Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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5 out of 5

Norwegian is Better than in the Past

Sail Date: January 03, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We have not been on Norwegian for a few years as we liked other cruise lines better, were treated better, and food was better.  But Norwegian has improved greatly.  The staff is wonderful, everyone is greeting us wherever we are and they are so attentive.  The food is much better than in the past and the options of what to eat is outstanding.  In the complementary restaurants we had 16 main dishes to choose from.  Lunch at the Garden Café on deck 16 was fabulous with the made to order burgers and huge New York style salad bar.  It was fun to watch the bartenders making drinks at Shakers and the atmosphere in the Irish pub with its bar and restaurant made it feel like we were at home.  The ship is large but other than the first day it did not seem crowded, and even on sea days one could find a room to sit in the sun on deck.  The entertainment options were the best we have ever had as sea.  Broadway shows, SNL comedy, Hypnotist, Comedians, 3D movies were exceptional.  Outdoors they had the ropes course, Bounce, rock wall and the 5 water slides with the two where the floor drops out from under you.   We were on board 14 days with stops at 8 islands, we were never board with all that their was to do.  So much to do that it is impossible to do everything.  NCL you are on the right course, keep it up.

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Balcony room higher up is nice. Standard size with well planed storage, plenty of hangers and room for luggage under bed. Mattress was not the most comfortable (room for NCL to improve) Rooms kept very very clean. TIPS: Stay away from the top or bottom floor of rooms to avoid noise from public venues. Check the ship floor plan to see how far you have to walk to get to the elevators. (newer ships only have two shaft areas instead of three, but have plenty of elevators). If a balcony is only slightly more than a ocean view get the balcony room.
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Read the daily paper you get to see what there is to do that day. Also look at what locations offer breakfast and lunch as you don't have to go to the buffet everyday.

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