Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation was really easy. My key and bags were at my cabin at noon so I was a happy camper. The staff was amazing. Several staff that I had met on previous cruises. Cruise director Donkey was super funny and was always out ... Read More
Embarkation was really easy. My key and bags were at my cabin at noon so I was a happy camper. The staff was amazing. Several staff that I had met on previous cruises. Cruise director Donkey was super funny and was always out partying with the guests. I had anytime dining which was fine but I rarely ate at the MDR. I was disappointed that as a platinum cruiser, I was not given priority reservations as advertised. I ended up having dinner at the sushi place one night, the italian place another night, red frog pub one night and the chefs table one night. The service and the food were all amazing at these places but I still was saddened that I could not get into the steak house. I loved my cabin... almost. I was in 2260 cove balcony. It is right under the shore excursion desk so it was really quiet. I was able to watch dolphins chase the ship almost every morning. Now I know on a seven day cruise, carnival tends to have the balconies cleaned and painted twice. Now while we were in amber cove, it was fine because I was gone on an excursion. I didnt have an excursion in San Juan but I didnt realize that they would be in my room/on the balcony making my room unusable from 9am-3pm. By the time I went back to my room there was a notice from guest services saying they would need to continue to work on my room the next day. I called guest services expressing my concerns and they told me they would postpone the cleaning. We got into grand turk at noon and I went back to my cabin at 2pm and sure enough, they were still in my room. They didnt leave until 6 and then my steward had to clean my room. So in all, I had 3 days that I could not use my balcony room. I will not be getting a balcony room again ever. Amber Cove - La Casa en La Playa. It was AMAZING. There was only about 22 in the group. Great food, great staff, peaceful beach. There were plenty of drink choices and they poured heavy. Gary was even bringing drinks to those swimming in the ocean. I highly recommend this excursion. St. Thomas - I accidentally slept all day on my balcony. I guess I over did it in Amber Cove. San Juan- I tried to take my group on a self guided walking tour but my group crapped out on me. We were back on the ship after an hour. Grand Turk - All Inclusive Private Beach Break - I booked this excursion at the last minute. It was recommended by the cruise director. It wasnt per say crowded but there was not enough staff for the amount of people. It took forever to get umbrellas. My mother who was with me has a hard time getting around. There was no one there able to assist her to get to the chairs or in/out of the bus. The "dj" music had a strange beeping that occurred during the entire time we were there. Your only choice to drink was a sugary rum punch or a light beer. The food was super limited. No fruit, no desserts, no seafood. Grand Turk is known for spiny lobster and fish. We left after an hour. I highly encourage everyone to avoid this place. We had an ashes memorial service on the ship. It was scheduled for the last sea day at 3pm. When we went to guest services, they were unable to find the service on the schedule. It was a very stressful moment trying to calm the family down and await for further instructions. In the end, it was figured out and it was a beautiful moment as we sent our friend out to sea. I hope the book that carnival made for the family came out well. The spa was nice and the upsell was annoying as always. Debarkation was absolutely painless. I will not be going on the Breeze again. I just felt like I was constantly standing in line. There was so much live music on the ship, it was impossible to find a quiet place to enjoy a drink. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall this was a fun family vacation. Embarkation and disembarking were smooth. Our room was nice and the room steward was great. Camp Ocean for our 4 & 6-year-olds was awesome and gave us parents a much-needed break. I really ... Read More
Overall this was a fun family vacation. Embarkation and disembarking were smooth. Our room was nice and the room steward was great. Camp Ocean for our 4 & 6-year-olds was awesome and gave us parents a much-needed break. I really appreciated being able to send them to dinner at night when we ate in the dining room. We had Any time dining - we did have to wait several times to be seated but it wasn't too long. We had different waiters every time, with service varying from excellent to okay. We enjoyed the Lip Sync Battle & comedians for evening entertainment but really did not like the Flick show. The female singers were good but the male singers not so much. Reminded me of an okay high school production. We did the dolphin encounter at Ocean World in Amber Cover which I would highly recommend. Everyone in our group from 4-70 enjoyed it. We also enjoyed San Juan & Amber Cove. Only negative was smoking on the ship - the balcony next to us smoked outside all the time. I called to complain and nothing was done. Also, Deck 11 was terrible for smoking which we needed to use to get up to the Water Park with my kids. I also was almost hit with some cigarette ash when walking on Deck 5 at night. Carnival - just ban smoking or only limit it to the Casino. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was my second cruise ship experience (the first a North American Pacific Coast repositioning trip in October 2015 on the NCL Jewel) and my first and last Carnival ship. I will never cruise Carnival again if I can help it. While my ... Read More
This was my second cruise ship experience (the first a North American Pacific Coast repositioning trip in October 2015 on the NCL Jewel) and my first and last Carnival ship. I will never cruise Carnival again if I can help it. While my trip certainly could have been worse (for instance, we didn’t capsize and I’m not aware of any food poisoning) it definitely should have been a whole lot better, and on a 1 to 10 scale (where 10 is “wow—perfect!”) I give it a 3. This review covers the good, the bad, and a summary of the excursions we did. Out of respect for your (you, the reader) time, the short version of this trip is: I am disgusted and disappointment with my trip. I told at least one colleague, "I would have been better setting fire to $2,200 in my driveway and saving the 56 hours in PTO". I never want to go on another Carnival ship again. If (and that’s a strong if) I ever go on a third cruise it will be a smaller ship with a different line that isn’t so unbelievably loud and child-centric in design and philosophy. There is nothing of peace or tranquility that I could find on this adventure, and I came back angrier and more stressed-out than when I’d started. Simply put, the Carnival Breeze was a gamble I lost big-time on. For frame of reference, our trip was a Western Caribbean sailing from 2-9 February 2019, leaving out of Port Canaveral with stops in Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel. Our stateroom was 8446, an aft, port-side balcony (not a “aft balcony”, however). Now, here’s a little bit about me. I’m a happily single, overweight middle-aged man from the American Midwest who doesn’t like children. I took my widowed, senior citizen mother on this trip, and we flew down the day before. Mom has some balance, vision, and walking issues, so nothing is fast with her. The ship took good care of her. Our brilliant travel agent found us a great deal and upgraded us from an ocean view room to balcony room. Now, if you love children— and especially if you’re traveling with your own—Carnival is a child fantasia, a kid-tastic wonderland of screaming, coughing, running noses, and constant noise from sun-up to well past sundown, based on my Carnival Breeze experience, which was also during the school year. I am pretty sure that during spring break and the summers these ships are absolutely crawling with the stroller set. First, the good points. While I’d wanted to be in the Sapphire dining room we were very well taken care of by our waitstaff (Ruben and his assistants Jordan and Rutchiel) in the Blush dining room. The food was good to great every night, and they outdid themselves on the lobster for the first formal night. Mom wanted to go to both of the high teas, and I have to admit the first one was pretty good, and both were held on Deck 4 (Mezzanine) in the Blush dining room. We were at Table 501 (assigned seating for dinner) with two couples: one Diamond and the other Platinum in the Carnival loyalty program. All four of them were lovely people from Georgia, three of whom had retired. Mom and I very much enjoyed our time with them. Diane Ford was the only decent comedian of the three I saw onboard. She's from Minnesota originally and has a Jeanne Robertson (of North Carolina) delivery. I liked her. William Lee Martin was not my kind of comedian (he's a budget "Blue Collar Comedy" sort with a stronger religious focus) and Chris Strait was fine but didn't wow me. I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy (though I myself am about as funny as a broken smartphone screen) so it wasn't a great lineup. Particularly in the case of Ford, there was far too much chatter during her set. Many people don’t realize it takes dozens (and often hundreds) of hours to develop 30-60 minutes of material over months and years of work. With perhaps the exception of an opera or symphony, a well-constructed standup set is the most difficult piece of performance theater possible—audience members should be much more respectful. There were several good musical acts (Six O'Clock Dock, Patrick Duffy, and the string trio) onboard. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like entertainment started on the ship until 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon every day. In the case of the string trio and some of the other electrified groups the music was way, way too loud. That's one thing when you're in a darkened theater watching the main stage for a production-- that's where 100 percent of your attention should be. However, when you're in a club/lounge-type setting you want to be able to hear your drink waitress/waiter and your 1-3 companions seated at your small table for four when a question is asked or a suggestion is made. The bartenders are all good at Alchemy-- Zsolt from Romania was a genius and did every martini tasting I went to-- and can only praise them. I like to drink mixed drinks, listen to bawdy, inappropriate piano bar performers at night, and find quiet places around the ship during the day to read or write. Sea days are my favorite. The problem is there are no quiet areas on the ship open to passengers, and there was no daytime piano bar (or similar) performer, compared to the NCL Jewel. Nearly all of the 1,200 support staff and crew are very hardworking and dedicated. English was the primary language on the ship, but a few people I came into contact with (including someone working the desk at the Cucina del Capitano) were seriously deficient in even basic conversational English. She told me they were closed until 2:30 p.m. at 2:50 p.m. It was a baffling conversation and I went away unserved. Mom and I came back from our Honduras excursion on a different day and had a nice lunch there, though. The adults-only top deck was often closed for cleaning or repairs, and no one could give a straight answer on when they’d reopen. Those are the two exceptions, though, and almost everyone from our stateroom attendant (Erman) to the people cleaning the hallways was earnest, hardworking, and pleasant. Guest Services was good at splitting our bill, too, appropriately—if you’re not a couple traveling on a cruise ship you’ll want to do this, because they always assume the two of you are an item, even when you’re not. As a single person it is frustrating, since cruising is really designed for families and especially couples. We flew into Orlando International Airport (MCO) and used the snooze and cruise package through Go Port Canaveral. This is a private company and while they work with Carnival and the other major cruise ship companies, they are a separate entity. It turned out to be very popular option and it worked very well for us. We never needed a rental car as a result. Now the bad. There were approximately 4,000 passengers and 1,200 support staff and crew on the ship. While the latter group was mostly terrific (as previously mentioned), there were 1,000 too many adults and 200 children. The waiting areas (especially outside the dining room) were woefully inadequate (people standing on two flights of stairs and landings, from Decks 3-5 to all come in at Deck 3). Cruise line companies should have a better understanding that when they build floating cities/megaships the chokepoints (like outside of the dining rooms) need to be much larger. For a ship cruising during the school year there were still hundreds of kids on board. Continuing the poor ship design theme, many of the hallways were barely five feet wide. That might seem sufficient, but when a person of considerable size (many passengers were in excess of 400 pounds) that requires people coming from the opposite direction to duck into the alcoves outside of rooms. If you're a person in need of mobility assistance-- especially a scooter-- you're in a large community on the Carnival Breeze that all drives down the dead center of those narrow hallways and the employees bend over backwards to accommodate you. That's excellent behavior and it is gratifying to see people with disabilities respected. However, if you're the person/people (40-60 of us at times) behind the person on the scooter you're in a pedestrian version of gridlock. And if you have a scooter, relax! Apparently you don't need to store it in your stateroom as if it were your private property! Instead, store it in the hallways where other people can walk around it and admire your space-eating conveyance. Again, the hallways should have been much wider. I respect every square inch on a cruise ship is money to build, maintain, and propel, but the narrowness of the hallways was such a problem it was laughable at times. We found out 3/4 of the way through the cruise that it was an official, designated-by-Carnival gambling adventure. Prior to this, we had no idea. Another ship design defect presented itself in the casino. I walked through the casino about twice. Both times I almost threw up (asthma and prolific cigarette smoke don't mix) and would have avoided it, except cruise ships-- for whatever reason-- really, really want people to walk through their casinos, even if they don't gamble, so they put them in bad places. If you gamble and smoke, more power to you, but it poured and billowed from the casino to the Ocean Plaza, Alchemy Bar, and Red Frog Pub, tainting everything. One day I lasted a good 45 minutes listening to Six O’Clock Dock before the pollution was too much to bear. Deck 3 does not allow any side passage/walk-through access for passengers between the Blush dining room and the rest of the ship. This is another design flaw. Elevator capacity and speed was sorely lacking on the ship. I took the stairs a lot because I didn’t have the 10-15 minutes to wait sometimes for an available car to come. I say “available” because when the doors would open we often had a totally-full car looking back at us. Insider tip: if you’re on Deck 3 and need to go to Deck 1 or Deck 0 during peak shore periods, go up to get down… sure you might stop at Decks 4, 5, 6, and 10 both ways, but you’ll have a spot to get down on the return trip. Again, another design flaw that should never have been allowed to get past the drawing board. Bigger, faster elevators are a must on megaships. Continuing the theme of design flaw issues, the laundry facilities are of questionable performance (clothing sopping, soaking wet, even after 99 minutes in the dryer), insufficient capacity in relation to vigorous user demand, and at $3 a wash and $3 a dry, pricy. We did laundry three times. With airlines billing people additional charges for baggage over 50 pounds, laundry is a necessity for a week-long cruise. The third time was so bad that mom filed a complaint and was so angry—mind you, she liked the trip and gives it a much better review than I do—that a stateroom attendant took the soaking wet load and got it dried and delivered back to her free of charge after refunding her money. Good move, Carnival. Mom and I tried the hot tubs once. This was a first on any ship for both of us (nine cruises for her, two for me, counting this one). We finally found space in the fourth hot tub we checked. Minutes later a 13-year-old boy entered with his mom and talked my ear off for almost an hour about every B monster movie made since 1961, the 10 novels he wanted to write, and tried to shove the name of every dinosaur in every Jurassic Park book and movie into my brain at 100 miles an hour in an uninterrupted verbal stream of consciousness explosion. A hot tub soak should not leave you shell-shocked. The mom did nothing to stop this, and I couldn’t find a graceful way to extricate myself from the barrage. I did find out the kid had Asperger’s afterwards (so reading social cues is often difficult), and while I respect this a real disorder on the autism spectrum (just like respecting those with physical disabilities I respect we need to accommodate those with mental and psychological limitations) I didn’t volunteer to have what should have been a relaxing few minutes shattered. Parents, your children are wonderful—to you. Good luck with them and I hope everything turns out great. For those of us who’d rather dig a tunnel to the moon than raise them, though, please spare us. Pry them away from us when we’re too polite to let you know we’re being tortured. There was simply no-where on the ship to go that was restful, tranquil, pleasant, and quiet, and the unending herd—including the children—was the primary culprit. I wish a cruise company would start offering adults-only cruising. Ideally with drinks not as watered down as they are on Carnival. While I understand the LGBT-themed events generally operate under this policy, it would be nice for the rest of us to have a few options per year where we could be in a kid-free environment. Just wishful thinking, I guess. Despite a smattering of good smaller acts in bar and lounge areas, there was absolutely nothing on the mainstage worthy of praise, except the towel animal show, which was clever and aimed at kids. Daytime entertainment in both places was pointedly absent. Optimally I'm able to go somewhere quiet to write or read with the ocean visible. Mom wanted to use the Library Bar (it is a library environment with drink-mixing robots) but it was too dark in there to read. I think I wrote about three pages on the entire trip... there was no-where quiet-- not even our balcony-- to go. Our excellent travel agent called me with a balcony upgrade because I wanted to surprise mom-- thank you!-- but I am guessing what happened was someone out of the 4-8 "stateroom party" bloc all around us had to cancel or back out. We were in the middle of someone else’s rambunctious vacation. The travel agent did a nice thing and we just got caught in the middle of "slam the door thoughtless loud and rude" party central. None of the three of us could have foreseen this. People were so loud I could hear every word of several conversations below and forward on Deck 5, three floors down, starting around 8:00 a.m. every morning until several hours after sunset. Our cruise director was a loud, obnoxious man named Chris Salazar who went by the name "Donkey". An absolute, unfortunate, unfunny annoyance. He was so awful every time I heard the three-note PA cue overhead I tensed up, bracing for his grating voice. Tips. I understand that tips are part of the tourism industry, but I am tipped out. In Honduras some of the parents have their kids helping them sell stuff, humanizing and ingratiating themselves ("hi, my name's Charlie, what's yours?" was an actual line I heard in Honduras) in an effort to hock their wares. Between mom and myself we must have tipped at least $150 on this trip. People want tips for tendering us in (yuck! I'd much rather dock! we were way, way too unsafe-levels full without enough life jackets at Belize in our tender), for taking us on our shore excursions, for bringing us our drinks, for giving us advice, etc. It was wallet-numbing after a while. For ship personnel, all of this on top of 18 percent standard gratuity for every bill printed, and on top of the pre-paid gratuities. I feel like some people were tipped three times as a result. Mom wanted to do an excursion at every port (a total of four). That was too many for me, and expensive. I will admit, we had great weather for the entire cruise, which I am grateful for. And now, the excursions. Costa Maya, Mexico – Bacalar and Seven Colors Lagoon. Not at all what I expected. While we got to go by Ft. Bacalar we didn’t get to tour it. Instead, we took a long boat ride after a long bus ride to a few different cenotes (those dark holes in crystal clear lagoon environments). Our guide was unprofessional and must have said “my friends” 75 times. Don’t call me that. If you’re my friend you know my favorite color, or at least my name. The water was beautiful and we got to see how the truly wealthy in Mexico live, by observing their homes. There are swimming opportunities, and you can bring your suit. Disappointing excursion, though. Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras—Sea and See Island Tour. The ship came in fast and as part of the docking procedure it felt like we were living through a 4.5 earthquake for almost 10 minutes. Mom and I were in the Blush dining room having breakfast at the time and we spent a good portion of those 10 minutes keeping silverware and dishware from rattling off the tables and falling to the floor. Terrifying experience. Honduras was a much better experience than Costa Maya. After a detailed bus ride with a knowledgeable guide she took us to a factory where an Italian professor turns conch shells into lamps and other stunning works of art, exhibited all over the world. I actually got to meet him, very briefly. Nice man and a wonderful shop. The professor was following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps, who did the same thing. Before that we went on a submerged (6-10 feet down) boat ride with glad walls. We got to see barracuda, sea grass, and the beautiful blue-green water. The stairs down are very steep and I tipped the employee who helped me help mom up and down—definitely a hazard for those who can’t walk well/have balance issues. We got to see the Meso-American coral reef as well… it is dying, but people from Mexico to Belize are working hard to save it. Belize – Scenic Wildlife River Cruise. We were tendered into Belize. If the tender ship was supposed to hold 60 people (I am speculating, I don’t know actual numbers) we must have had 80-90 people on this back-jarring adventure. It was filled to an unsafe level. The return trip was almost as tight and we came back shortly after our excursion finished. Belize is beautiful and we saw—very briefly—2-3 manatees, and 2-3 dolphins, two of which (a mom and her calf) followed us for a while. It was a very good excursion, with more beautiful water and fascinating iguanas. Cozumel – Atlantis Submarine. Mom had done this before and I was glad I could revisit it with her. Our sub went down 111 feet and we got to observe more of the threatened Meso-American coral reef, including a planned ship wreck designed to give new life to threatened coral. I wanted to ask the pilot a question, but three other passengers talked with him non-stop the entire time we were down. The submarine isn’t off a dock, but rather requires a 15-20 minute tender ride out to the ship the submarine is docked with. Watch your step—mom needed a little help, but not as much as was required in Mahogany Bay for the submerged glass-walled boat ride. The coral reef is fairly spartan, but it will give many people a very different understanding of how open and empty the ocean actually is in many places. Port Canaveral—the return. It was challenging to get off the ship, but not nearly the horror show I was concerned it would have been. I was the happiest person to get off the ship! So much so that I’m afraid my glee at being free of the Carnival Breeze offended the gentleman in front of me. There’s no place like home! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
It had been about 7 years since we sailed on Carnival, and we wanted to give it another try since we had been sailing on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining room and buffet (marketplace) was exceptionally awful! We had sent ... Read More
It had been about 7 years since we sailed on Carnival, and we wanted to give it another try since we had been sailing on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining room and buffet (marketplace) was exceptionally awful! We had sent entrees back 2 and 3 times only for the quality to be the same, fish, chicken, beef, and pork overcooked and dried out. Unfortunately the same selection and quality was being served in the Marketplace. Many passengers had plates of unsatisfactory food selections piled up on there table to be discarded and guests went away hungry! We got satisfaction by speaking directly to the Head Chef who had our meals prepared special by the chef responsible for the main dining! The Piano Bar left a lot to be desired. I firmly believe in the attitude of "live and let live" as long as you don't interfere with my life. However, the entertainer in the Piano Bar who performed just steps away from the children's lounges was changing lyrics and using expletives and unacceptable phrases alluding to male and female genitalia to the cheers of the crowd assembled there. My only objection is that if a performer was going to cater to a particular segment of the population who enjoys this, it should be held in a venue which is closed off and not within earshot of children and the rest of the guests who wish not to be exposed to this. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire dining room. The food and staff was excellent. I wasn't impressed with Guy's burgers or the pizza joint. The sushi is worth paying extra for. Shore excursions booked through Carnival went well and I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed the Western Caribbean although not impressed with Costa Maya. The Motown show would have been better if there had been more entertainers of color. There was only one and he's outstanding. The cruise director, nicknamed "Donkey", is very good and very funny. Some ports were very crowded and I didn't spend much time in them, outside of the excursion. I highly recommend the BOSS excursion in Roatan! It's the next best thing to diving. The reef was beautiful. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the Ports of Call and it was leaving out of Port Canaveral. The dining room service the first night was horrible.. we asked to be moved the next night and it was some better. The ship itself wasn't ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Ports of Call and it was leaving out of Port Canaveral. The dining room service the first night was horrible.. we asked to be moved the next night and it was some better. The ship itself wasn't as clean as I am used to seeing. The crew didn't seem as friendly or helpful. Bar staff was fair. Donkey the cruise director was AWESOME. The entertainment and games were good. Shore excursions were good. We always seemed to have problems finding something to drink in the Lido dining except for water. The machines were either broke or out. The food was good overall. The service in the Steakhouse was good. The casino (one of my favorite parts of a cruise) was EXTREMELY smoking and was very crowded. All the shops and open areas on deck 5 around and near the casino was very smoky. Embarkation was a breeze (No pun intended). I loved Puerto Rico and Grand Turk. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth and we boarded the ship very quickly. We parked at the port that also added to the convenience. Our first meal was as at the Seaside BBQ. The BBQ was very good (chicken, pork and beef). The BBQ beans were not good. There were 4 in our group and we were all in agreement about the beans. My wife and Ihave been on over 12 cruises each. We have become complacent with the food. Over the past several years the main dining entrees have remained the same. Therefore, we do not eat in the main dining room every evening. We did eat the first elegant night and the service was great. The staff always called us by our name and we're very friendly. The food was good, but the lobsters are small and slightly over cooked which causes them to be tough/chewy. I had the Maui Maui and the sea bass on the trip and both were very good. We also had the flat iron steak and it was tough. Our favorite meal is having breakfast in the Plush dining room. The food is much better than the Lido breakfast. The eggs are cooked to order and the French toast is delicious. Manfredo provided great service at breakfast. I did eat breakfast a few times on Lido. I few times I got a lump of uncooked goo in my scrambled eggs. I enjoyed the musical entertainment on the ship. Travis played in the Red Frog Pub and was very good. We also listened to Patrick in the Piano Bar. He puts a lot of energy in his show. However, it is definitely 18+. Maybe 24+. Please do not take the kids, adults only. The Variety Violins playing in the Atrium were also very good for an alternative style of music. We did spend some time on the Lido deck around the main pool. It was very crowded and difficult to find a chair. Carnival does not prevent people from saving chairs early in the morning and not showing up until 10:00 or later. We also went to the Serenity deck and it was nice but still difficult to find an open seat. The four of us did the Turtle Cove excursion in St. Thomas. It was a good trip and we saw a lot of turtles. There were not a lot of fish. I guess the turtles ate the fish. The crew on the boat provided great service and very customer friendly. We also went to San Juan, Ambor Cove and Grand Turk. I was disappointed in Grand Turk. The pictures on the internet are much nicer. The beach was over crowed and a little trashy. I saw cups, beer bottle, broken glass and horse poop on the beach. The beer at Margeritaville is over priced. $32.99 + 18% gratuity and 11% tax. The waiter made sure we new the price before being seated. I di not think it was possible for ship beer to be cheaper, but it was. The shopping area was very clean, but don't expect any bargains. Debarkation on the final day was great. We do the self assist. We are Platinum and we met in the dining room at 6:30 and we were getting off the ship at 7:00 and I was in my car by 7:30. Overall, we had a great trip. Carnival provides a great experience for the price. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting ... Read More
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting about 50 cruises on many different cruise lines. It really helps us. Some ships have a scavenger hunt first day which you get a stamp at each location on the ship and you are entered for a prize. You win because your vacation will so much better knowing the ship. My point, go find all the places you know you want to go but cover some more. The Breeze had talented singers and dancers are well rehearsed and put on some great shows in Theater and common areas. The Local Flavor Excursion in Dominican Republic covered a lot of ground in 5+ hours and well worth the $60. We had slow service the last evening in Dining Room -- we did not pay attention to our time that day. (We know better.) Go early or go late, but avoid rush hour on any ship. At the moment, we have plans at the moment for other Carnival ships and Princess ships. If the Breeze's itinerary and times fit our schecule in the future. We would enjoy the Breeze's Cloud 9 Spa again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon Surf Shop the night before departure. I would suggest anyone go here. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, and we also parked here. The shuttle to the port was easy and very timely. Embarkation was quick and easy. We got to the port. Got in line for like 2 minutes. Moved through the various checkpoints, and we were on the ship within 10 minutes from arrival. Disembarkation was somewhat slow, but this was due to federal employee issues. The ship is nice. All areas were kept very clean. My only complaint is there was no pool on the serenity deck. Out cabin, Ocean Suite 7274, was nice and roomy. My wife loved the balcony and the jacuzzi tub. The color scheme in the room was not to my liking, but oh well. Our dining room experience was pleasant. Our server was Mantara, and he did a wonderful job. We loved the shows. Very awesome. The Cruise Director was Chris "Donkey" Salazar. He is a fun guy. He made the cruise very enjoyable. We didn't care much for Amber Cove, but the rest of the ports were very enjoyable. We went on a whale watching excursion in Grand Turk. We saw whales and had a blast. I would suggest this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was ... Read More
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was an amazing experience getting to see everything that goes on behind all of our fun. Meeting the captain was a plus! He was a very kind gentlemen and was very informative with all our questions. Our stateroom was clean and cozy and our steward was EXCELLENT! The only one thing I will say negative is I think the ship needs crew to remind people to sanitize their hands in the lido. They do have sanitizing stations but a lot of people did not use them. I know on other cruise lines staff will greet you into dining and remind you to sanitize. That is the only negative thing I can find. Our cruise director Donkey was great and kept the ship with lots of fun things to do. Will certainly go on the Breeze again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
this was a group cruise with 40 of my dance friends. The bands that they had on board and the music that was played was very good as me and my friends love to line dance. Breakfast buffet was awesome. The dining room was very well ... Read More
this was a group cruise with 40 of my dance friends. The bands that they had on board and the music that was played was very good as me and my friends love to line dance. Breakfast buffet was awesome. The dining room was very well decorated and the staff were totally great. But some of the food was not so good my prime rib and my filet mignon we're not cooked correctly as well as the undercooked salmon. the locations that we stopped at we're really good I had a great time at each one of those. my room Stewart was the best very friendly and very accommodating. The spa area did a great job on my manicure. The cruise director was fantastic. And I really liked the comedians they had in the punchline room especially Tim Young. Overall I would say I had a really good time on the Carnival breeze. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell ... Read More
I selected this cruise because I was interested in visiting the ports that it was stopping at. The food was just okay. I was so looking forward to some very delicious food and found that overall in the dining room and the buffet fell short of my expectations. Would recommend Guy’s Burger place, the Blue Iguana and the Pizza Place was also alright. The few desserts on the ship that were good was the melting chocolate cake and the creame brûlée available in the dining room and the ice cream available at numerous spots on the ship. Every other dessert that we tried was not worth eating... apparently we weren’t the only people that felt this way as there were less than half eaten desserts left everywhere. We also purchased a few desserts from the coffee shop and they were also very disappointing (strawberry cheesecake and the black cake). Some of the entertainment was good (Piano Bar - Patrick Duffy, all the entertainment on the stage near the coffee shop, jazz trio and violin players). Also enjoyed the game shows in the Ovation Theatre. The Motown and Country Roads shows in the Ovation Theatre were terrible. Was really looking forward to some talented Motown entertainment... what a disappointment. Assuming that the Rock n Roll night would be the same cast we didn’t want to put ourselves through that again! The Carnival staff looking after the Staterooms and and working throughout the ship were top notch. Such hard working, friendly and obliging people. They made each and every day special, what a blessing they are. Embarking and disembarking went quite well. I believe that the system that Carnival has in place is effective however there seems to be a certain set of folks that resist following instructions in spite of the very clear communication. I understand that It is difficult for Carnival as they are trying to balance maintaining a process without offending patrons for fear that they won’t return for a future cruises but I think they should simply send people back who attempt disembarkment before they’re floor is called. Overall, I think I would try a different cruise line next time but won’t say that I wouldn’t travel with Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose because it was a gambling cruise. Cabin was filthy I took pictures of the layer of dust above the vanity mirror. Long lines for dining room for breakfast. Also with anytime dining very long dinner lines 15 minutes after the doors ... Read More
Chose because it was a gambling cruise. Cabin was filthy I took pictures of the layer of dust above the vanity mirror. Long lines for dining room for breakfast. Also with anytime dining very long dinner lines 15 minutes after the doors opened. Food was nothing to write home about. Nothing outstanding or exceptional. A couple of nights we didn’t eat the food. We had rain the week of Jan 12th and more should have been done since the ports were rained out. Social director Donkey is great and hands on. All the shows were their own singers and dancers. Would have liked if they had some outside entertainment. The adult comedy is held in a small lounge so get there an hour early if you want a seat. The piano bar is fun but it also gets tiring going there every night. Getting on and off was easy as I am platinum. Bar service in the casino was non existent. Overall very disappointed!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Embarkation: We arrived at our assigned embarkation time apt. and everything was smooth upon checking in. We had also printed all of the boarding passes, luggage tags and completely checked in beforehand so we did had very little to do ... Read More
Embarkation: We arrived at our assigned embarkation time apt. and everything was smooth upon checking in. We had also printed all of the boarding passes, luggage tags and completely checked in beforehand so we did had very little to do at the Port Terminal. Once we embarked on, we had a couple of hours until our room was ready so we enjoyed some nice lunch looking out over Port Canaveral. Dining Experience: Breakfast: We enjoyed the sit-down dining and sea-day brunches most days. I often ordered the eggs benedict, turkey bacon and hashbrowns while my husband would get either pancakes or eggs with different sides. We prefered the food options in the sit-down dining better than the buffet. We did not get the opportunity to try the omelette station as there was always a wait. Lunch: I really enjoyed the Cucina Del Capitano pasta lunch (free!), your pasta is made to order and you can select everything from the noodles, sauce to toppings. You can also get a side of caesar salad or a delicious garlic-butter bun. We also enjoyed the Blue Iguana, I liked the taco bowl and the burritos, my husband enjoyed the tacos. We both really enjoyed the lunch buffet, we found that there was always a good variety of tasty foods and a generous salad bar. The deserts were also very tasty! They had run out of the Black Forest Cake on one of the days because we had waited too long to go and get desert. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our lunches! Dinner: We went for the sit-down dining each evening, we had the later dining option at 8:15 P.M. The three dining staff were AMAZING (Paula, Neemark and Jerry) as they were not only so quick, friendly and good at their jobs, but they went out of their way to have genuine conversations with us. We always looked forward to seeing them! As for the food, most of the dishes were good with the exception of a few underwhelming ones. Out of the carnival cruises I've sailed, I was the most disappointed with the sit-down dining food on this cruise. I felt that at times, it was sloppily plated or under seasons or under mashed. However, I felt that the dining staff were the best on this cruise compared to the others! Oh, and the melting chocolate lava cake is DELICIOUS! Other: The lemonade, iced tea, pizza and ice cream were great! Cabin: Our room staff was incredibly friendly and great. Our room ALWAYS smelled so clean and was spotless. 10/10! The balcony was also very clean. Entertainment: I preferred the entertainment and the quality of the shows to be the best so far on this cruise. The female vocalists were stronger than the males during the evening shows. We also really enjoyed the violinists and the jazz band, we made it a point to attend their shows whenever possible. Unpopular opinion was related to the cruise director, I found him to be less inviting compared to others from previous cruises. I really enjoyed the assistant director Oh Yes Jess, she was funny! Facilities: We enjoyed the variety of hot tubs on this ship and that they were not on the main lido deck like some other ships, less children in them! The serenity deck was really nice and relaxing, we enjoyed that daily except that the blue padded bed-chairs smelled dirty and moldy by the end of the trip (maybe because it rained?). We also liked the water slides, pools and games available to play on deck. We went to the fitness center daily which was quite empty and had a good variety of equipment too. Spa/Photography (negative reviews): Given it was our honeymoon, Carnival provided us with a $50 giftcard for Serenity Spa and a $50 voucher for the Dream Photo Studio. I went to the spa for a manicure (which cost $50). The technician who did my nails started off as very friendly and outgoing, but midway tried to scam me into purchasing almost $400 of products without my consent. She noticed I had some dry skin and applied a lotion and hand treatment, she asked me if I liked the cream which I did. She then put another cream on my arms and then massaged my shoulders with the cream (aloe vera type cream) and left me the pamphlets explaining what they were. She had tried to sell me these products the rest of the time and kept persisting even when I said no or "let me think about it". At the end, she said she would bring me the bill and I could add an additional gratuity if needed. She then took all of the cream products to scan/bill to me! I stopped her right away and she seemed offended and continued to try and guilttrip me into purchasing them, when I asked the price, it was $350 USD. I completely understand that the workers are pressured to try and make more sales, but this completely turned me off from any future spa treatments. Same experience with the dreams studio, this is NOT to be mistaken with the regular photo shoots you see around the ship that are somewhat affordable. We had to book a 30min individual photoshoot with a separate meeting to review the prints. In between meetings, we asked all around the ship, including the Pixels Help Desk, for prices, but no one would provide us with any. Finally, we review the gorgeous photos to find out the packages cost almost as much as our WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. Port: Cozumel 3/5 Nice port, decent shopping but not much to do as a tourist without a prebooked tour Port: Belize 2.5/5 Took a tender boat out which was fun (approx. 30 min.), windy and rainy but still enjoyable. Port itself has many shops which were fun to browse, but again, tour is recommended Port: Roatan 5/5 GREAT port with many attractions (small fee and free) right outside of the port. We enjoyed the nature park with trails, ziplining, beach and shopping. Super fun and lots to do without a tour! Port: Costa Maya (Negative review) 1/5 3 cruise ships for a tiny port that you cannot really leave (similar to Grand Turk) unless on a tour. It was SO crowded that we could barely walk. The grounds were nice and it was well maintained however... as we followed the path back to the ship, we saw a dolphin jump out of a manmade pool FEET FROM THE REAL OCEAN. Several dolphins were housed in a tiny, murky green pool and the worked were trying to get as many tourists as possible in the water to "swim with dolphins". The conditions were depressing to the point where I cried. Please do your research and DO NOT support these inhumane and cruel tourist attractions.... just go and read some reviews and investigations for the swim with dolphin attractions, you will never support one again. Please spend that money on taking a boat out to sea and seeing these smart, beautiful creatures in nature where they belong. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a ... Read More
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a little white paint can go a long way. The lobby area had lanterns hanging from the ceiling which had stains all over them. My bathroom shower was cracked. The ship was more run down than I would have liked to see. I’ve been on Norwegian and Disney cruises and this ship was NOTHING in comparison to those ships. The food was okay. What made our dining experience amazing was one special waitress! Her name was Irvina. She was lovely. She went above and beyond for us every night. Her smile and warmth made us feel like we were at home. The girls at the coffee shop were also just as lovely. They always had a smile on their face and by the end of the cruise they new my fiancé’s order by heart. Our room Stewart Heru was extremely accommodating. We had family members who came down with a cold on this cruise. They were stuck in their cabins for a few days. Heru, did everything he could to make sure they were comfortable and had everything they needed. Overall, the cruise staff were great. The entertainment was awesome. Donkey our cruise director was hilarious. The casino was a huge hit. It was large and we did very well there. However, there is only one computerized poker table. My fiancé loves poker. He was quite disappointed with the computerized table. It didn’t stop him from playing, but he did say he would have rather had a dealer. One of the biggest downfalls on this cruise was the drink package. First of all, my finance has MS and he is a hemophiliac. He is not allowed to drink. We were not able to submit a medical note to excuse him of purchasing the drink package. Since we were sharing the cabin and are both over the age of 21 we had to purchase the drink package if one of us wanted it. Which I found to be quite unfair. I understand why Carnival is strict with this policy however, my family and I chose Carnival because it was cheaper than Norwegian (who has an unlimited drink package including soda). So the drink package cost me an extra $860. Then to top it off I couldn’t order an extra shot on top of my pina colada or a double on my Tito’s and vodka. They literally measured out one shot per drink. They limit you to 15 drinks a day. Which seems a lot. However, if you wanted an extra shot that went toward one of your 15 drinks. Furthermore, if you wanted an extra shot in your drink you needed to wait 5 minutes and you could go back with your drink for them to add the extra shot. It was just extremely inconvenient. If I would have known that I was going to pay all this extra money and have this much of a hassle to have a decent drink on my vacation I would have chose to go back on a Norwegian ship in a heart beat. The ships are cleaner and there is NO drink minimum and they aren’t skimpy in pouring their drinks. Another thing that stumped me was my brother who didn’t have a drink package was able to pay 3 dollars extra to have extra alcohol added to his drink. When I asked the bar tender if I could just pay the difference I was told no because I had the Cheers package. It didn’t make any sense. When I expressed my frustration to the bar tender he tried to say its a safety issue. I didn’t understand and asked him to elaborate what he meant by a safety issue. He said they limit the cheers packages to 15 drinks per day because that is a lot of alcohol. So my answer back was but if I was to never have the drink package and pay per drink I could easily purchase over 15 drinks per day and nobody would ever know? So how is this a safety issue? Plus, I didn’t care if they deducted an extra drink for an extra shot in my drink. I wanted to actually have more than a tbsp of alcohol in my drink. This may make me sound like an alcoholic which I am NOT by any means. I didn’t reach my 15 day drink minimum any day I was on the cruise. It just was inconvenient the way they have this package set up. The second WORST part of this trip was a disturbing night that was inexcusable. At about 12:30 one night my fiancé and I woke up to what sounded like a air compressor going off right under our cabin. It was horribly loud. So horribly loud that multiple guest around us went onto their balcony looking around. We were all upset and didn’t understand what this noise could be and the time it was. My fiancé called guest services and they apologized and assured him it would stop. About an hour later the noise continued. I called guest services and was notified that they were doing construction and they were unaware that this outside company would be doing Maintnence until 9:00am. Mind you, it was around 1:45 when I called. I was furious. My fiancé was sick. He had caught a cold. Therefore, while not feeling well and hearing this awful sound all night on your vacation was far from enjoyable. The next day I got a call from guest services. They gave me a bottle of wine, cookies, and apologized. They told me that the construction would occur again that day from 6pm-7pm. I cannot wrap my head around how they thought it was okay to make that much noise in the middle of the night. One of the guest a few doors down from us mentioned the noise to us the next day while we were in the elevator. She had two little girls with her and she said they were all up all night due to the noise. It left a horrible taste in my mouth about Carnival cruises. As far as our ports that were stopped at they were all great. A few tips...if you are going to St. Thomas Magen’s Bay gets crowded very quickly. Try to get off the boat early! By the time we got there we were unable to rent chairs. They had no more. Which wasn’t a problem for us but I know some people surrounding us weren’t too happy. At Dominican Republic we went to a local beach. It was gorgeous. I didn’t feel as unsafe as I expected to at this port. I went to Punta Cana in the past and it wasn’t the safest area. At amber cove it seemed to be cleaner, safer and more developed. Puerto Rico, we enjoyed waking around the forts, we ate at an authentic restaurant and did some shopping. At Grand Turk you NEED to get off the boat early if you want a spot close to the water on the beach. The beach is located right off the port. It is gorgeous. It does get crowded quickly! We rented a golf cart off the port for 50 dollars for the day and explored the island. It’s safe. I wouldn’t advise you to go if you are a bunch of 18 year old girls but as a family we had a good time. We literally rode the entire island. Ate at a local restaurant. It is an impoverished country. Stray and and malnourished dogs, horses, and donkeys were everywhere. If you are an animal lover like me, next time I will be bringing dog treats with me. Overall, Carnivals cleanliness, noise distruption and drink package was really a turn off. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
It was a beautiful and relaxing cruise. First time to Margaritaville and it was so much fun! The ship is amazing! It was my second time on the Breeze and it doesn't dissapoint. Our cabin was nice and roomy. The dining is always great ... Read More
It was a beautiful and relaxing cruise. First time to Margaritaville and it was so much fun! The ship is amazing! It was my second time on the Breeze and it doesn't dissapoint. Our cabin was nice and roomy. The dining is always great on the Breeze. I love Guy's Burger joint. The entertainment and activities are great! They always put on a great show. Although, with that being said. It was a little disappointing to see the same exact show that I had seen in 2015 on the same ship. Come on Carnival switch things up a bit in the shows. Service is always top notch! Ports were beautiful and the only complaint I have has nothing to do with Carnival. It is with Crystal Seas Adventures in Grand Turk. Viator and Trip Advisor did nothing for me to get my$138 refund for an excursion I did not get to go on because we were told it was cancelled by a worker because of the rough waters. Turns out it wasn't cancelled and they refused to give me my money back. Will never book through these three companies again. Be sure you have buyers protection if you book outside of Carnival's excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This is our 5th time cruising with Carnival. Our cabin not withstanding this is my favorite ship. There were so many things to do, they also upped the production value for their big shows. And other than the first night, the our table ... Read More
This is our 5th time cruising with Carnival. Our cabin not withstanding this is my favorite ship. There were so many things to do, they also upped the production value for their big shows. And other than the first night, the our table service was good too. Everyone in our group of 12, ranging from 3 to 90+, enjoyed it. My husband and I also went and tried their chef's table. The presentation was excellent, what you'd expect of those fancy tasting menus, but only 2 of the 8 dishes I thought was great. The dessert was quite disappointing, and it was odd that they served us tea and celebratory cake and immediately shooed us out, giving is no time to actually eat said cake. I'm glad for the date night experience, but I would not do it again. As for the rest of the cruise food, I found this time around they over salted things, but I still found lots of food that I liked. For average cruise or vacation food, this was not at all bad with lots of selection, but I think foodies expecting spectacular food will leave disappointed. Now my biggest complaint was our cabin. I specifically chose this room so it's far away from common places that would have loud noises (theatre, galley, bars and clubs, pool, casino, etc). However from 11pm-3am every night there was loud partying sounds coming into our cabin (also the cabin next to us). It wasn't from our neighbors partying, nor even the people above us, because I was so upset by day 3 that I went and investigated! I'm pretty sure it was below us, but considering below us was deck 0, I wasn't able to confirm. We also had little ones with us, so this was a huge annoyance, nobody wants to be kept up all night. So in the future make sure to avoid 1268 and 1264! My parents who stayed in cabins across from us did not have hear those loud noises. I'd definitely be happy to sail on Breeze again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I got me and Michelle an extended balcony for this cruise, I was not thrilled with it, maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because it was on deck 7, but I'll not be spending the money to do that again. When we sat out there, (not ... Read More
I got me and Michelle an extended balcony for this cruise, I was not thrilled with it, maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because it was on deck 7, but I'll not be spending the money to do that again. When we sat out there, (not very often), we only used maybe a quarter of the balcony we had available to us. On the other hand, the cabin layout was very nice, seemed a bit smaller than the normal balcony cabin, but we liked the cabin none the less. The food... I thought the food was great! We generally ate breakfast at the breakfast buritto place at around 7-7:30am, no line at all, or, we would get an omlet, at around the same time, no line. Lunch... don't think I ever ate lunch on ship, or don't remember it anyway. Supper... Dinning room was very good, I actually enjoyed the lobster on this cruise! usually I'm disappointed with cruise lobster, not this time! And I liked the fact that they had the dress up lobster dinner early on in the cruise, maybe that's why the lobster seemed better. The ship... The ship was ok, but it lacks the bling, or fancyness of other Carnival ships, like the Valor, or even the Legend.. It was like a 70's kinda boring decor. Service... We got on the ship without any lines at all, that was fantastic! Our bags got to our room early. Even getting off the ship was pretty smooth, maybe it was just because Port Canaviral is set up better, but whatever, no hassle getting on or off. One complaint... The crew does not stop people from sending their kids up at 7am to reserve all of the best deck chairs by throwing a towel over them. I saw people throw a towel over lounge chairs at 7am, and still not be in the chair by 8am or later.. Didn't really effect us, but annoying non the less. Second complaint... Smoking. Carnival needs to figure out their smoking policy! On this cruise, you could be sitting in a no smoking area, yet have a smoking area just forward of you a ways, and you'd get smoked out anyways, my suggestion would be to make one side of the ship smoking and the other non smoking.. The mish mash way they are doing it now makes no sense, the entire ship might as well still be smoking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had a really fun time because we were with family and friends, but this is not a great cruising experience - nothing that makes you go "wow!" We had great weather and fairly calm sailing conditions. The crew were friendly ... Read More
We had a really fun time because we were with family and friends, but this is not a great cruising experience - nothing that makes you go "wow!" We had great weather and fairly calm sailing conditions. The crew were friendly and for the most part the ship is clean. The cabins are in great condition. Compared to other cruising experiences (we have been on at least 15 and with a variety of cruise lines), this was probably our least favorite ship. Crowding and waiting in line seemed to be more prevalent on this cruise than any other. The lines for the buffet, pizza, hamburgers, etc were nearly always long and crowded. We have never had to wait so long for food. Dinner was decent, but again, no specific meals or appetizers that were amazing. The pool and hot tubs were extremely full and not very appealing. Getting back onto the ship also had us waiting in long lines. The stops (Dominican, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk) were not that interesting nor was there a wide variety of things to do in each port. We did do a snorkeling and beach excursion that was again very crowded with very little to see. The value of Carnival when you look at their: 18% gratuity on drinks, policy that it is mandatory for everyone in a cabin to purchase a drink/pop package if one member is getting it, $20 upcharges on the regular dinner menu for steak, charge for room service, etc is not great. Our Celebrity Cruise to Bermuda tops this experience by a mile. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Very, very disappointed in the overall entertainment value of this cruise. We are Carnvial Platnium Members, and have sailed with Carnival many times. This is the absolute worst when it came to shows. We actually got up and left two ... Read More
Very, very disappointed in the overall entertainment value of this cruise. We are Carnvial Platnium Members, and have sailed with Carnival many times. This is the absolute worst when it came to shows. We actually got up and left two shows due to the quality. Everything was so fake (singing/playing guitars/piano, etc), it was just horrible. Normally love the Comedy Shows too, but the comedian we saw on this cruise was terrible. He went around the room and asked people what they did for a living, then tried to make fun of them - it just didn't work. It was like he just showed up with no idea of what he was going to do. Also, love Trivia - it just seemed like the major trivia events were scheduled while people were getting ready to go ashore, gone ashore, or during meal hours. This was our first cruise where we didn't participate in one trivia event. The New Years Eve Party was fun (this was our third year doing New Year's Eve at sea). Our dinning experience left a lot to be desired too. Food was very blah, and not just a meal or two. Also was really looking forward to the Guy Ferirra BBQ Joint onboard - our entire party thought it had ZERO taste, and speaking of Guy Feirra, the burgers were exceptionally salty this trip too. Again, not sure what's up with the food, but I would only give it one star this trip. On the other hand, the staff onboard the ship were great, everyone was very positive and pretty much made the trip a little better. Embarkation/Debarkation was very easy. We loved the new process. We enjoy cruising on Carnival, but would not do the Breeze again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
First time taking a carnival cruise. We chose this ship because we sailed on the Epic last year at the same time and wanted to try something different. Our family of four really enjoyed the Norwegian so we found ourselves comparing the two ... Read More
First time taking a carnival cruise. We chose this ship because we sailed on the Epic last year at the same time and wanted to try something different. Our family of four really enjoyed the Norwegian so we found ourselves comparing the two in the first two days. It wasn’t until about half way through that we began to appreciate this ship for its unique personality. Negatives: Lots of smoking on outside decks. As a former smoker this don’t bother me but my wife didn’t like it. Weirdly there is a smoking section outside the entrance to Camp Ocean. The buffet didn’t have much selection. As others have said the lines can be long. There’s no dart in dart out in the buffet. You have to form a cafeteria style line. There’s no kids station. No small section of chicken fingers, hotdogs, Mac and cheese etc. Positives: The included Guys burgers are probably the best hamburgers I’ve ever eaten. The pizza pirate made some of the best pizzas we’ve ever eaten. Blue iguana has awesome tacos and burritos both breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was very good both in terms of food and service. The drinks service was very good both at bars and wait staff. Never a long line or wait for a boozy drink. My wife and I had the drinks package and for us it was worth it plus the included specialty coffees were fantastic! Our kids really enjoyed the camp ocean and the staff were great. The layout of the ship was perhaps the best compared to any Disney or Norwegian ship we’ve been on. We were aft on deck 8 which was a perfect location. Two decks up to rear pool area(our area of choice)/buffet and three down to the wrap around lanai deck. Shows were fun and our kids enjoyed them immensely. We really enjoyed the presence of the cruise director on this ship. He was fun and involved. The daily reports from the captain was also appreciated. Our stateroom was plenty spacious and well attended. Overall we very much liked our experience and will likely consider sailing on a carnival cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on the Breeze before and it was wonderful. This time there were parts of the trip that were good, and others that were...well horrible. We took our first New Years Eve Cruise. Embarkation is easy as we are platinum. ... Read More
We have been on the Breeze before and it was wonderful. This time there were parts of the trip that were good, and others that were...well horrible. We took our first New Years Eve Cruise. Embarkation is easy as we are platinum. Cabin was okay except for all the rust on the balcony. Issues are with dining room food. Selections were poor and food not very good. Our New Years Eve "special menu" was horrible. There were nights on this cruise that only 1 dessert option was offered. Dining room staff were great. Cruise Director "Donkey" was terrific. Shows were just ok. Comedians were good. Avoid Magens Bay as is too crowded in St Thomas. Do the Sky Ride to Paradise Point. Do the ATV at the Hacienda in PR...they were wonderful. This was a terrific excursion. Honestly the food was so bad in the dining room that this has tainted my entire review. Guys Burgers great, Guys BBQ great, Burrito Bar always great. Lido buffet just okay. 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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