128 Carnival Breeze Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose this ship because it sailed from Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Bermuda. That was the ONLY reason. My previous experience with Carnival was "lowest common denominator". I've been on about 20 cruises with Norwegian, ... Read More
We chose this ship because it sailed from Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Bermuda. That was the ONLY reason. My previous experience with Carnival was "lowest common denominator". I've been on about 20 cruises with Norwegian, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Here are my "positive" notes: (1) fastest ever embarkation, (2) arrived at cabin 1:30PM with luggage waiting, (3) lifeboat drill used fast ship-card check in, (4) good quality balcony & deck furniture, (5) beach towels supplied in cabin, (6) cabin well lit (no struggle to read in bed), (7) excellent cake station in buffet - custom cut for you. Previous reviews have criticized the food as bland and uninteresting (and somewhere I've seen Carnival allude to their "hamburger and fried chicken" loving passengers. So I carried a bottle of Herbes de Provence which was unused after the 2nd day. We found the dinner menu quite adequate, imaginative and comparable to other cruise lines. While the Melting Chocolate Cake was the star of the dessert menu, there were other tasty selections such as a nicely done creme brulee. I was a bit disappointed in their preparation of mushrooms. We liked the layout of the buffet - relatively small "rooms" with buffet and nearby tables. No walking 50 yards around all the stations, then trying to find your seatmates. The first night we went late to the show, sat near the starboard door, something wet was dripping on my head and my partner was shivering. We left. During a talk by ship managers, a passenger remarked on the small number of Carnival shows ("on every ship"), and she would like to see more variety (as a frequent Carnival guest). The ship acknowledged the complaint, stated a new show is in the works, they are expensive to produce, and the existing ones have new personnel that bring a new look to an old show. The production shows are a big reason I cruise, so I'm not in a hurry to sail with Carnival again to see the same old thing. The band Sea Squared (if I have that right) was very good. We were particularly impressed with a string trio performing on the central stairway. A lot of talent (of course), with excellent variety., Definitely not "lowest common denominator". They were great. Debarkation went very well. We had to wait about 15 minutes with luggage in hand because the terminal got backed up. Absolutely no problem getting on elevators. We are happy! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
7 day Exotic Western Caribbean,we thought it was going to be fun only a few ports were nice and ones we really liked was to "short" pulled in at 7:00 am and back on board by 1:00 pm ?? not long enough .the food was alright not ... Read More
7 day Exotic Western Caribbean,we thought it was going to be fun only a few ports were nice and ones we really liked was to "short" pulled in at 7:00 am and back on board by 1:00 pm ?? not long enough .the food was alright not the best choices and some cut backs from what we got on other trips.out of 7 days we had tv for 2 days the rest was a tv that said it was loading info and stayed that way till we got back home.the last day they did give us a break on our room billing for the steak house which by the way was the best ever,the food was out of this world and sooooo good ! i would good back for sure it was worth the $38.00.Entertainment was poor and over acted almost like they were mouthing to sound track....not sure of it, but we were on the carnival magic last year same entertainment on this ship and found it boring .the casino was really bad for smoking my eyes burned and found it not so good for non-smokers .internet speed very poor during peak hours and will take for forever to load and then will say timed out.....Disembarkation went well. Read Less
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
Sail Date April 2019
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply Beautiful. My cabin was great and Korn was the best room steward.The staff in all areas is over all just Grand. I love all of the food options. The Blue Iguana and Pig & Anchor are my favorites. With over 4,000 people on this ship, they manage to remember everyone's name at dinner. I enjoyed all the nightly entertainment and I love the Punch line comedians they are always really funny. There are alot of talented singers and performers. The dazzling bright colors and light shows I really enjoyed. Ports and shore excursions were very enjoyable. Ocean World is a must see in the Dominican Republic Me and my fiance are already planning our next cruise for 2020.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He also addressed us by our names as we did the same with him. He was a very pleasant person overall. The dining experience was great as well. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. With that being said I'm just going to keep it real. We had to wait very long periods to receive our food during the beginning of the week for breakfast in the BLUSH restaurant. By the third day everything started to go smoothly and enjoyable. Dinner was great as well. We met and remembered a memorable person 'APRIL JOY'. I believe she was head waitress. She's amazing with people. She has great character and very personable. I watched how she interacted with others and boy she's just a true JOY to be around with a wonderful experience. I hope to run into her again in our future cruises. We really enjoyed the SEAFOOD SHACK. had we known that it was that good we would've ordered the crab legs and shrimp everyday. We heard how good from a relative on our 5th day. So we did get 2 days of orders in. YUMMY. $33 up-charge was worth it. We also had 555 Fahrenheit. Surf and turf. Yummy $38pp up-charge. Cherry on TOP. whelp that will fix your candy fix. The entertainment was awesome. The entire FUN SQUAD was on point with everything. IF they made a mistake well we didn't see it. DONKEY is a true character. This is my second run in with him but on a different ship. I pre warned my guest that he's hilarious. lol. His Spirit is one to be around. I learned a little more about him in the Q and A session in the Ovation room. QUEST entertainment got crazy but funny. If you are easily offended this isn't for you. The COMEDY umm I didn't like it. I went to 2 shows and neither were funny to me on this cruise. To each it own. ALL the shows in the Ovation were great. The 80s show or name that song was awesome. I recorded that one. lol. ``Service``employees weren't that friendly. I've seen better cruises with friendlier people. Usually when passing by the greet you. You didn't get much of that on this cruise. I think that was pretty much my only complaint. Excursions'' We did the powerboat (Belize)and the ATV(CostaMaya)with JASMINE. She was an awesome tour guide. We will definitely do those again if we visit those ports again. OVERALL 4 out of 5. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the ... Read More
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the cruise director is one of the best i've seen out of 20 years of cruising.He loved his job in keeping people happy. We enjoyed the shows that we saw. the down side of this trip was some of te things that carnival doesn't tell you. 1 they don't tell you that every time you are in a us port you pay an extra tax on anything you drink on the ship. So if your in port for 8 hours it can cost you an additional 20 dollars per couple. I am an avid scrapbooker. so i was looking forward to that activity that was on board since they teamed up with michaels it was very disappointing took 15 minutes to get your supplies and then only gave you 15 minutes to work on the project.It wuld have made sense to prepackage the project or extend the time they gave. Our first night in the dining room was not good from the server to where they sat us. But by the next night they moved our seating to a private table and 3 really awesome waiters. Cabin steward was good. no issues with that at all. We would go again. yes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My husband and i cruised in early march 2019 and it was our 2nd carnival cruise. We loved it. We sat back many times to just take in all that the boat offered. it was an excellent week with awesome food, drinks, service and entertainment. ... Read More
My husband and i cruised in early march 2019 and it was our 2nd carnival cruise. We loved it. We sat back many times to just take in all that the boat offered. it was an excellent week with awesome food, drinks, service and entertainment. we wouldn't have changed a thing. i can't say enough about donkey (the famous cruise director)....he is everything people describe--high energy and full of witty comments and loads of fun! i am now much more convinced that cruising is the "best bang for your buck". and i suspect we will continue to stay with carnival as we find it safe, clean and overall just plain amazing! even though it was march break and the boat was full--we never had to wait longer than a couple minutes at a bar or restaurant. all staff members were extremely good and provided service beyond what we expected. the one thing i have to say is that there can never be enough comedians on the ship--those shows are the best! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is our fourth cruise on Carnival and until this last cruise we've been VERY satisfied. We took our two daughters with us to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and my sister and her husband surprised us and sailed with us as ... Read More
This is our fourth cruise on Carnival and until this last cruise we've been VERY satisfied. We took our two daughters with us to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and my sister and her husband surprised us and sailed with us as well. We all had Balcony cabins, but the cabins looked VERY used. Given the price difference, I had expected better quality accommodations. We booked early enough to secure the early dinner seating, but were told that they were sold out. When my sister and her husband attempted to get late seating so that we could dine together, they were told maybe tomorrow. We all ate at the buffet. The food in the Main dining room was very good, and our waiters were WONDERFUL. The buffet, however, was TERRIBLE. It was like eating at the "FREE buffet at Circus, Circus in Reno at midnight." We tried the Sushi Restaurant one night but were disappointed. They do not have Soy Wraps and have a very limited selection. My daughter ordered Chocolate covered strawberries and Champagne for our Anniversary, but the Strawberry stems were wilted and they looked very old. The entertainment was really awful, with the exception of the comedian, Eddie Clark, who was completely entertaining and wonderful. I had bragged about the wonderful entertainment on Carnival ships, but ate a little crow on that one... The embarkation and debarkation were handled very well. I love to give great reviews, but believe in being honest. I would never recommend cruising Carnival again until they get back to focusing on fun AND quality food, entertainment, etc. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarkation: We arrived at our assigned embarkation time apt. and everything was smooth upon checking in. We had also printed all of the boarding passes, luggage tags and completely checked in beforehand so we did had very little to do ... Read More
Embarkation: We arrived at our assigned embarkation time apt. and everything was smooth upon checking in. We had also printed all of the boarding passes, luggage tags and completely checked in beforehand so we did had very little to do at the Port Terminal. Once we embarked on, we had a couple of hours until our room was ready so we enjoyed some nice lunch looking out over Port Canaveral. Dining Experience: Breakfast: We enjoyed the sit-down dining and sea-day brunches most days. I often ordered the eggs benedict, turkey bacon and hashbrowns while my husband would get either pancakes or eggs with different sides. We prefered the food options in the sit-down dining better than the buffet. We did not get the opportunity to try the omelette station as there was always a wait. Lunch: I really enjoyed the Cucina Del Capitano pasta lunch (free!), your pasta is made to order and you can select everything from the noodles, sauce to toppings. You can also get a side of caesar salad or a delicious garlic-butter bun. We also enjoyed the Blue Iguana, I liked the taco bowl and the burritos, my husband enjoyed the tacos. We both really enjoyed the lunch buffet, we found that there was always a good variety of tasty foods and a generous salad bar. The deserts were also very tasty! They had run out of the Black Forest Cake on one of the days because we had waited too long to go and get desert. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our lunches! Dinner: We went for the sit-down dining each evening, we had the later dining option at 8:15 P.M. The three dining staff were AMAZING (Paula, Neemark and Jerry) as they were not only so quick, friendly and good at their jobs, but they went out of their way to have genuine conversations with us. We always looked forward to seeing them! As for the food, most of the dishes were good with the exception of a few underwhelming ones. Out of the carnival cruises I've sailed, I was the most disappointed with the sit-down dining food on this cruise. I felt that at times, it was sloppily plated or under seasons or under mashed. However, I felt that the dining staff were the best on this cruise compared to the others! Oh, and the melting chocolate lava cake is DELICIOUS! Other: The lemonade, iced tea, pizza and ice cream were great! Cabin: Our room staff was incredibly friendly and great. Our room ALWAYS smelled so clean and was spotless. 10/10! The balcony was also very clean. Entertainment: I preferred the entertainment and the quality of the shows to be the best so far on this cruise. The female vocalists were stronger than the males during the evening shows. We also really enjoyed the violinists and the jazz band, we made it a point to attend their shows whenever possible. Unpopular opinion was related to the cruise director, I found him to be less inviting compared to others from previous cruises. I really enjoyed the assistant director Oh Yes Jess, she was funny! Facilities: We enjoyed the variety of hot tubs on this ship and that they were not on the main lido deck like some other ships, less children in them! The serenity deck was really nice and relaxing, we enjoyed that daily except that the blue padded bed-chairs smelled dirty and moldy by the end of the trip (maybe because it rained?). We also liked the water slides, pools and games available to play on deck. We went to the fitness center daily which was quite empty and had a good variety of equipment too. Spa/Photography (negative reviews): Given it was our honeymoon, Carnival provided us with a $50 giftcard for Serenity Spa and a $50 voucher for the Dream Photo Studio. I went to the spa for a manicure (which cost $50). The technician who did my nails started off as very friendly and outgoing, but midway tried to scam me into purchasing almost $400 of products without my consent. She noticed I had some dry skin and applied a lotion and hand treatment, she asked me if I liked the cream which I did. She then put another cream on my arms and then massaged my shoulders with the cream (aloe vera type cream) and left me the pamphlets explaining what they were. She had tried to sell me these products the rest of the time and kept persisting even when I said no or "let me think about it". At the end, she said she would bring me the bill and I could add an additional gratuity if needed. She then took all of the cream products to scan/bill to me! I stopped her right away and she seemed offended and continued to try and guilttrip me into purchasing them, when I asked the price, it was $350 USD. I completely understand that the workers are pressured to try and make more sales, but this completely turned me off from any future spa treatments. Same experience with the dreams studio, this is NOT to be mistaken with the regular photo shoots you see around the ship that are somewhat affordable. We had to book a 30min individual photoshoot with a separate meeting to review the prints. In between meetings, we asked all around the ship, including the Pixels Help Desk, for prices, but no one would provide us with any. Finally, we review the gorgeous photos to find out the packages cost almost as much as our WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. Port: Cozumel 3/5 Nice port, decent shopping but not much to do as a tourist without a prebooked tour Port: Belize 2.5/5 Took a tender boat out which was fun (approx. 30 min.), windy and rainy but still enjoyable. Port itself has many shops which were fun to browse, but again, tour is recommended Port: Roatan 5/5 GREAT port with many attractions (small fee and free) right outside of the port. We enjoyed the nature park with trails, ziplining, beach and shopping. Super fun and lots to do without a tour! Port: Costa Maya (Negative review) 1/5 3 cruise ships for a tiny port that you cannot really leave (similar to Grand Turk) unless on a tour. It was SO crowded that we could barely walk. The grounds were nice and it was well maintained however... as we followed the path back to the ship, we saw a dolphin jump out of a manmade pool FEET FROM THE REAL OCEAN. Several dolphins were housed in a tiny, murky green pool and the worked were trying to get as many tourists as possible in the water to "swim with dolphins". The conditions were depressing to the point where I cried. Please do your research and DO NOT support these inhumane and cruel tourist attractions.... just go and read some reviews and investigations for the swim with dolphin attractions, you will never support one again. Please spend that money on taking a boat out to sea and seeing these smart, beautiful creatures in nature where they belong. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was an anniversary/birthday cruise for my wife and I. We have been cruising since 2003 with Carnival, and have always had a great time until this last trip. First off, the ship was crowded, with lots of extended families and kids ... Read More
This was an anniversary/birthday cruise for my wife and I. We have been cruising since 2003 with Carnival, and have always had a great time until this last trip. First off, the ship was crowded, with lots of extended families and kids (which was strange to me since it was the first week in December and school was not out for the holidays). Encountered a lot more people than usual who did not have any etiquette in public (especially in food lines and public areas). Our room steward and the cruise entertainment director were great, as were the bartenders at the Atrium lounge. The staff in the jewelry store were extremely pushy while we were just looking (which is a big turn-off for me), and a lot of the buffet staff were not personable at all. And forget about going to the disco after 11:30 unless your into "Trap" and "Mumble" rap music. The one night we did go we arrived at 1030. The DJ was playing 80's and 90's dance music, and the club was hoping. Then at 11:30 the music and the atmosphere changed so we quickly left. The last issue really caught me by surprise. When we arrived back at our room on the last night, tour itemized sail and sign card statement was in the door box. I reviewed it and everything was correct, so I put it in my bag. The next morning we ate breakfast and then self-disembarked from the ship. My Visa card was charged an additional $22 dollars x 2 on the last morning, which I did not find out until several days later when checking my credit card statement and saw the additional charges (which had posted and already been paid two days prior). I requested an itemized statement from Carnival, and when I received it there were two $22 charges described as robes/towels/books. When my wife called Carnival to inquire about these charges, they stated it was for 2 pool towels. My wife and I are both retired cops, and have never taken anything from a cruise ship, much less 2 pool towels. I disputed the charges with Chase, and as of today I received a reply starting that they investigated the issue, and that Carnival stated they supplied a service or product, so Chase is not going to take the charges off. How do you dispute such as charge when there is no way to prove we did not take the towels. The 2 pool towels were left in the room folded up on the little stool by the desk when we left the last morning. I hope Carnival is happy with the additional $44 dollars l they got from me, because it will certainly be the LAST TIME I cruise with Carnival. This was the final straw in a vacation that should have been awesome, but came up way short. Beware when you leave that you take a picture with your phone of what is left in your room when you leave. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to ... Read More
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to store our vehicle not too far from the Orlando Airport. Both were wonderful. We enjoyed all ports, and we had a balcony room 11248 which was quiet and clean. Greg was our room steward. He did a wonderful job the whole week. We dined in the MDR every night except for one night that we ate at the steak house. Leo and Roger were our waiters and they both were always pleasant and smiling. The food in the MDR was good. I was worried because of the previous reviews and I know I can be a food snob, but it was fine. The steak house was wonderful. I actually enjoyed better than the one on the Conquest. Entertainment was wonderful, Donkey did his job well. This boat did have more elderly on it but I think its because of the casino. It was no bother at all because there was plenty of events for people of all ages going on. I definitely would recommend this ship to anyone. We did an excursion at each port we booked thru carnival prior to sailing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This cruise left out of Cape Canaveral. We arrived on time for our 11:30 am "appointment time" and embarkation went very smoothly, in fact the the smoothest I've experienced. We were on the boat in no time and found a seat ... Read More
This cruise left out of Cape Canaveral. We arrived on time for our 11:30 am "appointment time" and embarkation went very smoothly, in fact the the smoothest I've experienced. We were on the boat in no time and found a seat on the deck on the opposite side of BBQ place. We got a few drinks from the nearby bar and some excellent BBQ and relaxed there until our cabin was ready around 1:30 pm. We had second floor port hole cabin # 2216. The cabin was clean and much larger than I was expecting. The water we ordered was in the room when we arrived, our gold status VIFP water and pin came the following day. The VIFP drink vouchers that were in our room had someone else's name on them but the correct cabin number causing us to briefly think we were in the wrong room LOL and considering we had already unpacked most of our stuff it was a brief moment of panic haha. The vouchers turned out to be incorrect and we received new ones a day or two later. The boat is large and was in over all good condition. The food was overall very good and we really enjoyed the taco's and burgers. I was disappointing that the excellent and included Tandoori restaurant had been replaced with an extra cost seafood restaurant. We had anytime dining and rarely had a wait for a table, the food was overall very good and the service was fine but not as good as it has been on some other boats in the past. The casino was so packed all the time that it made even crossing thru a bit of a challenge, but good for Carnival as I'm sure they were raking in the gambling money. We only went to one comedy show and it was pretty good. We went to all of the playlist production shows and they were descent but corny. The performers gave it there all and were very enthusiastic especially Jay. Our biggest complaint on this boat was the overwhelming amount of smoking areas. I have never been on a cruise ship before that had so many smoking areas and smokers for that matter. There were so many smoking areas that it was difficult to find an area to sit away from the cigarette smoke and we found that was a major negative in our experience on this boat and our ability to finds spots to relax on deck or enjoy the pool side movies. Getting on and off the beat at the ports was a breeze (none of the ports on this route had tenders). The staff around the boat and in the shops were pleasant and attentive. The disembarkation was a complete mess. We ported our own luggage off the boat and we didn't make it off the boat until 11 am. The only floors that had been called when we disembarked were 11,12 ,1 and 2 for self debarkation and only tag/zone #'s 1,2,and 3 so god knows how long it took the rest of the people on the boat to finally get off? The cruise director was blaming customs but she had made multiple announcements right after the initial floors were called for people to follow the rules, so who knows? Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We did this cruise for my hubby 50 th out first ever cruise we weren’t disappointed . Cloud spa cabin with balcony our steward was excellent . Couldn’t fault the food . Was anxious the first night mainly due to the darkness at night ... Read More
We did this cruise for my hubby 50 th out first ever cruise we weren’t disappointed . Cloud spa cabin with balcony our steward was excellent . Couldn’t fault the food . Was anxious the first night mainly due to the darkness at night when looking out but after my initial wobble I loved it so much we booked again . Guys burgers are great the food court offers plenty of choice . Visited spa twice and loved that experience . We had some beautiful photos done they were of good quality . Would return again in heartbeat .. would given a 5/5 had it not been the fact my credit card had way more taken than should and took ages to get back !!! Valuable lesson learned go cash account !! I had orebooked and paid spas and had cruise cash on account . For whatever crazy reason carnival took authorisations on my card for way more than was ever owed . Lesson learnt cash account for me on any future cruises !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was great). The melting chocolate cake was divine as was the heart shaped cake and serenade by our wait crew for our anniversary. Our wait staff team was exceptional. They remembered our names and brought my husband his favorite beverage each night even before we ordered anything. The entertainment was really really great, with a very entertaining cruise director. The entertainment was staff was wonderful. The variety of activities meant there was something for pretty much everyone. We enjoyed being able to talk with them after their shows. Although we did not travel with children, we saw them being well cared for and entertained as well. We snorkeled in Grad Turk - beautiful clear waters and a variety of fish and coral to see. We did not do excursions at the other ports of call, but did enjoy the relaxing pool area & restaurants at Amber Cove including the zip line! We walked around St. Thomas and San Juan. We would do a cruise on the Breeze again. We were totally impressed at how smoothly and quickly they turned the ship around for 4700 passengers! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something ... Read More
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something I would never say, much less think of pictures of me. Wednesday, September 19 - Grand Cayman - Snuba diving Thursday, September 20 - sea day Friday, September 21 - Aruba downtown walking and tasting tour Saturday, September 22 - Caricao Caves and beach day. Sunday, September 23 - Sea day Monday, September 24th - Greneda- River tubing and scenic bus drive. No AC on run down busses. Very dirty river water. No lockers to store your valuables. We kept hearing stories about people having things stolen from the busses so we left our camera in the safe in our cabin. We decided to bring our phones with us, double ziplock bagged them but unfortunately, the phones didn't make it. Somehow the bag floated out of dh's pocket and ended up at the bottom of the river. We did get them back with a promise of almost $200 to the person who was able to find them. So out $165 and two cellphones. Yes, we tried the "rice thing" to dry them out but they still won't even turn on. Expensive mistake for sure. This, and I developed some weird itchy bug bites all over my legs. Didn't look like Miskito bites but itched for days. Barbados - Tuesday September 25th no excursion. Just stayed in port and walked around a little. Bought sunscreen for $18-ridiculous. No pics because phones are now bricks from river tubing in Grenada. Went back to ship for lunch and then tried to take a nap. Mike was able to nap then he went to gym. I couldn't sleep but laid in be until 6 pm then we went to lido deck. Nothing really looked appetizing so I ate fruit (watermelon and pineapple. Mike had a little of everything. Tortellini, chicken cathitorri, chicken fried steak, fried rice. said the best was he rice. Soon after we tried some luck in casino. I don't get why so many people spend hours on end in there. If it was something that took skill I'd understand more but not the slots. Then we went to the comedy show. It was pretty good. Dominica - Wed 26 th. Trolley ride through town pretty lame. 1 1/2 hrs Botanical gardens , nothing like you'd be used to. Not much to look at. Kind of felt like we were in a parade because people were lined up on the streets waving at us. Houses all in ruins. Got some unique pics. Offered a small glass of rum punch or orange juice. Went to mdr for dinner. St Maarten - Thursday September 27th Big 3 - Flying Dutchman, tubing and canopy zip lining. Beautiful day! Nice, air conditioned bus This will take 6 hrs because of all the waiting. Zip lines very cool, Flying Dutchman not as scary or thrilling as you'd expect. In fact all three of the other zip lines were very thrilling in comparison to the FD. They do have a bar while waiting for the FD, but I do not want to drink rum or beer when I'm exerted from Climbing hills. It wasn't managed well as far as time. Very slow hooking people up and bringing vests back up the hill. The schooner tube rides are very lame. No water. We skipped all together. One thing that irritated quite a few of us. The cruise director, Schwartz, and his friends came up to the fd and realized they probably would not have time to enjoy this particular portion of the excursion. I don’t know if he went up to the manager or if the manager approached him but he and 14 of his crew was pushed ahead of about 30 other cruisers so that they could make it back to the ship at a good time. Unfortunately, this made it so 12 people that were waiting at least 3 hours were not able to enjoy the fd. This excursion also held up the ship for over an hour. (We did get a police escort back to the ship which was kind of neat because it was after 5 pm and lots of traffic). We were very disappointed that we now were not able to do any shopping on the island. By the time we got back on the ship it was just after 5:30 and we were starving since we had no chance to eat lunch, and wanted a real meal so quick showers we had and off to the mdr. There is always so much food that I never have been able to finish my dinner, but tonight was the exception. I had Caesar salad, steak, baked potato and broccoli. (I even had 2 desserts- apple pie and a chocolate tres leche. The apple pie was the better of the 2). Friday, September 28th Sea day - breakfast in bed again thanks to sweet dh. Coffee, orange juice, French toast, pancakes. For lunch we had BBQ and watched a little bit of the ballroom dance lessons. Then we decided to go to the library bar and play some board games while we sampled some wine. Dh taught me how to play Texas hold 'em. I won, hee hee. Decided to back to the cabin and sit out on our patio so that we could be away from all the people but still be outside. Elegant night for dinner. I didn't realize until 4:00pm. Bleh. we've mostly been eating in the mdr because we feel it's the best food on the ship without paying more for it. I still have a dress that I haven't worn so I guess I'll slip it on. Makeup and hair will just need to be touched up a little and then I'm good to go. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having ... Read More
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having sailed it's sister, the Freedom, recently. We thought to change it up a little and with 3 previous Carnival cruises under our belts, we felt like we knew what we were getting and could be satisfied with it. We were mistaken. The Breeze, although one of Carnival's largest and having many of it's "best" features, was a big disappointment. I've always objected to the rather nasty characterization of Carnival as being the WalMart of cruiselines (and hey, I'm a frequent WalMart shopper myself), but this ship makes it hard to deny. The Breeze is an ode to cheap ceramic tiles, fake woodgrain and miles of plastic wall paneling. It's honestly the least attractive ship we've ever seen and although wear-and-tear is to be expected, it appears to have been abused by passengers in some unique ways. Worse, it's NOT CLEAN and there's really no excuse for that. I've seen nicer and cleaner public bathrooms in truck-stops and the pool and sundecks were grungy and gross. The art installation in the atrium consists of multiple levels of fabric "lanterns" suspended on wire cables - they maybe should have thought about how to keep them clean before putting them up. Visible very plainly through the glass elevators, the lanterns are filthy and stained with splashes and splotches of god-knows-what and the cables are fuzzy with accumulated dust. Grafitti and willful damage to surfaces is everywhere and in the spa, rather alarming large chunks of the ceiling surface is falling off in the steam rooms. One very bright spot is the quality of the food - we ate in the MDR almost every night as well as one SeaDay Brunch and one regular breakfast. Absolutely everything we were served was of very acceptable quality and preparation and we don't hesitate to commend it. We did find the over-hyped Guy's Burgers and Pig-n-Anchor BBQ to be poor, but that's a matter of taste, I guess. Afternoon Tea on sea days was really quite lovely! On the downside, the buffet is extremely limited in selections and although there are many separate lines - they are all just a repeat of one another. It does serve to move people through quickly, but there's definitely no feeling of abundance and a lavish spread, it is NOT. We tried almost everything the Breeze had to offer in terms of recreation and entertainment, except the waterslides. There was enough to keep us busy during the day and we enjoyed the Trivia sessions and the deck games (bean-bag toss, big chess, etc.). The mini-golf was, well, just so basic compared to the attractive and whimsical courses on other ships, but in fairness, the equipment was all present and in good condition. The 3-D Thrill Theater was an EPIC FAIL and although nobody is expecting Disney-quality, it honestly sucked. We purchased a Thermal Suite pass and spent time daily in the T-pool and steam/relaxation area; all were in working order although definitely needing some maintenance and housekeeping. My husband had several spa treatments and got a rather excellent haircut at the salon. Evening entertainment is, to our taste, very poor. 3 nights out of 7 there was nothing staged in the showroom and the "Playlist Productions" vary based on the quality of the sound engineering. The "Country Road" show was awful; practically impossible to hear the vocals. "Flick" was actually quite good with some wind effects and laser lights that impressed. Punchliners is alternately either not very funny (the family shows) or extremely vulgar and filthy (the 18+ shows). Neither really appeal to us. The Casino is a loud, crowded, stinky nightmare - 'nuff said. We do love Seaside Theater, but unfortunately the scheduling didn't allow us to enjoy many of the showings and the screen is terribly pixilated - well overdue for repair or replacement. We watched one pay-per-view movie and the price was a very fair $4.99. Service-wise, well, what can you say? All cruiselines, in our experience, have pared things down to a very minimal level and Carnival is no exception. Our cabin was serviced by a "ghost" - we never once saw him/her nor did he/she introduce themselves or ever inquire about our needs. I had read that cabin service has been reduced to once a day but hoped I misunderstood - nope. We received very, very minimal service once per day, at random times between 9:00am and 8:00pm, which consisted only of changing the towels, freshening up the bathroom, dumping the trash can and making the bed. (Yes, there were towel animals). Our glasswear wasn't changed once all week nor was there any attempt made to tidy our things. Disappointing, but I guess no worse than any 2-star hotel. We made a couple of stops to Guest Services for various things and found the pursers to be very pleasant and efficient, but we didn't really tax them very far. The crew members in the shops were also friendly and helpful. Bar staff were the worst; although we're not "regulars" we are polite and always add a gratuity; there was no excuse for some of the gruff discourtesy we encountered. Lastly and it truly can't go without mention - every unpleasant stereotype ever hurled about the party atmosphere and low-brow behavior of Carnival passengers came to life on this trip. We saw more loud, aggressive, sloppy drunks, witnessed more alterations and rude, boorish conduct and heard more vulgar language in this 7 days than on all our other time at sea combined. Not only will we not sail Carnival again, for this reason alone I could simply never recommend it - there's nobody I know that wouldn't have been disgusted. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an ... Read More
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an hour late for our a Check In time so we were sent to the holding area for Early/Late Check In. My husband dropped off me and our luggage at the Terminal, drove to parking lot and rode their shuttle back to the Ship. Wait time was minimal with the biggest delay coming from standing in line with others carrying (sneaking) on wine etc and the staff repeatedly explaining what could/could not bring on board. Our Cabin was not clean on arrival (same trash/dirty was on floor in bathroom and by bed all week) . There were blood stains on shower curtain and window curtain in front of the door leading to balcony - GROSS. Sofa was stained and smelled bad. Bed pillows smelled terrible as did the duvet cover! We were in a Spa Balcony and were surprised the Robes smelled dirty too! The toilets would occasionally stop flushing and during the entire cruise (7 DAYS) the Ship smelled like a SEWER! Cabins, Hallways, Bathrooms, Dining Rooms, Lido, Spa, elevators, EVERYWHERE! Even after large Tips, our Steward did not understand special requests (ice in the ice bucket) and often left dirty dishes in cabin all day. Also had issues getting toilet paper restocked! I’ve cruised many times and although I try to keep my expectations low, from Day 1 the food was not what we usually experience on Carnival. Guys Burger had no flavor, the fries were undercooked, and they ran out of burgers several different days. We ate at The Steakhouse the first and last nights (our Anniversary) and found the food to be just okay: baked potatoes were undercooked, meat was overcooked, and staff was rude. The food at Italian Restaurant was bland and overcooked all week. I mainly ate Salads and unripe fruit at the Buffet for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was just okay. Food in the Dining Room was the worst we ever had on a cruise and worse than a freezer-burnt frozen TV dinner. Entertainment was so-so as usual. Casino was full of smoke and hot air so we avoided it. Musical Entertainment was enjoyable. Overall Service was mediocre. I had two separate bouts of Diarrhea so I missed 2 Shore Excursions but my Husband enjoyed them until people were getting stung by jellyfish! Debarking was a nightmare as usual when you aren’t in a Suite and don’t have Priority. Had to leave our Cabin at 8:30. Passengers had already filled the Elevators, (and stairwells) rode up and down, and refused to get off until their Deck/Zone were called. Sat in designated waiting zone til 10:45 when we were called to line up to Debark. Finally off Ship by 12 Noon. Lines moved smoothly through Customs and again found ourselves outside, in the rain, waiting for our Parking Lot Shuttle to return. FYI Parking Lot Staffers are more interested in getting new passengers to the Ship than getting you to your parked Car in their lot for some reason. We cruise out of Galveston because it is convenient and the cost is less than other Cruise Lines so This was our second cruise this year to new ports. Maybe the Breeze needs refreshing and hopefully it will get it before it goes back into Service after leaving Galveston. We sail on the Vista next May and hope our experience is better. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite ... Read More
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite on deck 11. Arrival was as per usual other than the driving thunderstorm that greeted us in Galveston. The Premier guest lounge was nice with a decent selection of coffee, water, and treats. Entry onto the ship was uneventful. Having purchases FTF (highly recommended) our stateroom was ready when we arrived onboard. We just dropped off our carry on packs (always recommended to bring some necessities in a pack just in case something happens to your luggage) and started exploring the ship (and waiting for the ship to depart and the casino to open) Once underway we did encounter some heavy seas but the ship handled it with aplomb and seasickness wasnt an issue (travel tip , Ginger Root pills work as well for most people as dramamine and dont have any of the side effects) and we never felt concerned. The dining room was ok and the staff very attentive, however the Steakhouse was AWESOME, highly recommended ! The sushi bar was quite nice as well. On deck 10 Guys burgers was much better than you might be inclined to believe and Tandoor on the aft had lots of interesting things to try as well. The casino was nicely staffed and were always at hand to fetch a drink for you, however if you are sensitive to smoke, a filter mask might be appropriate. While cigars are not allowed, cigarettes and vape pipes were very prevalent. The water park is a good hour of fun for adults and the adventure course was a hoot as well. We missed the show (casino was being nice to us) but did hear rave reviews for other folks that saw it. At port we did Tabiana beach and got some great snorkeling done and saw LOTS of fish, lobster, and other colorful coral (another quick tip, a ziplock bag with dog biscuits in it will bring fish to eat right out of your hand) We also did a snorkel and paddleboard excursion, it was nice but "contained" in that you had to stay with the group, unlike Tabiana where you did and swam where you liked. The Cloud 9 spa was a dream for the Mrs. and we did a couples hot stone massage that was quite nice. The Mrs. Did several other activities there. the Therapy pool was great after a day of swimming and working the currents. Disembarkation was quick and easy (another plus for suite guests or FTF) meeting in the ovation theater around 0800 we were off the ship by 0845. Customs and TABC were a little stricter than other cruises we have been on (mainly due to Belize and trafficking) but were polite and quick. The porter was very helpful and got the bags situated. One thing we did discuss was our next cruise. We have decided the next cruise will be a last minute 4-5 day "Vagabond" cruise. We both agreed to limiting ourselves to what we can carry in our daypacks ONLY. No additional baggage. Also going to try an interior cabin as well as we have only cruised on balcony or suite cabins. So no "formal" day for us ;) Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very ... Read More
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very convenient. The entertainment was excellent-there was live music all over the ship. The Red Frog pub is lots of fun. The atrium is a great place to wait for dinner. Anytime dining was well organized and we usually had only a short wait for a table to two. The ship was packed full but the staff was always professional and helpful. Breakfast every day in the dining room was delicious. We also enjoyed very early room service for coffee on our balcony. The lido pools were very busy on sea days but the Serenity Deck was a pleasant retreat. The Cloud 9 Spa is beautiful and I enjoyed using my week long pass for the various special rooms and thermo pool. All the food was good-the pasta restaurant for lunch, the barbecue on sea days, and the convenient light meals in the Ocean Plaza. The dining room staff were excellent and made sure our food met our needs. The shows were very nice and the large Texas Crowd enjoyed the special attention they received. The Military Celebratiion was outstanding with over 75 Military and first responders being recognized. Very Patiotic and touching. Thank you Carnival for seven wonderful days. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I was ... Read More
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I was surprised how many kids were being served alcohol. I have never witnessed that on any of my previous cruises, and it was concerning. We upgraded to a spa interior cabin. It was a great location. I loved being up that high. We went to the spa pool a couple of times, but we didn’t really take advantage of everything the spa offered. I was disappointed that the special spa shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion weren’t restocked innour bathroom. I suppose I could have asked for more, but I don’t know if I would have been able to get more for free. My only real complaint was the smoking area. I’ve never been on a ship with a smoking area that was as large and on the Breeze. Half of deck 11 (the same desk as our cabin) allowed smoking. It was very thick and hard to breathe. Even the nonsmoking side was contaminated. There were also other smoking areas. It felt like we were always around it. Some smokers paid no attention to the designated smoking areas and smoked wherever they wanted to. I didn’t see any crew members ask them to extenguish their cigarette or move to the designated smoking areas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Embarkation in Galveston a "Breeze" (Pun intended LOL). We had a 12:30 check in and were on the ship eating lunch by 1:00. Muster was a nice change from other cruises since it was held inside with AC as opposed to searing heat ... Read More
Embarkation in Galveston a "Breeze" (Pun intended LOL). We had a 12:30 check in and were on the ship eating lunch by 1:00. Muster was a nice change from other cruises since it was held inside with AC as opposed to searing heat on the deck we have experienced on prior cruises. We stayed in cabin #6468. Room was very nice, and we love the extended balconies that these rear corner rooms have. Room Steward was great. The Ship is very large and sometimes feels crowded but the decor is nice and it still feels fairly new. The Pools seem very small for such a large ship and, like all carnival ships, are always crowded. The aft pool didn't seem to be reserved for adults only like it was on other ships we have been on. The water slides are great as is the serenity deck, although we would have liked to have more shaded areas on the serenity deck. The shows were good, the we thought the Motown night was the best of the week. The performers did a great job in all the shows, but some nights just weren't our cup of tea. Now for the food. To say we were unimpressed would be an understatement. The buffet was almost all fried food and was lower quality than Golden Corral. Most was barely edible. The only high points of the lido deck food were the deli and, like always, Guys Burgers. In the dining room, we had Marsellus, and Kevin as our wait staff. They were amazing! The dining room food was better than the buffet, but just barely. I realize that most of the food has to be pre-made to accommodate the sheer number of meals, but on all our previous carnival cruises the food has been amazing. I'm not sure why it was so terrible on this cruise. Ports were great, but I would not recomend Roatan and Belize in summer because it is so hot. But like always the locals are freindly and we enjoyed our visits. We do not ever do organized excursions because we like to explore the "real" culture. Overall a nice relaxing vacation, just wish the quality of food was better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Mainly chose this cruise to spend time with family. We received a very affordable upgrade to cabin 7205 which has a picture window looking over the bow of the ship directly beneath the bridge . Great cabin for an inside cabin price. Room ... Read More
Mainly chose this cruise to spend time with family. We received a very affordable upgrade to cabin 7205 which has a picture window looking over the bow of the ship directly beneath the bridge . Great cabin for an inside cabin price. Room steward was great as in all 5 previous carnival cruises. They really do a wonderful job. and always with a smile. We could feel a little more motion being so close to the bow. But agreed that we actually slept better because of it. Just a few steps from the cabin door is a doorway leading to pretty much a private deck that only goes across the front of the ship. So no thru traffic out there. Most of the time we had this area completely to ourselves. Also want to add that we booked our shark snorkel in Belize through Shore excursioneer. This is the second time we have booked with them and both times we shared the same equipment, boats ect. with others that booked with the cruise line. So same excursion better price. Like to give a special shout out to Stacy our tour guide. She was exceptional..... Also I believe her name is Janelly she was very personable and even let my daughter and I join her on the front deck of the boat as we moved around the island of caye caulker. . And we really got to know her in a personal way. These two ladies are a great asset to your operation. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and ... Read More
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and answering questions. Stacey and Amber were British dolls and Michael was my favorite overall. He had great stories to tell. Wasn’t too impressed with our dining room staff. Very nice but seemed very disorganized. Often had to ask more than once for refills or ordered items. We also had an odor problem on 8 aft, both in hallway and our room. Our steward Jessie did his best to mitigate the smell but it kept coming back. Very sewer smelling. Guest services tried to make things right but haven’t seen the credit yet . We did our own vow renewal on the ship during Jamaica port and did a Dreams Studio photo shoot. Would have loved more outdoor pics but Luca did a good job. Attended the Cruise Critic meet and mingle and were the only ones who showed. Met Courtney and Monroe as well as two officers. All were very nice and kind. Courtney even had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room. As well, Mr John Heald also had strawberries and champagne delivered to our room. Thank you. Overall a good time and looking forward to amour next cruise after Thanksgiving. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! ... Read More
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! Dining was, so so. In other words not up to par. Menu choices in the MDR were not that great. The shrimp in the Shrimp Cocktail have shrunk to about a inch and a half including the tail. The Lobster Tail was on the verge of being over cooked. The Prime Rib was ---- ok. In the Lido Buffet the Menu choices were ---- well, naaaa Breakfast: Oatmeal got cold before you got to the table and would not melt butter. Bacon was not done. The omelets were wonderful! Lunch and Dinner: Too many Italian dishes. No meat substitutes ( Cottage Cheese and Fruit, Tofu, etc..) Roasts were over cooked, Ham was under cooked. Slim selection of vegetables. Deserts were fair. Guys Burgers --------- Best food on the ship!!!!! The entertainment was fabulous. The Cruise Director -- Schwartz was fabulous!!! Very entertaining. Don't miss all of the Lip Sync Battle, 3 or 4 different things going on Service was ok. Shore excursions were wonderful. The Mayan ball game in Cozumel with .lunch was very entertaining, Cayman by Land and Sea - a repeat excursion, Turtle farm, Hell, and the half submersible boat viewing the aquatic life was enjoyable. Due to the problems in Jamaica, we stayed on the ship. Already thinking on booking next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, Glenn-server at the Red Frog Pub, and Arnata-our cabin host. These folks truly made our trip such a delight; we will deeply miss seeing them, and we will cherish all the memories of the laughs we shared night after night. I am not a big snob about decor so we can sum it up as clean and beautiful. The food was good. We stuck to eating mostly in the dining room, but we also tried Guy's burgers a few times, and we have no complaints. Carnival ships are all about having fun, and they do a great job of giving you the opportunity to stay engaged. As far as the cruise ports... I hated Jamicia. The Montego Bay port runs a racket for duping tourists. We asked for a cab to take us to Doctors Cove and were shown to a small bus that charged 7.00. Once on the bus and driving, we were informed that we would not be going to Doctors Cove. Instead, they were offering for 11.00 more than the 14.00 fair to a souvenir shop and back, they would take us all around to several places so that we can experience Jamicia to the fullest and we would also go to a "much more beautiful" beach than the crowded tourist destinations. At this point, you were already stuck paying 14.00, so it didn't sound so bad. What ended up happening was we stopped at a shop with a bunch of crap made in China, drove halfway up a driveway and looked at a former plantation house (but we never went up to the house), sat in a hot, crowded bus as we went through a part of town that was not safe for tourists, and ended up at a beach that we had to pay 5.00 each to get in and had broken glass everywhere and garbage strewn about. I highly recommend you book a cruise excursion. You've been warned. The Cayman Islands If you like to shop, this place is for you, but the island dollar is worth more than USD so prepare to pay a bit more for your souvenirs. The snorkeling part of our Pirate Boat excursion was canceled due to high winds, but we made the most of the open bar and had a good time nonetheless. Cozumel We had the most fun here. The locals are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to explore around the ports, and we booked a private excursion of horseback riding for over two hours through the jungle and to Mayan ruins. I can't wait to revisit Cozumel. Overall, I have no complaints about the ship or Carnival Cruise lines. As for the ports, we should have booked more excursions. Lesson learned. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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