A roller coaster at sea, an Emeril Lagasse restaurant and a suites-only enclave are just a few “firsts” featured aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship. Debuting this November, the 5,200-passenger vessel will be the largest one in the line’s fleet. The name pays homage to Carnival’s first-ever ship launched in 1972 (and retired in 1993).
BOLT™, a motorcycle-style electric coaster promises an exhilarating ride high above sea level, as well as fantastic 360-degree ocean vistas. The coaster is part of the three-deck Ultimate Playground, which also includes Carnival’s biggest water park and an expanded SportSquare. The Playground is one of the ship’s six themed zones, each with its own unique vibe and attractions. Others are La Piazza, Lido, Grand Central, French Quarter and Summer Landing.
Emeril Lagasse dips his toe into the cruise dining pool with Emeril’s Bistro 1396, located in the French Quarter. The Cajun-inspired menu includes roasted duck and Andouille sausage gumbo, Emeril’s signature barbecue shrimp and muffuletta sandwiches.
More than 70 percent of the rooms have either ocean view or a balcony thanks to innovative stateroom upgrades. Additionally, nearly all balconies feature floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. The ship debuts the company’s new premium category, Carnival Excel — think access to an exclusive open-air sundeck, priority boarding/debarkation, plush bathrobes, complimentary room service, upgraded bathroom amenities and other perks. Mardi Gras is also Carnival’s first ship to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a form of fuel that produces almost zero emissions.
Based at a new cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida, Mardi Gras offers eastern Caribbean, western Caribbean and Honduras itineraries. For bonus content and an inside peek of Carnival Mardi Gras, visit AAA.com/GoCruise.
BOOK IT: Call 800-374-2865 to plan your escape aboard the Carnival Mardi Gras.
(Go Magazine May/June 2020)