Norwegian Breakaway

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

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

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Never a dull moment

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not a fan of NCL!

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This was my 3rd cruise. I've sailed on Carnival my previous 2. The main beef I have with NCL is that I paid $1100 per person to sail out of NYC in frigid November (never again!) and this cruise line nickel and dimes you for EVERYTHING once on board.

1. Want to go to all 4 shows they have on board? 2 included---2 $30-$50 per person EXTRA! 

2. PAY EXTRA restaurants and snack cafes far out-number the 'free/included' food on board. Even in the main dining rooms they had "extra cost" options on the menu. For example, in the mood for surf n' turf? $25 extra! really???? Ridiculous! The Buffet was great for breakfast and lunch, but dinner was horrible. Dinner buffet was mostly lunch buffet with a couple of stations aligned with their theme for the evening. For example, the one night we went was grill night. Um....they had one super thin strip steak being freshly grilled (which was good) pork chops and dry chicken. They did have a carving of beef with mashed which was also good, but just not what we expected and just not enough choices. In the mood for a late night sundae? O'Sheehans has some yummy desserts.....BUT........EXTRA!!! $4  Want cappuccino, expresso, or a latte after dinner? EXTRA......In the mood for cupcake or latte in the middle of the day? EXTRA!!! SOOOOOO DISAPPOINTING!!! I refused to give this ship any extra money for stuff that should have been included! I had a party of 5.  It adds up, trust me! 

I will say that the food on the ship is it's ONLY redeeming quality! It was very good. But I did not like that there was too much that you had to pay extra for. (As if my $1100 wasn't enough for them?)

3. Want to go on a shore excursion? Make sure you don't wait until the first day on board because you will be out of luck!  We were a large party and wanted to see what everyone else was doing before we booked. I was assured by NCL that excursions would be available to be booked once onboard which we tried right away to no avail and were stuck on board in Florida!

4. Activities at O'Sheehans on board, basketball, air hockey, pool, 2 lanes candle pin for kids among a few others.....you guessed it.....EXTRA!!!!!!! A swipe of your card $2 each time per person for a game. REALLY????

The people on board were great and service was wonderful! Our cabin was adequate but when I traveled on Carnival, the rooms were a little bigger and it does make a difference. I would not recommend traveling out of NYC this time of year as you are relegated to the inside of the ship for nearly 4 days out of 7 due to the frigid temps & wind. The seas were also incredibly rough which made a lot of passengers green around the gills and it made walking around without looking drunk, challenging. (But that's not the cruise line's fault. Just a generalized, buyer be aware).

I guess that wraps up my opinion. I hope it is helpful. I will either go back on Carnival or try another line, but won't be back on NCL again. Nervous

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Very relaxing cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It's a beautiful ship and wonderful staff.  We enjoy our cruise and ports visit.

However, the cigarette smoke in casino was too strong that even smokers were complaining about it.  For the health of everyone, NCL should havebetter ventilation in casino area and/or install special air filter to improve the air qualityHappy

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Norwegian breakaway

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The breakaway is a beautiful Cruise ship  my only problem on this trip was that we had a handicap room and my husband and I having sleeping problems. We both wear a CPAP machine.   I didn't like the fact that they have a handicap room next to a regular instate room and there was 2 to 3 kids in that room   the jumping and screaming and slamming doors. was driving me crazy.   also across the hall was a room for staff to clean items or storage. what ever it was for.  all we heard was banging and dragging.   it was just too noisy. but,  I know it's part of being on a cruise   

 

That's it   have a nice day  

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Thanksgiving week cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

I thought the ship was very nice and well maintained.  The staff was courteous and attentive.  We had a great time all week.  I would take this cruise again since it is so convenient to leave from NY, however, I would do it in warmer months so we didn't lose 2 full outside days.  It was too cold to be outside.

 

My only complaint is that the pool deck is very slippery.  For an area that is constantly wet, there should be more precaution taken for slips.  I fell TWICE on the ship.  Once down the stairs from the slides and another on the pool deck, which resulted in a broken toe.  

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3 out of 5

Itinerary was changed

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

one of our favorite things to do is snorkel at Great Stirup Cay.  A few days before departure we received notice that we would not be stopping at the Cay.  We immediately called and tried to change our departure date, but they refused our request.  We found the ship to be over crowded and very noisy.  The atrium was the focus of many activities and the very uncomfortable seating was always full.  The specialty restaurants were excellent and the service was great.  This ship is not recommended for seniors or folks with disabilities.

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2 out of 5

Norwegian Cruise line must do better!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I've been on the breakaway 4 times and this was the most disappointing cruise I've took in years. Myself and Husband cruise every  3months we went on the breakaway December 2015 it was great food ,entertainment , people,the ports fast forward November 2016 the worst cruise ever food was cold in most cases daily menu basically the same room services saved us, no comedy show ,  boring Club, bahamas was okay because we stayed over night was able to enjoy the island. I wouldn't take the breakaway again.

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3 out of 5

First cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I really enjoyed all the things to do and eat while on the ship.  This was my first cruise so I did not have the knowledge of everything going on as repeat cruisers did.  Communication on events could have been clearer as to what the event entailed. Unfortunately I got very sick towards the end of trip and there was no relief I sight so I missed a day and half of my trip and missed events I had paid for previously so I had to lose both my money and the show, not happy about that.

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1 out of 5

Awful ship

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This ship is understaffed. Horrible food. No signs for gluten free. They had options but it took extra 20 minutes to get them. Staff was not knowledgeable of what items were gluten free. Main pool is about only. Rude service. Uncomfortable seats in theater which was small. I have done 3 Norwegian Cruises and will never again. Carnival is better. 

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3 out of 5

Not much to do but Drink

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I'm very happy I paid for the UBP to allow me to drink all day long, pretty much every day of the trip.  Compared to other cruise lines I have sailed on (Royal Caribbean, Carnival) Norwegian did not offer much of anything.  That is, anything complimentary.  The comedy club was one of the few free things to do, and every single night was booked immediately.  We paid $20/person plus 18% gratuity for their "ice bar" that was more of a meat locker.  Very small space with two 'complementary drinks' that I left behind because they were outrageously disgusting.  Like I said, thank God for the beverage package or I wouldn't have been even more miserable.  I sat at the bar the entire trip. 

 

Food: Also nothing to rave about.  You shouldn't expect anything crazy at the Wind Jammer (as we call it from our RC cruising) - however the sit down meals were just about the same every evening.  We are used to a much higher standard of cruising and I got sick of the meals very quickly. 

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5 out of 5

Never a dull moment

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

After  being on the Norwegian Gem within the last three years I decided to book the Norwegian breakaway for a girlfriends week vacation.  There really is never a dull moment on the ship, from the amazing food to the daily shows to the game shows, it was a wonderful time. Definetly one of the best cruise ship companies by far. 

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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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