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Specialty dining: considering the food we had in Manhattan during the cruise we found it to be far and above the best restaurant on the ship. We found nothing special at all about the specialty restaurants. Mostly the food was bland (Cagneys) or in some cases inedible (Le Bistro - duck) and what we did like (La Cucina) could be found in Manhattan anyway (ravioli and gnocchi were exactly the same!) Ports: you have to be kidding!!!! Every single port you are stopping at the most ancient, unkempt, and in some cases downright dangerous ports I’ve ever seen. Add on the fact that you have to walk 1 1/2 miles to get to ANYTHING. loved that we didn’t get to go to Grand Cayman at all because they canceled the tenders because seas were too “rough”. Funny that the Royal Caribbean ship that pulled in behind us was able to tender with NO ISSUES. this was immediately following the stop at Costa Maya where we couldn’t get away from the entire port smelling of sewage. But the icing on the cake was Jamaica where we pulled up to Reynolds’s Pier which was essentially nothing more than a grain elevator for barges. It was filthy, had locals hovering around and above the disgusting walkway cat calling the girls and making lewd gestures for all passengers. We didn’t get off the boat because none of us felt safe doing so. Cleanliness/passenger safety: obviously there was a huge issue on our sailing with some sort of pathogen because we lost our ability to have salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard halfway through, our menus were turned into paper print-outs and washy-washy became urgent instead of a suggestion. Add to that the hallway fogging, and post-cruise hazmat suited spray-down and yes I’m sure we’re all going to show up home with some terrible malady. Not one cruise person explained what was going on. Not one. Just made things very inconvenient with zero explanation. Communication with this type of thing makes all the difference. Had the ship been aware of whatever the problem was maybe everyone would be more aware and careful and if they did come down with something immediately after be able to tell their dr what was going on. But no, better to leave everyone in the dark. Stateroom: room was nice, shower and bathroom were nice, room steward was excellent. Room was a spa mini-suite and while nice was not even close to worth the money for the very little square footage. Staff: we found the waiters/waitresses and bartenders excellent. Guest services also very good. Venues: terrible. Everything is 1000 decibels in a teeny tiny room. Why? No subtle music. Everything blaring. Completely unnecessary. Freestyle: no way. There is nothing freestyle about this cruising. You have to reserve everything and even with reservations to shows you have to show up an hour early so you can be sure to get in. We spent more time waiting in lines than we did enjoying shows so eventually we just stopped even trying. Ship: we have cruised the western Caribbean several times (at least 5) and never, EVER suffered through as much movement as we did on this ship and that includes one sailing where we came through a storm with 12 foot seas and heavy winds! This boat was constantly rocking and bouncing so if it has any stabilizers you should call the ship builder and ask for your money back. They DONT WORK AT ALL. One of our family spent his entire cruise in his stateroom because he couldn’t deal with the motion. After 12 other cruises this is the only one where I had to leave dinner twice because of motion sickness. It was awful. Selling, selling, selling: most ridiculous cruise I’ve ever been on for selling and ridiculous charges. Unlimited drink package. A joke. No bottled water? No coffee? What exactly does unlimited MEAN to you??? Every other line I’ve been on those are included. We’re at port, happy embarkation, charged for every drink (tax) - has NEVER occurred on any other cruise. Coming home, we’ll were close to shore so charging you again. Soda, sure for $4 a piece and some tax. Again, what is the drink package for??? Drinks at the bar, if it’s not on the menu don’t bother asking, can’t be done. Can only get this drink at that bar etc etc etc. everywhere you turn it’s charge for this, charge for that. You can’t take two steps without someone shoving something in your face that you need to buy. You can’t get away from it. Ever. Watch a movie, if you don’t run fast enough another sales pitch shoved down your throat. Summary: never again. Ever. We cruise every year usually more than once. My husband and I and our extended family who were all on this cruise agreed, never again. We all said the same, I’ve never hated a cruise before, until now. We couldn’t wait to get home which is the exact opposite of every other cruise we’ve been on where we are heartbroken when it’s over. Definitely know it won’t be NCL again for any of us.

So little to love

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by gzuckero

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Spa Mini-Suite with Balcony
Specialty dining: considering the food we had in Manhattan during the cruise we found it to be far and above the best restaurant on the ship. We found nothing special at all about the specialty restaurants. Mostly the food was bland (Cagneys) or in some cases inedible (Le Bistro - duck) and what we did like (La Cucina) could be found in Manhattan anyway (ravioli and gnocchi were exactly the same!)

Ports: you have to be kidding!!!! Every single port you are stopping at the most ancient, unkempt, and in some cases downright dangerous ports I’ve ever seen. Add on the fact that you have to walk 1 1/2 miles to get to ANYTHING. loved that we didn’t get to go to Grand Cayman at all because they canceled the tenders because seas were too “rough”. Funny that the Royal Caribbean ship that pulled in behind us was able to tender with NO ISSUES. this was immediately following the stop at Costa Maya where we couldn’t get away from the entire port smelling of sewage. But the icing on the cake was Jamaica where we pulled up to Reynolds’s Pier which was essentially nothing more than a grain elevator for barges. It was filthy, had locals hovering around and above the disgusting walkway cat calling the girls and making lewd gestures for all passengers. We didn’t get off the boat because none of us felt safe doing so.

Cleanliness/passenger safety: obviously there was a huge issue on our sailing with some sort of pathogen because we lost our ability to have salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard halfway through, our menus were turned into paper print-outs and washy-washy became urgent instead of a suggestion. Add to that the hallway fogging, and post-cruise hazmat suited spray-down and yes I’m sure we’re all going to show up home with some terrible malady. Not one cruise person explained what was going on. Not one. Just made things very inconvenient with zero explanation. Communication with this type of thing makes all the difference. Had the ship been aware of whatever the problem was maybe everyone would be more aware and careful and if they did come down with something immediately after be able to tell their dr what was going on. But no, better to leave everyone in the dark.

Stateroom: room was nice, shower and bathroom were nice, room steward was excellent. Room was a spa mini-suite and while nice was not even close to worth the money for the very little square footage.

Staff: we found the waiters/waitresses and bartenders excellent. Guest services also very good.

Venues: terrible. Everything is 1000 decibels in a teeny tiny room. Why? No subtle music. Everything blaring. Completely unnecessary.

Freestyle: no way. There is nothing freestyle about this cruising. You have to reserve everything and even with reservations to shows you have to show up an hour early so you can be sure to get in. We spent more time waiting in lines than we did enjoying shows so eventually we just stopped even trying.

Ship: we have cruised the western Caribbean several times (at least 5) and never, EVER suffered through as much movement as we did on this ship and that includes one sailing where we came through a storm with 12 foot seas and heavy winds! This boat was constantly rocking and bouncing so if it has any stabilizers you should call the ship builder and ask for your money back. They DONT WORK AT ALL. One of our family spent his entire cruise in his stateroom because he couldn’t deal with the motion. After 12 other cruises this is the only one where I had to leave dinner twice because of motion sickness. It was awful.

Selling, selling, selling: most ridiculous cruise I’ve ever been on for selling and ridiculous charges. Unlimited drink package. A joke. No bottled water? No coffee? What exactly does unlimited MEAN to you??? Every other line I’ve been on those are included. We’re at port, happy embarkation, charged for every drink (tax) - has NEVER occurred on any other cruise. Coming home, we’ll were close to shore so charging you again. Soda, sure for $4 a piece and some tax. Again, what is the drink package for??? Drinks at the bar, if it’s not on the menu don’t bother asking, can’t be done. Can only get this drink at that bar etc etc etc. everywhere you turn it’s charge for this, charge for that. You can’t take two steps without someone shoving something in your face that you need to buy. You can’t get away from it. Ever. Watch a movie, if you don’t run fast enough another sales pitch shoved down your throat.

Summary: never again. Ever. We cruise every year usually more than once. My husband and I and our extended family who were all on this cruise agreed, never again. We all said the same, I’ve never hated a cruise before, until now. We couldn’t wait to get home which is the exact opposite of every other cruise we’ve been on where we are heartbroken when it’s over. Definitely know it won’t be NCL again for any of us.
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Spa Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M9 14766
Call it what you want this cabin was smaller than a regular size cabin on other ships. The bathroom was fantastic, have to give them that much. But the room was tiny and the balcony was only suited for one person to be comfortable. Not worth what we paid for sure.
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