Carnival Breeze is the third Dream-Class cruise ship built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy, for Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL). She is the sister ship of Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, which were delivered in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
Dream-Class cruise ships are the largest passenger ships ever built for CCL. They are also the largest cruise ships built in the history of Italian shipbuilding.
Carnival Breeze entered service in June 2012 with a 12-day maiden Mediterranean cruise starting from Venice. She will be shifted to Miami, Florida, in November 2012 for year-round six and eight-day Caribbean operations.
Design, features and dimensions of Carnival Breeze
The design of Carnival Breeze was developed from her existing sister ships and has the same outdoor set-up. Her design is inspired by tropical ambiances. She is coated with warm colours and has been given chromatic colour shades created by Partner Ship Design (PSD).
PSD has also designed most of the public areas including the staterooms, central area, shops, promenade deck, dance lounge, restaurant deck, spa, bars, entertainment lounge and open decks.
A four-slide water park has been outfitted on the last deck. A promenade runs across the ship’s external perimeter.
The 128,500t ship can cruise at a maximum speed of 22.5kt. She has an overall length of 306m. Length between perpendiculars is 269.2m and moulded breadth is 37.2m.
Construction of Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship
Orders for the construction of the ship were placed by Carnival Corporation, the parent company of CCL, in December 2009. The first building block for the ship was put in place in December 2010.
Carnival Breeze remained dry docked for about nine months (December 2010 to September 2011) in the Monfalcone shipyard’s dry dock area. Here, the building blocks were assembled and welded together to construct the midship.
A coin ceremony and float out of the ship took place in September 2011. Sea trials and interior designing are expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2012. The ship was delivered in May 2012.
Accommodation and staterooms onboard
A total of 3,690 passengers can be accommodated in 1,845 cabins. There are 746 additional cabins to accommodate 1,386 staff members.
The ship’s staterooms include the Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, Suite and Cloud 9 Spa staterooms.
Deluxe Ocean View staterooms feature a separate washroom and are suitable for families. Balcony staterooms are specially designed for smooth sea breeze and sea view experiences.
Ocean Suites offer more space and feature a big balcony, VIP check-in, bathroom with whirlpool tub and walk-in closet. Cloud 9 Spa staterooms feature private spa access and special amenities.
Some of the Ocean View cabins can be provided with five berths and two bathrooms to accommodate larger families. All staterooms feature a new Caribbean-inspired interior decoration, television, full bathroom with shower and large closet and drawer space.
Dining, entertainment and other facilities on the Carnival Breeze
Blush Dining Room and Sapphire Dining Room are two of the ship’s main dining rooms.
They offer a variety of starters, entrees and desserts. Lido Marketplace has casual dining options with indoor or outdoor seating.
Sushi Bar, Cucina del Capitano, Lanai BBQ and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse are some of the other dining venues.
Cloud 9 Spa has a two-level spa featuring a sauna, fitness centre, beauty parlour and thermal suites. The ship also has a Thalassotherapy pool. The SportSquare sports bar offers sports such as basketball, football, jogging and strength training.
Clubs and lounges include Ovation Main Show Lounge, Limelight Aft Lounge, Liquid Nightclub and Piano Bar 88.
Club O2, Video Game Room and Camp Carnival are dedicated play areas for children. A two-level health and wellness centre for children is also available.
Power and propulsion
Carnival Breeze is powered by a diesel-electric dual propulsion engine. Total electric propulsion is 2 x 21MW.