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
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 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
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: August 2012
Our family of 13 from california, usa had planned this trip for over 6months. We booked early, got great deals with complete package, air, precruise hotel, port transfers, everything. Big thank to Mr. Adam Knitzler from carnival who ... Read More
Our family of 13 from california, usa had planned this trip for over 6months. We booked early, got great deals with complete package, air, precruise hotel, port transfers, everything. Big thank to Mr. Adam Knitzler from carnival who provided great service, especially with the early book price guarantee, Adam did lower our fees two times. He also gave us the two balconies adjacent to each other and two interior room right across (the third balcony for my brother's family is at different floor due to his last minute booking). We arrived Barcelona on time, got on the Carnival bus and in 10 mins we arrived the Trypp Apolo Hotel in Barcelona. The hotel didn't allow early check in so we left our luggage in the "safe" room and headed to the La Rambla and begin our exploration. We got on the hop on/off bus to the La Sagrada Church and other attractions. We had wonderful time in Barcelona and ready for our next day to really see the Carnival breeze and begin our 12 days cruise. The Carnival bus took us to the port in about 10 minute. it is a big port, with giant ships and one of them is the Carnival Breeze. It was around 11am so the line was still short and we got our check in done in no time (probably 30 mins). The rooms were not ready so we headed up to the Lido market for lunch. The Lido market looks nice but not that impressive. I just dislike the plastic palm tree, looks kind of ugly. Having cruised with Carnival three times before, I didn't have much expectation about the food so I was very much okay with what available there. The Mongolian wok was okay except these Chinese cooks don't really know how to cook beef. Remember stir fry beef you must have high heat and quick cook. These guys overcooked the beef every single time, same technique and the beef became plastic. Please take note and do change for the sake of Chinese food reputation. The ship, even new, lack of elegance. I guess it is built for fun and convenience. The two small pools (as mentioned many time in previous reviews) were ridiculous for big crowd. The dinning rooms are much better than the Carnival Glory and the services were great. The food were not bad at all and we loved the entertaining from the dining staffs. I love the 1.5 hour dining that allowed us to have enough time to walk around and then headed to the Ovation theater for evening shows. (Princess cruise the dining is over 2 hours which is too long but the food from princess is better, so I guess you win some you lose some). For all the 5 shows we watched, they are good but not great. The Motown night was a big disappointment (I love Motown music but the performers were just okay, they danced better than they sang). I must ssay something about the gym: although they have so many treadmills (more than china has rice) which is good, but the lifting weight area is so damn small, only fits 3 persons. What do you think carnival? Exercise is a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility and for the 12 days on the ship I couldn't access to the three little benches to lift weights at all. I ended up to carry a few dumbbells to the corner and tried to do something. The men locker is also much smaller than the one from Carnival Glory: no free steam room. The sauna room is also very very small. Big step back for the carnival breeze. Our rooms are nice, comfortable with great balcony. The cleaning staffs did wonderful job. We gave them (and the dining guys too) big tips in addition to our already paid service gratuity. We did our own excursions with private companies that saved us tons of money and better city tours (I believe). Florence, Rome were great but the heat significantly drained out our energy. We loved Sorrento, Nice with our own exploration. Having said that, I must say our Best of Dubrovnik tour, our only excursion with carnival, was great. We loved the little village, it looked so peaceful and beautiful. The old town of Dubrovnik was stunning. My nieces loved the waterworks. They had so much fun, they had a blast. The sushi were good. The burgers are just okay but do love the crispy french fries. General speaking, I am happy with Carnival Breeze. I think we got our money worth spent. However, after three consecutive cruises with carnival, it is time to explore others or come back to Princess which we believe have better food and better ship interior design. Cuulong. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Arrival: Getting to the port in Barcelona was very easy via taxi. We arrived at 11:30 and the lines were already long. The whole process from arrival to getting on the ship probably took about an hour. Room: We were on Deck 1, Midship ... Read More
Arrival: Getting to the port in Barcelona was very easy via taxi. We arrived at 11:30 and the lines were already long. The whole process from arrival to getting on the ship probably took about an hour. Room: We were on Deck 1, Midship Oceanview. Our room was great as far as noise is concerned. On other cruises, it was always so loud when we arrived in a port, but this room was very quiet. The only issue with the room was how far it was to the forward elevators. Our dining room and a lot of the other activities we wanted to do were located on the forward section of the ship. I felt like I was constantly walking down that long hallway of rooms. Our cabin steward was very nice and we had no other issues with the room. Dining: Guy's Burgers are seriously the best burgers I've ever had. I don't know what makes them so good, but they are. Blue Iguana Cantina was also great. We usually did Lido for breakfast (around 8 AM or so) and while crowded, we never had to wait in a long line or wait for a table. The same goes for lunch (usually around 12:30). The only times we ever really had to wait was to get a drink. The drink stations were poorly designed in that the juice/lemonade/tea dispenser is right next to the ice/water dispenser, so only one person at a time can really use that space). We had Your Time Dining in Sapphire and in general, it was excellent. Service was always friendly. We were in a different section each night and most were pretty quick with service, but we did have a rather long wait in a few sections. Outdoor Areas: I enjoy getting sun and it was worth it to me to get up early to get a chair. I was on the Serenity Deck (21+ area) by 7AM on the Sea Days and never had a problem getting seats. Also, the area didn't begin to fill up until close to 8 or 8:30. I don't know about the Lido area because I wasn't looking for a chair there. I did notice the pools were always VERY crowded. That was a very poor design choice to have two tiny pools for over 4,000 people. The Serenity Deck has two hot tubs, but when it's so hot outside, it would be nice to convert one of those pools to just a small dip pool so that people can hop in for a minute to cool off and then get out. Indoor Areas: Generally, the indoor areas were not too crowded. Our favorite place to go was the Red Frog Pub to hear the live music (Timmy Pierce was great). Activities: We went to two of the shows (Divas and Motor City). They were okay, but you aren't missing much if you skip them. I would have rather listened to John Heald, the cruise director, make jokes than watch the show. Speaking of jokes, the comics on our cruise were awful. We actually left in the middle of one of the performances (we went to one American and one British performance--both bad). The Seaside Theatre is nice and they even give you blankets as it gets a little breezy out there. Again, Red Frog Pub was our favorite. Live music was great and so were the bar waiters (Carlton and Abbas were our favorite). Ports: Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno (Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice, Messina. We enjoyed most of the ports, but Dubrovnik was our favorite. If you have the time, you should definitely try to plan or organize your own shore excursions. Carnival's are ridiculously overpriced. We took some of the same trips as the Carnival groups for one-quarter of the price. Debarkation: It would be nice if the Breeze would do a "silent debarkation" like some of the other Carnival ships do. Whether you are leaving at 5:30 AM or 9:30 AM, you will be awake by 5:30 AM and unable to sleep because announcements are made every 15 or so minutes for the next group to get off the ship. Very irritating when you're facing a long day of travel.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Just got back from the fourth sailing of Carnival Breeze and whilst offering my own views I'd also like to comment on some of the previous criticisms. Ship itself was lovely with so much to do. As every person (of every age) has ... Read More
Just got back from the fourth sailing of Carnival Breeze and whilst offering my own views I'd also like to comment on some of the previous criticisms. Ship itself was lovely with so much to do. As every person (of every age) has their own idea of a holiday, Carnival caters for every taste seemingly. Games, shows, Library, bars, piano bar, sports, casino, films - the list is endless. Punchliner Comedy club was really good. Thoroughly enjoyed that and it was full almost every evening (for the adult only shows anyway). Red Frog pub was also very nice apart from the bloke entertaining with the acoustic guitar - truly awful. Have to admit that we're not really the show type but did go to watch 'The Brits'. Unfortunately lasted just 10 minutes but that's probably more down to our British taste than the show (I don't want to hear 50 year old Beatles songs). Staff were generally very good but I would have to echo a previous comment that dining room staff do just need to get their act a little more polished. However, as this was just the fourth cruise for each team then its understandable. Dining room food whilst not 'special' was very good and there was a good choice in the Lido Restaurant. Italian restaurant at $12 a head was pretty decent value but I personally would not pay an additional $35 a head for the Steakhouse. Also available are Burgers (after midday), the Mongolian wok (lovely) and the Tandoori (also lovely) plus other pieces like the BBQ on seadays. In general, more than enough to choose from. Our Balcony room was spacious enough and service was very good. Bed made each morning and turned back each evening but steward did not bother us too much with his presence - a real positive. Oh, and it was a cove balcony too which we worried about before boarding but had no need to - lovely room with lovely view. Won't go into each individual port but didn't get off in Livorno (been before) and having the ship to yourself on a Port day is wonderful! Will just add that Venice, Dubrovnik, Sorrento and Taormina were fantastic and Rome was just, well, Rome! Only took 1 carnival excursion (Taormina) because its simple and far cheaper to do others yourself. Hydrofoil terminal at Naples for example (to get to Capri and Sorrento) was just 200 yards from where we docked. Seadays were indeed very busy but then again with capacity for 3500 passengers it always will be. Tip - if you want a sun bed suggest you get up at circa 6.00 a.m! Cruise Director John Heald was very good in keeping passengers informed of everything and, indeed, in entertaining one and all by way of his TV Channel or in person. You got the feeling he cared about his passengers. In short, as two 48 year olds we thoroughly enjoyed the whole 12 days. Sailed before with Royal Caribbean and there are pluses and minuses with each i.e. RC make dining time a little more special - Carnival remains very casual. Carnival have an informative Cruise Director - can't remember if RC even had one. Unless you go looking, there's really nothing to complain about. OK - so I said I felt I had to comment on some previous highlighted areas. Here goes - 1)Queues everywhere. Funny, I didn't notice them apart from Lido Restaurant on debarkation morning. Easy to get food and drinks (use the waiters walking round if you can't be bothered to stand up!) 2)Stewards didn't pull bed back in morning. He shouldn't. You make a bed in the morning and turn it back at night (ours did this without any issues) 3)Lack of decorum from Europeans. Are you sure? Lost count of the times when American passengers queue jumped, ordered 3 starters, 2 main courses and then didn't finish them or simply piled their plates to overflowing in the Lido. This is not an anti American statement because yes, Europeans queue jump too. Suffice to say there are decent people and non decent people, wherever they may come from. 4)Children everywhere - over 1000 on board and I really didn't notice them. 5)Over emphasis on English comedian - we saw 6. 4 American and 2 British. In terms of the British 'style' being hard to get perhaps just try remembering that a) there's 30% British on board too and b) We can get US humour and slang so why can't you get ours? Could go on but won't bore you. In short, had a great holiday because we relaxed and did just what we wanted. Ship was great and it's superb to meet nice people from U.S, Canada, Australia, etc, etc. If you go looking for things to pick holes in, you'll find them. If you don't, you won't. Just book it and enjoy! 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
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
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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