39 Galveston to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
Sail Date July 2018
We choose this cruise because of the holiday week and only having to take off 4 days for a 7 day cruise. It was pretty expensive cruise and my husband and I went with 3 other couples that are friends, we all live in the greater Houston ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the holiday week and only having to take off 4 days for a 7 day cruise. It was pretty expensive cruise and my husband and I went with 3 other couples that are friends, we all live in the greater Houston area so easy to get to port etc. This was my husband’s 6 cruise and my 11th, we did FTTF as well. We really like the Breeze it has a great layout and muted decor, which I love it’s simple but has a summer feel to it. Big deck areas and feels more spacious, this is our second time on the Breeze, (I have sailed on the Triumph, Magic, Conquest, Valor, Vista and Breeze) and we sail on the Legend in August for my platinum cruise and our bucket list to Alaska! Very excited Cabin We had an interior cabin 10238 on the lido deck it’s very convenient to everything, to be able to just walk out, our room steward tipped him extra $45 bucks and he still had to be asked every evening to bring us ice! The cabin was dusty and had not had a proper clean in a while all the lamps were dusty, like the bare minimum was done beds made trash removed and all request met eventually except the ice. I had to ask for more towels, I have a lot of thick hair and the one towel each person wasn’t cutting it plus the one service a day was hard on lack of towels I asked for more on the second day nothing happened he must have remember on the 4th day and we got 3 instead of two, the shower curtain was about 2 inches too short for the shower so water got everywhere while showering. This is where the towels would end up after our showers to mop up the excess water. Did not stop us having a great time, it was just irritating to my husband about the ice on several occasions he just walk to the lido and filled the bucket himself he is a big soda drinker. Food I am not a buffet lover so only went to it once. We did room service breakfast on port days and dining room breakfast on seadays. We did the dining room most nights and there is something for everyone on the menu every night, plus you can get whatever you want or like you can get two of etc. The wait staff are exceptional on most cruises we have been on, we do Any Time Dining, meeting our friends in the lobby and got our table straight away most nights, we are probably the exception as we do a small tip per couple of $5 per night, we feel they give us excellent services and we don't always have the same servers so we tip nightly. I only did Guys once, Deli once, Mongolian Wok once (embark day! I stood in line waiting on the wok guys! While my husband ate two guys burgers and three sets of fries! LOL it took that long. I had sushi one night while in the red frog pub, my husband and I played scramble and battleships and he had the coconut shrimp two portions, the kind lady at the Sushi brought my order into the pub for me, that was very nice of her to go the extra mile for us. We ate a lot of pizza about 11pm each night our go to snack after a night at the casino. Didn’t do any shows, we gamble every night, we did do one 10pm Comedy show but we had seen the guy before Steve Burr and it was the same material as a previous cruise. All in all we had a fun cruise with great friends! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We try to go on 2 cruises year, No phones for us. People can take care of what they need to. .get away is something I look foward to all year. I am off the clock! I can dress fancy or go in slacks. Nothing but shopping, tours and ... Read More
We try to go on 2 cruises year, No phones for us. People can take care of what they need to. .get away is something I look foward to all year. I am off the clock! I can dress fancy or go in slacks. Nothing but shopping, tours and eating,dring and gambling. Love meeting new people. White water rafting and zip linning are our very favorite excursions. Went with my dil and her twin sister this april Such a great time. Loved the comedians .Went to Big and Little French Keys and got some beautiful photos, Our rooms were great,comfortable beds with everything you can ask .. W now awaiting our next cruise on thoyed the big and lite new Horizon on Oct 20.We love the southern carribean. Will be with my sister, husband and best friend. The itineray is wonderful!! These ports are remarkable. Have on seen pictures of the ship but she looks gorgeous!!! See everyone on board!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed most of our cruise, but we could rarely go out on our balcony due to the sewer gas smell. They claimed it was coming from the drain and they tried to resolve it, but the smell came back. It was very strong! The ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed most of our cruise, but we could rarely go out on our balcony due to the sewer gas smell. They claimed it was coming from the drain and they tried to resolve it, but the smell came back. It was very strong! The food and service in the dining room was excellent. We ordered room service once - a sandwich and a chicken quesadilla - both cold and not very fresh. Our cabin steward was not up to par from what we have had in the past. We requested 2 times per day, but we rarely got that. In fact, we didn't see our room steward at all the first day and by noon the 2nd day we still didn't see him. I had to call the purser to find out what was going on and the next thing I know, he was knocking at the door. In the past, most stewards clean between 8 and 9 in the morning and 6 to 8 at night. This guy wanted to clean around noon and around 10pm! We are early risers and early to bed so this didn't work with our schedule at all! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Carnival Breeze has so much to do. Lots of Amazing shows. We made a lot of great friends. Had spectacular food. I don’t have anything negative to say about our 7 day cruise. This was our first cruise and I am already planning next years. ... Read More
Carnival Breeze has so much to do. Lots of Amazing shows. We made a lot of great friends. Had spectacular food. I don’t have anything negative to say about our 7 day cruise. This was our first cruise and I am already planning next years. We needed a much over do vacation we stayed so relaxed came home regenerated. The only thing I would highly recommend buying one of the drink packages, you really don’t realize how much your drinking not just alcoholic drinks but soft drinks also. It is well worth the money. If you have children the have teen camps and kid camps and they put on the cutest show after the doctor suess parade. We never felt any rocking so never any motion sickness for our first cruise. So if you are thinking about taking a cruise than choose Carnival wouldn’t want to go on any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had a great cruise after the fog delayed our boarding until after 4 pm. Then , imagine 4,000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time. It was chaos. After that, it was smooth sailing. Lots of great food and perfect weather. The ... Read More
We had a great cruise after the fog delayed our boarding until after 4 pm. Then , imagine 4,000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time. It was chaos. After that, it was smooth sailing. Lots of great food and perfect weather. The comedians were my favorite shows. Only other complaint were the trivia games. Carnival must use the same questions on all their cruises because we had an older couple getting all of the answers right for every game. No way were they that smart!! Obviously, they had heard the questions and answers from previous cruises. They admitted being "frequent" cruisers. Went to the Meet and Mingle and only six people were there -- what happened??? It was sad since Carnival had supplied food and drinks for the event. I really enjoyed the last comedian. Tommy Drake . Both his adult and family shows were entertaining and I can't wait to see him again. Apparently, he is a regular on Carnival cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. ... Read More
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. Cabin was fine as were the meals we had. Dining room was mostly good except the times we were place at table 505 and 503.both were in a corner with a wall blocking our view. Maybe the area was the reason for less than great service and cold food. We changed locations and service and food improved. We thought the shows were very good. Deck 3 seating was more roomy and comfortable. Upper seats were tight and very upright. Overall a pleasant cruise with good food and entertainment for the last minute cruise. Cabin steward was always checking on us and gave good service. As always loved room service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. ... Read More
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. Don't understand how Carnival can fail on 7 cabins. How many others are disappointed but won't say anything. Carnival handled the sewage problems by saying they were doing routine maintance. apparently they think people are stupid. the dining room staff works really hard, my guess is that more staff are needed. We got our bar drinks after dinner when we were leaving. We waited 20 minutes between appetizers and entree's. The room stewards are wonderful but, why were the maintance issues not noticed? Carnival never even acknowledged or apologized for the sewage issues. A officer personally appologizing would have gone a long way to alleviate some bad feelings. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose carnival because of all the family activities available. It was so much fun. Our kids loved camp carnival. We all enjoyed the movies on deck. The PG comedy was great and after the kids went to bed the R rated comedy was ... Read More
We chose carnival because of all the family activities available. It was so much fun. Our kids loved camp carnival. We all enjoyed the movies on deck. The PG comedy was great and after the kids went to bed the R rated comedy was hysterical. Our embarkation did not go great due to weather. Galveston port was closed due fog so times got pushed back to the point where they just opened it up as a free for all boarding. Hours waiting in line, hungry kids and then sitting through the muster station presentation before getting to go eat made for a really long first day. We all went to bed early thinking we had made a huge mistake. Luckily the next day and every day after that proved we had made the right decision. Our balcony cabin was perfect for the 4 of us. Our son loved his bunk that dropped down from the ceiling. For quiet times it was great to sit out on the balcony and watch the world sail past. The food in the dinning room was amazing. So many selections. We made it a point to try something new to us every night. What a great experience. We had one shore excursion for snorkleing. The rest was just exploring and checking out the port shopping. So much fun to relax and just wander around new places. The staff were friendlly and efficient. They work super hard. The gratuity charge seems fair. We can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being asked if you want another lobster tail when you just finish one on our dress up night). We stayed in the inside cabin and that was fine, use the space under the bed to store your suitcase and the closets and drawers to store what your going to wear. The bathroom is kinda small but I think that's fairly standard. There is always things to do like the Hasbro games shows, Casino, music from multiple locations to just listen to or enjoy the view as your sailing. You can also check out the library for books, games and puzzles or just relax and eat your way into a coma while people watching. Our cruise (Dec 31 2017) didn't have much in the way of sunny weather but that didn't stop my son and I from enjoying the hot tub and checking out the Dive in movies at night. Hard to beat sitting pool side and getting treats just down the hall like cake ice cream and pizza. Or a grilled cheese if you want one. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat but I think I would want to try the summer as I do like the heat and sun :) Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from ... Read More
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from above or below. Next time I will plan on spending 3+ nights in the specialty restaurants or maybe I will eat more at the buffet. My family likes sit down dinners together so we ate in the MDR 6 nights. The service in the MDR was great but the food was hit or mis. If you can eat Golden Coral and fast food all week than you will love the food on Carnival Breeze. I expect a little better than that. Guys burgers was good but 2 burgers a week is about my limit for fast food. Guys BBQ is OK if you get the pork or chicken. The beef was not good enough for this Texan. The buffet was hit or miss. The comfort food section is all fried if you like that, I never ate there. Pizza and sandwich place were OK. My favorite breakfast was at the burrito place on Lido Deck. The Shows were mostly bad and I stopped going. Motown was the best one. Maybe Disney spoiled me on entertainment. The singers were not that good and the shows were not well written. The cruise director had a lot of energy and if you like Bingo and Trivia then there is a lot to do. The best entertainment was the movies on the big screen at night. Skip all the other stuff and go watch a movie. The service was very good everywhere on the ship. It was holiday cruise and they had kids running wild on the ship. 4700 guests 1700 of them kids. 74% from Texas and 4% from OK. If numbers interest you. The ports were the highlight of the trip Went zip-lining in Jamaica and we loved it. Highly recommend. Swam with the sting rays in Grand Cayman A must do !! Went to a beach club in Cozumel had good food and perfect weather. The best part was spending the week with my 3 college age children. I prefer Disney and Princess to Carnival so probably wont sail Carnival again any time soon. We are beach people and so our next vacation will be on a beach rather than a ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite comedian of all time).Well who would have thought a couple of major Hurricanes would have occurred before we sailed. We were worried because one of our ports was Key West. Well because of Irma, we gained an additional sea day and lost Key West. Key West was the main reason we chose this itinerary. Also, FTTF was sold out and never opened up. We always get FTTF and was worried we would be in long lines. Needless to say, embarkation went smoothly. I was happy! The ship is amazing. Its big and beautiful. So much to do. We loved all the activities. They were way better on this cruise than any other Carnival Cruise we have been on to date. BREEZE is a great ship. We had an interior room on the first floor ( that's all they had left). We have never stayed below the 7th Floor. Well I was shocked at how much I liked being on the first floor. It was so much more convenient at ports. The only draw back was the elevator would stop on most floors coming from Lido before it got to first floor...but that was ok. Someone had told me that Carnival didn't serve lobster anymore so we was not planning to go to dining room on dress night. We changed our minds and went anyway. THEY HAD LOBSTER!!! Thank you Carnival. We didn't explore Freeport since we had just visited last month. Nassau is always great to me. Love going to Atlantis. Staff was friendly. We talked more with the staff on this cruise...they were so happy. Shows were great. We love love love the Lip Sync Battle! We loved this ship so much, we plan to take the kids on BREEZE next summer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We always cruise on my Husband's Birthday and this was the only Ship out of Galveston that we could get an accessible Stateroom on. We drove to Galveston on the day of the Cruise, since we had sailed out of Galveston several times ... Read More
We always cruise on my Husband's Birthday and this was the only Ship out of Galveston that we could get an accessible Stateroom on. We drove to Galveston on the day of the Cruise, since we had sailed out of Galveston several times and there was no need to explore the city again. Checkin was rather speedy and we were in our Stateroom shortly thereafter. Breakfast in the Lido was good, so was lunch at the various complimentary locations. The highlight was first nights dinner at Fahrenheit 555, where the food was impeccable and the service outstanding. Dinner in the MDR was OK. I can not drink iced drinks so I always order room temperature water. I had to ask to have it refilled. We were never asked if we wanted coffee with our desert. We only attended 3 of the Evening Shows, since they were after our Dinner. We ate at 8:15 P.M. and the shows at 10:30 were a bit too late for us. Unfortunately Key West was cancelled due to the Hurricane and we did not go ashore in either Freeport or Nassau, so I cannot say anything about the shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise to the eastern Caribbean because we wanted to go to Key West, which was supposed to be our first port of call. Unfortunately, that was cancelled due to the devastation of Irma. So, we had an extra "fun day at ... Read More
We chose this cruise to the eastern Caribbean because we wanted to go to Key West, which was supposed to be our first port of call. Unfortunately, that was cancelled due to the devastation of Irma. So, we had an extra "fun day at sea" on our way to the Bahamas.. We didn't really have much fun on the sea days, but maybe we just didn't try hard enough? The evening shows were very good, we did enjoy those. The comedians were ok. Chris Tucker came onboard for a show while we were in Nassau. We didn't go to his show, but we heard that it was very good. We did like the ship, especially our cabin. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 1, mid ship, starboard and it was fabulous!! We had the king bed arrangement with a sofa and coffee table. It had two bathrooms with plenty of shelf space (only one toilet however) and four closets!! There was even a dressing area with knee space and a stool for makeup, hair, etc. We packed a lot of things we didn't end up needing (ie: over the door organizers), but the lack of electrical plugs is still a problem, so we did need that extension cord. The food was really good. We usually ate breakfast at the marketplace on the lido deck and dinner in the main dining room. We had brunch in the main dining room on one of the sea days. It was ok. We thought it would be a buffet too, but it wasn't. We decided that we preferred the larger assortment of breakfast foods available at the marketplace. Dinner in the main dining room was definitely worth dressing for. We initially thought we would try the steakhouse one night for dinner, but the menu in the main dining room changed our minds. My hubby really liked Guy's burgers and the 24 hour pizza place too. The service on the Breeze was wonderful, except for the bartenders. The cabin steward, Adjuana, was very nice, as was our dining room waiter, Vladimir. They both provided wonderful customer service. All the waiters in the marketplace were great too, which leaves me bewildered about the attitudes of the bartenders?? We bought the "cheers package" and it seemed that as soon as the bartenders saw the sticker, they didn't want to wait on us. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but it soon became more than obvious. We finally gave up. There wasn't one day either of us had the six drinks that it takes to break even on the package, not even on sea days. Needless to say, we won't purchase that package again. We did enjoy our excursions in Freeport and Nassau. We went to the onboard excursions desk to ask them for a recommendation and they were very helpful. The weather was picture perfect in both ports even though Hurricane Maria was not far away. We did sight seeing tours in both cities and really enjoyed both. Overall, I would say that we had a good experience on our first cruise with Carnival. I thought the Breeze was a great ship, especially for younger people and children (we are in the 50 - 60 age group). We live near Galveston, so I'm sure we will cruise with Carnival again. Maybe they'll get that bartender problem straightened out by then???? Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the Breeze was a good choice. The crew were very friendly and helpful. We had my time dinning and we're lucky to have the same team wait on us each night. We food to food to be good most days, prime rib was served twice. First time was excellent second time was not very good. We used the sea day brunch four days. We like this relaxed breakfast/lunch. The overall experience on the Breeze was good however I think we prefer the smaller ships. We have sailed on the Miracle three times in the past couple of years and would call it our favourite Canival ship. We are booked to sail on her again this Christmas Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We did not choose the cruise first off - daughter got married on board. That part of the trip was not too bad. Rooms were quite tight and not particularly cheap for the value to cost ratio. In face we did order a lower level room ... Read More
We did not choose the cruise first off - daughter got married on board. That part of the trip was not too bad. Rooms were quite tight and not particularly cheap for the value to cost ratio. In face we did order a lower level room (seasick wife) but we could barely turn around. Was a balcony room so paid more for that but could hardly turn around. Everything costs extra unless you pay exorbitant fees to get all inclusive and then it's limited. Food is barely fair in the buffets and the side restaurants were pretty good for the most part. Entertainment was OK. Also and doubt this was their fault crowd were loud and obnoxious (and I thought we were till we met them) WOW! Excursions were reasonably priced till you got there and lunch was a greasy burger and drinks were $8. (The island was very pretty though) All in all it was not Royal and would likely not book another with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Restaurants seems like a cafeteria, no linen on table. Once you were served you entrée, it was difficult to get the attention of a server to bring additional bread, butter or any other item you might need. Servers danced on tables during ... Read More
Restaurants seems like a cafeteria, no linen on table. Once you were served you entrée, it was difficult to get the attention of a server to bring additional bread, butter or any other item you might need. Servers danced on tables during dinner. This was part of the "entertainment". On the Lido deck in the buffet the glasses were small plastic ones like a toddler would use on the and no servers to bring you water or other drinks. Even the specialty restaurant (Steakhouse.) did not have table clothes! only place mats. Do not recommend cabins in the fan tail on the 6 floor. Very noise environment until 1am. Food was pretty good. Entertainment was ok. No information given about ports. Since it was summertime, there were a lot of children which added to the noise level. We traveled with our daughter and family and they enjoyed the cruise, but we did not. Really do not plan to sail with Carnival again. The atmosphere wasn't one we enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of ... Read More
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of Galveston is that we have to fly (from Canada) and IAH is so far from the port. We stayed 2 nights pre-cruise in Webster Texas just a few blocks away from Johnson Space Centre. Uber seemed like the most economical option (plus I like taking Uber). It cost $45 to get from IAH to our hotel and then $41 to get to the pier on Sunday. You cannot take Uber from Galveston so we opted for the cruise coach bus back to the airport which cost $150. Embarkation went smoothly but we had faster to the fun which would have expedited the process. The ship was clean. I see so many reviews and people taking on facebook that said the ship was dirty. The ship had 4538 passengers and there are not 4538 crew members following us around at every moment to clean up after everyone. The whole time I was on the ship, you didn’t have to walk far to see a crew member wiping down something. They try very hard to keep that ship clean. This is the first time we chose an aft balcony. We were in cabin 9477. OMG! I loved the aft balcony. Cabin 9477’s balcony is also about 4 feet wider than the ones in the middle because it extends a bit further to the wrap around balcony on the side. What I loved about this balcony is the fact that there was no wind. When I have been on open deck at night or a regular side balcony, it gets so windy. I could sit out at night and relax on the aft as it was so calm and peaceful. The only downside to this room is that you can hear some deck scraping from the lounge chairs above. They stack them at night between 9-10pm to clean the deck. I preferred the 9th floor though versus the aft balconies after as I prefer the shade. Well worth the extra money and I have already reserved my aft cabin for 2018 on the Splendor as I don’t want to miss out on that balcony. The food was very good. The main dining room’s food quality and selection was excellent. There was only one appetizer that I didn’t enjoy but that was more preference than quality. We had YTD and the restaurant was never busy at 5:45 when they opened. We requested to sit in Lala’s section as she was fantastic and really made our cruise for us. I love the Tandoor restaurant at the back of the ship. I could have ate lunch there almost every day. The only disappointment on this cruise was the lineup for breakfast in the main dining room. We really don’t prefer eating breakfast on the lido. We like the MDR for regular breakfast and also for the seaday brunch. What I learned was that everyone else on the ship had the same preference as us. We only waited in the line once and after that opted to eat breakfast on the lido. On past cruises, it was almost like our little secret to go to the dining room for breakfast but now apparently the secret is out…LOL. I will say though that there was never a lineup for breakfast on the lido. My breakfast typically consisted of a piece of French toast, a little bacon and a bowl of grapefruit and it was very good. My sons both loved Circle C. They had an excellent program for youth and my sons made some wonderful new friends. The ports were ok. We have been to most ports now and other than a few select ports, we like to stay on the ship. I was most looking forward to seeing Key West as I have never been there before, however, once we got off the ship the town was so busy because we were one of two ships, we walked around for a bit then returned to the ship. We actually LOVE being on the ship in port days. It is so quiet and enjoyable. Debarkation was also easy (fast to the fun) as we were off the ship by 9am and on our way back to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I traveled with two children (8 and 10) and they had an absolute blast! The waterslides and pools were a huge hit. We were also really impressed with the variety of entertainment options geared towards families, from ice sculpting to ... Read More
I traveled with two children (8 and 10) and they had an absolute blast! The waterslides and pools were a huge hit. We were also really impressed with the variety of entertainment options geared towards families, from ice sculpting to trivia to magic shows and dancing. We have food allergies and the main dining room did a great job at addressing our concerns. We did not have that same experience in buffet due to language barriers so we played it very safe there. Pizza Pirate was a saving grace - we ate there several times a day. Guy's Burgers was also so delicious. We took a Carnival excursion in Key West for the trolley tour - this was really fun and educational. We also booked our own excursions in Freeport and Nassau at Grand Lucayan Resort and British Colonial Hilton and loved both. Our cabin steward and the entire staff was wonderful. The reasons I'm giving only 4 stars:1) the room wasn't cleaned very well before we entered for the first time but after a quick cleaning it was great. 2) frustrations over getting straight answers regarding ingredients in the buffet. We really enjoyed and would book again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until ... Read More
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until 1AM every night. They made lots of friends and had a great time. The shows were pretty good. The Hasbro Game show was neat, we enjoyed that. Our favorite show had to be the love and marriage show, its always hilarious. Love the ativities they have on LIDO deck, just wish they had more of them. We felt like we had a lot of down time on sea days. Cruise director was great, Schwartz. Very funny and a great dancer. Dining: We did anytime dining. We very rarely had to wait to be seated. Service/staff was great, food was brought out in a timely manner. We ate there for dinner only, food was pretty good on most days. Breakfast and lunch on LIDO deck. Always love Guys Burgers and WOK is great too. Burrito bar and tacos were good. My kids love the pizza and ice cream. Keywest: Keywest was my least favorite port. We chose to do our own thing. I rented a golf cart in advance from sunshine scooters. Service was OK, my reservation was messed up and they were able to fix the pricing for me. We rode around town, which was very busy. We went to Ft Zachary park, it is a very long walk here so I would suggest a taxi or some type of vehicle. It was very beautiful beach. We brought our own snorkel gear and snorkeled for a bit. Snorkeling was OK, very cloudy till you got out around the rocks. Not to much to see but we did see some fish. After an hour of snorkeling we went to see the actual fort. Not to much to see but it was worth walking around and looking. Freeport: Loved freeport. We went to Deadmans reef. We chose to book this independently so that we could have more than just 1 hour at the beach plus it was cheaper. Staff was great, from transportation to and from cruise ship and while on beach. It is a good swim out but it very doable. Myself and family had no problem. Saw lots of fish and it was so beautiful and clear in the water like swimming in an aquarium. It was very cold at first though. My husband and son saw a sea turtle. we missed it because my daughter got stung by some jelly fish, which staff was helpful with and gave her some vinegar to help ease the discomfort. Would do this again. Snorkeling was great. Nassua: Here we booked a dolphin swim through carnival. VIP dolphin swim and lunch with blue lagoon. Transportation was great, took a ferry ride over to the island. The island itself is beautiful. My favorite place during the whole cruise. Dolphin swim was amazing!!!! well worth the money, we bought the video of our swim. Lunch was good, buffet. Next time we will just come and enjoy the beach. Hammock in the shade were great. Beautiful place. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Went cruising with six adult family members. Found everything to be just wonderful - service-food-entertainment. Hardly stood in any lines - ate at most of the restaurants - including two for fee spots. Food and service great! Cruise ... Read More
Went cruising with six adult family members. Found everything to be just wonderful - service-food-entertainment. Hardly stood in any lines - ate at most of the restaurants - including two for fee spots. Food and service great! Cruise beverage package a must! Serenity deck is the must go to spot for adults! Lido deck way too loud with too many kids out of control! The entire experience went very well - from boarding - getting to the cabin - getting luggage on time - room service in the morning - Lido deck food court - dinner in the Blush restaurant - great food and service - Entertainment venues very fun too - did not go to the Casino - if you don't like second hand smoke don't go there! It didn't hurt that we had 7 sunny days in a row!! great fun all around! Would recommend any time! Go for it!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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
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