We joined the cruise for the unique opportunity to sail an inaugural Transatlantic cruise into New York.
Embarkation was speedy and well organised. We found our way to our lovely elegant deck 9 cabin, nicely furnished in beiges and with touches of deep turquoise, set off by curved rosewood cabinetry. The bed was blissfully comfortable, and the bathroom well planned with good shower and pelnty of shelf space. Our efficient, friendly cabin steward provided , on request, robes, down pillows and Elemis toiletries .
On exploring this huge vessel, we discovered amazing water slides in the aqua park, a scary rope climb suspended over the comedy mini golf, and an incredible plank for brave passengers to dare!
The two pools were placed under slides, not on a dedicated pool deck, so sun lovers have two superb higher deck sun bathing areas with plenty of loungers and circular beds tucked into quiet corners.
Dining is a matter of many choices on this incredible ship, with 3 main dining rooms, each differently themed, and of the 3 we preferred the deco Manhattan, with lovely dance floor and small orchestra playing. We tried a few of the specialist restaurants where service was better, but the food rather ordinary. There plenty of casual eating choices in the large garden cafe, and a terrific pub, with limited, but excellent fare, a good choice of draught beers and a great atmosphere.
A totally original concept on Breakaway, is the Boardwalk, with outside restaurants and bars overlooking the ocean. This innovation is going to be incredibly popular in the Caribbean, sure to be copied on other ships. There is even an upmarket gelateria, and delicious looking bakery.
Evening entertainment was outstanding, with 2 fabulous Broadway shows on offer, high energy Rock of Ages, and the exciting dance show Burn the Floor. It was necessarry to make a reservation,as the showroom is not huge.
In addition , there is a hugely popular Fat Cats jazz club, and an improv comedy show, playing to packed houses each night. A highly entertaining dueling piano act sang and played with gusto to an enthusiastic crowd, and quiet misic was offered in several bars. .
We tried the amazing Ice Bar, with vodka cocktails served in ice "glasses" from an ice counter in a bar with ice seating, ice walls and ice sculptures. The customers don insulated capes and warm gloves before entering, and the barman works a 2 hour shift in this freezer like space. For those , like myself, who do not care for vodka, a delicious alternative of icewine is offered.
The daytime entertainment was limited, really geared to sailing warm waters, where guests will be out in the sun, or exploring ashore. A tiny library had barely enough books to satisfy a fraction of the number of passengers onboard.
Breakaway is going to be enormously popular, sailing itineraries from its home port of New York, with a wide variety of accommodation, from tiny single studios, multi-berth cabins for families, and luxury Haven suits with their own private pool and lounge area.