Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by JMF2100: Disappointed with Carnival's flagship
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Disappointed with Carnival's flagship
As a regular cruiser on Carnival, I was looking forward to my first experience on Carnival's Dream class - the Breeze. However, many of the aspects I've come to enjoy were missing on this class of ship. First was the promenade on Deck 5. On previous ships, this was a great place to relax with a drink in comfortable chairs and people watch. This ship's promenade is nothing but a long, narrow hallway with bars off of it, no seating and no people watching. The Breeze didn't have the bar at the back of the promenade (wine bar / martini-Alchemy bar). On conquest class ships, this bar is a quieter option to relax, enjoy a drink in the evening, and watch people stroll by. On the Breeze, it's an empty corner / entrance to the piano bar - missed opportunity. Another major disappointment was the breakfast buffet. Breakfast was one of the areas Carnival did very well, until the Breeze. On other ships, the scrambled eggs were fantastic - fresh, hot, fluffy, and great flavor. I'm not sure what More
they served on the Breeze, but they weren't the scrambled eggs from other ships (Glory, Liberty, Sensation, Splendor, Ectasy). Perhaps mashed substitute egg powder that had been squeezed of all liquid and flavor. Next was the ship's public area decor. I was looking forward to a toned-down, more up-scale feel to the ship after experiencing the pepto-bismol explosion on the Splendor. While Breeze was more tasteful than previous ships, it lacked any excitement and swung a little too far towards bland. Cabin decor was very well down with blues and greens - thankfully, the coral motif has been discontinued. Finally, Playlist Productions continues to be a huge disappointment. Breeze was producing almost the exact show seen on Glory three months prior. These shows lack the energy of a live band and rely too much on the LED back-drop boards for pizazz. Gone are the unique, intense vocal, instrumental, and dance performances of prior productions.
On the upside, the ship's entertainment staff was fabulous. Evening deck parties were full of energy and participation with great music. The staff was out in full force participating and getting the crowd's energy worked up. The steakhouse was extremely well done and worth the added cost. Wait staff was attentive at the proper level and the food was exceptional. Less
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Cabin review: Carnival Breeze 9477
Overall, the cabin was very well done. The decor of blues / greens had a fresh, relaxing feel. Gone is the over-bearing coral decor where everything was that color. The aft balcony provides a unique view and is very relaxing listening to the ship's wake. Cabin attendants were wonderful and friendly, providing ice and other requests promptly. The only issue with the cabin was the shower drain. After 3 minutes of showering, you were standing in 2" of water wondering if it was going to over-flow.
Port and Shore Excursions
Jose Cuervo Tequila Tasting and Discover Mexico
Cozumel is an over-developed tourist trap. You are not forced to walk through a duty free shop constructed on half the pier in order to get back to the ship. The Jose Cuervo tequila experience was not that great. Over half of the tour was devoted to a lecture of Mexican history. This was not disclosed in the tour description.
Great shopping within walking distance from the ship's tender point and wonderful beaches.
Purchased the Hop on Hop off shuttle pass for $19, thinking it would be a great option to explore the island at our leisure. This was not the case. The shuttles were extremely cramped with very little leg room. The shuttle takes you quite a few miles to a tourist shopping area which is very lacking in stores. It can take up to an hour to "hop on" another bus to get you back towards the ship. The "hop on/off" points lack any signage and driver's are very vague as to where you should go to pick up the next bus.
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