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ss OceanBreeze is rated as a 3 star ship
Please note: Sadly, the magnificent ss
OceanBreeze has now been broken up at
ss OceanBreeze has a Country Club atmosphere as she features lots of brass and teak. Cabins are comfortable, with air-conditioning, a bath or shower, phone, and ample drawer and wardrobe space. Amenities include: the spacious Caravelle Restaurant, having both an early and a late sitting. There are lounges for relaxing, and entertainment, including the grand Rendezvous Lounge Showroom and Cafe Miramar. OceanBreeze has card room, library, Cinema, as well as conference and meeting rooms. Other facilities include a Shopping Arcade, Hairdresser, Children's Centre, Video Arcade, a Gym, and a Medical Centre. There are all the usual deck activities, such as aerobics, shuffleboard, ping-pong, outdoor heated swimming pool, and a Jacuzzi.
The OceanBreeze is the perfect cruise ship for those wanting a pleasant traditional cruise vacation at an affordable price.
Observation Deck forward on Bridge Deck
Decks – Working down from the top deck
ss OceanBreeze has nine passenger decks. The top-most passenger deck is Deck 1 - Bridge Deck. Please note; the ships the Bridge is actually located two decks higher. The lowest passenger deck is Deck 9 - Nightclub Deck. This page provides a deck-by-deck description of facilities available.
To view a deck use the link – ea. 1 – “Bridge Deck”
Bridge deck features a large observation deck
forward of the Bridge superstructure, overlooking the bow. Amidships is the
Three A Grade deluxe Suites are located
forward of Boat Deck, as well as nine B grade Suites. All suites have sitting
area, colour TV, and floor to ceiling picture windows. There are no balcony suites
on OceanBreeze. Also located forward, is the 120 seat Cinema, Meeting and
Conference Rooms. Just aft of the forward stairwell is the spacious Pacific
Card Room and Library, which is followed by the upper level of the rather large
Casino onboard. There is a Sauna just aft on portside. Out on aft deck is the
delightful, very romantic, Cafe St. Tropez with 50 seats. The
Pacific Card Room & Library
Promenade Deck has the majority of the Lounges
onboard. All have a particularly spacious feeling. Forward on Promenade Deck is
the massive 400 seat Rendezvous Lounge, which is the ship's main Show Lounge.
Amidships is the superb Mayfair Lounge and Bar, seating 88, which is followed
One of the great features of the OceanBreeze, is the availability to sit in a cosy lounge or out on one of the three magnificent decks that run alongside the ship, being Boat, Promenade, and Atlantis Decks. Each runs from forward of the superstructure to aft, alongside of the ship. This luxury is no longer found on the modern cruise ship. The fully covered Promenade Deck connects the Rendezvous Lounge located forward, to Cafe Miramar aft. Relaxing on a wide Promenade Deck will make you appreciate the joys of cruising on a classic liner.
The next two decks are mostly devoted to passenger cabins. Having been built as a one-class liner, the ship has long, straight corridors, which, like the rest of the ship, makes finding your way around the ship very easy.
On this deck, all outside cabins overlook the
covered Atlantis promenade Deck. It is a little narrower, but is longer than Promenade
Deck above, as it extends almost the full length of the superstructure. This
deck contains many inside and outside cabins. Categories C & D are outside
cabins with a porthole, and category D are inside cabins. The Beauty Salon and
a well-equipped Children's Room are located aft.
Forward the main stairwell is Pursers Office and Shore Excursion Office. The balance of this deck is dedicated to accommodations. Category D are outside cabins with a porthole, with category H being inside cabins.
Main Foyer & Pursers Office--
Forward are eleven category E, outside cabins, with the large Caravelle Restaurant aft of the main stairwell. The Restaurant offers tables for two, four, six, and eight, which encircles a grand piano. Aft of this deck is the ships hospital and surgery.
Decks 7 & 8 are accommodation decks. Categories E & F outside cabins, category I inside cabins on Dolphin Deck. All cabins on Emerald Deck are inside, with categories J & K.
The lowest passenger deck is Deck 9, Nightclub Deck, and as the name suggests has a Night Club, the Five-Star Disco. When the ship was built as the ss Southern Cross, this space was the Indoor Pool.
Vintage ships offer a wide range of cabin types and these are quite
varied There are total of twelve suites, all located forward on Boat Deck.
Suites are able accommodate up to four passengers, although each differ in
configuration. There are ten categories of standard cabins; 60% of which have
an ocean view. Like many classic ships, there are cabins that may have one or
Twin bedded cabin
Twin bedded cabin
It needs to be understood, that OceanBreeze, as a classic ship, she offers the feel and the atmosphere of a true Passenger Liner from days past. This may mean that cabins vary in size, and some are typical of the Ocean Liner, and may be considered relatively small. However, all accommodations onboard have private facilities and are extremely comfortable. All cabins have been refurbished, but the atmosphere reveals the day of her as a Liner. Cabin size is very much dependant on your taste, and on fares paid. Always remember, your cabin is to sleep in and not to party in!
As this is a vintage ship, we must realise that accessibility is limited for some. OceanBreeze has one elevator located at the forward stairwell, and operates from Boat Deck down to Emerald Deck, covering all accommodations. Bridge & Nightclub Decks are accessible only via stairs.
OceanBreeze is not only a unique ship, due to her being a survivor of the grand ocean liners, but more so, she has more old world charm and graciousness per tonne, than any other active classic passenger ship cruising today!
Sadly, the OceanBreeze has been beached in
The elegant Mayfair Lounge
The 400 seat Rendezvous Lounge
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