We booked the Breeze two years in advance and as the anticipated sailing date grew near, so did a bit of apprehension with all the negative reviews I had read about this ship. Well, I'm happy to say - the naysayers are so wrong about this ship.
Embarkation: A "Breeze". We arrived at the port, dropped our bags off with the porter, and with passports and boarding pass in hand, we entered the terminal. A quick check of our documents and we were up the first escalator into the "holding area" where we waited in a constantly moving line for about 15 or so minutes. And we didn't even mind! The excitement level of all in line was very high as everyone was looking forward to setting foot on board. Next thing we knew, we were getting our pictures made (they do this now when you get your Sign & Sail card instead of first getting on board) and then it's up the next escalator to have your "sail away photo" made. Once this has been completed, a quick short walk and you're ONBOARD! WhooHooooo!
The ship is absolutely gorgeous. Carnival has done a specular job in the decor and the layout of all the different areas. The atrium is basically the same - straight up to deck 12 through a glass skylight - what a view! We took the glass elevators straight up to the Lido (this ship it's deck 10) for a bite of lunch and to take in all of her glory. We chose to go to the buffet opting for the first area we came to. The food was terrific (we later discovered this was the "comfort food" section of the buffet. The seating areas here are laid out different - there are raised areas and "covered" tables with open umbrellas - yes umbrellas - inside. Bright yellow ones! And palm trees! Bright cheery colors everywhere you turn. We lingered in this area a bit as we knew we couldn't get to our cabin until 1:00 - but the time flew by and before we knew it - was time to explore!
Our cabin was a Cat 8C - 7399. The hallway was:decorated so that you thought you were on a tropical island. The wall scrapes between the cabins were of white sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze. We noticed the doors appeared to be made of slatted wood (they weren't) but it was a really nice touch to the decor! The carpet was bright blue & yellow - the king bed had a white duvet with a blue & yellow small coverlet and a blue throw pillow. The blackout drapes were a soft yellow & blue stripe and pale yellow walls rounded out the color scheme. There were 2 throw pillows on the sofa bed and a small coffee table in front of the sofa. A nice flat screen Tv and tons of stronger areas round out the interior. The balcony had a small chaise and a standard chair along with a small table. The bathroom was standard fare and ample storage there too. One thing I thought a bit odd - the blow dryer is located in the top drawer of the storage drawers and you have to keep your finger on the switch to keep it on. A little hard getting used to but no problem. We did think it was odd that the TV was on in cabin but we couldn't the lights to turn on (really dark in the bathroom with the door closed). When our cabin steward stopped by to introduce himself and meet us, we asked when they were going to turn on the lights to which he showed us the "slot" just inside the door to place your cabin key in (boy did we feel really dumb!) and told us this was a part of Carnival's green effort. Without the card in place, your lights ill go off in 2 minutes or less. This was nice. We also noticed the cabins now actually have a thermostat instead of the thingy in the ceiling to control the temperature. We actually got cold & had to turn it up! That was a first for us!
Whoops - it's now 4:00 and time for the muster drill. Again, surprised. We went to the Blush dining room for the muster drill. Didn't have to take the life jackets and stand lined up along the deck getting all hot & sweaty. That was nice, but made me wonder what/how people would react if there was an actual emergency. We were told we would need to return to our cabins to get our life jackets should an actual but unlikely emergency occur. Of course, we had two couples that thought this was a time to be belligerent (they'd already had a tad too much to drink) and talk & make fun????? all the way through the instructions. How sad they were never taught any better!
But we were now on our way! Down into the harbor, spun around, and off we went!
Dining areas: oh my goodness - there were so many options! Guy's Burgers - outstanding! By far the best cheeseburger I have ever eaten. We tried the Tandoor - again outstanding (with the exception of the oven cooked veggies - they would set your mouth on fire! - but they had some of the best salad on the ship! The Mongolian Wok was delicious - yes, a bit of a wait because some (ok a lot) of people were filling up 4 - 5 bowls each of the veggies and getting all these orders for heir group) but so worth it YUM! The deli - try the pastrami on the roll with mozzarella pressed in the panini... And this is just a start. The Italian restaurant for lunch (free) had some of the very best lasagna I have e Eric eaten. The portions are huge - two could easily eat from this order. During the week - one of the buffets changed to offer French, another day Italian, another Caribbean, and it kept changing the entire cruise. These are, of course, in addition to the dining rooms. Ours was early seating - Blush - deck 3. Never a complaint here! The service was excellent - the food hot and delicious! On "sea days" they even open a seaside bar-b-que with all the trimmings. There's not a chance you would even go hungry on this ship!
We saw Diva's - very good, the black female singer has an amazing voice! And Tribute to The Brits (we stayed through the performance hoping it lux get better - sad to say it didn't. Didn't go to any other performances as we were too busy doing other things. We sat out on the Lido one night watching a movie - they provided "blankets" for those that got cool under the stars - listened to some of the really good live groups (and some of the really bad karaoke, played Trivia, watched a bean bag toss game, and went above the Lido deck and into those extra large, extra comfortable chairs with the breeze blowing across the deck, and snoozed. Hey! It's our vacation. The slots were loose (try the Hula Dancer penny slots with a $.60 bet) or the roll the dice on the opposite side. We ended our cruise on a positive side (meaning more money in our pockets than we started with) and had absolutely a blast!
We were surprised the water t Grand Turk was cold! Took about 30 mins or so to ease into it - then it was fine. The ship was there from 7:00 a.m. Until 2:00 p.m. Next stop - La Romania. Please don't think you can get of the ship and just walk round here. There is nothing but a small shop at this port. We took the choo choo kalukoo into town. They gave us a bit of a sightseeing tour of the city and then dropped us off in the middle of town at a flea market type area in the city park. The country is very poor but the people do not harass you to get OU to purchase their wares. We had a very nice time there then back on the "train" for the ride back to the ship. I never realized how many of the baseball greats have come up through the ranks in his country Curaseao - we merely got off the boat and walked into the city & shopping areas. Wen we cleared the security gates, they were handing our flyers for their new casino for $5 in free play and with you walking right by it on your way into town, we stopped in to try our luck. I chose a nickel slot - they entered my $5 comp and on the second spin - I won $15.65. At this point, I cashed out and we proceeded into town. We had a grand time and back on board around 7. Next stop -Aruba. Been here before so we were just going to walk into town. DH wanted to take a tour so we hopped on board the Yellow Banana Bus and had a great time! Even drank fresh coconut water at the California lighthouse!
Then all too soon, was time to end the cruise....sad, sad, day....and the 8 days has passed ever so quickly. For all of those that put down this ship, the people working on board giving every effort to make your vacation the best you've ever had, and complain about the food - my advice to you is to stay home! Nothing or anything anyone could e Eric do would please you. For the rest of you - get ready for one of the best ships in the industry and one of the best times of our life! Remember as with any vacation - it's what you make of it - from going non-stop all day long to kicking back and just letting the day drift by.
This ship is FANTASTIC! Great job Carnival!