Had an enjoyable time with wide variety of Ports

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Norwegian Breakaway

11 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 06, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

I thoroughly enjoyed the excursions I chose. And that's the main part of my cruises. Food and buffets are always good on these ships and other than 1 bad meal experience, I enjoyed the Norwegian ship. It's a huge ship so you can pick and chose what fits your agenda. I will be sailing Norwegian again but probably not to western Caribbean. Been there twice now.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy as pie.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Everything was good with the exception of the Italian specialty restaurant. Worst service I've ever had and was disappointed the ship did not correct the situation and charged me for a meal never served by an incompetent waiter. Steak Restaurant is the best I've had in recent years.

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

1 out of 5

Service was disgustingly poor. Worst service I've ever had in a Restaurant. I was scammed for a meal that waiter forgot the entree and the dessert. Pathetically run restaurant that should embarrass Norwegian.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Some activities were good but others were not well planned. Kids dominate the pool area. I mostly stayed in casino.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Stage shows and comedians were awful (Rock of Ages is like a high school play) However the dueling pianos was best show I've seen on a ship. Went to it 3 times.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Service excellent except 1 waiter and an ill-trained boss in the Italian restaurant. Worst experience I've ever had at a Restaurant. Norwegian should be embarrassed. My room steward was exceptional.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship and well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean and confortable. Like the coffee maker in room. Had a great steward.

Ship tip

If you buy the specialty meals program, the wait staff has no incentive to treat you good.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
Love the Port. Love the City. Stayed at Harrahs before and after cruise.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Dunns Falls was extremely challenging physically but had good tour guides. Enjoyed the party boat back with Rum and dancing.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
WHITE HOUSE Private Beach. Incredible beach front mansion with a good lunch and deck extending into the clearest water around. Snorkel and swim was enjoyable.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Maya Key Private animal preserve island was awesome. It's a very short boat ride near the Port and everything you could want. Pool swimming, Beach swimming, snorkeling, nature walks plus an incredible Animal Preserve. Jaguars and monkees and snakes, etc. The guides let you inside the Monkee cage for lots of fun. (Empty your pockets or they will...lol) They serve a solid lunch of rice beans chicken and salad with drink. Roatan can be a rough place but Maya Key private excursion was like Gilligans Island.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Norwegian's own Island Paradise. Beautiful beaches. Great bars and restaurants. Nice shopping venue. Awesome lagoons. I took a nature boat out to see Manatees. Great fun and I still had hours on the beach and gorgeous pools. This was PARADISE. I still dream of this island.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
I chose giant Water Park and was mildly surprised how great this was for adults. Separate pools for kids and adults. It was great fun playing in an oversized water tube floating lazily around the whole park. I even dared to do one of the less wild water slides which I'm proud of doing Once...lol. Costa Maya is a lot if shopping and restaurants but if you want to relax, do the Water Park.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
2nd time to Cozumel. Very WINDY and cool both times. I hate the Port walk. Too commercial and annoying tourist traps. I did an excusion to Cultural learning center which I did enjoy. Great guides and we made some Chocolate there. I do recommend it to get away from the Port. But the Port itself is one I dont care for.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Line was very long and seemed disorganized from previous ships I've done. No one wants to wait 2 hours in lines leaving a boat.
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