We just got back from an 8 night cruise on the Breeze. My husband and I (late 30's) traveled with our 10 and 11 year old children. This was my 8th cruise and my 4th with Carnival. We are from Baltimore and sailed on the Pride last June but chose the Breeze because of the itinerary - just looking for something other than the Bahamas
EMBARKATIONS - this was so easy. Not as quick as the Port of Baltimore but we arrived around 10:30am and were on the boat by 12pm and able to access our room by 12:30pm. Our luggage was later arriving and didn't get to us until around 4:30pm but we weren't expecting it earlier so it was fine.
SHIP - I thought the ship was beautiful and the decor was very tasteful. It was very clean and the crew did a great job keeping the floors on the Lido deck dry so there was less of a chance of slipping which I have noticed to be an issue on previous cruises
FOOD - I am typically a dining room person and would always prefer that over the More
buffet but I didn't find that to be the case on this particular cruise. We had early seating in the Blush Restaurant and shared a table with another family who were so nice and our kids got along great. Our waiter had about 3 other tables and every single night, the other tables would have dessert and coffee and leave before we would even get our main dish. The food was good - not outstanding but very good and was always warm when it got to us. It's not like we are really in a hurry to go anywhere, we just didn't understand why it was so slow for our table consistently. The Lido marketplace was great - I am a big fan of the deli, Guy's burgers and the pizza pirate. There were a ton of options and a few that I didn't even get a chance to try. One evening we splurged for the steakhouse and it was worth every penny - absolutely delicious!
ENTERTAINMENT - I am generally not a fan of the shows on cruise ships and we sat down to watch The Brits and left after a few minutes.. just not my thing. We loved the Hasbro Game Show - my son got picked for one of the games so that was fun. The entertainment staff was great and there was always something going on - outside on the decks or inside if you aren't into being out in the sun all day. We especially love the family friendly comedy shows - but you have to get there at least a half hour early to get a seat. I thought the comedians on the Pride were better but we still really enjoyed it. We wanted to go to the adult show one night but the lines were wrapped halfway around the ship to get in so we didn't ever get to one
KIDS - Camp Carnival was great. My son enjoys the water stuff for a bit but really likes socializing in the kids club and really enjoys the scavenger hunts, video games and other group games that they play. We never utilized the evening night owls - they just typically went for a few hours during the day. The waterworks was really great as that kind of kept the regular pools a little less crowded for the adults.
CABIN - The cabins on Carnival consistently impress me. We were on Deck 1 and had a window. The room was plenty big for the 4 of us and we had plenty of storage and room to maneuver around
EXCURSIONS/PORTS - Grand Turk was amazing. I actually wish they would tell you that Margaritaville is right off the boat and has free beaches and pools to access. We were able to spend an hour or so there before our excursion. We did the Gibbs Cay Snorkel and Stingray encounter. This was my kid's first time snorkeling and my son was nervous and the guide let him hold on to the life preserver and he sort of pulled him around - very nice of them to make sure he had a good time. Next stop was the Dominican Republic (La Romana). We hadn't booked an excursion and there is nothing right off the dock so we decided to take advantage of the few people on the boat and got a great lounge chair by the pool and just hung out all day. Curacao was great - we did the Rainforest excursion. It's not a real rain forest but the kids got to see a lot of animals up close and they loved it. And we toured an aloe farm which was pretty neat. Aruba we decided not to purchase an excursion and just got a taxi to take us to Palm Beach. It was very crowded but the beach was really nice and we had a great time
STAFF - I have always been impressed by the staff on all of my previous excursions and this was no different. From cabin stewards to bus boys, everyone had a smile on their face and would do anything to help you and make you feel special and welcome.
DEBARKATION - as with embarkation, this was really easy as well. We were out by 9:30am and utilized the Carnival transfers to Ft. Lauderdale airport.
Overall, I really loved the ship, the itinerary and the whole experience. We chose this because it was spring break for our kids and I was worried about a lot of kids or college aged spring breakers on this cruise.. There were a ton of kids on this cruise compared to previous ones. Of course there will be the few unsupervised ones who hit all the floors on the elevators or run through the halls like maniacs but it really wasn't an issue most of the time. It was quiet at night and didn't really seem like there were over 4,000 passengers on board. I would definitely go on this cruise again for sure. Less