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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:

Miami, Florida , New Orleans, Louisiana , New York, New York

Cruises to:

Caribbean , Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Eastern , Canada, New England, New York

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4.7 out of 5

Fantastic Experience by Sviland

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Being this was our first cruise, It was an awesome experience. We were a total group of 10. My family of 4, brothers family of 4, and my inlaws. We all had a blast. We had 4 teenagers in our group 1-13 year old, 2-15 year olds and a 16 year old. They all had a blast. Not once did we hear an "Im bored" or "theres nothing to do". They all seemed to be fine with "unplugging" and were able to entertain themselves. The variety of food options included was great. We ate at all 4 of the options. We also did the Cirque dinner show and had dinner at Cagney's Steakhouse. My family of 4 all had so much fun we are already booking our next cruise. The kids want to go with Norwegian again.

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2.2 out of 5

THE WORST I HAVE EVER BEEN by juliengoc

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WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR XMAS TRIP AND WE WERE SO DISAPPOITED . AFTER THIS CRUISE, WE WILL NOT TAKE ANY MORE OF NCL. WE SPOKE TO MANY OTHER PASSENGERS ON THE CRUISE AND ALL SAID THE SAME ITS A SHAME FOR NCL TO TREATED CUSTOMERS THE WAY THEY DID. THEY SHOULD NOT OVERBOOKED (GREED) AND UNDERSTAFF (EXCUSES) WE CALLED THE FRONT DESK THREE TIMES FOR PLUMBING ISSUE AND THEY HANGUP ON US ALL 3 TIMES AFTER 15 MINUTES WAITED . HORRIBLE IS THE ONLY WORD I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER CRUISE LINES THAT WORTH SPENDING.

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4.2 out of 5

A Detailed Review of Our Holiday Cruise on the Breakaway by bskramer48

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This was the second time that we have sailed out of New Orleans on an NCL cruise, and both times were memorable experiences. If you spend a couple a days in the city before your cruise and plan ahead for your stay on the Breakaway, you will have a enjoyable cruise to the Western Caribbean that will make you want to come back. To set the background for my review, I want to note that this was my 7th cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and my 18th cruise overall. My wife and I have cruised over the Christmas/New Years holiday fourteen times. This was our third time on the Breakaway (our two previous holiday cruises sailed out of New York City). We also have a good deal of experience cruising with multiple cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Carnival. Over the past year, I had read a fair number of negative reviews about the Breakaway in Cruise Mate, so I was interested in finding out why this ship seems to bring forth so much negativity from other reviewers. I can definitively say that my wife and I had a great experience from start to finish. I have no reservations about recommending this cruise to anyone. One thing that I think has caused a great deal of frustration and negativity among NCL cruisers comes from the way the company markets it cruises. Their freestyle cruise ads suggest that you can do whatever you want whenever you want and have the time of your life. This is not really true. If you want to experience the most an NCL cruise has to offer, you have to prebook everything (your specialty dining, your shows, etc.) Your will have a better experience if you do this online in your Cruise Planner well ahead of time. As an example, we knew that we wanted to eat at Cagney’s around 6 PM, so we attempted to book this over two months ahead of time, but we had difficulty finding a day and time that worked for us. I can’t say it enough. Forget the freestyling - you will have a much better experience if you book your specialty dining and shows ahead of time in your Cruise Planner. This will help you to get the dining times and restaurants that you want along with the shows you want. If you wait until you get on the ship, the optimal dining times and shows will already be full. If your are given the opportunity to book something like a comic or other show, book it as soon as possible. A little bit of planning and booking will greatly enhance your onboard experience.

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4.4 out of 5

Free-Style Relaxation by CameronGillis

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Great ship! Excellent Cruise Line! Love the free-style cruising experience. We are really happy with the experience of New Orleans being much more convenient for west cost folks and now direct flights being offered (we live in Seattle so Florida is a major challenge with travel). Having done over 10 cruises with Celebrity (another excellent cruise line), we were very impressed with NCL and especially the ship layout of the Breakaway had very good flow and amenities and we especially liked the multiple outdoor open walking areas (the waterfront was really nice since it also offered shade!). We were sufficiently impressed that we bought 2 cruise credits on board mid-trip so we are definitely going to go on NCL again.

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Magnificent time with amazing excursions! by dorothycollier

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I would recommend Norwegian. This was our first cruise and it was relaxing with something to do everyday or you could just relax. Cabin crew kept our room clean and were very hospitable. Great experience we hope to take another cruise soon!

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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!

lovestocrusie
Nov 15, 2014

Rock of ages is a good show, but get on ship and make free reservation immediately. theater cant hold everyone on ship so even of you don't know you're gonna go, grab your seats. if you don't go, then just don't go. show is an hour and 45 min. a real Broadway show so get comfortable.

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