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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 07, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 16110

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We had a wonderful cruise on the Breakaway. I was nervous about the ship since there were so many negative reviews. We experienced the opposite. The staff were all so friendly and always said Hi with a smile. They work hard but still seemed eager to please and were happy. The food was very good and came out hot and quickly. We never had a long wait for food or drinks. Our the steward Renaldo was great and a pleasure to meet. The concierge Martina was energetic and always willing to assist you. I think this was the best Haven experience we have had with NCL. The only complaint, as others always say, the casino is terrible with all the smoke. NCL really needs to separate the areas on the older ships like they have with the Joy, Bliss and Encore. It's such a terrible design.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
We booked a Haven room and with this comes priority boarding. We know the drill and always stay in the Haven. The terminal employees screwed up and the boarding process was a mess. They started letting others board and then stopped when they realized we Haven guests hadn't gone. It was very confusing once we got on the ship because the ship staff didn't know what was happening. Thankfully this was the only issue

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food and service were wonderful. We enjoyed every meal and had no issues with the service. We dined at both specialty and complimentary restaurants.

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

2 out of 5

This was a great meal. We were so happy since we had a horrible experience at La Cucina on the Getaway. The food was fast, hot and tasted great. The service was excellent.

Taste Restaurant

5 out of 5

We normally don't do the MDR places but we decided to on this cruise. We were greeted and seated very quickly. The staff were professional and friendly. The food came out quickly and was very good. It was a nice dining experience.

Teppanyaki

4 out of 5

Our favorite place on NCL. Excellent food and "show". You get so much food! I knocked a star because this particular restaurant was hot and smoky as if the ventilation wasn't working properly.

Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian

5 out of 5

One of our favorite places on NCL. Attentive staff and a wonderful menu. Ask for the fried calamari!

O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar and Grille

5 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised that we really enjoyed this place. Never really ate here on other cruises. The food was good and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

4 out of 5
We loved Burn the Floor and saw it twice. The dancers and singers were great. Six was very good, some performers better than others and it showed. Velvet was so so, not our type of entertainment. I don't think it was worth paying for. The dinner was steak and shrimp but with french fries. It seemed odd. Out of all this was the worst dining experience.

Spiegel Tent

2 out of 5

Saw Velvet here. Probably the worst experience of the cruise. The show and performers were not very good. The dinner part had a sub-par meal and slow service. The Cirque shows on the other ships were so much better. Definitely not something worth paying for.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from all levels of employees. Very dedicated and hardworking.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean but can feel crowded especially waiting for elevators. Casino VERY smokey and horrible smelling. Needs better ventilation or enclosed smoking areas

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Haven Suite 16110. Great location to the Haven courtyard and restaurant / lounge. We did hear some noise from the sundeck above. I think when the crew was cleaning.

Ship tip

Book reservations early for shows and dining. If you have issues online call in and ask for help. Don't wait till you board.

Ports of call

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5
Rented a new villa at Silver Cove. Was the BEST! Had the perfect day. So quiet and private. The area is stunning and a must to see. The private buffet was very good and the staff treated us so well.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Did the speedboat tour. Took a long time to leave the pier and get in the taxi. Then we had to sit and watch a safety seminar / video. It was fun but probably wouldn't do again as a lot of time was wasted.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Went to Puerto Seco Beach and rented a cabana on Discovery Bay. It was a lovely place with wonderful staff. The beach was gorgeous and the grounds well taken care of. Highly recommended when in Jamaica

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Super fast with the new facial recognition procedure!
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