Great cruise but crowded common areas and super expensive photo package

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Norwegian Breakaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 07, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9216

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The cruise was great. The breakaway is a good ship and the crew were great. Food in buffets and specialty restaurants was excellent.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Ocean Blue on the Waterfront

5 out of 5

great selection

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

Food was delicious

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Really good italian (i'm from ny)

Garden Café

5 out of 5

delicious and wide selection of international foods

Dolce Gelato

5 out of 5

Very tasty

Carlo's Bake Shop

5 out of 5

good mini cupcakes

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Rock-climbing, obstacle course, fitness center

Vibe Beach Club

1 out of 5

So expensive for a cabana ($600+) and the cabanas have no share just a transparent mesh cover. hottubs were nice.

Tradewinds Tax & Duty-Free

2 out of 5

very few drugstore type items like sunscreen, advil. has many more luxury items

Ropes Course

5 out of 5

great course no long lines

Pulse Fitness Center

4 out of 5

plenty of machines, free weights

Pool

3 out of 5

kinda small for such a large boat

Photo Gallery

2 out of 5

photo packages are way too expensive and photobook creation app kept crashing

Free Fall

5 out of 5

awesome no long waits

Climbing Wall

5 out of 5

three difficulty levels no long waits

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The entertainers were great, especially the musical Velvet. But the nightly entertainment in the Atrium Bar is so crowded. The seating area is too small and fills up by 7pm. After that to get a seat you have wait until someone leaves. Then if you make it there before everyone else, you may or may not be told that it's being held for the person who just left.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

The photo package where you get their photographer to take photos and different parts of the ship was very expensive and does not allow you to purchase small packages. For example the cruise photobook was $348

Ports of call

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5
Swimming with the pigs excursion was awesome

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Ocho Rios Highlights excursion was fun but shopping was only 30 min at the end.

George Town, Grand Cayman

3 out of 5
Dolphin Encounter with Stingray excursion at Dolphin Park was a 5 but I rate the excursion 3 because you cannot take your own photos. You must buy from the Park and they do not take credit cards. You must pay in cash and the basic photo package is $120 dollars. Also it is a long walk from the dock to the bus to the park.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Cozumel Highlights and Shopping were great.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

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