2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something ... Read More
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something I would never say, much less think of pictures of me. Wednesday, September 19 - Grand Cayman - Snuba diving Thursday, September 20 - sea day Friday, September 21 - Aruba downtown walking and tasting tour Saturday, September 22 - Caricao Caves and beach day. Sunday, September 23 - Sea day Monday, September 24th - Greneda- River tubing and scenic bus drive. No AC on run down busses. Very dirty river water. No lockers to store your valuables. We kept hearing stories about people having things stolen from the busses so we left our camera in the safe in our cabin. We decided to bring our phones with us, double ziplock bagged them but unfortunately, the phones didn't make it. Somehow the bag floated out of dh's pocket and ended up at the bottom of the river. We did get them back with a promise of almost $200 to the person who was able to find them. So out $165 and two cellphones. Yes, we tried the "rice thing" to dry them out but they still won't even turn on. Expensive mistake for sure. This, and I developed some weird itchy bug bites all over my legs. Didn't look like Miskito bites but itched for days. Barbados - Tuesday September 25th no excursion. Just stayed in port and walked around a little. Bought sunscreen for $18-ridiculous. No pics because phones are now bricks from river tubing in Grenada. Went back to ship for lunch and then tried to take a nap. Mike was able to nap then he went to gym. I couldn't sleep but laid in be until 6 pm then we went to lido deck. Nothing really looked appetizing so I ate fruit (watermelon and pineapple. Mike had a little of everything. Tortellini, chicken cathitorri, chicken fried steak, fried rice. said the best was he rice. Soon after we tried some luck in casino. I don't get why so many people spend hours on end in there. If it was something that took skill I'd understand more but not the slots. Then we went to the comedy show. It was pretty good. Dominica - Wed 26 th. Trolley ride through town pretty lame. 1 1/2 hrs Botanical gardens , nothing like you'd be used to. Not much to look at. Kind of felt like we were in a parade because people were lined up on the streets waving at us. Houses all in ruins. Got some unique pics. Offered a small glass of rum punch or orange juice. Went to mdr for dinner. St Maarten - Thursday September 27th Big 3 - Flying Dutchman, tubing and canopy zip lining. Beautiful day! Nice, air conditioned bus This will take 6 hrs because of all the waiting. Zip lines very cool, Flying Dutchman not as scary or thrilling as you'd expect. In fact all three of the other zip lines were very thrilling in comparison to the FD. They do have a bar while waiting for the FD, but I do not want to drink rum or beer when I'm exerted from Climbing hills. It wasn't managed well as far as time. Very slow hooking people up and bringing vests back up the hill. The schooner tube rides are very lame. No water. We skipped all together. One thing that irritated quite a few of us. The cruise director, Schwartz, and his friends came up to the fd and realized they probably would not have time to enjoy this particular portion of the excursion. I don’t know if he went up to the manager or if the manager approached him but he and 14 of his crew was pushed ahead of about 30 other cruisers so that they could make it back to the ship at a good time. Unfortunately, this made it so 12 people that were waiting at least 3 hours were not able to enjoy the fd. This excursion also held up the ship for over an hour. (We did get a police escort back to the ship which was kind of neat because it was after 5 pm and lots of traffic). We were very disappointed that we now were not able to do any shopping on the island. By the time we got back on the ship it was just after 5:30 and we were starving since we had no chance to eat lunch, and wanted a real meal so quick showers we had and off to the mdr. There is always so much food that I never have been able to finish my dinner, but tonight was the exception. I had Caesar salad, steak, baked potato and broccoli. (I even had 2 desserts- apple pie and a chocolate tres leche. The apple pie was the better of the 2). Friday, September 28th Sea day - breakfast in bed again thanks to sweet dh. Coffee, orange juice, French toast, pancakes. For lunch we had BBQ and watched a little bit of the ballroom dance lessons. Then we decided to go to the library bar and play some board games while we sampled some wine. Dh taught me how to play Texas hold 'em. I won, hee hee. Decided to back to the cabin and sit out on our patio so that we could be away from all the people but still be outside. Elegant night for dinner. I didn't realize until 4:00pm. Bleh. we've mostly been eating in the mdr because we feel it's the best food on the ship without paying more for it. I still have a dress that I haven't worn so I guess I'll slip it on. Makeup and hair will just need to be touched up a little and then I'm good to go. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We ... Read More
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We expected to be slow because of past experiences at Port of Galveston. It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:00 AM and be onboard by 11:30 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5 Room 8395: Steward Jason had the room ready when we boarded. Jason and Putu timed everything well and had our first Diamond Sail and Sign card in the mail box. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone. 5 of 5. This room is located directly over the Pig and Anchor. The exhaust fan has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony. We ran out of tissues in the rest room so the DW decided to put the new one in herself, oops it fell in under the sink out of reach. So, mister Man decides to do it himself and repeats the same smooth move. Now both new boxes in the room are behind the door under sink and it is inaccessible without the key. Jason came by and saved us later in the day. Assigned Seating Blush dining room, Lower deck 3, table 582. Maître didn’t make the best impression in fact I do not know his name. Is that because we were in the back of the dinning area or have we been spoiled by D’ Yusef on the Miracle? Team Head Waiter IMade, Head Waiter EKA and Team Waiter Dani Made, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Sure, miss Pie, didn’t see that on the menu until the last two nights. On the 6th day out the ship ran out of bananas, waiter told us that we were out and would restock in St Marteen. Oh! that’s not good, no Banana Splits for desert ☹. Carnival what the heck! Why not restock in Barbados where the supply chain that supports Carnival Fascination is in place. Why have bar server in dining area who just serves shots let the Food Servers do their job and Bar staf serve wine before the meal. Chef’s table; This was our second time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about it. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table as the chef explained each appetizer before we sampled them. Now that our palate is excited. We moved to the main hall in the Kitchen where they had a table set with assigned seating. Executive Chef Siva prepared an exclusive selection of eight expertly crafted dishes. Oh! wonderful, delicious just don’t know how to describe it, “Artists at work” . Salute to Chef Siva for this fine experience. Casino: As a nonsmoker there is a lot of opportunity for improvement on the Breeze. Why only 4 nonsmoking machines in the casino? Why put them in front of the cashier cage? People in line at the cage smoke and seldom respect others. This was a Premiere cruise many serious gamblers were aboard and casino was busy all the time. Kumbu, Lesa and Vickie kept the fun rolling doing everything from dodging the bull, putting spots on Matilda the cash cow, Fireball raffles, snowball raffles, Luck of the card drawing, cash pong and fill my bag games. Oh, need I mention slot and blackjack tournaments also. Fun for everyone! One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and witnessed Mari (Casino Manager?) helping a gambler who forgot she had charged $20 on her card. This person was extremely eye rate, voice tress, and rude yet Mari kept her cool, resolved the issue in such a professional manor I feel she needs to be recognized. Silvia, was always around to help. Waiter Agus was always at work, always smiling and would help any way he could. Last but not lease have to mention the singing Cashier Joe. This is the best Casino team in the Carnival fleet. Wish they could get more cashiers working the last night so the lines would not be so long. Misc. Cruise Particulars: Daniel Alchemist put on a great class this Cruise. This was our second one on a Carnival Ship and both we unique experiences that I highly recommend. Alchemy bar is changing they now are serving some bear and wine. Red frog pub in the evening is always a good place to stop, relax listen to music. For those who use Carnival Gift cards there are some changes. You can apply the first $1,000 with out a hitch but when you get ready to apply more they will take down the numbers and must receive confirmation from head office before applying to your account. This means you will have to make a return trip with the cards next day to confirm head office approval. Laundry is a great advantage of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us ... Read More
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us with a smile and was very polite...The stage shows were IMO lacking. In 14 days we only had 3 musicals and one was terrible. (cowboy show) Other nights we were entertained by one person performances. The singers were very talented but didn't sing my kind of music. The bands in Ocean Plaza were good and drew a large crowd as did the numerous atrium performers. Lots of activities and Steven Schwartz (CD) was everywhere and very friendly. Kumba (casino supervisor) comped our slot pull and was also very friendly...The only thing I think that needs fixing is the smoking in the casino. Most Carnival ships have a Sports Bar but this ship had that at the casino bar, so I missed the games I would have watched. As an ex smoker I understand the smokers plight but the smoke makes me sick (I spent one day in my cabin after an evening in the casino) I remember Splendor had a smoking and non smoking section and it worked well. Anyway something needs to be done. The cutbacks are obvious to veteran cruisers. Room service once a day, canned music in the theater, (no band) less flashy stage productions etc. BUT, I still find Carnival an excellent value for my vacation dollar. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The ... Read More
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The only negative I can submit is the MDR Service. On this particular 9/16 sailing, the late seating was taking 2.5 hours from seating to leaving. Not sure why that was, but it was certainly consistent. There seemed to be a defect in communication between the Galley & the Dining Room. The entertainment on board was fantastic, never a dull moment and plenty of variety for everyone. Embarking and Debarking were easy and managed well from Galveston, through the Ports of Call, and final debarkation in Port Canaveral. All smooth and simple. The Crew of the Breeze, from Captain, Officers, Engineers, Maintenance, Stewards, Deck Hands, Retail, Spa, and Bar Tenders are simply amazing. Excellent 5 Star Service was my experience on this cruise. The Photography Crew was amazing, bright, professional and did a fantastic job! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all ... Read More
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all different offerings and something for everyone. We had an excellent embarkation. Since we were in a suite we walked right on the ship and to our cabin. Unfortunately, our cabin was not properly vacuumed and there were foodstuffs from the previous tenants in the frig. That was quickly rectified by out excellent steward, Raul. He was very attentive and on the ball. The ship itself is quite nice and seems to be well maintained. The internet leaves much to be desired. We could rarely get online or send email, but in defense of the cruise line, they did compensate us for it when we complained. There was a lot of country music on board as well as salsa type music which was a bit of a change from what we are used to. We never ate in the dining room, so cannot comment on that, but the buffet food was generally terrible, especially at breakfast (worst scrambled eggs I've ever had!). We did enjoy the Guy Fieri Hamburger place (great fries), Pig and Anchor and 24 hr pizza shop. The ports offered on this cruise were great and why we chose to take this 14 day 7 port re positioning cruise. We did excursions at 6 of the ports and were happy with most of them. All in all we really enjoyed this cruise and would definitely do it again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having ... Read More
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having sailed it's sister, the Freedom, recently. We thought to change it up a little and with 3 previous Carnival cruises under our belts, we felt like we knew what we were getting and could be satisfied with it. We were mistaken. The Breeze, although one of Carnival's largest and having many of it's "best" features, was a big disappointment. I've always objected to the rather nasty characterization of Carnival as being the WalMart of cruiselines (and hey, I'm a frequent WalMart shopper myself), but this ship makes it hard to deny. The Breeze is an ode to cheap ceramic tiles, fake woodgrain and miles of plastic wall paneling. It's honestly the least attractive ship we've ever seen and although wear-and-tear is to be expected, it appears to have been abused by passengers in some unique ways. Worse, it's NOT CLEAN and there's really no excuse for that. I've seen nicer and cleaner public bathrooms in truck-stops and the pool and sundecks were grungy and gross. The art installation in the atrium consists of multiple levels of fabric "lanterns" suspended on wire cables - they maybe should have thought about how to keep them clean before putting them up. Visible very plainly through the glass elevators, the lanterns are filthy and stained with splashes and splotches of god-knows-what and the cables are fuzzy with accumulated dust. Grafitti and willful damage to surfaces is everywhere and in the spa, rather alarming large chunks of the ceiling surface is falling off in the steam rooms. One very bright spot is the quality of the food - we ate in the MDR almost every night as well as one SeaDay Brunch and one regular breakfast. Absolutely everything we were served was of very acceptable quality and preparation and we don't hesitate to commend it. We did find the over-hyped Guy's Burgers and Pig-n-Anchor BBQ to be poor, but that's a matter of taste, I guess. Afternoon Tea on sea days was really quite lovely! On the downside, the buffet is extremely limited in selections and although there are many separate lines - they are all just a repeat of one another. It does serve to move people through quickly, but there's definitely no feeling of abundance and a lavish spread, it is NOT. We tried almost everything the Breeze had to offer in terms of recreation and entertainment, except the waterslides. There was enough to keep us busy during the day and we enjoyed the Trivia sessions and the deck games (bean-bag toss, big chess, etc.). The mini-golf was, well, just so basic compared to the attractive and whimsical courses on other ships, but in fairness, the equipment was all present and in good condition. The 3-D Thrill Theater was an EPIC FAIL and although nobody is expecting Disney-quality, it honestly sucked. We purchased a Thermal Suite pass and spent time daily in the T-pool and steam/relaxation area; all were in working order although definitely needing some maintenance and housekeeping. My husband had several spa treatments and got a rather excellent haircut at the salon. Evening entertainment is, to our taste, very poor. 3 nights out of 7 there was nothing staged in the showroom and the "Playlist Productions" vary based on the quality of the sound engineering. The "Country Road" show was awful; practically impossible to hear the vocals. "Flick" was actually quite good with some wind effects and laser lights that impressed. Punchliners is alternately either not very funny (the family shows) or extremely vulgar and filthy (the 18+ shows). Neither really appeal to us. The Casino is a loud, crowded, stinky nightmare - 'nuff said. We do love Seaside Theater, but unfortunately the scheduling didn't allow us to enjoy many of the showings and the screen is terribly pixilated - well overdue for repair or replacement. We watched one pay-per-view movie and the price was a very fair $4.99. Service-wise, well, what can you say? All cruiselines, in our experience, have pared things down to a very minimal level and Carnival is no exception. Our cabin was serviced by a "ghost" - we never once saw him/her nor did he/she introduce themselves or ever inquire about our needs. I had read that cabin service has been reduced to once a day but hoped I misunderstood - nope. We received very, very minimal service once per day, at random times between 9:00am and 8:00pm, which consisted only of changing the towels, freshening up the bathroom, dumping the trash can and making the bed. (Yes, there were towel animals). Our glasswear wasn't changed once all week nor was there any attempt made to tidy our things. Disappointing, but I guess no worse than any 2-star hotel. We made a couple of stops to Guest Services for various things and found the pursers to be very pleasant and efficient, but we didn't really tax them very far. The crew members in the shops were also friendly and helpful. Bar staff were the worst; although we're not "regulars" we are polite and always add a gratuity; there was no excuse for some of the gruff discourtesy we encountered. Lastly and it truly can't go without mention - every unpleasant stereotype ever hurled about the party atmosphere and low-brow behavior of Carnival passengers came to life on this trip. We saw more loud, aggressive, sloppy drunks, witnessed more alterations and rude, boorish conduct and heard more vulgar language in this 7 days than on all our other time at sea combined. Not only will we not sail Carnival again, for this reason alone I could simply never recommend it - there's nobody I know that wouldn't have been disgusted. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This cruise was my least favorite that I have taken so far. I didn't read the August 2018 reviews prior to leaving, now that I have returned and read these reviews, I find it upsetting to see that the same problems that I experienced ... Read More
This cruise was my least favorite that I have taken so far. I didn't read the August 2018 reviews prior to leaving, now that I have returned and read these reviews, I find it upsetting to see that the same problems that I experienced have been going on for awhile and Carnival has not done anything to fix this. Of course I understand that sometimes it is difficult to fix crew members' attitudes. I would say that about 10-20% of the crew had a good attitude and were cheerful and smiling. Since the ship is getting ready to switch ports, maybe a lot of the workers are nearing the end of their contract period but even if this is the case they should not be letting it show since hospitality is their job. The first problem we experienced on the ship was at the muster drill. Like another reviewer mentioned, after several hundred of us passengers had been sitting around for a long time in our muster station, the cruise director, Schwartz, made the announcement that several people were absent and he was going to announce their cabin numbers. Much to our surprise, he announced one of our cabin numbers, so my husband went up to a crew member to ask him what the deal was. Apparently, Carnival still had 2 former guests listed as registered in one of our cabins. My husband told the crew member that these people were not with our group. After this, we continued to wait for another 15 minutes for late arrivals to the muster drill (probably for other cruisers who were really no longer on board the ship). A few other times during the cruise we were asked by crew where these fictional members of our party were. My husband talked to guest services about this. Carnival actually accidentally billed us for gratuities for one of these people but they immediately realized their error and took it off (could see this on the statement). Whoever is in charge of clearing former guests out of the system needs to be taken to task. My main issue with this cruise was staff attitudes, 2 out of 3 members of our wait team in the main dining room provided only obligatory service and were not really friendly or engaging.There were a lot of missed items- soup served with no spoon, items missing off of our orders (repeatedly). It kind of bothered me that our waiters did not speak to us if they bumped into us elsewhere on the ship. The evening main dining room service was not the worst though. It was acceptable. The sea day brunch service was never really good. On the first sea day brunch, I was served a raw pork chop. The second sea day brunch was ok other than having to wait for a fork to be delivered after the food was served. The third sea day, we arrived at 9:00 as usual and they had already ran out of orange juice and we got scaled down versions of our order, 8 French fries for a side of fries, 2 of the mini hashbrowns per order of hashbrowns. For a port day breakfast, I decided to try something new and ordered the short stack pancakes that are listed on the menu as "pecan pancakes with mascarpone cream and a caramel sauce". They served me 2 plain pancakes with a single raw pecan on top. Since cruise ship food is endless, I usually just kind of laugh off these kind of instances but the 1 hour plus wait makes it a little bit more difficult. One more comment about poor service before moving on to the good things about this cruise. So many of the crew just seemed fed up with the passengers. As other reviewers have mentioned. Ty, Kyndell, and Schwartz are engaging emcees at the shows. I did notice that Schwartz (cruise director) seemed a little fed up though. Who knows, maybe our particular group was worse than usual. Schwartz never made the overhead announcement that the cruise director usually makes about us being "such a great group that makes the crew's job easier". He did make a few announcements about how "we are all adults here" and referring to "holding people accountable". I know that at least a few people got kicked off during the trip so maybe it was just the group. I also noticed the condescending gaze of Dr. whatsherface that did the rejuvenation treatments in the spa. On her face and the face of many other crew members was a look of pure disdain for the guests. As for the good parts of the cruise. The cabins were really clean. Our cabin steward Muhamad was very friendly and wonderful. The people working at the guest services desk, most of the spa workers, and photographers were very friendly and helpful. Schwartz, Ty, and Kyndell (I think that was the blond lady's name) were engaging and energetic. On our very last breakfast prior to debarkation, we got the best dining service of our entire trip. We were lucky enough to be seated in Gede's section (another reviewer mentioned him). He is an amazing waiter with an awesome attitude. I think my review of this cruise would have been at least one star higher if I had him as my MDR waiter for the entire cruise. The embarkation process was not good however this was due to the weather (torrential rain) and port authority staff so Carnival had no control over this. The disembarkation process was way more chaotic than usual but I think that this was due to most passengers not listening-- the majority of people exited as soon as first few decks were called. Schwartz called decks 10-12 and zones 1-6 and then no other decks were called until 45 minutes later because people were just flooding the exit. After 45 minutes, Schwartz called Deck 1 and then no more decks were called for 45 more minutes. At 9:40, an officer came to the deck we were on ( deck 2) and told the 8 of us that had listened to instructions and not left before we were called that we could just leave if we were ready so we left. I don't know when Schwartz called the rest of the decks but I noticed that the line behind us in customs was at least as long as the line in front of us. I am sure that the last person didn't make it off before 10:30. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first cruise for our family. Everything was going great up until the 3rd day. That night I woke up with stomach pains and was pretty much sick for the rest of trip. My family enjoyed it, but after about 5 days, we were ready ... Read More
This was our first cruise for our family. Everything was going great up until the 3rd day. That night I woke up with stomach pains and was pretty much sick for the rest of trip. My family enjoyed it, but after about 5 days, we were ready to come home (especially sick me). Our room steward was amazing! He did a great job making sure our room was clean every day. The wait staff at the restaurants was great as well. Always very pleasant and polite, very helpful. The ship itself smelled like sewer pretty much the entire trip. There was a lingering smell we could not get away from, even if we were out by the pool. Speaking of pool, there needs to be more pools. Two pools for the entire boat is not enough. During peak hours, we were all squeezed in there like sardines. The jacuzzi’s jets were not working, the water would not bubble and there was no way to turn it on. Not one time did I see them clean it and it did not smell like chlorine, so I’m a little suspicious about that. We probably won’t be going back on a cruise with Carnival. Not worth the money for the package. The excursions were fun, but beware, the pictures on then website are deceiving. Pros: Sit down dinner with wait service is included in the price, you eat and walk out. We didn’t have to do buffet all the time. Staff is amazing, very well trained and extremely courteous. Alcoholic drinks are served generously. Crew tries very hard to keep you entertained - at all times. Purchasing bottled water was worth every penny, and it’s very inexpensive - I recommend this. Casino was fun, but boy do the slots get you. Water attractions are fun for the kids Cons: Bad sanitation; lingering sewer smell was annoying Sickness: I got sick on my 3rd day. A stomach bug of some kind. Gross. Food from the the buffet is B.A.D. Tastes terrible, definitely not fresh (its expected?). Small pools, they get crowded fast. Will we do it again? Yes, but on a shorter trip and with another cruise line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an ... Read More
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an hour late for our a Check In time so we were sent to the holding area for Early/Late Check In. My husband dropped off me and our luggage at the Terminal, drove to parking lot and rode their shuttle back to the Ship. Wait time was minimal with the biggest delay coming from standing in line with others carrying (sneaking) on wine etc and the staff repeatedly explaining what could/could not bring on board. Our Cabin was not clean on arrival (same trash/dirty was on floor in bathroom and by bed all week) . There were blood stains on shower curtain and window curtain in front of the door leading to balcony - GROSS. Sofa was stained and smelled bad. Bed pillows smelled terrible as did the duvet cover! We were in a Spa Balcony and were surprised the Robes smelled dirty too! The toilets would occasionally stop flushing and during the entire cruise (7 DAYS) the Ship smelled like a SEWER! Cabins, Hallways, Bathrooms, Dining Rooms, Lido, Spa, elevators, EVERYWHERE! Even after large Tips, our Steward did not understand special requests (ice in the ice bucket) and often left dirty dishes in cabin all day. Also had issues getting toilet paper restocked! I’ve cruised many times and although I try to keep my expectations low, from Day 1 the food was not what we usually experience on Carnival. Guys Burger had no flavor, the fries were undercooked, and they ran out of burgers several different days. We ate at The Steakhouse the first and last nights (our Anniversary) and found the food to be just okay: baked potatoes were undercooked, meat was overcooked, and staff was rude. The food at Italian Restaurant was bland and overcooked all week. I mainly ate Salads and unripe fruit at the Buffet for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was just okay. Food in the Dining Room was the worst we ever had on a cruise and worse than a freezer-burnt frozen TV dinner. Entertainment was so-so as usual. Casino was full of smoke and hot air so we avoided it. Musical Entertainment was enjoyable. Overall Service was mediocre. I had two separate bouts of Diarrhea so I missed 2 Shore Excursions but my Husband enjoyed them until people were getting stung by jellyfish! Debarking was a nightmare as usual when you aren’t in a Suite and don’t have Priority. Had to leave our Cabin at 8:30. Passengers had already filled the Elevators, (and stairwells) rode up and down, and refused to get off until their Deck/Zone were called. Sat in designated waiting zone til 10:45 when we were called to line up to Debark. Finally off Ship by 12 Noon. Lines moved smoothly through Customs and again found ourselves outside, in the rain, waiting for our Parking Lot Shuttle to return. FYI Parking Lot Staffers are more interested in getting new passengers to the Ship than getting you to your parked Car in their lot for some reason. We cruise out of Galveston because it is convenient and the cost is less than other Cruise Lines so This was our second cruise this year to new ports. Maybe the Breeze needs refreshing and hopefully it will get it before it goes back into Service after leaving Galveston. We sail on the Vista next May and hope our experience is better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite ... Read More
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite on deck 11. Arrival was as per usual other than the driving thunderstorm that greeted us in Galveston. The Premier guest lounge was nice with a decent selection of coffee, water, and treats. Entry onto the ship was uneventful. Having purchases FTF (highly recommended) our stateroom was ready when we arrived onboard. We just dropped off our carry on packs (always recommended to bring some necessities in a pack just in case something happens to your luggage) and started exploring the ship (and waiting for the ship to depart and the casino to open) Once underway we did encounter some heavy seas but the ship handled it with aplomb and seasickness wasnt an issue (travel tip , Ginger Root pills work as well for most people as dramamine and dont have any of the side effects) and we never felt concerned. The dining room was ok and the staff very attentive, however the Steakhouse was AWESOME, highly recommended ! The sushi bar was quite nice as well. On deck 10 Guys burgers was much better than you might be inclined to believe and Tandoor on the aft had lots of interesting things to try as well. The casino was nicely staffed and were always at hand to fetch a drink for you, however if you are sensitive to smoke, a filter mask might be appropriate. While cigars are not allowed, cigarettes and vape pipes were very prevalent. The water park is a good hour of fun for adults and the adventure course was a hoot as well. We missed the show (casino was being nice to us) but did hear rave reviews for other folks that saw it. At port we did Tabiana beach and got some great snorkeling done and saw LOTS of fish, lobster, and other colorful coral (another quick tip, a ziplock bag with dog biscuits in it will bring fish to eat right out of your hand) We also did a snorkel and paddleboard excursion, it was nice but "contained" in that you had to stay with the group, unlike Tabiana where you did and swam where you liked. The Cloud 9 spa was a dream for the Mrs. and we did a couples hot stone massage that was quite nice. The Mrs. Did several other activities there. the Therapy pool was great after a day of swimming and working the currents. Disembarkation was quick and easy (another plus for suite guests or FTF) meeting in the ovation theater around 0800 we were off the ship by 0845. Customs and TABC were a little stricter than other cruises we have been on (mainly due to Belize and trafficking) but were polite and quick. The porter was very helpful and got the bags situated. One thing we did discuss was our next cruise. We have decided the next cruise will be a last minute 4-5 day "Vagabond" cruise. We both agreed to limiting ourselves to what we can carry in our daypacks ONLY. No additional baggage. Also going to try an interior cabin as well as we have only cruised on balcony or suite cabins. So no "formal" day for us ;) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
It was raining when we arrived at port on embarkation day but made it to the terminal with no problems, we were some of the lucky ones. We had check in time of 12:30 - 1:00 and had no wait at all. Might have been 30 minutes from getting ... Read More
It was raining when we arrived at port on embarkation day but made it to the terminal with no problems, we were some of the lucky ones. We had check in time of 12:30 - 1:00 and had no wait at all. Might have been 30 minutes from getting off shuttle from parking to on the ship. Rooms were ready with in 5 minutes so we dropped our bags and off we went. We have been on both the Dream and the Magic and now the Breeze and they are all about the same. Very easy to find your way around. Food was good but the buffet at breakfast seemed limited some days, Don't get me wrong, there was always something for your liking. We ate in the Sapphire Dining room and had Julius Caesar, from south Philly as he said, and they were great. Cabin was always taken care of but we did have one problem. We came back to the room after they had serviced it and found our door was left open. The dead blot had not been turned back so the door would close. Thankfully there was nothing missing. Just a little unsettling to have this happen. The Shows were OK, but they could have turned down the background music a little so you could have heard the vocals better. Also disappointed that the show 88 Keys was only vocals. Something about the stage was broken but I did not understand why the Pianist could not have played. Again the Music was way to loud. Went to the 18+ comedy show and it was pretty good. Disembarkation was probably one of the easiest. We got a porter to take all our luggage. In line to get through customs maybe 30 minutes, shuttle from Lighthouse was there in 5 minutes or less and we were on the road back home by 9:15 am... Overall, we had a great trip and look forward to the next ... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The reason we took this cruise is because I played in the Carnival PokerPro NLH Poker Tournament. This was our 18th cruise on Carnival; our 3rd cruise on the Breeze; our 2nd cruise in a Cove Balcony (my wife has discovered that she ... Read More
The reason we took this cruise is because I played in the Carnival PokerPro NLH Poker Tournament. This was our 18th cruise on Carnival; our 3rd cruise on the Breeze; our 2nd cruise in a Cove Balcony (my wife has discovered that she likes to be close to the water); and our first cruise out of Galveston, TX (and our last – more on that later). We have been to the destinations many times on Carnival and other cruise lines. EMBARKATION: We used Carnival’s transportation from IAH to the ship. We had to wait more than 45-minutes for the bus to show up. Once we arrived at the ship the embarkation process went smoothly and quickly – we are Platinum with Carnival so we get “special” treatment. CABIN: 2305, a Cove Balcony. Nothing special about it. I did notice that our “Platinum” gifts (free water, drink coupons, and etc) were not in the cabin but did slowly arrive over the next 2-days. SHIP: The Breeze is one of my wife’s favorite Carnival ships. It was fine. No complaints on how the ship looked or smelled. ENTERTAINMENT: Carnival’s evening entertainment is still dependent mainly on lots of stand-up comedy shows and a simple song/dance show of 6 of the 7 nights. The evening entertainment does not compare with cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, or Norwegian – other cruise lines that we cruise on frequently. FOOD: Food in the Main Dining Room was good! So were the non-buffet options BUT the buffet food was horrible and so was the cleanliness. We just came off the _______ of the Seas and found the food better on the Breeze. ISSUES: We expect every aspect of our cruise vacation to be great so I won’t talk about the “great” things only the areas where we had issues or concerns. Cabin Steward: Our cabin steward greeted us promptly. He introduced himself then asked, “Would you like ‘early’ cabin service or ‘late’ cabin service?” Everyone knows that Carnival has been slowly cutting back on several things and the number of cabin stewards is one of them. That means that the cabin stewards have more cabins to clean now. Usually they will give you a choice of ‘early, ‘late, or ‘both’ but not this guy. Once per day room service is fine with me so I chose ‘early’. Then he handed me a paper to sign regarding my cabin service choice. Never seen that before. BUT ‘early’ service meant noon to 12:30pm to our cabin steward. My wife always asks the room steward (regardless of the cruise line) to make sure that there are wash clothes (face towels) and those little bars of soap available. We had wash clothes but had to leave a note asking for addition bars of soap. Also, our cabin steward didn’t fill up the shampoo and body gel in the shower – we had to ask him to do it. Perks: When you are Platinum or Diamond (rewards club) you receive several ‘perks’, most of them are usually waiting for you in your cabin on embarkation day. Ours arrived over the course of 2 days but we received them all. Laundry: When you are Platinum receive 3 “free” bags of laundry per 7-day cruise. Normally there are laundry bags in the cabin…there was one laundry bag in our cabin and getting a second one required me to finally complain to management. Housekeeping Management: Once I complained to John Heald (Mr. Carnival) housekeeping suddenly took interest in us (and our loyalty to Carnival). Management spoke with us and promptly corrected each problem. We had lots of little bars of soap, earlier service (and twice per day), laundry bags, soap/shampoo in the shower - they even gave us a ‘free’ gift – which was unexpected but very appreciated. The only problem was that we got charged $15 for one of the two bags of laundry we ended up using. I didn’t notice that until we were on the flight home. Oh well, $15 won’t cause me to miss any meals. Dining: We had originally signed-up for ‘late dining’ and received confirmation that it was accepted BUT we got ‘Your Time Dining’ instead. So much for priority dining times for Platinum cruisers. But that’s okay we made YTD work. This was going to be where I was just going to talk about problems but I must mention our incredible MDR wait staff: Richard, Maynard, and Ketut. They were as good, if not better, than any group I can remember. The buffet in the Lido was HORRIBLE plus they still have a smiling team member standing there rationing out the bacon. Crowd Control: Very long lines for Sea Day Brunch, YTD, comedy shows, and other things. This has been getting worse with Carnival. This is a problem that is easily solvable but Carnival cares less about the cruisers these days and more about their bottom line. Other cruise lines with larger ships do a much better job. DEBARKATION: We are platinum so we get special debarkation perks but once we got inside the terminal in Galveston it was long, slow moving lines! We will never cruise out of Galveston, TX again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife and I just came back from doing the Western Caribbean on the Breeze, and we had a great time. Embarkation was smooth and fast, debarkation not so fast but still OK. Entertainment was pretty good, with the highlight being the ... Read More
My wife and I just came back from doing the Western Caribbean on the Breeze, and we had a great time. Embarkation was smooth and fast, debarkation not so fast but still OK. Entertainment was pretty good, with the highlight being the tag-teaming comedians (. . . .More comedy than I have even seen on a ship). But the real highlight, surprisingly, was the food. After cruising multiple times on many of the mainstream cruise lines (RCL, Norwegian, HAL, Princess, MSC, and Celebrity) we have to say that the food on the Breeze was just as good, if not better, than all the other lines we have been on. The devil is in the details, so here we go: Main Dining Room (MDR). Every dish we had in the MDR over the seven days was well done and well presented. In particular, I enjoyed the prime rib, the mushroom soup, the caesar salad, the pork chop, the escargot, and the lobster tail. Some cruise lines no longer even give you lobster, while on the Breeze you can order as many of the large, tasty tails as you want on formal night. Also, on sea days the Breeze offered a brunch in the MDR that had a more extensive menu than we have seen on other ships. The highlight of the brunch was steak and eggs, with the steak being a filet mignon. Yes, a very tender and tasty filet mignon of good size. I knew where I was headed every sea day morning!! Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint. Guy’s burgers are among the best hamburgers we have ever had anywhere, not just the best on a ship! The only other cruise ship hamburger that even comes close was our experience at Johnny Rockets on two of our RCL cruises -- and you had to pay extra for those Johnny Rocket burgers! I would have eaten lunch every day at Guy’s Burger Joint, but I knew that is was bad for me, so we ate there maybe every other day. The fries were also good there, but I stopped eating the fries so that I could eat more burger!! Oh, and for comparison the worst hamburger on a cruise ship? That (dis)honor goes to MSC cruise lines, where they prepare the hamburgers in advance and wrap them in tin foil to sit under a heat lamp for . . . . well, for who knows how long. The Pizza Pirate. All Carnival ships that we have sailed on, including the Breeze, have a 24 hour pizza bar. They make the pizza fresh right when you order it. The ingredients are real: Real, hand tossed pizza dough, real tomato sauce, and real cheese, with multiple different toppings available The thin crust comes out hot and crispy and just right. OK, I have to say “real” cheese because some cruise lines in the past (looking at you, Princess) served us pizza with something that was cheese-like, but, uggh in taste. The Tandoor. All the larger Carnival ships we have sailed on, including the Breeze, have this outdoor Indian food bar. If you like Indian food at all, you are going to love this. Real Indian chefs are cooking it, and the various spices used in the dishes are awesome. OK, some of the dishes are too spicy for my taste. But every day they have different Indian choices, and the trick is to take just a bit of everything, taste it all, and then go back for those dishes that are moderately spiced. Oh, yeah, you can talk burgers and pizza with all cruise lines . . . but Indian food?? ONLY on Carnival, amongst the lines we have tried. Oh, and guess where we saw many of the ship’s officers eating? Yeah, at the Tandoor. The Lido Buffet. So we did not eat much at the buffet because of the superb alternatives mentioned above. We did eat breakfast a few times at the buffet, and it was pretty much the same as other cruises we have been on. The omelettes were maybe a touch better than average, but not much else was remarkable. However, we did eat lunch once in the buffet, and the carved ham was so juicy and tender it seemed to melt in our mouths. A plus, that. Other food choices aboard the Breeze: The Blue Iguana Cafe, Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ, and the Mongolian Wok. We did not try these this go round . . . . so won’t comment. We also did not try the fee options, such as the specialty restaurants or the “upgraded” MDR steak and seafood dishes. I mean, why bother?? Thanks, Carnival, for not downgrading your all-inclusive dining options to try to push people to the fee dining options. It is a bit of wonder why Carnival food is a good as it is in comparison to other cruise lines in its price niche. Most Carnival ships sail out of the same port year round, and do not relocate each season -- so perhaps that allows for better quality consistency, and more bang for Carnival’s food budget? Well, who knows. Just enjoy!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our 8th cruise and our entire party was dissapointed with the “lack” of friendly service that we are use to with Carnival cruises lines. Days before the cruise, we were contacted that the cruise was full and would we be ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise and our entire party was dissapointed with the “lack” of friendly service that we are use to with Carnival cruises lines. Days before the cruise, we were contacted that the cruise was full and would we be interested in upgrading to a suite. This was exciting because we had always talked about we would like to upgrade someday-so here was our chance. So for a small fee-we took the upgrade. -Room-The ocean suite was great, we really enjoyed the balcony and room size! -Staff-The first evening we dined in the Saphire dining room and the main server had seemed annoyed were even there. When he finally brought the dessert menu and asked if anyone wanted anything, before we could answer-he just walked away and didn’t return. As far as our room attendant, we usually are introduced the first day-we didn’t meet him until day three. In the casino, there were several dealers with attitude and rather than having fun with talking with everyone-again, it felt like we were an annoyance. Upon leaving the ship, which was stated at 7am-we didn’t leave until an hour and a half. While waiting in line to leave We over heard three of the staff members talking about how stupid some of the guests were and how they couldn’t believe some people. Which I’m sure they do become tired of certain personality types, but in order to maintain a professional appearance-they may want to say those kind of comments to be expressed behind closed doors. -Food-usually we have been very satisfied with the quality of food and once again-we were dissapointed over-all. The only decent experience was Guy Fierre’s burger joint. All other encounters just weren’t very good. Over-All-Though we have chosen to go through Carnival for many years now, we all agreed we will definitely look for another cruise line with friendlier staff and better food. Sadly, I don’t believe we will be using Carnival again for a long time-if ever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was 2 reef snorkeling in Nassau which was great! Now to why I gave this review 3 stars. We went to the dining room only one night because of the "floor show" in the middle of a nice dinner. Very loud music and napkin swinging and dancing like you would expect in a cheap diner. Soooooo loud couldn't hear yourself think. So went to the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This severely limited our vegetarian options at dinner so we ate a lot of salad. Lunch has vegetarian options at Tandoor(not for long, it is becoming seafood in Sept.)Blue Iguana, and Mongolian Wok at lunch. Breakfast was exactly the same all 7 days. So food was a disappointment for us especially at dinner. Another problem with food was from 2:30 - 6pm the only food available was the Deli. Pizza Pirate, and Guy's Burgers. This was very bad for the people coming back after being in port and being hungry. Lines were long and slow....heard 45 min for pizza at times. I have never seen so much soft serve eaten because of food lines. As a vegetarian we probably won't cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I wish I could combined bits of the Royal Caribbean cruise we took 3 years ago (awesome food and service, adherence to dress code (cover-ups and shoes required in all areas other than the pools), hand sanitizer use encouraged to all guests ... Read More
I wish I could combined bits of the Royal Caribbean cruise we took 3 years ago (awesome food and service, adherence to dress code (cover-ups and shoes required in all areas other than the pools), hand sanitizer use encouraged to all guests entering buffet area) with bits of the Carnival Breeze cruise we took last week (LOVED the PG-rated comedy shows). Food on the Breeze was average, although we enjoyed Guy's Burgers way too many times (yum!) and also enjoyed our overpriced meal at Farenheit 555 Steakhouse (best cheesecake ever!). As noted above, nobody stopped people who weren't in "dress code" -- girls in bikinis walking barefoot through the buffet lines, "elegant" dress nights not adhered to (dude in jeans and cowboy hat was seated at $35/plate steakhouse which listed "elegent" attire as a requirement). Twice I found hand sanitizer stations at the buffet were empty. (Royal Caribbean had someone standing at the food entrances to "encourage" people to sanitize before entering.) The required lifeboat drill was ridiculous -- couple of hundred people in a small room, many having to stand. It was hot in there with so many people so close together. Then we had to wait THIRTY minutes before they started because they were missing people from cabins -- 48 cabin numbers were called out as "missing" before they finally started. There needs to be some kind of consequence for people who don't attend, and the rest of us shouldn't have to wait on them. And when they finally started with the instructions, we could barely hear them and couldn't see anything of the demonstration. Waste of time. We thoroughly enjoyed the PG-rated comedians and wish more cruise lines would offer that. Not everyone cares for shows with half-naked dancers on the stage or songs with PG-13 lyrics or crude humor. It was awesome to have hilarious evening entertainment that didn't offend and that families could attend together. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!! We had "Kyndall Fire" as a fill-in cruise director, and she was the absolute funniest, kindest, most energized cruise director we've had in our three cruises. She definitely needs to have her own ship! There is always something going on; the FunHub app is a great way to see what's going on if you find yourself with some extra time and nothing to do. All in all, it was a relaxing cruise, and that was our goal. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
My Daughter has always.wanted to visit Texas and for her 40th Birthday we chose Breeze out of Galveston and then rented a house for a week afterward in Austin. We flew into Houston and met up with our Son and Son in Law the night before ... Read More
My Daughter has always.wanted to visit Texas and for her 40th Birthday we chose Breeze out of Galveston and then rented a house for a week afterward in Austin. We flew into Houston and met up with our Son and Son in Law the night before we cruised, we had 3 car rentals and followed in convoy to Galveston. Parking was efficient at the port and we walked across the road to the terminal. Long lengthy queues in a very hot environment was a challenge, but hey we are on holiday. From beginning to end, we all loved everything about this cruise, it was exactly what we had wanted from a cruise with all the family being happy... My grandsons loved the Basketball court and were on it as much as humanely possible, other than that they were in the water park.... we were a group of 6 adults and 2 boys, one 8 and the other 13.... We all loved the entertainments, the cruise director was Schwartz, he kept everyone totally entertained, one of the best Cruise Directors we have come across in our years of cruising. We only did 2 excursions, which were both great, The weather was amazing which always helps. Food was good, the staff in the main restaurant were extremely lovely, we tended to try and eat at the same table each night, because it was a round table just on the entrance to the main dining room and my boys liked it there. We had 2 Balcony Cabins and one inside for the family of four, their choice.... Cabin Steward was very accommodating and good service, very polite. Will definitely cruise Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I have been on the Breeze 3 times and I absolutely love the ship! The casino staff was always great! Our wait staff has always been prompt and attentive. Our room stewards have all been friendly and and I love they remembered our names ... Read More
I have been on the Breeze 3 times and I absolutely love the ship! The casino staff was always great! Our wait staff has always been prompt and attentive. Our room stewards have all been friendly and and I love they remembered our names immediately. We have stayed in a Balcony room, interior room and Spa room. The spa area was great! Never a mess and the staff was always helpful. I loved staying in the spa room as it was so convenient to take the private elevator up to the spa and Serenity areas. We were very spoiled for sure! I have been on 10 cruises in the last 2 years and the Breeze is so far my favorite ship! Many of the shows have been the same on different boats and I wish they were all different but I understand why they aren’t. However, there are so many things to do, it is easy to stay busy and entertained! Even though the Breeze is moving to Florida this month, I will just have to visit her there! ;) Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our very first cruise. We sailed out of Galveston on the Carnival Breeze. We sailed with our daughter and our two grandkids, aged 9 and 11. I confess I was a bit nervous about parking and getting onto the ship, but Carnival had a ... Read More
This was our very first cruise. We sailed out of Galveston on the Carnival Breeze. We sailed with our daughter and our two grandkids, aged 9 and 11. I confess I was a bit nervous about parking and getting onto the ship, but Carnival had a very easy and efficient process. The parking people also made it easy for us. We had a rather late check in time, but I am sort of glad we did. Our morning was leisurely, and we were able to get into our cabins right away. The kids were worried about Camp Ocean at first, but after the first day, they were loving it. My daughter loved that they were independent enough to go there on their own, and responsible enough to come back to the cabin on time. The food was fine, but mostly nothing special. I was surprised to learn that the food served in the dining room was identical to the food in the buffet. The buffet also had additional offerings. The pastries were NOT good – usually dry and tasteless – but everything else was acceptable ot better. The big difference was service. Our dining room wait staff was superb. Big Texas shout out to Nyoman, Udaya, and Wipa for outstanding service. They remembered our preferences and were very good with the kids. I'd like to also make a shout out to our bartender,Tazia, in the Piano Bar. She was friendly, personable, and hard working in the extreme. The Piano bar was our late evening get-away spot. The cabin ws more spacious than I expected. There were two bathrooms (only one with a commode), and that turned out to be a very nice amenity. After two ocean-based excursions, we were able to wash our swimsuits in the tub, as well as shower at the same time. This feature would really be great for families. The best shows, for us oldies, were Flicks and Motor City. Country Roads just left us thinking, “meh.” We also saw the lip sync battle because Camp Ocean (our grandkids) got to perform on stage. Entertainment was always available, but there were also quiet spaces, usually on the promenade deck or the Library Lounge. My biggest surprise was Belize. It was a tender port, meaning that you had to ride a tender boat to get to shore. Carnival had that figured out, and the process was very efficient and painless. But, oh my, Belize City was very poor. Our excursion was a “city tour” and air boat ride. The airboat ride was great, but the city tour just highlighted the poverty of the region. I expected quaint Colonial buildings and such, but that wasn't the reality. It's no wonder our tour guides thanked us so many times for coming. We did our bit for the local economy and bought chocolate and rum as gifts for friends. In Cozumel we swam with the dolphins. I confess I had mixed feelings about this, but it was a fabulous excursion. At the end of the day, those dolphins put food on a lot of Mexican tables, so I'm OK with it. The grandkids loved it, and learned a lot about sea creatures. Cozumel was much more prosperous than Belize. Shopping was great, but probably no real bargain. Once we were back on the ship, there was an announcement. Would Mr. So-and-so, and Mr. Whatsis please call guest services. The announcement was made 3 times. Finally just Mr. Whatsis was paged. Turns out that Mr. So-and-so had to be taken on board via golf cart due to inebriation, and Mr. Whatsis never did show up and was left in Cozumel. Whoops! I imagine that was a very expensive mistake. So yes, they can and will leave you if you don't get back to the ship on time. All in all, I enjoyed it. We made a lot of memories with the grandkids, which was the whole point. Carnival, I'm a fan. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and I went on a family cruise with our son and his family. Our ports were Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Two excursions 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman and Mr. Sanchos at Cozumel. Both were very enjoyable. Embarkation and ... Read More
My wife and I went on a family cruise with our son and his family. Our ports were Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Two excursions 7 Mile Beach on Grand Cayman and Mr. Sanchos at Cozumel. Both were very enjoyable. Embarkation and Disembarkation was smooth. No real problems. However, the food and service in the dining room (blush dining) was extremely disappointing. I would rate it very poor. Example was Filet Mignon night. 6 people at the table. Not one was cooked correctly. They were ordered medium rare to medium, each one was too rare. One steak was sent back 3 times and was never correct. One evening 45 minutes to get dessert. We were the only ones left in the dining room. We finally gave up the dining room and went to the buffet which was average. This was our second cruise with Carnival and it will most certainly be our last! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship a week later, we had the best experience. The food was really great, Swartz, the Cruise Director, was amazing as was all of the staff and crew. Our room with a balcony was clean and roomy. The ship was extremely well maintained and clean. The guests for the most part were nice and fun to be around. I travelled with my 17 year old daughter and there was a lot of activities of interest to her. We went to the Blue Lagoon in Nassau and had the dolphin, sea lion, and sting ray experience and it was perfect-fun, activity packed, staff courteous and professional. Freeport port was ok. Reminded us of a tired Cozumelmor Playa de Carmen. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Gathering of family spread throughout U.S. (10 adults, 7 kids). My group was me, my wife, and 3 kids (7, 4, and 21 mos). The grandparents cruised on this ship/itinerary previously. Price, cabin availability and itinerary were appealing. ... Read More
Gathering of family spread throughout U.S. (10 adults, 7 kids). My group was me, my wife, and 3 kids (7, 4, and 21 mos). The grandparents cruised on this ship/itinerary previously. Price, cabin availability and itinerary were appealing. My 4th cruise with Carnival. Embarkation: Transfers to/from HOU: no problems. Galveston Cruiseport: porters were solid; transfer bus to check-in was smooth; no baggage problems; check-in felt hectic/rushed with group of 17. Ocean suite on deck 7 and ready at 11 am; crib was ready; typical crowded buffet and first-timers adjusting. Cabin: spacious, felt smaller with double sofa bed compared to cabin next door with single sofa bed; plenty of storage including two closets and under bed for luggage; empty fridge; TV was older but fine; carpet showing wear; bathroom was a good size with double sinks and tub (jacuzzi not functioning); bed/linens comfortable enough. Ship common areas: clean, carpets showing wear. Consolidated on decks 4, 5 and 10 and 11. Ship has 18 elevators, and they were often delayed (also a LOT of people taking them only 1 or 2 decks). Theater, comedy club, piano bar, night club, casino, arcade, deck 3 atrium lounge, deck 5 mid-lounge (trivia/games area), unused library, deck 5 shops and deck 4 photo galleries, top deck mini golf and basketball court - all pretty typical. Coffee bar had regular line, but moved. Deck seating: Promenade (deck 5) chairs, walking and whirlpools completely under-utilized. Main and rear pool seating was crowded and loud. Serenity deck typically had seating and was quiet. Deck 11 seating by kids club and sports area were typically open. Dining: early seating in Blush (6:00 pm; waitstaff got into a rhythm with the kids by the 3rd night and were accommodating; piece of metal wire in nephew’s chicken one night, response from manager was underwhelming). Food was consistent - few items lackluster, few better than expected. Buffet: always a hassle, long lines (especially at breakfast), poor layout. Italian restaurant pasta at lunch is a nice escape option. Soft serve and beverages were fine. Red Frog Pub grub ($3.33/small plate) was good snack if willing to pay. Port/Excursions: Montego Bay: Cinnamon Hill Golf - pretty good price, nice course, great views, caddies helped, had extra time. Grand Cayman: had reservation at Royal Palms Beach Club with cabana - great service but got crowded and food/drink very expensive. Cozumel: had reservation at Playa Mia with transfers - great for everyone esp. kids, food and drink were cheap (all inclusive not necessary). No problems on and off ship. The surprising: Guy's Burger Bar was the consistently very good and so was Blue Iguana (liked the breakfast burritos). Steakhouse was enjoyable. Tandoor (Indian) was good and a forgotten/missed option at the buffet. Waterslides and splash area were great for the kids (except the swimming diapers restriction is harsh – 21 mo old could not go in any water except the cabin’s tub). The disappointing: kids club programming (not engaging, kids did not want to go which was a shock to us); no options for kids under 2; buffet layout (front/middle/back is a terrible layout); chocolate buffet was very lacking; pizza (never any pizza ready; long lines); elevator wait times; poor efforts for germ control - Purell dispensers frequently empty or not working and no paper towels in restrooms; arcade overpriced. Entertainment, spa, cabin steward, wait/buffet/bar/cleaning/cruise staff, drinks, and cruise programming (bingo, music, trivia) were all fine, but nothing exceptional just met typical cruising expectations. I was not expecting an ultra-luxury experience, but I was pretty disappointed and underwhelmed. If someone came up to me and asked “How was your cruise?”, I could only really respond “Meh..” Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Took a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston in July 2018. Overall it was a mixed experience. Nothing that was bad was bad enough that I wouldn't sail Carnival again (I would), but nothing stood out that would make me ... Read More
Took a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston in July 2018. Overall it was a mixed experience. Nothing that was bad was bad enough that I wouldn't sail Carnival again (I would), but nothing stood out that would make me want to seek out a Carnival cruise. Overall I had fun, but there were some negatives that went along with the positives. THE GOOD: 1) Airport transportation from HOBBY airport. I am usually not one to book transportation through the cruise line, but this was well worth it. Check in staff at the airport was top notch, buses were clean, and upon arrival staff shepherd you through the otherwise chaotic atmosphere at the pier. 2) Cruise Director/ Entertainment Staff - I am also including in this the comedy club manager who was great. Overall they were a really hard working and fun group of people. They always were present with energy and humor. 3) Chef's Table Experience -- While pricey ($95), the food wine and experience were all memorable. I highly recommend this to any foodie on a Carnival cruise. 4) Golf shore excursion in Jamaica - Well run and a fun experience. Saw mixed reviews online, but our experience was positive. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: 1) Sanitizing Stations -- I have been on approximately 8-9 other cruises and have never seen such little attention paid to sanitation and clean up. Top on this list were the lack of working hand sanitizing stations on the ship. Even when one was found it was about a 50% success rate that it would work. It is not a mystery that disease can spread quickly on a cruise. They need to a better job. I exclude from this the room stewards, who did a good job. The cabin was always clean. 2) Lack of trash cans -- may lead to some of the problems above. 3) Production shows in theater -- I will say that I though the actors were talented singers and performers. It just doesn't seem they were given much to work with. The shows ranged from mediocre to downright odd. THE BAD: 1) Point of Service Response to Incidents -- If you eventually get through the line at guest services they do a good job. However, considering how overwhelmed guest services is, Carnival needs to do a better job training their front line staff to deal with incidents. On this cruise I witnessed: 1) a slip and fall on the stairs; 2) a foreign object found in food; and 3) (overheard) a physical altercation. In all instances the response from the responding staff to the guests was poor. Just saying sorry is not enough, you need to deal with the issue. 2) Late Night Announcements -- I am not talking about 11-12 at night, I mean at 3-5 in the morning. On multiple nights there were late night announcements that were played in the cabins. 3) Hard sell at the spa -- Yeah, this is common on all cruise lines, but that doesn't make it less bad. Just because I spend money on a spa service does not mean I want to be sold skin cream "x" or miracle cure "y". The hard sell ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing experience. 4) The Buffet -- The food was subpar and the lines were always long. On top of that the opening times were limited. By far the worst cruise buffet I have experienced. UP TO YOU: Carnival is a party ship. If this is what you want, Carnival is probably a good place to look. If this is not your scene you may want to look elsewhere. For example each night in the dining room the staff performs. Some people loved this, others would prefer their food delivered rather than wait for a show (I would rate the dining room food as good, but the service as adequate). Similarly, many of the events are focused on a party atmosphere and theme. Again, there is nothing inherently good or bad about this (and Carnival does a good job fostering a fun atmosphere), but it is a matter of personal preference. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
My friends have cruised 3 times in the past and we decided to give Carnival a try. There were 4 of us. The ship was clean, the rooms were tidy and clean. Some of the production entertainment was not so great but there was decent ... Read More
My friends have cruised 3 times in the past and we decided to give Carnival a try. There were 4 of us. The ship was clean, the rooms were tidy and clean. Some of the production entertainment was not so great but there was decent entertainment in some of the other areas. The food was terrible in most areas we tried but a couple of nights in dining room somewhat decent. The STAFF ( stateroom and dining rooms) were AMAZING!! Actually EVERYONE WILL SMILE AT YOU AND ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION. I talked to everyone! The shops were limited and we were surprised of the small selection. However, again marvelous staff!! The excursions were INCREDIBLE!! Snorkeling several times PLUS The BOSS Underwater Scooter and the tour of Tulum. The folks managing these trips were knowledgeable, friendly and patient when the need arose. Everyone speaks excellent English and possess wonderful senses of humor! We learned so much about the barrier reef, types of sea inhabitants and the land. Our guide for Tulum was a character. Great humor and the knowledge he shared about the Mayan people and Tulum as well as the local area encouraged me to come home and research more. This was a good value and I even lost weight! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Embarkation went very quickly. We arrived at the terminal around 1 for a 1:30 arrival time, dropped off family and luggage (you can use right two lanes for drop-off at Galveston terminal). Took about 20 minutes to park at the port lot ... Read More
Embarkation went very quickly. We arrived at the terminal around 1 for a 1:30 arrival time, dropped off family and luggage (you can use right two lanes for drop-off at Galveston terminal). Took about 20 minutes to park at the port lot and return. We were on the ship before 2. Room and S&S cards were ready. Headed up to 10 and found that Cuchina del Capitano was still open for pasta lunch, practically no one was there. We got 1/2 portions of pasta and was excellent. Muster drill was about 3:45 and lasted around 15 minutes. Went onto the promenade to see the departure from the harbor and to watch people feed the birds on the way out. Galveston is a busy harbor and we saw ships around us until late into the evening. We chose Your Time Dining and headed to Sapphire at 6, no waiting. Oscar was our headwaiter and was really high-energy and attentive. We asked for him every evening we at in the Sapphire and had only one evening without him (a group of 17 was just seated with him before we arrived that night). Kids went to Circle C at 8 for the icebreaker. If you have kids in Circle C or Club O2, make sure they go that first night. We had private drivers in Roatan and Cozumel, not booked through Carnival. This is well worth the money as they tailor the schedule to fit what you want to see. It was great not to be tied to the schedule of the slowest person in a group of 30 and we could adapt the schedule/stops on the fly. I think we ended up spending less money and had a better time than the organized excursions. We used Bodden Tours in Roatan and Tours Plaza in Cozumel. Ask for Ronald in Roatan and Leo in Cozumel - they won't steer you wrong! We snorkeled in West Bay on Roatan and Sky Reef in Cozumel. For novice snorkelers like us, this was perfect. West Bay was almost empty the day we went - some beach vendors but not overly pushy. I think the Breeze was the only ship in port that day. It rained hard early which may have put some people off of going to the beach. Sky Reef had less coral but more fish than West Bay. Did the zip lining at Bodden's place on Roatan, appeared very safe and we had a blast. We didn't get off the ship in Belize because the tenders and buses or water taxis would eat up too much of the time. Plus it was nice having a down day between Roatan and Cozumel on a quieter ship. We chose a later debarkation since we were not in a big hurry to depart. Picked zone 27 and were in the last group off the ship at around 10:30. Plenty of room on deck 5 to sit while we waited. It took a little over an hour to go from deck 5 to being on the road. Tip: if you park in the port lots, go east beyond the terminal entrance, make a loop, then head west on Harborside and turn right into the terminal for pick up. I did this by accident but it was one of those favorable mistakes. Hits: The staff! Front-line staff like room stewards and MDR waiters were very outgoing and contributed a lot to the experience. Our room steward (Korn) and MDR waiter (Oscar) in particular deserve a shout-out for their excellent service. They remembered all four of our names right away and never failed to call us by name when they saw us - I don't know how they do it with new people week after week. I don't know if we hit things just right or what, but we waited very little for much of anything. Only one evening we waited for Sapphire for 20 minutes, rest of the time it was 0-5 minutes. Seaday brunches were excellent. Misses: Some of the food. I had a strip steak in the MDR for the extra $20 one evening. Can't fault the preparation but the quality of the meat was only fair. Your average steak from a chain restaurant like Outback is better. Based on this I would not spend the extra money for the Fahrenheit 555 experience. The Lido buffets were not all that appetizing either, and the lasagna at Cuchina del Capitano missed with sliced beef instead of ground beef. The mousse-style desserts had more of a tofu consistency. Even so, we managed to find enough good food to eat to satisfy us. Overall we loved the ship and the experience and the misses we had with some of the food wasn't nearly enough to put us off cruising again. We're already looking forward to our next trip! Read Less
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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