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Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Breakaway

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Norwegian Breakaway Review

Norwegian Breakaway, the New York–themed follow-up to the popular Norwegian Epic, sails year-round from New York City to the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Caribbean. It's a large, 4,000-passenger ship offering a wide variety of restaurants (many specialty restaurants

with cover charges) and entertainment and is particularly family-friendly.

Norwegian's newest class of ships is impressive, slightly smaller than Norwegian Epic but with improved flow in the main dining and entertainment district, 678 Ocean Place. A major innovation is the addition of outdoor dining at almost all specialty restaurants. You can check wait times and make reservations on digital screens throughout the ship. As on other Norwegian ships, entertainment is a strong suit and includes not only a Latin ballroom dance show and a full-fledged Broadway show. Norwegian Breakaway has a branch of Carlo's Bakery.

Outdoors, there an impressive ropes course on the sports deck, as well as five water slides and an aqua park for smaller kids. The kids and teen clubs are impressively large and offer a wide variety of programs and activities. The adults-only Vibe Beach Club has a cover charge. The ships' electronic screens now make reservations for dining and entertainment as well as giving wait times. Automated wine dispensers in the atrium and buffet let you buy a glass (or taste) whenever you want.

Norwegian Cruise Line (originally known as Norwegian Caribbean Line) set sail in 1966 with an entirely new concept: regularly scheduled Caribbean cruises from the then-obscure port of Miami. Good food and friendly service combined with value fares established Norwegian as a winner for active adults and families. With the introduction of the now-retired SS Norway in 1979, Norwegian ushered in the era of cruises on megasize ships. Innovative and forward-looking, Norwegian has been a cruise-industry leader for four decades, and is as much at home in Europe as it is in the Caribbean.

Noted for top-quality, high-energy entertainment and emphasis on fitness facilities and programs, Norwegian combines action, activities, and a variety of dining options in a casual, free-flowing atmosphere. Freestyle cruising signaled an end to rigid dining schedules and dress codes. Norwegian ships now offer a host of flexible dining options that allow passengers to eat in the main dining rooms or any of a number of à la carte and specialty restaurants at any time and with whom they please. Now co-owned by Genting Hong Kong Limited and Apollo Management, a private equity company, Norwegian continues to be an industry innovator.

From a distance, most cruise ships look so similar that it's often difficult to tell them apart, but Norwegian's largest, modern ships stand out with their distinctive use of hull art. Each new ship is distinguished by murals extending from bow to midship.

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What You Should Know


  • You'll now find hand-washing stations outside the buffet
  • You can make make reservations on screens throughout the ship
  • There's a branch of Hoboken's Carlo's Bakery of "Cake Boss" fame


  • At $49, Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian is expensive
  • Most entertainment requires reservations
  • Balcony size has been shrunk dramatically in most cabin categories
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,640
  • Entered Service 2013
  • Gross Tons 146,600
  • Length 1,062 feet
  • Number of Cabins 2,014
  • Passenger Capacity 4,028
  • Width 130 feet

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