Carnival Mardi Gras Cruise

Review the Carnival Mardi Gras cruise 2015 “best carnival ever” offers – all sea ship cruises during Mardi Gras 2015. Mardi Gras cruise includes New Orleans, Galveston, Tampa, Long Beach/Los Angeles, NYC New York and Brazil. Cruise lines and ships are sailing over February 17th 2015 from the best Mardi Gras cities.

Carnival Cruise Lines ms Mardi Gras ship

A Carnival Cruise Mardi Gras, or how about a double carnival in 2015 – the best US carnival in a perfect combination with the biggest and most fun cruise line in the world ever? Get your double Mardi Gras Carnival Day cruise fun provided by The Fun line with the ever biggest fleet of Fun Ships.

The most fun fact of all is that the Carnival and Mardi Gras are totally related – ms Mardi Gras was the first Carnival cruise ship ever. Its original name was RMS Empress of Canada (built 1961), in service with Carnival from 1972 to 1993, then sold, resold and finally scrapped in 2003 – sad but true.

Carnival Mardi Gras 2015

The Mardi Gras Carnival aka “Carnival season” (the name literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French) is a Catholic festival celebrated in the countries of Anglican nations. The celebrations begin on Epiphany (or “the feast day” on January 6th) and culminate on the day before Ash Wednesday (called “Fat Tuesday” and “Mardi Gras Day” – positioned exactly 46 days before Easter). When is the Mardi Gras Carnival day? Because its timing is set according to Easter, it varies by year – between February 3 and March 9. Follows a list with the Mardi Gras dates in the next couple of years (all dates will be on Tuesdays, though  – no matter the year).

Carnival Cruise Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras Carnival dates are: in 2015 on February 17, in 2016 on February 9, in 2017 on February 28, in 2018 on February 13, in 2019 on March 5 and in 2020 on February 25.

You probably already know this, but what the heck: the Mardi Gras New Orleans is second only to the best ever and absolutely colorful-crazy Rio Carnival in Brazil. According to the Wikipedia’s Mardi Gras article, the Rio Carnival draws record numbers of day tourists in Brazil – 2,2 million for the Carnival Day in 2012. Add to this more than 5 million people for the whole week (around 70% of all annual guests to Rio De Janeiro), with over 400,000 foreigners participating in the week-long day and night activities. The best Mardi Gras places to be in USA (big cities with well established traditions and grandiose celebrations on the most famous Tuesday of the year) are Mobile Alabama Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras Galveston Texas (in the region of Caribbean) and for the US West Coast – San Francisco and San Diego in California.

Mardi Gras Carnival – cruise inclusions

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Basically, this is a Mardi Gras Carnival themed cruise vacation, on which if you’re part of a group you can get amazing discount rates. Group booking (“Hosted Group Cruise”), besides great booking pricing, is also a travel agency’s special, which generally offers:

  • included by the agency: at least one Private Group cocktail party, all gratuities (depending on ship/itinerary these can be up to $100 PP), a group departure, daily and nightly group gatherings, group dining (reserved tables), and, of course, your “Mask Party”.
  • included by the ship (for the duration of the trip): all meals (excepting alternative restaurants), accommodations and entertainment, 24hr room-service.
  • not-included: optional are the group shore excursions (again at discount prices). Also not-included in the fares are: alcoholic beverages, gift shop purchases, spa services, gambling (casino/bingo), airfare, port charges, Government taxes, local transfers to the port of embarkation/disembarkation. Remember that for US citizens a passport or certified birth certificate is always required.
  • all sailings offer a special menu and all the Carnival-themed activities – good music, an exotic masquerade, a lot of booze options, good friends and super fun. As to CCL, whatever the ship, no matter the destination it sails – if it’s a Fun Ship, it’s always gonna be your absolutely best Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship holiday vacation, ever!

Carnival Mardi Gras cruise 2015

(major cruise lines from New Orleans, Galveston and Tampa, cruise ships with departures on the “Carnival Day” or a few days before February 17th)

ships/departure ports February 2015 departure dates duration/destination (Caribbean) destination/other call port visited on February 17 Min Fares (prices from)*

CCL Carnival Mardi Grass 2015

Breeze / Miami 1 8day, Southern La Romana, Dominican Republic $730
Conquest / Miami 2 7day, Eastern at sea $500
Dream / Port Canaveral 1 7day, Western Belize City $530
Ecstasy / Miami 3 4day, Western Key West, FL $300
Elation / New Orleans 3 5day, Western at sea $360
Fantasy / Charleston SC 3 5day, Bahamas at sea $370
Fascination / Jacksonville FL 3 5day, Bahamas at sea $360
Freedom / Fort Lauderdale 2 6day, Western at sea $450
Glory / Miami 2 7day, Western George Town, Grand Cayman $460
Imagination / Long Beach 2 4day, Baja Mexico Ensenada $290
Inspiration / Long Beach 3 4day, Baja Mexico Catalina Island CA $290
Legend / Tampa FL 2 7day, Western Cozumel, Mexico $520
Liberty / Miami 1 7day, Eastern St Thomas, USVI $500
Magic / Galveston Texas 2 7day, Western at sea $560
Miracle / Long Beach 1 7day, Mexican Riviera Cabo San Lucas, Mexico $480
Paradise / Tampa 3 5day, Western at sea $390
Pride / Baltimore MD 2 7day, Bahamas at sea $540
Sensation / Port Canaveral (Orlando) FL 2 4day, bahamas Nassau $320
Spirit / Sydney, Australia 3 9day, Pacific Islands at sea AU$1,280
Splendor / NYC, New York 1 8day, Bahamas Port Canaveral, FL $540
(new ship) Sunshine / New Orleans 2 7day, Eastern Key West, FL $630
Triumph / Galveston TX 1 5day, Western Cozumel, Mexico $330
Valor / San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 7day, Southern (Barbados) at sea $450
Victory / Miami 3 5day, Eastern at sea $360.

Royal Caribbean Mardi Gras 2015 (ship names with suffix “of the seas”)

Adventure / San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 7night, Southern St Kitts, West Indies $720
Allure / Fort Lauderdale 2 7night, Eastern at sea $980
Brilliance / Tampa 1 5night, Western Cozumel $470
Enchantment / Port Canaveral 3 4night, Bahamas Coco Cay (private island) $340
Explorer / New York 2 9night, Eastern at sea $850
Freedom / Port Canaveral 2 7night, Western Labadee, Haiti (private resort) $750
Independence / Fort Lauderdale 1 8night, Eastern St Maarten $850
Jewel / San Juan, Puerto Rico 1 7night, Southern Antigua $620
Liberty / Fort Lauderdale 1 5night, Western Cozumel $450
Majesty / Miami 3 4night, Bahamas Nassau $340
Mariner / Singapore 2 5night, Thailand/Malaysia Laem Chabang/Bangkok $450
Navigator / Galveston TX 2 7night, Western at sea $560
Oasis / Fort Lauderdale 1 7night, Western Falmouth, Jamaica $850
Serenade of the Seas / New Orleans 1 7night, Western Falmouth, Jamaica $650
Splendour of the Seas / Santos/Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 7night South America Punta Del Este, Uruguay $1,050
Vision / Colon, Panama 1 7night, Southern Bonaire $930.

other lines & cruise ships for Mardi Gras 2015

Celebrity Century / Los Angeles 3 8day, Mexican Riviera (couples cruise) at sea na
Celebrity Constellation / Fort Lauderdale 3 5night, Western at sea $430
Celebrity Reflection / Miami 1 7night, Eastern St Thomas $800
Celebrity Silhouette / Fort Lauderdale 2 7night, Eastern Puerto Rico $800
Caribbean Princess / Houston, Texas 1 7day, Western Roatan, Honduras $750
Coral Princess / Fort Lauderdale March 4 11day, Panama Canal at sea $1,600
Royal Princess / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Eastern at sea $850
Ruby Princess / Fort Lauderdale 1 5day, Western Cozumel $550
Sapphire Princess / Los Angeles 1 10day, Mexico Riviera Cabo San Lucas $1,100
ms Eurodam / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Western at sea $800
ms Nieuw Amsterdam / Fort Lauderdale 2 7day, Eastern Grand Turk $800
ms Ryndam / Tampa 2 7day, Western at sea $750
ms Westerdam / Fort Lauderdale 1 7day, Eastern Puerto Rico $800
(new ship) Norwegian Breakaway / New York 2 7day, Florida-Bahamas Port Canaveral $730
Norwegian Dawn / Tampa 2 7day, Western Roatan, Honduras $530
Norwegian Epic / Miami 2 7day, Western Ocho Rios, Jamaica $730
Norwegian Jewel / New Orleans 2 7day, Western Cozumel $620
Norwegian Sky / Miami 3 4day, bahamas Great Stirrup Cay (private island) $300
Norwegian Star / Los Angeles 2 7day, Mexico Riviera Cabo San Lucas $600
MSC Magnifica / Santos, Brazil 2 7night, South America Punta Del Este, Uruguay $1,400
Costa Magica / Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe 1 8day, Eastern Catalina Island, Dominican Republic (private resort) $700
  • *note: we show you prices only to compare cruise rates in general – all fares are indicative and subject to change.
  • You can also search and join a Mardi Gras roll-call at some of the most popular online travel forums. And your first in the list should be the Carnival’s FunVille forum (and its rollcall link).

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