Carnival Cruise Line has announced a new partnership with celebrity chef and restaurateur, Emeril Lagasse. A brand new specialty restaurant will debut onboard Carnival’s new mega ship Mardi Gras. Located in the heart of Mardi Gras’ French Quarter zone, Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will showcase the chef’s signature dishes that earned him the reputation as one of New Orleans’ most acclaimed and respected chefs.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said:
“Mardi Gras is designed as the ultimate vacation experience, and that extends to the food and beverage offerings,”
“Emeril Lagasse has brought the uniqueness and fun of New Orleans dining to foodies all over the world, and we’re thrilled that he’ll now bring that same experience to Carnival. There is no one better suited than Emeril to add a level of authenticity to the Mardi Gras experience that will give our guests another way to Choose Fun.”
Named after Mardi Gras’ hull number at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the bistro will celebrate New Orleans’ rich culture with Creole favorites and daily specials.
The menu will include: oyster and cochon de lait po-boys, muffaletta sandwiches, Emeril’s signature barbecue shrimp, fresh seafood ceviche, roasted duck & Andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya, and complements such as Creole potato salad with diced scallions, and red beans and “jazz-man” rice. Breakfast offerings will feature shrimp and grits and a shrimp Creole omelet. The New Orleans classic Bananas Foster and lemon ice box pie will be available for dessert.
Chef Emeril Lagasse said:
“I’ve developed restaurants all over the country, but to create my first restaurant at sea – on a ship named Mardi Gras with its own French Quarter, no less – was an opportunity I simply could not pass up,”
“I’m excited to be a part of this brand new ship and bring a taste of the flavors of New Orleans cuisine to the guests sailing on Mardi Gras.”
Set to launch in August 2020, Mardi Gras will feature a brand new design inside and on the exterior. From new stateroom designs, dining venues, entertainment and the cruise industry’s first roller coaster at sea, Mardi Gras will be a different kind of Carnival cruise ship. For more details visit the Carnival Cruise Line website.
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