Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by 7507gal: great cruise, but disappointed by the ship
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great cruise, but disappointed by the ship
Destination: Southern Caribbean
This was our third cruise with carnival. We decided to pay extra and try the larger and newer ship out. While any vacation to the Caribbean is going to be great, we likely will not do the breeze again. It's probably better suited to people with young children, for the waterworks. We have 3 teens, and only one of them was into the waterworks slide and ropes course (which was closed half the time due to wind, which seems silly since you are strapped in).
What we did not like: There is no adult pool anywhere....complete oversight. Even a small pool the size of the Jacuzzi would have been appreciated with some cool water instead of hot. The tides pool is completely overrun and crowded. What made the matter worse is that they cram the lounge chairs so close together that you can't even access many of them. There were entire rows being unused because they were blocked in so tightly that people could not get to them at all. I saw two people fall very badly, one woman hitting her More head. Hello, Carnival? Lawsuit potential. Space the chairs out. People don't want to sit on top of one another...and there were plenty of other chairs unused in other parts of the ship. You didn't need to pack them in so tight.
Two very small pools for a ship this size was not enough, especially when there is no pool limited to adults. Too many obnoxious kids everywhere. We also would prefer that more of the hot tubs were adult only. There was only one open in Serenity for this -- and serenity was always too crowded to get chairs.
Fitness center in spa was too small. My older teen boys like to work out every day and they could never get machines or weights to use, so this was a disappointment. Having extra facilities on a ship this big doesn't do much if things are too crowded to use.
Dining room gets blah after the 2nd night. Same menu, very little variety. We did enjoy the Italian restaurant. Couldn't get reservations to the steakhouse, so that was disappointing. Guy's Burgers was not impressive. 5 Guys has better burgers -- Guy's tasted like something you would get in a school cafeteria.
We did love the Tandoor, Mongolian Wok and Blue Iguana food choices, but Mongolian Wok always had a 20-30 minute wait. Perhaps this would be better if they used precooked meats so it didn't take over 5 minutes to prepare a single bowl for each guest.
Entertainment was lacking. Not very many options -- either stale and boring old cruise shows with awful singers and dancers or comedy shows (good, but crowded and not enough seating). Also, with 6pm seating, we could never go to the family show that always started at 730, since you had to be there over 30 minutes early for seats. Would love to see some of the comedy acts combined and done in the larger ovation theater at a better time for families -- like 9pm.
Class of people carnival caters to is bottom of barrel. Someone took a dump in our ironing room...I kid you not. Disgusting guests with no class, and many morbidly obese. Kind of gross to watch them keep loading up on huge buffet plates all day.
Ports were all great, but Grand Turk was a bit of a let down. Not a great island - tiny, and nothing worth seeing. Pretty much a flat strip of decent beach, but used as purely a money maker for margaritaville, where we spent $100 for 5 drinks (only two with alcohol). Would have preferred a better destination than an overpriced tourist trap.
We preferred the Legend, and will likely not be paying the higher rates to sail on a larger ship like Breeze in the future -- or, we'll be trying other cruise lines. Less
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