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NCL booked all of our flights and transfers. They booked us a non-stop from Boston to Orlando, but our return flight stopped at JFK on the way back. There were dozens of non-stop flights from Orlando to Boston that day at a similar price - not sure why NCL picked the flight thru JFK that got us home hours 2-3 later. We flew into Orlando the day before our cruise and stayed at a Hampton Inn near the airport. The hotel shuttle picked us up and dropped us off at the airport the next morning so we could catch the NCL bus to Port Canaveral. We got to the airport at 10am and were passengers #204 & #205 waiting for the bus. At about 11am we were called to board our bus. Our bus left at 11:20am and we got to the Port Canaveral terminal building shortly after noon. Lots of NCL people were there to direct us and security & registration was fairly quick. On the ship about 12:45. After fixing some dinner reservations at the customer service desk, we headed up to the Garden Cafe to meet-up with other family members that were already on board. We checked out our balcony cabin at about 2 and had the lifeboat drill at about 3pm. Our assembly station was D1 which was somewhere on deck 7. Lifeboat drill was a bit confusing as the crew waited until hundreds of people were wandering around on deck 7 before they brought out the assembly station signs and people knew where to go. Also one crew was walking around talking thru a bullhorn - I couldn't understand a single work he said. Dinner for our group of 10 was in the Manhattan Room at 6pm. Food was good, service was slow (took 30 minutes for our orders to be taken and dessert was served 2 hours after we were seated.) We missed the 7:30 show. Next 2 days were at sea. We attended the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and got to chat with other cruisers. We enjoyed our balcony cabin. We had most of our meals in the Garden Cafe. We went to Moderno for an Asian food lunch. Dinners were in Savor and Cagneys. We attended the Burn the Floor show but the drums were too loud for my wife (she has ear/hearing issues) and we left the theater after about 15 minutes. Because of my wife's hearing issues we generally don't spend much time on the pool deck or other loud public areas. Next day we pulled into Tortola. Our excursion was to Long Bay beach on Beef Island. Once off the ship, it was easy to identify where to go and who to follow to get to our open-air safari bus. After about a 30 minute ride, we were dropped off at the beach. The excursion was supposed to be 3 hours - subtract two 30 minute rides - leaves us with 2 hours on the beach. But our driver told us that he would return in 1.5 hours to pick us up - this didn't seem right. The beach was lovely - nice sand, blue, warm water and no annoying vendors to pester us. We were charged $25 for an umbrella and 2 beach chairs (for 1.5 hours) - were we scammed? Once in the water, there was a 3ft drop-off that was a bit of a pain to navigate. Back at the port we checked out the stores, bought some souvenirs. Again, the vendors were polite and did not harass us or pressure us into purchasing anything. Getting back on the ship was quick and easy. Next day we pulled into St Thomas. The Breakaway was the third big ship to pull in and our arrival was delayed until the first two ships were secured and checked in. Then the port authorities took extra time to check us in so we got off the ship later than we had planned. Our excursion was to Coral World for SNUBA. It was about a 25 minute open-air safari bus ride there. We got to Coral World later than planned and missed our SNUBA slot and had to wait 2 hours for the next available slot. SNUBA was awesome! But when we were done, we had to run thru the park and just barely made it back to bus (still dripping wet). Since the Breakaway got in late and left early, we didn't have any time to check out the shopping. Next day was at sea. Our NCL package included 250 free minutes of internet, so we visited the Internet Cafe and tried to connect. We were able to connect to email and Facebook messenger, but the connection was really slow - slower that dial-up from 20 yeas ago. That evening we ate at Moderno and saw the musical SIX. My wife was able to tolerate the volume of this production. Next day we visited Great Stirrup Cay. Tendering is always a pain and this was no different. Thankfully my cousin had reserved a Cabana - which was awesome. It may seem expensive, but if several people can chip-in, these Cabanas are really very affordable and well worth the price. We had lunch at the food truck and later I visited the barbecue beach grill and had some ribs. Water was warm and we all were able to just walk in. We did notice some small, clear jelly fish in the water - but they didn't seem to bother anyone. After a full day we tendered back to the ship. Since there was only one place on the ship for the tenders to dock, we had to wait for about a half hour while two tenders ahead of us were unloaded. NCL really should have had more than one place on the ship for tenders to unload. That evening our group of 10 had dinner in the Manhattan room. Unfortunately there was a very loud jazz band playing and my wife could not tolerate the noise. Next day we were back in Port Canaveral. Debarkation went smoothly - except for some troublesome face recognizance systems. NCL bus brought us back to Orlando airport 5 hours before our return flight home.

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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by fontmaster

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
NCL booked all of our flights and transfers. They booked us a non-stop from Boston to Orlando, but our return flight stopped at JFK on the way back. There were dozens of non-stop flights from Orlando to Boston that day at a similar price - not sure why NCL picked the flight thru JFK that got us home hours 2-3 later.

We flew into Orlando the day before our cruise and stayed at a Hampton Inn near the airport. The hotel shuttle picked us up and dropped us off at the airport the next morning so we could catch the NCL bus to Port Canaveral. We got to the airport at 10am and were passengers #204 & #205 waiting for the bus. At about 11am we were called to board our bus. Our bus left at 11:20am and we got to the Port Canaveral terminal building shortly after noon. Lots of NCL people were there to direct us and security & registration was fairly quick. On the ship about 12:45. After fixing some dinner reservations at the customer service desk, we headed up to the Garden Cafe to meet-up with other family members that were already on board. We checked out our balcony cabin at about 2 and had the lifeboat drill at about 3pm. Our assembly station was D1 which was somewhere on deck 7. Lifeboat drill was a bit confusing as the crew waited until hundreds of people were wandering around on deck 7 before they brought out the assembly station signs and people knew where to go. Also one crew was walking around talking thru a bullhorn - I couldn't understand a single work he said. Dinner for our group of 10 was in the Manhattan Room at 6pm. Food was good, service was slow (took 30 minutes for our orders to be taken and dessert was served 2 hours after we were seated.) We missed the 7:30 show.

Next 2 days were at sea. We attended the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and got to chat with other cruisers. We enjoyed our balcony cabin. We had most of our meals in the Garden Cafe. We went to Moderno for an Asian food lunch. Dinners were in Savor and Cagneys. We attended the Burn the Floor show but the drums were too loud for my wife (she has ear/hearing issues) and we left the theater after about 15 minutes. Because of my wife's hearing issues we generally don't spend much time on the pool deck or other loud public areas.

Next day we pulled into Tortola. Our excursion was to Long Bay beach on Beef Island. Once off the ship, it was easy to identify where to go and who to follow to get to our open-air safari bus. After about a 30 minute ride, we were dropped off at the beach. The excursion was supposed to be 3 hours - subtract two 30 minute rides - leaves us with 2 hours on the beach. But our driver told us that he would return in 1.5 hours to pick us up - this didn't seem right. The beach was lovely - nice sand, blue, warm water and no annoying vendors to pester us. We were charged $25 for an umbrella and 2 beach chairs (for 1.5 hours) - were we scammed? Once in the water, there was a 3ft drop-off that was a bit of a pain to navigate. Back at the port we checked out the stores, bought some souvenirs. Again, the vendors were polite and did not harass us or pressure us into purchasing anything. Getting back on the ship was quick and easy.

Next day we pulled into St Thomas. The Breakaway was the third big ship to pull in and our arrival was delayed until the first two ships were secured and checked in. Then the port authorities took extra time to check us in so we got off the ship later than we had planned. Our excursion was to Coral World for SNUBA. It was about a 25 minute open-air safari bus ride there. We got to Coral World later than planned and missed our SNUBA slot and had to wait 2 hours for the next available slot. SNUBA was awesome! But when we were done, we had to run thru the park and just barely made it back to bus (still dripping wet). Since the Breakaway got in late and left early, we didn't have any time to check out the shopping.

Next day was at sea. Our NCL package included 250 free minutes of internet, so we visited the Internet Cafe and tried to connect. We were able to connect to email and Facebook messenger, but the connection was really slow - slower that dial-up from 20 yeas ago. That evening we ate at Moderno and saw the musical SIX. My wife was able to tolerate the volume of this production.

Next day we visited Great Stirrup Cay. Tendering is always a pain and this was no different. Thankfully my cousin had reserved a Cabana - which was awesome. It may seem expensive, but if several people can chip-in, these Cabanas are really very affordable and well worth the price. We had lunch at the food truck and later I visited the barbecue beach grill and had some ribs. Water was warm and we all were able to just walk in. We did notice some small, clear jelly fish in the water - but they didn't seem to bother anyone. After a full day we tendered back to the ship. Since there was only one place on the ship for the tenders to dock, we had to wait for about a half hour while two tenders ahead of us were unloaded. NCL really should have had more than one place on the ship for tenders to unload. That evening our group of 10 had dinner in the Manhattan room. Unfortunately there was a very loud jazz band playing and my wife could not tolerate the noise.

Next day we were back in Port Canaveral. Debarkation went smoothly - except for some troublesome face recognizance systems. NCL bus brought us back to Orlando airport 5 hours before our return flight home.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BB
This balcony cabin was excellent. It never felt or smelled stuffy. Ventilation (even in the bathroom) was very good. Nice roomy shower. Lots of storage. Probably the most comfortable bed we have had on any ship. The only negative was the lack of AC outlets near the bed for my CPAP machine. The room attendant supplied extension cords - which worked - but I wasn't too thrilled with the thought of tripping on AC cords stretched across the cabin in the middle of the night.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Our excursion was to Coral World for SNUBA. It was about a 25 minute open-air safari bus ride there. We got to Coral World later than planned and missed our SNUBA slot and had to wait 2 hours for the next available slot. SNUBA was awesome! But when we were done, we had to run thru the park and just barely made it back to bus (still dripping wet).
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  • Tortola
    Once off the ship, it was easy to identify where to go and who to follow to get to our open-air safari bus. After about a 30 minute ride, we were dropped off at the beach. The excursion was supposed to be 3 hours - subtract two 30 minute rides - leaves us with 2 hours on the beach. But our driver told us that he would return in 1.5 hours to pick us up - this didn't seem right. The beach was lovely - nice sand, blue, warm water and no annoying vendors to pester us. We were charged $25 for an umbrella and 2 beach chairs (for 1.5 hours) - were we scammed? Once in the water, there was a 3ft drop-off that was a bit of a pain to navigate.
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