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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 95

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
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Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 24, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13130

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Good ship, but larger than what I prefer. Nice to have the dining options. The pay restaurants were good, but not as good as those experienced on other cruise lines. The buffet was good, many stations, quality pretty good. Liquor package worked okay - bars busy but 2 drink allowance helped to compensate. Would be nice to be able to buy discounted canned or bottled soda for use in room. Requirement for reservations excessive - dining rooms, entertainment, etc. We are on vacation - not reservations.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Large variety of dining options. Pay restaurants good, but service hit & miss. O'Sheehans a wonderful option. Need to have firm reservations for pay restaurants prior to cruise, little opportunity to change or add after cruise begins.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Guests hoarded lounge chairs - ship needs to better control. I think water slides & climbing wall were okay, but hours pretty limited.


4 out of 5
Dueling pianos was excellent. Comedy pretty good, but reservation process not easy. Seems as though you need a reservation for everything, so it becomes cumbersome.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Most service good. Lines at bars sometimes a challenge, but okay.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship very large - prefer the smaller ships 2000+. Design okay - but stateroom & hallways small. NCL crammed a few extra cabins into each floor, and it feels tight.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
Functional, but too small. Balcony should not even be allowed to call it as such, could not turn the chair to face the water. Should be called an oceanview with access to fresh air. No space or storage in room. Hallways narrow, and always too much air conditioning.

Ship tip

Do research. Plan the specialty restaurants carefully, as you cannot change. Plan on spending considerable time getting reservations for entertainment or other dining options.

Ports of call

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
just did shopping. On previous trips had good 3-reef snorkeling

Belize City, Belize

4 out of 5
Book tender ticket early (1st sea day) so as to make private excursions.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5
Last chance shopping


3 out of 5
Slow, but okay. New customs process is sweet.
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