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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Dining aboard the Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Where to eat? What to eat? Such delightful dining decisions on the Seabourn Odyssey. Didn’t take me long to find my favorite dining spot. First, I’ll tell you about the places available on this marvelous ship and how dining is done on the Seabourn yacht. No reservations are required for three of the main dining spots. You can decide at the last minute and show up wherever you want to eat. That …

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Seabourn Odyssey captain, crew contribute to charity for children with special needs

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – The first time I saw it, I thought it might be a child’s toy. It looked like a tiny bus that a child might sit on. But the top of the wooden contraption had a slot like a piggy bank. That’s exactly what it was – a big piggy bank. With an unusual story behind it. “It’s a wonderful organization,” Seabourn Odyssey Captain Mark Dexter says. “I’m a member of it because …

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Alluring poster changes life of Seabourn Odyssey ship captain

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – If not for a tropical beach poster, Mark Dexter might not be the captain of the sensational Seabourn Odyssey. As a teen, his dream was to become an airplane pilot. “I was devastated that I couldn’t be a pilot,” he says. “It was career day in high school and I was looking around for some other career. I remember the various pitches.” Then the 17-year-old saw the eye-catching poster featuring one of …

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Seabourn Odyssey attends to even tiny details, like a clock by the bed

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – It is just a small thing. But it makes me happy. And it shows the strong commitment that Seabourn has to taking care of even tiny details for a top-notch cruise. One of my pet gripes is that cruise ships and international hotels often don’t provide clocks in guest rooms. I don’t want to carry a bedside clock with a lighted dial every time I take a cruise or go overseas. As …

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