Hauteden

Hauteden

Second Mate
Dallas, Tx (Well... Near there)
Joined 04/2018

5

Cruises

2

Reviews

36

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I had never been on a cruise until I went.

Past cruises

Carnival Vista

August 2019 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista

December 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Vista

Carnival Breeze

July 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Ever go on a Cruise and become part of a Wedding Party?

If you made it reading through my review this far, you may be wondering why I wrote the tag line I did. Here's the story, I'll try to keep it short. Embarkation was great, I got in my room as scheduled. I enjoy a beverage or two. At my designated dinner time I was escorted to my table for seven. I was seated at what might have been one of the best tables in the dining room. It was the best table which I had been assigned for a cruise. A window adjacent table on the port side with a tremendous view. As is not unusual for me, I was the first at my table. I delayed my ordered so I could place it with my fellow diners. But after 20 minutes of waiting I went ahead and ordered. By the end of my meal I was still the only person at my table for seven. I figured that the other diners likely attended the Steakhouse or other premium dining. The following evening I go to my table, again I am the first person seated. This night I wait about 5 minutes before placing my order so I can get a good seat at the after dinner show. One thing I haven't mentioned is my table was 'boxed' in by 3 large 10-12 person tables. After about 10 minutes of sitting I am approached by a gentleman from one of those tables. He commented how he noticed I was dining alone and asked if my party was elsewhere. I mentioned that I as cursing solo and I didn't know who else was to be seated at my table. He told me he was the Groom and the 3 tables around me were all part of the wedding party. He asked if I would like to join them and any of the tables. I politely declined as I had order food and I wanted to meet the other people assigned to my table. He understood and went back to his table. My food came and I enjoyed my meal. By the time I finished my meal, I still didn't have any other diners at my table. I was a bit concerned and ask my waiters if they knew if anyone was assigned to be dinner here. I was confused as to why as a solo cruiser I would be the only one seated at a 7-person table. After my dinner I approached the Groom and mentioned that if the offer was still good I would like to join them the following night. He response was "absolutely" and I was welcome to sit at any table. The following night I went to my table just to see if I had diners at my table again I was the first one. Some of the Wedding party had been informed I would be dining with them and invited me over. I took the time to meet them all by the end of night I didn't have all their names but I knew their relation to the Bride and Groom. For the remainder of the cruise I just sat at one of the tables of the wedding party. They were delightful and great conversation; exactly what I wanted for my dinner experience. During all this time my table, the best table, was unoccupied. This was a 7-night cruise. On the last night of the Cruise I didn't get to see the bride and groom as they were dining elsewhere. But I did sit with the wedding party and enjoyed their company. After about 20 minutes into dinner, I noticed 3 people I hadn't see before. They weaved between the Wedding Party Tables and sat at my table. I laughed and pointed it out to my new companions who also got a laugh. They didn't eat a full dinner and left after about 30 minute. I never found out if they were assigned to my table or just took it because no one was sitting there. In either case it didn't matter as I got the better end of the deal when all was said and done. There's the story, hopefully it didn't bore you. But this goes to show you can meet some pretty awesome people on a cruise.

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Liberty of the Seas

September 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Liberty of the Seas

Whirlwind on the Gulf

I enjoyed my trip on Liberty of the Seas. It was what I needed to have peaceful getaway. I will likely cruise on her again and would encourage others to do so as well. She is a solid ship with plenty of amenities and features. Overall I would say my experience was about 3.6-3.9 Stars

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Carnival Freedom

September 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

Sail date: July 01, 2018

Ever go on a Cruise and become part of a Wedding Party?

If you made it reading through my review this far, you may be wondering why I wrote the tag line I did. Here's the story, I'll try to keep it short. Embarkation was great, I got in my room as scheduled. I enjoy a beverage or two. At my designated dinner time I was escorted to my table for seven. I was seated at what might have been one of the best tables in the dining room. It was the best table which I had been assigned for a cruise. A window adjacent table on the port side with a tremendous view. As is not unusual for me, I was the first at my table. I delayed my ordered so I could place it with my fellow diners. But after 20 minutes of waiting I went ahead and ordered. By the end of my meal I was still the only person at my table for seven. I figured that the other diners likely attended the Steakhouse or other premium dining. The following evening I go to my table, again I am the first person seated. This night I wait about 5 minutes before placing my order so I can get a good seat at the after dinner show. One thing I haven't mentioned is my table was 'boxed' in by 3 large 10-12 person tables. After about 10 minutes of sitting I am approached by a gentleman from one of those tables. He commented how he noticed I was dining alone and asked if my party was elsewhere. I mentioned that I as cursing solo and I didn't know who else was to be seated at my table. He told me he was the Groom and the 3 tables around me were all part of the wedding party. He asked if I would like to join them and any of the tables. I politely declined as I had order food and I wanted to meet the other people assigned to my table. He understood and went back to his table. My food came and I enjoyed my meal. By the time I finished my meal, I still didn't have any other diners at my table. I was a bit concerned and ask my waiters if they knew if anyone was assigned to be dinner here. I was confused as to why as a solo cruiser I would be the only one seated at a 7-person table. After my dinner I approached the Groom and mentioned that if the offer was still good I would like to join them the following night. He response was "absolutely" and I was welcome to sit at any table. The following night I went to my table just to see if I had diners at my table again I was the first one. Some of the Wedding party had been informed I would be dining with them and invited me over. I took the time to meet them all by the end of night I didn't have all their names but I knew their relation to the Bride and Groom. For the remainder of the cruise I just sat at one of the tables of the wedding party. They were delightful and great conversation; exactly what I wanted for my dinner experience. During all this time my table, the best table, was unoccupied. This was a 7-night cruise. On the last night of the Cruise I didn't get to see the bride and groom as they were dining elsewhere. But I did sit with the wedding party and enjoyed their company. After about 20 minutes into dinner, I noticed 3 people I hadn't see before. They weaved between the Wedding Party Tables and sat at my table. I laughed and pointed it out to my new companions who also got a laugh. They didn't eat a full dinner and left after about 30 minute. I never found out if they were assigned to my table or just took it because no one was sitting there. In either case it didn't matter as I got the better end of the deal when all was said and done. There's the story, hopefully it didn't bore you. But this goes to show you can meet some pretty awesome people on a cruise.

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Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

Sail date: September 03, 2017

Whirlwind on the Gulf

I enjoyed my trip on Liberty of the Seas. It was what I needed to have peaceful getaway. I will likely cruise on her again and would encourage others to do so as well. She is a solid ship with plenty of amenities and features. Overall I would say my experience was about 3.6-3.9 Stars

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Cruise tips

George Town, Grand Cayman

Due to getting of the ship later than I intended I was not able to go on an excursion. This as a bit of a small port. I only noticed one bar and enjoyed my obligatory 'local' brew. Shopping was about the same as I have seen in other ports. Tender was quick and efficient. However, it was very apparent which line to join to get back to Breeze. I was initially in the incorrect line thankfully the helpful Carnival staff got me to the correct line.

Cozumel, Mexico

I'm not sure what to write about this port as I feel it is a bit of the bar which to rate other ports. I went on an excursion which was a blast. Though I didn't get to do much shopping this trip due to getting back later in the day.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

This was my first time to Jamaica. The dock workers securing the ship to the dock were very friendly. They were the first people to welcome me to Jamaica. The excursion lines were set up very well and easy to find my excursion.

Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

Seek out the bow seating for a wonderful view.

Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

I would recommend getting a cabin above deck 3. Having one would ease moving throughout the ship and getting back to the cabin without having to 'discover' ways.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

The port seemed new, though I didn't spend too much time there. It was of reasonable size and had activities to do. I went on a Jeep tour to a private beach. Though the Jeep portion was not much of a tour but rather a blazing fast drive down roads filled with pot holes for about 45 minutes. The beach was nice and even have a visit from a pod of dolphins.

Cozumel, Mexico

To me Cozumel is the port which other ports should be rated. It is neither good nor bad but rather middle of the road. There was construction going on this visit.

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