2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This cruise was amazing, it was my dream cruise! I traveled with my mom and dad. It was amazing! It was a new ship with only 2 months sailing before our cruise. You could tell that everything was new since the boat was just beautiful. It ... Read More
This cruise was amazing, it was my dream cruise! I traveled with my mom and dad. It was amazing! It was a new ship with only 2 months sailing before our cruise. You could tell that everything was new since the boat was just beautiful. It was my first cruise but not my parents. It was a busy cruise since we stopped every day except 3 days. So th cruise was a bit tiring but that was because it was my first cruise. The food, it was okay not the best. By the end of the cruise all of the food was tasting the same. I also did not like how at the buffet the food kept repeating every other day. The dinning room was nice. But again the food was not the best, very bland food. The food there repeated sometimes too. Another thing I really did not like is that we had to wait 10-70 minutes for a table to go to the dinning room. We did have open dinning but since the ship sailed off at different times we did not want to commit to a certain time. . I LOVED the pizza, 24 hour ice cream, Mexican food stand and the Guys burger joint. It was the best food on the ship. Just beware that some resteraunts charge an extra fee that maybe costly. But losts of good resteraunts are included. Cabin, it was very cozy and very small. But that is cruise life. We had a balcony and even though it is more money it is worth it. It was hard to fit 3 people since the bed could only fit 2 and the pull out couch was NOT comfy more like a rock. The room was very clean and nicely kept by our cabin staff. We did not know that we were right bellow the buffet room so every night all night so we could not sleep beside of the noise of the cleaning staff. We told the guest services and they did not do much to help but they did give us a 100 dollar credit. But the room was wonderful very well kept and I LOVED the towel animals they made daily. The cabin at the end of the cruise felt like my new beloved home. The staff, the staff was wonderful! There was a few nasty staff members on the play area and they made it difficult to rise the Sky Rider. The Sky Rider was impossible to go on so don't go on it if you don't absolutely want to. But so many staff members would do ANYTHING for you. You became friends with some of them because they were so likeable. Even though there were concerns this cruise was just amazing the staff was nice, food was okay, ship was wonderful and many more. I wish I lived on the ship. Hopefully we will sail on the Carnival Vista soon again. I would definitely recommend this cruise and ship to your family. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
This was my wife's and my first trip to Europe. We chose the Breeze because of the itinerary and found a whole different face of Carnival from previous cruises - and not a good one. I'll get to the whole itinerary issues later. ... Read More
This was my wife's and my first trip to Europe. We chose the Breeze because of the itinerary and found a whole different face of Carnival from previous cruises - and not a good one. I'll get to the whole itinerary issues later. Let me start with the ship. The Breeze is a beautiful ship, modeled much like the Disney Wonder and Magic boats in decor but a lot like the older Carnival ships in layout. The food was the typical pretty decent Carnival fare (except the eggs in the buffet - ugh!) and had some fun additions like the Guy's Burger Joint (probably the best free food other than dinner) and the Blue Iguana Cafe. There were lots of upcharge food areas, too (an Italian restaurant for $12 pp, a steakhouse for $35 pp, a pretty decent sushi bar ($1-$12 depending on what you ordered), a dessert place ($3 for ice cream??), and Red Frog Pub which we did not try because none of the $3 appetizers appealed to us. The entertainment was sporadic (three times they cancelled shows and they had issues with the comedians, but that was due to the itinerary issues) and at times non-existent (basically, there's not much going on between 5-7:30). The staff was friendly but poorly trained in some areas (e.g. the girl in the Library Bar had no idea how to work the self-service wine machine - and she was the only one on duty). We had a cove balcony which was probably the best thing about our trip. The balcony was on deck 2 and had a great view of the water and was fairly well protected from the weather. One night we had 50 knot winds and 20-25 foot waves and it was pretty cool watching them from the balcony. The balcony does have an outer steel door which was closed when we had to take the rough seas broadside which prevented us from using the balcony during those 2 brief periods. The room was larger than previous Carnival rooms we had had and had plenty of storage. The thermostat just says "warmer" and "colder" and it didn't seem to respond very quickly either way. Our steward told us the last night of the cruise that the ship doesn't have heat, just AC either on or off and that's controlled by the thermostat. We had some cold nights, but the comforter was certainly adequate for keeping us warm in bed. Now getting to the itinerary issues, which were plentiful. I understand Carnival (or any cruise line) can't control the weather and want to put safety first, but they certainly made it clear that they would rather hide behind the legalities of their contract rather than try to do right for their passengers if they decide to change or remove a port. Weather was an issue for several days of the 12-night cruise. The first sign of trouble was Monaco, where like the two cruises with the same itinerary prior to ours, the ship was not able to dock. The staff had already reduced the time in port from an 8 PM departure to a 5 PM departure, but then as we approached Monaco, they scrubbed the port entirely due to "high winds" and we were told by the cruise director that there was no way we could get into port. Even by the ship's own data displayed on the map channel, there was less than 10 mph of wind and the seas were calm. This was just the first time the weather was used as an excuse to skip a port. Later that evening, the cruise director announced a major change to the itinerary, basically moving every other port day around and dropping Messina, which we sailed by two days later in calm seas. After we got into and out of Dubrovnik, the cruise director once again announced a major change to the itinerary that the ship would drop Venice and replace it with Messina after another 2 days at sea. All totaled, the itinerary lost 2 ports and 3 days in port and replaced them with "fun" days at sea - meaning half the cruise was "fun" days at sea in the Mediterranean, where there are ports all over the place. This is not what we signed up for. We came to see Europe, not a Carnival ship. And the grand total of the compensation offered for missing these ports? $40 pp in refunded port charges and ONE free drink per person in the main dining room at dinner from a limited selection. The extra days at sea were without entertainment or a poor selection of activities and the activities that were pushed by the staff all involved spending more money (spa, casino, restaurants, etc.). The comedians from the first few nights were supposed to leave in Rome initially, but had to stay on two extra days and get off in Dubrovnik instead. Their displeasure was on full display in their poor attitude and rather humorless and brief routines. The senior staff's attitude was that any decisions had to be made by the main office and their hands were tied. Even the free drink was only offered after lengthy conversations with the hotel director. Now the staff did SOME things right - they offered free phone and internet communications with private tours to allow for them to either be cancelled or rescheduled, and then they offered the same for families who were victim to Hurricane Sandy back home in the US, the latter only after again some prodding by guests. By losing Venice entirely, and then rescheduling Rome to a Sunday when the Vatican museum is closed meant that the two big things we really wanted to see in Italy were taken away from us. In the end, the itinerary was shot and Carnival did little to compensate for it. They basically chose to do what was legal rather than what was right. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
I'll start by saying I've been on 8 Princess cruises, 3 NCL cruises, 1 Royal Caribbean cruise, and 2 Carnival cruises. Of those 14 cruises, only two have ever canceled ports altogether. Those 2 were both the Carnival cruises ... Read More
I'll start by saying I've been on 8 Princess cruises, 3 NCL cruises, 1 Royal Caribbean cruise, and 2 Carnival cruises. Of those 14 cruises, only two have ever canceled ports altogether. Those 2 were both the Carnival cruises I've been on, and the biggest reason I'll never go on Carnival again. This cruise was something our family had talked about doing for 13 years, and had actively planned for nearly 1 year. We were excited about going on a new ship, but the overwhelming reason for choosing this cruise was the fabulous itinerary, and the fact that out of 11 full days, only 3 were going to be "fun" days at sea (a better ratio than any cruise I'd ever been on). When all was said and done, only 5 days ended up being in ports, and 6(!) days were at sea. The trouble started the morning of the first full day, when during breakfast in the dining room (which incidentally we walked out of after being ignored for over ten minutes after being seated), an announcement came over the loudspeaker saying that we would not be able to dock in Monte Carlo due to high winds "for our safety". The odd thing is that the wind was less than 10mph, and the seas were calm. We later heard from other passengers that Monte Carlo had been canceled on the last two cruises before us, and that our captain had crashed the Breeze into some expensive yachts in Monaco on a previous cruise, and they had decided beforehand not to return again. Whatever the reason, it was NOT the weather, and it had clearly been decided beforehand. Later that same evening (after the first unexpected "fun" day at sea), an announcement was made that "Mother Nature was STILL not cooperating" and many of our big ports would all come packed together at the end of the cruise, and Messina (Sicily) would be omitted as well. The next day we stopped as planned in Livorno, then had two more unplanned days at sea before stopping in Dubrovnik. That night, after leaving Dubrovnik, another announcement came. My husband and I were eating in Cucina del Capitano at the time. This announcement was to tell us that they were "so sorry" but the weather was yet again an issue, and now we would not be getting EITHER of our TWO days in Venice (however the one day in Messina was mysteriously returning to the itinerary). After this third announcement canceling Venice, all hell broke loose. The couple next to us in the restaurant was on their honeymoon, and the wife began to cry. My parents were in their stateroom at the time, and they heard someone scream with rage in the hallway. An angry mob started to form at guest services (later moved to the theater due to size). Crew members took names and contact info, and implied that things would be made right (to date, over a month later, no one in our party has heard a word from anyone at Carnival). The compensation for radically altering the trip we all had planned on? Refunding $40 in port charges, and one free drink voucher good only in the dining room and for a limited selection of drinks. Other aspects of the cruise were disappointing as well. Food was definitely subpar, both in the dining room and the buffet. Meals were often served cold, and missing certain ingredients (no cheese in "broccoli cheese soup", no sweet chili sauce on "thai sweet chili shrimp"). Parts of the buffet were often inexplicably closed during peak times, leading to overcrowding and exceptionally long lines in areas that were open. The dining rooms were frequently closed for breakfast and lunch on the "fun" days, leading to even more people at the buffet. The one bright spot for dining was Guys Burger Joint, which had exceptional hamburgers and oddly enough not much of a wait most times we went there Entertainment was very limited. On a 12 day cruise, only 4 shows were provided, and they were just repeated continuously. Most of the entertainment options that were heavily hyped cost money (bingo, thrill theater, casino, etc). The constant announcements to encourage passengers to take part in these paid activities was enough to make more than a few people skeptical of the real reasons of all the added "fun" days at sea. Being a new ship, everything was very clean, including cabins. Beds were not comfortable, and didn't seem any different than on the 8 year old Carnival Miracle we sailed on the previous year. Our particular room was right across from one of the only TWO laundry facilities on board, which seemed very inadequate to handle the needs of nearly 4,000 passengers. This meant that every day from 6am until midnight, there was a continuous line of people spilling into the hallway waiting to do laundry, some of whom actually sat in our doorway and fell back into our room when we'd open the door. I'd advise anyone to look at a deck plan map carefully before booking. This cruise has basically taught us that you get what you pay for. Before going on Carnival, I wondered how they were able to charge less than other cruise lines and stay in business. This cruise answered that question all too well. Subpar food, more passengers per unit area, canceled ports, and limited "free" entertainment. We won't be going on Carnival again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2012
We were a family of 8 adults from Australia setting out for a great adventure in Europe. A once in a lifetime trip as some of our members are 80 plus. We enjoyed much of Carnival Breeze. It is a new ship and we had balcony cabins that were ... Read More
We were a family of 8 adults from Australia setting out for a great adventure in Europe. A once in a lifetime trip as some of our members are 80 plus. We enjoyed much of Carnival Breeze. It is a new ship and we had balcony cabins that were quite spacious. Our cabin crew were really nice and we had folded towel animals and chocolates each night. We were in cabin 6364 which was a really convenient spot in about the middle of the ship near the lifts. Getting on the ship was really easy as we got there late in the day and got straight on. However, once we got on we started experiencing problems with the itinerary. . We missed out on two ports. The first one Monaco, their excuse was that there were high winds, however it did not seem windy that morning at all. The next disappointing thing was missing out on the highlight of the cruise, Venice. Ok it may have been flooded but Carnival had plenty of time to organise another port. Also the ship was to stay in Venice overnight so instead of being in Venice we got two more 'fun' days at sea. They promised some great entertainment for those days but none came, it was just the same, trivia, bingo and spa talks such as 'secret to a flatter stomach' where they are trying to sell you something. They also played some really old movies and kept repeating them. One night they cancelled the main shows due to supposed high seas, however the seas were not high at all. We have been on many ships where there have been really high seas and they have not cancelled the show. The most insulting thing was we were sitting waiting for the show to start as we had not been told it was cancelled and they put on a 30 yr old Johnny Cash movie, surely they could have come up with something better than that. I must say though, the ship itself was pretty good, we really enjoyed the adults only area upstairs and there seemed to a lot of spa's around to bask in, especially the ones on level 5 that were very convenient to us. We enjoyed the food in the restaurant, it usually seemed of a very high standard.. We were on my time dining and had no problems with that. We enjoyed the waiters dance routines every night. The drink waiters were often very slow though. The food in the marketplace was ok but the area seemed too small for a ship of that size, it was often so crowded that you had trouble finding seats and had to get in long queues to get food. The Italian restaurant was free at lunchtime and was very good We were also really surprised that they allowed smoking in the casino, this was really awful as we had to walk past this smoky area and worst of all we often saw kids in there, sitting right near the bar, breathing in all that smoke and seeing all the gambling. Shame Carnival! The lifts were a problem as well, they were not working on a number of occasions. There was no notices or information as to what lift to use and the staff didn't seem to know which were working. As we had someone in our party who was 88, it was very inconvenient not knowing where to go to find lifts that were working. The last thing that really upset us was how we were treated on the last day. We were woken up at 5.30am with very loud announcements from the cruise director Jamie telling us who could leave the ship. We felt this was extremely rude. She was so loud there was no way you could sleep though it and she kept making these announcements about every 10 mins. This has never happened on any other ship and l think it left people with bad memories of Carnival Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
The Carnival Breeze is the the newest ship we've ever been on. There are some outstanding things about it. We loved the 4D Theater, Sky Course and the Water Works (slides). The fast food was the best we've ever had. Guys ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze is the the newest ship we've ever been on. There are some outstanding things about it. We loved the 4D Theater, Sky Course and the Water Works (slides). The fast food was the best we've ever had. Guys Burgers, the Cantina for Mexican and the Pizza were by far the best of any ship we've been on. The cabin was incredibly small and plain. The noise from the Lido was awful and heard throughout the night, every night we were onboard. The walls are too thin and we heard the TV early each morning from our neighbor's cabin. While most of the food was good in the dining room, I believe there is some room for improvement here. The waiters made numerous mistakes with service though they were extremely nice. Our waiter also smelled of body odor and should have been counseled on it. The comfort foods on the menu were enticing and above all the melting chocolate cake was our favorite dessert. The Carnival production shows were too loud and in your face for us and there is not one indoor space we could find for peace and quiet. Even the library has music piped in. Onboard shopping was excellent but a bit crazy during sales such as the $5 t-shirt sale where people were acting like animals. The cruise director was very personable and sincere. We missed the port of Monaco due to "weather" that never appeared until we would have left the port but the Captain has to make those tough calls. Other than that most days were sunny and we were able to enjoy the activities upstairs. It would be nice to have an indoor pool on the ship but it seems nowadays few ships have them. We would recommend this ship to others and would like to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
My wife and I cruised on the Carnival Breeze for 12 nights on October 1st and had an amazing time. I am 38 and my wife is 36. We are both avid cruisers, although this was our first non-Caribbean cruise. First some general ... Read More
My wife and I cruised on the Carnival Breeze for 12 nights on October 1st and had an amazing time. I am 38 and my wife is 36. We are both avid cruisers, although this was our first non-Caribbean cruise. First some general observations: -Cruising in the Med in October was a great call. Excellent weather, less crowds, lower price. -Carnival Breeze is an amazing ship with lots of activities. -For those of you who are Carnival regulars this was a much older crowd than you typically see on a Carnival cruise. Some of this is likely a reflection of the time we choose to cruise. No families with kids. My children (12 and 8) stayed with my parents. There were quite a few late 20's early 30's couples and then 70% over 50. -I understood from the crew during the summer there are way more kids. For those of you contemplating bringing kids on this cruise,there is NO WAY I WOULD SPEND THE MONEY TO BRING CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 12(Probably 14)on this cruise. This is a very active, busy cruise. I can't imagine trying to walk a 6 year old through the Vatican. If you just want to relax save your money and go to the Caribbean.-Carnival Breeze is a beautiful ship. There is tons to do. Carnival has really upgraded this ship. Lots of nice touches compared to the other Carnival ships we have been on. Tons of activities. No excuse for being bored. -Food was very good. I read some reviews complaining about food. The reality is you can not go to the main dining room expecting 5 star dining. The price point of this cruise simply doesn't allow that. The steakhouse is amazing and a great value for a 35 dollar cover charge. You would pay 70-80 bucks just for a steak of that quality in the states. So if you want nicer pay extra. The lido deck food is very good. Again some other reviewers amaze me. Of course the food is more cafeteria style. It's designed to be good but to serve lots of people quickly and in a short amount of time. Guys Burger's is absolutely awesome. I gained weight because of this place. Huge upgrade over the old burger stands on carnival. My only complaint would be to have a little more variety in the main dining room menu. -This was easily the friendliest crew we have had on any of our 9 previous cruises. Best dining team, best cabin steward, hardest working crew, and the list goes on. -Overall entertainment was good. Latin nights was awesome. Brits wasn't very good. -Bottom line this was an outstanding experience. I don't see how someone could have been on this cruise with the amazing itinerary, beautiful ship, and great crew and not had a good time. Bottom line if you can not find a way to enjoy your self on this cruise it is on you. My port reviews are below. Happy cruising.Pre-Cruise, Barcelona-We arrived Sunday morning the day before departure. Naturally lots of jet lag. Used sunshine transfers to pick up from the airport. It was 39 euros to take us to our hotel. Used credit card points to stay at Le Meriden Barcelona on Las Ramblas. Happy with the service. I would have planned on arriving two days before the cruise if I had it to do all over again. There is lots to see in Barcelona and the first day you are just to tired. Also the first part of the cruise is the busiest, so getting your rest in helps. If you stay Las Ramblas area, it is easy to do self guided walks of the sights. Embarkation was very easy the next day. Taxi ride to the port was about 25 euros from Las Ramblas. We were on the boat by 1130. I'll cover debarkation during the ports review section. Do not be afraid to book your own tours! Carnival really pushes their tours but you say way more with less people by booking on your own. We enjoyed our one carnival tour, but were much more impressed with the private tours. Tripadvisor and CC message boards are your friend. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Myself, my husband and our 8 month old baby have just come back from this cruise. Embarking - we had private transfers. easy and got straight on.Found the port staff to be a bit rude and lacked a smile! The ship - its a nice ship. ... Read More
Myself, my husband and our 8 month old baby have just come back from this cruise. Embarking - we had private transfers. easy and got straight on.Found the port staff to be a bit rude and lacked a smile! The ship - its a nice ship. fresh and clean and spacious. HOWEVER IT HAS 1 BABY CHANGING FACILITY ON BOARD WHICH IS AT THE BACK END OF THE SHIP ON THE POOL DECK ( deck 10 ) AND IS IN THE DISABLED TOILET BUT THERE IS NO BABY SIGN ON THE DOOR!! I went to change my baby the 2nd night whilst we was eating dinner ( sapphire restaurant on deck 3 ) and went out to find the baby changing facilities and couldnt find them. I went over to the guest services desk and they didnt know if there were any and where they were. i waited 10mins whilst the advisor went off and rung the supervisor and he came back and said we dont have any facilities at all on the ship but you can change your baby on the marble sink area in the ladies toilets!!! What a joke. So everytime she needed changing i had to go back up to the room whether it be during dinner or in the day. On the last day i got told about the one on deck 10 by a cleaner!! Staff - friendly and helpful except guest services have a chip on their shoulder and a attitude! entertainment - Dimas need to be sacked.their singing is awful in the atrium!! Karaoke was same people going up all night. the shows were repeated and the divas show was good but the Brits one was rubbish. never watched any of the others. Music by the pool was fab, esp the DJs and the dive in movies were brill. love the popcorn and fleece blankets. Food & drink - soda package is value for money. WATCH OUT FOR THE 15% GRATUITY added automatically on every thing you buy from the bar. I asked guest services to take this off at the end of the cruise and it came to $30!! You will die of thirst in the main restaurants at night and by the pool during day if you are looking for a drinks waiter!! everynight we had to ask our waiter to get them and they didnt come over till AFTER dinner!! In end during the day i would just go up and get my own drinks at the bar as it was such an effort looking for a bartender! Sapphire restaurant - nice food and friendly staff but there was always a prob of some sort every night such as forgetting the bread etc. Royal carib waiters are on the ball and different class! The showtime where they dance was a fun and nice touch. breakfast in blush restaurant - felt rushed and all come at once with a million waiters serving you. felt they just wanted you in and out and with a small baby this is not poss to rush brekfast when i am trying to feed her first and then me! Lido marketplace - only good thing is the deli. was shut alot of the time and very limited food. normally found the menu was last nights leftovers from restaurant! breakfast was nice but fruit was scarce and bananas became on a 'ask only' basis. Capitano restaurant - ok. nothing great! Guys burger place - Nice and fresh. Jimmys BBQ - nice but very small selection and only open for 2 hours on sea days only. Pool area - never found it crowded and the waterplay area was great gym - small but adequate cherry on top sweet shop - loved it! Room - great. no probs. Found it unproffessional how the cruise director kept mentioning everynight the cabin numbers of the ppl who were late back on the ship at a port over the tannoy! and was awoken by him at 5.30am on last day calling luggage numbers every 10mins on tannoy IN THE CABIN!!!!!!!!. NOT GOOD WITH A 8 MONTH OLD! excersions - overpriced. they charge $99 per person for a 30min gondola ride when the gondola men were charging a one off charge of 80 euros for 30mins and can have up to 6 ppl in the gondola ( 14 euros each! ) It was okay but totally lacked the luxury, standards, variety and service of royal caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Just returned from our Mediterranean cruise and loved (almost) everything about it. The Breeze is a nice, new ship, comparable to others I have cruised on. For us, the best entertainment was in the Red Frog Pub with very talented ... Read More
Just returned from our Mediterranean cruise and loved (almost) everything about it. The Breeze is a nice, new ship, comparable to others I have cruised on. For us, the best entertainment was in the Red Frog Pub with very talented singer/guitar players in a relaxed atomosphere. We saw a couple of the comedy shows and they were pretty good as well. With only 3 sea days though the purpose of this cruise was to see the ports and we really found it a wonderful way to see this part of Europe for the first time. We did a couple of shore excursions through Carnival and a couple on our own with fellow cruise critic members. Both were good although you are definitely going to pay alot more with Carnival. We loved the beach day in Croatia that we did with Carnival and found it to be good value for the price, $70 which included a lovely seaside lunch. Also the Burano, Murano and Torcello excursion we enjoyed very much. It mentions that it includes a lunch but what it doesn't say is that they take you to one of the nicest restaurants in all of Venice, on Torcello, to experience an authentic Italian meal. It was absolutely stunning! We found most of the staff to be very helpful and friendly, with the exception of a few in the Lido who looked overwelmed. Our room steward was great and very friendly. The food was generally good. I think what they excel at is the fast food (Pizza and Burgers are fantastic). The dining room was hit and miss. Nothing was horrible but I wouldn't say it was fantastic either. Service was good though and I do not go on a cruise with expectations of 5 star dining. The room service menu was considerably smaller then any other ship I have sailed on. It would be nice to see them add a few things to that (eg a steak/chicken dinner, instead of sandwiches ohly) I guess my only complaint would be with the alcoholic beverages. We found them pretty pricey with no real deals on anything. My 23 year old son decided he wanted to purchase the all-inclusive package because he likes his beer and was told that every adult in the room would have to buy the same package at 45 dollars per day each. My daughter and myself aren't big drinkers so it wouldn't be worth it for us. I thought that was unfair and I don't know why they couldn't come up with a picture ID system and a one drink at a time policy to prevent card holders from buying drinks for their roommates. Seems pretty simple to me. We were there for the ports though and boy did they deliver. Absolutely stunning!!! We all loved every one of them. I would recommend this cruise to anybody wanting a taste of Europe. Obviously there is only so much you can see in one day at each port (2 in Venice) but it gives you a little taste of each city you are visiting. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Arrived the day before departure and stayed at Renaissance Airport Hotel. Easy, free shuttle from airport to hotel. Early checkin request (9am) was honored. Paid $10 euro each for bus transportation to cruise ship. The Breeze was ... Read More
Arrived the day before departure and stayed at Renaissance Airport Hotel. Easy, free shuttle from airport to hotel. Early checkin request (9am) was honored. Paid $10 euro each for bus transportation to cruise ship. The Breeze was overcrowded!! Practically every public area was overrun with unsupervised children allowed to run (literally) amuck. There were 4 children ages 4-8 in the interior cabin across the hall from us; no adult present. These kids were loud, and constantly ran up and down the hall back and forth to their parents rooms. In other instances, it seemed as if the parents/guardians completely gave up supervising their children. Kids playing on the elevators (pushing every button), screaming, playing with the soft serve machine, food fights, etc. Some of the adults were rude and loud as well; pushing onto the elevators without letting others get off first. Congregating in the hallway outside the laundry room was popular activity!! CABIN--Ocean Suite smaller than Carnival Freedom. Balcony real small, chaise lounge couldn't be turned around to face the ocean. No soap dish for sink counter. We had to ask for facial soap. Storage space was sufficient for 2 people. Cabin attendant was excellent; great service. The interactive TV service was great. We could check our Sail & Sign balances, the dining room menus, order room service, etc. DINING--Guy's Burgers were good. Fat Jimmie's BBQ was good, open only during at-sea days, long lines standing in the sun in a very cramped area on Ocean Plaza. Lido for breakfast was always crowded with large, loud family groups. We had "Your Time Dining" in Sapphire and in general, it was ok. We never had to wait for a table. Great to be able to preview the Sapphire's menu on our cabin TV. Pizza place (open 24 hrs) seemed quite popular. Desserts were just ok; much better desserts could be purchased at the Coffee Cafe. OUTDOOR AREAS--Pools ALWAYS crowded except after 5-6 pm. Two small pools for a ship this size seemed inadequate. Poolside viewing of the Olympics was turned off so the scheduled movie could be shown. Cruisers were not happy about this. Seems like someone could have made the decision to continue with the Olympic coverage... The Ocean Plaza area was a great place to hangout as was the Red Frog Pub to hear the live music (Timmy Pierce was great). DECOR--The plastic trees in The Lido area look ridiculous! I understand the ship's Caribbean theme; but these trees are squished up against the ceilings and are dust catchers that will be labor intensive to keep clean. The carpet in Lido was severely stained and seemed of poor quality (our cruise was the only 6th voyage of this new ship). The carpet looked like it had been there for a couple of years. This was also true on some of the stairwells. LAUNDRY ROOM--I think the rates of $3.50 each for the washers and dryers was high. I brought my own detergent and dryer sheets; the little boxes cost $1.75 each and the dispenser was out of order most of the cruise. PORTS--Carnival's prices are quite high for tours. There are many reputable companies that offer private tours which are cheaper and give you more flexibility. You gotta do your homework; read Trip Advisor and other websites-like Rick Steves. I made my reservations before I left home. The various ports of call were all very interesting. We booked a private tour for Rome; it was a Sunday so there was less traffic congestion getting into Rome and getting back to the ship. CAMP CARNIVAL--My nephew and his wife were very pleased with this option for their 3yr old son. He loved going there and usually did not want to leave. They used it at least 9 days while on the cruise. While they were off ship touring, the baby's grandmother stayed on board in case of emergency. Some passengers felt comfortable in leaving for a 8-10 hour tour and leaving their children in Camp Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Just returned from a 12 night Western Med cruise on the new Carnival Breeze The ship is indeed beautiful & has some great features such as the Lanai wrap around deck - great to be able to sit outside a bar on a warm evening - The Red ... Read More
Just returned from a 12 night Western Med cruise on the new Carnival Breeze The ship is indeed beautiful & has some great features such as the Lanai wrap around deck - great to be able to sit outside a bar on a warm evening - The Red Frog pub & children's play area / waterworks, plus plenty of comfortable outdoor sofas, beds, chairs with umbrellas etc. The cabin was nice & comfortable & great beds. However there are many faults - although the outdoor Lanai deck is a great idea be warned if you are in a balcony cabin especially on deck 6 - the balconies are no longer private as a result of this deck directly below - people are sat outside bars & can see straight into your balcony. Deck 6 is also extremely noisy - were above the Plaza Cafe & could hear the Karaoke singing really loud in our room. Least the Plaza shut at 12pm - be careful of rooms above the disco & Red Frog pub which stay open much late & are far livelier than the Plaza. Service in the Blush dining room was also dire - we were never offered wine, lucky if we got asked if we wanted drinks, main courses were served whilst others were still having starters & felt constantly rushed. We had to ask for coffee? Very poor. The quality of food was not what we expected either & inferior to other cruise lines we have travelled with previously - it was often cold & undercooked. We were also disappointed that the sofa in our room, which had to be used for a 3rd bed was never taken up during the day so we had nowhere to sit - again this has never been the case on previous cruises , even with Carnival. The room steward persisted in servicing our room at 5pm each day - we were on late dinner sitting so had to come back to a room where the beds had already been turned down & curtains shut for the evening? Seeing as we hadn't been in the room since he'done it in the morning this left him little to do except fill the ice bucket yet we were then left with wet towels etc & Carnival still charged us $35 per day for this awful service. Also agree with the review by Tanimmo below - on this partiular sailing there were over 1,000 under 18's - I did expect a lot of children with it being August & was travelling as a family myself. However it was a rabble on board - kids were runnng everywhere - up & down corridors late at night ie 2am in the morning, galavanting round deck 5 etc mainly unsupervised. There are plenty of places for kids to go ie deck 10,11 - Carnival does get that right, yet loads were running round and playing in the lifts. The pool areas are also totally inadequate for a ship that carries 3,600 passengers plus kids - They ould have made the main pool double the size? It seems they have built a big ship to cram people on board but not extended the public areas to accomodate the no's or provided the staff (hence the crap service - Red Frog pub excluded here). We have sailed with Carnival before & really enjoyed the experience however after Carnival Breeze I will never use them again - it was not a good experience & a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2012
This had been my 4th cruise this year on Carnival and the menu was the EXACT same on each ship!!! Thank goodness for Guy's burgers, Steakhouse & Deli otherwise we were eating the same food. The worst possible thing was the ... Read More
This had been my 4th cruise this year on Carnival and the menu was the EXACT same on each ship!!! Thank goodness for Guy's burgers, Steakhouse & Deli otherwise we were eating the same food. The worst possible thing was the reusing of the bread & dishes that was left at a table and we witnessed these ourselves. During breakfast & dinner (at least 4 occasions) whatever bread was left over in the basket after people ate the staff put the bread not eaten back into another basket and served this to another passenger!!! This was horrible!!! We had a family of three but the tables were set for four and each time I moved the cups or put my hands inside the cups to move them, the staff still used them and took the glasses to another table without inspecting, this was awful! This is the first time we had a junior suite it was beautiful, we loved the extra space, the tub & closest! The only bad part was on our balcony, since the jr. suites are located at the front of the ship, people who went on the front part of the deck could look right into our room we had no privacy. Others with a balcony have had shields or blockages so others could not look onto their balconies. The way our room was set people could look right into our room and at night see everything!! We had to keep our drapes closed at all times, no waking to the beautiful ports. In the morning we wanted to go out to the balcony in our pj's just like others did but there did ALWAYS people want to see the ports.... to our dislike we couldn't go out there unless we wanted everyone to see us!!! The entertainment was not up to the usual standard, not sure if it was because there were so many ports or what, but they repeated the comedy shows & the entertainment shows and many nights there was no entrainment!!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Our family of 13 from california, usa had planned this trip for over 6months. We booked early, got great deals with complete package, air, precruise hotel, port transfers, everything. Big thank to Mr. Adam Knitzler from carnival who ... Read More
Our family of 13 from california, usa had planned this trip for over 6months. We booked early, got great deals with complete package, air, precruise hotel, port transfers, everything. Big thank to Mr. Adam Knitzler from carnival who provided great service, especially with the early book price guarantee, Adam did lower our fees two times. He also gave us the two balconies adjacent to each other and two interior room right across (the third balcony for my brother's family is at different floor due to his last minute booking). We arrived Barcelona on time, got on the Carnival bus and in 10 mins we arrived the Trypp Apolo Hotel in Barcelona. The hotel didn't allow early check in so we left our luggage in the "safe" room and headed to the La Rambla and begin our exploration. We got on the hop on/off bus to the La Sagrada Church and other attractions. We had wonderful time in Barcelona and ready for our next day to really see the Carnival breeze and begin our 12 days cruise. The Carnival bus took us to the port in about 10 minute. it is a big port, with giant ships and one of them is the Carnival Breeze. It was around 11am so the line was still short and we got our check in done in no time (probably 30 mins). The rooms were not ready so we headed up to the Lido market for lunch. The Lido market looks nice but not that impressive. I just dislike the plastic palm tree, looks kind of ugly. Having cruised with Carnival three times before, I didn't have much expectation about the food so I was very much okay with what available there. The Mongolian wok was okay except these Chinese cooks don't really know how to cook beef. Remember stir fry beef you must have high heat and quick cook. These guys overcooked the beef every single time, same technique and the beef became plastic. Please take note and do change for the sake of Chinese food reputation. The ship, even new, lack of elegance. I guess it is built for fun and convenience. The two small pools (as mentioned many time in previous reviews) were ridiculous for big crowd. The dinning rooms are much better than the Carnival Glory and the services were great. The food were not bad at all and we loved the entertaining from the dining staffs. I love the 1.5 hour dining that allowed us to have enough time to walk around and then headed to the Ovation theater for evening shows. (Princess cruise the dining is over 2 hours which is too long but the food from princess is better, so I guess you win some you lose some). For all the 5 shows we watched, they are good but not great. The Motown night was a big disappointment (I love Motown music but the performers were just okay, they danced better than they sang). I must ssay something about the gym: although they have so many treadmills (more than china has rice) which is good, but the lifting weight area is so damn small, only fits 3 persons. What do you think carnival? Exercise is a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility and for the 12 days on the ship I couldn't access to the three little benches to lift weights at all. I ended up to carry a few dumbbells to the corner and tried to do something. The men locker is also much smaller than the one from Carnival Glory: no free steam room. The sauna room is also very very small. Big step back for the carnival breeze. Our rooms are nice, comfortable with great balcony. The cleaning staffs did wonderful job. We gave them (and the dining guys too) big tips in addition to our already paid service gratuity. We did our own excursions with private companies that saved us tons of money and better city tours (I believe). Florence, Rome were great but the heat significantly drained out our energy. We loved Sorrento, Nice with our own exploration. Having said that, I must say our Best of Dubrovnik tour, our only excursion with carnival, was great. We loved the little village, it looked so peaceful and beautiful. The old town of Dubrovnik was stunning. My nieces loved the waterworks. They had so much fun, they had a blast. The sushi were good. The burgers are just okay but do love the crispy french fries. General speaking, I am happy with Carnival Breeze. I think we got our money worth spent. However, after three consecutive cruises with carnival, it is time to explore others or come back to Princess which we believe have better food and better ship interior design. Cuulong. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We booked this cruise as we mainly enjoyed our cruise on the Magic last year. We had 2 cabins, a balcony for us and an inside for the kids, on deck 9. Embarkation was a bit longer than normal, with a queue of about 45 minutes. Our ... Read More
We booked this cruise as we mainly enjoyed our cruise on the Magic last year. We had 2 cabins, a balcony for us and an inside for the kids, on deck 9. Embarkation was a bit longer than normal, with a queue of about 45 minutes. Our cabins were bigger than on the other cruise liners, the steward was excellent, attentive and discreet. Our bags arrived about 5pm, and for the first time ever, one of our cases had been opened and our much loved travel iron had been confiscated. Two bacardi's and a bottle of Pinot Grigio later we had got over this. After last years 'any time dining' debacle, we chose the late seating. As I heard many complaints about the any time dining again, please do not ever chose this as an option. We were in the Sapphire, unfortunately directly under the air conditioning vent, it was absolutely freezing. The food was good, but the service was a bit hit and miss, often no bottle of wine until the second course. The restaurant was also very bright which was a bit odd. Biggest disappointment was the lido marketplace. The opening times are very strange and it is all a bit disjointed. Biggest frustration is having to scoop butter from a big pot, which is difficult when trying to hold your plate. The casino, lanai and red frog pub were all excellent. The staff were very friendly and quick. The casino also showed the olympics which was a big plus for us supporting team GB. The pool area was busy on sea days and you could not get a bed, but on port days was fine. I especially like the shaded areas. Croatia, we walked to the beach from the shuttle bus, very busy, but the water was lovely. This is a favorite stop for us. Marseille, been before and not tempted to get off. Venice, used the people mover for 1 euro and walked through, although the extreme heat stopped us this time from going all the way to St Marks square. Sciliy, a Carnival tour to a beach (kids request). Took approx 45 mins to get to and we had 3 hours on the beach. The sellers were very 2 mins and this did get tiresome. Livorno, a Carnival tour to Pisa and a beach. Rome, did not get off the boat. Far to hot to enjoy in August. Disembarkation was very smooth. All in all a very good holiday, the kids had a great time and so did we. For us a good holiday is when the kids have a great time, we meet some great people and we have a great big bar bill. The Breeze delivered. Very good value for money. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We were looking for a way to bring our 17, 20 & 21 yr old to the Mediterranean while still giving them a "fun" vacation and the Breeze was perfect. Plenty to see in each port, but felt like we were home each night. We ... Read More
We were looking for a way to bring our 17, 20 & 21 yr old to the Mediterranean while still giving them a "fun" vacation and the Breeze was perfect. Plenty to see in each port, but felt like we were home each night. We couldn't have found a better ship for our needs. The decor is okay but better suited for the Caribbean where the ship will ultimately end up, but still very nice. Design changes created little comfortable areas around the ship instead of the open expanse usually seen. The pool areas were small but adequate. My kids said that the water slides were some of the fastest and best that they had been on and which was fun for them and all the other kids which kept them out of the pools and hot tubs. The hot tubs are no longer near the pool area which is a pain because you have to go down to deck 5 or on the serenity deck. Also, the Serenity Deck for 21 and over on the Miracle had it's own pool which was woefully missing on the Breeze. The days at see still proved to be a hassle with lounge chairs. What we found was that there was plenty of turnover due to the very hot weather so we slept late, had breakfast and then found chairs. The new policy of "tagging" chairs with a time sticker and clearing them after 45 min may have also helped where people usually leave their towels to save chairs, but I also just saw people walk back and pull the stickers off periodically. As far as the food options go, we are avid cruisers and didn't expect much of the food. Certainly, the dining room food lived down to our expectations. The staff was disorganized and the food was below average. However, the Burgers on deck were great and the Seaside BBQ was also a pleasant surprise. The Mexican was okay and we found the comedy brunch to have good food, but the comedy was 3rd rate and could have been left out. Skip the sushi restaurant entirely as our local grocery store serves better sushi! Also, the pizza was surprisingly good. What is absurd and needs to be mentioned here is Carnival's decision to get rid of trays entirely on the Lido deck. While this certainly cuts down on the amount of food consumed and saves Carnival money, it is extremely annoying for passengers especially if one is holding a table and the other is getting the food. There are bigger plates, but the situation is still a royal pain! Contrary to what others have posted, we never had to wait in line anywhere which was surprising with so many passengers on board. We were a bit worried from reading prior postings, but never more than 5 people ahead of us at any food station. The fitness center is small and dark compared to the Miracle and other ships. While they added treadmills, they compressed the workout area and the machines are now basically in an entrance way. The center was never crowded so that helped given the size. The Lido Deck with its "Dive-in Theater" was great! We watched movies out there at night and enjoyed the days around the screen. This should be on all ships. There was some live music during the day on sea days, but it was a single guitar player/singer who didn't even sound as good as the Kareoke singers on the ship. Dump them and keep the DJ's or get a live band. Adding extra deck space on deck 5 probably helps with the outside seating and feeling of a bigger ship, but it also totally gets rid of the feeling of being out at sea with an outside balcony cabin. We felt like we were just over a street where people could look up into our room and we had to listen to their conversations. Gone is the serenity of just looking out over the water and relaxing. Perhaps this was because we were on Deck 6 just above, but my suggestion is to book a higher deck due to the design change. Also, Deck 6 is directly over so much of the main activity sections of the ship that the cabins are very noisy. We had issues that were resolved quickly, but no one like a hassle on vacation. All in all this is a great ship, but know its shortcomings and enjoy its benefits. We would certainly cruise on the Breeze again and this was a fantastic itinerary over all except for the "filler" ports like Olbia & Messina. Also, just know that you are not near Rome, Florence or the Amalfi Coast at these ports so go online and book cars as Carnival's tours are ridiculously priced if there are 3 or more of you compared to what you can do on your own. Italy Limousine [reservations@italylimousine.com] and Airports Shuttle [reservations@airports-shuttle.com] were 2 very good companies that we used and were happy. Also, use Taxi Transfer di Santin Marcellina [info@taxitransfer.it] for transfer to the airport in Venice as they were only 10 E per person and saved a lot of potential aggravation. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We stayed in a spa balcony on deck 12 the spa was relaxing and usually not very full of people. We had an 8s grade balcony not sure how this differs to other balconies as we have stayed in a cove balcony on a previous carnival cruise and ... Read More
We stayed in a spa balcony on deck 12 the spa was relaxing and usually not very full of people. We had an 8s grade balcony not sure how this differs to other balconies as we have stayed in a cove balcony on a previous carnival cruise and this was lovely too. As with all carnival ships the food is endless and if you dont mind the rude people in the lido we just got on with it and became just as good at pushing back. I enjoyed the restaurants on an evening and the frank sinatra singer was great and the dancing waiting staff really good fun. The food to me was good and loads of different things on the menu the best night we had was on the overnight in venice when everyone got off we went for dinner to find it really empty and our three waiters had time to chat to us and they were really good fun the reason we stayed on board was the rain started and we didnt fancy getting soaked getting from the ship. The serenity area was lovely but children were in and out of it all the time even though it clearly states over 21 when our kids are with us we would not let them run in and out so would not use the serenity it seemed a lot of the parents were sun bathing whilst the kids were up and down the water slides shouting to them from the top very annoying i think the staff in serenity should be telling them rather than ignoring them. As with all family cruises in summer hols you can expect loads of kids we have them i think alot of people complain about this but my thoughts are dont go on a cruise in august if you want to not see loads of kids or noise. Overall i would go back on carnival i love them missed butch and baby butch from the dream but john and calvin were brill. Met calvin in a lift and he was really funny. We enjoyed the trips did two with carnival and one to capri on our own we just got up really early and went on the hydrofoil then got the boat to sorrento and had lunch and back to naples by boat saved alot on the ships trip but you need to give yourself loads of time just in case. Cant wait for my next trip hopefully from san juan in 2013 with carnival Lovely old town very hot Went to capri and sorrento lovely Ok bit of a mess trying to go around due to roadworks Ok had a day here before thankfully didnt get robbed this year Ok Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We have just returned from a 12-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. Sailing date was Saturday the 21 of July. Family of 4 (2 boys aged 8 and 14), 2 connecting cove balcony stateroom; 2369 and 2371. This was about my 18 cruise (not ... Read More
We have just returned from a 12-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. Sailing date was Saturday the 21 of July. Family of 4 (2 boys aged 8 and 14), 2 connecting cove balcony stateroom; 2369 and 2371. This was about my 18 cruise (not counting anymore), a first time on a Carnival ship. Most recent cruises have been with RCCL but I have sailed many times with Princess and I also been on Norwegian, Costa, Celebrity and Oceania. I had read and received many comments on Carnival about the not so great food and services but since the Breeze was brand new, the itinerary was amazing (great ports and 4 days at seas which gave us time to relax and the kids time to enjoy all the things to do on the ship) and price was unbeatable, I finally decided to give Carnival a try. Overall, it was ok, there great things and things that were not to my expectations: Ship overall: 4/5 -Brand new ship ! Embarkation and disembarkation: 4/5 We arrived at 11h30 and it took us about 40 minutes to get in. We, like always, disembark on our own and it took us about 20 minutes from our stateroom to the taxi. Ports of call: 5/5 Perfect ports to show Europe to your kids. Pools: 1/5 -2 pools on a ship of about 3700 guests, what were they thinking ? Lounge chairs: 1/5 -Do you like to get up at 6am to ensure you get a chair around the pool area ? On the first day at sea, it was around 8h30 and we had a real hard time to find 4 chairs on the whole ship ! I have never experienced this on any cruise before. Waterslide & Sportsquare: 5/5 Kids had a great time. Shows & entertainment: 4/5 Great productions & good live music. Seaside theatre: 2/5 They have a great screen but most of the time during the day they use it to sale their video of the cruise..... Spa: 4/5 Good treatments but pricy as always. Stateroom: 4/5 Good size, good stateroom stewardess. In our stateroom 2371, very noisy in the evening as I believe above us was some kitchen facilities. Lido marketplace (buffet): 2/5 The decor is nice but that's about it. Do you like line-up's in the morning to get your breakfast ? I'm not an engineer but don't they have enough experience with prior ship to better organize the food stations ? For lunch and dinner: limited selection. Pizza station: 2/5 Hungry for pizza ? Get in line ! I had it once, its good but why do they put only 2 guys to take the orders, prepare, cook and serve..... Guy's Burger Joint: 5/5 Amazing burgers and no line-ups ! Bluelguana Cantina: 5/5 Great burritos, specially for breakfast Sapphire dining room: 2/5 Food: its ok, just ok. Presentation could be better and food hotter. Taste: hits and misses. Service: they were nice and doing their best but...rush rush rush, quick quick quick. Don't expect them to serve your wine. Breakfast was very good. Steakhouse (Fahrenheit 555): 4/5 Very expensive (35$ p/p), but very good. Service is better than in the dining room. Bonsai sushi: 4/5 Very fresh and very good. Overall rating 3/5 We got what we paid for. Happy to finally have tried Carnival after 20 years of cruising. But unless I am really strap for cash, I will not be back with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
It has been a shame to read some of the negative reviews on what we thought was a most fabulous holiday. When we got back to Barcelona airport for our return flight, we were behind three families from the US, who I could only describe as ... Read More
It has been a shame to read some of the negative reviews on what we thought was a most fabulous holiday. When we got back to Barcelona airport for our return flight, we were behind three families from the US, who I could only describe as professional moaners! I don't think that they even bothered to find anything out about Europe before they came here, but managed to find fault with everything. This was our first cruise and we have two children 14 and 13. We were apprehensive, as we didn't know what to expect. We landed and met Carnival Reps, who took our luggage and said it would be in our room the next time we saw it. Fantastic. We then went through embarkation. Yes, there was a queue, but Carnival had a lot of people on desks and we were through in around 30 mins. Not bad! We got onto the ship and were blown away by its beauty and elegance. The kids had an absolute ball. My son made some friends and on most days was playing table tennis, football(soccer) or enjoying the brilliant Waterworks park. My daughter loved the daily quizzes and the karaoke in the evenings. Big shout out to Alex 'Minnesota' who was amazing, as was Taylor during the day! My wife and I were able to relax and enjoy the weather and especially the ports of call. Woke up first morning in Monaco(stunning), also Venice (amazing) and Dubrovnik (absolutely beautiful). We made our way around ourselves most of the time with no problems, although the Naples traffic is frightening! During the port days the boat was empty and chairs were not a problem. On the first two sea days, it was a real problem getting chairs due to seat saving. Carnival then implemented a 40 minute rule and for the remaining sea days it was a lot better. The lido restaurant was also busy for breakfast on the first morning and we were a bit unhappy about having to queue for 20 mins or so for breakfast. However, that was the only morning where we actually queued. Some have complained that the breakfast offer never changed, however the choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, continental pastries, omlettes and full range of cooked meats and eggs would keep most people happy over the cruise. Meals in the Sapphire restaurant were very good. Of the 12 nights we ate there only two meals were so-so. We had the choice of 12 starters and 12 mains every night, which I think is pretty good. The service was excellent. We chose any time dining and always went to dinner around 7.15. No queues. However, from 7.45 onwards huge queues formed. Despite repeated announcements about the quietness of the dining room before 7.15, people seemed to prefer to eat later and queue. We had a balcony cabin which was great and the staff were amazing. There were plenty of bars with different types of music to choose from and the shows were good, without being sensational. They were a good watch. The comedy club was also very good, although we only took in two shows, due to the extent of what else was going on. Overall, we loved the holiday, loved the attitude of the fun loving staff and would definitely cruise again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We just returned from the second voyage of the Carnival Breeze. Here are my impressions. The staff was great. Just a few little glitches not worth mentioning -- chalked it up to working out the kinks still. I agree about the decor. ... Read More
We just returned from the second voyage of the Carnival Breeze. Here are my impressions. The staff was great. Just a few little glitches not worth mentioning -- chalked it up to working out the kinks still. I agree about the decor. I'm used to something a little more elegant and the Carribean theme did seem out of place after spending the day viewing the ornate cathedrals in Italy. But it didn't affect my enjoyment of the trip at all. The food was mostly disappointing. I had to keep telling myself that's not why I was there. It was just very frustrating to have so many choices in the Lido Marketplace and not be able to find anything edible (or even warm for that matter). Not even the desserts -- the chocolate chip cookies were hard and flavorless. The meals in the dining room were better. Not spectacular though. A few winners -- like the warm chcolate melting cake which is on the menu every night and the crab cake which we all enjoyed the one night it was offered. Other than that, everything was mostly just OK or a little better than OK. Guy's Burgers were very good as was the pizza from the Pizza Pirate (both of which I fell back on quite a bit due to lack of anything good on the buffet). The tacos and burritos at the Blue Iguana were just OK, The Indian food was spicy and tasty, but you can only eat so much of that. The dinner we had at the Cucina del Capitano (12$ and change for one adult) was very good and felt elegant and fun at the same time. We didn't see a lot of shows. We saw one comedian at the Punchliner who was very disappointing, but I'm sure it just depends who you see. The Hasbro kids show was a big hit with my son. The live musicians were sometimes good and sometimes not. The Thrill Theater is only worth it if you pay the 14$ for access through the whole cruise. I took my son once -- on the last day -- and payed 7$ each for a 13 minute movie. He loved it, but I didn't feel I got my money's worth. We mostly toured on our own, and only took 2 ship excursions, which were nice, but a little rushed (Taormina and Ancient Greek Theater in Messina, and Morano, St George Island with a gondola ride in Venice). All other stops we did on our own (Marseilles, Rome, Venice, Dubrovnik). The cruise director John Heald was the highlight of the cruise. That man is hilarious! We didn't make it to many of his shows live, but thoroughly enjoyed watching him on tv in our cabin. His morning dedication show with Calvin was worth getting up for. They should put him in the Punchliner! If you have kids, they will LOVE the Breeze. My son (11) couldn't get enough of the water slides, rope course, Camp Carnival and Guy's burgers. And for that reason alone we would sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being ... Read More
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being new. We found that was not the case, so we were slightly disappointed. However, there is nothing wrong with the ship and we found it adequate to have a pleasant trip. The cons of the ship were the common areas seemed small. It did not have the expansive open spaces we expected. Some of the food, while prepared fresh at the Pizza Pirate and the Mongolian Wok created long lines and lengthy delays to obtain. The cabin temperature never seemed to change despite continually adjusting it. We couldn't seem to get it cool enough at times. The shopping seemed less abundant, but perhaps it was just not spread out as far. The beach pool was not nearly big enough to accomodate the size of the ship with respect to the number of passengers. The Ocean Plaza on deck 5 was where a lot of activities, such as trivia were held and on sea days the doors opening on each side created crosswinds through the plaza. We were very disappointed in the 5D theater - it was extremely small, a fee applied and the show offerings were very limited. The pros of the ship were the crew, the production shows, the seaside theater (albeit old movies were shown), Fat Jimmy's C-side BBQ only available on sea days. Sail and sign kiosks made obtaining information easier than waiting in long guest services lines. You could also change large bills there. The Hasbro game shows were fun. The casino was nice size, with nice game choices. Overall, it was a nice trip, just nothing spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
My 15-year-old daughter and I (first time cruisers) took the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise. I was anticipating some rough spots because this is a brand new ship, but really I could not believe how well run everything was. (The only ... Read More
My 15-year-old daughter and I (first time cruisers) took the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise. I was anticipating some rough spots because this is a brand new ship, but really I could not believe how well run everything was. (The only hitches in our trip had to do with airline travel, some of the staff at the Tryp Apolo hotel in Barcelona, and the Carnival-sponsored transfer from hotel to ship.) All of the crew were very friendly and efficient. The boarding and disembarking went incredibly smoothly. The food was always very good and it took tons of will-power to eat in moderation! All inquiries and issues were immediately dealt with, and the guest Services and the Shore Excursions staff were great. There were supposedly 4,404 people on this ship and it almost never felt crowded! The only thing that could have been improved upon were the laundry facilities. 9 washing machines and 9 dryers for 4,404 people - really? Otherwise, I would give this ship and cruise line high marks. A learning experience for me - we took mostly Carnival shore excursions and really I would not recommend them for the most part - I did it because I was traveling alone with my daughter and I am not a brave or experienced traveler, and the thought of missing the ship was more than I could deal with. Our best days were when we took "On your own" tours where Carnival got us to the city (such as Rome) and back to the ship, and we were on our own while there.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Those of you who constantly complain do not bother to read my review. This was a vacation of a life time. The ship was new and beautiful and easy to navigate. We had a inside room on deck 7 which was in the high rent district with a low ... Read More
Those of you who constantly complain do not bother to read my review. This was a vacation of a life time. The ship was new and beautiful and easy to navigate. We had a inside room on deck 7 which was in the high rent district with a low price. Our cabin steward was the best that we have ever had. His name was Gregorio. He called us by name the minute that we went on board. I will never spend the extra money for a balcony or window again. I was worried about not having a window for 12 days but if was perfect. We were 3 to a room and it was fine. Are friends next door even would come over and sit at times and it was still roomy. The cruise was quite port intensive so the first few days we did not use the ship to its full potential. Our 12 yr old son loved the Water Works, Sky Coarse and Sports Square. We hardly ever saw him. Although at times it was hard to find 4 deck chairs together ( Due to the deck chair hogs )We managed. The food on the Lido deck was very good. I thought it was better then the Main Dinning room. The Guys Burgers was good, the arepas and burritos were excellent the Indian excellent and the Pizza was the best we have ever had on any Carnival vessel. We never waited in line for anything. Go to the back of the ship to get your food. People usually use the first one or two lines. There was never any line in the back. That is were the pizza and Indian food is also. The for fee Sushi was very good we ate there twice for a minimal charge 1 dollar for a piece 3 dollars for a roll. The food in the Main dinning room was mostly good only had a few Great! things. But if you are to tired from your port intensive day we learned they serve the same food in the buffet at night that they serve in the dinning room. We all decided half way through that we would only go to the dinning room on sea days. This was much more relaxing for us and we were able to enjoy the ships shows since it is kind of hard to do that with second seating. Bottom line if you can't find anything to eat that you like you are way to picky. I am a gourmet cook and I was pleased by the quality of the food that they served for over 3000 plus people. No body ever seems to remember that. The service on the decks was excellent fast and very friendly. I was even offered to have my plate carried but I declined. Coffee and juice was also delivered to your table for refills in the mornings.We also did the Chef's Table Dinner. It was excellent experience and worth the $75.00 extra charge. Entertainment was fun. This was more of a destination cruise for us. It is always good when you have a great time with the people that you are with. We did not do any excursions with Carnival. I am an experienced cruiser and chose to have private tour companies. I felt that the Carnival tours were very expensive and we did twice as much as the tours offered for half the price. We did have a transportation strike in Venice which was totally blown out of proportion. I am sure that you will here some complainers from that. All in all this was a excellent cruise for the money people do not realize that on other cruise lines you pay twice as much for the same thing. If you are one of these complainers my advice to you is to win the lottery and charter your own cruise ship then maybe you will be happy. But, probably not. Happy Sailing!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
I am writing this review on my final day of the 6/27/12 sailing of the new Carnival Breeze. This ship is nothing like the other Carnival Ships you've been on. Carnival took a drastically different design direction, leaving the ... Read More
I am writing this review on my final day of the 6/27/12 sailing of the new Carnival Breeze. This ship is nothing like the other Carnival Ships you've been on. Carnival took a drastically different design direction, leaving the Farcus look and I personally think it's AWESOME. The ship's design and public rooms are much more attractive then other Carnival ships I've sailed on (Splendor, Elation, Ecstasy). A bit of background, My husband and I are in our 40s with three kids (ages 11, 16, 17), I have sailed on approximately a dozen cruises with various lines: Holland America, Disney, RCCL, Carnival, Celebrity. This was our first European cruise. I will start with the staff. Almost every staff member you walk by is friendly and says hello. I was completely pleased with the service aboard this ship. I just sailed on Holland American only 8 weeks before and the service was awful so this was a welcome change. How was our stateroom, location? First the hallways -- yes, the hallways have this complete Caribbean feel, great slatted doors and ocean looking carpet. Loved the new look here. As a family of 5 we had connecting staterooms with the new 'cove balcony'. The cove balcony's are located on deck 2 and I wasn't sure if I'd like them. They are big open windows cut out of the hull to make a balcony. I really do like it, you are closer to the water and they are quiet, no crazy wind either. Mid ship, low down with a balcony gave us the best of both worlds... having a balcony, less ship movement. With many of the public room decks and formal dining being on decks 3, 4, 5 this was a great location. Our stateroom had great color palette, blue and fold with medium wood tone cabinetry. Very functional spaces, flat screen TVs, safe located where it was accessible, drawer space and ample hanging space for a 12 day cruise. There's also big drawers under the sofa which we didn't even use. Under bed space is high enough to fit even the large suitcases. Bathroom has a decent size vanity (for a ship) and stall shower, all typical. I chose this ship because my family loves cruising and I wanted something other than a Caribbean cruise. Loved the Mediterranean. Carnival seemed like a good fit with kids programs, endless activities, fun and I'd get Europe. On that level it did work. My 16 and 17 year old just love the Carnival O2 concept. It's a cool club-like place to hang out for 15 -- 17 year olds. Really, if they go on the first day, you'll have a hard time spending time with your kids. They meet so many other kids and have a blast. My 11 year old on the other hand was not thrilled with Camp Carnival. He really likes sports and outdoor stuff so the Camp stuff was too young for him with 9 -- 11 year old age bracket. I think this may be better when he hits 12 and can go to Circle C. Being on a Med Cruise, this was a port intensive itinerary. I really enjoyed the ports but Carnival's pricing on their shore excursions is outrageous to me, especially when I have to multiply everything by 5. Here's my personal experience with our ports and how some of pricing works out too. 1. Marseille, France -- we took a cab to the downtown harbor, took a boat to Chateau du If. It was good for a few hours and you have beautiful views. This is good if you have kids who will just get Basillica'd out. Inexpensive too. 2. Livorno Italy (Pisa and Florence) -- We really wanted to climb the Tower of Pisa, then go to Florence. Cost of the cruise ship excursion to do this 206.99 x 4 = 1024.95(adults) + 196.99 (kid) = $1024.95usd for my family of 5 OUCH!!!!! We booked Rome in Limo tour, $500 Euro (@650 usd) for a private tour for the 5 of us. We got to Pisa before the tour buses and made Tuscany stops too. 3. Civitaveccia (Rome) -- We did the same thing, booked Rome in Limo private tour for the 5 of us. Saved about the same amount at Livorno. 4. Dubrovnik -- hadn't planned anything. Was looking at the shore excursion that Carnival had for kayaking, just too much $$s. Went into town and got a 3+ hour kayak excursion for $34Euros per person. Total cost with child discount $154 Euro (@205 Euro). Carnival was charging $89 per person $445 usd. A big savings here as well. The Old City is beautiful, clean and very affordable. Restaurants are reasonably priced. It all looked so picture perfect, I could only compare it to a European Village at Epcot in Disney. 5. Venice -- We didn't plan anything. Just figured we'd walk around the city. Glad we didn't take the cruise ship transfer. At 16Euro per person each way to St. Mark's Square it would have cost my family 160Euro to go 2 miles each way. Honestly, if you enjoy walking, walk to St. Mark's Square. Walking is half the fun, going through all the little streets was what we found really fun. Navigating (we used the iphone) but there are lots of little signs with arrows just pointing you in the direction of St. Mark's. If you get lost, no big deal, that's part of the appeal. Really wanted to do a gondola ride but Carnival shore excursion was $99 per person x 5 = $495 OUCH!!!! They included the transfer to St. Mark's + free time and a 40 minute gondola ride. If you didn't have 6 people, they'd add people to your gondola as well. We just arranged with the gondola on the water, $100 Euros (@$134 usd) and a private 45 minute ride. It was perfect, saved a bunch of $$s again. We took the vaparetto (waterbus) back to Piazza di Roma for 7euro per person and then the 1euro people mover. Even though we didn't walk back it was still half the price of the cruise ship transfer. 6. Messina, Sicily -- We decided to go to the town of Taormina, quaint, picturesque town heading towards Mt. Etna. It's where the Italian Cannoli was invented so we had to try them in Taormina. Taxi's are expensive as it's about a 45 minute drive ($150 each way). The ship's transfer was $69 per person. I just kept saying to my husband "We can't spend $350 for a cannoli!!!!" I did some searching and found that the train station was a 10 minute walk from the pier. The train to Taormina was only 35Euros roundtrip for my family of 5. Yup, 35 Euros as compared to $350. Also, you get to ride the train which goes right along the ocean and get amazing views as you enter Taormina. You do need to take a taxi to the town but the taxi was 15 -- 20 Euros so it was still a huge savings. It also gives you a chance to experience a bit of local life. Things I wish Carnival would do/misses: 1. Put a paper holder in your cabin on the wall so you don't have to keep all those papers on the limited desk space. 2. Have larger (or some tables) non-smoking area of the casino. 3. Offer a way to preview photos electronically. I can't stand looking through thousands of photos to find mine. The use of the green screen is great but why not take green screen shots and let you choose your background digitally. This all seems so behind the times in an age of digital photography. Piles of photos, tons of processing, most of which end up in the trash. 4. Expand their room service menu for breakfast. Danish, cereal, limited fruit.... It's really boring. 5. Putting Cucina de Capitan under the basketball court -- argh, it's really noisy dining there. 6. Need another self service laundry room, the lines are awful. C'mon you are charging $6.50 to wash and dry in the do it yourself, have a few more please). 7. Add another O2 counselor. 1 adult for all those teenagers is not enough. She needs some help for sure. Things Carnival hit it right on this ship: 1. Public areas that are broken up with outdoor deck space. The way they utilized the Ocean Breeze Deck on 5 is perfect. Quiet areas with umbrellas and tables to enjoy drinks away from the loud noise and bustle of the main pool areas. 2. Lido deck -- major improvements, faux trees, covered high tables overlooking the ocean, great decor, loved the look and feel of the lido. 3. Themed restaurants -- great the way you can just go to the burger place, or the Mexican place, love the Cucina de Capitan at lunch where you order at the pasta bar and they bring it to you. I really like what they've done with the concept. 4. Sports Deck -- whole family loved this, the mini golf, ropes course, outdoor spaces with pool tables, fooseball. There are tons of people and it's popular. The Carnival Water Works is a blast too and slides are fun. 5. Getting rid of needing coins in the laundry. Some tips: 1. If you are a family like ours, we have iPads, laptops, phones. There are 2 outlets in your room that are accessible. Bring a power strip with you. 2. Arm and Hammer makes concentrated laundry detergent pods, they are not liquid so easy to travel with. Bring your own in a Ziploc and bring your own dryer sheets. Better detergent and you don't have to worry about finding some when their machines run out. 3. There's no conditioner in the staterooms, if you use it, bring it. The shampoo isn't great either, I'd bring your own. 4. Pre-print a sheet of labels with your name, address and mobile phone #s. You can use this on all the luggage tags that are given to you. Saves a ton of time. Read Less
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. The sky course and ... 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. The sky course and sports square was a hit with my 9 year old; he walked the sky course 30 times or more. We spent a great deal of time on the shuffleboard and foosball tables in the Red Frog pub, where they also have various board games available. 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. I have seen others complain that because the galley is directly above many of the coves they are kept awake by noise all night, but this was not my experience at all. 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; thanks again to Junior and Ephram, fantastic waiters (and dancers/singers!). I should also mention the ports of call on this particular itinerary were Barcelona, Marseille (very disappointing, second worst IMO only to any port in Jamaica), Livorno (we took the excursion to Florence, well worth it!), Civitavecchia (went to Rome, of course, great times), Dubrovnik (my son's favorite port, we took the cable car and then went snorkeling and saw tons of fish!), Venice (good as always), and Messina (took the Taormina on your own excursion, very nice little tourist town). Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Background - My wife and I are both in our early forties. This is our second cruise overall and our second cruise with Carnival. It was just the two of us as we left the kids at home with family. I am career military(Navy). Just ... Read More
Background - My wife and I are both in our early forties. This is our second cruise overall and our second cruise with Carnival. It was just the two of us as we left the kids at home with family. I am career military(Navy). Just want to mention this early on but Carnival's military discount is incredible. We saved just almost 40% off of the initial rate. That said, Carnival does a good job of refunding your money if you buy early and the price goes down for that particular cabin so in the end we probably saved 20-25% of what the regular price is. Still saved us a bunch of money that we used on excursions, etc.. Hotel Info - We stayed at the Hotel Jazz in Barcelona for three days prior to embarkation and we stayed one day at the Hotel Soho after the cruise was over. We arrived three days early to give us plenty of time to get used to the time zone and in case our luggage got lost on the flight we would three days for it to catch up to us. Luckily that did not happen but there were 18 or so guests that did have their luggage lost. I think they tried to arrive the same day the cruise left which is certainly doable. Both hotels were really great. Hotel Jazz is located a couple of blocks from Plaza Catalunya which is essentially the city center. It also sits on the north entrance to Las Ramblas. Pretty ideal location as Las Ramblas has tons of shops, bars, and awesome places to eat. It was nice being a couple of block from Las Ramblas as I imagine the noise might be a bit much at night. The price for our hotel was about 65% of what a comparable hotel on Las Ramblas would have cost. Excellent service and a really great hotel overall. The Soho is run by the same company and it was also very, very nice. A little farther away from Las Ramblas but the furnishings were exceptional and ultra modern. The only drawback was the taxi ride to and from the ship was about 20 Euros. Taxis are fairly expensive in Barcelona I thought. Bottom Line - I would highly recommend both of these hotels. Ship Info - We stayed on the 12th deck in one of the Cloud 9 Spa Balcony rooms. Literally 5 feet from the gym. This was pretty awesome as there was a little added convenience to go workout. Overall the room was pretty quite with the exception being some of the muscleheads dropping weights in the gym. Overall a very minor concern. We had Cloud 9 spa access which was excellent. The sea water hot tub and the steam room were very relaxing after long days ashore or after a particularly strenuous workout. The Stateroom itself was nice and roomy with plenty of closet space. We also packed a moderate amount of things and did laundry a couple of times. The room had both American and European outlets which was very nice. The ship itself was beautiful and extremely well maintained. The staff was extremely helpful and on top of things. Embarkation - Was very smooth. The whole process took us less than 20 minutes which included security screening, getting our Sail and Sign card and getting to our room. Our room was all set up and our luggage was delivered by 5pm. We arrived about an hour after embarkation began. Activities - The activities on board were great and there seemed to be something for everyone throughout the day. We went to two of the shows and enjoyed both of them. One was a tribute to Motor City music and the other was a Welsh multi instrument performer, Samantha Jay. The casino was good as well. They have these electronic Texas Hold Em tables. I was a little leery at first but they were easy to use after a couple of hands. A word to the wise, don't ever, ever play poker with Russians. They are great card players, aggressive and smart. Shore Excursions - We went on excursions in Marseilles, Livorno and Messina. We enjoyed them all. The Florence and Pisa Tour with Tower entry was truly awesome and The Mt Etna at 2900 Meters was really incredible. Both once in a lifetime excursions. Florence is beautiful with a very rich history and we can not wait to go back. Mt Etna is great. Walking on top of a live volcano... I mean seriously how much more awesome can it get. We did not do Carnival Excursions in Rome and Venice. In Rome we did the Colosseum at night tour. Very awesome group tour at night. During the day it is really, really crowded. At night only group tours are allowed in and it was a really great experience. In Venice we took gondola rowing lessons from Jane at http://www.rowvenice.com/ . What a great, unique experience. Instead of getting an overpriced 40 minute gondola ride at St. Marks we got over twice the time(our lesson was two hours) and actually get to learn how to row a gondola. It is way harder than it looks by the way. Venice - Do not, I repeat do not sit to have a drink or a meal in St. Marks square unless you want to pay 3-4 or even 5 times what you should be paying. We sat down and luckily for us the couple got their bill. They paid in excess of 40 Euros(over 50 dollars) for one glass of ordinary white wine a piece. The bars and restaurants there are complete tourist traps. There are any number of places to eat and drink in the alleys around St. Marks that looked awesome and much more reasonable on the prices. The one thing I would like to see Carnival do better is provide information on each of the ports for those folks that are not taking an excursion. I saw some folks with those types of sheets but they did not seem to be readily available. Travel to and from Barcelona - We flew American Airlines there and Iberia on the way back both booked through American. Overall everything went great. The only challenge was that Iberia does not issue seats until 24 hours prior to unless you sign up for their rewards program. Also American's seat management system does not communicate with Iberia's. We still got great seats on the way back but it was a little different. Dining - Dining was good, not great but certainly good. Guy's Burger Joint was excellent but the Blue Iguana Cantina was off the charts awesome. Their breakfast burritos were rock solid and their tacos and burritos for lunch were stellar. We ate in the dining room three times. Each time the service was excellent and the meals very tasty. We enjoyed the ease of access to the Lido Marketplace a little better and we ended up taking the majority of our meals there. The food quality was good. Again not great but certainly not bad either. Chef's Table - We signed up for the Chef's Table dinner. It is only open to 12 people for the entire cruise and it costs 75 USD per person. Before I went I got a little sticker shock but after I went I was sure that we had gotten a bargain. One of the best meals I have ever had in my life. It was nine or ten courses and every one was exceptional. My wine glass never got empty. The coolest thing is you eat in the kitchen and get to see the behind the scenes. Red Frog Pub - Loved this place. My wife and I went there for drinks five times. They have outdoors seating and it was truly exceptional. Friendly staff and very, very relaxed. The Red Frog Pub Ale is really, really good. My wife absolutely loved the Ting Mojitos. Disembarkation - This went smooth. We chose to take our stuff ourselves and we went off as soon as the gangway was open. It was pretty early but we avoided the big rush. The time from our room to the taxi cab was no more than 10 minutes. It helped that we had only one bag and one carry on apiece. Summary - This was a great cruise and can not wait to go another. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again but are open to cruising with other cruise lines as well. Carnival did an exceptional job with this ship in general and our cruise in particular. The cruise director, John Heald is a funny, funny man and did an exceptional job keeping us all informed. 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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