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Carnival Breeze Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Bad food, dirty stateroom, and SEWER SMELL

Carnival Breeze Cruise Review by HotMama53

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2018
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Spa Balcony

Arrived in Galveston the day before and glad we did due to road construction, two separate wrecks, and stormy weather. The next morning we Allowed 2 hours for the drive from Webster to Cruise Terminal in Galveston and were still over an hour late for our a Check In time so we were sent to the holding area for Early/Late Check In. My husband dropped off me and our luggage at the Terminal, drove to parking lot and rode their shuttle back to the Ship. Wait time was minimal with the biggest delay coming from standing in line with others carrying (sneaking) on wine etc and the staff repeatedly explaining what could/could not bring on board.

Our Cabin was not clean on arrival (same trash/dirty was on floor in bathroom and by bed all week) . There were blood stains on shower curtain and window curtain in front of the door leading to balcony - GROSS. Sofa was stained and smelled bad. Bed pillows smelled terrible as did the duvet cover! We were in a Spa Balcony and were surprised the Robes smelled dirty too! The toilets would occasionally stop flushing and during the entire cruise (7 DAYS) the Ship smelled like a SEWER! Cabins, Hallways, Bathrooms, Dining Rooms, Lido, Spa, elevators, EVERYWHERE! Even after large Tips, our Steward did not understand special requests (ice in the ice bucket) and often left dirty dishes in cabin all day. Also had issues getting toilet paper restocked!

I’ve cruised many times and although I try to keep my expectations low, from Day 1 the food was not what we usually experience on Carnival. Guys Burger had no flavor, the fries were undercooked, and they ran out of burgers several different days. We ate at The Steakhouse the first and last nights (our Anniversary) and found the food to be just okay: baked potatoes were undercooked, meat was overcooked, and staff was rude. The food at Italian Restaurant was bland and overcooked all week. I mainly ate Salads and unripe fruit at the Buffet for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was just okay. Food in the Dining Room was the worst we ever had on a cruise and worse than a freezer-burnt frozen TV dinner.

Entertainment was so-so as usual. Casino was full of smoke and hot air so we avoided it. Musical Entertainment was enjoyable. Overall Service was mediocre. I had two separate bouts of Diarrhea so I missed 2 Shore Excursions but my Husband enjoyed them until people were getting stung by jellyfish!

Debarking was a nightmare as usual when you aren’t in a Suite and don’t have Priority. Had to leave our Cabin at 8:30. Passengers had already filled the Elevators, (and stairwells) rode up and down, and refused to get off until their Deck/Zone were called. Sat in designated waiting zone til 10:45 when we were called to line up to Debark. Finally off Ship by 12 Noon. Lines moved smoothly through Customs and again found ourselves outside, in the rain, waiting for our Parking Lot Shuttle to return. FYI Parking Lot Staffers are more interested in getting new passengers to the Ship than getting you to your parked Car in their lot for some reason.

We cruise out of Galveston because it is convenient and the cost is less than other Cruise Lines so This was our second cruise this year to new ports. Maybe the Breeze needs refreshing and hopefully it will get it before it goes back into Service after leaving Galveston. We sail on the Vista next May and hope our experience is better.

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Cabin Review

Spa Balcony
Cabin 8P 11244

Dirty carpet and upholstery. Pillows flat and smelly. Duvet smelly. Everything Smelled like body odor. Blood stains on shower curtain and window curtain. Toilet would not flush. Whole ship smelled like a sewer all week.

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