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Price: $$     Size: XL     Built: Apr 2013    

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Enjoyed this trip!!!

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Cruise to Bermuda

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

This was our first cruise and although we have nothing to compare it to I have to say it was a very good experience.  Everything went very smoothly and everyone on board was friendly and helpful.  Food and entertainment was fantastic.  Room was bigger than we expected.  I am looking forward to going again.

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Enjoyed this trip!!!

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

I really enjoyed my trip, the boat is big!!! There were about 5,000 people on board. If you are an early morning person you will especially enjoy it because you have to get up early to be able to enjoy the hot pools.  (I forgot what you call it) There was plenty of chairs so that you can soak up the sun.  There were a few things that I did not like however, for example I wanted to see some of the shows, I did see the circus show it was very good but the some of the other shows I would not go to see them because of the bad language used.  The restaurants were very nice and the food was good. I went with some friends so I had a nice time and I was celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary. The boat is nice if you want to relax. They had a lot of activities to do.  I think you will like the boat if you can keep yourself busy if that is what you want to do.  I myself went to relax and that is what I did.         

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Norwegian Breakaway

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

The Breakaway is a beautiful 17 story ship. It holds over four thousand people and with that said the pool area is very crowded especially when you are at sea. Also if you didn't go an hour or so ahead of time for the "free" entertainment you  wouldn't be able to get a seat or a view. This ship seems to charge for more entertainment then previous cruises I have been on. I have sailed on other Norwegian Ships before and felt that this ship was meant to cater more to the wealthy. I also felt that the food, sit down restaurants and buffet, wasn't nearly as good as the other ships I have been on. We had a balcony room that was very clean and comfortable. The staff were great, friendly and very helpful. If you don't mind the pool area and "free" entertainment being over crowded. I would recommend that you experience this ship at least once.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Disembarkment was caotic. If you get liquor from gift shop, make sure you check your selection when it arrives in your room Saturday night. I found out when I got back home that I didn't get what I selected.

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Best Vacation Ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Love This vacation was awesome!!!! I choose the studio room which was perfect for me!  I also went with the ultimate dining package, I went to a different restaurant every night.  I loved all of the shows and the staff was Amazing.  You will not be disappointed!

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Breakaway does not meet expectations

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Unable to sleep at night. It sounded like furniture was being scraped across the floor above us.The noise continued until at least 2:00 A,M. each night. Could not get into the theater without prior reservations. The theater seats are so uncomfortable that we only went to one show and the music was so loud it required earplugs. What happened to the lobster? one night I ordered shrimp ans beef brisket. Brisket was delicious, however there were exactly two shrimp. Up in the Garden Cafe I told the room captain the although the tables were being cleared, they were not being washed between guests. When I requested a table be washed so that we could sit and enjoy our meal, he promptly turned his back and walked away. Many drink and ice dispensers did not function. When we told anyone about the problem the answer was always the same, Use the one at the other end. Not easy when carrying a plate of food in a very crowded room. Oh how the ads bragged on the rope course and rock wall. Good luck with that! They are closed more than they are open. We are not novice cruisers and at least five have been with NCL. We Will Think twice before sailing with NCL again.

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rating Cruises.com and NCL

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Cruises.com was very good and thorough with our reservations and plans. No complaints.  Will certainly use Criuses.com again. 

The cruise to Bermuda was wonderful.  Accomodations, dining and activites were excellent.  The crew, the staff and especially our room steward were also excellent.

One downside was the disembarkation process on the final day.  A nightmare.

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Decent entertainment but terrible service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

The Good: -The ship is new, and the staterooms are well laid out to maximize space efficiently.

-Despite being a big ship, it is easy to get around. The specialty restaurants, casino, bars, and shopping are all in one spot, mid ship on three decks.

-The entertainment is some of the best I have seen on a cruise ship with Second City performing in the comedy lounge, and Rock of Ages in the main theater. They also show 3D movies in the main theater. -The top deck has several water slides and a ropes course, but they won't let you bring a camera on it, because they want to sell you photos. The Bad: -By far the worst service I have ever received on a cruise. Carnival and Celebrity were both far superior. When dining at the main restaurants service is extremely slow, and you actually have to walk out of the restaurant to find a bar if you want anything to drink other than water. We had dirty dishes on our table for 30 minutes. My wife's mean came out 15 minutes before mine did. You can seriously get better service at Denny's.  This was not a single night either. It consistently happened at every mean except one. The specialty restaurants are better, but at $40 a person, you get the same quality food and service you get at the complimentary restaurants on other cruise lines. -The "beer and whiskey bar." They advertise 29 bars on the ship, but they all serve exactly the same thing. The marketing made a big deal about Maltings Beer and Whiskey bar, but they didn't really have a selection of beer or whiskey.  They had the same six light lagers (Coors, Budweiser, Miller, Heineken, Amstel Light, and Corona) that the other bars on the ship had. You can't call yourself a beer bar when you only have six beers that all taste the same.  On the Celebrity Summit they had a beer bar with over 100 varieties of craft beers from all over the world.  They also had a total of 4 bourbons, and a handful of scotch, and Jameson, so their whiskey selection wasn't much better. -The staff on the ship are friendly but not professional. It seems like they are there more for their own fun than for the service of the passengers. We tried to get a table at a specialty restaurant, but were turned away because the tables were all filled with crew members that already had tables. -The food was by far the worst I have experienced as well. The cafeteria was OK, and it was easy enough to find something to eat, but the food at the complimentary sit down restaurants was pretty awful. Case in point was a spinach dip we ordered that consisted of a single spinach leaf in a soup of cornstarch. It was inedible. -More of a minor inconvenience, but the casino advertised live poker tournaments, but what they didn't tell you is that the ship keeps 25% of the purse plus the first $2,000 of your winnings, to buy you into another tournament on a different cruise later in the year. That means if there is $3,000 in the tournament, the casino keeps the first $750, then the next $2,000 of your winnings, and leaves you with a lousy $250. -Many of the problems with this ship is that everything seems to be geared to get you to spend more money. For example, no cameras on the ropes course in order to get you to buy their photos. Poor service in the complimentary dining rooms in order to get you to spend more at the specialty restaurants. -One huge plus side to the general lack of service of the crew is that we talked to several people who were able to easily smuggle alcohol onto the ship from port. On other cruises, they watch you like a hawk when you come on board on confiscate alcohol. This is a case where the lack of professionalism can work to your advantage, if you want to sneak your own booze on. Bottom Line: This was a really disappointing experience. The worst part about it was that the Celebrity Summit had nearly the identical itinerary, but since we had already been on that ship we wanted to try something new. That was a huge mistake. I would definitely never sail on the Breakaway again, and most likely avoid Norwegian altogether.

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Bermuda cruise on Norwegian breakaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Very nice ship with plenty of room for everyone.

The ship was fully booked, however, it was always room in either garden cafe or at any other restaurants, bars, etc.  

Very easy going atmosphere, nice crowd, excellent pools and sport complex!!

Food could be better though as well as entertainment.

Really like restaurants  and bars on the waterfront. 

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Great way to visit Bermuda.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Freestyle cruising is the only way to go, but these large ships take freestyle out of the equation as reservations are required for most entertainment & dinning. Also game shows should not be held in the Atrium, not enough room to be comfortable, cannot get to the internet terminals, and all the chairs removed. Game shows should be held in the theater. Smoking in the casino should be limited to a side area, as walking deck 7 midship  makes it hard not to breath second hand smoke.

 

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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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