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Hometown: Houston, TX
Joined: 04/15/2015
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About SandInMyShoes

We are a childless couple in our 40's who have fallen back in love with each other and once again enjoy spending time together. We have been married 20 years and work hard so our cruises are our getaway from the stresses of life. We like tables for two so we can catch up and spend quality time together. We cruise generally 3 times a year. Our homeport is Galveston, TX, but our favorite line is Celebrity.



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Carnival Breeze

September 2016 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Western

Prettiest of all Carnival ships!

The Breeze is beautifully decorated.  Even the buffet area is broken into nicely laid out smaller sections with a decor that reminds you or a tropical cafe.  

Cucina Del Capitano is an excellent specialty restaurant at only $15/person.  A real bargain considering the amazing quality of food, the small and intimate setting, and the impeccable staff and chefs!

We had a Cove balcony because we love being close to the water.  This is always a great choice for us, but this time we seemed to be in a part that was under a noisy galley area.  Our room was 2374.  Excellent location and amazing room steward, Alfred, but we were woken with loud banging every morning between 3:30 and 4:30am.  

The Indian food, Tandoor, on back of ship by back pool is amazing.  Also, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana, and the bit hidden Fat Jimmy's BBQ (deck 5 midship) are excellent.  

We tried the extra charge room service menu one day; most items $5.  The Philly Cheesesteak "meat" was unrecognizable and tasted terrible.  My husband's pizza was good though.  The cookies in the Coffee Bar on deck 5 are $1.75 and amazing.  They are soft and taste home made one batch at a time.  Not like the hard mass-produced cookies on the buffet.  

This ship's decor is very Caribbean and puts you in a vacation mood from the time you set foot onboard.  The staff is excellent and the food is good quality.  Galveston is a nice port too because you aren't surrounded by just ugly shipping container vessels.  One block over is the historic downtown which is very nice to spend time in before or after your cruise and their are plenty of nice places to eat on the water close to the ship as well as museums.

We absolutely LOVED the steel drum music played in the atrium.  Now that's a Caribbean Vacation!

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Carnival Magic

September 2015 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Breakaway

May 2015 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Carnival Triumph

April 2015 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

SandInMyShoes's Tips

Cozumel, Mexico - Always our favorite stop. Ponchos Backyard at the port has very good food and drinks and a nice atmosphere. They have inside AC tables or beach tables and even a few hammocks. For the best of Cozumel, rent a car and go to the east side of the island. The beaches are gorgeous and there are some nice little food spots along the shore.
Montego Bay, Jamaica - I don't recommend just going out and exploring. The locals seem to take advantage of tourists. Go on a tour or get a day pass to a hotel.
George Town, Grand Cayman - Don't eat at Hard Rock or the other restaurants without realizing the menu prices are in Cayman dollars, NOT US. Your bill almost doubles! Love Gr. Cayman though. So pretty! Great beaches and activities.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - There are two amazing eating places that are a bit hard to discover...Tandoor on the back of the ship for VERY GOOD Indian food by the back pool (opposite Pizza Pirate) and Fat Jimmy's Seaside BBQ on deck 5 midship out on the actual deck. Not very good signage, but the BBQ was exceptional.
Carnival Triumph Carnival Triumph - Don't miss Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina. Ask for server Polly in the Anytime Dining room…he is funny and very nice.
New York, New York - Boarding here was a snap once we got through the 45 min of congestion within a 1/2 mile of the ship.
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - O'Sheenan's Irish Bar was always overly crowded and exceedingly noisy for dining. However, Moderno's and Cagney's offered an extensive free buffet for Bfast that was out of this world and a wonderful atmosphere for chitchatting.
Cozumel, Mexico - We love renting a car and driving to the East side of the island where the beaches are remarkable. They have great authentic but gastronomically safe places to eat over there too. If you don't want to rent a car (which is very safe on the island) the port where Carnival docks is great too. Eat at Pancho's Backyard, swing in their hammocks, and get a massage on the beach. So relaxing and no risk of missing the ship.
Galveston, Texas - Park and walk onto the Boliver Ferry. Ride it across and back. You always see dolphins very close up and sometimes even dinner plate sized jelly fish. Bring bread or crackers and hang out on the back of the ferry to feed the mass of seagulls that follow you from shore to shore. It is so fun.
Carnival Triumph Carnival Triumph - Guy's Burgers is the best fast food on the ship. The dining room food and staff are also outstanding, but don't skip Guy's, even if just for the fries. They are outstanding. The burgers here are not the traditional pre-frozen factory-formed patties. They are high quality and worth the calories!

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