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lpiendak reviewed 23 hours ago

What people said about this ship:

"Food ion the main dining rooms lacked variety and offered little seafood selections." in 28 reviews.

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Norwegian Breakaway departs from:

New York, New York

559 reviews from our community




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First time cruiser, lifetime cruiser!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

Excellent experience for someone who has never been on a cruise.  I took a last minute vacation with my tween daughter and we had a very relaxing time.  I would recommend this ship in a heart beat.  The activities were endless and the entertainment was just as good.  It was only the two of us, and she would have had a better time if she had her twin brother with her, or a friend.  I think she would have taken advantage of the various activities on the ship.  Overall we had a good time.  If I had to do it all over again, I would not get off of the ship in Florida.  I think our time would have been better spent on the ship than on Coco Beach.  The food options on the ship are endless.  There is no need to eat at the buffet every night.  There are three or four nice restaurants that are complementary each evening, where you can order off of the menu, which changes every night.  The buffet is great for breakfast and lunch, or if you have very small children.  Children are welcome in all of the restaurants.  The porters clean the rooms twice a day/replace towels, if you like.  Also, the porters drop off an itinerary every night to your room.  This allows you to see what activities are going on, hour by hour, and where.  Extremely helpful.

There are several restaurants that are an additional cost, but honestly there are so many different options each night, that you don't need to upgrade.  I had lamb chops one night in the complimentary restaurant, went to the French Bistro because I was given a voucher, and the lamb was better in the regular restaurant.  There is a steak house, but I had filet mignon in the complimentary and it was excellent.  Really read all the info in that itinerary and you then know how to work the ship and get a bang for your buck.

 

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lpiendak
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

Not impressed with the "NEW" ship. The ships pool area is very small and the area where the stage is had no "dancing room". We prefer a smaller ship with less people. Service was ok. Disappointed when we found out the Lobster tail dinner and Chocolate buffet were no longer available. The Atrium area where entertainment was going on did not have enough seating, lack of couches and chairs to relax in. They placed high back chairs in the front row, making it difficult for others to see, especially short people. Too many wooden bar stool chairs, they had them in Headliners and upper level of the Atrium, in O'Sheehan's, again not comfortable especially for short people.

The theater chairs were very uncomfortable. Your tailbone sat on the frame of the chair. Had to slouch in order to get comfortable. Poorly designed.

Our Stateroom was narrow and balcony was small. We could hear our neighbors t.v

Every time I went out on my balcony the person below me was smoking.  There is NO SMOKING on the balcony, but rule did not apply to them.  Many times I was unable to sit and relax. This ship is very accommodating to smokers. Smoking areas at all the bars, and a special smoking room near the pool. Of course the smoke billows out of the room. Annoying. We are non smokers. You can smell the smoke from the Casino throughout the Atrium.

If you are taking a bus transfer be sure your driver knows his route so that he gets you to the pier promptly. We had a very traumatic experience and came very close to not making departure.

Entertainment was excellent, that was one thing they had going for them. Also, the bathroom was a good size and the shower stall was the biggest I have experienced.

My husband and I will not do this cruise again. We tried it and found out it is just not our thing.

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donjan67
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

Found a lot of the entertainment wasnt free. Had to bookd quite a few of the shows through the box office at additional charge. Food ion the main dining rooms lacked variety and offered little seafood selections. Recommend the cruise ship because of its size and its amenities. Rooms were clean as well as all areas of the ship. Both getting on and off the ship was great this time compared to other cruises.

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kibroad
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Fabulous cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

We had a fantastic time. The weather was beautiful the whole week. The ship, the Norwegian Breakaway was amazing. There were so many free dining choices we did not go to any of the specialty dining restaurants; although I'm sure they are fantastic as well. The shows were top notch. The excursions were great. Cruise Only was very easy and helpful to work with. 

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Bahamas & Florida on The Breakway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

Just wanted to let you know how disappointed we were on our April 12th cruise to Florida and The Bahamas on The Breakaway. We were looking forward to a great vacation on your new ship as we have cruised with Norwegian before but this was our first cruise on The Breakaway.    Menus in both Savor and The Taste are exactly the same.  There was no variety. On the breakfast menu I selected substitute egg omelet while my husband ordered reg. eggs.  One half hour later we still had not been served breakfast.  When I asked our waitress what was holding up our order, she told me it was because I ordered substitute eggs and that takes a long time.  Unbelievable.  Most of our breakfast orders in these two restaurants took a long time before we were served and when we finally were served, breakfast was cold both food and tea.   On the days that we were at sea, the casino was so crowded you couldn't get a slot machine to play if your life depended on it.  Then if you were lucky enough to find one, the smoke that filled the casino made you sick.   The restrooms were not clean.  Especially the ones near the bars.  My husband couldn't even use the restroom near one of the bars because there was urine on the floor, on the walls, and the toilets were stopped up.  We thought perhaps this was an oversight or men who were drunk for that particular night.  So the next night he went back to the same restroom and found it dirtier than the previous night.  Housekeepers need to be stationed in these restrooms to keep them clean.   The adult pool was too small for the 4400 or so passengers on the ship.  Parents were bringing their children in the adult pool instead of letting them use the kiddie pool.  We couldn't even get in the pool.  So for the 7 days we were cruising, we didn't get to go into the pool.  Chairs (lounges) were always taken either with bags or towels on them indicating that they were taken. There should have been more than one pool on board for adults.   Elevators were always loaded with passengers.  So, everyone needed to wait.   On our tour excursion to The Bahamas, we had to walk from the pier where The Breakaway docked to where the tour guides were waiting.  This walk was about a mile in very hot weather.  Seniors were struggling, as well as my husband and I as we are seniors also.  We met a lot of cruisers who were complaining about this also.    As I indicated before, we cruised last year on The Norwegian Gem and we had a fabulous time.  We cannot say the same about our cruise on The Breakaway.      

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bestbusdriver
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good and bad.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

I wish that Florida wasn't apart of the stop. More time at the beautiful islands would have been nice. The ship was so clean never a dirty place in sight even the bathroom to the public were nice. Very friendly service. My other complaint would he there should be a teen pool. As a parent I felt bad for my son and his friends that they had to swim with little ones and he at 13 would be kicked out of the adult pool.

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nice stateroom if that's where you chose to spend your time...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

The staterooms were nice and larger then the other staterooms I have stayed in however the common areas and children's pool were very compact. I found sinage and communication was very confusing. for example for example there is no main lounge and the area they hold their parties in the spice h2o has a sign at the main entrance stating adults only 18 and over for this reason we missed all the parties assuming the children were not allowed in. The splash academy Kids Club was also not large enough to accommodate all of the children so the children had to be walked down 5 flights of steps 3 times a day to A Lounge located in the Casino causing the children to be exposed to cigarette smoke. because the policy was to sign your kids out for meals basically I felt llke my entire vacation running back and forth to the Kids Club. they were only allowed to stay 3 hours and then had to be picked up for 2 hours. The so if yo got the at 5 when they closed by the time you got them back you were late for the 7:00 show in the theater. If we tried to make the 9:30 show we would be late to get the kids at 10:15 so we missed most of the shows in the he theater as well. The do d in the diningroom was excellent however the buffet was quite boring and often cold. The crew were quite nice and very attentive. Over all I'm not sure I would book on the breakaway again. I do however like NCL and might consider the jewel or the Gem again.

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babsiejm
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A musical Feast

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

There was a variety of musical genres, which suited my interest. I did not have time to soak them all in, but what I experienced was thrilling. 

I also liked the freestyle option.

 

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RenaP
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Awesome ship !!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

The ship was super clean. The staff would spray your hands with hand sanitizer wherever you returned to ship, and at the buffet restaurants, there is hand sanitizer in front of the restaurants, they take this very seriously. At one point, someone threw up, and they were right on it, they put up barriers, put on masks, and cleaned and sanitized everything around. I think it was someone who was sea sick, but they took no chances!!!!  There was ALWAYS something to do, every night you got a schedule of events for the following day, so that you could plan everything you wanted to do. The staff were all so nice and pleasant. The only bad thing I could say, is that the video arcade for the kids was kind of expensive. $1.00 - $2.50 per game, and the prizes were not that great. The fitness center was clean and big. Never got to the spa, we were way too busy. The food was excellent. I would recommend that you sit down with the schedule the night before, and plan the following day, and keep the schedule with you all day so that you don't miss anything. Make reservations for the shows before your vacation, or do it as soon as you get on the ship, we didn't and the shows we wanted to see were sold out for the whole week. I booked all my shore excursions before leaving, took the stress out of it, and didn't have to wait in the long lines. There is a pool for kids and also one for adults only(salt water pools).  I would highly recommend this ship to anyone, young or old.

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Good cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

I had a good time on this ship. The ship is huge and the rooms are nice. The staff is nice and the ship is nice and clean. I enjoyed the port of calls. The private island was excellent and the weather was beautiful. the speciality restaurants are excellent. I would reccommend this trip. I also like that it left from New York.

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xxmac19393
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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.

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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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