Overview: Carnival more than met our expectations on this cruise. This was only our third cruise (all with Carnival), and we were excited to check out the new Breeze during its inaugural season. We had a fantastic time, and would recommend this ship for a fun time.
Booking: We booked on-line ourselves, without using any travel agents. We booked "early saver," and benefitted from two price reductions, leaving us with over $1,100 in onboard credit (which we easily used up).
Travel to port: We arrived in Venice two nights before the cruise so we could spend more time there and not worry about possible delayed flights, late luggage, etc. Stayed in a great boutique hotel. On day of embarkation, it was a bit of a hassle to get us and our luggage to the ship, using the water bus and people mover. We also had to haul our luggage ourselves to what seemed like a warehouse -- not close to the ship -- even though we were VIP. But there were no lines at the luggage dropoff point, so that went smoothly.
We had Ocean Suite 7363. We loved the accommodations! Empress Deck is the ideal location, because there are only cabins above and below you. Our location was ideal. Mid-ship, and just a few doors down from the laundry room (which, believe me, you will need). Also, just a short walk to the mid-ship elevator bank and stairwell. Very comfy king bed. Spacious and well-appointed cabin. Walk-in closets with plenty of space to hang clothes. Lots of shelving. Good sized flat screen TV you could tilt to watch from the sitting area (couch, chair, and coffee table) or from bed. Balcony was private and roomy enough (chaise, 2 chairs, and small table). Starboard side gave us great pier views at docking in most ports, and we could watch the pier runners as departure time got close. Bathroom was very nice -- more like a hotel room's bathroom. Marble counters, double-sinks, tons of shelving for toiletries and personal effects. Jacuzzi tub with built in shower was a little cramped, but water pressure was great and temperature was easy to set and didn't vary when neighboring cabins were also showering. Sliding shower doors are much better than having a shower curtain; these doors were 3-paneled so they could slide to either side for good access. Paying the higher price for a suite was definitely worth it to us. We could easily fit 6-8 friends for cocktails before dinner.
No need to take any formal excursions. Explore on foot and by water. It's magical.
You don't need any formal excursions. Walk the old city wall and then explore. Wonderful location.
Sardinia (Olbia) is known for its beaches. It was raining when we were in port, so we didn't hit the beach. Didn't seem like there was much to do, other than shop, on a rainy day. We stayed on the ship for half the day, and then just walked around.
Short day in port (back on board by 1:30 pm). Didn't have much time to explore. I recommend the hop on/hop off bus tour.
What a city! We stayed on for 3 days after the cruise and explored all over. All the Gaudi sights are must-see. Tapas tours are also recommended. We did Barcelona Taste. It was great.