Carnival believes fun is a choice. Fun isn’t a nice to have. It’s a necessity. Fun breaks down barriers, opens up possibilities. That means racing down a giant water slide. Or lip syncing your heart out. Or simply taking a moment to let out a deep “ahhhhh” over a perfect ocean view. All Carnival cruises go to great spots from the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera to Cuba– what sets each ship apart is how much fun it takes to get you there. Every one of the Carnival ships features its own unique twist on Carnival-style fun, because when you opt for fun it comes gratis with joy and elation and self-discovery and if you’re real lucky, memories for a couple of lifetimes.
When Carnival launched its first ship, 1972’s TSS Mardi Gras™, they made cruising a lot less stuffy, a bit less fancy, the kind of fun everybody could enjoy. Nobody expected this ship to change the cruise world, but… here we are! In 2020 Carnival will be launching a brand-new ship with a familiar name. You guessed it: Mardi Gras. They’re aren’t just paying homage to their first ship — in cruising circles this name suggests innovation, signals the start of something big. And it shouts “fun!” at the top of its lungs. They’re building this new Mardi Gras to live up to that legacy, so start daydreaming now! For one thing, this ship introduces Zones — six themed areas packed with brand-new experiences for eating, drinking and spectacularly getting down to fun, plus get ready for the most thrilling: BOLT™, the first-ever rollercoaster at sea— an unforgettable and unique open-air thrill offering nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops.! Everybody can enjoy Mardi Gras, sailing in 2020. Come on down!
Mardi Gras™ Offers A Full Range of Suites with Options For Superior Comfort And Brand-New Perks!
When it’s time to wind down, Mardi Gras’ new staterooms will make all your comfort dreams come true. New and exclusive to Mardi Gras are Havana Vista suites, Deluxe Vista suites, and Cloud 9 Spa Deluxe Vista Suite – just to name a few! With up to 20 stateroom categories, they've designed many options for enjoying spa-style relaxation or family fun!
Mardi Gras staterooms' are enhanced by design touches that include:
All New Luxury Retreat 'Loft 19'
Loft 19™ was designed to afford you a unique opportunity for relaxation and indulgence. This retreat-style space invites you to soak up the sun all day from the comfort of a lounge chair or infinity pool. This pairs so perfectly with Carnival Excel suites that staying in one actually gets you Loft 19™ access! Drink service is always close at hand, plus you can even opt for a little private time — renting a cabana gets you more than just a place in the shade, but extras like fresh fruit, chilled towels, lunch delivery and concierge service.
(Cabana rentals are open to everyone, though guests in Carnival Excel-level suites enjoy priority reservations.)
Whether it’s casual munching or sit-down elegance you’re hungry for, you'll find there's something for each member of your "crew" to enjoy!
Emeril’s Bistro 1396
Everybody knows about Emeril’s love for Creole cuisine, and now you’ll enjoy the authentic bayou flavors and fun New Orleans is known for on your vacation with Emeril Lagasse’s first-ever restaurant at sea: Emeril’s Bistro1396™. If you haven’t had the pleasure, we’re talking about fried oysters, duck & sausage gumbo, po-boy sandwiches, fresh ceviche and more.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse
Here you will be able to enjoy choices like brisket, sausage, baby back ribs and dry-rubbed chicken, Carnival pros do the smoking right there over hickory wood before serving them up at your table. Now about the brews: this house of BBQ tradition doesn’t just satisfy your hunger — you’ll also enjoy Carnival’s all-new, exclusive line of Parched Pig™ craft brews. There’s a smoked porter, a farmhouse ale, a hoppy IPA and a toasted amber, all brewed just feet from your table.
Guy's Burger Joint
Carnival teamed up with Guy Fieri to design not just the burgers and fries, but to help bring in the kind of rustic atmosphere you’d find at a roadside burger shack somewhere off a coastal highway. All signs point to ambiance — and serious flavor — and the best burgers at sea!
It’s a meal, a performance, and it’s definitely unforgettable. The Bonsai Teppanyaki experience is set to delight guests. Take a little time out of vacation to sit down to a selection of tempting appetizers, before your chef prepares the main course featuring selections of meats, tofu, fish, shrimp or lobster… right at your table. In the teppanyaki tradition — and Carnival’s tradition of fun — expect an interactive, satisfying meal full of surprise and delicious delight.
Imagine a seaside spot in New England, where the locals gather for great meals served with a bit of a breeze and a lot of a view. (That said, nowhere on land will you get 360-degree ocean views like here!) Look to Seafood Shack for rustic favorites like Crab Cake Sliders, Lobster BLT, Fried Buffalo Shrimp, Snow Crab and more.
The Chef’s Table
When you cruise on Mardi Gras, make sure to reserve a seat at The Chef’s Table. At this small gathering of foodies you’ll indulge in a cascading series of delectable plates. Here you can close your eyes as you savor a series of courses for the main event, but prepare to have them opened during a galley tour — a behind-the-scenes appetizer event that offers a look at where all that magic gets prepared.
Ok, a few places — get ready for six distinct onboard zones featuring brand-new experiences for spectacularly getting down to food, drink and fun.
On a Carnival cruise your vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. By the way… on this ship the atrium’s different. Up there are high ceilings that hint at even more fun living on the three decks above! But look around too… you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring in the ocean views. Of course you’ll be back here throughout your cruise, taking a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoying live music up on stage, or killing time fabulously with a handcrafted cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central you’re never far from great dining spots like Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki, plus feel-good entertainment like Piano Bar 88 and The Punchliner Comedy Club.
If “big” and “easy” sound about right for your vacation, you might just make the French Quarter your home zone. What inspired this place is no less than New Orleans itself… and if all this talk of NOLA has you half as hungry, you’ll be pleased to hear that this French Quarter is lined with bars and eateries worthy of their namesake, spots serving up everything from small plates to classic Hurricane cocktails straight from the bayou. For one thing, there’s the spectacularly, authentically delicious Emeril’s Bistro 1396™ - Just steps away there’s entertainment inspired by the world-renowned Crescent City nightlife — yep, there’s a hot jazz club in this zone — plus you’re not far from more bars, lounges and some funky little shops.
Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea” … Know what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, like Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse in this zone Carnival wants to make sure it always tastes like summer, courtesy of freshly-smoked faves designed by Guy Fieri. You wouldn’t be surprised that the pool and whirlpool aren’t far, but would you have guessed that there’s even original Parched Pig™ beers brewing just a few feet from the tap? Expect the funexpected — at Summer Landing, this kind of fun’s in season literally all the time.
La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza… this zone stands for flavor, and it starts with Cucina del Capitano, which brings your party together for an evening of Italian favorites served family-style, while Pizzeria del Capitano makes delizioso happen for you 24 hours a day atop a base of imported Italian flour and fresh mozzarella. Atmosphere is everything here, so roaming musicians provide an authentic soundtrack to your time in La Piazza. Mardi Gras debuts a new Mediterranean spot specializing in seafood, plus there’s even a bar where you’ll sip authentic espresso drinks by day and classic Italian cocktails when the sun goes down.
If you’ve cruised on a Carnival cruise before, you know Lido… but aboard Mardi Gras this poolside zone features even more delicious and fun ways to spend a day. Everybody looks to Lido for variety, and with tons of casual dining spots you’ll discover new experiences among the flavors that keep our guests coming back. Take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and you’re not far from signature Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina taco spot. Plus a fan-favorite Swirls!, the free soft-serve spot cranking out the cool 24 hours a day!
The Ultimate Playground
Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Kids, you’re going to love this. And adults, the playground has grown up with you. So yay for play! Of course The Ultimate Playground starts with BOLT™, the first rollercoaster at sea, an all-electric thrill ride that puts the power of speed in your hands. But that’s only the beginning — this playground has the largest Carnival WaterWorks™ ever with three huge spiraling slides, plus SportSquare is here featuring an entire mini-golf course, full-court basketball and a ropes course. And, of course, more.
When was the last time you got up and grooved… at the theater? Playlist Productions takes songs you know and presents them like you’ve never known them before. Past favorites become full-blown musical productions featuring multi-talented performers absolutely bringing down the house with song, dance… and superstar attitude. With tunes from fan-favorite divas, crooners or rockers, each show has a different theme — and of course, a completely different playlist! Get ready for heartfelt emotions, straight-up bouncy fun, or something in-between — all types are welcome to get down here.
Family Feud Live
The show has been delighting viewers at home for geerations, but you’ve never had the chance to buzz-in on a cruise ship until Family Feud™ Live hits Mardi Gras. On every sailing we’ll be hosting four unique games on an authentic Family Feud™ set… right down to the iconic Face-Off podium, plus all the excitement of Fast Money. Family Feud™ Live will be emceed by none other than your cruise director, so if you’re game, sign up your team of five for an audition… and make sure they bring that Family Feud™ spirit. If you don’t make it, join the studio audience for the evening, where you still may get a shot at the “Insta-family” version of the game!
The Punchliner Comedy Club
Mardi Gras has its own Punchliner Comedy Club in the Grand Central zone, and up on stage you’ll find some real pros who know how to wedge a little laughter into anyone’s evening. You can count on these comedians to not hold back either. Since some of them get up and say exactly what’s on their mind, we also schedule family-friendly performances… so the only red faces in the audience are from laughing a little too hard.
Cloud 9 Spa
Whether you’re all action all the time, or chill to the core, everybody needs a chance to take it easy! And nobody will find an easier spot than Cloud 9 Spa. This is an oasis built from the ground up for relaxation, from a full complement of traditional spa services like massages, facials, body wraps to the carefully-designed climates of Cloud 9’s thermal suites… rooms swirling with moist or dry air, each heated very precisely. It turns out it’s true: anyone can find a reason to say “ahhh” at Mardi Gras’s Cloud 9 Spa.
Hair & Beauty Salon
A trip to the salon is an opportunity to relax, to chat with others, to focus on yourself. It’s about more than just getting your hair or nails done… but it’s definitely about getting your hair or nails done! Even though you’re on vacation, you won’t have to settle for anything less than the salon style you’re used to back on land.
There’s a lot to being a teen — they need to kick back, chill and sometimes even indulge just as much as adults… if not more! ZSPA keeps teens looking their best from head to toe, with everything from trendy hairstyles, pedicures, to specialized fitness classes.
Think back — as a kid, was there anything better than times you got to stay up late? Even as an adult, nighttime is funtime. On Mardi Gras you’ll find the perfect thing for you AND for your kids, and it’s called “Night Owls”! For a nominal fee, kids 11 and under can fun it up with others their age until as late as 1 a.m. They’ll enjoy music, activities, games and giveaways at supervised parties while you enjoy… whatever it is you do at night these days, all without a worry.
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