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An intimate small ship experience, with a quiet relaxed atmosphere, a minimum number of children. The tropical theme is carried throughout the ship, but nowhere more so than the Beach Pool (located mid-ships) on Lido Deck (Deck 10), replete with plastic palm trees, and faux thatched roof shacks.
Unlike many ships, the outdoor areas of the Promenade Deck are widened, and feature lanais (patios) outside of several of the bars along the Promenade, featuring comfortable faux wicker padded chairs, and tables with umbrellas. On the starboard side of Promenade, just outside of the Ocean Plaza, Fat Jimmy's C Side Barbeque, is only open to serve lunch on sea days. The ship's design, layout, features, and amenities, will stimulate passengers into a lively life at sea, for young and old. Breeze now offers alternating 6 and 8 night cruises in the Caribbean from Miami - the perfect milieu for this tropical themed ship with various hues of ocean blue, tangerine and plum. Even the art in the stairways throughout the ship are tropical themes, as are the passenger deck hallways.
Lunch options make that the best meal of the day, especially in the Lido buffet area, where many of the stalls, notably the Blue Iguana Burrito Bar and the Mongolian Barbecue are not open for more than a few hours any day, usually just in the afternoons. The menus for dinner in the ship's dining rooms have been paired back from what they were several years ago. Fahrenheit 555 Steak House, located aft on Deck 5, true to its name, offers a menu heavy on meat.
This Italian restaurant does occupy a large space, seating quite a number of passengers, so unlike the Steak House, reservations are not likely required. One problem with the restaurant is the basketball court is located on Deck 12, immediately above Cucina Del Capitano.
I think it's likely that in short order they will close the basketball court above during dining hours.
The burgers here are prepared to specifications set by Guy Fieri, using meat ground fresh onboard, and home cut French Fries (slightly spiced with sea salt). Initially I fully expected Guy's Burger Joint to be more hype than quality, but it was obvious in my first bite, that theory was wrong.
Lido deck also offers the choice of the Market Place, a buffet area, with multiple choices of separated service counters, serving a variety of choices; Mongolie grill, themed buffet, deli, salad bars, and more. The signage for the various stations is very good, so be sure to walk around the Market Place to see what is available that day, before making your choices. Continue aft through the Market Place, by the aft pool area is where the best pizza at sea is being served.
Several new accommodation categories, including five-berth, two-bathroom staterooms especially for families, are offered. Via the flat screen TVs in the cabins one can check their accounts anytime they wish, order room service or shore excursions, and if you chose order pay per view movies. In the alternate restaurants with a surcharge cruise casual is the rule every evening, meaning no shorts. A great ship for kids and families, a vibrant night life and many daytime activities as well, including a water park, ropes course, adults only Serenity Area.
Forward on Deck 15 the adults only Serenity Deck is furnished with faux wicker furnishings, cabanas, hammocks, and hot tubs for quiet relaxation.
At the bow of the ship, forward on Deck 5 is the top level of the 3 deck high Ovation Theater. The casino occupies the entire width of the indoor space on the Promenade Deck, therefore one must pass through the casino when heading to the aft end of the ship, where many of the bars and lounges are located. Just as you exit the casino is the casino bar; a rather non-descript bar, with multiple television screens above the bar showing ESPN, and other sporting events.
Further aft from the casino the areas are very open, with one use area easily flowing into another, all constructed around the Ocean Plaza. In the center of this area there's a dance floor and a bandstand, where a live band entertains in the late afternoon, and most evenings. Aft of that is the large Limelight Lounge, used nightly as the venue for George Lopez' Punchliner Comedy Club, and next to Fahrenheit 555, the ships impressive Steak House. Below the Ocean Plaza, on Deck 4, is the Thrill Theater, the first 5D movie experience at sea. There was no individual public area that blew me away with its design, but in its entirety I found the ship extraordinarily comfortable and welcoming.
Rather than simply have a an early show, then repeat the performance for a late night show, they are alternating the shows, to enable those who perhaps missed one of the shows to see it at another time. The comedians no longer appear in the Ovation Theater, as there is a nightly venue for them in the George Lopez Punchliner Comedy Club.
There is a considerable amount of live music performing nightly in the bars and lounges throughout the ship.
These is but one dining room for all 2100+ passengers serving up to 1000 people at any given time surprisingly effectively. The Lido restaurant, Mermaids Grille, also features a variety of specialty food stations in addition the usual buffet line. Room service is available 24-hours a day, but is not really a great reason to skip a meal outside your cabin.
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride is the second ship in Carnival's new Spirit-class of ships (sister ships Carnival Spirit, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle).
Frescos covering the walls of the Pride's Atrium to the top of the ceiling nine decks high greet passengers as they arrive on Deck 2, the Promenade. You will find the Starry Night Dance Club across form the Plaza Cafe, and a sports bar entitled The Perfect Game Bar (where the frescos become famous athletes). The Taj Mahal, three decks high on Decks 2, 3, and 4, is Pride's primary showroom, and it has everything a state-of-the-art cruise ship theater could ever boast of including great sight lines and plenty of seats. As we have mentioned before, the dining room food on Carnival is surprisingly good, much better than one would expect from a mid-price ship formerly known as a party boat. Carnival has developed a new way to serve its guests that ensures prompt and efficient service from friendly and courteous staff. Along with regularly featured entertainers such as magicians, comedians, jugglers, ventriloquists, and various types of musicians (all at the Versailles Lounge), the Carnival's main entertainment is its Vegas-style show. If you were referred to this site by an existing member of CruiseMates, enter their username here. From time to time, the administrators may want to send you email notices.If you do not want to receive these notices, disable this option.
Having been launched in 1998, Carnival Paradise is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her younger sister ships. In any case, this is still considered an older ship in today's fast-paced market, and as such one can expect to find bargain sailings on her, which is great because in many ways she feels like a brand new ship. All of the public rooms recently received new sound and light systems to add a touch of excitement. Paradise now sails regular three and four-day journeys to the Mexican Riviera, departing from the port of Long Beach. Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Paradise also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5,6 and 7). The ships centerpiece is their seven-deck high Grand Atrium, bathed bronze and woods for a nautical touch, with jade green eggs sitting atop redwood pillars.
The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular America Piano bar featuring an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. An upgrade scheduled for 2008 involves upgrades to the pool area, staterooms and some public rooms. New enhancements indoors include a coffee cafe with specialty coffees (for a price) but free pastries. All of the staterooms are scheduled for upgrades with new fabrics and finishings, and flat panel televisions for a more updated look and the important added space. Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery.


From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front. The prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Normandie Theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Rex Dance Club, while the Queen Mary Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.
Every Carnival ship, designed by fanciful designer Joe Farcus, has a unifying theme for the decor. Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have balconies. However, during 2008 all of the staterooms in the class of smaller Carnival ships will receive a facelift including new flatscreen televisions, for example, a subtle change but one that lends a significantly different feel to the room while also adding a little extra space - which never hurts. The cabins on these older ships always appeared spartan compared to the newer Carnival ships due to their lack of wooden desks and cabinetry. Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a shower (with wand) and medicine cabinet. Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The 2008 scheduled upgrade includes a nine-hole miniature golf course as well as a waterpark that is better than the larger Carnival ships.
For more intimate dining, many Carnival ships feature a reservations-only supper club with a Manhattan-chic setting and a menu that includes steakhouse favorites. From the extravagant midnight buffets (on select Carnival ships), to the European-style cafes, sushi bars and 24-hour pizzeria, you’ll discover a myriad of palate-pleasing favorites that even the most discriminating diner will enjoy. Sign up to join Direct Line Cruises e-newsletter, which contains cruise news, reviews and EXCLUSIVE cruise deals. Just to the sides of the pool are the Red Frog Rum Bar, and on the opposite side, the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, both decked out with tables, signage and furnishings which have the same ambient feel as many of the port side bars you find in the various Caribbean ports of call. The deck flows from the Ovation Theater forward to the Limelight Lounge aft, with a very open plan, easily allowing movement through the various bars, clubs, and restaurants. Outdoors on the port side of the Ocean Plaza features several more lanai areas, as well as hot tubs, and additional areas for lounging in the sun. She is the first ship in the fleet designed by the German firm of Partner Ship Design, rather than Joe Farcus, who designed Carnival ships for 3 decades.
In addition to the changing nightly options, there is still a list of always available menus; including a salmon, chicken, and beef option. It occupies a smaller space than previous Carnival Steak Houses, and does not wow one with its aesthetics, but the dining experience is exemplary. The restaurant does cost $12 per adult, and $5 per child for dinner, but does offer complimentary pastas for lunch.
The night we dined there, though likely only two kids shooting hoops, it sounded as though the Miami Heat were holding practice above us.
The food is very good,, and therefore expect some line-ups before you get to make your choices. Guy's is a new partnership with Guy Fieri, of Food Network fame (Drive-Ins, Dives, and Diners).
The topper here is the toppings bar, with an enormous selection of condiments to choose to throw on your burger.
Carnival always had very good pizza, but has changed their procedures and dough, and they now offer thin crust pizza that is as good as any thin crust pizza I've eaten. Drink service in the dining room could be frustratingly slow making it not only more cost effective but more comvenient to simply buy wine by the bottle instead of the glass. There is also a new style of balcony cabin called the Cove Balcony located on Deck 2, below the promenade decks.
Due its close proximity to the ships Water Works, that serenity may be interrupted by the noise of the people using the water slides and other features of the Water Works. Moving back from there, through the Atrium, where all of the ship's stores are located, one comes upon the very large casino. Around Ocean Plaza is one of the inviting areas of the ship's, with lots of comfortable seating (both inside and out on the Lanais on both port and starboard sides). Menu items are priced a la carte, or you can purchase a sushi boat for $15 (which is large enough to share).
The Red Frog Pub offers a variety of appetizers at a cost of $3.33 for each plate, and features a draft beer that is custom brewed for Carnival Cruise Line.
On the Breeze this area is entirely open to the Promenade; no more glassed in bar area common on other Carnival ships. This charge can be either automatically added to the Sail & Sign card or it can be prepaid (prepayment is mandatory on the Cruises-to-Nowhere). Almost all main theater events were also shown on the stateroon television throughout the cruise. There are nightly comedy shows; with two early family shows, and a late night adults only show. In most of the venues it is either a solo artist, or duo playing, though a quartet played each evening in the Ocean Plaza.
There are booths as well as tables for two (and four, six and eight), and an annex called the Captain's Club with tables for eight and sometimes 10. The international stations offer such tasty choices as Japanese, Indian, Chinese, deli-style sandwiches, pizza and other pasta, and hamburgers and hot dogs. Obviously specializing in special occasions, they also offer champagne and caviar (at an additional charge). At the base of this spectacular entrance is a bar featuring a pianist or string trio playing relaxing music. The generous (in proportions, anyway) Winner's Club Casino spans the entire width of the ship and features slots and and a variety of table games. Carnival deserves a lot of credit (and they have a lot of experience) for getting this part of the cruise experience right. This multi-million dollar production includes two singers, five male and nine female dancers, along with special guests, and is sure to leave you feeling well and truly entertained. These ships always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Flat-screen televisions have been added to many lounges to keep up with sports and other events. Carnival did actually disembark three teenagers mid-cruise, much to the surprise of their guardians. For west-coasters only familiar with the San Pedro port facilities, Long Beach port is highly recommended. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship. The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks. Cafe Ile de France Internet offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).
Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert - and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cutup that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The unifying idea behind Paradise's interior decor is ships of the world - from the famous and infamous to the mythical and mysterious. The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.


There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. The kids will love these supervised diversions giving you plenty of time to relax by the pool. Also remarkable is that 80% of her staterooms have ocean views, allowing you to admire beautiful scenery from the comfort of your own private stateroom. The Miracle offers a first-class dining experience, including: fresh lobster on every cruise, an extensive wine list and first-class service.
Frankenstein’s Lab and resembles an old castle in ruins, and the lower promenade is called Fountainhead, after the main character in an Ayn Rand novel. Get a late-night snack at the pizzeria, or have a tasty treat delivered right to your room by the fun and friendly room-service staff.
Pizzas are now made to order, so though it may take a few minutes longer, the pizza you get is piping hot, and the cheese topping gooey and delicious. You use your sail and sign card in the machine, make your selection,, and a glass of wine is automatically poured.
These balconies are shadier than the higher ones as they are built into the hull of the ship, which also makes them more private. The strategically placed equipment allows you to enjoy the lovely panoramic views offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Internet café area, the specialty coffee and patisserie, Taste Bar (where you can get free samples of the offerings from the alternate restaurants on board), and the Ocean Plaza Bar. They combine a 7 person company with an amazing mix of technology; huge LED screens, which combine filmed segments with animation, and laser technology.
They said the the kids are given creative and varied activities throughout the days, taking them all over the ship to try new things all the time.
With floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views, you may find yourself enjoying your time on any of the stairmasters, rowing and hydraulic weight machines, elliptical walkers, stationary bikes, or treadmills more than ever before.
These are some of the most well-designed ships in the industry, with Azipod navigation outside, easy to navigate on the inside with good crowd flow and lovely cabins with everything right where it is supposed to be. You will find reproductions of famous Renaissance paintings and statues by Raphael, Botticelli and even a repro of Michelangelo's David. Four glass elevators take you to the Lido Deck (number 9), which features the ship's spa, pools, and fine dining, including alternative options, along with the glass staircase to the Nouveau Supper Club on deck 10. Kids can be kept busy with the computer lab, PlayStation area, candy-making machine, and sand art area, all connected by tunnels. There are standard items on the menu every night, as well changing entrees that include low-carb and vegetarian selections. The enthusiastic staff learn the passengers' names and preferences, resulting in their favorite drinks, bread, and extras being on the table when they arrive.
Carrying 2,052 passengers, the ships are big enough to provide diverse entertainment, but tend to be deployed to the 3 and 4-day market in most cases.
Like at the Leonardo's Dance Club with her brass barstools and neon-rimmed mirrors and ceiling panels. The ship now has a specialty coffee bar, new art and photo galleries and purpose-built conference facilities. You can fly in to the Long Beach airport, and spend a night before your cruise on the original Queen Mary 1, now one of the best maritime museums in the world. The two-level, 1300-seat Normandie Theater at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout. New sound and lighting systems have been installed in every public room, and the ship now has flat screen televisions in several places to keep up with sports and other vital information. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it. You'll find the the Rex Dance Club with its rotating mirror balls and ceiling mounted lava lamps, , the Rotterdam Bar, the Normandie Theater and the Cafe Ile de France. The exact date for finishing these items has not been determined, but as soon as we know we will update this page.
The upper promenade, called Kane’s Way, gives a nod to the classic Orson Welles filmA Citizen Kane, and dozens of doors throughout the ship feature Cilo, the mythical creator of the Greek alphabet.
The kids can hang out at one of several clubs designed specifically for people of three distinct age groups, so they never get bored. Don’t forget to catch a show while on board, as there is comedy and live music for everyone to enjoy. Breeze is the first Carnival ship with conventional decor, and it suits the ship nicely, tasteful yet fun, light and tropical. The lovely Renaissance Lobby is located on Deck 2, and most of the action on the ship is on Decks 2 and 3 where the shops, main dining room, lounges, and casino are located. This swank restaurant requires jackets and reservations to enjoy their famous stone crabs from Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant and prime beef. The Sunset Garden on Deck 3, while skirting the showroom, provides a peaceful rest-place to recharge before heading back to the excitement. The nightly entertainment and dances performed by the staff give the whole ship a warm and informal feeling. Other amenities are the several movies found on the color TV everyday, hair dryer and safe.
They have ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sunshine glow, and separate facilities for passengers of all ages. This is all part of a waterpark with all kinds of sprays and other devices to keep the kiddies cool and fresh. The informal Paris (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating.
Adults have special areas designated just for them, so they can enjoy the relaxing oceanic atmosphere in peace and serenity.
Take some down-time, too, as you relax in the 14,500-square-foot health spa offering luxurious treatments and therapies for you mind, your body, and your spirit. For the Alaska cruise, you are encouraged to bring warmer, waterproof clothes, along with comfortable shoes for outings. Similar to Carnival Spirit, this ship also combines shiny brass with carved wooden banisters and marble floors.
The purser's desk will increase or decrease this amount at your request throughout the cruise. The bathroom has a shower and enough shelf space for two people, along with a complimentary basket of toiletries. As a family, there are plenty of enticing activities that can be enjoyed by all, such as the water park with its twisting and turning water-slides, mini-golf on the top deck where you and your family can have a friendly competition, and plenty of duty-free stores to browse for souvenirs of your wonderful vacation together. The $10 charge does not include tips for the spa, casino, room service, maitre d' or other staff. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. You’ll never run out of great times to capture on your camera on the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Miracle cruise ship! Ladies are very apt to feel like Greek goddesses in the salon, which features Doric columns and Greek vase motifs as part of a beautiful mural. All the large bathrooms include a shower (the suites are the only cabins with tubs), basket of toiletries, and hair dryer. The highlights of the suites and Oceanview staterooms are the well-stocked mini bar and cozy terrycloth robes.




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