501 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

We arrived at Bush Intercontinental on 2/11 and stayed at the La Quinta Inn South. Price was right and the shuttle picked us up and took us back to the airport to catch the transfer to the pier. All worked fine. Carnival now has ... Read More
We arrived at Bush Intercontinental on 2/11 and stayed at the La Quinta Inn South. Price was right and the shuttle picked us up and took us back to the airport to catch the transfer to the pier. All worked fine. Carnival now has assigned check in times and embarkation went very smoothly. Cabin - number 8208, forward balcony. Room was fine with no issues. Room stewards are now asking if you want the cabin cleaned once or twice a day. First time I have heard this but once in the morning worked fine for us. We saw Hendrawan daily and he was a very nice guy. Dining - We were assigned to Blush dining room at the rear of the ship and there is a little too much motion for my wife and we requested to be moved to the Sapphire MDR midship. Maitre d took care of us and we were moved. Dining overall was pretty good. Lido Marketplace could not produce eggs benedict that didn't have a solid yolk. Seaday Brunch in the Blush dining room was not much better. However, get the steak and eggs and you will not be disappointed. Breakfast Burritos at Blue Iguana were very good too. Guy's Burger Bar, Cucina and Tandoor were very good for lunch. Cucina for Valentine's day dinner was a great choice. Isabel was our waitress in the MDR and she was certainly in charge of her crew. Very friendly but they could never remember what anybody wanted to drink at dinner. Excursions - Roatan, Maya Key private island. Snorkeling was the best of this cruise. Pier to the reef made it pretty easy. Lunch was good, beach was nice with lots of chairs and shade and there is a little zoo to see. Easy to recommend this excursion. Belize - Snorkeling Wonders of the Barrier Reef, the boat picked us up at the ship and we never did go to the port. Beautiful little island but the snorkeling was in groups, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Was as bad as boat snorkeling with bunches of people bumping into you, kicking you and swimming over you. Not that many fish either. No fresh water showers and only burgers or hot dogs for sale. Cozumel - Mayan Ball Game. Mixed review. Ball game, Mayan dancing and drumming were great. Tastings and mayan culture were not so so. Lunch was good and there was tequila tasting too. Artisan tequila was a little to pricey and I don't think anybody in our group bought anything. There was supposed to be time for a beach that did not work out. Entertainment - comedy shows were the highlight especially Diane Ford. Standing room only for her shows. Main showroom shows were also very good. Piano bar was a disappointment. Tony was a good singer but after 6 Carnival cruises, I have never seen less singing at the piano bar. Cruise was not perfect but that is not my expectation with Carnival. Very good is still very good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was only our second cruise in a large Carnival ship. The Breeze was outstanding. Our room steward went beyond her duties, and the dinning room staff for our table was helpful, though they were very busy. The ship had plenty to ... Read More
This was only our second cruise in a large Carnival ship. The Breeze was outstanding. Our room steward went beyond her duties, and the dinning room staff for our table was helpful, though they were very busy. The ship had plenty to offer and we were as busy as we wanted. The food was of such a large variety that we were always looking forward to the suprises that awaited us at every meal no matter where we ate. Yes, the food was tasty and most dishes were delicious. Enjoyed the Tandor and all the dishes, that changes daily. Glad that it was open every day of the cruise. Only wish that more people would discover the delicious foods offered here. The buffet too, had a great variety. It was fun to look at all the offerings before choosing to take some from each! As I enjoy to eat, Carnival still offers a great variety for each meal with almost all offerings tasting good to delicious. We took the excersion in Belize to the barrier reef, and then went to starfish island. This was a great time! Sorry no photos. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Having been on a dozen Carnival cruises I was pleasantly surprised that our family of 8 ranging in age from 10 - 67 had as good a time as we did. Everything just came together - the service onboard and the weather at our three stops were ... Read More
Having been on a dozen Carnival cruises I was pleasantly surprised that our family of 8 ranging in age from 10 - 67 had as good a time as we did. Everything just came together - the service onboard and the weather at our three stops were excellent. You can feel the difference over the years as Carnival tries to take away some of the reasons for cruising, from the attempt to go to 1 a day cleanings (if you fill out the form correctly and request 2 a days, you will get it no problem), to having to ask for towels for our excursion days, to 1 free drink for past guests etc. Every Carnival employee would smile and exchange greetings. I found the entertainment better than in the past and certainly the comedians were - I only go to the PG shows - I was never a fan of the George Lopez thing they had going. As I have learned from past experience about food onboard, I do not eat on the Lido deck but stay in the main dining room where we were always happy with our meals. Lunch I usually got from room service and I once again I tried Guy 's burgers but found it all too greasy to eat. We had no problems getting on or off the ship. As a smoker I followed the rules and stayed on deck 11, but a couple of times I had to sit in the casino when it was too windy to go out. There are a few tables for smokers which helps, unlike Magic where you have to stand at half the bar. I wish there was a cigar bar like Triumph had. My husband got a few comp drinks that actually cost .19 each for the tax.. Funny. All in all it was a wonderful week and would do it again in a heartbeat. I do wish that Carnival would change up the itineraries out of Galveston and get something new. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to ... Read More
My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to expect, we wanted our first cruise to originate close to home. Our itinerary took us to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, and we had a total of three sea days. We were extremely impressed by the service and how upbeat and helpful the staff was. Our room steward Gede was amazing! He kept our cabin impeccably clean, made sure we had ice every day, and brought us extra pillows upon request. He gave us his card with his number on the first day and told us to call him anytime we needed something. The waitstaff in the main dining rooms were also on top of things. Our average dining time was 30 minutes for brunch on sea days and 45 minutes for dinner. The majority of the food onboard was delicious, with a few misses here and there, but the good largely outweighed the bad. I will say that we thought Guy's Burgers were very overrated though, the meat was flavorless and the donkey sauce just didn't taste good. We're willing to give it try on our next cruise in case we went on an off day, but somehow I doubt it. Cucina de Capitano and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse are both a must, we enjoyed the food and service in both venues very much. Bonsai Sushi was pretty good (best miso soup I've ever had), you can skip the pub grub in Red Frog, it was just meh. The pools and hot tubs were very crowded during sea days, but are open until midnight, so get your water time in after 9. The musicians that played throughout the ship were very talented, especially Cavair who played the steel drums, he made it look so effortless! We also loved the cruise director Leigh, he was very witty and engaging, and didn't pester us with too many announcements. We loved the Thrill Theater and mini golf, I really wanted to try the ropes course but never got around to it. The Serenity deck is ok, the bartender there was really good, but there's not enough shade so we didn't stay very long, would have been awesome if there was a pool there but it's too late to change that! The bartenders at the Tides bar were our favorites, they made us a lot of Twilight Zones and Kiss on the Lips, and you must try the Rum Jumpers in the Red Frog Pub. We went to Doctor's Cave beach in Montego Bay and loved it! The water is beautiful and refreshing with some slight wave action to keep it interesting. Our porter and waitress at Doctor's Cave Bathing Club were very cheerful and attentive, there were a few vendors on the beach but they weren't pushy. However, when walking the streets of Montego Bay you must use your street smarts, there are tons of people trying to sell you things, and quite a few can be tricksters. Keep you wallets and belongings very close, just keep walking and politely say no thank you. We went on a Carnival excursion in Grand Cayman to Stingray City and the turtle farm, and this was the highlight of our vacation. We swam with stingrays and had our pictures taken with them, then went to the turtle farm where we saw turtles less than a year old up to over a hundred years old and over 600 pounds! Our bus driver Mel was very informative about the Cayman Islands and was very proud of his nation, we enjoyed talking with and learning about the Cayman culture. In Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos and had a relaxing, all inclusive day at the beach, then enjoyed shopping at the pier before returning to the ship. The best part of our cruise was definitely the staff on the ship. Everyone was always happy and smiling, and always greeted us as we walked by, we were amazed that they could be that cheerful day after day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. ... Read More
This Breeze cruise was fabulous from start to finish. Food was very good (this is our 16th cruise) - except for the Indian food which was disappointing. Thrill theater was fun for all ages, hydro pool was clean and uncrowded. "Anytime Dining" had short waits and good service. Food was usually hot, and the chef even prepared a special pie for us that is no longer on the menu. The future cruise desk still offers the $100/$200 for cruises booked onboard and we took advantage of this and booked 2 cruises (unlike the Vista which offers only $50 for any cruise - we did not book onboard!). Used the hot tubs on the sides of the ship often - unlike the Vista which removed all the side hot tubs. Shows were fairly good - loved "Flicks." Best part of the cruise was that we were unable to dock in Galveston due to fog, and stayed out an extra day! Carnival handled this very well with open phone lines, all food venues open, and even an extra, new show for Sunday night. Staff was very friendly, and ship was mostly in great shape. A wonderful week with good weather, good ports, good ship and good friends! Jamaica - Doctor's Cave Beach by taxi; $6/pp admission, $6/chair $6/umbrella. Beautiful beach; a little crowded later in the dayl Go early! Grand Cayman - private excursion with Grand Cayman Diving to sting rays, snorkeling, beach and lunch included at Rum Point - Wonderful excursion! Cozumel - Great day at Mr. Sanchos Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This month (January 2017), I cruised as part of a group of 16 friends. All of us enjoyed cruising on the Breeze. Between us all, we hit every dining venue at least once. The MDR dinners were exceptional, brunch was wonderful, and ... Read More
This month (January 2017), I cruised as part of a group of 16 friends. All of us enjoyed cruising on the Breeze. Between us all, we hit every dining venue at least once. The MDR dinners were exceptional, brunch was wonderful, and breakfast was good. The Lido buffet had it's good points, as well. We all loved Tandoor, the Indian outlet. The beef rogan josh was soooo good! Guy's Burgers were enjoyed by all as well, and the pasta bar lunch at Cucina del Capitano was good as well. For most of the group, the highlight was dinner at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (personally I felt that while the food was good, I didn't need the huge portions provided). One of my favorite finds was the "nibbles" menu in the Red Frog Pub. The conch fritters and grouper fingers were both outstanding! As far as the entertainment and activities, there is plenty to do, for sure. Members of our group participated in Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, and various trivia games (the Guess the 80s song and Harry Potter trivia game were both BIG hits). We also saw most of the shows in the main lounge. The country show and 88 Keys were both mildly entertaining, but Flick was absolutely amazing! We loved it so much that we went to the late show to see it again from the front row. Louis Jackman, who plays Flick on the Breeze, is an outstanding performer. The pools and hot tubs were open and in good shape (and at good temps) the entire time, though the Serenity deck was closed one night due to very high winds. Debarkation and embarkation (in Galveston and at the ports of call) was always well-organized and flowed smoothly. The staff on the Breeze is exceptional. We were wowed again and again, by everyone from the room stewards and dining staff up to the cruise director. I got to witness the guest services desk staff handling the aftermath of the announcement that we would be delayed returning to Galveston, and I was very impressed. Not only did they serve every guest with a smile, they managed to turn fuming guests into happy ones. Outstanding! The CD and activities staff also did a great job of throwing together a schedule for the unexpected sea day. This is the best Carnival cruise I have been on yet, and Leigh Xuereb is the best cruise director I've sailed with. Kudos to the staff of the Breeze for an exceptional experience! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We love cruising out of Galveston since we live closer to the west coast and it is easier to get there than having to fly all of the way to Florida. We cruised Jan 1-8 2017 and I personally loved how they still had the Christmas trees and ... Read More
We love cruising out of Galveston since we live closer to the west coast and it is easier to get there than having to fly all of the way to Florida. We cruised Jan 1-8 2017 and I personally loved how they still had the Christmas trees and decorations on board! I have been on various cruise lines and I have to say Carnival is getting better and better. It's nice to see a cruise line improve instead of cut corners. The food was very good. I especially liked the many, many choices you have a lunch. Guys Burger Joint was outstanding!! The main dining room offered many varieties of food. Would be nice to see more choices for free dining in the evening instead of just the main dining room and buffet but at least at the buffet you do have extra options like pizza and a deli. The entertainment was very good with quite a bit of variety and also there is the comedy club. The only thing I would like to see more of with Carnival is a better variety of options during sea days besides constant trivia, art auctions, spa "enrichment" seminars which basically is a sales pitch of some sort, etc. Please offer things like cooking classes, dance classes, exercise classes, maybe an enrichment class on a port of call we might be visiting, etc. Overall though the service was very good, ship was very clean, food was very good and the ship was great! Would definitely sail on the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We traveled with out two teens. We've been on two others with Carnival. Once on the Celebration and the other on Magic. Both were great this time we went on the Breeze. She's a beautiful ship. When we got to the port we ... Read More
We traveled with out two teens. We've been on two others with Carnival. Once on the Celebration and the other on Magic. Both were great this time we went on the Breeze. She's a beautiful ship. When we got to the port we had no problems getting on the ship. However getting off was a different story. Had nothing to do with the Ship or staff but Fog! Took six hours to finally get off the ship. Our cabin was nice and kept clean daily. We had four ports to stop at. We went to Mr. Sancho’s which I highly recommend, Starfish Island which was a waste of money, the beach was very hard on our feet you had to wear water shoes at all times and didn't offer much to do except sit and look at the water. We also did the Segway tour , it was pretty neat and after the ride they took us to the beach to relax and shop till time to board again. We also went to the Little French Key and it was our favorite excursion out of all four. I defiantly recommend going. Everything was great. Only complaint I would have is the Country Duo, Comedy and the Magic Show really need some help. Over all the staff, food, entertainment was all great. We really enjoyed our trip and we have book our next one already for next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
It was great and the food, room, and events was great as well. There was 21 of us and this ship had something for everyone. some stayed in the casino or the red frog pub. We made friends with the staff first thing and they remember ... Read More
It was great and the food, room, and events was great as well. There was 21 of us and this ship had something for everyone. some stayed in the casino or the red frog pub. We made friends with the staff first thing and they remember what we wanted from day to day. Cant wait till the next one and what carnival has in store for the ship since its going to dry dock next year for some upgrades. I love my friends balconies and the enjoyed the spa. its always hard to make up your mind about what to eat since there so much to chooses from they are all great. Enjoyed the Thrill theater with its 4D movies and all the hot tubs around the ship its hard not to spot one. if you want more privacy there is all ways the front of the ship where no one goes. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise for the dates as well as the season. Have to work around school calendar but didn't want to cruise during summer. While there were lots of kids on board we can't blame the Cruise Line for parents not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the dates as well as the season. Have to work around school calendar but didn't want to cruise during summer. While there were lots of kids on board we can't blame the Cruise Line for parents not monitoring their children. Boarding process was great. Did not have to wait long to get on board. First time on Breeze. She is beautiful! Love exploring all the floors and offerings. Cabin Steward was awesome. Very attentive and on top of his game. Lloyd never left a spec of dust. Great team. Food was hot and fresh every meal. Never a problem.Great selection of healthy as well as hearty. Beverage service was fantastic as well. We only booked shore excursions for 2 of our 3 ports. Loved Salsa, Salsa and Margaritas in Cozumel. Fun and worth every penny. Top 10 in Mahogany Bay was tons of fun with Shiela. Really enjoyed 2 Country 4 Nashville on board the ship. Watched them perform several times. Met them on an elevator and enjoyed the conversation and look forward to meeting them again. Suess at See Green Eggs and Ham breakfast was a blast. No kids with us but just had to go and love it. Well worth the $5 expense Will definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Loved this cruise from start to finish, faster to the fun is a definite must, the Steakhouse was a blast, wish I could have done it every day. The crew from our cabin steward to Arsana our waiter at MDR was above wonderful. The comedy ... Read More
Loved this cruise from start to finish, faster to the fun is a definite must, the Steakhouse was a blast, wish I could have done it every day. The crew from our cabin steward to Arsana our waiter at MDR was above wonderful. The comedy club and the line up was a laugh a minute, the Piano bar had great music and wonderful humor. Loved, loved our cabin 2485, a deluxe ocean view that was huge, plenty of storage space for clothes, luggage and what not. The food in the MDR was not as great as my last cruise on the Triumph but was still OK. The lido buffet had lots and lots of options for our diverse group of appetites in our group. The shows in the theater with the music and dancing was on the same level as a Broadway show in New York, so colorful, upbeat, and lively. All the crew on the ship were friendly, eager to please, helpful, and genuinely cared about the guests. The port in Cozumel is so much fun and has lots to offer everyone, the tendering to Belize was smooth and enjoyable. Roatan is a beautiful island, we had a great tour guide Karen Jones with Island Marketing that took us around the island, and gave us the history and culture of the island. Bananarama resort was excellent, the food was superb, the pricing on everything was reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We stayed in Houston for a few days (Springhill Suites – Hobby airport). Had a rental car and returned it the night before the cruise. We used the Carnival transfer shuttle to get to the cruise port in Galveston – about an hour ride ... Read More
We stayed in Houston for a few days (Springhill Suites – Hobby airport). Had a rental car and returned it the night before the cruise. We used the Carnival transfer shuttle to get to the cruise port in Galveston – about an hour ride not bad. Embarkation was an hour wait. Not sure what the delay was but once we were on board everything was great. We had a balcony room – normally we get an inside cabin but Carnival called a few days prior and offered a balcony upgrade for $260 – so we took it. Probably wouldn’t do it again – we’re not big balcony people – rather be around the ship. The balcony isn’t that big or roomy. Food – just amazing choices for lunch. Guys burgers, Tacos/burritos, Italian, BBQ (Sea days only) and the buffet to boot. We sat at the late dining (8:15 pm) – never had a bad meal. Eric our waiter was the best. I am blessed with a meat & potatoes taste palette so most things taste pretty good to me. I feel sorry for the foodies that go on board and expect 5 star dining – amateurs! The Sushi place was a great place to eat late night – there is a small upcharge but well worth it. Bar service was fine never really waited long to get a drink. Entertainment – I loved the comedy shows. They switch out comedians half way thru the cruise so you really never see the same show. The comedians change up their material to the audience. Went to one theater show which was fine and the Quest show that was awesome as always. Mike the cruise director was really good. He was always around. The disco was hit or miss on the music and dancing but it was always full of people late at night. The piano player Troy was kinda quirky – I don’t think once he ever finished a song all the way through. Kept interrupting himself – sorta clicky with the group of people who stayed the piano the whole trip. One thing lacking was the amount of entertainment during the day. No belly flop contest or pool VB but the night entertainment made up for it. Got lucky with the weather for our three ports: Cozumel (Secrets resort – good); Belize (Cave tubing – good) and Roatan (Scuba diving – awesome). Apparently we had high winds which made the ship rock a lot. The weather on the final two days at sea coming home was cloudy-ish but the pool water was warm. We mainly stayed in the rear pool area. There is an adults area called Serenity. Overall I believe you make your trip what it is. Just don’t nit pik so much. We had a great time and met some really great people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a family cruise over our fall break. Our last cruise was on the Carnival Magic, the so named "Ebola" cruise. We are 54/49/12/11/7. Embarkation was a cake walk. Our check in time was 10:30, we spent the night before ... Read More
This was a family cruise over our fall break. Our last cruise was on the Carnival Magic, the so named "Ebola" cruise. We are 54/49/12/11/7. Embarkation was a cake walk. Our check in time was 10:30, we spent the night before in Deer Park and were at the pier right at 10:30. We were through security and check-in in no time at all and with FTP we were on board board in less than an hour. We dropped our bags off in our rooms. We had two connecting deluxe ocean view rooms, 1332 & 1334. This set up perfect space for everyone, plus two toilets and four showers. The rooms are spacious, plenty of drawers, shelves, and closet space. The rooms were also quiet and the right temperature for everyone. Our room steward had the room nice and tidy for us the whole vacation. There are so many options for food, I don't know how you could not taken care of. Our son is particularly picky, yet he found all the hot-dogs and pizza he could eat during the day at the sandwich grill, the hotdog stand and the pizza pirate. He was taken care of. The rest of us spent our lunches between sandwiches, Guy's, Pizza, and the Blue Iguana Cantina. My wife and I especially enjoyed the Blue Iguana and Guy's. Our daughters, Guy's. For breakfast the children ate from the buffet, which suited them just fine. My wife and I are not the buffet type, but we found the Blue Iguana to fit exactly our needs. Our diners were at the Blush Dining room. We found the food to be overall good. I would say it is probably on par with Applebee's. My son had a hot dog and mac and cheese every night, which was no problem, by the first night the waitstaff knew his standing order. My daughters and I like to experiment with different foods and the menu was diverse enough to satisfy our experimental needs! My wife is primarily a red meat or chicken person and her needs were mostly met. She was disappointed in the prime rib and wished she could still get a burger off the menu. The waitstaff did a very good job, but they were clearly over worked and the food was delivered a bit spotty at times, but nothing that we allowed to ruin our time. Sea days were spent reading on deck or taking part in some mindless trivia by my wife and I. There are plenty of places on board to relax in the quiet or with music blasting. We enjoyed the waterpark area and the children had a great time on the slides and getting drenched, I may have too. We also agreed the DJ on this trip was particularly good. Our oldest spent a lot of time in Circle "C" Camp and really enjoyed it our other two preferred to be out and around. We bought all three passes to the Thrill Theater and they all loved it. My wife and I aren't much for shows so we skipped them but our oldest daughter went to tow and really liked them. We did spend a couple evenings out watching movies at the dive in theater, "Finding Dory" and family favorite, "The Martian". Service in general was terrific, we had no problems getting drink order in and then receiving them. Tables and floors were kept clean and the staff was also polite and welcoming. Getting off the ship was as easy as getting on. We went down to the theater and when it was time we were escorted to the line and off the ship in no time. We grabbed a porter and then our bags and were through customs in a flash and in our car heading home. Paying a few dollars for the porter is more than worth it! Another note, our daughter hit her head somewhat seriously on the basketball court that resulted in an inch size gash and a lot of blood. The medical staff was beyond professional and courteous as they handled my daughters situation. I have been to more than a few emergency rooms and know how bad the service can get. They were able to glue it shut and cover it up so well that she could continue activities. They also took the time to followup with her twice more during the cruise, in person, to make sure everything was good. Nice to know they are there. All in all this was a great trip and the planning has begun for the next fall break cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits ... Read More
I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits for the cruise. I took so many pictures I got one of my picture free. I was place on the WALL OF FAME!! Carnival is by far my favorite cruise line. When they say the FUN Ship. It is the FUN ship! Everyone is very nice. I love all the Activities they have to offer for all age group. I always travel alone and I meet so many people from different parts of the World. I would love to travel with a group. If you looking to have fun. Carnival is the cruise line for you. I have one more cruise this year. I can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my 11th cruise all on Carnival. I booked this cruise last September while on the Freedom. I choose a Aft Balcony, cabin 7466. For me, this was a huge mistake. While the views were outstanding and the cabin seemed larger than ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise all on Carnival. I booked this cruise last September while on the Freedom. I choose a Aft Balcony, cabin 7466. For me, this was a huge mistake. While the views were outstanding and the cabin seemed larger than other balcony's, there was way too much motion. I have never gotten seasick, until this cruise. I had tried using Scopolamine patches, ginger ale, and Dramamine and nothing worked. I only felt better when I was at the middle of the ship or on land. If you are not bothered by motion, you will love this cabin! The food on this cruise was some of the best I have had on a cruise. Lately I felt the quality of the food had declined. With the exception of the Eggs Benedict for 1st Sea Day Brunch, the food was fantastic. Considering I was struggling with the seasickness I was still able to eat. We ate at the Steakhouse one night as well. I highly recommend it. It's well worth the money. We also tried the Italian restaurant for lunch on a sea day. I think Guy's Burgers is highly over rated for a greasy burger. The Blue Iguana burritos and tacos are good as well as Tandoor, the Indian food spot. I will state that the desserts on the Lido left a lot to be desired compared to those served in the dining room. We did not get around to trying Bonsai, but I hope to in the future. The dining room staff was ok. Not as great as I have had but not has bad either. I would say they were average and did their job. Our cabin steward was friendly and filled my ice bucket as requested each day. I was asked if I wanted my cabin cleaned twice per day or once. I chose once. He came twice per day anyways. We got our towel animals during the day compared to night time like on other ships. The ship is beautiful. The colors are more calm and pleasing than the typical Vegas decor of most other Carnival ships. I loved the Atrium as well as most of the other public areas. I only attended one adult comedy show and no regular shows. Mostly because I was not feeling up to it. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise and the only other issue was an excursion I had purchased, however, that was taken care of pretty quickly by the Shore Excursion desk. Embarkation was quick. I had Faster to the Fun and my cabin was ready as soon as I boarded. My luggage came quickly to my cabin. Debarkation was just as easy and fast. We were off the ship and in my car by 8:01am. Fastest debark ever. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our Cruise week September 18-25, 2016 on the Carnival Breeze was our first time on this ship but not our first cruise however. The Ship Breeze is awesome she cruises with ease and tenacity so elegant inside and out. We had faster to fun ... Read More
Our Cruise week September 18-25, 2016 on the Carnival Breeze was our first time on this ship but not our first cruise however. The Ship Breeze is awesome she cruises with ease and tenacity so elegant inside and out. We had faster to fun passes which I never want to be without that made boarding and disembark so awesome. All of the staff from Administration, Security, Steward, Waiters and Waitresses, Chef's and more was beyond my expectations in satisfying my needs and made my cruise so much fun. Our Cruise Director Mikey is a person you will not forget his mission is YOU and Your Fun. Food was excellent but the choice now is something I would prepare at home so was a little downer as I love new food experiences. Montego Bay Jamacia has changed for the better I almost did not get off ship but glad I did. Now they have an awesome transportation system you pay one fee and get on and off as you desire at different spots for dining and shopping and enjoying the beach. And they have built a couple of new malls which is clean and the shops are not just trinket shops but real shopping experience and not pushy pushy if you have had that in the past you know what I mean. The sales staff was very professional. and entertainment by locals awesome. Grand Cayman was a disappointment to many trinket shops I can buy that at home at the dollar store it was my favorite Island. Cozumel I got a massage on the beach 35 dollars was so awesome you have to do it. 45 minutes. Yes, I would do it over again so enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The last I I went on a cruise, was about 30 years ago. Needless to say, things have changed a bit. Carnival has the staggered embarkation with the Breeze and I guess it went pretty good. There are no real signs tell you where to go, ... Read More
The last I I went on a cruise, was about 30 years ago. Needless to say, things have changed a bit. Carnival has the staggered embarkation with the Breeze and I guess it went pretty good. There are no real signs tell you where to go, but if you stop and ask an employee, they were very informative. It doesn't matter what time you choose to get on the ship. Everyone sits in the same large room waiting for their number to be called to finally get on the ship. I called the process, "Controlled Choas". You have people getting off the ship the same time people are trying to find a place in line and get their bags out. The embarkation process was interesting, but if you stop and talking with other passengers and decide to have a good time, then you will have a good time. I have a lower inside cheap room. The bed was a king bed and comfortable. The room was small, the bathroom was small, but I only went to the room to sleep. You can turn the TV to a channel that shows the outside bow of the ship or deck 10 where most of the people hang out. Deck 10, in the middle of the ship. There is a pool, a bar, a hamburger place and a Mexican food place. During the day, a lot of the party people hang out there and the music is loud. If you like to party, this is the place. Be careful, people are drunk and not always easy to get a long with. I did not frequent this area to ofter. On deck 10, aft of the ship is a small pool and 2 spas. This place has a lot of people in it during the day, not loud music, a pizza place (mainly opened 24 hours/day) and bar and another free place to eat. Generally after 10, it quiets down and you can get into the spa and pool. If you are looking for spas (whirlpools) then deck 5 is the place. There are 2 whirlpools located on the right side of the ship and 2 located on the left side of the ship. They are rarely full and 2 are almost always in the shade. The wait staff on the ship come around and offer drinks from time to time. Dining: The main dining food was pretty good and I was surprised. But, other than guys burgers, the other free food places are just OK. Guys Burgers located mid ship on deck 10 was the best of the "free" food, except for the main dining room. Breakfast: Make sure to get the Brunch, deck 3, aft end at the Blush dining room. Get the steak and eggs. YUMMY!!!! The staff of the ship was wonderful. Cleanliness was OK. This is a Carnival ship. Restrooms were always super clean in the public areas. Just a word about the ship, deck 3 does not go all the way through. If you need to get from the aft to the bow, use deck 4 or deck 5. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We cruised the Magic last year, so when the Breeze traded out the Magic the choice was clear! the ship is identical as the ships are sister's, but the Breeze is 2 years newer than the Magic. Well the nice thing about traveling on the ... Read More
We cruised the Magic last year, so when the Breeze traded out the Magic the choice was clear! the ship is identical as the ships are sister's, but the Breeze is 2 years newer than the Magic. Well the nice thing about traveling on the same class of ship is you have a good idea where everything is!! The Breeze is a nice ship, clean, and lots of fun things to do. My only real gripe is the food in the main dining restaurants is getting boring, and the items are shrinking rapidly. On night we looked at the menu, and most of the items were fish dishes! neither one of us are big fish eaters, so we went to the buffet that night instead. We have never done a evening buffet before as we were always a fan if the dining, but this cruise we opted out at least twice. One night we even paid $35 each to do the onboard steakhouse! which by the way is worth the extra money! the steak is excellent along with the service! do make sure that you reserve in advance though. We wanted to do the Italian place, but we ran out of time, that restaurant is only $15 extra per person. On sea days outside across from the Ocean plaza, and coffee bar is Fat Jimmy's C Side barbeque. We had to try it out as so many people had raved on about how good it was! the food was ok, it was a change of scenery, I thought the sides turned out better than the chicken and sandwiches. Guys burgers are good as always, often a big line because of this, but they get them out pretty fast. The cruise director on this cruise was Mikey! and in my opinion, he is the best one we have had so far! very friendly, and super hard working, he even gave us a hug when we got off the boat. We enjoyed Elek the bar tender in the Breeze bar very much! he is the face of carnival, always funny, and remembers names, and what you drink! best bar tender ever. Sadly he is moving to the Serenity area, which will take him out of view for many:( Troy the piano player was superb too, he let us and others take pics with him! always good for a song on his rotating piano! sadly he left the ship to head to Chicago the day we got off the boat! I hope they bring him back, he was much better than the other piano players we had on previous cruises. Every night a band would play above the main Breeze bar, now some of the bands are good, others a waste of time. The country couple y2kountry were super nice and played not just country, they would play just about anything you requested... great people!! the girls of String classics were good too, playing pop songs on classical instruments! they play coldplay quite a bit!! the Latin Boys were a waste of time though! all they wanted to play was salsa music, and judging by the applause in the bar area, they were not the most popular. Comedy club was good as always, but towards the end of the week, was almost impossible to find a seat in there though! beginning of the week was easy! and that comedian was excellent! sadly he left the ship in Belize to fly home too. I recommend this ship to anyone. Make sure you get a Balcony cabin though..... well worth the extra money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had an absolutely fantastic vacation on the Carnival Breeze!! I was a little nervous after reading many poor reviews but we couldn't have been more pleased. My husband and I traveled with another couple who were first time ... Read More
We had an absolutely fantastic vacation on the Carnival Breeze!! I was a little nervous after reading many poor reviews but we couldn't have been more pleased. My husband and I traveled with another couple who were first time cruisers. We drove to the Galveston Port and parked at the terminals parking facility. It was very well organized, a great value and close to the port. We were shuttled to the terminal and started the process which was simple and relatively speedy. Once on the ship, we had a quick lunch, a few drinks and our rooms were ready for us. We booked an inside stateroom and it was right on par with the other rooms we stayed in. I would recommend a splitter and a small extension cord if you have multiple items to plug in as there was only 1 outlet in the room. Our cabin Steward, Jesus, did an absolutely incredible job. He took care of every request quickly and was always in the hallways with a smile and kind words. He always called us by our names and was a fantastic to deal with. My husband and I purchased the cheers package after calculating we would each need to drink about 5 drinks a day to break even. Apparently Texas has some silly laws and the program didn't start until the second day of the cruise......but we crushed it!! Between the 2 of us we consumed 97 alcoholic beverages and came out way ahead. I recommend ordering at the bar yourself and choosing only top shelf liquor to maximize your expense. We found the drinks delivered to you at poolside were watered down versions. The drinks you ordered out the bar were very well made. We chose anytime dining for the first time ever and really enjoyed the flexibility. We were assigned to the Sapphire dining room. I did miss having the same dining room staff each night but the waiters and staff did an outstanding job as always. The food was delicious and an experience each and every night. There were a few things I did not care for but I simply ordered something more to my liking.....The absolutely best thing I ate on the menu was the Ox Tongue, that's right!!! Don't miss it. We only had breakfast in the dining room one day. We both had the steak and eggs and the filet was cooked to perfection. Loved Guys Burgers and the Burrito Bar. I did not visit the buffet so I cannot comment on that but the made to order eggs in the morning were fabulous. The entire staff on the ship was energetic and fun. I was not too impressed with the entertainment in the theater. This was our first cruise since they changed the shows and it was disappointing not to have live music any longer. The shows have potential however the entertainment staff did not seem to work well at both singing and dancing. Some of the singing was pretty sad actually. We didn't really mind because we found the comedy club the best entertainment on the ship. We enjoyed it every evening, usually twice. Kudos to Carnival for booking some great talent there. My biggest complaint about our experience on the ship was the pools. Due to the time of year the crowd was not too big, there were not hoards of kids occupying the pool but the temperature of the pool was, to put it mildly, ridiculous!! The water was so hot we felt refreshed getting out of the water not in. People were complaining the entire time about the high temperature of the water but it remained the same the entire trip and was the same in all the pools. We have always enjoyed the pools in the past but on this occasion some of the hot tubs were actually cooler than the pools. I felt that one issue really needs to be addressed. Our cruise experience would have been much more enjoyable if that one simple thing was addressed. We visited Cozumel, Belize and Isla Rotan. We do not book our excursions through Carnival and choose to employee the locals for our adventures. In Cozumel we walked off the ship and found a small company outside Carnival's port to take us on a great snorkeling trip and had a great time. In Belize, we chose to take a bus to a tubing trip through some underground caves.......Although the actual tube riding was fun, it was a 2 hour ride on a crowded bus with no air-conditioning which was about more than any of us could tolerate. We also had a very long walk to the location once we arrived which was not too bad for most but some really struggled. The walk took us across 3 river crossing which were high with a very strong current. The business 'Butts Up' was disorganized and took a very long time getting people on the tubes and down the river. Once on the tubes we had a very good time and the guides were fantastic. We then had a long ride back, in a different bus with AC!!! There were people on the bus from the Glory who were actually 1/2 hour past their ships departure time but they made it back with plenty of time to spare. We have been to Belize before and are not impressed. It is a very poor country and the area is littered in garbage and slums. If we make it there again I may just stay on the ship and try and break my record for number of drinks consumed on a cruise!! Isla Rotan, Honduras was absolutely breathtaking. When we got off the ship, the taxis at the port were charging $35/person for a ride and they had no shortage of takers. My husband, who is always up for an adventure passed them, and Carnival's zip line company by and walked off the pier and over the hill where the locals were trying to drum up business. We were fortunate enough to have landed with George, who lives on the island with his family. We bargained with him for seconds and he took us on for $5/person. He drove us to a zip lining company that was fabulous!! We had a great time. George accompanied us on the excursion and we hired another local to take pictures of us. The Zipline tour was $45/person and the CD with all the great photos was $30. We still had lots of time left so George drove us back to the ship and waited for us (without payment yet!!) while we went back for our snorkel gear. He then drove us back across the Island for a private snorkeling trip that blew our minds!!! I would highly recommend the snorkeling at Isla Rotan.....In fact, wouldn't miss it. George then took us to a small shop to buy T-shirts and then back to the ship. He stayed with us the entire day and was a wealth of knowledge. His van was very clean and had nice cold AC. In the end, we paid him a well earned $100, not the $20 we bargained for. It was well worth it!!! Look him up when you get there and you will not be disappointed. We did not use the fitness room as we were too busy eating and drinking so I cannot comment on that. I also didn't rate the excursions as we never book them through Carnival. Debarkation was a mess, as usual. We didn't get off the ship and back to the car until 11am. It doesn't help when your vacation is over and your headed home but we made out just fine. Overall we had an exceptional trip. I really don't understand how anyone can walk away from one of these cruises with a bad experience. This was our 10th and as of yet we have no real complaints and certainly none that would ruin our entire vacation or prevent us from going on another, tomorrow!! Of course, some people would complain if their Ice Cream was too cold!! Our traveling partners also had a fantastic time and are anxious to book another trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first time sailing with Carnival and we were more than pleasantly surprised. Everything about this ship, the itinerary, the crew, the food, the rooms were outstanding. I read several CC reviews about the Carnival Breeze ... Read More
This was our first time sailing with Carnival and we were more than pleasantly surprised. Everything about this ship, the itinerary, the crew, the food, the rooms were outstanding. I read several CC reviews about the Carnival Breeze prior to sailing and I can't believe that we were sailing the same ship. We've cruised on NCL and Royal and we had a far better experience on Carnival than our 4 previous cruises combined. Carnival exceeded our expectations on so many levels. My family agrees...we had a blast! We're beginning to think maybe it's time some of the "critics" of the Carnival Breeze learn to tame their unreasonable expectations. No cruise snobs here. Carnival was wonderful for the value and it's easy to see why they are so popular with families! We flew to Houston the day before and arrived in Galveston at dinner time. We opted to stay at the San Luis where we enjoyed an overpriced (even by NY standards) dinner in their famous steakhouse, went swimming in their very large pool that evening but then opted for IHOP the next morning prior to embarkation, Note to self: save a few bucks and stay at the Holiday Inn in Galveston. Since we were in an Ocean Suite we enjoyed Priority VIP access on embarkation which made getting on the ship a breeze. No real issues except we couldn't find a porter at the port to take our bags and we ended up schlepping all our luggage on the ship ourselves. Regardless of this mishap, we were on the ship in less than an hour and never had to wait for our bags to arrive. Note to self - look for the guys in the same "Hawaiian Shirts" they blended in too well with the folks boarding the ship for us to notice. My husband booked the reservation last minute and then when the Ugrade Fairy called he upgraded us from a balcony to an Ocean Suite, which was the perfect size for three people. The OS room was huge with a walk in closet and plenty of closet space and extra storage for 3 people. The bathroom was more than sufficient with the Jacuzzi tub, double sink and extra drawer space. Not your typical cramped cruise ship bathroom. There was plenty of storage throughout the room with extra drawers next to the fridge and the desk area and two small bedside tables had space to put items as well. The Ocean Suite never felt cramped with two adults and a not so small tween. Our cabin steward "Carlos" was outstanding and no request ever went unanswered and his extra added touches made our stay that much more enjoyable. I threw my back out on Wednesday of our trip and he made sure I had ample ice morning, noon and night for the remainder of the trip. Carlos was the sweetest, kindest gentleman we have ever had the privilege to meet. He was wonderful! The Ocean Suite will be our room of choice going forward for sure. The Breeze is a very large ship and is laid out very nicely. It's a big ship so be prepared to walk if you have a forward cabin. Most of the fun is either on deck 5 near the nicely decorated Atrium or up on Deck 10 on the Lido deck. The Lido deck is complete with pool areas, bars, Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Café and a Red Frog Bar. The Marketplace Buffet, Pizza Pirate are in the aft portion of the deck, along with another bar and the Tides Pool, which, is supposed to be "adults only" but no one really complained about a few kids here and there. The music back there was more jazz and mellow where the main pool area in front of the Marketplace was always hopping with lots of crowds, contests and blaring music. They held "Dive In" movies twice every night here (weather permitting) and there was plenty of entertainment throughout the week in this location. The Sports deck was a few decks up on 12 and there was plenty of activities, like basketball, mini golf, ropes course, etc., to keep the big kids and little kids busy. Our son spent the majority of his days up on the Sports Deck during the day and Kids Club at night. He loved the Breeze and he met so many kids from different parts of the country and a lovely young man from the UK. He can't wait until our next cruise and he has already stated his preference for our next trip to be on a the Carnival Vista! Dining on the Carnival Breeze was outstanding. We ate most of our morning meals in the Lido Marketplace save for the Sea Day Brunch in Blush on two sea days. The buffet had a variety of choices for breakfast and the omlette station was always busy. The fresh fruit was always in abundance and there seemed to be enough interesting choices for everyone. Carnival has great coffee too! I savored every cup of nice hot coffee every morning! We also enjoyed Guy's Burgers, a tad salty for my taste, and the Pizza Pirate for lunch most days. One day we had Bonsai Sushi for lunch. an incredible value and their spicy tuna rolls were on par with some of our best sushi places we frequent in NYC and Brooklyn! Since we like flexibility we chose my time dining we were directed to eat in the Sapphire Dining Room every evening and we're so glad we did! The food was always delicious and the choices were always interesting and too many to choose from. Our waiter Suba and his team made our meals extra special every night and they remembered our choices for dessert from the night before and our drink choices with our meals each night as well. We loved the food so much in Sapphire that we ended up cancelling our reservation in Fahrenheit 555 on the final night just so we could be with Suba and his team. Every meal we had from the lobster tail the first night to the prime rib on the final night and every meal in between was outstanding. We live in NYC and dine in some of the better restaurants on occasion. This food was on par with some of the best places we've eaten in NYC. The flat iron steak was always cooked perfectly as was my prime rib the last night of our trip. The infamous "Carnival Molten Chocolate Cake" was our family's favorite, so much so I asked and was promptly given a copy of the recipe. Overall we couldn't say we had a single bad meal on board the Carnival Breeze! Since this was my time to rest and renew I opted for the "spa pass" and made good use of the spa, gym and showering facilities in the ladies locker room. The spa was smaller than what I'm used to on other ships, but the staff was always friendly and accommodating and respected my wishes at every turn to never really push me to try a treatment or get a massage. They were visible throughout the ship on port days but I never felt pressured for the hard sell on any spa services, something I appreciated very much. There was a glitch with an extra "spa pass" added to our account, but the girls in the spa were quick to fix this mistake and Guest Services assured us our account would be credited and it was. We mainly walked around the ship or played bingo on sea days and my husband bought a pass to the movie theater, so this trip we never really sought out the shows in the Ovation Theater. We did enjoy the occasional string quartet in the Atrium, but weren't really drawn to any of the other venues or evening shows. Again, this was a cruise to recharge our batteries and get us through the end of the school year. Mission accomplished! For our excursion in Montego Bay, we went to the Hilton, Rose Hall via the Resort for a Day website. We usually book at least one day through resort for a day because we believe the value is always a good deal for what you get. My son and I did book our Grand Cayman excursion through Carnival - we did the "Stingray City/Tiki Beach" excursion and had a great time swimming with the stingrays. This is a great excursion for kids but the "Tiki Beach" was crowded and we had to rent an umbrella for $10. Watershoes were required in order to swim in the water because the bottom was too rocky so we left and went back to the ship. We did our own excursion in Cozumel and ended up snorkeling with locals very close to the ship. Note to self - book all excursions through the ship. Unfortunately, we booked a dive trip with an outfit in Cozumel and lost our deposit because the ship came in too late for us to go out and dive with them at 8:00 a.m. Because of this we have vowed to always book our excursions through the ship unless Resort for a day has a better offer in a port. We enjoyed each port but were underwhelmed with the quality and variety of items to purchase in Jamaica and ended up with just some coffee and jerk spice. I clearly didn't see any value in the items put up for sale in any of the ports. Overall this was a beautiful ship, the crew was wonderful, Mike the Cruise Director was outstanding. He was very visible throughout the entire cruise even on disembarkation he was there to bid us fairwell. Something we never experienced on other lines. We loved the Fun team at Bingo and didn't mind losing a few bucks. We will definitely be back again on the Breeze at some point and are recommending Carnival to our travel agent and all our friends with kids back home! It was a great value and everything about our trip was memorable. We had low or no expectations to be "wowed" by Carnival and we agree - Carnival far exceeded our expectations every step of the way. The Breeze is a beautiful ship with an outstanding dedicated crew. If you're lucky enough to sail on this ship and you can relax and lower your expectations before you even get on the boat, we guarantee you'll have a wonderful time. It has it's own feel and own vibe which is what makes it all the more special. It's not stuffy but is casually elegant in all the right places. We loved the Carnival Breeze and look forward to sailing her again some day! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The new embarkation process in Galveston with Carnival is awesome. Easy, smooth and fairly painless. They now have boarding times on your boarding ticket and they follow it strictly. The ship is absolutely beautiful. We are seasoned ... Read More
The new embarkation process in Galveston with Carnival is awesome. Easy, smooth and fairly painless. They now have boarding times on your boarding ticket and they follow it strictly. The ship is absolutely beautiful. We are seasoned cruisers without kids, however, on this cruise there were 25 of us and several couples had 2 - 14 year old's. The kids and parents had a great time. We visited Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We did a "non cruise line" excursion in Grand Cayman. 10 of us rented a 26 foot boat with a captain for the day. We managed to visit 4 of the hot spots that other excursion's visit but yes we got 4 excursions in 1. The price was $75 per person! DO NOT miss the sandbar swim with Sting Rays. Food was the best, the Lido deck food area is really large, no huge crowds, plenty of room to sit, etc. Just a really great experience all around. Nothing was lacking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. We had a great time and met some wonderful people. The staff were always very helpful and considerate. Our cabin steward was wonderful. He was a big reason our experience was so ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. We had a great time and met some wonderful people. The staff were always very helpful and considerate. Our cabin steward was wonderful. He was a big reason our experience was so positive. Definitely planning on cruising again. We were in room 7346. This is a balcony room in the middle of the ship. Easy access to everything. The room was nicely laid out and lots more storage space than you would think. A quiet location with no issues at all. Very smooth embarkation and disembarkation. We ate evening meals in the MDR with the early dining option. We felt this was good for us as it allowed us to make it to the earlier shows. The entertainment shows were very well done. The Country Road Show and Flick were both fairly new and very nice. The cruise director, Mike Pack, was truly amazing. I don't think the man slept the entire cruise. We saw him everywhere and at all times of the day and night. His energy and enthusiasm were very contagious. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I wanted my first experience cruising with my amazing Sister & Brother in law to be on this beautiful ship,also to visit the ports of Cozumel,Belize and Roatan Honduras.Mike our cruise director is an awesome guy,our cabin steward Iputa ... Read More
I wanted my first experience cruising with my amazing Sister & Brother in law to be on this beautiful ship,also to visit the ports of Cozumel,Belize and Roatan Honduras.Mike our cruise director is an awesome guy,our cabin steward Iputa did a great job,all the crew members we seen were very friendly and helpful.Our cabin was very nice and spacious. Embarkation as well as disembarkation all went nice and smooth.Entertainment was all enjoyable and well worth seeing.The Blush ding room was where we dined the waiters and staff were all very friendly and extraordinarily helpful,the food they served was very good but their needs to be more variety on the menu.On our excursion in Cozumel we went on the Catamaran Fury where we went snorkeling,took a ten minute boat ride to a beautiful island where you could swim or relax on the beach their was food,drinks for an extra cost during the ride back they served beer and Margaritas,we also did some dancing I would highly recommend this excursion.In Belize we went to a private island beach where we snorkeled,they have food and drinks for an extra cost.Our last port Roatan Honduras we took a bus to the awesome Tabyana Beach it was very beautiful,relaxing their are restrooms they have food,drinks for an extra cost.Overall Carnival Breeze was a cruise with lots of wonderful memories.I would choose Carnival Cruise Lines any time!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I have to start off by first saying that Mike Pack is the best cruise director I have ever had the pleasure to cruise with! He was always out and about making sure everyone was having the best time they possibly could! I would book another ... Read More
I have to start off by first saying that Mike Pack is the best cruise director I have ever had the pleasure to cruise with! He was always out and about making sure everyone was having the best time they possibly could! I would book another cruise on a ship he was on just to have him as a cruise director again! The dining staff was wonderful as they always are anytime we have been on a Carnival cruise. We had a balcony room and it was amazing! Our room stewards were friendly and always very helpful. We had ice in our room no matter the time of day. The shows were amazing but my most favorite was the Country Roads show. The only thing that would have been better than the show was the after party. Mike made it the most fun after party of a show I have ever been to. There was lots of line dancing and ever a little bit of two stepping from a few people! The ports were amazing and we had a blast out our shore excursions. In Cozumel we did a sailboat race (we won!), In Belize I ditched the rest of my family and we horseback riding through the rain forest. The guides for that were wonderful and we even saw three troupes of howler monkeys!, In Roatan we enjoyed a relaxing beach day. Everything was amazing and I would do this cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Sailed with a group of about 40 neighborhood friends and kids (ages 7-19) and had a great vacation on the Carnival Sunshine out of NYC. We are in our mid 40s and haven't cruised in 20 years (also with Carnival). Forgot how much fun ... Read More
Sailed with a group of about 40 neighborhood friends and kids (ages 7-19) and had a great vacation on the Carnival Sunshine out of NYC. We are in our mid 40s and haven't cruised in 20 years (also with Carnival). Forgot how much fun you could have just on the ship and much has changed for the better. Ports were Grand Turk, Half-Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. Overall, we had an epic vacation for the ages that was supported by the very good service and professionalism of the Sunshine Staff. We partied and played like rock stars and they made sure we always felt like we we on vacation. While this was not a "luxury" cruise line, we sailed with many folks from the tri-state area and knew that the fun would be active and loud (which suited us fine.) Cheers package- Worth it if you are active drinkers or if you prefer higher end drinks and will have more than a few every day. It was easy for us to spend the $100 a day in what it cost my wife and I. We made a game out of finding the best drinks such as mixed tropical drinks. If you have a drink or two, pay as you go. Ports: Grand Turk - Walk right through Margaritaville which you are practically herded into upon arriving. We went with only two ships in port and it was mobbed and party-centric (read frat boys cheering rump-shakers from the pool). The beach is good and kids liked to pool but we could have had that experience anywhere. Even Parrotheads would say that the themed drinks and kitsch is a little much. We wish we would have proceeded to Jack's Shack or an excursion where we could have wasted away somewhere other than a major-league tourist trap. Food was good and prices were what you would expect . Nachos were $22 but worth it for what you got. My over-proof rum and coke was $15 but it was mostly rum and a splash of coke. Half-moon Cay - Wow! Way more than I expected. Beautiful beach that rivals any I have visited in the Caribbean (including Koki Beach in St. Thomas). We were fortunate to secure a cabana (#13) further down the beach. I would recommend trying to book this or get on the waiting list. My wife found an email here on CC and we ended up getting it after being wait-listed. It was a great oasis with a shower, A/C, some food and soft-drinks, snorkel gear and floats. Worth the $279 they charge for a group of four. Plenty of lounge chairs and being down the beach was more private and relaxing. Spent most of the day in the water. Nassau - Passed on Atlantis. Coming in to port, IMHO Atlantis looks like a large pile of dung on a rosebush. We headed to the British Colonial Hilton that we booked on Resortforaday.com. It was a nice hotel that gave us use of the pool and beach for a reasonable price per person ($60 per adult, $40 for 12 and under with $40 per person credited back for food). Worth it. I visited the Graycliff Hotel, cigar and chocolate factory which is one block up the hill and had a great time viewing this spectacular historical gem. Everything is pricey but there is real quality here based on my sampling of the cigars and chocolate. Property is from another time and shows its age with grace, style and class. Staff are very friendly and helpful. I would have loved to stay here but felt privileged just to visit. Had a nice experience with a cab driver on way back who was effusive in his praise and appreciation for the USA and what it had done for his family scattered all over the country. Boat - Alcehemy bar has he best and most inventive mixed drinks on the ship and they are worth waiting for when busy. Red Frog pub has a lot of fun games for both kids and adults. We had fun shutting down college kids in beer pong and the kids had epic tournaments with the table top shuffleboard game. Staff was as excellent as we remember from 20 years and work just as hard (and long). While tips were included, we brought $1 bills and tipped where it struck us. Also took care of select staff at the end because they really are the best. Food was still very good both in the dining room and as available in casual settings. Guy's (Fieri) Burgers was surprisingly "legit" and easily available on the pool deck. The taco bar was also great for lunches. Pool bars were busy during the day and it was easier to walk back to the Havana Bar behind the buffet and experience half the wait. Dining room service was great and our staff (Bernard, Evgen and Suisli) were efficient and attentive. Plenty for kids to do with water slides, games and ropes course. We were able to create a great balance of family and adult time. We could have relaxed more than we did but we're not that old yet (though feeling it more and more everyday). Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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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