Good ports of call- excellent entertainment

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Breakaway

10 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 06, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10812

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We enjoy the freestyle atmosphere- Choosing when/where to eat- selections are plentiful. We love our balcony-- would be great to have at least one free delivery of breakfast to the balcony. We would like a bit more robust TV-- a few more movies and movie channels Movies + music channels as there were none. The excursion desk should be open more often- we booked another cruise but I had questions -- it was a good thing I had done as much research as I did to feel comfortable booking another cruise. Inside tour of the ship was terrific- I may have missed it on other ships but we thought it was great but would have liked to see engine room/ bridge - Haven too. We are back on the Jewel again in May for Alaska -- I will be sure to look for a ship tour on that cruise as well.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
I happen to like the entry photo with the ship background-- there was no place to set your belongings down outside of the photo and poor planning up to it.. Not enough NCL staff directing and seemed to be in very cramped quarters for security etc. We did get thru to the check in in ok time and checked in quickly-- everything was all set ! Overall tho if I was a first timer I would be confused. "cowboys herding the cattle" were not up to snuff. We left what seemed to be 2 hours late-- we missed seeing the Mississippi Delta in the daylight.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Garden Cafe buffet was excellent this tour-- the not so fancy complementary restaurants TASTE + SAVOR didn't have the best service but food was excellent. Manhattan room was excellent--- Oshehans is much better on the JEWEL. Definitely not as noisy.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
pools were eh ok since the weather was windy and chillier-- childrens things do not apply to us. Pool bar was great.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Queen flashback EXCELLENT. Rock the Pour house was cool. Did not see Escape the Big Top-- WINE MUSICAL= EXCELLENT. Burn the Floor was very good.

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our cabin steward was semi attentive. We've had better on other ships. He was very pleasant however. Waiters at TASTE + SAVOR were just not that attentive. All of the bartenders were very pleasant-- even when they were swamped!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
good storage-- roomy bathroom. clean.

Ship tip

Book your entertainment early.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
we stayed an extra few days-- EXCELLENT tours available everywhere- WW2 museum needs to be advertised more-- FABULOUS place.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Jose Cuervo-- good excursion despite we thought we were going to the distillery.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Gumbelina Reserve + Sanctuary--- EXCELLENT Tour-- monkeys were fabulous- birds gorgeous--

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Our Hot Sauce tour was cancelled due to lack of participation but the Spice Farm Tour was excellent- more time there would have been nice

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Chaccoben-- extremely interesting and our guide was very knowledgible and pleasant. nice tour overall

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

We were not able to disembark due to choppy tendering

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

2 out of 5
Brimmer Hall Plantation tour was lamest tour we have ever been on- RESTROOMS were NOT ACCEPTABLE-- Tour showed nothing of cultivated lands- SHAW PARK HOTEL stop totally unneccessary and lame-- outdoor dining area had poor service and tables were not bussed -- drinks slow to arrive not enough waitstaff-- overpriced drinks and food and THE BEES were everywhere-- I AM ALLERGIC!!-- poor stopping choice. Not well organized-- tour bus guide not very good at narrating as we traveled. PORT collection of folks to do an excursion was horrible-- one big cluster "jam" Very unorganized== this is the second time I have been to Ocho Rios and the port stop this time was not the same as before-- poor choice and NOT WELCOMING!! Jamaica could be dropped from the ports of call and no one would miss it! This was our only excursion ever we disliked immensely.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
NoLA disappointed me-- we have Global Entry and NO ONE had a line going to GLOBAL ENTRY or directing. Took way longer than it should have-- we take our own luggage too- VERY DISAPPOINTING. NCL had no staff to direct etc.
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