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This 10-day getaway was the first cruise my husband & I have ever taken, & in anticipation of the crowds on a ship the size of the Breakaway we opted to splurge a bit & book in the Haven - best vacation decision EVER. As NCL pledged, being a guest of the Haven afforded us over the top perks during our entire cruise. From our initial embarkation in New Orleans to any chosen daily port embarkations along with the final disembarkation, we were always provided priority head of the line access, & this type of spoiling transcended to every other aspect of our cruise as well. Our aft-facing Penthouse Suite trumped any 5-Star luxury hotel room that we’ve ever stayed in, & couldn’t have been more over the top or awesome. From the huge rear-facing balcony that had enough room & furniture for a group of 8, to a separate bedroom with a spectacular ensuite bathroom complete with a large soaking tub & separate shower - both with windows overlooking the balcony & ocean beyond, this layout was unbelievable. In addition, the suite had another small guest bath complete with a shower - perfect for a husband’s ‘private’ place, ha. ;-) Also included with this suite was a super sweet Butler, Choi, who treated us to different afternoon goodies every day & would also deliver room service with a smile at any time. Even though these aft-facing suites aren’t on deck 16, they still come with full Haven access, & the way we saw it, the walks back & forth did us good by countering the additional daily caloric intake we were allowing ourselves. The Haven compound on deck 16 is accessed by your keycard, & is basically a private oasis within the ship. It consists of a comfortable lounge area with a bar, a very nice private restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast, lunch, & dinner (extremely tasty food & great service), a courtyard area with a small pool & two hot tubs, & multiple seating areas. Upstairs from this courtyard area were additional cozy seating areas & numerous lounge chairs, & access to a very nice private outdoor deck area. With these fairly large areas only accessible to approximately 150 maximum guests at a time (we rarely saw more than 30 other people at any given time), this ‘breathing room’ without any crowds whatsoever is really what the Haven is all about. Because we enjoyed the serene Haven areas so much, we honestly didn’t spend too much time in the Breakaway’s common areas. We did enjoy numerous hours at the aft bar of H20 Spice because of the plentiful & comfortable seating areas & the smoking allowed policy, had several great Margaritas at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, enjoyed a dinner at Ocean Blue (exemplary service but only so so food), & my husband raved about the sushi he had several times at Wasabi. But in the end, & after each occasion of seeing & sometimes fighting the crowds in the popular common areas, we continued to look at each other at some point & agree that it was time to return either to our amazing suite retreat or the calmness of the Haven confines. In summary, this review is obviously geared more toward praising the numerous perks & comforts that come with booking the Haven. Is it more expensive? Definitely. But is this expense something worth saving & splurging for? Without a doubt! We enjoyed a luxury experience of a lifetime, met some wonderful folks, & loved every second of living like VIPs for ten days!!

The Haven Made It Heaven

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by SilkeTN

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Balcony
This 10-day getaway was the first cruise my husband & I have ever taken, & in anticipation of the crowds on a ship the size of the Breakaway we opted to splurge a bit & book in the Haven - best vacation decision EVER. As NCL pledged, being a guest of the Haven afforded us over the top perks during our entire cruise. From our initial embarkation in New Orleans to any chosen daily port embarkations along with the final disembarkation, we were always provided priority head of the line access, & this type of spoiling transcended to every other aspect of our cruise as well.

Our aft-facing Penthouse Suite trumped any 5-Star luxury hotel room that we’ve ever stayed in, & couldn’t have been more over the top or awesome. From the huge rear-facing balcony that had enough room & furniture for a group of 8, to a separate bedroom with a spectacular ensuite bathroom complete with a large soaking tub & separate shower - both with windows overlooking the balcony & ocean beyond, this layout was unbelievable. In addition, the suite had another small guest bath complete with a shower - perfect for a husband’s ‘private’ place, ha. ;-) Also included with this suite was a super sweet Butler, Choi, who treated us to different afternoon goodies every day & would also deliver room service with a smile at any time. Even though these aft-facing suites aren’t on deck 16, they still come with full Haven access, & the way we saw it, the walks back & forth did us good by countering the additional daily caloric intake we were allowing ourselves.

The Haven compound on deck 16 is accessed by your keycard, & is basically a private oasis within the ship. It consists of a comfortable lounge area with a bar, a very nice private restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast, lunch, & dinner (extremely tasty food & great service), a courtyard area with a small pool & two hot tubs, & multiple seating areas. Upstairs from this courtyard area were additional cozy seating areas & numerous lounge chairs, & access to a very nice private outdoor deck area. With these fairly large areas only accessible to approximately 150 maximum guests at a time (we rarely saw more than 30 other people at any given time), this ‘breathing room’ without any crowds whatsoever is really what the Haven is all about.

Because we enjoyed the serene Haven areas so much, we honestly didn’t spend too much time in the Breakaway’s common areas. We did enjoy numerous hours at the aft bar of H20 Spice because of the plentiful & comfortable seating areas & the smoking allowed policy, had several great Margaritas at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, enjoyed a dinner at Ocean Blue (exemplary service but only so so food), & my husband raved about the sushi he had several times at Wasabi. But in the end, & after each occasion of seeing & sometimes fighting the crowds in the popular common areas, we continued to look at each other at some point & agree that it was time to return either to our amazing suite retreat or the calmness of the Haven confines.

In summary, this review is obviously geared more toward praising the numerous perks & comforts that come with booking the Haven. Is it more expensive? Definitely. But is this expense something worth saving & splurging for? Without a doubt! We enjoyed a luxury experience of a lifetime, met some wonderful folks, & loved every second of living like VIPs for ten days!!
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The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Balcony
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