1,290 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

Let me start with saying that I never write any reviews and I am not picky. In case if something really goes wrong I call customer service and usually all the problems are getting resolved. Any decent company that sucsessfuly functions in ... Read More
Let me start with saying that I never write any reviews and I am not picky. In case if something really goes wrong I call customer service and usually all the problems are getting resolved. Any decent company that sucsessfuly functions in this country will do everything not to loose a customer. By the end of the Western Caribbean cruise people were promised, I am sure carnival lost a lot of current and potential clients. I understand that some things go out of control because of the weather and other natural causes. But the good smart management and putting customers’ satisfaction above financial gain would bring any business more success. Apparently Carnival is too cheap to pay to qualified specialists or just prefers to be dishonest and unfair to it’s guests on board. English is my second language, so please keep it in mind when you read this. I only did this review to warn people about how their vacation can be spoiled by Carnival. My cruise almost started on the wrong ship. I was travelling with my mom and one other person. We got our keys at the airport after spending 1 hour in the line. Then we took a cab to the port. Interesting fact - the taxi from airport to port is $25. the Carnival shuttle is $16 per person and after waiting in line to check in, you would have to sit and wait even longer for a shuttle. No comments here, I simply don’t get it. So we took a cab, because it made more sense to us. We arrived to the port early. There were two cruise ships Breeze and Conquest. We just wanted to get rid of our carry on bags and walk to the bayside mall in Miami. Workers at the port were not helpful at all. I felt like a ship in the herd. We ended up going through all the checking points but the last one, to find out that we have to go outside to get rid of our baggage. So we walked outside where we started. We found the crew that was grabbing and throwing bags in a cart. one of the men offered to take our bags and demanded(!) a tip. I gave him a few bucks, but was kind of irritated by the way he acted so i watched for a minute. Nobody else tipped. At that time I was in a great mood and didn’t care about that little incident at all. I was exited and happy about the coming cruise and the islands. When we came back to the port hours later, we had to go through all the checking points again. At the last checking point right before you step on the board of the vessel, they checked our keys, the keys were not working. The guy started to issue new key cards to us, when I asked if we were on the right ship. He started to laugh at me and then looked at the keys and yelled how did you get here this is not Breeze, this is Conquest!" (wow! really?!) I didn’t even care about him cursing at that point, he started to run away and was calling us to run after him.We came to some office, where they told us, that our bags could go on the wrong ship. We were asked many times how our bags looked like, in spite of the fact that they had tags with our info and stateroom number attached. It was so confusing and unprofessional, I don’t even want to get into all the details.They also asked us about how the building and the hall looked like when we arrived the first time and dropped our bags. My mother’s blood pressure was so high, she had to take medication. We were checked 2 times and nobody paid any attention if we were going to the right ship. Also when they scanned my purse second time after we came back they asked me if i had a knife there. I said, I didn’t, and they let me go. wow! that is a security! Anyway, after all the craziness, we finally got to the right ship, and found our bags safely delivered to the right place, as I thought, they would. I tried to explain it to people in the office to avoid the panic. Instead of calming us down they scared us that our bags could get lost. they could just call someone on the wrong ship first, but instead they were sending them emails. that was just stupid! I was still happy when it was all over and was very excited to be there. The cruise ship was beautiful, new and clean - that was a big plus. The food was ok, barely any seafood in the buffet. People had to wait in line for very long time to get something different to eat. The same breakfast every day. The restaurant offered great menu, but it was taking forever to get your food. Our headwaiter was so slow. The only helpful person was his assistant/food runner. It seemed like he did all the work. The next day after embarkation we arrived at Key West. And it was nice, although it didn’t really have the best beaches, but the weather was great and we were just walking around the island, sightseeing. We left laying under the sun and swimming with beautiful fishes to other places we supposed to visit. The day after the KW supposed to be ‘’fun day at sea”, I thought it was our luck, because it was raining and we planned nothing but exploring the vessel. Around 12:30 we found out that someone on the ship got sick and we all need to rush him to Cozumel. at that point I was getting a bit upset, because when we arrived at Cozumel 2 hours after the announcement, we saw how cloudy it was, and it was raining most of the times. It was irritating because we shouldn’t even be there yet. And we wouldn’t if they could arrange a helicopter pick up for a sick person. so Cozumel was ruined for all of us. We got there late around 2:30pm and it was raining, all the fun places were closed, except for the mall. Even then I wasn’t loosing my hope. We supposed to be at Cayman Island in a day, and the weather is always good on cayman islands, at least that is what i heard from people on board. According to new itinerary we supposed to have another “fun day at sea” the day after we left Cozumel, but someone else got sick, so captain decided to rush us to the Grand Cayman. we got three at 1 am at night. The next day I woke up and saw the beautiful sunshine, the weather was perfect. No rain, finally! I was ready to spend all day at the beach. However at @10am they told us that it was too windy for boats to get to the ship in order to take us to the island, so we have to cancel it and go back to Miami. I was so upset, I almost cried. I decided to go to the lobby and demand some reasonable explanation. because I honestly didn’t notice any strong wind. if boats can not handle a little wind, the captain should always have plan B or back up island, or something. The lobby was filled with furious people. The guest services crew was useless. people were screaming “Refund! Refund!” Some guests were asking at least a free drink, others would be ok with a free wifi or on board credits. However nobody got anything! Nothing at all. People’s vacation was ruined and the company didn't do anything to make people happy. There were over 4000 people on board from all over the world. A lot of the guests didn’t speak good English. One poor woman in the lobby was trying to talk to some customer service representative in spanish. All she got as an answer was ‘’I don’t speak spanish, sorry”. My spanish is not good at all, but i could understand that she was just trying to find out what was going on. I demanded from that crew member to find someone who could announce everything in spanish. And - Surprise!- a minute later, they found someone who could speak spanish. People kept demanding refund, and the crew started to refund gratuity as partial refund without explaining that they were taking that money from poor room cleaners, bussers and servers. That means not just that they don’t care about their clients, but also that they couldn’t care less about people that worked for them. Or maybe the gratuity they collect doesn’t even go to the person that makes your bed and cleans your toilet for a week?… shameful company, full of empty promises. This is what we were promised, this is why I picked this cruise: 1 Miami 2 Key West 8am-4pm 3 Fun day at Sea 4 Cayman Island 8am-4pm 5 Cozumel 10am-6pm 6 Fun day at Sea 7 Miami This is what we got: 1 Miami 2 Key West 8am-4pm 3 Cozumel 2:30 pm-11pm was raining , we arrived to late to do anything fun. 4 not so Fun day at Sea, cloudy, rainy 5 Day at sea, arguing with customer service; cloudy sky after we left Grand Cayman waters, raining most of the times. 6 Day at Sea, no extra fun, cloudy, rainy. 7 Miami I personally think we all got only about 30% of what we paid for. I am a business owner myself and if for some reason i can not perform what i was paid for, I don’t charge. Because customer doesn’t care why i couldn’t do it. Than is what I call an honest business! I called their 1-800 number and tried to explain the whole situation, saying that I could pay 3 times less for going to Key West, after all it was the only place we visited and enjoyed as we supposed to. The lady was silent most of the time and then she told me she put a note about my complain, but they not gonna do anything in order to fix it. Don’t let Carnival ruin your vacation! Stay away from their cruise lines!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
The Carnival Breeze! what can be said - absolutely amazing ship and an absolutely amazing cruise. This was the cruise of a lifetime for us and we were not disappointed. We had booked this cruise about a year in advance allowing us plenty ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze! what can be said - absolutely amazing ship and an absolutely amazing cruise. This was the cruise of a lifetime for us and we were not disappointed. We had booked this cruise about a year in advance allowing us plenty of time to research our shore excursions, we cruise for the itinerary and to gamble. We left from Barcelona, Spain on June 15th. Boarding the ship was without incident and, being platinum and having booked a Grand Suite lent itself to us boarding immediately upon arrival. We opted not to arrive at the cruise port until noon, also giving us the opportunity of not dealing with the crowds. The new color of scheme of the Breeze is relaxing and beautiful. The Suite was what we expected, larger balcony, dressing room, large bathroom and plenty of closet space. The "living" area offered a nice seating area and the 42" flat screen TV could be turned for viewing from bed or from the sofa. From our balcony we could look down to the water or to the extension of deck 5 offering great "people watching" opportunities, our particular location offered us a view of one of the hot tub and the barbecue. I am attempting to offer an overview and will get into details as this review progresses. There was a online group formed early on, this offered much information for those who have not cruised before and also offered the opportunity for many to book shore excursions independently in groups. We opted to book our excursions through Carnival with the exception of one - Rome! (more on this later). The group had a welcome aboard party just before sail-a-way, we visited for a few minutes, said our hello's and went on our way. We also had a cabin crawl scheduled, this offered many who are new to cruising or who have no idea what other cabin categories are like the opportunity to see what they are like. We hosted the group in our suite at the end of the crawl for drinks and "munchies". Two of the cabins I had wanted to see were on our crawl - the cove balconies - and the spa cabins. The cove balconies are interesting and are on our list for a future cruise. The spa cabins surprised me, I'm glad to have the opportunity to see them as well. The group also booked a cocktail party on the last sea day and had much fun. We met some wonderful folks within the group and some not so wonderful, like everything "it is what it is". Can't wait for our November cruise and seeing friends again. Your Time Dining worked perfect for us, allowing the opportunity to not have to worry about being in the dining room at an appointed time - with an itinerary as rigorous as this one, my advice would be my time dining. We opted to dine in the steak house twice (both perfect dinners), and we went to the Italian option three times. This was incredible and new for us as in all of our cruises with Carnival this was the first ship we were on that had the Italian venue. Even now I wish I could perfect the recipe for Nona's meatballs and have the word out to my PVP to see if there is a cookbook available or at least the recipe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one! Food in the dining room was great, and our seating was prompt and our location requests handled to our specifications. I don't do breakfast, hubby does and he was pleased. My preference is coffee and toast via room service and that was without incident, in fact, it was very surprising as to how quickly my order was delivered. Lunches on the ship were fun - we did love Guy's burgers and we did find the lido lunch buffet enjoyable. One area I particularly enjoyed was the wok area and the opportunity to "choose my own" ingredients and sauce and have it cooked for me while I waited. While the sauces are delicious, they will make a special sauce for you if you ask as I prefer soy and ginger. The cooks were more than happy to accommodate. Sandwiches were great and many choices available. The pizza was as expected - light, crispy and a wonderful late night snack. It was nice to see a new show - as we have been on the same ships several time we often find we run into productions we have seen before - Motor City and Diva's did not disappoint us. The theatre has a few spots that would make it hard to see the stage, but if you get to the theatre early you should be able to escape them. Carnival should take a lesson from RCCL here and offer exclusive seating for suite patrons. This is one side of Carnival lacking from RCCL as we greatly missed our concierge services. (The new "perks" program has rolled out -- more on that later). The comedy shows were ok, we aren't big on them so we would visit for a few and leave, they were what we expected. We opted out of the welcome and goodbye shows as they never change and we have seen our share. Our cabin steward was "WONDERFUL" she and her assistants could NOT do enough for us. They were attentive and accommodating -- if we were walking to our cabin and they saw us, they would run ahead and open our suite for us - they welcomed us home from our days of sightseeing - it was like coming home to old friends. Another group to acknowledge is guest services - again they offered the extra effort to take care of our needs and questions. Another "hats-off" goes to the Internet team - they had our IPad connected within minutes of our visit. The internet service on the ship is great and fast! The addition of the new daily list of ships activities on line is great! and FREE. We also used the Spa frequently and found the staff and the spa services to exceed our expectations. We booked a couples massage and this was one of our highlights aboard the ship. The spa offered us wonderfully quiet on our sea days - we opt for this rather than the lido pool deck. The pool area was ok - it's not something we do. Movies under the stars were good. The selection was good and should have provided something for everyone. The 5D theatre was like being at Disney, rollercoaster effects, water squirting, air squirting - we are sure it is something that will fare well on the Breeze - great family activity. We did spend much time in the Casino and were floored to discover we were sailing with old friends - we knew our pit bosses from previous cruises - it was like "old home week". Eleanora - it was so wonderful to see you again! We won, we lost, we came up, we went down - all it all - we can't complain as we view gambling as entertainment - we were not disappointed, had tons of fun and met some great new friends. Now about excursions - - Carnival excursions were great - we were very particular in what we chose to do - most of our excursions provided transportation and then exploration "on your own". This worked well for us. Also, hat's off to Carnival, as our arrival to Venice was not without its problems as there was a transportation strike in effect the day we were there. Carnival scrambled and was able to secure enough launches to transport folks from the ship to St. Mark's Square area. All other excursions went as scheduled. Thanks Carnival! You did a great job in a tough situation! After walking around Venice for awhile we had Italian ice cream at St. Mark's Square and then found a gondola ride. Another highlight of the trip as we bargained for a 45 minute ride for 80 Euros and we opted to tip. Our driver took us on a wonderful route through the canals. He told us about the history of the gondola's and pointed out each building of interest as we passed them. He stopped for photo opportunities. Our 45 minutes ended up as an hour and a half. He posed for pictures with us as well. We did have dinner off ship on several occasions - this was wonderful -- We shall never forget our dinner in Venice and our waiter, we chose a beautiful little place with a restaurant seating area inside and a beautiful sidewalk seating area outside. Being in Venice we opted to sit outside and enjoy dinner. Our waiter was so attentive to our needs -- he was wonderful and took it upon himself to entertain us. It amazes me that Europeans don't tip - having worked as a waitress through college, I just can't not tip - in Venice our dinner check was about 76 Euros. We gave the waiter 100 Euros - he promptly returned with change - we said no - for you - he tried again to give us the change - again we said no - for you - he quickly ran back into the kitchen and got the cook - returned for us to tell the cook it was for him. Next he ran back to the bar and grabbed a bottle of lemoncello and shot glasses - returned to our table and poured drinks for us. Such a sweet gesture and truly a highlight of our cruise. As mentioned early on in this review - we booked our own excursion in Rome - this was by far one of the best decisions we made. Hubby had surgery on his foot and is not quite 100%. I was worried about him holding up for a full day and evening in Rome. I searched the internet and found a gentlemen who was advertising Gold Cart Tours of Rome - I started talking with Paolo about 9 months before the cruise via email and telephone. Paolo was a true gentleman and it became apparent quickly that he was going to make our visit to Rome truly exceptional. Paolo also offered transfers from the ship to Rome --we did this as well. Our driver met us at the ship - and whisked us away in his Mercedes into Rome. He pointed out things of interest and took the time to get to know us. Once in Rome he dropped us off in Borgese Park where Paolo had arranged for us to tour the park on Segways! We laughed and learned to ride them in about 10 minutes - Paolo was our guide and took us through the park and to the overlook where we could view all of Rome. After our visit in the park - Paolo took us into Rome via golf cart! This is an incredible way to see Rome - Paolo basically drove us up and down the side streets of Rome from destination to destination. We were dropped off at every one of the sites and would go back and join Paolo once we were ready. We saw the side streets of Rome and other things off the typical tourist trails. Paolo was a wealth of information and narrated through the entire day. He knows his history and had remarkable stories to tell. We were driving along the Apian Way about lunch time. Paolo had prearranged lunch for us at a wonderful restaurant that was once one of the tombs within the wall of Rome - Paolo introduced us to the cook, and we feel we actually had the opportunity to meet "Moma" while in Italy - in fact, she cooked lunch for us. Now, lunch was interesting, Paolo pointed out, lunch is their big meal of the day, the food was endless - soup course, salad course, pasta course, meat course (make that 4 meats) as the plates just kept coming. We had to ask them to stop - we couldn't eat anything else! The afternoon was back to the sites of Rome -- those on the tourist routes, and those not on the tourist routes! We learned so much from Paolo and extend our sincere appreciation for him making Rome a highlight of our vacation. Paulo also told us that while gelato is good - Italian ice cream is the end-all-be-all he was right! There are those who will cruise and find fault, I have run into that in the last few days, it never ceases to amaze me. Although there will always be something not to one's liking there are ways to constructively voice complaints. In the last few days I have been witness to a couple who wouldn't extend a compliment if it jumped up and hit them in the nose. If one stands back and takes a look their arrogance and lack of good manners quickly comes to surface. Personally we never dwell on the negatives, we go on our cruises expecting to have a wonderful time and experience - we have never been disappointed -- We are looking forward to many more cruises and if you are thinking about the Breeze, book it, enjoy her - she's beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We flew in the morning of the departure as we are from England and not the states. On first sight of the ship, it looks magnificent in the dock. Our transport was waiting at the airport and took all of us straight to the ship. The queue ... Read More
We flew in the morning of the departure as we are from England and not the states. On first sight of the ship, it looks magnificent in the dock. Our transport was waiting at the airport and took all of us straight to the ship. The queue was quite long to check-in, but we were soon through and issued with our sail and sign cards as the American's call them. On entering the vessel, we boarded through Deck 3 which took us into a bar area, with a Guest Services Desk. We took a seat to look at the 'lobby' it was an amazing site looking at the 4 glass lifts and looking through right to the top of the ship! We ordered a drink, the prices on board are quite expensive, and every time you go to the bar there is a 15% service charge added, you give you card and then sign a receipt when you get your drink. (on further inspection by my son, there is small print on the back of the card, to take off the service charge, I went to Guest services to get it removed, I wanted to tip the waiters on board who looked after us, this was done, on the last day and it saved me $580!) The gratuities on board, are £138 per person per cabin, again you can get this removed, and do your own tipping, to your waiter of your choice and your personal cabin staff. This is what we opted to do. The food was good, a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, Sushi, Steak House ($35 surcharge pp) Italian (£12 surcharge pp) burger bar, mexican bar, pizza 24 hour bar, curry bar, self service restaurant, blush restaurant and the main waiter service restaurant anytime dining. You were really spoilt for choice. Oh and a BBQ at lunch times on sea days. The whirl pools situated on each side of deck 5 where great, they hang out over the side of the ship. There is crazy golf on deck 11 along with basketball, soccer courts, a sky walk, and the 2 aqua slides, which were amazing. There is a massive TV screen on the pool deck 10, which has plenty of sun beds (But get them early) and 2 bars at either side, one red frog pub, and the tequila bar, these both have waiters or you can go to the bar. The self service restaurant is on this deck, it is great for breakfast and lunch. I never had a burger from the burger bar, but both my husband and son did, and said they were great! I travelled with my husband and son, and my mother and father, we had 2 cabins. The cabins are great, light and bright, with a flat screen TV and great choice of channels (i really didn't have time for TV!) 2 bathrooms, one with shower, toilet sink etc, and a smaller one with shower/bath and sink, this was great when 3 in a room. Each room has a free safe. Entertainment was great on board. It just felt like you were on really big ship, with thousands of people, on sea days it was difficult to get a sun bed or seat. The casino is really big. Overall the boat is fantastic. The service in the main restaurant was a bit hit or miss, silly little mistakes or forgetfulness! Think they need a bit more training, this was our only disappointment! Tours were a bit on the expensive side, but everything was slick and streamline, we all had a fantastic time the cities we visited were great, would we book again, yes I would, overall a great time was had by all of us! Long ride into town, not really much going on there, not really impressed with this port of call Loved this place did our thing here Did our own thing for 2 days, and did it all, what a fantastic city! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Carnival Cruises "fits" me. I love their food, their layout, their entertainment options, and was not disappointed. The new ship offered some great new choices, though I did see some planning that could have been better. With ... Read More
Carnival Cruises "fits" me. I love their food, their layout, their entertainment options, and was not disappointed. The new ship offered some great new choices, though I did see some planning that could have been better. With temperatures in the 90's, and 4200 passengers on board, the ship needed more than 2 swimming pools. While there was a therapeutic pool in the spa, it was an extra cost, and indoors - at least, they could have added one adults only pool. They did have more whirlpool hot tubs which I really enjoy. As usual we had an inside cabin, and we have learned to select the best location, 7th level, midship, so no noise issues, and fairly close to everything. The cabin was magically cleaned and sufficient for our needs, and television had enough ship and other channels for the time we spent there. I appreciated that we could get ship wifi, but I still resist overpriced slow internet, so only checked emails in free port wifi. The abundance of computer terminals if you did pay for the service was certainly an improvement. The food was excellent. The layout, however, left something to be desired. Omelette station is always busy, but it seemed foolish to place cold cuts, cheese, and pastries along the omelette line, with people having to cut in and out even if they didn't want an omelette. Lineups for pizza were long and no more calzones or sandwich bar. The hamburger stand and Mexican place were great. With the warm weather, I realize the ship wants to flog drinks, but I consume a lot of iced tea and lemonade. It would be good to have a station in Serenity and 5th floor promenade, rather than only Lido Marketplace. And really, who thought of putting the basketball court on top of the otherwise excellent Captain's Cuisina? Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We sailed on the inaugural cruise of the Breeze June 3rd, 2012. While I am a fan of Carnival, I cannot give this cruise very high marks.. We found the food in the main dining anything but good. The buffet was not much better. The ship was ... Read More
We sailed on the inaugural cruise of the Breeze June 3rd, 2012. While I am a fan of Carnival, I cannot give this cruise very high marks.. We found the food in the main dining anything but good. The buffet was not much better. The ship was soiled within hours of its embarkation and remained that way for much of the entire cruise... While we really like the new look for Carnival, the colors seemed maybe too light for the kind of traffic a ship of this size it getting. In short, the carpet was dirty appearing the entire time even though the staff was continually trying to clean it. We also missed our last port at Marseilles due to Carnival not being able to dock in Livorno a few days earlier, which threw the remainder of our cruise schedule in limbo.. In essence, Carnival ported at Livorno the next day so we ended up with an extra sea day and no Marseilles port. Several people ended up with something resembling a cold with upper respiratory infections, and some said it was a type of flu that many including the staff were all suffering. In short, it was not one of our better cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Background - My wife and I are both in our early forties. This is our second cruise overall and our second cruise with Carnival. It was just the two of us as we left the kids at home with family. I am career military(Navy). Just ... Read More
Background - My wife and I are both in our early forties. This is our second cruise overall and our second cruise with Carnival. It was just the two of us as we left the kids at home with family. I am career military(Navy). Just want to mention this early on but Carnival's military discount is incredible. We saved just almost 40% off of the initial rate. That said, Carnival does a good job of refunding your money if you buy early and the price goes down for that particular cabin so in the end we probably saved 20-25% of what the regular price is. Still saved us a bunch of money that we used on excursions, etc.. Hotel Info - We stayed at the Hotel Jazz in Barcelona for three days prior to embarkation and we stayed one day at the Hotel Soho after the cruise was over. We arrived three days early to give us plenty of time to get used to the time zone and in case our luggage got lost on the flight we would three days for it to catch up to us. Luckily that did not happen but there were 18 or so guests that did have their luggage lost. I think they tried to arrive the same day the cruise left which is certainly doable. Both hotels were really great. Hotel Jazz is located a couple of blocks from Plaza Catalunya which is essentially the city center. It also sits on the north entrance to Las Ramblas. Pretty ideal location as Las Ramblas has tons of shops, bars, and awesome places to eat. It was nice being a couple of block from Las Ramblas as I imagine the noise might be a bit much at night. The price for our hotel was about 65% of what a comparable hotel on Las Ramblas would have cost. Excellent service and a really great hotel overall. The Soho is run by the same company and it was also very, very nice. A little farther away from Las Ramblas but the furnishings were exceptional and ultra modern. The only drawback was the taxi ride to and from the ship was about 20 Euros. Taxis are fairly expensive in Barcelona I thought. Bottom Line - I would highly recommend both of these hotels. Ship Info - We stayed on the 12th deck in one of the Cloud 9 Spa Balcony rooms. Literally 5 feet from the gym. This was pretty awesome as there was a little added convenience to go workout. Overall the room was pretty quite with the exception being some of the muscleheads dropping weights in the gym. Overall a very minor concern. We had Cloud 9 spa access which was excellent. The sea water hot tub and the steam room were very relaxing after long days ashore or after a particularly strenuous workout. The Stateroom itself was nice and roomy with plenty of closet space. We also packed a moderate amount of things and did laundry a couple of times. The room had both American and European outlets which was very nice. The ship itself was beautiful and extremely well maintained. The staff was extremely helpful and on top of things. Embarkation - Was very smooth. The whole process took us less than 20 minutes which included security screening, getting our Sail and Sign card and getting to our room. Our room was all set up and our luggage was delivered by 5pm. We arrived about an hour after embarkation began. Activities - The activities on board were great and there seemed to be something for everyone throughout the day. We went to two of the shows and enjoyed both of them. One was a tribute to Motor City music and the other was a Welsh multi instrument performer, Samantha Jay. The casino was good as well. They have these electronic Texas Hold Em tables. I was a little leery at first but they were easy to use after a couple of hands. A word to the wise, don't ever, ever play poker with Russians. They are great card players, aggressive and smart. Shore Excursions - We went on excursions in Marseilles, Livorno and Messina. We enjoyed them all. The Florence and Pisa Tour with Tower entry was truly awesome and The Mt Etna at 2900 Meters was really incredible. Both once in a lifetime excursions. Florence is beautiful with a very rich history and we can not wait to go back. Mt Etna is great. Walking on top of a live volcano... I mean seriously how much more awesome can it get. We did not do Carnival Excursions in Rome and Venice. In Rome we did the Colosseum at night tour. Very awesome group tour at night. During the day it is really, really crowded. At night only group tours are allowed in and it was a really great experience. In Venice we took gondola rowing lessons from Jane at http://www.rowvenice.com/ . What a great, unique experience. Instead of getting an overpriced 40 minute gondola ride at St. Marks we got over twice the time(our lesson was two hours) and actually get to learn how to row a gondola. It is way harder than it looks by the way. Venice - Do not, I repeat do not sit to have a drink or a meal in St. Marks square unless you want to pay 3-4 or even 5 times what you should be paying. We sat down and luckily for us the couple got their bill. They paid in excess of 40 Euros(over 50 dollars) for one glass of ordinary white wine a piece. The bars and restaurants there are complete tourist traps. There are any number of places to eat and drink in the alleys around St. Marks that looked awesome and much more reasonable on the prices. The one thing I would like to see Carnival do better is provide information on each of the ports for those folks that are not taking an excursion. I saw some folks with those types of sheets but they did not seem to be readily available. Travel to and from Barcelona - We flew American Airlines there and Iberia on the way back both booked through American. Overall everything went great. The only challenge was that Iberia does not issue seats until 24 hours prior to unless you sign up for their rewards program. Also American's seat management system does not communicate with Iberia's. We still got great seats on the way back but it was a little different. Dining - Dining was good, not great but certainly good. Guy's Burger Joint was excellent but the Blue Iguana Cantina was off the charts awesome. Their breakfast burritos were rock solid and their tacos and burritos for lunch were stellar. We ate in the dining room three times. Each time the service was excellent and the meals very tasty. We enjoyed the ease of access to the Lido Marketplace a little better and we ended up taking the majority of our meals there. The food quality was good. Again not great but certainly not bad either. Chef's Table - We signed up for the Chef's Table dinner. It is only open to 12 people for the entire cruise and it costs 75 USD per person. Before I went I got a little sticker shock but after I went I was sure that we had gotten a bargain. One of the best meals I have ever had in my life. It was nine or ten courses and every one was exceptional. My wine glass never got empty. The coolest thing is you eat in the kitchen and get to see the behind the scenes. Red Frog Pub - Loved this place. My wife and I went there for drinks five times. They have outdoors seating and it was truly exceptional. Friendly staff and very, very relaxed. The Red Frog Pub Ale is really, really good. My wife absolutely loved the Ting Mojitos. Disembarkation - This went smooth. We chose to take our stuff ourselves and we went off as soon as the gangway was open. It was pretty early but we avoided the big rush. The time from our room to the taxi cab was no more than 10 minutes. It helped that we had only one bag and one carry on apiece. Summary - This was a great cruise and can not wait to go another. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again but are open to cruising with other cruise lines as well. Carnival did an exceptional job with this ship in general and our cruise in particular. The cruise director, John Heald is a funny, funny man and did an exceptional job keeping us all informed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I am writing this review on my final day of the 6/27/12 sailing of the new Carnival Breeze. This ship is nothing like the other Carnival Ships you've been on. Carnival took a drastically different design direction, leaving the ... Read More
I am writing this review on my final day of the 6/27/12 sailing of the new Carnival Breeze. This ship is nothing like the other Carnival Ships you've been on. Carnival took a drastically different design direction, leaving the Farcus look and I personally think it's AWESOME. The ship's design and public rooms are much more attractive then other Carnival ships I've sailed on (Splendor, Elation, Ecstasy). A bit of background, My husband and I are in our 40s with three kids (ages 11, 16, 17), I have sailed on approximately a dozen cruises with various lines: Holland America, Disney, RCCL, Carnival, Celebrity. This was our first European cruise. I will start with the staff. Almost every staff member you walk by is friendly and says hello. I was completely pleased with the service aboard this ship. I just sailed on Holland American only 8 weeks before and the service was awful so this was a welcome change. How was our stateroom, location? First the hallways -- yes, the hallways have this complete Caribbean feel, great slatted doors and ocean looking carpet. Loved the new look here. As a family of 5 we had connecting staterooms with the new 'cove balcony'. The cove balcony's are located on deck 2 and I wasn't sure if I'd like them. They are big open windows cut out of the hull to make a balcony. I really do like it, you are closer to the water and they are quiet, no crazy wind either. Mid ship, low down with a balcony gave us the best of both worlds... having a balcony, less ship movement. With many of the public room decks and formal dining being on decks 3, 4, 5 this was a great location. Our stateroom had great color palette, blue and fold with medium wood tone cabinetry. Very functional spaces, flat screen TVs, safe located where it was accessible, drawer space and ample hanging space for a 12 day cruise. There's also big drawers under the sofa which we didn't even use. Under bed space is high enough to fit even the large suitcases. Bathroom has a decent size vanity (for a ship) and stall shower, all typical. I chose this ship because my family loves cruising and I wanted something other than a Caribbean cruise. Loved the Mediterranean. Carnival seemed like a good fit with kids programs, endless activities, fun and I'd get Europe. On that level it did work. My 16 and 17 year old just love the Carnival O2 concept. It's a cool club-like place to hang out for 15 -- 17 year olds. Really, if they go on the first day, you'll have a hard time spending time with your kids. They meet so many other kids and have a blast. My 11 year old on the other hand was not thrilled with Camp Carnival. He really likes sports and outdoor stuff so the Camp stuff was too young for him with 9 -- 11 year old age bracket. I think this may be better when he hits 12 and can go to Circle C. Being on a Med Cruise, this was a port intensive itinerary. I really enjoyed the ports but Carnival's pricing on their shore excursions is outrageous to me, especially when I have to multiply everything by 5. Here's my personal experience with our ports and how some of pricing works out too. 1. Marseille, France -- we took a cab to the downtown harbor, took a boat to Chateau du If. It was good for a few hours and you have beautiful views. This is good if you have kids who will just get Basillica'd out. Inexpensive too. 2. Livorno Italy (Pisa and Florence) -- We really wanted to climb the Tower of Pisa, then go to Florence. Cost of the cruise ship excursion to do this 206.99 x 4 = 1024.95(adults) + 196.99 (kid) = $1024.95usd for my family of 5 OUCH!!!!! We booked Rome in Limo tour, $500 Euro (@650 usd) for a private tour for the 5 of us. We got to Pisa before the tour buses and made Tuscany stops too. 3. Civitaveccia (Rome) -- We did the same thing, booked Rome in Limo private tour for the 5 of us. Saved about the same amount at Livorno. 4. Dubrovnik -- hadn't planned anything. Was looking at the shore excursion that Carnival had for kayaking, just too much $$s. Went into town and got a 3+ hour kayak excursion for $34Euros per person. Total cost with child discount $154 Euro (@205 Euro). Carnival was charging $89 per person $445 usd. A big savings here as well. The Old City is beautiful, clean and very affordable. Restaurants are reasonably priced. It all looked so picture perfect, I could only compare it to a European Village at Epcot in Disney. 5. Venice -- We didn't plan anything. Just figured we'd walk around the city. Glad we didn't take the cruise ship transfer. At 16Euro per person each way to St. Mark's Square it would have cost my family 160Euro to go 2 miles each way. Honestly, if you enjoy walking, walk to St. Mark's Square. Walking is half the fun, going through all the little streets was what we found really fun. Navigating (we used the iphone) but there are lots of little signs with arrows just pointing you in the direction of St. Mark's. If you get lost, no big deal, that's part of the appeal. Really wanted to do a gondola ride but Carnival shore excursion was $99 per person x 5 = $495 OUCH!!!! They included the transfer to St. Mark's + free time and a 40 minute gondola ride. If you didn't have 6 people, they'd add people to your gondola as well. We just arranged with the gondola on the water, $100 Euros (@$134 usd) and a private 45 minute ride. It was perfect, saved a bunch of $$s again. We took the vaparetto (waterbus) back to Piazza di Roma for 7euro per person and then the 1euro people mover. Even though we didn't walk back it was still half the price of the cruise ship transfer. 6. Messina, Sicily -- We decided to go to the town of Taormina, quaint, picturesque town heading towards Mt. Etna. It's where the Italian Cannoli was invented so we had to try them in Taormina. Taxi's are expensive as it's about a 45 minute drive ($150 each way). The ship's transfer was $69 per person. I just kept saying to my husband "We can't spend $350 for a cannoli!!!!" I did some searching and found that the train station was a 10 minute walk from the pier. The train to Taormina was only 35Euros roundtrip for my family of 5. Yup, 35 Euros as compared to $350. Also, you get to ride the train which goes right along the ocean and get amazing views as you enter Taormina. You do need to take a taxi to the town but the taxi was 15 -- 20 Euros so it was still a huge savings. It also gives you a chance to experience a bit of local life. Things I wish Carnival would do/misses: 1. Put a paper holder in your cabin on the wall so you don't have to keep all those papers on the limited desk space. 2. Have larger (or some tables) non-smoking area of the casino. 3. Offer a way to preview photos electronically. I can't stand looking through thousands of photos to find mine. The use of the green screen is great but why not take green screen shots and let you choose your background digitally. This all seems so behind the times in an age of digital photography. Piles of photos, tons of processing, most of which end up in the trash. 4. Expand their room service menu for breakfast. Danish, cereal, limited fruit.... It's really boring. 5. Putting Cucina de Capitan under the basketball court -- argh, it's really noisy dining there. 6. Need another self service laundry room, the lines are awful. C'mon you are charging $6.50 to wash and dry in the do it yourself, have a few more please). 7. Add another O2 counselor. 1 adult for all those teenagers is not enough. She needs some help for sure. Things Carnival hit it right on this ship: 1. Public areas that are broken up with outdoor deck space. The way they utilized the Ocean Breeze Deck on 5 is perfect. Quiet areas with umbrellas and tables to enjoy drinks away from the loud noise and bustle of the main pool areas. 2. Lido deck -- major improvements, faux trees, covered high tables overlooking the ocean, great decor, loved the look and feel of the lido. 3. Themed restaurants -- great the way you can just go to the burger place, or the Mexican place, love the Cucina de Capitan at lunch where you order at the pasta bar and they bring it to you. I really like what they've done with the concept. 4. Sports Deck -- whole family loved this, the mini golf, ropes course, outdoor spaces with pool tables, fooseball. There are tons of people and it's popular. The Carnival Water Works is a blast too and slides are fun. 5. Getting rid of needing coins in the laundry. Some tips: 1. If you are a family like ours, we have iPads, laptops, phones. There are 2 outlets in your room that are accessible. Bring a power strip with you. 2. Arm and Hammer makes concentrated laundry detergent pods, they are not liquid so easy to travel with. Bring your own in a Ziploc and bring your own dryer sheets. Better detergent and you don't have to worry about finding some when their machines run out. 3. There's no conditioner in the staterooms, if you use it, bring it. The shampoo isn't great either, I'd bring your own. 4. Pre-print a sheet of labels with your name, address and mobile phone #s. You can use this on all the luggage tags that are given to you. Saves a ton of time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We began our cruise in Barcelona, stay there beforehand or after, but it is a great city to tour! We could embark at 11:30, so we were there around this time. There was a long line, but it moved very quickly and were on the boat within an ... Read More
We began our cruise in Barcelona, stay there beforehand or after, but it is a great city to tour! We could embark at 11:30, so we were there around this time. There was a long line, but it moved very quickly and were on the boat within an hour from when we got there. The port terminal is nice and new and it definitely shows. Once we got on the boat, we went to our room, which was not ready yet, but we were able to get in. The rooms are GREAT! We had a balcony which was very spacious, had a beach lay out chair and two sitting chairs. We had a little bit longer balcony than other rooms because we were right next to the Aft. We had the king size bed which was great and the bathroom was very nice. It had plenty of room around the sink to set things there. There was also plenty of room to store our clothes in the closet and drawers. The TV was nice and Carnival has done a nice job of adding more channels to the TV (not that you need to be in the room watching anything!). They also added this self service tab to see how much you have spent on the Sign & Sail Card as well as what is on the menu for dinner. We then went to explore and found what would be one of our favorite places, Red Frog Pub. We went in there, got a drink, and they took our picture which would end up be displayed just for that day. We had a great time in there, they play live music in there and it was just a lot of fun. My husband loved the Red Frog beer. Then we went outside and hung out at the Blue Iguana Bar and the Red Frog Bar which is by the main pool The pool is very nice because it gives this shallow area where you can sit in, so you don't have to get soaking wet, but get a little nice refreshing coolness. Then we went and tried the watersides. There are two! The orange one was my favorite, but the yellow is just as fun! We also did the mini-golf which was harder than it looks. It was 9 holes and definitely recommended as well. Our dinner and service was excellent each night. The Chateaubriand was delicious! I still dream about it! I think the Melting cake is also a winner, but it seemed the desserts were a lot better than my last cruise because I rarely got the melting cake! We also paid money to go to the Steakhouse- Fahrenheit 55, which was good. I am not sure it was amazing, but def. a good steakhouse. I had the surf and turf which was good. The problem was, we left feeling disgusting because we were so full. The shows were actually pretty good on this boat. I think they have done a much better job of making them not so cheesy. We had The Brits, Divas, Latin Nights, and Motor City. Divas was definitely the best show, followed by Latin Nights. Motor City was okay and The Brits was decent. I definitely recommend seeing them all (especially on a 12 day cruise!), however, Divas and Latin Nights is a must. We also had this hilarious comedian and magician, John Lenahan which actually put on the BEST show of them all. I highly recommend if he has a show one night, go to it!!! We cracked up about his banana joke for the rest of the cruise. We also went often to the Punchliner Comedy Shows which were decent. We had 6 different comedians throughout the time of the cruise. There were two British comedians who were not as good as the Americans, but maybe we didn't get their humor as well as the Americans. They were funny....but not our cup of tea necessarily. We also went to the Punchliner Comedy Brunch Shows which the food there was EXCELLENT! Go! Another show was the Hasbro Game Show--I got up there the first night. This was entertaining and fun! If you get up there--more fun, however, even being part of the audience was fun. My husband really liked Guy's Burger Joint---I recommend it as well. I also liked the Blue Iguana Cantina tacos. The chicken and fish were good. I loved this boat, even though there were a lot of people on the boat, it never felt like it was busy anywhere. I never had to wait in line too long or anything. I loved that! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being ... Read More
My daughter and I enjoyed our cruise, however we found ourselves continually comparing this ship to our favorite, which was INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS in the Royal Carribbean fleet. We expected this ship would be comparable due to it being new. We found that was not the case, so we were slightly disappointed. However, there is nothing wrong with the ship and we found it adequate to have a pleasant trip. The cons of the ship were the common areas seemed small. It did not have the expansive open spaces we expected. Some of the food, while prepared fresh at the Pizza Pirate and the Mongolian Wok created long lines and lengthy delays to obtain. The cabin temperature never seemed to change despite continually adjusting it. We couldn't seem to get it cool enough at times. The shopping seemed less abundant, but perhaps it was just not spread out as far. The beach pool was not nearly big enough to accomodate the size of the ship with respect to the number of passengers. The Ocean Plaza on deck 5 was where a lot of activities, such as trivia were held and on sea days the doors opening on each side created crosswinds through the plaza. We were very disappointed in the 5D theater - it was extremely small, a fee applied and the show offerings were very limited. The pros of the ship were the crew, the production shows, the seaside theater (albeit old movies were shown), Fat Jimmy's C-side BBQ only available on sea days. Sail and sign kiosks made obtaining information easier than waiting in long guest services lines. You could also change large bills there. The Hasbro game shows were fun. The casino was nice size, with nice game choices. Overall, it was a nice trip, just nothing spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We just returned from the second voyage of the Carnival Breeze. Here are my impressions. The staff was great. Just a few little glitches not worth mentioning -- chalked it up to working out the kinks still. I agree about the decor. ... Read More
We just returned from the second voyage of the Carnival Breeze. Here are my impressions. The staff was great. Just a few little glitches not worth mentioning -- chalked it up to working out the kinks still. I agree about the decor. I'm used to something a little more elegant and the Carribean theme did seem out of place after spending the day viewing the ornate cathedrals in Italy. But it didn't affect my enjoyment of the trip at all. The food was mostly disappointing. I had to keep telling myself that's not why I was there. It was just very frustrating to have so many choices in the Lido Marketplace and not be able to find anything edible (or even warm for that matter). Not even the desserts -- the chocolate chip cookies were hard and flavorless. The meals in the dining room were better. Not spectacular though. A few winners -- like the warm chcolate melting cake which is on the menu every night and the crab cake which we all enjoyed the one night it was offered. Other than that, everything was mostly just OK or a little better than OK. Guy's Burgers were very good as was the pizza from the Pizza Pirate (both of which I fell back on quite a bit due to lack of anything good on the buffet). The tacos and burritos at the Blue Iguana were just OK, The Indian food was spicy and tasty, but you can only eat so much of that. The dinner we had at the Cucina del Capitano (12$ and change for one adult) was very good and felt elegant and fun at the same time. We didn't see a lot of shows. We saw one comedian at the Punchliner who was very disappointing, but I'm sure it just depends who you see. The Hasbro kids show was a big hit with my son. The live musicians were sometimes good and sometimes not. The Thrill Theater is only worth it if you pay the 14$ for access through the whole cruise. I took my son once -- on the last day -- and payed 7$ each for a 13 minute movie. He loved it, but I didn't feel I got my money's worth. We mostly toured on our own, and only took 2 ship excursions, which were nice, but a little rushed (Taormina and Ancient Greek Theater in Messina, and Morano, St George Island with a gondola ride in Venice). All other stops we did on our own (Marseilles, Rome, Venice, Dubrovnik). The cruise director John Heald was the highlight of the cruise. That man is hilarious! We didn't make it to many of his shows live, but thoroughly enjoyed watching him on tv in our cabin. His morning dedication show with Calvin was worth getting up for. They should put him in the Punchliner! If you have kids, they will LOVE the Breeze. My son (11) couldn't get enough of the water slides, rope course, Camp Carnival and Guy's burgers. And for that reason alone we would sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We have sailed with Carnival before and have been happy enough, but this is the first Carnival ship I would actually go out of my way to book again! There is no excuse to be bored on this ship, no matter what your age. The sky course and ... Read More
We have sailed with Carnival before and have been happy enough, but this is the first Carnival ship I would actually go out of my way to book again! There is no excuse to be bored on this ship, no matter what your age. The sky course and sports square was a hit with my 9 year old; he walked the sky course 30 times or more. We spent a great deal of time on the shuffleboard and foosball tables in the Red Frog pub, where they also have various board games available. The interior decor in the Breeze is noticeably different from other Carnival ships, and in a good way. Tasteful colors and patterns make it different from the clown-inspired designs of Carnival ships past. I used the early saver program to upgrade my interior cabin to a cove balcony, and I am spoiled now! The cove balcony is a lower balcony on level 2, very close to the water, and shaded by the lifeboats above, so you aren't blasted by the sun like on a regular balcony. I have seen others complain that because the galley is directly above many of the coves they are kept awake by noise all night, but this was not my experience at all. We mostly ate in the buffet, as dining rooms on cruise ships are notoriously slow, and we don't like to dress up just for a meal. We do like the more casual dress code Carnival has now, and spent a couple of nights in the Blush; thanks again to Junior and Ephram, fantastic waiters (and dancers/singers!). I should also mention the ports of call on this particular itinerary were Barcelona, Marseille (very disappointing, second worst IMO only to any port in Jamaica), Livorno (we took the excursion to Florence, well worth it!), Civitavecchia (went to Rome, of course, great times), Dubrovnik (my son's favorite port, we took the cable car and then went snorkeling and saw tons of fish!), Venice (good as always), and Messina (took the Taormina on your own excursion, very nice little tourist town). Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Preliminarily, this was my second cruise (the first being a Caribbean one on Royal Caribbean). However, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe on business and I am a seasoned traveller. The decision to book on Carnival was not my ... Read More
Preliminarily, this was my second cruise (the first being a Caribbean one on Royal Caribbean). However, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe on business and I am a seasoned traveller. The decision to book on Carnival was not my own, but I was part of a group of about 12 persons which included my partner. I exclude from this review any commentary about ports or Carnival organized excursions (we organized all of of our own, at significantly reduced prices). I'll also say that I am in my mid-to-late 20's: I'm not being an old crabby person when I complain about a lack of formality, quiet spaces, children, etc. I've got my fair share of patience and I am not wealthy. This was the Breeze's second sailing, Barcelona->Barcelona with ports in Marseilles, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Dubrovinik, Palma de Mallorca, et al. It was a 12 night cruise with 8 ports (I believe). We set sail on 6/12; you can look it up. On the whole, I would characterize the experience as "mediocre." Many parts of the ship left me feeling underwhelmed, but the nice ports and time spent off ship contributed to a generally positive feeling. Were there more sea days or was I on a less engaging itinerary, I believe this review would be far more negative. I apologize for my rather disjoint comments, but a bulleted list is the most convenient way for me to discuss the experience: * I really enjoyed the Piano '88 bar and pianist Ron Pass. This is how most of my evenings were spent. A young guy, he lacked the smoky gruff I've become accustomed to in piano men, but he could do a dead-on Elton John. He was a bit repetitive night after night, but I understand that tips dictate his play list. This venue attracted its fair share of nightly regulars. * I'd heard rumours of Carnival as the "discount cruise line" and moreso than the staff and experience it was the other clientèle who reinforced this notion for me. Dining room dress code was generally ignored (nor was it enforced) and there was a general lack of decorum elsewhere. Being American, some portion of this could be attributed to European customs (European passengers were 1/3+ of our ship; the Russian contingent was also significant). While I respect their different beliefs, the occasional lack of decorum for queueing and personal space was a bit off putting. * Our group took formal dining every evening. Props to our server Tomaz and his attentiveness and patience with special requests. I wouldn't call the food "excellent", but it was generally "good", and there were some very nice presentations and a nice variety of selections (including an "every day" menu featuring some staples). I would encourage people to avoid the "comfort items", which seemed to have an over-emphasis on portion size and fried food. The tiramisu was absolutely delicious. Order meat one degree more rare than what you'd actually like to get. * Main auditorium entertainment was underwhelming both in selection and execution. My favorite was "The Brits", a show featuring Beatles tunes and others from the same era. There is something to be said for that fact that half of this show was projected on a giant screen (and not sung live) -- and it was still the best. The "Divas" show was also said to be respectable; with the magic act and talent show well below par. * Children. Children. Children. They are everywhere. They are loud. When sea days roll around (or the various "Camp Carnival" events let out for the night) they were everywhere. There is an adults only pool area (impossible to find a seat on sea days). Besides that, nowhere was exempt from the noise. Though the library bar is quite a nice space, it was full of kids playing games. I could find nowhere to get work done outside my cabin. With two of us trying to work, this meant one of us got the cabin desk and the other had to sit in the bed -- which wasn't very conducive to productivity. A simple adults only area could go a long ways in improving this. * I attended about ~3 comedy shows. On my particular cruise there seemed to be an over-emphasis on British comedians. Their slang and style seemed to go over the head of many in the audience. Some American comedians came on board later into our cruise, but I cannot offer comment on their performances. * The "Punchliner Comedy Brunch" offered on sea days in the main dining room was a pretty nice meal and alternative to Lido deck breakfast. However, the comedy component was nothing to be impressed with (a 5 minute advertisement occurring once hourly). Actually, try to avoid it, as the servers tend to step aside while the performance is under way. * Regarding lido deck dining: We were usually in a hurry to get off the ship at port (and I am not the best early riser). Breakfast lines were pretty large, but going to the Blue Iguana Cantina (mexican station) was a nice opportunity to *quickly* get a wrapped breakfast burrito that could be taken off ship. It had far shorter lines than the standard breakfast offerings and was pretty delicious. * We disembarked around 8AM for most ports and were back on board ~3-4PM. Having eaten breakfast, we didn't really take lunch in ports. Starving back on board, dining options were extremely limited around this time. It was either do Guy's Burgers (grease-fest) or wait in line for the limited deli options (cooked on demand). * Late night dining was also a disappointment. The pizza joint was open 24 hours and was quite good. Unfortunately, lines were long as they seemed to insist on cooking pizzas to order. The itinerary did mention "late night snacks from midnight-2AM". To the best of my searching, this did not exist on the first half of our cruise. When it did show up on the second half, it consisted of (1) hot dogs, (2) buffalo chicken sandwiches, and (3) potato chips -- EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Just call 24 hour room service and throw them a Euro or 2; they have more healthy, fresh, and prompt offerings. More often, I fixed a plate when lido dinner opened @ 5:30 or 6:00 (prior to my 8:15 late formal dining) and threw it in the cabin mini-fridge and ate it when my midnight or 1AM cravings rolled around. * Internet service was "decent". Satellite internet obviously comes with challenges and is inevitably frustrating. I did pricing per the minute (no pre-bought package) @ $0.75 minute, and was generally able to complete an email check in ~3 minutes time. In the more mundane ports, I found a cafe, had a drink, and drained the bandwidth out of their free wifi connections. * Our ability to bring alcohol onboard was absolutely unrestricted. We disembarked with a large amount in a disguised fashion, and when that ran out, we brought it on in water bottles. Never a single question or inspection. Maybe it was just super hot and they were encouraging hydration, maybe it was European attitudes, I don't know; YMMV. Good luck. P.S. If you're American, don't buy booze and check it across the pond. We were able to buy completely respectable 750ml vodka (Smirnoff quality) at 3.33EURO in a Barcelona supermarket which we used to fill disguised bottles (and got over 3 gallons on board). * Though crowded on sea days, I quite enjoyed the pools. Shaded seating areas existed (able to put your feet in the water), very shallow pool areas in which to lounge and read, and in-pool seating were a nice touch. Lounge chairs suffered from the usual limited availability and rude "towel-down" reservation system. This was even worse in the adults-only area which featured nice couches, hammocks, and covered round seating (should you be able to get one). * Umbrella tables and the more relaxed (but pool-less) 5th deck attitude was a whole lot better than that up top. I gave the Sky Course (rope course), slides, and etc. a try -- but they weren't as important to me as if, say, I was travelling with children. Lines didn't seem too extreme for these offerings. * My experience with crew was almost universally positive. Granted, this was the ship's second sailing and they probably still had their "A team" on board. Our cabin steward was a bit too "hands on" (endlessly knocking when we were showering to talk to us). He also created some of the most abstract and nondescript towel animals I've ever seen.. * During lido lunch dining there is a free "pasta bar" upstairs at Cucina de Capito (which at dinner becomes a premium restaurant). Few people seem to know this and it comes highly recommended. I also heard "C side BBQ", open only sea days, was quite good, but didn't want to brave the lines. * Given the price point, I found our interior cabin quite spacious and well appointed (robes!). We were at the extreme stern of the ship and we did have some mild temperature issues. Our AC was at full blast, but our room never really got cold. Granted, it was a 100 degree heat wave almost every day in Europe, but the bow of the ship didn't seem to suffer in the same way (where some of our party were staying). In fact, many of the cabin hallways had external blowers in place at night, though I was unable to conclude if this was to dry carpet cleaning or help with air circulation. We never really suffered, but after a 100 degree day in port, it wasn't the pleasant shock we desired, either. You must also have your ship-card in the slot for the A.C, to operate -- though any standard-sized card will work. * Embarkation, disembarkation, and port calls were all quite reasonable and prompt. Announcements seemed to indicate a bit of trouble with some of the Carnival-sponsored shuttles, but we didn't take any of those. There was a general strike in Venice, but this was outside Carnival's control and they seemed to do a quite respectable job in trying to circumnavigate the matter. * A special shout out to "The Taylor's" who amazingly managed not to arrive back on board on time for 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS (but always made departure). I am sure they got quite a lecture from the staff. * We didn't really participate in too many of the minor on-ship activities. We did give trivia a whirl twice and were unimpressed. First, the hosts had no idea what they were doing (they couldn't pronounce some things correctly during "culinary trivia"). Second, it seems Carnival doesn't mix up the questions much. Some 14 year-old pr*ck aced virtually every question because he had been on a prior cruise with the exact same questions (and still got a trophy!). * Why the paid locations such as the "Red Frog Pub" and "Bonsai Sushi" exist is beyond me. I noticed more staff were using these empty locations than paying customers. Surely, this space could be utilized in a more engaging way. (Poolside bars were doing fine business, though). Same with the 4D theatre. * Lemonade, iced tea, water, and coffee are the free beverage offerings. This is fine. However, is is too much to ask to have an ice machine at every beverage station? There is also some disconnect. A large number of juices are free at formal breakfast and via room service; but you will be charged when you try to order them at a bar. Sorry for tending to place an emphasis on the negative aspects here -- but that is my nature (and Carnival promotional materials will happily tell you everything they are doing right). The southern Med. ports were awesome and spending 2/3 of my non-sleeping time in port, I was quite satisfied with my vacation. If a similar cruise line had the same itinerary at a similar price point, though, I'd certainly give it a try before doing Carnival again. Again, the negativity seemed to stem more from fellow cruisers than the physical ship or its staff. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Those of you who constantly complain do not bother to read my review. This was a vacation of a life time. The ship was new and beautiful and easy to navigate. We had a inside room on deck 7 which was in the high rent district with a low ... Read More
Those of you who constantly complain do not bother to read my review. This was a vacation of a life time. The ship was new and beautiful and easy to navigate. We had a inside room on deck 7 which was in the high rent district with a low price. Our cabin steward was the best that we have ever had. His name was Gregorio. He called us by name the minute that we went on board. I will never spend the extra money for a balcony or window again. I was worried about not having a window for 12 days but if was perfect. We were 3 to a room and it was fine. Are friends next door even would come over and sit at times and it was still roomy. The cruise was quite port intensive so the first few days we did not use the ship to its full potential. Our 12 yr old son loved the Water Works, Sky Coarse and Sports Square. We hardly ever saw him. Although at times it was hard to find 4 deck chairs together ( Due to the deck chair hogs )We managed. The food on the Lido deck was very good. I thought it was better then the Main Dinning room. The Guys Burgers was good, the arepas and burritos were excellent the Indian excellent and the Pizza was the best we have ever had on any Carnival vessel. We never waited in line for anything. Go to the back of the ship to get your food. People usually use the first one or two lines. There was never any line in the back. That is were the pizza and Indian food is also. The for fee Sushi was very good we ate there twice for a minimal charge 1 dollar for a piece 3 dollars for a roll. The food in the Main dinning room was mostly good only had a few Great! things. But if you are to tired from your port intensive day we learned they serve the same food in the buffet at night that they serve in the dinning room. We all decided half way through that we would only go to the dinning room on sea days. This was much more relaxing for us and we were able to enjoy the ships shows since it is kind of hard to do that with second seating. Bottom line if you can't find anything to eat that you like you are way to picky. I am a gourmet cook and I was pleased by the quality of the food that they served for over 3000 plus people. No body ever seems to remember that. The service on the decks was excellent fast and very friendly. I was even offered to have my plate carried but I declined. Coffee and juice was also delivered to your table for refills in the mornings.We also did the Chef's Table Dinner. It was excellent experience and worth the $75.00 extra charge. Entertainment was fun. This was more of a destination cruise for us. It is always good when you have a great time with the people that you are with. We did not do any excursions with Carnival. I am an experienced cruiser and chose to have private tour companies. I felt that the Carnival tours were very expensive and we did twice as much as the tours offered for half the price. We did have a transportation strike in Venice which was totally blown out of proportion. I am sure that you will here some complainers from that. All in all this was a excellent cruise for the money people do not realize that on other cruise lines you pay twice as much for the same thing. If you are one of these complainers my advice to you is to win the lottery and charter your own cruise ship then maybe you will be happy. But, probably not. Happy Sailing!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We were booked on the 2nd sailing of the Carnival Breeze. I try and be very laid back in my critiquing but there is so much to critique about the Breeze. The embarking went every well and we were in our cabin and to the library by 12:30. ... Read More
We were booked on the 2nd sailing of the Carnival Breeze. I try and be very laid back in my critiquing but there is so much to critique about the Breeze. The embarking went every well and we were in our cabin and to the library by 12:30. Walking to the library you could see the soiled passage ways and steps from the previous cruise. I wondered how they would look after a number of cruises and lets just say after ours they looked even more worse for the wear. Our cabin #6477 had a very nice size balcony but there is little drawer space for 12 days. We were directly over the piano bar and near another of the night clubs and unless we relaxed with a number of beers it was tough to fall asleep with all the noise. Very poor planning on our part and on the design of the ship to have cabins above such noisy areas. We went to one of the shows and it was very entertaining but short...less than 35 minutes. The rest of our down time we spent with reading books from the library. Our balcony was one deck-up and down wind of the barbecue that was opened sea days and you could definitely smell it when we were out. During the sea days people as usual got up early and grabbed up all the beach chairs around the pool but a lot of them never were in use...just towels sitting on them. I read how the policy was to remove the towels after 30 minutes of non-use but We never saw it happen. Our dining room experiences were fantastic because of our waitstaff. Atmaja was a gem and we requested his section every night. The food on the other had left a lot to be desired. I'm not a big eater but I can honestly say I never left feeling full. We ate in the specialty steakhouse for our anniversary and the food was very good but the variety was just not there and the main dining room had a more varied dessert menu. The first day lunch buffet was fantastic, I just wish it had stayed as great the rest of the cruise. We were able to only eat in main dining room for breakfast on certain days and when we asked to a seat by the windows it was like we were asking for gold. When walking around the ship there were cups and room service trays laying out for hours, that along with the dirt on the floors made the ship seem unkempt. The one bright point was the itinerary, the only port we didn't like was Marseille and kudos to the staff for getting transportation rounded up for Venice when a 24 hour strike of public transportation hit. Our last night in the dining room was very nice and leaving all the friends we met was very sad. We had saved all the towel creations from the first night and wanted a group picture with them the last night. But when we came back from dinner they were all gone so that left a bad taste in our mouth. All and all not a bad cruise, just not one that left you wowed about going and spending your hard earned money on. After planning for almost a year it was a let down in many areas. The debarkation was a joke. The cruise director kept plugging for people to walk off on your own and when we left our cabin at 6:30 we had trouble getting thru the passageways and had to weave our way down. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We started out flying from Vegas to London spent two nights and discovered our first hop on hop off bus tour this is the easiest way to explore any city . Barcelona was a wonderful city easy to explore and we spent 3 days pre cruise our ... Read More
We started out flying from Vegas to London spent two nights and discovered our first hop on hop off bus tour this is the easiest way to explore any city . Barcelona was a wonderful city easy to explore and we spent 3 days pre cruise our jet lag was gone because we had been in London first our hotel was located on the corner of las rumbas and catalunya perfect location great little balcony basic room with Ac hotel medium monegal 170 euros per night staff spoke English and were always very helpful we took cab from airport because of baggage for all four of us and 10 pcs of luggage it was 20 euros and the same for cab to port we requested a van we used the ATMs to get euros very easy but most places excepted credit cards and all restaurant receipts listed total in pounds euros and dollars Port was very easy and fast we arrived at 100 and our room was ready it took about 20 min everyone was pleasant and we were able to drop off our carry ons and go to lido deck for lunch every thing on the ship is in English tv all staff speak mostly English and all of our daily agendas We only took one ship excursion an and that was to go to Florence on our own Other ports we usually got off and took a cab or just walked Rome we stayed over night at a hotel and we had tickets to the Vatican for 3:00 just walked in as later in afternoon most cruisers are gone we were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and we were allowed to attend 5:00 mass at the Vatican because my husband and our friend wore knights of Columbus emblems on their shirts so the Swiss guard invited us to attend behind the gated off part of the Vatican it was amazing we had dinner at the top of the Spanish steps and went to the Trevino fountain at night all within walking distance of each other be careful to ask prices as it was so hot we stopped at a cafe near the Vatican and they asked if we would like ice cream we agreed and ended up paying 35 euros for a bowl of gelato this ws the only place this happened it was good but not that good We had taken the train into Rome and returned to the ship by train it was fairly easy and others from the ship help everyone once in Rome we took a taxi to our hotel Venice was easy we rode the vaporetto boat got off and on as we chose and ate dinner Then returned to the ship when we got off we walked to the people mover train it's dark green it cost one euro per person and takes you into the center were you can walk take a bus or get on the vaporettos be aware it closes at 11:00 so we had to take a taxi back to ship but for 4 of us it was only 15 euros but we had to ask a few drivers as some were saying 25 or 30 The second day we went to murano and then we went to lido island it's the last stop on vaporetto 1 it's were most of the locals live and if you walk all the way down to the end of the main street it's the most amazing beach the sand is smooth as silk and the water is like bath water there are play areas for children and a band plays at night around 5 all the locals come out and it's a party bring bug spray knats also come out at dusk it was one of my favorite stops Croatia is also amazing we got off the ship and wanted to take a taxi to old town the driver offered to take a tour for 50 euros the four of us got to see the entire island we were up at the top of the tram area he took us to the best places for pictures and eventually dropped us off at old town we explored old town and then for ten euros each took a 45 minute glass bottom boat ride around the harbor the most interesting things are the toilets in the public area they look like stainless steel shower pans and nothing to hold onto when you need to squat over it so take my advice and use a restaurant at all stops in Europe we laughed in London when the baggage carts are free but you had to pay a pound to pee. We took a taxi back to the ship for 10 euro for the four of us Messina you can walk to the little town and get hop on hop off buses or take the train just out side the gate to the beach the beach water is cold and sand not the cleanest you can go into restaurants and pay to use the beach they have this port we would not mind staying on board ship Over all this was a great cruise and the sea days were wonderful and relaxing Ship was great had to be early to get chairs extra early on sea days lots to do food on lido excellent lots of variety book pre cruise for restaurants they sell out fast disappointed in dinning room service not the greatest and food same as buffet but not as hot every night we dined about 8 out of the 12 nights . Each night someone had to send food back or didn't get what they ordered, staff is not trained in wine service so suggest you open your own wine prior to going to dinning room or the cork will be in the bottle. The entertainment in the dinning room is great and they should have matre d sing at the piano bar he's wonderful. We had two formal nights and others pretty informal wish it had been better communicated prior to trip so we could have taken less clothes they allowed shorts most nights in dinning room so could have gotten away with sundress if doing this again would wear sun dresses most days and light shawl to enter holy places also easier to use Europe rest rooms We had a great time Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Firstly the Ship is great! I'm glad i wasn't on one of the gaudy Carnival ships i have read so much about. Its still pretty bright but mainly in a nice way.The inside cabins are a bit small but adequate. The staff on board ... Read More
Firstly the Ship is great! I'm glad i wasn't on one of the gaudy Carnival ships i have read so much about. Its still pretty bright but mainly in a nice way.The inside cabins are a bit small but adequate. The staff on board were wonderful from our little ready Freddie cabin boy, To our fantastic waiters in The lower Blush Restaurant. So a special thank you to Marcel, Norbert and Hansard?? These three made each night fun and made sure we got what we wanted. Everyone remembers your name from Ken the Marvellous Matre de down to the waiters and barman. How they do it i do not know. We took off the 240 dollars pp that Carnival add straight away on your bill for tips and gratuities (bloody cheek!). As you also pay a tip on the drinks as well! We Tipped everyone who was good to us often with a nice envelope at the end, for those who were exceptionally good. But the food was so good we ate there most nights, we didn't feel it necessary to pay 30 dollars extra to eat in the New york Steak house or 16 for the Italian. The food in the buffet was mainly good (only one bad experience), though often not hot. OK for breakfast and lunch but not for dinner. The burger bar was exceptional, The Indian nice.The choice was fantastic i Particularly liked the New York Deli where you could get a tasty sandwich with a nice big side salad. There can be long queues at the Mongolian wok etc. People dress smart casual for dinner with only one elegant evening, where lounge suits jackets were appropriate. It was very pleasant. There's a packed programme and all the ports were nice, Dubrovnik palma mallorca Venice and Salerno all really good we made our own way to pompeii from Salerno its easy, cross over to the bus station and take a bus then get the train back This cost us 4.20 euros/ dollars each return instead of the 150 dollars the ship charges. The trip to Florence was good but it was very packed there and there was lots of line standing , so we went off and did our own thing. Cancelled Rome the next day as we had spent 12 hours travelling and sight seeing the day before in Florence. Would be nice if these 2 were not next to each other so you could rest up in between, it was 40 degrees over 100 Fahrenheit. So you need some stamina. Venice there was a local strike and we had to stand in line for 45 minutes to get off the ship. However Venice is so beautiful you soon forget. The Entertainment was not to my liking very much With the exception being Ron Pass in the New York Style piano bar who was exceptionally talented with great bar service from Sylvia!!!. WE are English and the entertainment is geared up towards an American audience more. I Liked the Theatre shows but being an American cruise, i was hoping for more Las Vegas type shows with feathers and plumes and lots of colour. The two shows are Divas (OK) and Latino (very good) the scenery is mainly computer generated and geared up to a young crowd up to about 30 yrs prob. These shows were repeated twice during 12 days. John the entertainment manager again not to our liking even though he is English and the comedy club not much good either. Still you are there to see Europe and lots of people did like him and the constant banter. The at sea days were very crowded with the beds really far to close together. The serenity deck was a lovely haven, but you had to be up early to grab a bit of that. I didn't like the dirgy country music played live for hours on sea days, but the friends i made from Texas did. so..... Other moans are that some of the theme restaurants close at 2.30pm and its advertised in the daily sheet as closing at 8.30pm A bit early for non Americans. One LAST Moan, When you embarque at Barcelona there are NO DISABLED OR SPECIAL ASSISTANCE LINES. And the check in is Chaotic to say the least. Didn't save any time checking in on line. So made it a very uncomfortable start to the cruise for people like me who need a bit of help. Over all it was a great cruise, with lovely staff and great places to visit. a BIT OF TWEAKING and it will be excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and ... Read More
Cabins. Excellent Lido Food. Very Good Dining Room Sapphire.Good Casino. Below average- Very little variety Shows. Good Comedy Show- Very good Entertainment.Below average.The quality of singers in bars etc really were not good and you would not want to return to hear them again. Pool and water park area.Very good. Activities on board. Poor. Staff. Found most staff very good and helpful. Ship Tours, Rip off as usual, better off organising them yourself. Liquid night club. Not inviting to any over 30. Internet access. Very expensive It would not take much to put this beautiful ship into the great category. However they really need to up their game when it comes to entertainment and activities.Simple things.For example there was no bridge (card game) organised. I don't play myself but a number of people I met would have loved to have an organised game.Entertainment around the pool was very hit and miss. In the casino people do not want to play on electronic texas hold em and roulette machines.When one stayed overnight in a port the ship was very boring with limited options. Would I go again. Probably not.NCL, Princess, RC offer more fun for your money Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was our second European cruise, the first being two years ago on Princess to the Baltics. We have sailed in the Caribbean with Carnival and in Alaska with Princess. The Carnival Breeze was the best ship of all 7 cruise ships... ... Read More
This was our second European cruise, the first being two years ago on Princess to the Baltics. We have sailed in the Caribbean with Carnival and in Alaska with Princess. The Carnival Breeze was the best ship of all 7 cruise ships... The ship itself, while full with over 3000 guests, never felt crowded. We were able to get a dinner table with anytime dining without more than a 5 minute wait regardless of the time we came down for dinner. There was rarely a wait for the on board activities nor difficulty in finding seats for the comedians or Ovation theater shows. As one would expect, the ship is immaculate. It is very easy to navigate around the ship. The elevators were quite efficient, though we mostly took the stairs. Our inside cabin mid ship on the 7th level was adequate for our purposes(once the air conditioning was fixed on the fourth day). The bathroom facilities were comparable to others we have used on ship. The tv was okay though most of the non ship channels came in and out at random times. The movies were quite old with very few newer movies and no first run movies. We would have appreciated ESPN in the room as it was available in the sports bar. The beds were firm but comfortable. The food was the best we have encountered. We ate in the main dining room (Sapphire) 11/12 evenings and with only one or two exceptions found the meals quite satisfactory and superior to meals on other ships. We especially liked the Pasta Buffet for lunch in the specialty Italian restaurant. Guy's burgers were okay...a little disappointing though quite popular. The Lido Buffet was adequate and never seemed that crowded with the exception of a few mornings. The service with one exception was superb. All the stewards and restaurant personnel were extremely efficient, professional, and friendly. As to be expected, some of the restaurant personnel were geographically challenged when trying to find the assigned seating, but that was quite minor. The restaurant servers were as good as any in a fine restaurant. The room stewards were just as efficient and professional. Our one complaint was the failure to fix our air conditioning after three complaints (2 to the room steward and one by phone to guest services). Thanks to Olga, on the fourth attempt we were able to thaw out. Carnival gave us a gracious credit for the inconvenience. We also had a cut phone line on the first night, but that was repaired on the second day. However, Carnival needs to add personnel to the Guest Services desk as they were overwhelmed and the waits were often interminable. One other quick note is the public areas can be quite cool regardless of the temperature outside. The sports deck was amazing with a ropes course, full court basketball/soccer, miniature golf,water slides, etc. There was rarely a wait or difficulty utilizing. However, it was disappointing to our 17 year old that the court was closed after 5:30...We could not figure out any reason for this. The fitness center had plenty of machines available. Serenity (adults only area) was quite welcome and again the Jacuzzis were readily available though seating on sea days was problematic. The fifth floor Jacuzzis were the least busy. The 3D/4D theater was available after port excursions but at $8 per viewing per person we did not utilize. The entertainment was better than any other cruise ship. Of particular note were the two entertainers, a singer/impressionist and pianist, who were only on the ship for two shows each. The production shows are significantly more sophisticated than those on other ships. The comedians were quite good(though the British ones require some knowledge of British slang). We particularly enjoyed the comedian from New Orleans. At this point, I need to signal out the John and Calvin shows. The two have a comedic chemistry that is reminiscent of some of the classic comedic duos(and I am not exaggerating). The itinerary, which was a once in a season one(because it left from Venice and included Athens and Izmir) was terrific with the lone disappointment being the loss of 1 1/2 days of port calls. We lost a half day in Monaco (with which we had hoped to spend part of the day in Nice) and the full day in Marseilles (with which we had hoped to explore Aix en Provence). We did receive some credits for the loss of port time, but we were very disappointed at losing Nice and Provence. One other personal note, we could have done without Olbia and certainly would have appreciated a stop in Naples/Capri or an additional stop in Sicily as a preference. At this point, I want to signal out what made the cruise even more spectacular...the Cruise Critic Members who participated in the roll calls. Through the roll call message boards we were able to meet a number of terrific people, many of whom organized the port excursions at significantly less cost than the Carnival ones. These Cruise Critic members are what made the cruise experience even more special... Embarkation was a bit of a hassle as the computers went down and the wait was about one hour from arrival to boarding. The debarkation was not much better as most people apparently did not leave when there "number" was called, resulting in quite a cattle call at around 8:30 as well as a huge taxi line in Barcelona. Overall, a great experience and I would highly recommend the Carnival Breeze experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Here are a couple of notes before I begin my review. First, I have sailed many times with Carnival, and am likely to do so in the future. Second, I have been on the first Carnival ship to get the FunShip 2.0 upgrade - the Carnival Liberty. ... Read More
Here are a couple of notes before I begin my review. First, I have sailed many times with Carnival, and am likely to do so in the future. Second, I have been on the first Carnival ship to get the FunShip 2.0 upgrade - the Carnival Liberty. Third, I traveled with my older children so there will be a few notes for this as well. It is interesting that much of the time I was comparing this ship with the Carnival Liberty. I would have to say, that the FunShip 2.0 experience wasn't really fantastic on that ship either. Maybe I was expecting more? Not sure but I wanted to feel like it was a newer, better Carnival and not just throwing a little makeup on the same old thing. To that point - I guess the biggest thing is I believe we definitely want "more fun". The activities were certainly limited, which I can understand on the big port days but what about the days at sea? There was really no difference between these and the older FunShips. Some specifics... Poolside: Typically is always good for some fun, great music, socializing, quirky contests of some sort. Really none of that on this cruise. Maybe it is more typical on Caribbean cruises. It would be nice if there was one place to go on the ship and know something was always going on. Not here. Movies: These were a nice addition - but I kid you not - one movie that we watched on the screen was literally cut off and ended about 15 minutes before the real end of the movie. No explanation, just yet another advertisement from Carnival which you will get sick of seeing if you go. I think you have to be on the ship to understand. Advertisements! Competitions between Blue Iguana and Red Frog: Since both bars are across from each other poolside, the Carnival Liberty would have little contests between the two. Just to generate excitement and maybe getting a drink one place versus the other. No competitions on Breeze - guess that is reserved for Liberty. Competitions mean a discount on this or that drink, with tallies to who wins. Something fun. Sports Bar: Luckily for us the UEFA Cup soccer games were going on during our trip. However, only one place was available to watch them, and this area was full of smoke. Now I don't mind smoky areas, but it was a little much. Oh well. Public Announcements: "I hate to use the public address system, and I told you I wouldn't, but..." I heard that tons of times. The whole Livorno stop getting messed up (read later) definitely important. A lot of the other ones were just rubbish and unimportant. When I am on a cruise, I don't like the cattle calls to everyone. You have a guide in your room that says what is going on. I don't need announcements about the daily art auction or a shop opening. Well now to throw some good things into the review, which is also important. Food: The mongolian wok is fantastic. Definitely more flavorful that most of the other wok grills I have been to on other ships. Tandoori was nice too - at the back of the ship and often missed. As already stated, the pasta bar upstairs was good for lunchtime as well. Don't miss the BBQ on the fifth floor, that is only open during "days at sea" for lunch. Otherwise it is closed! Dining room food was OK. Not bad, but not something to rave about either. Guy Fieri burgers were 5 times better on Liberty than Breeze. I speculate it is American Beef (Liberty out of Miami) versus whatever beef they had on Breeze. Staff: Very attentive, excellent. Nice and cordial. The gym personnel were great too, and always there for questions or tips. Spa was excellent as well. As mentioned, the poor Guest Services people were always slammed busy, and there weren't enough of them. Decor: Definitely in the right direction. Pinks and Purples of Carnival are gone. Question some of the lighter carpet colors though... they will get darker though as more people walk on them. Kids: My kids really enjoyed their respective kids clubs. There were not a ton of kids onboard, but according to them (and when they got back at night) they had a really good time. Entertainment: Very good. The dancers/singers did the same show multiple times, so you could pick and choose. I think they had a total of five shows throughout the cruise. Some days they did three shows spaced out in time starting at 5pm... they did bring on some UK comedians. Our cruise was 95%+ US residents. You could definitely hear the UK residents though because they laughed when the rest of us had no clue what was being said. "the woman weighed 13 stones" and other phrases that we just couldn't connect to what it meant. I think they were funny but I am not sure... As already mentioned in another review Carnival really screwed up our port schedule. They said "we booked this port a YEAR ago but they don't have a spot for us tomorrow". Hmm. I think if I booked anything a year in advance where people were counting on me I would follow up at least a few times as the date got closer. But they told us Carnival Corporate is working on it so it shouldn't be a problem anymore. Oh well. Marseilles stop was scraped, and Monaco was cut a half day short. We got "an extra day at sea" but I wish they would have hung out a little closer to the shore (the sea was really rough that day!) I think it was said in another review - skip Olbia stop. Waste of time. The rest of the stops were really good though. Would I take the Carnival Breeze again? Sure - especially since things actually went pretty well considering we were the "first paying guests" on the ship. Once other cruise directors get in there and feedback comes back, they can really fix up the small issues that are being pointed out. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Background - We have been on all the major cruise lines and have mostly been on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Have been on three previous European cruises (2 Celebrity, 1 RCCL). Flights - Booked flights independently and had two direct ... Read More
Background - We have been on all the major cruise lines and have mostly been on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Have been on three previous European cruises (2 Celebrity, 1 RCCL). Flights - Booked flights independently and had two direct flights that worked out great. Pre-cruise - we booked a Carnival pre-cruise hotel - Fira Palace. We paid a little more booking through Carnival, but we didn't want any hassle at the start of the trip. Transfers worked fine. Hotel was very nice although not centrally located to many of the main sites,but we just spent one night since we had been in Barcelona before. Took the Carnival transfer to the ship around 10:15 without any issues. Embarkation - We have never been on a ship quicker. Carnival certainly planned it perfectly to get us onto the ship before the crowds arrived. We were at the pool having a drink within 20 minutes of getting off the bus. Ship - ship is truly beautiful. Public spaces are as nice as any ship I have been on. Certainly a great upgrade for Carnival over the neon Farcus designs. Nice to have a ship with outdoor lounge seating areas on the promenade deck. One of the few ships that you could walk completely around the promenade deck outside. Public spaces were all very nice with standouts being the Red Frog pub and Ocean plaza. One design flaw was only having two pools for this size ship. Main pool had the movie screen blaring with some type of entertainment and the back pool area is relatively small. They did have additional loungers on the promenade deck with a shower or whirlpool for water relief only.Cabin - we had an outside balcony cabin just under the pool deck. Room had plenty of storage. Bathroom was larger than usual. Flat screen TV that swiveled out to view from bed and a balcony with two chairs and table. Room steward was very nice, but more impersonal service than other Carnival ships certainly due to the size of ship and number of rooms that they needed to service. The ship seemed to run out of pool towels very often for a new ship and we had to ask multiple days for a new set in the cabin to take to the pool. Food - We ate in the main dining room (your-time dining), Italian restaurant, steakhouse and the cafe for dinner. Food choices and quality in the main dining room were much better than our last few cruises on Celebrity. Service was always very efficient and we never waited a minute to be seated showing up between 7:15-7:30. The cafeteria had many of the same choices that were being served in the dining room that night so there was always variety. Italian restaurant was well worth the $12 charge per person. The steakhouse is expensive at $35 pp, but the meal was fantastic except for the disappointing (not in size, but quality) cheesecake. Guy's burger joint was good for a quick meal, but closed at 6pm each day. The pizza was custom made, but very slow at peak times when they should just pre-make pies since you know they will go quickly. Service was uniformly good in all eating areas. Entertainment - The main shows were shorter (40 minutes) and not on par with other Carnival ships or other cruise lines. You were usually tired at night so it wasn't a big deal. The Divas show was especially bad with Divos needing to sing Divas songs since there were only a few female singers. Never had any interest in seeing any of the Hasbro shows. They had about 6 different acts working through the lounges at night. Most were very good, but a couple were very similar country singing guitar players who were a bit repetitive. Didn't really notice the activities since you were off the ship most days. Cruise Director - John was very amusing and the highlight of any of the main showroom shows. Announcement were always minimal except for John plugging the spa on a daily basis. Fellow passengers - about 70% of the ship was American. Found that on average people were not as friendly as you seen on other cruises for some reason. People were friendly on tours, but there didn't seem to be the usual daily interaction I have seen on most cruises. Certainly some culture shock with some of the Eastern European guests who were quite rude and many people seemed to have issues at some point with them. Complaints - The biggest issue is that Carnival didn't provide daily information in your cabin regarding port information that we have received on the other cruise lines in Europe. You were always given basic transportation info/customs info/site info on the other cruise lines. John did two shows that were rebroadcast on TV that gave you some of this critical information. If you didn't see this and you didn't do your own homework on the port, you were screwed. The time they provide guest info in Venice it was actually a disaster. There were signs posted to follow to the Carnival Breeze that easily took you at least a few miles out of the way in the 95 degree heat. You need to do your own homework on the ports which I know many people will do on this type of trip. Carnival seemed to take the attitude that if you didn't take one of their excursions, that you were on your own and this was a shame since they did so many things well on this cruise. They always made a big deal about who was late to get back on the ship, but this may have been a moot point if they told people how to get back to the ship properly. Ports - I am sure that people have seen many written about these ports so I won't go into detail. This was a great cruise since we had overnights in both Rome and Venice. We booked hotels in both cities and were able to have the great combination of staying in port and having a great ship to go back to. Overall - a thoroughly enjoyable cruise experience despite the mid 90's temperatures and high humidity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises ... Read More
Our experience in Europe was incredible but I can't say the same for the cruise. The ship was brand new only it's second sailing but I wasn't impressed beyond the new factor! I have been on two previous Disney cruises and the carnival ship doesn't compare... Everything was an up charge! There were many areas to choose from for dining but all were additional except the standard dining room and buffets...including additional $ for any soft drink. The food was okay but definitely not exceptional.! The shows in the evening didn't even come close to the Broadway style productions of Disney...Carnival had the same 6 performers in all shows with very minimal sets... As for the design of the ship...simple things that made for frustration. The drinks available water, lemonade, and tea were always running out because they had to be hand filled. In this day on age I'm sure there is a simple solution others than having a carnival employee squeezing into the line of waiting people to refill... The omelet station in the middle of the buffet so people who only wanted fruit or Danish had to wait in line behind everyone getting an omelet. Pizza made to order, which sounds great but not on a ship with thousands of people. I could go on and on.... Then there is the sky course...the attraction that my kids loved but....it is wind restricted!! Did Carnival forget that this a cruise ship, generally windy at sea!! So you had to wait for the course hours to be open, very limited, and then hope that it wasn't too windy or they would shut it down!! On a positive note the employees were very friendly... Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We took the inaugural voyage from Venice having chosen it for its visits to both east and west Mediterranean ports (one of the few) and that it sails from Venice (what a view) and arrives in Barcelona (a great city to stay for a few ... Read More
We took the inaugural voyage from Venice having chosen it for its visits to both east and west Mediterranean ports (one of the few) and that it sails from Venice (what a view) and arrives in Barcelona (a great city to stay for a few days). The pros are that you only unpack once and get delivered to amazing ports almost every day. Our aft balcony cabin on level 9 was very comfortable and quiet and our steward serviced the cabin often without being obtrusive in any way. The sundeck (aft) was were we spent most of our lazy time but we were unable to get into the serenity area at any time and find a place to lie down, it seemed as if the same people commandeered it everyday. The pizza, Indian and lido buffet were all good for casual eating. Mostly the embarkation was smooth and always getting back on was quick and straightforward. Some of the staff tried very hard to please. We chose 'your time dining' which was good for its flexibility but meant that the dining staff were not the same so service levels were sometimes compromised. Also couples dining seemed to be lumped together although at individual tables we were very close to each other and difficult not to overhear conversations. The supplement restaurants were good but still not great. On the cons side 'cruise casual' is a term used to hide a way to casual approach to entertaining and delighting your guests. On the 12 night cruise there was only one semi-formal night and my husband is still cranky that he had to drag a suit all the way from Australia and then not wear it. Dress standards for the dining room were not enforced so there was everything from dressy to way too casual. The food was very average and this was disappointing. The wine list however had a number of very reasonable choices which we really enjoyed. After dinner was the greatest challenge as once you had seen the 30 minute cabaret acts x 4 shows, wandered around, got the occasional drink there was little to do. One night we ended up doing a jigsaw in the library. People do not supervise their children enough, particularly at night so youngsters are often roaming around being noisy and disrespectful of adults and their time during the evening. All that said nothing can take away the excitement of being on the inaugural voyage and sailing out of Venice with people waving and boats tooting to the giant Carnival Breeze. The best ports were Dubrovnik, Athens, Monte Carlo, Messina & Barcelona. Due to a stuff up with the port bookings we missed out on the south of France which was a huge disappointment and the $50 credit per person was no compensation. The long sea days are boring and worse when you are sailing to nowhere waiting to dock because of an error in paperwork! The obscene cost of this in terms of fuel wasted, etc still makes me feel sick. I won't be choosing to sail with Carnival again, I think they cater well to families or couples who want a very casual relaxing break. We expected more in terms of service and food. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We started out out cruise with a 2 night stay at the La Ramblas Citadines Hotel. We arrived at about 8 AM on Wednesday and they stored our luggage and let us check in at about 11. It was more than adequate, it was clean, friendly, and the ... Read More
We started out out cruise with a 2 night stay at the La Ramblas Citadines Hotel. We arrived at about 8 AM on Wednesday and they stored our luggage and let us check in at about 11. It was more than adequate, it was clean, friendly, and the location was superb. It was just a few moments walk to the Touristic Bus and Metro. Our room overlooked La Ramblas. One downside was internet in the rooms was Ethernet, only wireless is in the restaurant / lobby area. I wish we had allowed ourselves one more day in Barcelona as it is an amazing city with much to see and do. The on and off Bus Touristic was the best deal going 2 day pass for about $39 a person cannot be beat.It takes 2 routes, goes every where you want to go and see all landmarks and attractions! Purchase online before you go! On Friday I was on the IPAD in the lobby at about 9:30 AM and on John Heald's Facebook page he said they were going to be ready to embark at 10:30. We were already packed so we got our stuff and hailed a cab. Once at the ship it was an easy procedure and we were on the by a few minutes after 11:00 We went directly to the room to drop off our carry on bags and proceeded to the Market Place buffet to eat. The food was pretty much your Carnival buffet offering. We only eat at the buffet the day we come on the ship, however we did notice they had some interesting offerings that we never got around to trying. (Wok, Indian food, ETC) We then set out to explore the ship and found it to be a very close sister to the Dream, but much better. We liked the soft colors, and bright cheery look every where, being only the second cruise out, the ship was just gleaming! This is the Gem of the fleet right now! We ran across the Thrill Theater and purchased unlimited tickets for $14 a person. There are 5 different films, we saw 4 on the cruise and got our monies worth. The Roller coaster was worth the price of admission. A 3 minute roller coaster ride can be a thrill, 15 minutes can blow you away! Cabin: We had a Cove Balcony, which I highly recommend. It is on the 2 floor and right next to the water, they are exhilarating. It is your normal 182 Sq Ft. cabin and well being new is always nice! Again great colors. Food: The food to us was good to very good in the Blush dining room and we were well please with the quality and selections. We were glad to see they added Shrimp Cocktail back on as a daily item though the shrimp go shrimpier! Our wait staff seemed to be a team that was all about business and not about relationship. Always in a hurry to please, but without any interaction. I saw other tables getting what we were more accustom to. Fen the Matre'D is a fantastic singer and performer. We were sat at table for 2 and asked to be move and he made no attempt to move us. Fat Gimmy's BBQ: Available on Sea Days, great food, very popular, you can encounter long lines and wait at times. Not to be missed if you like BBQ. Guys Burgers; I'm so sad we only ate there one time. They are awesome, probably a heart attack on a bun, but that is what makes them taste so good. With such long port days we only had 3 opportunities to eat lunch on the ship. Cucina del Capitano: (lunch for free)Good food if you can stand the torture. The Basket ball courts are right above this venue, and not well thought out. It sounded like a herd of horses stomping around above us the whole time we ate and was nerve racking. They said that they close the courts at night where you pay a $12 up-charge. People that went tell us that is not true, and they were tortured as well. BlueIguana Cantina: We had good Taco's and great breakfast Burritos there. Entertainment: I think because if the rigorous itinerary on this cruise, they really plan for people not to attend and really cut back on the entertainment. There were only 4 different shows and they repeated through the week. There was no longer a live band for the show but an electronic production that the singers and dancer sang to. But for the most part very well done and different. There was only comedy in the Punchliner Comedy Club on 6 of the 12 nights and we missed having a daily offering there. The Hasbro Game show was very entertaining and I think there were 4 different shows on the cruise. It was a fun time. There was a Violinist one night in the ovation theater but we did not attend as it is not our thing, also one night they had a Magician who performed very little magic and told mostly corny jokes. Overall I was not real impressed with the entertainment or the scheduling of it on this cruise. Ports: Marseille beautiful from a distance, very seedy up close and personal, it was either a culture difference or they are just rude people! Livorno: Florence and Pisa were fantastic Rome: amazing but very crowded, probably always is but worth it Salerno: Sorrento, Pompeii, and Isle of Capri Just beautiful and Pompeii is a must see if you appreciate ruins. Dubrovnik: Again Beautiful Venice: Amazing, romantic place to visit Messina Sicily: We went to Taormina and again just amazing beauty Mallorca: Went to Valldemossa, Sollar, and took the Train ride. The train ride I thought disappointing as the route is mostly overgrown and you mostly see tunnels, rocks and trees Casino: We lost as usual but got in a lot of playing time for our money, and that is entertainment. At least it did not gobble you money it digested it slowly! Disembark: easiest we have ever had! It seemed too easy! Overall the things that displeased me did not keep it from being one of the best cruises that we have ever taken. Carnival continues in my view to put out the most bang for your cruising dollar. The good things on this cruise far exceed the few things I am critical of. The Cruise Director and whole entertainment staff were awesome. John Heald is second to none, and there is good reason for him to be senior cruise director. George, Ryan, Joshua, Amy, 6-3, Alex were all great. Butch and all the comedian in the Punchliner were very funny. I highly recommend this cruise! The beautiful Carnival Breeze! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We recent arrived home from a trip wi carnival on the breeze 27th June to 9th july. We was really shockedat how many children, teanages that was on the ship, i think a quarter of the guests were under 18. The ship was ok, nothing ... Read More
We recent arrived home from a trip wi carnival on the breeze 27th June to 9th july. We was really shockedat how many children, teanages that was on the ship, i think a quarter of the guests were under 18. The ship was ok, nothing spectacular. The food was average. We was at the back of the ship and had asked for anytime dinning. But we did not know that the restaurant for anytime dinning was at the front of the ship so it was a long walk just to go to eat of a night unless we wished to use the Lido bar. There was no chance of getting a sun bed near the pools as people were putting towels on them at 6 am in the morning. We know this as you could see them in your room on the tv viewing cameras. We thought this was not going to happen as they say there is a 30 minute time if the beds are not used then the towels taken off. This never happened at all. And some people not only too a sunbed but also chairs and tables so at times, just forget it you could not get a seat. The adults only sun bathing area was just the same perhaps even worst. Our cabin steward came in on our first day and gave us a big story of how he had not seen his family for 7 months and how much he missed them etc etc. He made us feel guilty that he was working there. He also walked into our cabin without knocking 3 times. On two occasions we was not dressed and getting ready to go out, so we was not pleased so after this we locked our door from the inside. The bathroom glass shelves were not cleaned the whole 12 days ?. Also there was repeated stuff coming over the loud speakers trying to get you to go to the shops and buy stuff. Or to buy the trips. And funny also there was a so called family late 3 days in a row back to the ship. If this family exsisted who knows, since we have read on other sights that the same thing was suppose to have happened on their cruise. We think this was to frighten you to not do the trips on your own but to take their trips.also on the last daythey kept on about how good the staff had been and that we should tips them extra even though we had already done this on the sale and sign card, but no they wanted more. But what really pissed us off was the fact that the cabin man actually went into our sale and sign part on the tv and looked at what we had spent. This we thought was a private matter. Butthe worst is yet to come. We booked this cruise a year in advance, we paid a deposit and booked our cabing etc and carnival say if you do this then you will not get it cheaper, and if you see it cheaper they will re imburse you the difference. Well the price went down three times and we had to contact carnival to get the refund, which yes we did get, but on the last advert when the price went down it said that there was also an onboard credit of 200 dollars. We did not say anything before we went as we thought we would get it when we got on board. But no, and we had to print off the email to prove this, and they just kept saying they were looking into it. Since the cruise we have contacted carnival and have been passed from one department to another. We are still waiting from a response from the american part of carnival offices. But we are not holding our breath on getting this. We do not want it added to our next cruise which is what we was expecting them to say as the discount was on the cruise we took. We very much doubt we will go on another cruise with carnival. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I have just finished what I through was going to be an enjoyable cruise, however things did not turn out that way. It all began with some incredibly terrible service that I had received from someone in the customer contact center at ... Read More
I have just finished what I through was going to be an enjoyable cruise, however things did not turn out that way. It all began with some incredibly terrible service that I had received from someone in the customer contact center at Carnival from a woman named Belinda. Belinda wrote an email that in my opinion was rude and uncalled for and because of her my vacation began on a low note. If I had written that email at my work I would have been fired. I had high hopes for this cruise, as the Breeze is a new ship and I expected carnival to do something special for the sailing, they didn't. This is my second cruise with carnival and after my first experience I really shouldn't have given them a second try, but I hoped that my experience on the valor was due to the ship on not the company and I really did like the itinerary, but boy was I wrong. First off the embarkation process was a nightmare, none of the computers worked; we were herded like cattle around from one line to another. This was all shocking to me because we were in a Costa terminal, which is owned by Carnival, so I expected a smooth embarkation, you really could see the frustration in everyone's eyes, again not a good start. For a new ship, there are some design flaws that, to me bring down the value of the ship and the cruise. The ship was large and I would agree that I did not feel claustrophobic at any time on the ship, expect when I wanted to go swimming. There are only 2 pools on this ship for 4000 guests which were totally over run with kids, I cannot believe that there was no adults only swimming pool. I spoke to guests that were on the 6th floor balcony and they had many complaints. I spoke to a couple that had their room above the liquid dance club, this couple did not sleep the entire 12 days of the cruise, they did complain however the ship was full and could not be moved, their vacation was ruined. Also spoke to a number of people we had balcony room on the starboard side of the ship who complained because their room was above Fat Jeff's C-BBQ and smoking area. They could barely use their balconies because of the amount of smoke that was blowing in their faces. These areas should be at the back of the ship that way no one is inconvenienced. I would also say that even though the ship is brand new, in some spots it looks like it was just retrofitted to look new. One of the ladies I spoke to thought that it was an old ship, I do not agree with her, but still this ship should have no rust anywhere, at least not on its first sailing. The food I would say is adequate at best, except for the cutina del Capitano, a specialty restaurant that cost $12. The food there was excellent and there was a lot, so that I would recommend. I would say that there really was no variety in the Lido Marketplace, There was only 3 or 4 main course options, and at times nothing interested me. The majority of the time I ate at the sapphire restaurant, our waitress, Stanislava and her team was excellent. She always recommends food options, and each time she nailed it. One several occasions you would hear, man I should have listened to Stanislava. So I would recommend if you are taking this ship to sit in her section. If you are looking for food between 9:30 -- 12 then be prepared to wait in line. The only thing open between that time is the pizza place and it takes 15 min to make a pizza the size of a personal pizza. I once waited 20 min to get half of a personal pizza. I have never been so angry, what is carnival thinking about when they decided pizza is the best food option to have open all the time. It takes such a long time to make a pizza that it becomes so frustrating. On other ships they had a sandwich shop opened which makes more sense as it takes a minute to make a sandwich. So my advise is to horde some food from the buffet or just don't be hungry The Entertainment or lack of entertainment on the ship is where everything fell apart; the shows were just awful especially Divas. The singing and dancing were terrible, it had no flow; I would have walked out if I wasn't sitting in the middle of the row, so I learned my lesson and always sat at the end of a row or stood by the door. It did come in handy as I left 5 of the 7 shows I watched, only the marriage and the talent show was worth watching both of which were run by John the cruise Director. Speaking of the cruise director he was a hit or miss and be prepared because he loves to use the onboard speaker system. He teamed up very well with the assistant cruise director Calvyn however most of the time they acted like an old married couple, which became nauseating. John was also belittling Calvyn and constantly made jokes regarding him being gay. I am not gay and I was offended by this because it made him seem like he was less of a person, it was disgusting. At the beginning of the cruise I asked my friend what she thought the easiest job on the ship was. It was very apparent that it was being part of the entertainment staff. They were no where to be seen for most of the cruise and looked like only 1 or 2 where ever working and only in hour increments. There were no pool side contests, no ice carving, no games, nothing. Karaoke only happened on certain nights and no superstar live( karaoke accompanied by a band) because of technical difficulties, which was the theme of the cruise. Now I ask you how do instruments have technical difficulties, especially since you can see the band playing else where. The one thing that I did like was watching a movie outside on the pool deck, however the movies are from the 90's and they would stop about 2/3 through the movie. If I hadn't seen the move before I would have been up in arms. They classified Carnival Cruises as the Funships, but I feel that they are geared for people who are ready for bed at 10:00 or those who like to read. There is nothing to do on the ship after 10:00 unless you are going to spend money. I found myself bored all the time, thank god I brought my computer with a number of movies or else I would have gone crazy. The TV channels always cut out and they only showed sporting events in the bars. The only channels that worked constantly were carnival advertisement channels. We called to ask why they weren't in the room and they gave a lame excuse that the licensing was no expensive for them instead of telling us that there is more of a chance of people buying drinks at the bar instead of in the staterooms. They also showed movies on the lido deck, however they never showed the whole movie. One of the movies ended at least 15min early went to a commercial, then a new movie startyed showed for 20min and then shut down. If I hadn't watched these movies before I would have been outraged. The worst thing about the movies is that they were all old, no recent movies. There is a big push to spend money on drinks on board and believe me those costs add up. I watch more of Devin Young selling watches then anything else. Based on all of this my recomondation is to avoid Carnival at all costs unles syou do not want to have any fun. As I said I found the cruise to be very boring. My favourite days are usually the sea days as it gives you a chance to recharge your batteries and be entertained in the sun, on this ship and all of carnival's ship I find that there isn't much of entertainment. I have a list of complaints a mile long, too much to write in this review, the weird thing is that I tried as hard as I could to give slack since it was a new ship, but new ships comeout all the time and there should be no way a cruise should be this bad. I have been on RCI's Navigator of the Seas and they got me hooked on cruising, from now on I will stick with them, at least then I will know I will have a good time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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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