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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 23, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 11667

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great ship! Excellent Cruise Line! Love the free-style cruising experience. We are really happy with the experience of New Orleans being much more convenient for west cost folks and now direct flights being offered (we live in Seattle so Florida is a major challenge with travel). Having done over 10 cruises with Celebrity (another excellent cruise line), we were very impressed with NCL and especially the ship layout of the Breakaway had very good flow and amenities and we especially liked the multiple outdoor open walking areas (the waterfront was really nice since it also offered shade!). We were sufficiently impressed that we bought 2 cruise credits on board mid-trip so we are definitely going to go on NCL again.


5 out of 5
Very smooth and fast embarkation,

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Loved the variety and flexibility of the free-style dinning options!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Obstacle course and waterfront with multiple outdoor walking decks in open air were really pleasant and enjoyable.


3 out of 5
Disappointed with the live shows but was not an issue since this freed up our evenings :) It would be better to have higher quality entertainment repeated multiple nights to give more "free-style" entertainment while improving the level of performance. The movies were great on the various large screens so these are more enjoyable than the live shows.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Entourage was great for our teen! She had fun with her own free-style experience making friends and "hanging out".

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great cleaning and waiter services and customer service. Good attitude with just the right level of engagement and attentiveness without being overbearing or avoiding. Professional and pleasant!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Fantastic ship layout with very smart and practical attention to detail like hand-washing sinks and freestyle dining and waterfront and multiple outdoor walking decks.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Great layout and surprised about the "large" bathroom fit into the small space.

Ship tip

Skip the shows and focus on free-style dining and strolling the ship and enjoying the many amenities around the ship.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

4 out of 5
Good Cruise port but takes a little navigation to find the right way through the attached mall and elevator.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Nice outdoor mall by dock.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Great little island with nice walk and amenities. Like the shade covered pier!

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5
Interesting "tourist village" to walk around but crowded.


3 out of 5
Probably the longest Disembarkation I've experienced (took 2-hours!). Seems to be a bottleneck at the port so need to iron out some of the bugs to make a smoother experience. This was a surprise and big contrast to the Embarkation which went very smoothly and quickly.
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