Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by oakbender: Bermuda
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Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We went with two other couples so this review is a compilation of everyone's opinion. We arrived at the pier at 1:00. It took us one hour to embark.
The ship is beautiful. We had wonderful weather and calm seas.
Two couples had balcony rooms on deck 11 aft. We had the room with the bed near the balcony doors. This setup seemed more condusive to navigating the cabin then our friend's room whose bed was next to the closet. The bathrooms were the best. You can force your shower door to open in or out. One couple had a handicap room on deck 5. The handicap room was very large and had alot of storage. The walls of the cabin were very thin and you could hear people talking in the cabin next to you. You could also hear whenever anyone flushed their toilet, especially in the hallway where it sounded like rolling thunder. We used a library card for the slot for the lights. One couple had the card they were using confiscated by their steward. Our steward would throw our card on the More floor. TV had very little broadcasting and no information given by the cruise director every morning. We had the worse cabin steward we ever had on a cruise but I think she was an exception to the rule. The daily recreation paper was poorly organized and written.
The gym and sauna were very nice. If you try to go to the gym at 7:00 AM all the equipment is being used. You must buy the spa package ($200 for the week) in order to use the sauna.
The casino does not have smoking and non smoking nights. One person in our group did not gamble at all because he is very sensitive to smoke.
The entertainment consisted of the most talented group of individuals I ever saw on a cruise ship. Three of us liked Rock of Ages, three did not. The improv at Second City was better than expected and funny. Burn the Floor was also wonderful but you must like dancing. The seats in the theater have a bar acrooss the bottom of the seat so they are not comfortable, The seats in Headliners are hard wooden chairs. Some of the bar stools on the waterfront are so small you slip off. Bliss nightclub is very dark and narrow.
Much of the entertainment is in the atrium. We did not like this set up at all. Also many of the shows such as the Newlywed game, etc. were during dinner hours.
We ate only at the free restaurants but we ate at all of them. I am aware that many of the soups, sauces, etc. are beef and chicken bouillion based but some of the food was so salty you could not eat it. Two of the people in our group had their lips swell from the salt. Almost everytime we ate dinner it took 2 to 3 hours to be served all our food. If you eat in the Manhattan Room, go before 6:00 PM. If you try any later you will have a long wait. Part of this is due to they will have shows on the dance floor at 6:30 so no one leaves the dining room. O'Sheehans is near the atrium and can be too noisy to eat. We found it was better to go at lunch time than dinner.
As always, Bermuda was beautiful and easy to navigate using the bus and ferry system.
They use a " you choose" when you went to disembark the ship. This was different for us but seemed to work as well as any other disembarkation. You must be out of your cabins by 8:30. Less
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