A little background, we are young professionals who love cruising and have gone on RCI and Carnival. We wanted to try the Carnival Breeze (after sailing on the Allure) and it was a VERY last minute vacation (booked 2 weeks in advance). Overall, it was equal good and bad, however, we will definitely cruise RCI from now on.
Embarkation: The absolute fastest embarkation we have ever done. From drop-off to being on the ship it did not take more than 15-20 minutes. We arrived around 11:45-noon and we did not have our FunPass printed, so Carnival does and AMAZING job with this.
Food: There are PLENTY of food options onboard.
-->Must try the Indian food buffet at the back of the ship near the pool, on the opposite side of the pizza. It is really good.
-->Also, Guy Fieris Burger Joint is a really good option. Burgers and topings are great and there was never a line, despite the ship being completely booked. This is located on the Lido Deck, starboard side.
-->The Blue Iguana Cantina is also a great lunch option. There are 2 lines, one for burritos and the other for tacos. Tip, if you dont want the tortilla, grab a bowl from the Lido Marketplace and have them put all the ingredients you want in the bowl. Have fun with the Salsa Bar. This is located opposite from Guy's Burgers.
-->On sea days, try Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ, it opens at noon only on Sea Days. If you arrive at 1pm, be prepared for a LONG line, however, dont be scared, it goes by quickly. Downside, you will have to make the line under the hot blazing sun as this is located on deck 5 on the starboard side.
-->The LIDO Marketplace we never tried for lunch or dinner, however for breakfast it was regular sea fare. Scrambled eggs, bacon, fruits etc. We ALWAYS found a place to sit, again, even when the ship was completely booked.
-->The main dinning room (Blush) food was same as previous cruises. The food was ok, with enough variety, nothing to go crazy over.
-->Bonsai Sushi, I could have done without. Even though the rolls are very well priced at $2.50 to $3.50 per roll, the service attention just wasn't there. The waitresses were more attentive to take out orders then the actual customers inside the restaurant. This is located on Starboard side towards the back, almost near the Piano Bar.
-->The taste bar, located inside the Ocean Plaza on Deck 5, is a really nice option for an appetizer, wine and karaoke before dinner.
-->Redfrog Pub is also nice, the conch fritters are good with a beer for a snack.
That's all for the food, overall the ship has some of the best dinning options around. We did not try the specialty restaurants because they were all booked. Tip, try Cucina del Cappitano in the back of the LIDO on the second floor for lunch, it is free. At night it is $12 p/p.
Golf and billiards on the sports deck is standard. NIce option if you like working out is the open air gym. Also the rope obstacle course and the water slides, which are GREAT.
Now to the bad or lets say, just Not Good.
We wanted a Caribbean vacation but we did not want the HEAT in our room. It was SUUPER hot at all times. We turned down the air as much as it could go and nothing. We spoke to the cabin attendant and again, nothing was done. We had dinner mates who where on the same deck as ours, 9, and they also said their room was hot. Basically there where parts of the ship where it was like a Sauna. Also, DO NOT BOOK 9272, if you can help it. It is right in front of the service pantry and elevators and you can hear the employees picking up and dropping off supplies and people walking at all times.
The entertainment aboard the ship is really lame. Even though the Playlist productions (Britts, Divas, etc) seem to be good ideas, the singers are SOOOOO bad it makes you flinch. They also only last 30 minutes.
The Comedy Club is nice enough, very good bookings. The lines are HUGE to get in since there is basically nothing else to do, but dont worry there are plenty of seats. If not, sit by the bar.
Going by the Piano Bar with Ben is a MUST. Super fun night singing and drinking, very creative guy.
The gym is alright, a lot of cardio machines, but SUPER LIMITED weight machines.
Basically, it is a very boring ship, really nothing to do, which explains all the people playing cards all over.
Grand Turk: This has changed, now they allow boats to anchor on the best part of the beach and everyone is forced to smother on the rocky side, yeah dont expect sand in the water, its ROCKS. BLAH!
La Romana: BOOK AN EXCURSION. There is NOTHING to do otherwise. Also, BOOK EARLY!! They go REALLY fast. We did Catalina Island and asides from the fact that it takes close to 45 minutes to get there, once you arrive it is nice. Clear beach, nice sand and lots of palm trees. Downside, the locals pushing you to buy stuff.
Curacao: If you dont have an excursion, dont worry. You can just walk out of the ship and explore on your own. It is beautiful. Lots of restaurants, bars and sightseeing.
Aruba: BOOK AN EXCURSION. This is nothing like Curacao, downtown is super small and nothing to do. We did Sailaway Snorkle and Beach Cruise. Awesome excursion aboard a catamaran. Open bar and lunch is provided, as well as the equipment.
Basically on this ship, all there is to do is eat and drink. I have seen better cruise directors, and definitely more variety of things to do.
Last note, the staff is very friendly, absolutely NO complaints.