Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by igleroli: Christmas cruise on Breakaway
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Christmas cruise on Breakaway
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
This was our seventh cruise, first time on NCL. We previously sailed on Carnival (once), RCI and Celebrity.
embarcation - horrible, never expirienced anything like that, it took us 45 minites and it took 2.5 h for our friends to get to the ship. comparing to RCI/Celebrity from Bayonne - was about 20 minutes to get to the ship...
The ship is big and beutiful, but the design is poor in my opinion - long narrow corridors, no Promenade, strange buffet design (you need to "make laps" again and again...). in general, having a long corridors and no wide open space on the ship creates a feeling of overcrowded supermarket...
Food - very good in general , but i would prefer assigned seating and cafe promenade instead of the irish pub they have on Breakaway. also, the menu is VERY similar every day and almost NO seafood...
Casino - too much smoke, it is absolutelly insane! Was too smoky even for smokers!
entertainment - great, especially liked Rock of More Ages, disco music on deck 16 (evenings) and fireworks.
Stuff - person who cleaned our room was great, but there were so many rude stuff members on the ship... Not much smiling and almost like giving you a favor for every thing you would like to get from them - especially stuff working in buffet...
In general, Free Style was the idea for some stuff members to do the leaast they could - giving you hard time when you ask them to repead something etc. for example; the rere was soccer tournament there (sports deck) - the guy showed up, gave a couple of instructions and left... great tournament...
To finalize - i prefer assigned seating so waiters know me well to know what kind of food i like and could do something special to make me and my family feel good instead of new waiters every day 9and some of them showed no interest in pleasing you at all; i prefer a little more "formal" atmosphere so you actually feel you are on a cruise instead of feeling you are in Wallmart.
I guess I am not a Free Style fan!
Would I sail on NCL again? Only if no RCI or Celebrity is around... Less
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