19 Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Bahamas

First time cruise. 3 kids, 2 adults. We are 40. Kids were busy in kids clubs and out of our hair most of the time. Rock wall and obstacle course were entertaining for adults, while kids were busy in the pool and on slides. Food was ... Read More
First time cruise. 3 kids, 2 adults. We are 40. Kids were busy in kids clubs and out of our hair most of the time. Rock wall and obstacle course were entertaining for adults, while kids were busy in the pool and on slides. Food was excellent, staff was great, shows were great. Decent size cardio room with many treadmills and ellipticals. Only 1 stairclimber, a very awkward pedal model. I hope you will replace it and add a few more standard stairclimbers. Weight room could use improvement. Its very small and crowded. Expand it into the dance studio, your dancers have plenty of other places. Also the A-rack full of preset straight bars needs EZ-grip bars on the other half of it. I worked out 6 out of 7 days on ship, so its important to keep gym rats entertained also :) Only one tragedy happened to me during the vacation, I left my prized possession, a bose headset in the room during disembarkment on last day...working with lost and found, hopping for its safe return. Very positive experience overall, will cruise again with Norwegian for sure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
What I did like about this cruise is that we got a cheap upgrade to a balcony on the forward of the ship. We arrived at the port at 9am and were surprised to get parked so quickly especially in NYC. The Embarkment went well. The food, ... Read More
What I did like about this cruise is that we got a cheap upgrade to a balcony on the forward of the ship. We arrived at the port at 9am and were surprised to get parked so quickly especially in NYC. The Embarkment went well. The food, the steward, and cleanliness was all good. Food was available 24/7 and not just junk food like pizza. The shows were all good except the Rock of Ages show was not appropriate for a cruise ship, maybe it would be best for a Vegas adult sex show, It was lack of taste for a cruise ship. The gym and equipment was good. Problems on this ship included language barriers and lack of knowledge of the workers. Many adult areas such as adult clubs and adult karaoke had children there which made it not an adult time at all. Little kids on the dance floor dancing while adults are gyrating with adult music is not cute. This decreased any adult time since there was minimal private areas for adults. Private areas came at an extra fee!! Children were running up and down the stairs, through the hallways by staterooms all hours of the night and playing on the dance floor in the restaurant dance area where couple where trying to dance. It seemed like no one was in control or authority to set limits on the cruisers who thought this was acceptable. Disembarkment was a nightmare with no organization so everyone tried to leave the ship at the same time so you could imagine that disaster! We were to leave at 9:20am and got off the ship at 1pm. Not impressed with Norwegian at all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We choose this cruise to see what Norwegan had to offer as we sailed from NY and it was difficult to with all of the traffic and arrangements. We really did enjoy the drink package as this was our first time it fit into the budget and that ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see what Norwegan had to offer as we sailed from NY and it was difficult to with all of the traffic and arrangements. We really did enjoy the drink package as this was our first time it fit into the budget and that was a plus. The kids stuff ( slides tubes/ rock climbing) had limited hours and we could not use it .. The fitness center was up to date, big and we utilized it everyday. The broad way shows: Burn the Floor was awesome, Rock of ages was well done.... Unfortunately the comedians were dry and stale.. Every 4th joke was humorous compared to Carnival or Royal Carb.. The pool entertainment was great as there was a Reggae band and the Bar staff kept up with the drink demands. The facilities were poor as our toilet only flushed once per day as we called everyday.. We did not care for making a reservation every night for dinner especially as this was not speciality dining. For the price ( $ 4,000) for a family of 3 with a ocean/ balcony view we felt we over paid. Sincerely Michigan Cruisers Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Myself and my boyfriend booked this cruise last minute, about a month before sail date, because of an offer we received in our email that if we booked now we would get $500 onboard credit. This was our 3rd cruise together, the other two ... Read More
Myself and my boyfriend booked this cruise last minute, about a month before sail date, because of an offer we received in our email that if we booked now we would get $500 onboard credit. This was our 3rd cruise together, the other two were on carnival. We’re from NY and so the cruise appealed to us because we didn’t have to pay for a flight or hotel before and after the cruise. Embarkment: Embarkment went smoothly and was quick. Our room was available as soon as we boarded. We were excited because this was the first time we had a balcony, unfortunately our balcony had a sprinkler above it so we would get sprayed with water every 30-45 minutes while out there. Things started to go bad the first day when we found out our room “didn’t qualify” for the $500 onboard credit. Which was the only reason we booked the cruise. And it’s not like we had an interior room we booked a balcony which was the most expensive option other than the haven. Ports: The Orlando port was the one we were looking the least forward to only because it wasn’t an island but nevertheless I was excited to go to Universal or sea world. We ended up not being able to go, and Disney wasn’t an option either. The ship get to Orlando around 1pm, leaves at 8 and it’s an hour to Disney, universal, sea world from the port. So you’d only have about 5 hours at the amusement park. We went to JFK space center-the only thing to do there is watch imax movies. 1/5 The Great stirrup Cay island is the cruise ships private island and other than the fact that the beach is crowded because everyone from the boat is there and sometimes there’s more than one boat, the island is beautiful, the food is free and it’s great there’s no one pressuring you to buy anything. So I give the island a 5/5. BUT you realistically only spend 4 hours on this beach. In order to get on this island you have to take a smaller boat from the ship. The disembarked then was a NIGHTMARE we waited in line for over an hour and then waited another 45 minutes sitting in an auditorium waiting to get on the transport ferry. And the staff was not clear about why you were sitting and waiting so long. Very disorganized. I would love to give Nassau a review because we were planning on going to Atlantis but I can’t because the captain cancelled the port due to bad weather. The funny thing was the day we were supposed to gonwas beautiful weather and the the captain sailed us right into a storm anyways and the last two days on the ship waves were making it up to our balcony and he boated rocked so bad. We were both sea sick for the 2 days. Food: The food was just alright. The sit down dinners in the main dining were good and the waiters were great and accommodating. The buffet had better options in comparison to Carnival’s buffet but what was disappointing was that there was no breakfast in the main dining room, your only option was the buffet. And there was no dress up night in the main dining room which is something we love about carnival. Disembarkment: A nightmare. Thank god we didn’t have to catch a plan. So slow and disorganized. Misc: The arcade was expensive we only used it once and that’s one of our favorite pass times The room was nice and the staff took good care of us Overall I’d give it a 1/5. At the end of the cruise we were glad it was over and felt like we needed a vacation after this vacation. So disappointing and a waste of money. I did win $400 in the casino though! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I'm sure that there are many cruise lines that are willing to offer more at a little higher rate. For a first timer this was an opportunity to get my "feet wet". The value was good for the services received. The breakaway ... Read More
I'm sure that there are many cruise lines that are willing to offer more at a little higher rate. For a first timer this was an opportunity to get my "feet wet". The value was good for the services received. The breakaway was clean. The cabin was clean and all surrounding public area such a bathrooms, stairs, hallways etc. The vocal entertainment was spot on. The bar tendering staff on decks 15, 16 & 17 where the best. The dining staff that i dealt with where also pleasant. Shore excursions i personally give 2thumbs down or 2 stars. #1. I wasn't sure if it was choppy waters or a poison sea snake in the beach water to norwegian's private islands. (Funds where refunded) #2.coco beach not quit a day at the beach. Too windy and dirty. #3.bahamas the weather was warm but only 1 day at dock. Even though ship docked the night b4. Food was decent and pretty much the same in most compliment dining rooms and buffet, unless you go asian or specialty dining. These spots served quality food and service. I'm a person who can find enjoyment in the worst possible case. I did just that. What others found unpleasant i made pleasant. Even a few racist. I met amazing and interesting people. I would advise all first timers and vets cruiser to never gave up the credit cards to load your ship payment card. I received $150 on board spending and added cash as needed. Carry only 1 card and use it for emergencies only. And cash out your card the final night and get back or clear up your account in cash. Who want to wait for a surprise bill in the mail.? Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship, crew and food were first rate. Million Dollar Quartet was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Definitely will see again. The comedians were awful. Attended the 18+ show and expected to be in tears laughing ... Read More
The ship, crew and food were first rate. Million Dollar Quartet was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Definitely will see again. The comedians were awful. Attended the 18+ show and expected to be in tears laughing so hard from the wealth of material available. Barely broke a smile.. Very unfortunate, Shore excursions overpriced and not very good value. Harvest Key, Norwegian's own island was a waste of time. You can get a tan on the boat just as easy and use your drink package as well. Every stop you would see the same watches, cheap jewelry, bamboo sheets for sale. Annoying the third and fourth port of call as you have to walk right thru the stores every time you get on and off the ship. What upset me the most was the amount of money the casino was taking from the passengers. I do understand that the boat is a business that is supposed to make money. However there is a limit between making money and gouging your customers. Eg 1. Blackjack tournament with a $500 prize. The boat took over $1800 in entries. $1300 profit is really greedy. Eg 2. Texas Hold-em Tournament. Over $2800 in entries, 3 prizes totaling just over $2100 were given out. $700 profit for a 3 hour tourney. Eg 3. The hold-em poker table took a 10% rake of every hand. That amounted to $250-400/hour depending on the size of the hands. The boat was the only winner. As I said the boat is a business to make money, but greed and gouging of your passengers is not the way to do business. I hope they change their ways. Finally, paying for water. $6.75 for a 2 litre bottle. 1/2 gallon in the US. More greed. If you didn't buy their water package and you went to a drink station to fill up a water container you were made to feel guilty like you were stealing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We like to travel out of New York or New Jersey since we reside locally and prefer it to flying somewhere else. Went on last Norwegian Cruise on Breakaway, to Bermuda. We loved the experience and the Thermal Spa. We decided to go in a ... Read More
We like to travel out of New York or New Jersey since we reside locally and prefer it to flying somewhere else. Went on last Norwegian Cruise on Breakaway, to Bermuda. We loved the experience and the Thermal Spa. We decided to go in a Haven Suite this time, and the experience far exceeded our expectations. When on the ship, we spend a good amount of time in the spa or the gym, and there was a short cut between the Haven Suites and the Spa/Gym, which share the same area. Although our specialty restaurant experience was good, the food in the Haven Restaurant was great, and we had almost exclusive access to it, whenever we chose to go, without much distance to go. It was "in your face" service, which exceeded anything we've experienced before. We had an option to have spa services, exclusively in the Haven area, but, chose to still have them in the spa since we've gotten familiar with the services there and have become comfortable in that setting. Staff just couldn't seem to do enough to provide impressive service. Truly impressive. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We ... Read More
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We disembark from New York (we live in NYC Metro area) that only involve 2 carry-on. There was no luggage involved nor did we take any flight to get start the trip. 2) The trip involved a Chinese agency that brought 1000+ Chinese foreign tourists (reason why I want to make this point) 3) We got one of the balcony suite (port side of the ship) 4) The Trip heads to Nassau, Bahamas, (NCL's own) Stirrup, Bahamas, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and return back to NYC 5) Excursions: Balmoral Island (Dolphin), Stirrup (given for all passengers), and Kennedy Space Center (Florida) Embarkation/Disembarkation: NYC Got there by 11:00 am (schedule time to check-in 11:30 am). The wait time to board was crazy. We got in by 2:30 pm. While waiting, many frequent travelers have told me that it is usually very quick but the delay was due to the 1000+ Chinese tourists (their passport and they didn't have all the information for their children; language communication issue which further delayed). Standing in the AFT line for 3+ hours without water and hunger (for my wife) was not pleasant (especially our 1st trip). The disembarkation was a bit Bahamas No Issue and the excursion gave enough time to get back. I find it was not hard to get back on board.. They provide all information (just have to listen and read)... Stirrup No issue and it's their private island. So it should not be a problem but just waiting for the ships to be loaded with passengers to sail to or back from the island.. No issue really Florida No issue and the custom wait was a bit time consuming but it could be beyond their control (we waited at the theater and waiting for our trip excursion to be called so we could get cleared with customs and continue to the excursions.. Cabin: Clean and tidy... I do not know if our roomkeeper was exceptional but he cleaned twice per day. He seems to always punctual and in our room when we just left or just come back with everything all setup... He was one of the friendliest face I saw everyday... Dining: In general, the food is was good but the selections could be a bit more for the complimentary. One thing that was a disappointment was Shanghai Noodle bar... I do not know if the Chinese tourists just hogged the whole restaurant had 2+ hours waiting every night... What my wife and I experienced is that the system there is all messed up.. Their paging system does not work efficiently and the wait is very painful. 1) Customer service is not good.. One, the lady upfront seems very cold (and I could understand her frustration with their system) but the system do not seem to have any empathy for those waiting to get seats and foods. It was designed to fail in many ways How? a. The wait is based on first come, first seat. The ordering is done as a group/region of each table section (note, there is no private booth for each group... Each table has 5-6 seats on one side and the region could have 6-12 seats where two tables are connected to each other... So I could face another group opposite to my side and another group could be seating next to me).. So when we place an order (on 2nd visit), you could be the first person in but your order is placed together in your table region by the waiters *and come out last). And the order of the food coming out goes top down (appetizers .. dishes, desserts)... So we were seated 2nd on our 2nd visit (we waited 40 minutes before it opened). We got seated on the back end of the table (near the wall). We ordered appetizers, dishes, and desserts... The waitress covering our area got the pork dumplings out first (top of the menu) and our shrimp dumplings came out far later than pork (just so you know, we ordered by 5:10 even though we were seated at 5:00 and our shrimp dumpling came out by 5:30pm)... So what you order and where you are seated makes a difference... b. There is no POS on what you ordered so they tend to mess up on orders since your order is done on paper. Their argument is that they make all food dishes in batches (all together - so all dimsum comes out together for the table/region; egg rolls, shrimp rolls).. That is why when you order, your priority of seating does not matter. I didn't get to eat until 30 minutes into seating... Also, they had a tendency to mess up on orders (giving food to people that they did not order) c. Seems to be unprepared. On our second visit, they didn't have all tables setup by 5:00pm (no glasses and all napkins, chopsticks, and menu done just before it opened). d. Since ordering is done in groups; the seating could be open for time and not be filled (since they do not know who is part of what group).. They have table reservation but they do not know who is part of what group for ordering. It was so bad that I have seen seats with finished plates sitting without being cleaned or filled for 10-20 minutes. This was one of the thing I complained to the manager on our 1st visit. My wife and I waited over 1 hr and there were 16 seats open!!! They are waiting for people with the pager (they give 7 min wait time) to come back but they never did (pager loses battery).. We got the seat by that manager's executive decision and he realizing that we could see the issues... BTW, our first visit.. We were done in 20 minutes... The time waiting for the others in front was enough time for others to eat and be done already.. So to make the long story short, these are my recommendations (in general, the food was great there).. 1) Get there early!!! Though the wait could be a pain but be the first to eat there (do not wait for the 2 hours wait... Our 1st night, we were on 2 hrs 40 min wait and close to end of business time)..Our 2nd visit, we were there at 4:20 for 5:00 pm opening 2) Order everything that you want to try (portions are not big) and make sure to order all things in one shot.. So order quantities more than 2 if need be and make sure to get all the order in first (do not order some now and some later; you are bound to wait) 3) Seating might not be in your control but make sure to follow 2. Food disseminated are based on type of dish (and they all come out at once for the table region in general) Other things, tell them you are done (so it could help them get more people in). It is a common courtesy for other diners (I do not doubt that some never ate during the voyage due to the wait).. Hopefully, they will get a POS soon and take our recommendation to improve service and process... The food is worth it but the wait and service.... It could be hard to do that again.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Pros: Great cruise with everything you want in a vacation in within walkable distance. Great restaurant varieties. Awesome casino with different table games and slot machines. Water park is great! Full of entertainment: 2 ... Read More
Pros: Great cruise with everything you want in a vacation in within walkable distance. Great restaurant varieties. Awesome casino with different table games and slot machines. Water park is great! Full of entertainment: 2 off broadway shows for free. Cons: Too much emphasis on art galleries and auctions. Almost is like scamming you into buying some copies of art. Too many for fee activities/entertainment on the ship Internet access is way too expensive on ship. I mean come on, the cost to provide internet for the whole ship is not expensive these days. Tips: For the florida trip, if you do not mind driving. Rent a car! They are charging 60-100 per person for transportation. It only cost 40 dollars to rent a car for the whole day. Overall: The cruise has everything you need for a great cruise vacation if you are willing to dish out $500 - $1000 excluding casino money on top of the fare. All the for-fee activities are way too expensive for the service provided however you are forced to pay for them if you want the whole cruise experience. Transportation alone cost over 60-70 per person. I ended up renting a car in the florida excursion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of sailing from a local port of call (NYC) on one of NCL's newest, largest, and most amenable to a single cruiser (with their Studio rooms). Although I was unable to secure a Studio ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of sailing from a local port of call (NYC) on one of NCL's newest, largest, and most amenable to a single cruiser (with their Studio rooms). Although I was unable to secure a Studio room (these rooms are in high demand and book fast), we (single cruisers) were hosted by a lovely staffer named "Lovely Lovely" every night... and she definitely lives up to her name. Every night, she made every effort to host a meet and greet at the Studio Lounge for all single travelers. We spent a lovely time getting to know each other and gaining some tips and recommendations for ship activities and shore excursions. Lovely Lovely even booked dinner and a show every night for those who wanted it. I was so anxious about traveling alone, fearing that on a ship of over 3k, I would have no one to meet or talk to. I was so wrong. I met other single travelers and we had a lovely time on shore excursions, at dinner, shows, and other shipboard activities. I've made some lasting friendships and I have NCL and Lovely Lovely to thank for it. ((( As an aside, I also recommend (singles travelers or not) that all cruisers join a Cruise Critic Roll Call. This is another wonderful way to meet other cruisers and make some friendships before you cruise. In our Roll Call... we organized a "pub crawl" on the first night that we re-created on the last. Here too, I met the most amazing friends.))) The ship is HUGE!!! Some might find this a drawback, but for someone looking to fill their day with activities, this is a great ship. (Getaway is a sister ship and has a lot of similar aesthetic appeal and size). The ship was easy to navigate through, and has that NYC vibe and feel. I stayed in an inside double, and the size was just perfect for a single, but would have been good for a double. The closet is a bit small, but the bathroom was comfortable and roomie. The cabin steward was friendly and always available to assist in any need. I enjoyed the variety of menu items, but was unimpressed by the aesthetics or food quality of the TASTE or SAVOR. The Manhatten room had the same food, but it seems at though it was fresher... and the aesthetics and entertainment made the experience. I highly recommend the Asian dining at Shanghai's (in the Casino deck 7). It was remarkable. The food was fresh and delicious, and it comes quickly... though you have to get there early, book a reservation, or wait a very long time to eat. It's THAT popular. Skip the grill unless you're looking for quick and easy breakfast on your way to something... it's uninspiring. The food is *meh*, good but *meh*... You're on a trip of a lifetime... dine in style and have a sit down meal. Embarkation was easy... as a Casino traveler, we had a priority boarding privileges. Entertainment was Broadway quality. I've seen Rock of Ages in NYC, and this was top notch. The entertainers are all friendly and they came out to take pics and say hi to the audience afterwards. Don't miss Cirque Dreams... Another exceptional dining experience and the show is nothing less than mezmerising. I purchase the 4 day Body Sculpting package with a $50 Spa Credit I won. I was hoping to keep up with my exercise routine, but I have to admit, that after partying every night, getting up at 9:30 for a boot camp type work out was hard. If you're a work out buff, it's worth it. But then again, you probably have a boot camp routine of your own. The gym has plenty of weights and machines which I didn't get to use because I was so sore from the boot camp classes. Next time, I'll stick to my own routines. I am disappointed in the Spa however, I was looking for a relaxing (and quiet) experience away from screaming kids in the pools and the not-so-hot hot tubs on the decks... but the Spa was an open room that echoed everyone's voices as they tried talking over the jets in the thermal pools and hot tubs. I've seen better Spas on smaller ships and expected a lot more out of this premium vessel. I think it would have been better to have their larger room divided into smaller rooms where no more than 4 or 5 ppl can enjoy a "quiet" spa experience... away from the noise of talking/laughing adults and the noise of the pool jets and spas. Overall, everyone.. staff, crew, officers, and guests were amazing. A final note, we missed Grand Cay Island because the week prior's hurricane devastated it. Not too upset. But we also missed shore excursions at Port Canaveral because of an onboard medical emergency. Missing 1 was sad, missing both was disappointing. But, this was beyond the control of the ship, the cruise line, or the staff. Many passengers was understandable upset and very vocal about it. If you're cruise experience has a similar blip, please understand that such things are unavoidable and treating staff or crew disrespectfully is gauche. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
You can take an exercise class or just use the equipment. You can eat whatever you want whenever you want inside or outside. You can see the shows or just look at the ocean. Nobody tries to make you do anything yet there's a million ... Read More
You can take an exercise class or just use the equipment. You can eat whatever you want whenever you want inside or outside. You can see the shows or just look at the ocean. Nobody tries to make you do anything yet there's a million things to choose from. So it's a true vacation, the way you want it. The ship is clean and attractive and the private islands are unbelievable nice! Dress code runs the gamut, dress up if you want. The staff was mostly super friendly or at least polite. It was one of the best vacations I ever had. You can be in the crowd or spring for the Vibe Club or Spa pass. I traveled solo and had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo included the beverage pkg, gourmet dining pkg, gratuities, spa, butler, concierge services. We feel the communication should have been a lot better. For instance, we didn't know that we had a separate phone number that we could call to access concierge services to plan our trip. This was included in our pkg yet I had to wait for over an hour on the phone with guest services only to be told by the rep that I paid for this service and I should use it. Once I called the concierge services to see what we needed to plan in advance I was told repeatedly that things were sold out. She seemed unaccommodating and I asked her if she was only going to say no to the rest of my requests. I was told that most restaurants that I wanted were booked, Cirque was booked for the first night, Ocean Restaurant was booked, Aqua Adventure for Atlantis was booked (we went directly to Atlantis and got there was no problem getting it), Clam Shells and Rock of Ages needed to be booked on the boat. To be fair, we did book our trip 3 wks prior to sailing which isn't much time. I was reminded of this over and over even though our pkg entitled us to special concierge services. We were told that the show that we could see the first night for free was sold out even though we were able to meet with the concierge the night of a show 30 minutes prior in order to be taken to a special elevator and to the seats that are reserved for Haven Guests. This is awesome but we didn't know until the last minute. Even the concierge on the boat was telling things were sold out until the last minute when they finally told us we could meet them and we wound up in the first row! Once we actually got to take advantage of the services for Haven Guests our trip was phenomenal but it seemed like the concierge was holding back until the last minute. Even when you go on excursions. We didn't know that someone will have a sign with Haven on it in order to get you on the return boat sooner rather than waiting on a never ending line at the end of the day. We stayed until the end to enjoy Coco Cay but we were ready to go. While frying at the end of the line we finally saw the man with the Haven sign. Our worst experience, though, was with our butler who was mostly MIA for the whole trip. We didn't even know who he was because he made no attempt to introduce himself. While other couples that we made friends with couldn't say enough about their butler service, ours needed to be chased. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to the concierge who told us to fill out a card for breakfast, but our friends never had to ask. Their butler brought a pot of coffee each morning with Danish. They had a cheese and fruit platter waiting for them in the afternoon, or he'd surprise them with little sandwiches and chocolates. He brought them special spa products and was just exceptional. I should also mention that they didn't book the same level Haven cabin (Spa Suite) that we did so their gratuities were not included. We feel that we were penalized for having the free gratuity pkg., even though we fully intended to tip if we felt the service was there. It really put a damper on the trip. The other negative was that you couldn't walk the full length of the ship because it's broken up. I always enjoy a good morning walk outside on the top deck but there is only a puny track that wraps around the kids area and some eateries so people and kids aimlessly wander on to the track since it's in their zone. Also the smoking was disgusting. Who wants to take a shower, put on nice attire only to smell like smoke just from walking on thru the casino or the outside areas. We were told by staff that some of the guests argue with them and smoke on the balconies and in the rooms despite their policy. Our Lavazzo Coffee machine seemed to malfunction. Our cabin whirlpool was broken from the start but they came after 11 pm to check on it out and fixed it the next day. They could have told us they were coming to check it that late. The Haven pool area is nice but the pool is not usable. Especially when people travel with kids and they monopolize the pool area. Now for the good news. We liked our cabin. We loved the Haven Restaurant. We loved the Maitre-de, Edgar, & May, who were exceptional, the breakfast, lunch and dinners were great. Ocean was great. We liked having our own Haven area before boarding the ship where they had a spread of coffee, tea, water, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate, and priority boarding and disembarking priority. Overall, if we did this cruise again we would book a Haven Spa Suite, since now we know how it should work. It's a great value if you get the right butler and the services are better communicated or simply executed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Being born in the Caribbean and traveling each year over there, I can say this Norwegian Cruise Vacation to the Bahamas has been one of the best ever. Amazing crew members, service, food, and activities aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. ... Read More
Being born in the Caribbean and traveling each year over there, I can say this Norwegian Cruise Vacation to the Bahamas has been one of the best ever. Amazing crew members, service, food, and activities aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. Awesome ashore places including white sand beaches. Just one of the best vacations ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First, I'd like to remind all travelers, to keep all Money, and valuables with them while traveling. We, were one of the victims of a TSA money grab out of one of our suitcases. That being said, on with the review. We boarded the ... Read More
First, I'd like to remind all travelers, to keep all Money, and valuables with them while traveling. We, were one of the victims of a TSA money grab out of one of our suitcases. That being said, on with the review. We boarded the ship at around 12:00, pretty smooth for as many people boarding at that time. Since we stay in the "Haven", we were taken to the dining room and introduced to everyone (if possible, I highly recommend), after eating, our room was ready and we relaxed and waited for the ship to sail. Our room was in the back of the ship and the first night was a little rocky, but very acceptable. I'm a casino junky, so once we cleared international waters I went to my second room, the Casino. Excellent staff and very helpful. Some of the personnel were from other ships that I been on, so it was nice to see some familiar faces. Got to Port Canaveral on time. My wife wanted to do the Cape Kennedy Tour, that I wasn't that excited about. Why would someone want to spend seven to eight hours looking at old rockets?? Well I was wrong, well worth going to and I'd go back, because the time flew by and I didn't see everything I wanted to. It turns out to be one of those "don't miss" places. My only complaint was that when we boarded the buses to go, one of our brilliant cruiser's apparently can't read or doesn't own a watch, so we waited for over 30 minutes for them, we left they came running up to the bus, but where we were, the bus driver had to drive around the terminal to pick them up, when he got back they'd disappeared... The next day we arrived at the Great Stirrup (sp), this island is owned and operated by NCL, so it's about what you'd expect. Nice place to get a tan, kill a few hours. We decided to try the swimming with the sea rays. I'm not a big water freak anymore (must have something to do with the additional weight issue), but with the way it was set up and the depth of the water, snorkeling and the view was awesome. Make sure to invest in a water proof camera, it will be well worth the money. Next stop was Nassau, Bahama's, we had scheduled to do the mini boats, you drive. Don't bother, the company that runs this excursion is a scam. You walk for about 20 minutes through town about a mile away. It didn't bother my wife or myself, but the two other couples were not in shape to walk that distance. When we arrived we were stalled around for another 15 minutes and that the owner/operator stated that the "ship made a mistake", he only had one boat for 2 people (this is called a bait and switch). Basically all his other boats were broken down, but he owned the two adjacent bars and restaurants and would be more that happy to buy you a drink if you wanted or order something. I'm hoping my complaint to our hostess will eliminate this excursion. On the positive side, my wife and I ended up walking around town into some of the industrial business sections, found a company that did they same type of work we did, and were able to spend some quality time with the owners. Lemonade out of Lemons!!!!! All in All: I would recommend this cruise and the ship, food was good, accommodations were good, crew did a excellent job. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I need to qualify my review so that similar type of cruisers benefit and those that could be put off without need will not be. Hope that makes sense. In the last year I've ridden twice on the QM2 in the grills, enjoying both an ... Read More
I need to qualify my review so that similar type of cruisers benefit and those that could be put off without need will not be. Hope that makes sense. In the last year I've ridden twice on the QM2 in the grills, enjoying both an eastbound and westbound journey. At 150k tons the QM2 holds 2,620 passengers. The NCL Breakaway, at similar tonnage held 4,509 for my week aboard. I chose the Breakaway exactly based on its name. A lousy winter and I just wanted a casual environment where I could relax and renew cold and weary bones. I was not looking for a formal ship and have a 3 cruise (Med (Dream, 11/01), Western Caribbean (Sun, 04/02), and New England (Dawn, 07/05) history with NCL so calibrated my expectations accordingly. OK, with that proviso, here I go. a) 4500+ (we had 4,509 with 700+ kids) people in a 150k ton ship is just too many, especially when we are talking only two banks of passenger elevators that ride on a very slow door close and movement rate. Constant tussles between passengers and frustrations were voiced, many often opting for stairs, even if it meant 5 or more flights, out of pure frustration. Having said that this ship is great for families. Though the cabins are very small, the Splash Academy and outdoor slides, rope course and putt putt course, along with the pools, an arcade, etc etc are tremendous for kids and family fun. Kids have a blast on this ship and are kept well entertained. (some of their parents can learn a thing or two but that's another topic) b) Inconsistent customer service: customer service felt like you were one among 4,500 most of the time, which isn't to say awful but don't expect a high touch service, especially if you hit a snag, except for The Haven, a segregated "First Class" area (I was in there the last 2 days). Friends of mine (two women sharing a cabin) had a very bad time of it. Their cabin had a kind of intense swooshing sound that would startle and waken them throughout the night (inside 13th deck). It took 3 complaints before they were heard (4 days into trip) and moved. Once moved their new room keys didn't work which took another round of complaints before it was understood they couldn't get in their rooms (they kept giving them (3x) new keys instead of having maintenance check the door). They were eventually moved to a third cabin (in 7 nights, 2 moves isn't great) and were finally able to catch up on sleep the last 2 nights (just saying that phase says everything about their experience). Not really how you want to spend 7 nights but they were good soldiers. c) Food overall was what I expected. A bit better then a catering hall and a bit above that in the specialty dining areas, though I never found a dessert I liked, including sorbet or ice cream, though the ship's coffee was very good. I thought it was just me but polled a bunch of folks and they agreed. I was great with starters and entrees (nice variety) but desserts, yuch. Breads were good too. I did the ultimate dining package allowing me to sample 5+ specialty restaurants. I ended up with Le Bistro 3x and Cagney's 2x with the main dining room (Manhattan and Savor) the other two. The Garden Cafe was well done with nice variety, spacious and well staffed, though I avoided it at peak day periods for fear of my life. d) Entertainment: if you can't find something you like on this ship you're not trying. From the rides (for the kids but I did too @ 58! - slides scared the heck out of me and were a blast) to Second City comedy, to Rock of Ages (didn't like this cast much but it was OK), ito jazz, to bank-e-okee, etc, there's a huge variety (of course casino) of things to do and see. e) Ambiance: Based in NYC it's clear the designers went for more of a subtle NYC sophisticated style over in your face stuff. Lots of use of wood style (I don't think it was wood) paneling, muted colors, etc. Deck space is often criticized for being tight with chair/chair/chair/chair setting. True - with the space taken for rides on the main sun decks this is not the typical pools with surrounding deck chairs and one above. Though there's a wonderful sunning space on the front of the very top, port side. Beautiful views and wonderful sunning place. Where there are tons of people, you feel it and in my case, wanted. to get away as much as possible, which leads me to, f) The Spa: where I spent most of my days. Great hydrotherapy pools ($198 a week for daily entrance), steam room, sauna, sauna-light and Salt room. Great location at forward on 15, a true get away (no kids allowed), not very populated (calm, relaxing) and well done. There's also heated stoned recliners good for warming. I also indulged in 2 massages with Boigoy, the only male masseur and they were excellent. I especially liked the stone massage. The spa made the ship for me. I'd work out in the morning and spend a lot of time in the spa hydrotherapy pool, jacuzzi, steam or sauna and just relaxing reading. This was well worth the price of admission and I'd have to consider better than the QM2 Canyon Ranch spa even. Embarking/Disembarking: NCL has this down well and there weren't issues beyond a long line for immigration. Getting a taxi across the street was a bit weird but ultimately easy. Never easy to cross the West Side Highway whatever the hour or day. Freestyle dining: I like it for the freedom it brings, along with the variety. Having said that you do miss a sense of home base for dining and getting to know your waiters, etc. Still, I prefer free style, especially when looking for an informal warm weather cruise. On the high seas with 'Cunard' I like one table and one main dining room. Overall it did the trick but I know I prefer something around 100k tons with a great spa. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
INTRO: I have to say I was a little perplexed when I saw some of these terrible reviews for NCL's newest ship, Breakaway. But, I also knew that unfortunately, some people really do exaggerate and let one thing ruin their entire ... Read More
INTRO: I have to say I was a little perplexed when I saw some of these terrible reviews for NCL's newest ship, Breakaway. But, I also knew that unfortunately, some people really do exaggerate and let one thing ruin their entire experience. Also, I’m shocked when people spend all this money on an exciting vacation and don’t research what they’re getting themselves into. NCL doesn’t hide the fact that they charge for extras such as specialty dining or special spa experiences, so how can you be so mad when you get on board? Anyway, I digress, on with the review! ABOUT ME: I’m 30 and I cruised with my fiancé who is 28. We also had her parents with us (the have always been very loyal to RCCL, so this was new for them). I've cruised twice on RCCL and twice on NCL. To start, I was truly blown away by NCL on this sailing! I think they are taking cruising to a very exciting place. This may not please some of the more traditional cruisers, but it really excites me. I love having choices! And I think if you cruise with an open mind and positive energy, the vacation truly is what you make of it! Not to mention, you get much better service when your not acting like a jerk. ;) BOOKING: We originally reserved two Balcony Staterooms near the back of the ship. One for my fiancé and I and the other one for her Mother and Father. I called the Monday before we left and asked my Personal Cruise Consultant (David) to see if we could be upgraded. 5 minutes later, we were in a mid-ship Mini Suite with upgraded bathroom at no extra charge! NCL truly impressed my family and I from the moment we booked and until we got off the ship in cold, gray NYC. THE SHIP: The ship is so beautiful! Her front hull artwork by Peter Max is colorful and fun and sets the tone for the entire ship. She’s tastefully decorated with contemporary themes and color schemes and shines with cleanliness! Breakaway has so many venues and restaurants and things to do that we could barely fit it all in one week. We felt more like we were out and about in an exciting new city versus traipsing around a stale cruise ship. Breakaway truly changes the game in my opinion. The ship has a wonderful energy. And if you need to feel the energy of the big blue sea, go for a walk or a cocktail on the beautiful Waterfront (more on this later)! THE STATEROOM: A beautifully appointed mid-ship Mini Suite with Balcony on Deck 11. The decor was clean and modern with champagne and plum tones. Sleek contemporary photographs of outdoor landscapes gave a fresh, lush feel and bring life to the walls. The balcony is small as reported by others, however it still fits two people comfortably and serves its purpose. Personally, I'd much rather the extra space in the bathroom, which is the real star of the stateroom. My fiancé’s father noted several times that the bathroom was a "religious experience". The shower is HUGE. Easily fits two people (trust me) and is equipped with a large rain-style shower head and wait for it...SIX water jets that hit different areas from your toes to your waist. The water pressure and temperature was consistently impressive. There is a long sink that has two faucets, which allows two people to brush their teeth and get ready at the same time. We were never in each other’s way! The room was large and clean and always made up delightfully (with towel animals, of course) by our very sweet Stateroom Attendant, Bienjamin. He always called us by name and greeted us with a smile. In fact the whole crew was incredible… THE CREW: The thing that makes me the saddest about the bad reviews is the people who wrote that the crew was “rude” or “uninterested” or “didn't go the extra mile” for them. This could NOT be farther from our experience. We were amazed that every single person who we passed in the hallway smiled and said "Good Morning". Each and every crewmember genuinely wanted to help or at least try. These people work so hard to provide you with a vacation of a lifetime and they all go the extra mile consistently to accommodate their guests. In fact, if you had any problem what so ever, you could actually call any of the officers on their CELL PHONES. Prem, the Hotel Director gave out his personal phone number at the Welcome Aboard Show and also gave everyone the opportunity to write him a note that he would personally reply to within 24 hours. This came in handy, when on day 2, we were having issues with room keys working. It ended up being some kind of computer glitch. Instead of letting it ruin our vacation we politely, but sternly let him know that there was an issue and not only was the problem quickly remedied, but Prem had a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries with a personal note and phone call delivered to my in-laws. Talk about service! I made sure to write him personally to let him know how much that meant to us. He also responded to this. We were very impressed and felt VERY SPECIAL! Also, one night we were dining in Moderno, which is a delicious Brazilian steakhouse, the Executive House Keeper came by our table. She asked how we were finding our rooms and our Stateroom Attendants. We told her we were very pleased. The very next day we had a personal note from her with a plate of delicious chocolates, thanking us for our feedback and letting us know that our opinion was important. NCL really does a lot of little things to make you feel special! The Officers were always present on he ship and always smiling and checking in with you. I felt taken care of from embarkation to debarkation. VIBE: I almost don’t want to write about this for fear of the secret getting out. VIBE Beach Club is an exclusive outdoor venue with cushioned loungers, day beds, and cabanas. There is a private bar and restrooms, as well as two large hot tubs. They only sell 60 passes for the week and they sell out fast. Get on the boat early and go to Guest Services. They will set you up. It’s $79 a person for the week and worth every penny. Oh, and they come around with fresh fruit skewers and cold towels (although they forgot the towels out every time we were there). We spent a lot of time here. NOTE: Adults only area. This is a great place to sail away from. SLIDES/ROPES COURSE: We loved all of the water slides! We never waited. Zero Lines! The “FREE FALL” slide is terrifying and exhilarating! It’s over before you know it. NOTE: You are required to take off all jewelry before sliding. The Ropes Course was so much fun, but way scarier than I anticipated. Gather up your courage and walk The Plank. It extends about 8 feet out from the boat and is 18 decks high. SUPER AWESOME! I’ve never experienced anything like this. CLUBS/BARS: We danced our butts off at the many themed parties under the stars in Spice H20. The GLO party was the best. Tons of people and wonderful energy keeps you dancing into the wee hours in this “Ibiza Style” outdoor club. Let the drinks flow! Bliss was great as well, although sparsely attended some nights. THE WATERFONT: NCL hit a home run here! It’s the first of its kind at sea. Think of a quarter-mile stretch of waterfront dining, drinking, and shopping…on a boat! Enjoy a drink at one of the many outdoor bars or request ocean view seating at a specialty restaurant. For a quiet romantic or peaceful moment, go to the very aft (back) of the ship and take in the view and soundscape of the wake. Also, during the day, when things are closed, you can sit freely on any of the very comfortable lounge furniture. Most ships have very little options in the way of outdoor entertainment in the evenings. Breakaway does not have this issue! SPECIALTY DINING: Teppanyaki is our favorite! Amazingly show from the splendidly talented chefs and the food is delicious and plentiful. I couldn’t stop eating the Garlic Fried Rice! GO EAT THERE. It’s worth every penny. We also ate at Moderno as I mentioned before. Bring your appetite and plan on not eating meat for a day or so. Very delicious! My favorite was the Bacon-Wrapped Chicken! We also enjoyed our last meal at Cagney’s. The service was a little slow, but the food more than made up for it! It’s a little pricey at $30 a head, but it’s literally the kind of quality you can expect from a high-end steakhouse in NYC. We ate at Smith and Wollensky about two months earlier and it’s comparable. Seriously. ALL OF THE MAIN DINING ROOMS ARE GREAT. Don’t listen to the people who say that the food was “inedible”. The selections are plentiful and varied. And if you don’t like your first selection, get a second one! I ordered two appetizers on many occasions. ☺ ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: THE BEST AT SEA! Hands down. As a professional actor and NYC theatregoer, I’m pretty picky. Burn The Floor is a fabulous piece with world-class dancers, literally. And Rock of Ages, well, get ready to ROCK! If you don’t have fun at these, you should check your vital signs. There’s always something going on. Do as little or as much as you want! We loved The Second City and Howl at the Moon. And if you get a chance, go listen to at least one night of blues in Fat Cats. Slam Allen really is a top-notch entertainer! NOTE: Rock of Ages is not for the little ones. They make this very clear at all times, but some people have listening issues. PORTS (BAHMAS AND FLORIDA): We’d already been to all of them, so we didn’t take this cruise for the specific ports, but we did for the weather and THE WEATHER WAS AWESOME! We were in our bathing suits on day 2! If it’s your first time going on this itinerary, here’s my advice: Florida: Go to Universal Islands of Adventure and enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Nassau: Go to Atlantis at least once. It’s quite a spectacle and the slides are awesome! And at Great Stirrup Cay, go to the beach and enjoy the BBQ. This is the ultimate relaxing beach day. TIP: Wait until 10:30 or 11am and take a tender boat over. The crowds are crazy before that, plus you can enjoy the pool while everyone is fighting to get off the boat. OH, AND HOW COULD I FORGET…there is a rather impressive fireworks show at sea! You’ll love it. It’s rather quick, but pretty cool considering you are floating around the Atlantic Ocean. And by the way, my future in-laws, who I mentioned were very loyal RCCL cruisers, enjoyed themselves immensely and are planning on going Freestyle again in the near future! In the end, I loved our trip on Breakaway and can’t wait to sail her again. Disregard negative reviews. Keep an open mind and stay positive. Keep your expectations reasonable. After all, you’re on VACATION! You’ll have a blast. Happy Sailing!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Background: I'm 28 years old. I sailed on the 12/8/2013 to 12/15 cruise out of NYC to the Bahamas. I was cruising solo and this was my first cruise. My goals going in were adventure, relaxation, and meeting new people around my age. ... Read More
Background: I'm 28 years old. I sailed on the 12/8/2013 to 12/15 cruise out of NYC to the Bahamas. I was cruising solo and this was my first cruise. My goals going in were adventure, relaxation, and meeting new people around my age. Type of cabin: Studio The Ship: The Breakaway is about 8 months old. The amenities and restaurants provided were satisfying. The activities that I remember were all fun: rock climbing, ropes course, mini golf, 4 hot tubs on the main deck, kids pool, main pool, ping pong, bowling, darts, pool, casino, theater, shuffleboard, movie screen. I did want to get a massage, but the pricing was a bit ridiculous… something along the lines of $150 for 50 minutes. The layout is pretty easy to navigate, and the elevators are adequate for the capacity. One complaint I read before sailing is the location of the casino. You can avoid it if you want, but yes, sometimes you will have to walk through a little smoke smell to get to where you are going. The ship never felt crowded and I was always able to find a little quiet space for reading. The ship was smooth but sometimes there would be vibrations for a while, and there was some rocking as well, mostly on the last night coming home. I get sea sick on occasion and I had no problems this cruise. One thing they need to address… the hot tubs could have been hotter, or at least have provided a temperature control for people who prefer shorter but higher temperature stays in the hot tubs. The Cabin: I chose the ship partly because of the studio cabins, which let me save money and gave me the hope that I would bump into other solo cruisers. There are about 60 studio cabins, all of which are in a separate area behind a key-carded door... so there wasn't as much traffic as other parts of the ship, which was nice if you wanted quiet around your room. I did notice the cabin wasn't totally sound proof, as I could hear mumbled conversations in the morning - that being said, I am a light sleeper and these never bothered me. The only thing that slightly bothered me was the cruise announcements can still be slightly heard from the hallway speakers, but they first one was usually around 10AM. The cabin itself was nice and clean... modern looking. It's on the small side but that didn't really bother me. The important thing for me was a good size bed that was comfortable, which I had. The one comment is that the bathroom is a bit small, and that the sink is not in the bathroom which is a bit odd. They included a hairdryer, shampoo and body wash. There is plenty of room to store clothes. I kept the window which looks onto the corridor closed (with the blinds) most of the time. It's heavily frosted so you can't really see anything anyway... it just lets some light in. The studio lounge was not as "lounge"-ish as I had imagined... I was envisioning sofas where I could relax. It's a two floor room with some seating and a small bar (only staffed for one hour a day). Realistically, we used it to sync up with other travelers on plans for the evening. I didn't spend much time in there. The Nightlife: The nightlife was adequate... we had a lot of fun with dancing, drinking, karaoke, and mingling over drinks. It would be nice if more than one main bar or club (other than Bliss) stayed open late so you have more options. Also, the music was mostly good songs but it got very repetitive. The DJ also seemed to have a thing for Latin music, which I love, but sometimes 20-30 minutes of that at a time is too much for a regular crowd to be having fun. The Crowd: Being in the solo cabin, I had access to the solo lounge, although I think people who are determined can get in without much hassle to attend the nightly solo cabin meet-up, run by a crew member. Out of the 60 or so studio cabins, I would say 80% were filled with a crowd that was 40+. I was hoping for more of a younger mix... note that there were even much older people staying in these rooms. I believe some families with odd numbers put extra travelers in a studio rooms. That being said, I met a few fun people around my age and even some great people who were outside of my typical age range. I spent the cruise eating, drinking, lounging and dancing with these 5-7 people and it was a blast. Overall, the ship leaned toward families and the older crowd. Amongst the rest of the ship, I would say 70-80% were 50+. Kids were present but weren’t too bad of a nuisance for a solo traveler like me… you just have to remind them that they can’t come into the 2 adult only hot tubs on the top deck! The Food: I am not a picky eater. The buffet food was fine although the omelet line should not take 15 minutes every morning... they need more stations. I ate at some of the restaurants, all of which the food was pretty good. The best dining experience was at Tepanyaki... great hibachi show and great food. The Excursions: I booked my cruise late and didn't book any excursions until a day or two before they were set to happen. I did this onboard the ship via the phone app. I was happy that there was still room, although some times were sold out. It was nice not to have to stress and book it all ahead of time. I did the Sailboat Snorkeling in Nassau and Kayaking on Stirrup Cay, both of which were fun and went well. Overall experience: The crew was all very friendly, and our cruise director, Sinan, was fantastic. We bumped into him a few times and he was very friendly. Our studio cabin director was also great and facilitated meeting the other travelers. The wait-staff was hit or miss, mostly good in the paid places and not as good in the free places. I really like the freestyle cruising aspect. I liked being able to eat when I wanted, and especially having the option to eat alone for some quiet time. I usually had breakfast alone and then lunch and dinner with cruise mates. Not having to worry about a set time was really stress relieving. I also liked the fact that we had sea days. The beginning sea days gave me time to prepare my excursions and the ending sea days gave me time to unwind and relax without missing anything. The shows I saw, Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages, were both good. The boarding and un-boarding experience was good. Boarding took me about 30-40 minutes in NYC. Leaving the cruise, I did the solo walk off where you take your own bags. The totally process took about 15 minutes or less. Everything else: One awful part of the experience was the website and the cruise app. I had multiple problems when trying to use the website before sailing. The onboard app is $7 for unlimited text and phone between other people with the app. This is a great bargain, but they app is very flakey. Sometimes messages are missed or late to be delivered, and you can't send a text to a person that is disconnected from the ship's WiFi. For full internet access, expect to pay .50-.75 cents a minute depending on the package you select. You do not need the full internet access to book excursions or use the WiFi messaging (just pay the $7 once). Summary: Overall a great experience. I would definitely sail this ship again, but I would try to find a week where it’s more likely to be a younger crowd. I still met a great group of people who I will stay in touch with. I really like the freestyle cruising and think I will stick with Norwegian just because of this. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We spent the previous day in NYC, did a bus tour, and saw Christmas Spectacular. It was one of the best shows we have ever seen. Embarkation- no issues. We arrived at 1030 and were on the ship by 1145. Shows: Burn the Floor exceeded our ... Read More
We spent the previous day in NYC, did a bus tour, and saw Christmas Spectacular. It was one of the best shows we have ever seen. Embarkation- no issues. We arrived at 1030 and were on the ship by 1145. Shows: Burn the Floor exceeded our expectations and was an excellent show. Rock of Ages was good but we would have preferred a show that appealed to a larger demographic. Slam Allen and his band were great and can really play some blues. The Waterfront was has lots of good seating when the restaurants are not open. It is not used as much during the winter cruises. iConcierge seemed like a good idea but wasn't for us. It constantly disconnected. I had an iphone 4 and had to forget WIFI, reconnect, and hit cancel to the internet connection prompt 2x to get the iConcierge working again. My wife is not that technical and never used it. Allow lots of time for delivery if ordering pizza, especially during busy times. We ate at Cagney's the first night and took advantage of the free bottle of wine. The food and service were very good. Le Bistro - the food was great but the service was not attentive. We had to get up to retrieve our wine, which was located in a wine bucket behind our table, ourselves when needed. Do not sit at the tables outside because it was too crowded, noisy and smelled like cigarette smoke. We have enjoyed this venue more on other NCL ships. We avoided the Manhattan room during busy times because of all of the reviews we read. We had no issues during an in port lunch there. We arrived a half hour early for Savor and there was a huge line by the time it opened. The food was disappointing except for the desserts. Garden Café: I thought it provided a wide variety of food to cover any taste. It seemed to always be crowded so when you go there always check the aft section for open tables. Also go upstairs to the Uptown Grill where there were always plenty of seats and short lines. La Cucina: For the price, it is one of the best pay restaurants. I wish they would offer their pizzas for $5. It would be worth it. In my opinion the free sit down restaurants are not designed for the large volume of people. They don't have enough staff and resources to cover them effectively during busy times. So if you go there during the busy times expect a longer wait and less attentive service. Complaining will not help and be nice to the hard working staff. They are working as hard as they can given the circumstances. The pool areas were always crowded on sea days but if you go up a few decks there were plenty of chairs and it was not crowded at all. The obstacle course (Walk the Plank) and water slides were awesome. Epcot: This was the only excursion we did. We left the ship at 12:15 and were in Epcot at 1:45 pm. We only had time to do the World Showcase part which was great. The last bus left at 7:15 for the ship. We always make sure to stay on the ship during one port day so that we can really enjoy it: Not crowded and no lines! This is when I did the water slides and obstacle course. We also played miniature golf and I played a little basketball. The entertainment staff was excellent. We had a great cabin steward. The friendliness of the crew in general has been better on other NCL ships we have been on. Overall the positives were far greater than the negatives and we really enjoyed the cruise on the Breakaway. We have sailed with NCL previously and will do so again.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Really fantastic entertainment made up for the few minor negatives. Have been on 15 cruises with NCL, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Some are better than others in different respects, and everything isn't perfect on any ... Read More
Really fantastic entertainment made up for the few minor negatives. Have been on 15 cruises with NCL, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Some are better than others in different respects, and everything isn't perfect on any cruise, but we've never been on a bad cruise. I read some negative comments before we left and I have to wonder if some people just make things up for some reason. Embarkation - Got to the pier thru Lincoln Tunnel about 11:15 and was stuck in so much traffic on 12th Ave N. just waiting to turn up to the dock. Better way would be to go up 11th Ave and make left on 56th St. onto dock. Then there was such a long line of people waiting to drop off their luggage. The porters said they had some problems with the luggage machinery and it usually wasn't like that. After that check in was pretty quick and our cabin was ready, so dropped off backpack and went to buffet. Buffet was very packed as it usually is on embarkation day, but after walking around a few times found a table, and was surprised the buffet food was really good. Then walked around various decks to familiarize ourselves with the layout. Wear comfortable footwear as this is a really big ship - about a fifth of a mile long. The pool deck 15 is different than other ships. There's really only one main pool with a stage for the great Island band, because where the other pool would be is taken over by the kid's water park area, a big pool for children and their parents plus a special pool for smaller kids, and above a large ropes course. But there were plenty of lounges in the sun and shade. That Caribean band was probably the best we've had as was most of the entertainment. Entertainment - Do not miss the "Burn the Floor" in the theater. They also play in the Manhattan Room one of the main dining rooms, but the theater show is the one you want to see. Rock of Ages was as good as Broadway. Second City put on many different shows in the Headliner Club, all terrific. The Dueling Pianos in the Headliner were also great as was the New Orleans Blues Band and the female singer who did Tina Turner, Whitney Houston reviews and others. (Warning-shows after 11 can and do get raunchy). Food - The Manhattan room has music with dinner some nights which was nice, the Taste and Savour don't. The 3 have the same menus. Very limited. Food ok. We found the food in the Garden Terrace Buffet better than the dining room for any meal. The second night (Monday) they serve lobster tails on the buffet and they were really good and all you can eat. We ate in some extra charge restaurants and they were very good to excellent. LeBistro and Moderno. The Cirque show although $40pp, was 90 minutes of nonstop acrobatics with a really good Filet Mignon dinner, I highly recommend it. Sunday night they offer a free bottle of wine at any extra cost rest. Take advantage of it. Ate twice at the Noodle shop. Very good. The casino has smoking, Didn't seem as bad as on some other ships but it is open to other decks, so seems a little smoky anywhere around the casino. Cabin - 9th floor was a good location for us. Plenty of storage room, seemed like much more room than on the new Celebrity ships. Balcony small but enough room for the 2 chairs and nice to sit on. Sometimes smelled some smoke because the 8th floor had an outside promenade (as well as 6), but nothing terrible. Cabin was very quiet, never heard any noise and had a cabin of 4 next to us. Bathroom very nice. Service was great from everybody, everyone friendly and eager to satisfy. The private island was cancelled due to bad weather. In Port Canaveral took shuttle to Cocoa beach, but it was too windy to enjoy the beach for long. In Nassau walked off to beach near town (Junkanoo beach). Beach was OK, some rocks in water, wear water shoes, and chairs to rent weren't the best, but it was ok. Disembarkation - went quickly, you can really pick whatever color you want and get off when you want. We got Salmon and were off about 9. (figure about 30 minutes to get off total). If someone is picking you up, they make you cross 12th Ave, so tell your driver to pick you up on 48th St. between 12th and 11th. There were taxis waiting where you get out. Thats the way it was for us, schedules for food and shows might change week to week. Try to schedule shows you can before the cruise, you do have to have reservations for certain shows rather than just showing up (they scan your card to get in-but you can still show up and probably get in). It seemed you could always get into extra cost rest. the same day. Lobster 2nd night in buffet. Not a quiet cruise but found the quiet areas were the library and upstairs outside what they call the H2O club. They charge extra for a lot of things that were or are still included on other lines but overall a great, beautiful, new ship and we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Norwegian Breakaway Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 5.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.4
Rates 3.0 3.3

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