Not what I expected: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Bearcj

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Not what I expected

Sail Date: March 2014
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
After waiting only about an hour and a half to board it was nice to see that you could go straight to your cabins to drop of your hand luggage.

My first impressions of the ship was the fact that you can tell it is a brand new ship, everything new and shiny, I do like the ultra modern look of if, as for the cabins I have to say they are quite a bit smaller than most. We had an aft cabin on deck 9. The balcony was huge nearly as big as the room, it had 3 loungers 2 chairs and a small table on it. The bathroom was a fairly good size, did have a problem with the placement of the closet being so close to the couch, if you were sailing longer than 7 days I could see storage being an issue. Being aft we were very close to all the action Everything seemed to be on 6,7,8 & 15,16 so it was very easy to get around

The food on board was I think the best so far on a cruise from the buffet to the specialty restaurants. The only thing I thought was a bit off putting was the More fact that in the specialty restaurants (Cagney's and Le Bistro) you used to be able to order anything you wanted off the menu, but now you can only have one Entree, if you want another you have to pay $10 for each additional. In Ocean Blue you can only have one appertizer, one entree and one dessert, for $49 I thought this was a little pricey. The food was good but not that good. I am sure some people used to order everything then not eat it, but I would only order what I could eat. Anyway that was my only negative about the food

Service in the various restaurants also varied quite a lot, o,sheenhans,taste and savour seemed to be the worst! And ocean blue the best. I really like the whole waterfront idea too, it's an outside boardwalk with some of the restaurants having tables outside. Did find it strange that the main dining room " manhattan room " was only used for dinner

The shows on board were some of the best I've seen at sea.  Burn the floor was just pure energy from start to finish, amazing dancers  Rock of ages was pure fun, I've seen it on broadway and it was pretty close, the lead male was a little weak in the vocals, but that was about it  Cirque jungle dreams was everything you expect from a cirque show, I thought the food was a little lacking but you really go for the show anyway so It didn't bother me that much  Second city comedy, total blast

Didn't do any shore excursions as I like to be adventurous and do my own thing, loved walking around Nassau, finding all the little out of the way places.

One thing a didn't care for was the tender process to their island Stirrup Cay, was a bit long. About 45 to get off and about an hour to get back on

Overall I really enjoyed the boat, even though it did feel a little crowded at times, especially the Ropes course and mini golf, didn't do either as the wait was always so long , also didn't do the water slides as you had to take off all your jewelry, I have quite a few piercings so I was not taking them all out

I am now torn, as I like the intamacy of the smaller ships (jewel) but love the food and the entertainment on the breakaway. If they could combine the two. It would be heaven Less

Published 03/18/14

Cabin review: 9318

Rooms are very small compared with other mini suits I have stayed in, this room does have a very large balcony though, Storage could be a problem if you are sailing more than 7 days and the placement of he small closet is odd being close to the couch

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