We went on the 4th cruise of the Carnival Breeze. Whilst there is no disagreement that the suit is stunning, it fell short in expectations.
Firstly the embarkation was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at noon and there were massive queues everywhere. Queue to get through security (whilst many of our friends from the USA just jumped them), them massive queue to get your sail card. Then queue to get on boat. All in all took 1 1/2 hours to get on boat. Only good thing was we were able to get into room straight away.
Room was one of the best we have been in. We had a balcony on deck 6 and plenty room with large bathroom. Room steward was excellent and had clean towels twice a day. They had self service launderette (for a fee of course) but this was always very busy and you couldn't get near the 9 of them on sea days.
Lido Marketplace (self service restaurant) was good with variety of choice. Breakfast was till noon which was good. There was a deli counter which did sandwiches and toasties etc all afternoon so if you were not hungry at lunch and did not fancy pizza or burgers then at least you had a healthy option. The biggest complaint would be that a large number of people were coming in with just bathing suits on to eat and staff didn't really mind. A lot of the guests just spend their days eating pizza and having burgers.
We had late seating at restaurant. You are unable to select table size prior to going. On first night we were allocated a table with other guests. After this we requested a table on our own (some peoples eating habits are not the best!). The was promptly done for the second night. Food was good but was a bit disorganised and very rushed. Most nights there was a little song from the Maitre D and then the waiters had to do a dance. This was OK if you were finished your food, but if your not then expect everyone hanging over you taking pictures! The first formal night most people dressed up, but the second most didn't bother.
Main theatre entertainment was average. At least most nights the shows were on twice so if you were late dinner sitting you got to see something. However, we had one show repeated 3 times in the cruise. They were nothing special, just your usual musical type. Apart from the cruise director HASBRO game show (load of rubbish) and the guest talent show (karaoke on stage basically). There were also comedian shows late. Some were good, some were very bad. There was also people paying music in the pub, the plaza, the atrium and the piano bar. So plenty to suit your taste.
Gym was very disappointing as about the smallest I have been to on a ship and on sea days was very busy and you had to wait to get on equipment.
The cruise director (John Heald) was a very nice guy but it was a bit tiring hearing him on the speaker system all the time telling you what was on or where you could spend your money. Although it was the first ship I had been on where you got to find out the names of the people who were late or missed the boat (the name Hoffman was used many times!). John did a morning show with a guy called Calvyn. This was utter rubbish and where did they find Calvyn from - he was a joke (and that's putting it mildly).
As this was a fun ship there were a lot of kids on the ship. Now I don't mind them at all but there was a big problem with the 13 - 17 age group. They were really disruptive during the night and causing havoc especially in the lido area and pizza pirate areas. Some of the staff were in tears over the mess they were making with the ice cream machine. Most nights it was out of action because they had filled it with salsa, tabasco, apples or had removed the pins to make the levers work. Staff were saying that the kids were rampaging till 5 - 6 in the morning. My question would be where are the parents? May I also add that it was the kids from the USA that were doing the rampaging - the European kids must have gone to bed.
I have been on a few ships, but this was the first Carnival. It was a lovely ship but the 'fun ship' idea is not to everyone's taste. It had lost a lot of the formality which most cruise ships have.