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After waiting over a year from when we booked, the day finally arrived and we boarded the Breeze for our 7 days cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. First the positives - Our room steward and dining staff were top notch! They work their tails off and their pride in their work shows! The show "Flick" was OUTSTANDING! Don't get off the ship without having ordered a BLT from room service! Now, let's talk about why (sadly) after five Carnival cruises this is most likely my last. First, Carnival's marketing as a "family friendly" vacation option is overshadowed by their encouragement of drunkenness and questionable behavior. Beer pong tournaments and overly sexualized hairy chest contests (just two examples) are not my idea of "family friendly". Also not my idea of "family friendly" is the vast number of unsupervised young children/tweens running around the ship, up and down the halls and virtually causing mayhem everyday all day long! This behavior essentially makes the sports deck unusable and creates dangerous situations for some of the elderly cruisers. I actually saw a 15/16 year old almost knock over an elderly lady as she was "throwing elbows" and pushing her way onto the elevator first. I will say that one young lady did apologize for herself and her friends who kept ran through our attempt to play mini golf. It is also evident that merely paying for your cruise fare (without upgrading) will get you a "second or third class citizen" experience at best. Our group joked that we (paid our fair without upgrading) were equivalent to the people behind the gates who couldn't get to the lifeboats on the scene in Titanic. If you want to really enjoy your vacation and be treated like you matter, you will need to purchase one of the many options/experiences available (FTTF, steakhouse reservations, etc.). The "up sales"/"better experience opportunities" start the second you step foot on the ship and continue throughout the entire cruise. Take a look over the Fun Times and you'll find a plethora of "infomercial"/sales/auctions/spa treatments opportunities to fill your day. You know when you go to the spa for a massage and your massage is ruined because they inundate you with trying to get you to buy their products in their retail area . . . very very similar! Port days are exasperating! Everyone is pushing to get off the ship. You can't use the elevators or the stairways to get anywhere because you have 4,000+ people jockeying to get off the ship. Keep in mind; however, if you don't book your excursion with Carnival, are not "loyal customers (Diamond or Platinum)" or didn't pay to get off the ship first (FTTF), make sure you schedule your excursion meet time to allow for the "cruisers that matter" to get off the ship before you or you may find that you miss the meeting time. If you want a chair on the Serenity Deck, lido deck or Deck 11 (overlooking the Lido deck), you'll need to set your alarm very early and take your towel and put it on the chair of your choice. You'll need to set that alarm before 6:30a though because all the chairs are usually "claimed" by 7 a.m. This brings me to our disembarkation experience. Again, if you are a "loyal customer or pay to get off the ship first" (Carnival employee's words), you can expect a reasonable effort on behalf of Carnival. After the loyal customers and those who pay extra, next comes those with "early flights". Then, it's all about who paid more for their rooms because the process starts at the top and continues to the bottom. So, those with rooms on Level 1, sit back and enjoy your morning because you'll be last.

In a word . . . "Disappointing"

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by bolineclan

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After waiting over a year from when we booked, the day finally arrived and we boarded the Breeze for our 7 days cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

First the positives - Our room steward and dining staff were top notch! They work their tails off and their pride in their work shows! The show "Flick" was OUTSTANDING! Don't get off the ship without having ordered a BLT from room service!

Now, let's talk about why (sadly) after five Carnival cruises this is most likely my last. First, Carnival's marketing as a "family friendly" vacation option is overshadowed by their encouragement of drunkenness and questionable behavior. Beer pong tournaments and overly sexualized hairy chest contests (just two examples) are not my idea of "family friendly". Also not my idea of "family friendly" is the vast number of unsupervised young children/tweens running around the ship, up and down the halls and virtually causing mayhem everyday all day long! This behavior essentially makes the sports deck unusable and creates dangerous situations for some of the elderly cruisers. I actually saw a 15/16 year old almost knock over an elderly lady as she was "throwing elbows" and pushing her way onto the elevator first. I will say that one young lady did apologize for herself and her friends who kept ran through our attempt to play mini golf.

It is also evident that merely paying for your cruise fare (without upgrading) will get you a "second or third class citizen" experience at best. Our group joked that we (paid our fair without upgrading) were equivalent to the people behind the gates who couldn't get to the lifeboats on the scene in Titanic. If you want to really enjoy your vacation and be treated like you matter, you will need to purchase one of the many options/experiences available (FTTF, steakhouse reservations, etc.). The "up sales"/"better experience opportunities" start the second you step foot on the ship and continue throughout the entire cruise. Take a look over the Fun Times and you'll find a plethora of "infomercial"/sales/auctions/spa treatments opportunities to fill your day. You know when you go to the spa for a massage and your massage is ruined because they inundate you with trying to get you to buy their products in their retail area . . . very very similar!

Port days are exasperating! Everyone is pushing to get off the ship. You can't use the elevators or the stairways to get anywhere because you have 4,000+ people jockeying to get off the ship. Keep in mind; however, if you don't book your excursion with Carnival, are not "loyal customers (Diamond or Platinum)" or didn't pay to get off the ship first (FTTF), make sure you schedule your excursion meet time to allow for the "cruisers that matter" to get off the ship before you or you may find that you miss the meeting time.

If you want a chair on the Serenity Deck, lido deck or Deck 11 (overlooking the Lido deck), you'll need to set your alarm very early and take your towel and put it on the chair of your choice. You'll need to set that alarm before 6:30a though because all the chairs are usually "claimed" by 7 a.m.

This brings me to our disembarkation experience. Again, if you are a "loyal customer or pay to get off the ship first" (Carnival employee's words), you can expect a reasonable effort on behalf of Carnival. After the loyal customers and those who pay extra, next comes those with "early flights". Then, it's all about who paid more for their rooms because the process starts at the top and continues to the bottom. So, those with rooms on Level 1, sit back and enjoy your morning because you'll be last.
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