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 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.