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Sail Date: October 2012
This cruise was a gift from my husband for my 60th birthday. I had to work 18 months to be able to accumulate enough vacation time to go on this trip. Our first problem was with Air France, that lost our bags when we arrived in Barcelona. ... Read More
This cruise was a gift from my husband for my 60th birthday. I had to work 18 months to be able to accumulate enough vacation time to go on this trip. Our first problem was with Air France, that lost our bags when we arrived in Barcelona. After our arrival on the ship, we were told by Jan not to worry about our bags, that Carnival would be responsible for finding out bags. Three days later our bags arrived, so first of all I want to thank Jan for all of his attention and help on this matter. We paid for 12 days of cruising, 9 at ports and 3 "fun days" at the sea. At the end we had 5 days at ports and 7 "fun days" at sea. Fun day at the sea means 4,000 people in the ship spending money in beverage, Casino, store... good deal for Carnival, not for us. The sheets and ice buckets were never changed voluntarily. You had to ask for this to be done for anyone to come to your room to do it. During our cruise departure from Barcelona, all of the announcements were made only in Spanish and Russian, even though the ship was leaving from a spanish-speaking country and the ship is registered in Panama. A lot of the spanish-speaking cruisers were very upset because they could not understand any of the announcements. When the two days in Venice were cancelled, everyone on the ship was outraged, and even though Captain Stefano Battinelli should have made an appearance to speak to the public, he only sent out his assistants to do the explaining. The compensation for the days lost at sea was only removal of the port charges from everyone's account, which is nothing compared to the amount people spent on the trip. If it was true that we could not dock at specific ports due to inclement weather, we should have been offered alternate ports to dock at. A lot of the entertainment on the ship was completely useless. The water slides and pools were all very nice, but who is going to go swimming in Europe in October. Carnival and its Captain Stefano Battinelli ruined the vacation of almost 4000 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
This was, or should have been, my dream trip of a lifetime. This trip has been in the planning for almost 12 yrs and my husband and I have saved for it for over 2 yrs (cruise and airfare)as seeing Italy was my dream. We are 'paycheck ... Read More
This was, or should have been, my dream trip of a lifetime. This trip has been in the planning for almost 12 yrs and my husband and I have saved for it for over 2 yrs (cruise and airfare)as seeing Italy was my dream. We are 'paycheck to paycheck' people, still working full time w/ multiple mortgages, bills and family depending on us. This was a "once in a lifetime" that may never happen again for me. We have never been to Europe before, so when my husband booked this cruise he depended on the Carnival employee's expertise to guide him to the right cruise, right time of year, etc. He was told that the sail date of 10/25/12 was the 'BEST ONE', but he wasn't told that it was the LAST one of the season and it was during the worst weather in the Mediterranean. After our cruise the Breeze was also transitioning to Florida, as it is too large for most of the ports we were scheduled to see. I believe the employee in the booking dept was more concerned w/ filling spots on the 10/25/12 date, than with what we wanted and were paying a lot of money for. My husband booked this cruise with this specific itinerary, due to Venice being an overnight port and my entire reason for wanting to see Italy. Sadly, I never saw Venice and may never be able to travel to Italy again. On the very first day, at the very first port of Monaco (Monte Carlo) we were told the ship couldn't dock due to high winds; even though the map channel on our cabin TV showed winds of only 10-12mph. The 1st day, the captain chose to skip Monaco and change the dates of all the other ports; mixing them up and giving us another day at sea from the very start. The date changes meant the private gondola ride I had booked for Venice on Nov 1st, was now not going to happen and I'd lose $428.00. We, along with several hundred other guests, immediately went to the very small room set up for complaints. We were pushed, shoved and then finally seated at a small table, watching a few crew members running around w/ cel phones, but we had to grab one to get any help. We had our private tour paperwork and were told a guest services employee would be emailing the company for us, as calls were not going through. It took the next 3 days of me "hounding" them twice a day, to get an answer that the company bad rescheduled our gondola ride for our new arrival date. When the captain made the itinerary changes, it forced us to be on the ship for 2 days at the beginning. One stop in Livorno, then more sea days. One stop in Croatia and then we were supposed to be sailing to Venice that night; arriving on Oct 31st. After leaving Croatia, the cruise director announced (over the PA system) that there were more itinerary changes: now skipping Venice all together and adding another 2 sea days to our trip. So far we had missed Monaco and had Sicily taken away; all other ports were moved around and dates changed. Now, we're having Venice taken away, more sea days added and more port date changes; but magically added Sicily back to the mix. So, essentially out of 10 days of actual sailing, we spent SIX on the ship and the last 3 ports (Sicily, Naples & Rome) were rushed into the last 3 days on the ship, with one last sea day to pack and have luggage outside the cabin door before 2200 hrs the night before we docked back in Barcelona. the ports we did manage to dock in, had the times shortened, both arriving later and leaving earlier. The excursions booked though Carnival were rushed and less than accommodating with "free" time to shop, eat a cafe, etc. We cancelled our excursion in Naples so we could just walk around the city, as that was the ONLY port close enough to do that; all the others were a 90 min drive to get to the place we paid to see (i.e., Rome 90 min drive from docking port; Sicily 50+ min drive to Taormina, Pisa 45+ min drive from Livorno. etc). Also, when we booked all of our carnival excursions, via the website, prior to sailing, the descriptions all say "beautiful drive" "scenic views" etc ... NOT. Every drive to the place we paid to see was through inner cities, freeway areas and less than beautiful, to include a bus driver in Rome who had to stop, waste our tour time to figure out how to turn on the windshield wipers so he could drive in the rain. The food was horrible. Powdered eggs for scrambled and omelets. The same choices all 12 days; no variation, no change. Most of the 'hot' food was cold even before you sat down at a table. Lunch and dinner were the same day after day; no imagination in the choices. Baked potatoes and white rice with every dinner; no flavor, nothing for the price you pay. The shows and comedians were less than adequate. Same shows, same 2 comedians every night. Once you saw them, what's left? The big screen by the main pool was never used during the day and played one 1990's movie at night. If you wanted to see a movie on the six sea days you would be forced to pay over $10 for ppv or to go to a small theater on the ship. No activities except bingo and trivia every single day. My husband and I walked the decks for six "fun" days at sea, desperate for something to do. The crew and staff were rude and less than happy. They were curt at the guest services desk; sometimes with obvious disdain for our anger at being stuck on a ship for six days. The casino bar was the only one with TV's for entertainment and they refused to change the channel and showed only soccer or tennis the entire time. The Internet cost almost a dollar a minute. The elevators didn't work at least two thirds of the time and on a ship that holds over 4000 guests, there were only 2 self-service laundry rooms w/ only 3 washers in each one .. AND it cost $3.25 per load to wash and another $3.25 to dry the clothes. I could go on forever ... I will never sail Carnival again and I hope anyone who works as hard as my husband did to try and make my dream come true, goes elsewhere as well. This vacation was a complete failure and my dream was ruined. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
I chose this cruise because of the line up of itinerary! a very good line up of ports plus a new ship sounds like a perfect cruise for us. The last cruise I took from Carnival was with Ecstasy and I was not happy but I thought that was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the line up of itinerary! a very good line up of ports plus a new ship sounds like a perfect cruise for us. The last cruise I took from Carnival was with Ecstasy and I was not happy but I thought that was just a fluke. I did two other cruise with Carnival in the 90s and was happy with them. My last 2 cruises was with Oasis of the Seas and Liberty of the seas and very happy with both. Royal Caribbean should be called the fun ship, really. The food on this ship was a hit or miss but mostly missed! My husband who is not really picky noticed that their scrambled egg during breakfast taste like powdered egg. I also think that their cakes are powdered, not good at all. I normally gain so much weight after a cruise but not this time. This is more cafeteria food and even in the main dining room, there's not much to choose from. The entertainment is lacking variety. On the days that they cancelled ports, the only entertainment was trivia after trivia after trivia! they did not even give us free movie! you need to pay $10.99 for a new movie. Royal Caribbean always have free new movies in your cabin. so if you do not do trivia, there's nothing for you to do. I was mostly disappointed that they did not replace the ports that was cancelled. there were other ports close by that would have replace our cancelled ports and seems Carnival did not make any effort and the communications very bad. Had I known we're only going on 5 ports I would have chosen a different cruise. I did not enjoy being on ship day after day and there's nothing to do but trivia! what a joke! I thought the breeze will be a big ship but pretty much they used the space as cabins instead of public area. so the ship seems small for me for the tonnage. Carnival just gone done very much in quality. Our dining room staff as well as our room staff did a wonderful job. The other staff selling jewelry and photo staff were rude. Over all we enjoyed our tours but the cruise itself were nothing compare to our cruises with other company. Like other people on this cruise, this is also our last carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
After reading the negative reviews we were a little concerned..well lesson learnt...always make up your own mind before listening to others. We could not fault a single thing about this ship, staff, food or entertainment. We ate like ... Read More
After reading the negative reviews we were a little concerned..well lesson learnt...always make up your own mind before listening to others. We could not fault a single thing about this ship, staff, food or entertainment. We ate like kings and were made to feel special too. The staff work their socks off to make sure you have a lovely time. I have to mention the Camp Carnival kids club. Our children are aged 7 and 4 and begged us to go all the time. They absolutely loved it and the staff were fantastic with them, I felt so comfortable leaving them there, and we even braved leaving the ship on one port whilst they were in there. I must admit we didn't venture far but at least you have the opportunity to do so if you wish. Our cabin was on the 1st floor and we had a port hole. The room was spacious enough and the kids could sit in the shelf to look out! Our cabin man, RJ was fab serviced our room twice a day and always left fab towel shaped animals and built up a great bond with the kids. All of the food we ate was first class, and the Italian with a small extra charge was well worth the money for a special meal and surroundings. The water park was great fun, and we never had a problem finding seats or beds. People that book this cruise need to understand that with 4000 people on board you are bound to get the odd crowded area or may have to wait 5 minutes for food and if this is going to be a problem then book on a smaller ship! We loved every minute.....can't wait to cruise with carnival again one day. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Just back from a 12 day Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise. First time cruising with Carnival. My wife and I have done around 20 cruises and while not fussy people the cruise was not up to our expectations. The ship itself is very nice ... Read More
Just back from a 12 day Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise. First time cruising with Carnival. My wife and I have done around 20 cruises and while not fussy people the cruise was not up to our expectations. The ship itself is very nice but fell short on in a number of areas . One of the highlights of any cruise for me is enjoying a good meal at supper. Most meals that were served lacked flair and were only warm (barely) when they arrived which resulted in us having to keep sending them back. This happened on several occasions. We bought a wine package which we usually do but found out only 3 days into the cruise that two of the wines ( the best of the ones in the package ) were no longer available but strangely enough our waiter said you could buy them at a bar?? Our Cabin Stewart forgot to make up our room one day. Drawer space is very limited as the drawers are small, slightly larger than a cutlery drawer so only usable for underwear and socks etc. Not a lot of staff on the decks to take drink orders. We had two bathrobes and I assume all cabins did which was a nice touch but some people wore them into the buffet section on the Lido deck and in public areas other than around the pools. Pools are small for 4000 people. Also had a couple of guys wearing toques in the dining room at supper time. Another wearing jeans. These are apparently o.k.Carnival but lacks class in my opinion. Will stick with Royal Caribbean or Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Sailed Sept. 7th out of Barcelona on the BREEZE for a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. This is my 3rd Carnival cruise and enjoyed it all over again. Booked my pre cruise hotel and transfers also through Carnival - everything went very ... Read More
Sailed Sept. 7th out of Barcelona on the BREEZE for a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. This is my 3rd Carnival cruise and enjoyed it all over again. Booked my pre cruise hotel and transfers also through Carnival - everything went very smoothly and really easy, Carnival was very organized, as usual. Stayed at the Novotel Barcelona City, nice location, easy to get to places, lots of restaurants, cafes etc. in the area. Very clean hotel, fairly new, great front desk staff, got my room by noon and the hotel was packed. Wonderful breakfast included. Picked up by Carnival the next day and taken to the ship. Very easy embarkation process, was on the ship within 30 minutes, had lunch at the Lido MarketPlace and by 1:00PM, went to my cabin on Deck 2, forward, and my luggage was already at my door. I was pleasantly surprised that my inside cabin has 2 port holes, so I was really in a ocean view cabin. There were 2 single beds in the cabin, very quiet, had all the space a solo traveller needed. Cabin steward, Picard, was the best I have ever had on a cruise, always smiling, ready to help and my cabin was always taken care of before noon each day and always turned down while I was at dinner each evening. Wonderful man, from Haiti, I hope everyone could get Picard when they go on a Carnival cruise. The 2 main dining rooms were spectacular, just like the decor of the entire ship. Very elegant, soft, restful, I call the colors used as light caramel and burgundy. A complete turn around from other Carnival ships. The service in the dining room, I was in the Blush, was excellent. My main server was Rony, he and his assistants really made a solo traveller comfortable. The food in the main dining room was acceptable, the food in the Lido was excellent. All the other areas were so varied and all very good. Pizza, Indian, hamburger joint, Mexican and the deli sandwiches were tops. You could not go hungry if you tried. I did not try any of the speciality restaurants. I have to mention the Spa, Cloud 9. What a beautiful space. The Serenity area for adults only was by Cloud 9, loved that area. I had no trouble getting a deck chair even on sea days, the guys made sure no one held an unused deck chair for more that 40 minutes. Did I mention the weather in September - everyday between mid 70's and mid 80's, beautiful sunshine, a little rainy in the AM in Croatia but cleared to be a nice day - we were very lucky. The entertainment on the Breeze was more than what I expected - Divas, Motor City, The Brits and Latin Nights were extremely well produced shows, excellent performers, and a magical LED backdrop. If you are on a Carnival cruise and see that Samantha Jay is performing, then you MUST see her show. This lady plays 5 instruments and is backed by a 5 piece band - what a show! It was Sept. 11 the night she performed. As a tribute to all the victims of that horrible day, she play a medley of popular American music. She brought the entire theatre to their feet at the end of the piece. WOW! Of course I cannot end this review without special mention of the CD John Heald and his assistant Calvyn. What a man, he knows how to make everyone feel comfortable and entertained. Poor Calvyn, he took the brunt of many of John's jokes. What I really enjoyed was that you were not bombarded by announcement every couple of hours by the CD. John made maybe 3 announcement over the PA system in a 24 hour period and he always had good reminders and suggestions and information for all the passengers. There are so many other areas of the ship I have not mentioned, the various club's decor are jaw-dropping, the fun shops are fun shops and you have got to visit the "Cherry on Top" if you are a kid at heart. You will find something interesting at every turn on this ship. Good work Carnival, you all did good. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Because of some of the negative reviews I had read we had some doubts about this ship and was really a bit worried. But no need this is a beautiful ship and never encountered any of the problems mentioned in other reviews! Embarkation ... Read More
Because of some of the negative reviews I had read we had some doubts about this ship and was really a bit worried. But no need this is a beautiful ship and never encountered any of the problems mentioned in other reviews! Embarkation went really smoothly and we were on the ship in about an half an hour. Fastest ever! I thought the ship was beautiful and didn't find the stained and worn carpets as mentioned in earlier reviews. Also hardly had any kids on board.I cannot understand those people complaining about all the kids on the cruise when they are going on holiday in Europe where all the kids have school vacation. What do you expect? We didn't have any problems finding a deck chair even at midday! We had a cove balcony cabin and I loved it. My husband didn't too much because of the noise from the galley above. But with a drink or two extra I didn't have too much bother from this. We saw one show and it was good. It lasted only an half an hour but that's fine there is enough to do anyway. the Hamburgers are the best ever, the pizzas are great, the BBQ and sushi and all the food venues super, except the dining room food really was beneath par. So we ate 8 nights in the steakhouse. Where they have the best service and the best food and wine. Really recommend it. The Italian restaurant was good too but the restaurant is really cold so you want to eat asap and go... That said the whole ship was much to cold. So take jumpers/jackets and shawls. and if you are like me and have to do your hair with an hairdryer to make anything of it than take you own! because hairdryers on the ship eat hair! I had quite some fights with it. All in all we had a great time on the ship and will go with carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Arrived the day before departure and stayed at a really nice hotel off La Rambla. We arrived at the ship at 3pm and we had VIP entry and went straight to our room. We had a cloud 9 spa suite on the 11 floor, it was beautiful and spacious. ... Read More
Arrived the day before departure and stayed at a really nice hotel off La Rambla. We arrived at the ship at 3pm and we had VIP entry and went straight to our room. We had a cloud 9 spa suite on the 11 floor, it was beautiful and spacious. One negative was the door to the balcony was one solid door and not a patio door, we prefer a patio door since you can keep it open, let the breeze in, etc. For us, the ship was very solid, didn't feel it move at all, the duvet's in the room are way too hot to sleep, you are either cold or hot. The pillows were awful, we woke up with neck aches. I heard alot of people complaining about children on the ship and on excursions. What were people thinking when they booked with Carnival "The Fun Ship", this is a family ship. If they wanted something more for their age group, they should research other cruise lines, example, we've made the mistake last year going with Celebrity in the Caribbean, most of the ship guests were over 65, with walkers and wheelchairs. We despised that trip. One thing that I do agree with other reviews was some parents were not supervising their children at the waterpark. And what was odd, were grown men acting like children, spraying people with hoses, really strange. Since we had many excurions, we would order breakfast to be delivered to our room. Not much variety, same everyday. For lunch, we ate 3 times at the lido market and most of the time off site due to the excursions. We never tried the other eateries. We had "Your Time Dining" in Sapphire and we arrived around 7pm and there were not line-ups. The food was ok, not great and they fed us too fast, in and out kind of thing. The 2 pools were too small for the amount of people on the ship, too many hot whirlpools. Since we had a Cloud 9 Spa Suite, my husband and I decided to try it out, again, steam baths and lounge chairs too hot. We made our own scrubs and that was different. We only went that one time. I have to say that i am not a fan of fun day at sea. I look forward to getting off the ship, it's too crowded on sea days. As far as the ship's decor, it was nice but I wouldn't say I was impressed or vowed. The dining room could've have been nicer, they could have had more than 2 elegant nights as dress code. The ovatin theatre could've have been nicer, i liked the colors but very plain. As far as the entertainment of the ship, the dancers and singers were amazing. The woman that works in the Cherry on Top is not friendly at all. She works in a candy store and i think she hates children :) The elevators took too long. My 8 year old daughter went to the camp carnival and i found the ladies that worked there a bit short-fused with us and our daughter. I did call guest services and told Julie, the supervisor, but what can you do, they acted cold and non-inviting again the next day. I think they have too much free play not enough organized games. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Just returned from 12 day cruise with Carnival on their new ship the Carnival Breeze. Having read some of the previous reviews I was apprehensive at the very least but this was one of the best cruises I have been on. As there were three ... Read More
Just returned from 12 day cruise with Carnival on their new ship the Carnival Breeze. Having read some of the previous reviews I was apprehensive at the very least but this was one of the best cruises I have been on. As there were three generations going on this cruise it had to meet everyone's requirements - it did. The cabins we had were the best I have had for space and the two bathrooms meant no queues! I felt the food was better than RCCL. I liked the casual food options and although not a normal burger eater I loved Guy's burgers and only wish we had some as good as this in the UK. On a more critical note I felt the excursions were far too expensive and as previously stated could be done at a fraction of the cost with prior preparation. It would have been nice to have more detailed information on the ports freely available rather than the poor maps provided for those not wishing to take the excursions. I am sure this could be rectified. The number and selection of ports were good. Having a full day and overnight stop at the end of the cruise was brilliant. Can really see why this ship appeals to families. May not be the case for mature couples but then there are other cruise lines that would cater for them. To summarise all three generations had a lovely time from the youngest at 10 to the oldest at 67! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We have just returned from a 12 night stay on the Carnival Breeze, we had a lovely holiday but we would not travel with them again. There was 1500 children on this cruise ship and this was a major factor for us not enjoying our time on ... Read More
We have just returned from a 12 night stay on the Carnival Breeze, we had a lovely holiday but we would not travel with them again. There was 1500 children on this cruise ship and this was a major factor for us not enjoying our time on the ship most of the time they run round and don't care if they run into you. We found out that the 12 nights we were on the Breeze there was over 1600 people extra over capacity. Everywhere you looked was crowds of people or children. Embarkation- this was a very easy process in Barcelona with hardly no queuing and helpful staff. Once on board we went straight to our cabin which was lovely and clean and tidy. Unfortunately due to our flights we did not have time to go into Barcelona so we stayed on board. We went for lunch on deck 10 in the Lido cafe the food in the there was very bland and cold. Lido restaurant- the food in here at lunchtimes was pretty much the same everyday, there was big queues with some very rude people who would push in front of you. The food was never piping hot also so we only really ate in here at lunch a few times. This was also the main place for breakfast where in fair apart from the again the long queues the food was OK at breakfast with a varied selection. Guys burger joint and Blue Iguana Cantina- these were lovely places to eat and you did not have to queue for these which was brilliant, the burgers were the best ive tasted and so too was the burritos. We had set dining in the evenings on the last seating in the Blush restaurant, the food in here was nice but not the best ive tasted on cruise ships, if you enjoy having a 3 course meal in 50 minutes then this is ideal for you. the waiting staff would take your starter plates away and as one was doing that the other was putting your main down straight away. that was not for us as we enjoy a break between courses. The waiting staff were friendly enough but lacked some professionalism in the way they spoke and behaved. Our first night on board in the blush restaurant straight after the dessert the waiting staff jumped onto podiums and started dancing which again not what we wanted when going down for you r evening meal. The pools on board were a joke two small pools for over 4000 people clearly does not work the slides took up alot of space which some of the room could of been used for more pools. There was several jacuzzi's scattered around the ship but they were far too hot to be sitting in during the high temperatures of the day. Forget getting a sunbed on sea day if your not willing to be up before 7.30 for a bed, again there was a small amount of beds in comparison to how many people were on board. Around the main pool they were removing towels after 40 minutes to give people a chance but people were not daft they would go and come back after about 30 minutes remove the sticker of the bed sit there for 5 minutes then go away again which meant the pool guy had to start again with the 40 minute rule. The big screen at the main pool was a big disappointment it showed extremely old films then half way through they would cut it of so that they could show you lots of things to buy of them. Photos well were do I start with that they take your photo at every given minute it gets to a point were you got really fed up with people asking you. Elegant Nights- we was pleasantly surprised with the amount of people that took this up although not many wore dinner suits they wore shirts and ties. We were very disappointed with how some people were going down dressed to evening meal as they wore shorts and t shirts some nights. No staff ever picked this up with any of the guests. The ports of call were amazing and was very pleased with the places we visited. The one thing that we was disappointed with was as soon as you were of the ship they didn't want to know, no one was about to answer questions or guide you as to were to go. The staff on board was not the friendliest of helpful apart from the cabin staff that looked after your rooms everyone you passed near the cabins would smile and say hello to you. A holiday is what you make of it and we did have a lovely holiday but it was not anything to do with the carnival breeze or its staff and in future we will not book with them again Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Unfortunately this is the first and last time we will ever travel with Carnival. We are experienced cruisers having done over 20 cruises but never have we been treated like this before. Embarkation was good and our cabin at first site was ... Read More
Unfortunately this is the first and last time we will ever travel with Carnival. We are experienced cruisers having done over 20 cruises but never have we been treated like this before. Embarkation was good and our cabin at first site was nice we had a balcony on deck 6, however we didn't need to go to any of the shows in the theatre we could hear them all from our room! That said we were out of the cabin most of the evening so it didn't bother us too much. The shows however were duplicated on many occasions and therefore on quite a few evenings there was little to do. However that was the least of our problems! Dining We had 2ND sitting in the Blush Restaurant it should have been called the Rushed Restaurant! Our waitress whose name I cannot even remember she gave us so little time was on a mission every night to get us out of the dining room as fast as possible the food was very poor often cold and in edible many times things were sent back or just not bothered to eat, she would serve us all at different times taking plates away and serving other courses all out of order and never offered coffee, when we asked her how long she had worked for Carnival (thinking that she may be new as this was a new ship!)she said 7 years I am amazed that she has been able to last that long with that attitude! We never saw a wine waiter so couldn't get a drink with our meal so had to resort to taking one in with us and the maitre d never showed his face. In the end we gave up going to the restaurant as it was a total disappointment to us and ruined what was an important part of our holiday. Cabin our cabin was nice and the bed comfortable but we had a child with us and they made up the sofa in our room on day one and then left it as it was refusing to change back to a seat during the day?also our room was serviced often only once a day never dusted you could write your name in the dust on the windowsill and glass shelves in the bathroom and our bed sheet had the same stain on it for the duration of our stay.Staff This was our biggest disappointment of all never have we been treated so rudely and indifferently by staff members it was really upsetting the attitude was disgraceful. We did complain on 3 occasions to the guest services about the issues we were having but nothing was done. The ship itself whilst lovely to look at was way to overcrowded and the swimming pools way too small you had to wait for people to get out of the pool for space to get in and not to mention the infestation of cockroaches we encountered on our last sea day, when one ran up my leg it was the last straw! We have complained bitterly to Carnival and asked for compensation we paid a fortune for this trip and feel very ripped off,Carnival however think that a simple apology and telling us that they will forward our concerns to the relevant department makes it OK , they have washed their hands of us now that they have had our money they don't care. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
First time travelling with Carnival. The "Breeze" being a new ship was in pristine condition and the outside cabin we had on deck one was fine. The food was OK but only in relation to choice. Quality was not a factor to be ... Read More
First time travelling with Carnival. The "Breeze" being a new ship was in pristine condition and the outside cabin we had on deck one was fine. The food was OK but only in relation to choice. Quality was not a factor to be considered. As with other reviewers we never saw a wine waiter in the dining room and had to keep asking for a drink with our meal. Mostly this arrived after we had finished eating. The Maitre De was a complete waste of space. The only time we saw him going around the dining tables was on the last evening when all the staff were looking for additional tips, apart from us being charged and debited with $138 each for service without even having the courtesy of being asked. The entertainment was a disgrace. In the ovation theatre there were a few evenings when some second rate dancers pranced around to pre recorded pop music. A lot of time there was absolutely nothing. On the plus side the Breeze Band on plaza deck 5 were excellent with a good selection of songs and tunes well played and the singer was excellent with plenty of personality. We discovered on talking to regular Carnival cruisers from the US that this ship was well blow par for food and entertainment. All we knew is that it was nowhere near comparible with other cruises we have taken. The cruise Director and his accomplice - Kelvin/Calvin were an absolute disgrace. Cringeworthy best describes this untalented pair. I will say no more due to slander laws. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Our experience on the Breeze was poor. Overall the ship was over crowded and had long lines for simply everything. There are no relaxing drinks by the pool or lazy games of ping pong, just lots and lots of people all standing in line ... Read More
Our experience on the Breeze was poor. Overall the ship was over crowded and had long lines for simply everything. There are no relaxing drinks by the pool or lazy games of ping pong, just lots and lots of people all standing in line everywhere. The lido deck has inspired the term "combat dining". In the mornings they would run out of coffee, coffee mugs and even regular cups, very frustrating. The room steward was nice but did not put the pull out bed back in the mornings (as I have seen on other cruises). The staff was overwhelmed with the number of people and service and courteousness suffered. The excursions were like kindergarten field trips and overpriced, I did better in several ports "winging it" and got more personalized and less expensive excursions. I got very tired of the cruise director announcing over the pa he had a big day planned for me on board and it would "only cost you xxx more dollars!" My personal fav was when he said he had a big day planned for me at the onboard gift shop. I did enjoy the destinations and the ship is nice and new but it was just plain overcrowded and I have never been so happy to leave. I am tired of stepping out of one persons way only to be in another's, and the people were not polite. I will not purchase a cruise on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Summary -- Very enjoyable trip; nice new ship...The Carnival Breeze! Good balance of activities and shows, slightly crowded, a few design flaws, good food options, excellent staff. The decor is bright and cheery ... ready for the ... Read More
Summary -- Very enjoyable trip; nice new ship...The Carnival Breeze! Good balance of activities and shows, slightly crowded, a few design flaws, good food options, excellent staff. The decor is bright and cheery ... ready for the Caribbean. We did the 12 day round trip out of Barcelona on July 21, 12. Every cabin was full. It was a very intense port schedule. We wanted to get everything out of each port day because it was our first (or first time in 20 years) to Europe. One of the design flaws was having rooms under the galley without enough sound proofing. So if you want to sleep, avoid aft cove balconies, especially where the steam pipes go in. Background Information: My husband and I traveled with our three teenage daughters and my mother. It was our 4th cruise, 2nd on carnival. Our girls 3rd cruise and my Mom's 7th. We live in the Washington DC metro area. While we are not dire hard foodies, we love to go out to eat at local white-table cloth restaurants. We go to the nearby museums and shows. Hotel Info - We stayed in a quaint hotel recommended by Rick Steves in Barcelona called Hotel Continental. The hotel had an old world feel with warm colors, beautiful chandelier, outdoor patio, and a beautiful balcony overlooking Las Rambles. It was a bit worn, in a well-loved way. The 24 hour, complimentary light food and drink (including beer!) was very convenient to accommodate different eating schedules. The staff went out of their way to be helpful. They even called my home before the trip to answer a question I sent. The rooms were small yet had all needed amenities, perfect for getting ready for a ship. I did have to ask for new towels a few times, it seems like they did not dry properly. The location and the staff made it fantastic. We will return. Travel To Port of Embarkation - Very easy to get there by Taxi. The Port is modern and we got on with a reasonable wait and without a problem. Activities - We have cruised on the Carnival Dream. We appreciated the added Ropes course and Sports court. We participated in the Food tasting, Wine tasting, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, putt-put, Ropes Course, slides, Spa, Exercise room, Exercise Classes, Texan Hold'um and Bridge. Pool chairs very hard to find on ocean days, until they thankfully started a timing policy. The Adult volleyball was very popular and fun on sea days, but only one hour for 20-30 people to play. They need to double volleyball time to two hours, and also need a few more Ping-Pong tables. Service - The service in the dining room helped make the trip outstanding. Fortunately with "my time" dining we are able to find a dinner team we loved and stick with them, which we did. Thanks Olympiu and Danijel, for the fantastic service and advice! A huge thanks to Irisa who helped us manage some food allergies/sensitivities. Port & Shore Excursions - This itinerary was not for the weak. It was our girl's first trip to Europe, my mom's 1st trip to Italy and our first trip to Europe in 20 years. We packed all we could in each day, out usually for 9+ hours a day. Considering our four our days in Barcelona, by Naples we were exhausted. We booked tours separately through Share a Shore Excursion in Italy (Thank you Big Luca) and Walks Inside Florence (Marzia Valbonesi was fantastic!!) Stateroom - great amenities, comfortable bed, very good shower, Cove balconies are more private and very close to water... rather cool. Avoid any room under the galley, in particular room #2404 unless you are a very solid sleeper or bring earplugs. The galley was busy (noisy) through the night, and #2404 is where the steam pipes come in. The steam pipes are like an old fashioned radiator, clanging and banging, which is terrible in the night! Carnival would have moved us but the ship was full. They did give us ships credits. Dining - solid options and many choices. A few stand out options were the chefs table, Tandori Indian, Guy's burgers (possibly the best burgers and BBQ sauce ever). The Chef's table is far the best food and beverage experience on the ship...it's a behind the scene tour of the kitchen, cooking techniques, a 5 or 6 course meal, and all the wine you could drink. At $75 each it was well worth it and very interesting. The main restaurants were very good, nice dinners, daily special were creative and enjoyable. Like on any ship there are hits and misses. Our waiters pointed us in the right direction on food selections. Lido, just OK, crowded during peak times (9-10am in Monaco, over 20 minute wait for breakfast). Sit down breakfast restaurants were nice, but closed too early (at 8:30) on port days. The poolside restaurants also had short hours. Children's Clubs - Our teens mostly liked the clubs,. They used them to meet friends and then dropped in for activities. It's too bad that the Sports court is over the Italian specialty restaurant. It would have been nice to be able to evening games there. Carnival should to arrange a few meet and greet events for the 18-21 year olds. It's tough to be at that in-between age on the ship. Entertainment - Full of life - everywhere you walk there is music, usually live. The singer at the pool was fantastic (Jimmy Buffet style!). The stage shows were dynamic full of energy. The Comedians at the Punch line club were hilarious!!!! (We Americans did not relate to the British ones as much.) The Game show was not as good as expected. Rakesh, the magician, was terrific. He came around to tables in the dining room and performed for each chef's table. We were always in awe! He was far better than the magician that performed on stage. He performed once or twice at the Punch liner. Disembarkation --They start the announcements at 5:45 am, so don't think about sleeping, even if you have a late flight. We got off near the end about 9:30 because we had a 1pm flight. Arrange transportation! While the taxi line does move, there are 1000+ people wanting taxis. We stood in the taxi line for almost an hour before we luckily found a van that had just dropped off from the airport. Private van/shuttle for 6 was $80 Euros. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We had a 12 night cruise on the Carnival Breeze from July 12st to August 2nd 2012 and loved every minute of it ! On the whole, the ship was amazing and the cruise was amazing. Few negative points : - pools far too small - decks very ... Read More
We had a 12 night cruise on the Carnival Breeze from July 12st to August 2nd 2012 and loved every minute of it ! On the whole, the ship was amazing and the cruise was amazing. Few negative points : - pools far too small - decks very crowded on sea days (which is why we got a premium vista balcony !). The problem is made worse by very inconsiderate people racing up at 7am and "reserving" 8 chairs for the rest of their family and hardly every using them. Carnival introduced a system where chairs could be reserved for maximum of 40 min else staff removed towels and personal gear to be collected later. Certainly helped a little but it wasn't enforced with any real consistency - shows ok - mainly just singing and dancing. Shows on other cruise lines have been much better Other than that - quality and design of ship was incredible. Service/staff were amazing. We had a fantastic room (Premium vista balcony) but even inside cabins (that the kids had :) were a good size. Food was outstanding. Photos from my cruise can also be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentharlow/collections/72157631044961810/ More specifically of the ship ..http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentharlow/sets/72157631046017882/ Will definitely be cruising Carnival again - quite keen to cruise the same boat once it heads over to the Carribean Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Our family of 5 sailed on the 4th sailing of this beautiful new ship, and kept encountering unpleasant surprises that kept happening. First, the lines are long. There was a long line to get our boarding passes, with hundreds of ... Read More
Our family of 5 sailed on the 4th sailing of this beautiful new ship, and kept encountering unpleasant surprises that kept happening. First, the lines are long. There was a long line to get our boarding passes, with hundreds of passengers crowding to get to the check in desks. Next, there was a long line waiting for boarding pass photos due to equipment failure. Want a glass of water in the Lido dining room? Well, the water dispensers are crowded into corners, with no logical way to form a line to get the water. The buffet lines are long, with people cutting in, because the milk is between the salad and entrees. Once you get your food, you'll need to wait for a table, as they are either crowded or full of dirty dishes, waiting for the staff to clean. Going ashore in the ports are chaotic, as passengers fight to get on the shuttles. We had to wait in line 45 minutes to get through security to get back on the ship at Venice. The 24 hour ice cream was out of order at least 50 percent of the time, and the most appealing food in the dessert bar was for decoration! The buffet food was typically bland, and breakfast was the same everyday. There are some options for custom omelets and sandwiches, but be prepared to wait in long lines to get some. The pasta dining is free for lunch, but the pasta was undercooked, and we received the wrong food. The main dining room improved significantly on the 3rd night, after a new maitre'd was brought in. Hopefully some new management will arrive for the other dining rooms soon. Be prepared to pay for extras on this ship. There is a dessert and coffee bar, but they charge per item. Want to watch a movie in the thrill theater? You'll have to pay. Want to use the internet on-board? Better take out a mortgage. On the bright side, the dining room staff and room stewards were great, and among the best that we have seen. Now, they just need some better managers. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We went on the 4th cruise of the Carnival Breeze. Whilst there is no disagreement that the suit is stunning, it fell short in expectations. Firstly the embarkation was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at noon and there were massive ... Read More
We went on the 4th cruise of the Carnival Breeze. Whilst there is no disagreement that the suit is stunning, it fell short in expectations. Firstly the embarkation was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at noon and there were massive queues everywhere. Queue to get through security (whilst many of our friends from the USA just jumped them), them massive queue to get your sail card. Then queue to get on boat. All in all took 1 1/2 hours to get on boat. Only good thing was we were able to get into room straight away. Room was one of the best we have been in. We had a balcony on deck 6 and plenty room with large bathroom. Room steward was excellent and had clean towels twice a day. They had self service launderette (for a fee of course) but this was always very busy and you couldn't get near the 9 of them on sea days. Lido Marketplace (self service restaurant) was good with variety of choice. Breakfast was till noon which was good. There was a deli counter which did sandwiches and toasties etc all afternoon so if you were not hungry at lunch and did not fancy pizza or burgers then at least you had a healthy option. The biggest complaint would be that a large number of people were coming in with just bathing suits on to eat and staff didn't really mind. A lot of the guests just spend their days eating pizza and having burgers. We had late seating at restaurant. You are unable to select table size prior to going. On first night we were allocated a table with other guests. After this we requested a table on our own (some peoples eating habits are not the best!). The was promptly done for the second night. Food was good but was a bit disorganised and very rushed. Most nights there was a little song from the Maitre D and then the waiters had to do a dance. This was OK if you were finished your food, but if your not then expect everyone hanging over you taking pictures! The first formal night most people dressed up, but the second most didn't bother. Main theatre entertainment was average. At least most nights the shows were on twice so if you were late dinner sitting you got to see something. However, we had one show repeated 3 times in the cruise. They were nothing special, just your usual musical type. Apart from the cruise director HASBRO game show (load of rubbish) and the guest talent show (karaoke on stage basically). There were also comedian shows late. Some were good, some were very bad. There was also people paying music in the pub, the plaza, the atrium and the piano bar. So plenty to suit your taste. Gym was very disappointing as about the smallest I have been to on a ship and on sea days was very busy and you had to wait to get on equipment. The cruise director (John Heald) was a very nice guy but it was a bit tiring hearing him on the speaker system all the time telling you what was on or where you could spend your money. Although it was the first ship I had been on where you got to find out the names of the people who were late or missed the boat (the name Hoffman was used many times!). John did a morning show with a guy called Calvyn. This was utter rubbish and where did they find Calvyn from - he was a joke (and that's putting it mildly). As this was a fun ship there were a lot of kids on the ship. Now I don't mind them at all but there was a big problem with the 13 - 17 age group. They were really disruptive during the night and causing havoc especially in the lido area and pizza pirate areas. Some of the staff were in tears over the mess they were making with the ice cream machine. Most nights it was out of action because they had filled it with salsa, tabasco, apples or had removed the pins to make the levers work. Staff were saying that the kids were rampaging till 5 - 6 in the morning. My question would be where are the parents? May I also add that it was the kids from the USA that were doing the rampaging - the European kids must have gone to bed. I have been on a few ships, but this was the first Carnival. It was a lovely ship but the 'fun ship' idea is not to everyone's taste. It had lost a lot of the formality which most cruise ships have. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Arrival-as other reviews stated chaotic queues not very good explanation and rude staff if you cant find your form to sign to get on board. Cases=dont expect these until up to around 9pm at night=we got ours about 5.45 just in time ... Read More
Arrival-as other reviews stated chaotic queues not very good explanation and rude staff if you cant find your form to sign to get on board. Cases=dont expect these until up to around 9pm at night=we got ours about 5.45 just in time before we rushed for our dinner so bring spare clothes if you arrive midday like us. Apparently this is not the service you get on other liners Dinning rooms blush=over the top waiters who want tips! Only ate 2 times here as they did not leave u alone. Casino -excellent Theatre=broke all holiday Gratuities-please cancel and pay your own-they try to make you feel guilty but they were work out around £60 per day. Some staff only get 75 dollars per month as carnival expects them to make wages from tips! Cruisers=they packed in record 4600 guests but only had around 1600 sunbeds so even though up 6.30am could not get bed for 4, with 2 smallchildren this is a headache. Alot guests fighting over beds so new rule brought in if left longer than 40 mins your stuff gets removed! At the end of the day Carnival should provide enough beds and not expect you to lay on towels as some guests did. Rooms-staff fab and very friendly, they got our biggest tip! Rooms smaller than there other ships they pack u in here-noisy in morning with inconsiderate banging from the patio doors and front doors of adjoining rooms. Bar staff at main pool bars=not very friendly on lido but friendly staff who come to you Frog Pub=good friendly service, excellent live music POOLS- STANDING ROOM ONLY! THese ARE VERY SMALL -AQUA PARK EXCELLENT Italian and Steak excellent ate here twice great service and food Indian curry area fab plenty queues here though Market Place=closed half down when peak times did not make sense just created more queues? John the cruise director=annoying making announcements every day which was all about you spending more money! Ports of call=loved loved croatia, good in naples, Monaco, veniece too crowded 6 cruise liners in that day expect queues. Arrival at ports times never as they stated so set your clocks for an hour earlier at 6am or youll miss the arrival Tours-at 100 dollars per person make your own way to Pompei like us-90 euros in taxi who waited 2 hours for us saved 300 dollars! Same in croatia 15 euros in old town to beach then 50 euros for tour including journey home. Rome more difficult but you can get train. Exiting boat-PLEASE BEAWARE THIS STARTS FROM 5.30AM IN THE MORNING IF CARNIVAL OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT HAVE NOT INFORMED YOU-OUR FLIGHT WAS 11.30PM BUT THEY STILL HAD US DOWN TO EXIT AT AROUND 6AM! AFTER SPEAKING TO MANY ENGLISH ON BOARD THIS IS NOT NORMALLY THE TYPE SERVICE YOU EXPECT FROM LUXURY LINER AND MANY SAID THEY WOULD NOT BOOK AGAIN Nationalties-certain people dont expect to queue! Very loud and arrogant Children=alot of teenagers on here if you expecting more relaxing space Overall a good holiday from the trips we took ourselves and the sights and memories,however this is not what we expected a luxury cruise liner to be like. Yes its new has fab facilities but they pack you in like sardines here, everyone we spoke to said book p and o and go from southampton. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
What a way to travel round the Med. Our 1st cruise and it took some getting used to due to the sheer size of the ship. The Breeze is a fantastic ship with everything you could possibly need in one place. OK there are queues for food in the ... Read More
What a way to travel round the Med. Our 1st cruise and it took some getting used to due to the sheer size of the ship. The Breeze is a fantastic ship with everything you could possibly need in one place. OK there are queues for food in the lido marketplace but timing of service is from 12:00 - 15:00 so unless you want to queue go around 14.00 for lunch. the food never runs out and is exceptional at all times.The on board service charges are $138.00 per person per trip which works out very expensive before you have even started but you are allowed to cancel this and tip the staff personnally if you wish so no dramas there. If you have a problem dont rely on security to sort out. The cabin in between my sister's and her in laws was occupied by teenagers up all night partying and security didnt check or ensure that the adult who was su[pposed to be in that room was actually sleeping there ( thanks you ididots/ louts from Sheffield) carnival have agreed to credit their holiday by 20% each so their holiday was compensated. Alcohol is a bit expensive and staff already have tips included (commission based)so don't feel obliged. A balcony cabin is a must. We had an internal cabin and used room service as our alarm clock, Tea and coffee + extras delivered by the friendliest staff imaginable at anytime of day or night (free. For anyone who suffers with sea sickness no fear of this on this ship you dont even realise you are on the sea.The excursions are expensive but with a bit of homework you can save Hundreds of pounds by going yourself. I would totally recommend booking on the Carnival Breeze there is something for everyone young and old. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
We have been on 8 cruises with our children, ages 9 and 12, and this by far was the best cruise. Arrived at 10:30 AM and walked straight on to the ship. Room was ready by 1PM. Only complaint was the bags didn't reach our room ... Read More
We have been on 8 cruises with our children, ages 9 and 12, and this by far was the best cruise. Arrived at 10:30 AM and walked straight on to the ship. Room was ready by 1PM. Only complaint was the bags didn't reach our room until 6PM. Make sure you carry on a bathing suit to hang out at the pool while waiting. The ship is sooo much nicer than any other Carnival ships we have been on. The waterworks, water slides, thrill theater, updated bars, food choices, etc. We thought the cruise director John was great and very funny. He was also very nice to our children the entire cruise. We had fantastic waiters and room steward. The ports of call are unbelievably beautiful. Your Time Dining was great. We went to dinner between 6:30 and 7PM every night and only waited a few minutes to be seated. We were able to pick and get our favorite waitress, Florica, and a window table every night. Shows and comedians were entertaining. We never ran into any of the noisy kids as mentioned in other reviews, however, we were in bed by about 11:30 every night. The hallways can be noisy at night on many cruises but we did not experience it on this ship. I guess we were lucky and just had great experiences the entire cruise. I have found on other cruises that you need to change things up when things aren't going the way you expected. Complaining doesn't usually get you anywhere, however, a change in attitude will. I would highly recommend this cruise to families with kids. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Just got back from a 12 night Mediterranean cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze, I had very high expectations coming on this ship and being that I have been on multiple cruises before I was hoping this one would be the best. Upon entering ... Read More
Just got back from a 12 night Mediterranean cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze, I had very high expectations coming on this ship and being that I have been on multiple cruises before I was hoping this one would be the best. Upon entering the ship we were greeted heavily by the crew, any crew member that passed by would greet you with a smile on their face, this is one thing that I especially liked because it showed that the crew cared. The ship was beautiful and big, very child-friendly ship, big waterslides, skycourt, and many different activites for children and teenagers. But at the same time it was also very elegant and adult-friendly. The 5th deck is where the party was every night, being a 21 year old male from the US the first two things I looked for were the Club and the Casino and they were both conveniently located on the 5th deck next to eachother. Liquid Nightclub is one of the nicest nightclubs ive seen on a ship, very roomy with VIP booths and dancing cages, every night it was jam packed with people dancing, mingling, and drinking. Another good thing about Liquid Nightclub is that it stayed open fairly late, it would stay open until 3 am and 4 am on a very busy night, same goes with the Casino, it would stay open till 3 am and 4 or 5 am on a busy night. The casino was nice and big with many table games and many slots, some other cool things on the fifth floor would be the Comedy Club, the Piano Bar, and the Sushi Bar. Entertainment on this ship was very good, especially the comedy club, there were 7 different performers on our ship and they were all very good. Another awesome thing was the dances at Dinner every other night, The head waiters would break into song and dance every other night to modern songs, it was very entertaining. The Food on the ship was the best ive ever had on a ship, Dinner was very good every night, Breakfast was on point every morning and Lunch had so many options that you could not go wrong with any of it. One place I really enjoyed was the burger joint on the lido deck, I would give their burgers a 10/10. Some other small things to note would be the rooms are very roomy, and our room attendant Edwin was the best, our room was cleaned twice a day and spotless every time, the best room attendant ive had. Another small thing that I liked was the adult deck on the 15th deck, complete with two whirlpools, gazebos, hammocks and made for 21+, very enjoyable part of the ship. Overall, this ship is well worth it to sail on and it was the best cruise I have sailed on, The crew was great and the people were great as well, if you are looking to sail the mediterranean i would reccomend the Carnival Breeze. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
The Carnival Breeze! what can be said - absolutely amazing ship and an absolutely amazing cruise. This was the cruise of a lifetime for us and we were not disappointed. We had booked this cruise about a year in advance allowing us plenty ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze! what can be said - absolutely amazing ship and an absolutely amazing cruise. This was the cruise of a lifetime for us and we were not disappointed. We had booked this cruise about a year in advance allowing us plenty of time to research our shore excursions, we cruise for the itinerary and to gamble. We left from Barcelona, Spain on June 15th. Boarding the ship was without incident and, being platinum and having booked a Grand Suite lent itself to us boarding immediately upon arrival. We opted not to arrive at the cruise port until noon, also giving us the opportunity of not dealing with the crowds. The new color of scheme of the Breeze is relaxing and beautiful. The Suite was what we expected, larger balcony, dressing room, large bathroom and plenty of closet space. The "living" area offered a nice seating area and the 42" flat screen TV could be turned for viewing from bed or from the sofa. From our balcony we could look down to the water or to the extension of deck 5 offering great "people watching" opportunities, our particular location offered us a view of one of the hot tub and the barbecue. I am attempting to offer an overview and will get into details as this review progresses. There was a online group formed early on, this offered much information for those who have not cruised before and also offered the opportunity for many to book shore excursions independently in groups. We opted to book our excursions through Carnival with the exception of one - Rome! (more on this later). The group had a welcome aboard party just before sail-a-way, we visited for a few minutes, said our hello's and went on our way. We also had a cabin crawl scheduled, this offered many who are new to cruising or who have no idea what other cabin categories are like the opportunity to see what they are like. We hosted the group in our suite at the end of the crawl for drinks and "munchies". Two of the cabins I had wanted to see were on our crawl - the cove balconies - and the spa cabins. The cove balconies are interesting and are on our list for a future cruise. The spa cabins surprised me, I'm glad to have the opportunity to see them as well. The group also booked a cocktail party on the last sea day and had much fun. We met some wonderful folks within the group and some not so wonderful, like everything "it is what it is". Can't wait for our November cruise and seeing friends again. Your Time Dining worked perfect for us, allowing the opportunity to not have to worry about being in the dining room at an appointed time - with an itinerary as rigorous as this one, my advice would be my time dining. We opted to dine in the steak house twice (both perfect dinners), and we went to the Italian option three times. This was incredible and new for us as in all of our cruises with Carnival this was the first ship we were on that had the Italian venue. Even now I wish I could perfect the recipe for Nona's meatballs and have the word out to my PVP to see if there is a cookbook available or at least the recipe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one! Food in the dining room was great, and our seating was prompt and our location requests handled to our specifications. I don't do breakfast, hubby does and he was pleased. My preference is coffee and toast via room service and that was without incident, in fact, it was very surprising as to how quickly my order was delivered. Lunches on the ship were fun - we did love Guy's burgers and we did find the lido lunch buffet enjoyable. One area I particularly enjoyed was the wok area and the opportunity to "choose my own" ingredients and sauce and have it cooked for me while I waited. While the sauces are delicious, they will make a special sauce for you if you ask as I prefer soy and ginger. The cooks were more than happy to accommodate. Sandwiches were great and many choices available. The pizza was as expected - light, crispy and a wonderful late night snack. It was nice to see a new show - as we have been on the same ships several time we often find we run into productions we have seen before - Motor City and Diva's did not disappoint us. The theatre has a few spots that would make it hard to see the stage, but if you get to the theatre early you should be able to escape them. Carnival should take a lesson from RCCL here and offer exclusive seating for suite patrons. This is one side of Carnival lacking from RCCL as we greatly missed our concierge services. (The new "perks" program has rolled out -- more on that later). The comedy shows were ok, we aren't big on them so we would visit for a few and leave, they were what we expected. We opted out of the welcome and goodbye shows as they never change and we have seen our share. Our cabin steward was "WONDERFUL" she and her assistants could NOT do enough for us. They were attentive and accommodating -- if we were walking to our cabin and they saw us, they would run ahead and open our suite for us - they welcomed us home from our days of sightseeing - it was like coming home to old friends. Another group to acknowledge is guest services - again they offered the extra effort to take care of our needs and questions. Another "hats-off" goes to the Internet team - they had our IPad connected within minutes of our visit. The internet service on the ship is great and fast! The addition of the new daily list of ships activities on line is great! and FREE. We also used the Spa frequently and found the staff and the spa services to exceed our expectations. We booked a couples massage and this was one of our highlights aboard the ship. The spa offered us wonderfully quiet on our sea days - we opt for this rather than the lido pool deck. The pool area was ok - it's not something we do. Movies under the stars were good. The selection was good and should have provided something for everyone. The 5D theatre was like being at Disney, rollercoaster effects, water squirting, air squirting - we are sure it is something that will fare well on the Breeze - great family activity. We did spend much time in the Casino and were floored to discover we were sailing with old friends - we knew our pit bosses from previous cruises - it was like "old home week". Eleanora - it was so wonderful to see you again! We won, we lost, we came up, we went down - all it all - we can't complain as we view gambling as entertainment - we were not disappointed, had tons of fun and met some great new friends. Now about excursions - - Carnival excursions were great - we were very particular in what we chose to do - most of our excursions provided transportation and then exploration "on your own". This worked well for us. Also, hat's off to Carnival, as our arrival to Venice was not without its problems as there was a transportation strike in effect the day we were there. Carnival scrambled and was able to secure enough launches to transport folks from the ship to St. Mark's Square area. All other excursions went as scheduled. Thanks Carnival! You did a great job in a tough situation! After walking around Venice for awhile we had Italian ice cream at St. Mark's Square and then found a gondola ride. Another highlight of the trip as we bargained for a 45 minute ride for 80 Euros and we opted to tip. Our driver took us on a wonderful route through the canals. He told us about the history of the gondola's and pointed out each building of interest as we passed them. He stopped for photo opportunities. Our 45 minutes ended up as an hour and a half. He posed for pictures with us as well. We did have dinner off ship on several occasions - this was wonderful -- We shall never forget our dinner in Venice and our waiter, we chose a beautiful little place with a restaurant seating area inside and a beautiful sidewalk seating area outside. Being in Venice we opted to sit outside and enjoy dinner. Our waiter was so attentive to our needs -- he was wonderful and took it upon himself to entertain us. It amazes me that Europeans don't tip - having worked as a waitress through college, I just can't not tip - in Venice our dinner check was about 76 Euros. We gave the waiter 100 Euros - he promptly returned with change - we said no - for you - he tried again to give us the change - again we said no - for you - he quickly ran back into the kitchen and got the cook - returned for us to tell the cook it was for him. Next he ran back to the bar and grabbed a bottle of lemoncello and shot glasses - returned to our table and poured drinks for us. Such a sweet gesture and truly a highlight of our cruise. As mentioned early on in this review - we booked our own excursion in Rome - this was by far one of the best decisions we made. Hubby had surgery on his foot and is not quite 100%. I was worried about him holding up for a full day and evening in Rome. I searched the internet and found a gentlemen who was advertising Gold Cart Tours of Rome - I started talking with Paolo about 9 months before the cruise via email and telephone. Paolo was a true gentleman and it became apparent quickly that he was going to make our visit to Rome truly exceptional. Paolo also offered transfers from the ship to Rome --we did this as well. Our driver met us at the ship - and whisked us away in his Mercedes into Rome. He pointed out things of interest and took the time to get to know us. Once in Rome he dropped us off in Borgese Park where Paolo had arranged for us to tour the park on Segways! We laughed and learned to ride them in about 10 minutes - Paolo was our guide and took us through the park and to the overlook where we could view all of Rome. After our visit in the park - Paolo took us into Rome via golf cart! This is an incredible way to see Rome - Paolo basically drove us up and down the side streets of Rome from destination to destination. We were dropped off at every one of the sites and would go back and join Paolo once we were ready. We saw the side streets of Rome and other things off the typical tourist trails. Paolo was a wealth of information and narrated through the entire day. He knows his history and had remarkable stories to tell. We were driving along the Apian Way about lunch time. Paolo had prearranged lunch for us at a wonderful restaurant that was once one of the tombs within the wall of Rome - Paolo introduced us to the cook, and we feel we actually had the opportunity to meet "Moma" while in Italy - in fact, she cooked lunch for us. Now, lunch was interesting, Paolo pointed out, lunch is their big meal of the day, the food was endless - soup course, salad course, pasta course, meat course (make that 4 meats) as the plates just kept coming. We had to ask them to stop - we couldn't eat anything else! The afternoon was back to the sites of Rome -- those on the tourist routes, and those not on the tourist routes! We learned so much from Paolo and extend our sincere appreciation for him making Rome a highlight of our vacation. Paulo also told us that while gelato is good - Italian ice cream is the end-all-be-all he was right! There are those who will cruise and find fault, I have run into that in the last few days, it never ceases to amaze me. Although there will always be something not to one's liking there are ways to constructively voice complaints. In the last few days I have been witness to a couple who wouldn't extend a compliment if it jumped up and hit them in the nose. If one stands back and takes a look their arrogance and lack of good manners quickly comes to surface. Personally we never dwell on the negatives, we go on our cruises expecting to have a wonderful time and experience - we have never been disappointed -- We are looking forward to many more cruises and if you are thinking about the Breeze, book it, enjoy her - she's beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises ... Read More
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises and the carnival ship doesn't compare... Everything was an up charge! There were many areas to choose from for dining but all were additional except the standard dining room and buffets...including additional $ for any soft drink. The food was okay but definitely not exceptional.! The shows in the evening didn't even come close to the Broadway style productions of Disney...Carnival had the same 6 performers in all shows with very minimal sets... As for the design of the ship...simple things that made for frustration. The drinks available water, lemonade, and tea were always running out because they had to be hand filled. In this day on age I'm sure there is a simple solution others than having a carnival employee squeezing into the line of waiting people to refill... The omelet station in the middle of the buffet so people who only wanted fruit or Danish had to wait in line behind everyone getting an omelet. Pizza made to order, which sounds great but not on a ship with thousands of people. I could go on and on.... Then there is the sky course...the attraction that my kids loved but....it is wind restricted!! Did Carnival forget that this a cruise ship, generally windy at sea!! So you had to wait for the course hours to be open, very limited, and then hope that it wasn't too windy or they would shut it down!! On a positive note the employees were very friendly... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We recent arrived home from a trip wi carnival on the breeze 27th June to 9th july. We was really shockedat how many children, teanages that was on the ship, i think a quarter of the guests were under 18. The ship was ok, nothing ... Read More
We recent arrived home from a trip wi carnival on the breeze 27th June to 9th july. We was really shockedat how many children, teanages that was on the ship, i think a quarter of the guests were under 18. The ship was ok, nothing spectacular. The food was average. We was at the back of the ship and had asked for anytime dinning. But we did not know that the restaurant for anytime dinning was at the front of the ship so it was a long walk just to go to eat of a night unless we wished to use the Lido bar. There was no chance of getting a sun bed near the pools as people were putting towels on them at 6 am in the morning. We know this as you could see them in your room on the tv viewing cameras. We thought this was not going to happen as they say there is a 30 minute time if the beds are not used then the towels taken off. This never happened at all. And some people not only too a sunbed but also chairs and tables so at times, just forget it you could not get a seat. The adults only sun bathing area was just the same perhaps even worst. Our cabin steward came in on our first day and gave us a big story of how he had not seen his family for 7 months and how much he missed them etc etc. He made us feel guilty that he was working there. He also walked into our cabin without knocking 3 times. On two occasions we was not dressed and getting ready to go out, so we was not pleased so after this we locked our door from the inside. The bathroom glass shelves were not cleaned the whole 12 days ?. Also there was repeated stuff coming over the loud speakers trying to get you to go to the shops and buy stuff. Or to buy the trips. And funny also there was a so called family late 3 days in a row back to the ship. If this family exsisted who knows, since we have read on other sights that the same thing was suppose to have happened on their cruise. We think this was to frighten you to not do the trips on your own but to take their trips.also on the last daythey kept on about how good the staff had been and that we should tips them extra even though we had already done this on the sale and sign card, but no they wanted more. But what really pissed us off was the fact that the cabin man actually went into our sale and sign part on the tv and looked at what we had spent. This we thought was a private matter. Butthe worst is yet to come. We booked this cruise a year in advance, we paid a deposit and booked our cabing etc and carnival say if you do this then you will not get it cheaper, and if you see it cheaper they will re imburse you the difference. Well the price went down three times and we had to contact carnival to get the refund, which yes we did get, but on the last advert when the price went down it said that there was also an onboard credit of 200 dollars. We did not say anything before we went as we thought we would get it when we got on board. But no, and we had to print off the email to prove this, and they just kept saying they were looking into it. Since the cruise we have contacted carnival and have been passed from one department to another. We are still waiting from a response from the american part of carnival offices. But we are not holding our breath on getting this. We do not want it added to our next cruise which is what we was expecting them to say as the discount was on the cruise we took. We very much doubt we will go on another cruise with carnival. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
We have sailed with Carnival before and have been happy enough, but this is the first Carnival ship I would actually go out of my way to book again! There is no excuse to be bored on this ship, no matter what your age. We spent a great ... Read More
We have sailed with Carnival before and have been happy enough, but this is the first Carnival ship I would actually go out of my way to book again! There is no excuse to be bored on this ship, no matter what your age. We spent a great deal of time in the Lido Pool. The interior decor in the Breeze is noticeably different from other Carnival ships, and in a good way. Tasteful colors and patterns make it different from the clown-inspired designs of Carnival ships past. I used the early saver program to upgrade my interior cabin to a cove balcony, and I am spoiled now! The cove balcony is a lower balcony on level 2, very close to the water, and shaded by the lifeboats above, so you aren't blasted by the sun like on a regular balcony. We mostly ate in the buffet, as dining rooms on cruise ships are notoriously slow, and we don't like to dress up just for a meal. We do like the more casual dress code Carnival has now, and spent a couple of nights in the Blush. I should also mention the ports of call on this particular itinerary were Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno, Civitavecchia (went to Rome, of course, great times), Dubrovnik, Venice, and Messina. ALL WERE FANTASTIC! The only problem we had was chair hogs. People obviously left their things oon the Serenity chairs all night long =( Carnival has got to step up in this area. Other than that it was a perfect cruise on a perfect ship! Thanks, John Heald! Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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