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13 Night Caribbean Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Plata
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Bonaire
  • Day 7
    Curacao
  • Day 8
    Aruba
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Falmouth
  • Day 11
    Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
  • Day 12
    Cozumel
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    New Orleans

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

Upon arrival to our stateroom I always make sure sheets and bathroom is clean. While wiping out the toilet there was a brown, black and greenish film inside the toilet rim. In 7 days the sheets on the bed were never changed and the ... Read More
Upon arrival to our stateroom I always make sure sheets and bathroom is clean. While wiping out the toilet there was a brown, black and greenish film inside the toilet rim. In 7 days the sheets on the bed were never changed and the bathroom was cleaned slightly. We incrued several charges to our onboard account that were incorrect including a $62.41 for 2 bottles of wine which we never ordered. One bottle of water from the mini bar was $13.40!! So if you choose to sail with NCL check you account frequently because they try to get extra money out of you any way possible. On three separate occasions I encountered rude and disrespectful staff. The entertainment on the ship was good and free but mostly will cost you extra money. We did not make it to the last port of call (Great Stirrup Cay) and was given $30 pp for the inconvenience of being at sea another 24 hours! The experience at sea was very rocky and ship did a lot of dipping and everyone was holding on to keep fr stumbling. For $1400 pp......I was not impressed by this cruise line and it is highly unlikely that I will cruise with NCL again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise ship solely for the swimming with the pigs excursion and very disappointed when the captain said it was too rough to tender into their private island. This happens 50% of their cruises. Puerto Rico was a very ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship solely for the swimming with the pigs excursion and very disappointed when the captain said it was too rough to tender into their private island. This happens 50% of their cruises. Puerto Rico was a very disappointing, dirty destination. The haven suites and private areas were excellent with the exception of children under 12, who were in the hot tub and pool areas The hot tubs overflowed into the right side of the 16th deck hallway causing a moldy smell. The air movers did not help this area to dry. The Haven swimming pool was extremely small. The Haven butlers, staff, bartenders and concierge were the very best! The Haven restaurant was was perfect every time. The behind the scenes tour was my 84 year old Father’s favorite. In the future I look forward to doing more research and not use AAA for my travel plans. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I am an experienced cruiser having sailed on many lines from budget to luxury. I've usually found NCL to be a good mainstream choice. No dress codes, flexible and numerous dining options, and good entertainment. And, usually, ... Read More
I am an experienced cruiser having sailed on many lines from budget to luxury. I've usually found NCL to be a good mainstream choice. No dress codes, flexible and numerous dining options, and good entertainment. And, usually, friendly service. Most of that remains true. But this cruise was sterile. No warmth from the crew. Everything felt like it was robotic. The smiles you did get were forced. Everyone from the captain to the cruise director seemed to be reading from a script. Bored and burned out would be my general assessment. The burned out aspect could be because there seems to be far fewer staff doing the work. Lines at bars were several deep (for $11 drinks) and trying to get service was frustrating and time consuming. From an entertainment perspective, the shows were high energy and enjoyable. But there is a void of activities during the day. What is available is usually held in the tiny atrium and is either at a price or to get you to buy something. The days of pool games and ice carvings and deck activities are gone. I think this is partly due to the design of the breakaway class ships. The pool (the one) is small with little area for people to gather. There is another pool that is hidden under the water slides but it is claustrophobic and sees little use. The buffet is very crowded. Poor design and just so many people. No smiles from anybody that works there except for the "washy washy" team. They are quick to clear tables which is a good thing since seating can be near impossible to get during peak times. Food in the restaurants doesn't blow you away but doesn't really disappoint either. Feels like it is made by a check list. No passion. I will say the food temperature is an issue. Rarely was anything hot, especially at the buffet. We had to skip Great Stirrup Cay due to rough seas which would have made tendering difficult. This was announced by the captain, and then again by the cruise director. Both reading a script (or so monotone it seemed that way) with the information presented as if they were dispassionate reporters or doctors delivering a diagnosis. No feeling or any real acknowledgement that people might be disappointed. The new facial recognition debarkation was great. Once the line started moving,was from ship to curb in about 10 minutes. So here is the thing. You can't find a real major fault. They check the boxes on the check list. Sadly, that is exactly what it felt like. They were just checking the boxes, following the script, processing the passengers, and getting through another day. I just don't want my vacation to feel that way. I think I will check NCL off my list for future cruises. One other note that firms up my decision to say goodbye to NCL. If you book a cabin at the lead price, which they call Sailaway fares, you will not receive sailing credits in the Latitudes reward program. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere until I received the booking/payment confirmation. Small print says you will receive on board benefits if you had already achieved a certain level but would not receive credits for the current booking. So if you don't want to book the higher fares and be forced to pay the gratuities for the "free" drinks, "free" speciality dining, etc., which you may not really want in the first place, you will now be on the Latitudes treadmill never moving up in the program. NCL has a weak program as it is when compared to other lines and this seems like a really cheap shot. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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