Carnival Mardi Gras will make its splash into the Carnival fleet in 2020. Paying homage to the 1972 ship, TSS Mardi Gras, this rebuild was designed with fun in mind. Cruise top destinations throughout Europe, Canada and the Caribbean with 5,282 guests and a team of 1,745 dedicated staff. This exciting ship packs six themed area zones brimming with brand-new experiences for eating, drinking, and having lots of fun. Jump on board the first-ever rollercoaster at sea, BOLT™, for an action-packed ride around the tremendous Waterworks open-air waterpark. Indulge in relaxation at Cloud 9 Spa or Serenity Adult-Only Retreat to completely unwind during your cruise. The on-board eateries include everything from laid-back cafes and dessert takeaways, to stylish evening restaurants and VIP dining. Evenings offer theatre-style performances at Mardi Gras and nights of laughter at The Punchliner Comedy Club. Staterooms are stylish and well-equipped; enjoy a plethora of home-style amenities and idyllic ocean views as you cruise to your dream destinations on board Carnival Mardi Gras. Experience the ultimate family-friendly holiday and make memories that will last you a lifetime!
Jawblue Cafe is the place to be for a fresh brew, accompanied by a pastry. Be sure to reserve a seat at The Chef's Table to indulge in a series of delectable plates as the chef puts on the main event of live show cooking. Pull up a seat at either Flamingo Restaurant or Palm Restaurant on Deck 6 for an exquisite dining experience and a generous range of dishes. Tuck into divine steak cuts, lobster, or lamb as you pair haute cuisine with a calm atmosphere at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. Sample freshly-made sushi, soups, sakes, and desserts at Bonsai Sushi, or watch the chef prepare your main courses at Bonsai Teppanyaki. Serving up enticing dishes in an eclectic space, the exotic menu as Jiji Asian Kitchen will both challenge and delight your senses. Grab a slice at Pizzeria Del Capitano, or Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse promises the best brisket, sausage, baby back ribs, and dry-rubbed chicken. Guy's Burger Joint boasts the best burger and fries combination in a rustic atmosphere; be sure to stack those toppings. Settle your sweet tooth with some scrumptious sweet treats at Cherry On Top.
Chill in the pool or bar area at Havana Bar & Pool; take a cocktail with you to soak up the tropical sun rays. Tides Pool Bar offers a similar feel on Lido Deck as you unwind at the water's edge or in the spa. Piano Bar 88 provides calm surroundings and the sounds of melodic piano-playing. Soak up panoramic views of your cruise experience as you sit with a delicious drink in Atrium Bar. Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail bar with professional mix-masters and enticing combinations of spirits, fresh juices, and spices. Make new friends in Limelight Lounge over a glass of wine or two as you share your travel aspirations.
There's plenty on board Carnival Mardi Gras to keep you entertained both day and night. Take a stroll around The Fun Shops for the chance to bag a bargain. Dr Suess Bookville is a great stop to grab an enticing read for the journey ahead. Cloud 9 Spa is a time for relaxation; enjoy a massage, facial, or body wrap. The fitness facilities are also a go-to for those who have an exercise regime to maintain. Serenity Adult-Only Retreat is the place for guaranteed relaxation as the kids play elsewhere. Let the teens and tots burn their energy at Waterworks; a giant waterpark with large spiralling slides and a spacious swimming pool. Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster™, the very first rollercoaster at sea will zoom you all around the open-air course of the waterpark as you fill with thrill. Havana Bar & Pool is the perfect place for a drink and a dip. Jump around the Sportsquare for a game of football, volleyball, pool, foosball, ping pong, and more. By night, The Punchliner Comedy Club will put a smile on your face with help from the very best comedians. Mardis Gras Theater gives you the opportunity to get up and groove with full-blown musical productions, or test your luck out at Mardi Gras Casino.
Day 1: Fly UK - JFK
Fly from your selected UK airport to New York and make your way to the 3* Wyndham New Yorker for your 5 night pre stay.
Day 2-6: New York
New York, New York, so good they named it twice. There really is no city in the world quite like it. From the bright lights on Broadway and Times Square to the uniqueness and culture of Soho, this enchanting city will keep you coming back time and time again. After checkout make your way to the port to embark on board Mardi Gras.
Day 11: Amber Cove
The Caribbean's newest cruise port - Amber Cove - overlooks the Bay of Maimon on Dominican Republic's northern coastline, just outside Puerto Plata. This 25-acre complex boasts a four-acre Aqua Zone, the unique 360-Degree Bar, plentiful designer shops, a 650-foot-long zipline, water sports, cabanas to rent, and hammocks alongside the water. Pay a visit to the Plastic Artists Art Galleries, Amber Museum, Brugal Rum Factory, San Felipe Fortress, and San Felipe Cathedral in Puerto Plata. Try your hand at windsurfing and kite boarding at Sosua and Cabarete, or swim with dolphins, stingrays and sharks at Ocean World Adventure Park.
Day 12: San Juan
San Juan is the capital of and the largest city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Explore the cobblestoned buildings of Old San Juan with its 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, San Juan National Historic Site and Spanish colonial buildings. New San Juan is awash with tropical beaches, luxury hotels, world-class dining and designer shopping. Pay a visit to Casa Blanca Museum, Museo del Nino and Galeria National. Make a whistle-stop tour of the sights on the free trolley bus or take a scenic stroll along Paseo de La Princesa. Learn about the art of rum making on the Bacardi Distillery Tour or enjoy the tranquillity of San Juan Botanical Garden.
Day 13: St. Thomas
Arguably the prettiest Virgin Island, St Thomas boasts plenty of picture-perfect beaches. Visit Magen’s Bay, voted one of the world's top ten most beautiful beaches; or explore the coral World Marine Park with its three-level underwater observatory. Experience the colourful wonders of snorkelling in the crystal blue waters or just lie back and enjoy the sand and sunshine on the island’s many beaches. Venture up Mountain Top and admire the panoramic views of surrounding islands and get lost in the bustling atmosphere. Don’t forget to browse the shops for bargains in jewellery, perfume and souvenirs.
Day 14: St. Maarten
This minute island offers a cosmopolitan culture, first-class dining scenes, international shopping, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. Savour delicious barbecued meats in street cafes and dance to calypso sounds at a barefoot beach bar. Head to the ruins of the French and Dutch forts which overlook the Caribbean Sea, or visit Philipsburg waterfront for duty-free shopping.
Day 15: St. Kitts
St. Kitts is renowned for its rainforest mountains and picturesque beaches with white, grey and black sands. Head to the Circus Square marketplace for a great selection of local produce and textiles, follow rainforest trekking trails up to a dormant volcano, or, why not simply relax one of the sun-drenched beaches that surround the island?
Day 17: Aruba
Today, you get to admire the picture-perfect beaches and exotic flowers on Aruba. Stroll around Oranjestad and shop for chocolates and Dutch-made porcelain. Make it a beach day with Eagle Beach, Baby Beach and Arashi Beach all within easy reach. Step on the ferry to Palm Island and relax on pristine-white sands or splash around at the water park. Get active with an off-road vehicle tour of the wild north-east coast. Explore the magical Quadiriki and Fontein Caves at Arikok National Park. Get up close to the local animal life at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Aruba Ostrich Farm and Philip's Animal Garden.
Day 18: Curacao
The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is home to beautiful colonial architecture and beaches. Head to Cas Abao or Playa Porto Marie to soak up the sun or, for the more adventurous, try out scuba diving and snorkelling at Playa Lagun. Visit Handelskade and stroll along the picturesque stretch of pier to admire the brightly-coloured Dutch colonial buildings across St Anna Bay. Uncover over 450 species of plants and native wildlife along the driving and hiking trails around Christoffel National Park. Kura Hulanda Museum offers a wide range of artefacts, relics, and artworks which trace the history of the African slave trade on Curacao. Finish off your day enjoying a coffee whilst admiring the boats sailing through the open arm of the floating Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge.
Day 20: Grand Turk
Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos and the place where Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Find many Colonial-style buildings and ruins and explore the Turks and Caicos National Museum to discover the islands' history. Try snorkelling and diving off the reefs or whale watch for humpback whales off the coast. Cockburn Town is the centre piece of the island; discover a wonderful selection of historical buildings and an unforgettable rustic charm.
Day 21: Fly Orlando - UK
Disembark in Orlando and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.