Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, might just be the most exciting ship in the industry right now. While there are plenty of other vessels to look forward to (Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will be great to see, as an example), none of them can really match the features that Mardi Gras has to offer. We’ve covered Mardi Gras in the past, but we figure that this ship deserves an even bigger spotlight. Here are just a few of the reasons that you should be excited for Carnival Mardi Gras.
The first ever rollercoaster at sea
Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. Mardi Gras indeed holds the claim of being the first cruise ship to be equipped with a rollercoaster. Yeah, you read that right. You can check out lots of details about it over here, but here’s a quick synopsis. The coaster is called BOLT, the track is 800 feet long, and it goes as high as 187 feet above the water that you’re sailing on. You’ll also have a speedometer next to you while riding, which will allow you to keep track of your speed as you go along. That’s something that you’ll definitely want to do, as BOLT can go as fast as 40 miles per hour. Sheesh!
The Brass Magnolia
So BOLT is obviously going to get a ton of love from thrill seekers. But what about people looking for a more relaxing, mature time? Mardi Gras has those people in mind as well. Carnival isn’t really a cruise line known for experiences that are geared towards adults, but they are hoping to flip that reputation around with the Brass Magnolia. This is a lounge for adults only that does a really excellent job of capturing a vintage New Orleans feel. Weirdly enough, it almost looks like the ballroom from The Shining, but we mean that in a good way. Mardi Gras is obviously a ship that owes a lot to New Orleans, and the Brass Magnolia pays a fitting homage to the city with live jazz, tasteful decorations, and great food.
Another exciting option for guests that are looking to get away from a bit of the hubbub, Loft 19 is a top deck lounge that has a very exclusive feel. And that’s because it really is exclusive: you can only access Loft 19 if you are staying in a Carnival Excel Suite. Anyone who gets up there will have a great time sampling the infinity pool and lounging in the sun, but the real draw here is the possibility to rent a private cabana. You’ll get some alone time in these, while also getting chilled towels and fresh fruit delivered right to you. That’s a luxury you might not expect on a Carnival ship!
There’s a whole load of things to be excited about when it comes to Mardi Gras; this is really only scratching the surface. While the ship was originally slated for a summer 2020 debut, you can now look forward to a maiden voyage on April 24th, 2021.