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#22
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Great review so far. We had family that cruised a couple of weeks ago and did not board until 8pm. Fog is a big deal this time of the year. Glad you got on. You ate at pappas bbq and they are part of a chain, they have Pappadeaux, Cajun seafood , pappasitos which is Mexican food. And pappas which is seafood. Also pappas steakhouse. We eat regularly at the bbq and seafood. Occasionally at the Mexican rest. We are on the breeze in August, where fog shouldn’t be a problem. I like the text alerts but hard when you live an hour from the port and already head that way . My sister lives right off of airport blvd , hobby airport, in case we need to stop and sit a while before heading to Galveston. Looking forward to hearing more. We cruised on the breeze in 2016 and excited to go again.


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#24
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Originally posted by Quilcruisers
Great review so far. We had family that cruised a couple of weeks ago and did not board until 8pm. Fog is a big deal this time of the year. Glad you got on. You ate at pappas bbq and they are part of a chain, they have Pappadeaux, Cajun seafood , pappasitos which is Mexican food. And pappas which is seafood. Also pappas steakhouse. We eat regularly at the bbq and seafood. Occasionally at the Mexican rest. We are on the breeze in August, where fog shouldn’t be a problem. I like the text alerts but hard when you live an hour from the port and already head that way . My sister lives right off of airport blvd , hobby airport, in case we need to stop and sit a while before heading to Galveston. Looking forward to hearing more. We cruised on the breeze in 2016 and excited to go again.


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Thanks, I didn't know they were part of a chain.

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#25
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ON WITH THE ADVENTURE!


MONDAY, Sea Day
Normally, on Embarkation day, we walk around the whole ship, top to bottom, check everything out, take tons of photos. Not this time obviously.
So Monday morning we got up, a little late for us, 6:15am. LOL Off to the gym went DH, just like back home he does a full workout every morning before work. Well, cruises aren't work, but he knows he will be eating like a pig all week so better to burn a little calories before putting on the feed bag. I took my time, still feeling the effects of the day before, got dressed, went up to Lido and got a cup of hot tea, then back to the room same time he got back for his shower. We then went back up to Lido buffet for breakfast.

The decor of the BREEZE is very different from all our previous Carnival cruises as it was not designed by Farcus. No wild designs here - in fact, the decor is definitely "Beach" theme. Cabanas and palm trees. Even the carpet is either blue or tan (water and sand) throughout the whole ship. It seemed a bit cluttered at first up on Lido in particular, but then it started to grow on us.





hallways....all ocean and wall art all beach and cabana designs





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back on the Lido...




And an awesome addition....... Blinds that are pulled down to keep people from taking food before the buffet opens!
Wow, what a concept. But I actually did see one lady reach inside between the blinds to grab something. Geez...




After a nice breakfast, we decided to walk around and see the ship.

Wow...it was WINDY outside!
We wondered if leaving Galveston was going to affect our arrival time in Key West for Tuesday. No announcements yet, but this wind might be a factor.
Around 10am or Cruise Director Schwartz came on the intercom (thankyou for letting people sleep in a little) to say GOOD MORNING Carnival Cruisers! Our Captain has informed him that we are trying to make up time from our late departure from Galveston (ship didn't pull out until around 9pm instead of 4pm).
I forgot to mention that we had our Muster Drill shortly after everyone was onboard the ship, around 7pm. They made it fast for obvious reasons and since it is held inside on all Dream-class ships like the Breeze, it was totally forgetable. In the dining room, sit for 15 minutes, ding dong, bye.

More of the decor of the ship inside....


The Lobby is definitely unique... I had seen photos of it and thought I hated it. But after being on the ship, it kinda grew on me.



I particularly liked the artwork in all the stairwells....some were beach scenes, some were plants, and some were fish photos. Very nicely done.





...to be continued....
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#27
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...more....



It was President's Day.... so they hung a flag out in Lobby.



Palm trees everywhere!



By mid-day people were rolling out of bed and hitting the pools.



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#28
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Lunch.... DH hit Guys Burgers and I got buffet salad and roast turkey.
Tonight was Elegant night, and we were going to the Italian restaurant instead of the MDR, so we decided not to overdo lunch.

My lunch:

The turkey was fine, as was the salad, but someone in the kitchen needs lessons on how to make stuffing. This was a gooey mess and totally inedible. Ditto the corn muffin that had mac-n-cheese sitting on top. Yuck. This would be a theme we noticed for some buffet items all week - undercooked. I wonder if they are trying to undercook in order to keep things from drying out sitting on buffet? News flash - nothing is on buffet long enough, particularly at lunch to get dried out!

I didn't even get a photo of the Guys burger as everyone knows what that looks like. Amazingly, that was the only one he had all week. He said it tasted just like every other time, no issues there.

After eating, we went walking again.
I have a Fitbit and set my goals at 12,000 steps per day. He has a Garmin with 15,000 steps per day --- so this means, even Sea Days, we walk a lot. So off we went to walk, inside and outside.

As I said before --- it was WINDY and the ship did rock a little but not too bad as it was a head wind, not cross wind. It was slowing us down though and later we got the announcement that we might be arriving at Key West a half hour to hour late. No biggie.

More photos, yes, I took 900+ photos so....







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#29
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Nice relaxing day..... really nice. And the horror of the Fog in Galveston was left behind.




Soon enough, it was time to get dressed up for our Cucina del Capitano dinner. They had a new menu, which we were excited to try.
At 5:30pm we headed up, all dressed up.....it was Elegant night and that does apply to all restaurants. Some people didn't seem to care and showed up wearing shorts and t-shirts! Geez, people! It says the dress code for the restaurant is same as the MDR...cruise casual on cruise casual nights, elegant on elegant nights! Come on. I had planned to take more photos...

The Cucina is right above the Lido




they were just opening and we were the second group to arrive, us and that other group.

it is a beautiful venue.



The waitstaff is definitely a step above the MDR. Our waiter chatted with us for at least 5 minutes before taking our order. Then he brought out a bread plate, foccacia.

Appetizers;


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#30
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DH ordered the Arancini and I ordered the Arugula salad.
Wow....both were some of the best food we have had on a cruise. Similar quality to the Steakhouse, for sure.





Delicious!!!


Entree...
DH ordered the Captain's special and I ordered the Branzino.


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#31
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I ordered a side of potatoes, he a side of broccoli









everything was good except the bean mixture under my fish was a bit odd, mushy, and bland.

...dessert next!
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#32
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Dessert...

I ordered the polenta cake with lemon sorbeto, he got the apple dumpling thing with ice cream. Both were very good but we were so full. So nice to finally get to try this place for dinner instead of just lunch occasionally.





All in all, a great dinner. We both recommend the Cucina del Capitano if you sail on the Breeze, Magic, and Vista. Worth the $15pp for sure.

And yes, we did dress up.


I rarely dress up, I volunteer as a nature/hiking guide in the mountains, so my usual apparel is hiking boots, shorts and jacket. LOL
DH has to dress up for work every day so he really hates Elegant nights unless it is a special thing like this dinner splurge.

I didn't even bring a dress this time though...LOL



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#33
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We headed back to our room and changed clothes, off to the theatre for the Playlist Production show "Motor City" at 8:15pm.
The show was good, not our favorite though. Singers were all pretty good and we understood that this group just boarded the ship this week, so all shows were their first time performing on a cruise. We'll give them a bit of a pass for that alone. I am sure they will get some chemistry together over the coming weeks, for now it was just okay.

After dinner, we walked up to the Lido to fill up our water bottles for the night, and walked around the Lobby to enjoy some music, then off to bed. Key West tomorrow!


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#34
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I'm following. We sail this December on her and CAN'T WAIT!!!! Thank you for the pictures and everything. The last cruise I did was on the Sunshine with my niece and nephew. I put together a little recap video and can't wait to do the same on the Breeze.




#36
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Originally posted by iamchrisstone
I looked at your photo album and noticed that you found the coin. Where is it???
hahahaha..... we always look for and find the ship's coin. Let me just say it is in the same place that we found it on the Magic.
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#39
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Awesome review! Thank you. We leave March 25 on the Breeze super excited to see the rest of your review.
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