After years of avoiding NCL, I took this inaugural cruise to nowhere because the Norwegian Epic had managed to achieve a five-star rating, so I thought that the Breakaway would be at least as good. This cruise was sadly disappointing in so many ways.
Embarkation was fairly efficient. My first impression of the ship itself was that a five-year-old had decorated the outside, which I learned was actually the masterwork of an artist named Peter Max, who was also selling his artwork on board. I can't imagine who finds these simple doodles worth so much. My niece, at age five, had more artistic skill than this artist.
Most of the public areas are nicely decorated. Norwegian's rooms are small...very small...about 20% smaller than the industry average (even the suites).
The food was absolutely terrible. Norwegian managed to mess up food items as simple as bacon, if that gives you an idea. The lobster and shrimp served in the main dining room on the first night was rancid and no one in my party of eight could stomach it even with a lot of lemon.
One of the specialty restaurants, Cagney's, had good (not great) steaks but of course they normally charge $30 per person for the "privilege" of eating here. These are the type of steaks that you would find in the main dining room on Royal Caribbean or Crystal.
The ship also has a couple of completely pointless and boring venues. On Deck Six midhip is a gigantic TV screen adjacent to a dance floor, and then they have exactly the same thing towards the back of Deck 16. Why make two venues that offer exactly the same experience? A surfing simulator like Royal Caribbean has would be a better idea for the Deck 16 location.
All in all, a bad cruise, and I won't be returning to NCL.