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Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    


What people said about this ship:

"The buffet food and regular dining rooms was enjoyable." in 22 reviews.

"...still pay for all the shows and to dine in their specialty restaurant s( $ 25 - $ 75 per person)." in 6 reviews.

"I guess that 's part of the risk of taking a November cruise out of New York." in 27 reviews.



Norwegian Breakaway departs from:

New York, New York

365 reviews from our community




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grest fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

It was my first big cruise. ...and i will remember it forever. ....i loved everything about it except just too short hence the reason am already planning my 7 days cruise. ...

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mback911
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Great time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

We had a great time on the cruise.  Other than the inordinately large amount of people on the cruise it was a good time.  Liquor may have been slightly cheaper but that would be a complaint anywhere.  

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armandjr
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Loud praises for Norwegian Breakaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 04, 2015

We always enjoy Norwegian and their freestyle cruises. We have been on the Breakaway before and have recommended it. Our only reason for withholding our usual five star rating for this trip is that the decibel levels at both the outdoor and indoor venues have been significantly increased. While discussing this with friends, during disembarkation, several others in line agreed. The accommodations, service, and food were excellent, as usual. Senior staff were particularly courteous and would inquire as to our satisfaction. When my wife made a casual observation regarding our room, the change was made before we returned that evening and a tray of hors d'oeuvres, with a note, were delivered the next day.    

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missyf1970
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Breakaway Cruise - 12 Day

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 04, 2015

We truly enjoyed our cruise.  We met a lot of great people, and found the benefits of the all-inclusive package was fantastic.  Cagney's had wonderful food, and Moderno was also good (the grilled pineapple was worth the cost if we had to pay for dinner).  We had some great service.  I do think the ship is a little too big, and the lack of an elevator in the middle of the ship makes getting around more difficult.  Also, the stops at San Juan seem like a waste.  The ships from NY usually don't arrive there until 3 or 4 and there really is not a lot to do (other than to go to Senor Frogs).  Overall, it was a good time and we would do this cruise again. 

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twelve days of paradise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jan 04, 2015

our trip on the Breakaway was the best cruise experience we have ever had. the ship is clean and warmly decorated. the food was good,but the staff was amazing. we have been on 16 cruises and the staff on the breakaway was top notch. the stewards.waiters,and bar staff made us feel like family. i would do this trip again in a heartbeat!!!

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breakaway cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

We have sailed with Norwegian quite a few times & this is by far the worst cruise we have ever been on.The food in the main restaurants was average at best.The buffet food was terrible. service disgusting, no tables cleared, over run with children & most of the time the food was cold & tasted burnt.We decided to splash out & pay to eat in the Italian restaurant only to find the dishes were exactly the same as the included restaurants....save your money & don't bother!.

Although our cabin was kept resonably clean we never once saw our housekeeper!!!The ship it self is really beautiful with impressive shopping but the crew seem to nickel & dime everywhere.EVERYTHING costs extra....but they use clever words like "free" & "complimentary" when it should read "included".The crew have no control over the passengers...especially people with children.....they are everywhere including the casino &

adult areas only.When we complained we were told there was nothing they could do as the passengers report the crew as being rude!!!!

We will NOT be travelling Norweigan for a while...not until they get there act together!!!!

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Happy Norwegian Cruiser

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

Me and the kids had a blast on the Norwegian Breakaway. It was a huge ship with lots of things to do for the kids and adults. I would definitely recommend this ship to anyone that wants to have fun. The only thing is that the elevators are very slow. But otherwise I would love to go back on this ship.Happy

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Mixed feelings

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

We had a great time with our kid and grandkids. Plenty for the kids to do, the kids loved the water slides and Sponge Bob swimming area, the bowling and arcade games and the kids academy on 12.  We were impressed with The dining rooms. They felt more like very nice restaurants not the usual huge dining rooms on most lines and most were included in the "free" dining. The Manhattan dining room had a nice band with a dance floor in the middle for dining enjoyment. We had a balcony, the room was nice but the bed was right on top of the closet very poor configuration otherwise nice room.  The Atrium on 6 was awful!  There was a bar, guest services, excursion reservations, the Internet area all in one area surrounding a seating area used daily for entertainment like dances, games, movies, demonstrations etc.  There wasn't enough seating it was very loud and crowded!  The Internet also sold megabites not minutes! Who ever heard of that?  We did however have a nice time.

 

 

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"Freestyle" is not free!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

Our family of 5 (kids are two teenagers and a 20 year old) sailed on the Breakaway over New Years. We traveled in two cabins. We have been on over 10 cruises, with and without the kids, mostly on Carnival, but also Holland America and Royal Caribbean. We chose this cruise, not because of the itinerary or the cruiseline, but because it left from a local port at a time we wanted to travel.  We had never been on Norwegian before, and were interested in trying it out. We will probably not sail Norwegian again, and here's why. First of all, a minor point, the two cabin reservations were not connected online to make registration simpler. I had to enter all the information for both rooms separately.  This was also the case on board.  Reservations for shows or excursions had to be made separately for both rooms. (More on reservations later) Additionally, we had to book a parent in each room, and Norwegian wouldn't change the arrangement at check-in, as other cruiselines do. Their solution was to give us extra room keys so we could use both cabins freely.  This was ok, but it meant carrying an extra card around, and when I forgot one, I was locked out of my room. 

"Freestyle" cruising - I had done some research to understand what this means, and in a nutshell, it's not having an assigned dining room or dining time, and no strict dress code in the dining rooms. Jeans and sneakers are acceptable in all but the most upscale restaurants, and probably there too. Ok, sounded interesting. But what we found is this: There are 3 main dining rooms which offer open seating and the same menu (similar to main dining rooms on other ships), and you can just show up for dinner there when you want.  If it's not too busy.  Otherwise, you will wait for a table.  There are also about half a dozen specialty restaurants you can go to that carry a surcharge of $15 - $100 per person. The restaurants with a  surcharge require reservations.  People who know this can book all their dining online before the cruise, so that by the time we got on board and understood the system, the most popular restaurants were booked up, unless we wanted to have dinner at 9:30 at night. That being said, we did get into 3 specialty restaurants: The Spiegel Tent (cirque dinner show), Teppanyaki (Japanese steakhouse) and Moderno (Brazilian steakhouse).  We also ate at O'Sheehan's pub for lunch, one of the venues that is included in your cruise, no reservations needed.  The cirque show was amazing, but the dinner was just ok. It is a fixed menu of filet and shrimp, and actually, we felt it was a distraction from the show, which is fast paced and sometimes mesmerizing.  The show would be better without the dinner.  Teppanyaki was not worth the money.  The menu was very limited, and everything was cooked with an appalling amount of fat!  We all felt sick afterwards. Moderno was worth the extra money.  Service was friendly, the salad bar was fantastic and the grilled meats were very good.  Don't miss the grilled pineapple!  O'Sheehan's was a limited, typical pub menu, and ok for lunch, but they do have a pretty good price on a pitcher of beer (about $15).  (A word about drinks - we aren't big drinkers.  Maybe a drink or 2 by the pool and a glass of wine with dinner.  But if I'm paying $8 for a mixed drink, I want it to taste like a mixed drink. We felt the drinks were weak and we stopped buying them.)  In all, our dining experience would have been better (and cheaper!) had we stuck with regular dining options.  Food in the main dining areas had more variety and was what you'd expect from cruise food.  

Entertainment - if you enjoy dropping into a show after dinner, you'll have to plan ahead!  Another aspect of freestyle that is not free!  The main shows, as well as some of the smaller shows (comedy, dueling pianos) require reservations if you want to be sure to get in.  Again, people who know book ahead.  The only difference is that there's no penalty for missing a show reservation because shows are included (if you miss a dinner reservation, you still pay).  So people just make reservations, then decide later not to go, and you can get in a standby line and maybe get in.  That's annoying.  The theaters and other show areas just aren't big enough to accommodate the numbers on the ship. We enjoyed the shows we did see, however.  We just didn't appreciate the hassle of making reservations or going standby.

Staff - this was another area of disappointment.  On ALL the other cruises we've been on, it seemed like the staff were over the top friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We just didn't feel this on the Breakaway. The cabin stewards were great, and we had a couple of friendly, memorable waitresses (one in Taste and one in Moderno), but other than that, people just seemed bored or unhappy! Oh the singers in the buffet were enthusiastic and happy, as they sang to us about the importance of hand washing! - "If you're happy and you know it, wash your hands!"  But some staff that we encountered were downright rude!  The woman at the dinner reservations desk couldn't even look up from her computer screen to help us - no greeting, no eye contact, no smile. And after we stood in line at the box office to try to get into a show, just as we approached the counter, the young man  at the desk actually excused himself to go greet "his friend," another passenger who was walking through the hallway!  We stood at the counter dumbfounded!

So, what did we like? Well, we had a great time just because we were together.  The ship itself is very attractive - none of those wacky color schemes and interior design themes you get on Carnival.  It does tend to be smoky in the atrium because of the casino, and we don't like that.  The pools are a nice size, but the deck space around the pools is limited and tends to be shaded.  We had to go to upper decks to get chairs in the sun, but we could always find a place.  The buffet food and regular dining rooms was enjoyable.  The Norwegian phone app iconcierge is very helpful.  You can make reservations from your phone (but you don't get reminders), see where your ship is on a map, and for $8 for the week, you can keep in touch with family and friends on board via text or phone call. This was great with teenagers. And the kids really enjoyed the teen club, Entourage. Even our 17 year old spent a good deal of time there.  We also got great pictures on board!  Though almost no one dressed up for "formal night" or New Year's Eve, we did, and we felt a little out of place, but the photos were awesome!

Overall, if you don't mind scheduling out your cruise and making reservations for almost everything, you will get to do what you want and have a good time.  We go on vacation to get away from planning and schedules, so we didn't appreciate this aspect of freestyle. Also, the upcharging was excessive. We've never had such a large final bill on a cruise for our family, even when we brought a extra guest.  We actually felt constrained by "freestyle," and it's unlikely we will choose Norwegian in the future. 

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excellent ship for a cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

The ship was great, entering and exiting the ship was painless. Getting around the ship wasn't difficuilt I was able to learn the ship lay out in less then two days with help of the daily activity news paper.  the food was great and the service was great.  I had the unlimited wine and caps.  my head was nice the whole trip.

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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.

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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