We chose our most recent cruise based on two factors — finding a ship that had activities for the kids and finding an itinerary that had interesting ports. We found the best if both worlds with the Carnival Breeze.
Reading many online reviews before we left, I found it hard to believe that people said they didn’t have enough time to see everything they wanted to see on the ship.
I never made it to the spa, the “secret” deck, serenity area, movie theater or any of the specialty restaurants, and we were on the ship for eight days, so now I know what those reviewers were talking about.
Granted, four of those were port stops, but we had 3 1/2 sea days that were completely unscheduled. We even skipped dinner in the main dining room twice so we’d have more time to do what we wanted.
We spent the majority of one sea day near the waterpark. While my son was hanging with his friends at Camp Carnival, my daughter, the little fish, spent the entire day in the waterpark area, going down the slides and playing in the water. She even lost a tooth somewhere in the waterpark (alas, it was lost at sea!)
On sea days, the lunch barbecue, Fat Jimmys, generally has a short line but it is worth the wait. My kids couldn’t get enough of the pizza, and we also enjoyed the Tandoori section, which never had a line but had some outstanding choices for a buffet.
The Red Frog pub is a great place with a great vibe to grab a drink, sing some songs and let the kids try their hand at shuffleboard.
Although my children hate it, I require one of the formal evenings to be family photo time. We take advantage of all of the backdrops before and after dinner so I can get our annual family photo.
We were on the 8-day southern Caribbean trip so we had three full sea days and four port days. Our stops were the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba. Each stop felt a little short to get to really know any of the locations but just long enough for a little exploration, recreation and relaxation.
But the ship itself really stole the show. The swimming pools were warm enough to be comfortable, the shows were entertaining and the kids club, as usual, kept our kids begging to stay as long as possible. My son went to one of the night “parties” and stayed out much later than we did. The kids came back from different events with colored T-shirts and other crafts, and they are now experts at making towel animals.
We even did trivia together, laughing and arguing over whose answers we were going to choose as a team.
As for my husband and I, we were able to head to the adult comedy show one night and have a couple of dinners alone.
If you’re looking for a cruise and want entertainment for the whole family, the Carnival Breeze should be at the top of your list. Too big to feel overly crowded yet small enough to get to know your way around, the ship had everything we could ask for — and more.