Disney Dream Cruise Sept 2015

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Disney Dream docked in Castaway Cay

My very first cruise I ever took was on the beautiful Disney Dream! She is a massive beauty to say the least! She is the sister to the Disney Fantasy ship and runs 3, 4 and 5 night sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida. Everything about this trip was magical. I went on the trip with my brother for his birthday. It was the end of September which was a Halloween sailing. There was Halloween decor and shows in the Atrium and Halloween themed activities for the kids. The characters were dressed in Halloween attire during meet and greets. How did I know that this trip would lead me to my passion of cruising. Port Canaveral Cruise port is home for Disney Dream.

Parking at Port Canaveral for Disney Cruise Line

When you get to the Port Canaveral Cruise Port, there are two ways to park for your Disney Cruise Line parking. Regular parking and preferred parking. Preferred parking is an additional fee, it is not in a covered garage but allows you to park closer to the terminal and attendants will take your luggage out of your car. Regular parking is in the covered parking across the street from the terminal. It is a longer walk so if you have mobility issues, I would recommend the Preferred Parking. If you decide to do the regular parking you may pull up to the curbside to give your luggage to the attendants prior to parking. Regular parking for our 3 day cruise was $68 and preferred parking was $88 at the time. Once in the terminal, check in was a quick and painless experience. We were on the ship in little time. Be sure to check the website for more information or the most recent parking prices. I have included the link for Port Canaveral Cruise Port at: http://www.portcanaveral.com

Disney Cruise Line announces your name when you board. Yes, you are greeted by your name for the whole atrium to hear! How great is that? Her rich beauty is seen from the moment you walk on. The 3 deck Atrium is so richly decorated with blues, golds and a splash of red that pop. The massive staircase and chandelier are a grand entrance eye catcher for any prince or princess. Admiral Donald Duck is the Atrium statue of this massive beauty. The crew were so friendly and helpful on this cruise. The magic and classiness of this Disney Cruise Line Ship is certainly the reason of why I want to return every time.

Our stateroom

Our stateroom on this cruise was Room 7596 which was a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. (Category 4C) It was really nice and clean. This stateroom was large enough to hold up to 5 guests. It had a queen size bed ( does not convert to twins), a sofa bed that turns into a bed, an upper pull down bed over the sofa and a Murphy bed that pulled out of the wall. **The queen size bed is high enough to allow for luggage or other items to be stored under neath. ** It had a sofa table that opens for storage, a closet that had hangers and plenty of storage area. There are glasses and an ice bucket, a refrigerator, room safe, tv, a vanity style desk with stool. Wave phones are offered in your stateroom free of charge to communicate with loved ones while on board. **Although the phones are free to use, if you loose one you will be charged to replace it.** The Stateroom bathroom I did not get a photo of at the time however the bathroom was a split bath with one side being a toilet and sink and other sink and shower. The split style bath makes it easier for the entire family to get ready at the same time. Shampoo, Conditioner, body lotion, tissues were available. There is also a hair dryer in the stateroom. If you need a clothes line to hang wet clothes it is located in the shower. The stateroom was nice and clean. Our steward was attentive and kept us stocked with everything we needed. The balcony was a good size and had a table and two chairs. **The gifts on the bed in the photo was a welcome back tote from the cruise line and the sport bottles and drinking water I had purchased previously before boarding, they were in our stateroom when we arrived. To order items for your stateroom prior to boarding visit the Disney Cruise Line website and go to the bottom of the page, you will see a link for In-Room Gifts and Shopping. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com

Dining

Disney Dream has amazing dining! The ship offers rotational dining and your dining assignment will be on your keycard. Under your Castaway number on your keycard it will have 3 letters: ** (example: AER means A for Animator’s Palate on your first night, E for Enchanted Garden on your second night and R for Royal Palace on the 3rd night. )** It will also state your dining time and table. It is always fun to dine with others and meet new people however If you wish to have a private table, see the restaurant Maitre D and they will help you with your requests. Be sure to go soon after boarding to ensure your request is filled. The dining on this cruise was truly an impeccable fine dining experience. So many food options and each restaurant will have a child’s menu. If you prefer something vegetarian or a lighter dish, those options are available. The Staff are very good with meeting your dining and nutritional needs. The Main dining rooms as I mentioned is Animators Palate which offers up Disney characters who come to life and offers amazing dishes. Royal Palace which has French and American cuisine and has beautiful classic Disney artwork. Enchanted Garden is the last of the Main dining rooms. This elegant restaurant serves a variety of menu items and really has a beautiful garden touch.

Disney Dream also has casual dining available. Cabanas Lido buffet, Flo’s Cafe, Eye Scream, Frozone Treats, and 24 hour room service. If you are looking for a sweet spot visit the Vanellopes sweets and Treats. You will find an array of goodies for an extra charge. Adult dining is available in Palo and Remy. Both restaurants are for adults only 18 years and older and offer a luxurious dining experience you will not forget for an additional up charge. You can find healthy choices at the Senses Juice Bar which is found near the Spa. Preludes is located by the Walt Disney Theatre and has bar items along with popcorn and snacks for an additional fee. You will find servers going around the theater to take orders if you wish to order from your seat. There was also a specialty coffee area that had coffee, latte’s for an additional fee. The finger snacks they had were free of charge.

Our dining experience on board the Disney Dream was really nice, our service and food were amazing. I hope it is for you and your family also! For more information on Disney Cruiseline Dining visit the website. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com

Activities and Entertainment

Disney Dream had many activities scheduled every day. You will have a Personal Navigator awaiting on your bed with your chocolates every evening at turn down. All of the information for the next day activities, times, next port, weather etc will be in your navigator. The ship has two theaters, Walt Disney Theater and Buena Vista Theater. A variety of shows and movies were available. The ship also has a wide variety of fine Art. The Adult areas offer nice bars and adult nightlife. There is also an adult pool section. Do not forget about the Spa!! The Spa has a variety of pampering menu items to choose from.

You may purchase WIFI on board. ** If you purchase the WIFI the first day of your cruise you will receive 50mb free. **Download the Disney Cruise Line app for a smooth navigation of things going on and information on the ship.

Children ages 3 to 12 will love all the activities in Oceaneers Club and Oceaneers Lab, both offer activities for creativity and imagination. Edge is a tween club that offers games, movies, arts and crafts, and interaction with other tweens. Vibe is a place for teens to hang out, meet other teens, watch tv, games, listen to music and much more!

It’s a small world nursery is for infants and toddlers. The facility has cribs and other items to keep your children safe and entertained. The staff does an excellent job at making sure your child is attended to while you are away. A charge does apply and reservations are necessary. There is a limited amount of space and it books up quickly!

The sports deck offers 9 hole miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, sports simulators, foosball table. There is a running track and a video arcade on board also. You can get your hair braided also at Lido! The wonderful ladies have a variety of braiding they can do! The large movie screen at the lido pool area will play movies while the kids swim. Do not forget to take a ride on the Aqua Duck. The water ride will float you around the body of the ship over the ocean! There is a kids splash area and Mickey pool and slide. There are loungers, towels, tables and chairs to enjoy a meal or just sip a drink while the kids swim. Life Vests are available with Life Guards on duty. There was enough to do on board to keep you busy!

If shopping is in your interest, , Mickeys Mainsail and White Cap’s has duty free shopping which offer high end jewelry, Disney Cruiseline and Walt Disney souvenirs, apparel, toys, and much more! There is a section of personal items available if it is needed. You may use Disney gift cards in the gift shops. There is a smaller gift shop located near the Lido too.

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. It is only offered for guests who cruise on the line’s fleet. It offers a tropical delight atmosphere with lush greenery and landscape, coconut palms, white sand and blue waters. The island is packed with a variety of things to do for all ages. The Castaway Cay 5K run is offered in the morning and allows for all people no matter your athletic ability to join in on the morning run.

Character meet and greets are available, the times will be posted in the Personal Navigator. The island offers Large water bikes, Paddle Boats, jet ski and snorkeling with snorkeling gear for rent if needed. ** If you snorkel you must wear the snorkeling vest that is provided anytime you are in the water.** Bike rental is a small charge and rents per hour. Helmets are provided with the rental. The Bike course takes you around the island and offers a lookout tower for some great views for photos along your way. Complimentary beach loungers are plentiful. Life guards are on the lookout. Tube floats are available also for rent. Hammocks are on the family and Serenity Beach which offer up some serious relaxation under those beautiful coconut palms!

Cookies BBQ is the place to be when you are hungry! There is Cookies 1 located by the family beach area and a Cookies 2 that is located farther down by the cabana and Serenity area. A buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, spicy chicken sandwich, BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, fresh fruit, Cole slaw, beans, chips, cookies and a cake dessert are among some of the items that are served. Drinks and soft serve Ice Cream are also available. The large pavilion has several picnic tables for seating in the shade. Trust me, I have been to Cookies BBQ more than once and the food was finger licking tasty if I might say!

Cabanas can be reserved in the excursion section online

Cabanas are available at Castaway Cay. The island has 20 Family Beach Cabanas , 1 Grand Family Cabana, and 4 Serenity Adults only Cabana’s. They come with ceiling fan, refrigerator, waters and soft drinks, fresh fruit bowl and snacks, sand toys, towels, sunscreen, hammock, lounger, umbrella, a room safe, float rental, bike rental and snorkel rental. Outside fresh water shower and a door bell to ring your attendant for service or bar drinks. Restrooms are a short walk away. Once you arrive at check in for your cabana, the staff will assist you in a golf cart ride to help you get to where you need to be if help is needed. **Do not forget your wrist bands that will be delivered to your stateroom. You will need them for each member. **

The island has some great drinks at the Head’s Up bar which sits on the small peninsula. It has some nice views of the ship, there is also a sand bar and bar service. Post Office if you would like to send mail, some local vendor shopping, 2 gift shops that offer Castaway Cay merchandise and souvenirs. **The ship does NOT have Castaway Cay merchandise, you will need to purchase those items on the island** You may use your ship card for purchases in the shops however the local vendors and Post Office only take cash.** If you purchase anything in the shops, the attendants will have your items delivered to the ship for you. You will pick your merchandise up later in the evening in the gift shop on board.**

You will have an amazing time at Disney’s Castaway Cay! It is such a beautiful island and I hope your family has a great time just like mine did! Thanks for reading!

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Until next time Live Laugh Love often ~ Michelle

Tips and Tricks

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~I will update this section often so always check back to see more tips and tricks, if I have anything has changed or not correct pertaining to anything I have posted here, please email me and I will make changes~Michelle

DISNEY CRUISE LINE does not allow Power strips or extension cords on board. I had to leave mine at Port until I returned. To my surprise our stateroom on board the Disney Wonder had multiple outlets so we did not need them anyway.

Did you know that you can take a small personal size fan on most cruise ships to use in your stateroom? When I say small I mean personal small, one you can fit in your suitcase. Every cruise I have taken allowed me to have mine. My personal fan is a Mainstays brand, approximate size is 10″ x 10″ and is 120V. I purchased it at Walmart for $10. I will say that it might be an inconvenience if the luggage gets flagged due to having it in your suitcase, I have had that happen, but they just checked the volts for fire reasons and returned it back to me for use. *If you do not want to be inconvenienced of your luggage possibly being flagged and checked then scratch the idea of bringing one with you.https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-9-Personal-3-Speed-Fan-Model-MBF-918-Black/48947418?wmlspartner=wmtlabs&adid=22222222222037391316&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=e&wl1=o&wl2=c&wl3=10357552527&wl4=pla-1103085412074&wl12=48947418_0&wl14=walmart%20mainstays%20personal%20fan&veh=sem&msclkid=0bb242a26c39182d843b1e259671dfa2

I would certainly suggest bringing along some Clorox wipes. They come available in travel sizes. When I arrive in my stateroom I am always sure to wipe down everything including door knobs, remote and phone. Even though your room steward may tidy up the room, a lot of germs get missed. It is a nice way to stay well while on vacation. I also bring them to the Lido to wipe my table.

Expandable laundry baskets are a great item to bring along. You can keep dirty clothes in them and store it in the closet. You can purchase them for a dollar at the Dollar Tree store or of coarse Walmart or Target for a little higher cost. If you do not want to bring an expandable folding laundry basket then pack a couple of garbage bags. I also bring some one gallon zip lock bags to separate wet clothes if need be.

Did you know that most cruise ship cabin’s come with a retractable clothes line? Yep, they sure do! Since we know that it is unsafe and prohibited to leave clothing on our balconies, most cruise ship cabin’s have these clothes lines available in the shower. It is handy to pull it open and hang up wet swim suits or perhaps wet towels.

Did you know that you can actually cruise without a passport? Yes, you may, cruise lines do permit you to cruise with just a birth certificate, however, if for some reason you needed to fly back home to the United States, you would not be able to fly without a passport. So, it is always in the best interest to apply, receive and cruise with a passport over a birth certificate. You never know if and when an emergency could happen.

Alcoholic Drink Packages purchased with CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE requires every person who is 21 years and older in the same state room to purchase same package even if that person does not drink alcohol. The cruise line will revoke packages if you are caught sharing. There is a limit of 15 drinks per package per day. Visit the website for more information at: http://www.carnival.com Go to the Plan tab then click on FAQ’s. The Cheers Program is listed.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE has tightened up on the smoking policy. For the safety of passengers and crew you are ONLY allowed to smoke in smoking designated areas. It used to be that you would just get fined but now If you are caught smoking in areas that are not allowed, you will not only be charged a hefty fine but you risk being dropped off at the next port to figure your way home! Yikes! I would think it would not be worth risking, so if you are a smoker, be sure to follow the rules and smoke in designated areas only! Remember that your stateroom balcony is NOT a designated area!

Did you know that if you pre-book your excursions, internet, drink packages, specialty dining etc online prior to sailing you will save money? It also saves you from wasting vacation time having to stand in line and purchasing what you want. Booking before your cruise online allows your vacation to start the moment you step on board. So if you are able, go to your cruise planner online and pre book all your cruise needs. You will be glad you did!

A tip for DISNEY CRUISELINE, the Wifi is only available for devices on those individuals over the age of 18. You will have to share with your younger passengers. To use the wifi you will have to sign up then sign in and out when you are finished. If you do not sign out each time you use it, you will use up your access and will have to purchase another package. So be sure to log out after each use and remind your younger passenger to sign out, to avoid wasting your internet. If you sign up the first day of your cruise you get 50mb free. The largest package was $89.00. *Keep in mind that Disney Cruise Line does offer wave phones in your stateroom which are free of charge, just do not loose one, a hefty bill will be charged for the cost of the phone if it is lost. * Speaking of wave phones, did you know that if you put your laundry in the launderette washer or dryer the wave phone will alert you when it is ready? Yep, sure will! :o)

Do NOT over pack for a cruise! A cruise ship has rooms that are very limited of space depending on your stateroom category. You do not want to over pack! You can store your empty suitcases under the beds of most staterooms to save closet space. Most cruise ships have launderettes on board so you can always wash if need be. Certainly get a packing list and only take what you need to avoid over packing. If you have a pack list you will more than likely not need to buy anything on board that you forget at home. Items are going to be a lot more expensive on board then getting them at home!

So you go on a cruise and you have one suitcase and it is packed to the limit. If you plan to shop or buy souvenirs while on your trip you will need a way to carry them home. You may want to take an extra folded cloth style bag ( I take Vera Bradley duffle) and fold it in to your suitcase with your clothes or put it in a pocket. That bag will come in handy if you need something to hold all your purchases in.

Prebook your specialty dining prior to your sailing. No matter the cruise line, due to high demand and limited space it is always best to pre book your specialty dining to be sure you get a reservation. You will also get a cheaper rate usually by reserving online prior to sailing. If your restaurant is already sold out, visit the restaurant once you get on board and check with the hostess, perhaps there was a cancellation.

Tip for Disney Cruise Line Usually the last night of the sailing, could be a different night so inquire of what evening and time, but the Captain will have a Captain’s signing in the gift shop. Usually it is between 7-8pm and will fit in with your dining time. He will sign what ever you would like him to sign if anything and will allow for a picture with him.

Bring a lanyard from home so you do not have to buy one, unless you want to buy one. A lanyard is a nice way to hold your stateroom key and never loose it. It is easy access. If you have one with a pocket, you can put your ID and cash inside too. It makes it easier then carrying around your sail and sign card in your pocket and risk loosing it. Remember on a cruise your sail and sign card is your $$, so keep it safe in a lanyard. *** Disney Cruise Line only gives you a lanyard when you check in when Embarking. ***

Always download your Cruise Line App before sailing. Once you embark you can use that App on board to find information on Dining times and menu’s, Shopping, Activities and times, theater shows, and some lines will have access to your on board account so you can keep track of daily charges. Some Apps will allow you to text to other members of your party while on board. I do not believe the chat will work on port but they do on ship.

Perfect Cruise App ever for while you are at home or you are cruising is Ship Mate by Cruiseline! Check it out and if you do not have it, get it! I love it. It will store your upcoming cruises and will keep a timer of your sail date along with reviews, information and photos of the ship and ports. You will also have the option to place a review on your trip to let everyone know what you thought! You will also be able to chat with other cruisers that will be on your sailing too!

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas is a huge ship! Make sure to book your shows in advance! Once you have your shows scheduled, be sure to still arrive early with your entire party! They will only have a small amount of time that they allow those scheduled to get in before they open the doors to everyone. People frown on the saving seat deal even though several were doing it. So arrive early with everyone in your party to be sure of a guaranteed seat!

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas I suggest that if you have a large party or multiple state rooms, go to the Maitre D as soon as you board and be sure your party is dining together. Our party of 5 showed up to dining to realize that our party was broken up when they tried to seat us. I had asked the RC agent who booked my second stateroom for my son to link the reservation and put our dining together, we were assured we would eat together, got to dining and that was not the case! I quickly realized that we could have saved time by verifying with the Maitre D prior to dinner. I also noticed we were not the only ones this happened to.

Upcoming Travel Booked

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If you have any comments, opinions, tips, tricks please share them with me in the comments, would love to read them! I will add additional travel as it is booked and of coarse my Youtube channel will have vlogs from each of these future itineraries and my website will have the blogs. ~Michelle

May 2019 * Royal Caribbean * Harmony of the Seas Ship* 3 night Bahama

May 2019 *Disney Cruiseline * Fantasy Ship * 7 night Western Caribbean Cruise

July 2019 * Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground * 4 night and Disney’s Dolphin Resort 2 night with Magic Kingdom day pass

September 2019 * Royal Caribbean* Mariner of the Seas Ship * 4 night Bahama Cruise

October 2019 *Carnival Elation Ship* 5 night Eastern Caribbean Group Cruise

November 2019 *Disney Dream Ship* 3 night Bahama Cruise

April 2020 *Norwegian Cruise Line Breakaway Ship* 4 night Bahama Cruise

May 2020* Carnival Elation Ship* 4 night Bahama Cruise

June 2020 * Celebrity Solstice Ship * 7 night Alaska Cruise

December 2020 * Norwegian Cruise Line Escape Ship* 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

February 2021 * Carnival Cruiseline* Mardi Gras Ship* 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

About me

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The first two photos above is my hometown which is located in a small town in the eastern part of Florida. I love the nearby river and the views allow for some nice photos! I love Hot Tea any day but especially on rainy day, a day I may not be feeling well or if I just need an afternoon pick me up, who doesn’t like a nice cup of Hot Tea? I purchased the tea pot in the picture above at the United Kingdom World Showcase at Epcot Park in Orlando, FL. It is one of my favorite tea pots I own. Walt Disney World is another thing I love, everything that Disney has to offer. I am so blessed to be living only 2 hrs away from Walt Disney World where I can have the leisure of visiting often if I wish. Again, anything Disney is for me. I honestly love any travel that allows me to be able to see other places and people in this world, however, I love to Cruise! I have a big passion for cruising. I love Cruise ships! They are so mesmerizing to me. What makes cruising so fun is you not only get to see some of the most beautiful places in the world but you have such an amazing vessel to explore and people to meet from all over the world! That makes for a great time!

My love for GOD and my family of coarse is the most important thing in my life. I have so many things to be thankful for. I have so many places that I have been able to go but I have so many more higher adventures I hope are in store for my future. I do have travel goals, don’t we all?

I love to cook, bake and homemake. Did I mention my animals? My animals are my babies too! They make my heart melt! Of coarse last but not least, I love to bring my experiences in light for other people, I hope you like seeing all my vacations that I post! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will be glad to help if I can. I hope you and your family get to make memories together soon! Don’t forget to love one another, blessings to you and yours! ~Michelle

Cruises I have taken

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~September 25, 2015 ~ Disney Dream Ship Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Room 7596 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqy3X7B82ac

~February 25, 2016 ~ Disney Magic Ship Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Room 6568 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9_MsdTH2UQ&t=1s

~September 8, 2016~ Carnival Victory Ship Grand Suite Stateroom Room 7298 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlj-fGODiIk&t=1s

~May 12, 2017 ~ Disney Dream Ship Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Room 6608 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnaGGd3M7sg&t=36s

~March 7, 2018~ Norwegian Epic Ship Mini Suite Stateroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDKeuoeQB4

~April 27, 2018~ Disney Dream Ship Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Room 7122 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h91pCSov27I

~May 18, 2018 ~ Norwegian Sun Balcony Stateroom Room 9025 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw-AgnMzq1U

~September 13, 2018 Carnival Liberty Balcony Stateroom Room 7337

My carnival liberty cruise on youtube

October 26, 2018 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas 2 bedroom Grand Suite Room 8552 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO9TaNivvok

~January 26, 2019~ Carnival Breeze Cove Balcony Stateroom Room 2333 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AD1PtB0hHY&t=13s

~February 21, 2019~ Disney Wonder Ship Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom Room 2568 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OodZafSOhHU

~May 9, 2019~ Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Balcony Stateroom Room 10212 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7w_ES80fFc

Be Sure to watch my Harmony of the Seas Vlog series if you would like to see more of the ship! Subscribe to my Youtube channel too! Thanks!

Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Cruise Jan 2019

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The Carnival Breeze Cruise that I took with my brother, son and his girlfriend was an amazing and memorable trip. It was my first time to the Eastern Caribbean but one I will cherish forever. The Cruise ship was a massive beauty with all kinds of beautiful modern decor. It was a soft touch and gentle to the eye. The atmosphere was fun as most Carnival Ships are. Trust me, Carnival is FUN! The staff was so very nice and helpful. On this 7 day itinerary we had 2 sea days which were jam packed full of activities to do for the whole family. Our cruise director Donkey was very informative and kept the activities full and fun. Our ports would include Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, St Thomas USVI, San Juan Puerto Rico and Grand Turk.

Cove Balcony Stateroom 2333

The Cove Balcony Stateroom we had on board the Carnival Breeze was Stateroom 2333. It offered a nice amount of space, a soft touch of yellow and blue. This stateroom was for up to 3 guests. It has a king size bed that turns into 2 twins and a sofa that turns into a bed, TV, coffee table, a seating vanity with plenty of storage area, lots of drawers and a hair dryer. There is a refrigerator, lots of closet space and a room safe. The balcony was a nice area to relax and lift your feet. It gives a sense of privacy because of the white wall sidings. It had 2 chairs and a small table. I liked being closer to the water, it was a different feeling then what we were used to on higher decks.

The bathroom had a toilet, shower and sink. A clothes line is available in the shower if you need to hang wet clothes. Tissues, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner were available. Our Stateroom host was really good at making sure we were well stocked.

~There is a launderette with washers and dryers on deck if needed for an extra charge. ~

Cove Balcony Stateroom 2333 Bathroom

Dining

The Dining areas on board the Carnival Breeze were nice and plentiful! The Bonsai Sushi restaurant was a hit with my gang. It was a really nice open place to sit with a modern luxury feel. It was opened late so my gang would stroll in for a late night roll. It was an additional charge but well worth it. There is also Seafood Shack, Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse and Chef’s Table for additional charge. A specialty coffee shop you could find latte’s, premium coffee along with other drinks, baked goods and snacks for an additional charge.

There are two main dining rooms, The Sapphire Dining Room and Blush Dining Room. The Blush Dining was our main dining room and we truly had a nice dining experience every night. The service was top notch, honestly I mean that truly~ example: I love Creme Brûlée, I had it for desert our first night, when it was not on the menu a few nights later, my waiter made sure I had it! I love that they call you by name, they work so hard to make sure that your happy and all there hard work is appreciated in my book! They had a couple nights of entertainment. The servers would sing and dance. It was a lot of fun. ~Again, Carnival is the Fun Ship!~ Just makes you smile~

Other complimentary areas on board is the Lido Marketplace Buffet, Pirate Pizza, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, Guys Burgers, BlueIguana Cantina, Sea day Brunch. Room service and soft serve Ice Cream are available 24/7. Room service had complimentary items and and some items for additional charge. The ship really has a mass variety of food choices. You can’t go hungry!

Blush Restaurant Main Dining
Creme Brûlée Blush Dining Room


Amber Cove

Amber Cove

Amber Cove is a Carnival Corp Cruise Port that sits in the Dominican Republic. We had a really nice day in Amber Cove. When you get off the ship the walk is pretty long to the port area, however, no need to worry. If you do not feel like walking, there is a bicycle transport service available which we actually used. Our chauffeur that navigated our bicycle carriage dropped us off exactly where we wanted to go. He was really nice and offered to meet us afterwards for a ride back to the ship. There is no charge for this service, however tips are greatly appreciated!!

Once you get to the port area, your offered duty free shopping, jewelry stores including Diamonds International, Coco Cana Restaurant and bar, a cafe with free internet, a pharmacy, a large pool that snakes around and offers a swim up bar. A huge water slide will offer up some exciting thrills for all ages. There were plenty of sun loungers. Be sure to bring your towels. ~ Carnival will offer you towels on the ship but they must be returned to avoid a fee.~ There is also a large restroom facility. Below are some shots I took in Amber Cove.

Our view from Coco Cana’s Restaurant and Bar
Authentic Dominican Shrimp Gumbo and Plantain Pattys

The walk up to the Sky Bar was a nice stroll after we enjoyed our lunch at Coco Cana’s. The Sky Bar offers up some great drinks and beautiful views for photos. Zip lining is available for a small charge, I enjoyed all the ocean views with the mountains in the back ground, lush greenery and beautiful palms. This port really offers some great views and fun things to do. Don’t forget to take a photo at the large blue Amber Cove sign. You will have a nice photo with the ship directly behind you.

Last but certainly not least, there is a center that will stamp your passport. Be sure to check it out and get your passport stamped. Amber Cove is certainly a destination that I will go back to. I hope you and your family have a chance to explore this great port! For more information you may visit the website at http://www.ambercove.com

St Thomas USVI

St Thomas USVI
Houses nestle in the mountains


St.Thomas is a beautiful destination. We really enjoyed our stop there. We had excellent weather and had pre arranged a tour with Godfrey’s Tours. They offer different tours and they are listed on the website. (I have put the link below). Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We were able to see the popular spots in St. Thomas. He took us by 3 of the main beaches, Coki Beach, Sapphire Beach and Magen’s Bay. Magen’s Bay had a small charge to get in. I actually plan to go back to Magen’s Bay and spend some time there on our next trip to St. Thomas. Below are some photos of my trip to St. Thomas. For more information on Magen’s Bay visit the website at: http://www.magensbayauthority.com

The tour also took us to Drakes Seat and to the Mountain Top. Once at Mountain Top there was a souvenir shop, a bar to get one of those famous banana daiquiri’s and a look out area outside to take some awesome pictures and see the nearby islands. My son got a daiquiri and I had a taste, it was really good! We then made our way back down and was dropped off at Charlotte Amalie for some downtown shopping. While in downtown we stopped by The Greenhouse Restaurant and Bar and had a really nice lunch. The views of the water, service, prices and food were good. We then stopped by some of the downtown vendor tents before working our way to the ship. There are plenty of taxi’s nearby so it was easy to catch one if you did not want to take the walk back. The cruise port you will find a strip of shops. We shopped in some to purchase some last minute souvenirs before heading back to the ship. There is also SkyRide to Paradise Point. We were not able to go there this trip but it is very close to the cruise port. For more information on this attraction in St. Thomas please visit there website at: http://www.paradisepointvi.com

We really had a nice time in St. Thomas. I must say, it is such a pretty destination. I look forward to my next adventure in St. Thomas, perhaps to hop over and see the beautiful island of St. John. For more information on St. Thomas please visit the website at: http://www.visitusvi.com If you would like to book a tour of St. Thomas you may visit the website of Godfrey Tours at: http://www.godfreytours.com

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beautiful Colorful Buildings in Old San Juan
Old San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan Puerto Rico is a great destination. I was delighted that I was blessed to go here and experience the culture of this amazing historical city. It is rich with colorful buildings, old historical sites that add charm to this city. Walking the hilly Cobblestone roads to shop and soak in the architecture, restaurants, bars and nightclubs are super easy on your own. You do not need to do a city tour if you do not wish. There are trollies available to take you from place to place free of charge if need be. We were excited to find local art and meet a couple of the local artists. The people were just super friendly. There are also bilingual police officers who have a large presence and were there to help if you get lost or need to find somewhere. We certainly felt safe in Old San Juan. There was a city map that you can get when you enter the cruise port terminal which helped us to navigate around. Below are some of the many photos I snapped while visiting Old San Juan.

Local Art in San Juan Puerto Rico

We were able to visit Castillo San Cristóbal one of the two forts that are there. We did not have the time to visit the other one. We were trying to soak in so much in so little time, however we will have more to do on our next visit. The fort was huge and it was rich with information and time era information. There was a small entrance fee to get per person. The website link below should have that information. The people of San Juan are truly kind, everyone was very helpful and smiled, just very friendly. It is certainly a destination that I plan to go back to. I did buy some local handmade pottery and artwork to bring home. The artist was so very nice. He was so appreciative of my purchase. Along the waterside walking back to the ship there were local vendors that were selling all types of different things. We shopped with them before heading back to the ship. There was also a Senior Frogs right by the port. Most certainly wear sunscreen since the weather was really hot and wear comfortable walking shoes since the sidewalks are uneven and there is a lot of uphill walking in some areas. If you get a chance to visit San Juan, you will not be disappointed! For more information visit the website at: http://www.sanjuanpuertorico.com

The local artist whose art work is pictured above is Miguel Martinez-Geigel a well known Serigraph Artist and Painter in Puerto Rico. The photo below is the picture of the pottery that is available by Gisela Tollinche who also lives in Puerto Rico. Her pottery is so beautiful with such lovely art detail. I love to buy local items that are made by locals!

Handmade by Gisela Tollinche in Puerto Rico

Grand Turk

Welcome sign to Grand Turk Cruise Port

Like I mentioned before this was our first Eastern Caribbean cruise so of coarse first time to Grand Turk. Grand Turk is the largest of the Turk Islands but still small enough to take a tour in a day to see all of the island. Docking in port gave us beautiful views of turquoise blue waters and nearby sailboats. This port is a Carnival Corporation Port. Once you get off your ship, it is a short walk to the welcome sign. You will then find a variety of things to do and see. Duty free shopping, high end jewelry stores and local vendors. The area was nice, clean and the landscaping was rich in greenery and palms. We walked around and purchased some souvenirs in the shops and a few items from the vendors. (TiP) The vendors will usually negotiate a price for you, so if there is something you are looking at and you do not like the price, just kindly ask and usually they will bargain for a different one.

Ships docked at Grand Turk Cruise Port

The Port also has a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville that offers a large winding pool with a Flow Rider attraction. There is bar service also. A DJ was there interacting with guests the day we were there. Poolside Cabana’s are available for rental and should be booked prior to your arrival. Complimentary loungers are available. There are tables with umbrella’s and restroom facilities are nearby. The Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville offers a wide variety of cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches and deserts. You will find Burgers, Chicken, Fish and seafood. I had the Fish Tacos and they were really good! We also ordered nachos and those were really good too! Our server was attentive and very nice. There are inside and outside seating. It also has a retail shop that sells a variety of Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville souvenirs. The Beach is located just behind the restaurant. It has amazing views of the docked ships while you swim. The water was beautiful. My son’s girlfriend did some snorkeling there and said she enjoyed it. Complimentary clam shells and loungers are plentiful. Do not forget your towels since they are not provided at the port. You will certainly need sunscreen and perhaps a hat, the weather is so nice but hot! Your skin will thank you! You do not want to burn! Below I have some photos that I had taken while at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.

Fish Tacos Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville

We had a really nice time in Grand Turk. We will take a tour next time around the island and make time to stop at Jimmy Buffet’s again. It was fun. For more information on the Grand Turk Cruise Port you may visit the website at: http://www.grandturkcc.com

Activities on board Carnival Breeze

The Carnival Breeze ship offered a variety of things to do on board. There are comedy shows which I highly suggest getting in early to get a seat, they filled up quick! Live shows, Bingo, variety of bars and a pub throughout the ship, game shows, they also have a Cinema experience thrill theater which makes you feel like you are in the action movie. There are kids activities and centers however I did not experience any since we did not have kids. Pools, hot tubs, Fine Art and Art Auctions with Park West Gallery, Sports deck with basketball, mini golf, water slides, video arcade game room. They also have Spa Carnival for all your spa needs. You should never be bored on the Carnival Breeze, there is way too much to do! I hope you and your family get to experience this cruise and that your time on board is as wonderful and memorable as our cruise was.

Most memorable Carnival Breeze experience

Meeting the Captain of the Carnival Breeze

One thing I love about Carnival is the Behind Scenes Tour. This was my second time doing this excursion. Our first time was on the Carnival Liberty. The excursion is booked on board only and is usually an early morning tour on one of the sea days. It is usually 2-3 hours long with a couple of breaks. The tour takes you behind everything! You see exactly what goes on behind the scenes. It is very interesting and very informative. Our tour on this ship was different from our tour we had on Carnival Liberty. They both offered an excellent and different experience. The tour is guided by security personal and a tour guide who will show you how all the fun happens. You will meet the dancers and performers , the top chefs and visit the galley and other various areas. The tour also includes visit to the bridge where you will be able to get a photo with the Captain. Very Cool!! You will learn some great facts about Carnival Cruiseline. I highly recommend this excursion if you are at all interested. One thing is for sure, the crew works very hard to make you happy and to give you a great vacation. I find a sense of appreciation with that. Below are some photos that I have of the Carnival Breeze.

To book your next Carnival Cruise please visit there website for more information: http://www.carnival.com

Thank you for visiting and reading my review, I hope that you visit again and until next time, live love and travel!

~Michelle

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My journey begins as I snap photos and document my travels to bring them to you. I hope this site helps you in making your travel destination plans. I must say I am not an expert, I do not know everything, I have some miles on my feet but I have so many places still to go and goals to be met. As I was going through my archives of vacation photos and information, I thought why not be useful for others, so here I am. I hope you enjoy my informational site. The only one goal I have in my journey is to help others and share my experiences. Live, laugh and love often because life is truly too short! ~Michelle