I recently had the opportunity to spend an overnight on the NEW Norwegian Breakaway in Southampton. After check-in I had time to get some refreshments and headed up to the Garden Café, and was spoilt for choice.
There are so many different dining options available including their speciality restaurants; Italian, French, a Steakhouse, Sushi, Asian, Teppanyaki and a Seafood restaurant (cover charges apply). Alongside this they also offer another three restaurants for Main dining. There are no fixed times for dining therefore you can make a reservation or just turn up at the restaurant of your choice to be seated.
The ship has a fantastic spa area and also boasts the first Salt Room at sea as well as a fully equipped gym. Norwegian cruise lines offers spa suites perfect for a special occasion. Staying in one of these suites gives you complimentary use of the thermal suites, sauna hydrotherapy pool, steam room and heated loungers. They also offer The Haven; luxury staterooms at the top of the ship with a private area. Staying in The Haven you benefit from private bar, pool and restaurant giving you more privacy.
For solo travellers they have the perfect accommodation on offer, the Studios. They are located on decks 10 and 11 and have a very modern feel. What makes the accommodation so good is that they have a separate 2 storey lounge area for meeting other solo travellers. There are various different cabin categories from Inside, outside, Balcony or even the suites, all very comfortable and modern.
Entertainment on board; it’s difficult to know where to start! For children, they have one of the largest clubs I have seen at sea. Activities include art and craft, computer games, social area discos and many more specially arranged activities for all ages. Up on the open deck the Norwegian Breakaway has its own waterpark including the kids aqua park where the young ones can have fun splashing water with SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick starfish. The waterpark offers 5 slides including a free-fall slide at sea, another first for the ship. As well as the waterpark there are a couple of swimming pools and Jacuzzis on offer.
If you are feeling adventurous why not try the ropes course or rock climbing wall? The ropes course involves being fitted with a harness and testing your skills over various different courses in the air above deck 17. At the half way point test your nerves and walk the plank, a plank extending 8ft off the side of ship – don’t look down! If you feel better on the ground try a round of mini golf, a fun activity for all ages or visit the basketball court, spider web, bungee trampoline or the games arcade.
In the evening the Breakaway really comes alive with two fantastic West End shows; Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages. In the Spiegel tent you can experience Cirque Dreams - Jungle fantasy and dinner show, amazing acrobatics and even some audience participation.
On deck 8 starboard side, you will find the Boardwalk. A nice area to stroll around, have a drink or even a bite to eat as some of the restaurants open up into this area. You can also visit the SVEDKA Ice Bar, another fantastic experience, ($20 cover charge), and don’t worry about being cold you are provided with a thermal coat to keep you warm.
I had a fun filled night on board and feel like there is still so much still to discover. The Norwegian Breakaway will be based in New York and will feature cruises to the Caribbean.
Written by Naomi, Sussex Cruise Club
Contact Naomi on 01243 871664
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