Kathie Lee Gifford introduces her wines on board the Carnival Breeze

MIAMI, Fla. — Kathie Lee Gifford, the original singing and dancing “fun ship” star of Carnival Cruise Lines ads beginning in 1984, returned to the line on Sunday debuting her GIFFT line of wines, available on all 24 Carnival cruise ships. (The wines are also available at Winn-Dixie and Total Wine stores.) The Red Blend is “smooth, juicy and luscious” in Gifford’s own words and the light and pleasant Chardonnay is a “hallmark of all Monterey chardonnay wines.” Gifford participated in a …

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Blue Iguana, Red Frog have friendly rivalry on Carnival cruises

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL BREEZE – Are you a Blue Iguana or are you a Red Frog? Seems like a strange question. But there is an interesting story behind the two critters who now make their home on Carnival Cruise Lines. The BlueIguana Tequila Bar is featured on the Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Glory, Liberty, Sunshine and Triumph. “The most popular cruise activity is eating,” said cruise director Butch Begovich.  “The second most popular cruise activity is drinking.” And …

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Key-card-activated electricity system is a useful touch

It’s just a small thing but it shows Carnival Cruise Lines’ commitment to conserving energy and helping passengers have a more enjoyable cruise. When my daughter Kelly and I first checked into our cabin on the Carnival Breeze, we saw attendants in the hallway helping cruisers figure out how to turn on the electricity in their rooms. Have to admit, the first time I went to Europe many years ago and discovered the practical key card-activated electricity …

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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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Carnival Breeze boasts new Library Bar, high-tech musical shows

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL BREEZE – Our last day at sea. Seems like a good time to snuggle up in the ship’s library,  browse through a guidebook for future trip ideas and sip a Hemingway’s Papa Doble. Surprised? The Carnival Breeze does indeed have a bar in the library, along with a first for Carnival Cruise Lines – card-key operated wine dispensers. Makes sense to me. “Instead of buying a whole bottle of wine that you don’t know …

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Bob Marley Tour a fascinating trip in Jamaica to where the ‘Legend’ was born and buried

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” – Bob Marley OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA – Bob Marley died at age 36 from skin cancer. His family, however, believes the reggae superstar was actually poisoned. Bob Marley’s father, Captain Norval Marley, was a white sea captain from Liverpool, England, sent to Jamaica to oversee plantations. His mother, Cedella Booker, …

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