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What a beautiful ship and the CEO of NCL had his personal hand in it's build, but evidently does not cruise. Many mistakes!!! Perhaps he should have asked a cruiser for some pointers. We are frequent cruisers and found several issues with our cruise that made it ultimately clear that we would not be returning. I agree with another reviewer who said that this ship was not built for winter cruising. There is no roof over the pool so makes it useless most of the cruise as well as the beautiful slides they have. Also some idiot made the theater only big enough for 800 people - who puts a theater on a ship that holds 4000 people for only 800 people. What this means is that you must now also make reservations for all of the shows on board or stand in a standby line every night. We did not know this so missed several shows that we would have liked to have seen. I have never been on a ship that made you make reservations for all of the entertainment. And as if that was not bad enough the one show that we really wanted to see - a Cirque show cost us $40 a piece which included dinner - but we had no choice of what we ate. Show was great but on any other ship it would have been free. There are kiosks all over the ship to make reservations but they work poorly. Also hate the free dining - means you must make reservations for dinner every night. As a frequent cruiser - hate this - plus they have taken the great menus out of the free dining rooms and you can only get them in the dining rooms you pay for. No more lobster, shrimp cocktail, fillet mignon or Baked Alaska in the free dining rooms. The free dining rooms have much the same menu every night so you get sick of that real quick. Admittedly there were more free dining rooms on this ship than there are on the Pride of America or o the Jewel, but still a pain in the neck. You can make dining reservations on your television in your room, but only if you are quick. The other big mistake is that they are having all the fun items such as "Not so Newlywed Game" and "Battle of the Sexes" in the main atrium which seats about 50 people and that is if they drag chairs from all the other areas to the atrium area. You can see some of what is going on from the "balcony" attached to Shannigans above the atrium but that only adds about another 40 seats. This is the poorest planning of all - the fun things and you can't even get near the place unless you sit down an hour before it all starts and just sit and drink - of course that could be their plan as well because they make a ton of money on alcohol. Our other mistake was forgetting that kids were off school over the New Year so there were 4000 people on this ship, 2000 of them were kids and teens who were not being watched by their parents. They were for the most part running amuck in packs on the ship. Very annoying!!!!! We saw a teen kicking an elevator button with his foot just to amuse his friends - we could not keep our mouth shut - Had to play the parent role. Embarkation was very nice because we were Laditude members. Debarkation was chaotic, but I have seen worse.

Norwegian Breakaway not a good choice

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Nurse1975

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2014
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
What a beautiful ship and the CEO of NCL had his personal hand in it's build, but evidently does not cruise. Many mistakes!!! Perhaps he should have asked a cruiser for some pointers. We are frequent cruisers and found several issues with our cruise that made it ultimately clear that we would not be returning. I agree with another reviewer who said that this ship was not built for winter cruising. There is no roof over the pool so makes it useless most of the cruise as well as the beautiful slides they have.
Also some idiot made the theater only big enough for 800 people - who puts a theater on a ship that holds 4000 people for only 800 people. What this means is that you must now also make reservations for all of the shows on board or stand in a standby line every night. We did not know this so missed several shows that we would have liked to have seen. I have never been on a ship that made you make reservations for all of the entertainment. And as if that was not bad enough the one show that we really wanted to see - a Cirque show cost us $40 a piece which included dinner - but we had no choice of what we ate. Show was great but on any other ship it would have been free. There are kiosks all over the ship to make reservations but they work poorly. Also hate the free dining - means you must make reservations for dinner every night. As a frequent cruiser - hate this - plus they have taken the great menus out of the free dining rooms and you can only get them in the dining rooms you pay for. No more lobster, shrimp cocktail, fillet mignon or Baked Alaska in the free dining rooms. The free dining rooms have much the same menu every night so you get sick of that real quick. Admittedly there were more free dining rooms on this ship than there are on the Pride of America or o the Jewel, but still a pain in the neck. You can make dining reservations on your television in your room, but only if you are quick. The other big mistake is that they are having all the fun items such as "Not so Newlywed Game" and "Battle of the Sexes" in the main atrium which seats about 50 people and that is if they drag chairs from all the other areas to the atrium area. You can see some of what is going on from the "balcony" attached to Shannigans above the atrium but that only adds about another 40 seats. This is the poorest planning of all - the fun things and you can't even get near the place unless you sit down an hour before it all starts and just sit and drink - of course that could be their plan as well because they make a ton of money on alcohol. Our other mistake was forgetting that kids were off school over the New Year so there were 4000 people on this ship, 2000 of them were kids and teens who were not being watched by their parents. They were for the most part running amuck in packs on the ship. Very annoying!!!!! We saw a teen kicking an elevator button with his foot just to amuse his friends - we could not keep our mouth shut - Had to play the parent role.
Embarkation was very nice because we were Laditude members. Debarkation was chaotic, but I have seen worse.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BC 11880
Nice room - comfortable - can hear through the walls - bathroom a little bigger - nice shower - finally put a door on the shower so that water does not go everywhere. Very disappointed that there are no drawers in this room anywhere. Very little room between the bed and the closet - sit on the bed to get in the closet - will make it easier.
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