Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Second Mate

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7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

Great Itinerary for the Caribbean Combining Days at Sea and Six Great Island Stops

Sail Date: January 05, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

If you are traveling out of New York, you like a few days at sea each way, along with six fantastic island stops, this is a great cruise.  But, it is a big ship with lots of passengers.  The Breakaway is brand new in 2013.  The major area that needs improvement is the computer technology on the ship.  TV, Kiosk, and app information was very limited and sometimes incorrect or missing.  Recommend that you make as many reservations as possible from home before you go.  Safes are very small (won't hold an 8-1/2"x11" stack of paper flat or an IPAD.  We docked at all islands - no tenders needed.  Puerto Rico at night a few days after Christmas and New Years was magical with all of the decoration and lights.  St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Barbados were great as usual.  Enjoyed St. Lucia, a new island for us.  As well as St Kitts, which is probably what island stops were like 20-25 years ago - with limited commercialization (other than the main port area).

Ship Quality
Brand New
Food and Dining
Sometimes a wait in the main dining rooms
Cabin / Stateroom
Excellent, but safe is too small
Service and Staff
Friendly
Entertainment
Great, but make reservations for hot shows before you go or when you get on board
Onboard Activities
Usual cruise stuff
Destinations and Excursions
All docks, no tenders. Great Islands. Reasonable excursions.
New York, New York
Disembarkation is always chaotic - use walk off if you can
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Right in old town, close walking distance to the fort - bring your senior US Park Pass for free entry
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Castries, St. Lucia
Bridgetown, Barbados
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Beach break excursion takes you or a nice drive where you get to see the Island, in its non-developed state

Tip

Avoid prime times at main dining rooms. Make reservations from home before you go or immediately when you get on the ship. The mid-priced wine package is the best value, comparing per-bottle cost with state-side costs.



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