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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.

Dining

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.

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 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.

Staterooms

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 , Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises on Norwegian Breakaway

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3 out of 5

Good Ports - Horrid Service on the Ship by KMKSBY

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Way too many problems on this ship with the service and information provided. See all the my comments about the various aspects in the other sections of this review. It is quite likely that I will never sail on an NCL ship again, nor out of New York City.

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2.8 out of 5

Terrible Caribbean Cruise by mdwvufan

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No more NCL for us. Always felt like we were getting "nickel and dimed" for everything

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3.9 out of 5

The weather was with us until the last day Enjoyed the trip. by jmzhd4life

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Not in love with breakaway. Food seemed more limited and the service was not as attentive as previous cruises with Norweigen. Decor was also less inviting. Cruise however was nice. We did all of the things we want to do on vacation.

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3.3 out of 5

45% good 55%not so good by Keithgray

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From sailing 4 hours late to every one getting the flu and colds 5 days into the cruise we didn’t have a great time. Then to top it off we had a medical emergency that diverted the ship 5 hours west then decided it didn’t need to divert . Then getting to New York in rough seas then another ship had a man overboard that held us up for another couple hours. We where to dock at 10 am Saturday but ended up docking till 10 pm. My biggest problem was lack of Communication from the captain and lack of help to us that have transportation picking us up at the porch and those who had flights to their state .we where on our own to change our plans home at additional exprnce. So had to pay out of pocket for change of traveling plans and some hotel rooms over nite. And if you didn’t know rooms in New York are not cheat . I for one plus our 10 other members of our group will never cruise with NCL

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3.8 out of 5

Good experience by lookin4uservice

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Good service, great staff, horrible disembarking experience

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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!

carrieanderson7
Jan 10, 2015

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

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