Everything You Need to Know About Mardi Gras | Carnival (2024)

Sailing since 2020, Mardi Gras brings its flair for fun to a number of destinations in the Caribbean. Join us as we explore some of the ways Mardi Gras sets itself apart from all the rest, from luxurious new suites to mouth-watering dining options!

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Fun Zones

In addition to all your fan-favorite Carnival features, you can choose even more fun on Mardi Gras. Fun fact: this ship was our first to introduce distinctive onboard zones where you can take mini-onboard excursions to different “worlds” and experiences! Here are some of the fun highlights you’ll find across Mardi Gras’ zones:

Grand Central

Your vacation has to kick off somewhere, and on Mardi Gras, that place is Grand Central. Picture high ceilings, plus floor-to-ceiling windows with see-it-to-believe-it ocean views. When the sun goes down, this gorgeous atrium transforms into a spectacular show venue. Don’t forget to hit up spots like JavaBlue Café, Bonsai Sushi, and Piano Bar 88 to satisfy all your cravings!

French Quarter

Inspired by the vibrant culture, lively atmosphere, and incredible flavors of New Orleans, the French Quarter is lined with bars and restaurants that are sure to make your mouth water! That includes our Chief Culinary Officer’s very own Emeril’s Bistro 1396 and bars like The Brass Magnolia and the Fortune Teller that are known for their A-plus drinks and live jazz.

Summer Landing

The fun never stops at Summer Landing, aka “the greatest chill spot at sea.” Whether you’re savoring Guy Fieri’s freshly-smoked BBQ over at or sipping on a cool drink from poolside bar The Watering Hole, Summer Landing is here to keep the summertime vibes coming all year long.

La Piazza

Step back and let la dolce vita do its thing at La Piazza! This zone brings the spirit of Italy with the perfect pairing of atmosphere and flavor, whether you’re enjoying the family-style meals of Cucina del Capitano, fresh slices over at Pizzeria del Capitano, Piazza Panini’s hot-pressed sammies, or the authentic perfectly-poured drinks at Bar della Rosa.


If you’ve cruised with Carnival before, you already know Lido. But trust us— you’ve never seen it like this. The fun and flavor? It’s all here. Dig into South Pacific vibes at RedFrog Tiki Bar, global street food delights at Street Eats, the latest from Shaq’s Big Chicken, and, of course, Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina.

The Ultimate Playground

Nobody plays like Carnival. The Ultimate Playground offers thrills you won’t find anywhere else, including BOLT, the first and only rollercoaster at sea! Believe it or not, BOLT is just the beginning when it comes to this thrill-filled, all-ages playground. The Ultimate Playground is also home to one of the largest Carnival WaterWorks, plus the full mini-golf course, full-court basketball, ropes course, and more.

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Mardi Gras Staterooms

You can count on Mardi Gras to have all the exceptionally comfortable stateroom categories you’ve come to expect on our other ships: from interior, ocean view and balcony staterooms, as well as traditional suites. Choose the stateroom that’s right for you and your crew, whether that’s family, friends, a partner, or just yourself.

Upgraded Amenities for All

Added stateroom features? Ooh la la! Mardi Gras’ staterooms go above and beyond with amenities and design, giving you plenty of ways to unwind in comfort and style.

  • Pull-out storage bins and baskets
  • Storage ottoman with a top that transforms into a tray or table
  • Large lighted mirror for multiple people to use at once
  • Multiple USB ports and plugs to accommodate all devices
  • Flexible recessed bedside reading lights that won’t disturb others sleeping in the stateroom
  • New bath design details including a shaving bar in the shower
  • The sofa transforms into a comfortable bed with the quick flip of your wrist

Types of Staterooms

Interior Staterooms

Affordable, comfortable, convenient. The perfect spot for recharging after a day of fun.

  • Havana Interior
  • Cloud 9 Spa Interior
  • Family Harbor Interior
  • Premium Interior
  • Interior

Ocean View Staterooms

Windows for wistful gazing and taking in ocean views.

  • Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View
  • Family Harbor Ocean View
  • Ocean View

Balcony Staterooms

Romantic sea breezes and stunning views, especially at night. Ideal for couples looking for a little more privacy and romance.

  • Havana Extended Cabana
  • Havana Cabana
  • Cloud 9 Spa Forward-View Extended Balcony
  • Cloud 9 Spa Balcony
  • Cloud 9 Spa Cove Balcony
  • Premium-View Extended Balcony
  • Extended Balcony
  • Balcony
  • Junior Balcony
  • Cove Balcony

Havana Staterooms

Havana staterooms enjoy exclusive access to the Havana Bar & Pool. This stateroom features classic, Old Havana decor and is perfect for cruisers looking to hang out and chat by the pool. All Havana stateroom guests must be 12 or older.

Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms

If you’re hoping for a little extra pampering on your cruise, a Cloud 9 Spa stateroom allows quick and easy access to Cloud 9 Spa, where you can whisk yourself away to total relaxation. Cloud 9 Spa staterooms are decorated in relaxing, spa-inspired colors. Perfect for couples or solo cruisers looking for the ultimate in luxury.

Family Harbor Staterooms

Best for families (with kids of all ages), Family Harbor staterooms are next to the Family Harbor lounge, which offers breakfast, snacks, board games, and video games. Some family-friendly staterooms accommodate up to five people and have an extra bathroom. Ideal for groups who prefer connecting doors.

Mardi Gras Excel Suites

An ultimate, luxury category of Carnival’s suites, the Excel Suites debuted on Mardi Gras, bringing exclusive suite-level amenities, unlimited access to resort-style features, and an open-air enclave called Loft 19. Within Loft 19, guests enjoy a dedicated concierge phone line, priority Main Dining Room time assignments, upgraded bathroom amenities and more. Loft 19 also offers a full bar and private pool, as well as spacious cabanas with extras like fresh fruit, chilled towels, lunch delivery, and concierge service. Carnival’s Excel Suite guests receive priority status when reserving a Loft 19 cabana.

Carnival’s Excel Suites come in four categories:

Carnival Excel Presidential Suites

The two largest suites, located on Deck 17, offer spacious living, dining, and sleeping areas. Enveloped by an expansive balcony and sweeping sea views, these suites feature a large sunbed and lounging area. In addition to a private, outdoor hot tub and shower, you’ll also have full access to the Cloud 9’s thermal suite and the Havana pool area.

Carnival Excel Aft Suites

Aft Suites have large wrap-around balconies with impressive ocean views, as well as a private, outdoor tub and space for relaxation.

Carnival Excel Corner Suites

These suites are located on the port and starboard sides of the ship. They feature a lounge area, a wet bar and a large wrap-around balcony with ample space for dining and relaxation.

Carnival Excel Suites

These suites are located on Decks 10, 11 and 12, offer areas for dining and relaxing as well as a spacious balcony with loungers and dining space.

Along with Excel Suites, Mardi Gras includes all the suites and suite perks on our other ships, including the following suite options:

  • Havana Cabana Corner Suite
  • Havana Cabana Suite
  • Family Harbor Ocean View Suite
  • Cloud 9 Spa Suite
  • Ocean Suite

Now that you’re a Mardi Gras expert, why not take a peek at some of the fun-filled destinations she sails to? Click here to explore Mardi Gras’ Caribbean sailings.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by destination.

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