nice ship, fair food, poor ports

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 06, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 14274
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 1 year ago

I sailed on The Breakaway 3/6/16.  My cabin (aft balcony) was great.  There were 2 lounge chairs and 2 regular chairs on the balcony.  However, every night around 10:30 the outside party on the top deck would start.  The bass in the speakers made the room vibrate.  This went on to 1 or 1:30. Not good. The ship is well laid out and you rarely ran into crowds of people. 

The specialty restaurants were excellent but the regular ones did not have much choice and the food was bland.

My brother enjoyed the water slides and ropes course.  I was disappointed to only get into a hot tub once due to crowding, esp on sea days.

I felt that Cape Canaveral was a dud. If you didn't spend the money for excursions there wasn't much to do.  The NCL island is well developed and comfortable but the almost $13 pina colada on the beach was a bit much.

The last stop is Nassau.  You don't have to buy the excursions- take a taxi for $4 to Atlantis and enjoy the free things there. You can also take a $20 horse and carriage ride on the pier.  Of course the ship doesn't tell you this.

The ship was clean and comfortable.  It was very stable in the water. The crew was pleasant. It was disappointing to learn that room service costs $7.95 a time. That took away from some of the usual fun in ordering in and eating in the room.

The TV selection is poor unless you want to pay $9.95 to rent a movie.  This nickel and diming is the pits.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
specialty restaurants excellent, regular ones limited menu and bland food. Irish tavern is good

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Limited if you don't pay extra. Burn the Floor was fine, Rock of Ages ok but seems like a poor choice for a show.

Service and Staff

"She"(can't spell her Chinese name) at guest services is especially nice. I found the crew members pleasant

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I was worried about being with 4700 people but the ship is well designed and rarely feels crowded. It was clean

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This is a great cabin with a large balcony and nice light. Be warned: every night at 10:30 the party starts 2 decks above you. The bass makes the room vibrate- and it goes on till 1 or 1:30 am

Ship Tip

The hot tubs are very crowded on sea days.
Try to get specialty restaurants included in your fee. they are terrific.

3 out of 5
It's NYC- busy, crowded, exciting
1 out of 5
This port was a bust. The gangway is incredibly long (open the rear one people!) and the terminal building walk is even longer If you don't pony up for an excursion prepare to be bored
5 out of 5
a pina colada on the island costs $12. rip off!!. The island is nice, bath house well done
3 out of 5
Skip the expensive excursions. For $4 one way you can take a taxi to Atlantis where there is a lot to see for free. Or, spend $20 for a horse and carriage ride in Nassau
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