rileyswa

rileyswa
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Carnival Breeze

February 2017 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Western

The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

1st time leaving from Galveston.  Things to know?  Yes, like Alaska only flies in/out 1x/day, meaning when you disembark the ship, you will not be able to get rid of your bags until 2 hours before your flight.  Meaning?  When you arrive at 12 noon, getting off the ship as late as you can, you are stuck with your bags until 3:30 PM!  Warning.  No place to store them in Galveston airport either.  Suggestion?  Go to the Marriott and hang out until the ticket counter opens :)  Our cruise ended up missing Grand Cayman because of too much windy weather so they added another sea day.  Usually fine, but 4 sea days and 2 shore days made the cruise feel a bit unbalanced.  Nothing we could do though. Ship was beautiful, entertainment staff, cruise director (Leigh), Punchliner comedy guests fabulous.  Missed that there isn't an Alchemy Bar, but hear it's coming.  Montego Bay Jamaica tours with Chukka were crazy disorganized, but we still had great fun on zip line, tubing, and horseback riding tour.  But seriously, Carnival?  Have signs up for "each and every" tour you sell!  We spent 30 minutes just getting matched up to a bus for our particular tour with Chukka because there was no specific sign for us to go to.  And the driver was late getting back to the ship, so we did a lot of "suicide" driving on the bus back to the ship...crazy!  But we made it.  Food on Carnival these days in regular dining room is outstanding.  No need for specialty dining.  And 1st meal on board?  Of course, Guys' Burger!  Will be back!

 

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Ruby Princess

July 2015 - Ruby Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

Great itinerary, but not fond of the Ruby Princess

This was our 1st time on Princess and we'd heard that everything was supposed to be "a cut-above" other lines.  We didn't find that to be true at all, except for the food at dinner (Nomer and Francisco were great wait staff) was better.  We also enjoyed Jules the Naturalist.  Princess' way of doing activities and food service was too formal and inefficient.  Having popular events in venues that were too small was frustrating.  Ship felt crowded compared to other cruises we've taken.  No open access to buffet? Dance party in Piazza where only 50 people can fit, with only standing room on the staircases?  Frustrating.  1 comedian and only 1 showing for 3000 passengers? Funny stuff like no ketchup allowed on tables, not being able to pour your own, clean silverware every course, Champagne fountain for photos where ALL the champagne is poured out and thrown away? Also mattress was rock hard.  Classical music all the time --more formal than fun; and inattentive or limited wait staff at pools or bars. Prefer Carnival and RCCL 

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Montego Bay, Jamaica - Chukka tours is a little crazy disorganized, staff nice but wow, not the best tour I've ever done with Carnival, but we had fun time.f
Galveston, Texas - Airlines not set up for cruise passengers. Don't even take bags until 2 hours before flights, so if flights are evening, you're stuck with bags until they arrive and no place to store at airport. Lame. Might reconsider cruise from this port again.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - Guys Burgers to start, Guys Burgers to end. Enough said.
Victoria, British Columbia - We love Victoria, but a 3 hour stop was too short so stayed onboard since we've visited Victoria alot
Skagway, Alaska - White Pass/Yukon train was great, lunch tasty, and bus ride back a great time.
Juneau, Alaska - Didn't spend much time in town, did Coastal Helicopter to top of Herbert Glacier and dog sled with extra landing which was amazing!
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - Set alarm, dress warm like for skiing, go up on pool deck for best view and to hear Naturalist, from 5-8 AM viewing. Next time we'd take separate boat to glacier to get up closer.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Interesting to walk thru, but not much to it; "Deadliest Catch" tour was great.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - Do Naturalist talks and get the book (very informative and interesting); Request foam pad for beds; Book excursions independently; Do the "Bon Voyage" experience; hire a porter for handling your luggage in port; Nomar & Francisco were great in Bottechelli; Leo great cabin steward; Beautiful sights.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Breeze cruise review - The Breeze is a great ship; love Carnival

shared a quick tip for Carnival Breeze"Guys Burgers to start, Guys Burgers to end. Enough said."

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