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RCCL Explorer of the seas VS NCL Breakaway

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Looking to book a Southern Caribbean for 2021. The two cruises that come up that meet  what we are looking for is the NCL Breakaway and RCCL Explorer on the seas.  They both sail out of Miami and do all but one port the same. Looking for personal opinion on which you would pick and why! We have sailed both cruise lines. We feel they both have goods and bads.  But can not decide.  Any help in selling one or the other would be appreciated.

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I have done both ships and would choose Explorer in a heartbeat. Although older, we like layout and amenities of ship much better.  Explorer is scheduled to go through 110 million dollar upgrade/refresh this year so it should be even better.

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My husband and I just did this itinerary on the Explorer a few weeks ago and loved it.  Have not sailed Norwegian, but it was our third time on Explorer.  While she is an older ship, it was still in great shape.  The food was very good, and the service was excellent..  After drydock, it will be even better.  We liked it so much that I just booked it again for next February so our adult kids can go too.


One of the things that originally sold us on Explorer is the itinerary is fantastic.  The ports are all great and the ship is actually in each port all day!  Most days are like 8-5 or 6 and Aruba is like 9am to 10pm.  Then you end the trip with two very relaxing sea days.

There is actually time to see things without rushing back to the ship.



Hope this helps!  Whatever you decide will be great!  Have fun planning!



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