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Carnival’s Mardi Gras Makes Inaugural Visit to Cozumel

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As her second cruise ever is now underway, Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship Mardi Gras has visited another port for the first time: Cozumel, Mexico.

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Mardi Gras docked in Cozumel

This week’s sailing is seven-night western Caribbean itinerary that will call on both Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico as well as Roatán, Honduras. Last week, the ship sailed a seven-night eastern Caribbean route that stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Nassau, Bahamas.

As passengers disembarked in Cozumel, they were greeted by a mariachi band on the pier to celebrate the ship’s inaugural visit.

READ MORE: New MSC Cruises Ship Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

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Mardi Gras’ leadership team joined local officials for a traditional plaque exchange to celebrate the ship’s first arrival into the port.

Cozumel is an island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and despite having a bustling port area and tours for cruise visitors, is mostly undeveloped. The island and its surrounding waters is world-renowned for its spectacular scuba diving opportunities, which includes the second-largest reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican reef system.

Other popular activities on and around Cozumel for cruise visitors include snorkeling and snuba, swimming in a cenote, driving jeeps and ATVs, enjoying the beach, riding bicycles, taking a historical tour, swimming with dolphins, and exploring the Mayan ruins in Tulum.

Some highlights of the brand-new Mardi Gras include the BOLT roller coaster, RedFrog Tiki Bar, Loft 19 exclusive sundeck, New Orleans-inspired bar The Brass Magnolia, new Excel Suites, Chibang! Chinese and Mexican restaurant, Family Feud Live game show, WaterWorks aqua park, and the adults-only Serenity Retreat sundeck.

READ NEXT: Mardi Gras Trip Report, Day 1: Let’s Get This Party Started

Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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