First Impressions Of Carnival Breeze & A Look At Stateroom 7405

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Departing Barcelona for seven nights on Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest Fun Ship, the Carnival Breeze. What is the new ship like? Come on inside as we take a look this week. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

I am on the new Carnival Breeze in Europe for the next seven days. Cruising on the 3,690-passenger vessel (4,724 when all beds are filled) contrasts sharply with the small ship sailing I’m accustomed to, but I have to say I am impressed so far with Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest “Fun Ship.”

My stateroom is spacious, smartly functional and attractive. The crew is exceptionally friendly, and they seem to be happy working on this new ship. Every encounter is met with some sort of greeting, and though I am sure company policy mandates that staff greet each guest, the good mornings and hellos appear to be genuine. It has the feeling of one big, happy family.

Carnival is perhaps the cruise industry’s best example of a company that never deviates from its brand promise, which is essentially to deliver a fun and memorable vacation at a good value.

I’ll discuss value as the week progresses, but to give you some context, nine-day cruises in Europe start at $779 per person. That’s $87 per day for an interior stateroom. You’ll pay more for an ocean view or balcony.

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And Carnival Breeze is nowhere near an all-inclusive cruise. Get used to handing over your Sail & Sign card. A large Cafe Latté will cost you $4.03 with the included 15 percent gratuity. Soft drinks, alcohol — even the shuttle to and from Marseille today for 12 euros — all cost extra. There’s a lot that is offered for free — entertainment, the fitness facilities and more — but Carnival and other big ship cruise lines make up for their low cost of entry by operating as, say, a hotel would, except hotels typically don’t include meals.

Speaking of meals, dinner last night in the Blush Restaurant was delicious and enjoyable. Our servers were excellent, both professional and fun.

I had a wonderful gazpacho, appropriate as we were departing from Barcelona, followed by something I have never seen offered on a ship, Tofu Steak, which was spicy and delicious. When I ordered lime sherbet for dessert, the affable Bulgarian headwaiter Lyubomir said: “My favorite also. I’ll get you three scoops.”

I visited the spa, a good-looking facility, and the gym, which has been configured on Carnival Breeze to make for better use of the space (when compared to Breeze’s sisters). The fitness equipment was state-of-the-art. I’ll cover the gym in a future post.

There are a lot of people on Carnival Breeze, but they are dispersed in a way that makes the ship feel less crowded than it might feel otherwise. The company’s president and CEO, Gerry Cahill, told me last night that Carnival continues to make greater strides with each vessel at spreading out passengers during all times of the day.

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Although stateroom 7405 features a sleeper sofa, I would not recommend this room for a family (the maximum allowed is three people). However, 7405 does adjoin with the room next door, so combining the two could be a good option. Otherwise, for a solo traveler or couple, I found 7405 to be spacious, attractive and smartly functional, with three closets, a desk for work or applying makeup — and a balcony with generous space. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Now, about the staterooms. Carnival Breeze features a total of 1,845 staterooms in a variety of categories. I am a Category 8C, stateroom 7405, situated aft and on the starboard side on, you guessed it, deck 7. The stateroom measures 185 square feet with a balcony measuring 35 square feet.

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Bright & Breezy. Carnival Breeze employs attractive color schemes in the staterooms. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

The stateroom’s color scheme suited my taste, and the design appears well thought out for extended cruises, with three closets, plenty of drawer space, and furniture placement. The stateroom has no feeling of being too tight.

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Form & Function: The desk in stateroom 7405 has both U.S. and European electrical outlets, plus a hair dryer in the top drawer. There is plenty of drawer space for storage and a safe. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

I’ll be exploring more of the new Carnival Breeze over the next seven days, so be sure to check back — or subscribe to Avid Cruiser’s twice-weekly newsletter to have the articles delivered to your inbox on Wednesdays and Sundays. Meantime, I am happy to answer any questions you may have about Carnival Breeze. Please leave your comments at the bottom of this post or on Avid Cruiser’s Facebook page.

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

The king-sized bed (convertible to twins) is comfortable and with attractive linens. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all staterooms. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

In stateroom 7405, the ViewSonic flat-panel television pivots on a single hinge (a new design for Carnival), making it easy to get to the back to plug in your devices, including HDMI. However, I was unable to confirm, but it appeared that television was locked, with no option to choose source inputs, meaning you cannot connect from your computer to view movies you may have with you, for example. Carnival Breeze offers a selection of On-Demand movies, however, for $10.99 each. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

The bathroom is not marbled, but it is designed for good function, with plenty of counter space, a shower that I can actually stand under and make-up mirror. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

If you are not picky, there is no need to pack shampoo & shower gel. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

The bathroom offers plenty of countertop space and storage for personal items. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Carnival Breeze © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Room with a view: Stateroom 7405 features a balcony measuring 35 square feet — with ever-changing views of the sea and ports of call. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

  • Joyce F.

    I’m planning to cruise on the Breeze next summer, thanks so much for your comments on the Breeze. I can’t wait to get there.
    Joyce of South Philly

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothylynn.grady Timothy-Lynn Grady

    We are leaving Sugust 2nd too!!! can’t wait…

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  • Charles Nunn

    An excellent report on this new ship and we look forward to further posts Particularly interesting to us as our daughter and grand daughter are on this cruise with you. Michelle ZUMBRUNN and Melissa MacDonald from Spring Valley Lake in California.
    If you have the time and the opportunity to make contact please give them our regards and we will be with them in November.

    Charles and Elaine Nunn from Wirral. U.k.

  • theavidcruiser

    Thank you! More are coming!

  • Kathy

    Excellent pictures of the cabin on Carnival Breeze.

  • David_stephens_uk

    Looks and sounds great, cant wait for our cruise on Aug 2nd!!

  • theavidcruiser

    Thanks Scott!

  • Scott Lara

    Enjoyed your post! @scottlara1961 on Twitter