38 Carnival Breeze Senior Cruise Reviews

We had to cancel this cruise in 2018, due to an injury. So we were happy to be able to go on it this year and get to visit some islands we have missed in the past. We had a very quick check in and were on board withing 30 minutes of ... Read More
We had to cancel this cruise in 2018, due to an injury. So we were happy to be able to go on it this year and get to visit some islands we have missed in the past. We had a very quick check in and were on board withing 30 minutes of arriving at the port. Our debarkation was almost quicker. We were off the ship and on the way to I-95 in less than 45 minutes. In the past, we have waited hours, especially in Tampa. Great cruise, weather cooperated. We were in 9283 and had Dedy as our cabin steward. He was attentive, but not overly attentive. Our dining team was led by Gary. He was fantastic and made sure my gluten allergy was taken care of in the kitchen. We had our dinners in the Sapphire (lower level) and our breakfast in Blush (lower level). Lunch was mostly Guys Burger Joint and also Guys Pig and Anchor. Fairly decent BBQ, though I never saw any smokers going. So, wonder if it was done off the ship and reheated with sauce. We were entertained a lot by M J String Trio. A group of violinist and cellist out of Poland. Excellent trio. We purchased their two CDs and enjoyed them on the drive north. Will look for another Carnival cruise down the road, but have two more cruises coming up. One in Sept to New England and the other in 8/2020 to Alaska with the family. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
While looking for cruises around our birthdays (my 75th) we found one that left on my wife's birthday and on my birthday. Carnival was the one. Left from Port Canaveral was the easiest embarkation we were on board in 15 minutes ... Read More
While looking for cruises around our birthdays (my 75th) we found one that left on my wife's birthday and on my birthday. Carnival was the one. Left from Port Canaveral was the easiest embarkation we were on board in 15 minutes (priority boarding) went to lunch and checked suite out. Everything was ready. Rm 11221 spa suite. Large balcony , walk in closet , large bathroom. And access to spa . Main dining room -Sapphire was great longest wait 10 minutes on my time dining. Went on excursions at all ports and booked thru Carnival . Great guides and interesting info on country. Some good deals on larimar jewelry in Dom. Republic. Our Room Steward Sabina was almost telepathic first night asked for ice and got it in 10 minutes the next night we called again she said it was in the room already - it was and she checked to make sure. Towel animals were great. Only negative was long lines for some of the food venues.Disembarkation was chaotic used our priority status to get off in 20 minutes.Sure helped . Was a great cruise and not our first one. Looking forward to next one. Did see a lot of young children that were not being watched by parents. Surprised that they weren't more cautious even on a CLOSED environment As a retired Police Officer I felt that they needed closer supervision. We live only an hour from Port Canaveral.and go to the Cape for launches -can see them on clear days from our front yard. Did not go to see any entertainment preferred to watch new movies on tv and occasionally room service which if you choose correctly was included in cruise cost. Great snacks. Asked for cheese plates to go from supper and never refused. Wait staff knew what we had for beverages after first night ,called us by our names and had beverages waiting at table. Embarrassed both of us on birthdays by singing Happy Birthday along with other diners at dinner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was a sibling reunion - 5 brothers/sisters and spouses. We booked 5 oceanview rooms at the back of the boat, deck 2. It was wonderful to hear the hum of the engine as we slept and to see the wake, but be aware that when ... Read More
This cruise was a sibling reunion - 5 brothers/sisters and spouses. We booked 5 oceanview rooms at the back of the boat, deck 2. It was wonderful to hear the hum of the engine as we slept and to see the wake, but be aware that when docking (and occasionally other times) there is a lot of engine noise. Our room steward (Silvana) was great! The rooms were clean and adequate. Walls and ceilings are magnetic, so bring magnetic clips! We sat at a large round table for dining and chose late dining (8:15). It was a bit later than we would have liked, but the early dining was too early. We loved our servers!! (Olga, I Madi and Widi). They made dining a highlight of the cruise. The food and selection was very good - much better than we expected! One comment (complaint actually) is that they have stopped putting tablecovers on except for formal nights, and the noise in the dining room is extreme - we couldn't talk to the people across the table from us! The entertainment was disappointing - not bad, per se, but lacking in variety and imagination. I'm not sure who they are catering to, but it didn't seem to be very popular with any group! Some cruises we have been on have had full broadway shows, cirque du soleil type acrobatics, professional ballroom dancers, music for all eras, lots of color and costumes, etc. The comedians were fine, the magician was okay - we never made it to the piano bar. The ship itself was clean and had nice amenities - fun mini golf and water slides and a nice outdoor theater, good hot tubs. The central atrium wasn't very exciting or beautiful. We had beautiful weather and wonderful stops, so all in all this was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. There were 4 in our group and we were all in agreement about the beans. My wife and Ihave been on over 12 cruises each. We have become complacent with the food. Over the past several years the main dining entrees have remained the same. Therefore, we do not eat in the main dining room every evening. We did eat the first elegant night and the service was great. The staff always called us by our name and we're very friendly. The food was good, but the lobsters are small and slightly over cooked which causes them to be tough/chewy. I had the Maui Maui and the sea bass on the trip and both were very good. We also had the flat iron steak and it was tough. Our favorite meal is having breakfast in the Plush dining room. The food is much better than the Lido breakfast. The eggs are cooked to order and the French toast is delicious. Manfredo provided great service at breakfast. I did eat breakfast a few times on Lido. I few times I got a lump of uncooked goo in my scrambled eggs. I enjoyed the musical entertainment on the ship. Travis played in the Red Frog Pub and was very good. We also listened to Patrick in the Piano Bar. He puts a lot of energy in his show. However, it is definitely 18+. Maybe 24+. Please do not take the kids, adults only. The Variety Violins playing in the Atrium were also very good for an alternative style of music. We did spend some time on the Lido deck around the main pool. It was very crowded and difficult to find a chair. Carnival does not prevent people from saving chairs early in the morning and not showing up until 10:00 or later. We also went to the Serenity deck and it was nice but still difficult to find an open seat. The four of us did the Turtle Cove excursion in St. Thomas. It was a good trip and we saw a lot of turtles. There were not a lot of fish. I guess the turtles ate the fish. The crew on the boat provided great service and very customer friendly. We also went to San Juan, Ambor Cove and Grand Turk. I was disappointed in Grand Turk. The pictures on the internet are much nicer. The beach was over crowed and a little trashy. I saw cups, beer bottle, broken glass and horse poop on the beach. The beer at Margeritaville is over priced. $32.99 + 18% gratuity and 11% tax. The waiter made sure we new the price before being seated. I di not think it was possible for ship beer to be cheaper, but it was. The shopping area was very clean, but don't expect any bargains. Debarkation on the final day was great. We do the self assist. We are Platinum and we met in the dining room at 6:30 and we were getting off the ship at 7:00 and I was in my car by 7:30. Overall, we had a great trip. Carnival provides a great experience for the price. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a ... Read More
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a little white paint can go a long way. The lobby area had lanterns hanging from the ceiling which had stains all over them. My bathroom shower was cracked. The ship was more run down than I would have liked to see. I’ve been on Norwegian and Disney cruises and this ship was NOTHING in comparison to those ships. The food was okay. What made our dining experience amazing was one special waitress! Her name was Irvina. She was lovely. She went above and beyond for us every night. Her smile and warmth made us feel like we were at home. The girls at the coffee shop were also just as lovely. They always had a smile on their face and by the end of the cruise they new my fiancé’s order by heart. Our room Stewart Heru was extremely accommodating. We had family members who came down with a cold on this cruise. They were stuck in their cabins for a few days. Heru, did everything he could to make sure they were comfortable and had everything they needed. Overall, the cruise staff were great. The entertainment was awesome. Donkey our cruise director was hilarious. The casino was a huge hit. It was large and we did very well there. However, there is only one computerized poker table. My fiancé loves poker. He was quite disappointed with the computerized table. It didn’t stop him from playing, but he did say he would have rather had a dealer. One of the biggest downfalls on this cruise was the drink package. First of all, my finance has MS and he is a hemophiliac. He is not allowed to drink. We were not able to submit a medical note to excuse him of purchasing the drink package. Since we were sharing the cabin and are both over the age of 21 we had to purchase the drink package if one of us wanted it. Which I found to be quite unfair. I understand why Carnival is strict with this policy however, my family and I chose Carnival because it was cheaper than Norwegian (who has an unlimited drink package including soda). So the drink package cost me an extra $860. Then to top it off I couldn’t order an extra shot on top of my pina colada or a double on my Tito’s and vodka. They literally measured out one shot per drink. They limit you to 15 drinks a day. Which seems a lot. However, if you wanted an extra shot that went toward one of your 15 drinks. Furthermore, if you wanted an extra shot in your drink you needed to wait 5 minutes and you could go back with your drink for them to add the extra shot. It was just extremely inconvenient. If I would have known that I was going to pay all this extra money and have this much of a hassle to have a decent drink on my vacation I would have chose to go back on a Norwegian ship in a heart beat. The ships are cleaner and there is NO drink minimum and they aren’t skimpy in pouring their drinks. Another thing that stumped me was my brother who didn’t have a drink package was able to pay 3 dollars extra to have extra alcohol added to his drink. When I asked the bar tender if I could just pay the difference I was told no because I had the Cheers package. It didn’t make any sense. When I expressed my frustration to the bar tender he tried to say its a safety issue. I didn’t understand and asked him to elaborate what he meant by a safety issue. He said they limit the cheers packages to 15 drinks per day because that is a lot of alcohol. So my answer back was but if I was to never have the drink package and pay per drink I could easily purchase over 15 drinks per day and nobody would ever know? So how is this a safety issue? Plus, I didn’t care if they deducted an extra drink for an extra shot in my drink. I wanted to actually have more than a tbsp of alcohol in my drink. This may make me sound like an alcoholic which I am NOT by any means. I didn’t reach my 15 day drink minimum any day I was on the cruise. It just was inconvenient the way they have this package set up. The second WORST part of this trip was a disturbing night that was inexcusable. At about 12:30 one night my fiancé and I woke up to what sounded like a air compressor going off right under our cabin. It was horribly loud. So horribly loud that multiple guest around us went onto their balcony looking around. We were all upset and didn’t understand what this noise could be and the time it was. My fiancé called guest services and they apologized and assured him it would stop. About an hour later the noise continued. I called guest services and was notified that they were doing construction and they were unaware that this outside company would be doing Maintnence until 9:00am. Mind you, it was around 1:45 when I called. I was furious. My fiancé was sick. He had caught a cold. Therefore, while not feeling well and hearing this awful sound all night on your vacation was far from enjoyable. The next day I got a call from guest services. They gave me a bottle of wine, cookies, and apologized. They told me that the construction would occur again that day from 6pm-7pm. I cannot wrap my head around how they thought it was okay to make that much noise in the middle of the night. One of the guest a few doors down from us mentioned the noise to us the next day while we were in the elevator. She had two little girls with her and she said they were all up all night due to the noise. It left a horrible taste in my mouth about Carnival cruises. As far as our ports that were stopped at they were all great. A few tips...if you are going to St. Thomas Magen’s Bay gets crowded very quickly. Try to get off the boat early! By the time we got there we were unable to rent chairs. They had no more. Which wasn’t a problem for us but I know some people surrounding us weren’t too happy. At Dominican Republic we went to a local beach. It was gorgeous. I didn’t feel as unsafe as I expected to at this port. I went to Punta Cana in the past and it wasn’t the safest area. At amber cove it seemed to be cleaner, safer and more developed. Puerto Rico, we enjoyed waking around the forts, we ate at an authentic restaurant and did some shopping. At Grand Turk you NEED to get off the boat early if you want a spot close to the water on the beach. The beach is located right off the port. It is gorgeous. It does get crowded quickly! We rented a golf cart off the port for 50 dollars for the day and explored the island. It’s safe. I wouldn’t advise you to go if you are a bunch of 18 year old girls but as a family we had a good time. We literally rode the entire island. Ate at a local restaurant. It is an impoverished country. Stray and and malnourished dogs, horses, and donkeys were everywhere. If you are an animal lover like me, next time I will be bringing dog treats with me. Overall, Carnivals cleanliness, noise distruption and drink package was really a turn off. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all ... Read More
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all lines.Check in for luggage and Citizenship and sign and sail went quickly. the parking garage was less the 400 feet from the pier.. weather was perfect. no rough seas. all three of us elderly gentlemen , ages 85, 71 and 67 walk with canes. and had no problems with hallway obstructions. I was offered the use of wheelchair service to board and debark and was very happy with the offer. also, to go ashore in one port I had to borrow a wheelchair which one of my friends pushed for me and only had to give a $50 refundable deposit for its use and safe return. the local tender folks in Belize were also very helpful with the wheelchair as well. The dinners were all excellent, especially the night in Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse. The Chocolate buffet on the last day at sea was plentiful and tasty.. we did not go to the repeater parties. we did not buy any shore excursions. we didn't partake of any of the entertainment options as we felt they were too amplified for our taste and, honestly, we've all been "over-entertained" having grown up in NYC and Los Angeles.. Carnival corp has obviously made a deal with their cable company as there was only the Turner Networks package of tv shows and news on the in room tv. the selection of free movies was ok. they repeated the same 6 or 7 all week in rotation. the wi-fi package was only $119 for a whole week and one of us purchased it due to health issues and staying in touch with their concerned family. it worked well 98% of the time but response times on the in-house computer screens was notoriously slow like in the old 64K Dial up days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We ... Read More
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We expected to be slow because of past experiences at Port of Galveston. It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:00 AM and be onboard by 11:30 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5 Room 8395: Steward Jason had the room ready when we boarded. Jason and Putu timed everything well and had our first Diamond Sail and Sign card in the mail box. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone. 5 of 5. This room is located directly over the Pig and Anchor. The exhaust fan has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony. We ran out of tissues in the rest room so the DW decided to put the new one in herself, oops it fell in under the sink out of reach. So, mister Man decides to do it himself and repeats the same smooth move. Now both new boxes in the room are behind the door under sink and it is inaccessible without the key. Jason came by and saved us later in the day. Assigned Seating Blush dining room, Lower deck 3, table 582. Maître didn’t make the best impression in fact I do not know his name. Is that because we were in the back of the dinning area or have we been spoiled by D’ Yusef on the Miracle? Team Head Waiter IMade, Head Waiter EKA and Team Waiter Dani Made, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Sure, miss Pie, didn’t see that on the menu until the last two nights. On the 6th day out the ship ran out of bananas, waiter told us that we were out and would restock in St Marteen. Oh! that’s not good, no Banana Splits for desert ☹. Carnival what the heck! Why not restock in Barbados where the supply chain that supports Carnival Fascination is in place. Why have bar server in dining area who just serves shots let the Food Servers do their job and Bar staf serve wine before the meal. Chef’s table; This was our second time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about it. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table as the chef explained each appetizer before we sampled them. Now that our palate is excited. We moved to the main hall in the Kitchen where they had a table set with assigned seating. Executive Chef Siva prepared an exclusive selection of eight expertly crafted dishes. Oh! wonderful, delicious just don’t know how to describe it, “Artists at work” . Salute to Chef Siva for this fine experience. Casino: As a nonsmoker there is a lot of opportunity for improvement on the Breeze. Why only 4 nonsmoking machines in the casino? Why put them in front of the cashier cage? People in line at the cage smoke and seldom respect others. This was a Premiere cruise many serious gamblers were aboard and casino was busy all the time. Kumbu, Lesa and Vickie kept the fun rolling doing everything from dodging the bull, putting spots on Matilda the cash cow, Fireball raffles, snowball raffles, Luck of the card drawing, cash pong and fill my bag games. Oh, need I mention slot and blackjack tournaments also. Fun for everyone! One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and witnessed Mari (Casino Manager?) helping a gambler who forgot she had charged $20 on her card. This person was extremely eye rate, voice tress, and rude yet Mari kept her cool, resolved the issue in such a professional manor I feel she needs to be recognized. Silvia, was always around to help. Waiter Agus was always at work, always smiling and would help any way he could. Last but not lease have to mention the singing Cashier Joe. This is the best Casino team in the Carnival fleet. Wish they could get more cashiers working the last night so the lines would not be so long. Misc. Cruise Particulars: Daniel Alchemist put on a great class this Cruise. This was our second one on a Carnival Ship and both we unique experiences that I highly recommend. Alchemy bar is changing they now are serving some bear and wine. Red frog pub in the evening is always a good place to stop, relax listen to music. For those who use Carnival Gift cards there are some changes. You can apply the first $1,000 with out a hitch but when you get ready to apply more they will take down the numbers and must receive confirmation from head office before applying to your account. This means you will have to make a return trip with the cards next day to confirm head office approval. Laundry is a great advantage of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our very first cruise. We sailed out of Galveston on the Carnival Breeze. We sailed with our daughter and our two grandkids, aged 9 and 11. I confess I was a bit nervous about parking and getting onto the ship, but Carnival had a ... Read More
This was our very first cruise. We sailed out of Galveston on the Carnival Breeze. We sailed with our daughter and our two grandkids, aged 9 and 11. I confess I was a bit nervous about parking and getting onto the ship, but Carnival had a very easy and efficient process. The parking people also made it easy for us. We had a rather late check in time, but I am sort of glad we did. Our morning was leisurely, and we were able to get into our cabins right away. The kids were worried about Camp Ocean at first, but after the first day, they were loving it. My daughter loved that they were independent enough to go there on their own, and responsible enough to come back to the cabin on time. The food was fine, but mostly nothing special. I was surprised to learn that the food served in the dining room was identical to the food in the buffet. The buffet also had additional offerings. The pastries were NOT good – usually dry and tasteless – but everything else was acceptable ot better. The big difference was service. Our dining room wait staff was superb. Big Texas shout out to Nyoman, Udaya, and Wipa for outstanding service. They remembered our preferences and were very good with the kids. I'd like to also make a shout out to our bartender,Tazia, in the Piano Bar. She was friendly, personable, and hard working in the extreme. The Piano bar was our late evening get-away spot. The cabin ws more spacious than I expected. There were two bathrooms (only one with a commode), and that turned out to be a very nice amenity. After two ocean-based excursions, we were able to wash our swimsuits in the tub, as well as shower at the same time. This feature would really be great for families. The best shows, for us oldies, were Flicks and Motor City. Country Roads just left us thinking, “meh.” We also saw the lip sync battle because Camp Ocean (our grandkids) got to perform on stage. Entertainment was always available, but there were also quiet spaces, usually on the promenade deck or the Library Lounge. My biggest surprise was Belize. It was a tender port, meaning that you had to ride a tender boat to get to shore. Carnival had that figured out, and the process was very efficient and painless. But, oh my, Belize City was very poor. Our excursion was a “city tour” and air boat ride. The airboat ride was great, but the city tour just highlighted the poverty of the region. I expected quaint Colonial buildings and such, but that wasn't the reality. It's no wonder our tour guides thanked us so many times for coming. We did our bit for the local economy and bought chocolate and rum as gifts for friends. In Cozumel we swam with the dolphins. I confess I had mixed feelings about this, but it was a fabulous excursion. At the end of the day, those dolphins put food on a lot of Mexican tables, so I'm OK with it. The grandkids loved it, and learned a lot about sea creatures. Cozumel was much more prosperous than Belize. Shopping was great, but probably no real bargain. Once we were back on the ship, there was an announcement. Would Mr. So-and-so, and Mr. Whatsis please call guest services. The announcement was made 3 times. Finally just Mr. Whatsis was paged. Turns out that Mr. So-and-so had to be taken on board via golf cart due to inebriation, and Mr. Whatsis never did show up and was left in Cozumel. Whoops! I imagine that was a very expensive mistake. So yes, they can and will leave you if you don't get back to the ship on time. All in all, I enjoyed it. We made a lot of memories with the grandkids, which was the whole point. Carnival, I'm a fan. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Wow, the boarding process is so GREAT. Our boarding pass time was 12:00 - 12:30. We arrived 11:50 and were at Guy’s Burgers at 12:15. Overall, a great time. Only disappointment (NOT with Guy’s Burger) food was bland for us. ... Read More
Wow, the boarding process is so GREAT. Our boarding pass time was 12:00 - 12:30. We arrived 11:50 and were at Guy’s Burgers at 12:15. Overall, a great time. Only disappointment (NOT with Guy’s Burger) food was bland for us. Shoutout to: Dining team: Somchai, Ben and Yuparat — always greeted by name and attentive to our needs. We ensure that we were in their section, even if we had to wait. Room Steward: Jason — always greeted us by name. Refrigerator was not working properly and Jason was able to replace. Our shower was not draining and Jason got it serviced. Fun shop: Carlos & Rehan. So helpful in making our selection in jewelry. In fact EVERY ONE in this shop was fun to be around and knowledgeable. Cherry on Top: Mel went out of his way to service us with bottle holder to take with us off the ship and had it delivered to our room. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of ... Read More
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of entertainers and musicians and dancers was just wonderful. The two of us older ones were involved in nearly every activity possible and up till past 12:30 every night. The band, The Midas Touch, were wonderful (xoxo to Brandon- the lead male vocalist), The Calverts were super (would have only liked more selections suitable for slower dancing), MoTown show-- great, dancing on the Lido deck also great (even if we were the oldest there), the many opportunities for line dancing.... all these activities kept us moving and having FUN. Our steward, Fidel, was wonderful and so kind and efficient. The whole crew on the ship from the ropes course to the dining services to the guest service desk-- everyone was warm and friendly. WE were just amazed at the personal interactions and their ability to remember us BY NAME starting with day one! We enjoyed all the dining-- from buffet to Sapphire. We won a dinner for two to Farenheit Steak House and it was superior! We would not have chosen to go, but did and it was truly luxurious and exceptionally great food and service. This was our second cruise- first on Carnival- and our cabin was great-- spacious, loads of storage, wonderful window (far superior on all counts to our cruise on a different line and with same cabin grade. We will choose Carnival AGAIN! Loved all the activities for kids so parents could have their own time! Our grandkids LOVED going to the Kids clubs and the Night Owl. The HUB is an absolute must even if traveling alone because the ability to have a map or list of activities at touch was great! And for us, as a family of 9, we could communicate via chat and find each other. **INVESTIGATE WHAT YOUR INSURANCE WILL OR WILL NOT COVER MEDICALLY IF ON SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Our new friends across the hall had a medical emergency and all costs were put on her sign and sail card-- they would accept no insurance even for the ICU portion of their time in medical! OUCH! About the only points I have to offer for improvement are the following: 1. the internet purchase (the mid range plan) was useless. I could virtually never get on or stay on. 2. the Serenity Area (adults only) needs a system of having a check out system for the beds, chairs, and hammock ,etc... because there were people that got up there early and literally camped out in the accommodations for the whole day... never letting others have a chance. Some system of getting a hang tag that allows you one hour per item per person.... 3. the craft activity on the third sea day was completely age inappropriate for almost any of the kids... and it was described as cutting, pasting, etc-- for kids. It was an embroidery project that for most participants meant learning a new skill and one that could not be completed in the 45 minutes before we had to clear the area for a new activity. 4. The cost of drinks was reasonable... but the cost of bottled alcohol was out of sight. 5. have ice available on each floor.... or have ice buckets that can go to the room from the Lido Beverage station. 6. personally, we all learned that three days of shore excursions in a row is very exhausting... better to select an itinerary with a break in there somewhere. We loved the two sea days in a row. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. ... Read More
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. Cabin was fine as were the meals we had. Dining room was mostly good except the times we were place at table 505 and 503.both were in a corner with a wall blocking our view. Maybe the area was the reason for less than great service and cold food. We changed locations and service and food improved. We thought the shows were very good. Deck 3 seating was more roomy and comfortable. Upper seats were tight and very upright. Overall a pleasant cruise with good food and entertainment for the last minute cruise. Cabin steward was always checking on us and gave good service. As always loved room service. Read Less
Sail Date February 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
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and ... Read More
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and our room had a funky smell for the several hours, We were traveling with several members from our church and some family members from Fort Worth Texas and were all on the same hallway with our room all in a row, They also had problems with the smell. After a few Hour, we all went nose blind to the smell, by the end of the 2nd day. This the 1st trip on any of the Carnival ships that We experience really loud noise a night. We purchase the mid-price wifi service and was really disappointed It was slow. The guest services and photo employee were really busy helping cruiser installing the Carnival hub app on their cell phones a tablet, some cruiser never got connected and was given a refund. Install the Carnival hub app before you leave home to avoid the long lines at the guest service desk. Coming from central Texas I am spoiled by traditional Texas-style barbeque I was not impressed with Guy’s barbeque. The side, however, was great his Mac cheese was the bomb and the baked beans were off the chain, Slaw was just plain good. Guy’s burger was great as usual. The dining room staff was really good. Our room steward was OK. The 4x4 jeep excursion at Montego bay was good.I would not recommed this excustion to any with knee or back problems the 4x4 ride is rough.I would recommed that you gone on the 1:00 excursion to the hidden water falls when leveing the falls area late you get to see a great sun set. Plaining my next crusie on the Carnival Vista. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We took a Carnival shuttle from the airport and that was by far one of the best decisions we made. We didn't know it at the time but it gave us priority boarding. We got off the bus and walked right on the boat. Had an umbrella drink ... Read More
We took a Carnival shuttle from the airport and that was by far one of the best decisions we made. We didn't know it at the time but it gave us priority boarding. We got off the bus and walked right on the boat. Had an umbrella drink in hand by 11:00 a.m. It was a long wait for elevators on embarkation day but that lessened as time went on. Still some long waits throughout the week.The crew on the Breeze was amazing. We couldn't believe how polite they all were and remembered ours names right away. We felt so pampered. The food was outstanding and the lines were relatively short for almost 5000 passengers.The different options available made it hard to decide what to eat next! Of course you can't forget the soft serve ice cream, strawberry every other day! We did an excursion through Carnival and that too went without a hitch. We were most impressed with the cleanliness on the ship! The staff did an outstanding job keeping up with all the people on vacation. We traveled with some old friends but made some great new ones as well. If you get bored it's your own fault as the entertainment and activities has something for everyone. The cabins are more than comfortable. The only changes I would like to see is the music turned down a little on the Lido deck and some adult only swimming hours. Disembarkation was just as fast embarkation. Will definitely do a second cruise with Carnival!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had to cancel a proposed Alaska cruise due to a conflict with the birth of our grand daughter. This cruise was selected for R & R as a substitute. It worked out very nicely. The crew was very attentive . The stage shows were great ... Read More
We had to cancel a proposed Alaska cruise due to a conflict with the birth of our grand daughter. This cruise was selected for R & R as a substitute. It worked out very nicely. The crew was very attentive . The stage shows were great and the performers were full of energy and smiles throughout the performances. We chose to sit up front for every show. Two of our three chosen excursions were canceled due to lack of interest from our fellow shipmates. I guess they were too sedate. The post dinner music for dancing was not as good as on previous trips on Carnival. All in all the trip supplied the rest and relaxation for my wife and I and we would recommend this ship and its fabulous crew. This was one smooooth ride and caused no queasiness the whole time. Love the big ships. Roatan was our favorite stop even though we got caught in a down pour while on the beach Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the Breeze was a good choice. The crew were very friendly and helpful. We had my time dinning and we're lucky to have the same team wait on us each night. We food to food to be good most days, prime rib was served twice. First time was excellent second time was not very good. We used the sea day brunch four days. We like this relaxed breakfast/lunch. The overall experience on the Breeze was good however I think we prefer the smaller ships. We have sailed on the Miracle three times in the past couple of years and would call it our favourite Canival ship. We are booked to sail on her again this Christmas Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had been on Carnival previously (different ship) and chose it again for the same ports as that is where my friend wanted to go for her 60th birthday. Everyone was friendly, cruise director, loves everyone (even more). The only thing I ... Read More
We had been on Carnival previously (different ship) and chose it again for the same ports as that is where my friend wanted to go for her 60th birthday. Everyone was friendly, cruise director, loves everyone (even more). The only thing I would suggest is that some of the flooring near the marketplace court is very slippery. I had to use a cane for this trip and the cane slipped a few times walking through that area. Also, it would be great to have a salad bar open during the day in the marketplace I do realize this is a "family" cruise trip but it would be great to have some "adult" pool time without someone doing a cannon ball on your head. Loved the movie night, saw Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Security needs to be more attentive to children sitting on stairways, especially when you are trying to watch a movie and for safety reasons. Loved the HUB app on my phone as well as the CHAT. It allowed six women to stay in touch with each other during the cruise and see our photos without having to go through all those printed prints...nice job Carnival. Our table staff was wonderful and entertained us each evening with their smiling service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
After twelve (12) Carnival cruises, four (2) Royal Caribbean and two(2) NCL cruises, the Breeze was the best so far. The entire ship was changed from top to bottom from its sister ship the Magic.. I had a bottom floor room and the ... Read More
After twelve (12) Carnival cruises, four (2) Royal Caribbean and two(2) NCL cruises, the Breeze was the best so far. The entire ship was changed from top to bottom from its sister ship the Magic.. I had a bottom floor room and the hallways that are usually too small for two people to pass were enlarged. There was little noise from the bottom of the ship. They took out the booths on the Lido buffet and it was easier to find a table. For the most part, every crew member we met or passed in the public areas greeted me with a smile and said hello. I got to the pier around 9 in the morning and they let me sit down inside. In the past they made you wait outside. Booked on the Valor in October and back on the Breeze next April in the exact same room. Lots of kids on that sailing because Spring Break was not over for the neighboring states. Not much of a problem because of the size of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that ... Read More
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that I was very, very impressed with all of the assistance they provided her. Embarkation and debarkation were very fast because we got to go through the special lines. During the dining room, etc, everyone was always helpful and friendly and attentive to her. I looked and looked for the "bad" things that others have said about this cruise. Crowded? Yes, in places, but I didn't find anything terrible to ruin my cruise. Bad food? No way! The dining room food was simply delicious, and the few dishes that weren't to my liking didn't hinder my experience whatsoever. The Lido buffet was very good--I found a few of the desserts to be bland, but there was always something else to try. Nothing to do? By no means! I kept missing things I wanted to do because there were often 2 things going at the same time. Dirty? Not while I was there--everything was spotless and constantly being cleaned, which was nice The service was OUTSTANDING on this cruise. We had the best waiters in the dining room, and everyone I spoke to was serviceable and friendly. My room steward was just fine, but he wasn't the best I've ever had. It certainly didn't detract from my experience, though. My daughter loved Camp Ocean and the counselors were very good. I witnessed my daughter having a meltdown as I came to pick her up (she didn't know I was watching), and saw the counselor pull her aside and calm her down. I was very impressed with how she handled the situation, and I'm glad they have this as an option on board. It certainly gave me a break from her when I needed it! . A few issues--it can get CHILLY inside of the boat in places, so bring a sweater or sweatshirt. I wasn't THAT impressed with the singers/dancers in the evening shows. The magician was pretty good, though. The guy at the piano bar was good. My parents went to hear several of the comedians and they really liked them (the PG version). Also, this boat moved more than any other I've ever been on. The last 3 days the movement was constant. LUCKILY I no longer get seasick (what a pleasant surprise!) but if you do have issues, this might not have been the cruise for you. Also, Thrill Theater was fun but not too special, and if you don't get there early you won't get to see the show. I only did it for my daughter, but for adults I'd skip it. Ports--we did the Turtle Farm Excursion in Grand Cayman, and it was VERY good for the money I spent. Very worth it. Cozumel---we did a Discover Mexico tour at a little park. It was cheap and my mother could go in her scooter, which is why we did it. It was just fine, but nothing fantastic. Great gift shop, good information if you like history, but I wouldn't do it again. All in all, a wonderful trip. My father is already planning another cruise for him and my mother, and my daughter is pestering me for our next one! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the date and the price We have done the itinerary many times. I am Diamond, so I was in the first group to board. Boarding did not begin that day until 11:45 with a wedding party, followed by 100 travel ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the date and the price We have done the itinerary many times. I am Diamond, so I was in the first group to board. Boarding did not begin that day until 11:45 with a wedding party, followed by 100 travel agents who were there to tour the ship. It was just after noon when the Diamonds were called to board. We went straight to our cabin and put away our carry on bags. Then it was out to the Blue Iguana Cantina for lunch. We were supposed to have Priority luggage service, but the luggage did not arrive until after the ship sailed. We saw others receive their non-priority luggage around 2pm. That was disappointing because we like to get unpacked before the Muster drill. Our Muster station was on Deck in the Ovation theater. They now scan your Sail and Sign cards and called the names of those who were not there. Anyone missing the drill had to report for a special muster later in the day. Thankfully, we just sat in the theater and did not have to actually stand out on deck at the lifeboats. We booked Cabin 12009, a starboard side spa balcony cabin. It was in a great, quiet location close to the elevators and convenient to the Lido. The best part was there were no inside cabins across the hall, so less talking in the hallway and fewer slamming doors. The cabin was clean and in good repair, but I found the mattress exceptionally hard. The cabin steward Vien came by after the Muster drill and asked. "What time did I want the cabin serviced?" They are not supposed to ask that. They are supposed to show you the card so you can choose morning, evening or both. We chose both, requested ice twice a day and extra towels. She was not happy, but quickly brought us ice. She did get friendlier during the week when she realized she had little to do in our cabin as we always put everything away to make it as easy as possible for her. She was lazy in the towel animal department. If we did not mess up the animal she reused it, so we only had 3 different towel animals in 7 days. We had assigned late dining in Blush. We had a great table for 2 overlooking the lower level of the dining room. Our waiters Srdan and Bayu were excellent. We ate in the Steakhouse on Sunday night and again on Wednesday night. We also ate in Cucina del Capitano on Tuesday night of the cruise. They totally accommodated our Gluten Free diet and it was the best meal of the cruise. We did meet with Alexandra in Cucina at lunch time the day of our reservation and pre-ordered our meal as she recommended. The food on the 4 nights we ate in the dining room was really good. The filet mignon and short ribs combo was excellent. It was both tasty and very tender. We also enjoyed the lamb shanks. The lobster on the first elegant night was good. April ordered my husband 2 lobsters, so we split the second one. The prime rib we had the last night was also good. We had breakfast or brunch in the dining room every day of the cruise. The first day the service was painfully slow. The following morning we got Sonny and Isabel as our waiters and service was excellent, and it remained excellent with all the servers even through breakfast on the last day. Since we ate at the specialty restaurants, we would order our Gluten free dinners at breakfast on the days we planned to eat in the dining room. April, one of the hostesses did a fantastic job with the orders. She was so pleasant and helpful. We miss her smile! We did not do any Carnival excursions on this cruise since we have been to these ports many, many times. In fact we did not get off in Montego Bay and enjoyed being able to get a lounger by the aft pool. In Grand Cayman we got off and walked around town and did some shopping before returning to the ship for lunch. In Cozumel we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. The crew in general was less friendly than the crew we have encountered on the Liberty, and Freedom out of Galveston. I think it has to do with the attitude of the Captain. We have found that the Captain sets the tone. This captain was much less engaging and friendly than other Captains. In fact, he came to the Diamond event, said hello to only a few people and left immediately. Normally a picture is taken with the Diamonds and the Captain. Also, only one other senior officer came to the Diamond event (GS manager). All the rest of the people there were assistants. We did enjoy talking with Viktor from the Ukraine, who is Asst. Housekeeping manager. The Captain did not show up at all to the Farewell show and came to the Diamond/Platinum reunion said about 5 words and left. Perhaps he is not comfortable speaking English? We met some really nice people at breakfast and at the Diamond/Platinum reunion. We all discussed our surprise at how many children were onboard in the middle of January. We were told there were 600 kids on board. They were in the hot tubs and both pools, including some in diapers. It was disappointing for many of the older folks on board who were looking for a quiet, restful cruise. We saw very few of them participating in Camp Carnival, but lots of them running around with no parents in sight. This cruise departed Galveston on the day a front arrived in the area. Winds were 40 mph when we sailed and the seas were rough. The ship rode quite well and we did not have any discomfort, even though we stayed up on deck 12. The first sea day was cool and windy, but the second sea day was warm and sunny and the seas were calmer. We had perfect weather in all the ports. After we left Cozumel we quickly encountered another cold front and the seas were 8 ft with up to 93km (57mph) winds. It was rough and there were many sick people, but we had no problems at all. Getting off in Galveston was really easy. We put our luggage out the night before and were supposed to report at 8:15am to the Lobby dance floor to wait. We went to breakfast in Blush at 6:30 and returned to the cabin about 7:20 to brush our teeth and use the bathroom. The room steward kept trying to get in the room so about 7:45 we headed downstairs to wait in th ports and waived us through. The porter took our bags down to EZ Cruise and we got right on the shuttle. We were at our car by 8:20am and home by 9:45am. It was one of the smoothest debarkations we have ever had. They called the Diamonds who had put luggage out to debark after only clearing only 2 floors of self assist. FYI they debark from top down, so deck 12 self assist was first off right after the Diamond, Platinum, Suites and FTTF. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. ... Read More
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. "Anytime Dining" had short waits and good service. Food was usually hot, and the chef even prepared a special pie for us that is no longer on the menu. The future cruise desk still offers the $100/$200 for cruises booked onboard and we took advantage of this and booked 2 cruises (unlike the Vista which offers only $50 for any cruise - we did not book onboard!). Used the hot tubs on the sides of the ship often - unlike the Vista which removed all the side hot tubs. Shows were fairly good - loved "Flicks." Best part of the cruise was that we were unable to dock in Galveston due to fog, and stayed out an extra day! Carnival handled this very well with open phone lines, all food venues open, and even an extra, new show for Sunday night. Staff was very friendly, and ship was mostly in great shape. A wonderful week with good weather, good ports, good ship and good friends! Jamaica - Doctor's Cave Beach by taxi; $6/pp admission, $6/chair $6/umbrella. Beautiful beach; a little crowded later in the dayl Go early! Grand Cayman - private excursion with Grand Cayman Diving to sting rays, snorkeling, beach and lunch included at Rum Point - Wonderful excursion! Cozumel - Great day at Mr. Sanchos Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Our Cruise week September 18-25, 2016 on the Carnival Breeze was our first time on this ship but not our first cruise however. The Ship Breeze is awesome she cruises with ease and tenacity so elegant inside and out. We had faster to fun ... Read More
Our Cruise week September 18-25, 2016 on the Carnival Breeze was our first time on this ship but not our first cruise however. The Ship Breeze is awesome she cruises with ease and tenacity so elegant inside and out. We had faster to fun passes which I never want to be without that made boarding and disembark so awesome. All of the staff from Administration, Security, Steward, Waiters and Waitresses, Chef's and more was beyond my expectations in satisfying my needs and made my cruise so much fun. Our Cruise Director Mikey is a person you will not forget his mission is YOU and Your Fun. Food was excellent but the choice now is something I would prepare at home so was a little downer as I love new food experiences. Montego Bay Jamacia has changed for the better I almost did not get off ship but glad I did. Now they have an awesome transportation system you pay one fee and get on and off as you desire at different spots for dining and shopping and enjoying the beach. And they have built a couple of new malls which is clean and the shops are not just trinket shops but real shopping experience and not pushy pushy if you have had that in the past you know what I mean. The sales staff was very professional. and entertainment by locals awesome. Grand Cayman was a disappointment to many trinket shops I can buy that at home at the dollar store it was my favorite Island. Cozumel I got a massage on the beach 35 dollars was so awesome you have to do it. 45 minutes. Yes, I would do it over again so enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a very large ship with all the bells and extras. We had a very nice balcony room on the lido deck. my husband has medical issues so the lido always works well for us both. the food was great and the staff was excellant. our ... Read More
This was a very large ship with all the bells and extras. We had a very nice balcony room on the lido deck. my husband has medical issues so the lido always works well for us both. the food was great and the staff was excellant. our dining was in the sapphire lower deck 3 and we had your time dining which works out great. the staff by name head waitress yves; team waiter anak and assistant team waiter i made; not to forget the team bar waiter berat were excellent. Always smiling and friendly and remembers your names. even when we seen them on the lido they came bye and talked. I enjoyed all the extras carnival gives. My only disappointment was in the casino- not being included; they had a premier players club program that i missed. i did early booking in feb 2015 and this premier players club offer came out in july 2015. By the time i got the card in the mail and contacted my carnival travel agent, all the spaces were filled up. Trust me i called asap. I asked next time if the casino could review all the early bookings and include the vip players in the offers. i was there but my name was not include in the drawings for over 125 thousand dollars worth of prizes. The casino manager in charge of this premier players cruise, said he would try and make it right. but he was not able to add my name for any of those prizes. he did, give me some extras and yes i am cruising again - thank you! i still enjoyed the players club casino and never got to bed before 4am, but i would have loved to win an apple watch or ipod or a trip on the vista balcony room; or some of that free money. I will be BACK NEXT YEAR- Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I have been seeing a lot of negative reviews about the Breeze lately and I think those people either work for another cruise line or they are very hard to please. A few things were not perfect, as always, but we had a fantastic time. ... Read More
I have been seeing a lot of negative reviews about the Breeze lately and I think those people either work for another cruise line or they are very hard to please. A few things were not perfect, as always, but we had a fantastic time. Embarkation- We are platinum so were able to board after about a 30 minute wait. We arrived about 11:30 which is peak time so we expected a wait. I am told by others that the wait in the regular line was at least an 1 1/2 hours so you might want to come a little later. We actually had lunch in the Sapphire Dining room which is right where you enter the ship in the atrium. That is the first time that this has ever been offered and it was nice and peaceful. It was a limited menu but it kept us from having to fight our way around what I'm sure would have been a very crowded Lido deck. Good way to relax after the hectic travel and embarkation. Food- We did not eat in the Bonsai Sushi, Jimmy's C Side, Hot Dog stand, or room service other than breakfast. Fahrenheit 555 was delicious and the service was very good. We did have a little communication difficulty with our waitress but just listened a little closer and got through it okay. I had a cowboy steak and my DH had a sirloin. Very good on both counts. We ate at the Italian restaurant for lunch and were unimpressed so we did not return for dinner. There is a big difference between al dente and under-cooked. The buffet was pretty typical cruise food. Some was really good and some was just okay. The only thing that we found inedible was the powered eggs at breakfast. Good God they were beyond horrible. The good news is that the omelet station makes good eggs and the cantina has breakfast burritos, arepas, and heuvos rancheros which were all awesome. We really enjoyed the Sea Day Brunch and I particularly liked the mac and cheese with steak. Although it really wasn't "steak", it was pot roast and it was GOOD. My DH thought the salmon was really, really good and had that several times. The layout of the ship is confusing in my opinion. Several decks don't go through and you have to go up or down then forward or aft. It took some getting used to the layout. This is my 25th cruise so I have seen a lot of ships. Entertainment- We only went to one show and it was so loud, uncomfortably loud, that we left half way through. We also tried trivia a few times but one group kept getting all 20 right and that wasn't much fun for the rest of us. I figured out that they do this every cruise and know the answers before the questions are asked. We'll do this next cruise and fill up our suitcase with ships on a stick. :) The Dive In Movies were wonderful and seemed to be enjoyed by all ages. We saw Antman and ate popcorn under a full moon wrapped in a blanket. What's not to love. There really wasn't a lot of entertainment choices but we keep to ourselves and don't really need to be entertained. The kids on the ship seem to have been busy and that is important. We did listen to Karaoke one night and it was horrible. What were those people thinking. We also played putt putt and that was a blast. However, both of us hated the slide. I thought I was going to drown and my DH said it was too fast for him. Aw, to be young again. We didn't try the ropes course of the Thrill Theater. Smoking- We did not notice anyone smoking on their balcony. I know this is brought up a lot and I would have smelled smoke it was happening. But, the casino is unbearable if you are a non-smoker or an ex-smoker. Something has to done to change this since about 85% or the population don't smoke. This might stop me from doing another Carnival cruise in the future. Service- The service was beyond excellent. Most staff had smiles on their faces and looked as if they were happy in their jobs. The ship was clean and well cared for. Itinerary- We went to Grand Turk, La Romana, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba. This was an exceptional itinerary with the exception of the DR. We have been here before and did not leave the ship. We absolutely loved Curacao and Aruba and will definitely visit these islands again. Disembarkation- NIGHTMARE. There was no communication once we got into the lounge where platinum met for early disembarkation. They certainly could have and should have handled this better. Don't hesitate to sail this beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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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