254 Miami to Caribbean - Eastern Carnival Breeze Cruise Reviews

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 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
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
I just got off the Breeze for a back to back from the last week of Feb and the first week of March 2016. I really enjoyed the ship. It took a little while to get on, I guess thanks to Customs. The food was good, the stops were fun and the ... Read More
I just got off the Breeze for a back to back from the last week of Feb and the first week of March 2016. I really enjoyed the ship. It took a little while to get on, I guess thanks to Customs. The food was good, the stops were fun and the employees were very nice, friendly and good. I think the Breeze was the prettiest ship I have been on and I've done 20 cruises with my 21st scheduled next month. Food really was enjoyable. We did the My Time dining and only had to wait 2 different times for about 10 minutes. Other times we got right in. There's a great mix of music on the Breeze, everything from a string trio (who played both classical and rock music) to a good band, a latin duo, and an accordion player. The casino was enjoyable and the dealers were very nice. The Cruise Director Mike was really good and you want to make his Music Trivia games at night. Knowledge isn't the purpose, fun is. The stops were very good. We had a really great time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Embarkation in Miami was very good we arrived at the port just before 11am and were on the ship at about 12.20pm.We travelled with 8 other people some were experienced cruisers.We were all shocked to see the last guests from the previous ... Read More
Embarkation in Miami was very good we arrived at the port just before 11am and were on the ship at about 12.20pm.We travelled with 8 other people some were experienced cruisers.We were all shocked to see the last guests from the previous cruise getting off at 12 noon.The people that pay faster to the fun fees are wasting their money as they only get on approx. 10 to 15 minutes prior to the rest of the guests.The ship is very modern and is a refreshing experience compared to some of the Conquest style ships that we have been on in the past.The ship is very clean and the staff do a wonderful job of keeping it that way. We ate all of our meals at night in the dining room and found the food to be very good and offered a lot of variety even though it has suffered from previous years.The Ocean plaza is a great place to hang out at night as they have a band playing every night.The only problem I had is they blocked one side of the sliding doors on most nights preventing the open feeling of Ocean Plaza. Some of the staff claimed this was because of wind but when one pointed out there was little wind outside on that side of the ship they reluctantly opened the doors. By locking these doors this defeats the whole purpose of the Ocean Plaza. The Cruise Director Mike went out of his way to make this ship rock and needs to be commended for his efforts. One thing that people seem very upset about is the cancelation of the past cruisers party for Gold Members .One has to be Platinum now and have a minimum of 70 cruise days to be able to now attend this party. This was a slap in the face to these Gold Members. Another sad thing is the lack of a live band in the theatre. They have replaced this with recorded music and a laser show but a lot of people still prefer the live bands. Mind you the shows presented were entertaining. Comedians were very good and their is more than enough to do on the Breeze. Most smokers and we had some miss the cigar bar as previous ships had. Smokers on this ship had to smoke outside the Ocean Plaza. Islands visited were Antigua( 3rd world country with a very dirty cruise port), St Martin which a is a fan favourite and is a great island, St Thomas US Virgin Islands another fan favorite and the new port of Amber Cove in the Dominican. Amber Cove was built by Carnival and they have done a fantastic job. We took a taxi for a tour of nearby Puerto Plata and had a wonderful time. On arriving in Miami Carnival again did a wonderful job of getting everyone off in a organized fashion. Bottom line this was a very good cruise and was good value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Summary After many years without going on a Carnival cruise this trip confirmed why, Carnival cruises are terrible, and not worth even the low price they charge. Carnival can fool 1st timers but seasoned cruisers who have been on other ... Read More
Summary After many years without going on a Carnival cruise this trip confirmed why, Carnival cruises are terrible, and not worth even the low price they charge. Carnival can fool 1st timers but seasoned cruisers who have been on other cruise lines will be disappointed. Background As previously stated we had not been on a Carnival cruise for about 10 years until 10/2015. We took cruise with our neighbors (Carnival Platinum Members) on the Paradise out of Tampa. Was not very pleased with that cruise but decided we would give Carnival another try, and we wanted to see Kathy Griffin. The only difference between the cruise on the Paradise and this cruise on the Breeze is that: - The Breeze is a larger, newer and nicer vessel - We got to see Kathy - We used the Cloud Nine Spa - Fahrenheit Steak House Other than these four things both ships suffer from the same poor items that I will list below with the main disappointment being the food. Not only was the overwhelming majority of the food bad, but Carnival seems to be into limiting when you can get food. This idea that they advertise of "unlimited food" is a partial truth. What they should say is "unlimited food when the food places are open" which is not 24 hours. My other major complaint is the port of Falmouth, Jamaica. This port is a waste of time, money and ship fuel. I will never go on any cruise that goes to this port. The only reason ships go to this port is to empty your wallet in the port shops. The area outside the gated port is like a 3rd world country. CONS: - Embankment line was 1000 people deep outside the Miami terminal - No reason given for delay no amenities offered - Coffee machines constantly empty at breakfast - Lido buffet food was better than main dining room - Pastries were often hard and stale - Wife had hair baked into her cinnamon roll at breakfast in main dining room. Wait staff offered nothing more than a apology. Complained to guest services was given the run-around. Two day later we were give some free covered strawberries that were horrible - Management on ship was not very friendly or interested in the satisfaction of guest - All other shows were mediocre at best. Singers were not very good. But at least they had shows. There were no shows on the Paradise. - We were on the ship for 6 days and never figured out the Lido buffet schedule. It was closed more than it was opened. - For some reason the pizza station never had enough pizza ready. Always a long wait at night time as two people make pizzas one by one for hundreds of people - The tile floor that runs through the Lido Buffet is slippery and dangerous. I don't understand who thought of that idea but it is a very bad one. They have crew members who's job is to stand by the entrance and constantly try to dry the floor so passengers won't fall. - There are little swivel top trash cans in the Lido that you must touch to open. Really bad and unsanitary - Main pool in center of ship has no hot tubes - Main pool is way too small for ship size - Fat Jimmies is only open on sea days for a few hours. Food is ok but not worth the long line. PROS - Cloud nine spa area is great - Many smoking areas - Main dining portions are tiny - Lobster tails were served on elegant night - Fahrenheit Steak House was great - Ship was clean and in good condition - The Kathy Griffin and Marcus Anthony shows were great Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just back from the Carnival Breeze. If you are travelling with young children for the first time, I'd select the deck 1. Low motion. My kids are 9 DS and Twin DD 7. It was there first cruise. Our DS was motion sick the 2nd day and did ... Read More
Just back from the Carnival Breeze. If you are travelling with young children for the first time, I'd select the deck 1. Low motion. My kids are 9 DS and Twin DD 7. It was there first cruise. Our DS was motion sick the 2nd day and did not eat much dinner as he was afraid of being sick again. That said he had a great time and my 3 kids made friends. My hubby cut the back of his head in our room and saw medical and they were great! Our room was on deck 1 1398 and great room for the 5 of us! The room was average for breakfast and Lunch in the Marketplace. We loved the Guys Burgers and the Tacos! We had our dinners at 6pm in the Sapphire dining room and the menus were rolated daily so some to choose on different days. Nino and Woody were are waiters and were AMAZING!! Our Steward was Pedrag and he was so wonderful with our 3 kids, especially when our son was sick! So glad that we had minmal motion compared to what would be this week after hearing this morning what happened to Royal Carribean Athem of the Seas! I would take a cruise again on the Carnival breeze again, I would just give gravol to my kids every day even if they were ok.... just incase as they were not use to the motion even if minimal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We were on the Breeze 8 days to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Kitts, and St. Maarten This was our third cruise on Carnival. We went with 16 other family members. We had a great time The ship itself was great. We enjoyed all of ... Read More
We were on the Breeze 8 days to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Kitts, and St. Maarten This was our third cruise on Carnival. We went with 16 other family members. We had a great time The ship itself was great. We enjoyed all of the areas and activities. My kids loved the water slides, hot tubs, mini golf, and thrill theater. The older kids liked the ropes course. The adults liked to hang out at the Red Frog Pub. And everyone enjoyed the movies at the pool. The food was very good on this cruise. I didn't have a bad meal in the dining room. Our servers were great with our large group. They were very patient with all of the kids (10 of them). We loved all of the options for lunch. My husband and son enjoyed guys burgers, my daughter loved the deli and I enjoyed tacos from Blue Iguana Cantina. I really enjoyed this itinerary. It was a good mix of beach time and exploring forts. We had a spa interior room. It was a little small but we knew that ahead of time. I loved using the cloud 9 spa and loved being on deck 11 so close to everything. Our room steward did a great job keeping our room clean. Getting on and off the ship was easy. I would definitely recommend this cruise to others! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was the fifth cruise for our family of 5 with 3 young sons (4, 7 and 9) but our first time on the Breeze. We've previously sailed on the Sunshine (twice), Glory, and Fantasy. My first impression of the Breeze was the decor-I ... Read More
This was the fifth cruise for our family of 5 with 3 young sons (4, 7 and 9) but our first time on the Breeze. We've previously sailed on the Sunshine (twice), Glory, and Fantasy. My first impression of the Breeze was the decor-I LOVED the more muted and modern look of the ship. I also noticed very quickly that it was larger than any of the ships we had sailed on previously-this was also noticed in the amount of people on the ship, we did notice longer lines for dining, longer waits for elevators-nothing huge or inconvenient overall. We arrived around 10:30 for embarkation (we prefer to arrive early to get seating with our 3 children) and were on board by 12:30 and the terminal was EXTREMELY crowded once we were finally boarding (zone 3) I'd recommend arriving early unless you're comfortable waiting in a standing room only situation or arrive later when the wait isn't as bad. As always the service was awesome and always with a smile-Ermie at the Serenity deck bar makes the best spicy Bloody Marys and our room attendant Cecil on Deck 1 was fantastic! The staff at Camp Ocean was all smiles and really helped our 3 boys feel comfortable-my 7 year old says Luke is one of his new favorite friends! We stayed in cabin 1421, a deluxe Oceanview and it was fantastic for a family. We had the bed pushed together into a king, both bunks lowered and the sofa made into a bed for our youngest. The room has two bathrooms-the first was standard with a toilet, sink and shower, and the second had a small tub and sink which made life SO much easier for us with the three kids. It also had a lot of extra storage from rooms we had previously stayed in and we overall felt much more comfortable in that class of room than in previous rooms. It'll be a must for us in the future! MDR was not super fast with service but I'm on vacation and not in a rush so it wasn't a huge deal-we were in anytime dining and moved around a bit each night, never finding that team that hit it out of the park. We LOVED the Thermal Suite-we bought a pass the first night and used it all but one day, sometimes twice a day! As far as ports-Grand Turk was our 3rd time there and we love just walking off the ship to the free beach with our kids-perfect for young ones to snorkel and great for sand castle building! In San Juan we love just walking around Old Town and shopping a bit. In St Kitts we ended up cancelling our planned excursion because of the length we'd be away from the ship/kids so we did a brief foray into the shopping area of the port and got some pictures with some green monkeys-my kids were over the moon excited about it, it was the highlight of their trip! St. Maarten we walked around and shopped-bought some great cooking spices! We should have done more excursions but this was a more laid back/last minute trip for us and we just didn't plan ahead enough on that front. Cruise Director Mike was great-very entertaining. Ben at the Piano Bar was awesome, as was all the musical entertainment. I wasn't a big fan of the 88 Keys show which was the only one we went to as we had seen all the others before. Disembarkation wasn't too bad but seemed unorganized-that always seems to be the case though. We did self-debark and were off and in our car by 8:30 on our two day drive back to DC! Great trip-can't wait for the next one! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I've previously been on the Carnival Liberty and Freedom. While they were both good ships, the Breeze was amazing! Even though it's a large ship, it didn't feel cramped with people. We were able to get into the Comedy Club ... Read More
I've previously been on the Carnival Liberty and Freedom. While they were both good ships, the Breeze was amazing! Even though it's a large ship, it didn't feel cramped with people. We were able to get into the Comedy Club with little fanfare. The food was great, the rooms were clean and the Spa was fantastic. I'm a dude, but I'd highly recommend getting their Spa membership thing at the start of the trip so you can use their big hot tub, hot stone beds, and 2 steam rooms. It was such a great experience. Carnival cut way down on the live shows in the past couple years, replacing them with these game show things which are not as good. The only bad thing about the ship was the Cruise Director. While this is subjective, he was incredibly annoying and didn't seem to know what he was doing. If I hear the words "like a gazelle" one more time The biggest issue was that he set up Disembarkation in a way that made absolutely no sense. I was traveling with Platinum people, and they got everybody off the cruise first who were bringing their own bags off. Normally it's platinum and F2F off first, then start with the people walking off with bags. They called Platinum and F2F down at the start to do this but then kept us there while pretty much the whole boat got off. We sat there for over an hour and a half. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and the second on a Dream class ship. I flew into Miami the day before the trip, this flight was not booked through the Cruise Line. Spent the night the Comfort Inn Miami Airport North. The hotel ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and the second on a Dream class ship. I flew into Miami the day before the trip, this flight was not booked through the Cruise Line. Spent the night the Comfort Inn Miami Airport North. The hotel provided a complimentary shuttle to the cruise port. The embarkation process in Miami is crowed, the layout of the security area is congested and feels disorganized. The port building itself feels like a shed where you wait to board. The cruise employee working the check in desk was incredibly unmotivated. The task of obtaining our Sail and Sign cards couldn't have been provided slower. The ship is nice but consistently decorated in drab browns and showing signs of wear. The carpets have visible traffic patterns and grime and the tile in the Lido Marketplace is constantly slick. Not much else to say about the ship itself. Aboard the ship there were a lot of activities, the water slides were fun to use while most people were on shore excursions one day. There was a ropes coarse my family enjoyed a lot as well. Once people return to the ship the enjoyment goes down a bit. Service was consistently good from our cabin steward. After a few nights of frequenting the atrium for music the waitress was always there to get our drink order. The cooks in all the Lido Marketplace restaurants were friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy what they were doing. We had a very large group with many children, and the wait staff in the dining room never seemed overwhelmed or impatient with the antic of children. This has generally been my experience with cruise ship crew. The staff at the guest services desk was helpful with my noise complaints (more on that later) but really was unable to resolve the issue to my satisfaction. During the trip we enjoyed the ports. Grand Turk isn't really that interesting to me. San Juan was amazing and is easy to explore on your own. On St. Kitts we booked the scenic railway tour, well worth it. On St. Maarten we visited The Butterfly farm and did some shopping in Marigot, also a great excursion. My biggest complaint is the cabin. I booked a Cloud 9 Spa (8S) cabin and was very disappointed. The cabin is next to the fitness center. All day I could hear the weight equipment being used. 7AM until as late as 11:30PM my room would rattle. A few nights into the cruise the ship rented the Serenity deck out to a private party that raged until after 1AM. None of this is acceptable for a relaxing spa vacation. The Cloud 9 Spa package is really just unlimited use of the Thermal Suite, discounts on already overpriced spa services and a couple of free yoga classes that you'll never make it to if you sleep in, go ashore, or dine early. Save the money, book a balcony on deck 8 and get a few day passes to the Thermal Suite. Dining options were varied and generally very good. The main dining room meals were great. The At Sea Day Brunch is a favorite as well. The food in the Lido Marketplace was decent, but consistently carbohydrate laden. The burrito stand and Indian eateries were stand outs. Guy Fieri's burger joint was awful, flavorless and greasy. On board the ship my favorite thing was the constant live music. Nightly in the atrium there was live music to listen to. The atrium was also nice as that it was not crowded like the other venues on the ship. I stopped at the piano bar once, it was fun. The second night he just does the same routine. I also stayed up late for a movie on the Lido deck. the movie however cut out just at the conclusion and never finished. The debarkation process was super easy. I booked a transfer to Miami International through the cruise line. I stopped for breakfast at the Lido Marketplace and ate back in my cabin. As soon as my floor was called for self assist I was down the elevator with my bags and off the ship. The location of the motor coach I booked could have been marked with better signage and was difficult to locate. Once at the airport we were dropped at the outside check in station for our airline which made check in a breeze. Overall the trip was average when I was expecting amazing. The Cloud 9 Spa room failed to live up the hype. The spa was nice, but not as indulgent as expected. The service was always polite and efficient. Given the cabin noise and the somewhat aged state of the ship I probably won't book a cruise with Carnival again for a while. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We went on the 8 day cruise out of Miami going to St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Thomas (USVI), and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic). There were long lines to get on the ship, but they went pretty fast. We had rented a car from Thrifty and ... Read More
We went on the 8 day cruise out of Miami going to St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Thomas (USVI), and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic). There were long lines to get on the ship, but they went pretty fast. We had rented a car from Thrifty and returned it to the airport location that provides a free shuttle to/from the port. Overall we had a great time. We played bingo and trivia (finally got a ship on a stick), watched karaoke and comedians, stage shows, game shows, and ate some pretty good food. One minor beef with the karaoke was the families who kept letting their kids get up to sing and monopolize the karaoke. It was all fine letting them get up once or twice (even though they really weren't very good, but that is okay), but 3 times, and then starting in again the next night at the karaoke ruined it for others. There were 2 or 3 families who kept turning it into a kids karaoke show so we stopped going to the karaoke in the Limelight lounge. Perhaps Carnival could have some nights or times for kids/families, and other nights for adults only. Don't get me wrong, I will listen and applaud anyone who has the guts to get up and sing (as I can't sing), but just because you think your child is amazing doesn't mean that they are, and that the rest of the people want to listen to them all night long. Maybe they can do karaoke in the kids clubs. There was always a variety of different live music available in different areas of the ship. We always found something fun to do on board. In fact, we didn't get to do all of the things we would have liked. Guest services were very helpful and even credited back our $5 social media charge when only half of the apps were working. We had adjoining rooms on deck 9 (9415 and 9419). They were sometimes noisy at night from carts, and in the morning from people walking above as we were below the Lido Marketplace, but we were still able to sleep. Loved having the balcony for the first time, and it's true that once you try the balcony you won't go back to a room without one. There is nothing like getting up in the morning and sitting on your balcony enjoying the breeze and the ocean. The beds were so comfortable! One major thing that was terrible was the smell of sewage many times on the ship and in the hallways. Sometimes it was okay, and other times it was strong (usually days in port). We enjoyed the entertainment (even though the singers were pitchy at times) as they put on a good show and they were great dancers. Some of the breakfast food wasn't the greatest. The Juggler was really funny, and the magician wasn't that great. I was able to figure out 3 of his tricks without much thought. Wee Jimmy the cruise director was great and was funny, yet was very considerate of everyone. Most of the food was really good. I was really disappointed with the Eggs Benedict (they broiled the hollandaise sauce or did something that made it spongy and dry, not creamy) even when you ordered it from the dining room. The steak and eggs, and the Mac and Cheese in the Brunch were really good and they had a really good banana cream pie. I didn't understand why they closed down half the windows in the breakfast buffet long before breakfast times were over, and while there were still long line ups. There was a great selection of different salads in the Lido Market Place and the desert selections were pretty good too. The kids loved the 24 hour pizza. The Guy's burgers, Mexican, and the Mongolie Grill were really good as usual. Had a sandwich at the Deli (had Arugula, mozzarella and tomato on Ciabattia bread). Didn't get to try the Tandoori place or the Sea Side BBQ, and didn't try any of the specialty restaurants. I really enjoyed the diners in the dining room. It was nice that they had a different item that you could try each night. Our son who is usually a picky eater tried the alligator fritters and the rabbit. He liked them both. There was one meal my son chose and he didn't like it. Our waiter got a rush on a replacement which was great. The creme brulee on the first formal night was excellent, the banana bread pudding (on the second formal night) was really good, and also the Bitter and Blanc dessert was worth a try. Most of the drinks were pretty good. Had a Mango drink from the Red Frog pub that was really good (had mint in it). The strawberry daquiry in the Blush dining room was good too. The (Broozin?) margarita drink in the Limelight lounge wasn't that great. The majority of the staff were great and it was nice talking with them. Some looked tired and unhappy. I felt bad for them and tried to always say hello and smile to them. They work so hard and don't seem to always get the recognition that they deserve. Our room was really clean, as was the rest of the ship. You could always see staff all over the ship cleaning constantly. I was disappointed in some of the cutbacks that I noticed (no chocolate mints on the pillows anymore, but that is minor). On our last cruise on the Sunshine (2 years ago), when they had the Mexican fiesta party there was all sorts of food tables out with a large variety of appetizers, nachos w/guacamole and cheese dip (salsas & sour cream too), lots of fresh fruit and ice sculptures. This time on the Breeze there was only one small nacho station with 2 kinds of chips and 2 salsas and sour cream. That was it! There seemed to be plenty of chairs most of the time that l wanted one, however sea days were much more crowded, especially the last one. My daughter really enjoyed the pools, water slides, and the rope course. We also got the unlimited pass for the 4-D Thrill theater. It was good, but not as good as the ones in Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando. The timing was a bit off sometimes, and there wasn't any side to side movement in the chairs which was weird when you were supposed to be on a roller coaster. The pool got closed one afternoon because a kid threw up in it. Glad to know that they shock the water with chemicals to kill the bacteria and then they have to drain and refill much of the water. Just before this one woman was complaining that they would not allow her baby into the pool. I guess she thinks we all want to swim in her child's urine and feces, and doesn't care if they have to close and refill the pool - as long as she gets to use it first! I wish more stores with more variety had been available in Amber Cove. If I go back I will definitely try an excursion. Part of our family did a tour of a rum factory and Puerta Plata that included lunch and rum sampling for $45 USD per person. They said it was really interesting and the guide was really funny. They did say the driving was scary as it didn't look like most drivers followed any traffic rules. My son and I did the Helmut Dive in St. Maarten and it was amazing! Loved every minute of it! The staff were great and made you feel very safe and comfortable. My husband and daughter did the horseback riding and said that they were very good at matching the horses with the riders. It was my daughters first time riding and she had a great time. In St. Thomas we shopped close to the port. I would recommend getting a taxi to the main shopping area, and will do this if we go back. Antigua was nice around the main street of shops but the side streets were a little scary. In one store, other family members travelling with us were coaxed in and then the store workers blocked the exit and told them that they weren't getting out without buying something. This is completely unacceptable and should be stopped. At a different store my husband and son were led to an upstairs room to see some t-shirts, and it looked pretty sketchy so they left without going in. There were some amazing prices on alcohol in Antigua. We were sad about leaving the ship. Even with the few negatives we had a great time! I don't expect perfection. I have cruised with HAL in 1994 (they set the bar and were by far the best for food and service even though it was an old ship), one cruise with RCL (Majesty of the Seas) which was okay. Nothing really special except for the amazing staff. We also cruised on the Sunshine, which was almost as good as the Breeze, (did the YourTime dining and found it really slow most nights). The food was much better on the Breeze though (and did the Early Seating this time which worked out well for being able to get in the most entertainment after). I really don't understand those who go on a cruise and say the food choices were limited and that there was not much for entertainment. If that is the case then either those people are really picky or have some pretty unrealistic expectations. Where else do you get that much choice for food and entertainment on a holiday? I look forward to our next cruise which may be on the Carnival Vista or we might try Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our second time on the breeze this year. Our first was in april and was much better. We sailed over christmas this time and that was also a first for us. The embarkation in miami was fair and we were one of the first groups on ... Read More
This was our second time on the breeze this year. Our first was in april and was much better. We sailed over christmas this time and that was also a first for us. The embarkation in miami was fair and we were one of the first groups on board at around 1230. We had two rooms booked this time so that my two teenagers could have their own space. Even though i had requested the beds be split in their room and combined in my room, they were not. It wasn't a big deal as the stewards each changed the setups before we went to bed on the first night. I asked a few times for my steward to remove the stuff from the mini-fridge so we could put our own stuff in there but he never did it. Although the stewards did an adequate job of cleaning our rooms, this was the first cruise where we never really saw or spoke to them, except for a couple of times. FOOD: We ate at the italian restaurant for lunch on the first day and they got two of our four pasta orders wrong. When they finally got them right, the shrimp and chicken in the pasta was cold and there were only 1-2 pieces of meat. It was pretty disappointing and we never went back this time. I'm not a fan of the new american table menu but i will say that the dining room service for us this time was actually very good. I emailed the maitre'd a couple of weeks before the sailing date and requested a table for four near a window. That is exactly what we got and we were very happy with the location and the team of server. The food, however, was pretty bland and nothing to write home about. We ate at the steakhouse one night and as usual, it was very good with excellent service. Guys burgers is always a good burger but for this particular cruise, the lines were just insane. We had a few when the wait was less than 20 minutes. The buffets were standard but also had insane lines. There were kids and unruly teens all over this boat and they were always present at the ice cream and buffets (generally with no parents to be seen). Tandoori is awesome in the back and usually has no line at all. This cruise it always had a line and the bread was always out. The pizza seems to get worse and worse. No flavor, very little meat and cheese and just stupid lines no matter the time of day. ENTERTAINMENT: We went to all of the playlist shows and the only one we really liked was motown. I was really excited for the 88 keys piano show but it was terrible. And while the entertainers are all pretty decent, it gets old seeing the same ones for every show. It's just the same singers with different costumes singing different songs. We love the comedy club and always make it a point to get back there. The first two comics were comics we had already seen but luckily they were both very good. I will say that a lot of the material was recycled from april, so that was kind of a bummer. Get some new comedians! The second two we had were not nearly as good and one (bob biggerstaff) was just un-watchable. He was the worst i've seen on a ship and even made reference to his own crappy jokes several times. We didn't even stay for the whole 30 minute show. If he is on your cruise don't even waste your time going and fighting the crowds to get in. There was a live band playing most nights on the promenade and they were pretty good. They played all of the decades and we actually enjoyed grabbing a spot, getting a drink and watching them for an hour or so each night. The piano bar is another place that we usually like to hang out. The piano player on this cruise called himself kyng bea and was the worst we have seen. We just didn't like his style. It seemed much more like a job to him than others we had seen before on carnival. We gave him two chances and never returned. CRUISE DIRECTOR: Could be the worst cd we have had on carnival. We had Matt Mitchum in april and isn't even in the same league. Came across as always irritated, he constantly begged for people to show up to his deck parties (begging isn't an exaggeration!), and he just wasn't funny or even interesting at all. A cd has never made a huge difference to us either way, but i can tell you that a bad one this time did get on our nerves. Guess we've been lucky in the past. CASINO: We spend a good bit of time in the casino. This was a premier cruise so the casino stayed pretty busy, and that was to be expected. However, our casino experience this time was the worst ever. We had the free drinks card and the servers were pretty much non-existent. We were lucky to see them once an hour. The dealers for this cruise (with only a couple of exceptions) were the worst i have encountered. What i mean by this is that there were numerous times when they didn't pay the player and argued with the player on what his or her hand actually was. We had to have the pit boss run the cards back a lot in order to get the payout/result correct. This never happened to me personally, but i saw it happen to others on almost every table i sat at. Negligence isn't even the word i would use, it almost seemed intentional. My advice is to watch them very carefully for you and for your fellow players. It shouldn't be the players job to have to constantly be on alert for a dealer paying out incorrectly or even worse, for the dealer to swipe up the cards and the bet so quickly and then argue about what the player has. I have never seen anything like this before on carnival and i sincerely hope it was just a tired crew making many mistakes on a busy cruise. THE CURACAO DEBACLE: We were steaming to curacao on time when the captain comes over the speaker and said that due to a "logistics" issue at the port, that we wouldn't arrive until 7 p.m. Vs the originally scheduled 2 p.m. Apparently there was another ship in our spot and the captain refused to dock at any of the other available slots. I'm not sure how something like this happens but it did have a significant impact on many passengers. Carnival did refund all of the shore excursions and gave everyone $50 on board credit. We didn't have anything booked with carnival but when we finally got off the ship there it was dark and everything was closed. I don't think we were given the whole story and the logistics excuse is pretty hard to buy, considering these cruise are booked so far in advance. CLOSING COMMENTS: We like carnival and have been loyal to carnival but this cruise just seemed off to us. Maybe it was because it was a christmas cruise and it was very busy, maybe the crew was tired and at the end of their contract. Whatever it was, it wasn't nearly as good as our other 9 carnival cruises or even our breeze cruise earlier this year. We have a cruise booked on the dream in june and if it is even similar to this one we will definitely take a break from carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a very large ship with all the bells and extras. We had a very nice balcony room on the lido deck. my husband has medical issues so the lido always works well for us both. the food was great and the staff was excellant. our ... Read More
This was a very large ship with all the bells and extras. We had a very nice balcony room on the lido deck. my husband has medical issues so the lido always works well for us both. the food was great and the staff was excellant. our dining was in the sapphire lower deck 3 and we had your time dining which works out great. the staff by name head waitress yves; team waiter anak and assistant team waiter i made; not to forget the team bar waiter berat were excellent. Always smiling and friendly and remembers your names. even when we seen them on the lido they came bye and talked. I enjoyed all the extras carnival gives. My only disappointment was in the casino- not being included; they had a premier players club program that i missed. i did early booking in feb 2015 and this premier players club offer came out in july 2015. By the time i got the card in the mail and contacted my carnival travel agent, all the spaces were filled up. Trust me i called asap. I asked next time if the casino could review all the early bookings and include the vip players in the offers. i was there but my name was not include in the drawings for over 125 thousand dollars worth of prizes. The casino manager in charge of this premier players cruise, said he would try and make it right. but he was not able to add my name for any of those prizes. he did, give me some extras and yes i am cruising again - thank you! i still enjoyed the players club casino and never got to bed before 4am, but i would have loved to win an apple watch or ipod or a trip on the vista balcony room; or some of that free money. I will be BACK NEXT YEAR- Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We left Miami and we usually stay at the Holiday Inn because of it's location across from the Bayside Market.Lots of shops ,restaurants and Bands playing.Transportation to the port was easy and inexpensive.The bus across the street ... Read More
We left Miami and we usually stay at the Holiday Inn because of it's location across from the Bayside Market.Lots of shops ,restaurants and Bands playing.Transportation to the port was easy and inexpensive.The bus across the street will take you to South Beach for $2.25, or a water taxi is available.We were at the terminal by 11:30 ,waited for our zone to be called and we were in our room by 12:30.We were very pleased with room #7389.Much better then the aft we stayed in last year.The balcony at the back is not fully covered so therefore it was always wet and dirty especially from the exhaust.Every evening they hose down the decks above making it too wet to enjoy.The side balconies are fully covered and we were able to sit out even in the rain without getting wet.Agus was the best porter we've ever had.I always leave notes on post cards from our home town so they get to enjoy what we have to offer.i also packaged local candy form Ganong chocolates as a thank you gift along with a daily tip for their hard work away from home.However ,even though I had it nicely wrapped up in a see through cellophane, customes tore open the bag.We enjoyed the Breeze last December especially with Matt Mitchim as cruise director,he made our cruise.Wee Jimmy is very boring and gets on your nerves .The most annoying part is when passengers claim their chairs by the pool area even when they are not using them.The dancers and singers were terrible in the Ovation Theater.Only one guy could dance and one girl could sing.The stage and effects are beyond beautiful however Carnival needs to scout out some talent.We loved The String classics with Essencea who were from Spain and they were so talented.We enjoyed the Dive in Theater every evening as well as the thrill ride theater.The comics were so funny.The food was okay ,we ate mostly at the buffet.The spa was amazing and very professional.I always enjoy salt water pools however theirs had an unusual horrible odour ??The outside sport activities were fun. Debarkation was unorganized but we managed to be off by8:00 .Much easier if you take your luggage off yourself as we had an early international flight. We always try to put a positive attitude while traveling however the Breeze was much more enjoyable last December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We returned yesterday from the most disappointing cruise. We have been on several Carnival cruises, however, this was the worst. The ship was pretty, very clean and the service was excellent, however, unless you were in your 20's ... Read More
We returned yesterday from the most disappointing cruise. We have been on several Carnival cruises, however, this was the worst. The ship was pretty, very clean and the service was excellent, however, unless you were in your 20's there was nothing to do. The entertainment was the worst I have ever experienced. We are used to having dinner, seeing a show then going into a lounge to dance, unless you can do hip hop dancing, you had no where to dance. This cruise catered to children which was wonderful for young parents, however, anyone over 40 had to of been bored. Now let's talk about the food...tasteless and luke warm. Very few choices and poorly seasoned. The best food was on the lido deck buffet, however, for dinner, we prefer being served. I will say, the cabins were small but clean and the service on the ship was excellent. We traveled with four other couples and NONE of us will ever cruise carnival again Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Did a back to back to east and west Caribbean. Loved pretty much everything about the ship but what I appreciated the most about it was the more subdued classic décor. Clean, classy, and without the hokey edge that some ships have. The ... Read More
Did a back to back to east and west Caribbean. Loved pretty much everything about the ship but what I appreciated the most about it was the more subdued classic décor. Clean, classy, and without the hokey edge that some ships have. The crew was overall the best we've encountered with Carnival. If I had to find one point of criticism it would be the stateroom stewards. Ours was just okay, but nothing lacked that "at your service" attitude even after we tipped him nicely on the first day. Other passengers had reports ranging from "awful" to "never see ours." Regardless, we would sail on her again in a heartbeat. Dinning room staff was amazing with my wife's special dietary needs, going way beyond what we asked or required. The Red Frog Pub was our favorite hangout spot, providing the real life local pub atmosphere we enjoy on shore, even offering Caribbean pub food served right in the pub (at a small additional $...$3 for most items) so if you're drinking a lot you don't have to go chasing down food somewhere else. Biggest disappointment is no sports bar as most Carnival ships have, so it was a struggle to watch much football, etc. while there. Only place was the casino with the cigarette smoke and the Red Frog Pub. All things considered we would sail on her again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We normally shy away from the larger ships with many people but decided to take advantage of a great deal. After a few days in rainy Miami we embarked with the usual process, which was not bad at all. The ship was clean. More ... Read More
We normally shy away from the larger ships with many people but decided to take advantage of a great deal. After a few days in rainy Miami we embarked with the usual process, which was not bad at all. The ship was clean. More importantly our cabin was spotless. The food was awesome! The specialty spots such as Guys burger bar, the deli, and the Indian food place on the aft lido really were a nice change. Evening dining was always good with numerous choices. Food is not usually the strong point on a ship with this many people. The pizza bar was a savior at 2 A.M. The shows were average at best. We really missed the professional musicians of the stage band, which may be a thing of the past now. Very little activities to do on board other than your standard bingo and trivia games. We didn't care, too many other reasons to be cruising. The ports and excursions were very standard, although we found St. Kitts to be very romantic where we ended up. Disembarkation was a mess. They need to work on this. Regardless of directions not come down until your number was called, stampedes of people made their way to the clogged stairwells. Oh well, very nice time and memories for all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our 5th cruise. We have sailed on Carnival, RCCL, and Celebrity. We stayed the night before the cruise in Miami at the Cambria Suites ( close to the airport). It was excellent and took a shuttle the next morning to the cruise ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise. We have sailed on Carnival, RCCL, and Celebrity. We stayed the night before the cruise in Miami at the Cambria Suites ( close to the airport). It was excellent and took a shuttle the next morning to the cruise port. Miami cruise port is very chaotic. There were 5 large ships all leaving within the same timeframe. I realize this is not Carnival's responsibility. The best embarkation port is San Juan- Miami is just too congested. We had a cove balcony which was excellent! close to the water and very relaxing. The staff are amazing- always attentive, and cleaning and very very polite. The food was the best of any cruise I have ever taken. Every meal was excellent- There was a lot of choice and flavour. I fail to understand the bad reviews. There is a lot of activities and something for everyone. My only concerns were in San Juan ( getting off the ship was a disaster) we lost 1.5 hours due to another ship dropping it's line in the water, which is not carnival's fault but how they handled the delay was unacceptable- San Juan had many ships in port and it was too busy to enjoy- We have been to San Juan many times before and found it far too busy. My other concern was the comedy club was too busy- they really need to move the comedians into the large Ovation Theatre. We waited in line for 40 mins before the show and almost didn't get in. Too many people in a small lounge. The dive in theatre for movie nights was excellent. Overall it was an amazing cruise and I highly recommend it- please don't listen to the bad reviews. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Background Information: We are a family of 4 and have been on 5 other total cruises with Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Our children are ages 2 and 5 and we sought a relaxing getaway on the Carnival Breeze without many ... Read More
Background Information: We are a family of 4 and have been on 5 other total cruises with Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Our children are ages 2 and 5 and we sought a relaxing getaway on the Carnival Breeze without many expectations in mind. Arrival and Embarkation: We live about an hour from the Port of Miami and we parked at Safe Cruise Parking, which is about 10 minutes away using the provided shuttle. We arrived at the parking lot around 9:30am and took the first shuttle to the Port of Miami. The parking lot is located in a rundown neighborhood, but the employees were kind and courteous and there was no issue getting to the port. We had used them in the past and had a positive experience. This instance was similar. The cost is about $8.99 per day and includes transport for up to 4 adults without additional cost. Each additional adult beyond four is $5 extra. They do offer a military discount for those in service. Although not significant, the embarkation process was a bit less pleasant relative to our 5 other cruises, to include our recent cruise on the Norwegian Epic out of the Port of Miami. We have traditionally arrived early and have been able to board early (after the priority members) and this has worked well. Instead, boarding was later than other cruises we've been on and the waiting room quickly filled causing some confusion and delays. Once on board, we forgot this minor issue. Ship: We had previously sailed on the Carnival Dream a few years back and we liked that ship a lot. The Breeze is newer and we liked the décor much better than the Dream. Although a big ship, there is ample room to find your own space, whether that be in one of the lounge chairs or oversized jacuzzis. The center space (near the movie screen) on the Lido deck was the only area that consistently seemed overcrowded, especially during sea days. We particularly liked the Water Works play area for the kids and the adults only Serenity area, when we just needed a break from the little ones. At times, the music was loud at the center of the Lido deck, but there are plenty of spaces to escape the noise, if you should so wish. Most everything on the Breeze was functional throughout the cruise with few exceptions. Some of the water hoses, to include the "big bucket" on the Water Works area was not functional, although this had no impact on the slides and the fun. Also, there was a slight sewer or garbage smell on certain parts of the ship, although this was very minor for my sensitive nose and didn't impact anything. Service: Service in both the dining room and cabins was top-notch. Every employee seemed to like his/her job and they all made you feel very welcome on the ship. This high quality service is typical of the Carnival cruises we have been on. The cabin stewards and dining staff were exceptionally friendly to our children. Ports: Grand Turk: Stayed on the ship, although the adjacent beach looked enticing Puerto Rico: Walked off the ship and spent several hours exploring the San Juan National Heritage sites. It was about a 10 minute walk to the nearest structure. For those who don't mind walking a bit, this is a great U.S. National Park Service Site that also offers a Junior Ranger program for those with children. We arrived on San Juan in early afternoon and had to be back by early evening, so there is not too much time to explore the island. St. Kitts: Stayed on the ship. In-laws took a 3 hour tour ($20 each) around the island and said it was beautiful. They booked the trip once off the ship. St. Maarten: Walked off the ship to the beach (15 minute walk) and rented some chairs/umbrellas for the day ($15 for two umbrellas and 4 chairs). There are several adjacent bars, so bought a bucket of beers (5 for $10) and relaxed for several hours as the kids played in the sand. Although not pushy (but persistent) locals would offer anything from popcorn/nuts to massages for sale on the beach. Other cruise mates raved about the opportunity to travel to the "beach airport" where you can see the planes land just overhead and have sand blasted in your faces as the aircraft depart. That isn't my cup of tea, but I'm sure they had fun. Cabin: Room 6218, which is an inside room that has 3 beds to include 2 that fold down from the ceiling at night. There was plenty of storage space and plenty of hot water, liquid soap and shampoo. The room seems small for 4, although I believe it is standard sized. We only used the room for sleeping, so this wasn't an issue for us. The cabin stewards did an excellent job of replenishing towels and cleaning the room twice daily. We did not encounter any noisy neighbors from above or in the adjacent rooms, so we slept really well. Dining: With few exceptions we liked the food on the Breeze. We didn't eat in any of the specialty restaurants; rather, we ate mostly in the main dining rooms for breakfast and dinner and then took advantage of Guy's Burgers or the buffet for lunch. There was plenty of variety for dinner in the main dining room, to include dishes based on the port of call for the day. Service in the main dining room never let us down. We had anytime dining and we had success eating around 6:00 to 6:30 pm. The one time we opted to break this norm was a mistake. We arrived around 7:30 pm and were told that the dining room was full and were given one of those beepers like you'd receive at a casual dining restaurant. We finally sat down about 45 minutes later to a dining room that was about 1/3 full. This perplexed us a bit, but I suppose most left for the show which we ended up missing. The Lido Buffet lacked variety, but there are plenty of other options on this deck from which to choose. We particularly liked the Mongolian station and the pizza. There were always plenty of desserts to indulge in. For the kids, we tried the Cat in the Hat breakfast, which I'd give mixed reviews. The cost was only $20 for 4 of us and the experience was certainly unique. The children enjoyed it, so that was most important...especially the opportunity to take pictures with all the characters (Cat in the Hat, Grinch, Sam I am etc). On the other hand, the food was unique...literally green food colored eggs and fruity pebble covered french toast. My wife opted for the steak and said she liked it. Entertainment: We saw several comedy shows without the kids and I think they were decent quality overall. There are the family friendly PG shows in the early evening with the R rated shows later at night. The rooms fill up quickly at times, so arrive early if you want to sit up front. There were several musical shows throughout the week based on different themes, but presented by the same team. I particularly liked the Rock and Roll and Latin shows. The special effects were outstanding, although the singing/dancing were just average. One of the comedians during the late show used a three letter word to describe the real talent of the female singers...lots of skin to put it in PG terms. I'll just point out that those who might be conservatively inclined with small children might think twice before attending these shows. The shows are certainly not R rated, but I'd say perhaps PG-13. At one point, my 5-year old asked why the dancers were naked. They were not of course, but they looked as if they were during one scene. Disembarkation: We were in no rush to get off the ship and we ended up getting called almost last in any case. Finding our luggage and getting through customs was without delay. The Safe Cruise Parking asks you to place this smiley face sticker on, so they can easily find you. The Miami Port was chaotic, but we quickly found the team attempting to gather and transport folks back to the parking lot. It did take about 20 minutes before there was room for us to board the van and return to the parking lot. Only major complaint: Smoking policy. For non-smokers, Carnival continues to have major issues with containing cigarette smoke and lags behind Royal Caribbean in this respect. We are a non-smoking family and I don't want to expose my children to this at all. With this said, there is no way to totally avoid second hand smoke. The casino is full of smoke and it permeates into the coffee bar area on the 5th floor. There is a smoking section in the patio area just outside on one side of the 5th floor near the Taste Bar. The winds blow this smoke inside as well and it was very unpleasant for us and our children. I even smelled smoke in the main dining room on one occasion. Of course, the Lido deck area is full of cigarette smoke as well and it is difficult to avoid. I would hope that Carnival can develop some compromise solution in the future, but the Breeze let us down in this respect. Summary: There were so many great things about this trip that I'll remember this family vacation forever. This was a great opportunity to relax and bond with the family. The Breeze crew treated us with utmost respect and I applaud them for their hard work. We look forward to future cruises with the hopes that Carnival adopts stricter smoking policies. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Just got off of our 8 night Carnival Breeze vacation yesterday on 11/15/2015. By far, this was the best cruise ever, out of my 5. This review will be very detailed, for all of those who enjoy details; however, it will not include any ... Read More
Just got off of our 8 night Carnival Breeze vacation yesterday on 11/15/2015. By far, this was the best cruise ever, out of my 5. This review will be very detailed, for all of those who enjoy details; however, it will not include any pictures. Please feel free to ask any questions! I will post this over the course of several entries; however, will complete everything within the next few hours. I apologize in advance; however, I will be rather critical of some things people have said in the past on reviews I have read. I will not be critical of opinions; however, I will be critical of factual inaccuracies only. BACKGROUND: My name is Ryan, and I am 35 years old. I was traveling with my boyfriend, AndyMike who is 30 years old. We reside in Southern California. This is my fifth cruise and his first cruise. My previous cruises include 2007 on the Carnival Triumph, 2008 on the Ruby Princess, 2010 on the Caribbean Princess and 2011 on the Carnival Miracle. OUTGOING FLIGHT: My outgoing flight was on 11/05/2015 on a red-eye from LAX to West Palm Beach via Charlotte on American Airlines. AndyMike flew on Virgin America on a red-eye on 11/06/2015, as he had to work an extra day. He flew from LAX to FLL. THE DAY BEFORE THE CRUISE: I arrived in West Palm Beach, in order to visit a friend I have not seen in many years, who now lives in Orlando. I rented a car from Dollar at the West Palm Beach airport. I was incredibly disappointed with the rental experience. I rented for exactly 24 hours - 10:30AM on 11/06 to 10:30AM on 11/07 picking up in West Palm Beach and returning to MIA. I did just that. My estimated charges of $52.00 were charged at $187.50 when I returned the car to MIA. The car itself was also of very poor quality. The charges were corrected; however, not without unnecessary calls to customer service. After a visit with my friend in West Palm Beach, I drove down to Pembroke Pines, nestled west of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, about halfway between the two cities. I stayed at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Pembroke Pines. This appears to be a brand new hotel, not too far from shopping and dining. I checked in at about 4:30PM and was paying for a one night stay complimentary with Marriott Rewards Points. The room was nice, looked brand new, and I was amazed with the decor and the design considering the rather small room. The staff was friendly enough; however, with no particular highlights. There was an odd sewage smell throughout the hotel; however, I am not so sure it was directly related to the hotel, as there was a sewage treatment plant nearby. My room was on the top floor and it was very quiet. The breakfast in the morning was very nice for a free continental breakfast. It had several hot dishes, waffles, fruit, eggs, cereal, and everything else you would expect to find. TRANSPORTATION TO THE PORT: Despite the rather poor experience I had with Dollar, I will say that they do provide a free shuttle from Miami Airport to the Port. That was a pleasant experience and definitely a value added experience. EMBARKATION: In past reviews I have read, people said that Embarkation was chaotic and unorganized. This could not be further from the truth. It was very organized and maybe slightly chaotic; however, for those who thought it was --- it was there own fault. Yes, there are a lot of people (as expected); however, the staff at the port works amazingly to get everybody checked in and onto the ship. You start by handing your bags to a porter (tip them at least $1 per bag) and then you go in. You first stand in a line so your initial documents can be checked and then you go through the security screening. If you have Faster to the Fun, watch for your own special lines during all processes. We did not have Faster to the Fun; however, everything was still efficient. Once you are through Security Screening, you go upstairs and to the main terminal where you actually check in with a representative. We arrived at the port at about 11:30AM, and yes I would say we arrived after about 40% or so of the people already had arrived. I would say total time from the time we entered the building until we were sitting down waiting for our zone to be called was about 25 minutes. We were Zone 13, which means that we had a while to wait. On this particular day, they started calling the initial groups including Faster to the Fun at about 11:55AM. Our zone was called at about 1:10PM. So here is where you have to decide if FTTF is right for you. We didn't mind waiting the one hour in the terminal, so it was not big deal to us. Once our zone was called, we went upstairs to the Gangway and we were on the ship by about 1:20PM. OVERALL IMPRESSION/DECOR This was a sold out cruise! Overall, it did not seem that crowded to us. Yes, there were some crowded areas, which I will go into detail with later on in the review; however, overall it did not seem that crowded. I credit the excellent design of the ship. The ship is beautiful. The ship has now been in service for between 3 and 3.5 years. The ship is in GREAT CONDITION, as all of our cruises have been. Remember, this ship does not get a break. 3,700 people off and hours later 3,700 people back on. It is kept in constant clean condition and people are always keeping everything in great shape. Sure, I noticed a few things like some permanent stains in some chairs in the dining room; however, I'm sure that will not detract from your overall experience! STAFF OVERALL The staff of this ship is simply amazing. Remember, treat people the way you want to be treated. That was our motto and is always our motto. The staff overall was very friendly. I will talk about some individual staff members in other parts of my review; however, I will talk about the Cruise Director, Matt here. Matt is by far the best cruise director that I have ever experienced. He is funny, energetic, always available, part of your cruise every single day, and just has a great personality. I know he will be moving to the Carnival Vista early next year, and I hope to be able to have him as my cruise director again in the future. TIPPING: Tipping is a personal thing; however, let me take time to remind you that this wonderful hard working staff on these ships work very hard and many of the staff members do not get paid a lot. I encourage you to celebrate and applaud the hard work that they do by tipping appropriately. My personal way of tipping is that I leave the suggested gratuities of Carnival on my Sail and Sign Account (which I believe is currently about $12.00 per person per day), and I give additional cash gratuities to individual staff members during the middle of my cruise, if I feel that there service is excellent (which this time it was with everyone I gave additional gratuity to). The additional gratuities that I give are as follows: $20.00 to restaurant hostess; $35 to head server, $25 to team server, $20 to assistant server, $30 to lead stateroom steward, $20 to assistant stateroom steward, $25 to our favorite bartender, $10 to onboard restaurant magician. STATEROOM: Our room was available at the time we embarked, just after 1pm. We did go directly to our room and we were also pleasantly surprised that our luggage was delivered by 3pm. We had room 8475 which was an extended aft balcony room. This is essentially a standard size Carnival cabin with a much larger balcony. There were 2 upright chairs and two full size loungers with plenty of room to spare. Our stateroom steward and assistant steward were very nice and kept everything very tidy throughout the stay. The typical daytime housekeeping and nighttime turndown was standard. There are no longer chocolates on the pillows; however, that certainly didn't deter any experience. There were always fresh towels and beach towels available on the days that we did not hang our towels up to be reused. The room is so well designed for space and efficiently considering the somewhat small size of cruise cabins. Just remember, slide your empty luggage under the bed after putting everything away! There is plenty of storage drawers and closet space. The safe in the room was put to good use. The Breeze rooms are definitely toned down compared to the other Carnival ships. No more crazy peach and pink colors in the main part of the room. We had a sofa beside the two twins that were pushed together. The bathroom was small but efficient. The shower did have both body wash and shampoo in the dispenser with plenty of shelf space in the bathroom as well. As is common in ship cabins, there is only one normal outlet which is by the vanity/desk area, so do bring a power strip if you need additional outlets. There were two disappointing parts of our room experience. And as you will note as you read this review, I don't have too much bad to say! First, was how dirty our balcony was. Yes, I'm sure that if I would have asked the stateroom steward, he would have cleaned it; however, I guess I did not use it enough to feel it was warranted in my head. To be honest, I love balcony rooms; however, don't use them that often except normally about for an hour before I go to bed, just to enjoy the peacefulness of the open sea/ocean and just relax. I attribute the dirty balcony to two things. Number one it seems that a lot of the "dirty balcony" was some kind of ash or black dirt. the other part appeared to be from falling debris or falling beverages from possibly balconies above us or from the Lido Aft. These balconies are not as private as the standard ones on the side. The people above you can see most of your balcony and the people beside you can easily see you if you are standing at the rail. They are not as private at the ones on the side of the ship. The other problem we had with that area of the ship was the sewage smell. You may have noticed other people talking about this. The only places I noticed it on the ship, was in the aft area on our deck and above our deck. It was present from the aft elevators and down the hallway to our room; however, luckily not really present in our room. It may be some kind of design flaw of the ship, that is producing this odor. Look, it is what it is. I still had a great time, and if this was our biggest problem, so be it. It wasn't in our room and it is not that big of a deal. I am guessing that I will probably not go back to an aft balcony; however, I guess it depends on how I feel next time. Will the large design of the aft balcony pull me back in, or will I go for the more clean, tidy but smaller side balcony? We'll see! :-) PORTS: St. Maarten - In St. Maarten, we decided to do Bernard's Tour's, which I have done once before. I love Bernard's. The meeting area is a short walk from the debark point, under a white tent. He usually does multiple vans per day, and we were lucky enough to be placed with the "Mailman". I have read reviews of the Mailman, and he did not disappoint. The tour was great and covered a lot of stops with great photo ops. There was a stocked cooler with beer, soda, water, and the famous rum punch. We had about one hour at a local beach, which was awesome. We also had time to go to the airport, along with an option to be dropped off at the cruise terminal or the shopping area afterwards. I will continue to recommend Bernard's Tours. The price was only $45 plus gratuity and it was about a 5 hours total. Antigua - We booked a combination Ziplining and Swimming with the Stingrays tour from Antiguarainforest.com. It should have been a great day; however, sadly the tour operator left about 10 minutes before we arrived (even though we arrived 5 minutes early). Also, the confirmations they send out left no local phone number. Instead, we found a taxi operator. Since the tour was shared, we only paid $25 per person plus gratuity. It lasted about 4 hours. We stopped at many sights and our driver was friendly and knowledgeable. There was an option to drop us off at a beach and come back and pick us up later for an additional $5.00; however, we did not do that. St. Thomas - We booked a charter/snorkel sail with Captain Patty. We booked directly with her. She has a sailboat she calls the Freebird. It is a six hour tour, and it was a beautiful day. Both her and her assistant Dave were excellent. We motored out from the Marina and then put the sails up. The winds were perfect to sail us most of the way in both directions. We stopped at Christmas Cove for snorkeling where we saw many things including sea turtles, lots and lots of fish, along with stingrays. It was an excellent time and she includes lunch. She definitely personalizes the tour to what is most important to the group. I would highly recommend her and would visit again. Nassau - We booked a food walking tour with Tru Bahamian Food Tours. It was about 3 to 3.5 hours and included six stops along the way with various local foods. The cost was only $69 per person and was well worth it. It was not only about the food; however, the excellent tour guide we had was also very knowledgeable with lots of facts about the city and its history. FOOD: I'm going to rate each venue that we ate it, and give my comments. I feel that everyone can find something good to eat on this ship. There are so many great options. MAIN DINING ROOM: Food 9/10 and Service 10/10. We ate in the main dining room for dinner 6 of our 8 nights plus for breakfast on debark morning and for one seaday brunch on our last at sea day. We are in the Sapphire Dining Room, lower level, with anytime dining. We select anytime dining because we do enjoy varying our dining times based on what other activities we want to attend in the evening. We usually request to sit with others, and we were seated with others most nights in the dining room. We found a group of servers we absolutely cherished after our first night, and we requested them each and every night. The servers were Marckly, Asep and I Nyoman. What a great group of guys, and I would be honored to cruise with them again in the future. They were attentive, friendly, funny, personable, and a great servers. The American Feast menus were great. There were 2 elegant nights and 6 casual nights. There are no tablecloths on casual nights and there are tablecloths on elegant nights. Fresh warm bread was delivered with every meal. There are so many options on each night on the menu. There are five or six mainstays each night and then approximately somewhere around 8 appetizers, 10 entrees, and about 5 desserts that were different each night. We thought the food was very good to excellent. We usually ordered about 2 appetizers each, 1 entree, and 3 shared desserts each night. If there is something you do not like, they will happily replace it; however, there was nothing we didn't enjoy that we ordered. LIDO BUFFET Food 8/10 We found the food at the Lido Buffet to generally be very fresh and flavorful. We ate at the Lido Buffet for breakfast many days and lunch some days. The options and the presentation of the foods were fabulous. There are two or three lines with similar options, so it is spread out so that there is never too much of a line in one area. There is also a separate dessert area. There is definitely something for everyone. I also love the layout of the area, with plenty of seating for everyone. Juices are available during breakfast, coffee and hot chocolate anytime, and iced tea and lemonade during non-breakfast hours. CUCINA DEL CAPITANO Lunch Food 8/10 We ate for lunch in Cucina Del Capitano on embarkation day. Since everyone usually immediately heads for the Lido, we headed for Cucina. We were seated quickly, and it is perched just one level above the Lido Buffet. During lunch, it is free and essentially it is a make your own pasta menu. You fill out a short form at your table choosing your pasta and the ingredients in your pasta, as well as a selection of a few sides and bread. The server than brings it to your table. It is not representative of what you can have at dinner; however, it is still very satisfying. FAHRENHEIT 555 STEAKHOUSE Food 10/10 Service 9/10 We had dinner on our first night at the Steakhouse. The Steakhouse is a $35 upcharge and is most certainly worth it. On the first night, they do still give you a free bottle of wine which is wonderful! The menu is great, and you will not leave hungry by any stretch of the imagination. Our server seemed to be a bit shy; however, the overall experience was awesome. There are so many amazing choices, that we left very happy. CHEF'S TABLE Overall experience: 10/10 I highly recommend trying out the Chef's Table on at least one cruise. This was our first time trying it, and definitely will not be our last. They usually only do it on select nights. On the Breeze, it is limited to 14 people two or three times per cruise, and it is at a table directly in the center of the Galley. You get to sit there and witness the inner workings of the Galley and how awesome and hard everyone works. Let me tell you...no worries...the Galley is also very clean. The Chef's Table is a $75 upcharge per person, but worth every penny. It is approximately 12 courses or so, and we really couldn't finish everything by the end. It also includes unlimited wine! You begin with some appetizers in a prep area of the kitchen. We had four different appetizers that night with Champagne. After that you are seated and are served some delicious bread with multiple courses of various dishes. Each one is discussed by one of the head sous chefs. All of the dishes served at Chef's Table are unique and cannot be found anywhere else on the ship. The presentation is amazing, the gastronomy is amazing, and the service is amazing. You also get to meet the very top head chef on the ship, get a tour of the galley, and a presentation on how chocolate melting cake is made. You also get to take a home a photograph of the experience. DO THIS! GUY'S BURGERS Food: 10/10 There are lots of good burgers in the World today. This is one of them. However, I got to say the fries are even more amazing than the burger. Yum! You can order it several different ways, and there is a toppings bar with lots more options to customize it just the way you want. This area can get particularly busy at times; however, be patient as the lines moves fairly quickly. BLUE IGUANA CANTINA Food: 10/10 We did not eat here for lunch; however, we did eat here twice for Breakfast. We had burritos. There are a few options. You select your tortilla, toppings, protein, ect and then there is also a toppings/salsa bar for you to further customize your burrito. PIZZA PIRATE Food: 7/10 We enjoyed the Pizza. We ate here twice late at night. They certainly pump out a lot of pizza in that kitchen. We had the Pepperoni and the White Pizza. We found the pizza to be great and the crust to be average. I think I covered everything that we had. Unfortunately, we did not get to do Bonsai Sushi, Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ, SeaDogs, Deli, RedFrog Pub, Tea Time, Taste Bar or the Tandoor. Gosh --- so many food options! ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES Seriously...if you cannot find something to do on this ship, it is your own dam fault! Read your FunTimes...there is so much to do each day. There is an awesome activities staff onboard this ship, that is always present everywhere you go. Wow! Get involved people! LIDO AREA: The two pool areas are great. The Main pool area can definitely get crowded, especially during sea days; however, if your goal is just to find a chair and relax then trust me, they are easily found. If you can't find one right in front of the pool there are plenty more on the deck right above, and down on Deck 5 (Promenade). The pools themselves, including the aft pool are great. There are several jacuzzi's including two on the aft and two in the Serenity area, which is only for adults. There is also ample seating in that area. There are also four jacuzzi's on Deck 5. I recall the pools being open to midnight each night and the Jacuzzi's the same, except the Deck 5 one's I think were only open until 8pm. They are kept clean and beautiful. WATERWORKS: You certainly don't need to be a child to enjoy this area. However, I am a child at heart. I spent two days doing the slides multiple times. There is plenty of areas for children and than two slides for anyone. You have the option of two slides, once of which is more traditional but still exciting. The other one is shorter, but ends in a funnel type contraption that twirls you around a few times. They are both fun, and I believe they were open until about 6pm each day. SPORTS SQUARE The only thing we were able to do was the mini-golf course, which was fun. It is a short 9 hole course, that is semi challenging. It was definitely fun, and we played it twice and enjoyed it. There are lots of other options up there including the ropes course, a basketball court, some exercise machines, and a running track; however, we did not have time to use this at all. SPA AND GYM Sorry folks, I didn't even enter this area. Once I remember passing the entrance to the spa, and it looked very inviting. I noticed some group classes for a fee in the FunTimes. There were some complimentary seminars and a gym. I have used Carnival gyms in the past and found them to be very sufficient; however, this is the first time I didn't even enter. I'm sure it is fine; however, cannot comment. CASINO The casino is lovely and large on this ship. Now....the cruise I was on was a Premier Casino Cruise, which means that there were a lot of big casino spenders on this ship. That means the casino was very crowded; however, in my opinion that made it fun!! The casino staff was friendly and awesome. There are some non-smoking machines; however, it was busy and as with every casino, if you are a non-smoker, you may find it uncomfortable. However, we spent a few evenings in the casino for a couple of hours and found it enjoyable! MAIN PRODUCTION SHOWS: On this cruise, there were four main production shows. This included Motor City, 88 Keys, Divas, and Latin Nights. We were able to see 88 Keys and Divas. We found both of the ones we saw to be excellent. The singing, choreography, dancing and lighting were excellent. OTHER OVATION THEATER EVENTS: We did some other things in the Ovation Theater including the Welcome Aboard Show, which was great and hosted by the best cruise director ever! We also participated in Hasbro, the Game Show. This was fun for adults; however, even more fun for kids I'm sure. We watched Bob Brizendine, Comedy Magician -- another amazing show! We also watched the Love and Marriage show, which was non-stop laughs. The only show we did not enjoy on this cruise was "Edge, the comedy juggler". We also played Bingo in the Ovation Theater which is a upcharge; however, there are several price point options to play. It was hosted each time by Money, Money, Money Martin and I believe we played a total of three times. We enjoyed this and found it to be fun despite not winning. LIMELIGHT LOUNGE: It is here that we enjoyed some of the comedians. During our cruise, there were four comedians on board. We watched two of them. Yes, the limelight lounge can get crowded, especially the earlier shows. Get there early. I recommend about 30 minutes before show time, if you can. They do clear out the lounge after each show, in order to first accommodate the people standing outside. We watched Mark Hawkins who we enjoyed and Jaylyn Bishop who was our favorite! Definitely the comedians are great and each of them do both family friendly and 18+ only shows. LIVE MUSIC: Wow, I read a review recently that there is no more live music on this ship. Liar, liar, pants on fire! I have never seen so much live music! There are top quality options almost all day long. During the day, the music is primarily centered on the Lido area; however, by late afternoon and late into the night you got live music in the main atrium, Red Frog Pub, Ocean Plaza and my favorite venue which is yet to be discussed below OTHER ACTIVITIES: There are so many other activities on board. There is the nightclub which we did not get to try. There is also the Thrill Theater, which we did not try. There is the Dive-In Movies by the main pool, which we did not try. There are daily activities including Trivia, sports activities, pool activities, spa seminars, shopping, art auctions, Q&A sessions, special interest group meetings, photo ops, and much much more! We did do the art auction and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also bought our first real piece of art. We also did several of the trivia sessions and were highly entertained! PIANO BAR: I saved this for last, because this was our favorite time of the entire cruise, and we spent 5 of our 8 nights in the Piano Bar. The current piano player, Gregg is so amazing! Seriously, he is the bomb. The Piano Bar drew a large crowd on some nights and a moderate crowd on others. We usually arrived around 10pm and stayed for an hour or two or on three of the nights we closed out the bar at 1am. This guy was so enjoyable and our favorite activity on the cruise! I'm sure I missed some things; however, I hope this gives you a starting point about some of the options available on this great ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The CD Matt and his team were amazing from the moment we set sail until the time we had to leave the ship and go home. So many things to do, and we were kept busy everyday, even had a blast with our friends when we sat outside during ... Read More
The CD Matt and his team were amazing from the moment we set sail until the time we had to leave the ship and go home. So many things to do, and we were kept busy everyday, even had a blast with our friends when we sat outside during the huge downpour, and jumped in the puddles lol The downfall to the cruise was actually eating in the dining room, both times we didn't we felt very unwell after, so we made sure to eat else where after that. The steakhouse was another bad experience, with a hair found in my appetizer and a knife that fell off the plates that the waiter was taking away, which luckily I caught or I could have been skewered or at the least my nice clothes ruined....will make sure to save the money on not go again to the steakhouse On St kitts we had a nice driver that took us and 10 other people around the island explaining all the different parts and history, Robert did a great job St Maarten was super fun, as we took a seadoo tour around the bay and out into the ocean...the waves made it choppy, but the guides were great and always made sure everyone was doing well Grand Turk was so much fun! Our group did the 'home sweet home' excursion and were able to do a vow-renewal right on the beach. The ladies were very accommodating and let us use the bedroom to get the bride ready, and made a great meal for everyone that showed up. Salem our bartender was great, and his drinks very strong, with the music adding to the island feel. After leaving the house we stopped off at the beach by the ships and went out on a tube behind a speedboat and laughed until out sides hurt, as much as the driver tried to bump us into the water, we were holding on tight. San Juan was the best, and unfortunately the shortest port visit we were allowed. I will definitely be finding a way to go back and see more. Old San Juan was awesome planning our next cruise with Carnival as I write this...cant wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was ... Read More
Solo cruiser out of Miami on September 12th in cabin 8475. Made reservation through travel agent. Wish I had made it through Carnival direct because of issues before departure, not related to Carnival. Embarkation was not smooth. Was told by Carnival to arrive between 12-1pm when I originally had an earlier time. This is the busiest time for checking in and boarding. It took over an hour to check in and then another 45 minutes waiting for my boarding section to board. Once on the ship I found my cabin AFT 8475. The room was standard, but comfortable and had an extended (over-sized) balcony which was a plus. It definitely was an improvement over the NCL Epic which I took out of Rome in May. The Epic's room was the most uncomfortable and poorly designed cabin I have ever stayed in. Now for the negative aspect of the cabin. Even though it is on the 8th deck I felt A LOT of sway (movement) of the ship while trying to sleep. I am not sure if it is because of the ship itself or the waters we were sailing through. It was hurricane season and the waves were a little higher than other cruises. So, NO complaints about the cabin itself. If you want an AFT cabin right on the AFT, I highly suggest this one. Now for the main complaints. First, I know I am not going to get 4 star food on a Carnival cruise. For that I cruise Princess or Holland, but I must say the food was sub-par. I am a "foodie" and eat all over. Carnival's appetizers were a joke. Example; I ordered the tuna app and received 2 pieces of tuna measuring 1 1/2"X 1"X 1/2". The shrimp cocktail was four-five salad shrimps with sauce, and the list goes on. The main meals were "okay". They had surf and turf but it was $20 extra and were very small portions. I know, I ordered one the first night. The filet was tasty but VERY small, as was the slipper lobster tail. Not worth the extra $20. The dining room staff for my section were very friendly and helpful. I NEVER saw the Head Maitre d/ Waiter, except at the front door upon entering. He never came to my table, nor anywhere around my table. On other cruises the Maitre d would come over at least three times during the cruise to check on service and food. Very poor management on Carnival's part. The dinner selections were not varied and seemed to be very repetitive. It did appear that they saved the best appetizers for the last night of cruising. So, the MDR was average and disappointing. I know I am jumping around but my 2nd main complaint was the Muster Drill. On other cruises I was directed to a certain location where I met with a STAFF member who checked me in on a scanner and then they gave the muster information. Carnival Breeze told people to go to their assigned stations where they sat for over an hour, without anyone checking them in. Poor safety management. The 3rd complaint is disembarkation at ports. The first port we were told to lineup at a certain time so we could get off the ship. This is where Carnival REALLY failed. There was about 100 of us in line, waiting calmly. Then people came down the stairs and crammed into this small spaces. Then the elevators opened up and more people exited and smashed into the already lined up people pushing them further back. Then the elderly with their scooters and wheelchairs came pushing their way to the front through the crowd. I Do blame the ignorant people for the way they were acting, but the MAIN BLAME is on Carnival for NOT having STAFF there to properly direct and keep peace. There were several incidents between people with the pushing and shoving. I don't want to talk too bad about the entertainment, or the lack of. There was a magician on board that was actually pretty good, but that is about as for as it goes. The Punchliner Comedy shows by George Lopez were amateurish. They should replace the comedy and put in a review like Howl at the Moon (Dueling pianos) like NCL has. That show was packed EVERY night and was FUN. I guess living in Las Vegas and seeing Vegas shows, plus going to Chicago and NYC has given me a different perspective of what is good. I did like the couple that played in the main lounge area near Guest Services. She was very pretty and had a very nice voice. Capt. Bob at the piano bar was okay. The nightclub was a ship's nightclub. A bunch of 20 year olds drinking and talking smack. I LOVED Guy Fieri's hamburgers. They were the saving grace for lunchtime. Good old school hamburgers. Real tasty. Some people's reviews were not as complimentary but I think most people would love them. I really did not like the food at the other bars. I even didn't care for the soft serve ice cream on this ship. I will give cudos to Bonsai, the Japanese sushi restaurant. The sushi was actually pretty good for a ship sushi. I did eat at the pay Italian restaurant. I went there for lunch so there was NO CHARGE. I am SO happy because after being in Italy for a month and eating authentic Italian food this was VERY lacking. My friend Ron raved about the Meat Lasagna but it was nasty, to me. If you had an occasion to visit Guest Services you would always find a line. The area was VERY small unlike NCL or Holland which have open areas with several STAFF. I only had one issue and it was handled with minimal problem. I thank the men and women bartenders on The Breeze who were always nice and remembered my name and drink. The whole working staff, not including officers, are all hard working people whom deserve our thanks for providing us with outstanding service. They work 10-14 hour days, 7-days a week for 4-7 months depending on their contracts. I can speak for most Americans when I say we are spoiled and most of us would never work that hard for that long for the wages these men and women receive. Thank you for all the hard work. Finally, although there are other minor complaints I will not mention, is the disembarkation. All I will say for this is I was glad to be home in the USA. It took awhile but I knew I was home. These complaints are all situations that can be corrected or improved on. It appears that Carnival just does not want to do it. Overall, the trip was average. Nothing exciting. I did meet some very nice people on the ship who I will keep in touch with. Happy Sailing Read Less
Sail Date September 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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