Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Cruiser1829: Breakaway Family Celebration June 23 to Bermuda
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Breakaway Family Celebration June 23 to Bermuda
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Embarkatiin easy and efficient. Cabins- We booked 2 mini suites, 2 balcony suites and 2 inside cabins. On the deck plan our cabins were all in the same area. That proved to be true for the balcony cabins onlly. The inside cabins tha were shown to be directly opposiite the outside cabin but had no door opening to this hallway.We literally had to go through a maze of cabins to find them. You entered this hallway from a completely different location. The halls are so narrow that it would impossible to have doors open on both sides.
Safety- Muster Drill- All the cruises we have been on required passengers to get their life jackets and assemble in their assigned location. Not so on the Breakaway. We went to our assigned assembly area where the staff demonstrated how to put on a life jacket. There was not even enough seats for the passengers assembled. I wonder if the had 4,700 hundred life jackets for our over-crowed cruise. With the long narrow halls, lifeboats located More opposite small walkways with outdoor restaurant seating. I didn't feel safe. I know that muster drills are a nuisance especially when you want to get the party started but they are important.
Dining- We ate in the Manhattan, Savor and Taste. Some of us also ate in Ocean Blue. Bistro, Cucina and Moderno. We planned our Anniversary celebration in the Manhattan. We reserved a table for 14 and wound up arranging the tables ourselves We asked the waiter to please send the photographer to our table for a group picture and that never happened. The only exceptional food was in Ocean Blue , Moderno and the food at the dinner show was surprisingly good. Don't order chicken parm at Cuccina it was a tough fried cutlet with a piece of unmelted mozzarella on top. The staff was very cordial but in Manhattan they seemed overwrought withso many tables. We did not get our drinks or meals served at the same time at our table.
Aqua Park , on deck activities- Our grandchildren had a wonderful time and we truly enjoyed watching them have a great time. H2O spa served as a wonderful respite from all the hustle and bustle on deck. Get up early if you are with a large group and want to sit together. At least by 6am.
Bermuda- Breathtakingly beautiful. We went to Horseshoe bay and even with the crowd it was great. We decided to go to Elbow Beach also and paid to be pampered, we thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality and amenities
Shows, Our adult kids enjoyed the lounges and Rock of Ages. The whole family was mesmerized by the amazing Circe dinner show.
Overall. A 2 star rating. Although we all agree that we had a great time. The stress of getting dinner reservations and deck chairs plus safety concerns did put a damper on an otherwise great vacation. Less
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