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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1st Time Cruisers - Would definitely recommend.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by kmc2812

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony Stateroom

This was our very first cruise - we flew out from Gatwick, UK for a 10 night western Caribbean cruise. The embarkation was excellent - we were on the ship by 11 am although we were told it would be by 1 pm. This is purely due to the excellent way it is organised. We queued for a max of 10 mins - superb. Our luggage arrived to our room within 2 hours. One of the labels had detached from one case so I would suggest you put the luggage label in something like a lanyard to make sure this doesn't happen - it was pouring with rain when we arrived so nobody's fault! The missing case had been delivered to our room by 5pm as we had an additional luggage label on so was not an issue. The welcome on board show was excellent and we decided we would see as many as possible! We had booked Six! online prior to our holiday and I would highly recommend you do this for all shows as they are very popular and not surprising either - they are absolutely fantastic. The cast from all of the shows are an absolute credit to their craft. All West End/Broadway worthy. We ate in the Italian restaurant, Tepanyaki, Le Bistro and Ocean Blue, the latter to be absolutely exceptional - please book well in advance! We tended to stay around the H20 area - there are 2 hot tubs along with a waterfall cooling area, bar and there is a smoking area too. Sunbeds are limited so get there early on a sea day. The bar staff (bar opens around midday) are fantastic! The main pool gets very busy and is loud as is the main area for outdoor activities, so it is to be expected. The garden buffet food is really good - always hot, fresh and being refilled. We stayed in room 12280 which has a family balcony - enough for 2 people to sit outside comfortably. The premium drinks package has more than enough to choose from - the only thing I would say is coffee and tea is fairly limited unless you buy the speciality package - I love coffee and tea! There was a tea/coffee maker in our room though - just leave a note in your room for your room steward to ask for it to be replenished frequently. We purchased the water package - to be honest they ask you not to fill your own bottles from the dispensers but most people did. I'd consider this before buying it! We didn't book any excursions as we did our own thing when we got into ports. There are plenty of people around to help you if want to organise your own trip but do ask around a few - we almost got ripped off by one but were savvy enough to realise. If you require an iron, you need to call services and you can have use of it for an hour, but need to be in your room to receive it! One thing you must be aware of is the muster training just after sailing - you need to keep any eye on information on where you need to go or just ask somebody once you're on - you need to attend or you can't leave ship until you do - it only lasts 15 mins. Do your research online before getting off in each port so you know what you want to do and there will be somebody to help you with each one - either with the ships own or as you get off. One other thing that is a must is a lanyard - always at hand!! We will certainly be booking again.

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Cabin Review

Family Balcony Stateroom

The cabin was a good size - very comfortable for 2. Good amount of hangers in wardrobe, safe, handwash, conditioning shampoo and body wash. Fresh towels daily if requested. Room cleaned twice daily. Hairdryer.

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