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We have done this cruise out of New Orleans on two other smaller NCL ships. I have done 5 other cruises over the years but all were half as many people as the 4000 Breakaway. The embarkation in New Orleans was more difficult than normal because all the streets around dock were dug up and disembarkation had the same big problem. Ship The ship was very big to handle the +4000 people but the huge number of people caused problems with long delays getting on and off ship. The previous smaller ships we cruised seem to have more luxury with fewer people. Entertainment You had to make reservations for all the shows because the theater could not hold any where near 4000. In past other ships were first come first seated but this time you had to have reservations and only then if seats were left would others be allowed in. We were lucky to have made reservations but watched others told to get out of line and wait. The quality of shows was ok but a little bit below what we had seen on the smaller ships. Cabin The port hole midship cabin was fine with no problems and the cabin steward did a good job. Dinning The dining was a disappointment, the buffet was ok but seem to be more bland than usual. The more formal dinning rooms were surprising bland compared to past cruises. It appeared they gave up quality for the ability to serve all the extra people. It turned out that all of the best quality meals were only served in the specialty restaurants at which you had to pay extra. I heard people rave about the quality of meals in specialty restaurants but never in the regular restaurants or buffet. Shore Excursions The ship was too big to dock at several ports so we were forced to shuttle back and forth. As you can guess it took a very LONG time for 4000 people. The huge number of people limited the number of good shore excursions available. At several of the ports there were 6 cruise ships anchored at the same time all competing for the same shore excursions. There were long lines in ports and long lines onboard ship. I will stick with smaller ships in the future, no more huge ships. The world appears to be adding a Billion more people every 15 years now and huge ships remind you of that fact during your vacation.

Double number people = Lower value

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by BEACHINGBR

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
We have done this cruise out of New Orleans on two other smaller NCL ships. I have done 5 other cruises over the years but all were half as many people as the 4000 Breakaway. The embarkation in New Orleans was more difficult than normal because all the streets around dock were dug up and disembarkation had the same big problem.

Ship

The ship was very big to handle the +4000 people but the huge number of people caused problems with long delays getting on and off ship. The previous smaller ships we cruised seem to have more luxury with fewer people.

Entertainment

You had to make reservations for all the shows because the theater could not hold any where near 4000. In past other ships were first come first seated but this time you had to have reservations and only then if seats were left would others be allowed in. We were lucky to have made reservations but watched others told to get out of line and wait. The quality of shows was ok but a little bit below what we had seen on the smaller ships.

Cabin

The port hole midship cabin was fine with no problems and the cabin steward did a good job.

Dinning

The dining was a disappointment, the buffet was ok but seem to be more bland than usual. The more formal dinning rooms were surprising bland compared to past cruises. It appeared they gave up quality for the ability to serve all the extra people. It turned out that all of the best quality meals were only served in the specialty restaurants at which you had to pay extra. I heard people rave about the quality of meals in specialty restaurants but never in the regular restaurants or buffet.

Shore Excursions

The ship was too big to dock at several ports so we were forced to shuttle back and forth. As you can guess it took a very LONG time for 4000 people. The huge number of people limited the number of good shore excursions available. At several of the ports there were 6 cruise ships anchored at the same time all competing for the same shore excursions. There were long lines in ports and long lines onboard ship. I will stick with smaller ships in the future, no more huge ships. The world appears to be adding a Billion more people every 15 years now and huge ships remind you of that fact during your vacation.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
Cabin OB 8799
The port hole cabin was was fine.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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