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

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
12 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 05, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10130
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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).

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Sometimes a wait in the main dining rooms

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Usual cruise stuff

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great, but make reservations for hot shows before you go or when you get on board

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Friendly

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Brand New

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent, but safe is too small

Ship 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.

3 out of 5
Disembarkation is always chaotic - use walk off if you can
5 out of 5
Right in old town, close walking distance to the fort - bring your senior US Park Pass for free entry
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Beach break excursion takes you or a nice drive where you get to see the Island, in its non-developed state
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