Sail Date: October 2015
First things first, this was my 7th cruise on a Carnaval ship dating back to 1996. I have sailed on Carnaval Fantasy (twice), Ecstasy, Sensation (twice) and Dream. I loved every cruise so far until our trip on the Breeze from Miami on Oct ... Read More
First things first, this was my 7th cruise on a Carnaval ship dating back to 1996. I have sailed on Carnaval Fantasy (twice), Ecstasy, Sensation (twice) and Dream. I loved every cruise so far until our trip on the Breeze from Miami on Oct 18th. My wife and I are in our early 30s and this was our 4th cruise together. Last year we sailed on the Carnaval Dream from Port Canaveral on the 7 day Western Caribbean. We booked a cove balcony (our first balcony ever) and we loved everything except the fact that we booked during Spring Break. (My fault) When we decided to book our cruise this year we decided that we would try the Breeze since its a sister ship to the Dream. Once again we booked a cove balcony since we enjoyed it so much in the past. This time we booked 3 staterooms as my daughter was traveling with us as well as my mom, stepdad, sister and a friend. (All 3 rooms were cove balconies.) Upon arriving at the port in Miami we realized it was not nearly as organized as Port Canaveral. No one seemed to know what was going on. We arrived around 10:00 that morning and it took 2 1/2 hours to get finished and on board. (Longest wait by far) Once we were on board is where the trouble really began. First of all when we stepped into the atrium we were just let down by the over-all decor. Compared to Carnaval ships of the past the Breeze is just plain and boring. We made our way to our cabins 2279, 2277 and 2285. We found our cabins were ready and very neat and clean but unlike the cabins on the Dream these were again just plain and boring. This is where the real problem started. After looking around the room for a few minutes I decided to walk out onto our balcony. I opened the door and was instantly overtaken by the smell of sewage! As we were still in port we figured it would be a temporary problem that would go away once we left port. We closed the door and made our way up to eat lunch. To make a long story short the smell stayed until the 3rd day when we reached our first stop in Jamaica. (3 days of not being able to open our balcony door) We were shocked to find that the smell was almost completely gone once we arrived back on board. We enjoyed the balcony often that evening and into the next morning when we arrived in Grand Cayman. We left the ship for our excursion and returned once again to find a smell free balcony but it wouldn't last long... As we were tired from a busy day out and about we decided to take a short nap before dinner. About an hour into my nap I awoke to the awful sewage smell now filling my room. I opened the balcony door and the smell poured in even more. By this time my moms cabin had been overtaken as well and we called to have someone come check out what was going on. Housekeeping, maintenance and guest services all ended up in my room. We were told it would be taken care of and then they offered to move us to another cabin. In the end we were all moved. Two of us ended up in inside cabins with no window at all and our cabin was at the very front of the ship. It was so loud with the crashing of every wave across the bow of the ship. I never knew it was that loud in any guest room! My sister was able to get a nice balcony cabin on the 6th floor. After this we noticed the ship had an awful smell in many public areas as well. My mom and stepdad are platinum members with Carnaval and agreed its by far the worst experience they have ever had. Besides the cabin issue the Breeze was just a major disappointment. From the decor and the smell to the tiny overcrowded pools. The buffets were nothing like they have been in the past. The entertainment was very sub par. The sky course was only open 1 day out of 6. The drinks were extremely overpriced. The crew just looked depressed. After 4 days of dealing with this awful problem and feeling stuck on a ship that was nothing like what I am use to from Carnaval we all were just ready to go home. Although we were let down by the ship itself and by the overall feel from the crew there were some positives. First: I was very pleased with the food and staff in the main dining room. Although service was a little slow at times I never had a bad meal and the staff tried very hard to please us. Second: Even though our cabins were a disaster I was pleased with the housekeeping staff who kept them nice and neat. Third: Carnaval Live. Although we didn't know until the night before our cruise that our sailing had a concert while we were in Mexico we were very happy to have something to help take our mind off of the stressful events of the trip. Heart was the band and they were awesome! Fourth: Fahrenheit 555... On the last night of our cruise my wife and I tried the steakhouse and we were not disappointed. By far the best meal and service on board. Overall we were all disappointed by the Breeze. In the end we had a good trip on a bad cruise. I do know we will never sail the breeze again. Carnaval gave us a nice discount on our next cruise so we will give them another chance and hope these problems are confined to this one ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
I have been on over 30 cruises and have to say my time on the Breeze was by far the worst experience that I have ever had on a cruise. Boarding It started with the check in process where it took us over 3 hours to board the boat even ... Read More
I have been on over 30 cruises and have to say my time on the Breeze was by far the worst experience that I have ever had on a cruise. Boarding It started with the check in process where it took us over 3 hours to board the boat even thought we showed up at our appointed time that the cruise line had told us was our window to get on board. It was the most disorganized boarding processt I had ever seen. Due to the length of time it took to board, we missed lunch as every food option was closed (this is to become a theme for the entire cruise). Cabin: we had paid for a balcony cabin and received one that had an adjoining door to the cabin next to ours. That room was occupied by 3 younger men who played heavy metal at all hours of the day/night. We had to call ship security 3x during the cruise to have them address the noise as it was still blaring at 2 A.M. The door between the 2 cabins was paper thin and we heard everything going on in the adjoining room as if there was no door there at all. The ship's security did a good job of addressing the noise and following up with us to ensure we were satisfied with the results. the room itself was typical of all cruise cabins so no complaints with it and the cove balcony we had was nice. Food: One of the big draws of a cruise is that there is food everywhere when you want it (for the most part). That was very different on the Breeze where we found the food options to be closed more then open. This is the first cruise I have been on where we went hungry (and on more then one occasion). The quality of the food was OK at best unless you paid an up charge for one of the specialty restaurants. One of the trends in cruising seems to be making everything ala carte, the Breeze seems to have taken that concept to a whole new level. Overall the food experience was very disappointing, the biggest being the availability to obtain it. Ports: We stopped in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel and had a blast off the ship in all 3 ports. 2 of the 3 we took tours through the ship and one we went out on our own and found a tour. Being off the ship was the best part of the cruise and the only thing that saved the vacation from being a bust. Staff: We found the staff friendly and accommodating and noticed they all used your name when addressing you, that was a nice touch Ship: Being one of the newest ships out we had high expectations but sadly I have been on smaller and older ships that were much nicer. I think one of the reasons the trip was so poor was the sheer number of guests. I don't remember waiting in so many lines on any other ship like we did on the Breeze. The overall feeling was one of disorganization and possibly being understaffed. One item that really surprised me was how small the pools were in relation to the number of passengers. Along the lines of the pool area, the deck of the ship was so hot that no one could walk barefoot on it for any length of time, you needed your shoes to move from your chair to the pool 20 feet away. Over all we were very disappointed with the Breeze to the point where we may be done with cruises or at the very least not book on a Carnival ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This is our ninth cruise. We traveled with my 15 year old sister (her first cruise), me (15 years old, ninth cruise), and my parents (ninth cruise, 36 and 40). This was her first cruise and she hated it. I cannot blame her. WORST CRUISE ... Read More
This is our ninth cruise. We traveled with my 15 year old sister (her first cruise), me (15 years old, ninth cruise), and my parents (ninth cruise, 36 and 40). This was her first cruise and she hated it. I cannot blame her. WORST CRUISE EXPERIENCE! GET THE FASTER TO FUN! We had the FTTF and we skipped over three hours of the embarkation line. If you fly into an airport check in there. The embarkation was a disaster and try doing everything before you get there. The ship was ran down and very packed full. This was our ninth cruise and the worst of them all. The food was horrible, don't even plan on eating in the main dining room. Plan on paying for the specialty restaurants or eating the buffet every night. If it weren't for the twenty four hour ice cream, pizza, and limited available times for Guys burgers, I wouldn't have survived. LOL. The ship is absolutely packed with people and you can't ever get away from them. The buffet is a disaster, plan on waiting a minimum of five to ten minutes every time you eat. Also, the buffet flooring is very slick and everyone was waddling like a penguin to keep from falling. Their were a lot of kids running through the buffet also and i was scared to death they were going to fall. There is nothing good for breakfast. The pancakes were cold and hard. There were no waffles or anything decent to eat. I had dry cereal and milk every morning. We went to the Dr. Seuss breakfast the last day of the cruise. We always enjoy character breakfasts on cruise lines so we decided to try this one. BIG MISTAKE, and BIG WASTE OF MONEY. The food was horrible and the waffles were cold. I asked for mine plain and I'm sure glad I did. We sent them back to get warm ones and they put them in a toaster and burnt them. We have pictures if you need proof. My mom asked for strawberries on the side and they brought her a colored waffle with Blueberry and Strawberry syrup in her waffle. We are not for sure if it was syrup. We have no idea what it was and it looked very nasty. The bacon was very fatty, greasy, raw, and uncooked. WE couldn't eat it. So, the characters come and I met Thing 1 and Thing 2. They gave me an autograph sheet but I had no pen, no big deal. WELL, then a guy came around and stamped the character's autographs on my paper. He said, "This is from the characters" in a very unhappy tone. I, being the hormonal teenager I am, started crying at the table because this had never happened before. I didn't know what to do. DR. Suess came out and stood in the middle of a packed breakfast. The cast member told people to come up and see him. Everyone with little kids got up and ran to him, so that was a big disaster. Then, they came and stamped his autograph to. Same with Sam. Don't try getting the green eggs and ham either. lol. They were bright fluorescent green. Nobody ate them, all the uneaten food was stacked up on a tray and left in front of everyone to see. My sister got eggs and said they were decent. We basically ran out of there, skipping the breakfast parfaits. Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel were all great ports! The embarkation and debarkation wasn't horrible for the islands. The lines moved pretty quickly. When we got off the ship, it wasn't horrible. We waited in a line for 20 minutes to get off, but we missed the FTTF time. The cruise director, Matt, was decent. The teen's club was horrible in my opinion. There was no crew member there at all and it was super boring. Save your money and go on Disney or Royal Caribbean. They are a lot more fun, well managed, and have shorter lines. People are packed on this boat and it's always full. The elevators are impossible to get on the first day. Our cabin Steward, Omar, was great! He was probably the best part of the cruise! The shows were horrible and they used the same singers and dancers every night and it was very noticeable. The basketball court was never available to use. It was always used for dodge ball and it was constantly locked with large padlocks. The last hole for the golf course was broken so they put a caution cone over it. They put a caution cone over anything that needed repairs instead of fixing it. So, we saw a lot of caution cones on the boat. The rope's course was broken on one segment. At night, kids were throwing golf balls around and no one seemed to care. You get what you pay for in every aspect. Dinner at night was also very slow and they didn't seem to care much. Carnival has two waiters serving way too many tables. You don't get the personal experience because they are always in a hurry. They forget about you until you holler at them to get their attention. You still have to ask multiple times after getting their attention. We went on three shore excursions and they were excellent. Our stateroom was an interior with picture window. It was a handicap room. The room was literally 80 degrees for four nights. We were fighting with guest services to get it fixed. We got two good nights out of the six. The rest were spent in the eighty degree heat calling guest services and complaining to the managers. We have NEVER had this issue before. WE will never sail Carnival again. The ship was VERY unbalanced and you could feel more movement than we ever have before. When they turned the side propellers on to pull into port, the whole ship vibrated and it was very loud and uncomfortable. They need to redo their ships and figure out how to shorten the lines. Forget about the pictures because they are $22 for the 8 by 10. You have to spend hours of your cruise trying to find your pictures because unlike any other cruise line, they don't have view able picture computers. You have to pay for copy right release unless you get a package. You also can't buy all the pictures for a specific price. The corn hole game never had any bags to play with it. Basically, never go on a carnival cruise. You might think this was not true, but everything was true. If you book 10204, the air conditioning should be good now. It was a great room and they had to replace three parts to get it working. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my fourth carnival cruise. I decided to take my new husband, who has never cruised before, on here for our honeymoon. This ship was the newest and biggest one I have been on, so my expectations were high. However, as soon as I ... Read More
This was my fourth carnival cruise. I decided to take my new husband, who has never cruised before, on here for our honeymoon. This ship was the newest and biggest one I have been on, so my expectations were high. However, as soon as I entered, I was quite disappointed. Although only a few years old, the ship looks like it has been around a while. Overall, the staff were friendly and their service was excellent. We really enjoyed the comedy shows at night, and had some luck winning bingo! The most disappointing part was the food! Not only was the availability poor, most food was mediocre at best! And, I must add that I am not a picky eater. The BBQ place was good, but was only open for 2 hours on the 2 days at sea! We never saw the Indian restaurant open, and the Mexican food place (the Blue Iguana) was only open at very limited times. At night if you wanted a snack, the only thing available was pizza. And you would think that would have been good, but it was not that great! One night we were hungry and ordered sandwiches from room service. The bread on mine was stale! My husband was very disappointed as well and doesn't wish to go on another carnival cruise. Sorry, Carnival we'll be trying Royal Caribbean next! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was ... Read More
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was told by Carnival to arrive between 12-1pm when I originally had an earlier time. This is the busiest time for checking in and boarding. It took over an hour to check in and then another 45 minutes waiting for my boarding section to board. Once on the ship I found my cabin AFT 8475. The room was standard, but comfortable and had an extended (over-sized) balcony which was a plus. It definitely was an improvement over the NCL Epic which I took out of Rome in May. The Epic's room was the most uncomfortable and poorly designed cabin I have ever stayed in. Now for the negative aspect of the cabin. Even though it is on the 8th deck I felt A LOT of sway (movement) of the ship while trying to sleep. I am not sure if it is because of the ship itself or the waters we were sailing through. It was hurricane season and the waves were a little higher than other cruises. So, NO complaints about the cabin itself. If you want an AFT cabin right on the AFT, I highly suggest this one. Now for the main complaints. First, I know I am not going to get 4 star food on a Carnival cruise. For that I cruise Princess or Holland, but I must say the food was sub-par. I am a "foodie" and eat all over. Carnival's appetizers were a joke. Example; I ordered the tuna app and received 2 pieces of tuna measuring 1 1/2"X 1"X 1/2". The shrimp cocktail was four-five salad shrimps with sauce, and the list goes on. The main meals were "okay". They had surf and turf but it was $20 extra and were very small portions. I know, I ordered one the first night. The filet was tasty but VERY small, as was the slipper lobster tail. Not worth the extra $20. The dining room staff for my section were very friendly and helpful. I NEVER saw the Head Maitre d/ Waiter, except at the front door upon entering. He never came to my table, nor anywhere around my table. On other cruises the Maitre d would come over at least three times during the cruise to check on service and food. Very poor management on Carnival's part. The dinner selections were not varied and seemed to be very repetitive. It did appear that they saved the best appetizers for the last night of cruising. So, the MDR was average and disappointing. I know I am jumping around but my 2nd main complaint was the Muster Drill. On other cruises I was directed to a certain location where I met with a STAFF member who checked me in on a scanner and then they gave the muster information. Carnival Breeze told people to go to their assigned stations where they sat for over an hour, without anyone checking them in. Poor safety management. The 3rd complaint is disembarkation at ports. The first port we were told to lineup at a certain time so we could get off the ship. This is where Carnival REALLY failed. There was about 100 of us in line, waiting calmly. Then people came down the stairs and crammed into this small spaces. Then the elevators opened up and more people exited and smashed into the already lined up people pushing them further back. Then the elderly with their scooters and wheelchairs came pushing their way to the front through the crowd. I Do blame the ignorant people for the way they were acting, but the MAIN BLAME is on Carnival for NOT having STAFF there to properly direct and keep peace. There were several incidents between people with the pushing and shoving. I don't want to talk too bad about the entertainment, or the lack of. There was a magician on board that was actually pretty good, but that is about as for as it goes. The Punchliner Comedy shows by George Lopez were amateurish. They should replace the comedy and put in a review like Howl at the Moon (Dueling pianos) like NCL has. That show was packed EVERY night and was FUN. I guess living in Las Vegas and seeing Vegas shows, plus going to Chicago and NYC has given me a different perspective of what is good. I did like the couple that played in the main lounge area near Guest Services. She was very pretty and had a very nice voice. Capt. Bob at the piano bar was okay. The nightclub was a ship's nightclub. A bunch of 20 year olds drinking and talking smack. I LOVED Guy Fieri's hamburgers. They were the saving grace for lunchtime. Good old school hamburgers. Real tasty. Some people's reviews were not as complimentary but I think most people would love them. I really did not like the food at the other bars. I even didn't care for the soft serve ice cream on this ship. I will give cudos to Bonsai, the Japanese sushi restaurant. The sushi was actually pretty good for a ship sushi. I did eat at the pay Italian restaurant. I went there for lunch so there was NO CHARGE. I am SO happy because after being in Italy for a month and eating authentic Italian food this was VERY lacking. My friend Ron raved about the Meat Lasagna but it was nasty, to me. If you had an occasion to visit Guest Services you would always find a line. The area was VERY small unlike NCL or Holland which have open areas with several STAFF. I only had one issue and it was handled with minimal problem. I thank the men and women bartenders on The Breeze who were always nice and remembered my name and drink. The whole working staff, not including officers, are all hard working people whom deserve our thanks for providing us with outstanding service. They work 10-14 hour days, 7-days a week for 4-7 months depending on their contracts. I can speak for most Americans when I say we are spoiled and most of us would never work that hard for that long for the wages these men and women receive. Thank you for all the hard work. Finally, although there are other minor complaints I will not mention, is the disembarkation. All I will say for this is I was glad to be home in the USA. It took awhile but I knew I was home. These complaints are all situations that can be corrected or improved on. It appears that Carnival just does not want to do it. Overall, the trip was average. Nothing exciting. I did meet some very nice people on the ship who I will keep in touch with. Happy Sailing Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
This our 3rd time on the Carnival Breeze and by far the worst experience. The entertainment was non-existent, the Ovation Theater was not utilized as it had been in the past. The music shows were very limited and either to late at night ... Read More
This our 3rd time on the Carnival Breeze and by far the worst experience. The entertainment was non-existent, the Ovation Theater was not utilized as it had been in the past. The music shows were very limited and either to late at night or it was not worth waiting for. The entertainment director was very rarely seen as was the activities. Having sailed the Breeze in the past we were expecting the entertainment to be to the same standard as the previous cruises but it was very disappointing. Noonan was our first entertainment director and he was fabulous, as was "Squishy". They were always out and about the ship making you feel like they cared about the fun the guests were having. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival and we felt that the changes that have been made all are mistakes. As VIFP Gold members we have always looked forward to the welcome party but it has been cancelled, so the only benefit that we now receive are the pins and a drink coupon that has a lot of limitations. No more chocolates with your turn down, you now have to go to the shop to pickup any beverages that were purchased by 8:30am the day of departure. What happened to making you feel like you are important? On the day of depature you are awakened by the entertainment/cruise director telling you that if you don't have your beverage packages picked up by 8am you won't get them (what happened to the 8:30am time as listed on all the paperwork). Then you get too hear his snarky comments about when they call your zone or deck you have 10 minutes to get down to deck 3 to get off the ship. Heaven forbid you not make the 10 minute deadline he set, then he comes back on with even more snarky comments about not getting down there fast enough. For goodness sake he should try to get from the 12th floor to the 3rd floor in that amount of time with luggage and having to wait for elevators. With that said our cabin steward Evalina was wonderful as was the 12th floor Spa balcony room. If you are traveling soon on the Breeze I wish you luck and better entertainment! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
My family and I are Carnival VIP members so we have cruised many times before. Thank goodness the Breeze was not our first, or it would have been our last! We were on the July 4th sailing to Gran Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao and ... Read More
My family and I are Carnival VIP members so we have cruised many times before. Thank goodness the Breeze was not our first, or it would have been our last! We were on the July 4th sailing to Gran Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba. We had a balcony room that didn't disappoint. Our issues were with the service, food and lack of things to do. Our first two days in the "Blush" dining room were terrible. The food was only so-so, and our waiter was rude and unfriendly. My sister ordered a parfait for dessert and out came a flat bread with fruit on the top. When she told him she had ordered the parfait, he insisted it was the parfait and got angry that she was questioning him. I was disappointed to learn that most of the entrees being served in the formal dining area were also available at the buffet. The caliber of the food, whether at the buffet or the dining areas was below par. We rarely ate anything good enough to rave about. The desserts were terrible! They need a new pastry chef. Many of the desserts were not edible. I had a piece of cake that tasted like someone had forgotten to add sugar to the frosting! There was also a huge party of families celebrating 16 different girls' quinceaneras. They were so loud during dinner you could not even hold a conversation with the person next to you. It wasn't even the girls that were loud, but their adult family members! The only enjoyable dinners were when they had other activities that kept them away from dinner. After day 3 we were given a new waiter so the service was great after that. He kept us entertained with jokes and napkin folding tricks. Every other cruise we have been on provided constant entertainment and/or activities. We had to search for things to do on the Breeze. On one sea day the only activity all day long was various types of trivia. The other ships had live music playing throughout the ship all day long, but not the Breeze. They would play for short periods of time during the day and at night and only at limited venues. We had the late dinner seating and often found that the entertainment started either before our dinner or during our dinner service so we were not able to attend. Some of the ports were a disappointment. We stayed near the dock at Grand Turk which had a great beach. In the Dominican Republic we were told not to leave the ship if you weren't on a Carnival sponsored excursion because it wasn't safe. We had fun in Curacau because we stopped at a farmer's market for fresh fruit and veggies, but had to pay $40 ($20 there and $20 to return) for a cab ride to the distillery. In Aruba we took a catamaran to snorkel. Unfortunately the first site was in open water and was very rough. Some of us who were not strong swimmers had to immediately get back in the boat and it ruined snorkeling for the rest of the trip. The second spot was smooth and most everyone enjoyed that. The barbecue lunch that was included was really good and the beach time we got was the highlight of the day. Our guides were knowledgeable and entertaining and made sure we had plenty of rum punch once we were done snorkeling. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We took the carnival breeze for 8 nights to Eastern Caribbean. We were told by staff that there was over 4,700 passengers on this cruise. The cabin was good and had all what we needed, the cabin staff were great. The dining experience ... Read More
We took the carnival breeze for 8 nights to Eastern Caribbean. We were told by staff that there was over 4,700 passengers on this cruise. The cabin was good and had all what we needed, the cabin staff were great. The dining experience was appalling! We had anytime dining and on several occasions were given a buzzer to wait for a table sometimes waiting over a hour to be seated for a table of two. Some people who needed larger tables were waiting past 1.5 hrs. The wait on the dress night was ridiculous when addressing the matre de I was informed it was a busy night because it was a dress night. I did point out to him that they knew it would be a formal night before the ship even left Miami, therefore should have been able to cope with the demand. Other couples that had small children were told to eat in the buffet if they didn't want to wait. Once we finally got into the dining room the wait staff were excellent and the food was good. On other cruise lines (not carnival) we had anytime dining and we could call and reserve a table on the day if they were busy you were told then and arrangements made for a suitable time. This way there is not people stood outside the dining room with buzzers waiting for tables. For any food regardless to what, where or when you wanted it there was ques everywhere. This cruise was greatly over crowded. There is only 2 swimming pools on the ship the one at the rear in a small pool maybe 20 x 12 feet at one point I counted 60 people in this pool it was standing room only no way could you swim. There is no pool in the adults only area which is located near the water slides only a hot tub. We did do excursions through the ship which were ok but I think you would get better value booking on the shore with the locals. This is our first carnival cruise and will probably be our last carnival cruise if we did consider going with them again it would only be on one of their smaller ships. The staff were very good and did try there best but there was simply too many passengers. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
8 day cruise chosen vs. a week at an all-inclusive resort - 3 days at sea with very little variety of activities during the day, excessive extra costs (gratuity added and/or expected even after pre-paid gratuities and activities or ... Read More
8 day cruise chosen vs. a week at an all-inclusive resort - 3 days at sea with very little variety of activities during the day, excessive extra costs (gratuity added and/or expected even after pre-paid gratuities and activities or restaurants that require additional cost while on-board), security would do nothing about unsupervised children running through the ship (at all hours of day and late night) or being excessively loud and rude during movie night, etc. and the rest of the crew absolutely terrified to say anything to improperly behaved children for fear of getting in trouble themselves. Paper-thin walls in adjoining cabin where the couple (unknown to us) would fight, cuss, and have relations at 2:00 am that could rival any pornographic film (and again the inability of the crew/guest services to say anything to them about being quiet unless we called security every time during an incident thus exposing us to their direct hatred). The "serenity" lounge for adults only was not monitored and the signs that say "seats can only be saved for 45 minutes at which time unattended items will be removed" not being enforced by crew (again for fear of retribution from supervisors). Poor food choices on occasion in the dining room led us to choose to eat at the buffet only to find that the buffet was serving the exact same food, the supplemental restaurants such as the Blue Iguana and Guy's Burgers being only open for breakfast and lunch was very inconvenient, and as first-time cruisers we were actually made to feel like the lowest of the low because the "VIP"s or previous cruisers are catered to. As a marketing tactic, this seems a bit backwards. The hot tubs and pools were disgusting, especially at the last day at sea. When they were clean, they were often unusable due to lack of space because of ill behaved and unsupervised children taking up all space. "Unsupervised children" in this context is the average age group of 11-16. Parents of this age group treated the ship like a floating baby sitter and would allow their children to whatever whenever (including getting out of the pool and going into the cafe soaking wet thus causing the floor to be wet and many people (including family members) to FALL!!!! Members of crew seemed very unhappy about the behavior of this age group and the fact that they couldn't do anything about it. Children (clearly underage) sitting at the bar, the drinks being priced differently based on time of day and location of ship, etc. Example: Coke (12 oz in a can) from room - $1.95, same Coke at 3rd deck lounge at 2:30 pm was $1.95, same Coke at same lounge at 5:45 pm was $2.34 (with 15% gratuity added), same coke at 10th deck (Liddo) back bar at 10:45 pm was $3.24 (with 15% gratuity added). WHY???? **VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: We have nothing against children and have, in fact, dedicated our lives to them. My husband is a teacher and I am a principal - both of us grades 6-12. The frustrating part is that I get 1 month each year for vacation and should be able to go on vacation without having to do my job. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that on this trip and had to be a "Principal" on several occasions to correct behavior (not just for me and my family, but for many of the other guests that no one was helping!). There were many highlights to the cruise --- we ate in the Sapphire dining room and our wait staff (Yan and Emilio) were ABOVE AMAZING. Our Percer - Daniel from the Dominican Republic - was AMAZING. Most all of the crew encountered at any point in time during the cruise were AMAZING - friendly, smiling, helpful, Good Morning, Good Evening, etc. The crew of the Carnival Breeze was FANTASTIC!!!!!! Overall though, our experience was mediocre at best. We have wanted to take a cruise for 15+ years. We went on this one ($3500 worth) for my parent's 50th anniversary and have been looking forward to it for well over a year now. Based on this experience alone, it will take quite a bit of convincing for us to cruise with Carnival ever again. We are saddened by our experience as our family has always thought highly of Carnival and our parents have never cruised with any other cruise company thus resulting in our choice. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We had 5 people in our Family Vacation. Carnival Breeze fit our schedule. Had been on Carnival once before ( average ) . We have cruised ( 7 times ) on most major lines. The ship is very nice. Cabins are small but organized well. Enough ... Read More
We had 5 people in our Family Vacation. Carnival Breeze fit our schedule. Had been on Carnival once before ( average ) . We have cruised ( 7 times ) on most major lines. The ship is very nice. Cabins are small but organized well. Enough room - we had a balcony on the eighth floor. My daughters were right next to us in an adjoining room. Started out bad as carnival destroyed my biggest piece of luggage. Another trip to guest services - they did replace it ( one thing they did right ). I booked the first evening dining with the Steakhouse. It is very expensive ( 35 dollars more per person - plus the amount you paid ahead for the dining room ). But - it was to kick off a family vacation - so we did. DISSAPOINTED - Staff was un-attentive - food quality and quantity was below the main dining room. They served us items completely different from their menu description. Have you had a shrimp cocktail plastered with avocado ?? no mention in the menu- sent it back - shrimps lived up to their name - SMALL. My daughters have allergies - SO - we are very careful to order correctly. Their menu is useless. Minor descriptions - then the food is different. Luckily my daughters are very diligent. They can usually tell if the food has items they can't eat. Lobster tail was small. BTW - don't ask for another one - it is an EXTRA 20 dollars. I had surf and turf - filet was small about 2.5 oz. No drawn butter served with the small lobster tail. Drawn butter was adulterated with citrus ?? never had that either. Sent it back again. My wife had the Filet - it was the only meal served and prepared correctly. I complained to the staff - the manager - guest services. NO satisfaction. Do Not go to the Steakhouse - NO one that works there has ever been to a real Steakhouse - SO if you enjoy Morton's, David Burke - or similar - SAVE your money !! Sorry that over-shadowed the cruise - BUT it did. Main dining room - much better quality and quantity - Much better staff. No extra charge. Other quick food areas were very good. They make great pizza 24 hours a day Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Carnival Breeze - 1/31/15 - The Good, The Not So Good, The Ugly We are four time Carnival cruisers. This would be our first cruise aboard the Breeze. We were looking forward to the Breeze as the past always had us gazing at the latest ... Read More
Carnival Breeze - 1/31/15 - The Good, The Not So Good, The Ugly We are four time Carnival cruisers. This would be our first cruise aboard the Breeze. We were looking forward to the Breeze as the past always had us gazing at the latest Royal Caribbean mammoth with cruise ship envy. The Breeze is Carnival’s answer to those of us with this type of envy - with Carnival’s usual twists of course. This was an eight day cruise with three sea days and stops on St. Thomas, Antigua, San Juan, and Nassau. The Good: The Breeze is a beautiful ship in almost every regard. From the outside it has fine lines and looks like a ship should look. We were docked next to the Norwegian Epic when we left Miami and the Breeze actually looked like an elegant ship, not an oddly shaped top heavy oblong eye sore. They even rounded out the stern with a descending slope to complete its ocean worthy look. In short, the Breeze just looks right. From the moment we stepped aboard and entered the third deck atrium, we had to do a double take and confirm that we actually boarded a Carnival ship. The colors were all neutral and very pleasing to the eye. It has a very similar layout to the Valor and Liberty which we sailed on recently, but with touches to improve traffic flow and ease navigation. For example, the fourth deck has a promenade that runs the full length the of the ship, so it’s no longer necessary to transit the smokey casino to get from one end to the other. Deck five also has an outdoor deck running both the starboard and port sides each with a whirlpool, deck chars, and card tables. We found this our favorite spot to lounge during sea days or for an after dinner drink. Besides just size, the most visible changes from its smaller Conquest cousins are the amenities from the Lido deck and upwards. The Lido buffet is not only larger, but it’s broken up into smaller dining areas tastefully decorated with modern furniture and fixtures. The full Carnival Waterworks includes two massive waterslides and a smaller water park. The sports deck has a full running track and outdoor exercise stations reminiscent of Venice Beach. There is also a ropes course that requires the participant to navigate numerous bridges suspended above the deck. The mini golf spans two decks and provides quite the challenge. There is an outdoor hotdog stand near the mini golf but to our dismay it was never open during our cruise. One oddity we did notice was the substitution of faux teak instead of real teak found on other Carnival ships. The fake wood surface got very slippery when wet. It also cheapened (which of course cost and maintenance savings we’re sure were the priority) the otherwise beautiful look of the ship. We had a forward balcony cabin on deck eight. The room was tastefully decorated and there was amble space for my wife and two+ year old son. We were in cabin 8217. We wouldn’t recommend going any further forward or the bridge will block your view. Our cabin, in fact, was perfect in that we had a nice view into the bridge, yet we were far enough back to still have a fully unobstructed ocean and ship view. The Breeze seemed to rock and roll a little bit more than its smaller siblings. We suspect this is due to the higher superstructure, but it could have just been the choppy seas. Rarely was the ship 100% smooth. Personally, we like the movement of the ship - helps us sleep at night and if we wanted a stationary platform we would have booked an all inclusive in Cancun. The Not So Good: People normally scoff at us for our loyalty to Carnival as we can afford alternatives, but in the past we loved them. They are perfect for families with kids and the food and service are on par or exceed what we found on Royal Caribbean pre child, until…. Unfortunately, the Breeze did not live up to our service expectations. It was hard to pin point exactly what was different, but the crew just seems disjointed, uninterested, and generally flat. Our cabin stewardess never introduced herself and seemed annoyed if we didn’t leave our cabin early enough in the day for her to service our room. We received the same towel animal at least three times. I know this isn’t a huge deal but our son was looking forward to the hanging monkey or something different than the basics. On the last night we never received an animal - also a disappointment. The CD Matt was nice enough, but he too seemed unenthusiastic and tired. The most we saw of his staff was one afternoon in the fitness center where they were all working out. We were really looking forward to Camp Ocean for our son as Carnival is one of the only cruise lines to accept children under three in their clubs. They will change diapers and feed your child if left during meal time. There was one guy, who was outstanding, but the rest of the staff didn’t seem to like their jobs, let alone children. The few times we checked in unannounced the staff was either yelling at some kid or no where to be seen. Not all of it is their fault as it appeared that Carnival understaffs this area which stresses those in charge of the kids. Towards the end of the week our son would cry when he saw the doors of Camp Ocean as we approached. Our son is normally a very social kid and he attends day care three days a week. So the fact that he really didn’t want to go in suggested to us that it was not a pleasant experience. For some reason, the club on the Valor had at least twice as many toys in stock. For sure, the lack of toys on the Breeze contributed to the boring experience for the kids. We were also (initially) very excited about the Seuss at Sea program. On the second sea day we attended the kids parade with the characters followed by a story and stage show. This was nice and our son really enjoyed it. After the show CD Matt told everyone who hadn’t signed up for the Seuss at Sea Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast to line up and make a reservation. We were number five in queue and when it was our turn the crew member from dining said they were full and no longer accepting reservations. I was incredulous as was everyone else in line. She called her manager and he confirmed that they were at capacity. A few of us went to guest relations and magically we were all accommodated without a problem. This left a very sour taste in my mouth. The breakfast itself was great and the decorations were well done. The problem was that there really was no program to go along with the meal. They really should have read the Green Eggs and Ham story to the kids during breakfast. We ate our food and left. The characters were available for pictures and there was one dance that resembled the evening show done in the dining rooms. The dining room seemed less than enthusiastic about having to serve. Our food took at least forty five minutes to arrive after ordering which is ridiculous when you are trying to keep a room full of children entertained. The long wait for food should have been expected as this was typical during our main dining room meals. We’ll keep our comments on the entertainment short as when booking Carnival you already agree to lesser entertainment with the purchase. Carnival just doesn’t have a Blue Man Group or similar product but their prices reflect that so complaining isn’t fair. We attended the comedy shows which were generally not funny compared to the other Lopez sponsored shows we’ve been to on Carnival. There was seldom much laughter in the room for all three comedians. Since our cruise covered Superbowl Sunday, we settled on the Red Frog pub for viewing. The CD canceled the evening show due to expected rain and ran showings in the main theater, the outside theater, and the Red Frog. We thought the pub would be the most fun and we met some fellow Bostonian’s and had a great time. We liked the pub but when we went back during other times it seemed it was a hangout for the contract and officer level staff members. During many occasions, they had their work spread across tables and were punching away at their laptops. We go on vacation to get away from this, not have a beer in the middle of it. The Ugly Normally when we tell people the food on Carnival is as good or better than other lines, they scoff. The Breeze fits that scoff. Except one night at the Sushi venue, we ate all of our evening meals in the MDR or Lido buffet. We had lunch on day at the C side BBQ, which turned out to be one of the few good meals on the ship other than the sushi. Guys burger’s and the Indian are also very good. The MDR was a huge disappointment. The food quality was abysmal. All the soups were highly over-salted and the meats were either gamey or extremely tough. The bread and the Chocolate Melting cake were the only saving graces. Although the crew cannot control the quality of the food, they could at least present it timely and with a smile. Since we do “my time dining” we got to sample different areas of the dining room each night. The service was poor throughout, which really surprised us. Normally the waitstaff comes to the table and makes small talk or suggests menu items. Not on this cruise. Every single night, without fail, we would wait fifteen or more minutes and then someone would show up and ask if we were ready to order. They would then disappear and bring the first courses out anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes later. Entrees would run 45 minutes or more. On the second elegant night we waited over an hour for our entrees, which were stone cold by the time they arrived. We were so afraid dessert would take another hour - we went to the lido buffet for our sweets. In 10+ cruises - this was a first for us. We also like a glass of wine or beer with dinner but without fail the bar person would make his rounds (if at all) after the main course was already served which defeated the purpose. The waitperson selling prepared shots was always present, but that type of drink isn’t for us. During our Sea Day Brunch, the waiter not only got our order wrong but it took 45 minutes just to get some egg dishes. Again, the wait for food and the lack of crew enthusiasm was prevalent throughout. After the second elegant night - someone sent a note and a plate of sweets to our cabin apologizing for the long wait to get our table but said nothing of the waits we endured to get our meals each night. In Conclusion: We suspect there is something wrong in the management chain that is causing these types of service failures. My wife and I work in the service business and we both understand that more often than not what is experienced on the front line is more a reflection of those on the top than the average worker who is just trying to execute the product. The crew of the Breeze isn’t happy and there must be a reason. Maybe we just had an off week, but I suspect we didn’t. Would we sail Carnival again? Maybe. Although we like a good deal just as anyone does, we never thought we were selling ourselves short by taking Carnival. This time was different. Good customer service can overcome many shortcomings and that is why we used to love Carnival. Their customer service was top notch. Our experience on the Breeze has given us pause and we’ll probably venture over to Royal Caribbean or some of the others as our son gets older. We normally would have gladly paid the $35/pp up-charge for the steakhouse, but we opted out thinking it wouldn’t be worth it considering the general poor service found on the ship. This is where poor customer service directly impacts the bottom line. Interesting to note; this sailing was a John Heald’s bloggers cruise. We were not part of the group - but one would have thought that with a high level executive on board, the crew would have stepped it up a notch. Sadly, this was not the case. We had a great time on our vacation and we don’t have any regrets, we were just disappointed Carnival did not live up to our expectations.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
It has been 12 years since we were on Carnival and it will be at least 12 years before we come back. Our last experience was so bad to keep us away but I thought we would give the new Breeze a try. I was so anticipating this cruise to ... Read More
It has been 12 years since we were on Carnival and it will be at least 12 years before we come back. Our last experience was so bad to keep us away but I thought we would give the new Breeze a try. I was so anticipating this cruise to celebrate many family events. I was so disappointed. It appeared that they were understaffed. Especially in the dinning room. The wait at meal time was very long no matter when you went nor if you had anytime dinning or the set seating. I had asked about getting a set time and table for the anytime dinning. Or at least a reservation. I was told they don't do this. Then toward the end of the cruise I saw some family had the same table every night at the same time and they had it reserved. So I guess some passengers were allowed to do this and others were not!! The room service pic up of food trays was horrible, they sat out on the deck floor for hours. To the point of the halls starting to smell. I saw breakfast dishes sitting there long after 3 in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner dishes late into the evening. It seemed like they never got picked up. I found staff to be rude in some cases. They were not overly friendly at all. In fact many hardly talked to you at all. It was not all of them but many. This was more true up on deck than the cabin stewards. My boys (they are in their 20's) went to inquire about excursions only to be greeted by a person who was not helpful and they found him to be rather rude as well. They walked away shaking their heads and said they would do something on the island. I had asked about an excursion as I was ready to book it. Turns out it was nothing like it was explained on line or in their booklet and I told her so and she said she would look into it. So glad I didn't put out the almost $500 in advance to be misrepresented. The ship was rocking and rolling a lot. Seemed like the stabilizers were not doing a thing. The seas did not seem particularly rough either. No storms that we had heard of. We did have some showers the first day but only a little for the first part of the day and they came and went for 20 min spurts nothing huge.but after that it was great weather but the rocking continued for most of the first 5-6 days. Sometimes rather strong rolling making it hard to walk around. The music at the main pool area was very loud. Same as for the Shows at night. The shows seemed to repeat themselves in format. Divas this Divas that. One juggler and one hypnotist. The 4 comedians that were brought on 3 were good one was bad. The venue was way too small and to have to empty it then form a line to get into next show. There was not enough staff to control the line or the amount of seat saving in the venue. Plus we saw Carnival crew people with name tags sitting in seats while passengers were standing in the back. The buffet did not open until 7:30 am. while many passengers were up and looking for food well before then. Not even one line was open for the early risers. As the week went on the buffet food got worse and worse. So over all we were all disappointed in our cruise. We had fun but it was not the best of out 14 cruises that we have taken.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This was my 4th carnival cruise. The ship was beautiful and very clean. The service was awful. The dinning service was terrible not served a glass of water, the entre time, had to ask for drink refills, the length of dinner every night was ... Read More
This was my 4th carnival cruise. The ship was beautiful and very clean. The service was awful. The dinning service was terrible not served a glass of water, the entre time, had to ask for drink refills, the length of dinner every night was crazy, the last night at dinner we were there 2.5 hours! Normally the wait staff calls you by name and is friendly...not on this cruise, although houskeeping was great and very friendly. The screen on the deck by the pool had the same picture on it the entire day other than the two movies they showed at night...what happened to the entertainment and the crew getting involved with guests? I rented a ion camera to go snorkeling in Mexico, it kept shutting off I take it back they say well its full, I had used it maybe 10 mins. Come home its full of the crew at Halloween having a party and goofing off behind the customer service desk! There was a section of the floor our cabin was on that the air was not working right, we had to have a fan it was so hot in there and it still wasnt fixed when we got off! So I call carnival offer to email or send them the flash drive back with the crews pictures on it... they didnt want it but they will give me the money back from the rental, sorry you had a bad experience. The lady I called was very rude and acted like too bad for you. Very very disappointed, since I cruised I have spoke with 3 others that cruised since then they all had terrible customer service. These were three different couples on different sail dates. :( Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
I'll keep my review short. This ship has NO organization at all. They did not put bands on kids at muster drill (huge cruise fail); areas were never staffed correctly. Pizza line (and that is all it is a line not a restaurant) was ... Read More
I'll keep my review short. This ship has NO organization at all. They did not put bands on kids at muster drill (huge cruise fail); areas were never staffed correctly. Pizza line (and that is all it is a line not a restaurant) was staffed with ONE server at all times. Didn't matter whether it was 3 am or high crowd time like after shows. 1 guy means ONE LONG WAIT! Dining room was so generic. Steaks were tough - kids meals were served cold and definitely sitting around for a LONG time. Dinner buffet is ONE line with about 3 options and white rice every night. Who goes on a cruise for white rice every night. From 2:30 to 6 buffet is closed completely so you can have a burger or pizza. That's it unless you want to pay for food. Drink stations were so overcrowded. Ice and water at same point so you had to wait forever just to get ice for your drink which was at another side. One night they played a movie played with no picture until 2:30 am because they said there was a glitch and it couldn't be shut off. Last time I checked you could simply pull the plug. Deli line was always a long long line. He wouldn't toast my sandwich one night because he said the bread was already hot. Another guy was served a completely burnt sandwich and told it was fine. He was like the soup nazi. They have movie nights but they two areas for food (burgers and burritos) are closed during these shows so you have to walk to the very back of the ship for terrible buffet food that is impossible to eat on a chaise lounge when a burger or burrito would make a much easier dinner while watching a movie. They serve popcorn and the line is usually about 15 minutes long to get some. Then you realize it's like eating cardboard. After about 9 pm there is ONLY ONE beverage station open. Hope you aren't in the front of the ship or you have to walk a mile to get a glass of free lemonade. INSANITY!!!! The BBQ buffet they serve on sea days is in a very isolated spot on deck five and when you get through the line the only drinks at the end are drinks you have to pay for. It's such a scam. To get a drink you would have to go to deck 10. So crazy! The lines to get off the ship. A chaotic nightmare. I've never seen anything so unorganized or handled so poorly. We have many problems on our ship. Security on 24 hour guard outside doors on many floors with no explanations. Very concerning to parents and scary for kids when guards are posted at a door down your hall for days. The best shows are the comedy shows and they have them in this tiny little lounge where so many folks cannot find a seat. Then they have shows that aren't very impressive like a fake hypnotist show in a huge theater with lots of empty seats. Guest services - two people work that little desk. I think 2 girls helping 4,000 guests is a good ratio! LOL I would never sail this ship again. I will say state room attendants all seemed nice as always... Matt - the cruise director was amazing and helped keep the party going with all the issues. He definitely deserves a raise to keep moral high on such a bummer of a chaotic mess. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
So I tried a new cruise line, a friend of mine suggested I needed to spread my wings and leave old reliable behind and try something new. New turned out to be the Carnival Breeze. The ship was beautiful, my cabin, a cove balcony was ... Read More
So I tried a new cruise line, a friend of mine suggested I needed to spread my wings and leave old reliable behind and try something new. New turned out to be the Carnival Breeze. The ship was beautiful, my cabin, a cove balcony was wonderful, I loved being that close to the water. My cabin steward kept my cabin spotless, and I tipped daily, however by the end of the cruise I still couldn’t tell you who he or she was! Yes that seems to be the Carnival way, the majority of the crew could care less that guests were on board. Passing crew I would always say hello, some would say hi back, most just ignored me. I sat at the pool bar by the pizza place, and was never waited on once. My friend said really loud… “don’t you want a drink”? I said sure I do, but that’s not your job to ask as I looked right at the bartender Alexander, who continued to ignore us both so we left. Our first experience at dinner at the Sapphire dining room was the first time I have ever gotten up and just walked out on dinner, anywhere! Our waiter was taking the covers off plates and putting his nose so close to people’s dinners we thought he’d have gravy up his nose, we couldn’t figure out why he kept doing this. My jerk pork was nicely sliced, even the 2 slices that were nothing but pork fat, not so appetizing. The pork could not be cut by fork and I would have asked for more water and a steak knife to get through this stuff but our waiter never returned. He must have been sniffing dinners in another part of the restaurant. I tried cutting through this stuff with a fork but was worried that I would break the plate in my attempts to get through this piece of shoe leather. Enough was enough, so I tossed my napkin in the middle of the plate and we walked out. A couple days later we tried again and once we found Angela, we were all set, she didn’t miss a beat and remembered us every night as we requested her section, a delightful woman that restored our faith in the main dining room. The steakhouse was an extra charge restaurant, I was excited to try the fillet mignon just love it on my other cruise line. The appetizers were tasty and the soup was good, but I don’t know what they did to that poor fillet, it was the most tasteless piece of beef carcass I had ever had the displeasure of trying. Absolutely the worst fillet I’ve ever had anywhere in my life, the burgers on the pool deck were far tastier than this hunk of boring flesh, very disappointing. The Italian restaurant on the other hand was quite good, we had dinner there twice, both times we had good service and tasty meals. One thing Carnival does that is kind of sneaky is offer specialty shots after dinner, they talk all about the shot where the liquor came from why it’s special, but never once say hey this is gonna cost you. We tried 2 of the lemon shots at the Italian restaurant and got a 23$ bill for them after the fact, the way they were presented we thought they were part of the experience, silly us! Entertainment… wow, what a joke that is. I have never been so disinterested in shows on a cruise ship, and then we would find after the “main show” there was nothing, I mean nothing to do around the ship. The main shows were like the rest of the cruise mediocre at best, we actually got up and left the British music show, it was terrible, so bad I can’t even recall the name now. We had 2 sea days that ended our cruise, we sat around staring at each other bored out of our minds, not exactly what I’m used to with my other cruise line, I always get off those ships happily exhausted with activities that I just couldn’t fit in, too much FUN. Finally, I recommend very highly that you keep an eye on your on board account, I was charged for drinks I didn’t have, sodas I’d already paid for with the ultimate bubble package, and they charged me 3 times for the bags program. My final bill cleared my credit card for 7 dollars and change more than my written bill was, and I didn’t charge anything further to my room, but it’s not worth my time to argue with Carnival about my bill any longer. My friend on board was charged for drinks he didn’t have, sodas that he already paid for and a bracelet he never bought. I’ve never seen such a lousy way of handling guests purchases, completely ridiculous. All I can say is I tried Carnival, it wasn’t terrible, and it was far from great, but even a bad day at sea is better than a good day at work right? I will never set foot on another Carnival ship again, the lack of interest from the crew, combined with the mediocre everything else, and this unheard of feeling I had, about how absolutely thrilled I was to be off that ship, has sent me back to old reliable for a birthday cruise in January and I won’t look back!   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
I am writing this review, as I have taken other cruises with other cruise lines, and I know that the service that I have received was disappointing. We were 3 families, with 4 rooms, 1 of them was a balcony room, the other were inside ... Read More
I am writing this review, as I have taken other cruises with other cruise lines, and I know that the service that I have received was disappointing. We were 3 families, with 4 rooms, 1 of them was a balcony room, the other were inside cabin. We had 2 teens part of the family. We have paid extra to get to a higher staterooms so we will not be bothered with the noise over the Casinos. Now the boat is OK since it was build in 2012. But there is no luxury anywhere. The service that I have received for my rooms regarding the cleaning was great, as well for my kids. The service that you receive at the buffet is mediocre, the food at the buffet, is 80% fried food, they close lunch buffet at 14:30 so you are left with 3 options after that, Pizzas, Deli (sandwiches) and Greasy Burger. So as you can see, if you are not part of the junk food, you are left with nothing. The pools are very small for the amount of people on the boat, My backyard pool is bigger than the one on board, so the pool is very crowded, you can only stand in the water. The second pool is even smaller on the higher deck. The sliding pool, this is were my kids told me it was fun, but not for everyone. There was some adults that were doing the slides. The specialised restaurant, you have to pay for them, and they are open most of the time. so if the buffet is closed, and you don't eat junk food, your kind of have no other option but to go there, and it is $35/pp. The main deck where you sunbed, is full at 10:00 AM, so if your towels are not any seats before, forget it. There is not enough chairs to sit on the 11 deck where you can just watch over the pool or the see. People are grabbing chairs from each others. The main pool deck #10 is where most of people are staying, is 75% clean, so you probably will have to clean before you sit down anywhere. My main concern was the food, so every night we have gone to the supper at the restaurant, after having a major argument about getting a table for the 8 of us. They originally set us on 2 different restaurant at 2 different timing, so we went to the customer service desk, and advised them that before sailing we have asked for an open dinner time, at any restaurant, and we got a confirmation. The answer was "Too many people asked for this option, so we cannot accommodate you, you will be on the waiting list. So the first night we did not go, the second day I received a message at my room advising me that we will not be accomodate together, since there is no cancellations. So I went to the customer service desk to hear the same reply. One of the guest told me that this happened to him before, and the customer service is useless, that I needed to go to speak to the manager of the restaurant, explain to him the situation, and he will help. So I did, and yes the manager told me that he will get back to me with a reply within 12 hrs. So that was the second day with no resto. Finally the 3 day, we got the ok to go. The restaurant was good, food was good, but the service was mediocre, until we met one of the head waiter, that really took us under his wings, so we asked to go at his table every day. The gentleman's name was newman, at the Saffire Restaurant, I would recommend him for any one. All in all the cruise was OK, but I will never cruise with Carnival again, it is just at the same standard I got used with Princess and Royal Caribbean.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Warning. I have been spoiled by my other cruise experiences, so this may be biased. :) So this was my first time going on Carnival Breeze and I don't think I can recommend it to anyone. Our Cabin Category was 8D. Our parties were on ... Read More
Warning. I have been spoiled by my other cruise experiences, so this may be biased. :) So this was my first time going on Carnival Breeze and I don't think I can recommend it to anyone. Our Cabin Category was 8D. Our parties were on the 8th & 9th floor balcony suites. We went to La Romana, Curacao, Aruba, and Grand Turk. This review covers 3 areas: 1. FOOD * 24 hr. pizza - 4.5 stars (it's a thin crust pizza and you can ask them to customize your pizza when they're not busy.) * Guy's Burger - 4.5 Stars, A great break from the Lido Deck Buffet. They have a salad bar of different types of toppings (pickles, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, yellow peppers, bacon bits, onions, chipotle spread, mayo, etc.) * BBQ on Deck 5 on Sea Days - 1 star. They serve the same sausage as you would get during breakfast, but just presented differently. There's NO Tri-tip or BBQ Ribs!!! C'mon! You've gotta have ribs if you're calling it Smokehouse BBQ. Only pulled pork sandwich and the Sausage, grilled veggies, coleslaw, and beans. Very limited choices and the taste was not great. I think the health inspector would have a field day with their set-up. No ice or food warmer under the food bowls. The dressings they just had on the side with no refrigeration shelf underneath while it was sitting out in the sun! This was the same situation at the Indian Buffet where they put the dressing on the side of their food location and the tray to hold their corn on the cob and other food items did not have any ice underneath it! I noticed this all 9 days! * Lido Deck buffets - 2 stars (Hometown Buffet/Golden Coral Buffet quality) - almost the same food every single day. Definitely the same breakfast all 9 days. Desserts look beautiful, but taste is dry and tastes like frozen desserts, but dolled-up. * The Italian restaurant will serve you for free on some Sea Days for lunch time. This was a nice restaurant and food was okay. It was a nice break from the same food offered in Lido Deck. Tip: They won't let you in until your entire party is there. * Sapphire Restaurant: we had a really bad and rude server with attitude, so we asked to switch servers for the rest of our time there and it was all good the rest of the time. * Dine-In Breakfast or Lunch at Blush was mediocre service. Each experience we felt like they were just not happy to be there. No smiles, just really depressing mood from all the servers. I think it's because they are just worked way too hard, but I'm just commenting on the service. Food is exactly like Lido Deck, but you avoid all the crazy lines. 2. OFFSHORE: La Romana: Safety concern was that 300 people had already died from the mosquito bites. We still ventured off into town, but we sprayed ourselves and wore light clothing. We never do the excursions offered on the boat or the ones people try to entice you into getting when they dock. It's because we would rather save our money for other things. I.e. we're cheap! We were able to negotiate them down to $3 per person to take us right next to this expensive resort where people normally pay $40/person to use their beach. We were swimming on the same beach, same views, but FREE! There were lots of kids there who will try to sell you fruit or wash your feet for a $1. You have to be a little careful because they are known to pick pocket. They're harmless and we weren't afraid or anything. They also have a very small place to shop right there on the beach as well as food and drinks from the locals. Grand Turk: It was beautiful and clean, but a bit too many people for my liking. You definitely need swim shoes/sandals if you plan on going out to swim. Lots of rocks. No taxi needed. Just simply walk off the boat and the beach is pretty close. Come early to claim your spot under a tree. It gets crowded since there were 2 ships docked at the same time. Curacao: We had a large group, so we were able to negotiate a price for $1.50 per person and they took you there and took you back. Total $3 round trip to drive you to one of the most beautiful beaches. Once you get to the beach there are workers who walk around & charge you $3/person to use their beach. They also charge to use their chairs, but it was later in the day, so we weren't charged. There's a row of little shacks selling souvenirs. ARUBA: The most beautiful of all the islands in my humble opinion. You'll also need swim shoes/sandals. The bus that took us charged us $2.50/person one way and they also came back to pick you up. They dropped us off at this amazingly private beach and it also had umbrellas for you at no charge to use it. It wasn't completely private, but only a handful of people. We were able to swim out to the same spots as the people who paid big money to have a boat bring them to that area to snorkel. Ours only cost $2.50/person including transportation for the same snorkeling experience. 3. OVERALL EXPERIENCE: My overall experience was fantastic because it was spent with people who were great company, but the Carnival Breeze experience was a 2 out of 5 stars. Mediocre housekeeping service. Mediocre dining service in Lido and Blush. And lastly, they NICKLE & DIME YOU for everything. On the other ships, simple hand scooped ice cream, or cappucino's and latte's came with the meal. Never have I been on a cruise or even hotels/motels where they DON'T offer you lotion, cotton swabs, or conditioner! Even MOTEL 6 gives you conditioner and lotion! Carnival Breeze staff old me I can get it at the gift shop. Don't expect much on Carnival Breeze. It's a beautiful ship, but that's the only thing going for them. Entertainment was HORRIBLE!!!! But again, I've been spoiled by the other cruises I've been on where entertainment was almost similar to Cirque De Soleil. Carnival Breeze had long lines for EVERYTHING and it was super crowded. I felt like I was on Spring Break and that was just not the experience I was looking for. I think those who like that Spring Break experience would enjoy this cruise, but for someone who is over that scene...this just wasn't for me. Overall, we paid $750/person (4 in a room) not including tax yet and we got $100 to spend on the boat. It was a good deal, but I would not recommend going on Carnival Breeze.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
Beautiful ship, wonderful crew, pretty darn good food. The ports in the southern Caribbean - terrific. Highly recommend the River Boat excursion in Dominica. Our room was at the stern (back) of the ship, so we felt a little more rocking ... Read More
Beautiful ship, wonderful crew, pretty darn good food. The ports in the southern Caribbean - terrific. Highly recommend the River Boat excursion in Dominica. Our room was at the stern (back) of the ship, so we felt a little more rocking than we would have in the middle. Lovely room, plenty of space for 3 of us. Great balcony and friendly balcony partners. This was our second on Carnival, but overall, our 14th cruise. Our last with Carnival. We will not be cruising on Carnival again. Why? The crew and entertainment overwhelming support the Latin guests - which is fine, but this is not the kind of entertainment we enjoy. Others do! As for the Hispanic bent, we have dear friends from Puerto Rico, the Philippines and other locations, and we expect a variety of music on a cruise, which in this case was simply not available. Additionally, the smoke throughout the ship was to the point of ridiculous. If you have children (we did not), the second hand smoke throughout the ship is frightening. We were in awe at how such a beautiful ship, with such a hard working crew had no entertainment for English speaking guests. From the lobby, to the disco, to the pool we heard one salsa song after another. A little of everything is the way to go, but this was so heavily Latin, we ended up in the casino instead of dancing till the wee hours of the morning. On the other ships, we were on the dance floor for hours. On this ship, throughout the week, we danced to two songs. There was a Motown Night in the Disco 2 times, but it was so smoke filled none of us could stand dancing through the smoke. We went to the lobby, but it had changed the beat to a salsa style of music in which none of us could dance. The live band was so frightening to look at (gothic) along with their horrendous vocals, just passing through was painful to the ears and eyes. This was our 3rd cruise in the last six months and by far the absolute worst in terms of entertainment. The evening shows were worse that High School skits. Juggling was great, but anything else? The "shows" were not worth attending, so everyone tried to attend the comic club nightly. This was a mess, as the room turned away anywhere from 50 to 200 people nightly because it was at standing room only, and it couldn't handle any more bodies. definitely a fire hazard situation. Let's talk about Trivia. When the commentator is understood by participants to say Canadian "Issland" and the real words are Canary Islands, your chances of getting the right answers diminish quickly! Several of us complained to Matt, the cruise director, explaining the host of Trivia (played approximately 3 times daily) was a super nice guy, but he simply couldn't read or speak English. Seriously, this was to the point, many in the crowd were yelling, "We can't understand you!" In all of our cruises, we had never seen anything like this. Actually, we were surprised the host maintained his composure and continued to attend day after day, knowing how frustrated the participants were. Point of Information: So many complaints were received, Matt, the cruise director, actually came to a Trivia on the next to last day of the cruise to listen in, but he left just before bedlam with the clarity of the questions again occurred. A change in the host for Trivia was never made. Additionally, the times of Trivia were hit or miss. If the Trivia was scheduled for 3:30 and then another at 4:00, many times, if you planned to attend the 4pm, by the time you arrived, they were on the last question. Overall, the cruise was wonderful, simply because of the actual ship and the lovely people we met. If you have any questions, we'll be glad to answer. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
I was beyond disappointed. The lack of English speaking staff was very difficult to get service. Our dinner service was horrible except the gentlemen who serviced our beverages and wine. The servers could not have been more disengaged. ... Read More
I was beyond disappointed. The lack of English speaking staff was very difficult to get service. Our dinner service was horrible except the gentlemen who serviced our beverages and wine. The servers could not have been more disengaged. Every night I had to remind them to NOT give a 5 Harold glass. The food on ship was horrible. Not one meal was warm let along hot. Lines for food where insane as early as 11:30am. Salad bar was pathetic and I had to ask again everyday for pbj and rec'd less than warm greetings when asking for that. The kids club was wonderful. The women who work there truly truly care about these kids. My son who never ever wants to do one loved it and the girls there. The 2 pools for over 3,000 people is not only not enough but are so small and gross by noon I couldn't go in at all during the day. Kids are truly not welcome at the pools and the music played had less than appropriate words for young kids. The other guests on board are overall just lovely and everyone very pleasant. The ship is a 3 and not a 4 like people wrote. I am sorry but again the food was just horrible at dinner each and every night. I stopped going after 3 nights of 6 because of this. This is NOT an overall family friendly environment this parents view. Would I go on this boat again? No way. Of course way to many other places to see to do this one again. Sorry carnival you need to do things more like Disney. Please also do something about your idiotic picture retrieval system. Totally silly and you lost a sale of someone buying 4-6 pictures because you toss them all together after each night. People don't have time review every photo taken of every table at blush to find the only photo. Just dumb and as most of ship unorganized,. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
This was 7th Carnival ship that we have sailed on. The Breeze by far has been the most pleasant. The ship is very clean and orderly. This was our first 8 day cruise. I must say that I didn't care that much for the last two sea days. ... Read More
This was 7th Carnival ship that we have sailed on. The Breeze by far has been the most pleasant. The ship is very clean and orderly. This was our first 8 day cruise. I must say that I didn't care that much for the last two sea days. By Sunday I was really ready to step on dry land. The ports were so-so. We were not impressed with Turks and Caicos. The beach was right off the ship and ended up being very crowed really fast. La Romona DR was awful. They need to scratch this port completely off the list. We took the miniature cho-cho train downtown only to find locals trying to sell t-shirts at $20.00 each (seriously). The locals weren't that friendly and overall it was not a good port at all. Curaçao was nice. However, we got there in the afternoon and all the shops closed around 6:30-7:00. The ship left at around 11pm so it wasn't much to do after all the shops had closed. They probably would have made a good profit on sells because most of the people I spoke with hadn't finished shopping before the stores closed. Aruba was great. Beautiful beaches and some good shopping. I wish we could have stayed there until 11pm. Didn't get to do that much due to the really long 2 hour island tours. We have decided to come back in August and stay a week to really explore the island. The food on board food was a little different but overall the same. The dining room menu needs a major overhaul. It's the exact same menu on all the carnival ships and it's just awful. There are only so many times I can look at those same menus with the same food. The Lido isn't that much better, but it beats the dining room any day. Other than that, everything else was ok. We are headed back on the Breeze for spring break in April with the kids. I think they will really enjoy the water park. I will say that it's a very kid friendly ship. Hope this helps. Sail On! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Our experience started off bad right from the get go.When we checked in we offered a credit card and they said they had one for us on file, then on the second day when I ordered beer from room service, they told us our card was maxed. We ... Read More
Our experience started off bad right from the get go.When we checked in we offered a credit card and they said they had one for us on file, then on the second day when I ordered beer from room service, they told us our card was maxed. We went to customer care and found that they never had a card for us to begin with. When we checked in to our cabin we immediately noticed no baggage cover on the bed, no beach towels in our room(which we thought was a change from the way carnival always did things, so we ended up getting our towels from the pool area), no ice in our ice bucket and we didn't even meet our room stewart for three days and when we met him, it was not actually a meeting because he didn't even introduce himself we just figured it out because we saw him more often than the other guy nearby. We smoke on the balcony and he didn't provide us an ashtray or clean the balcony for the first 3 days. On the fourth day we went into port and when we returned we saw him in the hall and he said hello, went into our room to find it didn't get serviced at all, it was 43o in the afternoon. The dining room was also a big disappointment! The first night was ok, but the second night, "formal night" the service was the worst service we have ever had. It took forever to get our order taken, when we got our food the brought it and never came back, not to check how everything was(which I was very unhappy with the prime rib but couldn't let anyone know, and my husband would have liked to have more lobster, but again, they never came back, they left our dirty plates in front of us and went off to do their stand on the stairs thing while the Maitre' de gave a speech. I went to customer care on the fourth day and told them of all our our problems and they were great they made every effort to correct all problems. They were very wonderful, they had the housekeeping manager visit us and they Maitre' de sat and spoke with us as well. But all in all we never really came across one of the service people who are usually so colorful and friendly and that make your trip special! Food quality also seems to be getting worse, although the Blue Iguana and Guy's burgers were very good! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
We chose the Carnival Breeze with some trepidation but the dates worked , the problem was that Carnival appears to mix up fun with noise , Butch Begovitch the cruise director kept telling us we were having fun but sadly we were not , he ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Breeze with some trepidation but the dates worked , the problem was that Carnival appears to mix up fun with noise , Butch Begovitch the cruise director kept telling us we were having fun but sadly we were not , he kept telling me that we were part of the Carnival family but we did not want to be . Most of the time it felt like we had been transported to a live day time TV show however it was not all bad . 1) Embarcation/ departure was the best of any cruise 2) Staff were great and friendly 3) Food was ok , breakfast was ok but poorly laid out , if you wanted fruit you had to queue in the Omelette line , crazy 4) Marketplace lunch time was just about ok with limited choice 5) Dinner was pretty good , no complaints 6) Steak & Italian were excellent 7) The main swimming pool was awful , the music was on full blast from 8 oclock am and never stopped , the pool was full of adults drinking and kids splashing (having fun) . You could have walked across the pool on other guests heads 8) The aft pool was better but still pretty noisy & busy 9) We located ourselves at the Adults only Serenity Area but sadly there was no pool to cool off in 10) The waiters traditional song in the dining room happened on day 2 , i am still trying to work that one out 11) A letter arrived on day 2 telling us that tips were being charged on day 2 , ditto question above ?? 12) All 4 ports were good , we did our own thing 13) One evening during our STARTER a waiter asked if we wanted after dinner drinks , as he was so insistant we thought it was free so we said ok and then he produced a bill , we had them removed quickly 14) Entertainment in the bland main theatre was virtually non existant , mostly , bingo, quizzes , Mr and Mrs contest and of course Butch himself 15) The ships internal design was very bland , atrium average , Sapphire restaurant was beige . It just was not spectacular like other ships 16) Shops were full of cheap rubbish sold as bargains 17) Everything was about squeezing extra money from guests , very little included in price I guess the Carnival fun style just did not suit us maybe???   Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2013
The boarding process was a disaster we arrived at 1:30 and stood in line for 90 minutes. There were 4700 people (1200 kids) on our cruise and it was mayhem. We were shocked to see only 10 reps doing check in at the lower lobby before being ... Read More
The boarding process was a disaster we arrived at 1:30 and stood in line for 90 minutes. There were 4700 people (1200 kids) on our cruise and it was mayhem. We were shocked to see only 10 reps doing check in at the lower lobby before being sent upstairs where many reps were avaialable to hand out keys. Been on EPIC and Allure OS in the last 12 months and in both cases we were onboard within 30 minutes. Carnival Check-in was terrible - F Lunch in the "Lido" - good food quality if you could get to it, lines, lines, lines - blocking the doors and access. Facility was not designed to handle the load of passengers. We encountered this problem each time we went to "Lido" so we avoided it. Only good days were port days - when the food selection and quality was fair to good - C Dining Room - Saphire upper deck fixed seating - service ok, menu ok, food - average. Comedy brunch was nice on Sea daysOverall C Casino - Friendly staff nice facility - smoking should be banned because smoke travels throughout the room. Casino staff was good about enforcement. All in All good experience - B Spa & Serenity - Nice, clean, and efficient. Spa staff was unfriendly and curt - overall C+ Shops - junk unless cigarettes or booze. Other lines have much better jewelry and souvenir shops. Staff not very friendly Overall - D Shows - Relied too much on technology of video screens vs. performers with talent. Men were ok but the women while attractive and reasonable dancers could not sing and the big show was DIVA's the lead female singer who sang the Celine DIon song on the first night was terrible. Shows - D Cabin - SPa Cabin nice but too much noise from gym - see below - Overall B - Services: Cabin Steward - A, Coffee Bar A++++ (these two gals worked long hours and were always delightful) Piano Bar - Fun and at times risque - B+ Comedy SHows- room could not accomodate all that wanted to attend - should use main theater - C- Outside Deck Areas: Promenade - Very nice , love the umbrella seating areas - very nice to have a large unobstructed wrap around. Would not book a balcony cabin on deck 6 just above due to lack of privacy. - A Lido - no shade and too many people for small space. Pool way too small - gets packed with kids no enforcement of no food in pool or spa rules. - D Main area - beach Pool - Deck 10 crowded due to brs burger joint, and Taco stand - pool too small and no enforcement of no food in spa and pool rule. - D Main pool deck 11 - very nice shade areas lots of room - big overstuffed chairs/loungers very nice - A Waterpark - lots of fun either viewing or participating - we participated and enjoyed the facilities - A Serenity - very nice could use more shade but nicely maintained and rules enforced - A Disembarcation - Amazingly fast we were off the ship by 7:15 am they seem more eager to get you off than on! Price - Very reasonable but remember you get what you pay for. We were anticipating a lower end product and that is what we got. Comparison to NCL EPIC and RCCL Allure/Oasis of the Seas - spend a little more $$ and go on these ships instead as it will be a much better experience. Crowd - Diverse with lots of families. Kids were running wild the entire week - it is summer and was a holiday week - Carnival should have been more forecful with rules and security should have had higher visibility. We saw stupid things where kids could have been injured but that is really more of the parents responsibility than CCL. Overall Ship: Nice, clean, and very pretty - much nicer than the neon Farcas decorated ships. But will not hold up too long with the pounding it takes - Crew should be commended for keeping it so clean. B One note: They use a cleaning solution on the floor in the "lido" marketplace which makes the tile floor so slick and treacherous - people were slipping and sliding all week - be careful. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
My family and I usually take a summer cruise to the Caribbean on an annual basis. After having sailed on the newest and biggest ships from several other cruise lines, and traveled on various Carnival ships as well, we decided to see what ... Read More
My family and I usually take a summer cruise to the Caribbean on an annual basis. After having sailed on the newest and biggest ships from several other cruise lines, and traveled on various Carnival ships as well, we decided to see what Carnival had in store for us with their newest and grandest ship in the fleet, the Carnival Breeze. Our group consisted of over 25 people, ranging from ages 2 to 60s.Embarkation: Getting onboard at Port Miami was quick and painless, we got to the terminal at around 1 pm and was onboard in about 15-20 minutes.Staterooms: We had a balcony on deck 9 midship starboard, which was very spacious. We very much enjoyed the new design and color pallet of the rooms. It is often said that the staterooms are really not vital to the cruise experience as you are only their to sleep, but we found ourselves in our room more than we expected and have ever been because of the lack of activities occurring throughout the ship. The negatives are a plenty in the stateroom beginning with the paper-thin walls and ceilings from the room, at night you could hear the dragging of furniture on the lido deck and conversations being held one deck above. The staterooms and public areas (I say that in plural because everyone we talked to on the ship and everyone in our group had the same problem) experienced issues with temperature, regardless of how cold you would set the temperature, the room never seemed be maintain a comfortable temperature. Nothing was ever done to resolve this issue. The rooms also never really seemed clean, the sheets, pillows and towels were stained and did not have a pleasant or fresh scent. The bathroom too did not have a pleasant smell even after cleaning.Dining: The food in the Main Dining Room was extremely disappointing and at times outright inedible, all the food at the Main Dining Room was frozen, and sometimes reached our table that way. My mother's lobster was warm but still frozen inside, the frog legs had ice, and the fish served several nights were watery. The Lido Buffet food was typical as expected although sometimes, quality wise, better than the MDR. The Omelets Station is worth making a long line, it moves rather quick and the eggs are made to order!Desserts were all flavorless. Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Mongolian Wok, Pirate's Pizza, Tandoor Indian food and the Deli were all great freshly made to order food with great flavor! The Pasta Bar on deck 11 AFT for lunch is a must try! Fat Jimmy's BBQ on sea days is also a must try, the lines were very long, but well worth it!Design: The design of the ship is nice and fresh but it leaves something to be desired, there are too many empty spaces and dull areas of the ship that could use some unique identity. The design of the lido buffet was very refreshing but there were always longs line for everything, even to get a cup of water, but we always found a table. The ship is easy to navigate and has a lot of lounging deck around the promenade, and upper decks.Ship: The ship is very navigable, and one could easily find their way to their destination. I very much enjoyed the new promenade deck layout with seating on the outside deck and whirlpools, I however wished there were whirlpools on the Lido Deck by the pool! The two pools were very small for the capacity of the ship. Never has a problem finding sun loungers on the upper decks, there were plenty of them! The elevators tend to get extremely crowded when boarding the ship from a Port of Call, and there always seemed to be at least one broken elevator daily. The Waterworks area was a fun area of the ship, it was fun getting wet in the splash area and riding the watersides! Sports Square is also a nice addition, the mini golf was very fun, never got to try the golf simulator and never actually saw anyone playing it. The ropes course was extremely fun, and surprisingly empty, another must do! The ship had a terrible smell of sewage, the smell is almost everywhere, from hallways to the pool area, to staterooms and public areas. I brought attention to the staff but nothing was done, not even an attempt to try to cover the awful smell.Entertainment: Although I never really saw the production shows at the theater because of the late dining, we did catch some comedy shows which were great but the Limelight Lounge was extremely crowded. The DJs played the same music on a shuffle on a daily basis, and got boring immediately. There really wasnt much to do in the ship throughout the day besides standing in a crowded pool, soak up the sun, or play around in the waterslides, and very less to do in the evenings. I could not stand some of the Entertainment staff, I believe her name was Gabby Glitter, she was extremely annoying and a horrible Bingo host. Butch, the cruise director, however was very entertaining, charismatic and energetic. Ports of Call:Grand Turk: We took a tour of the island, which was informative and somewhat entertaining. After we relaxed by the beach away from the crowds before heading back to the ship for departure at 2 pm. Not much to see, not much to do. La Romana: Beautiful city, don't be fooled with other reviews that say there isn't much to do! We booked a taxi for $10pp from within the port to Las Cuevas de las Maravillas, which were breathtaking and to the beautiful Altos de Chavon in Casa de Campos, extremely beautiful places and barely had enough time to do both places, wish we had more time here to explore the bustling city and visit the beach.Curacao: My favorite, such a beautiful downtown with a lot of interesting things to see. We hopped on a taxi right outside the port that took us to a very private beach, which was very beautiful! The taxi drivers were very friendly and informative, everyone on the island must speak four different languages!Aruba: Took a taxi to Eagle Beach and from there booked a private but cheap snorkeling excursion out to coral reefs by the California Lighthouse, and a WWII German shipwreck, it lasted 2 hours and there were refreshments included. I wish I had more time to explore this beautiful port longer. The beach was to die for, and definitely recommend Eagle Beach over Palm Beach, much more peaceful. Our group was highly anticipating the trip and can surely say we were disappointed with the Carnivals product. We had fun nonetheless as we usually entertain ourselves but at times we were eager for activites and events to do. The itinerary within itself is worth it, but do not board this ship awaiting for the best Carnival can offer as it is not. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Our first cruise was on the Magic and we liked it so much we decided to book on her sister ship the Breeze. They may be sisters, but they are nowhere near the same. The ship is new and has some bells and whistles that the Magic doesn’t ... Read More
Our first cruise was on the Magic and we liked it so much we decided to book on her sister ship the Breeze. They may be sisters, but they are nowhere near the same. The ship is new and has some bells and whistles that the Magic doesn’t have, but those couldn’t make up for the number of negatives.The design of the dining areas, from Lido to the dining room was poor. Service was below standard. And things seem more disorganized.The one plus – CD Butch who was amazing.Embarkation – We purchased Faster to the Fun and were pleased with our choice. I would definitely do so again. I did find that our luggage took longer than expected to reach our cabin, but I might have been unrealistic in my expectations on timing. The cruise center in Miami is great, well designed. Even if we didn’t have FTF I think we would have found the embarkation process extra smooth compared to Galveston, our last port.Stateroom – We had a suite, which was very nice. Good size for four people. The extra balcony room was much appreciated. The color and décor was very nice and tranquil, it felt like a hotel room.Ship Info – The ship is nice looking and obviously new, but the design is very odd in areas. The lower Blush dining room is chopped up and hard to navigate. A lot of the tables are in weird places making sign lines poor. Good luck watching the waiters entertain you. On the Lido deck, the marketplace has walls which reduce the walking areas and sign lines, producing a number of bottleneck areas.Dining – As I mention elsewhere in the review, the dining room service was poor. The food quality itself was surprising, and not in a good way. Despite having the same menu as our last cruise, the food preparation was not nearly as good. Things were clearly overcooked and reheated. On the Lido deck the buffet was as expected. The Blue Iguana and Guy’s Burgers were both great additions.Children's Clubs – My daughter loved Camp Carnival and asked to go frequently. The staff there seemed to do a good job remembering the kids names and were quite caring.Staff & Service – Our room steward, despite being in a suite was nowhere to be found. He never came to introduce himself to us and didn’t check on us. This was quite a difference from our first cruise on the Magic, where I room steward was there every time we opened the door or walked down the hall. The dining room staff also left something to be desired. It might have been the location of our table, in the corner, but it took 15-20 minutes each night to get our menus and orders taken. Appetizers were at their fastest 30 minutes after we arrived, on the slowest night 45 minutes. This is an unacceptable wait, especially when you have a child with you. They are not that patient.Entertainment – Lot of people complain about the new Playlist production shows, I rather liked them. They reminded me of a concert, very nice quality.Disembarkation – We did the self-debarkation – excellent decision if you can do it. We were off quickly and had no wait at customs.Summary – While we were very excited to sail the Breeze after our experience on the Magic, I was quite disappointed with the actual experience. My traveling companions, who were first timers, seemed to enjoy the trip, but I knew that Carnival can do better. I am not sure if it was the overwhelming number of guests – the ship was packed, or the crew, but it was not as enjoyable. 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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