Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by PACSAdmPIA: Carnival Breeze 2014
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Carnival Breeze 2014
We just arrived home from our 7th Carnival Cruise. We are a family of 3, (our daughter is 8 years old) What a ride! The ship is beautiful and easy to navigate. This is our second time on the Breeze and we found new places we missed the last time around. We really liked the iterary for this cruise, here is a rundown on our adventure:
*Parking: We drove from Illinois to Miami and parked at the port. I think next time we will leave our car at the hotel as the fee for the parking garage was $160.00 and some hotels will let you leave your car for free.
*Cabin: At the last minute I received a call from Carnival to upgrade from a balcony to a suite, so I did. The suite was spacious, had a larger balcony, walkin closet and spacious bathroom with a tub and dual sinks. The best part was the closet so we werent running into each other while we were trying to get ready and out the door. Well worth the extra $$. We also got express embarkation with the suite! NICE. More
*Food: The food was good, but the service was a little slow in the main dining room. We didnt opt for any of the premium dining. We prefer to save the $$.
*Kids club: There were lots of activities at the kids club and our daughter made many new friends. She didn't spend a lot of time there and it is nice that you can easily drop off and pick up at your leisure and it is included in the price up untill 10 pm.
*Entertainment: As usual the shows were great, but this time they changed the schedule for the shows which I didnt like. Most of them started at 7:15 and 9:15 and we had early dinner (6pm). We could not make it out of the dining room in time to make the show so we went to the 9:15 show. That was pretty late for our 8 year old. The Hasbro game show is A LOT of fun, two of those were at 3:30 pm and it was nice to get out of the sun for a bit! There was a nice variety of musicals, juggler and comed Less
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*Cabin: At the last minute I received a call from Carnival to upgrade from a balcony to a suite, so I did. The suite was spacious, had a larger balcony, walkin closet and spacious bathroom with a tub and dual sinks. The best part was the closet so we werent running into each other while we were trying to get ready and out the door. Well worth the extra $$. We also got express embarkation with the suite! NICE.*Food: The food was good, but the service was a little slow in the main dining room. We didnt opt for any of the premium dining. We prefer to save the $$.
Port and Shore Excursions
ARUBA: We grabbed a taxi $20/family one way at the port and went to Palm Beach. The beaches there are public and there were free chairs. There are nice bars, restaurants, restrooms, showers on the beach. We did a ride on Big Mabel (like tubing on an inflatable couch) for $15.00 pp for 15 minutes. That was alot of fun.
CURACAO: This was my second time there and it was beautiful. The floating bridge is a must see. We didnt dock until 2pm so we were limited on what we could do. Most of the businesses (except bars and restaurants) close up at 5 or 6pm. We took a taxi from the port the the SEA Aquarium $20 for all three of us one way and $21 adult/$11 child admission. So for all three of us it was about $100 total and a GREAT value compared to what Carnival charges. The aquarium was AWESOME. Not crowded and we got to feed sharks, turtles, stingrays. There is also a sea lion and dolphin show that were very good. There was a tour with great guides that educated us on the wild life. Lots of hands on fun. HIGHLY Recommend this!
They also offer swimming with the dolphins at different price levels. Will do that next time. On the way back to the port, we walked across the floating bridge and then took the free ferry back. There are shops close to the bridge if you get there before 6. Great day, not a big expense.
GRAND TURK: This is a small island and there is a nice beach close to the port. There is a place called "Jacks Shack" where there are free beach chairs and reasonably priced drinks/food. There is also the cutest dog Topher that was so fun to watch digging in the sand and greeting everyone. There are also a couple of climbing inflatables that we paid 10pp to swim out to and play on all day. The water was clear enough to snorkel and warm enough for comfortable swimming. Good time for cheap!
LA ROMANA (Dominican Republic): We arranged in advance for a day pass at DREAMS all inclusive resort. The email for reservations is firstname.lastname@example.org. We had chairs, towels, food, drink all day for $60 adult/$30 kids. If you have a large group, they do give group discounts. Food and drinks were good, however the water was not suitable for snorkeling and there was quite a bit of vegetation floating in the water. Taxi there was $15pp round trip but we had to negotiate that. Getting on the taxi was chaotic, it helps alot if you have someone in your group that speaks Spanish.
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