Our cruise on Breakaway was wonderful. My husband and I have taken over 40 cruises on six different cruise lines. NCL is one of the lines we return to again and again. Breakaway (and her future sister Getaway) will further encourage us to come back.
We live in the Midwest and flew into LGA a day before the cruise. We stayed at Comfort Inn Midtown West, which is new and very close to Breakaway's dock at pier 88. Our hotel room was small without much storage space (Perhaps their room designer should go on a ship to learn how to design small but functional spaces). the staff was pleasant and the room was clean. Wifi and breakfast were nice additions.
we walked to the port in the morning. we only waited a few moments for a porter to take our larger bags, then headed into the terminal. the security line opened as we entered, so we waited briefly while the accumulated crowd wound through. Then checkin which was fast and easy. we were on board nice and early, even before the buffet was set to open.
we had an aft balcony on deck nine. this b1 cabin has a huge balcony and is a great option if you want spend lots of time on your balcony. there were two upright chairs, and upon asking the steward, we soon got two lounge chairs. heavenly. there was plenty of storage for the two of us, though I did miss having drawers. maybe I'll bring little popup baskets next time.
we enjoyed the food throughout the ship. on sea days, we went to the dining room for lunch. Less crowded than the buffet with good service, the dining room is a relaxing lunch spot (generally closed when in port, so go when at sea). we liked the uptown grill for breakfast and lunch. The pub style restaurant is fun and always open to indulge your cravings. At dinner time, we tried different venues. LeBistro, as on all NCL ships, is classy and nice. we enjoyed the Itialian restaurant; not fancy but fun. we went to the buffet night two so I could get lobster tails. some fellow passengers were rude, cutting in line then taking huge platefuls of tails, but that aside we enjoyed seafood night. we ate in the MDR's the other nights. we generally went at about 6:30 and never waited long for a table....just long enough for the hostesses to seat those in front of us.
The entertainment was great. I really like rock of ages, but it is not for kids (it says so in all the dailies but people still brought kids!). second city was funny.
we have been to Bermuda several times, and love it there. but this cruise was about the new ship. she did not disappoint.