Carnival Breeze Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Refreshingly Different

Sail Date: September 27, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We highly recommend the Breeze, especially if you have been on Carnival's other ships. It is updated nicely, clean, modern, and still caters to their traditional cruisers (gone is the hideous peach cabin!). We loved the rope course, the easier deck plan, new eateries, and enjoyed a fantastic dinner crew and quality food every night. Try the italian restaurant upstairs for lunch when you get tired of the buffet. 

-These ports are also good, not ones you get to see every cruise. Grand Turk is very laid back; if you like sitting on a beach all day, this is the port for you (free chairs right off the pier, light shopping too). 

-Several reviews we read warned about La Romana, so we booked an excursion and had the time of our lives; we will not stop talking about our mud covered dune buggy experience. It is a must-do here, and we were comfortable booking it with the cruise line because of our safety concerns on this island.

In Curacao, we just shopped, but our friends jumped on a city tour and had a great time. The Floating Bridge was neat to see. Just know that anything you buy here is something that could be bought anywhere in the Caribbean.

Lastly, we do recommend jumping a jeep to see the stunning island of Aruba that just can't be seen from the port. This was one of the most beautiful coastlines we've seen in all our cruises. The port itself has plentiful shopping within walking distance.



Ship Quality
Food and Dining
We have noticed that some ships' food is better than others, even in the same cruise line. The Breeze was great!
Service and Staff
Our dinner staff Rainer, Senet, and Hendrick were fun and efficient.
We go to the comedians every night and especially loved Jaylyn. Also, it seems like Carnival is updating the music in the common areas and the movie choices. Yea!
Destinations and Excursions
We highly recommend the Dune Buggies in La Romana. There is next to nothing at the port, so an adventure was needed, and it turned out to be the best excursion we've ever taken. Aruba is a beautiful island. You must get out of the port to see the breathtaking deserts, beaches, and rocky shorelines. We took a bumpy half day jeep tour and loved it.
Cabin / Stateroom
No more peach cabins! Interior cabins gave us a lot of open space.
Grand Turk Island
A very slow paced island. We snorkeled and swam with some gentle nurse sharks. This was the highlight here, seeing as there is little shopping or anything strictly unique to this island.
La Romana, Dominican Republic
There is almost nothing at the port, and friends said when they went into town to shop, they encountered uncomfortable conditions. We took a dune buggy excursion and had a fantastic time! We highly recommend it. Prepare yourself for the mud!
Willemstad, Curacao
First you'll go through the casino areas, through Rif Fort (which has some nice shopping), then through craft stalls, and over the Floating Bridge. After that, it is a maze of stores, stores, stores, all selling the same thing. It was a nice port, but not our favorite.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Get out and see the country! Beautiful deserts, beaches, and coastlines! We took a half day jeep tour, which was a great adventure. There is also shopping at and near the port. We didn't have a lot of time left after our tour, but Mopa Mopa was the only place we saw anything unique to buy.


Take the Lanai deck to get good pictures of the ports; it goes all the way around the ship for any angle.
Avoid the lines for Fat Jimmy's BBQ. There is better food elsewhere on, like the Italian restaurant, which is free and quieter during lunch.
Try the rope course. It's challenging but fun.

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