Sail Date: February 2019
This was my second cruise ship experience (the first a North American Pacific Coast repositioning trip in October 2015 on the NCL Jewel) and my first and last Carnival ship. I will never cruise Carnival again if I can help it. While my ... Read More
This was my second cruise ship experience (the first a North American Pacific Coast repositioning trip in October 2015 on the NCL Jewel) and my first and last Carnival ship. I will never cruise Carnival again if I can help it. While my trip certainly could have been worse (for instance, we didn’t capsize and I’m not aware of any food poisoning) it definitely should have been a whole lot better, and on a 1 to 10 scale (where 10 is “wow—perfect!”) I give it a 3. This review covers the good, the bad, and a summary of the excursions we did. Out of respect for your (you, the reader) time, the short version of this trip is: I am disgusted and disappointment with my trip. I told at least one colleague, "I would have been better setting fire to $2,200 in my driveway and saving the 56 hours in PTO". I never want to go on another Carnival ship again. If (and that’s a strong if) I ever go on a third cruise it will be a smaller ship with a different line that isn’t so unbelievably loud and child-centric in design and philosophy. There is nothing of peace or tranquility that I could find on this adventure, and I came back angrier and more stressed-out than when I’d started. Simply put, the Carnival Breeze was a gamble I lost big-time on. For frame of reference, our trip was a Western Caribbean sailing from 2-9 February 2019, leaving out of Port Canaveral with stops in Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel. Our stateroom was 8446, an aft, port-side balcony (not a “aft balcony”, however). Now, here’s a little bit about me. I’m a happily single, overweight middle-aged man from the American Midwest who doesn’t like children. I took my widowed, senior citizen mother on this trip, and we flew down the day before. Mom has some balance, vision, and walking issues, so nothing is fast with her. The ship took good care of her. Our brilliant travel agent found us a great deal and upgraded us from an ocean view room to balcony room. Now, if you love children— and especially if you’re traveling with your own—Carnival is a child fantasia, a kid-tastic wonderland of screaming, coughing, running noses, and constant noise from sun-up to well past sundown, based on my Carnival Breeze experience, which was also during the school year. I am pretty sure that during spring break and the summers these ships are absolutely crawling with the stroller set. First, the good points. While I’d wanted to be in the Sapphire dining room we were very well taken care of by our waitstaff (Ruben and his assistants Jordan and Rutchiel) in the Blush dining room. The food was good to great every night, and they outdid themselves on the lobster for the first formal night. Mom wanted to go to both of the high teas, and I have to admit the first one was pretty good, and both were held on Deck 4 (Mezzanine) in the Blush dining room. We were at Table 501 (assigned seating for dinner) with two couples: one Diamond and the other Platinum in the Carnival loyalty program. All four of them were lovely people from Georgia, three of whom had retired. Mom and I very much enjoyed our time with them. Diane Ford was the only decent comedian of the three I saw onboard. She's from Minnesota originally and has a Jeanne Robertson (of North Carolina) delivery. I liked her. William Lee Martin was not my kind of comedian (he's a budget "Blue Collar Comedy" sort with a stronger religious focus) and Chris Strait was fine but didn't wow me. I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy (though I myself am about as funny as a broken smartphone screen) so it wasn't a great lineup. Particularly in the case of Ford, there was far too much chatter during her set. Many people don’t realize it takes dozens (and often hundreds) of hours to develop 30-60 minutes of material over months and years of work. With perhaps the exception of an opera or symphony, a well-constructed standup set is the most difficult piece of performance theater possible—audience members should be much more respectful. There were several good musical acts (Six O'Clock Dock, Patrick Duffy, and the string trio) onboard. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like entertainment started on the ship until 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon every day. In the case of the string trio and some of the other electrified groups the music was way, way too loud. That's one thing when you're in a darkened theater watching the main stage for a production-- that's where 100 percent of your attention should be. However, when you're in a club/lounge-type setting you want to be able to hear your drink waitress/waiter and your 1-3 companions seated at your small table for four when a question is asked or a suggestion is made. The bartenders are all good at Alchemy-- Zsolt from Romania was a genius and did every martini tasting I went to-- and can only praise them. I like to drink mixed drinks, listen to bawdy, inappropriate piano bar performers at night, and find quiet places around the ship during the day to read or write. Sea days are my favorite. The problem is there are no quiet areas on the ship open to passengers, and there was no daytime piano bar (or similar) performer, compared to the NCL Jewel. Nearly all of the 1,200 support staff and crew are very hardworking and dedicated. English was the primary language on the ship, but a few people I came into contact with (including someone working the desk at the Cucina del Capitano) were seriously deficient in even basic conversational English. She told me they were closed until 2:30 p.m. at 2:50 p.m. It was a baffling conversation and I went away unserved. Mom and I came back from our Honduras excursion on a different day and had a nice lunch there, though. The adults-only top deck was often closed for cleaning or repairs, and no one could give a straight answer on when they’d reopen. Those are the two exceptions, though, and almost everyone from our stateroom attendant (Erman) to the people cleaning the hallways was earnest, hardworking, and pleasant. Guest Services was good at splitting our bill, too, appropriately—if you’re not a couple traveling on a cruise ship you’ll want to do this, because they always assume the two of you are an item, even when you’re not. As a single person it is frustrating, since cruising is really designed for families and especially couples. We flew into Orlando International Airport (MCO) and used the snooze and cruise package through Go Port Canaveral. This is a private company and while they work with Carnival and the other major cruise ship companies, they are a separate entity. It turned out to be very popular option and it worked very well for us. We never needed a rental car as a result. Now the bad. There were approximately 4,000 passengers and 1,200 support staff and crew on the ship. While the latter group was mostly terrific (as previously mentioned), there were 1,000 too many adults and 200 children. The waiting areas (especially outside the dining room) were woefully inadequate (people standing on two flights of stairs and landings, from Decks 3-5 to all come in at Deck 3). Cruise line companies should have a better understanding that when they build floating cities/megaships the chokepoints (like outside of the dining rooms) need to be much larger. For a ship cruising during the school year there were still hundreds of kids on board. Continuing the poor ship design theme, many of the hallways were barely five feet wide. That might seem sufficient, but when a person of considerable size (many passengers were in excess of 400 pounds) that requires people coming from the opposite direction to duck into the alcoves outside of rooms. If you're a person in need of mobility assistance-- especially a scooter-- you're in a large community on the Carnival Breeze that all drives down the dead center of those narrow hallways and the employees bend over backwards to accommodate you. That's excellent behavior and it is gratifying to see people with disabilities respected. However, if you're the person/people (40-60 of us at times) behind the person on the scooter you're in a pedestrian version of gridlock. And if you have a scooter, relax! Apparently you don't need to store it in your stateroom as if it were your private property! Instead, store it in the hallways where other people can walk around it and admire your space-eating conveyance. Again, the hallways should have been much wider. I respect every square inch on a cruise ship is money to build, maintain, and propel, but the narrowness of the hallways was such a problem it was laughable at times. We found out 3/4 of the way through the cruise that it was an official, designated-by-Carnival gambling adventure. Prior to this, we had no idea. Another ship design defect presented itself in the casino. I walked through the casino about twice. Both times I almost threw up (asthma and prolific cigarette smoke don't mix) and would have avoided it, except cruise ships-- for whatever reason-- really, really want people to walk through their casinos, even if they don't gamble, so they put them in bad places. If you gamble and smoke, more power to you, but it poured and billowed from the casino to the Ocean Plaza, Alchemy Bar, and Red Frog Pub, tainting everything. One day I lasted a good 45 minutes listening to Six O’Clock Dock before the pollution was too much to bear. Deck 3 does not allow any side passage/walk-through access for passengers between the Blush dining room and the rest of the ship. This is another design flaw. Elevator capacity and speed was sorely lacking on the ship. I took the stairs a lot because I didn’t have the 10-15 minutes to wait sometimes for an available car to come. I say “available” because when the doors would open we often had a totally-full car looking back at us. Insider tip: if you’re on Deck 3 and need to go to Deck 1 or Deck 0 during peak shore periods, go up to get down… sure you might stop at Decks 4, 5, 6, and 10 both ways, but you’ll have a spot to get down on the return trip. Again, another design flaw that should never have been allowed to get past the drawing board. Bigger, faster elevators are a must on megaships. Continuing the theme of design flaw issues, the laundry facilities are of questionable performance (clothing sopping, soaking wet, even after 99 minutes in the dryer), insufficient capacity in relation to vigorous user demand, and at $3 a wash and $3 a dry, pricy. We did laundry three times. With airlines billing people additional charges for baggage over 50 pounds, laundry is a necessity for a week-long cruise. The third time was so bad that mom filed a complaint and was so angry—mind you, she liked the trip and gives it a much better review than I do—that a stateroom attendant took the soaking wet load and got it dried and delivered back to her free of charge after refunding her money. Good move, Carnival. Mom and I tried the hot tubs once. This was a first on any ship for both of us (nine cruises for her, two for me, counting this one). We finally found space in the fourth hot tub we checked. Minutes later a 13-year-old boy entered with his mom and talked my ear off for almost an hour about every B monster movie made since 1961, the 10 novels he wanted to write, and tried to shove the name of every dinosaur in every Jurassic Park book and movie into my brain at 100 miles an hour in an uninterrupted verbal stream of consciousness explosion. A hot tub soak should not leave you shell-shocked. The mom did nothing to stop this, and I couldn’t find a graceful way to extricate myself from the barrage. I did find out the kid had Asperger’s afterwards (so reading social cues is often difficult), and while I respect this a real disorder on the autism spectrum (just like respecting those with physical disabilities I respect we need to accommodate those with mental and psychological limitations) I didn’t volunteer to have what should have been a relaxing few minutes shattered. Parents, your children are wonderful—to you. Good luck with them and I hope everything turns out great. For those of us who’d rather dig a tunnel to the moon than raise them, though, please spare us. Pry them away from us when we’re too polite to let you know we’re being tortured. There was simply no-where on the ship to go that was restful, tranquil, pleasant, and quiet, and the unending herd—including the children—was the primary culprit. I wish a cruise company would start offering adults-only cruising. Ideally with drinks not as watered down as they are on Carnival. While I understand the LGBT-themed events generally operate under this policy, it would be nice for the rest of us to have a few options per year where we could be in a kid-free environment. Just wishful thinking, I guess. Despite a smattering of good smaller acts in bar and lounge areas, there was absolutely nothing on the mainstage worthy of praise, except the towel animal show, which was clever and aimed at kids. Daytime entertainment in both places was pointedly absent. Optimally I'm able to go somewhere quiet to write or read with the ocean visible. Mom wanted to use the Library Bar (it is a library environment with drink-mixing robots) but it was too dark in there to read. I think I wrote about three pages on the entire trip... there was no-where quiet-- not even our balcony-- to go. Our excellent travel agent called me with a balcony upgrade because I wanted to surprise mom-- thank you!-- but I am guessing what happened was someone out of the 4-8 "stateroom party" bloc all around us had to cancel or back out. We were in the middle of someone else’s rambunctious vacation. The travel agent did a nice thing and we just got caught in the middle of "slam the door thoughtless loud and rude" party central. None of the three of us could have foreseen this. People were so loud I could hear every word of several conversations below and forward on Deck 5, three floors down, starting around 8:00 a.m. every morning until several hours after sunset. Our cruise director was a loud, obnoxious man named Chris Salazar who went by the name "Donkey". An absolute, unfortunate, unfunny annoyance. He was so awful every time I heard the three-note PA cue overhead I tensed up, bracing for his grating voice. Tips. I understand that tips are part of the tourism industry, but I am tipped out. In Honduras some of the parents have their kids helping them sell stuff, humanizing and ingratiating themselves ("hi, my name's Charlie, what's yours?" was an actual line I heard in Honduras) in an effort to hock their wares. Between mom and myself we must have tipped at least $150 on this trip. People want tips for tendering us in (yuck! I'd much rather dock! we were way, way too unsafe-levels full without enough life jackets at Belize in our tender), for taking us on our shore excursions, for bringing us our drinks, for giving us advice, etc. It was wallet-numbing after a while. For ship personnel, all of this on top of 18 percent standard gratuity for every bill printed, and on top of the pre-paid gratuities. I feel like some people were tipped three times as a result. Mom wanted to do an excursion at every port (a total of four). That was too many for me, and expensive. I will admit, we had great weather for the entire cruise, which I am grateful for. And now, the excursions. Costa Maya, Mexico – Bacalar and Seven Colors Lagoon. Not at all what I expected. While we got to go by Ft. Bacalar we didn’t get to tour it. Instead, we took a long boat ride after a long bus ride to a few different cenotes (those dark holes in crystal clear lagoon environments). Our guide was unprofessional and must have said “my friends” 75 times. Don’t call me that. If you’re my friend you know my favorite color, or at least my name. The water was beautiful and we got to see how the truly wealthy in Mexico live, by observing their homes. There are swimming opportunities, and you can bring your suit. Disappointing excursion, though. Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras—Sea and See Island Tour. The ship came in fast and as part of the docking procedure it felt like we were living through a 4.5 earthquake for almost 10 minutes. Mom and I were in the Blush dining room having breakfast at the time and we spent a good portion of those 10 minutes keeping silverware and dishware from rattling off the tables and falling to the floor. Terrifying experience. Honduras was a much better experience than Costa Maya. After a detailed bus ride with a knowledgeable guide she took us to a factory where an Italian professor turns conch shells into lamps and other stunning works of art, exhibited all over the world. I actually got to meet him, very briefly. Nice man and a wonderful shop. The professor was following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps, who did the same thing. Before that we went on a submerged (6-10 feet down) boat ride with glad walls. We got to see barracuda, sea grass, and the beautiful blue-green water. The stairs down are very steep and I tipped the employee who helped me help mom up and down—definitely a hazard for those who can’t walk well/have balance issues. We got to see the Meso-American coral reef as well… it is dying, but people from Mexico to Belize are working hard to save it. Belize – Scenic Wildlife River Cruise. We were tendered into Belize. If the tender ship was supposed to hold 60 people (I am speculating, I don’t know actual numbers) we must have had 80-90 people on this back-jarring adventure. It was filled to an unsafe level. The return trip was almost as tight and we came back shortly after our excursion finished. Belize is beautiful and we saw—very briefly—2-3 manatees, and 2-3 dolphins, two of which (a mom and her calf) followed us for a while. It was a very good excursion, with more beautiful water and fascinating iguanas. Cozumel – Atlantis Submarine. Mom had done this before and I was glad I could revisit it with her. Our sub went down 111 feet and we got to observe more of the threatened Meso-American coral reef, including a planned ship wreck designed to give new life to threatened coral. I wanted to ask the pilot a question, but three other passengers talked with him non-stop the entire time we were down. The submarine isn’t off a dock, but rather requires a 15-20 minute tender ride out to the ship the submarine is docked with. Watch your step—mom needed a little help, but not as much as was required in Mahogany Bay for the submerged glass-walled boat ride. The coral reef is fairly spartan, but it will give many people a very different understanding of how open and empty the ocean actually is in many places. Port Canaveral—the return. It was challenging to get off the ship, but not nearly the horror show I was concerned it would have been. I was the happiest person to get off the ship! So much so that I’m afraid my glee at being free of the Carnival Breeze offended the gentleman in front of me. There’s no place like home! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire dining room. The food and staff was excellent. I wasn't impressed with Guy's burgers or the pizza joint. The sushi is worth paying extra for. Shore excursions booked through Carnival went well and I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed the Western Caribbean although not impressed with Costa Maya. The Motown show would have been better if there had been more entertainers of color. There was only one and he's outstanding. The cruise director, nicknamed "Donkey", is very good and very funny. Some ports were very crowded and I didn't spend much time in them, outside of the excursion. I highly recommend the BOSS excursion in Roatan! It's the next best thing to diving. The reef was beautiful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. There were 4 in our group and we were all in agreement about the beans. My wife and Ihave been on over 12 cruises each. We have become complacent with the food. Over the past several years the main dining entrees have remained the same. Therefore, we do not eat in the main dining room every evening. We did eat the first elegant night and the service was great. The staff always called us by our name and we're very friendly. The food was good, but the lobsters are small and slightly over cooked which causes them to be tough/chewy. I had the Maui Maui and the sea bass on the trip and both were very good. We also had the flat iron steak and it was tough. Our favorite meal is having breakfast in the Plush dining room. The food is much better than the Lido breakfast. The eggs are cooked to order and the French toast is delicious. Manfredo provided great service at breakfast. I did eat breakfast a few times on Lido. I few times I got a lump of uncooked goo in my scrambled eggs. I enjoyed the musical entertainment on the ship. Travis played in the Red Frog Pub and was very good. We also listened to Patrick in the Piano Bar. He puts a lot of energy in his show. However, it is definitely 18+. Maybe 24+. Please do not take the kids, adults only. The Variety Violins playing in the Atrium were also very good for an alternative style of music. We did spend some time on the Lido deck around the main pool. It was very crowded and difficult to find a chair. Carnival does not prevent people from saving chairs early in the morning and not showing up until 10:00 or later. We also went to the Serenity deck and it was nice but still difficult to find an open seat. The four of us did the Turtle Cove excursion in St. Thomas. It was a good trip and we saw a lot of turtles. There were not a lot of fish. I guess the turtles ate the fish. The crew on the boat provided great service and very customer friendly. We also went to San Juan, Ambor Cove and Grand Turk. I was disappointed in Grand Turk. The pictures on the internet are much nicer. The beach was over crowed and a little trashy. I saw cups, beer bottle, broken glass and horse poop on the beach. The beer at Margeritaville is over priced. $32.99 + 18% gratuity and 11% tax. The waiter made sure we new the price before being seated. I di not think it was possible for ship beer to be cheaper, but it was. The shopping area was very clean, but don't expect any bargains. Debarkation on the final day was great. We do the self assist. We are Platinum and we met in the dining room at 6:30 and we were getting off the ship at 7:00 and I was in my car by 7:30. Overall, we had a great trip. Carnival provides a great experience for the price. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the Ports of Call and it was leaving out of Port Canaveral. The dining room service the first night was horrible.. we asked to be moved the next night and it was some better. The ship itself wasn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Ports of Call and it was leaving out of Port Canaveral. The dining room service the first night was horrible.. we asked to be moved the next night and it was some better. The ship itself wasn't as clean as I am used to seeing. The crew didn't seem as friendly or helpful. Bar staff was fair. Donkey the cruise director was AWESOME. The entertainment and games were good. Shore excursions were good. We always seemed to have problems finding something to drink in the Lido dining except for water. The machines were either broke or out. The food was good overall. The service in the Steakhouse was good. The casino (one of my favorite parts of a cruise) was EXTREMELY smoking and was very crowded. All the shops and open areas on deck 5 around and near the casino was very smoky. Embarkation was a breeze (No pun intended). I loved Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was ... Read More
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was an amazing experience getting to see everything that goes on behind all of our fun. Meeting the captain was a plus! He was a very kind gentlemen and was very informative with all our questions. Our stateroom was clean and cozy and our steward was EXCELLENT! The only one thing I will say negative is I think the ship needs crew to remind people to sanitize their hands in the lido. They do have sanitizing stations but a lot of people did not use them. I know on other cruise lines staff will greet you into dining and remind you to sanitize. That is the only negative thing I can find. Our cruise director Donkey was great and kept the ship with lots of fun things to do. Will certainly go on the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon Surf Shop the night before departure. I would suggest anyone go here. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, and we also parked here. The shuttle to the port was easy and very timely. Embarkation was quick and easy. We got to the port. Got in line for like 2 minutes. Moved through the various checkpoints, and we were on the ship within 10 minutes from arrival. Disembarkation was somewhat slow, but this was due to federal employee issues. The ship is nice. All areas were kept very clean. My only complaint is there was no pool on the serenity deck. Out cabin, Ocean Suite 7274, was nice and roomy. My wife loved the balcony and the jacuzzi tub. The color scheme in the room was not to my liking, but oh well. Our dining room experience was pleasant. Our server was Mantara, and he did a wonderful job. We loved the shows. Very awesome. The Cruise Director was Chris "Donkey" Salazar. He is a fun guy. He made the cruise very enjoyable. We didn't care much for Amber Cove, but the rest of the ports were very enjoyable. We went on a whale watching excursion in Grand Turk. We saw whales and had a blast. I would suggest this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting ... Read More
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting about 50 cruises on many different cruise lines. It really helps us. Some ships have a scavenger hunt first day which you get a stamp at each location on the ship and you are entered for a prize. You win because your vacation will so much better knowing the ship. My point, go find all the places you know you want to go but cover some more. The Breeze had talented singers and dancers are well rehearsed and put on some great shows in Theater and common areas. The Local Flavor Excursion in Dominican Republic covered a lot of ground in 5+ hours and well worth the $60. We had slow service the last evening in Dining Room -- we did not pay attention to our time that day. (We know better.) Go early or go late, but avoid rush hour on any ship. At the moment, we have plans at the moment for other Carnival ships and Princess ships. If the Breeze's itinerary and times fit our schecule in the future. We would enjoy the Breeze's Cloud 9 Spa again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We had a cabin facing front on deck 10 and really liked it. My brother had a cove balcony and loved being close to the water especially one night when the waves were about 15 feet according to the captain. We chose early dining and were in the upper level of the middle restaurant (Sapphire). The lower level was for Your Time Dining and we usually had no wait for doors to open at 6:00. Several times we arrived a few minutes early and several people were already seated. The service was the best we had in years. The dining staff actually even had time to interact with us! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose because it was a gambling cruise. Cabin was filthy I took pictures of the layer of dust above the vanity mirror. Long lines for dining room for breakfast. Also with anytime dining very long dinner lines 15 minutes after the doors ... Read More
Chose because it was a gambling cruise. Cabin was filthy I took pictures of the layer of dust above the vanity mirror. Long lines for dining room for breakfast. Also with anytime dining very long dinner lines 15 minutes after the doors opened. Food was nothing to write home about. Nothing outstanding or exceptional. A couple of nights we didn’t eat the food. We had rain the week of Jan 12th and more should have been done since the ports were rained out. Social director Donkey is great and hands on. All the shows were their own singers and dancers. Would have liked if they had some outside entertainment. The adult comedy is held in a small lounge so get there an hour early if you want a seat. The piano bar is fun but it also gets tiring going there every night. Getting on and off was easy as I am platinum. Bar service in the casino was non existent. Overall very disappointed!!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell ... Read More
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell short of my expectations. Would recommend Guy’s Burger place, the Blue Iguana and the Pizza Place was also alright. The few desserts on the ship that were good was the melting chocolate cake and the creame brûlée available in the dining room and the ice cream available at numerous spots on the ship. Every other dessert that we tried was not worth eating... apparently we weren’t the only people that felt this way as there were less than half eaten desserts left everywhere. We also purchased a few desserts from the coffee shop and they were also very disappointing (strawberry cheesecake and the black cake). Some of the entertainment was good (Piano Bar - Patrick Duffy, all the entertainment on the stage near the coffee shop, jazz trio and violin players). Also enjoyed the game shows in the Ovation Theatre. The Motown and Country Roads shows in the Ovation Theatre were terrible. Was really looking forward to some talented Motown entertainment... what a disappointment. Assuming that the Rock n Roll night would be the same cast we didn’t want to put ourselves through that again! The Carnival staff looking after the Staterooms and and working throughout the ship were top notch. Such hard working, friendly and obliging people. They made each and every day special, what a blessing they are. Embarking and disembarking went quite well. I believe that the system that Carnival has in place is effective however there seems to be a certain set of folks that resist following instructions in spite of the very clear communication. I understand that It is difficult for Carnival as they are trying to balance maintaining a process without offending patrons for fear that they won’t return for a future cruises but I think they should simply send people back who attempt disembarkment before they’re floor is called. Overall, I think I would try a different cruise line next time but won’t say that I wouldn’t travel with Carnival again. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
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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