(1:42 p.m. EDT) -- One of 2012's most anticipated new-builds will introduce two culinary firsts for Carnival.
The 130,000-ton, 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, set to debut June 3, will feature Bonsai Sushi, the line's first full-service sushi restaurant, and an open-air barbecue venue called Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ.
Bonsai, which will be decorated with koi kites, Bonsai trees and works created by graffiti artist Erni Vales, will offer sushi, sashimi and rolls, along with bento boxes and "sushi ships." Carnival's other vessels do offer sushi, but via "sushi carts" that are rolled out nightly and feature only a few selections. Unlike the fee-free carts, however, Bonsai's menu will be a la carte, with items ranging from $1 for appetizer-sized portions to $15 for a "sushi ship" for two.
Check out Carnival Breeze's Bonsai Sushi menu.
Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ, a fee-free venue, will offer grilled items like barbecued chicken breasts, kielbasa, Italian sausages and pulled pork sandwiches, along with traditional sides including baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and mini-corn muffins.
Take a peek at the menu for Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ.
Already announced dining options, many of which focus on casual eats, include Guy's Burger Joint, a venue designed by Food Network celebrity-cook Guy Fieri; a taco and burrito bar; a comedy brunch featuring a menu heavy on Mexican food, inspired by Carnival partner George Lopez; and a hot dog cart, which will be added to the ship in November.
Breeze, which is currently under construction at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, will become the third ship in Carnival's Dream class and 24th in the fleet. The first-in-class Carnival Dream debuted in September 2009, and sister ship Carnival Magic followed in May 2011.
Breeze will spend its inaugural season in Europe, with a 12-night maiden voyage departing on June 3, 2012, and sailing from Venice to Barcelona. It will then sail 12-night Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona through October 25, 2012. Following a 15-night transatlantic voyage from November 6 to 21, the ship will arrive in Miami, where it will offer year-round, alternating six- and eight-night Caribbean itineraries.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor