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Baltic Cruise NCL Norwegian breakaway. 20th May to 29th MAy We booked this cruise several months before hand because of the itinerary opting for an inside cabin. Once we saw which room they allocated us right in the bowels of the ship we decided to opt for a balcony room instead. Transfers. On arrival in Copenhagen we were directed to the NCL staff waiting outside to check in our luggage. We checked that in and wheeled it round to waiting crates. The next time we saw the cases was outside the cabin. After a half hour wait the coach swiftly took us to the port where Breakaway was berthed. We checked in had our photos taken and key cards issued to us. All in all a very sleek embarkation. Transfer to the airport. This was not so well organised. You are allocated a time for disembarking. Everyone had to be off the ship by 10:00 our flight was not until 19:00. We asked if we could stay on board until around 2PM but were flatly refused unlike other cruises where they allow you to stay on board until nearer flight time which meant we would have had to sit at the airport for 8 hours. It felt very much as if they just wanted to kick us off the ship not great customer care. We opted to take an expensive city tour of Copenhagen for $99 which dropped us at the airport at 14:00. You are allocated a time to leave the ship and the luggage is waiting for you to identify and collect to take to your allocated coach. This was where it was poorly organised. The hand held sign for the coach was not visible to those in certain categories so naturally you just join the queue when in fact it was the wrong queue. When I spoke to one of the crew she said she had been up and down the queue asking people which colour they were. Cabin 10910. The cabin was on deck 10 right at the back of the ship on the starboard side of the ship which allowed us to see land as we passed by in places. It was nice and quiet there as there was not a lot of through traffic. The cabin was nicely decorated and very clean. There was a sofa and a double bed. Good size wardrobe with a safe inside on one of the shelves. There was a minibar fridge and a coffee percolator with coffee and tea bags. Just a warning they are still using very inferior, vile tasting coffee but we took our own with us this time. There was a flat screen television on the wall which let you check your account, watch excursions information etc and where the ship was. There were a few channels although we never used the television in the room as we were out of the cabin more than we were in it. There were ample cupboards to store things and the suit cases fitted nicely underneath the bed so the room was not cluttered. The bathroom was adequate and the shower was in a glass enclosed space. There was a toilet and plenty of shelves and storage space in the bathroom. Towels were changed daily. There is some shower gel and shampoo in the shower cubicle hand soap and a small bottle of moisturiser. The balcony was a reasonable size with two chairs and a small table. The cabin was serviced twice a day with towels turned into animals each evening and the beds turned down. Our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful. Remember to use the service cabin lights and do not disturb light on your door. Entertainment and facilities. There is plenty going on around the ship with daytime and evening activities. It is up to you what you want to do. There were a few talks throughout the week in the theatre and in the atrium. They are still showing the Rock of ages show they were a few years ago. It was bad enough the first time so we did not go to see it. One of the most interesting shows was the Cirque show is brilliant to watch the gymnasts are very talented. The food is somewhat school canteen style food. The casino has mainly coin machines and always seems to attract a crowd. There are shops selling expensive tat, clothing watches and jewellery. There is also a duty free shop where you can buy alcohol, cigarettes perfumes etc. Once you have made your purchase they will be put in your room the night before disembarkation. On the top decks are the swimming pool water slides, mini golf and the girder walk which you can walk out over the side of the ship ring the bell which takes your photo and then walk back. Don’t worry you are wearing a safety harness, even so it is really quite high! Underneath the girders is the mini golf. The spa offers treatments every day and there are some offers on throughout the week especially when the ship is in port and it is not very busy on board. Another novel place to visit is the icebar. They provide thermal gloves and capes to wear inside. Entry entitles you to a drink once inside. Bars. There are bars all over the ship. Some are quite nice and attract quite a crowd. The Shakers cocktail bar on deck 8 is brilliant and the bar staff are wonderful. There is a board walk bar where you are able to sit and have a cigarette and drink. Inside there is another bar here which is quite popular. Outside the Savor and Taste restaurants there is another cocktail bar which is nice to get a drink especially if the restaurants are busy and you have to wait a while until your pager buzzes then you can go in. Restaurants and Speciality restaurants. We only used two of these this time as we had done the others on the previous cruise and found them underwhelming especially the Americanised French restaurant. We ate twice in Cagneys steak house which was superb and Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian restaurant which was excellent too. The two main restaurants we ate in at other times were Savor and Taste both of which serve the same menu as the Manhattan main dining room. The food here was generally of good quality, a bit bland and tasteless at times although on many occasions the food was not hot as there is quite a walk from the kitchen. In fact we never had hot toast at all for breakfast ever. There was some disarray amongst the waiting staff in the restaurants at times either they just did not get to grips what people were ordering in parts of the restaurant I noted a couple of times people just getting up and walking out. They did not seem particularly well organised especially at breakfast time. OSheehan’s 24 hour restaurant was a fast food type eatery. The menu was quite basic with everything served with fries. Just don’t request anything out of the ordinary as it will throw them into melt down for example I asked for fish but NO chips. My partner had finished the meal before I was served mine. Someone said just order the fish and chips next time and leave the chips but I hate wasting food. The other thing is that all the food is served in something akin to a mesh fryer on grease proof paper and not on a plate. The buffet. (Garden Café) Loud and noisy with people pushing in grabbing at food and generally not a nice place to eat. There was quite a variety of food on offer. We went in there one afternoon for a sandwich and cup of tea. It was a beef sandwich which was pretty tasteless even with mustard on it. The juices were tasteless too and very watery. My Main concern with all the restaurants and when boarding the ship was the lack of attention by many of the passengers with regards to using the hand sanitiser. It was not enforced by the crew. I noticed many people not washing their hands after using the toilet. Come on people its not that difficult is it? It is these type of people who are the ones likely to spread Noro virus should they ever be unfortunate to contract it. They will soon complain that it is the ships fault. NO It is your fault for lack of basic hygiene. If I had my way I would not let anyone in the restaurants if they did not use the sanitiser. Excursions. These were on sale for each port and were very overpriced. Some who had been on the trips were disappointed and thought they were poor value for money. I booked our own tour of St. Petersburg with Alla tours St. Petersburg and they were absolutely superb and much cheaper than the ship they also guarantee to get you back to the ship on time. They sort the visa out for you too you pay on the first day of the tour. When we booked the cruise the ship was supposed to berth in Stockholm however I think the ship was probably too big to navigate the Archipelago so it berthed in Nynasham about 50 minutes away from Stockholm. NCL emailed two weeks before the cruise to inform us of the change of port and said that they would provide shuttle busses to Stockholm. We enquired about this with reception they told us we had to prove that NCL had said that. They had wanted to charge $49 a head for this many people had been caught out on this. Hurrah for gmail we were able to retrieve the email but the bus left at 07:15 returning at 17:00 no other services throughout the day. It was a case of take it or leave it. Ports of call. Warnemunde Germany. We were here early in the morning until around 22:00 did not want to spend six hours on the bus going to and from Berlin and having only 3 hours there and for what they were charging you could spend a weekend there for the same price including flights! Tallinn Estonia. This is a beautiful medieval capital city within walking distance of the ship. It is a fairly compact historical city with many interesting museums, churches squares, parks cafes and restaurants with breath taking views of the lower town and surrounding areas. Well worth a visit. St. Petersburg. You do not have to do the tours with the ship. We chose another company who organise the visa for you. It was a fairly well paced two day tour covering all the important sites. The Winter palace (Hermitage museum) Peter and Paul fortress and resting place of the Tsars. The church on the spilled blood St Isaacs Cathedral (Museum) Catherine palace, Peterhof palace and Yusupov palace where Rasputin was murdered and finally the ballet. Helskinki Capital of Finland. We did a hop on and hop bus trip of Helsinki right from where the boat berthed and wandered around the streets and market area around the port. It was a nice clean and pleasant place but not one I would wish to return to in a hurry. Stockholm Capital of Sweden. Again we did a hop on hop off tour of Stockholm including the boat shuttle. It is a beautiful city. We also managed to visit the Abba museum which was quite interesting. Copenhagen. We did a quick tour of Copenhagen visiting the Mermaid and the Royal palace. We walked around the palace area but Copenhagen was just one big traffic jam. It is a nice flat city and there are thousands of bikes everywhere. Overall We enjoyed our cruise we met some nice people and had a great time touring the beautiful cities of Northern Europe. Would we cruise with NCL again? Probably not.

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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by gazza860

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Baltic Cruise

NCL Norwegian breakaway.

20th May to 29th MAy

We booked this cruise several months before hand because of the itinerary opting for an inside cabin. Once we saw which room they allocated us right in the bowels of the ship we decided to opt for a balcony room instead.

Transfers.

On arrival in Copenhagen we were directed to the NCL staff waiting outside to check in our luggage. We checked that in and wheeled it round to waiting crates. The next time we saw the cases was outside the cabin. After a half hour wait the coach swiftly took us to the port where Breakaway was berthed. We checked in had our photos taken and key cards issued to us. All in all a very sleek embarkation.

Transfer to the airport.

This was not so well organised. You are allocated a time for disembarking. Everyone had to be off the ship by 10:00 our flight was not until 19:00. We asked if we could stay on board until around 2PM but were flatly refused unlike other cruises where they allow you to stay on board until nearer flight time which meant we would have had to sit at the airport for 8 hours. It felt very much as if they just wanted to kick us off the ship not great customer care. We opted to take an expensive city tour of Copenhagen for $99 which dropped us at the airport at 14:00. You are allocated a time to leave the ship and the luggage is waiting for you to identify and collect to take to your allocated coach. This was where it was poorly organised. The hand held sign for the coach was not visible to those in certain categories so naturally you just join the queue when in fact it was the wrong queue. When I spoke to one of the crew she said she had been up and down the queue asking people which colour they were.

Cabin 10910.

The cabin was on deck 10 right at the back of the ship on the starboard side of the ship which allowed us to see land as we passed by in places. It was nice and quiet there as there was not a lot of through traffic. The cabin was nicely decorated and very clean. There was a sofa and a double bed. Good size wardrobe with a safe inside on one of the shelves. There was a minibar fridge and a coffee percolator with coffee and tea bags. Just a warning they are still using very inferior, vile tasting coffee but we took our own with us this time. There was a flat screen television on the wall which let you check your account, watch excursions information etc and where the ship was. There were a few channels although we never used the television in the room as we were out of the cabin more than we were in it. There were ample cupboards to store things and the suit cases fitted nicely underneath the bed so the room was not cluttered.

The bathroom was adequate and the shower was in a glass enclosed space. There was a toilet and plenty of shelves and storage space in the bathroom. Towels were changed daily. There is some shower gel and shampoo in the shower cubicle hand soap and a small bottle of moisturiser.

The balcony was a reasonable size with two chairs and a small table. The cabin was serviced twice a day with towels turned into animals each evening and the beds turned down. Our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful. Remember to use the service cabin lights and do not disturb light on your door.

Entertainment and facilities.

There is plenty going on around the ship with daytime and evening activities. It is up to you what you want to do. There were a few talks throughout the week in the theatre and in the atrium. They are still showing the Rock of ages show they were a few years ago. It was bad enough the first time so we did not go to see it. One of the most interesting shows was the Cirque show is brilliant to watch the gymnasts are very talented. The food is somewhat school canteen style food. The casino has mainly coin machines and always seems to attract a crowd. There are shops selling expensive tat, clothing watches and jewellery. There is also a duty free shop where you can buy alcohol, cigarettes perfumes etc. Once you have made your purchase they will be put in your room the night before disembarkation.

On the top decks are the swimming pool water slides, mini golf and the girder walk which you can walk out over the side of the ship ring the bell which takes your photo and then walk back. Don’t worry you are wearing a safety harness, even so it is really quite high! Underneath the girders is the mini golf.

The spa offers treatments every day and there are some offers on throughout the week especially when the ship is in port and it is not very busy on board. Another novel place to visit is the icebar. They provide thermal gloves and capes to wear inside. Entry entitles you to a drink once inside.

Bars.

There are bars all over the ship. Some are quite nice and attract quite a crowd. The Shakers cocktail bar on deck 8 is brilliant and the bar staff are wonderful. There is a board walk bar where you are able to sit and have a cigarette and drink. Inside there is another bar here which is quite popular. Outside the Savor and Taste restaurants there is another cocktail bar which is nice to get a drink especially if the restaurants are busy and you have to wait a while until your pager buzzes then you can go in.

Restaurants and Speciality restaurants.

We only used two of these this time as we had done the others on the previous cruise and found them underwhelming especially the Americanised French restaurant. We ate twice in Cagneys steak house which was superb and Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian restaurant which was excellent too.

The two main restaurants we ate in at other times were Savor and Taste both of which serve the same menu as the Manhattan main dining room. The food here was generally of good quality, a bit bland and tasteless at times although on many occasions the food was not hot as there is quite a walk from the kitchen. In fact we never had hot toast at all for breakfast ever. There was some disarray amongst the waiting staff in the restaurants at times either they just did not get to grips what people were ordering in parts of the restaurant I noted a couple of times people just getting up and walking out. They did not seem particularly well organised especially at breakfast time.

OSheehan’s 24 hour restaurant was a fast food type eatery. The menu was quite basic with everything served with fries. Just don’t request anything out of the ordinary as it will throw them into melt down for example I asked for fish but NO chips. My partner had finished the meal before I was served mine. Someone said just order the fish and chips next time and leave the chips but I hate wasting food. The other thing is that all the food is served in something akin to a mesh fryer on grease proof paper and not on a plate.

The buffet. (Garden Café)

Loud and noisy with people pushing in grabbing at food and generally not a nice place to eat. There was quite a variety of food on offer. We went in there one afternoon for a sandwich and cup of tea. It was a beef sandwich which was pretty tasteless even with mustard on it. The juices were tasteless too and very watery.

My Main concern with all the restaurants and when boarding the ship was the lack of attention by many of the passengers with regards to using the hand sanitiser. It was not enforced by the crew. I noticed many people not washing their hands after using the toilet. Come on people its not that difficult is it? It is these type of people who are the ones likely to spread Noro virus should they ever be unfortunate to contract it. They will soon complain that it is the ships fault. NO It is your fault for lack of basic hygiene. If I had my way I would not let anyone in the restaurants if they did not use the sanitiser.

Excursions.

These were on sale for each port and were very overpriced. Some who had been on the trips were disappointed and thought they were poor value for money. I booked our own tour of St. Petersburg with Alla tours St. Petersburg and they were absolutely superb and much cheaper than the ship they also guarantee to get you back to the ship on time. They sort the visa out for you too you pay on the first day of the tour.

When we booked the cruise the ship was supposed to berth in Stockholm however I think the ship was probably too big to navigate the Archipelago so it berthed in Nynasham about 50 minutes away from Stockholm. NCL emailed two weeks before the cruise to inform us of the change of port and said that they would provide shuttle busses to Stockholm. We enquired about this with reception they told us we had to prove that NCL had said that. They had wanted to charge $49 a head for this many people had been caught out on this. Hurrah for gmail we were able to retrieve the email but the bus left at 07:15 returning at 17:00 no other services throughout the day. It was a case of take it or leave it.

Ports of call.

Warnemunde Germany. We were here early in the morning until around 22:00 did not want to spend six hours on the bus going to and from Berlin and having only 3 hours there and for what they were charging you could spend a weekend there for the same price including flights!

Tallinn Estonia. This is a beautiful medieval capital city within walking distance of the ship. It is a fairly compact historical city with many interesting museums, churches squares, parks cafes and restaurants with breath taking views of the lower town and surrounding areas. Well worth a visit.

St. Petersburg. You do not have to do the tours with the ship. We chose another company who organise the visa for you. It was a fairly well paced two day tour covering all the important sites. The Winter palace (Hermitage museum) Peter and Paul fortress and resting place of the Tsars. The church on the spilled blood St Isaacs Cathedral (Museum) Catherine palace, Peterhof palace and Yusupov palace where Rasputin was murdered and finally the ballet.

Helskinki Capital of Finland. We did a hop on and hop bus trip of Helsinki right from where the boat berthed and wandered around the streets and market area around the port. It was a nice clean and pleasant place but not one I would wish to return to in a hurry.

Stockholm Capital of Sweden. Again we did a hop on hop off tour of Stockholm including the boat shuttle. It is a beautiful city. We also managed to visit the Abba museum which was quite interesting.

Copenhagen. We did a quick tour of Copenhagen visiting the Mermaid and the Royal palace. We walked around the palace area but Copenhagen was just one big traffic jam. It is a nice flat city and there are thousands of bikes everywhere.

Overall We enjoyed our cruise we met some nice people and had a great time touring the beautiful cities of Northern Europe. Would we cruise with NCL again? Probably not.
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Cabin BD 10910
Cabin 10910.

The cabin was on deck 10 right at the back of the ship on the starboard side of the ship which allowed us to see land as we passed by in places. It was nice and quiet there as there was not a lot of through traffic. The cabin was nicely decorated and very clean. There was a sofa and a double bed. Good size wardrobe with a safe inside on one of the shelves. There was a minibar fridge and a coffee percolator with coffee and tea bags. Just a warning they are still using very inferior, vile tasting coffee but we took our own with us this time.

There was a flat screen television on the wall which let you check your account, watch excursions information etc and where the ship was. There were a few channels although we never used the television in the room as we were out of the cabin more than we were in it. There were ample cupboards to store things and the suit cases fitted nicely underneath the bed so the room was not cluttered.

The bathroom was adequate and the shower was in a glass enclosed space. There was a toilet and plenty of shelves and storage space in the bathroom. Towels were changed daily. There is some shower gel and shampoo in the shower cubicle hand soap and a small bottle of moisturiser.

The balcony was a reasonable size with two chairs and a small table. The cabin was serviced twice a day with towels turned into animals each evening and the beds turned down. Our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful. Remember to use the service cabin lights and do not disturb light on your door.
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