17 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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sail Date March 2016
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 April 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
Sail Date March 2015
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 March 2013
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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