We are fun loving "50 something" cruisers with over 40 cruises under (or over) our belt. Our motto is "we've have never been on a "bad" cruise; just some are were better than others". Why ruin your good time looking for perfection that will never be. It's unbelievable when I read some of the blogs citing "my cruise was ruined because I only got one pillow mint and not two", or "the cruise line sucks because it rained" Yes, the dirty carpeting on the stairs is somewhat true. So sleep in your nice clean cabin and not on the stairs. It appears the "new" carpet is defective and is like a dirt magnet. But the staff is cleaning it daily and doing there best. It obviously will need to be replaced at next dry dock. Get a life, and go have fun !
So here is what we found on our 12 night cruise aboard CARNIVAL BREEZE
A wonderful, port intense itinerary, its staff and the food very good,(especially surprising for Carnival). Its best to choose a specific dining time, as anytime dining will disappoint due to overwhelming demand on sea days. Besides, your regular service team will get to know your food/beverage preferences and work hard to satisfy you. If you miss your selected meal time, go to the Lido, where we found the food abundant, good, and the staff very helpful. Beef, fish, chicken and Pasta at every meal (lots of desert options too). Entertainment was OK, but nothing to write home about.
We found the shore excursions. although expensive, very well coordinated and guided by excellent professionals. If they said your tour departs at 8AM, they were on their way at 7:59AM. We found that in each port, the private tour cars were kept away until all Carnival excursions had departed the ship. This angered several guests on private tours who thought they could get off once the ship bumped the dock.
Carnival has been hit or miss for us in the past, and we read some of the reviews before we departed, which had us somewhat concerned. We found the design of deck 5 to be a negative for us as balcony lovers, but the rest of this ship to have many nice venues. Also, gone is is "Carnival Glitz" for more subdued colors, and no more Grand Atrium. Now back to deck 5. Deck 5 not only extends aft, but also Port and Starboard, and completely surrounds the ship further than any other deck. This deck contains two elevated ovals containing hot tubs on each SIDE of the ship, two gathering ovals on each side as well, along with food and bar venues. So what does this mean too you? If you love BALCONYS (like we do), you will no have no privacy on deck 6, little privacy on deck 7 and might be OK on deck 8 (we were on deck 7; mid-aft). Regardless, instead of hearing the rustle of water from your prized balcony, you WILL hear conversations, guests looking up at your balcony, the smell of smoke, and if your cabin happens to be in line with one of the hot tubs, a hot tub party. We have never experience this before. Some guests may like this. but we like our balcony to be as private, quiet and smoke-free as possible. Its best BEFORE you choose your cabin, check the deck chart so you will see how deck five ovals line up with your selected balcony cabin.
The dirty carpeting on the stairs is somewhat true. It appears the "new" carpet is defective and is like a dirt magnet. But the staff is cleaning it daily and doing there best. It obviously will need to be replaced at next dry dock.
So there you have it! Be prepared, and have a GREAT TIME !