Just back from the 8 day Southern on the Breeze. We have been on the Dream the past 2 cruises and wanted to try out the Breeze. Wonderful ship and amenities. We had a Spa deck Balcony room on 12 with a nice view. Paid the extra $$ for the Spa amenities which was the only downside of the ship. Spa staffers were all rude and snobby when you got your key and if you walked down the wrong hallway at any time you got someone to yell "wrong way!" at you from the staff, not "can I help you find what you are looking for". They move the card keys around from 12 and 14 decks and don't tell people and you have to chase people down just to get your key back. I guess if I had signed up for Botox and Accupuncture and spent big bucks they would have been my best friend. Like I said, the only blemish to the ship. The amenities onboard were great, we couldn't get to all the bars and restaurants and we did try. The food was good, Guy's Burgers are the best as advertised and my wife loved the Pizza. The new dining format of all scheduled folks in the back Blush room and all freelancers in the front Saphire is a new concept to us but we made such good friends in the Blush it turned out fantastic. Our cabin steward had only our cabin on the one side of the ship (even) and his others were on the other side (odd). Never saw him and couldn't find him but managed to knock on our door every night while we were getting ready for dinner, quite a pain...The Serenity deck on the Breeze is laid out differently than the Dream and is a refreshing change. Those decks do get awfully hot, we wish they could use a cooler material. The Waterworks is the savior, it is AWESOME! I loved the Drainpipe...OK, basically loved the ship... Ports of Call - Grand Turk gorgeous, would have loved to stay there a full day, especially after stopping in La Ramana. This is a Port best visited by staying on the ship. Awful is not a strong enough word. You are literally attacked by people grabbing at you and trying to sell you something. We paid the $10 for the bus ride into town, managed to get around the square with the vendors all trying to sell you the same "crap" and if you even stopped, the others would flock to you to buy their stuff...we got right back on the bus and they followed us on to the buss still trying to sell us something..UGLY-STAY AWAY!!!! You have been warned, hopefully Carnival finds a new venue..Off to the other stops, Curacao, loved it will go back, Beautiful town, the people are friendly and not aggressive. Free Wi-Fi in the Fort Square (RIF) is quite a draw, we had dinner and caught the sunset then from our Balcony watched a baseball game as the stadium is right at the port. On to Aruba...Hot and Windy...did the island tour and fully enjoyed it. We will return there as well, it is truly beautiful. The bulk of the cruise was at sea and very nice. By the last two days, fatigue had set in and it was quieter and seemed less crowded on deck. We got some space around an umbrella with our new found friends by the rear pool and hung out for 7 hours just chatting away, it was very enjoyable.
Our biggest enjoyment of the evening was catching the live show by their band The Groove 6. They put on a great show and pull people into the show with dancing and singing along with the last night being for requests. They take you through Motown to Woodstock to the 80's and 90's. The band plays together well even though they were assembled by Carnival a short time ago. Chris and Lindsay are great performers. Highly recommended. all in all, a great time all around. we are already looking at taking our next cruise and may look at the Sunshine this time...