Quick review of our 10/26/13 sailing on the Carnival Breeze, 8 day exotic southern Caribbean sailing.
We’re a family of 4, with kids age 10 and 13. This is our 6th cruise, all on Carnival.
Flew in the night before, stayed at Holiday Inn POM, where we’ve stayed previously. The convenience is the biggest draw, second being the service at the hotel. Ate at Bubba Gump’s, where we’ve eaten previously, mostly because we know it’s good and weren’t feeling adventurous and had done the South Beach thing and didn’t want to pay to cab it down there.
Embarkation was SMOOTH. Carnival has improved the process, taking boarding pics at the time you check in rather than holding everyone up as you board the ship. Plus they run the card you have on file for your Sail & Sign that morning, so you don’t even need to present it at the check in desk. Present your ID, they give you your Sail & Sign and off you go.
We LOVED the ship itself. The variety of seating areas, the lay out of the ship, the fact the decks are wood anymore, lay out of the main pool area, variety and QUALITY of the music onboard, the lay out of our room (deluxe oceanview) with the additional shower/tub/sink area AND the best food/service of any ship we’ve sailed on. The Cucina del Capitano was very good and worth the money, we ate in there twice.
The only cons we found, which aren’t unique to the Breeze, is the limited hours of the specialty eateries on Lido (Guy’s burgers, Blue Iguana burritos, Mongolian Wok) none of which are open for dinner. And the Guest Services desk being severely understaffed on the last sea day (3 employees at the desk for 5000+ guests isn’t cutting it).
Grand Turk we just rolled off the ship and went to Jack’s Shack for a relaxing beach day. Food and drinks are good, but prepare yourself for a long wait on the food. WAY better pricing than Margaritaville.
La Romana D.R. we booked through Seavis tours. The BEST day of our trip. The $60 they charge is a BARGAIN for what they provide. Taxi from La Romana to Bayahibe, the speedboat to Saona Island (stopping to check out a few things along the way and learn a little bit about the DR), gorgeous beach, tasty and plentiful lunch, FREE DRINKS all day, trip to the Piscina Natural to find some sea stars and wade in gorgeous water, yummy poundcake and pineapple for dessert (and more free drinks). I cannot recommend them highly enough. We’d definitely go back to Bayahibe for a land vacation.
Curacao we had odd port times, 2-11 p.m. Given the fact that although we’re beach bums, it was a heck of a ride and hassle to get to a beach for such a limited amount of time, we took a break from the rays and just explored on our own. Rif Fort is run and provides some good photo ops. The floating bridge is pretty cool and shopping in the Punda offers a variety of goods. We made pit stops here and there along the way for some beverages and the prices were decent. We were back onboard by 5 or so, grabbed some lunch, put our swimsuits on and used the rest of the evening to swim and enjoy the ship.
Aruba was gorgeous. We cabbed it to De Palm Beach. Great vibe, friendly locals, loads of amenities, not too crowded. We’d totally go back there for a land vacation as well. Halloween was this night and they decorated the ship a bit, which was fun. Offered some fun Halloween-themed desserts in the dining room. I also participated in dressing up with some fellow CC’ers and we all dressed up as Waldos, LOL. Kind of disappointing for the kids though...not a whole lot planned for them. There was a 13 stop Trick-or-Treating map that Camp Carnival put on, but they got like one piece of candy at each stop. Then there was kind of a lame dance party that followed, where we were all cramped into Club O2 and there weren’t any prizes or games or anything.
If you have any questions, please let me know, I’m happy to answer them.