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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.
DiningMany 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.
EntertainmentThe 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.
StateroomsNorwegian 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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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!
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