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Have spent over 50 nights on NCL. We have been on the large and Mid size ships. Overall Program is very good . Each Cruise ship has its own personality , regarding cruise and experiences. NCL attempts to maintain consistency and they do a good job at what they can control. Hear are the positives and negatives we experienced on this trip . ----Boarding and Departure- very good - The heavy screening that is going on all over the country showed some backups on opening day , nothing to awful, Staff was friendly . Departure was excellent, especially with facial recognition they are now using, probably the fastest departure from a ship to date ( remember this ship had 4500 passengers ) . ---Meals in the garden cafe were themed at night - recommend going to the chef to cook the meal of the day ( Italian/ Mexican etc.) vs going to the cafe style food, It wasn't bad but sometimes not as hot as we would like. ---Specialty meals - We did LiBistro - Excellent ..period ...Staff excellent ....highly recommend.. not real excited about Cagneys on this ship - was just OK , probably wouldn't go back to them on this ship. Staff was just ok at cagneys . ---- CABIN Rooms - always good rooms - We had a mini Suite- Only issue We have with this class of ship with NCL ( Breakaway / Escape/ Getaway) is that the Balcony is smaller than the next class down ships with NCL. chairs on the balcony sitting straight puts my knees at the glass ( I am 6 foot). the next class down of NCL ships has more legroom on the balcony's. ---Casino- This might be the BIGGEST reason for us not returning to this ship. NCL has designated smoking areas . The casino is one of them ( supposedly for active players only) The smoke is so bad in there that you will NEVER get the smoke out of your clothes after stepping in there for two minutes. It is the worst experience of any ship NCL or others that we have gone on. Period. Ventilation is so poor . If you are a non smoker and this bothers you , FIND AN OTHER SHIP TO SAIL...... also the Bar area is much smaller than on the Escape and Breakaway .. The equivalent of six or seven seats wide. This is were you get your drinks for the whole casino if you get them yourself. Bar tenders were average at best in terms of speed and communication with the guests. Cruise director on this ship was not as good (personality wise) as on other ships we have sailed. Its is March 2020 and the shifts for these workers is 9 months , so My guess is that he will be on this ship for the next 1/2 a year. They change frequently and run the same set weekly , so the personality of the cruise director is what separates the excellent from good to average to bad... This guy was average ... we have had better cruise directors on other ships... -----Excursions We had a full day on Tortola - did a trip to the beach on the other side of the island ( called Island Beach Break) Two Mega ships in Port that Day ( us and a Disney Ship) Went there only to find about 4 Million people on this little beach ) Think of NY City with some sand ) stayed about 2 hours and returned to the ship. 2nd excursion was St Thomas - Great place , HOWEVER we only were in port for 6 Hours---7 am to 2 PM . excursion the St Johns island (St. John Beach Escape & Snorkel) was EXCELLENT Boat that took us over (island Girl) was EXCELLENT both ways ) Highly recommend this excursion..... only issue with St Thomas was is was not a lot of time on that island Last Excursion was Harvest Caye- - nice island , no issues , we liked the day on the beach ... These were the high and low points of this cruise. everything else with the cruise was in the satisfactory range, that being consistent with what NCL tries to deliver on each cruise regardless of destination and ship.......

Average cruising experience only

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Mrdoug411

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2020
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Have spent over 50 nights on NCL. We have been on the large and Mid size ships. Overall Program is very good . Each Cruise ship has its own personality , regarding cruise and experiences. NCL attempts to maintain consistency and they do a good job at what they can control. Hear are the positives and negatives we experienced on this trip .

----Boarding and Departure- very good - The heavy screening that is going on all over the country showed some backups on opening day , nothing to awful, Staff was friendly . Departure was excellent, especially with facial recognition they are now using, probably the fastest departure from a ship to date ( remember this ship had 4500 passengers ) .

---Meals in the garden cafe were themed at night - recommend going to the chef to cook the meal of the day ( Italian/ Mexican etc.) vs going to the cafe style food, It wasn't bad but sometimes not as hot as we would like.

---Specialty meals - We did LiBistro - Excellent ..period ...Staff excellent ....highly recommend.. not real excited about Cagneys on this ship - was just OK , probably wouldn't go back to them on this ship. Staff was just ok at cagneys .

---- CABIN Rooms - always good rooms - We had a mini Suite- Only issue We have with this class of ship with NCL ( Breakaway / Escape/ Getaway) is that the Balcony is smaller than the next class down ships with NCL. chairs on the balcony sitting straight puts my knees at the glass ( I am 6 foot). the next class down of NCL ships has more legroom on the balcony's.

---Casino- This might be the BIGGEST reason for us not returning to this ship. NCL has designated smoking areas . The casino is one of them ( supposedly for active players only) The smoke is so bad in there that you will NEVER get the smoke out of your clothes after stepping in there for two minutes. It is the worst experience of any ship NCL or others that we have gone on. Period. Ventilation is so poor . If you are a non smoker and this bothers you , FIND AN OTHER SHIP TO SAIL...... also the Bar area is much smaller than on the Escape and Breakaway .. The equivalent of six or seven seats wide. This is were you get your drinks for the whole casino if you get them yourself. Bar tenders were average at best in terms of speed and communication with the guests.

Cruise director on this ship was not as good (personality wise) as on other ships we have sailed. Its is March 2020 and the shifts for these workers is 9 months , so My guess is that he will be on this ship for the next 1/2 a year. They change frequently and run the same set weekly , so the personality of the cruise director is what separates the excellent from good to average to bad... This guy was average ... we have had better cruise directors on other ships...

-----Excursions We had a full day on Tortola - did a trip to the beach on the other side of the island ( called Island Beach Break) Two Mega ships in Port that Day ( us and a Disney Ship) Went there only to find about 4 Million people on this little beach ) Think of NY City with some sand ) stayed about 2 hours and returned to the ship.

2nd excursion was St Thomas - Great place , HOWEVER we only were in port for 6 Hours---7 am to 2 PM . excursion the St Johns island (St. John Beach Escape & Snorkel) was EXCELLENT Boat that took us over (island Girl) was EXCELLENT both ways ) Highly recommend this excursion..... only issue with St Thomas was is was not a lot of time on that island

Last Excursion was Harvest Caye- - nice island , no issues , we liked the day on the beach ...

These were the high and low points of this cruise. everything else with the cruise was in the satisfactory range, that being consistent with what NCL tries to deliver on each cruise regardless of destination and ship.......
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA
very good cabin . notes above about balcony being smaller on this class of NCL ships. All in all very good rooms. Nice size for two people , tight for three....would recommend this type of room for sure.
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