NCL Breakaway. Our 7th NCL cruise

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 02, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 10437
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago

I had read a lot of mixed reviews about this ship.  Many negative.   I have to say, we had a very positive experience, as usual with NCL.   There were a couple of things we didn't like as far as the design and layout, like the Atrium Cafe not being more like a bar, like it is on the Gem.  Here, you buy your coffee and head off to a nearby area. Unfortunately, if something was going on in the Atrium, people would take the chairs from the cafe area.

Staff was polite, as always.  Ran into several who recognized us from the Gem.  Food was very good throughout.  Even on the buffet, the eggs Benedict was perfect(not over cooked as so often happens ).

If I don't sail on her again, it would only be because of the number of passengers. 4000 is more than we feel comfortable with. We prefer smaller ships, but took the Breakaway because she is new, and leaves out of NY.

The spa was spacious. One negative here, in the locker room, you are assigned a locker and given a bracelet with a magnet on it. This is to lock the locker. You get the impression the magnets are coded to each locker. THEY AREN'T !!!!   Any bracelet will open any locker. Do not place anything of value in them!!!!!!!!  

Design flaw, the men can walk into the spa from the locker room, the women have to walk down a hallway.   Kind of crazy.  Both should have doors into the spa.

We do recommend the ship. Just be prepared to do a lot of walking.  She is big!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

The ship is BIG. Be prepared for that. The shows were very good, especially the Cirque show/dinner. Ice Bar wanted $20 to enter. Included two drinks. Most people only stay 1/2 hr. We didn't try it. Cagney's was, as always, excellent. Sushi Bar was excellent. Limited hours though. 5 stars.

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