Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

3 out of 5

Jan 19, 2013 Breakaway

Sail Date: January 19, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The ship was beautifully decorated, soft colors and very elegant and classy without being stuffy.  All public areas were too small. Pool and area around it were TOO small. Theater did not hold enough people,reservations given away because of getting out of dinner too close to showtime.Very disappointed in that.  Hallway to room was very narrow. Definetely single file. Getting a beeper for dining room unless there by 5:30 the latest. Really where was free style when necessary to be on a schedule. NCL succeeded with the Dawn, Gem,  Jewel and other ships. Blew it big time on the Breakaway. We have taken 11 NCL cruises, plus others on different lines.[32 total with more to come]. So we do have something to compare it too. Enjoyed stops never been to before, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. Desembarkation was a nightmare. Been out of NYC many times never this delay and confusion. People pushing, tripping over luggage, each other etc. Becoming a dangerous situation. Every one should not have been let off together so new cruisers could get on. Definetely a here's your hat,  what's your hurry by NCL.  First and last time I hope.  Told we would be off 8:30, got off close to 10. By the time we got luggage and to our car it was almost 11:00 so much for Priority. I feel sorry for people catching a plane. Our cabin steward Gemil was great. Room no. 11647. We asked for same waiter and assistant each night as they were also great. Remembering us, polite, fun, confident, experienced etc. Melroy and Ailia. I apoligize if I spelled the names wrong as we do want them to be recognized. Ailia was going home at the end of our cruise, and Melroy was just starting a cruise. They were a great team. Thank you,  Carole and Thomas Hunihan

Ship Quality
decor was elegant, yet not stuffy. couldn't believe had to pay for spa pool for usage. couldn't even see it without paying. REALLY
Food and Dining
Everything we had was good missed the barbecueing on the pool deck as on other ships
Cabin / Stateroom
small, no drawers, limited storage for 2 yet room was for 4
Service and Staff
great cabin steward, and waiter
Entertainment
theater could not hold enough people as a result missed several shows. Did get to enjoy Oh what night. Best show ever
Children's Programs no children
Onboard Activities OK, what we could see, except repeating myseld public areas too small for participation
Destinations and Excursions
enjoyed ports I have not been to before, but really isn't it time to skip San Juan?

Tip

Go to Manhattan dining room as soon as it opens or else get a beeper and have a long wait.



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