Cruising the Carnival Breeze
We’ve done it twice. We have cruised with the kids on the Carnival Breeze in 2012 and again in 2015. Both experiences were excellent and provided fun family travel! Since its inaugural sailing in December 2012 out of Port Miami, the Carnival Breeze has changed, just a bit. Most of the changes we loved!
Dr. Seuss is on the loose! Yes, the Seuss-At-Sea program that we first experienced on the Carnival Freedom in June 2014 has made its way to the Breeze. We enjoyed the ever so fun & silly Seuss-A-Palooza parade and story time! My oldest was selected as Thing 2 and had a blast on stage acting out once again!
The American TABLE and the American FEAST – This addition to the Carnival Breeze caught us by surprise. One of our favorite things about dining on any Carnival ship is the cuisine – see my post about speciality dining on cruise ships.
The American TABLE is what passengers experience on casual nights. It is an updated menu and serving style, less formal than what we have grown to love aboard Carnival. We noted the more simple, yet beautiful food presentation and some of the more exquisite and interesting food items that we have grown accustomed to were not as regularly included.
The American FEAST is the more elegant formal night. The menu items were great but I did have a harder time selecting something that was truly not “easy” to make at home. (When we go out to eat, particularly somewhere fancy, we try to order items we can’t make easily at home.)
Another great night at the Blush Dining Room! Lobster, table-side help with the kids plates (yes, they’ll help the girls cut their food) and fun dancing with our incredible waiter! #cruisingcarnival #travelblogger #cruisetravel #cruise #carnivalbreeze #mediastay A photo posted by Caroline Murphy (@smartypantsmama) on
The menu has many of the same items each night, but does include a few regional dishes – influenced by the port you are sailing through. To be honest, we weren’t overly thrilled with the new American menu.
What we were most happy and I mean THRILLED about was our waiter. You may have caught this on a post I did on Facebook but we were so excited when we realized that one of our waiters was the very same head waiter we have had when we sailed on the breeze in 2012! What are the chances that a family gets the very same waiter 2 1/2 years later? Having Damir made our dining experience the very best that it could be.
Camp Ocean – You read about it after our Carnival Freedom sailing. Camp Ocean might as well be a toy store with the excitement both my girls have to get dropped off there. They love spending time with us, going to WaterWorks or just exploring the ship. However, any moment we mention going to Camp Ocean they jump up thrilled to go. It is such a great feeling for parents that the kids are having fun, meeting new friends – all while mom and dad can sneak away for some kid-free time at the spa or even dinner alone!
In #CruisingCarnival withdrawal! We’ve been home for just a few hours & my youngest has asked to go to #CampOcean least a half a dozen times. Sorry my child, we have no camp ocean at home. #travelblogger #greatfamilycruise #carnivalbreeze #familyfun #familytravel A photo posted by Caroline Murphy (@smartypantsmama) on
Another aspect of the Carnival Breeze that I need share is something that was new to me! You see, I can be a bit of a scaredy cat! (Have you caught the video of me going down a waterslide?) Well, during this sailing of the Carnival Breeze I completed the Sky Course – the suspended ropes course. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me. With my very weak knee and fear of heights, I was led by my 8 year old through the obstacle course that seemed never ending! I love the inclusion of outdoor adventures for families on the Breeze.
I look forward to having more experiences on Carnival and other cruise lines so that I can best share with you how families can enjoy cruising for their family vacation! What ship should we sail on next?
Disclosure: My family were guests of Carnival during this sailing. Opinions are my own and not influenced.