hot hot hot!: Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by JJ8599
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hot hot hot!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Positives: staff members were awesome, and very nice! (with the exception of one aggressive photographer who was actually rude during our dinner.) Our kids are all now following or servers on IG. They remembered all of our names by the second night - even though we were anytime dining, we went at the same time everyday just to get their station. We enjoyed the dive in movies on deck - my kids were thrilled that they got to see Divergent before it was even released on DVD! The balcony suite we had was in a nice location - sixth floor near the elevator. Suitcases slid nicely under the bed. Make sure you are not right above the Ovation Theater, one of our party was and it got loud. Guys Burger Joint was great - a favorite for all of us. Chocolate Melting Cake is as good as everyone More says it is. The Spa salon was excellent, Stephanie was fabulous. Treat yourself!
Negatives: We would probably not opt for a July/August cruise again. IT WAS HOT. My oldest daughter actually got blisters on the bottoms of her feet from walking on the ship deck the one time she forgot her slides! The water in the pools on the ship was so hot, it was like a huge hot tub. The ropes course was a nice idea - but if your kids do not have closed toe shoes, they cannot do it. (best for younger kids - the older ones did not find it challenging.) My 13 year old said the water slide was actually very rough and she only did it once the whole trip. There was always quite a crowd of rowdy young kids at the slide area, huge lines to go on the slides, and our kids did not spend much time there at all. The teens stopped by the 14+ club once and said there were couples making out everywhere and not much else going on. Our stops included Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. We wish we had more time at the GC and Cozumel. We enjoyed both, but felt rushed to get back to the boat.
KEY WEST: Took a trolley tour of Key West, it was entertaining and informative. We hoped to find a nice beach somewhere, but the two we stopped at were awful, and we did not even swim. This is definitely a bar hoppers paradise.
Grand Cayman is a tinder boat stop, and we waited in line over an hour in blistering sun to get on the tinder to get back to the ship. PLAN FOR THIS. It is a beautiful island and the water and beaches are wonderful. We went to a free public beach (paid $15 for an umbrella and 3 chairs) and enjoyed a few hours and some shopping.
Cozumel - quite a contrived tourist trap as you exit the ship and are forced to walk through a large "mall" with many borderline aggressive salespeople. Nice cab area once you get through the shopping walk. We went to Paradise Resort which was a $20 cab ride for 5 of us, then $5 per person to get in to the resort with a large and gorgeous pool and beach area with umbrellas and chairs, and servers who will bring you food/drinks from a menu (slowly) Food was good! The sand was NOT SOFT. The water was not as beautiful as Grand Cayman, there was some seaweed and the beach was rough. It improved further down from the resort. For an extra fee, $18 each, you get access to their water toys - large inflatables, paddle boards, water trampoline, snorkel equip, etc. There is also parasailing (we paid $50 each) which was wonderful. We liked to option of the pool, since the beach itself was not the best.
The marketplace buffet area is ridiculously crowded on day one, and mornings before disembarking the boat when in port. (And the food is just average) Either go early, or opt for the dining room. *The italian restaurant, Cucina del Captitano has a free pasta bar from 12-2 daily. It's upstairs toward the back of the ship. Nice escape from the marketplace buffet crowd.)
If you are traveling with teens, bring an additional 6 outlet strip so you can all charge your electronics. As soon as free wifi is available in port, everyone immediately needs to catch up with what they've missed - and it is a nice way to find each other on the islands if you have gone separate ways.
I did not talk to anyone who won anything in the casino.
Late night venues for food - pizza (none of my party liked it), or deli ( a few semi decent choices, turkey wrap was okay - not much else we liked.) Soft serve ice cream always available, and water, ice tea, lemonade were free. Popcorn at the dive in movies took FOREVER to pop, get it before the movie starts if possible!
Deck party at night was awesome, most fun the kids (and adults) had the whole trip. Don't miss it - even if you don't dance, watching is entertaining.
We flew in/out of Fort Lauderdale, and visited the public beach before our flight out. IT WAS GREAT. The sand was soft as flour and the water was beautiful and clear. There were also some nice little shops where my daughters found Miss Me Jeans buy one get one free! They left happy.
*Housekeeping accidentally threw away my daughter's invisalign trays! Be careful if you have any appliances, do not leave them out on the sink.
Our bed was extremely uncomfortable on night one. I asked the housekeeper if there was anything he could do to make the bed more comfortable, and I think he got us a whole new mattress! It was wonderful for the rest of the trip.
We spoke to others who had signed up for excursions and some were happy, others wished they wouldn't have spent the money. A group from our party found a snorkeling outing on Grand Cayman way cheaper then through Carnival, simply by walking around once in port, checking out the options.
All in all, it was a nice trip - although we were happy to be back in Miami on that last morning. We were done. Less
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