Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by frankandjill: Bigger is not better
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Bigger is not better
This was our 9th cruise on NCL.
Embarkation once inside the building was swift but the taxis with 4,000 people clog the street and you stand in a long, cold line to get inside. Easy walk-off was swift but the line for taxis for 4,000 people stretched a NYC block. We took a black market cab.
Once aboard, the crowd was surprisingly disbursed. but now that NCL has gone public, they seem to nickel and dime you to death. You pay for many more entertainments and restaurants, the so-called lectures are diguised snake oil vendors. Stateroom movies are $7.99 or $14.99 for porno.The theater is disappointing, persons in front of you block the view. It is much too small and no overhead facilities to allow for acrobatics which are now performed in the 'tent'.(We did not go, $$$.) The Manhatten dining room dance floor is a waste of space whereas the well attended atrium is much too small.
The inside corridors are like the narrow Scottish roads, the person closest to a More pull-off waits there while the other party passes.
The ship is slow, 22 knots which caused us to have only one hour of daylight after arriving in San Juan. Late arrival was blamed on the current and a speed limit in the 'right whale' zone. Don't waste your money on a ship's tour in San Juan unless you want to see it by night. (The Queen Mary I sailed on in 1951 cruised at 27 knts.)
The water park with many slides is nice.
You need your cabin key card to turn on the lights, a 'green' technique used in European hotels but we wondered why the steward always turned on the balcony light at night, not so 'green'. Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Breakaway 8752
The balcony was much smaller than on other NCL ships. No storage drawers but this seemed to make the cabin roomier. The closet was so narrow that the sleeves stuck out. It took us 3 days to learn how to flush the toilet. Identical instructions from the steward and Guest Services did not work even when the steward tried it. It got pretty unsightly. Since their reply was identical, they obviously know about the problem. Here is the secret: push the flush button for less than half a second. Nice TV since you can make reservations on it and check your account. Movies are $7.99 and $14.99 for porno. There are a very few free ones, repeats.
Port and Shore Excursions
There are plenty of vans for hire. Old San Juan where building codes are regulated by the National Park Service is worth while if you get there before dark which most did not, so don't waste your money on a ship's tour. Couldn't go to the castles because it was dark.