Carnival Breeze Review

Carnival Breeze Cruise Ship

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The 3,690-passenger, 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze was launched in June 2012 by Carnival Cruise Lines. The cruise ship has many familiar features that Carnival cruise fans will recognize and love, along with enhancements that are part of Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 program. As one of the largest ships in Carnival's fleet, the Carnival Breeze is sure to offer something fun for everyone.

The Carnival Breeze is a sister ship to the Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, and shares many of the most popular venues and attractions from these two ships. Carnival Breeze is a Carribean cruise departing from Port Canaveral (Orlando), FL through most of 2020. Beginning Nov. 2020 Carnival Breeze will depart from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Cruises range from six to nine days, and possible ports of call include Cozumel, Belize, Grand Turk, Aruba, Nassau, and various other Caribbean destinations, depending on the itinerary you choose.

The Carnival Breeze was constructed at the Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani, S.p.A. in Monfalcone, Italy at a cost of about $740 million. She's a little over 1,000 feet long and 122 feet wide and has a top speed of 22.5 knots. The ship carries an international crew of 1,386.

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Dining and Cuisine

Bonsai Sushi
Bonsai Sushi on the Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

Every cruise traveler should be able to find the cuisine and type of food they are craving when sailing on the Carnival Breeze.

Many of the onboard restaurants are included with your cruise reservation. For example, you can get burgers or barbeque at two restaurants by renowned chef Guy Fieri. Other included meals include Tex-Mex at the BlueIguana Cantina, pizzas at Pizza Pirate, Asian flavors at Mongolian Wok, daily brunch, and a sandwich deli.

Although most of the dining venues on the Carnival Breeze are included in the basic fare, the ship does have a few premium dining options if you're seeking a special night out.

Bonsai Sushi, the first full-service sushi bar on a Carnival ship, serves freshly prepared sushi onboard, and you really can't beat fresh fish when you're already at sea. The Coffee Bar is a gourmet coffee shop with specialty coffees and pastries. While there is a free pasta bar onboard, Cucina del Capitano serves higher-end Italian meals—and the servings are huge.

Finally, the Steakhouse restaurant on the Carnival Breeze is $38 per person. This fee may seem steep, but the food is delicious and expertly prepared.

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Cabins and Suites

Carnival Breeze balcony cabin
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

Although the decor is different, the 1,845 cabins and suites on the Carnival Breeze are almost identical in type and configuration to her sister ships, the Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic.

The 719 interior staterooms are the smallest (and least expensive) on the ship, measuring 185 square feet. For those looking for something larger and more luxurious, the Carnival Breeze has 54 suites, the largest being the Grand Penthouse Suites. Most travelers on the ship choose one of the 851 Carnival Breeze balcony cabins or one of the 221 oceanview cabins without a balcony.

Carnival has added some innovative cabin categories to this class of ship. Families enjoy the Deluxe Oceanview cabins, which sleep five and have two baths. Travelers who like to be closer to the water might request a Cove Balcony cabin. These cabins are identical to the standard balcony cabin on the inside, but are lower on deck two. The covered balcony is partially enclosed, making it cozier and private. The spa cabins adjacent to the Cloud 9 spa have special amenities, and the guests staying in this class have unlimited access to the spa, priority spa appointments, and complimentary fitness classes.

Guests in all the Carnival Breeze cabins must put their key in a slot right inside the door to activate the lights. The upside of this is that you always know where your key is. The downside is that you have to remember to take it out of the slot before closing the door.

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Cloud 9 Spa and Fitness Center

Cloud 9 Spa reception desk on the Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

The Carnival Breeze Cloud 9 Spa is a whopping 22,770 square feet and spans two decks forward. It certainly has great views from the fitness center! The spa features a full range of amenities similar to those found on other large cruise ships or land-based facilities.

In addition to the 21 massage and other private treatment rooms, the Cloud 9 Spa has a thermal suite that is much like a traditional Turkish bath. It features heated chaise lounges, a tropical shower, and an unbeatable view. The thalassotherapy pool with its bubbling waters is relaxing and therapeutic. Couples might want to request one of the two VIP couples rooms that come complete with their own whirlpool.

Everyone needs to be exfoliated occasionally, and a Cloud 9 Spa mixologist customizes a body scrub to use in the shower based on an herbal blend selected by the guest.

Medi-spa services are a relatively new trend in spa treatments. These non-surgical enhancements target wrinkles and are administered by a physician. The ship also has an acupuncturist.

The fitness center has the latest cardio- and weight-training equipment catering to all fitness levels. The fitness center serves as the location for a wide range of instructor-led exercise classes including free classes in stretching, toning, and conditioning. The spa also has for-fee classes in yoga and Pilates, spinning, a boot camp, and TRX Rip Trainer, a complete body workout developed by a Navy SEAL that combines resistance, suspension, and dynamic training.

A salon with full hair and nail services, men's barber/grooming area, and special stations for manicures and pedicures round out Carnival Breeze's spa offerings.

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Entertainment

The 1,349-seat Ovation Theater is the main show lounge on the Carnival Breeze cruise ship.
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

Carnival Breeze is the first ship to feature all of the entertainment offerings that are part of the line's "Fun Ship 2.0" enhancement initiative, as well as the first to debut the new Thrill Theater, an interactive, multi-dimensional experience that makes guests feel as if they are part of the movie.

Carnival Breeze is also the first ship to offer Playlist Productions, 30-minute, high-tech production shows that combine captivating live performances with LED staging and special effects.

One entertainment option that's a huge hit with the Carnival Breeze guests is Hasbro, The Game Show. It puts guests right in the middle of their favorite Hasbro games, such as Yahtzee Bowling, Connect 4 Basketball, and Operation Sam Dunk.

Also featured on Carnival Breeze is the Punchliner Comedy Club. Professional comics will leave you in stitches, but make sure you're aware if the show you're attending is family-friendly or adults-only.

Lip Sync Battle, based on the popular television show, lets guests compete to be the lip-syncing champion of the ship. If you've got the guts, learn your lyrics and participate in this live show for an experience you'll never forget.

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Onboard Activities for Adults

Hot tub on the Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

Adults sailing on the Carnival Breeze can have fun with the kids or just cruise the dozen or so bars, the casino, and dining venues. Or, they can stretch out on one of the comfortable loungers or hammocks at Serenity, the adults-only outdoor deck area.

Adults also enjoy the onboard entertainment like the Playlist Productions and Hasbro, The Game Show. The Punchliner Comedy Club, which is held in the aft, 400-seat Limelight Lounge, features adults-only shows late in the evening. Sports fans appreciate the Casino Bar, with its multiple screens showing worldwide sporting events.

On a mega-ship like the Carnival Breeze, adult couples looking for a romantic getaway sometimes forget that they can find quiet spots. Strolling the decks at night under the moon and feeling the sea breeze is also a good way to have some romantic time on the ship. Parents traveling with kids don't need to forgo time alone. They can leave the kids for a few hours with Camp Carnival's Night Owls program, which offers a host of late-night activities with movies, games, and snacks.

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Just for Kids

SportSquare is an open-air recreation complex on the Carnival Breeze.
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

The Carnival Breeze has more than 19,000 total square feet of space catering to children and teenagers. This space includes indoor and outdoor play areas and a sprawling aqua park housing the cruise line's longest waterslide.

Carnival Breeze's kid-friendly amenities include supervised programs for three age groups: Camp Ocean (2-11), Circle "C" (12-14), and Club O2 (15-17). Each youth facility offers a full schedule of activities throughout the cruise overseen and organized by highly trained staff.

Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean, located on Deck 11, is a 5,000-square-foot play area divided into three sections, with each area catering to a different age group and offering a variety of activities. Arts and crafts and various age-appropriate toys and games are available for kids 2 to 5. For kids 6 to 8, video game consoles linked to plasma-screen TVs, sand art machines, spin art, and themed activities are offered. For those 9 to 11, there are video game consoles, swimming under the stars, scavenger hunts, sports challenges, and an array of other fun activities.

Like all "Fun Ships," Carnival Breeze offers educational specialty programs including WaterColors (art); ExerSeas (exercise); H2Ocean (science); SeaNotes (music) and EduCruise (geography). Children can also decorate their own custom-designed Camp Carnival T-shirt, get their faces painted for themed activities, play bingo, make their own pizza, and build their own stuffed animal in the Beary Cuddly Workshop with a portion of sales benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Carnival's primary charitable partner.

On specific nights, special late-night parties are offered between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. for different age groups, with dancing on the customized dance floor, fun snacks, giveaways, and more.

Circle 'C' and Club O2

Activities in the modern, high-tech Circle "C" and Club O2 facilities are geared toward 12- to 14-year-olds and 15- to 17-year-olds, respectively.

Located on Deck 4, the 1,075-square-foot Circle "C" lounge gives young teens a place to call their own, with a dance floor, video jukebox, music, video gaming consoles, and Fun Hub work stations. Adjacent to Circle "C" is Club O2, a 2,740-square-foot teen club where older kids can make new friends and dance to the latest hits cranked out from the DJ booth. Designed as the ultimate "chill" space, this expansive room also includes a soda bar, video gaming consoles, Fun Hub work stations, and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.

Both Circle "C" and Club O2 programs have a dedicated director who oversees a host of fun activities, including late-night movies, video game contests, trivia, and scavenger hunts.

Located next to the teen clubs is The Warehouse Video Arcade, an expansive game room featuring the latest video and arcade games.

Outdoor Fun

Carnival Breeze houses a variety of other family-friendly features, including SportSquare, an open-air recreation complex featuring a suspended ropes course, an outdoor EA SPORTS gaming system, a jogging track, volleyball, miniature golf, basketball and more, and WaterWorks, among the largest, most elaborate facility of its kind at sea with a massive 312-foot-long spiral water slide, a 300-gallon tipping bucket and other splash-tastic features.

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Outdoor Decks and Exterior Common Areas

The Beach Pool and Seaside Theater on the Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze (c) Linda Garrison

As its name suggests, the Carnival Breeze is all about fun in the sun in the great outdoors. The new Carnival ship has wide expanses of deck space, much of it covered with lounge chairs. The Carnival Breeze has two outdoor swimming pools and several hot tubs. Kids and adults who act they are still kids when they are on vacation love WaterWorks, the onboard water park. This area has dozens of ways to get wet, along with two water slides.

SportSquare, the outdoor recreation area, offers numerous games and even has a ropes course. Those who like to get their fitness routine outdoors can use the jogging track or the exercise equipment.

Fun in the sun doesn't necessarily mean being active. As noted above, the Carnival Breeze has many lounge chairs, both near the two swimming pools and at Serenity, the adults-only area.

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