There is a news item out today about a brand new set of shiny propellers delivered to the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy, where the newest Carnival ship is under construction but nearing completion.
The 30-foot propellers were airlifted from a "spare parts" department Carnival maintains in Freeport, Bahamas, where many of its ships are registered. That is right, they were sent by air in an Antonov 124-100, said to be the world's largest "serially" manufactured cargo plane in the world. It is built in the Ukraine and referred to as "Condor" by NATO.
The two props are each over 21 feet in diameter and made of bronze, zinc anodes and aluminum. It took ten days to organize the delivery – getting the plane to Freeport, loading the props and then flying them to Italy. Frankly, sending them by cargo ship would have been almost as fast and probably a whole lot less expensive.
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But when you are building a cruise ship every day of construction can easily cost $1-million. Breeze is going to be the biggest and most active cruise ship built for Carnival yet, as a sister ship to the Carnival Dream and the Carnival Magic. She will come in at 130,000-gross tons, equal in size to the Celebrity Solstice (2850 passenger berths) but Breeze will carry 3690 berths (and has room for plenty more people as thirds and fourths in cabins).
One aspect of Breeze we are really looking forward to is the new "laid-back" interior décor. This will be the first new Carnival ship in decades to use a different interior designer than the inimitable Joe Farcus who is known for fantastic, complex and highly creative designs. Many people consider Joe's designs to be "over the top" like paisley pants with a plaid shirt and madras tie. Breeze will be more subdued and most likely considered more "sophisticated" than previous Carnival ships.
Breeze will also be one of the first ships to be built fully within the brand new FunShip 2.0 specs for entertainment and cuisine onboard Carnival ships, a new fleet-wide upgrade directive scheduled to roll out to all of the large Carnival ships in the next few years. FunShip 2.0 includes:
Guy's Burger Joint: Directed by the Food Network's show host Guy Fieri, known for his expertise in burgers and other fast food of quality. He may be considered a gourmet, but his name does not rhyme with "Lee." It's "Guy" with a "y" as in "just a regular Guy." The new Guy's Burger Joint will be situated poolside and serve up hot burgers, hand-cut fries, and all the burger trimmings.
The Punchliner Comedy Club: A comedy club concept for the line that will be directed by television personality George Lopez who will help to pick the talent to appear on each ship. There will be two comedians on each ship each performing nightly and one also doing a late-night "adults only" show.
Other new entertainment options include dancing to music inspired by the famous Miami-based D.J. Irie who will recruit and train all of the D.J.s slated to spin on all FunShip 2.0 ships in the future. Just so you know "Irie" is a common Caribbean (mostly Jamaican) dialect word for "all right," as in "is evert'ing irie, Mon?"
New stage entertainment will include shorter 30-minute production shows to run frequently throughout the cruise, rather than the old style hour-long productions to offered just one time per dinner seating in the past. Those shows will be interspersed with onstage family game shows inspired by Hasbro. The game titles include some old game concepts updated just for Carnival like CONNECT 4, YAHTZEE, SORRY and SIMON. You've played these games, but never like the new Carnival versions. For example, the Yahtzee game includes basketballs. (No, we don't get it yet, either, but it's just a game anyway).
One really cool aspect of the Dream-class of ships is the new Ocean Plaza located on the promenade deck with plenty of indoor space dedicated to drinking, dining and dancing, but also with outdoor areas on the promenade deck with seating and even cantilevered hot tubs – an idea that was first put in service on the Carnival Dream.
Great Deals on Breeze in Europe
If you have never sailed on a European cruise, but you are a Carnival fan, I cannot think of any better offer than to join our CruiseMates Cruise on Carnival Breeze. What really sets this group cruise apart from any other is the absolutely fabulous itinerary at an unbelievable price.
First of all - the ship is sailing roundtrip Barcelona, Spain; making air connections to and from the ship relatively painless. Next, the fun begins June 26, 2012 with complimentary overnight pre-cruise stay in Barcelona, included in the cruise fare.
From Barcelona the group will sail to Marseilles, France, then on to Livorno, Italy – for Florence, Pisa, or a day trip through the Tuscan region; from there the ship will head to Civitavecchia (Rome), but on this itinerary the ship will actually stay docked overnight, making it possible to overnight in the city of Rome, to have two full days to see all there is to see in Rome (a strategy I highly recommend).
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After Rome the group gets to visit one of the hidden gems of the region, Dubrovnik, Croatia, before we sail on to Venice, Italy, where once again the group will get to enjoy a rare overnight stay, for enough time for a real exploration of this magical city. Finally we set sail for Messina, Italy (Sicily) where the variety of tours is almost endless.
This group is being hosted by top of the heap, CruiseMates Community Leader and all round incredible guy, Mike Mastellar, and his lovely wife Betty. We couldn't have chosen better hosts for this European jaunt. Mike and Betty will be arranging some optional private tours, as well as CruiseMates group activities onboard. The participants from CruiseMates are going to absolutely love cruising with them, and benefit from their knowledge of the areas on the itinerary.
For more information about this CruiseMates cruise, go to: http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/CMcruise/Breeze2012.cfm
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