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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for ... Read More
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for the first time and loved it and this year I decided to give Carnival another chance. My mistake. I went with my boyfriend and 2 other couples so there was 6 of us in total. To begin, the embarkation process was smooth and quick as well as disembarkation. When we got to the room it was very small with no place to even put our suitcases to get them out of the way. I went on RC cruise line last year and the cabins were much bigger. This is not my main concern. Dining times were filled up so fast we had no choice but to choose 8:15 which was very late to eat dinner. Also, it was the prime time for many events so we either missed the events or we missed dinner. The activities and entertainment were a lot of fun for all ages. The comedians were very funny and the deck parties were a blast. Our entertainment director, Schwartz, was very entertaining and really made the whole cruise a lot more enjoyable. The service was great. Most people were very helpful and friendly and remembered names. We did an excursion at St. Thomas and we did the Turtle Cove snorkel. It was AMAZING and I would highly recommend doing this excursion. Grand Turk was very busy as there were multiple boats there so the beach was packed before we even got off the ship. There were no chairs anywhere so we had no choice but to go to the pool. Puerto Rico was a port I have been to before. Lots of little shops and places set up selling things but other than that there was not much to do. The next topic is the things that bothered me most. My boyfriend and I bought the endless bubbles package. It was not endless. You could only get a drink if you were sailing unless you wanted to pay taxes. The package did not include a cup to refill. You had to stand and wait at the bar to get a drink. Also, if you were thirsty after 2am it was water or nothing. There was no way of getting a drink at night because all of the bars closed and that was the only way to get a drink. Also, every bar closed at about 12-1 am except the casino bar. So if you wanted a drink you had to go all the way down to the casino until they closed at 2 as well. We did not get our use out of our drink package at all and a lot of people we talked to did not even buy the drink package but were still being served drinks. The buffet hours were very weird and things opened and closed at weird times. The only thing open late was pizza which sucked. The food itself was not great. The food choices at dinner were horrible. The desserts at dinner were horrible as well. The buffet was hit or miss but for the most part it was not too bad. The desserts at the buffet were great. The burger joint was probably the best food on the entire boat. Lastly, the picture situation. They took amazing pictures so we wanted to buy all of them like we did on RC. There was absolutely no option to buy all of our pictures. If we wanted them all it was $600. On Royal Caribbean for $300 we got all of our pictures on a flash drive that we got to take home with us. Overall, our experience was not great. We will not be sailing with Carnival again and will be going back to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood ... Read More
We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood restaurant and the artwork desert. Very cool presentation. We traveled with 4 teenagers 15-17 and they were bored a large portion of the time. Not enough for them to do. Pools were too full and the water slide lines extremely long. They close the basketball court from 530-1130 daily and all the games are 18+ (for dodgeball??) there was a bad smell a good portion of the time off the back of the boat. Massage was $180 and pedicure $85 before tip. Buffet had the same food each day which got old fast. The shows were good but Hasbro for example, was all about small children. My teens got bored quickly. Would recommend another boat or cruise line for traveling with teenagers. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even asked to pass a plate down to another guest. Also disappointed that there were not a lot of activities for teens to do other than hang out in the Teen Club and listen to music. The activities for adults were basically to get you to purchase something more on the ship - only free activities were the dance classes and creativity activity. Lots of drunks and having to remind adults and teens that there are children on the ship with their nasty language. I was glad that I could lay out on my Aft deck and not have to fight for a place by the pool as you wouldn't be able to get one - lots of seats saved with no one ever in them. Tried to watch a Dive In Movie one night but couldn't hear because of pool filled with screaming kids. The price was right, but it was a case of you get what you pay for. Overall, it just wasn't my type of crowd. Here are a few good things: Guy's Burgers - incredible! Deli on Lido deck - Meatball sandwich - yummy! Room Steward - was good and the fun towel animals were the best! Zach Daniels at the Piano Bar was fun along with Aura John the comedian was fabulous! Debarkationo and Embarkation - quick! Other things: One plug in for the entire cabin; not one in the bathroom. Cabin steward will ask if you want your room cleaned in the am or evening or both - never had this asked on any other cruise line, but then the steward had about 30 rooms to care for and most other cruise lines they have around 15. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or disembarking at port, the lines were awful. It took us an hour of being squished in a stairwell to exit the boat at each port. The lines were poorly organized and no one really knew where to wait and where to go. It was not a great way to spend our vacation. The food was very mediocre. We found dinner to be relaxing and the service to be good in the anytime dining in the Sapphire restaurant. We tended to eat by 6 pm and had no wait at that time. They were quite good with my gluten dietary restrictions. I was able to order my meal the night before so that the gluten free was available. However, lunch and breakfast were a different story. The buffets were very crowded and much of the staff didn't speak English well enough to answer questions about the food and help me find true gluten free options. There was a shortage of vegetables on the ship as well. With few gluten free options, vegetables would have at least been a sure thing for me. My kids loved the ice cream, pasta, and bread available everywhere, all the time. Baked potatoes and hot dogs were another big hit. Certainly not gourmet but the kids were happy. The pools and decks were crowded as expected but we were able to find some spots between the pools and the slides so the kids could run back and forth. My only complaint here was the cigarette smoke. Even when we were on the opposite side of the boat from the smoking area, it was hard to escape. My 16 year old loved the teen club. He wanted to spend all his time with the new friends he made. There did not appear to really be organized activities. It was more of a place for teens to meet up. As a parent, I was surprisedd at the number of teenagers roaming the boat with no supervision until all hours of the night. My younger girls were not interested in the kids clubs so I cannot speak to those. Overall, we had a fun week but I don't know that I would choose to cruise again due to the extreme amount of time we spent waiting in line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this ship for location and departure date. Luckily we had 4 stops so that made the ship more bearable. You can only go down the slides so many times. The kids club was ok. The best food was all of Guy's stops. The Pig ... Read More
We chose this ship for location and departure date. Luckily we had 4 stops so that made the ship more bearable. You can only go down the slides so many times. The kids club was ok. The best food was all of Guy's stops. The Pig and Anchor was not open every day and for lunch only. The pizza and deli would be lifesavers when burgers and tacos were closed. Amber Cove was a nice stop with the pool as we disembarked. We have visited San Juan numerous times so we like to go and visit the cat shelter there near the fort. Grand Turk was another reason for this ship and it was a huge disappointment. We did a beach excursion and a huge waste of money. The service was incredibly slow, I went to find my own beach umbrella. The food included in the buffet was terrible. There is a nice pool/beach area as soon as you get off the ship (free). St. Thomas was a nice visit as well. This cruise served the purpose of date/itinerary. Carnival is our least favorite cruise line - we love Disney and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids and love kids. I was shocked how many kids were on this cruise. The lack of parenting was atrocious. Ship is just like the "Magic" with a little different decor and a few different restaurant choices. Entertainment wasn't that great. However, The "Lip Sync Battle" final production on Saturday was fun to watch. Bar Service was great. Smile, be nice, be patient and you will get good service. Reverse all that and I can assure you, you will not get good service. Cruise director Lee was good. We enjoyed his antics. I have to give a shout out to "Laz" from England. He was on the "Fun Staff" He should and deserves to be a Cruise Director. He was fantastic and very entertaining. Always had a huge, happy crowd at his activities. Also, Miss "Iowa" .... was superb as well. Sorry I can't remember her name. Thank you Galveston for changing the 'embarkation' procedures. it is much easier to get thru the process and onto the ship now, especially if you have 'Faster to the Fun' or are a V.I.P. Platinum, or Diamond member. I will say this though..... the Luggage guys could care less if you have the FTTF tags. they come and get delivered with all the other luggage. No priority, separation, or faster delivery. I think we are just burnt out on cruises, we've been on 5 in the last 4 years. Would I go again? Not anytime soon..... probably not Carnival either. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let ... Read More
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let down and disappointed. Normally when I get on a cruise I am in love with the atrium, this boat left a lot to be desired. It uses more mellow tones and I particularly enjoy the more brighter ones. The staff was also completely different. Normally Carnival staff are out going, fun, funny, informative and learn your name This crew just did their job and nothing more. This was also the first cruise I decided to take my children on and I wanted them to enjoy the cruise line as much as I did. They enjoyed it but I think it could have been much better. I recently cruised a year prior to this and in a year the food drastically changed. No meal I had can I honestly say was really good. A lot of times I had to send my entree back and try another one. None of the desserts wowed me wither. Why oh why is there a Pizza Pirate on this cruise??? This has to be one of the worst pizza options ever! My waiter in the dinning room Woodie was good but not overly great. I think my previous cruise on Magic set the bar so high it was hard for these crew members to reach it. I tried a FWD cabin this time and never again. It was way to rocky and the waves were so loud it sometimes woke me up at night so back to midship I go. Oh and the cruise director was not as good as my last cruise director either. The only cute phrase he had was," I love you." Other than that he was not entertaining at all. My room 7222 was fine. The bed was so comfy and I felt like every night it was calling my name. I didn't get a chance to party much on this cruise but my kids sure as heck did. Some nights I had to go and find them. I have no plans on trying this ship again but I will be back on Carnival. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal ... Read More
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal C. Staff: Though the restaurants and cleaning staff had good intensions, they often seemed overextended. They often did not seem to understand English when asked any question beyond the most common phrases and then responses where difficult or impossible to understand. This was not the case at all on Royal C.so I was disappointed. Examples of the less than professional service are the following: Not thinking to serve a spoon with coffee and having to get a busy waiters attention to ask for one. Serving melted ice-cream or lukewarm food. Impolite or impatient ways of getting you to take bread or give your order because the waiters seemed pressured or rushed to get their job accomplished. (again not experienced on Royal C. ) Some waiters seemed to be armature or ill trained, unsure of how or what to do next while others did okay. It was inconsistent. I must say the dining directors were good and accommodating. Photographers where a constant annoyance on this cruise; at every dinner we were interrupted by men asking us (or not asking us) to pose for photos. On one occasion, for a second photo op that meal, a photographer was with an assistant dressed as a pirate with a plastic sword. without asking any in our dining party the pirate went around the table placing his sword under the throat of one of each couple to pose for the camera. Okay, maybe fun for some with young kids but our group of 12 was not in this category; very unprofessional and intrusive. Photographers also seemed to be filling many corners of hallways impleading the heavy traffic of this large passenger list of 4700 trying to snag anyone to get a photo in front of a fake beach or ship when we could do the same with our own cameras with the real thing outside! It was like navigating a narrow market around venders trying to sell you at every turn. Lines at every turn: Anything you needed or wanted to do required waiting in a line for at least 20 min or more usually. Customer service? wait in line (on the phone too). Shore excursions? wait in line. Food at most any venue? wait in line, activities, wait in line. We found ourselves using room service much more than expected to avoid time wasting lines but then still a 40 minute wait and for only sandwiches, coffee and juice; anything more, including pop, required payment. Ship design was not impressive. Dining rooms not very elegant compared with RC. They were also louder though we sat at many different locations on top and lower areas; acoustic deadening needed. The veranda deck was not inviting with high glass walls and partitions along the length of the ship, you could not enjoy a walk next to the sea with an open railing, and then had to go around high partitions along the way. Traffic flow in the buffet areas ( The Market) was difficult. Lines wrapped around hall areas. Attendants push carts and carrying things were always needing you to clear their way. People crowed past each other to find the ends of lines. Décor just average. The small atrium had a backdrop of clouds on blue painted on a wall with cylindrical red and orange lights on wires. Tacky. Color combinations and decorations were nothing impressive. There was a feeling of randomness as to where activity spaces were placed. Casino, bars, play spaces were hard to locate logically, you had to find a map; it seemed not very intuitive. Art was just displayed in common hallways and then in a small, one entry room. Again, I was spoiled by a Royal Caribbean ship that had flowing intuitive and inviting spaces easy to find and get familiar with. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized and managed by the upbeat directors. This review just escaped a two star rating because of good Varity of food, hard working staff and upbeat directors. But next time for me and mine, its definitely a return to Royal Caribbean on a smaller, more elegant ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: April 2019
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked very well, and boarding the ship was an easy process. Much better that the prior process of waiting in lines to see a representative, showing your credit card, getting your room keys, etc. Now it’s just walking into the security area, having your boarding pass scanned, getting a boarding group number, having your picture taken, getting screened and waiting for your number to be called. Your room keys are in a tamper-proof envelope in your cabin’s mailbox. -Food – the food everywhere was quite good, especially the desserts in the main dining room and the “Sweet Spot” in the Lido Marketplace. I wanted to try many of the dining options I’ve not tried on my prior Carnival cruises since the Breeze has so many to choose from. BTW, they changed the Tandoori station (which was included) in the aft pool area to a Seafood Shack (additional charges apply). I’m glad they did, as the lobster roll platter was outstanding – 2 rolls with fries for $14, and the lobster filling was fresh and plentiful. I also tried the new Carnival Deli menu – the Cuban sandwich was very good. Also, I tried the Mongolian Wok for the first time and enjoyed my noodles with beef in Sichuan sauce (spicy). I was going to try the free lunchtime pasta bar at Cucina del Capitano, but some of our cruise mates tried it and said it was nothing special. The new food tries also included Guy’s Pig and Anchor Barbecue (very good) and the light soup and salad lunch offerings in the Plaza Café. Of course, previously-experienced Guy’s Burger Joint was visited as well as the Blue Iguana Cantina for a breakfast burrito and lunchtime tacos. All very good as usual. We ate breakfast in the main dining room every morning except one, for Sea Day Brunch or Open Seating breakfast, to avoid the mobs of people in the Lido Marketplace. Food was good; however, it was hit and miss on the poached or over-easy eggs having a soft yolk. Dining room food for dinner was very good with few exceptions. -Drinks – we had the Cheers! Package so we were able to try many different concoctions from many different bars. Our favorites were the Casino Bar, Alchemy Bar and Red Frog Pub. Drinks were consistently prepared, and after-dinner specialty cocktails at Alchemy were a nightly event. -Entertainment – very good shows in the main theater, with talented singers & dancers and nice staging/special effects. The Country/Rock band and singing duet were both great. We enjoyed the live music nightly. They also had a modern string quartet that played today’s songs instead of traditional string compositions. -Shops – the Breeze has a wide variety of shops with reasonable prices. Of course, my wife got a “souvenir” at the EFFY fine jewelry shop. We also won a raffle there for a signature EFFY jeweled panther keychain and ruby pendant necklace. -Service – overall the service was quite good, and the crew we encountered friendly and wanting to help. Service at the bars was quick and efficient. Our dining room team (Early Seating Dinner) was hard working and did a good job all week, learning our names the first night and using them every night thereafter. However, it is apparent that they have reduced staff in recent years and the team was stretched thin on the busy nights (first night, Elegant nights, etc.), as the ship was at capacity, with 4700+ guests on board (standard double occupancy is 3690). The Guest Services staff were some of the best I’ve encountered – I’ll describe an issue I had with the cabin involving Guest Services later in this review. There were some inconsistencies with certain aspects of the service we experienced, which are also described later in this review. -Cabin Steward – our Steward Victoria was probably the best we’ve had on any cruise, on any cruise line. She did an amazing job of keeping our stateroom clean and comfortable and supplied with what we needed. -Casino – it was large with plenty of slots and table games. I don’t gamble, but my wife certainly made some donations on the slots. As mentioned previously, the bartending team was top-notch. However, as this was Carnival and the only indoor venue that allows smoking, be prepared for a constant smoke smell – the ventilation clears the actual smoke quickly, but the odor is persistent. Shore Tours – we did Carnival-sponsored tours in each of our four ports. All were fun and informative. Now, the not-so-good: -Cabin – although our category 8C veranda cabin was Carnival’s usual rather roomy size compared to other lines, with a comfortable bed and couch, our cabin #8441 developed a sewer-like smell shortly after sailing. Long story short, they were unable to resolve the issue during our voyage. Our steward said this was not the first time someone raised this issue, so I would recommend avoiding this cabin. That said, once I raised the issue with Guest Services, they did make every effort to resolve the issue, sending the floor manager, HVAC technician and even a Guest Services representative to investigate the matter. Our workaround was to leave the bathroom door slightly opened, as the air intake vent in the bathroom was quite powerful and kept the air circulating and the smell reduced. We bring a bungee cord with us to prop open the balcony door, so this was also done occasionally – when opening the cabin door at the same time, the air from the hallway comes rushing in to refresh the cabin air. These steps kept the issue to a minor annoyance, and Guest Services compensated us with an OBC that we felt was satisfactory compensation or our inconvenience. -Certain Main Dining Room Service – at Breakfast/Sea Day Brunch, it sometimes took a while to get attention by the servers after being seated. It sometimes took several minutes before we received water and coffee. Also, it sometimes took a while to receive our orders, even when adjacent tables received theirs even though being seated after us. Finally, getting bar drinks/wine at dinner was a challenge, especially in the first few days of the cruise. Things were better later in the week. -Crowds/Lines – this was the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed, and as mentioned previously, the ship was at capacity since it was a Spring Break cruise. The chair hogs we out in force, so we didn’t even try to lay out in the sun while on the ship. We got our sun time on our shore tours. Also, lines for certain food stations in the Lido Marketplace could be very long at peak breakfast and lunch times. In fact, the one morning we had breakfast on Lido the lines were so long at the buffet I was able to get a Blue Iguana burrito (no line!) and finish it before my wife returned with her eggs and bacon from the buffet. Finding available tables could also be a challenge. Getting off the ship at certain ports of call also had big backups. The cruise being over Spring Break meant over a thousand kids on board, so there was plenty of hallway running, (every) elevator button pushing, and loud areas. Definitely not a cruise for relaxation. -Debarkation – chaotic and slow-going. It seemed to me they called too many decks (for self-assisted departures) and Debarkation Zones (for checked luggage folks) at the same time, overwhelming the solitary forward staircase and elevators used for this purpose. This needs to be better-managed. -Overall – a great cruise with lots of dining choices, great drinks and service (with a few exceptions) and smooth embarkation process. Although there were some issues (the cabin odor being the main one), the weather was great all week, and we enjoyed the ports and sea days. I would definitely cruise the Carnival Breeze again, just not at Spring Break and not in cabin #8441. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the ... Read More
we go every year for down time. There were more nice servers on this trip than some of our previous trips. pig and anchor food was good,just needed to be open daily.The capitano's on this ship was highly over rated.Chris(Donkey) the cruise director is one of the best i've seen out of 20 years of cruising.He loved his job in keeping people happy. We enjoyed the shows that we saw. the down side of this trip was some of te things that carnival doesn't tell you. 1 they don't tell you that every time you are in a us port you pay an extra tax on anything you drink on the ship. So if your in port for 8 hours it can cost you an additional 20 dollars per couple. I am an avid scrapbooker. so i was looking forward to that activity that was on board since they teamed up with michaels it was very disappointing took 15 minutes to get your supplies and then only gave you 15 minutes to work on the project.It wuld have made sense to prepackage the project or extend the time they gave. Our first night in the dining room was not good from the server to where they sat us. But by the next night they moved our seating to a private table and 3 really awesome waiters. Cabin steward was good. no issues with that at all. We would go again. yes. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really ... Read More
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really good. food- we enjoyed all of the included food venues. loved Tandoor, Blue Iguana, and the wok. the food in the MDR was also really good. the only issue was some days the service was really slow (2 hours for dinner) deck 5- nice location with additional whirlpools (others deck 10) and lounging chairs and chess. also, the bbq restaurant is on this deck. pools- the pools were a bit small and always crowded. embarkation- it was really quick and easy. very impressed with the efficient process at galveston. entertainment/ activities- comedy shows were good. but, the limelight lounge is really small and many shows were standing room only. the playlist shows were pretty good not great. the clue murder mystery was ok, but, not that great. we could've skipped it since there is only 1 winner. we enjoyed the sports area- ping pong, pool, track, bball, and track. ports- cozumel, roatan, belize. all ports were fun. tendering in belize creates some issues because it limits time for the excursion. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and ... Read More
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and answering questions. Stacey and Amber were British dolls and Michael was my favorite overall. He had great stories to tell. Wasn’t too impressed with our dining room staff. Very nice but seemed very disorganized. Often had to ask more than once for refills or ordered items. We also had an odor problem on 8 aft, both in hallway and our room. Our steward Jessie did his best to mitigate the smell but it kept coming back. Very sewer smelling. Guest services tried to make things right but haven’t seen the credit yet . We did our own vow renewal on the ship during Jamaica port and did a Dreams Studio photo shoot. Would have loved more outdoor pics but Luca did a good job. Attended the Cruise Critic meet and mingle and were the only ones who showed. Met Courtney and Monroe as well as two officers. All were very nice and kind. Courtney even had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room. As well, Mr John Heald also had strawberries and champagne delivered to our room. Thank you. Overall a good time and looking forward to amour next cruise after Thanksgiving. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until ... Read More
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until 1AM every night. They made lots of friends and had a great time. The shows were pretty good. The Hasbro Game show was neat, we enjoyed that. Our favorite show had to be the love and marriage show, its always hilarious. Love the ativities they have on LIDO deck, just wish they had more of them. We felt like we had a lot of down time on sea days. Cruise director was great, Schwartz. Very funny and a great dancer. Dining: We did anytime dining. We very rarely had to wait to be seated. Service/staff was great, food was brought out in a timely manner. We ate there for dinner only, food was pretty good on most days. Breakfast and lunch on LIDO deck. Always love Guys Burgers and WOK is great too. Burrito bar and tacos were good. My kids love the pizza and ice cream. Keywest: Keywest was my least favorite port. We chose to do our own thing. I rented a golf cart in advance from sunshine scooters. Service was OK, my reservation was messed up and they were able to fix the pricing for me. We rode around town, which was very busy. We went to Ft Zachary park, it is a very long walk here so I would suggest a taxi or some type of vehicle. It was very beautiful beach. We brought our own snorkel gear and snorkeled for a bit. Snorkeling was OK, very cloudy till you got out around the rocks. Not to much to see but we did see some fish. After an hour of snorkeling we went to see the actual fort. Not to much to see but it was worth walking around and looking. Freeport: Loved freeport. We went to Deadmans reef. We chose to book this independently so that we could have more than just 1 hour at the beach plus it was cheaper. Staff was great, from transportation to and from cruise ship and while on beach. It is a good swim out but it very doable. Myself and family had no problem. Saw lots of fish and it was so beautiful and clear in the water like swimming in an aquarium. It was very cold at first though. My husband and son saw a sea turtle. we missed it because my daughter got stung by some jelly fish, which staff was helpful with and gave her some vinegar to help ease the discomfort. Would do this again. Snorkeling was great. Nassua: Here we booked a dolphin swim through carnival. VIP dolphin swim and lunch with blue lagoon. Transportation was great, took a ferry ride over to the island. The island itself is beautiful. My favorite place during the whole cruise. Dolphin swim was amazing!!!! well worth the money, we bought the video of our swim. Lunch was good, buffet. Next time we will just come and enjoy the beach. Hammock in the shade were great. Beautiful place. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
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
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
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
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
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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