Mardi Gras To Debut Premium ‘Carnival Excel’ Suites
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Corner suite view 1.
Corner suite view 2.
Aft suite balcony.
Carnival Cruise Line revealed more details on the accommodation choices guests will have on its next new ship, Mardi Gras, which will feature more than 180 suites across 11 styles, including a new premium category dubbed Carnival Excel suites.
They promise select amenities and access to a new land-resort-style, open-air enclave called Loft 19. A video of the suites can be viewed here.
“As we continue to announce details on Mardi Gras, guests will see that this ship is going to have more choices to stay and more choices to play,” said CCL president Christine Duffy. “All of our accommodations have been designed to exceed our guests’ expectations, and the suite offerings will kick that up a notch or two for those who want an extra special Choose Fun vacation.”
The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories:
Carnival Excel Presidential Suite –Two Presidential Suites – the largest in the fleet – located on Deck 17 that feature spacious living, dining and sleeping areas along with the fleet’s most expansive balconies with vast sea views, large sunbed and lounging areas, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and shower. These suites also include access to the spa’s thermal suite and the Havana pool area.
Carnival Excel Aft Suite – Twelve suites overlooking Summer Landing and boasting separate living rooms and bedrooms with large wraparound balconies offering impressive ocean views, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and areas for al fresco dining and relaxing.
Carnival Excel Corner Suite – Twelve suites on the port and starboard sides of the ship featuring separate sleeping and lounging areas, a wet bar and wraparound balconies with lounging and dining areas.
Carnival Excel Suite – Six suites on Decks 10, 11 and 12 with sleeping, dining and relaxing areas. The spacious balconies include loungers and a dining area.
All suites onboard Mardi Gras will come with perks including priority boarding and debarkation, priority main dining room seating, plush bathrobes and bottled water upon arrival.
Guests in the 32 Carnival Excel suites will enjoy standard suite amenities plus:
Unlimited access to Loft 19
Dedicated concierge phone line
Guaranteed specialty dining times (with the exception of Bonsai Teppanyaki and the Chef’s Table)
Complimentary Bottomless Bubbles soda package, room service and laundry
Sparkling wine and fresh fruit basket upon arrival
Upgraded bathroom amenities
All New ‘Loft 19’
Located on the ship’s highest deck, Loft 19 is a brand new concept for Carnival Cruise Line – a secluded retreat modelled after the world’s finest resorts with full bar service, a private pool surrounded by sun loungers and spacious cabanas, available for rent. Cabanas are fully stocked with beverages, plush robes and chilled towels, fresh fruit, lunch delivery and dedicated concierge service. Carnival Excel suite guests will receive priority when reserving Loft 19 cabanas.
Additional Suite Options
In addition to the Carnival Excel class suites, Mardi Gras will also feature:
Ocean Suites –separate sleeping and lounging areas with ergonomically-friendly design.
Tropics-inspired Havana Suites – private patios with a swing chair and direct access to The Lanai.
Extra-roomy Family Harbor Suites – nautical décor, large-scale windows and toddler benches.
Cloud 9 Spa Suites – with special spa privileges such as two fitness classes, access to the ship’s Thermal Suite and a scrub kit.
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.