Carnival Cruise Line has revealed new design staterooms that will be fitted on boardMardi Gras, which is due for delivery in late summer of 2020.
The staterooms were developed in partnership with DCA Design International, a product design firm based in Warwick, UK, that is involved with consumer goods, travel and transportation, commercial, and the science and technology sectors.
The staterooms will reflect new and innovative design practices that are ergonomically-friendly and maximise visual space, clean lines, surfaces and storage, Carnival said.
“We took a unique approach to our stateroom design with ‘Mardi Gras’, utilising 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 newbuilds. “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 glass sliding doors on nearly all verandahs for easier balcony access;
- New sofas that ‘flip’ into a bed and foot stools 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, customisable 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, DCA Design International sector manager. “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.”
The new cruise ship will offer the widest variety of accommodations of any Carnival ship with more than 70% 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 before, ‘Mardi Gras’ will offer favourites introduced on Carnival’s Vista-class including:
- The tropics-inspired Havana staterooms feature vibrant interiors and an outdoor patio space. These staterooms have access to an exclusive open deck with sun loungers, Cuban-themed bar and relaxation pool.
- Extra-roomy Family Harbor accommodations with their nautical décor 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 décor, spa bathrobes and slippers, as well as Elemis toiletries. These accommodations offer privileges to the ship’s spa.
‘Mardi Gras’ will also boast the most suites of any Carnival ship, a total of more than 180 of varying size and locations. 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.
Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, ‘Mardi Gras’ is due to enter service in Europe on 31stAugust, 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.