Which Cruise Line and Ship is right for me…Part 9

What’s up bloggers and bloggetts, it’s your girl you know who (Shawne) here with another you know what (blog) for your reading pleasure.

Let me ask you a question? Have you ever wanted to take a cruise but have no idea where to start or maybe you’ve stared the process but have no idea what ship was right for you. Well have no fear Shawne is here with a guide to steer you in the right direction. Over the next few weeks I will break down the ships of Carnival Cruise Lines….Why, because they are truly FUN SHIPS.

So, grab your swimsuits, flip flops, maybe a guy’s burger and your favorite drink and let’s set sail because TRAVEL truly is SEXY.

Which Cruise Line and Ship is right for me…Part 9

Last week we talked about the VISTA CLASS and this week as promised we will explore the ships of the XL CLASS

There are only two ships right now in this class.

  • The Mardi Gras
  • Uknown (name to be determined) Coming in 2022

The Mardi Gras was Carnival’s first ship setting sail in 1972 and is going through major renevations when it makes it’s debut in 2020. All of us Carnival enthusiast are waiting to see what Carnival comes up with. The new innovations about the MG is unbelievable. This ship will be home to the BOLT.….The very first ROLLERCOASTER at sea.

Which Cruise Line and Ship is right for me…Part 9

One of the things that will make the Mardi Gras different is their decision to divide the ship into six different zones. Let’s list them and then discuss

  • Zone 1: Grand Central
  • Zone 2: French Quater
  • Zone 3: Summer Landing
  • Zone 4: La Piazza
  • Zone 5: Lido
  • Zone 6: The Ultimate Playground

So now let’s have a little discussion

Grand Central: You’ll find high ceilings that hint at fun living on the three decks above! But don’t stare to hard looking up or you’ll miss the floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in the ocean views. This will also be a great place to take a break with a nice cup of coffee, enjoy live music  or kill time with a handcrafted cocktail in between evening shows. In Grand Central, no one is ever 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, the French Quarter on Mardi Gras is your home zone. What inspired this place is no less than New Orleans itself, and if all this talk of NOLA has you as hungry as we are, you’ll be pleased to hear that The 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. Just steps away you’ll find entertainment inspired by the world-renowned Crescent City nightlife — yep, there’s a hot jazz club in this zone — plus bars, lounges and some funky little shops. And while we’re not one to brag, one of these spots is being designed in partnership with a name you definitely know! SO STAY TUNED

Summer Landing: If your looking for“the greatest chill spot at sea”… then SUMMER LANDING. Can you guess what goes great with chilling outdoors? BBQ, so we’re building a Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse into this zone to make sure it always tastes like summer here, courtesy of freshly-smoked faves designed by Guy Fieri. If hanging out at the pool is your thing no worries the pool and whirlpool aren’t far and neither is grabbing a beer at the original Parched Pig™ beers brewing just a few feet from the tap?

La Piazza: La dolce vita is within reach at La Piazza. This zone stands for flavor and it starts with Cucina del Capitano, which brings you and your party together for an evening of Italian favorites served family-style, while Pizzeria del Capitano makes delizioso happen for your clients 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 before, I’m sure your familiar with the Lido deck… but aboard Mardi Gras this poolside zone features even more delicious and fun ways to spend a day. Everybody looks to Lido for variety, and with tons of casual dining spots you’ll discover new experiences among the flavors that keep our you coming back. Are movies your thing, then They take in a Dive-In Movie at the pool and if a burger, seafood or taco is on the menu then check out Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina spot. And for folks hoping we haven’t forgotten: yes, Lido is absolutely home to fan-favorite Swirls, the free soft-serve spot cranking out the cool 24 hours a day!







The Ultimate Playground: Don’t let the name fool you — this zone is ages everybody and up. Kids are going to love this. And for the adults, the playground has grown up with them. 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 your clients?

Well, i’m exhausted after this cruise….What about you?

I hope you enjoyed and learned a few things within this series.

Which Cruise Line and Ship is right for me…Part 9

Well in the words of one of my favorite cartoon LOONEY TUNES…..THAT’S ALL FOLKS.  This was the final blog post in this series and I have to say I had a lot of fun writing and sharing with you the Ships of Carnival. I hope that you are now able to find the right ship for you if not i’m always here to help.


Happy Sailing


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