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Carnival BREEZE Two-Day Cruise (Bahamas) LOTS of Photos! 11-22-2012

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Hello all,

 

Back from our 2-day aboard the Carnival Breeze. I will be adding LOTS of pictures. Feel free to ask questions about the ship--I am not sure another 2-day cruise to the Bahamas is on future itineraries for this ship, but all I can say about her is WOW.

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We had no choice but to fly in the day of the cruise. Thanksgiving Day was sunny and so I was hopeful that nothing would hamper our delay into Miami. (We flew on miles and cruised on points, so we had to do it "their" way. LOL)

 

How fun for us to get upgraded to 1st class AND then see this on our final approach/landing into MIA:

 

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So exciting to see the Breeze (along with Destiny, we later found out) as we were coming in.

 

When we got to the airport, some guy asked if we were going to the port of Miami (we just were going to cab it to the port as there is a flat rate of $24 plus "specials" for additional people). He put us in his van (it was licensed as a livery) and away we went for $25.

 

When we got there, there were all sorts of these fun banner signs:

 

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Boarding didn't seem to be too bad... how odd it was that the biggest ship of the fleet had this long queue and 4 people tending to us checking our boarding passes and passports before we went in through security. It seemed strange and a new process, because once we went through security and went upstairs via escalator, it was the same terminal we've always been in...

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At the top of the escalator after security... haha

 

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The terminal:

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We didn't get a boarding number, so I asked the lady after getting our keys what we should do. She said that she would let us go with the next group. Even though we got there around 1 p.m., they were still handing out numbers. Don't know how we got missed. Oh well, we waited around about 15 minutes... maybe 20, and then we were invited on the ship!

 

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Cove balconies from the outside:

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Almost there....

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The lobby was impressive. I took a jillion pictures of the lobby... I loved these thingies hanging down in the main atrium.

 

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We were on Deck 2, so we just walked directly to our room. This is the carpeting on that deck:

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We had a cove balcony and loved it. Loved the decorations and the setup of the room:

 

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LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can't wait for more pictures of her! I am down to about 45 days and I am OBSESSED with reading about this ship! Thanks for posting!

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The balcony on a cove:

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Once we got done in our room, we went up to the Lido to eat lunch. The Lido was serving Italian that day, along with some of the other offerings on other ships and a couple of additions:

 

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With lunch done, it was time to go exploring.

 

The ship is a Dream-class ship. So instead of the "action" happening on 9, it happens on 10. The 10th deck is still Lido, so the 9th deck is called Vista.

 

Lots of places like this to sit outside:

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The sushi bar. It is no longer free and you have to make a reservation to eat there. I don't care for sushi, but I thought this restaurant area (on deck 5) was beautiful:

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Entrance into the Red Frog Pub (on deck 5):

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Thanks for doing the review with a lot of pictures. Love the new luggage mat and the signs on the way in.

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The nightclub, called "Liquid" was fun to explore. We aren't nightclub people, per se, but I did enjoy going in there and taking snaps...

 

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Somewhere near Liquid, if my memory serves me right, are some of the kids' clubs. Club O2 ROCKED. I thought kids/teens would be lucky to hang out in this place, and boy, did they ever. The last night, we walked past there, and it was packed with teens. Pics to follow...

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We wanted to go to the dining room to see our table, but also to get Barry's gluten-free menu ordered. So we found the Blush first, but we needed to get to the Sapphire to get the information.

 

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Along the promenade on deck 4 (they call it the Mezzanine) the dining room has glass floor-to-ceiling windows and tables nooked and crannied in there so people strolling along the mezzanine can see people eating and vice versa.

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The Blush dining room was spectacular, too:

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The chandeliers were actually teeny tiny LED lights and when the dancing and singing occurred, they changed colors and blinked on and off really fast in accordance with the beat of the music.

 

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One of the very few times I was disappointed with my table:

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They stuck us in the WAY BACK on the 2nd floor by a prep station. I mean, we were butted up to the prep station. Yuck. Plus, our wait staff never bothered to get to know us and they were very confused about what they were doing--it was very clear.

 

So next time I don't like my table, I will ask to be switched. I've never complained and I know there are people who probably like sitting in the back on the second floor--I'm just not one of them. I like being on the main floor and seeing the singing and dancing.

 

The maitre d sang a song both nights. IT WAS FABULOUS! This happened before the dancing waiters. FUN (but we had to get up and walk over to the railing to see it.)

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Blush chandeliers changing colors:

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As we were wandering around, I remembered reading on John Heald's FB page that he was going to be in the Limelight Lounge from 2:30 to 3:30. It was 3:10 or so and I exclaimed to Barry that we had to get back there and quick.

 

I made comment on his FB comments that I didn't have any special requests, no complaints, nothing to ask of him. I just wanted to stop by and say hi.

 

So we hustled over there. Sure enough before I even saw him, I heard his voice. We rounded the corner, and there he was. He grabbed my hand as he made comment about Barry's height (he said, "He's not stopped growning, has he.") and we talked just a wee bit. I asked after Heidi and Kye. But the look of appreciation on his face when we told him how spectacular the ship was, was something I won't ever forget.

 

He was so warm and so wonderful. I so want to cruise with him someday.

 

When I asked if we could take a quick picture, he said, "It would be my honor." I understand why he is a brand ambassador for this cruise line. I just loved him and wished we could have spent more time together.

 

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I was thrilled when we went into "Cherry on Top" and found SUGAR-FREE GUMMY BEARS and other sugar-free offerings. I didn't find the prices to be too ridiculous either.

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The Red Frog pub:

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This was a neat hang-out place for grown-ups. Many times as we ambled through there, people were hanging out over a drink or a card-game. Very nice vibe in the RFP.

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More from Liquid:

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This looks like an interesting place to dance..

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This is at the bar in the casino.

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These are the neatest alcoves. So cozy yet able to be part of the action. These are in Lido Market.

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Day Two, Nassau Bahamas

 

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We decided just to stroll into town and see what we could see. There are a LOT of places to shop on Bay Street. If you're not a shopper, you would want to book some sort of excursion or stay on the ship. We thought we could browse around town and then come back and get on the ship and enjoy the pools.

 

However, it clouded up and rained a couple of times and stayed chilly so the pools didn't happen. Instead we walked around and took pictures. Lots of them. LOL

 

On Vista deck, the main pool area:

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Carnival Sensation was next door:

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This was on Panorama, just above Lido... these little sectioned off places for people to snuggle in on a chilly day.

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The Blue Iguana Tequila bar (the Green Iguana is yummy):

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All of these pics are of the Sports Cube and Waterworks 2.0. LOTS to do on this deck, 2 above Lido. Mini golf, ropes course, basketball, fitness equipment, running track, ping pong, etc... LOTS to do and be busy with. As well as a bar and hot dog stand.

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Love all the photos. Thank you for taking the time to do this. My family and I board on the 8th. Thirteen more days! It looks like you had a good time. What a random table assignment. I wonder if it was just over booked due to it being the inaugural or if that really is the plan all the time?

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Love all the photos. Thank you for taking the time to do this. My family and I board on the 8th. Thirteen more days! It looks like you had a good time. What a random table assignment. I wonder if it was just over booked due to it being the inaugural or if that really is the plan all the time?

 

I wonder, too. I felt like Baby on Dirty Dancing at the end--when Johnny comes up and says, "No one puts Baby in the corner." LOL

 

Next time my S&S card says "Upper" I am going to ask. In just a couple more cruises, I'll be platinum and should get my request.

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Some photos of Nassau:

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Oh, a word about the Straw Market... Scary and claustrophobic place. Giant open air "store" with a jillion vendors all offering the same junk. I didn't like it and got out of there immediately. EVERY PERSON called me "Honey". Yuck.

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The aft pool:

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Guy's burger joint:

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Lemme tell ya, these burgers and fries are INCREDIBLY good. My husband is gluten intolerant and he asked if they have gluten-free buns and the guy let him order one for the next day. Hubby was VERY happy to have gotten a chance to have one. They have about 6 different types. The one he got was called the Pig Patty, because one of the patties in his double cheeseburger was made entirely of bacon.

 

On the way to the Gangway... influence of John Heald?

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Quite an interesting thread you have. In reading I find we will be in your exact room in two months. I'll be interested o learn much more? How is the sound in your room? Any noise from up above?

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Quite an interesting thread you have. In reading I find we will be in your exact room in two months. I'll be interested o learn much more? How is the sound in your room? Any noise from up above?

 

It was quiet as can be where we were. We noticed NO sounds. Our neighbors to either side were quiet and lucky us--there was no one across the hall. We were mid-hall between elevator banks. We found that if we came out of our cabin and turned left, then went up 1 floor we were at the dining room (Blush) and up to 10 we were right at the Lido market. Turning right out the door and going down a couple of elevator banks would get us to the Gangway or up to midship on 5 or 4 (mezzanine).

 

The room was beautiful. The safes now do not require a credit card--you just punch in whatever code you want and anyone with that code can open it. Loved our cove balcony! I hope you will too!

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Another thing about the rooms: They are energy efficient, so you must use your S&S card to turn the lights on. This is located at the left upon entering the cabin (before the bathroom door). Slide your card in there and all the lights will work. Whatever you left on before you removed your card will come back on instantly.

 

So what we did is turn our bedside light on and turn all the other lights off so when we came back from dinner and evening activities, we'd slide the card in the slot and then get the soft glow of our bedside light without all the other lights blaring.

 

Taking the card out of the slot will render you a few minutes of lights, but then they time out, so mind that if you are in the bathroom... it gets dark in there. Also, compared with other ships, when you turn the bathroom light on, it is ON... no delay, so if you get up in the wee sma's you might "brighten" your partner, too. LOL

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Debra, thank you for this review. Love all the pictures. I wanted to also thank your husband for answering my question about my tall son (in you Valor review). We are booked on the Breeze for November 2013. My 6'10" son will be joining us. Did your husband find the Breeze more accommodating than the Valor since it is a new ship?? Once again, thank you for all the beautiful pictures. :)

 

Jan

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Great pictures, Do you have one of the pig patty?

 

How foolish was I... we both had our cameras and didn't take pictures. I think it was because we sat at the first table we found and there was an open hole above us and when it started raining, we just dashed.

 

I guess it'll give you something to look forward to. LOL (sorry). It looked like a patty of nothing but bacon. Not strips. An actual patty.

 

I was also very surprised at how easy it was to get a burger. A LOT of people were chowing down on Guy's burgers, but it never seemed there were really long lines.

 

P.S., did I mention the fries were incredible?

 

Oh, and they don't "dress" the burgers--just to the side is a station with 'shrooms, carmelized onions, potato shoestrings, jalapenos, peppers and then a ketchup/mustard/mayo/bbq sauce station. That area is a bit congested because no one establishes a flow--just darts in and out of there, and it's close to a railing of sorts and the stairs going up to the next deck.

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Debra, thank you for this review. Love all the pictures. I wanted to also thank your husband for answering my question about my tall son (in you Valor review). We are booked on the Breeze for November 2013. My 6'10" son will be joining us. Did your husband find the Breeze more accommodating than the Valor since it is a new ship?? Once again, thank you for all the beautiful pictures. :)

 

Jan

 

Jan, how funny that you're booked on this one, too... (are you a groupie? LOLOL) Anyway, there wasn't much of a difference, though there are low-lying signs. I wouldn't say it isn't anything unlike what he's experienced going through his regular life. :)

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Debra, an outstanding set of photos...thank you very much! :)

 

You are more than welcome! I have more to come; I just couldn't stay awake. :)

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