Châteaux, Rivers & Wine – My First River Cruise Experience

Bordeaux. Finally we are in Bordeaux. The bus ride was not terrible, but its still a bus ride! We made a couple of "convenience" stops so that folks could stretch their legs, get a coffee or snack, or whatever. But eventually we pulled into the dock at Bordeaux. River cruise docks are not ocean cruise [...]

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Carnival Breeze – Repo / Journeys / Casino Premier Cruise…whew, I’m gonna need a vacation!

I booked this trip in March of 2017...eighteen months ahead of time.  A two week cruise from Galveston, TX to Port Canaveral, FL.  Our stops were: Grand Cayman Aruba Curacao Grenada Barbados Dominica St. Maarten With six sea days sprinkled in. This will be my longest cruise to date.  Too Long?  We will see.  My [...]

Mariner of the Seas…Amplified! The Dining Part – Chops Grille

Our last night on board we had reservations for Chops Grille, the steakhouse offering.  We have eaten at Chops at least once on every cruise since 2012.  And if I am being completely honest, its hit or miss.  When it's good, it's REALLY good.  But its not always good.  So how was the Mariner?  Let's [...]

Mariner of the Seas…Amplified! The Dining Part – Jamie’s Italian

For dinner on night two, we decided to go to Jamie's Italian as part of our Ultimate Dining Package.  This was the restaurant I was most worried about.  We loved Portofino's and were not happy when they decided to transition them out.  But eventually, we came to love Giovanni's Table almost as much.  And now [...]

Mariner of the Seas…Amplified! The Dining Part – Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

In my world, if someone else is going to do all of the cooking and all of the cleaning, I am pretty much in heaven.  So for us, the MDR has always been just fine.  Oh sure we have eaten at the specialty restaurants, we LOVE the Chef's Table experience,  but we are usually just [...]