Disappointing in some ways, satisfactory in others

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9848
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 3 years ago

We had great expectations regarding this new ship and it does indeed has many pluses: a great sport complex for young ones and young at heart featuring climbing wall, rope itinerary, mini-golf, a large soccer and basket court. Also, the food was excellent everywhere. Among other positive points, the ship is extremely stable. No seasickness there. Cabins are also well soundproofed and no announcement can be heard in the cabin which is nice for lazy risers in the morning.For photographs, a smart system never seen anywhere else. All your pictures are in single folder. This being said, the Breakaway is anything but elegant or classy. No big atrium with elevators as we see on other cruiselines. You have to make a reservation for almost all shows. Rock of Ages is not appropriate for families, which seems weird for a ship that is precisely meant for families. We were used to attend a different show every night on other cruise lines not on this generation of NCL ships. The theater is very small and bleak. No colors there like in all the restaurants on the dark and gloomy side.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
In all restaurants

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


1 out of 5
WE were used to attend a different show every night. That is not the case and one has to make a reservation for each of the two or three shows

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Functional but lackluster (public areas, theater...)

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The tiniest balcony ever seen on any cruise line. The cabin is small and the set up is awkward (closet badly positioned near the bed)
5 out of 5
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