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THE BRAND NEW MARDI GRAS EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY SAILINGS WITH GROUPIT TRAVEL

THE TOP FIVE REASONS YOU WILL WANT TO BOOK YOUR CRUISE ON THE CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS WITH GROUPIT TRAVEL!

  • We have group space booked with preferential pricing, exclusive amenities plus more on the most -desired and sold-out travel dates of 2020 and 2021!
  • Can you say Spring Break, Christmas and New Year's weeks?
  • You can place a small deposit now and make automatic monthly payments if you choose the interest-free payment plan (or you can wait until the final payment date - it's totally up to you!)
  • Sail with your entire family (and hey - if you want to do an extended group for any other dates - let us know and we'll get you your own private group!) for the holidays!
  • You and your travel partners will be among the first to sail on the most exceptional ship to sail the high seas. Come on - a roller coaster at sea???
  • Our Groupit Travel Specialists handle everything for you - no stress, no mess - just a most exciting adventure and vacation!

DATES AND ITINERARIES WITH GROUPIT TRAVEL

  • December 19 - 26, 2020 - 7 DAY EXOTIC EASTERN CARIBBEAN
  • December 26 - January 2, 2021 - 7 DAY EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBEAN
  • March 27 - April 2, 2021 - 7 DAY EXOTIC EASTERN CARIBBEAN
  • April 3 - April 10, 2021 - 7 DAY EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBEAN
  • December 18 - 26, 2021 - 8 DAY EXOTIC EASTERN CARIBBEAN
  • December 26 - January 2, 2022 - 7 DAY EXOTIC WESTERN CARIBBEAN
December 26, 2020; April 3, 2021, December 26, 2021
December 19, 2020, March 27, 2021
December 19, 2021

WHAT'S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT THE BRAND NEW CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS

For one thing, 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 they’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 in 2020. Come on down!

Ok, a few places — get ready for six distinct onboard zones featuring brand-new experiences for spectacularly getting down to food, drink and fun.

GRAND CENTRAL

On a Carnival cruise your vacation starts in the atrium, and on Mardi Gras that’s in the Grand Central zone. By the way… on this ship the atrium’s different. Don’t be surprised if you step inside and the first place you want to look is upwards. Up there are high ceilings that hint at even more fun living on the three decks above! But look around too… you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring in the ocean views. Of course you’ll be back here throughout your cruise, taking a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoying live music up on stage, or killing time fabulously with a handcrafted cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central you’re never far from great dining spots like Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki, plus feel-good entertainment like Piano Bar 88 and The Punchliner Comedy Club.

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 half as hungry as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that our 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. For one thing, there’s the spectacularly, authentically delicious Emeril’s Bistro 1396™ — developed in partnership with yes-that-Emeril. Just steps away there’s entertainment inspired by the world-renowned Crescent City nightlife — yep, there’s a hot jazz club in this zone — plus you’re not far from more bars, lounges and some funky little shops.

SUMMER LANDING

Go ahead and call Summer Landing “the greatest chill spot at sea”… and we’ll be right there with you, any time of year! What’s three letters long and goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so we’re building a Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse into this zone so it always tastes like summer here with freshly-smoked faves designed by Guy Fieri and original Parched Pig™ beers brewed just feet away. If you’re wondering where the pool and whirlpool are, we’re so alike, you and us… and that’s why we’re sure you’re gonna love The Watering Hole, a poolside bar we’re building for aficionados of backyard-style relaxation. We know you guys like soft serve too, so we’re throwing in a Swirls location — one of two! And why wouldn’t we? At Summer Landing, fun this cool is literally always in season.

LA PIAZZA

La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza… and we’d know, with all the Italian seafaring spirit that’s literally driving the ship. 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.

LIDO

If you’ve cruised with Carnival before, you know Lido… but aboard Mardi Gras this poolside zone features even more delicious and fun experiences among the familiar flavors. Evolving the classic poolside rum-bar was a tall order, but RedFrog Tiki Bar will be serving up the good stuff across two decks’ worth of South Pacific atmosphere. Also first-time-fresh is Street Eats, bringing together highlights from the world’s fast-good cuisine like empanadas, falafel and bao buns. Shaq’s latest Big Chicken restaurant is here, and fan-fave spots like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina taco spot aren’t done with your taste buds yet. And for folks hoping we haven’t forgotten: yes, Lido is absolutely home to one of two Swirls locations, the free 24-hour soft-serve spot!

THE ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND

Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Kids, you’re going to love this. And adults, the playground has grown up with you. So yay for play! Of course 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. Ultimate enough for you?

INSPIRED BY BOTH MMM & YUM!

Whether it’s casual munching or sit-down elegance you’re hungry for, we can’t wait to throw open the doors and share all this dining variety with you.

BIG CHICKEN

When Shaq tells you to build a chicken joint on board, you start warming up immediately. The big guy brings his poultry know-how and good taste to the seas with Big Chicken on Mardi Gras. Just like Shaq’s a multitalented entertainer, his restaurant is no one-trick chick. Step up to the counter for lunch or dinner and walk away with your choice of chicken sandwiches, crispy chicken strips or juicy fried chicken baskets... plus side dishes like potato salad and jalapeño slaw. Early-morning buzzer-beaters are invited to enjoy a breakfast of classics like chicken biscuits, a three-cheese omelet or our biscuit/egg combo featuring bacon or sausage. Snoozers are invited, too — breakfast is served until 3!

EMERIL’S BISTRO 1396

In 2020 Mardi Gras will set sail with Emeril Lagasse’s first-ever restaurant at sea: Emeril’s Bistro 1396™. Everybody knows about Emeril’s love for Creole cuisine, and now you’ll enjoy the authentic bayou flavors and fun New Orleans is known for on your vacation. If you haven’t had the pleasure, we’re talking about fried oysters, duck & sausage gumbo, po-boy sandwiches, fresh ceviche and more. We’re serving up Emeril’s faves all day… and because flavors this big don’t just sleep in, we do some great ones for breakfast too! Raw bar, incredible desserts and Crescent City atmosphere round out the experience.

GUY'S PIG & ANCHOR SMOKEHOUSE | BREWHOUSE

With choices like brisket, sausage, baby back ribs and dry-rubbed chicken, our pros do the smoking right there over hickory wood before serving them up at your table. You’re in Guy Fieri’s house — Mardi Gras has Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse. Now about the brews: this house of BBQ tradition doesn’t just satisfy your hunger — you’ll also enjoy our all-new, exclusive line of Parched Pig™ craft brews. There’s a smoked porter, a farmhouse ale, a hoppy IPA and a toasted amber, all brewed just feet from your table. Tip: Come by and check out the free menu at lunchtime, plus live music and lively atmosphere all day.

STREET EATS

Some of the world’s favorite flavors aren’t found in restaurants, but on the street in trucks, stalls and carts where flavor, convenience... and quality matter. When you’re just feet from the chef, they’ve gotta cook to impress! Street Eats is Carnival’s tribute to this food phenomenon, debuting aboard Mardi Gras with three ever-changing open-air stations — one that specializes in steamed stuff like bao buns and siu mai, one that puts the “skill” in skillet with the likes of kebab and satay, and — oh yes — the station that fries up favorites like empanadas and falafel. On Mardi Gras you may be far from the street, but flavor’s right around the corner.

BONSAI TEPPANYAKI

It’s a meal, a performance, and it’s definitely unforgettable. The Bonsai Teppanyaki experience is set to delight guests aboard Mardi Gras. Take a little time out of vacation to sit down to a selection of tempting appetizers, before your chef prepares the main course featuring selections of meats, tofu, fish, shrimp or lobster… right at your table. In the teppanyaki tradition — and Carnival’s tradition of fun — expect an interactive, satisfying meal full of surprise and delicious delight.

BONSAI SUSHI

So maybe you’ve had sushi before, but have you tried it at Bonsai Sushi? This is Carnival’s onboard seafood-and-soy-sauce spot, and we think you’ll enjoy our latest location, aboard Mardi Gras. Dine indoors or out amidst carefully-pruned bonsai trees, while enjoying a delectable menu with sit-down service. Rounding out the meal: soups, sides, sakes and desserts. So the next time you’re taking a stroll down the onboard promenade, stop at Bonsai Sushi for a roll, a box or maybe order a whole sushi ship — seaborne satisfaction for two.

SEAFOOD SHACK

A good seafood dish… mmm, quite the catch. However you like yours — roll, bowl or platter — Seafood Shack is Mardi Gras's place for you to cast your net. Imagine a seaside spot in New England, where the locals gather for great meals served with a bit of a breeze and a lot of a view. (That said, nowhere on land will you get 360-degree ocean views like ours!) Look to Seafood Shack for rustic favorites like Crab Cake Sliders, Lobster BLT, Fried Buffalo Shrimp, Snow Crab and more. Steer a course for Mardi Gras... that’s where you’ll find this little shack by the sea, wherever in the world you happen to be!

FAHRENHEIT 555 STEAKHOUSE

Haute cuisine meets atmosphere at Fahrenheit 555, a dining experience that stands toe-to-toe with some of the best steakhouses on land. Except this one’s at sea — aboard Mardi Gras. Ours features your choice of steak cuts, lobster, lamb and more… and inside, there’s even a full bar that pours great pairings. Outside, there’s seating for dining al fresco. These are the building blocks of an amazing experience — delectable elements that combine with great service to offer an evening to remember.

JIJI ASIAN KITCHEN

A modern restaurant inspired by a millennia-old society, JiJi Asian Kitchen on Mardi Gras serves up enticing dishes in an eclectic space that brings not just good food — but also good fortune — to the table. You’ll enjoy your meal among Asian prayer rolls and Mongolian-inspired fabrics in this unique culinary experience. JiJi offers a full-service menu featuring a mix of exotic and familiar dishes designed to challenge and delight your senses.

CUCINA DEL CAPITANO

At Cucina del Capitano on Mardi Gras, who you’ve got gathered around the table is truly as important as what’s being served there. At our table you’ll enjoy delicious Italian favorites — we serve them family-style because we know that sharing large plates and sharing tales of your day’s adventures goes hand-in-hand. Speaking of which, our walls are adorned with old snapshots from our officers’ family albums, proving that the rustic Italian-farmhouse atmosphere definitely isn’t for show.

GUY'S BURGER JOINT

We went looking for someone to help us grill up the best burgers at sea, and we found just the guy. Carnival has teamed up with best-selling author, restaurateur and Food Network personality Guy Fieri to bring all the authentic appeal of a roadside burger shack to Guy’s Burger Joint, the cool poolside spot for hot burgers and hand-cut fries. Try a fresh-off-the-grill burger Guy’s way, or take it off-road to our toppings bar and truly make it your own.

BLUEIGUANA CANTINA

Nobody knows Mexican dining like a blue iguana. Well, our blue iguana, at least. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the BlueIguana Cantina features freshly made tacos and burritos stuffed specially for your enjoyment. Throw our homemade tortillas and salsa into the mix, and you have a casual dining experience that will make you say “mmmm” (which is actually Iguanese for “more, please”).

GREEN EGGS & HAM BREAKFAST

Pack your imagination, but don’t forget your appetite as the whole family embarks on a breakfast that’s part meal, and part journey into the deliciously whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.

Sit down to a truly fantastical feast at the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends. Bright colors and patterns decorate your table, which features fun and unique menus.

Feast! Feast! Feast! Lose yourself exploring a delicious menu where you’ll find “Green Eggs and Ham,” brightly colored fruit, gravity-defying pancake stacks, funky french toast, “Moose Juice” ‘n’ ”Goose Juice”… and much more. (Classic breakfast offerings are available as well.) Breakfast is also the perfect time to meet and greet the stars of Dr. Seuss — characters will be around for special photo opportunities and fun interactions, making this a meal to remember.

AND SO MANY MORE RESTAURANTS AND BARS TO CHOOSE FROM!

STATEROOM ACCOMMODATIONS....OH MY!

With over 20 categories of staterooms, it might be hard to choose which is best for you and your travel partners. Our Travel Specialists can help you! Here's just a few of the new room categories that you can take a look at.

HAVANA CLUB

Tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas feature private outdoor patio cabanas, facing the expanded ocean-air deck, offering magnificent sea views. The pool area and ocean-air deck alongside the Havana staterooms and suites are for the exclusive use of guests in these accommodations until 7:00pm daily. Children must be 12 years of age or older in order to cruise in Havana accommodations. The Havana experience is designed to be a place where guests can relax and recharge in a more intimate and private setting and the age requirement will enable us to sustain the desired atmosphere.

FAMILY HARBOR STATEROOMS & SUITES

Located within a dedicated family zone on Deck 4 midship, the Family Harbor accommodations offer an array of staterooms in a nautical flag motif that accommodate up to five family members. Parents and kids will have even more room to relax at the exclusive Family Harbor Lounge, a secluded space designed as the ultimate family hang out. Family Harbor Suites feature 2 bathrooms!

Guests in Family Harbor staterooms are entitled to:

  • Access to the exclusive Family Harbor Lounge between the hours of 6:00am-9:00pm, using your Sail & Sign card to enter.
  • Kids (11 years of age and under) dine for free off the kids' menu in Fahrenheit 555, Cucina del Capitano, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen and Bonsai Sushi. Children must dine with an adult.
  • One free Night Owls evening at Camp Ocean for children 11 years of age and under.

CLOUD 9 SPA STATEROOMS

As part of the Cloud 9 Spa located forward on decks 5 and 6, the Mardi Gras features115 staterooms and 6 suites - guests have access to the spa and are eligible for exclusive spa packages and discounts. These staterooms and suites have additional in-room, spa-related amenities and décor different than other accommodations - in harmony with the soothing and relaxing theme of the Cloud 9 Spa.

Guests in Cloud 9 Spa accommodations will receive a wide array of special offerings. These perks apply to the first two-adult guests in each Cloud 9 Spa stateroom only:

  • Priority spa appointments for reservations made by 6:00pm on embarkation day
  • Cruise-long pass to our Thermal Suites:
  • Dry Heat Chambers (Salt and Infrared Heat Chamber)
  • Steam Chambers (Aroma Steam Chamber)
  • Thalassotherapy Pool
  • Two Experience Showers
  • Complimentary scrub kit with 8 luscious body scrubs to choose from to use in our Thermal Suites (one per guest)
  • Complimentary Pathway to Yoga or Pathway to Pilates fitness classes (two per guest)
  • Complimentary Body Composition Analyses (one per guest)
  • Enjoy 10% off your first, 20% off your second and 30% off your third signature spa treatment when booked together or 20%, 30%, 40% when signature spa treatments are scheduled while the ship is in port (three treatments per guest)
  • Spa-branded bathrobes and slippers for use during the cruise
  • Cloud 9 Spa Carnival products in stateroom: Elemis Carnival Shampoo and Conditioner, Sharp Shower Gel and Vitamin Rich Body Lotion and hand and body Elemis Soap Disk.

SUITES

From Ocean Suites to Excel Presidential Suites, we know that you'll want to immerse yourself in luxurious surroundings. Depending on where your suite is located, and the type of suite you select, you'll be entitled to incredible amenities. Ask your Groupit Travel Specialist for more information.

What Else Is Onboard?

SERENITY ADULT-ONLY RETREAT

Somebody at Carnival knows just what you need, and it’s pretty much exactly the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat. Look, you’ll still be on the same ship as the kids, the hoopla, and all the Carnival-style excitement… but you could easily forget, because when you’re at Serenity you could not be further from it all. The world you’ll find yourself in is one of complete peace, sea breezes and, of course, a nearby bar. It’s the place to get done the kind of stuff you just can’t seem to do anywhere else — reconnect with your partner, finish that book, or do absolutely, blissfully, nothing at all.

SPORTSQUARE

You’ll find an oasis of friendly competition at SportSquare, located at The Ultimate Playground on Mardi Gras. Take on friends at mini-golf, battle strangers at basketball, or push yourself to new heights at the ropes course… or to record-setting low times at the jogging track. SportSquare gets you in the game with soccer and volleyball, plus it brings pool, foosball and ping-pong to the table. Are you game?

WATERWORKS

For those who flock to waterparks just ready to make a splash, we’d suggest sliding on over to WaterWorks aboard Mardi Gras. Three large-scale spiraling slides, a giant dumping bucket, twin racing slides and more — you know, the works — are all practically overflowing for your hydro-delight. When you spot the slides on board you’ll see that they mean business… though we recommend checking them out from the inside.

BOLT: ULTIMATE SEA COASTER

Aboard Mardi Gras you’ll meet BOLT™: the fastest — and first! — rollercoaster at sea. Strap in and zoom your motorcycle-style speed machine around an open-air course high, high above sea level. You know how on most rollercoasters... actually, never mind. Forget other coasters because this all-electric thrill ride puts you in the driver’s seat. That means you actually get to control how fast you go, so hit the gas and try for the fastest time, go for the biggest thrill — plus some amazing 360° ocean views! And for the folks who choose to chill: go light on the pedal, and this just might be the coaster for you!

FAMILY FEUD LIVE

The show has been delighting viewers at home for generations, but you’ve never had the chance to buzz-in on a cruise ship until Family Feud™ Live hits Mardi Gras. On every sailing we’ll be hosting four unique games on an authentic Family Feud™ set… right down to the iconic Face-Off podium, plus all the excitement of Fast Money. Family Feud™ Live will be emceed by none other than your cruise director, so if you’re game, sign up your team of five for an audition… and make sure they bring that Family Feud™ spirit. If you don’t make it, join the studio audience for the evening, where you still may get a shot at the “Insta-family” version of the game!

SEUSS AT SEA

Enjoy a special onboard character parade, interactive story time, arts & crafts activities, character breakfast featuring their favorite Dr. Seuss friends and more. Seuss at Sea truly brings your child’s favorite books to life.

AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON!

When you book into one of our exclusive Holiday Sailings, not only will you receive the best rates, but we are also offering:

  • One bottle of Premium Red Wine with cheese and crackers per stateroom
  • Two complimentary Carnival Tote Bags per stateroom
  • $100 onboard credit per stateroom

We guarantee that there is SO MUCH TO DO (or not, if that's what you prefer), that you won't want to disembark this ship...ever!

For more information or a quote, please contact your Groupit Travel Specialist!

Stacey Ray - stacey@groupittravel.com

Jane McCall - jane@groupittravel.com

Leonte McDaniel - leonte@groupittravel.com

Bonnie Ramey - bonnie@groupittravel.com

Marissa Vandyk - marissa@groupittravel.com

Don't have a Groupit Travel Specialist? Email us at info@groupittravel.com