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).
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
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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