BREAKAWAY- HEAVEN in the HAVEN: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by harold369
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BREAKAWAY- HEAVEN in the HAVEN
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We were very lucky to have stateroom 14872, AFT- port. Our room was large, our friend had her own bathroom and shower. There was a door between our room and the living room/ dining room. Our balcony was very large, about 25-30 feet; we had two lounge chairs, a wicker table and 4 chairs and a little table between the lounge chairs. I read that other guests on breakaway had small balconys; not in S6 category. Our bathroom had a bath tub, a shower and double sink. Lots of space and lots of shelves for towels. My wife and friend ate a few times at O'Sheehan , they loved the chicken tenders. The wraps, onion rings and fries were fantastic in the Haven Court yard. One night we arrived for supper in Haven restaurant at 5:45 pm but it was not ready for us; opens at 5:30 pm. We were allowed in at 6 pm . The maitre'd felt bad that we had to wait. We were given a bottle of wine- our choice. That was the kind of service I received every time I ate in the Haven. I believe that NCL has spelled it wrong. The spelling should be HEAVEN. We felt very pampered in the Heaven. We will be sailing on the Getaway ( Jan 2015) and Escape ( Jan 2016 ) in the Haven stateroom. This is my opinion, if you can pamper yourself, select a Haven stateroom and have access to the Haven.
There are only two big shows on the Breakaway which take up most of the entertainment. There is a so called magician, the show is 45 minutes but does 35 minutes of boring talking. Most of the cruises we have been on, shows are limited but there is something every night; sometimes the shows are great or not. The problem on the breakaway, there is very limited entertainment. We travelled in March, some of the entertainment outside at night was not possible because of the weather. There was Second city, some guests did not enjoy the show and we do not like this type of show; we did not go. There is a Jazz club and Howl at the Moon; we did not go to either shows. We saw some of the activities, game shows at the Atrium. Those were fun. The internet was improved, not as slow but not fast. It was pretty good compared to other cruises I have been on. The waterfront is interesting but at night, because of March, there was nothing happening; seemed always dead.
Overall, we had a great cruise. We found the other guests were approachable and really enjoying their cruise. We saw very few guests that were not enjoying themselves; maybe because most are from New York and surrounding states. We found very few complaints, there are over 4000 guests and we never felt that there were so many guests at one time. We pre booked our MDR reservations, we always walked in; of course we ate early. We are on vacation, one can eat any time, any time of day and as many times as we want. That is the great thing about NCL, everyone else is starting to get the idea. I read many complaints about NCL nickel and diming for speciality restaurants. There are guests, like us, who will pay extra to eat at these restaurants; service and food better. Stop complaining, go to a cruise on Oceania, Silversea etc where everything is included. What do you think you will pay? Three to four times what you are paying on NCL; also the rooms are smaller. Maybe we are the exception but we had a fantastic cruise. I say to all reading my review and other reviews, each individual decides what they want on a cruise. If Breakaway is not for you, do not book it. I read so many reviews, good and bad. In my opinion, most of the bad is not always the ship but the guest. They want to cruise on a Bentley with a budget of a Volkswagen. The amazing thing in the 21st century and the internet, Facebook, Twitter etc, people do not review cruise ships and complain after; read those who have sailed before. In my opinion, those who complain can never find anything to their satisfaction. They should book a holiday at a resort. I am sorry if I have rambled on and on in my review; my first review. I have read too many bad cruises on the Breakaway, is it the ship or the guests? I can not answer that, we had a great cruise in a great stateroom. We are looking forward to Getaway and Escape. We hope that if you choose Breakaway, you will also have a great cruise. The only exception, take a cruise in the summer or fall; so you can enjoy waterfront and H2O......... Less
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