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Trip Report: Day three on the Carnival ‘Mardi Gras’

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 3 went.

Carnival Mardi Gras Chibang interior
Carnival Mardi Gras chi bang interior

We woke up late on this sea day, so we skipped breakfast and headed to lunch at the Chibang Chinese and Mexican Cuisine restaurant. It was delicious. You can order ready-made bowls or made-to-order ones. While exploring the ship, we booked a cooking class at the Carnival Kitchen for later in the cruise. 

Carnival Mardi Gras president and john heald

During a public cruise chat with Carnival Ambassador John Heald and Christine Duffy, president of Carnival, we found out that face masks are required for most of the crew. The crew have all been vaccinated and they quarantined for 14 days. Then, before serving on the ships, they were tested for Covid-19. Carnival is encouraging unvaccinated people onboard to wear masks. They are looking into the possibility of asking everyone to wear masks indoors if needed. They are all working towards and hoping for more normal cruises. For this cruise, more than 95 percent of guests are vaccinated. There are very few kids under 12 onboard, but we’ve seen a few. Still, we have been trying to avoid crowds and washing our hands often. We are vaccinated, but we still want to be safe and responsible. Some vaccinated people are opting to wear masks as well.  

A few little hiccups are always expected during a ship’s first cruise. Our Planner on the Carnival app showed empty one day, but our plans showed up later. This was just one of many small bugs in the app. It’s very understandable that the first cruise has things that will be changed and improved upon in the following cruises.

Carnival Mardi Gras flamingo restaurant interior

We had dinner at the Flamingo dining room. The menu was pretty impressive. I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t as good as some of the other options onboard. The dining crew put on a little fun show and made it a more memorable experience. The Carnival melting chocolate cake is always a must. It’s a cruise dessert classic. 

Carnival Mardi Gras flamingo waiters dancing

We went to the first Family Feud Live show ever. The stage looked just like the one on TV. What a great game show to add to the entertainment lineup on the Carnival Mardi Gras. It was so much fun to hear all the funny answers (Good Answer!) and to try to guess along with them. They also held an After Hours version at midnight which my husband Matt stayed up for. He said it got pretty vulgar because of the answers given, but it was fun.

Carnival Mardi Gras family feud live

Click here for Day 4 of our cruise. Be sure to go back and read from the start with Day 1.

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