VALUE FOR THE MONEY: Excellent! We waited 3 weeks before we booked and paid $2056 for Interior Cabin. Room was small but we knew that going into it. We don't spend much time in the room as we get up early and stay active. We asked the room steward to keep the pull down beds(from ceiling) setup all the time in case kids wanted to go to bed early- worked out fine and was a place for them to sit out of the way when we had to go back to the room to change, etc.
FOOD: was Good. Dining Room food was mediocre we thought. They advertised filet but was nothing even close to filet. Was more link flat iron or shoe leather! Maybe the cruise lines use different grades of meat than what we are used to. We ate at the Lido deck most of the time. Punchliner breakfast was good. Note: Typically almost all the time they have the same menu items at the Lido Buffet as they serve in the dining rooms that night. You can also view the menus, shore excursions, etc on your television in your stateroom.
Guys Burgers was excellent. Our favorite was the Tandoor (Indian Food) section on the back of the ship (near Tides Pool).
ENTERTAINMENT: Was good. The musical shows were just okay. We walked out on 2 of them. The comedians were good (Butch Bradley was great), Spinnist/Comedian "Edge" was grea and the Hasbro gameshow was good too. For the gameshow they do not pick families. They randomly pick people in the audience (with good energy) and make up 2 teams that way. They have the typical cruise entertainment- Hairy Chest, Mr. Carnival, Ms. Carnival (funny) & a Mixologist contest.
SkyCourt (Ropes Course), Miniature Golf, Waterworks: The Kids Loved, Adults as well! Note: For the Skycourt you have to be at least 48" or taller and wear closed toe shoes (no flipflops or sandals)
Cruise Director "Butch" from Minnesota was great and good energy!
CONS: I think Carnival did some budget cutting as they used to have the calypso bands playing with caribbean music AND used to play live music when leaving ports. That was always one of my favorite things but there is no sail away party like there used to be, unfortunately.
1)If you are planning to get a room upgrade you must do it before embarkation. They do not allow any upgrades on the day of sailing.
2) All Inclusive Drinks (alcoholic) for those that like to drink (a lot) the Breeze offers a drink card where you can have all your drinks (cocktails and beers included but no more than 15 drinks per day. You must purchase for all cruising days not just selected days and if 2 adults are in cabin they require that both get it as they do not want any sharing, etc. Not transferable either. I think you have to do a lot of drinking if you think you are going to get your $ worth :(
3) Gratuities: Are added automatically to your bill after day 2. If you don't want them automatically added in case you don't dine in the Blush or Sapphire you can have them removed from your account and leave cash for the room steward, etc.
4) Jimmys C-Side BBQ: is only open on Sea Days and hours are only 12pm-2:30pm
5)Italian Restaurant is extra fee but they do offer free pasta bar lunch for lunch hours only. Dinner is additional cost, not included in your trip as well as the Steakhouse for dinner is additional.