Hair braids a fun part of Disney cruise

I’ve seen hair-braiding booths set up on beaches and cruise ports to serve passengers on ships. But I had never seen a hair braiding station on a ship, unless it was in a spa. That was a first when I saw a braider busily at work on a Disney cruise. Several young girls were waiting their turn to be made into braided princesses. Watching her daughter get her hair braided near the ship’s pool, Valerie Miller  of …

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Disney pins a fun trading experience for unusual souvenirs

Jacob Marvel is so excited at the treasure he just got that he finds me in the crowd to share the good news. “I will never ever trade it. This is my favorite,” the 9-year-old declares, clutching a red-white-and-blue image of a Disney cruise ship. Complete with Mickey Mouse’s legendary ears, the ship looks as though it is sailing on a deep ocean with stars sparkling overhead. Pin trader extraordinaire, Jacob explained to me the intricacies of …

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Carnival Breeze’s Punchliner Brunch mixes comedy, great food

The voice of George Lopez brings chuckles to our Punchliner Brunch on the new Carnival Breeze. Take your time making menu choices and enjoy the wide variety, the comedian advises. “When I was a kid, my grandma only gave me two choices – eat or don’t eat,” George says. Of course, the famed comic man is not actually on our cruise. What we are hearing is a taped welcome and a couple of jokes by George. But …

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Thrill Theatre delivers action, chills and dinosaur snot

Butterflies flutter before our noses. Bubbles dance through the air. Our seats jerk and tilt as we stop at the edge of an abyss. And a dinosaur blow snot in our faces. A dinosaur? Yep, in Thrill Theater all kinds of adventures await through the magic of 3-D technology. The new “multidimensional” theater is now drawing eager viewers on the Carnival Breeze. “It’s always fun to watch people come out of the theater,” says entertainment crewmember Daniel …

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Guy Fieri’s burgers a hit on Carnival Breeze

The tantalizing sizzle of hamburgers frying on a griddle sure caught my attention. I don’t even like hamburgers but I had to try one of these tempting beef sandwiches. After all, this is the famous Guy’s Burger Joint on the new Carnival Breeze. Created in partnership with Food Network’s spiky-haired Guy Fieri, this poolside restaurant is hopping from noon to 6 p.m. each day. And it doesn’t cost extra aboard the Carnival Breeze. The 80/20 ground chuck …

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Carnival Cruise Lines Features Singing Maitre d’ Ken Byrne

When I first heard the smooth sounds of “Nice n’ Easy” filling the dining room aboard the Carnival Breeze, I thought what a nice treat to enjoy an old recording by Frank Sinatra. Imagine my surprise to learn that “Ol’ Blue Eyes” wasn’t the one doing the singing. That amazing voice was coming from our maitre d’. Now, I’ve heard servers singing and dancing many times on cruises. But nothing like this. Dubbed The Singing Maitre d’, …

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Carnival Cruise Lines to raise $8 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On this beautiful day at sea, Melissa Mixan is getting some exercise by walking the sports deck of the Carnival Breeze. Melissa is also helping raise money for a very worthy cause – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a school nurse, the woman from Jefferson City, Montana, says she knows how important the work of St. Jude is and she is pleased to support it. “I didn’t know until I came on the ship that Carnival …

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The top 10 things (in no particular order) that I like about Yachts of Seabourn

ABOARD THE ODYSSEY – When I went ashore in Ravenna, Italy, a passenger on another cruise ship asked me a thought-provoking question: “What is there to do on the Seabourn Odyssey?” Mitchell Anderson of California queried when he saw me walking with my complimentary Seabourn tote bag.  “My wife and I have been thinking about taking a Seabourn cruise but the ship looks so small and I wasn’t sure there would be enough to do on it,” …

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Seabourn Square is the ‘heart’ of the Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Every cruise ship seems to have a heart, a place where folks like to gather. Maybe it’s the lobby, which is often a beautiful showcase on ships. Or it might be the lounge around the top-deck pool where folks can socialize and swim or enjoy a cold drink. On the Seabourn Odyssey, the “heart” seems to be Seabourn Square. “Whatever you need, you can find in there,” says cruise director Bruce Morrison. …

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‘Tender’ ride a treat on Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE ODYSSEY – It is almost like two boat rides in one. Here I am cruising on the spectacular Seabourn Odyssey and in several ports I also get to ride a “tender” to shore. Must admit, some folks don’t like it when a ship has to anchor offshore and ferry passengers ashore on a smaller boat. But I find it enjoyable. It gives me a different view of the cruise ship and a chance to take …

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