Five Things to Know About Carnival Cruises' Breeze Cruise Ship
Best for: Families, adrenaline junkies, younger cruisers, and anyone who loves a big, activities-packed ship
Sails: The Caribbean
At a Glance: Launched in 2012, this ship is all about waterslides, time by the pool, and a long list of bars and restaurants.
The Activities List Is Long
Passengers who have trouble sitting still fit right in on the Carnival Breeze. Those who want to get active head to Sportsquare to conquer the elevated ropes course, or climb into SkyRide, an 800-foot-high aerial bike ride hovering 150 feet above the sea. There’s a miniature golf course, foosball, and a pool table, as well as an outdoor gym where passengers can do their cardio in the ocean air. There are also two pools and two water slides, the Twister and the DrainPipe. Those looking for something more sedentary can check out a movie at the 4D theater, stake out a hammock at the Serenity Adults-Only Retreat, or catch some comedy at Punchliner Comedy Club.
Between the Warehouse arcade, candy store, and kid-size waterslides, younger passengers have plenty to keep them busy. You’ll also find Dr. Seuss-themed parades, arts and crafts, and even a Green Eggs and Ham character breakfast. Then there are the kids’ clubs: Camp Ocean (ages 2-11) is all about sea-themed games, art, and trivia. Tweens 12-14 hang out at Circle C to do karaoke and play video games, while teens 15-17 get their own space, Club O2, to play video games, dance, and socialize.
The Dining Options Are Endless
Passengers who want to eat without paying extra have a multitude of options beyond the main dining rooms and the buffet restaurant. There’s the 24-hour Pizza Pirate, brunch-themed Seaday Brunch, Guy’s Burgers, and Mexican cantina, BlueIguana. Lunch-only spots include Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ, Mongolian Wok, the Captain’s Pasta Bar, and Indian joint Tandoor. For small plates, head to The Taste Bar in the evening to try bites from restaurants around the ship. Or you could pay an additional fee and grab Italian at Cucina del Capitano, surf and turf at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, or do sashimi at Bonsai Sushi. If you can get a reservation, definitely splurge on the Chef’s Table, which includes a galley tour and a special multicourse dinner hosted by the master executive chef.
The Bars Are Hopping
Passengers will find plenty of places to drink both before and after dark. If you’re into craft beers, check out RedFrog Pub, which serves tropical bites and beer flights. For daiquiris head to the RedFrog Rum Bar, and for margaritas, go to BlueIguana Tequila Bar. There’s a piano bar on deck five, and bibliophiles can help themselves to some wine at the Library Bar. Don’t leave without fitting in a night at Alchemy Bar, a “cocktail pharmacy” where white-coat-wearing bartenders mix up curatives like spicy chipotle pineapple martinis and Caribbean Manhattans.
Staterooms Are Cozy
Passengers don’t spend much time in their cabins on this chip, and the size of the staterooms reflects that fact. (Interior cabins start at 185 square feet, while the largest suite is 345 square feet.) Guests who plan on spending a lot of time in the spa might do well to book one of the Cloud 9 Spa Suites, since they come with private access to the spa’s thermal suite.