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Norwegian Breakaway Review

4.5 / 5.0
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No Better, No Worse...NCL Breakaway 12.06.2018

Review for Norwegian Breakaway to the Southern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Large Balcony

We have only cruised on NCL once (NCL Star 2007 Mexican Riviera). Since then we've cruised Princess (Royal, 2016 Southern Caribbean) and Celebrity (2018, Western Caribbean). I don't remember a lot about the first NCL cruise except we liked the ship (easy to move around the ship probably because it was smaller, good food in the free restaurants although the wait lines were long, fairly easy to walk-in specialty restaurants without reservations. more seating around the pool).

We scheduled the NCL Breakaway Western Caribbean cruise with friends, one who is very handicapped using a walker and limited to short distances. We chose a mini-suite for a little extra room and the larger balcony which was an excellent decision (8724). It was close to all of the decks associated with the atrium (decks 6,7 and 8). We used the stairs to access anything on those levels.

The room: I chose this room since the bed was near the sliding glass doors leading to the balcony. It allowed more room to access the closet. Everything written about storage is true. I did like the little ottoman with the faux wood cover that could be removed and used as a tray on the couch for morning coffee. Doing so revealed a soft top to the ottoman which DH used to prop his feet while surfing on the computer. WiFi was fairly strong in the room. We did use our phones as hotspots when in port saving WiFi minutes...and that worked well, too. The bathroom is large however the double sink isn't quite as large as they seem in the pictures with the one side close to the toilet (not a lot of room but useable). I didn't like the liquid soap or shampoo in the shower (should have taken my own). I did like the shower head and the body jets (it took a little time to figure all that out). I didn't find the bathroom trashcan until the last morning when I was checking the bathroom cabinets for left-behind items. It's in the door of the cabinet on the left!

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Mini-Suite with Large Balcony

Cabin M6

I chose this room since the bed was near the sliding glass doors leading to the balcony. It allowed more room to access the closet. Everything written about storage is true. I did like the little ottoman with the faux wood cover that could be removed and used as a tray on the couch for morning coffee. Doing so revealed a soft top to the ottoman which DH used to prop his feet while surfing on the computer. WiFi was fairly strong in the room. We did use our phones as hotspots when in port saving WiFi minutes...and that worked well, too. The bathroom is large however the double sink isn't quite as large as they seem in the pictures with the one side close to the toilet (not a lot of room but useable). I didn't like the liquid soap or shampoo in the shower (should have taken my own). I did like the shower head and the body jets (it took a little time to figure all that out). I didn't find the bathroom trashcan until the last morning when I was checking the bathroom cabinets for left-behind items. It's in the door of the cabinet on the left!

The balcony: I loved it!!! We celebrated with our friends and the complimentary champagne with plenty of room for all 6 of us. Our handicapped friend had a handicapped room (12889) and though the room was huge, the balcony was one chair deep. I think most balcony rooms are the same size. I'd have been very unhappy with that. BTW, this cabin did have a fold out couch and drop-down bunk. I honestly think it would be horribly crowded with children or another couple.

Port Reviews

Harvest Caye

NCL has done a very nice job developing this island as an alternative to taking an excursion in Belize. We enjoyed two of the bar and grills, liked the butterfly area and just walking around the shops run by locals.

Costa Maya

We walked around the cruise shopping area. We were here in February and enjoyed just walking through all of the t-shirt and jewelry shops.

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