Sail Date: May 2019
The did have stuff to do. Most of the ports were beautiful. Some of the staff was awesome, some were obviously disgruntled. We actually witnessed servers arguing on the floor on multiple occasions. My biggest complaint however is the ... Read More
The did have stuff to do. Most of the ports were beautiful. Some of the staff was awesome, some were obviously disgruntled. We actually witnessed servers arguing on the floor on multiple occasions. My biggest complaint however is the fact that your food is supposed to be included. However after an excursion, you come back hungry and only two places that were included were open. So unless you wanna spend more money at one of the other places, your choices were burgers (I am a vegetarian, but I did like their fries) and pizza. So you and the other 4,000 people on the ship have these choices. Imagine the lines. And everyone is hangry. The cruise did have its benefits. There were plenty of hot tubs placed through out the boat so you could get away from the crowds. They had multiple excursions to choose from and our room Stewart was amazing. But if food is important to you, choose another cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this cruise for the ship and the itinerary; Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Going through customs in Port Canaveral was smooth. The customs agents were friendly, kind, professional, thorough, well organized and ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the ship and the itinerary; Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Going through customs in Port Canaveral was smooth. The customs agents were friendly, kind, professional, thorough, well organized and efficient. Port Canaveral made the whole process bearable. Last years port Port Miami was disorganized, and chaotic to say the least. Will try to not book another Cruise Embarkation/Disembarkation out of Port Miami. Most things were good or above average on our cruise. We had a great Room Steward, Jhonny. He exceeded our expectations in every way. We gladly gave him an extra tip in a addition to a gift bag at the beginning. Last year's Room Steward was good too, on the Carnival Vista. We loved Jhonny this year. We hope to have him again in the future. The Sapphire Dining Room hostesses, waiter / waitress staff provided great service. We had Anytime Dining where we sometimes had different waiters/waitresses, which made this more impressive. The food and service were great in the MDR. We increased our Prepaid Gratuities, because of the high level of service in the MDR and Guest Services. My wife and I always book the Thermal Suite and Thalassotherapy Pool from the Spa, before our Cruise. We love the Thalassotherapy Pool and the 4 Heated Chambers. The Spa Staff is always kind, helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, some Chambers weren't working this time on the Carnival Breeze. The Oriental Steam Bath Chamber on Embarkation wasn't working that night. Some Chambers only had 1 Essential Oil/ Aroma Choice when there is suppose to be 4 choices. Either the Laconium, Dry Heat Chamber choices didn't work or the choices had not been restocked/refilled with essential oil choices. The Tepidarium(Heated Ergonomic Shaped Loungers were not working.) Some of the loungers didn't heat. My wife and I love the Spa, but it was disappointing some of the Heated Loungers didn't heat, and some of the Heated Chambers, the Oriental Steam Bath, the Aroma Steam Bath, the Laconium, Dry Heat Bath were not working properly(1 or less choices for essential oils) or were turned off, not working at all. **[Note: I have since contacted the Spa, and they assured me the mechanical issues weren't the norm. Their representative patiently allowed me to address my concerns and worked towards a resolution. I personally was impressed with their sensitivity and their concern with mine and my wife's dissatisfaction.**] The washing machines and dryers were not working on deck 10 and deck 7. We were on deck 8, so we hoped to use deck 7's or deck 10's Laundry Mat for convenience sake. We were forced to go down to deck 2 and wait, because other people needed to use deck 2's Laundry Mat, because it was the only serviceable washing machines and dryers working for ship passengers. One Laundry Mat working for a ship with over 3,000 passengers. Very inconvenient, frustrating and disappointing. The Professional Photographers did a great job taking pics, as always. Getting pics taken is always fun on a Carnival Cruise. I'm not an expert, but I believe Carnival has some of the best Photographers in the world. There were only 3 workers to serve all passengers trying to purchase picture packages on the last Sea Day. Those 3 people in the Pixel Gallery, looked exhausted and couldn't provide me and my wife with the service we needed, so the result was, we spent half the money on pics this year as we did last year. Unsatisfactory service in the pixel gallery, not the workers' fault. There were to many people for the Pixel Workers to serve. We paid less. I started not to purchase any pics at all, since we couldn't get any help. That's unfortunate, because the pictures taken by the photographers are so good, we have a difficult time deciding which pictures we want to keep. My wife and I walked down to the Pixel Gallery early before it opened and tagged pictures we wanted to keep as favorites. We had narrowed them down. When we returned to purchase our pictures the whole system had reset as if we hadn't done the work previously to narrow down the pictures. This was rather annoying and frustrating. Maybe we should stop purchasing pics from Carnival. Having pics made with the various Photographers and different back drops, was one of the most fun things to do on the ship. However, if Carnival doesn't hire enough help to service demand in the Pixel Gallery and the process and/or computer system in the Pixel Gallery is going to waste our time after we tried to get ahead of the masses(Huge Crowds) of passengers in the Pixel Gallery by tagging the pics we wanted as favorites, then we may stop purchasing any pics from the Pixel Gallery. My wife and I take a lot of Pics and Video on our own, and some of them are quite good. I'm not saying they are professional level, like the Pixel Gallery. But if going to the Pixel Gallery is going to be as Inconvenient and stressful as it was on the Carnival Breeze, we will stay with our own pics. We would definitely save a lot of money if we stayed with our own Pics and Video. 555 Steak House did a tremendous job with food and service on Embarkation Night. My wife and I decided we wanted to do a Specialty Dining(preferably Steakhouse) to celebrate our cruise. It's our little Cruise Tradition. Last year we did the Chef's Table on the Vista and it was a great experience. I highly recommend Chef's Table and the 555 Steakhouse also. We had Excellent Service and Delicious Food from 555 Steakhouse on the Carnival Breeze. It really got our Cruise off on the right foot, so to speak. We also did Bonsai Sushi our last Sea Day Night, and it was great. We ordered the Fresh Water Eel, and Tempura Shrimp Rolls, and Sushi Individuals of each menu choice, the Green Tea Cupcake, and the Rice Pudding. It was all delicious. My wife and I are inexperienced with eating Sushi, but a young lady working for Bonsai Sushi, patiently taught us how to hold chop sticks and how to eat Sushi. She also gave my wife some training Chop Sticks. We were impressed with the food and service at Bonsai Sushi. It was fun and a great experience for us. We increased our gratuity, because of the great service. I love the Red Frog Pub. I always enjoy purchasing the Red Frog Beer Sampler. I'm not a huge beer drinker, but I really enjoy the taste of Red Frog Pub, Thirsty Frog Red Beer. I think it is the best tasting beer I have ever had. Most of the time I drink Michelob Ultra, Bud Light Lime, Dos Equis or some other Light Beer when I do drink beer. Patrick in the Red Frog Pub on the Carnival Breeze gave me great service. I arrived kind of late, but it wasn't closing yet, but another man working with Patrick who acted like he was in charge, acted like a Manager of the Red Frog Pub, May 1st or 2nd, said rather rudely to me, "WE ARE CLOSED!" More than once. just before closing time. The man tried to literally run me off. It was near closing. I understand, kind of, sort of. I would have gladly taken my drink to go though, but this man wasn't going to give me the opportunity to do that. I calmly told him Patrick said before he was gonna serve me. He asked Patrick, and Patrick said he did tell me he would serve me. This happened on May 1st or May 2nd, 2019 near the end of our cruise. I should have got the man's name and complained to Guest Services about his rudeness. But at the same time I know all of those workers on the ship work very hard, and we were tired, so I am sure they were tired as well. The Playlist Production Staff were great, especially when performing Flick, The Power of Motion Pictures on the Carnival Breeze. Awesome show. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
7 day Exotic Western Caribbean,we thought it was going to be fun only a few ports were nice and ones we really liked was to "short" pulled in at 7:00 am and back on board by 1:00 pm ?? not long enough .the food was alright not ... Read More
7 day Exotic Western Caribbean,we thought it was going to be fun only a few ports were nice and ones we really liked was to "short" pulled in at 7:00 am and back on board by 1:00 pm ?? not long enough .the food was alright not the best choices and some cut backs from what we got on other trips.out of 7 days we had tv for 2 days the rest was a tv that said it was loading info and stayed that way till we got back home.the last day they did give us a break on our room billing for the steak house which by the way was the best ever,the food was out of this world and sooooo good ! i would good back for sure it was worth the $38.00.Entertainment was poor and over acted almost like they were mouthing to sound track....not sure of it, but we were on the carnival magic last year same entertainment on this ship and found it boring .the casino was really bad for smoking my eyes burned and found it not so good for non-smokers .internet speed very poor during peak hours and will take for forever to load and then will say timed out.....Disembarkation went well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Carnival Hub App – This was our first cruise that we didn’t have to use walkie-talkies or notes to stay in touch. You will appreciate the Carnival Hub App because it allows for texting to every person in your party who also has the ... Read More
Carnival Hub App – This was our first cruise that we didn’t have to use walkie-talkies or notes to stay in touch. You will appreciate the Carnival Hub App because it allows for texting to every person in your party who also has the app. Cost is $5 per phone for the entire cruise and you utilize Carnival’s Wifi. It is well worth the minimal charge. The app shows you what is happening onboard and the times. You can mark things you want to do or see ahead of time, and the app will give you a 15 minute heads up notification. You can view the dinner menu for each evening. You can see your onboard account activity, and book excursions straight through the app. See screenshots photos of App. Dinner - We had 8:15 dinner seating. 1st seating is 6 pm. 8:15 is an ideal time for several reasons. First, it allows for a later lunch which is a good thing because lunch crowds are heavy at several popular spots when they open at noon. Second, the 8:15 seating is generally less crowded which allows for a more relaxed dinner. For lunch, Guy’s Burger Joint (10th floor, Lido deck) and Guy’s Pig & Anchor (5th floor, outside) are both a must do. No lines at either one after 2pm. Dinner Seating – The Dining Room – There are two main dining rooms: Sapphire and Blush. Sapphire is mid-ship; we never dined in there. We had table 755, upstairs, next to railing overlooking the first floor of the Blush Dining Room. This was a GREAT table for two. The other tables for two along the rail are # 752, 798, 802, 805. Important side note: Make it a priority to go to the dining room on departure day at 1pm when they open up to speak with the maître-d to request a change in table assignments. We suggest you arrive at the dining room entrance by 12:30 and wait for them to start helping guests at 1pm. See photos for table locations. Coffee - Bring your own flavored creams if you like them because the ship doesn’t provide them. They do provide milk and regular creamer. Bring a thermal mug from home if you’d like to keep your coffee hot or walk around the ship with it. Omelet Stations - There are two of them. Go to the one at the rear (aft) of the Lido buffet dining area. The line is always much shorter than the one at the front entrance. State Room - We booked the week before our cruise and literally only had one room choice at the time: 8209 (Forward, Inside). We generally book balconies, but this room ended up being perfect in several ways. First, the room location is [almost] at the end of a dead end hallway. It was very quiet which allowed for a good night’s rest. You will only get foot traffic from a few other rooms. Second, if you don’t mind using stairs, the location provides easy access to the 10th and 5th floors which are the two main public floors. Pools - Bring back the big pools! Why cruise lines went to smaller pools as opposed to the larger pools, I’m not sure. The couple of pools they did have were small and very crowded – all the time. They did have several whirlpools throughout the ship, which was a definite plus. Bring towel clips for sunbathing because of the wind on the 10th 11th decks. The Waterworks Park area was super refreshing on the hot days! Bingo – Yay! Carnival Breeze does not use the bingo machines. Bingo is the way it should be – with paper cards! Bring your own blotter or other bingo supplies if you play regularly. Staff – The crew work very hard to make sure the ship is clean. They are cleaning all the time!!!! The wait staff is outstanding. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. Bravo to the crew! Cruise Director Schwartz is outstanding! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply Beautiful. My cabin was great and Korn was the best room steward.The staff in all areas is over all just Grand. I love all of the food options. The Blue Iguana and Pig & Anchor are my favorites. With over 4,000 people on this ship, they manage to remember everyone's name at dinner. I enjoyed all the nightly entertainment and I love the Punch line comedians they are always really funny. There are alot of talented singers and performers. The dazzling bright colors and light shows I really enjoyed. Ports and shore excursions were very enjoyable. Ocean World is a must see in the Dominican Republic Me and my fiance are already planning our next cruise for 2020.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 ... Read More
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 of us from Radisson at the port shuttle, the rest by car) which was 30 minutes prior to the terminal opening. Once it opened at 10am, only the priority line was allowed inside. There was a huge line for the EARLY/LATE arrivals. I assume once the priority was done, they allowed some of them inside. After going through security, we took a seat and waited until about 10:45am to board. Unlike cruises in the past, it was not just a free for all when boarding started. They had agents tell which rows of seats to board so it was much more organized. As soon as we boarded, we went to deck 9 immediately to our rooms to drop off our carry on items and to pick up our sail and sign cards which are now left in the mailboxes. Only priority rooms had the room keys in the mailbox at this time. We then headed for deck 5 to eat Guys Pig & Anchor before the masses began boarding. After lunch we went to our rooms to unpack and then on deck to do the ropes course and play mini golf. Around 3:00 we cleaned up a bit and headed to the Ovation theatre for Muster on deck 4. It was much nicer to have Muster inside. It was about the typical length with them calling out names of missing people. If you can’t make Muster, I say escort them right back off the ship!!!! Why keep everyone else waiting? After Muster, we all went out to the front of Deck 9 for sail away. We were trying to get on the Fishlips Sail Away Web Cam. You could see us but they did not zoom in on us. Room: We all had balcony rooms on deck 9 forward port side. Rooms were the typical cruise ship rooms. We met our steward, Gede, and told him we only needed morning service but my wife wanted a towel animal each day too. I just don’t understand the reasoning for needing your room serviced twice a day. Some argue it is a luxury of cruising, but I say I can turn my own bed down when I get tired. This is 2019 not 1930. I just don’t find that sort of service a luxury. We had brought extra hangars with us but there were already a large number in the closet. We did learn one trick the night before our cruise. We read to take wooden clothes pins to put on the bottom of the shower curtain to make it stay down in place while showering. It worked!!!! Other Passengers: We did not really encounter too many lines or rude people. About the only bad apple was one evening we ate at the lido buffet. My brother was in line and was waiting as the cook was replacing the penne pasta. Before my brother could take a portion, a large man cut in line and scraped all the cheese crust (the best part) off the top. I guess they just could not wait their turn in line for fear of losing a pound. It was spring break in Georgia and North Carolina but the ship did not really seem inundated with kids. I will say the ice cream station was always a mess. Small kids would get ice cream and make a huge mess. Carnival really needs to place the machines higher up so an adult has to help. We did read online of some unruly kids, but we never witnessed it. Also, the CHOGS (chair hogs) were out in force on sea days. Carnival again needs to address this. Their current system of putting a sticker on your chair for 40 minutes before removing items is a complete joke. My wife said they did that the last sea day and about 20 mins later a lady came and took the stickers off 8 chairs. A really simple solution would be one person in a chair can save one empty one right next to them. That way people can use restroom, get food, go down slide, etc. No butt in chair….no saving!!! Also they should walk around the decks at 8am and collect all the towels, shoes, books, etc that are saving seats. Do it once at the beginning and then it is not a problem. Breakfast: Every morning we ate the lido buffet and it was the same exact offerings every morning. One item that never was eaten was the salmon and eggs dish. Who eats that? The buffet usually always had some kind of line. The buffets with one long station are the worst. People have to stand there and analyze whether or not they want an item. If you have to think about longer than a second…move on!!! The omelet station was very good and the line never really too long. Some of us skipped the buffet and hit the Blue Iguana instead for huevos rancheros. They were excellent and there was NEVER a line. Lunch: We ate different places all the time when on board. We ate Pig & Anchor BBQ on embarkation day and last sea day. We also tried the pizza (usually a line) and the Mongolian wok (always a long slow line but so good) and deli (always a long line). Lunch also had the new cake selections and they were excellent. The other regular desserts were not so good. Dinner: When we could, we ate in the MDR. We had YTD dining and always went to the Sapphire Dining Room on deck 3 about 5:15. We were usually one of the first seated and before the dining room actually opened. On the second night we were sat in Dipendra, I Made, and Dennis’s section. They were awesome. They learned our name the first night and anticipated our needs. Unfortunately due to strange port times, we only ate here 3 times. Some meals in the MDR were really good others just so-so. Our main complaint was the menu descriptions. One night several of us got BBQ Flat bread with arugula. It arrived and was full of mushrooms. First off there was no mention of mushrooms on the menu. Secondly, why are mushrooms on a BBQ flatbread anyway? They don’t go together. One thing Carnival should do is discontinue the servers singing and dancing. This does nothing more than slow down service. Activities: Carnival Cruises are always jam packed with activities. You can be as busy or lazy as you like. Since we sailed on Easter Sunday, carnival had an Easter egg hunt. They had 12 eggs hidden across decks 3, 4, & 5. You got a piece of paper and had to write down where each one was found. Supposedly they had a drawing of all the correct answers for some prize but we never heard anything about it the rest of the cruise. The kids in our party loved the waterpark and slides. My 72 yr old dad even went down both slides. My oldest niece and nephew were looking forward to doing the ropes course. Neither really liked it especially my nephew (8 yrs old) was scared to death. He said it was way too windy. We played mini golf embarkation day but there were not enough balls for 3 kids. Carnival should station someone on the sports deck to police the use like they do on the waterpark. We also did several trivia games winning one general knowledge trivia game one morning. My nieces and nephew loved their Carnival Bling on a String Medallions!!! My nieces (10 & 5) also loved singing karaoke. They were usually the hit of the night!!! We also bought some items at the shops and went to the 80 Rock N Glow deck party. Carnival really does have activities all day/night. Overall Ship Layout/Cleanliness: The ship layout was not one of our favorites. We have been on the Valor, Sunshine (twice), Sensation and now the Breeze. The Breeze is probably our least favorite with the Sunshine being our favorite. Having the waterpark at mid ship, it limited the amount of seating around it to watch the kids. The lido deck pool also seemed to be lacking in seating unlike the Sunshine. There was plenty of seating at the buffet though but the buffet itself was set up horribly. We prefer the Sunshine buffet layout with several smaller stations instead of one long one. We also saw all kinds of workers constantly cleaning and wiping handrails, walls, and chairs. Overall it seemed like a very clean ship. Debarkation: Again since we had priority, we arrived at the buffet for breakfast right at 6am. We had received a letter the night before stating to be in the Ovation Theatre starboard side at 7:15am. We ate and headed to the theatre around 6:45. Carnival had people stationed at the forward staircase checking to make sure only priority people we allowed. Of course there was one moron blocking the stairs arguing with the crew about why he and his family could not disembark. They finally told him they don’t care where he goes but he can’t be here. I walked by and said loudly to my brother that Faster to the Fun looks like a good buy you cheapskate (only I used more derogatory terms). They started allowing those people carrying their luggage and early flights off at 7:15. We followed shortly after. Carnival did a really good job with our debarkation. It was very organized and efficient. Once in the terminal, we grabbed a porter, found our luggage, and skipped ahead of several hundred people waiting in the customs line. The porters have their own line. The customs agent checked our passports and asked if we had any fruit from the ship. After that we were on our way to the garage or shuttles. My all were on the road by 8:07am!!!! Ports: Amber Cove: Wife and I went to Damajauga Waterfalls through Iguana Mama (highly recommended). We signed up for the full 27 but due to drought conditions could only do 12. Rest of the group stayed at the port pool. St Thomas: Hired a private customized tour through VI Scenic Tours to take us shopping downtown (rum and sterling silver hook bracelets), Mountain Top, Magens Bay, and Drake’s Seat overlook, then finally back to Havensight Mall at the pier. San Juan: We all did a self-guided walking tour to El Morro, the Cathedral to see Ponce de Leon’s tomb, Parque de las Palomas to feed the birds, Barrachina’s for pina coladas, Fortaleza Street to see the umbrellas, and Plaza Colon to shop some street vendors. Grand Turk: In our opinion, Carnival can skip this port. It used to be a nice relaxing beach day. Now the locals have moved in and there are chairs everywhere on top of each other with no easy way to walk along the water. All the free port chairs/umbrellas are in the back. The locals have their chairs/umbrellas all the way in the front all the way down to the water line. At high tide, some were even in the water. They wanted 2 chairs for $30. They would not do 2 chairs for $20, but you could get 3 for $30. Go figure!!! Not sure how their math works!!! We needed 6 total so it worked out for us. We did walk down to Jack’s Shack for jerk chicken and it was excellent!!! Random thoughts: On our cruise, they began using the HUB APP for making YTD reservations. Of course since we went early, we could not use it. It came online exactly at 5:30 each night but we were already seated by that time. We also found the live music played all over the ship was way too loud. Most times you had to yell to talk to someone. I did buy some Hennessy Pure White on board. Ship price was $56.99 each or 3 for $135.00 ($45 each). I only needed two but got three. The ports all had it 2 for $90. Lesson learned to get it in port. In the end, we choose the ships based on itinerary. We would sail the Breeze again only if the itinerary fit our choices Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for ... Read More
In my opinion this cruise was not worth the amount I spent. I have sailed with Carnival 1 other time and it was the worst experience of my life and I almost never went on a cruise again after that. Last year we tried Royal Caribbean for the first time and loved it and this year I decided to give Carnival another chance. My mistake. I went with my boyfriend and 2 other couples so there was 6 of us in total. To begin, the embarkation process was smooth and quick as well as disembarkation. When we got to the room it was very small with no place to even put our suitcases to get them out of the way. I went on RC cruise line last year and the cabins were much bigger. This is not my main concern. Dining times were filled up so fast we had no choice but to choose 8:15 which was very late to eat dinner. Also, it was the prime time for many events so we either missed the events or we missed dinner. The activities and entertainment were a lot of fun for all ages. The comedians were very funny and the deck parties were a blast. Our entertainment director, Schwartz, was very entertaining and really made the whole cruise a lot more enjoyable. The service was great. Most people were very helpful and friendly and remembered names. We did an excursion at St. Thomas and we did the Turtle Cove snorkel. It was AMAZING and I would highly recommend doing this excursion. Grand Turk was very busy as there were multiple boats there so the beach was packed before we even got off the ship. There were no chairs anywhere so we had no choice but to go to the pool. Puerto Rico was a port I have been to before. Lots of little shops and places set up selling things but other than that there was not much to do. The next topic is the things that bothered me most. My boyfriend and I bought the endless bubbles package. It was not endless. You could only get a drink if you were sailing unless you wanted to pay taxes. The package did not include a cup to refill. You had to stand and wait at the bar to get a drink. Also, if you were thirsty after 2am it was water or nothing. There was no way of getting a drink at night because all of the bars closed and that was the only way to get a drink. Also, every bar closed at about 12-1 am except the casino bar. So if you wanted a drink you had to go all the way down to the casino until they closed at 2 as well. We did not get our use out of our drink package at all and a lot of people we talked to did not even buy the drink package but were still being served drinks. The buffet hours were very weird and things opened and closed at weird times. The only thing open late was pizza which sucked. The food itself was not great. The food choices at dinner were horrible. The desserts at dinner were horrible as well. The buffet was hit or miss but for the most part it was not too bad. The desserts at the buffet were great. The burger joint was probably the best food on the entire boat. Lastly, the picture situation. They took amazing pictures so we wanted to buy all of them like we did on RC. There was absolutely no option to buy all of our pictures. If we wanted them all it was $600. On Royal Caribbean for $300 we got all of our pictures on a flash drive that we got to take home with us. Overall, our experience was not great. We will not be sailing with Carnival again and will be going back to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked ... Read More
We sailed the Carnival Breeze for our bi-annual Spring Break cruise, April 13-20, 2019. It was a great cruise but did have a few negatives. First, the good and very good: -Embarkation – the new way that Carnival does this worked very well, and boarding the ship was an easy process. Much better that the prior process of waiting in lines to see a representative, showing your credit card, getting your room keys, etc. Now it’s just walking into the security area, having your boarding pass scanned, getting a boarding group number, having your picture taken, getting screened and waiting for your number to be called. Your room keys are in a tamper-proof envelope in your cabin’s mailbox. -Food – the food everywhere was quite good, especially the desserts in the main dining room and the “Sweet Spot” in the Lido Marketplace. I wanted to try many of the dining options I’ve not tried on my prior Carnival cruises since the Breeze has so many to choose from. BTW, they changed the Tandoori station (which was included) in the aft pool area to a Seafood Shack (additional charges apply). I’m glad they did, as the lobster roll platter was outstanding – 2 rolls with fries for $14, and the lobster filling was fresh and plentiful. I also tried the new Carnival Deli menu – the Cuban sandwich was very good. Also, I tried the Mongolian Wok for the first time and enjoyed my noodles with beef in Sichuan sauce (spicy). I was going to try the free lunchtime pasta bar at Cucina del Capitano, but some of our cruise mates tried it and said it was nothing special. The new food tries also included Guy’s Pig and Anchor Barbecue (very good) and the light soup and salad lunch offerings in the Plaza Café. Of course, previously-experienced Guy’s Burger Joint was visited as well as the Blue Iguana Cantina for a breakfast burrito and lunchtime tacos. All very good as usual. We ate breakfast in the main dining room every morning except one, for Sea Day Brunch or Open Seating breakfast, to avoid the mobs of people in the Lido Marketplace. Food was good; however, it was hit and miss on the poached or over-easy eggs having a soft yolk. Dining room food for dinner was very good with few exceptions. -Drinks – we had the Cheers! Package so we were able to try many different concoctions from many different bars. Our favorites were the Casino Bar, Alchemy Bar and Red Frog Pub. Drinks were consistently prepared, and after-dinner specialty cocktails at Alchemy were a nightly event. -Entertainment – very good shows in the main theater, with talented singers & dancers and nice staging/special effects. The Country/Rock band and singing duet were both great. We enjoyed the live music nightly. They also had a modern string quartet that played today’s songs instead of traditional string compositions. -Shops – the Breeze has a wide variety of shops with reasonable prices. Of course, my wife got a “souvenir” at the EFFY fine jewelry shop. We also won a raffle there for a signature EFFY jeweled panther keychain and ruby pendant necklace. -Service – overall the service was quite good, and the crew we encountered friendly and wanting to help. Service at the bars was quick and efficient. Our dining room team (Early Seating Dinner) was hard working and did a good job all week, learning our names the first night and using them every night thereafter. However, it is apparent that they have reduced staff in recent years and the team was stretched thin on the busy nights (first night, Elegant nights, etc.), as the ship was at capacity, with 4700+ guests on board (standard double occupancy is 3690). The Guest Services staff were some of the best I’ve encountered – I’ll describe an issue I had with the cabin involving Guest Services later in this review. There were some inconsistencies with certain aspects of the service we experienced, which are also described later in this review. -Cabin Steward – our Steward Victoria was probably the best we’ve had on any cruise, on any cruise line. She did an amazing job of keeping our stateroom clean and comfortable and supplied with what we needed. -Casino – it was large with plenty of slots and table games. I don’t gamble, but my wife certainly made some donations on the slots. As mentioned previously, the bartending team was top-notch. However, as this was Carnival and the only indoor venue that allows smoking, be prepared for a constant smoke smell – the ventilation clears the actual smoke quickly, but the odor is persistent. Shore Tours – we did Carnival-sponsored tours in each of our four ports. All were fun and informative. Now, the not-so-good: -Cabin – although our category 8C veranda cabin was Carnival’s usual rather roomy size compared to other lines, with a comfortable bed and couch, our cabin #8441 developed a sewer-like smell shortly after sailing. Long story short, they were unable to resolve the issue during our voyage. Our steward said this was not the first time someone raised this issue, so I would recommend avoiding this cabin. That said, once I raised the issue with Guest Services, they did make every effort to resolve the issue, sending the floor manager, HVAC technician and even a Guest Services representative to investigate the matter. Our workaround was to leave the bathroom door slightly opened, as the air intake vent in the bathroom was quite powerful and kept the air circulating and the smell reduced. We bring a bungee cord with us to prop open the balcony door, so this was also done occasionally – when opening the cabin door at the same time, the air from the hallway comes rushing in to refresh the cabin air. These steps kept the issue to a minor annoyance, and Guest Services compensated us with an OBC that we felt was satisfactory compensation or our inconvenience. -Certain Main Dining Room Service – at Breakfast/Sea Day Brunch, it sometimes took a while to get attention by the servers after being seated. It sometimes took several minutes before we received water and coffee. Also, it sometimes took a while to receive our orders, even when adjacent tables received theirs even though being seated after us. Finally, getting bar drinks/wine at dinner was a challenge, especially in the first few days of the cruise. Things were better later in the week. -Crowds/Lines – this was the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed, and as mentioned previously, the ship was at capacity since it was a Spring Break cruise. The chair hogs we out in force, so we didn’t even try to lay out in the sun while on the ship. We got our sun time on our shore tours. Also, lines for certain food stations in the Lido Marketplace could be very long at peak breakfast and lunch times. In fact, the one morning we had breakfast on Lido the lines were so long at the buffet I was able to get a Blue Iguana burrito (no line!) and finish it before my wife returned with her eggs and bacon from the buffet. Finding available tables could also be a challenge. Getting off the ship at certain ports of call also had big backups. The cruise being over Spring Break meant over a thousand kids on board, so there was plenty of hallway running, (every) elevator button pushing, and loud areas. Definitely not a cruise for relaxation. -Debarkation – chaotic and slow-going. It seemed to me they called too many decks (for self-assisted departures) and Debarkation Zones (for checked luggage folks) at the same time, overwhelming the solitary forward staircase and elevators used for this purpose. This needs to be better-managed. -Overall – a great cruise with lots of dining choices, great drinks and service (with a few exceptions) and smooth embarkation process. Although there were some issues (the cabin odor being the main one), the weather was great all week, and we enjoyed the ports and sea days. I would definitely cruise the Carnival Breeze again, just not at Spring Break and not in cabin #8441. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was a COOL BREEZE transaction both ways. The Ship itself is an older ship but with upgrades. The cabin was great and LAURO went the extra mile to make sure we were accommodated in every which way. He also addressed us by our names as we did the same with him. He was a very pleasant person overall. The dining experience was great as well. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. With that being said I'm just going to keep it real. We had to wait very long periods to receive our food during the beginning of the week for breakfast in the BLUSH restaurant. By the third day everything started to go smoothly and enjoyable. Dinner was great as well. We met and remembered a memorable person 'APRIL JOY'. I believe she was head waitress. She's amazing with people. She has great character and very personable. I watched how she interacted with others and boy she's just a true JOY to be around with a wonderful experience. I hope to run into her again in our future cruises. We really enjoyed the SEAFOOD SHACK. had we known that it was that good we would've ordered the crab legs and shrimp everyday. We heard how good from a relative on our 5th day. So we did get 2 days of orders in. YUMMY. $33 up-charge was worth it. We also had 555 Fahrenheit. Surf and turf. Yummy $38pp up-charge. Cherry on TOP. whelp that will fix your candy fix. The entertainment was awesome. The entire FUN SQUAD was on point with everything. IF they made a mistake well we didn't see it. DONKEY is a true character. This is my second run in with him but on a different ship. I pre warned my guest that he's hilarious. lol. His Spirit is one to be around. I learned a little more about him in the Q and A session in the Ovation room. QUEST entertainment got crazy but funny. If you are easily offended this isn't for you. The COMEDY umm I didn't like it. I went to 2 shows and neither were funny to me on this cruise. To each it own. ALL the shows in the Ovation were great. The 80s show or name that song was awesome. I recorded that one. lol. ``Service``employees weren't that friendly. I've seen better cruises with friendlier people. Usually when passing by the greet you. You didn't get much of that on this cruise. I think that was pretty much my only complaint. Excursions'' We did the powerboat (Belize)and the ATV(CostaMaya)with JASMINE. She was an awesome tour guide. We will definitely do those again if we visit those ports again. OVERALL 4 out of 5. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
I liked the ports we were going to. We stayed at la quinta the night before. It was very hard to find the carnival terminal off the highway because it was not easily marked. We had a problem with the shore excursion in Roaan,Disembarkation ... Read More
I liked the ports we were going to. We stayed at la quinta the night before. It was very hard to find the carnival terminal off the highway because it was not easily marked. We had a problem with the shore excursion in Roaan,Disembarkation was wonderful and I would take the bus again, to the airport. The cabin was good except for I had to get a mattress because I could not get up on the bunk bed but they put a cot in the middle of the room. I liked most of the food there and find the diners worked very hard. Our room steward was amazing and very helpful. The entertainment was wonderful and I loved going every night to a different show. We only saw one comedian and he was very good. The bar service was good as well. I loved all the activities and more importantly the staff, lead by chris donkey salazar. We never knew what he would say or do next. The first cast players question and answer with xsophie and donkey was very informative. I loved seeing the keyboardist from the dynamixs pop the question to his girlfriend. The dynamix were dynamic, and very sweet. I thought both canadian Ryans were great along with Sharon, . Gustav was very sweet and friendly and I loved the 70 and 80's sing along. i just wish we had white nights for elegant nights. I loved the love and marriage show. Never made it to the casino. Loved dance classes as well as Karoke. I did not use the gym. I danced instead. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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