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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by CookeCity

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Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway
Member Name: CookeCity
Cruise Date: February 2014
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Breakaway - Not bad, but not impressed either

We sailed on the Breakaway in Feb. This was our first NCL cruise, so we had few preconceived expectations. Overall, the ships design was impressive, offereing quie a few activities and dining options. We had booked a mini-suite for the cruise, and while somewhat narrow, the room was long.

On the plus side:

Very friendly crew, ship was clean and very attractive. Little to no lines for dining, and never had to wait for a table at the buffet. I thought the ropes course and pools/slides were fantastic. I noticed on debarkation they even had a two lane bowling alley and a nice game room hidden off to the side? We dined at the Manhattan restaurant twice. The first time the food was good, the second dissapointing. Although I have to say they Manhattan Band that played there was quite good!

On the negative side:

Buffet had limited hours, and while there was plenty of food, the menu was uninspiring. Many items were offered 2 or 3 times on the "line". We like the cruise buffets, but this one was just to "plain" and repetative. I noticed the limited desert offerings often grew worse as items ran out. The only "warm" desert was bread pudding or mixed berry cobbler, repeated quite often. Communication by the ship was poor, with announcements never making into the cabin (we had to run to the door and open it to hear them). No nice map and listing of ship's amenities, you had to find them yourself or use the touch screens at the elevators (which were slow and often tried to close doors 2 or 3 times before succeeding). Cabin walls were thin, and when the door closed to the cabin next to us, you could actually feel the whole wall shake with the impact. Balcony was almost non-existant, you had to squeeze by the one chair to get to the other. Attempts to call room service failed twice, with even the operator telling us we'd just "have to call back later".

While we enjoyed the cruise (got away from the snow), we would not cruise on NCL again due to the negatives mentioned above.

Publication Date: 02/24/14
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