18 Miami to Caribbean - All Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits ... Read More
I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits for the cruise. I took so many pictures I got one of my picture free. I was place on the WALL OF FAME!! Carnival is by far my favorite cruise line. When they say the FUN Ship. It is the FUN ship! Everyone is very nice. I love all the Activities they have to offer for all age group. I always travel alone and I meet so many people from different parts of the World. I would love to travel with a group. If you looking to have fun. Carnival is the cruise line for you. I have one more cruise this year. I can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have been on several cruises with Carnival and I must admit that sometimes bigger is not better as this ship is the largest so far. This is the first time we did not get a suite and we sure missed it. We had originally booked a group ... Read More
We have been on several cruises with Carnival and I must admit that sometimes bigger is not better as this ship is the largest so far. This is the first time we did not get a suite and we sure missed it. We had originally booked a group that had connecting balconies but everyone ended up dropping out before the cruise, but my husband and I wanted to go as we had not been to the ports on this itinerary before. We stayed in balcony room 6507 on the back of the ship and even though the view was nice as you got to see the whole ocean it did not make up for all the noise from the LimeLight Lounge that was 1deck down below us. The bed literally shook at night from the music blaring below they must not have any insulation on the ceiling of that club to buffer the noise. The food was so-so at the buffets and at the dinning room . I don't know why the food quality and food selection has gone down so much but who wants to eat the same selection thing for a week, but the best place to eat is the Steak House and Italian restaurants that cost extra but well worth the money to get a good meal. Even though they say you can not save seats people were out at 6 and 7am putting towels on all the chairs every where even the Serenity deck so it was impossible to find any place to lay out unless it was on my own balcony. I also think this ship needs a good cleaning and maintenance top to bottom as most dinning room chairs were badly stained and our balcony had several rust places that didn't happen overnight nor was the floor ever cleaned out there. The staff is over worked and can not service all the people on board. I will say that Mike the cruise director was one of the best I have ever seen !! The ports were great but the ship not so much ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We just did 8 nights on the Carnival Breeze and we were a little worried. Embarking was a little long and a pain but once we were on it was great. Cabin was 11253 and fantastic just a little smaller than our mini suite on NCL Epic. But it ... Read More
We just did 8 nights on the Carnival Breeze and we were a little worried. Embarking was a little long and a pain but once we were on it was great. Cabin was 11253 and fantastic just a little smaller than our mini suite on NCL Epic. But it was the cleanest I've ever seen. The placement was great to reach the pool area and movie time. Stairs and elevators close by. A little more expensive than our NCL as the drink package is $50 per person per day. But we really can't complain about anything at all. Our cruise director onboard Mike (from England) was fantastic on the go 24hours lol. Staff were all great and very attentive. Food was good and plenty to choose from. Shows were good I think we hit everything including the casino, which was not too smokey at all. The ship was full but you really didn't notice as there is so much deck space spread out never seemed crowed. Amber Cove was fantastic you really don't need to leave the cove if you don't want to. My son 13 was out and about all the time they really entertained kids of all ages. Didn't really like Antiqua people harassed us a bit but we did a small tour so it's off the list for next time. St. Maarten was great and loved St. Thomas the most. We did anything dining as we like to come and go and we didn't have to wait long for seats at all. Toilets on board were spotless at all times the whole ship was ship shape staff were very fast and attentive. Drink package is 15 a day which my hubby reached limit only 1 day but it was nearly midnight so he could have started next day's limit lol. Shore excursions were mostly great valve and a wide choice. Fitness center was huge and busy but that didn't bother me I don't use them on my vacations or otherwise. Entertainment was varied and mostly good did I say Mike the cruise director was crazy lol. Thanks Carnival will try your new ship Vista later this year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I started cruising in the 80's and the service is nothing like it used to be. It seems every year they take away something else. This year they no longer put chocolates on the pillows at night and they don't put tablecloths on ... Read More
I started cruising in the 80's and the service is nothing like it used to be. It seems every year they take away something else. This year they no longer put chocolates on the pillows at night and they don't put tablecloths on the main dining room table with the exception of formal nights. The dining used to be considered 5 star dining, but in my eyes it is not. I am a VIPF member which gives you benefits and one of the benefits is to be first on the ship. But on the Breeze the embarkation was absolutely horrible. There were 3 groups of people that got to board first. My husband had 3 bad meals out of 8. DON'T GET THE FRIED CHICKEN AS THE OVER COOK IT!!! This was a complaint of several passengers that we talked to. My husbands filet was nothing but gristle and he could not eat it. On another night we had the chicken Milanese and his looked totally different than mine along with being orange inside. Our waiter took our cabin number 3 times, but nothing was ever done about the bad meals. The Maitre D never came to our table. Isn't this his job? Another benefit of being a VIPF member is that you get a free drink, but you must use it in the dining room for brunch/lunch. It took the server over 35 minutes to bring us our free drink. IF WE WERE PAYING FOR THE DRINK IT WOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN 35 MINUTES! They have cut back so much on the staff that the service is not what it used to be. Maybe it's time to stick to my all inclusive resorts! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Very nice time on the Breeze. Service was very good, as was the food in the main dining room. We had early dining. As far as the pay for dining we did both the Italian and Japanese restaurant, both were excellent! We had a bit of rough ... Read More
Very nice time on the Breeze. Service was very good, as was the food in the main dining room. We had early dining. As far as the pay for dining we did both the Italian and Japanese restaurant, both were excellent! We had a bit of rough seas, so our excursions were either canceled or really rough going. Not the cruises fault. We never even make it in to Cayman Island because of the seas. The entertainment was very good, we enjoy the comedy club, Percy Crews was funny!! Laugh out loud funny! Got FTTF, worth every penny. Quick service, loved at customer service you never waited with FTTF! All in all my family and I had a wonderful cruise. Special thanks to our room steward, Noel, Just like his name he was in and out of our room quickly and you didn't see him, but he was great! We would sail again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My wife and I are in our 60’s, and we are experienced cruisers. We tend to like Carnival, although the Cruise Line sometimes gets a bad rap for its focus on the party crowd. However longer cruises on Carnival are often a bargain for ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 60’s, and we are experienced cruisers. We tend to like Carnival, although the Cruise Line sometimes gets a bad rap for its focus on the party crowd. However longer cruises on Carnival are often a bargain for people of any age. Plus we have had good experiences with Carnival, and we prefer the Carnival food to that of the ‘higher priced’ cruise lines. This was one of the strangest cruises we have ever taken, and we have taken around 40 cruises on various lines. We arrived at the terminal around 12:30, and found parking very limited – kind of odd for the Port of Miami. We soon found out why. The Breeze had been either late in arriving in port, or had been delayed in disembarking by customs, or both. Many of the passengers from the last cruise were still disembarking, and had not yet taken their cars from the lot. Understandably, there was a huge line of people waiting to get on board – the ship holds nearly 5,000 I believe. Because we are frequent cruisers, we could have moved to a special shorter line for Platinum and Diamond cruisers, but we felt a little sorry for all those who had been waiting, and we were in no hurry, so we just joined the long line. Besides, there were outdoor-access restrooms at the dock alongside the line, and Carnival brought out cold drinking water for those in line. The total wait in line before we could even enter the building was about 90 minutes. After a while I began to wish that we had taken advantage of our frequent cruiser status and gone around the building to the special access area. Once inside the building, we went through the security sensors, and were advised that the sensors had been down for about a half hour as well, contributing to the delays. We were ushered into a special room for frequent cruisers, and then given our keys and escorted around the long lines waiting to check in. There was a large lounge area for the cruisers who were not frequent cruisers, and it was packed. There were literally thousands of people waiting to go through the check-in procedures. It was really a mess. By this time we were truly tired of waiting, and were grateful for the priority treatment for the rest of the boarding procedures. We waited dutifully for the photographer at the boarding station, and then went up the ramps and through a short line to actually board. We were pleased to learn that the buffets had been kept open today so we could grab a late lunch. We then went to our room, which was a very nice but small room. This ship has a plethora of balcony cabins – almost all the outside rooms have balconies on the Breeze, except for the 1st floor, which has the traditional porthole windows. We dropped our carry-on items in the room, and noticed that, as usual, there was only one electrical outlet - over the desk. Since I use a CPAP machine, I have learned to carry an extension cord and a multi-tap outlet. Glad I had them on this cruise. Later on the cruise we learned that there was a great deal of mechanical noise in the cabin - people walking or moving carts overhead, and the constant banging of balcony doors or other unknown objects was a bit annoying. I do not recommend the 2nd floor level on this particular ship, as you are underneath some food prep areas, I believe, and those areas operate 24 hours a day. We then went to the Lido deck for lunch. The layout of the Lido buffet area was different from any ship we had ever been on. Instead of an open seating area by the windows with two buffet lines and various food stations in the center, as was the norm on many Carnival ships, the center of the Lido food court had perhaps 8 different serving areas, but the layout did not permit you to see them all at the same time. There were decorative walls dividing the serving areas, and you had to walk around most of the food court to see all of the offerings – there were different foods in each serving area. We later found that in the back of the ship, through some doorways, there was the Pizza service and the special Guy’s Hamburger area. The hamburgers were delicious, but had some heavy seasoning which caused my wife to have some stomach discomfort (she has a weak stomach). We also later learned that there were two Pizza service areas – but we did not find the second area for several days. We toured the ship, and noticed the inconvenience caused by the fact that the 3rd floor did not go all the way through the ship. Others have mentioned this as well. Unfortunately, this is the restaurant floor, and when you want to leave the restaurant to attend the shows, you always end up having to go up (or down) a level to get to the other end of the ship. We were on a Holland American ship many years ago with this same problem. This is just stupid ship design in my view. Perhaps they wanted to force you to use the Promenade deck or the Mezzanine deck so that you would go by the shops more often or to walk through the Casino in order to tempt you to stop there. Frankly, we did not like the Lido buffet layout or the overall ship layout either. It was difficult to figure out where you were. In the morning we found some of the drink dispensers dispensing fruit juice, and in other areas lemonade and water only. We finally figured out that fruit juice was on the starboard side only. No signage. Everything was trial and error. Carnival really needs to provide a mini-map of the Lido area for passengers (I think they used to do this - or perhaps only Royal Caribbean does it - not sure). As a matter of fact, they need to provide a mini-map of the entire ship. I often found myself heading to the wrong end of the ship when trying to find my way during the cruise. They used to give you a small pocket-sized map when you check in, but not this time. They do have a plastic Lucite ‘map’ of the ship near the elevators on each floor, but although it shows the floors vertically, it does not show the areas horizontally! So you know what floor to go to, but you have no guidelines as to which end of the ship to go to! For us that proved to be a real nuisance as the week progressed. We noticed that there were only three sets of elevators, and we expected delays with all of the passengers on board, but we were pleasantly surprised that there were very few times when we had to wait for an elevator for a long period – they moved quickly, and were well sequenced, and presented no problems at all. And although our room was near the elevators, the elevators were very quiet. We had the safety drill promptly at 4, even though I believe there were still guests boarding. On the plus side, the guides at the drill were very kind, though, finding seats for the elderly, and handling everything very smoothly. They even allowed the wheelchair bound passengers to leave first (quietly without making a fuss), which was a very kind thing to do. The crew on this ship, as a whole, was top notch with respect to customer relations, in our opinion. Cruise ship crews are always pretty good in this area, but the Breeze crew was well above the norm. Our compliments to the Carnival Breeze in this area for sure! We were seated for early dinner at 6. At first we were concerned because our table was as far away from the kitchen as you can get, and on some previous cruises, this meant really slow service. Not on the Breeze, though. Food service was VERY efficient and handled as well as or better than any other cruise we have taken. We did notice that there were no tablecloths (except for one evening), and therefore the clean-up for the staff was more efficient as well. The deserts on the ship were well prepared and to my taste. Often cruise ship deserts just do not taste very good – the Breeze was the exception. Deserts were excellent. Carnival food offerings are pretty mainstream, and we like that. I have read some criticism comparing the buffet to all-you-can-eat landside bargain buffets, but I think that is not quite fair. The food choices were varied from oriental to mid-American cuisine, and they all tasted very good to me. One minor complaint – there were soft-serve ice cream machines and yogurt machines at several locations in the Lido. But the ice cream was always set so cold it would barely dispense, and they always seemed to run out of spoons. The machines needed some adjustment, but I doubt that the staff people I saw would have any idea how to do that. Although we were not thrilled with the design of the Lido buffet, we have to say that the food service in all areas was outstanding on this ship, and to our Midwestern taste buds, the food was very good. We did not partake of the extra-cost restaurants that were available, but one of our tablemate couples did visit the steakhouse and they indicated that it was very nice. On our first dinner, things were going well until the ship cleared the harbor area. Once at sea we immediately hit rough waters. There was a bottle of wine on the table that kept sliding off – we finally put it on a vacant chair. I do not know if the ship stabilizers were not working or if was just the wind, but this cruise, for the next two days, was the roughest we have ever taken. And we had chosen Breeze because it was a larger ship, expecting that it would be a bit more steady, much like the RCL Oasis and Allure, but that was not the case. My wife turned pale and left the table quickly and could not finish her meal. She spent the next two days in the cabin fighting nausea. We had to get the ship’s plumber to clear the bathroom as her nausea clogged the plumbing. That was a 3 hour wait. I guess she was not the only one clogging the plumbing from seasickness. After dinner, on the first evening I stayed in the cabin with my sick wife. The cruise director, ‘Wee Jimmy,’ had been the director on other cruises we have taken, and gave his welcome presentation, but we did not attend. Based on previous cruises, we know that he does a nice job. On the second day I ventured out to the breakfast buffet. They served breakfast until 12 noon – which was a really nice feature on this ship. They kept the buffet open most of the time, which was great for those of us who sleep late or live on a different clock. We appreciated that feature of the Breeze. I brought some fruit back to the cabin for my wife, who still did not feel well enough to get out of bed. After breakfast, I went by the trivia games – they were the only thing going on besides the inevitable art auctions by Park West, and of course, Bingo. I watched for a while, but chose not to play because the questions were focused on modern ‘music’ from the past few years – a definite plus for the Carnival customary target audience of millennials, but not for us. The casino was large and inviting. Oddly I noticed on blackjack table that paid only 6 to 5 on blackjack – it was a $5 table. The other tables paid normal odds. I guess there is a sucker born every minute, as they say. Two people were playing at this table. I found a normal table and played for a short while, but the casino got the better of me this time and I lost a few bucks. Oh, well… The spa and gym facilities looked very nice, but since my wife was so seasick, we did not use the facility at all. There was also at least one – probably more – hot tubs near the pizza pirate area. They were always full when I looked out the glass doors towards the sports deck – generally full of millennials – mostly young men and a few women. The ship had a small library with very few books. There were two wine dispensing machines of some kind in the library as well, but we did not partake. There was no checkout procedure in sight for the books, and no staff member around. I took a couple of books back to the room for my wife to read while stuck in bed, and replaced them in the library on the last full day of the cruise. I also noticed a ‘Red Dog’ barbecue area on one side of the Promenade. I believe there was no extra charge if you ate there – it was open periodically – I am not sure of their time schedule. There was a specialty (translation – extra charge) ice cream bar on the Promenade as well. For Internet fanatics, there was a plethora of terminals available – I think either on the Mezzanine walkway or the Promenade. I was told that Carnival has lowered the fees, but I am not sure of that, nor can I report on internet speed, as I decided this vacation would be phone-free and internet-free. By the way, we had a room on the 2nd level midship, which is usually a good choice for stability – less ship rockin’ and rollin’ on the lower levels midship. We were directly across from the ship’s public laundry facility (which added a bit to the noise levels as people would stand in the hall and talk while they were waiting for their laundry). But we were close to the elevators, which worked out well all in all. Although we had a balcony cabin, due to high winds and rough seas blowing water up on the balcony all of the time (we were on lower deck – deck 2), we did not get to use the balcony at all. On the second evening we both went to dinner, but my wife could not get past the appetizers before the rocking of the ship forced her to stumble back to the room. After dinner, I checked on her and she was doing ok sitting up in bed, so I went to the evening production show. ENTERTAINMENT I was disappointed in the first production show. The eight dancers and singers were outstanding, but their performance ‘vehicle’ was mediocre. The show had large, obviously expensive illuminated backdrops that did not fit together properly – the musical arrangements were high-school level, and the choreography left a lot to be desired. No live band – those had been cut a few years back as a cost savings. I miss the band, but I understand the need to save money, and most of the audience would never have noticed. I have no criticism of the eight performers – they did the best they could with what they were given – which was a poorly designed show and a horrible set design and show concept. (By the way, I am a certified music judge, and so I am more critical than most of the audience would be). Can you imagine using a motorized orchestra pit elevator to bring up a single stand-alone hollow dressing room mirror? It drew your eyes away from the performers at a key moment. What a huge waste and truly awful show design. On the plus side, the sound system worked great on the first production show, but failed miserably on the second one, with ear-splitting volume levels for the background making it impossible to hear the vocals. This is odd, because it worked fine before and after – probably an inexperienced person running the mixers. My tablemates at dinner the next night were still complaining about headaches from the deafening volume levels at the second show. I did not attend the second show personally, so I am going from their word. There were four comedians on the cruise. I missed the first one because of my wife’s seasickness. The second one was a young girl from New York that looked like she was on some kind of ‘uppers’ as she bounced around the audience before the show like she was on a trampoline. She was moderately funny, although I have forgotten her name. The third one was Bob Biggerstaff from Houston Texas. He was truly awful. Not dirty, just not funny. The fourth guy, Marc Simmons, fortunately, was great. There was also a comedic magician entertaining us one night. I have forgotten his name too, but he was very good. The illusions were mostly slight-of-hand – no big props – but his sense of timing and his interaction with the audience were exemplary. The Love and Marriage show is always entertaining, and we made it a point to see the show on this ship. It seemed a bit rushed, but Wee Jimmy, the cruise director, made the show a winner, as always. We saw a ‘Quest’ game scheduled one evening, but it was late (as is appropriate for this game, which usually has light sexual overtones pulls practical jokes on passengers who volunteer to participate), and there was the Hasbro Game Show at various times – but we are not big fans of that entertainment concept. There was also the traditional male vs female show, which is pleasant, and the standard poolside belly-flop and hairy legs contests that are typical of Carnival. It was very windy, though, so we did not even consider attending. There was a large outdoor movie screen on the ship, a concept that I believe was pioneered by Disney. We watched a fairly new Mission Impossible movie the one evening that my wife felt well enough. We bundled up under blankets in the lounge chairs. The movies were well attended, but there were sufficient chairs around. All of the movies were fairly current, though, and we appreciated that. There were always a lot of photographers on a cruise ship, but the Breeze seemed to have more than normal. Odd that the Carnival photographers are still using film rather than electronics, like some other cruise lines do. If you are not familiar with cruising, you might be surprised to learn that the ship makes a lot of its money on board from the bars, the casino, the shops, and the photographers, so the photo guys are always trying to take your picture. They do a good job, though, and I do not mind a bit. The shops on board were ok – nothing special. Odd to see them selling second-hand Rolex watches in the shop – this is Carnival after all, not Radisson. I doubt that the typical Carnival passenger could afford even the second-hand Rolex watches. As to other entertainment – there was a small three piece band – trumpet, tenor sax, and a trombonist with an F attachment (if you are a wind musician, you probably know what that is – if not, just think of it as a fancy trombone). The trumpet player was outstanding – clean sound and a great range. No clams (wrong notes). The tenor play was not featured at all, so I am unsure about his skills. The trombonist appeared to be the leader of the group. His talent was perhaps more focused on his leadership than his performance skills. There was also a 5 or six piece group with a good female vocalist playing modern music in one area – they were fine, but not the type of music I most enjoy. They had great audience appeal, though. They were charismatic, and I appreciated their professionalism. The musical highlight on the cruise was a string trio – two violins and a viola – from Spain. They were extraordinary. I rarely linger over the balcony in the lobby to hear a group perform, but I surely did just to hear this trio. The lead violinist was one of the finest I ever heard, and was well backed up by the other two performers. On Christmas day the ship’s entertainment staff held a Christmas worship service in the morning. As usual, they underestimated the number of people that would attend, and seating was at a premium. The violinists were there, along with the three piece wind band and the rock band singers. Unfortunately the singers from the rock group did not know the words or melody to a couple of the Christian Christmas carols, but the enthusiastic audience chimed in and carried the melody, and it turned out to be a very nice event – perhaps the highlight of the cruise for us. Our compliments to ‘Wee Jimmy’ and the Carnival group for putting on this event. PORTS OF CALL On the first port, Grand Turk, we arrived on time. All of the ports had a dock, so there was no need to tender ashore anywhere on this cruise. At Grand Turk, we simply walked around a bit and did some light souvenir shopping for family members. At the second stop, the Dominican Republic, we again just walked of the ship and looked around in the few shops that were near the port. It was pretty sparse. We finished our time on land in about 30 minutes. Our tablemates took the tour of the city and told us over dinner that there were a lot of armed police with big guns everywhere. We did not go downtown, so we did not see this firsthand. Our third scheduled stop was Curacao. The ship bounced and wove its way to Curacao all night, but in the morning the ship suddenly slowed down around 10 AM. We were due in at 1 or so. We were told by announcement that another ship was in our dock space, due to some kind of scheduling glitch, and we could not go ashore until the other ship left – around 6 pm. Carnival was very apologetic, and they refunded our paid tour and gave every one on the ship $50 for the inconvenience. I think that was very nice of Carnival. We are not bar hoppers, and we knew the shops would be closed, so we did not go ashore at all. The final stop was Aruba, and we did use a ship's tour package to tour the island. Ordinarily we would not have done this, but the missed port made us a little nervous about taking our own tour, so we opted for the safer ship sponsored tour. We knew the ship would wait for us if we were late getting back, and sure enough, we were late getting back to the dock. We had been to Aruba many years ago and the island has changed a lot over time. It is now pretty much a tourist-based economy, whereas it had been an oil refining economy many years ago. It was a pleasant tour with a great bus driver who kept us entertained the entire trip. We got back to the ship just before departure time – no spare time to shop. We re-boarded the ship and headed back home. The trip home was a lot smoother for some reason. Perhaps they finally found the switch to extend the stabilizers, or perhaps we were with the wind, but in any event, the cruise back to home port was pretty normal. DISEMBARKING Disembarking went smoothly, and the buffet was open for all of their standard morning offerings, including made-to-order eggs and omelets. Even so, I prefer the Royal Caribbean concept where they let you remain in your cabins as long as you wish. Carnival wants you out of there by 8:30. As frequent cruisers, we got priority in disembarking, and we were grateful for that, as there were thousands of people who would need to disembark and go through customs. All-in-all, Carnival is a very fine cruise line. They get a lot of bad press because, in my opinion, they have a lot of short low-cost cruises that draw the party kids, who always create their share of havoc. This cruise was a longer one, with an older demographic on board in general. However, we just did not enjoy this particular ship as much as we had hoped. In some areas, it was outstanding. It was spotlessly clean, dinner service was quick and efficient, the crew was very friendly and kind…but the rough seas were not kind to us, the production shows were a disappointment, and the ship’s layout was not easy to maneuver. There were always seats and lounge chairs available, but the walkways were narrow, and gave you a feeling of overcrowding where ever you walked. You were always either turning sideways to allow people to pass, or being jostled by someone in a bigger hurry than you were. They did some things very well, and others not so well. If you choose the Carnival Breeze, I hope you have smooth seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I have been on many cruises, and this has to be the worst experience I've ever encountered! The ship's cleanliness and the staff's excitement were definitely lacking luster. Part of the cleanliness issue was not so much the ... Read More
I have been on many cruises, and this has to be the worst experience I've ever encountered! The ship's cleanliness and the staff's excitement were definitely lacking luster. Part of the cleanliness issue was not so much the staff's problem, but rather the obscene amount of unruly teens running around without supervision. The other cleanliness issue that directly is controlled by the staff is as follows: -tables on Lido all stayed dirty with staff walking by seeming oblivious to the mess -random bowls/plates left outside people's rooms for hours -many lights out in main theater -bedrooms not cleaned thoroughly The wait staff walking around sometimes were friendly and sometimes seemed like we were a bother to even deal with. Again, I will state that the fact that there were SO MANY teens unaccompanied by adults running around, making messes, splashing around in the hot tubs all day and night, defacing property, hitting every button in the elevator, 5 year olds ordering sodas at the bar,etc. that this made the trip even more enjoyable. BINGO was a joke because "money,money,money Martin" was horrible at what he does. He has no ability to draw in his crowd but rather make you irritated. Also, the shows left a lot to be desired. The dance moves were not that difficult, many of the singers were flat or WAY off key, and the song selection wasn't the best. But the special effects were great. The only redeeming qualities I would say were as follows: -First and foremost, Matt the cruise director was beyond amazing! Carnival, you better give the man a huge raise and do everything you can to keep him because he is by far the best cruise director I have encountered on any cruise line! -Second, I Made and Eli were amazing servers every night and really looked out for us. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. -Third, Nat from Whales was wonderful! She really had a bright and bubbly personality that was welcoming. Thank you Nat -Fourth, The Guy's burgers were awesome! that really was a brilliant feature for this ship. Good move there Carnival. -And last, the strings were amazing! Every night we eagerly awaited the performance they put on for us. They sounded wonderful. Overall, Carnival lost a lot of respect from me and the other 6 passengers traveling with me. Even though we cruise every year, it might be a long time before we even think to use carnival as our vacation destination. They will really have to prove to me that there is something better than the low quality they gave us for the last week before I change my mind. -Brandon Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I am a platinum member who love cruising. However, we were very disappointed with the experience on the Carnival Breeze. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. I never met my cabin stewart. The service in the dining area was ... Read More
I am a platinum member who love cruising. However, we were very disappointed with the experience on the Carnival Breeze. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. I never met my cabin stewart. The service in the dining area was pitiful. I'm use to being greeted upon our arrive to our table and my napkin being placed on my lap. That never happened. I complained once to my waiter, who accommodated me when I complained, but never again. Tables on the Lido deck remained dirty while waiters slowly strolled around pretending to look for dirty tables. The entertainment was poor. The performers seemed to not care if we liked it or not. The only bright light was the cruise director, Matt. He was fantastic! He was engaging and entertaining! The comedy shows were good, too. I would not recommend this ship and would never sail on it again. It seems as if the staff did not care because they assumed the tip was in the bag. The ship is beautiful, the service was terrible. I'm already scheduled to sail out of Charleston, SC in January 2016. I cruised out of this port numerous before; however after this trip I probably will go back to Royal Carribean to give Carnival time to improve its service. Also, was not allowed to use some of the exercise equipment until after 8:30am because it would disturb a cabin that shared a wall. Pitiful! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Loved every minute of it. From the ease of pre booking shore excursions and ordering drinks for our cabin ahead of time for the cruise everything with Carnival was so simple. They even have an app for your phone that tells you what's ... Read More
Loved every minute of it. From the ease of pre booking shore excursions and ordering drinks for our cabin ahead of time for the cruise everything with Carnival was so simple. They even have an app for your phone that tells you what's going on at that exact time anywhere on the ship. What to play bingo look at the app. What to know what's going on in 1 hour because you're getting bored look at the app and head over to the next fun thing. Other lines don't have this they still have a sheet of paper. Not near as good. I used this app and found a seminar on events, played bingo, met some great new friends there, found a game show, learned how to do the Thriller dance by Michael Jackson with a bunch of great new people, learned about dolphins, shore excursions and a lot more. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Seasoned cruiser - first trip with Carnival. Arrived at POM at Carnival's requested time: 1:30 pm for 2:00 pm check - in. Parking garage almost completely filled - parked friends brand new vehicle on upper level (to remain in hot sun ... Read More
Seasoned cruiser - first trip with Carnival. Arrived at POM at Carnival's requested time: 1:30 pm for 2:00 pm check - in. Parking garage almost completely filled - parked friends brand new vehicle on upper level (to remain in hot sun for 8 days). Terminal entry line initially snaked around the building, but by the time we parked the line seemed to be moving. In the terminal it was another story - thousands of people with very poor instructions on where they should all be going. We were finally given a numbered card - when the group number was called, it was your turn to check-in. About 40 mins later our number was called - then got on line which curled around, and around, for another 60 mins. For guests of a certain age group, way tooooo much standing. Our friends, one of who requires a wheelchair fared even worse. They actually boarded at the same time we did, when they should have gotten on an hour before. Actual check-in went smoothly as all paperwork was completed prior to boarding. Our cabin (7337) interior, was in a super location, near elevators but not noisy. Comfortable room; our cabin steward Watson was wonderful. At our request, he removed the mini-bar in the refrigerator so that we could keep the pre-purchased sodas cold. Muster drill - walk down to 3rd floor dining room - like herding cattle, but once there the drill went quickly. Highlights and Lowlights: Weather entire week was perfect! Cruise Director: Matt Mitchum is the best. Very energetic and good with all age groups. Could watch him dance all day - seems to be everywhere. Two sea days to figure out this big ship. Deck 5 (Ocean Terrace) was a favorite spot - chairs on deck with jacuzzi's (one side for smokers), soup and salad bar, casino, lounge (games), Red Frog bar. Dive-in Movie (by pool): Nightly - get there early, very crowded. Ports: ST. MAARTIN - beach day, always good. ST. KITTS - first visit. Shopping area right off the pier. Casino (dark & scary). Grabbed a bus tour off the ship - $20.00 pp (not booked through Carnival, but must have been Carnival endorsed since they were right off the ship and we were able to pay on our Carnival pass card. SAN JUAN - ship arrives 7 am, and departs 2 pm. Enjoyed our time in San Juan - would have loved to have more time there. City Tour with Alberto (found him right off the pier - wonderful!) 2 hours (+) for $20.00 pp. GRAND TURK - beach day, with lots of chairs (some shade) right off the pier after going through shopping area. Beach shoes are a plus due to the very soft sand (like quicksand when you are getting out) and rocks. All in all, great itinerary. Dining: MDR (6:pm - Blush) hit and miss. Veal parm - large portion, and good. CoCo Vin - good. Lobsters - small, but ok. Chicken breast from the everyday menu - not good. How can you ruin a chicken breast? Deserts just ok with exception of Carnival Melting Chocolate cake - yummy. Servers just ok - table of 9 - orders messed up couple times. Towards the end of the week actually went to buffet for desert where choices were better. On sea days, Blush open for brunch. Omelets were good; pancakes were bad. Coffee hot and good. Buffet: Crowded, always. Less crowded towards AFT area of ship. Long wait for omelet station. Enjoyed our lunches - good salad choices, fruit, soup, fish selections, sandwiches from deli. Italian (deck 11): Specialty restaurant, but lunches were no charge. Pasta, salad, bread - all ok. Guys Burgers very good Lido Deck by pool. Shows: Only the Piano Man show stood out - lead was great. Comedians were good. Band on Deck 5 was very good - horns and female lead singer. Disembarkation: pleased - went surprisingly well. Matt Mitchum helps to keep everything moving smoothly. Walk-off with luggage still the best way to go. Overall, the Breeze is a lovely ship which the crew keeps very clean. Again, our cabin (7337) was a perfect location with an attentive steward, Watson. Enjoy Matt Mitchum. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My experience on this ship, wasn't a pleasant one. My husband and I sailed Carnival before, on our very first cruise. Then went over to Royal Caribbean. And it's true....once you experience Royal Caribbean, you'll ... Read More
My experience on this ship, wasn't a pleasant one. My husband and I sailed Carnival before, on our very first cruise. Then went over to Royal Caribbean. And it's true....once you experience Royal Caribbean, you'll never go back to any other ship. Yet, we thought we would give Carnival more chance with their new ship The Breeze. So disappointed. Entering the ship I was excited to see a grand entrance, and was quickly disappointed. We continued looking around and each corner we past, was yet another disappointment. This is just a small list of disappointments. 2 tiny pools that stayed packed The food was the same nasty crap day after day after day. If you're a sweet eater, like myself, don't bother booking this ship. The sweets were NASTY. There is no sweet taste at all to any of the sweets. I worked out for over 8 months just so I could eat and enjoy myself, and there was no weight gained by eating sweets or anything good. I will say this. Guy's Burgers were amazing, the only place we could eat on the ship. The state rooms are small. We got stuck with a Steward that NEVER introduced himself. He stayed on his phone in our room and while attempting to clean the other rooms, the entire time. On top of that, the Steward also charged our room for 2 blue towels and half of the refrigerator. Blue towels never left the room, and not one item was removed from the refrigerator. OVERALL The Breeze was very disappointing. We will never go back to Carnival RC Oasis will be next. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were a group of 20, ranging in age from 75 to 4, gathering to celebrate my 50th birthday and my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. This was mine and my childrens' 3rd Carnival cruise, while most others in the group had at ... Read More
We were a group of 20, ranging in age from 75 to 4, gathering to celebrate my 50th birthday and my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. This was mine and my childrens' 3rd Carnival cruise, while most others in the group had at least 5 cruises under their belt. So we are all more or less experienced cruisers, including the kids! This review is from my own personal perspective. I must note that my parents weren't thrilled with the Carnival experience (even though they had a lot of fun with us family). They usually cruise on Celebrity, and after this cruise, will return permanently to Celebrity! I think it is an age thing. And most of their complaints were legitimate, in my opinion, such as smoke from the smoking area drifting into the Ocean Plaza, where all the trivia tournaments were held, so they really weren't able to participate. And the constant slipperiness of the floor in the buffet area. In fact, I myself took a tumble there one day! So I'm not sure if I would recommend this cruise to anyone over 60. The good news is that the rest of us had a great time! To simplify things, I will rate everything by area: Food: Buffet food was surprisingly good, by far my favorite of what was offered in the all-inclusive price on the ship. My kids ate at the Mongolian Wok nearly every day for lunch. I personally liked the salad bar, and thought the soups were A-ok. Guys Burgers had great french fries, though most agreed the burgers were rather greasy. The 24-hr pizza place is great too. Really better-than-decent pizza. I wanted to try to sea-day BBQ place, but the line was way too long. The snacks for sale in the Red Frog pub were very good. Try the conch fritters...you will be pleasantly surprised. And their signature beer wasn't bad either. My sister took me to Bonsai Sushi to celebrate my birthday, and we had a delicious sushi feast. Not as good of sushi as I can get where I live in Seattle, but pretty good, and very reasonably priced. Tip: If you want to skip the buffet for breakfast or lunch, you can get a smaller version of either meal at the Taste Bar at the Ocean Plaza, deck 5. We did this several days so that we didn't have to interrupt our trivia games to eat! I also LOVED the coffee at the Cafe, and the baristas were so nice and friendly. The one downside, and unfortunately it is a fairly big downside, was the food in the Blush dining room. It just wasn't that great. And the servers tried hard, but they were overwhelmed by too many tables. Many dishes came out cold, or we had to wait a very long time, and so on. We kind of stopped going there about midway through the cruise, and just went to the buffet on the Lido for dinner to get a good hot meal. Entertainment: We loved the shows, for the most part. We couldn't get in to the Comedy Club, except for one time, and it was pretty good. LOVED the dive-in movies and the free popcorn. It was so much fun to sit out under the stars and watch a movie. Overall, I thought the entertainment was very good on this ship. Kids Activities: Could be better. The warehouse arcade is outrageously expensive. The sports deck is a lot of fun, as are the water slides, but I wish there were a few more things for kids to do inside, particularly those in the 10-12 age range...too old to enjoy Camp Ocean and too young to enjoy the tween clubs. Service: Overall, excellent!! I have no idea what some people were talking about who said they experienced poor service. From the lady who helped some of through the embarkation process for the disabled, to the room stewards, baristas, cruise director and staff, everyone was wonderful to us. General notes: I love the new, stripped-down decor. Some people missed the grandeur of the atriums on ships past, but I really liked the modern aesthetic on this ship. Were there some glitches? Of course. But cruising is a great value, and Carnival is the budget "fun ship" line, so we didn't go in with high expectations, just expected to have fun, and we did! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Stood overnight in Mismi at the Intercontinental which was conveniently located near a mall and close to port not to mention it's a beautiful hotel. The embarkation was pretty organized for the most part and actually entertaining. ... Read More
Stood overnight in Mismi at the Intercontinental which was conveniently located near a mall and close to port not to mention it's a beautiful hotel. The embarkation was pretty organized for the most part and actually entertaining. Once on, our cabin was ready and we had lunch at the lido. Our cabin steward Omar was awesome. He learned our names right away. Our dining room waiter Santos was great as well. Always available at our request and willing to please us. The itinerary was the prime reason for us my family of four, to have gone on this ship. The reason I rated it as average is because of the daily activities. We found ourselves taking naps throughout the day because we could not find anything worth while to do besides eat. There were good comedy shows but they filled up very quickly leaving a lot of people standing around. Only saw one theater show which was not good at all. Main pool was much too small for almost 5,000 people so we avoided that. No available chairs to be found either way. Food options were good up until about 2:30 pm anything after that was so limited. The cruise director was very entertaining. Cruise cleanliness was excellent! Breakfast options were so standard it became very boring. The rope course on the sports deck was never opened once throughout our 8 days. Could not understand why when we have sailed other lines and that was actually a best seller for the teens. Pre teen and teen clubs rarely did any supervised activities with the kids pretty much just sent them on their own. Teens were roaming around until the wee hours. Royal Caribbean does a good job enforcing a curfew on kids under 19. Carnival needs to really try to implement that. Loved the band that played daily at the atrium and the dj who occasionally played at the deck. The deck parties were slot of fun as well. The night club at times would become so overcrowded that dancing was almost impossible. I actually got stepped on by one of the crew members at the nightclub so hard I bleed. Crew staff would routine the club at night in large groups. Must try Guy's burger, La Cucina, Fahrenheit, pizza pirate. Never got around to trying the sushi eatery. Getting on and off the ship on port days was really disorganized. Water slides were fun. Price of liquor on the ship was actually better than port shops. 4D theater worth trying but fills up quickly as it only has about 4 rows of 6 seats. This ship had its pros and cons. Overall found it average due to the lack of entertainment or activities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our second time on the Breeze, the first was two years ago so I was prepared for more people. My DH, DD niece and I all sailed on a college/high school graduation cruise. We overnighted both ways to and from Miami (Georgia-home ... Read More
This was our second time on the Breeze, the first was two years ago so I was prepared for more people. My DH, DD niece and I all sailed on a college/high school graduation cruise. We overnighted both ways to and from Miami (Georgia-home base) b/c we have family there. I overslept and the girls wanted Starbucks so we got a really late start and missed the CC Meet & Greet, boo! We got there right at the end of our boarding time, a little snafu with our room keys (all on us-not carnival) and we also missed lunch. That was the last thing to go wrong. When Guys opened we got a snack to tide us over until late dining. Rooms super clean as usual. Cabin Steward awesome as usual. I had my doubts about the American Table menu but everyone found something to eat/try new every night and several nights had to order two of something so we could try it all! I missed my raspberry chocolate almond sponge but the new hazelnut chocolate cake was fantastic, wish I'd ordered two of that! Two sea days watching the beautiful water, Sunning, good movies on deck, Jimmy's C-Side BarBQ, tea, Sea Day brunch, all good. Still didn't get around to Cucina Del Capitano. Comedy show was good but we were at the adult version-definitely not for kids. No problem with lined except Mongolian Wok, which always has one, they make it to order so....Omelet station moved very quick. Our late dining team awesome as usual, I don't understand the flap over the bread and water on the table. On formal nights they serve you, the others they offer you bread or it might be sitting on the table but it was always fresh and warm. The four of us were seated at our own table. Half the time they were pouring our water, and if they noticed we were getting low, would pour again. Sometimes we poured our own. I may be on vacation but my hands still work, lol! Even without the tablecloths on casual nights the tables still look very nice. But I work evenings so just sitting at a table set by someone (and cleaned up by someone) other than myself is always nice! St. Maarten, been a long time since I was there and it was quite a bit of hassling by all the taxi driver/vendors. But we found a great guy calling himself a Gene (the dancing machine). He took us to Maho to get our plane fix, and didn't even ask us to pay until he picked us back up. Coming back into Phillipsburg the vendors had mostly gone and we were able to shop. Didn't go to the French side, next time hopefully! St Kitts was beautiful, took another taxi to Brimstone Hill and clenched my hands on the drive up! Saw the section of island where you can see Atlantic and the Caribbean on either side. Some more shopping. We took the trolley in San Juan, last year we walked, too hot. Then after my niece got a good look we walked, saw the marina, cathedral, etc. Returned to Barrachina's-home of the Piña Colada for lunch. Grand Turk-third visit, so it was a beach day. The water there is just so beautiful. Very relaxing and good snorkeling wether you go on an excursion or on your own off the beach, we've done both. I guess my only complaint would be I'd like for Blue Iguana to be open later. Did some pics, I can't remember his name but I think it was Thomas, he was from a South Africa and wore glasses, he did a fantastic job and I ended up buying more pics than any other time. We self disembarked, the line started moving after about ten minutes. We were on Riviera as usual, so we headed out of our cabin at 7:40 and were walking OUT of customs at 8:10-fastest disembark ever. I will say the waters were a lot rougher than we've experienced in the past and I actually had a few minutes of motion sickness, another first and why we stay in Riviera-b/c my daughter can have it. Hated to leave as usual! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Carnival Cruise Vacation 6/20-28/2015. If you have time please read the entire review it will be and eye opener. My husband and I were skeptical when friends told us to come along on a Carnival cruise with them. We have heard many ... Read More
Carnival Cruise Vacation 6/20-28/2015. If you have time please read the entire review it will be and eye opener. My husband and I were skeptical when friends told us to come along on a Carnival cruise with them. We have heard many negative reviews about this company but we decided to go thinking it will be fun for our daughter. Our group total: 46. Fun onboard (water slides, sports area, karaoke, bingo): very good. Food: Average (decent on the buffet, good hamburgers, burritos, Indian and sushi, but mostly bad on the restaurant at night). Staff was friendly and I do hope that the gratuity they charge to each person ($92.00) is truly given to them, this is extra. The app (carnival Hub) worked most of the time and was helpful. I do recommend having it before sailing away since is difficult to download later (especially for iPhone). For $5.00 per person for the length of the cruise, it gives you the activities schedule, your daily balance, and more. You can chat with your family without having to spend money on internet connection. Excursions: we decided to do them ourselves and the difference in price is substantial. In St. Kitts, a tour to an old sugar factory was about $60.00 per person, we paid to a local $15.00 per person, children under 5 free, and under 12 half price. He took us to the factory, to a garden, to a beach we did not like, and to another beach that was decent and back to the port. Very important that you pay at the end, and if you plan to eat lunch, it takes very long time; in our case, 50 min. for two tuna sandwiches. Our room was big (deluxe ocean view) it had two bathrooms (love it). Overall we were actually surprise that this cruise was better than we thought it would be. On the other hand shopping experience was awful, DO NOT BUY JEWELS or Watches if you do not know all the details. Their return policy is restricted to none or only to exchange for something else with the same or higher value. The prices are inflated so you think you are getting a better deal. The islands have internet connection so check online first for the true value in the USA. We had an awful experience and $4200.00 less in the bank account. DO NOT TRUST, I repeat DO NOT TRUST in anyone (especially the Carnival Cruise shop director or whatever his title is) charming, categorize himself as experienced and having your interest first, but at the end we felt that all he did was sugarcoating, never gave us true answers nor what to do. he did not disclosed crucial information in his workshops, such as return policy, materials use, or quality if the jewels; just check first, ask tons of questions and make sure you know everything there is to know about what you are buying. Make sure you get a certificate of authenticity form a reputable geologist, do not accept a written one. they sell sterling silver with white gold prices. I spend 5 days trying to correct the mistake. hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My husband and I decided to take a Carnival cruise to celebrate our 10 year anniversary because we got engaged on a Carnival Cruise. I selected the Breeze because the itinerary was mostly different than places we had been in the past. ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take a Carnival cruise to celebrate our 10 year anniversary because we got engaged on a Carnival Cruise. I selected the Breeze because the itinerary was mostly different than places we had been in the past. The itinerary was St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk and we selected a balcony cabin. Overall the cruise was great so I'll start with the positive. Positives: We flew into Fort Lauderdale and opted for transportation to the port. Locating the Carnival representative was easy and she quickly got us organized and onto the bus. The driver was good about giving us a little history about the ship and the locale. Once we arrived at the Port of Miami, directions were clear about how to get to the next step. Carnival had a good process to move us through the lines as quickly as possible. Our introduction to the fabulousness of this cruise was Rev. Dr. E doing the emergency drill. It took a while for everyone to realize that he was doing several voices and once we did, the dreariness of the emergency drill wasn't so bad. People were laughing and starting to relax almost immediately, the atmosphere in the room changed to start the party right then. We selected a balcony cabin on deck 9. The room was clean and our cabin steward (I think his name was Murtha) was pretty responsive to requests. He was also a whiz at getting room cleaned and organized very quickly. We sought him out to provide an additional tip to him. The food - Lord what can I say? The restaurants were great. We were seated in the Sapphire room and we loved it. The wait staff was great, very conscientious, made an effort to remember our names and respond to everyone they worked with. The desserts were the highlight of mealtimes. The chocolate almond mousse and the peach soup were the best! You must try the BBQ (sea days only) and the Guy Fieri (sp?) burgers. The welcome aboard show was our introduction to the Rev. Dr. E (cruise director) and it was hilarious. If you should have a chance to participate in anything he does, you should make it a point to be there. He was very funny and I can't imagine that someone won't soon discover him and then it will be bye-bye Carnival and off to Hollywood. Make sure you go to the Motown Show (in fact, go to all of the stage shows, they were great). Movies were shown at night and they were pretty recent. It was nice to sit on Deck 11 at night to watch them. There was also a show with a hypnotist and that was also really great. I think I will forever remember him convincing his subjects that they were cops and laughter was a crime. Without any inappropriate behavior or language, it was one of the funniest things i've ever seen. Deck 10 was a happening place. Dr. E did a dance class and anyone who was able to see and hear him joined in. He also did a Motown trivia kind of thing and even got my husband to be one of the Carnival Breeze Temptations! We did a combination sight seeing/beach tour in St. Maarten. I would say to skip the tour and just do the beach. It was crowded at the beach but we still had a wonderful time. I didn't get a chance to shop much but was able to locate some decent protein bars. If that's your thing, make sure you get them in St. Maarten because they were not available elsewhere. Next was St. Kitts (I think) and that was awesome! Rev. Dr. E did a show discussing the different ports and I bought the coupon book. I got every free offer in St. Kitts and made good deals on the other items I purchased. Also, in the midst of all of the touristy shopping stuff, there was a group of locals set off to the left (sort of like a flea market) where we were able to buy local items and pour some money in to the locals. Most only take cash. The other stores all took credit cards. St. Kits was lovely and the people very friendly; we did not do any tours in St. Kitts. Next was Puerto Rico and because we've been there several times, we just went to CVS to get a few items (extra toiletries, water, etc.). The final destination was Grand Turk. We selected the Home Sweet Home option because it was a little more expensive and we liked the pampering. I would suggest that you figure out what is important to you before selecting this option. The home was wonderful and the food (there is a cook who prepares everything with a local flavor) was awesome. The ladies to ran the house were very friendly. The rum punch was wonderful as well. The beach, not so much. There was glass (or what looked like green glass) in the sand. Getting to the water required you to navigate the rocks on shore and on the sand. You sunk down a lot in the sand. All in all, I loved the beach front, the deck chairs and the privacy but didn't care much for the beach itself. The staff was very accommodating and even worked with me to try the kayak (I was scared)! Make sure you find the outdoor Serenity area. It's adults only and has hammocks and chairs that you and your partner can disappear into. I got room service several times and it was fast (they tell you 45 minutes but it never took that long) and well prepared. There was a problem with a pipe in the wall next to our room and the floor was a soggy mess. Once we notified our steward, he took care of it quickly and Carnival comped us for the trouble. Negatives: DO NOT get a room on the 9th floor. Our cabin was right under the Lido which is where everyone gathers to eat or hit the pools. We were constantly disturbed at all hours with noise from moving furniture and people running around. The food, for the most part (don't order the Lobster bisque), was well prepared and wonderful. The only problem with the food is that it sometimes was cold when we got it. Another problem was the the breakfast food tended to be cold by the time you got to it, specifically the pancakes and french toast. In addition, the options for those of us who have to have a protein rich diet were very limited for breakfasts. Also, after returning from shopping my husband went to the Lido Marketplace buffet to get some food but it turns out that it was close to quitting time; the staff kind of stood over him and made him so uncomfortable that he grabbed a plate and left. One thing I had been used to on previous cruises was the envelope given out on the last day of the cruise for extra tips for the dining staff. We had someone different almost every night and we wanted to give them an extra tip but we never got (or saw) the envelope (disappointing). Carnival had great comedians (I think) but the room for all events was too small. Instead the main theater was reserved for the Vegas style shows. That was fine for the 8:00 shows but since there was an 11:15 comedy show, it made no sense to have us standing around in extremely long lines (and not everyone could get in unless they wanted to stand). I love that there were families on board but there were not enough events for adults only. In fact, when we attended the 18+ couples show, many kids were still in the room and they were very distracting. Way too much bingo. The pools were lovely (I think). It was impossible to get a deck chair anywhere near the pools and they were always too crowded. If you don't care about the water, deck 5 (Ocean Plaza) was always clear. Don't do the sight seeing/beach combo in St. Maarten, the cramped living quarters were depressing. Disembarkation wasn't fun (it never is). One of the wait areas was near the casino and the smell of smoke was awful. It was delayed several times by CBP being overwhelmed with the number of people coming through. That's my only complaint. All in all, I would definitely take this cruise again. It was the most relaxing, fun cruise we'd ever done. Just be careful where you select your room. The walls are thin and it was difficult to sleep through the night due to the scraping chairs and noise in the hallways. We'll continue watching for different destinations to return to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Modern. Clean. Fun. However... Way too crowded. Not enough Buffet stations to handle the masses. Quality of food, just okay. Pros: Matt cruise director, new, kids club, staff, drink station out on lido deck, Mexican station out on ... Read More
Modern. Clean. Fun. However... Way too crowded. Not enough Buffet stations to handle the masses. Quality of food, just okay. Pros: Matt cruise director, new, kids club, staff, drink station out on lido deck, Mexican station out on lido deck, sail and ship kiosk, entertainment, thrill theatre, tv station and selection. Cons: long lines, chaotic embarkation/disembarkation, quality of food, very expensive excursions where you can do many of them on your own, once off of the ship. Cost of drinks, cheers program all adults must have the program in the same cabin, Lido deck and buffet area very slippery. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The staff seemed flat and unhappy which took away from our cruise experience. ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Carnival Breeze on March 28, 2015, out of Miami. We stayed on deck 11 cabin number 11276. Overall, I would give the cruise a B to B+. The staff seemed flat and unhappy which took away from our cruise experience. Everyone appeared stressed and overworked and many of the small things that make a cruise special were missing. There was a general lack of friendliness and welcoming on the part of all the staff. The embarking was fine as was the debarking. The lines were not too bad. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. It would be 11, but Carnival will not let us count the 12 day cruise we took on Princess, even though Carnival owns the Princess line. It is amazing that after that many cruises (74 days not counting the Princess cruise of 12 days) that all we got for a "perk" was one bottle of water each (for the whole trip - not per day), a pin which we have no use for and a few drinks at a past guest gathering. You would think that we would at least get priority embarking and debarking after that may cruises. We could not go to Grand Turk because the wind made docking unsafe. This is not the fault of Carnival, but the port fee credit did not compensate for missing a day at port. There is not much to do in the Dominican Republic. We took the Altos de Chavon tour and enjoyed looking at the Spanish village replica. Our tour guide was not so great, but overall it was a good day. Curacao had typical tourist stuff, however that night we went back out and had dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant which was very pleasant. Aruba was a nice port to visit. We hired a van to take us around the island. Our driver was excellent and we enjoyed learning about Aruba. Going to a beach would also have also been nice choice. We walked around for awhile after the van tour. The area around the cruise ship is nice. There was nothing particularly bad about the ship, there was just nothing special either. The cruise director was very good, but the entertainment was subpar, except for the band dejavu and the Latin singer on deck 3. Both of these were very good. The piano bar singer had limited talent. The shows after dinner in the theatre were minimal at best and the dance shows relied on technology not choreography and costumes. The dancers were mostly costumed in dark drab colors and did very little actual dancing. The ship also had jugglers a few nights in the theater - which were not interesting to us. The food was like most of the Carnival ship food for the last few years. Boring and tasteless. The food on the lido deck was actually better than in the dining room. Our servers in the dining room were ok, nothing special and the service was VERY slow. The servers were obviously over worked and doing the best they could. Carnival has cut out the bread people and the water people which adds additional stress for the servers. We went to the steak house for dinner on the first formal night. It was wonderful. We are not foodies, but the presentation and taste were more than we ever expected. It was worth the $35 each. The steak house dinner was what the dining room used to serve before CarnivaI went for mass production rather than quality and service.I think because it was a formal night we got a "free" bottle of wine. That was a nice surprise. It is disappointing that we had to pay extra to dine rather than just eat. The spa is very nice and we enjoyed the massage and facial. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.0

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