Carnival Breeze Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
6

2 out of 5

Missing that personal touch

Sail Date: July 12, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

I love cruising! This being our fourth (third with Carnival) I've come to expect certain things from Carnival that the Breeze just did not deliver.  At first i thought am i expecting too much?  Am i being a cruise snob lol... but then while chatting with another frequent cruiser in the laundry room I found that we shared the same issues.  I'll break down my review into the following categories: Staff/Service, Food and Entertainment/Activities,

STAFF & SERVICE:    One of the most memorable things about the cruise for me is the staff.  On past cruises, not a day went by where we didn't have a staff member ask us how we were doing or enjoying the day/ excursions etc. On this cruise it was more of a rare occurrence.  Aside from our steward and dining room waiter who took the time to chat with us, everyone else seemed to busy with their daily routine to even look up and say good morning.  I really missed that personal touch.  If you order a drink by the pool be prepared to wait at least half an hour or more.  There are times when we thought they had just forgotten to come back because it took so long.  They have also changed a policy that really didn't make much sense in my mind.  They no longer deliver the liquor purchased onboard or at port to your room the last night.  Now you have to wake up super early the day of disembarkation and go pick it up in one of the restaurants if purchased at port or at the liquor store if purchased onboard. I don't know who in corporate thought this was a great idea.  Where are you supposed to put this alcohol? Everyone is already packed as you are getting ready to get off the boat.  If you chose to have your luggage taken off the ship by Carnival all of your check in bags are waiting outside for you.  It just makes more sense to give people their liquor the night of as they used to so that they can properly pack it.  If you have a flight right after disembarkation as many do... you should not have to open up luggage outside in the street to accommodate your purchases.

FOOD:  This was my biggest disappointment.  I completely understand that they need to cater to masses and so i never judge based on seasoning/flavors of the food.  My complaint was with the actual availability of the different places. There is an illusion of a lot of variety and dining options but when you factor in the operating times of the places you were pretty much limited to Guy's burger Joint, Pizza and the Deli.  Why? Because the other places (The hot dog cart, Blue Iguana Cantina, Cucina del Capitano (the free pasta not paid dinner) and Fat Jimmy's BBQ had such restricting operating hours that you had to plan them into your schedule or you would miss them.  For example the BBQ place was only open from 12:30 - 3pm.  On port days this means you would completely miss this place unless you chose not to get off the boat.  On a sea days if you have a late breakfast this place would not be an option either.  I literally had to watch the clock and make a plan to experience this place.  Most of the included restaurants had this same time restriction.  You want free pasta? Ok but only between 12:00p and 2p... You want a taco sure... 12:30p to 4:00p. It was really annoying.  Guy's burger joint was open the longest from about 11-6 and was our default place to eat.  We had so many burgers and fries that i don't want to see another for at least a month!  There also seems to be more and more additional fee places than free.

Entertainment/Activities:  This is also an illusion.  When you look at the daily itinerary it seems like there was just so much to do!  However upon close inspection Its filled with a bunch of fluff and not real activities.  I love shopping but I don't consider a watch sale or t-shirt sale an activity.  Gone was also the fun competitions where carnival divides the cruisers into teams and all the competitions onboard give your team points.  This may seem cheesy to some but I'm competitive and so this was an incentive to participate in more of the onboard activities just so that my team would win.  On the positive side some of stuff was really nice.  The movies were a nice touch on this ship.  They had blockbusters like Avengers Age of Ultron showing which was nice to see on a big screen.  The waterworks is a definite hit with the kids.  We traveled with four ranging from 2-12 and they couldn't get enough of the slides, water hoses, big water bucket and overall splashing in this area.  It was also great that activities such as mini-golf were available 24 hrs.

Overall, my thought is perhaps the boat was just too big and they had to sacrifice some of the quality and personal touch.  I may consider cruising with Carnival again but definitely not on the Breeze.

Cabin / Stateroom
We were really impressed that even with four of us in there we didnt feel cramped. If you can spring for it always get a balcony. It is really nice after waiting in so many lines to get to everything to have a little spot where you can enjoy the sea view all to youself.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
This is still the worst part of the cruise. I really dread disembarkation process. On this particular cruies they were delayed so you can image the masses of people all trying to get off. We chose to take our own luggage off because the last time we let them do it we were still there at 12:00pm. It was still a really aweful experience doing it ourselves. The elevators all packed the lines going up the staircase.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The carnival works and outdoor movies were really fun.
Children's Programs
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Could have been better with the exception of our dining room waiters and room steward
Food and Dining
An illussion of variety. Too many time restrictions. A lot of lines.
Miami, Florida
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
It was great that they docked at a decent port instead of a railroad track as they have in the past but overall this side of Jamica is just not very attractive.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Bet Port by far... Leave yourself time to explore this area. Visit Margaritaville. They have a pool and slide and you dont have to purchase anything to use it.
Cozumel, Mexico
Beautiful Port. Look around many shops sell the exact same things but the prices really differ.


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