Carnival Breeze Cruise Ship
We had been
planning this romantic cruise vacation for a couple of years. What could be
more romantic than a Mediterranean cruise? And to top things off – on a
brand new cruise ship!
Yes we took the plunge and sailed on the Carnival Breeze on only her second
cruise voyage. What an experience. The cruise ship was spotless and
shiny-new as would be expected. But there were so many new areas that
we had not before seen on the Carnival ships that we have sailed on in the
past. I could go on and on...
But first, let’s start with some of the ship’s history and
Birth of Carnival Breeze Cruise Ship
• December 2005 – Carnival placed a multi-ship order with Fincantieri
Shipyards in Italy
• September 2009 – The first ship in this order enters service named
• May 2010 – Carnival selected Carnival Breeze as the name of the third ship
in the order
• December 2010 – The keel is laid for the Carnival Breeze at the
Fincantieri building dock
• September 2011 – Carnival Breeze is floated out of dry dock and berthed at
Fincantieri’s wet dock for the eight month interior fit-out
• April 2012 – The ship completes her sea trials
• May 2012 – More than 1300 crew members arrive as Carnival accepts delivery
• June 2012 – Carnival Breeze enters service with inaugural season cruises
in the Mediterranean
That gives you a quick time-line for the cruise ship’s birth. Now for some
facts about her:
Big is She?
The Carnival Breeze is 1,004 feet long
She carries 3690 guests
She has 1386 crew members on board
experience on board the Carnival Breeze was fantastic. If there was one
thing that we would like to change it would be to be able to spend more time
on her to enjoy all of her amenities.
You see our itinerary was very aggressive. We hit 10 ports (including her
home port) in 12 days. This was our first and may be our last – hopefully
NOT – trip to the Med so we wanted to see as much as we could. That meant
ten or twelve hours off the ship each port day.
Anyway back to the ship. The Carnival Breeze is one of the largest ship in
the Carnival Fleet. She really could be a resort hotel with so many
If dining is your thing then you are in for a real treat. There a number of
restaurants available to choose from. The main dining rooms are not as
lavishly decorated as some cruise ships that we have been on but it is very
pleasant. We were seated in the Blush Diningroom.) The food here was quite
good but not exceptional. Is it just me or has the quality of the
presentations dwindled over the years? Maybe I have set too high a standard
or perhaps it’s the advent of so many optional (extra charge) restaurants.
Italian restaurant – Cucina del Capitano - is the only specialty restaurant
that we ate in. The food here was spectacular! It was well worth the small
extra charge. The décor was quite nice although some of the ambiance of the
place was lost (in my opinion) from the fact that there was a stairway
directly from the lido buffet. You could also enter directly from the upper
deck level. We were fortunate to have an intimate table away for the hub-bub
of the buffet. It was a wonderful evening.
The steakhouse restaurant – Fahrenheit 555 – has a beautifully decorated
contemporary feel. The rich wood, Italian glass tiles and gold-leaf
detailing make you feel special when you simply walk in. The aromas coming
from the steakhouse would make your mouth water.
There are of course many other places to sate your appetite. The Blue Iguana
Cantina offers tacos and burritos. The Bonsai sushi offers raw fresh seafood
as would be expected. Guy’s Burger Joint speaks for itself with offerings
inspired by Guy Fieri.
There was places for “pub-grub”, pizza and of course the Lido Marketplace
buffet had pretty much anything that you might want. Oh and don’t forget
room service for those special times.
On most of the main stream cruise ships there is no lack of things to keep
one entertained. Carnival Breeze is no exception. Take for example The
Punchliner Comedy Club Presented by George Lopez. That’s right. Carnival has
teamed up with George Lopez to act as a consultant for all comedy acts here.
Of course there are always the evening shows in the Ovation Theater. These
shows vary from song and dance to comedy to Vegas-style productions. The
Thrill Theater offers 3D and special effects with motion to make the movie
come alive – and you’re part of it. The Seaside Theater makes you feel like
you’re back in the age of the Drive-in Theater except that you Walk-in. A
giant outdoor screen above the lido pool comes to life with movies, shows
and sports events.
Carnival Breeze has the mandatory (for some people) casino – the Winner’s
Luck Casino. This area was quite popular as all ship casinos seem to be. And
of course there are the Funshops where duty-free and souvenirs can be found.
These shops also have special sales throughout the cruise. Some of these
sales are so popular that near chaos happens.
The decks on the Breeze are just loaded with things to… or not to do. If you
just want a place to “chill” in the sun there is plenty of room on the
decks. But if you are looking for things to get you active you certainly
won’t be disappointed.
Let’s start with the pools. The main lido pool is the Beach Pool. This area
is where most of the happening events take place. The Tides Pool at the back
of the ship is flanked by two hot tubs. The promenade deck also has a couple
of hot tubs or spas. The Splash Zone is a water areas for the kids to play
more water fun and excitement take a ride down Twister or DrianPipe the
Breeze’s two water slides. These are super fun – and fast – water slides
that will thrill and chill you both at the same time!
SportsSquare has some exhilarating times ahead for you. There is a ropes
course for you to navigate around high above the mini-golf course below. The
course is equipped with harness to keep you safe while you work your way
along the ropes. A running track encircles these courses as well as the
multi-sport court where basketball, volleyball, tennis and the like can be
The Carnival Breeze is loaded with “watering holes” and hang-outs. The Blue
Iguana Tequila Bar and the Red Frog Rum Bar are on opposite sides of the
main lido pool while the Tides Bar is adjacent the Tides Pool. There is also
a small bar on the serenity deck.
The Promenade Deck has a host of places for you to enjoy a refreshment. Aft
is the Limelight Lounge where in addition you may find a comedy act, karaoke
or live music. Next to it is the Piano Bar 88 which was quite popular on our
cruise. Moving forward we find the Liquid Nightclub. Next we come to the
indoor Red Frog Pub a cool Key West inspired décor. And of course the casino
has its bar. You can even order drinks in the main show lounge before the
One deck below you’ll find the Library Bar, a quiet place for a drink and
conversation. The Lobby Deck is the next deck down where you’ll find another
bar right next to an area where you may find some performers and perhaps
some fellow passengers dancing.
You can find waiters while lounging on the decks waiting to serve you so
that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your deck lounge. And if a drink
on your private balcony is desired you can always call room service.
The Cloud 9 Spa has been redesigned on board Carnival Breeze. There are
heated loungers in the spa’s Tepidarium. At the very front of deck 14 is the
spa’s relaxation room with large windows facing the front of the cruise
ship. The spa also includes a Thalassotherapy Pool, a sauna-like Laconium,
the Caldarium which is a cleansing steam chamber and the Aromatic Grotto
with its herbal steam. All of the usual services of message, facials,
manicures, pedicures, acupuncture, hair salon services and exercise
Well I’ve talked way too long about this magnificent cruise
ship. It’s time for you to experience it yourself. Check out the
itinerary that suits you best and book your cruise! I hope that we
will be able to experience this beautiful vessel again soon.
If you want to find out a little about the planning of our Mediterranean cruise
itinerary check out "Carnival
Breeze - A Romantic Getaway Journey"
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