Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by TheresNoPlaceLikeHome
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Embarkation: We flew in the night before and booked through GoPortCanaveral for our Hotel and Shuttle service. HIGHLY recommend this service. Our shuttle dropped us off to the Port at about 11 am. We waited a little while for embarking, as they said they had trouble getting the prior passengers off ship. More on this later.
The Ship: Kids - The kids splash pad area and water slides were great. The kids club was packed every single day, with parents just dumping their kids off for the entire day. (The club will keep your kids, and feed them lunch and dinner, all day. I dont really understand the point of taking a family trip if you're doing that, but...) The staff there were excellent, and our kids liked them, but the other children were, for the most part, a little boisterous, and poorly mannered. Our kids had trouble making any friends at all, and chose to simply not return to the club. This made finding things for them to do, other than the splash pad, a little difficult. The Sports square looked like a good option, but it was also jammed with families, and unattended kids, making it hard to utilize without getting run off the golf course by kids who don't know how to wait their turn. Our 2 youngest were too small for the ropes course, but it looked awesome! Our oldest loved the SkyCourt (Basketball) and pools, and spent most of his time there with his new cruise friends.
There were many areas of the ship we never got the chance to even visit, because of the smoking areas. It seems like the Breeze works to accommodate smokers, rather than make them the exception. I would have loved to visit the Alchemy bar, or utilize the comfy chairs for the Dive In Movies, but they all reeked, and with severe asthma and 3 kids, it wasn't even an option. The entire casino was almost unbearable, and having to walk directly through it to go from one area of Deck 5 to the next was a design flaw I think. Even to get to the splash pad, you are forced to walk through smoke. Gross.
Our family liked the Thrill Theatre, the couple shows we saw were ok, and the Lip Sync Battle was hilarious. We saw one of the PG Comedy Shows, and it was funny. The Dive In Movies were a great option for night time. The entertainment staff on board (CD was Donkey, and he did a great job) were all super friendly and fun.
The Food: We utilized the open seating breakfast each day, and did both of the Sea Day Brunches. Good food, good service. Worth the short wait. Lido was limited, and food was just ok. MDR service was great, food was ok. We went back for the experience of the staff, not the food, let's just say that. The best included dining options on board are, by far, the Blue Iguana and Guys Burgers. Both are worth any wait! Disappointed that the Tandoori was replaced with an extra charge seafood place, when there are already seafood options on board. All the kids enjoyed the Self Serve Ice Cream stations :)
Disembarkation: A Hot Mess. We chose to self "express" debark, as we had an airport shuttle to catch at 10 am. Our Deck wasn't even called until almost 11, and the crowded, confused and ridiculous lines to wait in just to get to Deck 3 at that point were insane. Thankfully, the shuttle waited for us, but it took so long waiting for all their other passengers to disembark as well, it caused us to miss our flight (we should have had plenty of time, with an after 1pm flight). We instead had to take a connecting flight instead of a non stop, and didn't get home until after 2 am. With 3 kids who had been up early that morning to "express debark", it made for a very long day.
In Summary: We get what we pay for. We got a great price for this family cruise, and didn't expect luxury standards by any means. The food is what we expected, the kids options were decent, entertainment staff were fun. But the amount of smokers and smoking areas, as well as the disembarkation mess left something to be desired.
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