Entertaining preschoolers can be exhausting, but the Carnival Breeze cruise ship makes the task, well, a breeze! With a Seuss at Sea interactive story time and parade, character breakfasts, and water fun galore, Carnival Breeze keeps young cruisers happy, and their parents too.

Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

On a recent seven-day cruise from Galveston, Texas to the western Caribbean, my five children, ages three to 16, had a blast exploring all that the Carnival Breeze cruise ship had to offer. My preschooler skipped naps for a full week, not wanting to miss a thing. She delighted in the ship’s pools and entertainment, as well as the personal attention from crew members.

Here are eight highlights that made my preschooler’s week aboard the Carnival Breeze an amazing experience.

Seuss-a-Palooza Parade & Story Time

Carnival Breeze

Seuss at Sea. Photo by BigFamily Traveling Mom, Heidi Gollub.

Kicking off with a music-making party, families joined beloved Dr. Seuss characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 in a festive parade from one end of the ship to the other. Passengers cheered and waved as we marched past with our noisemakers and pom poms. Ending in the Ovation Theater, the parade led kids up onstage where they enjoyed a surprise visit from The Cat in the Hat, followed by a wild, interactive, 4D story time.

Salt Water Pools

Carnival Breeze

My preschooler, sporting a complimentary Carnival Breeze life jacket. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

My three-year-old would have been delighted to do nothing but pool hop–all day, every day of the cruise. There are two heated salt water pools on Carnival Breeze, with additional hot tubs scattered throughout the ship’s decks. We tried them all. and there wasn’t a pool my preschooler didn’t like.

Carnival WaterWorks

Water Park Carnival Breeze

Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

On this multi-level playscape, water sprayed from every direction. No life jackets were necessary to play in WaterWorks, and there were two small slides just my preschooler’s size. During a hot day at sea, what could be more refreshing – or fun?

Mini Golf

Mini Golf Carnival Breeze

Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Toddlers may be pretty terrible at mini golf, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love to try! My three-year-old begged to play “the ball game” over and over. I could say it was educational – hand-eye coordination, right? But all she knew was it was fun!

Character Visits and Photo Ops

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

My daughter loves Dr. Seuss, so it was a treat seeing the pages of his books come to life onboard Carnival Breeze. She loved rubbing elbows with the “stars” of her favorite books, and we took away tons of adorable photos.

Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean Carnival Breeze

Camp Ocean. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

When my preschooler’s big brothers begged to go to Camp Ocean, naturally she wanted to go to a big girl class of her own. I was thrilled to oblige and have a few hours to myself while she made crafts, had story time, and played with new friends. I’m so glad she loved Camp Ocean, so I could “treat” her to a special time of supervised onboard activities. It turned out to be a treat for both of us!

24-Hour Ice Cream

Carnival Breeze

Why have one ice cream when you can have two? Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

If my preschooler had her way, she would eat ice cream for every meal, and then have ice cream again for dessert. She was in soft serve heaven the week of our cruise. Free ice cream available around the clock? It doesn’t get any better than that.

Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast

Best menu ever! Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Best menu ever, featuring Seuss favorites like Schlopp, Schlopp, Beautiful Schlopp.

Dining with Thing 1, Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat, and Sam I Am was a great way to wrap up our fun week at sea. We made reservations for the special character breakfast and dined on green eggs and ham, as well as colorful, imaginative delicacies that looked like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss classic. Kids’ music filled the air, the waitstaff performed a fun dance, and a Seusstastic time was had by all!

Sam I Am. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Sam I Am. Photo by Big Family TravelingMom, Heidi Gollub.

Armed with nothing but a Dora the Explorer suitcase full of bathing suits, my three-year-old had the time of her life onboard Carnival Breeze. She didn’t need toys to fill her week; she rarely had a moment of downtime in between swimming and crafting and golfing and dining. And the best part? She slept like a rock every night, worn out from all the fun.

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