1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from ... Read More
The ship was nice. Not as nice I was expecting for a newer ship. It was clean and the decor was ok just not my style. We had two cabins and the service was great in both. Loved the balcony. Deck 7 was very peaceful and no noise from above or below. Next time I will plan on spending 3+ nights in the specialty restaurants or maybe I will eat more at the buffet. My family likes sit down dinners together so we ate in the MDR 6 nights. The service in the MDR was great but the food was hit or mis. If you can eat Golden Coral and fast food all week than you will love the food on Carnival Breeze. I expect a little better than that. Guys burgers was good but 2 burgers a week is about my limit for fast food. Guys BBQ is OK if you get the pork or chicken. The beef was not good enough for this Texan. The buffet was hit or miss. The comfort food section is all fried if you like that, I never ate there. Pizza and sandwich place were OK. My favorite breakfast was at the burrito place on Lido Deck. The Shows were mostly bad and I stopped going. Motown was the best one. Maybe Disney spoiled me on entertainment. The singers were not that good and the shows were not well written. The cruise director had a lot of energy and if you like Bingo and Trivia then there is a lot to do. The best entertainment was the movies on the big screen at night. Skip all the other stuff and go watch a movie. The service was very good everywhere on the ship. It was holiday cruise and they had kids running wild on the ship. 4700 guests 1700 of them kids. 74% from Texas and 4% from OK. If numbers interest you. The ports were the highlight of the trip Went zip-lining in Jamaica and we loved it. Highly recommend. Swam with the sting rays in Grand Cayman A must do !! Went to a beach club in Cozumel had good food and perfect weather. The best part was spending the week with my 3 college age children. I prefer Disney and Princess to Carnival so probably wont sail Carnival again any time soon. We are beach people and so our next vacation will be on a beach rather than a ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
So, this is our (wife and I) 4th Carnival cruise and our 4th different ship (previous ships are the Ecstasy, Triumph and Liberty). Embarkation was a breeze (pardon the pun) as we had FTTF. From walking into the terminal to getting to our ... Read More
So, this is our (wife and I) 4th Carnival cruise and our 4th different ship (previous ships are the Ecstasy, Triumph and Liberty). Embarkation was a breeze (pardon the pun) as we had FTTF. From walking into the terminal to getting to our room was about 20 minutes. A big part of that, aside from FTTF, was that your sail and sign cards are sent ahead to your cabin. So all you do now is go through security, and board. We booked an aft balcony cabin along with spa passes (spa rooms were all gone). We had one excursion booked through Carnival for Jamaica, Cayman and Cozumel were booked with private providers. We like the decor of the Breeze, more contemporary than our previous cruises. None of the gaudy/loud "old Vegas" look. Layout was similar to the other ships we've been on. Larger "water park" and the ropes course were fun additions. One thing that was missed was a true sports bar. Sure, they had some TV's at the pub, but it wasn't really set up like an actual sports bar. As far as the overall vibe on the ship, I have to say it was, for lack of a better word, quiet. What I mean by that we there were several dead areas of the ship through the days/evenings. Karaoke at 4:30??? Lounges and the club areas unused for long stretches. We talked to several other passengers about this as well, and they all thought that this cruise was "off" when it came to the onboard activities specific to the entertainment areas of the ship. The night club was only in use after 11pm (why not have Karaoke in there until then??) the piano bar was also mostly unused. On deck/atrium activities seemed like the usual stuff, so I don't know why the rest of the entertainment was lacking. As mentioned, we had spa passes that gave us unlimited access to the thalassotherapy pool and the assorted steam/sauna rooms. Wife really enjoyed the pool, while I loved using the steam rooms after working out in the fitness center. We used the spa almost every day. One minor complaint, is that they don't really monitor it. A few times I just had to move on to the next room because some folks seemed to thing that everyone needs to hear their personal gossip. Otherwise, a fine experience. As far as excursions go, I'll address the Carnival provided one only. For Jamaica, we chose the Chukka Kayak, Zip line tour. Departure on a mid-sized bus was prompt and pleasant with a fun driver named Regan. After about 30-45 minutes, we arrived at the center for our excursion (which also served as the start point for several other excursions). It was chaotic to say the least. With so many different tours going on it was tough to make out what we were even supposed to be doing. A little better direction here would be appreciated for sure. The excursions itself was a lot of fun. That last zip line was exhilarating. Minor quibble (going back to needing better direction) was the the Kayak portion started immediately after zip lining. This wasn't communicated to us beforehand, and I left my waterproof cameras behind assuming we would return to the initial muster point and be able to get things out of the lockers ($5 for the lock BTW). The ride back, after kayaking, was almost the most exciting thing about the excursion. If you've ridden the Kong ride at Universal Orlando or Dinosaur/Indian Jones rides at Disney Parks, it was like that...but in real life! We even had a blowout, which did not stop us. We encountered some heavy rain on the way back which apparently caused some issues with other tours. We were almost 2 hours late leaving port as a result. Our private tour in Grand Cayman went well and the one we had scheduled in Cozumel was cancelled due to strong rip currents. Food on the cruise was good. We tried the Lido Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We dined in the main dining room as well for brunch and dinner. We had dinner on our last sea day on the Fahrenheit Steak House which was excellent. I do wish main breakfast buffet access was moved to a earlier time as I am an early riser and wanted more than the continental breakfast options that were offered. Food selection was decent, but the lack of healthy prepared sides was disappointing. I had lot's of big salads to make up for it (I mean really, no green beans, carrots, corn???). I read many complaints about runny eggs, but we didn't encounter that on our cruise. So, overall it's what we've come to expect on a Carnival cruise, which Is good, varied food. Debarkation was a little bumpy as we experienced a delay due to foggy conditions. They did not announce this early enough, as we were already in the staging area for FTTF (The Ovation Theater). So, we sat there for an extra hour. But, once it got rolling, we were off the ship and through customs quickly. While there were some issues (which I think can all be easily addressed) we had a great time and would sail the Breeze again if the itinerary was right. We're looking at trying out the Vista next year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the ... Read More
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the other 1 other), all on NCL (so review with comparisons). We selected Carnival, so that we could drive to Galveston and not have to buy 4 plane tickets. NCL has sailed from Houston before, but not now. I also wanted to go to Grand Cayman; this was the new port for us that I have wanted to visit. All the activities offered (water park, rope course, putt-putt golf, hot tubs off the side of the promenade, etc.) also looked exciting to entertain the kids and adults together. They were. This was the biggest ship we have been on. While on, we heard 4,700 people + crew sailing that week on a ship advertised for 3,800 passengers at two per room. We were not sure if we would like that many people together. Overall, it was not bad, and we did not mind walking it. We love to walk the promenade deck. Being on deck 1 and slow elevators did give us more stairs than I was good at handling. Though the most crowded place by far was the buffet…oh my. Food: To transition to food and start with the buffet, it is divided into two parts with a good length walk between both (a kitchen and some seating between, I believe), which was annoying when trying to find utensils (not on the tables like NCL’s), trying to find family members, or trying to find something that looked good. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there were always lines. Except for the NCL’s hamburger/hot dog buffet start line, I’m used to jumping in and out of line based on what looks good. I’m not going to get in the buffet line and take everything or almost everything, so I hate to wait in line for everything. Going for breakfast one morning, I really thought we would not get any food. We did discover the hot chocolate machine in the buffet; it was awesome but not open the last day. The last day, we got to the buffet earlier, and it was not crowded. Just one more buffet note – the chocolate chip cookies are delicious on NCL; they were horrible on Carnival. Guy’s burgers were delicious! At the Blue Iguana, I liked the fish taco, but did not care for the pork taco – too cumin-y for my taste. My husband liked it and had it a few times. I tried the breakfast burrito one morning. I got it without eggs – I know crazy,but they were putting a lot on the people’s ahead of me. I should have just asked for less. They only have jalapeño or wheat tortillas on the menu, but you can ask for a plain tortilla. I had read about only the two options, but the person in front of me did it, so I followed the lead. Husband liked the India buffet/Tandoor in the back. Sea day bunch was wonderful; our favorite. The first day the line was too long for breakfast. So, we went later for lunch. We made it two other times, going earlier for breakfast; all were excellent. I had the filet twice and the pork once. Husband had the hen a la diabla that he said was very good. Kids loved the big pancake stack. Large selection crossing breakfast and lunch type items. We never tried the pizza or deli in the buffet. We had breakfast once in the Tasting Bar on the promenade deck. They had less selection, but it much calmer than the buffet with a great outside view. I was not impressed with my Sea Dog; my child, who likes hot dogs, never tried one to give a second opinion. We had anytime dining. From NCL, we are used to eating when we want. Since we had the kids, we were not seated with others anyway. We ended up eating earlier to avoid waits. We were always seated in the same section. I had read about slow service, so was worried. We had an excellent server and her team the first night and a couple of nights (same guys) in the middle of cruise who were also excellent. Thanksgiving night was slow, and I think our server team of three was covered by one person. The last night was also very slow. These two nights were the only nights we saw the waiters dancing; maybe because we were there later due to slowness. It was cool; we had fun and got into it. Though husband was ready to place his dessert order, I believe. NCL does not do anything like that. Embarkation/Disembarkation: We drove from north of Houston where we had a hotel overnight to Galveston the morning of the cruise. We had the 11:30-12 check in time. After we drove, parked, walked to the terminal, and dropped off luggage, we stood in a long line outside that was not moving. It quickly started moving, and we got up to the line split between those within their time slot and those early or late. It was 11:15. My husband asked should we hang back 15 minutes or push on; I voted to push on. The in-the-time-slot line was fairly non-existent and moving quickly. However, we got through quickly; tossed our water from our cups in the trash as signs requested. At check-in, they scanned our passports instead of taking pictures. When getting on later, they did take the kids’ picture saying that they have aged more. They handed us our boarding number – 10. Then we went through security. We went through and had brought soda (no longer allowed on NCL). Fellow passengers helped online beforehand, and we brought a canvas-ish shopping bag to quickly toss them in after security torn down the box. You are allowed one 12 pack of cans per adult. We only brought one knowing that it is hard to find time to drink them on shore days anyway. The canvas bag worked great, just sliding the box in, and made them easy to carry around the ship until the rooms were ready. Then we went to find the waiting area for #10. It was around the corner and 10 did not sound good. After we sat, they began calling numbers soon, and they got through them quickly. We were on and ready for a Guy’s burger, and Tandoor/India buffet for husband. They did not give us our keycard at check in, but said the cards would be at the room entrance mailbox when the rooms were ready. They also noted that we could make any onboard purchases before we had the keycard with the barcode on our boarding pass. This seemed odd. I read that too many people were going to drop their stuff at the room and slowing down the room stewards. I had not heard of this being a problem on NCL, but maybe because I’m not at the rooms early or because they don’t allow soda any more. ETA for rooms was 1:30. We went down a little after, and they were just distributing the keys. So, ours did not sit unattended. Disembarkation was also quick. Due to fog near Galveston, we had to stop moving in the middle of the night, so we were late getting in. We did walk off with your own suitcases. The documentation had us getting off at 11am or 11:30 am whether we did walk off or tag and luggage out. It was based on deck, with our deck, 1, at the end. This was really disappointing. I assumed there were people on deck 1 eager to get off early and those on 12 (or whatever) not eager to get up early. Since we had a drive, we were hoping to get off before 11am. Due to the delay, the CD was announcing a one hour delay on the published schedule (12pm). We were not sure if this also applied to getting out of the rooms by 8:30am or 9:30am now. We left a little after 8:30 and went up to deck 5. The CD staff was directly people toward the end of the walk off line. We sat down in the sushi restaurant planning for a long wait, but they started letting people off from the line. No one mentioned or asked about deck numbers. Passport control was pretty quick; on the way out, they were asking who had liquor and needed to pay the duty. We were to our car about 9:45. Entertainment: Family loved the Sky Rope Course. I tried it once around and had enough. They did it multiple times, multiple days. They let you go around twice for your turn. One day it was very uncrowded, and they were letting people go around as much as they wanted. We also enjoyed putt-putt and pool, though you had to find an uncrowded time. We did the water park on the Montego Bay day before it rained. There were very short to no lines, so we did the slides over and over again. We never made it to the Thrill theater. We enjoyed candy store shopping with onboard credit. We went to the Seaside Theater (big screen at the mid-ship pool) as a family the last night – Despicable Me 3. It was fun, but the pool chairs did get uncomfortable toward the end of the movie. I’m not sure how the chair hogs do it ;). I have heard of people going up a deck to the sofas; that may be the way to go. We checked several nights, and they seemed to only be showing PG-13 movies. The last night they had Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3; saved them all for the last night. Our oldest watched Transformers too. Back to food, we had the Steakhouse dinner without the kids – excellent service and delicious! We got the kids in line for the buffet with them trying to preview and decide what they would get. Then we went to the Steakhouse; next youngest went to kid’s club and oldest to the movie. We told the youngest that he could come back to the room at 8am (he likes to play his technology) since we expected to be done around 8:30. Transformers was a long movie, so the oldest had about an hour to go when we checked on him after dinner. On kid’s club, the oldest did not do too much with his group. It started later and went later (after we went to bed). He went to karaoke and was not a fan. He did couple digital scavenger hunts that he enjoyed. The youngest spent more time at kid’s club and had a child from his grade at school also on the cruise. He learned some new games that he enjoyed. He did a scavenger hunt in the rain that he complained about, but he is a martyr and we know he likes his battle wombs. I had read about the kid’s club kids getting gifts, and I saw some kids with backpacks. We managed to miss the gifts. We did not watch any of the production shows with timing with kids and dinner. We went to the Hasbro game show in the main theater. The kids enjoyed the preview recording of the game show before it started…thinking that is what we came to see. I thought they would pre-pick the families to compete after watching the preview video, but they picked individuals based on answering trivia questions. I thought this part got a little long and that pre-picking would be better, but the kids enjoyed it. If you want to be picked, sit at the bottom in the front center. We also watched two of the four comedians; they switch 2 for 2 new ones mid-cruise. We went to the PG shows with our oldest. He did not know if he would like it, but he was laughing like crazy. Both comedians made us laugh, but the first, Ronnie Bullard, was better. Seeing them so close together let us compare, where we normally would not (I’m used to one max comedian on a cruise). The first had better delivery and stronger material. The second was Tim Walker. Husband said trivia was easier than NCL’s; it was interesting – they picked from a Trivial Pursuit book. He won a couple “ship on a stick”. We also played a big trivial pursuit and met some fun people. They also had a big Sorry! that our oldest played. Our youngest did a Build a Bear party. They hand out numbers when you come in, so get there early. Our casually late got us a 43, where they called 4 numbers at once. I was surprised at how efficient it was after you got up there. I thought the poor kid’s club staff was “sewing” them, but actually, they were pre-sewn and just needed the thread tightened and knotted. Efficient! We never got to try out the hot tubs off the side of the ship; they closed for cleaning or maintenance where it did not seem like much urgency was given to reopening them, like closed more than 24 hours to shock them if there had been a diaper mishap. We visited an aft hot tub after our Montego Bay water park visit. The kids went one other time to the aft hot tubs, while we sat and watched; they had to move from one to another when a jet needed maintenance. The back pool area is a nice place to sit and hang out. They have a drink machine there; though it was missing an ice dispenser. The kids got in the mid-ship pool once when they decided the water park was too cold. We found chairs to watch. Overall: We had a great cruise and found lots to do. The kids enjoyed having more freedom to check themselves in and out of kid’s club; it just took planning ahead on when to meet and where. It helped us avoid the checkout lines, though did not always work because sometimes we were early to check the youngest out. Carnival is more laid back than my type A personality. “Washy-washy, happy-happy” was hard to find (they had machines in the buffet, but you had to look), instead of at the entrance to the buffet both given by a person and a machine and every time you got back on the ship on NCL. We avoided the stomach bug; I pushed the hand sanitizer that I brought after getting food and before eating on the Lido. (Youngest picked it up at the end of his last cruise and shared it with all of us after we got home.) Though I got a cold that I’m still fighting . Another laid-back attitude I felt was, the ship arrives at published time but then has to clear customs. You don’t get to get off at published time. Why not publish the time that guests would be cleared to get off? Not a big deal, but something that I noticed. Beforehand, we were nervous about having an Italian captain; I have been to Italy and do not think of strong work ethic when I think of Italians, but think of siestas and the hole in the ground toilets -- sorry Italians . We are used to the Scandinavian captains. I did not meet the Captain, but he made informative announcements a few days and got the ship to where it needed to be. The crew were all upbeat, friendly, and accommodating! Ports: Montego Bay, Jamaica: We did not plan anything for this stop. My husband and I honeymooned in Ocho Rios and knew about the 2 hour bus rides. I did not want to try that with kids. We got out and shopped in the port area. The kids got a Jamaica soccer ball (futbol); we did not have one before. We did not mean to but did haggle. Our youngest was trying to want a fidget spinner instead. We were trying to get them to decide. The ball also had marks on it; I don’t like to buy new stuff that is dirty. This was taken as haggling, and she knocked the price down. In the terminal, they were helpful and told us how to walk to the Hard Rock for wi-fi. We had gotten an email from our tour guide in Grand Cayman about an earlier tour time before we left Galveston, so needed to check email again. When I saw the line of people at the gate ready to hassle us and it was starting to sprinkle, I ask that we head back. (We ended up buying expensive one day internet access from the ship.) Jamaica was pretty when we saw it before; if you want to do something, book it ahead of time. It ended up flooding that day, and the ship did not get to leave until right before 10pm, instead of 6pm, waiting for ship tours to make it back. They had to avoid flooded roads. Grand Cayman – Stringray City and Coral Reef: This was a tender port. We read the documentation, and there was nothing on tender tickets. It just said when you are ready to go ashore come down to get on a tender boat. This was weird. The CD was announcing how crowded the tender lines were and when a good time to go down would be and was. We now had a tour time confirmed for meeting at 10:40 ship time or island time; I do not remember which. Staying on the same time and having ship time was new to us. It is probably much easier for the crew, but did seem to annoy the islanders, who noted that we would not go to England and ask them to use our time. We got off early to have ample time. The tender ride was short; it was operated by Grand Cayman’s vs. the ship and held 300, if I remember correctly. We were there early. We found the meeting place; our tour was with Moby Dick. They had a big restroom that husband said was nice. One kid was starving and required a snack. We went into a couple of shops. Our group started to gather. I believe they were waiting for people from other ships that got in later. When most arrived, we boarded the bus; while one owner waited for the last group. We got to see a little of the town driving to the boat dock; the boat ride was longer than I expected. Stingrays were great; we fed and held them. The guides were good at catching them to let people hold. With the underwater camera, husband captured the oldest feeding one – it vacuums in its food. On the boat ride over, they taught us about the stingrays and how to feed them. Our youngest was a little scared of them; we held him some. It was about 4 ft, so easy for us to stand but the kids had to wade more. We used our snorkels some to see them underwater. Then we went to the coral reef snorkel. There was a shipwreck and ship toilet. Husband caught a school of fish on camera. Youngest loved the reef snorkeling. Cozumel – Chankanaab: There were many ships and people in port the day we were there, and our ship had the latest scheduled arrival time. The dock the Breeze was at, I believe, is closer to Chankanaab – Puenta Maya. The taxi lines were long this day. They have a price list to the different locations, so you know the cost + tip. At Chankanaab (the kids have been one other time), we started with the Mayan ruins. Then we got ready to snorkel. We camped between a set of umbrellas and chairs; none left available at this point. The snorkeling was not as good as I remembered, but I did not go to all the sections. Youngest loved it again, noted he touched a fish. Hum…you are not supposed to touch them. They have snorkel gear from Christmas one year. We borrowed life jackets for youngest and myself (being lazy, and I don’t dive anyway) with a driver’s license for the id that they hold while you borrow the jackets. After snorkeling, we went to the sea lion show and then let the kids play in the pool. Then we decided that we should head back before it got closer to the Park’s closing time at 4pm when everyone would want to a taxi. We were put in a van taxi with another family. Based on this, we did not know the price. Husband asked. Chankanaab is very nice. They also have swim with dolphins and manatees and zip lining. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was going out of Galveston. We would not have picked this itinerary but it was what was available for Thanksgiving week. I have been to Jamaica on a couple of land trips and a couple of cruises, so there ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was going out of Galveston. We would not have picked this itinerary but it was what was available for Thanksgiving week. I have been to Jamaica on a couple of land trips and a couple of cruises, so there was nothing I really wanted to do, so we just did the Hop-on Hop-off bus. We had a very safe driver on the outbound trip, but they take you to the farthest place first and work their way back. We wanted to go to Doctor's Cave beach. When we got there they wanted admission and fees for chairs, etc. which we weren't aware of, and it was looking cloudy and like it was going to rain, so we just went to Margaritaville about a few minutes' walk away. After about 20 minutes after we arrived, the weather took a very bad turn. It got incredibly windy and while we could see the ship before the storm, once the clouds and breeze rolled in, you couldn't see even a half mile and it was starting to look very scary. We decided to leave to head back to the ship. The island traffic is horrible on a good day, but there later came a flash flood causing a few hundred passengers to be delayed on the return for several hours. We just beat the flash flood back to the ship. In the terminal there was a huge line of about 500 or more people and it took us about 40 minutes to get back on board. (there were 4700 people this particular weekon board due to the holiday.) Having done Dunn's River Falls several times and having seen much of Montego Bay in past years, we probably should have just stayed on the ship. Oh, well--we have Grand Cayman tomorrow. Cayman was good--did the Stingrays for the second time and Rum Point Beach. Our crew on our boat to the stingray sandbar were great. They let everyone feed the rays and allowed time for everyone to get pics who wanted them. They charged 40.00 for all digital photos that they took, or one for 20. We brought our own water camera but still bought their pics. Next we took a short trip to Rum Point Beach. We liked it but bring tons of money if you want drinks and food. 12.50 per 8 ounce drink and our bill for 2 drinks and chili cheese fries came to 38.25 with a tip added in that I did not notice until we left (and I added more without realizing they had already charged us for the tip. Look carefully at your bill first! More expensive than the ship's drinks! On the ride back to our bus pick-up point a crew member cleaned out two large Conch and prepared us fresh conch with barbeque and onion sauce. That was a first for us! Our boat staff were a great team and we enjoyed our excursion in Cayman. In Cozumel we went to Ocean Club Beach which I thought was a prior beach we had been to, but as it turned out, it was not at all the place I had described to the driver. Been to Cozumel approximately 25 or more times. This was my least favorite beach I have been on. Dirty water and very rocky on the bottom. This was the first time I didn't go into the water past my knees. It was an incredibly choppy water day too. It was an all inclusive unless you just wanted to go a la carte. If you want ice, they charge a dollar if you didn't buy the food and drink package which one of us did and the other did not. Our location was poor--we were about 10 or more rows from beachfront, so I wasn't comfortable leaving things unattended where I couldn't see them. We were in the back corner of their beach chair area and the chairs were stained and kind of "yucky". It was very crowded and many vendors were trying to sell things from pharmacy to plates, to fish pedicures to massages, etc. What was most annoying was the music. Kind of a Mexican rap which literally gave me a headache. We should have gone back to Passion Island or Sancho's or Paradise, or even the other side of the island. But hey, live and learn! At least there was no rain! Ocean Club was not my kind of place but others may have liked it. On board, the entertainment was not as good on the Magic but it is really dependent on the bands and comics that are scheduled for that week. I am not a big fan of just the sing and dance shows. I think I am a little jaded by more impressive shows on other lines. But one of my favorite times was with Mike the cruise director. He is awesome. He did "trivia" in the atrium and he is a master of getting passengers involved. Extreme Kudos to him. Also a shout out to the maitre'd who was able to accommodate our dining preference. Our waiters were all good--Sreesam's team was my favorite. And though I have had Guy's before, I have also decided that I LOVE Guy's Burger Joint. I am a die-hard Whataburger fan, but these are, (gulp) BETTER! My very favorite food that I look forward to on a cruise is escargot, but these snails fell flat. They lacked the garlic/salt flavor that I am used to. But they redeemed themselves with the Steak and Eggs on the Brunch menu.dt The slots are super tight, perhaps the tightest I have seen on a ship. An interesting thing that happened was that on the last night, they give away a free cruise. They called 6 names and called two of those names twice. (out of probably 1000 or more names) The crowd booed loudly. What is interesting about this is that one person's name that was called multiple times is a person who already gets free rooms because they spend many thousands in the casino. mSo giving away a cruise to a person who already gets a free room costs them nothing. It was obviously rigged as the same names came up at earlier casino games during the cruise. If you are a whale, your name will get called, probably multiple times. So if I had 700 points, I had 7 entries but if I had 70,000 points, I would have 700 entries. (and yes, there were people with more than 70K points!) And those people who had all those entries were called multiple times. I thought everyone had a fair chance at winning but the more money you spend, the more entries you get. Hmmmmm. Let's change subjects: The 3 electric violin players where phenomenal and play a range of classical to popular. WE missed having a real rock band on the ship. The Groove band tried to play some rock, but that is not their wheelhouse, so we weren't drawn in. The comedians were okay, but the manager would play rapp "entry music" and then be mad and chastise the audience when they didn't go crazy for him. He should learn to cater to his audience--who didn't appear to like rapp. But he kept using the same type of music to do his entry and be mad when they didn't clap. (take the clue!) Overall, our cruise was fun, but I don't think I would choose this ship again. Not because of any one specific thing, but because of an overall average feeling that didn't measure up to past cruises. There were certainly good points like great steward, great waiters and a fabulous cruise director. I wish Mike the very best on his new ship-- we enjoyed all of his activities. The ship is very clean and is nicely appointed, but I would rate my cruise as "slightly above average" overall. Please take this with a grain of salt as your mileage may very well vary. Generally all cruises are fun overall! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Our week on the Carnival Breeze was a very pleasant get-away. The ship, although five years old, still feels quite new and contemporary, although there is quite a bit of rust on areas with metal, even on the balconies. We thoroughly ... Read More
Our week on the Carnival Breeze was a very pleasant get-away. The ship, although five years old, still feels quite new and contemporary, although there is quite a bit of rust on areas with metal, even on the balconies. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the excellent service, and the musicians all over the ship, The layout of the ship is great with a different feel than many others due to the port and starboard side dining areas and the way the seating is situated near the buffet. My only disappointment, which was not the ship's fault, was that what was going to be the highlight of my cruise (I thought) - cave tubing in Belize, was cancelled due to high waters, which I guess can happen during their rainy season and I should have been more prepared for anticipation of the cancellation. We loved snorkeling at Chankanaab in Cozumel and snorkeling at the West Bay Beach in Roatan-Honduras. Better stage shows in the big theater and better comedians would have been preferable, but these are minor criticisms of the ship. There were really no headliners brought on board also, and I would have liked to see a few of them, as well. Overall, a very nice week! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Before our cruise, we went on line and explore our departure city. It was really interesting. Our disembarkation and embarkation ran very smoothly. There were no hiccups. The ship is very comfortable, smooth sailing and has a lot of ... Read More
Before our cruise, we went on line and explore our departure city. It was really interesting. Our disembarkation and embarkation ran very smoothly. There were no hiccups. The ship is very comfortable, smooth sailing and has a lot of amenities. There's always something to do to keep you busy. The cabins are gorgeous, clean and spacious. The dining is ipeccable, you can eat all day and night. You will never go wrong on food to choose from. I love the pool where you can relax and bathe in the sun. The children loved the activities. Room service was always available to us. Ports and shore excursions were impeccable. We visited Heritage village by Graycliff on west hill street, where you will find authentic artwork made in the Bahamas by Bahamians. There you will find a winery, chocolate factory and other good stuff. Its really cool there. We will go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Carnival is still our cruise lines of choice after experiencing five cruises, three of which have been with Carnival. The ship, Breeze, has beautiful décor throughout, its staff provide superior service and are very attentive and ... Read More
Carnival is still our cruise lines of choice after experiencing five cruises, three of which have been with Carnival. The ship, Breeze, has beautiful décor throughout, its staff provide superior service and are very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent in the dining rooms, buffets, specialty restaurants and cafes. The overall price was competitive with others in the cruise industry. Our disappointments came with the agonizingly poor quality and slow speed of the on-board internet service, having purchased the premium package. We were also disappointed by the excursion offerings. After doing five cruises, we've experienced most all of the excursion offerings and we would like to see some new, innovative offerings to keep the cruise experience new, fresh and exciting. We were also disappointed in the premium Cheers drink package. We found that the original liquor bottles are being diluted so that drinks are only about 1/3 to 1/2 strength in alcohol content. We purchased some of the same liquors at our local stores and they were far stronger in alcohol content than the same liquors on-board ship straight out of the ship's bottles. Following this cruise we contemplated never cruising again, but we may still try another if we find some of these shortfalls corrected. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
I chose this cruise because when I went some years ago I was on a walker and in wheel chair but on another ship. The entertainment was not good and people didn’t respect the smoking areas me and my husband has asthma and we had to ... Read More
I chose this cruise because when I went some years ago I was on a walker and in wheel chair but on another ship. The entertainment was not good and people didn’t respect the smoking areas me and my husband has asthma and we had to keep tell the people’s that bring the drinks and if we didn’t say anything they didn’t either. My husband wanted to go in the casino but the smoke was so bad. And dI guess we where be hind the because we where speed all 6 days the ship rocked day and night until the seventh day that’s just not good at all . I’m not pleased at all with carnival Breeze. I got sick the first night and had to stay in my room for a day and they gave me credit for another cruise I have to use it in 24 months why I can’t have my money back for that day . I might not take a cruise in 24 months, my last cruise was horrible.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This is my wife and my second cruise. Our first one is the whole family on 4 days Carnival Ecstasy. My wife and I decided to go on this 7 day Carnival Breeze cruise trip. The ship is beautiful, especially compared to other cruise ship ... Read More
This is my wife and my second cruise. Our first one is the whole family on 4 days Carnival Ecstasy. My wife and I decided to go on this 7 day Carnival Breeze cruise trip. The ship is beautiful, especially compared to other cruise ship at the same ports. The color scheme and design stand out, feeling modern, clean and unique. Getting on the ship is super easy. We signed up to embarkation at 1-1:30 PM and we arrived 1:30 PM exactly. After short time at sign in counter and security luggage check, we are on board. The stateroom is ready. After putting luggage in our room, we went directly to Lido buffet. So many selections, Mexican, burger, pizza, Indian, seaday buffet, etc. Food along is the best part on the cruise. We usually eat several meals a day, more than 3 of course. Burger is very popular and greasy in a good way. Pizza is 24 hours, crispy and delicious. Indian food is yummy, and spicy. Pasta is free during lunch time and very high quality. For the Lido buffet, enjoy the fish during the first several days, as they are fresh. Fruits is plenty, and just be careful with watermelon at the last couple days of the cruise. Formal dining is great with many to choose. We have 8-15 PM late dining. It is better to go over the Lido buffet. There are some exact dishes on the buffet and the dinner menu. During seaday, there is also brunch provided, with many selection to choose. We will give dining higher than perfect score. Performance at the theater is acceptable. We think they are at least well prepared. Some people say they are just so so. I didn't expect them to be too good and it isn't. Cosmetics and liquor is less expensive than in US and is duty free. Casino is busy. We have about 4300 guest and there are 400 signed up for the slot tournament. Quite several people hit jack pot when I was there ($2,000 - $15,000). Rules are not strictly enforced, blackjack min 6$ but I see people playing on $5 without any problem. Dealer are not that experienced, but more accommodating. Art auction is interesting, and Brian is experienced host with many tricks. We still feel that the price is high to us currently. Service is always great. Debarking is super fast and easy. No scan of luggage after Customs desk. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Had an amazing time on this ship. The embarkation was very streamline that as soon as you dropped your bags to get to the room was less than 30 minutes much much better from pass sailings. Cruise Director was great and made himself ... Read More
Had an amazing time on this ship. The embarkation was very streamline that as soon as you dropped your bags to get to the room was less than 30 minutes much much better from pass sailings. Cruise Director was great and made himself available for many of the events. The chefs table was awesome it was set up directly in the kitchen. The chef had it very streamlined. The entertainment was good however spent more time in the casino and relaxing. The red pub frog was a good hangout spot for live music. The boat is very big I didn't see or patronize the entire boat. The serenity deck was big and was able to get a place to lay majority of the time.I will do this cruise again. I didn't like the control aspect in Montego Bay but for security concerns I understand, I preferred to be with the locals versus the tourist spots that are commercial. Breakfast at the Blush was excellent, dinner was a hit and miss. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
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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