Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Vacation is what you make of it.

Sail Date: March 22, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

I have enjoyed cruising on NCL many times and I've done this itinerary before on smaller ships.  I had a great cruise, and that was mostly because of the choices I made.  Ziplining in FL, parasailing on the island.  I met some wonderful people and made new friends.  

I'm not impressed by size.  A bigger ship doesn't mean a better cruise.  The services (restaurants, spa, etc.) on this ship were on a par with the other NCL ships I've been on, but maybe twice the cost.  A massage?  Twice the cost.  Access to the spa?  Twice the cost.  And now there's a restaurant that's not covered by the Ultimate Dining Package.  Back to nickle-and-diming the customers.  

The thing I found to be not as good was the food in the standard dining rooms.  Breakfast was disappointing no matter where we had it.  Dinner in the Manhattan dining room was disappointing both in service and in food.  Also, while the Cirque Dreams show was fun, the dinner served with it was close to awful, with no substitutions. The woman next to me was a vegetarian and she was handed the same plate as everyone else with a beef fillet and shrimp.  She asked for another option and was told nothing was available.  She didn't miss much by not eating it.  

Don't get me wrong.  I enjoyed my cruise very much.  The ship is beautiful and very clean.  The room stewards are wonderful as usual.  NCL has streamlined the embarking and debarking process and that is much appreciated.  There are more bars and more shows.  And you get FREE exercise just walking from fore to aft!  It's a BIG ship.  It's just that for the extra money I spent to have the quality vacation I enjoy, I could have booked a haven suite and gotten the same services, or gone on a higher-priced cruise line.  

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Cabin / Stateroom
I had an aft balcony cabin. It was large (comparably) and comfortable. The beds are great.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Enjoyed the zipliining at the Gator farm.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
Parasailing is GREAT.
Nassau, Bahamas
Been here before. Found a food tour of Nassau that was wonderful. Wasn't hosted by the ship.


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