Lots of great news has been coming out about Carnival Cruise Lines‘ new Mardi Gras ship. Last week, Carnival unveiled further details on numerous accommodations for guests, including the new premium category Carnival Excel suites with select amenities.

“As we continue to announce details on Mardi Gras, guests will see that this ship is going to have more choices to stay and more choices to play. All of our accommodations have been designed to exceed our guests’ expectations, and the suite offerings will kick that up a notch or two for those who want an extra special Choose Fun vacation.”

– Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line

New Premium Level Carnival Excel Suites

The Carnival team has been hard at work adding new accommodations for their cruisers. The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories:  

  • Carnival Excel Presidential Suite –Two Presidential Suites – the largest in the fleet – located on Deck 17 that feature spacious living, dining and sleeping areas along with the fleet’s most expansive balconies with vast sea views, large sunbed and lounging areas, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and shower. These suites also include access to the spa’s thermal suite and the Havana pool area.
  • Carnival Excel Aft Suite – Twelve suites overlooking Summer Landing and boasting separate living rooms and bedrooms with large wraparound balconies offering impressive ocean views, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and areas for al fresco dining and relaxing.
  • Carnival Excel Corner Suite – Twelve suites on the port and starboard sides of the ship featuring separate sleeping and lounging areas, a wet bar and wraparound balconies with lounging and dining areas.
  • Carnival Excel Suite – Six suites on Decks 10, 11 and 12 with sleeping, dining and relaxing areas. The spacious balconies include loungers and a dining area.
Carnival Mardi Gras Presidential Suite
Carnival Mardi Gras Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite Balcony Mardi Gras
Presidential Suite Balcony
Carnival Mardi Gras Corner Excel Suite
Carnival Mardi Gras Excel Aft Suite
Carnival Mardi Gras Excel Aft Suite Daytime Balcony
Carnival Mardi Gras Excel Aft Suite Daytime Balcony
Carnival Mardi Gras Corner Excel Suite
Carnival Mardi Gras Corner Excel Suite

Exclusive New Suite-Level Amenities

All suites onboard Mardi Gras will include an amenities package that includes priority boarding and debarkation, priority main dining room seating, plush bathrobes and bottled water upon arrival.

Guests in the 32 Carnival Excel suites will enjoy standard suite amenities plus the following:

  • Unlimited access to Loft 19
  • Dedicated concierge phone line
  • Guaranteed specialty dining times (with the exception of Bonsai Teppanyaki and the Chef’s Table)
  • Complimentary Bottomless Bubbles soda package, room service and laundry
  • Sparkling wine and fresh fruit basket upon arrival
  • Upgraded bathroom amenities

All New ‘Loft 19’

Located on the ship’s highest deck, Loft 19 is a brand new concept for Carnival Cruise Line – a secluded retreat modeled after the world’s finest resorts with full bar service, a private pool surrounded by sun loungers and spacious cabanas, available for rent. Cabanas are fully stocked with beverages, plush robes and chilled towels, fresh fruit, lunch delivery and dedicated concierge service. Carnival Excel suite guests will receive priority when reserving Loft 19 cabanas.

Loft 19 Pool View on the Carnival Mardi Gras
Loft 19 Pool area on Carnival Mardi Gras
Loft 19 Cabana View on the Carnival Mardi Gras
Loft 19 Cabana area on Carnival Mardi Gras

Additional Suite Options

In addition to the Carnival Excel class suites, Mardi Gras will also feature:

  • Ocean Suites –separate sleeping and lounging areas with ergonomically-friendly design.
  • Tropics-inspired Havana Suites – private patios with a swing chair and direct access to The Lanai.
  • Extra-roomy Family Harbor Suites – nautical décor, large-scale windows and toddler benches.
  • Cloud 9 Spa Suites – with special spa privileges such as two fitness classes, access to the ship’s Thermal Suite and a scrub kit.

I have had my fair share of Carnival experiences before, but have never been this excited to experience a new ship quite like I am for the new Mardi Gras. I’ll continue to provide you with new information on the ship as news breaks. In the meantime, learn more about Emeril Lagasse’s first restaurant at sea and get a first look at Mardi Gras’ staterooms.