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Carnival Breeze Review

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2019 Best for Value

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Carnival Breeze
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Pros

Variety of diversions and dining options

Cons

Crowds and informal party atmosphere might be a turn-off

Bottom Line

Carnival's fun-for-everyone ethic at its best


About

Passengers 3690
Crew 1386
Passenger to Crew 2.66:1
Launched 2012
Shore Excursions 436

Carnival Breeze Overview

Carnival Breeze has a light and lively Caribbean feel, with friendly and accommodating crew members. In fact, service is one of the ship's strongest points.

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As befits a mega, self-titled "Fun Ship" catering to thousands, you'll find a nearly nonstop range of activities (from beanbag tossing to the notorious hairy chest competition), entertainment (30-minute song-and-dance shows, live music throughout the ship) and lots of chow-down options, from 24-hour handmade pizza to a Michelin-quality chef's table. You'll be lucky to get a seat at a $6 blackjack table in the smoky casino, which buzzes on sea nights. During the day, kids make a beeline for two scream-inducing water slides, mini-golf and an elevated ropes course.

The 3,690-passenger Breeze, which can pack in 4,724 when every bed is occupied, attracts everyone from young partiers to wedding groups, families and gay and hetero couples both young and old, and it often sails at capacity. This ship's passenger list is as diverse as the United States (90 percent of cruisers are from North America), but you probably won't rub shoulders with the country club set.

There's not much formality either: Passengers tend to be unpretentious, friendly and social. Infants crawl in the halls and cabin doors are decorated like school lockers. The dress code is one of the more lax at sea, though you can dress up if you like.

As you might have guessed, Carnival Breeze is not for those seeking serenity at sea. Prepare to stand in line at popular eateries, such as the Guy Fieri barbecue and burger joints. You'll hear babies crying, groups calling to each other and the late-night stumble of an overimbiber trying to find his stateroom.

Those who do need a break from the crowds can find it on the lesser-populated Lanai Deck or in some secluded front-of-ship deck space. Then again, why sign up for a Fun Ship if you're seeking tranquility? Better get back to the Lido Deck now 'cause they're doing the electric slide.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater and comedy shows
  • Use of the ropes course, water park, mini-golf and other outdoor activities
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($13.99 per person, per day or $15.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage (18 percent) and spa tips (15 percent)
  • Most room service deliveries, plus tip
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including ice tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to the Thrill Theater, arcade games, bingo and Build-A-Bear
  • Photos


Carnival Breeze Dress Code

Daytime: Dress is casual, mainly shorts and jeans and T-shirts.

Evening: On most nights, evening attire is casual -- a slightly dressier version of daywear with nice jeans and dress shorts acceptable. One or two nights are "elegant" nights in the dining room and steakhouse. Women will be fine packing dressy tops and pants or short dresses; men should bring collared shirts and slacks. Daytime dress is always acceptable in the buffet at dinner.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, tank tops (for men), athletic shorts, flip-flops, baseball hats and swimwear are not permitted in the main dining room and steakhouse. (However, we've seen people break the rules and get away with it.)

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Carnival.

 


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Deck:
Deck 1
Deck 2
Lobby Deck
Mezzanine Deck
Promenade Deck
Deck 6
Deck 7
Deck 8
Deck 9
Lido Deck
Panorama Deck
Spa & Sports Deck
Deck 14
Serenity Deck

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Cruises on Carnival Breeze start from $169 per person.
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Carnival Breeze won 13 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins, Best for Shore Excursions, Best for Value in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Families
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Families
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Families

Carnival Breeze Member Reviews

Carnival Breeze
nhpekin
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The Carnival Breeze is a beautiful ship. Since our cruise was in October the ship was decorated for Halloween and had several activities on board that were Halloween related....Read More
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MJH137
Sail Date: Feb 2020
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Breeze for 7 days in February 2020. We had warm and sunny weather, but the winds were high resulting in the ship being very rocky the majority of the trip....Read More
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cherrymickey
Sail Date: Aug 2019
I loved the Carnival Breeze and is in the process of booking again in August 2021 for a girls trip....Read More
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Rosebud:)
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed....Read More

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