NCL Breakaway from NY to Nassau, Nov. 17, 2013, 7 days. Add on extra costs of travelling to NY, parking ($25-$35/day) and/or a hotel if you want to get there the day before ($$$). Once you get past all the hype about the hull painted by Peter Max, Carlos' Bakery and the Rockettes, the NCL Breakaway is just another ship. The hull is beautifully and whimsically painted and a joy to behold, but it has nothing to do with what is inside the ship. I was looking forward to visiting Carlos' Bakery, expecting it to be in a prominent area. It is tucked in a corner between the Atrium Café and Atrium Bar. Not so easy to find. Although the baked goods looked appealing, I was not inclined to pay for a premium price for a cupcake.
I believe that the Greeting Committee could have done better to make us feel welcome but they were too busy talking to each other.
I was looking forward to something in the interior décor that would make me say "Wow". Didn't happen.
Although they've been through this before, food was slow coming. Once the appetizer was served, it could take up to 40 minutes to get your main meal.
All cruise lines need to take note of debarking for shore activities. It was just chaos with people shoving and pushing. There has to be a better way to organize getting off the ships. One cruise line has tour people meet in a specific location for their tour and they leave the ship as a group instead of standing on the pier blocking others and looking like deer in headlights!
On final debarkation in NY, it was again chaos and we were left standing in sub-freezing temperatures for about 20 minutes. Could have been done better.
Cruise lines are notorious for passengers being picked up in another location from where they were dropped off. This often leads to panic and disorientation and sometimes an inability to contact the pick-up person. How can this be improved???