501 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

This was our 21st cruise with Carnival. They get bigger but sorta remain the same. Being in VIP status I really felt sorry for those who were not. the embarkation lobby was totally packed and some said they waited as long as 3 hours to ... Read More
This was our 21st cruise with Carnival. They get bigger but sorta remain the same. Being in VIP status I really felt sorry for those who were not. the embarkation lobby was totally packed and some said they waited as long as 3 hours to board even though they arrived around 10:30 or 11:00. In other ports there are VIP lines that are easy to find and not near as crowed. Never found a VIP line and had to keep asking attendants every 20 to 30 feet.Close to 6000 on the boat counting the crew.. You knew there was a slew of them but overall we always found a place to sit after we had navagated the food lines. The ship is beautiful, rooms were great, service was great. The food is horrible and seems to be getting worse. Some ship restaurants are only open for short periods, like the Bar-ba-que place! and when its open the lines are incredible, a minimum of 25 minutes to get your food. Only open from 12 - 2:30 on sea days. We tried two of the for-fee restraurants and truly enjoyed the steak house. However the Italian restraurant was a real disappointment. The servers were awful. we kept seeing differnt ones who make the treck to our table. This group shoud be required to do some training in the main dining room so they can learn how to take care of the customer. We tried the burger joint and I could only finish about 1/4. They have some sort of seasoning on them and the were greasy and tasted awful. The fries were soggy and limp! there is a nice condiment line next to the burger joint that was really prepared nicely. The shows are awful, the Diva's show was a joke,. The sound would blow you away - liiterally, too loud. I hate to give up on carnival being we have VIP status, but there is no comparison to NCL, RC or Celebrity Lines even on this beaufiful ship. However I would consider the smaller less crowned shiips. As always, we never use the on board Cruise programs. We toured, swam, ate at every port and paid 50% less using local tour guides that what Carnival sold them for on board. Of course Carnival says they will match any price but who wants to go through that hassell.The ports were beautiful though and we really enjoyed them a lot. Still had a great time, and we enjoyed the best and fastest debarkation at each port than any other cruise. John from Atlanta Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This is my 4th Carnival cruise. The Breeze is the best. It's very well organized. And all the dining options were fantastic. I absolutely loved the Guy Fieri burger joint. Those burgers were a big hit in the group of 11 friends that I ... Read More
This is my 4th Carnival cruise. The Breeze is the best. It's very well organized. And all the dining options were fantastic. I absolutely loved the Guy Fieri burger joint. Those burgers were a big hit in the group of 11 friends that I traveled with. The Breeze had a lot more choices than any previous ship too. Like the Mongolian Wok and Fat Jimmy's BBQ. The evening dinners were always great on other ships, and the Breeze was no exception. This is the first time I've been on a Carnival cruise when the comedy performances we're in their own venue and not in the main theatre. I like the Punchliners atmosphere and smaller venue. Great ambiance for the comedians. I'm an inside cabin guy. I love having no light coming in the mornings, let's me sleep better and longer. This cabin was fine. There were a few times I could hear loud screaming in the casino below, but it didn't bother me falling to sleep. Like any other room, you could hear people walking/talking going down the hallway in front of your door. All in all, I loved the Breeze and would cruise with her again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was our 6th Cruise ... 5th Cruise with Carnival (4th different ship) and by far the best ship we have been on to date. The Ship was in great condition and very clean. It is well layed out and we found other areas are easy to access. ... Read More
This was our 6th Cruise ... 5th Cruise with Carnival (4th different ship) and by far the best ship we have been on to date. The Ship was in great condition and very clean. It is well layed out and we found other areas are easy to access. The color scheme looked very attractive. Our Embarkation process experience was the easiest we have experience to date. We arrived by cab from our hotel at approx 12:10pm and from the curb side to being on board took approx 15 mins. We were told our room would be ready at 12:30 so we headed to the LIDO deck for some lunch before going to our room. It was nice and relaxing. We enjoyed a burger from GUY's BURGER JOINT ... DELICIOUS! We went to our room around 1pm and it was ready as promised. Our room steward was wonderful. He took great care of us the entire week. Our room was clean and well supplied all week. We enjoyed very much the #Rhythmnation band that played nightly in the Ocean Plaza area. Our favorite was 80's night. They are awesome! I highly recommend you check them out if you are cruising the Breeze. The longest line we personally waited in for food was the pizza line but it was worth the wait. There were a few times we stopped by the Lido deck buffet area to get a snack and they were closed. Pizza, deli and ice cream were the only things available. That was a bit disappointing but we grabbed something else and were fine. The service in the Blush DIning room was a bit slower than we have experienced on other Ships but the wait staff was very kind and personable. The Food was mostly good. There were a couple of nights that I was hoping for more options.... Nothing to complain about. We met some wonderful people, had some great conversations and had an overal enjoyable experience. It was a GREAT cruise and we can't wait to go again!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We live in upstate NY and had to travel around the storm just to get to Miami in time for the cruise. We purchased "Faster to Fun" and had priority boarding. We did this for our last cruise and it is well worth the money. The ... Read More
We live in upstate NY and had to travel around the storm just to get to Miami in time for the cruise. We purchased "Faster to Fun" and had priority boarding. We did this for our last cruise and it is well worth the money. The Breeze is big but it doesn't take long to figure things out. Food was good both in the Main Dining room and buffet. We have no complaints about lines. The only lines we saw at the buffet line was during the chocolate buffet. Don't know if we always hit the buffet at good times but no complaints. We were on the deck at 7:00 am to get chairs and were one of the few that stayed with our chairs. Cruise ships really should crack down on people reserving 10+ chairs and going back to bed and coming back hours later. Unfair. We saw a couple of arguments over reserving of chairs. Guys' burgers still my families fave along with the burritos @ the Blue Iguana. Comedy shows, hypnotist were good shows. The revue shows were far from great but if you like those sort of shows, I guess they were entertaining. We weren't big fans. Usually we like Karaoke but it was overrun by Country and we could only list too so much of that before we had enough. The ship band was pretty good so we would sit and listen to them on occasion. Movies on the Lido deck were always enjoyable and they had at least one just about every night, although one night the Hunger Games was turned off before it was over...cruisers were not happy. There is alot to do on this ship if you really want to be kept busy. Can't complain about that. Ports: Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba were all very nice. Dominican not much to see there unless you are like us and like looking out your window and seeing one field after another. We would definitely cruise on the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was our fifth cruise overall, and our second with Carnival, first on the Breeze. Like a lot of other passengers we met, we experienced some challenges getting to Miami due to horrible winter winter throughout the eastern half of the ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise overall, and our second with Carnival, first on the Breeze. Like a lot of other passengers we met, we experienced some challenges getting to Miami due to horrible winter winter throughout the eastern half of the country. Our flight out of Moline, Illinois for Friday morning was canceled late Thursday, and we had to drive three hours to Chicago Midway in the middle of the night to make our connection, but once we boarded our flight, our travel problems were over. We stayed Friday night in a very nice Hampton Inn and Suites in Doral, and took a van with another couple to the Port. The charge was $55 per couple, almost exactly the same as a taxi cost to come back to the hotel the day we returned. We were told not to arrive before 1 pm, but we got there about 11:55 am, and the embarkation process went very smoothly, and we were on board ship by about 12:20. Our cabin was not quite ready, so we headed up to the Lido deck for what would be the first of many lunches at Guy Fieri's hamburger joint. We were able to get into our cabin and unpack by about 1:30. We had a "cove balcony," which was located on the second deck. It was a great location, very close to the forward elevators Our departure time was held up for about 75 minutes to accommodate some of the late-arriving passengers effected by the bad weather. First some notes on the ship itself. It is the most recent addition to the Carnival fleet, and it is a beautiful ship that we found to be in spotless condition. We had to ask our cabin steward to re-configure the single beds into a queen-size, which he did immediately, and he kept our room very clean and supplied with fresh towels throughout the cruise. The cove balcony cabins are only about 30 feet above the water, and when you are cruising, you really get an enhanced sense of being at sea with the crashing waves so close. There was really a wide variety of age groups represented on this cruise, with a surprisingly large number of kids, but most were well-behaved and never caused us any concern with regard to excessive noise or running around late at night. I would rate the food overall as "good." The Lido deck buffet stations were what you would expect, pretty good variety and the lines were never overly long. The made-to-order omelets were very good. We had selected "anytime" seating, which meant all of our dining room dinners were on the third deck of the Sapphire Room, which was the forward restaurant. Those with assigned dining times were on the fourth deck of the Sapphire Room and both decks of the Blush Restaurant at the aft of the ship. We were able to eat brunch in the Blush Room twice. It was only open for brunch on sea days, but the food was very good and the ocean views were spectacular. The dinner menus in the Sapphire Room were varied, but nothing special in terms of quality. I selected prime rib on two occasions and was disappointed with both. If you order a baked potato, be sure and stress to your waiter to make sure it is cooked all the way through. Since we sat at different tables every night, I don't think we ever had the same wait staff, but we had no complaints with the service at any time, and we never had to wait more than a few minutes between courses. My wife really enjoys the opportunity to meet people and our dinners gave us the opportunity to do that. On prior cruises, we have often been seated at tables for eight. On the Breeze, there seemed to be a lot of tables for two, that are set up very close to other tables for two. We were able to enjoy conversations with people at the adjoining tables, but it wasn't really like we were "sharing" a table. We never took the opportunity to check out the Italian restaurant or the Steakhouse, although most of the comments we heard about them were positive. As far as the rest of the ship's restaurants, we didn't try the Sushi restaurant, the Indian restaurant of the Blue Iguana Mexican restaurant. As I mentioned earlier, I ate lunch most days at Guy's Burger Joint, which I recommend highly. There is also a 24-hour pizza restaurant. On one of the sea days, we tried Fat Jimmy's C-Side Bar-B-Q on deck 5. The line was very long, but it moved along pretty well. The food was OK, but not hot. As far as shipboard entertainment, we attended two of the shows: "Latin Nights" on Friday, and "60s British Invasion" on Saturday. The singers and dancers were talented enough, but the overall presentations were just fair, although we liked the '60s British show more than "Latin Nights." Far more enjoyable, in terms of entertainment, was the George Lopez "Punchliner" Comedy Club. We attended the "adults only" sessions all five nights they were available, and had a great time each night. We saw one show each by Jaylyn Bishop, Mike Lukas and Just June, and two by Pat Godwin. If I were rating these comics, I would give a solid "A" to the first three and an "A+" for Pat Godwin. The venue for the comedy is the Limelight Lounge, and it is not a particularly big room. I'd recommend getting there at least a half hour before show time, but it was definitely worth the effort. With regard to the ports.....Monday, we were in Grand Turk until we sailed at 1:30 pm. Grand Turk is a very small island, and we spent the morning at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Restaurant, which featured a swimming pool which wound its way through the property, where you could pick out a deck chair and enjoy the sun, the pool and a beverage or two, which was very relaxing. Tuesday, we docked in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, and took the Carnival tour to Altos de Chavon, where we ate lunch and explored the town. On Wednesday in Curacao, we just went on our own, walking around the town for several hours....one suggestion, don't get too far off the main streets, as it gets a little dicey once you stray a couple of blocks from the river. On Thursday in Aruba, we found a tour for about half of what the Carnival tour was asking, and we spent about three hours checking out a variety of scenic locations and beaches. After lunch on the ship, we went back for another hour or two checking out the shops within walking distance of the ship. No beaches, no snorkeling this trip, just some slow paced walking and window shopping. To sum up our cruise, any time you can get away from snow and below zero temperatures, it can't possibly be a bad thing, so I would rate our cruise experience as very good. This ship itself is fantastic, the weather was perfect, we met a lot of very friendly people, the hot tubs were warm and relaxing, and we found the ship's crew to be friendly and accommodating. Don't miss the Punchliner Comedy Club or Guy's Burger Joint. We would certainly be happy to take another cruise on the Breeze. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Our first cruise was on the Valor, our second cruise was on the Dream and last year and the year before was on the Breeze, we have not had one issue on either ship. the food was great, the staff was excellent and knew all our names with a ... Read More
Our first cruise was on the Valor, our second cruise was on the Dream and last year and the year before was on the Breeze, we have not had one issue on either ship. the food was great, the staff was excellent and knew all our names with a day, rooms were very clean, we are now going on the Sunshine this March, we can't wait and are looking forward to it, the price of the cruise is very affordable, we have two teen age boys that have enjoyed every minute of every cruise, We also travel with cousins that have two small kids that love it too, we started with a seven day and moved up to an 8 day cruise and probably will not go back to a seven day one, we love the extra day....I see a lot of bad reviews on a lot of the ships but its everyone personal opinion weather bad or good,,,just saying that there might be bad reviews but there are a lot of awesome review, so go and have the experience and check it out for yourself, we love everything about Carnival Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Confession right at the start, we are regular Carnival Cruises with more than 20 cruises with Carnival in the past 10 years. We left Canada and drove to Miami to catch the Carnival Breeze. We spent one night prior to the cruise in ... Read More
Confession right at the start, we are regular Carnival Cruises with more than 20 cruises with Carnival in the past 10 years. We left Canada and drove to Miami to catch the Carnival Breeze. We spent one night prior to the cruise in Miramar, Florida at the Residence Inn which enabled us to have a great night's sleep and a good breakfast pre-cruise ($109 incl tax and free breakfast/parking). Unlike previous cruises we decided to skip the hassle of finding cheaper parking, etc and opted for parking in the garage at the pier. With kids it was well worth the money to have reduced stress. As is normally the case for us, we recruited several newbies to cruise along with us in the hopes that they too would develop a cruising addiction and contribute to keeping our favorite cruise line afloat, LOL. Our travel party included my parents (mid 60s), my husband and I (40 and 54) our daughters (4,14,23), our friends (35 and 50) and their four kids (18, 13, 9,4). I booked all of the cruises through an extraordinary Carnival PVP I have used for the last 10 or so cruises. We picked this cruise ship and itinerary for the following reasons in pretty much this order: 1. Parents are a little bit picky and would not have appreciated the Las Vegas glitz of the older ships. 2. Kids were very excited about the ropes course and waterworks. 3. The price was ridiculously low ($1200 for 4ppl, inside on deck 8 FWD) 4. Recommendation from our PVP based on her knowledge of Parents (lol) Embarkation: We arrived at the port at noon, dropped off the luggage, double checked documents, did a fresh head count, dealt with minor toddler temper tantrum and started our trip through security at 12:30. Security was no problem, a little gruff with our youngest but no major issues. We've been platinum for quite some time so we are familiar with the embarkation drill. We sent our newbies off by themselves to the regular line and we went to the Captain's lounge. Here our cruise experience met with our only really major negatives. The embarkation agent was hostile and I do not use that term lightly because I am generally pretty easy going. We waited 26 minutes in a mostly empty lounge before being called to the counter to check in with Ms. Personality. She was irritated by every small item that came up, for instance we had our eldest daughter's boyfriend with us, he was a newbie, she is platinum, he had a cash account, she was on our credit card. The agent started into a rant about mixed up accounts, etc...and I finally had enough and explained that this wasn't our first rodeo and that no other agent had any similar issues on the previous cruises. She toned down a bit but was frustrated when she misplaced papers, etc, just not our normal embarkation experience. Had to laugh though when our 10 newbie cruises went through the regular and very busy lines and we went to the Platinum lounge and they were all having lunch by the time we finally made it to the ship. And as one last embarkation pain in the butt, when we got to the upstairs check-in where they put your card in none of them worked and we had to wait for all new cards and new pictures to be taken. The folks that did this part for us were awesome though and we chalked it up to travel glitches and smiled and laughed. Our cabins were all ready, luggage arrived within one hour of boarding for all of us except one suitcase didn't arrive until 5 o'clock but no one really cared. The ship is beautiful. The colours are beautiful, the décor is tasteful. Definitely the nicest Carnival ship we have ever sailed and if the only thing that decided our vacation choices was the décor, we'd only ever sail the Breeze. LOL. Dining: Dining on the Lido was very good. Wok was exceptional in service and in food quality and the lines were not horrible (about 15 minutes each time) but the food was certainly worth the wait. Guy's burgers were appreciated by most of my party (except for my little vegetarian and those of us watching our diet). The service at Guys was very very good. Friendly and efficient even when guests were neither polite nor appreciative at times. The buffet was the buffet, same as it normally is when we sail. If you go hungry you've done something wrong. We did eat at El Capitanos, the food was very good, the service was slow but friendly. The food portions served are far larger than necessary but that is a no win situation for the cruise line I am sure. The Pizza place was efficient and happy to make special orders. We prefer the old Carnival pizza but that doesn't mean that the current pizza isn't very good, it's just a matter of choice. We laughed that the staff in this area came to know our eldest as their middle of the night cheese pizza extra parmesan to the point that they teased her when she ordered it in the afternoon. The dining room itself was okay. We had a very good Head Waitress and reasonably good asst waiter. They still serve far too many people at once and no matter how good they are you can tell that they are struggling. We always go with Assigned dining since we had terrible experiences with anytime dining on previous cruises. The Maitre'd did an excellent job of accommodating our party of 14 at two adjoining tables and we really appreciated his efforts in this respect. The food itself was good, not outstanding but definitely good. We were delighted that the wait staff made every effort to bring the kids meals and their deserts quickly so that it minimized our need to control the kids in that environment for any longer than necessary. The dining room did not yield any WOW experiences for us but neither did it leave us feeling disappointed in any way. Another note on the dining front is just one small point pertaining to vegetarian selections. There was no veggie burger at Guys. There were very limited vegetarian selections in the dining room and other than salad and the Wok there were limited choices on the Lido. As more folks are trying to eat better, it sure would be nice to have this option expanded. Not a complaint, more of an observation. Our vegetarian didn't starve but she sure was happy to have a meal at home, LOL. Camp Carnival/Circle C, Etc. The kids entertainment was very good this time. The staff went the extra mile to really try to encourage the shy kids to come and attend camp and as a parent I very much appreciated their efforts. I was delighted by the extra care and concern they showed with our youngest who was not so sure that she wanted to be separated from her mom (even though mom really really wanted to curl up with a good book and a cold drink on a comfy chair by the whirlpool) None of our kids spent copious amounts of time in any of the children's activities since we cruise with the kids to spend time with the kids but we certainly made use of their services enough to say that they were very good. We did not take the youngest two off the ship in Jamaica and were very pleased that Camp Carnival had a full day of fun lined up for them and that they didn't pass any judgement regarding our decision not to take them ashore. Entertainment: Well Good and Bad on this front. Like many loyal Carnival cruises we miss the live calypso bands on the Lido. We are not prudes but were sufficiently shocked at a couple of the DJs song choices at midday on the Lido when we had our kids in the pool. Movies on the Lido: there was not one single day where the movie listed in the Funtimes was the same movie that played on the big screen, LOL. other than that our families did enjoy a couple of evenings at the Seaside theatre. Movies in the Room: Really really wish that Carnival would make a concerted effort to play an animated movie every day in the cabin. The cartoon channels they offer are AWFUL and there are times with small children that a couple of hours of downtime in the cabin is a good thing. We did have a couple of days with decent selections but they did not coincide with the days that our kids needed to slow down for a bit. Karaoke: Extremely disappointed. We love going to this event and it was hosted at very strange times during the week and in strange locations, like the middle of the promenade. The other surprise was that on the one night that it was advertised to in the lounge from 8 until LATE, it turned out that LATE was not even midnight. This was very very odd based on our past experience and it left several people in our party very disappointed. Another example of odd time, on one evening it started at 5 and went until 7:30....no matter how you slice that one it doesn't work with dinner. Theatre: Well we were very prepared to be disappointed with the changes to the shows, in fact we were bracing ourselves for it. But we were actually pleasantly surprised. The shows were definitely different and once you accepted that you could definitely appreciate what they were. The dancers and the singers were very good, high energy, friendly. We sat in the front row every night with our large party and were thrilled when the Lead actually stayed behind one evening to talk and on another evening the dancers posed for pictures with the kids. Honestly, were we disappointed with the lack of big theatrical productions, yes. But were we disappointed in the shows they did have, No. Itinerary: Well, we've been there, done this a few times now but we had newbies with us so we did try to do our best. Grand Cayman, beautiful as always, many of us grabbed a stingray city tour from the pier, booked same day in person, it was great. Everyone had a blast ($31 each, negotiated small kids for free) we did the same thing that everyone else did but in a smaller group of 20 ppl (an hour on the sandbar, an hour snorkel, prepared conch salad on the sail back to the marina and the bus return to the pier) Great day. Jamaica, is my least favorite port next to Nassau. We made the decision to leave the smallest kids on the ship. I negotiated a tour to Dunns River Falls for half of our party that wanted to go and experience that and then a few others just wanted to do a little shopping/beach. By the time they had been exposed to the sales pitches inside of the gates most of those that remained just wanted to return to the ship and enjoy it half empty. So we had a nice easy day of swimming and eating and reading and repeat. Grand Turk, we love. It's not big, it's not fancy, but it is easy. On previous trips we had done more exploring but this time it was nice just to spend some time at the beach followed by some time in the pool followed by an early return to the ship. It was VERY HOT that day and it was nice to return to the ship a little early ahead of the crowds. Disembarkation: Efficient. Well coordinated. We had a leisurely breakfast in the dining room and left the ship when we were ready. Did the great luggage treasure hunt because we were spread over a couple of different carousels but no major issue and plenty of Carnival staff around to assist. A bit of a long wait for customs, but it always feels longer because you have your bags and little people who are tired of waiting. Summary: We had a great cruise. Would we cruise this ship again? Probably, although our preference is definitely the smaller ships with fewer people even though they have less amenities. Did we have any major issues? No. Did we have some small issues? Yes, we had a cranky embarkation agent, some entertainment disappointments and we encountered some folks who should have had their drinking privileges suspended long before we encountered them.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just came back from Carnival Breeze Cruise, it was my wife's Birthday and a surprise from me. We had lots of fun and especially with the excellent services given to us from House keeping Samantha who was ever ready to go out of her ... Read More
Just came back from Carnival Breeze Cruise, it was my wife's Birthday and a surprise from me. We had lots of fun and especially with the excellent services given to us from House keeping Samantha who was ever ready to go out of her way to keep things right, and the warm welcome from special services from Matradee Constantine who we met for the second time and Marccin with our lovely Servers and Stewards Nicolete, Nicola and Muhammed at the Dinning room Blush including the great night with formal night entertainments especially The Britts but still need more variety of shows. Photographers Vanesa, Nancy and Krystania who were pleasant and helped us with photos with lovely back drops and also took the time to make us look like celebrities. Prompt Room services overall the ship was clean and spotless. Spa team with their fabulous services was good but we did not appreciate their individual gratuity charges for every treatment they provided which included their Signature discount packages no matter whether they were 20%, 30% or 40% off and we were on Cloud 9 Spa Deck but did not benefit much. Otherwise, Breeze is a Great ship with great team of warm people and especially when dining at the Blush with lovely team, close attention and above all their service with a big smile made us feel like family and at home. Miss you all and hope to see you soon in future cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My wife and I have just returned from an 8-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. This was a much anticipated voyage as we were very eager to be aboard a carnival ship that wasn't designed by someone obviously on an LSD trip. This was our ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from an 8-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. This was a much anticipated voyage as we were very eager to be aboard a carnival ship that wasn't designed by someone obviously on an LSD trip. This was our 28th cruise, most have been on Carnival or RCCL. The Breeze did not disappoint. This was among our top 4-5 favorite cruises and it is going to take a bit of an effort to find flaws here. The Breeze belongs on your bucket list. If you have some negative, preconceived opinions about Carnival, they will disappear after a week on this ship! Pros: We've all read about super-fast checkin and how we can be in our staterooms in record time, the Breeze has established a new standard, although this is partly due to our Platinum VIFP status. We checked in at the airport in Miami, with nobody in queue at the Platinum/Diamond line. We had our room keys before our luggage was off the airplane. When we arrived at the ship terminal, we bypassed every line with our "Priority Boarding" card. This is a great way to start a vacation! The ship is spotless and the most beautiful ship we've been on. A very welcome experience, having just come off Carnival's ugliest ship, Splendor, in November. There is always someone cleaning up, mopping up or picking up. We enjoy being in beautiful surroundings and this is the ship for that. Every area of the ship is gorgeous. There was not one room that we felt was gaudy and/or in poor taste. Again, it's even more dramatic because we have a fresh comparison with the ugly duckling. Entertainment: we didn't see every show and there were some last minute schedule changes due to some entertainers unable to get aboard on time. There was weather that affected flights at least twice, but that didn't make much difference to us, although we missed a magic show that conflicted with the Chef's Table. That was disappointing but has nothing to do with Carnival or the Breeze. The Brits is a show about the British music invasion of the 60's. This is an excellent production; an excellent show. The comedy shows, although we only made it to one of them, are great. The Thrill Theater is great, although the films are generally juvenile. We bought the $14.95 unlimited pass and saw all 6 films. We love a good piano bar, but never made it to this very tastefully decorated bar. Photos: the photo backdrops littering the promenades along with way too many photographers, has long been the most annoying thing to me about Carnival cruises, but on this ship, they are tucked away in a manner that makes them plainly visible, but completely out of the way. They aren't invading the space intended for something else. This is a huge improvement! Sports Zone/Kid Zone: these areas are not for us, but are certainly well thought out, massive and well funded. We imagined taking our grandchildren there someday. Stateroom: we book an inside cabin at least ¾ of the time and have never been disappointed. This room, 8430, has more room to walk between the bed and the wall then I usually see, and plenty of closet space. We slept great, no complaints. Dining: we found the food, across the board, to be excellent! We ate at almost every venue; the pub, the burger joint, Bonsai, the MDR, the Deli, even the Lido Marketplace was good. That whole buffet area on the Lido deck, on any ship, always has at least two huge negatives for us: the food is marginal and the seating areas are over-crowded. Not on the Breeze. I would not expect much from chafing dish food anywhere, it is what it is, but if you can't find a place to sit, you won't enjoy your food no matter how good. On this ship, there was always plenty of places to sit. It was truly remarkable. The chef's table was over the top, as expected, but the free food was great. At no venue, did we eat anything that we felt was unacceptable. Usually, the food was better than expected. The Cucina del Capitano is a standout because, at $12, it is a bargain and the food was exceptional. I am disappointed that we didn't make it there a second time. As I said, it is a challenge to find negatives on this ship, but I'll give it a shot. Cons: Cruise Director: Pete, the CD, was the most invisible CD I've ever experienced on any ship. It may be a stretch to call this a negative though. Some of these people are trying too hard to be memorable and to steal the show, perhaps Pete's invisible style is another positive. We did not need him to have a great time on this vessel. Punchliner: it sucks that they empty the theater after every show. When 100's of people spill out into the promenade to queue up for the next show, the area is overwhelmed with people. The line up is a hundred yards long. They need to do something about this. Piano bar is closed at a weird time. We like going to the piano bar after dinner, but here the piano player is off from 7:45-9:30 ( I think that's right). This is the time that we would be heading out of dinner. Seems odd. This is one of our best cruises ever. We had already been to all the ports. We cruised for the ship and it did not let us down. This is a great ship, a great time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. We picked this ship because of timing/price and Breeze being a new ship. Embarkation was really fast, got into the building by 11 and on the ship by 11:45. They even had our rooms ready by 12:30... ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. We picked this ship because of timing/price and Breeze being a new ship. Embarkation was really fast, got into the building by 11 and on the ship by 11:45. They even had our rooms ready by 12:30... excellent job Breeze.  Our room steward was friendly he greeted us first evening and asked if we needed anything.  He was efficient and had our room ready twice a day when we were out on the ship.  We loved the ship and the new decor. Glad Carnival moved past bright neon colors/lights. This is rather large ship with almost 3K customers + 1K staff.  We only noticed crowds at pool and lack of chairs at main pools.  Otherwise food lines were not that bad. First night we found out our table was in a really odd space.  We sat nice to very nice family from Canada but we could NOT stand the location.  There was a window but late dinning means nothing to see outside.   Other 3 sides were covered with wall so you feel like enclosed on a restaurant on shore...  We requested a change and they put us in the main dining area and we loved that place.  Dinning staff Mr. Pedro and Mr. Santos were great.  Carnival has started calling everyone by name so they always talked to us by first name.  Service was prompt and efficient.  I would say dinning room staff was on top 10% of service we have had on Carnival.  We tried multiple appetizers and entries (Though 2 entries are too much to finish).  Food was very good. We didn't try specialty dining. Shows were very good too. Liked the Divas one night and Latin nights other time. Good singers/dancers.  If you get a chance to sit lower lever close to stage it's a different experience vs. balcony.  Carnival has moved the late show time to 9:30 PM (with late dining 8:15:9:30 or so) there is not much time to cross length of ship and find seats...  One can catch early show before dinner but with formal nights/pictures that was not possible.  Comedian/juggler show was nice too. During the day Hasbro game show is worth going to. I loved how they have expanded the lido deck and sports deck. I always walked on the jogging track watching sports activities (they had organize volleyball, dodge ball etc.), Mini golf is very nice too.  Rope course was not open MOST of the time which was disappointing.  Water park is on the other side of pool covering 2 levels, very nice. Enjoyed the Drainpipe ride. I remember in 2000 ships didn't have that many activities for small kids, now they have their own water park very nice. We were on deck 6 and below us was open area. One nice thing Carnival did is add the wrap around deck extending quite far. One benefit I can see is no one will fall overboard :-) May be broken bones but not in the ocean!. There are at least 6 hot tubs so you can find a spot even with this many people on board. Market place buffet always had variety of food but my favorite was Guy's burger and BlueIguana.  First day we also tried Tandoor (nice variety of India food). Overall very nice cruise experience, Carnival met all the expectations and we had a fun time. Though as my son commented everything seems the same (food, shows) after taking 3 cruise in last 3 years. Time to wait for new ship Vista or try another cruise company for a change. Port reviews listed below, we didn't use Carnival excursions as they were expensive. Grand Turk - no need for excursion of you just want to relax, everything is free right there as this area is controlled by Carnival. Ocho Rios - We wanted to do Blue Hole which was not available via Carnival. Grand Cayman - Wanted to snorkel/Stingray and used Capt. Marvin which I had used 10 years back. Carnival has price match guarantee but it's not worth the hassle as some excursions are not exactly same. Debarkation - We were not in a hurry so we got zone 30, had minimal carry on and rest of bags were put out previous night. We got breakfast and emptied cabin by 8:30. Waited at pool lido deck till 10:30 when we were called. Luggage was ready once we got out. Nice job. Overall very fun cruise... Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Considering weather for a February cruise, we decided to fly to Miami a day early. AA flight change in DFW was delayed over 2 hours. At first they announced the seats needed attending to and later the oxygen masks in row 8 wouldn’t stay ... Read More
Considering weather for a February cruise, we decided to fly to Miami a day early. AA flight change in DFW was delayed over 2 hours. At first they announced the seats needed attending to and later the oxygen masks in row 8 wouldn’t stay up. We all finally agreed the pilot was drunk and AA couldn’t find a replacement even at their home base of Dallas. Finally arriving in Miami at 12:30am, we were all disappointed to walk 20 minutes to luggage claim as no trams or customer service wagons were available. I felt sorry for the elderly with canes. AA should be ashamed! I also need to mention my luggage was pilfered at DFW. Usually when TSA inspects, they leave a letter so I don’t know if my property was stolen by them or American luggage handlers. There’s really nothing I can do but post everywhere thieves are at work in DFW. BEWARE! We’d booked a night with the Miami Doubletree and they were there to pick us up. What a pleasure after the flight to find a nice room ready! The concierge booked a shuttle the next morning for our ride to the cruise port. Arriving at the port, we dropped off our luggage, got through security and were on the ship by noon. What a great experience. Carnival’s Miami port really knows what they’re doing. The Breeze is certainly a sight to enjoy. It’s not as gaudy as some ships, think Freedom with blue heads everywhere. The warm colors, straight lines and occasional bling for splash are well done. We’d booked a balcony on deck 9 but were moved to Lido deck 10. It was my first experience with a connecting cabin and can’t imagine Carnival thinking it could ever be considered an upgrade. We had trouble with the family of idiots next door quite a bit. The yelling and door slamming through the night wasn’t as bad as the kids trying to come through the connecting door at odd hours. I asked them several times to leave the door alone and they remembered for maybe a day and a half at a time. The only thing negative about this cruise were the passengers. Not only the neighbors but the other idiotic, rude people. First stop, Grand Turk. We were there last October and had such a great time snorkeling, we decided to do it again. Most passengers headed to Margaritaville to the left so we went to the right for more “breathing room”. We soon discovered low tide is not a good time to get in the water at Grand Turk without water shoes due to the rocks. Knee deep is as far as you get without injury. Remember – bring water shoes to Grand Turk because when Margaritaville fills up, you’ll need them to enter the water. The Dufry’s duty free shop you pass through to get to the beach sells small airplane size bottles of liquor but be advised since everything is duty free, you can’t take them to the island, only the ship. I don’t want to knock Grand Turk as it is a wonderful place but want to pass on helpful information. We had a great time lying in the sun listens to fantastic live Caribbean music. Next stop, La Romana, Dominican Republic. We couldn’t find much information about La Romana on the internet before leaving so had no idea what to do, adventure day! Getting off the ship we saw a little train and asked a young lady holding a sign about it. She told us round trip to town was $5 and runs were made every 15 minutes. We thanked her and walked on to see what else was available. Lines and confusion seemed be the staple of the morning. There was a small hut where people were lined up apparently to buy tickets for the train which we decided to do. Having our turn at the window we were told the cost was $19. I immediately balked telling them the lady told me the cost was $5. I was politely re-informed the cost was $19 and they had no one working near the ‘Choo-Choo” to quote a price. Well darn, we went ahead and bought the tickets which by the way were charged to our sail and sign card. A small comfort knowing the ship was involved. We later discovered the $5 trip is by bus which is located inside an open terminal to the right as you get off the ship. There’s also an information area there so don’t think twice, go to the right. Boarding our little Choo-Choo we got very cozy with our fellow passengers crammed in and set out on our La Romana adventure. The driver was explaining the sights over an intercom but since the speaker near our car was inoperative, we only heard mumbles as we drove past kids playing ball in a field and houses and yards. Arriving in town we stopped at a flea market for shopping. Canopies, tables, vendors everywhere selling the same things at the best prices my friend. After several no thank you’ s, it started raining so we found a dry spot in the center of the market under a raised stage where a few youngsters performed a dancing demonstration. The rain stopped after a couple of dances and well deserved tips so we continued on. My wife lost hope of getting some Larimer as I ended up buying a bottle of local Brugal rum and a few cigars. Before boarding the Choo-Choo for the return we asked one last time if any stores in the area took credit cards. A man pointed down the street and directed us to “Jumbo”. Walking a few blocks we discovered Jumbo is a supermarket and didn’t sell jewelry. A man at the door directed us to a shop a couple of blocks away to La Tambora. Leave the market, this is the place to shop to use a Visa card. They have a nice assortment of Larimar and amber and will allow you to perform the necessary tests for authenticity. This is where we also found out the city has official guides. La Romana has city guides wearing blue T-shirts with numbers and names on the back. Their job is to help tourists and our guide did a very good job. I recommend looking for number 4, Rolando, proud golf caddie for House Speaker Tip O’Neill in the 1990s. Third stop, Curacao. We love Curacao and enjoy riding the Loco bus but since we were in after 2 pm, we decided to just hang out in town. As soon as we got to the swinging bridge the bells started ringing letting everyone know the bridge would swing open for ship traffic. While most tourists crowded around wondering what was happening, we quickly made our way through the crowd, down the street to the ferry that runs while the bridge is out of service. Funny thing was, when we made our return, the bridge was open again so we got to ride the ferry twice! Getting off the ferry on our return, we noticed a new sidewalk bar area, “Don Carlos”. I suggest stopping by Don Carlos across from the ferry to have Jerry make an extremely refreshing mojito or two! For 5 bucks you get an awesome drink, a table and umbrella with a beautiful view, nice breeze and fantastic company, just ask your spouse! Completely refreshed, we made our way back to the ship for dinner. After dinner we went back out to enjoy the nearby casino. The only disappointment Curacao provided was the fact that the colorful buildings are no longer lit up at night. Last stop – Aruba! Needing a little beach time, we walked across the street from the port area and caught the local bus. You can no longer get day pass for $5 but a ride for two is under $5, a better deal I think. We rode to the hotel zone and got off at Palm Beach. While swimming near the Ritz Carlton, a gentleman found a huge starfish as big as a dinner plate and someone else picked one up just a bit smaller. They were so beautiful, I only hope they put them back and didn’t needlessly kill them. They’d never dry out and be smell free for them to take home. Wanting to make a purchase in the cruise terminal, I was surprised to learn our terminal had no credit card machine but was able to go the next terminal where Royal Caribbean was docked and use my card. Back to the ship. This was cruise 13 for me and 14 for my wife aboard Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess. I have to say, passengers aside, this was one of the best cruises we’ve had and the service was at the top. The Carnival Breeze staff and crew performed admirably. The dining room food was great typical cruise fare with many dining venues throughout the ship. We usually ask for a large table in the center of the dining room to meet and enjoy new people. The bottom floor of the Sapphire dining room is reserved for any time guests only, so a large round table in the center is out of the question for reserved dining. Guy Fieri’s burger joint has got the best burgers at sea hands down and the Red Frog has the best homebrew. The first day we found Cucina del Capitano for lunch and were surprised by the delicious food and lack of people. This is the place to eat lunch the first day as most don’t know it exists. Beware, once they find out, it’s packed. Brunch at the Blush is the way to go for breakfast. Civilized dining as opposed to the madhouse Lido buffet is always preferred and the steak and eggs are wonderful. Fahrenheit 555 Steak House is by far the best we’ve had, the filet mignon is a must have! The shows were okay and I have to complain about the “soundman”. Apparently the sound mixer on the Breeze is so deaf he thinks everyone else needs to be as well. I avoided the Lido deck the first couple days and had to put tissue in my ears during a couple of shows because the volume was irritating and greatly distracted from any enjoyment. This must be the reason people screamed and yelled in the hallways. I guess many people complained as the Lido was turned down after a couple of days. Disembarkation was the smoothest ever. Off the ship and in a taxi within about 20 minutes. Miami airport gets a bash for being the most confusing and chaotic airport ever. Leaving the taxi we entered the airport wondering where to check in. The place was crazy and every AA staff we asked told us to keep walking to the next area for what seemed like 95 times. American Airlines at MIA really needs to put easily identifiable signage for people not familiar with this airport and explain to their employees that not everyone knows the place. American Airlines was certainly not a bright spot of this vacation. Thank goodness the Carnival Breeze was an awesome Bright Spot. This ship and staff certainly give the competition a run for their money. Overall we loved the cruise and can’t wait for the next!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We have been out on Carnival 40 sea days over the last 10 years. We have taken our teenagers, our parents, and traveled with friends. This time we went with a couple that had never been on a cruise that are good friends of ours. We had ... Read More
We have been out on Carnival 40 sea days over the last 10 years. We have taken our teenagers, our parents, and traveled with friends. This time we went with a couple that had never been on a cruise that are good friends of ours. We had heard the Carnival Breeze was a super nice ship and the 2nd biggest in the Carnival fleet. Well, they were right..Overall the ship was the best we had been on and the amount of passengers was over 4100 and about 1500 crew members. I always like to tell a little about each aspect of the embarkation-debarkation as it always helps new cruisers. Embarkation-Even though they say you can't board until 1pm we always get there early around 12pm and start boarding. It went very fast and we were probably on the ship in 30 minutes. The couple we were with had birth certificates and they had split us in two lines. If you do have a passport it is a much faster line when you check in at the desk to get your ship card. Once we got to our counter the lady noticed we were travelling with two others and asked us where they were. Well we told her they had to go to other line and she told us to go get them. She was a very nice and funny and we had a good time with her!!! Once we were on board of course we went to eat like always. Went to room after we ate and our luggage was there by 4pm. The ship had some great eating places..Our favorite was Guy's Burgers and the Wok..They had a nice Taco/Burrito bar as well. On sea days they have a BBQ restaurant that is very good but it's just two days on your cruise. We don't like Sushi but it was always full. The Marketplace was the main buffets and same thing for Breakfast every morning but good. We didn't eat much off them for lunch or dinner. We did eat at Deli a few times. We had dinner in the main dining room I believe three days. Lobster night was the best. They had two pay restaurants one being a Steakhouse and one being an Italian. We didn't eat at them. This ship had more food options than any other ship we have been on. Entertainment was great..The entertainment staff was excellent and Butch and Brittany were the best we have seen for cruise directors. Always full of energy and always saying hi!! There is always something to do on the cruise..You just have to go do it. The adult comedy was great and Percey Crews 2 was awesome. He was from St. Louis Mo so from our home state. The shows were good and the juggler/comedian was a hoot!! Service is always A+. from the buffets, dining room, bar staff, to your room!! We don't have small children but the waterpark was huge and any kid that was on there looked liked they had a blast!!! The Serenidty deck was always packed on sea days..Hard to get a lounger up there. A nice quieter place to go.. Disembarkation was not too bad but we waited for the last to be called as we had an afternoon flight. The lady that checked us in was there and we laughed and talked with her!! She was a hoot and friendly!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was my first B2B cruise; did the 8N followed by the 6N(my 30th and 31st cruises) Embarkation: I arrived at Miami airport where Carnival has a check-in counter in the baggage claim area. They tell you to collect your baggage prior to ... Read More
This was my first B2B cruise; did the 8N followed by the 6N(my 30th and 31st cruises) Embarkation: I arrived at Miami airport where Carnival has a check-in counter in the baggage claim area. They tell you to collect your baggage prior to check-in; however, unless you are taking a Carnival transfer to the port, check in first and then collect your bags to avoid the crowds that gather following baggage pick-up. Once you check in, once you get to the port terminal all you have to do is show your room key and you will go right through. Very simple and painless. Cabins: Booked an inside cabin, no issue except it was on deck #2 in the rear and you could hear the engine noise every time we docked; also the walls seemed very thin as I could hear my neighbors every so often late at night and early in the morning; otherwise I was a happy camper. Dining/Food: I selected “anytime dining;” initially anytime dinning was a total disaster - waiting time just to get into the dining room was 30 minutes, so what was the point. However, it seemed that the masses wanted to eat between 6:30-7:00pm, so I made a few adjustments, worked with the Hostesses, and it eventually worked out smoothly. Dining room fare was fine - nothing superb except for the yummy Lamb Chops. I am not a big breakfast person so I often stopped at deck 5 mid ship/Ocean Plaza where a small continental breakfast buffet + scrambled eggs was set-up. Very nice place to relax - no crowds plus you can eat outside on the deck and enjoy the breeze. For lunch, the choices are endless, from Indian, Pizza, BBQ, and Mexican - I could go on and on; more than enough to satisfy even the most finicky eaters. Lunch time seemed to be my favorite. Public Rooms: The ship features simple neutral colors unlike other Carnival ships; the 4th and 5th decks serve as the main hub of activity, i.e., shops, casino, lounges, photo, and library. A HUGE TV screen is on deck #10 overlooking the pool. This screen displayed various scenes of concerts during the day, but evening showings included movies with popcorn if you could eat another bite. The casino, though not smoke free, was acceptable, and the Texas Hold’em tables were usually busy. Entertainment: You will find music playing at several locations throughout the ship. There is a piano bar, variety music in the lounges, disco and Atrium, and Karaoke is featured nightly at various times and locations. The Atrium features music (different bands on the ship rotate). The disco played a good selection but was empty on most evenings until late. My wife loved the band (#Rhythmnation) that played at Ocean Plaza deck 5 - only issue was that the area on deck 5 was quite small to hold the massive crowd and big sound from the band. Ports/Excursions: Fun ports and numerous excursions, all on my own plus got fellow CC members to join. Activities: Trivia - offered every 30 minutes on sea days; bean bag toss tournaments, team volleyball, soccer and hoops are also offered on sea days; while ping pong and foosball tournaments are only on port days. The rope course was very simple and putt putt was fair; bingo is promoted at different times; and you can always attend the art auction and drink free champagne or window shop in the mall/shops area. Disembarkation: Started off as a disaster as the lines were held up for 30 minutes due to overcrowding in customs/baggage claim; however, once it started to move, we were off the ship and outside waiting for transposition in less than 10 minutes. Overall: Nice ship, standard Caribbean itinerary, great service, wonderful staff - what more can be said. Carnival seems to be working hard trying to come up with new and innovative ideas. For the 8N cruise, there were very few kids and average age would be 50-70, while the 6N cruise had over 600 kids and a much rowdier and younger crowd. The cruise staff was superb and did everything possible to keep passengers happy. Cannot wait for another B2B cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We cruised with our kids aged 14 and 11. This was our second cruise, but our first "cruise vacation". The first was a short Bahamas cruise three years ago on the Disney Dream. Given our fabulous experience on the Disney cruise we ... Read More
We cruised with our kids aged 14 and 11. This was our second cruise, but our first "cruise vacation". The first was a short Bahamas cruise three years ago on the Disney Dream. Given our fabulous experience on the Disney cruise we were a little sceptical about going with another cruise line, but since the Breeze is a relatively new ship and the price much more reasonable we took the leap. So here's the review.... Transport: We saved ourselves $1200 by flying into Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami and staying an extra night at end of the cruise. It cost about $60 for 4 of us to get a van to the cruise port from our airport hotel in FLL. At the end of the cruise we stayed on the beach in Fort Lauderdale and a cab ride was about $80 from the Port of Miami. All told we still ended up way ahead and had an extra day at the beach. The 6 day cruise on the breeze was perfect for this since it left on a Sunday and returned on a Saturday. Lots of wiggle room for transportation. Ship and Staff: If you're like me you've probably read every review on this site and others regarding the Breeze and Carnival. I have to say I was a little nervous given some of the poor reviews from other cruisers. I got the impression from some of the reviewers that the Breeze was a floating barn staffed by pirates. Nothing could be further from the truth! The ship was spotless! Clean and new looking everywhere. Staff were always cleaning and tidying up. Staff were always friendly and eager to help. The ship is VERY big and after the first day of running up and down the stairs you learn to wait for the elevators. Luckily there are 3 banks of elevators. Room: We had adjoining rooms (deck 8 balcony) for us and our kids. I highly recommend this for a family. A single room is just too small for 4 people in my opinion. The room was clean, the bed comfortable and everything worked. Nice bathroom. No noise from anywhere. Restaurants: I won't go through all the restaurants except to say that we enjoyed the food. Lots of choices. Good quality. There are definitely times when certain places are busier than others, but if you want to avoid the crowds there is always another option. For breakfast the main buffet is pretty busy but you can avoid the rush by having breakfast in the main dining room or the Plaza cafe. They also make great egg burritos at the Mexican place. We chose the 6pm dining room seating and never had to wait at dinner but we did notice that people on the flexible dining time plan (whatever its called) were waiting during the peak times. We paid the $12 surcharge to go to the Italian Restaurant on one night and enjoyed it lot. A nice change of pace in a nice space. The dining room food was good and varied. Formal Nights: Carnival has what they call "cruise elegant" nights where people are asked to dress up a little. We found that most people dressed up for dinner. Many suits and ties, dresses. A few tuxedos. Lots of guys wearing collared shirts and slacks. But there is no "social pressure" to do so and no one will say anything if you're not dressed up for dinner. After all, everyone is on vacation. Entertainment: I will agree with others that the main theatre shows are lame. But luckily there is great entertainment all over the ship. We ended up spending our evenings listening to live music in the pub or the band in the Plaza (they did a great 80's night!) There was a salsa band that played in the main lobby and usually a DJ by the main pool. Also spent some time in the Casino and the arcade (aka Kids Casino) with my kids. The comedy club was also fun, but like others have said, it is usually lined up before shows and fills up quickly. Kids Clubs: This is one area where Carnival (and probably all the other cruise lines) are light years behind Disney. Camp carnival, the 11 and under area, is just a big room that looks like a daycare. For us it wasn't as big of a deal since our youngest is 11 can participate at his leisure, but for parents with younger kids Disney is the way to go. No comparison. Also, the camp closes at 10pm and after that you are paying for babysitting. The older kids areas looked pretty good. The 15-17's and the 12-14's have their own exclusive places where they can socialize and hang out. For our teenager it mostly served as a meeting place where the kids would find each other. After the first few days, our kids ended up spending a lot of time off on their own with new friends. Random Tips: There are a number of little places on the ship that don't get a lot of attention. For example, there are hot tubs mid-ship on deck five (on both sides) that don't get as much attention as those on the main pool deck and the aft pool was never as busy as the main pool. There is also a small bar called the "library" that had whiskey specials a few nights in a row. Lastly, you can order a bottle of wine from your TV. After a long tiring day in Cozumel we had a bottle of wine in the room in 5 minutes and got to sit on the balcony and watch the sunset over the Caribbean sea. Sweet! Embarking/Debarking We arrived at noon and didn't get on the ship until 1:30. Apparently this is the busiest time. Debarkation was also significantly delayed and we didn't get off the ship until 10:00am. Not sure what happened there, but I think it was unusual. To conclude, we had a great vacation. The Breeze is great ship with a great staff and I liked the "go your on way" vibe that they try to convey. I also liked getting wine from my TV. Did I mention that already? Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
6 Day Caribbean out of Miami - Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Balcony Room, 8375. Perfect Room. Get the Faster to the Fun Pass if you aren't Diamond or Platinum. We were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. No waiting. Guest ... Read More
6 Day Caribbean out of Miami - Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Balcony Room, 8375. Perfect Room. Get the Faster to the Fun Pass if you aren't Diamond or Platinum. We were on the ship in less than 15 minutes. No waiting. Guest Services lines were long but with Faster to the Fun you don't wait. I will ALWAYS purchase FTTF for all future cruises. I've cruised the Dream, Jan 2011 and the Magic, Jan 2012 so I knew we'd be boarding a terrific ship. Enjoyed the new decor/colours etc. Food Terrific as always. Loved the addition of Guy's Burgers and the Burrito Bar. Lot's of options in the Main Dining Room. Tried everything (frogs legs and alligator included). Did Room Service most mornings for breakfast and that worked well for us. The room service delivery was ALWAYS bang on the time requested. Did lunch a couple of times in the Marketplace Buffet and enjoyed most of what I ate. Did Guy's, Burritto AND the C-Side BBQ for lunch, all good. Our head server was good, though not as good as prior cruises, however the two assistant servers were fantastic...talkative, funny, warm, friendly...I ALWAYS request the same table/servers for every night in the MDR so I can develop a raport with our servers. Room - 8375 Perfect as always. Sat on the balcony quite a bit. Note to all, bring conditioner for your hair. Shampoo and Body wash is included in dispensers in the shower but not conditioner. Room was quiet and very comfortable. Close to elevators and two decks down from the Lido Pool and Marketplace buffet. Entertainment Very good as always. Good shows in the Theatre and great comedians. Only downside is you have to get to everything quite early at times to guarantee a seat. Lost money in the Casino but had a blast. Ports and Excursions Ocho Rios - Did the Mystic Mountain Lift which was great. Had a jerk chicken lunch up top. Did the water slide and dipped in the infinity pool. Booked through Carnival. Grand Cayman - Deluxe Stingray City booked through Carnival. Beauty! Cozumel - Booked Nachi Cocom All Inclusive Beach resort. Beauty day. Lot's of drinks. Jet Ski. Hammock. Quiet beach. Cruise Director Butch. What can I say about Butch. Second time with him at the helm and he is the best in the business. Will I Cruise the Breeze again? Def! Looking at booking the 8 day southern caribbean itenerary for this summer. The entire Dream class of ships is great!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We flew into Miami of Sunday, January 12, bright and early to take another Carnival Cruise to warm weather. We landed at Miami International Airport with plenty of time to spare. We had chosen not to use the Carnival transfer option, and ... Read More
We flew into Miami of Sunday, January 12, bright and early to take another Carnival Cruise to warm weather. We landed at Miami International Airport with plenty of time to spare. We had chosen not to use the Carnival transfer option, and we were glad we didn't. There is a Carnival check-in counter next to luggage claim and the line was extremely long and very, very slow. The cost of the Carnival transfer would have been $16 each or $32 a couple, and the taxi was quick and easy for $25 plus tip. We were at the port in fifteen minutes! Check-in there was amazing. It was so fast, and we were some of the first on the ship even without a VIP pass. We could not go to our room, but we could enjoy the Lido, the piped in music, and the food. Guys burgers were great! They also had the buffet open and the taco bar, the Blue Iguana, open. Rooms were open about 1:00 p.m. and our luggage arrived very late in the afternoon. That was not a problem, but be sure you have anything you need in your carry-on. We enjoyed relaxing in the warm Florida sun on the Lido and from our deck. The ships décor is very nice. Much nicer, we thought, than the older, kind of gaudy, ships we have sailed on previously. Our balcony room was nice, but being on the 9th deck, just under the Lido, we could hear chairs thumping around and loud music on some nights. It wasn't too bad, but it may be annoying for some guests, especially if you are trying to sleep. On our six night cruise, there were two formal nights in the main dining room. Folks dressed in ties and formals as well as casual slacks, sport shirts, and sun dresses and pants. The first formal night always offers lobster tails, among other options. It was very good, but, while not a lot of food, you could even order another. I recommend it. We found the food to always be prepared and presented well, and always tasty. We enjoy eating in the dining room to have good conversation with other interesting guests at our table. Other meals were taken in the buffet on the Lido, the taco bar, lunch in the Italian restaurant, and Guys burgers. There were so many food options. While the buffet seemed a little disorganized, the food was good. I highly recommend eating in the Italian restaurant for lunch. There is no extra cost like there is for dinner. I do, however, have to complain about the musical reviews. As a music teacher of many, many years, I found the harmony to be lacking, and many times the vocals were flat and most of the time way, way too loud. The background LED light show did not make up for the lack of talent by the singers. Their attempt to make the shows "over the top" just didn't work. Better vocalists and a couple of slow harmonic numbers would have been great. Obviously, the talent was just not there. Entertainment in other parts of the ship were much, much better. What gives? We did not take a single Carnival excursion this time. The port at Ocho Rios in Jamaica is located in town. There were many local tour guides waiting to take you on tours of the island and local attractions at a much lower cost. Of course, you don't have the same assurances you get from the cruise company, but, it was really easy to secure a reputable tour. For ten dollars each we were taken to Dunns River Falls, dropped off, for two hours, and then picked up for the return trip. Dunns is only about 15 minutes from the port. We came back to the ship, ate in the Italian restaurant, and went back out to find free wifi and souveniers. In Grand Cayman, we were tendered in to the port. At the entrance we could have selected a tour, but we decided to take a local bus (mini van) to the Turtle Farm. The vans marked MB1 or MB2 will take you to many attractions for only $2.50 each......each way. What a bargain. InCozumel, we took a taxi into town for $8 for two....."ocho por dos." We shopped, returned to the ship for lunch at the Blue Iguana, and went back out for free wifi (at Poncho's there at the port). Don't tell them I told you! We would absolutely cruise the Breeze again. It is a beautiful ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
The Carnival Breeze was my 9th cruise and 2nd with carnival and may have very well been my most enjoyable cruise ever! I will break down what made this stand out and a what may have held it back if I were being a picky cruise snob. ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze was my 9th cruise and 2nd with carnival and may have very well been my most enjoyable cruise ever! I will break down what made this stand out and a what may have held it back if I were being a picky cruise snob. Embarkation was a Breeze! 10 minutes and I was on the ship. Terminal was not crowded at all and maybe that was because Carnival called and left messages to not arrive until 130pm. But I ignored that and arrived at 12pm was on ship at 1210pm!!! Ship is really tasteful. Very nice color scheme and decorated with a beach vibe. Not elegant but very tastefully simple in my opinion! Overall food gets an A. Great to good...Guys Burger Joint, BlueIguana Burritos(breakfast and lunch both great), MDR dinners, Steakhouse and Italian restaurant were excellent and $35/$12 cover each but so worth it. Buffet for breakfast was good but busy. Also busy at lunchtime so I chose the other options. Standouts were the warm chocolate melting cake at MDR dinners and Guys burgers and fries! Pizza ok. However the RedFrog Pubs $3.33 pub grub was not worth the additional cost imo. I took part in Your Time Dining and loved it! Only 1 night was there a wait and it was lobster night. Drinks very very good!!!! The Caribbean Colada was unreal!!! Rum Jumper real yummy too! Entertainment was meh. Not the best but watchable. First comedian okay but the comedians for later in the cruise missed their flight. Hasbro game show...okay...not great. Juggler/comic was enjoyable. Movies at the pool each night were great if you wanted to see that movie showing and you got free popcorn! Some movies shown were Hunger Games, Man of Steel ect.... Ports excellent!!! Grand Turk...beached it up on a beautiful day. La Romana DR not much there but did the excursion of a lifetime thru ProExcursions!!! Highly recommend. Curacao lovely colorful island. Did a local $15 tour with Casper Tours and had a great lesson of the island and their culture. Aruba went to Palm Beach and it was an A+ day!!! This ship needs another pool somewhere for Adults only! That would be my biggest complaint. Two pools for a ship this size not enough because too many kids in both of them. However waterslides were very fun and hardly any line for them. Sky course(ropes) didn't even bother because I have gone real tree climbing and it just looked lame to me. But if you have a chance to do something new try it. Had an interior spa room. Very adequate. Got to use the thallasotherepy pool and thermal suite. Never crowded and always relaxing!!! Room was in a great section of ship imo. Used the gym everyday and it was never overcrowded. In fact I rarely felt crowded on this ship(except pools) and that seems to be a major complaint of so many. People need to realize there are 4000 guest on the ship not 400 so sometimes things get a little crowded but just relax and deal with it. Okay sorry about this but cruise director Pete was very good but had a really weird accent for being from NYC. He sounded almost foreign. Just a quirky thing to me since you hear him so often. So overall...getting out of the frigid northeast US to the warm tropics in January will make everything automatically better but I really did enjoy this cruise tremendously and would do it again and recommend it. My previous experience on the Carnival Dream in 2011 was average so I am glad I gave Carnival a second chance and will probably give cruise them again when they unveil another new ship!!! And disembarking was a Breeze also....... Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
I have been on many cruises. This ship was the largest. Embarkation was indeed a breeze as the cruise line said to not get there before 1 pm. We got there around 11:45 and was on the ship with cocktail in hand by 12:30. Room was nice for ... Read More
I have been on many cruises. This ship was the largest. Embarkation was indeed a breeze as the cruise line said to not get there before 1 pm. We got there around 11:45 and was on the ship with cocktail in hand by 12:30. Room was nice for two people. We had an outside balcony mid-ship on the 9th deck. Reminder for first timers, the boat does not rock as much mid-ship as it does in the forward section or the aft. In the cabin the only negative comment are the hangers which continually fall out of their holder. Trust me, you will see what I am talking about. Purchased the drinking pass. Its 49.00 per day for each person in cabin and if one subscribes then all have to subscribe so buy if you are drinkers. 15 drink is your limit per person and I hit it only twice. Casino was fun. Should be called losers luck not winners luck but the dealers are nice and social. Not happy with the movement of the piano bar (away from traditional area off the Casino) you can tell it was a move to put more slot machines in. Also there are two places where it smells like sewer.. around the piano bar and the area where you leave the lido deck and go to the pizza place. Constant foul smell. Guys burgers are great. Oriental food area was horrible (can't remember name) Red Frog makes the best drinks. Didn't see the shows but heard the comedians were good especially the lady comedian. The Hypnotist had them laughing as well. The crowd was an excellent mix with not to many kids. Too many stories and laughs to count. The debarkation is something not to envy. They say that if you are not in a hurry relax while everyone that has to leave does so. But the truth is eat breakfast you have one hour. You need to be up dressed and ready to go when they call your luggage tag number. No you can not stay in your cabin as it needs to be cleaned. Go to a public common area. So just remember don't blow it out the last night on the boat. Finally, go see Ivan and Milan (sp) the bartenders at the Casino Bar. Remember to add a dollar tip to each drink you get. Those boys work extremely hard and will take care of you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
So, this is a bit late for my review of our New Year's cruise, but here goes. Overall, our experience was GREAT!! We are now addicted to cruising and want to go all the time! This was our first time cruising for my husband and myself. ... Read More
So, this is a bit late for my review of our New Year's cruise, but here goes. Overall, our experience was GREAT!! We are now addicted to cruising and want to go all the time! This was our first time cruising for my husband and myself. We got married through the help of Carnival on this cruise. We LOVED doing a New Year's celebration on the cruise as well...and not just because that was our wedding night haha. The holiday crowd was a lot of fun and a bit crazy at times, but it was a great experience and we would definitely spend the extra cash to do another New Year's one sometime. We had heard both good and bad about the quality of Carnival online. We tried to keep an open mind with everything, given this was our first cruising experience. Ultimately, we did choose Carnival for price since we planned our wedding in about 3 months, and we had guests coming with us. We went through a travel agent to book everything, and there were no issues with cabins, dining assignments, etc. We enjoyed our cabin. Centrally located balcony on 7th deck...we felt like being in the middle of the ship (both front to back, and top to bottom), made it feel like it was rocking less than some of the other cabins on the lower and higher decks. Cabin stewards were friendly and we had no real complaints on the room. We chose the early dining, but next time we decided we would prefer not to have a particular time set for dining...it always made us rush to get ready and having to plan all our on-board activities around it was not our favorite thing. However, we did enjoy meeting the people at the tables nearby and getting to know them, so that was a plus for an assigned dining. We were in the Blush dining room and we liked the dining room setup in ours better compared to the Sapphire one. Most of the food was just "okay" in my personal opinion. I did not have high expectations going into it, since I am a vegetarian and knew options would be somewhat limited for me. I did not LOVE any food in particular except the homemade pasta at the specialty restaurant (which they did not have on the menu). However, my husband who loves all kinds of food thought it was all very acceptable, but not luxurious or anything. He was satisfied for the most part. Cleanliness...I've heard some reviews that these ships can be pretty dirty, but I was actually very impressed at how fast the staff moved to remove drink cups, plates, etc from all areas of the ship. I always saw someone cleaning railings and the bathrooms also always seemed clean to me. We booked all our excursions through Carnival, and enjoyed all of them and had no problems except the chaos getting to the one in Cozumel. Next time, I think we will skip the excursions and just enjoy the hours on the beaches and in the towns. Just a personal preference. All in all, we LOVED our cruise! We honestly just don't have any particular Cons to mention, or negative things...from embarkation to debarkation, it was literally a "breeze" for us! We enjoyed our entire experience a lot. WEDDING: Everything wedding-wise with Carnival was awesome. They were helpful with any and all questions, and everything went wonderfully. Carnival uses on-shore companies that actually setup your sites and provide flowers, etc. We did have one hiccup with that site, but it was not a carnival issue, and it did not impact us negatively in the end. We got off the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and got married on the beach, then returned to the boat for pictures. Our photographer was GREAT!! I ended up spending thousands in pictures and getting every one she took, because they were that good! Anyone looking to do a cruise wedding...don't think any more about it...just do it!! =) *Keep in mind, that as with any other review, these are only OUR opinions, preferences, and experiences. I hope this helps anyone looking to book on the Breeze, or on Carnival in general. We will definitely be a repeat customer to Carnival and the Breeze in the future! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Dec 1st was a great day we stayed the night at the Holiday Inn: Biscayne Blvd in Miami. What’s great its across from the harbor and all the shops … we were up at 4:30 watching the ships come into port from our room on the harbor side ... Read More
Dec 1st was a great day we stayed the night at the Holiday Inn: Biscayne Blvd in Miami. What’s great its across from the harbor and all the shops … we were up at 4:30 watching the ships come into port from our room on the harbor side was cool to see. We headed over at 10 to get things rolling we parked at the port as we drove down from PA. We had a suite so we had the early boarding and faster to the fun I suggest all get this if they can. We had a small hiccup as the ship was still not empty but this was the only issue the whole trip. The Breeze was a true beauty. Once on the ship we had luggage with in 1 hour with faster to the fun and our cabin was ready when we got on the ship. The ship was clean and the staff was great. We were in cabin 7352 and it was clean no issues the room steward was kind and did what everything we asked. We tipped her well at the end she had the room and beds done every night as soon as we left for dinner and while at breakfast cleaned up. I was impressed with this staff member. We truly had no noise issues with this cabin; I suggest it to all the bed was comfortable. Each Am we say on the deck watched the sun rise got ready for the day we had a sea day the first day. We ate at the BBQ place I suggest you ate there by 11:45 its only open the two sea days and this is the only line I noticed on the whole ship. We ate at guys 2 or three times was good no issues its burgers. We ate that the steakhouse 2 nights Fahrenheit 555 and I suggest all eat at it once. This was top notch it’s an extra charge but so worth it I can rave enough the service and food is the best. We also did the Italian one night its family style you need three or 4 to enjoy this. The food was good but nothing like the steakhouse. We did the 6 PM dinning so we did not miss any shows or things we wanted to do. Just a suggestion to all. The comedy club gets packed you have to be in line at least 45 min early or you won’t get a seat. The piano bar is just that a piano bar fun to do. We did team trivia each night at the Red frog pub at 8 pm was fun. From there was caught a show or did the deck party also fun. We had three ports: Grand Turk we did a Margaretville, we rented at cabana was nice because we could lock up our stuff. But if you get off the ship early you can get plenty of seating with shade. I would still rent the cabana again it has air and cover and again locks. In Jamaica we did Duns River falls cool running’s catamaran was nice and we could leave our stuff on the boat and it was safe that was nice while we climbed the falls. Note to all of you wear glasses you need sport glasses they suggest you do not wear your glasses to climb the falls well that makes it hard to see if you need them. Also if you have a camera it must be waterproof and you need a strap you can get the strap on Amazon. In the Bahamas we shopped and took a taxis to Atlantis walked around and went into the casino. The cab was $8 for two each way. If you like to shop and you’re on Carnival buy the book and go to the shopping info seminar on the ports… we did we got so much free stuff it was great The Farwell show was great. All the shows were great. We can’t say enough about this ship or the things to do. If your board on this ship shame on you! The staff in the Red frog pub deck 5 was great and so much fun tell Jenniel we say hello she is a hoot., There are a few surprises I won’t tell you about the pool deck one day is taking over so get up early and walk up each morning they pick different days but its fun. If you like bananas the banana daiquiris are the best. We had no issues at all I can’t tell you how much fun this ship is. Small suggestion bring a small power strip. Bring a few binder clips these will hold your towels down on deck it’s a huge ship it’s windy. Enjoy the ship explore do it all.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Sailed on the Breeze 12/15/13. We were a party of 6 (4 seniors & 2 almost middle aged). Flew in from NYC to Ft Lauderdale the day before. Had a shuttle reserved from Eagle to take us to our hotel in Miami - would definitely recommend ... Read More
Sailed on the Breeze 12/15/13. We were a party of 6 (4 seniors & 2 almost middle aged). Flew in from NYC to Ft Lauderdale the day before. Had a shuttle reserved from Eagle to take us to our hotel in Miami - would definitely recommend them. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami. If the hotel can correct issues with their elevators (painfully slow), then I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The location is great - close to the port, shops and restaurants right there as well. While they don't have a free shuttle, we were able to get a shuttle van for $5 a person, can't beat that. Embarkation day: smooth and efficient. We all had faster to the fun, however we really didn't get to board that early, due to the hotel elevator issues. Anyway once at the port things moved right along. Went right up to the counter and checked in. It probably was no more than 20 minutes from check in to photo op to getting on the ship. The Breeze - just as beautiful as I had anticipated. You can look at pictures all you want online before you go, but nothing compares to that first real look. The atrium was beautiful, and was decorated for Christmas. We went right to our rooms to drop our stuff off. We all had cove balconies. The lighter decor was refreshing, and the cove balconies are a bit roomier than a standard balcony. Unfortunately when we first went out on ours, it looked like a sewage barge was right there - not a great view to start, and maybe that was a sign (more on that later). We headed up to the lido deck for lunch. I first made a beeline to the Blue Iguana tequila bar and had my first of several frozen raspberry margaritas. Very friendly bar staff there, enjoyed it. Lunch just had to be at Guy's burger joint. I am joining the long list of people who have said it was AWESOME! Definitely try the a Ringer, it was sooo good. The toppings bar was great too. I was completely hooked on the sautéed mushrooms on there, they were that good. Sail away party was entertaining, and the staff was really good. I was impressed with Butch and Taylor's energy and enthusiasm. Definitely two standouts. We had anytime dining, but after our first night we ate at the same time & requested the same server each time. Yves and her team in Sapphire were great. On the second night they already had it down that two of our men liked a tall, cold glass of milk with their meal. It always amazes me how they remember. Found the service and the food in the dining room to be perfectly fine every night, no complaints here. They even sang happy birthday to me on that first night, that was fun. Sea days definitely weren't boring. There was always something going on by the main pool. Rich was in the drink contest on the first sea say. He didn't win, but was definitely the life of the party. If you were on my sailing & you bought the video, watch the contest and you'll see just how good of a time he had! Spent time up on the Serenity deck. Went up and there were towels marking chairs but nobody was there. We said something to the workers and they did remove them. We were lucky enough to then get a clamshell. The people that had marked it didn't show up for another three hours! They weren't too happy with us but hey rules are rules. Waterslides are great - yellow one is by far better though. Thrill theater - definitely worth $8 for one time, but once is enough. You will love it though. Didn't see a movie on the deck, or play mini golf. Need more time on the ship! The comedy club is small but was comfortable. Wasn't blown away by the comedian we saw. Didn't go to any production shows, just not our kind of thing. Ended up at trivia with just my parents one night in Red Frog pub. Rich was tired, his parents went off to the comedy show. So there I was, playing adult trivia with my parents. Definitely won't forget that....especially the part when my father was dancing in his underwear with another guy in his shorts too. Our cabins: my parents and his parents both enjoyed their cove rooms. They were in 2289 & 2315. We had 2381. We weren't able to use our balcony or even open the door because every time we did, such a strong sewer smell came in. It was nauseating. After some complaints were made, they offered us a new cabin & we took it. We moved to 6207, a handicap accessible (aka huge bathroom) all the way forward in the ship. It was such an improvement! Thanks to the crew for even moving my birthday decorations from one door to another. The lido buffet: I had no issues with it. I'm not an egg eater, but some people said they really disliked the way the scrambled eggs were made. I was happy that French toast was available each morning. It is well laid out so it was never a total mob scene. Heard good things about the omelet station, but again that's not my thing. Some thought that some of the food wasn't warm a few times, but again I never experienced that. I've read that people thought the floor was extremely slippery -again I never noticed an issue. Must try the Italian restaurant, $12 is worth it. Delicious!!!!!!! Ports: Grand Turk: my second trip there, can't wait for my third. Didn't book an excursion this time, just enjoyed the pool, Margaritaville, and the beach. If you just want a lazy beach day , this is the port. It's beautiful. Ocho Rios: first time and enjoyed it. Booked the bobsled ride. It was a very quick van ride from the port to the excursion. The 15 minutes sky chair ride up to the top of the mountain was relaxing and offered wonderful views. The bobsled was so much fun, you can really fly if you stay off the brakes. Afterwards we walked around town, checked out the shops, and of course had to have some jerk chicken. My parents thought the port wasn't that great. I tried to tell them it is 100 times better than Belize. If you've ever been there you know how rough that is, and Ocho Rios is way better than that. Nassau: again, my second time. This time we did the Atlantis aqua adventure. I'm glad I finally went there, I've always wanted to go. Did the Leap of Faith right away, and just went right down before I chickened out. It's really not as scary as you build it up be be but damn it is fun. Same thing with the Abyss slide. When we were done at Atlantis we rode back into town and walked Nassau a bit, very enjoyable. Debarkation: with FTTF, we were getting off the ship at like 7:30. The luggage carousel setup in the customs building made it easy, just find your number. Much better than I remember in either NYC or Tampa, where your luggage was basically in a pile on the floor. Going through customs was quick, and our pre arranged shuttle with SAS transportation was there to take us to Ft Lauderdale airport. Overall I was thrilled with this trip. The cabin issue we had was handled quite well. The staff was friendly, the ship was a warm host. Six days really isn't enough though, there is so much to see and do on this ship. I'd recommend the Breeze in a heartbeat, and I'd also recommend Carnival. I've cruised with them three times and never had any issues that would keep me from going with them again. In fact, I'm already planning our 4th cruise now.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My brother and I ( 23 and 27) went on a six night cruise on the Breeze and had the time of our lives. The boat surprisingly consisted mainly of young couples and families with singles and older families sprinkled in. There were virtually ... Read More
My brother and I ( 23 and 27) went on a six night cruise on the Breeze and had the time of our lives. The boat surprisingly consisted mainly of young couples and families with singles and older families sprinkled in. There were virtually no young children, which made the trip more enjoyable. The boat was beautifully maintained and in terrific shape. We were even in sustained 40 MPH winds one night with seas of around 20 ft and we could feel it rocking, but it was nothing like some o the other ships I've been on - it was very sturdy. The staff was very friendly and respectful. the seventhe floof aft is a great location because three floors up is the main pool deck and two floors down is the piano bar, night club, comedy club, blush dinner area and the casino. Can't beat it. inside cabins are small, but we only used the room for sleeping so if that's what you're looking for, go for this Pros - new ship, good layout, fun crowd, plenty to offer all types of people, piano bar was amazing, good comedy shows Cons - eggs at breakfast were not very good quality, the pool deck played movies as early as 9 am when all I wanted to do was sip my mojito and chill, late seating for dinner is a long time to wait, but service was fast Overall it was an awesome trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Background: Cruising since ‘94, 10 cruises (5 with Carnival). Favorite: Disney (until now), Least Favorite: Royal Caribbean Summary: 4/5 This cruise was great and is now my favorite. However, Disney is still a very close second. The ... Read More
Background: Cruising since ‘94, 10 cruises (5 with Carnival). Favorite: Disney (until now), Least Favorite: Royal Caribbean Summary: 4/5 This cruise was great and is now my favorite. However, Disney is still a very close second. The Breeze is a great choice when it comes to pleasing the whole family. Great slides and activities for kids and many options for adults. Although the food was not perfect at every venue everything balanced out. For what was paid, the service and experience exceed expectations. I read some reviews prior to going and was honestly a little worried. I think if you understand that cruising has changed and its never going back to the old automatic “cater to you” feel you will have a great time. You get what you pay for… Plain and simple. For those that complain, calculate flight, hotel, food, and transportation expenses to three islands…you will easily triple or quadruple the cost even at an all-inclusive. Hotel: Intercontinental Miami-3/5 Save yourself the disappointment, stay at the Four Seasons or JW Marriott Marquis. After a 9 I really wanted to relax somewhere nice. I love the Alanta Buckhead IC location and thought the property would be the same brand wise (Atl-5 stars, MIA-4 star). Wrong! Check-in was quite long and I’m still not sure why. While the lobby is beautiful, that’s where it ends. Multiple dirty towels on arrival, stained tub, stained carpet, etc. The location is prime (walking distance to everything, heart of MIA downtown, right on the bay) and they do have an in room keurig and a pretty neat electric window shade, but that didn’t help the disappointment. Had I not arrived at 8pm and had dinner reservations I would have stayed elsewhere. I definitely will not return. Premier Cruise Parking-5/5 Great garage parking, 5mins from port. No AC in the van, but it didn’t bother me as my group was in the front. Upon returning there was maybe a 5 min wait for the driver. I will definitely use again. Embarkation: 4/5 We arrived at the port about 12 pm and were in our cabin by 12:35...including 10 minutes checking bottles of water. I only drink bottled purified water, so I was fine and well aware of the process/wait. **It was hot and we ended up drinking a few…they don’t check each bottle if the bundle is sealed** The lady at check-in was a little slow and checked our passports three times, but other than that everything was perfect. Even better, our cabin was ready. As I tell others, I still haven’t found a need for FTTF unless you tender. Cabin: Cove Balcony (2283) 5/5 Absolutely loved it!!! I generally book Mid Upper/Empress, so I was a little uneasy having a cabin on the second floor. This was the best option vs. deck 9 (other balcony option avail) which was to high. The reviews we dead on, the coves are wonderful and a must try. We had a wonderful view of everything… sunsets, the moon, and the waterline that produced a few flying fish. The lifeboats were far above and we didn’t have any trouble with noise. Actually no noise from anything. We had two nights of rain and our balcony was always dry. No issues with splashing from the ocean either. We switched cabins a few times prior to arriving to make sure we were in a prime location… close to the action, but far from the noise. We were literally out our cabin door and up one flight of stairs from the main lobby/atrium and Breeze Bar. I loved the convenience and found myself using the stairs more because it was more convenient. This will definitely be a preferred cabin/class when booking future cabins on Carnival Dream class ships. Room Stewardess: Tia (5/5) She was fabulous! Honestly the best stewardess of all cruises/lines I’ve sailed. We had anytime dining, so we were a little off schedule when it came to vacating our cabins. She didn’t mind and every time we left and hung the service placard our room was spotless when we returned. We were accustomed to only receiving towel animals during turndown service, but she made them throughout the day to entertain the my friend’s son. I hope to have her again when I sail. Ship: I love that it was a new ship; everything was perfectly placed and no weird smells. I love the new look and although the layout takes a bit to get used to it works out perfect for crowd control. We sailed full (week prior to Christmas), including 600 children and a few times it felt like we had the ship to ourselves. Food: 3.9/5 For the most part the food was pretty good. We had to put in an effort to try everything and still didn’t get a chance. There was so much and so little time. I’ll review everything, but I must say Fahrenheit 555, Guys Burgers, & Blue Iguana were my favorite while Cucina del Capitano was my least. Guys Burgers-5/5, I don’t even eat beef, but I had to try them due to all the hype. I probably ate about five during the week. The fries are awesome too. Blue Iguana Cantina- 5/5, The tacos are the show stopper at the cantina. I LOVED the fish tacos and the ??? hot sauce. I’m not even a fan of like spicy food, but that sauce (optional) was fantastic. The burritos were good as well. *Cucina del Capitano-3.5/5 I was hoping this restaurant would be good, but it left a lot to be desired. In my option the menu is very limited. Meatballs are wonderful. A simple shrimp linguini would have been nice. *Fahrenheit 555-4/5 Classic steakhouse with very nice options. I loved the cuts of meat and spices presentation. Nothing was rushed…dinner was easily 1.5 hour. The shrimp cocktail martini and the crab cake were excellent. My friend had the filet and I the lobster ravioli. He loved his steak, but my ravioli was hard as if it was baked. Next time I will try the Maine lobster. Desert was delish! The chocolate desert tray is so yummy and the cheesecake is HUGE. Next cruise I’ll definitely make two or three reservations. *Red Frog Pub-Didn’t try Sapphire Dining Room-3/5 We dined here 3 of 6 nights. The food was good most nights, but the lobster was not that great (undercooked?). I didn’t give them a chance to remedy the situation, so I really cant complain, but its definitely been better on the smaller ships. However, everyone else loved their dinner. Blush Dining Room (Seaday brunch) Beautiful…Wish our dinner was in this dining room. Sit in the very back, lovely view of the wake. The cheese grits are to die for! Hands down best ever, everyone agreed. Although I hate sea days, I love the sea day brunches! Lido Deck-I personally didn’t try, but my friend and his son said the food was great and plentiful. Monogolian Wok-N/A Didn’t try, not sure I even saw it, but its on the ship somewhere Room Service-5/5 On time and great for a wake-up call. Food was always fresh Seadogs-Didn’t try as I don’t eat hot dogs, but they looked very good. *Coffee bar-Didn’t try, but a nice spot for a spiked coffee. Will definitely try to remember next time. *Chef’s Table-Didn’t try, I really want to, but I’m so picky with food I probably wouldn’t eat anything Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ-3/5 *Disclaimer: I don’t really like BBQ and I don’t eat pork. To me the food was average. The grilled veggies looked great, but it didn’t go with the little I ate. *Bonsai Sushi-5/5 Very fresh! I don’t eat sushi, but my friend had a roll and loved it. Entertainment/Activities Hasbro Game Show-5/5 Butch made it very entertaining. It was packed every time. Playlist Productions-2/5 Disclaimer: I only went to the Latin Nights Show. There were three or four others. Latin Nights--H-o-r-r-i-b-l-e! The performers are GREAT dancers, but their singing was very off key. I actually left during a brief pause when they were changing sets. I’m not that rude, but I couldn’t take it. Blue Iguana Tequila Bar-4/5 My favorite of the two bars, quick ordering anytime of the day Redfrog Rum Bar-One bartender was not the friendliest, I actually had the pleasure of dealing with him twice. Lucky me--I definitely became Team Blue Iguana after that. Winners Luck Casino-5/5 Lots of options and there were multiple Roulette tables. Good job Carnival! George Lopez Comedy Shows: Great! However, I think the comedy shows should be in the theater. Every time there was a wait and seating always limited. Liquid Nightclub 3/5- Disclaimer: Private Cocktail Party only We only visited once during our CC cocktail party. The room is very nice and welcoming. Our only issue was with a female bartender. Constantly ignored with obvious empty glasses which made my friend a little upset as this party was not one of those free parties sponsored by Carnival but in fact a prepaid (gratuities included) gathering. I turned around to go to the ladies room and that second literally a male bartender asked for my order and believe it or not she got upset. I’m not sure what that was about, but I only ordered with him from that point on. Quite a few people had issues with bartenders, but the bartenders at the bar in the casino were the BEST! Piano Bar-4/5 Very live! We visited one night while waiting on the comedy show. The guys are great once they have a few drinks. Shops-5/5 Lots of options and great prices Dive-In Movies/Seaside Theater-5/5 Great popcorn provided. Sportsquare/Skycourse-Didn’t try, It was the first thing I wanted to do and totally forgot Cloud 9 Spa- Very nice! If only the Spa rooms were not so high, but the day passes are reasonable. Defiinitly will try next time. Did my massgaes beachside in GT :-) Serenity-5/5 HUGE, Defienitly a place to escape. We said an older couple sleeping on one of the sofas one night…cutest thing. Thrill Theatre-Didn’t try, ran out of time Camp Carnival:5/5 The rooms are large although they do use other venues throughout the ship. They start from sun up to sun down. The extra for the parties are definitely worth the money. I was a little hesitant with the group dinner as I thought most kids would eat with their families, but there were many kids there nightly. Ports: Grand Turk-5/5: Awesome! I planned it as our beach day. We did some shopping and headed to Margartitaville. Great area/party scene. Make sure to rent a cabana! Unfortunately we booked our cruise a few weeks prior to departure, so they were long gone. Get there early for a beach chair. The beach can be rocky in some areas. Seascapes Spa…best beachside massages ever! Ochos Rios 5/5: We did a private excursion to the Blue Hole/Secret Falls with lunch at Scotchies…definitely off the beaten path and far away from everything. It was great and fun to be away from the tourist traps like Dunns River. Lunch at Scotchies was great for the most part. Nassau 5/5: We’ve been here many times, so it was the usual day at Atlantis. We usually just book a room, but Carnival had a great special on their excursion. There were so many ppl on this excursion, I thought for sure it was going to take hours, but Carnival did an OUTSTANDING job. Once on property we broke away from the group tour and headed for the park. Debarkation: 4/5 Although others thought it was long. I was fine relaxing. One of the conveyer belts broke which held up the process, but it was fixed quickly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We just returned from the Carnival Breeze. The ship is wonderful. We have cruised other Carnival ships but The Breeze is our new favorite. I am 58 and husband is 53 with no children. We specifically went on the Breeze because of the photos ... Read More
We just returned from the Carnival Breeze. The ship is wonderful. We have cruised other Carnival ships but The Breeze is our new favorite. I am 58 and husband is 53 with no children. We specifically went on the Breeze because of the photos we saw with all the comfortable seating areas. It is a nice change to lounge in areas that have cushioned chairs and couches with umbrellas. We were on the Lido deck, balcony cabin 10220. Our cabin steward was Sergio and he was by far the best we have ever had. We never wanted for anything. We would mention something and it was never an issue again. The food was very good also. Guy's hamburgers were excellent, the taco/burrito station (Blue Iguana Cantina) was excellent. The Bonsai Sushi was very good, we ate there twice and enjoyed it both times. We ate twice in the dining room (our time) and both meals were great, no complaints with service or food quality. The only thing we did not like on the entire cruise was the night we ate in the Italian (Cucina del Capitano) restaurant. The food was awful, everything we ordered was not pleasing. We rented a golf cart in Grand Turk from Nathan right outside the duty free area and spent the day exploring. We ended up at Jack's Shack not far from the ship and had a very good meal, everything was very fresh and reasonably priced. We just shopped a bit in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, (not our favorite port). We spent the day at the beach in Nassau and had a great time. We have been in all of these ports many times but the reason we took this cruise was for the ship and it did not disappoint. I overheard a couple of people complain about the crowds but we never noticed it being overcrowded except the comedy shows. They put the show in a theater that is too small. I think they want the club atmosphere for the show but it doesn't work with so many people waiting to see it. Some people will always find something to complain about but this ship, the service and food on it was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We were first time cruisers and we are now officially hooked and already researching our next cruise. We chose the Breeze because it was a newer ship, and the water slides and ropes course looked fun for the kids. I was right, the kids had ... Read More
We were first time cruisers and we are now officially hooked and already researching our next cruise. We chose the Breeze because it was a newer ship, and the water slides and ropes course looked fun for the kids. I was right, the kids had a blast but so did us adults. The food was terrific. We loved Guy Fieri's Burger Joint. My kids must have had 75 ice cream cones at the all you can eat 24 hr self serve Swirls section. My kids ages 12, 12 & 10 often went off on their own and we never worried about them at all. I personally loved the Dive In movies each night. It was so nice to sit on the Lido deck and watch a good movie. I got myself a beautiful bracelet for an excellent price while on board. Who knew shopping on a ship was so great? We did excursions in all 3 ports. The one I was most leery about was Jamaica and it was the one I think I enjoyed the most. The people were so friendly and warm and welcoming. Their island is gorgeous. We did the Bobsled and climbed Dunn's River Falls. It was so fun and something we will remember for ever. Our next stop in Grand Caymen wasn't as nice in my opinion. Once we got off the boat it was nothing like our experience in Jamaica. The people were not that friendly. It was a lot of standing around and waiting. We had a slow boat out to the stingray sandbar, it took us about 40 minutes to get there. The captain didn't make it fun, didn't talk to us at all hardly. We were only there for maybe 25 minutes then another slow boat ride to a beach where we were allowed 1 hour, then another 45 minute boat ride back to ride a bus back to town. I wouldn't recommend this excursion. We had connecting cabins, 9271 & 9273. Upon arrival it was all set to perfection for our family. One cabin was made into a king bed for myself and my husband. The other was set to 3 single beds for our 3 boys. It was close to elevators. The balconies opened up to connect as well. I loved that. My only complaint about this particular cabin location is we were right across from a service pantry so we often heard ice buckets clanking or the housekeeping staff talking early in the morning. Other than that, loved the cabins and location. All in all we had the best time on this cruise. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone and Carnival was AMAZING. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
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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