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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 29, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9136
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Our family was on this sailing, and we had agreat time.  We all loved Great Stirrup Cay!  I wished we had spent two days there rather than stop at Nassau.  Felt like we were being badgered and ripped off in the market and the cost to get to a beach was unreasonable at $50 pp.  We spent most of our meals in the dining rooms vs. the Garden Cafe buffet due to the more calm atmosphere, but the repetition of the foods/stations made the buffet and the 1,000 people in there at once manageable.   We ate at O'Sheehans - not our favorite, but the kids lived it.  I got the meat loaf, or should I say...fancy feast wet cat food slab.  It looked and was disgusting!  We really enjoyed the burgers at the Uptown Grill, but it had funny hours and was closed on our first and last days at sea due to inclement weather.   I'm guessing all sailings between October and May it is closed those days as well.  

I would have loved a covered roof over the pool or at least warmer water.   Most of the days on board the water was chilly.  On the day in Nassau the pool was almost bath like, the following day it was so cold I didn't want to put my feet in.   The kids pool is too small.  The teenagers are crammed in with kids 4 and up.  On our sailing we were told there were almost 1,000 teens on board.  Seems a pool at Entourage would have been useful.  Unfortunately, a child vomited in the pool on the sea day following Nassau, causing it to need draining and refilling.  Our kids lost almost this whole day of swimming.  

On a sadder note, I paid $13 per frozen drink or $10-12 for other drinks....not one could I feel the alcohol effects of.  I spent quite a sum and did not have a buzz once!  I'm no drunk, usually two drinks and I giggle, three and things are super fun, four I'm pretty much drunk and ready for sleep.  My husband drinks Gentleman Jack on the rocks, he was 100% certain if was watered down.  The taste and color were completely off.  

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great choices and the meals in the dining rooms were top notch!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Many outside areas were closed because of "inclement" weather. They built this ship to be "New Yorks" ship according to the commentary on the show we saw on board...if so, more things should be covered because your first and last sea says are completely inclement and almost all outside activities were closed or unaccessabl.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
All of the shows we saw were great - Cirque, Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages were all great. Even the show preview night was great.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Our kids, 14 &15 hated the pool area...they were mashed in a kiddie pool with much younger children. Should be s pool for 12/13 and up.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent, really they were!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
In excellent condition.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Tight for two teens and two adults.

Ship Tip

Do the Sting Ray experience in Great Stirrup, loved it, If you have kids, be sure to rent the giant round float on island as soon as you get to the island....our kids had the best time floating and they ran our quickly. Rent yourself a float too! Best money we spent!

5 out of 5
The skyline view can't be beat!
1 out of 5
The attractions are too far away. Key West with its great walking street would have been more fun!
3 out of 5
Pretty lame market and quite a bit of badgering.
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