Mardi Gras To Feature Seafood Restaurant By Award-Winning Rudi Sodamin

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Rudi Sodamin

Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Mardi Gras, will debut a new seafood restaurant designed by award-winning culinary artist Rudi Sodamin called Rudi's Seagrill. 

In addition to a selection of seafood entrees and sides like big eye tuna, grilled branzino, seared scallops and apple cheescake, there will also be several dishes presented as playful “food faces” that double as Instagram-worthy pieces of art, such as fish-shaped ‘Gurgle Pots’ that make comical gurgling sounds when poured. 

Guests can also choose from a full menu of dishes including crab cake, salt-roasted prawns, broiled lobster tail, and chocolate truffle cake. There will be alternatives for guests who prefer non-seafood options, as well.

“We wanted to offer our guests a new and exciting dinner-time option that is as sophisticated as our steakhouses but takes our tradition of fun to the next level,” said Cyrus Marfatia, vice president of culinary and dining for Carnival Cruise Line. 

“Rudi’s Seagrill will feature next-level seafood delicacies and showcase Rudi’s innovative artistry and ‘plates with personalities’ where guests can feast their eyes on a new personable presentation every time they dine – we’re sure everyone will enjoy them.”

Rudi’s Seagrill will carry a reservations fee in line with Carnival’s other full-service specialty restaurants.

Situated on Deck 8 between La Piazza and Summer Landing, Rudi’s Seagrill will boast an 80-seat indoor dining room with warm lighting and stylish design elements as well as an al fresco area on The Lanai. 

“I’ve spent decades perfecting dishes for my restaurants both onboard and ashore, but it has been such a special experience to partner with Carnival to bring this exciting restaurant concept to life,” said Sodamin, who also serves as Holland America Line's Master Chef. 

“I believe the quality of a restaurant starts on the plate, so with Rudi’s Seagrill, I want guests to enjoy the food and feel connected to their meals in a fun and engaging way.” 

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

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.