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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Nassau
  • Day 3
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 4
    Miami

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional variety of restaurants and entertainment

Cons

Shore excursions and destination enrichment lacking local flavor

Bottom Line

Great, fun, easy-going vibe onboard for all ages


Cruise Reviews

My friends were going on this cruise and had been on Norwegian before, my family and I had not. This ship had the worst service in history, my family and I were SHOCKED. We bought the ultimate drink package and thought we'd get a ... Read More
My friends were going on this cruise and had been on Norwegian before, my family and I had not. This ship had the worst service in history, my family and I were SHOCKED. We bought the ultimate drink package and thought we'd get a chance to use it but that was just a dream, unfortunately. The bars were completely understaffed. We had to wait 30 minutes each time we wanted a drink from the bar (really the only place you can get drinks on the ship unless you want juice). We even waited 30 minutes even if we only wanted a pepsi or diet pepsi. We asked a server to get us drinks or a pepsi and were given dirty looks as if we'd committed some kind of crime. None of the staff or bartenders even understand the drink package or ultimate drink package. My friend had to print out the info on the drink package to show those in charge that san pelligrino water was actually included in the package (otherwise they were charging us for the bottles). For days I tried to get diet soda cans in our room but I was repeatedly told this was not possible, the ship didn't have diet soda. WHAT? And certainly didn't have any cans of diet soda... On the 4th day, my friend met with the Food & Beverage General Manager who advised that yes there was cans of diet soda and the GM sent 6-7 to the room (this was greatly appreciated). But why did it take 4 days, repeated interactions with staff, guest services, housekeeping, room service etc.? If you have a problem in your room, don't bother calling anyone, they never answer the phone anyway. The sun and pool deck were terribly over crowded - the lounge chairs had no space between them and people were practically on top of each other. In many cases, people were reserving lounge chairs from 6 or 7 am. There were open lounges at the top sun deck but it was so windy up there, it was uncomfortable. The pool easily had several hundred people in it, so if you didn't get it in early and stay in it, you couldn't get in it at all in the afternoon. The ropes course and slides were nice but since it was always terribly windy these were typically closed. (If you have been on Royal Carribean's Anthem of the Seas or Harmony of the Seas and loved it, you'll be bored out of your mind on this ship. There isn't enough for the 13 year olds to do especially with the wind problem. The main/regular dining options have horrible food and even worse service. Our server never even got us drinks and dinner took 2 hours. No one on this ship knows anything. We would go to guest services for information, they would send us elsewhere. We'd go to the X place as directed by guest services, and X place had no idea and would send us back to guest services. Guest services would send us back or to somewhere new. To say that the staff and servers are uninformed and don't care is an understatement and they certainly show it. The exception being the specialty dining. The service in the specialty dining - particularly Ocean Blue and Cagney's was great and the food was even better. We ate here several times (we wouldn't dare go to the Manhattan dining room or any other regular/main dining room). Also, don't bother with O'Sheehan - this dining experience also took several hours and the server was clearly overworked and unable to manage the guest load. Most of the food here wasn't great but the wings were pretty good. We also ate in the Italian restaurant - good food and decent service. Our kids (6 of them) ate in the hibachi restaurant and enjoyed that as well. The entertainment - music and comedians were great. Very enjoyable. Booking an excursion was challenging and we were told that the excursion we wanted was filled. So we went to Virgin Gorda on our own (saving hundreds) and it was beautiful. Definitely worth the trip. We were scratching our heads because we only saw 5 people from the cruise at Virgin Gorda Baths all day and the excursion certainly wasn't completely booked as we were told. The spa was nice but the staff didn't appear to be knowledgeable and are always pushing products even after I said "I don't want to buy anything" they still kept coming, pushing stuff. It made it a very uncomfortable experience. The thermal spa was also nice but it was difficult to get a chair and the floor was slippery, I wiped out and hurt my arm and knee. I made an appointment in the spa for a mother-daughter massage which was re-scheduled 3x because our reservation kept going "missing" - finally on our last day when it was there, we got our massage. During the massage, my daughter's massage therapist left the room for 10 minutes. I asked my therapist if she was okay and was coming back. My massage therapist said yes she left because of the weather. My daughter's massage therapist finally came back and resumed her massage. A few minutes later, she left again and I realized the vomiting noises I heard (and was hearing again), was my daughter's massage therapist. I couldn't believe it!! How could she be vomiting and then resume my daughter's massage as if everything was just fine?? Once I realized what was happening, of course, I became very green around the gills but I immediately stopped the massage. With the norovirus being commonplace among cruise ships, I would expect if someone was feeling ill or vomiting, he/she would not work on or with the guests. In this case, I think the massage therapist was sea sick but I can't be sure. I am so grossed out and horrified. Just as bad, I paid for this debacle and am worried sick about what my daughter was exposed to. On the last full day, there was a storm in the afternoon. The staff was slow to realize the impact of the storm and tie down lounge chairs to prevent them from being blown all around (into people etc). Do yourself a favor - go on any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I go on a cruise once a year - to relax and enjoy excellent views, amenities and service - in short - to be pampered. I'm willing to pay for that luxury and do so willingly. What I don't do is pay good money to stand in lines for ... Read More
I go on a cruise once a year - to relax and enjoy excellent views, amenities and service - in short - to be pampered. I'm willing to pay for that luxury and do so willingly. What I don't do is pay good money to stand in lines for 20 minutes to get a beverage, to have waiters totally ignore 90% of the people on the decks and to have bartenders be rude. Embarkation started out good - I'm Platinum level with their rewards program so check in was a breeze. The attendant at the entrance of the ship was another story - very rude - we were told at check in to go directly on board and where to go to do that. The attendant kept trying to send us back to check in for another card showing Platinum level even though it was clearly stated on the key card. Don't get me wrong - the Breakaway is a beautiful ship. The restaurants are fantastic, food selection excellent, waiters in the restaurants, all of them, are some of the best I've ever seen - positively no issues there. The Garden Buffet had an excellent variety of food, well prepared and seating was ample in spite of the number of people on board. The entertainment, although not bad, is not what it was on NCL lines even 5 years ago. I've seen the Blue Man Group and other similar acts on these ships in the past but not anymore - and this is also one of the things I've so very much looked forward to all year. For the first time in 11 years, I'm seriously considering changing cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
NCL did many things well: entertainment was excellent. Dining in Manhattan Room was wonderful. Unfortunatel, they missed small, easy things: pool bartender pours my beer so fast it overflows the cup and then he throws the bottle with 1/3 ... Read More
NCL did many things well: entertainment was excellent. Dining in Manhattan Room was wonderful. Unfortunatel, they missed small, easy things: pool bartender pours my beer so fast it overflows the cup and then he throws the bottle with 1/3 of the beer left in the trash - I felt like I was privileged to be served at all! ( That was embarkation day - I didn't buy another drink at the pool all week ….) Inconsistent and inaccurate information: daily FreeStyle states Spice H2O closes at 6:00pm - we go there at 5:30pm (Saturday) and it's closed. Their electronic signage was embarrassingly wrong: "Casino is closed - no smoking", but it's open and filled with smokers. We asked at O'Sheehan's if we could get a banana split “to go”. The hostess had to check with her supervisor, who said "No".(Why not? We should have just sat down, ordered it, and then left with it.) I asked my cabin steward if he could get a different brand of beer (Goose Island IPA) for my mini-fridge - he said I'd have to call the bar-man. He also couldn't provide Earl Grey tea instead of the standard tea. Why not? These are simple things. We needed another towel to shower before dinner. I called the Housekeeping number on the phone and got a recording (“Try again later”), every time, with no way to leave a message for my cabin steward. My wife stopped another steward and asked if we could get a towel - he said "No", they were all required to be at a "Briefing". It appears they train their people to prioritize meetings over customer service - too bad. It annoys me that we can't bring water onboard, even if we paid for their (over-priced, filtered) water, took it off ship for an excursion - we still can't bring any we didn't consume back on board! We were charged $3.00 plus a 20% gratuity for a soda in the Moderno restaurant - but it's a glass full of ice with only three or four ounces of soda! For that price I would expect a full 12oz. NCL did many little things that irritated me, (which I think can be easily corrected), that they detracted from the things I loved: “Rock of Ages” musical, “Burn the Floor “ dance show, Manhattan room dining (except the last night, when we had very poor service as the dining room thinned out after 9:00pm). I loved the music and dancing in the Manhattan Room. The food was good – very good! The band at Syd's Pour House was top notch - much better than expected. Every comedian had me laughing so hard tears rolled down my cheeks. NCL did many difficult things very well - and completely dropped the ball on many simple things. Their web-site also is difficult to use and we couldn't find information we needed. For example, they had no information about the Ferry from Harvest Caye to Placencia. The schedule is fixed and doesn't change, according to the staff we spoke to on the Island. Because we didn't know this ahead of time, we couldn’t arrange our excursions as we would like. This should be simple to fix. Overall, there were many things I loved, and many things that irritated me. I will be comparing other lines with NCL before our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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