Carnival Cruise Line’s new cruise ship Mardi Gras will feature staterooms with new and innovative design practices that are ergonomically-friendly and maximise visual space, according to a release from the line.
The press release included a video released on YouTube showing what to expect from the balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms aboard the new 180,000-gross ton, 5,200-passenger cruise ship.
If it feels similar to the cruise line’s new Vista-class, with its family suites and Havana balcony cabins, that’s because it is. DCA Design International took their inspiration from the Vista-class cruise ships, and in addition to Mardi Gras’ new staterooms and balconies, Vista-favourites will also be featured.
Mardi Gras will have Havana staterooms with outdoor patio space and access to an exclusive open deck with sun loungers, Cuban-themed bar and pool; extra-roomy Family Harbour accommodations with access to the Family Harbour Lounge; and Cloud 9 Spa staterooms with spa bathrobes and slippers, Elemis toiletries and spa privileges.
But these staterooms wont be carbon copies. They will all be entirely unique to Mardi Gras, reflecting the ship’s unique position in the Carnival fleet as the largest, and the first in North America to be LNG powered.
“We took a unique approach to our stateroom design with Mardi Gras, utilizing DCA’s design experts who are well known for innovative product design and partnered them with Miami-based interior architect Studio Dado,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s Senior Vice President of new builds.
“DCA employed a thoughtful guest-centric approach gleaned from observations of how our guests use their space in conjunction with their vast experience in product design to make the staterooms as comfortable and functional as possible,” he added.
Distinguished by muted turquoise hues, the staterooms’ are enhanced by design touches that include floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors on nearly all balconies, new sofas that convert into a bed, and foot stools that open up for storage.
The staterooms will also have a larger, customisable wardrobe with two pull-out bins, a sliding shoe rack, folding shelves and storage under the bed for luggage and ensuites with glass shower doors, a first for the line, along with an in-shower shaving bar.
Smaller staterooms touches include glass doors on the in-room mini-refrigerators to see what’s inside, more 110V power outlets and USB connections both on the vanity and by the bed as well as more shelf space to accommodate electronic devices and flexible bedside reading lamps that allow guests to read without disturbing others.
“We’ve taken the best practices in new interior design and hotel concepts and applied them to Mardi Gras to create guest-friendly staterooms designed to make guests feel at home,” said Dom Hargreaves, Sector Manager for DCA Design International.
“It’s been an incredible opportunity to work with Carnival to enrich the stateroom experience by focusing on both design principles and small details, creating moments of delight for Mardi Gras guests,” he said.
Mardi Gras will offer the widest variety of accommodation categories of any Carnival ship. More than 70% of her staterooms will offer an ocean view or balcony, along with 300 pairs of connecting staterooms, for large families or groups.
Mardi Gras will also offer the most suites of any Carnival ship, a total of more than 180 of varying sizes and locations.
More details about the ship’s suites and amenities will be announced in mid-April, including the premium level Carnival Excel Suites, which will include a set of exclusive features and offerings.
Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is scheduled to enter service in Europe on August 31st, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages.
In October, she’ll reposition to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises.