Norwegian Breakaway Overview

By Cruiseline.com Staff - Updated Jul. 16, 2019

With three dazzling Broadway shows, five waterslides, 15 bars, and 27 restaurants, Norwegian Breakaway delivers a world-class, freestyle cruising experience that's perfect for a family vacation or romantic Caribbean getaway. Completely refurbished in 2018, this homage to New York City features New York-themed decor throughout the ship, and passengers will find plenty to remind them of the Big Apple, like three genuine Sabrett’s hot dog carts.

Norwegian onboard entertainment is among the best in the industry. Travelers rave about the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages, the Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy, and the Broadway dance show Burn the Floor. If you’re looking to do some dancing of your own, Norwegian is famous for its glow-in-the-dark dance parties with DJs and face paint. The next morning, start the fun all over again with hours of action in the Aqua Park & Sports Complex. On date night, enjoy a special meal at Cagney's Steakhouse, satisfy your margarita cravings at the all-new Los Lobos Cantina, or treat yourself to a couples massage at the Mandara Spa while the kids stay busy in the Entourage teen center, Splash Academy, or Guppies Nursery.

Norwegian Breakaway is one of the best cruise ships for families according to USA Today. The ship has a great mix of activities and entertainment for passengers of all ages, including high-energy sports and camp programs for youngsters as well as nightlife and tranquil spaces for adults.

Norwegian Breakaway Ship Highlights

  • Aqua Park & Sports Complex
  • Five multistory waterslides, including the Free Fall
  • Heart-pounding Walk The Plank experience
  • Three swimming pools and nine whirlpools
  • Nine-hole miniature golf
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Three-story ropes course
  • Splash Academy and Guppies Nursery
  • Entourage teen center
  • Three Broadway shows
  • L.A.-style classic rock club
  • Fifteen bars, including The Humidor cigar lounge
  • Two dozen complimentary and specialty restaurants
  • Mandara Spa & Salon with thermal suite
  • Poolside deck parties and special events

Things to Consider

Due to Norwegian's a la carte pricing, some travelers feel that they spend more onboard when sailing with this line. However, packages and special deals can help to defray these costs. Additionally, Norwegian's trademark freestyle cruising experience leads to larger crowds at peak hours. This concept provides added flexibility, but some travelers prefer more structure.

Norwegian Breakaway Itineraries

Norwegian Breakaway cruises will sail from Miami in the summers of 2019 and 2020, relocating to New York in the fall for leaf-peeping cruises and finally to Port Canaveral for the winter. Itineraries include destinations across the Bahamas and the Caribbean, such as Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, and Norwegian's private island, Harvest Caye, in Belize.

Norwegian Breakaway Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 3,963
  • Total Crew: 1,657
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.39
  • Built: Apr 2013
  • Refurbished: Apr 2018
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 2,011
  • Cabin Categories: 49
  • Gross Tonnage: 144,017
  • Length: 1,081
  • Beam: 133

Norwegian Breakaway Cabins

2011 cabins and 49 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.7
(213 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 131 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $116/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.2
(83 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 172 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $145/night
Balcony Balcony
4.2
(653 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 186 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $167/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.1
(228 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 349 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $194/night

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Norwegian Breakaway Dining

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Le Bistro French Restaurant Le Bistro French Restaurant
4.9
(23 Reviews)
Ocean Blue on the Waterfront Ocean Blue on the Waterfront
4.9
(18 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria Moderno Churrascaria
4.8
(23 Reviews)

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Norwegian Breakaway Onboard Activities

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Bandstand Bandstand
5.0
(1 Review)
Maltings on the Waterfront Maltings on the Waterfront
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Dance Floor Dance Floor
5.0
(1 Review)
Spa Salt Room Spa Salt Room
5.0
(2 Reviews)

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2566 Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

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Anniversary vacation with my family by robert2zanzbar

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The Excursion are good but really read the reviews. Some places are not the great beaches that are posted. Buy water for your trip on board, and 24 will do just fine. You can get wheel chair service at all the stop but you have to go to security to make them. The buffet staff Neli and Amo were very helpful and professional, also were Alex Jair Murillo the assistant waiter, did a great job taking care of my elderly parents. Job well done.

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Phenomenal food, mediocre service on the Norwegian Breakaway by mphpjh

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We will try another Norwegian ship, but I doubt we will ever return to the Western Caribbean.

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July '19 Breakaway by mlassalleusa

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I made an appointment at the SPA early on a "Port" day so that I could receive a 15% discount. Since we were not "technically" docked at the start of my session, I was not extended the advertised discount. Additionally, the price listed on the Norwegian App was not the amount charged-despite the SPA acknowledging that they knew the pricing had not been updated on the APP. I felt ripped off twice.

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1385 Norwegian Breakaway Tips

snooks
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.

xxmac19393
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!

lovestocrusie
Nov 15, 2014

Rock of ages is a good show, but get on ship and make free reservation immediately. theater cant hold everyone on ship so even of you don't know you're gonna go, grab your seats. if you don't go, then just don't go. show is an hour and 45 min. a real Broadway show so get comfortable.

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