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The Ship-Embarkation- Turns out NCL does not have priority boarding in New Orleans. Took us 55 minutes to board. Muster drill was supposed to be at 3:30. It didn’t start until 4 pm and there was nobody there to direct you to your correct area until just before. The ship itself is really nice and the people very friendly. There are two banks of elevators, one forward and one aft, with 8 elevators each. Usually only a short wait for them to arrive. There are 22 bars on the ship but only a few are open most of the day. The Garden Café Bar has a very limited selection of beer and wine. The Pool Bar, The Atrium and O’Sheehan’s are almost always open. The Cabin- Our cabin was deck 10 just forward of the Aft elevators, Excellent location! Our cabin Steward was Jefferson and he was quite good. Lots of storage for a small cabin. Plenty of room to store luggage under the bed. The balcony is smaller than the balcony on other lines, but not too bad, since we don’t spend a whole lot of time out there. Problems with the toilet flushing some times. You need to insert a card into the slot by the cabin door, in order to get the lights to turn on, but it does not have to be the sea pass card. The Food; • The Garden Café- Great for breakfast. You can get eggs any way you want them, hash browns, bacon or ham. The coffee is as good as or better than most ships. This is a true buffet. If you want coffee, water, juice, etc. you need to get it yourself. Servers rarely come around with refills, and never anywhere in the area we were sitting. They are really quick to clear tables, though, which is a big plus. Lots of fruits and cereal, pancakes and waffles. The dinner buffet wasn’t that impressive. But there were always hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, if you can’t find something you like. NCL excels in their breads, but falls behind in their deserts. Ice cream all day! I got food poisoning on Seafood night and was sick all that night and most of the next day. • The Manhattan Room- We had Jasmine for a server when we ate here. The chairs were a lot more comfortable than Taste or Savor, the other two main dining rooms. We both had Southern Fried Chicken with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy. It might have been good if the chicken was hot, not soaked in the gravy and the corn on the cob was cooked thoroughly. The second night we went to this dining room, we both ordered the New York Strip steak medium rare. I asked for it without the peppercorn gravy that comes with it. Lynette’s was medium and very cordy. Mine was just right and tender. However they put little peppercorns on the steak. The deserts were uninspiring. • O’Sheehan’s- Had a hot dog and fries. Taking it easy after being sick. Lynette had the Reuben. Both were very good and the service was quick. Bring your own drinks, though, because the restaurant and bar are on opposite sides of the ship. The second time we ate there, Lynette had the corned beef and cabbage stew. This “stew” was actually more like a broth. It had 4 little squares of corned beef in it and was mostly potatoes and water. They really should be ashamed of themselves calling it a stew. • Ocean Blue- Best food that we had all cruise and it was an appetizer. We both had double orders of crab legs. They are not offered for the main course. We brought our free bottle of wine and had a great time. This is an ala carte restaurant. The Shows- We saw the magician, a world champion juggler and a really nice James Taylor tribute. We also signed up for the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Adventure dinner show. It was very entertaining. As other reviewers have mentioned, the dinner portion was mediocre. Everybody got the same appetizer, main course and desert. The steak was nice and tender. Too bad they had to ruin it with peppercorn gravy. We also went to see Burn The Floor, a dance tribute to music of the 80s. I had a cold and left early. Lynette came back to the cabin shortly after. Lounge Entertainment- The only real lounge entertainer we saw was James, the singer/pianist. He was very good and we tended to end up wherever he was playing. We did get to see a bit of a show by a duo, a keyboardist and a singer. It was very good. NCL used to have the best bar snacks of any line. Now it appears they are the worst. The Ports- We have done Western Caribbean cruises many times, which means we have seen all these ports many times (except Harvest Caye which has only been open a couple years). Harvest Caye is one of NCL’s private islands. It is staffed with locals. Word is that NCL is going to lease it out to other lines. The dock is ½ mile long, but they had carts for those that did not want to walk it. There was a butterfly sanctuary there that was pretty neat. We did a Manatee watching excursion, which we really liked as we had never seen live manatees before. We also went ashore at Belize City. This has always been a tender port and they used catamarans to transport us. There is a wood carver there that we really like. Many people may not know this, but, if you go to Terminal 4, which is all the way to the end on the left, there are some craft shops back there. Our favorite bar in Belize has been the Sandpiper Tiki Bar, which had local culture and music. Alas, they sold out to some company that didn’t have customer service high on their list. We did get a couple of ice cold Belikin Beer at the BBQ grill next door. Belikin is the beer of Belize. We had nice, quiet days on the ship when we were in port at Cozumel, Grand Caymans and Ocho Rios. Disembarking- Now that was a breeze. Very organized. In typical Free Style fashion, you can chose whatever color luggage tag you want for embarkation time. It used to be that they would assign it and you would have to go to the guest services desk to exchange them, if you want a different color. General Observations- • Cigarette Smoke- If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, I suggest you choose a different ship. Breakaway has a huge casino on Deck 7 midship. You cannot walk through on this deck without going through the casino. It is open to deck 6 and deck 8, so it can be very irritating to walk through on those decks when the casino is open because smoking is allowed there. Also, Bliss and Club 21 are in the casino. • View From Cabin- Probably most balcony cabins had this problem. Deck 8 is the Waterfront, where all the restaurants have inside and outside seating. A roof covers the outside seating. This means you cannot look directly into the water from your balcony. To make it worse, the life boats extend out from there. • Know Your Perks- We are Gold members and become Platinum with this cruise. We never knew that the bottle of wine and two bottles of water that are in your room when you embark, are complimentary.

Beautiful ship, friendly staff, average food.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by packercruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
The Ship-Embarkation- Turns out NCL does not have priority boarding in New Orleans. Took us 55 minutes to board. Muster drill was supposed to be at 3:30. It didn’t start until 4 pm and there was nobody there to direct you to your correct area until just before.

The ship itself is really nice and the people very friendly. There are two banks of elevators, one forward and one aft, with 8 elevators each. Usually only a short wait for them to arrive. There are 22 bars on the ship but only a few are open most of the day. The Garden Café Bar has a very limited selection of beer and wine. The Pool Bar, The Atrium and O’Sheehan’s are almost always open.

The Cabin- Our cabin was deck 10 just forward of the Aft elevators, Excellent location! Our cabin Steward was Jefferson and he was quite good. Lots of storage for a small cabin. Plenty of room to store luggage under the bed. The balcony is smaller than the balcony on other lines, but not too bad, since we don’t spend a whole lot of time out there. Problems with the toilet flushing some times. You need to insert a card into the slot by the cabin door, in order to get the lights to turn on, but it does not have to be the sea pass card.

The Food;

• The Garden Café- Great for breakfast. You can get eggs any way you want them, hash browns, bacon or ham. The coffee is as good as or better than most ships. This is a true buffet. If you want coffee, water, juice, etc. you need to get it yourself. Servers rarely come around with refills, and never anywhere in the area we were sitting. They are really quick to clear tables, though, which is a big plus. Lots of fruits and cereal, pancakes and waffles. The dinner buffet wasn’t that impressive. But there were always hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, if you can’t find something you like. NCL excels in their breads, but falls behind in their deserts. Ice cream all day! I got food poisoning on Seafood night and was sick all that night and most of the next day.

• The Manhattan Room- We had Jasmine for a server when we ate here. The chairs were a lot more comfortable than Taste or Savor, the other two main dining rooms. We both had Southern Fried Chicken with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy. It might have been good if the chicken was hot, not soaked in the gravy and the corn on the cob was cooked thoroughly.

The second night we went to this dining room, we both ordered the New York Strip steak medium rare. I asked for it without the peppercorn gravy that comes with it. Lynette’s was medium and very cordy. Mine was just right and tender. However they put little peppercorns on the steak. The deserts were uninspiring.

• O’Sheehan’s- Had a hot dog and fries. Taking it easy after being sick. Lynette had the Reuben. Both were very good and the service was quick. Bring your own drinks, though, because the restaurant and bar are on opposite sides of the ship. The second time we ate there, Lynette had the corned beef and cabbage stew. This “stew” was actually more like a broth. It had 4 little squares of corned beef in it and was mostly potatoes and water. They really should be ashamed of themselves calling it a stew.

• Ocean Blue- Best food that we had all cruise and it was an appetizer. We both had double orders of crab legs. They are not offered for the main course. We brought our free bottle of wine and had a great time. This is an ala carte restaurant.

The Shows- We saw the magician, a world champion juggler and a really nice James Taylor tribute. We also signed up for the Cirque Dreams, Jungle Adventure dinner show. It was very entertaining. As other reviewers have mentioned, the dinner portion was mediocre. Everybody got the same appetizer, main course and desert. The steak was nice and tender. Too bad they had to ruin it with peppercorn gravy. We also went to see Burn The Floor, a dance tribute to music of the 80s. I had a cold and left early. Lynette came back to the cabin shortly after.

Lounge Entertainment- The only real lounge entertainer we saw was James, the singer/pianist. He was very good and we tended to end up wherever he was playing. We did get to see a bit of a show by a duo, a keyboardist and a singer. It was very good. NCL used to have the best bar snacks of any line. Now it appears they are the worst.

The Ports- We have done Western Caribbean cruises many times, which means we have seen all these ports many times (except Harvest Caye which has only been open a couple years). Harvest Caye is one of NCL’s private islands. It is staffed with locals. Word is that NCL is going to lease it out to other lines. The dock is ½ mile long, but they had carts for those that did not want to walk it. There was a butterfly sanctuary there that was pretty neat. We did a Manatee watching excursion, which we really liked as we had never seen live manatees before.

We also went ashore at Belize City. This has always been a tender port and they used catamarans to transport us. There is a wood carver there that we really like. Many people may not know this, but, if you go to Terminal 4, which is all the way to the end on the left, there are some craft shops back there. Our favorite bar in Belize has been the Sandpiper Tiki Bar, which had local culture and music. Alas, they sold out to some company that didn’t have customer service high on their list. We did get a couple of ice cold Belikin Beer at the BBQ grill next door. Belikin is the beer of Belize. We had nice, quiet days on the ship when we were in port at Cozumel, Grand Caymans and Ocho Rios.

Disembarking- Now that was a breeze. Very organized. In typical Free Style fashion, you can chose whatever color luggage tag you want for embarkation time. It used to be that they would assign it and you would have to go to the guest services desk to exchange them, if you want a different color.

General Observations-

• Cigarette Smoke- If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, I suggest you choose a different ship. Breakaway has a huge casino on Deck 7 midship. You cannot walk through on this deck without going through the casino. It is open to deck 6 and deck 8, so it can be very irritating to walk through on those decks when the casino is open because smoking is allowed there. Also, Bliss and Club 21 are in the casino.

• View From Cabin- Probably most balcony cabins had this problem. Deck 8 is the Waterfront, where all the restaurants have inside and outside seating. A roof covers the outside seating. This means you cannot look directly into the water from your balcony. To make it worse, the life boats extend out from there.

• Know Your Perks- We are Gold members and become Platinum with this cruise. We never knew that the bottle of wine and two bottles of water that are in your room when you embark, are complimentary.
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Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 10268
The Cabin- Our cabin was deck 10 just forward of the Aft elevators, Excellent location! Our cabin Steward was Jefferson and he was quite good. Lots of storage for a small cabin. Plenty of room to store luggage under the bed. The balcony is smaller than the balcony on other lines, but not too bad, since we don’t spend a whole lot of time out there. Problems with the toilet flushing some times. You need to insert a card into the slot by the cabin door, in order to get the lights to turn on, but it does not have to be the sea pass card.
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