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Norwegian Breakaway Review

4.5 / 5.0
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3682 reviews
2 Awards

Crew was great; ship has challenges

Review for Norwegian Breakaway to Transatlantic
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topcat11
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom

While it is churlish to be too critical when we are privileged enough to be able to afford a trans-Atlantic cruise, this ship has some issues that will keep us from booking with NCL again. I also recognize that the ship is not designed for cruising in colder weather when, for the most part, the outside decks are closed. That meant that most of the time, the 3,700+ passengers were sausaged into the internal spaces. I suspect that would not be quite as big an issue in a Caribbean environment, but on this cruise from Copenhagen to New York, it was a fairly constant irritant.

On the plus side, the staff in the dining rooms, bars and staterooms were as helpful, fun and eager to please as any we have ever had the pleasure to meet - so job well done there.

The food, as well, was for the most part excellent although we did have one less than ideal meal in the Manhattan Club and our anniversary meal in Ocean Blue was underwhelming at best - certainly not worth the price.

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Our cabin was fine and well cared for by the steward throughout. NCL could do much more to provide up-to-date and more detailed information on the cabin TV system - such as proximity to town centre from port stops; background on ports (more than a paragraph - cut and paste from the web, for goodness sake. Also the scroll on the navigation channel always said next day's weather was n/a.

Port Reviews

Gothenburg

We went to the Western Island - lovely scenery and the guide was average but there was almost literally nothing at the two stops - could be the time of year but in two villages we found only one small store with trinkets. Need to rethink this one.

Southampton

On our own, took the train to Brighton which was ok.

Ponta Delgada

We booked through Viator a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to Sete Cicades but although we and about half a dozen other passengers had paid-for receipts for the tour on Oct. 10, the bus never showed up and the operator said the last of their tours had been on Oct. 1.

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