For ages I wanted to take a transatlantic cruise, I love cruises, but they just never seem to have enough sea days. Besides having a longer cruise, crossing the ocean means more days at sea. A ship can’t stop in ports every day from the middle of the ocean far from any land. Time enough to see everything on board. Or so I thought. As it turns out, five days in a row at sea plus the other sea days on the voyage still did not give us time enough to try out everything the Breeze had to offer.
Of course when spending those five sea days in a row in flat calm seas under sunny skies with 80 degree days as we did, most of that time gets spent enjoying the outside areas of the ship….waterslides, serenity deck, ropes course, mini golf, fitness track – the list goes on. Both inside and out the Breeze had many things to do.
Perhaps an ocean crossing in rough seas and stormy weather for five days might feel too long, or at least long enough, but who wouldn’t want more of beautiful sunrises and sunsets on a floating resort with so much entertainment when mother nature cooperates so well with the weather?
Transatlantic cruises often come with bargain prices compared to round-trip cruises of a similar length. After all, they often fall under the repositioning category where the ship needs to move from point A to point B. Having people on board to help pay the cruiseline’s expenses in getting there translates to savings for the passengers.
More days at sea means more time to lounge around on deck, more time to try all the different eateries on board, and more time to discover the many things a ship has to offer. In addition to all the places on board a person can go to entertain themselves, the crew provides entertainment as well. With things like afternoon tea, art auctions, movies, stage shows, and games like trivia or scavenger hunts, the ship has something for everyone. Not to mention nightclubs, parties, live bands and dance lessons among the many ways the crew has of entertaining passengers onboard. We particularly enjoyed the Thrill Theater motion ride, and returned numerous times to see all the different movies,
This cruise even included several episodes of Hasbro The Game Show, one of Carnival’s Funship 2.0 upgrades. Favorite childhood games grown to lifesize proportions, with opportunities for a few select passengers to play these former board games gone wild. Anyone who missed the live performance can catch it later with onboard TV.
Of course the ship has shops, a casino, and a number of bars to help people part with their money – made easier by using the room key card for all onboard expenses. Flash the card now and pay later, why keep track of what you spend when not counting out actual money?
Sea days on the Breeze also mean the ever-popular and very tasty C-side Barbeque opens for lunch outside on the deck 5 lanai. Passengers line up across the deck to access the delicious pulled pork sandwiches and other barbequed treats along with excellent side dishes.
Our transatlantic cruise even included a photo contest. Every entry was a winner since each person got to keep the 8 x 10 photos made free for their entries. The photo department on the ship always had the option for people to have large photos made, but not normally for free. Since first price consisted of a larger photo yet, just getting back the entries really meant prizes for all.
We didn’t particularly care for the winning photo, which was just a footprint in the sand photoshopped to unrealistic colors, but apparently the judges liked it. The person who entered it must have as well. Like anything that gets judged it is all subjective to a person’s opinion. I once entered a double judged horse show that gave out two complete sets of ribbons – one from each judge. I got first place from one judge and nothing at all from the other and they placed all the way down to eighth.
After having a bit of rainy weather in some of our European ports, we felt quite lucky to have such a lovely crossing. Not every transatlantic cruise fares as well. Weather varies crossing oceans just as it does near land. We had great weather in our Caribbean ports as well.
One day we woke up and found that towel animals had taken over.
This cruise lasted just over two weeks, and we still wished we could stay onboard longer.