Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by TomF 98: BREEZE NICE NEW GREAT STAFF
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BREEZE NICE NEW GREAT STAFF
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
We did the 6 day cruise, June 2 2013, our 5th cruise; the Breeze is new, very nice, big, but easy to get around in with a very good staff. We never felt over cramped or waited in long lines. (except the pool is packed, we never went there) There are more expensive nicer cruise lines but Carnival has done a great job with this ship, I’ll get to the plentiful but very average food later.
We got on and off the ship in Miami at peak times and could not believe how fast and smooth it went. Took about 30 minutes to get on and 45 minutes to get off and go through customs. We did the Carnival airport transfer bus to Fort Lauderdale Airport, there happen to be a full bus ready to go when we got off the ship and went from our cabin to the airport in 90 minutes.
I am a foodie (a person that has an avid interest in good food) and as such should never go on a cruise to start with. I found the dining room and lido buffet to be average at best and poor in many cases, but More there are some bright spots on this ship.
For a $12.00 per person up charge Cucina Del Capitano for dinner, much better than dining room, very nice room with GREAT staff, Ivonia hostess and Silvio the waiter for us, but all the staff are good looking and nice. As a food snob not the best Italian, but well worth the $12, we went 3 times in 6 nights.
Guy's burger place only open 6 hours a day, unbelievably the burgers are about as good as you can get anywhere!
Mexican place was OK, Jimmy’s, the sea day only BBQ is really not bad. ("sea day" is a day you don't stop at a port for you new b's) Pizza looked good, never got a chance to try it.
Deck 5 Redfrog Pub is the best late afternoon and evening hangout, the guys there can actually sing and play guitar. (most music on these ships is bad, not here). This is a Caribbean theme bar and is staffed by people from the local islands, a very nice idea. Ask for Karorie (car rory), a server from Jamaica, he is very good and helpful on Ocho Rios, and an all round well spoken fun guy. Harold the bartender and the rest of the staff are very good.
Grand Turk, nice but small not much there, where you dock has the new style cruise port shopping center and a nice resort style beach. Stay here if you are lazy, have no sense of adventure and don't care what you eat, you will probably have a good time.
I had read about a restaurant in Cockburn Town call The Sandbar, so for a $5.00 per person cab ride we had a good mini tour of the Island and taken into town. The town looks like something from the 1950’s (seems to be very safe) small local shops with local food stands, church, post office and historic building with markings. The island has native horses that roam freely up the street at times.
The town is right on the beach, bring your own towel and by drinks from the shops or just go to the Sand Bar, beach side before you get to town.
The Sand Bar restaurant is small, open air, right on the beach, with great food, not cheap but a good value, $12 for a big serving of fried conch (not fritters), $18 for grilled grouper, both very good.
Nassau as you probably know is big and there are many choices, as a foodie I went to the Arawak Cay area to a local restaurant row known as the “fish fry”. You can see the area from the ship, it is to the right near the end of a long beach where all the container ships unload. We walked there, (long walk 2 or 3 miles, $5 cab ride back) it is along the local beach and we stopped at the little beach huts and drank a beer and got some beach time, just worked our way there.
The area has 8 or 10 colorful local places next to each other. The most famous and the place we chose was Twin Brothers, great fritters and fish.
On the way back we stopped in town at Senor Frogs, fun time, that where everybody goes to get drunk and dance. Less
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