Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Non-Smoker: NCL Stands For NICOTINE CRUISERS LINE
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If you like cigarette smoke, you will LOVE the Norwegian Breakaway. Their casino, where smoking is permitted, is right in the middle of the ship, with NO WALLS TO ENCLOSE THE SMOKE. The casino is on the 7th floor by a spiral staircase, so waves of smoke waft up and down to the 6th and 8th floors too, which is where all the restaurants are.
My wife and I are middle-aged and have both have been happy on other cruises, on the Princess Line and on the Clipper Odyssey. We have never encountered any volume of second-hand smoke like the NCL Breakaway's. My wife was totally healthy when we boarded the ship, but had a terribly sore throat and sinus within 2 days. It began when we had to wait to get into La Cuccina, an Italian restaurant where, to be fair, the food was very good, as it was at nearly all of the restaurants, including the French, Brazilian and steak restaurants. (And nearly all the staff was courteous and competent too.) But during the wait at the restaurant the smoke More wafted in from the casino. We couldn't avoid it, and that was when my wife developed sinusitis. She was in pain for the rest of the trip; OUR HONEYMOON WAS RUINED.
To avoid the cigarette smoke, we walked through the narrow halls at edges of the ship, where the rooms are. Because when we walked on the decks outside, every other restaurant permitted smoking. In other words, YOU HAD TO WALK THROUGH SMOKING SECTIONS TO GET TO THE NON-SMOKING SECTIONS.
To truly add insult to injury, when my wife saw the ship's doctor, they charged us $140 for the visit and for a prescription that (a few days later) our local doctor told us was worthless.
We saw some comedy, we played "Jeopardy!, and we had a nice photo taken, but honestly, it was all hugely overshadowed by the incessant cigarette smoke.
Bermuda is a beautiful island. We went on a cruise-sponsored catamaran that was a lot of fun. But the ship's dock was 45 minutes from the parts of the island you want to see, so there was a lot of commuting time at the beginning and end of the day.
To sum up, if you love hacking, coughing and wheezing, then the Nicotine Cruisers Line is the one for you! Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Breakaway 10146
The cabin was comfortable and the balcony would have been a delightexcept that often there were smokers below us, so we had to stay inside.
Port and Shore Excursions
Kayaking and snorkeling was a welcome respite from the cigarette smoke on the ship. The staff of the catamaran that took us to a beautiful cove was young, funny and competent. The aqua-marine water stretched all the way to the horizon, and was breathtaking.