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Carnival Breeze Review

2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2019 Best for Value
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Find a Carnival Breeze Cruise from A$2,618

Carnival Breeze
4.0 / 5.0
1286 reviews

Pros
Variety of diversions and dining options
Cons
Crowds and informal party atmosphere might be a turn-off
Bottom Line
Carnival's fun-for-everyone ethic at its best

About

Passengers
3690

Crew
1386

Passenger to Crew
2.66:1

Launched
2012

Shore Excursions
389
Sails To
Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean
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Carnival Breeze Overview

Carnival Breeze has a light and lively Caribbean feel, with friendly and accommodating crew members. In fact, service is one of the ship's strongest points.

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As befits a mega, self-titled "Fun Ship" catering to thousands, you'll find a nearly nonstop range of activities (from beanbag tossing to the notorious hairy chest competition), entertainment (30-minute song-and-dance shows, live music throughout the ship) and lots of chow-down options, from 24-hour handmade pizza to a Michelin-quality chef's table. You'll be lucky to get a seat at a $6 blackjack table in the smoky casino, which buzzes on sea nights. During the day, kids make a beeline for two scream-inducing water slides, mini-golf and an elevated ropes course.

The 3,690-passenger Breeze, which can pack in 4,724 when every bed is occupied, attracts everyone from young partiers to wedding groups, families and gay and hetero couples both young and old, and it often sails at capacity. This ship's passenger list is as diverse as the United States (90 percent of cruisers are from North America), but you probably won't rub shoulders with the country club set.

There's not much formality either: Passengers tend to be unpretentious, friendly and social. Infants crawl in the halls and cabin doors are decorated like school lockers. The dress code is one of the more lax at sea, though you can dress up if you like.

As you might have guessed, Carnival Breeze is not for those seeking serenity at sea. Prepare to stand in line at popular eateries, such as the Guy Fieri barbecue and burger joints. You'll hear babies crying, groups calling to each other and the late-night stumble of an overimbiber trying to find his stateroom.

Those who do need a break from the crowds can find it on the lesser-populated Lanai Deck or in some secluded front-of-ship deck space. Then again, why sign up for a Fun Ship if you're seeking tranquility? Better get back to the Lido Deck now 'cause they're doing the electric slide.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater and comedy shows
  • Use of the ropes course, water park, mini-golf and other outdoor activities
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($13.99 per person, per day or $15.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage (18 percent) and spa tips (15 percent)
  • Most room service deliveries, plus tip
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including ice tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to the Thrill Theater, arcade games, bingo and Build-A-Bear
  • Photos

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Carnival Breeze Dress Code

Daytime: Dress is casual, mainly shorts and jeans and T-shirts.

Evening: On most nights, evening attire is casual -- a slightly dressier version of daywear with nice jeans and dress shorts acceptable. One or two nights are "elegant" nights in the dining room and steakhouse. Women will be fine packing dressy tops and pants or short dresses; men should bring collared shirts and slacks. Daytime dress is always acceptable in the buffet at dinner.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, tank tops (for men), athletic shorts, flip-flops, baseball hats and swimwear are not permitted in the main dining room and steakhouse. (However, we've seen people break the rules and get away with it.)

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Carnival.

 


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Carnival Breeze Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.03.5
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.04
Family5.04
Enrichment2.03.6
Service5.04.2
Value For Money5.03.9

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Where does Carnival Breeze sail from?

Carnival Breeze departs from Galveston, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and Port Everglades

How much does it cost to go on Carnival Breeze?

Cruises on Carnival Breeze start from A$2,618 per person.

Is Carnival Breeze a good ship to cruise on?

Carnival Breeze won 13 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins, Best for Shore Excursions and Best for Value in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Families
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2015 Best for Cabins
  • 2015 Best for Families
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Families
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Carnival Breeze Member Reviews

Carnival Breeze
Mike42H
Sail Date: Dec 2019
OVERALL: This was our seventh cruise with Carnival, our first on the Breeze.... Read More
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tnadams
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Take a trip on Breeze. You will not regret it!... Read More
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jofred
Sail Date: Feb 2020
All in all Carnival finally has "got it" with the Breeze. We will rebook soon.... Read More
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ChosenOne
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Not a normal situation but one I feel Carnival staff could have been better prepared for. The Breeze is in decent shape. Yes, there were signs of worn carpeting.... Read More

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Carnival Fantasy
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Fascination
3.5 / 5.0
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Carnival Imagination
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Inspiration
4.0 / 5.0
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A smaller ship packed with energetic fun all day long; highlights include nightly comedy, enthusiastic karaoke, waterslides, mini-golf and 10 bars and lounges.

Carnival Paradise
3.5 / 5.0
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Smaller ship with a fun and family-friendly atmosphere: highlights include short warm-weather itineraries, a waterslide and mini-golf; carries about 2,500 people.

Carnival Sensation
3.5 / 5.0
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Fun, friendly vibe with a packed lineup of daily activities, nightly comedy, energetic stage shows, silly pool deck fun, and a multi-slide waterpark.

Carnival Victory
3.5 / 5.0
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Fewer attractions than other Carnival ships but only offers short sailings; highlights are the comedy club, four pools and water slide; about 3,000 passengers.

Carnival Spirit
4.5 / 5.0
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Family-friendly, 2,100-passenger ship, based full-time in Sydney, has the Green Thunder water slide, great dining, free poolside food, lively entertainment and fun crew.

Carnival Pride

Lively and fun with a dizzying art-through-the-centuries decor, nightly standup comedy, two waterslides, four pools, and lots of bars and lounges; can carry about 2,500.

Carnival Legend
4.0 / 5.0
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More than 2,600 passengers can enjoy the Green Thunder slide, Serenity Retreat for adults, Playlist Production music shows and excellent kids activities.

Carnival Conquest
4.0 / 5.0
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Unpretentious vibe with pool-centric fun and water slide, plus Hairy Chest and Mr. and Mrs. Conquest contests; also 11 bars and 9 eateries; carries about 3,500.

Carnival Glory

Lively entertainment and activities include nightly stand-up comedy, high-energy Playlist Production stage shows, twister water slide, and a nonstop schedule of daily activities.

Carnival Miracle
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Fun, family-friendly ship focused on Carnival signatures like the high-energy Playlist Production shows, nightly comedy, RedFrog Pub and line dancing deck parties.

Carnival Valor
4.0 / 5.0
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Silly poolside games, piano bar sing-alongs and PG- and R-rated stand-up comedy give this smallish mega-ship its fun vibe; also features the RedFrog Pub.

Carnival Liberty
4.5 / 5.0
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Fun, friendly vibe focusing on Carnival signatures like the Punchliner Comedy Club, gut-busting Guy's Burger Joint and cocktail-focused Alchemy Bar; holds about 3,500.

Carnival Freedom

Fun, laid-back and friendly; highlights include nightly comedy, high-energy stage shows, twister water slide and the popular RedFrog Pub; holds about 3,500.

Carnival Splendor
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Dream

Fun, friendly vibe; features Guy Fieri's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, family-friendly and adult stand-up comedy, nightly karaoke, water park and mini-golf.

Carnival Magic
4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Breeze

Nonstop activities and attractions include top deck water park and ropes course, 4D Thrill Theater and nightly standup comedy; can hold up to 4,700 cruisers.

Carnival Sunshine

Fun and friendly with nightly stand-up comedy and short, energetic stage shows, plus a calorie-packed burger joint from celeb chef Guy Fieri; holds about 3,500.

Carnival Vista

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Carnival Horizon
4.0 / 5.0
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