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Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements. 1. This is my opinion. 2. I am a food snob. 3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it comes to stage-show productions. 4. I have sailed the Mardi Gras in 1993, Ecstasy in 1998, and Dream in 2012. 5. Family of four...myself (44), wife (39), daughter 1 (11), daughter 2 (3). 6. This is long and meant for those who want all the nitty-gritty details. Port Canaveral - Departure Day We used Go Canaveral and shuttled in from a designated parking lot about six-miles from the port. We stayed at the International Palms. The room was "okay", the grounds were beautiful. We got to stay there and leave our car for the week for $165. Booked through Go Canaveral. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the boat and in our room by 11 am as we had FTTF. Initial room impressions. We booked at Spa balcony, room 11244. The room was clean, but looked dated, specifically the carpeting. I was disappointed in the balcony. First, the viewing glass was so covered in salt, you couldn't see through it. Light got through, but you had to stand up and look over the railing to enjoy the ocean and the horizon. The door latch was not secure and you could actually spin it around. The door to the balcony was also not flush so a horrible whistling sound came through when the boat was moving. I corrected this by cracking the door at night. The refrigerator was cool at best and you couldn't prop the door open without placing something on the floor as some have suggested. Did I say it was clean? The bedding was also super-comfortable. I immediately went to Guy's Pig and Anchor. The brisket was very good, the pork okay, not a fan of the beans. We then went to Cucina as the rest of the family not a fan of smoked meats. The lunch bowls there were excellent. I didn't order one myself, but took bites from all my girls' dishes. Please note, they cook with butter. A lot of butter. If you lost weight for your cruise, you will get your first inch back after eating here. Headed back to the room, luggage had arrived, changed clothes, did the Muster Drill, hit the Waterworks. My 3-year old loved, loved, loved the pink waterslides. My 11-year old loved the pair of real waterslides. My wife went down the "Drainpipe" once and no more waterslides for her the rest of the trip. Side Note: If you have kids, Camp Ocean is not open on your opening day (except for Night Owls) but it is open for sign-up and orientation. We did this on embarkation day and we saw some lines on Sunday for those who didn't handle this early. Went back to room, changed, Went to dinner. Had ATD. Took about 15-minutes. Had a great time at dinner but it was a bit much for the girls as it took 90 minutes. Walked the ship a bit and checked in early. Sea Day - Got up early, or rather, my 3-year old woke us up early. Went to brunch at the Blush restaurant. Really great steak and eggs and the bloody mary was good if not garish. Dropped the youngest off at Camp Ocean. Wife and daughter went to an Arts and Crafts show and I went to a cooking demo. The demo is more of a tasting as you can't see a thing. Holy smokes, all they need to do is put up a monitor and use a feed to see what the chef is doing. The food was very good, but I almost fell asleep during the explanation as I couldn't see anything and I had trouble understanding the accent from the chef. We enjoyed the Lido deck until 4 pm when Camp Ocean closes for two-hours; however, they had a Build-A-Bear event that was handled really well. A bear for each daughter and a pair of accessories for each set us back $92. Returned to the room and got ready for dinner. At 6 pm, we dropped the girls off for Camp Ocean dinner...let's discuss for a moment as I had trouble finding a lot of information on Camp Ocean prior to the cruise. Camp Ocean - My three-year old loved it. I mean, loved it. We had to more or less beg for her to eat with us the rest of the trip and she had dinner with us only one more time. My 11-year old was not a fan. She had sign-in, sign-out privileges and did go a few times for an hour or so during the trip, but did not enjoy it. I encouraged her to ask for the 12- to 14-year old camp, but she was a bit too bashful and nervous with the idea of being the youngest. She did manage to find a couple of good friends on the boat and my wife was comfortable giving her run of the ship and allowing her to stay in the room by herself from 10 pm to 1 am. We did have group chat through the Carnival Hub app which worked great for us. I did have to force close and reboot once, but as long as it was open, we had no issues with texting. Wife and I had a drink at the Atrium Bar, waited about 15-minutes for a table (was Elegant night), and then headed back to the atrium for Oldies Trivia. This is where we met Donkey, the Cruise Director, for the first time. The guy is an absolute gem. Shoot, the guy made fun of me in public a couple times during the trip and I still kept going back for more. The Oldies Trivia isn't really "trivia". It is just an excuse to listen to oldies music while watching people getting their groove on with Donkey. It was entertaining. We tried to make the 9:30 comedy show, but it was SRO. If you want to catch a comedy act, get there 30-minutes early. Instead, we ended up with Andy at 88 Keys. Guy is a hoot. My wife requested a song and ended up sitting on the piano. At 10 pm, it becomes Adults-Only. A few people were offended and left, but most took it in stride and we had a really great time. Picked up my youngest from Night Owls and went to bed. Side Note: Night Owls is $7 an hour from 10 pm to 1 am. They do have themed parties on two nights that cost a flat $18, but they will pro-rate it out if you pick up your child early. Amber Cove - Had a sit-down breakfast at Blush (not Brunch...Brunch and bloody mary bar offered on Sea Days). The Eggs Benedict was good. No excursion at Amber Cove, but we did hit the Pool and Cabana area. It was awesome. They have a side-portion for younger children which was terrific for my three-year old. The main pool is half lazy river and half pool with pool bar. There is a sit down restaurant (the food was not good, but the drinks were what you would expect in the Caribbean). It was one big party and the grounds were spotless. They do have waterslides, but have a weight limit. If you are a larger guy or had a couple pasta bowls at Cucina, you may want to skip the line. It is not efficient and they actually make you step on a scale if there is any doubt. Fat shaming aside, I would forego an excursion again and return to the pool area if we were to return to Amber Cove. Upon returning, we dropped off the youngest for dinner at 6 pm, gave the oldest run-of-the-ship, had a drink at the Atrium, and hit Fahrenheit 555. I'll actually keep this brief. It was not crowded at all for an 8 pm seating. Very quiet. App and salads were excellent. Lamb chops were good. Wife's lobster was very good. Likely wouldn't do it again though as I'd put the chops on par with Longhorn. Hit up an adult comedy show. I do not recall his name, but he was switching boats the next day and apparently was a big hit at the Apollo. He managed to offend everyone. We loved him. We then went to see Country Roads. Thought it was awful, but I'm not a country fan. Bed time. St. Thomas - We actually wanted the Champagne Catamaran excursion, but it sold out. we ended up doing Kon Tiki. It wasn't that fun and it was not family-friendly on the way back. Essentially, you and a 100 of your closest friends get a five-minute tour of the islands and what celebrities squatted in a ramshackle shack. They then promote the glass-bottom viewing of the coral reef. I saw a fish and what I believe was a set of keys. You then get dropped off on Water Island. I have been to St. Thomas before and seen some beautiful beaches...this is not one of them. There is an impromptu drink and food hut and truck. I got the distinct impression that our 100 people and the other two-hundred people already there were all taking a pee in the ocean at the exact same time. After 45 minutes, you get back on board and wait for 30 minutes as the crew makes sure no one is left behind. On the way back, there was a group of 20 high-school or early college kids. They were hammered. I have no problem with this, I would do the same myself; however, it became a booty-shaking soft-porn dance-a-thon the whole way back that the crew encouraged. It simply wasn't family-friendly. Let me put it this way...if I was in my 20's, I'd be right up there with them and some other guy on a computer would be complaining about me; however, my 11-year old daughter was transfixed by it and there were guys in their 40's to 60's gawking. The only thing missing were the dollar bills. For dinner, we stopped and got sushi at Bonsai. The sushi rolls are huge. I wish I had another opportunity to eat there, but it was great and filling. We then took my oldest to see the Hasbro show. It was really entertaining for the kids. This was followed by a PG-rated Gender showdown that was also funny for the kids. Next was Bingo...only once and never again. Carnival bankrolls on Bingo and they promote it incessantly. After that was Adult-Only Love and Marriage. We dismissed our oldest and laughed our tails off. Hearing a couple that has been married for 53-years vs. a couple of newlyweds was priceless. San Juan - No excursions. I had a massage that was heavenly. I did get pitched a pair of products at the end, but it was not a hard-core sale like I've heard about it. I gave her 30-seconds to give me the spiel, I said no, we moved on. We checked the kids into camp and toured the kiosks outside the ship. Came back early and enjoyed the Lido with very few crowds. That night, drink at the Atrium Bar, dinner at the MDR, went to 70's Trivia with Donkey, another comedy show, and caught a Braves' game at the Red Frog Pub. Turks and Caicos - Most beautiful water in the world. My oldest daughter and I did a Snorkel, Stingrays, and Conch snorkel. It was fantastic. The only place I've been that compares is the Great Barrier reef. Just looking off the cruise ship at the island is unbelievable. Upon returning home, I looked to book a trip solely in Turks and Caicos next year but found it extremely cost prohibitive and I completely understand why. Back on the boat, I do want to mention the 80's Trivia dance party at the Breeze Atrium with Donkey...just like the Golden Oldies and 70's trivia. This was hilarious. The amount of people that showed up for this encompassed three decks and was truly a highlight of the cruise. We finished our night with another comedy show and some time at the Piano Bar with Andy, but the 80's with Donkey was a riot. Friday was another Sea Day. I will also say that the best perk of FTTF was early debarkation at 6:45 am on Saturday. We drove so this was a great head start. If you are catching an early flight, they will allow you to debark early even if you don't have FTTF. Just a few more remaining thoughts: Food - Mixed bag. For the MDR, everything from apps, salads, to entrees were hit or miss. I will say the prime rib was one of the fattiest pieces of meat I've ever had. The brunch and sit-down breakfasts in the Blush dining room were very good. The breakfast buffet was also decent, but holy smokes, the amount of food people take and don't eat is a sin. It is a buffet people. You can go back for more. The line would also move so much quicker if people didn't need three of everything as if it was their last meal ever...off soapbox. The dinner buffet was atrocious. It was a combination of leftovers from the MDR that were dried-out or just poor quality food. Tried it once and never again. Lunch options were very good. I can't say enough about the Tacos and Taco Salads at the Blue Iguana. My family loved Guy's Burger and Fries but it was over the top too salty for me. The pizza was terrific as well. Pleasantly surprised. Milkshakes are the bomb-diggity. Outside of the milkshakes, I didn't have any desserts except the Tiramisu at the cooking demo. No sweet tooth for this guy. Cheers - Best purchase I made. Apparently I have a drinking problem. My wife and I drank way more than we expected and don't forget water and milkshakes included. Seriously, a bloody mary at brunch, a fruity drink when you get back from your excursion, a pre-dinner drink, and then two drinks at dinner and you've hit your daily allotment for making Cheers worthwhile. By the time you are singing along to the 80's, at a Piano bar, comedy show, Alchemy bar, show, etc., you are effectively saving money. Ovation Theatre - County Roads terrible, but I don't like country. 88 Keys fun as I enjoy Billy Joel and Elton John. Really enjoyed Flick. Most other shows are worth checking out as they rarely last more than 30 to 45 minutes. Worst case is a drink and some great people watching. Donkey - If I had two cruises and everything was equal besides the Cruise Director, I'd take the one with Donkey in a heartbeat. I actually found myself actively looking for cruise activities that he was part of by the halfway point of the trip. Tipping - Hot topic on here, I know. I did not pre-tip my room steward Mudi; however, I asked him to keep my ice bucket filled and he and his staff did not disappoint on that level or anything for the room itself. They even tried to get the balcony glass clean. It was an improvement, but they really just need to replace it at this point. I did provide an additional $30 at the end of the trip which I hope was a respectable amount. I did not tip bartenders extra; however, I always tipped an additional $1 for wait staff. The wait staff will remember you. Mixed drinks are notoriously weak; however, by Tuesday, the wait staff at the Ovation theatre Comedy Club recognized me and my drinks were appreciably stronger. A couple of times, I'd get the drink and an additional shot brought to me without even asking. Smoking - Passed it a couple times on Deck 11. Was apparent, but no overwhelming in brief time in casino. Yes, clearly noticeable, but seemed very well contained to the casino itself. After seeing the Harmony of the Seas at one of our ports, I put some serious consideration in booking one and trying it out; however, I have looked into the new Mardi Gras and was so impressed with the crew and staff on the Breeze that I'm getting ready to book the Mardi Gras; albeit, for April of 2021 Spring Break. I hope this may help you in making a decision and thank you for reading!

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Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Haagendawgs

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Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements.

1. This is my opinion.

2. I am a food snob.

3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it comes to stage-show productions.

4. I have sailed the Mardi Gras in 1993, Ecstasy in 1998, and Dream in 2012.

5. Family of four...myself (44), wife (39), daughter 1 (11), daughter 2 (3).

6. This is long and meant for those who want all the nitty-gritty details.

Port Canaveral - Departure Day

We used Go Canaveral and shuttled in from a designated parking lot about six-miles from the port. We stayed at the International Palms. The room was "okay", the grounds were beautiful. We got to stay there and leave our car for the week for $165. Booked through Go Canaveral.

We arrived at 10:30 and were on the boat and in our room by 11 am as we had FTTF.

Initial room impressions. We booked at Spa balcony, room 11244. The room was clean, but looked dated, specifically the carpeting. I was disappointed in the balcony. First, the viewing glass was so covered in salt, you couldn't see through it. Light got through, but you had to stand up and look over the railing to enjoy the ocean and the horizon. The door latch was not secure and you could actually spin it around. The door to the balcony was also not flush so a horrible whistling sound came through when the boat was moving. I corrected this by cracking the door at night. The refrigerator was cool at best and you couldn't prop the door open without placing something on the floor as some have suggested. Did I say it was clean? The bedding was also super-comfortable.

I immediately went to Guy's Pig and Anchor. The brisket was very good, the pork okay, not a fan of the beans. We then went to Cucina as the rest of the family not a fan of smoked meats. The lunch bowls there were excellent. I didn't order one myself, but took bites from all my girls' dishes. Please note, they cook with butter. A lot of butter. If you lost weight for your cruise, you will get your first inch back after eating here.

Headed back to the room, luggage had arrived, changed clothes, did the Muster Drill, hit the Waterworks. My 3-year old loved, loved, loved the pink waterslides. My 11-year old loved the pair of real waterslides. My wife went down the "Drainpipe" once and no more waterslides for her the rest of the trip.

Side Note: If you have kids, Camp Ocean is not open on your opening day (except for Night Owls) but it is open for sign-up and orientation. We did this on embarkation day and we saw some lines on Sunday for those who didn't handle this early.

Went back to room, changed, Went to dinner. Had ATD. Took about 15-minutes. Had a great time at dinner but it was a bit much for the girls as it took 90 minutes. Walked the ship a bit and checked in early.

Sea Day - Got up early, or rather, my 3-year old woke us up early. Went to brunch at the Blush restaurant. Really great steak and eggs and the bloody mary was good if not garish. Dropped the youngest off at Camp Ocean. Wife and daughter went to an Arts and Crafts show and I went to a cooking demo. The demo is more of a tasting as you can't see a thing. Holy smokes, all they need to do is put up a monitor and use a feed to see what the chef is doing. The food was very good, but I almost fell asleep during the explanation as I couldn't see anything and I had trouble understanding the accent from the chef.

We enjoyed the Lido deck until 4 pm when Camp Ocean closes for two-hours; however, they had a Build-A-Bear event that was handled really well. A bear for each daughter and a pair of accessories for each set us back $92. Returned to the room and got ready for dinner. At 6 pm, we dropped the girls off for Camp Ocean dinner...let's discuss for a moment as I had trouble finding a lot of information on Camp Ocean prior to the cruise.

Camp Ocean - My three-year old loved it. I mean, loved it. We had to more or less beg for her to eat with us the rest of the trip and she had dinner with us only one more time. My 11-year old was not a fan. She had sign-in, sign-out privileges and did go a few times for an hour or so during the trip, but did not enjoy it. I encouraged her to ask for the 12- to 14-year old camp, but she was a bit too bashful and nervous with the idea of being the youngest. She did manage to find a couple of good friends on the boat and my wife was comfortable giving her run of the ship and allowing her to stay in the room by herself from 10 pm to 1 am. We did have group chat through the Carnival Hub app which worked great for us. I did have to force close and reboot once, but as long as it was open, we had no issues with texting.

Wife and I had a drink at the Atrium Bar, waited about 15-minutes for a table (was Elegant night), and then headed back to the atrium for Oldies Trivia. This is where we met Donkey, the Cruise Director, for the first time. The guy is an absolute gem. Shoot, the guy made fun of me in public a couple times during the trip and I still kept going back for more. The Oldies Trivia isn't really "trivia". It is just an excuse to listen to oldies music while watching people getting their groove on with Donkey. It was entertaining.

We tried to make the 9:30 comedy show, but it was SRO. If you want to catch a comedy act, get there 30-minutes early. Instead, we ended up with Andy at 88 Keys. Guy is a hoot. My wife requested a song and ended up sitting on the piano. At 10 pm, it becomes Adults-Only. A few people were offended and left, but most took it in stride and we had a really great time. Picked up my youngest from Night Owls and went to bed.

Side Note: Night Owls is $7 an hour from 10 pm to 1 am. They do have themed parties on two nights that cost a flat $18, but they will pro-rate it out if you pick up your child early.

Amber Cove - Had a sit-down breakfast at Blush (not Brunch...Brunch and bloody mary bar offered on Sea Days). The Eggs Benedict was good. No excursion at Amber Cove, but we did hit the Pool and Cabana area. It was awesome. They have a side-portion for younger children which was terrific for my three-year old. The main pool is half lazy river and half pool with pool bar. There is a sit down restaurant (the food was not good, but the drinks were what you would expect in the Caribbean). It was one big party and the grounds were spotless. They do have waterslides, but have a weight limit. If you are a larger guy or had a couple pasta bowls at Cucina, you may want to skip the line. It is not efficient and they actually make you step on a scale if there is any doubt. Fat shaming aside, I would forego an excursion again and return to the pool area if we were to return to Amber Cove.

Upon returning, we dropped off the youngest for dinner at 6 pm, gave the oldest run-of-the-ship, had a drink at the Atrium, and hit Fahrenheit 555. I'll actually keep this brief. It was not crowded at all for an 8 pm seating. Very quiet. App and salads were excellent. Lamb chops were good. Wife's lobster was very good. Likely wouldn't do it again though as I'd put the chops on par with Longhorn. Hit up an adult comedy show. I do not recall his name, but he was switching boats the next day and apparently was a big hit at the Apollo. He managed to offend everyone. We loved him. We then went to see Country Roads. Thought it was awful, but I'm not a country fan. Bed time.

St. Thomas - We actually wanted the Champagne Catamaran excursion, but it sold out. we ended up doing Kon Tiki. It wasn't that fun and it was not family-friendly on the way back. Essentially, you and a 100 of your closest friends get a five-minute tour of the islands and what celebrities squatted in a ramshackle shack. They then promote the glass-bottom viewing of the coral reef. I saw a fish and what I believe was a set of keys. You then get dropped off on Water Island. I have been to St. Thomas before and seen some beautiful beaches...this is not one of them. There is an impromptu drink and food hut and truck. I got the distinct impression that our 100 people and the other two-hundred people already there were all taking a pee in the ocean at the exact same time. After 45 minutes, you get back on board and wait for 30 minutes as the crew makes sure no one is left behind. On the way back, there was a group of 20 high-school or early college kids. They were hammered. I have no problem with this, I would do the same myself; however, it became a booty-shaking soft-porn dance-a-thon the whole way back that the crew encouraged. It simply wasn't family-friendly. Let me put it this way...if I was in my 20's, I'd be right up there with them and some other guy on a computer would be complaining about me; however, my 11-year old daughter was transfixed by it and there were guys in their 40's to 60's gawking. The only thing missing were the dollar bills.

For dinner, we stopped and got sushi at Bonsai. The sushi rolls are huge. I wish I had another opportunity to eat there, but it was great and filling. We then took my oldest to see the Hasbro show. It was really entertaining for the kids. This was followed by a PG-rated Gender showdown that was also funny for the kids. Next was Bingo...only once and never again. Carnival bankrolls on Bingo and they promote it incessantly. After that was Adult-Only Love and Marriage. We dismissed our oldest and laughed our tails off. Hearing a couple that has been married for 53-years vs. a couple of newlyweds was priceless.

San Juan - No excursions. I had a massage that was heavenly. I did get pitched a pair of products at the end, but it was not a hard-core sale like I've heard about it. I gave her 30-seconds to give me the spiel, I said no, we moved on. We checked the kids into camp and toured the kiosks outside the ship. Came back early and enjoyed the Lido with very few crowds.

That night, drink at the Atrium Bar, dinner at the MDR, went to 70's Trivia with Donkey, another comedy show, and caught a Braves' game at the Red Frog Pub.

Turks and Caicos - Most beautiful water in the world. My oldest daughter and I did a Snorkel, Stingrays, and Conch snorkel. It was fantastic. The only place I've been that compares is the Great Barrier reef. Just looking off the cruise ship at the island is unbelievable. Upon returning home, I looked to book a trip solely in Turks and Caicos next year but found it extremely cost prohibitive and I completely understand why.

Back on the boat, I do want to mention the 80's Trivia dance party at the Breeze Atrium with Donkey...just like the Golden Oldies and 70's trivia. This was hilarious. The amount of people that showed up for this encompassed three decks and was truly a highlight of the cruise. We finished our night with another comedy show and some time at the Piano Bar with Andy, but the 80's with Donkey was a riot.

Friday was another Sea Day. I will also say that the best perk of FTTF was early debarkation at 6:45 am on Saturday. We drove so this was a great head start. If you are catching an early flight, they will allow you to debark early even if you don't have FTTF. Just a few more remaining thoughts:

Food - Mixed bag. For the MDR, everything from apps, salads, to entrees were hit or miss. I will say the prime rib was one of the fattiest pieces of meat I've ever had. The brunch and sit-down breakfasts in the Blush dining room were very good.

The breakfast buffet was also decent, but holy smokes, the amount of food people take and don't eat is a sin. It is a buffet people. You can go back for more. The line would also move so much quicker if people didn't need three of everything as if it was their last meal ever...off soapbox. The dinner buffet was atrocious. It was a combination of leftovers from the MDR that were dried-out or just poor quality food. Tried it once and never again.

Lunch options were very good. I can't say enough about the Tacos and Taco Salads at the Blue Iguana. My family loved Guy's Burger and Fries but it was over the top too salty for me. The pizza was terrific as well. Pleasantly surprised. Milkshakes are the bomb-diggity.

Outside of the milkshakes, I didn't have any desserts except the Tiramisu at the cooking demo. No sweet tooth for this guy.

Cheers - Best purchase I made. Apparently I have a drinking problem. My wife and I drank way more than we expected and don't forget water and milkshakes included. Seriously, a bloody mary at brunch, a fruity drink when you get back from your excursion, a pre-dinner drink, and then two drinks at dinner and you've hit your daily allotment for making Cheers worthwhile. By the time you are singing along to the 80's, at a Piano bar, comedy show, Alchemy bar, show, etc., you are effectively saving money.

Ovation Theatre - County Roads terrible, but I don't like country. 88 Keys fun as I enjoy Billy Joel and Elton John. Really enjoyed Flick. Most other shows are worth checking out as they rarely last more than 30 to 45 minutes. Worst case is a drink and some great people watching.

Donkey - If I had two cruises and everything was equal besides the Cruise Director, I'd take the one with Donkey in a heartbeat. I actually found myself actively looking for cruise activities that he was part of by the halfway point of the trip.

Tipping - Hot topic on here, I know. I did not pre-tip my room steward Mudi; however, I asked him to keep my ice bucket filled and he and his staff did not disappoint on that level or anything for the room itself. They even tried to get the balcony glass clean. It was an improvement, but they really just need to replace it at this point. I did provide an additional $30 at the end of the trip which I hope was a respectable amount. I did not tip bartenders extra; however, I always tipped an additional $1 for wait staff. The wait staff will remember you. Mixed drinks are notoriously weak; however, by Tuesday, the wait staff at the Ovation theatre Comedy Club recognized me and my drinks were appreciably stronger. A couple of times, I'd get the drink and an additional shot brought to me without even asking.

Smoking - Passed it a couple times on Deck 11. Was apparent, but no overwhelming in brief time in casino. Yes, clearly noticeable, but seemed very well contained to the casino itself.

After seeing the Harmony of the Seas at one of our ports, I put some serious consideration in booking one and trying it out; however, I have looked into the new Mardi Gras and was so impressed with the crew and staff on the Breeze that I'm getting ready to book the Mardi Gras; albeit, for April of 2021 Spring Break.

I hope this may help you in making a decision and thank you for reading!
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Spa Balcony
Cabin 8P 11244
Initial room impressions. We booked at Spa balcony, room 11244. The room was clean, but looked dated, specifically the carpeting. I was disappointed in the balcony. First, the viewing glass was so covered in salt, you couldn't see through it. Light got through, but you had to stand up and look over the railing to enjoy the ocean and the horizon. The door latch was not secure and you could actually spin it around. The door to the balcony was also not flush so a horrible whistling sound came through when the boat was moving. I corrected this by cracking the door at night. The refrigerator was cool at best and you couldn't prop the door open without placing something on the floor as some have suggested. Did I say it was clean? The bedding was also super-comfortable.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Forget the excursion, just go to the pool. Great if you want to party and get drinks at the pool bar. Great if you are a kid who wants to float around the lazy river. Great if you are a young kid who wants to go down kid-friendly water slides. Grounds were spotless. Right off the ship.
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  • Stingray Swim
    The waters are right up there with the Great Barrier Reef. Truly a paradise and the most beautiful water I've seen. Majestic and worth every second you spend on the island.
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  • Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    We got on a couple of hours earlier. It was nice to have the room ready. Used Guest Services once and it probably saved us 15 minutes. Best part about FTTF is early debarkation. We were off the boat before 7 am Saturday and on our way home.
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  • Kon Tiki Boat
    If I was between 18 and 25 and wanted to party with young girls at a cheap price, this would be the ideal excursion. Going as a family with two young girls, it was a waste of St. Thomas and not family-friendly. Age limit should be 18+ for this excursion and clearly labeled booze cruise. The tour, glass-bottom boat, and beach visit is nothing more than filler for the description of the excursion.
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