very happy to be working again and are there for you at all times...staff were awesome! Our room steward "Jonard" from 9508 was great, very friendly and remembered our names on day 1

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Best Carnival ship we have been on. They did an awesome job of designing this ship. Everything is spread out, there are things to do everywhere, great layout

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
9508 is an extended AFT balcony and is an awesome room for those that are active all day/night and room steward was great. Loud music playing during the day and up until midnight. We ended up moving to room 10315, a great and larger room with a slightly smaller balcony, but much quieter and how we like it! I would show you pictures but it's not allowing me to add photos

Ship tip

Have lots of fun because the week goes way too fast

Ports of call

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Again we did not do any excursions on this island, but we did do a lot of shopping and prices were fairly reasonable.

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
We were not planning to get off the ship but we did anyway. There is a lot of construction going on and a big project at the Port which will be done in 2022. Looks like it's going to be a pretty nice port after this construction is done. Straw Market was closed due to COVID and a lot of shops were closed as well. Because of the construction going on a lot of the city was very dirty.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Was a little disappointed with San Juan this time, just for the simple fact that many shops were not open. We did not plan any excursions so our time on the island was very limited.


5 out of 5
Again quick and easy, from the time our zone was called to going through customs to getting luggage to walking to our car was no more than 20 - 25 minutes
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