The Carnival Mardi Gras Will Feature New Stateroom Design

Carnival Mardi GrasPHOTO: Agents can now book 2020 trips on Carnival’s Mardi Gras. (Photo courtesy Carnival Cruise Line)Cruise lovers who sail on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in late summer 2020, will enjoy an array of architectural features and designs that will enhance many aspects of its balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms.The staterooms were developed in partnership with DCA Design International, a leading product design firm based in Warwick, England, that works across consumer goods, travel and transportation, commercial, and science and technology sectors. The staterooms will reflect new and innovative design practices that are ergonomically friendly and maximize visual space, clean lines, surfaces and storage.

“We took a unique approach to our stateroom design with Mardi Gras, utilizing DCA’s design experts who are well known for innovative product design and partnered them with Miami-based interior architect Studio Dado,” said Ben Clement, Carnival’s senior vice president of new builds. “DCA employed a thoughtful guest-centric approach gleaned from observations of how our guests use their space in conjunction with their vast experience in product design to make the staterooms as comfortable and functional as possible.”

Distinguished by muted turquoise hues, the staterooms’ are enhanced by design touches that include:

—Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors on nearly all verandahs for easier balcony access;

—New sofas that “flip” into a bed and footstools that open up for storage;

—Clear glass doors on the in-room mini-refrigerators to see what’s inside;

—More 110V power outlets and USB connections both on the vanity and by the bed as well as more shelf space to accommodate electronic devices;

—Flexible bedside reading lamps that allow guests to read without disturbing others;

—A larger, customizable wardrobe with two pull-out bins, a sliding shoe rack, folding shelves and storage under the bed for luggage.

—Spacious bathrooms with glass shower doors, a first for the line, along with an in-shower shaving bar.

“We’ve taken the best practices in new interior design and hotel concepts and applied them to Mardi Gras to create guest-friendly staterooms designed to make guests feel at home,” said Dom Hargreaves, sector manager for DCA Design International. “It’s been an incredible opportunity to work with Carnival to enrich the stateroom experience by focusing on both design principles and small details, creating moments of delight for Mardi Gras guests.”

Mardi Gras will offer the widest variety of accommodations of any Carnival ship with more than 70 per cent of staterooms featuring an ocean view or balcony, along with 300 pairs of connecting staterooms, for large families or groups.

In addition to the newly redesigned staterooms with more balcony, ocean view and interior choices than ever before, Mardi Gras will offer favourites introduced on Carnival’s Vista-class including:

—The tropics-inspired Havana staterooms feature vibrant interiors and outdoor patio space. These staterooms have access to an exclusive open deck with sun loungers, Cuban-themed bar and a relaxation pool.

—Extra-roomy Family Harbor accommodations with their nautical decor are located near Camp Ocean, the children’s facility, and have access to the Family Harbor Lounge, an exclusive spot with breakfast and snacks throughout the day, plus board games, family movies, video games and more.

—Cloud 9 Spa staterooms feature exclusive, soothing decor, spa bathrobes and slippers as well as Elemis toiletries. These accommodations offer privileges to the ship’s spa.

Mardi Gras will also offer the most suites of any Carnival ship, a total of more than 180 of varying size and locations. Exciting details on the ship’s suites and amenities will be announced in mid-April, including the premium-level Carnival Excel Suites, which will include a set of exclusive features and offerings.
The new accommodations are the perfect complement to Mardi Gras’ exciting activities and attractions, including BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, and six distinct themed zones with popular dining, libation, entertainment and activity offerings.

Currently, under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is slated to enter service in Europe August 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages then shift to Port Canaveral for year-round, seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2020.

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Azamara Pursuit to sail Norway itinerary for the first cruise

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P&O Adonia to become Azamara Pursuit.

The first Azamara Pursuit cruise will depart Southampton, England, on Aug. 1 and visit eight Norwegian destinations, including Kristiansand, Flam and Haugesund, with overnight stays in Oslo and Bergen.

The Azamara Pursuit is being acquired from P&O Cruises, where it sailed under the name Adonia. It was built for Renaissance Cruises in 2001. It will be Azamara Club Cruises’ third ship.

Prior to its first Azamara departure, the ship will be refurbished at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, by outfitting specialist MJM Group. Work will begin in the spring and will be completed by the end of July.

Following the Norwegian voyage, the Azamara Pursuit will sail a cruise in Iceland departing Aug. 13, a christening voyage on Aug. 28, and then a “wine and romance” itinerary departing Southampton on Aug. 30.

Couple gets married in Quantum of the Seas gondola

Sharron Bowman and Mark Burden tied the knot in the Northstar observation gondola.
Royal Caribbean International said a couple from the United Kingdom became the first to get married above the ocean while at sea in the Northstar observation gondola on Quantum of the Seas.
Mark Burden and Sharron Bowman tied the knot off the coast of Haiti while the ship was en route to Labadee from its home at Cape Liberty, N.J.

The officiant was Captain Felix Srecko, who like all Royal Caribbean captains is authorized by the Bahamian government to perform official weddings at sea.

Joining them in the capsule, built to carry up to a dozen guests, were the ship’s hotel director, a wedding coordinator, two still photographers, two motion picture camera staffers and the gondola operator. A crowd at the pool watched below, and the captain even arranged for the bridge to sound the horn as they went up.

After the cruise, the couple plans to reside in West Yorkshire, England.