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Get to Know Mardi Gras

Get to Know Mardi Gras

If Carnival’s newest cruise ship’s name, Mardi Grassounds familiar, you must know Carnival, the travel industry, or both quite well. Launched in 1972, Carnival’s TSS Mardi Gras was just the beginning of the cruise line’s influence and legacy within the cruise industry. This first ship in their fleet allowed Carnival to give guests a unique (less stuffy, more FUN) vacation experience. And it is in the name of Fun that this new vessel has been brought to life. Featuring BoltTM, the first-ever roller coaster at sea, highly innovative themed zones, and signature New Orleans cocktails served up in a swinging jazz club on board, the all-new Mardi Gras will deliver theme park excitement with NOLA twist! 

The new vessel will be more than six times the size of its namesake ship, with stats like 180,000 gross-tonnage and 6,600-passenger max capacity, claiming the title of the LARGEST ship in the industry upon its launch in 2020. Additionally, in the spirit of Carnival trailblazing, Mardi Gras will be the first-ever North America-based ship powered entirely by liquefied natural gas, hopefully setting a new environmental standard for future cruise ships to follow. 

Get ready for the cruise of a lifetime aboard Mardi Gras! Reservations for this incredible new ship’s itineraries are available now:

  • A 9-day maiden cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton calling at Kiel, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Le Havre, France.
  • A 14-day transAtlantic crossing from Southampton to New York with stops at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Funchal, Madeira, Portugal and Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.
  • A 6-day cruise round-trip from New York to Portland, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • A 15-day Carnival Journeys sailing to Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk, positioning the vessel for year-round voyages to the Caribbean.

Once in her home port of Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras (2020) will sail on a special 8-day Caribbean cruise and will kick off 7-day cruises from the Space Coast, offering two different three-port, 7-day itineraries, alternating weekly to the Eastern and Western Caribbean featuring some of the region’s most beautiful and popular ports.


Mardi Gras will be Carnival’s first ship to introduce themed zones! Each area is uniquely inspired to create a different atmosphere than the next and will allow you to create your own personalized vacation with dining, libation, entertainment, recreation, and relaxation options. The six themed zones aboard Mardi Gras are:


Your cruise vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. On this ship the atrium’s different. You’ll step inside and the first place you’ll want to look is upwards. There are high ceilings that hint at fun living on the three decks above! Look around and you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in the ocean views. Of course you’ll be back here many time throughout your cruise, taking a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoying live music on stage, or killing time with a handcrafted cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central, no one is ever 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 next cruise vacation, you might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras your home zone. What inspired this place is no less than New Orleans itself, and if all this talk of NOLA has you as hungry as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that 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 won’t be far from bars, lounges and some funky little shops. 


Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea”… and we’ll be right there with you, any time of year! Know what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so Carnival’s including a 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.


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 have cruised with Carnival 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 guests coming back. You can take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and signature Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina taco spot. And for folks hoping they 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!


Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Kids are going to love this. And for the adults, the playground has grown up with them. So yay for play! Of course The Ultimate Playground starts with BOLT™, the first roller coaster 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?