On sea days, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ sets up on the Promenade Deck (5), serving grilled veggies, chicken, sausages, and a terrific pulled pork sandwich. It’s a hit. The lunch line was as much as a 15-minute wait, as the buffet table served 950 plates a day, equal to nearly one in every four passengers on the ship.
You might think that Guy’s Burger Joint is just another ground beef gimmick, but thanks to Guy Fieri, Carnival actually has managed to increase consumption of burgers — the meat, overly done, can be topped aplenty and sided with freshly cut but mushy fries. Cruise passengers typically eat about 400 burgers a day; on the Breeze, Guy’s guys are serving 1,200 to 1,500 burgers a day.
Among other changes of note on the Breeze:
• A veneer on cabin doors provides an island shutter look.
• Perhaps as a result of passenger attention span, high energy production shows are only 30 minutes, without live music but with some flashy images on high-tech LED screens.
• In a 24-seat theater (fee required), seats move and the air grows wetter and windier in coordination with action on a 3-D screen.
• Marketplace, the buffet restaurant on the pool deck, is better than its counterparts on the Dream and Magic, with tables well-spaced and sections for more privacy, though I was not alone in my disappointment that the popular Indian Tandoori and Mongolian Wok stations are only open only at lunch and not as an evening alternative to longer meals in the main dining rooms.
Something to consider by bookers of outside cabins with a balcony: A ship where the party spills outdoors can be a bit noisy when the action flows deep into the night. A light sleeper on Deck 7, near my aft cabin above a hot tub and the outdoor tables of the RedFrog Pub on Deck 5, will know when the revelry finally comes to an end.
David Molyneaux writes monthly about cruising. He is editor of TheTravelMavens.com.