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Norwegian Breakaway is an extra large ship, carrying 4000 passengers and 1700 crew, and sails from New York, New York.

Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    

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A nice getaway!

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What people said about this ship:

"...still pay for all the shows and to dine in their specialty restaurant s( $ 25 - $ 75 per person)." in 17 reviews.

"...couple : Burgers in Uptown and Chateaubriand in main dining room s." in 53 reviews.

"...at we at port canaveral( not very exciting compared to new york ) and a trip to the kennedy space center." in 63 reviews.


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Norwegian Breakaway

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Wonderfully clean ship, great steakhouses, great live entertainment.  Beach excursions where wonderful.  Some of the best snorkeling I've done in years.  The pool is way too small for the amount of people on board.  The adult pool was full of children from morning 'til night (albeit it was school vacation week).  We waited 1 1/2 hours in line to check in.  Plan accordingly.

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First cruise and definitely won't be our last!!!

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From the staff to the restaurants we could not have been more happy. What a great time. You are treated like royalty from the time you leave till the time you get back. There's so much to do and thr staff make sure everyone is having a great time. Activities galore. HappyBig Smile

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Blue lagoon play area Cocoa beach Great stirrup with the breakaway in the background

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Lots of People, lots to do, good food

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This is the 2nd time I've taken this cruise (during April school vacation).  Both times I had my teenage (13, then 14 year old daughter). The main reason I took it the 2nd time was because she had so much fun last year.  Entourage, the teen club, is great/kids seem to love it (I rarely saw my daughter!)

 

The ship is huge, which I didn't think I'd like, but I turned out being fine with the size, primarily because it offers you so many options in terms of things to do.

 

I got both the unlimited beverage package and specialty dining package this year, and both are, in my opinion, great.,  I tried 5 specialty restaurants: Cagney's, La Cucina, Teppanyaki,  Moderno, and Le Bistro.  I did end up paying for one of them, since the package only includes 4 nights, which I hadn't noticed.  La Cucina was my favorite and Le Bistro my least favorite.  Would I bother paying extra for them?  Probably not, since the food in the free restaurants is surprisingly good.  Be sure and check out the noodle bar some night, as well as the small lunch buffets at Moderno. O'Sheehans has good,late night, post-drinking food (wings, burgers, and great fries).

 

The main pool area is crazy crowded, but a good alternative for adults is H2O on deck 16.  I also think that paying for a week's pass to the thermal suite is well worth it (access to a quiet, indoor, adults-only therapy pool, hot tubs, saunas, steam bath, salt room, showers, and my favorite--the heated tile lounge chairs). 

 

Shakers martini bar is very nice (try the cucumber basil martini), and the music in Fat Cats (Blues/Jazz) is good.

 

I'm not a fan of the ports (Cape Canaveral and Nassau), but Cocoa Beach  (Cape Canaveral) and the Blue Lagoon (island in Nassau) were both nice.  Norwegian's private island is nice, but crowded/takes quite a while to get off the ship since they only had 2 tenders going.

 

All in all, if you can get a decent price and live anywhere near New York, it's a fine place to take your kids on school vacation.  Would I go without kids?  Probably not.

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3 out of 5

A nice getaway!

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We have been on the breakaway before so we knew what to expect.  That was helpful as the first time we did expect more!  That said we had a good time.  we booked at the last min an anywhere suite and were given a spa suite by the elevator.  That was really great!  The food is good, to very good.  Many selections, our favorite place to eat is the Manhattan Room. Live  Music  and dance.  At times very noisy but still I love the music while we ate.  Kids were off from school and even though we didn't have any,  they kept them busy and happy.  the dinning rooms were full of large parties.  But the staff handled it well.

As before the things we didn't like were still there.  The extra charges for room service or seeing a movie in your room.  the poor TV stations, also they had the same shows as before on TV so after the first 2 week cruise nothing to watch but the news!

Because of the kids they had some 3D movies in the theater they had a great sound system and the 3D worked well.   

Had a message and it was really one of the best I ever had!  Expensive but worth it, helps you relax for the rest of the trip. 

Great Stirrup Cay there was a tender but if you were patient all went smoothly,  It  was great the highlight of the trip!  water a little cold but we went in and enjoyed the full day in the sun.  Again many activities to keep the kids occupied for free, a tram to get around was helpful, the afternoon BBQ nice but not great.  

Port Canaveral we have been to many times before, much to do there, I really wouldn't choose Disney to far and not enough time in the park.  We found a great park and had a picnic and enjoyed the day.

Nassau again we have been there many times, so we walked around town and enjoyed the day.  some people went by taxi to Atlantis and had a hard time getting back.  Two people missing the boat! 

The shows were the same as before but we enjoyed them.   They only have the same show 2x's so no show on the 2nd night?  They say so all can see it.  Well maybe a lounge show?  Second city was very tame due to  the amount of kids in the audience.  Again had to book in advance.  Overall a good trip for us. 

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3 out of 5

Just okay

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At this point I would say we are experienced "cruisers" as we have now been on 8 in total.  This cruise was a disappointment.  We knew it would be crowded as it was a school vacation week so we knew what to expect as far as long lines, impossible to get lounge chairs etc.  With that being said, we found ourselves to be very bored while on the ship.  On the days at sea there was hardly any entertainment going on at the main deck (no live band) just background music.  There would be one guest activity at around 1:00 (ex. men's sexy legs) but after that nothing.  As for night entertainment they had a few shows.  I would recommend Rock of Ages.  As for the food, if you are traveling with any food allergies I would say BEWARE.  My son and I have a severe tree nut allergy and honestly did not feel safe with the way it was handled.  You had to pre-order for the next night but even doing so when you mentioned that you had a pre-order to your waiter they seemed confused.  On other cruise lines, you get to know your waiter and they understand by day two what your allergy is and make sure you are safe.  There is one restaurant that claims to be nut free but it has the same boring menu (wings, burgers, salad) and after eating there a few times it gets old.  All in all we had an OK time.  I would cruise Norwegian again but definitely not this ship or a ship this size. 

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4 out of 5

Fun cruise, but not a lot of selection for vegetarians

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My husband and I enjoyed the cruise.  The ship is nice and the staff is outstanding.  The entertainment is great.  Rock of Ages was great.  So was the Cirque dinner show.  Burn the Floor was ok.  Loved Nassau.  Florida was ok and Great Stirrup Cay was WAY too crowded, so that was not our favorite stop.

 

Negatives:  I wish there was more than 1 pool, as it got a little crowded on the "at sea" days.  The last 2 days at sea we hit some bad weather, so the pools and upper decks were closed.  I feel like the staff was not prepared for a ship full of people with not much to do.  It definitely get a little boring. 

 

Our biggest complaint, though, was the food selection.  My husband and I are both vegetarians.  This meant that we could not eat at any of the specialty restaurants (while there was an italian restaurant, when we tried to go they were out of the only vegetarian selection on the menu!).  The complimentary restaurants always offered only 1 vegetarian entree, but that entree was not always appetizing (i.e. stuffed tomato-bleh!)  The staff was accommodating and would make us a pasta-but there is only so much pasta with marinara sauce you can eat in 1 week.  If I could change anything, I would wish that they always have more than 1 vegetarian selection, to give us herbivores some choices!! 

 

Otherwise, it was a really fun time and we would total cruise with Norwegian again. 

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Norwegian Breakaway - Nassau Cruise - April 10, 2016

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Too many people and kids.  Kids running throughout the ship and the Casino.  Kids gambling in the Casino.  It took an hour to get off the ship in Port Canaveral the first stop because there was so many people on the ship.  The second stop was their island.  We waited 2 1/2 hours to get off the boat to go over to the island.  When we got there there were swarms of people, their chairs were on top of one another in lines 20 deep.  It was difficult to get a chair.  The cruise line had four boat to take people on and off the island.  They were only using two which we had no idea why.  You had to wait in long lines to get a hamburg.  But they were really good.  All in all the food was fairly good on the ship.  The help were basically rude.  If you asked them a question they wouldn't even look up to answer you.  In fact, I got the feeling they felt they were doing you a favor helping you.  There were not that many attendance that went around asking if you would like a drink.  We had the beverage package but when I asked to get a bottle of water I was told they would have to charge me.  One bingo session was close to $40 a person.  The prices were awful.  The bingo was sold out and there were 3 prices, $300, $400 and $500.  The ships help that did the entertainment were amatueur and silly.    There are more negatives but all I will say is that I will never sail with Norwegian again.

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The cruise was good but I was disappointed that the group that I booked with didn't all receive the same credit. I understand that we all stayed in different grade of rooms, but all of us booked excursions and we all didn't receive the same excursion credits.

Also, we when we booked we weren't informed that we had to pay for things like beverage packages, spa packages and meal packages. Had we known that we could have paid a few hundred dollars more and we could have stayed in the Haven Suites and all of those things would have been included; we would have booked that.

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Had a fantastic time.  The staff and crew were awesome.  Great Stirrup Cay Awesome.  Nassau Awesome. Florida...eh...I would like to stop in Key West instead of Port Canaveral. The Entertainment was great.

 

The only real issue I have with the Breakaway is the pools.  The Adult only pool is always filled with kids and no one tells them to go to their pools.  Which all in all isnt so, so bad.  The parents should really take care of that. But everyone is on vacation so you just gotta make the best of it.

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the only highlight of our trip was our stateman Dino.The service was terrible ,we had to wait two hours to get on the ship and was told nothing why we were so late. We found out we had lost half of the regular crew to another ship and got a bunch of new peope who had not been trained well.The food was nothing to write home about either.Do not believe i will be traveling norwegian again.

 

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O'Sheen's Irish bar is the best place to go for an enjoyable sit down breakfast. It is also great for lunch, where you can even be served at the bar!

Loved all the restaurants on board including the Buffet! Lots to do for kids.

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