We drove to Miami with a stop in Cocoa Beach. We should have stayed in Cocoa Beach till the morning of the cruise. At Cocoa Beach we stayed at the Wakulla Suites, by far the best hotel ever. Cocoa Beach is a great place. We ate at Mad Jack's Grill'in Shack and got some of the best BBQ ever made. Then we headed to Miami the next morning. Miami is general is a pretty city to look at, from far away. Navigating the city sucks, GPS doesn't work and traffic sucks. I was happy to see Miami disappear behind us both from the ship and from the rear view mirror after the cruise.
We parked at the Crowne Plaza instead of using port terminal parking. At the Crowne Plaza it is $5.50/day. Be aware that parking is very limited here but when we got back the car was fine.
We boarded the Breeze using the Faster to the Fun Pass. That was very nice, we got to go past everyone straight to the waiting area then on to the ship and straight to our room. Our luggage arrived almost before we did.
We had one of the odd shaped cabins with the balcony that wraps around the ship on deck 9. It was awesome. No noise from the lido deck and complete privacy. Our cabin steward kept the room in perfect shape.
The cruise was great overall and the food on the Lido was great. There was plenty to do on sea days and more than enough time in each port. St Maarten is by far one of our favorite ports. We took a walking tour in San Juan with this little old lady that nearly walked us to death but it is a good tour to learn about the history of Old San Juan and see the fort.
On the down side. I feel that the main dinning room experience on Carnival is going downhill. On the nights we went to the main dinning room, service was excruciatingly slow and the food was no where near the quality we've been used to. We found ourselves preferring to go to the Lido deck and that is sad because eating in the main dinning room was one of the things I was looking most forward too. It just seemed like the staff was disconnected. I really hope Carnival fixes the main dinning room experience or just eliminates it all together.