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Carnival Mardi Gras Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Fun but disappointing in many ways

Review for Carnival Mardi Gras to the Western Caribbean
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2022
Cabin: Aft-View Extended Balcony

My wife and I, who are near 70, travelled with another couple and their daughter on this cruise. We have been on approximately 14 cruises in our life and we have two more scheduled, one on HAL and the other on Celebrity. We have so far cruised on Carnival, RCL, NCL, and Princess. We have sailed on 4 cruises since the restart from the pandemic - 2 Carnival, 1 NCL and 1 RCL.

We have always enjoyed Carnival cruises in the past. We believe that they provide a great product for the price and are certainly competitive with other popular cruise lines. This has been true even though we are older and don't use many of the recreational facilities such as water slides and now roller coasters. I know Carnival has a reputation for being a "party boat", but we have found that it has had something for everyone. We've only been exposed to "rowdy crowds" a couple of times and it wasn't that bad. This cruise had none of that and was for the most part free of any unusual events. Unfortunately, one passenger did pass away which was sad.

I think for young adults and a family with children this ship has a lot to offer. It's recreational activities are abundant and the new Bolt coaster looked like a lot of fun. The cruise director, Kyndall Fire, was the best director we have come across in all our salings. She did a tremendous job at the Love and Marriage show and also at the Family Feud game show. The Veterans recognition program that she emceed was a real tribute to those who served. We really enjoyed and appreciated it and I'm not a veteran. We looked forward to any presentation that Kyndall was involved with.

Cabin Review

Aft-View Extended Balcony

We had an aft extended balcony cabin number 10499. The cabin was nicely appointed but small. In fact, it was the smallest balcony cabin that we have ever had on a ship. The bathroom was a nice design, but also very small. One of our friends who had an adjacent cabin and is 6'4" struggled using the shower. The bathroom is actually smaller than we have in our RV. The balcony, however, was probably the largest aft balcony we have ever had and was the highlight of our cabin. It gave us spectacular aft views overlooking the pool below. We really enjoyed it. The closets are nice and spacious with a couple of slideout racks in them. The cabin has plenty of good lighting and a nice tv on the wall facing the bed. Unfortunately, the tv has limited channels and wasn't as enjoyable an experience as on RCL. The couch was just OK and not that comfortable to sit on. There is no table to set a drink as the cabin is not wide enough to accommodate one. The bottom line is that the cabin size was one of our disappointments on the cruise.

Port Reviews


Roatan was a great port stop. We had not been there before and we took the Monkey, Sloth and Island Tour from Explore Roatan. We took the individual tour so there were just 4 of us. The driver and tour guide was great. Very personable and informative we thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend Explore Roatan. We also received a discount as two of us were retired first responders.


Cozumel is well Cozumel. We didn't do any of the excursions but just shopped at the different stores and enjoyed lunch at Three Amigos. The food there was a little pricey (no surprise) but very good with good portions.

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