MARDI GRAS: FUN-FUELED VACATION INNOVATION
From: Carnival Cruise Lines!!!
When we launched our first ship, 1972’s TSS Mardi Gras, we knew we were shaking things up. We 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! And if it happened again, it wouldn’t surprise us. In 2020 we’ll be launching a brand-new ship with a familiar name. You guessed it: Mardi Gras. We aren’t 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.
We’re building this new Mardi Gras to live up to that legacy, so start daydreaming now about what’s to come! For one thing, this ship introducesZones — 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 from Port Canaveral in 2020!
MEET THE ZONES
We are excited to announce that Mardi Gras will be our first ship to introduce themed zones! Each area is uniquely inspired to create a different atmosphere than the next and will allow your clients to create their own personalized vacation with dining, libation, entertainment, recreation, and relaxation options. The six themed zones aboard Mardi Gras are:
On a Carnival cruise your client’s 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. Tell your clients not to be surprised if they step inside and the first place they want to look is upwards. Up there are high ceilings that hint at even more fun living on the three decks above! But they should look around too… they’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring in the ocean views. Of course they’ll be back here throughout their 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, 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.
THE FRENCH QUARTER
If “big” and “easy” sound about right for your client’s vacation, they might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras their 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 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 your clients are not far from more bars, lounges and some funky little shops. And while we’re not one to brag about our friends, one of these spots is being designed in partnership with a name you definitely know!
Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea”… and we’ll be right there with your clients, any time of year! Know what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so we’re building 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. Your clients wouldn’t be surprised that the pool and whirlpool aren’t far, but would they have guessed that there’s even original Parched Pig™ beers brewing just a few feet from the tap?
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 client’s 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 your clients have cruised with us before, they 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. They can take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and they’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
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 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 your clients?
Designed with your clients in mind, there are so many opportunities for guests of all ages to Choose FUN. Get ready for the cruise of a lifetime aboard Mardi Gras! Reservations for Mardi Gras’ itineraries will be announced and open for sale on January 30, 2019.