Best (Carnival) Cruise Yet
Carnival Breeze Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
We found the Breeze cruise much better than the Magic cruise we took a couple of years ago. Although we had Suites both times, and they're "sister" ships, physically at least, we found the food, service, entertainment and Cruise Director to be far superior on the Breeze. Also, Carnival comes off as "cheap" compared to Royal Caribbean: like the lack of a live orchestra for the shows - excellent sound system and lighting, but canned music takes something away from the showtime experience. Also, Carnival offers no Concierge/services/priority seating/exclusive seat or anything extra for Suite holders beyond a bit larger cabin and balcony and priority Embarkation/Debarkation - a lot more money for not that much special. Carnival also has paltry Bingo prizes and inferior food and dining seating compared to Royal. The real problem was that the first days had fairly rough seas and not only did the boat shake a lot, but there were periodic, huge poundings/shakings that made it hard to sleep. The Steward told us that it was because our Suite was fairly close to the bow and it was even worse for cabins further up, but I think the boat has hydrodynamic design issues and a ship that size shouldn't pound the waves so hard or rock so much in any seas.
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Based on the "rough ride on rough seas" experience I related above, I guess people should avoid cabins near the bow of the sip (if the steward is to be believed). However, the ship ran OK when the seas were calm.