2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on ... Read More
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on vacation, not a big problem for me. I enjoyed the chance to talk and meet new people. We Loved the 80’s Rock and Glow night, we just wished they had the 80’s trivia game the same night. We enjoy dressing up in our costumes. The ports were beautiful and breathtaking, the water was so blue. The staff was also extremely friendly and really helpful we never needed anything. Our waiters in the Dining Room were incredible, they remembered our names and what we liked to eat and drink. Thanks Carnival for the wonderful memories Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Carnival Hub App – This was our first cruise that we didn’t have to use walkie-talkies or notes to stay in touch. You will appreciate the Carnival Hub App because it allows for texting to every person in your party who also has the ... Read More
Carnival Hub App – This was our first cruise that we didn’t have to use walkie-talkies or notes to stay in touch. You will appreciate the Carnival Hub App because it allows for texting to every person in your party who also has the app. Cost is $5 per phone for the entire cruise and you utilize Carnival’s Wifi. It is well worth the minimal charge. The app shows you what is happening onboard and the times. You can mark things you want to do or see ahead of time, and the app will give you a 15 minute heads up notification. You can view the dinner menu for each evening. You can see your onboard account activity, and book excursions straight through the app. See screenshots photos of App. Dinner - We had 8:15 dinner seating. 1st seating is 6 pm. 8:15 is an ideal time for several reasons. First, it allows for a later lunch which is a good thing because lunch crowds are heavy at several popular spots when they open at noon. Second, the 8:15 seating is generally less crowded which allows for a more relaxed dinner. For lunch, Guy’s Burger Joint (10th floor, Lido deck) and Guy’s Pig & Anchor (5th floor, outside) are both a must do. No lines at either one after 2pm. Dinner Seating – The Dining Room – There are two main dining rooms: Sapphire and Blush. Sapphire is mid-ship; we never dined in there. We had table 755, upstairs, next to railing overlooking the first floor of the Blush Dining Room. This was a GREAT table for two. The other tables for two along the rail are # 752, 798, 802, 805. Important side note: Make it a priority to go to the dining room on departure day at 1pm when they open up to speak with the maître-d to request a change in table assignments. We suggest you arrive at the dining room entrance by 12:30 and wait for them to start helping guests at 1pm. See photos for table locations. Coffee - Bring your own flavored creams if you like them because the ship doesn’t provide them. They do provide milk and regular creamer. Bring a thermal mug from home if you’d like to keep your coffee hot or walk around the ship with it. Omelet Stations - There are two of them. Go to the one at the rear (aft) of the Lido buffet dining area. The line is always much shorter than the one at the front entrance. State Room - We booked the week before our cruise and literally only had one room choice at the time: 8209 (Forward, Inside). We generally book balconies, but this room ended up being perfect in several ways. First, the room location is [almost] at the end of a dead end hallway. It was very quiet which allowed for a good night’s rest. You will only get foot traffic from a few other rooms. Second, if you don’t mind using stairs, the location provides easy access to the 10th and 5th floors which are the two main public floors. Pools - Bring back the big pools! Why cruise lines went to smaller pools as opposed to the larger pools, I’m not sure. The couple of pools they did have were small and very crowded – all the time. They did have several whirlpools throughout the ship, which was a definite plus. Bring towel clips for sunbathing because of the wind on the 10th 11th decks. The Waterworks Park area was super refreshing on the hot days! Bingo – Yay! Carnival Breeze does not use the bingo machines. Bingo is the way it should be – with paper cards! Bring your own blotter or other bingo supplies if you play regularly. Staff – The crew work very hard to make sure the ship is clean. They are cleaning all the time!!!! The wait staff is outstanding. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. Bravo to the crew! Cruise Director Schwartz is outstanding! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He also addressed us by our names as we did the same with him. He was a very pleasant person overall. The dining experience was great as well. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. With that being said I'm just going to keep it real. We had to wait very long periods to receive our food during the beginning of the week for breakfast in the BLUSH restaurant. By the third day everything started to go smoothly and enjoyable. Dinner was great as well. We met and remembered a memorable person 'APRIL JOY'. I believe she was head waitress. She's amazing with people. She has great character and very personable. I watched how she interacted with others and boy she's just a true JOY to be around with a wonderful experience. I hope to run into her again in our future cruises. We really enjoyed the SEAFOOD SHACK. had we known that it was that good we would've ordered the crab legs and shrimp everyday. We heard how good from a relative on our 5th day. So we did get 2 days of orders in. YUMMY. $33 up-charge was worth it. We also had 555 Fahrenheit. Surf and turf. Yummy $38pp up-charge. Cherry on TOP. whelp that will fix your candy fix. The entertainment was awesome. The entire FUN SQUAD was on point with everything. IF they made a mistake well we didn't see it. DONKEY is a true character. This is my second run in with him but on a different ship. I pre warned my guest that he's hilarious. lol. His Spirit is one to be around. I learned a little more about him in the Q and A session in the Ovation room. QUEST entertainment got crazy but funny. If you are easily offended this isn't for you. The COMEDY umm I didn't like it. I went to 2 shows and neither were funny to me on this cruise. To each it own. ALL the shows in the Ovation were great. The 80s show or name that song was awesome. I recorded that one. lol. ``Service``employees weren't that friendly. I've seen better cruises with friendlier people. Usually when passing by the greet you. You didn't get much of that on this cruise. I think that was pretty much my only complaint. Excursions'' We did the powerboat (Belize)and the ATV(CostaMaya)with JASMINE. She was an awesome tour guide. We will definitely do those again if we visit those ports again. OVERALL 4 out of 5. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We enjoyed our cruise, with the acception of a few details. Our waitress in the dining room was rude when we chose to eat at the buffet a couple of nights. The Hubb App was slow to get messages sent and did not work on group ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise, with the acception of a few details. Our waitress in the dining room was rude when we chose to eat at the buffet a couple of nights. The Hubb App was slow to get messages sent and did not work on group messages. Often it would take 15 minutes or more for the message to go through. We were told, as we were disembarking on the last day, that we could purchase pictures on line after we returned home. We are now home, and found out this information is inaccurate! We now have no pictures (taken by the photographers on board the ship) of our family group of 12. Very disappointing! Also, if you have small children, the Dive-in Movies are almost all rated PG-13 and not appropriate for children. This was disappointing, since our grandkids were looking forward to watching movies by the pool. The movie screen was also very poor quality. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I loved this ship! The captain let us all know what's going on for weather and was very peasant! Staff was very nice! I gave this a 4 because overall food was just okay. Dessert bar was great though. Shows were the same 70/80's. ... Read More
I loved this ship! The captain let us all know what's going on for weather and was very peasant! Staff was very nice! I gave this a 4 because overall food was just okay. Dessert bar was great though. Shows were the same 70/80's. They need something different. Dancers and singers were amazing and the best I've heard yet! My balcony cabin was super clean and staff was very friendly and talkative! Even reminded us to take sunscreen due to the sun! Played in the casino almost every night. Not really a big gambler but was on vacation so why not. I give the casino staff from the bartenders to waitstaff to the casino host a AAAAAAAA+++++++! They took time to chat and were so very friendly! I also tried the Chef's Table! $95 a person which came to $112 a person after gratuities! By far the best experience ever! The chef and assistants were just top notch amazing! They really wanted to know how everything was and wanted feedback. This experience lasted for 3 hours with an amazing tour of the kitchen. We also saw the famous melting chocolate cake being made! At the end we received a picture of the chef and our whole table plus received the receipt of the cake! Getting off and on the ship was very easy and organized! We did have to wait a bit just because there were so many people getting off. Did a shore excursion through carnival! Again, very organized with letting us know were to be at a certain time so we could go off the ship together. Overall great cruise!! Its a beauty of a ship and you can tell staff care as at almost every island we stopped at the crew would be cleaning and panting the outside!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting ... Read More
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting about 50 cruises on many different cruise lines. It really helps us. Some ships have a scavenger hunt first day which you get a stamp at each location on the ship and you are entered for a prize. You win because your vacation will so much better knowing the ship. My point, go find all the places you know you want to go but cover some more. The Breeze had talented singers and dancers are well rehearsed and put on some great shows in Theater and common areas. The Local Flavor Excursion in Dominican Republic covered a lot of ground in 5+ hours and well worth the $60. We had slow service the last evening in Dining Room -- we did not pay attention to our time that day. (We know better.) Go early or go late, but avoid rush hour on any ship. At the moment, we have plans at the moment for other Carnival ships and Princess ships. If the Breeze's itinerary and times fit our schecule in the future. We would enjoy the Breeze's Cloud 9 Spa again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up ... Read More
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up the place. We took the shuttle from the hotel for six dollars per person paid to the hotel. We were met by the porters who put tags on our luggage. There was also a woman who printed boarding passes for those who did not have them. We got to the port around 12 noon. This was the first time on the Breeze and all we can say is embarkation was simple. You were given a number after you gave your passport or other identification, you sat in a section until you were called and away you went. We did walk up a long gangway to the lobby, third floor. Up to the Lido deck and the party was on. The food was better in the buffet than in the dining room the first couple of days. It did get better especially the second dress up night. Carnival has really cut back on staff and the quality of the food. But I still give the cruise high marks because of the fun we had. The entertainment was excellent. I went to the Motown show, the movie show and the lip sync show. Donkey, the cruise director was hilarious. We all had inside cabins on the second floor except one couple who had an outside cabin on the first level. We liked our location and they liked theirs. We enjoyed all of our ports especially St. Thomas and San Juan, mainly because you walked off the ship and there was so much around within walking distance. Our group split up based on each one's likes. Some shopped, some went on tours, I zipped line in Amber Cove, which was my favorite activity. The New Year's Eve party on the Lido deck was so much fun. They had beach balls all over the place. They gave out lighted wanes, necklaces, hats, horns and I can't forget the champagne. Our group found a place to sit and they planted. I walked to the upper decks to take pictures and hit the beach balls. Overall it was a great cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
A friend choose this cruise. We traveled on Carnival once before but it had been awhile. Ship was nice and very clean. Buffet should have a better salad bar and more items.Other food options were very good-buritto/taco bar, hamburger bar, ... Read More
A friend choose this cruise. We traveled on Carnival once before but it had been awhile. Ship was nice and very clean. Buffet should have a better salad bar and more items.Other food options were very good-buritto/taco bar, hamburger bar, barbeque, and Mongolian bar. Sea day 24 hour pizza was fantastic. Drinks were wonderful. Check out cucumber sunrise in alchemy bar or Lynchburg lemonade in serenity. I cannot say enough about staff from room stewatd, main doing room, and bartenders. Mango Kings and Travis were fantastic! I would encourage carnival to focus on the talent on ships like the ones I mentioned. We do not play trivia and production shows were not that good. Not due to entertainers but whoever planned the show. After seeing Million Dollar Quartet on Norwegian it would be difficult to compare. Jim Brick was the best comedian. His R show was funny without being so gross. Donkey was a great activuties director. I would encourage carnival to hire a good musician for the piano bar. That was another area that Norwegian out shines Carnival. Ports are very good amber cove we took a cataram excursion that was great. St Thomas excursion to St John-borh through ship and very good. Went to beach in Grand Turk. Water was wonderful. Walked into San Juan. At the information you can find info on free trolley. No need for excursion. I would go on this ship again and hope that carnival will continue to hire quality entertainers. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to ... Read More
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to store our vehicle not too far from the Orlando Airport. Both were wonderful. We enjoyed all ports, and we had a balcony room 11248 which was quiet and clean. Greg was our room steward. He did a wonderful job the whole week. We dined in the MDR every night except for one night that we ate at the steak house. Leo and Roger were our waiters and they both were always pleasant and smiling. The food in the MDR was good. I was worried because of the previous reviews and I know I can be a food snob, but it was fine. The steak house was wonderful. I actually enjoyed better than the one on the Conquest. Entertainment was wonderful, Donkey did his job well. This boat did have more elderly on it but I think its because of the casino. It was no bother at all because there was plenty of events for people of all ages going on. I definitely would recommend this ship to anyone. We did an excursion at each port we booked thru carnival prior to sailing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship was nice, we had an OS (7276). Our cabin steward, I Made was great. Embarkation was a little slow considering we had priority suite privilege. People were packed in the terminal and there were no seats in the priority waiting ... Read More
The ship was nice, we had an OS (7276). Our cabin steward, I Made was great. Embarkation was a little slow considering we had priority suite privilege. People were packed in the terminal and there were no seats in the priority waiting area. The food was OK but nothing great. Lots of breaded, fried food offerings. The service in the main dining room was slow. We spent 2-21/2 hrs each night. They really weren't that busy. Had problems getting a beverage (unless it was booze). Our orders were messed up a couple of times. The entertainment was pretty good. Enjoyed the comedy club and the violin trio that performed at the afternoon tea and in the lobby area. Very good. The beverage service in the casino was very poor. Ordered from 3 different servers hoping one of them would show up with my drink. Waited anywhere from 20 minutes to 1/2 hr to get drink. The ashtrays were always overflowing and empty drink glasses everywhere, they just didn't clean stuff up. Did the cultural, museum tour in Amber Cove. Spent a lot of time standing around waiting for the tour guide to get things moving. He took us to a tiny shop where he was pushing jewelry and other trinkets. Literally spent 50 minutes there. When we finally got to the fort we had 10 minutes to explore because we were so far behind schedule. We were late getting back to the ship. Debarkation was a nightmare. They called zones 12345 at the same time. Very difficult to get an elevator to the 3rd deck and when we got there we couldn't get off the elevator because it was so packed with people. Stood in the doorway of the elevator about 10 minutes before we could squeeze out into the crowd. Very disorganized. I could go but I think you get the drift. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise as the reviews for Breeze are decent from past cruisers, it will tour 8 islands in S Caribbean, 6 of them I never been. Carnival is famous at FUN, but this ship has no fun at all. No fun activity, early dining 5:30pm ... Read More
I chose this cruise as the reviews for Breeze are decent from past cruisers, it will tour 8 islands in S Caribbean, 6 of them I never been. Carnival is famous at FUN, but this ship has no fun at all. No fun activity, early dining 5:30pm always had mile long waiting line, then waited 1 hr for the waiters to serve 1 night, so I only been 3 formal dining’s entire cruise. Food is terrible, super salty without choices. I have been eating popcorn for dinner. Nothing is good on this ship, the worse cruise experience I ever had. I have never seen so many scorers & wheel chairs in my entire life, I feel like I’m in nursing home or assisted living facility. If you are young & active looking for a fun vacation, please don’t waste your time & money on 14 days journey cruise with breeze, you are better off to take two 7 days back to back cruise. I loved Magic, Sunshine , Dream Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Cruised with a group of six couples. The ship was beautiful, well maintained and clean. Long lines for food. No reservations available for the pay steak house for the duration of the cruise. No food after 10 or 11pm except for pizza, which ... Read More
Cruised with a group of six couples. The ship was beautiful, well maintained and clean. Long lines for food. No reservations available for the pay steak house for the duration of the cruise. No food after 10 or 11pm except for pizza, which there is always a long wait for. Witnessed a fight while waiting in line for pizza at 2pm. The food in the main dining room and buffet were generic and sub par. The wait staff were excellent. The balcony room was clean and comfortable. Entertainment was good. Shore excursions and ports of call were disappointing as best (Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Costa Maya). You had to hire a ride, bus or pay for an excursion to go to any beaches or diving experiences. The one excursion we paid for in Costa Maya was cancelled due to contracted operational issues. We paid for another excursion that brought us to a filthy beach/pool. I would not book this cruise again or sail to any of these ports of call again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was great). The melting chocolate cake was divine as was the heart shaped cake and serenade by our wait crew for our anniversary. Our wait staff team was exceptional. They remembered our names and brought my husband his favorite beverage each night even before we ordered anything. The entertainment was really really great, with a very entertaining cruise director. The entertainment was staff was wonderful. The variety of activities meant there was something for pretty much everyone. We enjoyed being able to talk with them after their shows. Although we did not travel with children, we saw them being well cared for and entertained as well. We snorkeled in Grad Turk - beautiful clear waters and a variety of fish and coral to see. We did not do excursions at the other ports of call, but did enjoy the relaxing pool area & restaurants at Amber Cove including the zip line! We walked around St. Thomas and San Juan. We would do a cruise on the Breeze again. We were totally impressed at how smoothly and quickly they turned the ship around for 4700 passengers! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and I went on a family cruise with our son and his family. Our ports were Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Two excursions 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman and Mr. Sanchos at Cozumel. Both were very enjoyable. Embarkation and ... Read More
My wife and I went on a family cruise with our son and his family. Our ports were Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Two excursions 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman and Mr. Sanchos at Cozumel. Both were very enjoyable. Embarkation and Disembarkation was smooth. No real problems. However, the food and service in the dining room (blush dining) was extremely disappointing. I would rate it very poor. Example was Filet Mignon night. 6 people at the table. Not one was cooked correctly. They were ordered medium rare to medium, each one was too rare. One steak was sent back 3 times and was never correct. One evening 45 minutes to get dessert. We were the only ones left in the dining room. We finally gave up the dining room and went to the buffet which was average. This was our second cruise with Carnival and it will most certainly be our last! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
The back of the ship is where our room was and the smell of sewage everyday was almost unbearable. Food is highly underseasoned to our taste. The embarkation went smoothly. The disembarkation at the end went very smoothly. The ... Read More
The back of the ship is where our room was and the smell of sewage everyday was almost unbearable. Food is highly underseasoned to our taste. The embarkation went smoothly. The disembarkation at the end went very smoothly. The disembarkation on the excursions was definitely out of a hot horror movie. We did dance the night away at the 80's Glow Party on the Lido deck. Ari & Gede were the best servers that we encountered. We did have one Crew Member in the sailing uniform that was really rude, too bad I did not get his name. Our Cruise Director - Schwartz was amazingly funny and an awesome dance instructor. He and Ty were awesome and best of spirits and always with a smile on their faces. We would definitely do a cruise again, but not the excursions. Although, the excursions were exciting and took you out of your comfort zone. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you, Carnival! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very ... Read More
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very convenient. The entertainment was excellent-there was live music all over the ship. The Red Frog pub is lots of fun. The atrium is a great place to wait for dinner. Anytime dining was well organized and we usually had only a short wait for a table to two. The ship was packed full but the staff was always professional and helpful. Breakfast every day in the dining room was delicious. We also enjoyed very early room service for coffee on our balcony. The lido pools were very busy on sea days but the Serenity Deck was a pleasant retreat. The Cloud 9 Spa is beautiful and I enjoyed using my week long pass for the various special rooms and thermo pool. All the food was good-the pasta restaurant for lunch, the barbecue on sea days, and the convenient light meals in the Ocean Plaza. The dining room staff were excellent and made sure our food met our needs. The shows were very nice and the large Texas Crowd enjoyed the special attention they received. The Military Celebratiion was outstanding with over 75 Military and first responders being recognized. Very Patiotic and touching. Thank you Carnival for seven wonderful days. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We had such a blast on our cruise. Everyone did such a wonderful job making sure we were having a good time, entertaining us, cleaning for us and making sure our food was prepared properly. Embarkation was perfect. We never waited ... Read More
We had such a blast on our cruise. Everyone did such a wonderful job making sure we were having a good time, entertaining us, cleaning for us and making sure our food was prepared properly. Embarkation was perfect. We never waited in any lines and our cabins were ready when we got on board. We ended up departing a bit late out of Galveston due to an electrical issue. That caused our itinerary to go in reverse order but Carnival was great about letting us use the phones and call our non-Carnival excursions. Debarkation also went very smoothly, and was well organized. My only complaint with this process was standing in line trying to get through customs for about an hour and a half. If I could give anyone a shout out it would be Schwartz. He was absolutely amazing. He was personable, he was funny, he made you want to listen to the announcements and he was accessible. Honestly, I have no idea how he managed to get to all the things he was out in the time span’s that he did. We did have a meet and greet through Cruise critic on the breeze. Not that it was anybody’s fault, but they announced the itinerary change just as the meet and greet got started which caused everybody to be more focused on their excursions and their “what now.” Carnival did a great job with this too. This was a great itinerary and one I would absolutely do again. Thanks for listening. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We wanted to take our first cruise on Carnival, eight days in the western Caribbean, in order to compare with Royal Caribbean. We quickly learned that the Wi-Fi connection, which came in the very expensive drink/Wi-Fi package, was nearly ... Read More
We wanted to take our first cruise on Carnival, eight days in the western Caribbean, in order to compare with Royal Caribbean. We quickly learned that the Wi-Fi connection, which came in the very expensive drink/Wi-Fi package, was nearly useless. So slow that Carnival should be embarrassed that people have to pay for it. The all-inclusive drink package had so many exceptions that we wondered if there was any reason to buy it. The Blush dining room was beautiful and the waiters exceptional but, unfortunately, the food was not good and we stopped going after four nights. The balcony cabin was nice and our stateroom attendant was the best. Music of all different genres was available but seating was always in short supply. The standup comedy in the Limelight was very good but we discovered that getting there 30 minutes early was not enough. The fitness center, very important to me and my wife, was small, cramped, and hot. Before using it we had to endure presentations for facials and massages. Shore excursions were fine, especially Mahagony Bay. That was the best part of the trip. We found an internet coffee shop in Cozumel that served a nice double espresso and gave a free hour of high-speed connection — so we were able to catch up. We love cruises and would still do another on Carnival Breeze if the price and destinations were right. But — we would mentally prepare ourselves for the short comings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
The 3 stops comzuel, Belize and roatan. It was a very lively cruise with a great cruise director, Lee. No complaints on the food and enjoyed the primer rib and Chocolate melting cake. Most people seem to be very polite. The love and ... Read More
The 3 stops comzuel, Belize and roatan. It was a very lively cruise with a great cruise director, Lee. No complaints on the food and enjoyed the primer rib and Chocolate melting cake. Most people seem to be very polite. The love and marriage game was hilarious. We enjoyed all of the entertainment things that we went to in the ovation theater. We enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. My most favorite was Honduras. We enjoyed little French keys. Shopping In comzuel. The altan ha ruins in Belize. We enjoyed learning a lot about the different cultures in the other countries. Such a school and poverty levels, it's funny to me how Americans have so much poverty level that corallites with drug and smoking however in those countries it is very minimal. I really thought it was great to hear that neither Honduras or Belize have a welfare system Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We primarily cruise Royal Caribbean (RC) but this was our son's senior trip and we thought we would try the "Fun Ship". They have the O2 club for 15-17 year olds. My son and his friend did not really want to go....but I ... Read More
We primarily cruise Royal Caribbean (RC) but this was our son's senior trip and we thought we would try the "Fun Ship". They have the O2 club for 15-17 year olds. My son and his friend did not really want to go....but I insisted they try it out. They ended up going there every evening! We kept comparing RC to Carnival. There are pros and cons. The embarkation was smooth. There were many elderly staff who were just thrilled to be there and guide you. The same goes for debarkation. No problems. Their muster drill was better too. We didn't have to put on the life jacket and go stand by the boats. Instead you are assigned to a designated area and they scan your card. If you're not there, they call your name over the PA system. Everyone had to be accounted for....then they demonstrated the life jackets and gave a brief presentation. Quick and easy. After we found our rooms. My husband and I went looking for the "main area" of the ship.....only to find out that we entered the ship on the main area! Very small compared to RC. I read other reviews about the deck lounge chairs and I agree......people hoarded them. I swear there were chairs with towels on them......and I never saw people there using them! Pools were small and always filled with young children. The adult "Serenity" area was nice...but only hot tubs. Also it was right by the large water works area....so not so serene with kids screaming. I feel that the ship was clean. There was also staff cleaning the bathrooms and picking up trash. We actually feel that our service was superb. I did read that others did not have the same experience. Our room attendant cleaned it 2x per day. Loved the towel animals. We had late dinner at 8:15pm. Our 3 servers were attentive to our needs. Found out that we like lemon wedges with our water and from then on they were always on the table when we got there. They also called us by our names which was nice. It terms of others saying there were small portions....did you know that you can order 2 or more of anything? My son ordered 2 appetizers and 2 main courses. Yes....I even ordered 2 desserts! All of us thought the food was great! The Mongolian Wok was good....but I had to wait 30 minutes in line to get it. One staff cooking with 3 woks for a ship of 4,800 people? Anything in the food area was a wait.......the Deli....breakfast or lunch buffet.....burgers. Long lines were frustrating. The "Fun Crew" made it fun with games and trivia. We played an adult game of Quest. You would never see that on RC. We laughed a lot! The entertainment shows consisted of the same 6-8 crew members. They tried their best. But I think it's not easy to dance and sing on key at the same time. The cruise director was great (Lee). He was all over the ship. We wondered how he was everywhere all the time. His announcement were appreciated but you did have to open your cabin door to hear them. Most likely it's because people might be sleeping/relaxing and they don't want to disturb you. We had to walk through the casino to get to parts of the ship. It actually made me feel sick to smell all the smoke from the smokers! There weren't many areas for them to smoke so I think they all were there.....lots of them. Also another review had stated the aft (back) of the ship smelled like sewage......I agree! It did! But after the first few minutes....you kinda got used to it and didn't smell it anymore. The comedian was excellent. Better than RC! Warning! Don't buy the discounted Invicta watches. We bought 3! One retailed $295 we purchased for $79.99.....found it on amazon for $50. Another retailed $495 purchased for $120 on amazon for $68...the last retailed $695 purchased for $140 and was $75 on amazon. We were thinking that Carnival would not try to "scam" people....what I learned after the fact was that the shops are independently ran by Starboard Cruise Services....(but we received a Carnival receipt).....we were caught up in the moment...there was a frenzy of people buying. We will know better next time. The actual crowd on Carnival was different from RC. A little more "rough around the edges". .. The photographers on the ship did an awesome job. They seemed to be professional photographers and posed you for the pictures. On RC it was click and done...just someone with a camera. So.....would we do Carnival again.....yes for the right price. But I still prefer Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the ... Read More
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the non-called floors so you have to take the stairs. We decided to stage ourselves on the 4th floor (5 was crowded and 3 was the exit). However, we met someone that said their cleaning staff told them to just go own down and exit the boat even though the deck number hadn't been called. We followed and were allowed to leave the ship much earlier than our deck number announcement. It took us about 35 minutes to get off the boat. The ship is very impressive. For the most part, I found it to be fairly clean and well equipped with options/areas. The seas were a little rough on a couple of days and the shipped handled well both days, especially on the upper decks. I found a few things less than optimal: 1) no exclusive adult only pool, only hot tubs; 2) the floor in the buffet is very slick - I wore three different shoe types walking through there and they were all slick; 3) it was march madness and the ship could only show one game on the TVs. The pub was so crowded it wasn't even worth trying to find a spot. The cabin was small but very clean. It looked like it had never been used. The AC didn't go as low as I would have liked it, but it was comfortable. I cruised by myself, so I had the double twins pushed together to make a king bed. I found the mattresses firm, but ultimately I spent little time in the cabin and was exhausted enough to sleep outside of mattress preferences. The sheets were soft and the entire room was turned down twice a day. I paid upfront for gratuities, and I tipped the cleaner $60 at the beginning. I never met someone so happy when he saw me. We had mixed dining experiences. First, I cannot begin to tell everyone how rough the back of the ship was in the Blush dining. It was rocking pretty good a couple of days enough for a couple of us to get uncomfortable while eating. The service there was also bad. On multiple occasions, we had to pour our own water (not a big deal) and actually get refills from a station by us. I had a ceasar salad delivered warm, and cooked food delivered cold. Our group eventually asked to be relocated to the Your-Time-Dining in the Sapphire. The service there and overall experience was much better. Our servers did a great job and were extremely personable. We also appreciated the ability to eat when we wanted, not at 20:15 that conflicted with so many activities on the ship. The entertainment and activities were very very very good. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed my interactions with the Fun Staff and the performers. All were very personable and I had the privilege to befriend a couple of them. We had a great time with Laz and that man has a great future ahead of him in the industry. The ports of cozumel and roatan were beautiful. I didn't really care much for Belize, as the only way to safely explore the area was through an excursion. I didn't feel unsafe in any of the places, but the immediate area outside of the Belize port was questionable. Our first stop in Cozumel did not go very well. The crew had decided to open only 1 gangway to get off the ship. Lee made an announcement to wait and not crowd the stairways or elevators and would make an additional announcement when it was okay to proceed. Well, my group followed the directions and were late to the port to meet for our snorkeling excursion and the boat left without us (5 people). Instead they offered to refund it in the port, and provide us another option to a private beach - which we took. The guide there was wrong in telling us it was a cataraman, but we enjoyed the food and experience overall. Eventually, the service refunded us 10% and gave some drink coupons. To get back on the ship, they had 3 gangways open and boarding was a breeze. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew works together to keep the ship spotless. Cabins are cleaned early morning and your bed is turned down in the evening. room service was available and delivered at the time requested. The food provided during the cruise was excellent. There was never a shortage of food and beverages. The wait staff in the blush dining room make sure passengers have breakfast and dinner served with many selections to choose from. they were all very kind and always smiling and patient. Entertainment every night was excellent except i did not enjoy racial remarks by one comedian who has been on netflix. A group of eight dancers and singers performed wonderful shows each night. their talent was superb! we left after each show so happy and amazed, wonderful music, dancing and costumes. Several bands performed nightly. my favorite was the midas touch. The singers, piano player ,drummer, bass player were excellent and entertaining. female singer had a beautiful voice but at times seemed preoccupied. the guitar player was fantastic. you could tell he really enjoyed his music. male singer has a great voice and is smiling the entire time. the group was very enjoyable. we saw them each night they played. The cruise director was named lee. anyone who crossed paths with him was so happy to see him. he was everywhere during our seven day cruise. He was hilarious! Lee's jokes were always funny and kid friendly. example: lee announced: attention breeze passengers..... To the woman who reported $3,000 bundled in a rubber band lost.....we have found your rubber band!! he made this announcement during our debarkation which takes awhile. i would say he is well loved by his crew as well and the passengers. he is always visible. we wondered when he ever went to sleep! The three excursions we went on during the week were well organized with our safety at all ports clearly the most important factor. the transportation to and from islands was easy and comfortable and we were always taken back to ship in plenty of time. Thank you carnival breeze for a fantastic week of fun and relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our 6th cruise with Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise and this one wasn't bad, it was just disappointing. I think the ship was too big for the amount of help they had on board. Movie nights were good if you didn't ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise with Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise and this one wasn't bad, it was just disappointing. I think the ship was too big for the amount of help they had on board. Movie nights were good if you didn't want a blanket or popcorn, because the lines were long or there was no one there to help. The ice cream stations were either empty of ice cream, cones, bowls or spoons, or the station was a complete mess with ice cream all over the counter and floor. Sometimes they put an orange cone around it so you would know there was a mess. In the dining room we loved our waiter and the food was fantastic, but, we waited a very long time to get our food. The first night it was 45 minutes before we got our appetizers. It did get some better each night, but our area was always the last out of the dining room because we had to wait so long for our food. We would get pizza most nights and the line was usually very long there and the people making the pizza's weren't having a good time at all. They had one speed and it was slow. They didn't try talk with people or have any communication. They were unhappily there to do their job. We were disappointed in the buffet for breakfast & lunch. We normally see an amazing display of foods and on this ship they were very limited on what was available. Lots of tables were filled with dishes, orange cones were in several places where food had been dropped, the eating area was always in disarray. We were in the casino a few times and once my machine overheated and I couldn't get my money out so I turned on my service button, waited for 15 minutes, then got a cleaning girl to go get help, waited another 15 minutes, a girl came and messed with it for 15 minutes then had to go get the supervisor who was rude and hateful and really let us know how we were wasting his time. We went to a couple of the comedy shows but it was standing room only, so we quit going to those. We absolutely loved the Polaris Trio!! We listened to them every night. Such a beautiful relaxing time. I know that we will not go on a ship this large again as I really feel it is too big and they are very understaffed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, Glenn-server at the Red Frog Pub, and Arnata-our cabin host. These folks truly made our trip such a delight; we will deeply miss seeing them, and we will cherish all the memories of the laughs we shared night after night. I am not a big snob about decor so we can sum it up as clean and beautiful. The food was good. We stuck to eating mostly in the dining room, but we also tried Guy's burgers a few times, and we have no complaints. Carnival ships are all about having fun, and they do a great job of giving you the opportunity to stay engaged. As far as the cruise ports... I hated Jamicia. The Montego Bay port runs a racket for duping tourists. We asked for a cab to take us to Doctors Cove and were shown to a small bus that charged 7.00. Once on the bus and driving, we were informed that we would not be going to Doctors Cove. Instead, they were offering for 11.00 more than the 14.00 fair to a souvenir shop and back, they would take us all around to several places so that we can experience Jamicia to the fullest and we would also go to a "much more beautiful" beach than the crowded tourist destinations. At this point, you were already stuck paying 14.00, so it didn't sound so bad. What ended up happening was we stopped at a shop with a bunch of crap made in China, drove halfway up a driveway and looked at a former plantation house (but we never went up to the house), sat in a hot, crowded bus as we went through a part of town that was not safe for tourists, and ended up at a beach that we had to pay 5.00 each to get in and had broken glass everywhere and garbage strewn about. I highly recommend you book a cruise excursion. You've been warned. The Cayman Islands If you like to shop, this place is for you, but the island dollar is worth more than USD so prepare to pay a bit more for your souvenirs. The snorkeling part of our Pirate Boat excursion was canceled due to high winds, but we made the most of the open bar and had a good time nonetheless. Cozumel We had the most fun here. The locals are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to explore around the ports, and we booked a private excursion of horseback riding for over two hours through the jungle and to Mayan ruins. I can't wait to revisit Cozumel. Overall, I have no complaints about the ship or Carnival Cruise lines. As for the ports, we should have booked more excursions. Lesson learned. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! 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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