I went on this cruise with my husband (we are both 35 years old) and two children (ages 7 and 4). I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary, price and ship. We have only been on one cruise before aboard the Carnival Conquest, about 5 years prior. Overall, we had a fantastic time and would love to cruise the Breeze again. Please keep in mind I am writing this review from a family-with-young-kids perspective.
Room: I booked an inside spa room (4S) on deck 11. It was a four person, and I requested to have the bottom 2 beds remain separate to make it easier to move around the room. This didn't bother my husband and I and it worked out much better than if the bottom beds had been pushed together. In fact, my husband slept on the top bunk all week because my son was too scared to sleep up there! We found that there was exactly enough space for our family of four to unpack what we needed into the 3 closets. The bathroom was fine for size and had plenty of places to put our bathroom stuff. I had brought an over the door shoe organizer to use but never hung it up as it was unnecessary.
We benefited greatly from the location of our room because it was close to everything we used: deck 10 Lido Marketplace and mid-Lido deck, deck 11 Camp Ocean, and deck 12 sports area and Waterworks. There was no elevator waiting for us because we rarely used the elevator. We preferred to skip the main dining rooms, but I could see it possibly being a hassle to get down and up if you chose to eat there daily. Originally, it was appealing to book a Spa room as well, but we never wound up using any of the Spa facilities (there was too many other things to do as a family). It was very quiet around our room, though, so we were fortunate.
With two adults and two children in this room, we felt there was enough space to unpack and sleep just fine. We had no issues with noise. Everything appeared to be in great shape. We did not spend much time in the room as we had much to do on the ship, but we would book this room again.
There isn't much on this island. Of course they have the port area set up with stores and the Margaritaville, plus the free beach access, but we personally wanted solitude. We took a taxi to Governor's Beach and shared the beach with ONE other family that had also ventured away from port. It was a beautiful beach, quiet and a great morning away from the throngs of other cruisers.
We were not interested in taking an expensive excursion or paying expensive taxi rides to leave the port area. We debarked to look at the duty free shop and few local tent stores set up and then got back on the ship for a quiet ship day. This stop is not a great option.
We caught a taxi from the port to Mambo/Sea Aquarium Beach.Our port time was 1-10pm and we didn't want to venture to far by taxi because the cost did not outweigh the amount of time we would have a the beach before the sun set. Although Mambo Beach is man-made, it worked out really well for us because our young children could swim easily without being knocked over by waves. We easily caught a cab back to the ship, were able to change, eat supper, and then debark a second time to wander Willemstad, look at some shops, and walk to the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. It was dark at that point and it was lit up, looking very pretty. We enjoyed Curacao and would return.
We took the public bus (round-trip) to Eagle Beach. Somehow we lucked out it seems because we were able to get chairs beneath a palapa for free - we asked and were told we could use it for free. This obviously worked out great for us! The sand was the best sand I have come across in my beach travels and the water was a beautiful color, though I still think the best quality water in my experience is in Negril. We were able to return to the ship, change and emerge again for a bit of shopping near port. We will definitely do a land-based trip to Aruba one day.
We embarked from Miami but didn't do anything prior to that.