What could be better for a foodie than cruising on Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras during Thanksgiving week? Sailing with award-winning Chef Emeril Lagasse of course!

Emeril will join Mardi Gras for her Nov. 20 departure from Port Canaveral, Fla. and experience all that Carnival’s new flagship has to offer, as well as see for the first time his first restaurant at sea – the popular Emeril’s Bistro 1396 that is the hub of the ship’s French Quarter. The Bistro features Emeril’s signature New Orleans-style flavors and dishes, in addition to a few specially developed offerings just for Mardi Gras guests.

While on board, Emeril will be a special guest at the morning show in the ship’s Grand Central atrium and mingle with guests at his Bistro 1396 restaurant. Guests will also get a chance to win a spot in a special cooking class with Emeril in the Carnival Kitchen cooking studio, and he will also be a very special guest chef in one of the popular Chef’s Tables specialty dining experiences with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

There are still a limited number of stateroom accommodations available for sale on the Nov. 20 sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla. For additional information, please call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit www.carnival.com, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.