First time cruisers, we had 21 friends and family members in our group. All in all, we had a fabulous time and we are already planning our next cruise!
When traveling with a group, try to book rooms that are adjoining or close together. Walkie talkies would have been a great idea. We had an aft balcony and absolutely loved it! The only complaint I have is that while enjoying a glass of wine on the aft balcony you can not hear the phone ring nor a knock at your door. Therefore we missed room service, and our family visitations, and would have to call them back. It would be nice if the balcony deck had a light signal, door bell ring and or an intercom. So next time you can bet your bottom dollar we will take up the whole back floor of aft balconies and open the balcony doors and have our own party.
Faster to the fun, hands down was worth it. Literally on ship by 11:30 eating lunch and frosty drink in hand. Remember to put the faster to the fun luggage tags on your luggage. Great for guest services, you have your own line, for any questions or help that you might need. Food was above average. Servers worked very hard at remembering your tastes, like do you want coffee or tea with your dessert? Chocolate melting cake was one of my favorites! Elegant dress nights were on sea days, Monday and Thursday. Everyone dresses up. Ladies dresses or long maxi dresses, and pant suits. Men usually dress slacks, dress shirt and tie. Some wore jackets, although it was pretty warm. You can order as much as you like off of daily menu or menu for that day, and mix and match. Since we had a large group we would order multiples of different items and share. We never had tasted Escargots, so we ordered one plate and tried it, if we liked it, we then could order a plate for ourselves, without being wasteful. You can even order a dinner item as an appetizer, they just make it a smaller serving size. We all had late night dinning at 8:15 in the upper blush dinning room. Our servers were awesome as well as the food. We ordered room service for breakfast everyday, loved the bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and melon platter along with orange juice. For lunch: Guys burgers was great, Italian resturant food was great as long as you learn to ignore the basketball noise from deck above, deli sandwhich Rueben the great was pretty good with lots of meat.
Dorian changed the order of our ports, not a big deal, the seas were pretty calm except for one day that was pretty windy. Small swells. We wore sea bands the entire cruise and believed that they helped with any feeling of motion, along with taking one half tablet of chewable Bonine once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening before dinner. That is what worked for us, Bonine made us feel lil drowsy so splitting dose was helpful.
Ports of call: Ocho Rios, Jamacica has beach area close to dock, cost is 2 bucks a person, and a 6 pack of red stripe beer is 24 bucks. The Jamaicans will "hound" you to buy their goods from hats, to jewelry, to taking a cab ride.
Grand Turk my favorite! Jacks Shack is worth the walk! Beach not crowded like the area in front of Margaritaville. More calming and relaxing place to enjoy the sun and sand.
Nassau, Bahamas had 4 ships pull into port at the same time, very busy, nothing like 16,000 people getting off a frendzy, city like with shopping. Next time we would take a Taxi and do some sight seeing.
Shows were so-so. Lido deck parties were fun! Serenity Deck was peaceful.
It went by too fast! We now know what to pack, and what to leave at home.
Went to cruise critic roll call for Carnival Breeze July 28th but not enough people wanted to do the meet n greet ....that's okay we had a large group anyways.
Already planning our next cruise!