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Chrissandra's Carnival Breeze US Inaugural B2B Review (11-22 thru 12-2)

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WOW, I don’t even know where to start with this. We booked this cruise over a year and a half out and had over 500 days to wait and get to know our fellow Funatics. This was our first time joining a group for a cruise and it can really make all the difference in the world. What an amazing group of people. We had several, yes several, very active roll calls and it got really interesting in the FB threads with early shenanigans. So after a very long wait, a few other cruises, and an engagement (a lot can happen in 500 days) we were in single digits and everyone was giddy as school kids at Christmas.

 

For those of you who haven’t read our previous reviews, I am Chris and my lovely fiancée is Cassandra (ardnassac79). We have been on 6 previous Carnival cruises together (this was 7 & 8), mainly on the Pride out of Baltimore. We love cruising and try to have fun with our reviews. This one might take a while to get through so hang in there with us and we’ll try to keep you informed and entertained. And of course we will have lots of pictures and Cass will post links to all the Fun Times.

 

We decided to fly on Thanksgiving due to limited vacation time. We didn’t love the idea of flying in the day of but bought trip insurance through Carnival for the 2 day just in case. SW had an early flight out of Baltimore to FLL. We had never flown into FLL but it was by far the cheapest option. After considering the cost of parking, and the dread of finding a spot, we decided to get a private car to pick us up and take us to the airport. Unfortunately that meant getting up a little earlier than planned since they’d pick us up at 5:50 am.

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Thursday – Embarkation : Cass woke up at 4 to get ready and I thought I’d stay in bed but was a bundle of excitement so I just got up with her. We got everything finalized and waited for the car to pick us up. He showed up a little early which was fine and we were at the airport right at 6am. We had already checked in and got a good boarding # (SW flight so no pre booking seats). The airport was actually more crowded than I had seen it in a long time. Thought for sure it’d be near empty. I was surprised that most of the TSA people working had smiles on their faces. I don’t think either of us would be that happy to be working on Thanksgiving at 6 am. While we were waiting to board we had crying babies and a little Chihuahua (thinking this will be an interesting flight). We boarded the plane on time and then had to wait about 20 minutes on the tarmac. It wasn’t an issue as we still landed 10 minutes early. SW was offering free Bud Light for Thanksgiving…(according to the Menu folder – the stewardess certainly didn’t offer up the info freely) As much as I like free booze, it was way too early to start drinking. We landed in FLL and I texted our friends Dave and Linny from the roll call. They were also early so we grabbed our luggage and got into a SAS van. Now we were ready to roll but the SAS guy was waiting for another family and drove around for about 15 minutes until they were ready. It was kind of annoying but we knew that they hadn’t started boarding yet so we just dealt with it. It was a 40 minute ride to POM and we walked right into line.

 

Our first glance of the Breeze

 

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Apparently boarding had been taking longer than normal because there was an issue with the first set of room keys and it took them about an hour to fix it. We said good bye to Linny and Dave as they got to go through Platinum check in. I was even more envious when we saw our good friends Ron and Linda pass right by us as well. Just told myself to remember this for our next cruise when I’ll finally be able to do the same J . They used a new procedure for this embarkation where they scanned your passport and used that photo as the photo for the cruise (instead of taking the photo after you get your key when you’re about to board). We got our S&S cards and then had to wait while we were getting texts from friends to ask us why we weren’t having a drink with them on the ship yet……brats. At least there were some nice people “trading up” their Zone number cards so we took a #29 and passed along the favor by giving our original #34 another family with a higher one. After about a 35-40 minute wait our zone was called and vacation was about to start!

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Yay!!!! Love ur reviews:D

 

You guys made me want to sail the liberty western route! Loved that review n shared it with my girls to get them excited for their first cruise!!:D:p

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I’d seen pictures of the Atrium Lobby but it truly is stunning. The color scheme on this ship was by far our new favorite. A lot of warm, soft colors that just make you feel relaxed. Not like the dark décor of the Pride (which I personally really like).

 

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Looking up

 

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We were told that our rooms were ready so we dropped off our luggage and took a couple quick photos of our new home for 10 days. We were in stateroom 2305 which is a Cove Balcony.

 

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It was about 1:30 by this point and we were both hungry so we headed up to Lido (deck 10) and had a Guy’s Burger. Sooooooo good!

 

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And of course we had to get our first drink so we both ordered a DOD (The Funship)..... SOCIAL!

 

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No cool drink cups on this cruise, just pint glasses. We have a whole collection so I’m fine with it as you get more booze for your buck in a pint glass anyway.

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Here are a few pictures I took of the Lido while we ate

 

Red Frog Rum Bar

 

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Blue Iguana Tequila Bar

 

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Seaside Theater

 

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Looking down from deck 12

 

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Looking down the open Atrium from 10

 

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They had the Serenity area closed off at this time so we walked from Water Works (Forward) to the Aft Pool (you guessed it, Aft).

 

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The Rope's Course (more on that later)

 

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Funnel or Whale Tail if you prefer

 

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Basketball Court

 

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Outdoor Exercise Area

 

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Aft Pool and hot tubs. We loved the seats up on deck 11 (red comfy seats). Great little area to enjoy the view and be away from the masses.

 

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Love, love, love your reviews!! I read your Liberty review before our last cruise and am looking forward to the rest of this review to enjoy during the long wait until our next cruise.

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Yay I can't wait read love it!!:D

Hi Taylor! Thanks!

 

Yay!!!! Love ur reviews:D

 

You guys made me want to sail the liberty western route! Loved that review n shared it with my girls to get them excited for their first cruise!!:D:p

 

Awww, thanks!! :o We loved the Liberty and can't wait to be back on her for the other route for our honeymoon in April, but this trip was amazing - the ship was great, and the ports were breathtaking. Stay Tuned!!

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We didn’t have any plans until sail away so we walked the ship a bit to get a feel for her since this was our first time on a Dream Class ship. We ran into a few other CC’ers from our roll calls and then accidentally stumbled upon John Heald taking photos.

 

 

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We also ran into Janet (NYRsHOCKEY) who has a fantastic Mediterranean Breeze review but was only on the 2 day this time. We commiserated about no hockey for a bit and she walked around the ship showing us around and got a nice picture of me and the little lady.

 

 

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We found the Red Frog Pub and walked outside on the Lanai.....look what we found! FUNATICS!

 

 

 

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This side of deck 5 was smoking and the other side was non smoking. We really loved this added outside area. It was great to grab lunch and just enjoy it on these lower decks.

 

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Love, love, love your reviews!! I read your Liberty review before our last cruise and am looking forward to the rest of this review to enjoy during the long wait until our next cruise.

 

Hey! I remember you from our Lib review as well... still irks me that half my photos are blacked out from silly Picasa (the photo hosting I use), but at least the direct link is in my siggie now. Hopefully we can help your wait (or make it worse!:eek::p)

 

Thanks so much for posting a review. Keep it coming!

 

Thanks! We are hoping to get at least 1 day done each day, but with work, and, well... Ugh real life... I hope we can keep that pace! :o:D

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We checked the room for our luggage but it wasn't there so we headed to our muster station for the always fun muster drill. We were surprised that it was actually held inside the dining room since all of our others have been outside. Well it is what it is and we decided to check the room again. Luggage was there and WOOHOO, the booze made it through! At least Cass was smart enough to not try to smuggle pocket shots this time.

 

We were unpacking and before we knew it, we had started to move. We made our way up to Lido Aft for our sail away party but no one was there. We went up one deck and found everyone. You can't smoke on deck 10 but you can on 11.

 

This was only our second sail away out of Miami and it's so much nicer than Baltimore. Not to mention warmer.

 

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Hottie

 

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We also got some pictures of our new BFF's

 

Janet

 

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Deb and Erman

 

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Dammit Erman, serious pose this time

 

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That's better. And one of me and Cass

 

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Great review. Can't wait to read more. We cruise with Dave and Linny on the Miracle.

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Hi there, Cris & Cass. Been a couple years since I saw you on the Pride. Glad to see you are posting another review. Can't wait to see all your photos from the cruise.

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After sail away several of us were hungry for a snack and decided to go to the Red Frog Pub to try out some of the new appetizers that are offered ($3.33 each). And of course some liquid refreshment.

 

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We both shared the wings which were delicious and probably the best thing on the menu. I had a Strongbow/Guinness mix (can't remember the name) and Cass had a Painkiller (both very good).

 

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I really love the appetizer options in the Pub and they make a great snack if you're hungry and have late time dining or if your significant other would rather have sushi.

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Awesome start! Can't wait to see the rest! I'm going to be on your honeymoon cruise on the Liberty with my DH, sister-in-law and her DH. I've posted a bit on roll call.

 

One quick question, if you don't mind. How did SAS work? I was thinking of doing SAS to get from FLL to our Miami hotel and then from POM back to FLL at the end of the cruise. On their website it says that the prices are in cash and if you use a credit card you'll have to pay a fee. My question is did you give the driver the exact amount of cash (and tip) to avoid the fee? I know you have to fill out a reservation online, but didn't know the logistics of paying.

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We went back to the room to freshen up for dinner and Cass wanted to put out our door decorations that she had spent the previous weekend creating.

 

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I stepped out onto the balcony and was greeted with a salt spray shower. It was rather rocky this evening and the wind was blowing back in our direction.

 

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And here's another quick picture of the cabin with the curtain pulled back a little.

 

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A quick note on this room, it was an adjoining cabin. I did not realize it until this cruise was well oversold and wasn't going to change since we were in the same cabin on the 8 day. It wasn't as bad as I've heard stories of but there is definitely more sound coming through that wall than the solid wall. It's not a deal breaker but I'll certainly be more cognizant of booking rooms in the future.

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We met our room steward, Yovanni (best one yet) and introduced ourselves. Made just one request, to keep us stocked with ice for our 'room drinks'. He did a fantastic job!

 

Dinner time. We once again did Any Time Dinning and had no issues this cruise. We had noticed during the muster drill that there were not a lot of isolated tables for two so we requested one before being seated. We had a great table off to the side (#326). We arrived just in time for show time.

 

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It was the Thanksgiving menu. Cass had the Pumpkin soup and I had the fruit cocktail.

 

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We each had the filet with short ribs (amazing)

 

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For dessert, Cass had the Pumpkin and Gingerbread pie. In her words 'It was really fracking good'. I had a drink

 

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I'm so happy to see another awesome review from you guys! Y'all are the cutest couple and have so much fun together. I look forward to reading the rest....and eventually writing my own Breeze review in 10 months! :D

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We also got some pictures of our new friends]

 

Anung, thanks for posting your review. Are you planning to post copies of the FUNtimes from your 8 day cruise? I will be leaving on 12/8. Thanks!

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We headed to the shops and noticed people carrying what looked like boxes of liquor. When we got there an employee gave us a flier and told us that we could buy and take liquor back to the room tonight :eek:! Um, yes please! So we each got two bottles of our staple liquor (Captain Morgan and Stoli). We were a little worried about that for the 8 day so we knew our S&S card would be significantly lower now :D.

 

Got back to the room to find our first towlie (imagine me saying something witty about an elephant :o)

 

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Time for Ron Pass and the Piano Bar!!!

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Darn, when did CC limit the number of "multi-quotes" to 2? meh....

 

Great review. Can't wait to read more. We cruise with Dave and Linny on the Miracle.

 

Thanks!! Linny and Dave are great people and we are looking forward to crusing with them again in October 2013 on the Victory!

 

GREAT start! Looking forward to the rest of your review.

 

THANKS for posting!

 

Thanks!! Hope you enjoy it!

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Hi there, Cris & Cass. Been a couple years since I saw you on the Pride. Glad to see you are posting another review. Can't wait to see all your photos from the cruise.

 

Hi Linda! Yep we were on the Pride together when Chris proposed, if I'm not mistaken :D

 

Great review and pics. Cant wait for the rest.

 

Thanks! We'll do our best to get as much out in the evenings as possible ;)

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Great start! Can't wait for more. :)

 

Thanks!

 

Awesome start! Can't wait to see the rest! I'm going to be on your honeymoon cruise on the Liberty with my DH, sister-in-law and her DH. I've posted a bit on roll call.

 

One quick question, if you don't mind. How did SAS work? I was thinking of doing SAS to get from FLL to our Miami hotel and then from POM back to FLL at the end of the cruise. On their website it says that the prices are in cash and if you use a credit card you'll have to pay a fee. My question is did you give the driver the exact amount of cash (and tip) to avoid the fee? I know you have to fill out a reservation online, but didn't know the logistics of paying.

 

Hey there! SAS was very easy - they told me to call when we got our bags, but they actually called me first (we were just making our way down to baggage claim). I told the driver we were still waiting for our luggage, and he said to call back. When we got our bags and found Linny and Dave, I called him back and he was right outside waiting for us. We were prepared to pay him in cash (I had $40 total for the 2 of us to include tip) and just gave him the cash when we got to the Cruise Terminal. It was very easy. The only downside was having to wait for the other family, and we had to drive around as the airport wouldn't let him sit curbside to wait. If we fly into FLL again, I'd book with them again in a heartbeat.

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I wonder did ya like eat all good??

 

Hi Taylor! The food was great!

 

Hey guys! So excited to see your review going. Can not wait to read more. Hope to get together soon!

 

Jen!! YES we need to get together!! :D I miss you and Eric!

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So we had heard so many great things about Ron Pass and had our expectations quite high. All I can say is that he blew them all away. If you've never had the pleasure of being on a cruise with Ron, I'm sorry. I doubt I'll ever enjoy a Piano Bar as much as with him.

 

We got there a little early to insure a seat at the bar and were glad we did as it filled up quickly. I had no idea he busted out props for different artists/songs.

 

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Our friends Ron and Linda had brought Cass a fluffy, light up tiara and I went to get it while making a drink. Cass was so infatuated with the show that she didn't realize I had walked up behind her. I got a good response when I put it on her head right after midnight

 

She doesn't love attention, does she? ;)

 

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