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My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to expect, we wanted our first cruise to originate close to home. Our itinerary took us to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, and we had a total of three sea days. We were extremely impressed by the service and how upbeat and helpful the staff was. Our room steward Gede was amazing! He kept our cabin impeccably clean, made sure we had ice every day, and brought us extra pillows upon request. He gave us his card with his number on the first day and told us to call him anytime we needed something. The waitstaff in the main dining rooms were also on top of things. Our average dining time was 30 minutes for brunch on sea days and 45 minutes for dinner. The majority of the food onboard was delicious, with a few misses here and there, but the good largely outweighed the bad. I will say that we thought Guy's Burgers were very overrated though, the meat was flavorless and the donkey sauce just didn't taste good. We're willing to give it try on our next cruise in case we went on an off day, but somehow I doubt it. Cucina de Capitano and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse are both a must, we enjoyed the food and service in both venues very much. Bonsai Sushi was pretty good (best miso soup I've ever had), you can skip the pub grub in Red Frog, it was just meh. The pools and hot tubs were very crowded during sea days, but are open until midnight, so get your water time in after 9. The musicians that played throughout the ship were very talented, especially Cavair who played the steel drums, he made it look so effortless! We also loved the cruise director Leigh, he was very witty and engaging, and didn't pester us with too many announcements. We loved the Thrill Theater and mini golf, I really wanted to try the ropes course but never got around to it. The Serenity deck is ok, the bartender there was really good, but there's not enough shade so we didn't stay very long, would have been awesome if there was a pool there but it's too late to change that! The bartenders at the Tides bar were our favorites, they made us a lot of Twilight Zones and Kiss on the Lips, and you must try the Rum Jumpers in the Red Frog Pub. We went to Doctor's Cave beach in Montego Bay and loved it! The water is beautiful and refreshing with some slight wave action to keep it interesting. Our porter and waitress at Doctor's Cave Bathing Club were very cheerful and attentive, there were a few vendors on the beach but they weren't pushy. However, when walking the streets of Montego Bay you must use your street smarts, there are tons of people trying to sell you things, and quite a few can be tricksters. Keep you wallets and belongings very close, just keep walking and politely say no thank you. We went on a Carnival excursion in Grand Cayman to Stingray City and the turtle farm, and this was the highlight of our vacation. We swam with stingrays and had our pictures taken with them, then went to the turtle farm where we saw turtles less than a year old up to over a hundred years old and over 600 pounds! Our bus driver Mel was very informative about the Cayman Islands and was very proud of his nation, we enjoyed talking with and learning about the Cayman culture. In Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos and had a relaxing, all inclusive day at the beach, then enjoyed shopping at the pier before returning to the ship. The best part of our cruise was definitely the staff on the ship. Everyone was always happy and smiling, and always greeted us as we walked by, we were amazed that they could be that cheerful day after day!

First time cruisers had a blast on the Breeze!

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by Cruisenthusiast

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My fiancé and I chose the Breeze because it's the newest and largest of the ships sailing from Galveston, TX, which is less than an hour and a half drive for us. Having never sailed on a cruise ship before and not knowing what to expect, we wanted our first cruise to originate close to home. Our itinerary took us to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, and we had a total of three sea days.

We were extremely impressed by the service and how upbeat and helpful the staff was. Our room steward Gede was amazing! He kept our cabin impeccably clean, made sure we had ice every day, and brought us extra pillows upon request. He gave us his card with his number on the first day and told us to call him anytime we needed something. The waitstaff in the main dining rooms were also on top of things. Our average dining time was 30 minutes for brunch on sea days and 45 minutes for dinner.

The majority of the food onboard was delicious, with a few misses here and there, but the good largely outweighed the bad. I will say that we thought Guy's Burgers were very overrated though, the meat was flavorless and the donkey sauce just didn't taste good. We're willing to give it try on our next cruise in case we went on an off day, but somehow I doubt it. Cucina de Capitano and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse are both a must, we enjoyed the food and service in both venues very much. Bonsai Sushi was pretty good (best miso soup I've ever had), you can skip the pub grub in Red Frog, it was just meh.

The pools and hot tubs were very crowded during sea days, but are open until midnight, so get your water time in after 9. The musicians that played throughout the ship were very talented, especially Cavair who played the steel drums, he made it look so effortless! We also loved the cruise director Leigh, he was very witty and engaging, and didn't pester us with too many announcements. We loved the Thrill Theater and mini golf, I really wanted to try the ropes course but never got around to it. The Serenity deck is ok, the bartender there was really good, but there's not enough shade so we didn't stay very long, would have been awesome if there was a pool there but it's too late to change that! The bartenders at the Tides bar were our favorites, they made us a lot of Twilight Zones and Kiss on the Lips, and you must try the Rum Jumpers in the Red Frog Pub.

We went to Doctor's Cave beach in Montego Bay and loved it! The water is beautiful and refreshing with some slight wave action to keep it interesting. Our porter and waitress at Doctor's Cave Bathing Club were very cheerful and attentive, there were a few vendors on the beach but they weren't pushy. However, when walking the streets of Montego Bay you must use your street smarts, there are tons of people trying to sell you things, and quite a few can be tricksters. Keep you wallets and belongings very close, just keep walking and politely say no thank you. We went on a Carnival excursion in Grand Cayman to Stingray City and the turtle farm, and this was the highlight of our vacation. We swam with stingrays and had our pictures taken with them, then went to the turtle farm where we saw turtles less than a year old up to over a hundred years old and over 600 pounds! Our bus driver Mel was very informative about the Cayman Islands and was very proud of his nation, we enjoyed talking with and learning about the Cayman culture. In Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos and had a relaxing, all inclusive day at the beach, then enjoyed shopping at the pier before returning to the ship.

The best part of our cruise was definitely the staff on the ship. Everyone was always happy and smiling, and always greeted us as we walked by, we were amazed that they could be that cheerful day after day!
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Cabin Review

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Cabin 8C 7396
The cabin was a great size for two people, lots of storage and space to move around. The bed was really hard, but by the second night we were used to it. The linens we very thin but soft enough. The room was starting to show wear and tear, but the Breeze is going into dry dock this March so I'm sure it'll be updated and refreshed. The thermostat worked perfectly, but the water temperature has a tendency to fluctuate. The balcony holds two chairs and a small table but it's a tight fit. The cabin is located directly above the outdoor area of the Red Frog Pub on deck 5. Sometimes people would camp out there for the day and pound drinks, they could get loud occasionally but we couldn't hear them when we were inside with the balcony door closed. The best part about the room was our steward Gede. He's a very nice, soft spoken man that works very hard! He fulfilled all of our requests as soon as he was able to, he kept our room organized and replenished, and never took a long time to get everything done. If you have him as your steward treat him well and don't forget to tip him extra, he will go above and beyond to make you happy regardless of compensation!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cozumel
    Spent the day at Mr. Sancho's beach club. Getting a taxi at the Puerto Maya pier was easy. The vendors at Mr. Sancho's between the parking lot and the entrance are very pushy and annoying. Once you get past them and into the club it's a different environment. We had the all inclusive package which included food and drink, and we spent the day on the beach and swimming. The water was pretty cold in the morning but warmed up in the afternoon. We did some shopping at Puerto Maya and boarded the ship.
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  • Galveston
    I've been to Galveston many times over the years, and it's always fun. Check out Pleasure Pier, the Strand, the railroad museum, Moody Mansion, Moody Gardens, and the ghostbtour at the Galvez.
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  • Stingray Swim
    Best part of our vacation! We were bussed from the cruise port to the yacht club, boarded a boat and made the 30 minute trek out to the sandbar. Along the way we were educated about the stingrays and the rules of interaction with them. Once there two sailors held stingrays and did demonstrations for us and allowed us to hold them and interact with them, while their photographer took pictures. We were given squid to feed the stingrays with but they were all full by then! The sailors were very knowledgeable and gentle,with the stingrays, they genuinely cared about the animals well being. The stingrays themselves were very friendly, they were obviously used to people. We got our pictures taken holding the stingrays, "kissing" them, and having them on our backs, the underside of the stingrays are very smooth! We had about 45 minutes there then we sailed back to the marina and were bussed to the turtle farm.
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  • Turtle Farm
    We were given a brief tour starting with the large pools holding the biggest and oldest turtles, then taken to the tanks with the turtles that were a few years old and the tanks for the young turtles. We were allowed to go into the small tanks to pick up the young turtles and play with them. After that we were free to walk around and explore on our own, our total time there was about an hour and a half.
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  • Montego Bay
    Doctor's Cave beach is beautiful and fun with lots of energy. The drinks at the Sand Bar are strong and reasonably priced, and the chair and umbrella rentals at the beach club are a good price too. Beware on the streets of Montego Bay, there's a lot of cabbies, vendors, shopkeepers, and drug dealers everywhere and they will swarm you. Keep you wallets hidden, don't accept directions or help crossing the street, people will expect tips from you or for you to buy something from them. We bought some jewelry from a man on the beach and some other souvenirs from a shop our cab driver had an arrangement with, everyone else we encountered was extremely pushy.
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