1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Carnival Breeze
We just arrived home and wanted to write my review while it is fresh. We traveled with our 14 and 16 year old kids. We had a terrific time! I thought Carnival did a great job and was impressed. We've been on cruises before (Carnival, RCCL, and NCL) although it has been about 10 years. The last several years we've done all inclusive resorts in Jaimaica, Maya Riveria, and Punta Cana. Overall food is comparable. If you expect buffet quality food then you'll be fine. Although hats off to Carnival for Guy Ferelli burgers/fries, pizza, burrito's, and taco's as this was fantastic and made the cruise! My kids lived on the burger and fries and swears they were the best they've ever had! We chose "your time dining" option and tried to eat dinner together in the Dining Room every night. That said the food in the dining room was just OK. Most nights average cruise food, but wasn't loving the "American" menu. In the past, we always looked forward to the cruise dinners and trying specialty dishes, but The "American" menu is a little boring; Chicken, Flat Iron Steak (would avoid this, was terrible), pork chops, and something I couldn't remember. The salad dressing is very watered down, so if you like dressing, be sure to ask for extra. In addition, if you want a real steak there is a $20 up charge. Which I wasn't going to pay another $20 a night for a decent steak. There was one exception on the 2nd formal night did have a dual spare ribs and fillet option that was fantastic. Now on to dessert. I love chocolate and the Carnival Melting cake is amazing, but after the 3rd night in a row you want another chocolate option. I did try pie one evening and again was not impressed. Then I tried the key lime mousse, this was good, but really would've liked another chocolate option that was as good as the melting cake. We tried the Italian restaurant at lunch and was not impressed at all so we did not go back for dinner. We didn't try the steakhouse as just too much going on to plan ahead. Entertainment, we loved the punch line Comedy shows and thought they did a terrific job, we enjoyed the Main entertainment shows also. We also loved the movie nights on the big screen. The movies are all newer releases, Divergent, Other Woman, Planet of the Apes 2, Captain America...etc (FYI, the popcorn was a huge let down. Not sure how you mess up popcorn, but it was terrible. We even brought popcorn seasoning from home and that didn't help). They did provide blankets which was nice. The pools were crowded, but we went over Spring Break and knew it would be. I really didn't mind and there was plenty of hot tubs to use. Carnival did enforce the towels on chairs around main pool. If you were gone for 40 minutes they would take your stuff. Now that said I did notice as the week went on that people figured out how to get around it. So Carnival staff would place stickers with a time on it when they noticed and empty chair. The normal lounge lizards would go around removing the stickers. People, if you are with a group and half the group is children, then you don't need to hold chairs for everyone all day long!! I saw many groups of 6-10 that would hold 6-10 chairs all day at main pool, even though no more then 2 ladies were in chairs at one time. Be considerate of others! We were always able to find a chair, but if you didn't get up at dawn then you were along the side of the boat on decks 11 or 12, not ideal location, but it was what it was. The water slides, kids water park, ropes course, and put put were great. There was always plenty to do. We were never bored. The fitness room was exceptional. The cabin and service was great. We stayed in an L shaped balcony on deck 7 (cabin 7454) and put our kids in an interior room across the hall from us. We loved the room. It was perfect for us and the balcony was extra long so we had a lounger and 3 chairs. All 4 family members could comfortably enjoy balcony at same time. We loved the room! Cabin was always clean and our room steward was exceptional! The casino was ok, but was really smoky so we tried to avoid as much as possible. We did the cheers and bubbles program, one important note was they make you wait 5 minutes before you can get another drink. To me this was silly for the soda. So you request a soda and they give you one glass which is 1 soda can. You have to wait 5 minutes before you can request another. This was a little ridiculous. Ports: Grand Turks we missed this island due to windy conditions so we had an extra sea day. The day was beautiful and we heard other ships docked that day at Grand Turks so really not sure the true reason. We were disappointed as we were really looking forward to this port. (Add insult to injury we received a $15 credit back for port taxes.) La Romana we did the dune buggy excursion through Carnival and loved it! We had a blast. We came prepared with our bandannas and goggles as advised through other reviews and they were definitely needed. Very very dusty!! We came back covered in dirt and mud and loved it. We made sure to go through every puddle we could find. We also came prepared with candy for the kids, but beware. One minute your driving through town and tossing candy, next thing you know they stop us and were mobbed by kids that appeared out of no where grabbing at you for the candy. Just make sure you don't have anything of importance they could take on you. This could be a little scary if you had young children, so if you take young children don't pass out candy and you won't be mobbed. Curaçao, we didn't plan excursion and walked around the town exploring. Next time might plan an excursion for more to do. Aruba was fabulous! We walked through town and shopped for a couple hours then took a cab to Palm Beach for $14 for all of us. He then asked what time to pick us up and came back on time to take us back to the ship for another $14. We'll worth it. We went to the Radisson resort on Palm Beach and rented chairs and umbrella for $55 for the day. Terrific location. Lots of water activities and reasonably priced food/bars along beach. We rented paddle board for an hour for $20. Was a lot of fun.

Wonderful Time

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by LastSpringBreakforFamily4

Trip Details
We just arrived home and wanted to write my review while it is fresh. We traveled with our 14 and 16 year old kids. We had a terrific time! I thought Carnival did a great job and was impressed.

We've been on cruises before (Carnival, RCCL, and NCL) although it has been about 10 years. The last several years we've done all inclusive resorts in Jaimaica, Maya Riveria, and Punta Cana. Overall food is comparable. If you expect buffet quality food then you'll be fine. Although hats off to Carnival for Guy Ferelli burgers/fries, pizza, burrito's, and taco's as this was fantastic and made the cruise! My kids lived on the burger and fries and swears they were the best they've ever had! We chose "your time dining" option and tried to eat dinner together in the Dining Room every night. That said the food in the dining room was just OK. Most nights average cruise food, but wasn't loving the "American" menu. In the past, we always looked forward to the cruise dinners and trying specialty dishes, but The "American" menu is a little boring; Chicken, Flat Iron Steak (would avoid this, was terrible), pork chops, and something I couldn't remember. The salad dressing is very watered down, so if you like dressing, be sure to ask for extra. In addition, if you want a real steak there is a $20 up charge. Which I wasn't going to pay another $20 a night for a decent steak. There was one exception on the 2nd formal night did have a dual spare ribs and fillet option that was fantastic. Now on to dessert. I love chocolate and the Carnival Melting cake is amazing, but after the 3rd night in a row you want another chocolate option. I did try pie one evening and again was not impressed. Then I tried the key lime mousse, this was good, but really would've liked another chocolate option that was as good as the melting cake.

We tried the Italian restaurant at lunch and was not impressed at all so we did not go back for dinner. We didn't try the steakhouse as just too much going on to plan ahead.

Entertainment, we loved the punch line Comedy shows and thought they did a terrific job, we enjoyed the Main entertainment shows also. We also loved the movie nights on the big screen. The movies are all newer releases, Divergent, Other Woman, Planet of the Apes 2, Captain America...etc (FYI, the popcorn was a huge let down. Not sure how you mess up popcorn, but it was terrible. We even brought popcorn seasoning from home and that didn't help). They did provide blankets which was nice.

The pools were crowded, but we went over Spring Break and knew it would be. I really didn't mind and there was plenty of hot tubs to use. Carnival did enforce the towels on chairs around main pool. If you were gone for 40 minutes they would take your stuff. Now that said I did notice as the week went on that people figured out how to get around it. So Carnival staff would place stickers with a time on it when they noticed and empty chair. The normal lounge lizards would go around removing the stickers. People, if you are with a group and half the group is children, then you don't need to hold chairs for everyone all day long!! I saw many groups of 6-10 that would hold 6-10 chairs all day at main pool, even though no more then 2 ladies were in chairs at one time. Be considerate of others!

We were always able to find a chair, but if you didn't get up at dawn then you were along the side of the boat on decks 11 or 12, not ideal location, but it was what it was.

The water slides, kids water park, ropes course, and put put were great. There was always plenty to do. We were never bored. The fitness room was exceptional.

The cabin and service was great. We stayed in an L shaped balcony on deck 7 (cabin 7454) and put our kids in an interior room across the hall from us. We loved the room. It was perfect for us and the balcony was extra long so we had a lounger and 3 chairs. All 4 family members could comfortably enjoy balcony at same time. We loved the room! Cabin was always clean and our room steward was exceptional!

The casino was ok, but was really smoky so we tried to avoid as much as possible.

We did the cheers and bubbles program, one important note was they make you wait 5 minutes before you can get another drink. To me this was silly for the soda. So you request a soda and they give you one glass which is 1 soda can. You have to wait 5 minutes before you can request another. This was a little ridiculous.

Ports:

Grand Turks we missed this island due to windy conditions so we had an extra sea day. The day was beautiful and we heard other ships docked that day at Grand Turks so really not sure the true reason. We were disappointed as we were really looking forward to this port. (Add insult to injury we received a $15 credit back for port taxes.)

La Romana we did the dune buggy excursion through Carnival and loved it! We had a blast. We came prepared with our bandannas and goggles as advised through other reviews and they were definitely needed. Very very dusty!! We came back covered in dirt and mud and loved it. We made sure to go through every puddle we could find. We also came prepared with candy for the kids, but beware. One minute your driving through town and tossing candy, next thing you know they stop us and were mobbed by kids that appeared out of no where grabbing at you for the candy. Just make sure you don't have anything of importance they could take on you. This could be a little scary if you had young children, so if you take young children don't pass out candy and you won't be mobbed.

Curaçao, we didn't plan excursion and walked around the town exploring. Next time might plan an excursion for more to do.

Aruba was fabulous! We walked through town and shopped for a couple hours then took a cab to Palm Beach for $14 for all of us. He then asked what time to pick us up and came back on time to take us back to the ship for another $14. We'll worth it. We went to the Radisson resort on Palm Beach and rented chairs and umbrella for $55 for the day. Terrific location. Lots of water activities and reasonably priced food/bars along beach. We rented paddle board for an hour for $20. Was a lot of fun.
LastSpringBreakforFamily4’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Shore Excursions
Ages 13 to 15
Ages 16+
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Carnival Breeze price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8B 7454
The cabin and service was great. We stayed in an L shaped balcony on deck 7 (cabin 7454) and put our kids in an interior room across the hall from us. We loved the room. It was perfect for us and the balcony was extra long so we had a lounger and 3 chairs. All 4 family members could comfortably enjoy balcony at same time. We loved the room! Cabin was always clean and our room steward was exceptional!
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Dune Buggy Tour
    La Romana we did the dune buggy excursion through Carnival and loved it! We had a blast. We came prepared with our bandannas and goggles as advised through other reviews and they were definitely needed. Very very dusty!! We came back covered in dirt and mud and loved it. We made sure to go through every puddle we could find. We also came prepared with candy for the kids, but beware. One minute your driving through town and tossing candy, next thing you know they stop us and were mobbed by kids that appeared out of no where grabbing at you for the candy. Just make sure you don't have anything of importance they could take on you. This could be a little scary if you had young children, so if you take young children don't pass out candy and you won't be mobbed.
    View All 10 Dune Buggy Tour Reviews