Norwegian Breakaway Overview

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 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.


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.


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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Norwegian Breakaway Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 4,000
  • Total Crew: 1,700
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.35
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 2,011
  • Cabin Categories: 49
  • Gross Tonnage: 144,017
  • Length: 1,081
  • Beam: 133

Norwegian Breakaway Cabins

2011 cabins and 49 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(200 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 131 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $113 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(80 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 172 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $141 per night
Balcony Balcony
(638 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 186 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $163 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(215 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 349 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $187 per night

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Norwegian Breakaway Dining

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Le Bistro French Restaurant Le Bistro French Restaurant
(21 Reviews)
Ocean Blue on the Waterfront Ocean Blue on the Waterfront
(16 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria Moderno Churrascaria
(22 Reviews)

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Norwegian Breakaway Onboard Activities

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The Haven Private Sundeck The Haven Private Sundeck
(1 Review)
Maltings on the Waterfront Maltings on the Waterfront
(4 Reviews)
Salt Room Salt Room
(1 Review)
Bandstand Bandstand
(1 Review)

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2330 Norwegian Breakaway Reviews

Great cruise by krich98

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

For suites guest NCL needs to use shuttle service from ship to pier and back on its excursions, I would do it for handicapped as well. I also think that for the NCL island in Belize they need to look at the way RCL does it, food is included for suites and non suites guest at no charge. We had a suite a paid for a cabanna that had towels, water, a waiter that was on a private area of the beach just for suites guest. We had our private all you could eat buffett and the picked us up at the ship and shuttled us to the private area and took us back when it was time to leave. The are for the non suites guest was just as nice and they had free chairs and umbrellas and free food those passangers as well. I love NCl, but this is the type of stuff that makes me lean to RCL, anlong with better ports of call, we have done this cruise before and I truly dont want to do it again.

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Best Cruise Ever by mthom21645

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a great time and made many new friends. We liked it so much we put down a deposit with cruise next for two future cruises.

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Okay cruise by capnrico

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Not as good as Celebrity among others. Some nickel and diming for items once on board.

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1296 Norwegian Breakaway Tips

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 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!

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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