The final stop on our 8 Day Carnival Breeze cruise, in March 2015, was Nassau Bahamas. This was our first time to the Bahamas, let alone Nassau, and we really enjoyed it. The beaches were nice, but packed. Atlantis was always something we had seen on commercials so that was neat to see in person. The beaches are all public, so you can use the beach at Atlantis, but you have to pay to enter the property. From what we gathered, the day pass is around $140 bucks and that gives you access to their facilities onsite. We might try to plan another trip there in the future, we’ll see.
Our second stop on the Carnival Breeze was in Antigua; our first time here. We decided to do like we did in St. Lucia a few years ago, find a trustworthy driver and pay them to give us a personal tour for a few hours. It was a great day and I’m glad that we decided to do that. We toured through some of the rural areas and up into the hills to see some amazing views of the ocean and bays below. One memorable area was Nelson’s Dockyard, we saw it from above and then ventured down into the area. We left thinking it would be a great place to spend a week on vacation some time. Definitely on our bucket list! A few photos from Antigua :
After departing Miami on the Carnival Breeze, we had two days at sea. We really enjoy the sea days because it’s an opportunity to explore the ship, relax in the sun, enjoy our balcony, and get the vacation rhythm going. Our first stop was St. Thomas, which we were excited to re-visit. Our previous trip to St. Thomas was a few years ago and we enjoyed spending the day at Coki Beach, where I snorkeled and we drank frozen rum drinks on the beach. Since it was such a success in 2012, we decided to do the same thing this time; again a success. The ocean water here is crystal clear, with white sand beach and a ton of fish! Here’s the little snorkel video that I made, although I made it on a whim on our trip. I’ll have to go through the rest of my video and knock out a better one soon!
This year’s cruise was an 8 Day Caribbean aboard the Carnival Breeze. This was our first time on the Breeze and we really enjoyed it! This was also our first time in an Ocean Suite (Room 7379) and the extra space sure was nice. We had four stops on this cruise, two old and two new; and three sea days. Stops included St. Thomas, San Juan P.R., Antigua, and Nassau / Bahamas. New food options included Guy’s Burger Joint (which was awesome), Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ (on C-Days), and the Konichi Wa Sushi Restaurant ($$). We tried them all and loved each one. The upgrades on this ship were great, but we were not thrilled with the American Table and American Feast dinner changes. Service was great though, and in typical Carnival fashion they managed to make our trip an overall excellent experience. Now we look forward to the Carnival Vista in 2016. Here are some pictures from this year’s trip :
In August of 2012, we spent a few days in Old San Juan before our first Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Victory. San Juan was an amazing place to visit, chalked full of history and most of the forts and sights within walking distance. On our next cruise, in a few weeks, we will be spending a day back in Old San Juan. This time, we hope to visit the cemetery and some of the hidden sights that we missed the first time around. If you have the opportunity to visit, I would recommend staying downtown Old San Juan at the Sheraton; especially if you are taking a cruise because it is across the street from the port. Check out some of the local fare; the dining is amazing and the nightlife is poppin. There are a couple of forts ran by the National Park Service, still in tact and full of history. We walked all over the place, especially the old downtown with the convent, the shops, and the little restaurant bars where you can pop in and rest. Here are some pictures from 2012 – I’ll have more from 2015 soon!
Last year we cruised on the Carnival Miracle to the Mexican Riviera (A 7 day cruise with stops in just Cabo and Puerto Vallarta). We’ve been to these locations many times in the past and we really enjoy it there. There are lots to do in each place and I’ll probably write up a separate post about suggestions in each port. For now, enjoy this video that I made on the Carnival Miracle!
We’ve been on the Mexican Riviera cruise countless times. Last year, we did it again on the Carnival Miracle (April 2013). Here is a little video of the port of Cabo San Lucas. There are so many things to do there, from relaxing at a beach bar, to parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins, or visiting the town (including Cabo Wabo!).
Cabo San Lucas
Snorkel Adventure in Cabo – Saw some Grey Whales!
The beaches and boating around Cabo San Lucas
I lost my GoPro that day after we got back to the ship. Note to self,”When you have a balcony on a cruise ship, anchor the GoPro suction cup”! It’s sitting at the bottom of Cabo’s bay somewhere. Good excuse to get a new one though…
Our next cruise will be on the Carnival Dream. It sails from New Orleans and covers ports like Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel. I’ve found the deckplan and I’ve attached it here, along with a few photos of the ship.
In a future post I will cover:
Things to do
This year, we’re embarking on the Carnival Dream for one week in the Western Caribbean! This is our sixth cruise with Carnival, our first on the Dream, and our first to these destinations. Our seven day voyage takes us to three new stops: Cozumel,Grand Cayman, and Jamaica!