Is The Carnival Breeze Worth It? Amenities, Activities & What You Need To Know
The balcony cabins are bright, airy and spacious, the food on-board is amazing, but what about the activities and amenities? In addition to stopping at Nassau, Bahamas; Tortola, BVI; Antigua and St Thomas, Virgin Islands (click on each individual link for a full-review of the islands); our 8 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Breeze, offered 3 days at sea which was *just* enough time to experience plenty of the offerings the ship had to offer. There is a Casino on-board however we aren’t big gamblers so didn’t really spend anytime here although we passed through while walking to several of the restaurants.
Important announcements are made throughout the ship during the course of the day, but if you are wondering about spa specials, classes, activities and shopping sales, Carnival’s daily Funship newsletter will keep you in the loop. Ours was delivered to our room each and every night for the following day, giving us plenty of time to plan our schedule. There were a couple of special kids events that looked interesting but we were unable to attend as the kids had their own plans. Although we didn’t attend any of the dance classes, our kids loved watching everyone getting their groove on in the Promenade while watching from the upper decks and cracked up during the Gangnam style dance competition.
There are plenty of things to do on your own throughout the ship, but I highly suggest checking out this bulletin for savings, upcoming events and activity announcements. If you have work to do during your cruise you’ll be happy to hear that internet and Wifi are widely available. You can purchase packages to use during your cruise and access the ship’s computers if needed. The speed was pretty good! No complaints other than in the evening or during days at sea when everyone was using it.
Stage Productions & Live Shows
My bar is high when it comes to live shows so I wasn’t expecting much from Carnival’s offerings, however the Divas! show blew me away. Real talent and a very entertaining show! There were a couple of showings of this as well as “The Brits!” a tribute to the British invasion featuring performances by The Beatles, The Who, Elton John and Herman’s Hermits; and “Latin Nights” saluting Latin culture with favorites from Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and others. Through the course of our cruise and each one was jam-packed. If you are planning to attend any of the early shows, try to get there early as they tend to fill up the fastest.
Hasboro the Live Game Show is a fun way to get the entire family involved. It is exactly as it sounds, a live game show where participants are chosen from the audience. My kids are on the shy side so this wasn’t appealing to them personally, but it was entertaining to watch and nice to see kids of all ages getting involved in a game night with their parents.
Between these and the other live shows, there is plenty of evening entertainment suitable for the entire family.
Souvenirs, jewelry and brand-named goods are plentiful on-board. Contrary to what I had heard, the prices were reasonable and in some cases cheaper than back home, so it’s worth a look. My kids loved “Cherry on Top” the ship’s candy store.
Cape Carnival is essentially on-board summer camp for kids. They are split up into three age groups 2-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-11 years. When you drop your kids off, you are provided with a phone in case the counselors have to reach you. Meals are included, or you can opt to pick them up if you choose. My youngest wasn’t interested in the camp and preferred to hang with us, but my eldest went a couple of times and enjoyed herself. She brought back a couple of crafts and drawings that she had made and enjoyed hanging out with her friends. Babysitting service is not provided in-room but it is available (for a fee) in this same area.
Speaking of entertainment, if you are looking for a ‘night out’ there are plenty of options to relax with a glass of wine or party hardy. We did both and had a ball. My favourite place to relax was the Library Bar. They have a good assortment of wines here and it’s geared towards families with a huge selection of board games for you to dive into.
Liquid Nightclub is “where it’s at” if you want to dance the night away. From golden oldies to hot dance hits, this is one fun stop if you are looking for a night out!
Water fun is plentiful on this ship! There are two pool areas, one at the front of the ship and the other at the back, each with plenty of food options in case you work up an appetite (which you will!). Waterworks is the ship’s waterpark and offers wet fun for the entire family. There are a couple of kiddie slides for tots as well as fast, twisting slides for those looking for more of a thrill. Twister is one of those slides and not for the faint of heart…
Waterworks is separate from the two pool areas so if twisting waterslides aren’t your thing you can still relax, lounge and cool off in either of the two pools. For a kid-free experience head to the Serenity deck. This adults-only location tends to be pretty quiet considering it is adjacent to Waterworks. It’s a change of pace from the busyness and a great spot to catch some rays and curl up with a book. Yes, I was able to sneak off once for this one!
In the evening, enjoy movies by the pool with freshly popped popcorn. (We enjoyed a screening of Spiderman!)
Mini golf is fun, but playing a round while sailing in the middle of the ocean – extra fun (psst it lights up at night!). The rope course aptly named ‘SkyCourse’ has you walking on ropes while securely fastened to a harness. I really wanted to try this out, but time ran away on me while playing ping-pong and pool with my husband. Soccer, volleyball and video games are readily available for anyone who wants to play. Think of this as the outdoor game room!
I couldn’t let 8 days go by without trying out the spa now could I? Cloud 9 Spa on the Carnival Breeze is one of the largest spas available in the cruise industry as it offers two decks and 40,000 square feet of relaxation and bliss. There are a couple of steam rooms and pools to relax you, and both of them offer an amazing view of the ocean. I splurged on a massage treatment but scored a deal during their midweek specials.
NOTE: Always keep an eye on the Carnival news as the Spa offers specials daily that can save you a bundle!
All in all we had an incredible time on the Carnival Breeze and wouldn’t hesitate to sail again! From the food and accommodations to the amenities and activitees, this is one ship that caters to families and kids of all ages.
Disclosure: Transportation and accommodations were provided by Carnival Cruise Line. They hosted my family and I on this cruise. All thoughts and opinions are my own as always.