Norwegian Breakaway Review

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New in 2013, the Breakaway pleases passengers and experts with its range of activities, quality facilities, good food, varied entertainment, and casual vibe.

The Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line's largest ship, offers everything from a two-night "cruise to nowhere" to a seven-night cruise to Bermuda or a 19-night voyage through the Bahamas and southern Caribbean. It sails out of New York City and prices start as low as $71 a person per night.

Norwegian Breakaway reviews by passengers and experts consider this budget-priced cruise ship a good deal. On sites such as Cruiseline.com, vacationers commend the shows and parties, abundance of activities, tasty food, comfortable accommodations, and overall condition of the ship. Experts at Cruise Critic award it 4.5 stars for ample dining options and entertainment and a relaxed vibe that suits passengers regardless of demographic (read: old, young; family, single; group, romantic).

Other travelers, however, are less impressed. The boat seemed too crowded for some, and without reservations for a spot at the spa or a seat at a show, entry often was denied. Notably, the "freestyle" approach to life on a Norwegian ship, which lets vacationers dine at any time and sit at any table they choose, reportedly leads to lines at the most popular dining venues, which irks some reviewers. Assessments of the crew's performance vary, with many reviewers noting attentive and professional service while others gripe about unfriendly and bored staff.

Both the Breakaway and the 14-ship Norwegian fleet have earned industry awards over the years. The vessel was named best new ship by Cruise Critic in 2013 and best for families by Yahoo that same year. Cruise Critic named it tops for entertainment in 2015, and USA Today's Readers' Choice awards dubbed it best for families. The 2014 Global Travelers' Leisure Award went to the entire cruise line.

Norwegian Breakaway's guest capacity hits 3,969 with a crew of 1,651. The company's ships are known for colorful but tasteful décor and a flexible, almost casual, dress code even at the shows and specialty dining venues. Passengers receive a $50 credit for shore excursions in each port and up to 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi. There are five multi-story waterslides, mini golf, Broadway-style shows, a spa, and 29 dining venues.

The Breakaway is appointed with amenities that suit both party-loving first-time cruisers and laid-back seasoned travelers.

Emily Lugg

Emily Lugg is a freelance writer and writing tutor in the Writing Center at Ohio Wesleyan University. Always looking for the best investment for her family at the cheapest price, Emily uses research and consumer reviews as her sharpest tools for the savviest shopping.

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