6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
When my husband and I got married in 2014, I left three days after the ceremony for a travel work assignment. We decided that three years was long enough to wait and chose to plan a cruise for our Honeymoon. Let me say that booking a ... Read More
When my husband and I got married in 2014, I left three days after the ceremony for a travel work assignment. We decided that three years was long enough to wait and chose to plan a cruise for our Honeymoon. Let me say that booking a cruise was the easiest thing in the world. Carnival's customer service was great. The cruise itself was a much needed escape. The staff on the ship was beyond wonderful, especially when you consider some of the horrid people that were on the cruise. The cruise director, Mike was the epitome of energy. The food in the dining rooms was always good; sometimes great, but consistently good. All things in perspective, this was a great value for us. Here is the caveat; make sure you do as much research as you can before you book a cruise. We are both in our late 30's and have no children. If you have them, or even love being surrounded by them, Carnival is for you. This cruise was very much geared towards children, families, and drunks. I was shocked at the amount of bars and the prevalence of liquor with so many children present. I was also a bit disappointed that to gain access to so many areas of the promenade, you had to walk through the casino where smoking is permitted and not vented. Poor design choice I feel. I felt that Carnival could have done more (or anything for that matter) to educate the cruisers on the various ports.I was not aware (due to the lack of research on my part) that marijuana is legal in Jamaica. Within one minute of arriving at the beach I was offered both pot and cocaine. Jamaica also is a bit of a slum. I would have happily skipped it to have spent an extra day in the Caymans. Carnival also does nothing to prepare you for the experience of arriving at the pier. Leave plenty of time to get unloaded, parked and checked in. Know that if you use the AB parking lot, they do not allow luggage on the shuttles to the ship. Let the porters unload you in the terminal. However, the day of debarkation, shuttles will allow luggage. The major issues I had, do not involve Carnival. People on the cruise (as a whole) were extremely rude; think pushing past with no consideration, no control of children running along the stateroom corridors, shouting at night, just overall unpleasant. Perhaps a class on etiquette would be a nice addition to the itinerary. If you loved summer camp, don't mind long announcements early in the morning about activities, and can handle unruly children, this is perfect. For us, it was a nice vacation, but more than anything, a learning experience. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose the Breeze as it is a newer ship. It is very beautiful, clean and overall we had a great experience. The food and service were very good. We had an interior cabin. The bedding in the cabin was a little uncomfortable for me, ... Read More
We chose the Breeze as it is a newer ship. It is very beautiful, clean and overall we had a great experience. The food and service were very good. We had an interior cabin. The bedding in the cabin was a little uncomfortable for me, but my husband said he was fine. I felt the mattress was too thin. We had anytime dinning but this time I felt a little lonely as we sat at a table for two. I like to meet new people. Wish they had given us an option where to sit. I liked that for a large ship, there were many options for a quite deck. This was important as this time we had an interior cabin. We were always able to find a comfortable deck chair. This cruise we ate at the cucina del Capitano, it was very good! Everyone should give it a try for dinner. Overall, I would recommend the Breeze to everyone! It's a fun vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise for the ship. This was the biggest ship we have been on and it did not disappoint. The shows were great, the comedians were hilarious and the food was fantastic. The maître d went out of his way to accommodate a ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the ship. This was the biggest ship we have been on and it did not disappoint. The shows were great, the comedians were hilarious and the food was fantastic. The maître d went out of his way to accommodate a special request from my daughter. The wait staff was funny and friendly and made diner time a wonderful experience. If you find a waiter/waitress that you like, be sure to request them each night! I loved that there were so many hot tubs all over the ship. Don't miss spending some time at the Piano Bar! Good fun! We did excursions in each stop. Get the private Cabana in Mahogany Bay if you can. So worth the money! Make sure you do an excursion in Belize, You don't want to walk around on your own here. There are so many options in Cozumel, you won't have trouble finding something to do there! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This may be the best ship in the Carnival fleet, but it still has it's shortfalls. For a ship that just came out of drydock, there seemed to be quite a bit of small items that needed fixing, like stair skids. Why were they not all ... Read More
This may be the best ship in the Carnival fleet, but it still has it's shortfalls. For a ship that just came out of drydock, there seemed to be quite a bit of small items that needed fixing, like stair skids. Why were they not all new? Some of the lay out was unusual, like the adults only Serenity area. It was just forward of the water slides. How quiet could that be? Dinning: Why are so few venues open? Guy's Burgers from noon to 6. Tacos and burritos for breakfast and lunch. Bar b que on sea days only. The Lido buffet is not very good & the lines are long. Rather than multiple stations, everyone ques through 1 line, unless you want a special such as omelettes at breakfast or stir fry at lunch. At 3:30, your option is pizza or a sandwich. No salad or cookies. Overall, the Lido buffet was weak. The variety and quality both need improvement . You also were your own beverage service. No refills either by the staff or yourself. Each time you want a second drink, you get up and get one. Don't expect good pizza on this ship either. They use very little sauce , toppings, or cheese. The crust is usually over cooked . All this and a long wait in line! This was the worst run area on the ship. Stick with the burgers, tacos, and bar b que. The MDR had average to good food. Some selections were better than others, but none were bad - just very few great. Entertainment: Mostly good . The comedy shows were consistently above average. There was always a big crowd for trivia at the Red Frog, but it was only held once nightly at 7 and last 15 minutes. Is there a problem with this location having too much business? The main stage was home to 7 very talented singers and dancers. The only problem is that one night they tried to sing country songs to a Texas audience. It was bad. The other nights were good to great. The theater uses video screens and laser lights to really enhance the performance. The piano bar was home to a great musician. He played like Elton John and had a unique voice. His song request list was over 150 songs long .The big screen by the pool was under utilized. Movies at night and the morning show was about all it was used for. Most of the day it looked like a Carnival screensaver. Why not run more movies in the afternoon? Rooms: There seems to be a lot more cabin noise than I expected on a newer ship. Can they not insulate the walls sufficiently to stop the television sound? I seem to hear doors and balcony noise from a whole area, not just adjacent rooms and floors. The vents in the bottom of your cabin door allows much hall noise in. This is particularly annoying when you try to sleep before the atrium entertainment is done at night. Avoid any room within 15 doors of the forward atrium if you are either a light sleeper or an early to bed cruiser. It is impossible to sleep on certain nights. The cruise director should be banned from the atrium after 10. Late night parties need to be limited to the pool deck. Speaking of the Atrium, it was surprising to see no food, not even a desert bar or sandwich shop. Just the small bar. Likes: The alternative venues should be applauded, such as the Red Frog Pub. The indoor/outdoor option is fun, as well as the board games available. It is also nice to have a panorama deck that allows you to walk around the ship entirely. There was always selling going on, but the amount of printed flyers stuffed in my door box was lower than usual. I chalked it up to saving on printing costs The fitness center had lots of cardio equipment but very little studio room and 2 sets of weights. They also had one cable machine and 1 complete set of weight stations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
I will not cruise out of Galveston in July ever again. Too hot. Too many kids. Although I did say that two years ago after a cruise on the Magic. There were 8 of us in three cabins; two suites and a balcony room all in a row. We ... Read More
I will not cruise out of Galveston in July ever again. Too hot. Too many kids. Although I did say that two years ago after a cruise on the Magic. There were 8 of us in three cabins; two suites and a balcony room all in a row. We were maybe the 20th guests to get on board because we had FTTF and we booked suites. We don't normally book a suite but this was for my mom's 70th birthday and we wanted her to get all the bells and whistles. At dinner on her actual birthday the wait staff sang to her and made a big fuss. She was very happy with the attention and we got some great photos. With the suite we received treats throughout the week like chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. The suites seemed smaller than suites on Carnival's older ships. It was great to have any extra room I just noticed it felt smaller. Because we had three cabins in a row, we had the balcony dividers opened and we had what equaled 5 regular balcony widths all together. Since none of the cabins were connecting, we used the balcony to go back and forth between rooms. We were on deck 7. Our family time was priceless. My kids are old enough to do things on the ship they weren’t interested in before like the shows and atrium activities. I really enjoyed Schwartz the Cruise Director even though he seemed too busy to spend any amount of time with passengers. That didn’t take away from the cruise though. The food was pretty great. No one was ever left hungry. Our head waiter, Jakapan, was perfection personified. He could not have been any better. His cohorts Jayson and Maynald rounded out the team wonderfully. We were given the most prominent table in the dining room for anytime dining. At least it felt pretty special to us. We were seated at a table for 8 in the center of the Sapphire dining room deck 3. The table was assigned to us. I don't know if that was special to us or they regularly gave parties the same table every night because it was easier than assigning something new every night. The hostess in the Sapphire dining room, April, worked magic to get me the basic instructions for a certain cake I fell in love with. Have you had the cupcake sized cake they give for birthdays??? Oh my! Her husband, Aldin, was our room steward. He also anticipated everything we could ever want. He even got me a fan for the room. I’m at an age where hot flashes rule my life. Without the fan I might have melted away. That one thing Aldin did for me made all the difference. We loved loved loved the Pig & Anchor smokehouse on sea days. Little tip is not many people really know about it or know where it is the first sea day or two. No lines and fresh items. We could grab lunch in under 5 minutes and get on to the next activity. By the last sea day, the lines were outrageous. We were happy we got to experience it early on. I left quite a large deposit in the casino. It happens. I had fun. The staff was friendly. I was extremely fortunate to win the free cruise in the casino raffle on the last night. I had 74 entries! The first three names called weren’t there then they called me. Schwartz called my name and verified I was the winner. I also got a letter from the Casino at Sea program offering me another free cruise because of my level of play. Boy I gambled a lot! That cruise has dates I can choose from so I’m sure I can make that work with family schedules. Embarkation and debarkation were seamless. We found our bags and grabbed a porter in under 5 minutes. If you get a porter, you're taken to a line set up for the porters and I feel like we got out of the terminal faster. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was my first cruise and hooked me for life. The amenities were a tad out dated and pools crowded on sea days. That's about all on the downside. Food was great. Drinks were amazing. Staff was attentive and extremely friendly. ... Read More
This was my first cruise and hooked me for life. The amenities were a tad out dated and pools crowded on sea days. That's about all on the downside. Food was great. Drinks were amazing. Staff was attentive and extremely friendly. We spent our mornings on our balcony after our early morning coffee delivery. Was initially bummed there was no coffee pot in the room but it was always delivered on time and the perfect temperature. We had teenagers who hung in the teen lounge who made life time friends. The rest of us in our 20's, 30's, and 50's who spent the days lounging by the pool and nights at the piano bar. This ship had something for everyone. On sea days when the lido deck was over ran with young families I found myself retreating to the adult only area with a book and cocktail. Woke up and did yoga a few mornings with their great staff. Our cabin stewardess was just lovely and always greeted us by name with a friendly smile. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
It worked with kids out of school and one son in law starting new army assignment in July. It also was in Galveston, which could avoid flights. All the services were great, as was Schwartz the cruise director! We've had many Carnival ... Read More
It worked with kids out of school and one son in law starting new army assignment in July. It also was in Galveston, which could avoid flights. All the services were great, as was Schwartz the cruise director! We've had many Carnival cruises, but seem to be noticing a bit of downturn on the quality of evening restaurant meals. We would not go to Jamaica again, water is known for almost no coral, therefore minimal fish. Bummer for snorkelers or divers. We had an island tour-nice-from Irie tour company (set it up on arrival in port), but once is plenty. Part of our family did sting ray city/turtle farm in Grand Cayman and loved it. Hubby and and I did SCUBA which was ok-not at all as good as Roatan, St Maarten and other areas. We 10 (ages 11-71) went to National Park "Chankanaab" in Cozemel-for third time. Clean, lovely-cheap drinks! (6 beers and 2 margaritas for $25!), good water access,ok snorkeling, well kept and close to port!. Two did the zip line and 5 did the Manatee encounter. Those excursions were bought online and included park entrance! The 45 minute manatee encounter was AWESOME!!!! It also was $53.10 on line, which included the park admit of $21-unless you got internet coupon for $19. CAN'T get an excursion for that price-$33!!!! Zip line was $70-including the admission. Cabin has a fridge. It does have-what we think is irritating!- the cabin lights that must activate with your cabin card. So as not to walk out of room without snagging the cabin card from the slot, we left a library card in the slot, so we could not have lights turn off after 2 minutes! Any card works fine. The main theater "headliner" singers were a BIG disappointment. The show productions were good-but talent much less than typical Carnival experience. We really enjoyed Gregg at the piano bar!!!! Friendly, nice voice and very diversified! Embarkation and disembarkation are "smooth" but take a LONG time. We parked in the Carnival parking lot-big mistake! The shuttles afterward took forever to wait in line. "Galveston park-n-cruise" is across the street. One daughter's family used it-almost same price and was OUT in no time!!!! Be smart!!! Park there!!! Casino REALLY needs better cigarette filtration! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We had been on Carnival previously (different ship) and chose it again for the same ports as that is where my friend wanted to go for her 60th birthday. Everyone was friendly, cruise director, loves everyone (even more). The only thing I ... Read More
We had been on Carnival previously (different ship) and chose it again for the same ports as that is where my friend wanted to go for her 60th birthday. Everyone was friendly, cruise director, loves everyone (even more). The only thing I would suggest is that some of the flooring near the marketplace court is very slippery. I had to use a cane for this trip and the cane slipped a few times walking through that area. Also, it would be great to have a salad bar open during the day in the marketplace I do realize this is a "family" cruise trip but it would be great to have some "adult" pool time without someone doing a cannon ball on your head. Loved the movie night, saw Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Security needs to be more attentive to children sitting on stairways, especially when you are trying to watch a movie and for safety reasons. Loved the HUB app on my phone as well as the CHAT. It allowed six women to stay in touch with each other during the cruise and see our photos without having to go through all those printed prints...nice job Carnival. Our table staff was wonderful and entertained us each evening with their smiling service. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We sailed on the Breeze because it leaves from Galveston and is an easy drive for us. We parked right across from the terminal and that was a great choice. Embarkation had a very "third world airport" feel from the curb, but ... Read More
We sailed on the Breeze because it leaves from Galveston and is an easy drive for us. We parked right across from the terminal and that was a great choice. Embarkation had a very "third world airport" feel from the curb, but since we had Faster To The Fun it went smoothly and we got right on board. (I don't think that I would cruise without FTTF, totally worth it.) Once on board, our cabin was clean and our steward was friendly. The food was good in the MDR (we were in Blush, but it's the same galley anyway.) Our waitstaff were very friendly and efficient. Shore excursions all went smoothly and getting on/off the ship was no problem as long as you are patient. We enjoyed the Serenity Deck every day and really just relaxed. The one show we saw in the theatre was cute and well done. Our Chef's Table experience was hands down our favorite event on the cruise - I will do that every time it is offered. AMAZING food, and wonderful to meet the HUGE chef team. We enjoyed the steakhouse and all of the bar staff we met were lovely and quick. Overall a wonderful experience and one I would love to do again, although with a different itinerary. Debarkation was very easy with self-assist and FTTF, we were off the ship and to our car by 8:00. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I went on a cruise with my mom and sisters - no men, no kids. We had a great time. There were three women in one interior cabin and two women in the other interior cabin. I was surprised by the amount of room we had in our 3 ppl cabin. ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my mom and sisters - no men, no kids. We had a great time. There were three women in one interior cabin and two women in the other interior cabin. I was surprised by the amount of room we had in our 3 ppl cabin. The ship was always clean. The staff was very friendly. The spa was great. Three of us used the spa services and we all agreed that they pushed their products too hard. If you don't want to spend a lot more money, be firm, and say no. The food was decent. We mostly ate on the lido deck at the various buffets. Breakfast was my favorite. I wish they had more "normal food" like enchiladas, spaghetti, etc. For a family friend cruise, I didn't see a chicken nugget one. Sounds silly but those things are important to parents and even though my kids were not with me I noticed little things like that. My favorite place to eat was the burger place that is sponsor by Guy Fieri (sp) who does the show Diners, Drive-in's, and Dives. We ate in the dining room three times and the food was decent. I expected a larger selection from the menu. The steak was normally too thick and didn't have much flavor. You can spend an extra $20 and get a better cut of meat or various other foods. The molten lava cake is the best dessert on the menu. Get it - you won't be disappointed!!!! Two of our group went on excursions. Two sisters went on the Segway Tour of Grand Cayman. They enjoyed it. It was very hot though but they were happy they went. The other three of took a tour, that we booked at the port, to travel around George Town and to visit Hell. It was a two hour trip and was good. The two adventurous ladies swam with the dolphins in Jamaica and they enjoyed that as well. In Cozumel we all just shopped around the port area. We wanted guacamole and went to eat at Pancho's Backyard. It was fantastic!!!! The entertainment on the ship was good. I loved all the trivia games that we were able to play. I really wanted to play Trivial Pursuit but only five teams could play and so the rest of us had to sit around and listen, which wasn't too bad. The Hasbro family game show was a blast and I got to be on stage. The best show was the LOVE and MARRIAGE show. It says 18 and up and they keep it pretty clean so teenagers would probably be ok with it. I saw some teens in there with their parents. The dancing and singing shows were ok. They were good, but that's not my favorite form of entertainment. The worst part of the ship was the casino. We all wanted to use the casino but quickly smelled the problem: all the smokers hang out in the casino. There isn't a good air filtration system so it was like a smokey haze and smelled so strong. One family member has respiratory problems and it bothered her to just be in the vicinity of the casino. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I cruised the Breeze in 2013 so this is my 2nd experience on the ship. Overall it was a great cruise. Embankment went smoothly despite flooding at port. We had to sit a while to board and did a lot of people watching until our group was ... Read More
I cruised the Breeze in 2013 so this is my 2nd experience on the ship. Overall it was a great cruise. Embankment went smoothly despite flooding at port. We had to sit a while to board and did a lot of people watching until our group was called. Lots of cutting in lines and people thinking they are more important than others. Lots of people sitting in my section that didn't belong- but just sitting there to be first in line when their group was called. No wonder we couldn't find seats in our section! Our stateroom was large and the balcony was bigger than most. My room steward was friendly and attentive. Always greeted us and asked about our day. He did a great job cleaning the room once a day-which is what we opted for. Breakfast and lunch buffet always had a lot of choices but I think there is a temperature problem. Sometimes the food was cold..I noted that in my first review. As far as the dinning room, the service excellent.Many choices to pick from- you should be able to find something to your liking! Again- some temperature issues. There is plenty of activities on board for adults and kids alike. I highly recommend this ship for kids- so much to do. (although my kids are grown) The only thing I noticed with this cruise was there was a lot of adult beverages in the pool and I think there need to be one more pool. They seem over crowded! Our excursion were great, swimming with Stingrays, Dunns River Falls, Lagoon swim. There really was so much to choose from according to your level of interests. Would I sail Carnival again? Probably on the Breeze or the VIsta. We also like Princess for different reasons. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was my family's first cruise. We weren't sure how much we would like cruising. It was a blast. You can party as much as you like or relax as much as you like. There are tons of options for eating. Buffet, Pizza ... Read More
This was my family's first cruise. We weren't sure how much we would like cruising. It was a blast. You can party as much as you like or relax as much as you like. There are tons of options for eating. Buffet, Pizza Pirate, Guys Burgers, Guys BBQ, Sea Dogs, sushi, etc. A Starbucks is located on the 5th floor also. Entertainment is about average. The shows are great but nothing to extravagant. Trivia is ok. I would have liked a wider range of trivia but I understand most people don't cruise to enter trivia. Lido deck is very fun. Always full of people and fun. The water park was better than expected. We thought the water park would be small but it's a good sized water park. Overall I would recommend this ship. Lots of fun to be had. The service is very good. I wish the buffet food was a little better but it was about average for buffet style food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
I chose this cruise on the Breeze for value & the fact I have always loved cruising on Carnival. This time we were so very disappointed in MDR service and food. We felt ignored and the food was not hot just lukewarm. I asked for cheese ... Read More
I chose this cruise on the Breeze for value & the fact I have always loved cruising on Carnival. This time we were so very disappointed in MDR service and food. We felt ignored and the food was not hot just lukewarm. I asked for cheese for my potato & was told there is no cheese. Then I was brought some when I was half finished eating. I was shocked by the poor service & that the Prime rib was too tough to eat. Usually it is amazing. We were given a table for 2 and I prefer a big table so I can meet more people. The only excursion we booked was canceled due to lack of participation. The soft serve was good & loved the mexican food set up they have now. I also wish they would bring back ladder toss and washer toss! We miss those games. The casino had new machines but I still kind of prefer the ones they had. The shows were good but I had seen all of them twice before. I still enjoyed my vacation!!! Yes I will cruise again. I will be on the Freedom in Sept! Fr me it is not the destination, it is the journey. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Originally, this was to be a Mother-Daughter trip to celebrate my 50th birthday. We weren't sure we could afford to take the entire family. But thanks to a good tax return, we ended up booking three inside cabins for 3 adults and 3 ... Read More
Originally, this was to be a Mother-Daughter trip to celebrate my 50th birthday. We weren't sure we could afford to take the entire family. But thanks to a good tax return, we ended up booking three inside cabins for 3 adults and 3 children. My daughter and I shared a room, while my husband bunked with my oldest son, and my sister-in-law with my youngest. We ended up celebrating three birthdays - mine, my oldest son's, and my sister-in-laws. Embarkation: We arrived early at the port of Galveston, parked, and got to the terminal in plenty of time for the cruise. I had to use a walker, due to a recent back/knee injury, so we were directed to the VIP line for check-in. Here we met our first hiccup - they would allow me and my daughter (sharing my room) to go through, but not the rest of the party, because we were in separate cabins. That seems kind of odd. We eventually all went through together, but I would think that Carnival would try and keep families together, especially when we had tied our reservations together, had adjoining cabins, etc. But we got through, got checked in, and waited about 45 minutes until our group number was called. Unfortunately, they were having issues with the boarding ramp, so we ended up entering the ship on Deck 1 instead of Deck 3. No big deal - kind of an adventure getting through the terminal to the alternate entry point. At this point - we decided to find someplace to eat. We wanted to try the pasta bar at Cucina del Capitano - having read that they serve lunch on embarkation days (and every day). Again, crew told us that only the LIdo deck venues were open - the buffet, Guy's burgers, Blue Iguana Tacos, and Pizza PIrate. So we hit the buffet, along with tons of other people. My sister in law went by the restaurant - and it was open! Wish we had gone there just to check - so my tip to anyone reading is go there anyway. It's on Deck 11, just up from the main buffet area, and can be reached by elevator or stairs. Cabins: We had three inside cabins on deck 7, towards the aft of the ship. The rooms were nice, but my cabin was setup in a king size configuration instead of the twin beds. With the walker, that made it a bit cramped. Because our luggage was delivered early (yeah!) we asked the cabin steward to change it the next day. That night, we had to put the walker in front of the door (behind where the bathroom door opens). With the beds together, you need the walkway alongside the beds and at the end of the bed to get around. So it felt very cramped. Once the beds were separated, the whole room seemed bigger. I was able to park the walker at the end of my bed, between the bed and the fridge/TV cabinet. We had a nice central walkway, and plenty of room at the end of the beds for storage and people (my cabin was the gathering place for all the kids). So keep this in mind when you travel - having the beds together in an inside or outside cabin will give you less space to put things. Having the beds separated really opens up the room. Just saying... One note about the walker. I have a Rollator brand walker with four wheels and a seat. It fit through the cabin door, but just barely. So if you need a walker, you can fit it in a regular cabin with a little jiggling as you get through the doorway. Dining: My husband and sister-in -law hit the Steakhouse specialty restaurant the first night, while the three kids and I ate in the Sapphire Dining Room (your time dining plan). They liked the steakhouse, but the thing they talked about the most was the "compliments of the chef" appetizers. My husband got a slider/burger, and he said it was the best thing he has ever eaten. But the steaks were just OK - he felt. They brought me the leftovers and I enjoyed them, even though they were cold. On the second night of the cruise, we all ate dinner at Cucina del Capitano to celebrate the birthdays. We loved the singing waiters, and the food was excellent. We tried several of the appetizers - Calimari, Mozzarella/Tomato salad, anit-pasti, meatballs, and the best of the best - the Arancini. Oh my - those risotto balls are to die for! We also got bruschetta which was fantastic. My husband got the lasagne, my sister in law got the braised short ribs, I got the pasta carbonara (my favorite!), the boys got the spaghetti, and my daughter got the grilled shrimp. It was so good! We got one of each of the desserts to share - the favorite being the Lemon sorbet. I can definitely recommend Cucina del Capitano for dinner. It's only $15 per person and the experience is totally worth it. Also - Cucina is open for lunch. You can get the lasagne, or a "make your own pasta" selection, where you choose the noodles, sauce, and mix-ins and they bring it to you. I also like that you can get a half portion of the pasta. Try it for lunch - it's free then and usually half empty, so a great alternative to the Lido buffet. On the Lido, my daughter practically lived at the Mongolian Wok (only open for lunch). The boys and I loved Pizza Pirate - we would ask them to make us a pepperoni and mushroom pizza and they would make it to order, so it came out hot and fresh (tip - ask for a custom pizza to get one that is fresh). We tried Blue Iguana for both breakfast and lunch. It was OK - not my favorite flavors, but the salsas are great. Guys burgers were good, as was his Pig and Anchor BBQ (only on sea days). But we never got to the Tandoori restaurant on the Lido - too many other options, even for a 7 day cruise. We did afternoon tea on the first sea day out. They only have regular and green tea for free - all other tea flavors you have to pay for. So my tip - bring your favorite herbal or regular tea, or order the hot chocolate. They had cucumber and salmon sandwiches, two types of scones, and several cakes and desserts. Again, it's not well attended, so you can easily get a table near the window, and enjoy the string quartet playing softly in the background. Very nice change of pace for a cruise ship. Dinners were mainly in the Sapphire Dining room. Alex and his staff (Suki and iuri) were attentive and entertaining. They were patient with my six year old (who loves people) and with my 15 year old who has autism. They would often bring out extra items for us to try, since they saw us taking pictures and sharing entrees, etc. The food was pretty good in the main dining room, and it was fun to try all of the "adventurous" items like the Ox Tongue. Activities: The kids really never went to the Kids Clubs, so I can't review that. We spent most of our days in the pool in the morning, then hanging out in the Red Frog Pub or the Library with games and puzzles. We had a puzzle mat and my oldest son worked on his puzzle throughout the cruise. The Red Frog pub on deck 5 was a great place to hang out during the day - very quiet, and you could spread out games, color, or just chill. On sea days they start drink service and pub grub at 11am (definitely try the BBQ pork sliders with the spicy plantain chips!), but on port days they didn't serve until 4pm. The trivia games were always packed, so we mostly skipped those. We started the Clue game - which runs throughout the week and is connected to the Bingo games - but missed several of the "clue reveals" so never finished it. The kids loved the "dive in movies" each night, even though we had seen most of them. We were also relieved to find Tom and Jerry on Boomerang in the cabin entertainment system, for my autistic son. The one comment on the activities - the ship seemed to put the popular items in the smallest venues, so not everyone could attend. They held the cooking demo in the Steakhouse (which seats less than 100 - and there are 4000 passengers on the ship). The trivia games were in a small plaza lounge, so people were standing and sitting everywhere. But they would hold the bingo in the theatre with half of one floor attending. Very odd. Accessibility: as I said, I had to use a walker due to a recent injury. There were several of us with walkers on the ship, as well as a few people in wheelchairs and on scooters. For the most part, the ship is easy to get around for someone with mobility issues. The exceptions are the WaterWorks deck area (deck 11) and the sports deck (deck 12). While you can take an elevator to them, there are stairs you have to navigate to get to the sports deck or pool. And some of the forward viewing areas (on deck 6 and 7) also had steps and large doorways to step over. So it's not fully accessible in all places. And the handicap bathrooms aren't in the same locations on each deck. Some are forward, some mid-ships, and never where I seemed to need them. Just an observation. Overall - I did enjoy our cruise. I would definitely go back on the Carnival Breeze again. Except for the buffet area on day 1, and some of the "sea day only" food venues, it never really felt too crowded. I can definitely recommend the cruise again - and maybe this time I will get to the spa and the Serenity deck. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our embarkation was very organized and smooth. We chose an early check-in time and it paid off. We waited about an 60-90 between check-in and boarding. The wait was comfortable. Carnival provided cold drinks and clean restrooms. Staff were ... Read More
Our embarkation was very organized and smooth. We chose an early check-in time and it paid off. We waited about an 60-90 between check-in and boarding. The wait was comfortable. Carnival provided cold drinks and clean restrooms. Staff were friendly and helpful. We went directly to lunch on the Lido deck. We finished lunch and our cabin was ready. We ate in the dining room (Blush-upper) 3 of 7 nights because our dining time didn't always suit our schedule. Dining room service was excellent. The food was good. I'm a very picky eater and I always had options. We usually had lunch at one of the Lido Marketplace buffets. They were dependably good. Not exciting. But good. We didn't take advantage of as many entertainment opportunities as we're available. What we did do, we thoroughly enjoyed. Overall service exceeded expectations. My most serious negative is the cigarette smoke. Clearly marked, no smoking zones would have been appreciated, even in open areas of decks. The casino has some machines marked with a no-smoking symbol but the casino smoke is bad enough that I smelled it while enjoying a band in the nearby, Ocean Plaza area. One of the shining stars of our cruise was our cruise director, Schwartz. He was truly a joy and added value to our vacation. Love him! We took bus tours at Montego Bay and Grand Cayman. We explored the large, port area at Cozumel, independently. The bus tours were fine. The brands we saw on board ship were frequently the same brands we saw at shopping areas on shore during the excursions. The wait for debarkation was not particularly comfortable. We had a low luggage zone number so once the process started, it was okay for us. We plan to carry-on all luggage for our next cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall an awesome experience!! I will definitely be back. The food in the dining room was lacking some nights but everything else was a blast! Only downside I found was that the people in the spa were very pushy about selling products ... Read More
Overall an awesome experience!! I will definitely be back. The food in the dining room was lacking some nights but everything else was a blast! Only downside I found was that the people in the spa were very pushy about selling products after massages. I had to say no multiple times before they kept asking. All the other employees were amazing. Our steward always left the room clean and always left extra towels. Our wait staff in the main dining room was amazing and I loved how personable they were. We stayed in a spa cabin (12th floor), which had awesome amenities like using the thalassotherapy pool and sauna's for free. However, it does cost extra and I didnt use the thalassotherapy pool that much so I probably wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to get a spa cabin again. You can feel movement in the boat a lot more than lower floors there. We had Schwartz as our cruise director and he was amazing! I would love to go on another cruise with him as the Director because he kept everything so fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
This was out ninth cruise on Carnival Lines. It was our 10th anniversary. We liked the Breeze as far as layout and amenities. We liked the upgrades, especially the Alchemy Bar. They had a musical group, The Night Shift, that was just ... Read More
This was out ninth cruise on Carnival Lines. It was our 10th anniversary. We liked the Breeze as far as layout and amenities. We liked the upgrades, especially the Alchemy Bar. They had a musical group, The Night Shift, that was just amazing. Probably our favorite of any of the other cruises. The negatives were these - the meals in the Blush dining room were not up to the standards that we have experienced thus far. Also, we are disappointed that dress codes are not enforced. We had a special dinner booked in the Fahrenheit 555 dining room, at a cost of $150, for our anniversary dinner. We dressed in Cruise Elegant, as "required" on the reservation card. There were people in there dressed in shorts, ball caps, etc. Not elegant. Also, the tables were too close together and we felt very crammed in. Not the ambiance for a romantic dinner. The shrimp was terrible and the steak was dry. However, they did present us with a lovely dessert and champagne for our anniversary. We will not book that dinning room next cruise. It was certainly not worth the extra money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Dining: look for Corina and her team in the Sapphire, outstanding service provided (I ended up consuming 3 lobsters in the Elegant night), ask for her table, you will not be disappointed. Guy's burger was great! I did not try it ... Read More
Dining: look for Corina and her team in the Sapphire, outstanding service provided (I ended up consuming 3 lobsters in the Elegant night), ask for her table, you will not be disappointed. Guy's burger was great! I did not try it the first time while I was on the Breeze, but this time I ate several despite of my wife's yelling (watch your weight). Casino: One Blackjack table had dealer showing her/his 2 cards face up (no more insurance crap, but of course special rules apply to even the field). You players know you got a big advantage. I ended up winning $150 in about 15 min time frame then I had to leave. When I came back 30 min later, it was gone....Be sure to look for that if you are in the casino. Shore excursions: Mini-sub in Cozumel was exciting! You don't need to be a swimmer to enjoy it. Lots of fun when guides lured the fish to eat from your palm. Maya ruins in Belize was a little disappointing, not much to see really. Embarkation/disembarkation: went smoothly, though the Custom lines were long during the disembarkation process. All in all, a fun family vacation. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I have been on 20+ cruises and never have a bad time, this cruise was fine as well, and we had great weather. Embarkation went pretty smoothly, we were able to access our cabin at 1:30 and it was clean and had enough space. We had a ... Read More
I have been on 20+ cruises and never have a bad time, this cruise was fine as well, and we had great weather. Embarkation went pretty smoothly, we were able to access our cabin at 1:30 and it was clean and had enough space. We had a cove balcony that was really nice, close to the waterline and we felt NO movement of the ship despite what I read with other reviews, They did reduce some of the sea day entertainment that I used to enjoy, they had only one cooking class on the first of 3 sea days with limited seating so we could not get in. they also eliminated the galley tour which I really enjoyed on other ships. It seemed like most of the seaday activities involved expensive spa treatment (ie look 10 years younger) or accupunture etc. I did use the spa and had a very nice but expensive 70 dollar pedicure, which was great, but the whole time, the technician kept trying to up-sell additional lotions etc, and suggested I have a consult with the doctor for botox etc. It became very uncomfortable as I had to keep saying no. The afternoon tea was very scaled down compared to prior years, and no more napkin folding, craft like seminars, expert speakers etc. that used to be a big part of sea days. The magician was very good, and he even did a special one for the kids in the kids club that was very nice. The shows were ok, but with 3 sea days I would have liked a bit more enrichment activities. I have a food allergy so I predominantly ate in the dining room and they were wonderful in accommodating me. Wonderful service from Yolanda in the dining room, and even though we had anytime dining we were able to request her or John our other favorite waitperson. My only other complaint is the lido dining times for lunch were very short. If you were onboard after an excursion any time after 2:30 your only choices were deli or guys burgers. while they are very good, even my son got sick of them by the end of the week. The new App is nice and its great to see the activities and dining options from your device. I only wish the kids club activities were on the app as well. Disembarking in Galveston was quick and easy but as we were taking a taxi it was a mess and we waited in line for over an hour and no taxi's came. We finally ended up dragging our luggage to the Royal Caribbean line to get one. When I mentioned our wait to the carnival staff as we were out in the sun for over an hour I did not get the impression they truly cared. If you are taking a taxi make sure to confirm, and it may be best to meet them outside the gate. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
04-02-17 Carnival Breeze. Debarkation Port Galveston Texas, Interior Rm 7295. We arrived in Galveston the day before sailing. Stayed at Gaido’s Hotel, 3700 Seawall Blvd. Ocean view room for $217, included breakfast, and ride ... Read More
04-02-17 Carnival Breeze. Debarkation Port Galveston Texas, Interior Rm 7295. We arrived in Galveston the day before sailing. Stayed at Gaido’s Hotel, 3700 Seawall Blvd. Ocean view room for $217, included breakfast, and ride to port. Adjoining restaurants and live music at the pool was enjoyable. Music was a little loud but only lasted till 11:00 PM. Gaido’s is a 4.5 Star Restaurant with semi-formal atmosphere, Nicks Seaside next door is same food beach attire allowed. We did Nicks this time and enjoyed the food. Arrived at the port 10:00AM for the 10:30 AM boarding time. Check in went smooth and we waited in the lounge. Boarded the ship shortly before 12. This was our 16th Cruise on Carnival and our first interior room. Our room was ready when we arrived. Armando greeted us and made sure we had everything we needed. We dropped our bags and took off to see the Maître D and change our dinning times from late dining to my-time. After that was taken care of we checked the nightly menu before scheduling dinner at the steak house, purchased a wine package then headed for the Sail away party on lido by the pool and a Face Book Group get together at the tequila bar? Supper at the steak house that evening was very good. Elena, Anastasya and Vanja all made us feel comfortable and catered to our every need. Short stop by the casino and Red Frog then early to bed. When we returned to room we had a 8 ½ x 11 flyer notifying us of the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle, time location along with our fun times and a stuffed animal. Sea Day 1; Breakfast on lido little walk about the ship to familiarize ourselves. Meet & Mingle did Carnival ever step up for this one. We had 80 people sign up, Carnival put flyers in each of our rooms, provided food and beverages, Courtney Entertainment Director, and Dimear the Hotel Manager greeted us at the door of the Liquid Night Club when we came in. What happened Cruise Critic people? 6 show up. Everyone you missed something special, Courtney filled us in on all the entertainers on this ship and those shows we can expect on our future cruises. Dimear is a vast resource of knowledge about the ships operations. Next on the days agenda was the $100k Blackjack Tournament, won my table round 1. Supper in the Sapphire restaurant with Head waitress Kallayanee “LaLa”, Komango Waiter and Nico Francis. I rate this as one of the better teams you will find on Carnival. We are growing to dislike the food choices on the American Table menu. People who drink wine with their meal like to have a glass first or at least with the appetizer, not take the order after the appetizer arrives and deliver with the main course. Hit the Punchliner Comedy show with Seth Buchwald that evening. Rated the show a “C” he had a good skit, and creditable act just didn’t perform it well. See Day 2; Good night sleep. One thing about an inside room it is dark and seems to be exceptionally quiet. I thought this room was even quieter than suites we had in the past. Breakfast at the Sapphire Restaurant. Seated at a table with a port side window view. Exceptional service and food to go with it. Round 2 of the Blackjack tournament, and casino took up most of the day to put me out. Supper that evening at Bonsai Sushi Restaurant. Now this is one of my favorite places on the ship. We live in remote northern Arizona and the only thing I miss of city life is availability to acquire good Sushi. Soyala provided wonderful service with a great smile. We had the Boat on a Ship for 2, $22.00 what a deal. As we finished supper we could hear the sound of steel drums coming from the Red Frog Pub. The DW and I both love calypso music. We spent the next hour with Cavair in the Red Frog. Cavair is from Jamaica and is one of the best solo players I had the privilege to list to in a long time. I started Cruising in 1985 back then They played Calypso music all day by the pool when sailing in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. I have been hopping Carnival will bring that back. After that a stop at the casino and late night pizza finished off a great sea day. Day 3; Wednesday, was a late morning. We had breakfast on Lido. Disembarked and walked the Carnival shops in Mahogany Bay Roatan. What a beautiful place. Had planned to get a cab and to west end but decided to return to the ship and lay around the pool. Sometimes you see someone doing something just absurd and I have to mention this one. Lady returns from the island with her family’s shoes and begins to wash them out in the pool. Now she has her back to the shower that is less than two feet away. I had to say something. She quit and left who knows where she went? Fell in love with the gazeboes in the mid pool where you can sit and rest your feet in the water, listen to the music and relax. My time supper this evening and ask for Kallayanne team she is always happy and has fun with the singing and dancing. One of the things I liked to see was the fun hubs scattered about the ship, not just one but three. Comedy club very crowded this evening so we spent the evening between pub and casino. Day 4; Thursday. Belize City. Breakfast lido, off the ship for excursion. We decided to do the giving back with a purpose community tour. Highly recommended the tour director was full of information. The time at the Anglican Church of Belize was full of historical information. Liberty Children’s Home is very deserving of the attention and support by Carnival. Unique stop at the fruit stand is a highlight. Our lunch of Rice & Beans and chicken with a real Coca-Cola was incredible The singer made it a fun meal. Highly recommended this tour to everyone! Another evening at the red frog, comedy club and casino. Day 5, Friday, We decided to spend the day aboard. We enjoyed the pool and relaxed. Been to Cozumel many times and just enjoy having the ship to ourselves. The afternoon and evening was spent at the red frog where we made good friends with Christian the Waiter, Putu and Anat the bartenders. That evening we made two shows of Kim Harrison. If you get the chance she is a “Hoot”. Day 6, Saturday, Last Sea day. While relaxing at the aft pool we had the opportunity to meet Jeffery. His assignment was to help keep area clean and defend against the “chair hogs”. Think about it he has to gently discourage those selfish and inconsiderate people who occupy a deck chair with a towel and feel they owne it for the day, not fun and they are never happy. Thanks Jeffery and keep up the good work. Sad day had to pack it up and make ready to leave early in the morning. In summary loved the Breeze, its layout and the staff was as friendly as they get. Would recommend this ship to everyone! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
I traveled with two children (8 and 10) and they had an absolute blast! The waterslides and pools were a huge hit. We were also really impressed with the variety of entertainment options geared towards families, from ice sculpting to ... Read More
I traveled with two children (8 and 10) and they had an absolute blast! The waterslides and pools were a huge hit. We were also really impressed with the variety of entertainment options geared towards families, from ice sculpting to trivia to magic shows and dancing. We have food allergies and the main dining room did a great job at addressing our concerns. We did not have that same experience in buffet due to language barriers so we played it very safe there. Pizza Pirate was a saving grace - we ate there several times a day. Guy's Burgers was also so delicious. We took a Carnival excursion in Key West for the trolley tour - this was really fun and educational. We also booked our own excursions in Freeport and Nassau at Grand Lucayan Resort and British Colonial Hilton and loved both. Our cabin steward and the entire staff was wonderful. The reasons I'm giving only 4 stars:1) the room wasn't cleaned very well before we entered for the first time but after a quick cleaning it was great. 2) frustrations over getting straight answers regarding ingredients in the buffet. We really enjoyed and would book again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until ... Read More
This was our first 7 day cruise. Our second family cruise for spring break. My husband, myself and our two kids(14,12). First of all loved the ship. My kids actually really enjoyed the kids programs, they didn't come to room until 1AM every night. They made lots of friends and had a great time. The shows were pretty good. The Hasbro Game show was neat, we enjoyed that. Our favorite show had to be the love and marriage show, its always hilarious. Love the ativities they have on LIDO deck, just wish they had more of them. We felt like we had a lot of down time on sea days. Cruise director was great, Schwartz. Very funny and a great dancer. Dining: We did anytime dining. We very rarely had to wait to be seated. Service/staff was great, food was brought out in a timely manner. We ate there for dinner only, food was pretty good on most days. Breakfast and lunch on LIDO deck. Always love Guys Burgers and WOK is great too. Burrito bar and tacos were good. My kids love the pizza and ice cream. Keywest: Keywest was my least favorite port. We chose to do our own thing. I rented a golf cart in advance from sunshine scooters. Service was OK, my reservation was messed up and they were able to fix the pricing for me. We rode around town, which was very busy. We went to Ft Zachary park, it is a very long walk here so I would suggest a taxi or some type of vehicle. It was very beautiful beach. We brought our own snorkel gear and snorkeled for a bit. Snorkeling was OK, very cloudy till you got out around the rocks. Not to much to see but we did see some fish. After an hour of snorkeling we went to see the actual fort. Not to much to see but it was worth walking around and looking. Freeport: Loved freeport. We went to Deadmans reef. We chose to book this independently so that we could have more than just 1 hour at the beach plus it was cheaper. Staff was great, from transportation to and from cruise ship and while on beach. It is a good swim out but it very doable. Myself and family had no problem. Saw lots of fish and it was so beautiful and clear in the water like swimming in an aquarium. It was very cold at first though. My husband and son saw a sea turtle. we missed it because my daughter got stung by some jelly fish, which staff was helpful with and gave her some vinegar to help ease the discomfort. Would do this again. Snorkeling was great. Nassua: Here we booked a dolphin swim through carnival. VIP dolphin swim and lunch with blue lagoon. Transportation was great, took a ferry ride over to the island. The island itself is beautiful. My favorite place during the whole cruise. Dolphin swim was amazing!!!! well worth the money, we bought the video of our swim. Lunch was good, buffet. Next time we will just come and enjoy the beach. Hammock in the shade were great. Beautiful place. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
we had 30 people on our cruise, no one complained about anything. we went during spring break so the ship was full with people of all ages you make up your mind if you want to have a good time or complain about the little things, so ... Read More
we had 30 people on our cruise, no one complained about anything. we went during spring break so the ship was full with people of all ages you make up your mind if you want to have a good time or complain about the little things, so what they dont have ice in the room anymore room service just a call away so what they clean the room only once or get the same towel animal. the high light of the cruise was the ship excursion we got to tour the ship getting to go to places even some of the employees do get to see. we got to see the kitchen (wow) the laundry room , crews rooms, even up to the crows nest and had picture taken with the captain and alot more 3 1/2 hour tour worth the money just go on cruise with open mind those people work 12 to 16 hours a day , how would you like to put up with you for that long? we had a cove cabin for the first time. i like being close to the water but the balcony was always wet had to wipe off the rail everytime we went out to the balcony solved that promblem. dont stay in a cove room. this was our 9th cruise looking forward to taking two cruises per year and all with carnival Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. ... Read More
The departure was easy.. I highly suggest to purchase the "Faster to the Fun". You board the ship faster but best of all you are the 3rd group off the ship which was at about 8am on our cruise. Food...lots to eat.. Breakfast was an omelet, but they had lots to chose from. Lunch was Guy's hamburgers. Great.. also sandwiches or pizza. Supper was is the Blush dining room. table 750. Michael was a great server, and always had water and always a glass of wine. the food was ok. had prime rib twice.. cold and not cooked right both times, but items always fixed. Casino...I played slots only on the second day at sea.. went through $250 in less than 30 minutes on 3 different machines. did not play again...... Pictures are way over priced...only purchase a couple. refused taking a lot of them. We purchased the cheers program...worked great.. also pre-purchased the spa pool for the week. it was ok. you got you use the pool and all the different saunas. The only thing I did notice is the metal rack you lay on in the spa pool had dirt or film on it. it was brownish and would just rub off. Purchased a massage. it was good but then its a high pressure sales attempt for there products and additional services. Country music band was great..... wish the piano bar started in the early evening 5 or 6. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
This was a great cruise and pretty calm even with the Spring Break crowd on-board. Food was excellent...love Mongolian Wok! Entertainment was OK but venues were crowded as is usually the case on these larger ships. For those of you ... Read More
This was a great cruise and pretty calm even with the Spring Break crowd on-board. Food was excellent...love Mongolian Wok! Entertainment was OK but venues were crowded as is usually the case on these larger ships. For those of you considering a Cove Balcony on Deck 2 please be aware that most of these rooms are either under the Theater and Lobby or the Dining Rooms and the Galley. The noise level can be quite distracting. Our room, 2371, was under the galley and the ONLY quiet time was from Midnight to 3:00AM. Not very restful!!! This is a great itinerary and the ports are nice. The only real problem is Belize due to the fact you have a 30-45 min tender trip to port and usually a LONG line to catch the tender back. The room steward was excellent, didn't see him much but room was always done while we were out.....which is great that they weren't always knocking on out door! Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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