Mardi Gras

NEW Mardi Gras

When Carnival launched their first ship, 1972’s TSS Mardi Gras, they knew they were shaking things up, making cruising a lot less stuffy, a bit less fancy, the kind of fun everybody could enjoy. In 2020 Carnival is launching a brand-new ship with a familiar name. You guessed it: Mardi Gras. This ship introduces Zones — six themed areas packed with brand-new experiences for eating, drinking and spectacularly getting down to fun. More announcements are still to come, but we’re all ready to pull the wraps off what may be the most thrilling: BOLT™, the first-ever rollercoaster at sea!
Everybody can enjoy Mardi Gras, sailing from Port Canaveral in 2020.

Check back as more details are revealed about this exciting new ship, or BOOK A CRUISE NOW.

Meet the Zones:

Grand Central

On a Carnival cruise your vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. You'll step inside and the first place you'll want to look is upwards. There are high ceilings that hint at fun living on the three decks above! But look around too, for floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views. You’ll be back here throughout your cruise, taking a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoying live music, or killing time with a cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central, no one is ever far from great dining spots like Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki, plus feel-good entertainment like Piano Bar 88 and The Punchliner Comedy Club.

The French Quarter

If “big” and “easy” sound about right for your vacation, you might just make the French Quarter on Mardi Gras your home zone. What inspired this place is no less than New Orleans itself, and if all this talk of NOLA has you as hungry as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that The French Quarter is lined with bars and eateries worthy of their namesake, spots serving up everything from small plates to classic Hurricane cocktails straight from the bayou. Just steps away there’s entertainment inspired by the Crescent City nightlife — yep, there’s a hot jazz club in this zone — plus you are not far from bars, lounges and some funky little shops.

Summer Landing

Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea”. Know what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so we’re building a Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse into this zone to make sure it always tastes like summer here, courtesy of freshly-smoked faves designed by Guy Fieri. You wouldn’t be surprised that the pool and whirlpool aren’t far, but would you have guessed that there’s even original Parched Pig™ beers brewing just a few feet from the tap?

La Piazza

La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza. This zone stands for flavor and it starts with Cucina del Capitano, which brings your party together for an evening of Italian favorites served family-style, while Pizzeria del Capitano makes delizioso happen for you 24 hours a day atop a base of imported Italian flour and fresh mozzarella. Atmosphere is everything here, so roaming musicians provide an authentic soundtrack to your time in La Piazza. Mardi Gras debuts a new Mediterranean spot specializing in seafood, plus there’s even a bar where you’ll sip authentic espresso drinks by day and classic Italian cocktails when the sun goes down.


Everybody looks to Lido for variety, and with tons of casual dining spots you’ll discover new experiences among the flavors that keep our guests coming back. Take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and you're not far from signature Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina taco spot. And for folks hoping we haven’t forgotten: yes, Lido is absolutely home to fan-favorite Swirls, the free soft-serve spot cranking out the cool 24 hours a day!

The Ultimate Playground

Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. The Ultimate Playground starts with BOLT™, the first rollercoaster at sea, an all-electric thrill ride that puts the power of speed in your hands. But that’s only the beginning — this playground has the largest Carnival WaterWorks ever with three huge spiraling slides, plus SportSquare is here featuring an entire mini-golf course, full-court basketball and a ropes course. And, of course, more.