Very disappointing! 3 of the 5 ports were cancelled.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

2.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Breakaway

9 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Copenhagen Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 23, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 14784

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

It's disappointing that there were so many days without any ports, having lost three of the five ports. Instead of taking one day at sea at the end of the cruise, it was two days at sea. No explanation, beside weather conditions, was provided. Ship cruising speed was greatly reduced to fill the two days. A knowledgeable passenger (his father was a sea captain) said the ship could have been going faster, which would have allowed a stop at Finland. I guess we will never know the logic behind the decisions (e.g. why St. Petersburg wasn't changed to one day instead of two so that we could have gone to another port).

Embarkation

1 out of 5
This was the first disappointment; we were told that we would stay in the harbor for an additional day before leaving. 1st port cancelled!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Mediocre. No other word to describe it.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Fitness center overcrowded; pools and deck unavailable most of the cruise due to winds. Card room had only five small tables which were always filled. Need I go on?

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Not impressed.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
This was the last cruise of the year; you definitely got the feeling that the crew members were ready to be done!

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
The ship is too big with too many people, creating overcrowding everywhere you went.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Make sure you understand the risk; this cost a lot of money and to never go to three of the five ports (Germany, Sweden & Finland) was shocking, especially with no compensation at all! One staff member said this happens every year on this last cruise; he said that after mid-September, there are storms that affect the ports to be visited. Why then do they offer this cruise at this time without any disclosure?

Ports of call

Copenhagen, Denmark

3 out of 5
It was cold and rainy the entire time we were there, but it's a beautiful city.

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany Did not visit port

Tallinn, Estonia

3 out of 5
A beautiful city. We were scheduled to be there one day, but because we were kept in the port an additional day, we had another day there. One day would have been perfect.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

4 out of 5
We had scheduled tours with Alla Tours. This was definitely the highlight of the trip. The tour guide (Anna) was great, so knowledgeable and very personable. We did a 2-day private tour (choosing exactly what we wanted to see - as an example, spending more time at the Hermitage than the other tours provided) and the night tour (we had Russian dinner).

Helsinki, Finland Did not visit port

Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden Did not visit port

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
We were still in shock with leaving the ship, having not been to Finland and Sweden as expected. In addition, the line for taxis was an hour long. Again, too many people doing everything at the same time!
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