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Although, we had been to these ports several times before, we had not tried out the Breakaway and this cruise put us into platinum. This time going our of Orlando, we stayed in Coco Beach, Courtyard Marriott. We went in a day early and stayed over a day after the cruise. Hotel was excellent, will post on TripAdvisor. We ate both lunch and dinner at the Pier. We used CoCo Beach Shuttle to and from the hotel, excellent service. The hotel arranged Shuttle, same service, to and from the port. Again excellent service. The embarkation went very smoothly, not a long wait. We went on up to the pool deck, to relax and grab lunch. CABIN: We had a mini-suite, on the Breakaway it was smaller than the mini-suite on the Jade. But was comfortable and we always love a balcony; plenty of storage for both of us. We didn't see our cabin steward as often as on other ships, but she always kept our room clean and ice bucket full. The bed was initially hard to sleep on; she rapidly placed an egg matress cover for the rest of the cruise. that worked! SHIP: Although, there were many people, i never felt over crowded. Bar lines weren't horrible, although we always tip in addition to our prepaid tips. The ship was always clean and well staffed. The pool is definitely smaller; more hot tubs available; H2O Spice was large and was packed for the football play offs. DINING: We always get a speciality dining package. Cagneys is our favorite. This cruise we added Ocean Blue to our favorites. La Cucina did not dissapoint. The servers are all three were excellent. I especially liked the way the Ocean Blue server explained our choices as she served them. We ate at each of the MDRs for dinner. We found the Manhattan Room to have tables far to close and too small to accomodate our party of 7. The meal that night was also not as good as normal. The Garden Cafe was good. We ate in the MDRs for a few breakfast times, and occasionally O'Sheehan's. There was usally at 15 to 20 minute wait for dinner seating in MDRs. But, we had a group of 7 and expected that at the times that we went. ENTERTAINMENT: Velvet was amazing; even the food was great. Highly reccomend. Six was also very good. A few of our group didn't understand the British humor and the words that were fast paced. Burn the Floor, was great as usual. The comedian/magician was so entertaining that we went back for his second show. He was great! dueling pianos were very good. didn't make it into the comedy acts, too crowded. the atrium was way too loud during their activities, so it was easier to watch later on our cabin tv. SERVICE: Two servers came thru the Garden Cafe, singing and offering pastries. in additon to the washy washy staff. I purchased fine jewelry this time, and the sales person was professional and not pushy. Our grooup had to change our first excursion, when we found out it was not activity rated properly. It was changed with no problem. We had a great conversation with another excursion staff member who guided us on what to choose for one of the ports. SHORE EXCURSIONS: Because we had been to Jamaica a few timew, we did not do Dunns River Falls. I do reccomend it for those that have not been there. The other tours were either full or we weren't interested since our original choice , the Blue Hole, was rated incorreclty. Two of our group did the Bobsled and enjoyed it. Despite some negative reviews, we did the Blue Lagoon Beach Day. It was clean and a nice stop. We returned back to Big French Key. It was once again, a good choice. very clean, good food, Grand Cayman was a tour this time. it was good. In Cozumel, this time we were docked at the old pier. We ended uo with a dune buggy beach tour. there was a rather long walk to the dune buggies, the staff was very good. it was mostly a long drive on paved roads past trees. the snorkel part was cancelled due to wind. understandable. the beach stop, had only a few broken down beach chairs. the lunch was okay, the shop keepers were not too pushy. we could not dock at Stirrup Cay due to heavy winds. We could not dock at Costa Maya for the same reason. we had a few very windy nights. The Captain and crew kept us safe. Disembarkation: Same as the Getaway, winding thru the ship and casino , took awhile. the face recognition was very quick. our luggage was scattered within the section, but we found a couple porters and departed. I would do the Breakaway again, but not these ports as been there too often. which is not a bad thing.

Pleasant return to the larger ships

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by vhswcs

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Although, we had been to these ports several times before, we had not tried out the Breakaway and this cruise put us into platinum.

This time going our of Orlando, we stayed in Coco Beach, Courtyard Marriott. We went in a day early and stayed over a day after the cruise. Hotel was excellent, will post on TripAdvisor. We ate both lunch and dinner at the Pier.

We used CoCo Beach Shuttle to and from the hotel, excellent service. The hotel arranged Shuttle, same service, to and from the port. Again excellent service.

The embarkation went very smoothly, not a long wait. We went on up to the pool deck, to relax and grab lunch.

CABIN: We had a mini-suite, on the Breakaway it was smaller than the mini-suite on the Jade. But was comfortable and we always love a balcony; plenty of storage for both of us. We didn't see our cabin steward as often as on other ships, but she always kept our room clean and ice bucket full. The bed was initially hard to sleep on; she rapidly placed an egg matress cover for the rest of the cruise. that worked!

SHIP: Although, there were many people, i never felt over crowded. Bar lines weren't horrible, although we always tip in addition to our prepaid tips. The ship was always clean and well staffed. The pool is definitely smaller; more hot tubs available; H2O Spice was large and was packed for the football play offs.

DINING: We always get a speciality dining package. Cagneys is our favorite. This cruise we added Ocean Blue to our favorites. La Cucina did not dissapoint. The servers are all three were excellent. I especially liked the way the Ocean Blue server explained our choices as she served them. We ate at each of the MDRs for dinner. We found the Manhattan Room to have tables far to close and too small to accomodate our party of 7. The meal that night was also not as good as normal. The Garden Cafe was good. We ate in the MDRs for a few breakfast times, and occasionally O'Sheehan's. There was usally at 15 to 20 minute wait for dinner seating in MDRs. But, we had a group of 7 and expected that at the times that we went.

ENTERTAINMENT: Velvet was amazing; even the food was great. Highly reccomend. Six was also very good. A few of our group didn't understand the British humor and the words that were fast paced. Burn the Floor, was great as usual. The comedian/magician was so entertaining that we went back for his second show. He was great! dueling pianos were very good. didn't make it into the comedy acts, too crowded. the atrium was way too loud during their activities, so it was easier to watch later on our cabin tv.

SERVICE: Two servers came thru the Garden Cafe, singing and offering pastries. in additon to the washy washy staff. I purchased fine jewelry this time, and the sales person was professional and not pushy. Our grooup had to change our first excursion, when we found out it was not activity rated properly. It was changed with no problem. We had a great conversation with another excursion staff member who guided us on what to choose for one of the ports.

SHORE EXCURSIONS: Because we had been to Jamaica a few timew, we did not do Dunns River Falls. I do reccomend it for those that have not been there. The other tours were either full or we weren't interested since our original choice , the Blue Hole, was rated incorreclty. Two of our group did the Bobsled and enjoyed it.

Despite some negative reviews, we did the Blue Lagoon Beach Day. It was clean and a nice stop. We returned back to Big French Key. It was once again, a good choice. very clean, good food, Grand Cayman was a tour this time. it was good. In Cozumel, this time we were docked at the old pier. We ended uo with a dune buggy beach tour. there was a rather long walk to the dune buggies, the staff was very good. it was mostly a long drive on paved roads past trees. the snorkel part was cancelled due to wind. understandable. the beach stop, had only a few broken down beach chairs. the lunch was okay, the shop keepers were not too pushy. we could not dock at Stirrup Cay due to heavy winds. We could not dock at Costa Maya for the same reason.

we had a few very windy nights. The Captain and crew kept us safe.

Disembarkation: Same as the Getaway, winding thru the ship and casino , took awhile. the face recognition was very quick. our luggage was scattered within the section, but we found a couple porters and departed.

I would do the Breakaway again, but not these ports as been there too often. which is not a bad thing.
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