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Trip Report: Day five on the Carnival ‘Mardi Gras’: Amber Cove

Carnival Cruise Line invited us to sail on their newest ship, the “Mardi Gras”. It’s a seven day sailing and the first ship to sail out of Port Canaveral since the pandemic stopped all cruising in 2020. Here’s how day 5 went.

back of carnival mardi gras ship
Carnival Mardi Gras guy's burger breakfast

We woke up right as we were sailing into our second port, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. It’s a really pretty small port area. But before we headed off the ship, my husband Matt brought me breakfast from Guy’s Burger Joint. It was a Guy’s burger with an egg on it. It was really big and I was only able to eat half. It was really good though. 

blue iguana cantina on carnival mardi gras

We did not go over to Amber Cove until after lunch, which we ate at BlueIguana Cantina. I had a shrimp burrito, Matt had a chicken burrito, and we shared a chicken taco and a fish taco too. They was all really good. They have quite a few sauces to try, depending on your heat threshold. I’m a wimp, so mine was not hot at all. Matt ordered the jalapeno wrap for his burrito but said it just tasted like a regular wrap.

We didn’t book a tour for this port (or any ports this trip). Although a friend took a mountain tour and said it was a very pretty area that you couldn’t see from the ship. The little tourist area just off the dock has all the usual port shops and a cool little water park area. They had some cute little cabanas over the water to rent and a zip line as well – all for extra cost. It was fun to walk around and take advantage of the photo ops. Face masks were required. 

Amber Cove letters with Carnival Mardi Gras in the background.
Amber Cover gazebo

We love watching the sail-a-ways. This one was no exception. It was a beautiful evening. We missed the sunset that so many got great photos of last night. We were eating dinner at the Flamingo restaurant again while it was happening. 

After dinner, we went to the Central Stage and watched the comedian/magician for a bit. I was tired so I went to bed, but Matt wanted to stay up and go see the Tiki Fest party at the Red Frog Tiki Bar and poolside. He said it was a fun theme but was similar to most deck parties with line dancing, etc.

Tiki Fest on Carnival Mardi Gras.

Click here for Day 6 of our cruise. Be sure to go back and read from the start with Day 1.

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