Cruise Line: Carnival
Sail Date: 13th April-20th April 2019
Ship Capacity: 3690
Route: Port Canaveral- At Sea- Amber Cove (Dominican Republic)- St Thomas (USVI)- San Juan (Puerto Rico)- Grand Turk- At Sea- Port Canaveral
Why We Chose This Ship
To be honest, it was all about itinerary for this sailing. We wanted to depart from Port Canaveral (as we were hitting the theme parks in Orlando the week before) and the Breeze was doing just that. But, the ship really did appeal to us as it had a few of our favourite onboard activities and restaurants, plus the dedicated adults-only area which is important to us when travelling in school holiday time!
The Breeze had similar activities to that of the Vista, so check out that review to see what we thought of the onboard waterslides, ropes course and thrill theatre. We also loved the 'Dive-In Movies' around the pool, especially on the final at-sea day when we wanted to enjoy the last bit of sun! You can grab yourself some complimentary popcorn for the film of choice, and there was a good range of genres throughout the sailing.
The Piano Bar was great for fun live music and the Ocean Plaza had a great variety of musicians on each evening. And in anticipation of our trips to Las Vegas later that year, we also spent some time in the Casino onboard, with a decent selection of tables and plenty of slot machines to enjoy.
While we still feel Royal Caribbean has the edge on evening dining, the main dining room food on the Breeze was miles better than on the Vista. Menu's were nicely varied, but on a couple of occasions there was a significant wait for main courses. We also frequented the pizza station at the end of the evening (always tasty) and had a nice evening meal at Bonsai Sushi, but we felt they're could have been a couple more vegetarian options on this menu.
But we loved the various lunch eateries available, most notably Guy's Burger Joint and Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que. Be warned that queues get pretty long for both these venues on sea days, but it is always worth the wait for such fresh and delicious food.
Breakfast at the Lido Marketplace was a bit of a nightmare due to queues so we often went to the BlueIguana for a breakfast burrito, which was great to takeaway to eat out on deck.
Cocktails at the Piano Bar were great, as were those served at the Red Frog Pub. At the latter you can enjoy your drinks inside or take them out on deck where there is a dedicated covered seating area. The Casino Bar is conveniently located just next to the hot tubs, so we loved to grab a drink there and enjoy it in the warm water, watching the sail away.
For some more intense and unusual drinks, we liked to go to the Alchemy Bar. The style is an old-school apothecary, complete with bar staff in lab coats and its a great place to try out a new cocktail.
We've never been overwhelmed with cruise entertainment, so on this sailing we actually avoided most of the main shows and busied ourselves in the bar instead! However, we did check out the variety show that the in-house singers and dancers performed in, and while again we feel it tried too hard to performer lesser known numbers (and therefore missed typical musical-theatre style an audience wants) the cast were of a good standard. Again live music is the way to go on Carnival, and we especially loved the bands that performed on deck during sea days, complete with steel drum accompaniment just to really epitomise the feel of a Caribbean cruise!