Breeze vs. Dream

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#1
New Hampshire
144 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
We have narrowed down our search for a cruise to 2, and we can't decide which one. The criteria was that we wanted to try one of the big ship. We have narrowed it down to the two following cruises:

Carnival Dream from NOLA to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We weren't overly impressed with Roatan before, so we would likely just stay at the beach, and we didn't get off the ship in Belize (on a 4 port itinerary, we usually choose 1 to say on ship). We did love Cozumel though! This is a 7 day cruise, and I like that it has the extra day for just a little more. I also like that it is from a new home port (we will be cruising in February, and I have heard that NOLA is AMAZING to visit in February). I also like that it sails down the Mississippi, as the boys have never gone down a bay or river (I did on the Pride and it was cool to see)

Carnival Breeze to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. It's a 6 day cruise, but our favorite ports (so far) are GC and Cozumel. My BF and I have been to GC twice. It cruises from Miami, which is a port we know very well. I like that it has all the extra 2.0 amenities.

Has anybody cruised both, and has a favorite ship?

Amazing home port, meh ports & 7 days, vs. Additional Upgrades, ports we love but only 6 days.
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Carnival Dream February 2016
New Orleans-Roatan-Belize-Cozumel

Carnival Glory February 2015
Miami-Half Moon Cay-St Thomas-San Juan, PR-Grand Turk

Carnival Ecstasy March 2014
Miami-Nassau

Carnival Pride October 2013
Baltimore-Port Canaveral-Nassau-Freeport

Carnival Liberty April 2013
Miami-Cozumel-Belize-Roatan-Grand Cayman

Carnival Valor April 2012
Miami-Key West-Grand Cayman-Montego Bay
#2
Nashville, Tennessee
629 Posts
Joined Sep 2013
I would choose Dream just because it's an extra night, and when that 6th night is over on Breeze, you'll wish you had an extra night. At least I would. The extra 2.0 spots on Breeze aren't enough to make me want to give up a night.

We're actually doing the Dream cruise to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. I've never been to Roatan or Belize, so it's new to us. We're going to do snorkeling in Roatan and just a beach day at Bannister Island in Belize.
#3
316 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
I'm having a tough time making a similar decision, except it's between Breeze and Magic for next fall.

The Breeze is a bit of a departure from Carnival's standard in terms of the appearance of most common areas, if that makes a difference to you.

How old are your boys? DH and I did cave tubing in Belize through a non-Carnival excursion several years ago and it was awesome. Jamaica has the waterfall climb and some other adventurous excursions.

I think if the price is the same, I'd go with the 7 day, just because it's a 7 day. I also think sailing out of NOLA would be awesome. Plus Café du Monde beignets pre-sail!

(I'm sure you already know this, but if you go to the Carnival site, you can do a ship-to-ship comparison so you can see the venues that Breeze has vs. Dream. In case there is something that would make you tip one way or the other.)
#4
New Hampshire
144 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by wampuscat7
How old are your boys? DH and I did cave tubing in Belize through a non-Carnival excursion several years ago and it was awesome. Jamaica has the waterfall climb and some other adventurous excursions.
I call them boys, but I guess they really aren't. My BF and his BFF are 27
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Carnival Dream February 2016
New Orleans-Roatan-Belize-Cozumel

Carnival Glory February 2015
Miami-Half Moon Cay-St Thomas-San Juan, PR-Grand Turk

Carnival Ecstasy March 2014
Miami-Nassau

Carnival Pride October 2013
Baltimore-Port Canaveral-Nassau-Freeport

Carnival Liberty April 2013
Miami-Cozumel-Belize-Roatan-Grand Cayman

Carnival Valor April 2012
Miami-Key West-Grand Cayman-Montego Bay
#5
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Joined Jun 2012
If the price is similar just take the 7 nighter.

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#7
Louisiana
1,574 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
We have cruised both, and if I would have to choose between the two. I would pick the Breeze. However, you will have a great time on any ship you choose. If you go with the Dream, you will have a great time in New Orleans.
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Carnival Conquest 6 Day 1/15/2017 Eastern Caribbean *Fort Lauderdale, Nassau, Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Grand Turk


Carnival Fantasy 4 Day 11/24/16 Western Caribbean E154 Mobile, Cozumel
Carnival Dream 7 Day 11/22/15 W. Caribbean Lido 10206 New Orleans, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Montego Bay
Carnival Dream 7 Day 5/3/15 E. Caribbean Lido 10234 New Orleans, Key West, Freeport, Nassau
Carnival Elation 4 Day 1/1/15 W. Caribbean E93 New Orleans, Cozumel
Carnival Dream 7 Day 8/31/14 W. Caribbean U6226 New Orleans, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Breeze 8 Day 7/19/14 S. Caribbean Lido 10284 Miami, Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, Aruba
Carnival Elation 4 Day 2/13/14 W. Caribbean U173 New Orleans, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest 7 Day 11/4/12 E. Caribbean Lido 9216 New Orleans,Key West, Nassau
NCL Pride of America 7 Day 3/05/11 Hawaii 7120 Honolulu, Maui (Kahului), Hilo, Kona, Kauai
Carnival Fantasy 5 Day 12/28/09 W. Caribbean E91 Mobile, Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Glory 7 Day 9/26/09 E. Caribbean Aft Wrap E7445 Port Canaveral, Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Martin
Carnival Fantasy 5 Day 12/22/08 W. Caribbean E112 New Orleans, Playa Del Carmen/Calica, Cozumel
Carnival Valor 7 Day 5/11/08 W. Caribbean U6312 Miami, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest 7 Day 5/20/07 W. Caribbean Aft E7448 Galveston, Montego Bay, Cayman Islands, Cozumel
#8
Tulsa, OK
5,168 Posts
Joined May 2009
I've cruised both ships. Hands down, the Dream is absolutely a far better ship! The Breeze has more "stuff", but extra stuff doesn't mean it's better. For some people, it will be, because that particular stuff is what they love. For me, that stuff didn't really matter. I can take it or leave it.

The Dream has far superior entertainment, the best of all Carnival ships, while the Breeze has probably the worst & least entertainment. The Breeze felt like a little bit of a let-down after 2 great sailings on the Dream. So I went back to the Dream, and the 3rd sailing on her was again far better than the Breeze. So a better ship, an extra day, and NOLA, Dream is the clear winner for me.
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#9
Brevard County Florida
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Joined Feb 2008
I have sailed on both ships and liked the Breeze much better. The food and service was much better on the Breeze. They are both the same class ship. Liked the way the Breeze was decorated better.

Has the Dream changed to playlist production shows? That I don’t know.

3 ports on each cruise. Is one more sea day worth it to you?

I have been to New Orleans but not on a cruise. I may be wrong but isn’t most of the time on the Mississippi river done at night?

It is your decision. We did the 6 day Breeze last March and had a great time.
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#10
New Hampshire
144 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Thanks for input everybody! We decided to go on the Dream 😊 We liked the extra day, and the chance to visit New Orleans. So excited!
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Carnival Dream February 2016
New Orleans-Roatan-Belize-Cozumel

Carnival Glory February 2015
Miami-Half Moon Cay-St Thomas-San Juan, PR-Grand Turk

Carnival Ecstasy March 2014
Miami-Nassau

Carnival Pride October 2013
Baltimore-Port Canaveral-Nassau-Freeport

Carnival Liberty April 2013
Miami-Cozumel-Belize-Roatan-Grand Cayman

Carnival Valor April 2012
Miami-Key West-Grand Cayman-Montego Bay
#11
Vestavia, Alabama
117 Posts
Joined Aug 2014
I absolutely loved the Dream! Beautiful ship. I would definitely do the 7 day, I love the extra sea days just for relaxing. I've done that particular itinerary before on the Conquest, and I love Cozumel as well. But I must say we really enjoyed Belize. I'm a history buff, so we took tours to historical sites and through the towns and we had a blast.

On the other hand, our last Dream cruise was to GC, Montego Bay, and Cozumel and that has been my favorite itinerary so far so if I just had to choose ports it would be those. However the Dream and the 7 day just win it over for me.
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#12
Louisiana
1,574 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by near the beach
I may be wrong but isn’t most of the time on the Mississippi river done at night?
If you cruise during daylight savings time it we be. In the summer dusk is around 8:30pm.
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Carnival Conquest 6 Day 1/15/2017 Eastern Caribbean *Fort Lauderdale, Nassau, Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Grand Turk


Carnival Fantasy 4 Day 11/24/16 Western Caribbean E154 Mobile, Cozumel
Carnival Dream 7 Day 11/22/15 W. Caribbean Lido 10206 New Orleans, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Montego Bay
Carnival Dream 7 Day 5/3/15 E. Caribbean Lido 10234 New Orleans, Key West, Freeport, Nassau
Carnival Elation 4 Day 1/1/15 W. Caribbean E93 New Orleans, Cozumel
Carnival Dream 7 Day 8/31/14 W. Caribbean U6226 New Orleans, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Breeze 8 Day 7/19/14 S. Caribbean Lido 10284 Miami, Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, Aruba
Carnival Elation 4 Day 2/13/14 W. Caribbean U173 New Orleans, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest 7 Day 11/4/12 E. Caribbean Lido 9216 New Orleans,Key West, Nassau
NCL Pride of America 7 Day 3/05/11 Hawaii 7120 Honolulu, Maui (Kahului), Hilo, Kona, Kauai
Carnival Fantasy 5 Day 12/28/09 W. Caribbean E91 Mobile, Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Glory 7 Day 9/26/09 E. Caribbean Aft Wrap E7445 Port Canaveral, Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Martin
Carnival Fantasy 5 Day 12/22/08 W. Caribbean E112 New Orleans, Playa Del Carmen/Calica, Cozumel
Carnival Valor 7 Day 5/11/08 W. Caribbean U6312 Miami, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest 7 Day 5/20/07 W. Caribbean Aft E7448 Galveston, Montego Bay, Cayman Islands, Cozumel
#13
Crystal River, Florida
879 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
We have been on both ships.
Dream out of Port Canaveral, once.
Breeze out of Miami, our third time will be in December.

Ship wise, I love the Breeze.
In my opinion, it's the best ship in fleet.

Port wise, I've never cruised out of New Orleans, but I love cruising out of Miami.

Itinerary wise, the Breeze itinerary is my favorite itinerary.

All in all, I'd say do the 6 day Breeze out of Miami and spend a couple days in Miami after the cruise.
It extends your vacation a little and you get everything you like.
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#15
37 Posts
Joined Jun 2015
I live in New Orleans and we booked our first cruise in April on the Dream to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. If we enjoy this cruise we will be checking out other itineraries. I would love the 10 day NOLA to Puerto Rico or reverse it and fly to PR and end up in NOLA.
#16
Spokane, WA
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Joined May 2005
What will be your sail date? I thought I read some where that Mardi Gras this year is around Feb 9th. (my birthday ) Keep that in mind when needing hotels, etc.
http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/w...ardi-gras.html
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#17
218 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Originally posted by k2excursion
I've cruised both ships. Hands down, the Dream is absolutely a far better ship! The Breeze has more "stuff", but extra stuff doesn't mean it's better. For some people, it will be, because that particular stuff is what they love. For me, that stuff didn't really matter. I can take it or leave it.

The Dream has far superior entertainment, the best of all Carnival ships, while the Breeze has probably the worst & least entertainment. The Breeze felt like a little bit of a let-down after 2 great sailings on the Dream. So I went back to the Dream, and the 3rd sailing on her was again far better than the Breeze. So a better ship, an extra day, and NOLA, Dream is the clear winner for me.
I agree. Just got off the Breeze on Saturday and I don't think I would book it again, but I would definitely book the Dream. I'm hoping some of the things that I saw on the Breeze are limited to that particular ship and not fleet wide.
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#18
52 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
Originally posted by hawaiissunshine1
We have narrowed down our search for a cruise to 2, and we can't decide which one. The criteria was that we wanted to try one of the big ship. We have narrowed it down to the two following cruises:



Carnival Dream from NOLA to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We weren't overly impressed with Roatan before, so we would likely just stay at the beach, and we didn't get off the ship in Belize (on a 4 port itinerary, we usually choose 1 to say on ship). We did love Cozumel though! This is a 7 day cruise, and I like that it has the extra day for just a little more. I also like that it is from a new home port (we will be cruising in February, and I have heard that NOLA is AMAZING to visit in February). I also like that it sails down the Mississippi, as the boys have never gone down a bay or river (I did on the Pride and it was cool to see)



Carnival Breeze to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. It's a 6 day cruise, but our favorite ports (so far) are GC and Cozumel. My BF and I have been to GC twice. It cruises from Miami, which is a port we know very well. I like that it has all the extra 2.0 amenities.



Has anybody cruised both, and has a favorite ship?



Amazing home port, meh ports & 7 days, vs. Additional Upgrades, ports we love but only 6 days.

Don't forget the port of New Orleans. I would choose Dream for the NOLA experience over the Miami experience.
#19
Gettysburg, PA
2,210 Posts
Joined Dec 2000
I always enjoy these versus threads...thanks to all for the info. We've cruised the Breeze but not the Dream...we found it to be a great ship with some of the best overall food & service Carnival has to offer. We agree that the entertainment was a bit lacking. The comedy Club was smaller than the Carnival Glory's & didn't make sense to us as the Carnival Glory is smaller...Our cruise on the Glory was part of a B2B on Carnival...Glory then Breeze. Carnival Glory was very good also.

New Orleans is our favorite City in the country primarily due to the incredible food...so the fact that we like to try different cruise ships & the Louisiana Food would probably cause us to choose the Carnival Dream.
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