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Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Breakaway Review

The largest cruise ship ever to homeport in New York, Norwegian Breakaway puts NCL’s “Freestyle” concept to the test.

March 25, 2014
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Not counting variations based on location or view, Norwegian Breakaway offers a whopping 22 different cabin types to choose from, providing something for everyone and every budget. Balcony units represent the bulk of the accommodations, and this is what we stayed in—described below. Inside cabins are as small as 129 square feet (take it from us: that’s small), while Oceanviews are a more reasonable 161 square feet. There are Spa cabins, which provide free access to the thermal spa.

Eighty suites are classified as part of The Haven, offering concierge and butler service and access to a private, top-deck courtyard. On Breakaway, the Haven has a private access lounge and restaurant on Deck 16. Haven suites are concentrated on decks 14, 15 and 16, though the forward and aft corner units of decks 9 through 13 are also classified as Haven.

Norwegian is one of the few cruise lines to provide cabins for solo travelers, called Studios. There are 59 on Breakaway—all insides located on decks 10 and 11. Although they are just 99 square feet in size, they provide an avenue for single travelers to dodge the (usually) onerous single supplement fees when occupying a cabin designed for two. You can ready about our experience staying in a Studio aboard Norwegian Epic here.

Our Cabin: Balcony

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Cabin Amenities

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Norwegian Cruise Line. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Studios
Private keycard access complex comprised of staterooms specifically designed and priced for the solo traveler. Featuring a full-size bed, a one-way window to the corridor and separate areas for your bathroom, sink and shower. Includes access to the private Studio Lounge. No single supplement required. Approx. Size: 99-131 sq. ft.

Inside
These staterooms include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Door opens to center interior corridor for categories IC, ID, IF & IX. Approx. Size: 129-150 sq. ft.

Mid-Ship Inside
Centrally located mid-ship, providing easy access to everything on board. These staterooms feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. (Door opens to center interior corridor.) Approx. Size: 135-201 sq. ft.

Mid-Ship Oceanview with Large Picture Window
Located mid-ship, you will have easy access to everything. These staterooms feature a large picture window and two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Approx. Size: 161 sq. ft

Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window
Perfect for families, these staterooms include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, a bathtub and additional bedding that can accommodate three guests. There are also many connecting staterooms. (No bathtub in staterooms 5138, 5140, 5738 and 5740.) Approx. Size: 218 sq. ft.

Large Balcony
These staterooms have a large balcony offering incredible views, two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and additional bedding to sleep one or two more. Approx. Size: 245 sq. ft.

Aft-Facing Large Balcony
These staterooms include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and are aft-facing, so the view from your private balcony is amazing. Approx. Size: 250-550 sq. ft.

Spa Balcony
The Spa Balcony staterooms feature tranquil spa décor and include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, easy access to the adjacent Mandara Spa experience and fitness center, as well as complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular Spa hours. Approx. Size: 208 sq. ft.

Spa Mini-Suite with Balcony
Spa Mini-Suites feature tranquil spa décor, a king-size bed, oversized waterfall shower and multiple body spray jets, easy access to the adjacent Mandara Spa and fitness center, as well as complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular Spa hours. Approx. Size: 239 sq. ft.

The Haven Spa Suite with Balcony
The perfect way to experience a total spa vacation, the Spa Suites include a king-size bed, in-suite whirlpool tub, oversized waterfall shower and multiple body spray jets, spa décor, easy access to the adjacent Mandara Spa and fitness center, as well as complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular Spa hours. Access to The Haven and all its premium amenities. Approx. Size: 309 sq. ft.

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Enjoy a private balcony with amazing views from these Mini-Suites which feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, an upper bed, and a sofa bed. Approx. Size: 310 sq. ft.

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Located mid-ship with easy access to everything, these Mini-Suites feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, sofa bed and a private balcony. Approx. Size: 239 sq. ft

Mini-Suite with Large Balcony
Featuring a king-size bed,sofa bed and a large, private balcony these Mini-suites also offer amazing views. Enjoy the dining and excitement just steps away from The Waterfront. Approx. Size: 289-310 sq. ft.

Family Mini-Suite with Balcony
Perfect if you want to bring the kids, these Family Mini-Suites are conveniently located near the kids' area, include two lower beds that convert to a king-size bed, sofa bed and bathtub. Hang out with the gang and enjoy the view from your own private balcony. Approx. Size: 239 sq. ft.

Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Large Balcony
These Mini-Suites have plenty of room for you to spread out with a king-size bed and a large aft-facing balcony to take in the amazing views. Approx. Size: 513-585 sq. ft.

The Haven Forward-Facing Penthouse with Balcony
Get a birds-eye-view of the amazing vistas ahead from your floor to ceiling windows and the serenity of your private balcony. Desirably located forward on the corners of decks 9-13, these penthouses have exclusive key card access to The Haven Courtyard area, restaurant and lounge and 24-hour butler and concierge service. Featuring a king size bed, luxury bath with bathtub and separate shower, living area with single sofa bed, dining area. Approx. Size: 451-420 sq. ft.

The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony
Located in the aft corners of decks 9-14, these penthouse suites offer unforgettable views with floor to ceiling windows and extra large balconies. Indulge in the premium amenities of The Haven, with exclusive key card access to the Courtyard area, restaurant, lounge, 24-hour butler and concierge service. Featuring a king size bed, luxury bath with bathtub and separate shower, living area with double sofa bed, dining area and guest half bathroom. Approx. Size: 655-824 sq. ft.

The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony
With exclusive key card access to The Haven and all its premium amenities, these Penthouses provide comfort and luxury with access to the secluded Courtyard Area, private restaurant and lounge. Featuring a king size bed, bath tub with shower (except in wheelchair accessible staterooms) and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to your private balcony. Approx. Size: 328-349 sq. ft.

The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony
Perfect for the families, these villas offer plenty of space and privacy. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and a luxury bath with bathtub and separate shower. The second bedroom has a double sofa bed and bathroom with shower. Living and dining area with additional bedding to accommodate up to two guests. Experience amazing views from floor-to-ceiling windows and your private balcony. Approx. Size: 543-545 sq. ft.

The Haven Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
Marvel at the captain's view of the ocean in your private and luxurious Owner's Suite located in The Haven. This suite has a separate living and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows and 24-hour butler and concierge service. King-size bed with a luxury bath containing a bathtub and separate shower. Additional bedding that accommodates two and guest bathroom. Approx. Size: 572 sq. ft.

The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
Located in The Haven, these Suites offer amazing ocean views, a living and dining area with wet bar and an extra-spacious wraparound balcony. They include a king-size bed that faces floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower and two modern vanity sinks. Large wardrobe and dressing area with full closet, double sofa and guest half bathroom. Approx. Size: 932 sq. ft.

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