6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our cabin was beautiful, plenty of room for 2 adults and 1 "child" (he is 14, but 6'2"!) We enjoyed the sports deck and the multitude of things to do each day. The food, as always, was excellent. I have never had a ... Read More
Our cabin was beautiful, plenty of room for 2 adults and 1 "child" (he is 14, but 6'2"!) We enjoyed the sports deck and the multitude of things to do each day. The food, as always, was excellent. I have never had a complaint about Carnival's food. The only problem is, which one should I eat? Great variety! Guy's Burgers were SO yummy, we usually headed there instead of the Marketplace for lunch. The Mexican cafe's tacos and burritos were excellent also. Our room steward was amazing. He took care of all requests without hesitancy. The room was so clean! My private balcony is my favorite part of any cruise, and this time they had a straight back chair, and a chair that lies flat, so I actually was able to take a pillow and beach towel out there and take a nap, waking to the sight of that beautiful ocean! Dinner was also excellent, the waiters were attentive. Mike, the cruise director, was such fun! He is totally crazy (in a good way, of course) and kept us laughing. The different Trivia shows became my favorites, as Mike was always there making us laugh... a lot! Unfortunately, the evening "main" shows were not so great, so we started skipping them. Not a big deal, as there are so many other things to do. Also, embarkation was kind of weird. Why did they make us rush and worry that we would get there exactly between 11-11:30am, only to be made to sit and wait for another 45 minutes before we could go on board? Didn't like that either! The only major complaint was about the Anytime Dining wait. I have never encountered this before and was very disappointed. Almost every night we had to stand in a line, once for 30 minutes, then only to be handed a beeper and told it will be another 20-30 minutes! This was not acceptable and I complained, and we were seated quickly, but that is not how it should work. Next time, I will definitely book a certain time, I just never had this happen before so I didn't know it would be a problem. Other than that, excellent cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
This is a lovely ship, probably the largest we have sailed on in our 30 plus years of cruising. We always go in the spring time and the spring breakers have never bothered us, until this year. And it wasn't the college students you ... Read More
This is a lovely ship, probably the largest we have sailed on in our 30 plus years of cruising. We always go in the spring time and the spring breakers have never bothered us, until this year. And it wasn't the college students you associate with spring break, it was the younger children that are left to their own on the ships and do what any group of kids will do, get into everything. I blame this on their parents. Our embarkation was smooth, we were in the first check in group and being a priority we were on the ship and eating lunch by 11:30. We were in one of the cove balcony rooms for the first time, I loved being so close to the water and you learn to live with the wet floor and the dry salt remaining when the wet dried. I will say they are very private. We had already been to all the stops on this cruise so only booked a tour in La Romana, a visit to a Indian cave which was amazing and huge. There were a lot of stairs but once you get to the bottom they have an elevator to go back up. Grand Turk has the most beautiful waters, Curacao has it's lovely colorful buildings and Aruba is like Arizona with an ocean. The food was good, not too sure about the new american menu but you are not going to starve on a cruise. I didn't mind no tablecloth and actually liked having the water and rolls on the table at all times. The service was extremely slow and when we said something to our waiter they reported it to the matre de, something we would have never done. Disembarkationwas just as easy, we had number two tags and were in our car and leaving the port by 7:10, home at 8:45. I would think twice about going on this large a ship again but who knows, we love Carnival although I think our next couple will be with Holland or Princess, mostly because we want to do a European and Carnival doesn't go there unless they're bringing out a new ship. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We have been on many a Carnival cruise and this was our best one yet! The ship is new and has the most thrills of any Carnival ship (not counting Vista soon to be sailing). I'm going to break it down into the sections that are ... Read More
We have been on many a Carnival cruise and this was our best one yet! The ship is new and has the most thrills of any Carnival ship (not counting Vista soon to be sailing). I'm going to break it down into the sections that are important to us: Embarkation and Disembarkation: The best we've ever had with Carnival. I think this is due to 2 things- we had FTTF and had priority embark and disembark. Also, the enforced check-in made that process so much easier. FTTF was definitely worth it to us despite our room not being ready on time (see below). Service: Service was comparable to most of our other Carnival cruises. The steward was very nice, though she was running behind the first 2-3 days of our cruise. We had FTTF but our cabin was not ready on time. She was very apologetic and let us drop off our carry-ons and we came back an hour later to a clean room. Dining staff was friendly, but slow. We didn't feel like we had to go to the dining room every opportunity as it was so-so in service and just good in food. We especially liked the staff at the Red Frog Pub and Cucina del Capitano in the evening. Very friendly. Restaurants: As stated before, dining room was just ok. We had YTD. The lines were ridiculous- even at 5:45 there was a huge line. I had never experienced such long lines so early before. We liked Red Frog Pub and their snacks were delicious- especially the wings. Lido was good and had plenty of lines and options- we rarely had to wait long in line. Guys Burgers really *is* all that and I"m not even a big burger person! The Cantina is ok but not as good as I was expecting. If you want a quiet continental breakfast, go to Deck 5 Ocean Plaza. It was always quiet there no matter what. Room: Spectacular! Tons of storage for the 4 of us and we rarely ran into each other the way we usually do. The bathroom is a good size with plenty of storage as well. We had a Cove balcony and enjoyed it while in port. Seas were fairly rough most of the cruise, so we couldn't really use it during those times as it was very wet. We did have some noises at night that annoyed us- some clicking and the balcony door didn't seal all the way. Fun and entertainment: We used the sports area often to do mini golf (4 times in a cruise - rarely crowded), bean bag toss, and the sky course. My son did the sky course and it was pretty crowded on the last sea day but not much of a wait. We played games in the Red Frog Pub as well- shuffleboard and foosball. I bought the thrill theater week pass for one son but he only used it once after all. I thought the thrill theater was just jarring- it really jerked me around back and forth and not like a typical motion simulator. Pools were ok, but we didn't use them much. The water slides were fantastic and super fast, but got very crowded by last sea day. One son really enjoyed the water works area. We used Deck 5 a few times to get away from crowds, but there were also plenty of chairs around the Lido area- just have to go up to deck 11 sometimes. There were tons of activities around the ship. Our kids didn't participate in Camp Ocean or Circle C this time around and were still entertained. Ports were great. We didn't do anything in Dominican Republic, but enjoyed the other 3 ports quite a bit. Grand Turk, Curacao, and Aruba area all safe and clean provided you stay in the main areas. Aruba was very windy and we didn't go to the beach there, but heard it was a sandblast. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
The Carnival Breeze is a beautiful ship, well laid out and highly enjoyable. The staff are top notch! This is one ship I'd love to sail on again. Although my trip was riddled with bouts of sickness, fever and loss of my voice, the ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze is a beautiful ship, well laid out and highly enjoyable. The staff are top notch! This is one ship I'd love to sail on again. Although my trip was riddled with bouts of sickness, fever and loss of my voice, the crew were extremely accomodating. Cabin 6246 is a great balcony with an awesome view and close to 12 elevators. Only downside, you hear EVERYTHING in the theater below. While this normally isn't a problem, when you're sick as can be, that's the last thing you want to hear. Our cabin steward, Made' and I Made', we're family members from Indonesia. They were so caring. Checking on me several times a day, bringing blankets and towels, refilling ice buckets, water bottles and thoroughly cleaned my cabin daily from top to bottom. Dining - When we got on the ship, we were assigned to the Blush upper level at 8:15 pm. I usually do not eat after 7 because of medications, so the maître d' Changed our seating to early in the lower level. We shared a table with two other couples and this became the highlight of our day! We enjoyed catching up and chatting to see what everyone was doing. They shared a lot of interesting facts about their state (Maine) with us and we became great friends. Our servers: I Nengah (main server), Andrie (assistant) and Ray (assistant) were enjoyable. They remembered our names, what we liked and were very accomodating when I asked for orange juice for dinner. When they realized I was sick, they sent the meal to my cabin for me. The lido deck's food was okay. Breakfast was always crowded especially the omelet bar. They kept the tables cleaned and everything was well stocked, but there wasn't much variety from day to day. Lunch was about the same as breakfast. The burrito place was always packed and it closed early (2pm) everyday. Dinner was always a surprise. They had lamb, prime rib, steak kabobs, etc. It was a treat to eat up there at 10. The pizza place was always hopping! Entertainment: the shows were entertaining, but seemed to be the same thing over and over, but with different music. They featured Divas of music one day, Motown another, and Latin another. I missed the other two shows due to being sick, but I know they were happening (I could hear them!) Mike the cruise director really made the shows! He is PHENOMENAL! Always cheerful, hilarious and a jokester! He brought the party! The shows never ended in the theater, they always took the show to the atrium and partied for another 30-45 minutes with the crowd! This was one of my favorite parts of the cruise! Shopping - Here's where it goes terribly wrong! Frank the shopping expert did not order the coupon books! The $25 Fun Find Coupon Books are great because they are filled with coupons for free and reduced items. I had an old book (2013), but everything was expired. I saw him on the first sea day during his shopping info session and he told me he had only 60 books. I told him I definitely wanted on and he ASSURED me he would put on aside for me. Well, that was a lie! Later that afternoon in the second class he had on gemstones, he told everyone he only had 20 books. During the presentation he promised myself and three other people gifts for answering questions and being interactive. He neglected to materialize those gifts, even denying saying he promised us something with all four of us standing there. Then he started giving out the coupon books and he ran out just as I reached his counter. He said he forgot to save one for me, but would check with the other ships in port and get me one. That never happened either. He conveniently forgot till the last port and then said I guess you'll have to take another cruise to get one! Embarkation was fast and easy! Definitely sign up for an early check in time if you don't get the faster to fun pass. Jamaica bobsled/Dunn River Falls excursion was fun. Get off the ship ASAP and get to mystic mountain fast. The line for the bobsled is crazy long! We spent 45 minutes in line, but the ride was worth it. You can go again for more money, but the line was three times as long, so we opted to go on to Dunn River. The chair lift up is very peaceful. Lots of great views and awesome pictures. The dancers at the top were engaging and taught my girls the dance. The craft vendors are kinda pricey, but that's how they make a living. DunnRiver is extra cool. We've done this before, but really liked it. The guides are great. Couple of hints! Don't pay them at the top of the fall for the video. Tell them to bring the video to the parking lot. A good many never got their video this time because they paid ahead. They will find you! Promise! Also, as you exit there is a craft market that you have to wind through. They are similar to hungry begers trying to grab you as you walk by. Be firm! They are very persistent and can be over bearing at times, but if you tell them you have no money, they will leave you alone. Grand Cayman Stingrays - We had bought the Deluxe Stingray City tour. We arrive at the port, e tied the tender and got into the open area to find our tour. There were no signs for stingrays anywhere, so we asked the ship's excursion staff. That is when we found out that they had canceled the tour. There was no notice or message in the cabin, nothing said on the ship or tender and nothing said till we inquired. The ship had canceled all stingrays without notice because they felt the water was too rough. This was frustrating to us since this was suppose to be a highlight of the trip. My daughter and I found out that the local port authority was doing stingray tours. The cost was $45 ($5 less than Carnival). The lady was willing to reduce the fare to $40, but I was not sure. I was afraid that the sea was going to be too rough. She assured us it would be fine and then offered to reduce the girls' fare to $35/each. My daughter jumped on the idea of a bargain and "wheeling and dealing/ haggling" was in her blood! She ended up getting the lady to agree to $30/person for everyone in our group. So, moral of the story... Haggle away! They want your money! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our 20th cruise on CCL. The Breeze was definately my favorite ship. I loved the layout & use of deck space. We sailed March 6th. We were happy to hear there were only 580 children under 18 on board. The food was good. We ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise on CCL. The Breeze was definately my favorite ship. I loved the layout & use of deck space. We sailed March 6th. We were happy to hear there were only 580 children under 18 on board. The food was good. We never went hungry. We are not fans of the American Table menu. We miss the traditional menu & hope they go back to the previous menu. We did notice more people dressed for formal night. That was nice. I did not see people wearing shorts in the dining room as in the past. Embarkation was a "breeze" since we are platinum members. I was very surprised we boarded so late. It was around 12:15. Typically we are on board around 11. The Punchliner comedians were great. I would see them again. We enjoy the late show, not the family version. In the Punchliner, you could order pitchers of drinks. Much less expensive than by the glass. Overall, a very nice, well layed out ship. 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: April 2015
We went on the Breeze April 2013, then Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas April 2014, and then back to the Breeze for the April 5, 2015, 6 day Western Caribbean sailing. We had 2 adjoining cabins on deck 8 midship, 8285 and 8281. Our ... Read More
We went on the Breeze April 2013, then Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas April 2014, and then back to the Breeze for the April 5, 2015, 6 day Western Caribbean sailing. We had 2 adjoining cabins on deck 8 midship, 8285 and 8281. Our family is pretty active, and consist of my 52 y.o. husband, me 49, 16 y.o son, and 9 y.o. daughter. We have all cruised numerous times, but this time, brought along a 16 year friend who had never cruised before. This was our first 6 day cruise, and it seemed a bit short to us, as we really prefer 8 day cruises. We flew into Fort Lauderdale on Southwest and stayed at Sheraton Suites in Plantation. We had a one way car rental from FLL to MIA. My husband always drops all of us off at the port with all of the luggage, and then he returns the car to MIA. There is a free shuttle from MIA to the port if you have rented a car from Alamo or National. This is a much cheaper option than getting a cab or transfer from Carnival, if you are flying in the day before. That way we have the car to go out to dinner and go to the grocery store to get our water and wine to bring on the ship. We did use SAS transportation for our transfer back to FLL from the port on our return because of our immediate flight out in the morning. I had read several reviews on Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor about SAS, and would definitely use them again. We were able to get to FLL by 10 AM for our 11:50 AM flight. The embarkation process was very long this time. We got through security quickly, and got our sail and sign cards, but then waited in the boarding area for almost 2 hours. The entire area was jammed packed with people. This is the first time in my 8 previous Carnival cruises that this happened. We were given no explanation as to why we had to wait so long, and never did figure it out. No one was boarding the ship during that waiting time. The disembarkation process went fairly smoothly, as we did self assist and carried our own luggage off. We immediately went up to Cucina Del Capitano for an Italian lunch after boarding the ship. This is free during lunch and it is $12 at dinner. Good, quick Italian food. Overall, we had read complaints about the quality of food decreasing. We did not find this to be the case at all. Our family really enjoyed Guy's Burgers and the taco stand for lunch. I did have pizza once, and it was the best I have ever had on a cruise. It seemed more like a New York/New Jersey thin crust pizza. My family also loved it. We did have sushi one evening prior to dinner at Bonsai, which was very good. They charge a nominal fee. We had early seating in MDR and we found the food to be slightly better than most of our other Carnival cruises. The wait staff was friendly, but they just seemed very busy, so the service was very slow. It was a full ship for spring break. We usually eat at the Steakhouse once night each cruise, but this time instead tried the Chef's Table per our Carnival PVP's recommendation. It was the most incredible meal my husband and I have ever eaten. There is a $75 fee for this, but it has unlimited champagne and wine, and is a multiple course meal, which is beautifully presented. You eat in the galley and are waited on by numerous staff the entire time. You can watch the workings of the kitchen while being served. While there is a lot going on, it still seems very intimate. The whole process was a little over 3 hours. We reserved this prior to boarding the ship. Our cabins were clean and quiet. We loved the location, with cabins above and below us. We found it very easy to get around the ship from our cabins, using the stairs 95% of the time. Entertainment really seems to be lacking. While we enjoyed the ropes course, miniature golf, the workout area, and the slides/Waterworks, the shows really seemed to be of lower quality than before and the comedians were not very good this time. We usually love the family comedy and adult comedy, but didn't find either comedian as good as others have been in the past. The shows really do not even remotely compare to Royal Caribbean's. We enjoyed the River Tube excursion in Jamaica, snorkeled at 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, and then did a tour guided easy snorkel from the beach in Cozumel. The 2 excursions we booked were through Carnival. We had read great reviews about that the guided snorkeling , and thought since this was the first time snorkeling for our son's friend, we would have a guided tour. The guide was good, but there were maybe 6 different types of fish at best. Last but not least, Matt our cruise director, was by far, the best cruise director we have ever had. He is very visible, funny and highly energetic. He made the cruise so much enjoyable than it would have been without him. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Embarkation and Debarkation were very easy. Dining was acceptable. We always eat early dining in MDR and it used to be impeccable. No more. Service was slow and even slower on elegant nights. It took 45 minutes before someone took ... Read More
Embarkation and Debarkation were very easy. Dining was acceptable. We always eat early dining in MDR and it used to be impeccable. No more. Service was slow and even slower on elegant nights. It took 45 minutes before someone took our order. Dinner took 3 hours! Missed the Comedian and Stage Show. The MDR food used to be excellent; now it's just alright. Food usually cold or overcooked. Same vegetables (sides) offered every night. Seems Carnival wants to force you to pay more for good service and food. The Chef's Table was awesome! $75 per person. Bonsai Sushi is excellent as well! Roughly $10-$15 per person. Did not make it to steakhouse. Again, sad I'm forced to pay for good service and food. Love the beautiful ProPortraits taken on ship but hate the outrageous prices. Do not like Carnival's buying incentives. One must spend over $300 before you get a real deal. Ended up buying three pictures + CD (to make my own copies) for $99 and received no freebie. Met a lot of nice cruisers and some not so nice. Since it was Spring Break, kids outnumbered adults. No problem for me, but many kids over 12 did not go to camp, so many tend to run the ship unsupervised and were rude and cursing. Don't know what to do about that, but it's there. Great times at Piano Bar with Ben and with guitarists Matt and Amy in the Red Frog Pub. Didn't get a chance to see comedians, as dinner ran late, then lines out the door for late seating. (HATE lines.) Ports: Did not port in Grand Turk as the winds made it unsafe to dock. So sad, but nothing you could do about it. Stayed onboard for La Romana; no lines and plenty of chairs. In Curacao we dove with Bas Diving. We enjoyed SUP with Aruba Adventures (down on Palm Beach behind the Ritz). Larsen, our cabin steward, was the BEST! He cleaned up our mess everyday, made sure we had ice in our cabin, and met us with a pleasant smile everyday. Can't say enough good things about him. Thank you Larsen! This was our second time on Breeze. First time in July 2014. We enjoyed the Breeze both times but might stick to the smaller vessels for Spring Break. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I saved for a year and planned an epic vacation journey for me and my family aboard the carnival breeze, we were on an 8 day sailing to Aruba, Grand Turk, La Dominica, & Curacao. This is our sixth sailing with carnival and we continue ... Read More
I saved for a year and planned an epic vacation journey for me and my family aboard the carnival breeze, we were on an 8 day sailing to Aruba, Grand Turk, La Dominica, & Curacao. This is our sixth sailing with carnival and we continue to come back because the prices are affordable. We booked room 7266 a balcony room that slept 4 people. We started with flying in the day before and spending the day at Universal Studios let me save you a ton of money and hassle save the money. In order to get the full universal experience that you read about online you have to buy tickets for two separate theme parks as well as the first in line tickets so taking the daily admission price of around $100 per person to almost $300 per person. Otherwise you will only get to ride on 1/2 the advertised rides and for the good ones the lines were over 1 hour on a Friday, I could only imagine what the weekend would be. Wish we went to the beach and saved that money for the ship. Carnival has sped up the curb to ship experience since the last time we sailed from Miami it took us about 1 hour to get on board and to our surprise the room was ready so we could drop off our carry on luggage. They also have an app called "the hub" which has the fun times on your cell phone, maps of the ship, and a communication tool (only if you are over 12) to keep in touch with each other. The cabin was what you saw on the internet clean, and enough room for a family of four. We had booked the Dolphin experience in La Dominica, Jeep excursion in Aruba, and the UTV excursion in Curacao. The Jeep experience in Aruba is the only one that lived up to exceptions an it was a fun 4 hours and a good way to bounce around and see the island. Our guide made the drive fun and gave us a lot of information about the island. The UTV excursion was so so it had a lot of street riding and not as much places to take photographs you basic nose to but tour. The biggest waste of money was the dolphin encounter at La Dominica it is over 1 hour away on a bus ride no one spoke English and we rode in silence when you got there no one gave you instruction as to what to do or where to go. The time with the dolphins was good but they are out to sell you a photo CD for several hundred dollars and since you can't take your own photo's they have you over a barrel. We didn't know what to do after the dolphins was there and we didn't want to miss the tour bus so we went back to the bus and waited another 80 minutes in the bus to leave. Honestly I would just stay on the ship at this port. The ship itself is great, the BBQ is not worth waiting in line for and the guy's burgers are decent but not to die for like some reviews on line make them out to be. The shows were sub par compared to previous cruises we had been on and only about 50% of the comedy shows were funny. The thing that rubbed me the wrong was was the lack of service on this ship. Everyone did just the bare minimum so that you could not complain, no one seemed happy about their jobs or being there. Usually when you walk down the hall on a "fun ship" the crew goes out of their way to say hi but I would greet staff members and they would not respond and turn their heads. I only saw our cabin steward once the whole trip and he did not know my name only a few nites were there towel animals, something my kids really like. If you are a first time cruiser you will probably not notice but having been a bunch of carnival ships the staff is generally over friendly. We spent the final two days of our trip at the Disney magic kingdom and although expensive I felt I got my moneys worth at that park. Another negative is we all came home with the flu from the trip and 4 days later we are still not over it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We really enjoyed our balcony on the Breeze, the food was great, the service was great, overall a 4 star out of 5. On previous cruises there was a show in the theater every night, now there are 2 or 3 in the week. And they are of the ... Read More
We really enjoyed our balcony on the Breeze, the food was great, the service was great, overall a 4 star out of 5. On previous cruises there was a show in the theater every night, now there are 2 or 3 in the week. And they are of the pre-recorded animation based variety, in addition the comedians are no longer in the large room for the pg rated performance. In the large room are bingo and audience participation diversions, I feel better suited for the afternoon crowds. The 2 complaints are the large number of children running around all hours of the night, it seems they are underfoot running from place to place and the poor or non-existent WIFI service. There are programs and dances for the kids but they are either disinterested or have a very short attention span. If the parents aren't willing to impose a curfew then the management should, the US shopping malls impose age based restrictions in the evening. I believe they should be kept out of the casino and other adult areas. I was unable to get on any site with the wifi service on my phone or tablet, when I tried the computer HUB area, the screen always searched, never bringing up any page. I tried to call guest services several times, no one every answered. When I went to guest services to complain, they just shook their heads and said no one can get on, too many people trying to use the service. Don't expect anyone to answer the phone at Shore Excursions or guest services, I never received any answer of the day or night. Don't expect to be able to keep in touch via WIFI or at the internet cafe, what worked on previous cruises does not work now. It appears that Carnival has cut back on many of the services that I feel are important, I would have liked to rated my trip a 5 star but it just barely rates a 4 star beacause of the reduced services and shows offered. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
I traveled on this cruise during my college spring break with my parents. We are all Carnival Platinum VIFP Members and this was my 13th cruise with Carnival, first on the breeze. Overall, our vacation was fantastic and well needed. ... Read More
I traveled on this cruise during my college spring break with my parents. We are all Carnival Platinum VIFP Members and this was my 13th cruise with Carnival, first on the breeze. Overall, our vacation was fantastic and well needed. Embarkation: We live in the Fort Lauderdale area which is only about a 20 minute drive from our house to the Port of Miami. Being platinum members makes the embarkation process so easy. From the time we left the house and were on the lido deck eating lunch, it might have been a total of 30 minutes. As platinum members you get to skip all the embarkation lines and check-in in a private room. It's always so easy. When we boarded the ship through the atrium, we were amazed to see how different the layout was in comparison to other carnival ships. The breeze was very modern and you can tell she is only about three years old. Next we headed to out Balcony stateroom on deck 9 midship. I can't complain, all Carnival balcony rooms on each ship are pretty much the same. Our luggage arrived quickly and we headed up to the lido for lunch. Dining: The food on the Breeze had its positives and negatives. Guys Burgers didn't live up to the hype that I was so excited for. I previously had them on the Carnival Liberty 3 years before this and from what I can remember, they were unbelievable. Both me and my dad had the burger for lunch on the first day and were let down. They were very messy and greasy (i expected this, but the burger just wasn't as good as I had remembered). The fries on the other hand were awesome and addicting. Blue Iguana Cantina was delicious. I must have eaten here four or five times. The chicken tacos and burritos were very tasty and the salsa bar had a lot of options to choose from. Fat Jimmy's C-side BBQ was good but only open on sea days and the lines took forever. I didn't any sandwiches from the Deli but my parents enjoyed the rueben. The MDR was ok, but not spectacular. We all dined in the Steakhouse and it was delicious. It was well worth the $35 per person. I had crabcakes, ahi tuna tartar, french onion soup, surf and turf (Filet and lobster tail). Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. We had Maja as a waitress in the steakhouse and she was wonderful. Cucina del captiano was our favorite dining option on this cruise. It was open for lunch and they served pasta based on what you wanted to put in it. For dinner it is $15 dollars per person and SO WORTH IT. I had fried calamari as an appetizer and chicken parm for the entree. It was so good that we decided to make reservations the next night as well. The second time around I had eggplant parm as an appetizer and spaghetti carbonara for the entree (the carbonara was the best thing any of us ate). The wait staff in this restaurant was very personable. I HIGHLY recommend eating here. Entertainment: There is a lot to do on this boat and we didn't have enough time to do everything that we had planned on. I advise you to highlight the activities that you want to do in your Carnival funtimes. Me and my parents enjoy sitting out in the sun and relaxing the most when we go on cruises. The two comedians were hilarious. The shows in the main theatre we mediocre. I was really upset that we missed the juggler/comedian because I heard he was really good. I loved the casino, I played blackjack every night for hours and ended up walking away a winner!! The CD Matt Mitchem was really fun and entertaining. He was one of my favorite CDs on Carnival. Ports: We have been to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel so many times while cruising that we didn't do any shore excursions. I liked that I was able to find WiFi in port to communicate with people back in the states. Overall the cruise was a blast and a great getaway from college stress. I would definitely cruise on the Breeze again. Carnival is great.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I went on the Carnival Breeze on March 22nd. I'll start off by saying this ship has the BEST cruise director, his name is Matt Mitcham. He will be on the breeze until May 3rd and he'll be back July 4th. Most cruise directors have ... Read More
I went on the Carnival Breeze on March 22nd. I'll start off by saying this ship has the BEST cruise director, his name is Matt Mitcham. He will be on the breeze until May 3rd and he'll be back July 4th. Most cruise directors have their CD assistant or entertainment team do some of the parties, shows, etc. Matt was at everything he could possibly be at. I saw him a couple of times running from event to event. He will make your vacation something to remember. At the end of the night, you might even catch him in the night club! On top of his amazing personality, he's very handsome. On the Carnival Breeze, there is never a dull moment. There's always some party or trivia or show going on. The entertainment staff deserves everything and more for their hard work. The food on this ship is to die for. If you're worried about gaining weight this ship is not for you! Between Guy's Burger, Blue cantina, and the dining room, you have serious decisions to make on this ship. The dining room waiters were absolutely amazing. My waiter's name was Jose, he was one of the most hard working waiters I've seen. One downside to this cruise was, that it was spring break and a lot of people were complaining about the kids running around, pushing all the buttons in the elevator, you know doing kid stuff, but they did book their cruise in the middle of spring break. So, if you're going to relax and have a quiet cruise without any kids, I would suggest not going during any school breaks. Also, if you're not a party person and don't like loud music, etc this is not the cruise for you. This cruise was just parties day and night. Besides that, I STRONGLY recommend the Carnival Breeze. I teared up walking off of the ship!! I will be going back in August, it was THAT good. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We were a family of 9 travelling for Spring Break. Two over 60, 3 mid twenties, 2 teenagers. We live in Florida so no planes, just drove to the port. Embarkation seemed fine, got to the room, things looked good, had lunch, explored. Happy ... Read More
We were a family of 9 travelling for Spring Break. Two over 60, 3 mid twenties, 2 teenagers. We live in Florida so no planes, just drove to the port. Embarkation seemed fine, got to the room, things looked good, had lunch, explored. Happy at this point. Went back to the room and our luggage was there. I opened by bag and the first thing I noticed was that a lot of my clothes seemed to be in the outside zipper area. I thought maybe the lining had ripped but I soon found out that my luggage had been opened and over $300 worth of items were missing. At first we thought theft but soon realized that Carnival had gone through my bags, seemingly dumping items on the floor, and then shoving what they could back in, obviously leaving a number of things behind. We figured this out not because of my missing $40 hair conditioner, or 6 pieces of clothing but because I had ONE Nike shoe! and one bathing suit top and two tank tops with large black footprints on them! I immediately called Guest Services and went down to the desk for a tearful 45 minutes. Their response was "we will open a case and if we find your things, we will bring them to you". Two days later I received a letter in my stateroom saying they didn't find my stuff, sorry, contact corporate when you get home. We certainly started off on a sour note. The cruise itself was nice. The teenagers enjoyed everything on board. We really enjoyed Serenity. We cruise on Princess a lot and you have to pay to go to the Sanctuary but on Carnival this area was free. It was a nice quiet getaway from the Spring Break crowd. Our waiter each night was great and we had great family conversations. The comedy was mediocre but for a ship this large the venue was so small and the lineup outside was ridiculous it wasn't worth it even if the comedians were better. The shows in the main Theater were enjoyable. When we returned I did in fact contact Carnival Corporate. I've been told that Carnival is not responsible for items left in public areas but they really hope I will cruise with them again! I handed my items to your porter! and NO I won't cruise again. It is amazing to me that Carnival and Princess are owned by the same company because I do not think this would be the end result after one of my more than 10 Princess Cruises. Unfortunately Carnival, you really dropped the ball. What could have easily been a 4 or 5 star vacation earned Carnival a ONE STAR. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
The Carnival Breeze is a new ship and you can tell. The ship is very pretty inside and the Tropical theme throughout makes you feel like you are definitely on a vacation. The housekeeping service (at least Agnus) was outstanding!! The ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze is a new ship and you can tell. The ship is very pretty inside and the Tropical theme throughout makes you feel like you are definitely on a vacation. The housekeeping service (at least Agnus) was outstanding!! The dining service though was so-so. We had to ask (every night) for refils on our drinks/water. The food in the dining room was okay. The Burgers at Guys Burgers were GREAT! Had waaayyy too many! The Mexican stand was not my favorite...but thats my opinion. The HOT CHOCOLATE is a must have!! yummmmy Enough about food...lets talk shows. I wish they would have provided shows after the late dinner seating. We were only able to see a show on two nights after the late dinner. All the other shows were at 7:30, that just meant that we had to leave the tanning and pool time early (5:30) to have time to get ready for a 7:30 show. The shows were ok. They didnt have the numerous number of dancers like other carnival ships. There was only 8 dancers. The comedians on board were good too but the adult comedy shows started at 11 or 11:30! The kids shows, GameShows, were exciting for the kids, screaming jumping the works, but they were at 2:00 or 3:00 pm! What kid wants to get out of the pool at that time to go indoors?? Not mine! The best time we had was at the PIANO BAR!! Very fun exciting entertaining time, for ADULTS only! Lots of booze! DRInk! All in all, we had a good time....cant complain, I didnt have to make beds, do laundry or do dishes for a week!~ :) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our 2nd cruise. Our first was only 3 nights through Royal Caribbean. We chose this 6 night cruise because of the price and great ports; Cozumel, Montego Bay, and Grand Cayman. Embarkation: Extremely easy! We parked with Port of ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise. Our first was only 3 nights through Royal Caribbean. We chose this 6 night cruise because of the price and great ports; Cozumel, Montego Bay, and Grand Cayman. Embarkation: Extremely easy! We parked with Port of Miami cruising for $6 a day. Yes, it was sketchy, but our car was untouched and you couldn't beat the price. Just ignore the homeless people on the side walks, it's downtown Miami! We waited probably 10 minutes on a shuttle, not bad. Also, this is the closest parking lot to the port with only being 3/4 of a mile away. We could have walked, but just pay the $10 for round trip, worth it! We got to the port around 1pm. We were in our room in 20 minutes. Note: Make sure if you are trying to board with just a birth certificate that is not just a copy of the original. This family was having a hard time getting their 10 year old on the ship because they only brought a copy of his birth certificate. They require a raised seal/original. It was a Sunday, so sadly that family probably was out of luck :( Our interior room: We loveddd our room! We were on deck 8. Nice vanity, big bed (a little hard, but oh well), great bathroom with lots of shelves near mirror, tons of closet space. The themes are adorable. We liked how you had to use your room key to turn on the lights, very modern. Food: The food was much better on our Royal Caribbean cruise, but was still good on the Breeze. You must try the italian restaurant. $10/head but you get a 3 course meal with a beautiful view. Delicious! Guys Burgers was amazing!!! We ate there most days. We sadly never got to try the southern comfort buffet, noon-2 was never convenient for us because we were either off the ship or by the pool. Jimmy's BBQ is good, so definitely do that on a day at sea because it's the only time they're open. We dined in Blush. Get the chocolate melting cake!!! Days at sea: Go to Serenity!!! Most comfortable chairs, hammocks, hot tubs w/ a bar right next to it. They have covered chairs too because believe me you'll want out of the sun after you've been in Jamaica haha. Bonus: no kids allowed which was so peaceful. Shows: The shows are fun. Be sure to get in line for the comedy shows at least 30 minutes in advance! Hasbro Game Show was a great family show. Our favorite show was a juggler from the Discovery Channel (sorry, I can't remember his name). Every night they play movies on the big screen near the pool. Very fun! The parties they have on deck at night are great for people watching! Pools/Slides: The yellow twister slide almost made me cry, haha. It was fast! The orange slide is just plain fun! My boyfriend and I didn't bring kids, but believe me if you have kids they will loveee this cruise. There's a sky obstacle course, putt-putt, basketball court, and a lot of fun programs for them. We spent most of our evenings in the hot-tubs either on Deck 3 or in Serenity. They were never crowded which surprised us. Not very hot, but warm enough. There are 2 pools, one in the middle below the big screen and one in the very back of the ship. The pool in the back was the best for us because there wasn't as many kids, really peaceful. Ports: Grand Cayman was our favorite!!! We did a jet ski excursion through Fat Fish Adventures, tour guide was Ryan. Worth every penny! Tour was about 3-4 hours. We jet ski'd through the mangroves to sting-ray city. Sooo much fun! We snorkeled at Barrier Reef. Last, we went to Starfish Point and actually held starfish. Then it's about a 30 min jet ski ride back to the dock. This excursion made our trip! Montego Bay, Jamaica: Sketchy! As expected, we were offered illegal thingse, but just say no and they'll leave you alone. Doctors Cave Beach was amazing! After we went to the beach we shopped on Hip Strip, can't say I'll ever do that again because you are hassled to the max. Overall, it was a fun day, but very sketchy. Cozumel, Mexico: We did a beach day excursion. All drinks/food included! It rained, but not on our parade haha. We had a great time! Debarkation: Really easy just like embarkation. They have you wait in one of theatres in the morning. Then they let you leave on the order you arrived into the theatre. We were off the ship by 8am. Shuttled back over to our car. On the road by 8:30 with great memories! Overall, the price can't be beat because of how long you are gone and the places you get to go. I enjoyed the Breeze! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
Carnival Breeze has the potential to be a great ship but it is currently let down by poor design flaws, poor quality food and a considerable amount of poor service by crewmembers. Having booked suite 7377 I was initially pretty excited ... Read More
Carnival Breeze has the potential to be a great ship but it is currently let down by poor design flaws, poor quality food and a considerable amount of poor service by crewmembers. Having booked suite 7377 I was initially pretty excited to be going back to Carnival for the first time in 5 years. Embarkation was great and we were on the ship within 5 minutes of arriving at Miami Cruise port. First impressions are very positive. We love the relaxed Cabana style theme throughout and think it really does add a pleasant change to the usual gaudy style on some cruise ships. We also love the range of restaurants available. Regrettably this is as positive as it got. Having left Miami we first had two days travelling to our first destination St. Thomas. After entering open waters we noticed that an unusual creaking sound emanating from an area around the main entrance of room 7377. We dismissed this as the cruise had just begun and who stays in their room right? Wrong! Later that night after an exhausting day (please be aware we flew 9 hours prior to boarding the ship) we went to bed around 10pm. We immediately realized that sleeping was not going to be easy. The creaking was loud and continued with every gentle roll of the boat. Now I have cruised many times with different companies on different ships of different sizes. I am fully aware that odd noises and bumps are to be expected. The noise that emits from Carnival Breeze suite 7377 is not normal. It is highly unusual and it is unacceptable to expect paying customers to put up with. After a few hours we managed to sleep I don't know if this was due to pure exhaustion or because the ship had hit calmer waters and the creaking stopped. So the next day we awoke to find all was quiet. So we put this down to bad luck and got back to enjoying ourselves. Wrong! That night 10pm. The same thing occurs! Now during the 3rd night the pattern is the same. This time I finally lost it and went to the Guest Services desk to complain. I was met with a sympathetic crewmember that politely advised that essentially could NOT do anything! Remember 3 days in and 3 sleepless nights. I advised that I want someone to go to the room and observe the problem with a view to identifying a fix immediately. What I got was a non-English speaking housekeeping guy, standing in the darkness of my room listening to a very loud audible creak and nodding his head in agreement! Good job Carnival! I also explained to the front desk that this appears to be a structural problem. The creaking is occurring, as it is metal rubbing against metal. Only to be advised that they were actually aware of the problem due this not being the first time customers staying in this room have complained. SO WHY HAVENT YOU FIXED IT PRIOR TO MY EMBARKATION????? Now this story continues in much the same pattern. To the extent I was financially compensated whilst on-board. Which went a little way to turning the problem around albeit. I was not moved to another room (I even offered to go to an inside stateroom foregoing my suite just to get some sleep! And the compensation offered doesn't come close to what I have paid and now essentially lost. Moving on. We had chosen anytime dining. This was available in the Sapphire restaurant. The meals on offer were very appealing and were looking forward to the dining experience offered. Unfortunately this was also a negative experience mainly due to the unbelievably slow service. The server staff is very good at the initial introductory salutation. They would bring bread and offer water. Then nothing. On all 4 times that we visited the Sapphire room for dinner, we had to wait over 20 minutes just to place the order for food and then we had anywhere between another 20 to 30 minutes before the first course followed by at least another 30 minutes wait for the second. We managed to hold on for 2 desserts during the 4 visits. I would have needed to re-shave if I waited on the other 2 occasions! Most of the time the staff were pleasant but ultimately unresponsive. Most notably was almost every dish that was meant to be hot was in fact tepid, bordering cold. Very disappointing. Which leads me to Breakfast in the Sapphire. We chose to take breakfast in he Sapphire to avoid the daily free for all at the Lido Marketplace. Overall this is still better than the aforementioned Lido experience but still it is not up to scratch. I can list multiple issues here but to put my complaint in context I shall list one to which I believe is so basic it should highlight the low level issues. Toast is a simple to make right? The concept of toast is to warm bread and make it crispy. The Sapphire completely fails this basic task on all attempts. Now I know this is a truly pedantic, anally retentive observation but nevertheless it does highlight that attention to detail with one of the most basic of requirements appears to be lacking on what is touted as a Carnival Flagship. Everyday I'll end up with nothing more that limp bread that appeared to have a spray tan. Next up -- The Staff Overall great. Most helpful, some not so but put it in context. It is entirely reasonable to not appear happily and smiley 24/7 especially when they have to deal with rude, obnoxious customers day in day. However some staff where just plain rude. On many occasions I witnessed crew members being foul mouthed with each other in front of passengers or often criticising passengers from afar whilst speaking to each other. Again I realize people are entitled to their opinion but they should be spatially aware and remain professional at all times. N.B. Crewmembers. Speaking in your own language does not necessarily shield your conversation from paying passengers. I have a major issue with members of the security team. During the cruise I misplaced my room card. Immediately I had the card replaced by the Guest Services desk and then went about as usual for a day at see before heading to our final scheduled Island (Nassau). As I tried to leave the ship my new card raised an alarm. This immediately led to Carnivals security personal surrounding me and belligerently advising me that I do "not have the right card and I shouldn't be using it" than accused me of having two cards" and saying the card I have used is not mine! All of which was completely untrue. I explained that this is the only card I have since A: The original had been misplaced and subsequently cancelled B: This was the card given by their colleague at guest services I was then told (not asked) to stand in front of machine and have my photograph taken all the while being asked security questions. Now I again realize this is a necessary process, but I highly object to the accusatory tone and surly nature of this security team. If they had simply asked to speak to me in a separate area and explained the process they had to go through to clear the problem than I would not be writing this now. Again this highlights a complete lack of the understanding about the first rule of customer service. Basic manners will go a long way! Eventually I was allowed off the boat. Only to return approximately 5 hours later to experience the same issue again! So lack of communication is also a big issue. To make matters worse even after showing my passport and highlighting that my room card, name and details were on the very list in the hand of the security guard. I was then again accused of having the wrong card. I want to point out not only is this very annoying it is highly embarrassing situation to be put in, since there was queue of other passengers on both occasions. So another night before we get back to Miami and having queued to get off the vessel for the final time. I am again met by the same security personnel crew member. This time she asks again to see my passport before I leave the ship. I highlighted that it is the very same person in the photograph who had the conversation twice yesterday and is now stood in front of her again. I.E my Passport and details do not change over night! Whilst I realize loosing the card is the root cause. This must happen a huge number of times and I'm assuming this was not isolated incident. I would suggest better communication between Carnival crew and the Sail account transfer process needs improving. Overall this has tainted my experience of Carnival and I will not be using them or any their sister companies anytime in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
This was our annual family vacation, family of four, 2 kids ages 4 and 13. We usually cruise and decided on Carnival Breeze due to the ship being new and enjoying our last Carnival cruise on Liberty. First, of all we live in Florida so ... Read More
This was our annual family vacation, family of four, 2 kids ages 4 and 13. We usually cruise and decided on Carnival Breeze due to the ship being new and enjoying our last Carnival cruise on Liberty. First, of all we live in Florida so it was a quick 4 hour drive to Miami for embarkation. We chose Premier parking for the price was right and near the port with shuttle service. I do not, I repeat do not recommend them for parking, due to it being in a sketchy area of town and the the shuttles were very small only allowing one to two families at a time on, We were in line for over 2 hours waiting for a ride, we called a cab and they never showed up due to the proximity to the port. There were no restrooms and if you have a 4 yr old like I do, they need to go every hour. My kid had to pee on a tree. There was a tent while waiting for the shuttle that only allowed two families to hide from the sun. You had to park your own car and a majority of people did not park very well, if you like your car and don't want scratches then do not use this lot. When we finally got to the port for embarkation, the line looked long but it was very efficient and the security check was fast. The line for the keys was little wait, but not too bad, I think we were to excited to get upset with the wait, but overall the process was fast and organized. As soon we boarded the room was ready so we went to check it out, we booked a inside cabin with a picture window the best room we have ever booked on a cruise, keep in mind I have never had a suite or balcony. We were on Lido deck and the room was very spacious with a nice view of the ocean at the front of the ship. After inspecting our room went to eat, the line for Guy's burgers was ridiculous and we decided to see what else was to offer, my husband and I opted for the Indian food at Tandoor, it was excellent. We are Caribbean people that like the food with flavor and a kick, not too spicy. The rest of the day we explored the ship, very nice decor and nice relaxing feel. We had the special privilege to have Guy Fieri on board the boat and he made a few appearances. Food: MDR, we had dinner in the Sapphire dining room, our waiters Anatoli, Dragomir and IPutu were awesome. I found the food to be a good temperature, we never felt rushed and the waiters were soo patient with my picky restless 4 yr old. They did magic tricks and made napkin animals to entertain him and the rest of the table, their food recommendations were spot on, never disliked what I was given. Overall food was good in the MDR. Ate breakfast in the MDR, for DH and I do not like the chaos of Lido deck. I had a Guy Fieri burger once, it was a burger, good but not out of this world. I had the pizza, I've had better, Princess Cruise Lines' pizzas are way better. Red frog pub coconut shrimp and firecracker wings were good, conch fritters were not, conch was chewy and too much other stuff in the fritter like peppers and onions. Deli was good and was always open. Blue Iguana Cantina was great cannot complain. Did not try Pasta or Steakhouse restaurants. Chocolate extravaganza was fantastic, just not at a good time, they did this on a port day in the middle of the afternoon when nobody was on board. Punchliner brunch was different, but good food. Bar drinks had plenty of liquor not to strong or weak.Service: Room steward was great, shout out to Joey. Waiters like I said above were great. Other staff were accommodating, there were few rude staff and if they were I just ignored them and asked for someone else, I think that happened once. Activities: Skycourse is a must try, it was scary for me because I'm afraid of heights, but worth it. You do have a little wait due to the kids that go round and round the course not being considerate to those in line. Mini golf was not good, it's in the middle of other activities and people are contently on your course, passing through or not going through the courses in the proper order. The Mini golf was a nice idea but needs to be in a more private area. Outdoor pool table and ping pong were always busy. Outdoor exercise equipment was cool but again the kids overtook it and made it hard to be serious while using it. Did not try the slide because they were either too busy or closed due to winds. Pools were nice, not too crowded. We liked the Aft pool. Like the Lanai Chess boards, helped pass time. Gym was nice, got my workout in, just little small and hot when busy. Spa deck looked nice did not utilize it. Entertainment: The shows in the Theater were a disaster; The music selections were good, but the singers need more practice or need to learn to project their voices, I could hardly hear the lyrics to the songs. The lobby singer a blond sang some nice Spanish songs, and Consela and the Souljaz band were awesome, they should have sang at all the Theater shows. They did the last show "Motown" and it was great. "Divas" and "The Brits" were horrible. The British Invasion on Grand Princess was way better. The juggler was entertaining. The Comedians in the George Lopez Lounge were funny, but short. Casino was addictive, DH and I do not gamble, we play lotto time to time, but some of the games were just so addictive and we swore that we could win, which did not happen, but we did meet a 22 yr old girl that won $1500 playing Wheel of Fortune(lucky her). Camp Carnival: As I said I have a 4 and 13 yr old. My 4 yr old loved it, they offer dinner daily for the kids. On port days they can stay on the ship after breakfast all way till you return, offering lunch. My 13 yr old went to Circle C and though he complained I never say him except for meals. He said that they never did what the schedule said, they partied and canceled activities to party instead and my son is not a dancing party person, he likes his dodge ball, soccer, basketball and video game time.Ports of call: Key West - We stopped in Key West in exchange for Grand Turk, due to the Gastroenteritis in Grand Turk. This was a pleasant stop due to I not visiting there in over ten years. I booked the cruise for Grand Turk and was bummed that we did not go. We took the Conch Train tour, which was expensive, but my 4 yr old wanted to go on the train. Learned a few things, overall an OK tour, not worth the price. Tried Conch fritters at some place that was recommended and they were awesome, Key lime pie anywhere was good, it's PIE! Ocho Rios - We did our own tour with a cab driver and he was extremely expensive $120 for 2 hours for 4 people with no tip. He took us off the beaten path which was cool but again not worth the price. We saw two different waterfalls one on somebodies property that we had to give a donation for climbing and the other at the Ruins restaurant for another donation and another donation to view the gardens. Our driver to local restaurant for jerk chicken or pork and they ran out, he took us to local fish market for Fish fry, we bought fried tuna and me and my 13 yr old loved it. The Jamaicans are very pushy in your face, everyone looking for a dollar from your pocket. One kid did flips down the mountain in the rode in front of our cab, we had to give it up to him, he surly entertained, we were amazed. Others had crafts, pushing them in your face while driving in the cab. We had to let our driver to put the windows up and drive and we would let him know when we wanted something. Prepare for donations everywhere. Nassau - This was a first for us and we found this to be the best deal for $75 for a 2 hour tour for 4 people. Our driver showed us the sites and gave us history and taught us about the culture and lifestyle of the Bahamas, shout out to Lennox. She showed us how to get conch out of the shells and how they are cooked, he took us to the fort and the Queen staircase, Paradise Island for a quick Atlantis peak. Just to go inside Atlantis was over $30, not even to use the facility. We played one quick game in the casino. Last stop was he dropped us at the beach and restaurants for Fish fry, the beach was not that nice, the water was beautiful, but the sand was grainy and stuck to you. Most of the shops were closed for Good Friday, but overall a nice stop. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
This was our (wife and I) second cruise. Arrived @ port of Miami and was amazed how fast we got through checking in and getting onboard. When we entered the ship we were floored at how beautiful the ship was. It wasn't long before I ... Read More
This was our (wife and I) second cruise. Arrived @ port of Miami and was amazed how fast we got through checking in and getting onboard. When we entered the ship we were floored at how beautiful the ship was. It wasn't long before I found my way to The Guys Burger Joint and had an incredible burger, make that 2 burgers. After that off to our room to see if our luggage was there. It was. Got it all put away and went back topside to see us pull out of port. From the moment we left until our return we did not have one bad experience on this ship. Not one. Butch was our cruise director, he kept the activities fun. We stayed in an interior room on the spa deck, very quiet at night, very relaxing. Took in all the shows over the 6 days, Karaoke, danced on lido, did excursions, (Dunns River Falls was incredible) ,played in the water-park, climbed the rope course, played hasbro games, played some bingo. the comedy shows were hilarious (you will need to get there a bit early for a seat). The ship is just gorgeous. we tried to experience everything we could, you name it we tried it. very little in the casino for the simple fact people smoke in there. (x smoker) We met new friends (our across the hall neighbors) actually first met them at dinner (we elected to not be loaners like we did on previous cruise). Glad we did. Do not hesitate to meet new people at dinner. We also ate in our dining room morning, noon and night. Not one bad meal. Chocolate melting cake is too die for. Our room stewards and our wait staff in our dining room were outstanding. We are going on another Cruise next Feb on her sister ship and hope it's as wonderful as this trip had been for us. Next trip will be Me my wife, my Mom (never been on a cruise) My Son returning from the military (never been on a cruise) and our grandson he is 3 and you guessed it (never been on a cruise) I can't wait. Sence we have found cruising we will NEVER take another form of vacation again. I love the fact that I can leave my room a desheviled mess ad when I return its clean, with mints and towel animals even, that never happens at home. I Have lots of videos on youtube channel from the Carnival Breeze, feel free to check them out on my channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ragmanT Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
This was our second cruise together (boyfriend and myself) and we enjoyed ourselves. Mind you, we could be staying in a seedy motel and still make the best out of it. A trip is what you make of it and I think too many people rely on the ... Read More
This was our second cruise together (boyfriend and myself) and we enjoyed ourselves. Mind you, we could be staying in a seedy motel and still make the best out of it. A trip is what you make of it and I think too many people rely on the cruise ship to do all the work for them and make them happy. If you go with a positive attitude then the staff will pick up on that and treat you better and the cruise activities will be more fun as long as you have the right attitude. I've seen so many negative reviews about the staff and I personally found that each staff member I came into contact with was incredibly friendly and upbeat. Perhaps because we always greeted them with a smile and would reciprocate "how is your day going?" which I think is a breath of fresh air to them. As with anything, we definitely picked up on a few pros and cons (with anything in life!) but it definitely didn't put any sort of damper on our vacation. We sailed out of Miami and got on the ship very quickly. They have the process down to a science. Our rooms were ready immediately and did not wait very much longer for our luggage. We were up having lunch and drink within 45 minutes. We ate in the dining room each evening for dinner - the selection was always great, however, I'm a bit of a picky eater so I got a bit bored of it after a while. I love how you can order a few different things to try out though. Our wait staff was AMAZING. Mark and Dan, I believe. Great guys. My boyfriend mentioned how he preferred the food on the Royal Caribbean but I found the presentation on the breeze a bit nicer. Breakfast was so/so. I never touched the eggs because of the reviews I read and my boyfriend tried them once and never again. Mind you, we had a lovely brunch in the punchliner and that was SO yummy! Try and order as much as you can to make it worth it! The one complaint I have about the food was in the evening. I never ate too much during the day and for dinner but in the late evening (around 10/11 pm or so) I would start craving something and the only food choice available was pizza (which wasn't terribly satisfying) and sandwiches from the room service menu which I didn't care too much for. I would start to crave those really tasty reuben sandwiches late at night but room service just didn't cut it - usually a bit soggy. Not the same as getting it fresh, so would have liked to seen a little more selection in the evening. I suppose you could purchase food items in some of the pubs/restaurants, but we never actually ended up doing any of that. Another issue with the ship was the sewage smell - every so often you would get a big wiff of it (we smelled it mostly on the 10th level while sun tanning at the back of the ship) and sometimes on our floor during the day. We sailed very smoothly and surprisingly slept very well being underneath the galley in room 2304. I would hear a few bangs and rattles every so often throughout the night but it never lasted more than a few seconds and I was right back to sleep (and I'm a very light sleeper). A few drinks before bed will help with your sleep! One other thing we noticed was that sadly there was a few "trashy" clientele on the ship. We started with Royal Caribbean and paid a bit more and found it to have a little more class. We found on this ship in the evening that some people were just TOO drunk for their own good so it personally made us feel a bit uncomfortable because they were acting way too immature - noticed much more security presence at night on this ship. We're all for having a good time and love to have drinks but some of the guys were just plain ridiculous and needless to say couldn't quite drink like real men. We stayed away from these people though, but just something we noticed. I truly think that with the breeze Carnival is trying to break away from their "party ship" reputation and attract a new client base - they're slowly getting there. As for the pros - well there's just too much to mention. We loved our room, the staff, the drinks, the pools were always warm (a little busy at times), the amount of sun bathing room, the gym, the food (buffet style is always redundant after a while, but they managed to switch up the selection all the time which was refreshing!). We LOVED our stops - Grand Cayman - please visit Margaritaville - so so fun! We were drinking 'landsharks' which is their beer mixed with lime tequila. I assure you that you won't need to spend much on those as they kick in fast! Was a great time at the swim up bar and everyone in a great mood. Jamaica, didn't do much there - just relaxed on the beach. Bahamas we went to Atlantis (in my opinion, SO not worth $150 for the water excursion, I think they could easily bring it down to between $75-$100 but it was still A LOT of fun. I recommend the water rides for sure. It's still worth the $150 because it's a great day, I just really think the price for that particular excursion could come down. Just remember, the trip is what you make of it so it's hard to base your feelings towards the ship from other reviews. Keep in mind too that some people are just negative and will find anything they can to rant about (trust me, I overheard some of those people on the ship and almost felt bad for their outlook on life). It's YOUR money and it's YOUR vacation so make the best of it. If you don't like the ship, then at least you know from your own personal experience and can move on to your next adventure. Go with a positive mind and I'm sure you'll make the best of it just like we did. We definitely spent most of our days laughing and the red frog beer helps with that! Oh and Guy's burgers and the fajita's make everything better as well! Don't forget to see the oh so beautiful Consuela singing. She is OUTSTANDING. So much soul with that woman. Enjoy fellow cruisers! 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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