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Norwegian Breakaway

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Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    


What people said about this ship:

"The food at the specialty restaurants, while good, still left something to be desired." in 7 reviews.

"I feel like the service suffered in the dining rooms because of the lack of continuity." in 24 reviews.

"Waited five years to go on this Christmas Cruise, should have spent our money in New York City!" in 28 reviews.



Norwegian Breakaway departs from:

New York, New York

455 reviews from our community




fxrs84
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Bummer

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

 

Can't blame the weather on anyone, but I can say that the Breakaway is designed for mostly outdoor events wether it be dinner or entertainment. So when you and 4000 other people are stuck inside for the whole cruise, it sucks!

I would have loved to experience the ship and the voyage as it was designed but Mother Nature and the Fun Police deiced it was not going to go that way!

Food was ok, entertainment was alright, crew did their job. Too many people.

 

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jzatt
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Too much "at sea"

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

Ship, food and crew were fine.  Itinerary was lacking, especially with 2 days at sea for a 7 day cruise and worse, bypassing the island due to weather.  

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ManhattanMom
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Big Boat; Bad Weather; Still Pretty Good

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

We have cruised 8 times before, 5 of which were on Norwegian. We tried the Breakaway because we love cruising out of NYC and the Great Stirrup Cay day is our favorite. We prefer a smaller boat (already booked for the Gem next February) and the weather did not cooperate so we missed Great Stirrup Cay. It's also hard to determine whether I would have preferred the bigger ship if the weather was better (likely yes, but I'm not sure). That being said, we still had a good time. I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but that's not an option.

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Mostly fun....some crew attitude poor.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

Most of the cruise was ok. My luggage tag got ripped off & I didn't get my suitcase till 8:30 at night. That was not optimum. The ship is nice enough....just maybe too big for my taste.... too many people. But the worst thing was a crew member named Kevin who was a judge at a karaoke show who was insulting to me when I made a comment about his opinion of one of the passengers in the contest. I think part of his job is to handle passengers in a more respectful way. If he can't take the heat he should find another job. I will be filing a complaint with the cruise line as well. If you like lots of crowds & an unorganized disembarkation you will be ok.

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Murr
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fun escape

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 13, 2015

Breakaway is a fun ship and I can imagine how great it is in the hot weather when all of the outdoor areas can be used, especially the outdoor restaurants. That said, the winter cruise gets crowded & a bit hectic but there's lots to do. Catch the sail away party on deck 16 and wear your hats & coats! If you do the short cruise you MUST book your spa appt super early, get on the boat early & run to deck 15 to book the spa time. The NCL concierge app does not work for spa. If you book a package that includes room service, book that right away & be sure to get a menu if it's not already in your room. Go to guest services on deck 6 to confirm number for room service. Have fun!

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gehartt
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Don't go in winter !!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Feb 13, 2015

Overall, the ship is nice. Food was average except for the specialty restaurants. Steakhouse was very good. Rock of Ages was great. Unfortunately hot tubs were empty which I would've thought would be up and running for a winter cruise. Would've been much more enjoyable in the warmer months. Good escape if you just want to get away to gamble and or see a show.

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aekey
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casino smoke

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 30, 2015

I enjoyed the time away with family, however the smoke in and near the casino made it impossible for us to play there and enjoy the bars near it. perhaps a better ventilation system is needed. I did not experience this on my 3 previous cruises on other cruise lines.

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Relax at sea

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 18, 2015

The experience was relaxing and fun.  The weather was perfect and the service excellent.  There were a variety of activities from which to choose.  The passengers were considerate and friendly.

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good weather, nice visits, good food

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 18, 2015

the weather was great. the only day out of 12 that rocked was day 10.  the food was very good and the fact that you can eat at any time was very pleasant. the weather was perfect and we spent six days at the beach. 

 

 

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Dawna27
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Great Ship, Great Time!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 18, 2015

We had an excellent experience on the Norwegian Breakaway.  We had previously cruised and enjoyed our experience with Carnival, but this ship had a lot more to offer as far as on-board activities, dining options, etc.  Our cruise director, Julie, was very welcoming and presented a variety of excellent shows/entertainment.  Some of our favorites were Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, and the Cirque specialty show (which wasn't free, but was worth the extra cost).  

While there were 24-7 delicious (and complimentary) food options, the specialty restaurants were impressive, especially Teppanyaki which we dined at twice it was so good!

We booked excursions for 5 of the 6 stops through Norwegian, and all worked out well logistics-wise and were a ton of fun.  Our favorites included ziplining excursion in Saint Thomas and the seaturtle/shipwreck snorkel & beach excursion in Barbados.

Our only complaints were the location of our room (at the very front of the ship which was very susceptible to waves and ship-related noise) and that some of the prices on-board were a little high (specifically drinks and photographs).

Overall, a great experience and we can't wait for the next Norwegian cruise!

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xxmac19393
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!

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

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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