Sail Date: June 2012
We sailed on the inaugural cruise of the Breeze June 3rd, 2012. While I am a fan of Carnival, I cannot give this cruise very high marks.. We found the food in the main dining anything but good. The buffet was not much better. The ship was ... Read More
We sailed on the inaugural cruise of the Breeze June 3rd, 2012. While I am a fan of Carnival, I cannot give this cruise very high marks.. We found the food in the main dining anything but good. The buffet was not much better. The ship was soiled within hours of its embarkation and remained that way for much of the entire cruise... While we really like the new look for Carnival, the colors seemed maybe too light for the kind of traffic a ship of this size it getting. In short, the carpet was dirty appearing the entire time even though the staff was continually trying to clean it. We also missed our last port at Marseilles due to Carnival not being able to dock in Livorno a few days earlier, which threw the remainder of our cruise schedule in limbo.. In essence, Carnival ported at Livorno the next day so we ended up with an extra sea day and no Marseilles port. Several people ended up with something resembling a cold with upper respiratory infections, and some said it was a type of flu that many including the staff were all suffering. In short, it was not one of our better cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
This was our second European cruise, the first being two years ago on Princess to the Baltics. We have sailed in the Caribbean with Carnival and in Alaska with Princess. The Carnival Breeze was the best ship of all 7 cruise ships... ... Read More
This was our second European cruise, the first being two years ago on Princess to the Baltics. We have sailed in the Caribbean with Carnival and in Alaska with Princess. The Carnival Breeze was the best ship of all 7 cruise ships... The ship itself, while full with over 3000 guests, never felt crowded. We were able to get a dinner table with anytime dining without more than a 5 minute wait regardless of the time we came down for dinner. There was rarely a wait for the on board activities nor difficulty in finding seats for the comedians or Ovation theater shows. As one would expect, the ship is immaculate. It is very easy to navigate around the ship. The elevators were quite efficient, though we mostly took the stairs. Our inside cabin mid ship on the 7th level was adequate for our purposes(once the air conditioning was fixed on the fourth day). The bathroom facilities were comparable to others we have used on ship. The tv was okay though most of the non ship channels came in and out at random times. The movies were quite old with very few newer movies and no first run movies. We would have appreciated ESPN in the room as it was available in the sports bar. The beds were firm but comfortable. The food was the best we have encountered. We ate in the main dining room (Sapphire) 11/12 evenings and with only one or two exceptions found the meals quite satisfactory and superior to meals on other ships. We especially liked the Pasta Buffet for lunch in the specialty Italian restaurant. Guy's burgers were okay...a little disappointing though quite popular. The Lido Buffet was adequate and never seemed that crowded with the exception of a few mornings. The service with one exception was superb. All the stewards and restaurant personnel were extremely efficient, professional, and friendly. As to be expected, some of the restaurant personnel were geographically challenged when trying to find the assigned seating, but that was quite minor. The restaurant servers were as good as any in a fine restaurant. The room stewards were just as efficient and professional. Our one complaint was the failure to fix our air conditioning after three complaints (2 to the room steward and one by phone to guest services). Thanks to Olga, on the fourth attempt we were able to thaw out. Carnival gave us a gracious credit for the inconvenience. We also had a cut phone line on the first night, but that was repaired on the second day. However, Carnival needs to add personnel to the Guest Services desk as they were overwhelmed and the waits were often interminable. One other quick note is the public areas can be quite cool regardless of the temperature outside. The sports deck was amazing with a ropes course, full court basketball/soccer, miniature golf,water slides, etc. There was rarely a wait or difficulty utilizing. However, it was disappointing to our 17 year old that the court was closed after 5:30...We could not figure out any reason for this. The fitness center had plenty of machines available. Serenity (adults only area) was quite welcome and again the Jacuzzis were readily available though seating on sea days was problematic. The fifth floor Jacuzzis were the least busy. The 3D/4D theater was available after port excursions but at $8 per viewing per person we did not utilize. The entertainment was better than any other cruise ship. Of particular note were the two entertainers, a singer/impressionist and pianist, who were only on the ship for two shows each. The production shows are significantly more sophisticated than those on other ships. The comedians were quite good(though the British ones require some knowledge of British slang). We particularly enjoyed the comedian from New Orleans. At this point, I need to signal out the John and Calvin shows. The two have a comedic chemistry that is reminiscent of some of the classic comedic duos(and I am not exaggerating). The itinerary, which was a once in a season one(because it left from Venice and included Athens and Izmir) was terrific with the lone disappointment being the loss of 1 1/2 days of port calls. We lost a half day in Monaco (with which we had hoped to spend part of the day in Nice) and the full day in Marseilles (with which we had hoped to explore Aix en Provence). We did receive some credits for the loss of port time, but we were very disappointed at losing Nice and Provence. One other personal note, we could have done without Olbia and certainly would have appreciated a stop in Naples/Capri or an additional stop in Sicily as a preference. At this point, I want to signal out what made the cruise even more spectacular...the Cruise Critic Members who participated in the roll calls. Through the roll call message boards we were able to meet a number of terrific people, many of whom organized the port excursions at significantly less cost than the Carnival ones. These Cruise Critic members are what made the cruise experience even more special... Embarkation was a bit of a hassle as the computers went down and the wait was about one hour from arrival to boarding. The debarkation was not much better as most people apparently did not leave when there "number" was called, resulting in quite a cattle call at around 8:30 as well as a huge taxi line in Barcelona. Overall, a great experience and I would highly recommend the Carnival Breeze experience. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Here are a couple of notes before I begin my review. First, I have sailed many times with Carnival, and am likely to do so in the future. Second, I have been on the first Carnival ship to get the FunShip 2.0 upgrade - the Carnival Liberty. ... Read More
Here are a couple of notes before I begin my review. First, I have sailed many times with Carnival, and am likely to do so in the future. Second, I have been on the first Carnival ship to get the FunShip 2.0 upgrade - the Carnival Liberty. Third, I traveled with my older children so there will be a few notes for this as well. It is interesting that much of the time I was comparing this ship with the Carnival Liberty. I would have to say, that the FunShip 2.0 experience wasn't really fantastic on that ship either. Maybe I was expecting more? Not sure but I wanted to feel like it was a newer, better Carnival and not just throwing a little makeup on the same old thing. To that point - I guess the biggest thing is I believe we definitely want "more fun". The activities were certainly limited, which I can understand on the big port days but what about the days at sea? There was really no difference between these and the older FunShips. Some specifics... Poolside: Typically is always good for some fun, great music, socializing, quirky contests of some sort. Really none of that on this cruise. Maybe it is more typical on Caribbean cruises. It would be nice if there was one place to go on the ship and know something was always going on. Not here. Movies: These were a nice addition - but I kid you not - one movie that we watched on the screen was literally cut off and ended about 15 minutes before the real end of the movie. No explanation, just yet another advertisement from Carnival which you will get sick of seeing if you go. I think you have to be on the ship to understand. Advertisements! Competitions between Blue Iguana and Red Frog: Since both bars are across from each other poolside, the Carnival Liberty would have little contests between the two. Just to generate excitement and maybe getting a drink one place versus the other. No competitions on Breeze - guess that is reserved for Liberty. Competitions mean a discount on this or that drink, with tallies to who wins. Something fun. Sports Bar: Luckily for us the UEFA Cup soccer games were going on during our trip. However, only one place was available to watch them, and this area was full of smoke. Now I don't mind smoky areas, but it was a little much. Oh well. Public Announcements: "I hate to use the public address system, and I told you I wouldn't, but..." I heard that tons of times. The whole Livorno stop getting messed up (read later) definitely important. A lot of the other ones were just rubbish and unimportant. When I am on a cruise, I don't like the cattle calls to everyone. You have a guide in your room that says what is going on. I don't need announcements about the daily art auction or a shop opening. Well now to throw some good things into the review, which is also important. Food: The mongolian wok is fantastic. Definitely more flavorful that most of the other wok grills I have been to on other ships. Tandoori was nice too - at the back of the ship and often missed. As already stated, the pasta bar upstairs was good for lunchtime as well. Don't miss the BBQ on the fifth floor, that is only open during "days at sea" for lunch. Otherwise it is closed! Dining room food was OK. Not bad, but not something to rave about either. Guy Fieri burgers were 5 times better on Liberty than Breeze. I speculate it is American Beef (Liberty out of Miami) versus whatever beef they had on Breeze. Staff: Very attentive, excellent. Nice and cordial. The gym personnel were great too, and always there for questions or tips. Spa was excellent as well. As mentioned, the poor Guest Services people were always slammed busy, and there weren't enough of them. Decor: Definitely in the right direction. Pinks and Purples of Carnival are gone. Question some of the lighter carpet colors though... they will get darker though as more people walk on them. Kids: My kids really enjoyed their respective kids clubs. There were not a ton of kids onboard, but according to them (and when they got back at night) they had a really good time. Entertainment: Very good. The dancers/singers did the same show multiple times, so you could pick and choose. I think they had a total of five shows throughout the cruise. Some days they did three shows spaced out in time starting at 5pm... they did bring on some UK comedians. Our cruise was 95%+ US residents. You could definitely hear the UK residents though because they laughed when the rest of us had no clue what was being said. "the woman weighed 13 stones" and other phrases that we just couldn't connect to what it meant. I think they were funny but I am not sure... As already mentioned in another review Carnival really screwed up our port schedule. They said "we booked this port a YEAR ago but they don't have a spot for us tomorrow". Hmm. I think if I booked anything a year in advance where people were counting on me I would follow up at least a few times as the date got closer. But they told us Carnival Corporate is working on it so it shouldn't be a problem anymore. Oh well. Marseilles stop was scraped, and Monaco was cut a half day short. We got "an extra day at sea" but I wish they would have hung out a little closer to the shore (the sea was really rough that day!) I think it was said in another review - skip Olbia stop. Waste of time. The rest of the stops were really good though. Would I take the Carnival Breeze again? Sure - especially since things actually went pretty well considering we were the "first paying guests" on the ship. Once other cruise directors get in there and feedback comes back, they can really fix up the small issues that are being pointed out. Read Less
Carnival Breeze Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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