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We chose the Carnival Breeze because of the destination of this cruise and because the food and on board activities looked like a good fit for our family. The Breeze did not disappoint. There were roughly 4000 people on our boat and not once did it ever feel like that. The food was great! We used the room service continental breakfast almost every morning for coffee and you could get toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt, melon also. We did breakfast in the buffet area and there were plenty of options. All of your common breakfast foods, a few pastries, plus an omelette bar. For lunches when we were on the ship we did the buffet, Guy Fieri's burger bar, and the Blue Iguana Cantina for tacos. There was also the option of pizza, a sandwich shop, and a free pasta bar in the Italian restaurant. The chicken strips in the buffet were awesome and on our last day they had a chocolate extravaganza during lunch time. There was chocolate for miles! Guy's burger bar is fantastic. You can choose from five different types of burgers, includes fries, and a topping bar with tons of options. Really great burgers! The tacos were also very good. You could also get breakfast tacos or burritos from the Cantina. The lines can be long for the burger bar or tacos during lunch so I would suggest going at a time a little off normal. We ate dinner in the main dining hall four of our seven nights and enjoyed it. There are quite a few options for everyone and the service is top notch. You can get a lot of the same food at the buffet, but you go to the main dining hall for the experience mostly. The wait staff was great and they put on a dancing show a couple of nights we went there. We didn't get a chance to try the pizza, but there was always a long line for it. The entertainment was good and just okay. We made it to all of the comedians (four in total) and they all did a good job. When they say the show is rated R, it definitely is. The PG shows are still funny and include the kids in the show. The evening shows in the Ovation Theater were pretty cheesy. They use the same dancers/singers and just change the genre. There was always something going on and something to do. Schwartz was our cruise director and did a fantastic job. He was funny and always kept the crowd going. There are lip sync battles, karaoke, trivia, dance parties, bingo, gambling tournaments, throughout the whole cruise. They also had sports tournaments going on everyday from basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, soccer, beer pong, etc. For our shore excursions we did the Tulum and Mayan Village while in Cozumel. We had to take a tender (smaller ship taking us from the cruise ship to the mainland) for 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen to get on our bus for our tour. Beware of the tender ride if you get seasick. The seas were pretty rough and about 10 minutes into our ride there were people throwing up all over the boat. Our tour guide was great. She was very passionate about the Mayan culture and very knowledgeable. It is a 45 minute bus ride to Tulum and you spend maybe an hour there. Tulum is the only place where we felt it was hot! Wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a hat or umbrella. It is breathtakingly beautiful here next to the ocean, and the iguanas are great source of entertainment while there. From here we jumped back on the bus and headed to the cenote and Mayan Village. The canoe ride is pretty cheesy and maybe 150 yards long is all. The cenote was refreshing and you could spend all day here. The Mayan Village was neat to see. They prepare lunch for you of chicken, pork, handmade tortillas, rice, beans, & fruit. The pork and tortillas were awesome. We then headed back to Playa del Carmen to get back on the tender and head back to Cozumel. We had about 1/2 hour to look around Cozumel before we had to be back on the cruise ship. The experience was nice, but it was a long day. In Belize City we did the snorkel, swim with sharks and manta rays. This was a fun experience. We tendered to the mainland and then got on a tour jet boat. From there we took a one hour boat ride to the reef to snorkel. All of the crew was awesome and very friendly. The boat ride can be kind of chilly because you are haulin' a**. We had a bathroom stop in Caye Caulker then a few minute boat ride out to the reef. Once we were snorkeling it was kind of chaos. We had two guides that we were suppose to stay with but it was hard to know which ones were yours. Once we were back on the boat we took a two minute ride to where the sharks and manta rays were. The sharks and rays basically come "running" as soon as they hear the boats and are everywhere. We didn't get in the water because we were a little seasick from snorkeling, but we could see tons of them right next to the boat. From here we went to where there are juvenile tarpons and got a chance to feed them. This was exciting and scary at the same time. We then went back to Caye Caulker for lunch and some shore time. The lunch was good and we had a few minutes to check out the local shopping. You do get bombarded by the locals but not too bad. You then have an hour boat ride back to the port. We did have about an hour to shop before we had to tender back to the cruise ship. I would do this tour again. In Roatan, Honduras we did the swimming with dolphin tour. The one where you actually get to touch them and swim with them. This was the highlight of our trip. My husband initially said he wasn't interested in doing it, but they were going to charge $50 for him to go and do nothing so I talked him into participating. He loved it. We got in the water with two male dolphins, they pulled us from one end of the lagoon to the next, kissed our cheeks, danced circles with us, pushed us on boogie boards, and we got to feel them as they swam next to us. Incredible! If you have kids do this tour, you will be parents of the year! Don't just do the snorkeling with dolphins, but do the dolphin swim one. It isn't a very long tour (2.5 hours) so we had plenty of time to relax in Roatan. There is an island that is for cruise ship guests only and you walk to it. There are beach chairs, bars, massages on the beach, fish pedicures, and a place to swim with no waves. It was relaxing and beautiful and I wish we would have spent more time here. I would say the best part of our excursions was the small groups. Our first two tours were around 30 people each and our last one there were 7 of us. We found the service on the ship great. Everyone was very pleasant, nice, and very hardworking. The ship was very clean and stayed very clean. We got a couples massage on our first sea day and this was the only time where the service was lacking. We had to wait a 1/2 hour past our massage time before our therapists came and got us. The relaxation room was nice where we waited but could have used some attention. There were empty water glasses all over the counters and all of the water pitchers were empty. People were in there trying to relax (us included) and a group of women decided to have social hour. The massage room was very spacious and a lot nicer than other cruise ship massage rooms. I know they have to offer, but it would be nice if they didn't try and sell you something when you are done with your massage. I would definitely cruise on the Breeze again. They staff was great, food was good, excursions were fun!

Great Cruise, Great Staff, Great Excusions!

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by laceymhepp

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View
We chose the Carnival Breeze because of the destination of this cruise and because the food and on board activities looked like a good fit for our family. The Breeze did not disappoint. There were roughly 4000 people on our boat and not once did it ever feel like that.

The food was great! We used the room service continental breakfast almost every morning for coffee and you could get toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt, melon also. We did breakfast in the buffet area and there were plenty of options. All of your common breakfast foods, a few pastries, plus an omelette bar. For lunches when we were on the ship we did the buffet, Guy Fieri's burger bar, and the Blue Iguana Cantina for tacos. There was also the option of pizza, a sandwich shop, and a free pasta bar in the Italian restaurant. The chicken strips in the buffet were awesome and on our last day they had a chocolate extravaganza during lunch time. There was chocolate for miles! Guy's burger bar is fantastic. You can choose from five different types of burgers, includes fries, and a topping bar with tons of options. Really great burgers! The tacos were also very good. You could also get breakfast tacos or burritos from the Cantina. The lines can be long for the burger bar or tacos during lunch so I would suggest going at a time a little off normal.

We ate dinner in the main dining hall four of our seven nights and enjoyed it. There are quite a few options for everyone and the service is top notch. You can get a lot of the same food at the buffet, but you go to the main dining hall for the experience mostly. The wait staff was great and they put on a dancing show a couple of nights we went there. We didn't get a chance to try the pizza, but there was always a long line for it.

The entertainment was good and just okay. We made it to all of the comedians (four in total) and they all did a good job. When they say the show is rated R, it definitely is. The PG shows are still funny and include the kids in the show. The evening shows in the Ovation Theater were pretty cheesy. They use the same dancers/singers and just change the genre. There was always something going on and something to do. Schwartz was our cruise director and did a fantastic job. He was funny and always kept the crowd going. There are lip sync battles, karaoke, trivia, dance parties, bingo, gambling tournaments, throughout the whole cruise. They also had sports tournaments going on everyday from basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, soccer, beer pong, etc.

For our shore excursions we did the Tulum and Mayan Village while in Cozumel. We had to take a tender (smaller ship taking us from the cruise ship to the mainland) for 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen to get on our bus for our tour. Beware of the tender ride if you get seasick. The seas were pretty rough and about 10 minutes into our ride there were people throwing up all over the boat. Our tour guide was great. She was very passionate about the Mayan culture and very knowledgeable. It is a 45 minute bus ride to Tulum and you spend maybe an hour there. Tulum is the only place where we felt it was hot! Wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a hat or umbrella. It is breathtakingly beautiful here next to the ocean, and the iguanas are great source of entertainment while there. From here we jumped back on the bus and headed to the cenote and Mayan Village. The canoe ride is pretty cheesy and maybe 150 yards long is all. The cenote was refreshing and you could spend all day here. The Mayan Village was neat to see. They prepare lunch for you of chicken, pork, handmade tortillas, rice, beans, & fruit. The pork and tortillas were awesome. We then headed back to Playa del Carmen to get back on the tender and head back to Cozumel. We had about 1/2 hour to look around Cozumel before we had to be back on the cruise ship. The experience was nice, but it was a long day.

In Belize City we did the snorkel, swim with sharks and manta rays. This was a fun experience. We tendered to the mainland and then got on a tour jet boat. From there we took a one hour boat ride to the reef to snorkel. All of the crew was awesome and very friendly. The boat ride can be kind of chilly because you are haulin' a**. We had a bathroom stop in Caye Caulker then a few minute boat ride out to the reef. Once we were snorkeling it was kind of chaos. We had two guides that we were suppose to stay with but it was hard to know which ones were yours. Once we were back on the boat we took a two minute ride to where the sharks and manta rays were. The sharks and rays basically come "running" as soon as they hear the boats and are everywhere. We didn't get in the water because we were a little seasick from snorkeling, but we could see tons of them right next to the boat. From here we went to where there are juvenile tarpons and got a chance to feed them. This was exciting and scary at the same time. We then went back to Caye Caulker for lunch and some shore time. The lunch was good and we had a few minutes to check out the local shopping. You do get bombarded by the locals but not too bad. You then have an hour boat ride back to the port. We did have about an hour to shop before we had to tender back to the cruise ship. I would do this tour again.

In Roatan, Honduras we did the swimming with dolphin tour. The one where you actually get to touch them and swim with them. This was the highlight of our trip. My husband initially said he wasn't interested in doing it, but they were going to charge $50 for him to go and do nothing so I talked him into participating. He loved it. We got in the water with two male dolphins, they pulled us from one end of the lagoon to the next, kissed our cheeks, danced circles with us, pushed us on boogie boards, and we got to feel them as they swam next to us. Incredible! If you have kids do this tour, you will be parents of the year! Don't just do the snorkeling with dolphins, but do the dolphin swim one. It isn't a very long tour (2.5 hours) so we had plenty of time to relax in Roatan. There is an island that is for cruise ship guests only and you walk to it. There are beach chairs, bars, massages on the beach, fish pedicures, and a place to swim with no waves. It was relaxing and beautiful and I wish we would have spent more time here.

I would say the best part of our excursions was the small groups. Our first two tours were around 30 people each and our last one there were 7 of us.

We found the service on the ship great. Everyone was very pleasant, nice, and very hardworking. The ship was very clean and stayed very clean. We got a couples massage on our first sea day and this was the only time where the service was lacking. We had to wait a 1/2 hour past our massage time before our therapists came and got us. The relaxation room was nice where we waited but could have used some attention. There were empty water glasses all over the counters and all of the water pitchers were empty. People were in there trying to relax (us included) and a group of women decided to have social hour. The massage room was very spacious and a lot nicer than other cruise ship massage rooms. I know they have to offer, but it would be nice if they didn't try and sell you something when you are done with your massage.

I would definitely cruise on the Breeze again. They staff was great, food was good, excursions were fun!
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View
Cabin 6L 1431
Lots of room. Two bathrooms with showers and one toilet. Plenty of space for all of us. We were on deck 1 almost to the back and didn't hear the engine and didn't feel a lot of the motion of the boat. The ocean view was nice with a big window right off the ocean.
Deck 1 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins