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  1. On 6/25/2021 at 10:48 PM, CJHAN said:

    That's what I thought as well that's why I booked one for next summer. I hope it really is what it looks like.

    I did as well for early 2022. Hopefully it won't be too windy, but I'm excited about the prospect of a larger balcony and maybe even a wider view of the horizon due to the shape.

  2. 18 hours ago, Essiesmom said:

    And here I thought this thread was going to be about babies being conceived aboard a Carnival cruise...


    I expected the same thing from the headline!

    My first cruise was with my parents when I was 16 years old. I had a good time, but I think the important part is it gave me an idea of what to expect so I could talk my wife into going together 15 years later. We love cruising now.

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  3. On 2/4/2021 at 4:11 PM, kaylahszoo said:

    Think about it- COVID is a Virus.  

    😄 This kind of statement is why it should be mandated. The general public simply aren't educated enough to make this decision themselves. Nothing against them - I'm not a epidemiologist either. Although I do understand some of the differences between this virus and the flu. 

  4. I have previously purchased FTTF in the past, but was unable to on my last cruise as we booked last minute. I was worried about having to wait in line to board, but we arrived at the port (Port Everglades) about 30min before our boarding window, and was on the ship within 25 minutes. We brought smaller carry-ons to avoid having to lug around too much before we could get to our rooms.

    I would say that it depends on if you plan to use the priority guest services line or want priority tenders. Our only tender port was Half Moon Cay, so we just took our time in the morning before tendering out. We still got nice chairs on the beach.

    In summary, it would've been a waste of money in our last cruise, but I can see situations where it would be worth it.

  5. On 1/16/2021 at 1:07 PM, Mr and Mrs C said:

    Hey, I’m looking at booking our very first aft balcony, generally we book mid ship balconies but I’m ready for a change. So I’ve tried to find some pics or videos of the aft balconies on the new Mardi Gras, is there anything out there, or is it too new for that? Is there a deck for aft balconies that is better then another? I was quoted a price for deck 11. 

    Also wondering if they have announced any entertainment or will it just be the production shows? We don’t generally care for the production shows, we’ve been spoiled on ncl with some pretty amazing entertainment. However ncl prices are quite a bit more so I understand you get what you pay for. 

    Snowy day here in Canada and we are in Ontario which is on complete lock down so I’m looking at cruising to pass the time! 🚢

    Here is a rendering from Carnival's deck plans page https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/mardi-gras.aspx#deck-plans. Deck 8 is the pool, so deck 11 would be at the top of this picture. It will be interesting to see real pictures with the aft pool below.


  6. 17 minutes ago, Lee Cruiser said:

    By doing it before it was actually canceled, were you still able to get the $600 onboard credit?

    No, I was not able to get the $600 OBC. I decided I'd rather not risk making the final payment in case the cruise did happen. In hindsight, I probably should've tried to get my final payment due date extended. But I did like knowing my re-booking was in place for a better price.

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  7. I was in a similar situation - was booked in early Feb 2021 on the Madri Gras. As the final payment deadline approached, I called and moved to Feb 2022. There was no penalty to rebook, and the cruise was actually a bit cheaper. Carnival cancelled Feb 2021 cruises a couple weeks later.

    Sounds like you now know your options pretty well... If you want to wait as long as possible, see if you can move your final payment date. If you want to lock in a new date, you could just rebook it instead.

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  8. 16 minutes ago, ARcruisin2 said:

    thanks... that WAS a LOOONG video. I didn't see anything specific for those. I'll go look at your suggestion on deck 8 🙂

    Agreed... I had to pause it at some points to try to get a (zoomed-out) view. I'm pretty sure those balconies are bigger, though. Hopefully we get a review with some real pictures one the sailings start!

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  9. 1 hour ago, dbrucern said:

    We have one of those rooms on deck 15 because we were curious also about the size and it looks like a little more privacy on one side

    One warning about Deck 15 - you might have a "ceiling" overhead if Deck 16 extends out as far as your balcony. Check out the video I posted or the 360 view on the interactive deck plans I linked if you want to see what it may look like.

  10. 56 minutes ago, ARcruisin2 said:

    these are the ones that have me curious - sold as regular balcony, but appear bigger.

    I wonder if it would catch to much wind to be enjoyable?


    I'm pretty sure they are bigger - see the (long!) video in the post I have right before yours. I booked one of them.

    Or, go to the Carnival interactive deck plans here: https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/mardi-gras.aspx#deck-plans 

    Go to Deck 8, and click on the 360 view by the "Watering Hole" on the Aft Starboard Deck, then look up for a decent view of them.

  11. On 7/16/2020 at 12:30 PM, Jenjer said:



    I am not thrilled with the adjustments to the Havana Area on Mardi Gras but I will absolutelyy sail in the Havana on Horizon or Vista again. 


    I was checking the Mardi Gras Havana area out when I was booking a cruise a few weeks ago. It seems like the only benefit is a small pool. The "balconies" are more like patios, which are interesting, but not sure I'd enjoy them as people may be walking by all the time.

    Is the Havana bar on the Mardi Gras going to be limited access, or available to everyone on board?

  12. On 12/26/2020 at 1:25 PM, sid_9169 said:

    If you look on the Carnival website at the deck plans, choose deck 8 and look at the area called "La Piazza"... Click on 360 degree view, and rotate the view until you see this bar. There is no Bar Della Rosa sign in the picture, but the bar, tile, and ceiling all appear the same... 


    Something I found related to this area:

    La Piazza: In this Italy-inspired zone passengers can grab a bite at another Carnival favorite, Cucina del Capitano, as well as an all-new Mediterranean seafood restaurant. There also will be a bar selling specialty coffee (including cappuccinos) during the day and cocktails at night, while roaming musicians will provide entertainment.

    Good find! I hadn't seen the 360 views yet.

  13. So, in the new batch of pictures released last week, I see one of the "Bar Della Rosa". I've attached the image below.



    I've searched and can't find any mention of this bar anywhere else: on the forum, on Google, or on the deck plans! I'm wondering if it is the little bar-shaped counter near the Pizzeria? Although that seems to be the wrong shape/rotation.


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  14. On 12/5/2020 at 12:35 AM, SNJCruisers said:

    It was your decision to rebook.  If you paid your final payment, you would have been the beneficiary of 600 in OBC. So you basically shot yourself in the foot. 

    OK? I knew what I was doing when I re-booked. I'm not blaming Carnival, just grumbling about my poor timing.

    Not sure I "shot myself in the foot" though - by making my final payment, I would have entered into a more restrictive cancellation period. If the cruise hadn't been officially cancelled, it may have cost me more to re-book. So it was a gamble either way.

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  15. 12 hours ago, SNJCruisers said:

    On a similar note, if Cheers and Cruise Cash are purchased for a certain cruise and the date is shifted a week or two with a new reservation, do the purchases shift, or are they cancelled and have to be repurchased?  I bought these for our MG cruise in August under the promo deal and thinking about shifting it to September since the sailing as well as the airfare is cheaper.  I'm hoping they would shift.  

    I rebooked my reservation for a year later (from Feb 2021 to Feb 2022) a couple weeks ago. My previously purchased Cheers transferred automatically to the new sailing as my booking number didn't change. I called the FunShops and they confirmed.

  16. I was booked on the Feb 13th 2020 Mardi Gras sailing. I was in the same boat (ha) a couple weeks ago - coming up on the final payment and wondering if I should gamble and see if it was cancelled. In the end, I just changed to a 2021 sailing. There was no "penalty" for changing my booking.

  17. 11 hours ago, Tall-Cruiser said:


    Those balconies on deck 10 are indeed bigger.

    Check out this YouTube video by Cruise Admiral that shows and explains the decks including 10.



    Thank you! That is a good explanation. 
    I saw this longer video by the same channel linked in another thread... It is very informative and answered most of my questions. I booked one of the "corner" balconies which seem larger, but I didn't book deck 15 as it seems the Lido deck may be hanging overhead.



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