Sail Date: 04/07/13
Just got off the Breeze today and can't wait to return. The Breeze has moved up to the #1 spot for us.
The ship is very pretty with tropical decor. There are so many places to grab a seat, relax, and enjoy the views both inside and out. The lanai around deck 5 has plenty of tables, lounges, and 2 hot tubs. There are 3 levels overlooking the lido pool area as well as the aft pool area with 2 hot tubs. Serenity had a lot of various types of seating and served a light lunch at the bar on sea days. Inside you can grab a stool on 3 levels overlooking the atrium, sink into a chair around the atrium dance floor, relax at the casino bar and table area, enjoy the comforts of the large ocean plaza area, enjoy a game of cards on the tables outside the red frog pub or go inside for music and fooseball or table shuffleboard. The piano bar is out in the open with lush suede couches and chairs. There is the library and the quiet library bar across the hall for those who want to get away from the noise. In addition, all around the ship tucked into various nooks and crannies you can find a chair.
The food was delicious in every venue we tried and there is a lot of variety. We never pay for food, so only ate what was free. We ate in the mdr 2 nights. My fried chicken was dry, but, to be fair is was lobster night so I'm sure I was in the minority ordering it. We had pizza and late night sandwiches at the aft pool area. Guys burger bar on lido. Jim's BBQ on the lanai. Taste Bar on Ocean Plaza. Punchliner comedy brunch (which wasn't really a comedy show, but, a 10 min. meet the comedian and hear about show times). Lunch in the mdr once. The italian restaurant for the pasta bar lunch. Room service for breakfast 2 days. We also ate at some of the lido deck restaurant areas for lunch and dinner. The dessert bar was heavenly! A few venues up there we didn't even get to try such as the Indian area and Mongolian wok. You definitely won't go hungry and should be able to please the entire family.
I think this ship has more for the kids to do than any we've been on so far. In addition to the standard kid and teen clubs (which are very large) there is the waterworks area with 3 slides, fountains to splash in, and the ability to squirt people walking underneath. There are 2 pools (I don't know if one is designated adults only and there were kids in both). The sports deck has a 2 level mini golf course, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball court which doubles has a volleyball court also. The walking track is also up there. The arcade is huge by ship standards. Ping pong tables on lido. We never saw any bored teens roaming the ship. They were always doing something.
The spa was nice and I had 2 massages/facials when specials were offered. My husband had 3 accupuncture treatments. We tried the Cloud 9 Spa private area with special sauna rooms, lounge rooms, and therapy pool, but, weren't really thrilled. Traded in our weekly pass and only paid for a 1 day as that was enough for us. If it comes as part of the Spa cabins then okay, but, we felt Disney's was bigger and better. You may like it though, so do the tour and check it out.
The ship was clean and well maintained. All the employees were nice and cheerful.
Definitely give the Breeze a try.
**In no particular order, but, it all started with the Fantasy in 5/1994**
Fantasy X3, Inspiration X3, Paradise, Liberty, Miracle, Imagination, Tropicale, Ecstasy, Freedom, Sensation X2, Breeze, Big Red Boat *my all time favorite cruise*, Disney Magic, Radiance of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Century