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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 52

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Norwegian Breakaway

10 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 07, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10268

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

General Observations- • Cigarette Smoke- If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, I suggest you choose a different ship. Breakaway has a huge casino on Deck 7 midship. You cannot walk through on this deck without going through the casino. It is open to deck 6 and deck 8, so it can be very irritating to walk through on those decks when the casino is open because smoking is allowed there. Also, Bliss and Club 21 are in the casino. • View From Cabin- Probably most balcony cabins had this problem. Deck 8 is the Waterfront, where all the restaurants have inside and outside seating. A roof covers the outside seating. This means you cannot look directly into the water from your balcony. To make it worse, the life boats extend out from there. • Know Your Perks- We are Gold members and become Platinum with this cruise. We never knew that the bottle of wine and two bottles of water that are in your room when you embark, are complimentary. Overall Grades- It would be hard to give an overall grade as there was so much difference in the areas. Bottom line is, we will sail NCL again, if they have an itinerary we want. After this cruise, our level will be Platinum. The discouraging part is, before this cruise, we liked NCL and RCI equally well. Now RCI is our favorite. So overall I would give it 3 ½ stars. • Cabin Steward- 5 Stars. Jefferson was terrific. • Food- 3 stars, because the breakfast and Ocean Blue even out the rest of it. • Main shows put on by the crew staff- 3 stars • Shows by the known entertainers- 5 Stars • Main Dining Room server- 3 Stars. We had Jasmine both times. It was nice that the Maitre de came around both nights. That almost never happens.

Embarkation

2 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Breakfast was great in the buffet. Supper in the buffet was pretty good, but not good in the main dining room. We only ate at one specialty restaurant, Ocean Blue, and it was very good.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We didn't do a lot of activities, but there was always something going on.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The magician and juggler were very good, as were the pianist and guitarist. Also, Cirque Dreams was very entertaining. Some of the crew entertainment wasn't very good at all.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very friendly. Room steward was really good

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
This would be 5 stars if not for the huge casino on 7 allowing cigarette smoke to filter to decaks above and below it.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Small but clean. Balcony was especially small

Ship tip

Choose a different ship if cigarette smoke makes you ill.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

4 out of 5
This is the home port. We stayed 2 days prior to the cruise.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

We have been here several times so we enjoyed a day on the ship'

Harvest Caye, Belize

3 out of 5
We did a really nice excursion to see the manatees and enjoyed a Belikin beer. It was a 1/2 mile walk on the pier, each way, and there was very little to do while there. There is a butterfly sanctuary.

Belize City, Belize

3 out of 5
They have improved their tendering process, now using catamarans for transport. There is a woodcarver that is really good at pier 4. People may not even realize there is shopping back there.

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

Been there, done that. Stayed on the ship.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica Did not visit port

Been there, done that. Stayed on the ship

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
This is something they did very well.
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