Saturday, August 5, 2017

Breezing Through Summer- The Carnival Breeze 2017

Summer Cruise with the Kids- 2017
Carnival Breeze

In July 2017 Chris and I took a Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze sailing out of Galveston, TX with our two kids (Natalie- 7 and Luke- 5). This beautiful floating resort took us to the following destinations: 

Cozumel, Mexico
Belize City, Belize 

Mahogany Bay, Roatan

The Carnival Breeze... Our home away from home for the next 7 days! 

Chris and I have been on 10 other cruises prior to this one; 7 with Carnival, 2 with Royal Caribbean and 1 with Princess. This blog will include daily entries of our 7 days, a broad "Foodies" blog highlighting all of the food options available on the Carnival Breeze as well as an extensive photo review of the ship. Thank you SO MUCH to all my followers... without you the blog would not be as popular as it is today!  Be sure to stay tuned for MORE cruise blogs! 

Galveston / Embarkation- Boot Scootin' Boogie

SeaDay #1- Ropes, Slides and Golf OH MY

Cozumel- Just Another Day in Paradise

Belize- Small Boat, BIG Waves

Roatan- Here Comes the Rain Again

SeaDay #2- Trophy Time

SeaDay #3- Rain Can't Stop Our Parade

Disembarkation- Giving the Breeze "The Boot"

Other Blog Posts

Carnival Breeze FOOD

Once again, we owe all of these blessings to our Lord and Savior! He has truly blessed Chris and I, as well as our family! We currently have 3 more cruises booked and a few more after that on the horizon for the next 2+ years, with and without kids, and we are very excited to set sail once again.

Carnival ValorMY 35th Bday Celebration/ Girls Cruise-September 2017
NCL Pearl- 12th Anniversary and a new cruise lineMarch 2018
Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas- Gotta get on her before she leaves- June 2018
Carnival Fantasy/Freedom- Thanksgiving Cruise with the kids- November 2018

 Thank you so much for following along and until we meet again... 

Keep Calm and CRUISE ON!  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Breezing Through Summer- FOOD

Davis Table and Davis Feast
Carnival Breeze 2017

We are true foodies and love trying new things while on a cruise ship as well as enjoy our favorites. The Carnival Breeze offered the FunShip 2.0 upgrades including Guy's Burger Joint and Blue Iguana Cantina but it also had Mongolian Wok and the brand new Guy's Pig and Anchor BBQ on the Lanai deck. This made for an amazing dining experience throughout the cruise. In addition, the Breeze had the American Table and American Feast menus in the Main Dining Room. We also splurged and tried the 555 Fahrenheit  Steakhouse on this cruise! We enjoyed every meal and the Carnival Breeze is one of our favorite Carnival ships for dining! In fact, there was almost TOO much to choose from! 

I am going to highlight all of the Lido deck offerings individually as well as each night's menu from the MDR. We tried to eat at as many venues as possible but even with a 7 night sailing, it is difficult to get to it all! 

Lido Deck and Various Lunch Offerings

Guy's Pig and Anchor Smokehouse BBQ- Deck 5 Lanai Starboard
This is a new addition to the Breeze since May 2017. It offers 4 types of BBQ meats and all the sides a BBQ lover could ask for. It is only available on sea days from 12(noon) to 2:30PM. The line WILL be long but it moves fairly fast! Tip- Be sure bring your own drink or bottle water because there is not a beverage station close by.

The Menu!

The food workers were HARD and HOT at work! 

The mac n cheese on the Breeze was the best I've ever had!

Taste Bar and Lighter Fare- Deck 5 Ocean Plaza
This is open only on sea days from 12PM to 2:30PM and offers salads (made to order and tossed in front of you) as well as soup and even wraps and sandwiches. It is a great way to watch what you're eating on a cruise ship!
There is a food worker behind the bar tossing your salad as you request! 

A light lunch is perfect for HOT sea days! 

Bonsai Sushi- Deck 5 promenade aft
This is an a la carte eating venue that is open nightly from 5PM- midnight and sea days from 12 (noon) to 2:30PM. We fully intended to eat here as a late night snack and never found the time but we did order the California roll from room service and it was superb!
The menu! 

Room service California roll... We WILL be ordering it again! Wow, so good! 

Guy's Burgers and Fries- Deck 10 Lido mid-ship
This NEVER disappoints and is EASILY the best burger at sea! Supposedly this particular venue offered a "Texas" burger (since sailing from Galveston) but the workers never seemed to know what I was talking about! Still an amazing lunch! This is open everyday from 12 (noon) to 6PM, although I really wish it would stay open later as a burger would be a perfect late night snack!

This is what I love about Guy's... everyone can create THEIR own burger however they choose! 

Guy's Burger and Fries menu

This crew was very stingy on the fries the whole trip!

Blue Iguana Cantina- Deck 10 Lido mid-ship
This is available DAILY for breakfast until 10:30AM and lunch from 12PM to 2:30PM. Chris and I LOVE the breakfast burritos and I enjoy the lunch burritos and taco salads. Tip- The line moves quickly so don't be frightened by the long line!

The menu

We loved the Salsa bar because again, everyone can make it their own!

My daily breakfast! 

Marketplace Buffet- Deck 10 Lido mid-ship
This is the main buffet and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with various hours during sea days and port days. As usual, we did not eat here very much but we LOVED the set-up and décor of this buffet. Tip- There is AMPLE seating between the front and back buffets on each side of the ship! Also, the back buffet is ALWAYS less crowded than the front!  

The décor of this buffet is our all time favorite for a cruise ship and seemed very upscale.

Tip- This is the seating on the sides of the buffet. The large booths are PUB height! I loved the décor of this as well! 

Mongolian Wok- Deck 10 Lido mid-ship
This is Chris's favorite place to eat on the ship and offers made to order Asian food. It is open from 12PM to 2:30PM daily. Tip- Eat here on the 1st day as it is usually unknown by most passengers. As the week progresses the line will get longer and longer! 
By the end of the week Chris had his perfect recipe! 

Cucina del Capitano- Deck 11 Panorama aft
This is a FREE pasta bar during lunch hours (12PM to 2:30PM). It is upstairs and feels like a private restaurant. You can create made to order pasta dishes and they offer Caesar salad and the absolute BEST bread offered on the ship! My family LOVED it and ate there several times. For dinner hours it is $15/ per person and offers family style dining! Tip- You can order 1/2 orders if you are like me and want to "try it all" on the ship but don't have stomach space! 

The best bread on the ship!

SeaDogs- Deck 12 SportsSquare mid-ship
This is INSIDE SportsSquare and only open on SeaDays from 11AM to 1PM. Tip- However, it was only open 1 of the 3 sea days during our voyage so if this appeals to you, be sure to eat there when you see it open because it may not be open later! 

If the umbrella is up... it is OPEN!

There is only 1 CCL worker so it is slow but worth it! 

They offer all- beef, chicken and apple, polish and pork hot dogs as well as ALL of the fixin's! The all-beef was one of the best hot dogs we have ever had! 

Pizza Pirate- Deck 10 Lido aft
This is Carnival's downfall in the food category. The pizza service is TERRIBLY slow and the pizza itself is NOT good. I was hoping the Breeze would get Pizza del Capitano during the May 2017 drydock as it is slightly better than Pizza Pirate. On this trip we only ate here 1 time and we waited 30 minutes for 2 slices. It is open 24 hours!

Seriously, don't waste your time! 

Tandoor- Deck 10 Lido aft (starboard)
We planned on eating here on this trip but never got around to it! If you like Indian food it is great! It is only open from 12PM to 2PM daily! 

Main Dining Room- Sapphire Dining Room- Deck 3 forward
Tip- We had Your Time Dining and could eat anytime from 5:45 to 9:30PM. If you have set dining times you will be eating in the Blush Dining Room (deck 4 aft) OR Sapphire Dining Room deck 4 forward.

Chris and I cruise frequently and enjoy "rating" each menu item from 1-5 with 2.5 being what you would expect from a restaurant on land. We consider a 4.0 to be about standard for most cruise food! I realize that food is VERY subjective but we enjoy reviewing these menu items to help us remember what we do like for future voyages. 

1- awful and would be fast-food level quality (McDonald's or Taco Bell)
2- decent on land offering 
2.5- par for land meals (Chili's and Red Lobster) 
3- Upscale land restaurant quality 
4.0- standard for cruise industry food 
5.0- One of the best foods (of the corresponding category) we have ever had

Sunday, July 16, 2017- Embarkation/ Day 1 
American Table Menu

American Table Night #1 menu (for a 7 day sailing)

Galveston Port of Call menu 

Fried Calamari
Chris- 4.0
Kellie- 4.5 (wow, better than I remember)

Jalapeno Poppers
Chris- 4.5
Kellie- 4.5 (cheesy, just the way I like it)

Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Fruit Cocktail

Fried Shrimp
Chris- 4.0
Kellie- 4.0

Kids Spaghetti

American Table Night #1 Dessert Menu

Chris- 4.5
Kellie- 4.5 (Nice surprise and NOT Nutella)

Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake
Chris- 3.5

Caramelized Phyllo
Kellie- 3.0 (way too rich and weird)

Monday, July 17, 2017- SeaDay1
American Feast

American Feast Menu (Night 2)

Mushroom Soup 
Kellie- 4.0 (Better than previous cruises)

Fried Oysters
Chris- 4.5 (Big Surprise)
Kellie- 5.0

Carnival Surf and Turf (with 2 lobsters)
Kellie- 5.0

Carnival Surf and Turf
Chris- 4.0

Prime Rib (Before and After)
Chris- 4.0

American Feast Dessert Menu

Crème Brulee (This was TERRIBLE and "off" as the top was not even crisp)
Chris- 2.0 (just BAD) 
Kellie- 1.5 (This is my favorite dessert so I was very disappointed) 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017- Cozumel
American Table

American Table Night #3 Menu 

Cozumel Port of Call menu 

Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chris-4.5 (nice surprise)
Kellie- 4.5 (Solid and NEVER disappoint)

Baked Meatballs
Chris- 4.0

Cajun Flatbread
Chris- 3.0
Kellie- 4.0 (Good and tasteful)

Greek Salad
Kellie- 4.5 (Excellent)

Steak Tacos
Chris- 3.0
Kellie- 4.5 (good Tex-Mex style)
American Table Night #3 Dessert Menu

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Chris- 4.5

Apple Pie a la mode 
Kellie- 1.5 (Dan, my FIL, makes a much better apple pie)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017- Belize
American Table
American Table Night #4 Menu

Belize Port of Call menu

Belize Fry Jacks
Chris-4.0 (very tasty)
Kellie- 4.0

Cream of Broccoli
Chris- 4.0 (Huge improvement over the Dream)

Kellie- 4.0 (great improvement from previous cruises)

Chile Releno
Chris- 1.5 (Very tasteless)

Kellie- 4.0 (Spicer than I remember and I liked it that way)

Side "cheese bread"
Kellie- 3.5 (kinda weird and a cornbread casserole)

Fried Chicken
Chris- 4.0 (very good)

American Table Night #4 Dessert Menu

S'mores Parfait
Chris- 4.0 (excellent)

Bitter and Blanc- IT'S BACK! 
Kellie- MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE DESSERT and I was so excited I forgot to snap a pic! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017- Roatan
American Table
American Table Night #5 Menu
(We ate in the steakhouse this night)

555 Fahrenheit Steakhouse
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The entrance to the steakhouse!

The wine cellar

The menu

Starters and Salad menus
(This is the same throughout the Carnival fleet, even if the steakhouse has a different name)

Entrée Menu

Wine Lists

Dessert Menu

The meat presentation

Rosemary Focaccia bread 
Chris- 5.0
Kellie- 5.0 (the tomato puree that went along with it was FANTASTIC)

Ox Tail appetizer
(compliments of the chef- we got a "compliments" on the Dream as well, must be a secret thing)
Chris- 4.0
Kellie- 4.5 (weird upscale grilled cheese)

Crab Cake
Chris- 4.5
Kellie- 5.0

Lobster Bisque (Before and after)
Chris- 5.0
Kellie- 5.0 (my mouth is watering...)

Surf and Turf
Kellie- 5.0+ (WOW)

Chris- 5.0 (succulent)

Yukon Gold Mash with Wasabi
Chris- 5.0
Kellie- 5.0 (without Wasabi)

Bailey Cream Ice Cream
Kellie- 5.0 (Best ice cream EVER... I ordered a 2nd helping)

New York Cheesecake
Chris- 4.5 (light and fluffy)

Friday, July 21, 2017- Sea Day 2
American Feast
American Feast #2 (Night 6)

Crab Cake 
Chris- 3.0
Kellie- 3.0 (following the steakhouse this was a HUGE letdown)

Baked Mushrooms
Kellie- 4.5 (Great and new favorite for this menu)

Clam Chowder
Chris- 4.0
Kellie- 4.0 (kinda potato-y)

Kellie- 4.5 (Rice IN the pepper was dry)

Grilled Tiger Shrimp
Chris- 3.5
Kellie- 4.5 (loved the potatoes and sauce)

Filet Migon
Chris- 4.0

Grand Mariner Soufflé (Before and After the "sauce" pouring)
Chris- 5.0
Kellie- 5.0 (excellent and best I've had)

Saturday, July 22, 2017- Sea Day 3
American Table

American Table Night #7 FULL menu

Steamed Mussels
Chris- 4.5
Kellie- 4.5
Luke- 5.0+ (had a DOUBLE order and ate it all)

BBQ Flatbread
Chris- 3.0
Kellie- 3.0 (BBQ and flatbread was odd)

Frog Legs (for the table to share)
Chris- 1.0 (no taste and greasy)
Kellie- 1.5 (greasy)
Kids- 00 YUCK

Shrimp Creole
Kellie- 4.5

Ricotta Ravioli
Kellie- 3.5 (I've gotta remember to just not order and waste stomach space)

Prime Rib
Chris- 4.0 (A little "stringy")

Kids Chicken Nuggets 

Carrot Cake 
Chris- 4.0

Cherry Pie 
Kellie- 2.5 (just not my thing) 

Pineapple Sherbet
Kellie- 1.5

We chose our favorites from these menus: 

Favorite Appetizer- Lobster Bisque from 555 Fahrenheit Steakhouse
Favorite Entree- Surf and Turf from the Steakhouse
Favorite Dessert- Bailey's Cream Ice Cream from the Steakhouse   
Biggest Surprise- Grand Mariner Soufflé
Biggest Disappointment- Crème Brulee

Favorite Appetizer- Steamed Mussels
Favorite Entrée- MDR Prime Rib
Favorite Dessert- Grand Mariner   
Favorite Side Dish- Yukon Gold Mash with Wasabi
Biggest Surprise-
Fried Oysters
Biggest Disappointment- Crème Brulee

We love cruising and EATING on cruises. We use this blog as means for us to know what to order on future cruises and it is fun to look through and get our mouth watering while we are dieting! 

Thanks for following along! 

Until we meet again... Keep calm and CRUISE ON!