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Norwegian Breakaway is Norwegian Cruise Line line’s homage to New York City. Homeported right in Manhattan, Breakaway accommodates 3,963 guests and sails to the Bahamas, Florida, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. In addition to the New York-themed decor throughout the ship, passengers will find plenty to remind them of the Big Apple, like three genuine Sabrett’s hot dog carts. The Waterfront, an outdoor space that runs along Deck 8, also provides a great invitation to spend time outside.


Many of the 27 dining options onboard this Norwegian cruise ship will be familiar to repeat cruisers on the line. The big news for Norwegian Breakaway is Brazilian steakhouse Moderno, The Raw Bar, and Ocean Blue on The Waterfront. Ocean Blue is as good as similar Manhattan-based spots, with impressive cocktails, impeccable service, and carefully prepared dishes.


The ship has lots of nighttime entertainment options — from a Cirque de Soleil dinner theater to a comedy club — but the big news is the production of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages,” an ’80s-themed musical that’s racy by cruising standards, if tame for anyone with cable. The spa has a large thermal suite — with hot tubs, steam rooms, and heated lounge chairs looking out over the water. It also has a Salt Room (the first at sea) in which salinated air aims to soften skin. The gym is attached, and classes include a workout designed by The Rockettes, the ship’s godmothers.

While Norwegian Breakaway's three-story sports complex (complete with a rock climbing wall and basketball court) isn’t new, the nine-hole miniature golf course and massive ropes course are completely redesigned. The Aqua Park now has five slides, including The Free Fall. Kids’ areas include everything from a teen arcade and club to a space for the under 3 age set: the Guppies room; Splash Academy, for 3 to 12-year-olds, is the largest playroom yet for the line.


Norwegian Epic was the first ship to debut the single-occupancy Studio cabin concept for Norwegian Cruise Line, and it remains a genius solution to the age-old problem of single supplements on Breakaway. There is also a variety of balcony, oceanview, and interior rooms, most of which hold 2-4 (and sometimes 5) guests, and offer a variety of configurations to fit every group’s needs. The Haven, a similar but higher-end grouping of suites with shared space and keycard access, is also not new but remains impressive. These suites encircle a private restaurant and a glass-enclosed atrium with play pools and curtained cabanas. Other staterooms worth a second look include spa cabins that have window-view whirlpool tubs tricked out with neon, as well as the right to use the spa facilities during business hours.

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Sails from:

New Orleans, Louisiana , New York, New York , Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to:

Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Eastern , Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises on Norwegian Breakaway

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3.3 out of 5

Not Our Favorite Cruise Ever by limelilac

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While I would consider Norwegian in the future, I would only book the Breakaway if the itinerary was fantastic and the price exceptional.

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4.3 out of 5

Baltic Cruise by symo46

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Overall this cruise, based on several past cruises, was a disappointment. When we wanted to spend time in a quiet place, they were difficult to find and those that are considered as quiet areas (library and card room) were full. Using the atrium for game shows is a bad choice of space. With Guest Services, IT Manager and Shore Excursions all in the atrium, it was quite often impossible to carry on a conversation with these staff people with shouting to be heard. If the staff feels it has to provide entertainment here, consider easy listening type music, not raucous, loud music. Very dissatisfied with this cruise. BTW, we had invited another couple with us on this cruise; they too were disappointed with the experience.

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4.1 out of 5

Baltic journey by Cruised8times

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The cruise is wonderful. This part of the world is beautiful, full of history and culture, and a must see.

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4.9 out of 5

Most relaxing vacation! by soleildete12

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Overall, this was time and money well spent! I truly enjoyed my vacation and all the parts of call visited.

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5 out of 5

Excellent!!! by whitebryan24

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Above and Beyond! Great Trip. Thank You so much. I can't say enough great things. no problems or issues. cant wait to do it again! Thank You Thank You THANK YOU!!!!!

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Jan 19, 2015

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!

Dec 02, 2014

Deck 16 burgers are great. Deck 16 no wait for breakfast omelets. Large posters on wall are the kiosks and book your activities right away. Bring ear plugs. If you go to Taste for breakfast you get a decent order from a menu breakfast.

Jan 10, 2015

Loved all the restaurants on board including the Buffet! Lots to do for kids.

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