Better than the Epic at least

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review

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Reviews: 27
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 21, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Chose this cruise as it was holiday period in US and land hotels were so expensive. First time on breakaway but are platinum ncl cruises. We are tiring of ncl. Cost cutting everywhere and penny pinching. Fake tax on drinks in US waters, no other cruise line does this on drinks packages. Staff were not friendly and had failed another US inspection. Rock of Ages was terrible, people walked out. Burn the Floor excellent. Loved the outdoor diming and bar concept. Specialty restaurants are not good enough quality for extra money. Uninspiring itinerary.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
Why did NCL need our ESTA when it was a closed loop cruise and we just got off a similar HAL cruise that didn’t.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Italian was disappointing. Cagneys was great. The Manhattan restaurant was excellent. Osheehans was disappointing compared to other ships. Drinks taxes are a joke, no other cruise line does this.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Normally ncl strongpoint but a lot of the activities have stagnated and lack enthusiasm. Prizes have dwindled. Shuffleboard was in a bad state. Pool slides were good but terrifying.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Entertainment required booking and the staff were so rude but thankfully comped is the wine tasting show which was fun. Magician was excellent. Rock of Ages terrible. Burn the floor excellent. New rock pub was fun and the piano players were entertaining

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The ship failed its US inspection and staff morale was visibly low.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Like the promenade deck with outdoor bars and dining. More windows than Epic opened the ship up. H20 is so dirty. Too much smoke from Casino

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Our first balcony on ncl. Quite comfortable but shower pressure was terrible. Tv poor. Balcony a bit small.

Ship tip

Quiet spaces on the promenade deck

Ports of call

Harvest Caye, Belize

3 out of 5
Seaweed and half the island blocked

Cozumel, Mexico

2 out of 5
Tourist trap

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5
Sea grass everywhere

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

2 out of 5

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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