The official naming ceremony for Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival Breeze took place Saturday, Dec. 8, at PortMiami. Serving as the ship’s godmother was Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Miami-based Honey Shine mentoring program, who initiated the breaking of the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship’s hull during the invitation-only event.
Following its inaugural season in Europe, the 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze began sailing year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami Nov. 24, becoming the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever based in South Florida.
“Miami has been our home since our company was founded 40 years ago and it’s truly an honor having a hometown hero like Tracy Wilson Mourning – who has made such a tremendous impact on the lives of young women in our community – serve as godmother to our newest and largest Miami-based ship,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
During the naming ceremony, Carnival presented a $25,000 donation to Honey Shine, which pairs young girls with female role models to empower young women and create future leaders in our communities through a combination of classroom training, spiritual education and collaborative experiences.
Carnival Breeze features a variety of innovations including the Thrill Theater, an immersive multidimensional experience that makes viewers feel like part of the movie, as well as top-deck attractions like the WaterWorks water park and SportSquare, an open-air recreation area with a suspended ropes course, a two-level miniature golf course, and more. Dining choices include Bonsai Sushi, the line’s first full-service sushi restaurant, a new outdoor barbecue venue called Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ, and Guy’s Burger Joint developed with Food Network personality Guy Fieri.
The tropics-inspired interiors of Carnival Breeze celebrate the style of its Caribbean destinations with vibrant interiors and inviting public and open deck spaces, while its staterooms reflect a palate of pastel hues inspired by cool Caribbean breezes and warm sunsets.
Carnival Breeze operates year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami, visiting some of the region’s most popular and beautiful ports of call. Six-day sailings feature Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, and Nassau. Three different eight-day itineraries are offered – an exotic southern Caribbean schedule visiting Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curacao, and Aruba; an eastern Caribbean route featuring St. Thomas/St. John, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau; and an eastern Caribbean program calling at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten or Tortola.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.