Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by MissRaven: Breakaway: Bigger is not better
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Breakaway: Bigger is not better
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
I've cruised well over 10 times and most have been on NCL. Every ship and experience has always been a good one, and was really looking forward to being on the Breakaway for the first time. But I'm not really understanding why you would make a bigger boat with more cabins and people and the make some essential features smaller. Lets start with many good points: lots of bars, restaurants, and activities for kids. The food swerved in the main dining rooms and buffet was pretty good, and actually the service there and quality was actually better than the ones you have to pay an up charge for (exception was the Brazilian steakhouse,definitely worth the $20.) The state rooms reminded me of submarine cabins, but hey--a bigger bathroom was definitely a big plus.
The not so good points: over half the outside dedicated to slides and a really nice kids/Spioge Bob pool area. The big people pool? One average size pool or smaller , plus one small hot tub for adults, another small one for More kids and adults--remember you have 4,000 passengers. But hey---3 decks of chairs for sunbathing! This was really disappointing, and I honestly couldn't believe it. I didn't find out there was another pool, until the last day--it was in the spa and you have to buy a daily pass to use it, and they were sold out (surprise surprise) Also disappointing and actually uncomfortable? It felt like I was walking from compartment to compartment inside. They actually had 2 atrium areas, but they were like half the size of others on ships. Even the casino was weirdly spread out and into walkways--why would I want to play a slot machine in a busy corridor with people literally whooshing by right next to me? And the decor---I think they're still deciding on the decor. The Manhatten dining room is stately elegant but everything else was weirdly stark. Less
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