Welcome to the Sunshine State, Carnival Breeze
Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Miami-based Honey Shine mentoring program, acted as godmother to the Carnival Breeze in its christening ceremony at PortMiami on Dec. 8, 2012. (Andy Newman, Carnival Cruise Lines / December 10, 2012)
The ship was christened on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the traditional ceremony with godmother Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Miami-based Honey Shine mentoring program and wife of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.
"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 Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill.
As part of the event, Carnival donated $25,000 to Honey Shine, which is a Miami-based organization that pairs young girls with female role models to empower them to become future leaders.
The 130,000-ton, 3,690-passenger Breeze now sails year-round six- and eight-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. It's the largest ship the line has ever based in South Florida. The Breeze is a sister ship to the Carnival Dream, based in Port Canaveral, and Carnival Magic, based in Galveston, Texas. It's the 24th cruise ship in the line's fleet.
It features the popular WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare recreation complex with ropes courses, mini-golf and outdoor fitness area. The Lanai is a wraparound promenade with whirlpools jutting out over the ship's sides.
The look of the Breeze is decidedly Caribbean in style, as in island breezes and tropical sunsets, created by Germany-based Partner Ship Design, focusing on bright colors and pastel hues.
It's the first of the line's ships to feature all of the Fun Ship 2.0 elements it plans to roll out fleetwide in time. The amenity program is a $500 million initiative that features new entertainment options, new venues and new celebrity partnerships such as comedian George Lopez, DJ Irie and Food Network star Guy Fieri.
One of the Fun Ship 2.0 entertainment options to debut aboard the Breeze is the new Thrill 5D Theater, which presents high-def, 3D film with tangible enhancements similar to theme park attractions that interact with the viewer -- things like squirting water, bubbles, and chairs that will tickle legs, blow air on guests' necks and poke them in their seat. In addition, the seats themselves will move and vibrate to simulate motion, adding what Carnival deems a fifth dimension. It's kind of like combining a ride like Universal's Terminator 3-D with Spider-Man with a dose of Disney's Stitch ride.
The Breeze is 101st ship sailed under the Carnival brand since the 1970s.