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  1. Hello! I am new to MSC and have been pricing out some potential cruises. I came across the option for the Super Family Fantastica stateroom and it seems too good to be true. Two connecting balcony staterooms for an 8 day cruise during Spring Break week for only $3100??? What am I missing?
  2. Hi Sid! Last year, my family and I were on the Breakaway a few weeks after you and I loved your review! We are now thinking about Horizon this spring with the same itinerary you just did. I got on CC to do some research and was so excited to find another one of your great reviews! So, here’s my question... One of the reasons we are considering this cruise is for the ports - they would be all new for us just as they were for you. But, you didn’t seem too crazy about any of these places. Are they worth visiting, or should we stick with tried and true Cozumel?
  3. This thread is incredible! I just signed up about an hour ago and already have 26,500 points. Thank you to everyone for sharing all the promo codes!
  4. We booked through the ship since we had the $50 promo. It was called Stingray Beach in Cozumel. They broke the group in half and some of us did the stingray part first while the others snorkeled and then we flip flopped. The snorkeling part was just ok - really just a big area with more sting rays and a few fish.
  5. We are not super adventurous drinkers. Margaritas and pina coladas by the pool, beer and white wine with dinner, vodkas with juice (orange or cranberry) with a show. Everything we wanted was covered.
  6. Hello Everyone! We just got home yesterday from our week long Western Caribbean cruise on the Breakaway! My family of four (kids are 11 and 13) had a fantastic time on our third NCL cruise. I will try to go through our opinions and experiences on everything below. Feel free to ask any questions! Embarkation - Could not have been easier or faster! We parked at the port at 10:45 and were on the boat by 11:15. The ship had just moved from New Orleans to Miami with no passengers so our staterooms were ready as we walked on. My husband and kids dropped off our carry on bags and went to play ping pong while I booked our comedy show reservations at the box office. Then we all met up at the pool bar for the first drink and then off to the buffet for lunch. Our suitcases were waiting for us in the hallway by the time we were done eating. Dining - We had a three meal dining plan as a perk from our booking and ate at Cagney's, Moderno and Teppanyaki. Our favorite, hands down, was Cagney's. My 13 year old son said it was far and away his favorite meal of the trip. The crab cake appetizer was delicious, all of our steaks were cooked perfectly and the sides were plentiful and fantastic. We were able to eat outside on the Waterfront which was just icing on the (seven layer) cake for the night! A very close second for us was Teppanyaki. The show put on by the chef was great and we all left completely stuffed. This was our first time at Morderno and it was just ok for us. We probably would not choose to go there again. We ate all of our other dinners in the main dining room and the meals were fine. Nothing awful, but nothing really spectacular either. The only really awful meal we had was the one breakfast we ate in the main dining room. The service was so slow and all four meals came out wrong. After that, we ate breakfast in the buffet each morning. It is all the same stuff as the dining room, just in a crazier atmosphere, but at least everyone got what they wanted. We ate some snacks at O'Sheehans twice and it was fine. We also sat at the bar in Margaritaville one day and had nachos. You can pay a la carte at the bar for three or four different appetizers. Drinking - We also had the beverage package and had no problems at all. I had been reading a lot of complaints about long lines at the bars, but did not find this to be the case at all. Did I wait a little longer at the pool bar at 2:00 in the afternoon on a sea day? Yes, of course! But I also did not have to wait at all if I walked an extra few feet to the bar in Margaritaville - which is included with the package and where the margaritas were better anyway! Activities - The kids loved the water slides - although the two where the floor drops out from underneath you were not open as long or as frequently as the others. The ropes course and rock wall were a big hit also. The kids liked hanging out in O'Sheehans and playing pool or darts, too. The pools, as usual, are small and very crowded and the kids were told by crew members that they could only use the small pool by the kids aqua park. (Although we never went to Spice H2O, I had heard that the pool there was out of service and so they made the main pool on the pool deck adults only.) My husband and I spent a little time in the casino and actually came out about $30 ahead - a win for us! Haha! We mostly played Blackjack and Roulette. My daughter and I tried to do the Canvas By U class, but it sold out very quickly the two times it was offered and we were never able to get a seat. Neither kid went to the Kids Club or Teen Lounge at all - it's just not there thing. Entertainment - The magician on the ship was fantastic! He is a must see! Not only was the magic part entertaining, but we found him to be funnier than some of the comedians! There were three comedians on the ship and they were all just so so. We enjoyed the silly games played in the Atrium - especially the Dance Battle. If you only see one Atrium show, that should be the one you choose! We watched Deal or No Deal twice but at $25 a pop, we did not buy a card. People complain a lot about there not being enough seats in the Atrium, but between that and the bar at O'Sheehans overlooking the Atrium area, we were always able to find a seat. There were plenty of musicians everywhere and they were all good. Nobody really sticks out as a must see. We did not see Rock of Ages or the Cirque show on this trip. Ports - We stopped at Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Roatan was our least favorite port. It was small and dirty and there was a lot of construction going on. We took an excursion to Maya Key and the beach there reminded me of the beaches on Long Island where I grew up - not at all the type of water that you usually picture for the Caribbean. At Harvest Caye, we hung out at the beach, swam in the pool and rented paddle boards. It was a lovely, relaxing day. Costa Maya was our favorite. We went to the Lost Maya Kingdom water park and it was fantastic. Great water slides that all began in a building (which meant lots of shade for our two days of beach in a row sunburned bodies) and an elevator to bring you up to the slides. There were also three different zip line trails (with several tracks on each) which were all fabulous, too! None of us have ever been ziplining before and it was a great first experience. In Cozumel, we swam with stingrays, snorkeled and then hung out at Senor Frogs at the port - another fun day. Disembarkation - We carried our own luggage off the ship. Again, it could not have been easier. We left our stateroom around 7:45 and were back at the car around 8:30. Overall, we had a fabulous vacation! We will definitely be back on NCL again in the future and would definitely sail on the Breakaway again if the itinerary was different. Our last two cruises have both been Western Caribbean, so we will probably look at something for the Eastern side next time.
  7. We participated last year on the Epic and had a lot of fun. Going on the Breakaway next week. Has the puzzle changed or would it be the same? Don’t want to waste our time - or ruin it for others - if we already know the answers!
  8. I am supposed to dock at Roatan on the 16th and the weather for the last few days has consistently said 20-30 mph winds! Is this usually a windy stop? Will this prevents us from docking? Would this cancel my excursion to Maya Key? I would appreciate you all sharing any experiences or thoughts about this! Thanks!
  9. OMG! Sid commented on my silly little thread! 🤩 I loved your Breakaway review last month!
  10. Yes, I will try! I am always so appreciative of people who post dailies and menus so I would be happy to pay it forward for someone else! Enjoy your cruise!
  11. I will be on the Breakaway out of Miami on April 14. The Breakaway is scheduled to disembark passengers in New Orleans on April 12 and then head to Miami with no passengers. So, will we be able to go right to our staterooms? This might affect how I pack! Is there anything else that I should be thinking about in terms of boarding a ship that has only had crew for two days? Thanks!
  12. So I just called NCL and asked them my question. I was told that since I already paid in full online for my shore excursions, that the $50 per port credit that I am entitled to will be refunded to my account as OBC after each excursion and any money that was not used at the end of the cruise would then be refunded to my credit card. I also specifically asked about using that money towards the DSC and was told that I could as it is considered refundable credit.
  13. I love a good drink list post! I usually wind up with a margarita on the rocks as my first drink. Last cruise I discovered the Rebellious Fish about halfway through. Can’t wait to have another one of those on the Breakaway in three weeks!
  14. What about shore excursion credit? If I understand correctly, the $50 per port credit that we chose as a promo will be applied as OBC after the completion of our excursion. (I have already booked excursions online and so paid full price.) Can I use that to pay the DSC?
  15. I booked online and paid in full also. So the $50 is on board credit, meaning I have to use it on the ship? I thought it would be refunded to my credit card. I will be getting $150 back (three excursions at three different ports) - can I use that money towards paying my daily service charge?
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