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Norwegian Breakaway - Ship Review provided by Cruise Critic

First Glimpse

The 144,017-ton, 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will launch in April 2013 as the first of NCL's two "Project Breakaway" cruise ships. Sister ship Norwegian Getaway will debut in April 2014.

According to the line, the Project Breakaway pair will represent a blend of the best of the Jewel-class ships and Norwegian Epic. Two things that won't be back from the 155,873-ton, 4,100-passenger Epic, which launched in June 2010, are the controversial see-through bathrooms in cabins and the "hat," the top-ship protrusion housing the Haven suties that gives Epic is unforgettable look.

The line has already revealed information on cabins and suites. Details on dining, entertainment, sun deck amenities and itineraries will be released over the coming months.

Cabins and Suites
Norwegian Breakaway's cabins represent a dramatic pull-back from accommodations found on Epic. Much of what made Epic's cabins unique -- curvy walls, beds and couches, in-cabin bowl sinks and a split bathroom design featuring see-through doors -- has been bypassed in favor of a Scandinavian design, traditional layout and a handful of flourishes.

Here are a few cabin-related details:

The Have suite complex. Project Breakaway's upscale suite complex, called The Haven, will feature 42 suites, an exclusive restaurant, gym, sun deck and pool. Learn more about Norwegian Breakaway's Haven.

Single Cabins. Breakaway and Getaway will indeed feature the solo cabin-and-lounge complex that's been a runaway hit on Norwegian Epic. But the Studio complex, the only such dedicated-to-singles space on any contemporary cruise ship, has been cut in half, and will hold just 59 100-square-foot staterooms rather than the 128 found on Norwegian Epic. As on Epic, the studio cabins will be clustered around a key card-accessed two-story lounge with bar.

Family of five? Of the 158 oceanview cabins, 42 will be family oceanviews, which can accommodate up to five people. This is a nice addition for parents with more than two children, who would otherwise be forced to book expensive suites or pay for additional cabins. In addition, there will be a number of Family Mini-Suites (sleeping four) located near the children's facilities.

Spa cabins. Both Project Breakaway ships will also include special spa accommodations similar to those found on Norwegian Epic. The 28 Spa Balconies and the 20 Spa Mini-Suites are located adjacent to the spa and fitness center, and occupants are provided complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suite.

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