3 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
11 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: March 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
The whole 7 day trip was extremely rough sailing.We had been in a very bad storm on the Valor that experience was the Breeze's best day. We were rushing from port 2 port long time cruisers were complaining about how bad it was and ... Read More
The whole 7 day trip was extremely rough sailing.We had been in a very bad storm on the Valor that experience was the Breeze's best day. We were rushing from port 2 port long time cruisers were complaining about how bad it was and that they wouldn't ride the breeze again. Food was ok a lot of it was salty this included Guy's & Capitono. One coffee shop on the boat. There are not enough hand washing stations on this ship.We ended up having a ship full of extremely sick people. A huge bug was going around the ship it ended up being flu and strep after seeing a Dr. They locked down the cruise director and certain staff from interacting with cruisers.The staff walking around with facial masks. It was very aggravating becuz they didnt tell passengers of the sickness so they could try to prevent it. Room steward was great! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose these cruises, (Jan. 14 & 21) as we can get to Galveston fairly cheaply from Vancouver, and there was one new port for us (Montego Bay) so we went for it! This was our first cruise on this class of ship and there were some ... Read More
We chose these cruises, (Jan. 14 & 21) as we can get to Galveston fairly cheaply from Vancouver, and there was one new port for us (Montego Bay) so we went for it! This was our first cruise on this class of ship and there were some things we definitely liked. We loved that there were many areas to sit in nice comfy chairs, at tables with umbrellas. Usually there are only loungers if you're not a smoker - so this was a nice change! We always cruise this time of year and were very surprised at how many kids were onboard. We pick this time of the year since there are no holidays right after Christmas so usually there aren't too many kids - not the case this time! They were everywhere! Most disappointing was they were in all the hot tubs, except the Serenity area of course, but those were usually full so we only went in a couple of times. We don't do the shows so can't comment on them. We had early assigned dining and had asked for a table for 2. On the first leg, they had us at a table for 6 so we went to the maître d and had it changed to a table for 2 which we kept for the duration of this cruise and the next one. It was so close to the table next to us, it might as well have been a table for 4. Next time we hope to get a real table for 2!! Food was nothing exceptional - in fact we didn't go to the dining on several occasions since nothing on the menu appealed to us. We ate in Lido a few times, and tried Guy's Burgers one time. Must say it has gone downhill since our first experience with it. When we got there it was about 5:30 and they were only open til 6. There were no burgers ready and there were about 10 people in line waiting. We waited for about 10 minutes then they brought a tray of burgers and proceeded to slap them on buns and hand them out - talk about an assembly line!! They got our orders wrong and neither hubby or I could eat them since they were poorly put together and fell apart upon picking them up!! We ate breakfast mostly in the Lido since the couple of times we tried the dining room, our service and the food were not up to the standards we were used to. I ordered my eggs over easy and they were barely cooked at all! I don't mind runny yolks, but when the whites aren't cooked - yuk! Couldn't eat them at all. The next time I ordered the pancakes and again they weren't cooked in the middle. Hubby had the eggs benedict and salmon benedict a lot and he liked them. We did try the made to order omelettes a few times and they were always awesome!! We were disappointed that there were no movies we wanted to watch on the big screen - seemed to always be a kid friendly movie at the early time slot and we are not night owls so were never able to stay up for the later showing. We were very disappointed that the NFL playoffs were not shown on the big screen on the first week (I understand it was on the 2nd week but it was raining so didn't want to watch it outside). There was no sports bar onboard - so the only place to watch the games were in the red frog bar and there was very limited seating there for a ship this size! I'm used to being able to watch it in my cabin if I want - but they've changed the tv options onboard and there are terrible options to watch tv in the cabins now. Very disappointed in that! Our usual routine was for me to go to the casino for a bit after dinner every night and I did enjoy this - I think I broke even over the 2 weeks - had fun which was the main thing. We did a couple of ship excursions - one in Montego Bay, one in Roatan and one in Cozumel. All were very good. The weather wasn't the best on these cruises - but we still managed to have fun on the excursions we took. We did one independent excursion in Cozumel that we've done before - went to Nachi Coccum and really enjoyed it again. Our room steward was excellent! Even though when we arrived our beds weren't configured the way we had asked - they were fixed quickly! I did purchase the cheaper internet plan so I could keep up on Facebook and post a few pics. It was very slow! The Hub app that I had downloaded didn't work at all the first few days, but then it was ok if a bit slow. Not sure if I would do it again. We missed one port (Grand Cayman) due to weather - and while we were disappointed we had been there a few times before so we understood. Overall we enjoyed the cruises but everything just didn't live up to the standards we had come to expect from our previous cruises. We became Platinum on this cruise and did appreciate the little gifts we received - although what we're supposed to do with 4 of the new blankets I'm not sure! Thanks for reading! Terry Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and ... Read More
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and our room had a funky smell for the several hours, We were traveling with several members from our church and some family members from Fort Worth Texas and were all on the same hallway with our room all in a row, They also had problems with the smell. After a few Hour, we all went nose blind to the smell, by the end of the 2nd day. This the 1st trip on any of the Carnival ships that We experience really loud noise a night. We purchase the mid-price wifi service and was really disappointed It was slow. The guest services and photo employee were really busy helping cruiser installing the Carnival hub app on their cell phones a tablet, some cruiser never got connected and was given a refund. Install the Carnival hub app before you leave home to avoid the long lines at the guest service desk. Coming from central Texas I am spoiled by traditional Texas-style barbeque I was not impressed with Guy’s barbeque. The side, however, was great his Mac cheese was the bomb and the baked beans were off the chain, Slaw was just plain good. Guy’s burger was great as usual. The dining room staff was really good. Our room steward was OK. The 4x4 jeep excursion at Montego bay was good.I would not recommed this excustion to any with knee or back problems the 4x4 ride is rough.I would recommed that you gone on the 1:00 excursion to the hidden water falls when leveing the falls area late you get to see a great sun set. Plaining my next crusie on the Carnival Vista. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We are Gold on Carnival, so I feel confident in our assessment of the Breeze. I have to say that this was not our favorite cruise. I really liked the decor of the ship and wish Carnival would implement a more sophisticated color scheme ... Read More
We are Gold on Carnival, so I feel confident in our assessment of the Breeze. I have to say that this was not our favorite cruise. I really liked the decor of the ship and wish Carnival would implement a more sophisticated color scheme on all of their ships. I loved the itinerary and the majority of the food and service were quite good. Our cabins were comfortable and we never lacked for activities. I even came home a winner in the casino! My biggest complaint has to do with fellow passengers. In all of our cruises, we have never encountered more rudeness, profanity, and general lack of decorum as we did on this ship. We are in our forties and not prudish by any stretch of the imagination, but we witnessed things on this cruise that made us question if we should start looking at other lines. Maybe this was an isolated cruise, maybe it is a Galveston thing, or simply just a sign of the times with Carnival and who they are marketing to, but I'm not sure we'll be back. Carnival continues to be a great value and is one of the reasons this cruise was chosen for our large group. Unfortunately, for this particular cruise, many of our fellow passengers and their behaviours detracted from the overall enjoyment of our week at sea. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a ... Read More
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a disaster trying to get off. People were late for excursions they didn't call by priority or by FTTF they had everyone trying to get off the ship at the same time. People were getting very angry in such a tight place when you have over three thousand people trying to get off. Somebody didn't do their job right.. Second Port Cayman Islands, much better day to get off things went smoothly Cozumel was our last port and it went well . We were late leaving due to a late excursion coming back. Had about three hundred people on it. Sea day coming back was nice and relaxing. Our cabin attendant was amazing! His name was Tony from Honduras... what a nice man. Always a friendly smile and greeted us every day every time we seen him. The ship overall seemed a bit dirty. The entire trip we had a nasty smell in the hallways Dinner was always good ,variety of foods to choose from and try new things. Our waiter was awesome. Overall we had a nice family Christmas Vacation. However I do think it's time for the ship to have a facelift. Very out dated on décor. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did ... Read More
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did enjoy the Mayan Ruins and the cave tubing, but the rest of the island isn't anything special. The one thing I did not like was that it appears the cruise lines take advantage of the local people...no sales tax, don't contract with many of them for on shore excursions and all in all just aren't very considerate. We also did not appreciate the way the cruise handles wifi...it isn't free and it certainly isn't affordable for the duration. I was very upset that I could not check in with any of my family or critter sitter while on board. A couple of times on shore I was able to connect via free wifi. The food on board was adequate but nothing special. There was one dessert I truly enjoyed and was given it a couple of times at supper. The Italian restaurant was very good and I would highly recommend having supper there one night. Our wait staff was wonderful, especially Christopher. Our room staff was also wonderful, especially Arnata. I enjoyed my massage from Patty and the music provided by our DJ near the pool. We also enjoyed having a 21 and over area on board at the front of the ship on level 14. That was very relaxing for older folks. We did enjoy the musical show the crew put on one night. They were excellent entertainers, singers and dancers. And last but not least, we loved Shwartz, our cruise director...."Love ya". He was so high energy and was very entertaining. Read Less
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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