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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review
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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Kweene

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

We chose this cruise for the Ports of call, Copenhagen, Waremunde, Tallin. st. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. We were disappointed in NCL when they changed the port from Stockholm to Nynashamn 2 months prior to sailing. We had booked the cruise 7 months before this.

We have sailed on 5 precious NCL cruises, all on smaller ships. We found this ship too big for our comfort. The noise level in the Atrium was extreme and prevented us from partaking in acitivities there. The Internet cafe was located there too...terrible location for anyone trying to get some work done. I also felt sorry for the staff at customer service desk in Atrium, the noise level made conversing with staff there difficult and I k ow I would not have wanted to work all day in that atmosphere.

We booked a mini suite and were told by our NCL cruise agent it was a great location. Not!!

It was located immediately above Syd Norman's Pour House and the noise and vibration on our floor caused us to call customer service many times. After the Rock and Roll group finished....(Loaded Dice), they were great to watch live, but terrible if you were trying to sleep. If they finished early Karaoke went until Midnight. One night the band practiced until after 1 am. Really NCL.....if you were putting this new venue in and doing reno's....how about super soundproofing to protect the rooms above and below this venue from the noise.

Found pool deck too small and no activities or food service on deck.. Theatre was also smaller on this ship with no balconies. I liked the big theatres in the smaller ships.

Too much entertainment eg noisy games in the Atrium! Does the sound really have to be turned up that loud?

Manhatten dining room was too loud, smaller dining rooms on the 6th floor were great as was Cagney's Steakhouse. All dining staff were fantastic as was our cabin boy. Staff at customer service were friendly and helpful, however there was nothing they could do turn down the noise.


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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 9800

Great storage, big bathroom, comfy bed. Room kept very clean. We had 3 adults in this room, it was cosy at times but doable. Extra bed on sofa was ok. Balcony was really small.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Copenhagen

We stayed 3 nights post cruise. Bought Copenhagen passes....access to all public transport including Canal tour. Used busses, trains to get around town and to Roskilde. We accessed the following attractions for free....Canal tour, Viking museum, Roskilde Cathedral, Rosenberg castle, palace in Copenhagen, Carlsberg brewery etc.

Spent one day biking in town, great town for cycling. Rented bikes from our Hotel Andersen for 130 Kroners for the day,

Tallinn

Easy port to tour on your own. 15 min. Walk to Old Town, where we did the Rick Steeves walking tour. I had copied this before the trip.

St. Petersburg

We booked a 2 day tour from Viator, local company was JT travel, which also organized our Visas, which came on our ticket by email. We were in a great van with a group of 14, our own driver and wonderful tour guide who spoke amazing English we saw more than we could ever have done on our own, plan s learned a lot of Russian history from our guide,

Helsinki

We bought a day pass for transport. Team from port takes you to and from town. After a walk in town, we took the 15 min. Ferry to Sea Fortress and spent several hours there. Great military museum. Great walking paths, views etc. Cafe and bistro on this island.

The tram to take is 6T.

Stockholm

We booked Hop on Hop Off bus/boat from Stromme. They are the only company that will drive out to Nynashamn Port to pick passengers up and will bring you back at the end of the day.

Both tours were interesting, we spent time in Gama Stan...Old Town area and again did the Rick Steeves suggested walking tour by ourselves.


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