Carnival Cruise Line’s new cruise ship is making the news. Mardi Gras, weighing 80,000 gross tons, joins the Carnival fleet as the largest ship and the first-ever cruise ship to offer a roller coaster ride experience.

The ship will have regular sailings to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Bookings are open with the latest cruise deals for the Mardi Gras cruises.

According to cruise news, the maiden voyage of Mardi Gras will start on August 31, 2020.

Two sailings in Europe have been planned followed by a few cruises in New York before Mardi Gras heads to the homeport in Port Canaveral.

From Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras will operate week-long cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Interesting highlights including the fist roller coaster

The first rollercoaster at sea offered by Mardi Gras will enthrall guests in ecstasy as they race along an 800-foot-long track at speeds reaching 40 miles per hour.

The alluring features of the biggest cruise ship involve six different zones offering optimal guest experiences. The vessel has 20 decks, including the first roller coaster.

In terms of accommodations, Mardi Gras will have more than 20 varied stateroom categories and multiple luxurious suites.

The cruise ship is divided into the following six zones.

· Grand Central

· French Quarter

· La Piazza

· Summer Landing

· Lido

· The Ultimate Playground

The Grand Central takes the traditional atrium concept to a new level by combining entertainment with spectacular three-deck-high floor-to-ceiling windows and a bar that overlooks the starboard side of the ship.

It is a perfect venue for socializing and watching ocean vistas. It keeps the guests in awe, the moment they step into the ship.

Redefining the concept of casual poolside restaurants is Mardi Gras’ Lido supplements on existing Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery with new concepts in the pipeline for foodies.

The Ultimate Playground spans decks 18-20 offering guests amazing sea vistas. This spacious family-friendly play area has the elaborate Carnival WaterWorks aqua park with an expanded SportSquare.

Mardi Gras boasts of the most expansive open decks on any Carnival ship. The spectacular atrium will fascinate all as a focal point for welcoming guests.

Snippets of design excellence in cruise ship interiors

The splashiest, public-facing features are attracting a great deal of attention. The jaw-dropping atrium and splashy pool deck anchored by a two-story tiki bar are undisputed crowd pullers.

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Residents of the city wave as they watch the world's largest luxury liner, the Freedom of the Seas, docks at the port of Miami 25 May 2006. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

Greg Walton, the CEO of design firm Studio DADO in an interview opened up on the design concepts behind the futuristic features and the Carnival brand’s evolution in five decades.

The design-excellence is palpable in the outstanding Excel Suites and the re-imagined Cloud 9 Spa. According to Walton, the main challenge has been managing the space with a new generation design at Mardi Gras staterooms for delivering a relaxed feel for the guests.