Ship Info

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations | meals (not including specialty restaurants) | entertainment aboard ship

Not Included

  • Specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus and … la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program |Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all """"Dive In"""" programs)| Government taxes and fees are also not included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
2013
Tonnage
144017 Tons
Public Decks
14
Passenger Capacity
3963
Crew
1400
Registry
Information was not provided

Reviews and Recommendations for Norwegian Breakaway

84%

of 33
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recommend


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Love the freestyle concept

By: Jay223


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2014

We have sailed over 30 times on various lines but had not sailed on NCL for many years.  We loved this trip and really liked the freestyle concept.  It made packing so much easier.  We booked a Haven Aft Penthouse suite and the amenities that a Haven Suite brings you are fabulous!  The Aft Suite is a little noisy and far away from the Haven pool and dining area but other than that we loved it.  We had a wonderful butler that attended to our every need and having a dedicated conciege for the Haven guests was a real bonus.The ship is big!   However it was very stable although we did not have any rough weather.The Manta Ray tour in Cozemel was really bad.  Very little time with the rays who were captive in a fairly small fenced in area.  Wait to do a ray excursion in Sting Ray City where the rays are in their natural element.  All in all we were really impressed by this ship but our experience may be skewed by the Haven amenities.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Sullivan
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Recommended

By: SuzieQ


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2014

The ship was clean and the staff was absolutely wonderful and very friendly.The food was really a surprise....extremely good just a few times the soup not very hot but we did not complain.  The desert were delicious.  My suite was kept very clean and we had ice everyday (important to us) I told the steward that I got a mosquito bite maybe on the balcony but he changed the whole bedding for me.  The staff in the Casino were absolutely adorable and friendly and knowledgeable.Only one bad thing is when we were checking out no one advised us of the bus charter to the airport and being French we did not see it in the day activity and they were a bit rude at the front desk and did not try to help us at all very unfriendly as if it's your last day so just get off.
Not Recommended

Nothing Exciting

By: Bud


Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2014

The ship is not much different from the Epic. Perhaps the fact that I had been to the same islands several times before influenced my experience, which I would classify as "ho-hum".

Good ship (Spirit)

By: Marcia


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2014

Was quite pleased with most of vacation.  This is our 3rd NCL cruise and we would go on their ships again.  We had a family emergency while on board and Carmen Cuba in Guest Servicea could not have been kinder or more thoughtful.  Amazing customer service.  There were a few hiccups in some of the Specialty Restaurants (Le Bistro and Cagney's). Food was mediocre and service not up to NCL standards.  In addition, the service in the Main Dining Room the last day of the cruise was just awful. Poor management. We did return to Le Bistro on a subsequent night because it was part of our package and both the food and service were very good.  Loved our room stewardess and the Spa.  Both outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Lynch

Ship is big and lots of activities for different ages

By: jo


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

the ship is great, and lots of activities for all ages.  Ship is new and the sail was very smooth, didn't feel much of the wave.  don't even feel like on the ocean.  only thing is if you want water in your room, you have to get t from limited places.  Don't touch the bottle water in the room, it costs more than $5 for each regular bottle water.
Travel Advisor:  Janine Magnuson
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The ship had a lot to offer

By: Bernie


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2015

The Breakaway was a ship with many options as far as activities, dining, and entertainment. The rooms were great, the steward was terrific. Embarkation and getting off the ship was smooth and without incident. Our criticism is that the staff other than the steward was not as friendly as we are used to on other cruises we have taken. I would say it was not as user-friendly as we would have expected. The quality of the food was very good, but the quantity is some cases was way too little. There was definitely a lack of vegtables or sides with dinner, we had to ask for more on several meals. It was bit annoying, it was that noticable.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

great ship load of entertainment

By: etreco@travelers.com


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2016

while the weather was not in our favor, there was soo much to do on board that my three kids (11, 9 & 7) still had a great time and are actively planning for our next Norwegian cruise.
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Cruise vacation

By: Jo


Reviewed on: 03 May 2016

We can't thank Vivian enough for such a great vacation. Enjoyable, hasslefree, carefree!!!!! Can't Wait for our next one. Thanks very much again Viv!!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Leonard

fun time

By: CNS


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2016

The NCL Breakaway from NYC to Bermuda, is great. so much to do for kids, and the adults as well. Two major problems: sun chairs on the deck are impossible to get unless you are up early, Also, we had a lot of staff with the "its not my job attitude". Even had guest relations dismiss our request for an accommodation for our special needs child. Cruise is affordable, so you kind of get what you pay for. But I still would recommend it for parents with children, plus Bermuda is awesome.
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

expert service

By: Cozy51


Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

We had a great time, the food, entertainment, and service were fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Janet Brereton

Breakaway cruise

By: Mike 1


Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2016

In spite of predicted hurricane weather, ship changed course and everything went well. Check-in was chaotic considering all passengers arrived early and at the same time instead of staggered groups - excellent job all considered! This was my first cruise - bottom line - I would do it again and use this cruise line. Be aware of the extra charges however - not everything is included in the cruise fee - other than some of the surprise charges, everything was just hunky-dory.
Travel Advisor:  Jeremy Hall

Haven

By: JD


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

We stayed in the he Haven & and the best service & perks W we spoiled & will always cruise w/ncl's Haven
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Whiting

Sailing from New York City

By: Bythesea


Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

The NCL Breakaway was a pleasant surprise. It never seemed overly crowded, staff was professional and pleasant, food and bar service excellent. I enjoyed my time on board. And sailing from the port of New York is a very unique experience.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Leonard

Fabulous Huge Ship

By: Bermuda


Reviewed on: 21 May 2017

The service and food was awesome. We loved our cabin Stewart and all the activities. Mike was a great help in planning this trip.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Norwegian Cruise

By: Don


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

I will send you a copy of the letter to Norwegian!
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

jak

By: jak


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

Yes with children. The children enjoyed the slides, pools, games, and children's programs. It was a good experience following the Epic which was BAD!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Boyles

Breakaway by Sandy

By: Sandy C


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

There are so many options of things to do that we were always on our way somewhere. Easy to get around . Great staff and loved the Cruise Director.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Lannon

Fun times

By: Flowergirl


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2018

It's a big ship and you must plan your time when on board , everything is by reservation it seems. Only thing I didn't like about the ship is the planning of the atrium I felt it was poorly laid out
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Krill

Nice cruise!

By: Happy Wanderer


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

This was my second cruise with NCL and both were aboard the Breakaway out of the port of New York. I plan to cruise with Norwegian again in the future. The ship is kept very clean, the crew friendly and professional, the food good to very good, in other words, a very fine medium level cruise line. I might suggest a more polished dress code after 6:00 pm in the public areas of the ship. It would improve the all over ambience in the evenings.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Leonard

Big ship cruising

By: 2072


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

The cruise itinerary and ports were excellent, shore excursions were numerous, entertainment, food and service were very good, the ship was well-maintained, and the decor was modern. Unfortunately, the layout of the ship was not the best. The closet space in the cabin was totally inadequate, the placement of the casino made the sounds and smoking intrusive to other decks and areas, and there not nearly enough quiet spaces for the number of passenger. However big ship cruising does offer more options for activities, and others may not mind the drawbacks For myself, while I like cruising with NCL, I would have to consider carefully before choosing the Breakaway again.
Travel Advisor:  Olivia Kirlin
Not Recommended

Some Good Features But Not My Favorite Ship

By: Amy Evans


Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

Loved the studio cabin - it was very comfortable and had plenty of room and storage. I really enjoyed the premium dining options - steakhouse, churascaria and teppanyaki. The Main Dining Room food was reliable but the buffet and noodle bar were disappointing. The ship did a wonderful job of handing my special dietary needs (celiac disease) and I always felt taken care of and had many options for food. The ship felt like it sacrificed public space for balcony rooms on the upper decks.

Traveling on Norwegian

By: Little Mama


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2018

Our time on the ship was wonderful. The service was top notch and the food was delicious. Everyone was friendly and there was a nice variety of entertainment options. We’ll definitely travel with Norwegian again
Travel Advisor:  Coleen Supancic

Breakaway

By: Nick


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Amazing time. Best family vacation we’ve ever been on. Ship and activities were non-stop. Barely any lines for kids’ activities, bars or restaurants. Big thanks to Karen Howland at Lakeshore Travel for booking it!!!
Travel Advisor:  Karen Howland

Yes and No

By: Sir Rodney


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Norwegian Breakaway. Don't like cruise ships but they are necessary to see some things. Overall the staff of Norwegian Breakaway was most helpful and courteous.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Holland

Breakaway ship

By: Helen


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

The accommodations on the ship and the cleanliness were out standing. Cabin boys were just phenomenal. As where the crew members. The ship was just gorgeous
Travel Advisor:  Tina Posila
Not Recommended

Too many people, not enough seats

By: Chip


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Frustrating. Stand in line for an hour to see a show. Half an hour for dinner. Search and search just to find a quiet place to sit and read.

Breakaway repositioning

By: Jan L


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

After a seriously delayed start, the rest of the cruise was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  George Balogh
Not Recommended

Commercial review companies are terrible

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2018

I would love to submit a review but not in this public format which will be manipulated and used to discipline people. What in the hell is 15 characters? My time was seven days, it was crypetrical.

Good but crowded

By: bangkokgal


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2019

Overall it is a great ship with terrific amenities, especially with kids. However, for the holiday week (Christmas) they had too many people. Maybe 1000 more guests than they normally advertise that they can take. It didn't cause us to miss what we wanted to do, but it meant if you weren't on top of things to sign up in advance, you might not get to do much. Food was excellent and amenities were good. Entertainment options could have been better with families. Also, the ports of call were too sterile and touristy, though, other than Belize (which is Norwegian's own port of call), that's not really Norwegian's fault. The cruise ship's port in Belize had a nice pool but otherwise was meh. Costa Maya is not a good stop to just walk around in so from there an excursion is recommended.
Travel Advisor:  Donna Hall

Christmas at Sea

By: Nanny


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2019

Christmas perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Kari Mollan

family cruise

By: Philly


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2019

very enjoyable. too many people at buffet. to be expected.
Travel Advisor:  Gudrun Vest

Large but nice ship . Good itenerary , good value/ day

By: Bear xxl


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2019

11 day cruise of west Carib allowed us to see what normally takes back to back. Food was good but not special. Entertainment good. Big shows require reservations! Not a lot of other big room entertainment. Liked dueling pianos. Lots of specialty rest. Limited smoking areas. Time in ports getting shorter! Tiny pool for 4000. Tips up to $14.50/ day and 20% on drinks.
Travel Advisor:  Dana Daza