Southern Caribbean Carnival Breeze Jan. 5-13 2003: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by lisamarch

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Southern Caribbean Carnival Breeze Jan. 5-13 2003

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale and took SAS to Port of Miami Holiday Inn. SAS was very quick and professional and good driver. Spent night at Holiday Inn then took cab at 1 pm to port. Went through and boarded ship - never even stopped for a minute -- embarking went extremely smoothly and staff were friendly.

Room - we were in a spa balcony room and it was wonderful. Bed was extremely comfortable as was the couch which was made into a twin for our son. Bathroom sufficient and our room steward kept everything immaculate. Impressed with so much storage in the stateroom! Never heard any noise from other rooms nor in the hallway. Balcony was sufficient, but a bit small.

Spa - we didn't do gym or spa services but we went to Cloud 9 spa every day. The four heated rooms often were completely empty. We spent time in the relaxation room as we left Port of Miami, and another morning and two other nights and only once were we NOT alone. The therapy pool at Cloud 9 was relaxing, More too. At most 3 other people were ever in there when I was in there.

Food - the Blue Iguana's breakfast burritos are SO GOOD. We ate there every morning except one, and regretted not being there that day. Guy's burgers are delicious. Nobody seemed happy with the small number of fries given, but really, do you need more than a handful? I'd argue no, but plenty of people just asked for more, and you'd be given more. The toppings bar for the burgers have everything you'd ever imagine...well, no dill pickles maybe, but close!
Dining room - we only ate in Blush 3 times. It was fine. Nothing amazing, but certainly nicer than average.
Fahrenheit 55 restaurant - REALLY worth the extra cost. $35 per person for what would have easily cost us $75 per person in our hometown (in the Midwest). Very, very good.
Pizza - like pizza we have had in Rome, so if you like American pizza, maybe you wouldn't like it, but we LOVED it.
Tandoor - the Indian food was very tasty and spicy. Authentic.
C-Side BBQ - good food.
Lido buffet area - we ate there one night. That was enough to let us know that we were better off going elsewhere. However, our son ate soft-serve ice cream several times a day there!

Bar - We used the Cheers program. At the end, the ship invoice showed we (2 adults) drank 139 alcohol drinks over 8 days, so I think it paid for itself. I wanted to know exactly how much I was spending, and it did make it fun to try drinks we otherwise would never try. The bartenders were very nice, but I was surprised they were not more friendly. Nobody was rude, but by day 5, I kind of expected more eye contact, that if we address them and ask about them, that then the next time they not act like we were strangers. Likewise, while Cheers includes a tip, we always added $1-2 per drink, at least the first drink per server per visit, but it did not seem that the additional tip added any extra friendliness...maybe they all share the tips. Anyway, the pours were VERY generous, and we were satisfied.

Serenity Deck - in the morning, you could usually get deck chairs, but it was not easy. Hot tubs full during sun hours. Always space at the Serenity bar to sit. But once it was maybe 3:30 pm or anytime later, there was plenty of room on Serenity deck. It did close a couple times due to wind and once for a staff party (late at night), but overall, it was a relaxing place to sit and read and drink.

Waterworks - our son loved it.

Ropes course - not open enough per day and closed with wind. Our son did it once but didn't seem to love it.

Thrill Theater - our son got a pass and went three times. He thought it was fun but he didn't act like he just had to go to every show.
Ovation Theater shows - we saw Divas and Latin Nights. Great singing and tech lighting, etc.

Camp Carnival - our son is 11 and had a GREAT time. The 9-11 year old group had activities that were just perfect for their age. Scavenger hunts daily and video games and other activities. He spent a LOT of time there and said he liked it a lot better than the Disney cruise. I'm guessing that's because there just weren't as many kids as the Disney Cruise, which was just so crowded. The kids' talent show offered kids the chance to rehearse daily, with a show for families on the last day. Really neat.

Ocean Plaza - we played a lot of trivia and it was fun. Service for drinks there could have been better. We had a great time with Amy (6-3) teaching us the Thriller Dance. Karaoke at night was fun, too.

Cruise Director - Butch was amusing. Amy (6-3) was kind and always professional.

Overall - at half the cost of a Disney Cruise, we were prepared for half the level of service, cleanliness and even the fellow cruisers. Well, we were surprise for the better! This cruise was every bit as good as Disney and at this level of cost, we can go more often. The Breeze is a beautiful ship and we hope to be back soon. Less

Published 01/22/13

Cabin review: 8P11265 Spa Balcony

11235 - a spa balcony room. Bed was extremely comfortable as was the couch which was made into a twin for our son. Bathroom sufficient and our room steward kept everything immaculate. Impressed with so much storage in the stateroom! We never heard anyone from other rooms or the hallway. Completely dark when curtains are closed at night.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Ayo Rock Formations

Our son loved this. Climbing and scenery. I'd rather be at the beach.

Beach Break

I went on Best of Aruba plus Beach Break. Everyone was off the ship and on the motor coach about 45 minutes early, so we left early. We got 45 minutes extra because we still got back as scheduled! We went to rock formations, and the natural bridge. Neat to see the neighborhoods. Very informational and friendly guide/driver. We saw the lighthouse - it's a lighthouse. The key part of the excursion was the beach. Two hours at a beach that offered something for everyone. I spent $3 on a beach chair for my stuff and then spent 90 minutes in the water. Sandy and beautiful. There was a restaurant and bar and all kinds of water sports if you were interested, from para sailing to big inflatable things that a powerboat would drag you on. I thought the tour included the aloe plant farm, but we didn't go there, but really, if I were doing it again, it would be full time at the beach.

California Lighthouse

This is a lighthouse. You could drive by it and yep, seen it. But, instead, this was a 15-minute stop. Surely just to get you to spend money at the food stand and bathroom.

Jeep Tour

Husband and son did the Carnival Excursion of a jeep tour. They stopped at rock formations, ostrich farm and lighthouse, and more. They liked but did not love the trip.

Ostrich Farm

Son and husband did this. They said it was kind of disgusting to feed them, so didn't do it.


At the end of the jeep tour, son and husband got one hour on a beach with snorkeling equipment provided and had a fun time. If we go back, we'll just spend all our time on the beach and in the water.

We booked a tour with Irie Tours through email. You do not pay until the end of the tour, and pay in cash. $20 per adult; $10 for child. A few hours and unlimited beer, soda and water. The staff are exceptional. Very friendly and they knew every answer to our questions. We saw old neighborhoods and neighborhoods with new construction, and everything in between. The stop at the Curacao liquor place was worth about 5 minutes of your time. Just a way for them to get some people to buy stuff. We were taken to the Aquarium beach and were there for an hour. Sandy beach and chairs and cabanas (no charge, or at least we were not charged). Great place for swimming. Also a platform you can climb onto and jump from. It was almost sunset and a lovely opportunity to be in the ocean. On the drive back, the sun was setting, and our driver pulled over so we could take photos and watch the sunset. Very nice, and he sure did not HAVE to do that. I highly recommend this tour.
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There were no excursions with good reviews, so we took advice of others online. We got off the ship and turned right. Rocky beach but nobody was there. Very quiet. Son and husband walked to the point and got three big conch shells. Later they went swimming on the other side, to the left as you walk off the ship, but not for that long. We loved the Carnival Breeze and wanted to be back on board. We don't find shopping a fun thing to do on vacation. Basically this seems like a stop that used to be an empty plot of land that was all just developed for people visiting on cruises.
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We took the Carnival excursion, Speedboat to Saona Island. It's a lengthy trip and WILD - you go really fast and it's like a roller coaster, but wow, what a fun experience. We got to the island and were told to be back on our boat at 12:30. At 11:50, the leader of our boat came and yelled that we were late and to run to the boat. We did, thinking our watch stopped, but no, it was 11:50. Someone else was also yelled at, and they asked why not 12:30, and the boat driver said, "We work on OUR time." Now, this is not about time change. He just decided everyone should leave early. Odd. At that Saona Island spot, the water was beautiful. Yes, there were rocks but we'd been told to wear water shoes, and we did, so it was very nice to be in the water. People around us were complaining nonstop which was really a drag, because come on, it's vacation. Lighten up! Rum was unmarked and served with Coke. And there was beer. We did not drink, and brought our own water from the ship. We left Saona Island and then everything was wonderful. We stopped at someplace they called the Natural Swimming Pool. It is by far the most beautiful place on earth that we have ever been. We were given an hour there. We jumped off the boat and it was about a meter high water, sandy bottom and clear beautiful blue water and a long line of palm trees along the coast. You could go to the sand, but most of us just enjoyed the water. Big sea stars that we could see and some people picked them up. Then, we had more speedboat back. Really fun and a thrill. One note: this excursion could not be closer to the Breeze. Literally right NEXT to the ship.

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