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The timing worked out for this cruise as we were planning to be in Orlando at this time and this cruise was leaving Port Canaveral. Also, we had never taken an NCL cruise so after over 20 cruises on five other lines we wanted to try this one. We opted for the Sail Away oceanview state room. This allowed NCL to select our room. In spite of the words in their disclaimer we never thought they would assign us an oceanview room that did not have a view of the ocean. It viewed a crew break area at the front of the ship. I had no idea a ship would ever be constructed this way. Also, we were asked to close our curtain at night so we didn't distract the Bridge with any light from our room. During the day we had to keep it closed for privacy from the crew. One of our traveling partners believed she got sick on the dining room food. We did not care for the design of the ship. It had a small pool area for 4100 passengers to use. The ports were average. The Roatan port was under construction and very congested. Will never be as nice as Mahogany Bay. The Belize port was nice but accessible involves a long hot walk. Entertainment was good but one show required buying a ticket. This is typical for NCL as they focus on "on board revenue ". We will not consider NCL in the future. There are too many other better options to consider.

The room assignment was a bait and switch

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Paray

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
The timing worked out for this cruise as we were planning to be in Orlando at this time and this cruise was leaving Port Canaveral. Also, we had never taken an NCL cruise so after over 20 cruises on five other lines we wanted to try this one.

We opted for the Sail Away oceanview state room. This allowed NCL to select our room. In spite of the words in their disclaimer we never thought they would assign us an oceanview room that did not have a view of the ocean. It viewed a crew break area at the front of the ship. I had no idea a ship would ever be constructed this way. Also, we were asked to close our curtain at night so we didn't distract the Bridge with any light from our room. During the day we had to keep it closed for privacy from the crew.

One of our traveling partners believed she got sick on the dining room food.

We did not care for the design of the ship. It had a small pool area for 4100 passengers to use.

The ports were average. The Roatan port was under construction and very congested. Will never be as nice as Mahogany Bay. The Belize port was nice but accessible involves a long hot walk.

Entertainment was good but one show required buying a ticket. This is typical for NCL as they focus on "on board revenue ".

We will not consider NCL in the future. There are too many other better options to consider.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
Cabin OA
The cabin was kept neat and clean. The curtain on the window used actual clothesline rope to open it.
Little drawer storage but did have floor level shelves. Hope your back can handle it. Could hear toilets flushing dozens of times each night/morning. The room was also above a crew recreation area which was noisy many nights.
Deck 13 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Things were very congested on sea days. The buffet was like an ant hill. The second to last day the crew served all food and everything was removed from tables (e.g. salt, pepper, sugar, silverware) without explanation. We presume it was precautionary for health reasons. Crew told us they were doing what they were told.