My wife and I are extremely disappointed with the way Carnival is going. We will not be cruising with Carnival again. As this is a new ship with most of the crew having service,security and dealing with unruly passenger experience during it's time in the Med, we expected better.
Also, being the inaugural Caribbean cruise we expected more of the passengers in as much as respect for others and respect for the ship itself. But this is Carnival, so beware. In the five sailings we've made with Carnival this was the rowdiest bunch of passengers we've ever encountered. We are VIP (joke) Gold members and received two pins, a drink voucher that could only be used in the dining rooms and an invitation to a reception with 3,000 of our closest friends held in the theater. One would have thought that a glass of champagne or some small memento, with Breeze emblazoned on it, could have been offered.
Embarkation was typical, long waits to get on board, especially if you come in a day earlier and have to vacate a hotel room before 12:00 PM.
The public rooms, with the exception of the main dining rooms, are small especially when a cruise is overbooked as this one was. We booked almost a year in advance asking for a table for two in Blush MDR, and still had to spend time getting this accomplished once we got on the ship and found we were originally seated at a table for ten. Any of the smaller venues, like the comedy club, will require getting there at least an hour before showtime to get seating.
We chose an outside Spa cabin on Deck 11 to be sure that there would be no things happening in the hallways that would spoil the peace and quiet while we were in our cabin and it worked. The rates for these cabins are higher but the cabin itself has the same dimensions as any other on any other deck.
Being in a Spa cabin gave us immediate access to the Gym, Steam Rooms and other special services. The Gym is small in comparison to other ships we've been on but has all the equipment necessary for a good workout. We did not use the basketball courts or mini golf or other outside venues, with the exception of Serenity that I'll talk about later.
Free dining whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner is a matter of personal choice. In every review I've read, here on this website, it was either great, mediocre or bad. For us the only venue that was really good was evenings at the Cucina for an added $12 fee, before drinks and tip.
Service at the MDR was dependent on how many tables the wait staff was assigned to but I will say that we needed to request refills on drinks and bread, rather than having an attentive wait staff who would do this automatically.
We chose to set up our own shore excursions however due to an illness we lost a day in the Dominican Republic as the ship had to backtrack to meet a Coast Guard helicopter for a medi-vac.
Overall there was little value for the money we paid for this cruise. This is what happened to us personally. Curdled cream for coffee, curdled yogurt for breakfast, 2 hour dining in the MDR and a 35 minute wait for desert on elegant night,the overpowering smell of the burger and burrito bars, on Deck 10, at the mid-ship pool and uneaten food left over by passengers, spilled drinks, pizza and hamburgers and ice cream thrown in the hallways and the public decks, children and drinking contests in the Serenity area, bad behavior by passengers, ship's docking at least 1/2 to 3/4 of mile walking distance from any point of interest or shopping at Curacao and Aruba.
Serenity, the main reason we took this cruise was to rest and relax and perhaps find quiet other than Deck 5 as we had done previuosly on the Dream, was the biggest disappointment. The ship is set up with the Beach Pool on deck 10, the Water Works above it and finally Serenity above it. The way the ship is laid out all the sounds and smells from the Pool and Waterworks could not be escaped and the entrance to Serenity has signs clearly saying no one under 21 allowed which several passengers, with their children in tow, could not either read or chose to ignore.