Norwegian Breakaway Cabins
Breakaway has 2,014 cabins in 11 main categories, including 42 cabins in The Haven, Norwegian's famous ship-within-a-ship area. It has 356 adjoining cabins and 42 wheelchair-accessible cabins.
Generally, cabins are decorated in a light-colored palette, with dark wood finishes, and feature 26-inch flat-screen TV's, tufted leather headboards, mini-bars and hair dryers. Each cabin comes with two lower beds that can be converted into a queen-sized bed. In the name of energy-efficiency, all cabins require key cards to operate lighting and power, which makes it difficult to charge devices while you're away from your cabin (Tip: The key cards are credit card-sized, so just slip any card inside should you need to charge gadgets while you are out. We actually used a key card from a sailing on a different line, and it worked just fine, though we did hear that some stewards would remove the renegade cards) All cabins feature an intriguing lighting system that notifies stewards when passengers don't want to be disturbed, are ready for their cabins to be made up or are away. One nitpick: While cabins, shelves and nooks abound for clothing and gadgets, you won't find drawers. Still, we didn't run out of room to stow our stuff, instead stowing our T-shirts and delicates on shelves in the closet.
Shampoo/conditioner and body wash dispensers are available in all cabins, and those staying in balcony cabins and above receive robes for use during their cruises. Soap dispensers (rather than bar soap) are on offer in most cabins. Lotion is not provided, so pack your own. In general, bathrooms are spacious.
Inside cabins start at 151 square feet and are located on various decks throughout the ship. Each Family Inside cabin, also 151 square feet, can accommodate up to four passengers in two connecting rooms with two twin beds and one or two pull-down beds, two bathrooms with showers and very little living space. Norwegian was thinking ahead here; most of these cabins are located on Decks 12 and 13, near the kids' areas.
Banking on its solo success on Epic, Norwegian built 59 Studio cabins on Breakaway. Studios are even cozier than insides -- 100 square feet -- and feature just enough space for one passenger. The funky layout puts the sink in the living area to maximize square footage, and the circular shower is separate from the toilet space. Cabin decor is deep purple and white and also features a window looking out into the hall. For such a compact cabin, storage is pretty generous, whether in a pair of closets or in baskets tucked underneath the bed. There is a small desk/vanity.
Solo travelers staying in Studio cabins get the perk of access to the exclusive Studio Lounge on Decks 10 and 11. The shared private area has a 50-inch TV and a self-service wine bar, as well as a tea and coffee machine. Passengers who stay in this area tend to intermingle in the two-deck lounge and often form on-ship friendships with one another.
At 161 square feet, Oceanview cabins aren't much different than Inside cabins except, of course, they feature picture windows. Family versions of the Oceanview sacrifice living space for large bathtubs.
Balcony cabins offer slightly more space, at 226 square feet. Balconies are small, but each comes with a stool-sized table and two chairs. Those who yearn for larger balconies should book the aptly named Large Balcony cabins (245 square feet), located on Deck 9. Spa Balcony cabins are located on Deck 14, adjacent to the Mandara Spa. Passengers who book Spa Balcony cabins (207 square feet) are decorated in soothing spa tones (browns and beiges). Passengers who book these cabins get complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites.
At 269 square feet, Mini-Suites, located on Deck 8, provide slightly more space than standard balcony cabins, though balconies a still on the small side. Mini-Suite passengers have king-sized beds and larger bathrooms that feature double sinks and oversized showers that have fabulous rain showerheads and body spray jets. Mini-Suites with Large Balconies are also available. Passengers who book Spa Mini-Suites get the same benefits as those who book Spa Balcony cabins, but they have more space. Aft-Facing Mini-Suites are 387 square feet, with larger balconies.
Passengers who seek privacy -- even on a 4,000-passenger ship -- will get just that in The Haven, which requires a key card for exclusive access and features 24-hour butler service, concierge service and access to a private courtyard area and exclusive lounge and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Strangely, 22 "Haven" suites are not located in The Haven, though passengers who book these cabins have access to The Haven and its amenities.)
Those who stay in either Forward-Facing (452 square feet) or Aft-Facing (548 square feet) Penthouses, located outside the Haven, will have access to Haven amenities.
At 344 square feet, Spa Suites are available for those who want space and easy access to the spa, thermal suite and fitness center, as well as an in-suite whirlpool. Spa Suites are located inside the Haven, on Deck 14. Courtyard Penthouses (366 square feet) are also located inside the Haven area.
We were surprised to see that most of the Haven's suites, save for the most expansive categories, have comparatively small balconies.
Families looking to spread out can book one of the Haven's 20 Two-Bedroom Family Villas. At 603 square feet, each features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with separate living and dining rooms. Each master bathroom has an oversized oval tub that looks out over the sea. Family Villas can accommodate six passengers.
The Haven's two Owner's Suites come in at 624 square feet. These accommodate four passengers and have oversized tubs, free-standing showers, king-sized beds and separate cloakrooms in the living/dining areas.
The two Deluxe Owner's Suites, which also accommodate four, are 1,022 square feet and include wraparound balconies. Passengers can book one Owner's Suite and one Deluxe Owner's Suite and adjoin them to create one grand suite, which can accommodate up to eight people.
We booked last minute with a GTY Inside and ended up in the BB category Mid-Ship Balcony. I thought the room was perfect size. I had a large balcony on the EPIC 2 months earlier and thought this cabin was way more spacious and I liked the bathroom better as it was one...continue
Great. Modern. Large bathroom and large shower with 8 or more shower sprays. Mini suite. No tub. Large comfortable bed. Bigger than a queen. Beautiful views and great location on ship.
February 2014 balexander9
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I paid for a balcony room but we got on with a window only. Maybe this was all that was available because he needed a handicap accessible room but I believe I paid for a room with a balcony. Many things didn't work in the room - the window shade broke, the lights over...continue
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