29 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Western

We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood ... Read More
We had a balcony and inside room and compared to Norwegian, these were large. Old Tv and very slow service on the tv. The employees were very nice. The steak and seafood restaurant are to die for. Order the oysters at the seafood restaurant and the artwork desert. Very cool presentation. We traveled with 4 teenagers 15-17 and they were bored a large portion of the time. Not enough for them to do. Pools were too full and the water slide lines extremely long. They close the basketball court from 530-1130 daily and all the games are 18+ (for dodgeball??) there was a bad smell a good portion of the time off the back of the boat. Massage was $180 and pedicure $85 before tip. Buffet had the same food each day which got old fast. The shows were good but Hasbro for example, was all about small children. My teens got bored quickly. Would recommend another boat or cruise line for traveling with teenagers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really ... Read More
we loved our cruise on the carnival breeze. the ship has a lot of activities, great crew and good food choices. crew- the staff was great. our room steward was very helpful. the cruise director and entertainment team were really good. food- we enjoyed all of the included food venues. loved Tandoor, Blue Iguana, and the wok. the food in the MDR was also really good. the only issue was some days the service was really slow (2 hours for dinner) deck 5- nice location with additional whirlpools (others deck 10) and lounging chairs and chess. also, the bbq restaurant is on this deck. pools- the pools were a bit small and always crowded. embarkation- it was really quick and easy. very impressed with the efficient process at galveston. entertainment/ activities- comedy shows were good. but, the limelight lounge is really small and many shows were standing room only. the playlist shows were pretty good not great. the clue murder mystery was ok, but, not that great. we could've skipped it since there is only 1 winner. we enjoyed the sports area- ping pong, pool, track, bball, and track. ports- cozumel, roatan, belize. all ports were fun. tendering in belize creates some issues because it limits time for the excursion. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of ... Read More
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of entertainers and musicians and dancers was just wonderful. The two of us older ones were involved in nearly every activity possible and up till past 12:30 every night. The band, The Midas Touch, were wonderful (xoxo to Brandon- the lead male vocalist), The Calverts were super (would have only liked more selections suitable for slower dancing), MoTown show-- great, dancing on the Lido deck also great (even if we were the oldest there), the many opportunities for line dancing.... all these activities kept us moving and having FUN. Our steward, Fidel, was wonderful and so kind and efficient. The whole crew on the ship from the ropes course to the dining services to the guest service desk-- everyone was warm and friendly. WE were just amazed at the personal interactions and their ability to remember us BY NAME starting with day one! We enjoyed all the dining-- from buffet to Sapphire. We won a dinner for two to Farenheit Steak House and it was superior! We would not have chosen to go, but did and it was truly luxurious and exceptionally great food and service. This was our second cruise- first on Carnival- and our cabin was great-- spacious, loads of storage, wonderful window (far superior on all counts to our cruise on a different line and with same cabin grade. We will choose Carnival AGAIN! Loved all the activities for kids so parents could have their own time! Our grandkids LOVED going to the Kids clubs and the Night Owl. The HUB is an absolute must even if traveling alone because the ability to have a map or list of activities at touch was great! And for us, as a family of 9, we could communicate via chat and find each other. **INVESTIGATE WHAT YOUR INSURANCE WILL OR WILL NOT COVER MEDICALLY IF ON SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Our new friends across the hall had a medical emergency and all costs were put on her sign and sail card-- they would accept no insurance even for the ICU portion of their time in medical! OUCH! About the only points I have to offer for improvement are the following: 1. the internet purchase (the mid range plan) was useless. I could virtually never get on or stay on. 2. the Serenity Area (adults only) needs a system of having a check out system for the beds, chairs, and hammock ,etc... because there were people that got up there early and literally camped out in the accommodations for the whole day... never letting others have a chance. Some system of getting a hang tag that allows you one hour per item per person.... 3. the craft activity on the third sea day was completely age inappropriate for almost any of the kids... and it was described as cutting, pasting, etc-- for kids. It was an embroidery project that for most participants meant learning a new skill and one that could not be completed in the 45 minutes before we had to clear the area for a new activity. 4. The cost of drinks was reasonable... but the cost of bottled alcohol was out of sight. 5. have ice available on each floor.... or have ice buckets that can go to the room from the Lido Beverage station. 6. personally, we all learned that three days of shore excursions in a row is very exhausting... better to select an itinerary with a break in there somewhere. We loved the two sea days in a row. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids and love kids. I was shocked how many kids were on this cruise. The lack of parenting was atrocious. Ship is just like the "Magic" with a little different decor and a few different restaurant choices. Entertainment wasn't that great. However, The "Lip Sync Battle" final production on Saturday was fun to watch. Bar Service was great. Smile, be nice, be patient and you will get good service. Reverse all that and I can assure you, you will not get good service. Cruise director Lee was good. We enjoyed his antics. I have to give a shout out to "Laz" from England. He was on the "Fun Staff" He should and deserves to be a Cruise Director. He was fantastic and very entertaining. Always had a huge, happy crowd at his activities. Also, Miss "Iowa" .... was superb as well. Sorry I can't remember her name. Thank you Galveston for changing the 'embarkation' procedures. it is much easier to get thru the process and onto the ship now, especially if you have 'Faster to the Fun' or are a V.I.P. Platinum, or Diamond member. I will say this though..... the Luggage guys could care less if you have the FTTF tags. they come and get delivered with all the other luggage. No priority, separation, or faster delivery. I think we are just burnt out on cruises, we've been on 5 in the last 4 years. Would I go again? Not anytime soon..... probably not Carnival either. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and ... Read More
Nearly impossible to not enjoy a cruise. Loved the ship and the shows. The playlist cast were wonderful and my favorite was Flick. We got to meet the cast at an after party and they were genuinely sweet and patient, posing for pics and answering questions. Stacey and Amber were British dolls and Michael was my favorite overall. He had great stories to tell. Wasn’t too impressed with our dining room staff. Very nice but seemed very disorganized. Often had to ask more than once for refills or ordered items. We also had an odor problem on 8 aft, both in hallway and our room. Our steward Jessie did his best to mitigate the smell but it kept coming back. Very sewer smelling. Guest services tried to make things right but haven’t seen the credit yet . We did our own vow renewal on the ship during Jamaica port and did a Dreams Studio photo shoot. Would have loved more outdoor pics but Luca did a good job. Attended the Cruise Critic meet and mingle and were the only ones who showed. Met Courtney and Monroe as well as two officers. All were very nice and kind. Courtney even had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room. As well, Mr John Heald also had strawberries and champagne delivered to our room. Thank you. Overall a good time and looking forward to amour next cruise after Thanksgiving. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and ... Read More
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and be in close proxmity. We selected the early dining time of 6:00 PM. The first night at dinner we where scattered across 4 tables. We mentioned this to the staff and for the rest of the trip we all were upgraded to Saphire Room and all 25 sat at one table for the rest of the cruise. The rooms and ammenities of the ship surpassed all my expectations. There is so much to do and see on the ship that we had to make it a point to check in with our travel companions or you could go several days without bumping into each other. Our cruise visited three ports on the trip; Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jamaica was the biggest disappointment of our entire trip; within 10 minutes of leaving port our bus driver stopped the bus and his assistant requested 25 dollars per person to guarantee our safety as the area was currently in a "State of Emergency". The bus continued and eventually stopped in a shopping district. At this point we requested to be let off and the bus driver closed the door on us, our group was rather large and we were able to force our way off the buss and paid to enter a private resort near the bus. The Grand Cayman's surpassed all our expectations and hope to return in the future. We never felt pressured on the Island and everyone in our group participated in a snorkeling trip. We couldn't have been more impressed by the people and the beauty. Cozumel was also fun as we rented Jeeps and felt completely safe on our own and the people there and awesome. We did do some snorkeling and enjoyed shopping. I would book this trip and recommend it to all my friends with the one suggestion that they DON'T GET OFF THE SHIP IN JAMAICA. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it went out of Galveston and was during Spring Break. However after sailing on other ships was disappointed in the service. Long waits in the dining room, food passed over me to guest across me and even asked to pass a plate down to another guest. Also disappointed that there were not a lot of activities for teens to do other than hang out in the Teen Club and listen to music. The activities for adults were basically to get you to purchase something more on the ship - only free activities were the dance classes and creativity activity. Lots of drunks and having to remind adults and teens that there are children on the ship with their nasty language. I was glad that I could lay out on my Aft deck and not have to fight for a place by the pool as you wouldn't be able to get one - lots of seats saved with no one ever in them. Tried to watch a Dive In Movie one night but couldn't hear because of pool filled with screaming kids. The price was right, but it was a case of you get what you pay for. Overall, it just wasn't my type of crowd. Here are a few good things: Guy's Burgers - incredible! Deli on Lido deck - Meatball sandwich - yummy! Room Steward - was good and the fun towel animals were the best! Zach Daniels at the Piano Bar was fun along with Aura John the comedian was fabulous! Debarkationo and Embarkation - quick! Other things: One plug in for the entire cabin; not one in the bathroom. Cabin steward will ask if you want your room cleaned in the am or evening or both - never had this asked on any other cruise line, but then the steward had about 30 rooms to care for and most other cruise lines they have around 15. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the ... Read More
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the non-called floors so you have to take the stairs. We decided to stage ourselves on the 4th floor (5 was crowded and 3 was the exit). However, we met someone that said their cleaning staff told them to just go own down and exit the boat even though the deck number hadn't been called. We followed and were allowed to leave the ship much earlier than our deck number announcement. It took us about 35 minutes to get off the boat. The ship is very impressive. For the most part, I found it to be fairly clean and well equipped with options/areas. The seas were a little rough on a couple of days and the shipped handled well both days, especially on the upper decks. I found a few things less than optimal: 1) no exclusive adult only pool, only hot tubs; 2) the floor in the buffet is very slick - I wore three different shoe types walking through there and they were all slick; 3) it was march madness and the ship could only show one game on the TVs. The pub was so crowded it wasn't even worth trying to find a spot. The cabin was small but very clean. It looked like it had never been used. The AC didn't go as low as I would have liked it, but it was comfortable. I cruised by myself, so I had the double twins pushed together to make a king bed. I found the mattresses firm, but ultimately I spent little time in the cabin and was exhausted enough to sleep outside of mattress preferences. The sheets were soft and the entire room was turned down twice a day. I paid upfront for gratuities, and I tipped the cleaner $60 at the beginning. I never met someone so happy when he saw me. We had mixed dining experiences. First, I cannot begin to tell everyone how rough the back of the ship was in the Blush dining. It was rocking pretty good a couple of days enough for a couple of us to get uncomfortable while eating. The service there was also bad. On multiple occasions, we had to pour our own water (not a big deal) and actually get refills from a station by us. I had a ceasar salad delivered warm, and cooked food delivered cold. Our group eventually asked to be relocated to the Your-Time-Dining in the Sapphire. The service there and overall experience was much better. Our servers did a great job and were extremely personable. We also appreciated the ability to eat when we wanted, not at 20:15 that conflicted with so many activities on the ship. The entertainment and activities were very very very good. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed my interactions with the Fun Staff and the performers. All were very personable and I had the privilege to befriend a couple of them. We had a great time with Laz and that man has a great future ahead of him in the industry. The ports of cozumel and roatan were beautiful. I didn't really care much for Belize, as the only way to safely explore the area was through an excursion. I didn't feel unsafe in any of the places, but the immediate area outside of the Belize port was questionable. Our first stop in Cozumel did not go very well. The crew had decided to open only 1 gangway to get off the ship. Lee made an announcement to wait and not crowd the stairways or elevators and would make an additional announcement when it was okay to proceed. Well, my group followed the directions and were late to the port to meet for our snorkeling excursion and the boat left without us (5 people). Instead they offered to refund it in the port, and provide us another option to a private beach - which we took. The guide there was wrong in telling us it was a cataraman, but we enjoyed the food and experience overall. Eventually, the service refunded us 10% and gave some drink coupons. To get back on the ship, they had 3 gangways open and boarding was a breeze. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages ... Read More
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages 13, 10 and 7. Embarkation was very quick. I dropped off my husband and kids with our luggage at the porters, then parked the car at the Port of Galveston lot and took the shuttle over to meet them. They had waited for me in line at embarkation, and it went very quickly once I arrived. I would definitely recommend arriving after lunch, within your chosen arrival time. This made it go much faster for us! We had no trouble with fog sailing out of Galveston, and we left right on schedule. We did encounter some fog after we'd already left the port, but it didn't effect us at all, aside from hearing the fog horn going off a time or two. We had two connecting balcony staterooms on deck 8 forward, one with a king bed, and the other with three twins. The rooms seemed small at first, but we had plenty of space for everything that travels with a family of five, and having two bathrooms (toilets!) was a wonderful thing! Our stateroom attendant introduced himself to us, and gave us his card. He had me fill out a sheet about when I wanted to have our room serviced, in the morning, evening or both. I had heard about this before, but our last two spring break cruises (on the Elation and then the Vista), we were never asked which we prefer, and we had our room serviced twice. So, this was our first experience with the one-time service. It wasn't terrible, and I understand why they do it, but there is a little magic lost receiving the towel animal at 10am, and no Fun Times and chocolates left on your bed at night. Like I said, it's nothing to whine about, but I did miss it a smidge. Our stewards were very friendly, and did a nice job keeping up our rooms. They cleaned and left the towel animals, but did nothing above and beyond like our previous stewards have done, like putting hats and sunglasses on the kids' towel animals, or incorporating the kids' stuffed animals into the presentation. I ended up doing this during the day because my youngest still very much enjoys the surprise. We ate in the MDR three of the seven nights, and the service was wonderful. With so many other things we'd like to do on board, we just couldn't justify spending an hour and a half on a meal every night, but the nights we were there is was very nice. We happened to be in the MDR on the first sea day night (elegant night), and a legit fight broke out. It was...interesting... to watch. I felt badly for the passengers seated nearby the action, but the Carnival staff handled it well, and removed those involved as quickly as they could. When we weren't eating in the MDR, we were usually up on the Lido eating from the deli (we ordered from the deli a LOT!! love the tomato and mozzarella sandwich and fries...mmmm...those deli fries...), Pizza Pirate, and we ate once or twice from the actual buffet. My boys had Guy's burgers a few times, too. We had lunch at the Italian restaurant once, and it was very good, however, one woman on the wait staff was a bit rude to us because we didn't turn in the order forms for our table all at the same time. : / oops. We ate at Bonsai Sushi once, too. The couple seated next to us order a giant boat sampler and it was so cool! I wish my kids were more adventurous so we could have tried that! Maybe in a few years... We had Sea Day brunch twice, and the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast on our last morning. Highly recommend both. All in all, the food was good. My husband bought coffee every morning at the Java Blue Cafe, right at 7am when they opened. We went through 3 loyalty cards! He always got an iced latte, but I tried a variety of coffees, mostly lattes and mochas, and they were all effective (I have found the Lido deck coffee to not "work" on me? Maybe it's weak, or the cups are too small for me. Not sure. But the lattes woke me up!). The staff at the coffee shop is always – always! – so busy, but they are also some of the sweetest ladies on board. Our kids tried the milkshakes and frappes there, too. 3 out of 3 would recommend! As for on board experiences, we tried to do as much as we could from the morning show to the evening comedy, and my kids really enjoy interacting with the staff. Speaking of the staff, we cruised with Lee Mason as our CD and he is so. much. fun!!! You can tell he really enjoys his job; he brings so much energy and enthusiasm to every event. The other members of the Fun Squad were also fantastic, noteably Las, Lindsey and Ryan. This was really a dream team, dedicated to making it a very fun week for their guests. We played Bingo (my 10-year-old's aka "Bingo Boy" favorite), saw 4-5 different comedians preform (always a winner), and highly recommend checking out the Lip Synch Battle throughout the week and concluding with the showdown at the end of the week. So fun! We arrived early for Hasboro the Game Show because my 10-year-old was determined to play, and luckily he was chosen in round one and got to be part of the team that played Yatzee Bowling. His team didn't win, but he was happy to have finally been able to get up on stage (on our last two cruises he missed out, so third time was a charm!). We also went to a bunch of trivia's – my 13-year-old won one fo the trivia in Red Frog Pub (LOL! Ryan couldn't give him the huge tube of beer as his prize, so he found a ship on a stick for him. Thanks so much, Ryan!). My two youngest two spent a lot of time in the pool and on the waterslides. I hear the orange one is very fast and fun! And, as always we spent a lot of time in the Sports Square playing mini golf, pool, and ping pong. This year the boys tried the ropes course for the first time and it was a definite highlight! My youngest now only wants to sail on ships with a ropes course, he loved it that much. I had a great time hanging out by the aft pool. The kids would play in the pool, or head up to the waterslides, and I was able to sit and relax with a book or a magazine (and a drink!). LOVE it. Would go back and do that today if I could! I also want to mention that Carnival has a staff member watching the pools. Like a Life Guard, but not called out as a life guard. I believe their shirts read Staff Member. But a Staff Member was standing in the water, watching the pool the entire time. There was also a Staff Member at the mid ship pool. I was glad to see this. Our ports were Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay. We've been on this exact cruise before, so we knew what to expect. We always love a visit to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, and we had a great day there. In Belize we did the Snorkeling the Wonders of the Barrier Reef excursion through Carnival. I had read many great reviews about this excursion, and I was really excited for the snorkeling. However, it was an incredibly disappointing experience, start to finish. I would not recommend it until there is word that Carnival has gotten the vendor to improve the dependability of their watercraft. On our trip to the island we were marooned at sea for about 30 minutes because of an engine break down, then on our return trip, we had to putter back to the ship in the lowest gear because of another faulty engine. We took 3 different boats to and from Rendezvous Cay on this excursion, and 2 of 3 broke down. I'm not exaggerating when I say most of our time in Belize was spent on faulty watercraft. So frustrating, and such a waste of time! What little time we did get to snorkel the Barrier Reef was super cool. But buyer beware with that excursion! In Mahogany Bay we wanted an easy beach day, so I pre-purchased two of the Relax on the Beach with Kayak packages for our family of five. We all five rode the magic chairs over to the beach, then upon arrival we were set up with our two clams shells, four loungers and two tables between them. The package also came with four floating mats. We ate and drank at Fat Tuesday's (the quesadillas were so good!), and four of us went kayaking. It was a perfect day for us, and we'd probably do the same thing all over again on our next visit. I think the Breeze may have been the only ship in port this day because the beach wasn't crowded at all. We sailed with a lot of families from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas – the majority of us on spring break. Only one group of college age travelers that stood out, but not in a terrible or obnoxious way, and my husband and I enjoyed watching them throughout the week. Overall it was a fantastic week on the Breeze, and we are already looking forward to next spring break's cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew works together to keep the ship spotless. Cabins are cleaned early morning and your bed is turned down in the evening. room service was available and delivered at the time requested. The food provided during the cruise was excellent. There was never a shortage of food and beverages. The wait staff in the blush dining room make sure passengers have breakfast and dinner served with many selections to choose from. they were all very kind and always smiling and patient. Entertainment every night was excellent except i did not enjoy racial remarks by one comedian who has been on netflix. A group of eight dancers and singers performed wonderful shows each night. their talent was superb! we left after each show so happy and amazed, wonderful music, dancing and costumes. Several bands performed nightly. my favorite was the midas touch. The singers, piano player ,drummer, bass player were excellent and entertaining. female singer had a beautiful voice but at times seemed preoccupied. the guitar player was fantastic. you could tell he really enjoyed his music. male singer has a great voice and is smiling the entire time. the group was very enjoyable. we saw them each night they played. The cruise director was named lee. anyone who crossed paths with him was so happy to see him. he was everywhere during our seven day cruise. He was hilarious! Lee's jokes were always funny and kid friendly. example: lee announced: attention breeze passengers..... To the woman who reported $3,000 bundled in a rubber band lost.....we have found your rubber band!! he made this announcement during our debarkation which takes awhile. i would say he is well loved by his crew as well and the passengers. he is always visible. we wondered when he ever went to sleep! The three excursions we went on during the week were well organized with our safety at all ports clearly the most important factor. the transportation to and from islands was easy and comfortable and we were always taken back to ship in plenty of time. Thank you carnival breeze for a fantastic week of fun and relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let ... Read More
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let down and disappointed. Normally when I get on a cruise I am in love with the atrium, this boat left a lot to be desired. It uses more mellow tones and I particularly enjoy the more brighter ones. The staff was also completely different. Normally Carnival staff are out going, fun, funny, informative and learn your name This crew just did their job and nothing more. This was also the first cruise I decided to take my children on and I wanted them to enjoy the cruise line as much as I did. They enjoyed it but I think it could have been much better. I recently cruised a year prior to this and in a year the food drastically changed. No meal I had can I honestly say was really good. A lot of times I had to send my entree back and try another one. None of the desserts wowed me wither. Why oh why is there a Pizza Pirate on this cruise??? This has to be one of the worst pizza options ever! My waiter in the dinning room Woodie was good but not overly great. I think my previous cruise on Magic set the bar so high it was hard for these crew members to reach it. I tried a FWD cabin this time and never again. It was way to rocky and the waves were so loud it sometimes woke me up at night so back to midship I go. Oh and the cruise director was not as good as my last cruise director either. The only cute phrase he had was," I love you." Other than that he was not entertaining at all. My room 7222 was fine. The bed was so comfy and I felt like every night it was calling my name. I didn't get a chance to party much on this cruise but my kids sure as heck did. Some nights I had to go and find them. I have no plans on trying this ship again but I will be back on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. ... Read More
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. Breakfast was an omelet, but they had lots to chose from. Lunch was Guy's hamburgers. Great.. also sandwiches or pizza. Supper was is the Blush dining room. table 750. Michael was a great server, and always had water and always a glass of wine. the food was ok. had prime rib twice.. cold and not cooked right both times, but items always fixed. Casino...I played slots only on the second day at sea.. went through $250 in less than 30 minutes on 3 different machines. did not play again...... Pictures are way over priced...only purchase a couple. refused taking a lot of them. We purchased the cheers program...worked great.. also pre-purchased the spa pool for the week. it was ok. you got you use the pool and all the different saunas. The only thing I did notice is the metal rack you lay on in the spa pool had dirt or film on it. it was brownish and would just rub off. Purchased a massage. it was good but then its a high pressure sales attempt for there products and additional services. Country music band was great..... wish the piano bar started in the early evening 5 or 6. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that ... Read More
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that I was very, very impressed with all of the assistance they provided her. Embarkation and debarkation were very fast because we got to go through the special lines. During the dining room, etc, everyone was always helpful and friendly and attentive to her. I looked and looked for the "bad" things that others have said about this cruise. Crowded? Yes, in places, but I didn't find anything terrible to ruin my cruise. Bad food? No way! The dining room food was simply delicious, and the few dishes that weren't to my liking didn't hinder my experience whatsoever. The Lido buffet was very good--I found a few of the desserts to be bland, but there was always something else to try. Nothing to do? By no means! I kept missing things I wanted to do because there were often 2 things going at the same time. Dirty? Not while I was there--everything was spotless and constantly being cleaned, which was nice The service was OUTSTANDING on this cruise. We had the best waiters in the dining room, and everyone I spoke to was serviceable and friendly. My room steward was just fine, but he wasn't the best I've ever had. It certainly didn't detract from my experience, though. My daughter loved Camp Ocean and the counselors were very good. I witnessed my daughter having a meltdown as I came to pick her up (she didn't know I was watching), and saw the counselor pull her aside and calm her down. I was very impressed with how she handled the situation, and I'm glad they have this as an option on board. It certainly gave me a break from her when I needed it! . A few issues--it can get CHILLY inside of the boat in places, so bring a sweater or sweatshirt. I wasn't THAT impressed with the singers/dancers in the evening shows. The magician was pretty good, though. The guy at the piano bar was good. My parents went to hear several of the comedians and they really liked them (the PG version). Also, this boat moved more than any other I've ever been on. The last 3 days the movement was constant. LUCKILY I no longer get seasick (what a pleasant surprise!) but if you do have issues, this might not have been the cruise for you. Also, Thrill Theater was fun but not too special, and if you don't get there early you won't get to see the show. I only did it for my daughter, but for adults I'd skip it. Ports--we did the Turtle Farm Excursion in Grand Cayman, and it was VERY good for the money I spent. Very worth it. Cozumel---we did a Discover Mexico tour at a little park. It was cheap and my mother could go in her scooter, which is why we did it. It was just fine, but nothing fantastic. Great gift shop, good information if you like history, but I wouldn't do it again. All in all, a wonderful trip. My father is already planning another cruise for him and my mother, and my daughter is pestering me for our next one! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a spring break family vacation. This was our first family cruise and we (the adults) were very disappointed. We felt that we spent the entire week standing in line. Whether it was waiting for mediocre food, or disembarking at port, the lines were awful. It took us an hour of being squished in a stairwell to exit the boat at each port. The lines were poorly organized and no one really knew where to wait and where to go. It was not a great way to spend our vacation. The food was very mediocre. We found dinner to be relaxing and the service to be good in the anytime dining in the Sapphire restaurant. We tended to eat by 6 pm and had no wait at that time. They were quite good with my gluten dietary restrictions. I was able to order my meal the night before so that the gluten free was available. However, lunch and breakfast were a different story. The buffets were very crowded and much of the staff didn't speak English well enough to answer questions about the food and help me find true gluten free options. There was a shortage of vegetables on the ship as well. With few gluten free options, vegetables would have at least been a sure thing for me. My kids loved the ice cream, pasta, and bread available everywhere, all the time. Baked potatoes and hot dogs were another big hit. Certainly not gourmet but the kids were happy. The pools and decks were crowded as expected but we were able to find some spots between the pools and the slides so the kids could run back and forth. My only complaint here was the cigarette smoke. Even when we were on the opposite side of the boat from the smoking area, it was hard to escape. My 16 year old loved the teen club. He wanted to spend all his time with the new friends he made. There did not appear to really be organized activities. It was more of a place for teens to meet up. As a parent, I was surprisedd at the number of teenagers roaming the boat with no supervision until all hours of the night. My younger girls were not interested in the kids clubs so I cannot speak to those. Overall, we had a fun week but I don't know that I would choose to cruise again due to the extreme amount of time we spent waiting in line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding pass, so no bother showing up at anytime before that. Our passes were for the 10-10:30am check in. We were all checked in and waiting to board by 11am, but it wasn’t until around noon that we were able to board with our zone 3 stamp we had been given. Rooms were supposed to be ready by 12:30-1pm, but when we went to check at 1pm, they still weren’t ready, but we dropped our stuff off anyway. Room – This time we had an inside spa cabin on deck 11. It was small, but it’s what we expected and had read about prior to getting onboard. We liked the location of being on deck 11 and got our daily workout in going up and down the stairs avoiding elevators to go to the main theater and dinner. We had two closets with not enough hangers. The shower seemed larger than we remembered as neither of us were attacked by the shower curtain. Water pressure was also good in the shower. Safe worked fine. Mini fridge was there, but we never even opened it. Suitcases fit right under the bed as usual. For gold status, we were supposed to receive free bottles of water, but never did until we asked the room steward to look into it on day two. Our room was service quickly twice a day always while we were at breakfast and then again at dinner. Towel animals were cute as always. Spa area – We did check out the spa area since we were in a spa room and had access to it. No one else was there during the 30 minutes we were there, so if you like to get away from everyone then the spa is for you. There was a nice lounge area, large hot tub, hot rooms, and steam room, but it just wasn’t our thing. We probably wouldn’t pay extra to have it again. Deck Chairs – People are out early claiming their spots with towels and other personal items. At no point did we ever see anyone enforcing a rule for people leaving belonging behind for a long period of time without being there. If you’re looking for shade, those spots go first, followed by the prime sunning areas on the lido on deck 10. Deck 11 has some nice shade areas, but it’s also the smoking area. The serenity area also fills up quickly on sea days. The easiest place to always find a chair in the sun or shade is deck 5. Our advice is to claim your seat on your way to breakfast, especially if you want a deck chair on 10, 11 or 12. Previous sailing - We previously sailed on the Breeze in December 2013 and did notice a few things that could be improved upon this time around. There was significant wear to the cushions on deck chairs in the serenity area which looked like they needed to be completely replaced as well as areas where the deck and carpets were worn down. Once they fix these minor issues up she’ll be as good as new! Food – Seems to be the same quality as last time we were on board. If you’re looking for gourmet food, Carnival is not the cruise line for you. If you don’t mind simple and sometimes bland food, then step on up. The portions in the main dining room seemed a little smaller than last time, and for the first time ever, we heard people being told no when trying to order additional lobsters, and escargot wasn’t on the menu any of the 6 nights, but is available at the steakhouse. The buffet food is hit and miss, but if you skip out on the main dining room for dinner, no worries, because at least half of the items on the main dining room menu are also served on the buffet at night. For lunch, there are so many options, which I think helps keep the lines down overall : Pizza, Indian, Deli, Asian Wok, Guys Burgers, Burritos/Tacos, comfort food buffet, and specialty cuisine buffet, as well as Italian restaurant which is free at lunch. If you time things right, you’ll never have to wait in line very long at all. Our favorite buffet area stops are the Guy’s Burgers and Blue Iguana Burritos. The longest and slowest line is always at the Asian Wok – where there are two cooks who are each cooking individual dishes for three people at a time, so of course it is going to take some time. Pizza can also get backed up at prime feeding times. The main buffet area does have strict hours and some people seem to get annoyed with that, but I think is reasonable since they have to take down breakfast and set up for lunch and take down lunch and set up for dinner. I think this also helps with overall cleanliness too. Breakfast is the same at the buffets, so it doesn’t matter which line you go to. The longest line is always for omelets, other than that there isn’t much of a wait at breakfast. Bar service - always fast and friendly! Entertainment & Activities – There is so much to do on board this ship. Even after bring on the Breeze twice, we still haven't done everything there is to do! The cruise director Mike was ok, but since we had Butch last time, anything but Butch is a disappointment for us. The rest of the entertainment and fun crew were good seemed to enjoy what they do, which was good. Trivia pretty much happens hourly and is a good way to win trophies or medals if you’re into that. The shows in the main theater were good. We thought the best was Motor City. The comedy shows were ok, but they’re always hit and miss depending on who the comedians are. They do clear the comedy room out after each show and make people wait in a line to get back in now, so that was a different. As long as you arrive 15 minutes early, you can always find a seat for the comedy. For the main theater, you could always find a seat no matter what, but if you want the best views or a seat at the end of a row, then you should arrive 10-15 minutes early. The piano bar was also good evening entertainment. The dance club gets going about 11:30pm-midnight ish, before that it is pretty much dead. Live music around the ship was hit or miss. Other entertainment like the ropes course, mini golf, and waterslides/waterworks area is also good fun. We used the waterslides over and over again with no line on port days , on sea days in the afternoon there was always a line. Other passengers - It was a typical spring break crowd. The majority of people on board seemed to be families with children along with couples in their 20s-50s. For our sailing there was just over 1300 people under 18 on board, most of which we never saw, so good job Camp Ocean! Ports of Call: Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, & Cozumel Mexico. Excursion suggestions - Dunn River Falls in Jamaica, swim with the sting rays in Grand Cayman, & visit the ruins in Mexico. Shopping - The best port area shopping is in Cozumel Mexico. Disembarkation - This is fast especially if you do the self disembark and take your luggage off yourself. Otherwise, don’t leave until your zone number is called. The luggage system has been upgraded in the last few years at the port of Miami and now comes out on moving belts like at an airport. Only the luggage for the zones called is available. The biggest slow down with disembarkation is people with their customs/immigration forms not completely filled out and people who overall are just not paying attention. The taxi line is short if you get out right away before 9am, but gets long after that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. ... Read More
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. Embarkation was actually very smooth. They started "staggered check-in". We picked 10:00-10:30, but actually didn't make it till 11:30. We bypassed the lines since we were already suppose to check-in. The whole process took 30 minutes. Make sure to never come before your check-in time or be prepared to stay in the hot sun! 3 people made sure we had the right time to come in! Service was great actually. Every staff member was very friendly and our room steward was excellent. He would always say hi to us no matter how far down the hall he was. The room was PERFECT. Seriously, Carnival stepped up the cabin decor. It's so much nicer and easier on the eyes. I love the blue and yellow tones. It's not basic and boring anymore. The food was great. Seriously, I don't think I had one bad dish. The buffet food had some disappointing items, but that's to be expected at a buffet. One thing I can say for sure, the 24/7 pizza is DELICIOUS! It's the italian style, not like chain pizza. I highly recommend trying it. Dining room food was very good and here's a tip, don't order lobster or filet mignon off the "Steakhouse Selections". They are free once a cruise. Also, try Cucina Del Capitano at lunch. Not a lot of people and you get seated right away. I didn't do the kid's clubs, but I heard positive things about Camp Ocean. Entertainment was ok. The parties and dancing were super fun, but the shows lacked. All the shows were just covers to songs, I was looking for more entertaining shows rather than musicals. In summary, you really won't regret going on the Breeze. I can't see how other people had a bad time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF ... Read More
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF was well worth the $60 and I would have paid more. The dock was busy upon arrival, so we were able to by-pass the long lines and go right into the terminal with no waiting for check-in. Arrived at outside of terminal at 10:30 and boarded the boat at 11:30. They started boarding early with the disclaimer rooms were to ready until 1. Which was AOK by me! Food- I assumed that the food would be average at best, but the meals were great. Sea Day brunch both days was awesome. The MDR meals were good and the service was excellent. Vikor and I Made were very responsive and friendly. Lobster night was yummy. We did eat at Italian one night and enjoyed a change of scenery. My kids loved the buffet and I ended up eating burritos or Guy's burgers too often, because they were so yummy. Entertainment- went to a few shows which were good. Karaoke was fun. Night club was too smokey for me. Casino was a little smokey at night too. Ports were fine. Too many people in your face at Ocho Rios, trying to get you in a taxi or on a tour. In Cozumel we did the VIP Sail and Snorkle trip and it was AMAZING! 4 bedroom/4 bathroom yacht with limited people. They took us to a gorgeous sandbar at the end of Cozumel for swimming. Clearest blue water ever. Cabin was fine. Clean, serviced twice a day. Would definitely do the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal ... Read More
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal C. Staff: Though the restaurants and cleaning staff had good intensions, they often seemed overextended. They often did not seem to understand English when asked any question beyond the most common phrases and then responses where difficult or impossible to understand. This was not the case at all on Royal C.so I was disappointed. Examples of the less than professional service are the following: Not thinking to serve a spoon with coffee and having to get a busy waiters attention to ask for one. Serving melted ice-cream or lukewarm food. Impolite or impatient ways of getting you to take bread or give your order because the waiters seemed pressured or rushed to get their job accomplished. (again not experienced on Royal C. ) Some waiters seemed to be armature or ill trained, unsure of how or what to do next while others did okay. It was inconsistent. I must say the dining directors were good and accommodating. Photographers where a constant annoyance on this cruise; at every dinner we were interrupted by men asking us (or not asking us) to pose for photos. On one occasion, for a second photo op that meal, a photographer was with an assistant dressed as a pirate with a plastic sword. without asking any in our dining party the pirate went around the table placing his sword under the throat of one of each couple to pose for the camera. Okay, maybe fun for some with young kids but our group of 12 was not in this category; very unprofessional and intrusive. Photographers also seemed to be filling many corners of hallways impleading the heavy traffic of this large passenger list of 4700 trying to snag anyone to get a photo in front of a fake beach or ship when we could do the same with our own cameras with the real thing outside! It was like navigating a narrow market around venders trying to sell you at every turn. Lines at every turn: Anything you needed or wanted to do required waiting in a line for at least 20 min or more usually. Customer service? wait in line (on the phone too). Shore excursions? wait in line. Food at most any venue? wait in line, activities, wait in line. We found ourselves using room service much more than expected to avoid time wasting lines but then still a 40 minute wait and for only sandwiches, coffee and juice; anything more, including pop, required payment. Ship design was not impressive. Dining rooms not very elegant compared with RC. They were also louder though we sat at many different locations on top and lower areas; acoustic deadening needed. The veranda deck was not inviting with high glass walls and partitions along the length of the ship, you could not enjoy a walk next to the sea with an open railing, and then had to go around high partitions along the way. Traffic flow in the buffet areas ( The Market) was difficult. Lines wrapped around hall areas. Attendants push carts and carrying things were always needing you to clear their way. People crowed past each other to find the ends of lines. Décor just average. The small atrium had a backdrop of clouds on blue painted on a wall with cylindrical red and orange lights on wires. Tacky. Color combinations and decorations were nothing impressive. There was a feeling of randomness as to where activity spaces were placed. Casino, bars, play spaces were hard to locate logically, you had to find a map; it seemed not very intuitive. Art was just displayed in common hallways and then in a small, one entry room. Again, I was spoiled by a Royal Caribbean ship that had flowing intuitive and inviting spaces easy to find and get familiar with. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized and managed by the upbeat directors. This review just escaped a two star rating because of good Varity of food, hard working staff and upbeat directors. But next time for me and mine, its definitely a return to Royal Caribbean on a smaller, more elegant ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my 26th cruise and my third time on the Breeze. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I'm a teacher and this was my spring break vacation. It was also my nephew's 17th birthday. I have been taking him on all ... Read More
This was my 26th cruise and my third time on the Breeze. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I'm a teacher and this was my spring break vacation. It was also my nephew's 17th birthday. I have been taking him on all my cruises since he was 8 years old since we have the same vacation time. I drove to the Port of Miami. We got there at 11:00. The previous cruise hadn't debarked yet, so the parking lot was full. They sent us to one that was further. The time that I had chosen to check in was 11:30. They allowed us to check in at that time, but we had to wait 30 minutes to go on the ship because Customs hadn't cleared the previous cruise. As soon as we entered the ship, we checked out our cabin. We chose an inside since we don't spend a lot of time in the cabin. When my mother sails with us, we book a balcony since she loves it. She didn't join us on this cruise because she was having a lot of back pain. After we checked out our cabin, we went to have lunch on lido. We had pasta at the Italian Restaurant. It was so delicious. My nephew had lunch there everyday. I would go with him, but would take my chicken burrito from the Blue Iguana Cantina and eat it there. We ate at the Italian Restaurant on 2 nights. The $15 fee is so worth it. We would have eaten there on two more nights, but it was full for those nights. We never made reservations. we would show up and be seated right away. On the last night, there was a super long wait to enter the dining room. We waited for 45 minutes. On formal night we only had a 15 minute wait. This is the first time that I didn't go watch any of the production shows because we went to watch the comedians, Karaoke, and the Thrill Theater instead. The comedians, The Thrill Theater, and karaoke were great! They added a lot of new movies at the thrill theater since we last sailed on her in August. Great features, but those seats move so much and hurt your back and neck. I bought my nephew the social media package for his phone. It was a little slow, but he loved staying connected with his friends. I don't care to check my social media while cruising so I didn't purchase it for me. My nephew was always at the arcade, and attended many of the parties scheduled in his age group. He thought that they were a lot of fun. The basketball court was always super crowded. There were a lot of fun activities scheduled, and a lot of variety of foods. Everything we ate was delicious! We ate at the buffet, main dining room, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Pizza pirate, Omelette station, Italian Restaurant, and the deli. My nephew loves the ice cream from the specialty coffee shop. I wasn't impressed with the cruise director, Mike who everyone raved about. He was super loud, annoying, and tried too hard to be funny. One of the social hosts, Orlando should have been the cruise director instead. In Jamaica, we booked an excursion at a resort. I do not recommend it. Save your money. I booked this excursion because we wanted to go to a resort and enjoy the beach and pool. They also advertised having kayaks and water toys. They didn't have any available, and we only had a small space to enjoy the beach because the other side was blocked off for others. The beach was super rocky and full of seaweed. There was a buffet advertised, but because of the small amount of people who booked this excursion(12 in total), they went around with a menu, and you could choose a hamburger or hot dog with fries. The hamburger tasted terrible. In Grand Cayman, we just walked around since we have been there so many times and my nephew woke up late. In Cozumel, we booked the wave runner excursion. I highly recommended. This was the third time that we have booked this excursion. The instructors are amazing and stay near you until you feel comfortable operating it. Debarkation was a breeze. We were off the ship at 7:30 a.m. and home by 8:00. I highly recommend sailing on the Breeze. It is a beautiful ship with so many activities scheduled and so much to do. 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
I traveled on this cruise during my college spring break with my parents. We are all Carnival Platinum VIFP Members and this was my 13th cruise with Carnival, first on the breeze. Overall, our vacation was fantastic and well needed. ... Read More
I traveled on this cruise during my college spring break with my parents. We are all Carnival Platinum VIFP Members and this was my 13th cruise with Carnival, first on the breeze. Overall, our vacation was fantastic and well needed. Embarkation: We live in the Fort Lauderdale area which is only about a 20 minute drive from our house to the Port of Miami. Being platinum members makes the embarkation process so easy. From the time we left the house and were on the lido deck eating lunch, it might have been a total of 30 minutes. As platinum members you get to skip all the embarkation lines and check-in in a private room. It's always so easy. When we boarded the ship through the atrium, we were amazed to see how different the layout was in comparison to other carnival ships. The breeze was very modern and you can tell she is only about three years old. Next we headed to out Balcony stateroom on deck 9 midship. I can't complain, all Carnival balcony rooms on each ship are pretty much the same. Our luggage arrived quickly and we headed up to the lido for lunch. Dining: The food on the Breeze had its positives and negatives. Guys Burgers didn't live up to the hype that I was so excited for. I previously had them on the Carnival Liberty 3 years before this and from what I can remember, they were unbelievable. Both me and my dad had the burger for lunch on the first day and were let down. They were very messy and greasy (i expected this, but the burger just wasn't as good as I had remembered). The fries on the other hand were awesome and addicting. Blue Iguana Cantina was delicious. I must have eaten here four or five times. The chicken tacos and burritos were very tasty and the salsa bar had a lot of options to choose from. Fat Jimmy's C-side BBQ was good but only open on sea days and the lines took forever. I didn't any sandwiches from the Deli but my parents enjoyed the rueben. The MDR was ok, but not spectacular. We all dined in the Steakhouse and it was delicious. It was well worth the $35 per person. I had crabcakes, ahi tuna tartar, french onion soup, surf and turf (Filet and lobster tail). Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. We had Maja as a waitress in the steakhouse and she was wonderful. Cucina del captiano was our favorite dining option on this cruise. It was open for lunch and they served pasta based on what you wanted to put in it. For dinner it is $15 dollars per person and SO WORTH IT. I had fried calamari as an appetizer and chicken parm for the entree. It was so good that we decided to make reservations the next night as well. The second time around I had eggplant parm as an appetizer and spaghetti carbonara for the entree (the carbonara was the best thing any of us ate). The wait staff in this restaurant was very personable. I HIGHLY recommend eating here. Entertainment: There is a lot to do on this boat and we didn't have enough time to do everything that we had planned on. I advise you to highlight the activities that you want to do in your Carnival funtimes. Me and my parents enjoy sitting out in the sun and relaxing the most when we go on cruises. The two comedians were hilarious. The shows in the main theatre we mediocre. I was really upset that we missed the juggler/comedian because I heard he was really good. I loved the casino, I played blackjack every night for hours and ended up walking away a winner!! The CD Matt Mitchem was really fun and entertaining. He was one of my favorite CDs on Carnival. Ports: We have been to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel so many times while cruising that we didn't do any shore excursions. I liked that I was able to find WiFi in port to communicate with people back in the states. Overall the cruise was a blast and a great getaway from college stress. I would definitely cruise on the Breeze again. Carnival is great.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I went on the Carnival Breeze on March 22nd. I'll start off by saying this ship has the BEST cruise director, his name is Matt Mitcham. He will be on the breeze until May 3rd and he'll be back July 4th. Most cruise directors have ... Read More
I went on the Carnival Breeze on March 22nd. I'll start off by saying this ship has the BEST cruise director, his name is Matt Mitcham. He will be on the breeze until May 3rd and he'll be back July 4th. Most cruise directors have their CD assistant or entertainment team do some of the parties, shows, etc. Matt was at everything he could possibly be at. I saw him a couple of times running from event to event. He will make your vacation something to remember. At the end of the night, you might even catch him in the night club! On top of his amazing personality, he's very handsome. On the Carnival Breeze, there is never a dull moment. There's always some party or trivia or show going on. The entertainment staff deserves everything and more for their hard work. The food on this ship is to die for. If you're worried about gaining weight this ship is not for you! Between Guy's Burger, Blue cantina, and the dining room, you have serious decisions to make on this ship. The dining room waiters were absolutely amazing. My waiter's name was Jose, he was one of the most hard working waiters I've seen. One downside to this cruise was, that it was spring break and a lot of people were complaining about the kids running around, pushing all the buttons in the elevator, you know doing kid stuff, but they did book their cruise in the middle of spring break. So, if you're going to relax and have a quiet cruise without any kids, I would suggest not going during any school breaks. Also, if you're not a party person and don't like loud music, etc this is not the cruise for you. This cruise was just parties day and night. Besides that, I STRONGLY recommend the Carnival Breeze. I teared up walking off of the ship!! I will be going back in August, it was THAT good. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We were a family of 9 travelling for Spring Break. Two over 60, 3 mid twenties, 2 teenagers. We live in Florida so no planes, just drove to the port. Embarkation seemed fine, got to the room, things looked good, had lunch, explored. Happy ... Read More
We were a family of 9 travelling for Spring Break. Two over 60, 3 mid twenties, 2 teenagers. We live in Florida so no planes, just drove to the port. Embarkation seemed fine, got to the room, things looked good, had lunch, explored. Happy at this point. Went back to the room and our luggage was there. I opened by bag and the first thing I noticed was that a lot of my clothes seemed to be in the outside zipper area. I thought maybe the lining had ripped but I soon found out that my luggage had been opened and over $300 worth of items were missing. At first we thought theft but soon realized that Carnival had gone through my bags, seemingly dumping items on the floor, and then shoving what they could back in, obviously leaving a number of things behind. We figured this out not because of my missing $40 hair conditioner, or 6 pieces of clothing but because I had ONE Nike shoe! and one bathing suit top and two tank tops with large black footprints on them! I immediately called Guest Services and went down to the desk for a tearful 45 minutes. Their response was "we will open a case and if we find your things, we will bring them to you". Two days later I received a letter in my stateroom saying they didn't find my stuff, sorry, contact corporate when you get home. We certainly started off on a sour note. The cruise itself was nice. The teenagers enjoyed everything on board. We really enjoyed Serenity. We cruise on Princess a lot and you have to pay to go to the Sanctuary but on Carnival this area was free. It was a nice quiet getaway from the Spring Break crowd. Our waiter each night was great and we had great family conversations. The comedy was mediocre but for a ship this large the venue was so small and the lineup outside was ridiculous it wasn't worth it even if the comedians were better. The shows in the main Theater were enjoyable. When we returned I did in fact contact Carnival Corporate. I've been told that Carnival is not responsible for items left in public areas but they really hope I will cruise with them again! I handed my items to your porter! and NO I won't cruise again. It is amazing to me that Carnival and Princess are owned by the same company because I do not think this would be the end result after one of my more than 10 Princess Cruises. Unfortunately Carnival, you really dropped the ball. What could have easily been a 4 or 5 star vacation earned Carnival a ONE STAR. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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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