January 19, 2013
Just The Facts
Ship: Carnival Breeze
Ship Captain: Vincenzo Alcaras
Hotel Director: Pierre Camilleri
Cruise Director: Butch Begovich
Blogger Cruise Director: John Heald
Ports: Miami, St. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
Weather: Very Good
This is my 33rd Carnival cruise, 4th John Heald Bloggers cruise, and 78th cruise overall. I am cruising as a solo, but I have lots of cruising friends and JH Blogger friends on board.
Day One--Saturday--Travel & Embarkation
|Carnival Breeze Atrium|
Day Two--Sunday--at Sea
|Sapphire Dining Room - Carnival Breeze|
Day Three--Monday—at Sea
|For me? - Diamond Reception - Carnival Breeze|
Day Four--Tuesday--St.Thomas, USVI
|Megan's Bay - St. Thomas|
|English Harbor - Antiqua|
|White Bay - Jost Van Dyke - Soggy Dollar|
Day Seven--Friday--at Sea
|Pub Crawl - Red Frog Rum Bar - Carnival Breeze|
|Ropes Course - Hot Dog Stand - Carnival Breeze|
We arrived back in the Port of Miami about 6:00 am. My final Sail & Sign bill and BC7 booking was in my mail box. I packed this morning and went to breakfast in the MDR, first Eggs Benedict of the cruise, unusual for me. They were calling for all Self Assist by this time (8:00ish) so I went down but perhaps could have waited another 20 minutes as it was still very busy. I try for that time just at the end of self and before deck assigned numbers. Getting to the transfers was easy and as soon as the bus filled we were off to MIA and was checked in by 9:30 through security and at the gate by 10:00 for a 1:05 boarding. Transfer at DFW went well and I was in Waco by 6:30 pm. Just an hour drive to the ranch and home.
John Heald Bloggers
Cheers Bar Program
This is a new alcohol program recently introduced by Carnival and still not yet fleet wide. You are allowed up to 15 drinks (under $10) for the per day cost of $42.95 per person + 15% gratuity. You must purchase for all adults in your cabin and pay for each day of the cruise. This was a good test opportunity for me since I’m sailing solo this cruise. It became routine for me to order 1 or 2 Bloody Mary’s at breakfast an apéritif before dinner, a glass of wine at dinner, then an after dinner drink in the dining room. As the situation, day, and time allows various cocktails during the day. You can also get sodas and I did that several times as well. Personally I got my moneys worth, but honestly would not have had as much to drink without the program.
I found the crew to be very good. I was able to meet many ships officers through the Diamond reception and VIFP party. The ship seems to be in very capable hands. I enjoyed visiting with Pierre the Hotel Director, Ana the Guest Services manager, Marusya from Guest Services, Gertrude from Group Services, Butch the Cruise Director was outstanding, Senior Head Waiter Damir was excellent, and of course Ken Byrne is an excellent Maitre’D and he sang in the dining room most nights and the waiters did their dances as well. All the Bartenders and Bar Servers were very friendly. It was good seeing Sebastian again.
I had cabin 9359 a category 1A interior on Vista deck. It had a single bed (and a drop down option), standard Carnival 3-section closet unit, mini fridge bar, push button safe, and lots of floor space. It didn’t have a table, but they brought one for me. Overall a nice cabin for a solo cruiser. Ringga the cabin steward was great. I love the new cabin doors.
The Guy’s Burger Bar is a fantastic addition for more reasons than just the good food. The good location and the fact they have an express line means they can feed a lot of people in a short time. This really takes the pressure off of room service and other food locations on the ship especially on port days when hungry passengers all return about the same time. Excellent concept. The new Bonsai Sushi seemed to be very popular. Cucina del Capitano was great. I never used room service this cruise. Ice creme and yogurt machines were available. I didn’t try the pizza nor the burrito bar, but they both looked very good.
I really think the aft pool should be adult only as I have stated several times about the Carnival Magic. It was even worse here with kids playing chase around the pool and using the hot tubs as play tubs...no adults among them. If the Disney ships with many more children sailing can have an adult pool then surely Carnival can have one. Please review that Carnival with your new 2016 concept ship. Other than that one issue the Carnival Breeze really seems to run like a well oiled machine, no major problems anywhere that I could tell from the viewpoint of an experienced passenger.
The Diamond VIFP reception by the Captain was very good. Guy’s Burgers were excellent. The ship really looks very good although not flashy at all, I like it much better overall than the Magic. But the highlight was seeing all the blogger friends of John Heald again. Always great to see familiar faces having a FUN time!
Another fantastic FUN Bloggers cruise!!