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Norwegian Breakaway

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It was just OK

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What people said about this ship:

"Other than that the service was great, the specialty restaurants were wonderful." in 4 reviews.

"For example, I only ate in the dining room twice." in 14 reviews.

"I 've sailed with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and now NCL." in 11 reviews.


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rosendiane
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Amazing Change

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

We sailed on the Breakaway in June 2013 and again earlier this month.  What a difference!  In June, I seemed to spend all my time walking the passageways to the back of the ship for food and then to the front for entertainment.  What a bore.  It didn't happen this time and the only reason I can find to explain the difference is the location of my cabin right next to the aft elevator lobby.  The ship has only two banks of elevators and all the activity centers are located between them  and easily accessible.  We had a mini-suite the first cruise and a balcony cabin the second.  The balcony cabin seemed more comfortable.   We discovered Spice H2O which we didn't remember from the first cruise, but it's a lovely open deck on the top rear of the ship which is child free during the day and becomes an entertainment venue at night with an enormous led screen for showing movies and DVD's.  We loved the ship the second time around.  The only drawback for late night snackers like us, is that there's no place to get a cookie or piece of cake after eleven at night.  We wound up eating hot dogs in O'Sheehan's at midnight.

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queenhass
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 star
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Big Ship!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jun 29, 2014

Traveled with 13 family members.  Was told we couldn't eat all at one table that they only seat 12....The band singing in the buffet restaurant area made a comment to me as I walked by that was inappropriate and disgusting.  Lots of food but was limited as a healthly vegetarian.  The rooms were comfortable and the showers had great water pressure.  Crew helpful and friendly.  Would perfer assigned eating times as the wait was always long for dining in the free restaurants.  Decks were stuffed with people and hard to get a lounge chair at the pool.  Very clean ship.  Would perfer a non smoking ship as walking in the main areas were smokey from areas people could smoke.

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MamaJama
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
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Awesome Vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jul 27, 2014

Our cruise to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Breakaway was fabulous thanks to the wonderful crew who go out of their way to make certain that you feel welcome and that your vacation is fun, relaxing and memorable.

 

The ship is absolutely stunning, very modern in design and has really terrific amenities. Every inch of the ship was squeaky clean. The staterooms are typical in size but still quite comfortable. Lots of restaurants to chose from and we found the food to be expertly prepared in every single one of them. The pool deck is well thought out....the young children's pool and Nickolodeon splash pool are inviting but separated from the more rowdy adult pool which is by the bandstand and pool bars.  Spice H20 on deck 16 was the perfect alternative to the party atmosphere when we needed a quieter water / lounging area to just chill, visit or read.  And the waterpark and ropes course are for real...TONS of fun there!!!  Entourage, for our two teens, was an eager attraction.  We really enjoyed this cruise!

 

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Great cruise... beware the reverse vampires!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

THE GOOD

Extremely clean in all aspects, the rooms, the bathrooms, the food service areas even the buffet.  The washy-washy crew had us thinking about washing our hands all day long.  Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor were excellent shows.  We never had to wait to get a seat in one of the main dining rooms and the food is good enough as to not need to go to the specialty restaurants if you don't want to.  I was surprised at how good the wings at O'Sheehan's were for lunch, which is a very convenient complimentary "irish" pub midship looking down on the Atrium.  They have trivia multiple times per day, both general trivia and theme trivia, which was a lot of fun and the activities staff members Jovan, Kristine, and Ferdie were very lively and humorous.  The waterslides are excellent especially the free-fall waterslide.  The ropes course was fun... I overcame my fear of heights while my wife discovered hers!  We went on Gosling's rum tour and the Rising Son Catamaran Snorkel and Swim which were both very easy to arrange through the cruise and very worthwhile excursions.  Also both tours provide lots of rum, if you are into that sort of thing, which we are.  When the ship is in port the pool and waterslides are a ghost town so you will have an embarrassment of riches in using the slides and picking any spot you want to sit.  Beer buckets and draft beers at O' Sheehan's were good deals.

 

THE BAD

The adult swimming pool is 6'8" deep with a large shelf around the edge which is great for us because we can swim and float and so there is lots of room in the actual pool itself... but is also odd because an environment is created where a few people are in the pool being watched by 100 people all sitting around the edge of the pool because apparently nobody from New York can swim.  There was even a handrail to hold on to in the pool but still very few people went in the pool itself.  Nightclub parties at Spice H2O had the potential to be fun but it was weird having on one hand adults drinking and partying with grade-school children running around.  They have earlier parties for families who apparently don't leave when it is supposed to be adults only.  They are good at enforcing the adults only rule in the Bliss nightclub though.  Although we did book Rock of Ages before the cruise, they lost the reservation and we had to complain.  We were accommodated but it was a hassle.  I recommend confirming any reservations made prior to the cruise with guest services and the box office on your first day.  Some members of guest service were not the most proficient at communicating how different reservation and onboard credit programs functioned which was partially a language issue.  One would think that guest services, restaurant reservation  staff would be the most easy to deal with but this was not the case and was an extremely frustrating aspect of the cruise.  My wife however was appeased by the chocolate covered fruits they sent to the room as an apology gesture.  Lastly the commemorative flash drive we purchased along with our printed pictures had half the files corrupted on it so that is another issue we have to resolve with Norwegian.

 

THE UGLY

The worst part of the cruise came in the form of what my wife has now termed "the Leathers" usually hailing from a certain port city... you can spot them visually by their over-tanned skin that is the color and texture of a football.  A well tuned ear can sense their presence 20 yards away as they will arguing with their husbands, scolding their children, or complaining to cruise staff about trivial issues.  Although Norwegian claims that one cannot reserve deck chairs for more than one hour, the Leathers obviously did not get the memo.  One Leather will reserve 6 deck chairs for family members who will never arrive, or lay one towel across 3 chairs reserving them for the entire day.  Woe to anyone who attempts to sit in one of these obviously unoccupied chairs!  Far be it from you to sit in a chair in such a way which "blocks their Sun".  These reverse Vampires attempt to suck all the fun and joy from the pool and sun deck experience, and from the cruise experience generally.  The cruise staff fail to enforce the no reserving of deck chairs regulations and are afraid to stand up to these Leather hordes leaving other poor saps to wonder aimlessly trying to discover an unclaimed deck chair even though less than 50% of deck chairs actually have a body in them at any one time.

 

SUMMARY

Overall we recommend this cruise (great food, cleanliness, generally fun and courteous staff, memorable excursions, good water park amenities) but be prepared for some glitches with reservations and steer clear of "The Leathers" and if you manage to find an unclaimed deck chair...well done!  We loved the free-styling aspect and do plan to "Cruise like a Norwegian" in the future, but perhaps from a different port... sans Jersey Shore immersion experience.

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famusound
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Some Good and Some Bad

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

Overall: The Good:  Super clean ship.  Smooth ride and very polite steward.  The Bad: Nickel and Dimed to death on this ship.  HATED the cruise for that reason alone.

Details:  The boarding process was smoother than I thought.  The Mini Suite #8714 was small for a "suite", but the bath was gigantic with it's dual sinks and 3 person shower.  This particular cabin had a very large balcony (requested a large balcony early in the process), which is rare on this ship.  The cable t.v. channel selection sucked for it to be 2014.  The bars were ample and the wait was minimal 90% of the time.  I paid $434.00 extra for the drink package, which Is worth it for 1 person.  They make you buy it for each person in your cabin and that's when it's a complete rip-off.  The Food was decent at best.  The Manhattan Room was the best of the included options.  The Irish Pub was second, which was pub food.  The buffet ws like Golden Corral.... Lots of very average stuff.  As for the "PAID" options, we ate at Cagneys, Le Bistro and the Circque show.  Cagney's was by far the best meal the entire time onboard.  But it should have been included in the costs of the cruise.  The Circque show was $39.99 for the show and dinner.  It too should have been included as you don't pay for entertainment on other cruise lines.  NOT WORTH the additional $39.99 each.  Even Bingo was $39.00 to play.  They Nickel and Dimed us to death on this ship.  They even charged to go into the Ice bar.  The Casino was no fun as they allow smoking and the fake barrier is a joke at best.  It's 2014 it should be completely smoke free!!!!  That was really not cool.  The Entertainment was HORRIBLE at best.  The "lounge" singers were really HORRIBLE...ALL OF THEM!!!!  The Circque talent was best.  The other singers were a joke.  I mean it was something to do while at sea for as long as we were, but who ever the talent scout is should be made to walk the plank.  The Pool was TINY for a ship of this size.  There are a few hidden areas at the front of the ship.  Go and find them and you will be pleased.  The staff was polite and professional (except for 1 bartendar named Ray near the cigar bar on deck 8).  The Waterfront was a great idea, but again unable to be enjoyed because of the blasted SMOKERS dominating the area.  The excursions were (please notice the majority of other reviews) were horrible and not even considered based on the ridiculous costs.  There were way too many kids on this ship.  I had read that in other reviews, but thought they meant tiny kids.  There were too many high school kids on this ship.  I'm trying not to be all negative as there were some good features about the ship and about the staff and the pub food.  But, it is just ridculous all that they want you to pay extra for.  I'm sorry Norwegian, but I'm not able to suggest this cruise ship based on what I and my party of 6 feel about the cruise.  I can tell that you have improved on what some past guest may have pointed out as potential issues.  There were no problems with hot water.  The water temp in the bath was great.  The diversity in entertainment was appreciated and noticed.  The effort to please 4000+ folks is always going to be a challenge.  If you just stopped with the nickel and diming of us, then our overall experience would be different.  I have cruised on Carinval and had cabin U76 which was so big it had a sectional sofa. And I was upgraded to that room.  We nor any of the other 2 cabins in our party received an upgrade of any type al all.

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Go to Tapanyaki for good Benihana type food.

Cyncyn
Purser

Get to scheduled entertainments early or there won't be any good seats left.

Longest wait was about 15 mins in the Manhattan. Nice atmosphere in Savor and Taste. If very crowded at breakfast, take food from Garden Café and go upstairs to the Grill. You can take your own wine on board (for a $15.00 corkage fee), and the waiters will bring you an ice bucket and glasses.

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