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We chose this cruise because of the date and the price We have done the itinerary many times. I am Diamond, so I was in the first group to board. Boarding did not begin that day until 11:45 with a wedding party, followed by 100 travel agents who were there to tour the ship. It was just after noon when the Diamonds were called to board. We went straight to our cabin and put away our carry on bags. Then it was out to the Blue Iguana Cantina for lunch. We were supposed to have Priority luggage service, but the luggage did not arrive until after the ship sailed. We saw others receive their non-priority luggage around 2pm. That was disappointing because we like to get unpacked before the Muster drill. Our Muster station was on Deck in the Ovation theater. They now scan your Sail and Sign cards and called the names of those who were not there. Anyone missing the drill had to report for a special muster later in the day. Thankfully, we just sat in the theater and did not have to actually stand out on deck at the lifeboats. We booked Cabin 12009, a starboard side spa balcony cabin. It was in a great, quiet location close to the elevators and convenient to the Lido. The best part was there were no inside cabins across the hall, so less talking in the hallway and fewer slamming doors. The cabin was clean and in good repair, but I found the mattress exceptionally hard. The cabin steward Vien came by after the Muster drill and asked. "What time did I want the cabin serviced?" They are not supposed to ask that. They are supposed to show you the card so you can choose morning, evening or both. We chose both, requested ice twice a day and extra towels. She was not happy, but quickly brought us ice. She did get friendlier during the week when she realized she had little to do in our cabin as we always put everything away to make it as easy as possible for her. She was lazy in the towel animal department. If we did not mess up the animal she reused it, so we only had 3 different towel animals in 7 days. We had assigned late dining in Blush. We had a great table for 2 overlooking the lower level of the dining room. Our waiters Srdan and Bayu were excellent. We ate in the Steakhouse on Sunday night and again on Wednesday night. We also ate in Cucina del Capitano on Tuesday night of the cruise. They totally accommodated our Gluten Free diet and it was the best meal of the cruise. We did meet with Alexandra in Cucina at lunch time the day of our reservation and pre-ordered our meal as she recommended. The food on the 4 nights we ate in the dining room was really good. The filet mignon and short ribs combo was excellent. It was both tasty and very tender. We also enjoyed the lamb shanks. The lobster on the first elegant night was good. April ordered my husband 2 lobsters, so we split the second one. The prime rib we had the last night was also good. We had breakfast or brunch in the dining room every day of the cruise. The first day the service was painfully slow. The following morning we got Sonny and Isabel as our waiters and service was excellent, and it remained excellent with all the servers even through breakfast on the last day. Since we ate at the specialty restaurants, we would order our Gluten free dinners at breakfast on the days we planned to eat in the dining room. April, one of the hostesses did a fantastic job with the orders. She was so pleasant and helpful. We miss her smile! We did not do any Carnival excursions on this cruise since we have been to these ports many, many times. In fact we did not get off in Montego Bay and enjoyed being able to get a lounger by the aft pool. In Grand Cayman we got off and walked around town and did some shopping before returning to the ship for lunch. In Cozumel we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos. The crew in general was less friendly than the crew we have encountered on the Liberty, and Freedom out of Galveston. I think it has to do with the attitude of the Captain. We have found that the Captain sets the tone. This captain was much less engaging and friendly than other Captains. In fact, he came to the Diamond event, said hello to only a few people and left immediately. Normally a picture is taken with the Diamonds and the Captain. Also, only one other senior officer came to the Diamond event (GS manager). All the rest of the people there were assistants. We did enjoy talking with Viktor from the Ukraine, who is Asst. Housekeeping manager. The Captain did not show up at all to the Farewell show and came to the Diamond/Platinum reunion said about 5 words and left. Perhaps he is not comfortable speaking English? We met some really nice people at breakfast and at the Diamond/Platinum reunion. We all discussed our surprise at how many children were onboard in the middle of January. We were told there were 600 kids on board. They were in the hot tubs and both pools, including some in diapers. It was disappointing for many of the older folks on board who were looking for a quiet, restful cruise. We saw very few of them participating in Camp Carnival, but lots of them running around with no parents in sight. This cruise departed Galveston on the day a front arrived in the area. Winds were 40 mph when we sailed and the seas were rough. The ship rode quite well and we did not have any discomfort, even though we stayed up on deck 12. The first sea day was cool and windy, but the second sea day was warm and sunny and the seas were calmer. We had perfect weather in all the ports. After we left Cozumel we quickly encountered another cold front and the seas were 8 ft with up to 93km (57mph) winds. It was rough and there were many sick people, but we had no problems at all. Getting off in Galveston was really easy. We put our luggage out the night before and were supposed to report at 8:15am to the Lobby dance floor to wait. We went to breakfast in Blush at 6:30 and returned to the cabin about 7:20 to brush our teeth and use the bathroom. The room steward kept trying to get in the room so about 7:45 we headed downstairs to wait in th ports and waived us through. The porter took our bags down to EZ Cruise and we got right on the shuttle. We were at our car by 8:20am and home by 9:45am. It was one of the smoothest debarkations we have ever had. They called the Diamonds who had put luggage out to debark after only clearing only 2 floors of self assist. FYI they debark from top down, so deck 12 self assist was first off right after the Diamond, Platinum, Suites and FTTF.

Good, but not great

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by DebJ14

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We chose this cruise because of the date and the price We have done the itinerary many times. I am Diamond, so I was in the first group to board. Boarding did not begin that day until 11:45 with a wedding party, followed by 100 travel agents who were there to tour the ship. It was just after noon when the Diamonds were called to board. We went straight to our cabin and put away our carry on bags. Then it was out to the Blue Iguana Cantina for lunch.

We were supposed to have Priority luggage service, but the luggage did not arrive until after the ship sailed. We saw others receive their non-priority luggage around 2pm. That was disappointing because we like to get unpacked before the Muster drill. Our Muster station was on Deck in the Ovation theater. They now scan your Sail and Sign cards and called the names of those who were not there. Anyone missing the drill had to report for a special muster later in the day. Thankfully, we just sat in the theater and did not have to actually stand out on deck at the lifeboats.

We booked Cabin 12009, a starboard side spa balcony cabin. It was in a great, quiet location close to the elevators and convenient to the Lido. The best part was there were no inside cabins across the hall, so less talking in the hallway and fewer slamming doors. The cabin was clean and in good repair, but I found the mattress exceptionally hard. The cabin steward Vien came by after the Muster drill and asked. "What time did I want the cabin serviced?" They are not supposed to ask that. They are supposed to show you the card so you can choose morning, evening or both. We chose both, requested ice twice a day and extra towels. She was not happy, but quickly brought us ice. She did get friendlier during the week when she realized she had little to do in our cabin as we always put everything away to make it as easy as possible for her. She was lazy in the towel animal department. If we did not mess up the animal she reused it, so we only had 3 different towel animals in 7 days.

We had assigned late dining in Blush. We had a great table for 2 overlooking the lower level of the dining room. Our waiters Srdan and Bayu were excellent. We ate in the Steakhouse on Sunday night and again on Wednesday night. We also ate in Cucina del Capitano on Tuesday night of the cruise. They totally accommodated our Gluten Free diet and it was the best meal of the cruise. We did meet with Alexandra in Cucina at lunch time the day of our reservation and pre-ordered our meal as she recommended.

The food on the 4 nights we ate in the dining room was really good. The filet mignon and short ribs combo was excellent. It was both tasty and very tender. We also enjoyed the lamb shanks. The lobster on the first elegant night was good. April ordered my husband 2 lobsters, so we split the second one. The prime rib we had the last night was also good.

We had breakfast or brunch in the dining room every day of the cruise. The first day the service was painfully slow. The following morning we got Sonny and Isabel as our waiters and service was excellent, and it remained excellent with all the servers even through breakfast on the last day. Since we ate at the specialty restaurants, we would order our Gluten free dinners at breakfast on the days we planned to eat in the dining room. April, one of the hostesses did a fantastic job with the orders. She was so pleasant and helpful. We miss her smile!

We did not do any Carnival excursions on this cruise since we have been to these ports many, many times. In fact we did not get off in Montego Bay and enjoyed being able to get a lounger by the aft pool. In Grand Cayman we got off and walked around town and did some shopping before returning to the ship for lunch. In Cozumel we spent the day at Mr. Sanchos.

The crew in general was less friendly than the crew we have encountered on the Liberty, and Freedom out of Galveston. I think it has to do with the attitude of the Captain. We have found that the Captain sets the tone. This captain was much less engaging and friendly than other Captains. In fact, he came to the Diamond event, said hello to only a few people and left immediately. Normally a picture is taken with the Diamonds and the Captain. Also, only one other senior officer came to the Diamond event (GS manager). All the rest of the people there were assistants. We did enjoy talking with Viktor from the Ukraine, who is Asst. Housekeeping manager. The Captain did not show up at all to the Farewell show and came to the Diamond/Platinum reunion said about 5 words and left. Perhaps he is not comfortable speaking English?

We met some really nice people at breakfast and at the Diamond/Platinum reunion. We all discussed our surprise at how many children were onboard in the middle of January. We were told there were 600 kids on board. They were in the hot tubs and both pools, including some in diapers. It was disappointing for many of the older folks on board who were looking for a quiet, restful cruise. We saw very few of them participating in Camp Carnival, but lots of them running around with no parents in sight.

This cruise departed Galveston on the day a front arrived in the area. Winds were 40 mph when we sailed and the seas were rough. The ship rode quite well and we did not have any discomfort, even though we stayed up on deck 12. The first sea day was cool and windy, but the second sea day was warm and sunny and the seas were calmer. We had perfect weather in all the ports. After we left Cozumel we quickly encountered another cold front and the seas were 8 ft with up to 93km (57mph) winds. It was rough and there were many sick people, but we had no problems at all.

Getting off in Galveston was really easy. We put our luggage out the night before and were supposed to report at 8:15am to the Lobby dance floor to wait. We went to breakfast in Blush at 6:30 and returned to the cabin about 7:20 to brush our teeth and use the bathroom. The room steward kept trying to get in the room so about 7:45 we headed downstairs to wait in th ports and waived us through. The porter took our bags down to EZ Cruise and we got right on the shuttle. We were at our car by 8:20am and home by 9:45am. It was one of the smoothest debarkations we have ever had. They called the Diamonds who had put luggage out to debark after only clearing only 2 floors of self assist. FYI they debark from top down, so deck 12 self assist was first off right after the Diamond, Platinum, Suites and FTTF.
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The cabin was in a quiet location that is convenient to the Lido. The best part about the port side balcony cabins forward of the elevator on deck 12 is that there are no inside cabins across the hall from these cabins. The cabin was in good repair. The decor was soothing. We have cruised many times so we knew exactly what the storage would be and packed accordingly, including bringing additional hangars.
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