Norwegian Breakaway

3.6 out of 5


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 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 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 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.

Sails from: Rostock (Berlin), Germany, Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cruises to: Europe - Northern Europe, Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Bahamas

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Wonderful Bahamas Cruise by TeresaAber

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Confusing but ok I guess. It was diffently a learning experience. It was a learning experience for sure. I'm glad my husband, daughter, son in law and reo grandchildren got this opportunity. I hope when I can take my nect cruise, it will be more enjoyable.

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What a difference 3 years can make by ctcate47

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Overall, it was a nice cruise but I think this is my last time on a large NCL ship. We ALWAYS cruise this time of year as most people do not do so and the ships are usually not crowded. (most people will wait under Christmas break if they are going to cruise after Thanksgiving) It was my understanding that the NCL Gem was out of service and NCL moved those people onto the Breakaway bringing it to a fuller capacity than it normally is this time of year.

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Wonderful Relaxing Cruise by PDF

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We really enjoyed our cruise with NCL...The staff was polite and helpful, the various games and activities in the atrium were entertaining, and the theatre always had a good show, and the Manhattan Room for dinner was nice with the music and special performances.

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THIS IS THE LIFE by lanitadrew780

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 4000

  • Total Crew: 1700

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.35

  • Built: Apr 2013

  • Number of Decks: 14

  • Total Cabins: 2011

  • Cabin Categories: 49

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xxmac19393 says ...
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!

snooks says ...
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.

carrieanderson7 says ...
Jan 10, 2015

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

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