By Andrea Romano
April 10, 2019
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Carnival Cruise Line is launching new options for anyone who wants to travel like it’s their own private cruise.

While guests on Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship, Mardi Gras, won’t exactly be getting a totally private getaway, the company has announced plans for some new, premium suites that are the next best thing.

Carnival Cruise Line is known for having innovative ships and exclusive offers. One of the company’s ships features a working roller coaster, and the company has even teamed up with brewers to craft a signature line of beer.

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According to Cruise Hive, the premium suites, the Excel Suites, will offer guests some exclusive amenities, including priority access to the ship’s secluded retreat space called “Loft 19.”

Loft 19, a resort-like space filled with sun loungers, cabanas, and even its own pool, will be located on the ship’s highest deck space. Guests will be able to take a private swim, order a drink from the full-service pool bar, and enjoy plush robes, chilled fruit, and lunch delivery. Loft 19 will be available by reservation only, and any guest staying in an Excel Suite will get priority booking privileges, according to Cruise Hive.

“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 Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line to Cruise Hive. “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.”

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There will be 32 Excel Suites on the Mardi Gras in total, including 24 suites with wraparound balconies, six with expanded space for dining, and two Presidential suites. Most of the suites will be located on decks 10, 11, and 12, and the Presidential suites will be on deck 17.

Along with priority access to Loft 19, anyone who books an Excel Suite will be able to enjoy a dedicated concierge, special dining times, complimentary soft drink package, room service, and laundry, sparkling wine and a fresh fruit basket upon arrival, plus upgraded bathrooms.

The Mardi Gras will also have plenty of comfortable, innovative staterooms for other guests. The ship is currently being built in Finland, and will officially launch from Copenhagen, Denmark on Aug. 31, 2020, according to CruiseHive.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the ship will sail to Central Florida on Oct. 15, 2020, after a short stint in New York.

More information about booking a cruise on the Mardi Gras can be found on the Carnival Cruise Line website.

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