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We were very excited about this trip, we heard good things about the ship and were very happy with the itinerary. Embarking was simple and easy the Miami port is great. We liked the layout of the ship good mix of areas between the pool deck and all the interior bars there is always somewhere to hang out. There were a ton of activities however a lot of them cost extra. The bars were nice and convenient but the bartenders weren't the best. Even when they weren't too busy people were still waiting a long time for drinks, I'm sure its tough when people aren't tipping for each drink but we expected a bit more service when each drink is over $10 unless you are drinking a ton on the premium package. The shows and entertainment was great and from our experience the dinner or lunch shows are well worth the extra money. Our room steward was excellent and always had our room cleaned before we got back even when our schedule was changing every day. My biggest complaints come from the food and the service. The buffet was standard not good but cant expect too much so that was fine the main dining rooms were not bad the food was cooked properly but some items you could tell were coming from a massive industrial kitchen rather than tasting like a proper restaurant. The specialty restaurants were very disappointing and not worth the money unless you get them through the free at sea deal. The Brazilian steakhouse was no better than the buffet the food either tasted bad or was to dry to eat. I understand that breakaway is a large ship with a lot of people to feed, but our meals were way below the standard of other ships and or other similar service industries. Finally make sure you check your ports ahead of time one of ours was under major construction and was a waste of a stop but NCL doesn't give you any information about the ports ahead of time.

Good cruise but really expected more for the money.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by yeff

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We were very excited about this trip, we heard good things about the ship and were very happy with the itinerary. Embarking was simple and easy the Miami port is great. We liked the layout of the ship good mix of areas between the pool deck and all the interior bars there is always somewhere to hang out. There were a ton of activities however a lot of them cost extra. The bars were nice and convenient but the bartenders weren't the best. Even when they weren't too busy people were still waiting a long time for drinks, I'm sure its tough when people aren't tipping for each drink but we expected a bit more service when each drink is over $10 unless you are drinking a ton on the premium package. The shows and entertainment was great and from our experience the dinner or lunch shows are well worth the extra money. Our room steward was excellent and always had our room cleaned before we got back even when our schedule was changing every day. My biggest complaints come from the food and the service. The buffet was standard not good but cant expect too much so that was fine the main dining rooms were not bad the food was cooked properly but some items you could tell were coming from a massive industrial kitchen rather than tasting like a proper restaurant. The specialty restaurants were very disappointing and not worth the money unless you get them through the free at sea deal. The Brazilian steakhouse was no better than the buffet the food either tasted bad or was to dry to eat. I understand that breakaway is a large ship with a lot of people to feed, but our meals were way below the standard of other ships and or other similar service industries. Finally make sure you check your ports ahead of time one of ours was under major construction and was a waste of a stop but NCL doesn't give you any information about the ports ahead of time.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MX
The cabin was nice with a good amount of space and comfortable bed and couch. We wish the balcony extended out another foot but it was enough for two people to sit and relax.
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