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7 minutes ago, eroller said:

 

 

Currently too large I believe for Cuba.  

Thank you. Like the designs they've shown so far. 

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9 hours ago, ProgRockCruiser said:

 

Have you seen the leaked deck plans?  There is unused space at the aft of deck 7, right below where the suspect "pool" on deck 8 is located.  That to me looks like they left room for a pool of some useful depth.  Please explain how "technically no pools are possible on deck 8".

 

P&O Iona has the same configuration for her infinity pool (which is on deck 16).

 

Just trying to understand what you've said.

 

Can someone point me to the leaked deck plans please. I did a search and can't seem to find any.

Thanks in advance :)

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31 minutes ago, CruisinMamaMN said:

 

Can someone point me to the leaked deck plans please. I did a search and can't seem to find any.

Thanks in advance 🙂

 

20 minutes ago, eroller said:

That is accurate and there is also this, which is icruise.com.  Although this is enlarged, it is likely to be taken down as it's from a website of what I believe is a TA.   

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12 hours ago, eroller said:

One odd thing I'll add comparing the deck plans is deck 4.  This should be a full deck of cabins, but for some reason it's blank on the deck plans I've seen of MARDI GRAS so far.  All the ships of this class have two full decks of cabins in the hull, below the lowest public rooms deck.  I don't think MARDI GRAS will be any different, but for some reason that deck has been omitted on the plans released so far.  I don't expect anything special to be there, just more cabins.  

You are right. There will be window cabins on deck 4 (below the "cove balcony" as now usual for Dream/Vista ships).

Mardi Gras preview video: Scroll to 27:36

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Not really wowwed or favor the mega ships. Just briefly looking over deck plans, Havana and alchemy bars are in mediocre spots. Looks like limelight lounge and comedy club are still fairly small. With the casino in the  atrium, I would wonder if second hand  smoke is going to be an issue. Suprised the spa is down low. Serenity deck looks pretty spacious as well as mini golf getting a prime spot on aft of the ship. Looking forward to viewing itineraries.

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Just a few observations so far:

 

Nothing Red Frog-related, and no Blue Iguana Tequila Bar either, at least so far. I’m wondering if the unannounced venue on the starboard side of Lido will be a food venue (like Shaq’s Big Chicken), and then a single larger bar on the opposite side of the pool area.

 

There doesn’t appear to be any outside seating for Ji Ji’s or Bonsai, but this may be to keep the Havana area secure from non-Havana guests.

 

I suspect Deck 6 is the French Quarter given most of its venues are still a secret. Fittingly, the Palm restaurant is on this deck, and it was the French who introduced Palm trees to Mexico and the Caribbean.

 

Muster stations should be on Deck 7. I’m questioning whether they will be outside or not, as with Mardi Gras carrying up to 6600 guests and only 16 lifeboats, these should be the highest capacity lifeboats in the world. Most of the interior public space on Deck 7 is on the port side, however, so I’m not sure all the muster stations can be indoors.

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11 minutes ago, tidecat said:

Muster stations should be on Deck 7. I’m questioning whether they will be outside or not, as with Mardi Gras carrying up to 6600 guests and only 16 lifeboats, these should be the highest capacity lifeboats in the world. Most of the interior public space on Deck 7 is on the port side, however, so I’m not sure all the muster stations can be indoors.

 

muster will be inside, no more outside muster. possible muster stations can include the theater, atrium, casino, dinning room, limelight lounge and other places

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19 hours ago, tidecat said:

 

Muster stations should be on Deck 7. I’m questioning whether they will be outside or not, as with Mardi Gras carrying up to 6600 guests and only 16 lifeboats, these should be the highest capacity lifeboats in the world. Most of the interior public space on Deck 7 is on the port side, however, so I’m not sure all the muster stations can be indoors.

 

Muster drill will be indoors. There is no space outside. 

IMO I like it outside - a feel of being on a real ship. 🙂

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I was kind of hoping they would tie in the French Quarter Theme to the Havana type cabins and have a private area with this new theme...  

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On 1/26/2019 at 9:04 AM, ronbe65 said:

You are right. There will be window cabins on deck 4 (below the "cove balcony" as now usual for Dream/Vista ships).

Mardi Gras preview video: Scroll to 27:36

 

 

Yes I'm sure we will see them on the official deck plans released by Carnival, which should happen in a day or two.  

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We usually cruise about 6 a year and have over 66 now. As for how many guests to be crowded. That totally depends on the size of the ship vs guests on board. On the RCCL Harmony with over 6100 onboard you almost never have a bump problem at all. Unless a special on the main deck or pool deck, it is not crowded at all. Many locations have very few there because of the size of the ship. Now take a ship that is about 1200 ft at 3600 guests and you are now on a crowded ship. On wednesday I will get booked on the Mardi Gras for halloween cruise for 2020. That will make our six for 2020. (mardi Gras / Halloween) hum. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Our last few cruises on Carnival were terrible and the food stunk for sure. I hope this one will be great. 47 on Carnival and Diamond for a while now. The most we cruised on in one year was eight. Just returned from one on the RCCL Serenade of the Seas. Beautiful decor and awesome food. Fantastic 10 day cruise. Although the steak house was terrible, the buffett was awesome. 

No more dining room meals. Not worth the lost time. April 3 on the NEW Celebrity Edge and already booked the sister ship APEX for 2020. We are now trying to book only NEW ships. SKY Princess for 2020 booked. Not sure about Norwegian. Like the go carts but I have heard the food is not that good. Just go and enjoy whatever you like. Always the best bank for the buck.

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Any word on if there will be Family Harbor rooms on the Mardi Gras? And if so what deck they might be?

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1 hour ago, mommy2jack said:

Any word on if there will be Family Harbor rooms on the Mardi Gras? And if so what deck they might be?

 

 

I'm thinking there will be.  Probably on Deck 4 which for some reason wasn't included on the pre-released deck plans.  

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19 hours ago, twodaywonder said:

We usually cruise about 6 a year and have over 66 now. As for how many guests to be crowded. That totally depends on the size of the ship vs guests on board. On the RCCL Harmony with over 6100 onboard you almost never have a bump problem at all. Unless a special on the main deck or pool deck, it is not crowded at all. Many locations have very few there because of the size of the ship. Now take a ship that is about 1200 ft at 3600 guests and you are now on a crowded ship. On wednesday I will get booked on the Mardi Gras for halloween cruise for 2020. That will make our six for 2020. (mardi Gras / Halloween) hum. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Our last few cruises on Carnival were terrible and the food stunk for sure. I hope this one will be great. 47 on Carnival and Diamond for a while now. The most we cruised on in one year was eight. Just returned from one on the RCCL Serenade of the Seas. Beautiful decor and awesome food. Fantastic 10 day cruise. Although the steak house was terrible, the buffett was awesome. 

No more dining room meals. Not worth the lost time. April 3 on the NEW Celebrity Edge and already booked the sister ship APEX for 2020. We are now trying to book only NEW ships. SKY Princess for 2020 booked. Not sure about Norwegian. Like the go carts but I have heard the food is not that good. Just go and enjoy whatever you like. Always the best bank for the buck.

 

 

I'm kind of in the same boat as you.  I cruise about 6 times a year, and I'm up to about 125 cruises and I used to love Carnival.  I've been sailing on them since the early 80's but I've gotten older and for the most part I've outgrown them and moved on.  I still think they offer a fairly decent product, but I'm not so tolerant of all the bad behavior I witness on Carnival.  It exists on other lines, but not to the same degree.  It's no wonder they are sending out warning emails to booked guests regarding behavior.  That sort of speaks for itself.  Anyway I'm a huge fan of prototype ships  (large and small), regardless of cruise line, and MARDI GRAS has certainly caught my eye.  I'm so happy Carnival is finally getting a completely new design and not another rehashed Destiny Class on steroids.  They are finally getting something that can better compete with the new ships of Royal, NCL, and MSC which frankly I think have left Carnival in the dust.  Carnival seems to have been focused on being the price leader, which is great for first timers, but I think it can only get you so far.  So I will absolutely book MARDI GRAS and hope for the best.  Really my only major concern is crowding.  I think Royal puts a lot more emphasis on design and passenger flow, and has a better balance of cabins to public rooms and deck space.  Of course they are also more expensive than Carnival for the most part.  Like you I felt HARMONY OF THE SEAS never felt crowded.  It was so well designed, and Royal also built up all the infrastructure in the various ports to support the Oasis Class.  It was very well thought out.  It remains to be seen with MARDI GRAS, but hoping for the best!    

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Deck 4 may be the equivalent of Deck 0 on non-Fantasy class ships.

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20 minutes ago, tidecat said:

Deck 4 may be the equivalent of Deck 0 on non-Fantasy class ships.

 All of the Mardi Gras's sister ships have cabins on Deck 4. :classic_cool:

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On 1/22/2019 at 1:08 PM, ronbe65 said:

Hi Carnival Cruisers,

 

"Carnival advocate on the boards" is here with a research based on available information on the newest and largest Carnival ship.

"Carnival Cruisers" is a large part of the cruising community.

It may be helpful to know more about a new ship at the earlier stage of construction.

We can let cruise lines hear what we like and dislike about the new projects.

There will be a chance that cruise lines listen to us, and do some changes to make new ships more enjoyable and successful.

 

Carnival Mardi Gras Cruise Ship In-Depth Preview: hits and misses, cabins, ship's plan, open decks, BOLT roller coaster, Havana Cabanas prospective, etc.:

 

 

Carnival is launching four giant 184,000 GT cruise ships over next two years. Four brands under Carnival Corp. umbrella will get their largest ever ships: Carnival Mardi Gras, AIDAnova, P&O Iona, and Costa Smeralda.

While loosely based on the same platform, each of the Big Four will have some visible  "tweaks" to keep them in line with the brands' specifics.

With this Big Four Carnival is entering a new "super-mass market" category (vs mass market).

 

What Carnival Mardi Gras is going to be? 
How will it handle 5,200 guests on board?

 

Please share your thoughts.

That is a whole lot of negativity for a ship that has not even sailed yet. 🙄

 

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I put a hold on a Havana cabana deck 7. Not sure if I really want to book yet.... wondering what the Havana area will have, doesn’t look like a pool, just a spa.

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8 hours ago, Mikew0805 said:

That is a whole lot of negativity for a ship that has not even sailed yet. 🙄

 

Hi Mikew0805,

No negativity at all. 🙂

This is a reality we are going to pay for.

 

Happy cruising!

 

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Just did a mock booking for Dec.2020, and the pricing seems very reasonable plus $200.00 OBC. A little over $1700.00 for a 7 day Western for 2 incl taxes and pre paid grats and 1/2 off deposit. Not bad at all for a new ship. I've never seen $200.00 OBC from Carnival before. This is for a regular balcony. They also have the coves and a new mini balcony for less, but not interested in them.

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We are not interested in mega ships of any cruise line!

The idea that bigger=better does not fit with our travel style at all.

We will not be on the new Panorama in California nor will we be on this new Mardi Gras from  Florida.

We don't need bells and whistles and are happy to stick with the smaller ships like the Spirit class or the Splendor on Carnival  and the Coral on Princess.

We know that others on here are excited by all these new ships and wish everyone happy sailing!!(without us!)

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1 hour ago, ronbe65 said:

Hi Mikew0805,

No negativity at all. 🙂

This is a reality we are going to pay for.

 

Happy cruising!

 

Did you watch your own video? There is a lot of time spent complaining about cabins, and their design, as well as the exhaust stack location, without having ever stepped foot on board. 

 

It's a good thing I didn't let all the negative comments assuage me from sailing the Horizon. I would not have gotten to enjoy the layout, or the fact that it felt less crowded than the Splendor. This video is judging something before experiencing it, and is equivalent to all the ignorant comments about CCL and it's "low class, partier" atmosphere that so many say exist, while have never stepping foot on a CCL ship. 

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