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Mardi Gras Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Mardi Gras

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 06, 2021

Ship: Mardi Gras

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 17279

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

We loved the ship, really wished that we could have gone to Grand Turk though.


5 out of 5
Couldn't have been better. Port Canaveral and Carnival has it going on when it comes to getting on and off the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main Dining Room was good. Our wait staff was very attentive. I will say that the Sea Day Brunch isn't very good and takes FOREVER. The Steakhouse was probably the best steak I have ever eaten in my life. Don't waste your time and money on the Japanese restaurants. The show is good but the food isn't even as good as the local Japanese restaurants in my hometown.

The Chef's Table

1 out of 5

We did the cooking classes and they were a bust. We even canceled our second class because it was so bad. They basically did everything for you, and then let you taste something that was the same that you just did, but they actually cooked it. At the end of the demonstration, they had a tour of the smokehouse, but only 9 people could go and there were twice that many people in the class.

Street Eats

5 out of 5

My wife ate there almost every day. Philly fries were the best.

Palm Restaurant

5 out of 5

Our wait staff was amazing. Food was good, but not as good as on previous cruises before the pandemic. I would suggest going somewhere else instead of Sea Day Brunch.

Limelight Lounge

4 out of 5

We went there for a lot of trivia and comedy. I wish the bar would have been open for trivia, otherwise you have to go outside the club to get a drink

Lido Marketplace

3 out of 5

Joy who is the Matri D for the Marketplace is VERY kind and we really liked him. However, the food was just so so. Breakfast was the same thing every day, except bacon was every other day and they serve it to you. Eggs were instant and very watered down. Salad bar at lunch was good, other than that go somewhere else for lunch.

Heroes Tribute Lounge

5 out of 5

This is a nice, comfortable place to watch a game on the big screen, and to make matters even better, there is an ice cream machine in the lounge!

Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse / Brewhouse

4 out of 5

Being from the South, I pride myself in how good that I make smoked meats. I will admit that his brisket is WAY better than mine, and the pulled pork is close.

Guy's Burger Joint

3 out of 5

Burgers were really good, but I wouldn't pay $20 for one at his restaurants. Get the donkey sauce on the side, they are great to dip your fries in.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Best meal on the cruise. Steak was so tender you could almost cut it with your butter knife. Service was slow because it was the first night of the cruise. They asked us at least half a dozen times if we wanted a glass of wine. We told them every time that we don't drink.

Cucina del Capitano

3 out of 5

Just like Chibang, this was just okay. We had lunch there twice and while the food was good, it didn't blow me away. I would never pay to go to either of these restaurants.


3 out of 5

We had lunch there twice. It was just okay, but still better than the Marketplace on lido for lunch.

Bonsai Teppanyaki

2 out of 5

Good show, bad service and food. At the beginning, they ask about food allergies. My wife has a pollen allergy and cannot have any raw fruit/veggies. So they write all of it down, and still serve her a salad and when dessert came they served her chocolate covered strawberries! I mean, why even ask?

Bonsai Sushi

3 out of 5

We were given $100 by guest services to spend there because of a horrible experience we had with a guest services agent. The food isn't cheap, but it was better than next door at the other Bonsai restaurant.

Big Chicken by Shaq

5 out of 5

AMAZING CHICKEN! Not better than Chik Fil A, but really close in my opinion. Better for breakfast than lunch, but just my opinion.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The thermal suites on the Mardi Gras were about 1/3 of the size of the other ships that I have been on. Way too many people trying to use them at one time. Only got in there once on my cruise.


5 out of 5

We had a private photo session and we were amazed at how good the pictures turned out. I'm recovering from COVID and I'm on a scooter. The photographer asked several times if I needed to rest or if I was good to go. Prices for the pictures are really high, but they spend hours upon hours working on them.

Mardi Gras Casino

5 out of 5

Biggest casino at sea. They have a huge non smoking area and did a good job making sure it stayed non smoking.

Guest Services

3 out of 5

We had a bad experience with a guest services agent, who basically told my wife she was a liar. Another agent heard the conversation and quickly corrected him and said we were right. Another agent helped us and even followed up with us a couple of times to make sure things were going better.

Cloud 9 Spa & Thermal Suites

2 out of 5

WAY too small. This should have been bigger, or they need to only allow Spa rooms to be in there. Maybe even limit it to certain Spa rooms.


5 out of 5
We went to the comedy club quite often. Our hosts, Jennifer and Kim were amazing. I have never tipped a club host before, but Kim in particular made sure that we had seats every evening.

Punchliner Comedy Club

5 out of 5

Club host, Kim was amazing. I'm on a scooter and she made sure we had seats to every show we wanted to see. We even tipped her on the last night and she almost cried. Gave us big hugs even though she may not have been allowed too...lol

BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster

1 out of 5

They charge $15 a person for this. We stayed on deck 17 and it was SO NOISY!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our wait staff and room stewards were very attentive. We did back to back and our steward on the first cruise, Oswald made sure that our luggage got to the new room. Also, since I was on a scooter, Oswald let us park it outside during the day and just bring it inside at night to charge.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I have never seen the amount of cleaning that they were doing on the Mardi Gras. I even saw someone on their hands and knees cleaning areas that people wouldn't even think about. I don't think Carnival has to worry about COVID outbreaks with all of the cleaning they are doing.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This was the best balcony that we have ever had. Room was big enough for me to turn my scooter around with ease. The only negative thing is that the bathrooms are very small. If you are a large person like myself, it's very hard to move around in there.

Ship tip

Bring comfortable shoes because you are going to do a lot of walking. Also, bring a small gift to give your steward on embarkation day. It goes a long way with the service you receive. Also, TIP AT THE END OF THE CRUISE!

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Embarkation/Debarkation was a breeze.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Did not visit port

We have been there and decided not to get off the ship

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Beautiful port! There are a few shops at the pier, other than that you may want to go on an excursion. Since I'm on a scooter, we just shopped at the pier area.

Nassau, Bahamas

1 out of 5
NOT SCOOTER/WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY! Did not feel safe, construction is going on everywhere, merchants seemed more pushy than they were before the pandemic.


5 out of 5
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