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Whitney

Age: 26

Occupation:attorney

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Breeze

Sailing Date: 2013-07-20

Itinerary: Caribbean

We had a great experience aboard the Breeze. We loved our 4 island stops in the exotic eastern Caribbean but found that having three of them back to back was exhausting. The staff was beyond amazing, as is always the case on Carnival. The ship's design was very aesthetically pleasing and a nice twist on the somewhat redundant carnival décor of most of their other ships. Floorplan was still largely the same though, except for a new Lanai deck on 5 that went around the entire ship, had restaurants, hot tubs and dining and was a hoppin' place to be.

Very good food. Lido had Indian food bar, pizza, ice cream, salad bar, country/soul food section, burrito bar (like Chipotle), burger bar, American food and probably some others I'm missing. Dining room food was great, with unbeatable service to match. Vegetarian options (I've been a veg for about 15 years) were weird, (but good to me), but plentiful. My red meat eating hubby was equally satisfied. I liked that the 24 hr ice cream had vanilla, chocolate and strawberry in frozen yogurt OR ice cream for either. Cool to have options.

Clean, small cabin (it was an interior) and just like every other interior stateroom we've ever stayed in. Bedding was comfy. Shower curtain was cute. Commendable amount of storage. Our stateroom (1st floor - we booked plate) was really noisy during the hour leading up to arrival in port each day. It sounded like a freight train was coming through the floor. Eek.

There were a ton of onboard activities - several each hour on sea days. I was really impressed with the huge variety. A typical day could include trivia, comedy shows, hairy chest contest, pool games, bridge, bingo, casino tournaments, dance lessons and shopping give aways. The activities were truly endless. I did find the cruise director, and especially the assistant cruise director, kind of annoying. Never felt that way on any other cruises, but hubby agreed.

Carnival excursions are reliable but usually cheaper than what you can get for the same price if you book on the dock. It's a risk, but it has always saved hubby and I at least 50%. Best example was this cruise in Antigua. To ride horses thru Carnival was $185 pp. We got off the boat, asked a cab driver if he knew of any stables, he took us to Uprising Stables on the back of the island and we rode for the same amount of time for $50 pp and our tour was just hubby and I and a rasta tour guide on a private beach. At the end the carnival excursion passed us - it was about 30 people riding together. I would have paid more for our solo experience, not less.

Had a really great time. Love Carnival always, but the Breeze is definitely our new favorite trip. It was a really memorable, fun trip. We also feel like the rate we got was really good. We did 8 days and ours was considerably less expensive than 6 and 7 day trips going to less exotic locations during the same week

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