Carnival Breeze 09-16-2018
14 day-Relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral Fl.
Journeys Cruise and Premiere Casino Cruise.
Room 8395, Starboard Side, 8A
Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10.
Embarkation: We expected to be slow because of past experiences at Port of Galveston. It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:00 AM and be onboard by 11:30 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5
Room 8395: Steward Jason had the room ready when we boarded. Jason and Putu timed everything well and had our first Diamond Sail and Sign card in the mail box. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone. 5 of 5. This room is located directly over the Pig and Anchor. The exhaust fan has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony. We ran out of tissues in the rest room so the DW decided to put the new one in herself, oops it fell in under the sink out of reach. So, mister Man decides to do it himself and repeats the same smooth move. Now both new boxes in the room are behind the door under sink and it is inaccessible without the key. Jason came by and saved us later in the day.
Assigned Seating Blush dining room, Lower deck 3, table 582. Maître didn’t make the best impression in fact I do not know his name. Is that because we were in the back of the dinning area or have we been spoiled by D’ Yusef on the Miracle? Team Head Waiter IMade, Head Waiter EKA and Team Waiter Dani Made, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Sure, miss Pie, didn’t see that on the menu until the last two nights. On the 6th day out the ship ran out of bananas, waiter told us that we were out and would restock in St Marteen. Oh! that’s not good, no Banana Splits for desert ☹. Carnival what the heck! Why not restock in Barbados where the supply chain that supports Carnival Fascination is in place. Why have bar server in dining area who just serves shots let the Food Servers do their job and Bar staf serve wine before the meal.
Chef’s table; This was our second time to sign up for the Chef’s Table and was a little apprehensive about it. After signing all the necessary paperwork to enter the Kitchen we were escorted in and stood around a table as the chef explained each appetizer before we sampled them. Now that our palate is excited. We moved to the main hall in the Kitchen where they had a table set with assigned seating. Executive Chef Siva prepared an exclusive selection of eight expertly crafted dishes. Oh! wonderful, delicious just don’t know how to describe it, “Artists at work” . Salute to Chef Siva for this fine experience.
Casino: As a nonsmoker there is a lot of opportunity for improvement on the Breeze. Why only 4 nonsmoking machines in the casino? Why put them in front of the cashier cage? People in line at the cage smoke and seldom respect others. This was a Premiere cruise many serious gamblers were aboard and casino was busy all the time. Kumbu, Lesa and Vickie kept the fun rolling doing everything from dodging the bull, putting spots on Matilda the cash cow, Fireball raffles, snowball raffles, Luck of the card drawing, cash pong and fill my bag games. Oh, need I mention slot and blackjack tournaments also. Fun for everyone! One afternoon I was playing a slot machine and witnessed Mari (Casino Manager?) helping a gambler who forgot she had charged $20 on her card. This person was extremely eye rate, voice tress, and rude yet Mari kept her cool, resolved the issue in such a professional manor I feel she needs to be recognized. Silvia, was always around to help. Waiter Agus was always at work, always smiling and would help any way he could. Last but not lease have to mention the singing Cashier Joe. This is the best Casino team in the Carnival fleet. Wish they could get more cashiers working the last night so the lines would not be so long.
Misc. Cruise Particulars: Daniel Alchemist put on a great class this Cruise. This was our second one on a Carnival Ship and both we unique experiences that I highly recommend. Alchemy bar is changing they now are serving some bear and wine. Red frog pub in the evening is always a good place to stop, relax listen to music. For those who use Carnival Gift cards there are some changes. You can apply the first $1,000 with out a hitch but when you get ready to apply more they will take down the numbers and must receive confirmation from head office before applying to your account. This means you will have to make a return trip with the cards next day to confirm head office approval. Laundry is a great advantage of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. Carnival needs to work on the hand sanitizers. When boarding the ship there is no reason that a functional hand sanitizer station cannot be set up prior to entering the ship or at least just after going thru the metal detector. Prior to entering any of the dining areas including lido hand sanitizer stations should be functional.
Over all this was a great Cruise. Will rate it a 9 of 10
The cabin was good, The exhaust fan on the Pig and Anchor has a way of coming on late afternoon so you have to listen to it when setting on the balcony
Royal Palm beach Cabana, always great
No excursion, just a walk in town.
Short walk to casino, love this town.
Day Pass at the Hilton Hotel.
Beach Day great sun and bear.