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Before late 2017 I had never been on a cruise. I had never been to the Caribbean. Since 2017 I have been on six NCL cruises. Each had different challenges. This cruise had a great many challenges which started before we even left port. Someone called in a bomb threat and they evacuated the terminal and we left the port late. We went on to Puerto Rico, one of my favorite spots. We ended up staying overnight in San Juan because they said we could not go to St. Thomas as there was a tropical storm. We went from San Juan to Tortola, and had a few hours there. After that, we were supposed to go to Nassau, Bahamas. We never got there, as someone had to be helicopter evacuated from the ship. No one explained why that would cause us to miss the port. However, we did get $100 per cabin on-board credit and 20% off a future cruise. People were not happy. I am retired, and had been to both places a couple of times, so, it wasn't a big deal to me. I am not fond of Sea Days, as the activities are not that interesting to me. The entertainment on the ship was sub standard. The Breakaway had too many people on it for me. I have also been on the Getaway and felt the same. There were long lines for everything. The staff were so slammed that they were not always polite or performed well. My dinner in Moderno, that was supposed to be my birthday celebration, was a non-starter. When I asked what I got for my birthday, the server looked at me and said, "Happy Birthday." She then ran off. Moderno had the best food, but poor service. No one in Cagney's knew how to cook lobster, apparently. Ocean Blue did a better job at the surf and turf. I avoid buffets. This one looked OK. My inside cabin was the best part. It was square instead of rectangular and that helped me get my walker around. My cabin steward was good. They ditched the towel animals which was fine with me, as I always thought they were creepy. The casino was surprisingly generous and I did pretty well. As a single cruiser, I talked to everyone, so I got a pretty good idea of how dissatisfied the guests were with the port changes. Some ladies from Canada were on their first cruise and I told them that they should give NCL another chance as this was not a typical cruise

Bomb Threat, Tropical Storm, Emergency Evac....Quite a cruise.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by ABroadTravels

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
Before late 2017 I had never been on a cruise. I had never been to the Caribbean. Since 2017 I have been on six NCL cruises. Each had different challenges. This cruise had a great many challenges which started before we even left port. Someone called in a bomb threat and they evacuated the terminal and we left the port late. We went on to Puerto Rico, one of my favorite spots. We ended up staying overnight in San Juan because they said we could not go to St. Thomas as there was a tropical storm. We went from San Juan to Tortola, and had a few hours there. After that, we were supposed to go to Nassau, Bahamas. We never got there, as someone had to be helicopter evacuated from the ship. No one explained why that would cause us to miss the port. However, we did get $100 per cabin on-board credit and 20% off a future cruise. People were not happy. I am retired, and had been to both places a couple of times, so, it wasn't a big deal to me. I am not fond of Sea Days, as the activities are not that interesting to me. The entertainment on the ship was sub standard. The Breakaway had too many people on it for me. I have also been on the Getaway and felt the same. There were long lines for everything. The staff were so slammed that they were not always polite or performed well. My dinner in Moderno, that was supposed to be my birthday celebration, was a non-starter. When I asked what I got for my birthday, the server looked at me and said, "Happy Birthday." She then ran off. Moderno had the best food, but poor service. No one in Cagney's knew how to cook lobster, apparently. Ocean Blue did a better job at the surf and turf. I avoid buffets. This one looked OK. My inside cabin was the best part. It was square instead of rectangular and that helped me get my walker around. My cabin steward was good. They ditched the towel animals which was fine with me, as I always thought they were creepy. The casino was surprisingly generous and I did pretty well. As a single cruiser, I talked to everyone, so I got a pretty good idea of how dissatisfied the guests were with the port changes. Some ladies from Canada were on their first cruise and I told them that they should give NCL another chance as this was not a typical cruise
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Cabin IB
The cabin was square, which made it easier for me to move around with my walker. The decor was rather spartan, but, I didn't spend much time in the room. I like to roam the decks. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was fine. It is small, but, it was enough room for me. There were no drawers, but, there was enough room to put your stuff. I used packing cubes, so it was easy to put them on the shelves. Some open cubes by the door were great for shoes and outdoor gear.
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