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Norwegian Breakaway Review

4.5 / 5.0
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3650 reviews
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Not great but OK for Norwegian

Review for Norwegian Breakaway to the Eastern Caribbean
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JCareyB
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom

We were on this cruise because my Wife is a Sweet Adeline's International Champion/Queen and she was asked to fill in for a missing "Tenor" in a quartet that was part of the faculty/program for "Harmony 2020" onboard the Breakaway. There were about 80 people participating in this year's "Harmony" cruise. If my Wife hadn't been part of the faculty/program we wouldn’t have normally chosen this cruise. We've been to BVI and USVI before. BVI and USVI have few reasons to revisit and this cruise wasn't a bargain. We've been on NCL four times before and on six other cruises before as well. I have several observations.....

Port Canaveral is a less than ideal port. Getting from the nearest airport (Orlando) is expensive and time consuming. The 1 to 1-1/2 hour travel time from and to Orlando adds risk and significant COST to your getting to and from the ship. It means you have to carefully plan for related air travel. If you choose other airports in the "area" like Ft. Lauderdale or Miami that are farther away this compounds your challenges.

We used "Always Superb Transport" out of Orlando for our transfer to and from the ship. Their service WAS superb, comfortable, and timely. It was occasionally hard to understand their staff on the phone when making arrangements, and they were relatively expensive, but we enjoyed using them.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom

Quiet except for the noisy guys next door who seemed to be practicing for their upcoming karaoke appearance. The cabin was perfectly useable and well-positioned to reach dining and public venues. space between the bed and closet was especially cramped to the point that it was hard to turn around it was so small.

Port Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Port itself is just fine. Getting to the port from Orlando is the challenge - expensive and time-consuming.

Tortola

There's little to do here and the shopping is minimal. We didn't bother to get off as we've been there before.

St. Thomas

Slightly better shopping than Tortola, but still mostly cheap souvenirs. We went to the Coffee Roasters coffee house just up the hill from the shopping center on the dock to get a coffee and use their free Wi-Fi, along with a host of other people. Later found out the Tourism Office also has totally free Wi-Fi and far fewer people making it much faster to use and it's almost ON the dock.

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