ctcate47

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Norwegian Breakaway

November 2017 - Norwegian Breakaway to Caribbean - Bahamas

What a difference 3 years can make

Overall, it was a nice cruise but I think this is my last time on a large NCL ship. We ALWAYS cruise this time of year as most people do not do so and the ships are usually not crowded. (most people will wait under Christmas break if they are going to cruise after Thanksgiving) It was my understanding that the NCL Gem was out of service and NCL moved those people onto the Breakaway bringing it to a fuller capacity than it normally is this time of year.

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Norwegian Epic

November 2014 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Western

Will not repeat Epic.

The Epic is not effectively designed to handle large amounts of people yet furnish an intimate experience.  Having previously sailed on the Breakaway, we were expecting a great experience. The Breakaway's design effectively makes 4000+ people seem like much less... ie no long lines for elevators, disembarkation, tenders, buffet, etc.  There were seldom any crowd-like experiences on the Breakaway with plenty of deck space for all. The Epic's deck and open lounge space was marginal; the layout for open decks was limited to the area around the pools, behind the smoke stacks in the adult only area and both sides of deck 7. The jogging track was limited to one side of deck 7 and there was an oil smell in certain areas. The lifeboats block much of the view from deck 7 as well. The Haven customers must have had the best experience as their space is the forward part of the ship - 4 decks worth!!  The food was ok, the entertainment in the dining room - we saw the same show - 3 times!! Blue Man group was great as was legends... but it was not as if we could see a show or a different show every night of the cruise. The cruise director was there, but not very out there for the majority of the cruise.  One experience that we had was that every one seemed to return from the island about 3pm ... and the only food to be found on the ship was at O'Sheehans (where we waited 1 hour to get served) and the hamburger bar on the pool deck.  You would think there would be more late lunch options.

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Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas - We started to tender people over, but then stopped due to weather conditions. The people who had already been tendered were returned to the ship. We started for Nassau a few hours later and actually arrived there for an overnight stay, Some people did get off the ship even though most of the shops were closed and took a taxi over to Atlantis.
Port Canaveral, Florida - We did not get off in this port, however it was a nice day. We were hoping to see a rocket launch like we did our last time in Port Canaveral but there were none scheduled.
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - Be prepared to muscle through crowds of people, wait at the buffet and be crowded out at the bars. On occasion you might have to wait a while for an elevator. Overall, the flow of the ship can handle the larger numbers.
Nassau, Bahamas - We went snorkeling in Nassau. It was a good experience. It is however the first time we had to pay for our "rum punch" on the return trip.
Cozumel, Mexico - Great island for shopping for the same stuff, but in different stores.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - If you are looking for a comfortable, uncrowded experience, and are not a Haven customer do not spend your money on this boat.

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