15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I am extremely disappointed in the experience I had with Carnival Cruise Lines on the Breeze just a week ago. We initially checked in at the airport, paid for a round trip transfer to the ship and were on our way. When we get to the boat, ... Read More
I am extremely disappointed in the experience I had with Carnival Cruise Lines on the Breeze just a week ago. We initially checked in at the airport, paid for a round trip transfer to the ship and were on our way. When we get to the boat, we were told we were not checked in because we were not given a room key! Please tell me how we were supposed to know we should've received a room key! We spent close to an hour in line with the operations manager so we could board the ship with not one apology. It was all downhill from there! First I must say there are hidden charges and fees for almost everything. We were charge 96.00 per person for gratuities for the server in the restaurant and the cleaning crew for the room. We only ate at the restaurant 2 nights! The food was NOT good except for the food that was an additional expense. It was picked over at every meal and most of it was bland almost like hospital food. The cleaning steward we had for the guest room was good but they brought us extra bottled water not at our request and then charged for it! The rest of the ship was not clean and there were even a few nights where the toilets wouldn't flush in the women's rooms on the 11th floor deck the nights we went to watch movies.My boyfriend and I both got sick several days from the food and experienced severe stomach pains and vomiting!! We went during spring break time so while we expected there would be children, we did not expect them to be running around soaking wet from swimming without shoes or towels or playing Ding Dong Ditch on our doors from 1-4 in the morning! I called guest services who told me they would come to check out the situation but an hour later, the knocks continued! The second to last night we went to guest services to discuss our folio and the gentleman at guest services brushed us off by saying we would get a final bill once we were off the ship! This was a total disappointment and I will never go on a carnival cruise again! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We had a blast on our very first cruise ever. The Carnival Breeze was so great, we loved the amenities the layout of the ship and the service. The food was really good, not the best I’ve ever had in the world but I never had a ... Read More
We had a blast on our very first cruise ever. The Carnival Breeze was so great, we loved the amenities the layout of the ship and the service. The food was really good, not the best I’ve ever had in the world but I never had a complaint and I’m a pretty picky eater. We were looking forward to having our son spend some time in the kids program but we were having so much fun with our group none of the kids went to the kids club. The kids enjoyed the waterpark and we all enjoyed the pools and the hot tubs. We preferred the smaller quieter pool at the back of the ship. There was loud music at the bigger pool and it didn’t suit us. Ports Falmouth Jamaica – We had pre-arranged a tour with Patrice Bailey and it was exactly what we wanted. They took us on a little drive around Falmouth and then we went to Blue Water Beach Club. Patrice and her team were so sweet and attentive. Our guide stayed with us at the beach for the majority of the day, except when she ran out to pick up some Jamaican patties and chicken and fries for the kids. There was a buffet at the beach club, you could pay $10 and have some traditional Jamaican cuisine but the kids were not up for that! I would highly recommend Patrice and her team. She is quick to respond to your emails and her rates are really good – much better than the shore excursions. You can reach her at patbailey52@yahoo.com and she doesn’t ask for payment in advance, you pay when you get off the ship which is nice. Grand Cayman – We had planned to visit the downtown and then head to a beach club but had to change our plans. Because of high winds and high waves our ship had to dock on the other side of the island so we had to figure out where we were and how far it was to where we were going. The cruise director made an announcement and let us know that where we had docked was only about 10 – 15 cab ride to downtown so we decided to go in and see the downtown area and then come back to the ship and spend the afternoon at the pool. This port is tendered and we didn’t feel we had enough time to do both the downtown and the beach, and with the high waves it probably didn’t make any sense. I kind of regretted that decision when we got into town because Grand Cayman has some of the most beautiful blue water I have ever seen. Maybe next time we will get to see the beach! Cozumel – In Cozumel we decided to go to Paradise beach club and then to the downtown area. Paradise beach club was really great, we didn’t pay the extra $18 to use the inflatables in the water park because we had small children who wouldn’t understand why they could use them. It looked like others were having fun though. The beach was nice, the service was really great, not pushy but right there when you needed or wanted anything. The food was pretty good too. The only sour note in our vacation was using MIA Executive Shuttle service – what a nightmare. Save yourself some hassle and don’t use them. We booked them to pick us up when the cruise was over and take us to our day use hotel in Miami Beach. They were late and they had no car seats or booster seats like we had ordered when we confirmed the reservation. Then the driver was extremely aggressive and speeding the whole way. When they dropped us off at the hotel they insisted we pay for the “return” trip - we had also reserved them to pick us up at our hotel and take us to the airport later that day. So against our better judgement we did and of course they didn’t show up. We had two people calling them for about 20 minutes straight and no one answered the phone. After 25 Min we finally had to make alternate arrangements so we wouldn’t miss our flight. We have written them emails and called and to this day no one has gotten back to us. We filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau only to find several other complaints against them, I guess we didn’t do enough home work on that one. Overall we had an amazing cruise and we can’t wait to go back. I would definitely recommend the Carnival Breeze, especially for families, it was amazing. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We were scheduled to visit 4 ports, La Romana, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. Curacao and Aruba are really the two good one's and Carnival messed up reserving the port for Curacao. So instead of being able to spend a day at Curacao, ... Read More
We were scheduled to visit 4 ports, La Romana, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. Curacao and Aruba are really the two good one's and Carnival messed up reserving the port for Curacao. So instead of being able to spend a day at Curacao, the ship reached post night fall. With schedules being finalized year or more in advance, shows the sheer incompetence of the organization. Overall, the ship was fine, food is really mass market with long lines at lunch, often wait over 45 minutes on some counters, especially at the Mongolian Wok. Evening dining menu doesnt change much, after 4 days you are done with the food. Enertainment is sub par at best, we had one good show over the 8 days For the money, Royal has much better ships and much better food Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Our only complaint was the best was not the comfiest. But we had a great time and are hooked cruisers! This was our first and won't be our last!! We loved the Lido deck Dive In Movies. Best food was Guy's burger joint and the ... Read More
Our only complaint was the best was not the comfiest. But we had a great time and are hooked cruisers! This was our first and won't be our last!! We loved the Lido deck Dive In Movies. Best food was Guy's burger joint and the lobster at the steakhouse. The marketplace was meh. And the pasta bar at the Cucina del Capitano was delish! Service staff in the dining room (Sarapee and Woody) were perfect! Very friendly and personable! Too many activities to list but we enjoyed them all. It rained at 2 of our 3 ports so we didn't get to fully enjoy them but still beautiful places. Take the $7 buses/vans in Mo Bay, Jamaica. Ask for Lisa and Allen! Best driver and guide! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
I am going to preface my review by saying it was first cruise and my girlfriend’s third, I had heard about the amount of food that is available and similar points so I did not go into this blindly Good Points – Plenty of ... Read More
I am going to preface my review by saying it was first cruise and my girlfriend’s third, I had heard about the amount of food that is available and similar points so I did not go into this blindly Good Points – Plenty of activities during the day and at night, shows were very good including Heart. Staff was pleasant and responsive. Entertainment staff especially the cruise director really like their work and it shows. My time dining was a good idea as we never had to wait more than 5 minutes to be seated. Bad Points – Food in the main dining room was not great and often times entree was served closer to cold that hot, Not enough time in port to do much except Cozumel, 6 or 7 hours is not enough time when you factor in tenders and getting on/off the ship. Day 1 Departure- Arrived at 12:15 at the port and basically went through the lines without much of a hitch and was onboard by 1:15 no real issues. The only slowdown was at the picture opportunity. We had lunch in the Italian specialty restaurant which offers a pasta bar for free during lunch. Food was just ok; sadly this was the theme of the week. Did a little exploring of the ship and went to the muster drill at ~3:45PM. My station was the main dining room again no issue. After the drill went back to the room to find one bag arrived but not the other, no big deal. After the drill we went up to the Lido Deck for the sail away party. Matt did a great job getting everyone ready for a fun cruise. After the party went down to dinner in the main dining room, the American table menu is not very imaginative. Day 2 At sea – More exploring of the ship and general relaxing, Lunch at Guy’s burgers which was good. Formal night tonight got dressed up and took advantage of all the backdrops offered. Dinner again was not good, underdone small lobster tail for my girlfriend and an over cooked filet for me, both got sent back. After we caught the 88 Keys show very nice, also caught the PG comedy show the comic mailed it in allowing the front row of kids for material. Day 3 Montego Bay- Visited Secrets Wild Orchid St James, nice place all inclusive with a beach and pool. Did some snorkeling and similar then relaxed around the pool. Back to the ship at 4:30 and just missed the rainstorm. Not much shopping at the port just the typical port flea market type stores. After dinner we pent sometime in the casino giving away money. I had heard the payouts are rare but had to give it a shot. Day 4 Cayman Islands- Caught the 1st tender for a non –Carnival booked excursion with Moby Dicks to reef snorkel and Stingray city. I could have skipped the Stingrays quite honestly wanted to snorkel only but that option was not offered. Moby Dicks was a great choice as the staff was very helpful and attentive. We spent about 3 hours on the water then back to the pier. Did a little shopping here but lack of time in port limited our options. Once again we just missed a rain shower that came as we stepped off the tender. Day 5 Cozumel – we got off ship at waited for the excursion group to form up for the San Gervasio tour, there was a passing shower but nothing to stop the tour. The driver Jose and the guide Gustavo were very personable and told us about the Mayan culture and history of Cozumel. We toured the ruins then visited the inevitable souvenir shop where black coral is the preferred sale item. After that we drove to the east side of the island for a quick stop along the shore. The waves along the rock jetties were picturesque. After the shore stop we were back to the port for shopping. We had plenty of time and opportunity in Cozumel to find deals both on the pier and across the street. We walked back to the ship for dinner then the Heart Concert. We got in line a 7:30 and ended up with 12 row center for an 8:30 concert. The Wilson sisters plus the band put on a great show, I would definitely recommend seeing them in any venue but in this small theater it was even better. Day 6 At Sea- the sail back was pleasant but the sun is strong on my pasty white northeast skin, I had to keep in the shade to avoid a burn. My girlfriend got a massage she enjoyed very much. She tried the Blue iguana for lunch and I had another Guy’s burger both good. After lunch we did some mini-golf then spent some time in the hot tub. Dinner in the Main dining room was again just OK. After Dinner we took in the Divas show in the theater which was good. Day 7- Back to Miami – the ship docked at 6 and we got off at 8:30 using self-assist baggage, the process is as reasonable as getting 3000 people through one gangway can be. Overall I would do it again with a few changes; Try to find a cruise with fewer sea days, 2 is definitely my limit, Try to find a cruise with more time in port, Would have like to see more of Grand Cayman to be sure Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
My first time cruise was excellent . My cabin attendant (Imade) was fabulous he made us feel like we belong and should have the royal treatment and we did. I like how he call us by name and was happy to see us everytime we met. The cruise ... Read More
My first time cruise was excellent . My cabin attendant (Imade) was fabulous he made us feel like we belong and should have the royal treatment and we did. I like how he call us by name and was happy to see us everytime we met. The cruise director did an amazing job too. We will be back again. Service was great. Comedy space was little small should be in the O theater .overall we enjoy ourselves . Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
8 day cruise chosen vs. a week at an all-inclusive resort - 3 days at sea with very little variety of activities during the day, excessive extra costs (gratuity added and/or expected even after pre-paid gratuities and activities or ... Read More
8 day cruise chosen vs. a week at an all-inclusive resort - 3 days at sea with very little variety of activities during the day, excessive extra costs (gratuity added and/or expected even after pre-paid gratuities and activities or restaurants that require additional cost while on-board), security would do nothing about unsupervised children running through the ship (at all hours of day and late night) or being excessively loud and rude during movie night, etc. and the rest of the crew absolutely terrified to say anything to improperly behaved children for fear of getting in trouble themselves. Paper-thin walls in adjoining cabin where the couple (unknown to us) would fight, cuss, and have relations at 2:00 am that could rival any pornographic film (and again the inability of the crew/guest services to say anything to them about being quiet unless we called security every time during an incident thus exposing us to their direct hatred). The "serenity" lounge for adults only was not monitored and the signs that say "seats can only be saved for 45 minutes at which time unattended items will be removed" not being enforced by crew (again for fear of retribution from supervisors). Poor food choices on occasion in the dining room led us to choose to eat at the buffet only to find that the buffet was serving the exact same food, the supplemental restaurants such as the Blue Iguana and Guy's Burgers being only open for breakfast and lunch was very inconvenient, and as first-time cruisers we were actually made to feel like the lowest of the low because the "VIP"s or previous cruisers are catered to. As a marketing tactic, this seems a bit backwards. The hot tubs and pools were disgusting, especially at the last day at sea. When they were clean, they were often unusable due to lack of space because of ill behaved and unsupervised children taking up all space. "Unsupervised children" in this context is the average age group of 11-16. Parents of this age group treated the ship like a floating baby sitter and would allow their children to whatever whenever (including getting out of the pool and going into the cafe soaking wet thus causing the floor to be wet and many people (including family members) to FALL!!!! Members of crew seemed very unhappy about the behavior of this age group and the fact that they couldn't do anything about it. Children (clearly underage) sitting at the bar, the drinks being priced differently based on time of day and location of ship, etc. Example: Coke (12 oz in a can) from room - $1.95, same Coke at 3rd deck lounge at 2:30 pm was $1.95, same Coke at same lounge at 5:45 pm was $2.34 (with 15% gratuity added), same coke at 10th deck (Liddo) back bar at 10:45 pm was $3.24 (with 15% gratuity added). WHY???? **VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: We have nothing against children and have, in fact, dedicated our lives to them. My husband is a teacher and I am a principal - both of us grades 6-12. The frustrating part is that I get 1 month each year for vacation and should be able to go on vacation without having to do my job. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that on this trip and had to be a "Principal" on several occasions to correct behavior (not just for me and my family, but for many of the other guests that no one was helping!). There were many highlights to the cruise --- we ate in the Sapphire dining room and our wait staff (Yan and Emilio) were ABOVE AMAZING. Our Percer - Daniel from the Dominican Republic - was AMAZING. Most all of the crew encountered at any point in time during the cruise were AMAZING - friendly, smiling, helpful, Good Morning, Good Evening, etc. The crew of the Carnival Breeze was FANTASTIC!!!!!! Overall though, our experience was mediocre at best. We have wanted to take a cruise for 15+ years. We went on this one ($3500 worth) for my parent's 50th anniversary and have been looking forward to it for well over a year now. Based on this experience alone, it will take quite a bit of convincing for us to cruise with Carnival ever again. We are saddened by our experience as our family has always thought highly of Carnival and our parents have never cruised with any other cruise company thus resulting in our choice. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I give this ship and the staff a 5/5 rating. Loved every minute of it. The cabin was always clean and fresh and we had a great Indonesian housekeeper who was very polite and caring. I rewarded him at the end of our cruise with cash ... Read More
I give this ship and the staff a 5/5 rating. Loved every minute of it. The cabin was always clean and fresh and we had a great Indonesian housekeeper who was very polite and caring. I rewarded him at the end of our cruise with cash gratitutde he deserved it. The Latin couple (they were usually playing and singing from 6 - midnight) was amaizing. Loved their songs, voices. Had LOTS of fun. The staff at the service desk was nice but could improve. The staff where you buy your excursions was 2/5 stars did not explain things properly and we were rushed with our answers. The band called "DeJaVU" was amaizing! LOVED THEM!!! Did not get their names but they worked very hard. The director of the ship "Professor M" or Mr.M" if I recall his name correctly was lots of fun! Energetic, with great sense of humor! Thank you! The Internet service that I had purchased for my phone was $60 and it did NOT work 80% of the time so wasted $60..... But overall it was my first time on cruise and first time on any US ship and I LOVED IT!!!!! I hated Jamaica and Medico but LOVED the ship :))) Now thinking already when I could go again on Carnival Breeze! The FOOD was AMAZING!!!!!!!! the 10th floor cafeteria was great. The reastaurant "Blush" the food there was not so good so the restaurant gets 2/5 stars. Overall because I loved the ship, interior design, service I give it 5/5 stars :) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary. We opted for an ocean view room. The room had two bathrooms, which included one toilet, two sinks and two showers. It was very easy getting ready in the mornings and for dinner. The ship ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary. We opted for an ocean view room. The room had two bathrooms, which included one toilet, two sinks and two showers. It was very easy getting ready in the mornings and for dinner. The ship was clean, the staff was great, and the serenity deck was beautiful. We however opted for deck 5 a lot as it had two hot tubs and was lined with chairs. We liked the quiet yet sunny deck. The lido deck was nice by the pools, but it was busy and wanted to spend time together. The food at dinner was great! If they have the strawberry soup, you have to try it! We visited the 7-mile beach on Grabd Cayman Islands. It was the clearest water I have ever seeN. You have to see the water. We also visited passion island off of Cozumel, MX. We opted for the all-inclusive passion island excursion. The beach was amazing, white sand, clean and warm beautiful water. We will go on another Carnival cruise soon! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
My husband and I went on our first last week. We sailed on The Breeze with some good friends, and seasoned cruisers. We loved the ship. Although we had nothing to compare it to, it was a beautiful ship. We ate in the main dining room every ... Read More
My husband and I went on our first last week. We sailed on The Breeze with some good friends, and seasoned cruisers. We loved the ship. Although we had nothing to compare it to, it was a beautiful ship. We ate in the main dining room every night except the nights we ate at Farenheit 555 Steak house. It was very good, staff of course was excellent. The first night on board we ate at the italian restuarant. That was our favorite by far. We realized half way through the cruise that you can eat at the italian restuarant for lunch for free. They serve lasagna for lunch, that they don't have at dinner that was AMAZING!!!! Shredded beef, spinach, very tasty. Lunch is your choice of three different pasta's, then sauce, veggies, meat. it comes with a yummy bread. The main dining room served good food. Our waiter was German. The wait staff was great. We had the same wait staff every night which was nice as we got to know them. I was a little concerned regarding the dress code i had heard and read about in the main dining room. We dressed in business casual and were fine. The Blue Iguana was very good. We had breakfast burritos a few mornings and burritos for lunch a few times. Guys burgers were delicious as well as the fries. There were more than enough dining choices on the Lido deck. Plenty of healthy choices as well as naughty ones :) They yogurt machine was by far my favorite!!!! Be sure you try the taste bar in the Ocean Plaza. It is closed on port days. Opens at 530 on sea days. They played corn hole in the Ocean Plaza daily around the time the taste bar was open. That was fun to watch. We were fortunate enough to be on a bloggers cruise. John Heald sailed with us. Great guy, love his accent. Matt was our cruise director and certainly didn't miss his calling in life. Very fun. Kudos to Carnival for supporting Riley's Childrens hospital. They raised $15,000 on the bloggers cruise through raffels, etc. What a great way to support such a great cause. I talked to Matt regarding how carnival decideds who to sponsor. Matt told me that they had supported the Koman foundation for several years, and have now committed to Riley's for the next five years. We enjoyed the entertainment. We saw The Brits as well as Motown. Both done very professionally. Voices were great, costumes exceptional. Very impressed. We saw the family comedy twice, both comedians were great. I don't remember there names. One was from Georgia, the other from Canada. I liked the lenght of all the shows. They were 30-40 mins. Perfect. There was plenty to do on the ship, or of course you could do nothing. We loved the ropes course and mini golf. the guys did the water slide and said it was a good one. Thrill theater was fun. could have been a little longer. My only recommendation would be for riper fruit. the melon was often flavorless. Not much pineapple, but what there was, was yummy. Maybe add some blueberries. Fruit is an iffy thing even at home this time of year. Cheers to Carnival. It was a great vacation, and I would definelty sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
This was my husband and I's first cruise. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary. After doing much research, I guess I made a right choice on Ships, since it was Carnival's Newest Ship. I was GREAT!! I also did a fairly good ... Read More
This was my husband and I's first cruise. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary. After doing much research, I guess I made a right choice on Ships, since it was Carnival's Newest Ship. I was GREAT!! I also did a fairly good job on picking a room. I decided to pay a little extra for a room with a window. We loved being able too look out all the time. It was nice and private, and it would be vary hard for anyone to look in even at the different ports we went to. We REALLY like having the second bathroom!!! It make things so much faster. Carnival Cruises are definitely meant for the middle class. If you are expecting really fancy meals or room Carnival is not for you. If you want to have fun and are not bothered by happy and a little noisy people the you will lots of fun. We ran into a few old stodgy, I would guess rich Germans, who were having a hard time on the elevator with us did not seem to be having to much fun. I think they need to find another cruise line. Other then that, everyone seem to be having a real good relaxing time. After finding some great servers the 3rd night we went back to the same area for dinner every night. One of the 2 things we had problems with was 1. Coming back on board after our excursions it was hard to get something to eat until supper. They closed the buffet area after lunch, I guess around 2:00 pm. And the only things that were open were the Pizza and Taco bars. And then when we had to be back on board at 3:00 - 3:30 pm the lines for those 2 places were VERY VERY VERY LONG!!! And they didn't stars supper until 5:30 pm. They had a lot of hungry unhappy people on board. I also heard they were going to change that soon, because so many people were complaining out it. The first day we just ordered room service, but of course we had to wait a long time for that. 2. Some of the Decks, at least Deck 2, toward the back of the Ship smelled like sewer. I was really glad our room was toward the front of the ship. The Ovation Hall was sort of over us, but we didn't get to much noise from it thankfully. Overall we had a really great time. Can't wait to save up some more money and cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
This was my first time on Carnival and second time ever cruising. I will say that the first time was on Royal Caribbean and the food was outstanding on that ship, the buffet food on carnival is just ok. The Guy burger is excellent, Fat ... Read More
This was my first time on Carnival and second time ever cruising. I will say that the first time was on Royal Caribbean and the food was outstanding on that ship, the buffet food on carnival is just ok. The Guy burger is excellent, Fat Jimmy's BBQ is great, the burritos are great as well. As far as the entertainment I will say that my family and I are from New York City and we are used to having a great time and I will have to say that we were really happy with the music on the deck and throughout various locations on the ship that played caribbean music by Mr. Lyl Harper, he is very talented and is an artist that can sing virtually any reggae or cairbbean song out there and does a darn good job doing so. The other music was club liquid and that was done by D.J Darren and he was up to date on songs that are on the radio and was a huge hit as well. I have a 20 year old son that was very happy watching the movies that were on the screen every eveing and those movies were up to date as well. As far as my daughter that is 18; found a group of friends that she has been in contact with since we have left the boat that she will remain friends with. The were both very happy with this trip because this was their first cruise ever. Overall I have planned to go on a cruise without the family and I will be taking one with my girlfriend this January to have a girls cruise out if you will on the carnival breeze. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2014
My husband and I just got back from our third cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze and overall the cruise was just okay. I will start from the beginning... We had been granted priority check in and did so around 11:30. We were told that our ... Read More
My husband and I just got back from our third cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze and overall the cruise was just okay. I will start from the beginning... We had been granted priority check in and did so around 11:30. We were told that our room would be ready by 12:30. We immediately passed through security and had to wait in a pre-boarding room until 1:30 in the afternoon. Apparently the boat had arrived late to port and some of prior guests did not disembark until around 12 pm. So our cruise started out with a long wait. I guess we should have realized at that point but we had high hopes for vacation because we have loved our past cruises! We decided to carry on our own luggage, we always do, just because it takes the crew so long to get you bags to you. I'm glad that we did because another guest did not get their bag returned to them until a few days into the cruise, yikes! Our room was a good size. The balcony was great! Our steward was pretty decent too. Our room was always clean and he was also so polite while greeting us both by our first name. He also kept our soda, water and wine ice cold all week! A nice perk to our vacation! On the down side our room was soo hot at night. My husband sweated all night and we did not even use the covers. It was just too hot. While walking up and down the stairs you could feel the heat difference between deck 7 and 8 by at least a 10 degree increase. The food was so/so. It was typical Carnival Cruise food. Best idea is to skip the buffet if you are looking for a good meal. Guy burgers are always great! Blue Iguana Burritos, delicious!! The dinning room has a decent menu but the service was just so slow. Plan to spend at least an hour and a half to two hours at dinner. We have experienced a much better service team in past cruises. The cruise ship was totally booked so if you did not get to cruise events at least 20 minutes prior to the start, forget getting a seat. We ended up skipping the comedy club the entire cruise, just because we could not get a seat. We always love the comedy club too :( And if you are not a huge fan of the kid crowd, skip this cruise. There are only two pools and they are packed with kids!! In past cruises we could always count on the adult pool for a relaxing cocktail pool side. Forget it. Plan on waiting forever for the elevators, or just take the stairs. The kids must have hit every button, on every floor, on every elevator. Where the heck were their parents?? (Casino Maybe?) And one last thing, according to other guests, some guests on a deck above us got a hold of some illegal substance and we got held up at disembarkation, yet again, by about 45 minutes. Apparently their rooms were being searched....? Kind of unusual from our past Carnival experiences. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
From June 21st-29th, I vacationed on my first-ever cruise! I traveled on the Carnival Breeze to the Eastern Caribbean- St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grank Turk Island. As much as I tried to prepare myself for this trip, I really ... Read More
From June 21st-29th, I vacationed on my first-ever cruise! I traveled on the Carnival Breeze to the Eastern Caribbean- St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grank Turk Island. As much as I tried to prepare myself for this trip, I really had no idea what to expect. I heard both very good and bad things about Carnival itself, but no one I know had ever cruised on the Breeze. Everyone I have ever met said amazing things about cruising, so I set my expectations sky-high. While Carnival didn’t disappoint, there were definitely some things that didn’t meet my expectations during my stay. First, the food was okay at best. As a college student, I’m no stranger to gross cafeteria food, long lines, and at-best meat dishes, and that’s exactly what carnival served. I ate in Sapphire dining only three times because the menu was so random and disgusting and the wait times took so long. I ate in Lido marketplace often, where the food was so-so. Even the ice cream was disappointing! It tasted like milk with ice chips. Yuck. The food that salvaged the overall experience were: Guy’s Burger Joint, the Blue Iguana burrito line (I highly recommend their breakfast burrito), and the Cucina del Capitano Italian dining room (although I liked it a lot, my cousin who I traveled with ended up getting really sick after eating it. She ordered potatoes). To be honest, the staff is what ended up saving my overall dining experience! Adrian from the Blue Iguana burrito line, Lucien and Silviu from Sapphire Dining Room, Silvio from Cucina del Capitano and Radu from the Blue Iguana Cantina part of the Lido deck were all AMAZING and really made my trip worth it. I was glad I paid so much for my cruise knowing that my business pays their paychecks! The overall living experience of the cruise was good. My room steward was very kind, my room was relatively close to an elevator so it was in a convenient location, and we had a lot of white noise from a machine in the background (we were on the first floor) so we never heard anyone and slept well the whole time. The beds were comfortable, the room steward was attentive and thoughtful, and I loved my towel animals so much I actually purchased the book on how to make them! I stayed in an inner room and would gladly do it again. There was so much to do at all hours of the day that I hardly spent any time in the room. The only drawback of this was that I couldn’t check the immediate weather. It would have been convenient if FunHub (the free Internet portal) would have provided the current weather conditions for those who were on the first floor inside and couldn’t peek out the window. I really, really enjoyed my excursions. In fact, the excursions I chose are what turned this vacation from “good” to “incredible.” I really recommend choosing your excursions way ahead of time. We got some really cool ones about a month ahead of time, and by the time we disembarked a few of the excursions we booked were already sold out! Additionally, I would recommend researching your ports if you’re not going to purchase an excursion. Not all ports are right by a beach where you can hop off, go swimming and sun tanning. Some are in sketchy areas with no beach access, so you would have to purchase an excursion that takes you to a beach in order to go swimming off the ship. The excursions I did were the Anguilla Dolphin Swim, Fan-Ta-Sea Nevis Catamaran Tour, EcoQuest Zip Lining and Family Fun Private Beach Trip. I would recommend all of them! If you need help with excursions, Mapule from the excursion desk was excellent! The only bad experience I had with excursions was in St. Kitts, a bunch of men swarmed me and a few other people and threw monkeys on us, took pictures, then said “10 dollars!!!” We had no idea what to do, had no warnings, and our tour guide took off when this happened without helping us or telling us to ignore the monkey people. We got away without having to pay, but some people were not so lucky! A theme I noticed from this cruise was disorganization. We disembarked over an hour later than we were scheduled to, there was severe confusion and disorganization with the emergency brief, where no one (including the staff) knew what was going on! Seriously, if there was an emergency, I would have had no idea what was going on or what to do. Additionally, when the (very handsome!!!) cruise director or anyone else would talk over the intercom, I couldn’t hear! The intercom system was so quiet I could hardly hear a thing all week. This was disappointing because I genuinely wanted to hear what was being said. After all is said and done, I would gladly travel with Carnival again. The whole time I was on the Breeze, I felt like I was on a party! Even though I cruised for 8 days, I felt like I didn’t have enough time to do everything I wanted! I would go to bed exhausted each night but still felt sad because there was so much I wanted to still do! I really liked the layout of the ship, and my favorite spots included the front and back of the ship on the outside part of Deck 5, the oversized hot tubs on Deck 5, the Library, the sides of Lido deck 10, and of course the Atrium because it was so beautiful! I felt like I had made myself a new family on the Carnival Breeze and I was so sad to leave. The only thing stopping me from traveling more on that ship was the fact that it didn’t have church (which was disappointing… I wish they had some sort of religious services on the ship considering I was there two Sundays in a row) or college! I would not consider doing schoolwork online there because the wifi is extremely expensive and extremely slow. It took me about 5 minutes to send one email. Bummer! Overall, I loved the Carnival Breeze. I feel homesick for it and can’t wait to sail again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We just returned from our first cruise ever on Carnival Breeze, which went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This was such an amazing vacation! We could have stayed another 8 days! The ship was very clean and organized. ... Read More
We just returned from our first cruise ever on Carnival Breeze, which went to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. This was such an amazing vacation! We could have stayed another 8 days! The ship was very clean and organized. Embarking in Miami was smooth. Two days at sea allowed us to get acquainted with the ship. There was plenty to do onboard from the casino, to the comedy club, to nightclubs, to live music, to the water park with 2 waterslides and a splash zone, to the 2 outdoor pools and numerous hot tubs. Jimmy's BBQ was available for lunch on sea days only, which was very tasty. Our head waitress, Toshi, in the Sapphire dining room was fabulous! She's so friendly and we looked forward to her excellent service every night! The food onboard was great! We had so many choices. Breakfast was always great with many selections to choose from. The omlets were made to order. Lunch was also great with Guys burgers, burritos, Mongolian, or the buffet. Dinner was amazing every night and the service was excellent. Our cruise director, Matt Mitcham was excellent! He always kept us laughing and was so energetic. Just an all around nice guy! The entire crew onboard went 'overboard' on their service. (pun intended!) Beware when you disembark on St. Kitts! You will be approached by locals with their monkeys! They're so cute, but when you take pictures of them, you will owe money to the owners! (they don't tell you until after you have taken pictures! 3 pics for $10!) But it is a beautiful place. Hiring a taxi is the best way to tour the island. St. Maarten/St. Martin is by far the most beautiful place ever! The people are extremely friendly. We did not book an excursion through Carnival for this island. Instead, we got into a taxi and toured the entire island for a lot less money and a much greater tour than you would get if you were on a big bus. In San Juan, we opted for the Carnival excursion tour of the Bacardi factory, since we were only in port from 7am til 2pm. and wanted to be guaranteed to see at least some of the island. It was a nice tour, but over priced and didn't allow for enough time to visit the town for shopping or sightseeing. Grand Turk was exquisite! We stayed on the beach at the port and visited Margaritaville and swam in the ocean nearly all day, which is something I don't like to do since you get sticky from the salt water, but this was an exception. The water was refreshing all day and no sticky feeling! Both sides of this port are Carnival owned so they provide free chairs on the beach. The only complaint I have is that the announcements are hard to hear over the loudspeakers and the cruise line doesn't tell you anything about where you are, what you are looking at, or where you're going. So it's up to you to do your homework ahead of time or watch the TV station in your cabin to let you know the course you're on. All in all, this was a fantastic first cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2014
It was a very clean and well maintained boat. Our room was a little on the small side and we had no windows but it was adequate for how long we were in the room. DJ Big D 2.0 was very entertaining and was very friendly and a approachable. ... Read More
It was a very clean and well maintained boat. Our room was a little on the small side and we had no windows but it was adequate for how long we were in the room. DJ Big D 2.0 was very entertaining and was very friendly and a approachable. Most of the staff was very friendly as well except for a few here and there. Food from a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) was about a 7.5 except for the guys burgers I give them a 10! Unfortunately drinks are pretty expensive on their own if you are not willing to pay for a drink package. Pools and hot tubs were very clean and enjoyable. Excursions we went to key west, Cayman islands, and Cozumel Mexico . Key west my very good friends got married (we were in a group for a wedding) I would say please if you're getting married on this cruise make sure the wedding coordinator knows what they are doing before you go because this one did not and we were almost late for the wedding. Wedding was beautiful on the beach and our trolley back and forth was awesome. Cayman islands was awesome! I do recommend to make a stop there . Cozumel Mexico was okay. Just a warning you have to get off the boat early for these trips and you have to get back to the boat by a certain time or you get left behind. And another warning you have to get off the boat at the end of the trip pretty early as well. All in all, I liked this cruise and would recommend but as for me I prefer to stick to a regular trip all inclusive where you stay in a resort in one place but that's just me. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Decided this year that we would try a cruise. We usually go to all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Flew to Miami from Charlotte USAir and transferred to the port by shuttle I had already booked. Talked the driver into stopping for ... Read More
Decided this year that we would try a cruise. We usually go to all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Flew to Miami from Charlotte USAir and transferred to the port by shuttle I had already booked. Talked the driver into stopping for wine so we could carry on our bottle each. All went well. Got to the port, checked bags and went to embarkation. All good here also. They have this down to a science and do it well. Went immediately to the cabin and checked it out. Met our steward Sergio (he is the the best) and went to lunch in casual dining. It was very crowded but found out you go the the rear (aft) section it's much better. Food decent for a quick lunch. Went to the front of the ship to watch the boat leave. Went to the steak house that night and it was the best meal we had. It came with a bottle of wine if you eat there the first night. The next 2 days were at sea. There are plenty of things to do on the ship, it is big so we spent a lot of time checking things out. The pools are crowded so we usually opted for the hot tubs on deck 5. There are also hot tubs on Serenity deck but that is usually very crowded. First port was St Martin. It was our favorite stop. Shared a taxi to Orient Beach and spent the day there. One of the prettiest beaches we've ever been to and ate lunch at Kontiki, a french restaurant on the beach. Best meal of the trip! We even ventured down to the nude section to check it out. Most of those people needed to put their cloths back on. Second stop was St Kitts. It is also a beautiful place where we took a cab to Friars Bay and spent the day on the beach there. We weren't crazy about it but it was okay. People were not overly friendly there. Third stop was San Juan for a half day. Thought this was going to be a waste but it turned out to be fun. The girls went shopping and the guys went to Bacardi. There is an excursion their off the ship for $59 each but we read in Fodders that you could catch a ferry beside the ship for 50 cents and get a cab on the other side for $3 and the tour at Bacardi is free. so $7 total per person and they give you free drinks. The girls found some great deals on hand bags at the Coach and Dooney & Bourke stores. We met and had a great Mexican lunch before returning to the ship. A few people were late getting back to the ship. They all finally made it on. The ship had untied most of the ropes when the last woman finally made it. We saw her later in the infirmary drunk out of her mind. 4th stop was Grand Turk. This is a small island and when a cruise ship comes in it doubles the population. Not only that, the Carnival Conquest pulled in about a half hour after us. We tried the beach at the pier. It is beautiful but crowded and the other ship had not even docked yet so we decided to take a cab to another beach I read about in Fodders (you should consider that book if you cruise much) The beach is Bohio Beach and it was great. Beautiful beach with snorkeling and a bar and restaurant and not crowded. Another great day on the beach. Summary, clean beautiful ship with a great staff that knows what they are doing. Cabin was very nice. Not big but fine for 2 people (balcony room 10th deck. Dining was great in the dining room with a great staff. Barbeque not worth the wait in the sun. Hamburgers were good but not great. Did not try Italian or Sushi. Only show we saw was Motown and it was fun. Wife won $500 on slot machine on her birthday. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Summary: We are a three-generational family (12, 44, 72) and have done a Carnival Cruise every spring break for the last 6 years. Breeze is the best. Great service and activities. Pretty good itinerary except for La Romana. Better than ... Read More
Summary: We are a three-generational family (12, 44, 72) and have done a Carnival Cruise every spring break for the last 6 years. Breeze is the best. Great service and activities. Pretty good itinerary except for La Romana. Better than expected food and entertainment. We're booking on Breeze for next spring break, and that says it all. Embarkation: Really easy. We flew into FLL the night before and had a leisurely arrival the next day around noon. We were on board in 20 minutes WITHOUT Faster to the Fun. We ignored the email that said not to arrive before 1. Service: Impeccable, and friendly. Great training shows. Personal hearty greetings at every crew encounter. The ship is very clean and well cared for. We still love the singing and dancing that tops off every excellent meal service. Dining: We were in early service Blush. Missed one meal there because of a late arriving excursion in Aruba, but they allowed us to eat in the late service after others were seated. Table mates with the same issue that day were accommodated in the Sapphire room with others on the flexible time plan. The Lido deck lines were not set up for the many late arrivals on this day, my only complaint. Guy's Burger Bar is good, but probably unhealthy. La Cucina for lunch was OK, but reports from table mates about dinner were better. Vegetarian choices throughout were good. The menu and quality were very good every day. Entertainment: Loved it!. Good stage shows with great production enhancements that make the 8 person group look like a much bigger ensemble. Good voices and great dancing. The highlight for us was the tribute band #Rhythmnation, appearing in the Ocean Plaza. Excellent vocal and instrumental soloists, a huge repertoire from Woodstock until now, and unflagging energy. They were fully engaged with the audience. Activities: So many to choose from, or ignore and find the quiet spots on the promenade deck (including several hot tubs), the Library, and Piano Bar during the day. We like the Trivia contests and use them about once a day too meet new people by forming little teams. Chidlren's Clubs: Our 12 year old loved the Circle C as a meeting spot, but didn't do the activities. She made many friends, through our thoughtful table assignment, and then formed a posse with them and others. She wants to travel with us again next year, as a 13 year-old, so the prognosis is good.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We would like you to be aware of the good, the bad and the ugly on our recent Carnival Breeze Cruise. Please note, We arranged air, insurance and transfers through Carnival. On January 4th, our Delta flight 5371 at 7:10am departure had a ... Read More
We would like you to be aware of the good, the bad and the ugly on our recent Carnival Breeze Cruise. Please note, We arranged air, insurance and transfers through Carnival. On January 4th, our Delta flight 5371 at 7:10am departure had a major mechanical problem, the door from the gate on the plane wouldn't properly close. We were delayed 4 hours, and missed 2 connections from Atlanta to Miami. I immediately called Carnival's emergency hot line and no one would answer. Then I was on hold endlessly. My husband and our traveling companions (Clarks) were all upset and I had no answers. Every time, every step of our misadventures, I called to let them know our trouble and game them my cell phone number. They in turn were calling my home phone number. Finally, in Atlanta, we met Bob and Robin Svendish, fellow travelers. They are VIP diamond Carnival passengers and we were both trying our best to work on our dilemma. We were told two different things. When we finally got to Miami, I was told the ship has left. Bob was told that the ship was waiting for us and Phil (Carnival rep) was waiting in baggage. We raced to him. He had us sign a form stating that he could claim our luggage to get it to us, but we had to leave with him right at that moment. We boarded a shuttle and were rushed to the ship, starved, tired and stressed. And with no luggage. We boarded the ship and went through the welcome ceremony. We went to dinner soon after (6pm). We returned to our cabin at 730pm and there was no luggage. Passenger services contacted Delta, and our luggage was deemed abandoned. We had waited hours at passenger services to get paperwork done to claim it. Four days later, in the Dominican republic, we got our bags. For the previous 4 days, we were only offered a 20% discount in the gift shop, which sold no undergarments. We were however offered complimentary laundry services. Guest services Fria and Ponwipa were so kind and tried to keep us informed and updated on or luggage status. Anna Maria Dumitria (guest services manager) agreed to meet us and was sympathetic to our problems. Our cabin steward was great. His name was Andyana. He was so helpful and realized our luggage problems. The Blush dining room head waiter team Rommel and Astawan and John made a very efficient team. Always there to please. Assistant maître'd Tunc checked with us every day to see if our food was hot enough and satisfactory. This was after on our second evening, he had cold food and my husband made him aware of the situation. Entertainment was missing quite a bit. There was no band, and the comedy club venue is way too small. There were not enough pools or staff members at the pool areas. There was glassware in the hot tubs and pool which went ignored by staff members. There were no adult only areas out side on the deck. The staff in the marketplace were unhappy, unfriendly, had a lack of energy, and seemed to hate their jobs. The many kids on the ship were running at all times of the day and night. Of course this is not a Carnival issue, as it is a parenting issue. But some people use vacation as an excuse to not keep an eye on their children. The late eating option was not good for a diabetic or heart patient. I would not recommend this ship for anyone without kids or for traveling older adults. The waterpark area would be great for families with children. I do wish Carnival would have made an offer of good-will with our poor start to this vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
This was my wife's 40th birthday gift and we sailed with two other friends while leaving the kids at home. We used a travel agent to book after completing our own research and man did we ever get it right. We used the Carnival ... Read More
This was my wife's 40th birthday gift and we sailed with two other friends while leaving the kids at home. We used a travel agent to book after completing our own research and man did we ever get it right. We used the Carnival transportation from the Miami airport which was a great choice. Embarking was in and out without any waiting it seemed and all staff were very professional and courteous. The Boat was absolutely huge and took us by surprise at all there was to do and see on the ship itself. We experienced most of the dining and were never disappointed. We gained knowledge from the staff as to their working conditions etc. which provided us information on how they live from their tips etc. but that is their choice and they can do very well in comparison to their living conditions in the country they come from. We tipped extra but all in we were fair and extra fair where service superseded our expectations which was most of the time. My wife and I would recommend using the main dining for most of your dinners with the exception of the Italian restaurant which was well worth the extra 12 dollars. We didn't try the steakhouse because we saw no value in an extra 35 dollars compared to the meals we were getting at the main dining room and you can get steak there if you want. The escargot OMG ( I had two of them then had another for desert). The food everywhere was fantastic including the Guy's burgers. For entertainment we loved all of it but especially the comedy club acts and the piano bar. We closed down the aft bar every night and our bartender Victor was amazing. Remember to tip them and not a whole lot but just tip them and they will look after you. We paid the extra for the drink package which gave us 15 drinks each every day and found it hard and easy to get these done every day. I would recommend this as this is great value if you don't have the kids with you and you are there to party hardy and don't run out because you get cut off after the 15 drinks period (There's always the bar fridge in your room if you are desperate). Special thanks to Cid and Tarek our servers in the dining room who made us feel special and looked after us every night. Extra special and dear to our hearts was our Casino waitress Jana who never let our drink go empty, worked her but off, and along with the other staff mentioned were perfect representation to the expectations presented to us plus much more. We just can't say enough about the service provided. The room was bigger than expected as this was our first cruise. I would recommend when on the breeze to stay on floor 7 or 8 with a deck if you can afford it, as we always used decks 10 and 5 every day and never really waited for the elevators and just took the stairs. When we got to our room we were greeted by our room concierge (Can't remember his name but from Serbia) gave us fresh ice and explained any questions we had. We kindly told him we would tip him at the end instead of every day although there is a charge already built in. Regardless we tipped on top of the charge as the service again was more than we ever get in a 5 star hotel room. The fun towel animals he left, the turn down service, and the respect given when we needed to sleep in without any rush given from them to clean the room, we just did what we wanted on our time and the room was looked after no matter how we went about our time schedule. Kids? You got kids? We do and we will take them on this boat in a heart beat and are already scheduling time to do this again but with our kids on the same boat. The water park, zip line, and all the other things for the kids to do was better than what we could tell that the Disney cruise had simply based on comparing ships side by side when ported in Nassau. The breeze is bigger and wider and knowing Disney the food would definitely be better thinking about the theme parks and the lack of healthy food options they don't offer in their parks. Disembarking. We just turned on the TV and watched the video on the how to methods and chose the self assist which we recommend you do as well. Seamless. Grabbed the shuttle to the airport and on the plane we were back to Canada. The port Grand Turks was excellent and the sand was unreal. We have travelled to many places and this is the best beach sand we have yet to see. The port Ocho Rios in Jamaica was good and not so good. We had a private driver (Personal Friend of our friends that joined us). We went to a private beach called Reggae Beach from which we were charged 10 dollars per head to get in, they tried up charging us to go for the all inclusive which we only wanted to stay for about 1 hour and then they said 3 dollars for a drink and by the time you added ice and coke it was 6 dollars. Then they told our friend the driver to get out as he was not welcome. All in this was absolutely horrible and we do not recommend doing the Reggae Beach excursion. The sand was horrible, you can only swim in a certain area and they don't treat you very nice. At least we got our money back. After that we had some Jamaican Jerk chicken at a local restaurant which was fantastic and made up for the shiftiness of Reggae Beach. Did some shopping and man are they aggressive on the sales. So much so it is uncomfortable. 50 shops with all the same stuff. The port Nassau was pretty cool, very busy since there were 3 other boats ported at the same time. The weather wasn't the greatest that day but the shopping was very nice. I would recommend renting a scooter as our friends did to tour around. All in the Ship was the best experience and can't wait to get the kids on it. Thanks for a great time Carnival Breeze. The Bikows Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Carnival Breeze was tons of fun. First couple days were a little confusing learning the layout of the ship. The Breeze was very clean with workers constantly cleaning. We had the open dining plan and never had to wait. We were at the ... Read More
Carnival Breeze was tons of fun. First couple days were a little confusing learning the layout of the ship. The Breeze was very clean with workers constantly cleaning. We had the open dining plan and never had to wait. We were at the dining room right at 5:45 everyday so maybe that was why we never had to wait. The waiters were all polite. My one big complaint it the bottomless bubbles. I find it annoying that you have to go to the bar to get soda refills. The bar tender kind of looks at you funny and you feel like you are bothering them. My plan for our second cruise is to bring out own soda. Per Carnivals website, you are allowed to bring a twelve pack of pop per person. It's not about saving the money, it's about the convenience of not having to go to the bar every time. The food in the main dinning room was always hot and was good as far my family was concerned. I will highly recommend the Punchline Brunch. The filet mignon and fried eggs with potatoes is incredible. They only do it on sea days and for whatever reason, it seems that not many people take advantage of it. We loved the breakfast. We stayed in room 6287 and my parents stayed in 6285. They were joining rooms. As soon as we got in our room, I called guest services and request the upped bunk be dropped down and have the balcony divider removed. And my opinion is the balcony is a MUST. I had room service bring my coffee at 7:00AM and out to the balcony I went. What a way to start the morning. On port days, I would drink my coffee as we pulled into port. If I am already spending roughly $1500 - $1800 on the cruise, upgrading to a balcony for $2200 just makes sense. I don't really know how much more I spent to get the balcony because I didn't even look at non balcony rooms. Room 6287 is on the 6th deck pretty centered on the ship. Was pretty convenient to everything we thought. We booked the same rooms on the Dream. We liked that we went down one deck and we could go outside on the 5th deck without having to walk very far. What a deal...$2200 for a 6 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and next year I have already booked a 7 day cruise to the Western Caribbean for ten dollars less taking advantage of the 2014 preview sale. I will gladly answer any questions about Carnival Breeze. Almost forgot...Guy's Burgers were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
We're a family of 4 that cruised for the first time on the Breeze in August to the Southern Caribbean. Our kids are 10 and 8, we're 47 and 45. We flew into FLL the night before our trip and then shuttled it to the Comfort Suites ... Read More
We're a family of 4 that cruised for the first time on the Breeze in August to the Southern Caribbean. Our kids are 10 and 8, we're 47 and 45. We flew into FLL the night before our trip and then shuttled it to the Comfort Suites Minola Airport North in Miami. It was a great stay - we had a suite and we were very comfortable. We enjoyed a quick (but crowded) free breakfast at the hotel and then hopped on the free shuttle to the Port of Miami. We were given VIP checkin and the waiting area at the port was quiet and comfortable. Once they announced we could embark, it was less than 15 minutes for us to be on the Lido Deck eating a Guy's Burger, which I"ll talk about later. We were in room 7266, which had the two twin beds set up as a king, the foldout couch and the dropdown ceiling bed. The room was clean, well maintained and surprisingly, held all of our stuff (we overpacked!). We didn't spend much time in the room, but our steward was very responsive and we were very comfortable. I was worried about spending 8 days with the 4 of us crammed in a small room. My husband is 6'5 and we're a tall family generally, but we got along great and didn't feel cramped or claustrophobic. Having the really nice balcony helped a ton, too. We enjoyed having the outdoor space to watch the world go by. FOOD: we really enjoyed nearly all of the food on the ship. Guy's Burger, Tandoor and Cucina del Capitano deserve special shout-outs. We're pretty big foodies and even the food in Sapphire (we had a 6 p.m. seating time) we found to be of very good quality most nights. There were a few misses here and there, but that's to be expected. ACTIVITIES: the ship is very large and very busy. The Lido Deck was packed - to the point that we stayed away most of the time. Fortunately, there are plenty of other fun but quieter spaces to hang on the ship, and I appreciate that Carnival gave some thought to that. The staff is great about policing the Serenity Deck and not allowing kids. We also enjoyed the Red Frog Pub as a getaway when the kids were at the water park or at Camp Carnival. And of course, we dropped a little bit of money in the casino. I enjoyed their decent selection of slot machines and my husband played table games; however, not having a blackjack table with a shoe was a real drawback for him. The ship had some technical difficulties in the theater early in the cruise and had to punt and bring in some new entertainment and not do the stage productions. They did a good job with this - they found some family-friendly comedians, magicians and jugglers and we all had a great time. Hasbro the Game Show is not to be missed - the kids love it. KIDS: Speaking of kids, our kids adored the water park most of all. They spent most of their time there - so much so that we didn't need to take advantage of Camp Carnival (which is also fabulous) to the extent we expected. They also enjoyed the 4D theater (well worth the all access pass at $15), the Sky Course and all of the kid-friendly food options on board. PORTS: Our favorite port was the Dominican Republic. We did a Soana Island excursion with Pro Excursions that was unforgettable. Their staff is amazing, knowledgeable, kind and fun. The excursion is not to be missed - the beach is staggeringly beautiful and our kids loved seeing starfish and getting to snorkel. Aruba was our second favorite port. We hang out at Palm Beach all day and took advantage of some of the water sports available there. Our daughter felt sick the day we ported in Curacao so we did not get to do much there. Grand Turk was a fun day; mainly just cruise people on the island. We stayed away from Margaritaville and walked 1/2 mile down to the Governor Beach with Jack's Shack and Topher the Dog. Our kids LOVED it there. I've written four blog posts complete with TONS of pictures of our trip that I'll link to below. They cover food, excursions and ports, kids activities and grownup activities. Disclosure: as a blogger, my stay was sponsored by Carnival. I was very wary to go on the trip, but I can honestly say that we were converted to fans of cruising after this trip and had very little to complain about. We would definitely cruise again. Ports/Excursions: http://www.kludgymom.com/carnival-breeze-reviews-5/ Kids Activities: http://www.kludgymom.com/carnival-breeze-reviews-3/ Adult Activities: http://www.kludgymom.com/carnival-breeze-reviews-2/ Food: http://www.kludgymom.com/carnival-breeze-reviews/ Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
An 8-day cruise that does Carnival proud. Carnival takes it newest vessel on a unique itinerary that fosters a diverse bit of options for the cruise customer. As a frequent customer with Carnival, my first impression of the ship was a ... Read More
An 8-day cruise that does Carnival proud. Carnival takes it newest vessel on a unique itinerary that fosters a diverse bit of options for the cruise customer. As a frequent customer with Carnival, my first impression of the ship was a positive one. The decor is among the best of the Carnival fleet. Carnival does miss the mark on a few elements for those adult only travelers, but overall, the cruise was a pleasant voyage through the Caribbean. Pre-cruise: We have been out of Miami many times before. This was the first time we stayed at South Beach prior to the cruise. We took a cab to the hotel for about $32. We stayed at Winter Haven hotel which is on 14th and Ocean. It is on the northern end of South Beach. I definitely recommended this hotel. It is a Marriott partner hotel. Smaller rooms, but the AC worked really well. At the hotel, we were right across the street from the beach. We had easy access to restaurants and places to go. We took a cab and ate at Joe's Stone Crab, which is a wonderful seafood restaurant that is very famous. It only cost $7 for the cab. It is a decent walk from the hotel. I was worried that it would be a tourist trap, but instead, it was a great meal. We did not have the long wait that was feared. If you want to cut your wait, I was told a nice tip to the front desk host would allow you to skip ahead an hour. They do not take reservations. Embarkation: We took a cab from the hotel to the Miami Cruise terminal. The cost was approximately $26.00. As many people know, the Miami terminal at time can seem very chaotic. Be prepared to tip the guys a few bucks per bag. The stacks of bags may seem overwhelming, but they clearly know what they are doing. They are one of the most efficient ports. Many people choose to be at the port early. I have gotten away from this. Show up after noon to reduce the hurry up and wait. Most of the time, you can not get access to your room until 1-2 pm anyway. We did arrive prior to 1pm, and since we are Platinum, they told us we could go ahead and go to our room. Having a Platinum/suite or higher status can really make some nice short cuts in the process. We were on the ship in a matter of 15 minutes. Again, Miami does pretty good with this. Just fYI, the best embarkation we have been part of is Allure of the Seas due to the custom made port for these two sister ships. They are efficient! The Cabin: We were in cabin 8477. It is an Aft room with the extended balcony. Carnival has made the look of the rooms more contemporary. I believe these are the best rooms on the fleet. As most people know, Carnival has larger cabins than the competitors. This cabin is no exception. I definitely recommend cabin 8475 or the mirror on the other side. The balcony is even bigger. Either way, these cabins are great. One 230 volt and two 120 volts at the vanity. Flat screen TV. Not only is the balcony larger, but the interior floor plan is bigger. As Will Ferrell stated in Step Brothers, "so many activities." After we booked the cruise, we heard about "smells" in the back cabins. We did experience these same issues. Apparently, the ship has some process that creates a bi-product of a sulphur-like smell. It occurred during two of the seven nights. It was annoying. We also smelled BBQ on the nights prior to the sea day BBQ cookouts. Not bad. We noticed periodically that soot from the smokestacks would create some black specks to cover the outside furniture. Make sure you wipe the outside furniture to avoid messing up clothes. When the seas are not really smooth, you will feel a rocking vibration the entire time. The view though is a huge plus. I have not had these problems with RCCL. I had cabin vibrations on other Carnival Aft cabins though. Would I book this cabin again? No, not for the price. I would rather have a mid level deck 7 or 8 balcony cabin. Back to a good note, the back of the ship has very little hallway noise. No kids running or people talking outside to bother you. Common Areas: Since this is a new ship, you can enjoy the new feel still. No more gaudy neon. The Carnival 2.0 was built on when the ship was created. Hints of classic cruising mixed with a contemporary Caribbean resort feel. Lots of walking space outside of the ship. The walk around lower promenade is a step back to the old cruising days. Nice touch. A big areas of caution.... The lido deck floors are dangerously slippery. A lawsuit waiting to happen. I addressed this with senior staff, and they are fully aware of it. They told me that when the ship was delivered in Europe, the weather was not humid. They noticed no problems until coming to the humid Caribbean. The floors are slick, even when not wet. Tennis shoes... No matter what you wear, use caution. Some of the common areas are narrow, such as the halls in the Lido deck. This is overshadowed by the beautiful themed areas. Deck five promenade is open and well designed. It can get crowded in front of the restaurants and comedy club at times, but that is normal for most ships. No covered spas or adults only solarium. Huge miss for Carnival. They expanded the kids area and sports deck, that is fine, but you took the adults only pool. Why? The kids will love the new slides. Actually, adults will too. They are fast and fun. Great ship for families. Dining: Lido deck has a great choices daily. The best options I have seen on any of the Carnival ships. There are several lunch lines which provided for a more efficient dining experience. The Blue Iguana and Guy's hamburger place are wonderful additions to the Carnival fleet. Way to go Carnival! The staff does a better job than most of the fleet on keeping tables clean and available. Still lacking the bar/soda service that other lines master. The hot chocolate machine is wonderful! Disney and RCCL Allure and Oasis are better with this. Main dining rooms are pretty standard for Carnival. Thank you to Carnival for expanding its standard menu that they offer daily. The food options are pretty much the same as in past years. Formal night seems to bring bigger crowds which can slow the process and hurt some of the food quality. I.e. undercooked lobster. Any concerns we had were met well by the senior staff. One thing you learn about Carnival is to never count on the lower level folks to resolve the issue. Go directly to the department head, and they do a better job of resolving issues. For example, we had an AC problem in the back of the dining room. We told the waiter, and the said they would check into it. Nothing happened. At the end of the meal, we met the Head Waiter for the section we told him. The next day, same thing. I went to the assistant Matre'd. He said he would make a call. He called someone and said they would check into it. I knew this was not going to work. I told the Matre'd and he immediately got on the phone and showed urgency. With in five minutes, the Matre'd was at our table with one of the ship maintenance folks measuring the temperature. They noticed the problem and it was fixed by the next meal. Carnival needs to learn from their sister company Holland America about taking ownership of concerns at any level. Carnival still needs to improve their drink service. Very slow and inconsistent. Cucina de Capitano is pretty good. It is free to eat at during lunch. They have a pasta bar where they will serve you your custom pasta order. Not bad. The Alfredo was not very good. The other pastas were much better. Lots of bouncing from the basketball court above it during lunch. Assume dinner would be quieter. It is only 12$ if I remember right for dinner here. Lots of people took advantage of it. Fahrenheit 555 steak house is the traditional steakhouse on all of the Carnival ships. Excellent service and even better steaks and lobster. This will book up fast. Book online prior to going. We ate their twice and enjoyed both times. Amazing fillets. I am not a Sushi fan, but the Sushi bar was very well decorated and lots of people took advantage of it. There seemed to be lots of choices. Overall, dining is nice as expected. The definite pluses include Guy's and the improved lido deck. Entertainment: The entertainment staff did pretty good. They all get involved in the ship activities. "Butch" did a good job as Cruise Director. They do not have a live orchestra on this ship. All of the stage music is canned. They do have a band and a few soloist acts for the bars/clubs. The new 30 minute productions are attempts to do something different. I personally was disappointed with this approach. The production shows in the past with the live band is much more entertaining. Every show on this ship reminded me of the first American Idol songs during the last weeks where the ensemble gets together to sing a cheesy song. You have six to eight decent singers signing together with different styles. It sounds really bad. Painful at times. The shows are a nice attempt to do something different, but fail in my mind. 30 minute show is very short. When the singers break up into solos outside of the Ovation Theater, they seem to stand out better. No more "looking good.... Feeling good".... Casino was nice. Still wish we could get the smoking out of there. Since it is a more open deck plan, it is not as smoky as you get on other cruise ships. Bingo is really underplayed compared to other ships. The shopping is standard. The "Cherry on Top" candy store is a wonderful plus. Nice job Carnival. Lots of family and sporting activities around the ship. The kids will love the water slides and play area. Carnival does a great job with the comedy shows. You will need to be there early to get a seat. The shows fill up! We did not take advantage of the Spa, but the two level concept looked beautiful. The inside spa pool seemed to be a nice treat for those accessing the Spa. I think the Spa cabins had access to it also. Ben, the piano guy, was the best piano bar player we have ever seen. He was interactive and fun. He made each performance fun for the audience. He involved kids during his early shows. He could of taken up even more room because of his popularity. My folks, "the pirates," were there every night before dinner. Itinerary: The whole reason we booked this cruise is to see the wide range of stops for a cruise. Each stop has a wide variety of standard excursions. Lots of options. Here are a few comments in regards to the stops. Grand Turk: This small island is great for all cruisers. One can simply get off the ship and hangout in the pools of Margaritaville. They offer some nice food options, and even better, excellent drinks. You can also spend some time on the nice sandy shores of the beach right next to the ship. You can spend money buying an excursion, but I would recommend saving money for the other islands. Dominican Republic: This stop is very limiting for those who want to just get off the ship. You can take a bus in town, but you are not going to find the Caribbean feel shopping you get on the other islands. I recommend staying on the ship or taking one of the excursions. Some nice history and caverns on this very large shared island. Curaçao: Simply beautiful. If you want to walk off and explore, it is safe to do so. If you want to take a nice excursion, there are some great options here. The swing bridge is really cool. Beautiful sea side restaurants in this port. Aruba: Another great stop with great options. Just like Curaçao. Snorkeling or diving at the old German ship wreck is really cool. It can get crowded. The surf can be a little tough. A great opportunity to see some sunken history. Sea days: Be sure to check out the BBQ on the outside of deck five. Nice treat for "c- days." The ship offers plenty of activities. The Hasbro game show is actually a great idea. Very fun! Excellent "dive-in movies" with popcorn! Yes, free popcorn! Red Frog Pub needed to serve food. The 4-d movie had a cost of $7.95. Debarkation: Debarkation was organized and was a "breeze." There was very little hurry up and wait. Many people chose to walk off self assisted. No issues there. We were in group 2 due to our Platinum status. The have baggage folks to help you with bags. Customs was quick. They have dogs checking bags as you walk off the ship, so don't be naughty. We had a 12:40 flight, and we got to the airport via $25 taxi at 8:02 am. Don't worry early flight folks. Early flight folks have priority on debarkation too. Overall: This was not the most memorable trip for us, but it has a great unique mix of the Caribbean. The ship is classy and offers lots of options. A great ship for families. If an adults only trip, I would not completely recommend this ship. I recommend the itinerary. The missing adults only pool and solarium area was something we really missed on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
First time cruisers, we had 21 friends and family members in our group. All in all, we had a fabulous time and we are already planning our next cruise! When traveling with a group, try to book rooms that are adjoining or close together. ... Read More
First time cruisers, we had 21 friends and family members in our group. All in all, we had a fabulous time and we are already planning our next cruise! When traveling with a group, try to book rooms that are adjoining or close together. Walkie talkies would have been a great idea. We had an aft balcony and absolutely loved it! The only complaint I have is that while enjoying a glass of wine on the aft balcony you can not hear the phone ring nor a knock at your door. Therefore we missed room service, and our family visitations, and would have to call them back. It would be nice if the balcony deck had a light signal, door bell ring and or an intercom. So next time you can bet your bottom dollar we will take up the whole back floor of aft balconies and open the balcony doors and have our own party. Faster to the fun, hands down was worth it. Literally on ship by 11:30 eating lunch and frosty drink in hand. Remember to put the faster to the fun luggage tags on your luggage. Great for guest services, you have your own line, for any questions or help that you might need. Food was above average. Servers worked very hard at remembering your tastes, like do you want coffee or tea with your dessert? Chocolate melting cake was one of my favorites! Elegant dress nights were on sea days, Monday and Thursday. Everyone dresses up. Ladies dresses or long maxi dresses, and pant suits. Men usually dress slacks, dress shirt and tie. Some wore jackets, although it was pretty warm. You can order as much as you like off of daily menu or menu for that day, and mix and match. Since we had a large group we would order multiples of different items and share. We never had tasted Escargots, so we ordered one plate and tried it, if we liked it, we then could order a plate for ourselves, without being wasteful. You can even order a dinner item as an appetizer, they just make it a smaller serving size. We all had late night dinning at 8:15 in the upper blush dinning room. Our servers were awesome as well as the food. We ordered room service for breakfast everyday, loved the bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and melon platter along with orange juice. For lunch: Guys burgers was great, Italian resturant food was great as long as you learn to ignore the basketball noise from deck above, deli sandwhich Rueben the great was pretty good with lots of meat. Dorian changed the order of our ports, not a big deal, the seas were pretty calm except for one day that was pretty windy. Small swells. We wore sea bands the entire cruise and believed that they helped with any feeling of motion, along with taking one half tablet of chewable Bonine once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening before dinner. That is what worked for us, Bonine made us feel lil drowsy so splitting dose was helpful. Ports of call: Ocho Rios, Jamacica has beach area close to dock, cost is 2 bucks a person, and a 6 pack of red stripe beer is 24 bucks. The Jamaicans will "hound" you to buy their goods from hats, to jewelry, to taking a cab ride. Grand Turk my favorite! Jacks Shack is worth the walk! Beach not crowded like the area in front of Margaritaville. More calming and relaxing place to enjoy the sun and sand. Nassau, Bahamas had 4 ships pull into port at the same time, very busy, nothing like 16,000 people getting off a frendzy, city like with shopping. Next time we would take a Taxi and do some sight seeing. Shows were so-so. Lido deck parties were fun! Serenity Deck was peaceful. It went by too fast! We now know what to pack, and what to leave at home. Went to cruise critic roll call for Carnival Breeze July 28th but not enough people wanted to do the meet n greet ....that's okay we had a large group anyways. Already planning our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
In full disclosure this was my first cruise so I have no basis of comparison. On the other hand, I went into the experience prepared not to like it. I had certain fears that were put to rest by this cruise. 1. I would feel trapped. This ... Read More
In full disclosure this was my first cruise so I have no basis of comparison. On the other hand, I went into the experience prepared not to like it. I had certain fears that were put to rest by this cruise. 1. I would feel trapped. This was not true at all. There were tons of places to go on the ship for privacy and for fun. Our family of four did book two rooms, adjoining balcony rooms, to address this concern. This was an extra expense but proved worth it if only for the extra bathroom. We did not use the balcony as much as I thought simply because it was more fun in other parts of the ship. But it was nice to have a private and convenient place to go for a nice view and fresh air. If I had it to do over, I might have booked an interior room for the kids (across the hall) to save money. The adjoining room feature was nice. My daughter, 11, slept with the 3yo and kept him quiet until 8am so we could sleep a little later. 2. I would get seasick. Again, not true. The motion did take some getting used to. We packed motion sickness pills as well as prescription nausea pills as a precaution. I also packed anxiety pills because, as you can tell, I had some trepidation going into this. There was one night when the seas were a little rougher than others. I awoke with some queasiness which set off a panic attack. So I did actually get sick one night, but it was psychological. Once the anxiety pill kicked in I was fine. 3. It would be crowded. Not nearly as true as I predicted. There were some minor lines at the breakfast buffet. The pool area was crowded on sea days. The worst crowd we experienced was when the ship was about to depart from Grand Turk. Everyone got back on board at lunch time before departure and got in line to eat. We stayed on board in Jamaica because we hadn't booked an excursion and we had the ship nearly entirely to ourselves. It was wonderful! Would we book the Breeze again? If we could enjoy it for the first time all over again, yes. But we agreed that we had so much fun and had built it up so highly in our memories that a second trip on the Breeze could never live up to the standard set on this trip. We will book other Carnival cruises in the future, though. The kids most enjoyed the miniature golf and the ropes course. On the port day, we took them to the RedFrog Pub where there was no one to occupy the shuffleboard and they had a blast with that. My 11yo loved the water slides but my 3yo was terrified, TERRIFIED!!!, of the water-pouring bucket. So he kept us in the pool area mostly. The 11yo did a few Camp Carnival activities but generally preferred to hang with us. The 3yo, who is in daycare full-time at home, was intimidated by Camp Carnival. He's shy and frightened by loud noises. They were playing music loudly the first time we took him. The other kids were having a blast but it scared him off and we didn't urge him to go back. It would have been nice if he'd taken to it so we could enjoy some time on the Serenity deck, which we never got to, but we did book it as a family vacation. My husband and I had packed walkie talkies so after the 3yo went to bed, we would leave the 11yo in charge while we went downstairs to check out the music, bars, and casino for a bit. We celebrated our wedding anniversary during the cruise and had a fantastic meal at the Steakhouse. My husband was smart to have booked the reservation a week before the cruise because all reservations were full on the first day of the cruise. The steakhouse only seats 60 people at a time so it is tough to get in. We ate in the dining room every other night and enjoyed every meal. We did read that the service was slow but we felt the pacing was on par with any restaurant at which you would order an appetizer, then an entree then dessert. There were only one or two times when we felt like we were waiting for the next course but then again, we were eating with a 3yo who is a ticking time bomb at that hour of the day. I would have preferred to have eaten in the dining room for other meals but since we were traveling as a family, it made sense to eat in the buffet for breakfast and lunch where everyone could get what they wanted. The burger place was great. Plan to eat there at least twice. Same for the cantina. The Mongolian Wok is also good but the line can take a very long time. I would estimate that for every person in line, you can estimate about two minutes until you have food to eat. So if there are ten people ahead of you, that's about twenty minutes. If you stay on the ship during a port day, that would be a good time to try it. I wish we had booked the 8-day cruise instead of the 6-day. We were NOT ready to leave when it was time to go and that's a first for us. Usually by the end of vacation we're ready to be back in our own beds eating our own prepared food. Not so, this time. We feel like the ship offered 3x as much entertainment and food than we had time and opportunity to take advantage of. One last note: the gym is fantastic. We worked out several times. The treadmills are directly in front of large windows at the front of the ship on deck 12. I got up early to workout. My husband went at 8am once and said every piece of equipment was in use which surprised me because there is a lot of equipment. I was also surprised at how many people work out while on vacation. But when the food is that good, putting in a little treadmill time cuts the guilt. 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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