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.

Dining on the Norwegian Breakaway

Many of the 27 dining options onboard 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.

Norwegian Breakaway Entertainment

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 compeltely 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 Breakaway Staterooms

Norwegian Epic was the line’s first ship to debut the single-occupancy Studio cabin concept, and it remains a genius solution to the age-old problem of single supplements on Norwegian 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:

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany , New Orleans, Louisiana , Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to:

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

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3.8 out of 5

Kind of upset not a happy cruiser. by antos4less

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I loved the ship I gad been on it for it's inauguration in Miami. I was very disappointed at some things on the ship. First my luggage was lost for apprx. 3 hours after embarkation my luggage was opened and it was really a mess. On the 2nd or 3rd day I reported a bracelet that I had lost and was never able to find it. I went to customer service and made a Report I received a call from security in which I reported mtself to CS and no one was tbere at the time. They had asked me to go at times were I was always out on excursions and I couldn't leave because I would have lost my money for the excursions. Very disappointed I never expected this from NCL. I recommend this trip to 13 of my friends and they were all very upset about everything. You need to get your act together because without US the cruisers you wouldn't exist. My room Steward Paul was amazing he was the best thing that happen to me and your shows were great but the rest you need some improvement asap. It was a very bad experience on my part and my group of 13. I hope you read this and give me some explanation. Heydee Zamora #13649

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3.2 out of 5

Nice potential cruise and some disappointments by philliplowe

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I was disappointed with this cruise for several reasons: 1) The change of port from Stockholm to Nynashamn was a huge waste of time. We spent 3-1/2 hours traveling by train back-and-forth to Stockholm. 2) A few items in the work didn't work, and require multiple phone calls. 3) Many times, the house keeping desk would not answer calls; 3) The Russia St. Petersburg's clearance was horrible, waiting two hours in lines to be cleared. VISA is absolutely required, but was told to us. Thus we can only use the ultra-expensive excursion trip offered by NCL.

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3.3 out of 5

Mediocre at best by tcw1106

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Food mediocre, most of the entertainment mediocre, and cleanliness was awful.

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2.9 out of 5

You get what you pay for (oh, so true!) And you don't pay a lot so you end up paying for bad food and then being nickle and dimed to death. by evagoblog

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If all you want is a cheap place to stay with endless food while visiting ports this is the ship for you. Do not judge though cruiseship experiences by this one, however, quality of food, service etc. If you want a cruise ship experience that you pampered a bit don't go to the Haven which is the section of the ship where you can get a classic cruise experience, room service, quiet private areas etc. and about the same prices as the high end ships mentioned at the end of this sentence just go for a better ship, Holland, Celebrity, Cunard not quite as expensive as the high end Seaboune, Azmara, Regent 7 Seas, but more have more traditional high end tour.

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4.1 out of 5

Good transatlantic cruise by steveplus4

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The ship was heading into drydock after our cruise and the crews on the ship were grinding and painting while we were cruising. The noise was irritating and impacted the relaxation we hoped to get from the cruise. Often the grinding and noise would start at 8 am. If NCL really wants to provide a good vacation experience they should discontinue this practice.

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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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