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Carnival’s Cruise Ship with a Roller Coaster Debuts in One Year

Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, Carnival’s largest cruise ship yet, will sail its maiden voyage in one year.  Mardi Gras will be the cruise industry’s first ship with a roller coaster.

At 180,000 gross tons, Mardi Gras will be Carnival Cruise Line’s largest cruise ship in their fleet. The ship will be powered by LNG and will sail cruises to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.  Cruises are currently open for bookings. (View Itineraries)

The cruise ship will feature six distinct zones of guest pleasing experiences on the vessel’s 20 decks, including the first roller coaster on a cruise ship.  View Prices on Cruises on Carnival’s Mardi Gras
Carnival Cruise Line's cruise ship with a roller coaster

The accommodations on Mardi Gras will include more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites. Mardi Gras will also include the most expansive open decks on any Carnival ship, and a spectacular atrium that will serve as the hub of the ship as well as a stunning focal point where guests will be welcomed on board.

BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, the first rollercoaster at sea, is where riders race along an 800-foot-long track achieving speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

The cruise ship will be divided into the following six zones:

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  • Grand Central (Decks 6-8, midship)
  • French Quarter (Deck 6, aft)
  • La Piazza (Deck 8, midship)
  • Summer Landing (Deck 8, aft)
  • Lido (Decks 16-17, aft)
  • The Ultimate Playground (Decks 18-20, aft)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.

View Itineraries on Carnival’s Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras will sail its maiden voyage on August 31, 2020. After two sailings in Europe, the cruise ship will head to New York City for two cruises before arriving at her homeport in Port Canaveral.

Once in Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras will sail week long cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

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