My First Cruise on Carnival Breeze!


Here we go! This will be the first, of a series, on our Carnival Breeze cruise!

Jan and I cruised on the Breeze from April 20-27, 2019. This is my 19th cruise, 5th cruise aboard a Carnival ship.  My previous experience on Carnival has been, the Triumph, Liberty x 2, (Elation in Oct) and Sunshine.  My favorite so far? Sunshine for sure…Liberty is a close second.  So this is my first time on one of their larger, newer ships!  So what did I think?

Well, let me start with embarkation! We left out of Port Canaveral, this is my favorite cruise port by far! Whether we are sailing, Disney, Carnival, Royal, or NCL, we love leaving out of Port Canaveral! It is an easy port to leave from and it is a nice ride out. Each cruise line has their ways of doing things, but in general we never have much of a wait and things are pretty organized….with Disney leading the pack in having it together!

When we arrived there was a huge line ( you can see the line, and much more, by visiting my Youtube channel !)  but we still were on board within about 45 minutes, it would have been quicker but Jan got us in trouble and we were detained a bit!!  lol  Again, go to the channel to hear what happened.    Trust me it is a lesson learned for her!

So we boarded within 45 minutes despite long lines and Jan being a trouble maker! lol

We then found our cabin (again…..see the cabin by using the link above) this is a large ship! We had  to walk from where we boarded Forward and go to our cabin which was alllllllll the way aft! Carrying some very heavy items!  You can take soda on board as long as it is in cans. No bottles of water. Oh and you can take a bottle of wine too! Only on Embark day, all 21+ passengers may carry on a bottle of wine or champagne.  Heavy…..

We were in cabin 2745 img_3177 it was an interior aft cabin. This cabin is noisy! No two ways about it. There were times I knew if someone was not a seasoned cruiser the noises would have scared them to death! It sounded like the ship was tore in two! lol  We were hearing the engines and when they would turn the thrusters on, boy was it loud. Jan felt it was a very bumpy ride, I definitely could feel it, I didn’t mind that part. I would not want this cabin again just because, if I am going to do an interior I want a nicer location. This was my first interior cabin, I usually book balconies. I do prefer balconies, but if I had to get an interior to go on a cruise…interior it is!  Yes, I love to cruise!

So after we dropped off the heavy carry on bags, we took off to explore a little bit. The atrium on the Breeze is very pretty. It is unlike other Carnival ships I have been on.

It is very understated for a Carnival ship! If the over the top glitz and colors of a Carnival ship do not appeal to you, then I recommend the Breeze. The atrium on a ship is usually the gathering place, and the place to have a drink and listen to live music. The Breeze is no exception to this rule. And on some nights they even had Violin players… was quite beautiful!

We grabbed ourselves some food at Blue Iguana! Did I mention this is Jan’s first Carnival cruise?  She loved Blue Iguana and Guy’s. But I do think she was more partial to Blue Iguana.  So the crowds on this ship are not nearly as bad as I was afraid they might be! I had been watching some vlogs leading up to the cruise (I like to know where I am going) and there were some crazy crowds. But I can honestly say that we did not have long lines anywhere the entire week! Walk right up to get pizza…..right up for guys and Iguana’s! That is a first for me!

Speaking of Pizza……img_2345 this is what is left of our Quatro Formaggi… they now deliver pizza for a $5 fee, anywhere on the ship! I had to test that and guess what? It works! We were up on deck 11 aft Starboard side and viola they found me and had a fresh pizza!  It took about 20 minutes to get it…..from the time I used the app to order the pizza!  OH and if you do not have the app, download it, it is a lifesaver! Well, okay, maybe that is a little dramatic!! But I used the heck out of the HUB.  Just look for the Carnival HUB. By the way, if you are not familiar with Carnival pizza….it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!  My hubby and I have been on 19 cruises over 5 different cruise line, we recently went over our favorite pizza- winner Carnival (we both agree) The loser, I hate to say it because I love this cruise line, but yep….Disney has terrible pizza! I am not a huge pizza fan, I do not eat Disney’s (yes, I have tried it) but I eat Carnivals every time!

Dinner in the main dining room that evening was okay, first nights always seem a little off. And it was. Let’s see….pictures of dinner? Sorry but they are sideways….lol  I didn’t turn them before adding…oops! The onion rings were okay…..nothing was that hot! I do not even think Jan finished them. My spring rolls were cold (they are served cold) and were not good,  that may be subjective more than actual food being bad. The melting cake was so good (as usual) that we had it every night! lol  Surprised?

We turned in rather early this first night. Sleeping in an interior cabin is rather nice! It is very dark! If you like dark, well this cabin is for you! I actually did not mind the cabin at all and my roommate was great! So we had the makings of a great week so far!  I plan on getting up early tomorrow to see the sunrise!  Hope you will come back to see what we get up to and of course see more of the beautiful Carnival Breeze!

Thanks for reading!

Land, Sea and Land Trip!


We are leaving today for our trip! We will be in Daytona today, then we board the Disney Dream tomorrow! On Friday we arrive for our 2 night stay at the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World.

We will be vlogging the entire trip! I may post some stuff while we are gone, but the vlog series should be starting the week we get home!  If you have not subscribed, please consider doing so!

Here is my packing video!

And away we go!


Disney Cruise Countdown!

Hey all! So we are 20 days away from our epic return to Disney Cruise Line! Woohoo! Doug and I are super excited!!  The last time we sailed on Disney was in 2013 on the Fantasy, we loved it, but one day while standing on deck 11 near the food court, I had the misguided thought that I needed a break from Disney cruising! So that was our last Disney cruise….until Feb 25, 2019! When we return to the Disney Dream.

Oh and that break I needed? Yeah well we cruised on Carnival next and there was no relief from the crowds of kids/families; as a matter of fact there was less space dedicated to hiding from it all!  We did find relief once we sailed on Celebrity. But what we realized after sailing 4 other cruise lines is that we love Disney and there is no substitute for the level of service/hospitality that we get on a Disney cruise! And the Disney ships are gorgeous beyond compare….I think only Cunard is going to come close;although Celebrity has a beautiful ship. We have not sailed Cunard  yet, and we won’t for another 2 or 3 years, so maybe I will see if I can do a ship inspection soon! I will let you know my thoughts.

Anyway, now we are back at Disney and we are excited. You may be surprised to know that Doug’s level of excitement rivals mine! lol

So here is a short vlog we made discussing the next 20 days!  If you enjoy the vlog or don’t want to miss any vlogs coming up- please subscribe! And like!  And thank you!

I hate drama and controversy…..but…..

So lately there has been some controversy brewing in the YouTube/Cruise Vlog community! This has caused me to want to address what should happen when you book a cruise with a travel agent….and what you should expect from your travel professional! And, what you should never do when booking a cruise with a travel agent;especially one you have never met in person.

So in this video below I refer to a controversy. I never say what it is and I realize when I watched it over that this can be very frustrating! To not really know what I am talking about. So I will briefly tell you that the controversy had to do with a very popular cruise vlogging family on YouTube. This family, or the matriarch of the family, is being accused of taking deposits for group cruises and not booking the cruise. I do not have anything to do with them and I do not know what is factual; I am aware of the accusations and the fact that, to date, the person accused has not addressed the accusations.

Because of this controversy I decided to address booking policy as it relates to taking deposits. I also took the time to explain who I am and what my experience is. At the time that I made this video my Facebook page had a different name. It is now Cruising with Christine and you can find a link at the bottom of this page!