236 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a ... Read More
This was our second time on the Carnival Breeze. The weather was perfect when we departed from Galveston. First two days at sea were very nice, entertainment could have been better on the pool deck. First port Jamaica ! It was a disaster trying to get off. People were late for excursions they didn't call by priority or by FTTF they had everyone trying to get off the ship at the same time. People were getting very angry in such a tight place when you have over three thousand people trying to get off. Somebody didn't do their job right.. Second Port Cayman Islands, much better day to get off things went smoothly Cozumel was our last port and it went well . We were late leaving due to a late excursion coming back. Had about three hundred people on it. Sea day coming back was nice and relaxing. Our cabin attendant was amazing! His name was Tony from Honduras... what a nice man. Always a friendly smile and greeted us every day every time we seen him. The ship overall seemed a bit dirty. The entire trip we had a nasty smell in the hallways Dinner was always good ,variety of foods to choose from and try new things. Our waiter was awesome. Overall we had a nice family Christmas Vacation. However I do think it's time for the ship to have a facelift. Very out dated on décor. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did ... Read More
My husband and I accompanied our daughter and son-in-law on a week long cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras. As far as ports go they were adequate however there is no real good reason to stop in Belize. We did enjoy the Mayan Ruins and the cave tubing, but the rest of the island isn't anything special. The one thing I did not like was that it appears the cruise lines take advantage of the local people...no sales tax, don't contract with many of them for on shore excursions and all in all just aren't very considerate. We also did not appreciate the way the cruise handles wifi...it isn't free and it certainly isn't affordable for the duration. I was very upset that I could not check in with any of my family or critter sitter while on board. A couple of times on shore I was able to connect via free wifi. The food on board was adequate but nothing special. There was one dessert I truly enjoyed and was given it a couple of times at supper. The Italian restaurant was very good and I would highly recommend having supper there one night. Our wait staff was wonderful, especially Christopher. Our room staff was also wonderful, especially Arnata. I enjoyed my massage from Patty and the music provided by our DJ near the pool. We also enjoyed having a 21 and over area on board at the front of the ship on level 14. That was very relaxing for older folks. We did enjoy the musical show the crew put on one night. They were excellent entertainers, singers and dancers. And last but not least, we loved Shwartz, our cruise director...."Love ya". He was so high energy and was very entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Departure location. Wish it went to somewhere other than Montego Bay. It is about our only cruise port since it is a 12 hour drive. Had fun on the ropes course but scared me to death. A rocking ship and rope under your feet isn't ... Read More
Departure location. Wish it went to somewhere other than Montego Bay. It is about our only cruise port since it is a 12 hour drive. Had fun on the ropes course but scared me to death. A rocking ship and rope under your feet isn't stable. Oh well, I survived. Dining room staff was excellent. We stayed with the same waiter, Fernando in the Sapphire Dining. Bar staff at the Red Frog Rum bar was great. Thanks to Sean and the crew you were excellent. All the guys there were excellent kept smiling each day. They made us feel like you were special. After a room on the front, I guess if you get car sick in the back seat then the back of the ship isn't good either. I think I was sick almost the whole cruise. Only thing great was I didn't gain weight instead I lost 10 lbs. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
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
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
Sail Date November 2017
My husband and I were on the Breeze over Halloween. We were on the Breeze last year, as well, for Halloween. So, we knew what to expect. Pros: Overall, we had a good time. We really enjoyed Mike, the Cruise Director (or whatever ... Read More
My husband and I were on the Breeze over Halloween. We were on the Breeze last year, as well, for Halloween. So, we knew what to expect. Pros: Overall, we had a good time. We really enjoyed Mike, the Cruise Director (or whatever they're called these days). We had excellent service in the dining room. Adi and his team were the best! And, we enjoyed the comedians, the production show Flick, and most of the musicians/bands on the ship. Cons: When it came to our cabin, we were disappointed. We splurged for an aft corner balcony. Since the cruise had 3 sea days, we were really looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing on the huge balcony. The first problem was that the balcony was dirty. I expected some soot; but the entire balcony was filthy (I'm talking chairs, table, ground, railing, etc.). It looked like it hadn't been cleaned in quite a while. And, there were paint splatters all over the lounge chairs and the ground. We received a notice that the balcony would be cleaned during one a port day; but it wasn't.Then, on the second sea day, the facilities crew painted all day...a couple of decks right below our balcony. The fumes were so bad, we couldn't go out on the balcony. On the final sea day, they were out painting again. We had to call Guest Services multiple times to get them to stop. [I will say that Carnival gave us a slight discount off of our final bill due to the inconvenience.] Additionally, the bathroom in the cabin looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a month or so. The shelves on the sides were dirty and there was a wad of hair on top of the shower drain (from the previous cruisers). Our other main complaint is the food. the quality has gone downhill. And, they really didn't have very many healthy options at the buffet. It's all fried or breaded or has tons of sugar, fats, etc. They need more veggies and baked meats. Our last issue was with the debarkation process. We had priority debarkation to carry off our luggage. They told everyone to meet in the forward dining room at 7:00. We got there at 7:00 and it was a mess. The woman in charge of the process had only done it once before. She kept telling people to line up; but there was no clear line. It took at least 45 minutes - an hour before they started letting people off the ship. Then, we had to wait another 20-30 minutes in the Customs line. We have done self-assist debarkation before and it has never been as bad as it was this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I took this cruise do to it being 2 months before Christmas...I thought that it would be a great time to shop in Jamaica, Caymans and Cozumel .Well we made it to the first stop but the Capitan announced that we wouldn't be going to ... Read More
I took this cruise do to it being 2 months before Christmas...I thought that it would be a great time to shop in Jamaica, Caymans and Cozumel .Well we made it to the first stop but the Capitan announced that we wouldn't be going to the Cayman Islands due to the weather being a factor....needless to say I was very disappointed since that was the main Port I wanted to visit. As we went thru customs at the beginning of cruise I was annoyed when the guy opened my 12 pack of canned sodas and examined them one by one ...man they were in a sealed carton we got on board quickly after that one holdup.They were having the World Series during the cruise so the bar next to the Casino was packed although there were just a few tables to sit at and people would stand in front of the Televisions and make it hard to watch the games. The best things for me were the Liquid Groove Band, which I saw as much as possible and the Comic Just June was good also. Every one said they liked the Pizza but I like meat on mine so they didn't cut it for me. The other food selections were ok both on Lido deck and in dining room. I had a free drink coupon but it could only be used at brunch time which is silly in my opinionif its given to you for a free drink you should be able to get it anytime in my opinion Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We always cruise on my Husband's Birthday and this was the only Ship out of Galveston that we could get an accessible Stateroom on. We drove to Galveston on the day of the Cruise, since we had sailed out of Galveston several times ... Read More
We always cruise on my Husband's Birthday and this was the only Ship out of Galveston that we could get an accessible Stateroom on. We drove to Galveston on the day of the Cruise, since we had sailed out of Galveston several times and there was no need to explore the city again. Checkin was rather speedy and we were in our Stateroom shortly thereafter. Breakfast in the Lido was good, so was lunch at the various complimentary locations. The highlight was first nights dinner at Fahrenheit 555, where the food was impeccable and the service outstanding. Dinner in the MDR was OK. I can not drink iced drinks so I always order room temperature water. I had to ask to have it refilled. We were never asked if we wanted coffee with our desert. We only attended 3 of the Evening Shows, since they were after our Dinner. We ate at 8:15 P.M. and the shows at 10:30 were a bit too late for us. Unfortunately Key West was cancelled due to the Hurricane and we did not go ashore in either Freeport or Nassau, so I cannot say anything about the shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports. Unfortunately Key West out due to the Hurricane Freeport was not good nothing close. To ship Nassau was a great stop. So really it was a one port cruise We wanted to try a bigger ship so the Breeze was a good choice. The crew were very friendly and helpful. We had my time dinning and we're lucky to have the same team wait on us each night. We food to food to be good most days, prime rib was served twice. First time was excellent second time was not very good. We used the sea day brunch four days. We like this relaxed breakfast/lunch. The overall experience on the Breeze was good however I think we prefer the smaller ships. We have sailed on the Miracle three times in the past couple of years and would call it our favourite Canival ship. We are booked to sail on her again this Christmas Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We did not choose the cruise first off - daughter got married on board. That part of the trip was not too bad. Rooms were quite tight and not particularly cheap for the value to cost ratio. In face we did order a lower level room ... Read More
We did not choose the cruise first off - daughter got married on board. That part of the trip was not too bad. Rooms were quite tight and not particularly cheap for the value to cost ratio. In face we did order a lower level room (seasick wife) but we could barely turn around. Was a balcony room so paid more for that but could hardly turn around. Everything costs extra unless you pay exorbitant fees to get all inclusive and then it's limited. Food is barely fair in the buffets and the side restaurants were pretty good for the most part. Entertainment was OK. Also and doubt this was their fault crowd were loud and obnoxious (and I thought we were till we met them) WOW! Excursions were reasonably priced till you got there and lunch was a greasy burger and drinks were $8. (The island was very pretty though) All in all it was not Royal and would likely not book another with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We enjoy Carnival. Love the caribbean. Cozumel is our favorite place on the planet. We love getting around town with the locals and making friends, The beach however is our happy place. "With our toes in the sand, a cold drink in our ... Read More
We enjoy Carnival. Love the caribbean. Cozumel is our favorite place on the planet. We love getting around town with the locals and making friends, The beach however is our happy place. "With our toes in the sand, a cold drink in our hand, a warm breeze on our face, we're in our happy place." The beaches in Cozumel and Roatan are always wonderful. I did some snorkeling along the reef in Roatan,which is always fascinating. Belize is not one of our favorite places unless I go snorkeling there but the others with us do not snorkel and I did not want to leave them. But the wives went shopping while the fellas spent some time at the husband day care at The Wet Lizard; met some nice folks from the ship and enjoyed our day there. As far as the Breeze is concerned, it was decorated nicely. Very tropical which is an improvement over some of the awful decorating on some other Carnival ships. We enjoyed the food and the service. That was all fine. HOWEVER, the entertainment was just terrible. Violins in the atrium were boring, with more empty seats than filled ones. The few that were there were looking at their cell phone are talking, paying no attention to the music. We have always looked for some nice music to listen to after dinner and on sea days to relax and enjoy. We have followed bands around to wherever they were on the ship; "Music Degree; Bluelypso; Black Jack Band; Resting Beach Face" We looked and there was no good music on this cruise. Comedians were poor. We found ourselves going to bed at 9pm with nothing else to do. This was enough to cause us to think seriously about Carnival Cruises in the future, We have another cruise booked but not with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I love cruises. We have 4 boys ages 11,9,6,3, and they love cruises as much as we do. Embarkation was fast and easy. As soon as we got on the ship we went straight to the lido deck. Grabbed some towels out them on our chairs, ... Read More
My wife and I love cruises. We have 4 boys ages 11,9,6,3, and they love cruises as much as we do. Embarkation was fast and easy. As soon as we got on the ship we went straight to the lido deck. Grabbed some towels out them on our chairs, started hitting up the bars at pool side. My older kids went right to the slides. Music was great !! Entertainment was great, staff was friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We were on a first name basis 10 minutes after getting on the ship. We hit up all the specialty restaurants, and the food was ok at best. The regular dinning room food was below average. The Buffet was the same every day. The breakfast buffet was great! How could you mess up breakfast anyway. If you want you can go to the dinning room for breakfast and lunch also. Guys burgers was awesome!! They also have a burrito station that was delicious. So the food was average at best. And that's being kind. The rooms are small but clean. Who hangs out in the room anyway. The poolside entertainment was great, the shows at night not the best. Listen a cruise is what you make of it. If you want to sit here and complain there is plenty to complain about. As long as I have a drink in my hand and the music is playing, and the wife and kids are smiling that's all I need. Would I take this cruise again No! But I still had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Overall, the cruise was great for me and my family. The storm kind of threw everyone off and even made a few sick, but it was much more enjoyable running the cruise "backwards" from Roatan, Honduras to Belize to Cozumel, Mexico. ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was great for me and my family. The storm kind of threw everyone off and even made a few sick, but it was much more enjoyable running the cruise "backwards" from Roatan, Honduras to Belize to Cozumel, Mexico. I personally think the excursions for all ports were just average and did not offer the variety that I would have liked for the money that was asked to pay for the excursions. But my children absolutely loved it and really that is all that matters to me. Would definitely like to see more offered to the 15-17 age crowd, because if they are not in their respective 'clubs" they are reaking havoc throughout the rest of the ship without any adult supervision. I personally witnessed a few of them drinking late nights and running a muck, but kids will be kids, and it did not ruin it at all for my family. I also wish Carnival would take into consideration to visit different ports of call in the Carribean. And also, Debarkation is a mess!!! Will have to strongly consider where I would want to spend my next cruise dollars!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Wife and I have only been on one previous cruise (Diamond Princess) prior to the Carnival Breeze. We have always heard about Carnival being the budget party boat and have neglected to take a Carnival ship. Since moving to Texas we have ... Read More
Wife and I have only been on one previous cruise (Diamond Princess) prior to the Carnival Breeze. We have always heard about Carnival being the budget party boat and have neglected to take a Carnival ship. Since moving to Texas we have heard generally good comments about the Breeze. We decided to take a Caribbean cruise and take our Nieces and Nephew along. Price point was attractive along with kid programs on ship. Embarkation/disembarkation was smooth as can be and did not take too long. Muster drill could have run a little smoother. My rating from 1-10 if an 11 is due to going above and beyond Cabins 8204 8208 Stateroom / Balcony 9 Stateroom Stuart (John) 11 (This guy was the most helpful and nicest person we could ask for) Dining room staff 11 (even though we had anytime dining we are at the same time every day and got to know our staff) Ship overall appearance 8 Ship employees 7 (staff in the common areas did not appear to like their jobs and were not all that helpful with questions) Ship cleanliness 7 (many areas were not promptly cleaned of food and drink items) Lots of areas not being used had food items left behind) Food quality 7-8 (lava cake thing 10) We ate dinner in the dining room for, Breakfast 7 Most of the food was good except for the soggy greasy bacon. Dinner 7 Couple items was tasty and enjoyable others had a weird after taste to them. Also ate dinner at the Frog pub (10), all items on the list was pub style food and was flavorful with many choices. lunch, Guys Burgers 9 solid choice for burgers Guys BBQ 6 dry over cooked meat and sides (I do live in Texas with some of the best Q Bonsai Sushi (6) Sushi was served warm (beyond room temps) Blue iguana (8) Solid Mexican food Ports and shore excursions included with our cruise were fun and exciting (Mahogany Bay, Belize City and Cozumel. We did not explore Galveston since we are local to Texas. Question is will we take another Carnival Cruise? Sure, why not, way I see it, you get what you pay for and we knew what we were getting into when purchasing this cruise. I'm sure the boat has more party people during certain dates. We did not see too many people over indulging with the sauce. Kids loved the kids stuff and water related stuff. Hope I sounded Okay with this review, normally don't do them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
After waiting over a year from when we booked, the day finally arrived and we boarded the Breeze for our 7 days cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. First the positives - Our room steward and dining staff were top notch! They ... Read More
After waiting over a year from when we booked, the day finally arrived and we boarded the Breeze for our 7 days cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. First the positives - Our room steward and dining staff were top notch! They work their tails off and their pride in their work shows! The show "Flick" was OUTSTANDING! Don't get off the ship without having ordered a BLT from room service! Now, let's talk about why (sadly) after five Carnival cruises this is most likely my last. First, Carnival's marketing as a "family friendly" vacation option is overshadowed by their encouragement of drunkenness and questionable behavior. Beer pong tournaments and overly sexualized hairy chest contests (just two examples) are not my idea of "family friendly". Also not my idea of "family friendly" is the vast number of unsupervised young children/tweens running around the ship, up and down the halls and virtually causing mayhem everyday all day long! This behavior essentially makes the sports deck unusable and creates dangerous situations for some of the elderly cruisers. I actually saw a 15/16 year old almost knock over an elderly lady as she was "throwing elbows" and pushing her way onto the elevator first. I will say that one young lady did apologize for herself and her friends who kept ran through our attempt to play mini golf. It is also evident that merely paying for your cruise fare (without upgrading) will get you a "second or third class citizen" experience at best. Our group joked that we (paid our fair without upgrading) were equivalent to the people behind the gates who couldn't get to the lifeboats on the scene in Titanic. If you want to really enjoy your vacation and be treated like you matter, you will need to purchase one of the many options/experiences available (FTTF, steakhouse reservations, etc.). The "up sales"/"better experience opportunities" start the second you step foot on the ship and continue throughout the entire cruise. Take a look over the Fun Times and you'll find a plethora of "infomercial"/sales/auctions/spa treatments opportunities to fill your day. You know when you go to the spa for a massage and your massage is ruined because they inundate you with trying to get you to buy their products in their retail area . . . very very similar! Port days are exasperating! Everyone is pushing to get off the ship. You can't use the elevators or the stairways to get anywhere because you have 4,000+ people jockeying to get off the ship. Keep in mind; however, if you don't book your excursion with Carnival, are not "loyal customers (Diamond or Platinum)" or didn't pay to get off the ship first (FTTF), make sure you schedule your excursion meet time to allow for the "cruisers that matter" to get off the ship before you or you may find that you miss the meeting time. If you want a chair on the Serenity Deck, lido deck or Deck 11 (overlooking the Lido deck), you'll need to set your alarm very early and take your towel and put it on the chair of your choice. You'll need to set that alarm before 6:30a though because all the chairs are usually "claimed" by 7 a.m. This brings me to our disembarkation experience. Again, if you are a "loyal customer or pay to get off the ship first" (Carnival employee's words), you can expect a reasonable effort on behalf of Carnival. After the loyal customers and those who pay extra, next comes those with "early flights". Then, it's all about who paid more for their rooms because the process starts at the top and continues to the bottom. So, those with rooms on Level 1, sit back and enjoy your morning because you'll be last. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Was on the Carnival Breeze with my 2 daughters(7 and 12) July 8th thru the 16th out of Galveston. We used Galveston Limo shuttle(highly recommend), nice drivers that were right on time. Boarding the ship did take a little while but we were ... Read More
Was on the Carnival Breeze with my 2 daughters(7 and 12) July 8th thru the 16th out of Galveston. We used Galveston Limo shuttle(highly recommend), nice drivers that were right on time. Boarding the ship did take a little while but we were so excited we didn't care. Once on the ship about 1 pm we went right to the lido deck. Waited about 45 minutes in line for the Mongolian wok place. Didn't know where else to go. All the lines for food seemed long where ever you went. Luggage got to our room about 6pm. Had fun just walking around checking out the beautiful ship. Most nights we ate in the blush dining room. Servers were nice, food was very average. I'm not very picky since I work at a steakhouse myself. Servers always made dinner fun with all the singing and dancing. We did eat the sushi a few times. Food was awesome, service was nothing special. Typical Asian restaurant as far as service, nobody really friendly. Mostly ate at lido and blush dining room for breakfast. Not bad. Food was good. Milk and juice was always warm. Dr. Suess breakfast was awesome. Best breakfast of the whole trip. Filet Mignon and eggs! Yum. Ate at the Steakhouse for my birthday. Table wasn't ready so manager bought us drinks and sushi while we waited (nice touch). Food was great. Service not very friendly or personable. Mostly hung out at the Alchemy bar and the Tequila bar by the pool. Awesome drinks, average service. I'm a bartender/waiter for a living. I brought $300 in cash just for extra tips on top of my cheers program. I tipped $3- $5 cash per drink at both places. Rarely ever got a thank you or told my name. Really surprised me. I guess you need to tip them more than $40 per day to get recognized maybe? Oh well. My 12 year old loved Circle C. Met tons of friends. My 7 year old loved camp ocean. Our Cruise Director Mike Schwartz made the whole cruise. Super funny, full of energy and made the cruise flat out awesome. Without him I probably would try Carnival again. Our cove balcony room 2468 was great. Perfect spot between the life boats. Jose always had our room clean with new animals. Cozumel we did Passion by Twister boat. AWESOME! Highly reccommend. Did the Turtle farm and sting rays in Grand Caymen. Sting rays were the highlight of the whole trip. The turtle farm we only had 1.5 hours to sight see. Not long at all. Barely enough time to see anything. Would pass on that one next time. Jamaica we hired Errol with travel Jamaica tours. Errol was a nice guy. Went to Konoko Falls (way better than Dunns river falls). Only 3 of us on the falls the whole time with our guide. Went to Scotchies restaurant for lunch. So so food. But it was packed and Errol knew some employees who got our food fast. Second time in Jamaica. It'll be my last. Same old place where beggars bug you know matter where you go. Caymen was just beautiful. Definitely our favorite port this trip. We did dreams studio. Pictures came out amazing. Then..... he shows us the package options $900, $1200 or $1300. Are you kidding me? Was depressing seeing the beautiful pictures with my daughters. But who can afford $1000 when we are already spending over $5000 on our cruise? Oh well. The regular pictures on the ship turned out great so we were happy. All and all we did really have a good vacation. Will I go with Carnival again? Yes. Even though the food and service was average it was a great bang for your buck vacation. Cruise Director Schwartz is as good as it gets. The ship was beautiful. You get what you pay for it guess. I can deal with average food. I just really appreciate great friendly customer service. Like I provide at my restaurant. Looking at another cruise next year. We might try the Vista. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our 6th cruise (3rd with Carnival.) And our most disappointing. The food and service in dining room was nothing to get excited about and we ate in the buffet more than on any other cruise. And although there were signs asking ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise (3rd with Carnival.) And our most disappointing. The food and service in dining room was nothing to get excited about and we ate in the buffet more than on any other cruise. And although there were signs asking guests not to do this, it was not uncommon to see women wearing nothing but bikini swimsuits through the Lido deck buffet areas. They offered the exact same menu on both formal nights. We had a balcony and the guy next door to us was always out smoking on his balcony when we were out...which really ruined our experience. The nightly entertainment was not as good as other cruises we've been on. Although the magician was good. This was a 7 night cruise and every single night (except the last night) we were woken up at various times (from 12:30 am until usually 2:30 am) by people running and yelling in the halls. We did find a quiet spot on deck 5 where we could read and enjoy some time away from the crowds. I should have read some of the other reviews before booking. This is definitely a party ship. And the crew does not enforce rules (such as smoking and dress) regardless of how it affects other guests. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Service boat-wide was lacking and not up to Carnival's reputation, unfortunately. Had continual dining room issues regarding seating - likely because of this issue, the dining room service was extremely poor. Stateroom: Deck 11: ... Read More
Service boat-wide was lacking and not up to Carnival's reputation, unfortunately. Had continual dining room issues regarding seating - likely because of this issue, the dining room service was extremely poor. Stateroom: Deck 11: HORRENDOUS air conditioning problems. Do not book if you cannot bring your own fan - you will sweat out! Several calls to guest services could not solve. Kids will camp out in the open areas between the stairwells (Deck 11). Apparently most of the other decks do not have this open area. The kids thought they were hiding out from parents at all times during the night - creating loud loud noises and waking up lots of passengers. Finally, we called security AND cornered the kids so that they could be reprimanded. (please keep in mind we have our own child and this was not a petty incident of kids just having fun) Found multiple toenail and fingernails under the bed and on the balcony - disgusting!! This is our 6th cruise with Carnival and unfortunately the worst. The cabin was only one part of the bad experience though. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our 3rd carnival cruise. The Breeze just being out of dry dock did. It live up to our expectations based on past cruises. We didn't get to board until about 1 1/2 hours after our scheduled time. There was an overwhelming ... Read More
This was our 3rd carnival cruise. The Breeze just being out of dry dock did. It live up to our expectations based on past cruises. We didn't get to board until about 1 1/2 hours after our scheduled time. There was an overwhelming smell of sewer in places. The food & drinks were very good but the service was lacking. It took an act of congress to get a drink from the bar staff in the dining room every night. We started going to a bar right before our dinner time just so we wouldn't have to wait. He was sure Johnny on the spot for the after dinner shots though. Our room was the same as our other interior rooms with the exception of our bed. Our mattress was not very comfortable at all this time. We took an excursion in Cozumel that we have taken every cruise which is passion island. The wait staff on the beach was very lacking. We were very disappointed in that area. The other ports were new to us. Belize we did zip lining & cave tubing. The bus ride was over an hour & the bus was not comfortable at all! The air conditioning was not very good either. Our guides tried their best but the p.a. System on the bus did not work very well. The beach in Honduras was awesome & along with Cayman is my favorite place to snorkel! Would visit there again! Overall the cruise was a great getaway but did not live up to our expectations! I don't think we will sail on the Breeze again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let ... Read More
I was very excited to sail on this boat, after reading numerous reviews and being in FB groups where a lot of cruisers said this was there favorite boat by far. I could not wait for my chance to sail on Carnival Breeze. I was quickly let down and disappointed. Normally when I get on a cruise I am in love with the atrium, this boat left a lot to be desired. It uses more mellow tones and I particularly enjoy the more brighter ones. The staff was also completely different. Normally Carnival staff are out going, fun, funny, informative and learn your name This crew just did their job and nothing more. This was also the first cruise I decided to take my children on and I wanted them to enjoy the cruise line as much as I did. They enjoyed it but I think it could have been much better. I recently cruised a year prior to this and in a year the food drastically changed. No meal I had can I honestly say was really good. A lot of times I had to send my entree back and try another one. None of the desserts wowed me wither. Why oh why is there a Pizza Pirate on this cruise??? This has to be one of the worst pizza options ever! My waiter in the dinning room Woodie was good but not overly great. I think my previous cruise on Magic set the bar so high it was hard for these crew members to reach it. I tried a FWD cabin this time and never again. It was way to rocky and the waves were so loud it sometimes woke me up at night so back to midship I go. Oh and the cruise director was not as good as my last cruise director either. The only cute phrase he had was," I love you." Other than that he was not entertaining at all. My room 7222 was fine. The bed was so comfy and I felt like every night it was calling my name. I didn't get a chance to party much on this cruise but my kids sure as heck did. Some nights I had to go and find them. I have no plans on trying this ship again but I will be back on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Hurry up and wait was the theme. Everything was filled with kids (hot tubs, gym equipment outside, mini-golf, pools, etc.) The adults would lock down all the chairs and you'd see towels there for hours and no people. The quality of ... Read More
Hurry up and wait was the theme. Everything was filled with kids (hot tubs, gym equipment outside, mini-golf, pools, etc.) The adults would lock down all the chairs and you'd see towels there for hours and no people. The quality of people who take these cruises out of Galveston continues to drop. Got very tired of people with two plates of food bum rushing the elevator before you can get off, complaining to staff about the most ridiculous things, blowing smoke in the bartender's face at the casino bar instead of, I don't know, upwards (hardly anyone had any respect for fellow humans)...you've been warned. I feel bad for the staff who has to put up with these people. I will say we met some cool folks but few and far between. Our stateroom unfortunately failed too: fridge didn't work, no robes, the clothes hanger in the shower was gone, our door didn't lock unless you slammed it shut. The food was average to below Outback Steakhouse quality and our waiters were never around so we had to drink each other's water. Also had to listen to a sermon during brunch then listen to them complain about people drinking and cursing. Kill me now. I think we're taking a long break from cruising or at least Carnival/Galveston cruises. Our group of friends in our mid-twenties had more respect than 2/3 of these people. Entertainment: If things weren't filled with kids, the older folks lined up 30-45mins before comedy shows, etc. It was tough to get into things. We only went to one stand-up show, unfortunately, and the guy wasn't funny even after drinks (this was the adults show too). The magician was weak compared to our last cruise where he disappeared, rode a zipline back to the stage, brought on a helicopter, etc. Our guy did the cup trick, guessed what you're thinking and all the other stuff we've seen a dozen times. So blown away by the dip in service, food quality, dull entertainment and respect fellow guests had compared to past trips. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first cruise on Carnival and to the Caribbean. Found the ship to be well cared for, clean and well maintained. We were disappointed with the Atrium as it felt very confining. No windows looking out to the sea and no open ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Carnival and to the Caribbean. Found the ship to be well cared for, clean and well maintained. We were disappointed with the Atrium as it felt very confining. No windows looking out to the sea and no open area above as with other ships on other cruise lines. Our balcony cabin was standard with other cruise lines except I wish they would put the bed on the inside of the cabin and the seating area next to the window. The bathroom and shower were roomy and there was plenty of closets and drawers for clothes. There is only one electrical outlet for 110V by the desk so if you have CPAP machines make sure you bring extension cords. The food in the dining room was good but if you want to splurge the food in the Steak House was fantastic! Well worth the money. All in all a nice cruise - would cruise on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I booked this cruise because it went to Key West. Getting off the ship in Key West was terrible, the line was extremely long. They should have let people with early exercusions off first. The rest of the ports had two gang ways open which ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it went to Key West. Getting off the ship in Key West was terrible, the line was extremely long. They should have let people with early exercusions off first. The rest of the ports had two gang ways open which made it go smoother. I have been on the Magic before and the ship is much better. The food was average. The steak house that you pay extra for was not worth the price. The Italian restaurant was very good and I would highly recommend. We tried the pizza once and it wasn't very good. I liked the burgers. The comedians on the cruise was good. You need to get in line almost 30 minutes ahead of time.. The cabin was clean once a day and you had to choose a time for your steward to clean your room. I have never had to pick a time before. This cruise ship was not as enjoyable as my last cruise with Carnival . Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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