506 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise booked for me and my husband after getting off of Elation in August 2017. It was a great (book within 2 weeks) deal that we could not pass up. Not to mention it was Carnival Live with Chris Tucker (my favorite comedian of all time).Well who would have thought a couple of major Hurricanes would have occurred before we sailed. We were worried because one of our ports was Key West. Well because of Irma, we gained an additional sea day and lost Key West. Key West was the main reason we chose this itinerary. Also, FTTF was sold out and never opened up. We always get FTTF and was worried we would be in long lines. Needless to say, embarkation went smoothly. I was happy! The ship is amazing. Its big and beautiful. So much to do. We loved all the activities. They were way better on this cruise than any other Carnival Cruise we have been on to date. BREEZE is a great ship. We had an interior room on the first floor ( that's all they had left). We have never stayed below the 7th Floor. Well I was shocked at how much I liked being on the first floor. It was so much more convenient at ports. The only draw back was the elevator would stop on most floors coming from Lido before it got to first floor...but that was ok. Someone had told me that Carnival didn't serve lobster anymore so we was not planning to go to dining room on dress night. We changed our minds and went anyway. THEY HAD LOBSTER!!! Thank you Carnival. We didn't explore Freeport since we had just visited last month. Nassau is always great to me. Love going to Atlantis. Staff was friendly. We talked more with the staff on this cruise...they were so happy. Shows were great. We love love love the Lip Sync Battle! We loved this ship so much, we plan to take the kids on BREEZE next summer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston (8/20/17) and due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey the Port of Galveston was closed. We ended up staying an extra night in Cozumel before attempting to return back to ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston (8/20/17) and due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey the Port of Galveston was closed. We ended up staying an extra night in Cozumel before attempting to return back to Galveston. As the port was still closed we ended up rerouting into NOLA and stayed there and in the Mississippi River for an extra few days until finally returning to Galveston on 9/2/17. We had an AMAZING time! The Carnival Breeze crew made us feel like family and really went above and beyond to minimize the uncertainty and discomfort of our extended vacation. Captain Massimo Marino and Cruise Director, Mike, were in constant contact with passengers and provided updates about the port and vehicles parked at the port as soon as the information was available. They offered to allow passengers to disembark in NOLA if they wanted to travel back on their own, but strongly urged us to stay onboard until we could safely disembark and travel home from Galveston. While in NOLA Carnival gave complimentary Hop on Hop Off bus tickets to do a two hour tour of the city and also allow passengers to refill prescriptions and gather personal items needed. They continued all entertainment onboard and the production team created new shows and several new comedians came aboard to keep the fun going! The party never stopped on the Carnival Breeze! Our 7 days cruise turned into a 13 day cruise and although there was the uncertainty of when we'd return home, whether our vehicle would be okay and undamaged in the port, the financial issues that accompany missed days from work, etc. Carnival went far out of their way to make the passengers comfortable, happy, fed, and entertained. Our steward, Wi, memorized our names the first day and took excellent care to ensure our needs were met. Our wait staff was lead by Livia and her assistants, Sukiarta and Tri. Livia's team made it important to call us by name every night and we had wonderful conversations with her and the team! Every night we felt like we were going to have dinner with friends and even became close with the families around us. The ship's crew and passengers really came together and this year's cruise will never be forgotten. This experience has solidified our decision to cruise exclusively with Carnival. Their unbeatable customer service and willingness to communicate openly and continue making our vacation memorable despite the weather conditions make us feel at ease. Thank you so much Carnival for another wonderful vacation to remember! We can't wait for our next cruise in 2018. See you soon! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My friends recommended this cruise. Due to Tropical Storm Harvey in the Caribbean our itinerary was reversed. This was done seamlessly. By the time we arrived in Cozumel Tropical Storm Harvey had strengthen into a major hurricane that was ... Read More
My friends recommended this cruise. Due to Tropical Storm Harvey in the Caribbean our itinerary was reversed. This was done seamlessly. By the time we arrived in Cozumel Tropical Storm Harvey had strengthen into a major hurricane that was heavily impacting the home port of Galveston. Carnival decided to spend two days in Cozumel before heading to Galveston. Since the Galveston Port was still closed Carnival decided to send the Breeze to New Orleans for refueling and replenishment. Carnival did an outstanding job of balancing the 4 Carnival ships that were in the port. Carnival swapped the entertainment with the other ships so that we would have fresh entertainers.Carnival also provided free transportation to the airport for any one who wanted to leave the ship in New Orleans. Carnival also provided free Hop On and Hop Off service To the French Quarter and free city tours of New Orleans. With the excellent stops in Belize and Roatan this Carnival cruise was second to none. Carnival went well above and did all they could to turn this disaster into a great time. Many of us were not sure if our homes were damaged from the storm but Carnival provided free phone and internet service so that we could contact our friends and family for the status from the storm. This gave many of us piece of mind. To my family and I we feel Carnival has a huge heart. The Carnival Breeze will always hold a special place in my heart. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY , ALL PERSONNEL ON BOARD WERE AMAZING, THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PASSENGERS , THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ALL AREAS IS JUST EXCELLENT. WE STAYED WITH THEN FOR 14 DAYS BECAUSE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO RETURN TO ... Read More
DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY , ALL PERSONNEL ON BOARD WERE AMAZING, THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PASSENGERS , THE CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ALL AREAS IS JUST EXCELLENT. WE STAYED WITH THEN FOR 14 DAYS BECAUSE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO RETURN TO HOUSTON BECAUSE THE HURRICANE TRAGEDY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PERSONNEL. This trip it was suppose to be for 7 days but, we stayed for 14 days. The service was the same during the next 7 days, with friendly staff. We cannot complaint about the food, shows, amenities, general information,updates about the situation at the Galveston port, the compassion for some people that lost everything during this tragedy, always with a big smile on their faces. This just was above any expectation that we can have. We want so say THANKS to every single person that is working very hard.People from different nationalities working together for us. We really recommend this cruise line, specially Carnival Breeze. Guys well done. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our first cruise so we honestly didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were blown away at how absolutely amazing the whole cruise experience was. I was nervous about how small the cabin would be however we hardly ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we honestly didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were blown away at how absolutely amazing the whole cruise experience was. I was nervous about how small the cabin would be however we hardly spent any time there even with our two toddlers it worked just fine. Our steward cleaned our room twice a day faithfully and did a heck of a job, No complaints there! The food was pretty great especially dining at the Sapphire. There was so much to do on board there was no way to even experience half of it having our little ones. The kids camp was great however our youngest just isn't up for strangers so they girls didn't really spend much time there but the workers were so sweet and friendly. I don't think I came across one unhappy employee on the ship. They are always working hard and smiling! They are really on point and always have things so together. Kudos to all of them!!! As far as the cruise goes we had ZERO complaints. I would say the ONLY complaint we had was on our last excursion day in Cozumel on the Push,Pull,Swim with the dolphins: the actual time with the dolphins was fantastic but the food they offer is AWFUL and I am not picky at all but I couldn't stomach any of it... and the worst part was they literally RAPE you on the photos! You spend so much on the actual excursion then they charge you almost $300 for a family photo, Who thought that was a good idea? I want to talk to them and ask them how they came up with that number????? Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We just got off the Breeze yesterday out of Galvestion and here is my review. We are a family of 3. It was myself (53) DH (53) and DD (18). We took her for her high school graduation. My husband and myself are platinum (first timers) ... Read More
We just got off the Breeze yesterday out of Galvestion and here is my review. We are a family of 3. It was myself (53) DH (53) and DD (18). We took her for her high school graduation. My husband and myself are platinum (first timers) and my daughter is gold. Our trip was to the ports of Cozumel, Grand Caymans, and Jamaica. GAVLESTON: We left OKC and got into Galveston on Friday, August 11th. We had a room booked at the Harbor House for 2 nights. Checked in then went to eat at the Original Mexican Restaurant. It's a tradition of ours. On Saturday we went to the beach between Murdochs and Paradise Pier. Ate lunch at Bubba Gumps and then to Walmart to get soda for the trip. You are allowed one 12 pack of soda per person. We took two. One for hubby and one for daughter. We found this to be cheaper than purchasing the Bubbles package. EMBARKATION: We arrived early (8 am) to the terminal so Hubby could take car over to Hotel Galvez to park and get shuttle back to terminal. Parking is free at that hotel if you stay at the Harbor House. He arrived back at terminal about 9am and we got in line for Platinum/Diamond and faster to the fun. They do not let you wait inside anymore and check paperwork for your arrival time. We were taken to our room and on board the ship by 11:30 am. ROOM: Our room was 2272. This is a Cove balcony and the 3rd time we books this particular room. We love the cove balcony and this room has no life boats above it. Never did see our Stewart but was asked by another one if we wanted morning or evening cleaning or both. We chose morning. It was cleaned ok. We did have to go to purser desk to ask for sheets to change one night as they had something on them and they would not answer the housekeeping phone. FOOD: We ate all but one meal in the dining room and did our time dining. The food was normal and not too hot or cold. They did have the Bitter and Blanc everyone was talking about and I tried it. It was pretty good. We did see some people that were asked to change clothing on Elegant night that were wearing shorts. The buffet on the Lido is what is normally expected and we did eat once at Guys. My daughter did not like the pizza and that was unusual for her. It was paper thin and the lines were always long. We also ate a few times in dining room for brunch. It was ok and the service took a long time. ENTERTAINMENT: Mike was our cruise director and was very good. He has a lot of energy. We saw all the shows but one and they were ok. Nothing to wow about. The show "Flick" is the best one. We did do many of the trivial games. I actually one a Ship on a Stick on the Yahtzee game. We also did tea time which we usually like but they have taken it down to just black tea and green tea for free. You have to purchase other flavors for $2.00 if you want them. We really enjoyed the violinist group in the Atrium. Their name is Emerald Trio and they are outstanding. We did the behind the fun tour on the last day and that was nice to see everything going on below the guest rooms. I highly recommend it and book it on day one if you want to do it. They only take 32 people on the tour total. PORTS: Jamaica: We got off and just went to the little market by the terminal. We are not comfortable going out and exploring. We did a tour many years ago of the island and felt that it was enough once. Grand Cayman: This is my favorite port to visit. (We actually have a dog named Cayman). We took a cab to Calico Jacks and stayed at the beach. Chairs and umbrellas are $5.00 each. The drinks are high. A Pina Colada was $12.00. We went back to town and did a little shopping. It's an expensive town and we knew that going in. We ate and Hard Rock and then back to the ship. Cozumel: Been there, done that. We just went to the town Square. Picked up some meds at the drugstore and some vanilla at the grocery store. Go to the local store if you want to purchase vanilla. We got 6 large bottles for $7.25. It's about 4 blocks off the strip. No worries. We shopped, ate the best lunch at Viva Mexico and went back to the ship. SHIP: The ship itself reminds me of most of the others. The layout is the same. Just a new color. A shade of yellow everywhere. It was clean and never really felt crowded expect when food was out on lido. PLATINUM: This was our first cruise as platinum. It was nice to get on the boat first. Room was not ready when we first got on but was done about 30 minutes later. We did get on an early tender by going to the pursers desk and they took us down a special elevator to get on. It was nice to have the platinum line at guest services especially on the last night. We went to the past guest party and enjoyed the drinks. Same ole movie about Carnival was shown. We received our platinum gifts of ship pins and Bluetooth speaker. Some strawberries showed up on day 3. I was guessing it was for Platinum but there was no letter or note with them. We also got free laundry service and that was a big help. The biggest perk we found other than boarding early was debarkation. DEBARKATION: Being platinum allowed us to get off first. We took our own luggage to the dining room at 7am and was off the ship by 7:45 am. It took longer for the shuttle to come pick us up and take us to our car than to go through debarkation. We got on the road about 8:30 and home to Oklahoma at 5pm. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Mike the cruise director was fantastic, he seemed to be everywhere at once. We especially enjoyed our serving team of Ali, Tety and Ning at the Blush Dining. The kids really enjoyed the sky course, the pools and especially the slides. ... Read More
Mike the cruise director was fantastic, he seemed to be everywhere at once. We especially enjoyed our serving team of Ali, Tety and Ning at the Blush Dining. The kids really enjoyed the sky course, the pools and especially the slides. Embarkation and Debarkation seemed to go smoothly. The lines for food did not take as long as you would expect with over 4000 passengers. The shows were very enjoyable, especially Flick and 88 keys. We took a bus to the Hip Strip in Montego Bay and did some shopping. The people there were very helpful and we really enjoyed ourselves. We took the Beach, Hell and Shopping excursion in Grand Cayman. The beach was the Seven Mile Beach and we were at the Royal Palms resort. Loved it. The water was extremely clear, got to see some beautiful fish and the resort was very nice. Hell looked like what Hell might look like, I hope to never find out. We also had time to shop at the Tortuga Rum shop. Overall, we had a great time and are looking forward to our next Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
If you're looking for an honest and reliable review...you're reading the right one. We booked this cruise 3 weeks out having found out that there were no good cabins available for Alaska, but we still wanted to cruise for our ... Read More
If you're looking for an honest and reliable review...you're reading the right one. We booked this cruise 3 weeks out having found out that there were no good cabins available for Alaska, but we still wanted to cruise for our vacation (we've cruised 12 times previously). I spent about 6 hours reading and looking at all the possible options, and although we haven't sailed on Carnival in over 20 years (choosing to sail on Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Silver Seas), we were a bit worried about what we've heard and read about Carnival. Boy were we wrong! Carnival Breeze was every bit as wonderful as any cruise we've taken in the past. (Aside from Silver Seas, with is at the highest end of the cruising world...and you pay for that luxury!) Let me begin by telling you that we're from San Diego, so had to fly to Houston. So, now we have to get to Galveston. I looked into renting a car, keeping it in Galveston while we were on the cruise and then driving back to Houston. Bad idea...far too expensive. We choose to use Lyft, just $87.00 (and I gave our driver a great tip). This was far less expensive then opting for the Carnival Shuttle. Let me point out here that we never fly in the "day of," as that is far too risky, always the day or evening before. We arrived in Galveston around 4:00 pm and wanted to explore Galveston, so we jumped on their Summer Time "Free" Trolley and...drum roll please, we never got off. Honestly, in my opinion, there is nothing to see in Galveston. Moody Mansion (not really very impressive) which we saw when we got back. My suggestion is to get a hotel, if you're arriving the day before the cruise, most places are only a $5.00 - $8.00 Uber or Lyft ride to the port. We stayed (unfortunately) at the County Inn and Suites...I don't recommend it. Now, let's get to the fun part of my review! We arrived at the port at 11:30. First savings tip - No need to pay for their "Faster to the Fun" that Carnival offers. Although the line was somewhat long, it moved very quickly and we were in the waiting room waiting to board in just 25 minutes. Once there, it only took 15 minutes for our boarding group to be called and "snap," we were on the ship and heading to the Lido deck for lunch! Really, it was not big deal and not worth the $69.00 they charged to get on the ship quicker!!! Save your money and spend it on other things. The other thing we noticed quickly is how everyone was carrying 12 packs of soft drinks to bring onboard. We were surprised that they allowed that. Live and learn. So, if you're a soda drinker, feel free to bring 12 packs on board. But, no water was allowed. Go Figure!!! And, there are refrigerators in every cabin. Here's another tip. Tip the luggage porter a few extra dollars if he'll put on an "expedite" tag on your luggage. Flash some cash and I'm sure he'll do it! Make sure he puts it on before he leaves with your luggage. I paid him $15.00 for two bags and when we got to our room at 1:30, the luggage was already at the door. How cool is that? Otherwise it could be a few more hours before you get your luggage. We unpacked and were ready to start our cruise vacation. We had a balcony cabin mid-ship (8280), kind of surprising they had one available since we basically booked "last minute" and we were very surprised how light and comfortable it was, with plenty of space for everything. By the way, the mattress was "very" comfortable! Note - it was just myself and my wife traveling. You may want to bring some extra hangers as there are not many in the room, we did. Tip, you cannot bring on a travel iron, so don't try, they x-ray the luggage and confiscated ours until an hour before we disembarked. I understand, they are dangerous. Hint, if you pull the TV out there is extra space to put stuff there. Found that out on the last day. But, you must bring a power strip if you have a lot of electronics to recharge every day. No outlet in the bathroom, only one outlet with two plugs on the desk. There is a hair dryer in the desk drawer, but we didn't use it, as we had our own. There is also an easy to use safe (passport, cash, jewelry). But again, as I said, more storage then you can image, at least for two people and there's room under the bed for the empty suitcases. We had a balcony which we always like, but if you're the type of person who is going to be by the pool and busy all the time, why spend the extra money. All the rooms we peeked in on, including the inside cabins, looked fine. Before I continue further, I'd recommend that you'll want to bring a tumbler (for your ice tea, lemonade or water, that's all they offer for free, of course coffee and tea is also available) as the cups they offer are very small (8 oz). Everyone on board brings 'em. And you'll want a lanyard that you can hang around your neck (you can get them on Amazon) for your room key. Everyone on board seems to have those as well. Plus you can get some that will also hold your cell phone. Also, if you have a spare frequent flyer card or a plastic card like it (not a credit card) bring it, as you'll need your cabin key or a similar card as above to keep the lights on in the room. Mike Pack, our cruise director, and his entire staff did a great job...and honestly they work their butts off 16 hours a day. Way to go Mike! Let's talk about food. If you're a gourmet diner, what the heck are you doing on a cruise ship? My wife and I found the food in main dining room great, although we're not overly picky eaters. They offer some unique foods that I tried, like frogs legs...not bad. We chose "Anytime Dining" and we never had to wait for a table. My suggestion is to do anytime dining so that you're not locked into having to be there at a certain time. The general buffet on the Lido Deck has lots of food stations, but can be slow and quite busy, especially the first day for lunch, when it's the only area open for food. Be patient, there's no rush, you're on vacation. Don't get trapped by the first few stations, keep working your way to the back of the ship and you'll discover more stations with different variety of foods. Looks all around first and then decide where to put on the feed bag. Of course, there is pizza 24/7 and just follow any kid (6 - 12 years old) and they'll lead you right to the ice cream machines (also 24/7). Now, aside from the dining room and the Lido Buffet you're going to go "gaga" for Guy's Burgers on the pool deck as well as Guy's Pig and Anchor. Guy's Burgers serve over 2,000 burger a day and if you're a burger fan...well let me say this, bet you can't eat just one. I had three on this cruise....so good. He uses a special blend of meat and there is a toppings bar with bacon, grilled onions, lettuce,, pickles, tomatoes, etc. to top your burger. And it comes with fries! Guy's Pig and Anchor is also wonderful with all kinds of bar-b-que offerings. On board you'll also find a taco bar (street tacos) as well as burritos. We did not opt for the upcharge specialty restaurants (Italian, Sushi and Steak) as it didn't seem important or necessary. Wait until you get on board to decide as there was always seating and reservations available. If you sail, and are assigned to dine in the Sapphire Dining Room, see if you can ask for Cvetelina (from Bulgaria) and Emi's area. Both so sweet and very, very attentive servers. Entertainment - There is so much going on that you'll find yourself carefully checking the schedules to decide what you want to do. The big production shows I'd rate a 7+ out of 10. Not the big Broadway Shows we've seen on other cruise lines, but for 45 minutes of entertainment, not too shabby. Although I have to say, they did stop a couple of the shows in the middle with technical issues, but the way they use the digital screen as a background was most unique. On our cruise you didn't have to get there 30 minutes before to get a seat, and there always seemed to be seats available down front. And always seats in the balcony. There's also great entertainment going on in every corner of the ship. Worse performer was the guy at the piano at the 88 Keys Bar...zero personality for a piano bar. We love comedy, which takes place every night in the Limelight Lounge. Now this fills to capacity 10 minutes before the show begins, so if you want to get close, you'll have to get there early and line up (30 minutes before the show begins, doors open 15 minutes before). We saw both the PG shows and the 18+ shows. Kind of disappointed in the 18+ adult shows as they mainly talk to people in the audience, while I prefer an act or at least a routine. But we did laugh hard and enjoyed it. The sets are just 30 minutes long...then they clear the room, you have to line up again to see the next performer. If you go on Carnival, be sure to download the Carnival Hub app, it provides a map and deck plans of the entire ship, "what's happening now and today" and you can even look at your photos (there must be 20 photographers everywhere to take you portraits). The Hub app is free! There is mini-golf, a ropes course, two giant water slides, ping pong, outdoor pool tables and tons of things to do on board. Shopping sales every day (of course!). And if it's peace and quite (why are you sailing on Carnival) there are some quieter areas on the Serenity Deck. Note - because the Breeze sails out of Houston, 75% of the guest are from Texas, another 10% - 15% from Louisiana and Oklahoma and the rest from other parts of the country, not many from overseas as they generally said out of Florida or the west coast. We met lots of nice people. Okay, I've covered a ton so far, so let's move on the shore excursions. I rarely book via the cruise lines, as you can always find better deals on line or on shore. In Rotan, we hired a private driver for $40.00 for three hours. We've snorkeled, played with dolphins, etc, etc. on so many previous cruises, so we just wanted to see a bit of this island. But, let me be real honest, not much to see in Roatan, Honduras. Carnival offers their "Mahogany Beach," just a 7 minutes walk from the ship. If you want to spend time on beach (for free) this is the place. The water is warm and they have lots of bars and places to eat (extra charge), and also places to rent beach toys. Lots of lounge chairs and for a extra fee clam shell loungers for two. Carnival offers a chair lift ride to get you to and from...but it's $14.95 per adult (you can ride all day) and $7.95 for kids. Not necessary. As you come out of the first building, that you have to walk though, if you make a hard U-turn to the right you'll find a nature trail (look for the small sign or just ask someone) that takes you right to the beach. It's a pleasant 5 minute walk with misters if it's hot and places to sit (well done Carnival). Mahogany Bay was leased by Carnival for $32,000,000 for twenty years and they've done a very nice job with this port and the area. Clean and a wide variety of shopping right off the ship. Next stop Belize. We've been to Belize once before and that time we did the cave tubing and zip lining. This time we took a 90 minute city tour...hmmmm. Remember this is a 3rd world country, not a lot to see unless your into proverty. There are lots of tour operators on shore that will accommodate you with all kinds of tours and activities, so again, you don't necessarily need to book via the cruise line or in advance. We found very friendly people in Terminal Four who can offer you anything you'd like to do. You do have to take a ferry from the ship and if you want to be first off you have to pick up a ferry ticket, each person needs there own, starting at 7:30 am. Ugh! Details are on board or ask me. But, for Cozumel's excursion, we did book through Carnival, and it's the best and most unique cruise excursion I've ever been on. Rio Secreto, Rivera Maya (Amazing Secret River), you can Google and also check Google Images. Price was $122.00 per person, but worth it. For this you have to be on the dock at 8:00 am and you'll take a 35 minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen on the mainland. From there they'll load you into small vans for the 30 minute ride to the secret river. This was discovered in 2006 and they've turned it into an amazing destination. You'll spend 90 minutes walking, wading and swimming in this river and get an amazing geology lesson from your guide. You've never seen anything more spectacular (stalagmites and stalactites). And, they supply everything, although if you have water shoes I'd suggest you bring them as yours will fit better and more snug than theirs. Just bring your swim suit and dry clothes! They'll supply a wet suit, a safety vest, towels to dry off and they have free lockers. Warning, they don't allow cameras, partially because they want to sell you the photos that a professional photographer takes who goes with each small group (10 - 12 max), but also because it's hard to take pictures while carefully climbing and swimming in the river. Plus, the professional has extra flash units placed in the cave so that the pictures he takes are really stunning! Here's the catch, they'll show you the photos at the end of your adventure and the price is $25.00 for one or $99.00 for all of them. Plus, they'll include photos of the cave and the wildlife in the area. What the heck, we opted for all the pictures as did most which they put on a flash drive for you and you take them with you. Personally, we'll worth the money. I've included one or two with this review. After your trip in the river (by the way, you'll be 60 feet underground...but I never felt claustrophobic, wide open areas in the cave/river) they serve a wonderful lunch...all included in the price. When you're done, back in the van and there's still time for shopping before the ferry heads back to the ship, I'm not a shopper but my wife is! LOL. Again, this is my top pick of any excursion I've ever done in the Caribbean! Three days at sea on this Western Caribbean route, which was great, as there is so much to do aboard the ship! Finally, all good things must come to an end, including this one. Here is another tip, you can pack your bags the night before, but no need to put them out in the hall that night. In the morning, leave your bags in your room, go down for breakfast, and then return to your room, grab your bags, and go down to the third deck and simply walk off the ship with your luggage. If you see your room steward, and you should, just tell him you'll be back after breakfast to grab your bags, they're used to that. They don't check numbers, which they'll leave in your room the night before and you don't need to wait to be called. I've done this on every cruise I've been on without an issue. Trust me, no one will be checking your number! Also, if you find the elevators packed with passengers with luggage on the way down on Debarkation day, do what I do, press the up button and ride the elevator up, those elevators are empty going up, and then back down to deck three. It works every time, especially if your cabin is on a lower deck (5 - 11). Last tip - I did purchase the social media package for my cell phone, pre-cruise. I used the What's App application to communicate with the folks back home and people at my office. Make sure that everyone you want to stay in contact with downloads the app and test it before you leave home. it worked great, slow at times, but it got the job done. When you attach pictures or receive pictures it does slow it down, but they eventually get through. Sometimes it disconnects when you turn off you phone, but anyone in the photo area can teach you the ropes on how to use it and/or reconnect and I also found anyone who works in the shops can also help get reconnected. Remember you have to have your cell phone in the Airplane mode. I didn't need the headache of e-mail so I didn't opt for that (besides it's more expensive and I'm on "vacation" so work can wait). There is also a "chat" option you can get if you want, to communicate with others on board, but we just used the What's App to do that. Finally, while I know this was a bit long, I wanted to provide you with as much information as possible...and wrote this as if I was reading it and what I'd want to know. I hope you have found this valuable. If you have any other questions and care to e-mail me, I'll try to answer for you. Just put "Cruise Question" in the subject line. You can write to me at Bert@BRMarketing com I was impressed with Carnival Breeze and had a wonderful vacation and I hope you do too if you select this ship! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our 2nd cruise on the beautiful Carnival Breeze. Cruise Director had big shoes to fill since last year I cruised with the Amazing Jaime Dee. But Schwartz was awesome. He Entertained with lots of energy and we could tell he ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on the beautiful Carnival Breeze. Cruise Director had big shoes to fill since last year I cruised with the Amazing Jaime Dee. But Schwartz was awesome. He Entertained with lots of energy and we could tell he loved what he was doing everyday!!! The shows and the cast were amazing as well. Before we left we heard a lot of people talk about how they were disappointed in Pig & Anchor but we thought it was great. Dining in the MD was amazing. The service was great, we had a great team of Team Members, and we enjoyed getting to know all about them, and was sad to say good bye. I had the chance to do the behind the fun tour on the last sea day. Got to see and learn a lot about what the team members go through and do daily to keep each and every person safe on a beautiful floating city week in and week out. I believe that every team member on the ship deserve to be noticed. They are all amazing!!! WAY TO GO TEAM MEMBERS OF THE CARNIVAL BREEZE AND THE FULL CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE, YOU ALL ROCK!!! Can't wait to book the next one on the BREEZE!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I'm a first time cruiser, so I have nothing to compare my cruise to. Having said that, I have not a single complaint. The Breeze is clean and beautiful. My room steward, Sam, was attentive and warm. Embarkation and disembarkation ... Read More
I'm a first time cruiser, so I have nothing to compare my cruise to. Having said that, I have not a single complaint. The Breeze is clean and beautiful. My room steward, Sam, was attentive and warm. Embarkation and disembarkation went more smoothly than I could have ever imagined. Our cove balcony cabin was more spacious than I had imagined it would be. We had more than enough storage space for two adults and two children. The bed was comfortable. All four of us are very picky eaters. Very! We always found food (usually at the buffet) to keep us all content. When I finally convinced the family to eat in the main dining room on the last night, we were thrilled with the meal. My husband had been reluctant to eat there because he was certain no one could make a steak as delicious as his. He was proven wrong. We found plenty to do aboard the ship. My love the comedy show and the Lip Sync battle. The kids, aged 9 and 11, enjoyed an hour or two a day at Camp Ocean. The pools and hot tubs were never uncomfortably crowded. Lines were never overwhelmingly long. I was pleasantly surprised (unnerved?) when the bartenders greeted me by name before I even handed over my sail and sign card by the third day of our trip. The first thing we did when we arrived home--before even unpacking--was go online to see about booking our next cruise aboard a Carnival ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The Carnival Breeze has a LOT to offer! Plenty of entertainment options with the Thrill Theater, Ovation Theater, and Limelight Lounge. The waterslides were a HUGE hit with my 6 year old daughter! Can't wait to go on the Breeze ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze has a LOT to offer! Plenty of entertainment options with the Thrill Theater, Ovation Theater, and Limelight Lounge. The waterslides were a HUGE hit with my 6 year old daughter! Can't wait to go on the Breeze again! The food in the Main Dining Room was spot on - prime rib, filet mignon, lobster, short ribs, shrimp curry - those are just a few of the options we had on various nights during the 7 day cruise. The children's club was nice to have for a quick break from the kiddo, although we only utilized it twice for about an hour each time. She enjoyed her time there and was looking forward to going the 2nd time after her 1st trip. Green Eggs & Ham breakfast is a MUST if you have children! It's very well done and only $5 extra per person and worth every penny! Read Less
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
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
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
Sail Date June 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
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
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
Sail Date May 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sail Date April 2017
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.0

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