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Norwegian Breakaway Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Norwegian Cruise Review

Review for Norwegian Breakaway to the Western Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Feb 2019
Cabin: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Traveled with children

We sailed on the Norwegian Breakaway departing from New Orleans on 2/17/19. The ship itself is very nice and well kept.

I am a travel agent and compared to the Carnival and Disney cruises I've been on, Norwegian has some catching up to do. It will be hard for me to recommend Norwegian to my travel prospects based on my experience.

It felt as though on this cruise we were being nickled and dimed for every small thing on the ship. For example: We did not purchase the alcoholic beverage card. The drink prices were slightly higher than observed on other cruises and then were "automatically" charged gratuities. By the way, we pre-paid for gratuities as part of our package and were told that's just how Norwegian does it. The automatic charging of gratuities isn't fair to customers that received bad service. There were times we had to wait for extended periods of time before a server could get to us. On one occasion, we waited so long at O'Sheehan's we had to inform management. The bar was way understaffed with (2) people. One bartender was frantically trying to serve the people at the bar but couldn't keep up, while the other was assisting all the waiters for the large restaurant. It took about 30 minutes for backup bartenders to arrive. In the meantime, we were waited on but the bartender was short with us as though they knew we were the ones complaining about the service. To that, we were still charged extra gratuities "automatically" and the service was terrible. This is the main reason we chose not to purchase many beverages, including sodas. I feel the ship would make more money by lowering the price slightly and removing the automatic gratuity because you would have happier customers and let's face it, when people consume alcoholic beverages they begin to loosen up and are more then likely to spend more money on alcohol - Las Vegas has been using alcohol to get gamblers to spend more money in their casinos for years. The problem is getting people over the initial hurdle of higher prices and the unfair automatic gratuities. People do not want to pay gratuities for slow or bad service - it isn't fair to them.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

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The cabin was nice and had plenty of room. We had 4 in the room. There was 1 queen bed, 1 pull out sofa and 1 drop from ceiling bunk. Our room steward, Mark Allan, did a great job.

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