1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We had a great cruise after the fog delayed our boarding until after 4 pm. Then , imagine 4,000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time. It was chaos. After that, it was smooth sailing. Lots of great food and perfect weather. The ... Read More
We had a great cruise after the fog delayed our boarding until after 4 pm. Then , imagine 4,000 people trying to get on the ship at the same time. It was chaos. After that, it was smooth sailing. Lots of great food and perfect weather. The comedians were my favorite shows. Only other complaint were the trivia games. Carnival must use the same questions on all their cruises because we had an older couple getting all of the answers right for every game. No way were they that smart!! Obviously, they had heard the questions and answers from previous cruises. They admitted being "frequent" cruisers. Went to the Meet and Mingle and only six people were there -- what happened??? It was sad since Carnival had supplied food and drinks for the event. I really enjoyed the last comedian. Tommy Drake . Both his adult and family shows were entertaining and I can't wait to see him again. Apparently, he is a regular on Carnival cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. ... Read More
Needed a warm weather cruise. The breeze boarding delayed due to fog. Instead of noon boarding we got on the ship at 7:00 PM. Quite a long wait in line. The rest of the cruise was enjoyable. Weather was warmer yet a bit windy. Cabin was fine as were the meals we had. Dining room was mostly good except the times we were place at table 505 and 503.both were in a corner with a wall blocking our view. Maybe the area was the reason for less than great service and cold food. We changed locations and service and food improved. We thought the shows were very good. Deck 3 seating was more roomy and comfortable. Upper seats were tight and very upright. Overall a pleasant cruise with good food and entertainment for the last minute cruise. Cabin steward was always checking on us and gave good service. As always loved room service. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. ... Read More
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. Don't understand how Carnival can fail on 7 cabins. How many others are disappointed but won't say anything. Carnival handled the sewage problems by saying they were doing routine maintance. apparently they think people are stupid. the dining room staff works really hard, my guess is that more staff are needed. We got our bar drinks after dinner when we were leaving. We waited 20 minutes between appetizers and entree's. The room stewards are wonderful but, why were the maintance issues not noticed? Carnival never even acknowledged or apologized for the sewage issues. A officer personally appologizing would have gone a long way to alleviate some bad feelings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose carnival because of all the family activities available. It was so much fun. Our kids loved camp carnival. We all enjoyed the movies on deck. The PG comedy was great and after the kids went to bed the R rated comedy was ... Read More
We chose carnival because of all the family activities available. It was so much fun. Our kids loved camp carnival. We all enjoyed the movies on deck. The PG comedy was great and after the kids went to bed the R rated comedy was hysterical. Our embarkation did not go great due to weather. Galveston port was closed due fog so times got pushed back to the point where they just opened it up as a free for all boarding. Hours waiting in line, hungry kids and then sitting through the muster station presentation before getting to go eat made for a really long first day. We all went to bed early thinking we had made a huge mistake. Luckily the next day and every day after that proved we had made the right decision. Our balcony cabin was perfect for the 4 of us. Our son loved his bunk that dropped down from the ceiling. For quiet times it was great to sit out on the balcony and watch the world sail past. The food in the dinning room was amazing. So many selections. We made it a point to try something new to us every night. What a great experience. We had one shore excursion for snorkleing. The rest was just exploring and checking out the port shopping. So much fun to relax and just wander around new places. The staff were friendlly and efficient. They work super hard. The gratuity charge seems fair. We can't wait to go again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We were visiting our daughter in Houston and she told us about the cruises leaving from Galveston, which is only about an hour drive from her place in Houston. I wanted to let Carnival Cruise Line know about several of their wonderful ... Read More
We were visiting our daughter in Houston and she told us about the cruises leaving from Galveston, which is only about an hour drive from her place in Houston. I wanted to let Carnival Cruise Line know about several of their wonderful employees who made our trip lovely. Our evening dining room Service Team were wonderful: Head waiter - Narang, Team waiter - Tino, and Asst. waiter - Naw. We had dinner each night of the cruise and they were great and entertaining. During the day my husband and I frequently spent our time on the Serenity deck. One of your employees, Imran was a pleasure to speak with and was very helpful. Also, we had breakfast in your dining room everyday and would request I Wayan and Kumchad. They were very efficient and pleasant. We were able to sit in their table area 3 times. Our cabin # was 1332. The people who took care of it were very good. I am sorry I cannot remember their names today. I would recommend this cruise. It was very enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose the Carnival Breeze because of the destination of this cruise and because the food and on board activities looked like a good fit for our family. The Breeze did not disappoint. There were roughly 4000 people on our boat and not ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Breeze because of the destination of this cruise and because the food and on board activities looked like a good fit for our family. The Breeze did not disappoint. There were roughly 4000 people on our boat and not once did it ever feel like that. The food was great! We used the room service continental breakfast almost every morning for coffee and you could get toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt, melon also. We did breakfast in the buffet area and there were plenty of options. All of your common breakfast foods, a few pastries, plus an omelette bar. For lunches when we were on the ship we did the buffet, Guy Fieri's burger bar, and the Blue Iguana Cantina for tacos. There was also the option of pizza, a sandwich shop, and a free pasta bar in the Italian restaurant. The chicken strips in the buffet were awesome and on our last day they had a chocolate extravaganza during lunch time. There was chocolate for miles! Guy's burger bar is fantastic. You can choose from five different types of burgers, includes fries, and a topping bar with tons of options. Really great burgers! The tacos were also very good. You could also get breakfast tacos or burritos from the Cantina. The lines can be long for the burger bar or tacos during lunch so I would suggest going at a time a little off normal. We ate dinner in the main dining hall four of our seven nights and enjoyed it. There are quite a few options for everyone and the service is top notch. You can get a lot of the same food at the buffet, but you go to the main dining hall for the experience mostly. The wait staff was great and they put on a dancing show a couple of nights we went there. We didn't get a chance to try the pizza, but there was always a long line for it. The entertainment was good and just okay. We made it to all of the comedians (four in total) and they all did a good job. When they say the show is rated R, it definitely is. The PG shows are still funny and include the kids in the show. The evening shows in the Ovation Theater were pretty cheesy. They use the same dancers/singers and just change the genre. There was always something going on and something to do. Schwartz was our cruise director and did a fantastic job. He was funny and always kept the crowd going. There are lip sync battles, karaoke, trivia, dance parties, bingo, gambling tournaments, throughout the whole cruise. They also had sports tournaments going on everyday from basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, soccer, beer pong, etc. For our shore excursions we did the Tulum and Mayan Village while in Cozumel. We had to take a tender (smaller ship taking us from the cruise ship to the mainland) for 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen to get on our bus for our tour. Beware of the tender ride if you get seasick. The seas were pretty rough and about 10 minutes into our ride there were people throwing up all over the boat. Our tour guide was great. She was very passionate about the Mayan culture and very knowledgeable. It is a 45 minute bus ride to Tulum and you spend maybe an hour there. Tulum is the only place where we felt it was hot! Wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a hat or umbrella. It is breathtakingly beautiful here next to the ocean, and the iguanas are great source of entertainment while there. From here we jumped back on the bus and headed to the cenote and Mayan Village. The canoe ride is pretty cheesy and maybe 150 yards long is all. The cenote was refreshing and you could spend all day here. The Mayan Village was neat to see. They prepare lunch for you of chicken, pork, handmade tortillas, rice, beans, & fruit. The pork and tortillas were awesome. We then headed back to Playa del Carmen to get back on the tender and head back to Cozumel. We had about 1/2 hour to look around Cozumel before we had to be back on the cruise ship. The experience was nice, but it was a long day. In Belize City we did the snorkel, swim with sharks and manta rays. This was a fun experience. We tendered to the mainland and then got on a tour jet boat. From there we took a one hour boat ride to the reef to snorkel. All of the crew was awesome and very friendly. The boat ride can be kind of chilly because you are haulin' a**. We had a bathroom stop in Caye Caulker then a few minute boat ride out to the reef. Once we were snorkeling it was kind of chaos. We had two guides that we were suppose to stay with but it was hard to know which ones were yours. Once we were back on the boat we took a two minute ride to where the sharks and manta rays were. The sharks and rays basically come "running" as soon as they hear the boats and are everywhere. We didn't get in the water because we were a little seasick from snorkeling, but we could see tons of them right next to the boat. From here we went to where there are juvenile tarpons and got a chance to feed them. This was exciting and scary at the same time. We then went back to Caye Caulker for lunch and some shore time. The lunch was good and we had a few minutes to check out the local shopping. You do get bombarded by the locals but not too bad. You then have an hour boat ride back to the port. We did have about an hour to shop before we had to tender back to the cruise ship. I would do this tour again. In Roatan, Honduras we did the swimming with dolphin tour. The one where you actually get to touch them and swim with them. This was the highlight of our trip. My husband initially said he wasn't interested in doing it, but they were going to charge $50 for him to go and do nothing so I talked him into participating. He loved it. We got in the water with two male dolphins, they pulled us from one end of the lagoon to the next, kissed our cheeks, danced circles with us, pushed us on boogie boards, and we got to feel them as they swam next to us. Incredible! If you have kids do this tour, you will be parents of the year! Don't just do the snorkeling with dolphins, but do the dolphin swim one. It isn't a very long tour (2.5 hours) so we had plenty of time to relax in Roatan. There is an island that is for cruise ship guests only and you walk to it. There are beach chairs, bars, massages on the beach, fish pedicures, and a place to swim with no waves. It was relaxing and beautiful and I wish we would have spent more time here. I would say the best part of our excursions was the small groups. Our first two tours were around 30 people each and our last one there were 7 of us. We found the service on the ship great. Everyone was very pleasant, nice, and very hardworking. The ship was very clean and stayed very clean. We got a couples massage on our first sea day and this was the only time where the service was lacking. We had to wait a 1/2 hour past our massage time before our therapists came and got us. The relaxation room was nice where we waited but could have used some attention. There were empty water glasses all over the counters and all of the water pitchers were empty. People were in there trying to relax (us included) and a group of women decided to have social hour. The massage room was very spacious and a lot nicer than other cruise ship massage rooms. I know they have to offer, but it would be nice if they didn't try and sell you something when you are done with your massage. I would definitely cruise on the Breeze again. They staff was great, food was good, excursions were fun! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! ... Read More
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! Dining was, so so. In other words not up to par. Menu choices in the MDR were not that great. The shrimp in the Shrimp Cocktail have shrunk to about a inch and a half including the tail. The Lobster Tail was on the verge of being over cooked. The Prime Rib was ---- ok. In the Lido Buffet the Menu choices were ---- well, naaaa Breakfast: Oatmeal got cold before you got to the table and would not melt butter. Bacon was not done. The omelets were wonderful! Lunch and Dinner: Too many Italian dishes. No meat substitutes ( Cottage Cheese and Fruit, Tofu, etc..) Roasts were over cooked, Ham was under cooked. Slim selection of vegetables. Deserts were fair. Guys Burgers --------- Best food on the ship!!!!! The entertainment was fabulous. The Cruise Director -- Schwartz was fabulous!!! Very entertaining. Don't miss all of the Lip Sync Battle, 3 or 4 different things going on Service was ok. Shore excursions were wonderful. The Mayan ball game in Cozumel with .lunch was very entertaining, Cayman by Land and Sea - a repeat excursion, Turtle farm, Hell, and the half submersible boat viewing the aquatic life was enjoyable. Due to the problems in Jamaica, we stayed on the ship. Already thinking on booking next cruise! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We just returned from a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston. This was my first Carnival cruise, with all of my previous cruises being on Royal Caribbean. For comparison, the most recent Royal Caribbean ship we had cruised ... Read More
We just returned from a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston. This was my first Carnival cruise, with all of my previous cruises being on Royal Caribbean. For comparison, the most recent Royal Caribbean ship we had cruised on was Liberty of the Seas, which still sails out of the port of Galveston and is the same price as the Breeze. I thought many may find it useful for me to compare the two in this review. The Ship: Something I noticed about the Breeze was that the venues themselves really shined. One in particular that we really enjoyed was the Red Frog Pub. They have their own signature beer called Thirsty Frog Red that was delicious. The venue also has it’s own pub grub menu where you can order some appetizer offerings for only $3. We tried several of these items and they were all delicious and a great value. The pub also has live music, sporting events, shuffleboard, foosball, and beer pong tournaments throughout the cruise. There is a great atmosphere here and it really does feel like you’re sitting inside a beachside pub in the Caribbean. There is a pub on Liberty of the Seas, but I think it really falls short compared to the Red Frog Pub on the Breeze. Something else we really enjoyed on the Breeze was the Tides Pool. The location on the back of the ship gives the pool a very unique feel as you can enjoy a beautiful view of the wake as the ship makes it’s way through the Caribbean. This pool was always the best spot to relax at sail away because it gives you the perfect view of the port you are leaving behind. Also, if you like the Thirsty Frog Red beer there is a self-serve station located in this area where you have the option to pour your own beer for a discounted price. It’s the best value on the ship in terms of alcohol. The Serenity Deck adults only retreat was another venue that I thought Carnival did really well. There were all kinds of unique patio chairs to lounge on and enjoy the sun or to sleep comfortably on in the shade. My biggest critique of this area was that it was often difficult to secure a good spot on sea days. That is really more of a compliment to the space, as it is difficult because so many cruisers want to enjoy it. If you stay onboard on a sea day you can have the whole place to yourself and it is very relaxing. Liberty of the Seas also has an adults area that is very nice, but I thought the Serenity Deck's unique and comfortable lounge chairs made it a little bit better than the Solarium on Liberty. The final ship unique ship feature on the Breeze was the Sky Course. This is a ropes course on the top deck that has several different obstacles to navigate across while attached to a harness for safety. The course is great for kids or adults and really was a fun challenge to complete. There were also two awesome waterslides that were pretty fast and definitely worth a try. Staterooms: We typically sail in interior rooms to save money, but we decided to get the balcony because interior rooms on the Breeze did not include a couch/sitting area like they did on Liberty of the Seas. This little area can make a big difference when two people are getting ready in the room. We could have just gotten an ocean view, which included the seating area, but decided to spring for the balcony. Being that the rates are nearly identical for both ships, this makes the base interior room on Liberty a better value in my opinion. The room was clean and well maintained. Food: The food was easily one of the biggest differentiators between the two cruise ships. In terms of complimentary quick serve food I really don’t think this one was close at all. The Breeze honestly blew me away with all of the options it had, especially on sea days. It features Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, Pizza Pirate, and Sea Dogs. I can honestly say that Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ was as good as any burger or BBQ I have had on land. We didn’t eat much at the Blue Iguana for lunch, mostly because the other venues were so good, but we did have some great breakfast burritos there on several days that were good. To have those complimentary options was really great and I thought that was something that Liberty of the Seas fell short on. The options for quick serve lunch on Liberty were just some sandwiches or pizza. The buffet on the Breeze really left a lot to be desired and we really didn’t enjoy any of the food we had there. This may be because more of their budget goes towards their quick serve options, which I suppose I prefer. We barely ate at the buffet, but we did go check the offerings several times and ended up opting for another trip to one of Guy’s venues. The main dining room food was good, but we found it to be a little less consistent in quality than we had experienced on Liberty of the Seas. There were a few nights where we weren't overly impressed. We were also unimpressed with the Sea Day Brunch. Most of the items on the brunch menu are available on the breakfast buffet and you don't have to wait 30 minutes or more to get it. We had one meal at Cucina Del Capitano and thought it was very good. I am usually not a fan of specialty dining on cruises in general, but at $15 I think this restaurant is actually a pretty good value. Bonsai Sushi was also very reasonably priced and was very good. Entertainment: This is another area that really set the two ships apart. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily because one was significantly better than the other, but rather the way in which they approach the entertainment. Rather than focusing on bringing in outside entertainment for the theatre like Royal Caribbean does they had a cast that put on several different shows throughout the cruise. I honestly was expecting to think these shows were really lame, but they actually weren't that bad. They were good singers and dancers, but if that really isn’t your thing then you probably won’t enjoy many of the shows. It didn’t help that the theatre on the Breeze is poorly designed and there are several bad seats in the house that make it difficult to see the stage. In terms of the quality of entertainment in the theatre the Breeze wasn't even close to comparing to Liberty of the Seas. Liberty definitely has significantly more impressive shows with more variety in the theatre. However, what Carnival did really well was comedy shows. I thought this definitely helped to offset the difference in quality in the production shows. Every night they turn the Limelight Lounge in the back of the ship into the Punchliner Comedy Club. It really does feel like a real comedy club and there multiple comedians almost every single night. I thought this was a great touch and really added some late night entertainment as there were several shows each night both for families and for adults only. Carnival also offers things like Lip Sync Battle which was definitely fun and entertaining. They also had several deck parties at night that were a lot of fun, especially if you really like line dances. In fact, if you love line dances, you will love the Carnival Breeze. That's a guarantee. Conclusion: Overall it was a great cruise and I found it really interesting to compare Carnival with my experiences on Royal Caribbean ships. In the end I think they are much more comparable experiences than I was expecting, with a slight edge going to Royal Caribbean. This is mainly because the shows in the theatre are my favorite part of cruising, and Royal Caribbean takes the cake there. I also thought the ship design on Liberty of the Seas felt a little more open and spacious, as well as more elegant in design. The experiences between the two cruise lines, while different, is so comparable that I can't really say one cruise line was better than the other. Just put me on a boat in the Caribbean with food and drinks and I'm gonna have a good time. Note: The cruise director Schwartz was awesome on the Breeze and he's definitely an asset to Carnival. He was the best cruise director we have ever had. He really knew how to get the crown excited and always seemed to be present and enthusiastic for events. If I was to choose between the two lines in the future I think price would be the main motivator. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Seemed to be more family focused, important for grandson.The trip offered many oportunties for all our family. The Bahamas was a dissapointmant dirty, not safe. Grand Chamen was very nice. Our favorite were the when we were at sea. ... Read More
Seemed to be more family focused, important for grandson.The trip offered many oportunties for all our family. The Bahamas was a dissapointmant dirty, not safe. Grand Chamen was very nice. Our favorite were the when we were at sea. Dinners were great as were the staff. The canin was very nicet as was the room sevice. TRI - #3 in 6th floor was excellent. We bought a few deals on board but did not opt fore the photo's. $125 for 3 pictures we beloieved was way too much plus the pictures were a little corney. We had a rough boarding day due do late arrival of ship earlier that day; fog. We waited in line for my guess >2 hrs but once we boarded it got better. Had an issue with your cash machine in deck 3in money got stuck in machine. It happens but my view was you owned the machine thus had responsibility Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My husband and I have sailed this exact itinerary 2 other times, but we were excited to travel with our grandson Lawson who would be turning 4 during the cruise. First off, we are pretty young grandparents 45 & 51. We are from Iowa, ... Read More
My husband and I have sailed this exact itinerary 2 other times, but we were excited to travel with our grandson Lawson who would be turning 4 during the cruise. First off, we are pretty young grandparents 45 & 51. We are from Iowa, and really looking forward to getting away from the sub-zero winter temperatures! We arrived in Texas a week early to visit 3 different groups of friends who live in Texas. We drove (17 hrs total) and Lawson really did great on the long car ride. I had prepared lots of activities, movies, and I-pad games to keep him busy. Finally the day to board arrived! We chose 1-1:30 check in and it went unbelievably fast. We carry everything on an off as far as luggage (we pack light), and were able to take everything directly to our cabin. We had a deluxe ocean view room on the first floor. I highly recommend this type of cabin for families with small children as it has one regular bathroom, plus a second small bathroom with just a jr. tub and sink. The room was plenty big, with lots of closet space. Lawson’s favorite thing was the deep window sill where he could sit and watch the waves. Our room steward was Dewa, and he asked which service we would prefer. We chose evening, but in retrospect I would have chosen morning, as we were always out doing something in the morning, but several times the evening cleaning times were when we needed back in the cabin to change, take a nap, etc... But Dewa did a great job, and was very accommodating. We chose our time dining because we weren’t sure when our grandson would be up for dinner from naps and such. It ended up working out great for our particular situation, but if we were traveling alone again, I would choose the late time. The first night dinner seemed chaotic, and service was very slow. The second night, we got seated in a section where Neil was the head waiter. We requested him every evening thereafter. He was attentive and funny, and went way out of his way to keep our grandson entertained, and happy. He also made a big deal out of Lawson’s birthday. One night when the waiters danced, he took Lawson up with him, and BOY did that little boy dance! I didn’t even know he had moves like that! The food was pretty good. I’m always happy to not have to cook or wash dishes, but it felt like the food quality had dropped a little from our other 2 cruises. There were a few extre wow things I loved, the mahi-mahi, the stuffed mushrooms, the pumpkin soup. I felt like the appetizers were better than the main courses most of the time. As far as ports go, we had only done Carnival excursions before. This time, I did more research, and booked things online through private companies. In Cozumel, we went to Chankanaab park. We did not do the dolphin swim, as I though Lawson was not quite ready for that. Even though there were 4 other ships at port that day, it didn’t feel crowded, and we had no trouble finding loungers with an umbrella. The Snorkeling was amazing for being right off shore! We saw tons of fish, some stingrays, and a Giant Lobster! We walked around and saw the Crocodiles, on the way there were a few parrots and an iguana. The sea lion show was very good, and Lawson even got a kiss from a sea lion. In his words, “I just want to stay here forever!” The cab ride there and back was $12 each way for the three of us. Chankanaab was $21 each for DH and I, but I got a coupon online for $2 off each. The sign said 3 year olds were $12 , but when we told them his age, they said he was free! Well, hey, ok! I’d say it was the best thing we’ve done in Cozumel yet. In Belize, we had booked through ShoreExcursioner the Shark/stingray alley, Hol Chan, Caye Caulker excursion. They subcontracted through Splash Wave tours in Belize. Let me tell you it was the most unorganized thing I’ve ever seen. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand about island time and all, but this was ridiculous! We got off on the first available tender, and they were there waiting for us, the we waited there for more people to show up, then they took us on a walk to a pop up tent they had set up to check everyone’s itineraries, take payments, and give people snorkel gear that didn’t bring their own. Then we waited, and waited, and waited some more. Turns out some of thier staff were back at the dock drumming up more business. So an hour and forty-five minutes after we arrived, we finally headed to the boats,.....where even though they had everyone’s itineraries, they had no idea who was going where! That took another 20 minuets and 3 boat changes to get straight! And I speak perfect Spanish, so language barrier was not the issue! Once on the boat we took about a 40 minute boat ride to what was supposed to be Hol Chan, but honestly, there were more fish to see in Cozumel. We snorkled there for about 45 minuets and then another 15 minute ride to Shark/ray alley. Now that was really cool and we got to snorkel with huge nurse sharks, a few ginormous stingrays, and the biggest sea turtle I’ve ever seen! The guides were really great about helping our grandson snorkel, but he couldn’t be talked into going into the water with the sharks. I think he was sorry later when he heard about the sea turtle. then about 15 minutes more on the boat to get to the island. I just feel like they wasted a lot of our time in waiting around that we could have been snorkeling or exploring the island. As it was, we had less than an hour on the island, and that included eating lunch. The cost for this excursion was $75 each, grandson was free, lunch was separate. Now Roatan, ah, Roatan will probably always be my favorite port. I have never had a bad time in Roatan, but this was the best ever! We booked the zip-n-dip tour through Victor Bodden and it was amazing! I emailed for info, he got right back to me with detailed information and didn’t ask for any deposit up front. We met his team right where they said they’d be, and everyone was friendly and helpful. We were taken in a nice van within 10 minutes of arriving by a great. driver. He took us straight to the zip line where other guides were ready to take us zip lining. They were great with our grandson, made us feel very comfortable and boy were thier zip lines fun. I’ve been zip lining like 5 times, and this was the best!they let you do any tricks you felt comfortable with, and didn’t push those who didn’t want to. There were i’m thinking, 15 or so lines, and by the last few our GS was going by himself! He had a blast! Next they took us through the monkey and sloth area. Very clean, and the animals seemed well cared for. There were more than just monkeys and sloths. There were parrots, deer, barramundi, and more. It was very nice we cot to hold monkeys, and sloths (so cute!) , and a parrot sat on our heads.. Then we left there and went to West bay beach. It is just yards up the beach from where Carnival excursions go. Even though it was sprinkling, our GS had a blast here, we could hardly get him out of the water! We had been to this beach twice before on Carnival excursions, and had gotten amazing massages right there at the “Carnival beach” So I knew they were great massages at a great price. We checked around there at Bananarama where we were, but the massages being offered there just didn’t look as good as what we had gotten before, and the prices were higher. So we walked down to the Carnival beach, talked to a security guard and got in to see Maidi who had given us massages the other two times! score! I knew she was good. We each got a half hour massage for $25 each, and let me tell you, this girl may be short, but she has some powerful hands! Best $25 ever spent! Some day I’m coming just to Roatan for a week! Back on the ship, our GS loved the waterslides. He was bummed that he couldn’t ride the big ones (you have to be 42”, he is 40” , but he has something to look forward to. He played in the little kids area for hours! On some of the cooler days we checked out the hot tubs, nice and warm. Although he only spent a total of about 5 hours in Camp Ocean, he really enjoyed it. On his birthday. we did a scavenger hunt, and when we returned, the entire staff had prepared a hand made card, a string backpack, a large stuffed monkey, and some candy for a surprise for him! It really made his day! In the dining room that night for supper, Neil brought him out a little cake with a candle, and our whole section sang Happy Birthday to him. We had brought some of those little blowers that unroll when you blow them, and Lawson handed them out to a few people around us. One lady even had a blower fight with him, it was awesome! For debarkation, we ran into thick fog and were delayed for hours. Honestly I felt sorry for the staff as now instead a of a little break, they had to deal with HUNDREDS of grumpy people that misses thier flights. We were driving, so no real biggie, but everyone was just sitting around the public areas with all thier luggage, so not a lot of fun. But we got more fee food, and it wasn’t terrible. All in all a great “adventure “. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Carnival Breeze Cruise 01/14-21/2018 (Noted That the Breeze failed its CDC/saturation inspection in December, but after reviewing the report, we saw that most of the failures were technicalities, not really health risk problems. It ... Read More
Carnival Breeze Cruise 01/14-21/2018 (Noted That the Breeze failed its CDC/saturation inspection in December, but after reviewing the report, we saw that most of the failures were technicalities, not really health risk problems. It seems it might indicate the staff is overworked or understaffed) Sunday 1/14 Shawn dropped me and our luggage at the cruise terminal and a porter took the 2 large bags and my walker. Shawn drove the car to EZ cruise parking then walked back to meet me (only 4 blocks). As a Platinum cruiser, also in a wheelchair, we got priority boarding. Got on at 12:30 (an hour late due to previous cruise’s debarkation delay). Helpful friendly staff and the wheelchair was quickly thru and up the ramp to the ship. Check in was extremely simple with the just checking our boarding passes then putting us thru the metal detector and out carry-ons thru the x-ray machine. New procedure on the Sail and Sign Cards which function as ID, Charge Card and Cabin key – you go straight on to cabin with cards waiting for us outside the cabin. I unpacked from our carry-ons while Shawn went to check on the deck 5 hot tubs. Starboard Promenade hot tubs were open so we put on our suits and headed down despite the chilly weather. We enjoyed the nice, warm bubbly tub until 2:30, then tried to get lunch but ALL restaurants closed early (2:50). We went to our assigned Muster Station, Upper Blush Restaurant on Deck 4, for the safety briefing and at 3:15 they announced food service WOULD BE CLOSING which irritated me because everything was already closed. The Safety Briefing was held in areas where people could sit which was a great improvement over standing out on the decks as they used to do (ad still do on other ships, according to other passengers) After the Safety briefing, they let us gimps out first but the elevators were crazy busy. Finally got to deck 5 and went to Red Frog Pub for pub grub – but there was only one server and he was overwhelmed (and possibly indifferent). Went to Lido after long elevator wait. Long lines for all food. Finally went to deli - Reuben and tuna sandwiches were yummy as were the curly fries and potato salad. Love the tasteful decor of this ship but miss the comfy couches usually found along the Promenade on other Carnival ships we’ve sailed. Back to cabin to unpack - walker finally delivered. Internet plan for one activated meaning only one of us could be online at a time. The Internet is 1Mbit/sec with a huge ping of about 1.5 seconds (very poor response). We purchased the “Value Plan” ($60) before the cruise (at a small discount) – it is supposed to be for all basic internet use which doesn’t involve streaming videos, Skype or other massive data use, but this seems slow. Some apps would timeout and fail instead of just being slow. Already had the Carnival Hub app – it includes lots of useful info like maps, what’s happening, menus, etc. We also paid for texting with other cabin mates for $5 each. Went to 3-forward atrium for a Cruiser Special rum drink and to listen to Kudos Strings - 3 violinists- excellent!! Lots of Beatles songs and song from movies. Weird sewer smell down near the elevators was yucky. Late dinner in Blush upper got our own 4 top! Servers Retno and Winaya both from Indonesia. I had corn chowder, poppers, flat iron steak and creamed spinach. Shawn had Cesar, fresh tomato soup, salmon and baked potato. The soups were hot and delicious esp. the chowder. The bread basket was varied: fresh French, rye and a cranberry walnut roll. The Caesar is good but strongly fishy. The steak was a small portion but perfect for me - cooked medium rare and served with a delish peppercorn sauce, small baked potato (perfectly cooked and great!) and 2 pieces of broccoli. Very small but good portion of creamed spinach. The salmon was fine, served with baked potato, carrots, and broccoli Caramelized phyllo for dessert was superb! I am glad they have reduced the portion sizes a bit – I like to order and try several of the numerous offerings and with smaller portions, I can enjoy them more. Back to the room for an early night. The bed was extremely comfortable!! Note: Schwartz, the cruise director, was a lively and popular character, beloved by kids and adults alike. 1/15 Monday at sea S up early to walk laps in the Promenade – did 8. Walking track around the outside of deck 5 is wonderful. Walking laps is a fun way to start the morning, and to watch the sun rise. Each lap is .387 miles The Hub app includes sunrise/set times and but not ship positions I used the slow Value internet. S took me for a lap on the Prom- windy on the pier side and 2 narrow points near the bow where the wheelchair didn’t fit. Sea day brunch at Blush started at 8:30 but they seated us early – yay! Had a coupon for a brunch drink - Breeze’s Bloody Marie’s are bloody awesome! And they do bread VERY well - the croissant was great. Had fresh squeezed orange juice (another good reason to go to Blush for brunch). Shared the fruit plate (pretty and tasty). S got pasta pappardelle “Principe di Napoli”- loved it. Delicate sauce with wide ribbon noodles, bits of ripe tomatoes and fried mozzarella. I had an omelet, cheddar grits and bacon. The omelet had spinach onions mushrooms and cheddar - 2 eggs, perfect size for my meal. Grits were creamy and tasty. Bacon was ok. Went for a tour. Spa and serenity deck were ok but $40 to have to climb stairs to the Thalassotherapy pool seems excessive. Serenity Deck has cool cubbies, chairs, hammocks and 2 hot tubs all for 21+-year-olds. Had to take Spa elevator up to 15 Serenity Deck, only stairs otherwise and no exit on 14 or 12 without stairs. The Waterworks looks fun for kids (and adults) but climbing is required. Went to Lido to cross back to the sports area but learned there is only stair access to 12 aft for the Ropes Course and mini-golf :-( so people in wheelchairs or limited mobility are apparently not welcome on that deck. Also noticed only high-top tables at the sushi restaurant making it hard for gimps like me. Loved that there are lounges as well as chairs on all the decks as well as some benches. Went to Red Frog Pub for lunch - after waiting a while, the server came by and took order for a drink but said food wouldn’t be available until 11:30 (despite all postings saying lunch 11am-midnight). Tried the Jamaican Sunrise (Skye vodka, peach Schnapps, red passion fruit, orange and cranberry juice) - very tasty! We waited until 11:40 but the server disappeared so we gave up. They were clearly understaffed. We did not return. Went to Lido and waited for Tandoor to open at noon. YUM!! Murgh Salan (chicken and chiles in peanut sauce) and beef kabob were my faves while Shawn loved the fish and the pea and tofu Paneer. The naan was great (warm and crispy) and most all the salads were interesting and tasty! One negative note: they had what looked like roasted ears of corn, but they were actually boiled & seared to look like they were grilled. Relaxed on the rear balcony for the afternoon then sat on deck 5 to see some of the Elegant Night outfits. Back to the cabin and got ready for the elegant night. Had a plate of chocolates and strawberries plus a form asking if we needed anything - asked for 2 more pillows and a bathrobe (got them when we returned from dinner), plus we let them know we only needed once-a-day room servicing – no turn-down needed. More people at Blush tonight. Shared our table with Kim and Sherry from OK. S had fried oysters (loved them), Cesar salad, wild mushroom soup (wonderful) and root veggies in a pie crust which was good but dry. I had the soup (excellent) and spaghetti carbonara which was great, with the hot Creme Brûlée for dessert - yum. Our tablemates were first-time cruisers and Kim was quite vocal about his disappointments with the cruise (many complaints) but finally seemed to realize he was being a downer and started reminiscing about his life in Austin in the 80’s. Back to cabin to divest our fancy duds. Also received a throw as a platinum gift. Really appreciated the extra pillows. Tuesday 1/16 Awakened by room service at 605 Got tray then Shawn headed out for laps - did 8. I fiddled with comp and had hot tea and toast - note: even Carnival can’t make gluten-free bread taste good. Shawn returned and I put on a swimsuit under a dress and we went to Blush at 8:10 even though they were scheduled to open at 8:30 - they opened doors at 0811 - this is a very nice departure from every other place opening late or closing early! Seated at the same table as yesterday so same servers: Natali, and Joseph We got orange juice (very diff from on Lido), iced tea, and fruit plate to share. S got pasta again (server remembered) and I ordered eggs Benedict with extra hollandaise. Nat asked if we wanted a Bloody Mary again and we agreed. It was delish and the lady who made it came by to make sure we liked it - said the secret was her magic she added! We appreciate that touch. S lived his pasta again. They brought my eggs B with 2 extra servings of sauce and it was wonderful, especially with the little serving of home fries. The small servings make sense and I appreciate them - it’s easier and better to order more if you’re still hungry than to waste food if there’s too much! Ate breakfast and went to the aft starboard Jacuzzi on the promenade. It was too sunny and had people in it, so we went to the port side Jacuzzi where it was windy but empty. The tub temperature was a little lower than the first day so we hovered over the hot jets for a half hour. Tried going back to the starboard tub, but it was no warmer so we headed to the room. Changed then headed to the excursion desk to ask about wheelchairs on the Cayman Crystal Caves Trip. They said probably wouldn’t work so they refunded the full amount. BTW passengers can’t get from aft to midship on deck 3 so plan accordingly! Up to Lido for frozen yogurt and ocean views. We were going to try the pizza but no slices were out and no one was around (despite the pizza place supposedly being open 24hrs) Wandered a bit and checked email. Waited for noon Sushi opening but they were open when we got there! Very nice, helpful server let us order to go so we didn’t have to use the high top tables. Order a Bento Box for me and Spicy Tuna roll for Shawn. (Not a place to go if you’re in a hurry) A lovely young woman brought our order and everything we needed to the table where we sat outside the Red Frog Pub. It’s worth noting that the server at RFP saw and ignored us before we ever got our food. The staff at Bonsai Sushi, on the other hand, were observant, helpful and plentiful! The Bento came with Miso soup (delish), salad with ginger dressing (nice), 6. Pc California roll with real crab, avocado, cucumber and fish eggs sprinkles, as well as 3 pc Sashimi (shrimp, tuna, and salmon) which I gave to S. Shawn had an 8 pc Spicy Tuna roll which was excellent - obviously and meticulously made by a pro! Went up to get tea and see if Tandoor had different entries - they did, so we share a piece of naan and some Peas and Fenugreek (Methi Matar Malai). Then back to the cabin. Trying to use the internet during the day is an adventure in frustration - SLOW!!! Not worth what you pay but... slightly better than having no access. The trick appears to be using it at 4 am. Since S didn’t like anything on the dinner menu, we went to Lido buffet to eat. Good shrimp and breading and the chicken Milanese were great. Afterward, we made our way to the Breeze Atrium 3 to hear Kudos Strings again - fun! 1/17 Wednesday Jamaica Up at 5:30 to get internet to work and prep for Jamaica! Room service arrived at 6 AM as requested. Actually, the food delivered was substantially different than yesterday. Despite being almost the same order, things changed. Yesterday, I got four slices of toast and two tubs of cream cheese as well as two bags of tea for the hot tea. The only difference in the order was that yesterday I ordered gluten-free bread – which was awful. Today I ordered wheat toast. I received one slice of toast, one tub of cream cheese, and one teabag though the order was for two people. Slightly disappointing. On the plus side, the Internet works well at 6 AM. S off to walk laps on Deck 5. Packed donation for Jamaican school and organized cabin for carpet cleaning (about which they notified us) Rain started so S came back from deck laps and we hit breakfast on Lido. Not many folks and no lines. Basic breakfast fare although the raisin French toast was nice as was the sausage gravy. I missed as the wonderful salsa which was available at breakfast a couple of years ago (on Liberty I think) Watched as we motored into Montego Bay. Gangplank on 0 Forward - a little hard in a wheelchair so we went to the Breeze Atrium on 3 to wait. At 930 we went to the elevators where a helpful crewman called the special elevator to deck 0 for us. S pushed me off the boat (in a good way) and onto the terminal where we were directed to our tour zone. Waited until 10 then out to a small bus with 23 passengers, Driver Seymour and guide Michelle Drove thru MoBay with running commentary. Saw markets, tons of yams, fruits, veggies. Saw cannons only ever fired by accident at Brit ship by Brit soldiers. Stopped at oldest church, Anglican or Episcopal. Bell tower is very loud when the bells ring as S found out personally. Looks like the church had not changed much at all relative to its colonial beginning, with the exception of the addition of steel-drum band equipment. Drove into the countryside on bad roads toward Kingston and stopped at Mt Olive Basic School. Kids aged 3-5. The children lined up on the stairs of the school and sang songs and spoke poetry to us. Then the tourists sat with them and took pictures. The teacher brought two over to meet me in the wheelchair and was followed by many more, so we took lots of pictures of gorgeous children being sweet. Toured the school; teaching English is a clear priority. Shawn tried to give one boy an item—big mistake. Almost started a riot, which the teacher quickly resolved by taking the item away. We gave a bag of school supplies to the teacher. The materials we provided (chalk, playdoh, and paper) seemed very appropriate, given the kids’ ages. We then drove up the road and most of the people took a walk in the rainforest up a hill to a local restaurant. I stayed on the bus because the hike was rough, but Seymour brought me a cup of coconut water to try, then he drove me up the hill to the gift shop area where peacocks roamed and a little burro posed. There was also an aviary with many different birds including a small eagle. Seymour brought me samples of all the fruits the rest of the tour group got: coconut with brown sugar, watermelon, papaya, and pineapple. Seymour and 2 men waited until our group got to the shop area then pushed me and my chair up a STEEP pathway to the restaurant area atop the hill. A little black cat was roaming but disappeared when the group started arriving. Once everyone arrived there, they offered samples of fruit punch and sugar cane, then let us go thru the buffet: sweet potato salad, yams, coleslaw, jerked chicken and pork, festival (like hush puppies), Ackee and salt fish (the national dish) and 2 homemade breads. All were delish! S loved the ackee n salt fish. Coconut drops were offered for sale $1: chopped coconut meat cooked with ginger and brown sugar - yummy! S had a Red Stripe lite beer and I had water. I was scared to let the man roll me down the ramp so I braved the stairs then rolled into the gift shop where I tried sips of rum drinks. Bought a Cuban cigar for SJ then back on the bus and eventually MoBay. Stopped at a “1/2 price gift shop” but we waited on the bus. Then back to the ship. Went to the cabin - carpets cleaned! Rested a bit then went to Red Frog on Lido for a drink. Got the Red Rum Treasure which was great! Looked for a seat with a view but it started raining so we drug a chair under the deck 12 overhang on deck 11 and enjoyed the view of Jamaica. Watched the rain and the view until the ship pulled out then had dinner on Lido- fish n chicken for Shawn and chicken and ribs for me. The desserts were lovely - some warm honey oatmeal cake and mousse for me, ice cream for S. Back to the cabin for a pain pill and to read. Fell asleep between 7-8 then went to bed at 9! Thursday 1/18 Grand Cayman Woke every 1-1.5 hours as the ship rocked and rolled. The wheelchair rolled itself across the cabin and the TV swung itself out. Got up around six and Sean tried to do laps around the deck. The driving rain at the bow drove him back to the cabin, wet and cold. Got to Cayman around seven, but the rocking and rolling continued. The rain stopped so Shawn went to do laps again while I tried to make the computer work – if Carnival wants to gift my platinum status with something for me, perhaps upgrading me to decent Internet would be the best! The wind around the bow was crazy strong—very difficult to walk against it. Captain made an announcement at about 730 that we could not safely tender into Grand Cayman, so the Breeze is headed to Cozumel early. After giving up on the internet, we went to Blush for breakfast - servers Joseph and Natali :-). J told Shawn, “No pasta today!” Shawn had smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel plus a yogurt and granola parfait. I ordered avocado toast with poached eggs and a broccoli cheddar scramble. Delicious. The Parfait had little yogurt and was too sweet (lots of honey, minimal yogurt) for S but I finished it for him. Back to cabin so Shawn can nap and I can get super frustrated by horrible internet. Sat on the balcony and enjoyed the ocean motion, then we went to 11 for the view and the breeze, but it was more a gale so we retreated to another spot to wait for lunch venues to open. At noon, we headed to 5 to try the Pig and Anchor but all the doors to the outside were blocked due to the wind. Finally got out an aft hatch and tried a little of everything offered at the P&A. I liked the pork butt and smoked beef and collard greens. S liked the chicken. The potato salad and Mac n cheese were ok but nothing special. Getting back indoors proved a challenge - we rounded the stern and went all the way forward to find an open hatch. Went back to Lido and made our way thru the hordes to check the kind of curry available at Tandoor. Finding a table was hard - lots of readers taking up dining spots - but finally parked at a bar table aft by the pool. Had some curry and naan then went for desert - S had ice cream and some key lime cheesecake while I had cheesecake and a mini carrot cake (which looked better than it tasted). Back to the cabin (1:30 pm and not yet cleaned) so I could warm up - lay on the balcony in the sun for a bit then went inside and got under the covers. Decided to go get pizza - asked for and received mushroom - it was good. The pizza was good, but minimalist in the extreme—very thin crust, very little sauce, and minimal toppings. That was good, though, in that it made the pizza very crispy and light, and likely minimized waste. Got a drink (Beachcomber) down at Red Frog mid ship on Lido. Heard announcements that tonight is Elegant night and saw that the comedy shows were canceled so have to rethink our plan for the night. Decided to eat buffet and not dress up - being stick-mud-people! Planned for Cozumel tomorrow. Drinking man, Sam from Missouri, with a Marvin the Martian tattoo on his calf joined us and talked for a bit after his wife pulled his chest hair. We went by the cabin to get a shirt for S and a coverup for me then down to the Breeze Atrium but no music- everyone taking portraits. We planted in the Piano Lounge to watch elegant outfits. At 6:10 we headed to Lido for dinner. I got a southwest chicken wrap from the deli while S got clam chowder, fish, and a Cesar salad. The amaretto cake was too chocolaty for either of us. Back to the cabin to rest before going to hear music in the Atrium. (Cabin STILL not cleaned) Rested for a minute and Volter came to clean so we went to the Piano Bar to read. Heard an announcement that there’s someone needing medical treatment so we are powering full steam to Cozumel - arrival 0100. At 8ish we went to The Atrium to hear Kudos Strings. Listened to faves like Stairway to Heaven, Devil went down to GA, Phantom of the Opera and more, while 2 little girls danced to the music! Back to cabin @10. 1/19 Friday Cozumel Woke at around 2 AM and we were docked. Got up at six and Shawn went for laps around the deck. My room service continental breakfast was brought at about 620 and was double or triple what was brought up the last time. It was great. NOTE: The carnival Internet is horrible. We paid for the middle – class version, the value Internet, and it is horribly, horribly slow. They advertise that their premier version is three times faster, but three times the pace of a snail is still a slow turtle so I can’t imagine that it is much better. I cannot recommend paying money for the service. Got the internet to work well enough to finish daily chores - only took 1.75 hours to do what would take 10 minutes at home. Packed up supplies for the orphanage tour. S came back from laps (40+ overall)! Went to Lido for breakfast buffet - great sausage gravy! Back to cabin to pack up, lather up (sunscreen) and ship out. Out 0 forward and saw all the other ships: Carnival Dream next to us, Regal Princess at semi- dock, 2 RC ships at piers closer to downtown. Got all the way to Three Amigos then realized I forgot the excursion tickets:-(. Shawn parked me and headed back. S back with tickets and we checked in with Give Back tour then went to the drug store. Shawn went in and found higher concentration Volteran plus Aleve gel but had to stand in line 35 minutes. Met tour guide David and got aqua happy face sticker. Ran to Pancho’s Backyard for a margarita - took too long. Got it five minutes before departure and took it with us. Back to meeting spot and group of 15-18 followed David to open-air safari bus. Climbed up the tall stairs into the bus. The bus hit the road bumps like a tank. First stop at San Jose Del Mar church. Only 26 years old, but cool stained glass windows. Not only the stations of the cross but also local history depicted. This was in sharp contrast to the church in Jamaica, which was an adopted colonial church. Then on to the City of Angels orphanage (Cuidad de Angeles) a charity of the Church of Christ which houses kids with surrogate parents in houses (2 parents to 5-10 kids per house, 6-18-year-olds). They have 5 acres of land with house-building ongoing. They are trying to raise money for that, education, healthcare, etc. Julio showed us around and gave us info. We saw only a few young people, and we did not interact with any of them. Back on the bus to Cocina Economica Los Chilangos (Chilangos which means “out of towners” because the proprietors are from Mexico City). Local food: Pasta soup, chips and green salsa (HOT), Homemade corn tortillas and a choice of entree. I had Deditas en crema chile poblano (chicken pieces). Shawn had Cerna de res entomatada (beef in tomato sauce) both with refried beans and rice. Lovely lunch then back to the pier. Went by the drug store and got then went back to Poncho’s Backyard for guacamole and rum punch. Back to the ship and a quick rest before heading to the port side to watch the drunks and late runners. Found a salt-encrusted window on deck 5 and saw a few drunks and almost no runners despite their being 30 minutes late! Schwartz the cruise director tried to chivvy them along with Chariots of Fire music but to no avail. We finally left Cozumel at about 6:10 pm. Went to 3 Atrium to hear classics by Kudos Strings. Then dinner on Lido as Guy Fieri’s burgers were closed at 6:30. We went back to the cabin to get a jacket and I wimped out. Shawn went back to hear Kudos Strings while I lay down. Read for a while - S back at 9 and to sleep. 1/20 Saturday Day at sea I slept until 6:45 while Shawn did laps. Got up but even before 0700 the internet sucks. Shawn back at 7:25 after 10 laps! Internet off and on Went to brunch in Blush and tipped Joseph (from the Philippines) and Augustina the Bloody Mary lady. I had filet and eggs with grilled tomato and home fries (extra béarnaise)- perfect! S had the pasta. Lovely meal!! Checked spa temps but both were tepid, so back to cabin to read/time Cs play, but S napped instead. Today, Volter came at 0910 of course! Said he’d come back later. He never introduced himself but knew our names. We timed Cs play then went to Lido for tea. S saw the Ropes Course was open so parked me on 11 and went up. I enjoyed the sun and breeze and ocean view. S came back as the Ropes had just closed for lunch (at 11:30) until 1:30. We went back and edited until 1:40, then Shawn went to Ropes while I fought the computer. He came back after an hour and showed me pictures of the hard vs easy sides of the course. Shawn did the easy and hard parts, which were all fun. The ‘hard’ side looked to be particularly difficult for people who were big/heavy. We went to 10 and split a burger then went by the shops for gifts before returning to the cabin. We read for a while then showered and packed up everything we could. Read a bit then went to Blush for farewell dinner. S had caprese salad, creole shrimp, and a baked potato. I had creamy mango soup as well as baked onion soup, then ricotta ravioli. S had a complimentary glass of Merlot and I had lemonade. Tipped and said bye to Winaya and Retno. Down to Atrium to hear Kudos Strings one last time: Bohemian Rhapsody, Only You (Patsy Cline), Celebration, and La Bamba. Back to cabin a little after 10. Finished packing all but the essentials and put out suitcases then to bed. 1/21 Galveston Alarm at 6. But it was 6 EST so we went back to bed a while. Up again at real 6 and Shawn went for 4 laps while I finally shed packing. Went up to Lido for breakfast but Shawn was disappointed - no gravy! Ate then back to cabin to get stuff, including walker! We were supposed to meet other priority departures in the midship restaurant at 8:15. Loaded up and headed to forward elevators which the ship announcements had said were for deck 11-12 and priorities only -ha! Waited 15 minutes because all elevators jam-packed. Finally got an empty elevator up to 12 then down to deck 3 where people were already exiting. Got right thru and got a porter to pick up luggage and take us through customs/immigration (no customs forms anymore. Porter dropped me and bags at F and Shawn went for car. Fast and easy disembark! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The ship was big but not so big i couldn't find and do everything i wanted. Good food, nice people, Entertainment was good if not a little off key sometimes. I enjoyed it! This was my first experience in the spa and was very ... Read More
The ship was big but not so big i couldn't find and do everything i wanted. Good food, nice people, Entertainment was good if not a little off key sometimes. I enjoyed it! This was my first experience in the spa and was very pleased with the service there as well. I would maybe like more room in the spa considering how many people were in there during any given time. The waiters in the main restaurant were very busy but did there job well. Food was a little over cooked at times but very tasty. The crew that worked on the decks had to work overtime with the rain and wind and they did a fantastic job as well. I never worried about slipping on the decks. Over all the cruise was very good. I have all ready recommended this cruise to someone else and am going to help them book it. Thank you Carnival for doing such a great job! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Enjoy cruising in December between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Temps are great and the crowds are smaller. Our steward Denys was the best steward we ever had, quite the nice experience! Did the Chef's table and found out that the ... Read More
Enjoy cruising in December between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Temps are great and the crowds are smaller. Our steward Denys was the best steward we ever had, quite the nice experience! Did the Chef's table and found out that the menu was EXACTLY the same as it was last year, I would have thought they would mix it up somewhat. That being said, the meal was still excellent! The entertainment was great, I enjoy that they have brought back more live entertainers and have limited the DJs. My only issue with the cruise was the quality of the internet and the TV feed. For the rather high price you pay for the internet service, it should be decent, it felt like I was on dial-up in 1995. It was slow (some pages took 2-3 minutes to load) messages were not sent for hours. The TV kept going in and out such that you couldn't watch anything because it was too frustrating. I know these are little things, but little aggravations add up. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
So, this is our (wife and I) 4th Carnival cruise and our 4th different ship (previous ships are the Ecstasy, Triumph and Liberty). Embarkation was a breeze (pardon the pun) as we had FTTF. From walking into the terminal to getting to our ... Read More
So, this is our (wife and I) 4th Carnival cruise and our 4th different ship (previous ships are the Ecstasy, Triumph and Liberty). Embarkation was a breeze (pardon the pun) as we had FTTF. From walking into the terminal to getting to our room was about 20 minutes. A big part of that, aside from FTTF, was that your sail and sign cards are sent ahead to your cabin. So all you do now is go through security, and board. We booked an aft balcony cabin along with spa passes (spa rooms were all gone). We had one excursion booked through Carnival for Jamaica, Cayman and Cozumel were booked with private providers. We like the decor of the Breeze, more contemporary than our previous cruises. None of the gaudy/loud "old Vegas" look. Layout was similar to the other ships we've been on. Larger "water park" and the ropes course were fun additions. One thing that was missed was a true sports bar. Sure, they had some TV's at the pub, but it wasn't really set up like an actual sports bar. As far as the overall vibe on the ship, I have to say it was, for lack of a better word, quiet. What I mean by that we there were several dead areas of the ship through the days/evenings. Karaoke at 4:30??? Lounges and the club areas unused for long stretches. We talked to several other passengers about this as well, and they all thought that this cruise was "off" when it came to the onboard activities specific to the entertainment areas of the ship. The night club was only in use after 11pm (why not have Karaoke in there until then??) the piano bar was also mostly unused. On deck/atrium activities seemed like the usual stuff, so I don't know why the rest of the entertainment was lacking. As mentioned, we had spa passes that gave us unlimited access to the thalassotherapy pool and the assorted steam/sauna rooms. Wife really enjoyed the pool, while I loved using the steam rooms after working out in the fitness center. We used the spa almost every day. One minor complaint, is that they don't really monitor it. A few times I just had to move on to the next room because some folks seemed to thing that everyone needs to hear their personal gossip. Otherwise, a fine experience. As far as excursions go, I'll address the Carnival provided one only. For Jamaica, we chose the Chukka Kayak, Zip line tour. Departure on a mid-sized bus was prompt and pleasant with a fun driver named Regan. After about 30-45 minutes, we arrived at the center for our excursion (which also served as the start point for several other excursions). It was chaotic to say the least. With so many different tours going on it was tough to make out what we were even supposed to be doing. A little better direction here would be appreciated for sure. The excursions itself was a lot of fun. That last zip line was exhilarating. Minor quibble (going back to needing better direction) was the the Kayak portion started immediately after zip lining. This wasn't communicated to us beforehand, and I left my waterproof cameras behind assuming we would return to the initial muster point and be able to get things out of the lockers ($5 for the lock BTW). The ride back, after kayaking, was almost the most exciting thing about the excursion. If you've ridden the Kong ride at Universal Orlando or Dinosaur/Indian Jones rides at Disney Parks, it was like that...but in real life! We even had a blowout, which did not stop us. We encountered some heavy rain on the way back which apparently caused some issues with other tours. We were almost 2 hours late leaving port as a result. Our private tour in Grand Cayman went well and the one we had scheduled in Cozumel was cancelled due to strong rip currents. Food on the cruise was good. We tried the Lido Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We dined in the main dining room as well for brunch and dinner. We had dinner on our last sea day on the Fahrenheit Steak House which was excellent. I do wish main breakfast buffet access was moved to a earlier time as I am an early riser and wanted more than the continental breakfast options that were offered. Food selection was decent, but the lack of healthy prepared sides was disappointing. I had lot's of big salads to make up for it (I mean really, no green beans, carrots, corn???). I read many complaints about runny eggs, but we didn't encounter that on our cruise. So, overall it's what we've come to expect on a Carnival cruise, which Is good, varied food. Debarkation was a little bumpy as we experienced a delay due to foggy conditions. They did not announce this early enough, as we were already in the staging area for FTTF (The Ovation Theater). So, we sat there for an extra hour. But, once it got rolling, we were off the ship and through customs quickly. While there were some issues (which I think can all be easily addressed) we had a great time and would sail the Breeze again if the itinerary was right. We're looking at trying out the Vista next year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the other 1 ... Read More
We are in our early 40s and went on the Thanksgiving cruise with our two kids, who were out of school with all the other kids :). Long, detailed – sorry. We have been on 9 other cruise (the kids – 1 had been on 2 others and the other 1 other), all on NCL (so review with comparisons). We selected Carnival, so that we could drive to Galveston and not have to buy 4 plane tickets. NCL has sailed from Houston before, but not now. I also wanted to go to Grand Cayman; this was the new port for us that I have wanted to visit. All the activities offered (water park, rope course, putt-putt golf, hot tubs off the side of the promenade, etc.) also looked exciting to entertain the kids and adults together. They were. This was the biggest ship we have been on. While on, we heard 4,700 people + crew sailing that week on a ship advertised for 3,800 passengers at two per room. We were not sure if we would like that many people together. Overall, it was not bad, and we did not mind walking it. We love to walk the promenade deck. Being on deck 1 and slow elevators did give us more stairs than I was good at handling. Though the most crowded place by far was the buffet…oh my. Food: To transition to food and start with the buffet, it is divided into two parts with a good length walk between both (a kitchen and some seating between, I believe), which was annoying when trying to find utensils (not on the tables like NCL’s), trying to find family members, or trying to find something that looked good. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there were always lines. Except for the NCL’s hamburger/hot dog buffet start line, I’m used to jumping in and out of line based on what looks good. I’m not going to get in the buffet line and take everything or almost everything, so I hate to wait in line for everything. Going for breakfast one morning, I really thought we would not get any food. We did discover the hot chocolate machine in the buffet; it was awesome but not open the last day. The last day, we got to the buffet earlier, and it was not crowded. Just one more buffet note – the chocolate chip cookies are delicious on NCL; they were horrible on Carnival. Guy’s burgers were delicious! At the Blue Iguana, I liked the fish taco, but did not care for the pork taco – too cumin-y for my taste. My husband liked it and had it a few times. I tried the breakfast burrito one morning. I got it without eggs – I know crazy,but they were putting a lot on the people’s ahead of me. I should have just asked for less. They only have jalapeño or wheat tortillas on the menu, but you can ask for a plain tortilla. I had read about only the two options, but the person in front of me did it, so I followed the lead. Husband liked the India buffet/Tandoor in the back. Sea day bunch was wonderful; our favorite. The first day the line was too long for breakfast. So, we went later for lunch. We made it two other times, going earlier for breakfast; all were excellent. I had the filet twice and the pork once. Husband had the hen a la diabla that he said was very good. Kids loved the big pancake stack. Large selection crossing breakfast and lunch type items. We never tried the pizza or deli in the buffet. We had breakfast once in the Tasting Bar on the promenade deck. They had less selection, but it much calmer than the buffet with a great outside view. I was not impressed with my Sea Dog; my child, who likes hot dogs, never tried one to give a second opinion. We had anytime dining. From NCL, we are used to eating when we want. Since we had the kids, we were not seated with others anyway. We ended up eating earlier to avoid waits. We were always seated in the same section. I had read about slow service, so was worried. We had an excellent server and her team the first night and a couple of nights (same guys) in the middle of cruise who were also excellent. Thanksgiving night was slow, and I think our server team of three was covered by one person. The last night was also very slow. These two nights were the only nights we saw the waiters dancing; maybe because we were there later due to slowness. It was cool; we had fun and got into it. Though husband was ready to place his dessert order, I believe. NCL does not do anything like that. Embarkation/Disembarkation: We drove from north of Houston where we had a hotel overnight to Galveston the morning of the cruise. We had the 11:30-12 check in time. After we drove, parked, walked to the terminal, and dropped off luggage, we stood in a long line outside that was not moving. It quickly started moving, and we got up to the line split between those within their time slot and those early or late. It was 11:15. My husband asked should we hang back 15 minutes or push on; I voted to push on. The in-the-time-slot line was fairly non-existent and moving quickly. However, we got through quickly; tossed our water from our cups in the trash as signs requested. At check-in, they scanned our passports instead of taking pictures. When getting on later, they did take the kids’ picture saying that they have aged more. They handed us our boarding number – 10. Then we went through security. We went through and had brought soda (no longer allowed on NCL). Fellow passengers helped online beforehand, and we brought a canvas-ish shopping bag to quickly toss them in after security torn down the box. You are allowed one 12 pack of cans per adult. We only brought one knowing that it is hard to find time to drink them on shore days anyway. The canvas bag worked great, just sliding the box in, and made them easy to carry around the ship until the rooms were ready. Then we went to find the waiting area for #10. It was around the corner and 10 did not sound good. After we sat, they began calling numbers soon, and they got through them quickly. We were on and ready for a Guy’s burger, and Tandoor/India buffet for husband. They did not give us our keycard at check in, but said the cards would be at the room entrance mailbox when the rooms were ready. They also noted that we could make any onboard purchases before we had the keycard with the barcode on our boarding pass. This seemed odd. I read that too many people were going to drop their stuff at the room and slowing down the room stewards. I had not heard of this being a problem on NCL, but maybe because I’m not at the rooms early or because they don’t allow soda any more. ETA for rooms was 1:30. We went down a little after, and they were just distributing the keys. So, ours did not sit unattended. Disembarkation was also quick. Due to fog near Galveston, we had to stop moving in the middle of the night, so we were late getting in. We did walk off with your own suitcases. The documentation had us getting off at 11am or 11:30 am whether we did walk off or tag and luggage out. It was based on deck, with our deck, 1, at the end. This was really disappointing. I assumed there were people on deck 1 eager to get off early and those on 12 (or whatever) not eager to get up early. Since we had a drive, we were hoping to get off before 11am. Due to the delay, the CD was announcing a one hour delay on the published schedule (12pm). We were not sure if this also applied to getting out of the rooms by 8:30am or 9:30am now. We left a little after 8:30 and went up to deck 5. The CD staff was directly people toward the end of the walk off line. We sat down in the sushi restaurant planning for a long wait, but they started letting people off from the line. No one mentioned or asked about deck numbers. Passport control was pretty quick; on the way out, they were asking who had liquor and needed to pay the duty. We were to our car about 9:45. Entertainment: Family loved the Sky Rope Course. I tried it once around and had enough. They did it multiple times, multiple days. They let you go around twice for your turn. One day it was very uncrowded, and they were letting people go around as much as they wanted. We also enjoyed putt-putt and pool, though you had to find an uncrowded time. We did the water park on the Montego Bay day before it rained. There were very short to no lines, so we did the slides over and over again. We never made it to the Thrill theater. We enjoyed candy store shopping with onboard credit. We went to the Seaside Theater (big screen at the mid-ship pool) as a family the last night – Despicable Me 3. It was fun, but the pool chairs did get uncomfortable toward the end of the movie. I’m not sure how the chair hogs do it ;). I have heard of people going up a deck to the sofas; that may be the way to go. We checked several nights, and they seemed to only be showing PG-13 movies. The last night they had Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3; saved them all for the last night. Our oldest watched Transformers too. Back to food, we had the Steakhouse dinner without the kids – excellent service and delicious! We got the kids in line for the buffet with them trying to preview and decide what they would get. Then we went to the Steakhouse; next youngest went to kid’s club and oldest to the movie. We told the youngest that he could come back to the room at 8am (he likes to play his technology) since we expected to be done around 8:30. Transformers was a long movie, so the oldest had about an hour to go when we checked on him after dinner. On kid’s club, the oldest did not do too much with his group. It started later and went later (after we went to bed). He went to karaoke and was not a fan. He did couple digital scavenger hunts that he enjoyed. The youngest spent more time at kid’s club and had a child from his grade at school also on the cruise. He learned some new games that he enjoyed. He did a scavenger hunt in the rain that he complained about, but he is a martyr and we know he likes his battle wombs. I had read about the kid’s club kids getting gifts, and I saw some kids with backpacks. We managed to miss the gifts. We did not watch any of the production shows with timing with kids and dinner. We went to the Hasbro game show in the main theater. The kids enjoyed the preview recording of the game show before it started…thinking that is what we came to see. I thought they would pre-pick the families to compete after watching the preview video, but they picked individuals based on answering trivia questions. I thought this part got a little long and that pre-picking would be better, but the kids enjoyed it. If you want to be picked, sit at the bottom in the front center. We also watched two of the four comedians; they switch 2 for 2 new ones mid-cruise. We went to the PG shows with our oldest. He did not know if he would like it, but he was laughing like crazy. Both comedians made us laugh, but the first, Ronnie Bullard, was better. Seeing them so close together let us compare, where we normally would not (I’m used to one max comedian on a cruise). The first had better delivery and stronger material. The second was Tim Walker. Husband said trivia was easier than NCL’s; it was interesting – they picked from a Trivial Pursuit book. He won a couple “ship on a stick”. We also played a big trivial pursuit and met some fun people. They also had a big Sorry! that our oldest played. Our youngest did a Build a Bear party. They hand out numbers when you come in, so get there early. Our casually late got us a 43, where they called 4 numbers at once. I was surprised at how efficient it was after you got up there. I thought the poor kid’s club staff was “sewing” them, but actually, they were pre-sewn and just needed the thread tightened and knotted. Efficient! We never got to try out the hot tubs off the side of the ship; they closed for cleaning or maintenance where it did not seem like much urgency was given to reopening them, like closed more than 24 hours to shock them if there had been a diaper mishap. We visited an aft hot tub after our Montego Bay water park visit. The kids went one other time to the aft hot tubs, while we sat and watched; they had to move from one to another when a jet needed maintenance. The back pool area is a nice place to sit and hang out. They have a drink machine there; though it was missing an ice dispenser. The kids got in the mid-ship pool once when they decided the water park was too cold. We found chairs to watch. Overall: We had a great cruise and found lots to do. The kids enjoyed having more freedom to check themselves in and out of kid’s club; it just took planning ahead on when to meet and where. It helped us avoid the checkout lines, though did not always work because sometimes we were early to check the youngest out. Carnival is more laid back than my type A personality. “Washy-washy, happy-happy” was hard to find (they had machines in the buffet, but you had to look), instead of at the entrance to the buffet both given by a person and a machine and every time you got back on the ship on NCL. We avoided the stomach bug; I pushed the hand sanitizer that I brought after getting food and before eating on the Lido. (Youngest picked it up at the end of his last cruise and shared it with all of us after we got home.) Though I got a cold that I’m still fighting . Another laid-back attitude I felt was, the ship arrives at published time but then has to clear customs. You don’t get to get off at published time. Why not publish the time that guests would be cleared to get off? Not a big deal, but something that I noticed. Beforehand, we were nervous about having an Italian captain; I have been to Italy and do not think of strong work ethic when I think of Italians, but think of siestas and the hole in the ground toilets -- sorry Italians . We are used to the Scandinavian captains. I did not meet the Captain, but he made informative announcements a few days and got the ship to where it needed to be. The crew were all upbeat, friendly, and accommodating! Ports: Montego Bay, Jamaica: We did not plan anything for this stop. My husband and I honeymooned in Ocho Rios and knew about the 2 hour bus rides. I did not want to try that with kids. We got out and shopped in the port area. The kids got a Jamaica soccer ball (futbol); we did not have one before. We did not mean to but did haggle. Our youngest was trying to want a fidget spinner instead. We were trying to get them to decide. The ball also had marks on it; I don’t like to buy new stuff that is dirty. This was taken as haggling, and she knocked the price down. In the terminal, they were helpful and told us how to walk to the Hard Rock for wi-fi. We had gotten an email from our tour guide in Grand Cayman about an earlier tour time before we left Galveston, so needed to check email again. When I saw the line of people at the gate ready to hassle us and it was starting to sprinkle, I ask that we head back. (We ended up buying expensive one day internet access from the ship.) Jamaica was pretty when we saw it before; if you want to do something, book it ahead of time. It ended up flooding that day, and the ship did not get to leave until right before 10pm, instead of 6pm, waiting for ship tours to make it back. They had to avoid flooded roads. Grand Cayman – Stringray City and Coral Reef: This was a tender port. We read the documentation, and there was nothing on tender tickets. It just said when you are ready to go ashore come down to get on a tender boat. This was weird. The CD was announcing how crowded the tender lines were and when a good time to go down would be and was. We now had a tour time confirmed for meeting at 10:40 ship time or island time; I do not remember which. Staying on the same time and having ship time was new to us. It is probably much easier for the crew, but did seem to annoy the islanders, who noted that we would not go to England and ask them to use our time. We got off early to have ample time. The tender ride was short; it was operated by Grand Cayman’s vs. the ship and held 300, if I remember correctly. We were there early. We found the meeting place; our tour was with Moby Dick. They had a big restroom that husband said was nice. One kid was starving and required a snack. We went into a couple of shops. Our group started to gather. I believe they were waiting for people from other ships that got in later. When most arrived, we boarded the bus; while one owner waited for the last group. We got to see a little of the town driving to the boat dock; the boat ride was longer than I expected. Stingrays were great; we fed and held them. The guides were good at catching them to let people hold. With the underwater camera, husband captured the oldest feeding one – it vacuums in its food. On the boat ride over, they taught us about the stingrays and how to feed them. Our youngest was a little scared of them; we held him some. It was about 4 ft, so easy for us to stand but the kids had to wade more. We used our snorkels some to see them underwater. Then we went to the coral reef snorkel. There was a shipwreck and ship toilet. Husband caught a school of fish on camera. Youngest loved the reef snorkeling. Cozumel – Chankanaab: There were many ships and people in port the day we were there, and our ship had the latest scheduled arrival time. The dock the Breeze was at, I believe, is closer to Chankanaab – Puenta Maya. The taxi lines were long this day. They have a price list to the different locations, so you know the cost + tip. At Chankanaab (the kids have been one other time), we started with the Mayan ruins. Then we got ready to snorkel. We camped between a set of umbrellas and chairs; none left available at this point. The snorkeling was not as good as I remembered, but I did not go to all the sections. Youngest loved it again, noted he touched a fish. Hum…you are not supposed to touch them. They have snorkel gear from Christmas one year. We borrowed life jackets for youngest and myself (being lazy, and I don’t dive anyway) with a driver’s license for the id that they hold while you borrow the jackets. After snorkeling, we went to the sea lion show and then let the kids play in the pool. Then we decided that we should head back before it got closer to the Park’s closing time at 4pm when everyone would want to a taxi. We were put in a van taxi with another family. Based on this, we did not know the price. Husband asked. Chankanaab is very nice. They also have swim with dolphins and manatees and zip lining. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Our week on the Carnival Breeze was a very pleasant get-away. The ship, although five years old, still feels quite new and contemporary, although there is quite a bit of rust on areas with metal, even on the balconies. We thoroughly ... Read More
Our week on the Carnival Breeze was a very pleasant get-away. The ship, although five years old, still feels quite new and contemporary, although there is quite a bit of rust on areas with metal, even on the balconies. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the excellent service, and the musicians all over the ship, The layout of the ship is great with a different feel than many others due to the port and starboard side dining areas and the way the seating is situated near the buffet. My only disappointment, which was not the ship's fault, was that what was going to be the highlight of my cruise (I thought) - cave tubing in Belize, was cancelled due to high waters, which I guess can happen during their rainy season and I should have been more prepared for anticipation of the cancellation. We loved snorkeling at Chankanaab in Cozumel and snorkeling at the West Bay Beach in Roatan-Honduras. Better stage shows in the big theater and better comedians would have been preferable, but these are minor criticisms of the ship. There were really no headliners brought on board also, and I would have liked to see a few of them, as well. Overall, a very nice week! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We did this cruise last year with 7 of us and loved it. This year there were 10 of us. We had the cove balconies . Some of the cabins were under the kitchen and were very noisy around 3 a.m. . Cabins 2397-2405 .. The cabins were clean ... Read More
We did this cruise last year with 7 of us and loved it. This year there were 10 of us. We had the cove balconies . Some of the cabins were under the kitchen and were very noisy around 3 a.m. . Cabins 2397-2405 .. The cabins were clean and it was really nice being on the second level But beside the noise the cruise was great. Our wait staff were phenomenal. Table 508 Blush. Imade,Ynoman,Ynoman were the best.They kept us laughing the whole night. The food was above average.We did not have a problem finding something we liked. Some of the entertainment was good.The passengers were very creative with their costumes on Halloween . We had been to all the ports but still enjoyed them. In Roatan we had a tour with Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth adventure. Carla was wonderful showing us the island and the sloths and monkeys were the best.. The staff were very knowledgeable and we were able to hold and play with the animals. 5 stars. Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and easy. Galveston is a great port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The CD was outstanding. The food was average. The Room attendant was a real pleasure and very good. Most of the theater shows were good to very good. The Country show was the worst show I have ever seen. I didn’t walk out. I ran out. ... Read More
The CD was outstanding. The food was average. The Room attendant was a real pleasure and very good. Most of the theater shows were good to very good. The Country show was the worst show I have ever seen. I didn’t walk out. I ran out. This was the first cruise of 13 I have been on that I was aware of the police escorting passengers in handcuffs from the ship. I had recently returned from a competitor’s cruise and did compare the facilities and the quality of the food. Although the main dining room was mediocre in comparison, the highlights were the Tandor, the Mongolian Wok and Guy’s Burgers. Those locations produced food with a flair and with flavor. The specialty Pig and Anchor BBQ venue was a sad excuse for BBQ. I would recommend skipping the line and dining elsewhere. We did dine in the Steakhouse and the Italian specialty restaurants (fee applies) and found them to be acceptable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We had to cancel a proposed Alaska cruise due to a conflict with the birth of our grand daughter. This cruise was selected for R & R as a substitute. It worked out very nicely. The crew was very attentive . The stage shows were great ... Read More
We had to cancel a proposed Alaska cruise due to a conflict with the birth of our grand daughter. This cruise was selected for R & R as a substitute. It worked out very nicely. The crew was very attentive . The stage shows were great and the performers were full of energy and smiles throughout the performances. We chose to sit up front for every show. Two of our three chosen excursions were canceled due to lack of interest from our fellow shipmates. I guess they were too sedate. The post dinner music for dancing was not as good as on previous trips on Carnival. All in all the trip supplied the rest and relaxation for my wife and I and we would recommend this ship and its fabulous crew. This was one smooooth ride and caused no queasiness the whole time. Love the big ships. Roatan was our favorite stop even though we got caught in a down pour while on the beach Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
overall the breeze is nice, the service was good but not great. but a good relaxing time, if there was one thing I would change it would the cruise dir. really never saw or got people excited. now if the one from Fantasy ship was there I ... Read More
overall the breeze is nice, the service was good but not great. but a good relaxing time, if there was one thing I would change it would the cruise dir. really never saw or got people excited. now if the one from Fantasy ship was there I feel it would make the ship rock! many of the staff seem over worked and pushed to the limits but always said good morning. I wish they would take a step backwards and focus on service not the dollars. but the cabin steward was great really looked after you even if he had far too many cabins. as for the food it was ok, but if you don't like baked potatoes or Rice your in trouble every meal...not a mashed potato or fries to be seen. getting off the ship was the only bad thing...wow they need to sort this mess out. ppl just coming down when they wanted, Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We needed a cruise with our cruising buddies. The port is close to home, only a hour and half away. Embarkation was a Breeze (pun intended). Stateroom was great, two separate bathrooms,only one toilet. Had plenty of room to unpack ... Read More
We needed a cruise with our cruising buddies. The port is close to home, only a hour and half away. Embarkation was a Breeze (pun intended). Stateroom was great, two separate bathrooms,only one toilet. Had plenty of room to unpack clothes. The shows were great entertainment. Enjoyed the wait staff , especially Tomislav, Bernard, and Dinar in MDR. Only excursion was cancelled because of too much rain in Belize ( filled up the caves). Enjoyed wave runner in Cozumel, zip lining in Roatan. Jungle Zip lining has it going on. They were great, made sure we safe and had a great time zipping thru the jungle. We also toured the country side. Beautiful views of the ship from the mountains. While on the ship we took advantage of the putt putt course. We played everyday weather permitted. There is always something to do, if you get bored- take Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose carnival bascily because we had such a awesome experience 6 years ago on our first cruise we never looked back. As expected we were greeted with pure joy and of course drinks and food.we decided to upgrade to a balcony cabin this ... Read More
I chose carnival bascily because we had such a awesome experience 6 years ago on our first cruise we never looked back. As expected we were greeted with pure joy and of course drinks and food.we decided to upgrade to a balcony cabin this time on deck 12 with a full ocean view I will say it was a magnificent view, now I say that I have a major downfall with this cabin "12001" totally my fault for not looking into it but the room backed onto the gym which opens at 6am so to say I was awoken at approx 6.45 every morning by " thud thud thud " this was the weights hitting the floor. Now on a perfect world it wouldn't bother me but even in the afternoon wanting to get a hours rest in the cabin,it's just not possible.so if you want price and quite don't book this cabin.now the dinning this is easy pure heaven our waiting staff 5☆ our food also 5☆ I couldn't fact any of this if I tried.we also tried the steakhouse while on board yet again perfect food.entertainment well we saw 2 shows not over impressed but ok.we went ashore at montego Bay, Mayhem I myself would never do it again I understand people need to make a living but there pure in your face not my idea of relaxing at all, now gran cayman on the other hand awesome place totaly recommend this place and due to the hurricane we missed cozimal but all in all a awesome vacation. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We were invited to join a large family group on this cruise. We took our grandchildren (3 & 1) to the Dr Seuss breakfast which was wonderful. The kids enjoyed it, lots of photo opportunities and fun food. The staff was very helpful ... Read More
We were invited to join a large family group on this cruise. We took our grandchildren (3 & 1) to the Dr Seuss breakfast which was wonderful. The kids enjoyed it, lots of photo opportunities and fun food. The staff was very helpful working with food allergies the children have. The Seuss-a-paloza story reading was a blast, both children enjoyed it with the 3 year old up on stage with daddy for actual story time. My one disappointment was that the Towel Theater performance was scheduled to overlap with the second setting of the Dr Seuss Breakfast. With three sea days on our schedule it would have been better planning to host the Towel Theater performance on Sea Day 1 so there was an event for young children each of the sea days rather than over lap and have guests miss out on a chance to attend both events. We ate all our evening meals in the dining room. Some dishes were excellent, some over cooked and dry. I will say that the tenderloin steak diner and the breakfast steak and eggs served on Sea Day at the brunch were wonderfully prepared! Prior to leaving on this trip my daughter had multiple frustrating conversations with Carnival Cruise Lines over the phone about providing food for her child with dairy allergies. She was given different answers each time she called with questions. Once we were actually on the ship all her worry was relieved as our dining room staff took care to provide her and her baby with appropriate meals. Kudos to Ship Dining Staff, Carnival Cruise staff that answer phone call questions-get your act together and provide accurate information to guests BEFORE they board the ship. The water park was a great place for older kids and adults, the toddler play area was very nice BUT, the water that gushed out from the big bucket at the top of the slides was so forceful that it knocked our 3 year old to the ground and off the stairs multiple times. IF I had not been there to watch the bucket to acess when it would tip and assure she kept her back to the water, rather that look at the water as it was gushing toward her, I believe her eyes would have been injured by the force of the water or she could have gotten whiplash from being hit in the face by the water. Water park designers should have set that bucket so it would not fall on the toddler play area or built a protective cover for the toddler area that diverts the water away from them. Putt Putt golf and the ropes course were great and there was always seating available around the Lido deck on one of the three levels. I did not care for the set up of the Market Place Cafe nor did I like the food up there. The Pizza place and Indian food place on the back pool area of deck 10 were quite good as was Guy's Burgers. I enjoyed the evening entertainment, attending a show in the Ovation Theater 6 of 7 nights. Music at the 3rd floor bar/dance area was fun. All our kids loved to dance while the adults hung out. We went to the Dolphin Experience with all you can eat food and drinks in Cozumel. Getting there was crazy as we were sent in 7 passenger taxi vans but once we arrived at the Dolphin location our actual time in the water and interaction with the dolphins was amazing. Take your own towels on this excursion as they are not provided at the venue. The food was rather ho-hum but the drinks were pretty good and free flowing . In Roatan we went to the Monkey Park with Beach excursion. The park and hike was lovely, the Monkeys were so fun and the beach was beautiful. Food was pretty cheap and very tasty at the beach venue. Overall this was a fun trip and I am very happy we went. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Went on this cruise with family and had the best time! Our Steward Harry was great, rooms cleaned well and always ice in the ice bucket! Food was great and try the steakhouse! Well worth the money!! Loved the thrill theatre so much I did ... Read More
Went on this cruise with family and had the best time! Our Steward Harry was great, rooms cleaned well and always ice in the ice bucket! Food was great and try the steakhouse! Well worth the money!! Loved the thrill theatre so much I did it twice. Embarkation went very quickly and the sail away party was the greatest! The cruise director kept everyone entertained! It was way to hot to do much in Belize, don't think I will even get off the boat if I ever go to that port again. Honduras was beautiful and it was a perfect day. Cozumel was great, even with 4 ships in port. This was my second cruise and I love it! I have already booked another one for next year. Carnival does such a good job of everything! The disembarkation was smooth too. Off of the ship and in our car by 9am! Well worth the money spent! Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise to the eastern Caribbean because we wanted to go to Key West, which was supposed to be our first port of call. Unfortunately, that was cancelled due to the devastation of Irma. So, we had an extra "fun day at ... Read More
We chose this cruise to the eastern Caribbean because we wanted to go to Key West, which was supposed to be our first port of call. Unfortunately, that was cancelled due to the devastation of Irma. So, we had an extra "fun day at sea" on our way to the Bahamas.. We didn't really have much fun on the sea days, but maybe we just didn't try hard enough? The evening shows were very good, we did enjoy those. The comedians were ok. Chris Tucker came onboard for a show while we were in Nassau. We didn't go to his show, but we heard that it was very good. We did like the ship, especially our cabin. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 1, mid ship, starboard and it was fabulous!! We had the king bed arrangement with a sofa and coffee table. It had two bathrooms with plenty of shelf space (only one toilet however) and four closets!! There was even a dressing area with knee space and a stool for makeup, hair, etc. We packed a lot of things we didn't end up needing (ie: over the door organizers), but the lack of electrical plugs is still a problem, so we did need that extension cord. The food was really good. We usually ate breakfast at the marketplace on the lido deck and dinner in the main dining room. We had brunch in the main dining room on one of the sea days. It was ok. We thought it would be a buffet too, but it wasn't. We decided that we preferred the larger assortment of breakfast foods available at the marketplace. Dinner in the main dining room was definitely worth dressing for. We initially thought we would try the steakhouse one night for dinner, but the menu in the main dining room changed our minds. My hubby really liked Guy's burgers and the 24 hour pizza place too. The service on the Breeze was wonderful, except for the bartenders. The cabin steward, Adjuana, was very nice, as was our dining room waiter, Vladimir. They both provided wonderful customer service. All the waiters in the marketplace were great too, which leaves me bewildered about the attitudes of the bartenders?? We bought the "cheers package" and it seemed that as soon as the bartenders saw the sticker, they didn't want to wait on us. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but it soon became more than obvious. We finally gave up. There wasn't one day either of us had the six drinks that it takes to break even on the package, not even on sea days. Needless to say, we won't purchase that package again. We did enjoy our excursions in Freeport and Nassau. We went to the onboard excursions desk to ask them for a recommendation and they were very helpful. The weather was picture perfect in both ports even though Hurricane Maria was not far away. We did sight seeing tours in both cities and really enjoyed both. Overall, I would say that we had a good experience on our first cruise with Carnival. I thought the Breeze was a great ship, especially for younger people and children (we are in the 50 - 60 age group). We live near Galveston, so I'm sure we will cruise with Carnival again. Maybe they'll get that bartender problem straightened out by then???? Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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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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