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Carnival Breeze 8-Day Eastern Caribbean Review (Dec. 8th, 2012)

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Thanks for the great review and photos. The red mittens were originally sold in Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. They were a big hit selling a ton and have now come out with new ones every year.

 

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That makes sense. The guy who brought them in from the Vancouver area. He brought a pair as his gift for the gift exchange and had some extras to give out.

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There are a few detailed Breeze reviews going now so I’m going to keep this one shorter. I’ll gladly answer any questions, of course.

 

Background

 

My wife and I are fairly new cruisers. Our first cruise was in 2009 on the Valor. We loved it and have been planning to do it again but it just hasn’t worked out. Earlier this year I ran into a medical issue that required treatment over the summer. We decided to book a cruise to give us something look forward to and hopefully as a celebration. As it turned out I received good news the week before we cruised so it was indeed a celebration cruise!

 

After much research (my roll call mates can attest to the fact that I an a chronic researcher) we decided to book the Breeze on December 8th. We had been to St. Thomas and the BVIs before but had never visited Antigua or Nassau, and the lure of a new ship was too strong.

 

We had a great roll call for this cruise with a lot of active members and several of them had also booked the Imagination 4-day Western Caribbean on Dec 3rd, so we ended up booking that with them and did a back-to-almost-back. I’ll post thoughts on the Imagination cruise is a separate thread.

 

Anyway, the roll call group put together many activities including a two-hour cocktail party followed by a cabin crawl and poker run, a slot pull and a glow party. We had a great time with these folks and would cruise with any of them again! For anyone new to CC and planning to cruise please join your roll call! It’s a great way to get to know folks before the cruise and also to learn from each other about the ship, the ports, and just general cruising experience.

 

OK, On with the review…

 

As mentioned, we were fresh off of the Imagination so we dropped our bags at the Intercontinental and spent some time at Bayside Market looking at the shops. I bought a T-shirt to wear at our cocktail party (more on that later). We also ran into some of our new friends from the Imagination and had a great burger at Ham-bur-guesa at Bayside.

 

That evening we had a pre-cruise party at Bubba Gump’s at Bayside. We weren’t sure how many folks would show up but one of our friends had arranged for us to use an area of the outside patio. We were hoping to have 30 people there and we ended up with over 40! We had a great time and then headed back to the Intercontinental to get some sleep.

 

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Embarkation Day

I woke early this morning and looked out the hotel room window to see the Breeze sitting at the dock waiting for us! It was still dark and she looked beautiful! Once it was light I could see the three other ships including the new Celebrity Reflection, another Carnival ship and an NCL ship.

 

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Many of us received the now-common e-mail about arriving at the port later in the day, but the one for the Breeze also mentioned that sail-away would be delayed until 6pm because of port operations. We confirmed with John Heald that the mention of late arrival at the port was just an attempt to spread out the crowds, but that the sail away really wouldn’t be until 6pm. There were quite a few of us who stayed at the Intercontinental near the port and we all arrived at the terminal at about 10:45. Check in was smooth and we were given Zone 3 or Zone 4 cards. Boarding was a little later than usual, starting at about 12:30. We found seats along with others from our roll call.

 

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There were a lot of visitors going on board for the official naming ceremony, and quite a few wedding parties. Once those were one the boarding went quickly and we were sitting in the Red Frog Pub with a Thirsty Frog Ale in out hands by about 1:00. I really want to be first in the pub for this cruise but we ended up being third. They still too our pictures and displayed them on monitors all around the pub and that picture made it easier for our roll call friends to find us. A bunch of us had matching shirts made so we were easy to spot all over the ship on the first day.

 

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We went to check out or cabin at about 2:00 and our bags were there so we dragged them into the room and went back out to explore the ship. I also took a minute to put up our door signs.

 

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We had setup an informal meet and greet with our roll call at the Tides Bar on the Lido Deck aft and met there at 4:00. Around 4:30 we heard the announcements for muster drill so we headed to our station, which was in the Conference Center on deck 4. The room was way too small and was extremely hot so the drill felt like it took hours. In reality it was probably only 20 minutes and everything was done in that room, no trips out on deck to the lifeboats.

 

After that we went back to the cabin to unpack and made it back on deck for sail away at shortly after 6. The nighttime sail away from Miami was nice and we could see the city lights including the light show on the face of the Intercontinental building. This time it is a dancing girl and she seemed to be dancing in rhythm with the music on the ship.

 

We had reservations for the Steakhouse at 8pm so we went back to the cabin to clean up and headed over shortly before 8. We were seated promptly and enjoyed a great meal. We did get a complementary bottle of wine. It was a choice between a Santa Carolina Merlot and a Santa Carolina Pinot Grigio (I think) and we chose the merlot. It wasn’t a great merlot, but it was drinkable and the price was right.

 

One of the highlights of the meal was the Grilled Portobello Mushroom starter. The mushrooms were marinated with virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar and served on a bed of tomato carpaccio. My wife loved it and mentioned that to one of the servers as we left. When we got back to the cabin later that evening we had an envelope in out mailbox with the recipe! Te rest of the meal was also excellent and out steaks were cooked and seasoned perfectly.

 

We finished that evening in the Piano Bar listening to the amazing Ron Pass. If you haven’t had a chance to cruise with Ron you are missing something special! He is a great entertainer and we stopped by to listen to him almost every night.

 

After that it was time to sleep. It had been a long day and we were beat.

 

More later!

 

Ron, can you ive me a quick lesson on how to use quotes from what peoplke say? I have tried and don't want to mess your review up. I know how to use a complete quote but how do I use portions of quotes and multiple quotes from different people in the same post I am sending? I'm still learning so please help. I enjoyed your review very much.

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Ron, can you ive me a quick lesson on how to use quotes from what peoplke say? I have tried and don't want to mess your review up. I know how to use a complete quote but how do I use portions of quotes and multiple quotes from different people in the same post I am sending? I'm still learning so please help. I enjoyed your review very much.

 

Sure...

 

Look below, to the right of the Quote button. There is a button with a " and a + on it. That is the multiquote button. Click in and it turns red and that post will be quoted. Do this for each post that you want to quote and then hit the Post Reply button at the bottom of the page and you'll get a reply with the posts quoted, each wrapped in QUOTE and /QUOTE tags.

 

You can edit whatever is in the tags if you only want to quote part of a post.

 

Does that make sense?

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I'm trying but using google chrome.

 

Thanks Ron!

 

Yer Welcome :)

 

I use Chrome, too, but that shouldn't make any difference.

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Fun, exciting, entertaining review Ron, nice job!:):cool:;)

Judy

 

Thanks! Did it make you feel as if you were there? :D

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Ron:

 

Thanks for taking the time to do such a great review! Wonderful photos, too. I'm glad you and your wife had such a nice time. After reading several reviews of the Breeze, I'm not sure it's for us, but it really looks like a beautiful ship. Did you do the taste bar?

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I just thought of one other thing that was different on the Breeze: the motion of the ship. We had mildly rough seas almost every day and on one day it was quite rough. We felt a constant side-to-side sway and some front-to-back rocking that was the same as I experienced on the Imagination, but in addition to that the Breeze had a higher frequency wobble that was more prevalent at the back to the ship. It didn't seem to change as the seas changed, so maybe it is related to the engines or the stabilizers, but many folks commented on it. It wasn't a bad thing, just different than what I remember from the Valor or the Imagination.

 

Did anyone else who has been on the Breeze notice this?

 

great review Ron..we had tons of pics but I have so little time to upload, so glad you did. If I can figure out how to do so I will try. As for motion...we were back of Midship on Riviera and really did not notice any big movement. However, I did notice a few spots on the ship (guest services area, main lobby) where the rocking was a bit more than usual. There was 1 day (after St.Thomas maybe) where we had the rain and front come through where the rocking was somewhat bad. We spent lots of time out of our cabin during this time but I really didn't feel anything too severe. Looking outside and walking out on deck with my wife we could see some of the crashing and it was very neat...I was on Bonine a day before the cruise and had ZERO problems with sea sickness like our Inspiration Cruise...

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Ron:

 

Thanks for taking the time to do such a great review! Wonderful photos, too. I'm glad you and your wife had such a nice time. After reading several reviews of the Breeze, I'm not sure it's for us, but it really looks like a beautiful ship. Did you do the taste bar?

 

She's a great ship but i can understand how she wouldn't be for everyone.

 

We kept forgetting about the taste bar :rolleyes: We did hit it one night and they had samples from Bonsai Sushi, a piece of spicy salmon roll and a custard or sorts. They were very good.

 

great review Ron..we had tons of pics but I have so little time to upload, so glad you did. If I can figure out how to do so I will try. As for motion...we were back of Midship on Riviera and really did not notice any big movement. However, I did notice a few spots on the ship (guest services area, main lobby) where the rocking was a bit more than usual. There was 1 day (after St.Thomas maybe) where we had the rain and front come through where the rocking was somewhat bad. We spent lots of time out of our cabin during this time but I really didn't feel anything too severe. Looking outside and walking out on deck with my wife we could see some of the crashing and it was very neat...I was on Bonine a day before the cruise and had ZERO problems with sea sickness like our Inspiration Cruise...

 

The rolling wasn't bad and typical of the other ships we've been on except for one night as you mentioned, but the wobble very very noticeable in the Blush Dining Room. We ere on the upper level which was on deck 4, so we weren't very high in the ship.

 

We took ginger capsules starting a couple of days before we left and had no problems with motion sickness.

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great review!!:) loved the photos!

how much were the thumblers at the red frog and the rum bar?

thanks again for the review.:)

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great review!!:) loved the photos!

how much were the thumblers at the red frog and the rum bar?

thanks again for the review.:)

 

Thanks!

 

Thristy Frog is $5.50 for a pint, $15.75 for a pitcher (60 oz) and $25.75 for the big tube (101 oz)

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I just thought of one other thing that was different on the Breeze: the motion of the ship. We had mildly rough seas almost every day and on one day it was quite rough. We felt a constant side-to-side sway and some front-to-back rocking that was the same as I experienced on the Imagination, but in addition to that the Breeze had a higher frequency wobble that was more prevalent at the back to the ship. It didn't seem to change as the seas changed, so maybe it is related to the engines or the stabilizers, but many folks commented on it. It wasn't a bad thing, just different than what I remember from the Valor or the Imagination.

 

Did anyone else who has been on the Breeze notice this?

 

Hey Ron!

Sad I didn't get to meet you.

 

It was VERY rocky the entire time.

The night before Nassau was the worst in my opinion.

I never get motion sick but I woke up in the middle of the night, very sick.

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Hey Ron!

Sad I didn't get to meet you.

 

It was VERY rocky the entire time.

The night before Nassau was the worst in my opinion.

I never get motion sick but I woke up in the middle of the night, very sick.

 

I'm sorry that we didn't meet, too.

 

There was one night, maybe the night before Nassau, where the ship really rolled and I almost rolled out of bed and my wife said "That was a big one" and went back to sleep :)

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great review!!:) loved the photos!

how much were the thumblers at the red frog and the rum bar?

thanks again for the review.:)

 

Oops... My wife just pointed out that I answered the wrong question :)

 

There were around $13 each. I can look at our statement to get the exact price if you want.

 

Sorry!

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Oops... My wife just pointed out that I answered the wrong question :)

 

There were around $13 each. I can look at our statement to get the exact price if you want.

 

Sorry!

i wasn't going to say anything.:) but, thanks for your reply and we will be on the conquest in 4 weeks. might have to buy a couple of them.:)

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This was my first cruise, so I wasn't sure what to expect with the motion of the ship. But it did feel as though the rock was more prevalent in the stern. while having dinner at Blush, or watching a show at Punchliners, we could really feel the movement.

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i wasn't going to say anything.:) but, thanks for your reply and we will be on the conquest in 4 weeks. might have to buy a couple of them.:)

 

I'm still recovering from two weeks away :)

 

That's my excuse, anyway :D

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Thanks for the review and the Fun Times.

 

We are doing this cruise in Jan. and this

is very helpful.

 

Thanks! Enjoy your cruise!

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Great review, how much was the resort day pass in Antigua?

 

Thanks!

 

They have two programs that would be of interest to most cruisers (info below). One is from 9-5 and is $75/person and the other is 10:15-5 and is $60 per person. They offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

 

http://www.jollybeachresort.com/pres...Day%20Pass.pdf

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Ron,

Thanks alot! This is major gangnam style helpful!

 

:D :D :D :D :rolleyes:

 

You're welcome!

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What a great review, really makes me want to book the Breeze. I love your pictures of JVD, we did a private excursion there and loved it, we also had Mic as our bartender. It was by far our favorite stop to date :)

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What a great review, really makes me want to book the Breeze. I love your pictures of JVD, we did a private excursion there and loved it, we also had Mic as our bartender. It was by far our favorite stop to date :)

 

Thank you!

 

JVD is a beautiful island. Besides White Bay, Great Harbor has some cool places like Foxy's and the Diamond Cay area has Foxy's Taboo (run by Foxy's daughter) and the Bubbly Pool. We really want to go back and spend some time on JVD, Tortola and go back to St. John again.

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Great review Ron.

 

It was nice meeting you and Amy at the cocktail party, unfortunately we didn't cross paths again during the cruise. We too noticed the movement of the ship. My girlfriend didn't get sick during the cruise but has been feeling the motion ever since we got off. The one night I checked the wind velocity on the tv and it said 95 km...that's 69 mph. It definitely seemed like rough seas for most of the trip. I'm already looking to book the southern itinerary on the Breeze for our next trip. This was our first cruise and we loved it.

Allyson loved the painkillers at Cane garden bay on Tortola so she ordered one at the Red Frog. You're right, no comparison. Any chance you could forward your recipe? ;)

 

Brethren KP :D

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Great review Ron.

 

It was nice meeting you and Amy at the cocktail party, unfortunately we didn't cross paths again during the cruise. We too noticed the movement of the ship. My girlfriend didn't get sick during the cruise but has been feeling the motion ever since we got off. The one night I checked the wind velocity on the tv and it said 95 km...that's 69 mph. It definitely seemed like rough seas for most of the trip. I'm already looking to book the southern itinerary on the Breeze for our next trip. This was our first cruise and we loved it.

Allyson loved the painkillers at Cane garden bay on Tortola so she ordered one at the Red Frog. You're right, no comparison. Any chance you could forward your recipe? ;)

 

Brethren KP :D

 

It was nice meeting you, too! One of the "problems" of any of the bigger ships is that there is so much to do and so many places to be that it's harder to find folks, either on purpose or accidentally.

 

Here's the Painkiller recipe that I use. It's very close to the original at the Soggy Dollar Bar, but they don't disclose theirs.

 

2 oz of Pusser’s Rum (any Caribbean rum will do)

4 oz pineapple juice

1 oz cream of coconut

1 oz orange juice

 

Grated fresh nutmeg

 

The least time I made these I found cream of coconut in a plastic squeeze bottle. It's easier to use then the stuff in the can and is reusable.

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Another nice review..thanks

 

I did this same itinerary on Freedom last Sept...pretty nice, I was not too impressed with the vibe in Antiqua tho

 

I see you are also a Ron Pass fan?? I would love to hear him...everyone raves

 

I was interested in your St John pictures but for some reason I could not see those?? I can see the other pics

 

any way to see the St John pictures?? Thanks

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Another nice review..thanks

 

I did this same itinerary on Freedom last Sept...pretty nice, I was not too impressed with the vibe in Antiqua tho

 

I see you are also a Ron Pass fan?? I would love to hear him...everyone raves

 

I was interested in your St John pictures but for some reason I could not see those?? I can see the other pics

 

any way to see the St John pictures?? Thanks

 

Hmmm... Those were all taken from my iPhone and posted to the same Facebook album as the others. I'm not sure why you can't see them.

 

The pictures from my phone are also on Shutterfly. Here is a link to the album. The St. John pics start at picture 20.

 

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZNm7Ry2bs2zmo

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hey Ron....could you give me a crash course on how to put your links at the bottom of the page in your signature spelling out your reviews? I used to know how to do it but forgot. You can e-mail me if you want at sonicbuffalo@yahoodotcom. Thanks again Ron.

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It was nice meeting you, too! One of the "problems" of any of the bigger ships is that there is so much to do and so many places to be that it's harder to find folks, either on purpose or accidentally.

 

Here's the Painkiller recipe that I use. It's very close to the original at the Soggy Dollar Bar, but they don't disclose theirs.

 

2 oz of Pusser’s Rum (any Caribbean rum will do)

4 oz pineapple juice

1 oz cream of coconut

1 oz orange juice

 

Grated fresh nutmeg

 

The least time I made these I found cream of coconut in a plastic squeeze bottle. It's easier to use then the stuff in the can and is reusable.

 

 

Thanks Ron.

 

Yes we were quite busy trying to check the entire ship out so we didn't see many of the same people.

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hey Ron....could you give me a crash course on how to put your links at the bottom of the page in your signature spelling out your reviews? I used to know how to do it but forgot. You can e-mail me if you want at sonicbuffalo@yahoodotcom. Thanks again Ron.

 

You have mail :D

 

Thanks Ron.

 

Yes we were quite busy trying to check the entire ship out so we didn't see many of the same people.

 

It was funny. We would run into certain people all of the time. There was one gentleman from our roll call who we seemed to see several times a day. At other times we would be looking for some of our group and couldn't find them. When we were on the Imagination the week before there were fewer places for people to be, so it was easier to find them.

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Thank you for your detailed review. I can't wait until next week. Do you happen to have any more pictures of your cabin? Your pictures are awesome, and it would make my day to see more cabin shots. :)

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Great Review. Enjoyed all your experiences and picked up some helpful tips. Thanks for the Fun Times.

 

Thanks!

 

Thank you for your detailed review. I can't wait until next week. Do you happen to have any more pictures of your cabin? Your pictures are awesome, and it would make my day to see more cabin shots. :)

 

Unfortunately, I didn't take many cabin pictures. There are some good videos on You Tube of the Cove balcony cabins on the Breeze that may help you.

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Thanks for your great review!!! We are going in just over two weeks, this really helps with the excitement. We were really looking forward to Guys Burgers....so it's disappointing to hear about the cheese burgers. But, at the same time we had a good laugh about it. Sorry about your experience.

 

Thanks for the fun times too.....can't wait to go over them! :)

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Thanks for your great review!!! We are going in just over two weeks, this really helps with the excitement. We were really looking forward to Guys Burgers....so it's disappointing to hear about the cheese burgers. But, at the same time we had a good laugh about it. Sorry about your experience.

 

Thanks for the fun times too.....can't wait to go over them! :)

 

Thanks!

 

Others have had a different experience with Guys. As I think about it each time I went it was between 2-3pm so maybe I hit the same crew member serving each time.

 

Great review and photos. Thanks for posting.

 

Thanks!

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