South Florida is home to two ports, and so many cruise ships it’s hard to know which would be a perfect fit for families who are interested in setting sail, and leaving all of their troubles behind. I recently had the opportunity to tour the Carnival Breeze, which was in Miami. The Breeze debuted in June 2012, is part of Carnival’s Dream class, had can hold 3,690 passengers. It’s considered a “Fun Ship” and the tropical feel you get when you step on board is sure to put you in the mood for a trip around the Caribbean islands! The lobby opens straight to the top of the ship and you are instantly greeted by sunlight streaming down from above, a massive glass elevator, and bar with a stage on top. With their Carnival LIVE series, they have first rate musicians who play shows for cruise guests – this particular cruise was going to welcome Rascal Flatts – with tickets ranging from $60-$250!
Having never been on a cruise before, I expected tight quarters, cheese lounge singers, and massive buffets all over the place. Yes, the rooms were on the small side, ranging from 185sf to several larger suites and rooms that can hold up to 5 passengers, but seriously, who goes on a cruise to spend their time in their room? Based on the unbelievable number of activities, your cabin is going to be the place you leave your suitcase, and rest your weary head from all the fun you’re having.
Hungry? There are so many dining options, there’s no way anyone will be able to say there’s nothing to eat! Guy’s Burger Joint (yes – Guy Fieri!), sushi, BBQ, traditional dining rooms, and several fee-based restaurants including Cucina del Capitano and the steakhouse Fahrenheit 555, are sure to please even the most finicky eaters.
Bored Parents? Catch a comedy show, head to the theater for the “Hasbro, the Game Show,” interactive passenger experience, or take part in an art auction. Need some down time? The library is stocked with books, and plenty of bored games. Work calling? Stop in one of the 40 Fun Hubs where you can surf the net and catch up on what you’ve been missing back home. If you’ve overindulged, you can always head to the gym, although, I’m pretty sure I’d make my way to Cloud 9, the awesome spa, for a massage!
Bored Kids? This ship is home to a full-sized basketball court, rope SkyCourse, mini golf course, an arcade, multiple pools, and WaterWorks, an aqua park with several slides, Power Drenchers, dump buckets, and are that are sure to keep the kids happy! The Carnival Breeze also offers several spaces dedicated to specific age ranges, as well as Camp Carnival, for sailors ages 2-11. Wish scheduled actives and movies throughout the day, and Night Owl parties, that can also provide babysitting, this whole cruise idea looks better and better every minute.
Destinations? The Carnival Breeze sails to several Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean ports from Miami, and also leaves from Galveston, Texas. Shore excursions at each port are available for additional fees.
Overall, I’d have to say that I am looking at cruising in a whole new light, and think that this might just be something that we’ll have to seriously consider for a family vacation!
* Erin was able to attend the tour of the Carnival Breeze through the Bloggin’ Mamas Network. This tour was sponsored by Earth Friendly Products, the makers of Baby ECOS. No compensation was received for the review, which is in her own words and opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.