506 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We had a cabin facing front on deck 10 and really liked it. My brother had a cove balcony and loved being close to the water especially one night when the waves were about 15 feet according to the captain. We chose early dining and were in the upper level of the middle restaurant (Sapphire). The lower level was for Your Time Dining and we usually had no wait for doors to open at 6:00. Several times we arrived a few minutes early and several people were already seated. The service was the best we had in years. The dining staff actually even had time to interact with us! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up ... Read More
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up the place. We took the shuttle from the hotel for six dollars per person paid to the hotel. We were met by the porters who put tags on our luggage. There was also a woman who printed boarding passes for those who did not have them. We got to the port around 12 noon. This was the first time on the Breeze and all we can say is embarkation was simple. You were given a number after you gave your passport or other identification, you sat in a section until you were called and away you went. We did walk up a long gangway to the lobby, third floor. Up to the Lido deck and the party was on. The food was better in the buffet than in the dining room the first couple of days. It did get better especially the second dress up night. Carnival has really cut back on staff and the quality of the food. But I still give the cruise high marks because of the fun we had. The entertainment was excellent. I went to the Motown show, the movie show and the lip sync show. Donkey, the cruise director was hilarious. We all had inside cabins on the second floor except one couple who had an outside cabin on the first level. We liked our location and they liked theirs. We enjoyed all of our ports especially St. Thomas and San Juan, mainly because you walked off the ship and there was so much around within walking distance. Our group split up based on each one's likes. Some shopped, some went on tours, I zipped line in Amber Cove, which was my favorite activity. The New Year's Eve party on the Lido deck was so much fun. They had beach balls all over the place. They gave out lighted wanes, necklaces, hats, horns and I can't forget the champagne. Our group found a place to sit and they planted. I walked to the upper decks to take pictures and hit the beach balls. Overall it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Hello We cruised on the Breeze due to port location and ports of call. We cruised out of Canaveral and we stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas USVI, San Juan PR, and Grand Turk. We were a party of 4. Two Adults two kids (15, and 12). ... Read More
Hello We cruised on the Breeze due to port location and ports of call. We cruised out of Canaveral and we stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas USVI, San Juan PR, and Grand Turk. We were a party of 4. Two Adults two kids (15, and 12). My kids prefer to do things on their own so they did not go to either kid's club. We had your time dining which we really liked. We had amazing service. You could ask for the same area each night if you wanted. We didn't care because each night the service team was excellent. We ate at the lido, Guy's, Pig and Anchor, Cantina, Pizza and enjoyed all of them. You were never without choice. I prefer a plainer, less spicy option and my husband loves the opposite. We were both very happy with all of the choices. My 15-year-old was in heaven! A growing boy with endless food! We saw one comedy and the Flick show. Both were good. We liked the Dive-In movie on deck. A lot of fun. My 12-year-old and husband did one thrill theatre. It was a bit scary for her but he loved it. We also enjoyed the Red Frog Pub to get our sports fix! The staff and crew are excellent. They really do go above and beyond to make it a memorable holiday. I did hear other guest complaining and I really didn't get it. People will sometimes complain about anything! We had a balcony cabin. Loved the space on the balcony. The TV channels are bad and it would be nice to see it improved. Our cabin steward did our room twice a day and it was great. We didn't do any formal excursion. Just off the ship at Amber Cover, Grand Turk and walked around a bit at San Juan. We took a cab to Megan's Bay in St. Thomas. It was ok, similar to 7-mile beach in Grand Cayman. Overall I would highly recommend the Breeze. It is a great ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We started a tradition last year of taking a cruise the week before Christmas instead of doing gifts as a family. We cruised with our family of 4 including a 26 year old and 20 year old. The, we brought along a friend age 20 and another ... Read More
We started a tradition last year of taking a cruise the week before Christmas instead of doing gifts as a family. We cruised with our family of 4 including a 26 year old and 20 year old. The, we brought along a friend age 20 and another friend age 22 resulting in 6 in our group. This was our second cruise as platinum for our family, one friend is gold, and another friend red. We cruise at least 2 times a year and have really enjoyed our past few carnival cruises. This was our first time on the Breeze and we booked it since it was a newer ship and for the itinerary, especially Amber Cover which we have never been to before. The boat itself is easily Carnivals most beautiful ship. The stairways had amazing photos from a photographer of the islands including sea turtles, underwater photos, island pictures, and more. Lido was on Deck 10 and had amazing decor along with the atrium on deck 3. We sailed the week before Christmas so the ship was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees all over. We had a tree lightning the first night where they gave out carnival Christmas hats and sang Christmas carols. The last sea day we had a holiday show featuring Christmas music and entertainment. The entertainment on board was decent, but had room for improvement. It’s about time carnival charges up theirs shows. We experienced the country show, motor city, love & marriage, flick, 88 keys, and the Lip Sync Battle. The country show would be been great with just the female singers as they were truly amazing, but the male singers were a bit of a let down. Flick was a cool show we had seen once before and the Lip Sync Battle was by far our favorite. The comedy was hit or miss. A few comedians that were very good and one particular that I’ve never seen so many people walk out of a show before ever. The ship has a thrill theater which we paid to see Polar Express in 4D for $3.50. It was cool, but not sure I’d pay to do it again. The show was only 7 minutes long or less. The Breeze doesn’t have a sports bar, but the casino and Red Frog Pub were the hang out areas to watch football this cruise. The Pub is always a great place to play games and hang out. Deck 5 is super cool on the Breeze since it wraps all the way around. The water slides are decent including a twister slide and drain pipe. The putt putt area was quite windy and we really enjoyed the ropes course it was a lot more fun than it looked. The food on board was one of our best experiences on carnival. They have Guy’s burgers, Guy’s Pig & Anchor, Blue Iguana, Cucina Del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi, Red Frog Pub, Mongolian Wok, the Deli, Seafood Shack, pizza, and standard dining room and Lido buffets. Our experience in the main dining room were very good with excellent service and great food. Our favorite lunch time eateries were blue iguana burrito bowls, Cucina del capitano build your own pasta, the deli buffalo chicken or turkey avocado, guys burgers, and pig & anchor. As for excursions, we did all of our excursions separate from carnival and had great experiences. For Amber Cove we took a cab to Damajagua falls to jump and slide off waterfalls. This is one of our favorite excursions EVER on a cruise. This would’ve cost near $100 a person through carnival, but only cost us around $30 a person by taking a cab and just paying the park directly. We also had a group of only about 10 people with 2 guides instead of the large carnival groups. Never felt unsafe and had an amazing time with 5 extra jumps/slides than carnival offers on the same excursion. In St. Thomas, we used Aqua Marine dive charters to do a private snorkel trip for the 6 of us. This was an amazing experience snorkeling away from the cruise crowds at a ship wreck underwater and then with turtles. This was a perfect day and way better than being crammed into a boat with 100s of other cruise passengers. In Puerto Rico, our cruise group split up into 2 groups. 4 of us went fishing with Magic Tarpon and caught fish. The other 2 of us went to Fortaleza Street to see all the umbrellas by the Governor’s house. This is only about a 10-15min walk and absolutely worth it. After seeing the umbrellas we then took a cab to Isla Verde beach to hang out the est of the day I’d 100% recommend taking an Uber instead of a cab it would’ve been half the price for us. In our last port, we walked to Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk. Easily, one of the most serene places/beaches in the world. We spent about 2hours here before walking down the road to Jack’s Shack for drinks and to play with the famous dogs Topher and Calypso. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy on this boat. We did have priority/platinum so we went directly on the boat and walked off pretty quickly on the last day. The staff on board was great. We enjoyed every bit of this cruise and definitely recommend it to anyone whether it’s for families with young kids or couples on their own there is fun for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our second voyage on the Breeze, cabin 9474. Cabin was super clean and in great shape, A/C worked very well. We traveled with another couple and opened our balcony doors to have the outside space. We did Faster to the Fun ... Read More
This was our second voyage on the Breeze, cabin 9474. Cabin was super clean and in great shape, A/C worked very well. We traveled with another couple and opened our balcony doors to have the outside space. We did Faster to the Fun and had extremely smooth embarkation and disembarkation. We also used GoPortCanaveral for our hotel/transfers and highly recommend. We did the steakhouse and the chef's table. Both were WELL worth the money. We dined in the main dining room as often as possible and although we had your time dining, we found a waiter we liked and were seated at his tables every time (Just ask for John Wayne, LOL!). We found the MDR food to be acceptable and some dishes excellent. I find the ship's activities in the Fun Times too geared toward selling stuff. That's very disappointing. We were not interested in "blowing and going" on this cruise, so it didn't really matter with four port days, but... it's certainly worth taking a look at. I'd like more "activities." The employees on this ship are amazing. They make the difference. Service was top notch and the people were so friendly. Looking at booking my next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I must say I was hesitant about Carnival cruise lines. They have had more than their share of issues over the years HOWEVER The Carnival Breeze was an awesome experience!! I don't know where to begin.... The crew was everything ... Read More
I must say I was hesitant about Carnival cruise lines. They have had more than their share of issues over the years HOWEVER The Carnival Breeze was an awesome experience!! I don't know where to begin.... The crew was everything you'd expect from the top of the top cruise line. Always a smile,always a greeting,always eager to help in ANY way! The ship had a cleaning staff working indiscreetly at all times, This ship was immaculate from stem to stern. We were invited to tour the galley and taste test many dishes. The galley is Huge! Its runs like a fine watch. The stainless steel stations were polished and looked like new. Im so sorry I forgot the persons name who escorted us around. I do remember he was from India and employed by Carnival for 19 years. Amazing gentleman. The dining room staff was just as wonderful. Our thanks to Wes our dining waiter. Wes is married to another crew member who provides services in the spa. Our thanks to Robert (from Macedonia) he is new to the Carnival family, an outstanding crew member! Robert served us breakfast each morning. We looked forward to his smile and was kind enough to share some of his background in Macedonia. Robert is a folk dancer that travels with a group in his off time. We loved this young man! I absolutely loved this cruise!!! Least i forget the spectacular good bye show from the dining staff, Unforgettable! I truly believe the services rendered by this crew would be totally acceptable by even the President himself! Thank You once again and we will see each other again God Bless PS There were two issues. TV viewing stations are poor and I missed the nightly news. I dont consider CNN news worthy. 2nd issue I know you cant fix and that is the elevator service. Either more elevators or less people. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to ... Read More
This is my third sailing with Carnival. I chose this Ship for its Itinerary and Ship Class. Embarking was normal. I used Go Port Canaveral for our transportation to and from the port from the airport and used Park 'N' Go to store our vehicle not too far from the Orlando Airport. Both were wonderful. We enjoyed all ports, and we had a balcony room 11248 which was quiet and clean. Greg was our room steward. He did a wonderful job the whole week. We dined in the MDR every night except for one night that we ate at the steak house. Leo and Roger were our waiters and they both were always pleasant and smiling. The food in the MDR was good. I was worried because of the previous reviews and I know I can be a food snob, but it was fine. The steak house was wonderful. I actually enjoyed better than the one on the Conquest. Entertainment was wonderful, Donkey did his job well. This boat did have more elderly on it but I think its because of the casino. It was no bother at all because there was plenty of events for people of all ages going on. I definitely would recommend this ship to anyone. We did an excursion at each port we booked thru carnival prior to sailing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all ... Read More
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all lines.Check in for luggage and Citizenship and sign and sail went quickly. the parking garage was less the 400 feet from the pier.. weather was perfect. no rough seas. all three of us elderly gentlemen , ages 85, 71 and 67 walk with canes. and had no problems with hallway obstructions. I was offered the use of wheelchair service to board and debark and was very happy with the offer. also, to go ashore in one port I had to borrow a wheelchair which one of my friends pushed for me and only had to give a $50 refundable deposit for its use and safe return. the local tender folks in Belize were also very helpful with the wheelchair as well. The dinners were all excellent, especially the night in Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse. The Chocolate buffet on the last day at sea was plentiful and tasty.. we did not go to the repeater parties. we did not buy any shore excursions. we didn't partake of any of the entertainment options as we felt they were too amplified for our taste and, honestly, we've all been "over-entertained" having grown up in NYC and Los Angeles.. Carnival corp has obviously made a deal with their cable company as there was only the Turner Networks package of tv shows and news on the in room tv. the selection of free movies was ok. they repeated the same 6 or 7 all week in rotation. the wi-fi package was only $119 for a whole week and one of us purchased it due to health issues and staying in touch with their concerned family. it worked well 98% of the time but response times on the in-house computer screens was notoriously slow like in the old 64K Dial up days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had a wonderful time on the Breeze! The ship is very well designed and only 1 floor had an obstruction where we couldn't go forward to aft completely. The décor is reminiscent of a summer beach with a golden sun shining down and was ... Read More
Had a wonderful time on the Breeze! The ship is very well designed and only 1 floor had an obstruction where we couldn't go forward to aft completely. The décor is reminiscent of a summer beach with a golden sun shining down and was very relaxing. The bed mattresses were very comfy. The lido deck furniture was very nice and comfy. There were plenty of seats for everyone, except on the serenity deck which was very popular of course. The Thrill Theater is not to be missed, even though is an additional cost and was very fun. The sky course was great although for some reason the easy side was blocked off on a few sections, forcing myself on the more difficult side (300lbs weight limit for the harnesses if you are wondering) My Mom and I arrived a day early from the sailing to enjoy the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral. I highly recommend going if you haven't before. We were the first to arrive and stayed all day till they closed. All the exhibits were wonderful and well worth the trip. There are lots of shuttles to the port terminals if you need a ride and even Uber operates in the area if for some reason you have trouble with a shuttle. Embarkation was a bit hectic even with the appointment times. The staff didn't bother to actually look at our ticket and ushered us into the early/late line which wasn't moving instead of the on time line. Once we got the attention of a staff member and asked about which line we should be in and got into the correct line, everything went smoothly. I love that all the sail and sign cards came already punched for lanyards, which everyone seems to have accepted now, although I would suggest bringing your own lanyard to save some money. Disembarkation was fine, although was made worse by people who clearly weren't following instructions and leaving before their deck/zone was called causing a severe back log in the lobby/terminal. We were in cabin 10207 on Deck 10 which was a great spot for us. The views from the balcony were great and unobstructed in any way. really enjoyed being close enough to the Lido deck that we didn't have to travel far to get to the fun. There were no distrubances on the decks above of below and being far away from the elevator, it was really peaceful. However being so close to the bow of the ship, you can feel the ship's movement quite a bit, so if you are prone to seasickness I wouldn't recommend it. We were dining in the Blush restaurant on the upper level for the late dining and the service was fantastic! Gary was our headwaiter and he was hilarious, even doing crazy dances when the staff performed. Joseph also attended to our table and he was wonderful and very attentive. Zero complaints about the service, but the food was not anything special. I tried different dishes every night and they were not particularly flavorful and sometimes the descriptions on the menu were misleading. I recommend ordering more side/appetizers in case you don't enjoy the main dish. We also dined in the Cucina Del Capitano and Farenheit 555 restaurants. Cucina wasn't anything special, but the bread was really good. Farenheit's service was impecable and food really fancy, although the cowboy steak which was the largest on the menu, was fatty and bone in. The entertainment onboard was as expected, not too fancy but fun if you cut them slack considering what they have to work with. I really liked the Motown show and was looking forward to the Flick: The motion picture show, but unfortunately they only did a stripped down version of the Flick show because they almost cancelled it due to the rough seas. The stars James, Naomi, and Seth were troopers and performed the songs anyway for us, but just sang the songs and sat on barstools on stage as it was too dangerous to use their props. The fun squad did all the usual activities and kept the mood upbeat. The CD Chris "Donkey" Salazar was quite funny and charismatic. Only complaint was that for the Clue Mystery game they didn't hand out the Clue cards at the event and I had to ask around to try to track one down, but ended up not getting one and eventually gave up. Also Jess, the lady who ran the bingo sessions, has the same jokes for each bingo session. Like word for word the same jokes in the same order too. Room service was wonderful. Our steward Harri was very attentive and helped up when we lost a bathing suit in the laundry (our fault not theirs). He throughly cleaned our stateroom each day and didn't miss a beat. Ports of Call: Cozumel: Snuba Wish I chose a different one in the end. We ended up getting sick cause we couldn't equalize our ears due to sinus issues and my Mom ended up throwing up due to the depths we were going to and the pressure in her ears. I DO NOT RECOMMEND if you have any issues with sinuses, clearing your ears, etc as this can be quite painful. I wish I knew this before we booked it cause we would have gone with a different one. Excursion was not far from the pier and it is just a very small stretch of craggy beach, so no real place to kick back and relax afterwards. Considering it was a Cozumel Plus cruise, I wish I had gone with an excursion that lasted longer to make the most use of our time there. Belize: Xunantunich Mayan Ruins with Lunch Great excursion to the ruins, although it did last literally the whole day. You are the first people on the tender to the pier and the last people to arrive. Don't plan on getting shopping done in Belize with this excursion. There is a small pulley operated ferry to get across a river to get to the ruins and in bad weather it can be closed and if that happens they either give you refund or take you to a different Mayan ruins. Expect a 2hr bus ride on an air conditioned bus with a bathroom each way. Climbing the Mayan Ruins was optional so if you aren't up to the leg workout to get to the top you can observe from the bottom. Great excursion to do once if you have never been to Belize before as it gives a great view of the countryside and cultural lessons. Mahogany Beach (Roatan, Honduras): Maya Key private beach with lunch This was my favorite port of call as the terminal has a craft market area for local artisans to sell their wares. I enjoyed getting to support the local artists in a direct way rather than shopping at the more mainstreams stores that appear at every port. We took a 15 minute boat tender to the island and were given the intro by the island guide. We could wander over the whole island and enjoy their animal zoo, beaches, pool, snorkeling, and animal encounters and feedings. They have a large, clean bathrooms and lockers to rent. The island was only at like 25% capacity so we had our choice of beach chairs and could stretch out, which was a nice contrast to cruise ship life. The beach itself wasn't too sandy though so make sure you bring water shoes. We signed up for a snorkeling session and went out with the group led by a guide. The corals were quite nice but very close so we had to be careful and my Mom ended up stung by coral when the current got stronger and knocked her into the coral. Only big complaint here was that the instructors were moving quite fast and didn't tell the group to inflate their snorkeling vests so a kid was out there struggling till the group realized he didn't have it inflated. They were moving so fast to get our group out there that they didn't give full instructions so we just relied on our previous excursions instructions to guide us. The lunch here was quite excellent as well and the animals were adorable. Wish we had even more time here so we could just relax all day on the beach. Costa Maya: Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Bad weather put a damper on this port of call for us. Ship docked really early and we had to be one of the first off to get to this excursion. They take a travel bus to the pier where you board a catamaran. They have marine toilets on board, but no real changing area so make sure you are already wearing a bathing suit or prepare to change in a cramped, swaying bathroom. They were taking us to their first snorkeling location, but a rain storm was coming in so they took us 30 minutes in the opposite direction to avoid the storm, but we still got rained on and the tarp covering the boat was not water proof so everyone and everything got wet. The location they took us to was deep, but the water was clear. They tried breaking us up into two groups based on experience, but we ended up blending together anyway. BE WARNED, there are jellyfish in the water. Not the big ones, but they did sting and it was hard to see them in advance to avoid them. The guides were great and did their best, but the water conditions were pretty cruddy and the swells were getting bigger and bigger. Thank goodness we were wearing full life vests and not just snorkeling vests. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise and I would definitely travel on the Breeze again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I was on this cruise as part of a hosted singles cruise with a group of over 100 people. I had a great time and no complaints about anything to do with the ship or guest services. Had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room ... Read More
I was on this cruise as part of a hosted singles cruise with a group of over 100 people. I had a great time and no complaints about anything to do with the ship or guest services. Had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room six of seven nights. Have zero complaints about any of the food. Enjoyed alligator and ox tounge among the more rare things I ate. Among other food I really enjoyed the seaside BBQ and was glad I was able to get it more than one day. Tandoor indian food was a nice surprise that a friend recommended and I'm glad she did. Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana breakfast were good as is the usual. Didn't make it to any of the comedy shows, but the quest game was hilarious and I am totally doing that again. The full band playing on ocean plaza (deck 5 mid) was really good and had lots of people dancing. Received decent enough service at Casino bar, Red Frog Rum bar, and Alchemy bar. I think the very best service was at Red Frog Pub. That place with busy some nights with baseball fans watching the World Series and I still got my drinks fast pretty much every time. Sports square was a nice touch for the ship's outdoor activities, although I didn't actually do the ropes course or any of the waterslides. I love the hottubs on serenity deck with a bar right there. Our ports of call were: Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk. Experienced no problems with any of these ports or getting on/off the ship. The Carnival Breeze seems to have something for everyone and I would totally recommend this ship for someone's first experience on Carnival. Not as hectic as the newer and larger Vista and Horizon, and not as run-down looking as some of the older Carnival ships. Had an awesome time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We were looking for a cruise to take my 83 year old mother-in-law on that would be something that she would enjoy. We chose the Western Caribbean because we always enjoy those ports and we were hopeful that she would too. We like the ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise to take my 83 year old mother-in-law on that would be something that she would enjoy. We chose the Western Caribbean because we always enjoy those ports and we were hopeful that she would too. We like the Dream class ships since they offer a good variety of eating venues and entertainment. We ended up having a total of 7 people in 3 rooms. First - embarkation was the easiest we have ever experienced. Normally we try to get FTTF, but it was not available this trip plus we didn't think those traveling with us would be willing to pay the extra fee. We arrived at the port around 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:45. We got to the port early thinking we would have to deal with traffic, but that was not the case so they sent us through the line for early arrivals. Once they started boarding it didn't take more than 20 minutes for our zone to be called. Lugging around our carry-on was a bit of a pain, but not too bad. We had lunch and walked around for a little while to explore the ship. By the time we were able to get to the room around 1:30 our luggage was there, very easy! Our room was a Spa Balcony and very nice. Loved the layout and the amount of storage space. We unpacked and stored our luggage under the bed and went off to explore some more and catch up with the others that were arriving a little later. We had dinner in the main dining room and did some more exploring and visiting before heading to bed. Day 2 - This was a sea day and we spent some time in the Serenity area, visited the spa and did the Sky Course in addition to more visiting and exploring. Very relaxed day! Day 3 - Cozumel We booked an excursion to Chankanaab Park from an outside vendor and spent the day on the beach and snorkeling. The snorkeling was pretty good and the time at the park was nice. We headed back to the port and walked through some shops before boarding the ship. Day 4 - Belize This day looked a little stormy so we decided not to go ashore. We had considered booking Goff's Caye, but the forecast wasn't looking great so we opted to just hang around the ship. Day 5 - Roatan We booked Little French Key through Carnival because we had some onboard credit to use. It was an OK excursion. They offered a snorkel excursion from shore that wasn't spectacular. The beach area was rocky (old coral) in some areas, but the water was beautiful. Lunch was OK. The bus trip to and from LFK was informative. Day 6 - Costa Maya We walked around the shops in port with the older members of our party. It was hot and humid, so we didn't spend a lot of time ashore. This was our first time at this port because it was cancelled the last time we did this itinerary. I would like to go back to explore when we didn't have the older members of the party to consider. Day 7 - Sea Day #2 was nice except for having to pack to return home. We went to the debarkation talk since this was the first time we have experienced the new process. We were kind of bummed that we got Zone 15 by the time we knew where to get the zone tags. Next time we will be able to get a lower number! I should have paid more attention to what others had posted on Cruise Critic!! Debarkation - They stated that the expected time to begin debarkation was 8:15, but it happened earlier than that. I really didn't note the time. Since we had the luggage for my MIL we had to do the checked luggage since we couldn't carry off everything. It went pretty quickly and we were on the road by probably 9:00 AM. We got a porter to help us take the luggage to the car, which got us through the customs line in just a few minutes. It was a breeze! Other thoughts - This was our second time cruising with Schwartz. In my opinion, he is the best cruise director we have ever had. He is personable and approachable as well as high-energy. We went to the Country Show, 88 Keys and Flick, which we have seen before. Once you have seen them, you've seen them, so nothing new there. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the food in the main dining room. We had Your Time Dining and never had to wait to get a seat. The other food venues were good as well. We did not eat in any of the extra fee restaurants. The seas were very calm and the weather was great. Another great cruise with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The stops were all awesome. We stayed in a Grand Suit which has plenty of space for my family of 4. Both the embarkation and debarkation was extremely smooth and almost no waiting. The boat itself ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The stops were all awesome. We stayed in a Grand Suit which has plenty of space for my family of 4. Both the embarkation and debarkation was extremely smooth and almost no waiting. The boat itself had plenty of things to do. The comedy show and Lip Synch battle was great. They had a Halloween theme so there were lots of extra activities with that. During the day music by the pool or activities would go on. I'd recommend getting a seat by the beach pool because it's so much fun. The buffet food for dinner wasn't always the greatest selection but you didn't go hungry. We chose to eat dinner in the dining room most nights. This was not a quick process and expect it to take at least an hour and a half/2 hours. The food was always tasty there. The upgraded steakhouse was delicious and I loved everything about it. I definitely recommend going. Every worker on the boat was very friendly and nice. They would stop and say hi and make sure everything was going well. Our room steward with Ludo,very nice Both my kids begged to go or stay at the Camp Ocean which is the kids club. Dominique in the younger kids area was super nice and my daughter loved seeing her every day. My oldest got to go on stage during the lip synch battle and loved that experience. As far as the stops we did the following: Amber Cove: stayed at the pool, great for young kids St Thomas: took a private taxie to Meghan's Bay San Juan: Went to the Marriott booked through resortforaday.com Grand Turk: sat right off the boat and went to Margarita Ville Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was ... Read More
This was an anniversary celebration cruise for us, and we wanted to see some of the eastern Caribbean. The ship was clean, and well laid out. The staff was always helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the dining options (anytime dining was great). The melting chocolate cake was divine as was the heart shaped cake and serenade by our wait crew for our anniversary. Our wait staff team was exceptional. They remembered our names and brought my husband his favorite beverage each night even before we ordered anything. The entertainment was really really great, with a very entertaining cruise director. The entertainment was staff was wonderful. The variety of activities meant there was something for pretty much everyone. We enjoyed being able to talk with them after their shows. Although we did not travel with children, we saw them being well cared for and entertained as well. We snorkeled in Grad Turk - beautiful clear waters and a variety of fish and coral to see. We did not do excursions at the other ports of call, but did enjoy the relaxing pool area & restaurants at Amber Cove including the zip line! We walked around St. Thomas and San Juan. We would do a cruise on the Breeze again. We were totally impressed at how smoothly and quickly they turned the ship around for 4700 passengers! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My sister and friend of her's went on this cruise not know it was the first time out of PC but couldnt tell it. Had a blast. We were in room 9255 and our cabin steward Germano was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had ... Read More
My sister and friend of her's went on this cruise not know it was the first time out of PC but couldnt tell it. Had a blast. We were in room 9255 and our cabin steward Germano was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had enough towels and also bedding for the sofa bed. We also enjoyed Chelsea who we later found out was from the Charlotte NC area which is were we are from. She was a delight with the trivia games and also in the comedy club. Our Cruise director Schwartz was funny and did go out of hiw way to make everyone laugh. This was our first time on the breeze and we had a great time. The layout of the ship was so easy for us to get use to. Had a great time and hope to go back on the breeze again next year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The ... Read More
I ultimately chose this cruise due to it’s importance to the Carnival Repositioning of their fleet. It was also a unique sailing and a Carnival Journey Cruise. It helped that I had previous Carnival Cruise Friends already booked. The only negative I can submit is the MDR Service. On this particular 9/16 sailing, the late seating was taking 2.5 hours from seating to leaving. Not sure why that was, but it was certainly consistent. There seemed to be a defect in communication between the Galley & the Dining Room. The entertainment on board was fantastic, never a dull moment and plenty of variety for everyone. Embarking and Debarking were easy and managed well from Galveston, through the Ports of Call, and final debarkation in Port Canaveral. All smooth and simple. The Crew of the Breeze, from Captain, Officers, Engineers, Maintenance, Stewards, Deck Hands, Retail, Spa, and Bar Tenders are simply amazing. Excellent 5 Star Service was my experience on this cruise. The Photography Crew was amazing, bright, professional and did a fantastic job! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite ... Read More
This was a 20th anniversary cruise for the Mrs. and I. We originally booked a balcony cabin but a few months later I remembered how much she liked the cloud 9 spa. A couple of calls later I moved our booking to the extended balcony suite on deck 11. Arrival was as per usual other than the driving thunderstorm that greeted us in Galveston. The Premier guest lounge was nice with a decent selection of coffee, water, and treats. Entry onto the ship was uneventful. Having purchases FTF (highly recommended) our stateroom was ready when we arrived onboard. We just dropped off our carry on packs (always recommended to bring some necessities in a pack just in case something happens to your luggage) and started exploring the ship (and waiting for the ship to depart and the casino to open) Once underway we did encounter some heavy seas but the ship handled it with aplomb and seasickness wasnt an issue (travel tip , Ginger Root pills work as well for most people as dramamine and dont have any of the side effects) and we never felt concerned. The dining room was ok and the staff very attentive, however the Steakhouse was AWESOME, highly recommended ! The sushi bar was quite nice as well. On deck 10 Guys burgers was much better than you might be inclined to believe and Tandoor on the aft had lots of interesting things to try as well. The casino was nicely staffed and were always at hand to fetch a drink for you, however if you are sensitive to smoke, a filter mask might be appropriate. While cigars are not allowed, cigarettes and vape pipes were very prevalent. The water park is a good hour of fun for adults and the adventure course was a hoot as well. We missed the show (casino was being nice to us) but did hear rave reviews for other folks that saw it. At port we did Tabiana beach and got some great snorkeling done and saw LOTS of fish, lobster, and other colorful coral (another quick tip, a ziplock bag with dog biscuits in it will bring fish to eat right out of your hand) We also did a snorkel and paddleboard excursion, it was nice but "contained" in that you had to stay with the group, unlike Tabiana where you did and swam where you liked. The Cloud 9 spa was a dream for the Mrs. and we did a couples hot stone massage that was quite nice. The Mrs. Did several other activities there. the Therapy pool was great after a day of swimming and working the currents. Disembarkation was quick and easy (another plus for suite guests or FTF) meeting in the ovation theater around 0800 we were off the ship by 0845. Customs and TABC were a little stricter than other cruises we have been on (mainly due to Belize and trafficking) but were polite and quick. The porter was very helpful and got the bags situated. One thing we did discuss was our next cruise. We have decided the next cruise will be a last minute 4-5 day "Vagabond" cruise. We both agreed to limiting ourselves to what we can carry in our daypacks ONLY. No additional baggage. Also going to try an interior cabin as well as we have only cruised on balcony or suite cabins. So no "formal" day for us ;) Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I just came back from doing the Western Caribbean on the Breeze, and we had a great time. Embarkation was smooth and fast, debarkation not so fast but still OK. Entertainment was pretty good, with the highlight being the ... Read More
My wife and I just came back from doing the Western Caribbean on the Breeze, and we had a great time. Embarkation was smooth and fast, debarkation not so fast but still OK. Entertainment was pretty good, with the highlight being the tag-teaming comedians (. . . .More comedy than I have even seen on a ship). But the real highlight, surprisingly, was the food. After cruising multiple times on many of the mainstream cruise lines (RCL, Norwegian, HAL, Princess, MSC, and Celebrity) we have to say that the food on the Breeze was just as good, if not better, than all the other lines we have been on. The devil is in the details, so here we go: Main Dining Room (MDR). Every dish we had in the MDR over the seven days was well done and well presented. In particular, I enjoyed the prime rib, the mushroom soup, the caesar salad, the pork chop, the escargot, and the lobster tail. Some cruise lines no longer even give you lobster, while on the Breeze you can order as many of the large, tasty tails as you want on formal night. Also, on sea days the Breeze offered a brunch in the MDR that had a more extensive menu than we have seen on other ships. The highlight of the brunch was steak and eggs, with the steak being a filet mignon. Yes, a very tender and tasty filet mignon of good size. I knew where I was headed every sea day morning!! Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint. Guy’s burgers are among the best hamburgers we have ever had anywhere, not just the best on a ship! The only other cruise ship hamburger that even comes close was our experience at Johnny Rockets on two of our RCL cruises -- and you had to pay extra for those Johnny Rocket burgers! I would have eaten lunch every day at Guy’s Burger Joint, but I knew that is was bad for me, so we ate there maybe every other day. The fries were also good there, but I stopped eating the fries so that I could eat more burger!! Oh, and for comparison the worst hamburger on a cruise ship? That (dis)honor goes to MSC cruise lines, where they prepare the hamburgers in advance and wrap them in tin foil to sit under a heat lamp for . . . . well, for who knows how long. The Pizza Pirate. All Carnival ships that we have sailed on, including the Breeze, have a 24 hour pizza bar. They make the pizza fresh right when you order it. The ingredients are real: Real, hand tossed pizza dough, real tomato sauce, and real cheese, with multiple different toppings available The thin crust comes out hot and crispy and just right. OK, I have to say “real” cheese because some cruise lines in the past (looking at you, Princess) served us pizza with something that was cheese-like, but, uggh in taste. The Tandoor. All the larger Carnival ships we have sailed on, including the Breeze, have this outdoor Indian food bar. If you like Indian food at all, you are going to love this. Real Indian chefs are cooking it, and the various spices used in the dishes are awesome. OK, some of the dishes are too spicy for my taste. But every day they have different Indian choices, and the trick is to take just a bit of everything, taste it all, and then go back for those dishes that are moderately spiced. Oh, yeah, you can talk burgers and pizza with all cruise lines . . . but Indian food?? ONLY on Carnival, amongst the lines we have tried. Oh, and guess where we saw many of the ship’s officers eating? Yeah, at the Tandoor. The Lido Buffet. So we did not eat much at the buffet because of the superb alternatives mentioned above. We did eat breakfast a few times at the buffet, and it was pretty much the same as other cruises we have been on. The omelettes were maybe a touch better than average, but not much else was remarkable. However, we did eat lunch once in the buffet, and the carved ham was so juicy and tender it seemed to melt in our mouths. A plus, that. Other food choices aboard the Breeze: The Blue Iguana Cafe, Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ, and the Mongolian Wok. We did not try these this go round . . . . so won’t comment. We also did not try the fee options, such as the specialty restaurants or the “upgraded” MDR steak and seafood dishes. I mean, why bother?? Thanks, Carnival, for not downgrading your all-inclusive dining options to try to push people to the fee dining options. It is a bit of wonder why Carnival food is a good as it is in comparison to other cruise lines in its price niche. Most Carnival ships sail out of the same port year round, and do not relocate each season -- so perhaps that allows for better quality consistency, and more bang for Carnival’s food budget? Well, who knows. Just enjoy!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My Daughter has always.wanted to visit Texas and for her 40th Birthday we chose Breeze out of Galveston and then rented a house for a week afterward in Austin. We flew into Houston and met up with our Son and Son in Law the night before ... Read More
My Daughter has always.wanted to visit Texas and for her 40th Birthday we chose Breeze out of Galveston and then rented a house for a week afterward in Austin. We flew into Houston and met up with our Son and Son in Law the night before we cruised, we had 3 car rentals and followed in convoy to Galveston. Parking was efficient at the port and we walked across the road to the terminal. Long lengthy queues in a very hot environment was a challenge, but hey we are on holiday. From beginning to end, we all loved everything about this cruise, it was exactly what we had wanted from a cruise with all the family being happy... My grandsons loved the Basketball court and were on it as much as humanely possible, other than that they were in the water park.... we were a group of 6 adults and 2 boys, one 8 and the other 13.... We all loved the entertainments, the cruise director was Schwartz, he kept everyone totally entertained, one of the best Cruise Directors we have come across in our years of cruising. We only did 2 excursions, which were both great, The weather was amazing which always helps. Food was good, the staff in the main restaurant were extremely lovely, we tended to try and eat at the same table each night, because it was a round table just on the entrance to the main dining room and my boys liked it there. We had 2 Balcony Cabins and one inside for the family of four, their choice.... Cabin Steward was very accommodating and good service, very polite. Will definitely cruise Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have been on the Breeze 3 times and I absolutely love the ship! The casino staff was always great! Our wait staff has always been prompt and attentive. Our room stewards have all been friendly and and I love they remembered our names ... Read More
I have been on the Breeze 3 times and I absolutely love the ship! The casino staff was always great! Our wait staff has always been prompt and attentive. Our room stewards have all been friendly and and I love they remembered our names immediately. We have stayed in a Balcony room, interior room and Spa room. The spa area was great! Never a mess and the staff was always helpful. I loved staying in the spa room as it was so convenient to take the private elevator up to the spa and Serenity areas. We were very spoiled for sure! I have been on 10 cruises in the last 2 years and the Breeze is so far my favorite ship! Many of the shows have been the same on different boats and I wish they were all different but I understand why they aren’t. However, there are so many things to do, it is easy to stay busy and entertained! Even though the Breeze is moving to Florida this month, I will just have to visit her there! ;) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship a week later, we had the best experience. The food was really great, Swartz, the Cruise Director, was amazing as was all of the staff and crew. Our room with a balcony was clean and roomy. The ship was extremely well maintained and clean. The guests for the most part were nice and fun to be around. I travelled with my 17 year old daughter and there was a lot of activities of interest to her. We went to the Blue Lagoon in Nassau and had the dolphin, sea lion, and sting ray experience and it was perfect-fun, activity packed, staff courteous and professional. Freeport port was ok. Reminded us of a tired Cozumelmor Playa de Carmen. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Embarkation went very quickly. We arrived at the terminal around 1 for a 1:30 arrival time, dropped off family and luggage (you can use right two lanes for drop-off at Galveston terminal). Took about 20 minutes to park at the port lot ... Read More
Embarkation went very quickly. We arrived at the terminal around 1 for a 1:30 arrival time, dropped off family and luggage (you can use right two lanes for drop-off at Galveston terminal). Took about 20 minutes to park at the port lot and return. We were on the ship before 2. Room and S&S cards were ready. Headed up to 10 and found that Cuchina del Capitano was still open for pasta lunch, practically no one was there. We got 1/2 portions of pasta and was excellent. Muster drill was about 3:45 and lasted around 15 minutes. Went onto the promenade to see the departure from the harbor and to watch people feed the birds on the way out. Galveston is a busy harbor and we saw ships around us until late into the evening. We chose Your Time Dining and headed to Sapphire at 6, no waiting. Oscar was our headwaiter and was really high-energy and attentive. We asked for him every evening we at in the Sapphire and had only one evening without him (a group of 17 was just seated with him before we arrived that night). Kids went to Circle C at 8 for the icebreaker. If you have kids in Circle C or Club O2, make sure they go that first night. We had private drivers in Roatan and Cozumel, not booked through Carnival. This is well worth the money as they tailor the schedule to fit what you want to see. It was great not to be tied to the schedule of the slowest person in a group of 30 and we could adapt the schedule/stops on the fly. I think we ended up spending less money and had a better time than the organized excursions. We used Bodden Tours in Roatan and Tours Plaza in Cozumel. Ask for Ronald in Roatan and Leo in Cozumel - they won't steer you wrong! We snorkeled in West Bay on Roatan and Sky Reef in Cozumel. For novice snorkelers like us, this was perfect. West Bay was almost empty the day we went - some beach vendors but not overly pushy. I think the Breeze was the only ship in port that day. It rained hard early which may have put some people off of going to the beach. Sky Reef had less coral but more fish than West Bay. Did the zip lining at Bodden's place on Roatan, appeared very safe and we had a blast. We didn't get off the ship in Belize because the tenders and buses or water taxis would eat up too much of the time. Plus it was nice having a down day between Roatan and Cozumel on a quieter ship. We chose a later debarkation since we were not in a big hurry to depart. Picked zone 27 and were in the last group off the ship at around 10:30. Plenty of room on deck 5 to sit while we waited. It took a little over an hour to go from deck 5 to being on the road. Tip: if you park in the port lots, go east beyond the terminal entrance, make a loop, then head west on Harborside and turn right into the terminal for pick up. I did this by accident but it was one of those favorable mistakes. Hits: The staff! Front-line staff like room stewards and MDR waiters were very outgoing and contributed a lot to the experience. Our room steward (Korn) and MDR waiter (Oscar) in particular deserve a shout-out for their excellent service. They remembered all four of our names right away and never failed to call us by name when they saw us - I don't know how they do it with new people week after week. I don't know if we hit things just right or what, but we waited very little for much of anything. Only one evening we waited for Sapphire for 20 minutes, rest of the time it was 0-5 minutes. Seaday brunches were excellent. Misses: Some of the food. I had a strip steak in the MDR for the extra $20 one evening. Can't fault the preparation but the quality of the meat was only fair. Your average steak from a chain restaurant like Outback is better. Based on this I would not spend the extra money for the Fahrenheit 555 experience. The Lido buffets were not all that appetizing either, and the lasagna at Cuchina del Capitano missed with sliced beef instead of ground beef. The mousse-style desserts had more of a tofu consistency. Even so, we managed to find enough good food to eat to satisfy us. Overall we loved the ship and the experience and the misses we had with some of the food wasn't nearly enough to put us off cruising again. We're already looking forward to our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very ... Read More
We wanted to sail on the Breeze before it leaves Galveston. We have sailed 3 times on the Dream and wanted to compare the two ships. We loved the Breeze. We always enjoy the Cove balcony rooms and room 2365 was very nice and very convenient. The entertainment was excellent-there was live music all over the ship. The Red Frog pub is lots of fun. The atrium is a great place to wait for dinner. Anytime dining was well organized and we usually had only a short wait for a table to two. The ship was packed full but the staff was always professional and helpful. Breakfast every day in the dining room was delicious. We also enjoyed very early room service for coffee on our balcony. The lido pools were very busy on sea days but the Serenity Deck was a pleasant retreat. The Cloud 9 Spa is beautiful and I enjoyed using my week long pass for the various special rooms and thermo pool. All the food was good-the pasta restaurant for lunch, the barbecue on sea days, and the convenient light meals in the Ocean Plaza. The dining room staff were excellent and made sure our food met our needs. The shows were very nice and the large Texas Crowd enjoyed the special attention they received. The Military Celebratiion was outstanding with over 75 Military and first responders being recognized. Very Patiotic and touching. Thank you Carnival for seven wonderful days. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I was ... Read More
We cruised with another couple we have cruises with previously. This time we did not bring any of our children, and we had a great time! There were plenty of kids on the ship...but thankfully we weren’t in charge of any of them. I was surprised how many kids were being served alcohol. I have never witnessed that on any of my previous cruises, and it was concerning. We upgraded to a spa interior cabin. It was a great location. I loved being up that high. We went to the spa pool a couple of times, but we didn’t really take advantage of everything the spa offered. I was disappointed that the special spa shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion weren’t restocked innour bathroom. I suppose I could have asked for more, but I don’t know if I would have been able to get more for free. My only real complaint was the smoking area. I’ve never been on a ship with a smoking area that was as large and on the Breeze. Half of deck 11 (the same desk as our cabin) allowed smoking. It was very thick and hard to breathe. Even the nonsmoking side was contaminated. There were also other smoking areas. It felt like we were always around it. Some smokers paid no attention to the designated smoking areas and smoked wherever they wanted to. I didn’t see any crew members ask them to extenguish their cigarette or move to the designated smoking areas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for my granddaughter's 18th birthday, high school graduation, and for me the end of a hectic school year. I knew the traffic from Houston to Galveston could be insanity, so we went in a day before. We used the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my granddaughter's 18th birthday, high school graduation, and for me the end of a hectic school year. I knew the traffic from Houston to Galveston could be insanity, so we went in a day before. We used the Galveston Express service - if you use them be prepared for lots of stops (like a city bus). We stayed at the Scottish Inn in Galveston. I had read about the hotel and that you could walk over to the Ferry and ride for free. The hotel and staff were very nice, room clean, pool comfortable, and the walk to the ferry was 5 min. We rode the ferry just a little before sunset and saw dolphins and the sun set on the ocean. A perfect start to the trip. There was no food close so we had to order from a local pizza place, it took an hour for the food but it was fine. The hotel provides shuttle service to your ship for free, 10 min ride. 5 stars for the Scottish Inn. Once at the ship our board time was 11:30 am, we easily found our area to wait and were boarded by 11:00 the process took maybe 10 min start to finish. Our room would not be ready until 1:30 so we quickly found food. I MUST NOTE not only was the staff friendly, but so were the other cruisers. I have NEVER been anywhere for a week where everyone was kind to strangers and each other. It was truly a pleasant experience. Our Cabin 11220 (Spa Cabins) was bigger than I expected and OH the BEDS !!! I like a firm bed, my granddaughter likes soft - the beds were perfect for each of us and I would have brought the bed, pillows, and bedding home with me if I could have. We did some exploring and just a few feet down the hall was a port door, we went out and found the very front of the ship on the 11th deck - there was never anyone there, other than us. What a nice place to drink our coffee and plan our day. Our room steward GREG was friendly and wonderful. Our cruise director - Schwartz - was everywhere, I swear the man is a robot - every time we heard the ding on the loud speaker we knew Schwartz was going to be there with his "GOOD MORNING CARNIVAL BREEZE FAMILY....." We ate at the FARENHEIT 555 STEAK RESTAURANT the first night aboard it was amazing - it cost extra but was so worth it. I will point out for first time cruisers THERE IS NO CASH USED ON BOARD THE SHIP. Alcohol and soft drinks are also not included - the average alcoholic umbrella drink was $8, beer $5 and soft drinks $2.50 just for your planning. Of all the food on board our favorite was Guys Burgers and the buffet. The dining rooms were ok, but they were so busy that sometimes orders were not complete and some of the food way over cooked. We liked the buffets because there was a huge turn over in the food and it did not seem over cooked. We went to a show every night in the Ovation Theater and loved them all - first class entertainment. The ship it's self is beautiful. We were worried because of the immense size - but after a few days we easily found our way around and managed to get our exercise in, averaging 10,000 steps a day. There were 4713 passengers and 1400 crew on board, however, we never felt crowded except for the first excursion day and getting off the ship. SEASICKNESS - I am prone to getting the green face witrh rocking motions - the ship was very stable and there was only one time when a small storm moved in that I felt a bit green, I took my Bonine and went to bed, next day was perfect, I did feel the motion of the ship but never enough to be uncomfortable except for that one evening. There were trivia events and all kinds of contests etc. Kimberly ran the morning trivia which we found we could not miss - her energy flowed over to us all and made for a great start to the day. Be sure to look at your Fun Times every night to plan for the next day. There is a Dive-In movie theater on the Lido deck and we watched movies everynight. So much to do - so little energy do do it. Excursions - Rose Hall Jamaica was a beautiful trip but I felt was misrepresented. We thought it was a sort of haunted mansion trip, but there are only 4 items in the great house that are original and it was a bit of a disappointment, with LOTS of walking. Be sure to try the jerked chicken in the port stands - it's amazing. We gave the tour a 3 out of 5. Our 2nd excursion was Sea Safari with kayaking and stingray city - I cannot express enough how incredible this excursion was. Zack and Chris are perfect tour guides and very caring and helpful - I have some mobility issues - they worked with me and I managed to go kayaking, and swim with the sting rays - a bucket list item checked off. We gave this excursion 5+++++++ off the charts. 3rd on the tour was the Cozumel Mayan Ball Game and show. TAKE YOUR BUG SPRAY, this is in the middle of the jungle and there are no see-um bugs. This tour was wonderful and easy. We were blessed by a witch doctor, saw warriors play an interesting game, the tour provided huge fans to cool us off, and cool wet towels. Very thoughtful - it was HOT. There was tequila tasting and a lunch show. This was a long tour, we enjoyed it very much. 5 stars. NOTE: Our excursions were booked through Carnival - I found out that if you book through Carnival and you are injured - your medical requirements are covered. Not so with private company excursions. For my peace of mind I do not mind spending a few extra dollars. Last day on board - we had to be off the ship by 8:30 am, this was a surprise and it caused a bit of a transport issue. It took no more than 15 min to clear customs and debark. We did not buy alcohol or have anything to declare. Our shuttle was not due to arrive until 11:30 and it was way hot - the shuttle could not come early so we checked out a Carnival Bus - they had room and took us directly to the airport for a small fee - so worth it. NEXT TIME WE USE CARNIVAL TRANSPORT. Our cruise was far and above what we expected. For an 18 year old and a 63 year old it was the perfect choice. If you are bored on the Carnival Breeze then you are not looking out of your cabin. There is something to do for everyone. THANK YOU CARNIVAL FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We loved our time on the Breeze. I am writing this review as I really enjoyed reading the reviews prior to our cruise which was the week of 5/20 so hopefully this will help anyone with an upcoming trip on the Breeze. We departed out of ... Read More
We loved our time on the Breeze. I am writing this review as I really enjoyed reading the reviews prior to our cruise which was the week of 5/20 so hopefully this will help anyone with an upcoming trip on the Breeze. We departed out of Galveston with an itinerary going to Montego Bay, Grand Caymen and Cozumel. The ship was beautiful. Very well- appointed. Not as gaudy as others ships which was nice. The staff was always working hard to keep it clear and refreshed. All of the staff we encountered were wonderful. We loved the entire staff at Camp Ocean, where our little one frequented often (and loved it!), Das in the Blush dining room and our stateroom attendant, Jose. They were each so wonderful and knew us by name by the 2nd day. I recommend Camp Ocean for anyone with little ones, ours is 2 and some change and it was nice to send her to camp for a couple hours each day to have some adult time. You can leave diapers, wipes, anything else they will need and your child will be fully occupied with games, songs, and activities every day. We loved the Dr. Seuss theme and participating in the parade across the ship and the story time. Definitely a ton for kids to do. One thing they didn't tell us prior though is that any child who is not yet potty trained can't swim or play on the splash pad. Understand the pool as it's sitting water but the splash pad would have been fun to play in. We paid for the chat feature on the Carnival MyHub and it was good to chat with others in your party as the ship is really big. We didn't attend and shows or anything as we had our little one with us and didn't stay out late. The food at the buffet was OK...nothing to really right home about. BUT, the food at dinner in Blush was really, really good. Some items were even great I would say! But again, the service is what makes it an all-around wonderful dining experience. We loved Guy's Burgers (I had three in 7 days...), Indian Food was surprisingly really yummy, pizza was great and the BBQ also good. Breakfast buffet got old after day 3 but there is also the option to do sit down breakfast in your assigned restaurant which we heard was great. Something to note for next time. Casino took a lot of our money but hey...whatever. Drinks were also good and the Cheers package was worth it for my husband, but not so much for me. They say 5 total drinks a day will pay for it. I barely made 5 each day.. but, again. Good to know for the future. Our interior stateroom was small, but as to be expected. Especially with a 2 year old with us... crib fit nicely next to our King bed. Will likely upgrade to a larger room next time. From peeking my head in other rooms, seems worth a little more change to have a little bit more room to move around. We didn't book any excursions in advance (again, had a 2 year old) and glad we didn't because it rained (poured, really) in both the Caymens and Cozumel. We did go to Doc's Cave Beach Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica and that was nice. Pretty beach, good service from those who work there (you can get drinks and food on the beach) but beware of a lot of people walking up and down selling things from wooden turtles to pot... We came home in a Tropical Storm so it was very rocky on the boat but the Captain and Cruise Director were sure to communicate with us and warn us it was approaching. All in all, great time!! Read Less
Sail Date May 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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