We were on the 10/6/13 sailing of the Breakaway to Bermuda. The highlight for us was the aft S6 cabin. It is like 2 cabins, one being a bedroom and bath area and the second being a living room, dining room, and a second bath. On top of all that you get a 250+ sq ft balcony (bigger than most cabins). The cabin comes with Haven privileges. The only drawback to this cabin is that the Haven amenities are all at the front of the ship, so it is a long walk to the private pool, bar, and dining room. If I sailed with NCL again, I would definitely be looking for an S6 cabin.
The trip to Bermuda was done at 12 knots with calm seas. The return to NYC was done at 20 knots and 11.5 ft seas part of the way. Some people were affected by the ship’s motion on the return.
The Cirque show was excellent and the food was good.
The crew was always attentive and seemed generally happy. We got great service in Savor when we told the waiter we were going to a 1830 show.
Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun. Went there 2 nights.
Ordered pizza ($5) to eat on our balcony. The 16” pizza was good and served 4 people. For dessert we had pastry from Carlos’s ($$) which was good.
Disembarkation was a breeze. When they started calling colored tags, we were one of the first ones off (Haven priority). We found our luggage, got a porter, went through customs, and out to a taxi in less than 15 minutes.
Bermuda was great. We did not know what we would do for 3 days, but found plenty to do. We used public transportation (3-day ticket) which was very convenient. We saw lots of people on scooters (and no injuries), but that was not for us. The Bermudians were all very friendly.
Fire and Ice were very entertaining. The energy of the performance was amazing. When it was in the Atrium, seating was a problem. When it was in the main theater, the acoustics were not very good.
Embarkation was good, but the forward gangway had problems, so we got to walk the length of the ship 3 times before getting to our cabin. (Haven guests are first led to the Haven to meet the concierge).
The first thing everyone does is rush to the buffet for food, which created a lot of chaos since the people were trying to figure out the layout. It got a lot better as the week progressed. The selection was decent and quality was good. We also tried to get into O’Sheenan’s, but it was too crowded.
Monday night was lobster tail night in the Garden Cafe. The lines were long (5-15 minutes to get lobster) between 1745-1845. There were only 2 lobster serving stations and in general the selection of other food seemed limited.
Tepanyaki was fun with plenty to eat. Our complaint would be the price ($25) which is a lot more than you would pay on land for the same venue. (I already paid for dinner, so the meal should have been a $35-$40 experience).
Cagney’s atmosphere was nothing special. Our table looked at the kitchen serving area. The NY strip steak was very good, but the ribeye was poor. The sides were good.
As non-smokers, the casino smoke did not seem too bad. We noticed the smell more when we got back to the cabin and took off our cloths.
The "mini” Burn the Floor in the Manhattan Dinning Room was not for me but others in the group liked it.
The mini-golf course looked like an after thought copied from one made in the 1950’s. The worst part was that there were 16 putters and 10 white golf balls for everyone to use on the 9 hole course. Our group of 4 played with 3 putters and 3 balls, so someone always had to wait for another to finish.
The standard menu at O’Sheenan’s was good. I loved the brownie sundae. My wife thought she wanted a hot fudge sundae ($4), but when it arrived, it was just ice cream with chocolate sauce. She returned it.
Our min-fridge had already opened bottles of water. The room steward fixed it immediately.
The hallways are very narrow. Two people could not walk side by side.
The main theater had a drab appearance, uncomfortable seats, and poor acoustics.
It was a good cruise, but having an S6 cabin and Haven privileges probably hid some of the flaws.