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We are veteran cruisers. This, from Copenhagen to Copenhagen was our 50th. We are brand loyal to NCL - this was our 25th cruise with them - our first on the Breakaway. If you are a non-smoker, there is a huge design flaw with this ship that may ruin your trip. They put the Casino on deck 7 in the middle of the boat and it has an open ceiling to the 8th floor and open to the 6th floor . Smoking is permitted any time the Casino is in operation. Every time you walk through the middle of the ship on floors 6, 7 or 8, you are walking through s haze of second-hand smoke. In 2018, with what we know about smoking, why would a cruise line cater to 5% of their passengers and penalize 95% of non-smokers? It gets worse. On deck 8 mid ship they build a very nice, open air Italian restaurant. It faces a very comfortable bar and lounge area. In the lounge area they built a CIGAR BAR. The knucklehead who did this thought they would solve any smoke issue by simply adding a door to the Cigar Bar - which is fine - as long as the door remains closed. Once it's opened, the cigar smoke fills the adjoining bar lounge and wafts over to the open air Italian restaurant. It's just silly. Lastly, next to the bar/lounge is a Rock n Roll band bar. When they play every evening, the thumping of their musical instruments and the vibration can be felt in the staterooms. We were on the same floor, HALF WAY DOWN THE SHIP IN ROOM #8746 and had to wait every night until the band quit at 11pm ... STAY AWAY FROM THE 8TH FLOOR! Before we booked, we didn't realize THE BREAKAWAY was designed exactly the same way as THE EPIC (and the GETAWAY). We'd already vowed never to travel on The Epic again for the reasons mentioned above regarding The Getaway - ALL THREE BOATS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. We really enjoy the after dinner entertainment on cruise ship. The Breakaway was the worst line-up of entertainment we'd experienced.

Are you a non-smoker? STAY AWAY FROM THE BREAKAWAY!

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Dit Clapper

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
We are veteran cruisers. This, from Copenhagen to Copenhagen was our 50th. We are brand loyal to NCL - this was our 25th cruise with them - our first on the Breakaway.

If you are a non-smoker, there is a huge design flaw with this ship that may ruin your trip.

They put the Casino on deck 7 in the middle of the boat and it has an open ceiling to the 8th floor and open to the 6th floor . Smoking is permitted any time the Casino is in operation.

Every time you walk through the middle of the ship on floors 6, 7 or 8, you are walking through s haze of second-hand smoke. In 2018, with what we know about smoking, why would a cruise line cater to 5% of their passengers and penalize 95% of non-smokers?

It gets worse. On deck 8 mid ship they build a very nice, open air Italian restaurant. It faces a very comfortable bar and lounge area. In the lounge area they built a CIGAR BAR. The knucklehead who did this thought they would solve any smoke issue by simply adding a door to the Cigar Bar - which is fine - as long as the door remains closed. Once it's opened, the cigar smoke fills the adjoining bar lounge and wafts over to the open air Italian restaurant. It's just silly.

Lastly, next to the bar/lounge is a Rock n Roll band bar. When they play every evening, the thumping of their musical instruments and the vibration can be felt in the staterooms. We were on the same floor, HALF WAY DOWN THE SHIP IN ROOM #8746 and had to wait every night until the band quit at 11pm ... STAY AWAY FROM THE 8TH FLOOR!

Before we booked, we didn't realize THE BREAKAWAY was designed exactly the same way as THE EPIC (and the GETAWAY). We'd already vowed never to travel on The Epic again for the reasons mentioned above regarding The Getaway - ALL THREE BOATS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME.

We really enjoy the after dinner entertainment on cruise ship. The Breakaway was the worst line-up of entertainment we'd experienced.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 8746
The balcony is very tiny. The room is well appointed and accessible to all restaurants.
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