Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by time2travl: Nice ship...but NCL has slipped a notch
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Nice ship...but NCL has slipped a notch
Huge ship, but a nice layout. The elevators are kept to two main banks, nothing fancy, but they seem to do the job. Outside each is a diagram of the deck. They are however somewhat on the slow side. There are also numerous touch screens to making dining and entertainment reservations as well as the best way to go from your current location to the chosen venue.
Not sure how we got this cabin but it was a great surprise, Most balconies are tiny, but this one is at the bend in the ship and the one end is quite large. We were able to get 2 lounges on it and really kick back and relax. Yes it was tight, but to simply enjoy the sea air and take in some sun it was great. The location was great only steps from the elevator and being being the inside cabins don't open to the same corridor you never heard a cabin door open or close. The shower had a great flow and HOT water. The sink area was ample with enough storage for personal items. I did miss the creme rinse after shampooing. The More closets had 20 hangers, more than enough and several shelves for undergarments, socks, shorts, etc. One was reserved for the safe a bit small but held what I needed. I found it easy to store my luggage under the bed and easy to access for those 'just in case' items I took along. The TV was easy to see. The couch large enough for a 3rd to sleep on without opening. The key slot for lights etc. is behind the door and saves from simply leaving lights and such on when you leave the room. There are ample outlets to keep cells charged. The only downside is the refridge is not deep and if you take a snack or leftover to eat later it's a challenge to get it in as they do not serve on paper plates. So much for the room...what made it even better was "Jon" our steward...he should be teaching others how to serve the guests. He is so good I'll request him in the future. As for this cabin we loved it and only hope if we cruise this ship again we can get it again. Great location, great cabin steward, and quite comfortable.
A brief description of the decks I used most and what I did
DECK 6...Taste & Savor dining rooms (a relaxed dining area for dinner with a more lenient dress code}
Spiegal Tent (Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy) an excellent show with a wonderful meal. The closer you sit the better. It was well worth the cost and is great family entertainment.
Headliners Comedy Club (great shows-many with guest participation)
DECK 7...Manhattan Dining Room (more upscale than the other main dining rooms as well as a stricter
dress code. Here you can dance during your meal as well as request music. Best bet for a
special meal with no additional cost.
Casino would be better if there was a non-smoking area...lots of ways to spend your money,
did see some big winners.
Breakaway Theater most shows need a reservation, but there is usually room for others 10
minutes before showtime. all shows are worth seeing ...
Bliss Ultra Lounge...lot's of dance action most nights after midnight
O'Sheehan's...your 24 hour hunger stop
DECK 8...The Ice Bar...20 bucks for 2 drinks and something to remember...not fancy but neat!
The Waterfront...numerous restaurants with outside seating) a great place to enjoy a
relaxing stroll around the ship
Gift shops...many selections Photo Shop...when they take a pic your cabin # is keyed so
it's easy to locate & no high pressure to purchase
DECK 15..Garden Buffet...nice layout with inside and outside seating...food is pretty good
Pool and lounge area...a small semi-inclosed smoking area, the adult pool is not very large,
lounge chairs often occupied. Hot tubs several very relaxing
DECK 16..H2O Lounge...great nightly dancing, themes vary and many dress to the theme...Fireworks
Uptown Bar & Grill...good burgers and sandwiches...Rock climbing wall.a real challenge
Sun Deck...plenty of lounges
DECK 17..Waterslides.3 different types...Minature Golf...pretty neat...Rope course. you have got to try
try this and walk the plank over the ocean then take the zip line across the ship.
Restaurants...The 'twins' Taste & Savior both have the same menu. The selections appear to be
more limited than in the past and the quality has dropped a notch or two. Usually I struggle to
decide what to order, but with only 4 new selections each night it was not a challenge. I will say
the portabello appetizer was great the first night. I also enjoyed the prime rib. Another great
dish was the seafood cake. No shrimp appetizers, no lobster tails. The desserts were just o.k
and again no challenge to decide. The cheese cake however is excellent
O'Sheehan's Your 24 hour stop, but be warned if you simply want a dessert better get it
before 11pm. because there is no dessert menu after that. They do make good tuna sandwich,
Fish and chips, and burgers. The chicken pot pie looked good as well. If you want a good hot
apple pie & ice-creme here's the place (before 11)
Garden Buffet. fairly good selections which change depending upon the time of day. Good
light flaky pizza, great pretzel bread. If you want lobster this is the place that serves it, but get
there early as they ran out before I got mine and it was still 15 minutes before closing. It's the
1st night (full day at sea)
Manhattan Room This is the place to dine if you want something a bit upscale without a
cover charge. The menu appears a step above the other main dining choices as well as service
Guests are quite a bit more business like in dress. Many wear a tie or jacket, but not required.
The view is also great and there is a dance floor if you like.
Entertainment Cirque Jungle Fantasy -Spiegal Tent- great for the entire family. The hardest part
watching the show at the same time as you eat.. it moves so fast...well worth the cover fee
Rock of Ages...Breakaway Theatre almost two hours of great 80's music, but be warned
some of the story line, costumes, spoken words, and suggestive actions as well as
acting are for the mature set. I would think twice about taking the younger set to view it. It's
a shame they didn't produce two versions, an adult and a family oriented.
Burn the Floor.Breakaway Theatre-.If you enjoy great Dance music as well as high energy
dancing this is for you. They offer a scaled down version in the Manhattan Room
Fire and Ice- I've seen her on the Dawn before and She and her team never fail to amaze. They
perform 4 shows (Motown, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston.) always to a full
house so get their early to get a good seat. You will wonder where all her energy comes from
Mike Finney comedian..Breakaway Theatre...majic & comedy a great combination
There is also much entertainment that you the guest can partake in...Mr. Sexy Legs, Not so Newlywed
Show, Adult Quest, Perfect Couple, Second City all will make you laugh...again for the mature
That's only a sampling....if you get bored you have a problem.
So far it sounds like a great cruise and it is quite good but it has slipped
Gone are the evening parties with a dessert attached such as the chocolate party or the fruit carving party. Gone are the 2 deck restaurants or the 24 hour cafe with a view. The theater is much smaller and the ceiling much lower. The restaurants no longer feel like a grand ballroom and are on the dull side unless you opt to pay a cover charge. The 24 hour room service now has a fee after midnight and the steam rooms are a costly option. Lobster is gone as a main dining choice. Service is slower and the staff appears not as sharp or attentive as in the past. Our group set up a slot pull with the Casino Mgr. and when it came time no one in the casino seemed to know about it and no area or machine sectioned off. We had to pick a machine and figure how to stay out of the way with 20 in our group. With a total of $300 bet you'd think we would have gotten a few perks like a drink and/or t-shirt
give-a-way for the one who set it up or the player hit hit for the most, but we got nothing...a first for me on any cruise. NCL always offered something in the past...not even 1 free pull.
It was a good cruise on a very nice ship, but if your looking to be treated like you are somewhat 'special' or looking for some of the glitz from the past without an additional price tag I guess those days are gone, at least on NCL. Less
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