45 Carnival Breeze Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We had a great time, but there could /should have been more for the teen age group to do. For example there was a dodgeball tournament , but for adults. Kids ran around the ship a lot, unsupervised. There were several fights in the ... Read More
We had a great time, but there could /should have been more for the teen age group to do. For example there was a dodgeball tournament , but for adults. Kids ran around the ship a lot, unsupervised. There were several fights in the arcade that lasted long enough for my son to video and security knew nothing about it. There were tons if activities for adults and they were all great. The staff is excellent, very helpful, friendly and accommodating. The room was nice, clean and our steward Mudi, was great! At night, the room temp was warm and the air did not seem to be working at its fullest, but not terrible. Getting on and off was very easy for the cruise as well as for the excursions. Food was good and there was plenty of options and choices. Our cruise director marQ was awesome and heand many of the cruise staff learned and remembered many of the guests names. This made it very personal and fun as well. Excursions: amber cove- we did the horseback riding at Seahorse ranch and it was great. Horses are beautiful and Fausto, our guide was very informative on our way there. San Juan: the rainforest and Old SanJuan, very nice and interesting St. Thomas: snorkeling sea turtle cove, this was beautiful and we wish it would have lasted longer Grand Turks: the beach had a lot to do for everyone the water was beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for ... Read More
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for the first time and loved it and this year I decided to give Carnival another chance. My mistake. I went with my boyfriend and 2 other couples so there was 6 of us in total. To begin, the embarkation process was smooth and quick as well as disembarkation. When we got to the room it was very small with no place to even put our suitcases to get them out of the way. I went on RC cruise line last year and the cabins were much bigger. This is not my main concern. Dining times were filled up so fast we had no choice but to choose 8:15 which was very late to eat dinner. Also, it was the prime time for many events so we either missed the events or we missed dinner. The activities and entertainment were a lot of fun for all ages. The comedians were very funny and the deck parties were a blast. Our entertainment director, Schwartz, was very entertaining and really made the whole cruise a lot more enjoyable. The service was great. Most people were very helpful and friendly and remembered names. We did an excursion at St. Thomas and we did the Turtle Cove snorkel. It was AMAZING and I would highly recommend doing this excursion. Grand Turk was very busy as there were multiple boats there so the beach was packed before we even got off the ship. There were no chairs anywhere so we had no choice but to go to the pool. Puerto Rico was a port I have been to before. Lots of little shops and places set up selling things but other than that there was not much to do. The next topic is the things that bothered me most. My boyfriend and I bought the endless bubbles package. It was not endless. You could only get a drink if you were sailing unless you wanted to pay taxes. The package did not include a cup to refill. You had to stand and wait at the bar to get a drink. Also, if you were thirsty after 2am it was water or nothing. There was no way of getting a drink at night because all of the bars closed and that was the only way to get a drink. Also, every bar closed at about 12-1 am except the casino bar. So if you wanted a drink you had to go all the way down to the casino until they closed at 2 as well. We did not get our use out of our drink package at all and a lot of people we talked to did not even buy the drink package but were still being served drinks. The buffet hours were very weird and things opened and closed at weird times. The only thing open late was pizza which sucked. The food itself was not great. The food choices at dinner were horrible. The desserts at dinner were horrible as well. The buffet was hit or miss but for the most part it was not too bad. The desserts at the buffet were great. The burger joint was probably the best food on the entire boat. Lastly, the picture situation. They took amazing pictures so we wanted to buy all of them like we did on RC. There was absolutely no option to buy all of our pictures. If we wanted them all it was $600. On Royal Caribbean for $300 we got all of our pictures on a flash drive that we got to take home with us. Overall, our experience was not great. We will not be sailing with Carnival again and will be going back to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked very well, and boarding the ship was an easy process. Much better that the prior process of waiting in lines to see a representative, showing your credit card, getting your room keys, etc. Now it’s just walking into the security area, having your boarding pass scanned, getting a boarding group number, having your picture taken, getting screened and waiting for your number to be called. Your room keys are in a tamper-proof envelope in your cabin’s mailbox. -Food – the food everywhere was quite good, especially the desserts in the main dining room and the “Sweet Spot” in the Lido Marketplace. I wanted to try many of the dining options I’ve not tried on my prior Carnival cruises since the Breeze has so many to choose from. BTW, they changed the Tandoori station (which was included) in the aft pool area to a Seafood Shack (additional charges apply). I’m glad they did, as the lobster roll platter was outstanding – 2 rolls with fries for $14, and the lobster filling was fresh and plentiful. I also tried the new Carnival Deli menu – the Cuban sandwich was very good. Also, I tried the Mongolian Wok for the first time and enjoyed my noodles with beef in Sichuan sauce (spicy). I was going to try the free lunchtime pasta bar at Cucina del Capitano, but some of our cruise mates tried it and said it was nothing special. The new food tries also included Guy’s Pig and Anchor Barbecue (very good) and the light soup and salad lunch offerings in the Plaza Café. Of course, previously-experienced Guy’s Burger Joint was visited as well as the Blue Iguana Cantina for a breakfast burrito and lunchtime tacos. All very good as usual. We ate breakfast in the main dining room every morning except one, for Sea Day Brunch or Open Seating breakfast, to avoid the mobs of people in the Lido Marketplace. Food was good; however, it was hit and miss on the poached or over-easy eggs having a soft yolk. Dining room food for dinner was very good with few exceptions. -Drinks – we had the Cheers! Package so we were able to try many different concoctions from many different bars. Our favorites were the Casino Bar, Alchemy Bar and Red Frog Pub. Drinks were consistently prepared, and after-dinner specialty cocktails at Alchemy were a nightly event. -Entertainment – very good shows in the main theater, with talented singers & dancers and nice staging/special effects. The Country/Rock band and singing duet were both great. We enjoyed the live music nightly. They also had a modern string quartet that played today’s songs instead of traditional string compositions. -Shops – the Breeze has a wide variety of shops with reasonable prices. Of course, my wife got a “souvenir” at the EFFY fine jewelry shop. We also won a raffle there for a signature EFFY jeweled panther keychain and ruby pendant necklace. -Service – overall the service was quite good, and the crew we encountered friendly and wanting to help. Service at the bars was quick and efficient. Our dining room team (Early Seating Dinner) was hard working and did a good job all week, learning our names the first night and using them every night thereafter. However, it is apparent that they have reduced staff in recent years and the team was stretched thin on the busy nights (first night, Elegant nights, etc.), as the ship was at capacity, with 4700+ guests on board (standard double occupancy is 3690). The Guest Services staff were some of the best I’ve encountered – I’ll describe an issue I had with the cabin involving Guest Services later in this review. There were some inconsistencies with certain aspects of the service we experienced, which are also described later in this review. -Cabin Steward – our Steward Victoria was probably the best we’ve had on any cruise, on any cruise line. She did an amazing job of keeping our stateroom clean and comfortable and supplied with what we needed. -Casino – it was large with plenty of slots and table games. I don’t gamble, but my wife certainly made some donations on the slots. As mentioned previously, the bartending team was top-notch. However, as this was Carnival and the only indoor venue that allows smoking, be prepared for a constant smoke smell – the ventilation clears the actual smoke quickly, but the odor is persistent. Shore Tours – we did Carnival-sponsored tours in each of our four ports. All were fun and informative. Now, the not-so-good: -Cabin – although our category 8C veranda cabin was Carnival’s usual rather roomy size compared to other lines, with a comfortable bed and couch, our cabin #8441 developed a sewer-like smell shortly after sailing. Long story short, they were unable to resolve the issue during our voyage. Our steward said this was not the first time someone raised this issue, so I would recommend avoiding this cabin. That said, once I raised the issue with Guest Services, they did make every effort to resolve the issue, sending the floor manager, HVAC technician and even a Guest Services representative to investigate the matter. Our workaround was to leave the bathroom door slightly opened, as the air intake vent in the bathroom was quite powerful and kept the air circulating and the smell reduced. We bring a bungee cord with us to prop open the balcony door, so this was also done occasionally – when opening the cabin door at the same time, the air from the hallway comes rushing in to refresh the cabin air. These steps kept the issue to a minor annoyance, and Guest Services compensated us with an OBC that we felt was satisfactory compensation or our inconvenience. -Certain Main Dining Room Service – at Breakfast/Sea Day Brunch, it sometimes took a while to get attention by the servers after being seated. It sometimes took several minutes before we received water and coffee. Also, it sometimes took a while to receive our orders, even when adjacent tables received theirs even though being seated after us. Finally, getting bar drinks/wine at dinner was a challenge, especially in the first few days of the cruise. Things were better later in the week. -Crowds/Lines – this was the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed, and as mentioned previously, the ship was at capacity since it was a Spring Break cruise. The chair hogs we out in force, so we didn’t even try to lay out in the sun while on the ship. We got our sun time on our shore tours. Also, lines for certain food stations in the Lido Marketplace could be very long at peak breakfast and lunch times. In fact, the one morning we had breakfast on Lido the lines were so long at the buffet I was able to get a Blue Iguana burrito (no line!) and finish it before my wife returned with her eggs and bacon from the buffet. Finding available tables could also be a challenge. Getting off the ship at certain ports of call also had big backups. The cruise being over Spring Break meant over a thousand kids on board, so there was plenty of hallway running, (every) elevator button pushing, and loud areas. Definitely not a cruise for relaxation. -Debarkation – chaotic and slow-going. It seemed to me they called too many decks (for self-assisted departures) and Debarkation Zones (for checked luggage folks) at the same time, overwhelming the solitary forward staircase and elevators used for this purpose. This needs to be better-managed. -Overall – a great cruise with lots of dining choices, great drinks and service (with a few exceptions) and smooth embarkation process. Although there were some issues (the cabin odor being the main one), the weather was great all week, and we enjoyed the ports and sea days. I would definitely cruise the Carnival Breeze again, just not at Spring Break and not in cabin #8441. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this ship for location and departure date. Luckily we had 4 stops so that made the ship more bearable. You can only go down the slides so many times. The kids club was ok. The best food was all of Guy's stops. The Pig ... Read More
We chose this ship for location and departure date. Luckily we had 4 stops so that made the ship more bearable. You can only go down the slides so many times. The kids club was ok. The best food was all of Guy's stops. The Pig and Anchor was not open every day and for lunch only. The pizza and deli would be lifesavers when burgers and tacos were closed. Amber Cove was a nice stop with the pool as we disembarked. We have visited San Juan numerous times so we like to go and visit the cat shelter there near the fort. Grand Turk was another reason for this ship and it was a huge disappointment. We did a beach excursion and a huge waste of money. The service was incredibly slow, I went to find my own beach umbrella. The food included in the buffet was terrible. There is a nice pool/beach area as soon as you get off the ship (free). St. Thomas was a nice visit as well. This cruise served the purpose of date/itinerary. Carnival is our least favorite cruise line - we love Disney and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the ... Read More
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the cruise director is one of the best i've seen out of 20 years of cruising.He loved his job in keeping people happy. We enjoyed the shows that we saw. the down side of this trip was some of te things that carnival doesn't tell you. 1 they don't tell you that every time you are in a us port you pay an extra tax on anything you drink on the ship. So if your in port for 8 hours it can cost you an additional 20 dollars per couple. I am an avid scrapbooker. so i was looking forward to that activity that was on board since they teamed up with michaels it was very disappointing took 15 minutes to get your supplies and then only gave you 15 minutes to work on the project.It wuld have made sense to prepackage the project or extend the time they gave. Our first night in the dining room was not good from the server to where they sat us. But by the next night they moved our seating to a private table and 3 really awesome waiters. Cabin steward was good. no issues with that at all. We would go again. yes. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood ... Read More
We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood restaurant and the artwork desert. Very cool presentation. We traveled with 4 teenagers 15-17 and they were bored a large portion of the time. Not enough for them to do. Pools were too full and the water slide lines extremely long. They close the basketball court from 530-1130 daily and all the games are 18+ (for dodgeball??) there was a bad smell a good portion of the time off the back of the boat. Massage was $180 and pedicure $85 before tip. Buffet had the same food each day which got old fast. The shows were good but Hasbro for example, was all about small children. My teens got bored quickly. Would recommend another boat or cruise line for traveling with teenagers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really ... Read More
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really good. food- we enjoyed all of the included food venues. loved Tandoor, Blue Iguana, and the wok. the food in the MDR was also really good. the only issue was some days the service was really slow (2 hours for dinner) deck 5- nice location with additional whirlpools (others deck 10) and lounging chairs and chess. also, the bbq restaurant is on this deck. pools- the pools were a bit small and always crowded. embarkation- it was really quick and easy. very impressed with the efficient process at galveston. entertainment/ activities- comedy shows were good. but, the limelight lounge is really small and many shows were standing room only. the playlist shows were pretty good not great. the clue murder mystery was ok, but, not that great. we could've skipped it since there is only 1 winner. we enjoyed the sports area- ping pong, pool, track, bball, and track. ports- cozumel, roatan, belize. all ports were fun. tendering in belize creates some issues because it limits time for the excursion. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids and love kids. I was shocked how many kids were on this cruise. The lack of parenting was atrocious. Ship is just like the "Magic" with a little different decor and a few different restaurant choices. Entertainment wasn't that great. However, The "Lip Sync Battle" final production on Saturday was fun to watch. Bar Service was great. Smile, be nice, be patient and you will get good service. Reverse all that and I can assure you, you will not get good service. Cruise director Lee was good. We enjoyed his antics. I have to give a shout out to "Laz" from England. He was on the "Fun Staff" He should and deserves to be a Cruise Director. He was fantastic and very entertaining. Always had a huge, happy crowd at his activities. Also, Miss "Iowa" .... was superb as well. Sorry I can't remember her name. Thank you Galveston for changing the 'embarkation' procedures. it is much easier to get thru the process and onto the ship now, especially if you have 'Faster to the Fun' or are a V.I.P. Platinum, or Diamond member. I will say this though..... the Luggage guys could care less if you have the FTTF tags. they come and get delivered with all the other luggage. No priority, separation, or faster delivery. I think we are just burnt out on cruises, we've been on 5 in the last 4 years. Would I go again? Not anytime soon..... probably not Carnival either. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and ... Read More
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and answering questions. Stacey and Amber were British dolls and Michael was my favorite overall. He had great stories to tell. Wasn’t too impressed with our dining room staff. Very nice but seemed very disorganized. Often had to ask more than once for refills or ordered items. We also had an odor problem on 8 aft, both in hallway and our room. Our steward Jessie did his best to mitigate the smell but it kept coming back. Very sewer smelling. Guest services tried to make things right but haven’t seen the credit yet . We did our own vow renewal on the ship during Jamaica port and did a Dreams Studio photo shoot. Would have loved more outdoor pics but Luca did a good job. Attended the Cruise Critic meet and mingle and were the only ones who showed. Met Courtney and Monroe as well as two officers. All were very nice and kind. Courtney even had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room. As well, Mr John Heald also had strawberries and champagne delivered to our room. Thank you. Overall a good time and looking forward to amour next cruise after Thanksgiving. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and ... Read More
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and be in close proxmity. We selected the early dining time of 6:00 PM. The first night at dinner we where scattered across 4 tables. We mentioned this to the staff and for the rest of the trip we all were upgraded to Saphire Room and all 25 sat at one table for the rest of the cruise. The rooms and ammenities of the ship surpassed all my expectations. There is so much to do and see on the ship that we had to make it a point to check in with our travel companions or you could go several days without bumping into each other. Our cruise visited three ports on the trip; Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jamaica was the biggest disappointment of our entire trip; within 10 minutes of leaving port our bus driver stopped the bus and his assistant requested 25 dollars per person to guarantee our safety as the area was currently in a "State of Emergency". The bus continued and eventually stopped in a shopping district. At this point we requested to be let off and the bus driver closed the door on us, our group was rather large and we were able to force our way off the buss and paid to enter a private resort near the bus. The Grand Cayman's surpassed all our expectations and hope to return in the future. We never felt pressured on the Island and everyone in our group participated in a snorkeling trip. We couldn't have been more impressed by the people and the beauty. Cozumel was also fun as we rented Jeeps and felt completely safe on our own and the people there and awesome. We did do some snorkeling and enjoyed shopping. I would book this trip and recommend it to all my friends with the one suggestion that they DON'T GET OFF THE SHIP IN JAMAICA. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even asked to pass a plate down to another guest. Also disappointed that there were not a lot of activities for teens to do other than hang out in the Teen Club and listen to music. The activities for adults were basically to get you to purchase something more on the ship - only free activities were the dance classes and creativity activity. Lots of drunks and having to remind adults and teens that there are children on the ship with their nasty language. I was glad that I could lay out on my Aft deck and not have to fight for a place by the pool as you wouldn't be able to get one - lots of seats saved with no one ever in them. Tried to watch a Dive In Movie one night but couldn't hear because of pool filled with screaming kids. The price was right, but it was a case of you get what you pay for. Overall, it just wasn't my type of crowd. Here are a few good things: Guy's Burgers - incredible! Deli on Lido deck - Meatball sandwich - yummy! Room Steward - was good and the fun towel animals were the best! Zach Daniels at the Piano Bar was fun along with Aura John the comedian was fabulous! Debarkationo and Embarkation - quick! Other things: One plug in for the entire cabin; not one in the bathroom. Cabin steward will ask if you want your room cleaned in the am or evening or both - never had this asked on any other cruise line, but then the steward had about 30 rooms to care for and most other cruise lines they have around 15. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the ... Read More
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the non-called floors so you have to take the stairs. We decided to stage ourselves on the 4th floor (5 was crowded and 3 was the exit). However, we met someone that said their cleaning staff told them to just go own down and exit the boat even though the deck number hadn't been called. We followed and were allowed to leave the ship much earlier than our deck number announcement. It took us about 35 minutes to get off the boat. The ship is very impressive. For the most part, I found it to be fairly clean and well equipped with options/areas. The seas were a little rough on a couple of days and the shipped handled well both days, especially on the upper decks. I found a few things less than optimal: 1) no exclusive adult only pool, only hot tubs; 2) the floor in the buffet is very slick - I wore three different shoe types walking through there and they were all slick; 3) it was march madness and the ship could only show one game on the TVs. The pub was so crowded it wasn't even worth trying to find a spot. The cabin was small but very clean. It looked like it had never been used. The AC didn't go as low as I would have liked it, but it was comfortable. I cruised by myself, so I had the double twins pushed together to make a king bed. I found the mattresses firm, but ultimately I spent little time in the cabin and was exhausted enough to sleep outside of mattress preferences. The sheets were soft and the entire room was turned down twice a day. I paid upfront for gratuities, and I tipped the cleaner $60 at the beginning. I never met someone so happy when he saw me. We had mixed dining experiences. First, I cannot begin to tell everyone how rough the back of the ship was in the Blush dining. It was rocking pretty good a couple of days enough for a couple of us to get uncomfortable while eating. The service there was also bad. On multiple occasions, we had to pour our own water (not a big deal) and actually get refills from a station by us. I had a ceasar salad delivered warm, and cooked food delivered cold. Our group eventually asked to be relocated to the Your-Time-Dining in the Sapphire. The service there and overall experience was much better. Our servers did a great job and were extremely personable. We also appreciated the ability to eat when we wanted, not at 20:15 that conflicted with so many activities on the ship. The entertainment and activities were very very very good. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed my interactions with the Fun Staff and the performers. All were very personable and I had the privilege to befriend a couple of them. We had a great time with Laz and that man has a great future ahead of him in the industry. The ports of cozumel and roatan were beautiful. I didn't really care much for Belize, as the only way to safely explore the area was through an excursion. I didn't feel unsafe in any of the places, but the immediate area outside of the Belize port was questionable. Our first stop in Cozumel did not go very well. The crew had decided to open only 1 gangway to get off the ship. Lee made an announcement to wait and not crowd the stairways or elevators and would make an additional announcement when it was okay to proceed. Well, my group followed the directions and were late to the port to meet for our snorkeling excursion and the boat left without us (5 people). Instead they offered to refund it in the port, and provide us another option to a private beach - which we took. The guide there was wrong in telling us it was a cataraman, but we enjoyed the food and experience overall. Eventually, the service refunded us 10% and gave some drink coupons. To get back on the ship, they had 3 gangways open and boarding was a breeze. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages ... Read More
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages 13, 10 and 7. Embarkation was very quick. I dropped off my husband and kids with our luggage at the porters, then parked the car at the Port of Galveston lot and took the shuttle over to meet them. They had waited for me in line at embarkation, and it went very quickly once I arrived. I would definitely recommend arriving after lunch, within your chosen arrival time. This made it go much faster for us! We had no trouble with fog sailing out of Galveston, and we left right on schedule. We did encounter some fog after we'd already left the port, but it didn't effect us at all, aside from hearing the fog horn going off a time or two. We had two connecting balcony staterooms on deck 8 forward, one with a king bed, and the other with three twins. The rooms seemed small at first, but we had plenty of space for everything that travels with a family of five, and having two bathrooms (toilets!) was a wonderful thing! Our stateroom attendant introduced himself to us, and gave us his card. He had me fill out a sheet about when I wanted to have our room serviced, in the morning, evening or both. I had heard about this before, but our last two spring break cruises (on the Elation and then the Vista), we were never asked which we prefer, and we had our room serviced twice. So, this was our first experience with the one-time service. It wasn't terrible, and I understand why they do it, but there is a little magic lost receiving the towel animal at 10am, and no Fun Times and chocolates left on your bed at night. Like I said, it's nothing to whine about, but I did miss it a smidge. Our stewards were very friendly, and did a nice job keeping up our rooms. They cleaned and left the towel animals, but did nothing above and beyond like our previous stewards have done, like putting hats and sunglasses on the kids' towel animals, or incorporating the kids' stuffed animals into the presentation. I ended up doing this during the day because my youngest still very much enjoys the surprise. We ate in the MDR three of the seven nights, and the service was wonderful. With so many other things we'd like to do on board, we just couldn't justify spending an hour and a half on a meal every night, but the nights we were there is was very nice. We happened to be in the MDR on the first sea day night (elegant night), and a legit fight broke out. It was...interesting... to watch. I felt badly for the passengers seated nearby the action, but the Carnival staff handled it well, and removed those involved as quickly as they could. When we weren't eating in the MDR, we were usually up on the Lido eating from the deli (we ordered from the deli a LOT!! love the tomato and mozzarella sandwich and fries...mmmm...those deli fries...), Pizza Pirate, and we ate once or twice from the actual buffet. My boys had Guy's burgers a few times, too. We had lunch at the Italian restaurant once, and it was very good, however, one woman on the wait staff was a bit rude to us because we didn't turn in the order forms for our table all at the same time. : / oops. We ate at Bonsai Sushi once, too. The couple seated next to us order a giant boat sampler and it was so cool! I wish my kids were more adventurous so we could have tried that! Maybe in a few years... We had Sea Day brunch twice, and the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast on our last morning. Highly recommend both. All in all, the food was good. My husband bought coffee every morning at the Java Blue Cafe, right at 7am when they opened. We went through 3 loyalty cards! He always got an iced latte, but I tried a variety of coffees, mostly lattes and mochas, and they were all effective (I have found the Lido deck coffee to not "work" on me? Maybe it's weak, or the cups are too small for me. Not sure. But the lattes woke me up!). The staff at the coffee shop is always – always! – so busy, but they are also some of the sweetest ladies on board. Our kids tried the milkshakes and frappes there, too. 3 out of 3 would recommend! As for on board experiences, we tried to do as much as we could from the morning show to the evening comedy, and my kids really enjoy interacting with the staff. Speaking of the staff, we cruised with Lee Mason as our CD and he is so. much. fun!!! You can tell he really enjoys his job; he brings so much energy and enthusiasm to every event. The other members of the Fun Squad were also fantastic, noteably Las, Lindsey and Ryan. This was really a dream team, dedicated to making it a very fun week for their guests. We played Bingo (my 10-year-old's aka "Bingo Boy" favorite), saw 4-5 different comedians preform (always a winner), and highly recommend checking out the Lip Synch Battle throughout the week and concluding with the showdown at the end of the week. So fun! We arrived early for Hasboro the Game Show because my 10-year-old was determined to play, and luckily he was chosen in round one and got to be part of the team that played Yatzee Bowling. His team didn't win, but he was happy to have finally been able to get up on stage (on our last two cruises he missed out, so third time was a charm!). We also went to a bunch of trivia's – my 13-year-old won one fo the trivia in Red Frog Pub (LOL! Ryan couldn't give him the huge tube of beer as his prize, so he found a ship on a stick for him. Thanks so much, Ryan!). My two youngest two spent a lot of time in the pool and on the waterslides. I hear the orange one is very fast and fun! And, as always we spent a lot of time in the Sports Square playing mini golf, pool, and ping pong. This year the boys tried the ropes course for the first time and it was a definite highlight! My youngest now only wants to sail on ships with a ropes course, he loved it that much. I had a great time hanging out by the aft pool. The kids would play in the pool, or head up to the waterslides, and I was able to sit and relax with a book or a magazine (and a drink!). LOVE it. Would go back and do that today if I could! I also want to mention that Carnival has a staff member watching the pools. Like a Life Guard, but not called out as a life guard. I believe their shirts read Staff Member. But a Staff Member was standing in the water, watching the pool the entire time. There was also a Staff Member at the mid ship pool. I was glad to see this. Our ports were Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay. We've been on this exact cruise before, so we knew what to expect. We always love a visit to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, and we had a great day there. In Belize we did the Snorkeling the Wonders of the Barrier Reef excursion through Carnival. I had read many great reviews about this excursion, and I was really excited for the snorkeling. However, it was an incredibly disappointing experience, start to finish. I would not recommend it until there is word that Carnival has gotten the vendor to improve the dependability of their watercraft. On our trip to the island we were marooned at sea for about 30 minutes because of an engine break down, then on our return trip, we had to putter back to the ship in the lowest gear because of another faulty engine. We took 3 different boats to and from Rendezvous Cay on this excursion, and 2 of 3 broke down. I'm not exaggerating when I say most of our time in Belize was spent on faulty watercraft. So frustrating, and such a waste of time! What little time we did get to snorkel the Barrier Reef was super cool. But buyer beware with that excursion! In Mahogany Bay we wanted an easy beach day, so I pre-purchased two of the Relax on the Beach with Kayak packages for our family of five. We all five rode the magic chairs over to the beach, then upon arrival we were set up with our two clams shells, four loungers and two tables between them. The package also came with four floating mats. We ate and drank at Fat Tuesday's (the quesadillas were so good!), and four of us went kayaking. It was a perfect day for us, and we'd probably do the same thing all over again on our next visit. I think the Breeze may have been the only ship in port this day because the beach wasn't crowded at all. We sailed with a lot of families from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas – the majority of us on spring break. Only one group of college age travelers that stood out, but not in a terrible or obnoxious way, and my husband and I enjoyed watching them throughout the week. Overall it was a fantastic week on the Breeze, and we are already looking forward to next spring break's cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew works together to keep the ship spotless. Cabins are cleaned early morning and your bed is turned down in the evening. room service was available and delivered at the time requested. The food provided during the cruise was excellent. There was never a shortage of food and beverages. The wait staff in the blush dining room make sure passengers have breakfast and dinner served with many selections to choose from. they were all very kind and always smiling and patient. Entertainment every night was excellent except i did not enjoy racial remarks by one comedian who has been on netflix. A group of eight dancers and singers performed wonderful shows each night. their talent was superb! we left after each show so happy and amazed, wonderful music, dancing and costumes. Several bands performed nightly. my favorite was the midas touch. The singers, piano player ,drummer, bass player were excellent and entertaining. female singer had a beautiful voice but at times seemed preoccupied. the guitar player was fantastic. you could tell he really enjoyed his music. male singer has a great voice and is smiling the entire time. the group was very enjoyable. we saw them each night they played. The cruise director was named lee. anyone who crossed paths with him was so happy to see him. he was everywhere during our seven day cruise. He was hilarious! Lee's jokes were always funny and kid friendly. example: lee announced: attention breeze passengers..... To the woman who reported $3,000 bundled in a rubber band lost.....we have found your rubber band!! he made this announcement during our debarkation which takes awhile. i would say he is well loved by his crew as well and the passengers. he is always visible. we wondered when he ever went to sleep! The three excursions we went on during the week were well organized with our safety at all ports clearly the most important factor. the transportation to and from islands was easy and comfortable and we were always taken back to ship in plenty of time. Thank you carnival breeze for a fantastic week of fun and relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let ... Read More
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let down and disappointed. Normally when I get on a cruise I am in love with the atrium, this boat left a lot to be desired. It uses more mellow tones and I particularly enjoy the more brighter ones. The staff was also completely different. Normally Carnival staff are out going, fun, funny, informative and learn your name This crew just did their job and nothing more. This was also the first cruise I decided to take my children on and I wanted them to enjoy the cruise line as much as I did. They enjoyed it but I think it could have been much better. I recently cruised a year prior to this and in a year the food drastically changed. No meal I had can I honestly say was really good. A lot of times I had to send my entree back and try another one. None of the desserts wowed me wither. Why oh why is there a Pizza Pirate on this cruise??? This has to be one of the worst pizza options ever! My waiter in the dinning room Woodie was good but not overly great. I think my previous cruise on Magic set the bar so high it was hard for these crew members to reach it. I tried a FWD cabin this time and never again. It was way to rocky and the waves were so loud it sometimes woke me up at night so back to midship I go. Oh and the cruise director was not as good as my last cruise director either. The only cute phrase he had was," I love you." Other than that he was not entertaining at all. My room 7222 was fine. The bed was so comfy and I felt like every night it was calling my name. I didn't get a chance to party much on this cruise but my kids sure as heck did. Some nights I had to go and find them. I have no plans on trying this ship again but I will be back on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until ... Read More
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until 1AM every night. They made lots of friends and had a great time. The shows were pretty good. The Hasbro Game show was neat, we enjoyed that. Our favorite show had to be the love and marriage show, its always hilarious. Love the ativities they have on LIDO deck, just wish they had more of them. We felt like we had a lot of down time on sea days. Cruise director was great, Schwartz. Very funny and a great dancer. Dining: We did anytime dining. We very rarely had to wait to be seated. Service/staff was great, food was brought out in a timely manner. We ate there for dinner only, food was pretty good on most days. Breakfast and lunch on LIDO deck. Always love Guys Burgers and WOK is great too. Burrito bar and tacos were good. My kids love the pizza and ice cream. Keywest: Keywest was my least favorite port. We chose to do our own thing. I rented a golf cart in advance from sunshine scooters. Service was OK, my reservation was messed up and they were able to fix the pricing for me. We rode around town, which was very busy. We went to Ft Zachary park, it is a very long walk here so I would suggest a taxi or some type of vehicle. It was very beautiful beach. We brought our own snorkel gear and snorkeled for a bit. Snorkeling was OK, very cloudy till you got out around the rocks. Not to much to see but we did see some fish. After an hour of snorkeling we went to see the actual fort. Not to much to see but it was worth walking around and looking. Freeport: Loved freeport. We went to Deadmans reef. We chose to book this independently so that we could have more than just 1 hour at the beach plus it was cheaper. Staff was great, from transportation to and from cruise ship and while on beach. It is a good swim out but it very doable. Myself and family had no problem. Saw lots of fish and it was so beautiful and clear in the water like swimming in an aquarium. It was very cold at first though. My husband and son saw a sea turtle. we missed it because my daughter got stung by some jelly fish, which staff was helpful with and gave her some vinegar to help ease the discomfort. Would do this again. Snorkeling was great. Nassua: Here we booked a dolphin swim through carnival. VIP dolphin swim and lunch with blue lagoon. Transportation was great, took a ferry ride over to the island. The island itself is beautiful. My favorite place during the whole cruise. Dolphin swim was amazing!!!! well worth the money, we bought the video of our swim. Lunch was good, buffet. Next time we will just come and enjoy the beach. Hammock in the shade were great. Beautiful place. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of ... Read More
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of Galveston is that we have to fly (from Canada) and IAH is so far from the port. We stayed 2 nights pre-cruise in Webster Texas just a few blocks away from Johnson Space Centre. Uber seemed like the most economical option (plus I like taking Uber). It cost $45 to get from IAH to our hotel and then $41 to get to the pier on Sunday. You cannot take Uber from Galveston so we opted for the cruise coach bus back to the airport which cost $150. Embarkation went smoothly but we had faster to the fun which would have expedited the process. The ship was clean. I see so many reviews and people taking on facebook that said the ship was dirty. The ship had 4538 passengers and there are not 4538 crew members following us around at every moment to clean up after everyone. The whole time I was on the ship, you didn’t have to walk far to see a crew member wiping down something. They try very hard to keep that ship clean. This is the first time we chose an aft balcony. We were in cabin 9477. OMG! I loved the aft balcony. Cabin 9477’s balcony is also about 4 feet wider than the ones in the middle because it extends a bit further to the wrap around balcony on the side. What I loved about this balcony is the fact that there was no wind. When I have been on open deck at night or a regular side balcony, it gets so windy. I could sit out at night and relax on the aft as it was so calm and peaceful. The only downside to this room is that you can hear some deck scraping from the lounge chairs above. They stack them at night between 9-10pm to clean the deck. I preferred the 9th floor though versus the aft balconies after as I prefer the shade. Well worth the extra money and I have already reserved my aft cabin for 2018 on the Splendor as I don’t want to miss out on that balcony. The food was very good. The main dining room’s food quality and selection was excellent. There was only one appetizer that I didn’t enjoy but that was more preference than quality. We had YTD and the restaurant was never busy at 5:45 when they opened. We requested to sit in Lala’s section as she was fantastic and really made our cruise for us. I love the Tandoor restaurant at the back of the ship. I could have ate lunch there almost every day. The only disappointment on this cruise was the lineup for breakfast in the main dining room. We really don’t prefer eating breakfast on the lido. We like the MDR for regular breakfast and also for the seaday brunch. What I learned was that everyone else on the ship had the same preference as us. We only waited in the line once and after that opted to eat breakfast on the lido. On past cruises, it was almost like our little secret to go to the dining room for breakfast but now apparently the secret is out…LOL. I will say though that there was never a lineup for breakfast on the lido. My breakfast typically consisted of a piece of French toast, a little bacon and a bowl of grapefruit and it was very good. My sons both loved Circle C. They had an excellent program for youth and my sons made some wonderful new friends. The ports were ok. We have been to most ports now and other than a few select ports, we like to stay on the ship. I was most looking forward to seeing Key West as I have never been there before, however, once we got off the ship the town was so busy because we were one of two ships, we walked around for a bit then returned to the ship. We actually LOVE being on the ship in port days. It is so quiet and enjoyable. Debarkation was also easy (fast to the fun) as we were off the ship by 9am and on our way back to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. ... Read More
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. Breakfast was an omelet, but they had lots to chose from. Lunch was Guy's hamburgers. Great.. also sandwiches or pizza. Supper was is the Blush dining room. table 750. Michael was a great server, and always had water and always a glass of wine. the food was ok. had prime rib twice.. cold and not cooked right both times, but items always fixed. Casino...I played slots only on the second day at sea.. went through $250 in less than 30 minutes on 3 different machines. did not play again...... Pictures are way over priced...only purchase a couple. refused taking a lot of them. We purchased the cheers program...worked great.. also pre-purchased the spa pool for the week. it was ok. you got you use the pool and all the different saunas. The only thing I did notice is the metal rack you lay on in the spa pool had dirt or film on it. it was brownish and would just rub off. Purchased a massage. it was good but then its a high pressure sales attempt for there products and additional services. Country music band was great..... wish the piano bar started in the early evening 5 or 6. Read Less
Sail Date March 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 for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or disembarking at port, the lines were awful. It took us an hour of being squished in a stairwell to exit the boat at each port. The lines were poorly organized and no one really knew where to wait and where to go. It was not a great way to spend our vacation. The food was very mediocre. We found dinner to be relaxing and the service to be good in the anytime dining in the Sapphire restaurant. We tended to eat by 6 pm and had no wait at that time. They were quite good with my gluten dietary restrictions. I was able to order my meal the night before so that the gluten free was available. However, lunch and breakfast were a different story. The buffets were very crowded and much of the staff didn't speak English well enough to answer questions about the food and help me find true gluten free options. There was a shortage of vegetables on the ship as well. With few gluten free options, vegetables would have at least been a sure thing for me. My kids loved the ice cream, pasta, and bread available everywhere, all the time. Baked potatoes and hot dogs were another big hit. Certainly not gourmet but the kids were happy. The pools and decks were crowded as expected but we were able to find some spots between the pools and the slides so the kids could run back and forth. My only complaint here was the cigarette smoke. Even when we were on the opposite side of the boat from the smoking area, it was hard to escape. My 16 year old loved the teen club. He wanted to spend all his time with the new friends he made. There did not appear to really be organized activities. It was more of a place for teens to meet up. As a parent, I was surprisedd at the number of teenagers roaming the boat with no supervision until all hours of the night. My younger girls were not interested in the kids clubs so I cannot speak to those. Overall, we had a fun week but I don't know that I would choose to cruise again due to the extreme amount of time we spent waiting in line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding pass, so no bother showing up at anytime before that. Our passes were for the 10-10:30am check in. We were all checked in and waiting to board by 11am, but it wasn’t until around noon that we were able to board with our zone 3 stamp we had been given. Rooms were supposed to be ready by 12:30-1pm, but when we went to check at 1pm, they still weren’t ready, but we dropped our stuff off anyway. Room – This time we had an inside spa cabin on deck 11. It was small, but it’s what we expected and had read about prior to getting onboard. We liked the location of being on deck 11 and got our daily workout in going up and down the stairs avoiding elevators to go to the main theater and dinner. We had two closets with not enough hangers. The shower seemed larger than we remembered as neither of us were attacked by the shower curtain. Water pressure was also good in the shower. Safe worked fine. Mini fridge was there, but we never even opened it. Suitcases fit right under the bed as usual. For gold status, we were supposed to receive free bottles of water, but never did until we asked the room steward to look into it on day two. Our room was service quickly twice a day always while we were at breakfast and then again at dinner. Towel animals were cute as always. Spa area – We did check out the spa area since we were in a spa room and had access to it. No one else was there during the 30 minutes we were there, so if you like to get away from everyone then the spa is for you. There was a nice lounge area, large hot tub, hot rooms, and steam room, but it just wasn’t our thing. We probably wouldn’t pay extra to have it again. Deck Chairs – People are out early claiming their spots with towels and other personal items. At no point did we ever see anyone enforcing a rule for people leaving belonging behind for a long period of time without being there. If you’re looking for shade, those spots go first, followed by the prime sunning areas on the lido on deck 10. Deck 11 has some nice shade areas, but it’s also the smoking area. The serenity area also fills up quickly on sea days. The easiest place to always find a chair in the sun or shade is deck 5. Our advice is to claim your seat on your way to breakfast, especially if you want a deck chair on 10, 11 or 12. Previous sailing - We previously sailed on the Breeze in December 2013 and did notice a few things that could be improved upon this time around. There was significant wear to the cushions on deck chairs in the serenity area which looked like they needed to be completely replaced as well as areas where the deck and carpets were worn down. Once they fix these minor issues up she’ll be as good as new! Food – Seems to be the same quality as last time we were on board. If you’re looking for gourmet food, Carnival is not the cruise line for you. If you don’t mind simple and sometimes bland food, then step on up. The portions in the main dining room seemed a little smaller than last time, and for the first time ever, we heard people being told no when trying to order additional lobsters, and escargot wasn’t on the menu any of the 6 nights, but is available at the steakhouse. The buffet food is hit and miss, but if you skip out on the main dining room for dinner, no worries, because at least half of the items on the main dining room menu are also served on the buffet at night. For lunch, there are so many options, which I think helps keep the lines down overall : Pizza, Indian, Deli, Asian Wok, Guys Burgers, Burritos/Tacos, comfort food buffet, and specialty cuisine buffet, as well as Italian restaurant which is free at lunch. If you time things right, you’ll never have to wait in line very long at all. Our favorite buffet area stops are the Guy’s Burgers and Blue Iguana Burritos. The longest and slowest line is always at the Asian Wok – where there are two cooks who are each cooking individual dishes for three people at a time, so of course it is going to take some time. Pizza can also get backed up at prime feeding times. The main buffet area does have strict hours and some people seem to get annoyed with that, but I think is reasonable since they have to take down breakfast and set up for lunch and take down lunch and set up for dinner. I think this also helps with overall cleanliness too. Breakfast is the same at the buffets, so it doesn’t matter which line you go to. The longest line is always for omelets, other than that there isn’t much of a wait at breakfast. Bar service - always fast and friendly! Entertainment & Activities – There is so much to do on board this ship. Even after bring on the Breeze twice, we still haven't done everything there is to do! The cruise director Mike was ok, but since we had Butch last time, anything but Butch is a disappointment for us. The rest of the entertainment and fun crew were good seemed to enjoy what they do, which was good. Trivia pretty much happens hourly and is a good way to win trophies or medals if you’re into that. The shows in the main theater were good. We thought the best was Motor City. The comedy shows were ok, but they’re always hit and miss depending on who the comedians are. They do clear the comedy room out after each show and make people wait in a line to get back in now, so that was a different. As long as you arrive 15 minutes early, you can always find a seat for the comedy. For the main theater, you could always find a seat no matter what, but if you want the best views or a seat at the end of a row, then you should arrive 10-15 minutes early. The piano bar was also good evening entertainment. The dance club gets going about 11:30pm-midnight ish, before that it is pretty much dead. Live music around the ship was hit or miss. Other entertainment like the ropes course, mini golf, and waterslides/waterworks area is also good fun. We used the waterslides over and over again with no line on port days , on sea days in the afternoon there was always a line. Other passengers - It was a typical spring break crowd. The majority of people on board seemed to be families with children along with couples in their 20s-50s. For our sailing there was just over 1300 people under 18 on board, most of which we never saw, so good job Camp Ocean! Ports of Call: Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, & Cozumel Mexico. Excursion suggestions - Dunn River Falls in Jamaica, swim with the sting rays in Grand Cayman, & visit the ruins in Mexico. Shopping - The best port area shopping is in Cozumel Mexico. Disembarkation - This is fast especially if you do the self disembark and take your luggage off yourself. Otherwise, don’t leave until your zone number is called. The luggage system has been upgraded in the last few years at the port of Miami and now comes out on moving belts like at an airport. Only the luggage for the zones called is available. The biggest slow down with disembarkation is people with their customs/immigration forms not completely filled out and people who overall are just not paying attention. The taxi line is short if you get out right away before 9am, but gets long after that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. ... Read More
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. Embarkation was actually very smooth. They started "staggered check-in". We picked 10:00-10:30, but actually didn't make it till 11:30. We bypassed the lines since we were already suppose to check-in. The whole process took 30 minutes. Make sure to never come before your check-in time or be prepared to stay in the hot sun! 3 people made sure we had the right time to come in! Service was great actually. Every staff member was very friendly and our room steward was excellent. He would always say hi to us no matter how far down the hall he was. The room was PERFECT. Seriously, Carnival stepped up the cabin decor. It's so much nicer and easier on the eyes. I love the blue and yellow tones. It's not basic and boring anymore. The food was great. Seriously, I don't think I had one bad dish. The buffet food had some disappointing items, but that's to be expected at a buffet. One thing I can say for sure, the 24/7 pizza is DELICIOUS! It's the italian style, not like chain pizza. I highly recommend trying it. Dining room food was very good and here's a tip, don't order lobster or filet mignon off the "Steakhouse Selections". They are free once a cruise. Also, try Cucina Del Capitano at lunch. Not a lot of people and you get seated right away. I didn't do the kid's clubs, but I heard positive things about Camp Ocean. Entertainment was ok. The parties and dancing were super fun, but the shows lacked. All the shows were just covers to songs, I was looking for more entertaining shows rather than musicals. In summary, you really won't regret going on the Breeze. I can't see how other people had a bad time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF ... Read More
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF was well worth the $60 and I would have paid more. The dock was busy upon arrival, so we were able to by-pass the long lines and go right into the terminal with no waiting for check-in. Arrived at outside of terminal at 10:30 and boarded the boat at 11:30. They started boarding early with the disclaimer rooms were to ready until 1. Which was AOK by me! Food- I assumed that the food would be average at best, but the meals were great. Sea Day brunch both days was awesome. The MDR meals were good and the service was excellent. Vikor and I Made were very responsive and friendly. Lobster night was yummy. We did eat at Italian one night and enjoyed a change of scenery. My kids loved the buffet and I ended up eating burritos or Guy's burgers too often, because they were so yummy. Entertainment- went to a few shows which were good. Karaoke was fun. Night club was too smokey for me. Casino was a little smokey at night too. Ports were fine. Too many people in your face at Ocho Rios, trying to get you in a taxi or on a tour. In Cozumel we did the VIP Sail and Snorkle trip and it was AMAZING! 4 bedroom/4 bathroom yacht with limited people. They took us to a gorgeous sandbar at the end of Cozumel for swimming. Clearest blue water ever. Cabin was fine. Clean, serviced twice a day. Would definitely do the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal ... Read More
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal C. Staff: Though the restaurants and cleaning staff had good intensions, they often seemed overextended. They often did not seem to understand English when asked any question beyond the most common phrases and then responses where difficult or impossible to understand. This was not the case at all on Royal C.so I was disappointed. Examples of the less than professional service are the following: Not thinking to serve a spoon with coffee and having to get a busy waiters attention to ask for one. Serving melted ice-cream or lukewarm food. Impolite or impatient ways of getting you to take bread or give your order because the waiters seemed pressured or rushed to get their job accomplished. (again not experienced on Royal C. ) Some waiters seemed to be armature or ill trained, unsure of how or what to do next while others did okay. It was inconsistent. I must say the dining directors were good and accommodating. Photographers where a constant annoyance on this cruise; at every dinner we were interrupted by men asking us (or not asking us) to pose for photos. On one occasion, for a second photo op that meal, a photographer was with an assistant dressed as a pirate with a plastic sword. without asking any in our dining party the pirate went around the table placing his sword under the throat of one of each couple to pose for the camera. Okay, maybe fun for some with young kids but our group of 12 was not in this category; very unprofessional and intrusive. Photographers also seemed to be filling many corners of hallways impleading the heavy traffic of this large passenger list of 4700 trying to snag anyone to get a photo in front of a fake beach or ship when we could do the same with our own cameras with the real thing outside! It was like navigating a narrow market around venders trying to sell you at every turn. Lines at every turn: Anything you needed or wanted to do required waiting in a line for at least 20 min or more usually. Customer service? wait in line (on the phone too). Shore excursions? wait in line. Food at most any venue? wait in line, activities, wait in line. We found ourselves using room service much more than expected to avoid time wasting lines but then still a 40 minute wait and for only sandwiches, coffee and juice; anything more, including pop, required payment. Ship design was not impressive. Dining rooms not very elegant compared with RC. They were also louder though we sat at many different locations on top and lower areas; acoustic deadening needed. The veranda deck was not inviting with high glass walls and partitions along the length of the ship, you could not enjoy a walk next to the sea with an open railing, and then had to go around high partitions along the way. Traffic flow in the buffet areas ( The Market) was difficult. Lines wrapped around hall areas. Attendants push carts and carrying things were always needing you to clear their way. People crowed past each other to find the ends of lines. Décor just average. The small atrium had a backdrop of clouds on blue painted on a wall with cylindrical red and orange lights on wires. Tacky. Color combinations and decorations were nothing impressive. There was a feeling of randomness as to where activity spaces were placed. Casino, bars, play spaces were hard to locate logically, you had to find a map; it seemed not very intuitive. Art was just displayed in common hallways and then in a small, one entry room. Again, I was spoiled by a Royal Caribbean ship that had flowing intuitive and inviting spaces easy to find and get familiar with. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized and managed by the upbeat directors. This review just escaped a two star rating because of good Varity of food, hard working staff and upbeat directors. But next time for me and mine, its definitely a return to Royal Caribbean on a smaller, more elegant ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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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