We have cruised Carnival many times. This year we took my stepdaughter Ayrin (14), her cousin Maddie (12), and a friend Amber (15). We had cabin 1448 and the girls were in cabin 1450. Cabin 1448 wraps around the crew staircase so the room is bigger and the closet and bathroom door are in the room instead of the hallway. We loved the size of the cabin but overall this area was noisy. It was not the crew staircase causing issues, it was ship noises and shuddering. I will go back to mid-ship next time.
The Breeze is a good ship but it’s not flashy. I love ships with all the pretty colors (like Magic). We took advantage of the unlimited Thrill theater which was $15 for the week. It was fun and worth the money. Ropes course and slides were also fun. There was a new country show in the main theater we were excited to see. Unfortunately none of the theater shows were very good. However the comedy shows were great.
For excursions, we are open to booking Carnival and privately. I’ve had some great Carnival excursions so I don’t shy from booking with them, if something looks interesting.
In Cozumel we did the Carnival Twister boat to Isla Passion. My stepdaughter has wanted to do the Twister for many years but I always figured she would chicken out. She has finally started riding some amusement park rides so I figured she was finally ready. She didn’t chicken out and the ride was fun. The island and water were beautiful but not our thing. We are not beach people. We throw our stuff on the sand and everybody jumps in the water for snorkeling. Unfortunately we could not find any good snorkeling. I’m glad we did this so we could check it off the list.
in Belize, we did the Carnival Private Cave Tubing and Dry Cave Exploration with lunch. The excursion was fine but not at all what I envisioned or watched on you tube. I pictured the flowing river pushing our tubes thru the cave and out the other side. Instead our group was dragged through a cave by our really sweet guide for about 15 minutes, then we explored the dry portion briefly, and returned to our tubes. At this point we are dragged back to the starting point because there is no other way out of this cave. The cave was interesting and the guides were great, it was just different.
In Roatan, Carnival didn’t have anything that interested me. We booked privately with Cleve. Seven others friends booked this excursion as well. Cleve is incredible. I found him on TripAdvisor, rated number one. He, his wife, and his best friend do the tours. He hasn’t grown any bigger because he worries about keeping the quality of the tour high. He took us all over his island to the pretty places and the not so pretty. We received lots of history and he spoke to our teenagers about respecting parents and told them his life story. Also, he had us meet him as soon as the ship docked so we were the second group to the sloths and monkey sanctuary, and also beat the crowds to the iguana farm and fish farm. He stopped at his mother’s favorite food stand and he bought us drinks, pasteletos, and freshly made cinnamon donuts. I would highly recommend him. One of the best tours we have done. We paid $70 for adults and $60 for kids.
In Costa Maya, we had a Carnival excursion booked. I decided to cancel since our first two excursions wth Carnival this trip were not great. We headed to Mahauhal and encountered the foul stench of rotting seaweed. The beach clubs are gathering it and piling it up. There are fences in the water to hold it back. We kept walking down the sidewalk and the smell improved. Eventually the seaweed was cleared and we found a beach club without any fencing as well and the water was clear. There was no fee if you purchased something during the day. I cannot remember the name (it started with an M). It was not a name I’ve ever seen mentioned on cruise critic. We did some snorkeling, got $20 massages, and ate. The food was good. Our total for five was $56 for lunch and sodas. There were many vendors but they weren’t aggressive. If I said “no thank you” , they would move on. I would return to this place. The tram there was $4 each, the taxi back was $2.
Overall, we had another good cruise. I had booked a Royal Caribbean cruise for next year to try something different but the family is begging to cruise the Fascination out of Puerto Rico. I cancelled the RC cruise this morning.
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