May 2014 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Western
I tend to shy away from cruises because I prefer to explore destinations at length and in depth. However, our cruise consultant (Leilani at www.AsYouWishVacations.com) highly recommended the Breeze because it is the newest and largest in the Carnival fleet. She assured us that the adults and teenagers in our party would enjoy the ship's diverse amentiies. She was right and we were not disappointed. The cabins were well-appointed and functional; we enjoyed the views from our balcony stateroom. The ship's elegant design, impressive entertainment, and wide array of dining options exceeded all of our expectations. We particularly enjoyed the nightly playlist production performances on the ship's main stage (in the Ovation Theater) and the stand-up comedy acts at the Punchliner Club in the Limelight Lounge, which is a partnership between Carnival and famed comedian George Lopez. While we were surprised that the ship didn't have an adult-only pool, it did have two pools (at mid-ship and stern), multiple spa/hot tubs, a large adult-only Serenity sun deck (on the top deck - deck 15), which was appointed with comfy deck chairs, plush lounges, hammocks, a private bar, and secluded jacuzzi/shower. The Cloud 9 gym and spa (located on decks 12 and 14, directly below the Serenity sun deck at the front of the ship), is sufficiently large, well-equipped, and relaxing. Our family particularly enjoyed the nightly fine dining experiences, when we looked forward to savoring, sampling and sharing the menu offerings that changed daily.
Despite having a capacity of about 3,700 passengers, the ship was always busy yet never crowded. We rarely waited in long lines. There was more than ample staff to cater to all passenger needs and keep the ship in pristine condition at all times. Our six-night cruise docked at Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. While there is plenty to do and explore in Grand Cayman and Mexico, Key West is only mildly interesting. Carnival also offers an 8-night cruise on the Breeze that docks in Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba.