Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

I Love Freestyle

Sail Date: February 09, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: GTY

I love Norwegian because I get to do what I want pretty much when I want.  We have not been Norwegian since 2010, when we took the Epic.  The Breakaway is a smaller version of the Epic with a better bathroom!  The decor was beautiful and the rooms standard for Norwegian.  The balcony was ridiculously small and should they choose to do that again, they may as well make the room an oceanview with a window that can be opened.  The hallway was narrower than usual, but it was never an issue for us.

 

The food was the same as any other mid class cruise line, i.e. Royal, Carnival; however, half the wait staff is still in training. Almost all of them are courteous, but some are in training and they are not as fluent in English as they could be.  They were always teamed with a more experienced person so the misteps were not that prevalent.  We only had to wait once for about 10 minutes to be seated at the most dersirable 7 to 7:30 timeframe.  We learned to come at a different time and were able to be seated immediately.  When asked by two of the managers who visited our table at a Specialty restaurant if we had any feedback, we said that the orange juice and coffee were usually weak. They must have discussed that with the staff because we never got watered down oj or coffee ever again in any venue.  Now that's service.

 

We did not do the rope course but the water park was awesome and on our cruise, fairly empty.  It was fun for me and my husband (we are in our 60's) and great for the children, which were few in number.  We paid extra for the Spiegel Tent (Cirque to Soleil knock-off).  It was very nice and the dinner everyone complains about was fine.   We had no problems booking any venue and have become accustomed to doing this.    

 

We came to the port around 1 PM and were on the boat within 20 minutes and went straight to our room.  Embarkation was a breeze as we opted to walk off on our own.  Debarkation for walkoffs began at 7:30, which was great.

 

I am sure that some of the negative comments from others were valid, but with a full ship, a small number of well behaved children,  we encountered very few problems.  Other than them destroying one of my suitcases, which they replaced with a new one that does not match our set, the trip was pretty much all we expected and reminded us why we love Norwegian.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Entertainment
In all fairness, we did not attempt to do anything but relax.
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
We have taken this route at least 10 times. It's cheap and we usually don't get off the ship.
New York, New York
We can no longer be picked up in fron t of the port. We have to cross a very busy intersection, wait on a corner, in the elements, with a crowd of people trying to find their ride in nY traffic. This change has really made me re-think the port for that reason. We got out early and told our daughter to meet us at the beginning of ramp leading to the drop off point. We were able to do this b/c it was early but the cruise prior to this one, we had to wait out on the busy street. We were not the only ones who thought this was dangerous and inconvenient. We are from NJ so we did nothing in NY.
Port Canaveral, Florida N/A
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas N/A
Nassau, Bahamas


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