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Either side of the main passenger corridor (deck 6) there is the other two more main restaurants called ‘Taste’ and ‘Savor’. These are two almost identical dining areas, which form the other inclusive dining options. These are both more sedate and intimate than the Manhattan, although they are bigger than they first look, by the clever use of dividing glass panels. Taste, Savor and the Manhattan all share the same kitchen and menus.


Buddy Valastro’s Cake Shop

Tucked away in an unassuming corner on the starboard side of Deck 8 is one of the smallest venues onboard. An extension of Carlo’s Bakery, the popular family business of Hoboken-based “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. Featuring all of the delicious treats and confections that the original bakery is known for, Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Breakaway will also let guests pre-order custom specialty cakes for celebrations, and even offers special cake decorating classes.

Aqua Park & Sports Complex

Norwegian went all-out in designing the Aqua Park and Sports Complex aboard Norwegian Breakaway. Spanning decks 15, 16, 17, and 18, this stunning area includes five multi-story water slides, one of which is the fastest drop slide at sea — and one of the area’s hottest attractions. For those who like their water activities on the milder side, there are two traditional swimming pools, along with a special Spongebob Squarepants themed pool area for the kids. The Sports Complex is home to a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, Spider Web climbing cage, and one of the more attractive mini-golf courses I’ve seen aboard a ship. There’s also a gigantic ropes course and a zip track that includes a defining element known as The

Breakaway Staterooms & Suites

Norwegian has crafted staterooms that are surprisingly spacious and well thought-out. Even before hitting the top-of-the-line categories in The Haven, Norwegian’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept, designers added little niceties to each category like rainforest showers with six positional jets in Mini-Suite Balcony staterooms. Oceanview staterooms are back aboard Norwegian Breakaway after being excised aboard Epic. Here, they boast the same sleek styling as the rest of the staterooms onboard, and are larger than average, with bathrooms that uses a swing-door shower concept. Overall the rooms are very well laid out, with my only issue being a lack of sufficient storage.

Conclusion

Breakaway is built for ‘fun’. It will suit those wanting a casual, but ‘busy’ cruise experience, packed with multiple dining and multiple entertainment options. Families are well catered for. She will not suit those looking for tradition, relaxation and tranquility. NCL’s dining flexibility

Plank, an 8-foot-long (2.5-meters) bar that extends beyond the side of the ship and high above the sea. Guests can walk The Plank, with harnesses for safety.

Norwegian also included its futuristic and funky Studios onboard the Breakaway. Designed for the solo cruiser, these rooms feature their own keycard-access hallways and even a private lounge where Studio guests can socialize. Looking for someone to walk the plank with? You can sign up for that on a “get-together” whiteboard that invites other guests to join in the fun.


The ultra-luxe enclave known as The Haven is also included on this ship, with suites too numerous to list here, except to say that there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Norwegian has also expanded The Haven aboard Norwegian Breakaway to feature both forward and aft-facing suites on a number of decks.

Studio Lounge

is second to none, compared to the other mass-market cruise ships, although the food and service can be inconsistent at times.


It is also worth remembering when you are comparing fares of the rival cruise lines, that NCL are market-leaders in the ‘additional on-board surcharge’.  Although the many surcharges are optional, they can be difficult to avoid. You are paying for ‘choice’. That being said, Norwegian has done a great job with their new design. The Breakaway’s design is more “outward” focused than many new ship designs and after all, cruising should be about connecting with the sea, at least occasionally.