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  1. Devo1459

    Water rentals at Medano Beach in Cabo

    You can rent all of that right there on the beach right near the mango bar.
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    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico...beach ?

    Take the ships tender to the port. From there grab a water taxi to Medano beach. About $6. They will drop you off right in front of the Office. That’s a well know and awesome restaurant. The beach is great and you can walk it or swim right there. Mango bar is next door if you want to party. There’s nothing to do at lovers beach but it is very pretty. Walk further down from the office and get a great massage on the beach for $30. You rent jet skis right by the office too.
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    Celebrity Airfare

    Yup, I understand. Love CC.
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    Celebrity Airfare

    Am I missing something?! Its seems that booking air through Celebrity instead of direct through Delta is 40% less expensive.
  5. I got up this morning and no balcony, no Lido deck, no cabin steward. Time to think about another cruie in the future.
  6. Final thoughts. We love to cruise and Carnival is great, not the best but you get what you pay for and if you manage your expectations you will have a better time. The ship is laid our great. Its big but easy to figure out. I must say it is showing its age. Lots of the teak wood needs work on the stairs, the railings, interior carpet in a lot of places etc. But its clean!!! Don't let what I said stop you from booking the Breeze. Wifi: I bought the middle package presale as I needed to stay in touch with my Real Estate and office. My wife and I shared it. When she wanted on she just logged me off and used it. That worked out just fine. YES, its sooooooooo slooooooowwwww! Cheers!! Love it. Would do it again on a none intense port cruise. I believe we got our monies worth. Well I did..haha. Interesting note! In Key West we paid sales tax on the drinks as we were in a US port. I never knew that. Soon as we sailed away, no tax. Cloud 9: Loved it as you can tell from my review. Debarkation: Since we were on deck 12 they called us off first. Its busy later in the customs area I heard. Big lines. We used Island Breeze shuttle to Hobby and Jim was our driver. I would use them again in a minute. On time, easy and they communicate real well. If you have any questions for me let me know. Safe travels everyone. David
  7. Last 2 Days at sea The weather for our final two days at sea was perfect. Hardly a cloud, calm water and a great cooling breeze. I got up early both days to get a clam shell lounger on Serenity deck. No, I did not save it. I got there both days at about 6:45 am and sat in there and relaxed with a coffee and reading our local paper on my ipad. By 7:15 all the shells on both sides of the ship were filled up. We loved laying in there but honestly we were out of them by noon time both days. There is not much breeze up there believe or not and it just got to warm to sit in there. We did more spa time both days and most of our usual. Reading, hanging out on different parts of the ship and eating A LOT. Friday we did not go to Elegant dinner. The new Jumanji moving was playing on the Lido pool screen at 7 pm. I had a feeling seating would be a premium and we really wanted to sit in the nice padded chairs on deck 11 over looking the pool area. I was actually walking by at about 6pm and saw an older couple sitting in two chairs and they were dressed for elegant night. So, I just hung back a little and sure enough within 5 minutes they got up and I shot in there so fast nobody knew what hit them. I texted my wife and said come up here when your ready we are set!! She showed up in about 25 minutes and I booked down to the pizza pirate. We had ice cold beer and pizza for the movie. I will tell you by 7pm all 3 decks overlooking the pool area and big screen were full of people. Many standing too. Great movie by the way. The night was perfect too. Our last night on the ship is always depressing. Sure we were ready to go home, but getting the debarkation info is like a real bummer. I hope you enjoyed this review. I am so thankful those that write them and I just wanted to try and give back a little. I will have one more entry as I fill in some other blanks of the trip.
  8. Nassau: This is our final port of call before we have 2 days of sea and then back to Galveston. Does time just go by faster on a cruise ship? Or is it just me? Our docking time was 7am ship time, which was actually 8am island time. Contrary to Freeport, the port at Nassua is very pretty. You can see Atlantis from the ship and the main town and a lot of pretty colored water. We watched most of our docking from our cabin balcony. If you have been here before you know the ships all get close to the dock, then do a 180 and back in. This way you get to see most everything just by staying in one spot. No big plans for Nassau, surprise huh? We just wanted to do some walking around and shopping. We had the Carnival Elation tied up next to us so as far as passenger count the port was not that busy. We were here 2 years ago on RC and there were 4 ships total. Lots of people. Just an FYI, the last time we were hear we did a day pass at the Hilton. You can see it as the ship pulls into the dock. Its an easy walk to the hotel and the hotel and grounds are very well maintained, they have a nice beach and pool area too. I think we paid $60 each and had drinks and food included. There is also a free public beach just past that where you can rent chairs and they have food and drinks there too. The cruise port area shops are easy to get to and you can purchase anything you want from a $5 T Shirt to a $15,000 watch. Very fun there but a bit loud with all the traffic. The tours were in full affect as we got off as they had people in a multitude of lines heading off to cars and buses. We spent about 2 hours off the ship and you guessed it, back onto the ship. We have always wanted to do a cruise where we just never got off the ship but rather hung out when it was all to ourselves. Well we succeeded on this cruise. I can't say enough how nice it was to go to Lido for a snack and it was virtually empty. The remainder of our day was again spent aft on deck 11. From there we had a fantastic view looking DOWN on to the Elation. Haha, ours is bigger than yours! Also the view looking down the harbor, all the big yachts and pretty water made it hard to keep focusing on my reading. Most of the time I just hung at the edge of the railing with a cold beer in my hand, a gentle tropical breeze on my face and I just gazed. Well, here comes the interesting part. As the day was getting later there were a lot of big clouds building up. The weather channel app did say 40% chance of T-storms. All aboard was at 5pm and by this time the skys where we were heading were dark and we could see some rain. After watching the sail away a bit from our balcony we decided to wonder the ship and grab a cold one. We were on deck 12 walking aft and I said to my wive, wow look at that cloud its trying to form a water spout. Sure enough over the next 20 it got longer and longer and reached the water. It was not a big one but you could see the water twirling around and it was clearly touching from cloud to water. We were in no danger as it was probably a half mile behind us and we were both going in opposite directions. But, it was cool to watch. I won't bother you with the rest of the day as it was again filled with spa time, dinner and a fairly early to time to bed.
  9. Freeport: Wednesday of our cruise is the day we were ported in Freeport. Tie up time was 8am, ship time. We had not been to this island in a long time but really didn't have any interest in getting off the ship other than to shop at the dock side shops a little bit. We again had a lite breakfast delivered to our cabin so that we could enjoy some coffee on the balcony as we slowed down to enter the port. The port of Freeport if you havn't been there is not very pretty. It's very industrial and the port is full of container ships. I happen to love watching all that activity so it was fun. One of the RC ships was there in dry dock too. Can't remember the name of it. The other negative about the port is you can't walk to the downtown or any beaches. Its best to hook up with a Carnival excursion or book your own. After watching us dock, we headed back to deck 11 aft to lay around in our favorite loungers and couches. It was a beautiful day in the shade and a nice little tropical breeze. I had my Kindal, the food and drinks were close by so we hung out there until about noon time. Well, we did decide to get off the ship so we headed to our cabin, dropped out stuff off and found an elevator that took us to deck 0 where the gangway was. First stop, Senor Frogs. Hahah, I know we have a drink card but my wife wanted to get one of their margaritas. The place was jamming. Lots of cruise passengers in there, the music was loud and the drinks were icy cold. Next stop some shopping in the little huts. I couldn't tell if I was in Mexico, the Bahama's or where eever. All the vendor wares looked the same. You get what I'm saying. Well, back to the ship. Today we had planned to have lunch in the Cucina Del Capitono. This is an Italian restaurant serving some pretty yummy food. For lunch time it is free, no charge. In the evening it does have a charge and I believe it is $15 per person. We have never done the dinner, but have heard its very good too. So what you do is you go in and pick your pasta type, your sauces and all the extras you want in it. Sorta like Subway but different. lol. Hand your order to your waiter and within 15 minutes its served. Its really a must try if you have never done it. Now that we had a belly full of food it was time for some relaxing on the balcony of our cabin. Again, a very nice day and we had shade too. I loved sitting there and watching the ships go right by us. We did hit the spa again before dinner too. Hey, I wanted to get my monies worth for sure. One thing I thought was really fun on the ship was a game of Clue was going on during the week. So they had characters walking around and you could ask them questions just like the board game. I remember we were walking to the Red Pub for a Red Frog beer and Mrs White was in there. All dressed up like the board game. Love it! We hit up dinner and had no wait to get in. Every night we spent in the Any Time dining we breezed right in except the first Elegant night as I had mentioned. The fun part also was we sat in at least 3 different areas, so we had different tables and different wait staff. I have to say they were all excellent. Another comment was one of the ladies that poured wine at the Steakhouse bar and also worked the Coffee Café in the morning knew our names by day 2. How do they do that? I'm in sales and I can't remember names like that. Nothing much else to report for this day so I will continue on next with Nassau.
  10. Key West: Just so I don’t forget. The weather during the whole trip was perfect. It seemed like it got a little warmer each day and the ocean for the most part was flat and calm. (Oh, wait......we did have something very unexpected happen as we were leaving Nassua. You will just have to wait to read about it). Ok, on with the review. One of the reasons we choose this ship and itinerary was we really wanted to go back to Key West. We did a RC cruise about 2 years ago and that was our first time there. We really enjoyed it. We were due to get in Key Weat at 10am so we had plenty of time to wake up, enjoy some coffee on the balcony, have a nice breakfast in the Lido and then watch us sail in. We did have room service in the morning a few times. Its pretty basic, coffee, tea, dry pastries and I had Tony the Tiger. LOL, I don't get that at home so I think I had it everyday. Yum. To watch us come into the port we headed back to our spot on the front of the ship deck 11. The pilot had just come on board as we could see the boat zoom away. Although Key West is not like sailing into St Thomas or some of the other dramatic islands, I still like the emerald green water, the little islands to the West of the Key and just how flat it is. By 10:15 we were docked and it was all ashore. We didn't have an excursion planned other then we wanted to shop a little and I wanted to visit the Hogs Breath Bar before we got back on the ship. We strolled through the town,purchased some T-shirt s and my wife bought a really cute coverup. Hard Rock was close by so….why not! We bellied up and each had a cold beverage. She loved her margarita by the way. My bud light was ice cold. It was nice to get out of the sun for a few minutes. The Carnival Victory was in port also, but they left by 1:30 pm. However, while we were shopping, there were a lot of people out and about. 2nd to last stop? You guessed it, key lime pie. Yum, you have to have it. By now we had been off the ship about 2 hours and I wanted to get back on and have lunch and enjoy the ship to ourselves. But first, Hogs Breath for an ice cold Red Stripe. It really is a true dive bar but I just like it. So we got back to the ship, changed into our swim suits, grabbed our kindals and we headed to deck 11 aft, port side. If you have been on the Magic or Breeze there are wicker chairs and couches and big red umbrellas back there. I like the port side as that's the none smoking side.. So comfy. We grabbed some food, relaxed, read and I may have even studied the back of my eye lids a little bit. Around 4 pm we decided to head back to the cabin to relax on the balcony. We did hit the spa again this afternoon before we got ready for dinner. I love strolling up to the spa, grabbing a towel and heading straight into the steam room. I get a good sweat up then rinse off. There is shower right outside the steam door and then I soak in the therapy pool. 7 minutes or so in there and its onto a heated lounger for 10 minutes followed by a very cool shower. After all that I am raring to go. Here is another tip. 3 different nights we headed to the steakhouse for a glass of wine. They have a better selection of spirits and wines by the glass and of course they are all included on Cheers. Dinner in the dining room was good but I really can't remember what we had that night. It seemed like the food had slipped in quality a little since last we sailed. Oh wait I had the lasagna, not very good. However, most nights I had a cappuccino after dinner, again the Cheers card paid for it. After dinner we did our usual walking around and listening to some music. The comedian that we saw the other night was the only show we went to. The shows are just not our thing. Coming up Freeport!
  11. Correction....tomorrow Key West!!!
  12. Monday – A day at Sea. The rest of this review won't be as detailed, but I will hit all the highlights of what our days looked like. I think we got out of bed by about 7:30 which is late for us and headed down to the Coffee Café and got a specialty coffee with our Cheers cards. Yippie, the Cheers cards are now working!!! Then it was up to Serenity deck to grab a half shell lounger. I was very surprised this morning how at the main Lido pool and the Serenity area there was NO chair saving going on. We easily found a clam shell lounger and proceed to turn into lounge lizards. Bar service was plentiful and we never needed to get up except to go to the bathroom. We love the serenity area. Its only adults, the PA speaker you can't hear at all, there is a bar right behind you on the starboard side, the spa is one deck down and the bathroom and our cabin is super close by. Lunch time we tried our first Guys burger ever. Ummm, yea it was good, but not fantastic. Give me cold beers and cheeseburger restaurant here in town anytime. It is fun to choose the type of burger you want and then load up your toppings. I did not care for the spicy fries. Come on!!! Bring back the regular french fries that used to be on Carnival. Those rocked!!! We did grab a few deserts, but my wife and I always laugh at Carnival's deserts. You stare at them and think OMG that looks so good, then you bite into and it's like not that great. Swirls ice cream!!! The bomb!!! So good....so good. Early afternoon we abandoned out lounger and my wife headed to the room for some reading and napping. I went off to red frog pub on the Lido deck pool side to drink a beer or two and make some new friends. By 3:30 pm I headed back to the room laid down on the bed and boom I was out for about 25 minutes. An awesome power nap. My wife had napped too and we decided to hit the spa. We spent about an hour there in the therapy rooms and pool, showered, shaved and then relaxed reading on the balcony. Tonight was elegant night. I had a suit and tie and my wife had a very glamorous dress. We looked great!! Our pre-dinner routine was hit the breeze bar, listen to some music and then head into dinner. About 7:15 we walked to the dinning area right behind the breeze bar deck 3. This is anytime dining. The lady handed us a pager and we waited about 15 minutes for a table for 2. This is the only night we had to wait. Probably because it was elegant night. Our waiter was good, a little hard to understand though. Dinner was good, not great! We had the prime rib and lobster. Nothing like the steakhouse dinner but still fun. Carnival Melting Cake, oh ya baby. After dinner we headed back to the show lounge to catch the adult show. We got there at 8:55 for the 9:30 show got some great seats and by 9:10 it was standing room only. Forgot the name of the comedian, I believe his last name was Love? It was a 35 minute show and we had some good laughs. After that we headed to the breeze bar area for a nightcap, some music and then off to bed. I actually read on the balcony for about 10 minutes but my eyelids won the battle and it was sleep time. Tomorrow, Freeport.
  13. Now that we were refreshed, it was time to put on some casual clothes, grab a cocktail and head out to listen to some of the ship board music. The Polaris trio was a violin group that was playing all week and they were great to listen to. In case you are wondering we had Any Time Dining. When we booked we were on the wait list for it but it showed up on our booking within 2 weeks. But wait!! Tonight we were heading to the Steakhouse to celebrate our 35 years, even though it was really on the second night. The reservation was at 8 and we arrived a few minutes early. They were happy to seat us and we had a great table for two next to the window. I don’t remember the name of our waitress but she was from Romania and she was awesome. Very friendly, at our every need and fun to talk to. First selection, the wine. Yes, it's true on the first night they have a free bottle of wine if you dine with them. Also, everything on their wine list is 50% off the list price. They have some fantastic reserve bottles you can choose. We opted for the Far Niente Cab 2014 and it was priced at $180. Half off price $90. A smoking deal in any restaurant. It did not disappoint either. Our waitress did the whole decanting routine and we felt like royalty. For dinner my wife ordered the baked onion soup, baby green spinach salad and the Lobster tail. I went with the lobster bisque soup, caeser salad and the Surf and Turf which was lobster and a smaller filet. Both the lobster and the steak were cooked to perfection and very good quality. We have some awesome steak restaurants in Scottsdale and the meat was dang near as good. The $35 a person is a great value. We would do it more often but it such a feed bag that once a trip is enough. I really like doing the Steakhouse early in the cruise, by the 5th or 6th night I fill up way faster. Probably because I am eating every 2 hours. For dessert we ordered the Chef’s presentation. If you have not done it…Do It. It's pretty fun to watch. He comes out with a huge chilled board and makes all sorts of creations with flavored sauces, cookies, candies, cakes and ice cream. It was very yummy and way too much, but we managed to eat most of it. Interesting fact. If you eat in the Steakhouse the first night you can buy as many additional bottles of wine at 50% off and take them to your room. They don't uncork them either. Also, she told us if we came back the second night we could also get the wines at 50% off during dinner. I never read about that anywhere. I think we finished dinner up at about 10pm and off to the Piano bar for a bit music and then back over to the Breeze bar to listen to a little bit more music and then it was off to the cabin for some sleep.
  14. The muster drill was next. Approx 3:15 and we all were herded like cows down to the Spot light lounge. Our station was on deck 5. Forward. For some reason this muster seemed to take a little longer than any others in the past. Our muster station was missing about 12 guests so I guess that was the hold up verifying if people were there or not. Once the horns and sirens went off at the end of the drill it was back to our room to see if our luggage came. Still not there, but never fear off to check some stuff out on the ship. It was a very chilly am in Galveston when we woke up but approaching sail away it had warmed up pretty good and the sun was out. The RC ship was next to us in port and they got out before we did. Soon after she went past us our ships lines were taken off and we started to push away from the dock. Yippie. The wife and I headed to deck 11 forward and there is a door there that leads to a viewing area at the front of the ship. How did I know about this? Well past cruises and I read it on Cruise Critic!!! We had an excellent view of the front and if we walked to the left or right we could see fully to the side too. Man, that water in Galveston is brown. We hung out on the front until we were making the final turn for the gulf. Back to the room and YES, we have luggage. We unpacked, in record time of course, so now it's time to relax for the next 7 days. Since we had spa cabins it was time to hit the spa and see what awaits us. We were both excited to try the therapy pool, the heated loungers and the wet steam rooms. They did not disappoint. I loved sitting on the heated loungers and just relaxing. The relaxation room had chilled flavored waters with either lemon or orange. It was a great way to hydrate. They had a dry steam room which we never used. My wife like the aroma steam and spent most of the time in there. The Therapy pool was almost always a good temperature, maybe 100. Not to warm and lots of violent bubble action. Also, I never showered in our cabin. I always wore my robe to the spa( yes my swim suit was underneath) and then showered in one of the large showers there. There was shampoo and bath wash and lots and lots of fluffy towels to use all throughout the spa area.I kept my face razor in my robe pocket at all times and typically shaved later afternoon. For those that ever book on deck 12, starboard side if you go all the way forward there is a side door that leads into the gym. If you try to find it from the gym area it’s a little tricky as its part of the wall and mirrors but you can find it as there is a door handle there. I never saw anyone else but us use it. A quick pass through the gym and you are in the spa area and then it's one flight up to all the therapy rooms.
  15. Now that we are on the ship its time for a cold one at the Tequila bar. The Lido deck and pool area was starting to get loud and busy. Great people watching. Having the cheers program but this being Galveston we had to pay for our drinks, but its vacation...who cares. Next a little food. Off to the Lido deck cafe and some chow. Surprisingly the lines were super small and we found a nice table by the window to catch our breath. Having finished our lunch it was time to go exploring. Don't you just love checking out new ships? I always love getting on a ship for the first time and exploring. Ok, who am I kidding, I love being on a ship no matter what. I mean seriously that’s why we all lurk on Cruise Critic anyway…right? Once on the ship we headed to Lido for a cold one at the Tequila bar and then into the buffet for some food. It actually was not very crowded at all. We grabbed some chow, found a nice table by the window and relaxed. Having finished our lunch it was time for some more exploring, I always love getting on a ship for the first time and exploring. Ok, who am I kidding, I love being on a ship no matter what. I mean seriously that’s why we all lurk on Cruise Critic anyway…right? Time to go to the cabin and unload our backpack and other carry on. Note: We did not have FTTF as it was sold out. Actually not sure I would have bought it for $80 anyway. We have purchased it in the past but, considering how fast we boarded we certainly did not need it. As this was a special occasion cruise, we booked a cabin in the Cloud 9 spa section. We had a balcony cabin. Cabin # 12007, starboard side. We were actually the 4th room from the front. Upon arriving at the cabin (1:40) we noticed it was not quite done. A little trash to unload and vacuum and then it would be ready. Back to explore for a bit and then we would check on the room again. Now this part is funny after the fact. Upon returning to the cabin it was ready and looked great. Our Steward Karam was there and introduced himself. He was very friendly too. I asked for a big ice bucket for the champagne, ice for the small bucket and told him we want room service twice a day. I tipped him $20 right from the start and he was fantastic. I then noticed the safe didn’t work. It seemed to be locked open. It really wasn’t it turned out we were just being dumb. So off to the guest services we go and here comes the funny part. Sorta!! We walk out the cabin, the door slams shut and I realize our phones, sail & sign cards, everything are in the cabin. Oh oh. 19 cruises, 1st time for that one. I had only had 2 beers at this time too. What the heck??? No Karem to be found it turns out he is on break. Down to guest services now for the safe and some key help. Long story short the line at the front desk was short and they were great. They gave me a door key only card and we were good to go. We used the door key only to put in the slot inside the cabin to keep the lights on. It stayed in the slot the whole rest of the cruise. Next stop to check out the spa and more of the ship........