3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was my 3rd cruise, but first time with Carnival. We went as a group of 9 for a family vacation. Five in my group were new to cruising. The 5 children ranged in age from 6 y.o to 14 y.o. Unfortunately, everyone in the group ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise, but first time with Carnival. We went as a group of 9 for a family vacation. Five in my group were new to cruising. The 5 children ranged in age from 6 y.o to 14 y.o. Unfortunately, everyone in the group returned extremely disappointed. The pools were remarkably small, barely larger than hot tubs, and were nowhere close to being able to accommodate the number of passengers on board. My husband and I weren't even interested in using the pools although we usually like to jump in. The casino took up an extremely large space and made the entire 5th floor smell like stale cigarette smoke. The casino actually took up more space than all THREE children's areas combined! My kids were so bored when we dropped them off at the child area, that they refused to go back. It actually took me 20 minutes to drop off my 2 kids, and another 20 waiting in line to pick them up an hour later. It was disheartening to not be able to drop them off to have fun so we could do "adult time". The lines for food were equally as frustrating. After our first stop in Amber Cove, hungry, exhausted passengers returned on board to find that only pizza and burgers were available to eat; resulting in lines that were excruciatingly long. This was pretty much the recurring theme each time we wanted to eat. This was even true for the buffet lines...when it was open. It is like they purposely timed the food areas to be shut down or at half staff during the most inappropriate/busy times. We had never experienced lines like this on our other cruises. Activities were mostly limited to sales, raffles and Bingo to encourage additional on-board spending. Two soccer tournaments were offered, but were limited to 18+. The one craft we attended was so short that the workers were actually taking supplies out from under my 6 y.o. daughter's hands to put them away. How disappointing. We enjoyed the live music, especially Liz and Lucas, who were AMAZING! I wish there would have been more on board to do other than just sitting in a bar listening to music. Even though we loved the band, we would have liked more family time on our family vacation. The 2 teens in our group actually enjoyed hanging out with new friends. The 13-15 y.o. teen area facilitated the opportunity for them to all meet, but after 2 days they preferred to spend most of their time as a group outside of the monitored area. There were some positives on our cruise. As I mentioned before, music by Liz and Lucas was amazing. Our group all liked the port locations; especially Grand Turk and San Juan. We would have loved to spend more time in both places. Despite frequent long lines, Guy's Burgers, the BBQ place, 24/7 ice cream and the pizza place were delicious. We also liked the burrito shack. Red Frog pub had board games available that entertained us for an hour or so. My children liked the water slides when they were available, but they were always done within 30-45 minutes. The adults used the workout area and were pleased to find plenty of cardio and weight lifting equipment available during both visits. Overall, the combination of minimal pool space, constant lines for food, lack of activities and boring childrens' areas, we will NEVER consider returning to Carnival. The negatives outweighed the positive by a HUGE margin. Our cruise was pretty much only enjoyable while we were off the ship or listening to Liz and Lucas. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our second time on the Breeze. We were celebrating my son's High School Graduation. We sailed the first time in 2016 out of Miami. The ship has been updated and they added a few items like Guy's Pig & Anchor and the ... Read More
This was our second time on the Breeze. We were celebrating my son's High School Graduation. We sailed the first time in 2016 out of Miami. The ship has been updated and they added a few items like Guy's Pig & Anchor and the Red Frog Pub. We loved the staff, the Alchemy Bar (especially Vera) and the Western Carribbean itinerary. We really appreciated our dining staff making our son feel like a rock star by acknowledging his graduation with a song and cake. The ship lacked fitness classes like sunrise yoga and enrichment classes. We sailed on the Dream October 2018 and the ship had both of these. Embarkstion was easy since we selected the latest boarding option and Customs was the fastest of any international trip I have taken. Disembarkation was chaotic. We had an early flight so we were one of the first groups to get off the ship. People were everywhere and Carnival did not use all the elevators so many people had to lug their luggage up and down stairs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
there were 9 of us on this cruise. We have been on the breeze two other time but always left out of galveston. This time left out of port canaveral, it was a mad house getting on the ship compared to the smooth way galveston does it. The ... Read More
there were 9 of us on this cruise. We have been on the breeze two other time but always left out of galveston. This time left out of port canaveral, it was a mad house getting on the ship compared to the smooth way galveston does it. The porter would not let us take on own bags on the ship as other wheeled by with there luggage. We are plantium and had to wait till after the muster drill to get our luggage, then I had to go to the luggage cart and find our two bags myself. The cruise itself was great. The room steward and staff was great, very friendly crew everyone said hello. Food servers where 2nd to none, felt like they paid more attention to us then other diners, lucky us. the comedy club comedians were funny, the shows not so good, they had someting called "flick" which didnt make sense to us. But all in all was a good cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The did have stuff to do. Most of the ports were beautiful. Some of the staff was awesome, some were obviously disgruntled. We actually witnessed servers arguing on the floor on multiple occasions. My biggest complaint however is the ... Read More
The did have stuff to do. Most of the ports were beautiful. Some of the staff was awesome, some were obviously disgruntled. We actually witnessed servers arguing on the floor on multiple occasions. My biggest complaint however is the fact that your food is supposed to be included. However after an excursion, you come back hungry and only two places that were included were open. So unless you wanna spend more money at one of the other places, your choices were burgers (I am a vegetarian, but I did like their fries) and pizza. So you and the other 4,000 people on the ship have these choices. Imagine the lines. And everyone is hangry. The cruise did have its benefits. There were plenty of hot tubs placed through out the boat so you could get away from the crowds. They had multiple excursions to choose from and our room Stewart was amazing. But if food is important to you, choose another cruise line. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this cruise for the ship and the itinerary; Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Going through customs in Port Canaveral was smooth. The customs agents were friendly, kind, professional, thorough, well organized and ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ship and the itinerary; Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Going through customs in Port Canaveral was smooth. The customs agents were friendly, kind, professional, thorough, well organized and efficient. Port Canaveral made the whole process bearable. Last years port Port Miami was disorganized, and chaotic to say the least. Will try to not book another Cruise Embarkation/Disembarkation out of Port Miami. Most things were good or above average on our cruise. We had a great Room Steward, Jhonny. He exceeded our expectations in every way. We gladly gave him an extra tip in a addition to a gift bag at the beginning. Last year's Room Steward was good too, on the Carnival Vista. We loved Jhonny this year. We hope to have him again in the future. The Sapphire Dining Room hostesses, waiter / waitress staff provided great service. We had Anytime Dining where we sometimes had different waiters/waitresses, which made this more impressive. The food and service were great in the MDR. We increased our Prepaid Gratuities, because of the high level of service in the MDR and Guest Services. My wife and I always book the Thermal Suite and Thalassotherapy Pool from the Spa, before our Cruise. We love the Thalassotherapy Pool and the 4 Heated Chambers. The Spa Staff is always kind, helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, some Chambers weren't working this time on the Carnival Breeze. The Oriental Steam Bath Chamber on Embarkation wasn't working that night. Some Chambers only had 1 Essential Oil/ Aroma Choice when there is suppose to be 4 choices. Either the Laconium, Dry Heat Chamber choices didn't work or the choices had not been restocked/refilled with essential oil choices. The Tepidarium(Heated Ergonomic Shaped Loungers were not working.) Some of the loungers didn't heat. My wife and I love the Spa, but it was disappointing some of the Heated Loungers didn't heat, and some of the Heated Chambers, the Oriental Steam Bath, the Aroma Steam Bath, the Laconium, Dry Heat Bath were not working properly(1 or less choices for essential oils) or were turned off, not working at all. **[Note: I have since contacted the Spa, and they assured me the mechanical issues weren't the norm. Their representative patiently allowed me to address my concerns and worked towards a resolution. I personally was impressed with their sensitivity and their concern with mine and my wife's dissatisfaction.**] The washing machines and dryers were not working on deck 10 and deck 7. We were on deck 8, so we hoped to use deck 7's or deck 10's Laundry Mat for convenience sake. We were forced to go down to deck 2 and wait, because other people needed to use deck 2's Laundry Mat, because it was the only serviceable washing machines and dryers working for ship passengers. One Laundry Mat working for a ship with over 3,000 passengers. Very inconvenient, frustrating and disappointing. The Professional Photographers did a great job taking pics, as always. Getting pics taken is always fun on a Carnival Cruise. I'm not an expert, but I believe Carnival has some of the best Photographers in the world. There were only 3 workers to serve all passengers trying to purchase picture packages on the last Sea Day. Those 3 people in the Pixel Gallery, looked exhausted and couldn't provide me and my wife with the service we needed, so the result was, we spent half the money on pics this year as we did last year. Unsatisfactory service in the pixel gallery, not the workers' fault. There were to many people for the Pixel Workers to serve. We paid less. I started not to purchase any pics at all, since we couldn't get any help. That's unfortunate, because the pictures taken by the photographers are so good, we have a difficult time deciding which pictures we want to keep. My wife and I walked down to the Pixel Gallery early before it opened and tagged pictures we wanted to keep as favorites. We had narrowed them down. When we returned to purchase our pictures the whole system had reset as if we hadn't done the work previously to narrow down the pictures. This was rather annoying and frustrating. Maybe we should stop purchasing pics from Carnival. Having pics made with the various Photographers and different back drops, was one of the most fun things to do on the ship. However, if Carnival doesn't hire enough help to service demand in the Pixel Gallery and the process and/or computer system in the Pixel Gallery is going to waste our time after we tried to get ahead of the masses(Huge Crowds) of passengers in the Pixel Gallery by tagging the pics we wanted as favorites, then we may stop purchasing any pics from the Pixel Gallery. My wife and I take a lot of Pics and Video on our own, and some of them are quite good. I'm not saying they are professional level, like the Pixel Gallery. But if going to the Pixel Gallery is going to be as Inconvenient and stressful as it was on the Carnival Breeze, we will stay with our own pics. We would definitely save a lot of money if we stayed with our own Pics and Video. 555 Steak House did a tremendous job with food and service on Embarkation Night. My wife and I decided we wanted to do a Specialty Dining(preferably Steakhouse) to celebrate our cruise. It's our little Cruise Tradition. Last year we did the Chef's Table on the Vista and it was a great experience. I highly recommend Chef's Table and the 555 Steakhouse also. We had Excellent Service and Delicious Food from 555 Steakhouse on the Carnival Breeze. It really got our Cruise off on the right foot, so to speak. We also did Bonsai Sushi our last Sea Day Night, and it was great. We ordered the Fresh Water Eel, and Tempura Shrimp Rolls, and Sushi Individuals of each menu choice, the Green Tea Cupcake, and the Rice Pudding. It was all delicious. My wife and I are inexperienced with eating Sushi, but a young lady working for Bonsai Sushi, patiently taught us how to hold chop sticks and how to eat Sushi. She also gave my wife some training Chop Sticks. We were impressed with the food and service at Bonsai Sushi. It was fun and a great experience for us. We increased our gratuity, because of the great service. I love the Red Frog Pub. I always enjoy purchasing the Red Frog Beer Sampler. I'm not a huge beer drinker, but I really enjoy the taste of Red Frog Pub, Thirsty Frog Red Beer. I think it is the best tasting beer I have ever had. Most of the time I drink Michelob Ultra, Bud Light Lime, Dos Equis or some other Light Beer when I do drink beer. Patrick in the Red Frog Pub on the Carnival Breeze gave me great service. I arrived kind of late, but it wasn't closing yet, but another man working with Patrick who acted like he was in charge, acted like a Manager of the Red Frog Pub, May 1st or 2nd, said rather rudely to me, "WE ARE CLOSED!" More than once. just before closing time. The man tried to literally run me off. It was near closing. I understand, kind of, sort of. I would have gladly taken my drink to go though, but this man wasn't going to give me the opportunity to do that. I calmly told him Patrick said before he was gonna serve me. He asked Patrick, and Patrick said he did tell me he would serve me. This happened on May 1st or May 2nd, 2019 near the end of our cruise. I should have got the man's name and complained to Guest Services about his rudeness. But at the same time I know all of those workers on the ship work very hard, and we were tired, so I am sure they were tired as well. The Playlist Production Staff were great, especially when performing Flick, The Power of Motion Pictures on the Carnival Breeze. Awesome show. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 ... Read More
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 of us from Radisson at the port shuttle, the rest by car) which was 30 minutes prior to the terminal opening. Once it opened at 10am, only the priority line was allowed inside. There was a huge line for the EARLY/LATE arrivals. I assume once the priority was done, they allowed some of them inside. After going through security, we took a seat and waited until about 10:45am to board. Unlike cruises in the past, it was not just a free for all when boarding started. They had agents tell which rows of seats to board so it was much more organized. As soon as we boarded, we went to deck 9 immediately to our rooms to drop off our carry on items and to pick up our sail and sign cards which are now left in the mailboxes. Only priority rooms had the room keys in the mailbox at this time. We then headed for deck 5 to eat Guys Pig & Anchor before the masses began boarding. After lunch we went to our rooms to unpack and then on deck to do the ropes course and play mini golf. Around 3:00 we cleaned up a bit and headed to the Ovation theatre for Muster on deck 4. It was much nicer to have Muster inside. It was about the typical length with them calling out names of missing people. If you can’t make Muster, I say escort them right back off the ship!!!! Why keep everyone else waiting? After Muster, we all went out to the front of Deck 9 for sail away. We were trying to get on the Fishlips Sail Away Web Cam. You could see us but they did not zoom in on us. Room: We all had balcony rooms on deck 9 forward port side. Rooms were the typical cruise ship rooms. We met our steward, Gede, and told him we only needed morning service but my wife wanted a towel animal each day too. I just don’t understand the reasoning for needing your room serviced twice a day. Some argue it is a luxury of cruising, but I say I can turn my own bed down when I get tired. This is 2019 not 1930. I just don’t find that sort of service a luxury. We had brought extra hangars with us but there were already a large number in the closet. We did learn one trick the night before our cruise. We read to take wooden clothes pins to put on the bottom of the shower curtain to make it stay down in place while showering. It worked!!!! Other Passengers: We did not really encounter too many lines or rude people. About the only bad apple was one evening we ate at the lido buffet. My brother was in line and was waiting as the cook was replacing the penne pasta. Before my brother could take a portion, a large man cut in line and scraped all the cheese crust (the best part) off the top. I guess they just could not wait their turn in line for fear of losing a pound. It was spring break in Georgia and North Carolina but the ship did not really seem inundated with kids. I will say the ice cream station was always a mess. Small kids would get ice cream and make a huge mess. Carnival really needs to place the machines higher up so an adult has to help. We did read online of some unruly kids, but we never witnessed it. Also, the CHOGS (chair hogs) were out in force on sea days. Carnival again needs to address this. Their current system of putting a sticker on your chair for 40 minutes before removing items is a complete joke. My wife said they did that the last sea day and about 20 mins later a lady came and took the stickers off 8 chairs. A really simple solution would be one person in a chair can save one empty one right next to them. That way people can use restroom, get food, go down slide, etc. No butt in chair….no saving!!! Also they should walk around the decks at 8am and collect all the towels, shoes, books, etc that are saving seats. Do it once at the beginning and then it is not a problem. Breakfast: Every morning we ate the lido buffet and it was the same exact offerings every morning. One item that never was eaten was the salmon and eggs dish. Who eats that? The buffet usually always had some kind of line. The buffets with one long station are the worst. People have to stand there and analyze whether or not they want an item. If you have to think about longer than a second…move on!!! The omelet station was very good and the line never really too long. Some of us skipped the buffet and hit the Blue Iguana instead for huevos rancheros. They were excellent and there was NEVER a line. Lunch: We ate different places all the time when on board. We ate Pig & Anchor BBQ on embarkation day and last sea day. We also tried the pizza (usually a line) and the Mongolian wok (always a long slow line but so good) and deli (always a long line). Lunch also had the new cake selections and they were excellent. The other regular desserts were not so good. Dinner: When we could, we ate in the MDR. We had YTD dining and always went to the Sapphire Dining Room on deck 3 about 5:15. We were usually one of the first seated and before the dining room actually opened. On the second night we were sat in Dipendra, I Made, and Dennis’s section. They were awesome. They learned our name the first night and anticipated our needs. Unfortunately due to strange port times, we only ate here 3 times. Some meals in the MDR were really good others just so-so. Our main complaint was the menu descriptions. One night several of us got BBQ Flat bread with arugula. It arrived and was full of mushrooms. First off there was no mention of mushrooms on the menu. Secondly, why are mushrooms on a BBQ flatbread anyway? They don’t go together. One thing Carnival should do is discontinue the servers singing and dancing. This does nothing more than slow down service. Activities: Carnival Cruises are always jam packed with activities. You can be as busy or lazy as you like. Since we sailed on Easter Sunday, carnival had an Easter egg hunt. They had 12 eggs hidden across decks 3, 4, & 5. You got a piece of paper and had to write down where each one was found. Supposedly they had a drawing of all the correct answers for some prize but we never heard anything about it the rest of the cruise. The kids in our party loved the waterpark and slides. My 72 yr old dad even went down both slides. My oldest niece and nephew were looking forward to doing the ropes course. Neither really liked it especially my nephew (8 yrs old) was scared to death. He said it was way too windy. We played mini golf embarkation day but there were not enough balls for 3 kids. Carnival should station someone on the sports deck to police the use like they do on the waterpark. We also did several trivia games winning one general knowledge trivia game one morning. My nieces and nephew loved their Carnival Bling on a String Medallions!!! My nieces (10 & 5) also loved singing karaoke. They were usually the hit of the night!!! We also bought some items at the shops and went to the 80 Rock N Glow deck party. Carnival really does have activities all day/night. Overall Ship Layout/Cleanliness: The ship layout was not one of our favorites. We have been on the Valor, Sunshine (twice), Sensation and now the Breeze. The Breeze is probably our least favorite with the Sunshine being our favorite. Having the waterpark at mid ship, it limited the amount of seating around it to watch the kids. The lido deck pool also seemed to be lacking in seating unlike the Sunshine. There was plenty of seating at the buffet though but the buffet itself was set up horribly. We prefer the Sunshine buffet layout with several smaller stations instead of one long one. We also saw all kinds of workers constantly cleaning and wiping handrails, walls, and chairs. Overall it seemed like a very clean ship. Debarkation: Again since we had priority, we arrived at the buffet for breakfast right at 6am. We had received a letter the night before stating to be in the Ovation Theatre starboard side at 7:15am. We ate and headed to the theatre around 6:45. Carnival had people stationed at the forward staircase checking to make sure only priority people we allowed. Of course there was one moron blocking the stairs arguing with the crew about why he and his family could not disembark. They finally told him they don’t care where he goes but he can’t be here. I walked by and said loudly to my brother that Faster to the Fun looks like a good buy you cheapskate (only I used more derogatory terms). They started allowing those people carrying their luggage and early flights off at 7:15. We followed shortly after. Carnival did a really good job with our debarkation. It was very organized and efficient. Once in the terminal, we grabbed a porter, found our luggage, and skipped ahead of several hundred people waiting in the customs line. The porters have their own line. The customs agent checked our passports and asked if we had any fruit from the ship. After that we were on our way to the garage or shuttles. My all were on the road by 8:07am!!!! Ports: Amber Cove: Wife and I went to Damajauga Waterfalls through Iguana Mama (highly recommended). We signed up for the full 27 but due to drought conditions could only do 12. Rest of the group stayed at the port pool. St Thomas: Hired a private customized tour through VI Scenic Tours to take us shopping downtown (rum and sterling silver hook bracelets), Mountain Top, Magens Bay, and Drake’s Seat overlook, then finally back to Havensight Mall at the pier. San Juan: We all did a self-guided walking tour to El Morro, the Cathedral to see Ponce de Leon’s tomb, Parque de las Palomas to feed the birds, Barrachina’s for pina coladas, Fortaleza Street to see the umbrellas, and Plaza Colon to shop some street vendors. Grand Turk: In our opinion, Carnival can skip this port. It used to be a nice relaxing beach day. Now the locals have moved in and there are chairs everywhere on top of each other with no easy way to walk along the water. All the free port chairs/umbrellas are in the back. The locals have their chairs/umbrellas all the way in the front all the way down to the water line. At high tide, some were even in the water. They wanted 2 chairs for $30. They would not do 2 chairs for $20, but you could get 3 for $30. Go figure!!! Not sure how their math works!!! We needed 6 total so it worked out for us. We did walk down to Jack’s Shack for jerk chicken and it was excellent!!! Random thoughts: On our cruise, they began using the HUB APP for making YTD reservations. Of course since we went early, we could not use it. It came online exactly at 5:30 each night but we were already seated by that time. We also found the live music played all over the ship was way too loud. Most times you had to yell to talk to someone. I did buy some Hennessy Pure White on board. Ship price was $56.99 each or 3 for $135.00 ($45 each). I only needed two but got three. The ports all had it 2 for $90. Lesson learned to get it in port. In the end, we choose the ships based on itinerary. We would sail the Breeze again only if the itinerary fit our choices Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked very well, and boarding the ship was an easy process. Much better that the prior process of waiting in lines to see a representative, showing your credit card, getting your room keys, etc. Now it’s just walking into the security area, having your boarding pass scanned, getting a boarding group number, having your picture taken, getting screened and waiting for your number to be called. Your room keys are in a tamper-proof envelope in your cabin’s mailbox. -Food – the food everywhere was quite good, especially the desserts in the main dining room and the “Sweet Spot” in the Lido Marketplace. I wanted to try many of the dining options I’ve not tried on my prior Carnival cruises since the Breeze has so many to choose from. BTW, they changed the Tandoori station (which was included) in the aft pool area to a Seafood Shack (additional charges apply). I’m glad they did, as the lobster roll platter was outstanding – 2 rolls with fries for $14, and the lobster filling was fresh and plentiful. I also tried the new Carnival Deli menu – the Cuban sandwich was very good. Also, I tried the Mongolian Wok for the first time and enjoyed my noodles with beef in Sichuan sauce (spicy). I was going to try the free lunchtime pasta bar at Cucina del Capitano, but some of our cruise mates tried it and said it was nothing special. The new food tries also included Guy’s Pig and Anchor Barbecue (very good) and the light soup and salad lunch offerings in the Plaza Café. Of course, previously-experienced Guy’s Burger Joint was visited as well as the Blue Iguana Cantina for a breakfast burrito and lunchtime tacos. All very good as usual. We ate breakfast in the main dining room every morning except one, for Sea Day Brunch or Open Seating breakfast, to avoid the mobs of people in the Lido Marketplace. Food was good; however, it was hit and miss on the poached or over-easy eggs having a soft yolk. Dining room food for dinner was very good with few exceptions. -Drinks – we had the Cheers! Package so we were able to try many different concoctions from many different bars. Our favorites were the Casino Bar, Alchemy Bar and Red Frog Pub. Drinks were consistently prepared, and after-dinner specialty cocktails at Alchemy were a nightly event. -Entertainment – very good shows in the main theater, with talented singers & dancers and nice staging/special effects. The Country/Rock band and singing duet were both great. We enjoyed the live music nightly. They also had a modern string quartet that played today’s songs instead of traditional string compositions. -Shops – the Breeze has a wide variety of shops with reasonable prices. Of course, my wife got a “souvenir” at the EFFY fine jewelry shop. We also won a raffle there for a signature EFFY jeweled panther keychain and ruby pendant necklace. -Service – overall the service was quite good, and the crew we encountered friendly and wanting to help. Service at the bars was quick and efficient. Our dining room team (Early Seating Dinner) was hard working and did a good job all week, learning our names the first night and using them every night thereafter. However, it is apparent that they have reduced staff in recent years and the team was stretched thin on the busy nights (first night, Elegant nights, etc.), as the ship was at capacity, with 4700+ guests on board (standard double occupancy is 3690). The Guest Services staff were some of the best I’ve encountered – I’ll describe an issue I had with the cabin involving Guest Services later in this review. There were some inconsistencies with certain aspects of the service we experienced, which are also described later in this review. -Cabin Steward – our Steward Victoria was probably the best we’ve had on any cruise, on any cruise line. She did an amazing job of keeping our stateroom clean and comfortable and supplied with what we needed. -Casino – it was large with plenty of slots and table games. I don’t gamble, but my wife certainly made some donations on the slots. As mentioned previously, the bartending team was top-notch. However, as this was Carnival and the only indoor venue that allows smoking, be prepared for a constant smoke smell – the ventilation clears the actual smoke quickly, but the odor is persistent. Shore Tours – we did Carnival-sponsored tours in each of our four ports. All were fun and informative. Now, the not-so-good: -Cabin – although our category 8C veranda cabin was Carnival’s usual rather roomy size compared to other lines, with a comfortable bed and couch, our cabin #8441 developed a sewer-like smell shortly after sailing. Long story short, they were unable to resolve the issue during our voyage. Our steward said this was not the first time someone raised this issue, so I would recommend avoiding this cabin. That said, once I raised the issue with Guest Services, they did make every effort to resolve the issue, sending the floor manager, HVAC technician and even a Guest Services representative to investigate the matter. Our workaround was to leave the bathroom door slightly opened, as the air intake vent in the bathroom was quite powerful and kept the air circulating and the smell reduced. We bring a bungee cord with us to prop open the balcony door, so this was also done occasionally – when opening the cabin door at the same time, the air from the hallway comes rushing in to refresh the cabin air. These steps kept the issue to a minor annoyance, and Guest Services compensated us with an OBC that we felt was satisfactory compensation or our inconvenience. -Certain Main Dining Room Service – at Breakfast/Sea Day Brunch, it sometimes took a while to get attention by the servers after being seated. It sometimes took several minutes before we received water and coffee. Also, it sometimes took a while to receive our orders, even when adjacent tables received theirs even though being seated after us. Finally, getting bar drinks/wine at dinner was a challenge, especially in the first few days of the cruise. Things were better later in the week. -Crowds/Lines – this was the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed, and as mentioned previously, the ship was at capacity since it was a Spring Break cruise. The chair hogs we out in force, so we didn’t even try to lay out in the sun while on the ship. We got our sun time on our shore tours. Also, lines for certain food stations in the Lido Marketplace could be very long at peak breakfast and lunch times. In fact, the one morning we had breakfast on Lido the lines were so long at the buffet I was able to get a Blue Iguana burrito (no line!) and finish it before my wife returned with her eggs and bacon from the buffet. Finding available tables could also be a challenge. Getting off the ship at certain ports of call also had big backups. The cruise being over Spring Break meant over a thousand kids on board, so there was plenty of hallway running, (every) elevator button pushing, and loud areas. Definitely not a cruise for relaxation. -Debarkation – chaotic and slow-going. It seemed to me they called too many decks (for self-assisted departures) and Debarkation Zones (for checked luggage folks) at the same time, overwhelming the solitary forward staircase and elevators used for this purpose. This needs to be better-managed. -Overall – a great cruise with lots of dining choices, great drinks and service (with a few exceptions) and smooth embarkation process. Although there were some issues (the cabin odor being the main one), the weather was great all week, and we enjoyed the ports and sea days. I would definitely cruise the Carnival Breeze again, just not at Spring Break and not in cabin #8441. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements. 1. This is my opinion. 2. I am a food snob. 3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it ... Read More
Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements. 1. This is my opinion. 2. I am a food snob. 3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it comes to stage-show productions. 4. I have sailed the Mardi Gras in 1993, Ecstasy in 1998, and Dream in 2012. 5. Family of four...myself (44), wife (39), daughter 1 (11), daughter 2 (3). 6. This is long and meant for those who want all the nitty-gritty details. Port Canaveral - Departure Day We used Go Canaveral and shuttled in from a designated parking lot about six-miles from the port. We stayed at the International Palms. The room was "okay", the grounds were beautiful. We got to stay there and leave our car for the week for $165. Booked through Go Canaveral. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the boat and in our room by 11 am as we had FTTF. Initial room impressions. We booked at Spa balcony, room 11244. The room was clean, but looked dated, specifically the carpeting. I was disappointed in the balcony. First, the viewing glass was so covered in salt, you couldn't see through it. Light got through, but you had to stand up and look over the railing to enjoy the ocean and the horizon. The door latch was not secure and you could actually spin it around. The door to the balcony was also not flush so a horrible whistling sound came through when the boat was moving. I corrected this by cracking the door at night. The refrigerator was cool at best and you couldn't prop the door open without placing something on the floor as some have suggested. Did I say it was clean? The bedding was also super-comfortable. I immediately went to Guy's Pig and Anchor. The brisket was very good, the pork okay, not a fan of the beans. We then went to Cucina as the rest of the family not a fan of smoked meats. The lunch bowls there were excellent. I didn't order one myself, but took bites from all my girls' dishes. Please note, they cook with butter. A lot of butter. If you lost weight for your cruise, you will get your first inch back after eating here. Headed back to the room, luggage had arrived, changed clothes, did the Muster Drill, hit the Waterworks. My 3-year old loved, loved, loved the pink waterslides. My 11-year old loved the pair of real waterslides. My wife went down the "Drainpipe" once and no more waterslides for her the rest of the trip. Side Note: If you have kids, Camp Ocean is not open on your opening day (except for Night Owls) but it is open for sign-up and orientation. We did this on embarkation day and we saw some lines on Sunday for those who didn't handle this early. Went back to room, changed, Went to dinner. Had ATD. Took about 15-minutes. Had a great time at dinner but it was a bit much for the girls as it took 90 minutes. Walked the ship a bit and checked in early. Sea Day - Got up early, or rather, my 3-year old woke us up early. Went to brunch at the Blush restaurant. Really great steak and eggs and the bloody mary was good if not garish. Dropped the youngest off at Camp Ocean. Wife and daughter went to an Arts and Crafts show and I went to a cooking demo. The demo is more of a tasting as you can't see a thing. Holy smokes, all they need to do is put up a monitor and use a feed to see what the chef is doing. The food was very good, but I almost fell asleep during the explanation as I couldn't see anything and I had trouble understanding the accent from the chef. We enjoyed the Lido deck until 4 pm when Camp Ocean closes for two-hours; however, they had a Build-A-Bear event that was handled really well. A bear for each daughter and a pair of accessories for each set us back $92. Returned to the room and got ready for dinner. At 6 pm, we dropped the girls off for Camp Ocean dinner...let's discuss for a moment as I had trouble finding a lot of information on Camp Ocean prior to the cruise. Camp Ocean - My three-year old loved it. I mean, loved it. We had to more or less beg for her to eat with us the rest of the trip and she had dinner with us only one more time. My 11-year old was not a fan. She had sign-in, sign-out privileges and did go a few times for an hour or so during the trip, but did not enjoy it. I encouraged her to ask for the 12- to 14-year old camp, but she was a bit too bashful and nervous with the idea of being the youngest. She did manage to find a couple of good friends on the boat and my wife was comfortable giving her run of the ship and allowing her to stay in the room by herself from 10 pm to 1 am. We did have group chat through the Carnival Hub app which worked great for us. I did have to force close and reboot once, but as long as it was open, we had no issues with texting. Wife and I had a drink at the Atrium Bar, waited about 15-minutes for a table (was Elegant night), and then headed back to the atrium for Oldies Trivia. This is where we met Donkey, the Cruise Director, for the first time. The guy is an absolute gem. Shoot, the guy made fun of me in public a couple times during the trip and I still kept going back for more. The Oldies Trivia isn't really "trivia". It is just an excuse to listen to oldies music while watching people getting their groove on with Donkey. It was entertaining. We tried to make the 9:30 comedy show, but it was SRO. If you want to catch a comedy act, get there 30-minutes early. Instead, we ended up with Andy at 88 Keys. Guy is a hoot. My wife requested a song and ended up sitting on the piano. At 10 pm, it becomes Adults-Only. A few people were offended and left, but most took it in stride and we had a really great time. Picked up my youngest from Night Owls and went to bed. Side Note: Night Owls is $7 an hour from 10 pm to 1 am. They do have themed parties on two nights that cost a flat $18, but they will pro-rate it out if you pick up your child early. Amber Cove - Had a sit-down breakfast at Blush (not Brunch...Brunch and bloody mary bar offered on Sea Days). The Eggs Benedict was good. No excursion at Amber Cove, but we did hit the Pool and Cabana area. It was awesome. They have a side-portion for younger children which was terrific for my three-year old. The main pool is half lazy river and half pool with pool bar. There is a sit down restaurant (the food was not good, but the drinks were what you would expect in the Caribbean). It was one big party and the grounds were spotless. They do have waterslides, but have a weight limit. If you are a larger guy or had a couple pasta bowls at Cucina, you may want to skip the line. It is not efficient and they actually make you step on a scale if there is any doubt. Fat shaming aside, I would forego an excursion again and return to the pool area if we were to return to Amber Cove. Upon returning, we dropped off the youngest for dinner at 6 pm, gave the oldest run-of-the-ship, had a drink at the Atrium, and hit Fahrenheit 555. I'll actually keep this brief. It was not crowded at all for an 8 pm seating. Very quiet. App and salads were excellent. Lamb chops were good. Wife's lobster was very good. Likely wouldn't do it again though as I'd put the chops on par with Longhorn. Hit up an adult comedy show. I do not recall his name, but he was switching boats the next day and apparently was a big hit at the Apollo. He managed to offend everyone. We loved him. We then went to see Country Roads. Thought it was awful, but I'm not a country fan. Bed time. St. Thomas - We actually wanted the Champagne Catamaran excursion, but it sold out. we ended up doing Kon Tiki. It wasn't that fun and it was not family-friendly on the way back. Essentially, you and a 100 of your closest friends get a five-minute tour of the islands and what celebrities squatted in a ramshackle shack. They then promote the glass-bottom viewing of the coral reef. I saw a fish and what I believe was a set of keys. You then get dropped off on Water Island. I have been to St. Thomas before and seen some beautiful beaches...this is not one of them. There is an impromptu drink and food hut and truck. I got the distinct impression that our 100 people and the other two-hundred people already there were all taking a pee in the ocean at the exact same time. After 45 minutes, you get back on board and wait for 30 minutes as the crew makes sure no one is left behind. On the way back, there was a group of 20 high-school or early college kids. They were hammered. I have no problem with this, I would do the same myself; however, it became a booty-shaking soft-porn dance-a-thon the whole way back that the crew encouraged. It simply wasn't family-friendly. Let me put it this way...if I was in my 20's, I'd be right up there with them and some other guy on a computer would be complaining about me; however, my 11-year old daughter was transfixed by it and there were guys in their 40's to 60's gawking. The only thing missing were the dollar bills. For dinner, we stopped and got sushi at Bonsai. The sushi rolls are huge. I wish I had another opportunity to eat there, but it was great and filling. We then took my oldest to see the Hasbro show. It was really entertaining for the kids. This was followed by a PG-rated Gender showdown that was also funny for the kids. Next was Bingo...only once and never again. Carnival bankrolls on Bingo and they promote it incessantly. After that was Adult-Only Love and Marriage. We dismissed our oldest and laughed our tails off. Hearing a couple that has been married for 53-years vs. a couple of newlyweds was priceless. San Juan - No excursions. I had a massage that was heavenly. I did get pitched a pair of products at the end, but it was not a hard-core sale like I've heard about it. I gave her 30-seconds to give me the spiel, I said no, we moved on. We checked the kids into camp and toured the kiosks outside the ship. Came back early and enjoyed the Lido with very few crowds. That night, drink at the Atrium Bar, dinner at the MDR, went to 70's Trivia with Donkey, another comedy show, and caught a Braves' game at the Red Frog Pub. Turks and Caicos - Most beautiful water in the world. My oldest daughter and I did a Snorkel, Stingrays, and Conch snorkel. It was fantastic. The only place I've been that compares is the Great Barrier reef. Just looking off the cruise ship at the island is unbelievable. Upon returning home, I looked to book a trip solely in Turks and Caicos next year but found it extremely cost prohibitive and I completely understand why. Back on the boat, I do want to mention the 80's Trivia dance party at the Breeze Atrium with Donkey...just like the Golden Oldies and 70's trivia. This was hilarious. The amount of people that showed up for this encompassed three decks and was truly a highlight of the cruise. We finished our night with another comedy show and some time at the Piano Bar with Andy, but the 80's with Donkey was a riot. Friday was another Sea Day. I will also say that the best perk of FTTF was early debarkation at 6:45 am on Saturday. We drove so this was a great head start. If you are catching an early flight, they will allow you to debark early even if you don't have FTTF. Just a few more remaining thoughts: Food - Mixed bag. For the MDR, everything from apps, salads, to entrees were hit or miss. I will say the prime rib was one of the fattiest pieces of meat I've ever had. The brunch and sit-down breakfasts in the Blush dining room were very good. The breakfast buffet was also decent, but holy smokes, the amount of food people take and don't eat is a sin. It is a buffet people. You can go back for more. The line would also move so much quicker if people didn't need three of everything as if it was their last meal ever...off soapbox. The dinner buffet was atrocious. It was a combination of leftovers from the MDR that were dried-out or just poor quality food. Tried it once and never again. Lunch options were very good. I can't say enough about the Tacos and Taco Salads at the Blue Iguana. My family loved Guy's Burger and Fries but it was over the top too salty for me. The pizza was terrific as well. Pleasantly surprised. Milkshakes are the bomb-diggity. Outside of the milkshakes, I didn't have any desserts except the Tiramisu at the cooking demo. No sweet tooth for this guy. Cheers - Best purchase I made. Apparently I have a drinking problem. My wife and I drank way more than we expected and don't forget water and milkshakes included. Seriously, a bloody mary at brunch, a fruity drink when you get back from your excursion, a pre-dinner drink, and then two drinks at dinner and you've hit your daily allotment for making Cheers worthwhile. By the time you are singing along to the 80's, at a Piano bar, comedy show, Alchemy bar, show, etc., you are effectively saving money. Ovation Theatre - County Roads terrible, but I don't like country. 88 Keys fun as I enjoy Billy Joel and Elton John. Really enjoyed Flick. Most other shows are worth checking out as they rarely last more than 30 to 45 minutes. Worst case is a drink and some great people watching. Donkey - If I had two cruises and everything was equal besides the Cruise Director, I'd take the one with Donkey in a heartbeat. I actually found myself actively looking for cruise activities that he was part of by the halfway point of the trip. Tipping - Hot topic on here, I know. I did not pre-tip my room steward Mudi; however, I asked him to keep my ice bucket filled and he and his staff did not disappoint on that level or anything for the room itself. They even tried to get the balcony glass clean. It was an improvement, but they really just need to replace it at this point. I did provide an additional $30 at the end of the trip which I hope was a respectable amount. I did not tip bartenders extra; however, I always tipped an additional $1 for wait staff. The wait staff will remember you. Mixed drinks are notoriously weak; however, by Tuesday, the wait staff at the Ovation theatre Comedy Club recognized me and my drinks were appreciably stronger. A couple of times, I'd get the drink and an additional shot brought to me without even asking. Smoking - Passed it a couple times on Deck 11. Was apparent, but no overwhelming in brief time in casino. Yes, clearly noticeable, but seemed very well contained to the casino itself. After seeing the Harmony of the Seas at one of our ports, I put some serious consideration in booking one and trying it out; however, I have looked into the new Mardi Gras and was so impressed with the crew and staff on the Breeze that I'm getting ready to book the Mardi Gras; albeit, for April of 2021 Spring Break. I hope this may help you in making a decision and thank you for reading! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
I recently took my last cruise on a Carnival cruise ship. I was hoping that Carnival would wow me with a Fun experience that blew me away... but that didn't happen. Don't get me wrong, I was on a cruise ship sailing to amazing ... Read More
I recently took my last cruise on a Carnival cruise ship. I was hoping that Carnival would wow me with a Fun experience that blew me away... but that didn't happen. Don't get me wrong, I was on a cruise ship sailing to amazing locations so I made my own fun and had a great time. No sour grapes here... just the reality that Carnival is not for me. The ship in general rocked and rolled more that any other ship I've been on before and the seas/winds did not correlate with the amount of movement. The Motown show was switched to just singing due to the motion; the exterior of decks 12 and 14 were closed for good portions of three of the days. Imagine a Sea Day on a Spring Break cruise where the slides, basketball courts, Serenity deck, and main Lido pool were closed until late afternoon. I saw one picture posted where there were no-joke 21 kids in one hot tub. I couldn't help but wonder how many used it for a toilet while they were all in there. Gross!!! Embarkation was delayed for no apparent reason. FTTF did not board until 12:20pm, which is later than many have stated for previous cruises. If you are booking Carnival, either pay for FTTF or plan to board the ship after 1:30pm. Things get a little crazy between 12:30 and 1:30 with 3000 people and all the luggage stewards moving around. If you do board early, avoid the Lido buffet- head to either Guy's Pig & Anchor on Deck 5, Guy's Burgers on 10, or the Italian place at the back on 11. We ate in the MDR every night... food was average at best and service was slow. What bothered me the most was the inconsistency with the meat preparation. For example I ordered a Pork Loin one night at the recommendation of the server. It was cut into three pieces. The first piece was so dry I could not eat it... the second piece was dry but I could eat it with a dose of milk to wash it down, and the third piece was great. Similar things happened with steak, prime rib, and fish orders... two people at the same table getting the same menu item but the preparation like it was from a different kitchen. Also, I love cheese cake. It was available on one night only the entire cruise. And the stuff that Carnival calls "cheese cake" that is served at the Lido buffet is actually just regular cake with bland taste and maybe something like cheese cake in the middle. MDR was slow for breakfast and dinner. The Lido buffet was ridiculous... the only time I ate there was to try the new desserts that as mentioned previously were OK and inconsistent. Otherwise the lines were stupid long... not worth the wait for mediocre food selection. Plus other good options like Guy's and the burrito place. Speaking of Guy Fieri... The two Guy's joints are the best things about a Carnival Breeze cruise if you don't want to pay extra for food. Followed by lunch in the Italian restaurant The entertainment was below par compared to other cruise lines. For the main shows, there was one exceptional singer/performer and then several others that were at the high school level. Motown could have been good but they could not do the entire show due to the rocking boat; the Cowboy show was horrible and poorly directed; the Flick had great effects but I'm not really sure I got the point; the 88 Keys was the best show because it featured the only real performer in the cast and it covered several well-known songs. Of course, the Love & Marriage was funny but that is because it is "performed" by regular people being asked fun questions that most married people can relate to. The comedians were good, but as others have mentioned get unnecessarily raunchy just to make their shows R-rated. The same content could have been presented without the crude language and been just as funny. I personally went to Cowboy Bill and Just June. I think the CD Donkey tried too hard to be funny. I know others like him and I get it, but for me he was OK. His Quest show was at a JV level compared to the Quest shows I've been part of on other lines. Again, for me "Raunchy" and "Fun" are not the same thing. Ports: Amber Cove - A Carnival only port that they've done a nice job of developing to meet their needs. I am 6'4 and "big-boned" so I was not able to partake in the sliding or zip-lining, but those that did said it was fun. Sliding is free, zip-lining at the port cost $20 US. No excursion booked. St Thomas - We booked the Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel With Open Bar through Carnival. I gave it a 4 out of 5 rating... it was a great day for a sail and the crew made for a fun adventure. According to the crew members, hurricanes and climate change have wiped out a good amount of the coral life in Turtle Cove and other areas of St Thomas which has affected the turtle and fish population. You will still see all of it, but at a rate of half the population compared to just a few years ago. San Juan - We followed the Walking Tour: Historic Old San Juan posted on thejellybeans.net - it was a great way to see Old San Juan for FREE. Check it out for yourself. After that we shopped and made some purchases from the local merchants. Grand Turk - Jack's Shack is as advertised. A great getaway from the Margaritaville crowds with great prices, excellent food, and generously poured drinks. Plus the dogs, the beach, and the beautiful water. It is worth the short walk down the beach from the pier. Disembarkation was pretty smooth... off the ship by 7:15am and on the way back to reality. As mentioned I will not be on an Carnival cruise again. I prefer the better quality food and higher-caliber shows offered with other lines compared to the cheaper prices and raunchy fun available on Carnival. This is not a bash on Carnival. I was on vacation... I had fun... I am not complaining... I am being as honest as possible and in all honesty I was not impressed. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I would say that this ship describes a typical Carnival Ship. Nothing was beyond amazing and nothing was terrible. It was an overall normal cruise. The food was okay. Honestly, this was the first time I at the buffet more than sit down. ... Read More
I would say that this ship describes a typical Carnival Ship. Nothing was beyond amazing and nothing was terrible. It was an overall normal cruise. The food was okay. Honestly, this was the first time I at the buffet more than sit down. The buffet was honestly ten times better than the formal dining rooms. The ship- Normal Carnival design. There are 4 hot tubs on deck 5 on the side, which tended to be not busy. The main pool does not have any hot tubs and only a small pool. The pool in the back was great. Cabin- Normal size cabin, we had the balcony room. Entertainment- Exactly like every other ship. There was nothing unique and it mimics every other Carnival ship. Ports and Excursions- Beliz- the cave tubing was fun. The other ports we found our own excursions that were more cost effective. We went to Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel and did a private tour in Roatan. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We were treated poorly at the station we were at to get on the ship. Just very poor from a couple of personnel on the ship to two poor on-shore trips. Not real happy with the cruise director, and how games and fun was handled and how they ... Read More
We were treated poorly at the station we were at to get on the ship. Just very poor from a couple of personnel on the ship to two poor on-shore trips. Not real happy with the cruise director, and how games and fun was handled and how they handled themselves. Our on shore trips in St. Thomas and the Dominican Republic were sub-par. The trip to the beach in St. Thomas was not a good trip, and we didn't have time to do what we signed up for in the Dominican. The recreation areas on top of the ship were excellent. The rooms were fine, the food was fine, and most of the crew was fine. I'm an art collector of local art, and I purchased some really good native pieces at each port. All this being said, we have traveled Carnival a couple of times, and we felt this was the worst outing so far. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Traveled with a group of adult family members. Embarkation at Canaveral was very efficient. Staff on board were very friendly and helpful. Grand Turks and Puerto Rico were great ports. Amber Cove and St. Thomas were okay. Definitely ... Read More
Traveled with a group of adult family members. Embarkation at Canaveral was very efficient. Staff on board were very friendly and helpful. Grand Turks and Puerto Rico were great ports. Amber Cove and St. Thomas were okay. Definitely visit Jack’s Shack in Grand Turks. Worth the walk. Explored the forts in Old San Juan PR which was really enjoyable and has some great views. Food on board was okay. Marketplace buffet on the Lido deck did not seem to have as many options as I’ve seen on other ships and the lines were always very long. Burgers were good, but again the line was always long. It was nearly impossible to get a chair up on deck to lay in the sun and bar service on deck was hit or miss. Ordered a few drinks that we never even got. Serenity area was always packed too so we could never get chairs together. Biggest complaint was that our cabin (deck 1) was directly over the crew lounge. Every night the staff had what sounded like very loud parties. We could hear yelling and very loud music from about midnight until 2-3 am. This made it impossible to sleep. We called multiple times to complain and they did eventually turn the music down but we could still hear the yelling and partying. We talked to guest services who did offer to move us mid week but all of our family was near us on deck 1 and we didn’t want to move away from them plus we had already been unpacked and settled in our room. My suggestion would be to avoid the even number cabins on deck one to hopefully avoid this noise. 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
Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise was a sibling reunion - 5 brothers/sisters and spouses. We booked 5 oceanview rooms at the back of the boat, deck 2. It was wonderful to hear the hum of the engine as we slept and to see the wake, but be aware that when ... Read More
This cruise was a sibling reunion - 5 brothers/sisters and spouses. We booked 5 oceanview rooms at the back of the boat, deck 2. It was wonderful to hear the hum of the engine as we slept and to see the wake, but be aware that when docking (and occasionally other times) there is a lot of engine noise. Our room steward (Silvana) was great! The rooms were clean and adequate. Walls and ceilings are magnetic, so bring magnetic clips! We sat at a large round table for dining and chose late dining (8:15). It was a bit later than we would have liked, but the early dining was too early. We loved our servers!! (Olga, I Madi and Widi). They made dining a highlight of the cruise. The food and selection was very good - much better than we expected! One comment (complaint actually) is that they have stopped putting tablecovers on except for formal nights, and the noise in the dining room is extreme - we couldn't talk to the people across the table from us! The entertainment was disappointing - not bad, per se, but lacking in variety and imagination. I'm not sure who they are catering to, but it didn't seem to be very popular with any group! Some cruises we have been on have had full broadway shows, cirque du soleil type acrobatics, professional ballroom dancers, music for all eras, lots of color and costumes, etc. The comedians were fine, the magician was okay - we never made it to the piano bar. The ship itself was clean and had nice amenities - fun mini golf and water slides and a nice outdoor theater, good hot tubs. The central atrium wasn't very exciting or beautiful. We had beautiful weather and wonderful stops, so all in all this was a great cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our 6th cruise on 4 different cruise lines. We typically travel as a family group and this trip we had 5 rooms with individuals ranging from 17 to 70. THE GOOD: FASTER TO THE FUN It took just a few minutes to get on the ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise on 4 different cruise lines. We typically travel as a family group and this trip we had 5 rooms with individuals ranging from 17 to 70. THE GOOD: FASTER TO THE FUN It took just a few minutes to get on the boat and was well organized. Getting the tenders first was also good and if you need off the quickly you get priority as well but that means a 6:30am or 7:30am departure otherwise you have to wait for your deck. OUR ROOMS 10224, 10226, 10220, 10230 were 2 balcony rooms and 2 inside rooms and 12224 which was a spa balcony room. The rooms iincluding the inside rooms were a very good size. The rooms had nice storage space and the bathrooms were good size as well. We all felt the beds were comfortable and our family in the spa suite like the extra pool that was available to them. OUR ROOM Steward. Very accomidating and kept our rooms neat and tidy. ROOM SERVICE. Always timely DECK 5 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST- there never seems to be many people and its super easy to get. Some of our group went everyday even though our rooms were on the Lido deck. COMEDY SHOWS- Overall we enjoyed them except that no one under 18 was admitted. STEAKHOUSE- We went as a group of 6 and the food was good. We had an ackward table in a back corner which made it difficult for the wait staff to serve the food/fill glasses/etc. PIG & ANCHOR- Nice BBQ. Great flavor. Some of the bark pieces were very very peppery. Nice assortment of sause. GUYS BURGERS- Good and busy. Great for a quick lunch. PIZZA ON DECK 10- Really good thin crust pizza. THE OK: ROOM FURNISHINGS-Getting to our room some items were missing and had to be asked for. Ice bucket, TV Guide, no room service menu, remote didn't work, etc. ROOM SERVICE PIZZA- Skip it and get the pizza from the back of the boat on deck 10. You'll pay $5 to have it delivered and its not as good, just OK. DINING ROOM BAR SERVICE- Our bar service in the dining room was ok. He called us by name and after a few days remembered what we liked to drink with dinner. COMMUNICATION- It seems like the cruise wants you to rely on their APP on your cell phone to figure out wants going on in addition to the daily flyer. There were few announcements about upcoming activities. ON BOARD SHOPS- Small but have the usual stuff. CASINO- OK Size have most of the newer penny games could be quite packed. BUFFET FOOD- Just ok. There is nothing special here but its quick and easy THE BAD: BEVERAGE STATIONS IN BUFFET- They need to have a different set up with the coffee and /juice and cups. Basically one person at a time can get coffee and juice. If the person ahead of you is getting juice and you want coffee you have to wait as there is no room. Quite often they are out of service or empty as well. DINING ROOM Service. Normally I look forward to dining in the main dining rooms. Its where our group of 10 gets together after spending the day apart and tells about our day. But what I look forward to is that feeling of being indulged. Geat food coupled with great service. There was none of that this trip. When we would get the the table promptly at 6 we would get handed a menu and asked what we wanted to order. It seemed like they expected us to have previewed the menu before dinner and be able to give an instant answer. Our waiter never introduced himmself, called us by name, or explained the menu items. GUEST SERVICES- We had some visa,mastercard, AMEX gift cards we wanted to apply to our balance and the guest services desk could not figure out how to do it. So a $50 gift card they charged $41. A $100 gift card they charge $80 to and did several pre-authorization on a well. I just expected that guest services would have been able to apply a payment to our account. THE UGLY: The SEAFOOD SHACK that you pay extra for at the back of the boat was awful. We got 2 platters which were mixed cod, clams, calimari, deep fried shrimp. These were all over cooked. There was so much grease on the cod fish it puddled on the platter. My son ordered the snow crab and instead got some realy small tan crabs. When they came out we reviewed with the worker that we wanted snow crab. He just kept saying this i crab and when we finally got him to understand it wasn't SNOW Crab he told us they were out. The little crabs were awful. First its going to take you hours to eat it since you get very little meat out of each piece. Then, the shell gets in the little bit of meat you get. NOT WORTH IT. The worker came by and asked us why we were not eating it. We explained it was awful and he just kind of shrugged. We went to guest services afterward to explain we were not excited about paying for those meals and they took our info and said someone would contact us. Apparently the chef called and spoke to another member of our party and kept the charge for the food but removed the gratuity charge. NOT A SATISFACTORY OUTCOME. SUCKS TO BE 17. Our youngest member was the only person under 18. We did not realize that the cruise would not allow him to go to the evening shows even when escorted by his parents. The crew gave him such a hard time the fisrt night we wanted to see the comedy club he ended up not coming to any late shows. That means he was left out of our groups after 9pm activities. He spent most evenings in his room or else someone else from our group kept him company. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I picked this cruise because the dates worked and I liked the ports. Overall we had a fantastic holiday. Check in was smooth and quick. Unfortunately they lost one of my hubbys luggage tags so the bag stayed at customer service. It was ... Read More
I picked this cruise because the dates worked and I liked the ports. Overall we had a fantastic holiday. Check in was smooth and quick. Unfortunately they lost one of my hubbys luggage tags so the bag stayed at customer service. It was with many other bags in a wide open area where anyone could remove it. Which is what my husband did without a blink of an eye from the desk. This needs to improve. The food was quite good. One evening supper the service was terrible and my steak was very tough. The server was very nice and apologized indicating they were really short staffed. They also sat two loud young adult men right beside us which ruined our experience that night. Other than that one night, the service and food was excellent! Adult comedy was great as well. My biggest complaint and why I won’t return to this ship and probably not to Carnival was the terrible sewer smell aft deck 6 where our room was located. We propped open deck and hallway door when there to reduce odor. It also smelt terrible by the aft pool. We complained several times and they went a customer rep each time. The rep said no smell and basically called us liars even though we later saw several reviews about this is odor. He odor was less when they came to visit because we had doors open. When we would return to room after port or pool day, it was almost intolerable. Someone was working on venting system day 5 and miraculously the odor leasened significantly. Our issue is with the rep each time saying notthibg was wrong. Even our steward acknowledged the issue and apologized, not that it was his fault. Do not book aft deck 6 on the breeze. There was no odor mid to front. Not sure about other floors but it was significant by aft pool as well. This certainly didn’t ruin our holiday as we spent most time away from room. However it taints my once high opinion of Carnival Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
It had been about 7 years since we sailed on Carnival, and we wanted to give it another try since we had been sailing on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining room and buffet (marketplace) was exceptionally awful! We had sent ... Read More
It had been about 7 years since we sailed on Carnival, and we wanted to give it another try since we had been sailing on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining room and buffet (marketplace) was exceptionally awful! We had sent entrees back 2 and 3 times only for the quality to be the same, fish, chicken, beef, and pork overcooked and dried out. Unfortunately the same selection and quality was being served in the Marketplace. Many passengers had plates of unsatisfactory food selections piled up on there table to be discarded and guests went away hungry! We got satisfaction by speaking directly to the Head Chef who had our meals prepared special by the chef responsible for the main dining! The Piano Bar left a lot to be desired. I firmly believe in the attitude of "live and let live" as long as you don't interfere with my life. However, the entertainer in the Piano Bar who performed just steps away from the children's lounges was changing lyrics and using expletives and unacceptable phrases alluding to male and female genitalia to the cheers of the crowd assembled there. My only objection is that if a performer was going to cater to a particular segment of the population who enjoys this, it should be held in a venue which is closed off and not within earshot of children and the rest of the guests who wish not to be exposed to this. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall this was a fun family vacation. Embarkation and disembarking were smooth. Our room was nice and the room steward was great. Camp Ocean for our 4 & 6-year-olds was awesome and gave us parents a much-needed break. I really ... Read More
Overall this was a fun family vacation. Embarkation and disembarking were smooth. Our room was nice and the room steward was great. Camp Ocean for our 4 & 6-year-olds was awesome and gave us parents a much-needed break. I really appreciated being able to send them to dinner at night when we ate in the dining room. We had Any time dining - we did have to wait several times to be seated but it wasn't too long. We had different waiters every time, with service varying from excellent to okay. We enjoyed the Lip Sync Battle & comedians for evening entertainment but really did not like the Flick show. The female singers were good but the male singers not so much. Reminded me of an okay high school production. We did the dolphin encounter at Ocean World in Amber Cover which I would highly recommend. Everyone in our group from 4-70 enjoyed it. We also enjoyed San Juan & Amber Cove. Only negative was smoking on the ship - the balcony next to us smoked outside all the time. I called to complain and nothing was done. Also, Deck 11 was terrible for smoking which we needed to use to get up to the Water Park with my kids. I also was almost hit with some cigarette ash when walking on Deck 5 at night. Carnival - just ban smoking or only limit it to the Casino. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. There were 4 in our group and we were all in agreement about the beans. My wife and Ihave been on over 12 cruises each. We have become complacent with the food. Over the past several years the main dining entrees have remained the same. Therefore, we do not eat in the main dining room every evening. We did eat the first elegant night and the service was great. The staff always called us by our name and we're very friendly. The food was good, but the lobsters are small and slightly over cooked which causes them to be tough/chewy. I had the Maui Maui and the sea bass on the trip and both were very good. We also had the flat iron steak and it was tough. Our favorite meal is having breakfast in the Plush dining room. The food is much better than the Lido breakfast. The eggs are cooked to order and the French toast is delicious. Manfredo provided great service at breakfast. I did eat breakfast a few times on Lido. I few times I got a lump of uncooked goo in my scrambled eggs. I enjoyed the musical entertainment on the ship. Travis played in the Red Frog Pub and was very good. We also listened to Patrick in the Piano Bar. He puts a lot of energy in his show. However, it is definitely 18+. Maybe 24+. Please do not take the kids, adults only. The Variety Violins playing in the Atrium were also very good for an alternative style of music. We did spend some time on the Lido deck around the main pool. It was very crowded and difficult to find a chair. Carnival does not prevent people from saving chairs early in the morning and not showing up until 10:00 or later. We also went to the Serenity deck and it was nice but still difficult to find an open seat. The four of us did the Turtle Cove excursion in St. Thomas. It was a good trip and we saw a lot of turtles. There were not a lot of fish. I guess the turtles ate the fish. The crew on the boat provided great service and very customer friendly. We also went to San Juan, Ambor Cove and Grand Turk. I was disappointed in Grand Turk. The pictures on the internet are much nicer. The beach was over crowed and a little trashy. I saw cups, beer bottle, broken glass and horse poop on the beach. The beer at Margeritaville is over priced. $32.99 + 18% gratuity and 11% tax. The waiter made sure we new the price before being seated. I di not think it was possible for ship beer to be cheaper, but it was. The shopping area was very clean, but don't expect any bargains. Debarkation on the final day was great. We do the self assist. We are Platinum and we met in the dining room at 6:30 and we were getting off the ship at 7:00 and I was in my car by 7:30. Overall, we had a great trip. Carnival provides a great experience for the price. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon Surf Shop the night before departure. I would suggest anyone go here. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, and we also parked here. The shuttle to the port was easy and very timely. Embarkation was quick and easy. We got to the port. Got in line for like 2 minutes. Moved through the various checkpoints, and we were on the ship within 10 minutes from arrival. Disembarkation was somewhat slow, but this was due to federal employee issues. The ship is nice. All areas were kept very clean. My only complaint is there was no pool on the serenity deck. Out cabin, Ocean Suite 7274, was nice and roomy. My wife loved the balcony and the jacuzzi tub. The color scheme in the room was not to my liking, but oh well. Our dining room experience was pleasant. Our server was Mantara, and he did a wonderful job. We loved the shows. Very awesome. The Cruise Director was Chris "Donkey" Salazar. He is a fun guy. He made the cruise very enjoyable. We didn't care much for Amber Cove, but the rest of the ports were very enjoyable. We went on a whale watching excursion in Grand Turk. We saw whales and had a blast. I would suggest this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was ... Read More
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was an amazing experience getting to see everything that goes on behind all of our fun. Meeting the captain was a plus! He was a very kind gentlemen and was very informative with all our questions. Our stateroom was clean and cozy and our steward was EXCELLENT! The only one thing I will say negative is I think the ship needs crew to remind people to sanitize their hands in the lido. They do have sanitizing stations but a lot of people did not use them. I know on other cruise lines staff will greet you into dining and remind you to sanitize. That is the only negative thing I can find. Our cruise director Donkey was great and kept the ship with lots of fun things to do. Will certainly go on the Breeze again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We had a cabin facing front on deck 10 and really liked it. My brother had a cove balcony and loved being close to the water especially one night when the waves were about 15 feet according to the captain. We chose early dining and were in the upper level of the middle restaurant (Sapphire). The lower level was for Your Time Dining and we usually had no wait for doors to open at 6:00. Several times we arrived a few minutes early and several people were already seated. The service was the best we had in years. The dining staff actually even had time to interact with us! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell ... Read More
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell short of my expectations. Would recommend Guy’s Burger place, the Blue Iguana and the Pizza Place was also alright. The few desserts on the ship that were good was the melting chocolate cake and the creame brûlée available in the dining room and the ice cream available at numerous spots on the ship. Every other dessert that we tried was not worth eating... apparently we weren’t the only people that felt this way as there were less than half eaten desserts left everywhere. We also purchased a few desserts from the coffee shop and they were also very disappointing (strawberry cheesecake and the black cake). Some of the entertainment was good (Piano Bar - Patrick Duffy, all the entertainment on the stage near the coffee shop, jazz trio and violin players). Also enjoyed the game shows in the Ovation Theatre. The Motown and Country Roads shows in the Ovation Theatre were terrible. Was really looking forward to some talented Motown entertainment... what a disappointment. Assuming that the Rock n Roll night would be the same cast we didn’t want to put ourselves through that again! The Carnival staff looking after the Staterooms and and working throughout the ship were top notch. Such hard working, friendly and obliging people. They made each and every day special, what a blessing they are. Embarking and disembarking went quite well. I believe that the system that Carnival has in place is effective however there seems to be a certain set of folks that resist following instructions in spite of the very clear communication. I understand that It is difficult for Carnival as they are trying to balance maintaining a process without offending patrons for fear that they won’t return for a future cruises but I think they should simply send people back who attempt disembarkment before they’re floor is called. Overall, I think I would try a different cruise line next time but won’t say that I wouldn’t travel with Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I got me and Michelle an extended balcony for this cruise, I was not thrilled with it, maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because it was on deck 7, but I'll not be spending the money to do that again. When we sat out there, (not ... Read More
I got me and Michelle an extended balcony for this cruise, I was not thrilled with it, maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because it was on deck 7, but I'll not be spending the money to do that again. When we sat out there, (not very often), we only used maybe a quarter of the balcony we had available to us. On the other hand, the cabin layout was very nice, seemed a bit smaller than the normal balcony cabin, but we liked the cabin none the less. The food... I thought the food was great! We generally ate breakfast at the breakfast buritto place at around 7-7:30am, no line at all, or, we would get an omlet, at around the same time, no line. Lunch... don't think I ever ate lunch on ship, or don't remember it anyway. Supper... Dinning room was very good, I actually enjoyed the lobster on this cruise! usually I'm disappointed with cruise lobster, not this time! And I liked the fact that they had the dress up lobster dinner early on in the cruise, maybe that's why the lobster seemed better. The ship... The ship was ok, but it lacks the bling, or fancyness of other Carnival ships, like the Valor, or even the Legend.. It was like a 70's kinda boring decor. Service... We got on the ship without any lines at all, that was fantastic! Our bags got to our room early. Even getting off the ship was pretty smooth, maybe it was just because Port Canaviral is set up better, but whatever, no hassle getting on or off. One complaint... The crew does not stop people from sending their kids up at 7am to reserve all of the best deck chairs by throwing a towel over them. I saw people throw a towel over lounge chairs at 7am, and still not be in the chair by 8am or later.. Didn't really effect us, but annoying non the less. Second complaint... Smoking. Carnival needs to figure out their smoking policy! On this cruise, you could be sitting in a no smoking area, yet have a smoking area just forward of you a ways, and you'd get smoked out anyways, my suggestion would be to make one side of the ship smoking and the other non smoking.. The mish mash way they are doing it now makes no sense, the entire ship might as well still be smoking. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This is our 5th time cruising with Carnival. Our cabin not withstanding this is my favorite ship. There were so many things to do, they also upped the production value for their big shows. And other than the first night, the our table ... Read More
This is our 5th time cruising with Carnival. Our cabin not withstanding this is my favorite ship. There were so many things to do, they also upped the production value for their big shows. And other than the first night, the our table service was good too. Everyone in our group of 12, ranging from 3 to 90+, enjoyed it. My husband and I also went and tried their chef's table. The presentation was excellent, what you'd expect of those fancy tasting menus, but only 2 of the 8 dishes I thought was great. The dessert was quite disappointing, and it was odd that they served us tea and celebratory cake and immediately shooed us out, giving is no time to actually eat said cake. I'm glad for the date night experience, but I would not do it again. As for the rest of the cruise food, I found this time around they over salted things, but I still found lots of food that I liked. For average cruise or vacation food, this was not at all bad with lots of selection, but I think foodies expecting spectacular food will leave disappointed. Now my biggest complaint was our cabin. I specifically chose this room so it's far away from common places that would have loud noises (theatre, galley, bars and clubs, pool, casino, etc). However from 11pm-3am every night there was loud partying sounds coming into our cabin (also the cabin next to us). It wasn't from our neighbors partying, nor even the people above us, because I was so upset by day 3 that I went and investigated! I'm pretty sure it was below us, but considering below us was deck 0, I wasn't able to confirm. We also had little ones with us, so this was a huge annoyance, nobody wants to be kept up all night. So in the future make sure to avoid 1268 and 1264! My parents who stayed in cabins across from us did not have hear those loud noises. I'd definitely be happy to sail on Breeze again. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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