Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Breakaway

Year built2013  /  Age : 5
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassBreakaway
Building costUSD 840 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)326 m / 1070 ft
Beam (width)51 m / 167 ft
Gross Tonnage145655 gt
Passengers3957 - 4819
Crew1595
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks18
Cabins2014
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byThe Rockettes (NYC)

Current itinerary of Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans. Prices start from USD 379 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 06 Dec, 2018 and ends on 16 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
06 Dec 16:00      Departing from New Orleans, Louisiana   
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Cozumel, Mexico   
09 Dec 10:00 - 18:00     Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras   
10 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Harvest Caye, Belize private island   
11 Dec 07:00 - 15:00     Costa Maya, Mexico   
12 Dec 11:00 - 19:00     George Town, Grand Cayman Island   
13 Dec 10:00 - 18:00     Ocho Rios, Jamaica   
16 Dec 07:00      Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana   

Review of Norwegian Breakaway

Launched in 2013, Norwegian Breakaway is the first of two Breakaway-class NCL ships, together with NCL Getaway, which debuted a year later. NCL Breakaway is the largest passenger ship ever to be homeported in New York City. The next (biggest class) Norwegian vessels are the new Breakaway-Plus ships Norwegian Escape (2015), Norwegian Joy (2017) and Norwegian Bliss (2018).

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship

The 145,655-ton, 4,000-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway includes the best of what the current ships from the line give customers, like the exclusive Haven (Suite- and Villa-passengers only complex), calm spa and a plethora of dining options. People who decide to board this cruise ship will enjoy all that Freestyle Cruising has to offer while being on the vessel to the picturesque island of Bermuda. Remarkable cuisine, family fun and daily entertainment, as well as a wonderful staff and crew, that's what you could get.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Breakaway itinerary program is based on year-round roundtrip cruises from homeport NYC New York to Bermuda and Bahamas. In November 2018, the ship was repositioned to Carribean and homeported in New Orleans (NOLA), making Breakaway NOLA's largest homeported liner ever. Deprtures are from Julia Street Cruise Terminal. The inaugural cruise deprture was on November 11.

The new 7-day Western Caribbean cruise program includes 5-7-10-11-day roundtrips visiting Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Maya), Belize (Belize City, Harvest Caye Island), Grand Cayman, Jamaica (Ocho Rios).

In 2019-2020, NCL Breakaway cruise program is based on Florida departures from homeports Miami and Port Canaveral.

Cabins

Norwegian Breakaway has 16 passenger decks and a total of 2014 cabins (of which 1343 outside, 530 Inside, 127 single rooms) in 42 grades. Most Norwegian Breakaway staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms (998). 42 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Breakaway are the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites (740 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

When it comes to dining on Norwegian Breakaway, Freestyle is the norm. It means guests can eat virtually when they want, where they want. This applies to the extra-fee dining, as well as included or free dining. Traditionalists enjoy the three "main dining rooms": The Manhattan and more-intimate Taste and Savor. Thanks to Norwegian's drive to improve all dining options in 2014, quality is generally good. Guests had complained about declining quality, and NCL invested in improving on standards and new menu options. Healthy and vegetarian options are always available. One of Norwegian's greatest strengths is the vast range of dining venues. Passengers can try a French bistro, Italian trattoria, Asian Teppanyaki, Brazilian churrascaria, steakhouse, seafood restaurant, a raw bar and a noodle bar. All specialty dining carries an 18% auto-gratuity.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-class) Breakaway, Getaway

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Breakaway restaurants and food bars.

  • Savor Restaurant (282-seat forward Dining Room, complimentary)
  • Taste Restaurant (282-seat forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (114-seat French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Teppanyaki (96-seat Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Manhattan Restaurant (632-seat aft Dining Room; NYC private club design; complimentary; Freestyle dining, Dinner only)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (285-seat sports bar, with 24-hour American cuisine - burgers, steaks, desserts; complimentary)
  • Shanghai’s Noodle Bar (53-seat Asian cuisine complimentary restaurant inside O’Sheehan’s Pub area)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu).
  • Moderno Churrascaria (124-seat Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (168-seat Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Ocean Blue (seafood specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$39 per person cover charge. “Ocean Blue on the Waterfront” is the outdoor seating area)
  • Raw Bar (10-seat seafood restaurant)
  • Wasabi Sushi Bar (a la carte)
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations)
  • Open-Air Garden Cafe (the outdoor extension of Garden Cafe restaurant; complimentary)
  • Uptown Bar & Grill (complimentary casual restaurant by the Aqua Park).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Breakaway Theater hosts ship's most elaborate extravaganzas. It's where guests will find the Broadway "Rock of Ages" musical and the popular "Burn the Floor" dance revue show.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-class) Breakaway, Getaway

The ship's 3-deck Atrium is Breakaway's activity center throughout the day with morning trivia, Nintendo U Dance 4 competition, cooking demonstrations, towel animal folding, dance classes, games. Elsewhere, other activities include seminars for detoxing, art auctions,wine tastings, bingo, international crew talent show and solo travelers' meet and greets. The ship has a total of 9 jacuzzis and 3 pools. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-class) Breakaway, Getaway

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hr Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Breakaway tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp pd).

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Breakaway lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-class) Breakaway, Getaway

  • Breakaway Theatre (800-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Spiegel Tent (217-seat theatrical entertainment dining venue “Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy”, with grand-style aerial acrobatics; surcharge $30-40 PP)
  • Atrium (3-deck midship hub area - “678 Ocean Place”, with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (112-seat specialty tea & coffee bar)
  • Headliners Comedy Club & Lounge (features “The Second City” comedy show and “Howl At The Moon” piano show)
  • The Library; Card Room; Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Mixx Bar (live piano music; pre-dinner cocktails); Bar 21; Maltings Beer & Whisky Bar; Prime Meridian Bar; Shaker’s Cocktail Bar; Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge (smoking venue)
  • Carlo’s Bake Shop (cakes, pastries, bakeries; cupcake classes)
  • The Collection Art Gallery
  • Breakaway Casino
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub
  • Dolce Gelato (Italian ice cream); Cakestand (cakes, pastries)
  • SVEDKA Ice Bar (25-seat; with sculptures, glasses and seats made of ice; room temperature is -8 degrees C/ 17 F)
  • Boutiques (tax-duty free shops); Tradewinds (watches, jewelry, perfumes, handbags, alcohol, tobacco); Tides (gifts); Click (Photo Gallery & Shop)
  • Waterfront Promenade (1320 ft/402 m long; open air dining and entertainment venues)
  • Studio Lounge (cruising solo guests-only venue)
  • Splash Academy Club area (kids' programme for 6 months to 12 yo kids)
  • Mandara Spa & Pulse Fitness complex (with 22 treatment rooms, pool, aerobics studio and relaxation lounge)
  • The Market Place (shopping alley)
  • Aqua Park (3-deck, with two pools and 5 multi-level waterslides); Kid’s Aqua Park
  • Spa & Fitness (Thermal Suite, Salt Room, Medi Spa, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, fitness classes)
  • Spice H2O (adults only; served by Breezeway Bar & Grill)
  • Entourage Teen Centre (jukeboxes, table football, video arcades, teen disco)
  • “The Haven” (Suite- and Villa-passengers only complex; consists of The Haven Courtyard, The Haven Restaurant, The Haven Lounge)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Jogging Track; Sports Complex (Spider Web - enclosed 24ft/7m tall kids climbing wall with spiral slide, Bungee Trampoline, 9-hole Mini Golf course, the largest at sea Ropes course, Zip Line, The Plank - 8ft/2,5m extending platform)
  • Vibe Beach Club (adults only)
  • Syd Norman's Pour House (American rock 'n' roll bar & lounge added during 2018 refurb and replacing 160-seat Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club).

Norwegian Breakaway wiki

  • Fun fact is that the ship's name was selected through a public contest (submitted by Kimberly Powell). The ship's Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was on April 30, 2013. Ship's Godmothers are the "ROCKETTES" (from the NYC’s "Radio City Music Hall"). They were special guests on the ship's first 6 cruises, and since then - on the first sailing of every month.
  • The Breakaway cruise ship is the first of two Breakaway-class NCL ships. Her sister in the fleet is the NCL Getaway. The ship's interior design company contractors are Priestmangoode (UK) and Tillberg (Sweden). Hull art designer is Peter Max.
  • Breakaway's construction began on Sept 21, 2011. The vessel's name was announced on Sept 14, 2011. First Bermuda cruise was on May 12, 2013. First Transatlantic cruise (from Southampton to NYC New York) was on April 30, 2013.
  • Breakaway is the biggest NYC homeported ship - leaving from New York City the whole year-round.

NCL Breakaway refurbishment 2018 review

The list of deckplan changes and works done during ship's drydock 2018 refurbishment (April 28 - May 8) at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) included:

  • fully refreshed public spaces (new flooring/carpeting, updated furniture)
  • new carpeting in all staterooms
  • added Los Lobos Cantina (complimentary Mexican restaurant)
  • added Spice H20 (adults-only serenity deck with swimming pool, hot tubs, full-service bar, nightly live entertainment, DJs)
  • added Syd Norman's Pour House (former "Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club") - changed decor, new carpets, furniture, live performances of classic rock songs, updated drink menu
  • repair of shaft bearings and replacing slewing seals of the vessel's two ABB azipod thrusters (propulsion units). The operation required both propellers to be removed from the hull. Both bowthrusters were also dismantled and maintained. Both Fincantieri-made stabilizers were refitted. The hull was repainted.

Drydock 2018 was part of NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program for fleetwide upgrades (2-year project budgeted USD 400 million). Each drydock costs around USD 35-40 million.

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Norwegian Breakaway Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Breakaway cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$569
2018 Nov 25 11 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$399
2018 Dec 06 10 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$379
2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$429
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$849
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$849
2019 Jan 06 11 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$539
2019 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$589
2019 Jan 27 11 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$569
2019 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$699
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$599
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$699
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$599
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$799
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$679
2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$649
2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$599
2019 Apr 07 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from New Orleans New Orleans$399
2019 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2019 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$769
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$769
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$999
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$919
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$999
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1049
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$999
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$649
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$649
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$649
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$649
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$649
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Miami Miami$729
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2019 Nov 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$529
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$849
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$849
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$899
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$849
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$1149
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$1099
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$729
2020 Jan 11 11 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$989
2020 Jan 22 10 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$939
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$759
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$749
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$799
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$749
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$749
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$799
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$929
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$879
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$899
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$899
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$899
2020 Apr 18 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$449
2020 Apr 23 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami$349
2020 Apr 26 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$549
2020 May 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$549
2020 May 06 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami$449
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2020 May 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$599
2020 May 22 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami$499
2020 May 26 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$999
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$1099
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2020 Aug 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$699
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$949
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$949
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$949
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$899
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$899