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
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
Sail Date: October 2012
The theme song for this cruise was "we´re on the ship to nowhere". That´s how we felt on those 6 ¨fun days¨at sea and during the 3 itinerary changes. We have been on 8 different cruises and this was our first (and last) ... Read More
The theme song for this cruise was "we´re on the ship to nowhere". That´s how we felt on those 6 ¨fun days¨at sea and during the 3 itinerary changes. We have been on 8 different cruises and this was our first (and last) cruise on Carnival. We had selected the cruise because of the new ship and the attractive itinerary; however, it ended up being a total deception, waste of precious money and vacation time. Furthermore, communication from the ships' officers to the passengers seemed non-existent especially when so many changes were taking place. These changes led to an impromptu gathering of passengers in guest services demanding to speak with the captain as the cruise director was unable to deal with the passengers' concerns. (She even commented over the intercom, after cancelling the 2-day visit to Venice due to weather, that passengers should focus on their loved ones being affected by hurricane Sandy). This event ended up being the "entertainment" that evening as the theater was chosen to accommodate the large and growing crowd. The next morning (another "fun day at sea") allowed the ship's hotel director to answer "questions" from the passengers. Once again, and without a microphone, the ship's hotel director had inadequate answers to passengers' real concerns leading to an early and escorted exit due to a so-called "important conference call". Once again, the passengers were left feeling frustrated with no real explanations as to why so many changes had taken place and above all, no real compensation (only $40 per person total for cancelled Port charges) for all of the missed ports and shorter port times in the latest itinerary. Other negative points: The entertainment was lacking and repetitive, the most fun was actually the Liquid Night Club, thanks to the fun guests on board. Halloween was also a good time, but once again, thanks to the guests who hauled their costumes in their suitcases. (we were unable to buy costumes at any ports due to the cancellations). Any of the "interesting" lectures on board were actually Carnival sales pitches to get us to spend more money. The activities on board were boring...too much Bingo, too much trivia and too few classes to actually learn things. The theater was too small for the amount of people on board (especially for port information meetings where people had to sit on the floor, stand or sit on the stairs) The gym offered too few group classes as well although the individual equipment was good. The good points: The wait staff in the dining room was very patient, accommodating, positive and friendly. They dealt with all of the changes in stride and made sure we had a good time at dinner and ate well. The food in the dining room was quite good and the Lido buffet was not too bad (except those scrambled eggs!). The hamburger was surprisingly good and there seemed to be a variety of food to choose from. The cabin with balcony was a decent size, clean and quiet. The beds were comfortable too, except for the very hard sofa bed which was made as soft as possible by the cabin steward. He was also quite accommodating and friendly. There was enough room for the 3 of us (adults). All in all, the cruise was very memorable, both good and bad. We still don't understand why Carnival would offer this itinerary so late in the year knowing how the weather affects specific ports of call (i.e. Monaco, where the ship could only dock with very little wind so it had been cancelled various times by Carnival already in October). It was unfortunate that Carnival was unable to re-work the itinerary in a way to include substitute ports of call that could handle the ship during autumn weather. Instead, we spent too many "fun days at sea" cancelling ports traveling back and forth and in circles all around the Mediterranean Sea. 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
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
Before I start, please understand I am not a whinging hard to please person. I'd taken 7 cruises before this one and loved them all; I'd always feel a little exasperated if I heard people complaining about something on a cruise, ... Read More
Before I start, please understand I am not a whinging hard to please person. I'd taken 7 cruises before this one and loved them all; I'd always feel a little exasperated if I heard people complaining about something on a cruise, thinking they should count their lucky stars they WERE on a cruise and look for the good things, not focus on a few hiccoughs. But now my faith in cruising as a wonderful holiday has been lost. I'm in fact rather nervous at the thought of taking a cruise again after our dreadful experience on the Carnival Breeze. Any cruise we take in the future will most definitely not be on Carnival, never again! There needs to be two parts to this review, my thoughts on the ship and cruise itself, and my thoughts on the treatment we received from Carnival, both the staff on board and management. Since I'm sitting here back at home, still disappointed about missing out on Monte Carlo and Venice, and more than a little shocked at Carnival's treatment of the passengers on this cruise and disregard for them, I'll start with that. This was Carnival's second chance with us. We'd previously cruised on Carnival Spirit on a back to back, Alaska and Hawaii, and though we enjoyed the ship itself (better ship than Breeze in my opinion) the dining room food left a lot to be desired. Though we were happy with their buffet food, the food in the dining rooms on Spirit was usually lukewarm to cool despite our requests several times for a hot meal; it was also not unusual to get substandard meals, tough meat. So for that reason we were hesitant to try Carnival again. Then we saw this Mediterranean cruise that covered ports we'd always wanted to visit, and the bonus of a new ship. We decided to give Carnival one more chance. We didn't take this decision lightly as we live in Australia and we had to factor in the cost of airfares and l-o-n-g travel time, but this was to be our long awaited dream cruise of the Mediterranean. Well, that didn't happen! Carnival saw fit to cancel Monte Carlo, which was to have been our much anticipated first port of call. Coincidentally, they cancelled Monaco on the previous Carnival Breeze cruise, and I've been told on the one prior to that as well though I'd need to have that confirmed. The excuse each time was "high winds". An announcement came over that the ship had made several attempts to enter the port but had been unable to do so due to bad winds. Several people observed that the ship did not in fact attempt to enter the port, as they were on deck to watch our arrival in port, and they also confirmed that the wind had in fact NOT been strong. Senior crew later admitted that attempts had not been made to enter the port. I feel that Carnival had planned to omit Monte Carlo even before the cruise started. I wonder if that's due to the ship really being too big for the port... but whatever the reason, Carnival deceived us. That's what is a major disappointment and let down for me, that they could be less than honest with their passengers and manipulate their itinerary for their own reasons. There was no regard for the fact that people had spent a lot of money to take this cruise, or that perhaps it was their "trip of a lifetime"; all we were offered was another "fun day at sea" - with no fun activities actually happening - and a $20'ish refund of port charges, and oh yes, a free drink at dinner from a limited selection. On top of Monte Carlo, Messina was also cancelled, and on we sailed; actually a lot of the time we were put-putting in slow circles on the Mediterranean, trying to kill time. When I dreamt of a Mediterranean cruise I dreamt of actually visiting ports, not floating on the Mediterranean! We sailed past Messina in fine weather and spent another day at sea. The lack of onboard activities and poor entertainment is covered later. The final straw came with the announcement that Venice had been cancelled from our itinerary. Supposedly that was because of flooding there. By now my mistrust of Carnival makes me doubt they were telling the truth as I heard that other ships have managed to dock there, however that might be hearsay or might not. I certainly don't believe that they suddenly found conditions in Venice would not allow us to visit; they would have had access to weather forecasts and trends days ahead. So now Messina was reinstigated! The port that for some obscure reason had previously been cancelled was suddenly back on the itinerary. We passed a fine, sunny and pleasant day there. We spent a lot of time killing time on the Sea. The Captain and crew would give no other answers except the port cancellations were for our safety. No other ports were substituted. I know port visits must be planned, but I believe Carnival knew of the cancellations they'd be doing, before the cruise started. Why didn't they have a backup plan organised? Why didn't they give us the chance to opt out of the cruise, or cancel the cruise? At least then we might have got our money back from travel insurance. Why weren't they upfront with us? Why did they not seem to care about the passengers and have empathy for how the passengers were affected? We'd selected this cruise because we loved the itinerary. We'd always wanted to visit Venice, the other ports too. If the itinerary had stated "Monte Carlo - possible", "Venice - possible" we would simply not have booked. I believe the ship had proved to be too big to comfortably manage docking in Monte Carlo and Venice, and to me that IS the mechanical reason that senior crew cited as the only reason compensation would be paid. We are very disappointed in this whole cruise experience - other than enjoying some memorable ports and meeting some lovely fellow cruisers. We feel Carnival has let us down badly. Its sad to be asked now by friends about our Mediterranean cruise and to have to try hard to sound upbeat and not disappointed. Carnival should realise, though, that a disappointed customer is not going to keep their disappointment a secret from other people who might once have been potential Carnival cruisers. Now ship and cruise specific comments: SHIP The ship was new, so that has to be a plus. I'm not going to gripe about a little staining on carpets or whether or not I liked the decor. But what I really missed were nooks and crannies to just hang out. Not bars... we're not big drinkers. Nor are we gamblers. Just places to sit and chat or look at the passing parade or read; windows to gaze through and see the sea; lounges to meet up in. There was Ocean Plaza and little else. As someone else commented, the ship is big yet there didn't seem to be a lot of public space for the size of the ship. ACTIVITIES I thought the Limelight Lounge had great potential but it seemed to be under utilised; the comedians appeared there, and there was a t-shirt sale there. In other ships I've been on, such a space was used regularly for a musical group and dancing. We love to dance! How I missed dancing! Carnival, why was there no real provision for dancing? I don't mean a little jigging in the atrium area, but actual dancing on a dance floor. Music and a party feel. The Liquid Nightclub doesn't fill the bill. Its supposed to be a Fun Ship. What about perhaps some dance lessons on sea days, too? Dance lessons can be fun; we had a wonderful time in regular popular dancing lessons on an Australian P & O cruise we were on, with the teachers being 2 members of the dance troupe who interacted with the passengers and were great fun. I would have loved to use the Serenity area (did use the spas a couple of times), and the waterworks, and all the other outside facilities, but the weather unfortunately prevented that. I did wonder about the fact there were just two pools for such a big ship. Gym? A little small, concentrating more on treadmills than equipment for strength or toning. Not much room for doing your own workout, but you can get by. At night the ship seemed like a ghost ship. We'd wander along trying to find something to do... there was little on offer... often few people in sight. Where was the music, other than karaoke and the musicians in the atrium? The shows other than The Brits were unenjoyable, and were repeated. So some nights there was nothing at all to see. The comedians were hit and miss. We WANTED to party and have fun, but each night we'd finally give up. Daytime activities? I'm used to being on cruises and finding on the sea days that there were time clashes of things I wanted to do. On this cruise, no way did that happen. Other than trivia (which I do enjoy, but not every half hour) there was really nothing to do. The marriage game in the Ovation Theatre was funny, though something many cruises seem to have; the Hasbro game was not. I feel that Carnival provided the facilities for a good time IF the weather is pleasant and people can amuse themselves out on deck. However they failed to cater for inside activities, and with bad weather and enforced extra sea days, surely they should have pulled out a few activities. They seemed to have no backup plans at all. CREW I said above that Carnival provided the facilities for activities (outside on deck), but they failed to provide the human touch. There was no warm friendly feel. Cabin stewards... Our's was friendly and nothing was too much trouble - not that we make requests of our cabin stewards - but towels were replaced, bed turned back, chocolates and towel animals left, room kept clean. Our fridge was never unlocked but if we'd bothered to ask I'm sure it would have been. We were short of coathangers and he fetched us some extra in no time. Wait staff... Staff in the dining rooms gave excellent service on the whole. Staff in the Lido didn't impress as particularly friendly overall, but they did their job. Guest services desk... Other than Jan, a young man who finally came to our aid regarding a cabin issue after 3 other staff shrugged me off (living out of our suitcases in a disabled cabin we'd been mistakenly assigned, with little storage space, for 3 nights) the staff there were stern and unwelcoming. It was as if they took a defensive attitude even before they knew why you were there. Unfriendly, unsmiling. And the queues! Especially in the light of the port cancellations and that naturally there'd be a lot of enquiries, the desk was understaffed and people stood for ages in the queue, and the staff appeared to care not one iota. Jaime... If I heard another comment about "another fun day at sea" I would have been tempted to toss her IN the sea. I felt she was very scripted, and lacked sincerity. I also feel Carnival overdoes the "fun" terminology and should soft pedal it a bit, especially since their cruise was the most un-fun cruise I've ever experienced. I understand that Jaime would have been feeling the stress after the cancellation of our visit to Venice, and would have been the brunt of a lot of ill will. But one night she approached us as we were walking to our cabin and my husband greeted her pleasantly with "Hi Jaime" (as she'd told the passengers to do in one of her early talks). She responded with a scowl and said nothing. FOOD Dining rooms The Breeze came up with hot meals in the dining rooms, and this had been our one worry after our experience on the Carnival Spirit. I was happy with the meals in the Sapphire dining room. We opted for Anytime dining as we'd done that on NCL cruises and it worked well. However, Carnival doesn't seem to have quite got the gist of it. If you said you wanted a table for two (sometimes we preferred to have a quiet dinner and didn't want to linger over it for ages) you were seated at a table for two... 3 inches from another table for two... the tables for two were arranged in sets of 3 or 4 and the people on them were treated as one big group. We had some enjoyable chats with others at dinner, but there were a couple of occasions when we really would have preferred just the two of us. Lunch in the Blush dining room was something we experienced once, and it was wonderful. Helped by the fact we had a window seat and scored some good table companions. We didn't use the pay extra restaurants, though we did have lunch once in the Italian restaurant. My pasta was tasty. Lido I've always really enjoyed and looked forward to the buffets on our cruises, but the Lido was a big disappointment. This might perhaps be partly due to the fact I'm Australian and not used to or fond of some of the American foods and topppings. However, powdered egg and syrupy sweet orange "juice"? I gave up on both of those after one day. I thought there was not enough variety or variation in the food on the Lido. Basically the same old thing every day. There were a lot of cereal choices but there was no muesli. I started adding nuts and raisins to my basic cereal, then raisins disappeared. I found one counter had prunes, started adding them, then they disappeared to be replaced by olives... for breakfast! Bananas had run out for 3 days before they finally reappeared, as had oranges. For those days all the fresh fruit consisted of was trays of sliced melons, two of each type. Not good enough. Guy's Burger Joint is, I know, popular, so this must be just my weird or Australian taste, but I didn't enjoy them. I found them greasy and the toppings and cheese unenjoyable. Not what I'm used to in burgers. I wanted to try Fat Jimmy's BBQ but it wasn't there very often, and the one time I spotted it the smell turned me away. Again, probably just my individual taste as others have raved about it. PORTS I have covered ports we visited but Messina, Sicily was not in the list provided. In Messina we did a privately organised tour that we found on the Cruise Critic roll call, and it was a wonderful 5+ day. The driver was entertaining and informative, and we greatly enjoyed seeing Taormina and then Castlemola, and our lunch in an Italian restaurant. We met some lovely people on the tour and count that day as one of our standouts. Sorry, long review I know. Normally I practically have to be dragged off a cruise ship. This time I was eager to leave. There's a lot of cruise lines out there to choose from. I recommend you look and think carefully before booking a Carnival cruise. The attitude they have to their passengers is extremely poor. They are not customer orientated. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Embarkation at Barcelona was long to me. I did not like taking zone numbers based on cabin location to board. To me, if you show up early, you should be able to board when you get there. The ship was very nice. I really liked the decor. ... Read More
Embarkation at Barcelona was long to me. I did not like taking zone numbers based on cabin location to board. To me, if you show up early, you should be able to board when you get there. The ship was very nice. I really liked the decor. It was much more subdued compared to other Carnival ships. I also liked the variety of the dining venues. The Blue Iguana burrito and taco stations on the Lido deck were a welcome change. As was the addition of Guy's Burgers. But the times they were open were very limiting. With all the sea days we endured, it was disappointing that they closed the burrito bar at 1:30 pm and only opened Guy's from noon until 6 pm. Fat Jimmy's BBQ was good, but with the bad weather on deck, I found it only open one day out of the twelve day cruise. I heard similar complaints from many other travelers. Good food, but limited dining times. The MDR was the MDR - nothing different, nothing new. And the buffet was the same as ever. The addition of the Tandori station was good, but again limited in the time it was open. The Bonsai Sushi restaurant was excellent, but hardly used by the passengers. We did enjoy the Il Capitano italian restaurant. We had an excellent meal there, It was well worth the extra $12 per person. We did not eat at the steak house on this cruise. One highlight was the Red Frog Pub. Good drinks and appetizers. Now limited dining times may sound trivial if you are on a port intensive cruise or on a Caribbean cruise with sunny sea days, but on a cruise that ended up with six sea days - most all rainy and windy, some relief from usual dining at extended hours would have been welcome. Now on to the schedule. I was on deck the morning we were supposed to dock in Monte Carlo. It was slightly overcast with light winds. In my view, the captain made no attempt to even try to dock. We simply loitered offshore until a blaring (volume level) announcement was made by the CD that we were going to miss the port. It was my birthday and we had arranged to rent a car and drive the Corniche. It was disappointing, but I was willing to overlook it. I had missed a port before with Carnival, so I got over it. Little did I know what was in store for the rest of the cruise. We went on to Livorno, where it was windy and wet. We arranged for a rental car to meet us at the dock and we visited Lucca. Lucca was fun. Wet, but fun. But we had a great day shopping and sightseeing. But upon arrival back on ship, we were told we were going to bypass Naples, Rome, and Messina, and head straight to Dubrovnik to try to avoid the weather system. We would then see Venice, then Naples, then Rome. Messina would be missed. Ok, I could live with that. Out of all the ports to miss, Messina is the one. But it screwed up our plans in Venice. We had a hotel in Venice booked overnight to spend more time in port. Now that was gone. Dubrovnik was nice. Clear warm weather. Plus it was great to get off the ship just to walk around after two days at sea. But I could see it clouding up, and I feared they would cancel Venice. Well, they did. After getting back on the ship, we got another annoying blaring announcement from Jamie the CD telling us we were going to miss Venice and have two more "Fun Days at Sea" on the way to Messina. Oh boy! We were getting Messina back. I say that sarcastically. A few side things here. Jamie had to be one of the most annoying CDs we have ever experienced on Carnival. Also, the PA and sound systems on the ship were always set to the maximum volume level. I get up early and like to go up on the the Lido deck to have some coffee and look at the ports or the sea. On the mornings when the Lido deck was habitable, they would run CNN News at the highest volume possible, prompting passengers to scream for them to turn it down. Ok, back to the change in plans. After learning about the itinerary changes, we headed down to guest services. We found about fifty people gathered around Jamie and a ship's officer complaining about the changes. We also saw a security officer off in the background there to ensure nothing got out of hand. Many people complained about the changes in plans, the lack of communication, the lack of compensation, etc. I took my turn and spoke out. I brought up the fact that Carnival had a captive audience of 3000 people to fill the casino, buy drinks form the bars, and shop at the shops. I brought up the idea that Carnival could have searched for alternate ports when they learned of the weather system. Of course Jamie gave us the line, "at least we weren't involved in Hurricane Sandy, and that the captain was just keeping us safe." That was an outlandish statement used to guilt the passengers into accepting the situation. I mentioned that I saw no weather reasons that we could not dock in Monte Carlo. An officer tried to explain to me that the ship was too tall and that high winds would have caused problems with docking, and that Monte Carlo was a soft dock, not a hard dock. I have trouble with that whole explanation. Many people gathered there were long time cruisers who had cruised with Carnival many times. They told Jamie that they would no longer cruise Carnival. Jamie responded with the company line "I"m sorry to hear that". I asked her if that was all she had to say. She responded that Carnival does not compensate passengers based on weather conditions. Even though Carnival was within their legal right to change the itinerary based on weather conditions, the changes to the itinerary were poorly executed and left many of the passengers feeling they did not get what they paid for and therefore, Carnival should have, at the very least, offered discounts or credits towards a future cruise. How much could that cost them? Many of the people would never use it, but it may have restored some confidence with other cruisers. No offers, no compensation, nothing. I got tired of arguing, so I went back to the Casino Bar. As for the Casino Bar. I spent a lot of time there. The Lido Bars were usually closed because of the weather, so the Casino Bar became my home away from home. We purchased the "My Awesome Bar" program upon boarding the ship, so I was there to get my money's worth. The bartenders, especially Miljan and Goran, worked hard to keep the passengers happy. And, while I understand we were in European waters and getting European satellite feeds, a six-day tennis tournament, cricket matches and European football only enhanced the boredom of the imposed sea days. Another side note, during our conversation with Jamie, my wife told me that she was sick of hearing the term "Fun Days at Sea." She told her days at sea were not fun when that was all you got out of the cruise. We use the ship as a floating hotel, not our entertainment. When we travel to Europe we expect to tour Europe, not float interminably in the Mediterranean. It's sad that the only way many of the passengers got to experience the European ports was to hole themselves up in their cabins and watch Rick Steves' travelogues on the ship's television. For the rest of the cruise, during Jamie's blaring announcements, we heard no more use of the words "Fun Day at Sea." As for cabin service, it was horrible. No ice bucket was offered until asked for. The refrigerator was unlocked, but never emptied, even though I asked for it to be done twice. Dirty towels were not picked up. Bed linens were not changed. Empty plates or dirty glasses were left in the room. The only way I could get dishes picked up was to leave them outside the room. And they sat there for over twelve hours many times. And, how my wife's pajama bottoms ended up stuffed behind my nightstand will continue to be a mystery to us; we thought that was rather strange. We made it on to Naples and Rome and made the best of it. In Naples, we rented a car and drove to Amalfi and Positano. While walking around Positano and seeing people enjoying the views at cute restaurants, we started debating whether further cruising was for us. Always constrained by time in port is becoming a factor in determining our vacation wants and needs. If Carnival would have made all the ports, this discussion may not have occurred. This cruise had become a disappointment to us. In Rome, we went to some areas we had not seen, the Appian Way and the Aqueducts. They were very impressive. We also went to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and St. Peter's Basilica. My wife and I were very dissatisfied with the cruise. We planned for a year for it, spent a lot of money to get there, and were totally at the whims of Carnival management. It still bothers me to think of the first time Carnival cruisers I met who said they were disappointed with cruising and how they would never choose Carnival again. I have read John Heald's blog with his two letters from people who were on the cruise. One expressing disappointment, one expressing praise and regrets for the captain and CD. He dismissed this cruise with no apologies or interest. The second letter expressing praise for the captain for "keeping us safe" reminds me of the people in airports who do not mind intensive groping by TSA in efforts to "keep us safe." I'll give Carnival another chance on the upcoming Christmas cruise on the Victory. It's already paid for, I have no choice. But if we see a repeated pattern of missing ports for Carnival to save port fees, increase revenue in the bars, casinos, and shops, then we will stop cruising 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: October 2012
We were curious about the cruising experience, and now, having completed a 12 day cruise, our curiosity is satisfied. In many respects the experience matched out expectations. Cruising is a very comfortable way to travel, with many of the ... Read More
We were curious about the cruising experience, and now, having completed a 12 day cruise, our curiosity is satisfied. In many respects the experience matched out expectations. Cruising is a very comfortable way to travel, with many of the comforts of home, and limited hassles. It is an inexpensive way to go, too, as food in Europe is very expensive, and a cruise ship provides unlimited food as part of the price. There were a few surprises. Because the cruise industry has the capacity to dump huge loads of tourists into port at one time, some of the smaller ports were simply overwhelmed with a crush of people, and one could not escape the feeling, from time to time, of being part of a cattle-call. It was rather un-nerving to be part of such a large crowd, and one couldn't help but wonder how we hoards of tourists were perceived by the locals. I expected, because I'd heard, that shore excursions booked through a cruise line are not a good value (e.g. marked up quite a bit over what one can negotiate independently). We'd done some research on this, and personally felt that what the cruise line tours offered was quite competitive. We were very satisfied. We would probably not try to negotiate train travel in Italy on our own. We attempted to take the train instead of land transportation offered by the cruise line in two ports; Livorno and Naples. In both instances we found that negotiating train stations is a daunting task, made even more so by the fact that few Italians seem to speak much English. And, if you don't know to validate your train ticket before boarding (this is NOT made clear when purchasing your tickets, or clearly explained along the platforms, you may well be fined! All in all, we felt we got what we paid for. A modestly priced European vacation, with lots of good food and ease of travel. And speaking of food; there is a LOT of food. Perhaps for that reason alone many fat people are attracted to cruises. Certainly there were a lot of fat folks on our cruise, so much that it was discomforting to see and a definite turn-off at meal times. I wouldn't recommend one-port-a-day cruising for those who want more than a brief sample of what Europe has to offer. Nor would I recommend it for people who are uncomfortable being part of a LARGE crowd. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
This was our second cruise after 20 years. Overall, very disappointed with the food and constant pressure to buy photos, shore excursions, items from the shops and spa services. Cabin was good, clean with adequate closet space , but ... Read More
This was our second cruise after 20 years. Overall, very disappointed with the food and constant pressure to buy photos, shore excursions, items from the shops and spa services. Cabin was good, clean with adequate closet space , but needed more hangers. First lunch was a buffet. I chose the stir fry, where you select your veggies, protein and sauce. Then the cook tosses your choices on a Wok along with a cup of water, covers the dish with a lid for 60 seconds. The result is a soupy dish of wet ingreds. I would describe the buffets like a Food Court during a Black Friday sale at a Mall. Dinner was in the optional price steakhouse. Now, that was excellent. The service attentive and the beef cooked perfectly. The four of us chose the steakhouse because there was an offer for a free bottle of wine only on the first night. This excellent dinner raised my expectations for the rest of the voyage. Next morning, we were woken on the PA to be advised that due to high winds and small port entrance, we would not be able to tie up at Monaco. Disappointment to say the least. Breakfast buffet... powdered scrambled eggs with overly sweetened orange "juice". The coffee after 2 days drove me to brew tea. Toast was on one side of the line, but jam and syrup were across the aisle. Hard boiled eggs were prob cooked for 10 minutes on a high boil resulting in the telltale black outline. Told the Maitre'd about the HB eggs, but no change. Dinner, they greeting desk tries to seat you to share a table, not always wanted. You have to be aggressive. For every seated meal, the first person to attend was the cocktail server who would not bring the wine.Food in Dining room was good with no shining stars. Each dinner we had to repeatedly ask for lemons in the glass of water, even tho we had the same team. Ports were 60 minutes from the cities and coach drives were described as scenic. Not so, usually high speed routes. The shore excursion in Rome was rushed. Seemed like a sprint for 8 hours. Stop to shoot a scene and the umbrella was 100 ahead. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The best part of the entire 12 days was the locals we met on shore, whether a shore excursion laid on lunch, owners in a retail shop, fruit street vendors or just helpful locals. The entry to Venice in the fog was spectacular along with the historic skyline. We were so fortunate the stand on St. Mark's piazza 10 days before the flood!! Found some reasonable shopping(leather, wool cap, scarf)and wonderful food window displays.The walking along the narrow streets over the canals was a delight. Next morning back to Venice with a water taxi back to the ship to be in time only to learn that the departure would be delayed for 2 hours. Sadly, there was a death onboard. One of the passengers had a medical emergency, was transferred to another boat for further care. However, we were all advised on the PA that he/she had passed away. Shockingly, in the next sentence we were told about the sale on the shops onboard!!. No pause, no moment of silence! The Cruise Director was the voice on the PA became very annoying after the third day. Too loud with forced enthusiasm. The large screen on the Lido deck showed sitcoms( Frazier) and very old movies. Same for the room TV( Rick Steeves) and broadcast of info for disembarkation and broadcast of entertainment where cruise customers were the talent. Comedy club in the lounge, we left after 7 minutes, not funny. Our room was clean and comfortable. the two twins pushed together resulted in a seam to deal with. The cabin staff and for that matter serve staff addressed me as MR. Richard( my first name, not last). I guess this was the training. Felt weird. The emphasis was on the manner of address and animals fashioned out of towels, not upscale thoughtful service. At Dinner, one of asked for extra vegetables. We received more potatoes and some carrots... no greens. At another dinner, mashed potatoes were included. The server asked if I wanted a Baked potato...I got both. Desserts were on the too sweet side. So, we were constantly reminded about the level of service and quality of food in the Italian optional Captain`s Table resto. We booked a table for 4. Arrived, met a couple that we met on board and agreed to all 6 dine together. I asked the Maitre`d if we could switch from 4 to 6. She rolled her eyes and said she would look. After a few minutes, she said she was able to switch. When we were guided to our seats, the room was more than half empty?? I ordered the Melanzane which was inedible, overcooked mush and too oily. When asked how I enjoyed it, looking at the still full plate, I described the failure. Shock on her face, but no offer to replace, substitute or credit. Everywhere on board, they play music at volume. We found the Wine Library, still PA music. It has an auto wine vendor. You use your ship's card to select and pour a selected flavour of wine in a glass. One selection was off and undrinkable( another cruiser agreed with us). I asked the bar attendant if she could replace the glass of wine. She snapped that the vending machine was automatic, our charge could not be credited and there was nothing that she could do. I insisted on speaking to her supervisor. She replied that he was on break for the next 3 hours. I asked to speak to someone. This had deteriorated. After 15 minutes, an office in white arrived, credited the account advised us that we were the only ones who did not like the wine. I pointed to the guy at the bar. The whole process was unpleasant. The staff are unwilling or unable to resolve complaints. On the exterior decks, the majority are constantly wafted by cooking odours, not fresh sea breezes. With the constant pressure to spend more cash on board, I started to call the ship by the "Carnival Squeeze". Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2012
We arrived at the Barcelona airport on cruise day. The Carnival staff was disorganized and inadequately prepared to handle the large number of passengers arriving. There was no order to dropping off luggage for transport to the ship. ... Read More
We arrived at the Barcelona airport on cruise day. The Carnival staff was disorganized and inadequately prepared to handle the large number of passengers arriving. There was no order to dropping off luggage for transport to the ship. Embarkation took a long time. Our room was nice and in a great location to get where we needed to go on the ship. Overall, the food was good (except for the eggs in the Lido Marketplace and the fact that they had ran out of bananas for several days) and the entertainment was good (except the last night when there was a vocalist who was drowned out by the band). Several shows had to be cancelled/rescheduled due to rocky seas. Some nice additions for lunch were Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina. The very first day the ship was unable to dock into Monte Carlo, Monaco, due to high winds according to the Captain even though the navigation map did not show any high winds. The staff had informed us the night before that they were expecting high winds to come in later that day so they moved up the departure time. An announcement was made during the evening on our first unscheduled sea day that the itinerary was changing for the remainder of the cruise in an attempt to avoid bad weather in the Tyrrhenian Sea. We were still going to Livorno as scheduled in the original itinerary. After Livorno, the revised itinerary given to us was an additional 2 sea days, skipping the scheduled port of call in Messina, followed by a port of call in Dubrovnik, then an overnight in Venice, then another sea day, then Naples, then Rome, and then a sea day back to Barcelona. We were disappointed that when the itinerary changed, that Rome was still on a Sunday. The original day that the ship had been scheduled to visit Rome, the Vatican was open as it was the last Sunday of the month. With the new itinerary, the Vatican would not be open. Shortly after leaving the port in Dubrovnik, there was another announcement of yet another itinerary change. We were not going to Venice due to the flooding, and that we were going to have 2 additional sea days and the port of call of Messina was added back to the itinerary. Lots of disappointed passengers concerned with the itinerary changes swarmed the guest services desk and were moved into the Ovation Lounge where an impromptu meeting occurred with the ship's captain and staff. After leaving Dubrovnik, the ship actually sailed around in a circle on the first sea day in the Adriatic Sea. Normally, it takes one day to sail from Dubrovnik to Messina and the captain was taking 2 days. (We passed through the Messina straight around 6 AM the day before we reached Dubrovnik earlier in the cruise). Sea day activities were limited, unless you wanted to spend money for spa treatments, donate money in the casino, go to the overly crowded trivia, spend money for Bingo, etc. The compensation for the missed ports of call were credit for the port charges/taxes and a token drink (from a limited selection) at dinner. Most passengers felt that this was not enough to compensate for a disappointing vacation experience. This was our first cruise to Europe and as such, we had booked this cruise due to the itinerary which had 7 ports of calls and only 3 sea days. Due to the various itinerary changes, we lost 2 ports of call and added 3 sea days. This was more boat ride than we expected and wanted. Early on, the Captain should have known about the weather conditions and changed the itinerary to other ports of call which the Breeze had been to before. Debarkation was very smooth and well organized. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
My wife and I have sailed Carnival before about five times. I will skip over what anyone who has sailed carnival already knows and get into the specifics of this trip and ship. The Carnival Breeze is an almost new ship. A few differences ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed Carnival before about five times. I will skip over what anyone who has sailed carnival already knows and get into the specifics of this trip and ship. The Carnival Breeze is an almost new ship. A few differences between the Breeze and other Carnival ships are the following: the entertainment was typical Carnival stuff. Not Broadway but more like a small regional production. If you expect the Broadway cast from Wicked, it "ain't" going to happen. It was something pleasant to spend some time after dinner. The theater itself is rather small vis-a-vis the number of ship's passengers so do not tarry after dinner if you have your heart on seeing one of the shows. The food was typical Carnival too. The maitre d' Yogi was way above the norm and was very "hands on". You usually see Carnival maitre d' s only on the last night with their hands out expecting a tip. The serving staff was excellent although there were more changes that the norm in the course of the cruise. Carnival has upgraded its TV infrastructure so the programming is better than a couple of years ago and you can check you ship's card balance at any time. The Tour Director Jaime was one of the best and a very tall, thin willowy blond was uncharitably (but correctly) named 6'3". I thought that this was dehumanizing but who philosophizes on a cruise? The captain spoke incomprehensible English that Jaime "translated" into intelligible English. There was no gym per se and Carnival has increased the number of "non-free" activities. They really push their salon for treatments and product. To me it's all grease and snake oil but some people like it. The room stewards were good and the ship always looked clean. On a scale of 10 (great) to 1 (poor) I will rate the shore excursions with an occasional comment. 1. Monaco-Monte Carlo...n/c too windy; did not dock; this was for us the least important port so we didn't cry over missing it. The port has a "poor kids with their noses pressed against the bakery window drooling over sweets they cannot afford" quality to it. 2. Livorno...5...bad weather hampered tour; two hours in Florence and one in Pisa. uninspired bu good if you "must see" the Leaning Tower before you die. 3. Civitavecchia/Rome...3...my wife went to Rome but I opted out because I had been there several times before. I went to Tarquinia (see other cruise reviews) which was a great alternative. Wife had such a terrible tour of Rome that they refunded 20%. Tarquinia shuts down tighter than a drum from 12:45 pm to 4 pm for the siesta. 4. Naples...8...most reviews advise not going to Naples proper so we followed that advice; went to Mt Vesuvius (rather strenuous climb, not for someone with physical disabilities) and Pompeii. Spectacular views of Bay of Naples from Mt Vesuvius. Pompeii jammed pack with tourists. 5. Venice...9...wonderful, surreal port; tricky to get off the ship to Piazza San Marco; transportation relatively expensive, even public vaporetti; absolutely loaded with tourists; Alilaguna water taxi (located on the peer itself) is the best deal from peer to Piazza San Marco. 6. Dubrovnik...8...quite spectacular "old world" look and feel; economy almost 100% dominated by tourist trade. Lots of shops and restaurants; geographically small (150 square acres) so you can "do" the city in a day; must have been an unspoiled beauty in the mid-90s. They have not yet been admitted to the Eurozone (a dubious honor) so the merchants are rather eclectic in terms of currency use. 7. Sicily...8...took shore excursion "In the Steps of the Godfather"; visited two towns that figured prominently in the movie; kind of a long bus ride to get to the first town Sabocca. As the reviews state, not much to do in Messina where the peer is located. Generally the Breeze enforced the "do not bring alcohol" aboard rule rather loosely. 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
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Sail Date: September 2012
We are fun loving "50 something" cruisers with over 40 cruises under (or over) our belt. Our motto is "we've have never been on a "bad" cruise; just some are were better than others". Why ruin your good ... Read More
We are fun loving "50 something" cruisers with over 40 cruises under (or over) our belt. Our motto is "we've have never been on a "bad" cruise; just some are were better than others". Why ruin your good time looking for perfection that will never be. It's unbelievable when I read some of the blogs citing "my cruise was ruined because I only got one pillow mint and not two", or "the cruise line sucks because it rained" Yes, the dirty carpeting on the stairs is somewhat true. So sleep in your nice clean cabin and not on the stairs. It appears the "new" carpet is defective and is like a dirt magnet. But the staff is cleaning it daily and doing there best. It obviously will need to be replaced at next dry dock. Get a life, and go have fun ! So here is what we found on our 12 night cruise aboard CARNIVAL BREEZE A wonderful, port intense itinerary, its staff and the food very good,(especially surprising for Carnival). Its best to choose a specific dining time, as anytime dining will disappoint due to overwhelming demand on sea days. Besides, your regular service team will get to know your food/beverage preferences and work hard to satisfy you. If you miss your selected meal time, go to the Lido, where we found the food abundant, good, and the staff very helpful. Beef, fish, chicken and Pasta at every meal (lots of desert options too). Entertainment was OK, but nothing to write home about. We found the shore excursions. although expensive, very well coordinated and guided by excellent professionals. If they said your tour departs at 8AM, they were on their way at 7:59AM. We found that in each port, the private tour cars were kept away until all Carnival excursions had departed the ship. This angered several guests on private tours who thought they could get off once the ship bumped the dock. Carnival has been hit or miss for us in the past, and we read some of the reviews before we departed, which had us somewhat concerned. We found the design of deck 5 to be a negative for us as balcony lovers, but the rest of this ship to have many nice venues. Also, gone is is "Carnival Glitz" for more subdued colors, and no more Grand Atrium. Now back to deck 5. Deck 5 not only extends aft, but also Port and Starboard, and completely surrounds the ship further than any other deck. This deck contains two elevated ovals containing hot tubs on each SIDE of the ship, two gathering ovals on each side as well, along with food and bar venues. So what does this mean too you? If you love BALCONYS (like we do), you will no have no privacy on deck 6, little privacy on deck 7 and might be OK on deck 8 (we were on deck 7; mid-aft). Regardless, instead of hearing the rustle of water from your prized balcony, you WILL hear conversations, guests looking up at your balcony, the smell of smoke, and if your cabin happens to be in line with one of the hot tubs, a hot tub party. We have never experience this before. Some guests may like this. but we like our balcony to be as private, quiet and smoke-free as possible. Its best BEFORE you choose your cabin, check the deck chart so you will see how deck five ovals line up with your selected balcony cabin. The dirty carpeting on the stairs is somewhat true. It appears the "new" carpet is defective and is like a dirt magnet. But the staff is cleaning it daily and doing there best. It obviously will need to be replaced at next dry dock. So there you have it! Be prepared, and have a GREAT TIME ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2012
We had a fantastic time on the Breeze cruising from Barcelona on September 19th. The ship and crew are excellent. The itinerary for this sailing was loaded with excellent ports of call. The ship did not appear crowded to me at all. We ... Read More
We had a fantastic time on the Breeze cruising from Barcelona on September 19th. The ship and crew are excellent. The itinerary for this sailing was loaded with excellent ports of call. The ship did not appear crowded to me at all. We only experienced minor waits, if any to obtain food, drinks, or participate in an activity. Embarkation was very quick and we waited less than 15 minutes to board the ship in Barcelona Cabin Our cabin 9481 was the the very back of the ship and had a great balcony view off the stern. We did not experience any significant noise due to Lido deck 10 being right above us. The cabin was spacious and there is quite a bit of storage. The only drawback to this cabin is that you have not much in the way of privacy on your balcony. The partitions between the balconies do not go all the way to the end so from the railing of your balcony you can see all the other people on your deck, and they can see you. Other balconies on the ship have the privacy screen which extends all the way to the balcony end so that people can't easily look into your space. This is a minor concern but just know that this is the case if you are booking a stern balcony cabin. Our cabin stewart keep our room spotless during our 12 night vacation, that team could not have done a better job. The food We had anytime dining and this was really the only area where they don't seem to have things worked out just yet. Food was always good but the cadence of service on anytime dining was spotty. Sometimes you were greeted soon after you were seated, other times there was a significant wait. No big deal. We did use many of the specialty dining options, had two dinners at the steakhouse, one at the Italian resturant, and one night at the chefs table. All of these were top notch. The chef's table was amazing, each course was artfully presented and the service was outstanding. The steakhouse put out wonderful food on both our visits and the chocolate sampler is nothing short of spectacular. The italian restaurant is also good for both lunch and dinner. There is no up-charge for lunch but you basically get to choose a type of pasta, sauce, protein & vegetables. Your pasta is then made and brought to your table. You do hear the bouncing of the basketball court above you during lunch. At dinner this restaurant serves a full multi-course menu. While we chose to cruise at a timeframe where there would be very few children on the ship, we didn't encounter any of the problems noted by previous reviews. Guys Burgers, I guess I am outside the curve on this one. They are good but I feel this is case because of the toppings bar not because of the burger itself. I think Carnival could have saved a bunch of dough by just putting a burger toppings bar out there, there is nothing special about the hamburgers. The blue iguana serves up some tasty burritos for both breakfast and lunch. This was my go to place for breakfast, never a line and you leave the chaos of the lido buffet behind. Tandori was good the one time I tried it. The deli made a nice sandwich The pizza pirate did a nice job with the variety of pizza they served, fresh and tasty. Fat Jimmy's C-side had a huge line when it opened on the first sea day, we tried it and along with most of the people seemed to judge it as lacking. I say this because there were little to no lines for this place on the remaining sea days. We ordered one breakfast from room service that was delivered on time and the order was perfect. Comedy brunch on sea days. We did this on two mornings and the menu is good, food is good but I still don't understand the rationale for doing this? The comedy shows were packed everynight they were offered so they don't need any promotion and the material the comics use during the brunch is pretty much what you heard the night before during the show so I still don't really understand what the goal of this "2.0" addition is. There is a specialty coffee and dessert that serves gelato, and large slices of chocolate cake and carrot cake as well as chocolate dipped strawberries for a small charge. The lido buffet is very large and the lines move pretty well except for the beverage stations which are poorly designed with the ice dispenser in the corner, this has been pointed out in other reviews. Still there are enough beverage stations positioned throughout the lido area that you can always find one without a line if you're willing to walk a little. I did not try the sushi restaurant or the mongolian wok so I can't comment on thos except to say that the sushi restaurant rarely appeared to be busy. Ports: Getting off the ship was easy in every port except Monaco where we were 40 minutes late so people were lined up on the stairs waiting to get off. In most ports we docked on time or were early. We did private excursions in each port so I can't comment on Carnival tours but I did not hear anyone complaining about their tour. Entertainment: We attended a couple of comedy shows which were good. The juggler on the ship was outstanding as well. The Hasbro show was good but in my opinion it takes too long to pick the contestants and I found myself getting bored. We didn't go to any of the productions shows, we were too busy doing other things. Piano Bar 88 was nice a couple of night but we had to move the crowd into the modern music era. This cruise had a pretty high median age!!! Red Frog pub had a guitar player who was good but seemed to like to play depressing songs so I didn't hang out there very much, didn't try any of their appetizers either but the menu looked good. Activites: We played mini-golf, tried the ropes course, outdoor billiards and foosball which were all good fun. Both water slides were a lot of fun as well. Never spent any time at either pool and only walked through serenity a couple of times as it was always at full capacity. I also don't understand why serenity is by the water slides. If this ship was full of kids all you would hear is screaming children, nothing serene about that!! Thrill Theatre: We purchased the full cruise pass and we watched almost all the movies/rides. This was a lot of fun and something truly different at sea. We also did the behind the fun tour on the second to last sea day and this was a great overview of some of the inner workings of the ship and crew. Spa/fitness center The fitness center was only crowded the first morning, by day three there was nobody there. They have plenty of treadmills and elliptical machines but a very small free weight area. We got a couples massage that was very professional and felt amazing after four full days port tours. All in all this was a great cruise and I highly recommend the Breeze. The ship is incredible and the crew is outstanding, this was my best cruise ever and I can't wait to start planning our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Just arrived back from our Cruise on the Carnival Breeze and can honestly say that we have just had the best time ever. The ship exceeded our expectations, the staff were very polite and attentive, the Cruise Director was hilarious, ... Read More
Just arrived back from our Cruise on the Carnival Breeze and can honestly say that we have just had the best time ever. The ship exceeded our expectations, the staff were very polite and attentive, the Cruise Director was hilarious, Colin, Tarik and Dean from the Red Frog pub were great fun. Iwayan who looked after our room made us feel so comfortable throughout the cruise. From the minute we arrived at the Ship things went so smooth. The organisation for embarkation was perfect. Breakfast was very busy but we never had any problems being seated, or queueing for food - which I must say had such a variety of choices there was something for everyone. The service in the Sapphire restaurant was very accomodating when we requested a table with a sea view. The food was fabulous and the presentation was lovely. I particularly enjoyed the entertainment the waiters provided during the meal - well done to them!!!. All food areas on the ship had a great variety and presentation was excellent. Food was always replenished when it ran out. There were plenty of sunbeds on sea days, and didnt find that we had to get up early to reserve them. Disembarkation was very well organised. Shore excursions were very expensive so glad that I booked prior to travelling through Cruising Excursions.Com The only thing I was disappointed with was the lack of shows in the evenings, although the shows we saw were very professional. Will definitely be looking forward to taking another Carnival Cruise, hopefully in the Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
To give a little information about myself initially: I am in my early 20's and travelled with my boyfriend who is also early 20's. I am British but my partner is Australian and had never been to Europe before so we both thought ... Read More
To give a little information about myself initially: I am in my early 20's and travelled with my boyfriend who is also early 20's. I am British but my partner is Australian and had never been to Europe before so we both thought that a port intensive cruise was an excellent way for him to see all of the sights and have all the amenities of a brand new boat whilst doing so! Neither of us had travelled with Carnival before, and I have to say (being a keen researcher) I was a little concerned with some of the iffy reviews posted on here about the ship. Now I have to say, although i'm not the complaining type this holiday was incredible from the ship, to each and every port and definitely enhanced by the wonderful staff aboard the Breeze. Embarktion: We knew we were possibly shooting ourselves in the foot heading to the port at 1.30 - as we knew this may be the busiest time, but it was remarkably inefficient. Although the queues looked long we were out of the taxi and eating a Guys burger on the ship by 2.40pm...no complaints at all! The Ship: Now I cannot pass comment on the previous Carnival decor, but I loved the look of the Breeze, the atrium was dramatic and unique, and all of the individual public areas were very individual. Some people have commented on uncleanliness already but I saw none of this at all and the boat really did feel brand new. Lido Deck - I agree maybe 2 pools was not enough for the size of the ship, however saying that they were never busy and I think the majority didnt actually use them! The slides were surprisingly good...very quick (especially the yellow one) and the sportssquare was great with crazy golf, and the ropes course. The Cabin: We opted for an interior cabin as we thought we would only use it for sleeping and showering and landed one in an excellent spot, 9 floor, right under the lido deck and stairs up to the pool. I was concerned about noise but this was never a problem. Our cabin steward was the best, and knew our names within the first few hours and proceeded to say hello everytime we left our room (I actually think he had a secret cupboard on our passageway as he was always there working hard!). The food: Another big concern of mine judging the reviews was food - but I dont think I have ever eaten so well in my entire life! Guys Burgers - Very fresh...would have gone back so many more times than once if there wasnt so much other choice to try! Just had a plain cheeseburger, but used pretty much all the toppings and it was delicious! Blue Iguana Cantina - Had a shrimp burrito and it was outstanding! So prawns cooked to perfection and not too spicy, and all the other additions were delicious - made for the best burrito i'd ever eaten! Lido Marketplace - Only ate here for brekkie (and one salad bar) again due to phenomenal choice elsewhere. But the breakfast was vast, I dont think I saw all of the stations in 12 days, omelettes were excellent, and the little unique option on the hot food (quiche one day, eggs benedict another) were so yummy. Only disadvantage is they put the milk before the cereal which seemed a little odd but jees that was nothing to complain about! The salad bar again was so fresh and a huge amount of choice it was lovely! Pasta Bar (Cucina del Capitano)- Im not a huge lover of pasta but my boyfriend and I decided to try this for lunch one day and it was great how you created your own dish, I had a shrimp pasta in the clam sauce and it was really good, and a great way to get some vegetables into you which you can sometimes forget whilst on holiday! Bonsai Sushi - We are both great lovers of sushi and this really did not disappoint , we were a little hesistant ordering something with a surcharge due to the great included selection, but we were not disappointed and the food not only was excellent but was incredibly good value for money. Ordered the sushi ship and between two that included a miso soup each, 16 rolls, 8 pieces of sushi with 4 different types of fish and a side salad with an amazing dressing on it! - That cost $15 for the two of us...total bargain! Jimmys BBQ - Tried this on one of the days and thought it was great - went around 1.45 and there was no queue - loved the pulled pork and the creamed corn - My boyfriend was slightly disappointed the the marinated chicken was cold - but we think that may have been as it was nearing the end of service, however it was still juicy and tasty! Taste Bar - Not sure everyone knew about this even though it was in the funtimes clearly. But was a lovely little addition and meant we could hang on until 8ish to eat dinner each night which worked best to see the shows! I think there was maybe 6 different ones during our cruise - favorite the comfort kitchen one, however all were filled with taste - but were quite spicy! Sapphire dining room - This is where I was really impressed (now I may have ordered exceptionally well) but I would have between 2 and 4 courses every single night in there for dinner, and not one of the plates I was disappointed with. The presentation was exceptional, the fod hot and cooked to perfection and the choice was insane! My tip: if you like seafood - rder seafood dishes! I was never let down! Entertainment - Saw quite a few of the comedy shows, and loved them as a change from the usual ovation theatre choices. But I actually really enjoyed the playlist productions too! My favorite I think was Divas, but all got you singing along and tapping your feet. Hasbro the gameshow was fun if a little slow at times, but anything involving Calvyn and John I found hilarious, especially the Battle of the sexes and liars club. Excursions - We opted to do most places on our own which was never a problem - however we did leave plenty of time to return to the ship. I found the tours to be quite expensive, and we only did two (La Cinta Beach, and Taormina on your own which were purely transfers and we found that it was expensive to use public transport or get a taxi). Ports - All excellent, my favourite was probably Monte Carlo (as we went up to Eze which is well well worth a short bus trip) but I also LOVED venice! Chris fell in love with Dubrovnik. Debarktion - Many have complained about John waking them at 5.30am for debarktion this was mentioned quite a lot leading up to that morning and I can understand why it is necessary to do so. We decided to take our bags with us, grab breakfast and was off the boat in around 35 minutes and into a taxi, so so simple! I think the real key thing to take away from this review is if you go on a (excellent) value for money cruise ship such as this you need to go with a mind to just enjoy every experience. However we have no complaints what so ever and had one of the best holidays I have ever been on. Absolutely loved the Carnival breeze! 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: September 2012
I have recently returned from a 12 night cruise on Carnival Breeze around the med. I must admit I was quite apprehensive having read some of the negative reviews on here, especially the poor level of food and the numbers of children left ... Read More
I have recently returned from a 12 night cruise on Carnival Breeze around the med. I must admit I was quite apprehensive having read some of the negative reviews on here, especially the poor level of food and the numbers of children left to run wild...........Don't believe a word of it....... Carnival Breeze is a beautiful welcoming ship, each and every guest is made to feel special by the attentive and caring staff. The staff really take pride in their work and everywhere is clinically clean. On board there are many things to do for all ages from crazy golf to the crazy water park on the top of the ship and all are a must. In the evening you have a choice of many bars, a nightclub or can just watch a movie on the top deck relaxed on a sun lounger whist looking up at the stars, with a hot chocolate and popcorn. I particularly liked these evenings. The choice of cuisine is excellent, the lido offers a wide choice for all, and the formal dining is also of a very high standard. There are also some additional restaurants with a supplementary fee, the Italian is worth a try only $10 and provide food and service at a very good standard. All in all, this was my first cruise. I had a balcony cabin which was spacious and very comfortable. The ship, staff and service were excellent. The embarkation processes at each port were managed with such precision. It is very relaxed on board, we had two Elegant Evenings but this is not compulsory and you will see equally as many people relaxing in the robes provided in each cabin. There were only a few well behaved children on board during our cruise and you would not know they were there. I also need to point out the comments relating to the sunbeds are not true, whilst the area round the pool does get busy, there are plenty more sunbeds on other decks. My favorite place the Serenity Deck - adults only, hammocks, luxury sunbeds and a cocktail bar. What more can a gal want. We did not take any of Carnival's excursions but chose to do our own, the ships excursions are quite expensive in comparison. We booked a private tour of Rome with an English speaking guide. This was 500 euros between four people but worth every cent. A train ticket to Florence was 16 euros return and the excursion exceeded 200 euros per person. Just do your homework before you go. All in all an excellent choice of ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
A friend and I chose the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise because of its itinerary and it departed from and returned to the same port. This was my 16th cruise overall, and second on Carnival (the first being on their early ship, ... Read More
A friend and I chose the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise because of its itinerary and it departed from and returned to the same port. This was my 16th cruise overall, and second on Carnival (the first being on their early ship, Carnivale). What we liked: our room (#7220) which is towards the front of the ship and has storage rooms on either side, so it was very quiet. Our room steward, Christine, was outstanding and knew our names from the time we boarded. Robe in room, convenient and means not packing your own. Ship's decor was nice, but public areas seemed small for the number of people. The ship was clean and the crew was always cleaning. What we didn't like: Meals were hit and miss. We had a couple of hits, but overall would rate the food as heavy. There was plenty of food and no one will starve, but the Lido selections were lots of casseroles, and more like Golden Coral buffet, but short on veggies. We felt the same way about Guy's burgers and the barbecue. Very much cafeteria food. We were disappointed that there was never a dining room service for lunch on any of the days (unless you count the Comedy Brunch). Dinner service was especially low. We chose Your Time Dining, but Carnival doesn't have the hang of it yet. Dinner for two meant being assigned a table only inches (like 6-10 inches) from other tables in a "bank." Once there were about 10 of us, we were treated as one table and served that way. The waiter introduced himself to the group and made a group recommendation. It was very "assembly line" service and we were served in sync. Rather the worst of both worlds. Not the comraderie and conversation of group dining, and not the privacy and individual service of Your Time dining. I did not attend the evening entertainment, but my friend said it was okay, but the shows in the Ovation Theater had a very busy, high tech background that detracted from the performances. (I glanced in at it one night and knew immediately that it would give me a migraine.) She was also disappointed that the shows go with the ship, so she will not take a Caribbean cruise on the Breeze in the Spring as planned, having already od'd on them this trip. The cruise was a good value for the ports we visited, but I felt constantly aware of Carnival's cost-cutting. Nor did I like the herd-feeling of the big ship. I'd say it was my last cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Embarkation at Barcelona (pardon the pun) was a breeze, very well organised and we were aboard ship within 30 mins and our cabin on the sixth deck was ready. The decoration of the ship was a bit bold for our taste, but by the end of the ... Read More
Embarkation at Barcelona (pardon the pun) was a breeze, very well organised and we were aboard ship within 30 mins and our cabin on the sixth deck was ready. The decoration of the ship was a bit bold for our taste, but by the end of the cruise didn't notice, design and style obviously directed towards its future sailings in the Caribbean. Our Cabin 6240 was well designed for space, and was spotless clean for our arrival, no complaints whatsoever, we selected cabin for close location to Deck 5 Plaza, and was aware we were situated above the Theatre, but on the basis that the shows would be finished by 11.00pm did not consider this to cause any problems. The Interactive TV is useful to check Menus in Restaurants, Your Bill, Ship Location, etc and had Sky News which was great for keeping up to date with events in the UK. Having explored the ship, we were impressed with the layout of public areas and quality of the fixture & fittings. We opted for Anytime dining which allowed entry into the Sapphire Restaurant Deck 3 between 5.45pm-9.30pm, this proved to be a good choice allowing us the flexibility to eat at a time which was convenient to us, and allow us to either eat on our own or to join others on a larger table, we never had to wait any longer than 5 minutes to be seated. We ate at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse on the first night (complimentary bottle of wine on first night)and the food and service was excellent, we considered the $35 supplement per person money well spent on a special treat. When we were getting ready to go out in the evening, if the early show had started the noise from the music below in the Theatre was quite loud, and if you think that you may retire to bed before 11pm, rooms above the Theatre will probably not be a wise choice. Our only complaint about the cabin was that in moderate sea conditions (1 night out of 12) the walls creaked badly which caused us not being able to sleep, this was reported to Customer Services. In general the food within the main restaurant was very good, and if you required your choice to be mixed and matched from the Menu, or required two portions from either starter, main or dessert this was never a problem. We did not eat in the Marketplace Buffet for Dinner as we prefer the more formal surroundings of the Dinning Room, after reading prior reviews relating to dress standards in the Restaurant,I was pleased to note that most guests adopted a smart casual code, small complaint I wish that they would turn down the lighting though, far too bright. Also I opted for the Standard Wine Package which was approx $110 for 5 bottles, good news was they under estimated the demand and I was upgraded to the Premium Package at no extra cost. We also eat at the Cucina Del Capitano (Italian) for Lunch (FOC)and Dinner at a additional cost of $12 per person, the Restaurant was nicely decorated and good value, but air conditioning was set too cold. For Lunch we also enjoyed the Mongolian Wok, Tandoori, Fat Jimmys BBQ, Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana Cantina, tremendous choice of food options available. We enjoyed eating Breakfast in the Marketplace Buffet, and were always able to find a quiet spot at the rear of the Ship to sit near the Breeze Bar away from the crowds. Dont forget to try the Taste Bar for a Pre-Dinner Snack with your Pre-Dinner Drink, some of the dishes were yummy ! We also enjoyed Room Service (Menu on your cabin interactive screen) and the sandwiches and wraps were very good. Entertainment in the evenings was very good, especially enjoyed the shows Latin Nights, Diva`s, Motor City, and the Adult Comedy Club Acts, but there was always a Band or Singer playing at the numerous bars to enjoy. Never had a problem obtaining a sun bed, our preferred area was on Deck 10/11 close to Pool and Bar, did enjoy a few visits to the Serenity Adults Area, but you need to secure a place at the crack of dawn on a Sea Day. The Ryder Cup was on in the Casino during our trip, which as a European thoroughly enjoyed, there was great amount of banter with the Americans aboard, however signal was poor for first two days and no volume was on, biggest complaint I heard aboard was the absence of a proper Sports Bar. The Sports Deck was great with Pool, Crazy Golf, Bar Football, Football, Basketball, Rope Course, Table Tennis, etc. We had to use Customer Services on a few occasions, and I must say that the level of service was very high as indeed was that displayed by all the other workers aboard. In conclusion we had a fantastic vacation, excellent itinerary, and whilst not as formal as some previous cruises with other lines, with an absence of afternoon tea silver service, Captains Cocktail Party and very grand formal nights, I would rate the overall cruising experience as good if not better than those we have experienced, great age group range and a younger overall average age than either MSC or Princess. Despite the huge size of this ship, it never appeared over crowded and there was always lots of quite places to hang out if you wanted to. The Cruise Director John Heald was very humorous, and the over selling of products, art auctions etc was low key, the Photographers got on your nerves after a while but a polite No was always given and accepted. The FunTimes Newsletter was well laid out and very informative. Disembarkation at transfers from Ship to Airport were as slick as the Embarkation process, first class. Did not take any Carnival organised excursions, Pre-arranged my own prior to cruise using info from Cruise Critic, prices aboard expensive (like all lines)and size of party in excursions large. We booked outside School Holidays on purpose and only 91 children out of 3500 guests were aboard, fantastic ! Would not hesitate in using Carnival again based on the experience of this Cruise. 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
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
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
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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