Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Lilifree: Carnival Breeze - wonderful ship, excellent vacation
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Carnival Breeze - wonderful ship, excellent vacation
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Breeze is a great ship. There is much to do for all ages, and the decor and layout is attractive. We took an 8 day Caribbean Cruise with stops in San Juan, St. Martin, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. Our group had 4 cabins, 3 inside and one balcony suite. Both staterooms were nicely decorated and laid out, and since we were in the spa cabins, we all had access to the thalassotherapy pool and steam rooms, etc. Heavenly! If you are a spa type-pay the extra for this type of cabin!
My husband and I have take 7 cruises, so we have seen our fair share of ships, on RCCL, Norwegian and Carnival. Our family group consisted of one senior citizen, 4 forty-somethings, a thirteen year old and 3 early 20's females. EVERYONE commented that it was the best vacation they had ever experienced, so obviously the ship has something to satisfy all tastes.
The main dining room food was very good most evenings, with only a few so-so plates. We tried the steakhouse which was delicious, More but the highlight of food was the Italian restaurant. We tried it on a fluke, and ended up eating dinner there twice more. Three of us are gluten-free, and we enjoyed gluten free pasta and the staff and chef went out of their way to accommodate us. If you don't want to pay the well-worth-it up-charge, try the free buffet for lunch. The food was incredibly good. The buffet lines in the Lido area? Well, this is where The Breeze needs work. I saw passengers being turned away from the lines and directed to a never ending queue, as the buffet staff member said they had to "get ready for lunch." People were very angry, and rightfully so, when the food is sitting there to be had and they are drawing curtains and taking the platters away. We ended up eating breakfast in the MDR, the Cantina near the pool, or getting room service. For lunch, there was much less of a line for the Indian food (delish!), and we never waited long for a Guy's burger and fries (also yummy). The barbecue grill is only open for a few lunch hours on sea days and the line is incredibly long, but the offerings here are also very good. We are food snobs, so if you cannot find some food on this cruise ship that you like, you just like to complain.
The casino is big and many of us spent time here in the evening after dinner. We also enjoyed the piano bar and the comedian show. The shows in the theater, however, were not good. We left in the middle of one and tried to make it through the second, to no avail. The lounge singers were good, and the guitarist in the pub was great. We also tried the munchies in the pub and they were decent.
The one big negative we found on the ship was that there is no adult pool. There is an adult serenity area with hot tubs, but to cool off, you have to either walk down to one of the two small pools, or take a trip down the pool tube slides. The two pools on the ship are woefully small for 4000 passengers. These pools are like cold tubs for soaking with all the bodies sitting in them, and kids trying to splash around. We tried to enjoy the aft pool, then gave up. The public area were very clean, and there was always someone cleaning something. The indoor fitness area is similar to other ships, but we more enjoyed the jogging track and outdoor fitness area.
We had anytime dining, and still the staff in the MDR was fantastic. Those we met once called us by name if we saw them again. The Cucina del Capitano staff was unbelievable gracious and wonderfully attentive and personable. Our cabin steward was always offering us a welcome smile by name. The spa staff seemed a bit bored, but they were also helpful if you needed something. My mother in law had a massage that she said was "OK". The only bad service was by the islanders who worked mainly at the pool bars. They seemed put upon if you asked for a drink.
Embarkation was easy and fast. The priority area was so full, that we asked to sit in the main area. We were given a placard that read "priority" so we could be one of the first few to board. Debarkation was also painless. We carried our own bags off, and it was very quick.
We did not use any ship excursion services, as we like to take taxis and do our own thing. We visited El Morro in San Juan, walked off the ship to the beach in Grand Turk, visited the butterfly farm in St Martin, and Magen's Bay beach in St. Thomas. We did not regret any of our choices.
I would cruise on the Breeze again for the pluses I have mentioned. Having sailed on the other lines, this Carnival ship rivals the bigger ships of RCCL and Norwegian. Less
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