All about the Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship
Norwegian Breakaway

The Norwegian Breakaway was built in 2013. It was renovated in 2018. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,068 ft long and 169 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3 football fields, as wide as 3.2 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 15-story building.

Norwegian Breakaway Overview

Norwegian Breakaway Size and Passengers

The Breakaway can hold 3,963 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Breakaway has a space ratio of 37. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average.

Gross Tonnage145,655
Passenger Decks15
Passengers (double occupancy)3,963
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.4
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)37
Norwegian Breakaway Space Ratio
30 37 52

The Breakaway is one of two Breakaway-class ships currently sailing with Norwegian. The Breakaway is very similar to its sister-ships; Getaway, although each ship may have some differences.

Norwegian Breakaway Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Norwegian Breakaway. You have 19 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 5 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 14 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 26% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
American DinerSit downIncludedAmerican
Atrium CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Cagney's SteakhouseSit downA la cartSteakhouse
Dolce GelatoQuick serveA la cartDessert
Garden CafeQuick serveIncludedBuffet
La Cucina ItalianSit downA la cartItalian
Le Bistro FrenchSit downA la cartFrench
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedDinner
Moderno ChurrascariaSit downFlat feeBrazilian
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & GrillSit downIncludedIrish Pub
Ocean BlueSit downA la cartSeafood
Shanghai's Noodle BarSit downIncludedNoodles
Spiegel TentSit downFlat feeShow
Studio LoungeQuick serveExclusiveSnacks
TeppanyakiSit downFlat feeAsian
The Bake ShopQuick serveA la cartDessert
The HavenSit downExclusiveAmerican
The Raw BarSit downA la cartSeafood
WasabiSit downA la cartSushi

Norwegian Breakaway Bars and Drinks

Norwegian's Mixx Bar
Norwegian's Mixx Bar

Norwegian Breakaway has 15 different bars and lounges where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail. It also has 2 other bars that are available for select guests.

Atrium BarDeck 6See Menu
Bar 21Deck 7
Bliss Ultra LoungeDeck 7
Garden Cafe BarDeck 15
Headliners Comedy ClubDeck 6
Maltings Beer & Whiskey BarDeck 8
Mixx BarDeck 6See Menu
O'Sheehan's Bar & GrillDeck 7See Menu
Prime Meridian BarDeck 8
Shakers Martini & Cocktail BarDeck 8
Skyy Vodka Ice BarDeck 8See Menu
Spice H2ODeck 16
StarbucksDeck 6See Menu
Syd Norman's PourhouseDeck 8
The Haven Bar*Deck 16See Menu
Vibe Beach Club Bar*Deck 17See Menu
Waves Pool BarDeck 15
* = this bar is exclusive and not open to everyone.

Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Norwegian also serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Norwegian Breakaway

The main pool on the Norwegian Breakaway
The main pool on the Norwegian Breakaway

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Norwegian Breakaway has a total of 4 pools and 10 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 1 of the pools and 4 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools4
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs10
- Hot Tubs - General Access4
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive4

Norwegian Breakaway Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Breakaway. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation Area (extra fee)Flat fee
Adult Only Relaxation Area (free)Included
CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Escape RoomFlat fee
Fitness CenterIncluded
Ice BarA la cart
Mini golfIncluded
Ropes courseIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Sports SquareIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Norwegian is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Norwegian Breakaway Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Norwegian ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services20%
Soda Price$3.50
Domestic Beer Price$6.00
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$109
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.50 to $25 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Free at Sea fare. Through this program, guests receive free open bar, a discount on excursions, some free internet, and some meals at their specialty restaurants. If you book using this promotion, you'll be responsible for the gratuities on the dining and drink package. If you won't be using these options, booking a "sail away" rate that doesn't include the Free at Sea benefits is considerably cheaper. Also, most of these benefits are the base packages; you can spend more to upgrade to better alcoholic drinks or faster/more wifi.

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