Monday, December 10, 2012

Carnival Breeze: A Breeze-y Home Away From Home

After attending the gala naming ceremony and christening by her godmother—motivational speaker and founder of the Honey Shine mentoring program, Tracy Wilson Mourning—the Cruise Diva crew has made ourselves at home aboard Carnival Breeze. I’ve always felt that Carnival Cruise Lines ships have some of the most comfortable standard accommodations at sea and our ocean view stateroom with a balcony on Carnival Breeze’s Deck Six is no exception.

What’s new is the soothing tropical decor reflecting the colors of the Caribbean sky, sea, and sand. Its features include light wood cabinetry, mirrored accents, small refrigerator, personal safe for valuables, a sitting area with sofa, chair and table, and a hairdryer in a vanity/desk drawer. A convenience is plenty of shelving for all the odds and ends I pack. Closet and drawer space, as well as bathroom shelves, are more than adequate. Terrycloth bathrobes are provided for use during the cruise in all Oceanview accommodations, so happily I didn’t have to pack one.

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a sad lumpy bed with scratchy sheets and pancake thin pillow. To insure sweet dreams, the exclusive “Carnival Comfort Bed” systems are a delight. They start with plush mattresses and add soft and comfy duvets and upgraded pillows and linens for a good night’s sleep.

Bathroom amenities include shampoo and bath gel in shower mounted dispensers and an array of sample toiletries. The shower itself is roomy and has a pull-out clothesline for drying bathing suits or hand laundry. A real bonus is the two-sided (regular and magnifying) bathroom shaving/make up mirror.

With accommodations for 3,690 passengers, Carnival Breeze offers a wide array of staterooms and suites from which to choose, ranging from standard Interior and Oceanview staterooms to Oceanview staterooms with private balconies and Suites with spacious interiors and even larger private balconies. More than 60% of all staterooms have an ocean view and, of those, more than a whopping 84% have balconies. Particularly appealing for families are accommodations with a two-bathroom, five-berth configuration, as well as staterooms with connecting doors. Cove balcony cabins are located closer to the water line and the no-smoking-allowed spa staterooms provide special spa access and benefits.

With my home on Carnival Breeze conveniently located near the aft staircase, and just one deck above the Promenade Deck, I can pop down to where all the action is taking place in a jiffy. A minor drawback with this location is that it can get noisy from down below at times. My only complaint? I couldn’t bring along Elvis, Priscilla, and Lisa Marie, my tabbies who are at home being pampered by their cat sitters.

Photo (c) CruiseDiva.com

1 comment:

allyson Alvarez said...

It looks comfy in there. You made me convinced to check this out.

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