I will just say it. I am a cruise person. From the moment I book my vacation, I start the preparation process. I have a pretty stressful job and when it is time for vacation, I like knowing I will be out of touch for an entire week. This cruise was no exception. We booked in January so I had plenty of time to study the deck plans, order my lanyards and magnetic hooks from Amazon etc. I get almost as much joy out of the planning as I do the actual trip. My wife is completely the opposite. She could throw her things into a bag the night before and be just fine with that. I have two girls 11 and 13 and they have never been on a cruise. They really didn't get too excited until a week or so before the cruise. Once booked, I immediately started my packing list. I studied Pintrest blog posts and Cruisecritic as well as some others. We booked an inside cabin on the eighth deck. We were trying to get as much bang for the buck as we could and we figured we wouldn't be in the room all that much anyway.
Prior to this cruise, I had been on one before. We sailed the Carnival Jubilee leaving Tampa on January 8th 2001. Some of you reading this just made the connection...3 days prior to 9/11. I had saved my money for quite some time so I could take my wife on the trip of a lifetime. Little did we know what was in store. We were on our way into Cozumel on that terrible morning. We heard people in the halls taking about an attack on New York. We weren't quite sure what to do. We watched the news just like everyone else around the world. Long story short, we were unable to leave Tampa for several days due to a lack of flights and a small hurricane that came though. It took me 16 years to get my wife back on a boat. Even with all of the drama of our first trip, I found cruising to be the most relaxing and exciting vacation possible.
Fast forward 16 years...We surprised our girls with a count down calendar with a picture of the Carnival Breeze. We chose the Breeze for several reasons. It sailed out of Galveston which was a drivable port for us. Also, a close friend had just returned from a sailing on the Breeze in December and said it was fantastic. Trust me, It is.
Good location near the elevators and close to mid ship where the action is. Not too noisy either.