I Love Cruising…..

I have had a love for cruising since my first cruise in 2004. My very first cruise was aboard Norwegian Dream, a now defunked cruise ship that at the time of our sailing was old, it was only to be around for a year or two more at that point.

But what did I know? It was my first and I was quickly in love. One thing I learned from that cruise was to NOT tell new cruisers that the ship they are on, or the line they are cruising, is not that great! If I found myself in this situation I think I would practice the golden rule of “If you have nothing nice to say- say nothing at all” When we first cruised we were with about 50 of our friends, including my parents, and almost all of them were repeat cruisers. They were so quick to tell us novices that the cruise we were experiencing was subpar to their own past experiences. I remember feeling very put out by this repeated information! I did not know whether this cruise was among the best, or worst, since I had nothing to compare it to. There was a lot of “Royal Caribbean is so much better” and “you don’t know this but this cruise STINKS!” being said! hahaha I did not appreciate it and felt they were blemishing my experience with their biased remarks. I wanted to form my own opinions and would have appreciated a clean slate to start with! But it did not ruin our experience, I always say a cruise is what we make of it!! We had a fantastic time! It was simply amazing! In the end I feel sorry for those that found fault with everything about this ship! Obviously we had the better time!

I do not have pictures from that first cruise, I didn’t get a FB account until 2009 so…….I have pics somewhere but where? Come on! We moved to Florida and I fear they are still in a box somewhere! I know that is bad since we will have been here 3 years this October! But I have been busy cruising!

I do have pictures from our next cruise which was a Disney cruise in 2009 aboard the Wonder.

Disney Wonder March 2009
Once you enter the terminal in Port Canaveral
The Flying Dutchman at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay

After this cruise we were hooked. We began cruising yearly. Now 11 years, 25 cruises and 7 cruise lines later……I would say we are experienced. And I hope I never tell a novice that their first cruise is subpar! I want everyone to love cruising as much as I do! I must help the ship put their best foot forward!

I love talking about cruising so much so that I created a YouTube channel. If you have been around here for any amount of time you probably know this. My channel is simply called Cruising with Christine! That link will take you to my newest vlog! I have 18 Playlists with different cruise ships/lines that we have sailed on. I recently did my first solo sailing! Yes, that is in there too! Look for Mariner of the Seas solo cruise!

Thanks for allowing me to ramble on about cruising and how much I love it. I can’t wait for cruising to resume! This pandemic has taken a huge toll on all of us ! It has been very hard on the cruise industry! I for one am looking forward to my next cruise! Fingers crossed that it happens! When is your next cruise?

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…..it 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!