We did not have a terrible time. I would consider a Carnival cruise in the future if: the itinerary were different than one we've done before or the ship is interesting. Carnival isn't really known for innovative ships, we DO like the amusement parks at sea. We sailed on Epic, Oasis, and Allure and loved those experiences! I love beautiful ship interiors. However, the Breeze looks interesting because it isn't fashioned in the tacky glitz like the other Carnival ships. That was one thing that really bothers me. The design is dark and closed in on all but 2 Carnival ships currently. I like light and airy. If the ship is dark I prefer it to be modern, like the Epic. I know, petty things...
More xmas activities than Royal Caribbean (even though it wasn't really xmas)
Chocolate Melting Cake
Great Dining Staff
Movies By the Pool day and night (not just sports!!!!)
Karaoke every night ( we like to watch)
Blue Iguana Burrito Bar
Very accommodating with Baby
Play hours for infants
Very affordable price
Indoor muster stations for disabled and those with young children
Lots of port days
Many places to sit and relax
Lack of programs for the under 2 crowd
Ho Hum menu in main dining room
Promenade deck muster stations for general guests
Photo opportunities mostly near casino/ heavy smoking areas
Main Dining room only accessible by elevator or stairs, cut off from the rest of the ship
Hinged doors on balconies that SLAM at all hours of the day and night
Clearly the pros did outweigh the cons on this trip for us. :)
I am going on a 3-day on Royal with my mom and son for Mothers Day. On that cruise I will be testing the Royal Babies & Tots program.
Then my husband and I are taking the little one with us on Crown Princess for a California Coastal in October.
For our future trips we plan to go for the destination. In the past we've mostly gone just to get away. We get a lot of good deals down in Florida and the ships are easy to get to.
I hope you enjoyed reading and seeing our trip. Hopefully I have helped other cruisers traveling with infants or young children. I know how hard it can be to find information, believe me I searched for it all before I went on this trip!