236 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and we have always had a great vacation. I am not impressed with this ship, bigger is not always better. I was unaware when I booked this cruise that it was spring break and there was going to be 1000 ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and we have always had a great vacation. I am not impressed with this ship, bigger is not always better. I was unaware when I booked this cruise that it was spring break and there was going to be 1000 kids on-board. Everywhere you turned there was screaming, running, kids, with no parents in sight. One night we went to the tides pool and there was about 25 teenagers crammed into one hot tub, no security around. I would have chosen a different week to cruise. We flew into FLL the day before the cruise, and rented a car to see some attractions in Miami. We stayed overnight in an airport hotel which offered us a shuttle to the miami cruise port. Our scheduled check-in time for the ship was for 1:30pm. When we arrived at the Breeze terminal there was a huge lineup of people waiting outside the empty air conditioned building in the heat. It was so unorganized and chaotic, I had never seen anything like it. When you asked an employee for information they just tell you to wait and you will be called. They had 2 signs...check-in and next check-in. This isn't the ships first sailing, they've done this before. Why wouldn't they have signs posted with each check-in time and formed lines with those times? That would make more sense! We eventually got on board hooray! The ship is beautiful and big. Our cabin was on deck 2, an interior aft, I won't choose that again. We felt vibrations and heard noises from below us. We got early dining in the Blush dining room, which was a change I always did anytime dining before this cruise. Our table was right against this huge post which I didn't care for, but I liked our servers and I didn't want to change that. Food was great all over the ship, you'll never go hungry! We loved Guy's Burger Joint. Always very long line-ups for food in the buffet areas, unless you get there right when it opens. Also long and disorganized line-ups for getting off this ship at ports of call, 4000 people exiting 1 gangway all at once just crazy! How about each half of the ship exiting front or back gangways! Disappointed with the fun shop. I spent $20, on other Carnival ships I've spent $200. Punchliner comedy club and trivia games were good. Divas show was good in the theatre. Not much else to do in the evenings unless you gamble at the casino. Ports of call were awesome. Ocho Rios we chose a private company named Jaital for a Dunns River Falls tour. Carnival didn't offer only a "dunns river falls" excursion. We were very happy with our excursion, very fun and affordable, I highly recommend them. We had plenty of time for the falls, shopping in port, and a cool bevy at Margaritaville! Cayman Islands, we ended up doing a nice island tour with a shuttle driver in the port for $15 each, because our Carnival Stingray swim was cancelled due to bad weather. Lots of time to see the island and buy souvenirs. We had no plans for Cozumel, until I won a free Carnival shore excursion woohoo! We had a wonderful day on a v.i.p. deluxe catamaran tour. I suggest going to the welcome aboard show! There's lots of prizes and give-aways. Getting off the ship was a BREEZE! We waited in the theatre and they called our zone number and we were off the ship in 5 minutes. After we collected our luggage I noticed my suitcase had a hole in the top corner. It was very disappointing because this is the second time that they have damaged my luggage on a cruise with them. I guess its time to upgrade to a new hard-cover suitcase. We had pre-booked MJS transportation company to pick us up from the cruise port and take us to FLL airport when we arrived. Prompt, good service, at a great price too. All in all we had a good vacation. The weather was fantastic and the food was great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
hey i got a good deal $425 for 8 nite cruise so jumped on the deal,,,,,had cove balcony,,,,cozy n cool,,,,no problem,,,,kids running up and down hallway ,,,,,wow! where were the parents,,,,,,,drunk natraully so go ahead n spoil the others ... Read More
hey i got a good deal $425 for 8 nite cruise so jumped on the deal,,,,,had cove balcony,,,,cozy n cool,,,,no problem,,,,kids running up and down hallway ,,,,,wow! where were the parents,,,,,,,drunk natraully so go ahead n spoil the others cruise with all these brats ,,,,,,looked like romper room,,,,,anyway off to karaoke i go,,,,,looking for live band ,,,,i sang ,,,,,hey i love it,,,,,i missed my callinglol,,,,,they even shut down the nite life mid week on the breeze ,,,from karaoke etc etc,,,,,boring as all get out and this was supose to be 8 days,,,,,,,,,i tell what was good,,,,the farenheight steakhouse was the best dinner imaginable,,,,excellent,,,,,best ever had,,,,thumbs up and i tell ya what was terrible,,,,the italian restraunt,,,,,,awful is the word,,,,,,,glad it wasnt but $425,,,,,,even thou i won in the casino very first nite ,,$1350,00 on penny slots,,,,,,,whoo hooooo,,,,,,,anyway its all good,,,,,,i mean kids coughing with not covering thier mouth and the parent sitting right thier at dinner so it just goes to show ya what idiots are and we weresick for 2 weeks whenwe got home,,,,,,,lol,,,,i like my review,,,lol,,,,,,,washy washy,,,,,,nasty folks ......wow!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Ok ship, pools are small, standing room only, no room to swim. The food in the main dinning room was great. buffet not so good. Guy's burgers was ok not great. All the staff were great and the cruise director was awesome. The ... Read More
Ok ship, pools are small, standing room only, no room to swim. The food in the main dinning room was great. buffet not so good. Guy's burgers was ok not great. All the staff were great and the cruise director was awesome. The 80's and 90's trivia is a must go. Our room was very good. The one bad thing that stands out is the first 5 days it was like we were racing to go from port to port. it was a rough ride and we didn't get much sleep because all we heard all night were big bangs like we ran into something. The last 3 days everything was smooth sailing. We usually are on a higher deck but we went with 24 people and they wanted to be low in the ship, so we ended up on deck 2. Never again. Entertainment was ok, I've seen better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal ... Read More
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal C. Staff: Though the restaurants and cleaning staff had good intensions, they often seemed overextended. They often did not seem to understand English when asked any question beyond the most common phrases and then responses where difficult or impossible to understand. This was not the case at all on Royal C.so I was disappointed. Examples of the less than professional service are the following: Not thinking to serve a spoon with coffee and having to get a busy waiters attention to ask for one. Serving melted ice-cream or lukewarm food. Impolite or impatient ways of getting you to take bread or give your order because the waiters seemed pressured or rushed to get their job accomplished. (again not experienced on Royal C. ) Some waiters seemed to be armature or ill trained, unsure of how or what to do next while others did okay. It was inconsistent. I must say the dining directors were good and accommodating. Photographers where a constant annoyance on this cruise; at every dinner we were interrupted by men asking us (or not asking us) to pose for photos. On one occasion, for a second photo op that meal, a photographer was with an assistant dressed as a pirate with a plastic sword. without asking any in our dining party the pirate went around the table placing his sword under the throat of one of each couple to pose for the camera. Okay, maybe fun for some with young kids but our group of 12 was not in this category; very unprofessional and intrusive. Photographers also seemed to be filling many corners of hallways impleading the heavy traffic of this large passenger list of 4700 trying to snag anyone to get a photo in front of a fake beach or ship when we could do the same with our own cameras with the real thing outside! It was like navigating a narrow market around venders trying to sell you at every turn. Lines at every turn: Anything you needed or wanted to do required waiting in a line for at least 20 min or more usually. Customer service? wait in line (on the phone too). Shore excursions? wait in line. Food at most any venue? wait in line, activities, wait in line. We found ourselves using room service much more than expected to avoid time wasting lines but then still a 40 minute wait and for only sandwiches, coffee and juice; anything more, including pop, required payment. Ship design was not impressive. Dining rooms not very elegant compared with RC. They were also louder though we sat at many different locations on top and lower areas; acoustic deadening needed. The veranda deck was not inviting with high glass walls and partitions along the length of the ship, you could not enjoy a walk next to the sea with an open railing, and then had to go around high partitions along the way. Traffic flow in the buffet areas ( The Market) was difficult. Lines wrapped around hall areas. Attendants push carts and carrying things were always needing you to clear their way. People crowed past each other to find the ends of lines. Décor just average. The small atrium had a backdrop of clouds on blue painted on a wall with cylindrical red and orange lights on wires. Tacky. Color combinations and decorations were nothing impressive. There was a feeling of randomness as to where activity spaces were placed. Casino, bars, play spaces were hard to locate logically, you had to find a map; it seemed not very intuitive. Art was just displayed in common hallways and then in a small, one entry room. Again, I was spoiled by a Royal Caribbean ship that had flowing intuitive and inviting spaces easy to find and get familiar with. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized and managed by the upbeat directors. This review just escaped a two star rating because of good Varity of food, hard working staff and upbeat directors. But next time for me and mine, its definitely a return to Royal Caribbean on a smaller, more elegant ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We have been on several cruises with Carnival and I must admit that sometimes bigger is not better as this ship is the largest so far. This is the first time we did not get a suite and we sure missed it. We had originally booked a group ... Read More
We have been on several cruises with Carnival and I must admit that sometimes bigger is not better as this ship is the largest so far. This is the first time we did not get a suite and we sure missed it. We had originally booked a group that had connecting balconies but everyone ended up dropping out before the cruise, but my husband and I wanted to go as we had not been to the ports on this itinerary before. We stayed in balcony room 6507 on the back of the ship and even though the view was nice as you got to see the whole ocean it did not make up for all the noise from the LimeLight Lounge that was 1deck down below us. The bed literally shook at night from the music blaring below they must not have any insulation on the ceiling of that club to buffer the noise. The food was so-so at the buffets and at the dinning room . I don't know why the food quality and food selection has gone down so much but who wants to eat the same selection thing for a week, but the best place to eat is the Steak House and Italian restaurants that cost extra but well worth the money to get a good meal. Even though they say you can not save seats people were out at 6 and 7am putting towels on all the chairs every where even the Serenity deck so it was impossible to find any place to lay out unless it was on my own balcony. I also think this ship needs a good cleaning and maintenance top to bottom as most dinning room chairs were badly stained and our balcony had several rust places that didn't happen overnight nor was the floor ever cleaned out there. The staff is over worked and can not service all the people on board. I will say that Mike the cruise director was one of the best I have ever seen !! The ports were great but the ship not so much ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Family of 9 aged 16-78 in four cabins looking for sunshine and a break from winter weather. Pretty average cruise. Nothing special. Nothing bad. Ship was clean, staff friendly. American Table menu very, very boring. Poor ... Read More
Family of 9 aged 16-78 in four cabins looking for sunshine and a break from winter weather. Pretty average cruise. Nothing special. Nothing bad. Ship was clean, staff friendly. American Table menu very, very boring. Poor design of public spaces....photo gallery takes up one whole level of atrium and makes it hard to get in and out of Sapphire Dining Room...traffic flow in and out of Comedy Club is awful...seating in Theatre uncomfortable and blocked view from several areas. Lots of live entertainers. Lots of quiet areas to read or enjoy sun....especially liked promenade port side whirlpools and lounge area. Bad scheduling of evening events if you plan to eat in dining rooms....movie at 7 and dinner at 6 or 8 etc. Heard so many great things about the Breeze but it was just not memorable in any area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I started cruising in the 80's and the service is nothing like it used to be. It seems every year they take away something else. This year they no longer put chocolates on the pillows at night and they don't put tablecloths on ... Read More
I started cruising in the 80's and the service is nothing like it used to be. It seems every year they take away something else. This year they no longer put chocolates on the pillows at night and they don't put tablecloths on the main dining room table with the exception of formal nights. The dining used to be considered 5 star dining, but in my eyes it is not. I am a VIPF member which gives you benefits and one of the benefits is to be first on the ship. But on the Breeze the embarkation was absolutely horrible. There were 3 groups of people that got to board first. My husband had 3 bad meals out of 8. DON'T GET THE FRIED CHICKEN AS THE OVER COOK IT!!! This was a complaint of several passengers that we talked to. My husbands filet was nothing but gristle and he could not eat it. On another night we had the chicken Milanese and his looked totally different than mine along with being orange inside. Our waiter took our cabin number 3 times, but nothing was ever done about the bad meals. The Maitre D never came to our table. Isn't this his job? Another benefit of being a VIPF member is that you get a free drink, but you must use it in the dining room for brunch/lunch. It took the server over 35 minutes to bring us our free drink. IF WE WERE PAYING FOR THE DRINK IT WOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN 35 MINUTES! They have cut back so much on the staff that the service is not what it used to be. Maybe it's time to stick to my all inclusive resorts! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
As a first cruiser, my experience aboard the Carnival Breeze was less than exciting. Not much to do. The food at the buffets and dinner were extremely salty. The drinks were watered down by day 2. The Pizza Place in the back of the ... Read More
As a first cruiser, my experience aboard the Carnival Breeze was less than exciting. Not much to do. The food at the buffets and dinner were extremely salty. The drinks were watered down by day 2. The Pizza Place in the back of the ship, was by far the best food on the ship. Second would be Guys Burger Joint located by the ocean pool. I will not be sailing ever again due to the bad taste that Carnival left in my mouth. Rooms were semi clean. Most of the staff seemed tired and not to say they were mean, but uninterested in making the cruisers happy. Maybe they were just tired. Woody was our waiter at dinner. He was absolutely awesome. I hope anyone who sails on the Breeze gets him for their waiter. He won't let you down. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and the second on a Dream class ship. I flew into Miami the day before the trip, this flight was not booked through the Cruise Line. Spent the night the Comfort Inn Miami Airport North. The hotel ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and the second on a Dream class ship. I flew into Miami the day before the trip, this flight was not booked through the Cruise Line. Spent the night the Comfort Inn Miami Airport North. The hotel provided a complimentary shuttle to the cruise port. The embarkation process in Miami is crowed, the layout of the security area is congested and feels disorganized. The port building itself feels like a shed where you wait to board. The cruise employee working the check in desk was incredibly unmotivated. The task of obtaining our Sail and Sign cards couldn't have been provided slower. The ship is nice but consistently decorated in drab browns and showing signs of wear. The carpets have visible traffic patterns and grime and the tile in the Lido Marketplace is constantly slick. Not much else to say about the ship itself. Aboard the ship there were a lot of activities, the water slides were fun to use while most people were on shore excursions one day. There was a ropes coarse my family enjoyed a lot as well. Once people return to the ship the enjoyment goes down a bit. Service was consistently good from our cabin steward. After a few nights of frequenting the atrium for music the waitress was always there to get our drink order. The cooks in all the Lido Marketplace restaurants were friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy what they were doing. We had a very large group with many children, and the wait staff in the dining room never seemed overwhelmed or impatient with the antic of children. This has generally been my experience with cruise ship crew. The staff at the guest services desk was helpful with my noise complaints (more on that later) but really was unable to resolve the issue to my satisfaction. During the trip we enjoyed the ports. Grand Turk isn't really that interesting to me. San Juan was amazing and is easy to explore on your own. On St. Kitts we booked the scenic railway tour, well worth it. On St. Maarten we visited The Butterfly farm and did some shopping in Marigot, also a great excursion. My biggest complaint is the cabin. I booked a Cloud 9 Spa (8S) cabin and was very disappointed. The cabin is next to the fitness center. All day I could hear the weight equipment being used. 7AM until as late as 11:30PM my room would rattle. A few nights into the cruise the ship rented the Serenity deck out to a private party that raged until after 1AM. None of this is acceptable for a relaxing spa vacation. The Cloud 9 Spa package is really just unlimited use of the Thermal Suite, discounts on already overpriced spa services and a couple of free yoga classes that you'll never make it to if you sleep in, go ashore, or dine early. Save the money, book a balcony on deck 8 and get a few day passes to the Thermal Suite. Dining options were varied and generally very good. The main dining room meals were great. The At Sea Day Brunch is a favorite as well. The food in the Lido Marketplace was decent, but consistently carbohydrate laden. The burrito stand and Indian eateries were stand outs. Guy Fieri's burger joint was awful, flavorless and greasy. On board the ship my favorite thing was the constant live music. Nightly in the atrium there was live music to listen to. The atrium was also nice as that it was not crowded like the other venues on the ship. I stopped at the piano bar once, it was fun. The second night he just does the same routine. I also stayed up late for a movie on the Lido deck. the movie however cut out just at the conclusion and never finished. The debarkation process was super easy. I booked a transfer to Miami International through the cruise line. I stopped for breakfast at the Lido Marketplace and ate back in my cabin. As soon as my floor was called for self assist I was down the elevator with my bags and off the ship. The location of the motor coach I booked could have been marked with better signage and was difficult to locate. Once at the airport we were dropped at the outside check in station for our airline which made check in a breeze. Overall the trip was average when I was expecting amazing. The Cloud 9 Spa room failed to live up the hype. The spa was nice, but not as indulgent as expected. The service was always polite and efficient. Given the cabin noise and the somewhat aged state of the ship I probably won't book a cruise with Carnival again for a while. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First let me say, I will and plan to cruise Carnival again soon. I can only speak about what me and my wife experienced on this cruise, I read many reviews and don't agree with all of them. 7th cruise, last 2 with carnival, were in ... Read More
First let me say, I will and plan to cruise Carnival again soon. I can only speak about what me and my wife experienced on this cruise, I read many reviews and don't agree with all of them. 7th cruise, last 2 with carnival, were in our early 50s First, Embarkment, it took about a hour and a half to get on the ship, I did expect it, so it didn't bother me, patients on a cruise is key. Next cruise, Faster to the fun pass is a must. This cruise was a comp to us based on our casino play last cruise, all we paid was taxes and port charges. If you gamble, make sure you use your sail n sign card in the machines and tables, its like a casino players card. If you reach 1500pts, your drinks are free in the casino for the rest of the cruise, we like to gamble and drink so this might help so of the fellow gamblers out there. If you play the tables, make your you grab a casino host after play to see how close you are to getting a drink card, I got one on the second day of cruise. For all the past reviews, that the casino don't pay, HA, I saw the same guy hit for $2k on the same machine (wheel of fortune) another guy hit for $1600, 5k to a lady playing Holdem table game, so there was plenty to win, although we didn't, but that's nothing new...lol Food, honest, maybe because were from NY, I thought the food was just average. But again, we will cruise carnival again soon. We did 2 excursions, Dunns River, great experience, great people and wonderful views, Just be real careful, you can slip and get hurt, We did see people getting bruised up a bit. The second was at Cozumel, it was the Pub Crawl, lots of fun and we did meet great people. We had problems on the ship with the Wi-Fi, for $60 it wasn't worth it, I did speak to people who were using the Facebook to contact and call Family and Friends. Staff. Lets remember these people work long hours everyday, Some are pleasant and smiling all the time, some just look like there happy to have a job, NONE were nasty. They all seem to me be working hard all the time. Drink Package...For us, its a bargain, BUT your limited to 15, sounds like a lot, but if you have 1 drink an hour, its not. Played bingo, didn't win, again, not a surprise. Piano Bar, just ok. He was more like a comedian to me, I was on the Pride a few years ago and Rodger was the best entertainer I ever saw on a ship. So in closing, read as may reviews as you can, you pick up a lot of info from past cruisers, we also picked up a few good pointers from some of the new friends we met on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I traveled on the Breeze with my husband and 2 sons ages 9 and 14 over the New Year holiday. This is our 5th cruise, 4th as a family. We had a great vacation, the negatives were things that we probably wouldn't have necessarily taken ... Read More
I traveled on the Breeze with my husband and 2 sons ages 9 and 14 over the New Year holiday. This is our 5th cruise, 4th as a family. We had a great vacation, the negatives were things that we probably wouldn't have necessarily taken note of if we hadn't cruised several times before and so realized some things about this cruise came up short in comparison. Pre-Cruise Hotel: We flew into Miami and stayed at the Comfort Suites Airport North. They have a free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and free shuttle to the cruise port. All went very smoothly and it was a lovely hotel. Highly recommend. Ship: I liked the simple, airy, Caribbean themed decor more than the more boisterous decor of previous ships. It was easy to get around, and I personally never had a problem finding a lounge chair. The sports deck area with mini-golf, ropes course, foosball, a large screen video game area, basketball court, fitness equipment, and giant chess was a hit with my boys. The spa looked very lovely when I toured it, but I did not partake in any treatments. The shopping experience at The Fun Shops on Carnival ships in general is nothing to write home about. We had a fun time at the casino, and as someone who hates cigarette smoke, I was not particularly bothered by it in that area. Where I was bothered was anywhere on the promenade side downwind of the Red Frog Pub outdoor area which was a smoking area. Had to leave the whirlpool on that side shortly after entering because the smoke smell was so bothersome. This ship was very full being over a holiday week, but we were somehow able to avoid lines and big crowds by being a little strategic about timing. Cabin: We had a cove balcony on deck 2, cabin 2333. We had plenty of space for our family of 4. I was a little apprehensive as we usually have a balcony on upper decks and I wasn't sure I would like being so low. I actually ended up loving it. Being close to the water does give one more of the sense of being at sea. There were lifeboats above, but we still got sun, depending how the chair was positioned one could choose sun or shade much of the time. Of course this will depend on your itinerary and what direction you are sailing. We had no noise, smell, or motion problems. This cabin is mid ship and we were between 2 sets of stairs/elevators. It was more convenient than I thought it would be getting to lido pools and kid club area. It was very nice to just go up 1 flight to get to lobby and dining room, and extra nice to just walk up or down 2 flights on port days for getting on and off the boat rather than waiting for elevators. Note: these balconies have metal railings rather than glass panels, and there is a ledge about a foot up that is incredibly tempting for children to climb up upon placing them in a dangerously high position when looking over the top rail. Service: This is where this cruise was subpar compared to previous cruises. We never met our room steward which was very unusual to me. On previous cruises the steward has always introduced himself the first day. We had a few problems with the room. The biggest was that our safe was giving an error message, and we could not use it. Assuming that we would have a steward check in with us at some point we just waited. Well into the afternoon of the second day I finally called the housekeeping number. A staff member arrived after about 45 minutes and fixed the safe. We also pointed out at that time that our minibar was not stocked (it looked like it had been ransacked) and we had found several of the soft drinks, etc, behind our television, and the liquors were all a tumble within the door rack. We asked that it be properly stocked so we could use it, but mostly wanted them to know it was that way when we got there so we wouldn't be charged. The staff member said she would advise our room steward, but it was never taken care of the entire time. It was clear that the steward hadn't really checked the closets before we arrived, as one closet the rod was knocked down and all of the hangers were on the floor along with about 4 extra children's life jackets taking up valuable space. I assume the previous occupants had 2 rooms and had used that one to stash their luggage and life jackets to free up closet space in their other room. We did succeed in getting the extra life jackets removed by leaving them out in the middle of the floor. We also had no beach towels in our room. I thought maybe Carnival had discontinued this, until I overheard people on the pool deck mention that their towel was from their room. There was a time or 2 the upper berth was not made up. All of this isn't a huge deal, just subpar when you know how good the service usually is on most cruises. Dining: We had My Time dining. We ate in the dining room the first 2 nights. We had virtually no wait to be seated, but we eat rather early, around 6pm. The food and service was ok, but again just not what we have come to expect from a cruise. It was just not the special experience we have had before, and so we just skipped it altogether the remainder of the cruise. The lido buffet was better than our last cruise, and with strategic timing and going to the back line rather than the front (which always seemed to be busier) we didn't have large lines to contend with. The pizza is always a hit with my youngest son, the quatro formaggio is pretty much what he lives on while cruising. Again, timing is key. Go at off times if you don't want to wait in a long line, or just have a seat by the pool or bar there and keep an eye out for when the line drops down, then jump in. Guy's burgers was good as usual. Fat Jimmy's C Side buffet was great with delicious barbecue picnic fare. It is from 12-2:30 only on sea days, and having read previously that the line can be long we went up to sit at a nearby table at Ocean Plaza prior to 12 on our last sea day and then jumped in line when it opened. Red Frog Pub food was not great, I would skip. We went to the Italian restaurant one evening compliments of the casino. It was ok, but nothing special, I would not have wanted to pay for it when much of the same dishes are available on the buffet on various nights for free. My son and I went to the pasta bar lunch there the first sea day (no fee at lunch time), and it is a nice place to get a lunch away from crowds. The Tandoor Indian buffet at the aft pool across from the pizza is also a nice place to get lunch, very good food and never a line. They also had a breakfast buffet of typical American breakfast items out there on the first sea day, that had no line, so that is a great tip as breakfast lines can be frustrating. Entertainment: The cruise director was hugely underwhelming. We had Mike Pack on our cruise in April on the Conquest and he was so fantastic and such a huge part of making the cruise fun. Again, if you haven't cruised before, all of the things I will mention here are things you might not be bothered by as you won't know what you're missing out on. The show productions are fantastic, but as mentioned in previous reviews, the performers themselves are not great, save for about 2 or 3 individuals. There was way too much dependency on karaoke as an entertainment option. For a couple of the nights there was karaoke instead of comedians at the limelight lounge, AND karaoke with the band at Ocean Plaza, one "show" at 7, one at 7:15. Why the heck would there be 2 karaoke options going on simultaneously. Terrible way to fill holes in the entertainment schedule. We have no paid entertainers, so we'll just have passengers entertain/torture people for free! Again a poor reflection on the cruise director. We went to 2 of the comic shows. We happened to see the same comedian on 2 different nights, 1 family friendly as our 14 yr old was with us, and 1 was the adult show. The adult shows are always better than the family friendly, and this was no exception. It seems the comics don't take the family friendly shows very seriously and don't put any sort of planning or work into them, in our experience. The piano bar gent was much more into making everything a slow ballad and wasn't very lively in the brief time we stood out and listened, so we skipped it. New Year's Eve: Party hats were left in the room with the evening turndown. There were a few places on the ship to ring in the New Year depending on your preference for a loud or more quiet celebration. The big bash was on the lido pool deck. There were more favors distributed and plenty of free champagne brought out about 10-15 minutes before midnight. Waiters and waitresses circulated about the deck prior to that with iced champagne bottles for sale, if you prefer to have your own bottle. The deck and 2 levels overlooking were absolutely packed with people, I saw some of the upper level ship staff on the balcony level with their families, joining in the celebration, there was dancing including the typical fun line dances; cuban shuffle, electric slide, wobble. Everyone was in exuberant spirits, looked quite happy, and it was great fun. Ports: We had been to all 3 of these ports previously, and were looking for just a relaxing, chill vacation so we did not due any excursions. Jamaica: we had done Dunn's River Falls previously through a private tour. It was great fun and I would recommend it. Since we'd been there, done that and couldn't really find anything else we were interested in, we stayed in port, did some shopping and spent the day at the pool at Margaritaville. I would never do this if I hadn't had a chance to see some of the country before, but I have to say, as cliche and touristy as it was, it was a wonderful relaxing way to spend the day, and it was nice to know we could just walk 5 minutes back to the ship so didn't have to worry much about the time. Grand Cayman; I reserved a cabana online well before the cruise at Royal Palms beach club. Well worth the $100. There were 5 or 6 ships in port, so it got very crowded, and it was wonderful to have our own space carved out on Seven Mile Beach. Cab to Royal Palms is $4/person. Easy to do. Cozumel: This was our 3rd time in Cozumel. We took a taxi to Chankanaab. Taxi is $12/4 people. Cozumel is a super easy place for getting a taxi, with rates to various areas/attractions posted on a board at the cruise ship terminal, so you know exactly what the costs are. Entrance to Chankanaab for the 4 of us was something like $77 for just the base admission option, you can add on experiences like dolphin swims if you choose. We spent about another $60-70 on food and drinks. Do not waste your money on a cruise excursion to go there, you can do it on your own easily. We watched the sea lion show (included in entrance fee) and then spent time at the pool and beach area. Note, the beach is not a soft sand gradual sea entrance. The beach itself is nice sand, but the ocean edge is a rock ledge with deep water. There are steps into the water, making it a good snorkel spot, but not a good place to go if you want to just stand waist high in water with a drink in your hand. There is a little tiny shallow water beach lagoon type area that works for smaller kids. There are many more things to do here, tequila tasting, a garden, mayan artifacts, and now a zipline course. Having been here twice now we've still only managed to do the beach bum/swimming thing, and still haven't taken in more than perhaps half of the park. Debarkation: Luggage Express, the best money I ever spent on a cruise! We had a flight out of Miami at 12:15 and so had the opportunity to use this service. Fill out a form with your flight details, pay $20 per person checking in baggage on your flight (on top of airline fees, although overweight fees are waived), place your luggage outside your room as usual the evening before debarkation, and you never have to touch it again until your final destination. Worked like a dream. No schlepping around the customs area looking for your bags, dragging them through customs, then to your taxi or shuttle, then having to wait to check it at the airport. Instead, get off the ship when they call for luggage express, which is after the self assist/platinum/diamond/faster to the fun people, go straight to customs counter for passport/document check, then just right to security at airport. So much less aggravation. It was worth it to us. Overall we had a wonderful vacation, and would happily sail again. Preferably with a different cruise director, and maybe taking more effort to seek out our room steward if he doesn't turn up on the first day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our second time on the breeze this year. Our first was in april and was much better. We sailed over christmas this time and that was also a first for us. The embarkation in miami was fair and we were one of the first groups on ... Read More
This was our second time on the breeze this year. Our first was in april and was much better. We sailed over christmas this time and that was also a first for us. The embarkation in miami was fair and we were one of the first groups on board at around 1230. We had two rooms booked this time so that my two teenagers could have their own space. Even though i had requested the beds be split in their room and combined in my room, they were not. It wasn't a big deal as the stewards each changed the setups before we went to bed on the first night. I asked a few times for my steward to remove the stuff from the mini-fridge so we could put our own stuff in there but he never did it. Although the stewards did an adequate job of cleaning our rooms, this was the first cruise where we never really saw or spoke to them, except for a couple of times. FOOD: We ate at the italian restaurant for lunch on the first day and they got two of our four pasta orders wrong. When they finally got them right, the shrimp and chicken in the pasta was cold and there were only 1-2 pieces of meat. It was pretty disappointing and we never went back this time. I'm not a fan of the new american table menu but i will say that the dining room service for us this time was actually very good. I emailed the maitre'd a couple of weeks before the sailing date and requested a table for four near a window. That is exactly what we got and we were very happy with the location and the team of server. The food, however, was pretty bland and nothing to write home about. We ate at the steakhouse one night and as usual, it was very good with excellent service. Guys burgers is always a good burger but for this particular cruise, the lines were just insane. We had a few when the wait was less than 20 minutes. The buffets were standard but also had insane lines. There were kids and unruly teens all over this boat and they were always present at the ice cream and buffets (generally with no parents to be seen). Tandoori is awesome in the back and usually has no line at all. This cruise it always had a line and the bread was always out. The pizza seems to get worse and worse. No flavor, very little meat and cheese and just stupid lines no matter the time of day. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to all of the playlist shows and the only one we really liked was motown. I was really excited for the 88 keys piano show but it was terrible. And while the entertainers are all pretty decent, it gets old seeing the same ones for every show. It's just the same singers with different costumes singing different songs. We love the comedy club and always make it a point to get back there. The first two comics were comics we had already seen but luckily they were both very good. I will say that a lot of the material was recycled from april, so that was kind of a bummer. Get some new comedians! The second two we had were not nearly as good and one (bob biggerstaff) was just un-watchable. He was the worst i've seen on a ship and even made reference to his own crappy jokes several times. We didn't even stay for the whole 30 minute show. If he is on your cruise don't even waste your time going and fighting the crowds to get in. There was a live band playing most nights on the promenade and they were pretty good. They played all of the decades and we actually enjoyed grabbing a spot, getting a drink and watching them for an hour or so each night. The piano bar is another place that we usually like to hang out. The piano player on this cruise called himself kyng bea and was the worst we have seen. We just didn't like his style. It seemed much more like a job to him than others we had seen before on carnival. We gave him two chances and never returned. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Could be the worst cd we have had on carnival. We had Matt Mitchum in april and isn't even in the same league. Came across as always irritated, he constantly begged for people to show up to his deck parties (begging isn't an exaggeration!), and he just wasn't funny or even interesting at all. A cd has never made a huge difference to us either way, but i can tell you that a bad one this time did get on our nerves. Guess we've been lucky in the past. CASINO: We spend a good bit of time in the casino. This was a premier cruise so the casino stayed pretty busy, and that was to be expected. However, our casino experience this time was the worst ever. We had the free drinks card and the servers were pretty much non-existent. We were lucky to see them once an hour. The dealers for this cruise (with only a couple of exceptions) were the worst i have encountered. What i mean by this is that there were numerous times when they didn't pay the player and argued with the player on what his or her hand actually was. We had to have the pit boss run the cards back a lot in order to get the payout/result correct. This never happened to me personally, but i saw it happen to others on almost every table i sat at. Negligence isn't even the word i would use, it almost seemed intentional. My advice is to watch them very carefully for you and for your fellow players. It shouldn't be the players job to have to constantly be on alert for a dealer paying out incorrectly or even worse, for the dealer to swipe up the cards and the bet so quickly and then argue about what the player has. I have never seen anything like this before on carnival and i sincerely hope it was just a tired crew making many mistakes on a busy cruise. THE CURACAO DEBACLE: We were steaming to curacao on time when the captain comes over the speaker and said that due to a "logistics" issue at the port, that we wouldn't arrive until 7 p.m. Vs the originally scheduled 2 p.m. Apparently there was another ship in our spot and the captain refused to dock at any of the other available slots. I'm not sure how something like this happens but it did have a significant impact on many passengers. Carnival did refund all of the shore excursions and gave everyone $50 on board credit. We didn't have anything booked with carnival but when we finally got off the ship there it was dark and everything was closed. I don't think we were given the whole story and the logistics excuse is pretty hard to buy, considering these cruise are booked so far in advance. CLOSING COMMENTS: We like carnival and have been loyal to carnival but this cruise just seemed off to us. Maybe it was because it was a christmas cruise and it was very busy, maybe the crew was tired and at the end of their contract. Whatever it was, it wasn't nearly as good as our other 9 carnival cruises or even our breeze cruise earlier this year. We have a cruise booked on the dream in june and if it is even similar to this one we will definitely take a break from carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My wife and I are in our 60’s, and we are experienced cruisers. We tend to like Carnival, although the Cruise Line sometimes gets a bad rap for its focus on the party crowd. However longer cruises on Carnival are often a bargain for ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 60’s, and we are experienced cruisers. We tend to like Carnival, although the Cruise Line sometimes gets a bad rap for its focus on the party crowd. However longer cruises on Carnival are often a bargain for people of any age. Plus we have had good experiences with Carnival, and we prefer the Carnival food to that of the ‘higher priced’ cruise lines. This was one of the strangest cruises we have ever taken, and we have taken around 40 cruises on various lines. We arrived at the terminal around 12:30, and found parking very limited – kind of odd for the Port of Miami. We soon found out why. The Breeze had been either late in arriving in port, or had been delayed in disembarking by customs, or both. Many of the passengers from the last cruise were still disembarking, and had not yet taken their cars from the lot. Understandably, there was a huge line of people waiting to get on board – the ship holds nearly 5,000 I believe. Because we are frequent cruisers, we could have moved to a special shorter line for Platinum and Diamond cruisers, but we felt a little sorry for all those who had been waiting, and we were in no hurry, so we just joined the long line. Besides, there were outdoor-access restrooms at the dock alongside the line, and Carnival brought out cold drinking water for those in line. The total wait in line before we could even enter the building was about 90 minutes. After a while I began to wish that we had taken advantage of our frequent cruiser status and gone around the building to the special access area. Once inside the building, we went through the security sensors, and were advised that the sensors had been down for about a half hour as well, contributing to the delays. We were ushered into a special room for frequent cruisers, and then given our keys and escorted around the long lines waiting to check in. There was a large lounge area for the cruisers who were not frequent cruisers, and it was packed. There were literally thousands of people waiting to go through the check-in procedures. It was really a mess. By this time we were truly tired of waiting, and were grateful for the priority treatment for the rest of the boarding procedures. We waited dutifully for the photographer at the boarding station, and then went up the ramps and through a short line to actually board. We were pleased to learn that the buffets had been kept open today so we could grab a late lunch. We then went to our room, which was a very nice but small room. This ship has a plethora of balcony cabins – almost all the outside rooms have balconies on the Breeze, except for the 1st floor, which has the traditional porthole windows. We dropped our carry-on items in the room, and noticed that, as usual, there was only one electrical outlet - over the desk. Since I use a CPAP machine, I have learned to carry an extension cord and a multi-tap outlet. Glad I had them on this cruise. Later on the cruise we learned that there was a great deal of mechanical noise in the cabin - people walking or moving carts overhead, and the constant banging of balcony doors or other unknown objects was a bit annoying. I do not recommend the 2nd floor level on this particular ship, as you are underneath some food prep areas, I believe, and those areas operate 24 hours a day. We then went to the Lido deck for lunch. The layout of the Lido buffet area was different from any ship we had ever been on. Instead of an open seating area by the windows with two buffet lines and various food stations in the center, as was the norm on many Carnival ships, the center of the Lido food court had perhaps 8 different serving areas, but the layout did not permit you to see them all at the same time. There were decorative walls dividing the serving areas, and you had to walk around most of the food court to see all of the offerings – there were different foods in each serving area. We later found that in the back of the ship, through some doorways, there was the Pizza service and the special Guy’s Hamburger area. The hamburgers were delicious, but had some heavy seasoning which caused my wife to have some stomach discomfort (she has a weak stomach). We also later learned that there were two Pizza service areas – but we did not find the second area for several days. We toured the ship, and noticed the inconvenience caused by the fact that the 3rd floor did not go all the way through the ship. Others have mentioned this as well. Unfortunately, this is the restaurant floor, and when you want to leave the restaurant to attend the shows, you always end up having to go up (or down) a level to get to the other end of the ship. We were on a Holland American ship many years ago with this same problem. This is just stupid ship design in my view. Perhaps they wanted to force you to use the Promenade deck or the Mezzanine deck so that you would go by the shops more often or to walk through the Casino in order to tempt you to stop there. Frankly, we did not like the Lido buffet layout or the overall ship layout either. It was difficult to figure out where you were. In the morning we found some of the drink dispensers dispensing fruit juice, and in other areas lemonade and water only. We finally figured out that fruit juice was on the starboard side only. No signage. Everything was trial and error. Carnival really needs to provide a mini-map of the Lido area for passengers (I think they used to do this - or perhaps only Royal Caribbean does it - not sure). As a matter of fact, they need to provide a mini-map of the entire ship. I often found myself heading to the wrong end of the ship when trying to find my way during the cruise. They used to give you a small pocket-sized map when you check in, but not this time. They do have a plastic Lucite ‘map’ of the ship near the elevators on each floor, but although it shows the floors vertically, it does not show the areas horizontally! So you know what floor to go to, but you have no guidelines as to which end of the ship to go to! For us that proved to be a real nuisance as the week progressed. We noticed that there were only three sets of elevators, and we expected delays with all of the passengers on board, but we were pleasantly surprised that there were very few times when we had to wait for an elevator for a long period – they moved quickly, and were well sequenced, and presented no problems at all. And although our room was near the elevators, the elevators were very quiet. We had the safety drill promptly at 4, even though I believe there were still guests boarding. On the plus side, the guides at the drill were very kind, though, finding seats for the elderly, and handling everything very smoothly. They even allowed the wheelchair bound passengers to leave first (quietly without making a fuss), which was a very kind thing to do. The crew on this ship, as a whole, was top notch with respect to customer relations, in our opinion. Cruise ship crews are always pretty good in this area, but the Breeze crew was well above the norm. Our compliments to the Carnival Breeze in this area for sure! We were seated for early dinner at 6. At first we were concerned because our table was as far away from the kitchen as you can get, and on some previous cruises, this meant really slow service. Not on the Breeze, though. Food service was VERY efficient and handled as well as or better than any other cruise we have taken. We did notice that there were no tablecloths (except for one evening), and therefore the clean-up for the staff was more efficient as well. The deserts on the ship were well prepared and to my taste. Often cruise ship deserts just do not taste very good – the Breeze was the exception. Deserts were excellent. Carnival food offerings are pretty mainstream, and we like that. I have read some criticism comparing the buffet to all-you-can-eat landside bargain buffets, but I think that is not quite fair. The food choices were varied from oriental to mid-American cuisine, and they all tasted very good to me. One minor complaint – there were soft-serve ice cream machines and yogurt machines at several locations in the Lido. But the ice cream was always set so cold it would barely dispense, and they always seemed to run out of spoons. The machines needed some adjustment, but I doubt that the staff people I saw would have any idea how to do that. Although we were not thrilled with the design of the Lido buffet, we have to say that the food service in all areas was outstanding on this ship, and to our Midwestern taste buds, the food was very good. We did not partake of the extra-cost restaurants that were available, but one of our tablemate couples did visit the steakhouse and they indicated that it was very nice. On our first dinner, things were going well until the ship cleared the harbor area. Once at sea we immediately hit rough waters. There was a bottle of wine on the table that kept sliding off – we finally put it on a vacant chair. I do not know if the ship stabilizers were not working or if was just the wind, but this cruise, for the next two days, was the roughest we have ever taken. And we had chosen Breeze because it was a larger ship, expecting that it would be a bit more steady, much like the RCL Oasis and Allure, but that was not the case. My wife turned pale and left the table quickly and could not finish her meal. She spent the next two days in the cabin fighting nausea. We had to get the ship’s plumber to clear the bathroom as her nausea clogged the plumbing. That was a 3 hour wait. I guess she was not the only one clogging the plumbing from seasickness. After dinner, on the first evening I stayed in the cabin with my sick wife. The cruise director, ‘Wee Jimmy,’ had been the director on other cruises we have taken, and gave his welcome presentation, but we did not attend. Based on previous cruises, we know that he does a nice job. On the second day I ventured out to the breakfast buffet. They served breakfast until 12 noon – which was a really nice feature on this ship. They kept the buffet open most of the time, which was great for those of us who sleep late or live on a different clock. We appreciated that feature of the Breeze. I brought some fruit back to the cabin for my wife, who still did not feel well enough to get out of bed. After breakfast, I went by the trivia games – they were the only thing going on besides the inevitable art auctions by Park West, and of course, Bingo. I watched for a while, but chose not to play because the questions were focused on modern ‘music’ from the past few years – a definite plus for the Carnival customary target audience of millennials, but not for us. The casino was large and inviting. Oddly I noticed on blackjack table that paid only 6 to 5 on blackjack – it was a $5 table. The other tables paid normal odds. I guess there is a sucker born every minute, as they say. Two people were playing at this table. I found a normal table and played for a short while, but the casino got the better of me this time and I lost a few bucks. Oh, well… The spa and gym facilities looked very nice, but since my wife was so seasick, we did not use the facility at all. There was also at least one – probably more – hot tubs near the pizza pirate area. They were always full when I looked out the glass doors towards the sports deck – generally full of millennials – mostly young men and a few women. The ship had a small library with very few books. There were two wine dispensing machines of some kind in the library as well, but we did not partake. There was no checkout procedure in sight for the books, and no staff member around. I took a couple of books back to the room for my wife to read while stuck in bed, and replaced them in the library on the last full day of the cruise. I also noticed a ‘Red Dog’ barbecue area on one side of the Promenade. I believe there was no extra charge if you ate there – it was open periodically – I am not sure of their time schedule. There was a specialty (translation – extra charge) ice cream bar on the Promenade as well. For Internet fanatics, there was a plethora of terminals available – I think either on the Mezzanine walkway or the Promenade. I was told that Carnival has lowered the fees, but I am not sure of that, nor can I report on internet speed, as I decided this vacation would be phone-free and internet-free. By the way, we had a room on the 2nd level midship, which is usually a good choice for stability – less ship rockin’ and rollin’ on the lower levels midship. We were directly across from the ship’s public laundry facility (which added a bit to the noise levels as people would stand in the hall and talk while they were waiting for their laundry). But we were close to the elevators, which worked out well all in all. Although we had a balcony cabin, due to high winds and rough seas blowing water up on the balcony all of the time (we were on lower deck – deck 2), we did not get to use the balcony at all. On the second evening we both went to dinner, but my wife could not get past the appetizers before the rocking of the ship forced her to stumble back to the room. After dinner, I checked on her and she was doing ok sitting up in bed, so I went to the evening production show. ENTERTAINMENT I was disappointed in the first production show. The eight dancers and singers were outstanding, but their performance ‘vehicle’ was mediocre. The show had large, obviously expensive illuminated backdrops that did not fit together properly – the musical arrangements were high-school level, and the choreography left a lot to be desired. No live band – those had been cut a few years back as a cost savings. I miss the band, but I understand the need to save money, and most of the audience would never have noticed. I have no criticism of the eight performers – they did the best they could with what they were given – which was a poorly designed show and a horrible set design and show concept. (By the way, I am a certified music judge, and so I am more critical than most of the audience would be). Can you imagine using a motorized orchestra pit elevator to bring up a single stand-alone hollow dressing room mirror? It drew your eyes away from the performers at a key moment. What a huge waste and truly awful show design. On the plus side, the sound system worked great on the first production show, but failed miserably on the second one, with ear-splitting volume levels for the background making it impossible to hear the vocals. This is odd, because it worked fine before and after – probably an inexperienced person running the mixers. My tablemates at dinner the next night were still complaining about headaches from the deafening volume levels at the second show. I did not attend the second show personally, so I am going from their word. There were four comedians on the cruise. I missed the first one because of my wife’s seasickness. The second one was a young girl from New York that looked like she was on some kind of ‘uppers’ as she bounced around the audience before the show like she was on a trampoline. She was moderately funny, although I have forgotten her name. The third one was Bob Biggerstaff from Houston Texas. He was truly awful. Not dirty, just not funny. The fourth guy, Marc Simmons, fortunately, was great. There was also a comedic magician entertaining us one night. I have forgotten his name too, but he was very good. The illusions were mostly slight-of-hand – no big props – but his sense of timing and his interaction with the audience were exemplary. The Love and Marriage show is always entertaining, and we made it a point to see the show on this ship. It seemed a bit rushed, but Wee Jimmy, the cruise director, made the show a winner, as always. We saw a ‘Quest’ game scheduled one evening, but it was late (as is appropriate for this game, which usually has light sexual overtones pulls practical jokes on passengers who volunteer to participate), and there was the Hasbro Game Show at various times – but we are not big fans of that entertainment concept. There was also the traditional male vs female show, which is pleasant, and the standard poolside belly-flop and hairy legs contests that are typical of Carnival. It was very windy, though, so we did not even consider attending. There was a large outdoor movie screen on the ship, a concept that I believe was pioneered by Disney. We watched a fairly new Mission Impossible movie the one evening that my wife felt well enough. We bundled up under blankets in the lounge chairs. The movies were well attended, but there were sufficient chairs around. All of the movies were fairly current, though, and we appreciated that. There were always a lot of photographers on a cruise ship, but the Breeze seemed to have more than normal. Odd that the Carnival photographers are still using film rather than electronics, like some other cruise lines do. If you are not familiar with cruising, you might be surprised to learn that the ship makes a lot of its money on board from the bars, the casino, the shops, and the photographers, so the photo guys are always trying to take your picture. They do a good job, though, and I do not mind a bit. The shops on board were ok – nothing special. Odd to see them selling second-hand Rolex watches in the shop – this is Carnival after all, not Radisson. I doubt that the typical Carnival passenger could afford even the second-hand Rolex watches. As to other entertainment – there was a small three piece band – trumpet, tenor sax, and a trombonist with an F attachment (if you are a wind musician, you probably know what that is – if not, just think of it as a fancy trombone). The trumpet player was outstanding – clean sound and a great range. No clams (wrong notes). The tenor play was not featured at all, so I am unsure about his skills. The trombonist appeared to be the leader of the group. His talent was perhaps more focused on his leadership than his performance skills. There was also a 5 or six piece group with a good female vocalist playing modern music in one area – they were fine, but not the type of music I most enjoy. They had great audience appeal, though. They were charismatic, and I appreciated their professionalism. The musical highlight on the cruise was a string trio – two violins and a viola – from Spain. They were extraordinary. I rarely linger over the balcony in the lobby to hear a group perform, but I surely did just to hear this trio. The lead violinist was one of the finest I ever heard, and was well backed up by the other two performers. On Christmas day the ship’s entertainment staff held a Christmas worship service in the morning. As usual, they underestimated the number of people that would attend, and seating was at a premium. The violinists were there, along with the three piece wind band and the rock band singers. Unfortunately the singers from the rock group did not know the words or melody to a couple of the Christian Christmas carols, but the enthusiastic audience chimed in and carried the melody, and it turned out to be a very nice event – perhaps the highlight of the cruise for us. Our compliments to ‘Wee Jimmy’ and the Carnival group for putting on this event. PORTS OF CALL On the first port, Grand Turk, we arrived on time. All of the ports had a dock, so there was no need to tender ashore anywhere on this cruise. At Grand Turk, we simply walked around a bit and did some light souvenir shopping for family members. At the second stop, the Dominican Republic, we again just walked of the ship and looked around in the few shops that were near the port. It was pretty sparse. We finished our time on land in about 30 minutes. Our tablemates took the tour of the city and told us over dinner that there were a lot of armed police with big guns everywhere. We did not go downtown, so we did not see this firsthand. Our third scheduled stop was Curacao. The ship bounced and wove its way to Curacao all night, but in the morning the ship suddenly slowed down around 10 AM. We were due in at 1 or so. We were told by announcement that another ship was in our dock space, due to some kind of scheduling glitch, and we could not go ashore until the other ship left – around 6 pm. Carnival was very apologetic, and they refunded our paid tour and gave every one on the ship $50 for the inconvenience. I think that was very nice of Carnival. We are not bar hoppers, and we knew the shops would be closed, so we did not go ashore at all. The final stop was Aruba, and we did use a ship's tour package to tour the island. Ordinarily we would not have done this, but the missed port made us a little nervous about taking our own tour, so we opted for the safer ship sponsored tour. We knew the ship would wait for us if we were late getting back, and sure enough, we were late getting back to the dock. We had been to Aruba many years ago and the island has changed a lot over time. It is now pretty much a tourist-based economy, whereas it had been an oil refining economy many years ago. It was a pleasant tour with a great bus driver who kept us entertained the entire trip. We got back to the ship just before departure time – no spare time to shop. We re-boarded the ship and headed back home. The trip home was a lot smoother for some reason. Perhaps they finally found the switch to extend the stabilizers, or perhaps we were with the wind, but in any event, the cruise back to home port was pretty normal. DISEMBARKING Disembarking went smoothly, and the buffet was open for all of their standard morning offerings, including made-to-order eggs and omelets. Even so, I prefer the Royal Caribbean concept where they let you remain in your cabins as long as you wish. Carnival wants you out of there by 8:30. As frequent cruisers, we got priority in disembarking, and we were grateful for that, as there were thousands of people who would need to disembark and go through customs. All-in-all, Carnival is a very fine cruise line. They get a lot of bad press because, in my opinion, they have a lot of short low-cost cruises that draw the party kids, who always create their share of havoc. This cruise was a longer one, with an older demographic on board in general. However, we just did not enjoy this particular ship as much as we had hoped. In some areas, it was outstanding. It was spotlessly clean, dinner service was quick and efficient, the crew was very friendly and kind…but the rough seas were not kind to us, the production shows were a disappointment, and the ship’s layout was not easy to maneuver. There were always seats and lounge chairs available, but the walkways were narrow, and gave you a feeling of overcrowding where ever you walked. You were always either turning sideways to allow people to pass, or being jostled by someone in a bigger hurry than you were. They did some things very well, and others not so well. If you choose the Carnival Breeze, I hope you have smooth seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
There were good and bad things about this cruise. I am not one for complaining about things and usually make the best of a bad situation, but a few things upset me with regard to this cruise. The check-in situation at Miami Port was ... Read More
There were good and bad things about this cruise. I am not one for complaining about things and usually make the best of a bad situation, but a few things upset me with regard to this cruise. The check-in situation at Miami Port was unbelievably awful - long queues outside to get in in the first place, then slow staff and more queues upstairs. Never had that problem before on previous cruises out of Barcelona and Southampton. The cabin on level 7 was fine - nice balcony, good layout, comfortable bed, spacious bathroom and good steward. The food was superb in the Main dining room, the Marketplace, the Sushi restaurant, the Burger place and especially the Fahrenheit 555 Steak house.The service in the Main dining room by Vladimir and Wayan was second to none. they dealt with my needing to be gluten free and dairy free brilliantly, although I must comment that the gf bread was pretty disgusting! lol. The shows were great, the singing and dancing by the performers was top notch. The comedians were mostly extremely funny. The 02 club for teens was pretty good according to my 16 year old. The quizzes were good and frequently funny. There were sadly no classes as we have had on other cruises which was a shame. The cruise director I didn't like much. I thought being Scottish, we may like him as we are British (Scottish in both of us), but we didn't think he was funny, just concerned about himself and didn't listen to useful advice from my friend who is a travel agent and has been on lots of cruises. Getting off the ship in port was chaotic and took too long as was getting back on board in some ports. The ship was extremely rocky for the first 2 days (apparently bad weather) but the rocking remained throughout the cruise making a lot of people sick. We obviously can't prove anything, but surely stabilisers should reduce that? There was also an issue with the Curacao port double-booking (really?) so that we only managed to arrive at the port at around 6 pm instead of 2pm, losing any daylight visiting time and as we managed to not get into a restaurant that wasn't full or busy, we ended up coming back to the ship for dinner at 9pm. We made some nice friends on board and had a good time otherwise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Embarkation was a nightmare and there was total chaos. As Diamond level members, I was not one of the first on as expected. Instead there was so much confusion that blue and red card members were getting on at the same time. Service ... Read More
Embarkation was a nightmare and there was total chaos. As Diamond level members, I was not one of the first on as expected. Instead there was so much confusion that blue and red card members were getting on at the same time. Service overall was not great. Dining room service was slow but the servers were very nice. We had several courses with no forks and we had to ask for them. Servers reaching across guests was annoying. Breakfast service was extremely slow and we stopped going there for breakfast. Guest service member was extremely rude to us when we tried to report a problem in Cozumel. Without even letting us explain the problem, the man just told us that whatever it was, it wasn't Carnival's problem and then dismissed us. Our cabin steward was excellent and so was our cabin. We disliked the Jamaica and after getting off to take pictures, we got back on the ship. We are really sad to see Carnival service and reputation go down hill. This makes us plan on considering other cruise lines like MSC and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We left Miami and we usually stay at the Holiday Inn because of it's location across from the Bayside Market.Lots of shops ,restaurants and Bands playing.Transportation to the port was easy and inexpensive.The bus across the street ... Read More
We left Miami and we usually stay at the Holiday Inn because of it's location across from the Bayside Market.Lots of shops ,restaurants and Bands playing.Transportation to the port was easy and inexpensive.The bus across the street will take you to South Beach for $2.25, or a water taxi is available.We were at the terminal by 11:30 ,waited for our zone to be called and we were in our room by 12:30.We were very pleased with room #7389.Much better then the aft we stayed in last year.The balcony at the back is not fully covered so therefore it was always wet and dirty especially from the exhaust.Every evening they hose down the decks above making it too wet to enjoy.The side balconies are fully covered and we were able to sit out even in the rain without getting wet.Agus was the best porter we've ever had.I always leave notes on post cards from our home town so they get to enjoy what we have to offer.i also packaged local candy form Ganong chocolates as a thank you gift along with a daily tip for their hard work away from home.However ,even though I had it nicely wrapped up in a see through cellophane, customes tore open the bag.We enjoyed the Breeze last December especially with Matt Mitchim as cruise director,he made our cruise.Wee Jimmy is very boring and gets on your nerves .The most annoying part is when passengers claim their chairs by the pool area even when they are not using them.The dancers and singers were terrible in the Ovation Theater.Only one guy could dance and one girl could sing.The stage and effects are beyond beautiful however Carnival needs to scout out some talent.We loved The String classics with Essencea who were from Spain and they were so talented.We enjoyed the Dive in Theater every evening as well as the thrill ride theater.The comics were so funny.The food was okay ,we ate mostly at the buffet.The spa was amazing and very professional.I always enjoy salt water pools however theirs had an unusual horrible odour ??The outside sport activities were fun. Debarkation was unorganized but we managed to be off by8:00 .Much easier if you take your luggage off yourself as we had an early international flight. We always try to put a positive attitude while traveling however the Breeze was much more enjoyable last December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I have cruised Carnival many times, ships and destinations. Used to love Carnival. The dining room food is not what it used to be, poor quality and taste, buffets are better, slow to clean off tables so be prepared to wait. They have ... Read More
I have cruised Carnival many times, ships and destinations. Used to love Carnival. The dining room food is not what it used to be, poor quality and taste, buffets are better, slow to clean off tables so be prepared to wait. They have majorly cut there staff (they are still friendly) the room stewards and waiters are doing twice the amount of work, dinner takes two hours because courses are slow to come out. No more chocolates on your pillow. I am very disappointed and will probably switch cruise lines. I would compare there food to a notch above airplane food. Very sad. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We joined a family cruise to the Southern Caribbean for 8 days. POM was not our port of choice, and we decided to park at Premier parking vs. the port garage, because of the huge price difference. Parking and getting to and from the port ... Read More
We joined a family cruise to the Southern Caribbean for 8 days. POM was not our port of choice, and we decided to park at Premier parking vs. the port garage, because of the huge price difference. Parking and getting to and from the port was simple and affordable. We arrived at 11:00 a.m., and the embarkation was a little confusing, compared to our preferred port, Port Canaveral. We finally were able to board, after checking in, at 12:30. This is unusually long to get on the ship, compared to Port Canaveral. We were able to go right to our room, Deck 1, Oceanview. Again, we wanted to be close to family. The room was roomy, with 1 1/2 bath, which was convenient for each of us to spread out our 'stuff'. The stateroom was extremely clean and well-maintained. The steward was very accommodating, providing tape for our door-dec. We went right to the Lido deck for lunch. We were really impressed with the decor and layout of the Lido deck, which was very attractive. The lines were a little long, but to be expected the first day. The selection was good. There was a lot of variety in the lunch menu. Guy's Burgers was great, but I limited my visits to just one, because of the 1700 calories! I wanted to try the burritos, but the line was too long. Also, the Chinese food lines were long. There was a lot of frozen yogurt eaten, and it was always available, unlike RCCL ships. Drink stations were readily available on the pool deck. Muster Drill: Since we've cruised often on other lines, I was surprised at the passenger safety drill. We were in the 3rd floor dining room, and sat for at least an hour, waiting for people to trickle in. We were not organized by deck, and many people said they weren't going to go. Crazy! So, we were told that in case of an emergency, we had to go to our rooms, get our life jackets, and return to the dining room. This just doesn't make sense. What if you're on the pool deck, and have to climb flights of stairs (undoubtedly overcrowded), in order to go get your jacket? Then, you have to go back to deck 3 dining room, and wait for further instructions and which life boat you need to board. Thankfully, we didn't have any emergencies, but there have been other such emergencies on Carnival. Dining: Service was great. We usually get reservations in the My time dining, by getting to dinner at the earliest time. We were not able to reserve the same table, on this cruise. Food was mediocre to poor. The last night, I chose steak and a rib, steak med-rare. Both meats were just brown, and the steak was overdone. During the week, the veggies or sides were usually mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or rice. The food selection was limited, and the desserts disappointing, with exception to the Chocolate Melting Cake. This almost made the cruise worthwhile, by itself! Fire in the Engine Room: Oh yeah, we had this, too. About 8:00 one night an excited announcement in our room and ship wide, announced "Alpha, Alpha" and more coded speech. They followed up in about 45 minutes with an announcement that there had been an engine room fire, but it was all under control. Good thing is that we were in our room, along with the life jackets, just in case. Spa: This area was exceptional, in the staff and facilities. We bought the Serenity Spa package, which was very worth it. We loved the therapy pool, the tile covered chairs, the aroma-therapy showers, etc. Go take a tour the first day, to get spa specials. Halloween Party: Yes, we were on the ship on Halloween. The kids were really excited. They showed up at the party and got a scavenger hunt paper that had to be filled with stickers at the various stations, and the counselors were handing out candy. Great idea, just didn't work that way. The staff ran out of stickers within 5 minutes, and the stations ran out of candy. NOT GOOD! This was the only Halloween these kids would get. There was crying and a lot of disappointment. We had extra bags of candy, that we were giving out to kids. Thank Goodness! Then, we headed to the final station, the library, and there was a sign saying the location had moved. Really? So we found the final station, and there was music and halloween costume prizes. It ended well, but painful to get there! Surely, they checked to see how many kids were on the ship. They should have been better prepared. The Camp Carnival staff is really great, though, and the kids loved going. Disembarkation: Not good experience for us! We decided not to use the self-assist option and put our luggage out the night before. We had a letter telling us to go to the theater, 3rd floor with our carry ons and wait until "Group 3" was called. They called Deck 1 and 2. Well, we were on Deck 1, but when I asked if it was our turn they said to wait until group 3 was called. So, they were identifying groups by Deck, Groups and Zones. It was totally confusing. We finally got off at 10:00, and had been there since 7:15. Trip to the parking was uneventful and our drive home was great. I probably will stick with our old standard, RCCL, in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I have been on 15 plus cruises the first was in 1998 on a ship called the Regal Empress. I must admit that crusing is our favorite vacation. We had cruised Carnival many years ago and enjoyed them for the most part. Then our ... Read More
My wife and I have been on 15 plus cruises the first was in 1998 on a ship called the Regal Empress. I must admit that crusing is our favorite vacation. We had cruised Carnival many years ago and enjoyed them for the most part. Then our travel agent recommended we try RCL and we were sold. When we were booking our 29 th anniversary/62 nd birthday cruise our travel agent suggested we give the Carnival Breeze a chance. The day before we left I recieved an email from Carnival asking that we don't arrive until after 2 pm. We had booked a Spa Suite and the only real perk that Carnival offers is priority boarding to suite guests. that was a red flag but it seems as if they just sent that to all of their customers I was already beginning to wonder if we had booked the wrong cruise. We drove from Tampa to Miami the morning of the cruise. We researched Port of Miami and found that parking was 20 $ per day that would have been 160 $ as this was a 8 night cruise so we parked off site at Primier Parking for 60 $ for the week. This was the first time we ever parked off site it surprised me it went smoothly and we were bused to the port and there at 1 pm. The other couple with us needed a wheelchair there was a long line for the wheelchairs and my wife and I went to the priority line and were on the ship in about 20 minutes. Our friends didn't fare so well it took them about an hour to get a chair and get on board it seems that the port of Miami provides a chair to a certian point and then Carnival takes over. There was a bench for them to sit on while they waited but it was full and they were waiting in the sun for quite awhile. The reason I spent so much time on this part of our cruise is it was the hardest embarkation I have ever been through. The Port of Miami is not my top choice for boarding . The spa suite was a bit larger than a junior suite with 2 chairs and a chase lounge on the balcony. The room was nicely decorate and was very comfortable for my wife and I. The spa suite gave us easy access to the spa and we were given conplimentry robes and sandles. Included with the suite was use of all of the spa facilities for the whole cruise and boy did we use them. The staff was very helpful and always greeted us with a smile we used the thalassotherpy pool and the steamrooms daily and my wife fell in love with the thermal tiled chairs. The use of these facilities was included with our suite and I understand it's 40 $ for a days use. I must say it was well worth having. Our itinerary began with 2 days at sea there was plenty to do on the ship the pools are small and get really crowded early the tired old idea of going out and putting towels on chairs early to save them still works in spite of all of the don't do it signs it's a cruise stable that is never enforced so that's that. They did chase the kids out of the adult only area (once) that was the first time I actually saw that happen and when a fellow cruise crittic member pointed out some kids in the adult area and a staff member asked them to move along. They seemed to make and effort to enforce that rule. The sea days were O.K. the BBQ place is only open on sea days and there was a long line but it was worth the wait and I really was surprised how good the Burgers and the Burritos were. All of the dining venues were very good and I didn't get a bad meal. The main dinning room was the exception. We had "your time dining" and would typically eat around 6:30 pm the food was nothing special and the service was usually slow you could figure about 1 1/2 hours plus per meal. That's too long with lots of time between courses. The entertainment was also typical not great but not terrible. One of the really cool things was the dive in movies each night complete with popcorn it was a really popular thing to do and most of the chairs were full every night. The first port was St Maarten it was our plan to go to orient beach till lunch and then come back to town for some shopping. We went to the beach it was not what we remembered the storm last year knocked down all the charming little shops and the bulk of the beach was fenced off where they were rebuilding the shops. The bar that separates the nude beach was also torn up it looked as if the Orient Beach club was still in pretty good shape hard to say that about the other side it was a mess and we ended up coming back to town early. St Kitts was next we had never been there and decided to cockleshell beach the ride there took about 30 minutes and cost 7 $ us each we got chairs at the reggae bar it was ok the water is very cloudy near shore but clears up when you get out 50 yards or so a nice place to snorkle. If you go there look for the goat he's usually up on the hill. We stayed at the beach til lunch then back to town for more shopping. San Juan was the next stop. We went to the old fort, it's really hot there be sure to take a hat and water, the fort is really a neat place to explore it's 5 $ per person and you get to wander all over there's a lot of places to take pics and the views of San Juan are stunning you can see forever and it's a great place to go to the top and sit for awhile. Then of course more shopping. Last stop Grand Turk if there is a place with any clearer water I don't know where it is what an amazing beach if you can get off first get your chairs right by the pier if not you will find the bottom rocky, wear water shoes, the spot we had was very soft sand when we walk down the beach it becomes more rocky the further we went. The volcano nochos at Margaritaville are really a great snack 1 will feed 4 people. The Friendship space capsule is a good place to take pics and it's only a little farther to the beached whale (not a real one) another good place for pics. Did I mention next was shopping. Last day at sea more eating and games all in all a pretty good cruise. Disembarkation was the easiest we had ever experienced we did the self assist walk off The cruise director Matt, maybe the best ever he worked hard and was every place at once really nice hard working guy, supervised the walk off process and kept it moving along at a good pace we were off the ship in 15 minutes and through customs in another 10. The primier parking van/bus hadn't arrived so we took a cab to the lot and were on our way in less than 45 minutes. The only down side to this vacation was the port of Miami and getting on board otherwise I give this cruise a 10 and would sail Carnival's newer larger ships again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Seasoned cruiser - first trip with Carnival. Arrived at POM at Carnival's requested time: 1:30 pm for 2:00 pm check - in. Parking garage almost completely filled - parked friends brand new vehicle on upper level (to remain in hot sun ... Read More
Seasoned cruiser - first trip with Carnival. Arrived at POM at Carnival's requested time: 1:30 pm for 2:00 pm check - in. Parking garage almost completely filled - parked friends brand new vehicle on upper level (to remain in hot sun for 8 days). Terminal entry line initially snaked around the building, but by the time we parked the line seemed to be moving. In the terminal it was another story - thousands of people with very poor instructions on where they should all be going. We were finally given a numbered card - when the group number was called, it was your turn to check-in. About 40 mins later our number was called - then got on line which curled around, and around, for another 60 mins. For guests of a certain age group, way tooooo much standing. Our friends, one of who requires a wheelchair fared even worse. They actually boarded at the same time we did, when they should have gotten on an hour before. Actual check-in went smoothly as all paperwork was completed prior to boarding. Our cabin (7337) interior, was in a super location, near elevators but not noisy. Comfortable room; our cabin steward Watson was wonderful. At our request, he removed the mini-bar in the refrigerator so that we could keep the pre-purchased sodas cold. Muster drill - walk down to 3rd floor dining room - like herding cattle, but once there the drill went quickly. Highlights and Lowlights: Weather entire week was perfect! Cruise Director: Matt Mitchum is the best. Very energetic and good with all age groups. Could watch him dance all day - seems to be everywhere. Two sea days to figure out this big ship. Deck 5 (Ocean Terrace) was a favorite spot - chairs on deck with jacuzzi's (one side for smokers), soup and salad bar, casino, lounge (games), Red Frog bar. Dive-in Movie (by pool): Nightly - get there early, very crowded. Ports: ST. MAARTIN - beach day, always good. ST. KITTS - first visit. Shopping area right off the pier. Casino (dark & scary). Grabbed a bus tour off the ship - $20.00 pp (not booked through Carnival, but must have been Carnival endorsed since they were right off the ship and we were able to pay on our Carnival pass card. SAN JUAN - ship arrives 7 am, and departs 2 pm. Enjoyed our time in San Juan - would have loved to have more time there. City Tour with Alberto (found him right off the pier - wonderful!) 2 hours (+) for $20.00 pp. GRAND TURK - beach day, with lots of chairs (some shade) right off the pier after going through shopping area. Beach shoes are a plus due to the very soft sand (like quicksand when you are getting out) and rocks. All in all, great itinerary. Dining: MDR (6:pm - Blush) hit and miss. Veal parm - large portion, and good. CoCo Vin - good. Lobsters - small, but ok. Chicken breast from the everyday menu - not good. How can you ruin a chicken breast? Deserts just ok with exception of Carnival Melting Chocolate cake - yummy. Servers just ok - table of 9 - orders messed up couple times. Towards the end of the week actually went to buffet for desert where choices were better. On sea days, Blush open for brunch. Omelets were good; pancakes were bad. Coffee hot and good. Buffet: Crowded, always. Less crowded towards AFT area of ship. Long wait for omelet station. Enjoyed our lunches - good salad choices, fruit, soup, fish selections, sandwiches from deli. Italian (deck 11): Specialty restaurant, but lunches were no charge. Pasta, salad, bread - all ok. Guys Burgers very good Lido Deck by pool. Shows: Only the Piano Man show stood out - lead was great. Comedians were good. Band on Deck 5 was very good - horns and female lead singer. Disembarkation: pleased - went surprisingly well. Matt Mitchum helps to keep everything moving smoothly. Walk-off with luggage still the best way to go. Overall, the Breeze is a lovely ship which the crew keeps very clean. Again, our cabin (7337) was a perfect location with an attentive steward, Watson. Enjoy Matt Mitchum. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was a major cruise for 16 of our family members and it was a first cruise for half of us. The size of ship and the Blush dining room dinners were stand outs. The rest disappointing. We had inner cabins in mid ship on 8th. The rooms ... Read More
This was a major cruise for 16 of our family members and it was a first cruise for half of us. The size of ship and the Blush dining room dinners were stand outs. The rest disappointing. We had inner cabins in mid ship on 8th. The rooms were small and bathroom especially tight. Beds were comfortable. The dining room Blush layout disappointing as were always seated with no views at all. However service was very good and food quality also good but not much in terms of vegan options. The Lido restaurants are major disappointing as the line ups are just excessive and one feels lime the whole day is consumed with waiting. Choices of food for breakfast and lunch are reasonable. there are also Fat Jimmy Cside BBQ which opens only for lunch on sea days and always had long lineups. The kids favorite is the Pizza Joint. Guys burger and Iguana Mexican Burritos and taco place also opens usually from morning to 2pm. Food pretty good. The East Indian joint is tasty but we find it too salty. Shows are typically loud and brightly coloured with high tech screens, but vocals and dancers are ok, not star quality. Norwegian has better shows. Common spaces are disappointing with no wow factors. The shops are as usual. There are few spaces with nice views of ocean to hang around with family. The casino is dominating and is the only way to get through to the ovation theatre. Recreation facilities are ok for little kids. Our ten and 12 yrs olds find the water slides not exciting. The skywalk was boring after the second round. The pools are too small and extremely crowded. itinerary for southern Caribbean was good only in Curaçao and Aruba. Nothing exciting about grand Turk or La Romana. Well it was our second time and will be last time on the Breeze. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I am a fifth time Carnival Cruiser, first time on the Breeze. Embarkation took over an hour. Felt like I was at Walt Disney World doing the Disney shuffle, back and forth, back and forth. Found the embarkation on the Glory last year ... Read More
I am a fifth time Carnival Cruiser, first time on the Breeze. Embarkation took over an hour. Felt like I was at Walt Disney World doing the Disney shuffle, back and forth, back and forth. Found the embarkation on the Glory last year much better and organized understanding the Breeze has a 1,000 or so more passengers. I found the Breeze was too crowded. I was told the ship was not sold out having room for another 800 people. There were too many lines, especially on at the Lido Marketplace (LM). Products at the LM were laid out poorly for e.g. bread on one side and butter at the other side. Constant lines. No seating at the comedy clubs for late night entertainment. On the positive side, Cruise Director, Mat Mitcham was the best. He had the entire ship jumping. I love the guy. Best CD ever!!! By ... I said by!! I was in a Cove Balcony. This was the best.... Nice and close to the water. I always sail with a balcony on the lowest possible floor. Although I must say, the cabin was not cleaned properly from the prior cruise. Please note, the Housekeeping manager personally came down and rectified the situation immediately with a sincere apology. It would have been nice if he threw in a free World Cruise to rectify the situation (Ha Ha). Apparently, there was a new steward and he or she thought he or she was cleaning an interior cabin and not a balcony cabin, thereby leaving the balcony a mess from the prior cruisers. The watch I almost bought at the gift shop appears to have been over priced by $100 dollars. I saw a similar watch on e bay new for $100 dollars less. Glad I didn't buy it on Carnival. Speed boat tour in La Romana was the best... Highly recommended. Mamalia (sp?) was the best tour guide. Dining was acceptable, the wait staff was the best, food was so so. Found that Carnival now charges for things that used to be free. Certain food on the standard menu, movies (seriously?) One of the most disturbing things to me was the lack of a non smoking sports bar. The TV's at the bar were next to the casino and smoke was everywhere......The Glory, which I sailed on last year had a separate non smoking sports bar. On the Breeze, I couldn't watch the football games on ESPN or the SEC Network because the cabins did not have these channels. Only in the smoke filled bar next to the casino could I watch the football games. This was horrible. The cabins only had CBS, NBC, or ABC. This has to change. There needs be a place where non smokers can watch a sporting event without being subjected to carcinogens. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had a wonderful cruise. Our cabin stewards, Paul and Sonya, were dedicated, professional, and hard working. The food was excellent. The itinerary was good. The shore excursions were fun filled. Our only problem was our cabin. ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise. Our cabin stewards, Paul and Sonya, were dedicated, professional, and hard working. The food was excellent. The itinerary was good. The shore excursions were fun filled. Our only problem was our cabin. We had cabin 6235, and it was absolutely IN the theater. At least we felt as though our room was in the theater because every word, every song, every musical note came through loud and clear whenever anything was going on, night or day, in the Ovation Theater. Carnival Cruise Lines should offer those louder rooms over active areas of the ship at a discount, or they should make some statement advising passengers that some rooms may have a noise problem. We have cruised eight times, and this is a first time problem for us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have sailed on NCL, RCL and Carnival. This was my second time cruising on Carnival and I was excited because my motto is a bad day on a cruise is better than a good day at work. In my 18 years of cruising I have never had a probleming ... Read More
I have sailed on NCL, RCL and Carnival. This was my second time cruising on Carnival and I was excited because my motto is a bad day on a cruise is better than a good day at work. In my 18 years of cruising I have never had a probleming finding something decent to eat ...that is until I cruised on the Carnival Breeze on 9/20/2015. After 3:30 it was nearly impossible to find food to eat...with the exception of Guy's Burgers or Pizza. I loved the burgers however, My arteries can take only so many burgers in one week. Breakfast, at the market place (Lido DecK) was agonizing because the lines were sooo long. I only had breakfast in the Marketplace on the first morning and that was it for me. My family and I decided to go Blush Dining room for breakfast for the remainder of our cruise. That was a major improvement from the chaotic MarketPlace. For Dinner, we decided to do My Time Dining (not a fan). First of all each night you had to wait on a line just to get a table and if they ware really busy you get a pager. After a few days of waiting on long lines or sending my husband done early to request a table we decided to have dinner every night at 6:30pm. The servers in the Blush Dining Room were friendly (some more than others Haskell, Rudolf and Markley were awesome). However, I found the service in the dining room to be very slow. There was one night our head waiter did not have anyone else helping him at all. It is quite noticeable that they are short on staff. The food was mediocre except, for the lobster tail. During the two days that we were at sea we tried Jimmy Seaside BBQ which tasted good however, passengers have to stand on a long line in the sun but, it was worth the wait. The only thing about Jimmy's Seaside BBQ is that its only open for about 2 hours. My biggest issue with the cruise was after a day in port when passengers returned to the everything (Market Place, Dinning Rooms, Jimmy's Seaside BBQ, Blue Iguana's etc) was closed except for Guy's Burgers and the Pizza place or room service. While on this cruise I couldn't help but to reminisce about how cruising use to make you feel special. I remember when your waiter would pull out the chair for us ladies, I remember the assistant waiters coming around and asking you what type of bread would you like (on this cruise the bread basket is simply placed on the table). In the past the assistant waiter would also ask you what type of drink would you like (cranberry, lemonade or ice tea) not on this cruise. We had to ask for lemonade and a pitcher of water was placed on the table after the waiter filled up everyone's glass with water. I noticed in the dining room room no linens were on the tables except for Formal (elegant night). What happened to the midnight buffets and the tasty desserts. What happened to the Captain's champayne toast/Dinner. I don't know maybe cruising is no longer appealing to me because I know what cruising really use to be. I really liked the decor and the cozy feel of the ship. The layout is questionable especially in the market place. Carnival can learn a few things from RCL layout of the Windjammer. RCL never has crazy lines for food. I enjoyed the movies by pool in the evenings. The one night that I did go to the night club was fun and the DJ was great. The shows and comedy clubs were ok. All in all it was an OK trip. Nothing special at all Back to Royal Caribbean I go. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my 8th cruise and my boyfriends 1st. We are both in our young 40's. I want to mention that I am not a complaining type of person and wouldnt let minor things ruin my vacation (as I have read in some of the reviews on Cruise ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise and my boyfriends 1st. We are both in our young 40's. I want to mention that I am not a complaining type of person and wouldnt let minor things ruin my vacation (as I have read in some of the reviews on Cruise Critic). But in my review I want to cover some things that we didnt like or feel there could be improvements. We stayed at the Holiday Inn, Port of Miami area, for one night prior to the cruise. It was nice and also very convenient to get to port the next morning. We arrived at the port approx 10:30 AM and check in was easy, no lines and no issues. We sat and waited for our zone to be called to board the ship. As we waited we were thirsty and looked around for either vending machines or a table with water but nothing available. I've been on other cruises and the cruise line provided water in the waiting area. It would be nice if Carnival did this also. We finally got on board and went right to get Guy's Burgers for lunch and grabbed a drink from the Red Frog pub. We were able to walk around the ship and our cabins were ready by about 1. For the muenster drill, we were directed to the Sapphire Dinning room. It took forever for it to begin. Also, no one ever checked you in to see who was in attendance. We were assigned to the Sapphire Dining room. On the first formal night it was busy and we were given a pager until a table was ready. It was very congested with people at the entrance to the dining room, it was very hard to get in and out or use the stairway in front of the dining room. Cabin: We had a balcony on deck 8 - mid ship. The cabin was nice and comfortable. We only saw our room steward like 3 times the entire cruise. But he was friendly and would great us by name each time. Dining: We were not impressed with the buffet and decided to stay clear and eat else where on the ship. We had Guy Burgers for lunch each day. My boyfriend loved them and was on a mission to have 10 of them, but only made it to 9. Most of the time Guy Burgers toppings bar was out of items. Mainly the ketchup, mayo, etc. I had to go grab a bottle of ketchup from the buffet to use. I wanted to try the Blue Iguana but every time I went there it was closed. We had dinner in the dining room on 3 nights and the food was ok, but not impressed at all. We also tried Bonsai Sushi and it was great. The rolls were huge and worth the extra fee. My boyfriend had pizza one night and did not like it. He also tried pizza and wings from room service and also didnt like either. He said the pizza sauce tasted watered down and it barely had any sauce on it. The coffee is like mud, so decided to get some from the cafe and pay for it, but they dont offer plain coffee, just Cappachino, Latte, etc. Overall, other than burgers and the sushi, we did not like the food options and quality. Entertainment: This cruise was lacking in the entertainment area. Also, the line dances are played over and over and over..... to the point it gets annoying. The only shows we went to were the comedy shows. None of the other shows interested us. The comics were great. I dont understand why they have the comedy shows in the lounge though. These shows are very popular, but are held in the Limelight lounge and there is not enough room. If you dont get there early you wont have a seat. You have to get there at least an hour before hand and wait in line. We did go to the dance club one night and had a good time. The music was good. The DJ only starts playing music at 11:30 PM. Which is late for us, especially if you have to wake up early the next morning for one of the ports. If the DJ started playing earlier, we would have gone dancing more often. In the Atrium there were only Latin singers each night. I would have liked to see a variety of music played here. Nothing against Latin music, but for those that dont like it, there was no other option. They also had 2 Lido deck parties during the week but they started at 11 PM. We were too tired to attend from being in port and busy all day. If they started earlier, we would have definitely checked it out. Ports: Ocho Rios, Jamaica - I arranged to have a friend of mine that is a taxi driver pick us up and go to Blue Hole. Its $10 a person (plus tip for guide). A guide brings you through a path to a waterfall and swimming area where you can swim or jump in the water. Then you walk back and go to the another area, where you can also jump and swim. There is also a rope you can swing from. It was a beautiful spot and no crowds. We then took a ride to Ultimate Jerk Chicken and had lunch. We had jerk chicken, rice, festival and rum punch. Did a little shopping to get some Blue Mountain coffee, etc. Then finished the day with some beef patties. Grand Cayman: We took a taxi to Royal Palms. It was $2 a person entrance fee. We were the first people there. We rented some loungers and umbrella on the beach and relaxed. When we got hungry we went and had lunch and drinks in a cabana by the pool. They had a DJ playing music. Cozumel, Mexico: When you get off the ship there are little shops. You have to walk past the shops and go to the left to find the taxi stand. We took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos. I made reservations for us ahead of time. It is $55 a day, all inclusive for drinks and food. You can order off a menu and/or go get food from a buffet. The food is good and the drinks are strong. You have a dedicated server all day that brings your food or drinks. They work hard and a nice tip is well deserved. There is also a pool with a swim up bar and some small shops. We also did horse back riding for the first time, $30 - 30 min. Disembarkation: It was bad, but I've also never experienced one that went good. I usually do the self assist and bring off my own luggage. But on this vacation, we had a 1:30 flight from FLL, and felt like we didnt have to rush off the ship. We were given zone 32. So in the morning we had breakfast in the dining room and went to wait in a designated area. They started calling zones off around 6 AM. At about 8:45 they called a zone (i think it was 18 or 19) and then an hour went by and no other zones were called. By 10 AM, we decided to go down to deck 3 and got in line to walk off the ship. It took another 30 min until we got our luggage. We then called our shuttle and headed to FLL airport. We made it there to catch our flight in time, but had we waited until they called our zone, we would have never made. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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