Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Gala9505: Great Cruise
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The husband and I went last minute and were impressed with the ship's decor. The staff was wonderful and always went out of their way to be sure we were happy. We always ate int he specialty restaurants and really enjoyed the food.
Service was slow at Le Bistro, but the staff was very attentive and the food wonderful. Our big complaint is that is our table was near the window and overlooked the lighted stairwell and that night the photographers were taking pictures. So our view was not of the open hallway and atrium, but of people's rear ends! Also the people on line kept stealing glances at what the we and the other diners were having. It was very uncomfortable and I did complain to the restaurant Reservation desk. This should be corrected ASAP.
We ate at Teppanyaki very late to avoid the " family factor". Although the chefs are very funny, they are also VERY loud...way too loud. I liked the tricks and jokes, but the prolonged banging on the metal cooktop was More incredibly annoying. The table next to us had a well lubricated crowd that just hooted and hollered and it felt like we were at a sporting event rather than a dinner. I know that is it supposed to be entertaining, but I will not go again. Fortunately our table mates happen to be two of the staff and were delightful companions....when we could hear them. Too loud, too much commotion and there not even kids that night. Since this was our second bad experience at Teppanyaki, the last time involved a table full of preteens with a "nanny".
Cagney's was lovely and the food delicious and cooked to perfection. The tables for two are large enough for the food and sides and the service was excellent on both occasions. 5 star servie and food. The hostess, Deepa, is truly lovely and gracious and made the evening special. Clayton was our server and he was fabulous.
Moderno is excellent as well, Osline was our server and was charming and also fabulous. The food is 5 star and plentiful. Pace yourself and do not load up on that gorgeous salad bar. We ate on the Waterfront and it was delightful.
We also ate in the Spiegel Tent for the "Circus" and The Dysfuntional Family Reunion. The food was surprising good! I would say the portions were a bit small and that the servers should offer a second piece of bread and maybe the chef should add some table snacks, like pretzels and popcorn. Additionally, it would be nice they offered a free drink per person, such as a soft drink , wine or beer. My complaint here is that the tables are shared and they are a snug and don't allow room for adults to move and turn to see the show. The table area per person should be made larger since you sit there for 1.5-2 hours !
We dined at Ocean Blue, the new restaurant by George Zakarian. This is a very elegant and sophisticated restaurant.The food was delicious, the service excellent, and the atmosphere elegant and quiet...but I do not feel it warrants the price when compared to Moderno's and Cagney's. The price should be 10-15% less.
We did not eat in The Manhattan Room , but bring your dancing shoes with leather slew, because lots of people danced there. This was a very popular place for diner. Dressier than Savor or Taste.
We did eat at Savor , one of the other main dining rooms for lunch and again, the food and service were excellent.
O'Sheehan's is another "free" dining venue, open 24/7. We had breakfast and lunch there several times. Christina was our server and wonderful.
A must see is the Fat cats lounge. Great jazz and interactive fun. A bit risqu' , but ok. I would NOT allow the staff (dancers, actors and crew) to overtake the place on saturday noght however. They commandeered the rear and several tables, talked way too loud and over the Jazz Band. I wonder how much money NCL lost of the 8-12 tables they occupied the last night??
Shows: The people running the sound in the theater must be partially deaf. It was always loud... ear splittingly LOUD ! It hurt. Bring ear plugs.
Rock of Ages was well acted, well danced and sung, but definitely NC-17+ . Frankly, the show could have been modified or toned down and have less strip dancing and "hand gestures" as well as eliminate the F bombs and would have been better. There were many offensive words, acting and dances.The costumes on the ladies were too skimpy and lewd. Lots of crotch and sexual jokes. Many people left if they could. I felt this was inappropriate for a cruise crowd of various adult ages. As a person of faith, I did not appreciate it. The show could have been easily told without all the graphic words, dancing and gesturing. The actors were excellent as was the band. Let's hope the next Broadway show is friendlier and they lower the decibel level by 20%.
Burn The Floor was well done and lovely.. again the music and singer were too loud and it distracted from the show. The comedian, Michael Finney was very good, but they did allow SMALL CHILDREN IN FOR AN ADULT THEMED SHOW. why?
The cabin we had had a balcony that was a disappointment. It was just 34 SF and accommodated two chairs and a 10 inch x 10 inch mini side table. There was NO WAY we could enjoy anything more than a cup of coffee/tea on that "table". Second, there was no table in our mini suite! There was a hassock with a hard top, but it was 18x 18 inches and you could not eat off it comfortably. There was plenty of storage and the shower was terrific. Our cabin steward, Miguel, was terrific too. The room came with a coffee/tea s, single cup maker.... nice touch. The bed was very comfortable.
Overall, a wonderful x-large ship that did not feel large at all ! Great food, great service and a lovely trip. It's a beautiful ship and has terrific updated technology that makes the experience very efficient and pleasant. Yes, we will go again. The NCL officers and crew are the BEST part of the experience and the food is superb.
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One more thing... please NCL , eliminate smoking on the balconies. there is nothing more annoying than sitting on a balcony and smelling cigarette smoke wafting into your face and cabin. Yes, I did see people throwing cigarettes overboard! My guess is less than 12% of cruisers smoke anyway. The "smoking room" on the pool deck was a great idea. Less
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