This was a family reunion on the Memorial day weekend to Bermuda. Having been on the Epic for the inaugural trans Atlantic, we were expecting the same type of cruise experience. The Breakaway is a beautiful ship and very similar to the Epic in entertainment and NCL amenities.
Embarcation in NY was well organized and the process took about 1 hour. Once on the ship we found it easy to get around. The cabins were typical size or maybe slightly smaller than what we have come to expect. The stateroom bathrooms were larger than on previous ships. Décor throughout the ship was tastefully done.
The ship was sold out and according to a few crew members, there were over 500 kids on board. Although most were well behaved, we prefer less kids and more adults. The sailing after ours was estimated to have 900 kids on board. This might be something to consider if you are think of doing this trip.
The sail to and from Bermuda was very smooth. The ship docks at Heritage Warf at the Naval Dockyards. Hamilton is a short ferry ride away. If you want to explore the island you can purchase a 1 day unlimited pass for bus and ferry for 15 dollars. Great way to see the island.
The crew was very friendly and did not try to pressure you into buying drinks or photos.
The Naval Dockyards has some attractions and shopping but if this is going to be the main port of call, it could use a little rejuvenation. There is a beach that is a five minute walk from the ship, called snorkel beach. There is a 5 dollar admission charge. We did not like it because it was crowded and there was broken beer bottles and glass on the beach.
There was plenty of good entertainment on board. We really like the reservation system for entertainment venues. It allows you to plan around other on board activities.
A couple of negatives. Music volume in the public areas should be turned down a bit. I don't want to hear White Snake at 8:30 am while having breakfast in the Garden Café. Also internet pricing is outrageous, $55.00 for 100 minutes and really slow. NCL should take the lead from Princess and offer free WiFi for different levels of cruse loyalty.
We like the freestyle cruising concept but would not do this itinerary again. To bad this ship is permanently in NY. We would love to take this ship to other destinations.