Chibang! joins several dozen other dining options aboard Mardi Gras, which features he widest variety of culinary outlets in the fleet.
The announcement comes ahead of Mardi Gras’ official entry into service, sailing roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Caribbean cruise itineraries from July.
The ship was delivered in late 2020, but has not yet entered service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carnival recently announced that it had secured permission from the CDC to restart US cruise services aboard Mardi Gras, as well as several other ships.
“Mardi Gras is truly a game-changing ship and that, of course, includes her amazing dining options which offer our guests a broad spectrum of cuisines from around the world,” said Cyrus Marfatia, VP of Culinary and Dining, Carnival Cruise Line.
“Mardi Gras is such an incredible ship that we wanted to offer guests a limited time opportunity to enjoy some of her new and most popular specialty restaurants at no charge,” he added.
As part of Mardi Gras’ inaugural celebrations, Chibang! as well as popular specialty restaurants Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse and Cucina del Capitano will be included in the price of the cruise.
These outlets normally carry a dinner-time reservations fee or a la carte pricing but will instead serve food on a complimentary basis like the Palm and Flamingo dining rooms and the Lido buffet.
Chibang! is named after the Mandarin word for wing and features two distinctly separate menus, each offering a diverse selection of authentic Chinese and Mexican cuisines.
Food options will include Far East delicacies like Singapore Chili Shrimp, Slow-Braised Pork Belly, and Kung Pao Chicken to Carnitas Tacos, Pollo en Mole and Pescado Frito and other Mexican favorites.
The beverage selection will be just as varied with selections including the Chibang! Margarita made with blood orange syrup, the Smokey Mezcal Negroni that’s a twist on the Italian classic and a Green Tea Martini made with Shochu.
Chibang!’s dining experience will be enhanced by dramatic interiors featuring deep red and green décor with gold accents that pay homage to both cultures.
Floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the restaurant provide sea views while a colourful dragon greets diners as they enter the restaurant.
Chibang!, Cucina del Capitano and Smokehouse Brewhouse will also offer complimentary breakfast and lunch menus.