Beautiful ship, but BIG

Mardi Gras Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Mardi Gras

Sail date: October 12, 2021

Ship: Mardi Gras

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9244

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

Love this ship and definitely will book her again. The ports of call are limited due to her size and many ports are still restricted due to COVID.


2 out of 5
Embarkation was chaotic and lengthy. The ship was only at a little over 50%, I can't imagine what it would have been like at full capacity. Very little signage or organization.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main Dining Room has typically Carnival menu. That seems to never change regardless of ship. The specialty restaurants were outstanding. The organization of the buffets was well thought out and set up much better than other ships.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I didn't participate in many activates, but there were many options. The BOLT is amazing and a must do.


4 out of 5
The comedians and individual entertainers were top notch. The theater shows were just 'weird'. No other way to describe those.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Everyone went out of their way to make sure you had what you needed. I was always greeted with a smile and a helpful tone. Excellent Staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
While the ship is large (if you don't want to walk alot, not your ship) it is well designed and the layout is smart, distributing guests throughout the ship at key times like pool and dining.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Balcony cabin - tight by the sliding door if you split your beds. The bathroom actually has a roomy shower with a door, rather than curtain. No more water all over the floor after showering. Lots of USB ports and electrical outlets. But, as with other ships, no electrical outlets by the beds for a CPAP or other such device.


5 out of 5
Fastest disembarkation of any cruise I've been on, IF you have a passport. I was off the ship in 20 minutes.
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