Carnival Mardi Gras Cruise

By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

Review the Carnival Mardi Gras cruise "best carnival ever" offers - all sea ship cruises during Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras cruise includes New Orleans, Galveston, Tampa, Long Beach/Los Angeles, NYC New York and Brazil. Cruise lines and ships are sailing over February from the best Mardi Gras cities.

Carnival Cruise Lines ms Mardi Gras ship

A Carnival Cruise Mardi Gras, or how about a double carnival - the best US carnival in a perfect combination with the biggest and most fun cruise line in the world ever? Get your double Mardi Gras Carnival Day cruise fun provided by The Fun line with the ever biggest fleet of Fun Ships.

The most fun fact of all is that the Carnival and Mardi Gras are totally related - ms Mardi Gras was the first Carnival cruise ship ever. Its original name was RMS Empress of Canada (built 1961), in service with Carnival from 1972 to 1993, then sold, resold and finally scrapped in 2003 - sad but true.

Carnival Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Carnival aka "Carnival season" (the name literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French) is a Catholic festival celebrated in the countries of Anglican nations. The celebrations begin on Epiphany (or "the feast day" on January 6th) and culminate on the day before Ash Wednesday (called "Fat Tuesday" and "Mardi Gras Day" - positioned exactly 46 days before Easter). When is the Mardi Gras Carnival day? Because its timing is set according to Easter, it varies by year - between February 3 and March 9. Follows a list with the Mardi Gras dates in the next couple of years (all dates will be on Tuesdays, though  - no matter the year).

Carnival Cruise Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Carnival dates are: in 2016 on February 9, in 2017 on February 28, in 2018 on February 13, in 2019 on March 5 and in 2020 on February 25.

You probably already know this, but what the heck: the Mardi Gras New Orleans is second only to the best ever and absolutely colorful-crazy Rio Carnival in Brazil. According to the Wikipedia's Mardi Gras article, the Rio Carnival draws record numbers of day tourists in Brazil - 2,2 million for the Carnival Day in 2012. Add to this more than 5 million people for the whole week (around 70% of all annual guests to Rio De Janeiro), with over 400,000 foreigners participating in the week-long day and night activities. The best Mardi Gras places to be in USA (big cities with well established traditions and grandiose celebrations on the most famous Tuesday of the year) are Mobile Alabama Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras Galveston Texas (in the region of Caribbean) and for the US West Coast - San Francisco and San Diego in California.

Mardi Gras Carnival - cruise inclusions

Mardi Gras cruise deals review

Basically, this is a Mardi Gras Carnival themed cruise vacation, on which if you're part of a group you can get amazing discount rates. Group booking ("Hosted Group Cruise"), besides great booking pricing, is also a travel agency's special, which generally offers:

  • included by the agency: at least one Private Group cocktail party, all gratuities (depending on ship/itinerary these can be up to $100 PP), a group departure, daily and nightly group gatherings, group dining (reserved tables), and, of course, your "Mask Party".
  • included by the ship (for the duration of the trip): all meals (excepting alternative restaurants), accommodations and entertainment, 24hr room-service.
  • not-included: optional are the group shore excursions (again at discount prices). Also not-included in the fares are: alcoholic beverages, gift shop purchases, spa services, gambling (casino/bingo), airfare, port charges, Government taxes, local transfers to the port of embarkation/disembarkation. Remember that for US citizens a passport or certified birth certificate is always required.
  • all sailings offer a special menu and all the Carnival-themed activities - good music, an exotic masquerade, a lot of booze options, good friends and super fun. As to CCL, whatever the ship, no matter the destination it sails - if it's a Fun Ship, it's always gonna be your absolutely best Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship holiday vacation, ever!

Carnival Mardi Gras cruise

(major cruise lines from New Orleans, Galveston and Tampa, cruise ships with departures on the "Carnival Day" or a few days before February 17th)

ships/departure ports February departure dates duration/destination (Caribbean) destination/other call port visited on February 17 Min Fares (prices from)*

CCL Carnival Mardi Grass

Breeze / Miami 1 8day, Southern - La Romana, Dominican Republic $730
Conquest / Miami 2 7day, Eastern - at sea $500
Dream / Port Canaveral 1 7day, Western - Belize City $530
Ecstasy / Miami 3 4day, Western - Key West, FL $300
Elation / New Orleans 3 5day, Western - at sea $360
Fantasy / Charleston SC 3 5day, Bahamas - at sea $370
Fascination / Jacksonville FL 3 5day, Bahamas - at sea $360
Freedom / Fort Lauderdale 2 6day, Western - at sea $450
Glory / Miami 2 7day, Western - George Town, Grand Cayman $460
Imagination / Long Beach 2 - 4day, Baja Mexico Ensenada $290
Inspiration / Long Beach 3 - 4day, Baja Mexico Catalina Island CA $290
Legend / Tampa FL 2 7day, Western - Cozumel, Mexico $520
Liberty / Miami 1 7day, Eastern - St Thomas, USVI $500
Magic / Galveston Texas 2 7day, Western - at sea $560
Miracle / Long Beach 1 - 7day, Mexican Riviera Cabo San Lucas, Mexico $480
Paradise / Tampa 3 5day, Western - at sea $390
Pride / Baltimore MD 2 7day, Bahamas - at sea $540
Sensation / Port Canaveral (Orlando) FL 2 4day, bahamas - Nassau $320
Spirit / Sydney, Australia 3 - 9day, Pacific Islands at sea AU$1,280
Splendor / NYC, New York 1 8day, Bahamas - Port Canaveral, FL $540
(new ship) Sunshine / New Orleans 2 7day, Eastern - Key West, FL $630
Triumph / Galveston TX 1 5day, Western - Cozumel, Mexico $330
Valor / San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 7day, Southern (Barbados) - at sea $450
Victory / Miami 3 5day, Eastern - at sea $360.

Royal Caribbean Mardi Gras (ship names with suffix "of the seas")

Adventure / San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 7night, Southern - St Kitts, West Indies $720
Allure / Fort Lauderdale 2 7night, Eastern - at sea $980
Brilliance / Tampa 1 5night, Western - Cozumel $470
Enchantment / Port Canaveral 3 4night, Bahamas - Coco Cay (private island) $340
Explorer / New York 2 9night, Eastern - at sea $850
Freedom / Port Canaveral 2 7night, Western - Labadee, Haiti (private resort) $750
Independence / Fort Lauderdale 1 8night, Eastern - St Maarten $850
Jewel / San Juan, Puerto Rico 1 7night, Southern - Antigua $620
Liberty / Fort Lauderdale 1 5night, Western - Cozumel $450
Majesty / Miami 3 4night, Bahamas - Nassau $340
Mariner / Singapore 2 - 5night, Thailand/Malaysia Laem Chabang/Bangkok $450
Navigator / Galveston TX 2 7night, Western - at sea $560
Oasis / Fort Lauderdale 1 7night, Western - Falmouth, Jamaica $850
Serenade of the Seas / New Orleans 1 7night, Western - Falmouth, Jamaica $650
Splendour of the Seas / Santos/Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 - 7night South America Punta Del Este, Uruguay $1,050
Vision / Colon, Panama 1 7night, Southern - Bonaire $930.

other lines & cruise ships for Mardi Gras

Celebrity Century / Los Angeles 3 - 8day, Mexican Riviera (couples cruise) at sea na
Celebrity Constellation / Fort Lauderdale 3 5night, Western - at sea $430
Celebrity Reflection / Miami 1 7night, Eastern - St Thomas $800
Celebrity Silhouette / Fort Lauderdale 2 7night, Eastern - Puerto Rico $800
Caribbean Princess / Houston, Texas 1 7day, Western - Roatan, Honduras $750
Coral Princess / Fort Lauderdale March 4 11day, Panama Canal - at sea $1,600
Royal Princess / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Eastern - at sea $850
Ruby Princess / Fort Lauderdale 1 5day, Western - Cozumel $550
Sapphire Princess / Los Angeles 1 - 10day, Mexico Riviera Cabo San Lucas $1,100
ms Eurodam / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Western - at sea $800
ms Nieuw Amsterdam / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Eastern - Grand Turk $800
ms Ryndam / Tampa 2 7day, Western - at sea $750
ms Westerdam / Fort Lauderdale 1 7day, Eastern - Puerto Rico $800
(new ship) Norwegian Breakaway / New York 2 7day, Florida-Bahamas - Port Canaveral $730
Norwegian Dawn / Tampa 2 7day, Western - Roatan, Honduras $530
Norwegian Epic / Miami 2 7day, Western - Ocho Rios, Jamaica $730
Norwegian Jewel / New Orleans 2 7day, Western - Cozumel $620
Norwegian Sky / Miami 3 4day, bahamas - Great Stirrup Cay (private island) $300
Norwegian Star / Los Angeles 2 - 7day, Mexico Riviera Cabo San Lucas $600
MSC Magnifica / Santos, Brazil 2 - 7night, South America Punta Del Este, Uruguay $1,400
Costa Magica / Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe 1 8day, Eastern - Catalina Island, Dominican Republic (private resort) $700
  • *note: we show you prices only to compare cruise rates in general - all fares are indicative and subject to change.
  • You can also search and join a Mardi Gras roll-call at some of the most popular online travel forums. And your first in the list should be the Carnival's FunVille forum (and its rollcall link).

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