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Mardi Gras Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Mardi Gras

Sail date: August 24, 2021

Ship: Mardi Gras

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 5334

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

The Mardi Gras is a very nice complement to the Carnival line up. It is a very beautiful, large ship with many intimate areas. Everyone from staff and visitors are happy to be sailing again.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Flawless, smooth and easy as long as you do the pre-embarkation items and have all required documents. Note due to Covid19, port authority will not allow you to arrive earlier than you scheduled time. The line is long but goes fairly quickly as long as you have your required documents

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was delicious and on point. Many options to please all of the different tastes in your party. The Palm was our favorite dining room, cant explain why. The specialty restaurants food and service was excellent. I was disappointed with the burger bar. It didn't live up to the expectation. Pig and Anchor seemed to be high in sodium/ salt.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Shopping, shopping, shopping! We tried to do putt putt and Bolt but it was too windy every time we tried. The pools are very nice but very small considering the size and capacity of the ship. Tip! We enjoyed after 3pm until 10pm, it was less crowded

Entertainment

5 out of 5
LOVED the Center Stage Band with Coco and Kelvin. The entire band was phenomenal with great range. The roaming magician, Manoj, was very good and hilarious. He kept us entertained during meals or whenever we saw him on the ship. The shows in the theater were very good but primarily singing with very little dancing. Do not miss Family Feud, the comedians in Punchline, the Lido Parties, etc.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
The activities planned were good. I couldn't get my 14 yoa daughter to go however. We tried several times a day to encourage her to go but she's very shy. If an older sibling could have gone with her 1st to help her integrate

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
OMG! Everyone was so friendly, accommodating and went above and beyond. They ll became like family by the end of the cruise. Marvin, was our families cabin steward. He was always there when you needed him or was looking for him. He knew what we needed prior to us knowing. Still don't know how he did that. The Palm waiters/ server Gemma and Wilson were the best. Of course they recommended and served us but they got to know us and our likes and dislikes. They called us by name and knew what to bring ahead of us ordering. We were not assigned the Palms...we had anytime dining 5:30pm to 9:30pm but once we had Gemma and Wilson we requested them for breakfast and dinner if we ate in the dining room. I have mentioned the dining room magician, Manoj, who kept us entertained. I wish I could name them all but there were so many that were great! Even the security team.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I wish the pools were larger to accommodate the size and capacity. It was very difficult to find lounge chairs/ areas in the shade during the day. Many people would claim the entire day. The common areas were constantly cleaned and sanitized. You always saw someone wiping frequently touched surfaces as well as spraying used services. The deck staff was constantly mopping the decks to prevent falls and removing towels that people left behind.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was very comfortable, the right size for 2 people. It was very clean and nicely decorated. The shower size is ample. Plenty of storage for your personal items.

Ship tip

Don't overplan.... there is so much to see and do daily. Trying to do it all you forget to rest and relax. Take a of the people/ names on the ship so you dont forget who they are for the tips and/ or reviews. The bathroom doors are motion activated, wait 10 secs for the door to close then wave your hand to lock the door.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very easy and quick! I couldnt believe we were already off by 10am and we didnt have early disembarkation.
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