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Paul, John Heald just uploaded 2 pictures of the Hasbro games, with Butch as gamehost.

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Kuki, and Mike, I am enjoying your virtual cruise. I have never sailed Carnival; so this is giving me some nice info about their ship and service.
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Kuki and Mike, I am really interested in hearing about the overnight in Civatevecchia. Does the ship have organized evening excursions? Does the ship have a two day excursion including hotel? Do many people stay in Rome on their own overnight?

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Marc.. I responded to this in a thread before my departure. Carnival is not offering overnight tours on this itin, likely because it is a "one off" itinerary; not one they are repeating.

As most experienced cruisers will tell you, Italy is one of the easiest places in the world to organize very good private tours.

I do know there are quite a number of people who organized their own overnights in Rome or surrounding area.
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Check the aft pool. I'm guessing that it is NOT an 'adult only' pool.

Photos look great!
No, the aft pool definitely doesn't appear to be "adults only". Haven't had a chance to check out Serenity area to see if it's being enforced there.


Just popped in to upload more photos. Now have to go write today's report. Be back sometime soon to post the next update.
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Day 3 - Breeze - This Ship Has More Energy Than Me

For our port of call today in Livorno, Italy, I and 2 friends had booked the Carnival shore excursion called “Florence On Your Own”, which transports you by bus to the center of Florence, but then all your designated time there is yours do with as you please. You then meet the bus to be transported back to the ship.

We had to meet at 7:30 A.M. in the Ovation Theater, for an 8 A.M. departure.

With an early morning tour facing most of the passengers I was shocked how “hopping” the ship was at night. Every bar seemed to have “action” when I made my way to try and get to sleep early.

I did rise early to try and go to the Lido Deck MarketPlace for some breakfast before the tour. The entire ship must have had the same idea at the same time. Lines were long at every station.

On port days I normally set out the room service delivery card for the next morning, but I had forgotten. The next day I’m getting off early in a port of call, I’ll definitely remember to pre-order room service.

Florence is a wonderful city, which I’ve been lucky to visit quite a number of times. For first timers I highly recommend pre-booking a visit to the Academia Gallery online, to see the real statue of David, by Michelangelo, as well as the Uffizi Gallery; room after room of incredible art collections.
Today was just a wandering today for us. We walked many miles. They temperatures went into the 90s Fahrenheit; HOT!


Ah.. GELATO



About a 25 -30 minute walk from the central area of Florence, where we were dropped is a huge outdoor market, featuring all variety of leather goods one can think of, as well as souvenir items, going on for blocks.

We had lunch at a little hole in the wall spot, near the market, that my friends had been told about on a previous trip, and it was a delight to get a local feel with lunch. Here’s the name, and the address (sort of) in pictures.


At the intersection of...



Our bus was the last tour to return to the ship. It had to alter its planned route back because of an accident on the highway.

I thought the same accident may have delayed some people with private tours as well, but they al made it back in time, and they pulled up the gangway once our group was back onboard.

After a long day of touring in extreme heat, I thought the ship would surely be quiet tonight, particularly with another long port of call day (Rome) coming up tomorrow. And extreme heat is forecast for tomorrow as well.

Once again, I was proven wrong.
Simply from watching the way the ship “lives” with passengers onboard - even for only three days - I feel I can safely predict that once this ship reaches Florida, and starts sailing her regular Caribbean itineraries, she is going to an incredibly alive ship with a very active nightlife. The designed changes that Carnival has made appear as though they are going to almost “demand” it from her passengers.

If it’s doing so on a busy port intensive itinerary in Europe, I don’t think it can help do the same in the Caribbean.

I’ve made the decision to pass on going to Rome tomorrow. As we are overnight, I will stay on board tomorrow, and visit Rome on our second day; Sunday.

One reason; I’m old. Another reason; it will give me a chance to post an extra mid-day entry, providing more info on the ship.

I’ll talk more about the set up of entertainment on board, and the changes they’ve made to their showroom entertainment. I did get to see the show “The Brits” tonight in the Ovation Theater. That is one of the changes, having shows repeat on different days, at different times.
So watch for more on that stuff tomorrow.
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I apologize... having some problems embedding the photos.

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Have you ever seen a beautiful city and baked at the same time? That is what it was like yesterday in Florence. Our guide said the temp hit 106F and I don't doubt her. It was REALLY hot. So hot that Betty was even affected by it.

We did have a good Carnival tour but it was a definite "mover" and we were moved from one location to another quite quickly.

Last night we ate and then prepared for today and then to bed for an early morning wake up.

We need to be off the ship ASAP for our first day of Rome tours. We have a private tour and early Vatican tickets so it's going to be another hectic day. It is over an hour from Civitevechia to Rome. It is 7:15 a.m. and we are just starting to get into port.

I thought I would never say this but: I need a sea day.

I'll try posting pictures tonight.

This is a very enjoyable but very hectic schedule.

I have to say: "The ship is a winner!!!"

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Day 3 ½ - Carnival Breeze - A Lot of Ship To Talk About

Good Morning (here in Civitavecchia). I’m out on deck, having slept in this morning. I’ve had a bit of breakfast, and will now talk about some “ship things” which hopefully future Carnival Breeze passengers will find helpful.
We have a lot to talk about, so let’s start with a nice always controversial subject; smoking policies on the ship.

Let’s state up front - I am a smoker. So let’s begin giving me a “slap up-side the head”, tie my ankles together with a tight knot, tie the other end of the rope to a railing, and toss me overboard , so I dangle over the edge of the ship, or hanging from the top of the Atrium.

Now that disclaimer is out of the way, I’ll explain where smokers ARE allowed to smoke, where they are NOT allowed to smoke, and as a result, some areas of the ship NON-smokers will want to avoid.

The interior of ALL cabins has been designated NON-smoking. Smoking IS permitted on cabins with private balconies - with the EXCEPTION of Spa Cabins.

Cigar and pipe smoking is allowed on the private balconies as well.

The ONLY interior areas where smoking is allowed is a section of the casino bar (ONLY AT the bar), and some of the table games and slot machines in the casino. Other than that location, the only other interior space where smoking is allowed is in the night club, when it’s open.

On the exterior of the ship… On Deck 5, Promenade Deck, including outdoor seating and patio areas from bars and restaurants along the port side of the deck smoking IS allowed. For smokers, there’s some really nice, comfortable seating areas - outside the nightclub, Ocean Plaza and Red Frog Pub.

For non-smokers, the best thing is to avoid the outdoor areas along the length of Deck 5, port side.

The “tell” is the ash trays set out on the port side of Deck 5, as well as other decks. If there are ash trays set out smokers are welcome. Where there are no ash trays, such as outdoors on Deck 5, on the starboard side, NO smoking is allowed.

No smoking is allowed on Deck 10, either in the area by the “main pool”, nor on deck by the aft pool.

One deck up, on Deck 11, along the port side, from the central pool, continuing all the way aft, smoking is allowed. There are some very comfortable seating areas, as well as lots of space for loungers. This is where I hang around, so non-smokers want to avoid outside areas of Deck 11 port side.

The same comfortable seating arrangements, as well as lounger space is available on the starboard side outdoors along Deck 11.

Frankly, this all seems like a reasonable accommodation, if you know the rules and policies. Of course, there will be those happier with the first suggested action, of hanging me by my ankles from the Atrium.

The one area of concern in my mind, is the area of the casino bar, and areas within the casino where smoking is allowed.

On this ship, the casino covers the width of the interior of Promenade Deck (Deck 5). As this is in the center of what I refer as “the action deck”, passengers passing through the area are forced through to pass through the casino.

Though there are plenty of non-smoking table games and slot machines in the casino, the traffic pattern does force some exposure to second hand smoke for those just moving about the ship.

- Action Deck -

Several times I’ve referred to Promenade Deck (deck 5) as the “action deck”.

Most of the interior bars are located along this deck. But what makes this all more unique, is each of these bars has easy access doors to “patio areas” outdoors, next to them, even including the nightclub.





In many ways this gives the deck a “feel” similar to walking down any street in a resort area, with restaurants, bars and patios along the way, offering both indoor and patio seating areas.


The Promenade Deck does extend, width ways, out past the structure of the balcony cabins above it. So, those on the balconies above do have a view of the activities below them, outdoors on the Promenade Deck.

I haven’t yet checked out the view, looking above, from the Promenade Deck to know if you can see much of the activities of the guests out on their balconies, above.

- Pool Deck - Deck 10

The mid-ship pool area is unlike that on any other Carnival ship, or any ship for that matter, that I’ve seen before.

The mid-ship pool is much more like a beach resort, with the circular shaped pool in the center, surrounded in the same pattern with sun loungers.

On the edges of that area, on one side is the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar; on the other is the Red Frog Run Bar. On the opposite side is Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, and the other, the Burrito Bar. With design, signage, and furnishings used, completes the total feel of the resort area.

The aft pool area has much more in common with what past cruisers will consider a “normal” ship’s pool area.

While I haven’t yet seen any of the areas of the ship on a full day at sea, I can’t say how it will all function then, but from what I’ve seen to date, I think the design, ambience and attitude of these areas are outstanding.

- Entertainment -

From what I have seen so far, there is basically live entertainment everywhere. Ignoring the showroom entertainment, in the Ovation Theater, for a moment; there is live entertainment from a bandstand above the Atrium Bar, on Deck 3, in the Ocean Plaza, near to the coffee and desert bar, in the Red Frog Pub, in the Piano Bar, and in the aft Limelight Lounge (where the Comedy Club is also held).

The standard method of presenting an early and late show in the Ovation Theater has changed as well.

Rather than the same show being offered once for early seating guests, and again later, for late seating guests, the shows are held once per evening, and then repeated another night during the cruise.

That’s how, after missing “The Brits” show on the second night of the cruise, I was able to watch it last night.

The presentation of the show is totally different as well. These shows are limited to 30 minutes, and they are chock full of action for that 30 minutes, and the time flies.

The addition of incredible and very entertaining technology, along with the seven person cast made “The Brits” show wonderfully enjoyable. There’s use of multiple back screens, featuring lots of animation, reminding me a bit of the use of it in the Beatles movie, The Yellow Submarine.

The show, also mixed the characters, with them jumping in and out from animated characters to them being live on stage.

Though the cast is only 7 people, with the use of the screen technology, and laser lights at times they make it look like a cast of 100.

And though there are certainly Beatles songs included in the numbers, there’s quite a variety of music, from Georgie Girl to Benny and The Jets, to Englebert Humperdink.

The show I caught ran from 10:15 until 10:45 P.M. Then passengers had to motor to the aft of the ship, for the late night adult comedy club presentation.

After a long port day in Livorno (for Florence) and with another long day in Civitavecchia (for Rome) on tap for tomorrow, I was surprised how absolutely well attended both these venues were for the shows I saw.

Prior to our stop in Livorno yesterday, some friends had made a reservation for dinner in the ship’s Italian Restaurant (Aft on Deck 11) - Cucina del Capitano, and they had included me in their reservation.

I thought it was going to be odd to have dinner in an Italian restaurant on the ship, after having had lunch in the “real thing” in Florence, earlier in the day. But I accepted the invitation.

The restaurant, which costs an extra $12 per person to dine in, is expansive, and beautifully done; creating a delightful ambiance.


I found the menu to be a bit limited, yet wide enough everyone should find more than enough choices to find something satisfying. The portion sizes here, much like the restaurant we had lunch at were HUGE!

Linguini and meat balls

Braised short ribs

Chicken Parmigana

The entire staff throughout the restaurant were incredibly happy, and friendly, and the food was very good.

However, as the saying goes… nothing is perfect, and there were a couple of glitches in the experience.

Probably the most pronounced glitch, which did have an affect on the dining experience; the basketball court is located directly above the restaurant on Deck 12. And, from the sounds of it, there was a lively game going on above as we dined.

We kept hearing loud bangs above our heads, and feeling the ceiling vibrate, until we asked about it, and found out it was the basketball court above.

Obviously, it wasn’t the wisest choice of location for the basketball court.
The other glitches were in the design of service. After finishing our appetizer course, when removing our plates, the service staff requested we keep and reuse our cutlery for our coming entrée.

Obviously this wasn’t a “deal breaker” type of incident”, but having myself been in the restaurant business for many years, not a system I’d have in place.

We also found it somewhat difficult to get our sodas and coffee cups refilled. The staff did move by us several times to ask if everything was alright, but moved by so quickly, it seemed like a tertiary visit, without really giving time or interested in hearing the response.

There’s no doubt we could have got more refills, had we been more assertive, by waving them down more quickly. But, I’m not sure we should have had to be.

More to come later in the day…
 
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The link above takes you to my "Breeze" photo gallery,which is being updated daily with new photos.

Combining all the pictures with my daily dialogue, I think you can see slowly, day by day, you're going to end up with a pretty good "total story" of what the Carnival Breeze will be all about.... at least I hope so
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Kuki, really enjoying the daily peek into your cruise. Having so enjoyed the Magic, the Breeze sounds spectacular with all the new innovations. We loved the bandbox over the atrium bar. That was trhe action spot.

The Cucina del Capitano had the best arancini evah! If you go again, try them!

When the Breeze gets to Miami, look out! So much easier to see and do it all in the Caribbean. I know the long days of touring, tuckered me out too

Looking forward to the next installment....have fun!
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I just spent 45 minutes talking to Bob Dickson.

For those "newer" to the cruise industry, Bob was CEO of Carnival Corporation for many years, until he retired 5 years ago. He still sits on the Board of Directors.

He was one of the people truly responsible for the cruise industry as we know it today.

We had a very interesting conversation. I'm not sure if I interviewed him, or he interviewed me , but results will follow in a later instalment of the Virtual Cruise.
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Sounds like you are having a great cruise - and that the ship is a happy place. Glad to hear it. These are the cruise ships of the future - highly active and entertaining (and crowded).

Remember when a Caribbean cruise meant finding a good book - going to the same table and waiters every night for dinner, getting to a port of call and doing the same walk-about as you did last visit.

Then going back to the ship, eating in the same dining room, seeing a "musical production show" with eight singers and dancers, and then going to bed?

NOt any more. The next generation of ships are all about the ship experience, and for what you pay it is a lot of fun. Honestly, it make me wonder how the more boring lines (like uber-luxury lines) are going to compete when the difference in onboard fun and diversion has become so obvious.

It makes being on a quiet ship with nothing to do but read seem very boring by comparison.
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Did you know it's HOT in Italy. We just got back from the first day of our two day Rome trip. The Vatican was beautiful but hot. However, everyone's got VERY happy when our guide took us to a great restaurant with LOTS of wine and great food.

Here is the link to some of today's pictures: I have yet to caption them.

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We are having a great time.

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Kuki.... Deck 5 is the action deck because it's the smoking deck!! We know how fun all you smokers are!
Great pictures and reviews from both Mike and yourself... keep them coming as I do look foward to reading and seeing all of it!
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Hi Kuki,
Your pics are truly amazing, although I bet it looks way better in person...The ship looks very elegant and I do like the decor, done with a lot of good taste it looks like...You will have to get some pool shots. I had no idea it was so hot in Italy, stay cool.
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Kuki.... Deck 5 is the action deck because it's the smoking deck!! We know how fun all you smokers are!
Great pictures and reviews from both Mike and yourself... keep them coming as I do look foward to reading and seeing all of it!
On deck 5 the ONLY smoking area indoors is the casino bar, and a few tables and slots.

Outdoors, on port side. Starboard side is totally NON smoking.
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Day 4 - Carnival Breeze - Civitavecchia

When I made the decision to stay on board today, I assumed I would pretty much have the ship myself. It was surprising how wrong I was. Whether there were folks who got too warn out from the hot day in Florence, or all the Europeans who’ve been to Rome often, were the one who stayed onboard with me, I don’t know. But there were quite a few who did.

This was my first night back in the dining room for dinner, since the 1st night, and there was a marked improvement in the rhythm of the service. Hopefully that pattern continues, because the company has been excellent, and the food quite good.

With the ship in port overnight there wasn’t all that much going on, on the ship tonight; a duo playing for the Atrium bar area, and a guitarist in Red Frog Pub, and karaoke in the aft Limelight Lounge. The “feature” was Butch hosting a Hasboro Game in the Ovation Theater.

I wanted to attend the latter, but it was too late before I realized we’d missed the timing of it by chatting too long over our coffee and desert.

One of the member’s of the CruiseMates group on the ship is Ray Boudreaux, who we all envy as the grandfather of CruiseMates, and the cruise king.

At 92 Ray is a marvel, who’s cruised all over the world, and often. Ray is at repeater levels in some cruise lines repeat guest program that they don’t even know about. He is the envy of all us, and justifiably so.

For this trip he’s being accompanied by his grandson Robert. Robert is one of the nicest guys you’d want to meet. One of those “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree situations. And he’s taking great care of Ray, and has Ray’s wonderful attitude.

He gave me a great tip about the Breeze today. It’s better than knowing a secret handshake. J

When entering the guest cabins one is required to put their “sail and spend card” in a slot, which then powers up the lights in the cabin.

Shhhhhh! Told tell ANYONE!!!!…. But Robert discovered placing even a business card in the slot works to turn the lighting on.

Better that, then walking out, leaving my cabin key in the slot as I hear the door click behind me.

Have to hit the sack early tonight, as I’m going along on the private Rome tour that Mike had arranged for the CruiseMates group.
You’ll hear more from me again tomorrow night.
 
 
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BTW.. this is my office area for the duration of the cruise. Walls are a bit thin, but excellent views

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Kuki,
LOVE your office....enjoy your tour tomorrow, hope it is cooler...Hi to Mike and Betty...
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Hi, I am new here and it took me a while but I finally found your trip review. Thank you for posting it. The Breeze looks amazing, thanks for taking the time out of your cruise to post on your trip.

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There are some who are very loyal to small ships, think Azmara, Seabourn, Windstar, Clipper, (some Princess & Holland ships) and others. My understanding is that the enrichment programs are first class, with Cunard as an example bring aboard some of the best experts, anywhere.
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There are some who are very loyal to small ships, think Azmara, Seabourn, Windstar, Clipper, (some Princess & Holland ships) and others. My understanding is that the enrichment programs are first class, with Cunard as an example bring aboard some of the best experts, anywhere.
I have been on all you mentioned, and I would say the enrichment programs are first class on Cunard and Crystal - and Cunard is not a small ship cruise line - QM2 is in the top 5 classes in size. Crystal has the best enrichment of all the lux lines in my opinion.

Windstar and Azamara feature port-a-day ityineraries, so they don't need that much enrichment, and they really don't have that much. Clipper has almost no enrichment program at all except the Captains "story-hour" in the mornings.

Princess and Holland America's newer ships have more enrichment, but they also are not smaller ships (their older ships are). But my is that too many "quiet days at sea" only goes so far anymore. I think the lux lines are struggling to fill the more empty (in terms of port visits) itineraries these days, because the experience is frankly too quiet & repetitious.
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I have been on all you mentioned, and I would say the enrichment programs are first class on Cunard and Crystal - and Cunard is not a small ship cruise line - QM2 is in the top 5 classes in size. Crystal has the best enrichment of all the lux lines in my opinion.

Windstar and Azamara feature port-a-day ityineraries, so they don't need that much enrichment, and they really don't have that much. Clipper has almost no enrichment program at all except the Captains "story-hour" in the mornings.

Princess and Holland America's newer ships have more enrichment, but they also are not smaller ships (their older ships are). But my is that too many "quiet days at sea" only goes so far anymore. I think the lux lines are struggling to fill the more empty (in terms of port visits) itineraries these days, because the experience is frankly too quiet & repetitious.
Paul, good post. My next cruise on Seven Seas Mariner has seven sea days. Although I never have a problem staying busy, I will look around to see if folks appear bored. I know Regent tries to cut down sea days even on long voyages such as our cruise from Sydney to Beijing last year. The Captain specifically mentioned that minimizing sea days is a priority of the company. They did pretty good with having just a handful of sea days in 25 day cruise.

Still, I wouldn't write off small ships as not being event-full; just less of the events center around open decks.

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I have enjoyed all the posts.

Yes, we discovered that business card trick and the cabin lights on the Magic (and no, we will not tell anyone).

The Magic also has the wonderful "basketball" ambiance during the day. I believe they closed the courts at night as to not disturb paying guests.

Can not wait to sail the Breeze on the B2B in November.
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Thank you for posting such a through review. I am a newbie here. I can see a lot of similarities between the Breeze and the Magic. I am looking forward to your future installments.
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Day 5 - The Breeze for Rome

The ship overnighter in Civitavecchia last night, and a result guests of the Carnival Breeze had the option of spending two full days in Rome.

Quite a number opted to go to Rome yesterday, spend the night in the city, or nearby, and return to the ship this afternoon.

Others took the time to go back and forth each day. That’s what Mike and some of his CruiseMates group decided to do, as he’d organized an optional two day tour for them. I didn’t go with them yesterday, but join them for today’s tour.



The nicest thing about sailing away this afternoon is I don’t have to try and say Civitavecchia again for a long time!

Arriving back on board in the late afternoon, it seemed for the first time I was seeing all of the passengers. No doubt, some very tired passengers due to the past few very intensive days in ports of call. Yet, the Lido Deck was jumping, with everyone looking for a bite to eat, a trip down the water slides, or some time just lounging in the sun.

I believe seeing the Lido Deck “in action” this afternoon is just a hint of what I’m going to see in the coming days, with 3 of the remaining 7 days of the cruise being sea days.

After a nap to recover a bit from the busy touring day, I headed to Ocean Plaza’s “patio area” to get a bit of “work” done, uploading photos to CruiseMates.

It was 5 P.M. and I was a bit taken aback, as there was a 4 piece band playing Rock & Roll (and at fairly high volume levels). Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that they were playing “heavy metal” rock music, but I felt the volumes were set too high for 5 O’clock in the afternoon.

The night’s entertainment schedule was definitely geared up for a evening prior to a sea day, anticipating, and perhaps trying to stimulate a more active night life, knowing people were going to be to sleep-in and relax for the sea day, the next day.

The Ovation Theater featured a juggler (who was pretty darn good, if you like jugglers. As it wasn’t one of Carnival’s “production” shows, he did two shows, one early, and one later in the afternoon.

There was also two shows in Punchliner’s Comedy Club; one early (family show) and one later on (Adults Only).

I enjoyed dinner in the Dining Room again tonight. Though I will say the number of choices on the dining menus has been paired considerably from the menus used just a couple of years ago.

After catching the juggling show, and spending some time in the comedy club, I did spend some time at the Blackjack table in the casino. Knowing I didn’t have to wake early for a tour, led me to a late night.

BTW… the casino staff are very much a fun and friendly crew, and we enjoyed a fun kibbutz while playing.

Returning to the cabin quite late, it didn’t take long for me to sawing logs very peacefully, knowing I wouldn’t hear a wake up call.

During the sea day tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to put together a piece from my time spent with Bob Dickinson; a man who I believe still knows the cruise industry very well.
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