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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Tortola
  • Day 5
    St. Thomas
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 8
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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

Sail Date: June 2019
Cruise was a normal Norwegain experience, which I think it pretty good! Embarkation was a little unorganized. With the new terminal under construction, we were in terminal G and the signage on which line to get in was poor to ... Read More
Cruise was a normal Norwegain experience, which I think it pretty good! Embarkation was a little unorganized. With the new terminal under construction, we were in terminal G and the signage on which line to get in was poor to non-existent. There were Norwegian staff to point you in the right direction but it was still confusing. The check in counter is a circle with lines all around it. I think they could do a much better job with signage here. But once we got to an agent check in was fast and efficient. We spend a lot of our cruise in SpiceH2O and was shocked at the state of the waterfall feature! We have been on Breakaway in the past, and it has been a few years, the difference was drastic. We collected 4+ tiles off the bottom every day of the cruise, the rain shower and misters no longer worked and were all rusted. The waterfall was very slow in some spots and heavy in one particular spot. We are scheduled back on the Breakaway in Nov and hope this is refurbished by then. Increase in Cabin Service Charge was a popular topic aboard ship. In case you have not seen it, you will be charged $15 per person, per day! Even if you pre-pay gratuities you will not be able to pre-pay this amount. For my wife and I this was $210 on our on board charge that was not expected. For families with a couple small kids this could easily be 400-500 dollars they might not be expecting. I think this should just be built into the cost of the cruise fare and not tacked onto your room charges. Or at least allow it to be paid ahead of the cruise. But I suspect its an easy way for them to give you some free at sea $$ but then charge it right back to you. Disembarking is my least favorite part of Norwegian. It is just much less organized than other cruise lines. This time there was facial recognition used, which actually worked pretty well (was surprised) and helped. But then once off the ship there was no clear direction on which way to go and the Norwegian staff nearly got into a shouting match with the porters on which way we should go. And a large garage door was nearly closed on a elderly guest in the process. luckily someone pulled them out of the door way in time or they would have been knocked to the ground or worse by that door. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Before I get too far along I want to say that the crew, bar staff, room stewards etc.. were excellent. They did what they could.. Now, some complaints: 1. The main dining room food was a disappointment most days. Lunch menus were ... Read More
Before I get too far along I want to say that the crew, bar staff, room stewards etc.. were excellent. They did what they could.. Now, some complaints: 1. The main dining room food was a disappointment most days. Lunch menus were identical every day. specialty dining, on the three nights we had it, was much better but I was left suspecting the main dining rooms are suffering to drive passengers into paid venus.. The buffet was a complete disaster. The food was just ok, but the crowds were overwhelming. The crowding was some of the worst I have witnessed on any of my dozen or so cruises. 2. The Bahamas Atlantis excursion was a disaster. It seemed they sold half day tickets without regard to crowd size or infrastructure of the port. We stood on a pier under construction with no shade water or seating in 95+ degree sun for about an hour before the line even thought about moving. 100s if not thousands of passengers were shuttled the short trip to Atlantis in 25 passenger Van's, severely cutting into time to be spent at the park. 3. Disembarkation in Miami was only slightly improved from the Atlantis excursion. Ncl called categories much faster than people could exit the ship, and snaked the line of passengers through most common areas on the ship. I understand they need to make ready to set sail, but this was an absurdity. No one will forget standing in a massive line an inordinate amount of time like this and it will hurt return business. 4. The water slides were often out of service for maintenance. When I went on them I found why. They are brutal. The sliding surface has a cheese grater like effect and was dry in spots as you go down the slide causing your skin to chafe. 5. Crowding everywhere. This may seem repetitive, but its intentional. I don't know if it is understaffed or what but there were lines on top of lines...for everything. The good: 1. Osheeans was pretty nice to have but was overcrowded with 30 or 40 minute waits standard. 2. The rock band at the pour house was incredible and saved our cruise singlehandedly. 3. Embarkation was pretty smooth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
I have sailed with Norwegian 7 times over the past 5 years. I loved the Sun, Jade, Pearl. I love the Escape and Getaway so much we've sailed them 2 and 3 times (respectively). However, this cruise was a nightmare from the start. ... Read More
I have sailed with Norwegian 7 times over the past 5 years. I loved the Sun, Jade, Pearl. I love the Escape and Getaway so much we've sailed them 2 and 3 times (respectively). However, this cruise was a nightmare from the start. It was obvious this ship was a training ship as no employees had any idea what to do. On day one 3 pieces of our luggage were lost and I had to spend 2 hours hunting all over the ship trying to find it. Luckily it was found several hours after we were supposed to getour luggage. Employees were unhelpful and kept telling me wait, it will come. Finally after talking to someone at guest services they told me to go to a missing luggage location. Never once on any other ship has this happened. Most orders in the restaurants were constantly wrong. I think there were more meals where food had to be sent back to the kitchen than not. My aunt got food poisoning, not once, but 2 times on this sailing. None of us get sea sick. She had shrimp and promptly threw up and was sick all night night one. On the final night she had a steak that was cooked wrong and got sick again. Things wouldn't have been so bad, except the toilets were barely working on this ship. My aunt had to throw up in our toilet 3 times and we could not flush. I called guest services 3 times any they claimed they'd send someone, and they've heard of no issues with the toilet. Finally after talking to an employee in the hall I find out they are doing routine cleaning! Ridiculous! Our housekeeper was horrible. She spoke no English at all. She would constantly forget to leave the freestyle daily and time change notifications. We missed so many events because of her lack of experience and notification of time changes. Our beds were sandy and we requested she change the sheets on the first day. Later in the trip my Aunt's COPD medication went missing. The cartridge was removed from her inhaler. We searched everywhere, but that does not come out without being ejected. We contacted housekeeping and they sent a supervisor. He did nothing but insist she wouldn't take it and invited us to have security search our room. He said he'd ask her about the missing medication, however no one ever followed up for us and we were worried she'd retaliate further for us contacting the supervisor. This cruise felt like a nightmare. One bad thing kept happening after another. I felt so helpless. The cruise shouldn't have ended up like this and Norwegian needs to have skilled and vetted employees. No one ever knew anything. When I'd order a drink at the bar they'd have to ask their colleagues how to make it. The pool was a mess with pool toys and inflatables, people throwing toys over your head, but no one did anything. Meals were constantly messed up. At the front desk they'd have to ask someone one else how to resolve anything. I was so angry with this cruise I removed my gratuities, something I've never even thought to do before. The crew did not deserve a tip. The one group of people who were outstanding were the bar staff at VIBE Beach Club. They were wonderful, extremely helpful and never once disappointed. Also the Moderno Restauarant management was wonderful. They made sure we had great service and gave us a bottle of wine when we sat there for 30 minutes with no waiter. Management certainly made up for it. Usually after a cruise I am sad, however I was happy to be home where I actually have control at my house and can make sure things are clean, food cooked, drinks made, and things are in order because for a week Norwegian certainly couldn't handle it. We will never sail the Breakaway again, and if it weren't for my experience on the other ships, I'd say I'm done with Norwegian. Read Less
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