Review: Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham with The Cat and the Hat and Friends Adds Fun to Carnival Freedom Cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines debuted their Seuss at Sea program in 2014, bringing beloved characters from Dr. Seuss to guests sailing on many ships – including the Carnival Freedom, which we sailed last week. One of the features of Seuss at Sea is the Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends. If you’ve seen the promotional photos from Carnival, you’ll find that the reality is very similar. There are whimsical breakfast dishes, Dr. Seuss characters visiting each table, and more elaborate decorations than I’ve ever seen at a character breakfast.

Before we attended the breakfast, I noticed the menu closely resembled part of the SeaDay Brunch offerings – but with a twist. Within minutes of sitting down at the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, I said that it was the best $5.00 spent on a ship. That was before the food and characters arrived! The Green Eggs and Ham breakfast is a $5.00 upcharge per person, which is extremely reasonable considering how much character breakfasts cost in other venues on land.

There is a fun photo opportunity when arriving to the breakfast featuring Thing 1 and Thing 2 with face cutouts. We weren’t the only adults doing this, and there were several tables of only adults at the breakfast. This event is for the young or young at heart.

It is hard to miss where the breakfast is located, with large signs placed outside of the Chic restaurant.

Guests line up outside of Chic.

Bring a camera, there are so many fun photos to be had! This Cat in the Hat ice sculpture was a photo favorite at the breakfast.

Each food item on the menu has a whimsical name. Near the front door, a row of desserts called You Can Think About Yogurt Parfait Schlopp was sitting out. The parfait looked delicious, but we didn’t have time at the end to try it (we spent most of our meal photographing the food and restaurant).

The Cat in the Hat is shown in several different poses around the room.

The table setting is colorful and imaginative! With a blue table cloth, red and white runner, and a Cat in the Hat hat as part of the centerpiece – Carnival just does a fantastic job at adding excitement to the breakfast.

The menu looks like a Dr. Seuss book.

Guests also receive this two-page flyer with games and a place for the characters to stamp their autograph.

Jeff and I each ordered two items. The Green Eggs and Ham were a must to try! The eggs didn’t taste different with the green coloring, and the smiley face on a macaron was a nice touch.

The dining room offers an elegant feel to the breakfast.

Jeff also ordered Horton’s Cereal Encrusted French Toast along with the Green Eggs and Ham. He enjoyed the flavor combination.

The first item I tried was the Truffula Tree Pancakes. Tastewise, this isn’t different than a regular stack of pancakes. It does look more fun, though.

My other entree was the Funny Belgian Waffle. Extremely popular in the dining room, this item was a little too sweet for me. It makes for great photos, but I stuck with the Truffula Pancakes.

Characters in the dining room make the rounds one time – make sure you are ready for them! It is best to wait at your table, the Dr. Seuss characters will visit everyone.

The servers donned blue wigs and waved napkins to entertain the diners.

Sam I Am was the last character to visit our table. He was carrying a cutout of Green Eggs and Ham!

Jeff holds the Green Eggs and Ham while I hold up our menu.

Somehow I’ve missed Cat in the Hat on land (at Universal Orlando), but it was a lot of fun to meet him here! There was also a photo opportunity the previous evening, and a parade with the characters before that. At the breakfast, there are ship photographers, but guests can also take photos with their own cameras.

Jeff poses with one of the decorations.

Here is our video of the breakfast!

There are usually only one or two Green Eggs and Ham breakfast opportunities per sailing. I wish it was more, we would have gone a second time. One small issue we had was when a second breakfast was added on the day we went. Our breakfast changed from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., which was fine – but the Fun Times newsletter listed it as 8:00 a.m. We called Guest Relations, but they confirmed 8:30 a.m. We arrived at 8:25 a.m. and some guests were just receiving meals. So follow the schedule in the Fun Times!  This is a terrific breakfast event and you don’t want to miss a minute of it. We do talk about the breakfast as part of our Mousesteps Weekly #133 show, which is all about the Carnival Freedom.

Disclosure: Carnival covered our cruise fare and breakfast. We were responsible for parking, gratuities, shore excursions and incidentals. All views are ours.