Cruise Ship Preview: Staterooms on Carnival’s New Mardi Gras

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Carnival Cruise Line has released a preview of the staterooms onboard its newest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras

Designed with a color scheme emphasizing muted turquoise hues, Carnival said that the new staterooms will include floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on nearly all verandahs for easier balcony access, as well as new sofas that flip into a bed and foot stools that open up for extra storage. For guest devices, accommodations will have more 110V power outlets and USB connections, both on the vanity and by the bed, as well as extra shelf space, and the beds will also have flexible reading lamps to allow guests to read without disturbing others. 

Other in-room amenities will include clear glass doors on the minifridge so that guests can see what’s inside, as well as a larger, customizable wardrobe with two pull-out bins, a sliding shoe rack, folding shelves and under-the-bed storage for luggage. In the bathrooms, there will be the line’s first glass shower doors, along with an in-shower shaving bar. 

More than 70 percent of the staterooms onboard the Mardi Gras will have an ocean view or balcony, Carnival said, and there will be 300 pairs of connecting staterooms for large families or groups. 

The new ship will also incorporate popular accommodation types introduced on Carnival’s Vista class of ships, including tropics-inspired Havana staterooms with an outdoor patio space and exclusive access to an open deck with sun loungers, a Cuban-themed bar and a relaxation pool, as well as Family Harbor accommodations near the Camp Ocean children’s facility. As with previous Family Harbor accommodations, these rooms onboard the Mardi Gras will also have exclusive access to the Family Harbor Lounge, which will serve breakfast and snacks throughout the day and also offer access to a selection of board games, family movies, video games and more. Finally, also making the jump to the new ship will be the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms, which will offer Elemis toiletries and privileges at the ship’s spa. 

The Mardi Gras will also offer the most suites of any Carnival ship, the cruise line said, with a total of more than 180 of varying size and locations. Details on the suites, including the premium level Carnival Excel Suites, are to be announced in mid-April. 

The Mardi Gras is set to make its debut in Europe on August 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York and then sailing out of Port Canaveral on year-round, seven-day Caribbean cruises starting in October 2020. The ship will mark the first in Carnival’s XL class, the largest ships ever built for the brand, and will offer a number of new features, including a design based around six themed zones, a roller coaster, and a new restaurant concept developed in partnership with famous chef Emeril Lagasse

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