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Carnival Breeze review: April 13-21, 2013

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I'm a little late getting this started, but I always need time to settle back into daily life. Plus, I need time to gather together my thoughts.

 

We were on the Breeze last month, April 13-21, on the 8-day cruise to St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, & Nassau. We booked this cruise almost 2 years prior to sailing, so we had a long time to wait. Fortunately, I had 3 other cruises to hold me over until then.

 

BACKGROUND: My 13th cruise, Mom's 9th, Dad's 5th, parents had 1 with Princess, all others with Carnival. For this cruise, my parents were celebrating a milestone anniversary, and my Mom celebrating a milestone birthday. I'm their youngest son, but grown up. We have totally loved the Dream, so with Breeze being a sister ship, it seemed like a good choice. The itinerary seemed like a nice one too. Debating for years & several sailings between doing Carnival or Princess or someone else, we always seem to wind up choosing Carnival. The price is always so much better, plus Carnival does always seem to have a nice, casual, fun-loving atmosphere, which we totally love. This cruise definitely provided that. Plenty of people and plenty of families having a lot of fun (and not the wild, drunken kind of "fun").

 

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE BREEZE: The ship truly does have so much to offer. This is not everyone's cup of tea, as some people would prefer to have less going on & just relax. But it works for me. There was certainly no shortage of things to do outdoors during the day. We had to work a little harder when it comes to the nighttime activities. It can be easy to get bored at night on the ship. The decor is quite different from past ships, but I like both equally. I'm not bothered by the Vegas, flashy style of past ships. The Breeze is not perfect. They took some things away or changed some things for the worse. To deny that would be to lie to you, and this would not be an objective review. Most comments or reviews about this ship have either been that it's the greatest thing mankind has ever made or that it's the most horrible thing ever. It's neither. There are some bad things & plenty of good things. I'll try to be fair in this review, even though that typically makes more people mad. My overall impression is that I do still prefer the Dream. She is still my favorite ship. I would also return to the Magic before returning to the Breeze, just because of the extra entertainment on the Magic.

 

OUR SAILING: We had over 4700 people on board. In other words, just about every single bed (if not every bed) was filled. You could definitely see it. The lido buffet inside area would get very congested, especially with the setup. They have a lot of things sectioned off. More walls & dividers than previous ships, which creates for more bottlenecks. However, despite the number of people, the food lines were not very long at all. With the huge number of options available, it spreads out the crowds. Our first sea day did have very long lines for everything for some reason, but that might have been everyone wanting to try everything. You can't keep up that eating pace, so the rest of the cruise had short lines.

 

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES: Waterslides are my thing! Breeze has an awesome waterpark! Even though Dream is still my favorite ship, Breeze's waterpark is slightly better than Dream's. Breeze's waterpark is identical to Magic's. 2 large waterslides, a couple tiny kiddie slides, splash factory, a dump bucket. The slides did have long lines all week, even sometimes at 5:00-6:00. It was a lot of fun for kids and for adults who think they're kids (me). The ropes course was my Dad's favorite thing. He really enjoyed that. Long lines for that too. It isn't always open. They have to shut it down if it's a little windy, which is common on sea days. I did the ropes course on Magic, which is identical, and I enjoyed it. It closed around 5:00. The pools were usually quite packed. No room for swimming. Not a big deal to me, but some people don't like that. For music by the pool, it was mostly a DJ playing music. But there would be a guy playing guitar and singing that would be out there from time to time. He was set up either by the Blue Iguana bar or the Red Frog bar. Active people and families with kids will certainly enjoy all the daytime activities.

 

NIGHTTIME SHOWS: I mentioned that some people might and do get bored on this ship at night. There's not a whole lot going on. They did 3 playlist production shows. These are the shows that are getting heavily criticized. No live music, only 30 minutes long, 8 or fewer performers that have to both sing & dance. One was good, one was okay, and one was pretty bad. Lower turnout, lots of people walking out, no standing ovations. The old shows would always get a standing ovation, and were always packed. Many people like that this is something new, as they are burnt out on the old shows. The problem is that they currently have only 4 shows in total. When this spreads to all ships, it will be the same identical shows on all ships. That will get old even faster for frequent cruisers. Even people who enjoyed these shows would admit that this is a huge step down. But with the extra stuff you get on the newest ship, you also get some things taken away. It comes with the territory, and we were prepared for it. Those shows were on 3 of the 8 nights. We also had the welcome aboard show, a comedy juggler one night, a ventriloquist one night, and 2 deck parties. On the deck party nights, we had the band that plays in the oceans plaza up on the stage playing a set. I think this was an unusual last-second fill-in kind of show. On the other deck party night, they did the Hasbro Game thing. We checked out one of them. It was okay. Fellow guests on the stage playing giant bored games. Some funny or cute moments.

 

OTHER NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES: The piano bar guy, Ron Pass, was quite good. Unfortunately for future cruisers, he's leaving Carnival pretty soon. The band in the oceans plaza was good. The lead singer was on the Magic last year, as part of their showband. In other words, the showbands (not used for shows anymore on a few of the ships) were moved to the oceans plaza to replace the cover bands. A soloist in the Red Frog Pub, plus the atrium music. Not much live music for a ship this size. The comedy club was good, but the room is way too small to support the demand!!! The 4D Thrill Theater is what I used to fill in a lot of the dead time at night. I might have gotten bored without it. It costs $15 for a weekly pass, but it was worth it. They rotated between 4 shows, all of which were 15-20 minutes, showing every half hour. There are 24 seats in the small theater. The shows are quite entertaining. Ice Age was my favorite. Those 4D shows were the most memorable part of all the nighttime shows or activities for this ship. The 2 deck parties were a lot of fun. I didn't quite understand the use of Red Frog & Blue Iguana to distinguish the 2 parties, probably because I don't drink much. But that doesn't really matter. I always enjoy the deck parties, and although they seem quite identical, they were both fun. No Mexican buffet at either though. They did away with that. Just nachos & dips at one of them. So don't save room in your stomach like you used to.

 

FOOD: The biggest factor for most people. I am not a foodie. So I'm probably not the best judge here. We didn't do any extra pay places. Guys burgers was good, better than the standard burgers of the past, but it wasn't a huge deal to me. I'm not a burger person. The Blue Iguana cantina was a much bigger deal to me. I got a couple breakfast burritos & lunch burritos there. I really enjoyed those. (Yes, I know that many other ships have burrito bars which are pretty much the exact same thing for lunch.) I did not do the lanai BBQ here (not enough stomach space), but I did it on Dream & Magic, and enjoyed those. The pasta bar is very very good! We did that at embarkation, quite empty that day. The regular lunch buffet was very good. The breakfast buffet is decent, but I usually get an omelet & fruit. Omelet lines were very long, as there are only a couple stations. Smaller ships have more omelet stations. I did the comedy brunch once, and didn't see the comedy, which most people say is no big deal. No breakfast or lunch in the MDR on sea days, just the brunch, with the same menu every day. It's a good menu, nice to do it once. The MDR for dinner was as good as ever for me, for my tastes. My mom has noticed some things removed from the menu over the last couple years, but I haven't. What I like is still there. I ordered 2 lobsters on the elegant night and finished both.

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Nice review - thanks for sharing your thoughts. We're going on the Breeze to do a B2B on Nov.3rd - can't wait !!

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Because of the milestones for my parents, they decided on a cove balcony for this cruise. We have never booked a balcony before, but we did wind up with one on the Conquest. From deck 11 on Conquest, it was nice, but we didn't use it much. But this one, down on Deck 2, was so much nicer!!! It was so great being so close to the water, and watching the water rushing by. We didn't use it a huge amount, but quite a bit more than our last one, and we enjoyed it a lot more. For anyone who doesn't know, on the Breeze, Dream, & Magic, there is an outdoor walkway that sticks out on Deck 5 called the lanai. It blocks the view of the water from higher balconies, especially on Decks 6 & 7. The cove balconies are much better than those balconies. On top of the better view and more privacy, the cove balconies are also about 10 sq.ft. larger than the higher standard balconies.

 

I had the sofa bed, and it was quite hard. My parents also mentioned their beds being hard. That does seem to be the new standard for Carnival. Gone are their soft, comfy beds that give you the best night's sleep. I struggled to get some good sleep the first 2 or 3 nights. These rooms are slightly different from the standard setup of past ships. There's a little bit of storage space that's been taken away. But there was still enough for the 3 of us. We were definitely very pleased with the room. Our room steward did a good job. I never met him/her, but we almost always had ice in our cooler, and everything got done.

 

Looking out from our balcony as we were coming into St. Thomas:

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very nice review. It has been a while since my last cruise. The evening entertainment was one of the highlights of our cruise. I am sorry to hear of the change.

 

thanks for sharing.

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We did park at the port in Miami. $20 a day for $160 total is steep, but we just didn't feel safe with the other parking locations. It didn't break us. For those driving to the port, be careful. The roads are extremely tricky around there, and it's very easy to take a wrong turn or miss an exit or get turned around.

 

We arrived at the terminal at around 10:00am. Check-in went smooth in the platinum area. There were tons of platinum/diamond/FTTF people. Platinum & Diamond are supposed to be able to board the ship before FTTF, but the port of Miami kept with the reports of just mixing them all together. It ultimately didn't matter that much, as we were all getting on the ship early, around or before 11:00. We took our carry-on items straight to our room, and it was ready. That is definitely one of the best platinum/fttf benefits of all! It was so nice to take a quick look at our awesome cove balcony early on.

 

We then headed upstairs for lunch. Passing through the buffet inside area on our way to the pasta bar, I noticed all the extra walls put up in there that I mentioned already. It creates more bottlenecks. And people, please be very careful walking through there. Whatever the floors are made of (or how they clean it) is very slippery. There was a guest later on who had a horribly bad fall. Although I do not know if it was because of the slippery floors, it might have been. The pasta bar was great as always.

 

Getting close to noon now, I headed outside, & I could see some very dark clouds over Miami. Sure enough, within about 30 minutes, it was pouring down rain on the ship. We took advantage of that time to unpack our luggage, as our checked bags had already arrived. (Thankfully, they didn't have to get rained on out there!) I also took advantage of that time by walking all over the ship and getting some nice pics of the inside public venues.

 

About noon:

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The waterpark, with the dump bucket dropping the water. Rain on the way:

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Dining room:

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Oceans Plaza:

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Liquid Night Club (the dance club). I only went in there at night a couple times during the trip:

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Nice entrances to the dance club:

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Piano bar:

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Limelight Lounge (where they did the comedy club):

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The atrium lobby area:

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I was on the same cruise and appreciate your review and the pictures. I came away with very similar impressions to yours and definitely agree regarding the disappointing playlist productions (have communicated that to John Heald). You had a nice picture of the "Oceans Plaza"; did you catch "Love Souljaz" in there or see them in the main show lounge Friday night? They were wonderful! Don't know if it was intentional, but I agree that Hasbro was a "bored" game!

 

Still look forward to our next cruise and make the most of the good stuff!

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I was on the same cruise and appreciate your review and the pictures. I came away with very similar impressions to yours and definitely agree regarding the disappointing playlist productions (have communicated that to John Heald). You had a nice picture of the "Oceans Plaza"; did you catch "Love Souljaz" in there or see them in the main show lounge Friday night? They were wonderful! Don't know if it was intentional, but I agree that Hasbro was a "bored" game!

 

Still look forward to our next cruise and make the most of the good stuff!

 

I didn't get any pictures of them in there. I usually didn't have my camera with me at those times. I did see their show in the big theater. I don't know what Friday night was, as I never know what day of the week it is on board. Intentional. Good catch! Thanks for putting the cocktail party together!

 

Atrium:

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Ovation Theater:

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The sun actually broke through at about 2:00pm. At home, when it rains, it just stays cloudy for several days on end. Here, it cleared right up, & the sun came out. Gotta love tropical locations! Gave me time to ride the waterslides a few times before the muster drill.

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Looking towards Miami Beach, so much nicer now:

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We were late leaving Miami, which has become the norm for the Breeze. They did throw a nice sailaway party, with all the chairs put away. We did plenty of fun dancing down there. There weren't a ton of people that joined in, but those of us that did enjoyed it. The few of us that knew "Gangnam Style" definitely had a great time with that! Because of the late departure, we didn't get to see much, as we had early dining. We were eating before passing by South Beach. At the Welcome Aboard Show, the singers/dancers did a couple numbers from their Divas show, plus the comedians did short sets.

 

We also got to see our CD, who was a fill-in for Butch. Butch was supposed to be here for our sailing, but his vacation got changed at the last second. This is the 3rd time that we had Butch pulled away from us at the last second. This is my Mom's 4th straight cruise with a fill-in CD, which is disappointing. It's just bad luck. Having a great CD really does add to the experience. One of our fill-ins was a great one (Jaime), and she has since been promoted.

 

We then had 2 sea days before our first port. There was some chair hogging going on, but not too bad. I was able to find a chair. They were putting stickers on chairs if the people were gone too long. Night 2 was the night for the "Brits" playlist show. That one was not very good, as they interacted with cartoon characters on the big screen. We also got to enjoy the family friendly comedy show earlier. On Night 3, they did the Hasbro thing, then we had the deck party at night. During the day, there were 2 dance classes that taught us some of the dances we would be doing at the deck party. We had a great time at that, but had to hurry to get to sleep for our first port in the morning.

 

Day 3 is when this itinerary used to include San Juan. I don't know why it was cut. Liberty left Miami at the same time as us, and they arrived in St. Thomas on Day 4 with us, but Liberty visited San Juan on Day 3. Maybe the Breeze can't travel as fast as Liberty. I don't know.

 

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Looking forward to the rest of your review. I've read so many reviews for the breeze, and decide this is the ship i wanna be on Next year. Waiting for the itinerary for this ship for next summer to post.

Pictures are beautiful. I notice from the pics there were hardly any empty chairs. Was it like this the entire cruise?

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Good job on the photo review, so far. Just had to say so far, as so many people do that for review comments. ;) I'm sure your review will be just fine at the end as well.

 

The Breeze has Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Breeze Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ Menu PDF ...

 

and the Magic, and Dream have the Lanai Oceanside BBQ, which has different food.

 

Carnival's For Your Eating Pleasure ...not sure where the Lanai Oceanside BBQ Menu is at the moment...as the site was changed (many pages URL's changed and you get NOT FOUND) and is just now getting back to somewhat normal...with slight changes...If you scroll down on the For your Eating Pleasure page, you will see the descriptions of the 2 different BBQ's are different.

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Pictures are beautiful. I notice from the pics there were hardly any empty chairs. Was it like this the entire cruise?

 

On sea days, it was like that. We had a very full ship, with over 4700 guests. We were close to, if not completely maxed out. Even though the chairs got heavy use, I was always able to find one. I like it up on Deck 12, since that puts me closer to the waterslides & overlooking any activities, and I was always able to find a chair somewhere up there. If people had exact spots they like, that would have been tougher. But if people were flexible, they would find one. I even moved down to the main pool area to lay out at times, even around 1:30, and was able to find some open chairs in the sun. Still, I'm sure there were some people who had bad luck, looking for one at a time when nothing was available.

 

Regarding the lanai BBQ, I did walk by it once, and tried to get a good look at the food. From what I saw, I decided to head upstairs to the buffet. I did enjoy Magic's & Dream's. Although I didn't try Breeze's, it didn't look like it was my taste, so I knew something was different, but there were plenty of other people enjoying it.

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We arrived in St. Thomas at 8:00am. We were ready to get off the ship quickly at this stop, because we were taking the ferry over to St. John on our own, not through the cruiseline. We took a cab over to Red Hook, where we were able to catch the 9:00 ferry. From there, we took a cab to Trunk Bay. Everything together for the day cost about $50pp. That wasn't bad, considering we had several hours that we could spend at Trunk Bay. Tours, including Carnival's excursion, don't give you very much time there. Some of the tours may not even give you an hour.

 

Trunk Bay is absolutely spectacular!!! If you have never been there, I definitely highly recommend it. The cab drive on St. John takes you by an overlook of Trunk Bay, and most of the cabs will stop for a minute to let you take a picture. Take advantage of this. Get out of the cab and get a good picture. The last time we were here in 2007, my mom got an awesome picture. This was my dad's first time here. We just placed our towels on the sand under the trees. They don't rent lounge chairs here. For the type of chairs they do rent, you have to put down a hefty deposit.

 

I do remember snorkeling here in 2007, but I don't remember it being as good as it was this time. The first time I went out there, I was stunned at how many fish were around and how much coral there was. The water was so clear, the sun was out, the fish were active. It was so perfect! I had our underwater camera with me, but I never thought I'd get pics that good. These may be the best underwater shots we've gotten anywhere on all our cruises. If you are heading there and wondering where exactly this is, it's out by the big rock that's a little bit off shore. The snorkel "trail" has some signs under the water, but it was pretty clear where to go. Just follow the coral. Left of the big rock, when looking out to sea, seems to have the most. So much brain coral, so many different kinds of fish, and even several sea urchin. Away from the snorkel trail, there was a stingray sitting at the bottom just a little ways out from shore.

 

After taking a bit of a break and walking the beach, I had to go back out again to do some more snorkeling out there. It just never gets old. The underwater camera wound up quitting on me. Fortunately, the pictures were saved. We have had that camera for quite awhile, so it was probably bound to break pretty soon.

 

My dad wasn't sure about snorkeling too far out around the rock, but he did find a very nice spot close to the shore. When facing the sea, walk to the far right of the beach, down where the beach is ending. He snorkeled out there, right off the shore, and was able to see plenty of fish & coral. Some people were using snorkel life vests. I was feeling very comfortable in the water and with my snorkel equipment today, so I spent plenty of time out there.

 

From the beach, we can see over to St. Thomas, and it looked like it was raining over there. It was also like that in 2007. In 2011, we stayed on St. Thomas, and it looked like it was raining on St. John. In all 3 times, we made the right choice. We did get some rain back at the ship. We actually left a little earlier than we needed to, but in doing so, we avoided getting poured on when trying to get back on the ship.

 

St. Thomas, from the ship:

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Trunk Bay overlook:

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Trunk Bay:

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The big rock, around where there is the great snorkeling, is to the left of this pic:

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Rainy St. Thomas in the distance:

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Our little stingray friend swimming around the shallow waters with us:

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Tons of little fish everywhere, and coral everywhere:

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He was giving me the death stare:

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I love this one. Tons of little fish, with brain coral behind them:

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Just leave the camera on. There's too much awesomeness down here:

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Sea urchin. There were plenty of these black sea urchin in several places. There were a couple dozen or so that I saw around in different spots.

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My new BFF:

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We were swimming together for a few minutes.

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A school of tiny blue guys:

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Tons of awesome coral all around:

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My last underwater pic. This was right before the camera broke. Very nice shot, one of my favorites, for it's last one:

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More Trunk Bay pics:

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Farewell to St. John:

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Back on the ship. A few of us kept on riding the waterslides as the rain came down. Since it was just a shower & no thunder/lightning, they kept running the slides. We had the best time. We were wet anyway, so what did it matter. We were truly singing in the rain. No rain was gonna keep us from having fun.

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Hello, Liberty:

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K2, what was the average wait time for the slides and the ropes course?

 

It's hard to say. When it was really busy on the waterslides (usually on sea days from about 11:00-3:00), the wait for a ride on the slides could be over 20 minutes. A couple times, I was halfway down the extra tower steps (heading up to the slide entrances) waiting in line, and I would guess that I waited about 10-12 minutes. Many times, I saw the line at the bottom of that tower. On our 7th day, which was a sea day, the line was still beyond the bottom of the tower, even passed 5:30. Most days, there was only a couple minutes wait from about 3:30 on. Before 10:00, there was usually a short line. The Twister was more popular than the Drainpipe on this sailing, so Drainpipe riders would usually get through faster.

 

The ropes course was tougher to see. But most of the time that I could see it, there was a pretty long line. However, they can put many people on it at the same time, so the line moves pretty fast. Maybe 15 minutes to get on it. If you get on the ship early, you can head up there right after grabbing some lunch, and there won't be much of a wait at all. In ports, before people start returning from excursions, there's not much if any wait.

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K2 Great review. St.Thomas and St. John are awesome Islands. My wife was born and raised there until she was 18 so going back it like having our own private toir guide.

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The evening of Day 4, we had a comedy juggling show in the main theater. The show was called The Evolution of Edge. I can't find the guy's name right now. It was an entertaining show. It's worth checking out. I like his style of humor. I've seen him on another cruise at some point, because I was remembering his bits as he went along. I always enjoy variety acts, and I'm glad to see that the Breeze is still doing a couple of those.

 

In Antigua, we had set up a tour through Lawrence of Antigua, not through Carnival. It was $40pp without a beach stop before tip, $45 with. Not a bad price! When we arrived at the island, the weather again was not looking too good. I was very much hoping that the clouds would go away as the day went on.

 

We found the spot where Lawrence of Antigua people were meeting. There were a lot of us that had signed up for this, and the owner of the company was being rude to people, including my family. We were very close to just walking away and taking a cab to a beach. But we stuck with it, and we finally headed off on our tour after the owner finally figured out where he wanted everyone to be.

 

It wasn't a good start, plus the dreary day wasn't helping spirits. There were a few other glitches with this tour, so I'm not sure if I would recommend them or not. You still get to see quite a bit of the island for a low price. It is not a personalized tour. We were in a few buses that hold quite a few people, so the tour is certainly not at the level as Victor Bodden in Roatan, Jim & Rose in St Kitts, or even Bernards in St. Maarten.

 

Our first big stop was at Devil's Bridge. It was really nice there, with how the waters were crashing up against the rocks. Some waves were bigger than others, and those would catch a few people by surprise. I would have enjoyed staying in this spot and just watching the waves crashing for awhile.

 

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Sometimes, the waters crashing would spray some water up into the air on the other side of the bridge.

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Our next main stop was along the south shores of the island. We went all around the English Harbour area, and to a couple of overlooks. Unfortunately, at the first overlook, this was when the looming storms decided to rain down on us. I tried to take some pictures under my umbrella. One of the glitches we had with this tour allowed us more time there after we thought we were leaving. The rain had stopped, allowing us to get some more clear shots. The next pic is at this area.

 

The next stop was at Shirley Heights, which overlooks the English Harbour. This was a very nice overlook, and it's a popular spot on the island.

 

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Shirley Heights:

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Our next stop on the tour was Nelsons Dockyard. This costs an extra $8pp. Because of the earlier glitches I mentioned, we were delayed in getting here. So we had very little time here. That was disappointing. We didn't really get a tour, plus we had to rush through everything on our own.

 

After that, we headed to the west shores for an optional drop off at Valley Church Beach. But of course it was raining almost the whole drive to the beach and at the beach. Nobody at all on the bus wanted to take the drop-off, but we did have a couple minutes to take a few pictures under an umbrella. Then we headed back to the port. It was barely raining there, but the rain that was at the beaches was heading our way. Very rainy day, and some disappointments on what could have been a very nice tour. It wasn't terrible though.

 

Valley Church Beach:

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Back on the ship now. Today, when the rain would start up, they shut down the waterslides.

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But the sun did come back out.

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Looked very nice in the late afternoon.

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It's hard to say. When it was really busy on the waterslides (usually on sea days from about 11:00-3:00), the wait for a ride on the slides could be over 20 minutes. A couple times, I was halfway down the extra tower steps (heading up to the slide entrances) waiting in line, and I would guess that I waited about 10-12 minutes. Many times, I saw the line at the bottom of that tower. On our 7th day, which was a sea day, the line was still beyond the bottom of the tower, even passed 5:30. Most days, there was only a couple minutes wait from about 3:30 on. Before 10:00, there was usually a short line. The Twister was more popular than the Drainpipe on this sailing, so Drainpipe riders would usually get through faster.

 

The ropes course was tougher to see. But most of the time that I could see it, there was a pretty long line. However, they can put many people on it at the same time, so the line moves pretty fast. Maybe 15 minutes to get on it. If you get on the ship early, you can head up there right after grabbing some lunch, and there won't be much of a wait at all. In ports, before people start returning from excursions, there's not much if any wait.

 

Just what I needed, thanks.

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Sorry I got distracted by a couple short trips this past weekend. Celtic Woman concerts are spectacular. The singing & the live music for their shows are beyond amazing!

 

Speaking of which, the night of Day 5 of this cruise was the night for our 2nd Playlist Productions show, with no live music. This one was the Divas. After dinner, we tried to find a seat, but the place was pretty packed, so I went to the Thrill Theater. We went back for the late show and got a good seat. This show was actually pretty good. I heard some complaints about it, but maybe because it uses songs that are more current. Some people don't like current music. I don't like that the show has no live music, but I did enjoy their choices of songs, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, etc. But make no mistake, although the show is enjoyable, it is nothing like a modern concert at all. And it's not nearly as good as the Carnival production shows that we're all used to, with the live music & more than double the stage performers. But if you like current music, you'll enjoy the show.

 

The morning of Day 6 was our arrival into Tortola of the British Virgin Islands. As I was getting breakfast & passing by the main pool, I noticed that they had put towel animals up around the main pool and on every single deck chair. Some of the towel animals around the main pool were made out of the beach towels, so they were huge. I have never seen this done before on any of my cruises.

 

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Oops. I accidentally left out another pic from late in the afternoon in Antigua yesterday. I really like this one, because of the shadows on the mountains as the sun is starting to go down.

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This was our first time visiting Tortola. We considered just about every possible option here, dismissing one after another for several reasons. The Baths seemed like a good option, but we didn't have much time here at all, unfortunately. We had to be back on board by 3:00. Not enough to really get a feel for it, plus it sounded like there were a ton of people going over there. From what we later heard, it was quite crowded over there, and there wasn't much time.

 

We finally took the easy option, just taking a cab to Brewers Bay. Our van was the first group to arrive on the beach. It is a very beautiful beach. We rented beach chairs for $5 each. The cab was $8pp each way. So we didn't spend much for this stop. At the beginning of the day, there were several little crabs crawling around on the sand. More and more seemed to keep showing up. As more people arrived, the crabs hid away.

 

There is usually some decent snorkeling around here. I went out a little ways from where the cabs drop you off, but I stayed away from the rocks at the edge. There is probably a lot more to see around the rocks than what I saw, but it's also quite a bit more dangerous. You need to be very skilled to swim around those. Later in the day, my dad & I walked way down to the far end of the beach, where almost nobody is. There is some good snorkeling there, right off the shore in the shallow waters. The waves were a little rough, but it was pretty safe. Just watch out for the coral & rocks in the shallow area.

 

We had a nice time at the beach. It seems that all the Virgin Islands are spectacular & beautiful. It's too bad we didn't have more time at Tortola. If we could've just skipped Nassau as our last stop, we could've stayed at Tortola until dinnertime. Skipping Nassau wouldn't have bothered us at all. We left the beach at 1:00 & headed back to do some quick shopping & get back on the ship.

 

Coming into port:

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At the beach. Early on, plenty of birds were diving into the water

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Splashing into the water. The rocks at the left of the shot is where some experienced snorkelers were going.

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Our little friend:

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Walking further down the beach

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