Being this was our third cruise we don't consider ourselves expert cruisers, but we are well seasoned travelers who have done many land vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico and many parts of the U.S.A. This was our first time with Norwegian as our last two were with Carnival. We decided on the Breakaway as the port is conveniently a little over two hours from us, plus it's a brand new ship going to an island we've never been to. Beautiful Bermuda.
Being it was a holiday weekend we decided on leaving around 5:30am Sunday morning. I know, I know that's early. But we weren't sure what NYC traffic would be like and quite honestly we were excited. We arrived to the port at 7:10am parked our car temporarily at pier 92 till 9:00am when we drove over to park on pier 88. Cost was $245.00 for a 7 day cruise and well worth it for its convenience. We took our luggage down the freight elevator and handed it over to the porter. We waited in an area for about 30 minutes then sent over to check in and then received our numbers to board. We waited for about another 30 minutes till they started to board us early. So up the gangway we go. Woohoo!!!
Your first step on and you were in awe with the decor and the new smell to it. We went over to Guest Services and set up our cash account. This was our first time doing it this way as in our two previous cruises we did a credit card for one and debit card for another. We made our way up to our cabin to drop off our carry ons and it was all ready. We had a Spa balcony on deck 14 forward. Beautiful cabin, spacious and best of all the spa is included. More on that later. We then hit the waves bar on deck 15, loaded up on beer and mixed drinks as we toured the whole ship and took tons of pics. It's very beautiful and laid out very well.
We did a cruise critic meet and greet on Monday and it was fun. Many people showed up for it including the ships Captain, CD and many of the department heads. It was really nice and we met a great bunch of people. I saw the captain every day walking the ship and talking with passengers and that right there was a big plus. Very down to earth guy. The crew were all amazing and every single one always greeted you. Another big plus.
With Norwegian you can prepay for restaurants, gifts and your dsc. I ordered the shrimpers delight as a surprise for my girlfriend. Two dozen huge shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon for sail away We booked three of the pay for restaurants which are all on deck 8 except Le Bistro. Teppenyaki which was excellent. Moderno was our favorite and boy do you eat!!! Very very good and was our favorite. Ocean Blue was excellent also. The cake bosses shop is in the Atrium on deck 7 and let me tell you, the cannolis are to die for. Very filling, The buffet was also excellent as I never saw so many different things to choose from. We did eat in the Manhattan Room the first night, lobster night, but service was very slow and pretty much was the only hiccup on our cruise. The Uptown Grill was also excellent serving up burgers, dogs, meatball sandwiches, deli sandwiches, etc. We never did get to all the restaurants as you can't do everything in 7 days.
We aren't gamblers, but if you are, the casino is pretty big and they have a big variety of slots, poker, roulette, etc. It was always busy. The water slides on deck 16 were awesome as two of them your in a capsule, they count to three, hit the button and the floor drops out from beneath you. Really fun!!! The ropes course was really cool to. It had a zipline and you could walk the plank to as it went out 8 feet over the side of the ship. EEK!!! Mini golf, rock climbing wall, trampoline, huge video arcade, etc. Your kids will never be bored. As far as the kid things go we didn't have any on with us, so we can't comment on that. But the kids pool is Nickelodeon themed. Pretty cool.
The Breakaway has topnotch NYC shows. We only went to see Rock of Ages, but it was awesome. A must see. Also many people we spoke to also told us that the other shows were excellent to. I didn't hear one bad thing about them.
The Waterfront is an all new design for Norwegian Breakaway and you literally feel like your on the boardwalk walking around three quarters of the deck. Great views, lots of food choices and many bars to enjoy outside. The H2O spice adult area at the aft of deck 15 was very spacious with a huge big screen, waterfalls to cool off in the day time and lots of drinks to be had at the night time deck parties. On the Friday you leave Bermuda they do a fireworks show at 11:15pm that is set to music and lasts about 10-15 minutes. All the open decks were packed.
Ah yes. I didn't forget. The Spa. Indulgence, relaxing, incredible views and just so mesmerizing. Because we had one of the 28 Spa balconies the spa is included. You get a sticker on your card in the beginning so when you go there they take your card and give you a remote bracelet that locks and unlocks your locker electronically. Plenty of robes and towels to. We used the vitality pool, hot tub, saunarium, sauna, steam room, salt room and heated tile loungers that overlook the front of the ship as your sailing. It was like your own closed in balcony. Plus all the juice, water and tea to drink to. We spent two hours a day in here and one day we went twice. It rejuvenates you.
We enjoyed our three days in Bermuda, our new favorite island. No graffiti, garbage or cigarette butts anywhere. It is by far the cleanest, most beautiful island we've been to so far and we've been to many of them. We didn't do any ship excursions, but we did do the blue flag taxi tour. David Fox was our driver and he was great. Very knowledgeable and a great guy. For $40.00 hour for up to four people we toured for six hours. He took us everywhere, including the noon dunking of the wench in St. George, the Gibbs lighthouse, the millionaires homes, forts, sea turtles, etc. Many many picture opportunities. We had so much fun and we learned much information about the island. Did you know that in Bermuda they get there water to shower, drink, etc. from the rain? You even have time for shopping and out for lunch in St. George. St George was our favorite as it is not commercialized. So old and beautiful. Hamilton is the hub and that's where all the shopping is, plus harbor nights every Wednesday night. Fun!!!. Another day we went to Horseshoe Bay beach and got some sun, climbed the rock and walked the beaches and coves up to the cliffs. The most beautiful views and post card picture perfect opportunities. The last day we shopped and walked the Royal Naval dockyard area which is very rich with history. All in all it's a must see place. We bought the three day transportation pass which includes all the buses and water taxis. It's well worth the money. You need to visit this pristine place.
Debarkation was quick and painless as we walked off with all of our luggage at 7:30am, through customs, in the car by 7:50am and home by 10:10am. Pretty flawless.
Overall we had a great experience on Breakaway and would recommend it to all as we will be going on it again next year for three more days in beautiful Bermuda.