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Our Beautiful Breeze cruise (with pics) - 8/15/15

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti made her way down to the waterfront…..

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  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    That is one huge Banyan tree…..

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    Here are a few more waterfront views from near the ship…..

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    A couple of more views of the Carnival Breeze docked in San Juan…..

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  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti was back on the ship around 1pm, and she and Ryan went to lunch at Cucina del Capitano. I was in a mood for a Guy’s burger. After lunch, we all met up on our “secret” deck for sail away.
    Here are some views of the waterfront area near the ship…..

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    Straight ahead and up the hill is the Castillo San Cristobal…..

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  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some more Old San Juan views…..

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    Senor Frog himself watches the action…..

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    The last of the passengers make their way back to the Carnival Breeze…..

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    Soon it was time to throw the lines…..

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  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We are pulling in our lines…..

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    The Carnival Breeze pushes away from the pier…..

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    We are clear of the pier and are now backing out into the harbor…..

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    Here’s a good view of Castillo San Cristobal…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  6. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We have backed completely out into the harbor, and are now turning to head out to sea…..

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    The United States Coast Guard station in San Juan…..

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    Here’s a view of part of the walled section of Old San Juan…..

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    Looking towards El Morro…..

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  7. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some more views of the walled sections of Old San Juan…..

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  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We have some visitors on our “secret” deck…..

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    Here are some views of El Morro as we sailed past…..

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  9. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We have sailed past El Morro and are now heading out into the open ocean…..

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    Here a couple views of Castillo San Cristobal from the ocean side…..

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    After we were out to sea, Ryan and I went to the casino for a few hours. I lost $50 playing blackjack, but Ryan won about $30 playing the slots.
    Patti joined me, and we went to the Red Frog Pub for some Thirsty Frog Red’s and Caribbean Coladas.

    Tonight Patti and I will be dining at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, while Ryan, by his choice, would be ordering room service. Here is the room service menu…..

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  10. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is located on Deck 5 aft, on the port side…..

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    Here are some views from inside the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. The Steakhouse on the Breeze is smaller than the other ships, giving it a more intimate feel…..

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    Here are Patti and I at the Steakhouse…..

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    This was our view looking out the window…..

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  11. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We enjoy viewing and listening to the entrée presentation even though we both already know what we will be ordering before we arrive…..

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    Here is our table setting. This is the first time that I can remember not having a tablecloth in the Steakhouse. This was not a big deal for us, but I thought it was unusual…..

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    These were compliments from the chef…..

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    The foccasia bread is always awesome…..

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    We both had the jumbo shrimp cocktail…..

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  12. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We both also had the Caesars salad. It was not prepared table side as it is done in some of the other Steakhouse’s we have been to.

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    For her main, Patti chose the Maine lobster……

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    I had what I always have, the 18 oz. spice rubbed ribeye…..

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    Here are Patti and I at our table…..

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    Chef came over to our table to say hello, and see if we were enjoying our meals…..

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    Patti and I both had the chocolate sampler for our dessert…..

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  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We had an awesome meal tonight, and we made sure to tell the chef’s thanks for a job well done!!

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    As we made our way along the Promenade, we took note of the entertainment going on. There was Karaoke going on in the Limelight Lounge…..

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    Piano man Brad was leading a sing-along in the Piano Bar 88…..

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    In the Ocean Plaza, Run for Cover were performing tunes from the 80’s…..

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    We love the lanterns in the Breeze Atrium at night……

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    We ran into Ryan, and he and I made our way to the comedy show. Two new comedians joined the ship today in San Juan, so tonight we would see Michael Macy, whom we have seen and enjoyed before. He did not disappoint.
    Afterwards, back to the cabin, where tonight’s towel creature awaited us. Good Night!!


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    Coming up next: It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Our wonderful day in Grand Turk.
     
  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Day 7 – Grand Turk 9am to 5pm

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    We were up at 7am in anticipation of our arrival in Grand Turk. After Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk is our second favorite beach day port of call. We have visited Grand Turk may times over the last eight or nine years or so, and this visit will be our third one here this year.

    We have reserved a poolside cabana at Margaritaville, so our game plan for today is as follows. I will debark the ship as soon as possible after the ship is cleared, head over to Margaritaville, obtain our favorite cabana, get my bucket of Landsharks, and then relax in the pool. Patti and Ryan will meet me there about an hour later.

    First things first, I head up to the Lido deck to get a breakfast burrito. When I get up there, what I see makes me run down back to the cabin to get one of the cameras. What I saw was an army of towel creatures, of all shapes and sizes, hogging up all the available space at the Beach Pool…..

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  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    These towel creatures were everywhere!!!

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  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    That taken care of, I head over to the Blue Iguana Cantina for my breakfast burrito. Here they are putting it together…..

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    Thanks!! Another job well done…..

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    I take my breakfast over to the high top tables over by the Red Frog Rum Bar. My latest masterpiece…..

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    My view of the Beach Pool area…..

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  17. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Meanwhile, back on our “secret” deck, Patti has begun to take pictures of our arrival at Grand Turk…..

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    This is a view looking towards Jack’s Shack…..

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    Here is a view looking towards the Casino and Crew Bar…..

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    This is a view looking at the entrance to the Grand Turk Cruise Center…..

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  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Welcome to Grand Turk!!

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    Looking past the beach into the Margaritaville pool area, you can see the poolside cabanas…..

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    This is a view of the beach between the main pier and the excursion pier…..

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    The beach beyond the excursion pier is where you will find the conch graveyard…..

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  19. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is the beach at Margaritaville……

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    A little further down is the beach by the Crew Bar and Casino…..

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    Here are a couple of shots looking into Margaritaville……

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    They are pulling in our lines. We are almost docked……

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    I am happy to be back at Grand Turk…..

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    To be continued……..
     
  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Now that we are docked, it’s time for me to get off the ship. Patti and Ryan are going to go get some breakfast at the Lido Marketplace, and then come join me ashore.

    The line to get off the ship at this point is insanely long, but it moves quickly. I am now off the ship…..

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    There is a lot of debate on the boards as to if the cabanas at Grand Turk are worth the expense. To me, it is a personal choice, and to us it is worth every penny. We love having a place to cool off in and relax. You can leave your things and lock the door if you want to wander off. It’s a nice quiet place to have drinks and eat lunch. On our cruise on the Splendor this past June, we were not able to get a cabana, and because it was so hot, we wound up going back to the ship earlier then we wanted to. We really missed the cabana then.

    The best part of having a cabana, are the cabana attendants. Push the button (photo later), and they will come and take your food and drink orders. Now I have read the reviews about slow service, and I’m sure it happens at times, but over the years we have become friendly with a few of the cabana attendants, so when we are there, we get the BEST of service.

    So now I’m off to Margaritaville to check in for our cabana. I’m hoping to see Ricardo and Winsome, two of our favorite cabana attendants. As I enter the restaurant I run into Ricardo and we greet each other like old friends. He is not working the cabanas today, but he introduces me to Vanessa, who will be our cabana attendant, and tells her to give us the VIP treatment. He also tells her to take us to cabana #9, because he knows that’s the cabana we always get. He’s right in fact, it’s the only cabana we’ve ever been in. lol.

    On the way over to cabana #9 we bump into Winsome who promises to stop by later and say hello to Patti and Ryan. Once there, Vanessa takes my Sail & Sign card, not because we can use it to pay for drinks or food, but to hold it hostage until we pay our bill. It’s standard operating procedure. If you skip out on your bill, you don’t get your Sail & Sign card back, therefore you don’t get back on the ship. You can pay your bill with cash or credit card.

    I tell Vanessa that I need a bucket of Landsharks, and within five minutes she’s back with it. I grab one, pour it into a plastic cup, and head to the pool to wait for Patti and Ryan, who are at this very moment, getting off the ship…..

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    This is our cabana. You guessed it, #9…….

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    The deck of our cabana…..

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    Looking into our cabana…..

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    To be continued…..
     

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