Sail Date: July 2012
We went on the 4th cruise of the Carnival Breeze. Whilst there is no disagreement that the suit is stunning, it fell short in expectations. Firstly the embarkation was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at noon and there were massive ... Read More
We went on the 4th cruise of the Carnival Breeze. Whilst there is no disagreement that the suit is stunning, it fell short in expectations. Firstly the embarkation was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at noon and there were massive queues everywhere. Queue to get through security (whilst many of our friends from the USA just jumped them), them massive queue to get your sail card. Then queue to get on boat. All in all took 1 1/2 hours to get on boat. Only good thing was we were able to get into room straight away. Room was one of the best we have been in. We had a balcony on deck 6 and plenty room with large bathroom. Room steward was excellent and had clean towels twice a day. They had self service launderette (for a fee of course) but this was always very busy and you couldn't get near the 9 of them on sea days. Lido Marketplace (self service restaurant) was good with variety of choice. Breakfast was till noon which was good. There was a deli counter which did sandwiches and toasties etc all afternoon so if you were not hungry at lunch and did not fancy pizza or burgers then at least you had a healthy option. The biggest complaint would be that a large number of people were coming in with just bathing suits on to eat and staff didn't really mind. A lot of the guests just spend their days eating pizza and having burgers. We had late seating at restaurant. You are unable to select table size prior to going. On first night we were allocated a table with other guests. After this we requested a table on our own (some peoples eating habits are not the best!). The was promptly done for the second night. Food was good but was a bit disorganised and very rushed. Most nights there was a little song from the Maitre D and then the waiters had to do a dance. This was OK if you were finished your food, but if your not then expect everyone hanging over you taking pictures! The first formal night most people dressed up, but the second most didn't bother. Main theatre entertainment was average. At least most nights the shows were on twice so if you were late dinner sitting you got to see something. However, we had one show repeated 3 times in the cruise. They were nothing special, just your usual musical type. Apart from the cruise director HASBRO game show (load of rubbish) and the guest talent show (karaoke on stage basically). There were also comedian shows late. Some were good, some were very bad. There was also people paying music in the pub, the plaza, the atrium and the piano bar. So plenty to suit your taste. Gym was very disappointing as about the smallest I have been to on a ship and on sea days was very busy and you had to wait to get on equipment. The cruise director (John Heald) was a very nice guy but it was a bit tiring hearing him on the speaker system all the time telling you what was on or where you could spend your money. Although it was the first ship I had been on where you got to find out the names of the people who were late or missed the boat (the name Hoffman was used many times!). John did a morning show with a guy called Calvyn. This was utter rubbish and where did they find Calvyn from - he was a joke (and that's putting it mildly). As this was a fun ship there were a lot of kids on the ship. Now I don't mind them at all but there was a big problem with the 13 - 17 age group. They were really disruptive during the night and causing havoc especially in the lido area and pizza pirate areas. Some of the staff were in tears over the mess they were making with the ice cream machine. Most nights it was out of action because they had filled it with salsa, tabasco, apples or had removed the pins to make the levers work. Staff were saying that the kids were rampaging till 5 - 6 in the morning. My question would be where are the parents? May I also add that it was the kids from the USA that were doing the rampaging - the European kids must have gone to bed. I have been on a few ships, but this was the first Carnival. It was a lovely ship but the 'fun ship' idea is not to everyone's taste. It had lost a lot of the formality which most cruise ships have. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Arrival-as other reviews stated chaotic queues not very good explanation and rude staff if you cant find your form to sign to get on board. Cases=dont expect these until up to around 9pm at night=we got ours about 5.45 just in time ... Read More
Arrival-as other reviews stated chaotic queues not very good explanation and rude staff if you cant find your form to sign to get on board. Cases=dont expect these until up to around 9pm at night=we got ours about 5.45 just in time before we rushed for our dinner so bring spare clothes if you arrive midday like us. Apparently this is not the service you get on other liners Dinning rooms blush=over the top waiters who want tips! Only ate 2 times here as they did not leave u alone. Casino -excellent Theatre=broke all holiday Gratuities-please cancel and pay your own-they try to make you feel guilty but they were work out around £60 per day. Some staff only get 75 dollars per month as carnival expects them to make wages from tips! Cruisers=they packed in record 4600 guests but only had around 1600 sunbeds so even though up 6.30am could not get bed for 4, with 2 smallchildren this is a headache. Alot guests fighting over beds so new rule brought in if left longer than 40 mins your stuff gets removed! At the end of the day Carnival should provide enough beds and not expect you to lay on towels as some guests did. Rooms-staff fab and very friendly, they got our biggest tip! Rooms smaller than there other ships they pack u in here-noisy in morning with inconsiderate banging from the patio doors and front doors of adjoining rooms. Bar staff at main pool bars=not very friendly on lido but friendly staff who come to you Frog Pub=good friendly service, excellent live music POOLS- STANDING ROOM ONLY! THese ARE VERY SMALL -AQUA PARK EXCELLENT Italian and Steak excellent ate here twice great service and food Indian curry area fab plenty queues here though Market Place=closed half down when peak times did not make sense just created more queues? John the cruise director=annoying making announcements every day which was all about you spending more money! Ports of call=loved loved croatia, good in naples, Monaco, veniece too crowded 6 cruise liners in that day expect queues. Arrival at ports times never as they stated so set your clocks for an hour earlier at 6am or youll miss the arrival Tours-at 100 dollars per person make your own way to Pompei like us-90 euros in taxi who waited 2 hours for us saved 300 dollars! Same in croatia 15 euros in old town to beach then 50 euros for tour including journey home. Rome more difficult but you can get train. Exiting boat-PLEASE BEAWARE THIS STARTS FROM 5.30AM IN THE MORNING IF CARNIVAL OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT HAVE NOT INFORMED YOU-OUR FLIGHT WAS 11.30PM BUT THEY STILL HAD US DOWN TO EXIT AT AROUND 6AM! AFTER SPEAKING TO MANY ENGLISH ON BOARD THIS IS NOT NORMALLY THE TYPE SERVICE YOU EXPECT FROM LUXURY LINER AND MANY SAID THEY WOULD NOT BOOK AGAIN Nationalties-certain people dont expect to queue! Very loud and arrogant Children=alot of teenagers on here if you expecting more relaxing space Overall a good holiday from the trips we took ourselves and the sights and memories,however this is not what we expected a luxury cruise liner to be like. Yes its new has fab facilities but they pack you in like sardines here, everyone we spoke to said book p and o and go from southampton. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We have just returned from a 12-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. Sailing date was Saturday the 21 of July. Family of 4 (2 boys aged 8 and 14), 2 connecting cove balcony stateroom; 2369 and 2371. This was about my 18 cruise (not ... Read More
We have just returned from a 12-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze. Sailing date was Saturday the 21 of July. Family of 4 (2 boys aged 8 and 14), 2 connecting cove balcony stateroom; 2369 and 2371. This was about my 18 cruise (not counting anymore), a first time on a Carnival ship. Most recent cruises have been with RCCL but I have sailed many times with Princess and I also been on Norwegian, Costa, Celebrity and Oceania. I had read and received many comments on Carnival about the not so great food and services but since the Breeze was brand new, the itinerary was amazing (great ports and 4 days at seas which gave us time to relax and the kids time to enjoy all the things to do on the ship) and price was unbeatable, I finally decided to give Carnival a try. Overall, it was ok, there great things and things that were not to my expectations: Ship overall: 4/5 -Brand new ship ! Embarkation and disembarkation: 4/5 We arrived at 11h30 and it took us about 40 minutes to get in. We, like always, disembark on our own and it took us about 20 minutes from our stateroom to the taxi. Ports of call: 5/5 Perfect ports to show Europe to your kids. Pools: 1/5 -2 pools on a ship of about 3700 guests, what were they thinking ? Lounge chairs: 1/5 -Do you like to get up at 6am to ensure you get a chair around the pool area ? On the first day at sea, it was around 8h30 and we had a real hard time to find 4 chairs on the whole ship ! I have never experienced this on any cruise before. Waterslide & Sportsquare: 5/5 Kids had a great time. Shows & entertainment: 4/5 Great productions & good live music. Seaside theatre: 2/5 They have a great screen but most of the time during the day they use it to sale their video of the cruise..... Spa: 4/5 Good treatments but pricy as always. Stateroom: 4/5 Good size, good stateroom stewardess. In our stateroom 2371, very noisy in the evening as I believe above us was some kitchen facilities. Lido marketplace (buffet): 2/5 The decor is nice but that's about it. Do you like line-up's in the morning to get your breakfast ? I'm not an engineer but don't they have enough experience with prior ship to better organize the food stations ? For lunch and dinner: limited selection. Pizza station: 2/5 Hungry for pizza ? Get in line ! I had it once, its good but why do they put only 2 guys to take the orders, prepare, cook and serve..... Guy's Burger Joint: 5/5 Amazing burgers and no line-ups ! Bluelguana Cantina: 5/5 Great burritos, specially for breakfast Sapphire dining room: 2/5 Food: its ok, just ok. Presentation could be better and food hotter. Taste: hits and misses. Service: they were nice and doing their best but...rush rush rush, quick quick quick. Don't expect them to serve your wine. Breakfast was very good. Steakhouse (Fahrenheit 555): 4/5 Very expensive (35$ p/p), but very good. Service is better than in the dining room. Bonsai sushi: 4/5 Very fresh and very good. Overall rating 3/5 We got what we paid for. Happy to finally have tried Carnival after 20 years of cruising. But unless I am really strap for cash, I will not be back with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being ... Read More
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being new. We found that was not the case, so we were slightly disappointed. However, there is nothing wrong with the ship and we found it adequate to have a pleasant trip. The cons of the ship were the common areas seemed small. It did not have the expansive open spaces we expected. Some of the food, while prepared fresh at the Pizza Pirate and the Mongolian Wok created long lines and lengthy delays to obtain. The cabin temperature never seemed to change despite continually adjusting it. We couldn't seem to get it cool enough at times. The shopping seemed less abundant, but perhaps it was just not spread out as far. The beach pool was not nearly big enough to accomodate the size of the ship with respect to the number of passengers. The Ocean Plaza on deck 5 was where a lot of activities, such as trivia were held and on sea days the doors opening on each side created crosswinds through the plaza. We were very disappointed in the 5D theater - it was extremely small, a fee applied and the show offerings were very limited. The pros of the ship were the crew, the production shows, the seaside theater (albeit old movies were shown), Fat Jimmy's C-side BBQ only available on sea days. Sail and sign kiosks made obtaining information easier than waiting in long guest services lines. You could also change large bills there. The Hasbro game shows were fun. The casino was nice size, with nice game choices. Overall, it was a nice trip, just nothing spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Preliminarily, this was my second cruise (the first being a Caribbean one on Royal Caribbean). However, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe on business and I am a seasoned traveller. The decision to book on Carnival was not my ... Read More
Preliminarily, this was my second cruise (the first being a Caribbean one on Royal Caribbean). However, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe on business and I am a seasoned traveller. The decision to book on Carnival was not my own, but I was part of a group of about 12 persons which included my partner. I exclude from this review any commentary about ports or Carnival organized excursions (we organized all of of our own, at significantly reduced prices). I'll also say that I am in my mid-to-late 20's: I'm not being an old crabby person when I complain about a lack of formality, quiet spaces, children, etc. I've got my fair share of patience and I am not wealthy. This was the Breeze's second sailing, Barcelona->Barcelona with ports in Marseilles, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Dubrovinik, Palma de Mallorca, et al. It was a 12 night cruise with 8 ports (I believe). We set sail on 6/12; you can look it up. On the whole, I would characterize the experience as "mediocre." Many parts of the ship left me feeling underwhelmed, but the nice ports and time spent off ship contributed to a generally positive feeling. Were there more sea days or was I on a less engaging itinerary, I believe this review would be far more negative. I apologize for my rather disjoint comments, but a bulleted list is the most convenient way for me to discuss the experience: * I really enjoyed the Piano '88 bar and pianist Ron Pass. This is how most of my evenings were spent. A young guy, he lacked the smoky gruff I've become accustomed to in piano men, but he could do a dead-on Elton John. He was a bit repetitive night after night, but I understand that tips dictate his play list. This venue attracted its fair share of nightly regulars. * I'd heard rumours of Carnival as the "discount cruise line" and moreso than the staff and experience it was the other clientèle who reinforced this notion for me. Dining room dress code was generally ignored (nor was it enforced) and there was a general lack of decorum elsewhere. Being American, some portion of this could be attributed to European customs (European passengers were 1/3+ of our ship; the Russian contingent was also significant). While I respect their different beliefs, the occasional lack of decorum for queueing and personal space was a bit off putting. * Our group took formal dining every evening. Props to our server Tomaz and his attentiveness and patience with special requests. I wouldn't call the food "excellent", but it was generally "good", and there were some very nice presentations and a nice variety of selections (including an "every day" menu featuring some staples). I would encourage people to avoid the "comfort items", which seemed to have an over-emphasis on portion size and fried food. The tiramisu was absolutely delicious. Order meat one degree more rare than what you'd actually like to get. * Main auditorium entertainment was underwhelming both in selection and execution. My favorite was "The Brits", a show featuring Beatles tunes and others from the same era. There is something to be said for that fact that half of this show was projected on a giant screen (and not sung live) -- and it was still the best. The "Divas" show was also said to be respectable; with the magic act and talent show well below par. * Children. Children. Children. They are everywhere. They are loud. When sea days roll around (or the various "Camp Carnival" events let out for the night) they were everywhere. There is an adults only pool area (impossible to find a seat on sea days). Besides that, nowhere was exempt from the noise. Though the library bar is quite a nice space, it was full of kids playing games. I could find nowhere to get work done outside my cabin. With two of us trying to work, this meant one of us got the cabin desk and the other had to sit in the bed -- which wasn't very conducive to productivity. A simple adults only area could go a long ways in improving this. * I attended about ~3 comedy shows. On my particular cruise there seemed to be an over-emphasis on British comedians. Their slang and style seemed to go over the head of many in the audience. Some American comedians came on board later into our cruise, but I cannot offer comment on their performances. * The "Punchliner Comedy Brunch" offered on sea days in the main dining room was a pretty nice meal and alternative to Lido deck breakfast. However, the comedy component was nothing to be impressed with (a 5 minute advertisement occurring once hourly). Actually, try to avoid it, as the servers tend to step aside while the performance is under way. * Regarding lido deck dining: We were usually in a hurry to get off the ship at port (and I am not the best early riser). Breakfast lines were pretty large, but going to the Blue Iguana Cantina (mexican station) was a nice opportunity to *quickly* get a wrapped breakfast burrito that could be taken off ship. It had far shorter lines than the standard breakfast offerings and was pretty delicious. * We disembarked around 8AM for most ports and were back on board ~3-4PM. Having eaten breakfast, we didn't really take lunch in ports. Starving back on board, dining options were extremely limited around this time. It was either do Guy's Burgers (grease-fest) or wait in line for the limited deli options (cooked on demand). * Late night dining was also a disappointment. The pizza joint was open 24 hours and was quite good. Unfortunately, lines were long as they seemed to insist on cooking pizzas to order. The itinerary did mention "late night snacks from midnight-2AM". To the best of my searching, this did not exist on the first half of our cruise. When it did show up on the second half, it consisted of (1) hot dogs, (2) buffalo chicken sandwiches, and (3) potato chips -- EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Just call 24 hour room service and throw them a Euro or 2; they have more healthy, fresh, and prompt offerings. More often, I fixed a plate when lido dinner opened @ 5:30 or 6:00 (prior to my 8:15 late formal dining) and threw it in the cabin mini-fridge and ate it when my midnight or 1AM cravings rolled around. * Internet service was "decent". Satellite internet obviously comes with challenges and is inevitably frustrating. I did pricing per the minute (no pre-bought package) @ $0.75 minute, and was generally able to complete an email check in ~3 minutes time. In the more mundane ports, I found a cafe, had a drink, and drained the bandwidth out of their free wifi connections. * Our ability to bring alcohol onboard was absolutely unrestricted. We disembarked with a large amount in a disguised fashion, and when that ran out, we brought it on in water bottles. Never a single question or inspection. Maybe it was just super hot and they were encouraging hydration, maybe it was European attitudes, I don't know; YMMV. Good luck. P.S. If you're American, don't buy booze and check it across the pond. We were able to buy completely respectable 750ml vodka (Smirnoff quality) at 3.33EURO in a Barcelona supermarket which we used to fill disguised bottles (and got over 3 gallons on board). * Though crowded on sea days, I quite enjoyed the pools. Shaded seating areas existed (able to put your feet in the water), very shallow pool areas in which to lounge and read, and in-pool seating were a nice touch. Lounge chairs suffered from the usual limited availability and rude "towel-down" reservation system. This was even worse in the adults-only area which featured nice couches, hammocks, and covered round seating (should you be able to get one). * Umbrella tables and the more relaxed (but pool-less) 5th deck attitude was a whole lot better than that up top. I gave the Sky Course (rope course), slides, and etc. a try -- but they weren't as important to me as if, say, I was travelling with children. Lines didn't seem too extreme for these offerings. * My experience with crew was almost universally positive. Granted, this was the ship's second sailing and they probably still had their "A team" on board. Our cabin steward was a bit too "hands on" (endlessly knocking when we were showering to talk to us). He also created some of the most abstract and nondescript towel animals I've ever seen.. * During lido lunch dining there is a free "pasta bar" upstairs at Cucina de Capito (which at dinner becomes a premium restaurant). Few people seem to know this and it comes highly recommended. I also heard "C side BBQ", open only sea days, was quite good, but didn't want to brave the lines. * Given the price point, I found our interior cabin quite spacious and well appointed (robes!). We were at the extreme stern of the ship and we did have some mild temperature issues. Our AC was at full blast, but our room never really got cold. Granted, it was a 100 degree heat wave almost every day in Europe, but the bow of the ship didn't seem to suffer in the same way (where some of our party were staying). In fact, many of the cabin hallways had external blowers in place at night, though I was unable to conclude if this was to dry carpet cleaning or help with air circulation. We never really suffered, but after a 100 degree day in port, it wasn't the pleasant shock we desired, either. You must also have your ship-card in the slot for the A.C, to operate -- though any standard-sized card will work. * Embarkation, disembarkation, and port calls were all quite reasonable and prompt. Announcements seemed to indicate a bit of trouble with some of the Carnival-sponsored shuttles, but we didn't take any of those. There was a general strike in Venice, but this was outside Carnival's control and they seemed to do a quite respectable job in trying to circumnavigate the matter. * A special shout out to "The Taylor's" who amazingly managed not to arrive back on board on time for 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS (but always made departure). I am sure they got quite a lecture from the staff. * We didn't really participate in too many of the minor on-ship activities. We did give trivia a whirl twice and were unimpressed. First, the hosts had no idea what they were doing (they couldn't pronounce some things correctly during "culinary trivia"). Second, it seems Carnival doesn't mix up the questions much. Some 14 year-old pr*ck aced virtually every question because he had been on a prior cruise with the exact same questions (and still got a trophy!). * Why the paid locations such as the "Red Frog Pub" and "Bonsai Sushi" exist is beyond me. I noticed more staff were using these empty locations than paying customers. Surely, this space could be utilized in a more engaging way. (Poolside bars were doing fine business, though). Same with the 4D theatre. * Lemonade, iced tea, water, and coffee are the free beverage offerings. This is fine. However, is is too much to ask to have an ice machine at every beverage station? There is also some disconnect. A large number of juices are free at formal breakfast and via room service; but you will be charged when you try to order them at a bar. Sorry for tending to place an emphasis on the negative aspects here -- but that is my nature (and Carnival promotional materials will happily tell you everything they are doing right). The southern Med. ports were awesome and spending 2/3 of my non-sleeping time in port, I was quite satisfied with my vacation. If a similar cruise line had the same itinerary at a similar price point, though, I'd certainly give it a try before doing Carnival again. Again, the negativity seemed to stem more from fellow cruisers than the physical ship or its staff. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and ... Read More
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and you would not want to return to hear them again. Pool and water park area.Very good. Activities on board. Poor. Staff. Found most staff very good and helpful. Ship Tours, Rip off as usual, better off organising them yourself. Liquid night club. Not inviting to any over 30. Internet access. Very expensive It would not take much to put this beautiful ship into the great category. However they really need to up their game when it comes to entertainment and activities.Simple things.For example there was no bridge (card game) organised. I don't play myself but a number of people I met would have loved to have an organised game.Entertainment around the pool was very hit and miss. In the casino people do not want to play on electronic texas hold em and roulette machines.When one stayed overnight in a port the ship was very boring with limited options. Would I go again. Probably not.NCL, Princess, RC offer more fun for your money Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises ... Read More
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises and the carnival ship doesn't compare... Everything was an up charge! There were many areas to choose from for dining but all were additional except the standard dining room and buffets...including additional $ for any soft drink. The food was okay but definitely not exceptional.! The shows in the evening didn't even come close to the Broadway style productions of Disney...Carnival had the same 6 performers in all shows with very minimal sets... As for the design of the ship...simple things that made for frustration. The drinks available water, lemonade, and tea were always running out because they had to be hand filled. In this day on age I'm sure there is a simple solution others than having a carnival employee squeezing into the line of waiting people to refill... The omelet station in the middle of the buffet so people who only wanted fruit or Danish had to wait in line behind everyone getting an omelet. Pizza made to order, which sounds great but not on a ship with thousands of people. I could go on and on.... Then there is the sky course...the attraction that my kids loved but....it is wind restricted!! Did Carnival forget that this a cruise ship, generally windy at sea!! So you had to wait for the course hours to be open, very limited, and then hope that it wasn't too windy or they would shut it down!! On a positive note the employees were very friendly... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We took the inaugural voyage from Venice having chosen it for its visits to both east and west Mediterranean ports (one of the few) and that it sails from Venice (what a view) and arrives in Barcelona (a great city to stay for a few ... Read More
We took the inaugural voyage from Venice having chosen it for its visits to both east and west Mediterranean ports (one of the few) and that it sails from Venice (what a view) and arrives in Barcelona (a great city to stay for a few days). The pros are that you only unpack once and get delivered to amazing ports almost every day. Our aft balcony cabin on level 9 was very comfortable and quiet and our steward serviced the cabin often without being obtrusive in any way. The sundeck (aft) was were we spent most of our lazy time but we were unable to get into the serenity area at any time and find a place to lie down, it seemed as if the same people commandeered it everyday. The pizza, Indian and lido buffet were all good for casual eating. Mostly the embarkation was smooth and always getting back on was quick and straightforward. Some of the staff tried very hard to please. We chose 'your time dining' which was good for its flexibility but meant that the dining staff were not the same so service levels were sometimes compromised. Also couples dining seemed to be lumped together although at individual tables we were very close to each other and difficult not to overhear conversations. The supplement restaurants were good but still not great. On the cons side 'cruise casual' is a term used to hide a way to casual approach to entertaining and delighting your guests. On the 12 night cruise there was only one semi-formal night and my husband is still cranky that he had to drag a suit all the way from Australia and then not wear it. Dress standards for the dining room were not enforced so there was everything from dressy to way too casual. The food was very average and this was disappointing. The wine list however had a number of very reasonable choices which we really enjoyed. After dinner was the greatest challenge as once you had seen the 30 minute cabaret acts x 4 shows, wandered around, got the occasional drink there was little to do. One night we ended up doing a jigsaw in the library. People do not supervise their children enough, particularly at night so youngsters are often roaming around being noisy and disrespectful of adults and their time during the evening. All that said nothing can take away the excitement of being on the inaugural voyage and sailing out of Venice with people waving and boats tooting to the giant Carnival Breeze. The best ports were Dubrovnik, Athens, Monte Carlo, Messina & Barcelona. Due to a stuff up with the port bookings we missed out on the south of France which was a huge disappointment and the $50 credit per person was no compensation. The long sea days are boring and worse when you are sailing to nowhere waiting to dock because of an error in paperwork! The obscene cost of this in terms of fuel wasted, etc still makes me feel sick. I won't be choosing to sail with Carnival again, I think they cater well to families or couples who want a very casual relaxing break. We expected more in terms of service and food. 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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