Let me start with the good parts of the ship and cruise. First, the staff – they were outstanding! From our cabin steward to the waitresses and waiters in the dining rooms, to the bartenders in the various clubs, to the guest services ... Read More
Let me start with the good parts of the ship and cruise. First, the staff – they were outstanding! From our cabin steward to the waitresses and waiters in the dining rooms, to the bartenders in the various clubs, to the guest services personnel, all of them were absolutely gracious, friendly, and did everything they could to be of assistance. Above excellent, I would have to say.
Second, the food – as usual, Carnival has wonderful food! The 555 Fahrenheit Steak House was exceptional, and the Sushi Bar was delicious even while a bit sparse on item variety. I definitely want to mention the “adult” beverages – they were very good! In fact, the bartenders made sure our drinks were fully “adult”!!
Now, for the bad news. For a newer ship, I would have expected their ventilation system to be top of the line. I get that the casino is a smoking venue. I do not go into the casino at all – on any ship. As a non-smoker, and one who literally gasps for air around cigarette smoke, the ventilation on this particular ship was absolutely unacceptable. The odor and smoke permeated the open areas around the casino and even came through the vents into the dining room below.
Also, and this really bothered me greatly, was the allowing of smokers on the outside upper deck above the large pool area. One entire side of the pool was open for smoking, which meant that each time we went in or out of the upper pool area we had to walk through cigarette smoke. Smoking was allowed on nearly every outside lower deck as well, which made it nearly impossible to enjoy sitting on an outer deck anywhere. I have been on several other Carnival ships, and NEVER have I viewed upper decks and as many outside decks that allowed smoking. This ship is definitely not a ship for non- smokers. If people want to smoke, then the Breeze is the ship on which you will want to sail! It is quite user friendly for both cigar and cigarette smokers. For us non-smokers, it would be best to sail on another ship!
Next, while some might tout the décor as being laid back and “understated,” I categorize it as a step above an IHop pancake house. The Sapphire restaurant looked as if it would be right at home as a large institutional dining room, with virtually no esthetics whatsoever. The Blush restaurant was about two steps up, which included white tablecloths and three hanging chandeliers that were quite lovely.
The cabins were dull. That is about the best I can say – dull, void of color save for the alleged art work on the wall that was nothing more than pastel colors thrown on a canvas. Oh, and even though we requested twin beds, they left it as a king. And, we had to request a remote control for the TV three times before we got one that worked.
One last “complaint” – I love watching the ship leave port. It’s so reminiscent of the days back when sailing was de rigueur! Unfortunately, the Breeze does not allow the waving as we sail away. We had to muster during that time for our safety briefing and although we did not have to stand at attention near the life boats, it was still a bit disappointing to miss our “bon voyage.”
Suffice it to say, I will not sail again on the Breeze. Read Less