I arrived at PortMiami around noon and was quickly embarked thanks to a quick and efficient boarding process. The line for security was unusually small (or just well managed) and the check in was quick and efficient. I was soon settled into my balcony stateroom located almost all the way forward on deck 6.
At this point in my cruise, it had become very apparent that this is not the Carnival I once cruised. Everything about the new Carnival Breeze is different – in a good way. From the drastically toned down decor, the new amenities and spaces, to the new uniforms – Carnival is definitely redefining their cruise line one ship at a time.
Anyway, moving back to my day. I was pretty hungry and soon headed up to the Lido deck to find some food. Once out in center of the deck, in the hot blazing Miami sun, I saw the place I had been waiting to see for months – Guy’s Burger Joint. From my first burger on the Carnival Liberty last April, I had been waiting to dine again at this “Carnival only” restaurant for months. I ended up ordering the Pig Patty, which could be described as a heart attack on a plate. The burger was topped off by one of Guy’s special sauces, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and of course – bacon encrusted onions. While especially artery clogging, it was also delicious! I left Guy’s feeling both satisfied and a few pounds heavier. Let’s just hope, for my health, that this doesn’t turn into a daily routine.
After lunch, the ship held it’s mandatory muster drill and afterwards we were soon on our way departing out of PortMiami. We were turned around in the channel so we ended up turning around in the turning basin at the north end of the port. Eventually, as we sailed down the channel along the MacArthur Causeway, many cars on the causeway saluted us “bon voyage” with their horns. At the same time, we looked onto the high rollers of South Florida and their mansions as we continued to sail down the channel. Finally, as we met the open ocean, the ship passed South Beach. As many of the beachgoers cheered our ship, it was cool to see the sheer amount of people crowding the beach. These reasons are why Miami is one of my favorite sail away cities. What city can offer you so many different views of the city life?
Eventually, dinner rolled around. It was casual night and tonight I would be dining in the beautiful Blush Dining Room. The menu aboard the Carnival Breeze features many different delicious dishes as well as favorites from the US. Some of the most popular dishes served that night included the steak, home fried chicken, and the grilled salmon. The dinner was excellent, but made even better by the excellent and courteous service from the dining room staff. Day 1 aboard the Carnival Breeze has come to a close and I’m looking forward to a relaxing, warm day at sea.
Where Is Mike Today? At Sea
Where Will Mike Be Tomorrow? Grand Turk