706 Miami 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
Chose because I had 6 previous wonderful cruises on Carnival. This 7th cruise was not wonderful. Dining room was chaotic. Never cleared table between courses . Food was not good. Two people in my party could not eat it. After the first ... Read More
Chose because I had 6 previous wonderful cruises on Carnival. This 7th cruise was not wonderful. Dining room was chaotic. Never cleared table between courses . Food was not good. Two people in my party could not eat it. After the first night never returned to dining room. Raw sewage was in my toilet several times. They did try to fix it but didn't. Main door to patio was closed the entire week making it very difficult to access hot tubs smoking areas and the lania to have breakfast. Since main door was blocked no bar service. Had to go to bar to get 90% of drinks. Service in general was lacking in all places. Security took my bag out of screener and put it in someone else's cart. I did get it back but took yet another trip to guest services. Only one show that was not the carnival singers and dancers. It was a magic show geared for children. Food in buffet was awful. Guys burgers and the deli was good. Pizza was good but lines and wait time very long. Public restrooms so small you truly have to step to side of toilet and against the wall to close door.Carnival has stopped putting towels down at the deck 5 hot tubs. You have to haul your room towels around all day or keep making trips to Deckb10. Got stuck in an elevator. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Last sailing of Breeze out of Miami, We decided we would take this cruise as it was a short duration and the Breeze is a relatively new ship. Lots of food choices including Guy Fieri Burgers, Blue Iguana, Red Parrot bars, buffet, dining ... Read More
Last sailing of Breeze out of Miami, We decided we would take this cruise as it was a short duration and the Breeze is a relatively new ship. Lots of food choices including Guy Fieri Burgers, Blue Iguana, Red Parrot bars, buffet, dining room, specialty steak restaurant which was delicious! and many more options. Cabin 9272 was very well maintained but could use some updates to the curtains and linens. They were badly faded from the sun. Balcony could use some fresh paint and exterior of the ship needs a good cleaning. Interior public areas were impeccably clean. Embarkation left a lot to be desired as the passengers on the charter cruise refused to get off the ship in a timely manner so the passengers on our cruise were delayed boarding by 3 1/2 hours. Tom Joyner Fascinating Voyage Group were incredibly inconsiderate of the next peopkl,e on the ship. Should have been handled better by Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I went on a singles cruise where we stopped at Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The Breeze was a little worn, a little dirty, not really bad, but not good either. The food was acceptable, but nothing to write home about. They ... Read More
I went on a singles cruise where we stopped at Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The Breeze was a little worn, a little dirty, not really bad, but not good either. The food was acceptable, but nothing to write home about. They did have some great comedy shows and there was a wonderful band that played nightly in one of the lounges. Needless to say, we did a lot of dancing, and a lot of drinking. Embarkation went smoothly for me, however when I arrived at the port (after my chosen time to board) there was a terribly long line of people outside the building, waiting to get in. My luggage arrived shortly thereafter, which was a plus. In Grand Turk, I went to Jacks Shack down the beach from Margaritaville. It is a little more laid back and less crowded. In La Romana, I took a taxi up to Los Altos de Chavon, the medieval village. It was worth the trip; beautiful views. I took an excursion called Eat, Drink, Walk in Curacao. We had an excellent guide who walked us around the city and explained many interesting facts about the island. We then went to a restaurant by the sea called Scampis, and had sample tastings of four local dishes as well as a salsa lesson. For dinner that night we at at Grill King, another restaurant by the sea. It was just okay. In Aruba, we took the kunuku bus tour and had a great guide named Carlos who drove us all over the island before dropping us off at Moomba Beach for a couple of hours. Overall, it was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage on the Carnival Breeze is worthy of its name, FANTASTIC! There was so much entertainment, seminars, and other activities - You have to pace yourself in order to take in most of what is offered. The party ... Read More
The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage on the Carnival Breeze is worthy of its name, FANTASTIC! There was so much entertainment, seminars, and other activities - You have to pace yourself in order to take in most of what is offered. The party with a purpose goes on 24/8. The Theme Nights were sensational. There was an "all black night", an "all white night", and a "flashback night" just to name a few. The parade through the casino was enough to stop me from playing blackjack. Speaking of blackjack, I entered two tournaments. I came in second on the first one and received a cherished winner's T-shirt and 25 percent off my next cruise. (I'm actually thinking of booking a cruise with my grandchildren for Thanksgiving.) Yes, I love Carnival Cruise Lines. They have the hardest working caregivers attending to your every need. There were smiles on the hall or a song and dance in the dining room by the wait staff. There was so much joy to go along with the delicious dinners and buffets. Did I say, we ate whenever. How did they provide so much decadent delights! The most important thing to remember, as you have so much fun, is that you are helping with educational expenses of students - This is the real purpose of the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Put this on your bucket list in 2017 and live to give and receive! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Embarkation was a breeze, disembarkation was a breeze. Did not have FTTF, and it still was very organized, and we did not wait long at all to embark or disembark. We choose to have the cruise line take our luggage the night before, so we ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, disembarkation was a breeze. Did not have FTTF, and it still was very organized, and we did not wait long at all to embark or disembark. We choose to have the cruise line take our luggage the night before, so we expected to wait on the ship until we were called, and enjoyed breakfast in the Blush Dining Room at our leisure. There was an emergency outside the dining room right near where we were sitting; it was scary, heart wrenching and time seemed to stand still, but in the end it seemed as if the medical crew did their utmost under the circumstances. Once we were called to disembark, it went very smoothly, and our luggage was right there when we got to the terminal; and the line for customs went pretty quickly; and then, sadly, off we went to the airport. The Breeze was a beautiful ship, yes it was crowded, the buffet area was crowded, but there was never a problem with lines in the MDR ...The MDR was the ultimate and we were always seated within 10 minutes or less and the food was out of this world!!!! We were a party of 10 and never once had an issue with dining. There is so much to do, and you are never bored, unless you want to be bored. There were a lot of children and never once were we bothered by any of them; they seemed to be having the time of their lives too. You can do as much as you want, or as little as you want, and no matter where you were or where you went on the ship, there was always a smiling crew member saying hello, good morning, good night or have a great day. There were two pools, always occupied, but there was always room, if you wanted to take the chance. My husband and I had the hot tub to ourselves one day, which was awesome. The staterooms were perfect and were always a delight to come back to. I would definitely cruise The Breeze again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
For this ship to be one of the newer ships, it is lacking in a lot of areas. First, there is only one- very small pool for the entire ship that holds 4400 people! This very small pool was 90% full of screaming kids. I would think a ship ... Read More
For this ship to be one of the newer ships, it is lacking in a lot of areas. First, there is only one- very small pool for the entire ship that holds 4400 people! This very small pool was 90% full of screaming kids. I would think a ship this size would have more than 1 pool & at the very least would at least have an adult only pool. There is the Serenity deck that is adult only, but it only has a 6 person hot tub, no pool. It also has a bar with 1 bartender that just decides on a whim when she closes the bar. It could be that she closes up at 3:10 or 4:00. The food in the restaurants is very average. I have been on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas that had beautiful displays of delicious gormet food & ice sculptures. Nothing like that here The food is just "ok". We (12 of us) did not do any ship excursion. We did our own. In Grand Caymen, we went sailing out on a catamaran & snorkeled & swam with the stingray's. This was amazing! In Cozumel, we rented a jeep & went to the other side of the island to non-touristy stuff. Went to Rasta Bar on the beach that was just beautiful. Also went to Coconuts that was another fun place. The disembarkation process was a complete nightmare! It took 2 1/2 hrs to get our luggage off the conveyor belts & another 30 min to get through customs. This was very disorganized! On our last day, we were going to breakfast when we heard a man scream for help. His wife was having a seizure. I am a nurse & I responded. His wife was unresponsive & I did CPR on her & she did survive. The point of me telling this, is that for 27 min during this episode- NOBODY from responded from the ship! The ship doctor never came! The dining room staff all stood around & couldn't figure out what to do. This is very appalling & very disturbing! They all need to be re-trained so they will know how to respond. I would not go on this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The ship was well laid out and easy to navigate. Mike Pack is an excellent and very entertaining cruise director. Lots to do for the whole family from the little kids to the grandparents. Food was good, in fact the steakhouse was one of ... Read More
The ship was well laid out and easy to navigate. Mike Pack is an excellent and very entertaining cruise director. Lots to do for the whole family from the little kids to the grandparents. Food was good, in fact the steakhouse was one of the best meals I have ever had. This cruise hooked us on cruising. Cabin - Balcony with enough room for 4, stewards were great, definetly recommend a balcony cabin the views while cruising into port lounging in your chair are great. Our room was above the night club, I would recommend a room in a different location for a better nights sleep. Dining - Food was excellent Embarkation - Went quicker than expected Entertainment - Excellent, lots of choices for the whole family Public rooms - well maintained and constantly being cleaned Service - Second to none Onboard experience - Excellent we will be back on Carnival Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my daughter -in-laws first cruise and I have been on many others. The Breeze is a beautiful ship. There are two small pools and both of them were full on sea days. Usually the aft pool is for adults only but on this ship kids ... Read More
This was my daughter -in-laws first cruise and I have been on many others. The Breeze is a beautiful ship. There are two small pools and both of them were full on sea days. Usually the aft pool is for adults only but on this ship kids were allowed in the area. They were a little loud, but they are kids. There is a wonderful kids area with slides and a splash area that they were having lots of fun in. Our cabin 8338 was in the perfect spot. Right around the corner and there were the elevators and it was easy to get lido deck. I always try to get this area for my cabin. My daughter-in-law smokes and the whole right side of the lido deck is for smokers. Plenty of setting room with nice chairs. I am an x smoker but it doesn't bother me to be around smokers. Usually they have to huddle in a small area, but on this ship they had the whole side of the ship and good seating. One thing to watch for in your cabin. You have to put your sea pass card into a slot above the light switch to activate the lights. If you remove the card the lights will stay on for a few minutes than go out. When you are in an interior cabin it is dark in there so make sure the card you use is the one that won't be leaving quickly. Entertainment left a little to be desired. Either the mics were off or they just couldn't sing. We went to two shows than gave up. The comedy show as good went to two of them. Food was good and plenty of choice's. We ate in the MDR every night but one. Every meal was good except one night and it seemed the food was a little over cooked. We didn't do the other restaurants you have to pay for. We did take a private tour in Cozumel. We went to Mr. Sancho's. The ship does not offer this place but we would highly recommend it. Look it up on the net and you will see why. No problem getting there on coming back to the ship. We asked the cab driver why the ship didn't offer the tour and he said Mr. Sancho's won't pay the finders fee. A good day for the money. We bought the all exclusive package and I got the best body massage for $60.00 plus tip. Grand Cayman went on the Stringray and Star Fish tour. Sea was rough, but we did enjoy. Jamicia went to Rose Hill. I did catch an Orb on my photos. Very interesting. We could of went on and shopped, but we went back to the ship. They have really cut down on the shopping area in Montgeo Bay. Getting on and off the ship was easy. We had a Miami tour scheduled on Saturday when we got back to port so we got off early. I did get a porter this time to help with the luggage and I will do this every time now. Well worth the money to not have to fight with the luggage through custom. I would go on this ship again any time. Really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the time with my daughter-in-law, she is a gem. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I went on this cruise with my husband (we are both 35 years old) and two children (ages 7 and 4). I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary, price and ship. We have only been on one cruise before aboard the Carnival Conquest, about ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my husband (we are both 35 years old) and two children (ages 7 and 4). I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary, price and ship. We have only been on one cruise before aboard the Carnival Conquest, about 5 years prior. Overall, we had a fantastic time and would love to cruise the Breeze again. Please keep in mind I am writing this review from a family-with-young-kids perspective. Room: I booked an inside spa room (4S) on deck 11. It was a four person, and I requested to have the bottom 2 beds remain separate to make it easier to move around the room. This didn't bother my husband and I and it worked out much better than if the bottom beds had been pushed together. In fact, my husband slept on the top bunk all week because my son was too scared to sleep up there! We found that there was exactly enough space for our family of four to unpack what we needed into the 3 closets. The bathroom was fine for size and had plenty of places to put our bathroom stuff. I had brought an over the door shoe organizer to use but never hung it up as it was unnecessary. We benefited greatly from the location of our room because it was close to everything we used: deck 10 Lido Marketplace and mid-Lido deck, deck 11 Camp Ocean, and deck 12 sports area and Waterworks. There was no elevator waiting for us because we rarely used the elevator. We preferred to skip the main dining rooms, but I could see it possibly being a hassle to get down and up if you chose to eat there daily. Originally, it was appealing to book a Spa room as well, but we never wound up using any of the Spa facilities (there was too many other things to do as a family). It was very quiet around our room, though, so we were fortunate. Dining: As we have small children, it was much easier to use the Lido Marketplace and restaurants in the vicinity than the main dining rooms and I prefer to get as much out of my cruise as possible without paying extra so we didn't even bother with any of the pay restaurants. We only went to the Sapphire Dining Room one evening for formal night, and we found the food to be terrible. Therefore, there was no real reason for us to venture back there. The food at the buffet in the Lido Marketplace was decent most of the time and the selection quite varied, but I found myself substituting food from the other 'fast food' restaurants to get a meal together for my kids more often than not. For example, pizza from the Pizzeria or fries from Guy's mixed with fruit from the buffet for lunch. Easy to do and mostly painless. I liked that I was able to build their meals this way with lots of options. Guy's Burgers, Blue Iquana Cantina, Mongolian Wok and the Pizzeria all had really good food. We ate at these places multiple times. It's nice to be able to get a breakfast burrito! My husband is Indian, so we know our Indian food, and Tandoor was just okay. The staff was great, but the food could definitely be improved. Still, it was nice to have an Indian option, too! Service: I did not find the majority of the staff to be overly friendly on the ship. It was not in-your-face unfriendly, most just appeared to be tired, doing their job, following their daily routine. The staff at the omelet station outright did not listen to instructions and it appeared to be more lack of care than a language issue. While some of the staff at Guy's Burgers were very nice, there was one particular man that was stone-faced and rude; I watched him behave this way to not only us but other passengers, too. Our room steward was friendly but it felt more like a forced friendliness. He seemed tired, too, just following a routine. I was surprised that when we initially entered the room the beds had been pushed together because I had requested online for the beds to remain as singles - maybe they do not receive this information? I don't know why they ask online then. At any rate, I had to find the steward and ask for him to separate them, to which he seemed offended. Then he outright asked me how many people are staying in the room when I mentioned we needed both bunks made up as well. He seemed a bit confrontational and I was taken aback. It wasn't the best first impression. At any rate, for the most part our room was cleaned decently, but we were disappointed that on our last evening there was no towel animal or turn down. The turn down service is not a big deal, but my daughter was really disappointed there was no towel animal on our last evening on the ship. That said, I completely understand the staff's possible exhaustion and that not everyone is in the mood to smile at every passenger all day long while going about their daily jobs. I get that they are working long hours, doing tedious, repetitive and exhausting jobs, and are far from their family and often home countries. I don't blame them for being tired and it showing. But I do think there is no call for being rude to anyone. On the other hand, there were staff that always smiled and were happy to chat. I want to mention a woman from the Towel Center, whose name was Mercy. She was from Nagaland in India, and she was very sweet, always smiling, and very friendly. We had some great chats with her. She deserves a shout-out, and a pay raise. Our cruise director, Mike, was exceptional in everything he did. He really made the cruise, we felt. He had so much energy and was always positive and humorous. They need to pay him more, too! Entertainment: In the Ovation Theater, we quite enjoyed the Playlist Productions shows. The magician duo was just okay, and the juggler show we left because it was a bit boring, even to us adults. The Hasbro Family Game Show was so entertaining! Don't miss it and sit on the main floor in the audience. My four year old in particular was over the moon for the towel animals we would find each night in our stateroom, so of course we went to the towel animal lessons and theatre. The lessons were interesting and amusing. They then had all the kids gather on the stage for the towel animal musical theatre which was exceptionally well done. Do not miss this if you have young kids. My 7 year old really enjoyed this, too. We bought the unlimited passes to the Thrill Theatre and saw all shows (and some multiple times) except the 17+ rated one. My kids loved the theatre and it didn't hurt that they had an Angry Bird, Rio 2 and roller coaster show among the offerings. The sports square was pretty good, although may I put it out there to get rid of the ping-pong table (good luck not chasing your ball) and add some additional foosball tables! I never say anyone play pool, either. But everyone used the mini-golf course, and there were lots of people on the ropes course. My favorite part of the cruise was the Dive-In Movies under the night sky. Loved it! They had family nights and adult nights. Some of the movies on family nights were, for example, Inside Out, Minions, and Hotel Transylvania 2. Adult nights included, for example, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Creed and The Revenant. There was a great movie selection. It is pretty sweet that they offer popcorn (albeit with no topping) and fleece blankets (the wind gets cold). My kids visited Camp Ocean only a couple times but while there they both had a great time. Both were able to color a tee they could keep. My daughter got to make a few Dr. Suess crafts. One thing I disliked was how my son was allowed to play video games for 1 1/2 hours when I left him there to do one of their scheduled activities. We didn't take him on the cruise to play video games. Lesson learned. Of course, the thing my kids liked the most was Waterworks! I think we were there every day at some point. They absolutely loved it. For a 7 and 4 year old, they could play there all day. There were lots of adults hanging out, cooling down, too. We didn't even bother with the pools on board as they were always crowded and too deep for our kids anyway. Dr. Seuss: The Dr. Seuss parade was good fun for the kids. The story time where they both read and act out The Cat in the Hat is such as great idea but it is lacking. The issue really is the audience participation. They ask for volunteers to act out the parts, but in our case the volunteers were perhaps not the best volunteers so didn't really jump in where they should and had to be constantly prompted by staff. I think they could make this fantastic by scrapping the audience participation and putting it in the hands of the crew, or fun squad, who know what they are doing. The breakfast was really fun - but be aware, yes, the food is terrible. But the table décor, menus and presentation of the food follows the Dr. Seuss theme to the T and it was exceptionally well done. My kids loved meeting Thing 1 and 2, The Cat in the Hat, and Sam-I-Am. The breakfast was well worth attending even if you are an adult without kids and want something fun to do. Ship: We enjoyed the ship very much, and felt the dining and entertainment options were well-rounded. It appears to be in great shape and we constantly saw crew members cleaning walls, doors, floors, everything. I also must mention we had a very smooth ride, with very minimal movement - although we had great weather, too. We would all sail on the Breeze again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Ship Pros: Having been on an older, non-refurbished Carnival ship (Victory, in 2011), I was happy to see that the Breeze had a new, less tacky design. Different areas of the ship had fun and appropriate theming, such as the Piano Bar, ... Read More
Ship Pros: Having been on an older, non-refurbished Carnival ship (Victory, in 2011), I was happy to see that the Breeze had a new, less tacky design. Different areas of the ship had fun and appropriate theming, such as the Piano Bar, Bonsai sushi restaurant, and Limelight Lounge, to name just a few. Ship Cons: Space is a huge issue. Chair hogs were in full effect for the entire duration, and it didn't appear that much was done about it. The Limelight Lounge gets packed, and unfortunately people also chair hog/reserve seats there as a result. People waiting to enter the Limelight Lounge for an upcoming show flow into the Piano Bar, which is seemingly cut in half by a hallway and set of doors. Dining Pros: I was totally content with my dining experiences. Our group was assigned the early (6pm) dining time in Sapphire, which I believe is the smaller of the two main dining rooms. (I like Sapphire better than Blush because I think Blush's orange lighting is harsh.) Our dining staff consisted of Amine, Lukman, and Joseph, who were all very friendly but clearly had a lot of tables, as service could be a tad slower on some nights.; still, we greatly enjoyed our wait staff. I enjoy trying a little bit of everything, so I took a tapas-style approach to dinner: a couple of appetizers and a salad, and a half serving of an entree. This worked out well for me, and I enjoyed my meal every night. Other dining options I checked out were Bonsai Sushi (for-fee), which I really, really loved; Pizza Pirate, which I think is better during the day than late at night (but still better than any other cruise pizza I've had); BlueIguana Cantina, which had excellent build-your-own-burrito options (the taco options were strangely less robust despite being housed in the same area); Guy's Burger Joint, which was a group favorite; and the Lido Marketplace, the buffet-style area that I honestly didn't visit very much but seemed fine. Room service was quick and tasty, and the requested continental breakfast items were always delivered on time. Dining Cons: The hours that different dining places are open seem to be a common grievance in reviews, and I would have to agree. Some places were only open for a couple of hours (e.g. Tandoor, Mongolian Wok). I'm not a person who needs to be noshing 24-7, but having the option to eat a later breakfast or a later lunch, for example, would have been nice. I didn't eat eggs during the trip but several people in my group said the eggs tasted strange and has a weird consistency caused by the addition of baking soda. Entertainment & Activities Pros: Mike was a great cruise director. The main pool area always seemed to be buzzing. (Unfortunately, due to chair hogs, my group rarely hung out in either of the pool areas.) The comedians were funny and always attracted large crowds. My group loved Scott at the Piano Bar (as well as the bartenders there - we agreed they are the best bartenders anywhere on the ship!). Unfortunately we missed the Love & Marriage Game, Hasbro Live, and Quest, so I can't comment on those. Entertainment & Activities Cons: The entertainment is probably this ship's weakest point, in my opinion. Having cruised before, I had seen some pretty decent shows, and the Breeze just didn't live up to anywhere near my expectations. There was a just-okay juggler, a pretty terrible comedy-magic duo, and the Carnival performances we saw were downright bad. I'm sure the performers are perfectly nice people, and they did the best they could with what they were given, but I would skip these shows if I were to sail the Breeze again. Also, I'm disappointed to report that I found myself bored on sea days - only a few rounds of trivia were offered in addition to the for-fee things cruise lines are always trying to sell you (spa treatments, art, jewelry, etc.). Service Pros: We liked Wan, our room steward, and our wait staff at Sapphire (Amine, Lukman, and Joseph). The bartenders at The Piano Bar are the best on the ship. Food service staff at the Lido Marketplace and other areas (Guy's Burger Joint, Bonsai, BlueIguana, etc.) were mostly very friendly and attentive. Service Cons: The late night guys at Pizza Pirate were a little less than friendly, likely due to being one of the only options available for late night revelers (read: hangry drunk people). The room service staff always seemed rushed and I don't remember any of the four I encountered as smiling during our interactions. The bar staff that walk around outside weren't especially friendly, but they weren't horrible. Overall, I didn't really have any issues with the service on the Breeze, but I do think the staff was just a tiny bit less friendly than I've experienced in the past; it didn't really impact my trip but it is worth mentioning. Ports & Shore Excursions: One of the main reasons I chose this itinerary was the ports: Grand Turk; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Curacao; and Aruba. I had never visited any of these ports and was excited to see them. Here are my thoughts: Grand Turk: We got off the ship and just hung out. We were at the beach area in front of Margaritaville for a while, then we moved over to Jack's Shack and stayed there until it was time to head back to the ship. La Romana, Dominican Republic: Our group split up. Four people headed to Altos de Chavon and into downtown La Romana, where they had Dominican food and did a little bit of shopping. My boyfriend and I did a Carnival-sponsored excursion called "Cenote Swim and Zipline at Scape Park." We really enjoyed the excursion and had a blast - I would recommend it to adrenaline junkies looking for something to do in a not-yet-established cruise port. Curacao: We found that Curacao had the most aggressive locals. We had to do a lot of haggling to get a decent taxi rate, but finally we were taken to Pirate Bay, which we later discovered was private. We had a great authentic (and unfortunately extremely expensive even by US standards) Caribbean lunch and then went to town, where we watched the sun set from the Queen Emma floating bridge. It was a great time! Aruba: We booked a third-party snorkeling excursion with Jolly Pirates. We absolutely loved it. The excursion was over and we were back on MooMba Beach by 1:30pm. The water was great but there was slimy, hair-like seaweed on the ocean floor, so beware! We loved our time in Aruba. Overall Thoughts: There are a few things that could be improved, of course, but my attitude about cruising is that I'm on vacation, and those minor things shouldn't make or break my trip. The cruise was a journey and for several people in my group, their first time cruising. Everyone had a great time, and I would gladly sail the Breeze again. I'd be more mindful of the cabin and would try to fit more of the ship in, because I feel like I missed some of the great offerings. Sail with an open mind, remember not to sweat the small stuff, and you'll have an excellent time, be it on the Breeze or any other cruise ship! I wanted to post an honest but positive review because I think a lot of reviews that are posted are overly critical and written by people looking to complain about something so few people are afforded - the opportunity to visit new lands, meet new people, and enjoy time away from the drudgery of everyday life! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Being our 3rd cruise with carnival this was our absolute favorite. Walking in right away you could tell the ship was brand new and very clean. Crew staff, food and activities were all excellent! Food varies from blue iguana burritos and ... Read More
Being our 3rd cruise with carnival this was our absolute favorite. Walking in right away you could tell the ship was brand new and very clean. Crew staff, food and activities were all excellent! Food varies from blue iguana burritos and tacos super tasty to amazing Indian cuisine to delicious pizza and the guys burgers are an absolute must try! Overall we had an amazing time as always carnival never disappoints! Water slides are so much fun I'd recommend the yellow one over the orange it's much faster! Only con I must say is the DJ on board (DJ Extreme) he's extremely rude wouldn't take any requests and literally had the same playlist of songs playing the whole entire time on the ship. We only went to the club twice figured we'd give him another shot second time around very disappointing. So instead id suggest visiting Scott at the piano bar for some drinks and great songs he's awesome! Comedians were ok the best one was Jeff forget his last name but we made the best out of our time on board as everyone should. My boyfriend and I always cruise with carnival and will continue on doing so! Can't wait for our next journey with them next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was a family cruise during April vacation. We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary--Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba - because we wanted to go to places we hadn't been to before. Embarkation ... Read More
This was a family cruise during April vacation. We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary--Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba - because we wanted to go to places we hadn't been to before. Embarkation was super smooth. We had priority boarding and had virtually no lines or waiting. The ship was beautiful. The decor is much more toned down than other Carnival cruises we've been on. It was more like an upscale hotel. We had upgraded to an Ocean Suite cabin which was very nice. It was plenty of room for the four of us. Our cabin steward was very friendly and went out of his way to great us whenever he saw us coming or going. The room was always very clean when he left. In fact the whole ship was super clean. We had early dining in the Blush dining room. Again the service here was great. The food was fine. We aren't food snobs or super picky so everyone found something they liked every night. The menu did seem to be a little repetative and boring by the end of the week but maybe it was the routine rather than the food. For breakfast we usually ate at the Lido deck area. Here you found the usual breakfast buffet food. Perfectly fine. We did lunch at Guy's burgers - yummy, Blue Iguana Cantina - my favorite, and at Lido. Evening snacks at Pizza pirate. Ice cream any time. We did not starve! We bought the soda drink package for the kids, but not the unlimited drink package for us. Carnival makes all adults in the room buy and we didn't think it would be worth it for us, especially on port days when we were out all day. Entertainment was OK. I think it's all what you expect. The shows were fine. The musicians throughout the ship were excellent. The cruise director was entertaining. We loved the outdoor movies. It was fun to snuggle under a blanket and watch a movie under the stars. The kids (13 and 16) enjoyed the waterslides, mini golf, thrill theater, the arcade and the candy store. We did our own excursions in the ports, so I can't comment on what Carnival offered. We really liked Curacao and Aruba. In Turks we just went to the beach area right off the ship. DR was probably our least favorite due to issues with the taxi transport at the port. Overall, i'd say we were pleasantly surprised and had a great time on the Breeze. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I may be young (13) but I enjoyed this cruise and would definitely recommend. The times I was at the buffet (Lido Marketplace). The lines were not to long or there was a shorter line. The food was great. I would definitely recommend ... Read More
I may be young (13) but I enjoyed this cruise and would definitely recommend. The times I was at the buffet (Lido Marketplace). The lines were not to long or there was a shorter line. The food was great. I would definitely recommend Guy's Burger Joint. If I had the chance I would pick this ship in a heartbeat for a vacation. The ship was nicely decorated and not to over the top. Nice and simple. It may be big but after the 2nd day it is easy to navigate. Dining was nice. Though I wish in the sapphire restaurant they would have less ice the the water. The Grand Turk was fun even if I got sunburnt. The Dominican Republic not so much. Not Carnival's fault of course. I did not see any issues with our room and was situated nicely on Deck 9 so it was nice and quiet during the night. Pizza was good and the ice cream was nice. I do wish they had plain strawberry more but meh. The dive in movies was nice, but non of the movies except the Martion interest me. The Circle C was fun, but I am not much of a social person. The waterworks was fun but it got stale after awhile. I do wish they had more activities more about science and rocketry. I did not explore Miami or Orlando. The security line was long before we got there. All of our baggage except for one made it to our room after our first lunch. The pools were salty but the hot tubs were nice. The soda was nice but I wish they had more options. I digress, It did not take us long to get off and on the ship after ports of call. The muster stations were easy to locate. (Ours being in Club O2) Also I recommend a change in music when we enter the security eary because fight song to me is not that good. We had to take a bus from Sanford to Miami. Being a Iowan the heat was not good but good AC and plenty of shade was good. Beach loungers for the dive in movies were not hard to find. The air was nice and fresh inside the boat and was not to humid and not to hot. The buffet was nice but I wish we had a little more options at the sweet spot. I wish it never ended! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and we have always had a great vacation. I am not impressed with this ship, bigger is not always better. I was unaware when I booked this cruise that it was spring break and there was going to be 1000 ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and we have always had a great vacation. I am not impressed with this ship, bigger is not always better. I was unaware when I booked this cruise that it was spring break and there was going to be 1000 kids on-board. Everywhere you turned there was screaming, running, kids, with no parents in sight. One night we went to the tides pool and there was about 25 teenagers crammed into one hot tub, no security around. I would have chosen a different week to cruise. We flew into FLL the day before the cruise, and rented a car to see some attractions in Miami. We stayed overnight in an airport hotel which offered us a shuttle to the miami cruise port. Our scheduled check-in time for the ship was for 1:30pm. When we arrived at the Breeze terminal there was a huge lineup of people waiting outside the empty air conditioned building in the heat. It was so unorganized and chaotic, I had never seen anything like it. When you asked an employee for information they just tell you to wait and you will be called. They had 2 signs...check-in and next check-in. This isn't the ships first sailing, they've done this before. Why wouldn't they have signs posted with each check-in time and formed lines with those times? That would make more sense! We eventually got on board hooray! The ship is beautiful and big. Our cabin was on deck 2, an interior aft, I won't choose that again. We felt vibrations and heard noises from below us. We got early dining in the Blush dining room, which was a change I always did anytime dining before this cruise. Our table was right against this huge post which I didn't care for, but I liked our servers and I didn't want to change that. Food was great all over the ship, you'll never go hungry! We loved Guy's Burger Joint. Always very long line-ups for food in the buffet areas, unless you get there right when it opens. Also long and disorganized line-ups for getting off this ship at ports of call, 4000 people exiting 1 gangway all at once just crazy! How about each half of the ship exiting front or back gangways! Disappointed with the fun shop. I spent $20, on other Carnival ships I've spent $200. Punchliner comedy club and trivia games were good. Divas show was good in the theatre. Not much else to do in the evenings unless you gamble at the casino. Ports of call were awesome. Ocho Rios we chose a private company named Jaital for a Dunns River Falls tour. Carnival didn't offer only a "dunns river falls" excursion. We were very happy with our excursion, very fun and affordable, I highly recommend them. We had plenty of time for the falls, shopping in port, and a cool bevy at Margaritaville! Cayman Islands, we ended up doing a nice island tour with a shuttle driver in the port for $15 each, because our Carnival Stingray swim was cancelled due to bad weather. Lots of time to see the island and buy souvenirs. We had no plans for Cozumel, until I won a free Carnival shore excursion woohoo! We had a wonderful day on a v.i.p. deluxe catamaran tour. I suggest going to the welcome aboard show! There's lots of prizes and give-aways. Getting off the ship was a BREEZE! We waited in the theatre and they called our zone number and we were off the ship in 5 minutes. After we collected our luggage I noticed my suitcase had a hole in the top corner. It was very disappointing because this is the second time that they have damaged my luggage on a cruise with them. I guess its time to upgrade to a new hard-cover suitcase. We had pre-booked MJS transportation company to pick us up from the cruise port and take us to FLL airport when we arrived. Prompt, good service, at a great price too. All in all we had a good vacation. The weather was fantastic and the food was great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF ... Read More
Just home from the 6 night Breeze out of Tampa. The cruise exceeded my expectations greatly! I had read many so-so reviews on here about the ship and Carnival in general, I was not expecting the fabulous time we ended up having. FTTF was well worth the $60 and I would have paid more. The dock was busy upon arrival, so we were able to by-pass the long lines and go right into the terminal with no waiting for check-in. Arrived at outside of terminal at 10:30 and boarded the boat at 11:30. They started boarding early with the disclaimer rooms were to ready until 1. Which was AOK by me! Food- I assumed that the food would be average at best, but the meals were great. Sea Day brunch both days was awesome. The MDR meals were good and the service was excellent. Vikor and I Made were very responsive and friendly. Lobster night was yummy. We did eat at Italian one night and enjoyed a change of scenery. My kids loved the buffet and I ended up eating burritos or Guy's burgers too often, because they were so yummy. Entertainment- went to a few shows which were good. Karaoke was fun. Night club was too smokey for me. Casino was a little smokey at night too. Ports were fine. Too many people in your face at Ocho Rios, trying to get you in a taxi or on a tour. In Cozumel we did the VIP Sail and Snorkle trip and it was AMAZING! 4 bedroom/4 bathroom yacht with limited people. They took us to a gorgeous sandbar at the end of Cozumel for swimming. Clearest blue water ever. Cabin was fine. Clean, serviced twice a day. Would definitely do the Breeze again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for spring break in April 2016. (This was our 13th cruise overall, 6th on Carnival, and 2nd on the Breeze.) Embarkation – The port workers were strictly enforcing the entrance time on your boarding pass, so no bother showing up at anytime before that. Our passes were for the 10-10:30am check in. We were all checked in and waiting to board by 11am, but it wasn’t until around noon that we were able to board with our zone 3 stamp we had been given. Rooms were supposed to be ready by 12:30-1pm, but when we went to check at 1pm, they still weren’t ready, but we dropped our stuff off anyway. Room – This time we had an inside spa cabin on deck 11. It was small, but it’s what we expected and had read about prior to getting onboard. We liked the location of being on deck 11 and got our daily workout in going up and down the stairs avoiding elevators to go to the main theater and dinner. We had two closets with not enough hangers. The shower seemed larger than we remembered as neither of us were attacked by the shower curtain. Water pressure was also good in the shower. Safe worked fine. Mini fridge was there, but we never even opened it. Suitcases fit right under the bed as usual. For gold status, we were supposed to receive free bottles of water, but never did until we asked the room steward to look into it on day two. Our room was service quickly twice a day always while we were at breakfast and then again at dinner. Towel animals were cute as always. Spa area – We did check out the spa area since we were in a spa room and had access to it. No one else was there during the 30 minutes we were there, so if you like to get away from everyone then the spa is for you. There was a nice lounge area, large hot tub, hot rooms, and steam room, but it just wasn’t our thing. We probably wouldn’t pay extra to have it again. Deck Chairs – People are out early claiming their spots with towels and other personal items. At no point did we ever see anyone enforcing a rule for people leaving belonging behind for a long period of time without being there. If you’re looking for shade, those spots go first, followed by the prime sunning areas on the lido on deck 10. Deck 11 has some nice shade areas, but it’s also the smoking area. The serenity area also fills up quickly on sea days. The easiest place to always find a chair in the sun or shade is deck 5. Our advice is to claim your seat on your way to breakfast, especially if you want a deck chair on 10, 11 or 12. Previous sailing - We previously sailed on the Breeze in December 2013 and did notice a few things that could be improved upon this time around. There was significant wear to the cushions on deck chairs in the serenity area which looked like they needed to be completely replaced as well as areas where the deck and carpets were worn down. Once they fix these minor issues up she’ll be as good as new! Food – Seems to be the same quality as last time we were on board. If you’re looking for gourmet food, Carnival is not the cruise line for you. If you don’t mind simple and sometimes bland food, then step on up. The portions in the main dining room seemed a little smaller than last time, and for the first time ever, we heard people being told no when trying to order additional lobsters, and escargot wasn’t on the menu any of the 6 nights, but is available at the steakhouse. The buffet food is hit and miss, but if you skip out on the main dining room for dinner, no worries, because at least half of the items on the main dining room menu are also served on the buffet at night. For lunch, there are so many options, which I think helps keep the lines down overall : Pizza, Indian, Deli, Asian Wok, Guys Burgers, Burritos/Tacos, comfort food buffet, and specialty cuisine buffet, as well as Italian restaurant which is free at lunch. If you time things right, you’ll never have to wait in line very long at all. Our favorite buffet area stops are the Guy’s Burgers and Blue Iguana Burritos. The longest and slowest line is always at the Asian Wok – where there are two cooks who are each cooking individual dishes for three people at a time, so of course it is going to take some time. Pizza can also get backed up at prime feeding times. The main buffet area does have strict hours and some people seem to get annoyed with that, but I think is reasonable since they have to take down breakfast and set up for lunch and take down lunch and set up for dinner. I think this also helps with overall cleanliness too. Breakfast is the same at the buffets, so it doesn’t matter which line you go to. The longest line is always for omelets, other than that there isn’t much of a wait at breakfast. Bar service - always fast and friendly! Entertainment & Activities – There is so much to do on board this ship. Even after bring on the Breeze twice, we still haven't done everything there is to do! The cruise director Mike was ok, but since we had Butch last time, anything but Butch is a disappointment for us. The rest of the entertainment and fun crew were good seemed to enjoy what they do, which was good. Trivia pretty much happens hourly and is a good way to win trophies or medals if you’re into that. The shows in the main theater were good. We thought the best was Motor City. The comedy shows were ok, but they’re always hit and miss depending on who the comedians are. They do clear the comedy room out after each show and make people wait in a line to get back in now, so that was a different. As long as you arrive 15 minutes early, you can always find a seat for the comedy. For the main theater, you could always find a seat no matter what, but if you want the best views or a seat at the end of a row, then you should arrive 10-15 minutes early. The piano bar was also good evening entertainment. The dance club gets going about 11:30pm-midnight ish, before that it is pretty much dead. Live music around the ship was hit or miss. Other entertainment like the ropes course, mini golf, and waterslides/waterworks area is also good fun. We used the waterslides over and over again with no line on port days , on sea days in the afternoon there was always a line. Other passengers - It was a typical spring break crowd. The majority of people on board seemed to be families with children along with couples in their 20s-50s. For our sailing there was just over 1300 people under 18 on board, most of which we never saw, so good job Camp Ocean! Ports of Call: Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, & Cozumel Mexico. Excursion suggestions - Dunn River Falls in Jamaica, swim with the sting rays in Grand Cayman, & visit the ruins in Mexico. Shopping - The best port area shopping is in Cozumel Mexico. Disembarkation - This is fast especially if you do the self disembark and take your luggage off yourself. Otherwise, don’t leave until your zone number is called. The luggage system has been upgraded in the last few years at the port of Miami and now comes out on moving belts like at an airport. Only the luggage for the zones called is available. The biggest slow down with disembarkation is people with their customs/immigration forms not completely filled out and people who overall are just not paying attention. The taxi line is short if you get out right away before 9am, but gets long after that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. ... Read More
This ship was perfect and way better decor than any other Carnival ship. It's a BIG ship, but I love it. It's a nice way to burn that cruise weight. If you didn't like Carnival because of the ship design, try the Breeze. Embarkation was actually very smooth. They started "staggered check-in". We picked 10:00-10:30, but actually didn't make it till 11:30. We bypassed the lines since we were already suppose to check-in. The whole process took 30 minutes. Make sure to never come before your check-in time or be prepared to stay in the hot sun! 3 people made sure we had the right time to come in! Service was great actually. Every staff member was very friendly and our room steward was excellent. He would always say hi to us no matter how far down the hall he was. The room was PERFECT. Seriously, Carnival stepped up the cabin decor. It's so much nicer and easier on the eyes. I love the blue and yellow tones. It's not basic and boring anymore. The food was great. Seriously, I don't think I had one bad dish. The buffet food had some disappointing items, but that's to be expected at a buffet. One thing I can say for sure, the 24/7 pizza is DELICIOUS! It's the italian style, not like chain pizza. I highly recommend trying it. Dining room food was very good and here's a tip, don't order lobster or filet mignon off the "Steakhouse Selections". They are free once a cruise. Also, try Cucina Del Capitano at lunch. Not a lot of people and you get seated right away. I didn't do the kid's clubs, but I heard positive things about Camp Ocean. Entertainment was ok. The parties and dancing were super fun, but the shows lacked. All the shows were just covers to songs, I was looking for more entertaining shows rather than musicals. In summary, you really won't regret going on the Breeze. I can't see how other people had a bad time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We've only been on 3 cruises prior to this sailing. This was by far the best. Let me start with Embarkation. We drove to the port and parked at the port. $20 per day. Kinda of steep, however very conviienent. It took approx. 1.5 hrs. ... Read More
We've only been on 3 cruises prior to this sailing. This was by far the best. Let me start with Embarkation. We drove to the port and parked at the port. $20 per day. Kinda of steep, however very conviienent. It took approx. 1.5 hrs. to board. Our cabin was an interior spa cabin. It was small but we didn't spend a whole lot of time in there. With a spa cabin, you have access to the Serenity Spa. The amenities are nice. Sauna, therapy pool, heated loungers etc. Our cabin steward Marta was wonderful. He made sure we had plenty of the elemis toiletries that are included in the spa cabin. They smell really nice. He always greeted us with a smile and knew our names. We had your time dining. It was nice to have the flexibility to eat when ever we wanted. I missed dining and meeting other people. Next cruise we will go back to assigned dining. Just our preference. The food was good. Nothing special. We did eat in the steakhouse which was great. I recommend making reservations before your cruise. We had reservations but wanted to back another night and everything was booked. The deli was really good and the pizza was decent. Lots of choices on the buffet during lunch, however very limited for dinner. Guys burgers where the best. C-Side bbq. was not very good. Breakfast was always good in the dining room and buffet. Entertainment was really good. Different show every night . Comedy club was great. We saw 3 different comedians all very good. Late shows for adults only were great. Our cruise director Mike was fantastic . He was always around morning, noon, and night. The music trivia shows he hosted were great. I hope Mike is on Vista when we sail in 2018. Ports, St. Marteen we book our excursion on our own. We booked through Soauliga Destinations. Check them out on TripAdvisor. Captain Bob is the great. Antigua, we took a bus to Nelson's dockyard. Easy enough to do on your own. St. Thomas we booked a ship excursion to Magen's Bay than shopping. It was worth the $49 Amber Cove, really nice pool area. Some shopping . This is Carnival's private island so I was disappointed that although we had the Cheers drink pkg. we still had to pay for drinks, so we went back on board and enjoyed the pool and free drinks . The only down side was we had to leave when the cruise was over. Disembark was a night mare. Customs was a joke. It took forever to get our bags. Note to self, self assist. If you can carry your bags off the ship, than do it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We traveled to Miami the day before and stayed at the Rodeway Inn on 826 which is right at the turnpike and I95 intersect. This hotel was less expensive than one closer to ... Read More
My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We traveled to Miami the day before and stayed at the Rodeway Inn on 826 which is right at the turnpike and I95 intersect. This hotel was less expensive than one closer to the port. We parked at 8300 Park and Ride which is more than half price of the cruise port and only 10 minutes from the hotel we stayed at and from the cruise port. It was convenient and the wait upon return wasn't too long, we did the self assist so we could begin our drive home early. We were off the ship and on the rode by 8 am. We've been on the Carnival Dream and the Breeze is the sister ship so we kind of knew what to expect. The Breeze was a bit of a surprise with all of the intimate places throughout the ship that you could sit and actually talk with people and the food options were amazing. Our cabin was a balcony on the 8th deck and it was a good choice, there were cabins above us and below so the noise was minimal. Our room steward was very attentive and once I asked for ice it was there everyday, refreshed morning and night. The service from other staff was just as efficient. The Bonsai Sushi and Guy's Burgers was the best and the Serenity deck was great for relaxing. There were many places that are shaded and on other ships that's not the case, it was comfortable even with all the guests that this huge ship holds. We ate at the pay for Italian Restaurant and it was very good. We booked three excursions through Carnival and they were worth the money. In Grand Turk we took the ray, conch and snorkel trip. The crew was great and took us to a conch nursery and those who could dive to get the conch did and the crew got conch for those who couldn't, they made fresh conch salad for us which was very good. They took us to a beautiful reef and then a beach for swimming with the rays. San Juan we took a bus tour around the city to learn a little history, they charged $20 a person, it was worth it to learn about the city. They dropped us off at a little shopping market and close to the cruise port. In St. Kitts we did a dolphin excursion where we were able to touch and learn about the dolphins. The dolphin pushed us around by our feet and then again we hung on by their fins. This was a great tour. We did not use and children's facility but walked through them and was impressed with all they had available for them. Dr. Seuss parade was fun to see. The entertainment was fair, not the best comedians that we have seen on other Carnival ships but it was still worth going to them. We both loved the ship, service, and would go on the Breeze again. In November we are going to go on the Dream class ship and the is the Carnival Magic...we are looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Ok ship, pools are small, standing room only, no room to swim. The food in the main dinning room was great. buffet not so good. Guy's burgers was ok not great. All the staff were great and the cruise director was awesome. The ... Read More
Ok ship, pools are small, standing room only, no room to swim. The food in the main dinning room was great. buffet not so good. Guy's burgers was ok not great. All the staff were great and the cruise director was awesome. The 80's and 90's trivia is a must go. Our room was very good. The one bad thing that stands out is the first 5 days it was like we were racing to go from port to port. it was a rough ride and we didn't get much sleep because all we heard all night were big bangs like we ran into something. The last 3 days everything was smooth sailing. We usually are on a higher deck but we went with 24 people and they wanted to be low in the ship, so we ended up on deck 2. Never again. Entertainment was ok, I've seen better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my 26th cruise and my third time on the Breeze. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I'm a teacher and this was my spring break vacation. It was also my nephew's 17th birthday. I have been taking him on all ... Read More
This was my 26th cruise and my third time on the Breeze. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. I'm a teacher and this was my spring break vacation. It was also my nephew's 17th birthday. I have been taking him on all my cruises since he was 8 years old since we have the same vacation time. I drove to the Port of Miami. We got there at 11:00. The previous cruise hadn't debarked yet, so the parking lot was full. They sent us to one that was further. The time that I had chosen to check in was 11:30. They allowed us to check in at that time, but we had to wait 30 minutes to go on the ship because Customs hadn't cleared the previous cruise. As soon as we entered the ship, we checked out our cabin. We chose an inside since we don't spend a lot of time in the cabin. When my mother sails with us, we book a balcony since she loves it. She didn't join us on this cruise because she was having a lot of back pain. After we checked out our cabin, we went to have lunch on lido. We had pasta at the Italian Restaurant. It was so delicious. My nephew had lunch there everyday. I would go with him, but would take my chicken burrito from the Blue Iguana Cantina and eat it there. We ate at the Italian Restaurant on 2 nights. The $15 fee is so worth it. We would have eaten there on two more nights, but it was full for those nights. We never made reservations. we would show up and be seated right away. On the last night, there was a super long wait to enter the dining room. We waited for 45 minutes. On formal night we only had a 15 minute wait. This is the first time that I didn't go watch any of the production shows because we went to watch the comedians, Karaoke, and the Thrill Theater instead. The comedians, The Thrill Theater, and karaoke were great! They added a lot of new movies at the thrill theater since we last sailed on her in August. Great features, but those seats move so much and hurt your back and neck. I bought my nephew the social media package for his phone. It was a little slow, but he loved staying connected with his friends. I don't care to check my social media while cruising so I didn't purchase it for me. My nephew was always at the arcade, and attended many of the parties scheduled in his age group. He thought that they were a lot of fun. The basketball court was always super crowded. There were a lot of fun activities scheduled, and a lot of variety of foods. Everything we ate was delicious! We ate at the buffet, main dining room, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, Pizza pirate, Omelette station, Italian Restaurant, and the deli. My nephew loves the ice cream from the specialty coffee shop. I wasn't impressed with the cruise director, Mike who everyone raved about. He was super loud, annoying, and tried too hard to be funny. One of the social hosts, Orlando should have been the cruise director instead. In Jamaica, we booked an excursion at a resort. I do not recommend it. Save your money. I booked this excursion because we wanted to go to a resort and enjoy the beach and pool. They also advertised having kayaks and water toys. They didn't have any available, and we only had a small space to enjoy the beach because the other side was blocked off for others. The beach was super rocky and full of seaweed. There was a buffet advertised, but because of the small amount of people who booked this excursion(12 in total), they went around with a menu, and you could choose a hamburger or hot dog with fries. The hamburger tasted terrible. In Grand Cayman, we just walked around since we have been there so many times and my nephew woke up late. In Cozumel, we booked the wave runner excursion. I highly recommended. This was the third time that we have booked this excursion. The instructors are amazing and stay near you until you feel comfortable operating it. Debarkation was a breeze. We were off the ship at 7:30 a.m. and home by 8:00. I highly recommend sailing on the Breeze. It is a beautiful ship with so many activities scheduled and so much to do. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal ... Read More
This review uses experience on Royal Caribbean as a high water mark reference point; though the Breeze offers good value, it does not measure up to the quality of service, ship design, décor, and staff professionalism experienced on Royal C. Staff: Though the restaurants and cleaning staff had good intensions, they often seemed overextended. They often did not seem to understand English when asked any question beyond the most common phrases and then responses where difficult or impossible to understand. This was not the case at all on Royal C.so I was disappointed. Examples of the less than professional service are the following: Not thinking to serve a spoon with coffee and having to get a busy waiters attention to ask for one. Serving melted ice-cream or lukewarm food. Impolite or impatient ways of getting you to take bread or give your order because the waiters seemed pressured or rushed to get their job accomplished. (again not experienced on Royal C. ) Some waiters seemed to be armature or ill trained, unsure of how or what to do next while others did okay. It was inconsistent. I must say the dining directors were good and accommodating. Photographers where a constant annoyance on this cruise; at every dinner we were interrupted by men asking us (or not asking us) to pose for photos. On one occasion, for a second photo op that meal, a photographer was with an assistant dressed as a pirate with a plastic sword. without asking any in our dining party the pirate went around the table placing his sword under the throat of one of each couple to pose for the camera. Okay, maybe fun for some with young kids but our group of 12 was not in this category; very unprofessional and intrusive. Photographers also seemed to be filling many corners of hallways impleading the heavy traffic of this large passenger list of 4700 trying to snag anyone to get a photo in front of a fake beach or ship when we could do the same with our own cameras with the real thing outside! It was like navigating a narrow market around venders trying to sell you at every turn. Lines at every turn: Anything you needed or wanted to do required waiting in a line for at least 20 min or more usually. Customer service? wait in line (on the phone too). Shore excursions? wait in line. Food at most any venue? wait in line, activities, wait in line. We found ourselves using room service much more than expected to avoid time wasting lines but then still a 40 minute wait and for only sandwiches, coffee and juice; anything more, including pop, required payment. Ship design was not impressive. Dining rooms not very elegant compared with RC. They were also louder though we sat at many different locations on top and lower areas; acoustic deadening needed. The veranda deck was not inviting with high glass walls and partitions along the length of the ship, you could not enjoy a walk next to the sea with an open railing, and then had to go around high partitions along the way. Traffic flow in the buffet areas ( The Market) was difficult. Lines wrapped around hall areas. Attendants push carts and carrying things were always needing you to clear their way. People crowed past each other to find the ends of lines. Décor just average. The small atrium had a backdrop of clouds on blue painted on a wall with cylindrical red and orange lights on wires. Tacky. Color combinations and decorations were nothing impressive. There was a feeling of randomness as to where activity spaces were placed. Casino, bars, play spaces were hard to locate logically, you had to find a map; it seemed not very intuitive. Art was just displayed in common hallways and then in a small, one entry room. Again, I was spoiled by a Royal Caribbean ship that had flowing intuitive and inviting spaces easy to find and get familiar with. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized and managed by the upbeat directors. This review just escaped a two star rating because of good Varity of food, hard working staff and upbeat directors. But next time for me and mine, its definitely a return to Royal Caribbean on a smaller, more elegant ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Our cabin was beautiful, plenty of room for 2 adults and 1 "child" (he is 14, but 6'2"!) We enjoyed the sports deck and the multitude of things to do each day. The food, as always, was excellent. I have never had a ... Read More
Our cabin was beautiful, plenty of room for 2 adults and 1 "child" (he is 14, but 6'2"!) We enjoyed the sports deck and the multitude of things to do each day. The food, as always, was excellent. I have never had a complaint about Carnival's food. The only problem is, which one should I eat? Great variety! Guy's Burgers were SO yummy, we usually headed there instead of the Marketplace for lunch. The Mexican cafe's tacos and burritos were excellent also. Our room steward was amazing. He took care of all requests without hesitancy. The room was so clean! My private balcony is my favorite part of any cruise, and this time they had a straight back chair, and a chair that lies flat, so I actually was able to take a pillow and beach towel out there and take a nap, waking to the sight of that beautiful ocean! Dinner was also excellent, the waiters were attentive. Mike, the cruise director, was such fun! He is totally crazy (in a good way, of course) and kept us laughing. The different Trivia shows became my favorites, as Mike was always there making us laugh... a lot! Unfortunately, the evening "main" shows were not so great, so we started skipping them. Not a big deal, as there are so many other things to do. Also, embarkation was kind of weird. Why did they make us rush and worry that we would get there exactly between 11-11:30am, only to be made to sit and wait for another 45 minutes before we could go on board? Didn't like that either! The only major complaint was about the Anytime Dining wait. I have never encountered this before and was very disappointed. Almost every night we had to stand in a line, once for 30 minutes, then only to be handed a beeper and told it will be another 20-30 minutes! This was not acceptable and I complained, and we were seated quickly, but that is not how it should work. Next time, I will definitely book a certain time, I just never had this happen before so I didn't know it would be a problem. Other than that, excellent cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is a lovely ship, probably the largest we have sailed on in our 30 plus years of cruising. We always go in the spring time and the spring breakers have never bothered us, until this year. And it wasn't the college students you ... Read More
This is a lovely ship, probably the largest we have sailed on in our 30 plus years of cruising. We always go in the spring time and the spring breakers have never bothered us, until this year. And it wasn't the college students you associate with spring break, it was the younger children that are left to their own on the ships and do what any group of kids will do, get into everything. I blame this on their parents. Our embarkation was smooth, we were in the first check in group and being a priority we were on the ship and eating lunch by 11:30. We were in one of the cove balcony rooms for the first time, I loved being so close to the water and you learn to live with the wet floor and the dry salt remaining when the wet dried. I will say they are very private. We had already been to all the stops on this cruise so only booked a tour in La Romana, a visit to a Indian cave which was amazing and huge. There were a lot of stairs but once you get to the bottom they have an elevator to go back up. Grand Turk has the most beautiful waters, Curacao has it's lovely colorful buildings and Aruba is like Arizona with an ocean. The food was good, not too sure about the new american menu but you are not going to starve on a cruise. I didn't mind no tablecloth and actually liked having the water and rolls on the table at all times. The service was extremely slow and when we said something to our waiter they reported it to the matre de, something we would have never done. Disembarkationwas just as easy, we had number two tags and were in our car and leaving the port by 7:10, home at 8:45. I would think twice about going on this large a ship again but who knows, we love Carnival although I think our next couple will be with Holland or Princess, mostly because we want to do a European and Carnival doesn't go there unless they're bringing out a new ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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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