Review of Carnival Breeze deck 3 (Lobby-Dining)
Ovation Theatre (capacity 1349 seats) is the ship’s main show lounge for grand style productions featuring live performances (tribute acts – singing and dancing) combined with sound and lighting special effects. The evening shows last 30 min. The music is backed by high-definition graphics (photos and videos) projected on large-size LED screens. The evening entertainment program also offers popular family game shows (like “Love and Marriage”) and guest performers (stand-up comedy acts, magicians, musicians). The ship’s theater also hosts the “Playlist Productions” (live stage musical revues) and “Hasbro The Game Show” (interactive board games). The daily program includes seminars, expert lectures, talks, multimedia presentations, workshops, dance classes, big-screen movies, bingo sessions. The nightly wait service is on the main level only (no pass around the balcony level). The orchestra pit can be covered for additional stage space.
Hasbro Game Shows are based on the TV series “Family Game Night” (board games and EA Games). These family fun shows are giant versions of popular trademarked board games (like Connect 4, Yahtzee, Sorry! Sliders, Operation Sam Dunk, Simon Flash, Monopoly, 10-pin Bowling) in which guests can team up to win prizes (Hasbro board games).
Playlist Productions are music revues combining live performances (singing, dancing, acting) with LED staging and special effects. Among the offered live musical shows are 88 KEYS (Rock n’ Roll Piano Show with singalong hits), 80s POP TO THE MAX (1980s), GETAWAY ISLAND (beach movies of the 1960s with 3D effects), HEART OF SOUL (R&B and soul), EPIC ROCK (hits from 1970s-1980s), STUDIO VIP (1970’s), THE BRITS (UK singers tributes), MOTOR CITY (R&B /1960s-1970s), LATIN NIGHTS (Latin singers tributes), DIVAS (one-name female singers tributes).
Breeze Lobby is the first floor of the 9-decks high Atrium – a midship area with open-floor design, glass elevators, unique artworks. The Atrium’s ground level is served by Lobby Bar (100 seats, piano, dance floor, live entertainment) and also used for art auctions.
Guest Services (Reception/Purser Desk) provides 24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, luggage and cashier services.
Shore Excursions Desk provides information on Carnival cruise tours and excursions (sponsored by the line and offered for each port on the current itinerary), also planning and booking services.
Service boats (18 lifeboats, 2 tender boats, 10 life rafts)
The galley (kitchen) is located in between both Main Dining Rooms (MDR) and also has the “Chef’s Table” (private dining room/menu) for exclusive, private dinner events nightly (capacity 12-16 guests) surcharged at $75 per person. The experience includes private champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, personalized galley tour, a multi-course gourmet meal. Each of the courses is wine paired. Each of the wines is reviewed by the sommelier (knowledgeable wine steward), and each of the dishes – by one of the ship’s top chefs. Menus are different each evening depending on the Chef’s personal choice. This premium dinner package is available every night. Reservations are required (arranged via the Maitre d or the Steakhouse Hostess). Dress code is formal (age limit 12+ yo). If reservations are under 10, Chef’s Table could be canceled. Other places that can host this exclusive dinner event are the library and the conference center.
Sapphire Dining Room (forward location, 948 seats) and Blush Dining Room (aft location, 1248 seats) are complimentary, waiter-served Main Dining Room restaurants for Breakfast, Brunch (seadays only), Lunch (seadays only) and Dinner. On portdays, Breakfast is served between 7:30-9:30 am (closed for lunch). Dining Room hours are subject to change due to itinerary/port of call arrival times or scheduled onboard activities. On seadays, one MDR serves “Punchliner Comedy Brunch” (breakfast and lunch /between 8:30 am - 1 pm) while the other MDR serves Breakfast (between 8-10 am) and Lunch (between 12-noon - 1:30 pm). Afternoon Tea service (between 3-4 pm /seadays only, complimentary) includes a selection of teas, mini sandwiches, sweets. Dinner (seadays/portdays) is with 2 fixed/pre-assigned seatings – Early (at 6 pm) and Late (at 8:15 pm), plus Anytime (“Your Time Dining” between 5:45-9:30 pm). Dr Seuss themed “Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast” (cover charge $5 pp, reservations recommended) is once per cruise (on a seaday /itinerary based) at 8:30 am and 9:30 am. The dining experience features Dr Seuss character visits, waiters in special uniforms and colorful wigs, themed decoration (brightly colored linens, table centerpieces, ice sculpture), unique menu.
The Punchliner Comedy Brunch menu is divided into 3 parts – Opening Act, Headliners, Punchline and Bloody Mary Bar. The dining experience includes 5-6-min stand-up comedy acts (family-friendly, at each hour) performed by the evening’s comedians. The “opening act” (menu 1) has flamin’ tomatoes soup, bagel breakfast, fresh fruit platter (with cottage cheese or plain), Caesar salad, Eggs Benedict, custom-made omelets, dos huevos, sides (sliced ham, cheddar grits, grilled tomato, smoked bacon, pork/chicken sausages, turkey bacon) and George’s recipes. Both recipes are special dishes created by the US comedian George Lopez- Huevos Rancheros (chicken quesadilla topped with fried eggs and cheese) and Breakfast Burrito (tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, beans, chorizo). The “headliners” (menu 2) has funny French toast, fat stack pancakes, carne y huevos (filet mignon), mac-and-cheese (fried chicken, steak or smoked bacon), pappardelle pasta, grilled salmon fillet, hen alla diavola (grilled chicken). The “punchline” (dessert menu 3) has ice cream, caramelized cheesecake, banana cream pie, Mexican churros (donuts). The “Bloody Mary Bar” (drinks menu) offers custom-made cocktails. While the food is complimentary, beverages are extra-charge (excluding coffee, milk, juices).
At dinner, in both Main Dining Rooms Carnival offers the “American Table” menu. It changes each evening and includes contemporary American cuisine dishes (appetizers, entrees, desserts). On formal dinners (1-2 per sailing /itinerary based) Carnival offers the “American Feast” menu with gourmet appetizers, prime meats/seafood, vegetarian dishes, signature desserts. The formal dining experience features live big-band music, special table decoration (luxury linens, centerpiece), keepsake menus, Cruise Elegant dress code.