We booked this cruise to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary by traveling to ports that we had not yet visited. We flew into Miami the morning of our cruise and arrived that morning at 8:30. We took a taxi to the port for a flat rate of $25 and were expecting a long wait to embark once we had arrived. However, we were pleasantly surprised. After a few minutes, we noticed that we could take our bags over and go ahead and check them in. While my husband was doing this a Carnival employee came out and scanned our check in paperwork. Then, we were allowed to enter the terminal and proceed to the check in desk. This process was extremely fast with really no waiting. Our sail and sign cards had already been made by the time we reached the counter and other than our passport information needing to be verified it was speedy. We had a seat and waited to embark the ship. Around 11am we were allowed to go onboard. This ship is HUGE and we were amazed. We got some lunch and then started to explore the ship. Around 1pm we were allowed into our cabin. As we approached we saw that our luggage had already been delivered. This was the fastest our luggage had ever been delivered on any of our cruises. We left our carry ons in the cabin and went back to exploring the ship.
With this cruise being a complete sell out, I was expecting it to be really crowded. However, with the new design of this ship, it really wasn't bad. The main pool deck does stay crowded as it has all of the daily activities, going on there (ice carving, hairy chest contest, Miss Carvival Breeze contest, etc...) so if you are wanting to get a chair here you must get out there fairly early. If this doesn't matter to you, there are plenty of chairs around the ship and the slightly less crowded Tides pool area so finding a seat really isn't an issue.
The food on this ship was like any other Carnival cruise that we have taken.
We did Your Time Dining (mainly due to the early dining already being full) but this worked well for us. We didn't have to rush back from excursions and could go whenever we wanting with a very minimal to no wait to be seated. The staff was very friendly and service was excellent. They even bought out the cake that I had ordered for our anniversary and sang to us. We ate at Farenheit 555 (The Steakhouse) on this ship. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was top notch. Also, the cheesecake served in there is to die for and it is a huge slice.
We really liked how the hot tubs are spread out over the ship which made them more accessible and the ones on the lanai less crowded.
The comedians and the juggler comedian shows that we saw were great. I am not sure if I like the new style of Vegas type shows. They were ok but need some work. The two deck parties were a lot of fun. And, there is constantly something going on to do.
We were told that there was approximately 1800 kids on our cruise but we hardly saw many on the entire trip.
Our only slight disappointment was that Guy Fieri was going to be on the cruise after ours filming. Hate we missed that. But, I could see what the hype was about with Guy's Burger Joint. Slight waits during peak lunch time but definitely worth the wait. The Blue Iguana taco & burrito bar was good too.
I would highly recommend the Lobster & Champagne Catamaran cruise in Antigua and the Mini Boat Adventure in St. Thomas. We had amazing days on both of these excursions and the staff was great! Plus, we were able to see lots of things on both that we otherwise would not have. On the Lobster cruise, the first beach we visited was a little rocky (like we had read) but if you go on down the beach a little further it is all sandy going into the water. The second beach was great. We just had the locals at both beaches trying to sell their goods but were polite and left you alone if you told them no thanks.
On our last at sea day, we noticed a waiter that had taken extremely good care of us when we had cruised on the Legend. His name is Erwin. He saw us across the pool deck about the same time we saw him and pointed at us. We called him over and were surprised that he remembered us. He said there were probably 200 past guests on board that he new. It blew me away that with as many people that come through there that he truly remembered us.
Our cabin steward Jose took good care of us and kept our cabin clean!!
All and all, this was our best cruise yet! We are already talking about booking another family cruise on the Breeze for next year. There is SO much for kids (and everyone) to do and we had an extremely great experience. Going by our experience, I would highly recommend cruising on the Breeze!!!!