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I needed to get away from work and life in general . The Norwegian Breakaway had an interesting itinerary as we had nevercruised Norwegian before or ever been to Belize, Rotan or Costa Maya. We have cruised Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean before so we went in with open eyes and expectations for some disappointments and, disapointed we were. We parked our car at a nearby garage just minutes away from the Port of Miami and hopped on the shuttle and arrived at the port five minutes lafer. We worked our way through the snake line in the terminal and within about 30 minutes wasmminnfront of the checkin agent and received our Freestle card and boarding number card. After working our way through the crowdmwe found a couple of seats and waited for instruas nonnwas given priorto entering the preboard area.. after a few minutes we heard and announcement that boarding was delayed due to a broken gangway. I had read prior to getting to the port that this was a problem on a previous cruise just a couple of weeks earlier so i wasnt surprised. After a short delay we were allowed to board. As opposed to walking into a beautiful atrium like previous cruises we walked in on deck 7 our first sense activated was not sight as much as it was smell, it was horrific, we had walked into the ships ashtray, i mean casino. The casino on Breakaway covers a good part of deck seven and due to the ships design the smoke smell travels over the balcong down to the atrium on deck 6 and up to deck 8. Again i had read about the smoke and the writer said if gou are sensitive to cigarette smoke avoid this cruise. Again a very accurate review. We spent a lot of time jockeying up and down hallways and elevators to avoid this smell. We never got teat at The Noodlebar as seating opens up to the casino and we wanted to taste our food not cigarette smoke. We were assigned our balcony stateroom #9260 which was above one of the nightclubs and the bass was so loud at night we asked for and was assigned a new stateroom after the third night. The food was mediocre at best and almost never hot at the Garden Cafe (main buffet) specialty diningat the Itian, French and Habachi bar were great and thanks to our dining package was free. When it comes to handling passenges Norwegian is an epic fail. Seating in Atrium where most events took place was inadequate for seating the amount of guest on board. Poolside is the typical cruise ship with the freguent cruiser jerks who cover all the chairs and disappear for hours prevent rule followers from sitting poolside. There wer many more disappointments than there was positives of this cruise. Ports were disappointing but we did not do excursions except Cozumel where i did the Mexican Cusine cooking class that was worth the 110.00 paid. Rotan greeted us with noise and the wonder view of port construction. Belize was lackluster. Costa Maya was nice however even though we were in Mexico and my Verizon plan covefs Mexico it dosent deach that far south or it is blocked at the port. Cozumel has improved so much over the year and we were able to get both voice and data with no problems.

First Impression Total Failure

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Omer61

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
I needed to get away from work and life in general . The Norwegian Breakaway had an interesting itinerary as we had nevercruised Norwegian before or ever been to Belize, Rotan or Costa Maya. We have cruised Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean before so we went in with open eyes and expectations for some disappointments and, disapointed we were. We parked our car at a nearby garage just minutes away from the Port of Miami and hopped on the shuttle and arrived at the port five minutes lafer. We worked our way through the snake line in the terminal and within about 30 minutes wasmminnfront of the checkin agent and received our Freestle card and boarding number card. After working our way through the crowdmwe found a couple of seats and waited for instruas nonnwas given priorto entering the preboard area.. after a few minutes we heard and announcement that boarding was delayed due to a broken gangway. I had read prior to getting to the port that this was a problem on a previous cruise just a couple of weeks earlier so i wasnt surprised. After a short delay we were allowed to board. As opposed to walking into a beautiful atrium like previous cruises we walked in on deck 7 our first sense activated was not sight as much as it was smell, it was horrific, we had walked into the ships ashtray, i mean casino. The casino on Breakaway covers a good part of deck seven and due to the ships design the smoke smell travels over the balcong down to the atrium on deck 6 and up to deck 8. Again i had read about the smoke and the writer said if gou are sensitive to cigarette smoke avoid this cruise. Again a very accurate review. We spent a lot of time jockeying up and down hallways and elevators to avoid this smell. We never got teat at The Noodlebar as seating opens up to the casino and we wanted to taste our food not cigarette smoke.

We were assigned our balcony stateroom #9260 which was above one of the nightclubs and the bass was so loud at night we asked for and was assigned a new stateroom after the third night. The food was mediocre at best and almost never hot at the Garden Cafe (main buffet) specialty diningat the Itian, French and Habachi bar were great and thanks to our dining package was free. When it comes to handling passenges Norwegian is an epic fail. Seating in Atrium where most events took place was inadequate for seating the amount of guest on board. Poolside is the typical cruise ship with the freguent cruiser jerks who cover all the chairs and disappear for hours prevent rule followers from sitting poolside. There wer many more disappointments than there was positives of this cruise. Ports were disappointing but we did not do excursions except Cozumel where i did the Mexican Cusine cooking class that was worth the 110.00 paid. Rotan greeted us with noise and the wonder view of port construction. Belize was lackluster. Costa Maya was nice however even though we were in Mexico and my Verizon plan covefs Mexico it dosent deach that far south or it is blocked at the port. Cozumel has improved so much over the year and we were able to get both voice and data with no problems.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BB 9260
Very noise6until club closes around 1:30 am. Balcony was small but nice. Cabin steward was non communicative and impersonal. Size and storage was adequte for 2 adults. Bathroom was nice and roomy.
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