Sail Date: January 2019
It was a beautiful and relaxing cruise. First time to Margaritaville and it was so much fun! The ship is amazing! It was my second time on the Breeze and it doesn't dissapoint. Our cabin was nice and roomy. The dining is always great ... Read More
It was a beautiful and relaxing cruise. First time to Margaritaville and it was so much fun! The ship is amazing! It was my second time on the Breeze and it doesn't dissapoint. Our cabin was nice and roomy. The dining is always great on the Breeze. I love Guy's Burger joint. The entertainment and activities are great! They always put on a great show. Although, with that being said. It was a little disappointing to see the same exact show that I had seen in 2015 on the same ship. Come on Carnival switch things up a bit in the shows. Service is always top notch! Ports were beautiful and the only complaint I have has nothing to do with Carnival. It is with Crystal Seas Adventures in Grand Turk. Viator and Trip Advisor did nothing for me to get my$138 refund for an excursion I did not get to go on because we were told it was cancelled by a worker because of the rough waters. Turns out it wasn't cancelled and they refused to give me my money back. Will never book through these three companies again. Be sure you have buyers protection if you book outside of Carnival's excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I was on this cruise as part of a hosted singles cruise with a group of over 100 people. I had a great time and no complaints about anything to do with the ship or guest services. Had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room ... Read More
I was on this cruise as part of a hosted singles cruise with a group of over 100 people. I had a great time and no complaints about anything to do with the ship or guest services. Had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room six of seven nights. Have zero complaints about any of the food. Enjoyed alligator and ox tounge among the more rare things I ate. Among other food I really enjoyed the seaside BBQ and was glad I was able to get it more than one day. Tandoor indian food was a nice surprise that a friend recommended and I'm glad she did. Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana breakfast were good as is the usual. Didn't make it to any of the comedy shows, but the quest game was hilarious and I am totally doing that again. The full band playing on ocean plaza (deck 5 mid) was really good and had lots of people dancing. Received decent enough service at Casino bar, Red Frog Rum bar, and Alchemy bar. I think the very best service was at Red Frog Pub. That place with busy some nights with baseball fans watching the World Series and I still got my drinks fast pretty much every time. Sports square was a nice touch for the ship's outdoor activities, although I didn't actually do the ropes course or any of the waterslides. I love the hottubs on serenity deck with a bar right there. Our ports of call were: Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk. Experienced no problems with any of these ports or getting on/off the ship. The Carnival Breeze seems to have something for everyone and I would totally recommend this ship for someone's first experience on Carnival. Not as hectic as the newer and larger Vista and Horizon, and not as run-down looking as some of the older Carnival ships. Had an awesome time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, Glenn-server at the Red Frog Pub, and Arnata-our cabin host. These folks truly made our trip such a delight; we will deeply miss seeing them, and we will cherish all the memories of the laughs we shared night after night. I am not a big snob about decor so we can sum it up as clean and beautiful. The food was good. We stuck to eating mostly in the dining room, but we also tried Guy's burgers a few times, and we have no complaints. Carnival ships are all about having fun, and they do a great job of giving you the opportunity to stay engaged. As far as the cruise ports... I hated Jamicia. The Montego Bay port runs a racket for duping tourists. We asked for a cab to take us to Doctors Cove and were shown to a small bus that charged 7.00. Once on the bus and driving, we were informed that we would not be going to Doctors Cove. Instead, they were offering for 11.00 more than the 14.00 fair to a souvenir shop and back, they would take us all around to several places so that we can experience Jamicia to the fullest and we would also go to a "much more beautiful" beach than the crowded tourist destinations. At this point, you were already stuck paying 14.00, so it didn't sound so bad. What ended up happening was we stopped at a shop with a bunch of crap made in China, drove halfway up a driveway and looked at a former plantation house (but we never went up to the house), sat in a hot, crowded bus as we went through a part of town that was not safe for tourists, and ended up at a beach that we had to pay 5.00 each to get in and had broken glass everywhere and garbage strewn about. I highly recommend you book a cruise excursion. You've been warned. The Cayman Islands If you like to shop, this place is for you, but the island dollar is worth more than USD so prepare to pay a bit more for your souvenirs. The snorkeling part of our Pirate Boat excursion was canceled due to high winds, but we made the most of the open bar and had a good time nonetheless. Cozumel We had the most fun here. The locals are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to explore around the ports, and we booked a private excursion of horseback riding for over two hours through the jungle and to Mayan ruins. I can't wait to revisit Cozumel. Overall, I have no complaints about the ship or Carnival Cruise lines. As for the ports, we should have booked more excursions. Lesson learned. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
I went on a singles cruise where we stopped at Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The Breeze was a little worn, a little dirty, not really bad, but not good either. The food was acceptable, but nothing to write home about. They ... Read More
I went on a singles cruise where we stopped at Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The Breeze was a little worn, a little dirty, not really bad, but not good either. The food was acceptable, but nothing to write home about. They did have some great comedy shows and there was a wonderful band that played nightly in one of the lounges. Needless to say, we did a lot of dancing, and a lot of drinking. Embarkation went smoothly for me, however when I arrived at the port (after my chosen time to board) there was a terribly long line of people outside the building, waiting to get in. My luggage arrived shortly thereafter, which was a plus. In Grand Turk, I went to Jacks Shack down the beach from Margaritaville. It is a little more laid back and less crowded. In La Romana, I took a taxi up to Los Altos de Chavon, the medieval village. It was worth the trip; beautiful views. I took an excursion called Eat, Drink, Walk in Curacao. We had an excellent guide who walked us around the city and explained many interesting facts about the island. We then went to a restaurant by the sea called Scampis, and had sample tastings of four local dishes as well as a salsa lesson. For dinner that night we at at Grill King, another restaurant by the sea. It was just okay. In Aruba, we took the kunuku bus tour and had a great guide named Carlos who drove us all over the island before dropping us off at Moomba Beach for a couple of hours. Overall, it was a great trip. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Im so used to royal Caribbean and i saw so many negative reviews for carnival breeze. So i was scared to even try, but the price was right so i went ahead and booked it. It was me, my fiance and my son who is 8 years old. This cruise was ... Read More
Im so used to royal Caribbean and i saw so many negative reviews for carnival breeze. So i was scared to even try, but the price was right so i went ahead and booked it. It was me, my fiance and my son who is 8 years old. This cruise was FUN FUN AND MORE FUN. So much food. Lets start of with the food and drinks. A lot of bards around the ships and we used them a lot lol. The food was amazing in the dinning room and buffet. We had guy burgers which i still dream about till this day. The burrito bar was great to kinda upset we waited to the last day to try it out:( . I took my fiance to the steak house for his bday which was on valetines day. Resturaunt was 5 stars. It was beautiful and they catered us and our needs.The formal night was good also. The food was great and carnival has this thing will they will dance and put on loud music in the dining room whic was very cool. Entertainment was good also but theater entertainment doesn't compare to royal Caribbean. But carnival makes up for it. They have all different activities throughout the ship and the comedy club was FUNNY as hell. DECK PARTIES LOBBY PARTIES everything was great. The room we has was a balcony. Im sorry i wont cruise at less i have a balcony. once to have one you just cant go back. we was on the 9th floor very high up and we felt the ship rocking more then ever but we was towards the front so maybe thats the reason why but still didn't spoil our cruise. The room was kept clean as always. Our cabin cleaner was amazing and he remembered our names. We gave him a tip at the end. The places we went was aruba, grandturk, Dominican republic and curaco. We didn't get to stop at grand turk because of the winds or something. I honestly didnt like Dominican republic like that it was beautiful to where we went which was a all exclusive resort, but getting there i saw alot of poverty which of course they cant help but when im on vacation i dont want to experience sadness or feeling sad for somebody i live in new york i see enough of that. aruba and curaco was beautiful and the people was so friendly. a lot to see and do. KIDS program was amazing keeping my son occupied and happy. We barley saw him he wanted to stay and play. They have the pools and slides for the kids. Just a lot of different activities for families. You can drop your kids off at the program and they have very long hours so you have a great deal of time to yourself! OVERALL this trip was amazing. everything wasn't perfect but hey that life. My suggestion to you if your uptight, and just negative stay away from carnival. carnival is really the fun ship not fancy but for people who love to have fun Read Less
Sail Date: November 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
For a company that depends on pinpoint accuracy in navigating the sea, it sure seems to have lost it's way in where they are heading. If you're used to even a glimmer of perks as Gold member or just a loyal customer get ready ... Read More
For a company that depends on pinpoint accuracy in navigating the sea, it sure seems to have lost it's way in where they are heading. If you're used to even a glimmer of perks as Gold member or just a loyal customer get ready for a course correction. My 3rd time on the Breeze was a eben flow of disappointment. There are so many areas both big and small that Carnival failed to impress that I'm not sure where to start. I'll start with the little things because those are the things that just get under your skin enough to make things stink but not enough by themselves to motivate a full blown complaint. So they may seem trivial but all together they just leave a bad taste in your mouth. Not that I wanted to get drunk in the casino (never a good idea) but I did have a card for "FREE" drinks while playing games or slots. $800 and an hour later, still no waiter to get me a drink, which could be a good thing because I finally left the casino to get a one on the Lido deck. I tried 3 other times to get drinks while on the cruise and was able to finally get 1 (ONE), UNO, drink for "FREE" Day 1, Miami, 1pm, Deck 10 Aft. You've finally arrived on the ship and you and your kids have bathing suits and ready to enjoy a little Pizza, a cool drink and the rear pool. FORGET IT!! SMELL, ohhh that SMELL, Pool/Jacuzzi area smelled like sewage the entire trip, and it made the Pizza Pirate and Tandor's an unattractive option. Pool was closed and they were sanding and refinishing the wooden seats around the pool. Saw dust, yellow caution ribbon the smell of stain mixed with sewage; yep you get the picture. What's up with the Carnival's ability to keep the Jacuzzi's open. It was like a cruel game of Russian Jacuzzi roulette trying to figure out which one be open and which would be down for maintenance, again. Lido Market Place Buffet makes any Golden Corral look like a 5 Star restaurant. Anyone remember the surf n turf or midnight buffet's?? Well at least you have the memories. This buffet barely makes a mark as a viable food option and is a repetitive unimaginable collection of tasteless food products. Breakfast? And if you imagine some biscuits and gravy with that watered down tasteless yellow stuff they call eggs then stay in bed, you'll be disappointed. I've never seen any poorer choice for breakfast options than on the Breeze. A single testimony to the overall shape, direction and state of this ship. SAD. Sapphire or Blush dining? well the wait staff are probably the high point of the experience. I had the Flat Iron Steak; bland no taste. The Filet Mignon tastes more like a pot roast and the Prime Rib was overdone and flat. So that covered 3 nights. The Lobster tail was decent and we loved the creme brulee! Staff: I thought we were on the Zombie ship, I'm not sure how you keep moral fresh and new on the Breeze and I don't want to know. I'm on vacation. However, I wish the senior leadership would figure it out. From the staff in the casino to the Lido Marketplace they seemed depressed, out of phase somehow. Housekeeping: we did get towel animals 2 of the 6 nights, but at 9pm my kids are ready for bed and they hadn't even gotten to our room on several nights; was nice enough but I don't think she ever knew our name and I think I saw her twice. No ice bucket in the room, no perks like shampoo's razors etc in the shell dish like all my other cruises (I heard they phased this out) and the balcony was not cleaned. We hand wiped it down a bit. Room Service used to be free, now I'm seeing more and more options under the "for additional charge" and less on the "free" side.. Perks: well I'd say if you like a PIN for all your loyalty then your in luck, if you want to use your "free" drink coupon then you better be savvy as it can only be used under strict conditions and don't think of using it in the dining room or before the last day or before 5pm etc. Want the welcome back drink with a few snacks, forget it. Any other benefits pretty much evaporated and if there availble be prepared to fight for them and wait and wait to use the; otherwise watch the blue cards get the same benefits as your gold. Camp Carnival/Camp Ocean this has devolved into a poorly run corral of kids with angry attendants that seem better suited to be jail keepers than camp carnival leaders.. My kids have grown up in Camp Carnival and this by far was the worst. Want one of may examples? OK, here goes. We stopped by to find out what games were on the PS4's and we got an angry "We have a Pay Build a Bear Session right now" and " come back during PS4 Time" and "They will find out when we begin" uggggg!! WaterWorks, well it needed work alright, compared to our trip in January 2015, so many items had quit working it was unreal.. Even the Big Bucket worked only some of the time and we had 5 days of calm seas.. Pictures: well they sure work hard to get you to take your photo's but have no system for retrieving them. Thursday night my wife spend an hour going through boxes of thousands of photo's to no avail. As it is, I have a spot on the Ultra Cruise in December that just happens to be on the Breeze so it's one more trip on this Ship and if things don't improve it will be my last. Last on Breeze and Last on Carnival.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was ... Read More
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was told by Carnival to arrive between 12-1pm when I originally had an earlier time. This is the busiest time for checking in and boarding. It took over an hour to check in and then another 45 minutes waiting for my boarding section to board. Once on the ship I found my cabin AFT 8475. The room was standard, but comfortable and had an extended (over-sized) balcony which was a plus. It definitely was an improvement over the NCL Epic which I took out of Rome in May. The Epic's room was the most uncomfortable and poorly designed cabin I have ever stayed in. Now for the negative aspect of the cabin. Even though it is on the 8th deck I felt A LOT of sway (movement) of the ship while trying to sleep. I am not sure if it is because of the ship itself or the waters we were sailing through. It was hurricane season and the waves were a little higher than other cruises. So, NO complaints about the cabin itself. If you want an AFT cabin right on the AFT, I highly suggest this one. Now for the main complaints. First, I know I am not going to get 4 star food on a Carnival cruise. For that I cruise Princess or Holland, but I must say the food was sub-par. I am a "foodie" and eat all over. Carnival's appetizers were a joke. Example; I ordered the tuna app and received 2 pieces of tuna measuring 1 1/2"X 1"X 1/2". The shrimp cocktail was four-five salad shrimps with sauce, and the list goes on. The main meals were "okay". They had surf and turf but it was $20 extra and were very small portions. I know, I ordered one the first night. The filet was tasty but VERY small, as was the slipper lobster tail. Not worth the extra $20. The dining room staff for my section were very friendly and helpful. I NEVER saw the Head Maitre d/ Waiter, except at the front door upon entering. He never came to my table, nor anywhere around my table. On other cruises the Maitre d would come over at least three times during the cruise to check on service and food. Very poor management on Carnival's part. The dinner selections were not varied and seemed to be very repetitive. It did appear that they saved the best appetizers for the last night of cruising. So, the MDR was average and disappointing. I know I am jumping around but my 2nd main complaint was the Muster Drill. On other cruises I was directed to a certain location where I met with a STAFF member who checked me in on a scanner and then they gave the muster information. Carnival Breeze told people to go to their assigned stations where they sat for over an hour, without anyone checking them in. Poor safety management. The 3rd complaint is disembarkation at ports. The first port we were told to lineup at a certain time so we could get off the ship. This is where Carnival REALLY failed. There was about 100 of us in line, waiting calmly. Then people came down the stairs and crammed into this small spaces. Then the elevators opened up and more people exited and smashed into the already lined up people pushing them further back. Then the elderly with their scooters and wheelchairs came pushing their way to the front through the crowd. I Do blame the ignorant people for the way they were acting, but the MAIN BLAME is on Carnival for NOT having STAFF there to properly direct and keep peace. There were several incidents between people with the pushing and shoving. I don't want to talk too bad about the entertainment, or the lack of. There was a magician on board that was actually pretty good, but that is about as for as it goes. The Punchliner Comedy shows by George Lopez were amateurish. They should replace the comedy and put in a review like Howl at the Moon (Dueling pianos) like NCL has. That show was packed EVERY night and was FUN. I guess living in Las Vegas and seeing Vegas shows, plus going to Chicago and NYC has given me a different perspective of what is good. I did like the couple that played in the main lounge area near Guest Services. She was very pretty and had a very nice voice. Capt. Bob at the piano bar was okay. The nightclub was a ship's nightclub. A bunch of 20 year olds drinking and talking smack. I LOVED Guy Fieri's hamburgers. They were the saving grace for lunchtime. Good old school hamburgers. Real tasty. Some people's reviews were not as complimentary but I think most people would love them. I really did not like the food at the other bars. I even didn't care for the soft serve ice cream on this ship. I will give cudos to Bonsai, the Japanese sushi restaurant. The sushi was actually pretty good for a ship sushi. I did eat at the pay Italian restaurant. I went there for lunch so there was NO CHARGE. I am SO happy because after being in Italy for a month and eating authentic Italian food this was VERY lacking. My friend Ron raved about the Meat Lasagna but it was nasty, to me. If you had an occasion to visit Guest Services you would always find a line. The area was VERY small unlike NCL or Holland which have open areas with several STAFF. I only had one issue and it was handled with minimal problem. I thank the men and women bartenders on The Breeze who were always nice and remembered my name and drink. The whole working staff, not including officers, are all hard working people whom deserve our thanks for providing us with outstanding service. They work 10-14 hour days, 7-days a week for 4-7 months depending on their contracts. I can speak for most Americans when I say we are spoiled and most of us would never work that hard for that long for the wages these men and women receive. Thank you for all the hard work. Finally, although there are other minor complaints I will not mention, is the disembarkation. All I will say for this is I was glad to be home in the USA. It took awhile but I knew I was home. These complaints are all situations that can be corrected or improved on. It appears that Carnival just does not want to do it. Overall, the trip was average. Nothing exciting. I did meet some very nice people on the ship who I will keep in touch with. Happy Sailing Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
My daughter and I sailed the Carnival Breeze in mid-December of this year. We had FTTF (Faster to the Fun) and were glad we purchased it. Literally we walked onto the ship and were at our stateroom in minutes...about 35. The luggage took a ... Read More
My daughter and I sailed the Carnival Breeze in mid-December of this year. We had FTTF (Faster to the Fun) and were glad we purchased it. Literally we walked onto the ship and were at our stateroom in minutes...about 35. The luggage took a little longer, but we had a little time to explore before having lunch. The only thing I missed on this Carnival ship was the Fish N Chips, which was my traditional first meal on board a Carnival ship. The decor is delightful.....bright, island colors, relaxing yet lively! All of the meals served on board were exceptionally good. I would recommend trying La Cucina for lunch when it serves a free pasta choice. The Blush Dining Room was quite pretty, and everything was served in a timely manner. All of the food choices we had were excellent, especially the hot soups! The entertainment on this ship was wonderful. Our Cruise Director, Matt, was fantastic.....so visible and a great addition to the entertainment team! The only thing I would note is our cabin. We did not choose the cabin and had a stateroom with a door adjoining to the next stateroom. Sound control between these rooms was almost non-existent. We were awakened many times during the night with loud "partying". We had a lovely balcony and the room was nice, but I would be sure not to pick the same type of cabin in the future. All in all, I would definitely consider choosing the Breeze again for a longer cruise. It was a lovely trip!   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
I've always wanted to go to Aruba & Curacao & finally, I was able to go. I had a porthole 1A on Deck 2. Other than the bed (which I thought was too narrow, but there was no way to convert it to something larger), I thought the ... Read More
I've always wanted to go to Aruba & Curacao & finally, I was able to go. I had a porthole 1A on Deck 2. Other than the bed (which I thought was too narrow, but there was no way to convert it to something larger), I thought the cabin was excellent. Very roomy & spacious for one person. I emptied my suitcases & there was space for them in the one closet I didn't use. I used the other 2 closets for my clothes. My room stewards were quick, friendly, & quiet. One day I went out for a few moments; when I came back, my cabin had been made up for the day. I always had ice in the bucket, too. I had late seating in the Blush MDR, upper level. I was travelling solo, so was hesitant to go to dinner because I thought I'd be the odd man out. I wasn't! They seated me at a table of other solos & we had a blast! Our wait staff was friendly, funny, quick, & efficient. Other tables had to wait & wait. We never did, even on the formal nights when all the tables in their section were full. I love to participate in Trivia contests & there were plenty of those on the Breeze! I saw a couple of the shows & thought they were fine. They had problems with the Hasbro Game show, but Matt, the CD, came out & kept everyone entertained while they got the bugs worked out. I made it a point to avoid eating from the Lido buffet. I have never liked buffets anyway & fortunately the Breeze had plenty of other options for breakfast, lunch, & snacks so I was able to avoid the buffet entirely. I tried Guy's burgers because everyone just raves about them. I guess those folks live in a burger desert because I thought they were fine but nothing to die for. Other than the first night, the food in the MDR was good. I had a great New York strip one night. I do think they need a few more desserts, because I kept falling back on the standard warm melting chocolate cake. I like it, but not every night. I guess because of the choices I made, I did not experience any long lines or huge crowds, except for the last sea day brunch. If I had to stand in a line, it was only for a minute or 2, except for that last day's brunch. The only time I had to wait more than a minute or 2 for the elevators was right after muster drill when they still had the midship elevators closed off to deliver luggage. I did not have FTTF & if I had, I would have been upset. Boarding didn't start until 12:15 & my zone (5) was called around 12:40. Cabins were ready at 12:30, so I was able to go to my cabin & drop off my carry on. The longest wait I had checking in was waiting for boarding to start, although I think I got to the port during a "sweet spot," because after I checked in, the lines grew substantially. They did move quickly, however. Disembarkation took some time. A woman fell as she left the ship & had to be attended to. Then too many people tried to crowd off the ship, so they stopped calling decks for self-assist. I was zone 21 & thought I'd have to wait forever, but I was off the ship by 10:45. The last people off the ship left at 11. No problems getting my luggage or clearing customs, but I didn't like to have to "swim upstream" past people just getting off the ship to get back to the entrance of the line for customs with my luggage. That's something they are going to have to work out. I would definitely sail on this ship again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET Hey there cruisers, Grab a seat this may take a while. (I wish I knew how to add photos here) I returned last week from my first trip on the beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE and took a LOT ... Read More
EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET Hey there cruisers, Grab a seat this may take a while. (I wish I knew how to add photos here) I returned last week from my first trip on the beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE and took a LOT of notes. This was a last minute solo trip that I snagged via the “Carnival Player’s club” from my VIFP “Special offers”. I’ve wanted to sail on the new BREEZE, and the offer was too good to pass up and managed to get good airfare. . This was my 15th Carnival cruise since 2006. I grabbed it immediately for the chance to see what the new BREEZE has to offer. I originally booked an interior room on deck two, but managed a better upgrade to a SPA INTERIOR on deck 11….more on that later. I have also cruised NCL and RCL. I do enjoy Carnival and have been looking for great deals on other lines to change it up, but always work out better offers with Carnival for my time frame and interests. I do critique what I see and my overall experience in hopes the cruise line and future passengers may benefit. I tend to cover multiple captions in detail and I hope that my experience is helpful to you and possibly the cruise lines. . I am not a hard-sell Balcony or specific stateroom type of guy. I try to be flexible and have discovered that it can lead to a whole different experience depending on where your stateroom is located and the ship. My on board itinerary is normally “step out of the box” type of things keeping the trip experience fresh and different as many of us know it starts to become stagnant. Attend different meetings, gatherings, and explore on my own as well as take an unexpected excursion, even if it isn’t in my common interest. Keeping an open mind and doing this, I’ve managed to meet different people and discover places and experiences I probably would never have. . SHIP: CARNIVAL BREEZE 9/21/14 My plans this trip were “EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET”. I am going to focus a LOT on the actual ship this review, and I’m certain it will have many shopping for their next booking when you are finished reading. My last cruises were Imagination & Victory in 2013, and I was last on the DREAM class in 2011. Sailing on this ship was the HIGHLIGHT of my vacation. Any online photos and reports do no justice. I always saw prior sailings as floating amusement parks, so the neon and obscure décor I could overlook. The BREEZE is an entirely new vision for style and comfort. The details involving color, woodwork, trees and foliage really gives it a soothing and calming feel bringing the outside to the interior. . This is the third ship in the “dream class” with a few additional additives and upgrades. Walking through the back buffet area one of the first things you notice are plants. Built-in trees, potted planters and attention to wall detail almost make you feel like you are walking through a neighborhood mix of café’s, pubs and lounges. Each bar has its own menu of specialties whether you seek the poolside Fun frozen concoctions, Pub-like drafts or the more Classy cocktails. It’s perfect for the bar crawl taste testing explorer. . The new RED FROG BAR is presented with the street-front entrance of an actual bar with simulated outside seating. The stage like inviting façade leads you into an actual bar setting equipped with hi-top tables and bar seats. It’s a great alternative gathering location for small parties or cocktails over the old conference room setting. The back of the bar utilizes the ship side windows allowing light to open up the space from a dark inside feel to a spacious pub-like social atmosphere. STOP IN and have a drink and you may forget you are onboard a cruise ship finding your nightly hangout for pre and post dinner cocktails. . The BONSAI SUSHI bar has been transformed from a small side counter with an overhang only opened at tea time. It has grown up to a full serving area with several hi-top tables adorned with place settings, tea pots and bonsai trees. Overhead stylish lighting gives this setting the feel of a sit-down restaurant. If the taste of the orient is what you like, then you will be pulled into this space for sure. . There is no more Alchemy Bar in the back allowing the PIANO BAR to be opened up to provide extra seating. It doesn’t feel as enclosed and utilizes the sometimes dead space to give a more open feel. The farthest back still has the LIMELIGHT LOUNGE where the “PUNCHLINER’s” comedy club has been attracting more and more attendees each ship I sail. This was definitely a good investment for alternative entertaining on Carnival’s behalf. If you are searching for the perfect cocktail or martini then the steakhouse bar has a seat for you. Seated just outside is the comedy club is FAHRENHEIT 555 STEAKHOUSE. Reservations & a fee are required. If you want to have a more intimate dinner for a special occasion, or just to splurge this is dinner out for sure. Top cut steaks, double starters, an appetizer and closing up with desert options that look direct from a gourmet pastry chef’s personal menu. . If all this sounds to formal for your taste don’t worry your options are far from limited. The NEW GUY’s BURGER JOINT at Pool-side Lido deck have pushed aside those frozen hamburger patties for a burger that simply crumbles into your mouth. Claim your burger and slip over to the complete TOPPINGS bar and customize the perfect sandwich. If burgers are not your “safe food” then choose between the BLUE IGUANA CANTINA for a Burrito or taco made to order, or visit the MONGOLIAN WOK in the newly designed LIDO MARKETPLACE. The more Caribbean-style feel has transformed the “buffet” to food stations with comfort. The PIZZA PIRATE around back of the Lido serves 24/7 pizza with a new thin style flaky crust. This is an upgrade to the former tasteless pizza on my prior sailings. . Tucked away upstairs from the Lido Marketplace is CUCINA DEL CAPITANO, another family style Italian-like setting. This is the 2nd reservation +fee restaurant dinner option aboard the BREEZE. It is less formal than the steakhouse and possible the more popular for the everyday cruiser. They transform to a less formal environment and offer free lunch options as the custom made PASTA BAR. On Sea days you can catch some sun at FAT JIMMY’s C-SIDE BBQ. Also, don’t forget to start the day with sit down breakfast in the elegant BLUSH dining room. . If there is one thing the BREEZE has accomplished with its new design is how to be more multi-functional. Most spaces onboard offer different atmospheres from day to night making you feel like it is more ship than it really is. I did discover that all FOOD service besides the 24 hour room service and PIZZA is shut down between 4:00-5:00 as menus and space transformation is happening. . Once you are finished eating…. (If that is even possible) it is time for some entertaining. Many options are available for all ages and families alike. The poolside theatre shows a nightly movie on the JUMBO TV complete with the smell of fresh popped mouthwatering popcorn for everyone. PLAYLIST productions shows are nightly in the LIMELIGHT LOUNGE. I will say thank you to Carnival for tweaking the stage out into the audience and making the upper seating steeper for better viewing. However, I am not a fan of the new Playlist productions. Some of the singers were difficult to hear if their head sets are not positioned correctly during quick costume changes. The cast also is more mediocre performers across the board having to be more multifunctional now as singers, dancers and performers. I personally enjoyed the older two-lead singers and better dancers myself. If you are not into production shows, the LIQUID NIGHTCLUB or WINNER’s CASINO may be more your flare. Junior cruisers will love CLUB 02 or discover what the 2.0 upgrades offer at the ARCADE, FUN HUBS and BRAND NEW THRILL THEATRE. The OCEAN PLAZA puts the old single waterslide to shame on older ships. The upgraded Water Park, Adventure ROPE COURSE is the child’s amusement park from heaven…… that also allows the adult kids to play along. . The BREEZE is not your daddy’s floating amusement park it’s a fully equipped entertainment city for everyone from the solo cruiser to the family alike. That aside, she also offers an experience for the less active cruiser that seeks a more relaxed vacation as well. The Spa & Sports deck not only offers the usual jogging track, but includes a full size basketball court and miniature golf. There are exercise apparatus all along the track that include (Pull up bars, sit up benches, punching bags, cycle machines, parallel bars, etc.) Once you have worked up a sweat cool off in one of the outside showers around the deck and then head on to the SPA-SIDE end for some pampering. . The ADULTS only SPA SERENITY deck is just that. Peace, quiet, serenity. Cushioned Hammocks built for two, Cabana covered beds, and Full size opened SUN beds and adult only hot tubs. There are also counter levered hot tubs around the lanai deck what usually have ample space available. If you are finished with the outdoors and had enough sun, head inside and pamper yourself at the fully upgraded CLOUD9 SPA and GYM. Upgraded exercise equipment and several classes to choose are available or experience pampering at its finest at CLOUD9 SPA. I mentioned at the start that I was upgraded to a SPA interior and it was worth every cent. . INTERIOR SPA STATEROOM 11211 Location for this stateroom is directly under one of the Weightlifting apparatus in the gym. So there were some mornings you got the Thump, Thump Thump of the weights from above. Nothing MAJOR, but if you are a light sleeper and wish to sleep in take this into consideration. I noticed it, but it did not ruin any of my vacation. Included with the SPA stateroom you will receive: upgraded products offered at the spa such as shampoos, lotions, soaps, slippers, soft-waffle pattern-touch towels, bed linen sprays to help you sleep and private access to the spa & Serenity Deck bypassing the front desk and public areas. You will receive a special access bracelet allowing you entrance to the STEAM ROOM, DRY HEAT Room, HEATED CONTOURED BODY LOUNGERS, ORIENTAL STEAM BATH with “mint & eucalyptus” to help open nasal passages, Special VIP serenity waiting area with lemon water & teas as you wait for your reserved $ treatments. Oh and not to omit the famous THELLOSOTHERAPY pool. A 3 foot deep enlarged hot tub with built in contoured loungers and massaging water spouts for the perfect back massage. . I know there was about ¼ of the ship I never got to experience which is why I am looking forward to sailing the BREEZE again and discover all the hidden areas I missed the first time around. To say I enjoyed the BREEZE is an understatement. I discovered that a FULL VACATION could be experienced ONBOARD the BREEZE without even setting foot off the ship. However, besides everything there is to do onboard there are still great port of calls to experience which I will continue with in the second half of my review. .. (If you have made it thus far) This second half of my review will be focused on the Ports, some misc. crew comments. Thank you for keeping up with me. . . KEY WEST, FL I have been to this port many times and always say that Carnival needs to stay longer. The early arrival and departure really cuts down on your time there to get a full experience. Most businesses do not open until 9:00 and just when the island is coming alive for afternoon/evening culture it is time to leave. Other cruise lines do stay longer allowing you to catch an afternoon local musician for dinner at one of the local café’s. This trip we arrived at 8am and departed at 4:00 (back on board by 3:30). Luckily, we were able to dock at the downtown port looking over Duval Street instead of the naval station. When docking at the naval station you lose a good hour or more just for the commute into downtown. Docking down town is VERY convenient to walk off the ship and be in the midst of downtown Mallory Square. Duval, Front & the “square” are all nice to stroll and shop. A little pricey but there are many small tasty venues that can help pass the time and find some nice quality items. . To get the real flare for what KEY WEST has to offer though, you need to bypass the touristy vacuum and venture out. This is the perfect island to do your homework before visiting. There are many locals that offer private charters around the island and know all the perfect snorkeling areas. There is no one better than the local residents to help guide you to what Key West really has to offer. Pre-Reservations may be required before your arrival, but worth it. Simple online searches for KEY WEST Private Charters visiting is a good place to start. The life on the water around the island offers several great opportunities to satisfy your playful side. . If land dwelling and self-exploration is your thing there are several options. Directly off the ship (at the end of the downtown pier) you will find a few small wooden sheds to rent bikes. This is normally my option for the island. $20-25/day gets you a BIKE, LOCK and map of the island. This is perfect for cruising on a budget. The island is not that large and biking is a norm everywhere you go. You can also rent scooters or electric carts if you wish. Just keep in mind that all local road laws are in affect while driving on the roads. You are susceptible to ticketing so be sure to adhere to all of your stop signs, traffic lights and road rules. It is not a free for all. My suggestion is slip over one street off the main roads and usually you have an open quiet side road with much less traffic. . My routine “Budget bike-route” consists of…… departing the portside bike rental and make my way about 2-3 blocks over to the Post Office to mail out a post card or package. This is a perfect stop to box and send directly home those large souvenir purchases that you may have made and don’t feel like lugging through the airport when you get home. If you follow THOMAS STREET (Parallel to Whitehead & Duval) all the way to the end you can bypass all the heavy traffic. At the end scoot over and pick up Duval St right for the final two blocks to the SOUTHERNMOST POINT landmark. The KW Butterfly Conservatory is about a block from the SMP landmark. Admission is $12-Adults $8.50-kids. It is small, self-guided but interesting and fun for the kids. Make your way over a few blocks along the coast to lovely HIGGS BEACH where you can relax and spend the day. There is a small extended pier and places to buy a snack. If you want to get your exercise in, this is also the start of the scenic BIKE PATH that follows the along the perimeter of the island. I personally follow it all the way up to the North side of the island, past the airport and then cut back to follow FLAGER AVE or one of the parallel side streets all the way directly back to center of town. (KW Butterfly house area) One last stop at the “ORIGINAL” KEY LIME PIE FACTORY 412 GREENE ST (not to be mistaken for the KW Pie Company), and a bottle of refreshing imported Coconut-Lime sparkling drink, not found anywhere else. This whole venture can be done in about 5 hours with plenty of time to return the bike, jump back on the ship for a quick shower and return to port for some quick last minute shopping on Duval St. or relax on the ship for lunch and catch the sailboats returning from their daily outing. Namaste! . GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS This is a tender port as the ships cannot dock portside without damaging the protected coral reefs. Cayman Islands are famous for the Stingrays, Turtles, Colorful diving sites and the Famous beautiful “7 Mile Beach” located just north of Georgetown where your port of call is located. The beach itself is geographically just less than 5 miles in length and is open to the public the entire length. It is one of the most visited destinations on Grand Cayman with its crystal clear Caribbean blue waters & white sand. This beach has been awarded “THE CARRIBEAN’s BEST BEACH in many travel magazines. The tranquility of this island is juxtaposed by its other famous tourist site of “HELL”. HELL is a part of the island made up of Black Limestone rock formations creating a desolate yet intriguing tourist stop. The unexpected location surrounded by some of the most ethereal beach fronts is part of what draws the onlookers to its site. T-shirts, key chains, and many photo background opportunities with catchy sayings are in abundance to purchase as proof of your unique visit to this destination. . Round up your budget adventure by making your way back to portside and visit the CAYMAN CABANA OCEANSIDE RESTOBAR located next to where you came ashore. In my opinion, there is no visiting Grand Cayman without a stop here for lunch. Pick your fresh “catch of the day fish” on the way on and they will cook it up for you at the outside bar. Pair it up with their famous RUM PUNCH & fries and I promise will leave your mouth watering for the best Caribbean fish meal you will find. Grab a marker and sign your name on one of the wooden joists above for friends to find when you tell them to visit after you return home. If ever there was a “Tour of Paradise”, Grand Cayman would definitely be on one the itinerary. . COZUMEL, MX...(it rained in the morning.... its the Caribbean) It is very difficult to cruise the Caribbean and not have a stop at Cozumel, MX. This is the central stop for a majority of all the big cruise lines. It is a small island just off the coast of mainland Mexico. Famous for snorkeling, shopping and Mayan Culture connections is what draws visitors from all over the world to Cozumel. The west side of the island is the more developed area for shopping and fun excursions. I have visited Cozumel several times and have multiple reviews of many excursions offered. Excursions ranging from ATV adventures, JEEP & DUNE BUGGY rides, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Deep sea fishing and many more are located all over the island. Most of the adventure options take you to private beaches located on the more underdeveloped East side and the famous Punta Sur at the lower tip. This side of the island is more wilderness and beach and usually bears the brunt of incoming storms and hurricanes that approach from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Trips via water ferry to the mainland visit Carmen Del Playa for the more historical excursions involving Mayan ruins and Underground River/ tubing tours. . Continuing on my “Budget Vacation”, I grabbed a taxi for $8 and took a trip 3 miles up the coast to Porte de San Miguel. Shopping at the stores along the main strip is open to bartering. I stopped in at SENIOR FROGS to grab some quesadilla and a Banana smoothie before hopping in another taxi for a quick sightseeing trip around town. When you get back to the Port shopping area you may find that bartering is more flexible in the shops once you hear the ½ hr. ship warning horn blow. Be sure to make haste with your offers as you don’t want to be one of the last minute pier runners chasing the gangway as it is pulled back on-board before departure. Cozumel is one of the highest percentage ports of call for cruiser missing the ship. You do not want to be added to the statistics!!! . . CRUISE DIRECTOR: MATT MITCHUM Onboard the BREEZE is one of the best cruise directors I have had the pleasure of sailing with, Mr. MATT MITCHUM. Matt has a fun and outgoing personality with a talent for getting passengers motivated. This was one of the more involved groups of passengers I have seen over my many trips sailing cruise lines. Whenever you noticed a large gathering of dancers and people cheering and having fun, chances are there was Matt right in the middle of it all as the ring leader. He made this trip ENJOYABLE, FUN and MEMORABLE. His smile and laughter is contagious, not annoying like other cruise director’s I have met. He draws people in and gets complete strangers to intermingle and let down their guard. Matt is an ASSET to the Carnival brand and it is no wonder he is the face of their beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE. I look forward to sailing the Breeze again and with Matt as the cruise director. . ROOM STEWARD: NATALYA was my room steward on the SPA deck. She was training her assistant and told me that he was up for a review to receive his own Steward assignments on another deck. They both were great and I wish all the best to her assistant. Honestly, I did not catch his name, because I barely was interrupted when he was tending to my stateroom. THAT, IMHO is what makes a good room steward; one that knows your name and schedule and can work around it without disturbing your vacation. They both eliminated ANY worries regarding the cleanliness and status of our stateroom. They are also an asset to the Carnival crew. . SPECIAL MENTIONS Normally, in past reviews I lump together the bar staff and dining staff with some general feedback. I will however take the opportunity to give a special shout out to the TIDES BAR bartender MARIN KNEZEVIC. Usually, I tend to return to the same bartender while on a cruise that I feel comfortable with, but MARIN is definitely “one of a kind”. This kid, (and I say that with utmost respect in relation to my own age) is one hardworking crew member. I’ve been served by many bartenders over my years of sailing and he definitely stood out as one of the best. Over the top friendly, outgoing, great discussion maker and works his butt off while maintaining a CLEAN ORGANIZED BAR. I happened to be a customer at his bar each night before and after he took his nightly break. Each night all of us “regulars” at the bar witnessed his relief tender turn the bar from immaculate to shambles in less than an hour. All while serving wrong drinks, losing customers and needing to call for additional help. When MARIN left he made sure to stock the ice, fill the straws and make sure everything was clean and ready for his break. Upon return, he had to reset and do it all over again while sorting through voided receipts and get his clients back up to vacation mood. You would hear a cheer whenever he returned. Someone like that tucked away at the back of the ship at one of the busiest bars to close the night deserves to have his name mentioned in a review and testimonial. Carnival needs to do what they can to keep more individuals like MARIN working for them. . DEBARKATION: I chose to par-take in my VIP early morning debarkation as I wanted to get to FLL airport early. This could not have gone any smoother. Port of Miami flexes its experience to unload and load passengers like no other. I was walking out the terminal where my SAS TRANSPORTATION was waiting for me a few feet from the door. www.ridesas.com is a great Fort Lauderdale bases shuttle service between MIA and FLL. $16 one way beats the cruise line cost by half. Also being a VAN-SHUTTLE they do not need to wait until an entire charter bus is filled before departure. Pre-reservations are needed and their smartphone APP is very simple to use. All transport must begin or end in Fort Lauderdale as they do not provide transport from Miami to Miami. . SUMMARY LIKES: I LOVE THE BREEZE! Can I say that again? I LOVE THE BREEZE!! The ship should be the minimal blueprint for future overhauls and ship builds. MATT MITCHUM, cruise director- keeps the smiles on the passenger faces all the way home! DISLIKES: I gave it a try, but the PLAYLIST PRODUCTIONS really need to be re-thought out. I appreciate the attempt to change the old style, but I don’t know anyone that enjoys the Playlist shows. I do understand wanting to cut the stage affects to the more digital less costly style, but too many glitches. Like bad headsets for singers you can barely hear, less talented dancers and vocalists and the same variations of the “Diva shows” are getting old. They are becoming extravagant Karaoke or cover artist shows any longer. Just my opinion. . Ok, so I will cut off my review here. It has already become a novel and I may have lost many that started it long ago. Thank you if you made it to the end without falling off your chair. If you happen across a deal for ANY TRIP on the BREEZE, do not hesitate to grab it. Get on the ship and work out your upgrades later. Happy sailing and may the upgrades flow frequent! . I wish that I knew how to figure out how to add photos to my reviews. They are worth a 1,000, memories. wiskt Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
EMBARKATION: was a Breeze thanks to my being a Platinum VIFP. Went directly into the Captains Club, got a glass of cold water and check in was completed in a matter of minutes and I was on the ship. I was able to go directly to my room and ... Read More
EMBARKATION: was a Breeze thanks to my being a Platinum VIFP. Went directly into the Captains Club, got a glass of cold water and check in was completed in a matter of minutes and I was on the ship. I was able to go directly to my room and store my carry on. CABIN: I opted for the Inside cabin, as I was traveling solo and spend very little time in the cabin. It was quite a bit more monry to upgrade and it was not worth it. The cabin (1314) was mid ship and very modern. It was close to the elevator. My cabin steward kept it tidy and I was never bothered by noises and/or the motion of the ship. DINING: The dining room service (8:15) was excellent as usual and I was seated with a great group of people. The new Burgers (Guys) are to die for, they are much better than the older Carnival Burgers. The Deli made great sandwiches and the Mongolian Wok was also very good. The specialty Steak House was outstanding and well worth the $35 cover charge. GENERAL: It was a very crowded cruise due to Spring Break. The poole area was overcrowded and it was almost impossible to find a pool chair in the main pool area. Serenity (the adults only pool) remained adults only and there were always much more comfortable chairs available. The "hot tubs" were not really hot or even warm, but this seems to be standard on Carnival these days. The CASINO is one of the largest at sea and I spent a lot of time there, as was evidenced by the FREE cruise I was awarded on the last day. So I have already booked my next cruise for next month on the Carnival Legend. All in all, a great trip! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
All in all it was a great cruise......beautiful ship....wonderful cabin stewards...great waiters....lots of fun....however these are the cons: Food in the Blush Dining Room was not up to par. They tend to reuse the prior nights dinner ... Read More
All in all it was a great cruise......beautiful ship....wonderful cabin stewards...great waiters....lots of fun....however these are the cons: Food in the Blush Dining Room was not up to par. They tend to reuse the prior nights dinner with a different menu choice. The steaks were the worst quality of meat....tough and difficult to chew. (filet mignon was excellent as well as the chateaubriand)....but the sirloin and flat iron steak (which is on the everyday menu) were very poor quality. I eat my meat rare....and others had well done...we all had the same consensus...they were like shoe leather, extremely tough. There are not enough areas with ample chairs to sun....unless you are out on the deck by 8:30-9:00, there are no lounge chairs left. There was also a foul odor of fish in many areas of the ship. The shows were not times properly timed to coincide with dinners....and were extremely short. They were wonderful but were over too fast....they were only about 1/2 hour....not as they were on prior Carnival cruises. Lastly the need to change one port in particular...Dominica. When you pull into port there is machinery....baseball fields....dirt.....and LOTS of security. You HAVE to purchase and excursion to go to the beaches....clearly not safe. It's a dirty, filthy area in port.....NOT picturesque...it's a dump. I stayed on ship because it looked very frightening....as I said....you need to be escorted by Carnival to see what may be the nicer part of the island....but how many excursions can you purchase? They really should remove this port of call and go somewhere else.. I've always sailed with Carnival (7 cruises)....but I don't know if I'd use them again.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
I went on a NYE cruise with a large singles group (~200 people). A friend of mine sailed on the Breeze in April and loved it so I signed up. Staff, though courteous, seemed sparse than in prior years (an obvious sign of Carnival's ... Read More
I went on a NYE cruise with a large singles group (~200 people). A friend of mine sailed on the Breeze in April and loved it so I signed up. Staff, though courteous, seemed sparse than in prior years (an obvious sign of Carnival's cut backs). Lido deck food selection seemed less than in prior years (the burrito bar was only open for 2 hours and no longer offered corn chips). The ship was fully booked (with a number of families and their young children). all the pools and working spas were packed w/ people - especially unsupervised children. Kids took over both pools (I thought the back pool was "adults only") with no supervision by their parents. Kids ran wet and barefoot continuously inside the Lido food "market" (which led to treacherous floors - particularly for those individuals with canes and walkers). Not all the children were like this of course, but sadly there were enough parents that let their kids run loose (continually pressing all the elevator buttons inside the elevator cabs) on the ship while they went sunning and drinking elsewhere. I was surprised to see crew members not say a word when these kids where going amok. (Probably because they were so busy with all the tasks they had to do w/ no support). We had the late dining which started at 8:30 and more often than not, we did not leave until 10:30 because of extremely slow service. A number of the crew did not understand any English (or Spanish); which led to wrong or missing orders. The food was mediocre at best (my friend said the food went down hill significantly since her April cruise). Food obviously sat under heat lamps to be dried out. the comedy club for such a large ship was too small and was not cleared after each show, so a majority of the guest did not see a comedy show (and those that did were left standing all over the back, side and anywhere they could (very poor layout). There also seemed to be fewer cabin stewards, with service being delayed because these poor folks had so much to do with less support. Sadly, it is obvious that Carnival is cutting costs to make up for their prior blunders at both the guest and crews' expense. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
Sis and I traveled w/o our men this trip. We took separate, balcony adjoining rooms, 8416 & 8420 (aft, further back). It was a 6 nite cruise from Port of Miami to Grand Turk & Jamaica w/3 days at sea. Now I know the secret to a ... Read More
Sis and I traveled w/o our men this trip. We took separate, balcony adjoining rooms, 8416 & 8420 (aft, further back). It was a 6 nite cruise from Port of Miami to Grand Turk & Jamaica w/3 days at sea. Now I know the secret to a relaxing cruise, no more than 2 ports of call! The Positives of this cruise. 1. Most comfortable mattress, bedding and pillows. 2. Clean ship everywhere. 3. Captain made only 2 announcements over the PA - one was for a staff drill. The other for disembarkation instructions. I can't even remember any other announcements, if there were more. It was a pleasure NOT being interrupted w/loud PA messages! 4. NO ONE pushed to take our pictures like on previous cruises. That's a plus! 5. We had OPEN seating for dinner - it's called "YOUR TIME DINING". It was in the dining room and we sat at a different table each night which made it fun to meet people. 6. There were enough lounge chairs around both pools. 7. They put into effect the 45 min rule: can't reserve a chair w/towel longer than 45 min. 8. FOOD was more beautifully presented than I remember in past cruises. 9. FOOD was delicious and I'm critical as a 24 year veteran caterer. 10. That annoying Caribbean music you always hear around the main pool was gone! YAY! Instead, the huge movie screen at this pool played concert movies by top world reknown singers. 11. Our cabin stewart was excellent. 12. Service overall was very good. They try very hard to please everyone. 13. The adult comedy clubs were the best. Negatives: 1. The current trend of entertainment in the Show Theater is not like it used to be...not as professional, but still entertaining. Today, more lasers and electronic/digital video is used on the big screen instead of stage design. That's the only negative I have to say. We really enjoyed this relaxing cruise! Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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