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Norwegian Breakaway

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Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    

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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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Okay, but too many pay options

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 11, 2014

I posted this review on a few sites I am on: Did the Easy Walk Off for the first time and think I'll do it every time from now on! Got to the line of people waiting for the okay to leave at 0710. We were in walking past the luggage being lined up and heading for a taxi at 0732. At least the NY customs building stair nazi wasn't at the post this time, she would let only one person go down th escalator at one time last year. Created a huge logjam. This time, a different lady allowed about 10 feet between people. Okay, the cruise: 1. Tops down, the best entertainment I've seen in my whole 5 cruises (1 RC, 3 NCL, 1 Carnival). The Cirque starts hokey, but that is just the support crew. It was amazing. Food, not so much. Dark in the venue and hard to cut/eat and watch the act at the same time. Rock of ages was awesome! So much talent! Not exactly like the movie, but great! Burn the Floor was also amazing, the dancing and singing was excellent! The magician act (Michael Finney) was great as well. As for the ship's movement...hardly felt anything until the last two days, but we hit the swells coming from the storm that hit the east on Wednesday. I like the movement. We had a normal balcony stateroom with 2 twins and a couch. With the twin set-up it was difficult to get around the beds. Rooms are smaller than what we had on the Gem, which was the same type of room. Shower water pressure SUCKED, no other way to put it. It was difficult to get cold water once people started taking showers, in fact, the water was painfully hot. Sometimes the toilet wouldn't flush, had to reseat the lid or pound on the knobby (wall protector) on the wall behind the seat. That was the room. For the cruise, there are far too many pay only options. Ultimate dining pkg gives one a specialty restaurant each night with the cirque show on night one included, cost is $119. Does NOT include Ocean's ($49) or the ala carte Raw Bar or Noodle/sushi bar. The gelato, Cake Boss, and cappaccino is also pricey. Drinks, of course, cost. I do like the soda package at around $50. You get a cup to haul around for refills or just get a glass filled at any bar AND any restaurant. It is fountain, not out of a can, and bar staff are nice about it (that lacking was my pet peeve about Carnival). My biggest issue was with the Mandara Spa pass I had been so excited to get. Unlike the Gem, which was $99 and had a womens, mens, and co-ed spa with all of them including jacuzzi's, wet and dry saunas, showers, as well as both cushioned and warmed ceramic lounge chairs. They also only sold around 100 passes. Breakaway had a small co-ed location with one large jacuzzi, four different saunas, rain showers (that some were not working correctly), 10 ceramic chairs and maybe 30 cushioned chairs and they sold 120 passes that cost $199. On sea days, it was impossible to get a lounge chair. I will be critiquing NCL on that one. I was told they made it smaller to accommodate more rooms, probably the Spa Haven suites. They wouldn't get seats either. I found out there is a top deck pool area for adults only called Vibe. At least a hot tub and some chairs, but no way to see in there. No idea the cost and they sold out of passes. However, the water slides were the bomb!!!!! Note (since there wasn't a sign) NO jewelry allowed, to include wedding rings. The ropes course was also a total blast!!!! My fat butt fit both of those fun things!! Buffet was pretty good. Cagney's was awesome, Teppanyaki pretty good, and Moderno's okay (a bit to odd for me, but the salad was great). Pizza 24/7 was good, but at a cost of $5 and delivered anywhere. The casino is mid-ship, located around the multi-deck stairways (where photos are taken). Meaning, the smoke wasn't as bad as being confine in a closed room HOWEVER, you could smell smoke downstairs in Le Bistro (a specialty restaurant). The internet area was open and next to the atrium so people would sit there when they were out of seats if something was on the screen or an activity was going on. Stupid. The "stores" were kind of open as well which made it a bit chaotic as it is a major walk way. It incorporated the photo area. I did like the binder system for photos. MUCH easier to find your photo. Don't know how someone got away with the designs. Would I take the Breakaway or equivalent again? ONLY if I got a deal I couldn't pass up. Bear in mind, I don't complain about everything, but I expected more and won't blow sunshine up to gloss things over! I'll stick to the Gem/Jade. This one was too big and too many extra costs. 

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Ropes course. Also has plank-walking picture opportunity! Atrium bowling

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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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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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Always something fun to do!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 11, 2014

Whether relaxing in the spa, which I highly recommend, or walking the ropes course, every day was magical. I would go see the shows Burn the Floor' and 'Cirque' again in a heartbeat. Musicians performing throughout the ship were professional calibre, and our stateroom was kept immaculate. Best bet to get the select restaurant program to fully enjoy every meal. Then soak up the sun in the most beautiful country I've ever visited - Bermuda, then fall asleep in the comfortable beds being gently rocked to sleep. Go! Don't delay!

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Large Group

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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May 4th Breakaway to Bermuda Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 04, 2014

Traveled to Bermuda beginning of May with Mom, almost 94 years old, sister and self (both in our 60s).  I've been on 6 cruises with 3 other major cruiselines; this one on NCL was a first.  Hugh ship, but honestly, there isn't much difference between having 3,000 or 4,000 other passengers.  Places where I would have expected crowd problems - elevators, dining rooms, show spots - were fine.  

Saw Cirque, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Magician shows; all were fun, especially those fabulous dancers and singers at the Burn show.  

Ate in the main dining room (Manhattan, very elegant with a fine singer to set the urban mood), other made-to-order dining rooms (Savor, Taste), and 3 specialty restaurants (La Cucina, Le Bistro, Tappanaki).  Food quality was uneven - some very good meals, others less than desirable.  I don't think the (reasonable) cost for specialty restaurants was particularly well spent given the cuisine.  We ate at the Buffet 3 times; lots of choices, but food was pretty awful.  We consistently had good experiences in the Manhattan.

The biggest problem for us:  Mom is pushed in a small, folding wheelchair.  The hallways are very narrow so we had to wait until a steward moved the cleaning cart out of the way before proceeding - and there were lots of carts.  Also, the entrance to the room was so narrow that we couldn't roll it into the room; it had to be folded in the hallway, picked up & carried sideways into the suite-make sure you have someone strong enough in your party to do this.  We were in an upgraded mini-suite on Deck 10 and there wasn't any room for it to be safely stored.  (We left the light on at night so we wouldn't trip over it.)  

As others have mentioned, the balcony is very tiny - room for only 2 deck chairs.  Large, comfortable bathroom.  Room itself is pretty narrow.  It would have been fine for 2 persons, but with 3 it was tight. All things considered, we enjoyed our 7 day cruise with NCL.  The various service persons were great, appropriately & sincerely pleasant.  Although I didn't like to spend another $ 199 for use of the spa, it was a wonderful daily activity.  It did seem like we had to (over)pay for some things which other cruiselines include, i.e. spa pool & movies for $ 10 each on t.v.  Bermuda was warm

& beautiful.

And, If you like gaudy, this isn't the ship for you.  It's more like a floating hotel-decor is very subtle, actually pretty vacant.  I've enjoyed the art work done on other ships, in hallways and common areas.  The Breakaway has some standard photographs- the kind you'd fine in hotel rooms- on the walls, but a little more sophistication could have been put into the ship's design style.  

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Find the Sabretts cart (there are 3) between the pools on sea days.

BOOK YOUR SHOWS THE FIRST DAY THERE!

All the free dining rooms had great food, different menus to choose from. I recommend to try them all. the Garden Cafe was also very nice, very clean, we all liked the convenience of the sinks by the exits to wash our hands after meals. The specialty restaurants, great food and entertainment.



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