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The Breeze by The Decks

Before we start our journey on deck 5 i would like to add a little information to go along with last week’s posting.  I forgot to mention that the kid clubs on the Breeze are not an additional charge.  The clubs are just a great place for kids to be with other kids their age and a ton of fun activities.

Let’s get started on deck 5 – The Promenade

The Promenade is a deck that is always hopping. A few of my favorite places are located on deck 5 those being the steakhouse and the casino.

Starting at the stern or back of the ship and moving toward the bow or front you will find the Limelight Lounge.  The Limelight Lounge is where you can go for The Punchliner Comedy shows.  There are two types of comedy shows at different hours.  The family friendly and the adult only. Unlike land based comedy clubs The Punchliner does not have a cover charge or a drink purchase minimum.  The downside to The Punchliner is the limited seating.  This isn’t like the Ovation Theater that has enough seats for everyone on the ship.  It’s first come, first sit. If when reading your Fun Times you see a comedy show you would like to attend make sure and highlight the time and be there early. During the day the Limelight Lounge offers different activities such as karaoke and bingo.  Check out the Fun Times for all of the happenings.

Just outside The Punchliner you will find Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse.   The steakhouse is delicious! When Scott and I went on our second cruise we saw that there was a cooking demonstration in the steakhouse.  We went and loved the demonstration on cooking techniques and of course all of the samples they had for our tasting pleasure. We went ahead and made a reservation to have dinner there. The menu selection was steak and seafood primarily. Our meal included an appetizer, salad, entrée, side and dessert. Here are a few things you should know about the steakhouse:

  • There is an additional charge of $35 per adult.  This year Carnival has added a child’s menu where kids 12 and under eat for $10. The price is more than reasonable for the service, quality of food, and portion size. The cost of this dinner will be added to your Sail and Sign account.
  • The portions are generous and we left completely full.
  • They have the best Mac and Cheese! Just ask Scott.
  • If you make reservations for the first night you are on the ship they give your table a complimentary bottle of red or white wine.
  •  This is a restaurant that shorts and flip flops are not acceptable.  This is a nice restaurant so please dress in your “Sunday Best.”
  • If you are interested in making reservations prior to getting on the ship you can email in advance giving your booking number, name, dates you will be sailing, and how many people to BRsteakhouse@carnival.com. You can also make reservations from the manage my cruise on http://www.carnival.com since I know everyone has already gone online and set up their accounts.

Across from Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is the Piano Bar 88.  The piano bar is a very laid back and fun place.  There is a piano player in the middle of the bar playing all of your favorite songs and taking requests all night long.  You can choose to sit around the piano or in the comfortable seating  spread out around the space.  When Scott and I attended this bar was packed.  It was amazing how quickly 2 hours went by.   Piano 88 is a big sing a long.

So far on deck 5 you have all the makings for a perfect date night.  Some amazing food at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, a comedy show in the Limelight Lounge, and end the evening with some lively fun at the Piano Bar 88.

Next week we will continue on our stroll of The Promenade. Ha! Technically I just said stroll of the stroll.  I amuse myself so much!

 

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The Breeze By The Decks

KIDS, KIDS, AND MORE KIDS! That is the theme for today’s post.

As we continue on our journey of deck 4 on board the Carnival Breeze let’s take a moment to do a little happy dance cause we are going on a cruise!

The Warehouse Arcade – Just as the name implies, it’s an arcade.  Please make a special note that this arcade is not free.  You must swipe your Sail and Sign card every time you play a machine.  If you have kiddos going on this cruise and give them unlimited charging on their card, make sure you are aware of this easy to add up quickly expense. The arcade has your basic shooting games, pinball, skee-ball (greatest game ever), crane game, and other video arcade games.

Club O2 – This is for teens ages 15-17 years old. Since we do not have anyone in this age group I am just going to skip over this club and head on to Circle C.

Circle C is for kids ages 12-14 years old.  This is where activities are tailored to entertain kids in this age group. Circle C is a high tech lounge area only for 12-14 year olds.  There is a dance floor, 42″ plasma TV’s, gaming pods and plush seating.  The gaming pods are for video game systems that have their own plasma TV’s.

There are plenty of activities for kids all day every day starting at 11:00 am and lasting until Midnight or 1:00 am. Activities are also going on during port days if you don’t want to go to shore.  Some of the activities include but not limited to:

  • Sports – dodgeball, basketball, mini golf, volleyball and ping pong.
  • Late night movies
  • Karaoke
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Music activities including trivia games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • T-shirt designing
  • Waterslide races

Online registration can be done prior to the cruise.  Parents must register their kids and attend a meet and greet on the embarkation day.  During this meet and greet the Circle C Director will go over all of the rules.  An important item to note is that teens can come and go without signing in and out of Circle C.  With all of the activities I think I might put on my best teenager attitude and head on over to Circle C to play!

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The Breeze By the Decks

We’re moving on up to the fourth floor.  I would appreciate it if when reading that first sentence you sang it in your head to The Jefferson’s theme song.  I know I did when I typed it.

Last week we talked about about the third floor which included the Blush & Sapphire dining rooms and the Ovation Theater.  On the fourth floor, called the Mezzanine, you will find the upper levels to these places.  There are a lot of fantastic places to visit on the fourth floor.  This floor is a kids dream!  You will find the Warehouse Video Arcade, Club O2, Circle C, the Funhub, Thrill Theater, and Pixels Photo Gallery.

I have done a previous post about Pixels Photo Gallery so please go ahead and check that out if you haven’t already.  By the way, shame on you for not having read it already.

Thrill Theater is only available on the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista! Thrill Theater is a 3D projection thrill short feature movie and ride combined.  The Thrill Theater seats 24 people and shows two features per ride lasting 15-20 minutes in length.  You will wear 3D glasses to watch the shows. The seats in the theater shift back and forth, move from side to side, and vibrate.  As an added feature there are special effects during the showing.  If you don’t want to know what all of the surprise special effects are then please stop here and move to the next section.  The special effects include squirting water, air puffs on your neck, bubbles, leg tickles, and pokes in your seat.

The Thrill Theater is not a free or included amenity.  If you would like to go to just one showing it is $5.50.  They do have an “All you Can Thrill” option which gives you unlimited attractions throughout the cruise.  The pricing is:

$12.95 for Adults

$9.95 for Children (12 years old and younger)

$9.95 for Seniors (66 years and older)

Another feature that the Thrill Theater has is for guests 17 years or older called Thrillogy-Dare to be Scared!  This feature is an additional $2.00 on top of the above pricing.  This is a feature that is shown late at night and is supposed to be scary with added surprise elements for what they call a “Thrillifying Time.”

As a side note, if you have health concerns it is advised that you do not take part in the Thrill Theater attraction. Such concerns would be neck and back injuries.

The Funhub…is a seating area with computers that can be used.  It’s like an internet cafe. There are different internet options available for purchase.  In another post I will be discussing the internet options and the costs.  Currently DJ and I have downloaded the Carnival Hub ap on our phones.  This application has a countdown to how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds until our cruise sets sail. Not how long before we board the ship but when it is scheduled to leave port.

Next week I will continue our tour of the fourth deck.  This will be all about the kid clubs.  So Hayden, Zach & Ryleigh make sure and read next week’s posting.

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The Breeze By The Decks

Today we talk about Deck 3.  We all need to get familiar with deck 3 because three major places are located here.  The dining rooms, lobby, and show theater.  Obviously the dining rooms are for eating, which we all like to do, the lobby is where you will find guest services, excursions desk, and the lobby bar, and the show theater has the live shows and bingo!

Let’s start with the dining rooms.  There are 2 main dining rooms, The Blush and The Sapphire. The Blush is located on the rear or stern of the ship while the Sapphire is located on the forward or bow of the ship. Each guest is assigned a dining room during the check in process and it is printed on your Sail and Sign card.

There are 3 dining options 6:00, 8:00, and your time dining.  To simplify the process of booking the cruise I selected 6:00 pm dining for everyone and linked our accounts so we will be seated either at the same table or tables close together.  I figured there was a good chance that dinner would be a time we can all see each other at the same time.  If you choose you may change your dining time by calling our PVP George prior to the cruise.  Obviously 8:00 pm option means you eat at 8:00 pm.  Your time dining is a fairly new option that is quite popular.  It allows you to not have a designated time to eat and a different table every night.  It’s like going to a restaurant at the times the dining room is open and asking the hostess for a table.  The positive is you can eat when you want between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. I find the negative to be that your table is always changing.  Scott & I like having the same table and same staff every night.  It gives us a chance to get to know the staff and in return they get to know us.  The other downside is you will have to wait until a table is available.  There is no guarantee that when you are ready to eat a table will be waiting.

Here’s a few tid bits about the dining room:

  • When the lights dim it means that a show given by the waitstaff is about to begin.
  • Children menus are available and adults can order off them as well. This includes the banana split…yummy.
  • Eat all you want it’s included.  There is one exception to this and that is the new section on the menu titles Steakhouse Selections.  You may order items usually only available at the Steakhouse for an additional charge.
  • You want three main dishes well then you go right ahead and order all three.  No worries, we aren’t judging.
  • A lot of guests don’t know but you can eat breakfast in the MDR (main dining room). If you aren’t much for buffets or room service and just want to sit and be waited on, head on over to the MDR.
  • There is a dress code for the MDR.  No ballcaps, no swimsuits, and no robes (please keep your robes out of the eating areas on the ship.  It grosses me out).

The lobby area has a bar and sitting area.  There are also activities that take place there and entertainment.  Please read your Fun Times to find out what is going on there.  You will also find Guest Services.  If you need to go to Guest Services please make note of the two lines that are available.  We have purchased Faster to the Fun (FTTF) so there is a speedy line that we get to use along with Diamond & Platinum guests.  Scott & I love the nasty looks we get when we just hop on up to the front.  HAHAHAHA.

You will also find the Shore Excursion desk.  I will be doing some posts about the excursions at the various ports.  If you do not book excursions in advance of the cruise you can go to the Excursions Desk and book them while on board.  I would like to let everyone know that while this is a group cruise, you are in no way obligated to do the same excursions as anyone else in our group.  For that matter you are not obligated to do an excursion at all.

Finally on deck 3 you will find the lower level of the Ovation Theater.  This is where the dancers and singers perform their live shows, bingo gets played, and oh so much more.  Again, please read your Fun Times to see what will be taking place each day in the Ovation Theater.  As a side note, the theater is always kept cool.  Ok, it’s cold in there!  I always take a light sweater to wear in there.

Oh my goodness, I forgot to mention one more thing about the lobby area.  This is where the large Christmas tree is placed along with Santa!  On the last December cruise we took they even gave us jingle bells when meeting Santa.  You can ask Junior all about it.  He might or might not be forced to wear them during the holiday 🙂

 

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The Breeze By The Decks

Happy August!  It’s only the greatest month of the year.  We are now sitting at 502 days….oh my goodness we are almost under 500.  This is so exciting!

I thought for the next few weeks we would talk about the Breeze deck by deck.  Knowing a little about the ship before hand can be quite helpful.  So let’s get started.

Deck 0 (that’s a zero): This is where the staff lives.  The only time a guest should be in this area is on port days.  On port days each guest goes down to deck zero and thru security to get to off the ship.  When you are ready to get back on the ship you go right back to deck zero.

Decks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, & 9 are all about the rooms.  Yes, this ship has a ton of things to do but not on those decks.  Of course if you read a previous blog you might be aware of a few secret areas on two of the decks.  This is a hint for you to read all of the blogs! Scott and I like to walk these decks and see all of the door decorations people put up.  It makes for a nice stroll and gives me plenty of ideas for the next cruise door decor.  If you do go check out the door decorations I kindly ask that you do not mess with them.  It’s really rude and down right mean!  People put a lot of thought and effort into their designs and the last thing they need or want is it to be messed with.

On a side note, we will be having a fun door decoration event for our cruise group.  When we are closer to the actual cruise I will post all the information on this.  If you just can’t wait and have to know things now then just ask me.  You can comment on here, email me, text, call, or just come see me.

There that’s of the fifteen decks on The Breeze.  Next week will be about deck 3.  Today I will be sending each of you an email asking some very important questions.  Please take the time and get the answers back to me as soon as you can.

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