My wife and I decided to set sail to the Bahamas this New Year's Eve with a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. We had previously sailed on her for the inaugural cruise to Bermuda. At that time, we were not 100% satisfied with the experience. However, being that we are big NCL fans, we had no qualms about taking another cruise on the Breakaway.
I can say, without hesitation, that this was a fantastic cruise. The service, food, entertainment, and ship itself exceeded expectations. Our steward, Roberto, was enthusiastic, kind, and did an excellent job taking care of us. Beyond the stateroom, we found the overall service on the ship to be top-notch. Every server, officer, and other staff were friendly, helpful, and ensured that we had a great experience.
The food was quite yummy. We ate at three specialty restaurants this week: Ocean Blue, Cagney's, and La Cucina. Whereas on the previous Breakaway cruise I found myself unimpressed with the specialty dining, this was quickly dispelled by the tasty courses we had at each restaurant. Ocean Blue, in particular, stood out. For La Cucina we ate on the Waterfront (outside) as we sailed away from the Bahamas. Quite romantic!
We ate at Savor and The Manhattan Dining Room several times. The Manhattan Room is great! They had a special New Year's Eve menu which included some more upscale dining choices that were greatly appreciated.
We acquired Spa passes to the thermal suite within the first hour of embarking. This time, we also booked hot stone massages. As usual, the thermal suite was very relaxing, and the massages were exactly what we were looking for.
The entertainment on the ship was top-notch with all of the acts giving it their all. The Cirque de Soleil show, which we had seen previously, had enough new material to make the show seem brand-new to us. This is quite impressive to see on a cruise... You would be foolish to miss it. We also saw the Presumed Murdered Second City murder mystery. We are huge Second City fans, and tried not to miss any of their performances. Both of these entertainment options did carry an upcharge, but were well worth it.
On New Year's Eve, they fired off the fireworks at the stroke of midnight. A gorgeous display lit up the night sky!
All in all, a fantastic cruise!
Embarkation and disembarkation was a snap. However, we have gold status for Latitiudes which gave us priority embarkation/disembarkation and was greatly appreciated being that the ship was completely sold out for this cruise.