The majority of Carnival Breeze's casual dining venues are on Lido Deck. By the midships Beach Pool is perhaps the star of these venues, Guy's Burger Joint. (See our review).
“Carnival Cruise Lines has partnered with Guy Fieri, an American celebrity chef who is very popular in Europe, not only the United States. We have his burgers on about five or six ships already. Every ship that we will be building will have Guy's Burger Joint as part of their set up.”
“The concept, the décor, the food, is all approved by Guy Fieri. Everything is his - - décor, menu, tables, chairs, condiments, sauces - - we have his special sauce also - -, even the uniforms.”
“Four burgers to choose from. Potato fries with skin on. A bit spicy and they are heaven. Quality burger, a top notch burger. I have been all over the world and I thought the best burger was in St. Thomas. But his burger is much better than what I have tasted in St. Thomas.”
There is no cover charge or fees for Guy's Burger Joint. “You can have as many burgers as you want. It is open every day from mid-day to 6 p.m. A very popular place. [Most days] it is 1,700 burgers. A quiet day is a thousand burgers. That's a lot of burgers.”
Also by the Beach Pool on Lido Deck is the Blue Iguana Cantina. “It is a branded area created by Carnival Cruise Lines. There is no celebrity name attached to it. Open from mid-day to six o'clock. There is no additional cost for it. It is serving Mexican food, spicy and mild.” Guests can design and order their own tacos and burritos with a wide variety of fixings and different flavored wraps.
“We also open the Cantina for Mexican breakfast on most mornings. Try the breakfast wrap which is scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and all this stuff in one wrap. You will not finish it.”
On the aft end of Lido Deck by the Tides Pool is Tandoor, an outlet featuring Indian cuisine. While not as spicy as in India, the food has more personality than is typical on a cruise ship.
“It was very popular in Europe. In Europe we had a lot of British guests aboard - - I had cruises with more than 1,000 British guests - - and that is their traditional food. Here in the U.S., it is still busy but not as busy as during our European season.”
Across from Tandoor on the port side of Lido Deck is Pirate Pizza. “We were the first ship in the fleet to change from the deep pan pizza, which we serve on all the other ships, to the Italian crust thin pizza. Thin crust, crispy, good mozzarella , not a lot of toppings. Seven pizzas to choose from.”
“You go to the counter, you order your pizza. If it is available there and then you take it straight away. If it is not available, you wait at the bar for a few minutes and you'll pick it up. Served hot coming out from the oven, never dry.”
“It is open 24/7. It is a popular place, especially slightly before lunch, all afternoon. It gets quiet in the evenings but gets very busy after 10 o'clock in the evening. You've had a lovely dinner, you've enjoyed the show, you've had a couple of drinks and you need to fill your stomach with something good before you go to bed, that's where they go. There is no charge to our guests, it
is part of our service onboard.”
In between the Beach Pool area and the Tides Pool area on Lido Deck is the ship's buffet restaurant.
“The Lido Marketplace is a special place for us. When you are walking through the Lido Marketplace you feel that you are walking on the outside, not inside. This is why we have the bricks on the wall, the trees in the middle of the corridors, the shades, the umbrellas, the windows that look like the front of houses, the big benches in the middle of the Mongolian, the awnings of the buffets - - they look like these market carts that you would find in the U.S. and European countries, and the lighter colors.”
“Breakfast is super busy. Lunch, if it is a sea day, is super busy. Afternoon it gets quiet but it is always half full with guests who are sitting there and chilling out, having an ice cream, having a coffee, reading a book, talking to each other, playing with the kids. In the evening, it gets a little more romantic because we lower the lights, put on a different kind of music and then it is self-service buffet. That is one area that the guests really talk about.”
One casual dining venue that is not on Lido Deck is Jimmy's C-side BBQ, which is outdoors on the Lanai. “Jimmy's C-side BBQ, is named for our chief marketing officer Jim Berra, the guru of marketing for us.”
“We have barbecues on the Dream and on the Magic, it is just we took ours to the next level. On the Dream, there is no [permanent] set up and so they set it up every day. On the Magic, they had a temporary set up. We have a full time set up. The entire equipment of the area is built as part of our Lanai.”
“ We open it only on sea days from mid-day to about 2:30 in the afternoon. [Opening is] weather permitting because wind and rain is not very barbecue friendly. When we open and the weather is good, a quiet day is 600 guests, a busy day is 900 guests.”
“You see the cooks cooking the food in front of you. It is literally barbecuing the food in front of you. We place it in plates in front of the burners and the guests help themselves. Because of the high traffic, the food is always fresh.”
“Waiting in line is not more than 10 minutes. You can go there as much as you like.”
“There are tables before you get to the barbecue and there are tables in the space before the [entrance to the] coffee shop. Guests can enjoy their barbecue in this outdoor area in the fresh air, al fresco, or they can enjoy their food inside at the Ocean Plaza. If they want to take that plate and go to the pub and eat it, we don't stop them.”
“The specialty there, what I like, is the four types of sausages to choose from and the pulled pork. Those are the two most popular dishes we have there.”
There is no charge for dining at this venue.
In addition to the dining venues discussed above, there are a number of other places on Carnival Breeze where you can get food. The Plaza Cafe has specialty coffee, cakes and pastries (fees apply). Nearby the Tastings Bar offers a light breakfast in the morning and appetizers in the evening. In the Sport Square, there is a hot dog stand. There is also room service (complimentary). And if that is not enough, the Cherry on Top shop sells all sorts of candy.
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