Next up for Carnival: Carnival Breeze headed to Miami in 2012
This rendering shows the new Carnival Cruise Lines ship the Carnival Breeze, set to debut in June 2012 in the Mediterranean before moving to the Port of Miami in November 2012. (Carnival Cruise Lines)
The 130,000-ton, 3,600-passenger Carnival Breeze is a sister ship to the Magic, which is headed for the Port of Galveston, Texas and to the Carnival Dream that sails out of Port Canaveral near Orlando. It's currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy.
It's set to debut in June 2012 with a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises before repositioning in November to the Port of Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises.
The ship will the the cruise line's 24th ship in service, and 101st ship sailed under the brand since the 1970s.
The Breeze will be similar to the Magic and Dream with the popular WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare recreation complex with ropes courses, mini-golf and outdoor fitness area. The Lanai will be a wraparound promenade with whirpools jutting out over the ship's sides. And of course, a really big TV -- a 270-square foot poolside LED screen for movies and such.
For consumers, expect the RedFrog Pub, Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant, a poolside eatery and a classic American-style steakhouse.
Children of all ages will have plenty to occupy their time.
The interior will be Caribbean-inspired -- think island breezes and tropical sunsets created by Germany-based Partner Ship Design focusing on bright colors and pastel hues. There will be images of palm trees.
"Not only will Carnival Breeze introduce exciting new features and a highly creative island-inspired interior design that pays homage to the world's most popular cruising region, we've put together itineraries that provide our guests with the opportunity to visit a huge array of stunning ports of call throughout the Caribbean and Mediterranean," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
Before heading to the Caribbean, though, Carnival will let the Breeze cruise around the Mediterranean all summer -- for now the only European option for Carnival Cruise Line in 2012.
The maiden voyage will depart Venice on June 3, and arrive in Barcelona June 15, 2012. Ports of call on this one-time voyage include Dubrovnik, Croatia; Athens, Greece; Izmir, Turkey; Messina (Sicily), Olbia (Sardinia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy; Monaco, Monte Carlo; and Marseilles, France.
The ship then continues its European summer with more 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona from June 15 through October 25, 2012 except for an Aug. 26, 2012 voyage from Venice.
These itineraries include stops at Marseilles or Monaco; Livorno; Naples; Dubrovnik; Venice; Civitavecchia (Rome), and Messina (the June 15 and September 7 departures add a stop in Palma de Mallorca, Spain; while the Aug. 14 and 26 voyages also visit Olbia (Sardinia), Italy. Select voyages also overnight in Venice or Rome (Civitavecchia).
After Europe, the Breeze will head to Miami on a 15-day transatlantic voyage departing Barcelona on Nov. 6 and arrive in Miami on Nov. 21, 2012.
Ports of call on this voyage will include Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Antigua and St. Maarten.
Once in Miami, the ship will split its schedule between six-day and eight-day itineraries.
The six-day cruises begin Dec. 2, 2012, running Sunday to Saturday with three port stops: Grand Turk, B.W.I.; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Nassau, The Bahamas.
The eight-day itinerearies will run Saturday to Sunday, with two different four-port schedules beginning Nov. 24, 2012.
A southern Caribbean itinerary features Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curacao, and Aruba. An eastern Caribbean route will visit St. Thomas/St. John, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau.