Loved the Breeze: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Cruisin' and Honeymoonin'
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Loved the Breeze
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Food-Overall the food was great. The options at dinner weren't overly special, but there were always new menu items we wanted to try and the formal nights with meals like Lobster were great. As far as food goes outside of the dinners, the pizza, cantina, and buffets were all great. The Guy's Burger's was simply amazing. The burgers and the toppings were just phenomenal.
Wait Staff-Our waiter at dinner was in his late twenties and was very fun and entertaining. He took our many food orders and special requests and was very nice about answering our 1,000 questions about what it's like working on a cruise ship.
Comedians-There were two comedians on board and the each had an all-family show and an adults-only show. We tried to go to every show since the material would change slightly and only missed a couple. One of the comedians that we saw every time was extremely funny. The More other one, not so much. He did manage to make the stage collapse on himself by accident, so that was worth it, but without that he was a little too cocky and mean. We did attend the Punchliner Brunch and we got the bad comedian, so he did like 2 jokes and was out of the dining room in under 45 seconds. It was horrible and a complete joke (no pun intended), but the food was good as always.
Shows-I don't know if we had a good group of dancers/singers/performers or what, but all 4 stage shows were AMAZING. Great costumes, lighting, effects, and most importantly there were some VERY good singers. The music selections for each show were much much better than previous cruise as well. We were happy to not have a gaudy Vegas style show that seems to the staple of cruise ships. They also had the Hasbro Family Game Night show which was very entertaining. They had 3 shows and it wouldn't be the end of the world if you missed one, but you have the opportunity to go on stage and it is a fun atmosphere.
Decor of the ship-We loved the decor of the ship. It was much more casual than the past Carnival Ships we had been on and we really like the tropical themed areas that made it feel really beachy. Honestly, when you go on a cruise ship, you shouldn't really care about things like the carpet, but if you do, it should be fine. Our floor had palm trees on the walls in the cabin hallways and this was a very nice touch.
Cruise Director-Butch is the most entertaining cruise director I can remember out of all our cruises. He was always smiling and having a good time. He really set a great atmosphere for the cruise.
Grand Turk was cancelled but a fun day at sea is great. Sounds like they have to skip Grand Turk a lot due to wind.
We had been to Nassau before and we'll be happy to go again. We did a snorkeling excursion through Carnival that was fun and we even got strong rum punch on the way back. I forgot the name of the beach, but it was like 5-10 minutes away and it is a set $4/person, so there is no haggling with taxi drivers. The beach was crowded and had a lot of waves, but they were a lot of fun to play in. Even though it was crowded there's plenty of space to lay out and stuff. Senor Frogs was also a blast. They pour shots down your throat, do lots of dancing, and have really good drinks in the yard glasses for $14-20 a pop. We recommend the mudslide, just don't drink it too fast.
Falmouth is nothing special. The port has a lot of shops, but wasn't really unique. We went to Doctor's Cove beach and it was a 45 minute taxi ride. I think we paid $20/person round trip, so we can't complain about that. Our driver set a time that he would come back and pick us up and was there on time, so that was nice. The beach was beautiful and what I would expect. You could rent snorkeling equipment (don't know how much) and people were seeing fish and a sting ray or two. There is a restaurant on the beach that has Red Stripes for $3 a glass and that was definitely a highlight of the day. Nothing beats Red Stripe on tap in Jamaica.
Other -- Embarkation very smooth, ignore warnings and get there as early as you want. Disembarkation was very easy too, just be prepared to have a long line to get off the ship (we got lucky because a new line opened).
If you are a past guest, take advantage of the past guest reception. They are not shy with the alcoholic drinks and this is not an exaggeration, we had 8 or 9 full drinks when it ended after about 45 minutes. We had to give some away since we couldn't carry them all out. So get there early and drink fast for a nice free mid-day buzz. Overall we had a great trip and we will be back on Carnival in the future. Less
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