Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Georgia_Peaches
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony
Embarkation day in the port of New Orleans was very smooth and easy. We received our room keys at the Haven registration desk and were then escorted to a private waiting lounge. The lounge was a little lack luster and drab and to be honest, I would have preferred boarding with the masses than to wait for a private escort directly to the Haven lounge. But wait we did and after a short while, we were escorted into a private elevator and taken to the Haven where we were greeted with a cocktail and given an orientation by the concierge. The Haven lounge is beautiful and the outdoor courtyard was a favorite of ours. We especially enjoyed the convenience of the Haven bar and waited very little for a cocktail. All of the Haven staff were extremely accommodating and attentive.
Our stateroom was located on the same deck as the thermal spa which meant a very short walk through a Haven guest entrance near the gym. We enjoyed the thermal suite every day and feel it was worth the money we spent. I loved the flavor infused water and the bath robes that were always readily available. My favorite part was the thalasso therapy pool and its wonderful massaging jets. My only gripe would be that the hot tubs weren't really very hot. More like a warm tub, at best.
We ate in the Haven restaurant three out of the seven nights and each time was very good. Though the menu didn't change, there was enough variety to suit our tastes. We also ate in Cagneys, Ocean Blue, and Le Bistro. our favorite was Le Bistro for its escargot and exceptional french champagne. We ordered a bottle at $95 but received 20% off...a splurge but after all, it was our wedding anniversary.
The entertainment was lively but some was quite taste specific. We really enjoyed Burn the Floor but walked out of Rock of Ages. The show was very long and quite loud. They needed to disclaim that it lasted 105 minutes as the duration interfered with our dinner reservations. I thought the story line was cheesy and, I just didn't like it. But that was about the only thing I didn't like. We really enjoyed the waterfront area and would book the Breakaway again just for that.
We didn't use the main pool area all that much but found there to be a lot of activity that would appeal to all ages. We did enjoy the water slides but didn't get a chance to do the ropes course. Something for next time.
Over all, we had a fabulous time. I was a little leary after some of the reviews I read recently, but believe that all trips are what we make of them. For us, the staff and crew seemed to go out of their way to make us feel welcome and appreciated. Every NCL employee, from officers to cleaning crew, greeted us with a smile and hello. Good job Breakaway!
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