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We have cruised on other lines and chose carnival as a last-minute decision to get away quickly close to home (one hour drive to galveston from sugarland, texas). we travel with our daughter (who has cruised since birth!), who is now 6. Embarkation was uneventful. parking was nearby (pre-booked easily on line), and lines were short and everything moved along quickly. The first thing we noticed was the tiny balcony cabin. it was so much smaller than what we have been in on norwegian and royal caribbean. the cabin, and the ship were simply decorated, nothing was luxury at all. (think motel 6) that was the beginning of our disappointment with carnival. The dining was actually good. the buffet was nice, but the dining (we prefer to sit down in the dining room), was super. the staff was great, and the menu changed enough to make it interesting. (we usually only went to the buffet if we had to....breakfast on port days, and a quick dinner for our daughter if we were having a dinner for 2 later). other than that, days at sea we were in the dining room for brunch or a late dinner. no real complaints except the buffet breakfast food was cold, and greasy (the bacon laying in it). The entertainment was horrible. the music around the (tiny!!!) pools was blasting loud music of all kinds but it was hard to even determine the genre. it was so loud that talking to someone in the next lounger was next to impossible. just walking through the area was so unappealing that we only once sat near the main pool, and just for a few minutes only. the other (also tiny) pool was similar....the whole trip/ship was like a spring break adventure for young adults that want to drink and act stupid. i am sure this is to bring in the $$$$ for those intending to drink too much - but even though we also would love a fun party - this was over the top. The shows were silly and entertaining for a 6 year old but not adults. we took our daughter to a magic show that had multiple failed tricks....shook our heads and left. After complaining to the cruise director (who we ran in to while leaving the ship @ cozumel), he did try to make it up to us by having the entertainment director call us, offering us a free dinner at the italian restaurant, sending a robe to our daughter in the cabin, etc., but it was not really enough to make up for 7 days... Maybe we are cruise snobs, maybe we are over 50, maybe we don't party down like we used to, or maybe we just don't fit in the carnival demographic any more...but in the future we will choose a line that is not all about the party....the booze, the loud music....and more about having a relaxing experience with our family. On one note - our daughter did enjoy the kid's club. we did enjoy the serenity deck (adults only) as well. i also had a lovely massage/treatment but highly recommend you avoid the "spa access". it was a waste of money and the cleanliness was very questionable. All in all - i remember my other cruises fondly and this one i regret terribly. i am sure it is fun and fine for those people that don't know any better, but we do know better.

Carnival is DEFINITELY not for everyone - and never again for us!

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Tuckaroos

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We have cruised on other lines and chose carnival as a last-minute decision to get away quickly close to home (one hour drive to galveston from sugarland, texas). we travel with our daughter (who has cruised since birth!), who is now 6.

Embarkation was uneventful. parking was nearby (pre-booked easily on line), and lines were short and everything moved along quickly.

The first thing we noticed was the tiny balcony cabin. it was so much smaller than what we have been in on norwegian and royal caribbean. the cabin, and the ship were simply decorated, nothing was luxury at all. (think motel 6) that was the beginning of our disappointment with carnival.

The dining was actually good. the buffet was nice, but the dining (we prefer to sit down in the dining room), was super. the staff was great, and the menu changed enough to make it interesting. (we usually only went to the buffet if we had to....breakfast on port days, and a quick dinner for our daughter if we were having a dinner for 2 later). other than that, days at sea we were in the dining room for brunch or a late dinner. no real complaints except the buffet breakfast food was cold, and greasy (the bacon laying in it).

The entertainment was horrible. the music around the (tiny!!!) pools was blasting loud music of all kinds but it was hard to even determine the genre. it was so loud that talking to someone in the next lounger was next to impossible. just walking through the area was so unappealing that we only once sat near the main pool, and just for a few minutes only. the other (also tiny) pool was similar....the whole trip/ship was like a spring break adventure for young adults that want to drink and act stupid. i am sure this is to bring in the $$$$ for those intending to drink too much - but even though we also would love a fun party - this was over the top.

The shows were silly and entertaining for a 6 year old but not adults. we took our daughter to a magic show that had multiple failed tricks....shook our heads and left.

After complaining to the cruise director (who we ran in to while leaving the ship @ cozumel), he did try to make it up to us by having the entertainment director call us, offering us a free dinner at the italian restaurant, sending a robe to our daughter in the cabin, etc., but it was not really enough to make up for 7 days...

Maybe we are cruise snobs, maybe we are over 50, maybe we don't party down like we used to, or maybe we just don't fit in the carnival demographic any more...but in the future we will choose a line that is not all about the party....the booze, the loud music....and more about having a relaxing experience with our family.

On one note - our daughter did enjoy the kid's club. we did enjoy the serenity deck (adults only) as well. i also had a lovely massage/treatment but highly recommend you avoid the "spa access". it was a waste of money and the cleanliness was very questionable.

All in all - i remember my other cruises fondly and this one i regret terribly. i am sure it is fun and fine for those people that don't know any better, but we do know better.
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Cabin was just OK. They are likely pretty much the same. BASIC. This is like Walmart....no luxury at all....just the basic cabin. The steward was lovely - Carnival is lucky to have him.
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