WAY too crowded: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by ShaShaBlinker
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WAY too crowded
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
The food was very disappointing, Bland, poor quality and the buffet was messy and More sometimes only half of it was open. There were no special dining events - no midnight or chocolate buffet. The only good food we had was in Le Bistro which is one of the many upcharge restaurants aboard. In fact almost everything worth doing on the ship requires you to pay MORE than your initial fee. There are charges for some of the entertainment, at the special restaurants, at the private pool and club, to use any of the spa services (even if you've booked a massage you pay extra to use the hydro room), it's really ridiculous. It seems like this ship is geared toward income generation and cramming as many people on board as possible without thought of where to put them when they are not in their cabins. The main lobby is horrible. It's dominated by a huge LCD screen tv where they show sports, movies and hold some games and entertainment activities. (A lot of this stuff on the DAWN occurred in the Spinnaker Lounge, but there is nothing like this on the BREAKWAY. that space has become the HAVEN). So every time you go to or through the lobby, it is loud and incredibly crowded. The staff is pleasant, but scarce. While at the pool for 3 hours one day, not one person came by to ask if I wanted drink nor did they pick up towels that were left on the deck. I have had good experiences with NCL before, but will never go back to the BREAKAWAY and have zero interest in exploring the sister ship GETAWAY. Other guests I spoke to on board had a similar experience. They came on to this cruise thinking it would be an elevated version of the NCL experience they had had in the past only to be bitterly disappointed. Less
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