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Carnival Breeze Review

The third of Carnival’s Dream-class vessels, Carnival Breeze launched in 2012 with a lighter, more tropical décor, new Italian and Asian specialty restaurants, and the Red Frog Pub. Additionally, all of Carnival’s “Fun Ship 2.0” features are in place, including

casual dining options, poolside bars, and new activities and entertainment options. Carnival Breeze calls the Port of Miami her home, from where she sails on six-night cruises to the Western Caribbean and eight-night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean. Ports of call vary depending on sailing date, but it is possible to combine them for a back-to-back voyage that visits different ports of call on each itinerary.

Carnival’s Dream-class, the largest and longest ever constructed for their fleet, ushers in an exciting design concept for the line with a new layout, sleek hull, and distinctive profile. The line has made maximum use of the vessels' added size by creating some truly spectacular on-board facilities and amenities. Unique is the Ocean Plaza, an indoor–outdoor café and live music venue with a large, circular dance floor. A massive floor-to-ceiling curved-glass wall separates the room, creating comfortable seating areas with ocean views and, in a first for Carnival, a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship.

Four “scenic” whirlpools located on the promenade cantilever out over the sea and offer maximum views while you're soaking. Higher up, the Lido deck is the most elaborate open-deck area of any Carnival ship, with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theatre LED screen; a two-level adults-only retreat (called Serenity) with comfortable seating, full bar service, and hot tubs; and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park featuring one of the longest waterslides at sea. Dream-class family-friendly amenities include separate, purpose-built facilities for the line’s three distinct children’s programs, along with a full schedule of activities catering to each age group.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Spa staterooms and suites have exclusive amenities and spa privileges
  • 2-bathroom staterooms are a boon for families
  • The lowest atrium level has a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive dance floor

Cons

  • Lines can be a problem everywhere, especially in the buffet at popular dining times
  • If the weather is bad outside, interior spaces can seem overwhelmed
  • Although the decor is considerably toned down from past Carnival ships, there’s still some glitz
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,386
  • Entered Service 2012
  • Gross Tons 130,000
  • Length 1,004 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,845
  • Passenger Capacity 3,690 (4,724 max)
  • Width 122 feet
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Feb 23, 2016

caribbean

we booked a cruise several months early for a large group, including parents and several rooms for teens. carnival not knowing room numbers of their own cruise booked several rooms on the floor under the main bottom floor instead of the top floor. bottom floor has 4 numbers top floors have 5. they booked half of us on bottom and when we got on boat it was sold out so they could not move us. because some parents did not want their kids on different

floors so far apart several members had to have more in their rooms and share beds and we had to pay more since less shared the bottom floor rooms. we wrote carnival and called and they continue to send the same response REITERATING their error. saying our rooms with 4 digits were on the top floor when they are NOT. they still do not know their own cruise. we payed more by booking early and wanted to ensure we were all on the same floor and carnival completely refuses to take responsibility for their actions at all. we did not ask for a full refund just some compensation for the expense we incurred due to their error completely and they just simply say (no not our problem) horrible ...don't bother booking early and asking for guaranteed rooms, they both don't honor it and will not be accountable for their mistake Food was fine. Cabin was not what we booked ok shows. don't use carnival if you want to work with a cruise line that takes accountability for their mistakes, this was not our experience despite multiple attempts to find a reasonable solution

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Jul 3, 2015

Western Carribbean

Do not take this cruise. There is such a low level of customer service on the Breeze, I was often in shock. The problem is, I have cruised on the RCCL's Oasis of the Seas 4 times. Compared to that crew and that ship, the Breeze is simply a sad excuse for a cruise experience. Here are just a few of the issues of the Breeze. 1. There are only two pools. Both are small. Both are packed tight like sardines. You dont swim, you stand in place.

2. They will never answer phones at guest relations. 10 minutes of ringing, they just dont pick up. 3. The quality and the selection of the food at the buffet was horrible. 4. Yes, there is free pizza and yes, there is always a line 10 people deep waiting for it. 5. There is never any staff around to ask questions, and if you find one they often answer "I don't know" and just walk away. On the Oasis, they do know---or stay with you until you find out. 6. They use one gangway to get you back on, so there is always a long wait. 7. Too few elevators, you have to wait a long time. 8. If you take something from the minibar, you are charged for the item---and 15% on top of the items cost for gratuity. 9. The $99 "3 times as fast" premium internet service was so slow it was almost unusable. There are no open spacious areas on the Breeze. Just dark cramped corridors. 10. The house white wine was undrinkable. I could go on for another 20 minutes, You almost cant call the Oasis of the Seas and the Breeze both "cruises" because the experience of cruising on the Oasis is superior in every possible way. Sadly, people take a Carnival cruise and think they have "cruised" They have not. I will return to the Oasis this year and never look back. Yes. you will save $500 to maybe $750 on Carnival and boy do you get what you pay for. Buffet was poor in my opinion. The premium steak house was good. The premium captains table OK. Good cabin. Activities and shows were weak compared to RCCL. Much less variety. Carnival is inferior in every way to Royal Caribbean.

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By niki_CR

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Jun 28, 2015

Caribean

Carnival Cruise Vacation 6/20-28/2015. If you have time please read the entire review it will be and eye opener. My husband and I were skeptical when friends told us to come along on a Carnival cruise with them. We have heard many negative reviews about this company but we decided to go thinking it would be fun for our daughter. Our group total: 46. Fun onboard (water slides, sports area, karaoke, bingo): very good. Food: Average

(decent on the buffet, good hamburgers, burritos, Indian and sushi, but mostly bad on the restaurant at night). Staff was friendly and I do hope that the gratuity they charge to each person ($92.00) is truly given to them, this is extra. The app (carnival Hub) worked most of the time and was helpful. I do recommend having it before sailing away since is difficult to download later (especially for iPhone). For $5.00 per person for the length of the cruise, it gives you the activities schedule, your daily balance, and more. You can chat with your family without having to spend money on Internet connection. Excursions: we decided to do them ourselves and the difference in price is substantial. In St. Kitts, a tour to an old sugar factory was about $60.00 per person, we paid to a local $15.00 per person, children under 5 free, and under 12 half price. He took us to the factory, to a garden, to a beach we did not like, and to another beach that was decent and back to the port. Very important that you pay at the end, and if you plan to eat lunch, it takes very long time; in our case, 50 min. for two tuna sandwiches. Our room was big (deluxe ocean view) it had two bathrooms (love it). Overall we were actually surprised that this cruise was better than we thought it would be. On the other hand shopping experience was awful, DO NOT BUY JEWELS or Watches if you do not know all the details. Their return policy is restricted to none or only to exchange for something else with the same or higher value. The prices are inflated so you think you are getting a better deal. The islands have Internet connection so check online first for the true value in the USA. We had an awful experience and $4200.00 less in the bank account. DO NOT TRUST, I repeat DO NOT TRUST in anyone (especially the Carnival Cruise shop director or whatever his title is) charming, categorize himself as experienced and having your interest first, but at the end we felt that all he did was sugarcoating, never gave us true answers nor what to do. he did not disclosed crucial information in his workshops, such as return policy, materials use, or quality if the jewels; just check first, ask tons of questions and make sure you know everything there is to know about what you are buying. Make sure you get a certificate of authenticity form a reputable geologist, do not accept a written one. they sell sterling silver with white gold prices. I spend 5 days trying to correct the mistake. hope this helps. The price is higher and they kind of make you afraid of going with locals since there is no guarantee they will bring you back on time. price difference is substantial, we dis 3 and never had a problem being on time. just pay at the end. Except for the shopping experience, it was better than expected. I was tricked into spending several thousands dollars, the onboard shopping experts pretended to be helpful and have your best interest in mind, but it end up being the opposite. we spent 5 days out of the 7 dealing with a bad purchase. DO NOT TRUST, do not buy if you don't know what you are buying, ask tons of questions, especially the return policy.

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Jul 24, 2014

Grand Cayman

We did not care for some of the music or activities, feeling that they were not suitable for young children. Movies played in the main family area (swimming pool, water park, ropes course, food bar areas) overflowed with what we felt was inappropriate language and content. Crowd "games" operated by the entertainment staff encouraged women and men to act like fools in front of hundreds kids. From approximately 12PM to 5PM every day, the family area

was turned into a nightclub type area with music so loud you could not hold a conversation without yelling into the ear of the other person. Several nights included parties going past midnight with the music so loud that my child was unable to sleep due to the noise level in our room. This would be a great cruise for a college spring break crowd and adults who like to party. The self-serve ice cream machines rock!!! Below average quality food in my opinion. Similar to Country Buffet or college food service. The first night, we dressed up and went to our assigned dining area and were underwhelmed with the quality of food. It wasn't horrible but it was disappointing based on our expectations. After eating at our assigned dining area, we walked through the general food service area (Lido deck) and noticed that the same food we were just served in our dining area was being served buffet style to those in swimsuits, shorts and flip flops. We were charged $10 daily additional for gratuity to eat in the assigned dining area plus an additional daily gratuity to eat in the Lido deck. I informed guest services we would no longer be eating in the dining area and they pro-rated a refund for the remaining mandatory gratuity for the dining room. Some of the stand-alone food “bars” were good. The burgers served at the Guy Fieri bar rocked. The burrito/taco bar was also good but it was open only briefly daily (12PM to 2:30PM?). The Pizza station was above average. Awesome! It is worth paying extra for a balcony. We interacted with several families who had interior rooms and they were disappointed in the size and lack of view. I'm glad I paid the extra money and recommend never going on a cruise unless you get a balcony room. My daughter and I spent hours sitting on the balcony talking, reading or just enjoying the view together. Our room steward rocked!!! Our room was spotless and he went out of his way to make my daughter feel special. It would be nice to not have to run interference for my precious daughter on this cruise because of what I felt was bad language and activities. The water park was awesome, if you could overlook the constant sexual messages promoted by the staff and which was forced on them due to the excessive speaker system. The ropes course was great. The family "Dive In" movie area was phenomenal when they played suitable movies. One night, they played the sing-along version of Frozen. It was impossible not to laugh and smile when hundreds of children belted out the theme song, "Let It Go” You must swim with turtles in Grand Cayman. The turtle sanctuary was great and my daughter will never forget this activity. She got to hold sea turtles and swim with them. I highly recommend the dolphin swim in Cozumel. I was disappointed in the waiting time and some of the logistics but you can never forget swimming with dolphins.

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Apr 17, 2014

Southern Caribbean

The carnival Breeze is great for families. The water park alone is what decided our ship to choose. A very large ship, deck space is limited and crowded mainly because of all the activities that are provided. As in other ships the deck space for sun loungers are taken up by the Water Works play area, Ropes Course and Basketball Court. There are sun chairs on the side of the ship on deck 5 and on deck 11 and 12. but when needing to cool off in a pool

it will be a short hike. The elevators are very small. Other ships I noticed the elevators were very large. With 4000 passengers on board I never had an elevator ride where it was empty. Always packed with people pushing there way in. When in port I suggest to take the stairs down to deck 0. Food in the main dining rooms were sub par. Service was fantastic, but the food didn't match the service. On the Lido deck there are many outlets that the food is fantastic. Only complaint really was arriving in Curacao at 2pm. not much time to find a beach. All shops closed at 7pm. Were in port until 11pm. Waste of time. Aruba the best island from 9am until 3:30pm. Now too short for an island with so much to do. We ate at the Sapphire dining room with the anytime seating option which is great when you have young children. you are not rushed to get to dinner on time with set seating at 6pm or 8pm. Food at the Sapphire or Blush dining rooms were terrible. The Prime Rib looked and tasted like it came out of a deli case. Lobster was tiny and dry. I ate mostly ordering from the salads and shrimp cocktails and so on. Service was fantastic though. We found a great waiter named Roberto who does Oragami which my son loves. We requested him every night. If you choose the anytime option, you can request a waiter you like, but might have to wait extra. On the lido deck there are many places to select that are great. Guy's Burger Joint, Tandoor Indian, Blue Iguana taco and burrito bar, Omelette station, Panini & deli, Pizza Pirate open 24 hrs, and a buffet that serves breakfast and lunch and dinner. On sea days only, fat Jimmy's C side BBQ is on deck 5. Opens at 12pm - 2pm. Get in line fast, you could wait an hour, but worth it!! We had stateroom 6214 Balcony. Sleeps 4 easily. Up front you felt the big waves hit the bow with a shudder, but you get used to it. Plenty of space for the four of us to store our clothes. 3 large closets and a 4 drawer vanity made for plenty of space. Our stateroom attendant Frank from St. Vincent was the best I have had in the 19 cruises I have been on. He knew our names by the evening of our first night. As always I choose a balcony mainly because my kids fall asleep by 9pm. So my wife and I sit out on the balcony to enjoy the evening air and sea. One complaint is that there should be more channels on the TV. My kids love Nick at night and morning shows like Spongebob and so on. We mainly went to to Water Works. This is the highlight of the ship. 2 main water slides, one that is 300 ft long, and one that speeds you into a large circular tank like a toilet bowl. Splash park for the kids with small slides for tiny tots and a big bucket that dumps a couple hundred gallons of water on you every 5 min. My kids also liked the mini golf course that takes up 2 decks, along with Pool Tables and ping pong. For peace and quiet, go to the Tides pool at the aft of the ship. Very nice atmosphere. The Beach Pool at the center of the ship is always loud with DJ, not a Steele drum band to be found!! Too much Hip Hop and Country music!!! We are at sea with a warm tropical feel. I can hear that stuff back home in my car. I guess some people like that stuff, but I prefer to relax. We never purchase excursions on board. I do my homework on all the ports to find what there is to do. Many times the ship will have a tour to the same place I went, but I paid 1/2 the amount. They will scare you into purchasing only from the ship saying you can miss the ship leaving if you go on your own. Yes a group is protected if a delay occurs, but many taxis do this every day with ships in port. They know you need to be back in time. Just agree to a pick up time and only pay him in full for round trip is completed. Never had a problem in the last 19 cruises I have been on. We love the southern Itinerary. Aruba Grand Turk, La Romona Dominican Republic, and Curacao. With 3 sea days you can enjoy the ship. While i complained about a few areas, I still enjoyed the cruise completely. The ships is made for everyone to enjoy, but when 4000 passengers are forced to occupy the out doors of the ship, it's a little tight!!!!

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