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.

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.

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 out of 5

Enjoyable but would never leave from NYC in the winter by mrstravelbug

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Not sure I would cruise with Norwegian again. It's too bad, have seen Discovery Channel shows and many trailers for the Breakaway but once on board, it did not impress me.

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3.3 out of 5

Had a great time but NYC embarkation in winter was not my best idea!! by CarolineYS

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group
I'm sure this cruise would be a completely different experience in spring or summer. Next time, winter departure from FL and go more south! First time on NCL and overall a good experience with the kids and large group we were travelling with. Beverage package well worth it! Price point was a great value and overall a good time!

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2.4 out of 5

This Ship has sailed! by b3l0v3d169

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)
I picked this cruise this year because it fell perfectly with my sons school break but this year was a major wake up call that maybe NCL is not for us...we'll be looking elsewhere for our future endeavors

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1.7 out of 5

Nightmarish Caribean Cruise by bkdraper

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
My entire cruise felt like a long running chain of very poor communication, very poor event planning, lackadaisical house keeping, and lack-luster customer service (and very expensive drinks but thats expected) I was also disappointed that the fun-loving Washy Washy, Happy Happy people from my first NCL cruise was nowhere to be found on this cruise. Technically, yes, they were there but they didn't care. There was no washy washy or happy happy from them and they really couldn't have cared less if you disinfected your hands at all. One time i even put my hands out to be sprayed and that person gave me a look like i was inconveniencing them by asking and reluctantly spritzed my hands without hardly so much as even eye contact, much less a word.

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2.8 out of 5

Murphys law cruise by awaypet

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I was very disappointed. Especially of the fact that I could have died from those toxic fumes. Thank God my husband was able to open the balcony door and I had to actually sleep there sitting up because it was too small for a lounge chair. It caused me to have a asthma attach. My husband is still sneezing now from those fumes. No one came to assist us although I called from the cabin phone 3 times.

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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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