Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 by Peter Knego
Peter Knego continues his Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruises’ latest, largest ship, the 130,000 gross ton CARNIVAL BREEZE.
All photos by and copyright Peter Knego 2012 unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
In the span of what must now be a couple hundred cruises, I have only had occasion to visit a ship’s infirmary twice. My first was for a bout of food poisoning on board Orient Line’s MARCO POLO in 1998 and my second time was this morning. After an ongoing battle with a croup I acquired in Singapore last month, it was time to see a doctor. It took some forty five minutes and a bill for $150 ($90 for the physician’s visit and $60 for medication) to get me on my merry way back to Cabin 6412.
Meanwhile, from our vastly empty ship, we had a nice view overlooking the SEABOURN QUEST’s pool area. As that ship and ours lay awaiting the return of passengers from a particularly nice day in St. John’s, Antigua, we continued to check various spaces on the BREEZE off my “do” photo list.
The rather vast Camp Carnival children’s facility is located on midships Deck 11 and divided into three play areas for those aged 2 — 5, 6 –8, and 9 — 11. Tweens have a separate space called Circle C and Teens have Club O2, both of which are adjacent to a large video games gallery on Deck 5. CARNIVAL BREEZE can handle up to 1,500 children on any given cruise.
Serenity is the CARNIVAL BREEZE’s Adults-only area on forward Deck 15 with its own bar, several whirlpools, cushioned deck chairs, cabanas and hammocks. Unlike some lines with similar adult havens, there is no charge for Serenity.
For lunch in the 826-seat Lido Marketplace, we decided to try the Tandoori section in its aft/starboard corner.
In addition to authentic Indian dishes with curries, lentils, chicken and lamb, the Tandoori station also features Greek salad, baba ghanouj, tzatziki and hummus.
Since my medication prevented me from being in the sun, we had to abort our planned snorkeling excursion. Instead, we wandered ashore and found a good wifi signal as well as soothing banana and pineapple slushes at the friendly Big Banana Cafe.
We returned to the BREEZE just in time to watch the handsome SEABOURN QUEST cast her lines and back out of St. John’s. At 6:00 PM ship’s time (interestingly, the BREEZE did not change time to accommodate the regional time zone, which was an hour later), we followed suit.
Another festive meal in the Blush Dining Room concluded with waiters on pedestals gyrating in sync to the viral pop hit “Gangham Style”. It was inevitable!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
When we awoke, the CARNIVAL BREEZE was getting a morning drenching in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
After a light snack in the Ocean Plaza, we headed ashore. Another planned excursion to Virgin Gorda and the spectacular Baths was also shelved, so we toted our laptops over to the friendly La Gelateria Cafe for the best cappuccino and cafe au lait of the week.
In the early afternoon, the sun broke out long enough to illuminate the BREEZE in her turquoise element.
On our way back to the ship, despite the sub-tropical locale and 84 degree temperature, there was a reminder or two that we were in the midst of Christmas season.
Back on board, we ditched the computers and jumped into a relatively short line at the Lido Marketplace for our Mandarin Wok feast of stir fried veggies and chicken in Szechuan and Black Bean Sauce.
Up on deck, it was such a perfect day to get “drenched” by the Drencher or take a dizzying slide ride.
At 4:00 PM, the CARNIVAL BREEZE pulled away from Tortola, as the skies were transitioning from rain to shine and back.
A helicopter making circles around the ship dangled what appeared to be the form of Andy Newman, who has been taking the official photos of Carnival Corp. ships for decades. Unfortunately, my malady did not relent enough to make going to regular dinner a wise choice, so I paid a quick visit to the Lido Marketplace for some salad, then spent a low-key eve. in Cabin 6412.
End of A Mighty BREEZE, Part Three
Special Thanks: Martin Cox, Jennifer de la Cruz, Vance Gulliksen, Lis Kemp, Lanie Morgenstern