By Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
12:09 PM EST, November 14, 2012
Carnival Cruise Lines revealed the godmother for its newest ship, the Carnival Breeze.
The Breeze, which debuted this past summer and has been sailing the Mediterranean repositions to its year-round home of PortMiami to sail eastern and western Caribbean itineraries beginning in late November.
So it's fitting the Miami-based ship should have as its godmother Tracy Wilson Mourning, wife of former Miami Heat star Alonso Mourning and founder of the Honey Shine mentoring program for young girls.
"Tracy is a hero in our community and with Miami serving as our headquarters since our inception 40 years ago, I can think of no better choice as godmother of the new Carnival Breeze," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. "Tracy's passion, commitment to serving others and desire to help make South Florida a better place is extraordinary and we are proud and honored that her name will be forever associated with this magnificent ship."
Mourning will be on hand for a traditional naming ceremony on Dec. 8. The event will feature a $25,000 donation from Carnival Cruise Lines to the Honey Shine program. The program pairs young girls with female role models in South Florida in an effort to empower them to become future leaders.
"I am honored to serve as godmother to the Carnival Breeze," said Mourning. "The Honey Shine mentoring program continues to be a vital part of our community thanks to the generosity and commitment by companies like Carnival Cruise Lines."
The Breeze, a 3,690-passenger, 130,000-ton ship and sister to the Carnival Magic and Carnival Dream, will be the largest ship in the Carnival fleet to sail out of South Florida. 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.
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