We have sailed with Carnival before and were very excited about going on the Breeze. The embarkation process was amazingly smooth. It took no time at all and we were on board. I was hoping that this ship was less confusing than the Carnival Dream but have come to realize that this is just how they build their ships. Our room was near the elevator (which I requested) but, since not all decks went from one side of the ship to the other, we could not take that elevator down to the dining room. Instead, we had to walk all the way to the end of the ship to reach the dining room. We finally figured out that it was always easier to start at the casino and go from there. We had a balcony room (6354) and found the room to be quite spacious with plenty of closet space, shelves and drawers. Our room steward (Reidi) was spectacular. I defy anyone to find a happier person on the entire ship. The room was (as was the entire ship) and always did a great job in our cabin. It was a joy to see his smile first thing in the morning.
We did not partake much at the buffet. We had breakfast in the dining room every morning and it was very good. Dinner was just OK. We did try out all the cold soups (appetizer) and some were fabulous (peach, strawberry and mango.) I had snapper one night for dinner which was very good but other nights the food was just fair. Again, what made every evening a good time was our waiter Archie. He could not have been more pleasant and very accommodating. But, like Reidi, it was his smile that got me every time.
The biggest disappointment were the shows. When we went on Carnival 2 years ago, the shows were fantastic. But they have now cut the number of performers down to 8 and I would say they were OK at best. The comedy club was the better choice for the evening. We always knew that when all was said and done we would end up in the casino. Sadly, we found the casino to be rather small and the slot machines unforgiving. They are set so tight that you cannot win. If you go to the casino, stick with the table games.
As for the ports - let me say that we are not into water sports so those were not an option for us as excursions. We found nothing in Grand Turk and were back on the ship within an hour. We booked the Santo Domingo tour in the Dominican Republic. We had a wonderful guide (Quirico Reyes) who was very knowledgeable and the tour was well worth the money. Curacao was our favorite port. We did not do a tour but walked the city on our own. Do not miss seeing the old Synagogue with floors of sand. You do have to hustle to get there since you arrive at 2PM (ships time) which is 3PM Curacao time and the museum closes at 4:30PM. It took us a while to find it but it was worth the effort. Unfortunately, you're there from 2PM - 11PM so you have a limited amount of daylight hours. We then went to Aruba where we took an excursion but we were disappointed in the island itself.
The 2 sea days coming home were wonderful. We did a lot of relaxing and playing onboard trivia. Overall, we had a really good time.