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  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Aerial-rendering.jpg - Mardi Gras sails mostly seven-day round-trip sailings through the Western Caribbean.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Family-Harbor-stateroom-rendering.jpg -  The Family Harbor staterooms on Carnival’s Mardi Gras offer an array of accommodations with a modern motif (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Beach-Pool-rendering.jpg -  You can get some quality Beach Pool time aboard Carnival’s Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Heroes-Tribute-Bar-rendering.jpg - Carnival's newest bar concept, the Heroes Tribute Bar, features all-American decor with the logos of the five armed service branches of the U.S. military as well as patriotic and military memorabilia (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Pig-and-Anchor-Brewery-rendering.jpg -  Carnival brings a cruiser favorite, the Pig and Anchor Brewery, to its new ship Mardi Gras when it launches in 2021 (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-WaterWorks-rendering.jpg - Take a wild ride or just splash around on the WaterWorld aboard Carnival’s Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • carnival-Alchemy-Bar.jpg - Head to the Alchemy Bar on your Carnival cruise, featuring your favorite drinks as well as new and innovative cocktails.
  • carnival-Casino-Roulette-Wheel.jpg - Enjoy a night of gaming at the casino during your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Cloud9-Spa-Thermal-Lounge.jpg - Relax in the Cloud 9 Thermal Lounge, where the temperature is always perfect, during your Carnival getaway.
  • carnival-Havana-Bar-musicians.jpg - Enjoy music with a Cuban beat at Havana Bar on your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Havana-Bar.jpg - Head to the Havana Bar for daiquiris, mojitos and great music during your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Punchliner-comedy-club.jpg - Choose your show and laugh out loud at Punchliner Comedy Club, one of the entertainment options during your Carnival sailing.
  • carnival-Serenity-spa.jpg - Get rejuvenated in the spa of the Serenity Adult Only Retreat during your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Serenity.jpg -   Soak in the relaxing vibe of the Serenity Adult Only Retreat with your significant other during your Carnival sailing.
  • carnival-WaterWorks-2girls.jpg - Frolic in the warm weather at WaterWorks, your Carnival waterpark.
  • carnival-WaterWorks-girl.jpg - Splish-splash the day away at WaterWorks, Carnival's onboard waterpark.
  • carnival-WaterWorks-kids.jpg - Have some fun with family members at WaterWorks during your next Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Alchemy-rendering.jpg - Stop by the Alchemy Bar and let the mixologist whip up a tasty cocktail on Carnival’s Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • carnival-WaterWorks.jpg - WaterWorks features the Twister, a huge corkscrew ride, and the enclosed DrainPipe spiral slide on your Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Atrium-rendering.jpg -  A rendering of the atrium aboard Mardi Gras, the largest ship in the Carnival fleet.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Aerial-rendering.jpg - Mardi Gras sails mostly seven-day round-trip sailings through the Western Caribbean.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Bonsai-restaurants-rendering.jpg -  A rendering of Bonsai, the sushi-and-soy-sauce spot aboard Mardi Gras, Carnival's newest ship.
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Emerils-Bistro-rendering.jpg -  Carnival’s Mardi Gras will set sail with Emeril’s Bistro, the authentic New Orleans bayou restaurant from chef Emeril Lagasse (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Fahrenheit-555-Steakhouse-rendering.jpg -  A look at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse aboard Carnival’s new ship, Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Flamingo-rest-rendering.jpg -  A look at the upscale Flamingo restaurant that will debut on Carnival’s Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • Carnival-Mardi-Gras-Palm-rest-rendering.jpg -  The Palm restaurant, one of the main dining venues on Carnival's Mardi Gras (rendering).
  • carnival-Bonsai-Teppanyaki.jpg - Skilled teppanyaki chefs perform culinary feats nightly at Bonsai Teppanyaki on your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Fahrenheit-555.jpg -  Enjoy premium-quality steaks, fresh seafood, salads and gourmet starters at the alternative restaurant Fahrenheit 555 on your Carnival cruise.
  • carnival-Horizon-Chefs-Table.jpg - For an extra fee, Chef's Table is your chance for a multi-course dinner prepared specially by the executive chef.
  • carnival-Pig-and-Anchor-family.jpg - Head to Guy's Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que, featuring smoked beef, pork, andouille sausage and all the sides, during your Carnival cruise.

Carnival's Mardi Gras has something for everyone


When you step on board Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras, which debuted in July 2021, you will see all the great features you have come to expect from Carnival Cruises and then find all the new treasures on this ship.

Sail the Caribbean and enjoy ports of call such as Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Cozumel. You'll need to be comfortable with a megaship experience, though: Mardi Gras carries 5,282 passengers at double occupancy and 6,465 at full capacity. 

Mardi Gras has five entertainment zones with restaurants and activities. Step into Grand Central, the atrium of the ship, with floor-to-ceiling windows for ocean views; it turns into an entertainment venue in the evening. The French Quarter features shops, eateries, bars and jazz with a New Orleans vibe. Summer Landing is a pool deck with BBQ and ice cream. La Piazza gathers all your Italian inspired favorites in one spot. The Lido is the main pool deck with dining choices and activities throughout the cruise.

Activities aboard include the first roller-coaster at sea called Bolt, the Ultimate Roller Coaster. Keep your heart rate up by spiraling down slides in Waterworks, and pit your skills against other passengers during Family Feud Live. Chill out at the Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity Adult Only Retreat and several lounges across the ship.

Mardi Gras is the first of three Excel class ships from Carnival.

Where Mardi Gras sails

Home port: Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Destinations: Mardi Gras generally offers 7-night sailings to such destinations as San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk in the Eastern Caribbean and Cozumel, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay in the Western Caribbean. 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: WaterWorks
  • Where: Main deck

  • What: Heroes Tribute Bar
  • Where: Deck 8

  • What: Family Harbor staterooms
  • Where: Decks 11-12

Top dining options on board

Emeril’s Bistro 1396

  • Style: New Orleans
  • Additional fee
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner


  • Style: Seafood, meat & tofu
  • Additional fee
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

BlueIguana Cantina

  • Style: Mexian
  • No additional fee
  • Open: Breakfast & lunch

Fast facts

5,282 Passengers [?]
1,745 Crew
17 Decks
2021 Maiden voyage
180,000 Tonnage [?]
1,130 Length in feet
137 Width in feet (max beam)
17 Passenger decks

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