Our good friends Greg and Felix have recently returned from their vacation aboard the beautiful Carnival Breeze, and took some time to speak to us about their trip.
They spent 7 nights aboard the vessel, the week of October 22, as she sailed from Galveston, Texas to the Western Caribbean, calling at Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.
The Toronto couple’s original travel plans had to be modified, due to the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria. When first booked, they were originally scheduled to cruise aboard the Carnival Fascination originating out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, a few weeks prior to sailing, the cruise line called to notify them that their trip had to be cancelled as the ship had been chartered for humanitarian purposes.
Working with Carnival, they were able to get assigned to a different ship, the Breeze out of Galveston, Texas. They were issued some compensation for having to change their plans and flights last minute.
Greg and Felix flew into Houston the day prior to the cruise, and after a long day of travelling, decided to take it easy and relax at the hotel. The following morning, they were able to spend some time at the Galveston beach and experienced a beautiful sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico. “The sunrise and a stroll on the beach with a coffee was a nice way to begin our vacation. We wish we had another day to explore Galveston and all that this charming town has to offer”.
They headed for the cruise terminal and boarded the ship in the early afternoon. Felix had been on a few Carnival cruises before, however this was Greg’s first cruise vacation experience. “Upon boarding the ship, I wanted to see it all immediately” said Greg, “I wanted to swim, see our room, sunbathe and eat – simultaneously. I was quite overwhelmed and excited!”
After departing Galveston, Breeze spent two days at sea, where the couple spent some time unwinding and soaking up the sun on Lido deck. They also enjoyed many of the ship’s amenities such as the ropes course, mini putt, and of course abundance of food.
When the ship arrived at their first port of call, Montego Bay, Jamaica, they were excited to disembark and explore the area. “We were looking forward to enjoying a nice shore excursion experience” said Greg.
With a variety of activities to choose from, the couple opted to take a trip on a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae river. The excursion was booked through Carnival on board the ship. “It was a very pleasant and relaxing experience”, noted Felix.
The next stop on the cruise was to be Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands, however, the weather and seas turned quite nasty, which promoted the Captain to cancel the stop. The foul conditions made it impossible for the ship to anchor and run it’s tender operation. Greg was somewhat disappointed when he first heard the news ,”This was the port I was really looking forward to – I had high hopes and expectations. However, we both understand that it is safety first. At least we have something to look forward to when we visit again”. Carnival Breeze then turned around and continued on her voyage to Cozumel, arriving the next day.
At Cozumel the couple booked an excursion to visit the famed Mayan Ruins at Tulum. After a two hour combination of a ferry and bus ride, they arrived at the site and were struck by its beauty and wonder. “This shore excursion was quite educational. To think that we were standing in a archaeological site from the 13th century was pretty cool” said Greg. In fact they enjoyed the visit there so much, that they are considering a resort based vacation in Cancun in the future. “We wish we had more time to enjoy the beach and Tulum Ruins, we really want to go back” added Felix.
After Cozumel the Breeze departed for Galveston and after another day at sea, the trip was over. “We had a great time, we are sure we would do a cruise again” said Greg, “but maybe one with more ports and less sea days – only two ports and five sea days was a lot to handle”.
Greg and Felix, thank you for taking the time to speak with us about your recent cruise, and we wish you happy travels in the future!