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.
Norwegian Breakaway had an impressive number of dining options to keep us busy, providing something for almost every taste bud. NCL calls it “29 different dining experiences,” but that includes things like the hot dog stand and room service, so we’ll break it down.
In terms of full-service, sit-down restaurants that are included in the cruise fare, we count four venues. Two of these (Savor and Taste) are virtually identical, right down to the menus, while the menu at Manhattan Dining Room is similar. The fourth restaurant, O’Sheehan’s, offers pub-style fare. Two buffet venues and three snack (hot dogs, pizza) options are also covered in the cruise fare. There is a restaurant designated for guests staying in Haven suites only, as well as room service, which is complimentary except from midnight to 5 a.m.
On the surcharge front, we counted nine full-service dining options that required an additional fee—ranging $15-$49 per person (kids under 12 half-price), or à la carte—along with three snack options. On a seven-day cruise, it’s impossible to try them all.
TV monitors were set up to indicate how busy each venue was. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be seated at Manhattan, Taste or Savor (ostensibly the “main” dining rooms), a little longer for O’Sheehan’s. Not described below is Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, a dinner-show experience with a surcharge. The food was poor, and we’ve listed it on page 5 of this review, under “Shows and Entertainment.”
Taste and Savor Restaurants
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Uptown Bar & Grill
Ocean Blue and the Raw Bar
La Cucina Italian Restaurant
Shanghai's Noodle Bar
Le Bistro French Restaurant
Other Dining Options
Carlo's Bake Shop
Sabrett Hot Dog
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