By Kitty Bean Yancey
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Depending on one's aesthetic, some might call Breeze's 1,845 cabins merely functional, though with contemporary touches. But we found them well designed, comfortable and cozy and actually regretted saying bon voyage to our balcony cabin (8446), despite being able to hear the fussy baby next door. All cabins are outfitted with flat-screen TVs that swivel for viewing in bed; standard size is 22 inches, which might be too small for today's tube addicts. Suites have TVs up to 42 inches. Most cabins have sofa beds that sleep one or two. Robes and slippers are provided, as are beach towels.

The color scheme for the majority of accommodations is a soothing soft blue, brown and yellow, with beige walls. Furnishings include light wood laminate coffee tables, desks that double as vanities and three ample armoire-like closets. Decor is complemented by colorful swirly abstract artwork. Beds aren't hard or saggy and are dressed with cloud-soft white duvets. Spa cabins have a green-and-yellow scheme. Different colors and upgraded finishes are used in Breeze suites.

Most bathrooms have robin's egg blue faux tile, showers with newer, non-clinging curtains, six glass shelves to hold toiletries, wall-mounted makeup mirror and a razor outlet that must be flipped open to use and can be easily missed at first. In most cabins, the shower has soap and shampoo dispensers, as well as bar soap. Passengers in premium cabins and spa rooms get extra goodies (well-regarded Elemis spa@home shampoo, conditioner and bar soap on our sailing).

You'll find an adequate but low-end hair dryer in a drawer of the desk/vanity, which has a cushioned stool. Outlets fit U.S. plugs, with three-pronged options for laptops. However, we couldn't find an outlet by our bed to keep devices charged while we used them there. Minibars (that can be emptied upon request) and a safe not big enough to hold a laptop computer are also standard.

Storage space in all cabins is generous unless you're packing four or five in a room, with three closets, a desk with four drawers and bedside tables with a storage compartment. You can stash suitcases under beds.

Around the ship, there are 35 wheelchair-accessible staterooms of various sizes, all with roll-in showers, roll-up sinks and wider doorways. Also offered: 144 connecting staterooms and 20 family accommodations that can fit five passengers. Some cabins have tubs and two bathrooms.

(Tip: Cabin tap water is OK to drink; the 1.5-liter bottles of water stocked in rooms cost $3.75. You can't carry aboard water or soda in bottles, only up to 12 cans per person. Many repeat cruisers pack insulated water containers that they fill at the Lido Deck buffet).

Interior: Carnival Breeze's 719 interior cabins typically feature 185 square feet of space. Configurations vary. You can choose upper and lower bunk, two uppers and lowers or twin beds that can be configured as a queen. Some have a curtained window overlooking a walkway. (Keep the curtains closed if you don't want passersby to look in.)

Oceanview: The size of the 221 oceanview cabins ranges from 220 to 230 square feet. Twin beds that can be converted to queens and sofa beds are standard. The more spacious ones have two baths: one tub/shower combo and one with shower.

Balcony: The largest room category, with 851 balcony cabins available, has 45-square-foot balconies and 185 square feet inside. You'll find twin beds that convert to queens, two bedside tables and a sofa bed that sleeps one. Most balconies have two mesh, metal-armed chairs (some adjust to tip back) and a small table.

"Cove" balcony cabins of the same size are located on Deck 2 (28 feet above the waterline) under a row of lifeboats. Their balconies have cut-out holes under railings rather than glass. The openings can be closed during inclement weather to prevent water from sloshing in.

"Vista" balcony options are 245 to 260 square feet and are located in aft corners, with the twins or queen bed placed between two large windows. They boast stunning 85- to 90-square-foot wraparound balconies with chairs and two chaises for sunning.

Suite: Those who like their sea digs with grand pianos and such should look elsewhere. But Carnival Breeze does have 54 attractive suites.

Ocean Suites, usually 275 square feet with a 65-square-foot balcony, have foyers with laminate hardwood floors and walk-in closets, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, plus upgraded bathrooms with the shower over a jetted tub and his-and-hers sinks. Sofas covert to beds. Note that Ocean Suite 7270 (wheelchair-accessible) boasts 450 square feet and a 110-square-foot balcony.

Ten Grand Penthouse Suites are on Deck 7, the ship's version of Park Avenue. They offer 345 square feet of space and 85-square-foot balconies. Grand suites also have laminate hardwood floors in the entryway, plus a walk-in closet with dressing area and makeup table, upgraded bathrooms with oyster-colored tiles, his-and-her sinks surrounded by granite counters, a shower/jetted bathtub combo and a swiveling 42-inch TV. Another feature: European-style bidets. There's a large pumpkin-colored lounging sofa with chaise that can be used as a bed. A lounger and two chairs sit on the balcony.

Those who book suites get early VIP embarkation and debarkation.

Spa Cabins: Seventy-eight so-called spa cabins, on Decks 11 and 12, and available in multiple room categories, have the same furnishings as standard oceanview and balcony rooms, but feature a serene green-and-yellow color scheme. Extras include an upgraded embroidered bed throw, higher-quality towels, better toiletries (Elemis spa@home shampoo, conditioner and soap on our sailing), priority access to spa appointments and free entry to Breeze's steam rooms, thalassotherapy mineral pool and exercise classes.

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