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Carnival Breeze Review

Insider Take

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

An intimate small ship experience, with a quiet relaxed atmosphere, a minimum number of children.

Onboard Experience

Though the same size as her sister ships, Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, the Carnival Breeze is the first ship in the fleet built specifically to the standards of Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 initiative.

The tropical theme is carried throughout the ship, but nowhere more so than the Beach Pool (located mid-ships) on Lido Deck (Deck 10), replete with plastic palm trees, and faux thatched roof shacks. Just to the sides of the pool are the Red Frog Rum Bar, and on the opposite side, the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, both decked out with tables, signage and furnishings which have the same ambient feel as many of the port side bars you find in the various Caribbean ports of call.

Promenade Deck (Deck 5) is the "action deck" for all indoor public rooms. The deck flows from the Ovation Theater forward to the Limelight Lounge aft, with a very open plan, easily allowing movement through the various bars, clubs, and restaurants.

Unlike many ships, the outdoor areas of the Promenade Deck are widened, and feature lanais (patios) outside of several of the bars along the Promenade, featuring comfortable faux wicker padded chairs, and tables with umbrellas.

On the starboard side of Promenade, just outside of the Ocean Plaza, Fat Jimmy's C Side Barbeque, is only open to serve lunch on sea days. Outdoors on the port side of the Ocean Plaza features several more lanai areas, as well as hot tubs, and additional areas for lounging in the sun.

The ship's design, layout, features, and amenities, will stimulate passengers into a lively life at sea, for young and old.

Decor

In terms of decor, once onboard, just think relaxing "Tropical Breeze". She is the first ship in the fleet designed by the German firm of Partner Ship Design, rather than Joe Farcus, who designed Carnival ships for 3 decades. Farcus designs were known for very eclectic themes in bold patterns and materials. Breeze is the first Carnival ship with conventional decor, and it suits the ship nicely, tasteful yet fun, light and tropical.

Breeze now offers alternating 6 and 8 night cruises in the Caribbean from Miami - the perfect milieu for this tropical themed ship with various hues of ocean blue, tangerine and plum.

Even the art in the stairways throughout the ship are tropical themes, as are the passenger deck hallways.

The staterooms light wood and blue; with desks, king size beds and 24-inch TVs. Internet access is slow but wifi works throughout the ship.

Cuisine

Variety of choices is the biggest strength, in terms of cuisine, on the Breeze; with the options of 2 dining rooms, Bonsai Sushi, Cucina Del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steak House, Guy's Burger Joint, Blue iguana Cantina, 24 hour pizzeria, the Tandoor Grill, and the Market Place buffet.

With the exception of Fahrenheit 555, none of the cuisine would be considered gourmet. But more aptly could be described as "down home good".

Lunch options make that the best meal of the day, especially in the Lido buffet area, where many of the stalls, notably the Blue Iguana Burrito Bar and the Mongolian Barbecue are not open for more than a few hours any day, usually just in the afternoons.

The menus for dinner in the ship's dining rooms have been paired back from what they were several years ago. In addition to the changing nightly options, there is still a list of always available menus; including a salmon, chicken, and beef option.

Most of the dining room food I sampled tasted better than I expected, and some were especially good, especially for a "value" cruise line.

Restaurants

There are two traditional dining rooms on the Carnival Breeze. Both occupy the space on two decks (3 & 4). The Blush Dining Room is located on the aft end of the ship, and is used for traditional assigned dining times (6:15 and 8:15).

The Sapphire Dining Room, also on decks 3 and 4, is located more amidships. The lower level, on Deck 3 is used for those choosing the As You Wish Dining (open from 5:30 – 9:30). The upper level of the Sapphire Dining Room is used for traditional assigned dining times.

Guests have 4 other restaurant options for evening dining.

The Bonsai Restaurant, on Promenade Deck, the first full sit down sushi restaurant. A la carte pricing on most sushi dishes.

Fahrenheit 555 Steak House, located aft on Deck 5, true to its name, offers a menu heavy on meat. The service here was friendly, but also impeccable. And the food offerings truly first rate.

There is a $35 per person fee for dining here. It occupies a smaller space than previous Carnival Steak Houses, and does not wow one with its aesthetics, but the dining experience is exemplary.

Cucina Del Capitano, is an Italian restaurant, located forward on Deck 11. The restaurant does cost $12 per adult, and $5 per child for dinner, but does offer complimentary pastas for lunch.

This Italian restaurant does occupy a large space, seating quite a number of passengers, so unlike the Steak House, reservations are not likely required.

Service here was attentive, but not as good as that in Fahrenheit 555. The best dishes seemed to be the Chicken Parmigiana and the Beef Short Rib.

One problem with the restaurant is the basketball court is located on Deck 12, immediately above Cucina Del Capitano. The night we dined there, though likely only two kids shooting hoops, it sounded as though the Miami Heat were holding practice above us.

I think it's likely that in short order they will close the basketball court above during dining hours.

For a more casual dinner experience requiring no reservations, guests have the option of the Market Place on Lido Deck; the ship's buffet restaurant.

Lunch time is the meal where there are options galore for all passengers.

On sea days there is the option of a Punchliner Comedy Brunch in the dining room, as well, on sea days, Fat Jimmy's C-Side Bar-b-q, offers a menu of barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, a variety of sausages, with traditional accompaniments; beans, coleslaw, potato salad, small corn muffins. The food is very good, and therefore expect some line-ups before you get to make your choices.

Immediately next to the Beach Pool, on Lido Deck, is Guy's Burger Joint. Guy's is a new partnership with Guy Fieri, of Food Network fame (Drive-Ins, Dives, and Diners).

The burgers here are prepared to specifications set by Guy Fieri, using meat ground fresh onboard, and home cut French Fries (slightly spiced with sea salt).

Initially I fully expected Guy's Burger Joint to be more hype than quality, but it was obvious in my first bite, that theory was wrong.

The burgers are delicious, and are served on quality hamburger buns. The topper here is the toppings bar, with an enormous selection of condiments to choose to throw on your burger.

On the opposite side of the deck, by the Beach Pool, there is the Blue Iguana Cantina; which offers custom made burritos; breakfast burritos in the morning.

Lido deck also offers the choice of the Market Place, a buffet area, with multiple choices of separated service counters, serving a variety of choices; Mongolie grill, themed buffet, deli, salad bars, and more.

The signage for the various stations is very good, so be sure to walk around the Market Place to see what is available that day, before making your choices.

Continue aft through the Market Place, by the aft pool area is where the best pizza at sea is being served. Carnival always had very good pizza, but has changed their procedures and dough, and they now offer thin crust pizza that is as good as any thin crust pizza I've eaten. Pizzas are now made to order, so though it may take a few minutes longer, the pizza you get is piping hot, and the cheese topping gooey and delicious.

The pizza is served 24/7, so can be an option any time of day.

Also nearby to the aft pool is the Tandoor Grill, serving East Indian dishes. I'm personally not a fan of that cuisine, so I offer no opinion of the quality.

On Deck 4, next to the Atrium, there is a small library. Here Carnival has added a self-serve wine by the glass option. You use your sail and sign card in the machine, make your selection, and a glass of wine is automatically poured.

Complimentary room service is available around the clock.

Service

Service throughout the ship is friendly and extremely polished. Our cabin attendant was most capable and always managed to clean up the room even if we just slipped out for a short while.

Waiters were efficient and helpful. Drink service in the dining room could be frustratingly slow making it not only more cost effective but more convenient to simply buy wine by the bottle instead of the glass.

Cabins

Several new accommodation categories, including five-berth, two-bathroom staterooms especially for families, are offered. There is also a new style of balcony cabin called the Cove Balcony located on Deck 2, below the promenade decks. These balconies are shadier than the higher ones as they are built into the hull of the ship, which also makes them more private.

The suites and ocean view staterooms come with complimentary bathrobes and a mini bar. The cabins located on the outside are 220 sq. feet and include a coffee table and plush leather sofa. The inside cabins are 195 sq. feet in area and are great for families or large groups of singles due to their pull-down berths that provide extra sleeping space. Families might prefer the 230 sq. feet cabins located next to the children's center. All the large bathrooms include a shower (the suites are the only cabins with tubs), basket of toiletries, and hair dryer. The cabins come standard with a color TV that includes Skynews, Fox News, CNN, and movies. There is plentiful storage space, with three closets and several drawers. Cabins for those of special needs are available.

Via the flat screen TVs in the cabins one can check their accounts anytime they wish, order room service or shore excursions, and if you chose order pay per view movies.

Fitness/Spa

The gym's 15,000 sq. feet is full of treadmills, stationary bikes, stair-masters, rowing and hydraulic weight machines, and of course free weights. The strategically placed equipment allows you to enjoy the lovely panoramic views offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows. For runners, a lap on the jogging deck, which surrounds the smokestack, is equivalent to 1/11 of a mile.

Attire

Dress on Carnival on Breeze is probably less casual than other Carnival ships. Formal nights are now tagged as Elegant Nights, where slacks and a shirt for men is deemed sufficient, but I saw a surprising number of suits and even tuxedos on my cruise.

On casual nights, dress or Bermuda shorts are permissible attire in the dining rooms. Jeans are allowed if they are in good condition, no torn clothing, or cutoffs are allowed.

In the alternate restaurants with a surcharge cruise casual is the rule every evening, meaning no shorts.

Overview

Excellent staterooms, cuisine, entertainment & service, this is the newest Carnival ship and the first built fully in "Funship 2.0" tradition.

Best For People Who Want

A great ship for kids and families, a vibrant nightlife and many daytime activities as well, including a water park, ropes course, adults only Serenity Area. A full cross section of American demographics; spacious cabins - most with private balconies - some cabins which will accommodate 5 people; large fitness and spa spaces; many dining options.

Public Rooms

As soon as you enter the ship, on Deck 3, into the lowest level of the ship's 10 storey Atrium, you'll know you're on a non "Farcusian" ship. It's not that ships designed by Joe Farcus were bad; they just carried his bold, somewhat eccentric, interior design work.

The interior design work on the Carnival Breeze set a more calm tone. In some ways that calm tone actually makes the ship more vibrant.

Up on Lido Deck the midship swimming pool, named the Beach Pool is designed to have a feel similar to that of a Caribbean beach, including the "beach side bars"; the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, and the Red Frog Rum Bar, as well as the "beach side restaurants"; Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, and The Blue Iguana Cantina.

Forward on Deck 15 the adults only Serenity Deck is furnished with faux wicker furnishings, cabanas, hammocks, and hot tubs for quiet relaxation. Due its close proximity to the ships Water Works, that serenity may be interrupted by the noise of the people using the water slides and other features of the Water Works.

In the evenings the Promenade Deck (Deck 5) becomes the "action deck".

At the bow of the ship, forward on Deck 5 is the top level of the 3 deck high Ovation Theater. Moving back from there, through the Atrium, where all of the ship's stores are located, one comes upon the very large casino.

The casino occupies the entire width of the indoor space on the Promenade Deck, therefore one must pass through the casino when heading to the aft end of the ship, where many of the bars and lounges are located.

Just as you exit the casino is the casino bar; a rather nondescript bar, with multiple television screens above the bar showing ESPN, and other sporting events.

Further aft from the casino the areas are very open, with one use area easily flowing into another, all constructed around the Ocean Plaza. Around Ocean Plaza is one of the inviting areas of the ship's, with lots of comfortable seating (both inside and out on the Lanais on both port and starboard sides). Internet cafe area, the specialty coffee and patisserie, Taste Bar (where you can get free samples of the offerings from the alternate restaurants on board), and the Ocean Plaza Bar.

In the center of this area there's a dance floor and a bandstand, where a live band entertains in the late afternoon, and most evenings. This area is also often used for Karaoke, which was hugely popular on our sailing.

Continuing aft, in close proximity, is the Bonsai Sushi Restaurant. Menu items are priced a la carte, or you can purchase a sushi boat for $15 (which is large enough to share).

Close by, along the Promenade, is the Liquid Night Club, the ship's disco where the party didn't seem to begin until later in the evening, but continued into the wee hours many nights.

Carnival's new big hit, the Red Frog Pub is located here as well. The Red Frog Pub offers a variety of appetizers at a cost of $3.33 for each plate, and features a draft beer that is custom brewed for Carnival Cruise Line. A solo guitarist/singer entertains each evening in the Red Frog Pub. The pub also has its own patio/lanai area, out on deck, port side.

As the Promenade flows further towards the aft you enter the Piano Bar. On the Breeze this area is entirely open to the Promenade; no more glassed in bar area common on other Carnival ships.

Aft of that is the large Limelight Lounge, used nightly as the venue for George Lopez Punchliner Comedy Club, and next to Fahrenheit 555, the ships impressive Steak House.

Below the Ocean Plaza, on Deck 4, is the Thrill Theater, the first 5D movie experience at sea. At a cost of $7.95 for a single movie, or $14.95 for unlimited access guests can enjoy several different 3D films - all short movies - where you become a part of the film, with mists of rain, and movements of the seats synched to the movie you are watching.

There was no individual public area that blew me away with its design, but in its entirety I found the ship extraordinarily comfortable and welcoming. It is certainly my favourite Carnival ship now.

Tipping

All Carnival cruises have a $10.00 per person per day (excluding children under two years of age) gratuity comprising $5.50 for the Dining Room service, $3.60 for the stateroom steward, and $.90 for the alternative dining rooms. This charge can be either automatically added to the Sail & Sign card or it can be prepaid (prepayment is mandatory on the Cruises-to-Nowhere). The purser's desk can decrease or increase this amount throughout the cruise. Tip room service, the Maitre d', casino, spa, or other staff as you deem fit. The bar and beverage tabs all include a 15 percent gratuity to the bill.

Entertainment

On the Carnival Breeze 3 new shows have debuted; The Brits, Divas, and Motown. Each show features the music their names imply. They combine a 7 person company with an amazing mix of technology; huge LED screens, which combine filmed segments with animation, and laser technology.

Though there are only 8 people performing in the new Carnival "Playhouse Productions" stage shows, with the technology, at times you think there is a 100 person cast; very impressive and enjoyable shows.

Rather than simply have an early show, then repeat the performance for a late night show, they are alternating the shows, to enable those who perhaps missed one of the shows to see it at another time.

Other evenings a "headline act" appears in the Ovation Theater, such as magicians, jugglers, and instrumentalists. Almost all main theater events were also shown on the stateroom television throughout the cruise.

The comedians no longer appear in the Ovation Theater, as there is a nightly venue for them in the George Lopez Punchliner Comedy Club. There are nightly comedy shows; with two early family shows, and a late night adults only show.

There is a considerable amount of live music performing nightly in the bars and lounges throughout the ship. In most of the venues it is either a solo artist, or duo playing, though a quartet played each evening in the Ocean Plaza.

Children's Facilities

Talking to parents, I heard that Carnival has improved its kid;s programs considerably. It is no longer just "enhanced babysitting" as one person put it. They said the the kids are given creative and varied activities throughout the days, taking them all over the ship to try new things all the time.

Fellow Passengers

Expect a broad mix of guests on Carnival - all types of backgrounds, ethnicity and ages. Breeze especially appeals to families during holiday and summertime cruises. There will be a lot of children onboard, but they are generally well behaved. They have been well-coached by the ship's youth supervisors who "shush" them so often the kids soon start doing it to each other when in public area.

These days, with all of the regional home-ports Carnival uses, many guests come from the south, beginning with Florida and other close-by regions.




Ship Overview

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 onboard 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—and one of the most widely recognized—originated its "Fun Ship" concept in 1972 and has been launching party-packed superliners with signature red funnels ever since. The line's ever-growing fleet features entertainment and activities designed for passengers of all ages, from game shows and lip sync competitions to twisting waterslides and mini golf. These ships are a reliable choice for families as well as young singles and couples who want a vacation that won’t break the bank.

Nearly all onboard dining options are included in the fare, as are comedy and production shows, children’s programs, and use of state-of-the-art fitness centers. With some of the most comfortable accommodations at sea, large new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern, while older vessels are updated with popular features, such as the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina, the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, and Guy’s Burger Joint, created with Food Network star Guy Fieri.

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 4, 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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Jun 29, 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 25, 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 18, 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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