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Mardi Gras

    When Carnival launched their 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. Carnival is not just paying homage to our 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. Carnival is 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. More announcements are still to come, but we’re all ready to pull the wraps off what may be the most thrilling: BOLT™, the first-ever rollercoaster at sea! Everybody can enjoy Mardi Gras, sailing in 2020. Come on down!

Activities on Mardi Gras

THE ZONES
Get ready for six distinct onboard zones featuring brand-new experiences for spectacularly getting down to food, drink and fun.

GRAND CENTRAL On a Carnival cruise your vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. 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.

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FRENCH QUARTER If “big” and “easy” sound about right for your vacation, you might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras your home zone. The 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. 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.

SUMMER LANDING Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea” … and we’ll be right there with you, any time of year! We have added Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse into this zone to make sure it always tastes like summer here, 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?

LA PLAZZA La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza… and we’d know, with all the Italian seafaring spirit that’s literally driving the ship. 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.

LIDO If you’ve cruised with us 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. And for folks hoping we haven’t forgotten: yes, Lido is absolutely home to fan-favorite Swirls, the free soft-serve spot cranking out the cool 24 hours a day!

THE ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND 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. Ultimate enough for you?

Dining / Food on Mardi Gras

    Carnival Madi Gras onboard dining spots offer palate-pleasing choices for everyone to savor

  • GUY’S PIG & ANCHOR BAR-B-QUE SMOKEHOUSE | BREWHOUSE
  • GUY'S BURGER JOINT
  • BONSAI TEPPANYAKI
  • BONSAI SUSHI
  • SEAFOOD SHACK
  • MAIN DINING
  • FAHRENHEIT 555 STEAKHOUSE
  • THE CHEF'S TABLE
  • JIJI ASIAN KITCHEN
  • CUCINA DEL CAPITANO
  • BLUEIGUANA CANTINA

Entertainment on Mardi Gras

INSPIRED BY ALL THE BEST STUFF
Mardi Gras is going to be full of fun new ways to spend your time, but definitely isn’t leaving the fan favorites ashore.

BOLT: ULTIMATE SEA COASTER Aboard Mardi Gras you’ll meet BOLT™: the fastest — and first! — rollercoaster at sea. Strap in and zoom your motorcycle-style speed machine around an open-air course high, high above sea level. You know how on most rollercoasters... actually, never mind. Forget other coasters because this all-electric thrill ride puts you in the driver’s seat. That means you actually get to control how fast you go, so hit the gas and try for the fastest time, go for the biggest thrill — plus some amazing 360° ocean views! And for the folks who choose to chill: go light on the pedal, and this just might be the coaster for you!



WATERWORKS For those who flock to waterparks just ready to make a splash, we’d suggest sliding on over to WaterWorks aboard Mardi Gras. Three large-scale spiraling slides, a giant dumping bucket, twin racing slides and more — you know, the works — are all practically overflowing for your hydro-delight. When you spot the slides on board you’ll see that they mean business… though we recommend checking them out from the inside.

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HAVANA BAR & POOL The relaxation pool is an exclusive retreat to paradise by day, and the bar becomes a hot dance spot when the sun goes down. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a handcrafted Cuban cocktail like a traditional daiquiri or classic mojito. This bar is just steps from the pool, whose ocean view and atmosphere mingles with the bar’s own, for a bit of that old-time Cuban resort flavor.

SPORTSQUARE You’ll find an oasis of friendly competition at SportSquare, located at The Ultimate Playground on Mardi Gras. Take on friends at mini-golf, battle strangers at basketball, or push yourself to new heights at SkyCourse... or to record-setting low times at the jogging track. SportSquare gets you in the game with soccer and volleyball (the b-ball court converts!), brings pool, foosball and ping-pong to the table, and rounds things out for shaping up with your choice of stationary bikes and elliptical machines.

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SERENITY ADULT-ONLY RETREAT Look, you’ll still be on the same ship as the kids, the hoopla, and all the Carnival-style excitement… but you could easily forget, because when you’re at Serenity you could not be further from it all. The world you’ll find yourself in is one of complete peace, sea breezes and, of course, a nearby bar. It’s the place to get done the kind of stuff you just can’t seem to do anywhere else — reconnect with your partner, finish that book, or do absolutely, blissfully, nothing at all. .

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.

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PLAYLIST PRODUCTIONS 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.

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.

Mardi Gras Fast Facts
Maiden Voyage 2020
Ships Registry Panama
Officer Nationality Italian
Crew Nationality International
Tonnage (GRT) 180,800
Length 1130 feet
Beam 137 feet
Passenger Capacity 6,630
Number of Crew 1,745
Passenger Decks 17
Total Accommodations 2,641
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