Sail Date: October 2018
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was great). The melting chocolate cake was divine as was the heart shaped cake and serenade by our wait crew for our anniversary. Our wait staff team was exceptional. They remembered our names and brought my husband his favorite beverage each night even before we ordered anything. The entertainment was really really great, with a very entertaining cruise director. The entertainment was staff was wonderful. The variety of activities meant there was something for pretty much everyone. We enjoyed being able to talk with them after their shows. Although we did not travel with children, we saw them being well cared for and entertained as well. We snorkeled in Grad Turk - beautiful clear waters and a variety of fish and coral to see. We did not do excursions at the other ports of call, but did enjoy the relaxing pool area & restaurants at Amber Cove including the zip line! We walked around St. Thomas and San Juan. We would do a cruise on the Breeze again. We were totally impressed at how smoothly and quickly they turned the ship around for 4700 passengers! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We picked this cruise as a gift to celebrate my In-Laws 50th wedding anniversary. Overall the experience was good, but in some areas, it was a little lackluster. The cabins were clean and our stateroom steward was wonderful. Overall ... Read More
We picked this cruise as a gift to celebrate my In-Laws 50th wedding anniversary. Overall the experience was good, but in some areas, it was a little lackluster. The cabins were clean and our stateroom steward was wonderful. Overall the staff on the boat truly were fantastic. From customer service to dining and the Ocean Club crew... every crew member we encountered was wonderful. Zero complaints about the service on this ship! Dining is the one area that could use some improvement. The quality of the evening meals reminded me of airline food. It pains me to say that because cooking for 4000 people is no easy task, but most nights I left dinner underwhelmed. The buffet was mediocre too and there is ALWAYS a line. Again, service was always wonderful, but the food quality was just kind of meh. We did have a celebratory meal at Fahrenheit 555 and it was AMAZING. SO GOOD. And my husband and I departed from the group one night for dinner in the Italian Restaurant, Cucina del Capitano, and it was also delicious. The burgers from Guy Fieri's place were also good. If you pay for internet on this ship, prepare to be severely disappointed and basically be off grid. My husband had some work he had to complete while we were traveling. While I'm big on "unplugging" when on vacation, he didn't have much of a choice. After paying for the premium package, he wasn't able to get any of the work done that he needed to or load half of his inbox. Unfortunately, he was never fully able to relax since he was stressed about the work that he wasn't able to complete because the internet connectivity was AWFUL. Embarking was a little crowded but moved fairly fast. Disembarkation was a hot mess. Lines upon lines upon lines. We paid a porter to move us to a shorter line and move through faster. Luckily we had plenty of time before our flight was leaving MCO, and we all had carry on luggage, so we weren't horribly rushed. But Godspeed to anyone who is in a crunch to get to their travel arrangements and is trying to get off of this boat. Plan accordingly, folks. As far as ports and excursions go, Nassau is a bit of a tourist trap. We opted to explore on our own and encountered lots of shops and a crowded beach where you have to haggle for chairs and umbrellas. In the Dominican Republic, we booked a cabana at Amber Cove... Carnival's port. It was nice and clean, but very American feeling. For Grand Turk, we took a $4/person 4 minute cab ride to a nearby beach that was pretty much empty. Definitely the best part of the trip. Grand Turk made the entire cruise worthwhile. It is beautiful. Next time (and when we aren't with a larger group) I would go out of my way to do shore excursions in Nassau and the DR. This ship and the itinerary were great for families and kids. I really can't say enough good things about the Ocean Club for kids. The staff members were truly fantastic and had the patience of Saints. Our kids kept asking to go! On the note of kids, the arcade was fun too. It is equally financially damaging as the casino, but still fun! The water slides and kids splash area were really nice (and clean). The two pools were gross. Every time I looked at them, they were more of a yellow-green color and people were packed in like sardines. On the note of cleanliness, the boat overall was clean and I almost always saw a staff member doing some sort of cleaning. It was a little discouraging to witness that not a lot of guests took advantage of the hand sanitizing towers/hand washing outside of dining rooms and restaurants. Overall it was a good family experience that allowed everyone in our group the chance to spend time together or break off from the group for some time alone. PS - The library on the 4th level has self-serve wine machines. With Caymus and Duckhorn. Probably my most favorite part of the entire boat. ;) Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My sister and friend of her's went on this cruise not know it was the first time out of PC but couldnt tell it. Had a blast. We were in room 9255 and our cabin steward Germano was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had enough ... Read More
My sister and friend of her's went on this cruise not know it was the first time out of PC but couldnt tell it. Had a blast. We were in room 9255 and our cabin steward Germano was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had enough towels and also bedding for the sofa bed. We also enjoyed Chelsea who we later found out was from the Charlotte NC area which is were we are from. She was a delight with the trivia games and also in the comedy club. Our Cruise director Schwartz was funny and did go out of hiw way to make everyone laugh. This was our first time on the breeze and we had a great time. The layout of the ship was so easy for us to get use to. Had a great time and hope to go back on the breeze again next year. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
As stated, this was my first cruise. I spent 20 years in the US Navy, so I was accustomed to being at sea, but my wife had not been to sea before. We selected a balcony room(9403)after being upgraded from the second deck room for $51, ... Read More
As stated, this was my first cruise. I spent 20 years in the US Navy, so I was accustomed to being at sea, but my wife had not been to sea before. We selected a balcony room(9403)after being upgraded from the second deck room for $51, which was a great deal. The ship was wonderful, clean and there was always crew members cleaning. The room was ready when they opened up the rooms. Our baggage was waiting for us when we arrived to the room. The water I ordered was there, our sign and sail cards were in the mailbox and the daily activities. Dining: Well, to be honest, the buffet was a lot better than the main dining room. We were assigned the "Blush" dining room, which is on the 3/4 deck aft. The wait staff tried to compensate for the food quality, it was obvious. Presentation was well done however. The chicken breasts were terrible, hard and flat. Baked potato undercooked and the famous Lava cake was like hot chocolate, not cooked enough, it was drinkable. BTW, Domino's lava cake is a lot better. Buffet: Very very good, lots of choices, and the 8oz flat iron steak was available just like in the dining room. I went to the italian restaurant on a sea day and it was free for lunch, as u have to pay extra like the steakhouse. That was the best meal I had onboard, and they gave us a very nice portion of eggplant parm. The best I ever had. Guy's burgers was excellent and the mexican restaurant on the lido deck by the pool has breakfast burritos and Huevos rancheros, which was very good. Again, the food was very good, but the main dining room was lacking. Entertainment: We went to the comedy club and it was to capacity. It was good, and a nice break. Lots to do and see. Shops: Generic and they do have sales that you can get in on like perfumes, t shirts watches ect. Service was great, and all the crew were very helpful. I was pleased with the service Overall: I was told since the cruise was six days, it would be more laid back, and not a lot of drunk college kids like the shorter " booze cruises" and that was the case. I felt safe the entire time. I would do it again, but spend less evenings in the main dining room. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us ... Read More
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us with a smile and was very polite...The stage shows were IMO lacking. In 14 days we only had 3 musicals and one was terrible. (cowboy show) Other nights we were entertained by one person performances. The singers were very talented but didn't sing my kind of music. The bands in Ocean Plaza were good and drew a large crowd as did the numerous atrium performers. Lots of activities and Steven Schwartz (CD) was everywhere and very friendly. Kumba (casino supervisor) comped our slot pull and was also very friendly...The only thing I think that needs fixing is the smoking in the casino. Most Carnival ships have a Sports Bar but this ship had that at the casino bar, so I missed the games I would have watched. As an ex smoker I understand the smokers plight but the smoke makes me sick (I spent one day in my cabin after an evening in the casino) I remember Splendor had a smoking and non smoking section and it worked well. Anyway something needs to be done. The cutbacks are obvious to veteran cruisers. Room service once a day, canned music in the theater, (no band) less flashy stage productions etc. BUT, I still find Carnival an excellent value for my vacation dollar. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We ... Read More
Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018 14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl. Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: We expected to be slow because of past experiences at Port of Galveston. It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:00 AM and be onboard by 11:30 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5 Room 8395: Steward Jason had the room ready when we boarded. Jason and Putu timed everything well and had our first Diamond Sail and Sign card in the mail box. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone. 5 of 5. This room is located directly over the Pig and Anchor. The exhaust fan has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony. We ran out of tissues in the rest room so the DW decided to put the new one in herself, oops it fell in under the sink out of reach. So, mister Man decides to do it himself and repeats the same smooth move. Now both new boxes in the room are behind the door under sink and it is inaccessible without the key. Jason came by and saved us later in the day. Assigned Seating Blush dining room, Lower deck 3, table 582. Maître didn’t make the best impression in fact I do not know his name. Is that because we were in the back of the dinning area or have we been spoiled by D’ Yusef on the Miracle? Team Head Waiter IMade, Head Waiter EKA and Team Waiter Dani Made, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Sure, miss Pie, didn’t see that on the menu until the last two nights. On the 6th day out the ship ran out of bananas, waiter told us that we were out and would restock in St Marteen. Oh! that’s not good, no Banana Splits for desert ☹. Carnival what the heck! Why not restock in Barbados where the supply chain that supports Carnival Fascination is in place. Why have bar server in dining area who just serves shots let the Food Servers do their job and Bar staf serve wine before the meal. Chef’s table; This was our second time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about it. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table as the chef explained each appetizer before we sampled them. Now that our palate is excited. We moved to the main hall in the Kitchen where they had a table set with assigned seating. Executive Chef Siva prepared an exclusive selection of eight expertly crafted dishes. Oh! wonderful, delicious just don’t know how to describe it, “Artists at work” . Salute to Chef Siva for this fine experience. Casino: As a nonsmoker there is a lot of opportunity for improvement on the Breeze. Why only 4 nonsmoking machines in the casino? Why put them in front of the cashier cage? People in line at the cage smoke and seldom respect others. This was a Premiere cruise many serious gamblers were aboard and casino was busy all the time. Kumbu, Lesa and Vickie kept the fun rolling doing everything from dodging the bull, putting spots on Matilda the cash cow, Fireball raffles, snowball raffles, Luck of the card drawing, cash pong and fill my bag games. Oh, need I mention slot and blackjack tournaments also. Fun for everyone! One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and witnessed Mari (Casino Manager?) helping a gambler who forgot she had charged $20 on her card. This person was extremely eye rate, voice tress, and rude yet Mari kept her cool, resolved the issue in such a professional manor I feel she needs to be recognized. Silvia, was always around to help. Waiter Agus was always at work, always smiling and would help any way he could. Last but not lease have to mention the singing Cashier Joe. This is the best Casino team in the Carnival fleet. Wish they could get more cashiers working the last night so the lines would not be so long. Misc. Cruise Particulars: Daniel Alchemist put on a great class this Cruise. This was our second one on a Carnival Ship and both we unique experiences that I highly recommend. Alchemy bar is changing they now are serving some bear and wine. Red frog pub in the evening is always a good place to stop, relax listen to music. For those who use Carnival Gift cards there are some changes. You can apply the first $1,000 with out a hitch but when you get ready to apply more they will take down the numbers and must receive confirmation from head office before applying to your account. This means you will have to make a return trip with the cards next day to confirm head office approval. Laundry is a great advantage of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional. Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10 Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something ... Read More
Sunday, September 16 - embarkation smooth. Monday, September 17 - sea day Tuesday, September 18 - Sea day ate at steak house and had a professional private sitting with a photographer. They came out beautiful, and that is something I would never say, much less think of pictures of me. Wednesday, September 19 - Grand Cayman - Snuba diving Thursday, September 20 - sea day Friday, September 21 - Aruba downtown walking and tasting tour Saturday, September 22 - Caricao Caves and beach day. Sunday, September 23 - Sea day Monday, September 24th - Greneda- River tubing and scenic bus drive. No AC on run down busses. Very dirty river water. No lockers to store your valuables. We kept hearing stories about people having things stolen from the busses so we left our camera in the safe in our cabin. We decided to bring our phones with us, double ziplock bagged them but unfortunately, the phones didn't make it. Somehow the bag floated out of dh's pocket and ended up at the bottom of the river. We did get them back with a promise of almost $200 to the person who was able to find them. So out $165 and two cellphones. Yes, we tried the "rice thing" to dry them out but they still won't even turn on. Expensive mistake for sure. This, and I developed some weird itchy bug bites all over my legs. Didn't look like Miskito bites but itched for days. Barbados - Tuesday September 25th no excursion. Just stayed in port and walked around a little. Bought sunscreen for $18-ridiculous. No pics because phones are now bricks from river tubing in Grenada. Went back to ship for lunch and then tried to take a nap. Mike was able to nap then he went to gym. I couldn't sleep but laid in be until 6 pm then we went to lido deck. Nothing really looked appetizing so I ate fruit (watermelon and pineapple. Mike had a little of everything. Tortellini, chicken cathitorri, chicken fried steak, fried rice. said the best was he rice. Soon after we tried some luck in casino. I don't get why so many people spend hours on end in there. If it was something that took skill I'd understand more but not the slots. Then we went to the comedy show. It was pretty good. Dominica - Wed 26 th. Trolley ride through town pretty lame. 1 1/2 hrs Botanical gardens , nothing like you'd be used to. Not much to look at. Kind of felt like we were in a parade because people were lined up on the streets waving at us. Houses all in ruins. Got some unique pics. Offered a small glass of rum punch or orange juice. Went to mdr for dinner. St Maarten - Thursday September 27th Big 3 - Flying Dutchman, tubing and canopy zip lining. Beautiful day! Nice, air conditioned bus This will take 6 hrs because of all the waiting. Zip lines very cool, Flying Dutchman not as scary or thrilling as you'd expect. In fact all three of the other zip lines were very thrilling in comparison to the FD. They do have a bar while waiting for the FD, but I do not want to drink rum or beer when I'm exerted from Climbing hills. It wasn't managed well as far as time. Very slow hooking people up and bringing vests back up the hill. The schooner tube rides are very lame. No water. We skipped all together. One thing that irritated quite a few of us. The cruise director, Schwartz, and his friends came up to the fd and realized they probably would not have time to enjoy this particular portion of the excursion. I don’t know if he went up to the manager or if the manager approached him but he and 14 of his crew was pushed ahead of about 30 other cruisers so that they could make it back to the ship at a good time. Unfortunately, this made it so 12 people that were waiting at least 3 hours were not able to enjoy the fd. This excursion also held up the ship for over an hour. (We did get a police escort back to the ship which was kind of neat because it was after 5 pm and lots of traffic). We were very disappointed that we now were not able to do any shopping on the island. By the time we got back on the ship it was just after 5:30 and we were starving since we had no chance to eat lunch, and wanted a real meal so quick showers we had and off to the mdr. There is always so much food that I never have been able to finish my dinner, but tonight was the exception. I had Caesar salad, steak, baked potato and broccoli. (I even had 2 desserts- apple pie and a chocolate tres leche. The apple pie was the better of the 2). Friday, September 28th Sea day - breakfast in bed again thanks to sweet dh. Coffee, orange juice, French toast, pancakes. For lunch we had BBQ and watched a little bit of the ballroom dance lessons. Then we decided to go to the library bar and play some board games while we sampled some wine. Dh taught me how to play Texas hold 'em. I won, hee hee. Decided to back to the cabin and sit out on our patio so that we could be away from all the people but still be outside. Elegant night for dinner. I didn't realize until 4:00pm. Bleh. we've mostly been eating in the mdr because we feel it's the best food on the ship without paying more for it. I still have a dress that I haven't worn so I guess I'll slip it on. Makeup and hair will just need to be touched up a little and then I'm good to go. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all ... Read More
We were a bit nervous about this cruise because we had never sailed Carnival before and had heard it was a "Party" ship. Our fears were for naught because Carnival is very much like all the other cruise lines with a mix of all different offerings and something for everyone. We had an excellent embarkation. Since we were in a suite we walked right on the ship and to our cabin. Unfortunately, our cabin was not properly vacuumed and there were foodstuffs from the previous tenants in the frig. That was quickly rectified by out excellent steward, Raul. He was very attentive and on the ball. The ship itself is quite nice and seems to be well maintained. The internet leaves much to be desired. We could rarely get online or send email, but in defense of the cruise line, they did compensate us for it when we complained. There was a lot of country music on board as well as salsa type music which was a bit of a change from what we are used to. We never ate in the dining room, so cannot comment on that, but the buffet food was generally terrible, especially at breakfast (worst scrambled eggs I've ever had!). We did enjoy the Guy Fieri Hamburger place (great fries), Pig and Anchor and 24 hr pizza shop. The ports offered on this cruise were great and why we chose to take this 14 day 7 port re positioning cruise. We did excursions at 6 of the ports and were happy with most of them. All in all we really enjoyed this cruise and would definitely do it again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having ... Read More
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having sailed it's sister, the Freedom, recently. We thought to change it up a little and with 3 previous Carnival cruises under our belts, we felt like we knew what we were getting and could be satisfied with it. We were mistaken. The Breeze, although one of Carnival's largest and having many of it's "best" features, was a big disappointment. I've always objected to the rather nasty characterization of Carnival as being the WalMart of cruiselines (and hey, I'm a frequent WalMart shopper myself), but this ship makes it hard to deny. The Breeze is an ode to cheap ceramic tiles, fake woodgrain and miles of plastic wall paneling. It's honestly the least attractive ship we've ever seen and although wear-and-tear is to be expected, it appears to have been abused by passengers in some unique ways. Worse, it's NOT CLEAN and there's really no excuse for that. I've seen nicer and cleaner public bathrooms in truck-stops and the pool and sundecks were grungy and gross. The art installation in the atrium consists of multiple levels of fabric "lanterns" suspended on wire cables - they maybe should have thought about how to keep them clean before putting them up. Visible very plainly through the glass elevators, the lanterns are filthy and stained with splashes and splotches of god-knows-what and the cables are fuzzy with accumulated dust. Grafitti and willful damage to surfaces is everywhere and in the spa, rather alarming large chunks of the ceiling surface is falling off in the steam rooms. One very bright spot is the quality of the food - we ate in the MDR almost every night as well as one SeaDay Brunch and one regular breakfast. Absolutely everything we were served was of very acceptable quality and preparation and we don't hesitate to commend it. We did find the over-hyped Guy's Burgers and Pig-n-Anchor BBQ to be poor, but that's a matter of taste, I guess. Afternoon Tea on sea days was really quite lovely! On the downside, the buffet is extremely limited in selections and although there are many separate lines - they are all just a repeat of one another. It does serve to move people through quickly, but there's definitely no feeling of abundance and a lavish spread, it is NOT. We tried almost everything the Breeze had to offer in terms of recreation and entertainment, except the waterslides. There was enough to keep us busy during the day and we enjoyed the Trivia sessions and the deck games (bean-bag toss, big chess, etc.). The mini-golf was, well, just so basic compared to the attractive and whimsical courses on other ships, but in fairness, the equipment was all present and in good condition. The 3-D Thrill Theater was an EPIC FAIL and although nobody is expecting Disney-quality, it honestly sucked. We purchased a Thermal Suite pass and spent time daily in the T-pool and steam/relaxation area; all were in working order although definitely needing some maintenance and housekeeping. My husband had several spa treatments and got a rather excellent haircut at the salon. Evening entertainment is, to our taste, very poor. 3 nights out of 7 there was nothing staged in the showroom and the "Playlist Productions" vary based on the quality of the sound engineering. The "Country Road" show was awful; practically impossible to hear the vocals. "Flick" was actually quite good with some wind effects and laser lights that impressed. Punchliners is alternately either not very funny (the family shows) or extremely vulgar and filthy (the 18+ shows). Neither really appeal to us. The Casino is a loud, crowded, stinky nightmare - 'nuff said. We do love Seaside Theater, but unfortunately the scheduling didn't allow us to enjoy many of the showings and the screen is terribly pixilated - well overdue for repair or replacement. We watched one pay-per-view movie and the price was a very fair $4.99. Service-wise, well, what can you say? All cruiselines, in our experience, have pared things down to a very minimal level and Carnival is no exception. Our cabin was serviced by a "ghost" - we never once saw him/her nor did he/she introduce themselves or ever inquire about our needs. I had read that cabin service has been reduced to once a day but hoped I misunderstood - nope. We received very, very minimal service once per day, at random times between 9:00am and 8:00pm, which consisted only of changing the towels, freshening up the bathroom, dumping the trash can and making the bed. (Yes, there were towel animals). Our glasswear wasn't changed once all week nor was there any attempt made to tidy our things. Disappointing, but I guess no worse than any 2-star hotel. We made a couple of stops to Guest Services for various things and found the pursers to be very pleasant and efficient, but we didn't really tax them very far. The crew members in the shops were also friendly and helpful. Bar staff were the worst; although we're not "regulars" we are polite and always add a gratuity; there was no excuse for some of the gruff discourtesy we encountered. Lastly and it truly can't go without mention - every unpleasant stereotype ever hurled about the party atmosphere and low-brow behavior of Carnival passengers came to life on this trip. We saw more loud, aggressive, sloppy drunks, witnessed more alterations and rude, boorish conduct and heard more vulgar language in this 7 days than on all our other time at sea combined. Not only will we not sail Carnival again, for this reason alone I could simply never recommend it - there's nobody I know that wouldn't have been disgusted. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an ... Read More
Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an hour late for our a Check In time so we were sent to the holding area for Early/Late Check In. My husband dropped off me and our luggage at the Terminal, drove to parking lot and rode their shuttle back to the Ship. Wait time was minimal with the biggest delay coming from standing in line with others carrying (sneaking) on wine etc and the staff repeatedly explaining what could/could not bring on board. Our Cabin was not clean on arrival (same trash/dirty was on floor in bathroom and by bed all week) . There were blood stains on shower curtain and window curtain in front of the door leading to balcony - GROSS. Sofa was stained and smelled bad. Bed pillows smelled terrible as did the duvet cover! We were in a Spa Balcony and were surprised the Robes smelled dirty too! The toilets would occasionally stop flushing and during the entire cruise (7 DAYS) the Ship smelled like a SEWER! Cabins, Hallways, Bathrooms, Dining Rooms, Lido, Spa, elevators, EVERYWHERE! Even after large Tips, our Steward did not understand special requests (ice in the ice bucket) and often left dirty dishes in cabin all day. Also had issues getting toilet paper restocked! I’ve cruised many times and although I try to keep my expectations low, from Day 1 the food was not what we usually experience on Carnival. Guys Burger had no flavor, the fries were undercooked, and they ran out of burgers several different days. We ate at The Steakhouse the first and last nights (our Anniversary) and found the food to be just okay: baked potatoes were undercooked, meat was overcooked, and staff was rude. The food at Italian Restaurant was bland and overcooked all week. I mainly ate Salads and unripe fruit at the Buffet for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was just okay. Food in the Dining Room was the worst we ever had on a cruise and worse than a freezer-burnt frozen TV dinner. Entertainment was so-so as usual. Casino was full of smoke and hot air so we avoided it. Musical Entertainment was enjoyable. Overall Service was mediocre. I had two separate bouts of Diarrhea so I missed 2 Shore Excursions but my Husband enjoyed them until people were getting stung by jellyfish! Debarking was a nightmare as usual when you aren’t in a Suite and don’t have Priority. Had to leave our Cabin at 8:30. Passengers had already filled the Elevators, (and stairwells) rode up and down, and refused to get off until their Deck/Zone were called. Sat in designated waiting zone til 10:45 when we were called to line up to Debark. Finally off Ship by 12 Noon. Lines moved smoothly through Customs and again found ourselves outside, in the rain, waiting for our Parking Lot Shuttle to return. FYI Parking Lot Staffers are more interested in getting new passengers to the Ship than getting you to your parked Car in their lot for some reason. We cruise out of Galveston because it is convenient and the cost is less than other Cruise Lines so This was our second cruise this year to new ports. Maybe the Breeze needs refreshing and hopefully it will get it before it goes back into Service after leaving Galveston. We sail on the Vista next May and hope our experience is better. Read Less
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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