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I just returned from my very first cruise, a seven-day adventure aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. We sailed from Miami to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau. We had a comfortably sized outside stateroom with a private balcony, just the right spot to sit quietly and enjoy the beautiful, deep-blue sea on our at-sea days. Since I'm an introvert, my greatest fear was that the ship would be wall-to-wall people and noise. But in addition to the balcony, there were plenty of quiet spots to sit and read or soak up the sun. We took excursions on all three islands -- snorkeling on Tortola, enjoying a bus tour of St. Thomas plus time on a private beach, and a harbor tour and private beach on Nassau (I recommend the Blue Island Island trip, but pay extra to get into the the VIP area if you want fewer people in the water and no children. For $56 (for two people), you get a buffet, two free Mimosas, all the cold water you want, a shaded chair, and a personal valet ... it's worth it!) If you are traveling with kids, however, there were lots of inflatable play equipment in the water for them to enjoy. We also enjoyed the various spa treatments -- from the whole body lime/ginger scrub and massage, to the hot stone massage, and a seaweed wrap+massage. I also had three acupuncture treatments for chronic hip pain. The staff members were knowledgeable, super-friendly, and fun to chat with. The spa treatments are expensive, but the spa offers discounts based on the number of sessions you schedule (just watch out for the "upsale" on beauty products ... that can REALLY get expensive if you have no self-control). We ate at three of the speciality restaurnats (La Cucina was our favorite, followed closely by Le Bistro), but the restaurants and buffet included in the basic cruise price were very good, too. My daughter, who has been on several Carnival cruises, remarked that the food was much better on Breakaway, and that the overall decor a lot more elegant. The service we received from ALL the staff (at every level) was outstanding. My only complaint was the they allowed smoking in the casino area, which could be a problem for someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke (I merely find it stinky!). I wish they would ban smoking everywhere (or only allow it in a closed off area on the open deck.

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Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by dianesinger8

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
I just returned from my very first cruise, a seven-day adventure aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. We sailed from Miami to Tortola, St. Thomas, and Nassau. We had a comfortably sized outside stateroom with a private balcony, just the right spot to sit quietly and enjoy the beautiful, deep-blue sea on our at-sea days. Since I'm an introvert, my greatest fear was that the ship would be wall-to-wall people and noise. But in addition to the balcony, there were plenty of quiet spots to sit and read or soak up the sun.

We took excursions on all three islands -- snorkeling on Tortola, enjoying a bus tour of St. Thomas plus time on a private beach, and a harbor tour and private beach on Nassau (I recommend the Blue Island Island trip, but pay extra to get into the the VIP area if you want fewer people in the water and no children. For $56 (for two people), you get a buffet, two free Mimosas, all the cold water you want, a shaded chair, and a personal valet ... it's worth it!) If you are traveling with kids, however, there were lots of inflatable play equipment in the water for them to enjoy.

We also enjoyed the various spa treatments -- from the whole body lime/ginger scrub and massage, to the hot stone massage, and a seaweed wrap+massage. I also had three acupuncture treatments for chronic hip pain. The staff members were knowledgeable, super-friendly, and fun to chat with. The spa treatments are expensive, but the spa offers discounts based on the number of sessions you schedule (just watch out for the "upsale" on beauty products ... that can REALLY get expensive if you have no self-control).

We ate at three of the speciality restaurnats (La Cucina was our favorite, followed closely by Le Bistro), but the restaurants and buffet included in the basic cruise price were very good, too. My daughter, who has been on several Carnival cruises, remarked that the food was much better on Breakaway, and that the overall decor a lot more elegant.

The service we received from ALL the staff (at every level) was outstanding. My only complaint was the they allowed smoking in the casino area, which could be a problem for someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke (I merely find it stinky!). I wish they would ban smoking everywhere (or only allow it in a closed off area on the open deck.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BB 10778
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of our room. We had a kingsize bed plus a full sofa (and a balcony). There was plenty of space to unpack our clothes and store our bags. The shower in the bathroom was not huge, but it was big enough. The steward came twice a day to check on supplies, clean, and either make up or turn down the bed. Since each room had its own thermostat, we were able to set the temperature we preferred (a bit on the cool side).
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Blue Lagoon Island Beach
    Next to snorkeling on Tortola, this was our second favorite excursion. The weather was perfect! We opted to pay extra once on the island for the VIP area ($56 per couple), which offered a buffet, a couple of free drinks, lots of cold water, shaded chairs, and a personal valet. It was worth the price since it also meant far fewer people swimming in the private beach area. The public areas were pretty packed since there were people from five different cruise ships and hotels on the island at the same time.
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  • Magen Bay Beach
    The short bus tour to the highest point on the island was good since it gave a great view of the surrounding islands, too. The beach part was a disappointment only because the weather was cloudy with intermittant rain. It's a beautiful beach, but the weather made it less than inviting.
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  • Snorkeling
    Outstanding service from the crew. The spot they took us too was easily accessible and fun. The private beach was a great place to relax or swim after the snorkeling.
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