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This was our first cruise, and we enjoyed our week on the Breakaway. Embarkation in Miami was very efficient. We went through the check in process quickly and the person assisting us was helpful and courteous. Getting onto the ship was almost effortless—just a few drips to avoid since it was raining. Disembarkation was really the only negative (and not a game changer for us) as the line was REALLY long and weaved and twisted all around deck 7. We heard it was due to a new customs process. Our balcony cabin was fantastic. Cyril, the cabin steward, was great—friendly, courteous, and helpful. In the dining areas, we also experienced very friendly and courteous staff—not at all what some reviewers described. In fact, all of the staff that we encountered were pleasant. Our meals were all delicious—we mostly ate in the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants. We especially recommend Ocean Blue, Moderno, and Teppanyaki. For breakfast, be sure to check out the free buffet at Margaritaville for a quieter place with great views. We did the San Juan City Tour and the Island Beach Break (Tortola); those were our favorite excursions. While we enjoyed snorkeling in St Thomas and the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter in Nassau, these were over-crowded and expensive. All of the shows that we attended—Velvet, Dueling Pianos, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor—were very professionally performed. We would most definitely cruise on the Breakaway again.

Fantastic first cruise! Would definitely do it again!

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by KellyS87

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony Stateroom
This was our first cruise, and we enjoyed our week on the Breakaway. Embarkation in Miami was very efficient. We went through the check in process quickly and the person assisting us was helpful and courteous. Getting onto the ship was almost effortless—just a few drips to avoid since it was raining. Disembarkation was really the only negative (and not a game changer for us) as the line was REALLY long and weaved and twisted all around deck 7. We heard it was due to a new customs process. Our balcony cabin was fantastic. Cyril, the cabin steward, was great—friendly, courteous, and helpful. In the dining areas, we also experienced very friendly and courteous staff—not at all what some reviewers described. In fact, all of the staff that we encountered were pleasant. Our meals were all delicious—we mostly ate in the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants. We especially recommend Ocean Blue, Moderno, and Teppanyaki. For breakfast, be sure to check out the free buffet at Margaritaville for a quieter place with great views. We did the San Juan City Tour and the Island Beach Break (Tortola); those were our favorite excursions. While we enjoyed snorkeling in St Thomas and the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter in Nassau, these were over-crowded and expensive. All of the shows that we attended—Velvet, Dueling Pianos, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor—were very professionally performed. We would most definitely cruise on the Breakaway again.
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Cabin Review

Family Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B4 12292
Very clean. Nice size for two, maybe three people. Bathroom was a good size and the shower was definitely large enough to move around in comfortably. Nice sized balcony. Cyril, the steward was excellent.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    The dolphin encounter was truly fun and entertaining—a memorable experience. The island itself was very crowded that day. We chose to take the first ferry back to Nassau to look around a bit instead of staying another hour on Blue Lagoon. Also, we had to wait in line for an hour in the sun at noon on the pier before going to the island. That was not very pleasant and some of the workers were not very nice—yelling and being generally unpleasant when there was no obvious system as to how they wanted people to line up.
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  • City Tour
    Our guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of information about San Juan as we toured. She was very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the stops that we made. The views from the top of the fort were incredible! We chose to get off at the last stop and did some shopping. It was very easy to find our way back to the ship. We felt safe.
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  • Snorkeling
    The crew of the boat were great! There were just too many boats at the same location with snorkelers and scuba divers. It was fun to be in the water. We saw a few fish. Some people saw a couple of sea turtles. We weren’t close enough to see them.
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  • Tortola
    Enjoyed the drive to the beach with the photo stops. Out driver (Roy) provided a lot of information about the island as we drove. The beach was beautiful and wasn’t overly crowded.
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