What a blast!: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by barbadosbeachbum
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What a blast!
Destination: Southern Caribbean
We only booked one excursion through Carnival, and the other two privately. In Aruba, we booked the Kuku Kanuku bus tour and had an absolute blast with Carlos and our maracas. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for some silly fun and beach time along the way. Booked with Seavis Tours in La Romana and can honestly say that this was one of the highlights for everyone in the family with a Dominican bbq, some kayaking on the Chavon river, plenty o' rum, and an informative walking trail to see the different vegetation and wildlife. Robert was a great guide, and we'd book with them again in a heartbeat. Curacao was a bit of a different story, but it was due to a lack of communication. We booked an excursion with Curacao-Actief, but when arriving at the port, we were unable to find our group. Unfortunately, we missed our excursion, and having great difficulty trying to contact the company (4 public phones that didn't work, and no cell service for us, information desk had no idea who we were talking about). I was able to contact the owner upon our return, who did refund us for the excursion and explained that they had not had this problem in 7 years, however, it was realized that directions were never emailed to us. I was a little surprised that they were keeping 25$ out of what we paid them, but felt that I'd rather receive 180$ and forget the 25$. I do believe that he was genuine from what I had read both on Cruise Critic and Tripadvisor prior to booking with them, but did find it a little cocky that they would even keep the 25$ considering the fault was on their side. Lesson learned.
Food was good, both in the dining room and on Lido deck. Our son was happy to be hanging out at Circle C for the majority of the week and made some great friends.
The entertainment was absolutely fantastic and we went to every show. The comedians were great, and a laugh a minute. This really was a great cruise. Disembarking was long-winded, but we thought it was great how it was done. The last time we travelled with Carnival, we stood in line for a good hour and a half before clearing customs, but on this trip, instead of making us wait forever at customs, they kept us on the ship and we sat on the promenade deck having coffee and reading a book. Much nicer and a lot more relaxed!
Looking forward to planning our next cruise! Less
Cabin review: 7466
Personally would not book an aft balcony again on this ship. Didn't feel there was much privacy and any extra space was more leg room than anything else. Back to mid-ship we go!
Port and Shore Excursions
Had an awesome with our guide Carlos who was a laugh a minute and always laughing, joking, and giving us a little insight about Aruba. The church and it's grounds were interesting, the town was alright and the beach was lovely. There was plenty of beachtime, and a lot of crazy and silly fun with our maracas and the locals who were fun enough to give us a wave as the crazy tourists went by hollering and shaking their maracas. Lots of fun for a family with kids and those who are young at heart!
After a lack of communication, we sadly missed out on the excursion we had booked, but managed to salvage it by taking an island tour with an independent company at the port. Although it was not what we had intended, and I cannot for my life remember the name of the company, Rosie gave us a great tour of Willemstad including a stop at a local beach, a Curacao distillery, some beautiful neighborhoods and a lot of info on the history of Curacao! It was 2 hours we enjoyed after a frustrating start to our time there.
Fantastic riverboat ride down Chavon river with lots of rum flowing freely, a relaxed ride and a great tour by Robert. Once we reached our destination, we enjoyed a traditional, delicious Dominican bbq, followed by a little hike through the forest where we saw much of the Dominican vegetation, tons of fruits, and snake and tarantula nests. Happily, the tarantulas are in hibernation, and we're not sure what happened to the snake, but all in all, it was great. We then got to enjoy kayaking on the river and once we returned, the kids (both young and old), got to use the Tarzan rope and swing and jump into the river. It was a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable day and can honestly say that this was our favorite excursion of the whole cruise. Would book with Seavis again in a heartbeat!