Could have been better
Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review summaryIt could have been better in a lot of ways, but overall we looked forward to being off the ship, not on. Disappointed in a few things. I don't have room here to explain.
Food and Dining
This is the "sister" restaurant to Savor. Also went here once at night and once for lunch. Both times were excellent.
This place was so good that we went twice. Everything from the waitress to the seating spot to the food itself was outstanding!
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar and Grille
We went there one night. Husband wanted to have a Reuben. He did. Said it was okay. I had broiled chicken strips. They were also good. Ate and left.
Ocean Blue on the Waterfront
Horace was our waiter. could not have asked for a better one. He was excellent! Food was very good. I am not a seafood person, so my spouse told me that his was good. I of course had land food and that, too, was very good.Overall a little pricey for the amount of food, but good quality and decent.
This is their main buffet. They had the usual fare and then some ethnic foods, too. Other items were unusual. Scrambled eggs in the morning were real eggs, not egg powder like on other ships not of NCL.The biggest problem was that most of the food was lukewarm. No one bothered to see if you paid for any of the non-alcoholic drinks, so that didn't bode well with us, since we just paid out over $145 for a non-alcoholic drink package. Didn't need to because the drinks were all free.Tables were kept clean, cutlery and napkins were clean. Of course you have your normal-to-be-expected rude people, always cutting in lines, either in front of you, or someone that's not as fast as these rude people were.Overall, the food was fresh and decent.
Vegetable was lukewarm. No alcohol for us, but their ice tea was good. Dessert was strange (raspberry creme brulee-the whole thing tasted of raspberries; a little overpowering).Waiter was not easy to understand due to his accent, but attentive and polite.
Tradewinds Tax & Duty-Free
Of course it's overpriced and some of the normal sales tactics and pressure to buy is included in this section. No we did not purchase the extremely overpriced $200 photo package. If you bought just one, that's $20...crazy! The last day before debarkation we did buy one small item. Went home and Googled the item. Surprisingly it was not marked up 1000%, as is usual for any cruise ship to do. Item was priced exactly as it is shown on the manufacturer's website, so we felt good about that (did not get ripped off).
Well, there was supposed to be a Bible study in this meeting room--only it was never advertised, so thanks to someone in the Miami office not understanding what we were going to do, it was in their Freestyle paper twice--out of seven days! It was arranged EIGHT MONTHS AGO, but since she misunderstood, it barely took place.No matter what we did, no one cared enough to change this.This alone helped us make the decision to NEVER sail with NCL again!
TWO or three people at the GS desks??? for a cruise of over 4,000 people? What were they thinking? Lines down the hallway, waiting for your turn.Very poorly managed. Needs a LOT of improvement here.
Small. We went there for quiet. Unfortunately in this supposed "library" which we always take to mean quiet, it was anything but. Older folks getting drunk--and of course loud--while they're playing a game, younger kids carrying on...just before we left, they all left; we were just too tired to go back inside and try to sit in peace, since the entire ship wherever you went was loud.
If I had to describe this in one word, it would be LOUD--and I do mean loud! Almost everything they did on a small platform was over the top loud, which after a while you just couldn't be anywhere near it. Does loud equate with fun? Does loud mean that they think everyone is deaf or hard of hearing? Or does loud equate with sensory overload so they can pretend that what they're doing is fun?Hard to tell, but we stayed once and left. Just didn't want our ears to keep ringing anymore. Really ruins their little performances or shows by them insisting on keeping the volume up at all hours of the day and most of the night.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Do NOT bother purchasing the non-alcoholic drink package or even the water package. Plenty to drink and no charge.
Ports of call
Miami, Florida Did not visit port