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Paul Motter April 30th, 2013 06:45 PM

Breakaway - Pictures finally coming in
FINALLY we are starting to get some pictures of Norwegian Breakaway.

There is a "photo-tour" link in this article:

First look at the Norwegian Breakaway

What do you guys think?

johnthed0g April 30th, 2013 07:04 PM

I saw her today towering over the Southampton skyline...well maybe not towering but noticeable certainly..

Paul Motter April 30th, 2013 07:06 PM

With only one night to cruise I certainly hope the boarding went smoother than when I was there for the Norwegian Epic transatlantic crossing - that was a "line"

aerospace May 1st, 2013 05:06 AM

Not digging them charging for the shows. It may only be $30 but since when are cruise shows not included?

Trip May 1st, 2013 09:05 AM

I think it will be a great addition to cruising from the northeast.I enjoyed the Epic, & I know I would enjoy this ship...I do hate the name though!

Lakers Fan May 1st, 2013 11:38 AM

I am trying to get my better half to do a Breakaway cruise this summer .

Paul Motter May 1st, 2013 09:11 PM

As far as I know the only show they charge for is the Cirque Dreams & Dinner - because it is a dinner show.

Here is a funny story, though. NCL took a group of us to the Cirque Dreams offices near Palm Beach and we all saw the Epic show and thought it was all good - but when we saw it on Epic it just fell flat - no one I was with liked it at all.

Now, one big difference was that we could not see as well on the ship as in the studio - another difference was that the ship renderings had made the ship "circus tent" look huge, but in real life it was tiny. When they strung up a "tightrope" it was a "sag-rope" literally, with the guy standing on it sagging from two points about 8 feet apart - not very impressive.

Anyway - I was actually surprised the show was kept for Breakaway, but it was. But they really jacked up the price from $10 and $15, to $29 and $39 (or something) for back row /premium seats.

Sorry, but I don't think that would be fair price for the show I show on board Epic. Maybe this one is way better, I don't know. Maybe the theater is bigger (it looks bigger on the floor plans but NCL told me it was the same size).

I dunno - but the price is for the dinner, not just the show, but I agree it is kind of a sneaky way to get you to pay for entertainment, especially when the food was not that good.

Paul Motter May 1st, 2013 09:16 PM

Anyway - getting to the actual pictures - is anyone surprised by how similar this looks to Epic - same carpet, same colors, very similar layout.

Now, I do really like the Waterfront, and I the 678 Ocean Place is an improvement, but I still have the brown carpet with the beige swirls (yuck), and you still HAVE to walk through the casino to cross the ship.

This is like an improved Epic, but some of the major problems are going to still exist - crowded shows & long lines, etc. Better make your reservations!

Dave Beers May 1st, 2013 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by Paul Motter (Post 1471970)
I dunno - but the price is for the dinner, not just the show, but I agree it is kind of a sneaky way to get you to pay for entertainment, especially when the food was not that good.

Wasn't there a problem with the dinner service too? It being too disrupted by the show or something like that?

Beachmonkey May 3rd, 2013 02:35 PM

I did the cirque show on the Epic and it was much better than I expected. The food was not quite as good as in the other venues, but the staff did a great job of working around the show. Some of the performers would come down between the tables and the staff was easily able to work with them. I am booked on the Breakaway and have reservations for the cirque again.

Paul Motter May 3rd, 2013 02:37 PM

Cool stuff beach - please take pictures and let us know how it turns out.

andreasde May 4th, 2013 04:37 AM

Last weekend I had the chance for travelling a two nights trip with Norwegian Breakaway. Of course I took the chance to take many photos including panorama shots.
All in all ther are now about 700 photos from the Breakaway in my
Norwegian Breakaway photos

colorcrazie May 4th, 2013 06:19 PM

Paul, or anyone,
Do you know if the Cirque show on other ships is also an additional charge. Going on the Jewel in December.

Paul Motter May 4th, 2013 06:42 PM

On Norwegian Epic there is a Cirque Dream & Dinner show, also, and yes there is a charge.

I do not know of any shows by this company on other Norwegian ships, so if they have Cirque-style shows I do not think they charge for them.

Keep in mind these a dinner shows - so the charge is also for a "dinner theater" experience.

Paul Motter May 8th, 2013 12:06 PM

I am still waiting for pics of the Cirque show. It was widely panned by the "critics" on board the Epic media cruise, so I wonder if they decided not to show it to the media on this ship. I was surprised they even chose to keep it.

On Epic the renderings made the "circus tent" appear huge. On the Breakaway deck plans they also make the circus tent appear huge, but I emailed NCL and they told me it is the same size on both ships (!?!)

So, I really want to know if they improved it or not.

Paul Motter May 10th, 2013 01:11 PM

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I finally saw some pictures of the Cirque Tent on Breakaway and they made at least one improvement, they added a stage - however, what is weird is that I once reported that the Speigel tent on Breakaway is much bigger, but NCL contacted ma and said "no. they are the same size on both ships"

Looking at the deck plans - how can this be? Here is Epic...

And here is Breakaway:

Unless Epic is twice the size the room is bigger on Breakaway.

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