Norwegian Breakaway

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    
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About Norwegian Breakaway

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

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Spotless Ship. Kitchen staff needs help.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Steller

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Everything was great, the food,the Broadway Shows, entertainment everywhere you went.  The help on the boat was very accomadating.  I can't think of anything I would change.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

lata cruien

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great shows very good food !!!  smallest balcony we ever had we mean small it was fine to sit outside   the tv service needs a lot of work make sure you you sey the dates for the shows before you go

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Norwegian Breakaway- my home away from home

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I have been on Norwegian Breakaway 4 times.  Not only do I love it but I have made many friends among the crew.  Each time I see them it is like being with family.

 

The one reason we keep going back is the excellent customer service.  They resolve issues immediately and with a smile.  It seems like nothing is impossible for them.

 

When I am on that ship,I am truly happy.  My problems seem to disappear,  It is my little bit of heaven on earth.  

 

I would recommend Norwegian cruises to anyone.

 

The only thing that I would improve is the debarkation process.  It is very chaotic but  then again, with 4,000 to 5,000 passengers on board it is bound to be chaotic.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Haven

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We were lucky enough to be able to upgrade from a balcony to a front facing Haven Suite 2 weeks before the cruise and it was worth every penny and more.  The whole experience of the Haven is awesome.  We were on this same cruise last year in a balcony and loved it and loved the ports. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

All except end

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Favorite - every port was interesting and each excursion great for us as first-timers

Improvement - only a few comfortable seats in entire ship.... too many pub tables with high chairs  

Unacceptable - disembarkation was a total fiasco

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Spotless Ship. Kitchen staff needs help.

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The Breakaway is a big ship. That being said, it was not crowded. Reservations in specialty or other restaurants was not a problem. There were not many children on this cruise so most activities were always available. 

 

I was surprised that there were not many scheduled FREE activities on board for the five days at sea. The stateroom TV had the same three episodes of Mike & Molly, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half men for the entire cruise. No Discover, History or other channels.

 

Even though all the staff were extremely polite and helpful they were at times clueless as to what was going scheduled or when. Restaurant staff (especially) in the Garden Cafe  could not describe most of the food they were serving.  One young lady told me a white sweet sauce for the apple cobbler was caramel.  The egg chef did not know what over easy meant.

 

Hidden items; unless you knew to ask, Smoked Salmon  was never displayed. Nor were Gluten free items, sugar free deserts including some flavors of ice cream.  Peanut butter. I did not find out to the eleventh day that Blue Moon beer was available, not on menu. Same with select Alcoholic beverages.

 

Snack time (after returning to ship before departure) there was a large cheese selection, no crackers, chips, salsa or guacamole. 

 

With a few exceptions, all restaurants served same food. Specialty Restaurants did have their own menus.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

Great value with Gratuities and Drink Package - 8 Islands and 6 Days at Sea

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If it is convenient for you to sail out of NYC, you don't mind a few sea days on both ends of the cruise in the North Atlantic, and you would like to visit 8 Caribbean Islands on one cruise - this is it.  NCL has made this a very affordable cruise, especially when they include free gratuities and a drink package (other options - such as dining package, excursion credits, or internet time were available as well). We really enjoy the outdoor dining at some of the specialty restaurants. Over 10 years, we have seen a reduction in staff, meal variety, etc.; however, there is still great value for the price. Staff was super friendly and attentive. Food was excellent (served hot/cold as appropriate) even though not as much variety as in the past. Sorry to see the Ala Carte Margarittaville replace the Complimentary custom burger, sandwich, salad bar outside eating area on deck 16. Very low use of a great outdoor lunch location now that you have to pay.  It was still available for FREE breakfast. Also sorry to see Ala Carte pricing on most of the other Specialty restaurants - but there is a lot less wasted food being left on tables. Nice kids area with large water slides. Small pools. Smoking area on pool deck is too close to the kids pool. Smoking outside of Maltings and in Casino filters into Maltings and La Cucina and hallways.  Cirque show was excellent and they had some afternoon performances by other entertainers in the Cirque "tent" - this is a great, comfortable venue.  Make reservations before you go on the cruise for restaurants and entertainment - lets you skip the line waiting without reservations.  Entertainment was OK - the best was "Oh What a Night" 4 Season Tribute and "Burn the Floor". 

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
3 out of 5

could not bring any liquid on board

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

 I only drink diet root beer soda and they took 12 cans in new York . very bad. I also use a cpap and have to use distilled water. had a hard time convincing guy at check in to bring 14 bottles of water on the ship. had to show my machine to prove I needed it for that. good thing I never let my machine out of my sight.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

January in Southern Caribbean

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The weather was spectacular for all 8 ports of call and most of the other travel days; just one bumpy night and cool transit day back (the ship seems to handle rough water very, very well).  For the number of passengers there were very few incidents of overload, although embarkation lunch and debarkation breakfast tested the limits of the buffet.  There are many other dining venues available for all meals which are very pleasant alternatives to the buffet.  Dining room service for dinner was spotty in all non-specialty restaurants.  The special offer "Drink and Dining" packages are an excellent value which make it difficult not to return to Norweigan for your next cruise. Casino area is a good size and seems to have room for all interested passengers.  Norweigan engineers, however, should do a better job of cigarette/cigar smoke removal from those areas where permitted since that odor permeates a larger area. Guest Services and crew (as well as the captain) all work very hard to please you. We look forward to doing it again very soon.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great enertainment, ports and state room but dining hit or miss.

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Shows and entertainment were very good with lots of variety for all ages and likes.  We loved the variety of port stops but wish re-boarding the ship was later in the evening as actual time between most of the ports is only a few hours, 5:00 departures is to early.   We had a family balcony suite which was great with plenty of room and the bed was very comfortable.  Our room steward was awesome and very friendly and helpful.  The dining on the ship was overall pretty good but was very disappointed with both Taste and Savor dining rooms, The menu is the same as the Manhattan room but service and quality were not even close, it is like they train the servers at Taste and Savor before moving to other areas in the ship.  The Brazilian steak house was incredible with good service and very good food.  We spent a lot of time at O'Sheehans pub the bartenders where great and the food was always tasty, it was a great spot to watch over the Atrium shows also.  The unlimited beverage plan definitely has a flaw that other cruise lines do better, they do not allow any coffee beverages on the plan, so if you think you do you don't.  The sun decks have lots of space and we were always able to find chairs to lay out when we wanted to.  There were not many servers on the decks but lines at the deck bars were fast for drinks.  The water slides are great and give you a good cool off with some fun.  Overall it was a great time and would go with Norwegian again.

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Deck Eight

Deck Eight features inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms in categories M6, MX, BB, BD, BX, and ID, as well as La Cucina Italian Restaurant/La Cucina...

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Deck Six

Deck Six features the lower level of the Breakaway Theater, the Entertainment Venue, Atlantic and Pacific Meeting Rooms, Card Room, Library, Shore Excursion...

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Deck Fifteen

Deck Fifteen features staterooms in categories S4 and S5, as well as a pool, Pool Casino, Waves Pool Bar, Sun Deck, The Market Place, the Aqua Park, Kids'...

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Deck Seventeen

Deck Seventeen features The Haven Private Sundeck, Vibe Beach Club, the Public Sundeck, and a bar.

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xxmac19393
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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!

carrieanderson7
Contributor Level: Purser

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

pskwirut
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

If there's a show or restaurant you really don't want to miss, make a reservation well in advance online, or you might miss out. Also, be prepared to spend more onboard than you might have on other cruiselines.

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Price

XL

Size

Apr 2013

Built

4000

Total Passengers

2.35

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

2011

Total Cabins

49

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