1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being asked if you want another lobster tail when you just finish one on our dress up night). We stayed in the inside cabin and that was fine, use the space under the bed to store your suitcase and the closets and drawers to store what your going to wear. The bathroom is kinda small but I think that's fairly standard. There is always things to do like the Hasbro games shows, Casino, music from multiple locations to just listen to or enjoy the view as your sailing. You can also check out the library for books, games and puzzles or just relax and eat your way into a coma while people watching. Our cruise (Dec 31 2017) didn't have much in the way of sunny weather but that didn't stop my son and I from enjoying the hot tub and checking out the Dive in movies at night. Hard to beat sitting pool side and getting treats just down the hall like cake ice cream and pizza. Or a grilled cheese if you want one. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat but I think I would want to try the summer as I do like the heat and sun :) Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a ... Read More
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a disaster trying to get off. People were late for excursions they didn't call by priority or by FTTF they had everyone trying to get off the ship at the same time. People were getting very angry in such a tight place when you have over three thousand people trying to get off. Somebody didn't do their job right.. Second Port Cayman Islands, much better day to get off things went smoothly Cozumel was our last port and it went well . We were late leaving due to a late excursion coming back. Had about three hundred people on it. Sea day coming back was nice and relaxing. Our cabin attendant was amazing! His name was Tony from Honduras... what a nice man. Always a friendly smile and greeted us every day every time we seen him. The ship overall seemed a bit dirty. The entire trip we had a nasty smell in the hallways Dinner was always good ,variety of foods to choose from and try new things. Our waiter was awesome. Overall we had a nice family Christmas Vacation. However I do think it's time for the ship to have a facelift. Very out dated on décor. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did ... Read More
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did enjoy the Mayan Ruins and the cave tubing, but the rest of the island isn't anything special. The one thing I did not like was that it appears the cruise lines take advantage of the local people...no sales tax, don't contract with many of them for on shore excursions and all in all just aren't very considerate. We also did not appreciate the way the cruise handles wifi...it isn't free and it certainly isn't affordable for the duration. I was very upset that I could not check in with any of my family or critter sitter while on board. A couple of times on shore I was able to connect via free wifi. The food on board was adequate but nothing special. There was one dessert I truly enjoyed and was given it a couple of times at supper. The Italian restaurant was very good and I would highly recommend having supper there one night. Our wait staff was wonderful, especially Christopher. Our room staff was also wonderful, especially Arnata. I enjoyed my massage from Patty and the music provided by our DJ near the pool. We also enjoyed having a 21 and over area on board at the front of the ship on level 14. That was very relaxing for older folks. We did enjoy the musical show the crew put on one night. They were excellent entertainers, singers and dancers. And last but not least, we loved Shwartz, our cruise director...."Love ya". He was so high energy and was very entertaining. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Carnival Breeze Embark from Galveston 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary 5 adults in our party, 3 cabins (balcony) Cruise departure date: 12/10/2017 Please note that I am not normally a complainer. I am hoping that Carnival ... Read More
Carnival Breeze Embark from Galveston 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary 5 adults in our party, 3 cabins (balcony) Cruise departure date: 12/10/2017 Please note that I am not normally a complainer. I am hoping that Carnival will read this review and improve their services. I have cruised with other cruise lines and had no cause to complain about the other cruises on those cruise lines (e.g., Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, etc.). I believe the Carnival Breeze may be a training ship for serving staff (but I saw no mentorship for the serving staff), or it may be a ship where serving staff members who have received poor evaluations are assigned as their second chance before termination. I can think of no other reason for the poorly trained serving staff on this ship, primarily for the serving staff in the dining rooms during non-dinner shifts. It is also possible that breakfast and brunch in the dinning room is staffed with servers who may have never worked in food service in their lives and were never trained by Carnival (or minimally so). Every single server at breakfast/brunch, with the exception of one server (I believe his name was Andy), dribbled coffee across the table cloth and across the plates of the guests. I was so relieved and excited that Andy had not dribbled coffee across the table and plate that I told him he was the only serving staff member that accomplished this. His reply,"That's because I was trained." Breakfast and lunch tables were never properly set, always missing spoons, sometimes other utensils, and often bread plates. On my last breakfast onboard, when the assistant server asked me if I wanted coffee, I said, "Yes, but I'll also need a spoon." Not one place setting at the table had a spoon, and there were none on any of the other tables around our area. He did not return with a spoon. When the cocktail server asked if anyone would like a Mimosa or Bloody Mary for breakfast, I smiled and asked if I could order a spoon and (jokingly) a round of spoons for the entire table, bill it to my room, please. He left and came back with spoons and I watched him provid them to the assistant server who had served us all coffee (by then, everyone had used their knives to stir coffee). The assistant server then handed out spoons. Often servers and runners passed plates in front of the seated guests when serving the breakfast/brunch. Many times I had an elbow just a few inches from my nose as a guest next to me was served his/her plate. On the one morning that I ordered the filet steak and I ordered it rare, it came out slightly pink and was ruined. I had to send it back. I wasn't the only person at the table who had ordered their steak rare. All of us had to send the steak back. We ate one dinner in the Blush dinning room, and I have no complaints on the service for that dinning room. We moved to the Sapphire dinning room for all other dinners to consolidate our party. The wait staff was adequate, but could use some polishing. I was on a Carnival cruise (Magic) which departed out of San Juan, PR a couple of years ago. The menu was exactly the same. Carnival needs to hire an actual certified Master Chef and make some changes and upgrades to their menus. There isn't much for vegetarians on the menu and I would suggest a separate menu for vegetarians with options to make the meals vegan, if needed. (I am not vegetarian, but eat most of my meals vegetarian.) From my experience on two Carnival ships the guest list is mostly middle income, blue collar folks, but this should not be an excuse for a menu filled with uninspired, boring, middle-American foods (e.g., spaghetti carbonara, ribs, quesadillas, meatloaf, etc.). Carnival chefs are not bold and I'd say they seem to be about the same level as a mid-level restaurant cook. The blue collar folks are more likely to dine at the buffet to avoid changing for dinner, so please consider revamping that dull menu. By the way, escargot bourguignon is pretty standard fare and should not be considered exotic (but please keep this on the menu). Nearly all announcements, events and entertainment involving the cruise director have the purpose of hawking some service or wares, from the "art" auction (of prints, not actual art) to trinkets in the shops. It became annoying and we eventually made it a point to ignore them and we avoided some of the entertainment events so we didn't have to listen to the initial spiel to peddle the wares. The ship is generally dirty with litter, probably dropped by guests. I saw several cruise staff members pass litter and never pick it up. There was no pride in their ship. There are several shops, but none of them sell toiletries, hosiery, neckties, or other items that one may have a need for while on the ship. Keep this in mind when packing for your trip. Fitness area needs to have a clean space for guests to practice yoga or any other fitness activity that does not require a machine. Spa services, such as massage, are twice what you'd pay on land. I used one acupuncture service for $194.35, which included a tip (a surprise because I've never known a doctor that took tips). Then was talked into booking additional acupuncture services and decided to cancel them later by calling the spa. However, the spa rep would not cancel the appointment, instead transferred my call to the acupuncturist's voice mail to leave a message. No one called back, so I called again and wrote down the name of the spa rep who answered, the time I called and told her to cancel. There is a 24 hour policy for cancellation and 50% will be billed if the scheduled service is not canceled within 24 hours of the appointment time. The charges still stayed on the account until I went to Guest Services to have them removed. My husband received a $50 gift card to use toward spa services, but the prices were so high that even with $50 off the cost of a massage was much higher than what we're used to paying normally, as mentioned above. He passed on the gift and it was never used. A bright note: Anna from Guest Services. I stopped by Guest Services regarding acupuncture services cancellation and charges still showing on the bill (which she took care of), and then added one passing inquiry. My husband and I were both on the cruise to celebrate our birthdays (our birthdays are 5 days apart). My husband was given a gift of $50 toward Spa services (on port days only), but nothing was done for me. Anna kindly explained that these are randomly given out and I told her that it was OK, I was just happy that my husband received the gift. Anna hand made a birthday card for me and sent it to my room. This was so unexpected and sweet that I felt the need to mention the kind deed here and sing her praises. It was a very thoughtful and unexpected gesture and I appreciated it very much. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Departure location. Wish it went to somewhere other than Montego Bay. It is about our only cruise port since it is a 12 hour drive. Had fun on the ropes course but scared me to death. A rocking ship and rope under your feet isn't ... Read More
Departure location. Wish it went to somewhere other than Montego Bay. It is about our only cruise port since it is a 12 hour drive. Had fun on the ropes course but scared me to death. A rocking ship and rope under your feet isn't stable. Oh well, I survived. Dining room staff was excellent. We stayed with the same waiter, Fernando in the Sapphire Dining. Bar staff at the Red Frog Rum bar was great. Thanks to Sean and the crew you were excellent. All the guys there were excellent kept smiling each day. They made us feel like you were special. After a room on the front, I guess if you get car sick in the back seat then the back of the ship isn't good either. I think I was sick almost the whole cruise. Only thing great was I didn't gain weight instead I lost 10 lbs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Enjoy cruising in December between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Temps are great and the crowds are smaller. Our steward Denys was the best steward we ever had, quite the nice experience! Did the Chef's table and found out that the menu ... Read More
Enjoy cruising in December between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Temps are great and the crowds are smaller. Our steward Denys was the best steward we ever had, quite the nice experience! Did the Chef's table and found out that the menu was EXACTLY the same as it was last year, I would have thought they would mix it up somewhat. That being said, the meal was still excellent! The entertainment was great, I enjoy that they have brought back more live entertainers and have limited the DJs. My only issue with the cruise was the quality of the internet and the TV feed. For the rather high price you pay for the internet service, it should be decent, it felt like I was on dial-up in 1995. It was slow (some pages took 2-3 minutes to load) messages were not sent for hours. The TV kept going in and out such that you couldn't watch anything because it was too frustrating. I know these are little things, but little aggravations add up. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from ... Read More
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from above or below. Next time I will plan on spending 3+ nights in the specialty restaurants or maybe I will eat more at the buffet. My family likes sit down dinners together so we ate in the MDR 6 nights. The service in the MDR was great but the food was hit or mis. If you can eat Golden Coral and fast food all week than you will love the food on Carnival Breeze. I expect a little better than that. Guys burgers was good but 2 burgers a week is about my limit for fast food. Guys BBQ is OK if you get the pork or chicken. The beef was not good enough for this Texan. The buffet was hit or miss. The comfort food section is all fried if you like that, I never ate there. Pizza and sandwich place were OK. My favorite breakfast was at the burrito place on Lido Deck. The Shows were mostly bad and I stopped going. Motown was the best one. Maybe Disney spoiled me on entertainment. The singers were not that good and the shows were not well written. The cruise director had a lot of energy and if you like Bingo and Trivia then there is a lot to do. The best entertainment was the movies on the big screen at night. Skip all the other stuff and go watch a movie. The service was very good everywhere on the ship. It was holiday cruise and they had kids running wild on the ship. 4700 guests 1700 of them kids. 74% from Texas and 4% from OK. If numbers interest you. The ports were the highlight of the trip Went zip-lining in Jamaica and we loved it. Highly recommend. Swam with the sting rays in Grand Cayman A must do !! Went to a beach club in Cozumel had good food and perfect weather. The best part was spending the week with my 3 college age children. I prefer Disney and Princess to Carnival so probably wont sail Carnival again any time soon. We are beach people and so our next vacation will be on a beach rather than a ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the ... Read More
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the other 1 other), all on NCL (so review with comparisons). We selected Carnival, so that we could drive to Galveston and not have to buy 4 plane tickets. NCL has sailed from Houston before, but not now. I also wanted to go to Grand Cayman; this was the new port for us that I have wanted to visit. All the activities offered (water park, rope course, putt-putt golf, hot tubs off the side of the promenade, etc.) also looked exciting to entertain the kids and adults together. They were. This was the biggest ship we have been on. While on, we heard 4,700 people + crew sailing that week on a ship advertised for 3,800 passengers at two per room. We were not sure if we would like that many people together. Overall, it was not bad, and we did not mind walking it. We love to walk the promenade deck. Being on deck 1 and slow elevators did give us more stairs than I was good at handling. Though the most crowded place by far was the buffet…oh my. Food: To transition to food and start with the buffet, it is divided into two parts with a good length walk between both (a kitchen and some seating between, I believe), which was annoying when trying to find utensils (not on the tables like NCL’s), trying to find family members, or trying to find something that looked good. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there were always lines. Except for the NCL’s hamburger/hot dog buffet start line, I’m used to jumping in and out of line based on what looks good. I’m not going to get in the buffet line and take everything or almost everything, so I hate to wait in line for everything. Going for breakfast one morning, I really thought we would not get any food. We did discover the hot chocolate machine in the buffet; it was awesome but not open the last day. The last day, we got to the buffet earlier, and it was not crowded. Just one more buffet note – the chocolate chip cookies are delicious on NCL; they were horrible on Carnival. Guy’s burgers were delicious! At the Blue Iguana, I liked the fish taco, but did not care for the pork taco – too cumin-y for my taste. My husband liked it and had it a few times. I tried the breakfast burrito one morning. I got it without eggs – I know crazy,but they were putting a lot on the people’s ahead of me. I should have just asked for less. They only have jalapeño or wheat tortillas on the menu, but you can ask for a plain tortilla. I had read about only the two options, but the person in front of me did it, so I followed the lead. Husband liked the India buffet/Tandoor in the back. Sea day bunch was wonderful; our favorite. The first day the line was too long for breakfast. So, we went later for lunch. We made it two other times, going earlier for breakfast; all were excellent. I had the filet twice and the pork once. Husband had the hen a la diabla that he said was very good. Kids loved the big pancake stack. Large selection crossing breakfast and lunch type items. We never tried the pizza or deli in the buffet. We had breakfast once in the Tasting Bar on the promenade deck. They had less selection, but it much calmer than the buffet with a great outside view. I was not impressed with my Sea Dog; my child, who likes hot dogs, never tried one to give a second opinion. We had anytime dining. From NCL, we are used to eating when we want. Since we had the kids, we were not seated with others anyway. We ended up eating earlier to avoid waits. We were always seated in the same section. I had read about slow service, so was worried. We had an excellent server and her team the first night and a couple of nights (same guys) in the middle of cruise who were also excellent. Thanksgiving night was slow, and I think our server team of three was covered by one person. The last night was also very slow. These two nights were the only nights we saw the waiters dancing; maybe because we were there later due to slowness. It was cool; we had fun and got into it. Though husband was ready to place his dessert order, I believe. NCL does not do anything like that. Embarkation/Disembarkation: We drove from north of Houston where we had a hotel overnight to Galveston the morning of the cruise. We had the 11:30-12 check in time. After we drove, parked, walked to the terminal, and dropped off luggage, we stood in a long line outside that was not moving. It quickly started moving, and we got up to the line split between those within their time slot and those early or late. It was 11:15. My husband asked should we hang back 15 minutes or push on; I voted to push on. The in-the-time-slot line was fairly non-existent and moving quickly. However, we got through quickly; tossed our water from our cups in the trash as signs requested. At check-in, they scanned our passports instead of taking pictures. When getting on later, they did take the kids’ picture saying that they have aged more. They handed us our boarding number – 10. Then we went through security. We went through and had brought soda (no longer allowed on NCL). Fellow passengers helped online beforehand, and we brought a canvas-ish shopping bag to quickly toss them in after security torn down the box. You are allowed one 12 pack of cans per adult. We only brought one knowing that it is hard to find time to drink them on shore days anyway. The canvas bag worked great, just sliding the box in, and made them easy to carry around the ship until the rooms were ready. Then we went to find the waiting area for #10. It was around the corner and 10 did not sound good. After we sat, they began calling numbers soon, and they got through them quickly. We were on and ready for a Guy’s burger, and Tandoor/India buffet for husband. They did not give us our keycard at check in, but said the cards would be at the room entrance mailbox when the rooms were ready. They also noted that we could make any onboard purchases before we had the keycard with the barcode on our boarding pass. This seemed odd. I read that too many people were going to drop their stuff at the room and slowing down the room stewards. I had not heard of this being a problem on NCL, but maybe because I’m not at the rooms early or because they don’t allow soda any more. ETA for rooms was 1:30. We went down a little after, and they were just distributing the keys. So, ours did not sit unattended. Disembarkation was also quick. Due to fog near Galveston, we had to stop moving in the middle of the night, so we were late getting in. We did walk off with your own suitcases. The documentation had us getting off at 11am or 11:30 am whether we did walk off or tag and luggage out. It was based on deck, with our deck, 1, at the end. This was really disappointing. I assumed there were people on deck 1 eager to get off early and those on 12 (or whatever) not eager to get up early. Since we had a drive, we were hoping to get off before 11am. Due to the delay, the CD was announcing a one hour delay on the published schedule (12pm). We were not sure if this also applied to getting out of the rooms by 8:30am or 9:30am now. We left a little after 8:30 and went up to deck 5. The CD staff was directly people toward the end of the walk off line. We sat down in the sushi restaurant planning for a long wait, but they started letting people off from the line. No one mentioned or asked about deck numbers. Passport control was pretty quick; on the way out, they were asking who had liquor and needed to pay the duty. We were to our car about 9:45. Entertainment: Family loved the Sky Rope Course. I tried it once around and had enough. They did it multiple times, multiple days. They let you go around twice for your turn. One day it was very uncrowded, and they were letting people go around as much as they wanted. We also enjoyed putt-putt and pool, though you had to find an uncrowded time. We did the water park on the Montego Bay day before it rained. There were very short to no lines, so we did the slides over and over again. We never made it to the Thrill theater. We enjoyed candy store shopping with onboard credit. We went to the Seaside Theater (big screen at the mid-ship pool) as a family the last night – Despicable Me 3. It was fun, but the pool chairs did get uncomfortable toward the end of the movie. I’m not sure how the chair hogs do it ;). I have heard of people going up a deck to the sofas; that may be the way to go. We checked several nights, and they seemed to only be showing PG-13 movies. The last night they had Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3; saved them all for the last night. Our oldest watched Transformers too. Back to food, we had the Steakhouse dinner without the kids – excellent service and delicious! We got the kids in line for the buffet with them trying to preview and decide what they would get. Then we went to the Steakhouse; next youngest went to kid’s club and oldest to the movie. We told the youngest that he could come back to the room at 8am (he likes to play his technology) since we expected to be done around 8:30. Transformers was a long movie, so the oldest had about an hour to go when we checked on him after dinner. On kid’s club, the oldest did not do too much with his group. It started later and went later (after we went to bed). He went to karaoke and was not a fan. He did couple digital scavenger hunts that he enjoyed. The youngest spent more time at kid’s club and had a child from his grade at school also on the cruise. He learned some new games that he enjoyed. He did a scavenger hunt in the rain that he complained about, but he is a martyr and we know he likes his battle wombs. I had read about the kid’s club kids getting gifts, and I saw some kids with backpacks. We managed to miss the gifts. We did not watch any of the production shows with timing with kids and dinner. We went to the Hasbro game show in the main theater. The kids enjoyed the preview recording of the game show before it started…thinking that is what we came to see. I thought they would pre-pick the families to compete after watching the preview video, but they picked individuals based on answering trivia questions. I thought this part got a little long and that pre-picking would be better, but the kids enjoyed it. If you want to be picked, sit at the bottom in the front center. We also watched two of the four comedians; they switch 2 for 2 new ones mid-cruise. We went to the PG shows with our oldest. He did not know if he would like it, but he was laughing like crazy. Both comedians made us laugh, but the first, Ronnie Bullard, was better. Seeing them so close together let us compare, where we normally would not (I’m used to one max comedian on a cruise). The first had better delivery and stronger material. The second was Tim Walker. Husband said trivia was easier than NCL’s; it was interesting – they picked from a Trivial Pursuit book. He won a couple “ship on a stick”. We also played a big trivial pursuit and met some fun people. They also had a big Sorry! that our oldest played. Our youngest did a Build a Bear party. They hand out numbers when you come in, so get there early. Our casually late got us a 43, where they called 4 numbers at once. I was surprised at how efficient it was after you got up there. I thought the poor kid’s club staff was “sewing” them, but actually, they were pre-sewn and just needed the thread tightened and knotted. Efficient! We never got to try out the hot tubs off the side of the ship; they closed for cleaning or maintenance where it did not seem like much urgency was given to reopening them, like closed more than 24 hours to shock them if there had been a diaper mishap. We visited an aft hot tub after our Montego Bay water park visit. The kids went one other time to the aft hot tubs, while we sat and watched; they had to move from one to another when a jet needed maintenance. The back pool area is a nice place to sit and hang out. They have a drink machine there; though it was missing an ice dispenser. The kids got in the mid-ship pool once when they decided the water park was too cold. We found chairs to watch. Overall: We had a great cruise and found lots to do. The kids enjoyed having more freedom to check themselves in and out of kid’s club; it just took planning ahead on when to meet and where. It helped us avoid the checkout lines, though did not always work because sometimes we were early to check the youngest out. Carnival is more laid back than my type A personality. “Washy-washy, happy-happy” was hard to find (they had machines in the buffet, but you had to look), instead of at the entrance to the buffet both given by a person and a machine and every time you got back on the ship on NCL. We avoided the stomach bug; I pushed the hand sanitizer that I brought after getting food and before eating on the Lido. (Youngest picked it up at the end of his last cruise and shared it with all of us after we got home.) Though I got a cold that I’m still fighting . Another laid-back attitude I felt was, the ship arrives at published time but then has to clear customs. You don’t get to get off at published time. Why not publish the time that guests would be cleared to get off? Not a big deal, but something that I noticed. Beforehand, we were nervous about having an Italian captain; I have been to Italy and do not think of strong work ethic when I think of Italians, but think of siestas and the hole in the ground toilets -- sorry Italians . We are used to the Scandinavian captains. I did not meet the Captain, but he made informative announcements a few days and got the ship to where it needed to be. The crew were all upbeat, friendly, and accommodating! Ports: Montego Bay, Jamaica: We did not plan anything for this stop. My husband and I honeymooned in Ocho Rios and knew about the 2 hour bus rides. I did not want to try that with kids. We got out and shopped in the port area. The kids got a Jamaica soccer ball (futbol); we did not have one before. We did not mean to but did haggle. Our youngest was trying to want a fidget spinner instead. We were trying to get them to decide. The ball also had marks on it; I don’t like to buy new stuff that is dirty. This was taken as haggling, and she knocked the price down. In the terminal, they were helpful and told us how to walk to the Hard Rock for wi-fi. We had gotten an email from our tour guide in Grand Cayman about an earlier tour time before we left Galveston, so needed to check email again. When I saw the line of people at the gate ready to hassle us and it was starting to sprinkle, I ask that we head back. (We ended up buying expensive one day internet access from the ship.) Jamaica was pretty when we saw it before; if you want to do something, book it ahead of time. It ended up flooding that day, and the ship did not get to leave until right before 10pm, instead of 6pm, waiting for ship tours to make it back. They had to avoid flooded roads. Grand Cayman – Stringray City and Coral Reef: This was a tender port. We read the documentation, and there was nothing on tender tickets. It just said when you are ready to go ashore come down to get on a tender boat. This was weird. The CD was announcing how crowded the tender lines were and when a good time to go down would be and was. We now had a tour time confirmed for meeting at 10:40 ship time or island time; I do not remember which. Staying on the same time and having ship time was new to us. It is probably much easier for the crew, but did seem to annoy the islanders, who noted that we would not go to England and ask them to use our time. We got off early to have ample time. The tender ride was short; it was operated by Grand Cayman’s vs. the ship and held 300, if I remember correctly. We were there early. We found the meeting place; our tour was with Moby Dick. They had a big restroom that husband said was nice. One kid was starving and required a snack. We went into a couple of shops. Our group started to gather. I believe they were waiting for people from other ships that got in later. When most arrived, we boarded the bus; while one owner waited for the last group. We got to see a little of the town driving to the boat dock; the boat ride was longer than I expected. Stingrays were great; we fed and held them. The guides were good at catching them to let people hold. With the underwater camera, husband captured the oldest feeding one – it vacuums in its food. On the boat ride over, they taught us about the stingrays and how to feed them. Our youngest was a little scared of them; we held him some. It was about 4 ft, so easy for us to stand but the kids had to wade more. We used our snorkels some to see them underwater. Then we went to the coral reef snorkel. There was a shipwreck and ship toilet. Husband caught a school of fish on camera. Youngest loved the reef snorkeling. Cozumel – Chankanaab: There were many ships and people in port the day we were there, and our ship had the latest scheduled arrival time. The dock the Breeze was at, I believe, is closer to Chankanaab – Puenta Maya. The taxi lines were long this day. They have a price list to the different locations, so you know the cost + tip. At Chankanaab (the kids have been one other time), we started with the Mayan ruins. Then we got ready to snorkel. We camped between a set of umbrellas and chairs; none left available at this point. The snorkeling was not as good as I remembered, but I did not go to all the sections. Youngest loved it again, noted he touched a fish. Hum…you are not supposed to touch them. They have snorkel gear from Christmas one year. We borrowed life jackets for youngest and myself (being lazy, and I don’t dive anyway) with a driver’s license for the id that they hold while you borrow the jackets. After snorkeling, we went to the sea lion show and then let the kids play in the pool. Then we decided that we should head back before it got closer to the Park’s closing time at 4pm when everyone would want to a taxi. We were put in a van taxi with another family. Based on this, we did not know the price. Husband asked. Chankanaab is very nice. They also have swim with dolphins and manatees and zip lining. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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