Carnival Breeze, July 20th 2013: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by rf53
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Carnival Breeze, July 20th 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin: The Cove Balcony Cabins are very nice. Great truly private balcony that a bit larger than the other balconies for comparable cabins. Also, the location of the Cove Balcony Cabins on deck 2 means they are within easy access decks 3, 4, and 5, where most of the ship's interior activities and restaurants are located. The closer you are to an elevator bank and stair wells, the easier the access is to the rest of the ship. Getting off the ship at the ports and returning to the cabin is also a snap if you are in the Cove Balcony Cabins because the port exits are on deck 0. Getting to the pools is the only hike (up 8 decks).
Housekeeping: Acceptable. Not the best I've experienced on cruise ships. They kept the room clean, but the attention to detail that I have seen on other ships was not evident. Cabin service in general has gone downhill since the suggested tips became mandatory.
Public areas: Excellent. Many bars with More different themes... some quiet, some rowdy. Many quiet areas to lounge. The Lido Pool is always a party. The Tides Pool is a more sedate alternative. The slides and water works playground are the best I have seen. The kids loved them.
Food: The main dining room food was just OK, with some nights an outright disappointment. The buffets were good... regular buffet fare. The Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and the Italian Restaurant were very good... excellent service. Guy Fieri's hamburgers were outrageous. The Sushi bar was also good.
Entertainment: The comedy club was worth visiting with four comedians preforming during the cruise. There were also two comedy style acts in the Ovation theater that were very good. The ship's musical shows were pretty lame. One was enough.
Ship Excursions at Ports: Incredibly expensive for what they offered. For a family of four an excursion to the beach ranged anywhere between $200 - $400 depending on the port. With a little research you can do it yourself via taxi's and ferry boats and save about two thirds of the price.
Debarkation: Sloooowwww. If you get a high number on your debarkation luggage tag ask for a lower number, or be prepared to wait. If you can carry your own luggage do it and you will be allowed to leave the ship first. This is hard to do on the longer crusies. Less
Cabin review: b42275
Cove balcony cabin 2275 on the Carnival Breeze is amazing, only two stories above the water, a true boating experience. It is truly a private balcony that is a bit larger than the other balconies for comparable cabins. Also, the location of the cove balcony cabins on deck 2 means they are within easy access decks 3, 4, and 5, where most of the ship's interior activities and restaurants are located. The closer you are to an elevator bank and stair wells, the easier the access is to the rest of the ship. There was no noise from the elevators or from people on the stairs. Getting off the ship at the ports and returning to the cabin is also a snap if you are in the cove balcony cabins because the ship's exits to the gangway are on deck 0. Getting to the pools is the only hike (up 8 decks).
Port and Shore Excursions
Nassau is getting too crowded, too loud, and too expensive. It no longer has a small island feel. The nicest excursion here is to spend a day at the Atlantis Hotel and use their pool and beach facilities. The cost is $400 (no lunch) to $800 (incl lunch) for a family of four if you take the ship excursion.