1,293 Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

Before I start, this might be a lengthy review. We are a family of 5 (37, 35, 12, 11, 8). We flew from Toronto, ON to Miami, FL. We were on a 8 day cruise. We had balcony rooms #2388 & #2392. The Embarkation was very smooth. We had ... Read More
Before I start, this might be a lengthy review. We are a family of 5 (37, 35, 12, 11, 8). We flew from Toronto, ON to Miami, FL. We were on a 8 day cruise. We had balcony rooms #2388 & #2392. The Embarkation was very smooth. We had the Faster to the Fun pass so we got in before many people. First lets start with the basics. The Service- THE PEOPLE WERE AMAZING!! I heard many reviews before I left and heard that the people were rude and all that fun stuff. But, that's a lie. I can't even talk. We had 2 stateroom stewarts. 1 was Rohan from India and the other no clue of. After, dinner when we use to enter our bedrooms we had towel animals, which I LOVED!!! - Food/Dining: We had the Blush Dining Table #512. The people were so nice like Astawan, Redana & Budy. If you see them do say Hello! The food was delicious. Tandoor: If you haven't tried Indian food... YOU MUST. Steakhouse Farenheit 555: Its pricey but totally worth it. Cucina Del Capitano: That's where you will find real Italian Food. There are many in the Lido, & they're just out of this world amazing! -Ports/Shore Exursions: Grand Turk: The water is beautiful, the pool is amazing & YOU HAVE to go on the Water Ride its a lot of fun! La Romano: As soon as you get off, you go to the taxi services and your off to a tour. I thought LR was very boring, I'd say don't waste your money. Curacao: I hated the tour for this one because, they took us to a Liquer Factory and nothing else. Really? With kids... If you wanted to go to the beach you have to come back in a taxi. Which sucks. But, what I loved was that there was Starbucks with FREE-WIFI. Aruba- We didn't take a tour here, we went straight to the beach. All I'll say is when you shop do buy a dress, because whoever you see after you sail will be wearing a dress from Aruba. At the beach we went on the BananaBoat but if you go on, you should wear goggles cause the salty water will go in your eyes. Entertainment/Activities: There wasn't a lot of shows but you will enjoy the Family Friendly Comedy Show & Hasbro the GAME SHOW. But, the Mardi Gras party in the lobby was FUN! Especially, the prizes! The Blue Iguana and Red Frog parties were OUT OF THIS WORLD FUN. Dancing & having fun was the goal. Disembarkation: They call everyone by the Muster Stations. It was easy. It looks like LOOONG line, but its very fast. It's sad because, your getting out of heaven. Summary: I think if your planning to going on the perfect vacation, then Carnival is your solution. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
I am just returning today from an 8 day cruise to GRAND TURK, LA ROMANA, CURACAO, and Aruba. Spectacular itinerary. I was traveling with my husband. We are both in our late 40's. We loved this ship . The food, itinerary, employees, ... Read More
I am just returning today from an 8 day cruise to GRAND TURK, LA ROMANA, CURACAO, and Aruba. Spectacular itinerary. I was traveling with my husband. We are both in our late 40's. We loved this ship . The food, itinerary, employees, company, all the extras- WOW. I would add that the Serenity deck should have a pool but not complaining because I loved the privacy of this deck, just was hot. the Bonsai Sushi Bar was excellent !!! there was a fee but it was $4, and $ 6 for the different rolls. Kirin beer was $6. Good clean eating !!! I did go to the dining room but I think all the ships offer too much food and people over eat and it takes time to order all that food and then wait on everyone to eat each course. My husband and I had the spa suite located on floor 1 ( room 1377) .I loved this room. It had an ocean view and was perfect because of the 2 showers/ one having a small tub. We enjoyed the entertainment on this ship. Comedy shows, Vegas style shows, casino, food, pool, hot tubs, shuffle board, corn hole, foosball, trivia , we also had a one woman show ( Jennifer Fair). She has a wonderful show and is an amazing soprano. I can not say enough good things about this ship. Im tired from such a great trip: ) I will respond to any questions. Liz   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My latest cruise was on Breeze from 1/12-1/18, leaving from Miami and stopping in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. My sister accompanied me; it was her first cruise and she completely loved it! She is now hooked on cruising. We had a ... Read More
My latest cruise was on Breeze from 1/12-1/18, leaving from Miami and stopping in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. My sister accompanied me; it was her first cruise and she completely loved it! She is now hooked on cruising. We had a great time and met all sorts of lively people and colorful characters!!! Ship- The décor was beautiful and tasteful, much better than the Carnival Legend which I was on last year and not impressed by. It was great to be on a new ship with the updates and new amenities. We had a spa balcony cabin and loved it. I had always wanted to try a thalassotherapy pool and it was great. We enjoyed the spa’s thermal suite/steam rooms and relaxation room at the front of the ship. Overall the ship did not feel overly crowded with 3600+ passengers. Of course, on sea days deck chairs by the pools were scarce. I liked the ambience of the aft pool, but again, always crowded. The Serenity area is spacious – sometimes you could find a spot, but it’s often windy up there. No complaints about the ship’s crew/staff, always friendly and helpful. I had my eye on several of them, but that’s another story! We appreciated much of the entertainment, especially the Divas show and Latin Nights show – we love over the top entertainment, and the singers/dancers were electrifying! Tommy Drake’s comedy was pretty good, Percy Crews was not. You must arrive early and stand in line for the adults-only shows. Karaoke was best when it was held in the Limelight lounge and there were many memorable and sometimes hilarious performances from our fellow passengers. My sister sang about 4 times herself and her performances were always crowd-pleasing. Throughout the cruise she always excused her wild behavior by saying that since we were in international waters, it was anything goes! Ports – This was my first visit to Jamaica and was glad we docked in Ocho Rios vs Falmouth (middle of nowhere). We went with Peat Taylor tours for the day, visiting the Blue Hole and river tubing. The Blue Hole experience was much more strenuous than I expected, with hiking on uneven ground and jumping off rocks into water basins, etc. It was interesting. River-tubing, it was just the 2 of us and a guide. OK but was expecting more and the experience was shorter than I expected. Shopping afterwards, my sister bought a ton of Jamaican coffee to bring back to the US with her and I got some ginger wine. Second port was Grand Cayman. I was glad to introduce my sister to this wonderful island. I am planning to buy a residence here once I win the lottery. We visited Stingray City with Stingray Sailing. There were only about 8 passengers on the boat and we were able to lounge up front on the trampoline area. Truly relaxing and wonderful and not crowded like the other tour boats! Chip and his crew are awesome! My sister was semi-hysterical at first around the stingrays but she soon adjusted and enjoyed herself. We snorkeled and swam at a different spot afterwards. A great tour! They dropped us off at Chicken! Chicken! on Seven Mile Beach for lunch. I had their famous rotisserie chicken (delicious) and got to try ginger beer (it’s non-alcoholic and carbonated like root beer). My sister had the jerk chicken wrap and the jerk chicken was really spicy! The cornbread was overrated and desperately needed some butter. By that point it was raining. We tried to hitch a ride on a bus/van back to George Town but no luck … then a delightful woman from South Africa who looked like Cate Blanchett gave us a ride in her car. I was able to buy some rum cakes and of course, rum, at this port. Our third port was Cozumel. We planned in advance a visit to Nachi Cocom. We also arranged a meet up with other people from the ship who were also headed there so we could share some taxis. It was a cool day, not conducive to frolicking in the ocean or swimming pool, but we ended up going anyway. After it had been hyped up so much, I thought it was an OK experience. It was not as luxurious as I hoped but we enjoyed it. It was bliss lounging in their hammocks. We both had one hour massages in their hut. They were fine, but nothing compares to Sally at Barefoot in Cozumel. The food at Nachi Cocom was good and we met some very lively people from our ship and the whole scene almost got out of hand as the day went on! The taxi ride back to the ship was unforgettable and raucous! Then my sister did some drunken shopping at the Puerta Maya pier! Food on the Breeze – overall good. We treated ourselves to the steakhouse on the first night ($35/person). I had the rib eye and really enjoyed it. I normally go for the filet. Loved the onion soup. We ate lunch on embarkation day at Cucina del Capitano (free at lunch). It was a great way to start the cruise, very tasty pasta made to your specifications and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We also ate there in the evening twice ($12/person at dinner) and it was nice. I’d make a few adjustments to menu items but overall we really enjoyed. We ate dinner twice in the MDR and luckily they granted us anytime dining. The first night we ate there was the first formal night. As it happened a certain someone who was easy on the eyes that I’d spotted earlier in the day at the aft pool was (practically) at our table. By this I mean the tables for two are about an inch apart. “This is a very loose interpretation of a table for two,” I told the guy next to me. It was about a 2 hour meal but nevertheless enjoyable due to the eye candy and the gaiety of the occasion. The warm chocolate melting cake is always a great dessert, the other desserts I was not thrilled by. The “new York style” cheesecake didn’t taste like it was baked to me. I like the Caesar dressing they use, although it is strong and not to everyone’s taste. From the room service menu I like the chocolate cake and cheesecake (better than a lot of the other desserts I had elsewhere on the ship). Some excellent food was served in the MDR on the sea day brunches. I had a wonderful steak and eggs one morning, zesty tomato soup and good caramel cheesecake. The other time I had a pork chop with gorgonzola cream sauce and carmelized onions. We only ate at the buffet one night but ate breakfast there several times. Love the omelet station. Ate at Guy’s Burgers for lunch on both sea days, very good but fries were not hot enough for me. Travel – booked Spirit Airlines in summer 2013 for their low price before I had a chance to read all the negative reviews. We flew from ORD to FLL. Things to know about Spirit: they have an initial low price but charge you for carry-on bags. For the lowest price you should also pay for all bags in advance of the flight, not at the airport. They also charge for any snacks/drinks you want onboard. They also charge $10 to print each boarding pass so it behooves you to do this also before coming to the airport. They also have a strict weight limit on what your checked bag may hold. They do have scales in front of the airport check-in line, however, so you can shuffle things around to avoid paying an extra weight fee. Knowing all this, our experience with them was just fine… until we landed at ORD. Something caused by the bitter cold weather about a jet bridge not being available/frozen delayed us for about 40 mins on the tarmac. This was somewhat understandable. Once we finally exited the plane and made our way to the baggage claim, however, it was about a 90 min wait for the damn bags to show up! No explanation or apologies from Spirit explaining this, no communication at all. People got pissed, Spirit of course refused to refund baggage fees. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world but some people had to catch other transportation right away and missed connections, there was drama, nervous breakdowns, etc. We spent the night before the cruise at the Red Carpet Inn near FLL. It was a decent place for one night. Got the room on Hotwire for $84 incl tax/fees. Better than paying way more for other places in the area. We took the MJS shuttle from the hotel to the Port of Miami the next day and it went smoothly. The day of disembarkation we rented a car from Enterprise at MIA and drove around and explored Miami and the South Florida area. Since it was her first time in that area of course I took my sister to South Beach and we did the tourist thing. She also decided we should pay a visit to Everglades Holiday Park and see some wildlife. It was cool that day, we should’ve worn coats! But the alligators were hiding and we didn’t see any on the airboat ride. We had lunch at A La Folie, a French themed café in the Espanola Way area of Miami Beach. At the end of our exhausting day we had dinner at Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill in Ft Lauderdale. This place is awesome! Wonderful home cooked food (excellent ribs) and great service. By that point I had really over done it on restaurant food, otherwise I would’ve gotten one of their homemade desserts, which looked heavenly. We crashed at the Best Western Plus in Dania Beach and then had to fly home early the next morning. We can’t wait to go on another cruise – budget permitting. I really liked the luxurious atmosphere of the Celebrity Solstice (Jan 2012) but can also enjoy the lively characters on Carnival and the Breeze is definitely a ship I would book again. I am choosy about which ports I want to visit and definitely want to check out the eastern and southern islands in the Caribbean next time. The Norwegian Getaway looks great to me but who knows? Hope to see you onboard! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We were on the December 1st sailing on the Breeze – which was our 10th cruise with Carnival. I feel like I am a Carnival expert or a cruise expert generally at this point with some perspective because I have also sailed multiple times ... Read More
We were on the December 1st sailing on the Breeze – which was our 10th cruise with Carnival. I feel like I am a Carnival expert or a cruise expert generally at this point with some perspective because I have also sailed multiple times with Costa, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We hopped of the Carnival Conquest (Thanksgiving cruise) and walked ourselves and our bags over to the Breeze. We arrived earlier than we normally do. The line to get checked in at noon was HUMOUNGUS. I recommend not being in a big hurry to get on the ship – and arrive around 2pm to allow the big crowd to get through. The Breeze was the largest ship I have ever been on. It was hard not to always compare the Breeze to the Conquest which was older and a little smaller. Things I liked better about the Breeze vs. the Conquest were: Much better Lido desk and Casino lay out. There were tons of seating options for sea days. The casino draws smokers and I like how you did not have to walk through the smoke on the Breeze. I also liked the Red Frog Pub and the Piano Bar which were two really cool places to hang out with friends. Along with the Steakhouse, the Breeze offered an awesome Italian restaurant and Sushi. I recommend trying all food options out – even if there is a charge. The Breeze didn’t beat the Conquest out on many things. I like the décor on the older ships much better. It is more luxurious. The Breeze had carpeting vs. tile everywhere and a “Beach” décor theme with fake beach hut doors, fake outdoor seating etc...It looked a little cheap even though it was newer. The Punchliner had terrible seating and a waiting area for people to enter which made the Conquest much better for comedy. We had anytime dining and the main dining room was very plain and felt (and smelled) more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. The Conquest main dining was a much better experience from a service and atmosphere perspective. Entertainment - if you want to go to shows, this is not the option for you. If you have family or friends on the ship with you, or you like to meet new people you will not be disappointed. There are plenty of places to listen to music or dance. There were great bands and several acoustic guitar acts that cover a variety of artists. We went to the Punchliner Comedy Club adult show for at least one show every night it was open and saw a different comic and act each time. The fitness center was a little hard to get to - but once I found it worked out great. Grand Turk, Jamaica and Bahamas were wonderful ports of call. Do your homework and make sure you have a plan even if you don’t use Carnival’s excursions. I was completely satisfied with both weeks I sailed with Carnival. Dollar for dollar you cannot beat the value. I could not stay at a Hampton Inn in Branson Missouri for the week for what I pay to cruise with this line. It affords me the option to take 2-3 Caribbean vacations each year with my family and friends which is priceless to me.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My wife and I have read many reviews about Carnival and the Carnival Breeze, both good and bad. We have cruised Carnival since 1994 with few problems. So when we thought of cruising the Breeze, we used our past experiences and reviews to ... Read More
My wife and I have read many reviews about Carnival and the Carnival Breeze, both good and bad. We have cruised Carnival since 1994 with few problems. So when we thought of cruising the Breeze, we used our past experiences and reviews to decide that yes, we would do a family vacation on the Carnival Breeze. The following is our list of good and bad experiences and the summary of our trip. The Good We really liked the list below. Some are unique (for now) to the Dream Class and others are throughout the line: 1. The buffet (Marketplace) was very nice. The dining area had the "tropical" look with "palm trees" by the tables and bamboo looking decorations. The food choices were great as well,, for example, the Mongolian Stir Fry station, omelette station at breakfast, dessert area and main line sections. 2. I really liked the Red Frog Pub. This had a European pub feel to the place, plus the beer selections was impressive, both draft and bottled. Oh, the Thirsty Frog Red is actually good (Carnival's own craft beer). Even the pub food was good, especially the coconut shrimp. The best $3.33 you'll ever spend. 3. The pool area bars and food outlets were great. We liked Guy's Burger Joint and the Salsa Bar (burgers and Mexican food - quite good). The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar and Red Frog Rum Bar were nicely themed. We also liked the Plaza Cafe for a quick lunch or snack. 4. My wife and I especially liked Serenity. Nothing against children, we've raised two of own, but it nice to have an adults-only area to just relax. 5. Waterworks area is fun. I especially liked the Drainpipe and Twister water slides. I couldn't get enough of them. 6. On C (sea) days, Fat Jimmy's BBQ was open outside of Deck 5. It was always crowded but the food was good. Typical BBQ fare, like at a picnic. 7. Overall, my wife, daughter and I were pleased with the selections of drinks offered. One suggestion: if you like to have a bottle of wine with your dinner, purchase the 5 bottle package day one. We do not drink enough to buy the unlimited drinks package so this 5 bottle wine package worked for us. 8. We only saw a few shows but our favorite was the Hasbro Game Show. It is an audience-participation show and was a good show. 9. And of course, my wife loved the Casino, especially since she won a few times (and lost a few times as well). 10. The Dive In Theater. This is the big screen movie screen by the main pool. We liked watching outdoor movies and having popcorn. However, a suggestion: offer blankets when the wind kicks up and creates a chill (as Princess line does). The Not So Good: 1. Save your money and don't go to the Cucina del Capitano. It is typical Italian food and not worth $12.99. We thought it would be but we were mistaken. You can get a better meal in the main dining room. 2. The Piano Bar was, in a word, lousy. We haven't found a good Piano Bar since sailing on the Liberty in May 2006. 3. We did not plan a shore excursion at La Romana, Dominican Republic. This is a mistake and one you don't want to make. Stay away from the Chu-Chu Train - this is expensive and only takes you to the open-air market down town where you will be accosted by the shop owners to buy their merchandise. 4. Our daughter is a special-needs person (mentally disabled) and we think it would be good of Carnival and all cruise lines to offer on-board activities for them.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Hi fellow CC'ers - I've read so much about the Carnival Breeze before stepping aboard and owed it to all of you by offering up my experience aboard the ship! I've sailed on over 25 cruises with Celebrity, RCCL, NCL, ... Read More
Hi fellow CC'ers - I've read so much about the Carnival Breeze before stepping aboard and owed it to all of you by offering up my experience aboard the ship! I've sailed on over 25 cruises with Celebrity, RCCL, NCL, Princess, and Carnival... I'll use a 5 star rating system on areas I offer feedback. Embarkation (4.5 stars) We arrived at 1pm and it took approximately 40 mins to get onboard. There are a few queues to get past before getting onboard - entrance passport check, security checkpoint, sign & sail check-in, welcome aboard photo, and waiting on the gangway to board. Timing is really everything as the queues appeared to subside when we were about to get onto the ship. The process was efficient and the wait time depends on how many people show up at the same time. I heard people showing up at 11:30am and had little wait getting onboard. Stateroom Attendant (5 stars) The twice a day housekeeping by the stateroom attendant and assistant has been outstanding. They are truly the behind the scenes workers that make sure we come back to a refreshed and clean cabin with a nice towel animal and chocolates every night. We really appreciated their efforts and extended additional gratuity beyond the prepaid amounts. Stateroom Location (3 stars) Our balcony cabins (9431/9435 adjoining cabins) were located on deck 9 aft, starboard side underneath the Marketplace Buffet near the elevators. The advantage of this cabin location is very easy access to the buffet and midnight snacks by taking the stairs up one floor. The disadvantage of this cabin location is the noise levels from the Marketplace cleaning crew during the wee hours of the evening. You hear a lot of furniture being dragged across the floor for a few hours. Light sleepers be warned! Stateroom Design (4 stars) There is ample storage in the balcony stateroom including in the bathroom areas. We found very effective use of storage compartments, shelves, and closet space. Cabin size is about the same for most balcony staterooms we've been on (e.g., Celebrity, RCCL, etc.). Beds are definitely on the hard size - which was ok for us. Theater Entertainment (3.5 stars) Welcome aboard show wasn't really worth the time. The first main show Motor City was ok considering there are only 8 entertainers and singers involved with all of the scenes projected on large LED panels with minimal stage props. Singing was ok, but the show did a decent job to get people into the party spirit! The other main production shows were the Brits and the Divas. The dancing was great, but the singing was mediocre. It's really difficult to perform famous cover songs and not hit the notes well. The actual shows are 30 mins with a 15 min pre-show (filler time) to make the experience appear to last 45 mins. We had a planned hypnotist show that got canceled and it's pretty bad that the entertainment staff didn't have a clear back up plan to either do a repeat show or a have an alternative show as a backup for these unforeseen events. Instead, they pulled in atrium singers into the theatre as a substitute performance. The audience pretty much left the theatre when they got news of this... Of all the shows, Hasbro the game show is probably the best game show I've seen on the high seas. Don't miss it. Customer Service Desk (5 stars) We had a maintenance issue in our cabin and the customer service rep (from Thailand) was VERY VERY attentive to our request. She actually came to our cabin with the maintenance worker to evaluate the situation and remedy it. After the work was completed, she and other customer service reps called our stateroom to follow up on the resolution. They left messages and called again until we provided our feedback. It's very clear that Carnival takes customer service very seriously and I have never experienced such attentiveness on any other cruises. Kudos to Carnival here! Marketplace Buffet Design (2.5 stars) This is probably the most uncomfortable buffets I've seen on any cruise. Aesthetically, it's nice looking, but it's actual effective design and layout seriously needs to be revisited by Carnival. Seating is very tight with tables very close to each other. There are narrow walkways on both sides of the buffet that makes it very difficult to navigate with people carrying their food going in both directions and having to dodge other people by moving over to the side where others are enjoying their food. I had an incident where someone's belly was hovering over my plate while the individual was trying to make their way through. The queues for food can have significant wait times depending on time of day especially during embarkation day. Ship Ambient Temperature (1 star) You can't rely on BREEZE to cool you down on the Carnival Breeze. The ship's temperature was very inconsistent from comfortable temperature to warm/humid temperatures. Areas that have been "warm" included Blush dining area, mid-ship elevators (deck 9), casino, buffet... The cabin temps aren't as cold as you would expect on the coldest setting either. They really need to address this AC issue. Dining Room Wait Staff (2 stars) Our waiter and assistant waiter's service was below average compared to over two dozen other cruises we've sailed on in the past. They seemed to have had a grudge on prior cruises where they didn't get full tips or when you skip a meal in the dining room (to eat at a specialty restaurant or buffet, they are not paid by Carnival for the pre-paid tips for that night. On the first speculation, wait staff needs to realize each cruise is different and many of the experienced cruises do extend gratuities ABOVE the standard pre-paid amounts if the service provided is excellent. Harboring grudges or providing mediocre service does not justify additional gratuities. On the second note, I was surprised to learn (from a crew member) that wait staff does not earn the pre-paid gratuities when passengers do not show up in the dining room. Not sure where the monies go... found that part strange, would be interested to know if this is a fact or just a rumor. The service complaints include: picking up plates without asking if one was finished with it (especially when eating in progress was obvious), shoving plates on a table when they haven't picked up the old plate, not talkative or even cared to learn about our dining preferences, filling glasses of water/tea on the table (where liquids would run over our food/table vs picking up the glass and filling it up off the table.... On the other hand, service was fast,... we were in and out in about 60-70 mins. Dining Room Food (4 stars) With the exception of embarkation day, the dining room food was good, overall. Portions were decent size and the quality of the food was good. The chocolate melting cake is by far the best dessert on the menu and available every night! Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (4.5 stars) The food here was exceptional with a couple minor gripes. First with the gripes... This is the first dining venue on ANY cruise that limits how many items you can order. I was surprised by this policy especially after spending $35/pp for the dining experience. Second, the rubbed rib eye was not the best rib eye I've eaten... it was a bit dry, tough, and chewy for a rib eye steak. On the other hand, the surf and turf filet/lobster combo was really good. Italian Restaurant (4 stars) The menu has a limited number of options, but the food was good overall. It's a more casual dining experience. Casino Games (3.5 stars) The casino was hopping every night... for those hard core gamblers, they do offer very nice betting ranges for low limit tables, $6-$500, $10-$1000, $25-$2500 on blackjack and $5-$500 on craps. One big $20K slot jackpot was won during the middle of the cruise on a $5 machine. I didn't see many big rolls on the craps table. Blackjack table conditions are not really good. Shoe dealt blackjack is called Fun 21 aka Spanish 21 - this is a "house" game and bad game for players. The real blackjack game is available only with continuous shuffling machines. They do not offer shoe dealt blackjack games even at the $25 level. Casino Staff (4.5 stars) The casino staff was overall a happy go lucky staff. Lester is the casino clown of them all and had a great time with him. If you sail the ship, let him know Will.I.Am said Hi! I covered a lot here... but there's a lot I still didn't touch upon... feel free to ping me if you have any other questions! Cheers!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Carnival Cruise Trip Review Breeze August 2-11th I have gotten so many tips and advice from this forum that I felt I should do a review, along with general comments and thoughts. Getting on the Ship Early flight (7am) from Baltimore ... Read More
Carnival Cruise Trip Review Breeze August 2-11th I have gotten so many tips and advice from this forum that I felt I should do a review, along with general comments and thoughts. Getting on the Ship Early flight (7am) from Baltimore Washington International to FLL. Took everyone's advice that it be easier to fly into FLL and then shuttle to Port of Miami. It was!. Used QLS shuttle service (again based on forum suggestions). Cost was between $12-15 per person, which is typical of the shuttle services. Pickup was easy and we were on our way. About a 45 minute trip to the port. Got there about 10:15. Started to process at about 10:30 and on the ship by 11am. Had lunch and were in our rooms by 12.30. General Comments about the Breeze: Rooms: Balcony for my wife and I  inside cabin across the hall for my daughter and son. Rooms were very comfortable and serviceable. Really did not spend as much time on the balcony as we normally do - used it mostly to dry clothes. I never thought I would say this but not sure I will spend the money next trip. Food/Table seating: We booked 8 months prior to the trip and had confirmed for late seating. We like a scheduled time and having the same wait staff each night. We were given the anytime seating option.  This is not what we wanted and frankly, I can't imagine ever doing it. The lines to get in were very long and there was always a wait. We complained and got a note to see the maitre de, Frenando, the next night. He admitted Carnival's mistake and arranged for us to seat in the lower Sapphire Restaurant, which is for the anytime dinners but we were given an 8:15 seating at the same table and staff for the rest of the cruise. Carnivals handle it well but there were a number of others in the same area that had the same problem and given set tables. This solved the problem but just exacerbated the anytime dining wait. Food: ranged from good to very good. We tried all of the options in the Marketplace (comfort food, international, deli, etc.) Surprisingly, the Guy's burgers were excellent and a must try for burger lovers. Cruise Life/Days at Sea: It was a very crowed. The ship was packed. The pool areas especially early in the cruise are very crowded. Again, people would just lay their towel on a lounge and leave it there. There is a 40 minute unattended towel removal policy but I never saw that happen. Again a lot to do on the cruise. Something going on all the time. Trivia contests about 5 times a day, pool games all day, bingo, bingo bingo, etc. Kids: There were 1400+ kids on board. Over 400 teenagers. There are parents who simply just let their kids roam the halls at all hours of the day or night. We have 2 teenagers who complained that their friends on board did not have any curfew. Generally, the teenagers are well behaved with minor annoying habits  elevators as an amusement ride, stairs as seating and the loud running down the halls. But there were a couple of incidents that my kids talked about. A kid jumped up deliberately slamming his head into the ceiling, another punched a dent in the ceiling and a third punched a hole in the wall. Security was called and parents were involved. Not sure of outcome but was advised that parents had to pay for damage. Excursions: This is the reason I go on a cruise. I love to do different activities at different ports. Except for Grand Turk we have been to all of the other islands so we wanted different experiences then before Getting off the Ship: It is very crowed when everyone is rushing to get off. Since most of excursions are at about the same time its going to be a cattle call. If you don't have to get off right away  take your time, let the crowd pass. We were told [and its on the Fun magazine] that you need picture ID with sail and sign card. But we were never asked for it. I guess safe then sorry  especially if you miss the boat. We only booked excursions outside of the cruise line. The quality and value is always better. I know there is the concern about getting back on time. But, do your homework, the reputable companies know that if they don't get you back the consequences [especially with forums like this] can be disastrous. ALL THE TOURS GOT US BACK IN TIME  NO PROBLEMS TIP: all of the excursions we did were way outside the terminal area. Make sure you know where you are going and exactly where the pickup is going to be. Most of them are just a 10-15 minute walk. The tours generally give a lesser walk time. Anticipate a longer walk. Grand Turk: Very small Island. We had never been there and wanted to do a tour of the island. Based on some cruise critic suggestions did the golf cart rental from Nathan (nathanandlinda@tciway.tc). It was $80. He is located completely outside the terminal on the side of the road. There is a charge for gas but you can fill up at a local station or pay $20. Gas is expensive but the golf cart does not use a lot of fuel. We drove to the other end of the island where the lighthouse is located. Beautiful views. Went through town the first time and if you blink you missed it. On the way back paid more attention but not really anything to see. Apparently Mondays are very slow days on the island. Golf cart was fun to drive and I let the kids do it for awhile  there is very little traffic. Then spend a couple hours at Governor's beach - lounge chairs are $10 a piece. The beach is small but not crowded with a large sunken tank next the beach. Again beautiful views. Returned the cart but no one was there. Waited for about 10 minutes then left. A nice day but nothing special. La Romana: Based on reviews and suggestions did the Pro excursion Saona speed boat trip. This is geared for Carnival cruisers but not associated with the cruise line. $65 for excursion, $15 for transport to marina  all handled by pro excursions. We really enjoyed the excursion  lots of fun. WARNING: The speed boat is very fast and can be very bumpy. If you have a bad back or hip, this is not the trip for you. Go to the website for description of the trip: http://www.proexcursionsbayahibe.com/snorkling-tours/tours/la-romana-sea-excursions-for-cruise-ships.aspx The tour guide was excellent, they ran 2 boats that day and only about 20 people on the boar. I have done better snorkeling but the fish are ready for the bread crumbs and will surround you. Also, the starfish stop was neat. Kids loved handling and taking pictures of them There is a section of the beach just for your group, with lounge chairs, bar and lunch buffet. Beach time was more then adequate to do some swimming and relaxing. Some locals selling stuff can be very persistent but just keep saying no. Eventually, they stop bothering you. The lunch was fine  nothing special  chicken, sausage and fish. Lobster is extra. Beer and rum with limited soft drinks [coke and sprite]. Curacao: Did the Irie bus tour. http://www.irietours.com/tours.html It was an open air bus  lots of information and interesting facts  that toured east side of the island. There is a stop at the liquor factory and a short beach stop. Plenty of beer, soda and water. The cost is currently only $20 per person. Money is collected at the end of the tour. Stores close at 6  so there is little time for shopping after the tour but you can go over the floating bridge and catch a few of them Aruba: Did the Tanquilo tour: http://www.tranquiloaruba.com/ Lots of fun. Limited number of guests less the 20 on this sailboat. Again plenty of beer, sum and soda [even had diet coke!]. TIP: get on early and get one of the bean bag chairs in the front. The snorkeling was done in a relatively protected area, with a dock out in the middle. So you can snorkel and then sit on the dock. There is a drift snorkeling also included. WARNING: There is very little actual drift to push you along. You need to be in decent shape to swim it and also to get into the small rubber dingy. The claim to fame is the pea soup. I thought was good but the rest of the family did not care for. The chicken curry sandwiches and not spicy and everyone really liked. Watermelon for dessert. On the trip back my son worked the fishing line but there we no bites. Note: this is at least a 15 minute walk from the ship. Not difficult but not easy to find - look for red sailboat Days at Sea: Entertainment: Only watched the opening show. Not really into the music production type of show. Saw a couple of the comedy shows. Enjoyed all of them. WARNING: The adult shows are pretty racy  be prepared. If you do not like that type of humor, do not go . Standouts: Edge - a comic juggler was the highlight of the trip. Absolute must see! Do not miss this show if he is on the schedule. Also, magician/comedian was very entertaining. Another show not to miss Game Shows: Hasbro game show is lots of fun. My wife became one of the contestant and made it to the final. Did not win grand prize but got a $20 Hasbro gift certificate. Love Game: typical Newlywed type game. A bit on the racy side. Not for young kids. Butch, the cruise director, did an excellent job. He has an amazing memory for names. He was very entertaining the whole trip. Misc: Grovin for St. Jude: Carnival charity. BEST souvenir you can get. For $10 you get a T-shirt and a wrist band. All profits go to St. Jude Hospital. You just can't go wrong on this one. Casino: Don't play but saw some winners  mostly losers. WARNING: smoking is allowed and the area does smell. Some people do not handle this well.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was my first time cruising, and I also travelled with 4 other first-time cruisers (ages 22, 22, 19, 49 and 48). We flew to the Miami airport and opted for the Carnival shuttle for $15/person, which went smoothly. Since we came from ... Read More
This was my first time cruising, and I also travelled with 4 other first-time cruisers (ages 22, 22, 19, 49 and 48). We flew to the Miami airport and opted for the Carnival shuttle for $15/person, which went smoothly. Since we came from the airport, we did not have to go through full check in at the port - we were able to skip some steps. Embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship within minutes of arriving (we arrived around 1pm which gave us enough time to drop our bags off and get some burgers, which were amazing!) We stayed in balcony staterooms that gave us access to the spa suite (various steam rooms and thalassotherapy pool). We were on the 12th deck, and would definitely book this room again (12025 & 12027, with connecting balconies if you wish). We all loved the spa and went there almost every day. We were on the August 17, 2013 sailing of the Breeze from Miami with stops in Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, and St. Thomas. I found reading these reviews extremely helpful in preparing for the cruise, but although many reviews stated that shopping was great in Sint Maarten & St. Thomas, we didn't find this to be the case (unless you are looking for expensive jewellery). Sint Maarten was my favourite port of call because of the amazing beach! We took a water taxi ($7/person for the full day) to Great Bay beach and rented loungers and umbrellas from Amanda's (total of $23 for 5 chairs and 2 umbrellas). In Puerto Rico, we visited the two forts on our own and made our way through the city by foot to get there. These were interesting to see and cost $5 for the two (or $3 for one). Grand Turk was another beach day for us and we also spent some time at Margaritaville. The food was always amazing - we ate dinner in the MDR every night and never got tired of it. The service everywhere on the ship was great!  On the ship, we tried the watersides, the ropes course, sports court, mini putt, and spa as mentioned above. I really loved the watersides and if you go as soon as they open later on in the cruise, there isn't much of a line! We also spent a lot of time in the casino. All in all, it was a great experience and I already can't wait for my next cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Hello fellow cruisers!!! I'm back to give my input on the Carnival Breeze 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Similar to the Magic, embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived to the port at 12:30pm and were on board by 12:55pm. Once on ... Read More
Hello fellow cruisers!!! I'm back to give my input on the Carnival Breeze 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Similar to the Magic, embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived to the port at 12:30pm and were on board by 12:55pm. Once on board, we chose to eat lunch at Cucina del Capitano since it is free during lunch and is good eating. After lunch, we took what was meant to be a power nap that lasted longer than expected and missed all of the rest of the day's activities; it had been a very long day for us, waking up at 2 in the morning. Great thing we got an extra day on this cruise. Being our 2nd cruise, we were more relaxed and aware of how things work on board, but we expected good quality service and food to be the constant, being the only things we look for to be extraordinary across the board - no matter what Carnival ship we are on. As long as those two categories were met all else is what you make of it. Food Our dining experience was great. Great service and food every night. The night we didn't eat in the Blush Dining Room, we ate at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. All A's across the board for the steakhouse! I'm a big breakfast fan and both the dining room and lido breakfast hit the spot! Lido dining was good as well during the day, but we are huge fans of Guy Fieri's burgers and we want to be quoted, on the record as having said, "Thank you, Carnival, for the great [Guy Fieri] burgers. Also, huge kudos for the cookies on the lido deck as well, my wife raves about them to this day." The Burrito Bar was also on point. Overall, we enjoyed our food experience on board. Service We have no complaints with service, whatsoever! We were always met with a smile no matter what we asked for or needed from anyone on the staff. Our room attendant, Ma, was exceedingly nice as well as thorough. She ensured a comfortable environment in our balcony, which improved the quality of our trip overall. Entertainment We thoroughly enjoyed the shows we decided to attend, though we did not frequent shows at all. We found an array of things to keep us busy. Dodgeball is a must in my opinion, a great, fun workout, that allowed us to meet and bond with other shipmates. In addition, our cruise director was engaging, entertaining and funny throughout the entire cruise. Destination Grand Turk was first our first stop, very easy and chill. We decided to create our own shore excursion since the island is so small. It was very easy to navigate and find the things we needed at reasonable prices. Next up, San Juan PR. It was my wife's birthday so we wanted to do something memorable, so we went to the only American rainforest, then to the famous fortress, and ate authentic Puerto Rican food while near the port. Tortola BVI was fun jet skiing St. Thomas had great snorkeling as well as beautiful homes to look at while boating across to other islands. We Were able to see houses that belonged to both Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan. Our 2nd cruise experience was just as good as our first. We enjoyed every bit of our time on Carnival Breeze and made the most of the opportunity God gave us on this cruise. We believe that the cruise experience will be what you make of it. If you go on a cruise with a complaining spirit, anything that is not up to your standards will make it bad for you. But if you go with a thankful spirit you can look past a small bump here and there and understand the staff on board are human as well. We give God all the praise through Christ Jesus for the chance to go on a cruise and enjoy ourselves. Lord willing we will give the Magic another shot before venturing on another line.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
The Carnival Breeze was a delight to be on! I thought it was a magnificent ship with lots of fun things to do while on the ship and off. Even though my trip was short due to family activities, it never got in the way and it was a great ... Read More
The Carnival Breeze was a delight to be on! I thought it was a magnificent ship with lots of fun things to do while on the ship and off. Even though my trip was short due to family activities, it never got in the way and it was a great experience! The pool was large for a cruise ship. It had a nice detail at the bottom which reminded you of the ocean. It wasn't that crowded during ship days, so that was great. The food places were amazing. Let me just say Guys Burgers has the best burgers EVER! I have never tasted a burger so delicious and so addicting, the french fries were also very good. Blue Iguana was a really good place to have a nice lunch at, the burritos were super tasty. The Red Frog Rum Bar and the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar waas outstanding, too. The inside entertainments were very enjoyable. The comedy show always put a smile to my face and made me laugh a lot, to this day my family and I still talk about it! The 5D Movie Theater is pretty expensive, but every penny is worth it. I thought it would be okay, but it was outstanding! Loved all the movies they showed! The restaurants were amazing. I never got the chance to go the Steak restaurant on the Breeze, but I did on the Carnival Sunshine (also a great ship) and it was magnificent. I dined at the main dining room 4/5 nights and it was great! Service was great, waiters were nice, and food was delicious. I went to the Italian restaurant and it is outstanding! My cabin room was very nice. It was small, but it wasn't too small to the point where I had to walk out the room and get space. The beds were super cozy and I had no trouble falling asleep. I slept on the top bunk bed and it wasn't bed at all! Each night they gave you fresh sheets, an animal towel, and some yummy chocolates. If you're thinking about going on the Breeze, think no longer! I am telling you... this is the best Cruise I have ever been on. I'm going on the Breeze this year because my family and me enjoyed it so much. The Breeze is truly the best cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Can you feel the BREEZE? (pun intended!) This was our first cruise and we loved every minute of it! So many positives and only one negative which I'll touch on last. First up, embarkation. We had "Faster to the Fun" ... Read More
Can you feel the BREEZE? (pun intended!) This was our first cruise and we loved every minute of it! So many positives and only one negative which I'll touch on last. First up, embarkation. We had "Faster to the Fun" passes which allowed us to skirt the moderate lines inside the terminal. On our tickets it indicated a boarding time between 1-3 pm. This was done to ensure your room is ready the moment you board (as promised in the FTTF package). You can always go earlier, but please understand the logistics of trying to clean and ready so many cabins and though you'll board quickly, your room might not be ready. We choose to arrive at 12:30 and were on board by 12:50. We went right to our room, dropped off our carry-on baggage and began to explore the ship. Embarkation: 10/10 for efficiency and the up-beat Carnival staff attitude. First impressions. The ship is massive! This was our first cruise and we were amazed at how large this ship really is. In fact, it was day three before we could go from point A to B with confidence and not get turned around. For accommodations, we chose a spa-balcony cabin on 12-deck. Big mistake, as this was my wife's first cruise and she'll never let me down grade below this level of decadence! The cabin was a comfortable size and we never bumped into each other. Deck space was perfect for two and the bathroom was efficient. No tub but I haven't used a tub in years anyway..... I'll take a moment here to speak of our room stewards. They were always cleaning something in their zone of responsibility. I'm a very earlier riser and I saw them always scrubbing, wiping, and vacuuming from 6 am until 10 pm. Seriously, they never stopped. Twice a day our room was cleaned and the bed turned down at night. They always greeted us by our first names as we passed and I found this very friendly. To those cruisers who wish to be addressed as Sir and Madam, get real. These Carnival employees work harder than most of us ever will. So come down off your pedestal; you'll find they're gracious, intelligent and very dedicated workers who will do anything for those they're responsible for. To our room steward Sukanya and our head waiter Mijalho, many many thanks! You made our cruise perfect! Cabin and room attendants: 10/10 without hesitation. Getting around and dining. Get yourself a map to help become orientated. Twelve decks with elevators located forward, midships and aft. I won't get into the details of what's where, but I do recommend you spend some time looking at the ship layout on line to become familiar with the layout. The two main dining rooms are located on 4/5 deck aft, while open style cafeteria style line-ups for food are on 10-deck aft. You won't be able to eat everywhere so don't try, there just too much good food and your stomach is only so big! We chose not to eat at the pay restaurants as the food in the Blush restaurant was excellent. Why pay $30 per plate for the same service and quality you get for free???? We did try the Italian specialty restaurant at lunch (its free during lunch) and laughed at the ships designers who thought of putting this restaurant directly beneath the basketball court! If you like the thud thud thud of basketball while you eat your evening meal.... I hope you really enjoy the pasta! The pasta itself was just "ok". Much better pasta available in the Bayside Market, Miami. Getting around 7/10 (until you get use to it) Blush restaurant and staff 13/10! Port of Calls.... St. Thomas, wow as always! Antigua and Nassau are typical Caribbean ports with much garbage and litter. Tortola on the other hand was pristine! I'll go back here in a heartbeat. We took the Discover Scuba dive in St. Thomas and it was one of the best adventures we ever done and highly recommended. Book early as there are only four people per diver so it fills up real quick. Disembarkation, we chose to self-disembark. We left the ship at 6:30, caught a cab at 6:45 and we're at the airport before 7:15am! Crap! Our flight doesn't leave until 1pm! I never thought it would be that quick! 10/10 I could go on and on, but CC must have some kind of limit! In a nut shell, don't fret over negative reviews. Some people will always find something to complain about. We had a great time and will cruise again, but not with Carnival. I won't go into detail, but being a serving Naval Officer, I chose a military rate a year before the cruise and watched as the price dropped by over $780 over a 10 month stretch. Though I contacted Carnival several times, I was never offered anything in compensation except excuses as why they don't match prices if you took a military rate. So I saved $50 at the front to lose over $700 overall. On this point alone, I'll take my business elsewhere. Not impressed Carnival. Enjoy the Breeze everyone! She truly is a pearl in the Caribbean. Feel free to email questions. Joe Halifax, NS Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Yet another positive experience with Carnival. The cruise sailed from Miami, check in was smooth & quick! We purchased FTTF as we are a couple of cruises away from platinum. It did allow us on a bit earlier, and it was great to head ... Read More
Yet another positive experience with Carnival. The cruise sailed from Miami, check in was smooth & quick! We purchased FTTF as we are a couple of cruises away from platinum. It did allow us on a bit earlier, and it was great to head right to our stateroom (deluxe oceanview). Unfortunately it wasn't quite ready, but we were still able to drop off our carry ons. I have to say we loved the room! Very spacious, with 2 showers. This made life much easier when getting ready to go out. Our first stop Guy's. Burger's are really good, very addictive! :) We purchased the drink package. Not sure if it was 100% worth it, it was nice to order whatever, whenever, and try new drinks. Never Maxwell out, may have come close once ot twice. Did not care for service/or drinks at the Redfrog Rum Bar, all other bars were top notch! We ate in the main dining room twice, both on formal nights, your time dining. It was very good. Service also good. We ate twice at the steakhouse. Awesome dinners, service, desserts., etc... Well worth the upcharge to us. The first night was embarkation day, free bottle of wine, nice perk! Dinner once at the Italian rest. Very good, also worth every penny. Chefs table one night also. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was not. The last time we did this was on the Elation, they brought us to a quiet private room for the dinner portion, this time we stayed right in the galley. It was loud, lots of activity, not as nice a the Elation. Probably wouldn't do that again. We ate lunch at the buffet, Italian, brunch, wok, sandwhiches, sunshine, of course Guys, all were very yummy! We did not go to shows, except the love and marriage show. Very funny, not new from prior cruises though. Casino was fun, actually came out ahead. Loved Ron and piano bar!! Serenity area was the best, if you could find a spot. Unfortunately we rarely did. Debarkation disorganized, finding luggage is a nightmare! Loved the cruise! Loved the ship! Beautiful. Lots to do, not enough time for everything. Loved the ports, Aruba, Dominican, Curacao, Grand Turk. We booked our own excursions outside of Carnival. Less expensive, great experience's! Would cruise again on the Breeze, and definitely on another cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
First let me start by saying this ship is beautiful, immaculate and high tech. The ship was amazing, the cruise director butch and assistant Brittany were so much fun, they made the cruise. The food on the ship was awful in fact none of ... Read More
First let me start by saying this ship is beautiful, immaculate and high tech. The ship was amazing, the cruise director butch and assistant Brittany were so much fun, they made the cruise. The food on the ship was awful in fact none of us gained weight, hard to believe right! The breakfast was absolutely disgusting, one morning i was exacted to see eggs Benedict, got it to the table cut a bite an bit in, gross it was cold with raw salmon on a wheat raisin English muffin, wth? standing in line for an omelet was a e affair to then go to the other line to get the other selections. we ate by room service for breakfast. Dinner in the md was ok at best, the Liberty by far had much better food. The water park was awesome, we all loved it, when there is high winds they do close it for the day along with the sky course, which happened 2 of th3 6 days. Grand Turk is a beautiful port we just relax at Jimmy Buffett's pool, Ocho Rios is a dump at best, locals are obnoxious. WE did the Dunn's river falls excursion through Carnival on the cool running boat that was awesome, we did not leave the port area for more than 5 minutes we felt like it was unsafe. Nassau is fun, if you want to get your kids hair braided inside the port area they have a woman called Speedy Margaret she was great. All in all we love Carnival but would not go on the Breeze again as the food was yucky! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
I am hoping there are some issues that will get worked out on this ship before I return to her in April. I can't quite decide if I think there is a "new" Carnival level of service that I need to adjust to or if this ship is ... Read More
I am hoping there are some issues that will get worked out on this ship before I return to her in April. I can't quite decide if I think there is a "new" Carnival level of service that I need to adjust to or if this ship is still finding her way on her new itineraries. My previous Carnival sailings have included 2 other "large" ships (the Valor and the Breeze's sister the Dream) as well as 2 of the smaller ships - Fantasy and Sensation. I have also sailed once on NCL. This sailing was the first Carnival cruise in which I was disappointed although it wasn't enough to ruin my vacation, my week, or even any particular day. I will try to address each area as thoroughly as I can. Getting there: I had some work to do and flew into the West Palm Beach area a few days before my cruise. My travel partner joined me (also via West Palm Beach) the Friday before our Sunday departure. We stayed with friends in that area. There are not shuttles from West Palm Beach (PBI) to any of the ports but I made a discovery that may make PBI an airport to consider if the fares are great from your travel destination as they often are for me. I rented a car in PBI from National for about $22 a day -- one way (in Florida one-way rates are the same, almost always, as roundtrip as long as the rental starts and ends in FL). I had planned to return the rental car to Miami and then just take a cab when the person checking me in pointed out that National offers a FREE shuttle to the Port of Miami as well as Port Everglades when you rent a car (they check your receipt to let you on the shuttle bus). The one drawback to the free shuttle was the wait was more than a cab would have been but it was FREE and we by no means were "late" getting to port. Drive time from the West Palm Beach area to Miami on a Sunday morning was only about 1hr 15 min. We got to the Port of Miami around 1PM. This is later than I typically arrive at port but we were in no particular hurry this day. We had absolutely no waits at the port due to this time of arrival. It took us only a few minutes to get through security, have our passports checked, get our Sail and Sign cards... and then we were on board. No waiting for our number to be called and some of the other things that happen when you get there a little earlier. The atrium for the Breeze has a much different "softer" feel and design than other Carnival ships. I've never really been one to pay all that much attention to the decor and design but this was very nice. Since cabins were ready when we got on board we went first to our cabin to drop off our little bit of carryon luggage. The room was exactly as I had expected it to be although I definitely want to warn against balcony cabins on deck 6 at our near where ours was - cabin 6424. (and in similar locations on the other side of the ship). I knew before I boarded what the "challenges" were going to be for this cabin but I had booked a guarantee (never again for me) so it was nothing I can complain about. These cabins on deck 6 have their balconies overhanging a great deal of "community" space. Ours was directly adjacent to one of the spas. You could easily converse with people in the spa if you wanted but the balcony wasn't much use to us because of its location. This area is also directly above the nightclub and other night time entertainment areas and you WILL hear and feel the noise from the disco at night until it closes. Cabin was the typical Carnival cabin with enough storage space I think I could live there and all of the typical amenities and comforts. Fewer bath product samples that I am used to but those have always just been a nice surprise never a necessity for me anyhow. After exploring our cabin a little we decided to head to the Lido buffet for a quick bite. Typical buffet food lunch. No raves, no complaints but at this point in the cruise is when I first began to notice the one thing that was different for me on this sailing and remained consistenly so throughout the cruise. It was REALLY hard to find a drink! Typically when I board the ship - any ship - you see waiters carrying around trays of FunShip specials offering them left and right. I saw NONE! Nowhere on the ship! Not that it is any great hardship to have to go to the bar to get your drink, but this was so much of a departure from what I was used to that it was hard not to notice. Because of this (and perhaps this was Carnival's intent) I actually didn't even have my first drink until we decided to sit at the lobby bar for a few minutes prior to eating dinner. But even then, at a VERY uncrowded bar with 2-3 staff members, I had to WORK to get a drink. I found it odd that I had to really make an effort to get the attention of a bartender at an uncrowded bar. This happened to me at every bar every night and day on the cruise. Could it have been due to the new drink package? Perhaps Carnival is responding to complaints of too-much alcohol being too easily available all the time? This really wasn't a big deal for me and it made my Sail&Sign account at the end of the week an absolute record low for me... but it was such a departure from what I am used to that I couldn't help but notice it. Perhaps it is an effort to create a more "family friendly" environment. Or perhaps this is just left over "vibe" from having been sailing in Europe for a few months with a different demographic. Our first day on the ship was a sea day and other than the fact that it was so windy you could hardly stand if you were outside it was a great day. Typical Carnival entertainment at the main pool (The Beach Pool) and throughout the ship. One of the things I like about Carnival - you can do as much or as little as you like. If you want to be right in the middle of things you can stay by the Beach pool or if you preferred a little less noise you could choose one of the other areas of the ship. It was MUCH louder than it needed to be on the Lido Deck but I have read elsewhere that they are already working to address this issue. This was a so loud you couldn't carry on a conversation rather than just semi-loud and "fun" like this area of the ship has been on other ships. Our second day was also a sea day, and unexpectedly so due to weather that wouldn't allow us to dock in Grand Turk. I thought Carnival did a great job of coming up with last minute activities and they even opened Jimmy's C-side BBQ which is a venue that is open only on sea days at lunch time. This is a don't miss it stop for lunch on a sea day!! Food on board the ship was fairly typical but with more "alternative" options than I am used to seeing and I thought this was great. The Lido buffet was typical and I have seen complaints of the lines but I've yet to be on any cruise where during peak times there wasn't a line issue at the buffet. I never stood in line long at the buffet but that may be because I did choose to avail myself of alternate venues and my dining times are not always at "peak" times, either. I had heard a lot about Guy's Burger Joint and although I won't give it the "best burger I've ever had anywhere" rating that some others have it is really is a GREAT burger! I didn't try the Blue Iguana or Red Frog food and I will never miss a day of Jimmy's BBQ on a sea day on any ship that has it after having that. If you enjoy BBQ and it's typical "southern" sides you have to have some Jimmy's - even if the line wraps all the way around the ship. We didn't wait more than 3-4 minutes for hours even though I heard of longer waits for others. Main Dining Room food was Main Dining Room food. Edible, a meal that you can relax and unwind to (it will take a while), and at least in my opinion good service. We did the Your Time Dining for the second time and for us, the flexibility is trumps the benefits of a seated time (like a waitstaff that gets to know you). Our first night there was the only night we had a 'big' table. We also had a great waiter that night, the only service person all week who really impressed me. His name was Anil. The "Punchliner Comedy Brunch" was a nice change to the MDR menu for sea days, at least I thought. We enjoyed it. Good food although a little slow to get served and... as was the case ALL WEEK... tough to get a drink. (We wanted to use our past guest drink coupon that was only good at breakfast, lunch, and brunch in the MDR). We dined one evening at Farenheit 555 steakhouse. It was great as it always is. It's just more food than I can eat! The bread alone is worth the cover charge (well, almost!) Now, one of my favorite things on this ship was the area right below my cabin (the same area that kept me up at night... oh, well). The aft portion of deck 5 is where you will find the theater that serves as the comedy club (we never got there fast enough - it filled almost instantly for the comedy so we missed it even when waiting right outside!), the Piano Bar, the RedFrog Pub, the disco, and an outside seating area that is part of the Pub. I liked having all of these places so close to each other and also a short walk to the casino and the casino bar (which also doubled as the sports bar). They had nightly "pub style" guitar music at the Red Frog and we loved this! I had expected a bigger crowd in this part of the ship based on what I've heard from other ships that have the Pub but it was relatively uncrowded the entire time we were there and we were there every night. Service here was so slow that we know of some people who actually left for that reason. We sat right at the bar, right in front of the same bartender who I generously tipped every night, and I still practically had to stand up and wave my hands to get a drink!! The slowness was definitely not due to too little staff or too big of a crowd. The bartenders were there, they just kind of stood around trying not ot make eye contact with you when your drinks got low... weird. Loved the Thirsty Frog beer, though, even tough at least one night they ran out of it. It was the night we missed a port so that may have had something to do with it. On this particular sailing I didn't see as much of the ship as I often do so there are tons of areas I can't even comment on as I didn't even see them! Never made it to the new thrill theater, for instance, but I plan to the next time! This is a ship that definitely has something for everyone on it - but it is so large that you may have to take a little bit of time to explore to find your "spot". We got so comfortable in a nightly routine of lobby bar, dinner, few minutes in casino, and Pub that we did little else and we had a fantastic time! Ports of call that we made it to were Falmouth, Jamaica and Nassau. Falmouth port area is still in the works, it seems, and I DEFINITELY recommend you book an excursion here. Not even a good bar area to hang out in the port although I hear a Margaritaville is due to open in late January 2013. Our excursion was booked through Jaital.com and was a river rafting tour that was a teeeeny bit of adventure and a good bit of relaxation without requiring an hour long bus trip. It was perfect for us. Nassau is a port I've been to many times and there is plenty to do there for anyone just do your research before you go to find the right places to explore for you. There are TONS of tips available elsewhere on this site for Nassau so I won't waste any more space on that one :-) On this sailing Carnival was testing two new things -- "Cheers" - their new $50 per day "all inclusive" drink package and two unlimited internet packages. We didn't take advantage of Cheers package and never saw any evidence that it was being "abused" on board. I might have been more upset at the slow drink service had I had the package, though. I did sign up for the "low-speed" version of the unlimited interent package. It was $30for the whole cruise and you could use it on one device. I used it on my phone to check Facebook and messages now and then and although it did log me out after any short period of inactivity (which I understand) it wasn't too much of a problem for me. I know two folks who signed up for the higher speed one and for one it was great - watched movies on Netflix and the like - and for the other it was more of a hassle I think, with complaints of being constantly knocked off hampering the experience. For me, the service I got was great, but I didn't really have high expectations or desire to use it all that often. I will probably try the higher speed one on my next cruise if it is still available. The other two options were $30 one day higher speed unlimited devices or $80 for the week of higher speed and unlimited devices. Two other service things that I noticed, but found neither good nor bad. One was that our cabin steward never introduced himself or herself and we absolutely positively NEVER saw the steward. But he or she kept the room up fine. And the other thing I noticed is that someone was ALWAYS cleaning in the public bathrooms. While I had to sit and wait a while for drinks everywhere I never had to use toilet paper that hadn't been folded into a nice neat triangle... weird. My own pace this week was slower than it often is for me on a cruise which may be why the slow service was noticeable but not annoying. It might bother me more when I re-board this ship on April if that hasn't improved somewhat but it wasn't the end of the world for me. I heard more fellow passengers complain about service on this ship than I've ever heard before but I don't know if it was the slow-ness for them or something else. Some I even heard say won't return to Carnival or to this ship but I didn't see anything on board THAT drastic. However, I'm very easy to please and I could have fun even I was just left alone in a box for a week... sometimes life (or a cruise) is just what you make it! I'll be back on board the Breeze in April and I'm hoping to see improvements in that one area. So look for another review in 184 days or so! :-) My overall recommendation: book this ship IF you can get a great price to go with it and/or the itinerary is the one of your dreams. Otherwise go with one that's been around a little longer and is more tried and true. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
A nightmare before Christmas... Breeze dec 22-30th - cruising with kids... Now here I go starting off negative like others To be honest though it really was not that bad. Everyone needs to lighten up including myself Hey we are on ... Read More
A nightmare before Christmas... Breeze dec 22-30th - cruising with kids... Now here I go starting off negative like others To be honest though it really was not that bad. Everyone needs to lighten up including myself Hey we are on vacation on a gorgeous new ship traveling to new exciting destinations other than the typical east/west itineraries. So here is my take on it all. A very rocky start (literally) that did improve over the duration of the cruise. New to carnival but past RCL and NCL cruisers. New Yorkers with grandparents and kids in tow age 4-8. Ship is immaculate! Pools are warm and the jacuzzis are hot! It makes a difference because it keeps the kids swimming. First two sea days. Windy, Rainy, rocky. ** bring sweatshirts**. The water park and skycourse ropes course were closed as well. Pre-cruise- stayed at the foutainblu miami, tresor tower. Love it here. Rooms rental by owner getting a huge 1000sq ft suite, full kitchen with magnificent views at less than half rack. No resort fee but maid service is extra . Heated pools, plush towels, attentive staff, delicious food (fish tacos), inv entive cocktails, great kids meals. Quick taxi to Lincoln road. Past serveral years Always dine at Rosinella for homemade, inexpensive authentic Italian. Embarkation - left after lunch. Taxi $40 about 20 mins. Left hotel at 1:30, stopped at Walgreens and were onboard by 2:30. Fastest ever!! Not one line. Quick and easy as could be! Brought 2 bottles of wine in carryon. Cheers program - purchase by atrium bar as soon as you board. Gratuity added but I still tipped $1-2 each time. Throughout the cruise Lots of Charge errors - Definitely have to watch bill. Servers made mistakes. Ie. drinks over $10 are 25% off, Perrier 25% off. If I bought say a water and wine sometimes wine was charged and soda was 25% off. Husband and I in separate cabins so only one of us purchased and no issues getting say 1 drink from 1 bar and then another drink moments later from a server. Top shelf liquor some very good drinks - grey goose martini, chipotle passion, carribean colada, perfect margarita. Yum! Cabin- 8th floor, connecting balcony near atrium elevator. Port side. Amazing sunsets. Great location. Easy walk up to lido. loved having the connecting rooms. Opened up balcony partition. *make sure you unhook shelves in closets. I didn't figure this out at first! Ordered the Bon voyage for kids room and kiddie goodie bags from carnival. Room Stewart's were warm and very attentive. Rooms always tidy. *tip extra in the beginning. It makes a difference. We also had an extra child registered to the grandparents room stay with us and it was not an issue. We decorated our door /cabin for the holidays. ! Entertainment/activities Seaside movies under the stars **was a favorite for our group. Huge screen. Different themes - date night, family, superhero, James bond. After very hectic days, it was nice to relax under the stars. Supersoft blankets available in the towel hut and popcorn by the bar. Waterworks - when it was hot out and skycourse when it was finally open were a huge hit with both kids and adults. The attendants there told me people were very angry but note it was closed because of high winds! It was a safety issue. The sports square kept us busy with mini golf. The kid also loved the basketball court and the outside exercise equipment. Thrill theater- go right away and get the unlimited pass. I have no idea why we waited until the end but my kids loved this. Disney like and a nice break from the sun. $7.95 for one show and $14.95 unlimited. They don't charge for lap children. Dj - I liked the dj. Played a eclectic mix of music. At first I too missed the carribean band but some afternoons they had solo guitarist playing and he was outstanding! Cruise diectors - Butch & Amy 6'3" we're energetic and visible! From their morning show broadcasted by the main pool a clever way to hear about the ship/port happenings. To the night deck parties and Christmas show. 5th floor promenade walk had a nice flow from venue to venue. Punch-liners - funny comedians. I know others complained about the venue being small but I thought the size was appropriate and if you can get seats if you showed up 10/15 mins early then passing Piano bar Ron always had a full house as well as the Souljaz band in the lanai. Ovation theater - divas Brits and Latin nights all entertaining though short. While not broadway like, they held our attention and digital stage back drips were incredible. Latin nights was the most entertaining. Food/bars This was a late crowd. Very quiet before 9am and after 10 packed!! Lunch 12-1 the marketplace had HUGE lines. In the evening 7:30ish the lines for photos were long! LUNCH/DAY 2 bars near main pool - red frog busier. Tequilla bar quiet. Guy fiery burger - Long lines in the early days of the cruise. 2 lines and the one starting in the buffet was shorter/went faster. Burrito bar - eggs wraps were delicious! Mexican eggs with The works. Line always went fast. *** no chips by salsa bar. Maybe bring some to eat with all the salsa choices. Food layout for "typical" kid fare was a nightmare. After the second day I saved bagels from breakfast for lunch. ** Burger- Guy Fieri main pool, Chicken nuggets- comfort food station, Pizza - aft made to order, Hot dog - 12 by mini golf, Pasta - 11 fill out order ticket cucina del captain and sit NIGHT Sapphire dining upper level early seating *** least favorite dining experience. For us it wasn't that the service or food was so bad or cold. I thought the staff worked very hard. It was the atmosphere. It felt like a diner. We barely made it by 6:30 for a 6pm seating. it was also freezing inside. The blush is clearly nicer though the aft for sure is rockier. So choose your evil here. Lobster served first elegant night. Blush restaurant offers 3pm tea on sea days Sushi- located on 5 fresh an tasty. Never busy. Had a snack there. Red frog also never busy. Cucina del captaino - made advance dinng reservations by emailing B@carnival.com Best family meals here, relaxed, great service, fresh made to order. One of the waiters sang Italian songs. ** this was our favorite dining experience. We ate dinner here twice, Lunch 2xs Fahrenheit - also made advance reservations by emailing BRSUPPER@carnival.com it was sold out except for the first and last night. I started emailing just over 3 weeks before sailing. We dined on The last evening and I had a nice lobster bisque, filet and apple crisp. ** we brought an uncorked bottle of wine and were charged a $15 corkage fee. We also asked to have the lobster ravioli as shared appetizer and that would be an extra $20 fee. Whatever. Honestly by the last night we were tired of eating and were surrounded by empty tables. I couldn't figure out why getting a preferred reservation was so difficult. Chef table- sold out 1 month before sailing Christmas activities Garland decoration around the atrium balconies Various trees placed throughout the ship Christmas eve - special show that camp carnival children participated in Sang Christmas carols, entertainment staff dressed in Santa suits. Gave out candy canes. Captain made an appearance and ended with a visit by santa each child could sit on his lap and take a photo. Christmas day there was a non denominational service. Christmas dinner menu included beef tenderloin etc. Seaside movie shown was elf. Camp Carnival/kids activities Considering the amount of children on board, camp carnival never seemed busy. Many children spend the cruise only with their family. I spend plenty of time with mine too but I found the program phenomenal. I have kids in the 2-5 and 6-8 age range. ** the answer to the big question is there flexibility to move between the age groups and the answer is YES. Clearly it's at the discretion of the staff. In my case they would have happily moved my almost 6 year old boy up. Guess what though.. He didnt want to go. We tried for days. He was perfectly content staying with the younger kids. The older group was a little too intimidating for him. He wanted to stay with his younger brother instead of his older sisters. The camp us social, education. The kids play games and participate in arts and crafts. There is free video game time. One day there was a magician Kids don't get bored! They have a couple of late nights for an extra fee. For the 6-8 year old fun till one party only had 15 kids! Another night owl party age 2-11 had more than 50. The kids are also given a napsack filled with goodies (flashlight. Toothbrush, etc) Kids can eat lunch and dinner there (mine did not). The spa also offered on 12/27 Aruba day a little kid (age 3-10) spa(mani/pedi) ice cream sundae party fom 5-7. If we had more notice we would have participated. I've done it before on another ship and the girls just love it! Debarkation - also very quick. It's done by zones and we happen to be zone 8 (7:30-8). They were running a little lateand we decided to leave around 8 and got off very quickly. We had to wait 20mins for our bags to come and customs did not have a line. Post cruise - 20 mins to the Westin Diplomat. Packed hotel sponsors of the Orange Bowl. Kids love seeing the football players. Room not ready until after 5! PORTS - we chose this cruise based on it's ports of call so I may as well comment/post our experience. GRAND TURK - missed due to high winds. Unsafe to dock. Of course we were disappointed buy want to be safe. I think people need to realize this is a different island than provinciales Had a private horseback riding excursion booked and emailed back and forth a few times: www.sunsetridesandtours.com This was the info I received from them but because I didn't actually get to go on the excursion, I cant comment how it is. They told me the beach ride is $75.00 usd adults and $60.00 usd children. the duration of the ride is 1.5 hrs. and we are very close and will have ample time on the beach. "We provide full round-trip transportation to and from our facilities unless requested otherwise, and we are only a 7 minute drive from the cruise pier. We pickup just outside the main entrance gate to the cruise center. (This for you would be the exit gate outside the parking lot, if you were heading into town). We have a tour scheduled for a 9:00 am pick-up on that day, so we can go ahead and schedule your for the same time. We are currently only accepting cash payments, which can be paid on the same day of the tour, before or after we ride. (Your preference) We also provide drinks (water and sodas) for our guests." .Also emailed bohio resort info@bohioresort.com "Thank you for contacting Bohio!You are most welcome to visit us the for the day, there is no charge.We have a great restaurant, beach bar and a lovely beach with good snorkeling.We do rent sun loungers ($10), snorkel gear ($20) and kayaks ($20), paddleboards ($30) all upon a first come , first served basis, depending upon our in- house guests and availability.We also run several "Snorkel on the Wall" boat trips per day to seeGrand Turk's famous coral reef and fish life, weather permitting. Cost is$40 per person, including snorkel equipment and is approximately 1 hour. Youare welcome to arrive at Bohio and arrange once here . There are no set times of departure as this excursion is dependant on ship time, so please let us know if you are interested. To reach Bohio, please take any taxi from the cruise ship terminal, the cost should be no more than $8 per person one way. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Kind Regards, Ginny & Tom" Dominican republic * we loved it here and never for a second did I not feel safe* Arrival at 8am and barely anyone got off. That is 9am DR time. We walked outside the gate and there were dozens of taxis lined up. Totally safe professional. We had a day pass planned at dreams la romana. The taxi was $40/50 I forget for 8 of us. We never get round trip. Taxis are easy to get when you are visiting a resort. The one hiccup we had is he by mistake took us to beach next to the Wyndham Dominicus Beach ( by the way looked very nice!). He apologized and we were at the dreams in 5 minutes. So distance from port to dreams was 16mins (22mins back) To the wyndham about 25 mins. The dreams hotel provides towels and a cold drink when you arrive. Warm friendly smiles. A little bit of a language barrier but good service and strong drinks. The kids had a blast on the ocean trampoline and pool rock climbing wall. There are a ton of empty chairs to the left you can bring over to when you first enter the beach. Buffet lunch with many choices. Crowd was mostly European. Some topless. Lots of activities, dance lessons, water aerobics. It was Christmas and the kids club set up a game where the kids could dig in the sand for presents (a bag filled with ballons and candy). Also a huge set up for Santa. "Here is the info from dreams: wrote: Thank you for selecting our resort to spend the day while in the beautiful port of La Romana! We take this time to inform you that a day pass costs $60.00US per person. Children 11 years of age and under will receive a 50% discount. The pass is valid from 10 30am until 5pm and gives you access to our beach area as well as provides you with unlimited food & beverages within the All Inclusive plan. As our resort does not provide transfers of any kind, please see the taxi service at the port directly regarding all information about pricing. The port is approx. 25 minutes away from our resort. If you wish to reserve a day pass please send us an email 10 days prior to your arrival providing us with a list of all names in your party. The day pass must be paid for upon arrival, in cash, directly at our main reception. Please note that all will need to provide proper identification when entering the resort. All the best, Kerry Consentino E Concierge Dreams La Romana Playa Bayahibe Tel:(809)221 8880 Fax: (809) 221 8881 econcierge.drelr@dreamsresorts.com Curaçao Booked a private tour with someone I found online - Diana Meyer. I booked simply because she had a website with her photo. Www.meyertransfers.webs.com. To be honest I'm a little paranoid at times getting in a foreign taxi with my small children. We were more than happy with Diana and our tour. I basically told her what I wanted to do. We arrived at 1pm ship time which is 2pm local time***. I didn't realize that but luckily our guide did and did not wait an hour. What this means though is you have *** limited daylight hours. The sun set around 6. She drove us around town highlighting all the top sights around town, passing store llined cobblestone streets (most were closed 12/26) and then over the high bridge. Quick stop Bon bini for liquor tasting. Then to the ostrich farm. She had never been but we /kids loved it! Definite recommend if you want to do something different. It wasn't far from the port. Maybe 20mins. Cost I think was $12 each but we always said our youngest child was under 3 and never had to pay for him.. We drove with a guide in an open air truck learning all about them and this ecological farm. There were other animals, even crocodiles to see. Another highlight was feeding some young ostriches. The babies were due in Jan so this was the only miss not being able to hold them. If you want to ride an ostrich you have to go before 3pm and age is over 18. It was too late after to go to the caves so instead we went to cabana beach for a quick swim. A very happening beach with DJ and lounges. Many Europeans. Watched the sun set. We ended the tour at the restaurant I made dinner at cafe gouverneur rouville - a historic building with a magnificent view of Punda. I made advance reservations by emailing (info@de-gouverneur.com) Mixed thoughts about this place. Amazing balcony table with stunning view. Mediocre food and slow, slow, slow service!! Quick easy walk through the fort (many restaurants, live music) back to the cruise ship! What a day! ARUBA Our plan was for this to be a lazy beach day. Researched about getting a day pass and the radisson and holiday inn do not offer them in high season. The rui was $110 for the day. Instead I took a quick 10min cab ride for $14 to Palm beach. I asked to be dropped off in between the radisson and the hyatt and there was a watersports place with $5 chair rentals along with umbrellas or whatever else. It was a picture perfect beach day. Walm cAlm waters perfect for children and watersports. Aruba is just gorgeous! We rented jet skis $65 and the kids had a couple of chair tube rides $15. Each. We had lunch at the pelican pier. It was packed! We left by walking through the hyatts lush gardens and waterfalls looking at many iguanas a and parrots. Back near the port it seemed people were going on shipping sprees. I saw many cruise passengers with armfuls of shopping bags. A little bit of a line getting back on board. Other tips - Pack less, pack less, pack less. Boy is it tight in those rooms - jumbo size ziplock bags definite helped organize bath suit, socks, underwear - limited hangers in the closet could def help to bring some - brought kids robes I used daily - beach towels clips to keep towels in place - remember islands are 1 hour later when booking private excursions - we travel with strollers to at least help with the bags of stuff! Have fun!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
There is a total lack of interest in serving the passengers from any crew member. (1) Our cabin steward was never available and he never knew our names nor did we know his. (2) The dining room staff was "bothered" if you dared ... Read More
There is a total lack of interest in serving the passengers from any crew member. (1) Our cabin steward was never available and he never knew our names nor did we know his. (2) The dining room staff was "bothered" if you dared to speak to them. I realize that many of them didn't speak any English, but this was the most unfriendly group of people I have ever encountered as servers. We were treated with disdain at breakfast (no one in the dining room) when we asked to move 2 tables together to accommodate our group of 8. Waiter first said he'd have the ask the hostess for permission (she said no, that wasn't allowed), then he said he was sorry but he didn't have enough silverware to set the second table anyway(nevermind that there were many empty tables full of silverware close by...he didn't want to bother to move the silver). (3) I waited in line at customer service to tell them that we wanted a table assignment (sorry, all full), and that all the food was cold ("tell the server to run faster"). Entertainment was nothing short of embarrassing. Do they think that a hairy chest contest or daily trivia shows is engaging? If you didn't gamble or play bingo, there was absolutely nothing to do all day. One 3 person jazz group played occassionally in the main lobby or one of the bars. No live music in the theater, day or night. No movies other than kids' movies played at the pool on a big screen (unless you wanted to pay per view in your room). Evenings were filled with one of two 30 minute lip sync shows, scantily clad ladies gyrating in front of a fake background with revolving lasers (rerun every other night). On the other nights, we were given another trivia contest, no show 1/2 of the nights unless you consider their "BEACH PARTY" at the pool something more than another chance to sell you a few drinks. The last day was the election of "Miss Carnival Breeze," another embarrassment. The contestants were an obese woman selected by the cruise director and a man in drag. Cruel, not funny. Dining: Specialty restaurants were sold out on day one. The food in the Cucina was good, we were able to eat there on the last night, no such luck with the steak house. The dining room food is mostly inedible. Cold soup is melted ice cream. Beef tastes like it's tenderized horsemeat (I'm seriously not sure it wasn't, it was inedible due to a strange taste). Everything, including all of the egg brunch items, are served at room temperature. My poached eggs were hard boiled eggs thrown on top of a stale english raisin muffin (not ever toasted). I think that some of the food service is malicious. It is below the standard of anything I have ever seen, either on a cruise or in a restaurant. They should also be prosecuted for abusing their help. After they finish serving dinner,these poor waiters are forced to jump on the service counters and do a suggestive dance for the diners after dinner. It was sad to have to watch it. I will never go back on Carnival. They should not be allowed to sell this product to the public. We were not the only very unhappy campers, you couldn't speak to another passenger (maybe other than the kids who spent the whole time drinking beer), without hearing the same thing over and over. The only positives here were the embarking and disembarking procedures, which were handled efficiently. They are always ready to pack in another group of cattle as fast as possible. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
I would love to say that it was great, but it was just 'okay'. Embarkation was easy and painless, the cabin (L-shaped #6499) was nicely decorated and had a great extended balcony (2-3 times normal size), but other than that not ... Read More
I would love to say that it was great, but it was just 'okay'. Embarkation was easy and painless, the cabin (L-shaped #6499) was nicely decorated and had a great extended balcony (2-3 times normal size), but other than that not much I can say was overly memorable. I was surprised that there were absolutely no toiletry sample 'gifites' in our stateroom, not a major deal, but just something I had always had with previous cruises. Steward was friendly and kept things in good order and was quick to get us patio chairs for our balcony as our were missing at embarkation time. Food in all areas were less flavouful than in the past, bland and luke warm. Not sure if we were often hungry at the wrong time, but the Marketplace buffets seemed to be closed more than they were open and we always found ourselves having to resort to Pizza (24hrs). We only ate in the DR once as we were seated 2 inches from the next table and they took your order as though you were all one group of 16 people. The neighbouring tablemates were smokers, it was very apparent by the tobacco smell eminating from their clothing (we are non-smokers). Upon requesting a table change through the maitre d (privately after dinner) we were told that we would have to change seating times to 8:15pm as they did not have any 2 person tables available at the 6pm seating that weren't set up in the same fashion. We missed a port in Grand Turk, which was a dissapointment, but what can you do? I would've liked to have heard that they tried for an alternative port before resorting to just add a sea day, but I heard nothing. Was also hoping that they would take the sea day at the the tail end of the cruise and maybe replace it with a port, but no such luck :( Didn't seem to me that anything was added entertainment-wise for the sea day, and it was a bit of a bore compared to past cruising experiences - I just cant put my finger on the why....it just was. And yes, I know Carnival can't control the weather, but I would hope they can understand that we booked a 3 port vacation, and had I had a choice I wouldn't have sailed a cruise with 2 ports and 3 sea days - not worth the same money as a 3 port in my opinion. I'm sure they really don't mind seeing sea days added though as they would benefit largely in drink, casino, and onboard shopping profits... We had a good time on our excursions in Falmouth and Nassau, both booked through Carnival and were reasonably priced. Again, I don't know why - but there was just something about this cruise that wasn't as upbeat and fun as cruises I've been on in the past. I don't think it was the ship itself, but maybe cutbacks in various areas?? Overall I would have to rate this as a "....Meh....." Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
While I would agree with several other reviewers on the beauty of the ship, my food poisoning and ensuing quarantine ruined what might have been a more favorable review. And, I think the lack of customer service, coupled with food ... Read More
While I would agree with several other reviewers on the beauty of the ship, my food poisoning and ensuing quarantine ruined what might have been a more favorable review. And, I think the lack of customer service, coupled with food poisoning, is something others should consider. At the dining room, early seating, I was served seafood newburg, with three mussels (presumably as decoration)that had their shells closed. Of course I did not eat those mussels. However, the mixed seafood had lots of already shelled mussels in the sauce. Four and a half hours later, I became drastically ill, vomiting with severe cramps. I called the medical center, thinking they should know about the food poisoning. They asked me to come right over, saying they could help. Instead of wanting to help, their goal was to enforce a legal quarantine based on their preferred diagnosis that I "gastrointestinal" illness that would be contagious. When we attempted to argue that I only had food poisoning (I had none of the other symptoms of gastrointestinal illnness), the nurse would not budge, but said if I felt fine in the morning, I could see the doctor, and if I was well, he could release me. Of course, the Breeze management would rather confine me with a wrongful diagnosis than admit to food poisoning. The next morning I was fine and went to the medical center. After waiting 45 minutes, the doctor refused to see me, I was told to return to my room, and could return 24 hours later to be released from the quarantine. FYI the quarantine was notified to everyone, the cabin steward, the dinner waiter, any deboarding use of the card, etc. all were informed I could not leave my room. When I attempted to order food by room service, my choices were limited to jello, clear broth and saltines. Needless to say, the next 24 hours were awful, both for me and my partner. Before we left the ship, we left a written letter at customer service asking for at least some recourse and/or an apology. We received no response on the ship, nor have we heard anything since. We took the cruise with another couple, and all in all, had a great time ... but this was less because of facilities offered by Carnival. On the 5 day crossing, we played bridge everyday ... but this was organized by other passengers, not Carnival. We used the Spa center for massage and facials, and this was outstanding. The entertainment the first night of the cruise was excellent, the second night good, but the remainder wee not up to the typical Carnival standard ... mediocre at best. Although the tickets were of course cheap, we expected something nice for the Breeze's maiden voyage across the Atlantic. In terms of food, the burgers and burritos were both fantastic. The rest of the food was good (ignoring the food poisoning) at pretty much what we would call standard Carnival. In conclusion, the food poisoning and wrongful quarantine put a cloud on the whole trip and I think it is unlikely I will take a Carnival trip again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Who would not love the opportunity to sail from Barcelona across the Atlantic to Miami? It was an absolutely incredible vacation!! Barcelona is fabulous. The Carnival Breeze is a bright new modern ship. The weather was perfect! Carnival ... Read More
Who would not love the opportunity to sail from Barcelona across the Atlantic to Miami? It was an absolutely incredible vacation!! Barcelona is fabulous. The Carnival Breeze is a bright new modern ship. The weather was perfect! Carnival does do a lot of things right. The cabins were bright and clean. We stayed on the spa deck which gave us a few extra perks and our cabin steward, Althea was amazing!! The gym and spa were good- too crowded on sea days, but there was just so much sun you can get. Outdoor movies, comedy shows, a casino, games... wonderful. Since this is a review, here are the things that could be better: #1. The Food. Where to start? The burger joint was great. Greasy at times but oh so good on the taste!! Mexican was good, pizza so-so. We are not big on the Indian food so I can't rate that at all. Our friends seemed to like it . The deli was a perfect choice for really good food in a pinch. The Italian restaurant was great but there is an extra charge for that. Reasonable enough to visit often. Fahrenheit 55 was fabulous and we went several times. Its a shame tho that between the $35 charge per person plus wine or cocktails makes it a $100 a couple experience. The sushi was a disappointment and it was not free. What a shame. Some nights you would find sushi on the Lido deck buffet that was free, however. Not sure if it was the stuff left over that never sold from the Bonsai restaurant the night before!! There was also an extra charge for appetizers in the Red Frog, coffee and desserts on deck 5, and basically anything that wasn't boring or borderline un-edible . The main dining room was a BIG disappointment. Picture going to a really big wedding on a really tight budget. Food either overcooked or cold. On Filet mignon night, the steaks tasted like they had been boiled first than cooked. Disgusting!! Salads were miniscule, fish smelled strong, sauces were bland. Overall, a big BIG disappointment there. We skipped it most nights and ate either at the Italian (a charge), Steak house (a charge), Red Frog (a charge) or Lido buffet. Overall, this is the biggest area Carnival needs to fix. Make the food more edible!!! #2. Service. We loved our cabin steward and had nothing but a great experience there. We also loved the bar service and food service at the Italian restaurant, the Steak House (Yatzi is the best), the Red Frog (Colin) and the Sports bar on top (Yatzi again). The Lido deck service was horrific. No coffee cups in the morning and empty coffee, dirty tables. This area needs a lot of work. Dining room staff was ok. You could tell they worked hard and tried but there were too few servers for just too many people. The spa girls were nice but had no consideration for your time. Every time I used the spa, they were late. Not just a few minutes late but 10-15 minutes each time. If they spent less time talking amongst themselves or trying too hard to upsell the prior appointment and cared about the appointment they had scheduled, it would be a much more relaxing experience. #3. Design. Whoever designed this ship should go back to school!! Common sense things were just not considered at all. I mean, Laundry rooms across from cabins?? Really??? People would congregate in the halls to wait for the too few washers and dryers that were on the ship and disrupt the people who had the very unfortunate luck to have a room close by. I would have been furious!! The Adult only section by the kiddie pool!! Really??? Two tiny swimming pools for a ship that size? These things were mind boggling. On the plus side, the spa deck was a plus, nice and quiet, and no one can complain about the beauty of the ship overall. We have taken several Carnival cruises now over the years. Would we take another?? Probably. But we will also try other cruise lines because we KNOW things can be done better. Maybe if enough people keep pushing Carnival to back off with all the extra charges and make the things that are included in the price good quality, they can truly build a much more loyal fan base. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
First time travelling with Carnival. The "Breeze" being a new ship was in pristine condition and the outside cabin we had on deck one was fine. The food was OK but only in relation to choice. Quality was not a factor to be ... Read More
First time travelling with Carnival. The "Breeze" being a new ship was in pristine condition and the outside cabin we had on deck one was fine. The food was OK but only in relation to choice. Quality was not a factor to be considered. As with other reviewers we never saw a wine waiter in the dining room and had to keep asking for a drink with our meal. Mostly this arrived after we had finished eating. The Maitre De was a complete waste of space. The only time we saw him going around the dining tables was on the last evening when all the staff were looking for additional tips, apart from us being charged and debited with $138 each for service without even having the courtesy of being asked. The entertainment was a disgrace. In the ovation theatre there were a few evenings when some second rate dancers pranced around to pre recorded pop music. A lot of time there was absolutely nothing. On the plus side the Breeze Band on plaza deck 5 were excellent with a good selection of songs and tunes well played and the singer was excellent with plenty of personality. We discovered on talking to regular Carnival cruisers from the US that this ship was well blow par for food and entertainment. All we knew is that it was nowhere near comparible with other cruises we have taken. The cruise Director and his accomplice - Kelvin/Calvin were an absolute disgrace. Cringeworthy best describes this untalented pair. I will say no more due to slander laws. Read Less
Sail Date August 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 had 3 rooms, a group of 10. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean and decided to give Carnival a shot this year; what a mistake. Everyone who worked on this ship looked mad all the time, employees would run you over, would not get out of ... Read More
We had 3 rooms, a group of 10. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean and decided to give Carnival a shot this year; what a mistake. Everyone who worked on this ship looked mad all the time, employees would run you over, would not get out of your way when you were walking throughout the decks, pool areas and dining areas. The bartenders looked miserable and angry all the time, it was evident they did not want to be there. We had purchased the Cheers package, and yet the bartenders tried to limit every single thing you could order. If we ordered a drink, and didn't want bottom shelf liquor, we were told no, or just completely ignored until we had to demand the bartender to make our drink the way we wanted. After going back and forth with the bartender, we explained, per Carnival policy, you're allowed to have a drink of up to $20, therefore, allowing us to have top shelf liquor drinks. Although you are limited to 15 drinks per day, we were able to reach 11, and we stopped due to the fact they were using so much syrup, it would literally have your stomach hurting (by the way, not even tipsy off these drinks, very suspect). The Food: Absolutely horrible. The best food on this ship was the brisket from Guys BBQ and the burgers from Guys Burgers. The buffet was an absolute joke, the dine in was the same horrible food they were putting on the buffet. The pizza, well lets just say, that pizza didn't live long enough to make it to the oven, it was so dry and over cooked. Then comes desert; nobody can mess up desert, right? Well, Carnival Breeze even managed to mess up the desert, which was also disgusting. Hey, at least the Ceaser Salad was good. Instead of just hopping on here to leave a bad review, I did contact Carnival directly to inform them of our experience and also all the other passengers who were mummering about the horrible experience. I wanted to let Carnival know directly so that they could focus on what matters most. Some times, it's all about changing the small things to make big experiences matter, like a smile when you are being served, having a bartender who not only smiles, but listens to what you want. Friendliness was the main factor missing from the experience, and it was very odd that it was the entire ship. This experience just didn't feel like a 7 day vacation, it felt like we were a nuisance to everyone and really felt out of place. Unfortunately for Carnival, this will be my last cruise with them. I will gladly stick with Royal Caribbean as my experiences with Royal Caribbean are just what their name says, Royalty. Our group is also considering Norwegian as we have heard amazing things about them as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We typically go on 2 to 3 cruises a year. Normally, we use Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.We chose Carnival this cruise because we went with a group of 6 friends. The embarkation and entertainment were the only things on our cruise that ... Read More
We typically go on 2 to 3 cruises a year. Normally, we use Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.We chose Carnival this cruise because we went with a group of 6 friends. The embarkation and entertainment were the only things on our cruise that was not a disappointment. We bought the premium drink package which is a terrible RIP off! One ounce liquor servings only. The bartenders were very slow, oftentimes rude and not willing to make anything but their standard limited menu drinks. I asked for a Sammy Sosa drink. The bartender became indignant and refused to make the drink. I asked why. He replied it had too much liquor in it and that wasn't allowed. I said it only has two liquors in it. I showed him on his drink card a rum punch Carnival was offering that had 3 liquors in it. Then I showed him a drink of the day Carnival was offering called an MF er that had 6 liquors in it. He then proceeded to tell me Carnival only serves or makes drinks that are on the drink menu. I pointed out that a multitude of drinks they were serving were not listed! Such as, seven & seven, gin & tonic, screw drivers, etc. I asked for a Jameson neat , the bartender served it in a 1 once shot glass. I asked for 2 of them, he said I had to wait 5 minutes to order another drink. Although, a man at the end of the bar( which the bartender called by name ) ordered a Jack Daniels neat and the bartender gave him a 12 ounce rock glass full of Jack Daniels! Not very classy in my opinion after all the fabrications he gave me! My wife and I went to guest services and asked to speak to the bar manager. I told him our experience with his bartender. Also,I told him, we paid $600 for 2 premium drink packages. He backed up the bartender and his disrespectful actions and proceeded to give me the run around. He said we're here to make money! I explained to him I was in the food and beverage business 50 years! I said there are approximately 34 shots in a liter. So at ounce servings and $8 per drink, Carnival allows most guests (but some special people get much more, not sure how to become one of these people) Carnival makes $ 272 per bottle which is approximately 9 times the cost of the bottle. I told him that's more than making money... that's called making a killing! He asked for our room number. Nothing ever came of that diversion! The Lido Buffet food was of poor quality with little variety. Many times reused the next day under a different name. The Sapphire restuarant service was very slow with a poor selection, hardly any better than the buffet. All 8 people in our group received cold food! Non smoking areas were not enforced. The restrooms were not very easy to locate and not cleaned very often. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
When I first booked my cruise on the Breeze I needed a quick get away and was happy it fit my schedule. I did very little research on the ship as I was fairly confident it would be a set up from my prior cruise on the Miracle. The final ... Read More
When I first booked my cruise on the Breeze I needed a quick get away and was happy it fit my schedule. I did very little research on the ship as I was fairly confident it would be a set up from my prior cruise on the Miracle. The final few days leading up I noticed on social media Breeze has quite the following so I allowed myself to get a excited. Unfortunately, if it weren’t for the friends I vacation with my sailing on the Breeze would’ve been a complete disappointment. As a vacationer I’m pretty easy going. I enjoy relaxing and having some good meals and drinks along the way. Sadly, the Breeze failed me in each category. First, my entire group was very disappointed by the entertainment as a whole. Several members mentioned there “wasn’t much to do on the ship.” I made an effort to enjoy the Spa and while the services were decent I was amazed that Carnival were willing to charge for a day pass when a good portion of the equipment was not working correctly. Now for the most disappointing part. The food was atrocious. The buffet, when it was actually open, was of terrible quality. So bad, we all decided to skip the place all together. The pizza counter struggled to keep up with demand and served lame half pizzas that you would see at a theme park. Leaving the burger joint which admittedly was pretty decent and the main dining room as the only none up-charge meals. For me the main highlight from prior cruises are the experiences you get from the nightly dining. Well, on the Breeze the only experiences I got stained the whole trip. Every the meal took 2.5+ hours to be served. More often than not my requests would go ignored such as asking for a second appetizer. Note, I wasn’t asking for crazy quantities of food just an additional appetizer. So bad that on one occasion I was told the kitchen is closed. To top it of the food we did receive was tasteless across the board. I was so fed up I gave the sushi place a try and while it was okay the menu was ridiculously limited. Not all can be bad though right? Surely with a little booze everything will be alright. For this cruise I sprung on the drink package which is suppose to include all drinks up to $20. Without a doubt the worst decision of the cruise. It wasn’t as simple as ordering a drink and getting it. Every time it was a hassle which usually revolved around the bartender informing me what I can have not what I want. I’m sorry but for $858/2 adults your drinks shouldn’t be limited to premixed well garbage. I purchased the premium internet in order to complete a few things for work. During the 7 day sailing I was able to use the Internet well for maybe 30 minutes. It was a complete failure. Lastly, the Western Caribbean itinerary needs some reworking. Costa Maya is extremely limited as a port and the Belize tender situation is painful. I would not recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was by far the most terrible as far as customer service. Dining room room experience was awful, had to wait 15mins for water, bread was very hard and food was not at all appetizing. Attitudes were displayed as if the wait staff ... Read More
This cruise was by far the most terrible as far as customer service. Dining room room experience was awful, had to wait 15mins for water, bread was very hard and food was not at all appetizing. Attitudes were displayed as if the wait staff was irritated. It was very stuffy, a.c. Was not working to full capacity. Bar staff in the club was awful, attitudes, very slow and unenthusiastic with the exception of Sean (China) Santosa (Indonesia)@ the red rum bar they were AWESOME!!!! Give them a raise!!!! The public facilities were at minimal use, the dryers were broken and washers half washed the clothes. Pool areas were congested, maybe consider an adult only pool area. Food selections were always the same in the buffet area. Debarkation was very very slow and not very organized. Not very pleased with this cruise. This was my 6th cruise, hope things get better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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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