Carnival Cruise Line’s newest addition to the Fun Ship Fleet is a jazzy little number they call the Breeze. She is currently sailing on 12-day Mediterranean itineraries with marquee ports of call like Rome, Venice, and Marseilles with a starting (and ending) port of Barcelona. The Carnival Breeze will leave Europe at the end of October on a 16-day transpositioning cruise that will land her in Miami where she will claim homeport status and offer voyages to the Caribbean.
As cruising goes, the newer ships seem to be larger and offer extravagant amenities to encourage veteran cruisers to sail away with them, and entice new cruisers to give them a shot! Patrons of Carnival and newbies alike will no doubt be in for a pleasant surprise with Carnival’s new ship tailor made for Miami water journeys. Guests will fall in love with the new resort-like feel of the Breeze brought about in a variety of functions: the tropical décor (inside and outside), the use of tiki huts surrounding the pools, and the naming of the bars (Red Frog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar). Much attention was devoted to every detail.
Looking at the exterior, you’ll still be drawn to the iconic tail fin…that’s a given, but there is more…so much more! The WaterWorks area for kids (of ALL ages) is spilling over with exciting water temptations including the massive water bucket that slowly fills up before emptying its contents onto the anxiously awaiting guests below…shrieks of excitement can be heard from the suddenly soaked bystanders! Also, this water play area houses some amazing water slides and water tubes, as well as fun activities for smaller kids. All ages will have a blast!
The top deck is home to the Serenity adults area with a private bar and an expanded sun-bathing area for those over 21. This deck features cushioned lounge chairs, hammocks, and super comfy clam shells (round, cushioned lounges with half coverings on the top that give the appearance of clam shells). Soothing tunes play at just the right level in the background as not to interrupt relaxation or reading.
The Lido Deck is a buzz of activity with two separate pool areas (Beaches and Tides Pools), Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint (Food Network’s host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives), Blue Iguana Cantina and, of course, quick access to other casual eateries via the pool doors.
Speaking of the pools, the Tides pool area is a beautiful pool with hot tubs on either side, nice decking, plenty of lounge chairs, and a Tides bar just steps away, as is the Pirates Pizza venue. Carnival has reinvented their pizza and it is now a thin crusted pie filled with a fabulous assortment of toppings…and it’s open 24 hours!
Beach pool is the larger pool area with tiki huts on either side that are actually sitting in the water. There are little benches that you can sit on and dangle your feet in the water. It is very relaxing, somewhat unique to standard pool areas, and definitely an update for Carnival ships setting a new standard of resort-style cruising.
Additional outdoor activities include the SkyCourse (a challenging ropes course), the SkyCourt for basketball, foosball, mini golf, pool tables, ping pong, and a walking track. The sports area has seating for those just wanting to people watch and it is decorated in cool inviting colors.
The décor is the biggest difference noticeable once inside the interior of the Breeze. She has a spirit-lifting, airy ambiance with a tropical flare that will be a sure hit with passengers in Miami and Caribbean itineraries. Sink into luxurious beds thanks to Carnival Comfort packages and enjoy flat screen TVs in every cabin.
Other new amenities onboard the Breeze include the Library Bar where you can enjoy a good read and a serve-yourself glass of wine from a vending-like machine where wines are accessed through your Sail and Sign onboard account card.
The Thrill Theater is new and true to its name with 3-D experiences showcased within recognizable character movies. It is almost more accurate to call it an attraction with moving chairs and special effects. There is a small charge for this experience.
When hunger pangs strike…
There is no shortage of food on this ship, that’s for sure! The classic dining rooms (Blush and Sapphire) are spectacular with many offerings from steaks to chicken, seafood, and much more. Popular desserts include Carnival’s well-known (and well-liked) warm chocolate melting cake, Baked Alaska, and Cherries Jubilee. The wait staff is highly proficient with menu offerings and observant to each guest’s dietary restrictions, likes, and dislikes. They go above and beyond to meet your culinary needs with each and every meal.
New to Carnival ships is the first-ever full-service Bonsai Sushi Bar, an instant hit with guests. There is a nominal fee for the Sushi Bar, but those who love their sushi agree that it is well worth it. Another new addition is Fat Jimmy’s C Side BBQ (available only on sea days) with fixings like a backyard barbecue at home! Enjoy tender pulled pork, barbecued chicken breasts, tender kielbasa sausage, baked beans, creamed corn, and more!
There are two upscale (and upcharge) restaurants onboard that are superb both in ambiance and culinary offerings: Fahrenheit 555 and Cucina Del Capitano. Fahrenheit 555 is a wonderful steakhouse with prime cuts of meat cooked to perfection and Cucina Del Capitano is a delightful Italian experience with huge portions of pasta and other entrees.
There are other little culinary delights tucked into crevices throughout the ship that you will enjoy as you determine your own favorites.
Ports of call…
The Mediterranean is a very popular cruising destination and Carnival has put together a fantastic lineup of ports of call that make this trip even more enticing. The current list of ports is:
Roundtrip from Barcelona, Spain
Livorno, Italy (gateway to places like Florence and Pisa)
Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome)
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
There is no better way to see these European destinations (or any cheaper way) than by cruise ship. Carnival offers every possible and conceivable excursion taking you to famous historical sites, fun shopping plazas, and amazing views. Their knowledgeable and friendly Shore Excursions personnel is available to assist and guide you in making wise choices for tours that you and your family will enjoy.
As always, evening shows are popular on cruise ships and Carnival is no different. They have revamped some of the productions on the Breeze with use of more laser lighting and special techniques. The shows are shorter which is a little more conducive to antsy after-dinner guests and those with children to put to bed. Don’t miss the shows, though, they are very entertaining and part of the cruise experience.
Spa services onboard the Breeze are provided by Cloud 9 Spa and Salon and include a full-service spa menu as well as manicures, pedicures, and a therapy pool. Take advantage of port-day specials to save money.
The Breeze also offers Punchliner Comedy Club (in coordination with comedy curator George Lopez), karaoke, an art auction, BINGO, and something new called Hasbro The Game Show. Hasbro is a family, fun-filled reality version of popular board games. Use your skills shooting hoops to Connect 4, follow the color sequence of Simon Flash, and see what prizes you’ve won with Electronic Monopoly! It’s a good time for all! And, for those of you who are wondering, yes, there is a casino…a Winner’s Luck Casino!
The Breeze is by far the most innovative ship in the Carnival fleet, not to mention the most attractive. Thanks to impressive interior décor and fabulous new culinary offerings, this ship is one you won’t want to miss! For more information, visit Carnival’s web site at www.carnival.com or contact your local travel professional.