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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 45

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
14 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 17, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 14720
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

All the negative nancy's out there are just looking for excuses to be unhappy after they shell out money for the "perfect" experience.  It doesn't exist.  Especially when you're a pack mule of a dad hovering over your spoiled kids while they try their best to ruin other peoples good times.  My lovely wife and I love this ship and it's people and amenities.  Spa balcony room for 14 day, 8 stop itinerary.  Slight noise issues 1 or 2 nights with fitness center above our stateroom but after a few notifications it was fine.  Bought the 1000 worth of deposits on future cruises for $500.  Thats free money to those who are bad at math...probably the same people getting suckered in at the "guaranteed" port stores and watch sales on board.   We ignore the hovering, rude photographers and pretty much treat them like gym employees or used care salesman...hilarious how hurt they look when they hear no.  You's think i just shot their dog.  The food on this boat is outstanding, buffet, specialty restaurants and special nights of different international cuisine.  What more can you ask for?  How about people letting their gross kids cover a plate of french fries with soft serve ice cream?  Not making that up, your kids are gross people.  Maybe ditch the Ipads and start engaging them as parents rather than argue for 5 mins before you give into their demands. The atrium coffee bar is lattes you will ever have.  The ship has a NY/Manhatten theme which really isnt necessary.  Carlo's bakery/gelato shop is a total waste of space, the gelato was re-frozen quality and bad flavors...the hard pack at buffet was great..why have 3 different ice cream spots and only 2 work?   as is the 2 lane bowling alley thats 1/4 size of regulation.  Not needed, use for expanding the AWESOME Mandara spa.  Luxury at every turn in there, we get the spa package every time.  No kids allowed to ruin it, therapy pool, hot tub, sauna, solarium and steam room (fave).  Also heated stone beds and loungers at bow area with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view.  The staff on this boat will stop at nothing to resolve whatever small issue exists or just to maintain your awesome experience.  We tip well and are reasonable guests on a vessel with over 1 thousand working employees doing their best to make sure the slobs dont want for 5 seconds between meals.  The 18% daily gratuity/fee whatever is fine...if you cant afford to go away please dont pretend then complain online.  They are upfront and honest about pricing and your tips are optional after 18% mandatory which is reasonable in any language.  Had several medical emergencies on board, one of which caused an elderly ping ponger to hit the ground like a SCUD missile and bleed out all over the deck.  People, please admit your limitations and live within them...dont put it off on the crew and others trying to enjoy their time away rather than look out for you, your kids or your mountains of stuff.  Spa mini suite w balcony scheduled for Dec. 2016 bahamas trip and looking for another 14 day trip since we loved this one so much.   pretty much ran off ship with no incident or waiting after trip, great room steward Eric.   Great job NCL, be back soon!!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
not necessary, leave them at home...they hate being on cruise ships anyway.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Noise issue resolved after notifying service desk. Great cabin steward Eric. Quiet doors and drawers.

Ship Tip

Use the stairs if able bodied. elevators packed with olds not moving to make room and using it to go 1 floor. Ignore the rude people at buffet breathing down your neck while panicking about not eating enough pizza and fries with ice cream chaser.

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