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Our B2B Adventure on the Breeze Inaugural!

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Love the review so far, can't wait to see more pix. This is really getting me excited for our cruise..... just 3 more months!!!

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Douglinc. Seems you didn't get your response to your question about the 2nd leg of the trip. I was there as well. We were promised to go through customs and get escorted right back on the ship. As with most promises Carnival makes-they were empty. We has to report to the Ovation theater with the rest of the group of 180 passengers taking the second trip . We waited in the theater for approx 40 minutes and then escorted off by several customer service reps. We went past immigration which was foolish since nobody was going to claim any purchases now since we would repeat this process again in 8 days. Immigration didn't even look at the mandatory forms you fill out at the end of the trip. We were then brought to another holding in front of the main building you enter to get your sail away card where we were given our new cards. We waited there an additional 2 hours before being escorted back on the ship prior to regular boarding. What a cluster fxck. They told us the whole process would take 20 minutes-right! Waste of 3 hrs that day that we paid for. On top of that, departure time was at 4pm-hell no! We didn't leave until 630pm due to failure of food supplies to arrive on time. Hmm-we were there since 6am, the other Carnival ship next to us got their deliveries and departed on time. More apologies given from Carnival. So many " Were are sorry" gets old. It got worse from there if you can believe it. Already booked my next cruise Oct. 2013-Celebrity here I come, bye bye Carnival

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Douglinc. Seems you didn't get your response to your question about the 2nd leg of the trip. I was there as well. We were promised to go through customs and get escorted right back on the ship. As with most promises Carnival makes-they were empty. We has to report to the Ovation theater with the rest of the group of 180 passengers taking the second trip . We waited in the theater for approx 40 minutes and then escorted off by several customer service reps. We went past immigration which was foolish since nobody was going to claim any purchases now since we would repeat this process again in 8 days. Immigration didn't even look at the mandatory forms you fill out at the end of the trip. We were then brought to another holding in front of the main building you enter to get your sail away card where we were given our new cards. We waited there an additional 2 hours before being escorted back on the ship prior to regular boarding. What a cluster fxck. They told us the whole process would take 20 minutes-right! Waste of 3 hrs that day that we paid for. On top of that, departure time was at 4pm-hell no! We didn't leave until 630pm due to failure of food supplies to arrive on time. Hmm-we were there since 6am, the other Carnival ship next to us got their deliveries and departed on time. More apologies given from Carnival. So many " Were are sorry" gets old. It got worse from there if you can believe it. Already booked my next cruise Oct. 2013-Celebrity here I come, bye bye Carnival

 

If you would have read my response to Doug, I was going to be mentioning the B2B issue as part of my review. :mad:

 

The B2B process wasn't as smooth as promised, but didn't ruin my cruise. Also, leaving late (which I was also going to discuss) wasn't a big deal to us.

 

If you have issues with this cruise, you should post a new thread about it and not hijack my review as a way to complain about Carnival! :rolleyes:

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I did fail to mention a couple things about Embarkation day on Thursday…

 

John Heald as well as the other cruise directors were on board for a series of meetings. John was going to be disembarking the ship once we returned to Miami on Friday morning.

 

Our Breezer Bees group had purchased several items for John and his daughter Kye in the anticipation of him being our cruise director for the B2B, which unfortunately wasn’t the case. He setup a time to meet with us and we were able to get a picture taken with him.

 

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Now, we don’t cruise just for the cruise director, but we were looking forward to some of the specific things that he does (welcome aboard show, love & marriage show, etc). Butch Begovich is a great cruise director and was very involved in the entire cruise. He has a lot of energy and is a talented dancer as well (led the various Lido parties).

 

The seas were fairly rough on Thursday and we had after dinner made our way to the Ovation Theater to watch Divas (one of the four Playlist productions).

 

Prior to the show that evening, someone mentioned to us that they were selling liquor and allowing you to take it directly to your cabin. Well thank you very much! I purchased two bottles of Bacardi Gold rum and took them back to the cabin. That $19.99 purchase kept the bar bill on the eight day very low! :)

 

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to perform that show and once we were able to see it, I could understand why. They do some things during the performance that could have resulted in injuries with the way the ship was moving.

 

In that shows place, they did the Hasbro Game Show. Butch does a great job with the show. We didn’t make it a point to see any of the other Hasbro shows for the eight-day cruise.

 

Ok, back to Friday…

 

I was in major vacation mode on this cruise and turned very lazy. I had full intentions of documenting each day with what/where/when we ate and also taking food porn pics, but I was enjoying this cruise so much that I never made it a priority. I do apologize for that!

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After we watched sail-away in Nassau, our cabin was almost directly above where the pilot boat picked up the harbor officials. Here is a video:

 

 

We spent the rest of the evening exploring more of the ship and went to bed pretty early as we were both wiped out! Here are some random photos:

 

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If you would have read my response to Doug, I was going to be mentioning the B2B issue as part of my review. :mad:

 

The B2B process wasn't as smooth as promised, but didn't ruin my cruise. Also, leaving late (which I was also going to discuss) wasn't a big deal to us.

 

If you have issues with this cruise, you should post a new thread about it and not hijack my review as a way to complain about Carnival! :rolleyes:

 

I did see your response and was waiting for that part of your review to come up.

 

Doug

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11/24/2012 – END OF TWO DAY/EMBARK FOR EIGHT DAY

 

I am normally up very early for work every day, and unfortunately, my built-in alarm clock had me awake very early. The good thing about that is we were just heading back into Miami, and I was able to watch the Breeze spin around in the turn basin.

 

In watching the other ships do this from the Port of Miami Web Cam it sure looks tight. Seeing it in person, however, there is more than enough room for ships to make the turn.

 

On most mornings, we ordered room service coffee and fruit to enjoy on the balcony, then we went for some breakfast a little later. The breakfast buffet on the lido was pretty good. The scrambled eggs had a strange texture to them, but still tasted fine. I enjoyed having French toast and yes the bacon police were active!

 

I do think that Carnival was unprepared for the number of B2B’ers that were on the ship. I was expecting there would be more but there were only 180 of us.

 

I was shocked when our room steward Wilfred had placed the luggage tags and customs form on the bed Friday night! After a trip to customer service, they said that was normal procedure and they did have us on the B2B list.

 

The left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing and it wasn’t until late on Friday night that they had the info for us. We were to meet in the Ovation Theater at 9:30AM to get the process moving.

 

In addition to the 180 of us that were on the B2B, there were staff members that would also be disembarking that morning. They had to keep us separate. Most of the delays were caused by Customs & Immigration, and unfortunately, until they say things can proceed, we just had to wait.

 

I believe it was close to 10:00AM before we finally made our way off the ship. They walked us through the terminal, and down the escalator to the customs/luggage area.

 

We “Breezed” right through customs only having to hand them our filled out form. Nobody was declaring anything on the forms since we were staying on board, I think it was a major waste of time dealing with the form, but that’s the government in action!

 

We were then taking to a large waiting room and that’s where we stayed for quite a while. At this point, they were supposed to hand us our new S&S cards and then we could proceed back on the ship. We were supposed to be back on before anyone else embarked, but that wasn’t the case as we later found out.

 

To be honest, I had never done a B2B before and none of this really bothered us. There were some other people getting upset, but I knew we had another eight days to look forward to. I was on vacation and wasn’t going to get worked up about it.

 

They finally started handing out the new S&S cards, and this was very disorganized. They had them listed by cabin number and it took quite a while for them to be given to everyone. Again, I think it was because of the large number of B2B’ers and the Customs and Immigration delays that caused the problems for Carnival. In the future, they should have a better way to handle that many people returning to the ship.

 

After what seemed like a 30-40 minute delay, we were finally brought back on the ship for another “ding” and security photo.

 

Pierre Camilleri, the hotel director, was personally greeting everyone once we boarded and apologized for the delay. I was back on the ship again, it didn’t ruin my cruise! Later that day, we found a fruit basket that he had given to the B2B'ers.

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It was very nice being able to board the ship, not having to unpack, and getting back to the relaxation, which is exactly what we did!

 

In addition to another Guy’s burger, we spent some time relaxing on the serenity deck and actually swam in the aft pool. I was surprised to find out that they had heated the pools on the Breeze. I do recall the pools on the Dream were always cold, so I don’t know for sure if they were able to be heated and just didn’t have it turned on?

 

We were near the Red Frog Pub for the sail away party, and the group of us enjoyed several 101 oz Thirsty Frog Red tubes! That beer is very good!

 

I took some more pictures of Miami:

 

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We attended the muster drill again (our group was in the Breeze’s conference room in deck 4 aft) and afterward we returned back to the Lido deck for the sail away party.

 

Here DW was cutting up with the bartender from the Red Frog bar.

 

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Butch was around and DW had her picture taken with him

 

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The sail away party started around 4:00PM, and during the party we watched Carnival Liberty sail away. Once the party was over we still hadn’t left. We continued our own sail away party on the Lido and soon we had to go get ready for dinner in the Steak House. We had a 7:00PM reservation and because we booked for the first night, we received a free bottle of wine.

 

The ship finally sailed away shortly after 7:00PM. Dinner was of course fantastic. We really enjoy the steakhouse and plan to eat there at least once on every cruise we go on.

 

I found out later that we were delayed because of the late arrival of some food trucks. Can’t go out on an eight-day cruise without enough food!

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Later that night we went to the Adults Only show of comedian Happy Cole. He was very funny, but we were disappointed at how short the show was. It was only about a 30 minute set. That may be how long they typically go, but it felt very short.

 

Here was tonight’s towel animal:

 

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After walking around the ship and some balcony-watch-the-ocean-time we went to bed.

 

11/25/2012 – FUN DAY AT SEA

 

The weather was hot and beautiful. We enjoyed the ship in and out throughout the day. DW loves to sit in the sun for hours, but I get stir-crazy sitting around too long, so I played Mr. Kodak and walked around the ship getting more pictures.

 

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Later in the afternoon, we attended the “Breezer Bee’s First Social At Sea.” In addition to drinks we had a “Chinese Auction” and a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. Butch came to the event to draw the winning ticket and accept the donation from the group. A good time was had by all!

 

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I really LOVE your pictures. Thanks so much for posting your review and pictures. I am getting so excited to go on the Breeze but still have a long wait, I will be going in June. Keep those pictures coming. Thanks

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Earlier in the day on Saturday, I had given my three dress shirts to our Wilfred to have pressed. Sunday was an elegant night and captains celebration. Unfortunately, my shirts didn’t come back until Monday, so we weren’t able to attend elegant night.

 

Instead we ate at Bonsai Sushi. The sushi was pretty good and the up charge was reasonable.

 

Here is the menu from Bonsai

 

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Tonight, we went to see “The Brits” in the Ovation Theater. I really think that they have stepped up their game with the new Playlist productions. They are using huge LED movable screens for their backgrounds and an LED curtain that really added to the show. I have never been a fan of the previous shows but we really enjoyed all four. If you sail on the Breeze give the shows a chance, you might enjoy them!

 

After the show, we went back and relaxed on the balcony and in the cabin. Because of the timing of returning to our cabin, we didn’t get a towel animal that evening.

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I really LOVE your pictures. Thanks so much for posting your review and pictures. I am getting so excited to go on the Breeze but still have a long wait, I will be going in June. Keep those pictures coming. Thanks

 

Thanks! I love reading reviews and only hope I can come close to some of the great ones I have read.

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let me just sAY every b2b with CCL has been a fubar, they just cant get it right ---no more !

 

That's a shame they can't figure out a way to do that. You would think if they can prepare 20,000 meals a day, they could help people get through their B2B transition! :eek:

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That's a shame they can't figure out a way to do that. You would think if they can prepare 20,000 meals a day, they could help people get through their B2B transition! :eek:

 

My only b2b was on the Destiny and that went pretty smooth - on and off - about 20 mins then we had the whole ship to ourselves.

 

I know that there were many cruisers doing the b2b on the Breeze - last med and staying on for the transatlantic - 900 of them! I wonder how that 'turnaround' went?

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11/26/2012 – GRAN TURK

 

This was our first visit to Gran Turk. We didn’t have any specific planned, but wanted to visit the beach and ended up at Margaritaville.

 

As soon as we pulled into port, you could hear loud music and announcements from the “Local Village.”

 

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Welcome!

 

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Hey I see a whale tail!

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Walked up the beach:

 

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Jack’s Shack

 

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The dogs on the beach in front of Jack’s were digging for clams/crabs I’m assuming. It was funny to watch.

 

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The Eurodam was also in port with us.

 

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After we got back on board, we ate lunch & then dinner and relaxed for the evening.

 

Here was our latest towel animal:

 

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Late in the evening, a page came over every speaker on the ship (including the cabins).

 

There was a medical emergency that forced us to turn back (we were starting down the western edge of the Dominican Republic) so that we could meet with a Coast Guard helicopter. The captain had us at full speed (over 22 knots) and we stayed on that course until around midnight.

 

We were on deck 2 and could only hear the helicopter. From what we were told later, a 50 year old man had a stroke and it was critical to get him medical attention as soon as possible.

 

The ship and helicopter slowed to the same speed and they lowered the basket for the patient, and also took a ship’s nurse and a family member with them.

 

It was unfortunate and I hope that the patient will be on his way to recovery. Because of the change of course, the next morning we were informed that we would be missing the La Ramona stop for the day, and we would then have a sea day as a replacement.

 

The captain was able to arrange a longer day in port for Curacao (we were going to be there from 2:00PM to 11:00PM, but we would arrived at 9:00AM and leave at 11:00PM).

 

This is where I’m sure some people were angry and making a big deal out of it, but when it comes to someone’s life, missing a port is so minimal. We had arrangements to go to the Dreams resort (not through Carnival) and we were going to pay cash at the resort, so we weren’t out any money, thankfully.

 

A cruise is what you make out of it, so we just enjoyed the extra sea day.

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Loving all the Breeze reviews that are coming out now that the ship is finally home in Miami!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! :)

 

No problem! This is helping my Breeze withdrawal. Thankfully we only have 142 days to wait until our next trip! :)

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Hi from a fellow Buckeye. (I have to admit I didn't know where Rittman was. My husband grew up between Mansfield and Willard) :)

 

Thanks for the great review and awesome pictures!

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Hi from a fellow Buckeye. (I have to admit I didn't know where Rittman was. My husband grew up between Mansfield and Willard) :)

 

Thanks for the great review and awesome pictures!

 

Thanks! Rittman is about an hour north of Mansfield. Small world! :D

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Thanks! Rittman is about an hour north of Mansfield. Small world! :D

 

It truly is a small world... we are also from the Mansfield area!!!

 

LOVE the review as we are heading out on the Breeze in February!!!

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11/27/2012 – FUN DAY AT SEA

 

Another day at sea meant another relaxing day! Of course another Guy’s burger was eaten.

 

We also had dinner in the buffet that evening and caught the “Divas” show. After the show we went to the Lido deck for the Red Frog’s Caribbean Beach Party.

 

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the décor of the ship, very relaxing and “non-busy” like some other ship pics I have seen. I do think Carnival is on the right track!

 

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One of my favorite “spots:”

 

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Another favorite spot:

 

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Thirsty Frog, great beer!

 

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The Story of Red:

 

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Great review, thanks for all the pictures! We will be Breezing in May.

 

Nice! You will love the ship, we all sure did!

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It truly is a small world... we are also from the Mansfield area!!!

 

LOVE the review as we are heading out on the Breeze in February!!!

 

That's cool! A Buckeye invasion of the Breeze! :D

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Then it was time for the Red Frog party

 

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After the party, we headed back to the cabin, and found our new towel animal:

 

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Time moves so quickly while at sea. We were already at the end of Tuesday!

Oh yeah, my birthday was Tuesday. More about that later, DW wife made it a point to tell everyone multiple times (over a couple days). I think she enjoys me getting embarrassed while being sung to! ;)

 

The new friends we met on the Breeze (and who will be cruising with in 2014) were nice enough to buy me a cool mug and a couple cigars that I have enjoyed! :D

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11/28/2012 – CURACAO

 

We arrived in Curacao between 8:30AM and 9:00AM.

 

The pilot boat dropped off the harbor pilot and headed back to port before us:

 

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Here are some pics as we headed in:

 

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The dock that we used was VERY short. They had additional mooring “islands” further aft and forward.

 

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It was interesting watching the pilot boat move the ropes from the ship to the mooring points. It took them quite a while to get things done.

 

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