Sail Date: April 2018
I had the chance to go on the Carnival Breeze cruise over the first week of April with my family. This was my first cruise and I was really impressed with how great it was. The day we boarded the boat was a little crazy and frustrating. ... Read More
I had the chance to go on the Carnival Breeze cruise over the first week of April with my family. This was my first cruise and I was really impressed with how great it was. The day we boarded the boat was a little crazy and frustrating. After taking the eleven flights of stairs to our room because the elevators had a half an hour wait, we came up to our room to find that the card to our room didn’t work. So then we had the issue of getting the room keys, that were cards, to work. A couple hours later our room keys were finally fixed. Our room was so nice and had a few of the towels folded up like animals. The first two days, being sea days, was full of food and exercising. The buffets were way crowded and had just ok food. The cruise ship was really big and easy to get lost in the these first few days we were there. The gym was really difficult to find, but was well worth it. The gym had the latest and greatest exercising machines with probably over thirty treadmills all looking out the large windows facing the ocean. Our cruise director Lee Mason was the coolest guy and was constantly going from place to place doing funny shows and events. Dinner was very gorment and was served by the nicest waiters who managed to remember all our names for the whole week. The next three days we went to our destinations in central America. First stop was Cozumel, then Belize, and finally Honduras. Our first stop at Cozumel was by far my favorite. I may have got stung by a jellyfish and got a little sunburnt, but it had the best snorkeling and had the clearest water I’ve ever seen in my life. The next day was an exhausting day of zip lining and tubing through caves for our family of six. Belize was much more sketchy than I was expecting, but appeared to be under control by security. Roatan, Honduras was a very crowded beach with very strict rules. The snorkeling was really good if you managed to make it through some shallow coral to the deep drop off. The next two days were similar to the first two days, but I spent a lot more time sunbathing. The guy’s burger joint was my go to for those days last couple days on the boat. After the cruise was over and was docked in Texas the chaos started happening all over again. It took almost two hours to get on the bus and get going to the airport. The last day was a little crazy, but was well worth it since it was part of the cruise. Overall it was a great experience for me and my family. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of ... Read More
This date and sailing were chosen for a family trip with three generations from 70 to 3 yrs of age. It was just close to PERFECT. Lee, the cruise director, was a key factor in creating a happiness environment. And the whole cast of entertainers and musicians and dancers was just wonderful. The two of us older ones were involved in nearly every activity possible and up till past 12:30 every night. The band, The Midas Touch, were wonderful (xoxo to Brandon- the lead male vocalist), The Calverts were super (would have only liked more selections suitable for slower dancing), MoTown show-- great, dancing on the Lido deck also great (even if we were the oldest there), the many opportunities for line dancing.... all these activities kept us moving and having FUN. Our steward, Fidel, was wonderful and so kind and efficient. The whole crew on the ship from the ropes course to the dining services to the guest service desk-- everyone was warm and friendly. WE were just amazed at the personal interactions and their ability to remember us BY NAME starting with day one! We enjoyed all the dining-- from buffet to Sapphire. We won a dinner for two to Farenheit Steak House and it was superior! We would not have chosen to go, but did and it was truly luxurious and exceptionally great food and service. This was our second cruise- first on Carnival- and our cabin was great-- spacious, loads of storage, wonderful window (far superior on all counts to our cruise on a different line and with same cabin grade. We will choose Carnival AGAIN! Loved all the activities for kids so parents could have their own time! Our grandkids LOVED going to the Kids clubs and the Night Owl. The HUB is an absolute must even if traveling alone because the ability to have a map or list of activities at touch was great! And for us, as a family of 9, we could communicate via chat and find each other. **INVESTIGATE WHAT YOUR INSURANCE WILL OR WILL NOT COVER MEDICALLY IF ON SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS. Our new friends across the hall had a medical emergency and all costs were put on her sign and sail card-- they would accept no insurance even for the ICU portion of their time in medical! OUCH! About the only points I have to offer for improvement are the following: 1. the internet purchase (the mid range plan) was useless. I could virtually never get on or stay on. 2. the Serenity Area (adults only) needs a system of having a check out system for the beds, chairs, and hammock ,etc... because there were people that got up there early and literally camped out in the accommodations for the whole day... never letting others have a chance. Some system of getting a hang tag that allows you one hour per item per person.... 3. the craft activity on the third sea day was completely age inappropriate for almost any of the kids... and it was described as cutting, pasting, etc-- for kids. It was an embroidery project that for most participants meant learning a new skill and one that could not be completed in the 45 minutes before we had to clear the area for a new activity. 4. The cost of drinks was reasonable... but the cost of bottled alcohol was out of sight. 5. have ice available on each floor.... or have ice buckets that can go to the room from the Lido Beverage station. 6. personally, we all learned that three days of shore excursions in a row is very exhausting... better to select an itinerary with a break in there somewhere. We loved the two sea days in a row. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and ... Read More
This was my first cruise. My wife and I decided to plan a trip for our son that is graduating this year. We booked well in advance along with several other families, 25 people in all. Carnival made it very easy to book our rooms and be in close proxmity. We selected the early dining time of 6:00 PM. The first night at dinner we where scattered across 4 tables. We mentioned this to the staff and for the rest of the trip we all were upgraded to Saphire Room and all 25 sat at one table for the rest of the cruise. The rooms and ammenities of the ship surpassed all my expectations. There is so much to do and see on the ship that we had to make it a point to check in with our travel companions or you could go several days without bumping into each other. Our cruise visited three ports on the trip; Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jamaica was the biggest disappointment of our entire trip; within 10 minutes of leaving port our bus driver stopped the bus and his assistant requested 25 dollars per person to guarantee our safety as the area was currently in a "State of Emergency". The bus continued and eventually stopped in a shopping district. At this point we requested to be let off and the bus driver closed the door on us, our group was rather large and we were able to force our way off the buss and paid to enter a private resort near the bus. The Grand Cayman's surpassed all our expectations and hope to return in the future. We never felt pressured on the Island and everyone in our group participated in a snorkeling trip. We couldn't have been more impressed by the people and the beauty. Cozumel was also fun as we rented Jeeps and felt completely safe on our own and the people there and awesome. We did do some snorkeling and enjoyed shopping. I would book this trip and recommend it to all my friends with the one suggestion that they DON'T GET OFF THE SHIP IN JAMAICA. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the ... Read More
Embarkation went very well - we were on the ship quickly and enjoying a drink of the day on the lido deck within an hour. Disembarkation was okay my group decided to take our own luggage down. The elevators are locked out on the non-called floors so you have to take the stairs. We decided to stage ourselves on the 4th floor (5 was crowded and 3 was the exit). However, we met someone that said their cleaning staff told them to just go own down and exit the boat even though the deck number hadn't been called. We followed and were allowed to leave the ship much earlier than our deck number announcement. It took us about 35 minutes to get off the boat. The ship is very impressive. For the most part, I found it to be fairly clean and well equipped with options/areas. The seas were a little rough on a couple of days and the shipped handled well both days, especially on the upper decks. I found a few things less than optimal: 1) no exclusive adult only pool, only hot tubs; 2) the floor in the buffet is very slick - I wore three different shoe types walking through there and they were all slick; 3) it was march madness and the ship could only show one game on the TVs. The pub was so crowded it wasn't even worth trying to find a spot. The cabin was small but very clean. It looked like it had never been used. The AC didn't go as low as I would have liked it, but it was comfortable. I cruised by myself, so I had the double twins pushed together to make a king bed. I found the mattresses firm, but ultimately I spent little time in the cabin and was exhausted enough to sleep outside of mattress preferences. The sheets were soft and the entire room was turned down twice a day. I paid upfront for gratuities, and I tipped the cleaner $60 at the beginning. I never met someone so happy when he saw me. We had mixed dining experiences. First, I cannot begin to tell everyone how rough the back of the ship was in the Blush dining. It was rocking pretty good a couple of days enough for a couple of us to get uncomfortable while eating. The service there was also bad. On multiple occasions, we had to pour our own water (not a big deal) and actually get refills from a station by us. I had a ceasar salad delivered warm, and cooked food delivered cold. Our group eventually asked to be relocated to the Your-Time-Dining in the Sapphire. The service there and overall experience was much better. Our servers did a great job and were extremely personable. We also appreciated the ability to eat when we wanted, not at 20:15 that conflicted with so many activities on the ship. The entertainment and activities were very very very good. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed my interactions with the Fun Staff and the performers. All were very personable and I had the privilege to befriend a couple of them. We had a great time with Laz and that man has a great future ahead of him in the industry. The ports of cozumel and roatan were beautiful. I didn't really care much for Belize, as the only way to safely explore the area was through an excursion. I didn't feel unsafe in any of the places, but the immediate area outside of the Belize port was questionable. Our first stop in Cozumel did not go very well. The crew had decided to open only 1 gangway to get off the ship. Lee made an announcement to wait and not crowd the stairways or elevators and would make an additional announcement when it was okay to proceed. Well, my group followed the directions and were late to the port to meet for our snorkeling excursion and the boat left without us (5 people). Instead they offered to refund it in the port, and provide us another option to a private beach - which we took. The guide there was wrong in telling us it was a cataraman, but we enjoyed the food and experience overall. Eventually, the service refunded us 10% and gave some drink coupons. To get back on the ship, they had 3 gangways open and boarding was a breeze. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages ... Read More
Our family of five has wanted to sail on the Breeze since sailing on her sister ship, the Carnival Magic, for a NYE cruise a few years ago. We drove down to the Port of Galveston for spring break with our three school-age children, ages 13, 10 and 7. Embarkation was very quick. I dropped off my husband and kids with our luggage at the porters, then parked the car at the Port of Galveston lot and took the shuttle over to meet them. They had waited for me in line at embarkation, and it went very quickly once I arrived. I would definitely recommend arriving after lunch, within your chosen arrival time. This made it go much faster for us! We had no trouble with fog sailing out of Galveston, and we left right on schedule. We did encounter some fog after we'd already left the port, but it didn't effect us at all, aside from hearing the fog horn going off a time or two. We had two connecting balcony staterooms on deck 8 forward, one with a king bed, and the other with three twins. The rooms seemed small at first, but we had plenty of space for everything that travels with a family of five, and having two bathrooms (toilets!) was a wonderful thing! Our stateroom attendant introduced himself to us, and gave us his card. He had me fill out a sheet about when I wanted to have our room serviced, in the morning, evening or both. I had heard about this before, but our last two spring break cruises (on the Elation and then the Vista), we were never asked which we prefer, and we had our room serviced twice. So, this was our first experience with the one-time service. It wasn't terrible, and I understand why they do it, but there is a little magic lost receiving the towel animal at 10am, and no Fun Times and chocolates left on your bed at night. Like I said, it's nothing to whine about, but I did miss it a smidge. Our stewards were very friendly, and did a nice job keeping up our rooms. They cleaned and left the towel animals, but did nothing above and beyond like our previous stewards have done, like putting hats and sunglasses on the kids' towel animals, or incorporating the kids' stuffed animals into the presentation. I ended up doing this during the day because my youngest still very much enjoys the surprise. We ate in the MDR three of the seven nights, and the service was wonderful. With so many other things we'd like to do on board, we just couldn't justify spending an hour and a half on a meal every night, but the nights we were there is was very nice. We happened to be in the MDR on the first sea day night (elegant night), and a legit fight broke out. It was...interesting... to watch. I felt badly for the passengers seated nearby the action, but the Carnival staff handled it well, and removed those involved as quickly as they could. When we weren't eating in the MDR, we were usually up on the Lido eating from the deli (we ordered from the deli a LOT!! love the tomato and mozzarella sandwich and fries...mmmm...those deli fries...), Pizza Pirate, and we ate once or twice from the actual buffet. My boys had Guy's burgers a few times, too. We had lunch at the Italian restaurant once, and it was very good, however, one woman on the wait staff was a bit rude to us because we didn't turn in the order forms for our table all at the same time. : / oops. We ate at Bonsai Sushi once, too. The couple seated next to us order a giant boat sampler and it was so cool! I wish my kids were more adventurous so we could have tried that! Maybe in a few years... We had Sea Day brunch twice, and the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast on our last morning. Highly recommend both. All in all, the food was good. My husband bought coffee every morning at the Java Blue Cafe, right at 7am when they opened. We went through 3 loyalty cards! He always got an iced latte, but I tried a variety of coffees, mostly lattes and mochas, and they were all effective (I have found the Lido deck coffee to not "work" on me? Maybe it's weak, or the cups are too small for me. Not sure. But the lattes woke me up!). The staff at the coffee shop is always – always! – so busy, but they are also some of the sweetest ladies on board. Our kids tried the milkshakes and frappes there, too. 3 out of 3 would recommend! As for on board experiences, we tried to do as much as we could from the morning show to the evening comedy, and my kids really enjoy interacting with the staff. Speaking of the staff, we cruised with Lee Mason as our CD and he is so. much. fun!!! You can tell he really enjoys his job; he brings so much energy and enthusiasm to every event. The other members of the Fun Squad were also fantastic, noteably Las, Lindsey and Ryan. This was really a dream team, dedicated to making it a very fun week for their guests. We played Bingo (my 10-year-old's aka "Bingo Boy" favorite), saw 4-5 different comedians preform (always a winner), and highly recommend checking out the Lip Synch Battle throughout the week and concluding with the showdown at the end of the week. So fun! We arrived early for Hasboro the Game Show because my 10-year-old was determined to play, and luckily he was chosen in round one and got to be part of the team that played Yatzee Bowling. His team didn't win, but he was happy to have finally been able to get up on stage (on our last two cruises he missed out, so third time was a charm!). We also went to a bunch of trivia's – my 13-year-old won one fo the trivia in Red Frog Pub (LOL! Ryan couldn't give him the huge tube of beer as his prize, so he found a ship on a stick for him. Thanks so much, Ryan!). My two youngest two spent a lot of time in the pool and on the waterslides. I hear the orange one is very fast and fun! And, as always we spent a lot of time in the Sports Square playing mini golf, pool, and ping pong. This year the boys tried the ropes course for the first time and it was a definite highlight! My youngest now only wants to sail on ships with a ropes course, he loved it that much. I had a great time hanging out by the aft pool. The kids would play in the pool, or head up to the waterslides, and I was able to sit and relax with a book or a magazine (and a drink!). LOVE it. Would go back and do that today if I could! I also want to mention that Carnival has a staff member watching the pools. Like a Life Guard, but not called out as a life guard. I believe their shirts read Staff Member. But a Staff Member was standing in the water, watching the pool the entire time. There was also a Staff Member at the mid ship pool. I was glad to see this. Our ports were Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay. We've been on this exact cruise before, so we knew what to expect. We always love a visit to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, and we had a great day there. In Belize we did the Snorkeling the Wonders of the Barrier Reef excursion through Carnival. I had read many great reviews about this excursion, and I was really excited for the snorkeling. However, it was an incredibly disappointing experience, start to finish. I would not recommend it until there is word that Carnival has gotten the vendor to improve the dependability of their watercraft. On our trip to the island we were marooned at sea for about 30 minutes because of an engine break down, then on our return trip, we had to putter back to the ship in the lowest gear because of another faulty engine. We took 3 different boats to and from Rendezvous Cay on this excursion, and 2 of 3 broke down. I'm not exaggerating when I say most of our time in Belize was spent on faulty watercraft. So frustrating, and such a waste of time! What little time we did get to snorkel the Barrier Reef was super cool. But buyer beware with that excursion! In Mahogany Bay we wanted an easy beach day, so I pre-purchased two of the Relax on the Beach with Kayak packages for our family of five. We all five rode the magic chairs over to the beach, then upon arrival we were set up with our two clams shells, four loungers and two tables between them. The package also came with four floating mats. We ate and drank at Fat Tuesday's (the quesadillas were so good!), and four of us went kayaking. It was a perfect day for us, and we'd probably do the same thing all over again on our next visit. I think the Breeze may have been the only ship in port this day because the beach wasn't crowded at all. We sailed with a lot of families from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas – the majority of us on spring break. Only one group of college age travelers that stood out, but not in a terrible or obnoxious way, and my husband and I enjoyed watching them throughout the week. Overall it was a fantastic week on the Breeze, and we are already looking forward to next spring break's cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was happening during my spring break at work. this was my 1st cruise. i sailed with a good friend from work. The carnival breeze crew was very friendly and helpful during my seven day cruise. The crew works together to keep the ship spotless. Cabins are cleaned early morning and your bed is turned down in the evening. room service was available and delivered at the time requested. The food provided during the cruise was excellent. There was never a shortage of food and beverages. The wait staff in the blush dining room make sure passengers have breakfast and dinner served with many selections to choose from. they were all very kind and always smiling and patient. Entertainment every night was excellent except i did not enjoy racial remarks by one comedian who has been on netflix. A group of eight dancers and singers performed wonderful shows each night. their talent was superb! we left after each show so happy and amazed, wonderful music, dancing and costumes. Several bands performed nightly. my favorite was the midas touch. The singers, piano player ,drummer, bass player were excellent and entertaining. female singer had a beautiful voice but at times seemed preoccupied. the guitar player was fantastic. you could tell he really enjoyed his music. male singer has a great voice and is smiling the entire time. the group was very enjoyable. we saw them each night they played. The cruise director was named lee. anyone who crossed paths with him was so happy to see him. he was everywhere during our seven day cruise. He was hilarious! Lee's jokes were always funny and kid friendly. example: lee announced: attention breeze passengers..... To the woman who reported $3,000 bundled in a rubber band lost.....we have found your rubber band!! he made this announcement during our debarkation which takes awhile. i would say he is well loved by his crew as well and the passengers. he is always visible. we wondered when he ever went to sleep! The three excursions we went on during the week were well organized with our safety at all ports clearly the most important factor. the transportation to and from islands was easy and comfortable and we were always taken back to ship in plenty of time. Thank you carnival breeze for a fantastic week of fun and relaxation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
It was our honeymoon cruise, sailing our of Galveston. We flew in to Houston from Denver, then drove down to Galveston. We stayed in the Tremont House, about 2 blocks from the cruise terminal. The whole process of getting on the ship went ... Read More
It was our honeymoon cruise, sailing our of Galveston. We flew in to Houston from Denver, then drove down to Galveston. We stayed in the Tremont House, about 2 blocks from the cruise terminal. The whole process of getting on the ship went really quick. I was super excited because it was my first cruise. The weeks leading up to the cruise my wife kept telling me that once your on the ship, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. I didnt believe her, until I got on the ship. Our cabin was awesome. We stayed on the 12th deck. Our room stewardess was super awesome. We only told her our names once and she had them memorized for the rest of the week. We were very impressed with her. We were assigned to the Blush Dining room for dinner. We loved it. Two other couples sat at our table. One of the couples was real quiet, but we became really good friends with the other couple, and this couple also happened to be staying in the room right across the hall from us So our ports of call were Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Montego Bay wasnt my favorite, but it was still super awesome. Some Jamaicans just make it really hard to want to visit. We went to Doctors Cove Beach. Just walking around the streets, I had a bad feeling, but once we got on the beach side of the buildings, it was all awesome. The next day we were in Grand Cayman. I had a completely different feeling in Grand Cayman, I felt totally safe. We went to Seven Mile Beach and loved every second. Then we went back into town and did tons of shopping. The next day we were in Cozumel. I had the same feeling in Cozumel as I did in Grand Cayman. We went to Paradise Beach, and again, loved every second. It was my first cruise and my wife's 4th. We look forward to cruising on the Breeze again and again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, Glenn-server at the Red Frog Pub, and Arnata-our cabin host. These folks truly made our trip such a delight; we will deeply miss seeing them, and we will cherish all the memories of the laughs we shared night after night. I am not a big snob about decor so we can sum it up as clean and beautiful. The food was good. We stuck to eating mostly in the dining room, but we also tried Guy's burgers a few times, and we have no complaints. Carnival ships are all about having fun, and they do a great job of giving you the opportunity to stay engaged. As far as the cruise ports... I hated Jamicia. The Montego Bay port runs a racket for duping tourists. We asked for a cab to take us to Doctors Cove and were shown to a small bus that charged 7.00. Once on the bus and driving, we were informed that we would not be going to Doctors Cove. Instead, they were offering for 11.00 more than the 14.00 fair to a souvenir shop and back, they would take us all around to several places so that we can experience Jamicia to the fullest and we would also go to a "much more beautiful" beach than the crowded tourist destinations. At this point, you were already stuck paying 14.00, so it didn't sound so bad. What ended up happening was we stopped at a shop with a bunch of crap made in China, drove halfway up a driveway and looked at a former plantation house (but we never went up to the house), sat in a hot, crowded bus as we went through a part of town that was not safe for tourists, and ended up at a beach that we had to pay 5.00 each to get in and had broken glass everywhere and garbage strewn about. I highly recommend you book a cruise excursion. You've been warned. The Cayman Islands If you like to shop, this place is for you, but the island dollar is worth more than USD so prepare to pay a bit more for your souvenirs. The snorkeling part of our Pirate Boat excursion was canceled due to high winds, but we made the most of the open bar and had a good time nonetheless. Cozumel We had the most fun here. The locals are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to explore around the ports, and we booked a private excursion of horseback riding for over two hours through the jungle and to Mayan ruins. I can't wait to revisit Cozumel. Overall, I have no complaints about the ship or Carnival Cruise lines. As for the ports, we should have booked more excursions. Lesson learned. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Ship- Clean, nice decor, comfy feeling. All cruise ships on all cruise lines have their sea wear and tear, but overall, it was a nice ship. And they're always painting something. Cabin- 8419 Balcony Room was clean, nice and ... Read More
Ship- Clean, nice decor, comfy feeling. All cruise ships on all cruise lines have their sea wear and tear, but overall, it was a nice ship. And they're always painting something. Cabin- 8419 Balcony Room was clean, nice and spacious. It over looked the Promenade. Our daughter, her husband and our grandson stayed in the stateroom across the hall (8421). Convenient to have them close to us. We've done that before. The Balconies are NO Smoking. There's rust on the balcony, but there is rust on all cruise ships if you're looking for it. They're at sea, therefore creating rust. But it was clean. And with the fog setting everything back 2 hours on the first day, I ended up cleaning my room myself, always travel with Clorox travel wipes. They supply shampoo, body wash, bar soap and a blow dryer. Dining- We did our own time dining and had no problem getting a table right away in the dining room on nights that weren't elegant. The buffet was good. Guys Burgers is super yummy! You can get a pizza (homemade, super yummy), ice cream or a sandwich 24 hours. We used room service for the first time in 15 cruises and it was really good, the food comes from the dining room, not the buffet. Embarkation- The day we set sail, there was fog and the port was closed to marine traffic for 2 hours putting the whole embarkation experience 2 hours behind and it was very disorganized. WE on the other hand, booked our cruise through the casino and were able to get all of 5 of us Priority VIP service, which skootched us to the front of the line. It was amazing! Entertainment- Comedians are funny. The dance group was really good. The Dr. Seuss parade was great fun for my grandson, and they have a story time after. The towel folding class is fun too and they have a story time after that as well. We also enjoyed the game room, you get tickets for playing and can buy prizes with them. Fun for a 7-year-old who wouldn't go into the Club area alone. Waterworks- the best thing about this ship, we couldn't keep our grandson out of it, even on a chillier day. they say you have to be 42" to go down the slides, but apparently that really means at the parent’s discretion. There's free mini golf, pool tables, bean bag toss, ping pong and a climber’s obstacle course, that is 48" strictly. The swimming pools were rarely full as well and clean. They supply life jackets in 3 different sizes. Ports- Montego Bay Jamaica is disgusting, DO NOT venture out alone. When you get off of the ship there is a 'Hop on- Hop off' bus provided by the cruise line and it's $19 per person and they will take you to the Doctors Cave beach. It’s an additional $5 per person to enter the beach, well worth it. When you get off of the bus, the locals are rude and very in your face about buying pot brownies and other illegal substances. Hold all children in your arms if possible. This was our 15th cruise and I've never felt more vulnerable and afraid in a port. Cozumel- Make sure you book an excursion if you want to go to the beach as they fill up. We took a taxi to a resort as we had in the past, only to return to the ship as the beach was full as there were 5 ships in port. That was a first for us. Sat at Tuesdays and had cocktails so it all worked out. Grand Cayman- Same beautiful picturesque port as always, very pricey. Things to bring for comfort- Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer wipes, a night light if you're staying in an inside stateroom, a plastic hanger with clips on each end (the kind you get when you purchase kids shorts) for hanging/drying swim wear, travel toilet paper for on the islands, a shopping bag with shoulder straps. Have fun and don't take it all too seriously, you're on vacation, you're only there for a short while. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We took a Carnival shuttle from the airport and that was by far one of the best decisions we made. We didn't know it at the time but it gave us priority boarding. We got off the bus and walked right on the boat. Had an umbrella drink ... Read More
We took a Carnival shuttle from the airport and that was by far one of the best decisions we made. We didn't know it at the time but it gave us priority boarding. We got off the bus and walked right on the boat. Had an umbrella drink in hand by 11:00 a.m. It was a long wait for elevators on embarkation day but that lessened as time went on. Still some long waits throughout the week.The crew on the Breeze was amazing. We couldn't believe how polite they all were and remembered ours names right away. We felt so pampered. The food was outstanding and the lines were relatively short for almost 5000 passengers.The different options available made it hard to decide what to eat next! Of course you can't forget the soft serve ice cream, strawberry every other day! We did an excursion through Carnival and that too went without a hitch. We were most impressed with the cleanliness on the ship! The staff did an outstanding job keeping up with all the people on vacation. We traveled with some old friends but made some great new ones as well. If you get bored it's your own fault as the entertainment and activities has something for everyone. The cabins are more than comfortable. The only changes I would like to see is the music turned down a little on the Lido deck and some adult only swimming hours. Disembarkation was just as fast embarkation. Will definitely do a second cruise with Carnival!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze out of Galveston was a delight to be on. The crew and staff are amazing and fun. The food choices (without paying extra) are great! The main dining is a very nice place to eat with very good food (Hard to beat being asked if you want another lobster tail when you just finish one on our dress up night). We stayed in the inside cabin and that was fine, use the space under the bed to store your suitcase and the closets and drawers to store what your going to wear. The bathroom is kinda small but I think that's fairly standard. There is always things to do like the Hasbro games shows, Casino, music from multiple locations to just listen to or enjoy the view as your sailing. You can also check out the library for books, games and puzzles or just relax and eat your way into a coma while people watching. Our cruise (Dec 31 2017) didn't have much in the way of sunny weather but that didn't stop my son and I from enjoying the hot tub and checking out the Dive in movies at night. Hard to beat sitting pool side and getting treats just down the hall like cake ice cream and pizza. Or a grilled cheese if you want one. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat but I think I would want to try the summer as I do like the heat and sun :) Read Less
3 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I want to write this review in hopes to help you enjoy your cruise just like my family and I did. I did a lot of research before I picked a stateroom on the Carnival Breeze. In my opinion location matters, and if your looking for the same ... Read More
I want to write this review in hopes to help you enjoy your cruise just like my family and I did. I did a lot of research before I picked a stateroom on the Carnival Breeze. In my opinion location matters, and if your looking for the same then look into rooms that are close to elevator access. I've heard bad things about this if you have an inside cabin that back up to an elevator but if you are looking for a balcony on the Breeze please treat yourself to cove balcony 2283 or surrounding. These balconies are about 25ft above the water with BEAUTIFUL views throughout your cruise. The upper balconies actually overlook a walkway which I personally didn't care for. Wanted views of the water looking straight down. Room 2283 is literally 15 steps away from the elevators (atrium elevators as well). Lido deck is pretty much where you'll go every day is VERY conveniently located to this stateroom. I hope this info helps you get this wonderful room. As far as excursions, we went on a beach trip in Cozumel that our family talked about the whole trip. It was at a place called Mr. Sancho's. Please look into this because if you like to be catered too, they were totally on top of catering it. We never were without a cold drink in our hand, great food in front of us and smiles on our faces. We had a group of 13 people with ages ranging from 4 to 54 and they took care of everyone's request. The beach wasn't as clear as I thought it would be but I still enjoyed it. They have a pool as well that has a swim up bar which was very cool. Our second stop in Belize wasn't thought out too well so we just winged it. Took a tour bus and ended up at a homemade beach. Not much to talk about so your on your own. Sorry!!!! Our third stop in Mahogany Bay, Roatan our group split up. I wanted to take my girls zip lining and the others didn't want to be so adventurous. It was at Jungle Top Zip line. The price sounded good to us so we tried it. At first when we got there I was like well, you get what you pay for, but still had an open mind and hoped for the best. Please have an open mind when you get there and pay. It seemed like what the hell did I get my family into. Are we ever going to make it home????? My girls and I have never been zip lining before and we had a great time. After the first jump we were feeling comfortable and laughing. Our guides were great. Having fun with us, joking around and I truly felt that they wanted us to have fun. They also did some impressive jumps themselves. At the end they offer refreshments and you get to see some monkey's. My girls loved it. If this is your first time I would recommend Jungle Top. I truly hope this helps you and I hope you have a great time like we did. Take care. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first cruise and it definitely gave us high expectations for future cruises! The cruise director, Mike, was the best we could have asked for! His energy was contagious and he seemed to be everywhere at once! Our room ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it definitely gave us high expectations for future cruises! The cruise director, Mike, was the best we could have asked for! His energy was contagious and he seemed to be everywhere at once! Our room stewardess, Nataliya, exceeded our expectations! She called us by name after the first day and, even though we only asked to have our room cleaned once a day, it was always cleaned when we got back from our excursions and again after dinner! Our servers at dinner were phenomenal. Ringgo was our head waiter and he was super nice, professional, and funny. We had water poured and bread on the table within seconds of us sitting down at our table each night. He took our orders as we were ready and had our food out to us very quickly. No complaints about dinner service! We ate breakfast at the buffet most days, except on the sea days. The Seaday Brunch in the Blush dining room was great! I had an omelette one day and steak and eggs the next, all fantastic! We tried Guy's Burgers our first day at sea and were not disappointed. The breakfast burritos at Blue Iguana on the Lido deck were great too! I would definitely suggest going to the shows. The comedian shows were great. The Click show was better than I imagined it would be, and the 80's piano show was so great that I wish I could have seen it again! And I haven't seen many people comment on it, but the Love and Marriage show IS A MUST!! Some friends we made at the dinner table suggested it and it was definitely my favorite part of the cruise! Overall we had a fantastic experience on the Breeze! I'm actually sad that the Breeze is not available for the ports we want to go to for our honeymoon in Feb 2018! I would sail on the Breeze again in a heartbeat. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and sailed out of Galveston on the Breeze Sept 24, 2017. This was the second time this year so that should speak volumes about how much we love the Breeze! The ship is amazingly beautiful! We stayed in an ocean suite that was ... Read More
My husband and sailed out of Galveston on the Breeze Sept 24, 2017. This was the second time this year so that should speak volumes about how much we love the Breeze! The ship is amazingly beautiful! We stayed in an ocean suite that was gorgeous, roomy and comfortable. We dined in the Sapphire dining room the servers were warm and friendly. As usual they called us by name almost immediately. They food quality has not improved. The menu definitely needs improvement. The cruise director Mike Pack was a dynamo, watching his interaction with cruisers was a blast! You should never be bored on a Carnival cruise, there are non-stop events planned for every age level. Husband ordered coffee each morning and room service helped him start his day off with a bang! Since we have done this cruise many times before we did limited excursions. Our all time favorite excursion is Salsa, salsa and margaritas in Cozumel. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite comedian of all time).Well who would have thought a couple of major Hurricanes would have occurred before we sailed. We were worried because one of our ports was Key West. Well because of Irma, we gained an additional sea day and lost Key West. Key West was the main reason we chose this itinerary. Also, FTTF was sold out and never opened up. We always get FTTF and was worried we would be in long lines. Needless to say, embarkation went smoothly. I was happy! The ship is amazing. Its big and beautiful. So much to do. We loved all the activities. They were way better on this cruise than any other Carnival Cruise we have been on to date. BREEZE is a great ship. We had an interior room on the first floor ( that's all they had left). We have never stayed below the 7th Floor. Well I was shocked at how much I liked being on the first floor. It was so much more convenient at ports. The only draw back was the elevator would stop on most floors coming from Lido before it got to first floor...but that was ok. Someone had told me that Carnival didn't serve lobster anymore so we was not planning to go to dining room on dress night. We changed our minds and went anyway. THEY HAD LOBSTER!!! Thank you Carnival. We didn't explore Freeport since we had just visited last month. Nassau is always great to me. Love going to Atlantis. Staff was friendly. We talked more with the staff on this cruise...they were so happy. Shows were great. We love love love the Lip Sync Battle! We loved this ship so much, we plan to take the kids on BREEZE next summer. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston (8/20/17) and due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey the Port of Galveston was closed. We ended up staying an extra night in Cozumel before attempting to return back to ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston (8/20/17) and due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey the Port of Galveston was closed. We ended up staying an extra night in Cozumel before attempting to return back to Galveston. As the port was still closed we ended up rerouting into NOLA and stayed there and in the Mississippi River for an extra few days until finally returning to Galveston on 9/2/17. We had an AMAZING time! The Carnival Breeze crew made us feel like family and really went above and beyond to minimize the uncertainty and discomfort of our extended vacation. Captain Massimo Marino and Cruise Director, Mike, were in constant contact with passengers and provided updates about the port and vehicles parked at the port as soon as the information was available. They offered to allow passengers to disembark in NOLA if they wanted to travel back on their own, but strongly urged us to stay onboard until we could safely disembark and travel home from Galveston. While in NOLA Carnival gave complimentary Hop on Hop Off bus tickets to do a two hour tour of the city and also allow passengers to refill prescriptions and gather personal items needed. They continued all entertainment onboard and the production team created new shows and several new comedians came aboard to keep the fun going! The party never stopped on the Carnival Breeze! Our 7 days cruise turned into a 13 day cruise and although there was the uncertainty of when we'd return home, whether our vehicle would be okay and undamaged in the port, the financial issues that accompany missed days from work, etc. Carnival went far out of their way to make the passengers comfortable, happy, fed, and entertained. Our steward, Wi, memorized our names the first day and took excellent care to ensure our needs were met. Our wait staff was lead by Livia and her assistants, Sukiarta and Tri. Livia's team made it important to call us by name every night and we had wonderful conversations with her and the team! Every night we felt like we were going to have dinner with friends and even became close with the families around us. The ship's crew and passengers really came together and this year's cruise will never be forgotten. This experience has solidified our decision to cruise exclusively with Carnival. Their unbeatable customer service and willingness to communicate openly and continue making our vacation memorable despite the weather conditions make us feel at ease. Thank you so much Carnival for another wonderful vacation to remember! We can't wait for our next cruise in 2018. See you soon! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My friends recommended this cruise. Due to Tropical Storm Harvey in the Caribbean our itinerary was reversed. This was done seamlessly. By the time we arrived in Cozumel Tropical Storm Harvey had strengthen into a major hurricane that was ... Read More
My friends recommended this cruise. Due to Tropical Storm Harvey in the Caribbean our itinerary was reversed. This was done seamlessly. By the time we arrived in Cozumel Tropical Storm Harvey had strengthen into a major hurricane that was heavily impacting the home port of Galveston. Carnival decided to spend two days in Cozumel before heading to Galveston. Since the Galveston Port was still closed Carnival decided to send the Breeze to New Orleans for refueling and replenishment. Carnival did an outstanding job of balancing the 4 Carnival ships that were in the port. Carnival swapped the entertainment with the other ships so that we would have fresh entertainers.Carnival also provided free transportation to the airport for any one who wanted to leave the ship in New Orleans. Carnival also provided free Hop On and Hop Off service To the French Quarter and free city tours of New Orleans. With the excellent stops in Belize and Roatan this Carnival cruise was second to none. Carnival went well above and did all they could to turn this disaster into a great time. Many of us were not sure if our homes were damaged from the storm but Carnival provided free phone and internet service so that we could contact our friends and family for the status from the storm. This gave many of us piece of mind. To my family and I we feel Carnival has a huge heart. The Carnival Breeze will always hold a special place in my heart. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY , ALL PERSONNEL ON BOARD WERE AMAZING, THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PASSENGERS , THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ALL AREAS IS JUST EXCELLENT. WE STAYED WITH THEN FOR 14 DAYS BECAUSE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO RETURN TO ... Read More
DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY , ALL PERSONNEL ON BOARD WERE AMAZING, THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PASSENGERS , THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ALL AREAS IS JUST EXCELLENT. WE STAYED WITH THEN FOR 14 DAYS BECAUSE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO RETURN TO HOUSTON BECAUSE THE HURRICANE TRAGEDY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PERSONNEL. This trip it was suppose to be for 7 days but, we stayed for 14 days. The service was the same during the next 7 days, with friendly staff. We cannot complaint about the food, shows, amenities, general information,updates about the situation at the Galveston port, the compassion for some people that lost everything during this tragedy, always with a big smile on their faces. This just was above any expectation that we can have. We want so say THANKS to every single person that is working very hard.People from different nationalities working together for us. We really recommend this cruise line, specially Carnival Breeze. Guys well done. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise so we honestly didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were blown away at how absolutely amazing the whole cruise experience was. I was nervous about how small the cabin would be however we hardly ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we honestly didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were blown away at how absolutely amazing the whole cruise experience was. I was nervous about how small the cabin would be however we hardly spent any time there even with our two toddlers it worked just fine. Our steward cleaned our room twice a day faithfully and did a heck of a job, No complaints there! The food was pretty great especially dining at the Sapphire. There was so much to do on board there was no way to even experience half of it having our little ones. The kids camp was great however our youngest just isn't up for strangers so they girls didn't really spend much time there but the workers were so sweet and friendly. I don't think I came across one unhappy employee on the ship. They are always working hard and smiling! They are really on point and always have things so together. Kudos to all of them!!! As far as the cruise goes we had ZERO complaints. I would say the ONLY complaint we had was on our last excursion day in Cozumel on the Push,Pull,Swim with the dolphins: the actual time with the dolphins was fantastic but the food they offer is AWFUL and I am not picky at all but I couldn't stomach any of it... and the worst part was they literally RAPE you on the photos! You spend so much on the actual excursion then they charge you almost $300 for a family photo, Who thought that was a good idea? I want to talk to them and ask them how they came up with that number????? Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We just got off the Breeze yesterday out of Galvestion and here is my review. We are a family of 3. It was myself (53) DH (53) and DD (18). We took her for her high school graduation. My husband and myself are platinum (first timers) ... Read More
We just got off the Breeze yesterday out of Galvestion and here is my review. We are a family of 3. It was myself (53) DH (53) and DD (18). We took her for her high school graduation. My husband and myself are platinum (first timers) and my daughter is gold. Our trip was to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Caymans, and Jamaica. GAVLESTON: We left OKC and got into Galveston on Friday, August 11th. We had a room booked at the Harbor House for 2 nights. Checked in then went to eat at the Original Mexican Restaurant. It's a tradition of ours. On Saturday we went to the beach between Murdochs and Paradise Pier. Ate lunch at Bubba Gumps and then to Walmart to get soda for the trip. You are allowed one 12 pack of soda per person. We took two. One for hubby and one for daughter. We found this to be cheaper than purchasing the Bubbles package. EMBARKATION: We arrived early (8 am) to the terminal so Hubby could take car over to Hotel Galvez to park and get shuttle back to terminal. Parking is free at that hotel if you stay at the Harbor House. He arrived back at terminal about 9am and we got in line for Platinum/Diamond and faster to the fun. They do not let you wait inside anymore and check paperwork for your arrival time. We were taken to our room and on board the ship by 11:30 am. ROOM: Our room was 2272. This is a Cove balcony and the 3rd time we books this particular room. We love the cove balcony and this room has no life boats above it. Never did see our Stewart but was asked by another one if we wanted morning or evening cleaning or both. We chose morning. It was cleaned ok. We did have to go to purser desk to ask for sheets to change one night as they had something on them and they would not answer the housekeeping phone. FOOD: We ate all but one meal in the dining room and did our time dining. The food was normal and not too hot or cold. They did have the Bitter and Blanc everyone was talking about and I tried it. It was pretty good. We did see some people that were asked to change clothing on Elegant night that were wearing shorts. The buffet on the Lido is what is normally expected and we did eat once at Guys. My daughter did not like the pizza and that was unusual for her. It was paper thin and the lines were always long. We also ate a few times in dining room for brunch. It was ok and the service took a long time. ENTERTAINMENT: Mike was our cruise director and was very good. He has a lot of energy. We saw all the shows but one and they were ok. Nothing to wow about. The show "Flick" is the best one. We did do many of the trivial games. I actually one a Ship on a Stick on the Yahtzee game. We also did tea time which we usually like but they have taken it down to just black tea and green tea for free. You have to purchase other flavors for $2.00 if you want them. We really enjoyed the violinist group in the Atrium. Their name is Emerald Trio and they are outstanding. We did the behind the fun tour on the last day and that was nice to see everything going on below the guest rooms. I highly recommend it and book it on day one if you want to do it. They only take 32 people on the tour total. PORTS: Jamaica: We got off and just went to the little market by the terminal. We are not comfortable going out and exploring. We did a tour many years ago of the island and felt that it was enough once. Grand Cayman: This is my favorite port to visit. (We actually have a dog named Cayman). We took a cab to Calico Jacks and stayed at the beach. Chairs and umbrellas are $5.00 each. The drinks are high. A Pina Colada was $12.00. We went back to town and did a little shopping. It's an expensive town and we knew that going in. We ate and Hard Rock and then back to the ship. Cozumel: Been there, done that. We just went to the town Square. Picked up some meds at the drugstore and some vanilla at the grocery store. Go to the local store if you want to purchase vanilla. We got 6 large bottles for $7.25. It's about 4 blocks off the strip. No worries. We shopped, ate the best lunch at Viva Mexico and went back to the ship. SHIP: The ship itself reminds me of most of the others. The layout is the same. Just a new color. A shade of yellow everywhere. It was clean and never really felt crowded expect when food was out on lido. PLATINUM: This was our first cruise as platinum. It was nice to get on the boat first. Room was not ready when we first got on but was done about 30 minutes later. We did get on an early tender by going to the pursers desk and they took us down a special elevator to get on. It was nice to have the platinum line at guest services especially on the last night. We went to the past guest party and enjoyed the drinks. Same ole movie about Carnival was shown. We received our platinum gifts of ship pins and Bluetooth speaker. Some strawberries showed up on day 3. I was guessing it was for Platinum but there was no letter or note with them. We also got free laundry service and that was a big help. The biggest perk we found other than boarding early was debarkation. DEBARKATION: Being platinum allowed us to get off first. We took our own luggage to the dining room at 7am and was off the ship by 7:45 am. It took longer for the shuttle to come pick us up and take us to our car than to go through debarkation. We got on the road about 8:30 and home to Oklahoma at 5pm. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Mike the cruise director was fantastic, he seemed to be everywhere at once. We especially enjoyed our serving team of Ali, Tety and Ning at the Blush Dining. The kids really enjoyed the sky course, the pools and especially the slides. ... Read More
Mike the cruise director was fantastic, he seemed to be everywhere at once. We especially enjoyed our serving team of Ali, Tety and Ning at the Blush Dining. The kids really enjoyed the sky course, the pools and especially the slides. Embarkation and Debarkation seemed to go smoothly. The lines for food did not take as long as you would expect with over 4000 passengers. The shows were very enjoyable, especially Flick and 88 keys. We took a bus to the Hip Strip in Montego Bay and did some shopping. The people there were very helpful and we really enjoyed ourselves. We took the Beach, Hell and Shopping excursion in Grand Cayman. The beach was the Seven Mile Beach and we were at the Royal Palms resort. Loved it. The water was extremely clear, got to see some beautiful fish and the resort was very nice. Hell looked like what Hell might look like, I hope to never find out. We also had time to shop at the Tortuga Rum shop. Overall, we had a great time and are looking forward to our next Cruise. Read Less
59 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
If you're looking for an honest and reliable review...you're reading the right one. We booked this cruise 3 weeks out having found out that there were no good cabins available for Alaska, but we still wanted to cruise for our ... Read More
If you're looking for an honest and reliable review...you're reading the right one. We booked this cruise 3 weeks out having found out that there were no good cabins available for Alaska, but we still wanted to cruise for our vacation (we've cruised 12 times previously). I spent about 6 hours reading and looking at all the possible options, and although we haven't sailed on Carnival in over 20 years (choosing to sail on Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Silver Seas), we were a bit worried about what we've heard and read about Carnival. Boy were we wrong! Carnival Breeze was every bit as wonderful as any cruise we've taken in the past. (Aside from Silver Seas, with is at the highest end of the cruising world...and you pay for that luxury!) Let me begin by telling you that we're from San Diego, so had to fly to Houston. So, now we have to get to Galveston. I looked into renting a car, keeping it in Galveston while we were on the cruise and then driving back to Houston. Bad idea...far too expensive. We choose to use Lyft, just $87.00 (and I gave our driver a great tip). This was far less expensive then opting for the Carnival Shuttle. Let me point out here that we never fly in the "day of," as that is far too risky, always the day or evening before. We arrived in Galveston around 4:00 pm and wanted to explore Galveston, so we jumped on their Summer Time "Free" Trolley and...drum roll please, we never got off. Honestly, in my opinion, there is nothing to see in Galveston. Moody Mansion (not really very impressive) which we saw when we got back. My suggestion is to get a hotel, if you're arriving the day before the cruise, most places are only a $5.00 - $8.00 Uber or Lyft ride to the port. We stayed (unfortunately) at the County Inn and Suites...I don't recommend it. Now, let's get to the fun part of my review! We arrived at the port at 11:30. First savings tip - No need to pay for their "Faster to the Fun" that Carnival offers. Although the line was somewhat long, it moved very quickly and we were in the waiting room waiting to board in just 25 minutes. Once there, it only took 15 minutes for our boarding group to be called and "snap," we were on the ship and heading to the Lido deck for lunch! Really, it was not big deal and not worth the $69.00 they charged to get on the ship quicker!!! Save your money and spend it on other things. The other thing we noticed quickly is how everyone was carrying 12 packs of soft drinks to bring onboard. We were surprised that they allowed that. Live and learn. So, if you're a soda drinker, feel free to bring 12 packs on board. But, no water was allowed. Go Figure!!! And, there are refrigerators in every cabin. Here's another tip. Tip the luggage porter a few extra dollars if he'll put on an "expedite" tag on your luggage. Flash some cash and I'm sure he'll do it! Make sure he puts it on before he leaves with your luggage. I paid him $15.00 for two bags and when we got to our room at 1:30, the luggage was already at the door. How cool is that? Otherwise it could be a few more hours before you get your luggage. We unpacked and were ready to start our cruise vacation. We had a balcony cabin mid-ship (8280), kind of surprising they had one available since we basically booked "last minute" and we were very surprised how light and comfortable it was, with plenty of space for everything. By the way, the mattress was "very" comfortable! Note - it was just myself and my wife traveling. You may want to bring some extra hangers as there are not many in the room, we did. Tip, you cannot bring on a travel iron, so don't try, they x-ray the luggage and confiscated ours until an hour before we disembarked. I understand, they are dangerous. Hint, if you pull the TV out there is extra space to put stuff there. Found that out on the last day. But, you must bring a power strip if you have a lot of electronics to recharge every day. No outlet in the bathroom, only one outlet with two plugs on the desk. There is a hair dryer in the desk drawer, but we didn't use it, as we had our own. There is also an easy to use safe (passport, cash, jewelry). But again, as I said, more storage then you can image, at least for two people and there's room under the bed for the empty suitcases. We had a balcony which we always like, but if you're the type of person who is going to be by the pool and busy all the time, why spend the extra money. All the rooms we peeked in on, including the inside cabins, looked fine. Before I continue further, I'd recommend that you'll want to bring a tumbler (for your ice tea, lemonade or water, that's all they offer for free, of course coffee and tea is also available) as the cups they offer are very small (8 oz). Everyone on board brings 'em. And you'll want a lanyard that you can hang around your neck (you can get them on Amazon) for your room key. Everyone on board seems to have those as well. Plus you can get some that will also hold your cell phone. Also, if you have a spare frequent flyer card or a plastic card like it (not a credit card) bring it, as you'll need your cabin key or a similar card as above to keep the lights on in the room. Mike Pack, our cruise director, and his entire staff did a great job...and honestly they work their butts off 16 hours a day. Way to go Mike! Let's talk about food. If you're a gourmet diner, what the heck are you doing on a cruise ship? My wife and I found the food in main dining room great, although we're not overly picky eaters. They offer some unique foods that I tried, like frogs legs...not bad. We chose "Anytime Dining" and we never had to wait for a table. My suggestion is to do anytime dining so that you're not locked into having to be there at a certain time. The general buffet on the Lido Deck has lots of food stations, but can be slow and quite busy, especially the first day for lunch, when it's the only area open for food. Be patient, there's no rush, you're on vacation. Don't get trapped by the first few stations, keep working your way to the back of the ship and you'll discover more stations with different variety of foods. Looks all around first and then decide where to put on the feed bag. Of course, there is pizza 24/7 and just follow any kid (6 - 12 years old) and they'll lead you right to the ice cream machines (also 24/7). Now, aside from the dining room and the Lido Buffet you're going to go "gaga" for Guy's Burgers on the pool deck as well as Guy's Pig and Anchor. Guy's Burgers serve over 2,000 burger a day and if you're a burger fan...well let me say this, bet you can't eat just one. I had three on this cruise....so good. He uses a special blend of meat and there is a toppings bar with bacon, grilled onions, lettuce,, pickles, tomatoes, etc. to top your burger. And it comes with fries! Guy's Pig and Anchor is also wonderful with all kinds of bar-b-que offerings. On board you'll also find a taco bar (street tacos) as well as burritos. We did not opt for the upcharge specialty restaurants (Italian, Sushi and Steak) as it didn't seem important or necessary. Wait until you get on board to decide as there was always seating and reservations available. If you sail, and are assigned to dine in the Sapphire Dining Room, see if you can ask for Cvetelina (from Bulgaria) and Emi's area. Both so sweet and very, very attentive servers. Entertainment - There is so much going on that you'll find yourself carefully checking the schedules to decide what you want to do. The big production shows I'd rate a 7+ out of 10. Not the big Broadway Shows we've seen on other cruise lines, but for 45 minutes of entertainment, not too shabby. Although I have to say, they did stop a couple of the shows in the middle with technical issues, but the way they use the digital screen as a background was most unique. On our cruise you didn't have to get there 30 minutes before to get a seat, and there always seemed to be seats available down front. And always seats in the balcony. There's also great entertainment going on in every corner of the ship. Worse performer was the guy at the piano at the 88 Keys Bar...zero personality for a piano bar. We love comedy, which takes place every night in the Limelight Lounge. Now this fills to capacity 10 minutes before the show begins, so if you want to get close, you'll have to get there early and line up (30 minutes before the show begins, doors open 15 minutes before). We saw both the PG shows and the 18+ shows. Kind of disappointed in the 18+ adult shows as they mainly talk to people in the audience, while I prefer an act or at least a routine. But we did laugh hard and enjoyed it. The sets are just 30 minutes long...then they clear the room, you have to line up again to see the next performer. If you go on Carnival, be sure to download the Carnival Hub app, it provides a map and deck plans of the entire ship, "what's happening now and today" and you can even look at your photos (there must be 20 photographers everywhere to take you portraits). The Hub app is free! There is mini-golf, a ropes course, two giant water slides, ping pong, outdoor pool tables and tons of things to do on board. Shopping sales every day (of course!). And if it's peace and quite (why are you sailing on Carnival) there are some quieter areas on the Serenity Deck. Note - because the Breeze sails out of Houston, 75% of the guest are from Texas, another 10% - 15% from Louisiana and Oklahoma and the rest from other parts of the country, not many from overseas as they generally said out of Florida or the west coast. We met lots of nice people. Okay, I've covered a ton so far, so let's move on the shore excursions. I rarely book via the cruise lines, as you can always find better deals on line or on shore. In Rotan, we hired a private driver for $40.00 for three hours. We've snorkeled, played with dolphins, etc, etc. on so many previous cruises, so we just wanted to see a bit of this island. But, let me be real honest, not much to see in Roatan, Honduras. Carnival offers their "Mahogany Beach," just a 7 minutes walk from the ship. If you want to spend time on beach (for free) this is the place. The water is warm and they have lots of bars and places to eat (extra charge), and also places to rent beach toys. Lots of lounge chairs and for a extra fee clam shell loungers for two. Carnival offers a chair lift ride to get you to and from...but it's $14.95 per adult (you can ride all day) and $7.95 for kids. Not necessary. As you come out of the first building, that you have to walk though, if you make a hard U-turn to the right you'll find a nature trail (look for the small sign or just ask someone) that takes you right to the beach. It's a pleasant 5 minute walk with misters if it's hot and places to sit (well done Carnival). Mahogany Bay was leased by Carnival for $32,000,000 for twenty years and they've done a very nice job with this port and the area. Clean and a wide variety of shopping right off the ship. Next stop Belize. We've been to Belize once before and that time we did the cave tubing and zip lining. This time we took a 90 minute city tour...hmmmm. Remember this is a 3rd world country, not a lot to see unless your into proverty. There are lots of tour operators on shore that will accommodate you with all kinds of tours and activities, so again, you don't necessarily need to book via the cruise line or in advance. We found very friendly people in Terminal Four who can offer you anything you'd like to do. You do have to take a ferry from the ship and if you want to be first off you have to pick up a ferry ticket, each person needs there own, starting at 7:30 am. Ugh! Details are on board or ask me. But, for Cozumel's excursion, we did book through Carnival, and it's the best and most unique cruise excursion I've ever been on. Rio Secreto, Rivera Maya (Amazing Secret River), you can Google and also check Google Images. Price was $122.00 per person, but worth it. For this you have to be on the dock at 8:00 am and you'll take a 35 minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen on the mainland. From there they'll load you into small vans for the 30 minute ride to the secret river. This was discovered in 2006 and they've turned it into an amazing destination. You'll spend 90 minutes walking, wading and swimming in this river and get an amazing geology lesson from your guide. You've never seen anything more spectacular (stalagmites and stalactites). And, they supply everything, although if you have water shoes I'd suggest you bring them as yours will fit better and more snug than theirs. Just bring your swim suit and dry clothes! They'll supply a wet suit, a safety vest, towels to dry off and they have free lockers. Warning, they don't allow cameras, partially because they want to sell you the photos that a professional photographer takes who goes with each small group (10 - 12 max), but also because it's hard to take pictures while carefully climbing and swimming in the river. Plus, the professional has extra flash units placed in the cave so that the pictures he takes are really stunning! Here's the catch, they'll show you the photos at the end of your adventure and the price is $25.00 for one or $99.00 for all of them. Plus, they'll include photos of the cave and the wildlife in the area. What the heck, we opted for all the pictures as did most which they put on a flash drive for you and you take them with you. Personally, we'll worth the money. I've included one or two with this review. After your trip in the river (by the way, you'll be 60 feet underground...but I never felt claustrophobic, wide open areas in the cave/river) they serve a wonderful lunch...all included in the price. When you're done, back in the van and there's still time for shopping before the ferry heads back to the ship, I'm not a shopper but my wife is! LOL. Again, this is my top pick of any excursion I've ever done in the Caribbean! Three days at sea on this Western Caribbean route, which was great, as there is so much to do aboard the ship! Finally, all good things must come to an end, including this one. Here is another tip, you can pack your bags the night before, but no need to put them out in the hall that night. In the morning, leave your bags in your room, go down for breakfast, and then return to your room, grab your bags, and go down to the third deck and simply walk off the ship with your luggage. If you see your room steward, and you should, just tell him you'll be back after breakfast to grab your bags, they're used to that. They don't check numbers, which they'll leave in your room the night before and you don't need to wait to be called. I've done this on every cruise I've been on without an issue. Trust me, no one will be checking your number! Also, if you find the elevators packed with passengers with luggage on the way down on Debarkation day, do what I do, press the up button and ride the elevator up, those elevators are empty going up, and then back down to deck three. It works every time, especially if your cabin is on a lower deck (5 - 11). Last tip - I did purchase the social media package for my cell phone, pre-cruise. I used the What's App application to communicate with the folks back home and people at my office. Make sure that everyone you want to stay in contact with downloads the app and test it before you leave home. it worked great, slow at times, but it got the job done. When you attach pictures or receive pictures it does slow it down, but they eventually get through. Sometimes it disconnects when you turn off you phone, but anyone in the photo area can teach you the ropes on how to use it and/or reconnect and I also found anyone who works in the shops can also help get reconnected. Remember you have to have your cell phone in the Airplane mode. I didn't need the headache of e-mail so I didn't opt for that (besides it's more expensive and I'm on "vacation" so work can wait). There is also a "chat" option you can get if you want, to communicate with others on board, but we just used the What's App to do that. Finally, while I know this was a bit long, I wanted to provide you with as much information as possible...and wrote this as if I was reading it and what I'd want to know. I hope you have found this valuable. If you have any other questions and care to e-mail me, I'll try to answer for you. Just put "Cruise Question" in the subject line. You can write to me at Bert@BRMarketing com I was impressed with Carnival Breeze and had a wonderful vacation and I hope you do too if you select this ship! Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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