I wish I could combined bits of the Royal Caribbean cruise we took 3 years ago (awesome food and service, adherence to dress code (cover-ups and shoes required in all areas other than the pools), hand sanitizer use encouraged to all guests entering buffet area) with bits of the Carnival Breeze cruise we took last week (LOVED the PG-rated comedy shows).
Food on the Breeze was average, although we enjoyed Guy's Burgers way too many times (yum!) and also enjoyed our overpriced meal at Farenheit 555 Steakhouse (best cheesecake ever!). As noted above, nobody stopped people who weren't in "dress code" -- girls in bikinis walking barefoot through the buffet lines, "elegant" dress nights not adhered to (dude in jeans and cowboy hat was seated at $35/plate steakhouse which listed "elegent" attire as a requirement). Twice I found hand sanitizer stations at the buffet were empty. (Royal Caribbean had someone standing at the food entrances to "encourage" people to sanitize before entering.)
The required lifeboat drill was ridiculous -- couple of hundred people in a small room, many having to stand. It was hot in there with so many people so close together. Then we had to wait THIRTY minutes before they started because they were missing people from cabins -- 48 cabin numbers were called out as "missing" before they finally started. There needs to be some kind of consequence for people who don't attend, and the rest of us shouldn't have to wait on them. And when they finally started with the instructions, we could barely hear them and couldn't see anything of the demonstration. Waste of time.
We thoroughly enjoyed the PG-rated comedians and wish more cruise lines would offer that. Not everyone cares for shows with half-naked dancers on the stage or songs with PG-13 lyrics or crude humor. It was awesome to have hilarious evening entertainment that didn't offend and that families could attend together. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!!
We had "Kyndall Fire" as a fill-in cruise director, and she was the absolute funniest, kindest, most energized cruise director we've had in our three cruises. She definitely needs to have her own ship!
There is always something going on; the FunHub app is a great way to see what's going on if you find yourself with some extra time and nothing to do. All in all, it was a relaxing cruise, and that was our goal.
Drawers hadn't been wiped out when we arrived, nor had the glass shelves in the bathroom. Take Lysol wipes with you so you can thoroughly clean the areas you plan to use/touch. Nail polish stain on the top of the white comforter reminded us clearly that others had been here before. A small hole in the curtain let the sun leak in, and there was a greasy handprint on the curtain, too. Enjoyed being so close to the water (2nd floor), but the upper view is blocked by lifeboats. Heard noises all night long from the working floor above (clicking heels walking across our ceiling, things being moved on wheels, things being dropped). That was definitely not cool. The last night was the worst, with what I assume was luggage being moved in preparation for the next day's arrival in Galveston. Bring ear plugs if you're any kind of light sleeper!
Used Lighthouse Parking (reserved ahead of time online), and they took us quickly to the port. Had an arrival appointment (set online) and went very quickly through the whole process of getting on board.
This was a walking tour with "Fast Freddie" as our guide. He was funny and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the Hemingway House tour, too, which was given by someone else. The only problem was that it was August, felt like 100 degrees because of the humidity, and there was no breeze. By the time we arrived at Hemingway House, most of us were a sweaty mess. Take water bottles, for sure! Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, though.View All 55 Ernest Hemingway House & Tour Reviews
We got off the ship to wander through the little bit of shopping that's available at the port. Then it poured and we stood under a shelter waiting for it to stop before returning to the ship. We were told ahead of time that there's really nothing to see close to the ship and that it wasn't safe to wander off on our own. Not a pretty port, but I'm sure it's gorgeous further into the island.
Through the whole cruise we heard that we should stay on "ship time," but we didn't hear anyone say differently when we arrived at the island. We had over two hours to kill before our segway tour was to begin. When it was said that we'd enjoy "a little time" at the beach, I literally thought maybe 30 minutes or so. Nope. It was hot (August) and we were in closed-toed shoes as required for the tour (didn't think to take sandals to change into). Rather uncomfortable. Then we went to do the tour and the guide said it left an hour ago. Jefstina, the guide, just smiled and said she'd give us a "VIP tour." Luckily a family of three were set for a tour just a few minutes from then, so we went with them. We'd never been on a segway before, but it was so easy to master, and they teach patiently. Turns out we loved having a smaller group than we would've if we'd been on time. Jefstina was a great tour guide who was personable, funny, and easy to understand. They do provide a cold bottle of water for each segway's cup holder, as well as a free digital picture and a book about the history of the island. Very enjoyable tour.View All 46 Segway Tour Reviews