Carnival is a series of celebrations that take place during the six days before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is one of these carnivals, which takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday. It’s a time for people to dress up in costumes and eat lots of food.
Carnival Cruise Line is one of the world’s largest cruise lines. The company operates a fleet of more than 100 ships with over 30,000 guests on board each year.
The time has finally arrived… Mardi Gras is here, and we’re ready to party!
We were allowed to board Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship for a special preview day on Friday, and we are now aboard for the ship’s maiden passenger voyage.
If you know us, you know that one of our favorite aspects of the event is the food! Mardi Gras offers it all: fresh new venues, old Carnival favorites, and eateries that have been reinvented for this new ship.
Because official pictures from Carnival have yet to be released, almost all of the images we’ve seen of the inside of Mardi Gras have been renderings. So, although cruise line drawings are generally quite realistic, they aren’t genuine photos, and they don’t always give us a clear sense of the area the way a real photo does.
So, without further ado, here’s what you came here for: pictures of some of the restaurants and cuisine on board Carnival’s Mardi Gras.
Let’s start with a new one developed in collaboration with a new Carnival partner, renowned chef Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril’s Bistro 1396. Are you curious as to what the number 1396 means? At the shipyard, it was Mardi Gras’ yard number.
Emeril’s Bistro 1396 is a restaurant owned by Emeril Lagasse.
The Café JavaBlue, a Carnival institution, comes up next. Specialty coffees, teas, milkshakes, and pastries are available here. A doorway can be seen next to it, to the left of the picture, leading to a sea of color. Cherry on Top, the ship’s confectionery and ice cream shop, is located there.
Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in collaboration with renowned chef Guy Fieri, would not be a Carnival ship without it. The venue is up one level between the second floor of the RedFrog Tiki Bar and the teen area, Club O2, instead of being on the lido deck adjacent to the pool during Mardi Gras. Guy’s Burger Joint is also open in the mornings for the first time, with a special breakfast menu.
Guy’s Burger Joint is a restaurant that serves burgers.
If you have a craving for sushi while on your cruise, Mardi Gras offers the answer: Sushi Bonsai.
The ship also has Teppanyaki Bonsai, which serves supper and entertainment in addition to Bonsai Sushi. One of the hibachi tables is seen here.
Rudi’s Seagrill, a seafood speciality restaurant by Chef Rudi Sodamin, is new to Carnival. The space is decorated with marine blues and teals, as well as Chef Sodamin’s “Food Faces” dishes.
Rudi’s Seagrill is a restaurant that specializes on seafood.
Consider taking a lesson at the Kitchen Carnival to improve your culinary abilities while you’re away from home. Chefs from Carnival will teach you how to bake, grill, and prepare a variety of delicacies.
A big cruise liner of days wouldn’t be complete without a pizza station. Capitano’s Pizzeria is where Mardi Gras takes place.
Pizzeria del Capitano
Another new Carnival venue, and the most recent announcement – Chibang! The unusual restaurant offers both Mexican and Chinese cuisine, allowing you to choose your favorite cuisine or mix & match from both sides of the menu. The lunch and supper menus may be seen below.
If you know us here at Cruise Radio, you know that we love barbecue. So it’s always fun to cruise aboard a ship that has a dedicated barbecue restaurant, and on Mardi Gras (and some other Carnival ships) it’s Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse. This is another venue that Guy Fieri developed in partnership with Carnival.
A stage with live music to amuse guests can be seen to the left in the picture below. One of just a few breweries at sea is located at the venue. Take a look at the menu here.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse
Despite the fact that Guy’s Burger Joint has relocated up one level from the main pool, Cantina BlueIguana remains right next to it. Open for breakfast and lunch, this grab-and-go counter service restaurant offers tacos and burritos.
The Restaurant Palm, one of the ship’s major dining rooms, is seen below.
Shaquille O’Neal, a former NBA basketball player, owns the Chicken, Big restaurant business, which has outlets in Glendale, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s also the cruise line’s “Chief Fun Officer,” featuring in numerous marketing campaigns.
Big Chicken has made its debut on the high seas with the launch of Mardi Gras. The Carnival Radiance, another recently refurbished Carnival ship, will also include the venue. It offers breakfast and serves chicken sandwiches and chicken strips, as well as sides. The menu may be found here.
We hope you liked our Mardi Gras restaurant picture tour. Remember that there are even more places on board that we didn’t include, so there’s something for everyone on this ship!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many restaurants are on the Carnival Mardi Gras?
There are approximately 1,700 restaurants during Mardi Gras.
What restaurants are free on Carnival Mardi Gras?
Unfortunately, Carnival Mardi Gras does not have any restaurants that are free.
What is street eats on Carnival Mardi Gras?
Street eats is a term used to describe the food vendors that set up on the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
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