Passage from Rotterdam to Southampton: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by airlinesteward

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Passage from Rotterdam to Southampton

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Rotterdam
We flew the day before from London to Rotterdam with British Airways, It is so easy so have a direct fight from London.

We arrived in Rotterdam and made our own way to the Hilton Rotterdam by tramway. The cost was around 3.50 euro per person.
We booked an executive room as you pay a bit more but receive a lot more advantages like drinks and nibbles, breakfast.

On the morning of the mini cruise, we walked all the way to the ship to burn the calories from the breakfast. That way we could also see the hull and the design from Peter Max. I found the design very nice.

The embarkation process in Rotterdam was very disorganised. No proper lines to enter the cruise terminal, nobody from NCL around. Dutch people who don't know where to start a line and just jump in or push to get in front of you. The port of Rotterdam staff need to go to the USA for some training.
We were handed a colour card to give you access to the ship as they arranged boarding by More colour.

When we finally arrived in the terminal, we went directly to the Latitude check-in area. One lady was asking us to wait while the checking agent was asking for us to go to the desk. Again no organisation.

We finally boarded the ship 30 minutes after we checked in.

When we arrived aboard, one of us went directly to the room to put or bags and the other one went to book the restaurant Moderno for that evening.

We were in a mini suite and we could not really tell the difference with a normal balcony stateroom. Just that you have a larger bathroom and a better shower. The balcony was very small.
Tea and coffee facilities were available in the room.

We went for lunch to the Garden Cafe before the rush. The food selection was amazing. You could find for every taste. Asian, Indian, pasta, sandwiches, salads, burgers,...
The quality was excellent too. For me one of the best buffer at sea.

We started to tour the ship. The ship was very clean, all the staff aboard were smiling and saying hello. This is going a long way with us and from that we can see that the staff is very happy.

The ship was very nice. Maybe a bit of lack of space at the pool area. I could not imagine a day at sea in the Caribbean. It would have been packed.
The pools are very small too for a ship of this size.

The boat drill at 3.30pm was a bit chaotic.

The sail away from Rotterdam was very nice.

For dinner we went to Moderno, the Brazilian restaurant. The service and the food were excellent. Well worth paying the $20. If you are a vegetarian, do not go there as you would only be able to eat the salad bar.

After dinner, we went to see the show. We were a bit disappointed that Rock of Ages was cancelled due to the lead singer being a bit sick.
The replacement show was excellent. 10 out of 10. Again one of the best show at sea.

In the evening, we walked around the ship and discover the ambiance aboard.
We went to the martini bar and decided to have a cocktail there and listen to the pianist. The lady had a great voice. A shame that some rude Dutch people could not stop screaming. They were drunk and they should have been asked to leave the area.
Also one inconvenient from the area was the smell of people smoking in the casino.

The morning of disembarkation, we decided to go to the Garden Cafe for breakfast. The place was full and this with only 2000 passengers aboard. I could not imagine if the ship would have been full.
We didn't have the choice than to seat in the outside area.

Disembarkation was again a bit chaotic.

Would I spend a week aboard NCL Breakaway, maybe I would. I am not decided yet.
Did it get the wow factor like our week aboard Oasis of the Seas. No.
Did it get our wow factor to compare with NCL Epic. Yes.

My 3 tops on this one night cruise:

- The great staff of Norwegian Breakaway
- The excellent food served
- The excellent show

My 3 downsize:

- The checking was disorganised
- The smoking areas inside the ship and outside the ship
- You can't find a quiet corner if you would like to read a book Less

Published 05/02/13
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