Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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5 out of 5

Excellent Cruise to S. Carribean

Sail Date: January 31, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

It is our third time on the NCL Breakaway and we enjoyed it each time. The itinerary is great and we had wonderful weather at each port. The food and service at the specialty restaurants (particularly on Cagney's, Wasabi and Le Bistro) are very good. If you like dining at the specialty restaurants, you should get the dining package that, after NCL changes the prices, would be less expensive. The food at the MDR and buffet are also good. Except for the first couple days, it is easy to get a table for 2 at most dining rooms after 7pm since most passengers prefer eating between 5-7pm so that they can go to the 7pm show. The thermal suite is among the best on all cruise ships. Overall, the entertainment are decent. Rock of Ages is a show that either you hate it or like it. There are many excursion choices and they are very well organized.


For this particular cruise, we ran into stormy weather the last 2 sea days coming back to NY and the ship was delayed for a little less than 2 hours. The captain did an excellent job keeping us informed. But the problem is that many passengers who normally would let NCL handling their luggage bags during disembarkation, now chose to take the easy walk off approach. Many cruisers that are (by all measures) physically unfitted and had ways too many bags to handle them themselves, not only created an unusual long "easy walk off" line waiting to get off, blocked the hall ways on the ship and jammed up the gangway and the waiting areas near the elevators and escalators at the Custom building. They actually did not get out any faster than they would have if they let NCL take care of their luggage bags. Fortunately, no one got hurt but the easy walk off is neither easy nor quick. I would sincerely pledge to these fellow cruisers not to do it again since they may get hurt or get someone hurt if one of their giant sized luggage bags fell and rolled down the escalator and hit another cruiser. We will appreciate and thank them for their consideration.


Overall, it was an excellent cruise and we will do it again soon.       

Cabin / Stateroom
The room is located at the back of the ship and it is very convenient to get to the dining rooms and sport deck. However, this location may not be ideal for light sleepers when the ship is at full speed during the first and last couple of sea days. They would feel the vibration from the ship's engine. Other than that, the room is very quiet and comfortable.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
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Service and Staff
Food and Dining
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We skipped this port due to a medical emergency on board which needs the ship to change course and helicopter evacuation.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Great shopping and snorkeling.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
If you are on your own, please keep an eye on the travel time back to the ship. The traffic near the pier is terrible. We got off a mile from the pier and walked back to the ship faster than those staying on the bus.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Great shopping.
Roseau, Dominica
We ran into the Mari Gras celebration. It is interesting.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Not much to do other than visiting the Cave.
Fort-De-France, Martinique
We ran into the Mari Gras celebration. It is interesting and a lot of fun.
St. John's, Antigua


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