The Carnival Breeze cruise ship has more than a dozen diverse dining venues, with international cuisines from around the world. Some of the dining options are casual and somewhat like a food court at the mall--you order at the counter and take away the food. Other eateries are more full service, like Bonsai Sushi or lunch at Cucina del Capitano. Guests sit at a table, fill out an order sheet and give it to a wait staff, then have their order delivered to the table. Sure is nice to have an order sheet when you are not sure how to pronounce a dish. And, of course, there is the traditional cruise buffet at the Lido Marketplace or menu restaurant service at the two main dining rooms, Blush and Sapphire, and at the Carnival Breeze fine specialty steakhouse, Fahrenheit 555.
It's also nice to have so many places to get a snack to tide you over until the next meal. For example, adults soaking up the sun and sea breezes at Serenity, the adults-only area on deck 15, can enjoy salads, sandwiches, wraps and other light fares without having to give up their favorite clamshell, lounge chair, or hammock. Several decks down, the Ocean Plaza Cafe on Promenade deck 5 has specialty coffees, pastries, and other sweets served most of the day, and The Taste Bar next door has complimentary bite-size offerings from different venues served during cocktail hour on some evenings.
Blush Dining Room
The 1,248-seat Blush Dining Room is located on decks 3 and 4 aft on the Carnival Breeze. This lovely dining venue features sea views and has soft lighting, giving it an elegant glow (like a blush). Blush has open seating breakfast and two fixed seating times for dinner--6:00 pm and 8:15 pm. Guests who choose traditional (fixed seating) are assigned to either the Blush or Sapphire Dining Rooms. Those who choose "Your Time" (open seating) dinner are assigned to the Sapphire Dining Room.
The dinner menus in the Blush Dining Room feature a nice selection of appetizers, salads, soups, main courses, and desserts. The right side of the menu changes daily, and the main courses always include a fish, poultry, meat, or vegetarian dish. The left side of the menu does not change and features guest favorites such as shrimp cocktail, spring rolls, onion soup, and Caesar salad as appetizers; and salmon, fried chicken, or steak main dishes. An excellent lobster and grilled shrimp main course is one of the offerings on the first "cruise elegant" night.
The dessert menu also changes daily, but favorites such as ice cream and Carnival's chocolate melting cake are always on the menu.
Sapphire Dining Room
The 948-seat Sapphire Dining Room is located mid-ship on decks 3 and 4. Although it doesn't have the aft view found in Blush, the restaurant does have windows overlooking the sea on decks 3 and 4 on the starboard side and deck 4 on the port side.
The menu in the Sapphire Dining Room on the Carnival Breeze is identical to that in the Blush Dining Room, with a nice selection of varied menu items. Sapphire is open for the comedy brunch on sea days and has both fixed and open ("Your Time") seating for dinner. When booking a cruise, passengers choose whether they want fixed or open seating. Those who select fixed seating also are asked what size table they would like. Fixed seating diners have the same time, wait staff, and table companions each night at dinner (unless they eat somewhere other than one of the two main dining rooms). Open seating diners select the time and table size and have different wait staff each evening. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of seating, and it's really a personal choice as to which you prefer.
Lido Marketplace Casual Buffet Restaurant
The 826-seat Lido Marketplace on the Carnival Breeze is located aft on Lido deck 10. Just steps from the Beach Pool and Tides Pool, this casual buffet serves up three meals each day. For breakfast, the buffet lines include pastries, fruit, cereals, and hot foods like eggs, sausage, and bacon. They even serve grits and have a bowl of cheese next to the grits pot and omelet stations. Self-serve juices, iced tea, and coffee are also available.
Lunch is international, with foods from around the world. The longest line is often at the Mongolian Wok, but the new American comfort food venue and salad bar are very popular, too. Complimentary drinks at the buffet include self-serve iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and ice water. In addition, there are multiple soft ice cream/frozen yogurt machines.
Dinner is usually served at the Lido Marketplace on the Carnival Breeze from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. It is very popular with those who want to have a quick dinner or who do not want to get dressed up in their "cruise casual" or "cruise elegant" clothes (the two dress codes found on the cruise ship.) The Lido dinner includes some of the same menu items found in the two main dining rooms, Blush and Sapphire, but also has some additional dishes available.
Guy's Burger Joint
Most cruisers love a good hamburger, and Guy's Burger Joint on the Carnival Breeze has some of the best I've ever tasted. First introduced on the Carnival Liberty as part of a modernization initiative, Guy's Burger Joint was created in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri. The hamburgers are hot and juicy, with many toppings such as fried onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and onions available from the Toppings Bar. The French fries are delicious.
Located next to the Beach Pool on Lido deck 10, it's a perfect place for a casual burger. And, since the eatery is open from noon to 6:00 pm each day, it's also a good place for a late lunch, afternoon snack, or early dinner.
The BlueIguana Cantina is found on the Lido deck 10 of the Carnival Breeze on the opposite side of the Beach Pool from Guy's Burger Joint. It's open for lunch each day, and diners can get made-to-order burritos or soft tacos. The burrito shells are either wheat or jalapeno, and the meat choices include grilled shrimp, chicken, or steak. The soft tacos are topped with grilled chicken, fish, or pork.
After your taco or burrito is made, you can top it off with a wide variety of toppings at the salsa bar. The cantina shares seating with the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, so it's in a great location.
Bonsai Sushi is a new venue for Carnival Cruises, first introduced on the Carnival Breeze. This casual specialty restaurant serves a la carte maki sushi rolls, sashimi, and other offerings, but it's well worth the additional cost.
Although the maki sushi and sashimi at the Bonsai Sushi costs a little extra, this small fee keeps down the long lines, plus the maki sushi offerings are more diverse and complex than complimentary selections on other Carnival ships. The spicy tuna with avocado is a favorite roll of many guests, but the restaurant also serves California roll, shrimp tempura, and triple E sushi (eggplant, egg, and eel) rolls. They also have cute "boats" of sashimi and maki sushi, and a variety of soups, salads, etc. The ginger is a perfect, fresh accompaniment.
Bonsai Sushi is on the deck 5 Promenade and is open every day from 5 pm to midnight, and for lunch on sea days from 11 am to 3 pm. Patrons sit at the tables, fill out an order sheet with their selection and give it to one of the wait staff, and the food (and bill) are delivered to your table freshly made.
Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ
Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ Restaurant is open only on Carnival Breeze sea days. It's found on deck 5 outdoors next to the Ocean Plaza. The casual eatery is easy. You grab a plate, stand in line at the grill, and dish up the complimentary pulled pork, chicken breast, kielbasa, or Italian sausage. Fat Jimmy's also has side items of potato salad, cornbread, creamed corn, baked beans, and coleslaw. It's a great idea for a cruise ship restaurant and was very popular on the Carnival Breeze.
Fahrenheit 555 is the specialty steakhouse on the Carnival Breeze. It's found aft on deck 5 next to the Limelight Lounge. Like the other steakhouses in the Carnival fleet, Fahrenheit 555 carries a surcharge. That may be a little steep for some vacation budgets, but the restaurant is a terrific place to celebrate a special day.
The menu is extensive, with such tantalizing items as tuna tartare appetizer, beefsteak tomato and Gorgonzola cheese salad, surf & turf (Maine lobster tail plus a 4-oz filet), and date/yogurt sorbet for dessert.
The portion sizes at Fahrenheit 555 are very large, and the meal starts with a viewing of the prime cuts of meat. It's fun for a large party to select different appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
Cucina del Capitano
Cucina del Capitano is a family style Italian restaurant on the Carnival Breeze that features dishes inspired by the Italian kitchens of Carnival Cruise Line ship Captains. The decor is much like you would expect, with red-and-white-checked tablecloths, large rounds of Parmesan cheese, garlic bulbs, and fresh tomatoes. It's a fun restaurant to dine in with a large group since sharing of the antipasti, pasta, and main courses make the dinner even more enjoyable. Contributing to the fun is the Chianti cart, with its free-flowing wine served from a keg.
Cucina del Capitano is found upstairs of the Lido Marketplace on deck 11 aft. Lunch is complimentary, but there is a surcharge for dinner.
Most people associate the RedFrog Pub on the deck 5 Promenade of the Carnival Breeze with music, pub games, and beer. However, the island-themed pub also has some fun and tasty pub snacks like chicken wings, coconut fried shrimp, and grouper fingers. The snacks have a small a la carte surcharge.
Tandoor is a casual outdoor restaurant aft of the Lido Marketplace on deck 10 near the Tides Pool. It serves complimentary takeaway Indian food.
The Pizza Pirate is found aft on deck 10 of the Carnival Breeze near the Tides Pool and Tandoor and the Lido Marketplace. The takeaway restaurant serves hot pizza 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.