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We are sailing out of New York city February 2 2018 and have never sailed this cruise line. What time should we arrive at the port. Have booked all our entertainment and specialty restaurants. What are some tips on things to do and not do


Thank you Glendene

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Breakaway

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Best tip is to relax and enjoy. Arrive any time after 10 or 10:30. Depending on how things went with the previous debark you might have a short wait or you may have a long one. If you are on early the buffet is open and good but if others are ahead of you it could get crowded. Best to lunch in an alternative such as a main DR or sometimes they open one of the other venues. Our preference is to always board early and then explore the ship

Have lunch at O’Sheehans as it gets less crowded.

Get to the port around..........10:30 / 11:00

Be prepared to do a lot of walking. The Breakaway is a large ship.

Le Bistro & Cagney’s are not to be missed. The Sushi bar is excellent. Avoid the Ice Bar ( not worth the cost ) neither is the Seafood restaurant (imho).

Enjoy the cruise


We sailed November 26th out of New York on the Breakaway. Very smoky ship. If you are a non smoker hopefully your room is not too close to the Casino, which on our cruise was extremely bad. The shows were really good, with the exception of Cirque de Soleil, which was a bit of a disappointment. The food at the show was poor and the acts somewhat average. We had booked this as a premium with our specialty dining package but would not do it again. We loved Cagney's and La Cucina as well. Although the menus at Taste and Savor were the same somehow the service was better at Taste. O'Sheehans was always great for breakfast. We generally only did the buffets for lunch and there was always a variety of food for everyone. Have a great time!

It has been a long time since I have sailed on NCL. Go with an open mind and enjoy the experience. Everything will not go perfectly on any cruise - don't expect it. If something goes wrong, try to get it corrected right away. The cruise line wants you to be happy. You are ahead of the game by pre-booking entertainment and specialty restaurants. . Lots of passengers don't bother doing this. Get to the shows ahead of time for a good seat. Tell us all about your cruise when you return.

My best advice, is to continually, every other day, at least, check your account. On the TV in your room, there will be a channel that you can access that will show all of the charges made to your room/account. If there's ANY questions, clear it BEFORE you get off the ship! I've read horror stories of charges not intended that were months getting settled. We've been fortunate, we've only had this happen once, (in 5 cruises) but my husband had to go find the hostess who made the error, and have her clear it off the account. Ours wasn't that big of a deal, but sometimes they are. Don't sweat it, just be aware. Enjoy your trip!

The thermal suite / thallosatherapy spa is one of the best we have encountered. Worth the weekly cost. It’s a nice quiet place.

Agreed. We had passes for our cruise Dec 15 and loved it. We spent some time there each day either at the end of the day or for those afternoons when the weather was not the best and the rest of the ship was a tad crowded because everyone was indoors it was a great place to relax.

One thing to watch for though, I heard that on the last cruise they over sold the thermal spa and had posted signs asking passengers to restrict their time in the heated lounge chars to 30 minutes.

Those signs are always there. Always ignored too


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