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  1. Both ships, parked in Marseilles the past few months with Breakway in Dry Dock for part of it, traveled southwest and are slowly circling off the coast of Barcelona now. Each shows an AIS destination of Marseilles, suggested they plan to return. Perhaps a sea trial with new scrubbers or something. Either way, these ships aren't in cold layup if they have enough crew to sail right now, no? Many are watching Breakway as it has a November 9 sail date for a NYC to New Orleans itinerary (which I sadly canceled out of for being too high risk.)
  2. Hi Everyone 🙂 I've been on a number of NCL cruises, but only one Breakaway ship (Getaway) and that was a few years ago. In the event my October 13th Encore sailing isn't canceled, would anyone know (or have a guess) as to when they might open up the entertainment reservations? (They are currently showing as "Not Available To Book" which I realize may have something to do with the new way of cruising, post-Covid.) I have delayed making my specialty dining reservations because I wanted to see the days and times of the main productions. Or maybe I should just make my dining plans and once the show times are posted, I can try and change them. Thoughts?
  3. I am going to book a Canadian cruise for next year. Everything being the same for itineraries does anyone have a preference?
  4. I'm looking into booking an OA category stateroom on a Breakaway class ship in Dec 2021 or Jan 2022. These staterooms are all the way forward on decks 9-13. According to the deck plan, the rooms on each deck are shaped a bit different. If you've been in one of these staterooms, I'd love to know which deck you prefer and why. Thanks.
  5. We are currently in “dream” mode about a possible family cruise. A couple of days ago, we made a list of possible ships & itineraries for the first or second week of June 2021. NCL Breakaway from Miami was one of the ships, with stops in Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay. (Previous screenshot attached) Breakaway no longer shows up on the NCL site for that departure port and that month? Any idea what’s going on?
  6. Seriously considering booking a Deluxe Owners Suite on the Breakaway. These suites are forward facing. There is a fairly large dining table and the balcony appears to be partially protected by a windscreen. Question is this: how badly will the wind affect dining on the balcony when the ship is underway?
  7. Greetings CC's, Finally got around to editing and posting our trip experience onboard the Breakaway. We brought along a pair of first time cruiser friends, and needless to say, they got hooked quick. Come along and check out the great time we had. We also have a lot of other cruise video reviews other lines like Oceania, Viking, Cunard and Celebrity just to name a few. Subscribe to our channel if you enjoy as it encourages us to document more of our vacations. Thanks in advance!
  8. Anyone heard anything about what's happening with these ships? Thanks to a picture posted recently, we know Breakaway has been in dry dock, so my guess is they took the opportunity to replace Azipod bearings or general maintenance on them. I track this ship with notifications and after some weeks they floated her out for a short run around the bay but backed her into the dry dock again. Getaway has been along side a pier buy not dry for pretty much the same number of weeks.
  9. Tell me about the haven is it worth the money and what are the features?
  10. Currently DH and I are booked in an HA for 5/21 on the Breakaway. For just a bit more I can snag a 2 Br Suite in the Haven proper. The cabin we are in now is on deck 14 (which is right under the Garden Cafe). There are plenty of 2 bars on decks15 and 16 The trade-off is clear. One has an amazing balcony. One is right where all the best of the Haven has to offer. I welcome your thoughts, especially if you have sailed either of these cabins.
  11. Are reservations required for the Haven restaurant on the NCL Breakaway? Can they be done onboard or do you have to make them prior to sailing like the other restaurants?
  12. The deck plan for the Breakaway shows the spa thermal suite and salt room on deck 15 and the spa on deck 14. Is it really on 2 decks or is it because it is so large that it takes up part of 2 decks like the theater does. Is it worth getting a spa mini suite.
  13. FYI - just read this on CLN - a very (over)crowded Norwegian Escape is indeed docked at POM (Miami) this evening as expected, said to be sailing at some point to repatriate crew members to Asia. The Breakaway has crew members heading to Europe. FWIW, read for yourself about the crews and living arrangement onboard, social distancing measures, etc. as "leaked" out - https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2020/05/articles/disease/ridiculously-overcrowded-norwegian-escape-sails-to-miami/ It was mentioned that the crew transfer were done several days earlier while some of the ships were at GSC, using tenders to transfer them among ships. As a matter of fact, I can confirm that as I noticed (on the Bliss/Encore's live shipcam then) small tenders from the ships were in use in the evening while their fleet of ships were anchored there. I am at a loss for words ... even if this is twisted and not entirely true. Humanity. from my Google Pixel XL over Fios/T-Mo/Fi 4G.LTE
  14. New to NCL. We were supposed to cruise this past March on the Pearl, Western Caribbean itinerary. Looking at the Jade ("club suite") or Breakaway "Large Balcony" next March. We are a family of 3 (daughter will be 17 at the time of the cruise). Which is your favourite? Pros? Cons? Any info would be appreciated. Stay well everyone.
  15. We recently sailed on the Breakaway and stayed in an inside cabin. DH and I had been worried by how small the room was going to be because we are long time Disney cruisers and their inside rooms are pretty large (185 SF). We watched videos and looked at pictures on the internet so we were prepared for minimal storage and I packed accordingly (packing cubes, extra bags to hold things since there were no drawers). When we got to the room, yes it was small but were pleasantly surprised how there was plenty of storage and we found we spent much less time in our room than we did on our Disney cruises because there was so much to do. Our next cruise will be on the Sun (God willing) and this time we chose an ocean view. We are trying to convince friends to come with us (also long time Disney cruisers), but money is tight for them and an ocean view is outside of their comfort zone. I am trying to convince them to try an inside room, but they saw how small our room was on the Breakaway when we showed them our pictures. By the pictures I have seen the inside rooms on the Sun, her rooms appear to be larger with better storage. While my GF is convinced, her DH is not and keeps saying they are too small, there is no room and he doesn't want to go because of it. Has anyone stayed in an inside on both the Breakaway and the Sun (or their sister ships)? Can you help me with your opinions on how they compare? Any pictures of the rooms on the Sun would be helpful. The ones here on CC ship information show a family or accessible - not a standard inside. Thank you in advance for your help.
  16. My wife and I just finished our 35th cruise, many of them on Norwegian (in fact we’re platinum). I know many discussions of the Breakaway cover the food, shows, staffing, ports, etc., but I want to focus mostly on the ship itself. First, we are retired, often travel with other family members, and admittedly are not looking for a loud party atmosphere. We’re more interested in having a relaxing time and enjoy being on the ship. We enjoy activities like trivia, the newlywed game, some of the music, having a drink and good conversation in a lounge, and going to dinner. Besides the Breakaway, we have recently been on the Epic, and like many other cruisers, we didn’t like many things about the Epic. We were hoping the Breakaway was going to be an improvement, but much of it was very similar. One welcome improvement is that the Breakaway has traditional bathrooms, rather than the goofy split design found on the Epic. Another nice improvement is the Waterfront on deck 8, which makes the outside promenade a much more interesting and useful area, especially if you want to relax outside and avoid the pool deck. On the negative side though, there were several disappointments. First, the most popular (inside) area on the Breakaway is the atrium. NCL schedules almost constant activity there. Although at times it can be a nice place to hang-out, much of the time it is very overcrowded. Many of the activities there are very popular and the area is simply too small to accommodate them. As a result, unless you arrive early, (and hopefully during a pause in the activities) you may not get a seat. As a result, many people have to stand for popular activities and often find it difficult to get a good view. Rather than hold the more popular activities in a larger venue, so passengers can actually see and enjoy them, NCL must have decided it’s more important for the atrium to be the center of constant activity. Along with this activity comes an incredible amount of noise, especially later in the day. Almost everything held there is LOUD; from the microphones used for everything (trivia, various games, dance instructions, etc.) to music. To make matters worse, the atrium is open above to O’Sheehan’s, so the entire area becomes one big noise zone. In fact, if you are trying to eat at O’Sheehan’s, you may need to yell to the person on the other side of the table so they can hear you. The problem of very high noise levels extends to many other areas of the ship as well, and the noise often seems impossible to escape, especially in the evening. Although some of the specialty restaurants offer relief, La Cucina packs a lot of tables into the restaurant and is also open to adjacent areas. It was very noisy during our dinner. Teppanyaki can be extremely noisy, but I guess that’s part of the show there. If you’re looking for a reasonably quiet bar to have a drink, relax, and talk with others, it can be impossible to find in the late afternoon and evening. To us, the Breakaway also lacks enough windows where you can enjoy the view outside. On the lower decks, unless you’re in some select areas, you don’t have much connection with the ocean. Most disappointing, there is no upper deck observation lounge (like a Spinnakers) where you’re surrounded with large windows to the front. On some of Norwegian’s other ships, not only do you get a great view in those lounges, but much of the day they are a quiet place to relax, read, have a drink and enjoy conversation. Lastly, this may seem like an odd complaint, but whoever picked out the chairs and couches throughout the ship, must think everyone is over six feet tall! Most of them are very deep and uncomfortable. We did find the staff to be friendly and helpful and were very pleased with our room steward. There have been a lot of complaints regarding the difficulty of getting a drink at the bars. Although they are often very busy, and we did experience some problem with that, the bar staff generally hustle and do their best. Dinner service can be slow making for an almost two hour event. Perhaps Norwegian isn’t the ideal cruise line for us, though we have had many enjoyable cruises with them. Have they changed? It may also be that their smaller, older ships appeal to us more.
  17. I keep changing my mind between two itineraries in July. We currently live in Florida so I plan to leave from Miami. I am celebrating a major milestone birthday in July. I would like to accumulate emough points (need 9 pts) to be a platinum by November. My choices of cruises are a 5 day out of Miami on the Sky (none of which are available for my actual birthday). I would either need to be in a suite in order to get double points or do a 5 day followed by a 4 day in any cabin. or take a Breakaway cruise the week of my birthday. We could do a suite or Haven in order to get double points . However, the Breakaway's itinerary is the Western Caribbean which isn't one of my favorite routes. I am leaning towards the Haven spa suite since that will get us into all the Haven perks. I know no one can make the decision for me... just wondering if anyone has any wisdom to impart on things I might not be thinking about. The breakaway is a big ship and we prefer the smaller ships. But if in the Haven area, maybe we won't think it is so big and crowded. If I have the thermal suite access and the Haven access I wouldn't have to leave the ship so it wouldn't matter that the ports aren't my favorite. I have seen a lot of negative reviews on the Breakaway but that may be because people are more prone to complain than to praise. We were on the Sky several years ago. It was easy to get around. My husband loved GSC. I want to go to Key West again. We are neutral on the Bahamas. The Sky doesn't have the HAven area or the thermal suites. What else am I missing? The price for the 7 day Breakaway in the Haven Spa suite is roughly $1,000 more than 5 day/4 day Sky option . I don't remember the difference for the suite level 5 day on the Sky. It seemed like a lot of money for just 5 days.... when I could spend a bit more and get the actual Haven for 7. thanks!
  18. I am looking at booking a cruise for May 2021. We really like cruising on NCL and are 33 points away from platinum. Our favourite Ncl ships have been he Escape, Bliss and Getaway. We just did the Dawn this past March and found it a little too small for us. I have narrowed it down to two cruises. Both are nine days and have a very similar Southern Caribbean itinerary. Ncl getaway interior with the gets all 4 perks plus gratuities is $4700 Canadian. Celebrity Equinox interior including classic drink package and gratuities included comes out to $3030 Canadian. That is a huge difference and is seriously making me consider trying Celebrity. Anybody have any thoughts on comparing the two cruise lines? We do enjoy sitting at different bars in the evening having drinks. We’re not big on shows. We do like to participate in trivia and different games throughout the cruise. And we are in our mid 40’s and early 50’s.
  19. Norwegian Breakaway – Feb. 1-8, 2020 Great Stirrup Cay; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel Random thoughts on our cruise – this is longer that I expected! I had a great time with my two sisters on our annual cruise. This was my first NCL cruise and they had both cruised NCL once a number of years ago. I’ve cruised mostly on Royal, but also have done Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We were in room 11639- Inside Cabin. Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. · Embarkation was quick! We got to the port about 11:30 and were sitting down for lunch in Savor at noon! · Debarkation was the fastest ever! We did self-assist but weren’t getting picked up until 9:30 am so we had a wonderful, leisurely breakfast in Savor with a nice view of the beautiful Disney ship. We literally grabbed our bags and just kept walking! We never stopped except to show our ship card and the customs face recognition (very quick scan of your face from a hand-held device). All along our walk-out, we encountered friendly NCL crew wishing us off – very nice touch NCL! When we reached the gangway, we saw a ton of people but this was moving at a fast clip and we literally never stopped walking and made it outside the terminal in no time! · Crew: This was by far the friendliest and most helpful crew I’ve ever met! They were always smiling or greeting us, they were highly visible and there always seemed to be someone around. I think this has to come from the top down – they just seemed like a well-oiled machine with a focus on making their guests happy and it showed everywhere! They also seemed to have a good rapport with each other and a team sort of atmosphere. At the end of Burn the Floor, they had the captains and some of the crew from various areas; housekeeping; food & beverage, etc… come down to the stage for an appreciation. The crew walked down the aisle with their country flags and we were all tearing up – it was such a heartfelt moment to see them all assemble on the stage and then when we filed out of the theater, they all stood in a line so we could shake their hands and say hello (really goodbye, since this was our last night L). · Room Steward: Our room was always clean and neat but we never figured out who they were! We didn’t need to ask for anything so we never saw our room steward(s). They never introduced themselves or even came around towards the end of the cruise in hopes of getting an extra tip. We were thinking maybe they work in groups and tag-team the room cleaning? Maybe someone with NCL experience can answer on that. We ended up leaving a cash tip on the desk when we left – in hindsight, that was kind of dumb but we were in an inside cabin and when we went to leave our cabin with our luggage, there were some other families in our small hallway also leaving so it was a bit chaotic and tight so we didn’t take the time to try and find our room steward. All in all, I have no doubt that if we needed anything during our cruise they would have assisted without issue. · Our Cabin: It was SMALL!!!! I’ve stayed mostly in inside cabins but this one was small. I definitely will check the square footage before booking them as I just kind of figured they’d be somewhat similar in size. This one was 129 sf and the one my sister and I had on the Carnival Horizon was 179 sf! Having said that, I’ll take a small, inside cabin any day if that meant being on a cruise so we made the best of it. I was in the pull down, which was VERY comfortable. The bathroom felt roomier than I expected and we made good use of the space with a shoe rack, magnet hooks, putting our suit cases under the bed, and packing cubes to stay organized. · Cocktails: Best cocktails I’ve had on any cruise hands down! I like cosmos and manhattans but also drank quite a few Bulleit Bourbon and ginger-ales. Two of us had the drink package and that was our first time ever having one and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely drank more than normal and don’t think I’d spring for the drink packages on other lines due to the overall cost, but it was fun having it on this cruise. Bartenders were really quick and awesome – didn’t have long waits for drinks that I can recall. The fellow who was serving drinks in the Breakaway Theater was awesome and made our ½ hour pre-show waits really enjoyable. I don’t know how he was able to keep that tray upright while walking up and down the stairs – one night was pretty rocky! The Martini Bar was our favorite but I got an excellent Manhattan from the Whiskey Bar one night. · Drink Tastings- 6 samples (I think it was $20 each, with 20% discount if you had the drink package): We all did the martini tasting and that was a blast! The drinks were really good and we were feeling no pain after it! Two of us did the Mojito tasting and that was great also. We tried to get into the wine tasting but it was sold out. The guy that was running the tastings was funny and he was really silly (tipsy?) at the Mojito tasting. Definitely recommend it as it was just an enjoyable event. It was held in the Ocean Blue restaurant and both times we have a nice outside view. You don’t have to sign up in advance for it but if the sea day is not too nice, I’d recommend you go about 15 minutes before the start time. · MDR: I was very impressed with the food overall. The MDR food was excellent all around and the desserts were really first rate! For dinner we did the Manhattan room I think three times and Savor once – all excellent! Service each time was quick, efficient and friendly. Not drawn out at all and not rushed either – perfect pacing! We didn’t do any specialty dining, except lunch at Margartaville. Because NC L was new to us (mostly) we just wanted to try all the complimentary food offerings. We had dinner at O’Sheehan’s once and none of us were bowled over. The food was mediocre – wings, burgers and dessert. We never went back – not that we wouldn’t have given it another try, but once we just ended up finding other food venues we liked better. · Garden Café (Buffet): We did the buffet a few times (2 dinners and 1 lunch) and we all really liked it. The food we had was tasty. The selections weren’t quite as large as we’ve had on other lines – i.e., only a few cheeses for a selection, no cocktail shrimp, salad bar pretty basic, etc… but plenty of selections to keep most everyone happy. The buffet tables were very clean and very quickly cleared, with lots of crew around all the time. We never had a problem getting a seat and in fact, they do close down one side until it is prime time and if you just go around to that side to sit, it was quiet. I also liked that the buffet seating area wasn’t huge in terms of width from the windows to the aisle where the food is. On some of the other lines, like RCL Oasis and Harmony, you feel like you are weaving through so many tables to get around and it is dog-eat-dog to get a table (we avoided it unless we were desperate). The buffet on Breakaway just seemed so relaxed and chill to. Maybe we timed it well, not sure. The buffet is open all day until 11:30 – we liked that too. RCL has limited times they are open so in off-peak times it wasn’t an option, although they had other grab-n-go food options, which we did not find on the Breakaway. Not a biggie, just a difference we noticed. I like that they have a bar in the buffet for wine and beer, plus they have the self-serve wine dispensers that you get by the ounce. We didn’t use them but a nice option for those that do! There is also a full bar just outside the buffet for mixed drinks to bring in there. · Entertainment: We saw SIX, Burn The Floor, Switch (band) and the Comedian Magician (can’t recall his name). The Magician was awesome – so funny and clever! Burn the Floor was fantastic – great dancing and routines as well as lively music. SIX was not necessarily my cup of tea but the performers were very talented and I enjoyed the show. They were a bit hard to understand due to the British accent and at times the singing being a little loud/shrill. I would still recommend it and if you like plays and musicals, definitely see it. We did make reservations in advance so make sure to do so – take you best guess as to when you might want to go and book it as it seems to sell out pretty quick. We got to the Breakaway Theater about a ½ before and got seats in the first few rows every performance and enjoyed a cocktail while we were waiting – loved that drink package! That is a really pretty and comfortable theater. · Syd Norman’s – we saw Switch a couple of nights there– they were really good and fun but my sisters weren’t super into it and didn’t like standing as all the seats were taken, so we never really got into it. I don’t like seeing live rock music sitting down – I prefer to stand and dance/move around, but don’t want to be front and center on the dance floor unless it is packed! That venue has most of the people sitting down at tables/booths and the whole area in between that and the stage is empty because you are somewhat discouraged from standing there as you’d be blocking the sitting people (unless a brave soul wants to start dancing and other people join in). Maybe we just hit it on off nights as I’ve heard great things about it so I was looking forward to it. · Coffee: The free coffee served throughout the ship was actually pretty good! We are all coffee drinkers so we were pleasantly surprised and didn’t need to seek out the Starbucks to supplement. Speaking of coffee, we knew they served Starbucks at the bake shop on deck 8 but couldn’t figure out why they didn’t have better hours – I think they opened at 10 or 11 am and closed at 5 each day? We didn’t realize until the last sea day that there was a full Starbucks in the Atrium! But hold your judgement until you read further down – it will make sense I promise! · MargaritaVille – I heard this is being replaced with an ala-carte Diner. Great spot on the ship but underutilized and I wasn’t impressed with the margarita’s there. We had lunch there once but in my opinion too pricy at $20 bucks for the food– we thought it was $15. You end up eating too much because you are paying (our fault, not theirs!) and although the food was great (especially that key lime pie), it just wasn’t a good value considering the other complimentary options available. We did the complimentary breakfast there once and it was ok, but the view was really nice. We actually did sail-away from there because it was rainy that day. · Breakfast: We ended up having all our breakfasts at the complimentary buffet on deck 8 – the Waterfront (Moderno & Cagneys). Good variety of foods and if you like poached eggs, DO NOT miss the poached egg of the day (it was on the Cagney’s side). I had the one with guacamole and another with chourice – perfectly cooked, hot and scrumptious. My sister felt that the coffee there was never hot enough – it was fine for me though! We were able to sit outside to eat each day and enjoy the waterfront so that was really awesome, especially having an inside room, it was nice to get up and have a relaxing breakfast seaside! Speaking of the Waterfront – this is such a great feature on this ship. You can get your morning walking laps in there, sit and relax with a book, get some drinks in the afternoon or evening and really just have a beautiful space to meet up and enjoy the sunset or sea day. · Other Fun Stuff: We did the “Escape the Big Top”. Well, not really – way too hard! Not one group got close to escaping! It was just OK. I kind of checked out and lost interest once I realized that there was no way in hell we were going to solve any of the clues! I think it would be more fun with one large group of friends. We had two other couples who joined us so it was a little awkward and just not as much fun as it would be with a group of people you already know and can goof around with. I was dragged to a beauty demonstration at one of the restaurants…hate that stuff!!! It was all about skin care but due to it being a poor weather day, they weren’t expecting the larger than normal turnout (30 maybe?), that they ran out of the wipes to get the cleanser off your face. My sister’s eyes were stinging until they got more wipes. I was the smart one and just sat back and observed. There was no way in hell I was taking off my makeup that I had just spent precious time applying for the day and have to spend time reapplying – I had a Mojito tasting to get to! · This ship is COLD!!!! I found the indoor venues to be really chilly, so bring a sweater ladies! · Atrium/Casino/O’Sheehan’s Pub/Atrium Bar: This was our main complaint about the ship because the smoke from that casino permeated this whole area. I don’t recall ever being on a cruise ship and having the smoke infiltrate such a large and somewhat critical part of the public space and activities. I just don’t think this area is great for the activities that they do in the atrium, unless you park yourself on a seat for the day – it’s too small. This leads me to the Starbucks mentioned earlier. We never saw the Starbucks because we avoided this whole area as much as possible. It wasn’t until the last day where we had rainy weather and were up early(ish) in the morning, that we were sitting around at breakfast at Moderno, complaining about them not having a Starbucks or good coffee shop. We probably went on for about 10 minutes about how much revenue they were missing from not having a good coffee shop open for longer hours than what you could get a the Bake Shop on deck 8! We then wandered down to the Atrium, and because it was early and the Atrium Bar was empty we finally saw the full Starbucks in the corner! We never saw it because whenever we walked through the Atrium or viewed it from O’Sheehan’s, that Atrium Bar and area was so crowded you couldn’t see it unless you were looking for it! We got a nice Starbucks coffee and sat in the internet area (didn’t know they had that either), and were able to enjoy a trivia game and a Best Cake Maker challenge (really cute and entertaining)! I usually know every venue on a ship and the layout before I get on it but I think we were so turned off by this main area that I just forgot to look for a coffee shop there. They serve the same cupcakes there in Starbucks that they have in the Bake Shop. I did have a mini-cupcake from the Bake Shop – it was just OK and not worth the $2.50. · Excursion and Tender Day: Getting off the ship for these two activities seemed very chaotic and unorganized so we were expecting the worst. It ended up being perfectly fine and speedy but we had that feeling of dread like it was going to be a complete mess! We had booked Tender B believe so we were having our usual Waterfront breakfast when they started calling the letters. They blew past them so quick that we started to get anxious that we were going to have a very long wait by the time we got down there. When we got down to that area, we heard a crew member telling someone, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter what letter you have, you can go when you want…WHAAAT?!?. Again, just some confusion all around but it ended up being really quick for the tender. The excursion was similar- a bit chaotic but in the end, it was fine and the wait was not long. · Pools: The main pool is ultra-crowded on sea days and really loud (pretty typical). We did enjoy it when we came back from Grand Cayman early. We aren’t “sit in the sun all day” people – we like to move around a lot, so this wasn’t an issue for us at all and loungers could be found in other areas. I wasn’t crazy about Spice H2O – I thought it would be great but we did get some loungers early on a sea day and sat for about 1 ½ hours but I just felt like we were in a sea of loungers out in the open. This is just the design of that area since it’s used for dance parties and such – it just feels cavernous and we just didn’t care for it and we moved on. We did watch some of the Super Bowl there – standing in the back as we came in late. That was fun. I like the grotto feature. It was freezing cold but on a hot day I could see hanging out there more than the dance area. There is a lot of cig smoke at the bar and in that area so we stayed on the other side. I did the slides but not the drop one (I chickened out). We wanted to do the ropes course but it wasn’t open when we went up there and our last sea day was rainy. Next time! · Ports: We could not tender I Great Stirrup Cay. We anticipated that since we were sailing I February and were not surprised by that. We also didn’t book anything for Grand Cayman figuring that might happen there but it was a beautiful day. Ocho Rios, we had booked the Zipline and Tubing thru NCL – I’d give it a 3.5 of 5 stars. The guide on the river tubing was fantastic and that guy worked his ass off corralling us and diving in and under us to keep us moving and safe. Getting to the tubing was not great and we waited for about 45 min’s in the sometimes rain for them to bring more tubes for our group – we weren’t too happy. The water was pretty cold, which we expected but once we got in the tubes, it was really fun and beautiful! The zipline part was fun – not GREAT, but a decent experience. One sister of mine was pretty scared and followed me to the first landing and I thought they were going to have to peel her off that platform – she was freaked and shaking like crazy! She rallied though and we finished the zipline just fine. The drive to the zipline place is pretty hairy but our driver was excellent and gave us a good history of the area. We didn’t have the jerk chicken at the zip line place but I’m not going to lie it smelled REALLY good when we were coming back from the tubing. Not a great place to change clothes for the ladies – either in the stall (ick) or in the open area on the bathroom where anyone can see you (we opted for that though as we were COLD and wanted out of our wet clothes)! I had heard great things about Nachi Cocom in Cozumel so I had booked that quite far in advance. It is all inclusive and pretty quiet, small. It was nice and the food was pretty good. The drinks were mega weak!!! I probably could have asked for a better drink but didn’t really care that much since I had the drink package on the ship. We’ve done Paradise Beach and Chankannab before and next year we’ll probably do ParadiseBeach – Nachi was a little too sedate and not enough action. Glad we tried it though. · Overall, my first NCL cruise was great and I would definitely try them again. At the beginning of the week, I said that the casino/atrium issue was a deal breaker in doing this class of ships for me but now that I know the lay of the land more and have a better handle on what activities and areas of the ship I really liked, I would sail her again.
  20. I really enjoyed the observation lounge on the Bliss. Does the Breakaway have a observation lounge or something similar. Do they have any standout features?
  21. All cabins are showing sold out for 3/21 Breakaway from Port Canaveral. Perhaps cancellation announcement coming soon?
  22. Is it too soon to book a cruise on the Breakaway for a 5 day cruise to replace the cruise we had to cancel? With everything going on is it better to wait to book a cruise now?
  23. Just received an email from NCL that a passenger on our cruise tested positive for Covid 19.
  24. First time cruiser on Norwegian. Have been on RCL and CCL previously. I am a 39 year old married female and traveled with my 31 year old married female friend. Girls trip. This is a detailed review and the first I’ve done. We cruised the Norwegian Breakaway Feb 1-8 out of Port Canaveral. I do cruise again Feb 29-March 7 on the Carnival Breeze so will be able to do a good comparison I suppose after I’m back. I did do this review with pictures but had technical difficulties so they are not included unfortunately. The itinerary for this cruise was Great Stirrup Cay, Ocho Rios, Georgetown and Cozumel. We purchased priority access when the cost was still $99 for 7 days. Split between us was $50 each so not too bad. Priority Access included priority embarkation, priority tendering, priority debarkation, $50 spa credit each for port days, free hot breakfast items (normally a $7.95 service fee) and some type of appetizers delivered to your room on day 2 of the cruise. This cruise had two tender ports and we also had a 11am flight out of MCO on debarkation day so thought it might be helpful. We also bid on a room upgrade from balcony to spa balcony. We bid the min bid of $135 CAD and this was accepted about a week before our cruise. We moved room locations from 10th floor midship to 14th floor forward. Was not thrilled to be moving forward from midship but it ended up being no annoyance at all. It was actually not that far from the stairs and with the layout of this ship it was fine. This room change also included access to the Thermal Spa. Flew into Orlando International 2 days before the cruise from Saint John, NB Canada. Coming from Canada you just never know what the weather will be like this time of year so we gave ourselves some room for flight delays, etc. Luckily the weather cooperated and we had no travel interruptions. We stayed at the La Quinta Inn next to the Cocoa Beach pier. Used Lyft from airport to hotel. The cost was $54.53 (48.42 miles). This cost covers up to 4 people. If you have never used Lyft or Uber, it is simple and I recommend you give it a try if you are one of the diehard shuttle users, it will save you time and possibly some money. I will explain how it works for the people who still don’t understand how to use ride apps: After you get your bags from baggage claim and head out of the airport where you would meet the shuttles or cabs, there is a sign that’s hung near one of the pillars that says Ride App passengers. This is where your Lyft or Uber driver will meet you. Just walk to this sign and open the app. Put in the address you want to go (airport will already be your starting destination, it will auto update). It will give you a cost. If you agree, click confirm then it will tell you the license plate of the car and a description of it plus the name and picture of the driver. It will also tell you where to meet the driver and approximate time till arrival. You will already be standing where they will tell you to meet them (at the ride app passenger sign). I’ve never waited any longer than 5 min at MCO for my driver so I never request the ride until I’m already out of the airport. Then you can track the car to your location on the map that’s shown in the app. We waited 2 min for our Lyft driver to come around the corner and pick us up. Also, there is no money exchanged as it is already done when you clicked confirm. Ride was quick and uneventful, took 45 minutes approximately. Once we arrived at the hotel, we dropped our bags and went over to the Cocoa beach pier for lunch/ drinks. This place is ok but not a place I would eat at for dinner. Great for a quick lunch and people watching. There is a convenience store located there as well so after lunch we stopped in and grabbed some beer and went back to the hotel. Hotel is right on the beach and was a great location. It was adequate for us with a nice pool area and bar. For dinner that night we went to a Mexican restaurant down the street called Salsas. Food was great and lucky for us they had $2 house margaritas on special 😊 The next day we went to the beach then to the Salt Sanctuary close by. It’s a therapeutic salt room. If you’ve never been to one I recommend, very relaxing. It was $25 for 1 hour. After that we walked to In Vogue spa and got pedicures. That night we used Lyft to go to dinner at Siam Orchid, it is a nice Thai restaurant. It cost $8.54 and was 2.8 miles away from the hotel. After dinner we went to Gregory’s upstairs comedy club which was across the street from Siam Orchid. The comedy club was $18 and was worth every penny. The headliner was one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. There were 2 comedians plus the host and were all really good. I recommend this place if you find yourself looking for something to do after dinner the night before a cruise. It started at 8:30pm and was over about 10:45pm. After the show we took a Lyft back to hotel for cost of $8.87. Embarkation day: We arrived at the port around 10:30am via Lyft. Cost was $11.99 and was 5.24 miles away from hotel. Dropped our bags with a porter and proceeded to the escalator to get into the terminal. There was a tent set up at the bottom of the escalator/stairs and you were directed to stop there first. At the tent they gave you a pencil and a questionnaire. Questionnaire was yes or no questions related to the Corona Virus and had to do with visitation to China in the last 14 days or fever, flu like symptoms, or if you were a Chinese citizen, etc. We answered no to all questions and were allowed to pass and enter the terminal. Once inside we proceeded through x-ray and metal detectors. Then we easily found the priority access line and walked right up to an agent. He asked us a series of questions similar to the questionnaire and looked at every page of our passport for a stamp from China. After he was satisfied, he took our pictures and we got our cards and were on our way to the priority waiting area. We never went to that area but did see it (it was nice!) as they were already boarding the ship. This was about 10:45am. So we walked straight on and went to one of the self-serve screens by the elevator to book the shows you could not book online. Except they were not working correctly so an employee stationed by the elevators directed us to the box office to book the entertainment. Took 5 minutes to complete. Apparently, it was worth the effort as everything was sold out and on standby all week which I gather is normal. After that we went up to find the Spice H20 area to look around then we went to the main pool area, found a couple of seats at the bar it was raining and had drinks with a fellow Canadian from Ontario who was traveling solo. We stayed there until the rooms opened up around 1:30ish. When we got to our room they were delivering our luggage. It all came together. We unpacked and relaxed until the muster drill. After muster we walked around a bit and visited the spa. They showed us around and gave us a tour of the thermal spa. Before leaving we asked them to give us the run down on the priority access $50 off port day deal. They gave us the menu and showed us which services this could be used for. It is for signature services and there is a symbol beside each service that is a signature service on the menu. We never did use it. Come to find out there is much better deals to be had throughout the week. If you are seriously looking to book the spa wait until they post the deals as they are much better than going off the menu pricing plus the $50 off discount. After the tour we went back to our room to get ready for dinner. We had a 7pm reservation at Teppanyaki. We enjoyed it. It was great for the first night as it was lively, everyone is excited to be starting their vacation and the atmosphere is fun. Food was your average teppanyaki fare which I like. After dinner we had some drinks and went to the Welcome Aboard show in the Theatre. After that we went to Sid Norman’s. Sid’s was awesome! It’s a shame that the venue is so small. It was standing room only. We did try a few other times to be early enough to get a seat but we were not successful. This place fills up early I mean really early. We watched the entire set that night then went to bed. Day 2: Great Stirrup Cay We had ordered room service that was delivered to our room around 7am as we wanted to be on the first tender of the day. We ordered Omelets and French Toast. They were really good and was included with priority access. Unfortunately, it was very windy and we were not able to tender in so this day turned into the first Sea Day. After breakfast, we headed to the thermal spa where we lounged and relaxed until almost noon. This place is awesome. From there we went to Spice H20 and lounged some more. Spice H20 is too small in my opinion for the number of adults that want to be in there, and I wish the adult pool and hot tubs were in the adult only area. The layout of this ship does not allow for that but imo it would be better if it was all together or close together somehow. Had lunch in the Garden Café. Late afternoon we went back to our room showered and got ready for our 6:30pm reservation at Moderno. Had a few drinks in the atrium before having dinner. The struggle is real with seating in this area, never enough. I read many reviews on the food in Moderno mostly not good. I really wanted to try a Brazilian steak house though as I have never been to one so I booked it anyways. Most of the reviews had to do with the meat being too rare and having to wait along time to get the whole variety or not getting the whole variety at all and service being super slow. I am happy to report I did not experience any of these things. The meat was great, not over done and not rare. I received some of every kind quickly. I am a medium well kind of person and some were a little red for my preference but I had no trouble eating any of them. The salad bar was amazing. I really liked the experience and would do a Brazilian steakhouse again. We were in and out in about an hour and tried everything they had to offer. After dinner we went to the dueling pianos show which I enjoyed and had drinks around the ship partaking in the activities/entertainment that was going on until very late. Day 3: Sea Day We ordered room service again that was delivered at 9:30am, more Omelets/hash browns, French toast and lots of coffee. Really enjoyed the breakfast room service. I’m not a quick to rise person. Up to the thermal spa we went again. Stayed there until noon. We had lunch in Garden Café then went hunting for a lounger in the sun. After much searching we found a couple in the sun near the back corner in the Spice H20 area. We had drinks, read and dozed until around 5pm then went back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner. We had dinner this night in Savor. Food and service was great. After dinner we had drinks and watched some entertainment in the atrium. Then we went to the deck party at Spice H20. It was a blast! After the deck party we went to O’Sheehans for nachos, not good people! Not a fan of that cheese sauce. It was cold too. Day 4: Ocho Rios We ordered rooms service again that we had delivered at 8am as we were planning on getting off the ship and walking around the port area and do some shopping. Our balcony was on the docked side of the ship which happened to be starboard. We both looked outside and thought what holy hell is this? It looked like an industrial plant of some sort. All we could see beyond this from our balcony was the entrance to the area and a road which appeared to have no sidewalk. It was also pouring rain outside. This is not like any other ports I had been to where you get off and there is shopping areas, a nice port etc. I was very confused as I had researched that this area did have port shopping. Come to find out we were docked at a different port than I had researched. Because of my poor planning and not knowing that it was just a quick walk around the corner we did not get off. We both have had previous bad experiences with the heckling to buy in Jamaica (they take it up a whole other notch here) and when we looked and saw that we would be walking on the road by ourselves not inside of a port area both of us were saying nope not doing that. Had we actually investigated by going to view from other areas on the ship we would have saw it was just a quick walk around the corner and would have gone but by the time we noticed that we were not going to bother. So we yet again when to the thermal spa. We followed our routine staying until noon heading to the garden café. By noon the rain had died off and we headed to the pool deck for some sun seeking. We found loungers on the upper deck by the adult pool. This area is weird, most all the loungers by the pool are covered and not in the sun. We had drinks and stayed until 5pm or so then we headed down to get ready for our 6:30pm dinner reservation at Le Bistro. This was BY FAR the best meal of the cruise. I mean I was so impressed that I think I am now ruined for eating steak in restaurants. Nothing will ever compare I don’t think. I had the mushroom soup to start, amazing. Then I had the tenderloin as the main. It was the best steak I’ve ever eaten. Until this day I always though melt in your mouth was a figure of speech. I could cut it with my fork and it literally melted in my mouth. It was so so good. For dessert I had the Crème Brule and it was again amazing. One small critique is this was probably the only dessert that I was wowed by all week. I feel that NCL could really step up their dessert game. I am comparing to RCL and CCL. After dinner we watched whatever was going on in the atrium. I believe it was the love and marriage show. It was good, after we had more drinks and went to different bars. Then we saw the comedians late show. It was funny. After we went to the casino. We both put $20 dollars in the slots. I lost mine almost immediately but my friend came ahead $120 off that one slot. She cashed out and by this time it was fairly late so off to bed we went. Day 5: Georgetown Today we decided to get up at 6:45am and do breakfast in the main dining room. It was really good and service was great. We had priority access and the night before there was a letter delivered to our stateroom with instructions on where to meet for tendering. We were to meet at 8am at the Spiegel tent. After breakfast and exactly 8am we went there and saw a sign for priority access and a roped off area. Upon showing up we were greeted by a hostess who promptly opened the rope for us and told us to go on down. We walked down the roped off set of stairs right onto the tender. It was great. Not long after we were on shore. Thinking that was around 8:15am? Once on shore we walked about 1.5 miles to Smith’s Cove. It is in the opposite direction of 7-mile beach and we definitely wanted to avoid there with 5 ships in port. We passed 4 locals on our walk who kind of figured we were heading to Smith’s Cove and all said you are heading to the right place as it will be over crowed and packed at 7-mile beach today. Smith’s Cove is known for good on shore snorkeling so that is what our primary reason for the visit was. It is a nice beach with bathrooms, change rooms, showers and picnic tables. There was a hot dog food truck and an ice cream truck stationed at the entrance if you got hungry. We stayed there from probably 8:45 to 11:30. Very few people there, most were on land-based vacations and a few other cruise passengers came later on as well. Unfortunately, we were not able to snorkel. People did but because of the windy conditions and not being familiar with my surroundings we chose to just swim/wade around. On the walk back we stopped at My Bar at Sunset House on the recommendation from someone from Cruise Critic. What an awesome place, we spent a couple of hours there. It was not busy at all, for some reason cruise ship passengers don’t walk down this way. It’s really close to the port too. Anyhow, it is an open-air bar right on the water’s edge. I believe they have a diving outfit stationed in the same area and we watched boats come in and out, picking up and dropping off divers. Great people watching and the food was good too. After we walked back to the port, stopping into the little shops along the way then we headed back to the tender. I love that NCL has towel attendants stationed on the pier to take your used towels and issue you new ones. GREAT IDEA. No wait for a tender and back on the boat we went straight to the pool deck, we never even stopped into our room. We were so hot, it was 30 + degrees C outside and we wanted to get into the pool to cool off. So we found loungers in the sun again on the upper deck looking straight onto the pool deck stage. We had a very attentive drink server who kept the drinks flowing pretty quickly that combined with the band playing great music along with the hilarious pool games going on meant time jumped by 4 hours, just like that…lol So needless to stay, our evening plans were quickly coming to an end. We had planned to have dinner in the Manhattan room along with seeing Six and none of those things happened. We never did have dinner that night, oh well it was great fun! We left our room at 7am and returned for the first time sometime around 9pm and went straight to bed. Day 6: Cozumel Had breakfast delivered around 8:30am and luckily for us we did not dock till 10am. We had more than enough sleep…lol. We got off the ship as soon as it was cleared and grabbed a cab that took us to Mr. Sancho’s. Taxi fare was $18 for up to 4 people. The ride was 11 miles away from the dock. Mr. Sancho’s is an all-inclusive day resort and is very popular among cruise passengers. Unfortunately, is was extremely windy this day and the conditions for swimming in the ocean were not ideal. I did give it a go and had sand where sand should not be 😊. Most people hung out at the pool area. I probably would not go here again, I liked it but would try somewhere else next time. Drinks and food were ok. Typical resort food. We stayed until about 4pm and grabbed a cab back. Cabs are lined up all the way out the road to take passengers back so if you do go, do not worry about finding a ride back there will be one for sure. We browsed the shops on the way back to the ship. Once back on board, I got into the shower to get all the sand off me! Then just hung out on the balcony reading until it was time to leave for dinner. We ate in Taste around 6:30pm. Food and service was good. After we watched the flags of the world show in the atrium and went to a music trivia in Sid Normans. We then had drinks around the ship until it was time to go to the glow party in Spice H20. Was a great time! I recommend going. We stayed there until they were kicking us out of the area to clean up. We went to the casino afterwards for a bit then to bed. Day 6: Sea Day Today we slept in until about 9am. It was again very windy and also raining today. We woke to an announcement being made that some of the outside decks which included the pool decks and the waterfront were closed. I knew that with this being a sea day, things were going to get crowded. There were some activities going on in the atrium a little later on that we wanted to see. Seating is an issue in this area on a good day so we decided to eat breakfast in O’Sheehans so that we could scope out seating on this level to view the atrium shows. There is an area near O’Sheehans that you can look down onto the atrium so we were hoping to snag seats there. Our only other experience with O’Sheehans was a late-night Nacho snack that neither of us likedbut we were willing to give it another shot as breakfast is pretty standard fare. What I was not expecting was super slow service and missing items. We waited too long for a menu, too long for our drinks and too long for our food. Then too long for the missing parts of it. The food again was not very good and was cold. I had the corned beef hash and I did not like it. Cest la vie , no biggie. I think they were slammed with everyone stuck inside on a sea day. I did feel bad for the wait staff. It seems to me it the training ground for new waitstaff, and I’m sure they were very overwhelmed. After we ate we scoped out two seats that just came available that looked down onto the atrium. Score. This was about 11:15am. Here we stayed parked in these seats for a couple hours, not daring to move. The people hovering to snag a seat was humorous. They need more seating in the area or they need to hold these shows somewhere else. While here we took turns going to the bar at O’Sheehans for beers and mimosas. We participated in a science trivia, a tv trivia, watched deal or no deal, watched some dancing then finally watched the cruise next presentation. All while chatting with the people around us. Everyone was very friendly, great vibe on this last sea day. We stayed here until it was time for the last day BINGO in the theatre. It was packed and the line was very long to purchase your cards again because everyone was inside due to the weather, felt bad for the staff. We never won anything besides $5 on one of the pull tabs. You collect your winnings at the casino. After BINGO we went and played a bit of bowling in O’Sheehans. Then went to the spa for a little relaxing then went to the room to get ready for our 6:30pm reservation at La Cuncia. Meal was amazing. Afterward we purchased cruise next certificates and walked around the on board shops. From there we went to Burn the Floor, it was a good show. We had a few more drinks around the ship then headed to bed. Day 7: Debarkation Day Got up at 5:45am, packed our things and got dressed. We again had priority access and the night before again a letter was delivered to our stateroom with instructions on where to meet for priority disembarkation. It was Spiegel tent again at 7:30am for self assist, this seemed late to me from previous experiences. They also delivered priority luggage tags to us incase we wanted to use them but we travel light with one carry one each so no problem with just carrying off the luggage ourselves. We went to Spiegel tent about 7am. No one was there. No sign for priority and no hostess, like before. So I asked an employee standing by the elevators and he called someone who told him that we are to meet in the conference room around the corner. We went there and waited and waited…. On all other cruises I’ve been on they have started the self-assist disembarkation by now and I wondered what the hold up was. Come to find out they were holding to allow for a medical evacuation to take place before releasing passengers. Around 7:45am, a person came and guided us though a roped off set of stairs up one flight and to an exit off the ship. No line at all. We walked up to a booth scanned our card then moved along and showed our passport to a customs agent that was stationed on the ship. He verified our identity to our picture on our passport and told us to have a nice day, no questions at all. We walked off the ship and out of the terminal not stopping again until we got to the sidewalk. Maybe 10 minutes in all. On our exit route we did see that there was a long line of people waiting to disembark self-assist, it wrapped from one end of the ship to the other but we were able to by pass them completely. I believe the line was so long as they were slightly delayed in starting disembarkation. This was the first time we did not have to clear customs in the terminal. It was so much faster. I really like the new way. Once on the sidewalk we were going to get a Lyft but there were shuttles ready to go so we just jumped in one that was going to the airport. $15 each cash. We arrived at the airport 45 minutes later. On the shuttle ride to the airport, we checked in for our 11am flight and downloaded our boarding passes. When we got to the airport we headed straight for the security line. Took about 20 minutes or so then we went to outback steakhouse restaurant in our terminal for some breakfast beers and a bite to eat as we still had lots of time before our flight. We hung out at the bar there until boarding time. We flew Air Canada into Halifax NS. No flight delays. We had an 1 ½ layover in Halifax before our connection to Saint John. Halifax airport is a small airport so that layover is totally fine as it took 10 min to clear customs and another 10 min to go through security again. Our flight to Saint John went on time and I was home on my couch before dark. Anyone who fly’s east coast Canada knows how rare that is in February! Random thoughts: I really enjoyed this cruise. I thought the on-board entertainment was next level compared to the two other lines I’ve sailed with. All the food and service were great all week long. Step up your dessert game though NCL. Ship was always clean and the staff always smiling. I bought cruise next certificates so I will be sailing NCL again for sure now. Doubtful on the breakaway again though. I honestly did not like the layout of the pool deck and spice H20 area. Not a lot of room in either and with the main pool deck loungers always being under a roof and mainly out of the sun was not ideal for me. Not enough seating in some of the entertainment venues around the ship. Not in the atrium, headliners or sid normans. Not a deal breaker in any way but would look at different ships with a different layout next time probably. I do love how you don’t have to sign for drinks with the drink package and that you can get two at a time unlike other lines. But what is up with the price of water and not being able to get a bottle with the drink package? I mean, it was not a huge deal as I just filled water bottles up in the room bathroom sink but with how everything is so top notch I just found it weird that something as simple as a bottle of water was so over priced and not available with the drink package yet I could go get two $15 dollar glasses of wine without the bat of an eye. Mandarian Spa was awesome. Love the loungers where you could relax after a dip in the pool or after coming out of the steam room. We both spent a lot of time in there and would get spa passes again no question. We both got the unlimited social media wifi and it was the best ship wifi experience I’ve ever had. It was perfect all week long. We never saw our room attendant once the whole trip. This is a first for me. It was fine just different. I will try to answer any questions you may have.
  25. I will be going on the Norwegian Breakaway in 4 weeks and have a few questions about the internet and using it for wifi calls. 1. If unlimited wifi is purchased does it stay logged on or do you have to keep re-logging in? 2. Can you use the internet to make wifi calls, not through apps just by turning on wifi calling on your phone? If so do you need the premium or is the unlimited sufficient? I have been on a few Royal Caribbean ships and the internet issue is so much simpler and cheaper on them! Thanks for your help!
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