Our family loves Carnival. My mother has cruised for years and introduced us to cruising a couple years ago. This year, after much deliberation, we decided to go with the 8 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Breeze out of Miami. We had ports of call in Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We mainly choose this itinerary because my boyfriend and I wanted to go to Puerto Rico. We had been to St. Thomas and St. Maarten on a previous cruise and loved both of them.
We cruised as a group of 10 (4 cabins) and booked cove balcony rooms. We love the cove balcony rooms - I initially chose one because of a fear of heights so I love being down lower. Also you do have a little more privacy than the upper decks and less movement when in rough seas. We had a wonderful cabin steward - Gabriel from Romania. Gabriel always met us with a smile and was so very friendly. He made the best towel animals too lol. Anything we needed - Gabriel was right there. My only word of caution - choose carefully. Some rooms are under the Galley and can be quite noisy in the early morning hours.
Our first impression of the Breeze was wow.. . .and that impression never changed throughout the cruise. The service everywhere was top notch. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The decor was beautiful. The bed was comfortable. The views were amazing.
The entertainment was much better on this cruise than any we had experienced previously. We stumbled across a band called #RhythmNation featuring the vocals of Devan Bolding and Andreece Williams. They will be on the Breeze through May so if you cruise the Breeze - you have to check them out. They played a range of everything from the 60's to current. My favorite was 80s night :-) Their lead guitar player was awesome. They even played an acoustic set in the Red Frog Pub one evening and it was good too. Every night they played - the Ocean Plaza Lounge was standing room only. In fact - there wasn't even standing room - people would be lined up all the way to the casino and the Red Frog pub just to hear them. There were also several acoustical singers in the Red Frog Pub and they were pretty good.
The waitstaff everywhere was wonderful. Just to mention a few - Argie at the Tides Bar made an awesome Mocha Chocolate Getaway. Jeaelle and Carlton in the Red Frog were pretty awesome too. But our favorite was Yusef Sept from Indonesia in Ocean Plaza. Yusef greeted us by name every time he saw us. He had our drink orders and our sign and sail number memorized from the first night. Everyone loved Yusef's bubbly personality. He was a favorite of many passengers.
The food was much improved as well. Our waitstaff in the Blush Dining Room were Asep and Wayan. Coincidentally - Asep had been on our last cruise on the Dream as well. So it was nice to see a familiar face. He remembered us too - even though it had been over a year since we had seen him. The assistant Maitre D' Zikret went above and beyond. We saw him everywhere and he was always checking to make sure you enjoyed the food, the service and the cruise. In fact, the first formal night - he stopped by our table to see if we were enjoying ourselves. He asked my 4 year old nephew Jonah about his food. Jonah replied that he likes Pizza. Zikret asked him what kind of pizza he liked. Jonah told him pepperoni and cheese. So Zikret went and had him a special made half pepperoni half cheese pizza made- brought ti to him and seved him. Jonah was over the moon.. He also made sure the magician visited our table. I had read on John Heald's blog that the tea recipe was "new and improved" and I have to say that I agree. It was much better than previous cruises.
If you are looking to book a cruise soon - choose the Carnival Breeze. You will not be disappointed.