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MIAMI — Carnival is offering a sneak peek at its new high-level Carnival Excel suites making their debut on new-build Mardi Gras, slated to enter service in August 2020.
Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Mardi Gras is scheduled to launch in Europe on Aug. 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages before shiftomg to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises starting in October 2020. Bookings for Mardi Gras opened in January 2019.
Mardi Gras will offer 180+ suites across 11 styles including the new premium category Carnival Excel suites with select amenities and access to a new open-air enclave called Loft 19.
Carnival President Christine Duffy says “all of our accommodations have been designed to exceed our guests’ expectations, and the suite offerings will kick that up a notch or two for those who want an extra special Choose Fun vacation.”
The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories:
All suites onboard Mardi Gras will include an amenities package that includes priority boarding and debarkation, priority main dining room seating, plush bathrobes and bottled water upon arrival.
Guests in the 32 Carnival Excel suites will enjoy standard suite amenities plus the following:
Meanwhile Loft 19, located on the ship’s highest deck, is another new concept for Carnival with full bar service, a private pool surrounded by sun loungers and spacious cabanas available for rent. Cabanas are fully stocked with beverages, plush robes and chilled towels, fresh fruit, lunch delivery and dedicated concierge service. Carnival Excel suite guests will receive priority when reserving Loft 19 cabanas.
In addition to the Carnival Excel class suites, Mardi Gras will also feature:
The new suite options are in addition to the Mardi Gras’ accommodations with turquoise hues and enhanced by design touches like floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors; new sofas that flip into beds; more 110V power outlets and USB connections than on any other ship; flexible bedside reading lamps; a larger, more customizable wardrobe with extensive storage options; and spacious bathrooms with glass shower doors, a first for the line, along with an in-shower shaving bar.