Shaq's Chicken & Street Eats Among Newly Announced Food & Bev Options On Mardi Gras

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal's Big Chicken and RedFrog Tiki Bar, a two-level poolside bar serving rum-based cocktails, are just two of the newly unveiled food and beverage concepts aboard Carnival Cruise Line's new Mardi Gras ship, set to debut in 2020.

"Great food and beverage experiences are at the core of any vacation, especially at Carnival," said Christine Duffy, president of CCL. "We always strive to provide our guests with the most diverse options possible, but the sheer variety of food and beverage venues on board Mardi Gras is unlike anything we’ve ever offered before. Our culinary and beverage teams continue to innovate, ensuring that we have an array of new and exciting options in addition to longtime Carnival favorites our guests love."

The new eating venues include:

Street Eats – This open-air eatery will bring the ready-to-eat nature of street food to the seas with three themed kiosks offering fried, steamed and skillet delicacies.

RedFrog Tiki Bar – Designed to transport guests to a South Pacific paradise, this two-level poolside bar serves playful, rum-based cocktails in an island-inspired atmosphere.

The Watering Hole – Situated within The Patio at Summer Landing, The Watering Hole is modelled after a fun backyard gathering spot and is the perfect space for guests to unwind.

Big Chicken Restaurant by Shaquille O’Neal – Also on Carnival Radiance in 2020, Mardi Gras will feature the second Big Chicken restaurant at sea created by Carnival Chief Fun Officer and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Located on Lido Deck, the restaurant serves all-inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will also give guests a glimpse into O’Neal’s family traditions.

Additional dining options aboard Mardi Gras include Guy’s Burger Joint developed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri, New England-inspired Seafood Shack, Mexican-themed eatery BlueIguana Cantina, the Lido Marketplace and an expanded Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse offering smoked-on-board favourites.

Further details on other Mardi Gras features and themed zones will be announced in the coming months.

Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is slated to enter service in Europe on 31AUG, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages, then shift to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in OCT 2020.

These venues can be viewed in a new virtual tour video released by the cruise line. 
Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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