1,289 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

Embarkation was really easy with plenty of shire staff to answer questions, we didn’t have to wait long for even though we had arrived about an hour early. We chose an inside cabin as we knew we wouldn’t be in it for that long. Our ... Read More
Embarkation was really easy with plenty of shire staff to answer questions, we didn’t have to wait long for even though we had arrived about an hour early. We chose an inside cabin as we knew we wouldn’t be in it for that long. Our Stateroom Stewart was lovely and our cabin was always kept extremely clean and well maintained, love the different towel animals left everyday. We did three organise excursions: The Secret River - very interesting and informative excursion deep under the caves in Cozumel, lovely clear, cool water and an amazing memory. Laughed a lot. Maya Ruins - Belize, quite a long bus drive on potholed roads. However the river cruise on a speed boat and then the walk to the ruins, again very informative guide who knew her history. I was amazed that e were allowed on climb up to the top - awesome view. Routan - we took a taxi/boat to Little French Key, an amazing small island that is also a rescue centre. This felt like paradise and it wasn’t very busy with lots to do. Mayan Coast - last Knute decision to go and swim with the dolphins, I was a bit apprehensive about this as I thought they might there as performers for us tourists but after enquiring they really do look after their animals with care. This was a Greta experience and so glad we did it in the end. We generally only ate breakfast and diner and I cannot complain about any of the meals and our server was extremely helpful. We only ate at the Lido area a couple of times and again nothing wrong with any of the choices we made. We had diner at the 555 Steakhouse one night and this was lovely, although the steak in the main dining area was just as good, it was much more personal and luxurious in the atmosphere. The entertainment was outstanding and the main playlist production theatre shows were amazing, I understand that due to the stage manager having an accident that two of the main production shows had to be changed to concert shows but rather than cancelling the cast put on a last minute show for us - well done guys. I loved the fact that there was live music at different parts of the ship and they didn’t overwhelm each other, from the country singers, trio of violinists, the High Seas group, piano man, comedy club...I loved it all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I took our daughters (ages 15 and 11) on the Carnival Breeze out of Port Canaveral (August 17, 2019 sailing). We've cruised on Carnival before (Pride, Vista), as well as Norwegian (Getaway) and Royal Caribbean (Harmony). ... Read More
My wife and I took our daughters (ages 15 and 11) on the Carnival Breeze out of Port Canaveral (August 17, 2019 sailing). We've cruised on Carnival before (Pride, Vista), as well as Norwegian (Getaway) and Royal Caribbean (Harmony). Like all of our previous cruises, we had a terrific time on the Breeze and I just don't get the negative reviews. We flew into Orlando the night before our cruise. We rented a car at MCO and stayed at the Courtyard in Lake Nona and highly recommend that property (new, clean, spacious, free parking, free breakfast). We drove to Port Canaveral the next morning, after making a pit stop at the liquor store to get some wine (Carnival allows 1 bottle/stateroom (1 less than Royal!)). I dropped my wife and daughters off at the terminal and then returned the rental car which was nearby on Mullet Street. The rental shuttle was dropping off folks from the ships, but would not take folks to the ship until it got clearance. As we arrived early, I just took a short Uber ride back to the terminal and met the family. Even though we arrived very early, we were still required to wait for our assigned boarding group. As soon as we boarded, we went straight to the Excursion Desk so I could sign my daughter and me up for the "Behind the Fun Ultimate Tour." They typically only have two groups of 16 for this tour and you have to sign up on board - no advance reservations. The tour on the Breeze was $95/person (it varies on ships). As it was my daughter's birthday gift, I'm glad we were able to get in (we were #16 and 17). The ship was very nice - yes, there are some signs of wear, but the ship has been in service since 2012 (and it did have a refurb since). This Dream-class ship was very similar to the Vista-class, and I think I prefer it to the Vista-class (especially the main theater). We grabbed lunch at Cucina del Capitano (complimentary for lunch) and Guy's Pig & Anchor (awesome) as there is no way we would go to the crazy Marketplace Lido. As promised, our rooms were available at 1:30 PM. We had a balcony and our girls were in the interior directly across the hall - just get extra keys so everyone can have access to the rooms. Like on Harmony of the Seas, I discovered that booking two rooms is cheaper than us all staying in the balcony room - crazy, right? Twice the space, bathrooms, etc. - so much better! After unpacking and the muster drill, we were enjoying vacation! First day was a sea day and we enjoyed the pool and waterpark. We never had a problem getting 4 chairs together close to the pool and we didn't get there especially early. There was always ample chairs available (even if you had to go up a deck). Amber Cove was OK. We just went to the Carnival area (pool, zip lines, slide, etc.). The shore excursions didn't particularly excite us and we just wanted to relax. The zip lines are $20/person (maybe $10 for child?) but we've zip-lined previously so we just did the slides and pool. This was my least favorite port. We didn't venture out ourselves, especially given the issues on the D.R. with tourists. St. Thomas is always nice. We got tickets for the cable car to Paradise Point. We were going to do it on our own as it is very close to the dock, but I saw the shore excursion through Carnival was actually cheaper (and you still just do it on your own). Have always wanted to see the view up there and it was nice. We didn't stay up there very long - all there is is a restaurant/bar and some shops. We returned to the ship for lunch and then took a cab to Emerald Beach (right near the airport). This was the third time we've been to St. Thomas with our girls, so we tried a different beach than Magens Bay. I very much recommend Emerald Beach - not at all crowded and there were facilities, a restaurant, and a bar. San Juan - as we docked right in Old San Juan, we walked around Old San Juan and the fortresses (we didn't actually go into them). We were disappointed the umbrellas were taken down from Fortaleza Street, but that was from the political protests. After our walk, we took a taxi to Isla Verde for the beach (right near the Embassy Suites). Another nice beach - not crowded, facilities, food choices, etc. This beach was recommended by a local driver - we were actually planning to go to Condado Beach but was told it was much rougher there. Grand Turk was probably my favorite day. We rented a golf cart from Omar. We did not make a reservation; we just got off the ship as soon as possible and briskly walked there (walk through the shops and parking lot) and I asked where Omar was and he was right ahead! We paid $75 for a 4-person cart. Not sure if folks with reservations got screwed as there did not seem to be a whole lot of golf carts there, but we got one! Just get his number before you leave in case of any mechanical issue. There was a very basic map on the cart, but it was minimally helpful. We planned to go to Pillory Beach and sort of went too far, but we were eventually able to find it and it did not disappoint! This is a great beach with a resort right there (again, facilities, food, drinks) and the water was crystal clear and amazing. There was a gentleman with a horse (Black Shadow) and we paid only $20 (each) for our girls to get a horseback ride along the beach and in the water (and it was a decent amount of time/distance) - so much cheaper than any excursion where you pay way more than that! Pillory Beach is so much better than the beach right there where the ship docks - way overcrowded! We then took the golf cart to Governor's Beach, which was much smaller (just beyond the beach where the ship docks) - just look for the rusted shipwreck. We did go to an area beyond it and we were the only people there, but it was rocky (but still beautiful). We returned the golf cart (we had to put just a little bit of gas in it to return it full) and spent about 10 minutes in the pool at Margaritaville. It was just about 5:30 (all aboard time) and we got back on the ship. We did late seating in the Blush Restaurant. Our table was in a lousy location (between a wall where the service station was and a window (but it was dark at dinner time)), so we requested a change and the next night we had a great table location between the aft windows and the main open area. Our servers (Ruben and Larry) were fantastic! We have found the food on Carnival to surpass that on NCL and Royal. The entertainment was good. Comedy shows in the Limelight were just OK - I've been to better - it just depends what comedians are on the ship that week. We always enjoy the guitar player (mainly in the Red Frog Pub - Dave) on the ships. We went to 88 Keys and Flick in the Ovation Theater - better than I expected (Royal and NCL do better production shows) - still enjoyable. We went to Hasbro the Game Show (again, we couldn't get selected to participate - darn!) and Lip Sync Battle (it was great the week we were there). MarQ was a great Cruise Director - I found him as good as Matt Mitchum. The Fun Squad were all great. We enjoyed the ropes course. My wife and I were able to negotiate a good deal for a couple's massage (I had never done that before and it was quite great). The "Behind the Fun Ultimate Tour" was worth the money - it is on the last sea day and you get some gifts with it (including a group photo on the ship's bow, and a group photo in the bridge with the Captain). We accessed the galley, bridge (met the Captain - Captain Rocco Lubrano - he was our captain on the Vista in 2017!), crew mess, crew lounge, engine control room, laundry room, HR room (with photos of crew quarters), back stage of the theater. Our room steward (Jason) was fantastic - we requested service two times a day and the rooms were always well taken care of. Please be sure to tip your room steward and waiters extra on the last day of the cruise - they work so hard! We had an extra dinner one night at Bonsai Sushi and it was excellent and had a great atmosphere. Guy's Burgers are addictive (although I think I only had 1!), and the BlueIguana has outstanding burritos/bowls/tacos (and a breakfast burrito). We had breakfast in the dining room every morning and it was great. The Sea Day brunches are also incredible. While we like Norwegian's freestyle cruising philosophy, and Royal has the most innovative ships, Carnival, in our opinion, has the best food, the most fun (great Cruise Directors and activities, etc.), and gives the best value. In the end, it comes to what date works for a cruise and the price. The Breeze worked for us and we had a wonderful cruise. We did have an issue with our shower (water pressure and drainage) - we reported it and it was resolved almost immediately - great service. Disembarkation was a bit delayed so we just hung out in the Limelight - not Carnival's fault. We rented a car again (as we drove down to West Palm Beach to visit family) from Alamo (same as before). I took the shuttle to the building and got the car quickly and picked up the family at the terminal. We were sad to see the Breeze disappear in the rear view mirror . . . Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a 4 family group of 14 and could not have asked for a better cruise. We celebrated a birthday, a graduation and a couple of wedding anniversaries. The cruise director MarQ is a dynamo. I am not sure when this guy sleeps. As one of ... Read More
We had a 4 family group of 14 and could not have asked for a better cruise. We celebrated a birthday, a graduation and a couple of wedding anniversaries. The cruise director MarQ is a dynamo. I am not sure when this guy sleeps. As one of my fellow cruisers stated, if you aren't enjoying this cruise, you need to have a drink and relax. The food and service was wonderful. The Blush dining room staff was fantastic, "Som and YumYum" provided wonderful service and were loads of fun. Our cabin steward, Korn was wonderful. We could not have asked for better service, the room was alway clean and appointed. This ship was at full capacity, there were lines but they never seemed to take long. Embarkation was quick and simple. Debarkation was completely flawless, of course we handled our on bags as were were parked in the garage across from the terminal. Guy's Burger Joint and the Red Frog Pub were big hits with our crowd. The water slides were enjoyed by everyone from "57 year old me" to the youngest 17 year old in our group. The pools were very crowded, so you simply needed to step into one of the many provided showers to cool off. If you can't adapt a little I suggest you don't go on any cruise in the middle of the Summer, when every ship is at or near full capacity. The shows were a mixed bag, a couple were really good a couple just average. The string trio playing in the Atrium was wonderful, and the solo guitar player that played around the ship was very impressive. I would give both an A+. We took one excursion through Carnival, a catamaran sailing from St. Thomas to St. John, Honeymoon Beach. This was a wonderful sail with a fantastic crew, I would recommend it to anyone. Now for a tip, in Grand Turk, we took a taxi to Bohio Dive Beach area. All beaches in Grand Turk are public, so don't bother with an excursion. There was a store just up the beach selling beer and such, nice walk, nice water. Understand that there are very little in the way of amenities at the beaches of Grand Turk. If you are not adventurous just stay at the beach beside the ship and enjoy the crowds. On a final note I have read some recent reviews of this ship and wondered who these people were and what ship they could possibly have gone on? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but understand we had 14 people of various ages and the only complaint we could come up with was the one 17 year old had a hard time getting into the "18 and over only locations". Certainly not Carnivals fault. Did we cheat a few times? Of course! I sometimes think these people could not be happy with anything, or they are just trying to impress someone with how refined they believe themselves to be. Sorry for the rant, but we really enjoyed this cruise, even with the big crowds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My wife got sick on the Tuesday night of this cruise and the Carnival Medical Staff on the Breeze did a great job to stabilize her. When we got to Mahogany Bay on the Wednesday, we had to air lift her back to Florida in the USA. Thanks ... Read More
My wife got sick on the Tuesday night of this cruise and the Carnival Medical Staff on the Breeze did a great job to stabilize her. When we got to Mahogany Bay on the Wednesday, we had to air lift her back to Florida in the USA. Thanks again carnival for you help and attentions, we have been cruising from 1990 and this has never happen to us before. Embarkation:Started at 10:30am and we were on the ship by 10:50am. Port Canaveral: Is a really great port and the service there is great.I have been using this port since 2006.We always get on board between 10:45am- 11:00am, this without purchasing Fast to the Fun!!. The slowest boarding we have had is on the Sunshine last year 2018 to Bermuda and that was at 11:30am. Ship: The Carnival Breeze is a great ship,clean and well laid-out, Its just like the Magic with lighter colors. Cabin: 7325 Balcony, was fine, great room service. Dining: Was good in the dining room for our 6:00pm dinner.I saw a cut back in the lunch buffet selection. Entertainment:Was good, the adult show on Tuesday night was great and lot of activities. Services:Overall service was great ( Again I thank the medical staff for saving my wife life when she could not breathe). Ports:Did not go on excursion in Cozumel or Belize,I have visited there before on Carnival.We got of in Mahogany Bay in Honduras and air ambulance my wife back to Florida. Next cruise:I will be platinum , looking forward to that. Just a reminder when you are looking for a cruise line, make sure to check all important info including medical. This was an eye opener for us and we have been sailing from 1990, We have been on RCL and NCL also.( Age group 55) This was our 30 years Anniversary cruise too. Hope this help !! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on ... Read More
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on vacation, not a big problem for me. I enjoyed the chance to talk and meet new people. We Loved the 80’s Rock and Glow night, we just wished they had the 80’s trivia game the same night. We enjoy dressing up in our costumes. The ports were beautiful and breathtaking, the water was so blue. The staff was also extremely friendly and really helpful we never needed anything. Our waiters in the Dining Room were incredible, they remembered our names and what we liked to eat and drink. Thanks Carnival for the wonderful memories Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
there were 9 of us on this cruise. We have been on the breeze two other time but always left out of galveston. This time left out of port canaveral, it was a mad house getting on the ship compared to the smooth way galveston does it. The ... Read More
there were 9 of us on this cruise. We have been on the breeze two other time but always left out of galveston. This time left out of port canaveral, it was a mad house getting on the ship compared to the smooth way galveston does it. The porter would not let us take on own bags on the ship as other wheeled by with there luggage. We are plantium and had to wait till after the muster drill to get our luggage, then I had to go to the luggage cart and find our two bags myself. The cruise itself was great. The room steward and staff was great, very friendly crew everyone said hello. Food servers where 2nd to none, felt like they paid more attention to us then other diners, lucky us. the comedy club comedians were funny, the shows not so good, they had someting called "flick" which didnt make sense to us. But all in all was a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply ... Read More
This is my 5th cruise with Carnival. I love cruising with Carnival. I always have exceptional service in all areas. The embarkation and disembarkation both went smoother than ever before. The interior decor of the ship is simply Beautiful. My cabin was great and Korn was the best room steward.The staff in all areas is over all just Grand. I love all of the food options. The Blue Iguana and Pig & Anchor are my favorites. With over 4,000 people on this ship, they manage to remember everyone's name at dinner. I enjoyed all the nightly entertainment and I love the Punch line comedians they are always really funny. There are alot of talented singers and performers. The dazzling bright colors and light shows I really enjoyed. Ports and shore excursions were very enjoyable. Ocean World is a must see in the Dominican Republic Me and my fiance are already planning our next cruise for 2020.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 ... Read More
Embarkation: We did a family cruise (9 people) on the Breeze from April 20-27. We all had priority status thanks to FTTF. I know some people think it is a waste of money, but for us we love it. We all arrived at the port at 9:30 am (2 of us from Radisson at the port shuttle, the rest by car) which was 30 minutes prior to the terminal opening. Once it opened at 10am, only the priority line was allowed inside. There was a huge line for the EARLY/LATE arrivals. I assume once the priority was done, they allowed some of them inside. After going through security, we took a seat and waited until about 10:45am to board. Unlike cruises in the past, it was not just a free for all when boarding started. They had agents tell which rows of seats to board so it was much more organized. As soon as we boarded, we went to deck 9 immediately to our rooms to drop off our carry on items and to pick up our sail and sign cards which are now left in the mailboxes. Only priority rooms had the room keys in the mailbox at this time. We then headed for deck 5 to eat Guys Pig & Anchor before the masses began boarding. After lunch we went to our rooms to unpack and then on deck to do the ropes course and play mini golf. Around 3:00 we cleaned up a bit and headed to the Ovation theatre for Muster on deck 4. It was much nicer to have Muster inside. It was about the typical length with them calling out names of missing people. If you can’t make Muster, I say escort them right back off the ship!!!! Why keep everyone else waiting? After Muster, we all went out to the front of Deck 9 for sail away. We were trying to get on the Fishlips Sail Away Web Cam. You could see us but they did not zoom in on us. Room: We all had balcony rooms on deck 9 forward port side. Rooms were the typical cruise ship rooms. We met our steward, Gede, and told him we only needed morning service but my wife wanted a towel animal each day too. I just don’t understand the reasoning for needing your room serviced twice a day. Some argue it is a luxury of cruising, but I say I can turn my own bed down when I get tired. This is 2019 not 1930. I just don’t find that sort of service a luxury. We had brought extra hangars with us but there were already a large number in the closet. We did learn one trick the night before our cruise. We read to take wooden clothes pins to put on the bottom of the shower curtain to make it stay down in place while showering. It worked!!!! Other Passengers: We did not really encounter too many lines or rude people. About the only bad apple was one evening we ate at the lido buffet. My brother was in line and was waiting as the cook was replacing the penne pasta. Before my brother could take a portion, a large man cut in line and scraped all the cheese crust (the best part) off the top. I guess they just could not wait their turn in line for fear of losing a pound. It was spring break in Georgia and North Carolina but the ship did not really seem inundated with kids. I will say the ice cream station was always a mess. Small kids would get ice cream and make a huge mess. Carnival really needs to place the machines higher up so an adult has to help. We did read online of some unruly kids, but we never witnessed it. Also, the CHOGS (chair hogs) were out in force on sea days. Carnival again needs to address this. Their current system of putting a sticker on your chair for 40 minutes before removing items is a complete joke. My wife said they did that the last sea day and about 20 mins later a lady came and took the stickers off 8 chairs. A really simple solution would be one person in a chair can save one empty one right next to them. That way people can use restroom, get food, go down slide, etc. No butt in chair….no saving!!! Also they should walk around the decks at 8am and collect all the towels, shoes, books, etc that are saving seats. Do it once at the beginning and then it is not a problem. Breakfast: Every morning we ate the lido buffet and it was the same exact offerings every morning. One item that never was eaten was the salmon and eggs dish. Who eats that? The buffet usually always had some kind of line. The buffets with one long station are the worst. People have to stand there and analyze whether or not they want an item. If you have to think about longer than a second…move on!!! The omelet station was very good and the line never really too long. Some of us skipped the buffet and hit the Blue Iguana instead for huevos rancheros. They were excellent and there was NEVER a line. Lunch: We ate different places all the time when on board. We ate Pig & Anchor BBQ on embarkation day and last sea day. We also tried the pizza (usually a line) and the Mongolian wok (always a long slow line but so good) and deli (always a long line). Lunch also had the new cake selections and they were excellent. The other regular desserts were not so good. Dinner: When we could, we ate in the MDR. We had YTD dining and always went to the Sapphire Dining Room on deck 3 about 5:15. We were usually one of the first seated and before the dining room actually opened. On the second night we were sat in Dipendra, I Made, and Dennis’s section. They were awesome. They learned our name the first night and anticipated our needs. Unfortunately due to strange port times, we only ate here 3 times. Some meals in the MDR were really good others just so-so. Our main complaint was the menu descriptions. One night several of us got BBQ Flat bread with arugula. It arrived and was full of mushrooms. First off there was no mention of mushrooms on the menu. Secondly, why are mushrooms on a BBQ flatbread anyway? They don’t go together. One thing Carnival should do is discontinue the servers singing and dancing. This does nothing more than slow down service. Activities: Carnival Cruises are always jam packed with activities. You can be as busy or lazy as you like. Since we sailed on Easter Sunday, carnival had an Easter egg hunt. They had 12 eggs hidden across decks 3, 4, & 5. You got a piece of paper and had to write down where each one was found. Supposedly they had a drawing of all the correct answers for some prize but we never heard anything about it the rest of the cruise. The kids in our party loved the waterpark and slides. My 72 yr old dad even went down both slides. My oldest niece and nephew were looking forward to doing the ropes course. Neither really liked it especially my nephew (8 yrs old) was scared to death. He said it was way too windy. We played mini golf embarkation day but there were not enough balls for 3 kids. Carnival should station someone on the sports deck to police the use like they do on the waterpark. We also did several trivia games winning one general knowledge trivia game one morning. My nieces and nephew loved their Carnival Bling on a String Medallions!!! My nieces (10 & 5) also loved singing karaoke. They were usually the hit of the night!!! We also bought some items at the shops and went to the 80 Rock N Glow deck party. Carnival really does have activities all day/night. Overall Ship Layout/Cleanliness: The ship layout was not one of our favorites. We have been on the Valor, Sunshine (twice), Sensation and now the Breeze. The Breeze is probably our least favorite with the Sunshine being our favorite. Having the waterpark at mid ship, it limited the amount of seating around it to watch the kids. The lido deck pool also seemed to be lacking in seating unlike the Sunshine. There was plenty of seating at the buffet though but the buffet itself was set up horribly. We prefer the Sunshine buffet layout with several smaller stations instead of one long one. We also saw all kinds of workers constantly cleaning and wiping handrails, walls, and chairs. Overall it seemed like a very clean ship. Debarkation: Again since we had priority, we arrived at the buffet for breakfast right at 6am. We had received a letter the night before stating to be in the Ovation Theatre starboard side at 7:15am. We ate and headed to the theatre around 6:45. Carnival had people stationed at the forward staircase checking to make sure only priority people we allowed. Of course there was one moron blocking the stairs arguing with the crew about why he and his family could not disembark. They finally told him they don’t care where he goes but he can’t be here. I walked by and said loudly to my brother that Faster to the Fun looks like a good buy you cheapskate (only I used more derogatory terms). They started allowing those people carrying their luggage and early flights off at 7:15. We followed shortly after. Carnival did a really good job with our debarkation. It was very organized and efficient. Once in the terminal, we grabbed a porter, found our luggage, and skipped ahead of several hundred people waiting in the customs line. The porters have their own line. The customs agent checked our passports and asked if we had any fruit from the ship. After that we were on our way to the garage or shuttles. My all were on the road by 8:07am!!!! Ports: Amber Cove: Wife and I went to Damajauga Waterfalls through Iguana Mama (highly recommended). We signed up for the full 27 but due to drought conditions could only do 12. Rest of the group stayed at the port pool. St Thomas: Hired a private customized tour through VI Scenic Tours to take us shopping downtown (rum and sterling silver hook bracelets), Mountain Top, Magens Bay, and Drake’s Seat overlook, then finally back to Havensight Mall at the pier. San Juan: We all did a self-guided walking tour to El Morro, the Cathedral to see Ponce de Leon’s tomb, Parque de las Palomas to feed the birds, Barrachina’s for pina coladas, Fortaleza Street to see the umbrellas, and Plaza Colon to shop some street vendors. Grand Turk: In our opinion, Carnival can skip this port. It used to be a nice relaxing beach day. Now the locals have moved in and there are chairs everywhere on top of each other with no easy way to walk along the water. All the free port chairs/umbrellas are in the back. The locals have their chairs/umbrellas all the way in the front all the way down to the water line. At high tide, some were even in the water. They wanted 2 chairs for $30. They would not do 2 chairs for $20, but you could get 3 for $30. Go figure!!! Not sure how their math works!!! We needed 6 total so it worked out for us. We did walk down to Jack’s Shack for jerk chicken and it was excellent!!! Random thoughts: On our cruise, they began using the HUB APP for making YTD reservations. Of course since we went early, we could not use it. It came online exactly at 5:30 each night but we were already seated by that time. We also found the live music played all over the ship was way too loud. Most times you had to yell to talk to someone. I did buy some Hennessy Pure White on board. Ship price was $56.99 each or 3 for $135.00 ($45 each). I only needed two but got three. The ports all had it 2 for $90. Lesson learned to get it in port. In the end, we choose the ships based on itinerary. We would sail the Breeze again only if the itinerary fit our choices Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I liked the ports we were going to. We stayed at la quinta the night before. It was very hard to find the carnival terminal off the highway because it was not easily marked. We had a problem with the shore excursion in Roaan,Disembarkation ... Read More
I liked the ports we were going to. We stayed at la quinta the night before. It was very hard to find the carnival terminal off the highway because it was not easily marked. We had a problem with the shore excursion in Roaan,Disembarkation was wonderful and I would take the bus again, to the airport. The cabin was good except for I had to get a mattress because I could not get up on the bunk bed but they put a cot in the middle of the room. I liked most of the food there and find the diners worked very hard. Our room steward was amazing and very helpful. The entertainment was wonderful and I loved going every night to a different show. We only saw one comedian and he was very good. The bar service was good as well. I loved all the activities and more importantly the staff, lead by chris donkey salazar. We never knew what he would say or do next. The first cast players question and answer with xsophie and donkey was very informative. I loved seeing the keyboardist from the dynamixs pop the question to his girlfriend. The dynamix were dynamic, and very sweet. I thought both canadian Ryans were great along with Sharon, . Gustav was very sweet and friendly and I loved the 70 and 80's sing along. i just wish we had white nights for elegant nights. I loved the love and marriage show. Never made it to the casino. Loved dance classes as well as Karoke. I did not use the gym. I danced instead. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements. 1. This is my opinion. 2. I am a food snob. 3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it ... Read More
Most of this is going to be from memory and before starting, I'd like to preface this review with a few statements. 1. This is my opinion. 2. I am a food snob. 3. While I have seen a Broadway show, do not rely on me when it comes to stage-show productions. 4. I have sailed the Mardi Gras in 1993, Ecstasy in 1998, and Dream in 2012. 5. Family of four...myself (44), wife (39), daughter 1 (11), daughter 2 (3). 6. This is long and meant for those who want all the nitty-gritty details. Port Canaveral - Departure Day We used Go Canaveral and shuttled in from a designated parking lot about six-miles from the port. We stayed at the International Palms. The room was "okay", the grounds were beautiful. We got to stay there and leave our car for the week for $165. Booked through Go Canaveral. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the boat and in our room by 11 am as we had FTTF. Initial room impressions. We booked at Spa balcony, room 11244. The room was clean, but looked dated, specifically the carpeting. I was disappointed in the balcony. First, the viewing glass was so covered in salt, you couldn't see through it. Light got through, but you had to stand up and look over the railing to enjoy the ocean and the horizon. The door latch was not secure and you could actually spin it around. The door to the balcony was also not flush so a horrible whistling sound came through when the boat was moving. I corrected this by cracking the door at night. The refrigerator was cool at best and you couldn't prop the door open without placing something on the floor as some have suggested. Did I say it was clean? The bedding was also super-comfortable. I immediately went to Guy's Pig and Anchor. The brisket was very good, the pork okay, not a fan of the beans. We then went to Cucina as the rest of the family not a fan of smoked meats. The lunch bowls there were excellent. I didn't order one myself, but took bites from all my girls' dishes. Please note, they cook with butter. A lot of butter. If you lost weight for your cruise, you will get your first inch back after eating here. Headed back to the room, luggage had arrived, changed clothes, did the Muster Drill, hit the Waterworks. My 3-year old loved, loved, loved the pink waterslides. My 11-year old loved the pair of real waterslides. My wife went down the "Drainpipe" once and no more waterslides for her the rest of the trip. Side Note: If you have kids, Camp Ocean is not open on your opening day (except for Night Owls) but it is open for sign-up and orientation. We did this on embarkation day and we saw some lines on Sunday for those who didn't handle this early. Went back to room, changed, Went to dinner. Had ATD. Took about 15-minutes. Had a great time at dinner but it was a bit much for the girls as it took 90 minutes. Walked the ship a bit and checked in early. Sea Day - Got up early, or rather, my 3-year old woke us up early. Went to brunch at the Blush restaurant. Really great steak and eggs and the bloody mary was good if not garish. Dropped the youngest off at Camp Ocean. Wife and daughter went to an Arts and Crafts show and I went to a cooking demo. The demo is more of a tasting as you can't see a thing. Holy smokes, all they need to do is put up a monitor and use a feed to see what the chef is doing. The food was very good, but I almost fell asleep during the explanation as I couldn't see anything and I had trouble understanding the accent from the chef. We enjoyed the Lido deck until 4 pm when Camp Ocean closes for two-hours; however, they had a Build-A-Bear event that was handled really well. A bear for each daughter and a pair of accessories for each set us back $92. Returned to the room and got ready for dinner. At 6 pm, we dropped the girls off for Camp Ocean dinner...let's discuss for a moment as I had trouble finding a lot of information on Camp Ocean prior to the cruise. Camp Ocean - My three-year old loved it. I mean, loved it. We had to more or less beg for her to eat with us the rest of the trip and she had dinner with us only one more time. My 11-year old was not a fan. She had sign-in, sign-out privileges and did go a few times for an hour or so during the trip, but did not enjoy it. I encouraged her to ask for the 12- to 14-year old camp, but she was a bit too bashful and nervous with the idea of being the youngest. She did manage to find a couple of good friends on the boat and my wife was comfortable giving her run of the ship and allowing her to stay in the room by herself from 10 pm to 1 am. We did have group chat through the Carnival Hub app which worked great for us. I did have to force close and reboot once, but as long as it was open, we had no issues with texting. Wife and I had a drink at the Atrium Bar, waited about 15-minutes for a table (was Elegant night), and then headed back to the atrium for Oldies Trivia. This is where we met Donkey, the Cruise Director, for the first time. The guy is an absolute gem. Shoot, the guy made fun of me in public a couple times during the trip and I still kept going back for more. The Oldies Trivia isn't really "trivia". It is just an excuse to listen to oldies music while watching people getting their groove on with Donkey. It was entertaining. We tried to make the 9:30 comedy show, but it was SRO. If you want to catch a comedy act, get there 30-minutes early. Instead, we ended up with Andy at 88 Keys. Guy is a hoot. My wife requested a song and ended up sitting on the piano. At 10 pm, it becomes Adults-Only. A few people were offended and left, but most took it in stride and we had a really great time. Picked up my youngest from Night Owls and went to bed. Side Note: Night Owls is $7 an hour from 10 pm to 1 am. They do have themed parties on two nights that cost a flat $18, but they will pro-rate it out if you pick up your child early. Amber Cove - Had a sit-down breakfast at Blush (not Brunch...Brunch and bloody mary bar offered on Sea Days). The Eggs Benedict was good. No excursion at Amber Cove, but we did hit the Pool and Cabana area. It was awesome. They have a side-portion for younger children which was terrific for my three-year old. The main pool is half lazy river and half pool with pool bar. There is a sit down restaurant (the food was not good, but the drinks were what you would expect in the Caribbean). It was one big party and the grounds were spotless. They do have waterslides, but have a weight limit. If you are a larger guy or had a couple pasta bowls at Cucina, you may want to skip the line. It is not efficient and they actually make you step on a scale if there is any doubt. Fat shaming aside, I would forego an excursion again and return to the pool area if we were to return to Amber Cove. Upon returning, we dropped off the youngest for dinner at 6 pm, gave the oldest run-of-the-ship, had a drink at the Atrium, and hit Fahrenheit 555. I'll actually keep this brief. It was not crowded at all for an 8 pm seating. Very quiet. App and salads were excellent. Lamb chops were good. Wife's lobster was very good. Likely wouldn't do it again though as I'd put the chops on par with Longhorn. Hit up an adult comedy show. I do not recall his name, but he was switching boats the next day and apparently was a big hit at the Apollo. He managed to offend everyone. We loved him. We then went to see Country Roads. Thought it was awful, but I'm not a country fan. Bed time. St. Thomas - We actually wanted the Champagne Catamaran excursion, but it sold out. we ended up doing Kon Tiki. It wasn't that fun and it was not family-friendly on the way back. Essentially, you and a 100 of your closest friends get a five-minute tour of the islands and what celebrities squatted in a ramshackle shack. They then promote the glass-bottom viewing of the coral reef. I saw a fish and what I believe was a set of keys. You then get dropped off on Water Island. I have been to St. Thomas before and seen some beautiful beaches...this is not one of them. There is an impromptu drink and food hut and truck. I got the distinct impression that our 100 people and the other two-hundred people already there were all taking a pee in the ocean at the exact same time. After 45 minutes, you get back on board and wait for 30 minutes as the crew makes sure no one is left behind. On the way back, there was a group of 20 high-school or early college kids. They were hammered. I have no problem with this, I would do the same myself; however, it became a booty-shaking soft-porn dance-a-thon the whole way back that the crew encouraged. It simply wasn't family-friendly. Let me put it this way...if I was in my 20's, I'd be right up there with them and some other guy on a computer would be complaining about me; however, my 11-year old daughter was transfixed by it and there were guys in their 40's to 60's gawking. The only thing missing were the dollar bills. For dinner, we stopped and got sushi at Bonsai. The sushi rolls are huge. I wish I had another opportunity to eat there, but it was great and filling. We then took my oldest to see the Hasbro show. It was really entertaining for the kids. This was followed by a PG-rated Gender showdown that was also funny for the kids. Next was Bingo...only once and never again. Carnival bankrolls on Bingo and they promote it incessantly. After that was Adult-Only Love and Marriage. We dismissed our oldest and laughed our tails off. Hearing a couple that has been married for 53-years vs. a couple of newlyweds was priceless. San Juan - No excursions. I had a massage that was heavenly. I did get pitched a pair of products at the end, but it was not a hard-core sale like I've heard about it. I gave her 30-seconds to give me the spiel, I said no, we moved on. We checked the kids into camp and toured the kiosks outside the ship. Came back early and enjoyed the Lido with very few crowds. That night, drink at the Atrium Bar, dinner at the MDR, went to 70's Trivia with Donkey, another comedy show, and caught a Braves' game at the Red Frog Pub. Turks and Caicos - Most beautiful water in the world. My oldest daughter and I did a Snorkel, Stingrays, and Conch snorkel. It was fantastic. The only place I've been that compares is the Great Barrier reef. Just looking off the cruise ship at the island is unbelievable. Upon returning home, I looked to book a trip solely in Turks and Caicos next year but found it extremely cost prohibitive and I completely understand why. Back on the boat, I do want to mention the 80's Trivia dance party at the Breeze Atrium with Donkey...just like the Golden Oldies and 70's trivia. This was hilarious. The amount of people that showed up for this encompassed three decks and was truly a highlight of the cruise. We finished our night with another comedy show and some time at the Piano Bar with Andy, but the 80's with Donkey was a riot. Friday was another Sea Day. I will also say that the best perk of FTTF was early debarkation at 6:45 am on Saturday. We drove so this was a great head start. If you are catching an early flight, they will allow you to debark early even if you don't have FTTF. Just a few more remaining thoughts: Food - Mixed bag. For the MDR, everything from apps, salads, to entrees were hit or miss. I will say the prime rib was one of the fattiest pieces of meat I've ever had. The brunch and sit-down breakfasts in the Blush dining room were very good. The breakfast buffet was also decent, but holy smokes, the amount of food people take and don't eat is a sin. It is a buffet people. You can go back for more. The line would also move so much quicker if people didn't need three of everything as if it was their last meal ever...off soapbox. The dinner buffet was atrocious. It was a combination of leftovers from the MDR that were dried-out or just poor quality food. Tried it once and never again. Lunch options were very good. I can't say enough about the Tacos and Taco Salads at the Blue Iguana. My family loved Guy's Burger and Fries but it was over the top too salty for me. The pizza was terrific as well. Pleasantly surprised. Milkshakes are the bomb-diggity. Outside of the milkshakes, I didn't have any desserts except the Tiramisu at the cooking demo. No sweet tooth for this guy. Cheers - Best purchase I made. Apparently I have a drinking problem. My wife and I drank way more than we expected and don't forget water and milkshakes included. Seriously, a bloody mary at brunch, a fruity drink when you get back from your excursion, a pre-dinner drink, and then two drinks at dinner and you've hit your daily allotment for making Cheers worthwhile. By the time you are singing along to the 80's, at a Piano bar, comedy show, Alchemy bar, show, etc., you are effectively saving money. Ovation Theatre - County Roads terrible, but I don't like country. 88 Keys fun as I enjoy Billy Joel and Elton John. Really enjoyed Flick. Most other shows are worth checking out as they rarely last more than 30 to 45 minutes. Worst case is a drink and some great people watching. Donkey - If I had two cruises and everything was equal besides the Cruise Director, I'd take the one with Donkey in a heartbeat. I actually found myself actively looking for cruise activities that he was part of by the halfway point of the trip. Tipping - Hot topic on here, I know. I did not pre-tip my room steward Mudi; however, I asked him to keep my ice bucket filled and he and his staff did not disappoint on that level or anything for the room itself. They even tried to get the balcony glass clean. It was an improvement, but they really just need to replace it at this point. I did provide an additional $30 at the end of the trip which I hope was a respectable amount. I did not tip bartenders extra; however, I always tipped an additional $1 for wait staff. The wait staff will remember you. Mixed drinks are notoriously weak; however, by Tuesday, the wait staff at the Ovation theatre Comedy Club recognized me and my drinks were appreciably stronger. A couple of times, I'd get the drink and an additional shot brought to me without even asking. Smoking - Passed it a couple times on Deck 11. Was apparent, but no overwhelming in brief time in casino. Yes, clearly noticeable, but seemed very well contained to the casino itself. After seeing the Harmony of the Seas at one of our ports, I put some serious consideration in booking one and trying it out; however, I have looked into the new Mardi Gras and was so impressed with the crew and staff on the Breeze that I'm getting ready to book the Mardi Gras; albeit, for April of 2021 Spring Break. I hope this may help you in making a decision and thank you for reading! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had to cancel this cruise in 2018, due to an injury. So we were happy to be able to go on it this year and get to visit some islands we have missed in the past. We had a very quick check in and were on board withing 30 minutes of ... Read More
We had to cancel this cruise in 2018, due to an injury. So we were happy to be able to go on it this year and get to visit some islands we have missed in the past. We had a very quick check in and were on board withing 30 minutes of arriving at the port. Our debarkation was almost quicker. We were off the ship and on the way to I-95 in less than 45 minutes. In the past, we have waited hours, especially in Tampa. Great cruise, weather cooperated. We were in 9283 and had Dedy as our cabin steward. He was attentive, but not overly attentive. Our dining team was led by Gary. He was fantastic and made sure my gluten allergy was taken care of in the kitchen. We had our dinners in the Sapphire (lower level) and our breakfast in Blush (lower level). Lunch was mostly Guys Burger Joint and also Guys Pig and Anchor. Fairly decent BBQ, though I never saw any smokers going. So, wonder if it was done off the ship and reheated with sauce. We were entertained a lot by M J String Trio. A group of violinist and cellist out of Poland. Excellent trio. We purchased their two CDs and enjoyed them on the drive north. Will look for another Carnival cruise down the road, but have two more cruises coming up. One in Sept to New England and the other in 8/2020 to Alaska with the family. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We left our car at the Country Inn and Suites before taking a shuttle to the cruise terminal. We arrived two hours before our arrival appointment yet boarded fairly promptly. Food at Guys Burgers, Pig and Anchor, Seafood Shack, and Pizza ... Read More
We left our car at the Country Inn and Suites before taking a shuttle to the cruise terminal. We arrived two hours before our arrival appointment yet boarded fairly promptly. Food at Guys Burgers, Pig and Anchor, Seafood Shack, and Pizza Pirate was phenomenal. Main dining was above average but not quite as good as my previous trips with Csrnival. Took the Kon Tiki Party Boat around St Thomas. Terrific experience. Family and I just looked around in Amber Cove and San Juan. Grand Turk is a gorgeous island yet still ravaged with hurricane damage. Playlist shows onboard were phenomenal, especially Karleigh and Whitney. Cruise Director Donkey was really good at energizing the crowd and keeping people engaged in the entertainment. I spent a lot of time at the Casino Bar and the bartenders were lovely and respectful. Red frog Pub had excellent vibe and a great atmosphere. Debarkation went as smooth as possible and I would love to get back onboard as soon as I could! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
While looking for cruises around our birthdays (my 75th) we found one that left on my wife's birthday and on my birthday. Carnival was the one. Left from Port Canaveral was the easiest embarkation we were on board in 15 minutes ... Read More
While looking for cruises around our birthdays (my 75th) we found one that left on my wife's birthday and on my birthday. Carnival was the one. Left from Port Canaveral was the easiest embarkation we were on board in 15 minutes (priority boarding) went to lunch and checked suite out. Everything was ready. Rm 11221 spa suite. Large balcony , walk in closet , large bathroom. And access to spa . Main dining room -Sapphire was great longest wait 10 minutes on my time dining. Went on excursions at all ports and booked thru Carnival . Great guides and interesting info on country. Some good deals on larimar jewelry in Dom. Republic. Our Room Steward Sabina was almost telepathic first night asked for ice and got it in 10 minutes the next night we called again she said it was in the room already - it was and she checked to make sure. Towel animals were great. Only negative was long lines for some of the food venues.Disembarkation was chaotic used our priority status to get off in 20 minutes.Sure helped . Was a great cruise and not our first one. Looking forward to next one. Did see a lot of young children that were not being watched by parents. Surprised that they weren't more cautious even on a CLOSED environment As a retired Police Officer I felt that they needed closer supervision. We live only an hour from Port Canaveral.and go to the Cape for launches -can see them on clear days from our front yard. Did not go to see any entertainment preferred to watch new movies on tv and occasionally room service which if you choose correctly was included in cruise cost. Great snacks. Asked for cheese plates to go from supper and never refused. Wait staff knew what we had for beverages after first night ,called us by our names and had beverages waiting at table. Embarrassed both of us on birthdays by singing Happy Birthday along with other diners at dinner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My husband and i cruised in early march 2019 and it was our 2nd carnival cruise. We loved it. We sat back many times to just take in all that the boat offered. it was an excellent week with awesome food, drinks, service and entertainment. ... Read More
My husband and i cruised in early march 2019 and it was our 2nd carnival cruise. We loved it. We sat back many times to just take in all that the boat offered. it was an excellent week with awesome food, drinks, service and entertainment. we wouldn't have changed a thing. i can't say enough about donkey (the famous cruise director)....he is everything people describe--high energy and full of witty comments and loads of fun! i am now much more convinced that cruising is the "best bang for your buck". and i suspect we will continue to stay with carnival as we find it safe, clean and overall just plain amazing! even though it was march break and the boat was full--we never had to wait longer than a couple minutes at a bar or restaurant. all staff members were extremely good and provided service beyond what we expected. the one thing i have to say is that there can never be enough comedians on the ship--those shows are the best! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We first decided to return to Carnival, after not sailing that line since 2007 (sailing RCCL and NCL) because I had reward points to redeem, giving me a pretty great deal. I booked it, keeping an open mind. As the year went on since ... Read More
We first decided to return to Carnival, after not sailing that line since 2007 (sailing RCCL and NCL) because I had reward points to redeem, giving me a pretty great deal. I booked it, keeping an open mind. As the year went on since booking it, I read some fabulous reviews, and began getting more and more excited. Let me tell you we were very pleasantly surprised. Carnival was 100% more fun than the other lines, totally living up to their slogan as the Fun Ships. Our CD was “Donkey”, and I can honestly say he was the best CD we ever had in all our cruises. The ship had entertainment galore, music happening everywhere, and we caught comedy shows nearly every night. Top it off with Dive In Movies out on Lido deck, was a great way to unwind at night. There were plenty of bars, but we loved the Red Frog Pub. The food was out of this world! Great grab-and-go choices for day, and the MDR food was always hot and tasty and varied. We had YTD, in Sapphire Dining Room on Deck 3 fwd, and requested Roxanne and Jenni every night as head waitress and assistant waitress. They were the best!! We were a little shocked at the buffet lines, though. We did not experience that on RCCL or NCL, as they were set up as “stations” that you just popped over to, but Carnival had a long line into their buffet, which pretty much kept us away from the buffet, unless we showed up at 7am when it opened, and most people were still sleeping. We ate at the Sea Day Brunch on both sea days, and loved it. We ate lunch every day at either Guys Burgers, Pig and Anchor BBQ, Blue Iguana Cantina, the Deli, our the Pasta Bar. All great choices, and helped us avoid the crazy buffet lines. That is one area Carnival needs to redesign and improve on. The other area that we disliked, was all the smoke in the casino. I thought smokers had to stay in a separate area, but they were everywhere, and it kept us out of casino most times. But all in all, Carnival deserved the high over all rating I gave it as it was a truly fabulous cruise, and excellent ship. Can’t wait for my next one! I have the Magic booked for my 50th Anniversary in 2020. This cruise was my 49th Anniversary celebration. Oh, BTW, we had FTTF, which I will buy hands down any time it’s offered. I loved that it took me only 10 minutes from hotel shuttle to seat in priority waiting area, then right on ship and to cabin before the huge masses board. FANTASTIC and worth every penny, in my honest opinion. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and I had one checked luggage. My interior cabin was just the right size and the steward was outstanding. I had the anytime dining option and barely had to wait in line for the Sapphire dining room. The food and staff was excellent. I wasn't impressed with Guy's burgers or the pizza joint. The sushi is worth paying extra for. Shore excursions booked through Carnival went well and I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed the Western Caribbean although not impressed with Costa Maya. The Motown show would have been better if there had been more entertainers of color. There was only one and he's outstanding. The cruise director, nicknamed "Donkey", is very good and very funny. Some ports were very crowded and I didn't spend much time in them, outside of the excursion. I highly recommend the BOSS excursion in Roatan! It's the next best thing to diving. The reef was beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting ... Read More
We have cruised the Breeze 3 times before; Mediterranean, TransAtlantic and Carribean. One of our top 5 ships. My top tip, study the ship to get around easily and join the programs and activities suited to yourself. We're hitting about 50 cruises on many different cruise lines. It really helps us. Some ships have a scavenger hunt first day which you get a stamp at each location on the ship and you are entered for a prize. You win because your vacation will so much better knowing the ship. My point, go find all the places you know you want to go but cover some more. The Breeze had talented singers and dancers are well rehearsed and put on some great shows in Theater and common areas. The Local Flavor Excursion in Dominican Republic covered a lot of ground in 5+ hours and well worth the $60. We had slow service the last evening in Dining Room -- we did not pay attention to our time that day. (We know better.) Go early or go late, but avoid rush hour on any ship. At the moment, we have plans at the moment for other Carnival ships and Princess ships. If the Breeze's itinerary and times fit our schecule in the future. We would enjoy the Breeze's Cloud 9 Spa again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate a few events (our 10th anniversary, Mom's 60th birthday, Dad's birthday, and my wife's 50th birthday). We had a great time and would definitely go again. My wife and I went to Ron Jon Surf Shop the night before departure. I would suggest anyone go here. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, and we also parked here. The shuttle to the port was easy and very timely. Embarkation was quick and easy. We got to the port. Got in line for like 2 minutes. Moved through the various checkpoints, and we were on the ship within 10 minutes from arrival. Disembarkation was somewhat slow, but this was due to federal employee issues. The ship is nice. All areas were kept very clean. My only complaint is there was no pool on the serenity deck. Out cabin, Ocean Suite 7274, was nice and roomy. My wife loved the balcony and the jacuzzi tub. The color scheme in the room was not to my liking, but oh well. Our dining room experience was pleasant. Our server was Mantara, and he did a wonderful job. We loved the shows. Very awesome. The Cruise Director was Chris "Donkey" Salazar. He is a fun guy. He made the cruise very enjoyable. We didn't care much for Amber Cove, but the rest of the ports were very enjoyable. We went on a whale watching excursion in Grand Turk. We saw whales and had a blast. I would suggest this to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was ... Read More
The itinerary is our main reason for booking this cruise. There were ports we wanted to see. The ship was clean, the crew was amazing, very helpful with all our needs and was very informative. We did the Behind the Scenes tour and it was an amazing experience getting to see everything that goes on behind all of our fun. Meeting the captain was a plus! He was a very kind gentlemen and was very informative with all our questions. Our stateroom was clean and cozy and our steward was EXCELLENT! The only one thing I will say negative is I think the ship needs crew to remind people to sanitize their hands in the lido. They do have sanitizing stations but a lot of people did not use them. I know on other cruise lines staff will greet you into dining and remind you to sanitize. That is the only negative thing I can find. Our cruise director Donkey was great and kept the ship with lots of fun things to do. Will certainly go on the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for itinerary, home port, and date. Arrived at port at 11:00 and walked right on ship. Others in our group that were not platinum were on only minutes later. I thought the service was great and cheerful all around. We had a cabin facing front on deck 10 and really liked it. My brother had a cove balcony and loved being close to the water especially one night when the waves were about 15 feet according to the captain. We chose early dining and were in the upper level of the middle restaurant (Sapphire). The lower level was for Your Time Dining and we usually had no wait for doors to open at 6:00. Several times we arrived a few minutes early and several people were already seated. The service was the best we had in years. The dining staff actually even had time to interact with us! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up ... Read More
There were eight friends on this cruise. Five of us flew in a day before the cruise. We stayed at the Cocoa Beach Suites. The hotel was in a great location. It would be a great hotel if they did some furniture cleaning and sprucing up the place. We took the shuttle from the hotel for six dollars per person paid to the hotel. We were met by the porters who put tags on our luggage. There was also a woman who printed boarding passes for those who did not have them. We got to the port around 12 noon. This was the first time on the Breeze and all we can say is embarkation was simple. You were given a number after you gave your passport or other identification, you sat in a section until you were called and away you went. We did walk up a long gangway to the lobby, third floor. Up to the Lido deck and the party was on. The food was better in the buffet than in the dining room the first couple of days. It did get better especially the second dress up night. Carnival has really cut back on staff and the quality of the food. But I still give the cruise high marks because of the fun we had. The entertainment was excellent. I went to the Motown show, the movie show and the lip sync show. Donkey, the cruise director was hilarious. We all had inside cabins on the second floor except one couple who had an outside cabin on the first level. We liked our location and they liked theirs. We enjoyed all of our ports especially St. Thomas and San Juan, mainly because you walked off the ship and there was so much around within walking distance. Our group split up based on each one's likes. Some shopped, some went on tours, I zipped line in Amber Cove, which was my favorite activity. The New Year's Eve party on the Lido deck was so much fun. They had beach balls all over the place. They gave out lighted wanes, necklaces, hats, horns and I can't forget the champagne. Our group found a place to sit and they planted. I walked to the upper decks to take pictures and hit the beach balls. Overall it was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Hello We cruised on the Breeze due to port location and ports of call. We cruised out of Canaveral and we stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas USVI, San Juan PR, and Grand Turk. We were a party of 4. Two Adults two kids (15, and 12). ... Read More
Hello We cruised on the Breeze due to port location and ports of call. We cruised out of Canaveral and we stopped at Amber Cove, St. Thomas USVI, San Juan PR, and Grand Turk. We were a party of 4. Two Adults two kids (15, and 12). My kids prefer to do things on their own so they did not go to either kid's club. We had your time dining which we really liked. We had amazing service. You could ask for the same area each night if you wanted. We didn't care because each night the service team was excellent. We ate at the lido, Guy's, Pig and Anchor, Cantina, Pizza and enjoyed all of them. You were never without choice. I prefer a plainer, less spicy option and my husband loves the opposite. We were both very happy with all of the choices. My 15-year-old was in heaven! A growing boy with endless food! We saw one comedy and the Flick show. Both were good. We liked the Dive-In movie on deck. A lot of fun. My 12-year-old and husband did one thrill theatre. It was a bit scary for her but he loved it. We also enjoyed the Red Frog Pub to get our sports fix! The staff and crew are excellent. They really do go above and beyond to make it a memorable holiday. I did hear other guest complaining and I really didn't get it. People will sometimes complain about anything! We had a balcony cabin. Loved the space on the balcony. The TV channels are bad and it would be nice to see it improved. Our cabin steward did our room twice a day and it was great. We didn't do any formal excursion. Just off the ship at Amber Cover, Grand Turk and walked around a bit at San Juan. We took a cab to Megan's Bay in St. Thomas. It was ok, similar to 7-mile beach in Grand Cayman. Overall I would highly recommend the Breeze. It is a great ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We started a tradition last year of taking a cruise the week before Christmas instead of doing gifts as a family. We cruised with our family of 4 including a 26 year old and 20 year old. The, we brought along a friend age 20 and another ... Read More
We started a tradition last year of taking a cruise the week before Christmas instead of doing gifts as a family. We cruised with our family of 4 including a 26 year old and 20 year old. The, we brought along a friend age 20 and another friend age 22 resulting in 6 in our group. This was our second cruise as platinum for our family, one friend is gold, and another friend red. We cruise at least 2 times a year and have really enjoyed our past few carnival cruises. This was our first time on the Breeze and we booked it since it was a newer ship and for the itinerary, especially Amber Cover which we have never been to before. The boat itself is easily Carnivals most beautiful ship. The stairways had amazing photos from a photographer of the islands including sea turtles, underwater photos, island pictures, and more. Lido was on Deck 10 and had amazing decor along with the atrium on deck 3. We sailed the week before Christmas so the ship was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees all over. We had a tree lightning the first night where they gave out carnival Christmas hats and sang Christmas carols. The last sea day we had a holiday show featuring Christmas music and entertainment. The entertainment on board was decent, but had room for improvement. It’s about time carnival charges up theirs shows. We experienced the country show, motor city, love & marriage, flick, 88 keys, and the Lip Sync Battle. The country show would be been great with just the female singers as they were truly amazing, but the male singers were a bit of a let down. Flick was a cool show we had seen once before and the Lip Sync Battle was by far our favorite. The comedy was hit or miss. A few comedians that were very good and one particular that I’ve never seen so many people walk out of a show before ever. The ship has a thrill theater which we paid to see Polar Express in 4D for $3.50. It was cool, but not sure I’d pay to do it again. The show was only 7 minutes long or less. The Breeze doesn’t have a sports bar, but the casino and Red Frog Pub were the hang out areas to watch football this cruise. The Pub is always a great place to play games and hang out. Deck 5 is super cool on the Breeze since it wraps all the way around. The water slides are decent including a twister slide and drain pipe. The putt putt area was quite windy and we really enjoyed the ropes course it was a lot more fun than it looked. The food on board was one of our best experiences on carnival. They have Guy’s burgers, Guy’s Pig & Anchor, Blue Iguana, Cucina Del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi, Red Frog Pub, Mongolian Wok, the Deli, Seafood Shack, pizza, and standard dining room and Lido buffets. Our experience in the main dining room were very good with excellent service and great food. Our favorite lunch time eateries were blue iguana burrito bowls, Cucina del capitano build your own pasta, the deli buffalo chicken or turkey avocado, guys burgers, and pig & anchor. As for excursions, we did all of our excursions separate from carnival and had great experiences. For Amber Cove we took a cab to Damajagua falls to jump and slide off waterfalls. This is one of our favorite excursions EVER on a cruise. This would’ve cost near $100 a person through carnival, but only cost us around $30 a person by taking a cab and just paying the park directly. We also had a group of only about 10 people with 2 guides instead of the large carnival groups. Never felt unsafe and had an amazing time with 5 extra jumps/slides than carnival offers on the same excursion. In St. Thomas, we used Aqua Marine dive charters to do a private snorkel trip for the 6 of us. This was an amazing experience snorkeling away from the cruise crowds at a ship wreck underwater and then with turtles. This was a perfect day and way better than being crammed into a boat with 100s of other cruise passengers. In Puerto Rico, our cruise group split up into 2 groups. 4 of us went fishing with Magic Tarpon and caught fish. The other 2 of us went to Fortaleza Street to see all the umbrellas by the Governor’s house. This is only about a 10-15min walk and absolutely worth it. After seeing the umbrellas we then took a cab to Isla Verde beach to hang out the est of the day I’d 100% recommend taking an Uber instead of a cab it would’ve been half the price for us. In our last port, we walked to Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk. Easily, one of the most serene places/beaches in the world. We spent about 2hours here before walking down the road to Jack’s Shack for drinks and to play with the famous dogs Topher and Calypso. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy on this boat. We did have priority/platinum so we went directly on the boat and walked off pretty quickly on the last day. The staff on board was great. We enjoyed every bit of this cruise and definitely recommend it to anyone whether it’s for families with young kids or couples on their own there is fun for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our second voyage on the Breeze, cabin 9474. Cabin was super clean and in great shape, A/C worked very well. We traveled with another couple and opened our balcony doors to have the outside space. We did Faster to the Fun ... Read More
This was our second voyage on the Breeze, cabin 9474. Cabin was super clean and in great shape, A/C worked very well. We traveled with another couple and opened our balcony doors to have the outside space. We did Faster to the Fun and had extremely smooth embarkation and disembarkation. We also used GoPortCanaveral for our hotel/transfers and highly recommend. We did the steakhouse and the chef's table. Both were WELL worth the money. We dined in the main dining room as often as possible and although we had your time dining, we found a waiter we liked and were seated at his tables every time (Just ask for John Wayne, LOL!). We found the MDR food to be acceptable and some dishes excellent. I find the ship's activities in the Fun Times too geared toward selling stuff. That's very disappointing. We were not interested in "blowing and going" on this cruise, so it didn't really matter with four port days, but... it's certainly worth taking a look at. I'd like more "activities." The employees on this ship are amazing. They make the difference. Service was top notch and the people were so friendly. Looking at booking my next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I must say I was hesitant about Carnival cruise lines. They have had more than their share of issues over the years HOWEVER The Carnival Breeze was an awesome experience!! I don't know where to begin.... The crew was everything ... Read More
I must say I was hesitant about Carnival cruise lines. They have had more than their share of issues over the years HOWEVER The Carnival Breeze was an awesome experience!! I don't know where to begin.... The crew was everything you'd expect from the top of the top cruise line. Always a smile,always a greeting,always eager to help in ANY way! The ship had a cleaning staff working indiscreetly at all times, This ship was immaculate from stem to stern. We were invited to tour the galley and taste test many dishes. The galley is Huge! Its runs like a fine watch. The stainless steel stations were polished and looked like new. Im so sorry I forgot the persons name who escorted us around. I do remember he was from India and employed by Carnival for 19 years. Amazing gentleman. The dining room staff was just as wonderful. Our thanks to Wes our dining waiter. Wes is married to another crew member who provides services in the spa. Our thanks to Robert (from Macedonia) he is new to the Carnival family, an outstanding crew member! Robert served us breakfast each morning. We looked forward to his smile and was kind enough to share some of his background in Macedonia. Robert is a folk dancer that travels with a group in his off time. We loved this young man! I absolutely loved this cruise!!! Least i forget the spectacular good bye show from the dining staff, Unforgettable! I truly believe the services rendered by this crew would be totally acceptable by even the President himself! Thank You once again and we will see each other again God Bless PS There were two issues. TV viewing stations are poor and I missed the nightly news. I dont consider CNN news worthy. 2nd issue I know you cant fix and that is the elevator service. Either more elevators or less people. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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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