Launched in the midst of the major brand tweak called Fun Ship 2.0, Carnival Breeze is a 180-degree switch from the visual aesthetic that defined Carnival Cruise Lines for more than 30 years. Goodbye to flamingo color schemes, crazy-pattern floors and kaleidoscope art. Hello to clean lines, understated room decor and uncluttered surfaces — all with a relaxed Caribbean feel.
Breeze is styled for a new generation, but her DNA is ultimate Carnival: unpretentious, super-social and Fun with a trademarked capital F. There are dance parties on the Lido and Serenity decks, as well as clubbing at Liquid. Bar hopping is nonstop at more than a dozen venues. Expect trivia and other games at all hours, dancing and martini-making lessons, and all the crazy poolside contests Carnival is known for. Smart passengers book spa cabins around Cloud 9 Spa, not because they plan on doing a lot of spa treatments, but just so they can guarantee quieter nights — and daytime access to the thalassotherapy pool.
Guy’s Burger Joint, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ and Pizza Pirate serve consistently good fast food. It’s a major improvement over the fare of earlier ships. Fat Jimmy’s only operates on sea days from noon to 2:30. Onboard.com editors also love the Indian lunch at Tandoor and the espresso drinks at the Coffee Bar. Note, coffees from this venue are not included in your fare, but you can buy a coffee package if you need your daily latte fix on board. For a sugar rush, hit up Cherry on Top.
The main dining rooms on Breeze are Blush Restaurant (aft) and Sapphire Restaurant (forward). Sapphire accommodates flexible “Your Time” dining, but both dining rooms also offer two dinner seatings. Extended sea day brunches, a favorite Carnival foodie offering, are improved on Breeze by a bloody mary bar that’s so worth the surcharge. The Lido buffet, with its dozen specialty stations such as Comfort Kitchen and Pizza Pirate, is the biggest dining draw on the ship, but also the one that most-often disappoints due to long lines or limited choices during non-mealtime hours.
The steakhouse restaurant on this ship is called Fahrenheit 555, and it serves a classic menu of filet, chops, seafood and pasta for a $35 surcharge. For the much lower surcharge of $15 per adult, $5 per child, Cucina del Capitano does Italian family-style dining in an osteria-inspired setting. If you book a table the first night of the cruise you’ll receive a free bottle of wine with dinner.
Bars & Lounges
The Serenity bar, while technically adults-only, is a bit too close to the water-park area to be as low-key as you might imagine — but there’s waiter service and two hot tubs, so that’s a win. Also, it turns into an open-air dance club at night, staying open late. The other late-night venue is Liquid Nightclub, which doesn’t even open until 11 p.m.
The Library Bar on deck 4 is a great place to dip into your book while enjoying a glass of wine. RedFrog Pub is better for brews and schmoozing, maybe some pub games or a little live music. For a couple of hands of Texas Hold ’Em and bourbon at sea, head to Winner’s Luck. Want something slushy and boozy? You can find tequila cocktails by the pool, at BlueIguana Tequila Bar.
Entertainment & Recreation
Ovation Theater is the main show lounge, presenting production shows in a shorter, punchier 30-minute format than previously, with visual effects projected onto LED screens behind the performers. The three-tiered Ovation Theater is also home to the interactive live game shows based on classic TV shows and Hasbro, The Game Show games.
The much more intimate Limelight Lounge gets packed to the rafters, with overflow into Piano Bar. This is the venue for Carnival’s popular stand-up comedy shows, and karaoke on alternating nights.
The Serenity bar goes from adults-only sunbathing spot to adults-only rager at night (and sometimes, almost until dawn). Liquid Nightclub is another after-hours venue to check out if you feel like dancing.
The Lido pool deck offers quintessential Carnival daytime shenanigans, starting big with the Sailaway Party and continuing with contests, Caribbean-themed beach parties and drink specials. On the upper decks, SportSquare draws the healthier crowds with one of the biggest and best outdoor recreation areas in the Carnival fleet.
- There are only two pools, and they’re not very sizeable given the passenger load of this ship.
- If you want sun loungers on the main deck, show up bright and early, because even deck space around the pools is in high demand.
- Spring breakers can overwhelm Breeze during March and April.