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Norwegian Breakaway

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Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    


What people said about this ship:

"...by two of the managers who visited our table at a specialty restaurant if we had any feedback, we said that the orange..." in 6 reviews.

"And the taxi fare prices... as high as New York City 's." in 27 reviews.

"Ate in the main dining room ( Manhattan, very elegant with a fine singer to set..." in 17 reviews.



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jleslie48
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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disapointed with the ship. people and cruise were fine.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

My biggest disappointment with this cruise was with the ship the breakaway.   its just not the level of luxury that I'm used too.  The ship's public areas are not big enough for the 4000 guests it packs into the ship, all the finishing touches on the ship are pretty plain and inelegant.  I was very aware of waiting for elevators, and the staircases were rather industrial rather than majestic.   Even the grand circular staircase in the 3 level open atrium was not impressive when you were on it. The stair case is less than 6 feet wide, the atrium is very small, and there are no windows. 

The biggest problem with the ship is the placement of the casino in the middle of the public areas.  Lets face facts, casinos are ugly, the people that hang out in them are generally low class, and the worst part of all: they allow smoking.  As the casino was center to the ship, in the middle deck of the the 3 deck open area, the cigarette smoke permeated all parts of the ship.   Totally gross. Then when I was forced to walk through the casino, I've got to walk past rows and rows of overweight senor citizens with blank stares at their slot machines.  

The other issue I had with the ship was the lack of big windows looking out.  For whatever reason, this ship does not afford beautiful views from inside the ship.   This may have been better in the front half of the ship, but that part of the ship was closed off unless you had a haven suite.   There was no view anywhere on the ship forward from inside the ship without paying for the view. 

My rating is based on my comparison of this ship to the norwegian gem, IMO a much better ship. Simple math should of been my first clue:  The gem has 3 banks of elevators, for 2000 guests. The breakaway has 2 banks of elevators for 4000 guests and 3 more decks to have to service. There is absolutely no way that was going to work.  

To show off the differences in elegance of the ships lets look at the theaters on both ships:  the gem sat 1100 people with a balcony and side booths: no reservations, no sold out shows.   the breakaway (with double the number of guest remember,) 800 seats, you must make reservations and constantly sold out shows.  Now look at the two theaters:  which one impresses you?  Mind you the theater is just an example, but the rest of the trim levels on both ships were similar. 

 

the Gem theater: 

 

the breakaway theater: 

I found it ironic that the breakaway prides itself on modeling itself after Manhattan, but has a mall style movie screen, whereas the Gem which makes no claim to Manhattan chic has a Old style NY Broadway theater complete with balcony and side booths.  

 

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wwilkert
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

4 out of 5
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Great until after

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Enjoyed everthing. Things I would have changed , we were first time cruisers.

1. Would not do Bingo again , to much money for to little chances

2. Would do vibe only on anticipated good days. We asked for rebates on bad weather days. First two days out and last day back. We were told no.

3. Beware  - Final on ship expenses were totaled and applied to my credit card. Copy was outside our cabin early Sunday Morning. My expenses were about $1100 , including 500 on future cruise. When I get home late Sunday evening I check my online bank account and low and behold my credit card is maxed out. Monday Morning I call and inquire and my Bank tells me the cruise line has put a hold on my account to the tune of $1400 !  I am told by an agent of the cruise line that this hold is put on in case I charge more expenses before I leave the ship. Now correct me if I am wrong but there was nothing open to charge anything Sunday Morning , except maybe a drink with breakfast . Certainly nothing to the tune of $1400.

4. I was also disappointed that we didn't get to the island. I wish the cruise line would advise potential cruisers of the potential of going to the island by month. Apparently November and December are months that the success rate of reaching the island is poor.

5. If a area is posted Adults only then that rule should be enforced.

Would I cruise this ship and line again. Yes. With my eyes wide open to these issues.

 

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leighto1
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Don't Buy the Ultimate Beverage Package

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Great cruise with lots of fun activities, but I do not recommend purchasing a beverage package. I made the mistake and feel it had a very negative impact on my cruising experience because I felt a strong desire to 'get my moneys worth' out of the package - basically I was always drunk or hungover. Which isn't what I was looking for or anticipating for this cruise.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 out of 5
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Amazing Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

This was our second trip on a Norwegian Cruise, the first was 3 nights on the Sky.We enjoyed it so much that we decided the Breakaway was a longer trip and left closer to home. Our mid-ship balcony was large and very comfortable. The food was most excellent and the waitstaff were all very polite and efficient. Our ship steward, Nicole, always had the room clean and ready when we returned. He made the most adorable towel animals which we looked forward to seeing every night. We chose to dine in the Italian Specialty Restaurant one night and the food was beyond fabulous! It was perfect timing as we were just leaving Nassau and sitting at an outside part of the ship and got to see the village.We also chose to see Cirque, the show was phenominal! We can't wait to take another cruise!

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armonath
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

1 out of 5
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Bad Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

private deck is so small if you change your mind you need to go inside your room, never saw a smaller deck.  The main theater held only 800 people the had two shows of any act that means only 1600 of 4000 people on board could see any show.  The seats were terrible.  There were no seats around the ship to relax in public areas.  They conducted many acts in the open area in the ship seating for about 25% of the people. Room service was poor, had to complain to Customer Service to get the room made up, and another time to get towels.  I will never cruise on Norwegian again.  I have cruised at least 25 times.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

2 out of 5
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Decent, but not great

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Food was average with a couple exceptions: Burgers in Uptown and Chateaubriand in main dining rooms.  Had to pay extra in the many "specialty" dining rooms for good food apparently and no lobster, etc. in main dining so as to not compete.  Casino was a rip-off especially giving no "bonus points" on blackjack anywhere near the amount wagered.  Dining and room staff were great however.  Ship is HUGE for good or bad.  Staff on microphones were LOUD in atrium and pool area.  Have been on many cruises and would not do this one again.

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byucel11
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 out of 5
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Norvagian Breakaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

excelled organization, programs, foods and very clean

 very good qualty of shows

There were many activites

This my secound trip ogf Norvagian, Ilikedbefore but this is more bigeer and cleaner.

We could not stop secound point reason of wheathe but we did not upset beacuse found many different thing

si will go again soon

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 out of 5
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Our cruise...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

We had a wonderful time on our cruise.  Dealing with Olive and Cruises.com  was the easiest way to book our cruise.  I have recommended cruises.com and Olive to more than one family member and friends.  We are looking forward to booking our next cruise with Olive.  We needed a handicapped cabin and Olive informed us of a cabin that was handicapped and had a balcony.   We were so impressed with the cabin that I called her before we left the port to tell her how happy we were.  The Breakaway was a wonderful ship and we had a great time.

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yleung
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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Comments

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Several attempts to get the charge removed from the bill (purchased the dinner package, but was charged again on the bill)

The $50 onboard credit was not shown on the final bill as we thought it will be automatically applied on our final bill.

The ship can't dock at the island (Stirrup) due to the weather, which is the major point of attraction, and there is no compensation or what so ever to the guests.

The cruise was my present to my husband for his special birthday and it was a disappointed experience. 

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crusepro
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 out of 5
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poor venues

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

good except venues to small for the amount of people on board. the ship needs more places to do there  activitys.  planty of places to eat but stay away from the beffet

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