Sail Date: June 2012
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and ... Read More
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and you would not want to return to hear them again. Pool and water park area.Very good. Activities on board. Poor. Staff. Found most staff very good and helpful. Ship Tours, Rip off as usual, better off organising them yourself. Liquid night club. Not inviting to any over 30. Internet access. Very expensive It would not take much to put this beautiful ship into the great category. However they really need to up their game when it comes to entertainment and activities.Simple things.For example there was no bridge (card game) organised. I don't play myself but a number of people I met would have loved to have an organised game.Entertainment around the pool was very hit and miss. In the casino people do not want to play on electronic texas hold em and roulette machines.When one stayed overnight in a port the ship was very boring with limited options. Would I go again. Probably not.NCL, Princess, RC offer more fun for your money Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Background - We have been on all the major cruise lines and have mostly been on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Have been on three previous European cruises (2 Celebrity, 1 RCCL). Flights - Booked flights independently and had two direct ... Read More
Background - We have been on all the major cruise lines and have mostly been on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Have been on three previous European cruises (2 Celebrity, 1 RCCL). Flights - Booked flights independently and had two direct flights that worked out great. Pre-cruise - we booked a Carnival pre-cruise hotel - Fira Palace. We paid a little more booking through Carnival, but we didn't want any hassle at the start of the trip. Transfers worked fine. Hotel was very nice although not centrally located to many of the main sites,but we just spent one night since we had been in Barcelona before. Took the Carnival transfer to the ship around 10:15 without any issues. Embarkation - We have never been on a ship quicker. Carnival certainly planned it perfectly to get us onto the ship before the crowds arrived. We were at the pool having a drink within 20 minutes of getting off the bus. Ship - ship is truly beautiful. Public spaces are as nice as any ship I have been on. Certainly a great upgrade for Carnival over the neon Farcus designs. Nice to have a ship with outdoor lounge seating areas on the promenade deck. One of the few ships that you could walk completely around the promenade deck outside. Public spaces were all very nice with standouts being the Red Frog pub and Ocean plaza. One design flaw was only having two pools for this size ship. Main pool had the movie screen blaring with some type of entertainment and the back pool area is relatively small. They did have additional loungers on the promenade deck with a shower or whirlpool for water relief only.Cabin - we had an outside balcony cabin just under the pool deck. Room had plenty of storage. Bathroom was larger than usual. Flat screen TV that swiveled out to view from bed and a balcony with two chairs and table. Room steward was very nice, but more impersonal service than other Carnival ships certainly due to the size of ship and number of rooms that they needed to service. The ship seemed to run out of pool towels very often for a new ship and we had to ask multiple days for a new set in the cabin to take to the pool. Food - We ate in the main dining room (your-time dining), Italian restaurant, steakhouse and the cafe for dinner. Food choices and quality in the main dining room were much better than our last few cruises on Celebrity. Service was always very efficient and we never waited a minute to be seated showing up between 7:15-7:30. The cafeteria had many of the same choices that were being served in the dining room that night so there was always variety. Italian restaurant was well worth the $12 charge per person. The steakhouse is expensive at $35 pp, but the meal was fantastic except for the disappointing (not in size, but quality) cheesecake. Guy's burger joint was good for a quick meal, but closed at 6pm each day. The pizza was custom made, but very slow at peak times when they should just pre-make pies since you know they will go quickly. Service was uniformly good in all eating areas. Entertainment - The main shows were shorter (40 minutes) and not on par with other Carnival ships or other cruise lines. You were usually tired at night so it wasn't a big deal. The Divas show was especially bad with Divos needing to sing Divas songs since there were only a few female singers. Never had any interest in seeing any of the Hasbro shows. They had about 6 different acts working through the lounges at night. Most were very good, but a couple were very similar country singing guitar players who were a bit repetitive. Didn't really notice the activities since you were off the ship most days. Cruise Director - John was very amusing and the highlight of any of the main showroom shows. Announcement were always minimal except for John plugging the spa on a daily basis. Fellow passengers - about 70% of the ship was American. Found that on average people were not as friendly as you seen on other cruises for some reason. People were friendly on tours, but there didn't seem to be the usual daily interaction I have seen on most cruises. Certainly some culture shock with some of the Eastern European guests who were quite rude and many people seemed to have issues at some point with them. Complaints - The biggest issue is that Carnival didn't provide daily information in your cabin regarding port information that we have received on the other cruise lines in Europe. You were always given basic transportation info/customs info/site info on the other cruise lines. John did two shows that were rebroadcast on TV that gave you some of this critical information. If you didn't see this and you didn't do your own homework on the port, you were screwed. The time they provide guest info in Venice it was actually a disaster. There were signs posted to follow to the Carnival Breeze that easily took you at least a few miles out of the way in the 95 degree heat. You need to do your own homework on the ports which I know many people will do on this type of trip. Carnival seemed to take the attitude that if you didn't take one of their excursions, that you were on your own and this was a shame since they did so many things well on this cruise. They always made a big deal about who was late to get back on the ship, but this may have been a moot point if they told people how to get back to the ship properly. Ports - I am sure that people have seen many written about these ports so I won't go into detail. This was a great cruise since we had overnights in both Rome and Venice. We booked hotels in both cities and were able to have the great combination of staying in port and having a great ship to go back to. Overall - a thoroughly enjoyable cruise experience despite the mid 90's temperatures and high humidity. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
We started out out cruise with a 2 night stay at the La Ramblas Citadines Hotel. We arrived at about 8 AM on Wednesday and they stored our luggage and let us check in at about 11. It was more than adequate, it was clean, friendly, and the ... Read More
We started out out cruise with a 2 night stay at the La Ramblas Citadines Hotel. We arrived at about 8 AM on Wednesday and they stored our luggage and let us check in at about 11. It was more than adequate, it was clean, friendly, and the location was superb. It was just a few moments walk to the Touristic Bus and Metro. Our room overlooked La Ramblas. One downside was internet in the rooms was Ethernet, only wireless is in the restaurant / lobby area. I wish we had allowed ourselves one more day in Barcelona as it is an amazing city with much to see and do. The on and off Bus Touristic was the best deal going 2 day pass for about $39 a person cannot be beat.It takes 2 routes, goes every where you want to go and see all landmarks and attractions! Purchase online before you go! On Friday I was on the IPAD in the lobby at about 9:30 AM and on John Heald's Facebook page he said they were going to be ready to embark at 10:30. We were already packed so we got our stuff and hailed a cab. Once at the ship it was an easy procedure and we were on the by a few minutes after 11:00 We went directly to the room to drop off our carry on bags and proceeded to the Market Place buffet to eat. The food was pretty much your Carnival buffet offering. We only eat at the buffet the day we come on the ship, however we did notice they had some interesting offerings that we never got around to trying. (Wok, Indian food, ETC) We then set out to explore the ship and found it to be a very close sister to the Dream, but much better. We liked the soft colors, and bright cheery look every where, being only the second cruise out, the ship was just gleaming! This is the Gem of the fleet right now! We ran across the Thrill Theater and purchased unlimited tickets for $14 a person. There are 5 different films, we saw 4 on the cruise and got our monies worth. The Roller coaster was worth the price of admission. A 3 minute roller coaster ride can be a thrill, 15 minutes can blow you away! Cabin: We had a Cove Balcony, which I highly recommend. It is on the 2 floor and right next to the water, they are exhilarating. It is your normal 182 Sq Ft. cabin and well being new is always nice! Again great colors. Food: The food to us was good to very good in the Blush dining room and we were well please with the quality and selections. We were glad to see they added Shrimp Cocktail back on as a daily item though the shrimp go shrimpier! Our wait staff seemed to be a team that was all about business and not about relationship. Always in a hurry to please, but without any interaction. I saw other tables getting what we were more accustom to. Fen the Matre'D is a fantastic singer and performer. We were sat at table for 2 and asked to be move and he made no attempt to move us. Fat Gimmy's BBQ: Available on Sea Days, great food, very popular, you can encounter long lines and wait at times. Not to be missed if you like BBQ. Guys Burgers; I'm so sad we only ate there one time. They are awesome, probably a heart attack on a bun, but that is what makes them taste so good. With such long port days we only had 3 opportunities to eat lunch on the ship. Cucina del Capitano: (lunch for free)Good food if you can stand the torture. The Basket ball courts are right above this venue, and not well thought out. It sounded like a herd of horses stomping around above us the whole time we ate and was nerve racking. They said that they close the courts at night where you pay a $12 up-charge. People that went tell us that is not true, and they were tortured as well. BlueIguana Cantina: We had good Taco's and great breakfast Burritos there. Entertainment: I think because if the rigorous itinerary on this cruise, they really plan for people not to attend and really cut back on the entertainment. There were only 4 different shows and they repeated through the week. There was no longer a live band for the show but an electronic production that the singers and dancer sang to. But for the most part very well done and different. There was only comedy in the Punchliner Comedy Club on 6 of the 12 nights and we missed having a daily offering there. The Hasbro Game show was very entertaining and I think there were 4 different shows on the cruise. It was a fun time. There was a Violinist one night in the ovation theater but we did not attend as it is not our thing, also one night they had a Magician who performed very little magic and told mostly corny jokes. Overall I was not real impressed with the entertainment or the scheduling of it on this cruise. Ports: Marseille beautiful from a distance, very seedy up close and personal, it was either a culture difference or they are just rude people! Livorno: Florence and Pisa were fantastic Rome: amazing but very crowded, probably always is but worth it Salerno: Sorrento, Pompeii, and Isle of Capri Just beautiful and Pompeii is a must see if you appreciate ruins. Dubrovnik: Again Beautiful Venice: Amazing, romantic place to visit Messina Sicily: We went to Taormina and again just amazing beauty Mallorca: Went to Valldemossa, Sollar, and took the Train ride. The train ride I thought disappointing as the route is mostly overgrown and you mostly see tunnels, rocks and trees Casino: We lost as usual but got in a lot of playing time for our money, and that is entertainment. At least it did not gobble you money it digested it slowly! Disembark: easiest we have ever had! It seemed too easy! Overall the things that displeased me did not keep it from being one of the best cruises that we have ever taken. Carnival continues in my view to put out the most bang for your cruising dollar. The good things on this cruise far exceed the few things I am critical of. The Cruise Director and whole entertainment staff were awesome. John Heald is second to none, and there is good reason for him to be senior cruise director. George, Ryan, Joshua, Amy, 6-3, Alex were all great. Butch and all the comedian in the Punchliner were very funny. I highly recommend this cruise! The beautiful Carnival Breeze! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
My 15-year-old daughter and I (first time cruisers) took the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise. I was anticipating some rough spots because this is a brand new ship, but really I could not believe how well run everything was. (The only ... Read More
My 15-year-old daughter and I (first time cruisers) took the Carnival Breeze Mediterranean cruise. I was anticipating some rough spots because this is a brand new ship, but really I could not believe how well run everything was. (The only hitches in our trip had to do with airline travel, some of the staff at the Tryp Apolo hotel in Barcelona, and the Carnival-sponsored transfer from hotel to ship.) All of the crew were very friendly and efficient. The boarding and disembarking went incredibly smoothly. The food was always very good and it took tons of will-power to eat in moderation! All inquiries and issues were immediately dealt with, and the guest Services and the Shore Excursions staff were great. There were supposedly 4,404 people on this ship and it almost never felt crowded! The only thing that could have been improved upon were the laundry facilities. 9 washing machines and 9 dryers for 4,404 people - really? Otherwise, I would give this ship and cruise line high marks. A learning experience for me - we took mostly Carnival shore excursions and really I would not recommend them for the most part - I did it because I was traveling alone with my daughter and I am not a brave or experienced traveler, and the thought of missing the ship was more than I could deal with. Our best days were when we took "On your own" tours where Carnival got us to the city (such as Rome) and back to the ship, and we were on our own while there.   Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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