Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: February 28, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
I did a lot of research, and figured that the end of February would mean a fairly quiet, not too crowded ship...kids are in school etc. What I didn't expect was that in Quebec, it was spring break, as they called it. 4500 people on the boat, at least 2500 French Canadians, including a lot of kids, and crying babies (never understood taking an infant on a relaxing cruise, but that's another story)
So, leaving on Feb 28 from NY, it was still to cold to spend any time outside of the ship, which meant it was pretty crammed inside. An especially large number of rude people, that even featured a fist fight/brawl from a group of around 5-6 people. A lot of shouting matches when certain people cut in line, particularly waiting for the Tender Boat to take us back to the ship at Stirrup Cay. Thankfully, security stepped in before that broke out into a fist fight.
That said, we did have a nice balcony room, though the rough seas made things a bit uncomfortable at times (obviously, no fault of NCL, blame Mother Nature).
I should also mention that 3 ports on a 7 night cruise, well, an extra stop, (maybe Key West?) might have made things more interesting.
Finally, we did have a really superb crew on the ship. They guy who took care of our stateroom, Rad, gets an A+ for his service and friendliness.
While this trip was mainly a means of getting away, and not having to shell out for a flight made it attractive, but I think we'll be forking $ over for a flight next time, and look for a 7 night cruise with only 1 or 2 days at sea. 4 days, especially on such a crowded ship was just too much.