5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I choose this cruise for the easy access from my home, the destinations and the price. Both embarkation and debarkation were smooth. I checked my luggage for debarkation and should have just carried it myself. Our cabin steward, Olvin was ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the easy access from my home, the destinations and the price. Both embarkation and debarkation were smooth. I checked my luggage for debarkation and should have just carried it myself. Our cabin steward, Olvin was fantastic!! However, I was not comfortable in the bed, too hard. Olvin did his best to improve it by adding an additional down duvet, folded up on my side. It helped, but I rarely felt comfortable in the bed. My husband slept fine, so could be just me. Schwartz, our Cruise Director was excellent, VERY funny and great with all people, young and old. Our port excursions went smoothly and we enjoyed them. Overall the food was good. The Marketplace buffet had hit and misses. We did The Chef's Table at $95 a person. You have a multi-course dinner prepared by the lead Chef, in the KITCHEN and it nothing like what other's are having in the dining room. We had several small appetizer and 5 small main dishes and two desserts. Since it is multi-course the servings are small, but you do not need more with all the food. If you are a Foodie, I highly recommend this experience. Read Less
68 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I will just say it. I am a cruise person. From the moment I book my vacation, I start the preparation process. I have a pretty stressful job and when it is time for vacation, I like knowing I will be out of touch for an entire week. This ... Read More
I will just say it. I am a cruise person. From the moment I book my vacation, I start the preparation process. I have a pretty stressful job and when it is time for vacation, I like knowing I will be out of touch for an entire week. This cruise was no exception. We booked in January so I had plenty of time to study the deck plans, order my lanyards and magnetic hooks from Amazon etc. I get almost as much joy out of the planning as I do the actual trip. My wife is completely the opposite. She could throw her things into a bag the night before and be just fine with that. I have two girls 11 and 13 and they have never been on a cruise. They really didn't get too excited until a week or so before the cruise. Once booked, I immediately started my packing list. I studied Pintrest blog posts and Cruisecritic as well as some others. We booked an inside cabin on the eighth deck. We were trying to get as much bang for the buck as we could and we figured we wouldn't be in the room all that much anyway. Prior to this cruise, I had been on one before. We sailed the Carnival Jubilee leaving Tampa on January 8th 2001. Some of you reading this just made the connection...3 days prior to 9/11. I had saved my money for quite some time so I could take my wife on the trip of a lifetime. Little did we know what was in store. We were on our way into Cozumel on that terrible morning. We heard people in the halls taking about an attack on New York. We weren't quite sure what to do. We watched the news just like everyone else around the world. Long story short, we were unable to leave Tampa for several days due to a lack of flights and a small hurricane that came though. It took me 16 years to get my wife back on a boat. Even with all of the drama of our first trip, I found cruising to be the most relaxing and exciting vacation possible. Fast forward 16 years...We surprised our girls with a count down calendar with a picture of the Carnival Breeze. We chose the Breeze for several reasons. It sailed out of Galveston which was a drivable port for us. Also, a close friend had just returned from a sailing on the Breeze in December and said it was fantastic. Trust me, It is. It seemed as if the time to our sail away party would never come. I found myself daily looking at the Carnival Hub App monitoring the countdown. I spent time online memorizing the deck plans so I would know where everything was. We booked the early dining because we typically eat early as a family. We are mostly home bodies. If I were to do this again, I think I would book the late seating. We chose excursions that returned later in the day and it would have helped on those days to have the later seating. I will go into the excursions in a bit. Thought the planning process (which was half my fun), I booked and prepaid for parking at VIP Indoor Cruise Parking. It is right across from the cruise terminal and I felt really good about leaving my car indoors. I would definitely do this again. The people there were friendly and expecting me when I arrived. We had quite a time getting to the terminal that morning due to a tremendously heavy rain storm that hit Galveston on Sunday June 4th. I had already plotted my way to the terminal but the rain was so heavy that flood warnings were blaring from my phone every few minutes. I didn't think that the roads would flood, but flood they did. I took 33rd st towards harborside drive. 33rd was flooded to my bumpers. I drive a Jeep Liberty and I was very worried about going in too deep and killing the motor. Thankfully the Jeep was tall enough to just squeek through. An eventful start to say the least. My youngest daughter was so scared I saw tears running down her cheeks in the rear view mirror. Once we got through the worst of it and came out the other side, I saw a look of amazement when she saw our massive ship for the first time. Her spirits were quickly uplifted. We pulled right in to VIP parking and unloaded the car. One big advantage to this parking area meant not having to brave the traffic to drop off bags to the porters. We were right across the street so we could just roll our bags. One suggestion, tip the porters well. Typically they say a dollar or two per bag. I am a big believer that you get the service that you pay for. Once we arrived at the porter area, I quickly pulled out a ten dollar bill for our 4 bags. Not much, just a little extra. The porter appreciated the extra tip and tagged our bags for faster to the fun (which means quicker bag delivery). By the way, I am a big believer in Faster to the Fun with Carnival. I didn't realize the benefits until they were already sold out. I will get it for sure next time. You get priority boarding and express luggage delivery as well as better tender times if in a port that uses tender boats. I will say that Carnival makes it easy to board the boat when you have the proper documents. We went ahead and got passports just in case and I am glad we did. It made the process easy. We boarded the boat at about 12:30 and did what every blog said not to do. We headed to Guys Burgers on the Lido deck. I didn't find the line to be too long at all. The burgers were fantastic and we found them to be consistently great the entire time. And the fries....best ever. I had been on a diet since January 3rd and I had lost 30 lbs for the cruise knowing full well that I would be putting some of the weight back on. I am a pretty confident guy, but the years on the road eating restaurant food had taken its toll. I didn't want to embarrass my lovely wife of almost 20 years and my girls as I screamed for them across the lido deck. The rooms were not going to be ready until 1:30 so I told the girls that I wanted to go to the secret door on the 11th deck that leads out to the front of the ship. What they didn't know was Carnival called me on Thursday prior and had a balcony room available for a small fee so I upgraded. I had never had a balcony before but I recalled how much I enjoyed drinking coffee in the morning watching the water go by on my first cruise so it seemed like a great idea. Once the doors opened that allowed us to go to the rooms, I took the girls out to the front of the ship. As we made out way down the hall, I noticed the door to our room was open so I told the girls "lets go see what one of these balcony rooms look like". They were like "Dad, you can't go in there! We will get kicked off the ship!" We stepped inside and I could see the worry on there face. I opened up the curtain and walked out on the balcony. It was room 11251 by the way. I told the girls we have to get a room like this. Then my wife and I said "Surprise! This is our room!" They were so excited. Room 11251 is a great location. It is near the elevators and close to the entrance to mid ship where the action is. I thought it might be noisy so near the lifts, but we didn't hear a thing. The room was clean and bright. We met out cabin attendant Aileen. What a lovely person. I promptly gave her a $20 tip for the excellent service she was going to give during the week. She truly appreciated it. These folks on the ship work very hard to make everything great. She did not disappoint. Every day our room was made up and we had no complaints. She did an excellent job. My older daughter and I unpacked our bags. My wife an youngest preferred to keep there things in the suitcase under the bed. Take it from me, in a space that small with four people, you want to take a few minutes and unpack your bags. It makes it so much easier to use the closets which we found ample than to move suitcases in and out under the bed. Also, I purchased the magnetic hooks on Amazon because the walls are made of metal. This worked so well for hanging my hat or wet swimsuit or lanyard with the room key. I also brought so old hotel room key cards because you can't turn on the lights without a room key in the slot. It turns out you can use anything like a business card or the like. This was not a big issue. Once we got settled in, we took a tour of the ship. We found our way to the dining room to see where our table was but is was closed while they got things ready for that evenings dinner. We wondered if we would be sitting by ourselves or with another family. When it came time for dinner, we easily found our table very close to the front door and we dined with a lovely family from Texas. They also had two girls slightly older than ours. They were a pleasure to get to know and spend time with. My advice, don't sweat this. If you do have a table with another family, they will probably end up good friends at the end of the cruise. I am so sorry, I get so wordy as I write. Lets get to the important stuff. Balcony Stateroom- a must if you can afford it. I ordered room service every morning for coffee and hot chocolate for the girls so we could spend some quality time on the balcony watching the sea get more blue everyday. We saw dolphins and even flying fish towards the end of the cruise. Food- Main dining room was excellent. My oldest tried every exotic food that was offered including but not limited to Ox Tongue...yes I said it. I don't know any other 13 year old that would try it all. It was a pleasure to watch her experience new things and that she did! There were a couple of things I didn't care for, but I don't have a very sophisticated palette. The Sea day brunch cannot be missed! I had the filet and eggs everyday it was open. They also had a lovely basket of pastries and croissants as well as other wonderful treats. Guys Burgers- I can't say enough about this...I wished I had one right now. Pizza Pirate- excellent and open 24hrs. Market place- I am just going to say it has to be difficult to feed that many people so many different items and please everyone. The food was pretty good for the most part. I did find the fruit to be spectacular and the artist that did the watermelons each day was fantastic. I did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants but I did order off the steak house menu in the main dining room. I had the surf and turf. A fillet and lobster tail and they were both magnificent. I would recommend it if you have a little extra money ($20 surcharge on your sail and sign account). Do bring a tumbler or some type of cup with you. I thought about it and thought it would be a pain to keep up with, but I am re-thinking that. They have tea and water on board at no charge but the cups are small. I am lazy on vacation. I don't want to go fetch drinks every few minutes. Also, we purchased the bottomless bubbles for each of us. I don't think we got our moneys worth out of that. We mainly stuck to tea and water. Shows- We are not show people and did not attend. Cruise director- Schwartz was fantastic. Fun and engaging always. Excellent fun maker for sure- attend the music trivia....fun fun fun. Lets talk excursions- I always book mine through Carnival. I know, I know...you can do them cheaper on your own. Not me. My biggest fear is falling asleep on a beach only to hear the sound of the cruise ship horn blaring as it pulls out of port without me. I can see it now...47 year old somewhat fat man running down the pier trying to catch a ship that has just pulled away...Nope! Not going to do it. I will gladly pay a little bit extra knowing they will not leave without me. I will never be a pier runner. We booked a catamaran sail and snorkel in Montego Bay. When we got off the ship we easily found our excursion guide holding up a sign. After the group of about 80 of us were all there, we took a short stroll down to the marina where the catamaran was ready and waiting. We got on board and set sail to the snorkel grounds. I had purchased an inexpensive Go-Pro knock off underwater camera on Amazon not knowing how well it would do. I must say, it was a highlight of the trip. My girls shot footage above and below the water that came out fantastic. Once we got to the snorkel area, we jumped off the boat into the clear water. I didn't think we would see much. Boy was I mistaken. We spent 45 minutes or so exploring beautiful corral and marine life. Tons of fish and sea urchins were everywhere. (I know that all you grammar teachers are really struggling to get through this...my apologies). After a wonderful time exploring, we got back on the catamaran and headed off to Margaritaville for a quick visit. My wife and oldest opted to ride the two story slide that dumps you in the ocean. I opted to watch and film the carnage. They seemed to enjoy it but once was enough. The girls headed out to some water trampolines and other fun inflatable in the sea while my wife and I snuck a cocktail in the afternoon. A short cruise back to the pier with reggae music pumping and the rum punch flowing freely and we found our way back to the port. We did a little shopping at the pier but opted not to go into town. I am a little suspicious of the security in Jamaica and again...no dock running for me. All in all it was a great excursion and I feel it was worth doing. Day 2- Grand Cayman. We chose to do the dolphin swim and Stingray City. This was a really nice excursion. After taking a tender boat early to the dock, we rode for about 20 minutes or so to Dolphin Cove. We then took a boat out to stingray city, a sand bar some 30 minutes from the dock. The water was turquoise blue. I could almost not take it all in. This is my happy place. I think I was accidentally born in the wrong social class. I should be visiting here at least a few time a year. I digress. Once we got to the grounds, we hopped into the bathtub clear water. We took photos with the guides and the mandatory kissing the stingray photos. Our underwater camera was perfect here. We are still editing the hours of footage we took on all the excursions. The quality of the video is extraordinary. Every time I watch the footage, it takes me back to those wonderful days. After the stingrays, we headed back to Dolphin cove for our swim with the dolphins. I think this is something that every kid should see at least once in their life. It was well run and fun to do. We each got to ride belly to belly with a dolphin and they also pushed us by our feet on a boogie board. Only one complaint on this excursion...You couldn't take pictures on the dolphin portion of the excursion but you could buy the ones they took and they were extremely expensive. I knew this going in from other reviews I had studied prior to going but still, it was pricey to say the least. I work very hard for my money and we don't have a whole lot of it (remember, born in the wrong social class thing) but we did end up buying the package. It cost almost as much as the excursion. That being said, we will only do this excursion once in a lifetime. Just be prepared if you choose to do this. Shopping in this port was fun also. We purchased all kinds of T-shirts, turtles and even an instrument made from a coconut. And yes, we headed to the pier in plenty of time to catch the tender so we would get left behind. Day 3- Cozumel - Cenote hopping with lunch. I will just say up front that this wasn't my first choice in excursions. As my family and I went over the different options, this one didn't just jump out at me. My wife and kids though really wanted to do this so I said sure. It is a long excursion. You board a ferry boat right off the ship and take it for about 35 minutes to the main land. Once you meet up with your group on the pier you take a bus for about an hour...this is where I was going really??? An hour??? But I must say, our guide's name was Agel. What a fantastic knowledgeable young man that is passionate about his country. He knew what he was taking about about the mayan culture and the land we were about to visit. I could go on about this excursion for days but I won't. In short, we swam in fresh water cenotes of the clearest water I had ever seen. We jumped off of limestone cliffs into very cool and refreshing waters. We rode a zip line that dumped you into another pool of the most beautiful water I have ever seen. We ate a traditional Mayan lunch prepared by the locals that was lovely. As you know, I am not a fan of being late. On this excursion, you are the first off the ship and the last to return. This would be one where I said it would have been nice to have a late seating in the main dining room. We got back to the ship in just enough time to change clothes and get up to the Blush dining room for dinner. I am not a big fan of running late on vacation. Dive in movies- I love this. Each night my wife and I would find a comfy couch on deck 11 to watch the evening movie as our kids swam in the pool. It was one of the most fun parts of the cruise. My kids loved watching the movie from the pool and we got a little time just to ourselves. We found the couches on 11 deck under the overhang was a great viewing spot. A real highlight of the trip. My youngest daughter was so excited when she found out there was a Harry Potter Trivia game midship on the last sea day. I felt really bad for the competition. You see, there are Harry Potter fans and There are Harry Potter Experts. She is currently reading the series for the 3rd time. Needless to say, she wiped the floor with the 250 or so other passengers that participated. She is now the proud owner of a Carnival Breeze Ship Trophy! I think this will be her most memorable moment on the ship. That is what I like about cruising and Carnival in particular. Now, I have never been on another cruise line and trust me, they are not paying me to say this, but Carnival is great at making memorable experiences for everyone. I am one of those people that if I find something I like, I usually will stick with it until I don't. Make sense? Music- We really enjoyed some of the artists that played in the Lobby area throughout the week. There was a group of 3 violin players that were just awesome. There were other musicians as well throughout the week that we really enjoyed. I could go on an on and on. We packed so much in a week there just isn't time to tell it all. Just a few tips- Power strip with usb's- YES Magnetic hooks- definitely lanyard from amazon- worked perfectly to hold key card Baggage tags - also from Amazon worked out great Air freshener- a must in a small room and bathroom Extra hangars- very handy and not hard to pack Wrinkle release - not necessary - iron room easily available for a touch up before elegant night. Underwater camera - a must for us and glad we got it. Faster to the fun - most definitely Cheers program - depends on if you plan on having more that 4 or 5 drinks a day. If so, it will save you money. If not, no need. Spa - didn't use so I can't comment (I bet its great though) Casino - didn't use Serenity deck- everyday at least once. Great quite place with nice hot tubs Bring lots of small bills for tipping and port shopping My fingers are now swollen and I apologize for being so wordy. All in all it was the best, most memorable, relaxing vacation I have ever had. If I could afford it, I would go at least 2 times a year. Most off all, relax and have a great time! I hope this was helpful. Until next time Dave Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We like to port from Galveston since we live nearby and for the value for a family, this is what works for us! The food is great and enjoyable and available 24 hours, we buy the Cheers Drink Package for alcoholic beverages. There is plenty ... Read More
We like to port from Galveston since we live nearby and for the value for a family, this is what works for us! The food is great and enjoyable and available 24 hours, we buy the Cheers Drink Package for alcoholic beverages. There is plenty of entertainment for all of us - parents like the shows/casino, we like the night life and piano bars and my kids like the night clubs. This year we did our own excursions away from Carnival and was pleasantly surprised, the cost was lower and the duration was longer, we just had to worry about the cabs for a large group, but ended up working out perfect! I'm sad to be home and having to cook and do laundry - have asked my husband to start turning down my bed. We have cruised Princess and loved, but if you have younger children to teens - Carnival is the way to go! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
1. Stateroom We stayed in a category 8B balcony stateroom (6277), located on deck 6 forward, starboard side. The proximity to the forward elevators was convenient for our kids, and made for much easier way-finding as I could tell the ... Read More
1. Stateroom We stayed in a category 8B balcony stateroom (6277), located on deck 6 forward, starboard side. The proximity to the forward elevators was convenient for our kids, and made for much easier way-finding as I could tell the kids to use the front “glass elevators”, and they knew they could come out right by our cabin. The music from the atrium was loud in the hallway, but never a problem at all from inside our room. The cabin was clean and spacious, with plenty of room to store our luggage under the bed, and ample cabinet/closet/drawer space for clothing and shoes for four people. I was worried about the cabin being too warm, and I had seriously considered bringing a fan - But I’m glad I didn’t, because our room stayed like an icebox (exactly how we like it) the whole time! Our balcony was overlooking a giant chess board, which was also nice with the kids. We felt very comfortable letting them go downstairs one deck without us, and play chess while we watched from our balcony! Our steward, Wi, was phenomenal, tending to our every need. He serviced our room twice daily, and was especially kind and helpful to my older brother, who was a first time cruiser and has autism. He had his own cabin down the hall, but Wi kept me informed if he knew that my brother was looking for me, etc. 2. Food Our first dining experience aboard the Breeze was lunch at the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor - We had been anticipating this experience for weeks, and we were thrilled to find that it was opened on embarkation day! It was raining in Galveston, but we were happy that there were no lines, and plenty of hot food just waiting for us. We got our plates loaded and ran to a sheltered table, and we were all SO disappointed. The meat was so strange - I don’t know if it was flavorless, or just odd - I tried the brisket, and the sausage, with and without sauce, and both were disappointing. The mac and cheese was bland, but fair… That’s how my daughter likes it, so that part worked out well. We didn’t go back the Pig & Anchor for the rest of the trip. In all fairness, I am a Texan - We are BBQ snobs! At the recommendation of others, we booked at the Farenheit 555 Steak House for the first evening of the cruise. Because we waited until late to make reservations, our party of six could only be seated at 8:30. That was my first mistake, as we were all very tired from the flurry of embarkation activity. The restaurant was mostly empty, so we had hoped that service would be excellent as our server’s attention would not be divided. We asked about the free bottle of house wine, and we were quickly discouraged, and told that it was dry and “no good”. So, we paid for two bottles of wine at 50% off. Our hostess was friendly, but it seemed very forced and unsincere. I ordered the surf and turf, and the lobster was small and over-cooked. The steak was alright, but not remarkable. Another member of our party never received her side dish. This was not the highlight and great first impression I had hoped for. We probably will still try the steak house on our next cruise aboard the Vista, but I won’t bother going on the first day, and I’ll make sure we go earlier. Cucina del Capitano - We dined here on the second elegant night, and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service. Zaid’s recommendations were spot-on, and he was very attentive and friendly. The restaurant wasn’t crowded, and we all enjoyed this experience! The food here was AMAZING. Main Dining Room - Our server, Marko, was very friendly. However, he seemed to have too many people to wait on. We were never offered tea, and when one of us asked for it, it was not offered to anyone else at the table. After a few nights, I had hoped he would realize that we are all tea-drinkers! Also, there were no teaspoons made available. My daughter often used her butter knife, while I added sweetener and just swirled mine around to mix. Our sides were often incorrect (mashed potatoes instead of baked potato, etc.) and two nights I never received condiments for my baked potato. Again, we really enjoyed Marko, I just think it’s becoming very obvious that Carnival is reducing staff - This has a tremendously negative impact on the guest experience, and I hope these hard-working folks get more help soon. Captain’s Pasta Bar - This is a hidden treasure! In two prior cruises, we had never tried this lunch option, and I’m so glad we did this time! I asked for extra sauce on our second visit, and the chefs were very accommodating. Both of our kids enjoyed this venue as well. As many have noted, it’s noisy at lunch time as the basketball court is directly above the restaurant, but this is a wonderful lunch option. Guy’s Burger Joint - Hands-down, great food! I do wish they served onion rings… Pizza Pirate - One of our all-time favorites, good as ever! Please don’t change a thing! Room Service - The standard offerings were all good, but this time we opted to pay extra for two pizzas to be delivered to our room one evening. We asked for pineapple and pepperoni, but were told they only had pepperoni, or pineapple and ham. They couldn’t make one special. We settled for pineapple and ham, but both pizzas were sparse on the cheese, and undercooked. The dough was still doughy, yuck. Sea Day Brunch - This was another hidden treasure that we had never tried before, and I’m so glad we did on this trip! Service was great, our view from the Blush Dining Room was superb, and the food was amazing. Lido Marketplace - Fantastic option for a quick bite on the run! We didn’t eat here often, but when we did it was a good experience - No complaints at all. 3. Entertainment Cruise Director - On our two prior cruises, we never paid any attention to the cruise director. I really had no idea who he was or what he did, he added no value or benefit to our vacation. This time, however, Steven Schwartz ROCKED our cruise! That guy was a ball of energy - Everywhere we looked, there he was! Always hosting some fun event, saying hi in passing, or telling us that he loved us over the P.A. system. This guy is an absolute hoot, and he did a great job of engaging his audience. As we were planning our daily activities, I found myself thinking “Where will Schwartz be today?” He is the embodiment of what I think of when I think of a Carnival FunShip, and I hope to sail with him again! I wasn’t compelled to go see any of the playlist production shows, as I heard from others on the ship that they weren’t that great. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the trivia events that were held in the atrium, hosted by Schwartz! We had never listened in on those during our prior cruises, and I’m so glad we did this time. We especially enjoyed the 80’s music trivia on the last night of the cruise. The string trio was fantastic - If I needed a few minutes to just unwind, or if I was waiting on other members of my group, it was a great pleasure to sit in the lobby and listen to this group. Dive-In Movies - This was also a new experience for us, which we really enjoyed! But couldn’t the popcorn have a little bit of fake butter? It was so dry and tasted almost burned. I tried it several times. Also, on the last night, they had family movies starting at 6:00 p.m. It was still so bright outside, you couldn’t see the screen. All of that said, I’ll definitely go to see several movies on my next cruise! Overall, there was a FANTASTIC selection of activities and entertainment to choose from. We couldn’t fit in everything we wanted to try! Great job Carnival! Excursions 1. In Montego Bay, we opted for the “Rose Hall Great House & Shopping” for our group of four adults. It was easy to find our way to our excursion group from the terminal, and our guide Cadia was very friendly and knowledgeable. The Rose Hall Great House was intriguing, but HOT! I can’t imagine doing this tour in August, LOL. I kept missing out on parts of the tour as I was seeking out a fan to stand near! On the front steps of the house, you are prohibited from taking pictures as they will take a picture of you and offer to sell it to you, framed, for $12 at the end of the tour. At the house, our guide was LaToya. She was very informative and friendly as well. After the tour of the house, they provide a small glass of non-alcoholic punch while a musician plays (please tip). You can purchase an alcoholic beverage at the bar if you wish. Then you are taken outside to see some local craftsmen and their wares, or you can go down to the on-site gift shop to catch a little air conditioning and buy other items. Once we left the Great House, we stopped at the nearby “Shoppes at Rose Hall” for some additional shopping - I really enjoyed this place, but the vendors were pretty sneaky. I negotiated a fair (not great) deal on two dresses for my daughter, and they tried to make me feel guilty saying “That comes out of our pay…”. I told the lady I didn’t want to put her in a bad position, and I started to walk out, but she stopped me and said it’s okay. Then when checking out, she tried to charge me tax. I told her I had $35 cash, and that was it - My husband had given me that money and gone down to another shop. Begrudgingly, she accepted it and we left. Grand Cayman - Grand Cayman is a beautiful port, but we didn’t schedule any excursions this time. Instead, we opted to walk around and shop. Everyone was very friendly, and we felt perfectly safe and comfortable. Cozumel - In Cozumel, we typically just shop in the port area. This time, at a friend’s recommendation, we took a taxi and went to Mr. Sancho’s! That place was absolutely fantastic. We had a reserved table for our group of nine. Our server Eduardo was a bit slow and sometimes omitted items, but he was super-friendly and he was clearly working his rear off! What little food we had (due to time) was excellent, the beach was clean and fun, and the pools were amazing. I got to meet the famous Julio Mateo, and he kept the drinks strong and flowing! I would have loved to have taken the kids to the aquatic park, but we were all having so much fun in the pool. I’m a cruiser through and through, but this place makes me want to fly down to Mexico for a weekend and go to Mr. Sancho’s! I was a little tipsy, but getting a cab back to port was no problem. All I could think was “I have to get on the ship, I have to get on the ship…” So I focused on keeping our group together, and herding everyone through the shopping area and back to the ship. Later that evening, I realized that I had forgotten to buy my Mexican vanilla, or any other souvenirs! Thankfully, we did buy the photo they sold us at Mr. Sancho’s, in a nice frame for $25. Behind the Fun - We opted for the “Behind the Fun” tour, which can only be booked once on-board. We have done this before, on the Magic, and it was a great tour. Erin and Roberto (from HR) were very enthusiastic and informative. The only two drawbacks - It was on the morning of our last sea day, so we couldn’t attend the Dr. Seuss breakfast. Also, the captain did not seem the least bit pleased to have our group on the Bridge. I offer my greatest respect to the Captain, as his primary job is his responsibility for 6,000+ souls aboard. However, this tour is a PR opportunity, and I think this captain made a poor impression. The staff emphasized several times that he is a man of few words, and when he came out to speak to us he just asked if we had any questions. When any of us did ask a question, his replies were demeaning, as if we were asking stupid questions and wasting his time. This was a real downer. On our first Behind the Fun tour, aboard the Magic, the Captain was clearly very passionate about his work, and eager to tell us about the bridge. I’ll just chalk it up to different personalities. Overall, this was definitely an amazing vacation, and we can't wait to cruise with Carnival again! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
The Breeze is one of Carnivals newest ship and nicest. She just came out of dry dock a few weeks before our cruise and she was in great shape. The New Guys Pig and Anchor was great, it is only open for lunch on sea days but is was some ... Read More
The Breeze is one of Carnivals newest ship and nicest. She just came out of dry dock a few weeks before our cruise and she was in great shape. The New Guys Pig and Anchor was great, it is only open for lunch on sea days but is was some of the best BBQ that I have aver had. Also the Italian restaurant is open on sea days for lunch and at not extra charge. Our Cabin Steward Jonathon was great! He took care of a couple of minor problems with the cabin and split the beds for us the first night as we had requested. The Breeze is one of the best values for you vacation dollar. The crew is up beat and friendly and I was not hounded to buy a drink every 2 minutes like on some cruise lines. This was our 12 Carnival cruise and we will definably be back. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Breeze. Embarkation was a breeze as was the disembarkation. Probably the best disembarkation every. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival. Our service was great all over the ship. Our cabin ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Breeze. Embarkation was a breeze as was the disembarkation. Probably the best disembarkation every. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival. Our service was great all over the ship. Our cabin steward did a great job and was very pleasant. The food was excellent. The Chocolate Melting Cake was the best - had it every night and it was perfect. Guy's Burgers were awesome. The movies on the Lido are always great. The shows were not as good as they have been in the past. We took the Deluxe Snorkel and Beach excursion in Cozumel. Definitely recommend. The snorkel time could have been a little longer. We snorkeled for about 30-45 minutes. There were quite a few fish. Once we got back on the catamaran, they starting serving sodas and margaritas. We went to a private beach where they had slides, trampolines in the water to play on, as well as paddle boards, kayaks, and rafts. There was a medical emergency that we had to drop someone off in Cozumel on Monday or Tuesday. So instead of Jamaica, we went to Honduras. Had a great time at the beach. Grand Cayman we took a taxi to the Seven Mile Beach. If you eat at a restaurant on Grand Cayman, their taxes and gratuities are over 40%. Crazy. It cost six of us to eat with a couple of drinks about $190. Was not expecting that. Overall, the cruise was wonderful. Trying to plan my next cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We had to be in Port Aransas for a wedding, Port A terribly expensive for condo rentals, decided to drive to Galveston and try a Carnival Cruise. The Breeze was coming out of dry dock, its itinerary were places we had never visited. The ... Read More
We had to be in Port Aransas for a wedding, Port A terribly expensive for condo rentals, decided to drive to Galveston and try a Carnival Cruise. The Breeze was coming out of dry dock, its itinerary were places we had never visited. The ship was in good shape, the staff were amazing and the cruise director Steven "Schwartz" made it most memorable! He made sure everyone of every age was having a good time! Our cabin with balcony was more roomy than I had anticipated, and our steward was attentive and most accommodating. We snorkeled off the barrier reef in Belize and Mahogany Bay was most enjoyable, Cozumel was hot and too many peddlers but that's to be expected. I highly recommend the special steak house "Fahrenheit 555", our steaks were more tender and delicious than Ruth's Chris or Morton's. New bar the Alchemist was very nicely appointed. All in all it the whole experience exceeded our expectations! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This is a great ship for families. There is lots of activities and area's for all ages. This was my son's first cruise at 15 and he is somewhat timid. The club for 15-17 year old kiddo's was a great place for him to meet ... Read More
This is a great ship for families. There is lots of activities and area's for all ages. This was my son's first cruise at 15 and he is somewhat timid. The club for 15-17 year old kiddo's was a great place for him to meet others his age while doing fun activities. We had a 2nd floor balcony and the temp was a little warm for us in the room. There was a rope course, mini golf, movies, water slides & pool, scavenger hunts, ect. were plenty to keep him busy. We have been on this ship twice and it's really big so you don't feel movement as much on larger ships. The staff is super awesome. We went to the Cruise Critic meet & greet and got to meet quite a few member of the ship's crew. Courtney was really fun & nice to hang out with, and Schwartz the Cruise Director even came to visit (you will LOVE him, but he will love you more! No really he does). It was interesting to hear their experiences and places they have been. Our dining experience was excellent, Joel was our head waiter and his crew did and excellent job. Our cruise was after spring break, so there were not too many long lines for us. July felt a lot more crowded, but it was also July 4th weekend. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Just returned from our Spring Break trip on the Breeze and loved it! We had cruised on the Magic last Summer and had high expectations and we were not disappointed! We were a little nervous as this was the last cruise before dry dock, but ... Read More
Just returned from our Spring Break trip on the Breeze and loved it! We had cruised on the Magic last Summer and had high expectations and we were not disappointed! We were a little nervous as this was the last cruise before dry dock, but we saw no evidence of this during the cruise. We had a Spa Balcony cabin on deck 11 and loved the location and the little extras for being a spa cabin. The mattress was in need of a replacement, but I am assuming that would be done in dry dock. We found the Breeze to be in great condition and the crew to be outstanding. Had Your time dining in the Sapphire dining room and never had a wait. Sat in Daniel/Christian and Romans section each night and they were awesome! Couldn't have asked for better service. Tried the Chef's table experience and although we enjoyed it, think it's one of those things you only do once. Tried the Thrill Theater a couple of times and thought it was pretty good. Loved the comedians in the Comedy club and thought the shows were better than we expected - other than the magician who was terrible. Was not a fan of the Galveston Port, but it could have been worse. Found boarding to be slower than usual and the port staff not overly friendly. Highly recommend the Breeze. Great food, great atmosphere, and an overall great time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This cruise was chosen as it was my Dad's retirement cruise. he brought his three adult children and brothers with him. I enjoyed every aspect of the cruise. I did two excursions; one in Montego Bay and one in Cozumel.I booked my ... Read More
This cruise was chosen as it was my Dad's retirement cruise. he brought his three adult children and brothers with him. I enjoyed every aspect of the cruise. I did two excursions; one in Montego Bay and one in Cozumel.I booked my excursions through Carnival and loved the tour guides. They were a wealth of information. I wouldn't have had as much fun with just a point and see tour. I went to the beach in Cayman islands and had a blast!!! I enjoyed the Cruise Director, the activities, the food and music. I had watermelon and ice cream every day. We had the best food service people for our dinning time. June, Maritess and Nelson were good. June was the best!!! I didn't any issues with the the look of the ship or the decor. I came back to a clean room every night and new towel animal. There was so much to do every day and night. I know that I did not see the whole ship. Seeing first rate movies and Comics were a pleasant surprise. I already have my second Carnival cruise booked with a third one pending!!!! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We really like the blue and yellow colors on the Breeze. The cabin doors were a treat also, really liked the wood look. When we first met our room steward, he told us he had 35 rooms to take care of and wanted to know if we wanted ... Read More
We really like the blue and yellow colors on the Breeze. The cabin doors were a treat also, really liked the wood look. When we first met our room steward, he told us he had 35 rooms to take care of and wanted to know if we wanted morning or evening service and did we want turn down service. Told him we could turn down the bed, and to make it easy on himself for the room service. Tipped him right then, thanked him for the hard work and long hours they have to work. We got our room service twice a day and he turned down the bed. He thanked us the last night and told us "God bless you." We always tip everyone, in cash, so it goes to them, not into a pot for sharing. The coffee bar people knew us by name as we drink a lot of coffee. Dining in the dining room was up to par. Service was quick, food was great and the servers that waited on us were very friendly and it was a pleasure to have them wait on us. We also tipped these hard working people. Guys burger was great, had lunch there most every day, lines were long, but went very quickly. They were running the place like a well oiled machine and lines were moving very fast. Noticed only 6 performers in the theater. Usually several more doing the shows, but these 6 did a great job. The comedy club had made changes since our last cruise, no more George Lopez, and the quality of the comedians was not up to par. Good shows, but not as good as George Lopez people. The Breeze was going into dry dock after this cruise, so maybe that is why some things seemed not quite "right." If carnival is going to increase the room stewards to trying to clean 35 rooms, then I expect the cruisers will let them know. The smoking areas sucked, not enough places to sit, no ash trays and no place to get out of the wind. I'm sure the non smokers think there should not be any smoking anywhere on the ships, but there are plenty of smokers still out there. Good cruise, but some things just not up to par. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
After twelve (12) Carnival cruises, four (2) Royal Caribbean and two(2) NCL cruises, the Breeze was the best so far. The entire ship was changed from top to bottom from its sister ship the Magic.. I had a bottom floor room and the ... Read More
After twelve (12) Carnival cruises, four (2) Royal Caribbean and two(2) NCL cruises, the Breeze was the best so far. The entire ship was changed from top to bottom from its sister ship the Magic.. I had a bottom floor room and the hallways that are usually too small for two people to pass were enlarged. There was little noise from the bottom of the ship. They took out the booths on the Lido buffet and it was easier to find a table. For the most part, every crew member we met or passed in the public areas greeted me with a smile and said hello. I got to the pier around 9 in the morning and they let me sit down inside. In the past they made you wait outside. Booked on the Valor in October and back on the Breeze next April in the exact same room. Lots of kids on that sailing because Spring Break was not over for the neighboring states. Not much of a problem because of the size of the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
Hubby and I had a blast!! The cabin was well kept and clean at all times. The staff was super friendly and always asking if there was anything that we needed. The over all food in the MDR was good and the Steakhouse was well worth it, I ... Read More
Hubby and I had a blast!! The cabin was well kept and clean at all times. The staff was super friendly and always asking if there was anything that we needed. The over all food in the MDR was good and the Steakhouse was well worth it, I truly enjoyed myself. The entertainment was really good. The CD was super funny and there was never a dull moment. Looking forward to going back in Oct. The only thing that we didnt do on the ship as the spa but that will be done in oct. The bar staff was every entertaining and always coming back for every 15 mins or so asking if we wanted anything. I think that we had fun shopping in the ports. I just wish that there was more stops in Belize. I try to find things that I cant get back in Texas. Looking forward to trying the new Guy's BBQ!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our 13th cruise and the 9th with Carnival. Embarkement was quick..on the ship within an hour. Stayed on the Spa deck which came with 2 free exercise classes each and access to the spa pool and saunas. We liked the decor of the ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise and the 9th with Carnival. Embarkement was quick..on the ship within an hour. Stayed on the Spa deck which came with 2 free exercise classes each and access to the spa pool and saunas. We liked the decor of the ship..has a summer outdoor feel all over. The ship looked in very good shape to us...she is going into dry dock next week for some upgrades we were told. We had late dining in the Blush restaurant...food and service was very very good..no complaints at all...thanks to our waiters Wayan, Dewa and Joelyn. We had a table of six, however nobody else showed up which was disappointing. We also ate at the steakhouse which was outstanding. The buffet at breakfast and lunch had a good variety as well. We enjoyed the nightly shows at the comedy club which was packed every time. The cruise director Schwartz is awesome..so much energy and fun! We sailed with him last year on the Magic...he is hands down the best cruise director we had so far. We did the sharks and rays excursion to Caye Caulker in Belize...highly recommend that trip. We booked with Carnival because of the price and the fun activities on board. Our next cruise is on the Legend in September from Vancouver to Hawaii. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of ... Read More
My 2 sons (12 and 14) travelled on the Breeze March 26. This is my 14th cruise (10 with Carnival) and my sons’ 9th cruise (8 with Carnival). We loved this ship and the entire experience. The downfall for us travelling out of Galveston is that we have to fly (from Canada) and IAH is so far from the port. We stayed 2 nights pre-cruise in Webster Texas just a few blocks away from Johnson Space Centre. Uber seemed like the most economical option (plus I like taking Uber). It cost $45 to get from IAH to our hotel and then $41 to get to the pier on Sunday. You cannot take Uber from Galveston so we opted for the cruise coach bus back to the airport which cost $150. Embarkation went smoothly but we had faster to the fun which would have expedited the process. The ship was clean. I see so many reviews and people taking on facebook that said the ship was dirty. The ship had 4538 passengers and there are not 4538 crew members following us around at every moment to clean up after everyone. The whole time I was on the ship, you didn’t have to walk far to see a crew member wiping down something. They try very hard to keep that ship clean. This is the first time we chose an aft balcony. We were in cabin 9477. OMG! I loved the aft balcony. Cabin 9477’s balcony is also about 4 feet wider than the ones in the middle because it extends a bit further to the wrap around balcony on the side. What I loved about this balcony is the fact that there was no wind. When I have been on open deck at night or a regular side balcony, it gets so windy. I could sit out at night and relax on the aft as it was so calm and peaceful. The only downside to this room is that you can hear some deck scraping from the lounge chairs above. They stack them at night between 9-10pm to clean the deck. I preferred the 9th floor though versus the aft balconies after as I prefer the shade. Well worth the extra money and I have already reserved my aft cabin for 2018 on the Splendor as I don’t want to miss out on that balcony. The food was very good. The main dining room’s food quality and selection was excellent. There was only one appetizer that I didn’t enjoy but that was more preference than quality. We had YTD and the restaurant was never busy at 5:45 when they opened. We requested to sit in Lala’s section as she was fantastic and really made our cruise for us. I love the Tandoor restaurant at the back of the ship. I could have ate lunch there almost every day. The only disappointment on this cruise was the lineup for breakfast in the main dining room. We really don’t prefer eating breakfast on the lido. We like the MDR for regular breakfast and also for the seaday brunch. What I learned was that everyone else on the ship had the same preference as us. We only waited in the line once and after that opted to eat breakfast on the lido. On past cruises, it was almost like our little secret to go to the dining room for breakfast but now apparently the secret is out…LOL. I will say though that there was never a lineup for breakfast on the lido. My breakfast typically consisted of a piece of French toast, a little bacon and a bowl of grapefruit and it was very good. My sons both loved Circle C. They had an excellent program for youth and my sons made some wonderful new friends. The ports were ok. We have been to most ports now and other than a few select ports, we like to stay on the ship. I was most looking forward to seeing Key West as I have never been there before, however, once we got off the ship the town was so busy because we were one of two ships, we walked around for a bit then returned to the ship. We actually LOVE being on the ship in port days. It is so quiet and enjoyable. Debarkation was also easy (fast to the fun) as we were off the ship by 9am and on our way back to the airport. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that ... Read More
This was my third cruise, and I (39-year-old woman) traveled with my 8-year-old daughter (her first) and my parents who are in their late 60s (their fourth cruise). My mother has mobility issues and has a scooter, and I have to say that I was very, very impressed with all of the assistance they provided her. Embarkation and debarkation were very fast because we got to go through the special lines. During the dining room, etc, everyone was always helpful and friendly and attentive to her. I looked and looked for the "bad" things that others have said about this cruise. Crowded? Yes, in places, but I didn't find anything terrible to ruin my cruise. Bad food? No way! The dining room food was simply delicious, and the few dishes that weren't to my liking didn't hinder my experience whatsoever. The Lido buffet was very good--I found a few of the desserts to be bland, but there was always something else to try. Nothing to do? By no means! I kept missing things I wanted to do because there were often 2 things going at the same time. Dirty? Not while I was there--everything was spotless and constantly being cleaned, which was nice The service was OUTSTANDING on this cruise. We had the best waiters in the dining room, and everyone I spoke to was serviceable and friendly. My room steward was just fine, but he wasn't the best I've ever had. It certainly didn't detract from my experience, though. My daughter loved Camp Ocean and the counselors were very good. I witnessed my daughter having a meltdown as I came to pick her up (she didn't know I was watching), and saw the counselor pull her aside and calm her down. I was very impressed with how she handled the situation, and I'm glad they have this as an option on board. It certainly gave me a break from her when I needed it! . A few issues--it can get CHILLY inside of the boat in places, so bring a sweater or sweatshirt. I wasn't THAT impressed with the singers/dancers in the evening shows. The magician was pretty good, though. The guy at the piano bar was good. My parents went to hear several of the comedians and they really liked them (the PG version). Also, this boat moved more than any other I've ever been on. The last 3 days the movement was constant. LUCKILY I no longer get seasick (what a pleasant surprise!) but if you do have issues, this might not have been the cruise for you. Also, Thrill Theater was fun but not too special, and if you don't get there early you won't get to see the show. I only did it for my daughter, but for adults I'd skip it. Ports--we did the Turtle Farm Excursion in Grand Cayman, and it was VERY good for the money I spent. Very worth it. Cozumel---we did a Discover Mexico tour at a little park. It was cheap and my mother could go in her scooter, which is why we did it. It was just fine, but nothing fantastic. Great gift shop, good information if you like history, but I wouldn't do it again. All in all, a wonderful trip. My father is already planning another cruise for him and my mother, and my daughter is pestering me for our next one! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Went cruising with six adult family members. Found everything to be just wonderful - service-food-entertainment. Hardly stood in any lines - ate at most of the restaurants - including two for fee spots. Food and service great! Cruise ... Read More
Went cruising with six adult family members. Found everything to be just wonderful - service-food-entertainment. Hardly stood in any lines - ate at most of the restaurants - including two for fee spots. Food and service great! Cruise beverage package a must! Serenity deck is the must go to spot for adults! Lido deck way too loud with too many kids out of control! The entire experience went very well - from boarding - getting to the cabin - getting luggage on time - room service in the morning - Lido deck food court - dinner in the Blush restaurant - great food and service - Entertainment venues very fun too - did not go to the Casino - if you don't like second hand smoke don't go there! It didn't hurt that we had 7 sunny days in a row!! great fun all around! Would recommend any time! Go for it!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Best cruise yet. Loved the lay out. Loved seeing Tim Mcgraw Concert. Very up close compared to other concerts I've been to. Saw Tim Mcgraw board the boat in the Bahamas right under our balcony! Would totally want to cruise on another ... Read More
Best cruise yet. Loved the lay out. Loved seeing Tim Mcgraw Concert. Very up close compared to other concerts I've been to. Saw Tim Mcgraw board the boat in the Bahamas right under our balcony! Would totally want to cruise on another cruise with a concert. Food average to good in the sit down dinning rooms but so slow on formal nights I will opt out on formal nights from now on and eat at the buffet. The steak house was outstandingly good. The extra pay sushi was great. Only ate at the Italian restaurant for lunch which was good. Did not see any of the shows, they usually just bore me so just skipped it. Liked the comedy shows. Really did not like the 4 D theater because I paid a lot to see as many as I liked but after the first time the line was ridiculous. And the scary one was really really scary! Enjoyed playing all the games on the boat. But the arcade was crazy expensive at about $3.00 a pop. Cant imagine handing your kid a sail and sign card and say have at it how much that would add up to. But over all we had a great time and plan to sail this ship again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Our servers in the Blush restaurant were perfect for our family. This was some of our family's 4th cruise and they all said this one was by far the best one yet. We had 3 Jerry's, Sr. Jr. and the Jerry the third, and they always ... Read More
Our servers in the Blush restaurant were perfect for our family. This was some of our family's 4th cruise and they all said this one was by far the best one yet. We had 3 Jerry's, Sr. Jr. and the Jerry the third, and they always acknowledged them as so and knew the ladies names, our coffee or tea preferences and were so professional. We loved the dancing and the food was amazing each & every night. The Salmon and the Swordfish were cooked perfectly w/each presentation. That chocolate molten lava cake, lol, was the crowd pleaser at our tables. I misplaced the paper with their names on it, but one name I remember was Ian and we sat straight back at the very last round table of DR. Our girl that brought the sour and butter was a little angel and we all adored her. Asian, I believe. Anyway, other than (Jamaica, greedy, unfriendly, very dirty everywhere we were. Although the falls were amazing, the drive to the falls was horrendous. Will never return there) we all had an amazing time and incredible service all over the ship. My steward was Thana on floor (7) and my sister's steward was from Ukraine and awesome, her room was 7277, Cindy White. She's the one who planned this awesome adventure we all enjoyed. I am and will continue to share my voyage with everyone who asks me; "So, Sherry, how was your cruise?" 5 stars for you Carnival Breeze! Director Leigh, was so perfect that my family & I will be checking to see where he is working for some time to come. He absolutely loved his job & it showed. He's quite talented and extremely witty. My sister & I laughed all the time at his adorable humor. Thank you, so much. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We arrived at Bush Intercontinental on 2/11 and stayed at the La Quinta Inn South. Price was right and the shuttle picked us up and took us back to the airport to catch the transfer to the pier. All worked fine. Carnival now has ... Read More
We arrived at Bush Intercontinental on 2/11 and stayed at the La Quinta Inn South. Price was right and the shuttle picked us up and took us back to the airport to catch the transfer to the pier. All worked fine. Carnival now has assigned check in times and embarkation went very smoothly. Cabin - number 8208, forward balcony. Room was fine with no issues. Room stewards are now asking if you want the cabin cleaned once or twice a day. First time I have heard this but once in the morning worked fine for us. We saw Hendrawan daily and he was a very nice guy. Dining - We were assigned to Blush dining room at the rear of the ship and there is a little too much motion for my wife and we requested to be moved to the Sapphire MDR midship. Maitre d took care of us and we were moved. Dining overall was pretty good. Lido Marketplace could not produce eggs benedict that didn't have a solid yolk. Seaday Brunch in the Blush dining room was not much better. However, get the steak and eggs and you will not be disappointed. Breakfast Burritos at Blue Iguana were very good too. Guy's Burger Bar, Cucina and Tandoor were very good for lunch. Cucina for Valentine's day dinner was a great choice. Isabel was our waitress in the MDR and she was certainly in charge of her crew. Very friendly but they could never remember what anybody wanted to drink at dinner. Excursions - Roatan, Maya Key private island. Snorkeling was the best of this cruise. Pier to the reef made it pretty easy. Lunch was good, beach was nice with lots of chairs and shade and there is a little zoo to see. Easy to recommend this excursion. Belize - Snorkeling Wonders of the Barrier Reef, the boat picked us up at the ship and we never did go to the port. Beautiful little island but the snorkeling was in groups, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Was as bad as boat snorkeling with bunches of people bumping into you, kicking you and swimming over you. Not that many fish either. No fresh water showers and only burgers or hot dogs for sale. Cozumel - Mayan Ball Game. Mixed review. Ball game, Mayan dancing and drumming were great. Tastings and mayan culture were not so so. Lunch was good and there was tequila tasting too. Artisan tequila was a little to pricey and I don't think anybody in our group bought anything. There was supposed to be time for a beach that did not work out. Entertainment - comedy shows were the highlight especially Diane Ford. Standing room only for her shows. Main showroom shows were also very good. Piano bar was a disappointment. Tony was a good singer but after 6 Carnival cruises, I have never seen less singing at the piano bar. Cruise was not perfect but that is not my expectation with Carnival. Very good is still very good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was only our second cruise in a large Carnival ship. The Breeze was outstanding. Our room steward went beyond her duties, and the dinning room staff for our table was helpful, though they were very busy. The ship had plenty to ... Read More
This was only our second cruise in a large Carnival ship. The Breeze was outstanding. Our room steward went beyond her duties, and the dinning room staff for our table was helpful, though they were very busy. The ship had plenty to offer and we were as busy as we wanted. The food was of such a large variety that we were always looking forward to the suprises that awaited us at every meal no matter where we ate. Yes, the food was tasty and most dishes were delicious. Enjoyed the Tandor and all the dishes, that changes daily. Glad that it was open every day of the cruise. Only wish that more people would discover the delicious foods offered here. The buffet too, had a great variety. It was fun to look at all the offerings before choosing to take some from each! As I enjoy to eat, Carnival still offers a great variety for each meal with almost all offerings tasting good to delicious. We took the excersion in Belize to the barrier reef, and then went to starfish island. This was a great time! Sorry no photos. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Having been on a dozen Carnival cruises I was pleasantly surprised that our family of 8 ranging in age from 10 - 67 had as good a time as we did. Everything just came together - the service onboard and the weather at our three stops were ... Read More
Having been on a dozen Carnival cruises I was pleasantly surprised that our family of 8 ranging in age from 10 - 67 had as good a time as we did. Everything just came together - the service onboard and the weather at our three stops were excellent. You can feel the difference over the years as Carnival tries to take away some of the reasons for cruising, from the attempt to go to 1 a day cleanings (if you fill out the form correctly and request 2 a days, you will get it no problem), to having to ask for towels for our excursion days, to 1 free drink for past guests etc. Every Carnival employee would smile and exchange greetings. I found the entertainment better than in the past and certainly the comedians were - I only go to the PG shows - I was never a fan of the George Lopez thing they had going. As I have learned from past experience about food onboard, I do not eat on the Lido deck but stay in the main dining room where we were always happy with our meals. Lunch I usually got from room service and I once again I tried Guy 's burgers but found it all too greasy to eat. We had no problems getting on or off the ship. As a smoker I followed the rules and stayed on deck 11, but a couple of times I had to sit in the casino when it was too windy to go out. There are a few tables for smokers which helps, unlike Magic where you have to stand at half the bar. I wish there was a cigar bar like Triumph had. My husband got a few comp drinks that actually cost .19 each for the tax.. Funny. All in all it was a wonderful week and would do it again in a heartbeat. I do wish that Carnival would change up the itineraries out of Galveston and get something new. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to ... Read More
My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to expect, we wanted our first cruise to originate close to home. Our itinerary took us to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, and we had a total of three sea days. We were extremely impressed by the service and how upbeat and helpful the staff was. Our room steward Gede was amazing! He kept our cabin impeccably clean, made sure we had ice every day, and brought us extra pillows upon request. He gave us his card with his number on the first day and told us to call him anytime we needed something. The waitstaff in the main dining rooms were also on top of things. Our average dining time was 30 minutes for brunch on sea days and 45 minutes for dinner. The majority of the food onboard was delicious, with a few misses here and there, but the good largely outweighed the bad. I will say that we thought Guy's Burgers were very overrated though, the meat was flavorless and the donkey sauce just didn't taste good. We're willing to give it try on our next cruise in case we went on an off day, but somehow I doubt it. Cucina de Capitano and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse are both a must, we enjoyed the food and service in both venues very much. Bonsai Sushi was pretty good (best miso soup I've ever had), you can skip the pub grub in Red Frog, it was just meh. The pools and hot tubs were very crowded during sea days, but are open until midnight, so get your water time in after 9. The musicians that played throughout the ship were very talented, especially Cavair who played the steel drums, he made it look so effortless! We also loved the cruise director Leigh, he was very witty and engaging, and didn't pester us with too many announcements. We loved the Thrill Theater and mini golf, I really wanted to try the ropes course but never got around to it. The Serenity deck is ok, the bartender there was really good, but there's not enough shade so we didn't stay very long, would have been awesome if there was a pool there but it's too late to change that! The bartenders at the Tides bar were our favorites, they made us a lot of Twilight Zones and Kiss on the Lips, and you must try the Rum Jumpers in the Red Frog Pub. We went to Doctor's Cave beach in Montego Bay and loved it! The water is beautiful and refreshing with some slight wave action to keep it interesting. Our porter and waitress at Doctor's Cave Bathing Club were very cheerful and attentive, there were a few vendors on the beach but they weren't pushy. However, when walking the streets of Montego Bay you must use your street smarts, there are tons of people trying to sell you things, and quite a few can be tricksters. Keep you wallets and belongings very close, just keep walking and politely say no thank you. We went on a Carnival excursion in Grand Cayman to Stingray City and the turtle farm, and this was the highlight of our vacation. We swam with stingrays and had our pictures taken with them, then went to the turtle farm where we saw turtles less than a year old up to over a hundred years old and over 600 pounds! Our bus driver Mel was very informative about the Cayman Islands and was very proud of his nation, we enjoyed talking with and learning about the Cayman culture. In Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos and had a relaxing, all inclusive day at the beach, then enjoyed shopping at the pier before returning to the ship. The best part of our cruise was definitely the staff on the ship. Everyone was always happy and smiling, and always greeted us as we walked by, we were amazed that they could be that cheerful day after day! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. ... Read More
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. "Anytime Dining" had short waits and good service. Food was usually hot, and the chef even prepared a special pie for us that is no longer on the menu. The future cruise desk still offers the $100/$200 for cruises booked onboard and we took advantage of this and booked 2 cruises (unlike the Vista which offers only $50 for any cruise - we did not book onboard!). Used the hot tubs on the sides of the ship often - unlike the Vista which removed all the side hot tubs. Shows were fairly good - loved "Flicks." Best part of the cruise was that we were unable to dock in Galveston due to fog, and stayed out an extra day! Carnival handled this very well with open phone lines, all food venues open, and even an extra, new show for Sunday night. Staff was very friendly, and ship was mostly in great shape. A wonderful week with good weather, good ports, good ship and good friends! Jamaica - Doctor's Cave Beach by taxi; $6/pp admission, $6/chair $6/umbrella. Beautiful beach; a little crowded later in the dayl Go early! Grand Cayman - private excursion with Grand Cayman Diving to sting rays, snorkeling, beach and lunch included at Rum Point - Wonderful excursion! Cozumel - Great day at Mr. Sanchos Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This month (January 2017), I cruised as part of a group of 16 friends. All of us enjoyed cruising on the Breeze. Between us all, we hit every dining venue at least once. The MDR dinners were exceptional, brunch was wonderful, and ... Read More
This month (January 2017), I cruised as part of a group of 16 friends. All of us enjoyed cruising on the Breeze. Between us all, we hit every dining venue at least once. The MDR dinners were exceptional, brunch was wonderful, and breakfast was good. The Lido buffet had it's good points, as well. We all loved Tandoor, the Indian outlet. The beef rogan josh was soooo good! Guy's Burgers were enjoyed by all as well, and the pasta bar lunch at Cucina del Capitano was good as well. For most of the group, the highlight was dinner at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (personally I felt that while the food was good, I didn't need the huge portions provided). One of my favorite finds was the "nibbles" menu in the Red Frog Pub. The conch fritters and grouper fingers were both outstanding! As far as the entertainment and activities, there is plenty to do, for sure. Members of our group participated in Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, and various trivia games (the Guess the 80s song and Harry Potter trivia game were both BIG hits). We also saw most of the shows in the main lounge. The country show and 88 Keys were both mildly entertaining, but Flick was absolutely amazing! We loved it so much that we went to the late show to see it again from the front row. Louis Jackman, who plays Flick on the Breeze, is an outstanding performer. The pools and hot tubs were open and in good shape (and at good temps) the entire time, though the Serenity deck was closed one night due to very high winds. Debarkation and embarkation (in Galveston and at the ports of call) was always well-organized and flowed smoothly. The staff on the Breeze is exceptional. We were wowed again and again, by everyone from the room stewards and dining staff up to the cruise director. I got to witness the guest services desk staff handling the aftermath of the announcement that we would be delayed returning to Galveston, and I was very impressed. Not only did they serve every guest with a smile, they managed to turn fuming guests into happy ones. Outstanding! The CD and activities staff also did a great job of throwing together a schedule for the unexpected sea day. This is the best Carnival cruise I have been on yet, and Leigh Xuereb is the best cruise director I've sailed with. Kudos to the staff of the Breeze for an exceptional experience! Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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