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Part 1:

Before I start, just a little background. We are a family of 5 with 3 boys (8,12,14). We cruise with my FIL who needs to use a scooter/wheelchair to manage the large cruise ships. This was our 6th cruise, but our kids' 4th. We pick our cruise by date, itinerary and ship features. We are not "loyal" to one cruise line. This was our 2nd Carnival cruise (Victory back in 2008), and our last cruise was Royal's Freedom of the Seas (spring break 2012). We have also done norwegian and celebrity. We almost always cruise during spring break, so we are use to crowds and kids. We like to keep busy doing the activites that are sports related and family oriented. We like when we can do activities as a family, and dont have to rely on the camp to occupy the kids (although a good kids club is crucial). I was trying to decide how to do the review, and decided to start from the beginning, but also group things together. We will just see how things go once I get started. I will also need to compare things to other ships, since that is what is already in our heads when we are sailing. I don't know how much I will do at a time, so ill just have to go with the flow. Please feel free to ask me questions and I will do my best to answer them. I know I will forget things in this review. Also, please understand that everyone has different opinions, these were just ours.

 

Why we picked the Breeze:

We knew we needed to cruise during spring break, so that was a given. Last year we did the eastern Caribbean so we wanted something different (even though we LOVED St Thomas and St Martin). That ruled out the Norwegian Epic, which really looked like a blast. Once I saw the Breeze and all of the fun outdoor areas, the hasbro show and the thrill theater, I was sold. We booked in November which was early for us. We also decided to do the FTTF. I read all of the reviews before we cruised, and have to admit I was getting concerned, but didn't want to focus on the negatives.

 

Overall thoughts:

We had a really good time and enjoyed the ship. It was a great vacation. As good as it was, it wasn't perfect, and i wouldn't expect it to be. I will give you the good and the bad. I think out of all of the Carnival ships, the Breeze was best suited for us. The kids loved the sports square and spent a ton of time there. We also spent time with them there. They also enjoyed the water works area. More about those later. We also spent a lot of time at the Red Frog Pub together as a family. Again, it was hard not to compare to our other cruises. Especially Freedom of the Seas since it was our last cruise. Price wise, we spent the same amount of money for both cruises.

 

Before cruise:

We flew in the morning before so we would not be rushed. We had the entire day/night to hang out before we boarded the ship. I'm glad we got there early since the president was in town that day (Friday the 29th). My FIL was delayed coming in at 4pm, but our 9:30am arrival turned into 9am. We booked the Hampton Inn and Suites blue lagoon by the airport through Hilton Honors. Not bad, but the shuttle service was an issue. Probably wouldn't use it again. Also, not many places to walk to around the hotel. I did manage to find my way to the Starbucks across the street:)

 

Cruise day:

We opted to use a taxi to get to the airport instead of the shuttle for $10/person. We had 6 so we got a taxi van. We also got the email that told us to arrive between 1-3. Ignored that piece of info! Our plan was to get to the port around 10:30. Our van arrived faster than expected, and we got to the port around 10:15. I think it was around $35 for all 6 of us to take the cab. There was a little confusion on the drop off point, so that took some time. Our driver said that they were giving him different info than in previous weeks. He was told to drop us off across the parking lot near where they load the luggage, which unfortunately led to a bit of a walk for my FIL. Once at the terminal, we had no lines for any of the check in areas and we were waiting in the terminal chairs with our priority zone card within 10 minutes. They didn't start boarding until just after 11:00 (I think) and we were one of the first on the ship. I forgot to mention that my FIL ordered a scooter from Special Needs at Sea. It was waiting in the cabin, so he needed a wheelchair to get through the terminal and up to the cabin. Once on the ship, we went right up to deck 11 to our cabin. The door was closed, but we were "invited" to open it and go through with our FTTF pass. We were in our cabin by 11:20. We had two connecting balcony cabins 11258 and 11260 on deck 11. They were not spa cabins. My FIL smokes so the spa cabins were not an option.

 

Hope this is ok so far. It's a pain to try to type on this ipad. Excuse any typos.

Well, I need to take a break. I'll try to add more tomorrow.

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Great start - looking forward to the rest of the review

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We are doing this same itinerary on the Breeze in June and our kids are 8, 11, and 14, so I'm really looking forward to reading the review! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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We are doing this same itinerary on the Breeze in June and our kids are 8, 11, and 14, so I'm really looking forward to reading the review! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

 

My 12 yr old plans on writing a review also. He was frustrated that there wasn't much from a kid's point of view. It will be under my name, but he will write it. I will post under this thread when he does it.

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Helpful points from embarkment:

-FTTF was totally worth it

-I talked to someone who brought on a case of water. They opened the case (not the bottles) and checked each and every bottle for alcohol.

-If you put a tie on the outside of your suitcase to make it easier to find, avoid a pink tie. They were everywhere. Get the cool duck tape and mark your luggage with that.

-Don't assume the workers know everything. The woman who directed us to the priority line at check in gave us zone 7 even though she saw our FTTF. When we checked in, the woman behind the desk happened to notice our zone and said we had the wrong one and gave us the one that said priority.

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My 12 yr old plans on writing a review also. He was frustrated that there wasn't much from a kid's point of view. It will be under my name, but he will write it. I will post under this thread when he does it.

 

 

Can't wait to read your review as well as your sons. I think it's a great idea that he wants to do that. :D

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Part 2: our cabins

We really liked our cabins. We had connecting cabins with 3 people in each one. We bring a lot of luggage and we had no trouble finding room to store it away. The closets were huge and we had a ton of shelves and hanging room. We used the area behind the TV to stow away some electronics. Each night stand had storage and there are 2 drawers under the sofa. The bathroom wasn't huge, but worked fine.

 

Connecting balconies:

We were told that you could not open the balconies if you had connecting cabin doors. Wrong! We noticed that our balcony could open so we asked our awesome cabin steward and she had it open immediately. I will post pics later when I'm on my computer. We were also surprised to see the one balcony chair was adjustable and reclined a bit.

 

Deck 11:

Loved this deck. It only extends from the front of the ship to the pool area so not a ton of cabins. We never heard any noise from the hallway. We were right by the atrium elevators. We did occasionally hear the ding of the elevator at night when everything was off in the cabin. There were no inside cabins across the hall, so even less noise. We did have the "secret deck" down the hall. We also liked having the spa/serenity elevator down the hall in the front of the ship. This was rarely used and a great way to get up to the upper decks. Loved how close we were to the lido deck and buffet. It was a quick walk to the pool area and down stairs to grab a drink or some food. Loved that!

 

*important note we learned if you are in a scooter or wheelchair. On deck 11 there are a few steps to get outside to the upper pool deck. My FIL could not enjoy the space on deck 11 on the outside deck. He also could not get to camp carnival across deck 11. He had to go down the elevator, across the pool deck and back up the midship elevators to get up to the camp or to sit outside on deck 11. This was really frustrating and confusing. We had trouble also getting the scooter up to water works. He often gave up the maze and we had to go off without him.

 

Helpful cabin items:

-extension cord or multi outlet

There is only 1 outlet at the desk and my blow dryer and iron would not plug into the bathroom outlet so everything had to be plugged into 1 spot. We brought a charger that had 4 USB ports and that was used on a daily basis.

-over the door shoe organizer

Bought one for $5 at Walmart and put it n bathroom door. I used this to store sunscreen, cords, cameras, room cards, and a ton more. It really opened up desk space.

 

Let me know if there are any questions. I'll hopefully get the cabin pics up tonight and will do more tomorrow. Also, my son is very excited to start his review.

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Connecting Balconies:

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Our cabin (the sofa was converted to a bed) and you can see the shoe organizer in the back on the left hanging from bathroom door:

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Connecting door:

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cabin 1:

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cabin 2:

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Just wondering what was wrong with the Hampton Inn airport shuttle? We're staying there next Sat nite before our Breeze cruise. Should we just take a taxi? :confused:

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Great start!! We sail the Breeze in 29 days! It's our daughter's wedding cruise! Can't wait to hear more!

 

 

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Just wondering what was wrong with the Hampton Inn airport shuttle? We're staying there next Sat nite before our Breeze cruise. Should we just take a taxi? :confused:

 

The shuttle runs on the top and bottom of the hour. When my FIL (who is mobility impaired) got to the airport, he called and they told him that they would let the shuttle know he was there. I guess they had already passed his pickup point, so he had to wait 30 min for the shuttle to come back. After he had waited 15 min, I checked with the front desk and saw the shuttle sitting out front. I was told that it wasn't scheduled to leave for another couple of minutes, so he would just have to wait. They also give complimentary shuttle service to a local restaurant down the road. We had to call 3 times and wait 50 minutes for the shuttle to come back and get us even though it had passed our location 2x without getting us.

 

As far as the port, with 6 people, it was cheaper to get a taxi. The front desk called for us and it came really fast. I would compare how much it would cost for your family to use the shuttle vs the cost of the taxi. I also liked going on my own schedule, not theirs.

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I'm interested in doing this cruise for next Spring Break and am looking at balconies on Deck 11 as well. However, how was your view? I've read that you look right over the Promenade. Is Deck 11 high enough that it's not that big of an issue? Thanks!

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I'm interested in doing this cruise for next Spring Break and am looking at balconies on Deck 11 as well. However, how was your view? I've read that you look right over the Promenade. Is Deck 11 high enough that it's not that big of an issue? Thanks!

 

There was absolulely no problems with the view. We were over the chess board area, but I only noticed it if I looked over the balcony. My choice would not to be on a balcony on deck 6. That's just my opinion when I looked up from the promenade. That was definately too close for what we like. We were so high that I didn't even think about it during our cruise. No issues with sound, water view or even watching the pier runners :)

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Part 3:

It was really nice getting on so early. We felt like we had an entire day. On other cruises we felt like we sat in the restaurants with the mass of people holding our luggage waiting for any signal that our cabin was open. Not only were we in our cabin by 11:20, but our luggage was on the 1st group appearing on our deck. I think I noticed it about 12:30 when I stopped back in the cabin for something.

 

Lunch on embarkment day:

This is a great day to try some of the food that is a little more popular. We did the Mongolian Grill. We read about going to to the italian restaurant on day 1 because you can avoid the crowd, but we didn't find a crowd trying to eat. We went to Cuciana on the 2nd day and had no wait for lunch. More on the food later.

 

*BTW-Most stations have 2 sides/lines. We found that almost all week people would line up on 1 side leaving the other almost empty. People tend to follow the crowd.

 

*Here is something important I learned the 1st day about excursions. There were 2 excursions that sold out prior to our cruise. I read that sometimes spots open up the 1st day. I took the chance and waited. I was anxious to get to the excursion desk as soon as we boarded to find out about these excursions, but it didn't open till 12:30 (I think). By the time I ventured back down, it was packed due to the change of port we had. Grand Turk was canceled, so we were doing Nassau instead. The line was huge. I ended up going back to my cabin and was able to get on the excursion list on the TV (which was not available till the desk opened up). I was able to book 1 cruise which had been sold out on the TV, but had to book the other one at the excursion desk due to age restrictions. I waited until about 3 when the line was shorter. SCORE! Got that excursion also.

 

Back to the 1st day:

We spent the day learning the ship. SOOOO much to see. We were already tired by dinner. As far as dinner, we did the early assigned seating at 6pm. Due to our cabin location, we were Sapphire for our meals. We were seated at our own table for 6 on the second level, looking over the railing. Great for people watching :)

We like the assigned seating because we like to get to know our servers. We did luck out on location and servers. We did peak in on the blush dining room and it was beautiful and much bigger, but we were happy with Sapphire. Again, more on dining later. I took advantage of this being the 1st day to go casual for dinner and wear what we had on board through the day. Most people did. It was also less dirty clothes having 5 people to wash for post-cruise.

 

Here is some FTTF info we received in our cabin. I won't be able to tell how legible it is until after I post. Sorry if you can't read it:

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Another 1st day paper of info. Again, hope it can be read:

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This is what greets you on the closed deck door when you go to your cabin:

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Just wondering what was wrong with the Hampton Inn airport shuttle? We're staying there next Sat nite before our Breeze cruise. Should we just take a taxi? :confused:

We also stayed there the same night as the original poster. We didn't have any issues with the airport shuttle. I had called the hotel the night before and they told me to call when we got there. I think we had to wait maybe 5 minutes. It was 9 pm though too

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The shuttle runs on the top and bottom of the hour. When my FIL (who is mobility impaired) got to the airport, he called and they told him that they would let the shuttle know he was there. I guess they had already passed his pickup point, so he had to wait 30 min for the shuttle to come back. After he had waited 15 min, I checked with the front desk and saw the shuttle sitting out front. I was told that it wasn't scheduled to leave for another couple of minutes, so he would just have to wait. They also give complimentary shuttle service to a local restaurant down the road. We had to call 3 times and wait 50 minutes for the shuttle to come back and get us even though it had passed our location 2x without getting us.

 

As far as the port, with 6 people, it was cheaper to get a taxi. The front desk called for us and it came really fast. I would compare how much it would cost for your family to use the shuttle vs the cost of the taxi. I also liked going on my own schedule, not theirs.

 

Thanks for the great info! It's just DH and me this time. We will definitely take a taxi :D

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We also stayed there the same night as the original poster. We didn't have any issues with the airport shuttle. I had called the hotel the night before and they told me to call when we got there. I think we had to wait maybe 5 minutes. It was 9 pm though too

 

Oh maybe I should try them for the airport shuttle...we get in at 8:30 pm. We will definitely be taking a taxi to the port. I like to get there early :D

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Oh maybe I should try them for the airport shuttle...we get in at 8:30 pm. We will definitely be taking a taxi to the port. I like to get there early :D

 

 

The airport shuttle wasn't as much of a problem for us. We called when we got there at 9:25am and waited about 15 minutes. They get to the airport around 10 and 40 past the hour. I was just frustrated that they told my FIL they were on their way when he called from the airport later that afternoon, but that wasn't true. They are on a set schedule and they pick you up on the rotation. It was hard for him since he had someone from MIA helping him with a wheelchair and there was no place to sit if they had to leave him to wait on his own. I was also a little bothered to see the shuttle sitting at the hotel knowing that they told him that it was on it's way 15 min prior. I would wait for the shuttle at the airport if it is just the 2 of you, but you also have the option of a taxi if they don't show up.

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Part 4:food

I decided that I better get right to what is the most important to many, the food. I did a lot of reading before the cruise, and I have to admit I was concerned. I also decided I was not going to over analyze it. I also didn't share any of the food reviews with my family. Anyway here is goes:

 

Breakfast:

We ate at all times of the morning. We never found the lido deck too crowded. Most mornings we ate there. We also did the punchliners brunch twice. Who ever woke up first would go grab some coffee and juice and bring it back to the room. If the boys were still sleeping, I would grab a plate and throw a bunch of random breakfast foods on it for them to graze on when they woke up (benefits of being so close to the food). I always got the omlettes at the buffet. Generally the lines in the back station were shorter (yes, there are 2 omletted stations-go towards the back station near the pastries). Again, 2 lines. There is always one longer than the other. We did take the advice on the eggs. Never tried the scrambled eggs. My family would eat a mix of pancakes, waffles, ect. Breakfast was always good. We always found a line that was fast.

 

punchliners brunch:

We enjoyed going here. Omlette was the same as the buffett. Very good! The boys loved their chocolate chip waffles. The actually thought there was too much chocolate. Loved my bagel and salmon. We were generally in and out within 30 minutes. Since we did it 2x, we saw both comedians. The first just mingled with the crowd and asked where they were from. The second had us laughing with his 1 liners. Both entertaining. Food was hot and fast. Service was spot on.

*Try not to sit near waiter's station. We did feel like they became almost too attentive. We felt like they were watching every move we made since they were only 2 feet away. Almost got to the point of creepy. Just saying!

 

lunch buffet:

I tried to hit everything. My FAVORITE was the Blue Iguana Cantina. Burritos were incredible. I did make it back the last day for another one. This is located just off the pool, by the lido marketplace. I already mentioned the the Mongolian Wok was also amazing (also got to twice). Also did the general buffet line which I also enjoyed. They did stay open an hour later on the day we were in Aruba. Boarding was at 3:30 and that was when they stayed open until. For those that complained about it, jsut go to Guy's burgers or get pizza. Also loved both of them. How do they expect the kitchen to get ready to open at 5 for dinner if they stayed open past 3:30. Again, just my opinion.

 

Gotta cut this short. It's a soccer night. I'll try to add more this weekend.

 

To Be Continued.........

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A quick add on. The president came in the day before we cruised. Since we stayed at a hotel by the airport, we had a great view of Air Force One.

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The motorcade (21 cars, 14 motorcycles)

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Leaving

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Food continued:

As I already mentioned, we ate at 6pm. Our servers were great. We had a team of 3. By night 2, the boys had their orange fanta waiting at the table and we were greeted by name as we walked to our table. For the most part, service was a good pace. Just one night went too long, but no big deal. Most of the time we were done by around 7:20. Not bad for as many as 4 courses. I had something different every night, and I am a picky eater. I thought the selections were great. I only did my staple salmon one night. On royal Caribbean I got salmon 3x during a 7 night cruise.

 

With that said, we did have some problems. Not major. The 1st night my creme brûlée was under cooked. The sugar was not carmalized. It was liquid. I spoke up when my waiter asked about it and "politily" mentioned my disappointment since it is my favorite desert. He told me that he would have the chef make me another one the next night the right way. He did. The next night he brought me out 2, perfectly cooked. And for the next 3 nights I got creme brûlée that was not on the menu even though I didn't ask. I felt bad telling him that there was no need to bring any more. I fell in love with the chocolate melting cake.

 

My 12 year old did tell me he had a cold burger the 1st night. The only other temperature issue was the last night when both my crab cake and salmon were just barely warm. Not bad enough to say anything to the waiter, but maybe I should have since it took away from the meal. Everything else came out hot and delicious.

 

Room service:

We did this once for breakfast and one late night. Breakfast came exactly when we pre ordered it. The late night sandwiches and snacks came immediately. We were shocked. Also very tasty.

 

Drinks:

I must say that we really did not like our drink server in the MDR. He was not friendly and always seemed rushed. It almost looked like he was trying to avoid looking at our table so he did not have to get my kids sodas. It actually became a joke at our table. Many bar servers seemed generally not happy or friendly. Again, just our opinion. We felt that everyone else was so nice that it stood out. On a positive note, loved everyone at the coffee bar on deck 5. They were so friendly and made great coffees, with and without alcohol. They also have coffee drink specials there everyday. They also got to know me and my coffee.

 

To be continued......,,

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Connecting Balconies:

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Our cabin (the sofa was converted to a bed) and you can see the shoe organizer in the back on the left hanging from bathroom door:

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Connecting door:

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cabin 1:

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cabin 2:

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Im glad you posted these pictures of your cabins. We will have the same set up for our upcoming cruise in July with the connecting cabins. Glad to see how the balconies open up on connecting rooms.

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Part 2: our cabins

We really liked our cabins. We had connecting cabins with 3 people in each one. We bring a lot of luggage and we had no trouble finding room to store it away. The closets were huge and we had a ton of shelves and hanging room. We used the area behind the TV to stow away some electronics. Each night stand had storage and there are 2 drawers under the sofa. The bathroom wasn't huge, but worked fine.

 

Connecting balconies:

We were told that you could not open the balconies if you had connecting cabin doors. Wrong! We noticed that our balcony could open so we asked our awesome cabin steward and she had it open immediately. I will post pics later when I'm on my computer. We were also surprised to see the one balcony chair was adjustable and reclined a bit.

 

Deck 11:

Loved this deck. It only extends from the front of the ship to the pool area so not a ton of cabins. We never heard any noise from the hallway. We were right by the atrium elevators. We did occasionally hear the ding of the elevator at night when everything was off in the cabin. There were no inside cabins across the hall, so even less noise. We did have the "secret deck" down the hall. We also liked having the spa/serenity elevator down the hall in the front of the ship. This was rarely used and a great way to get up to the upper decks. Loved how close we were to the lido deck and buffet. It was a quick walk to the pool area and down stairs to grab a drink or some food. Loved that!

 

*important note we learned if you are in a scooter or wheelchair. On deck 11 there are a few steps to get outside to the upper pool deck. My FIL could not enjoy the space on deck 11 on the outside deck. He also could not get to camp carnival across deck 11. He had to go down the elevator, across the pool deck and back up the midship elevators to get up to the camp or to sit outside on deck 11. This was really frustrating and confusing. We had trouble also getting the scooter up to water works. He often gave up the maze and we had to go off without him.

 

Helpful cabin items:

-extension cord or multi outlet

There is only 1 outlet at the desk and my blow dryer and iron would not plug into the bathroom outlet so everything had to be plugged into 1 spot. We brought a charger that had 4 USB ports and that was used on a daily basis.

-over the door shoe organizer

Bought one for $5 at Walmart and put it n bathroom door. I used this to store sunscreen, cords, cameras, room cards, and a ton more. It really opened up desk space.

 

Let me know if there are any questions. I'll hopefully get the cabin pics up tonight and will do more tomorrow. Also, my son is very excited to start his review.

 

Great review so far. Can't wait to see the pictures. Thanks for the information on what to bring. On our last cruise, someone else told us to bring the "over the door shoe organizer" and it worked out great, and as you said, opened up a lot of space on the desk/bathroom counters. :D

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I read a lot about problems concerning food and dining prior to our cruise. Here is my take:

 

-Yes, unfortunately we did get a couple of things in the MDR that were barely warm, but the food for the most part was very hot and delicious. We learned from our server that there are approximately 100 people in the galley at dinner time coming from 2 separate dining rooms trying to jockey around each other for their food. Sometimes this leads to more of a wait for waiters who are caught up in the rush. Our server would attempt to get our food before the rush. It's dinner, relax and enjoy your time together. Eighty minutes is not long for a sit down, multi course dinner. If you want your food fast, do to lido.

-Our servers were awesome. They want to know if there was a problem so they can fix it. Speak up if something is so wrong that it is going to ruin your time. Yes, I didn't say anything about our food that was not hot, but I felt like the food was still good and it did not ruin our meal.

-Attire was all over the place. For formal night, the kids wore dockers and a button down dress shirt with tie. DH wore a suit. I wore a cocktail dress. On other nights, the guys wore khaki shorts and polos. I usually do a sun dress, but found myself converting to dress shorts and a dressy shirt. My sunburn was hurting and the straps of my dress bothered it. I did not feel out of place at all when I went more casual.

 

*On a side note. Please be considerate to larger families. There were a few times that we did struggle to find a table on lido for 6. Too many couples would take the tables for 6 even though there were plenty of smaller tables open. It was nice on Norwegian that they had staff at the buffet area that would search you out a table and come back to you and lead you there. Much easier when you have some one who is mobility impaired.

 

Hope everyone is finding my info useful. Please feel free to ask any questions. I think next up will be our ports.

 

Have a great day!

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I read a lot about problems concerning food and dining prior to our cruise. Here is my take:

 

-Yes, unfortunately we did get a couple of things in the MDR that were barely warm, but the food for the most part was very hot and delicious. We learned from our server that there are approximately 100 people in the galley at dinner time coming from 2 separate dining rooms trying to jockey around each other for their food. Sometimes this leads to more of a wait for waiters who are caught up in the rush. Our server would attempt to get our food before the rush. It's dinner, relax and enjoy your time together. Eighty minutes is not long for a sit down, multi course dinner. If you want your food fast, do to lido.

-Our servers were awesome. They want to know if there was a problem so they can fix it. Speak up if something is so wrong that it is going to ruin your time. Yes, I didn't say anything about our food that was not hot, but I felt like the food was still good and it did not ruin our meal.

-Attire was all over the place. For formal night, the kids wore dockers and a button down dress shirt with tie. DH wore a suit. I wore a cocktail dress. On other nights, the guys wore khaki shorts and polos. I usually do a sun dress, but found myself converting to dress shorts and a dressy shirt. My sunburn was hurting and the straps of my dress bothered it. I did not feel out of place at all when I went more casual.

 

*On a side note. Please be considerate to larger families. There were a few times that we did struggle to find a table on lido for 6. Too many couples would take the tables for 6 even though there were plenty of smaller tables open. It was nice on Norwegian that they had staff at the buffet area that would search you out a table and come back to you and lead you there. Much easier when you have some one who is mobility impaired.

 

Hope everyone is finding my info useful. Please feel free to ask any questions. I think next up will be our ports.

 

Have a great day!

 

I hope you are coming back and yes your info is very useful!!! It sounds as if we had very similar experiences from comments that you have made so far about Breeze and your last FOS cruise. To date, FOS has been our favorite cruise experience (doing her again this summer).

 

I am planning a cruise for next summer and choosing between the Oasis/Allure (7 day) or the Breeze (8 day). I know there will be pros and cons to each. For me so far the pros for the Breeze will be cabins (no sofabed use), itinerary and extra night. The pros for Allure/Oasis will be ship and shows.

 

We did Carnival Liberty last year and our biggest disappointment on her was the lack of activities. From what I have read, the Breeze offers a lot more activities that may interest our teens (Hasbro, Rope Course, 4D theater) compared to the Liberty. Our kids ages will be 11, 15, 17 and 18.

 

Since your kids have done both the Freedom and the Breeze, which ship did they like better? How did they compare the activities offered? I realize you can't really compare the Freedom to the Allure/Oasis but if you come back and tell me that your kids liked the Freedom a lot more over the Breeze, it will be very easy for me to form a conclusion on what I should pick. On our last Carnival Liberty cruise, our kids were very bored at night, although they loved the ports we did! On the Freedom, there were always silly games in the lounge like Men verses Woman offered at 10pm that they enjoyed going to. The Carnival Liberty offerings at this time were very limited and we actually went to bed a lot earlier than we usually do which may have been a good thing LOL!

 

Thanks in advance for any help given!!! :)

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I agree about your statement with the bar waiters in the MDR. We don't usually drink with our meal. After the first night our bar waitress NEVER came back to our table and we had four kids at our table with soda cards. We'd try to flag her down but she'd ignore us. After dinner we liked to buy the shots and keep the shot glass (they offered different colors every night) Now that bar tender came to our table after dinner every night but the scheduled bar waitress did not. I did complain about it on my comment card.

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I agree about your statement with the bar waiters in the MDR. We don't usually drink with our meal. After the first night our bar waitress NEVER came back to our table and we had four kids at our table with soda cards. We'd try to flag her down but she'd ignore us. After dinner we liked to buy the shots and keep the shot glass (they offered different colors every night) Now that bar tender came to our table after dinner every night but the scheduled bar waitress did not. I did complain about it on my comment card.

 

We had the same exact experience on the Liberty, luckily our kids enjoy water and since we don't use soda cards it wasn't a big deal for us. With that being said, we rarely had the opportunity to get tea with our desset because it was made to be an impossible feat and not worth our efforts.

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