Sail Date: July 2015
Stood overnight in Mismi at the Intercontinental which was conveniently located near a mall and close to port not to mention it's a beautiful hotel. The embarkation was pretty organized for the most part and actually entertaining. ... Read More
Stood overnight in Mismi at the Intercontinental which was conveniently located near a mall and close to port not to mention it's a beautiful hotel. The embarkation was pretty organized for the most part and actually entertaining. Once on, our cabin was ready and we had lunch at the lido. Our cabin steward Omar was awesome. He learned our names right away. Our dining room waiter Santos was great as well. Always available at our request and willing to please us. The itinerary was the prime reason for us my family of four, to have gone on this ship. The reason I rated it as average is because of the daily activities. We found ourselves taking naps throughout the day because we could not find anything worth while to do besides eat. There were good comedy shows but they filled up very quickly leaving a lot of people standing around. Only saw one theater show which was not good at all. Main pool was much too small for almost 5,000 people so we avoided that. No available chairs to be found either way. Food options were good up until about 2:30 pm anything after that was so limited. The cruise director was very entertaining. Cruise cleanliness was excellent! Breakfast options were so standard it became very boring. The rope course on the sports deck was never opened once throughout our 8 days. Could not understand why when we have sailed other lines and that was actually a best seller for the teens. Pre teen and teen clubs rarely did any supervised activities with the kids pretty much just sent them on their own. Teens were roaming around until the wee hours. Royal Caribbean does a good job enforcing a curfew on kids under 19. Carnival needs to really try to implement that. Loved the band that played daily at the atrium and the dj who occasionally played at the deck. The deck parties were slot of fun as well. The night club at times would become so overcrowded that dancing was almost impossible. I actually got stepped on by one of the crew members at the nightclub so hard I bleed. Crew staff would routine the club at night in large groups. Must try Guy's burger, La Cucina, Fahrenheit, pizza pirate. Never got around to trying the sushi eatery. Getting on and off the ship on port days was really disorganized. Water slides were fun. Price of liquor on the ship was actually better than port shops. 4D theater worth trying but fills up quickly as it only has about 4 rows of 6 seats. This ship had its pros and cons. Overall found it average due to the lack of entertainment or activities. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Carnival Cruise Vacation 6/20-28/2015. If you have time please read the entire review it will be and eye opener. My husband and I were skeptical when friends told us to come along on a Carnival cruise with them. We have heard many ... Read More
Carnival Cruise Vacation 6/20-28/2015. If you have time please read the entire review it will be and eye opener. My husband and I were skeptical when friends told us to come along on a Carnival cruise with them. We have heard many negative reviews about this company but we decided to go thinking it will be fun for our daughter. Our group total: 46. Fun onboard (water slides, sports area, karaoke, bingo): very good. Food: Average (decent on the buffet, good hamburgers, burritos, Indian and sushi, but mostly bad on the restaurant at night). Staff was friendly and I do hope that the gratuity they charge to each person ($92.00) is truly given to them, this is extra. The app (carnival Hub) worked most of the time and was helpful. I do recommend having it before sailing away since is difficult to download later (especially for iPhone). For $5.00 per person for the length of the cruise, it gives you the activities schedule, your daily balance, and more. You can chat with your family without having to spend money on internet connection. Excursions: we decided to do them ourselves and the difference in price is substantial. In St. Kitts, a tour to an old sugar factory was about $60.00 per person, we paid to a local $15.00 per person, children under 5 free, and under 12 half price. He took us to the factory, to a garden, to a beach we did not like, and to another beach that was decent and back to the port. Very important that you pay at the end, and if you plan to eat lunch, it takes very long time; in our case, 50 min. for two tuna sandwiches. Our room was big (deluxe ocean view) it had two bathrooms (love it). Overall we were actually surprise that this cruise was better than we thought it would be. On the other hand shopping experience was awful, DO NOT BUY JEWELS or Watches if you do not know all the details. Their return policy is restricted to none or only to exchange for something else with the same or higher value. The prices are inflated so you think you are getting a better deal. The islands have internet connection so check online first for the true value in the USA. We had an awful experience and $4200.00 less in the bank account. DO NOT TRUST, I repeat DO NOT TRUST in anyone (especially the Carnival Cruise shop director or whatever his title is) charming, categorize himself as experienced and having your interest first, but at the end we felt that all he did was sugarcoating, never gave us true answers nor what to do. he did not disclosed crucial information in his workshops, such as return policy, materials use, or quality if the jewels; just check first, ask tons of questions and make sure you know everything there is to know about what you are buying. Make sure you get a certificate of authenticity form a reputable geologist, do not accept a written one. they sell sterling silver with white gold prices. I spend 5 days trying to correct the mistake. hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was my second cruise,and I have to say,my first on the valor was the best.the breeze was too big,as far as to many people.The crew in certain areas were not friendly,especially the marketplace staff,which I think related to being ... Read More
This was my second cruise,and I have to say,my first on the valor was the best.the breeze was too big,as far as to many people.The crew in certain areas were not friendly,especially the marketplace staff,which I think related to being overworked.Too many guests per workers.The food sure was'nt what I or my wife expected due to the valor was awesome.But we sure met nice people who were guests on the ship also Overall I will never cruise on the breeze again. We stayed at Hilton Blue Lagoon location in Miami.I would recommend them.It was a very nice place rooms,staff,etc Before we went on this cruise everyone bragged up guys burgers,well I think they were awful.I waited two days into the cruise to have one because of the lines,went their were on line,and the burger was cold and the fries sucked.I don't drink but hung out at the blue iguana bar and the staff Jose,Ann,Eddie Ermie were awesome.Cloud9 Spa was very nice.The music onboard was good,a little loud when they performed on the lento deck.If you don't want too be around lots of children,don't pick the Breese,because it has alt of things for kids,which I knew,but some parents think carnival is their daycare center when they are on board,kids running all over! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Embarkation is a mess. Expecting for priority check in as part of a Premier cruiser but it did not happen. I booked my cruise way before May 19 as advertised to get all the extra perks they sent me but I did not receive them. ... Read More
Embarkation is a mess. Expecting for priority check in as part of a Premier cruiser but it did not happen. I booked my cruise way before May 19 as advertised to get all the extra perks they sent me but I did not receive them. Disappointed! Two first night dining in, bread was cold and hard as a rock. Steak was dry and tough. Lobster was okay, nothing special. Short Cruise has better food quality. We order room service for breakfast few times. Not happy with the service, coffee is cold all the time and we requested for extra capers for lux, we got 2 little pieces instead...hahahaha that was a joke, plus some requests were missing too many to mention. I have been to Carnival Inspiration and Imagination services are much better also food quality especially on Buffet. Had great stuff and great service on Camp Ocean. My son really love the place. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This review is late however I felt the need to share just a few words. I've sailed on multiple ships in the Carnival fleet as well as Norwegian. In my past experiences, cruising has been much more relaxing and a breeze (no pun ... Read More
This review is late however I felt the need to share just a few words. I've sailed on multiple ships in the Carnival fleet as well as Norwegian. In my past experiences, cruising has been much more relaxing and a breeze (no pun intended lol). That wasn't the case here! The ship was extremely crowded, the lines for food seemed to be even longer and the customer service was poor. In past cruises it was so easy to dip in and out of the buffet and/or serving areas. That wouldn't be an issue if it didn't take 10-15 mins to get food. Here I am getting up at 9am thinking other cruisers had stayed up late and would sleep in, boy was I ever wrong. I also noticed that all of the buffet areas weren't being utilized and worst of all some of the restaurants weren't open everyday. You would think that since the ship appeared to be at capacity they would have every available dining option open. Since I'm on the subject of dining, the staffed appeared to be drained of life and not that hospitable. One staff member said, "I'm sorry that we don't appear to be happy, we're just lacking proper rest". I empathize with them but I do feel that if a group of guest or just one passenger is trying to walk through the lido area with food that the least you can do is walk around them and not into them! I can only recall 3 crew members smiling, sad. On to my cabin, an interior stateroom with plenty space and a nice steward. Only thing I can say is that the cabin was very warm and humid at its coldest temp setting. I called guest services and asked for a fan when I was told it was only for passengers with illnesses. I get my home at 64 degrees and couldn't sleep in they cabin. A maintenance engineer was sent to my room with a thermometer that read 72 degrees, the cabin norm apparently. 3 mins after the engineer left, he returned with a fan. Even he couldn't deny how warm it was. Lastly, the cruise director Dr. E. was nice eye candy(not that it matters), ment well but all that singing over the intercom was annoying. Sad to say I have no plans to sail with Carnival in the future. I waited a couple years after the issues they were having with stranded ships before I would sail with them again. I enjoyed my earlier cruises with Carnival but I'll stick to Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
I went on the 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise (Grand Turk, La Romana DR, Curacao and Aruba) with my husband and 2 teenage children (ages 14 & 15). We had a port side, deck 8 balcony cabin #8354 which was nicely decorated BUT ... Read More
I went on the 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise (Grand Turk, La Romana DR, Curacao and Aruba) with my husband and 2 teenage children (ages 14 & 15). We had a port side, deck 8 balcony cabin #8354 which was nicely decorated BUT seemed smaller then other balcony cabins we had in the past on other large Carnival ships... not sure if they are or if its just due to layout. Cabin was in a great location to access the entire ship, and was quiet. Our balcony did overlook the smoking deck (down on deck 5) but we did not have any smoke smell at all. Others had complained there rooms were too warm, our AC was working great and was comfortable the entire trip. We did however have a nasty STRONG sewer smell, that would come and go, in our bathroom..... GROSS! When we boarded our cabin was ready for us and our luggage was waiting outside our door (thanks to FTTF) expect our bathroom was not clean. We found our cabin steward and he came in to clean it (he was NOT happy to see it had been missed) and we also asked for our mini fridge to be emptied (he said he would have that done within the hour)..... needless to say it took him 2 days of us reminding him to get it done. This was par for course for our service we received from our stewards, they even skipped our room for turn down a couple of nights which meant no animal friends waiting for us, which is a highlight we always look forward to each evening. We had NEVER had a bad experience with our stewards on past cruises, and was taken aback from the lack of detail and personable attention we have enjoyed before. The ship is large, BUT seemed very crowded and VERY understaffed. The decor is nice, but we expected to be "wow'd" which we were not. A big bonus was the waterworks was on its own deck. The activities were so much fun (putt putt, sky course, waterslides, etc). We did not do the 4D movie theater... $7 for a 15 minute movie. Serenity deck only had a hot tub, would have enjoyed an adult only pool. Entertainment was all great. All the food options were very good and tasty, just couldn't get over how LONG lines ALWAYS were, again lack of staffing. We had early dining and LOVED our waitstaff as always! Food was yummy and plenty of choices. We only had one bad experience in MDR... we had got back on ship later one night and went to MDR and we were seated at a different table (which we expected and were totally fine with) BUT our waiter was INCREDIBLY rude to all of us, and rushed us through our meal. We also ate in the Steakhouse one evening, to us it was not worth the $35 per person fee and will not do that again. On this sailing, the Breeze had a new app "Carnival Hub" which we downloaded and also purchased the $5 per person "messaging" to keep in touch with each other around the ship. We also got the $25 per person "media package" which allowed you to go on facebook, twitter, etc. (no internet). The "Hub" app was good for looking at the Fun Times and locating places on the ship, BUT the "messaging" was a joke! It NEVER worked! The "media" worked for looking at your FB or writing a post, but NO photos would upload (which it was supposed to do). In my opinion, a big waste of money. All in all, we had a wonderful family vacation and met some amazing new friends. We really loved each of the Islands and had such a blast on each excursion (which we booked privately outside of Carnival). We were just so excited and bought into the hype over the Breeze, that it just left us feeling underwhelmed by the ship itself. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We just got back from a nice family vacation on the Breeze. In our group we had 4 adults and 2 teenagers (ages 14 & 15) my husband and myself, along with our two teenage children in one cabin and my brother-in-law and his brother in ... Read More
We just got back from a nice family vacation on the Breeze. In our group we had 4 adults and 2 teenagers (ages 14 & 15) my husband and myself, along with our two teenage children in one cabin and my brother-in-law and his brother in another. I would say this vacations was "excellent" in regards to family time and activities and "average" when it actually came to the Breeze itself. We were able to snatch up FTTF, which made our embarking process very nice and the check-in process went smoothly and was uneventful. All of our luggage was all at our room waiting for us when we boarded. We stayed in a balcony cabin (8354) which was mid/port. To our surprise the cabin seems smaller then those on other ships (Glory and Destiny), not sure it if is actually smaller square footage or just the configuration. The location of our cabin was nice, and we didn't have any issues with smokers/noise or privacy out on our balcony, our balcony did look down over the smoking deck (deck 5) but like I stated, we did not have any issues with smoke. It was also in a great location for getting to places on the ship. Our #1 complaint was the sewer smell in our bathroom that came and went throughout the trip. We did have a few issues with our room steward throughout the cruise, when we first boarded our bathroom had not been cleaned (which he came in right way to clean). We also had to ask 3-4 times to have our mini-fridge emptied before he remembered to do it. He also "forgot" to do turn down service a few nights. This was our first cruise we EVER had an issue with our room steward, we have always had excellent service before. Very shocking to us. The ship as a whole was nicely decorated but we didn't get a "wow" reaction we were expecting. The layout of the ship was like those of other large Carnival ships, with the exception to the "sport deck" and "waterworks". We felt the ship was very crowded, and that was the opinions we kept hearing from others as well, so it wasn't just us. Smaller ships felt roomier to us. We liked how the sports deck and waterworks were in an area away from main sun deck area. The sports deck activities were a lot of fun: rope course, putt putt golf, pool tables. The water slides were a BLAST too. Our first evening we ate diner in the steakhouse, Fahrenheit 555. We feel we wasted $210! When we arrived our two other family members were already seated... NO ONE came to great us, after a 5 minute wait we ended up just walking in to find our family ourselves. Our waitress came to the table to take our order, and NO ONE had gotten a menu yet. Our experience with our waitress was NOT good... she got orders wrong, spilled drinks and to top it all off she wasn't very friendly. The meal itself was just "ok", not what we had expected at all. We had early dining in the Blush dining room (deck 3 aft) and our table (#529) was situated up against a wall (no windows near by). The lighting above our table was RED and any photos we tried to get at diner all turned out awful. Our waitstaff was WONDERFUL and very personable as we have always enjoyed from Carnival. The food was yummy and there was a nice selection to choose from. Our ONLY bad experience we had at diner was the evening we went to eat late (we were at port on Curacao and didn't get back on ship until after 8pm), we were seated at a different table (like in anytime dining) and our waiter was VERY rude to our entire party. The food at the buffet, pizza, Guy Burgers, Blue Iguana and Fat BBQ was all good, but lines were terrible! The ship as a whole seemed under staffed. All the shows and events on ship were all nice and we enjoyed our time. Matt Michem, our cruise director, was soooo much fun and had us constantly laughing. We all downloaded the new "HUB" app onto our smartphones and purchased the $5 chat and $25 media packages.... the app was nice for looking at deck plans and fun times events BUT the chat was AWFUL! It never worked, kept logging you out and unable to send/receive messages. The media package worked much better, but was unable to upload photos as advertised. It was worth it to me ONLY because it allowed me to stay in contact with family back home. Over all, we were happy with our vacation.... I think we were just "underwhelmed" by the Breeze. With all the promotion of the ship, we expected to be "wow'd" and we were not. We were also surprised by the lack of concern we received when we voiced our issues to customer service, almost a "we don't care" response. Again, seemed the staff was very stressed and under staffed ship wide. This experience has not changed our view on Carnival as a whole, we did have a lovely family vacation regardless of our few minor issues. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Overall this ship is nice but not impressive. Food in the main dining room overall was a disappointment. It seems shortcuts and many entrees lacking any real taste. We have cruised on nine Carnival cruises including twice on the Dream. ... Read More
Overall this ship is nice but not impressive. Food in the main dining room overall was a disappointment. It seems shortcuts and many entrees lacking any real taste. We have cruised on nine Carnival cruises including twice on the Dream. Nothing really stands out as excellent except the burger joint right off the pool deck. Burgers were always tasty and hot. Comedians were pretty entertaining but most of the other entertainment was just recycled with a different twist. I enjoyed the port of San Juan though. Breakfast overall was probably the best meal of the day. No more chocolates on your pillow for the nightly turn down. Even though we booked a SPA cabin and paid a difference to have these privileges. Just not on par with some other cruise lines we have sailed within the last couple years. The theme on the ship was refreshing but staff seemed to be tired. No smiles and worn out. I don't like the recent changes in the auto gratuities. For a facial in the Spa for my wife there was a $24.00 auto tip. This is absurd, I am not a member of the unlimited wallet club. Bingo to death on here. Didn't care for Casino either as it was way too smoky. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Just cruised on the Breeze for a second time. I love the ship and the Cruise Director Matt was exceptional. Unfortunately the food in the dinning room was very disappointing. The food on lido was very good especially Guys Burgers and the ... Read More
Just cruised on the Breeze for a second time. I love the ship and the Cruise Director Matt was exceptional. Unfortunately the food in the dinning room was very disappointing. The food on lido was very good especially Guys Burgers and the Burrito Bar. The entertainment in the main theater was also lackluster. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Modern. Clean. Fun. However... Way too crowded. Not enough Buffet stations to handle the masses. Quality of food, just okay. Pros: Matt cruise director, new, kids club, staff, drink station out on lido deck, Mexican station out on ... Read More
Modern. Clean. Fun. However... Way too crowded. Not enough Buffet stations to handle the masses. Quality of food, just okay. Pros: Matt cruise director, new, kids club, staff, drink station out on lido deck, Mexican station out on lido deck, sail and ship kiosk, entertainment, thrill theatre, tv station and selection. Cons: long lines, chaotic embarkation/disembarkation, quality of food, very expensive excursions where you can do many of them on your own, once off of the ship. Cost of drinks, cheers program all adults must have the program in the same cabin, Lido deck and buffet area very slippery. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The embarking was fine as was the debarking. The lines were not too bad. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The embarking was fine as was the debarking. The lines were not too bad. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. It would be 11, but Carnival will not let us count the 12 day cruise we took on Princess, even though Carnival owns the Princess line. It is amazing that after that many cruises (74 days not counting the Princess cruise of 12 days) that all we got for a perk was one bottle of water each (for the whole trip - not per day), a pin which we have no use for and a few drinks at a past guest gathering. You would think that we would at least get priority embarking and debarking after that may cruises. We usually stay on deck 7, but decided to try deck 11. We enjoyed the location and easy access to the activities. However, we will be going back to deck 7. The throbbing base of the music at night made sleeping impossible a few nights. We could not go to Grand Turk because the wind made docking unsafe. This is not the fault of Carnival, but the port fee credit did not compensate for missing a day at port. There is not much to do in the Dominican Republic. We took the Altos de Chavon tour and enjoyed looking at the Spanish village replica. Our tour guide was not so great, but overall it was a good day. Curacao had typical tourist stuff, however that night we went back out and had dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant which was very pleasant. Aruba was a nice port to visit. We hired a van to take us around the island. Our driver was excellent and we enjoyed learning about Aruba. Going to a beach would have also been nice choice. We walked around for awhile after the van tour. The area around the cruise ship is nice. There was nothing particularly bad about the ship, there was just nothing special either. The cruise director was very good, but the entertainment was subpar, except for the band dejavu and the Latin singer on deck 3. Both of these were very good. The piano bar singer had limited talent. The shows after dinner in the theatre were minimal at best and the dance shows relied on technology not choreography and costumes. The dancers were mostly costumed in dark drab colors and did very little actual dancing. The ship also had jugglers a few nights in the theater - which were not interesting to us. The food was like most of the Carnival ship food for the last few years - boring and tasteless. The food on the lido deck was actually better than in the dining room. Our servers in the dining room were ok, nothing special and the service was VERY slow. The servers were obviously over worked and doing the best they could. Carnival has cut out the bread people and the water people which adds additional stress for the servers. We went to the steak house for dinner on the first formal night. It was wonderful. We are not foodies, but the presentation and taste were more than we ever expected. It was worth the $35 each. I think, because it was a formal night we got a "free" bottle of wine. That was a nice surprise. It is disappointing that we had to pay extra to dine rather than just eat. The spa is very nice and we enjoyed the massage and facial. Cost cutting was evident everywhere, in many of the little things and in the overall feel of the cruise and staff. There were no chocolates on the pillow at night, no samples in the bathroom when you arrive, etc. These are small, maybe petty things, but indicative of the lack of care and service from Carnival. The room stewards were adequate, but again were not attentive. They interrupted us every night while we were getting dressed for dinner wanting to clean the room. In the past the stewards were aware of when you had dinner and came while we were eating. Again, this is not necessarily the fault of the stewards, but rather Carnival cutting back on staff. We will do another Carnival cruise, however, we will probably try Royal Caribbean for our next cruise so that we can do a comparison. Since we will still not be Diamond members, as we will be 1 point short of the 75 points needed, we are less motivated to go with Carnival next time. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The staff seemed flat and unhappy which took away from our cruise experience. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The staff seemed flat and unhappy which took away from our cruise experience. Everyone appeared stressed and overworked and many of the small things that make a cruise special were missing. There was a general lack of friendliness and welcoming on the part of all the staff. The embarking was fine as was the debarking. The lines were not too bad. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. It would be 11, but Carnival will not let us count the 12 day cruise we took on Princess, even though Carnival owns the Princess line. It is amazing that after that many cruises (74 days not counting the Princess cruise of 12 days) that all we got for a "perk" was one bottle of water each (for the whole trip - not per day), a pin which we have no use for and a few drinks at a past guest gathering. You would think that we would at least get priority embarking and debarking after that may cruises. We could not go to Grand Turk because the wind made docking unsafe. This is not the fault of Carnival, but the port fee credit did not compensate for missing a day at port. There is not much to do in the Dominican Republic. We took the Altos de Chavon tour and enjoyed looking at the Spanish village replica. Our tour guide was not so great, but overall it was a good day. Curacao had typical tourist stuff, however that night we went back out and had dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant which was very pleasant. Aruba was a nice port to visit. We hired a van to take us around the island. Our driver was excellent and we enjoyed learning about Aruba. Going to a beach would also have also been nice choice. We walked around for awhile after the van tour. The area around the cruise ship is nice. There was nothing particularly bad about the ship, there was just nothing special either. The cruise director was very good, but the entertainment was subpar, except for the band dejavu and the Latin singer on deck 3. Both of these were very good. The piano bar singer had limited talent. The shows after dinner in the theatre were minimal at best and the dance shows relied on technology not choreography and costumes. The dancers were mostly costumed in dark drab colors and did very little actual dancing. The ship also had jugglers a few nights in the theater - which were not interesting to us. The food was like most of the Carnival ship food for the last few years. Boring and tasteless. The food on the lido deck was actually better than in the dining room. Our servers in the dining room were ok, nothing special and the service was VERY slow. The servers were obviously over worked and doing the best they could. Carnival has cut out the bread people and the water people which adds additional stress for the servers. We went to the steak house for dinner on the first formal night. It was wonderful. We are not foodies, but the presentation and taste were more than we ever expected. It was worth the $35 each. The steak house dinner was what the dining room used to serve before CarnivaI went for mass production rather than quality and service.I think because it was a formal night we got a "free" bottle of wine. That was a nice surprise. It is disappointing that we had to pay extra to dine rather than just eat. The spa is very nice and we enjoyed the massage and facial. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I liked the overall layout of the ship. Lots of areas with nice seating both in sun and shade through out the ship. Even though our cabin was an upper/lower I was generally pleased with it. Handicap accessible so the bathroom was HUGE. ... Read More
I liked the overall layout of the ship. Lots of areas with nice seating both in sun and shade through out the ship. Even though our cabin was an upper/lower I was generally pleased with it. Handicap accessible so the bathroom was HUGE. Needed more storage space, two very small closets one to hang item in and one with cubbies. Worried about the location being right under the splash zone but very little noise leaked through. One really good waiter in any time dining, every other one we had was average at best. Food again average at best. Very weird layout to the buffet. Several different stations spread out, so if you wanted something from each station you had to wait in a line 3 different time. Pizza open 24/7 was a plus. If you come in to Miami airport I highly suggest you check in there. No waiting once you get to the port to embark. If you like trivia you'll love this ship. That seemed to be the only other entertainment other than the production shows and comedians. So for me entertainment was average. This was my second Carnival cruise, the first one was 5 days on the oldest ship in the fleet so I wasn't expecting much. But since the Breeze is one of the newer ships I expected more and didn't really get it. Will most likely be my last cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We are experienced cruisers and have cruised with most of the popular cruise lines. We have cruised with Carnival on 4 previous cruises. The changes that Carnival has implemented to save costs, in my opinion, will be its downfall. The most ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers and have cruised with most of the popular cruise lines. We have cruised with Carnival on 4 previous cruises. The changes that Carnival has implemented to save costs, in my opinion, will be its downfall. The most obvious change is the introduction of its new menu entitled "American Table". We chose anytime dining this cruise because we were travelling as a couple and not part of a group. Although this new menu is marketed as contemporary dining it is evident that this is just a cost-saving measure. The tables are set with just one knife and one fork and you have to hang on to them for all courses of your meal. The food itself was satisfactory but the menus themselves are quite ordinary, what you would expect in a family-style restaurant, not the elegant dining that we have come to expect on a cruise. Additionally, the menus were repetitive and there was a surcharge for some items. The dining room was completely disorganized - the staff responsible for seating guests were arguing amongst themselves, the wait staff were unattentive, untrained & showed a lack of professionalism. We ate breakfast at the buffet each day and everyday the food was the same. While I realize there is only so much you can do with breakfast fare, again the cost cutting was evident. We had an inside spa cabin on deck 11. The cabin was on the small side but adequate for 2 people, I don't think the additonal charge for this cabin was worth it. Yes we were able to use robes & received a pair of slippers each and travel size containers of the spa shampoo etc which were replenshed by request only. But, I don't think the additonal $400 that we paid for this cabin was worth unlimited access to the steam room and indoor whirlpool. Another cost saving measure is that you have to sign out towels on the pool decks - where do they think we are going to go with them? Again this is to cut down on the number of towels that are used each day which I can understand, but there has to be a better way than having one station in the main pool area on a ship where there are over 4000 people onboard, The officers onboard this ship did not interact with passengers and were not visible. Entertainment consisted mainly of trivia shows during the day and second rate performers in the evening. Leaving the ship on the last morning was a nightmare. We requested at guest services to change our time but were told to just leave and hopefully no one would notice that we were going earlier than we should have. We should have insisted that our departure time was changed because the crowd had a stampede mentality and the crew didn't seem to care. In conclusion, although the Breeze is a nice, clean ship and we did have a pleasant enough vacation I will not be cruising with Carnival again. I would rather cruise with another cruise line that includes the little extras that make a vacation memorable. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We're from California and it's always hard to travel to the east coast for a cruise but the wife booked the flight and forgot we were sailing out of Miami and booked a flight into Ft. Lauderdale so I found a nice resort to stay ... Read More
We're from California and it's always hard to travel to the east coast for a cruise but the wife booked the flight and forgot we were sailing out of Miami and booked a flight into Ft. Lauderdale so I found a nice resort to stay the night prior to the cruise about 1/2 way between Ft. Lad and Miami....Getting to Miami is easy with a cap about 20 bucks got us there and dropped off the luggage and got in line. Long story short for the embarkation, only took about 30 minutes to get card and on the ship, rooms were ready when we got on board, we got there around 1:30ish...... Rooms are nice , we got a Cove Balcony deck 2...I like the balcony but.......had some kind of noise we never could figure out below and above us....didn't really keep us from sleeping but at times was noisy....ride was smooth since being low on the ship..... Being a big ship it was easy to get around, the adults only serenity was kinda a joke, too small always crouded and no pool....people reserving the lounges longer than they were suppose to and Carnival not enforcing their policy. We only walked around and left. Actually the best place for adults is the aft end pool which rarely had kids there. The mail pool was always crouded, at times we looked down and you couldn't even swim because of so many people in the pool Food: We had 6pm dining in the Blush Dining room. Now i read a ton of reviews and they all said the service was terrible, however we never ever had to wait.....As soon as we sat down, menus were in our laps, water being poured bread being served. We had Marin and Natala, two of the BEST.......food was pretty darn good for a main dining room, every night was a different what they called RARE FIND, like Frog legs, allegator, Rabbit, but i'm a meat and potatoes guy, and the Filet Minon was to die for. Ribs were great too, and the Mac and Cheese....well it was great....we had table friends that turned out awesome, we even met every morning in the same dining room for breakfast , made some lasting friends There. Food in the buffet, well, i tried to eat there once but didn't recognize any thing, so went to Guy's Burgers....MMMMMMmmmmmm....there's a Taco/Burrito stand, but they only have whole wheat tortias which i don't care for, the wife loved them....there was also a hot dog stang. So food wish plenty to eat. Shows.....only one per night, not the best, Diva's was good, the juggler was hilarious.....Matt the CD was great. Asked him to tell you the story of the couple who fell off the ship while, well they were both naked...so so funny. We're platinium members of NCL, but the Breeze was pretty good for a big ship.... We didn't take any excursions, we just got off the ship and walked around. In Antigua, well now that is a 3 1/2 world place....very dirty, should have just stayed on the ship....San Juan , very nice lots of hills my feet hurt....:) but a good time at the Castle, St. Thomas walked to a tram up to Paridise Point, awesome views and a beer or two, Nassua, stayed on the ship, there were 5 ships there, been there before and with that many it's shoulder to shoulder in town.... In all the Breeze is good.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We had a good time on the ship. We had great service from the room steward and decent service from the dining room staff. Most of the public areas were okay and well kept but the noise from the sound systems was exceedingly loud (pain ... Read More
We had a good time on the ship. We had great service from the room steward and decent service from the dining room staff. Most of the public areas were okay and well kept but the noise from the sound systems was exceedingly loud (pain level). The internet service was a joke (and it cost us $60 for the cruise) – we’ve not had that slow a service ever; also the advertised wi-fi was not present in our cabin. The bill on previous cruises was placed outside our door on the last morning. This time however we had to make a phone call to the front desk and ask where it was only to be told that they no longer deliver a final bill so if we wanted a copy we would have to go down to guest services to pick up a printed out version. With all the people trying to disembark at the same time it was a complete mess downstairs. In previous cruises we were given port maps the day before a port call – none were provided this time. EMBARKATION: The embarkation was very easy as we had priority boarding (the lines for those without priority boarding were really long). We arrived at the terminal at 1:30pm and entered the priority boarding area and within a few minutes were at the security checkpoint and through to our rooms! DISEMBARKATION: This cruise had a reasonably well organized disembarkation. It was fairly orderly and the line to get off was not wrapped all the way around the ship, as with previous cruises. We did however manage to get separated from our group because of the way they stopped the line flowing which caused some concern. DINING: We ate at the buffet, the Italian restaurant, the steak house and in the dining room. We also had room service for breakfast most mornings (including the day of departure). The buffet area was well laid out but the food was at best mediocre. At times the buffet area got incredibly busy. We chose the “Your Time Dining” for dinner and had no problem getting a table almost immediately when we got to the dining room. The choices available at dinner were good but all of the meals when they were delivered to our table were at best luke warm and could only be described as ‘edible’ in quality. The dining room service was good, some waiters were quicker than others, so the service was not consistent. Room service for breakfast was not always on time (sometimes early, sometimes late) and some items ordered were not on the tray! The steak house meal was quite good but not, in our opinion, worth the additional $30 per person. The two meals we had at the Italian restaurant were quite good too (note that at lunch time there is a basketball court above the restaurant so the noise level can be quite high from that source). PUBLIC AREAS: The public areas were okay (except for the noise level referred to above). CABIN: The cabin (suite) was very well designed with plenty of storage. The beds were comfortable except that the pillows were really hard and the cabin attendant was unable to provide any softer ones. PORTS OF CALL / SHORE EXCURSIONS: The first port of call was Ocho Rios and our group took the horse riding tour with the Dunn’s River Fall and it was very enjoyable. The second port of call was Grand Turk and our group took the snorkel excursion to Gibbs Cay and that too was enjoyable. The third port of call was Nassau which, with five other cruise ships in, was a total mess!! It was very busy – we visited the Queens Staircase and the Fort at the top of the hill and then the Straw Market in town. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze on Feb 28. The ship was beautiful -- muted tones are a welcome change to other Carnival ships. Good food, great service from Arnold, our cabin steward, and Alvin and Joan, our waiters. As with other ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze on Feb 28. The ship was beautiful -- muted tones are a welcome change to other Carnival ships. Good food, great service from Arnold, our cabin steward, and Alvin and Joan, our waiters. As with other Carnival cruises I've been on, the one thing Carnival lacks is an ability to receive and deal with complaints. They May (or may not) apologize for inconvenience, but I never feel they mean it. And they never offer any compensation to make it right. A free drink or meal at the steakhouse would be easy for them, but mean the world to a passenger. Even if you can't do anything about the complaint, good customer service would dictate a "we really are sorry" token...that is what will ensure repeat cruisers. The one serious complaint was our cabin placement. As soon as I walked into cabin 6388, I smelled smoke -- which I thought was strange. As we walked out onto our balcony, we realized we were directly above one of several smoking areas on the ship. I had read the reviews and didn't expect privacy on our balcony, but nowhere did I read about the smoking thing. Suffice to say I would never book a cabin on the 6th deck again due to lack of privacy on the balcony and noise from the 5th deck, but I would particularly note that non smokers want to avoid cabin 6388, 6392 and a few more on either side of these. The Carnival melting cake was still great, an invite to the "gold" members party was nice, and our cruise was what I've come to expect from Carnival. Satisfactory, but no "WOW" factor. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Check in was fairly easy, although not as good as other cruise lines, like P & O, Celebrity etc. but there again it is USA. The pros for this cruise were, we did not have to wait for our cabin to become ready. There was plenty of ... Read More
Check in was fairly easy, although not as good as other cruise lines, like P & O, Celebrity etc. but there again it is USA. The pros for this cruise were, we did not have to wait for our cabin to become ready. There was plenty of food, although, mainly aimed at the American market, with larger than large portions. Unlike most other cruises, you have to find a table first before getting your meal, but no problem with Carnival, as there was more than ample seating at all times. There was ice cream and frozen yogurt on tap 24/7, also always lemon squash 24/7. At the sit down dinner at nights I have never seen so many people have about 3/4 courses on the starters, main and desserts, and the waiting staff did not turn a hair. Unfortunately, the presentation of the meals did not look very appetising, but the bread baskets were to die for. The theatre, was also not the best, there were pillars in the way, so had to beware where you sat otherwise you could not see the stage. Looking at reviews previous to us going on this cruise, it was mentioned that there was more than ample entertainment that you could not do it all, not sure whether they were on this ship. The entertainment was much to be desired, there was only one show at night other than that nothing like entertainment like on P & O , Royal Caribbean, and they have an on-board dancing and singer cast which do a show every night, not a lot of variation. Or they put a couple of shows on during the cruise in the afternoons, when really all people want to do is sunbath, so why they don't put these on at nights is a mystery. As for the cabin steward, they were a mystery, never came an introduced themselves or anything, so do not know whether they were male or female. Although, everything was done and never had to ask for anything. One of the ports we visited was Grand Turks, which Carnival have their own beach which isn a short walk from the ship, however, beware, you need to get off fairly quick to get a lounger, as there are not enough to go around, unlike CoCo Cay, where we have been before, where there was more than adequate seating.. A first for us, we decided to take our own luggage off ship as the time they gave us was inconvenient for our onward travel arrangements. Although, there were a lot of passengers taking off their own luggage, they obviously knew something. When we got to the immigration, I could understand, as all the cases were just going merrily around a belt, would possibly be difficult in finding your luggage easy. On the matter of luggage, beware someone, lost their case, and ours got separated, so one case turned up quite quick and the other was about 4 hours after, a bit worrying as you drop them off outside the terminal where the taxi drops you, so if you have anything valuable or medication, take it on board with you. Must say there was always plenty of loungers, so quite easy to find a pew. The flow rider looked quite good especially for the younger generation,. As we are a retired couple, I did find that the younger teenagers were a bit of a nuisance at nights especially when it got quite late, running and laughing outside the cabins. There did not seem to be anyone in control of them.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
First the likes: Very easy to get on and off the ship. We liked the airport check-in. Rooms stewards were awesume. Very friendly crew. Now the Nots: Extremely slow for our 8:15 dinner in the Blush restaurant. We only got our meals by 10pm ... Read More
First the likes: Very easy to get on and off the ship. We liked the airport check-in. Rooms stewards were awesume. Very friendly crew. Now the Nots: Extremely slow for our 8:15 dinner in the Blush restaurant. We only got our meals by 10pm on the last evening. Other nights we never left before 10:20pm (Others were out by 9:45pm) We had a table of 8 as were most of the others. We saw this last year on the Holland America. The buffet was shut down early for lunch and breakfast. We did not get up til 10 am and by the time we got there the buffet line whould be closing and nothing available except for the deli, pizza or the taco bar. we would then go find a seat which was hard to find any seat anywhere. By 2:30 we would go in search of lunch just to find that the lunch buffet was closing also. So again we were only able to get tacos, pizza and a deli sandwich. The burger bar located on the Lido deck would also be closed at this time. We have done 17 cruises with most on Carnival Lines and we are finding this food situation to be a new cost saving practice which is not very popular with long time cruisers. The adult part of the ship was over crowded and it would have been nice to be able to have one of the pools designated for adault only. The areas with pools had kids running all over the place and they were also playing chase around the hot tubs on the aft deck area with neither crew or parents slowing them down. It would also have been nice if the 40 minute time with unattended chairs was enforced. Most chairs were "SAVED" by 8 am and no one would come back to claim said chairs time after lunch (We were told this by others and I cannot confirm because we were asleep at this time.) So to say we were unimpressed is about right. I give this cruise line a C- rating and the only reason I am this generouos is because of the Crew members. SO PLEASE CARNIVAL LETS GO BACK TO THE OLDER WAYS AND WE CAN TRUELY ENJOY OUR NEXT VACATION Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
This was our 10th cruise (6th on Carnival) so we know what to expect and can speak from experience. So here is my take on the Carnival Breeze. * Carnival needs to either enforce the dress code in the dining rooms or do away with the code ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise (6th on Carnival) so we know what to expect and can speak from experience. So here is my take on the Carnival Breeze. * Carnival needs to either enforce the dress code in the dining rooms or do away with the code all together. On elegant night I saw people wearing shorts, blue jeans. t-shirts, flip-flops, plaid flannel shirts, etc. On the other hand I saw women wearing elegant gowns and men wearing tuxedos. The attire ranged from no class to high class. * This ship was full of smokers, drinkers and unsupervised kids, much more than other cruise lines. * The Punchliner comedy club. The 25 minute family friendly show featuring Tony Esposito was a disaster. That man has no genuine talent at all. The family friendly shows with Dwight Slade were very entertaining but repetitive. The hour long adult show with Tony Esposito was filled with swearing and insults that appealed to the young adults, the intoxicated people and the lower/no class people. The rest of the crowd looked quite uncomfortable especially when Ashley (the MC) told the crowd prior to the show that if they were under 18 or easily offended then they should "get the f*** out". I'm a paying guest and found the comment insulting and disrespectful. It is a shame that Carnival can only find comedians with no more than 25 minutes of clean talent but hours of filth. * The cruise was nice but the little things keep it from being great. The shower curtain in our room, 2464 was too short causing the bathroom floor to flood with each shower. Our room steward tried to find a longer curtain without luck. The burned out light in the ceiling never got replaced and the shower drain was slow. They didn't offer mushrooms for the omelets. Come on man, no mushrooms for omelets? I only found seasoned french fries at Guys Burger Joint. It would be nice if they served regular fries at the deli. Every pizza at the Pizza Pirate had to be special ordered which meant standing in line for 8-15 minutes while it was made. The up side was that it was fresh and hot. * The shows in the Ovation Theater were hit or miss. Edge, the juggling comedian was hilarious. I didn't want the show to end. The Brits, Divas and Motor City were the cheapest shows I have ever seen. They consisted of singing and dancing on a stage with the only props being metal risers and a light screen in the background. I've seen better high school productions. Live bands are gone in the theater and replaced with canned music. Even live music by the pool has been replaced with a DJ playing music so loud that the speakers were distorting. All of the pools were taken over by kids. What happened to an adult only pool? * The highlights of the cruise for me were Guys Burger Joint and the Deli. I also liked this decor better than other Carnival ships. The ship was kept clean by the hard working staff. Matt Mitcham, the cruise director was the best we have ever had. All cruise directors are good but Matt was head and shoulders above the others. Overall, Carnival seems to be slipping mainly in the area of entertainment. They also seem to be attracting more smokers, drinkers and people that don't seem to mind going to eat in a nice dining room looking like they were at Burger King. While must parents supervised their kids there were a significant number of unsupervised kids that just made things less fun. Carnival has become the K-Mart of the cruising industry. Last fall we sailed on the NCL Getaway and found it much more enjoyable with much more to keep us busy. I think it is our favorite ship so far.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
FIRST, We were on the Magic for a 14 night Mediterranean cruise 2 years ago. The Breeze is a sister ship and we expected a sister experience, but found nothing similar AT ALL other than layout. Maybe we are getting picky, or just feeling ... Read More
FIRST, We were on the Magic for a 14 night Mediterranean cruise 2 years ago. The Breeze is a sister ship and we expected a sister experience, but found nothing similar AT ALL other than layout. Maybe we are getting picky, or just feeling like we know what a better cruise experience can be like with the right level of service and food but we were just getting out of town from a hectic few months. We got what we paid for but, Here are just a few takeaways while fresh on our minds. Our 5th Carnival cruise. We have also cruised Costa, Royal, NCL and Celebrity (our favorite). The ship is plain and understated in the décor department. That said, we have been on ships that make the Vatican look like I nice Church. There is a happy medium between gaudy, ornate and plain Jane. This ship was plain. On the Lido and Sports Decks, plenty to do. More for Kids than us 50 year olds, but one run through the water slides was enough for me. With ropes courses, mini golf, sports courts and basketball… kids could kill a whole day without ever bothering you in your chaise lounge. We don’t have young kids 1) Staterooms are (naturally) small spaces and tight places. Storing all the decorative pillows and bolsters is difficult. with two or more people and the limited space it's annoying. I feel like all I did was move decorative pillows from one side of the cabin to the other. Otherwise cabin is nice, clean and a comfortable bed. 2) Main Dining on the Breeze is horrible. The food is inconsistent from night to night. The seating policy is HORRIBLE. NO couple traveling alone should be forced to sit with strangers. WORSE is when you are forced to sit at a long table ACROSS from your partner. You cannot have a private conversation and you are subjected to neighbors with bad table manners and hygiene. A man next to my wife blew his nose in his napkin then placed his napkin on the table touching my wife’s water glass DIGUSTING. If Carnival does not GURANTEE me a table for two on DAY 1, we will NEVER cruise with them again (this was out 5th Carnival Cruise). Even though we made a bee-line for the dining room when we embarked, we were not given a table for two until day 2. Even on the open seating sea-day brunch where there were dozens of available tables for two, we were initially escorted to a long table of 10 before insisting we are sat elsewhere. It just makes NO sense and makes us very angry to have to be herded like cattle (even at breakfast). Again... HORRIBLE 3) Specialty Restaurants: The Bonsai Sushi is the GEM. Fresh, tasty and presented beautifully. Worth the extra money as an appetizer OR full meal. Keeping this venue open later in the evening would make a midnight snack after shows or casino very attractive to us for sure. Guys Burger Joint is a great addition to the offering. One of the best burger and fries we have EVER had. We try to watch what we eat... but this was so irresistible, we had to have it twice. Great job. Iguana Cantina; again... fresh, quality. Just don’t think that the lack of guacamole available is easily discarded. Guacamole is a Mexican food staple. Not offering any on a taco & burrito bar is just plain cheap. Sorry, yes.... we noticed. The Indian food stand was excellent and the pizza is always good but the quality of the buffet on this ship may be the worst we have EVER experienced on any ship ever (only tried breakfast and lunch). Selection is poor. IMPROVE the salad bar. add some chicken or turkey or ham or shrimp, add beans, I should have taken a picture. I have had better salad bars at Wendys. They do a great job keeping it clean and they limit the amount of food on the buffet to limit the exposure to germs... I get that, but when a dish is empty, it should be refilled quickly and they were not. 4)Activities.... Standard and acceptable. Plenty of the same-old, same-old. I think that it is time for Carnival to realize that frequent cruisers would welcome a fresh itinerary of activities. The daily art auction (booooring), trivia (movie, music, TV themes, sports...... even the host was bored), Hairy chest and Miss Carnival (predictable, drunken, raunchy, barely entertaining). Not sure what could freshen up the mix but I'm sure a creative group of activities directors could figure it out 5) Evening Entertainment is OK. The productions are well done and the talent is satisfactory. The Comedy (as you know) is the shining star of the evening entertainment. Unfortunately, seating is limited and many shows are full before passengers can move between one show or activity to the comedy venue. This can easily be remedied by (again) just a little attention by Carnival paid to a fresh look at the organization and logistics. The music in the atrium at cocktail hour (before dinner) is blaring loud. We are not old, but conversations are impossible in the venue and as an area to congregate before dinner, it should be more background music than "concert level" volumes. 6) Service... hmmmmm. Something has changed at Carnival. Standing in line for 20 minutes to return towels because only one attendant is at the booth that takes 5 minutes to check off each passenger is annoying. STOP inconveniencing passengers with all of your policies and procedures. Example, WHY do I have to sign a drink receipt after every single drink if I have been sitting in the same lounger ALL DAY? Why do I have to sign a drink receipt FOUR TIMES AT DINNER? While I'm eating, during a conversation, AS I'M DRINKING. C'Mon..... once you have my folio number.... bring me ONE receipt to sign at the END of my dinner, at the END of my day at the pool, at the END of the show. Treat me like a customer and i will spend more. Treat me like a revenue stream and I will regret each purchase. Common SENSE customer service is worth looking at here. 7) Cleanliness on this ship was very good. Plenty of Purell dispensers and door handle towels. As mentioned, food service is as diligent as expected regarding cleanliness. Many passengers are pigs. Not Carnival's fault but they are doing what they can to control germs and it is noticeable and appreciated. Thank You. 8) Value... Cruise Ship vacations offer good value. This was NOT an expensive trip Cloud 9 Spa package, Balcony deck #12 $115.00 PP Per Day. However, drink prices are going up every cruise, and the pour is oh-so skimpy. Give a little more and make people feel like they get a good drink for the money. Age old battle. Some lines give a heavy pour. Carnival dos not. But at the end of the day... a reasonable value overall.   Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze and had some good and not so good experiences. I read the reviews after we booked and wish I would have read them before hand.. Although, for the money, I guess we got what we paid for. One ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze and had some good and not so good experiences. I read the reviews after we booked and wish I would have read them before hand.. Although, for the money, I guess we got what we paid for. One thing I highly recommend is to buy the Faster to the Fun Pass! ($49 total not per person) We boarded the ship early with very little wait time, our room was ready immediately, our bags were brought right away and we were enjoying the ship well before everyone else was able/allowed to board. We also were able to check our bill and ask questions at Guest Services without waiting in line. I had to check the Carnival sight almost daily as this was sold out. I found it available after about a month of checking. I will start with the good things that we enjoyed on this cruise: The dining room (Sapphire) food was fairly good. The service we had was excellent! Our headwatress, Nadka treated us like family. She always seemed happy to see us and spent time visiting with us each evening. She is one of the best waitresses we have ever had bar none! There were many people that asked to be seated in her area every night for good reason. (We chose the anytime dining.) Our cabin was kept spotless and we wanted for nothing. Our cabin steward, Sony took care of anything we needed with a smile. He made great towel animals for the room every night and took time to keep our ice bucket full after we asked him to bring us ice one evening, If we went to the pool and had wet towels during the day, we would come back to find the wet towels were gone and new towels waiting for us,That is service! The cruise director on the Breeze is awesome. Matt is extremely friendly and super funny. He always made his guests feel welcome. He is very involved on the ship, very visible both day and night and came to say goodbye to everyone when we were leaving the ship. .While this may be his job, you can tell that he loves what he does and cares about everyone's happiness during the cruise. We tried the ropes course and the slides on the top deck. They were both fun but we are in our 50's so that is not a place we spent a lot of time. Here are few of the things we were very disappointed in: The entertainment is really very average at best and there is not much of it. We found ourselves looking for things to do. I want to have entertainment available throughout the day and there wasn't much to do. The shows were marginal (we did not see the comedy shows so I can't comment on that.) The singing and dancing was similar to what you would find at your local amusement park. We were very disappointed. We met some great people on board and they too said they were not impressed and got board because of the lack of entertainment available. The Lido Buffet food is just OK.. I am not a huge buffet fan to be fair but the food is very average and some of it was just plain tasteless. We did not find any restaurant on the ship to have great food but we never went hungry. In conclusion: The ship is nice, the staff was very friendly and we had a decent time. I wish the ship had more to do and the food was better, We will not sail on this ship again but like I said... for the money you get what you pay for, If you want to spend time in the sun just relaxing and doing nothing, this is a great cruise choice. If you want quality entertainment choices and good food, this is not the cruise to take. My husband and I are easy going people that just enjoy getting away for a little R&R. We just expected the ship to offer better food and more to do.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
This was our third cruise in the last two months and was a big disappointment compared to ones on the Liberty and Ecstasy in December. I have read many reviews from disgruntled people and thought I would never be in a position to feel as ... Read More
This was our third cruise in the last two months and was a big disappointment compared to ones on the Liberty and Ecstasy in December. I have read many reviews from disgruntled people and thought I would never be in a position to feel as they did. However, as we were driving home my wife said how disappointed she was. This after stating on the way home from the Carnival Liberty that she thought it was the best ever. This was our 26th cruise and any one thing by itself on this cruise would not be a big deal, but it was the number of things that made it add up to a less than "Fun" experience. Pun intended. 1. It started with a phone call and email telling us not to show up until 1:30 to board the ship, but we would still be leaving at 4 PM. Really. They can process 4000+ in that amount of time? Oh well, boarding was longer than either of the other two, but still went reasonably well. We, like many others, did not wait until 1:30 and got there around 11:30 to find many others that were already there. 2. Went to the cabin and could not get the lights on. Found out later that the cabin steward was supposed to let us know that our cards/room keys need to be inserted in a slot to get the lights on. New thing, never encountered on our previous Carnival cruises. Also, on almost all of our cruises we have not seen the room steward as we entered the room, same as on the Breeze. Maybe email this information? Not a big deal really, though. 3. First morning 6 AM. Sounds like thunder and the cabin (11275) shakes. This goes on every 4 to 5 minutes from then on. I get up and my wife tries to sleep. She has earplugs in and it still doesn't help. The next morning it starts at 7 AM. I find that it is a giant pail in the waterworks, which is right above our cabin. The pail fills with water and dumps out every 4 to 5 minutes and causes the noise and shaking in our cabin. The strange thing is that the waterworks doesn't open until a couple hours after they start the water going in the mornings. I went to Guest Services and asked about it. They were very nice and checked. The reason given was that they needed to get the park ready for opening. We ended up with an apology, a bottle of wine and a small credit to our onboard account. They also moved the opening of the waterworks back one hour. I was impressed by their concern and attempt to handle the matter. We did find out that the ship was not full, so I was surprised we were not offered another cabin as an option. 4. My wife and I both noticed going to different bars and getting no acknowledgement at all from the bar staff. This was when they were not busy. Poor customer service. First time it happened to me, I left without being helped. Also, we have never been on a ship where we walked by so many staff members without them saying a word. Not what Carnival wants according to questionnaires after cruising. I am not talking about cabin stewards here, they greet you 99.9 % of the time. It was other crewmembers. 5 .Guy's Burgers closed at 3 PM the day we got on the ship. Without checking the FunTimes we went to get a hamburger at 2:35 the next day. Our mistake, they closed at 2:30. Checked to see what was open and decided on a hotdog. Found the hotdog cart on the Sports Deck and found the staff person leaning against the end of the cart. Asked if he was serving them (no greeting} and he said he was. Got two and had the choice of catsup, mustard, and sauerkraut. No onions, chili, or anything else. My wife took one bite, I took two. They were cold. We set them down on the bar near the cart and went for pizza. The pizza used to be decent, but apparently they changed the crust. I no longer think it worth eating and didn't. We went to get an ice cream cone. Found the ice cream and they were out of cones. This wasn't the only time we ran into this. A ship with 4000+ people. You think they might have tubes for cones that hold a lot. No, one holder on either side of the ice cream machine that holds a small number, compared to the demand. It appears that this could be the sole job of one employee for much of the day. Job title: ice cream cone monitor/filler. They are not there yet though, so they run out of cones. 6. Ocho Rios Jamaica, we have a good time at the beach and return to the ship around 3:15. Like many others returning, we looked for something to eat. A hamburger would be great since Guy's Burgers are very good. Oops, they closed at 2:00 PM. We stand in line for 20 minutes for a taco. The burritos are not available, only can get a taco. Not really what I want. Anytime the burgers and the mexican are both open, the demand never changes. There are lines at Guy's and no lines for the mexican. On the Liberty in December, Guy's Burgers was open from around 11 AM until 6 PM. We expected similar hours on the Breeze, but found they are in the third week of a "test." Corporate wants to consider having another option for dinner, so Guy's is closed in the afternoon and open from 5:30 until 9:30. Let's see, many good options in the dining room, like Lobster night (wife thought it was excellent), chateaubriand that was outstanding, flat iron steak which is normally quite good or fish nightly. Yea, I think my wife and I went on a cruise so we could have a hamburger for dinner. I realize other people have probably wanted a burger for dinner and so they are doing this, but keep it open during the afternoon! 7. Grand Cayman, we go down the island to another area because of wind and have to tender ashore. After getting ashore and walking around for a while, we decide to go back to the ship. We go to the return area and wait behind a short line of 6-8 people. We watch a tender come from the ship and unload and figure we will be returning on it. It leaves without us. I look for someone from Carnival to see if we are in the right spot. I approach a man whose shirt says security on the back and ask if there is someone there from Carnival. He points to his nametag and says he is with them. He tells me we are in the right spot and that the tender was supposed to take us back. I wonder why he has not had the courtesy to let us know that they have messed up and will make sure we get on the next tender, instead of standing there with their backs to us the entire time. It is called customer service or maybe just common courtesy. 8. On the Liberty in the dining room my wife often ordered bernaise sauce, which was available every night, with main courses she ordered, so we thought they would be available on the Breeze. There we go thinking again. Only available if mentioned with a dish on the menu that night, which made it available one night. 9. Serenity area is way too small for a ship this size. It was always hard to find a spot and full of towels where people had "marked their spots" early in the morning. It needs to be bigger. 10. C-Side BBQ, I checked it out on the last sea day and found a really long line. I estimated it to be 20+ minutes and did not stay. We had been on the Dream a year ago and found the hockey puck hamburgers not worth eating, but had heard the BBQ was now much better. We went to the Pasta Bar instead and found it much less busy and the food was excellent. A good decision here. 11. I became so irritated with the Burger's being closed in the afternoons that I wrote a page and a half letter to the head of F&B. I did not get a response. No customer service or common courtesy from someone with shoulder boards. 12. For the first time ever, we did not receive a statement of our account on the last night. I called Carnival to discuss some of the things that happened on the cruise and mentioned the lack of a statement. I was told that it is one of their "green initiatives" and not automatically passing out statements should have been in the FunTimes or debark info. I have both of them and looked. It was not mentioned. They offered to email my statement, which I appreciated and did receive. And on the subject of the "green" initiative. There is card that hangs in the bathrooms telling you that if you want to reuse a towel hang it up. To replace a towel, throw it on the floor. We always get new towels, even if hanging them. Maybe the cabin stewards are not aware? 13. Went to bed on the last night at 12:15 after my last trip to the casino. At 1:00 AM my wife and I were awakened by someone above us in the waterworks scraping, pounding, tapping and making other general noises. After laying and listening to this for quite a while and considering taking my camera upstairs to see what he was doing and how long it would take, he finally stopped and we went back to sleep a little after 2:00 AM. Good start to resting before the 11 hour drive home. 14. Anytime dining. We like the flexibility and always choose this option. However, we are still not always prepared for the length of the wait. Our problem I guess. This was no different on the Breeze than the Liberty. Sometimes it took 35 minutes with the beeper until we could get a table. However, the last night after waiting over 30 minutes we were seated at what was really a table for 6, with 2 inches between the tables, which made them a table for two? We sat down and I said "hello" to the couple next to us. She said "hi" looking straight ahead and he said nothing, also not looking at us. Guess they were either mad at the situation or unfriendly. I went back to the hostess and asked for another table, which we were given after a few minutes. Great start to our last dinner onboard. 15. While waiting in the atrium area for dinner we encountered the "Mambo Kings" a couple of nights. I really don't care to hear songs in Spanish. Why put them in such a public area? Let them be in an area where people that want to hear them, go to them, don't force us to listen since we have no other choice. If we went too far into another area, the beeper doesn't work. Nit picky here. 16. You used to be able to find chicken wings on Carnival once and a while on cruises. No more. It is a pay item now. We had them one afternoon from the Pub. They were excellent. 17 Good stuff. Matt, the cruise director was excellent. Very engaged, bubbly, informative and funny. We really enjoyed him. The comedians were both very good. Lester Bibbs and Kim Harrison were both excellent. The comedy shows have been something we have enjoyed since they were started. A home run for Carnival. Our wait staff in the dining room led by Fritz, were very good. We really appreciated them. Ben in the Piano Bar was entertaining and very good. 18. We got to know a person in one area of the ship that we ran into on the last night. They asked if we had a good time. Neither my wife nor I answered very fast, until finally I said that all around we were disappointed after really looking forward to the Breeze and would be wary of taking another cruise on it. We mentioned a few things that had happened and they said they also would not be returning to the Breeze after the current contract, because it was not up to the standards of a list of other Carnival ships they had been on. This truly confirmed our feeling. An employee that, from our perspective, was excellent and outgoing, not wanting to return to the Breeze! 19. Overall did we have a good time? It was better than not going, but left a lot to be desired. We have enjoyed cruising for a number of years and have stepped up the number of cruises we take in the winter the last few years. After we returned, two neighbors asked me how the cruise was. My response: the worst ever. One neighbor asked if there was a close second. The answer is no.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
To start out listen to everyone about parking in Miami. Do not park at one of the offsite lots they are in terrible locations. Even though we were reserved at an offsite lot after seeing it ended up paying the $20 dollars a day to park at ... Read More
To start out listen to everyone about parking in Miami. Do not park at one of the offsite lots they are in terrible locations. Even though we were reserved at an offsite lot after seeing it ended up paying the $20 dollars a day to park at the port. Embarkation went smooth. We had FTTF would hate to ever cruise without it. Makes things go much more quickly. After getting on the ship our rooms was ready.. A standard ocean view room. However as on our trips on the Sensation our cabin steward was awful. One day he told us we had to leave the room because he had a schedule he had to stay on. Told him to go away and skip us if he had to. No extra tip for this one, and we always tip extra. Food on the ship was hit and miss. MDR was good but took nearly 2 hrs even with any time dining. Cucina Del Capitano was excellent and we were in and out in an hour and a quarter. Rice balls and Short rib were Awesome. Steak house was just ok. Food was good but it is the smallest steak house we have been in out of four. You can hear everyone in the dining room and it only seats 60 people. Red Frog Pub, Guys burgers, and Blue Iguana food were just as good as other ships. The Marketplace Buffet just seems to get worse every cruise and other than breakfast we avoid it. Pizza is edible but that is about it. The ship was very clean however since it was the Blackjack $100,000 tournament, Premier Cruise, and Lady Antebellum concert the boat was like one big cigarette. The weather was rainy so all the smokers were clustered in the small casino bar that was made even smaller by the addition of more blackjack tables for the cruise. The entire deck 5 looked like a fog bank. There were so many gamblers on this cruise that if you wanted to play you had to camp out at a table and wait. The wait was between a half hour and an hour if you could even get a seat. They packed so many people in this casino you literally couldn't walk. We had an exceptionally rainy trip so most of the outdoor activities were curtailed. This kept everyone inside. On deck movies that we love to do were rained on nearly every night. Also because of this trivia and any other inside acitvity was overflowing capacity. There were days when it was so windy they kept the deck 5 Lanai closed which just compacted more smokers to the casino bar. Overall the ship was clean however if I ever hear Premier Cruise again I will run the other way. In 11 cruises I have never spent so little time in the casino. It just gets boring standing around waiting. Also the concert series may sound like a great idea but only for the 1000 or so who have tickets. The other 3000 people are hard pressed to find something to do until 1 am when most of the ship is closed due to being in port. Debarkation was simple if you get a porter you will be out the door in five minutes.   Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
Six days after getting off the Quantum of the Seas, we boarded the Carnival Breeze. We booked this because my wife won a seat in the $100,000 Ultimate Blackjack tournament. It seems a bit exorbitant to do two cruises in such quick ... Read More
Six days after getting off the Quantum of the Seas, we boarded the Carnival Breeze. We booked this because my wife won a seat in the $100,000 Ultimate Blackjack tournament. It seems a bit exorbitant to do two cruises in such quick succession but it’s just the way the timing fell. I figured that it would be a unique opportunity to compare our experiences on competing cruise lines with the RCCL experience still so fresh in our minds. This was our 31st cruise. The number of cruises that we’ve experienced seems to come up on every voyage. Even experienced cruisers seem surprised to hear that we “play the field” by not sailing exclusively with only one line. However, it seems quite natural to us. Most of our sailings have been with Carnival and RCCL, but we have been on 4 other lines as well. Each of the lines has something that we like about them so sometimes we cruise for the ship, sometimes for the destinations and sometimes just because we can. We are often asked which line is our favorite and this past week on the Carnival Breeze underscores why this question is difficult for us to answer. We have been aboard the Breeze before (February 2014) and really enjoyed it, to the point that it is our favorite Carnival ship. But this time, I did not enjoy this ship so much. It is still beautiful, but even after a trying week on the maiden voyage of the Quantum of the Seas, (please read my review of the Quantum) the Breeze left a lot to be desired. Embarkation could not have been faster and more breathless. Due to a flight delay, we boarded later than we normally would have, so the rush was over. I doubt 10 minutes passed from curbside to being aboard. Platinum status helps, but there were no lines and no waiting, anywhere. I found the food to be sub-par across the board. While I do like the grilled deli sandwiches in the Marketplace, the selection of buffet items was woefully lacking, everyday. And the breakfast was awful. The 11 inch black hair in my bacon on the second morning topped it off. Yuck. We never ate in the Marketplace again, opting to have breakfast ashore, skipping breakfast or doing the SeaDay Brunch which, I admit, was better than I expected. I regret not calling the hair incident to the attention of the dining room manager. The dinner menu in the dining room must have been cut back because I don’t recall a Carnival menu that didn’t have at least two entree items that I was interested in trying. Every night, there seemed to be nothing that jumped out at me. For comparison, we did a 16-night cruise on the Carnival Miracle in April and we liked the unique menu every night and there was only one specialty restaurant on that ship. Could it be that the menu is scaled back on ships that offer more alternative dining venues? I’m thinking so. Fahrenheit 555 (the steakhouse) was excellent, but the Italian restaurant, Cucina del Capitano was not as good as I remember it to be. We like to dine on a private table for 2 and are always accommodated, but Carnival’s idea of a “private” table is separating two small tables with a 4-inch gap between them. The token 4-inch gap is saying, “You don’t have to talk with the people sitting next to you.” This is absurd. You can hear their conversations; my wife and I cannot have a private one. Either that, or nobody talks, which is a strange, awkward way to have dinner. Furthermore, the waiter’s ass is in your face when he is taking your neighbors’ dinner order. On the Miracle, we had a private table for two, near a railing, every single night. Carnival needs to address this and put only 2 tables for two in the space that currently has three. We never waited for a table, but I would have gladly waited 10 minutes for a private table. The last two nights, I asked for a truly private table and they sat us at a table for four and removed the other two settings. That was great. Carnival needs to lose the “mess hall” atmosphere in the dining room. Save that for the Lido deck. The entertainment…. Well, we have just come off a RCCL vessel, a cruise line known for its entertainment, so I want to be cautious here. This is not about which line is better, it is about my experience on the Breeze, and frankly, the shows were good. Hilarious comedy shows, excellent show called Divas. But wait! There’s more… We do not cruise for the purpose of donating money to the casino, but we do enjoy it. We usually visit, almost daily, often just to fill in the time between dinner and a show. It is lively and entertaining for us, and helps to bring us back to life when we are fading after a very active day. On this cruise, the casino was intolerable and practically unusable. It was roughly 3 times as busy as any shipboard casino we have ever seen. You could barely walk through. They set up 3 additional blackjack tables in the bar area and still it was nearly impossible to find a table with an open seat. We were very uncomfortable in the casino with the crowds, the smoke and the commotion. Surely, the $100k BJ tournament brought all the gamblers together on one ship, but it was unreasonable. This really affected our ability to enjoy ourselves. You simply could not stop by the casino for an hour and have some fun. It could take you twice that long to find a seat! Before booking any cruise in the future, I will always ask if there is any such event happening on board. It really alters the cruise experience. I rated the on-board entertainment with one star for this reason. Carnival is now featuring rock concerts by big-name performers. Their answer to RCCL’s and NCL’s Broadway shows. I think that this is a great idea for them and likely fits their passenger demographic better than other types of shows. The show was sold out even before we booked this cruise, but I did stick my head into the concert venue for 3-4 seconds and it appears that they have done an outstanding job on this project. I am unable to comment of the show itself, but Carnival appears to have done their part. The most annoying part of Carnival cruises is getting worse, rather than better. The photographers are far too great in number. You have all seen them on the promenade, at dinner and on the gangway, but Carnival is managing to make that even worse. Dozens of sets scattered around the ship, taking away from the beautiful décor. And now the sets have all sorts of props…railings, benches, plants, whatever. Geez. I refuse to interrupt my dinner to get photographed, ever again. Geez. And now, when you exit the gangway at a port, would you believe five, six or seven sets to snap a picture? On the gangway, behind a railing, behind a Life Ring, with a pirate, with a girl. Geez. Maybe we cruise too much to find this cute, or maybe we are too old, but on RCCL two weeks ago, we barely saw a photographer. They were there, just not in your face. Years ago, debarkation was a nightmare. You would wait in some room, somewhere on the ship, depending on your zone number with only your carry-on stuff – bored out of your mind. It really felt like the Cruise Line no longer had any interest in pleasing you, just getting you out. Then you had to go to the vast warehouse area and look for your luggage. It was the worse possible way to end a vacation. You didn’t debark with a smile and a sense of euphoria, you got off cranky, swearing that their had to be a better way. 5-10 years ago, they started with an option to carry off all of your own bags. Every line has its own name for this, but it means that you don’t need a porter so you don’t leave any luggage outside your stateroom the night before debarkation. This has morphed into a disaster, mostly because so many people do it. You need to lug your bags up or down any number of flights of stairs – elevators are nearly out of the question – and find your way to the holding area and then to the end of the line which could be a queue of hundreds or maybe thousands of people. And every one of these people is lugging all of their stuff. Cruise lines successfully remedied the embarkation procedure, now its time to fix this. The first cruise to fix this will hopefully market it well and will likely earn my business. I admit that the Breeze was disappointing in some ways and honestly, that is a bit surprising. It would have been easy for me to over-rate this ship, given the fact that the Quantum was not ready for passengers. I expected that the tried-and-true Carnival Breeze would shine. We are going to take a break from Carnival in the Caribbean for a while. We may go to Hawaii again on Carnival, or Europe. These itineraries cater to a more mature crowd that expects a little more. We are looking forward to returning to the Caribbean in February…on the Quantum of the Seas.   Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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