Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by pmckee7: Breeze is the best of Carnival
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Breeze is the best of Carnival
Summary: We are a three-generational family (12, 44, 72) and have done a Carnival Cruise every spring break for the last 6 years. Breeze is the best. Great service and activities. Pretty good itinerary except for La Romana. Better than expected food and entertainment. We're booking on Breeze for next spring break, and that says it all.
Embarkation: Really easy. We flew into FLL the night before and had a leisurely arrival the next day around noon. We were on board in 20 minutes WITHOUT Faster to the Fun. We ignored the email that said not to arrive before 1.
Service: Impeccable, and friendly. Great training shows. Personal hearty greetings at every crew encounter. The ship is very clean and well cared for. We still love the singing and dancing that tops off every excellent meal service.
Dining: We were in early service Blush. Missed one meal there because of a late arriving excursion in Aruba, but they allowed us to eat in the late service after others were More seated. Table mates with the same issue that day were accommodated in the Sapphire room with others on the flexible time plan. The Lido deck lines were not set up for the many late arrivals on this day, my only complaint. Guy's Burger Bar is good, but probably unhealthy. La Cucina for lunch was OK, but reports from table mates about dinner were better. Vegetarian choices throughout were good. The menu and quality were very good every day.
Entertainment: Loved it!. Good stage shows with great production enhancements that make the 8 person group look like a much bigger ensemble. Good voices and great dancing. The highlight for us was the tribute band #Rhythmnation, appearing in the Ocean Plaza. Excellent vocal and instrumental soloists, a huge repertoire from Woodstock until now, and unflagging energy. They were fully engaged with the audience.
Activities: So many to choose from, or ignore and find the quiet spots on the promenade deck (including several hot tubs), the Library, and Piano Bar during the day. We like the Trivia contests and use them about once a day too meet new people by forming little teams.
Chidlren's Clubs: Our 12 year old loved the Circle C as a meeting spot, but didn't do the activities. She made many friends, through our thoughtful table assignment, and then formed a posse with them and others. She wants to travel with us again next year, as a 13 year-old, so the prognosis is good. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Breeze 7368
Balcony cabin with plenty of room for three. Extra generous stowage room, including two huge drawers under the day bed. Suitcases stow under the twin beds.
Port and Shore Excursions
Semi Sub Tour
Good tour with the semi-sub to see the sunken ship. Then a long drive around the island in a bus. We usually do that part with a taxi, and would probably chose that option again. Given the length of the tour though, it was a pretty good value.
Beautiful architecture, history and walkability. Easy walking access from the ship. Great shopping from high-end to where the locals go. We visited the Maritime Museum and the Slave Trade Museum, very informative and well done.
The Carnival set up on the beach right off the pier is great. Daunting to arrive seeing thousands of chairs aligned, but the experience itself was fine. We spent the day on that beach, snorkeling right there to great effect. A little more time would have been nice.
Didn't get off the ship. Nothing in the excursion descriptions tempted, and certainly nothing to see from the pier. Table mates reported dull excursions and very pushy locals. We did manage to watch part of a baseball game from our balcony through binoculars. We would advise Carnival to delete this port and add more time in Grand Turk and Curacao.