Carnival Cruise Line has shared more details about what we can expect to see and experience within the Grand Central atrium onboard Mardi Gras. Breaking the mold, Grand Central is a transformational three-deck-high space that is one of six themed zones on Mardi Gras, set to debut in February.
A unique twist on the traditional atrium, Grand Central spans Decks 6, 7 and 8 with massive 3,000-square-foot glass panels built into the starboard side of the ship providing guests with impressive views of the ocean and ports of call as they relax in comfortable seating or stroll throughout the space.
According to Glenn Aprile, Carnival’s director of new build product development and part of the design team that developed the groundbreaking venue, the idea was to create a space that was as functional as it was eye-catching, while providing guests with that “take your breath away” moment when they first board the vessel.
“Building an atrium into the side of a cruise ship is no easy task and it was a total team effort between our new build management team, engineers, designers, and hotel and entertainment teams to create a space that is as beautiful as it is functional,”
During the day, Grand Central serves as a relaxing spot for guests to enjoy a coffee, drink or light fare, people watch, listen to live music, or partake in trivia contests and other leisurely pursuits. At night, Grand Central transforms into an intimate and immersive venue with a rotation of spectacular, soon-to-be-revealed experiences created just for Mardi Gras.
Highlights of Grand Central
- Grand View Bar offers guests a chance to enjoy floor-to-ceiling sea views
- Java Blue, serves coffees, cappuccinos and lattes like other Carnival ships, plus offers a menu of fresh bakery items, wraps, salads and other light fare throughout the day
- Cherry on Top sweets shop is also nearby for those who want to enjoy a decadent treat
Connecting all of these spaces are a series of spacious and airy promenades and bridges that serve as convenient thoroughfares to other areas of the ship while allowing guests to see all the other happenings on board, adding to the excitement.
For more details on Mardi Gras, visit Carnival Cruise Line’s website.