What the Carnival Mardi Gras ship will look like
Rendering of the Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship

Carnival Cruise Line has just announced something that will make you say BAM! World-renowned chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse is launching his first-ever restaurant at sea aboard Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Mardi Gras, setting sail in summer 2020.

Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will be located in Mardi Gras’ French Quarter zone, and feature the chef’s signature dishes that earned him the reputation as one of New Orleans’ most respected chefs.

“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.”

– Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line

Emeril's Bistro 1396 aboard Carnival Mardi Gras
Rendering of Emeril’s Bistro 1396 aboard Carnival Mardi Gras

 “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.”

– Emeril Lagasse

Emeril’s bistro is named after the ship’s hull number at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland where it’s being built. The menu will feature Creole favorites and daily specials that will have guests coming back for more than one occasion.

Here are a few other menu items to look forward to at Emeril’s Bistro 1396: 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 icebox pie will be available for dessert.

Chef Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse. Credit: Sara Essex Bradley

The Carnival Mardi Gras ship will feature six themed zones, and Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will be center stage in the Mardi Gras’s French Quater. There you will find the true spirit of Louisiana with live jazz, cocktails and delicious food.

Learn all about the Carnival Mardi Gras here.