Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Mardi Gras debuted in summer 2021, and marks a major departure for the cruise line in design as compared to its previously cruise ships.
For starters, the vessel’s public spaces are divided up into six themed “zones,” reminiscent of Royal Caribbean’s neighborhoods on its Oasis-class ships. These zones span from the lower public decks all the way to the top, and are as follows: Grand Central, French Quarter, Summer Landing, La Piazza, Lido, and The Ultimate Playground.
In this ship tour, we start from essentially the bottom public floor, deck four. This deck is mostly staterooms, but it’s also where you’ll find the kids’ clubs that make up Camp Ocean. Adjacent is Dr. Seuss Bookville. Deck four is also where you’ll find a special category of staterooms: Family Harbor. These cabins are larger to accommodate parents with kids, and staying in one of these cabins includes access to the dedicated Family Harbor Lounge.
Deck five is mostly cabins as well, but this is also where you’ll find the Cloud 9 Spa with its salon and thermal suite. Though the spa is on this deck, the entrance is actually on deck six.
Speaking of six, this is where the action starts. This is where the ground floor of the atrium, or Grand Central zone is located. It also features the main dining rooms, the Fun Shops, a number of restaurants and bars, and the ship’s main theater.
Deck seven holds the casino, the upper floor of the Palms Restaurant main dining room, the Alchemy Bar, and the steakhouse.
Deck eight features an outdoor promenade, more restaurants and bars (many with outdoor seating), and The Summer Landing Zone with an aft pool. Deck eight is also where you’ll find the Havana staterooms, sundeck, pool, and bar.
Decks nine through 15 (with no deck 13!) are staterooms.
Deck 16 includes the Lido zone, featuring the main lido pool, the bottom floor of the RedFrog Tiki Bar, the Lido Marketplace buffet, a number of poolside dining options, and an aft sundeck with a pool and two hot tubs.
Deck 17 features lots of sundeck space with loungers, Guy’s Burger Joint, the tweens’ and teens’ clubs Circle C and Club O2, and the second story of the RedFrog Tiki Bar.
Deck 18 has Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, mini-golf, sports courts, the ropes course, and a jogging track.
And finally, deck 19 offers the exclusive Loft 19 sundeck, open for free to those staying in the ship’s high-end Excel suites. It is also open to anyone else on the ship who wishes to rent one of its 12 cabanas. The space features a large infinity hot tub, plush loungers, and beverage service.
Below, you can watch our full video tour of Mardi Gras, deck-by-deck.