Long-time NCL fan, was a little concerned about Breakaway because several posters on the Boards said that the NCL 'feeling' was different on Breakaway (BA).
Delighted to share that on July 7th, this was not the case at all. Instead, we were warmly welcomed back as family again. As the new Crew Song goes "You're a Norwegian Now".
The ship is beautiful, although I think they went a little too far in trying to add 'water-view' spaces to the ship. The result is that the interior feels too compacted. If they did 1/2 the outdoor spaces, and enlarged every interior space a little, the ship would feel more spacious. I realize that this water-view approach is a direct response to criticism of the EPIC, which I've sailed 3 times so far.
Having spent a week on Breakaway however, I think EPIC was the better ship, specifically because of the flow.
The cirque show (which is NOT Cirque du Soleil - which is a company's name), was better than EPIC, the costume changes are spectacular.
Saw officers throughout the ship, chatting, inquiring, and I was told - tweaking schedules of shows, operating hours for restaurants, etc. in order to better orchestrate the passenger flow. So while it occasionally felt as though many people were trying to do the same thing at the same time, this is apparently under review and being adjusted.
Quick note for people who complain about deck chairs on the pool deck.... there's also an upper deck with deck chairs which went mostly unused.
Overall, it was an excellent cruise. Very minor hiccups, but we're human....and don't expect perfection in others, either.