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Cruise ships are getting larger and larger. This one is so big that it has a rollercoaster on the top! Carnival new and largest Cruise ship ever will launch in Europe next year and will offer two trips from New York before sailing down to Port Canaveral, Florida which will be it’s final base.
At 180,000 tons, the 5,200-passenger Mardi Gras is not the world’s largest cruise ship. That prize currently goes to Symphony of the Seas. Instead, the Mardi Gras will position six in the large cruise ship league table and the largest ship owned by Carnival.
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The accommodations on Mardi Gras will include more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites.
Mardi Gras will launch on Aug. 31, 2020 with a nine-night Baltic voyage from Copenhagen, Denmark to Southampton, England. The itinerary — an unusual one for Carnival — will feature calls at Kiel, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge, Belgium; and Le Havre, France.
Mardi Gras then will operate a 14-night transatlantic journey, starting on Sept. 9, from Southampton, England to New York City. The ship will stop at Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands; and Funchal and Ponta Delgada in Portugal’s Azores.
While based in New York City, Mardi Gras will sell one six-night voyage (beginning on Sept. 24) to New England and Canada before turning south for a longer Caribbean sailing.
On Sept. 30, Mardi Gras will leave New York again for a 15-night, one-way voyage to Port Canaveral with calls in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Aruba, Curaçao and Grand Turk.
On Board Experience
Highlights on the Mardi Gras, include a deck-top roller coaster, a 800-foot-long attraction twists around the ship’s funnel and hits speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour and a New Orleans-themed French Quarter lined with bars, restaurants and music venues that will include a jazz club.
There will, in fact, be six themed areas which are described by Carnival below:
“The six zones of Mardi Gras’ design will invite guests to stroll throughout the ship to enjoy new only-on-Mardi Gras features along with signature elements that have made Carnival America’s Cruise Line, all enjoyed amidst a festive, social and community-driven atmosphere with opportunities for guests to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends. The six areas will be themed around Grand Central, French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground and highlights include:
Grand Central (Decks 6-8, mid-ship)
Creating a sense of wonder the moment guests step on board, the transformative Grand Central takes the traditional atrium concept to new heights, combining a day-to-night entertainment complex with spectacular three-deck-high floor-to-ceiling windows and a bar overlooking the starboard side of the ship that will be the perfect venue for socializing and people watching amid sweeping ocean vistas. Steps away are Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki which are being expanded from designs on existing ships to reflect their popularity with guests. There’s also the first-ever dedicated Punchliner Comedy Club where guests can enjoy nightly shows, and the always popular Piano Bar 88 for sing-a-longs that bring guests together in an intimate feel-good setting.
French Quarter (Deck 6, aft)
In a nod to the New Orleans’ culture that combines lively entertainment with an unparalleled food scene, French Quarter will be lined with new bars, music and eateries that perfectly capture the festive spirit of the Big Easy. And since the spirit of New Orleans is so closely tied to the jazz scene, this neighborhood is linked via a two-deck-high promenade leading to a traditional New Orleans jazz club with live entertainment and refreshing hand-crafted libations. More details on these new dining and entertainment choices and the introduction of a new Carnival celebrity partnership will be revealed this spring.
La Piazza (Deck 8, mid-ship)
At La Piazza, guests are transported to Italy where they celebrate the rich heritage of Carnival’s senior officers with authentic cuisine from the casual family-style Cucina del Capitano and 24/7 Pizzeria del Capitano to a new Mediterranean-themed seafood restaurant. There’s also a bar where guests can savor cappuccino by day or classic Italian cocktails at night, while roaming musicians keep everyone entertained.
Summer Landing (Deck 8, aft)
Designed as the ultimate chill spot, Summer Landing will be home to an expanded Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse with smoked-on-board barbecue favourites created by longtime Carnival partner Guy Fieri, along with the line’s exclusive ParchedPig craft beers brewed right on board. For outdoor summer-inspired fun, there will be a pool and whirlpools, a new bar, the lunch counter for the Smokehouse Brewhouse along with ample lounging spaces and hang outs, making this the ideal spot to enjoy all the fun that a Carnival vacation experience delivers.
Lido (Deck 16-17, aft)
Carnival is already known for its varied casual poolside restaurants and Mardi Gras’ expanded Lido will take this to a whole new level with existing Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, along with some new concepts to be announced at a later date that are sure to inspire foodie fans.
The Ultimate Playground (Decks 18-20, aft)
The aptly named Ultimate Playground will span Decks 18-20 and offer guests amazing sea vistas as they soak up the sun and the fun in this spacious family-friendly play area highlighted by the largest and most elaborate Carnival WaterWorks aqua park in the fleet, along with an expanded SportSquare. The Ultimate Playground is also where guests will find the much-anticipated BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, the first rollercoaster at sea announced in December 2018, where riders race along an 800-foot-long track achieving speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.
Carnival will be launching another sister ship to the Mardi Gras in 2022.
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