Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Norwegian Cruise Lines
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 17th, 2014, 12:16 AM
TimmyK's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cincinnati. OH
Posts: 254
Default New Breakaway Class-What do you think?

According to the press release and Paul's article, Norwegian is buying two new gigantic size ships. So what do you think? Yes or no. I get that the bigger the ship the more stuff you can cram on the ship and the more money the cruiseline can make from all the people onboard. It truly is a floating city with over 5,000 plus pax/crew. It seems the larger the ship, the harder it is to find docking space; so the next best thing is; sail to anywhere and dock anywhere. My feeling is, the cruiselines are concentrating more about the ship and what's onboard, than ports of call. It almost seems like you set sail out of Miami and sail around the Caribbean for a week and not hit any ports. Just stay on the ship, spend money, and have fun. What do you say?
__________________


Next Up NCL Jade
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 17th, 2014, 12:52 AM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dallas, Tx
Posts: 798
Default

I like the bigger ships and the cool new amenities they offer.

But for me it's always:
1. Ports
2. Cruise line
3. Ship extras
4. Food
__________________
List of cheap solo cruises
Cruise Food Gallery


BOOKED: Holland Oosterdam May 25; 7N ship, 4N Anchorage, 6N Denali, 5N Denver
11 cruises in 2012, 90 nights at sea visiting 15 countries
8 cruises in 2013, 56 nights at sea visiting 7 countries
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 17th, 2014, 04:24 PM
TimmyK's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cincinnati. OH
Posts: 254
Default

Aerospace; so your #2 choice is cruiseline. Do you mean the cruiseline itself or the cruiseline's ships? I assume the shps extra's means what kind of stuff is onboard; ie. flowrider, rock climbing wall, water slides.
__________________


Next Up NCL Jade
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 18th, 2014, 12:59 PM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Dallas, Tx
Posts: 798
Default

2. I have my preferred lines usually Celebrity then RCL then Carnival based mostly on past experiences.
3. Would be deciding the best ship for me based on what it offers to do on board. It does vary depending on my mood or itinerary. For port intensive trips on board offerings are less important, if it's many sea days they would matter more. It's still 3rd at best in my decision.

I am finding more people are considering staying on board than in the past which means the ships themselves are the draw. For me it's a easy/cheap way to visit many places. I'd rather they make better itineraries, improve customer service, or add some on board lecturers than spend an extra 100mil per ship on extras. To much of 20 cruise choices and they all go exactly the same place every year.
__________________
List of cheap solo cruises
Cruise Food Gallery


BOOKED: Holland Oosterdam May 25; 7N ship, 4N Anchorage, 6N Denali, 5N Denver
11 cruises in 2012, 90 nights at sea visiting 15 countries
8 cruises in 2013, 56 nights at sea visiting 7 countries
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 18th, 2014, 01:58 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 254
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TimmyK View Post
According to the press release and Paul's article, Norwegian is buying two new gigantic size ships. So what do you think? Yes or no. I get that the bigger the ship the more stuff you can cram on the ship and the more money the cruiseline can make from all the people onboard. It truly is a floating city with over 5,000 plus pax/crew. It seems the larger the ship, the harder it is to find docking space; so the next best thing is; sail to anywhere and dock anywhere. My feeling is, the cruiselines are concentrating more about the ship and what's onboard, than ports of call. It almost seems like you set sail out of Miami and sail around the Caribbean for a week and not hit any ports. Just stay on the ship, spend money, and have fun. What do you say?
I for one would not take a 7day cruise to nowhere, I don't care how many amenities there are.. As far as the big ships, people either love them or hate them. So the PLUS ships will have an extra deck and an extra 19,000 tons, if I understand correctly. So, does this work out to be even bigger than the Allure? I was thinking that these will be slightly smaller.

We were on the Epic and also the Getaway and were pleasantly surprised at how uncrowded these ships felt. You would never guess there were 4,000 odd people on board, with so many areas for people to spread out in. We really loved the layout of the Getaway and the connection to the sea with that indoor/outdoor Waterfront area, so I am glad to see this being carried forward onto the new builds.

The docking does seem to present a problem. Since these newer builds seem to be the thing now, if the various cruise ports want a cruise line's business, sooner or later they may have to build docks that will accommodate, like Bermuda did for the Breakaway.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old July 20th, 2014, 10:21 PM
TimmyK's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cincinnati. OH
Posts: 254
Default

Travelbuggs, The NCL ships Breakaway, Getaway, are a tad smaller than Oasis and Allure. We sailed Allure and had a great time. There was so much to see and do; you almost need a b2b to do and see everything.
__________________


Next Up NCL Jade
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old July 21st, 2014, 08:59 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 254
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TimmyK View Post
Travelbuggs, The NCL ships Breakaway, Getaway, are a tad smaller than Oasis and Allure. We sailed Allure and had a great time. There was so much to see and do; you almost need a b2b to do and see everything.
Yes, that is the experience we had on Epic and Getaway. We really needed more time! But, I don't know. I think it may be possible to go too big! The design of these ships was well thought out I felt in terms of grouping venues together so that you did not feel you were running yourself ragged to go from A to B. Also good in terms of connection to the sea with the improvements in design of the Breakaway/Getaway to include the Waterfront areas. I think the bigger the ship, the easier it may be to lose that.

When we were on the Freedom of the Seas, it just did not have the right vibe to me. I remember walking through that center mall like area late at night, ( we are not night owls, so it could not have been very late ) and it was absolutely deserted. We were literally the only people in that cavernous space. It gave me a very uneasy feeling, kind of like I'd feel at our local mall at 2:00 am. Not warm and cozy and vibrant with people and activity. I had that feeling the entire cruise, and we never went back to Royal again after that.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2014, 06:42 PM
TimmyK's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cincinnati. OH
Posts: 254
Default

The promenade is not crowded unless there is so etching scheduled. Parade, meet and greet with the captain. I have been there when it was half empty
__________________


Next Up NCL Jade
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old July 26th, 2014, 07:25 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 254
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TimmyK View Post
The promenade is not crowded unless there is so etching scheduled. Parade, meet and greet with the captain. I have been there when it was half empty
That seems like such a waste to me, to have areas that are that under utilized or absolutely deserted when we walked through. I barely remember what was in there, maybe mostly shops, but are they closed at night? And the space certainly is not making them any money if it is deserted! Why not put some music in there and some cozy piano bars, and places for people to go? What is the good in a "grand" atrium if absolutely nothing goes on there except for a parade or something now and then? One of the comments I hear frequently about NCL ships is that the atrium is not "grand enough", despite some beautiful chandeliers, or does not have as much "wow" factor as some. What good is a grand space that has nothing going on there? You go in, take a picture and walk out.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old July 27th, 2014, 02:38 AM
Truck Cruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 831
Default

With there only being a handful of cruise ports in the Caribbean that I haven't been to, the ship is becoming more important now then when I first started cruising.
We have tried 4 different cruise lines and different sizes of ships too. Every cruise has a special place in my heart and each ship has been pretty good for the most part, the Carnival Holiday being the exception.
I don't think I would like a cruise to no where! As a matter of fact the DW and I want to do a cruise to Hawaii but we don't want to sail from the U.S. mainland with 5 sea days out and 5 sea days back. Guess we will have to fly to Hawaii and do the NCL cruise out of there.
To me, where the cruise lines could improve is to have shows in their theaters in the afternoon on sea days and give us more to do so sea days aren't as boring.
__________________
Live life to the fullest because tomorrow may never come!

Carribean Princess 07
Carnival Valor 08
Carnival Holiday 08
Carnival Triumph 09
Island Princess 09
Carnival Miracle 10
Norwegian Pearl 11
Norwegian Sun 13
Independence of the Seas Feb 14
Carnival Splendor Feb 15
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old July 27th, 2014, 09:27 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 254
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Truck Cruiser View Post
With there only being a handful of cruise ports in the Caribbean that I haven't been to, the ship is becoming more important now then when I first started cruising.
We have tried 4 different cruise lines and different sizes of ships too. Every cruise has a special place in my heart and each ship has been pretty good for the most part, the Carnival Holiday being the exception.
I don't think I would like a cruise to no where! As a matter of fact the DW and I want to do a cruise to Hawaii but we don't want to sail from the U.S. mainland with 5 sea days out and 5 sea days back. Guess we will have to fly to Hawaii and do the NCL cruise out of there.
To me, where the cruise lines could improve is to have shows in their theaters in the afternoon on sea days and give us more to do so sea days aren't as boring.

I have to say, I've never experienced a boring sea day. They seem to fly by. The ships now have so much to do. But still, a full 7 day cruise to no where is a bit much. I don't know how I would do on a transatlantic without a port stop every day or two.

And I agree with you about taking a cruise from the west coast to Hawaii. I don't know why people do it. You would need a full 2 weeks, and why waste that many days at sea, when you could be spending those days in Hawaii after flying there? This August we will fly to Hawaii, cruise around the islands for 7 days and then spend another 7 on Oahu, a full 14 days seeing Hawaii.

You mentioned afternoon shows on the ships. I don't remember which cruise line it was, but I do remember one which had an afternoon showing of the big show from the night before. This was probably several years ago and I don't know if they still do it. It was great for both adults and kids who run out of steam early and sometimes miss them. I thought it was a great idea and I wish they still did this occasionally. Of course, back in the day, you only had the one big show each night. Now the big ships have multiple big shows and it would make the task much more difficult, but they could still repeat a couple of them. Instead, they now offer a show with lunch, for a fee of course, like Wine Lovers Musical or some kind of Murder Mystery Lunch.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old July 28th, 2014, 03:21 PM
TimmyK's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Cincinnati. OH
Posts: 254
Default

I wanted to do Disney to Hawaii, but my wife can't handle the sea days in the Pacific Ocean. So if we do Hawaii it will be the Pride of America.
__________________


Next Up NCL Jade
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spirit Class ships VS Conquest Class jackiesbooks Carnival Cruise Lines 13 June 19th, 2007 05:18 AM
aft cabins Radiance class verses Voyager class CruzNLexi Royal Caribbean International 5 April 27th, 2005 12:55 PM
RCL Voyager class or Princes Grand Class? ssatterly Royal Caribbean International 3 June 14th, 2004 12:02 PM
RCL Voyager class or Princes Grand Class? ssatterly Princess Cruise Lines 0 June 13th, 2004 01:16 PM
Millenium class VS Grand Class Balconies campingman Celebrity 2 March 12th, 2004 10:46 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:56 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1