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We joined a family cruise to the Southern Caribbean for 8 days. POM was not our port of choice, and we decided to park at Premier parking vs. the port garage, because of the huge price difference. Parking and getting to and from the port was simple and affordable. We arrived at 11:00 a.m., and the embarkation was a little confusing, compared to our preferred port, Port Canaveral. We finally were able to board, after checking in, at 12:30. This is unusually long to get on the ship, compared to Port Canaveral. We were able to go right to our room, Deck 1, Oceanview. Again, we wanted to be close to family. The room was roomy, with 1 1/2 bath, which was convenient for each of us to spread out our 'stuff'. The stateroom was extremely clean and well-maintained. The steward was very accommodating, providing tape for our door-dec. We went right to the Lido deck for lunch. We were really impressed with the decor and layout of the Lido deck, which was very attractive. The lines were a little long, but to be expected the first day. The selection was good. There was a lot of variety in the lunch menu. Guy's Burgers was great, but I limited my visits to just one, because of the 1700 calories! I wanted to try the burritos, but the line was too long. Also, the Chinese food lines were long. There was a lot of frozen yogurt eaten, and it was always available, unlike RCCL ships. Drink stations were readily available on the pool deck. Muster Drill: Since we've cruised often on other lines, I was surprised at the passenger safety drill. We were in the 3rd floor dining room, and sat for at least an hour, waiting for people to trickle in. We were not organized by deck, and many people said they weren't going to go. Crazy! So, we were told that in case of an emergency, we had to go to our rooms, get our life jackets, and return to the dining room. This just doesn't make sense. What if you're on the pool deck, and have to climb flights of stairs (undoubtedly overcrowded), in order to go get your jacket? Then, you have to go back to deck 3 dining room, and wait for further instructions and which life boat you need to board. Thankfully, we didn't have any emergencies, but there have been other such emergencies on Carnival. Dining: Service was great. We usually get reservations in the My time dining, by getting to dinner at the earliest time. We were not able to reserve the same table, on this cruise. Food was mediocre to poor. The last night, I chose steak and a rib, steak med-rare. Both meats were just brown, and the steak was overdone. During the week, the veggies or sides were usually mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or rice. The food selection was limited, and the desserts disappointing, with exception to the Chocolate Melting Cake. This almost made the cruise worthwhile, by itself! Fire in the Engine Room: Oh yeah, we had this, too. About 8:00 one night an excited announcement in our room and ship wide, announced "Alpha, Alpha" and more coded speech. They followed up in about 45 minutes with an announcement that there had been an engine room fire, but it was all under control. Good thing is that we were in our room, along with the life jackets, just in case. Spa: This area was exceptional, in the staff and facilities. We bought the Serenity Spa package, which was very worth it. We loved the therapy pool, the tile covered chairs, the aroma-therapy showers, etc. Go take a tour the first day, to get spa specials. Halloween Party: Yes, we were on the ship on Halloween. The kids were really excited. They showed up at the party and got a scavenger hunt paper that had to be filled with stickers at the various stations, and the counselors were handing out candy. Great idea, just didn't work that way. The staff ran out of stickers within 5 minutes, and the stations ran out of candy. NOT GOOD! This was the only Halloween these kids would get. There was crying and a lot of disappointment. We had extra bags of candy, that we were giving out to kids. Thank Goodness! Then, we headed to the final station, the library, and there was a sign saying the location had moved. Really? So we found the final station, and there was music and halloween costume prizes. It ended well, but painful to get there! Surely, they checked to see how many kids were on the ship. They should have been better prepared. The Camp Carnival staff is really great, though, and the kids loved going. Disembarkation: Not good experience for us! We decided not to use the self-assist option and put our luggage out the night before. We had a letter telling us to go to the theater, 3rd floor with our carry ons and wait until "Group 3" was called. They called Deck 1 and 2. Well, we were on Deck 1, but when I asked if it was our turn they said to wait until group 3 was called. So, they were identifying groups by Deck, Groups and Zones. It was totally confusing. We finally got off at 10:00, and had been there since 7:15. Trip to the parking was uneventful and our drive home was great. I probably will stick with our old standard, RCCL, in the future.

2nd Time Disappointed with Carnival

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Beango

Trip Details
We joined a family cruise to the Southern Caribbean for 8 days. POM was not our port of choice, and we decided to park at Premier parking vs. the port garage, because of the huge price difference. Parking and getting to and from the port was simple and affordable. We arrived at 11:00 a.m., and the embarkation was a little confusing, compared to our preferred port, Port Canaveral. We finally were able to board, after checking in, at 12:30. This is unusually long to get on the ship, compared to Port Canaveral.

We were able to go right to our room, Deck 1, Oceanview. Again, we wanted to be close to family. The room was roomy, with 1 1/2 bath, which was convenient for each of us to spread out our 'stuff'. The stateroom was extremely clean and well-maintained. The steward was very accommodating, providing tape for our door-dec. We went right to the Lido deck for lunch. We were really impressed with the decor and layout of the Lido deck, which was very attractive. The lines were a little long, but to be expected the first day. The selection was good. There was a lot of variety in the lunch menu. Guy's Burgers was great, but I limited my visits to just one, because of the 1700 calories! I wanted to try the burritos, but the line was too long. Also, the Chinese food lines were long. There was a lot of frozen yogurt eaten, and it was always available, unlike RCCL ships. Drink stations were readily available on the pool deck.

Muster Drill: Since we've cruised often on other lines, I was surprised at the passenger safety drill. We were in the 3rd floor dining room, and sat for at least an hour, waiting for people to trickle in. We were not organized by deck, and many people said they weren't going to go. Crazy! So, we were told that in case of an emergency, we had to go to our rooms, get our life jackets, and return to the dining room. This just doesn't make sense. What if you're on the pool deck, and have to climb flights of stairs (undoubtedly overcrowded), in order to go get your jacket? Then, you have to go back to deck 3 dining room, and wait for further instructions and which life boat you need to board. Thankfully, we didn't have any emergencies, but there have been other such emergencies on Carnival.

Dining: Service was great. We usually get reservations in the My time dining, by getting to dinner at the earliest time. We were not able to reserve the same table, on this cruise. Food was mediocre to poor. The last night, I chose steak and a rib, steak med-rare. Both meats were just brown, and the steak was overdone. During the week, the veggies or sides were usually mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or rice. The food selection was limited, and the desserts disappointing, with exception to the Chocolate Melting Cake. This almost made the cruise worthwhile, by itself!

Fire in the Engine Room: Oh yeah, we had this, too. About 8:00 one night an excited announcement in our room and ship wide, announced "Alpha, Alpha" and more coded speech. They followed up in about 45 minutes with an announcement that there had been an engine room fire, but it was all under control. Good thing is that we were in our room, along with the life jackets, just in case.

Spa: This area was exceptional, in the staff and facilities. We bought the Serenity Spa package, which was very worth it. We loved the therapy pool, the tile covered chairs, the aroma-therapy showers, etc. Go take a tour the first day, to get spa specials.

Halloween Party: Yes, we were on the ship on Halloween. The kids were really excited. They showed up at the party and got a scavenger hunt paper that had to be filled with stickers at the various stations, and the counselors were handing out candy. Great idea, just didn't work that way. The staff ran out of stickers within 5 minutes, and the stations ran out of candy. NOT GOOD! This was the only Halloween these kids would get. There was crying and a lot of disappointment. We had extra bags of candy, that we were giving out to kids. Thank Goodness! Then, we headed to the final station, the library, and there was a sign saying the location had moved. Really? So we found the final station, and there was music and halloween costume prizes. It ended well, but painful to get there!

Surely, they checked to see how many kids were on the ship. They should have been better prepared. The Camp Carnival staff is really great, though, and the kids loved going.

Disembarkation: Not good experience for us! We decided not to use the self-assist option and put our luggage out the night before. We had a letter telling us to go to the theater, 3rd floor with our carry ons and wait until "Group 3" was called. They called Deck 1 and 2. Well, we were on Deck 1, but when I asked if it was our turn they said to wait until group 3 was called. So, they were identifying groups by Deck, Groups and Zones. It was totally confusing. We finally got off at 10:00, and had been there since 7:15. Trip to the parking was uneventful and our drive home was great.

I probably will stick with our old standard, RCCL, in the future.
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