Pretending to be the captain, I spent a week aboard Carnival Breeze in Balcony Cabin 6212.
My allocated cabin on the port side of Deck Six sat directly underneath the bridge. The overhang may put some people off, but it shielded me from the fierce Caribbean sunshine above.
Carnival Breeze Balcony Cabin 6212 review
The blue and yellow décor in the room lends it a summery feel although it is not as contemporary as I prefer. The quirky Carnival branding on the luggage mat and paperwork around the cabin adds a fun and playful touch.
The bed is comfortable, with plenty of storage space to hide suitcases, a car seat, and a collapsible buggy underneath.
Carnival supplied a hospital-style metal railed cot for my two-year-old and the cabin happily accommodated this without much of a struggle, leaving a reasonable amount of floor space to move around.
The blue and yellow colour scheme extends into the standard compact bathroom. The bathroom features a toilet, basin with counter top, open shelving above, and a shower with a shower curtain. While this initially felt a dated choice, it made bathing my son much easier compared to fighting with a modern glass door. Complimentary wall-mounted toiletries are available to use.
The balcony door was a traditional push door that opened outward rather than a sliding door. I grew to like it although a strong gust of wind caught it on one occasion, pulling me along with it.
Outside, there is enough room for three, with two chairs and a small table furnishing the space.
The bridge wing above is not that noticeable as the overhang is not great. Admittedly, it shields the balcony from the sunshine in certain angles.
- The cabin was not especially large, but it happily accommodated three people and a Carnival-supplied cot.
- The bridge wing helped shade the balcony from the fierce Caribbean sunshine at its worst.
- The balcony also felt private – quiet neighbours either side helped.
- Lots of storage space helped hide clothes and toddler paraphernalia out of sight. The raised bed allowed storage of large and bulky items underneath.
- The cabin stewards were great fun and made a fuss of my son. It was clear they missed their young children back home, but they admirably found ways to cope with the separation.
- Wall-mounted shampoo and shower gel were available in the shower. Miniature bottles of Elemis toiletries were placed on the vanity unit.
The not so good
- The push-door on the balcony took some getting used to, as many other ships opt for space-saving sliding doors. One positive feature was the child-lock placed near the top of the door, to prevent children from accessing the balcony without parental supervision.
Have you sailed with Carnival Cruise Line in a balcony cabin? Let me know in the comments below what you thought of your cabin.
Disclosure: Carnival Cruise Line supplied one return adult economy airfare, overseas transfers, one night in a Miami hotel, and cruise fare for two adults and an infant. I paid for one return adult and child airfare, meals ashore, private excursions, and domestic travel to and from Heathrow airport. My opinions are my own.