Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise for my granddaughter's 18th birthday, high school graduation, and for me the end of a hectic school year. I knew the traffic from Houston to Galveston could be insanity, so we went in a day before. We used the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my granddaughter's 18th birthday, high school graduation, and for me the end of a hectic school year. I knew the traffic from Houston to Galveston could be insanity, so we went in a day before. We used the Galveston Express service - if you use them be prepared for lots of stops (like a city bus). We stayed at the Scottish Inn in Galveston. I had read about the hotel and that you could walk over to the Ferry and ride for free. The hotel and staff were very nice, room clean, pool comfortable, and the walk to the ferry was 5 min. We rode the ferry just a little before sunset and saw dolphins and the sun set on the ocean. A perfect start to the trip. There was no food close so we had to order from a local pizza place, it took an hour for the food but it was fine. The hotel provides shuttle service to your ship for free, 10 min ride. 5 stars for the Scottish Inn. Once at the ship our board time was 11:30 am, we easily found our area to wait and were boarded by 11:00 the process took maybe 10 min start to finish. Our room would not be ready until 1:30 so we quickly found food. I MUST NOTE not only was the staff friendly, but so were the other cruisers. I have NEVER been anywhere for a week where everyone was kind to strangers and each other. It was truly a pleasant experience. Our Cabin 11220 (Spa Cabins) was bigger than I expected and OH the BEDS !!! I like a firm bed, my granddaughter likes soft - the beds were perfect for each of us and I would have brought the bed, pillows, and bedding home with me if I could have. We did some exploring and just a few feet down the hall was a port door, we went out and found the very front of the ship on the 11th deck - there was never anyone there, other than us. What a nice place to drink our coffee and plan our day. Our room steward GREG was friendly and wonderful. Our cruise director - Schwartz - was everywhere, I swear the man is a robot - every time we heard the ding on the loud speaker we knew Schwartz was going to be there with his "GOOD MORNING CARNIVAL BREEZE FAMILY....." We ate at the FARENHEIT 555 STEAK RESTAURANT the first night aboard it was amazing - it cost extra but was so worth it. I will point out for first time cruisers THERE IS NO CASH USED ON BOARD THE SHIP. Alcohol and soft drinks are also not included - the average alcoholic umbrella drink was $8, beer $5 and soft drinks $2.50 just for your planning. Of all the food on board our favorite was Guys Burgers and the buffet. The dining rooms were ok, but they were so busy that sometimes orders were not complete and some of the food way over cooked. We liked the buffets because there was a huge turn over in the food and it did not seem over cooked. We went to a show every night in the Ovation Theater and loved them all - first class entertainment. The ship it's self is beautiful. We were worried because of the immense size - but after a few days we easily found our way around and managed to get our exercise in, averaging 10,000 steps a day. There were 4713 passengers and 1400 crew on board, however, we never felt crowded except for the first excursion day and getting off the ship. SEASICKNESS - I am prone to getting the green face witrh rocking motions - the ship was very stable and there was only one time when a small storm moved in that I felt a bit green, I took my Bonine and went to bed, next day was perfect, I did feel the motion of the ship but never enough to be uncomfortable except for that one evening. There were trivia events and all kinds of contests etc. Kimberly ran the morning trivia which we found we could not miss - her energy flowed over to us all and made for a great start to the day. Be sure to look at your Fun Times every night to plan for the next day. There is a Dive-In movie theater on the Lido deck and we watched movies everynight. So much to do - so little energy do do it. Excursions - Rose Hall Jamaica was a beautiful trip but I felt was misrepresented. We thought it was a sort of haunted mansion trip, but there are only 4 items in the great house that are original and it was a bit of a disappointment, with LOTS of walking. Be sure to try the jerked chicken in the port stands - it's amazing. We gave the tour a 3 out of 5. Our 2nd excursion was Sea Safari with kayaking and stingray city - I cannot express enough how incredible this excursion was. Zack and Chris are perfect tour guides and very caring and helpful - I have some mobility issues - they worked with me and I managed to go kayaking, and swim with the sting rays - a bucket list item checked off. We gave this excursion 5+++++++ off the charts. 3rd on the tour was the Cozumel Mayan Ball Game and show. TAKE YOUR BUG SPRAY, this is in the middle of the jungle and there are no see-um bugs. This tour was wonderful and easy. We were blessed by a witch doctor, saw warriors play an interesting game, the tour provided huge fans to cool us off, and cool wet towels. Very thoughtful - it was HOT. There was tequila tasting and a lunch show. This was a long tour, we enjoyed it very much. 5 stars. NOTE: Our excursions were booked through Carnival - I found out that if you book through Carnival and you are injured - your medical requirements are covered. Not so with private company excursions. For my peace of mind I do not mind spending a few extra dollars. Last day on board - we had to be off the ship by 8:30 am, this was a surprise and it caused a bit of a transport issue. It took no more than 15 min to clear customs and debark. We did not buy alcohol or have anything to declare. Our shuttle was not due to arrive until 11:30 and it was way hot - the shuttle could not come early so we checked out a Carnival Bus - they had room and took us directly to the airport for a small fee - so worth it. NEXT TIME WE USE CARNIVAL TRANSPORT. Our cruise was far and above what we expected. For an 18 year old and a 63 year old it was the perfect choice. If you are bored on the Carnival Breeze then you are not looking out of your cabin. There is something to do for everyone. THANK YOU CARNIVAL FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I ... Read More
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I was surprised how many kids were being served alcohol. I have never witnessed that on any of my previous cruises, and it was concerning. We upgraded to a spa interior cabin. It was a great location. I loved being up that high. We went to the spa pool a couple of times, but we didn’t really take advantage of everything the spa offered. I was disappointed that the special spa shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion weren’t restocked innour bathroom. I suppose I could have asked for more, but I don’t know if I would have been able to get more for free. My only real complaint was the smoking area. I’ve never been on a ship with a smoking area that was as large and on the Breeze. Half of deck 11 (the same desk as our cabin) allowed smoking. It was very thick and hard to breathe. Even the nonsmoking side was contaminated. There were also other smoking areas. It felt like we were always around it. Some smokers paid no attention to the designated smoking areas and smoked wherever they wanted to. I didn’t see any crew members ask them to extenguish their cigarette or move to the designated smoking areas. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Our first cruise. The good, bad and ugly. First the good, this ship is clean clean clean. I wish I had better pics of the cabin, I did not think about it while we were on board. Our cabin was small but did not feel that way, there was ... Read More
Our first cruise. The good, bad and ugly. First the good, this ship is clean clean clean. I wish I had better pics of the cabin, I did not think about it while we were on board. Our cabin was small but did not feel that way, there was plenty of room for the two of us and all my over-packing. The room staff went above and beyond and super fast. The ship was large and there were a lot of people. The bad, the pools were WAY too small for them. Standing room only, every minute of every day. But they were cleaned and in many cases drained and refilled every day. The water slides overly crowded and too many unruly children unattended. We are parents of 4, so we love kids. But they needed more structure on this ship, running kids were a genuine danger to others. Our week brought several bouts of rain and storms, so the entertainment was cancelled or modified many times and to be fair, I should not judge them. The comedy shows were super funny and what we attended of the activities had been done as best they could. Service was hit and miss, some servers would be friendly and get to know you. Others only stopped when you waived like a crazy bird in front of them. The dining staff were super attentive and I highly recommend the Italian. Yum. That is as far as I go with the food, the rest, it was AWFUL, never had I heard of "Boiled, scrambled eggs" yuck. The buffet was never more than luke warm and if I were Guy, I would be for getting my name off those deck-side eateries. We enjoyed the ports all so very much. Lots to learn about and explore. Our guides were funny and friendly and did their very best to make sure we had a good time. Overall, we met some great people, enjoyed the ports and had a very clean and comfortable room. After that it was one drunken person puking on the deck and another falling all over screaming about how wasted he was, yet another group bragging about having weed and offering to share. Not our cup of tea. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We loved our time on the Breeze. I am writing this review as I really enjoyed reading the reviews prior to our cruise which was the week of 5/20 so hopefully this will help anyone with an upcoming trip on the Breeze. We departed out of ... Read More
We loved our time on the Breeze. I am writing this review as I really enjoyed reading the reviews prior to our cruise which was the week of 5/20 so hopefully this will help anyone with an upcoming trip on the Breeze. We departed out of Galveston with an itinerary going to Montego Bay, Grand Caymen and Cozumel. The ship was beautiful. Very well- appointed. Not as gaudy as others ships which was nice. The staff was always working hard to keep it clear and refreshed. All of the staff we encountered were wonderful. We loved the entire staff at Camp Ocean, where our little one frequented often (and loved it!), Das in the Blush dining room and our stateroom attendant, Jose. They were each so wonderful and knew us by name by the 2nd day. I recommend Camp Ocean for anyone with little ones, ours is 2 and some change and it was nice to send her to camp for a couple hours each day to have some adult time. You can leave diapers, wipes, anything else they will need and your child will be fully occupied with games, songs, and activities every day. We loved the Dr. Seuss theme and participating in the parade across the ship and the story time. Definitely a ton for kids to do. One thing they didn't tell us prior though is that any child who is not yet potty trained can't swim or play on the splash pad. Understand the pool as it's sitting water but the splash pad would have been fun to play in. We paid for the chat feature on the Carnival MyHub and it was good to chat with others in your party as the ship is really big. We didn't attend and shows or anything as we had our little one with us and didn't stay out late. The food at the buffet was OK...nothing to really right home about. BUT, the food at dinner in Blush was really, really good. Some items were even great I would say! But again, the service is what makes it an all-around wonderful dining experience. We loved Guy's Burgers (I had three in 7 days...), Indian Food was surprisingly really yummy, pizza was great and the BBQ also good. Breakfast buffet got old after day 3 but there is also the option to do sit down breakfast in your assigned restaurant which we heard was great. Something to note for next time. Casino took a lot of our money but hey...whatever. Drinks were also good and the Cheers package was worth it for my husband, but not so much for me. They say 5 total drinks a day will pay for it. I barely made 5 each day.. but, again. Good to know for the future. Our interior stateroom was small, but as to be expected. Especially with a 2 year old with us... crib fit nicely next to our King bed. Will likely upgrade to a larger room next time. From peeking my head in other rooms, seems worth a little more change to have a little bit more room to move around. We didn't book any excursions in advance (again, had a 2 year old) and glad we didn't because it rained (poured, really) in both the Caymens and Cozumel. We did go to Doc's Cave Beach Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica and that was nice. Pretty beach, good service from those who work there (you can get drinks and food on the beach) but beware of a lot of people walking up and down selling things from wooden turtles to pot... We came home in a Tropical Storm so it was very rocky on the boat but the Captain and Cruise Director were sure to communicate with us and warn us it was approaching. All in all, great time!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
First of all, I think it's important to mention that I wasn't very excited about our port day in Jamaica. However, we met a local taxi driver (Rae) who was beyond helpful and took us to a magical spot- Mayfield Falls! I honestly hesitate ... Read More
First of all, I think it's important to mention that I wasn't very excited about our port day in Jamaica. However, we met a local taxi driver (Rae) who was beyond helpful and took us to a magical spot- Mayfield Falls! I honestly hesitate to blast it all over the internet, because what was so special, besides the beauty, is that we didn't see one other group while we were on our tour. We had the place all to ourselves, and it was stunning! If you want a special tour, by a trustworthy local, call Rae (I'll edit this review later when I find his number)! He was beyond helpful and put in the extra effort to make sure we had a once in a lifetime experience! Actually, we were driving to Dunn's River Falls and I mentioned that I hoped it wouldn't be completely packed, he offered to turn around (we were already about 10 miles out of town) to take us to one of his personal favorite of all the falls in Jamaica. Look at the pictures below, if you want to see some photos of the gorgeous falls. Now for the rest of the cruise, it was fun. We were traveling with our 4 adult children (19, 20, 21 & 23) and they had a great time. There was plenty to keep them entertained on the "at sea" days, and they even won money in the casino! The ship is kept immaculately clean. I noticed very few signs of wear and a staff that was in a constant state of buffing and shining. My favorite deck was the Serenity Deck (15) by far. It was an oasis from the bustle of the Lido deck, and I was able to nestle myself in a private little pod (I don't really know what else to call it) and relax the day away. Completely peaceful and a knock-out view from the front of the ship! The casino was smokey, and that's literally my only complaint. The staff were cheerful and light-hearted...not like Vegas where you get your head snapped off for any little infraction. The Comedians- hilarious. We went to both the PG & the Adult shows, and found ourselves belly laughing at each one! It was one of my favorite parts of the cruise! The food, ugh. To be fair, I am allergic to wheat, like EpiPen allergic, and so my diet is pretty limited. That being said, the wait staff did their best to have me order my dinner the day before, so they would make sure to keep it wheat-free. However, and this has nothing to do with the staff, the food was mediocre at best, sometimes it was downright gross- everyone in our group felt the same way. The portions were small and the meat was seemingly not the highest grade. But, the kids like the pizza, burrito bar, and burgers. I have to make sure I say that Arnold, Camile & Tolentino were impeccable servers. They hustled and smiled and worked their tails off! Emerson, their cabin steward, was a hoot! He knew all of the kids' names, and called them accordingly. They said that they wished he could come home with us! Our cabin was roomy, and the view was amazing. I think I could hear the staff pulling chairs out at about 7 am, but I am not one to sleep in late anyway. I was hesitant to spend the extra money on the balcony, but it was totally worth it! Overall, the experience was fantastic. I wish we could do it more often! Family bonding time, eating together every night...memories made that I will treasure forever! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Very fun ship with a wide range of fellow travelers. We meant some very nice people from all over the country. The staff is amazing! Room Stewards, Dining Room ( Juan and company), bartenders (Erwin, Elwin and company). Clean ship. ... Read More
Very fun ship with a wide range of fellow travelers. We meant some very nice people from all over the country. The staff is amazing! Room Stewards, Dining Room ( Juan and company), bartenders (Erwin, Elwin and company). Clean ship. Everything is in great working order. Lots of activities for almost all ages but in my opinion, way too many Trivia games. It got a bit boring after the first couple of games in a couple of days. Biggest disappointment is the food. Bland at best and typically lukewarm at most. My fave was Tandoor as it was authentic and temp hot. Room service is not at it's finest. We were on Level 6 above the casino, hot tub and piano room, and about 6 cabins from the bank of elevators and had no noise issues. At our ages (52 and 55), we probably would not go on this same cruise but I think it's great for a younger crowd. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We had priority so Embarkation and Debarkation was very easy. The ship is very clean and easy to navigate. The cabin is adequate size for 4 people, but plenty big enough for 2 people. The crew is always amazingly nice. The ... Read More
We had priority so Embarkation and Debarkation was very easy. The ship is very clean and easy to navigate. The cabin is adequate size for 4 people, but plenty big enough for 2 people. The crew is always amazingly nice. The shows and Comedy club are fun and hilarious. Carnival excursions are very well organized and expensive, but if you like the guarantee good experience is worth it. You can save money by searching ports on the internet. My Kids love cruising and we prefer to have them with us. We usually get them their own room so we can spread out a little more. This last cruise i went on we had the best life guards. Devin, Sanil, Tehn and Egly were awesome. They helped us have fun and deserve to be recognized. We would recommend sailing with carnival and we always port out of galveston. It is very convenient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Wow, the boarding process is so GREAT. Our boarding pass time was 12:00 - 12:30. We arrived 11:50 and were at Guy’s Burgers at 12:15. Overall, a great time. Only disappointment (NOT with Guy’s Burger) food was bland for us. ... Read More
Wow, the boarding process is so GREAT. Our boarding pass time was 12:00 - 12:30. We arrived 11:50 and were at Guy’s Burgers at 12:15. Overall, a great time. Only disappointment (NOT with Guy’s Burger) food was bland for us. Shoutout to: Dining team: Somchai, Ben and Yuparat — always greeted by name and attentive to our needs. We ensure that we were in their section, even if we had to wait. Room Steward: Jason — always greeted us by name. Refrigerator was not working properly and Jason was able to replace. Our shower was not draining and Jason got it serviced. Fun shop: Carlos & Rehan. So helpful in making our selection in jewelry. In fact EVERY ONE in this shop was fun to be around and knowledgeable. Cherry on Top: Mel went out of his way to service us with bottle holder to take with us off the ship and had it delivered to our room. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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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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