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Trip Report: Day seven on the Carnival ‘Mardi Gras’: Bahamas and disembarkation

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 7 and 8 went.

Carnival Mardi Gras docked in Nassau, Bahamas

My husband Matt went off the ship in Nassau, Bahamas, while I relaxed on the ship. Masks were required at this port and all around the island, inside and out. A friend of ours went to Atlantis and had to show his vaccination card and ID to get in. 

Port under construction at Nassau, Bahamas.

There’s a lot of construction on the docks and many of the stores have closed due to the pandemic. From the look of the concept art, the port looks like it will be really nice once construction is completed. Hopefully more stores and restaurants will reopen when things get closer to normal. We were the only ship in port.

Nassau bahamas port construction remodel concept art

We ate a light lunch at the Lido Marketplace on Deck 16 before we explored the ship more. We took more videos all around the main floors of the ship. We learned a few things that we’ll share in our upcoming videos. 

Carnival Mardi Gras steakhouse restaurant

We ate our final dinner on the Carnival Mardi Gras at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse with our media group. It has the most elegant atmosphere of all the restaurants on the ship. It’s definitely worth the up-charge. The tuna tartare appetizer was delicious. I had the grilled lamb chops and a baked potato with all the toppings. They were mouth-watering and they’re not small proportions at all. My husband had a filet mignon and mashed potatoes with wasabi sauce. He said they were both great.

Carnival Mardi Gras art at your table

The desserts are extremely artful, but the most extravagant one is called Art at Your Table. A chef comes to your table with a white pallet and draws on it with different sauces and toppings, then he places two white chocolate spheres in the center. Once he brakes those open, he places ice cream and chocolate inside. It’s a very fun to watch and even more fun to eat.

Carnival Mardi Gras pool deck and steel drums

Mardi Gras really is a beautiful ship with so many fun activities and restaurants to suite a variety of taste and travel preferences. There will be little tweaks and changes in the future. There always are after the first couple of cruises. They listen to comments and see what is working and what’s not working. They try to adapt quickly to ensure their guests are having fun. 

Carnival Mardi Gras towel animal

The next morning was a sad day as we had to get off the ship. It was the end of our fun cruise. Disembarkation actually went quickly. Matt brought some food to the room from the Lido Marketplace while we packed up. Then we headed up to Deck 16 and waited for our muster station to be called. If you are carrying your own luggage and don’t have luggage tags, they call you to get off the ship by your muster station. They call luggage tag numbers for those who left their bags out to be picked up the night before. The lines looked really long, but they moved quickly.

The new terminal is very nice and easy to navigate. The ramp is a huge improvement to the escalators. It’s so much easier to roll your luggage. Customs was a breeze with facial recognition. It’s such an improvement to the old system. We didn’t even have to fill out customs cards. The parking garage to Terminal 3 is nice and close. It’s easy to get in and out of. There’s a hotel right across the street and a Subway restaurant with a drive-through just down the road, in case you want to grab a drink or snack for the road. 

Carnival Mardi Gras ship docked in Nassau.
The Carnival Mardi Gras as seen from outside Senior Frogs (which was closed) in Nassau, Bahamas.
Photo by Matt Roseboom.

We really enjoyed our cruise on the Carnival Mardi Gras and we look forward to sailing on her and her upcoming sister ships on future cruises. Happy cruising and until next time, sail happy, be safe, and have fun!

Be sure to go back and read from the start with Day 1. Please leave your questions or comments below.

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