Breakaway - MDR Question

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 03:02 PM.
#1
703 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
I was recently on the Breakaway and one of the things I disliked most was that each night we waited 30-45 minutes for a table in the MDR for dinner. Since I have been back I’ve heard people mention making reservations. Could we have made reservations? I didn’t see this mentioned at all in the daily. I don’t know if it matters, but we were a party of three.
#2
PA
5,023 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by bug18
I was recently on the Breakaway and one of the things I disliked most was that each night we waited 30-45 minutes for a table in the MDR for dinner. Since I have been back I’ve heard people mention making reservations. Could we have made reservations? I didn’t see this mentioned at all in the daily. I don’t know if it matters, but we were a party of three.
I believe reservations can only be made for large parties.

What time did you go to dinner? I believe the time has a lot to do with the wait.
Just returned yesterday and never waited more than 5 - 10 min. however, we always were there between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Only ate at the Manhattan room once....it seems to big and reminds me of a wedding reception dinner room! LOL
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Upcoming:
September 2016 -7-Day NCL Escape (2nd time) AFT Mini Suite
December 2016 - 7 day NCL Jade Caribbean - GV
January 2017 - 14-Day Southern Caribbean (Celebrity Eclipse)Sky Suite
April 2017- 11-Day Eastern Caribbean (NCL - Gem) 2-Bedroom Suite
July 2017 - 7-Day Bahamas (NCL - GEM - Owners Suite)
September 2017 - 10-Day Ultimate Alaska (NCL-Jewel) Forward Penthouse
#3
703 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
We would normally go to dinner around 8 and always had a half hour to 45 minute wait. All three of the MDR's had the same wait time each night. We ate at Savor one night and the other nights at Manhattan. I actually preferred the Manhattan as the night we ate at Savor the service was terrible so we stayed away from it. It might have been just that night but we were happier in Manhattan.
#4
16 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
Originally posted by bug18
I actually preferred the Manhattan as the night we ate at Savor the service was terrible so we stayed away from it. It might have been just that night but we were happier in Manhattan.
we didn't have to wait long to be seated (part of 5 eating between sometime between 7-8) but the servers in the MDRs were awful to just ok (except the last night in Savor when we had an excellent server)...the first two nights (Savor and Taste) the waiters never introduced themselves and barely even acknowledged we were there...basically they filled the water glasses, dropped off the bread, then came back and said what do you want to order, delivered the food, and didn't come back until dropping off the desert menu...no introductions, offering of wine or other drinks, telling us the specials, refilling water glasses, etc...the second night we made our concerns known to the asst. matri'd when she came by (we didn't seek her out) who tried to correct the situation but getting us a new waitress and offering us a bottle of wine the next night when we told her we would be in the Manhattan Room ( the table next to us also complained about the waiter to her as he was rude to them also)...service in the MR the third night was slightly better but not by much
#5
703 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
It's funny you mention the specials as they never told you what they were unless you asked which I found very odd.
#6
PA
5,023 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by bug18
It's funny you mention the specials as they never told you what they were unless you asked which I found very odd.

I guess it must have been the server because each time we were told what the specials were without having to ask.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Upcoming:
September 2016 -7-Day NCL Escape (2nd time) AFT Mini Suite
December 2016 - 7 day NCL Jade Caribbean - GV
January 2017 - 14-Day Southern Caribbean (Celebrity Eclipse)Sky Suite
April 2017- 11-Day Eastern Caribbean (NCL - Gem) 2-Bedroom Suite
July 2017 - 7-Day Bahamas (NCL - GEM - Owners Suite)
September 2017 - 10-Day Ultimate Alaska (NCL-Jewel) Forward Penthouse
#7
NYC
123 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by hpecorari
I guess it must have been the server because each time we were told what the specials were without having to ask.
Could you please post what specials were? Thank you.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#8
6 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Just got back today- the back page of daily under "Reservations" states "Reservations can be made for Manhattan, Taste, Savor and all specialty restaurants by visiting the reservation desk in the Atrium from 8:00am-5:00pm or by dialing 050."

I made reservations for 10 but based on above it seems you can reserve for any size party
#9
246 Posts
Joined May 2008
I too just got back today, and we were a party of 6. I was told that I had to be a party of 10 to make a reservation, but when we got there (manhattan room) others had reservations. I know you could not make them over the touch screens. We never had to wait, but we too were down by 6pm. The waiter in the MR was wonderful, one night we had good service in Taste but we ate another night in savor and he was plain awful. And yes, I did find that you had to ask for the specials- here are the three I can recall:
first night- was a red snapper with beurre blanc type sauce which was rather tasty
second night- was a cocounut curry chicken and shrimp which I thought was very good.
last night was a tilapia but nobody ordered it so I can't tell you how it was.
#10
703 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
I was on the June 2nd sailing and just looked at my daily to see if I missed the information about making a reservation for any of the MDR's and it is not listed. Perhaps they have changed it since the earlier sailings. The daily states the hours the reservation desk is open but doesn't mention any of the MDR's.
#13
New York
261 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
I hope they do open up reservations for all size parties. It would alleviate the lines, disgruntled and hungry guests and the staff would know what to expect and can prepare better. Not exactly freestyle cruising but much preferable to waiting 30-45 minutes just to be seated.

We are going on the Breakaway this coming Sunday the 14th and that is the only thing worrying me about the trip.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
2013 Norwegian - Breakaway
2011 Royal Caribbean - Adventure of the Seas
2006 Norwegian - Dawn
#14
246 Posts
Joined May 2008
Granted we ate early ( like 6) but we did the main dining rooms three nights or maybe even four and never waited. We were a party of six with a wheelchair and were easily accommodated. Hopefully that takes some pressure off you!
#15
Boise, ID
536 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
We sailed the Breakaway on May 12. One day we were out and about and decided we should get some lunch. We stopped by Savor about 10 minutes after they closed. We were ready to just go seek out the other options, but the manager insisted it was no problem and that we come in and enjoy ourselves. The staff was just as friendly and warm.

We were really impressed. These crew members had already worked several hours and had other duties to do in order to prepare the restaurant for dinner. It is this kind of service that helps set NCL above some of their rivals.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Beachmonkey (aka Robert)

**Pictures from our 2013 Breakaway Cruise to Bermuda!** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBeVK...ature=youtu.be


Wedding Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2079834

NCL Escape 11/2018
RCCL Harmony of the Seas 10/2017
NCL Pearl 8/2017
Carnival Vista 4/2017
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas 11/2016
Celebrity Reflection 4/2016
NCL Jewel 11/2015
NCL Getaway 4/2015
NCL Breakaway 4/2014
NCL Breakaway 5/2013
NCL Pearl 4/2012
NCL Epic 2/2011
NCL Pearl 2/2009
NCL Spirit 9/2006
Celebrity Summit 9/2002
#16
NYC
123 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by tinkandpan
I too just got back today, and we were a party of 6. I was told that I had to be a party of 10 to make a reservation, but when we got there (manhattan room) others had reservations. I know you could not make them over the touch screens. We never had to wait, but we too were down by 6pm. The waiter in the MR was wonderful, one night we had good service in Taste but we ate another night in savor and he was plain awful. And yes, I did find that you had to ask for the specials- here are the three I can recall:
first night- was a red snapper with beurre blanc type sauce which was rather tasty
second night- was a cocounut curry chicken and shrimp which I thought was very good.
last night was a tilapia but nobody ordered it so I can't tell you how it was.
Thank you very much for the info!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#17
Sweden
1,803 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by tinkandpan
I too just got back today, and we were a party of 6. I was told that I had to be a party of 10 to make a reservation, but when we got there (manhattan room) others had reservations. I know you could not make them over the touch screens. We never had to wait, but we too were down by 6pm. The waiter in the MR was wonderful, one night we had good service in Taste but we ate another night in savor and he was plain awful. And yes, I did find that you had to ask for the specials- here are the three I can recall:
first night- was a red snapper with beurre blanc type sauce which was rather tasty
second night- was a cocounut curry chicken and shrimp which I thought was very good.
last night was a tilapia but nobody ordered it so I can't tell you how it was.
Could the other people with reservations have been suiteguests? The concierge reserved a table for us in the MDR on the Jade a few years ago. Since there was no queue, the reservation wasn't necessary. If there had been a queue, we had passed it since we had a reservation.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Soon to come: A new experience!
2017 MSC Meraviglia, Mediterranean, 7-nights, MSC Yacht Club deluxe suite (15013)


2015 Norwegian Breakaway, Southern Caribbean, 12-nights, The Haven Penthouse (12706)
2012 Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean, 7-nights, The Haven Courtyard Penthouse (17002)
2011 Norwegian Epic, Eastern Caribbean, 7-nights, The Haven Spa Suite (14145)
2009 Norwegian Jade, Ireland, 5-nights, Penthouse (8632)
2008 Norwegian Jewel, Transatlantic, 11-nights, Balcony (10034)
2006 Norwegian Dawn, Western Caribbean, 11-nights, Balcony (9576)
2004 Norwegian Wind, Hawaii, 11-nights, Superior Oceanview (0010)
#18
New York
261 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
Originally posted by tinkandpan
Granted we ate early ( like 6) but we did the main dining rooms three nights or maybe even four and never waited. We were a party of six with a wheelchair and were easily accommodated. Hopefully that takes some pressure off you!
Oh that is wonderful to hear! Thank you! We are a party of 7 with a 1 year old which will require a booster seat.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
2013 Norwegian - Breakaway
2011 Royal Caribbean - Adventure of the Seas
2006 Norwegian - Dawn
#19
Old Bridge, N.J.
2,390 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Just off the 4th of July sailing and never had to wait. We were a party of 3 and made reservations for 6pm every night.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Rotterdam 1979, Big Red Boat 1989, Regal Empress 1996, CCL Victory 2000 & 2001, NCL Dawn 2003 Twice, NCL Dawn 2004, NCL Dawn 2005, NCL Dawn 5/06 & NCL Spirit 9/06, And NCL Dawn 6/07, NCL Spirit 5/08, Gem 1/09, Dawn 8/09, CCL Dream 11/09,
NCL Jewel 5/10, Gem 11/10, Gem 1/11, Jewel 5/11, CCL Glory 7/11, Disney Dream 9/11, NCL Epic 11/11, NCL Jewel 3/12, NCL Star 4/12, Celebrity Summit 7/12, NCL Jewel 10/28-B2B-11/4/12, NCL Jewel 3/13, NCL Breakaway 6/13, NCL Gem 8/13, NCL Breakaway 10/13, NCL Breakaway 3/14, NCL Gem 4/14, CCL Splendor 5/14, CCL Splendor 7/14, CCL Splendor 9/14, RC Quantum of the Seas 2/15, RC Liberty of the seas, 5/15, NCL Gem 6/15, NCL Breakaway 8/15, CCL Splendor 10/15, RC Anthem of the seas 11/15, NCL Breakaway 2/16, Celebrity Summit 5/16, NCL Escape 6/16, CCL Sunshine 8/16, NCL Gem 9/16, CCL Sunshine 10/16, RC Anthem of the seas 2/17: NEXT UP: (CRUISE #51)
#20
24 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
We just got off the ship on July 7. We were a party of 6 and ate in each of the dining rooms. We were there between 6:30 and 7 and never had a wait. I did ask about making reservations because I thought the Manhattan room would be crowded. I was told you could make them, but when I called it was after 5 and they won't take a reservation once the dining room is open. Didn't matter, as we were seated quickly.

There is a section on the menu that says regional specialty. Can't miss it! If your server doesn't mention it, ask what it is.

One night we had reservations for Rock of Ages. I don't remember what time we got to the dining room, but I was worried about cutting it close. I told the hostess and she said as long as we ordered dinner only, no apps or dessert, we would make the show. The servers knew and we made the show in plenty of time.