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Our extended family cruises together every other year. This was the first time cruising NCL (we previously did Carnival and RC). We booked travel and transport thru NCL. My aunt is disabled and we also registered her with the Access Desk at NCL. Upon arriving for our transport to the port (at the Miami airport) we were informed that they did not have handicapped transport for my aunt. We called the Access Desk (they were closed on Sunday). The NCL workers at the airport informed us that they did have access equipped vans. They had us carry my 80 year old aunt up the narrow stairs of the regular bus. Upon arriving at the terminal we were told that we had to carry her from the bus location to the terminal-it was a bit of a walk. We refused and thankfully had an understanding onsite manager who made an exception and brought a wheelchair from the terminal to the bus. We did not bring my aunt's chair since it does not comply with NCL guidelines (which is normal-we have rented scooters on some of our other cruises). However, the rental chair that we received did not work-and we had to argue with guest services that it didn't (was actually asked if we knew how to use the chair) They finally sent a tech, who discovered/agreed that it didn't work. He found a replacement-but it wasn't the type we had paid for. The ship is nicely appointed and the family room I was in was the most spacious that I have been in. I especially loved the larger bathroom (a must for young children). In general, the dining is the best of any cruiseline. Lots of options and the staff is generally thoughtful. BOOK OCEAN BLUE. If you go, book this restaurant as soon as you are able-the slots went first. It was amazing-went with my husband and our baby (DD was is kids club). Staff here was the BEST of the ship. We booked Cagneys for our group of 12. Food was good-staff was overwhelmed. Had to request multiple times for water and they forgot appetizers for some of our party. We also booked Teppanyaki-if you have children this is a must. Most entertaining staff and food was good. We visited every included restaurant-food was really good. Make sure to do one night at the Manhattan-they include a show and it was amazing. My 8 year loves the apple pie at OSheehans as well. And the staff at SAVOR adored my 1 year old. Entertainment was okay-but not as good as RCL. Activities were okay-best one was the escape room (sign up early). My daughter said the kids club was the best one of any cruiseline. Our room porter (Ariel) was the best. Lost and found was easy to navigate. Gym was much smaller than we have experienced on other lines. The ropes course and zipline were fun-my 8 year old adored it. My 1 year could not get in the pool (even with a cover or swim diaper). For a ship of its size, the lack of pools is shocking. Both times that we tried to do the water slide-it was closed (but it looked fun). Ports-Honduras did an encounter at the monkey sanctuary and beach. Fun. The beach was clean and kid friendly. Animals (monkeys and sloths) were a welcome surprise of fun. Belize-its a private beach which is fun. Lighthouse was closed when we came-bummer since that is what my daughter most wanted to see. Ferry to the mainland is $25 roundtrip. Costa Maya we booked the Mayan Ruins. It was a lot of fun and both of my kids enjoyed it (bring something to entertain them for the 45 min bus trip each way). In Cozumel we booked a horse buggy tour off ship ($60) which was fun. Please note: NCL does not have a separate disembarkation line for access needed guests. Lastly, the day before we departed I went to Guest Services to make sure my aunt's departure would be seamless. Most of our travel group was flying out of Fort Lauderdale while my aunt and cousin were flying out of Miami. We were also leaving earlier than they were. I wanted to ensure that the issues that plagued our arrival would not happen for disembarkation (especially since the bulk of us wouldn't be there to help carry her). The staff verified for 30 minutes and assured us that everything would be okay. On our disembarkation day-while waiting at the airport-we got a frantic call from my aunt that the same issues were plaguing her. She had to complain and get management involved. I would only go on this cruiseline again if it was my family only. If you have an access needed traveling companion please look elsewhere.

DO NOT TAKE THIS CRUISE IF YOU ARE HANDICAPPED

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by PrentissBride

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Our extended family cruises together every other year. This was the first time cruising NCL (we previously did Carnival and RC). We booked travel and transport thru NCL. My aunt is disabled and we also registered her with the Access Desk at NCL.

Upon arriving for our transport to the port (at the Miami airport) we were informed that they did not have handicapped transport for my aunt. We called the Access Desk (they were closed on Sunday). The NCL workers at the airport informed us that they did have access equipped vans. They had us carry my 80 year old aunt up the narrow stairs of the regular bus.

Upon arriving at the terminal we were told that we had to carry her from the bus location to the terminal-it was a bit of a walk. We refused and thankfully had an understanding onsite manager who made an exception and brought a wheelchair from the terminal to the bus. We did not bring my aunt's chair since it does not comply with NCL guidelines (which is normal-we have rented scooters on some of our other cruises). However, the rental chair that we received did not work-and we had to argue with guest services that it didn't (was actually asked if we knew how to use the chair) They finally sent a tech, who discovered/agreed that it didn't work. He found a replacement-but it wasn't the type we had paid for.

The ship is nicely appointed and the family room I was in was the most spacious that I have been in. I especially loved the larger bathroom (a must for young children).

In general, the dining is the best of any cruiseline. Lots of options and the staff is generally thoughtful. BOOK OCEAN BLUE. If you go, book this restaurant as soon as you are able-the slots went first. It was amazing-went with my husband and our baby (DD was is kids club). Staff here was the BEST of the ship. We booked Cagneys for our group of 12. Food was good-staff was overwhelmed. Had to request multiple times for water and they forgot appetizers for some of our party. We also booked Teppanyaki-if you have children this is a must. Most entertaining staff and food was good. We visited every included restaurant-food was really good. Make sure to do one night at the Manhattan-they include a show and it was amazing. My 8 year loves the apple pie at OSheehans as well. And the staff at SAVOR adored my 1 year old.

Entertainment was okay-but not as good as RCL. Activities were okay-best one was the escape room (sign up early). My daughter said the kids club was the best one of any cruiseline.

Our room porter (Ariel) was the best. Lost and found was easy to navigate. Gym was much smaller than we have experienced on other lines.

The ropes course and zipline were fun-my 8 year old adored it. My 1 year could not get in the pool (even with a cover or swim diaper). For a ship of its size, the lack of pools is shocking. Both times that we tried to do the water slide-it was closed (but it looked fun).

Ports-Honduras did an encounter at the monkey sanctuary and beach. Fun. The beach was clean and kid friendly. Animals (monkeys and sloths) were a welcome surprise of fun. Belize-its a private beach which is fun. Lighthouse was closed when we came-bummer since that is what my daughter most wanted to see. Ferry to the mainland is $25 roundtrip. Costa Maya we booked the Mayan Ruins. It was a lot of fun and both of my kids enjoyed it (bring something to entertain them for the 45 min bus trip each way). In Cozumel we booked a horse buggy tour off ship ($60) which was fun.

Please note: NCL does not have a separate disembarkation line for access needed guests.

Lastly, the day before we departed I went to Guest Services to make sure my aunt's departure would be seamless. Most of our travel group was flying out of Fort Lauderdale while my aunt and cousin were flying out of Miami. We were also leaving earlier than they were. I wanted to ensure that the issues that plagued our arrival would not happen for disembarkation (especially since the bulk of us wouldn't be there to help carry her). The staff verified for 30 minutes and assured us that everything would be okay. On our disembarkation day-while waiting at the airport-we got a frantic call from my aunt that the same issues were plaguing her. She had to complain and get management involved.

I would only go on this cruiseline again if it was my family only. If you have an access needed traveling companion please look elsewhere.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 10840
Our cabin was the family mini suite balcony. The rooms come with larger baths that are idea for families. We had a larger shower (enough room for multiple kids at the same time time). There is also a double sink in the room. Balconies are tiny (but they are on most ships). Still was nice to sit out with the girls and dolphin watch.
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  • Island Tour
    Took a horse and buggy tour. Definitely easier to do an excursion off boat here. Lots of tour guides as soon as you exit the terminal. We (hubby, 8 year old and 1 year old) took a 45 min tour for $60. Saw a lot of the city and the kids loved the horse and buggy.
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    Its a private beach. The lighthouse was closed when we went. Their animal habit took 10 minutes to walk thru (but the birds were cute). The big draw is the beach (stunning). If you want to go to the mainland its $25 roundtrip on the ferry. Only stayed out an hour or so because I did not want the baby to overheat
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