We cruised on the Breakaway July 14th sailing , in the Haven, the luxury, separate answer to the amenities of a small cruise line. We had traveled on the Epic last summer with our three granddaughters and loved this product. We were excited about experiencing this latest addition to the NCL family.
I would give the cruise line a fail mark when it comes to the changes made with the physical make up of the Haven space. They no longer have a separate gym for the Haven passengers and have decreased the size of the open access gym shared with all other passengers.
. The pool size has decreased by more than half , replacing it with a 80 foot square dunking pool and 2 other squares containing a few inches of water with 3 lounges in each square. One does not want to venture on to the public swimming pools which are teaming with people when you are paying at least three times the price for the privilege of the Haven experience.
The suite was lovely but smaller than what is offered on the Epic. The balcony was small but adequate. The bathroom has a nice full bathtub. There is a glass door that separates the toilet from sink and tub area which presented a challenge to get it open since it is sealed with a rubber gasket proved very difficult to open. Trips to the toilet should be well planned and do not wait to the very last moment.
We dined at the specialty restaurants every night and loved each one. Ocean Blue was fabulous, as was The Bistro(French), Cagney`s, a steak house that rivals Palm. Mederno offered a dizzying array of grilled meats, Brazilian style.. The Raw bar offered fantastic variety of oysters, fresh raw clams, cold lobster and shrimp, ceviche, all delicious.Wasabi was the best value and excellent sushi, sashimi and a good choice of rolls. Cucina was our least favourite experience but there seemed to be kitchen trouble on the night we visited so they removed the charge from our bill.
The entire crew was extremely professional, competent, friendly and always helpful. Everyone gives the appearance of loving what they do.
I felt that we paid a huge premium for the Haven and it was not value for money. It was more than three times as much as the average cabin. Being nickled and dimed for a bottle of water in our suite,$6,50, felt just wrong. The cost averaged to $1,000 a day for 2 people. At that price one could be on the Seabourn, Silver Sea, or any of the other high end ship without the crowds of over 4,000 people and all of the up charges.