The Carnival Mardi Gras is a fairly new ship, being built in 2021. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,130 ft long and 137 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3.1 football fields, as wide as 2.6 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 17-story building. The Mardi Gras pays homage to Carnival's first ship, also named the Mardi Gras. It's the first ship to have a roller coaster at sea.
The Mardi Gras can hold 5,282 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Mardi Gras has a space ratio of 35. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average. The Mardi Gras uses a zone layout to break up large crowds across the ship, often making it feel less crowded.
|Passengers (double occupancy)||5,282|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||2.6|
|Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)||35|
The Mardi Gras is one of three Excel-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Excel-class ships are Carnival's newest and largest ships. Some signature features are the BOLT roller coaster, a LOFT 19 suite area, the exclusive Havana. They're Carnival's first ships that run on LNG, a cleaner burning fuel. They're known for their six-distinct zones, all with a different theme, that make the ship easier to navigate and breaks up the large crowds. The Mardi Gras is very similar to its sister-ships; Celebration and Jubilee, although each ship may have some differences.
Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Mardi Gras. You have 21 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 14 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 7 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 67% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|Big Chicken||Quick serve||Included||Chicken|
|Blue Iguana Cantina||Quick serve||Included||Mexican|
|Bonsai Sushi||Sit down||A la cart||Asian|
|Bonsai Teppanyaki||Sit down||Flat fee||Asian|
|ChiBang||Sit down||Included||Mexican / Chinese|
|Cucina Del Capitano (Excel-ship)||Sit down||Included||Italian|
|Emeril's Bistro 1396||Sit down||A la cart||Creole|
|Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse||Sit down||Flat fee||Steakhouse|
|Fresh Creations||Quick serve||Included||Salad|
|Guy's Burger Joint||Quick serve||Included||American|
|Guys Pig and Anchor BarBQue||Quick serve||Included||BBQ|
|Guys Pig and Anchor Smokehouse (Excel-ship)||Sit down||Included||BBQ|
|JavaBlue Cafe||Quick serve||A la cart||Coffee|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Piazza Panini||Quick serve||Included||Sandwiches|
|Pizzeria del Capitano||Quick serve||Included||Pizza|
|Rudi's Seagrill||Sit down||Flat fee||Seafood|
|Seafood Shack||Quick serve||A la cart||Seafood|
|Street Eats||Quick serve||Included||Global|
In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Carnival serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Starry, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.
There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can check outrecent bar menus for the Mardi Gras below.
Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.
The Carnival Mardi Gras has a total of 6 pools and 7 hot tubs.
Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 2 of the pools are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.
|- Pools - General Access||3|
|- Pools - Adults Only||1|
|- Pools - Exclusive||2|
|Total Hot Tubs||7|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||5|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only||2|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||0|
Cruise Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Get your kids ready for their cruise or keep them entertained while on board with our custom made coloring and activity books. These are the Carnival editions with featuring places Pizza Pirate and mini-golf.
Cruise Ship Coloring Book for Kids 3-5 - Carnival Edition
Let's Get Cruising Activity Book for Kids 6-8 - Carnival Edition
There are quite a few things to do on the Mardi Gras. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.
|Adult Only Relaxation Area||Included|
|Arcade||A la cart|
|Brewery Tour||Flat fee|
|Casino||A la cart|
|Cooking Class||Flat fee|
|Roller Coaster||Flat fee|
|Thermal Suites||Flat fee|
Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.
Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.The cost will also vary depending on the type of cabin you book. You can see the differences between the Carnival cabins and how to choose the best one here:
Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.
Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.
The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|Domestic Beer Price||$7.50|
See drink menus
|Drink Package Price||$59.95|
|Internet Plan||$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day|
|*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.|