Since it was the first day in Europe for many jet-lagged guests on the Carnival Breeze, some decided to take the shuttle (12 euros per person round trip) into Marseille and just stretch their legs. The old town area along the port is interesting to explore, and the views of the city and the sea from the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, its iconic church high on a hill, are worth the price of a taxi.
I stayed on board and ate lunch at Cucina del Capitano, one of the new dining venues. This casual Italian eatery has a surcharge in the evening, but is complimentary at lunch. Patrons use a form to select their pasta, toppings, and sauce, and the waitstaff deliver the food right to your table.
After another good dinner at the Blush Dining Room, I went to the production show in the lounge. It had a Motown theme, and at the conclusion of the show, the dancers led the audience out into the large atrium where a DJ played music and everyone danced. Great idea, and it was fun watching the dancers from the deck above.
The Carnival Breeze continued its trek towards the east and Livorno, Italy, the port used for access to Florence, Pisa, the Tuscany region, and the Cinque Terre.
Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise Itinerary