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3.0

Views leaving NYC are amazing !! by CaptainCook01

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This was my first time on NCL and was ready to try the Freestyle dining as I heard so many mixed reviews.I found the quality of food in the free dining room was just OK and we tried 4 different specialty and it made the experience much better.I would highly recommend the Ultimate Dining Package where you can go ever night to the nicer restaraunts.Leaving from NYC it was snowing the first week of Dec,Im from Florida so I was excited.The views of the Statue of Liberty and The Freedom towers are amazing sights to see.The ship it's self is amazing ,water park for kids,ropes course.Even a plank to walk out on hanging off the ship.NCL puts a lot of money into shows and entertainment.NCL is a great value for your money as they aren't as expensive as other cruiselines and offer tons of stuff onboard.Service was ok and even got a Merry Christmas from a bartender from Indonesia which NO other cruiseline has had that personal touch.Very casual at night as some people dress up,some don't.Will do many more NCL in the future as I like their concept!

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4.5

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous...except the bed!!!! Ouch!! by mouse4583

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

We had the best time and met some awesome people. I would always travel with NCL, but I will have to confirm newer beds first. I’m seriously having back pain from ours.

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Best first cruise ever! by Batwolf

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Best first cruise. I cant wait to go again! So glad the cruise lines are up and running again!

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4.4

The cruise was perfect by EmiPilPos

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

The cruise was spectacular, we recommend ncl over other companies for the quality of the shows and the attention received.

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4.8

We stayed in the haven and it’s like a new cruising adventure by pattyb5aline

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Once you go haven you will never go back If you don’t like crowds and fighting for pool chairs,fighting to get a drink,fighting to get into restaurants, then haven is the way to go.....

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4.4

Best Caribbean cruise...Hands Down by Redoxman40

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

We had Party of 11 in my fam. We let kids and teens lose around the ship and clubs since we registered them the 1st da. Best decision since they were well entertained doing different activities. We obviously met for meals and excursion.

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First NCL Cruise by CKD95

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Western

It was a nice experience but I think we overpaid for what we got in return. I have cuised with another cruiseline for the same length of time and paid half the price and had a comparable/ better experience.

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4.8

Loved everything about this ship! by alisabrown

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

The food was amazing and we ate at 5 of the specialty restaurants. Le Bistro, Cagney’s and Teppanyaki were our favorites . La Cucina was our least favorite. We loved all the entertainment on board, Burn the Floor was our favorite show. The dance lessons and Deal or No Deal were also fun to watch. Cozumel was our first port and our beach club, Mr. Sanchos, was an easy $16, 15 min taxi ride away. Nice place with great food and lots of activities. Second stop was Belize City and we opted for a snorkel trip to Cay Cauilker. Beautiful water and we had a blast swimming with the nurse sharks and sting rays, but the current here was strong so make sure you are a good swimmer. Harvest Key is incredible and so nice. We grabbed a free clamshell for shade with no problem and the pool areas have a swim up bar and are really nice. We ate tacos and guacamole at Land Shark and they were both tasty. Definitely do the Manatee cruise for $29 per person if you have the chance. It was very informative and they give you free rum punch! We were pleasantly surprised by our last port of Costa Maya with it’s great shopping areas, huge pool and free entertainment. There is even an area to swim with dolphins or watch them.We had great drinks and food with an incredible view of the ship too. We loved it so much we are going on the sister ship, the Getaway out of New Orleans again for Spring Break. Getting on and off the ship was super easy and everyone on the staff was very nice.

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3.9

Christmas cruise fun by DNA3AR2cruisers

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Christmas family cruise and fun for our group. We typically decide that we’re going to have fun and do. This ship might be a bit too big as we cruised previously on NCL’s Sun (summer 2016 - Alaska) & the Pearl (Christmas cruise 2017). We heard other cruisers comments that were disappointed with the gratuity and up-selling.

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A Detailed Review of Our Holiday Cruise on the Breakaway by bskramer48

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Western

This was the second time that we have sailed out of New Orleans on an NCL cruise, and both times were memorable experiences. If you spend a couple a days in the city before your cruise and plan ahead for your stay on the Breakaway, you will have a enjoyable cruise to the Western Caribbean that will make you want to come back. To set the background for my review, I want to note that this was my 7th cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and my 18th cruise overall. My wife and I have cruised over the Christmas/New Years holiday fourteen times. This was our third time on the Breakaway (our two previous holiday cruises sailed out of New York City). We also have a good deal of experience cruising with multiple cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Carnival. Over the past year, I had read a fair number of negative reviews about the Breakaway in Cruise Mate, so I was interested in finding out why this ship seems to bring forth so much negativity from other reviewers. I can definitively say that my wife and I had a great experience from start to finish. I have no reservations about recommending this cruise to anyone. One thing that I think has caused a great deal of frustration and negativity among NCL cruisers comes from the way the company markets it cruises. Their freestyle cruise ads suggest that you can do whatever you want whenever you want and have the time of your life. This is not really true. If you want to experience the most an NCL cruise has to offer, you have to prebook everything (your specialty dining, your shows, etc.) Your will have a better experience if you do this online in your Cruise Planner well ahead of time. As an example, we knew that we wanted to eat at Cagney’s around 6 PM, so we attempted to book this over two months ahead of time, but we had difficulty finding a day and time that worked for us. I can’t say it enough. Forget the freestyling - you will have a much better experience if you book your specialty dining and shows ahead of time in your Cruise Planner. This will help you to get the dining times and restaurants that you want along with the shows you want. If you wait until you get on the ship, the optimal dining times and shows will already be full. If your are given the opportunity to book something like a comic or other show, book it as soon as possible. A little bit of planning and booking will greatly enhance your onboard experience.

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4.7

Very eventful cruise. Not necessarily all good. by jltanner56

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean

With the exception of rough seas and wind the cruise was excellent.

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4.0

Beautiful ship excursions okay by Firebug18

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Embarkation & disembarkation-terrible-long lines for both. So many people wanting on/off early. Do you blame them? If only the ship could arrive in to port 1 hour earlier, and disembark then I could then see less congestion in the hallways. It's miserable even when you select tag to be first off ship (1 hour standing & being herded thru mazes on the ship). I get why, just wished there could be a better option for those who need to get off fast to meet transportation out of the city.  

Ship is beautiful. Staff very helpful & friendly for staff that deals with the same questions over and over day after day/week after week. I took my daughter (12) for her first cruise and time away from home. We enjoyed the buffet all week (I would typically go to the restaurants, but this was "her" cruise). The buffet was clean and staff was friendly. Great food selections that we both were happy with. Splash Academy did what they could, many children my daughters age group were rude to staff, unruly, so much so that my daughter didn't want to go any more than 2 hours each day the first 4-5 days then not at all. There were a lot of kids on the ship but it was vacation week and most were in Splash Academy so you really didnt notice it except in buffet or evening. She enjoyed most of the activities and made some new friends. 

Not thrilled with excursion selections. Seemed dated in Cocoa Beach. Glad we waited to book them until the day of. Mainly based on weather and time. So happy we didn't book Orlando excursions. Only had 6 hours to enjoy and ended up being 5 hours due to ship arriving late in to Port Canaveral. Very expensive for only a few hours and a busy vacation week. 

I love cruising and the option to leave from NYC was fantastic the waters were not rough as I thought they may be. Love big ship experience (no sea sickness) and lots to do if you haven't already done it in previous cruises. 

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Haven by obxbarb

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We were lucky enough to be able to upgrade from a balcony to a front facing Haven Suite 2 weeks before the cruise and it was worth every penny and more.  The whole experience of the Haven is awesome.  We were on this same cruise last year in a balcony and loved it and loved the ports. 

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We made the best of it despite all the bad by kharman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Where to start, when you get into NYC it is chaos and I don't mean that by the traffic. The peer has no organization, lines everywhere, luggage all over. We waited for about an hour in lines to get on the ship. Before we got to the room the romance package was to be delivered to our room. We only had the dozen of roses in our room. Not only did we have to stand in a line again but we had to stand in line to look for the rest of our package. So I thought we had it all figured out. Again I was wrong, we had to go back and stand in line once again in guest services. Guest services was unsure of how to help us so we had to make a phone call to get further assistance. Finally after TWO days we got everything that was in the package that we bought. Norwegian did not win us over. The hot tubs on deck 15 clearly state that it is for adult use only, it was always full of children and not teens but like 6-12 year olds. There was really no quiet place on the ship. The intercoms did not work in our room so we had no idea what the announcements were. Food was always room temp or cold. The only hot meal we got was at La Cucina. Many things required you to pay extra. What we did LOVE our room stewardess Freddie he was great!!! We also loved the staff at Taste and Savor, as well as the men who worked at the shakers martini bar. There was a woman who worked there but she was always rude and never smiled. We ordered most of our drinks from this bar.. ONCE we ordered a strawberry daiquiri from the Irish pub place it was HORRIBLE it was just like a child's icee. Half way through the drink it was just ice... It was like kool-aid.... not impressed at all on the Norwegian Breakaway! 

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The Breakaway in March by lorriez

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This is a huge ship.  It was very tastefully decorated, but some areas were too dark for my liking. It is modern and basically very clean.  The Sunday we left was a bit chilly and you couldn't swim comfortably until the ship got to Florida two days after debarkation. The hot tubs were clean but NOT hot- no way near 104 degrees as most are.  They must have set all of them lower for some reason. We had to choose March due to our kids spring break- would have preferred May of June though.

The bathrooms in our cabins were not carefully cleaned after the last guest because there was personal soap etc. left behind in the showers in both of our room.  The cabin and balcony were otherwise great.  Aft was a good choice for many of the restaurants and the garden cafe, which was only one deck up from us.  I was not happy to have to pay for some of the entertainment- it should have been included.

The shows we did see were good quality and the food in the specialty restaurants were great. Some waiters were great, other were average- but the food was over all very nice and in general they tried to accommodate and please you.

Getting on and off this huge ship was the slowest I've ever experienced- it's  just too many people.

Shore excursions were great-loved Kennedy Space Center, at the private island we swam with the stingrays and that was excellent.  We just walked around in Nassau because we were there before a few times.

I was with my husband and our three kids who are in their twenties.  We loved to dine together and see shows together daily.

All in all it was convenient to leave from Manhattan because we live 30 minutes away- one of the reasons we chose this itinerary.  Usually we prefer to leave from Florida and see more of the Caribbean.

....a very nice cruise and a good time was had by all...

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Stay with the smaller ships by info510

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

The Norwegian Breakaway does not have the staff to accommodate so many people. We were offered the FREE drink package which wasn't free after paying taxes and then more taxes on the ship. It would have been a good deal however if they had a wait staff taken your order. There was one waiter on the first day on the Spice H2O. Which finally ended up being the space we spent our free time because every other place was packed and with NO chairs.  We never saw another waiter walking around after the first day. The lines at the 3 bars we got drinks from where at least 20 min. I believe this was done by design, because of the Free drink offers to discourage customers. And encourage them to get drinks from their room mini fridge. Which we eventually ended up having to do and it cost us a LOT of money. The larger ships also have you making reservations to any of the shows because they make the theatres half the size. We were able to finally get into one of the shows but had to show up 30 minutes before. Which would have been ok but the seats were made so cheaply that you could barely walk after a two hour show. We saw Rock Of Ages and it was FANTASTIC. The food on this ship is AMAZING we had NO complaints. They really work hard on this part of the cruise experience. We did try to get into the Noodle Bar 3 days but was never able to because of the lines. So the only two places we eat where the main dining room and the food court. We did order room service one night and had no complaints about the new room charge of $7.95. At dinner one night 2 of the crew staff stopped at our table to get feedback about our experience. We told them about our day at their island Stirrup Cay. We were able to make reservations to leave the boat at 11:00 and by the time all was said and done we made it over by 12:00. Once there we found ourselves walking around for almost 2 hours trying to find a chair. We finally settled on going over to the lagoon to try and find seating and had the same problem. On our way over we noticed that they had hundreds of chairs stacked up around a storage building. These chairs should have been put out knowing that the ship has up to 4 thousand people. Also they only offer 2 places to get food. One on the main side of the island that the line was over an hour wait, the second by the lagoon that also was an hour or more. So we never got lunch and a lot of people we spoke to never got lunch. We finally ended up putting towels down on a section of the island that had some sand and was able to get into the water for about an hour before having to walk all the way back to the boat. The day was a total bust. the staff then told us YES you have to plan accordingly going to the island and could have rented one of our cabana. After looking up the price for a small one in 2013 starts at $300. We just wanted a chair or two. This cruise only has 3 port stops because of the distance they have to cover from NY. Orlando, Stirrup Cay & Nassau. We went to Sandals Resort on Nassau and that was our only good excursion. We choose to stay on the ship when docked in Orlando to try and enjoy the ship with no so many people. The line at the bar at H2O was a bit more manageable, but we never got to use any of the hot tubs because of crowds. Maybe Norwegian has a staffing problem?   We will cruise again but it will not be with Norwegian, they could give us a free cruise and we would not take it. 

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Bermuda scenes by charms

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Bermuda

Varied restaurants & well planned activities to satisfy guests. Cordial and professional crew. Amenities to satisfy all needs. The entertainment was top notch and we were pleased with the show Rock of Ages which we had planned on seeing in New York.

 

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Great vacation but... by feeney421

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Bermuda

This was overall our 14th cruise and 3rd with NCL.  

PROS:  the ship was beautiful, clean, well maintained and had lots to do. The food was good, but not extraordinary the employees friendly and there were plenty of things to do.  There was a ropes course, a mini golf course, rock climbing wall, people size chess game, video games, trivia contests, pool games and much more.  You could be busy all day or not at all.   We liked the comfortable dress attitude, however, when we tried to make a reservation for dinner for our large group we were told that the reservations for the night were filled.  Each night due our size - 8 - we had to wait for dinner.  JULIE the Cruise Director was fabulous, she even jumped in on some of the dance shows.  Fireworks on the open ocean - really cool.

ICE BAR:  Gotta go just so you can say you did!!  Really cool and really cold!!

CONS:    Overall my husband and I felt that they were trying to fit TOO MUCH stuff on the ship.  The hallways were barely wide enough for the workers cart and one person - two people could not walk side by side down any hall.  WE had a balcony room and felt the set up could be better - the space between the closet door and the bed was approximately 18 inches.  NO LOBSTER night - my children were very disappointed.  NEVER saw my room steward--dirty cups were never removed.  POOLS:  Were small and there were only 2 of them.

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Great way to visit Bermuda. by cjbetsy75

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Bermuda

Freestyle cruising is the only way to go, but these large ships take freestyle out of the equation as reservations are required for most entertainment & dinning. Also game shows should not be held in the Atrium, not enough room to be comfortable, cannot get to the internet terminals, and all the chairs removed. Game shows should be held in the theater. Smoking in the casino should be limited to a side area, as walking deck 7 midship  makes it hard not to breath second hand smoke.

 

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Megaship cruise: Staying away in the future by ukoldav

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway / Destination: Bermuda

Getting more passengers on a ship may be more profitable for the cruise line...but it doesn't satisfy my level of comfort on this 7 day vacation. Main central corridors at times felt like a transfer tunnel at a subway interchange. Elevator banks at times felt like a black Friday sale before the doors opened. Entertainment offerings on Megaships changed from the usual generic musical-dance variety show/stand-up comic/magician/tribute singers to a specific high budget-recognized name Broadway Musical Licensed Show. In this case, Rock the Ages, is over-the-top unnecessarily sexually raunchy (plenty of warnings posted), with so-so music, all in the name of a "famous" Broadway show.

Highlights: Breakaway Bermuda Debarkation Pier party w/crew dancing alongside a welcoming Red Carpet.

Dining  superbly excellent (Food, Service) in all Main Dining Rooms (no specialty restaurants necessary - save your money).

Heated pool and Jacuzzis.

Bermuda: Most welcoming hospitable and civil people in the World!

Bermuda: Snorkeling and beaches, good transportation offerings including fast ferries (Hamilton, St. Georges).

Negatives: For the first-time cruisers, be aware that the 40-70 hour crossing from NY-Bermuda more than 50% of the time has a 6-8 hour window of Rough Seas with swells often 10-15 feet. This is especially true in Sept - Oct. but is true in other months as well. Once you pass the continental shelf (about 8 hours out), the waves have a tendency to be at the very least "choppy" as the Captain says.

This is not usually the case on the NY-FL-Bahamas itinerary or any Carribean itinerary (Eastern, Southern, Western).

Negatives: Not sure how to navigate the ship's layout. More steps between stateroom and any activity...sometimes leading to unnecessary frustration (as compared to a smaller or mid-sized ship).

Negatives: Entertainment lounge "Hardliners" has improbably designed hard-wooden chairs that are very uncomfortable nor appropriate for a club. Atrium stage -where the cruise staff are forced to present much of their "group games"  (i.e. New Newlywed Game; Deal or No Deal, etc.) - does not have sufficient seating for those who would like to watch.

All in all, my next cruise will be more ship specific (i.e. Pearl, Gem, Jewel, Dawn) so as to keep the fellow passenger count down to below 2,800.

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