Carnival Breeze Vs Carnival Freedom

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Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom are both great ships and you may be struggling to decide which to choose for your next vacation. In this guide, we’ll take a side-by-side look at these two ships to help you pick the best one for your cruise…

Ship Details

Carnival Breeze is a more modern ship than Carnival Freedom, although neither of them are particularly new. However, despite being five years older, Carnival Freedom did undergo a major refurbishment in 2019 which saw the addition of a new mini golf course and a 203-foot-long water slide, amongst other things.

Read more: Carnival Ships By Age

Carnival Breeze is 18% larger than Carnival Freedom. However, 23% more guests are allowed on board the Breeze, so the smaller Freedom may actually feel more spacious despite the smaller size.

Carnival BreezeCarnival Freedom
ClassDreamConquest
Year20122007
Last Refurbished20172019
Size130,000 GT110,000 GT
Guest Capacity3,6902,980
Length1,004 feet952 feet
Onboard Crew1,3861,150

Itineraries

Carnival Breeze sails out of Galveston, Texas all year round, while Carnival Freedom sails out of Miami in the winter and Seattle for the summer season.

On the Breeze, you’ll find only back-to-back four- and five-day cruises to Cozumel, with occasional stops at Costa Maya or Progreso.

By contrast, Carnival Freedom offers a range of Caribbean itineraries from Miami from two to eight days as well as seven-day cruises exploring Alaska from Seattle. You also have the option to take a 16-day one-way journey through the Panama Canal as the ship repositions.

Which is best?

Carnival Freedom has better itineraries than Carnival Breeze. Although if you just want a short trip to Cozumel, then the Breeze is reasonably priced.

Dining Options

Both Carnival Freedom and Breeze have a great selection of dining options. On the Breeze, you’ll find a few extra places to eat, like the Captain’s Pasta Bar and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que which are both included in your cruise fare. For an extra fee, you’ll also get the option to eat at the Italian restaurant Cucina del Capitano.

Cucina del Capitano on Carnival Breeze
Cucina del Capitano on Carnival Breeze

The only other difference between the two is the Bonsai Sushi – on the Freedom, it’s the express version which means you can enjoy sushi to go, whereas on the Breeze you can enjoy sit-down service.

RestaurantCarnival BreezeCarnival Freedom
24-Hour Room ServiceFree until 10 pm Free until 10 pm
BlueIguana CantinaIncludedIncluded
Bonsai Sushi Extra Charge
Bonsai Sushi Express Extra Charge
Coffee Bar Extra Charge Extra Charge
Cucina del Capitano Extra Charge
Dining RoomIncluded Included
Dining Room BreakfastIncludedIncluded
Guy’s Burger JointIncluded Included
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-QueIncluded
Lido MarketplaceIncludedIncluded
Mongolian WokIncludedIncluded
Pizza DeliveryExtra Charge Extra Charge
Pizza PirateIncludedIncluded
Seaday BrunchIncludedIncluded
Seafood Shack Extra Charge Extra Charge
Steakhouse Extra Charge Extra Charge
Steakhouse Selections Extra Charge Extra Charge
SwirlsIncludedIncluded
The Captain’s Pasta BarIncluded
The Carnival DeliIncludedIncluded
The Chef’s Table Extra Charge Extra Charge

Which is best?

While both Carnival Freedom and Breeze have a huge selection of included and specialty dining options, the Breeze has a few more, making this the best ship of the pair in terms of food variety.

If you’d like to sample some of the specialty restaurants, this is a great way to spend any onboard credit you may have. Check out my guide – 12 Ways to Use Your Carnival Onboard Credit Like a Pro for more tips and ideas.

Bars

For somewhere to enjoy a drink, both ships have the same bars, including the RedFrog pub, BlueIguana tequila bar and the Casino Bar. The only difference is that Carnival Breeze also has the SkyBox sports bar where you can catch all the latest games on the big screens and check out the real-time scores and headlines on the panoramic ticker.

Bar Carnival Breeze Carnival Freedom
Alchemy BarYESYES
BlueIguana Tequila BarYESYES
Casino BarYESYES
Cheers!YESYES
Cruise the VineyardsYESYES
Exclusive Carnival BrewsYESYES
RedFrog PubYESYES
RedFrog Rum BarYESYES
SkyBox Sports BarYES

Which is best?

If you’re a sports fan, then Carnival Freedom is the better option of the two ships as you won’t miss any of the latest sports news. However, if you’ve rather your other half didn’t spend all of their time glued to the big screen on vacation, then perhaps the Carnival Breeze is the better ship to choose.

Whichever ship you choose, make sure you check out my guide to Carnival drink packages to work out whether you should buy the package in advance or not.

Activities

Both Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom have so many activities to enjoy that you can never be bored. However, the larger and newer ship, Carnival Breeze has a few more things up on the top deck, including the SportSquare where you can play games like football and ping-pong as well as the high ropes course with epic views over the ocean.

The SkyCourse on Carnival Breeze
The SkyCourse on Carnival Breeze
ActivityCarnival BreezeCarnival Freedom
Alchemy Martini TastingExtra Charge Extra Charge
Art AuctionsIncludedIncluded
Art Exhibitions Included Included
Art Games Included Included
Art SeminarsIncluded Included
AtriumIncluded Included
BasketballIncluded Included
BingoExtra Charge Extra Charge
Cooking Demonstration Included Included
Games Included Included
LibraryIncluded Included
Make It With Michaels Included Included
Master the Martini Extra Charge
Military Appreciation Included Included
Mini Golf Included Included
Mixologist Competitions Included Included
Ocean Plaza Included
Pools Included Included
Serenity Adult Only Retreat Included Included
SkyCourse Included
SportSquare Included
Twister Waterslide Included Included
Volleyball Included
WaterWorks Included Included

Which is best?

Although Carnival Freedom has been recently upgraded to add the waterpark with slides and a giant tipping bucket, the newer and larger Carnival Breeze still has the edge with more activities to enjoy on board.

Entertainment & Events

Both Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom have plenty of entertainment on offer throughout the day and late into the night.

The slightly larger ship, Carnival Breeze, features the Thrill Theater – a small 3D movie theater with moving seats and lots of special effects for total cinematic immersion. Tickets cost $5.50 each.

Thrill Theater on Carnival Breeze
Thrill Theater on Carnival Breeze
Entertainment VenueCarnival BreezeCarnival Freedom
Dive-In MoviesIncluded Included
Karaoke Included Included
Lip Sync Battle: CarnivalIncluded Included
Live MusicIncluded Included
Nightclub Included Included
Piano Bar Included Included
Playlist Productions Included Included
The Punchliner Comedy Club Included Included
Thrill TheaterExtra Charge

On a Carnival cruise, you can attend a variety of organised events during your vacation. If you like to dress up in costume then don’t miss the White Hot Night on the Breeze and the 80s Night on the Freedom.

Event Carnival Breeze Carnival Freedom
Mega Deck PartyIncluded Included
80s Night Included
White Hot Night Party Included
Groove for St. JudeExtra Charge Extra Charge
Holidays Aboard Included Included
Sailaway Party Included Included

Which is best?

When it comes to entertainment, there’s not much in it to distinguish between Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom. The Breeze has a slight edge because it has the 3D movie theater and White Night is always a great party that’s easy to dress for.

Kids Facilities

Carnival is definitely one of the best cruise lines for families and kids of all ages are sure to love the non-stop fun.

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze
Activity Carnival Breeze Carnival Freedom
Arts and CraftsIncluded Included
Build-A-Bear Workshop at SeaExtra Charge Extra Charge
Camp Ocean Included Included
Circle “C” Included Included
Club O2Included Included
Dr. Seuss Bookville Included
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Extra Charge Extra Charge
Night Owls Extra Charge Extra Charge
Seuss at Sea Included Included
Seuss-A-Palooza Parade Included Included
Seuss-a-palooza Story Time Included Included
Towel Animal Theater Included Included
Video Arcade Extra Charge Extra Charge
Zumbini Included Included

Which is best?

Carnival Breeze and Carnival Freedom are almost identical in terms of what they offer for kids. The only real difference is that the Freedom features Dr. Seuss Bookville – a children’s library where kids can enjoy reading Dr. Suess books in fun surroundings.

Spa & Fitness

Whether you want to work up a sweat or lie back and relax, Carnival cruise ships offer plenty of spa and fitness facilities.

Like all of the newer Carnival cruise ships, Carnival Breeze features the Cloud9 spa which is an upgraded version of the regular Carnival spa that you’ll find on Carnival Freedom and the older ships.

Both ships offer a range of spa treatments for women and men as well as the dedicated ZSpa which is just for teens.

As well as the standard indoor gym, Carnival Breeze also features the SkyFitness gym, located outside on the top deck! With punching bags and a host of exercise bikes and machines, you can work out while enjoying the best views of the ocean.

Outdoor gym on Carnival Breeze
Outdoor gym on Carnival Breeze
FacilitiesCarnival BreezeCarnival Freedom
AcupunctureExtra Charge Extra Charge
Cloud 9 SpaExtra Charge
Cloud 9 Spa: Hydrotherapy Pool Extra Charge
Cloud 9 Spa: Thermal Suite Extra Charge
Facial Treatments Extra Charge Extra Charge
Fitness CenterIncluded Included
Fitness Classes Extra Charge Extra Charge
Hair & Beauty Salon Extra Charge Extra Charge
Jogging Track Included Included
Massage Extra Charge Extra Charge
Medi-Spa Extra Charge Extra Charge
Men’s Spa Services Extra Charge Extra Charge
SkyFitness Included
Spa Carnival Extra Charge
ZSpa Included Included

Which is best?

If wellness is your thing, then there’s no question as to which ship is best. Carnival Breeze wins over Carnival Freedom thanks to the Cloud9 Spa and the outdoor gym.

The Overall Verdict

After comparing these two Carnival cruise ships in detail, I would say that Carnival Breeze is the better ship overall compared to Carnival Freedom. The Breeze is larger, newer and has a larger choice of restaurants, facilities and onboard activities.

However, when choosing between these ships you’ll really want to look at the itineraries. If you’re considering a short cruise to Mexico or the Caribbean, you’ll want to pay close attention to the ports of call on offer as well as working out the cost of getting to the port to begin your trip.

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