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  1. The Hub app now has a feature where you can check-in using the app and it will notify you when your table is available. We used it recently on the Breeze to check in as we were leaving our cabin (Deck 11) to go to dinner and we typically got a notice that our table was ready before we even got down to the restaurant.
  2. We love staying on the Lido deck and have never had any problem with noise.
  3. I'm really enjoying all of the replies - and I am so thankful for the advice. After looking at all of the options, I think Celebrity will be our next step up. Once we are no longer paying our son's college tuition we will probably start looking at Azamara, Oceana, and maybe river cruises. We're excited about the next chapter of our cruising life!
  4. The Carnival Magic, Breeze, and Dream are sister ships that all have Promenade decks that wrap completely around the ship. They also have seating areas around the Promenade deck (one is shown in the photo below).
  5. We got off the Breeze 3 weeks ago and we didn't notice any of the cleanliness or smell issues you had. I used several of the public restrooms and they were always clean and had soap. My only complaint about the Breeze was how crowded it was.
  6. We got off the same cruise a couple of weeks ago and went to Ocean World at Amber Cove, DR. They have a tropical bird aviary you can walk through and feed the birds. Some of them will even land on you while they eat, which is a great photo opportunity. They also have a parrot show and you can get your photos taken with them.
  7. Having a kid ourselves, we didn't really have a choice but to cruise during the summer. We're looking forward to trying other times of the year and ships with fewer kids (not necessarily none).
  8. Yeah, I spent a lot of time on our balcony that evening and didn't see or hear them. We were in a port the next day, so they had very little time to cause more trouble.
  9. We were in a Deck 10 balcony cabin on Carnival Magic last year and two drunk guys a couple cabins from ours started spitting at passengers on the Deck 5 Promenade. Then they filled an ice bucket with water and dumped it down onto a couple. We and several others called security, who met us to take reports. The two guys were apparently confined to their cabin and then escorted off the ship at our next port.
  10. Thank you for the suggestions! Azamara and Oceania look really intriguing and seem to match up with what we're looking for. Will also check out Celebrity and the others mentioned. I knew my fellow Cruise Critters would have some good suggestions! 😉
  11. We returned a couple of weeks ago from a 7-day cruise aboard Carnival Breeze and it was the most crowded ship we have ever cruised. Surprisingly, we did not have the same feeling about her sister ship, Magic, last year. Mid-way through our Breeze cruise, though, I was tired of standing in lines, searching for an empty table/chair, waiting forever for elevators, dodging kids, kids, and more kids......and was definitely feeling rather anti-social. This was our 7th cruise, having previously cruised Carnival and RCI, on ships ranging from 1,400 to 3,700 passengers. We are about to be empty-nesters (son graduates from college this year!) and my DH and I will be cruising on our own, so we are ready to move up to a different cruise experience. We don't need or want ropes courses, ziplines, rock walls, water slides, or other features that make up the new goliath amusement parks at sea. Give us a small to mid-sized ship with a balcony cabin, a good thermal spa, uncrowded deck space where we can watch the sea slip by, good food options, and we're happy. Budget is still an issue - looking to keep it to around $250/day per person (not including excursions, drinks, airfare, etc.). We'll also be looking to cruise more in non-summer months (unless it's to a cold climate region). So, any suggestions on cruise lines and ships we should be looking into?
  12. We got off the Breeze last Saturday. The ship was clean an the staff was really fantastic. We were on the Magic last year, so we were already familiar with the design and layout of the ship, but the Breeze felt more crowded that the Magic.
  13. We made our scheduled stop in San Juan on 7/31 (Carnival Breeze). El Morro was open, so we visited the fort and then walked around downtown. The roads right around the Governor's mansion were closed with heavy police presence and the umbrellas have not been put back up along La Fortaleza. The shops had just reopened a couple of days before our visit and many of the buildings had large patches of fresh white paint to cover up graffiti that had been spray painted by protesters. We were impressed with how calm everything was and ended up having a great day.
  14. We just got off the Breeze Saturday - Deck 11 spa room. Our muster was in the Ovation theater and didn't take long at all.
  15. We just got back from the Breeze on Saturday. After a day in San Juan, I went out to read on our balcony. Within a few minutes, I got a nose-full of cigar smoke. I looked around and saw a guy standing two cabins forward from us with a cigar in his hand. I gave it a few minutes, hoping he would stop, but he didn't and it was so strong that I started coughing since all of the smoke was blowing in the direction of our balcony. I called down to Guest Services and they said they would send someone up. A few minutes later I heard him talking to someone about it and the smoking stopped. After coming back from dinner that night, there was a letter on our bed from Guest Services telling us that Security had discussed the issue with the passenger and to let GS know if the smoking occurred again. We didn't smell anything for the rest of the cruise, so the "discussion" must have worked. I'm all for everyone enjoying their vacation, but when someone is breaking a rule that prevents me from being able to use something I paid for, then Guest Services is definitely getting a phone call.
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