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The Breeze By The Decks

Here I am in Colorado Springs enjoying time with family and friends.  My Mom no longer wanted to bond with me because it’s Monday and I “need to get my blog post done.” So as to not upset my loyal followers here is the Monday post.

Welcome back to deck 10 – The Lido. Located in the center of deck 10 is the Lido Marketplace.  Everything in the Marketplace is included at no extra charge. Here you will find 24 hours of self serve ice cream/frozen yogurt, iced tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and lemonade. There are several self serve areas around the Marketplace so if one is busy no worries, there is another station close by.

A buffet is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  There is always a large selection of food to choose from.  For breakfast you can go to the omelet station and have one made to order.  I will warn you this line gets very long and omelets take time to cook.  If you want this option I suggest going early or be ready for the wait.

There are cereals, fruits, pastries, eggs, sausage, bacon, eggs benedict, a variety of breads and bagels, coffee, tea, milk, juices, and oh so much more.  Please be warned, Kelsey, there are bacon police.  They hand out the bacon so people cannot take it all at one time.  You can choose to take your tray of edible deliciousness to your room, sit outside, or sit inside at the Marketplace.  One of our favorite things to do in the morning is to sit at a window seat eating our breakfast and watch the flying fish and sunrise.  That’s right flying fish! It’s amazing to watch the whole school fly across the water and see how far they can go.  Scott and I might be easily entertained.

Of course you do not have to get your breakfast from the Lido Marketplace.  You can have room service or eat in the main dining room off of a select menu.  Please remember to not wear your robe and slippers in the eating areas.  It’s freaking gross!

Lunch and dinner are also available at the Marketplace.  If you do decide to have the buffet for lunch or dinner make sure and check out the Mongolia Wok.  You can get freshly cooked or is it wok-ed Asian cuisine. There is usually a short line for the Wok but it moves quickly.  This is one of Scott’s favorite places.

When we first board the ship the Lido Marketplace will be open and have the lunch buffet all ready to go.  What we like to do after we drop off any of our carry on items in our room then head to the buffet.  We grab our yummy food and sit at the first available outside area.  The stern area where the Tides Pool is located is a good spot to find an open seat.  But we prefer to sit in the area where the welcome aboard party takes place.  I will post about the welcome aboard party at a later date.  Do you like how I always mention something but you have to get info at a later date?  Yep, it’s how I keep you coming back for more.

In an area called the Beach Pool, just outside the Lido marketplace, there are two competing bars.  The Blue Iguana and The Red Frog Rum Bar.  The bars have a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  You can also purchase cool souvenir cups at these bars. There is a large pool, plenty of sun loungers, bar stools, and tables all around the bars and pool.  The staff walks around all day and night taking your drink orders and swiping you sail and sign cards. None of the beverages served at these bars is included in the price of the cruise, you must pay to drink.  Both bars have daily specials and also beers in a bucket.  Please note that a gratuity of 15% is added to each order….you’re welcome.

The Blue Iguana also has a burrito restaurant located on the Beach Pool area.  There is no additional charge for these burritos and they are delicious.  There is also a condiment area for the Blue Iguana with different salsas and fixings for your burritos.  I’m sure Michael is anxious to get his hands on some Mexican food.

Then of course the Beach Pool area is home to Guy’s Burger Joint.  The famed chef Guy Fieri has opened a burger place on Carnival Cruise Line.  You can get a variety of burgers and some fries at no additional fee. If you have any doubts on the yumminess of these burgers please feel free to ask DJ. Guy’s also has a condiment area where you can get your standard ketchup, mustard, and mayo.  There are also special sauces and plenty of extras to top your burger with.  As a helpful side note, please grab extra napkins!

We have finished with the highlights of The Lido and next week will venture on to deck 11. The excitement is building and we are getting oh so close to our cruise.  Ok not really but I’m just trying to keep the excitement level up.

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The Breeze By The Decks

Sorry for the delay on this week’s posting but I got sidetracked by shiny things and fuzzy cats.  Yes, it is true I’m a sucker for both.  I’m excited because this week I will be heading to Colorado.  A long weekend seeing family and watching my friend get married. I will try and stay on schedule with posting on Monday next week before I fly back to Texas. Now let’s get on with the post.

Welcome to deck 10 – The Lido.  This is a main deck where a large percentage of fun times are had.  There are deck parties here, St. Jude fundraisers, contests, swimming, eating, drinking, relaxing, and oh so much more!

I will begin our tour of The Lido from the stern (rear) of the ship and make our way to the bow (front). On the far back you will find an outside area with partial covering.    There is an abundance of seating for lounging and eating. I enjoy this area because there are a lot less people here so we easily find a table to eat our breakfast and lunch.  We have also found that when we first board the ship we can enjoy our lunch there without walking around trying to find an open seat.  T

This area is home of the Tides Pool that features two spas or hot tubs. Not being a swimmer I do not partake in the pool activities but I did notice that when the main pool on The Lido is full of people the Tides Pool is usually available.  I think that people do not venture far from where everyone is huddled so they miss the other parts of the ship that have the same activities.

The Tides Bar offers libations for all or at least those of legal drinking age.  I am not a big drinker but I do like the tropical favors they offer and also the fun souvenir cups you can purchase.  For those of you that enjoy the drinking of many alcoholic beverages I will be letting you know about the Cheers program in a later posting.

The Pizzeria is 24 hours of pizza yumminess.  You can get it by the slice or order a whole pizza.  There is no additional charge for the Pizzeria so eat all you want and they will make more.  In our experience there is usually a short line but a considerable wait time as everything is made fresh.  It’s worth the wait.

The final restaurant in this area is The Tandoor.  The food is Indian Cuisine.  The place is usually hopping but the line moves quickly.  I cannot give you a review of this place because I have not tried the food.  I am not a big fan of Indian food and with it located by the Pizzeria I find myself gravitating toward the cheesy goodness. I will make every effort to try it on our cruise at the end of this year.  I will post my review after we return.

I look forward to seeing some of you in just a few days and especially cannot wait to hug the nieces and nephews. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or would like to make sure I post about something please keep it to yourself.  HAHAHAHA just kidding, let me know.  I want to make sure that we are all fully informed. Remember there are no stupid questions, ok yes there are but ask anyway.  Until next week……….

 

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The Breeze By The Decks

Before I start this post I would like to give a shout out to my Dad….Happy Birthday! Now on to business.

It’s our final day on The Promenade, deck 5. There is so much to do on The Promenade that it quickly becomes one of the most visited decks on your cruise.

If you want to get away from the Lido on deck 10 where all of the music and partying is then head on down to the Lanai. The Lanai has seating both inside and outside for lounging.  Outside there is even covered areas perfect for those of us that burn easily in the sun..

On The Promenade you will also find Ocean Plaza. Ocean Plaza spans the ship’s beam.  In other words , it goes from one side (port) of the ship to the other (starboard).  It has outside and inside areas for lounging.  It even has table seating so you can enjoy beverages and yummy desserts from the cafe located in the Ocean Plaza. This area always has something going on.  Trivia, karaoke, dancing, and people watching keeps this area hoping. I like to go down to the cafe in the morning and grab the puzzle page.  It has several types of puzzles on the page such as crossword and Sudoku.

Inside Ocean Plaza is an area called The Taste Bar. The Taste Bar gives you just that, a taste of foods from various restaurants on the ship.  You can even stop by there on your way to dinner and get a quick one bit appetizer. Did I mention there is no charge for this?!

The Winner’s Luck Casino is located on deck 5.  There is a bar area, lounge chairs, and gaming.  You can try your luck at Black jack, Texas Hold’em, craps, roulette, and slots.  I do love me some gambling.  When you go to the casino make sure and setup your player’s club card in a slot machine before you begin playing.  You simply use your Sail and Sign card and follow the directions on the keypad.  You can use your Sail and Sign card as way of payment while playing or just use cash in the machine or on the table game. Not that I am lecturing any of you adults on gambling but I strongly advise you to not just pump the machines with your Sail and Sign card.  It’s really easy to spend a lot of money very quickly.  Use cash and be responsible.

Our last stop on The Promenade are the Fun Shops.  The Fun Shops is like a mini mall area where you can purchase souvenirs, jewelry, perfume, purses, and oh so much more.  The Fun Shops have several special sales they run throughout the cruise and will put information on them in your Fun Times.  Several family members will find that Christmas and birthday presents were purchased in the Fun Shops…..you are welcome and yes we got them on sale.  One Fun Shop that is quite simply, fun, is the Cherry On Top. There are all kinds of candies, cookies, and kid friendly items in there.  Watch your kids use of their Sail and Sign cards in that store if you give them buying privileges.

The Promenade is also home to several hot tubs.  These areas tend to fill up quickly.  My parents found that on port days while everyone else has ventured off the ship it is much easier to find a hot tub.

Next week we will be jumping all the way up to deck 10, Lido.

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The Breeze By The Decks

I certainly hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I know we did.  Scott and I took a little road trip to San Antonio.  We spent some time at Sea World, the Riverwalk, and the Alamo.  We also took the long way home and stopped at the Blue Bonnet Cafe for pie.  It was delicious!

Let’s continue our stroll on deck 5 – The Promenade

For all you dance lovers and club junkies the Liquid Nightclub is located on deck 5 aft.  You must be 18 years old or older in order to be entertained by the DJ in this club.  Entrance into the club is free but of course your beverage purchases are extra. The club has a South Beach Florida theme (I’m sorry Chad but it’s purple).  Make sure and check your Fun Times to see what is happening at the Liquid Nightclub because there are theme nights such as:

  • Ladies Night
  • 70’s & 80’s Night
  • Throwback Night
  • Country Night

Looking for a pub type drinking venue, then try the Red Frog Pub. This pub offers a Key West inspired atmosphere.  Play some foosball, eat some Caribbean food, and drink some private-label brew called Thirsty Frog Red.  All ages can enter this pub but only 21 and older can drink.  If you order from the menu this is an additional charge.

Bonsai Sushi…hhhmmmm…what could this be?  This is an additional charge eatery.  They are open for lunch and dinner.  They serve soup, sides, sushi, sakes, and desserts.  The prices are not bad at all.  You can get individual rolls starting at $1.50 each.  There is a Bento box that offers miso soup, salad, California roll, and 3 pieces of sushi for $10.  If you want the Ship, it serves 2 for $17.  The ship includes miso soup, side salad, bonsai triple E roll, California roll, and 6 pieces of sushi. It sounds delicious and I know my kiddos all love them some sushi!

The last stop on deck 5 for us today will be Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ.  Jimmy’s is located outside on deck 5. The offerings are just what you would expect from a BBQ place sausage, barbecue chicken breast, and of course the classic pulled pork sandwich. There is also baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad, to name a few. There is no additional charge to have your lunch here.  I’m pretty sure we will be checking this place out and I’m also willing to bet $1 that Scott will be partaking in some pulled pork.

There is so much to do on The Promenade and we still have a whole other blog post to go before we cover it all.  I hope everyone is using those countdowns and keeping up the excitement!

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