240 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

My honest review of this ship, with the good, bad and the ugly. Embarkation: We flew in the night before and booked through GoPortCanaveral for our Hotel and Shuttle service. HIGHLY recommend this service. Our shuttle dropped us off to ... Read More
My honest review of this ship, with the good, bad and the ugly. Embarkation: We flew in the night before and booked through GoPortCanaveral for our Hotel and Shuttle service. HIGHLY recommend this service. Our shuttle dropped us off to the Port at about 11 am. We waited a little while for embarking, as they said they had trouble getting the prior passengers off ship. More on this later. The Ship: Kids - The kids splash pad area and water slides were great. The kids club was packed every single day, with parents just dumping their kids off for the entire day. (The club will keep your kids, and feed them lunch and dinner, all day. I dont really understand the point of taking a family trip if you're doing that, but...) The staff there were excellent, and our kids liked them, but the other children were, for the most part, a little boisterous, and poorly mannered. Our kids had trouble making any friends at all, and chose to simply not return to the club. This made finding things for them to do, other than the splash pad, a little difficult. The Sports square looked like a good option, but it was also jammed with families, and unattended kids, making it hard to utilize without getting run off the golf course by kids who don't know how to wait their turn. Our 2 youngest were too small for the ropes course, but it looked awesome! Our oldest loved the SkyCourt (Basketball) and pools, and spent most of his time there with his new cruise friends. There were many areas of the ship we never got the chance to even visit, because of the smoking areas. It seems like the Breeze works to accommodate smokers, rather than make them the exception. I would have loved to visit the Alchemy bar, or utilize the comfy chairs for the Dive In Movies, but they all reeked, and with severe asthma and 3 kids, it wasn't even an option. The entire casino was almost unbearable, and having to walk directly through it to go from one area of Deck 5 to the next was a design flaw I think. Even to get to the splash pad, you are forced to walk through smoke. Gross. Our family liked the Thrill Theatre, the couple shows we saw were ok, and the Lip Sync Battle was hilarious. We saw one of the PG Comedy Shows, and it was funny. The Dive In Movies were a great option for night time. The entertainment staff on board (CD was Donkey, and he did a great job) were all super friendly and fun. The Food: We utilized the open seating breakfast each day, and did both of the Sea Day Brunches. Good food, good service. Worth the short wait. Lido was limited, and food was just ok. MDR service was great, food was ok. We went back for the experience of the staff, not the food, let's just say that. The best included dining options on board are, by far, the Blue Iguana and Guys Burgers. Both are worth any wait! Disappointed that the Tandoori was replaced with an extra charge seafood place, when there are already seafood options on board. All the kids enjoyed the Self Serve Ice Cream stations :) Disembarkation: A Hot Mess. We chose to self "express" debark, as we had an airport shuttle to catch at 10 am. Our Deck wasn't even called until almost 11, and the crowded, confused and ridiculous lines to wait in just to get to Deck 3 at that point were insane. Thankfully, the shuttle waited for us, but it took so long waiting for all their other passengers to disembark as well, it caused us to miss our flight (we should have had plenty of time, with an after 1pm flight). We instead had to take a connecting flight instead of a non stop, and didn't get home until after 2 am. With 3 kids who had been up early that morning to "express debark", it made for a very long day. In Summary: We get what we pay for. We got a great price for this family cruise, and didn't expect luxury standards by any means. The food is what we expected, the kids options were decent, entertainment staff were fun. But the amount of smokers and smoking areas, as well as the disembarkation mess left something to be desired. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was an anniversary/birthday cruise for my wife and I. We have been cruising since 2003 with Carnival, and have always had a great time until this last trip. First off, the ship was crowded, with lots of extended families and kids ... Read More
This was an anniversary/birthday cruise for my wife and I. We have been cruising since 2003 with Carnival, and have always had a great time until this last trip. First off, the ship was crowded, with lots of extended families and kids (which was strange to me since it was the first week in December and school was not out for the holidays). Encountered a lot more people than usual who did not have any etiquette in public (especially in food lines and public areas). Our room steward and the cruise entertainment director were great, as were the bartenders at the Atrium lounge. The staff in the jewelry store were extremely pushy while we were just looking (which is a big turn-off for me), and a lot of the buffet staff were not personable at all. And forget about going to the disco after 11:30 unless your into "Trap" and "Mumble" rap music. The one night we did go we arrived at 1030. The DJ was playing 80's and 90's dance music, and the club was hoping. Then at 11:30 the music and the atmosphere changed so we quickly left. The last issue really caught me by surprise. When we arrived back at our room on the last night, tour itemized sail and sign card statement was in the door box. I reviewed it and everything was correct, so I put it in my bag. The next morning we ate breakfast and then self-disembarked from the ship. My Visa card was charged an additional $22 dollars x 2 on the last morning, which I did not find out until several days later when checking my credit card statement and saw the additional charges (which had posted and already been paid two days prior). I requested an itemized statement from Carnival, and when I received it there were two $22 charges described as robes/towels/books. When my wife called Carnival to inquire about these charges, they stated it was for 2 pool towels. My wife and I are both retired cops, and have never taken anything from a cruise ship, much less 2 pool towels. I disputed the charges with Chase, and as of today I received a reply starting that they investigated the issue, and that Carnival stated they supplied a service or product, so Chase is not going to take the charges off. How do you dispute such as charge when there is no way to prove we did not take the towels. The 2 pool towels were left in the room folded up on the little stool by the desk when we left the last morning. I hope Carnival is happy with the additional $44 dollars l they got from me, because it will certainly be the LAST TIME I cruise with Carnival. This was the final straw in a vacation that should have been awesome, but came up way short. Beware when you leave that you take a picture with your phone of what is left in your room when you leave. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The ship was nice, we had an OS (7276). Our cabin steward, I Made was great. Embarkation was a little slow considering we had priority suite privilege. People were packed in the terminal and there were no seats in the priority waiting ... Read More
The ship was nice, we had an OS (7276). Our cabin steward, I Made was great. Embarkation was a little slow considering we had priority suite privilege. People were packed in the terminal and there were no seats in the priority waiting area. The food was OK but nothing great. Lots of breaded, fried food offerings. The service in the main dining room was slow. We spent 2-21/2 hrs each night. They really weren't that busy. Had problems getting a beverage (unless it was booze). Our orders were messed up a couple of times. The entertainment was pretty good. Enjoyed the comedy club and the violin trio that performed at the afternoon tea and in the lobby area. Very good. The beverage service in the casino was very poor. Ordered from 3 different servers hoping one of them would show up with my drink. Waited anywhere from 20 minutes to 1/2 hr to get drink. The ashtrays were always overflowing and empty drink glasses everywhere, they just didn't clean stuff up. Did the cultural, museum tour in Amber Cove. Spent a lot of time standing around waiting for the tour guide to get things moving. He took us to a tiny shop where he was pushing jewelry and other trinkets. Literally spent 50 minutes there. When we finally got to the fort we had 10 minutes to explore because we were so far behind schedule. We were late getting back to the ship. Debarkation was a nightmare. They called zones 12345 at the same time. Very difficult to get an elevator to the 3rd deck and when we got there we couldn't get off the elevator because it was so packed with people. Stood in the doorway of the elevator about 10 minutes before we could squeeze out into the crowd. Very disorganized. I could go but I think you get the drift. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Embarkation, smooth, easy, peaceful. Disembarkation was a mess, we were asked to change sides of the ovation theater 3 times. We told them to figure it out, and then tell us what they decided. Our letter said one place, the man in ... Read More
Embarkation, smooth, easy, peaceful. Disembarkation was a mess, we were asked to change sides of the ovation theater 3 times. We told them to figure it out, and then tell us what they decided. Our letter said one place, the man in charge another and the lady sent the 4 of us across the room, all with our bags and 3 suitcases. The main entrees were good but anyone with teeth problems would like the potatoes and vegetables cooked not almost raw. At one point we were about 30 in line to get into the dining room, just maybe they need two hostesses to get people seated, when we left same long line waiting. People don't like to wait in lines especially elderly with bad knees and people with small children. Then you can't tell who is in line for the dining room and who is waiting on an elevator. This was our 9th cruise so it had been a step down from past cruises. I would recommend different color carpets on the odd hall way and the even hallway. There are signs facing the stairs, but none as you leave the elevators. Ports and excursions were interesting, fun but there need to be more golf carts available for those who are walking with canes or artificial hips. Cabin, bathrooms, beds, deck all wonderful no complain, the rooms were clean and well attended. The restrooms near the restaurant had stalls with doors 3 inches from the toilet seat. One other big disappointment, the shows, it was artificial pianos and guitars and lip sinc to the songs. The country was not distinguishable from the pop songs. So disappointing, the activities for kids was the best, the snacks and movies and the excursions were well enjoyed by our teens. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We picked this cruise as a gift to celebrate my In-Laws 50th wedding anniversary. Overall the experience was good, but in some areas, it was a little lackluster. The cabins were clean and our stateroom steward was wonderful. Overall ... Read More
We picked this cruise as a gift to celebrate my In-Laws 50th wedding anniversary. Overall the experience was good, but in some areas, it was a little lackluster. The cabins were clean and our stateroom steward was wonderful. Overall the staff on the boat truly were fantastic. From customer service to dining and the Ocean Club crew... every crew member we encountered was wonderful. Zero complaints about the service on this ship! Dining is the one area that could use some improvement. The quality of the evening meals reminded me of airline food. It pains me to say that because cooking for 4000 people is no easy task, but most nights I left dinner underwhelmed. The buffet was mediocre too and there is ALWAYS a line. Again, service was always wonderful, but the food quality was just kind of meh. We did have a celebratory meal at Fahrenheit 555 and it was AMAZING. SO GOOD. And my husband and I departed from the group one night for dinner in the Italian Restaurant, Cucina del Capitano, and it was also delicious. The burgers from Guy Fieri's place were also good. If you pay for internet on this ship, prepare to be severely disappointed and basically be off grid. My husband had some work he had to complete while we were traveling. While I'm big on "unplugging" when on vacation, he didn't have much of a choice. After paying for the premium package, he wasn't able to get any of the work done that he needed to or load half of his inbox. Unfortunately, he was never fully able to relax since he was stressed about the work that he wasn't able to complete because the internet connectivity was AWFUL. Embarking was a little crowded but moved fairly fast. Disembarkation was a hot mess. Lines upon lines upon lines. We paid a porter to move us to a shorter line and move through faster. Luckily we had plenty of time before our flight was leaving MCO, and we all had carry on luggage, so we weren't horribly rushed. But Godspeed to anyone who is in a crunch to get to their travel arrangements and is trying to get off of this boat. Plan accordingly, folks. As far as ports and excursions go, Nassau is a bit of a tourist trap. We opted to explore on our own and encountered lots of shops and a crowded beach where you have to haggle for chairs and umbrellas. In the Dominican Republic, we booked a cabana at Amber Cove... Carnival's port. It was nice and clean, but very American feeling. For Grand Turk, we took a $4/person 4 minute cab ride to a nearby beach that was pretty much empty. Definitely the best part of the trip. Grand Turk made the entire cruise worthwhile. It is beautiful. Next time (and when we aren't with a larger group) I would go out of my way to do shore excursions in Nassau and the DR. This ship and the itinerary were great for families and kids. I really can't say enough good things about the Ocean Club for kids. The staff members were truly fantastic and had the patience of Saints. Our kids kept asking to go! On the note of kids, the arcade was fun too. It is equally financially damaging as the casino, but still fun! The water slides and kids splash area were really nice (and clean). The two pools were gross. Every time I looked at them, they were more of a yellow-green color and people were packed in like sardines. On the note of cleanliness, the boat overall was clean and I almost always saw a staff member doing some sort of cleaning. It was a little discouraging to witness that not a lot of guests took advantage of the hand sanitizing towers/hand washing outside of dining rooms and restaurants. Overall it was a good family experience that allowed everyone in our group the chance to spend time together or break off from the group for some time alone. PS - The library on the 4th level has self-serve wine machines. With Caymus and Duckhorn. Probably my most favorite part of the entire boat. ;) Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us ... Read More
This 14 day cruise was our 30th overall and 19th with Carnival. I found for the most part a typical Carnival experience (good) The ship is kept spotless and the staff is the friendliest we have ever seen. Practically everyone greeted us with a smile and was very polite...The stage shows were IMO lacking. In 14 days we only had 3 musicals and one was terrible. (cowboy show) Other nights we were entertained by one person performances. The singers were very talented but didn't sing my kind of music. The bands in Ocean Plaza were good and drew a large crowd as did the numerous atrium performers. Lots of activities and Steven Schwartz (CD) was everywhere and very friendly. Kumba (casino supervisor) comped our slot pull and was also very friendly...The only thing I think that needs fixing is the smoking in the casino. Most Carnival ships have a Sports Bar but this ship had that at the casino bar, so I missed the games I would have watched. As an ex smoker I understand the smokers plight but the smoke makes me sick (I spent one day in my cabin after an evening in the casino) I remember Splendor had a smoking and non smoking section and it worked well. Anyway something needs to be done. The cutbacks are obvious to veteran cruisers. Room service once a day, canned music in the theater, (no band) less flashy stage productions etc. BUT, I still find Carnival an excellent value for my vacation dollar. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having ... Read More
We booked the Breeze out of Galveston after having lucked-into a fantastic deal on airfare and finding only two choices available for our dates; the other being RCCL's Liberty of the Seas, which we have sailed before as well as having sailed it's sister, the Freedom, recently. We thought to change it up a little and with 3 previous Carnival cruises under our belts, we felt like we knew what we were getting and could be satisfied with it. We were mistaken. The Breeze, although one of Carnival's largest and having many of it's "best" features, was a big disappointment. I've always objected to the rather nasty characterization of Carnival as being the WalMart of cruiselines (and hey, I'm a frequent WalMart shopper myself), but this ship makes it hard to deny. The Breeze is an ode to cheap ceramic tiles, fake woodgrain and miles of plastic wall paneling. It's honestly the least attractive ship we've ever seen and although wear-and-tear is to be expected, it appears to have been abused by passengers in some unique ways. Worse, it's NOT CLEAN and there's really no excuse for that. I've seen nicer and cleaner public bathrooms in truck-stops and the pool and sundecks were grungy and gross. The art installation in the atrium consists of multiple levels of fabric "lanterns" suspended on wire cables - they maybe should have thought about how to keep them clean before putting them up. Visible very plainly through the glass elevators, the lanterns are filthy and stained with splashes and splotches of god-knows-what and the cables are fuzzy with accumulated dust. Grafitti and willful damage to surfaces is everywhere and in the spa, rather alarming large chunks of the ceiling surface is falling off in the steam rooms. One very bright spot is the quality of the food - we ate in the MDR almost every night as well as one SeaDay Brunch and one regular breakfast. Absolutely everything we were served was of very acceptable quality and preparation and we don't hesitate to commend it. We did find the over-hyped Guy's Burgers and Pig-n-Anchor BBQ to be poor, but that's a matter of taste, I guess. Afternoon Tea on sea days was really quite lovely! On the downside, the buffet is extremely limited in selections and although there are many separate lines - they are all just a repeat of one another. It does serve to move people through quickly, but there's definitely no feeling of abundance and a lavish spread, it is NOT. We tried almost everything the Breeze had to offer in terms of recreation and entertainment, except the waterslides. There was enough to keep us busy during the day and we enjoyed the Trivia sessions and the deck games (bean-bag toss, big chess, etc.). The mini-golf was, well, just so basic compared to the attractive and whimsical courses on other ships, but in fairness, the equipment was all present and in good condition. The 3-D Thrill Theater was an EPIC FAIL and although nobody is expecting Disney-quality, it honestly sucked. We purchased a Thermal Suite pass and spent time daily in the T-pool and steam/relaxation area; all were in working order although definitely needing some maintenance and housekeeping. My husband had several spa treatments and got a rather excellent haircut at the salon. Evening entertainment is, to our taste, very poor. 3 nights out of 7 there was nothing staged in the showroom and the "Playlist Productions" vary based on the quality of the sound engineering. The "Country Road" show was awful; practically impossible to hear the vocals. "Flick" was actually quite good with some wind effects and laser lights that impressed. Punchliners is alternately either not very funny (the family shows) or extremely vulgar and filthy (the 18+ shows). Neither really appeal to us. The Casino is a loud, crowded, stinky nightmare - 'nuff said. We do love Seaside Theater, but unfortunately the scheduling didn't allow us to enjoy many of the showings and the screen is terribly pixilated - well overdue for repair or replacement. We watched one pay-per-view movie and the price was a very fair $4.99. Service-wise, well, what can you say? All cruiselines, in our experience, have pared things down to a very minimal level and Carnival is no exception. Our cabin was serviced by a "ghost" - we never once saw him/her nor did he/she introduce themselves or ever inquire about our needs. I had read that cabin service has been reduced to once a day but hoped I misunderstood - nope. We received very, very minimal service once per day, at random times between 9:00am and 8:00pm, which consisted only of changing the towels, freshening up the bathroom, dumping the trash can and making the bed. (Yes, there were towel animals). Our glasswear wasn't changed once all week nor was there any attempt made to tidy our things. Disappointing, but I guess no worse than any 2-star hotel. We made a couple of stops to Guest Services for various things and found the pursers to be very pleasant and efficient, but we didn't really tax them very far. The crew members in the shops were also friendly and helpful. Bar staff were the worst; although we're not "regulars" we are polite and always add a gratuity; there was no excuse for some of the gruff discourtesy we encountered. Lastly and it truly can't go without mention - every unpleasant stereotype ever hurled about the party atmosphere and low-brow behavior of Carnival passengers came to life on this trip. We saw more loud, aggressive, sloppy drunks, witnessed more alterations and rude, boorish conduct and heard more vulgar language in this 7 days than on all our other time at sea combined. Not only will we not sail Carnival again, for this reason alone I could simply never recommend it - there's nobody I know that wouldn't have been disgusted. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This cruise was my least favorite that I have taken so far. I didn't read the August 2018 reviews prior to leaving, now that I have returned and read these reviews, I find it upsetting to see that the same problems that I experienced ... Read More
This cruise was my least favorite that I have taken so far. I didn't read the August 2018 reviews prior to leaving, now that I have returned and read these reviews, I find it upsetting to see that the same problems that I experienced have been going on for awhile and Carnival has not done anything to fix this. Of course I understand that sometimes it is difficult to fix crew members' attitudes. I would say that about 10-20% of the crew had a good attitude and were cheerful and smiling. Since the ship is getting ready to switch ports, maybe a lot of the workers are nearing the end of their contract period but even if this is the case they should not be letting it show since hospitality is their job. The first problem we experienced on the ship was at the muster drill. Like another reviewer mentioned, after several hundred of us passengers had been sitting around for a long time in our muster station, the cruise director, Schwartz, made the announcement that several people were absent and he was going to announce their cabin numbers. Much to our surprise, he announced one of our cabin numbers, so my husband went up to a crew member to ask him what the deal was. Apparently, Carnival still had 2 former guests listed as registered in one of our cabins. My husband told the crew member that these people were not with our group. After this, we continued to wait for another 15 minutes for late arrivals to the muster drill (probably for other cruisers who were really no longer on board the ship). A few other times during the cruise we were asked by crew where these fictional members of our party were. My husband talked to guest services about this. Carnival actually accidentally billed us for gratuities for one of these people but they immediately realized their error and took it off (could see this on the statement). Whoever is in charge of clearing former guests out of the system needs to be taken to task. My main issue with this cruise was staff attitudes, 2 out of 3 members of our wait team in the main dining room provided only obligatory service and were not really friendly or engaging.There were a lot of missed items- soup served with no spoon, items missing off of our orders (repeatedly). It kind of bothered me that our waiters did not speak to us if they bumped into us elsewhere on the ship. The evening main dining room service was not the worst though. It was acceptable. The sea day brunch service was never really good. On the first sea day brunch, I was served a raw pork chop. The second sea day brunch was ok other than having to wait for a fork to be delivered after the food was served. The third sea day, we arrived at 9:00 as usual and they had already ran out of orange juice and we got scaled down versions of our order, 8 French fries for a side of fries, 2 of the mini hashbrowns per order of hashbrowns. For a port day breakfast, I decided to try something new and ordered the short stack pancakes that are listed on the menu as "pecan pancakes with mascarpone cream and a caramel sauce". They served me 2 plain pancakes with a single raw pecan on top. Since cruise ship food is endless, I usually just kind of laugh off these kind of instances but the 1 hour plus wait makes it a little bit more difficult. One more comment about poor service before moving on to the good things about this cruise. So many of the crew just seemed fed up with the passengers. As other reviewers have mentioned. Ty, Kyndell, and Schwartz are engaging emcees at the shows. I did notice that Schwartz (cruise director) seemed a little fed up though. Who knows, maybe our particular group was worse than usual. Schwartz never made the overhead announcement that the cruise director usually makes about us being "such a great group that makes the crew's job easier". He did make a few announcements about how "we are all adults here" and referring to "holding people accountable". I know that at least a few people got kicked off during the trip so maybe it was just the group. I also noticed the condescending gaze of Dr. whatsherface that did the rejuvenation treatments in the spa. On her face and the face of many other crew members was a look of pure disdain for the guests. As for the good parts of the cruise. The cabins were really clean. Our cabin steward Muhamad was very friendly and wonderful. The people working at the guest services desk, most of the spa workers, and photographers were very friendly and helpful. Schwartz, Ty, and Kyndell (I think that was the blond lady's name) were engaging and energetic. On our very last breakfast prior to debarkation, we got the best dining service of our entire trip. We were lucky enough to be seated in Gede's section (another reviewer mentioned him). He is an amazing waiter with an awesome attitude. I think my review of this cruise would have been at least one star higher if I had him as my MDR waiter for the entire cruise. The embarkation process was not good however this was due to the weather (torrential rain) and port authority staff so Carnival had no control over this. The disembarkation process was way more chaotic than usual but I think that this was due to most passengers not listening-- the majority of people exited as soon as first few decks were called. Schwartz called decks 10-12 and zones 1-6 and then no other decks were called until 45 minutes later because people were just flooding the exit. After 45 minutes, Schwartz called Deck 1 and then no more decks were called for 45 more minutes. At 9:40, an officer came to the deck we were on ( deck 2) and told the 8 of us that had listened to instructions and not left before we were called that we could just leave if we were ready so we left. I don't know when Schwartz called the rest of the decks but I noticed that the line behind us in customs was at least as long as the line in front of us. I am sure that the last person didn't make it off before 10:30. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The reason we took this cruise is because I played in the Carnival PokerPro NLH Poker Tournament. This was our 18th cruise on Carnival; our 3rd cruise on the Breeze; our 2nd cruise in a Cove Balcony (my wife has discovered that she ... Read More
The reason we took this cruise is because I played in the Carnival PokerPro NLH Poker Tournament. This was our 18th cruise on Carnival; our 3rd cruise on the Breeze; our 2nd cruise in a Cove Balcony (my wife has discovered that she likes to be close to the water); and our first cruise out of Galveston, TX (and our last – more on that later). We have been to the destinations many times on Carnival and other cruise lines. EMBARKATION: We used Carnival’s transportation from IAH to the ship. We had to wait more than 45-minutes for the bus to show up. Once we arrived at the ship the embarkation process went smoothly and quickly – we are Platinum with Carnival so we get “special” treatment. CABIN: 2305, a Cove Balcony. Nothing special about it. I did notice that our “Platinum” gifts (free water, drink coupons, and etc) were not in the cabin but did slowly arrive over the next 2-days. SHIP: The Breeze is one of my wife’s favorite Carnival ships. It was fine. No complaints on how the ship looked or smelled. ENTERTAINMENT: Carnival’s evening entertainment is still dependent mainly on lots of stand-up comedy shows and a simple song/dance show of 6 of the 7 nights. The evening entertainment does not compare with cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, or Norwegian – other cruise lines that we cruise on frequently. FOOD: Food in the Main Dining Room was good! So were the non-buffet options BUT the buffet food was horrible and so was the cleanliness. We just came off the _______ of the Seas and found the food better on the Breeze. ISSUES: We expect every aspect of our cruise vacation to be great so I won’t talk about the “great” things only the areas where we had issues or concerns. Cabin Steward: Our cabin steward greeted us promptly. He introduced himself then asked, “Would you like ‘early’ cabin service or ‘late’ cabin service?” Everyone knows that Carnival has been slowly cutting back on several things and the number of cabin stewards is one of them. That means that the cabin stewards have more cabins to clean now. Usually they will give you a choice of ‘early, ‘late, or ‘both’ but not this guy. Once per day room service is fine with me so I chose ‘early’. Then he handed me a paper to sign regarding my cabin service choice. Never seen that before. BUT ‘early’ service meant noon to 12:30pm to our cabin steward. My wife always asks the room steward (regardless of the cruise line) to make sure that there are wash clothes (face towels) and those little bars of soap available. We had wash clothes but had to leave a note asking for addition bars of soap. Also, our cabin steward didn’t fill up the shampoo and body gel in the shower – we had to ask him to do it. Perks: When you are Platinum or Diamond (rewards club) you receive several ‘perks’, most of them are usually waiting for you in your cabin on embarkation day. Ours arrived over the course of 2 days but we received them all. Laundry: When you are Platinum receive 3 “free” bags of laundry per 7-day cruise. Normally there are laundry bags in the cabin…there was one laundry bag in our cabin and getting a second one required me to finally complain to management. Housekeeping Management: Once I complained to John Heald (Mr. Carnival) housekeeping suddenly took interest in us (and our loyalty to Carnival). Management spoke with us and promptly corrected each problem. We had lots of little bars of soap, earlier service (and twice per day), laundry bags, soap/shampoo in the shower - they even gave us a ‘free’ gift – which was unexpected but very appreciated. The only problem was that we got charged $15 for one of the two bags of laundry we ended up using. I didn’t notice that until we were on the flight home. Oh well, $15 won’t cause me to miss any meals. Dining: We had originally signed-up for ‘late dining’ and received confirmation that it was accepted BUT we got ‘Your Time Dining’ instead. So much for priority dining times for Platinum cruisers. But that’s okay we made YTD work. This was going to be where I was just going to talk about problems but I must mention our incredible MDR wait staff: Richard, Maynard, and Ketut. They were as good, if not better, than any group I can remember. The buffet in the Lido was HORRIBLE plus they still have a smiling team member standing there rationing out the bacon. Crowd Control: Very long lines for Sea Day Brunch, YTD, comedy shows, and other things. This has been getting worse with Carnival. This is a problem that is easily solvable but Carnival cares less about the cruisers these days and more about their bottom line. Other cruise lines with larger ships do a much better job. DEBARKATION: We are platinum so we get special debarkation perks but once we got inside the terminal in Galveston it was long, slow moving lines! We will never cruise out of Galveston, TX again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was 2 reef snorkeling in Nassau which was great! Now to why I gave this review 3 stars. We went to the dining room only one night because of the "floor show" in the middle of a nice dinner. Very loud music and napkin swinging and dancing like you would expect in a cheap diner. Soooooo loud couldn't hear yourself think. So went to the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This severely limited our vegetarian options at dinner so we ate a lot of salad. Lunch has vegetarian options at Tandoor(not for long, it is becoming seafood in Sept.)Blue Iguana, and Mongolian Wok at lunch. Breakfast was exactly the same all 7 days. So food was a disappointment for us especially at dinner. Another problem with food was from 2:30 - 6pm the only food available was the Deli. Pizza Pirate, and Guy's Burgers. This was very bad for the people coming back after being in port and being hungry. Lines were long and slow....heard 45 min for pizza at times. I have never seen so much soft serve eaten because of food lines. As a vegetarian we probably won't cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Gathering of family spread throughout U.S. (10 adults, 7 kids). My group was me, my wife, and 3 kids (7, 4, and 21 mos). The grandparents cruised on this ship/itinerary previously. Price, cabin availability and itinerary were appealing. ... Read More
Gathering of family spread throughout U.S. (10 adults, 7 kids). My group was me, my wife, and 3 kids (7, 4, and 21 mos). The grandparents cruised on this ship/itinerary previously. Price, cabin availability and itinerary were appealing. My 4th cruise with Carnival. Embarkation: Transfers to/from HOU: no problems. Galveston Cruiseport: porters were solid; transfer bus to check-in was smooth; no baggage problems; check-in felt hectic/rushed with group of 17. Ocean suite on deck 7 and ready at 11 am; crib was ready; typical crowded buffet and first-timers adjusting. Cabin: spacious, felt smaller with double sofa bed compared to cabin next door with single sofa bed; plenty of storage including two closets and under bed for luggage; empty fridge; TV was older but fine; carpet showing wear; bathroom was a good size with double sinks and tub (jacuzzi not functioning); bed/linens comfortable enough. Ship common areas: clean, carpets showing wear. Consolidated on decks 4, 5 and 10 and 11. Ship has 18 elevators, and they were often delayed (also a LOT of people taking them only 1 or 2 decks). Theater, comedy club, piano bar, night club, casino, arcade, deck 3 atrium lounge, deck 5 mid-lounge (trivia/games area), unused library, deck 5 shops and deck 4 photo galleries, top deck mini golf and basketball court - all pretty typical. Coffee bar had regular line, but moved. Deck seating: Promenade (deck 5) chairs, walking and whirlpools completely under-utilized. Main and rear pool seating was crowded and loud. Serenity deck typically had seating and was quiet. Deck 11 seating by kids club and sports area were typically open. Dining: early seating in Blush (6:00 pm; waitstaff got into a rhythm with the kids by the 3rd night and were accommodating; piece of metal wire in nephew’s chicken one night, response from manager was underwhelming). Food was consistent - few items lackluster, few better than expected. Buffet: always a hassle, long lines (especially at breakfast), poor layout. Italian restaurant pasta at lunch is a nice escape option. Soft serve and beverages were fine. Red Frog Pub grub ($3.33/small plate) was good snack if willing to pay. Port/Excursions: Montego Bay: Cinnamon Hill Golf - pretty good price, nice course, great views, caddies helped, had extra time. Grand Cayman: had reservation at Royal Palms Beach Club with cabana - great service but got crowded and food/drink very expensive. Cozumel: had reservation at Playa Mia with transfers - great for everyone esp. kids, food and drink were cheap (all inclusive not necessary). No problems on and off ship. The surprising: Guy's Burger Bar was the consistently very good and so was Blue Iguana (liked the breakfast burritos). Steakhouse was enjoyable. Tandoor (Indian) was good and a forgotten/missed option at the buffet. Waterslides and splash area were great for the kids (except the swimming diapers restriction is harsh – 21 mo old could not go in any water except the cabin’s tub). The disappointing: kids club programming (not engaging, kids did not want to go which was a shock to us); no options for kids under 2; buffet layout (front/middle/back is a terrible layout); chocolate buffet was very lacking; pizza (never any pizza ready; long lines); elevator wait times; poor efforts for germ control - Purell dispensers frequently empty or not working and no paper towels in restrooms; arcade overpriced. Entertainment, spa, cabin steward, wait/buffet/bar/cleaning/cruise staff, drinks, and cruise programming (bingo, music, trivia) were all fine, but nothing exceptional just met typical cruising expectations. I was not expecting an ultra-luxury experience, but I was pretty disappointed and underwhelmed. If someone came up to me and asked “How was your cruise?”, I could only really respond “Meh..” Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Took a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston in July 2018. Overall it was a mixed experience. Nothing that was bad was bad enough that I wouldn't sail Carnival again (I would), but nothing stood out that would make me ... Read More
Took a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston in July 2018. Overall it was a mixed experience. Nothing that was bad was bad enough that I wouldn't sail Carnival again (I would), but nothing stood out that would make me want to seek out a Carnival cruise. Overall I had fun, but there were some negatives that went along with the positives. THE GOOD: 1) Airport transportation from HOBBY airport. I am usually not one to book transportation through the cruise line, but this was well worth it. Check in staff at the airport was top notch, buses were clean, and upon arrival staff shepherd you through the otherwise chaotic atmosphere at the pier. 2) Cruise Director/ Entertainment Staff - I am also including in this the comedy club manager who was great. Overall they were a really hard working and fun group of people. They always were present with energy and humor. 3) Chef's Table Experience -- While pricey ($95), the food wine and experience were all memorable. I highly recommend this to any foodie on a Carnival cruise. 4) Golf shore excursion in Jamaica - Well run and a fun experience. Saw mixed reviews online, but our experience was positive. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: 1) Sanitizing Stations -- I have been on approximately 8-9 other cruises and have never seen such little attention paid to sanitation and clean up. Top on this list were the lack of working hand sanitizing stations on the ship. Even when one was found it was about a 50% success rate that it would work. It is not a mystery that disease can spread quickly on a cruise. They need to a better job. I exclude from this the room stewards, who did a good job. The cabin was always clean. 2) Lack of trash cans -- may lead to some of the problems above. 3) Production shows in theater -- I will say that I though the actors were talented singers and performers. It just doesn't seem they were given much to work with. The shows ranged from mediocre to downright odd. THE BAD: 1) Point of Service Response to Incidents -- If you eventually get through the line at guest services they do a good job. However, considering how overwhelmed guest services is, Carnival needs to do a better job training their front line staff to deal with incidents. On this cruise I witnessed: 1) a slip and fall on the stairs; 2) a foreign object found in food; and 3) (overheard) a physical altercation. In all instances the response from the responding staff to the guests was poor. Just saying sorry is not enough, you need to deal with the issue. 2) Late Night Announcements -- I am not talking about 11-12 at night, I mean at 3-5 in the morning. On multiple nights there were late night announcements that were played in the cabins. 3) Hard sell at the spa -- Yeah, this is common on all cruise lines, but that doesn't make it less bad. Just because I spend money on a spa service does not mean I want to be sold skin cream "x" or miracle cure "y". The hard sell ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing experience. 4) The Buffet -- The food was subpar and the lines were always long. On top of that the opening times were limited. By far the worst cruise buffet I have experienced. UP TO YOU: Carnival is a party ship. If this is what you want, Carnival is probably a good place to look. If this is not your scene you may want to look elsewhere. For example each night in the dining room the staff performs. Some people loved this, others would prefer their food delivered rather than wait for a show (I would rate the dining room food as good, but the service as adequate). Similarly, many of the events are focused on a party atmosphere and theme. Again, there is nothing inherently good or bad about this (and Carnival does a good job fostering a fun atmosphere), but it is a matter of personal preference. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My friends have cruised 3 times in the past and we decided to give Carnival a try. There were 4 of us. The ship was clean, the rooms were tidy and clean. Some of the production entertainment was not so great but there was decent ... Read More
My friends have cruised 3 times in the past and we decided to give Carnival a try. There were 4 of us. The ship was clean, the rooms were tidy and clean. Some of the production entertainment was not so great but there was decent entertainment in some of the other areas. The food was terrible in most areas we tried but a couple of nights in dining room somewhat decent. The STAFF ( stateroom and dining rooms) were AMAZING!! Actually EVERYONE WILL SMILE AT YOU AND ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION. I talked to everyone! The shops were limited and we were surprised of the small selection. However, again marvelous staff!! The excursions were INCREDIBLE!! Snorkeling several times PLUS The BOSS Underwater Scooter and the tour of Tulum. The folks managing these trips were knowledgeable, friendly and patient when the need arose. Everyone speaks excellent English and possess wonderful senses of humor! We learned so much about the barrier reef, types of sea inhabitants and the land. Our guide for Tulum was a character. Great humor and the knowledge he shared about the Mayan people and Tulum as well as the local area encouraged me to come home and research more. This was a good value and I even lost weight! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The back of the ship is where our room was and the smell of sewage everyday was almost unbearable. Food is highly underseasoned to our taste. The embarkation went smoothly. The disembarkation at the end went very smoothly. The ... Read More
The back of the ship is where our room was and the smell of sewage everyday was almost unbearable. Food is highly underseasoned to our taste. The embarkation went smoothly. The disembarkation at the end went very smoothly. The disembarkation on the excursions was definitely out of a hot horror movie. We did dance the night away at the 80's Glow Party on the Lido deck. Ari & Gede were the best servers that we encountered. We did have one Crew Member in the sailing uniform that was really rude, too bad I did not get his name. Our Cruise Director - Schwartz was amazingly funny and an awesome dance instructor. He and Ty were awesome and best of spirits and always with a smile on their faces. We would definitely do a cruise again, but not the excursions. Although, the excursions were exciting and took you out of your comfort zone. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you, Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first cruise. The good, bad and ugly. First the good, this ship is clean clean clean. I wish I had better pics of the cabin, I did not think about it while we were on board. Our cabin was small but did not feel that way, there was ... Read More
Our first cruise. The good, bad and ugly. First the good, this ship is clean clean clean. I wish I had better pics of the cabin, I did not think about it while we were on board. Our cabin was small but did not feel that way, there was plenty of room for the two of us and all my over-packing. The room staff went above and beyond and super fast. The ship was large and there were a lot of people. The bad, the pools were WAY too small for them. Standing room only, every minute of every day. But they were cleaned and in many cases drained and refilled every day. The water slides overly crowded and too many unruly children unattended. We are parents of 4, so we love kids. But they needed more structure on this ship, running kids were a genuine danger to others. Our week brought several bouts of rain and storms, so the entertainment was cancelled or modified many times and to be fair, I should not judge them. The comedy shows were super funny and what we attended of the activities had been done as best they could. Service was hit and miss, some servers would be friendly and get to know you. Others only stopped when you waived like a crazy bird in front of them. The dining staff were super attentive and I highly recommend the Italian. Yum. That is as far as I go with the food, the rest, it was AWFUL, never had I heard of "Boiled, scrambled eggs" yuck. The buffet was never more than luke warm and if I were Guy, I would be for getting my name off those deck-side eateries. We enjoyed the ports all so very much. Lots to learn about and explore. Our guides were funny and friendly and did their very best to make sure we had a good time. Overall, we met some great people, enjoyed the ports and had a very clean and comfortable room. After that it was one drunken person puking on the deck and another falling all over screaming about how wasted he was, yet another group bragging about having weed and offering to share. Not our cup of tea. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation in Galveston a "Breeze" (Pun intended LOL). We had a 12:30 check in and were on the ship eating lunch by 1:00. Muster was a nice change from other cruises since it was held inside with AC as opposed to searing heat ... Read More
Embarkation in Galveston a "Breeze" (Pun intended LOL). We had a 12:30 check in and were on the ship eating lunch by 1:00. Muster was a nice change from other cruises since it was held inside with AC as opposed to searing heat on the deck we have experienced on prior cruises. We stayed in cabin #6468. Room was very nice, and we love the extended balconies that these rear corner rooms have. Room Steward was great. The Ship is very large and sometimes feels crowded but the decor is nice and it still feels fairly new. The Pools seem very small for such a large ship and, like all carnival ships, are always crowded. The aft pool didn't seem to be reserved for adults only like it was on other ships we have been on. The water slides are great as is the serenity deck, although we would have liked to have more shaded areas on the serenity deck. The shows were good, the we thought the Motown night was the best of the week. The performers did a great job in all the shows, but some nights just weren't our cup of tea. Now for the food. To say we were unimpressed would be an understatement. The buffet was almost all fried food and was lower quality than Golden Corral. Most was barely edible. The only high points of the lido deck food were the deli and, like always, Guys Burgers. In the dining room, we had Marsellus, and Kevin as our wait staff. They were amazing! The dining room food was better than the buffet, but just barely. I realize that most of the food has to be pre-made to accommodate the sheer number of meals, but on all our previous carnival cruises the food has been amazing. I'm not sure why it was so terrible on this cruise. Ports were great, but I would not recomend Roatan and Belize in summer because it is so hot. But like always the locals are freindly and we enjoyed our visits. We do not ever do organized excursions because we like to explore the "real" culture. Overall a nice relaxing vacation, just wish the quality of food was better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Very fun ship with a wide range of fellow travelers. We meant some very nice people from all over the country. The staff is amazing! Room Stewards, Dining Room ( Juan and company), bartenders (Erwin, Elwin and company). Clean ship. ... Read More
Very fun ship with a wide range of fellow travelers. We meant some very nice people from all over the country. The staff is amazing! Room Stewards, Dining Room ( Juan and company), bartenders (Erwin, Elwin and company). Clean ship. Everything is in great working order. Lots of activities for almost all ages but in my opinion, way too many Trivia games. It got a bit boring after the first couple of games in a couple of days. Biggest disappointment is the food. Bland at best and typically lukewarm at most. My fave was Tandoor as it was authentic and temp hot. Room service is not at it's finest. We were on Level 6 above the casino, hot tub and piano room, and about 6 cabins from the bank of elevators and had no noise issues. At our ages (52 and 55), we probably would not go on this same cruise but I think it's great for a younger crowd. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First of all, special kudos to BEN, our waiter in the dining room, who remembered our names from the beginning, along with our drink preferences, and never lost his happy smile! Our room steward, RABBI, kept our room in pristine condition ... Read More
First of all, special kudos to BEN, our waiter in the dining room, who remembered our names from the beginning, along with our drink preferences, and never lost his happy smile! Our room steward, RABBI, kept our room in pristine condition always; he even chased me down in the hallway at debarkation because I’d left my cell phone behind! Ugh...thanks to Rabbi!!! That said, food was a huge disappointment. (Guy’s Burgers, however, were off the charts!) I carried toothpicks at all times to unclog the salt shakers. People all over the ship were searching for good salt shakers. Sometimes we had to take the plug off the bottom to get any salt. Not many choices of food in the buffet, and breakfast is closed too early ship-wide. Good salad bar. Room service tuna sandwich was VERY good! We bought the internet premium package ... we were robbed. Slower than dial-up. We would highly recommend the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sail/Snorkel/Lunch in Roatan! Fabulous in every way! The Brass and the Strings on #3 outside the dining room were amazing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to take our first cruise on Carnival, eight days in the western Caribbean, in order to compare with Royal Caribbean. We quickly learned that the Wi-Fi connection, which came in the very expensive drink/Wi-Fi package, was nearly ... Read More
We wanted to take our first cruise on Carnival, eight days in the western Caribbean, in order to compare with Royal Caribbean. We quickly learned that the Wi-Fi connection, which came in the very expensive drink/Wi-Fi package, was nearly useless. So slow that Carnival should be embarrassed that people have to pay for it. The all-inclusive drink package had so many exceptions that we wondered if there was any reason to buy it. The Blush dining room was beautiful and the waiters exceptional but, unfortunately, the food was not good and we stopped going after four nights. The balcony cabin was nice and our stateroom attendant was the best. Music of all different genres was available but seating was always in short supply. The standup comedy in the Limelight was very good but we discovered that getting there 30 minutes early was not enough. The fitness center, very important to me and my wife, was small, cramped, and hot. Before using it we had to endure presentations for facials and massages. Shore excursions were fine, especially Mahagony Bay. That was the best part of the trip. We found an internet coffee shop in Cozumel that served a nice double espresso and gave a free hour of high-speed connection — so we were able to catch up. We love cruises and would still do another on Carnival Breeze if the price and destinations were right. But — we would mentally prepare ourselves for the short comings. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and port locations. I made the mistake of thinking all "spring breaks" would be over this last week of March. I was wrong. Note to everyone, do not cruise in March, unless you have kids and love kids. I was shocked how many kids were on this cruise. The lack of parenting was atrocious. Ship is just like the "Magic" with a little different decor and a few different restaurant choices. Entertainment wasn't that great. However, The "Lip Sync Battle" final production on Saturday was fun to watch. Bar Service was great. Smile, be nice, be patient and you will get good service. Reverse all that and I can assure you, you will not get good service. Cruise director Lee was good. We enjoyed his antics. I have to give a shout out to "Laz" from England. He was on the "Fun Staff" He should and deserves to be a Cruise Director. He was fantastic and very entertaining. Always had a huge, happy crowd at his activities. Also, Miss "Iowa" .... was superb as well. Sorry I can't remember her name. Thank you Galveston for changing the 'embarkation' procedures. it is much easier to get thru the process and onto the ship now, especially if you have 'Faster to the Fun' or are a V.I.P. Platinum, or Diamond member. I will say this though..... the Luggage guys could care less if you have the FTTF tags. they come and get delivered with all the other luggage. No priority, separation, or faster delivery. I think we are just burnt out on cruises, we've been on 5 in the last 4 years. Would I go again? Not anytime soon..... probably not Carnival either. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Overall good experience, however, there were some let downs and areas of improvement. The experience we had in the comedy club when Manny Oliveira performed was very disappointing. He told unfunny low brow jokes for a few minutes, and ... Read More
Overall good experience, however, there were some let downs and areas of improvement. The experience we had in the comedy club when Manny Oliveira performed was very disappointing. He told unfunny low brow jokes for a few minutes, and then requested the houselights be turned on. He then began to harass the audience, making fun of invalids, and dry humping a male audience member to resemble performing sodomy. He was completely unfunny and should be removed from your ships. There were several important announcements that were not announced in the rooms. The toilet seats in the cabin bathrooms feels like seating on a 5-gallon bucket. There were several unsanitary practices done by the dining room waitstaff, including placing water glasses rim side down before setting the table and placing dessert utensils directly on the table without a napkin. The musical performances were great, but Carnival missed the mark by using new country songs nobody knew instead of old favorites in their country music night. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 6th cruise with Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise and this one wasn't bad, it was just disappointing. I think the ship was too big for the amount of help they had on board. Movie nights were good if you didn't ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise with Carnival. We have never had a bad cruise and this one wasn't bad, it was just disappointing. I think the ship was too big for the amount of help they had on board. Movie nights were good if you didn't want a blanket or popcorn, because the lines were long or there was no one there to help. The ice cream stations were either empty of ice cream, cones, bowls or spoons, or the station was a complete mess with ice cream all over the counter and floor. Sometimes they put an orange cone around it so you would know there was a mess. In the dining room we loved our waiter and the food was fantastic, but, we waited a very long time to get our food. The first night it was 45 minutes before we got our appetizers. It did get some better each night, but our area was always the last out of the dining room because we had to wait so long for our food. We would get pizza most nights and the line was usually very long there and the people making the pizza's weren't having a good time at all. They had one speed and it was slow. They didn't try talk with people or have any communication. They were unhappily there to do their job. We were disappointed in the buffet for breakfast & lunch. We normally see an amazing display of foods and on this ship they were very limited on what was available. Lots of tables were filled with dishes, orange cones were in several places where food had been dropped, the eating area was always in disarray. We were in the casino a few times and once my machine overheated and I couldn't get my money out so I turned on my service button, waited for 15 minutes, then got a cleaning girl to go get help, waited another 15 minutes, a girl came and messed with it for 15 minutes then had to go get the supervisor who was rude and hateful and really let us know how we were wasting his time. We went to a couple of the comedy shows but it was standing room only, so we quit going to those. We absolutely loved the Polaris Trio!! We listened to them every night. Such a beautiful relaxing time. I know that we will not go on a ship this large again as I really feel it is too big and they are very understaffed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We just got off of the Breeze. This was our tenth Cruise and fifth on Carnival. Our last Carnival Cruise was on the Magic which is a sister ship of the Breeze. Our last trip on Carnival was four years ago and little things have change. ... Read More
We just got off of the Breeze. This was our tenth Cruise and fifth on Carnival. Our last Carnival Cruise was on the Magic which is a sister ship of the Breeze. Our last trip on Carnival was four years ago and little things have change. Embarkation was fast and simple, there isn't any staging at the port building. You show them your documents and away you go. Here is what I noticed about the Breeze. The decks aft had a slight smell of sewage. The mini fridge in our cabin wasn't stocked, the dining room wait staff while friendly didn't bother to get to know our names, the food in the main dining room was just ok, the deserts weren't tasty and the entertainment was lack luster. It just seemed like if you wanted a great meal you have to upgrade and go to one of the pay as you go restaurants. The pizza has changed and I found the old pizza was better, We stayed in a Cove Balcony Cabin. This is the second time and I just love the cabin. They are located on deck two very close to the water line and I love to stand there and watch the sea roll by. I also noticed that our steward asked us did we want the cabin cleaned morning and after or just once a day. This was also different. This trips ports of call were Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel. I've been to all three ports of call before but this time it was very interesting. The State Department, Canada and the UK have issued travel advisories warning people to stay on there resorts and to travel in groups. Because of this we and many of our fellow passengers stayed aboard the ship. The next stop was Grand Cayman I love the island but we dropped anchor with five other ships and the shopping area was very crowed because of this. Last stop was Cozumel. As we approached the docks, the Captain came on and said the State Department has banned state employees from using the ferry system and Carnival was cancelling all excursions to the mainland. I found this odd because they didn't cancel anything in Jamaica so my defense systems went into high gear. I thought either a terrorist attack warning was found about the ferrys, or Cartel violence or ferry owner infighting had occurred. I was able to make contact stateside with a USCG source I have, who found out that on 2/27 a bomb had exploded injuring Americans on a ferry and unexploded bombs were found on another on 3/1. So now I'm in a heighten sense of security and ready to repel boarders. I figured the Mexicans would have increased security on the docks and around the ships and island. Well the Mexican Government tried to down play the explosion as an engine problem and did nothing to increase security for the estimated 12,000 people who were visiting. It was business as usual in Mexico. We had a wonderful excursion to Passion Island which is on the north end of the island and the water was vibrant shades of blue. However because of what I consider the lack of concern for the security of its visitors by the Mexican Government I will never take another cruise to visit port of calls in Mexico. Compare this with two USCG armed small boats who escort our cruise ships into and out of port I would think the Mexicans could have supplied some beefed up security. There is a unit of Mexican Marines on the island. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The trip was designed near my birthday and our anniversary. A week to chill out and relax. I can honestly say we had a most relaxing vacation! The large Dine In Movie screen on Deck 10 has TOO many burned out pixels or lights. The ... Read More
The trip was designed near my birthday and our anniversary. A week to chill out and relax. I can honestly say we had a most relaxing vacation! The large Dine In Movie screen on Deck 10 has TOO many burned out pixels or lights. The screen often looks like a block wall due to the burn out lights. This is NO exaggeration. The food on Lido and in the Blush Restaurant were sub par. We stopped eating in the Blush restaurant all together. The Steakhouse was good and the Italian Restaurant was okay. Service was best in the Steak restaurant. Four trips in & out of Galveston and the second time we've been impacted by fog. Debarkation was extremely slow. I can't believe the Galveston Port isn't updated or modernized as it truly appears most likely like it did back in the 1930's. We have one more cruise out of Galveston and I hope to use other ports afterwards. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We arrived early to explore Galveston before boarding the Breeze. We went to Bubba Gumps for dinner. Both of our meals were terrible and took about 45 minutes to receive them. Embarkation went very smoothly and staff was very pleasant. ... Read More
We arrived early to explore Galveston before boarding the Breeze. We went to Bubba Gumps for dinner. Both of our meals were terrible and took about 45 minutes to receive them. Embarkation went very smoothly and staff was very pleasant. Our cabin was a balcony 11247. Our room steward Yuri was fantastic. We tipped him throughout the cruise for his exception service. We had anytime dining this cruise and were not a big fan. The dining area was definitely not an experience to write home about. The staff was pleasant and prompt. The food however was subpar. Did enjoy the cheese plate and shrimp cocktail. We tried to partake in all the activities possible. We enjoyed the lido, comedy club and a couple of performances in the theater. The were very good. I do not suggest ordering room service. We put out our tag for the continental breakfast for a morning we were going to be going into port and the food never showed up. There was a message on our phone that they missed us when we got back onboard. If you order after 10pm there is a charge for everything. We did all private tours on this trip. Our 1st was in Cozumel with Cozumel Cruise Excursions. It was the private dune buggy excursion. Our guide was the best. We did the tequila tour and Punta Sur. We has the best time. When we went to port on tender it was quite slow getting to Belize. We did the Buttz Up ATV and tubing tour. It was an adventure. lol If you have bad knees or hip I wouldn't suggest this one. The trek into the river was quite the hike. Other than that we had a blast. In Roatan (Mahogany Bay) We went on the Victor Bodden Zipline and Monkey tour. Again this is a hike but well worth it. If you do the monkeys make sure you get there early. It was packed when we were there and did not get much time with monkey and were not allowed to hold sloths. We also paid to go on the flying chairs. It was a great view. If Carnival would restrict guest to the designated smoking area at the aft of deck 11 it would have been a great cruise. Passengers were allowed to smoke at the seating right next to the doors on deck 11 which in turn brought the smoke into our floor. There was also smoking in (and outside) of the liquid lounge and casino. We did not gamble because of it. Passengers also smoked on balconies so we could not even escape it in our own room. Mind you we did not purchase the cheap seats here. I have allergies so it was miserable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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