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Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Breeze Review

Carnival’s newest and largest ship lays out an array of next-generation features, and delivers good value, too.

February 20, 2014
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There’s quite a variety of cabins on Carnival Breeze. Many of the differences are subtle, so you’ll want to evaluate the options carefully during the booking process. For instance, Interior cabins comprise more than 35 percent of the sleeping arrangements. But there are six different types of inside units, ranging from “Upper/Lower” cabins (a pair of bunk beds), to accommodations with a porthole view, to Cloud 9 Spa cabins on decks 11-12 (you can read a review of our Cloud 9 Spa Interior aboard Carnival Sunshine here).

Next up are three different types of Ocean View cabins, including “deluxe” and obstructed view. We had what was a standard Balcony cabin, which describe below, but other options include the “Cove” Balcony (close to the waterline and with some of the view obstructed by the ship’s exterior), Aft-View Extended Balcony, Cloud 9 Spa Balcony and Premium Vista Balcony cabins. There are also three types of Suites.

Unlike its competitors, Carnival doesn’t provide cabin square footage on its website. We spent 25 minutes on hold trying to obtain square footage for our cabin from two different phone agents; the square footage they eventually provided matched our measurements once on board, exactly. But we feel prospective cruisers should be able to retrieve this information easily from Carnival’s website, as is possible for the line’s competitors. And given that, overall, Carnival’s cabin sizes aren’t as skimpy as some, they shouldn’t have anything to hide.

Our Cabin: Balcony

For this cruise we opted for balcony accommodations. Our cabin was bright and appealing, in blue and pastel yellow tones—far cry from the dingy color schemes we’ve resided in aboard older Carnival ships. The cabin measured a reasonable 185 square feet (not including the balcony), providing adequate elbowroom for two. There were kids in two nearby rooms, and a soundtrack of giggles with door slamming percussion permeated our space. Because Carnival designs its cabin doors with vents, sound leakage from hallways is not unusual (a good reason for choosing a cabin located far from elevators and stairwells).

Fortunately, our mattress—two twins that could be combined into a king—found the happy medium between firm and soft, and proved quite comfortable, inducing us to slumber easily. The duvet was plumped with hypoallergenic down. Lamps were on either side of the bed and, though not bright, the light décor allowed the illumination to shine through. There was a six-foot couch, which could be opened as a bed for a third guest. The only place to sit other than the couch was a back-less chair at the small desk.

Storage was adequate for two, most of which was in three full-length closets, each 20 inches wide. One of these had our life jackets, and there was spare bedding (presumably for the pullout sofa). There were 26 clothes hangers, which is more than we’ve usually found in Carnival cabins. Additional storage was in drawers on either side of the desk, and luggage could be pushed under the beds.

We were told our balcony would be 35 square feet; ours actually measured 41.5 square feet. With two chairs and a small table, it wasn’t big enough for sharing a meal, but it was a good space for hanging out, except for one problem: Not only did we have cigarette smoke drifting our way from neighboring cabins, but when the ship was in port smoke wafted up from the Promenade Deck immediately below. Sound from partiers at one of the noisier bars and the whirlpool tub was also audible, at times well into the evening.

Our bathroom was typically compact, but bright and clean, stocked with plush bathroom towels and Carnival’s standard-issue bowl of sample-size products—shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and moisturizer; there was also a wall-mounted dispenser of shampoo and body soap in the shower (the sample products were better). We liked having a makeup mirror, and a hair dryer was located in the desk, outside the bathroom. A pair of pool towels were also supplied.

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Cabin Amenities

The basic amenities were all available—small safe, hair dryer, stocked minibar, pool towels, phone, ice bucket, and a pair of bathrobes. The bathroom had a bowl of complimentary goodies, such as shampoo and toothpaste samples. The air conditioning system was responsive—it chilled quickly when turned down, warmed quickly as well.

Our TV was a 24-inch ViewSonic which had interactive features, including about 70 movies available on-demand, for $10.99 each. There were some more esoteric titles as well as plenty of mainstream hits from the previous year or so. Oddly, the directory of titles listed all of them as “rated G”—that is, except for the five porn titles (“This Is Why I’m Hot” parts 1 and 2, etc.), which were priced $12.99 (parental controls were available).

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Interior
A comfortable stateroom retreat, where some rooms also feature pull-down beds—ideal for families. Stateroom amenities: Television; soft, comfortable, and cozy linens; hairdryer/bathrobes; 24-hour stateroom service; ample closet and drawer space.

Ocean View
Large windows offer excellent views of the ocean and sneak peeks of each destination. Stateroom amenities: Television; soft, comfortable, and cozy linens; hairdryer/bathrobes; 24-hour stateroom service; ample closet and drawer space.
 
Suite
A spacious room, that includes Priority check-in during embarkation. Stateroom amenities: Whirlpool bath; vanity dressing table; television; soft, comfortable, and cozy linens; hairdryer/bathrobes; 24-hour stateroom service; ample closet and drawer space.

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