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9 hours ago, JaniceB said:

Sorry your day in Grand Turk was overcast, at least you didn't get overheated.

 

Thanks Janice! That's one thing about island weather, the sun will come back out eventually. At least I do feel lucky I've never had an all day soaker to deal with. In fact, my first cruise the first stop was St. Thomas and while I was putting on my wedding dressing it poured. By the time we made it to the beach to get married, it was sunny. That was my introduction. 

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Day 8 – Sea Day

 

Welcome to my last day on the ship. Insert tears!!

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We weren’t using the Hub App and my regular wi-fi service wasn’t working so we did not get the invitation from our buddies to go to sea day brunch at 8:30. We made our way there eventually. The seas were calm, and I was hoping for a window seat but that didn’t happen. DH had steak and eggs and said it was actually the best meal he had on board. I got the mac and cheese with steak. The flavor was a little off and the steak was more like pot roast with no gravy. I didn’t eat much.

 

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After brunch I went to guest services to see why my wi-fi wasn’t working. I guess it randomly knocks you out and you have to click “I have a plan connect now”. That was frustrating. After that, I went to pixels and picked out two pictures. They said I could pick them up after 6pm that night. DH was NOT pleased. I picked the corny picture from embarkation with him giving the thumbs up. Oops. I guess he should have gone with me instead of getting a bloody mary at the Blue Iquana. hehe evil grin. I  met up with everybody and then eventually went for Sushi… Finally. One friend said “I waited a year for this and then waited all week to finally get here”. I tried the Japanese light beer and it was good. We had miso soup, edamame, and a spicy tuna roll. They will give you a to-go box if you cannot finish it all and we couldn’t because we practically just left brunch.

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We went back to the room to change into bathing suits and then up to the slides. I didn’t bother but DH went down twice. I took a few pictures of his first trip down and then a video on his second run. He had as much fun as the kids that’s for sure. He said at the top it was really windy and cold because your soaking wet. If not for that, he would have gone down a few more times.

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I could hear Donkey doing the hairy chest contest. We made it back to where our friends were sitting and got to enjoy the end of the show. Donkey was very funny for the times he’s out on deck getting the crowd going. This is not my burger but since I took the picture, I thought you would enjoy. It makes me hungry just looking at it.

 

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We sat out at the Red Frog for as long as we possibly could. We did not want this day to end that’s for sure!!! I went back to the room to change for dinner and took one last random photo of the hot tub beneath my cabin.

 

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Here’s a few more random pictures. I did not want this day to end!

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For dinner DH had alligator bites, French onion soup, shrimp cocktail and roasted pork. I had the shrimp creole and finally had dessert. It was baked Alaska and I only asked for it because I had no idea what it was. Turns out it’s not that interesting and I should have had the WCMC.

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Our wait staff all joined in to sing us goodbye. That’s my least favorite song in the whole world. Or at least it was at that moment. 

 

 

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We went to Pixels to get my photos and then to the fun shops.

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The gang headed to the Red Frog to wait for Travis to start his set, but he wasn’t coming on until 10pm. DH and I decided to suck up as much fresh air as we could, so we headed to the Tides Bar and just chilled out.

 

Eventually we went back to the cabin. We have another ritual and that is never packing one thing the night before we leave. So, we had the alarm set for 6:30 the next morning. He went to bed around 9 and I went scouring the buffet for sweets. That baked Alaska just did nothing for me.  Oh and I did stop off at the tides bar and got a white Russian to wash down this plate full of desserts. 😲  I was really trying to squeeze in all the fun I could. 

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Day 9 - Debarkation

 

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I woke up at 1am and couldn’t fall back to sleep so I was a zombie. I managed to get it together and we had everything done for self-debarkation at 7:35. We ran up to the buffet for a quick bite to eat but I would have made out much better getting a burrito. DH got an omelet. It took just as long for him to get the omelet as it did me to wait in line for the buffet.

 

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We were back in port but for some reason our phones weren’t working so we had a little miscommunication with the group on where and when to make our exit. We finally met up and then we saw the line of people trying to get off. It seemed a bit chaotic and Donkey kept telling everyone not to come down. A rep came over and was planning to send us back, but DH flashed the Platinum card and she let us pass. Once things got moving, we were off quick. They asked how many in our party for customs, so we all got to stay together. Once outside, we immediately saw the signs for Go Port Canaveral. We were almost the last on the bus and then the bus pulled over to the Sunshine and picked up just a few more people and off we went.

 

They dropped us off at a centralized location at the airport and it took awhile to find our airline ticketing and baggage drop off. We had to go up to the 3rd floor, I think. I’m happy to report all went well with the flights and we walked into our front door at 5pm. 

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OK, I'm clueless.  I'm an avid reader of ship reviews, but this is the first time I've seen pics of a rubber ducky and heard about getting "ducked".  What is it about?  

 

Going on the Breeze in December and wondering if I need to buy some ducks...

 

Thanks for sharing your cruise with us!

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Final Thoughts

 

I had a wonderful time on this cruise start to finish. I had some downs with the headaches, insomnia, motion sickness, sore throat, head cold, and the throbbing fire ant bite!!! Even with all that, this cruise was one of my favorites. Memories made with good friends is always the best medicine!!

 

 

Regrets

I had a few… I still haven’t made it to the Alchemy Bar. I didn’t get that warm chocolate melting cake.

I regret not getting on that ropes course!!!

 

Special Thanks…

A shout out to the bartenders at the Red Frog… They work all day elsewhere and then work all night there. Patrick, Jay, and Lorena... We all loved you guys. Thank you for making this cruise so special for us!!!  Our servers Malcome and Gusti did a great job every single night. Service was always fast even on those hectic elegant nights. Our room steward Luki was great, we had twice a day service and never had an issue.

 

Random Thoughts…

My friends feel like the bigger the ship, the more crowded because the extra decks are just for thousands of more cabins. On the Pride, we did not have all the waiting around in lines all the time. I didn’t feel that strongly about it.

 

I was impressed with the staff on the Breeze. Each bar had a minimum of 2 bartenders and I never waited for a drink. Also, my past two cruises, I was never asked if I wanted a drink with dinner and on this cruise, they asked every single night.

 

We did not have any spring breakers to speak of. It was not a rowdy crowd that I noticed. I never saw anyone that had 1 too many or anything out of line.

 

The floor in the buffet area is very slippery especially if you’re wearing sneakers.

 

I never ordered room service and I never saw the menu but somehow it got packed into my paperwork. Since I stole it, I am attaching it for you.

 

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Also, on the last day I noticed this outlet in the bathroom. That could have come in very handy if I had only seen it sooner.  

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We always collect magnets on our travels.  

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I would recommend Go Port Canaveral. They took the stress out of everything, at least for me.

 

I enjoyed the Breeze, and thought this was a great itinerary. I would do this again in a heartbeat.  I recently met up with my buddies and we reminisced about our fabulous week. We all agreed we could not do a cruise more than once a year because our poor bodies could not take all that we put them through during one week. Haha  Thank you all for following along. Happy Cruising CC Fam!!!!

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Thanks for a great review. We did the same stops last October and really enjoyed them. 

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It was a great review. We are going on the Breeze in July. Loved your story telling and pictures. Glad you had so much fun!! We also intend on having a lot of fun!!

Thanks

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Thanks again for sharing your great review and pictures with us. It brought back many great memories! 😎

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I just finished reading your review and really enjoyed it.  We did a similar cruise in May 2010, but went to HMC instead of Amber Cove.  Loved what all you saw and did in San Juan.  Two of our more recent cruises have been out of San Juan and I'd love to go down several days early (or a week's vacation there) instead of just one night before the cruise, so much to see and do.  Your pictures are gorgeous!  I also saw where you did a review of your Hawaiian cruise, so I finally found that one and bookmarked it to start reading.  We were in Hawaii for 2 weeks in Sept. 2017 (Oahu, Kauai, Maui) so I'm really looking forward to reading.  Can't wait to see your section on the Big Island, which we didn't get to.  DH would like to go again someday.  Thanks for taking the time to do this, I really enjoyed it. 

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On 4/16/2019 at 7:38 PM, flwinejunkie said:

OK, I'm clueless.  I'm an avid reader of ship reviews, but this is the first time I've seen pics of a rubber ducky and heard about getting "ducked".  What is it about?  

 

Going on the Breeze in December and wondering if I need to buy some ducks...

 

Thanks for sharing your cruise with us!

Hey flwinejunkie,

Im not real sure how this ducking thing works but there is a little piece of paper attached to the duck with a fb or insta page so you can # the person and they will see that you found the duck. Unfortunately I don’t do social media except for my reviews on CC so I couldn’t let the original people know. That’s why I relocated the little guy. 

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On 4/16/2019 at 8:26 PM, DebOinKC said:

Thanks for a great review. We did the same stops last October and really enjoyed them. 

 

Hi DebOinKC, 

I enjoyed this itinerary and had a few hours in the morning to just relax and enjoy pulling into port for 2 stops. 8am is great but I often miss a lot by being at breakfast or getting ready. 

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On 4/16/2019 at 10:40 PM, fla97 said:

It was a great review. We are going on the Breeze in July. Loved your story telling and pictures. Glad you had so much fun!! We also intend on having a lot of fun!!

Thanks

 

Thank you so much fla97. It is hard to put my sense of humor in writing. I’m glad you got me 😉

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On 4/17/2019 at 9:44 AM, JaniceB said:

Thanks for the review and all the great pictures. 

 

Hi JaniceB,

You stuck with me to the end of my long winded review. 😂 thank you! 

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On 4/17/2019 at 10:24 AM, Anyislandwilldo said:

I love listening to the violin music.  They had a trio on the Dream that were great.

 

Hey Anyislandwilldo,

Yes, it’s mesmerizing isn’t it? The talent that we get to enjoy just blows me away sometimes! 

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On 4/17/2019 at 10:59 AM, Jamman54 said:

Thanks again for sharing your great review and pictures with us. It brought back many great memories! 😎

 

Thanks Jamman,

I have learned so much from your reviews and feel like I know your wonderful family. I never had a thirsty red frog but every time I watched someone order one I looked over just in case it was you. 😂😁😂

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7 hours ago, pghsteelerfan said:

I just finished reading your review and really enjoyed it.  We did a similar cruise in May 2010, but went to HMC instead of Amber Cove.  Loved what all you saw and did in San Juan.  Two of our more recent cruises have been out of San Juan and I'd love to go down several days early (or a week's vacation there) instead of just one night before the cruise, so much to see and do.  Your pictures are gorgeous!  I also saw where you did a review of your Hawaiian cruise, so I finally found that one and bookmarked it to start reading.  We were in Hawaii for 2 weeks in Sept. 2017 (Oahu, Kauai, Maui) so I'm really looking forward to reading.  Can't wait to see your section on the Big Island, which we didn't get to.  DH would like to go again someday.  Thanks for taking the time to do this, I really enjoyed it. 

 

Hey pghsteelerfan,

I remember great reviews from you. Thank you for following along and I do hope you find some good info on my Hawaii cruise. I’ve sailed from San Juan twice and flew in the day of... ugh.   I won’t do that again. I will allow some more time to explore such a great place. We really want to climb the summit of El Yungue. 

 

Thanks again!

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Wonderful review and love the pics. We will be doing this exact cruise in May. As if I wasn't amped up enough already.

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Thank you so much for such a great review. Followed along all the way. Your pictures are so good. DH and I will be doing the exact same cruise in 29 days, lol.

 

Could you please tell me  more about Jack's Shack in Grand Turk? How is the food? Are the chairs and umbrella worth the cost? Are they less expensive there than at the pier where the ship docks? 

 

Thanks!

 

 

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