Cruise Review: Carnival Breeze Dining

In addition to the main dining rooms, Blush and Sapphire, which serve fantastic meals with phenomenal service, Carnival Breeze offers another 13 dining options for those wanting some variety with their cruise.

Guy’s Burger Joint

Making its popular debut aboard Carnival Liberty last year, “Food Network” chef and best-selling author, Guy Fieri takes his delectable burgers to the sea again aboard Carnival Breeze.

A complimentary offering located by the Beach Pool on Lido deck, Guy’s Burger Joint is open from midday to 6pm and offers a selection of burgers including the Chillius Maximus, loaded with a burger patty and spicy chilli and the Straight Up for those wanting to load their own burgers from the fully stocked salad and condiment bar.

Originally anticipating 750 burgers being made per day, executives were surprised when almost 1500 burgers were made per day aboard Carnival Liberty. The reaction aboard Breeze was so positive among passengers that this figure seems definitely set to rise.

Whether it’s Guy’s secret Donkey Sauce, the seasoned hand-cut fries or the SMC ring (Super Melty Cheese)…all this cruiser knows is that a day would not be complete whilst sailing on either Liberty or Breeze without a burger fix from Guy’s Burger Joint!

If only they were open 24 hours like Pizza Pirate!

Blue Iguana Cantina

Also making its debut aboard Carnival Liberty as part of the Fun Ship 2.0 additions, the Blue Iguana Cantina is open for breakfast and lunch for all Breeze passengers needing a Mexican fix.

Breakfast burritos were my staple almost every day and I have to confess that I did indulge in a freshly made-to-order burrito or taco at lunch several times as well.

The condiment station was loaded up with chips and salsa and the lines were always reasonable, even on a sea day.

Lido Marketplace

Featuring an array of options, the Lido Marketplace offers everything from a made-to-order Mongolian Wok to the Comfort Kitchen, New York-style deli with freshly made sandwiches to The Sweet Spot complete with a chocolate fountain.

The open plan layout meant that it was never overly crowded and the lines were always manageable.

Indoor/outdoor seating really opened up the fresh and bright dining venue which led to two more food options on Lido deck aft, the 24-hour Pizza Pirate and Indian-inspired Tandoor which only seemed to be open intermittently.

Nonna’s Meatballs – Cucina del Capitano

Cucina del Capitano is accessible via the Lido marketplace on deck 10 and, whilst open for lunch as a complimentary pasta bar, it truly comes to life in the evening when an array of delectable Italian dishes are served for the nominal price of USD$12 per person.

Designed as an homage to Carnival’s Italian Captains past and present, it is decorated traditionally with red and white checked table cloths and large bottles of wine, with the walls lined with photos of the Captains and their families.

With a menu featuring delights such as my personal favourites, Nonna’s meatballs and tiramisu, passengers can order as much or as little as they like all for the one affordable price.

 

 

Surf and Turf – Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Located on deck 5 near Piano Bar 88, Fahrenheit 555 offers intimate fine dining for a nominal fee of only USD$35 per passenger.

With ambient lighting, fantastic service and a menu that would please any epicurian, it’s advisable to book in early for this dining experience as it can book out very quickly.

The menu is diverse and features a range of seafood and meat options but be sure to save enough room for dessert, unlike this cruiser.

My recommendations were the escargots Bourguignonne and the surf and turf, complete with lobster tails…steer clear of the lobster ravioli.

 

 

Bonsai Sushi

The success of the sushi bar onboard Carnival ships, prompted the line to offer a more holistic offering for those among us who need their sushi fix at sea.

Bonsai Sushiis located next door to the Red Frog Pub and features a traditional setting and ample seating.

With a varied and affordable menu that includes sushi, sashimi and an assortment of other Japanese delicacies (including sake), the dining venue was a favourite of mine, even though the serving time was much longer than desired.

Whilst sushi has always been a grab-and-go meal for me, I recommend allowing a good hour at the least, to savour the atmosphere and allow your meal ample time to arrive.

I found that once I asked the waiters to serve my meal faster, I was able to get 3 dishes within an hour-and-a-half whilst my initial meal took three hours to serve and numerous reminders about what I had ordered.

The food however…was to die for!

 

 

Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ

Open on sea days only, this dining venue was named after Carnival Cruise Lines chief marketing officer and barbeque fanatic, Jim Berra, who is actually quite thin!

Offering a range of BBQ options including pulled pork sandwiches and barbecue chicken, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ was such a hit that many passengers didn’t get the chance to experience it.

Waiting times averaged 20 minutes with many passengers complaining the food was cold by the time they got to it.

This cruiser decided not to brave the lines, but hopes that the concept expands to be offered on port days as well so that more passengers get to experience the first outdoor barbeque for Carnival Cruise Lines.

 

Punchliner Comedy Brunch

The Sapphire dining room is turned into a comedy club every sea day when the guest comedians take to the centre of the room and do a quick five minute routine on the hour every hour from 9am-1pm.

A traditional Mexican breakfast is on offer inspired by official comedian for Carnival Cruise Lines, George Lopez.

Huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos on offer along with my two favourite comedians on this sailing, Jason Blanchard and Smiley Joe Wiley performing a teaser routine? I knew where I would be on the last sea day!

The downside? The teaser is just too short and the layout of the dining room doesn’t really allow for the best guest interaction with it being so spread out and across two levels.

My hope is that they extend the routines to ten minutes each and perhaps split them up to perform every half-hour instead of on the hour alone.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard

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