This was our first time "Free Style Cruising" on Norwegian. The Breakaway has top notch entertainment and the best selection of things to do on the boat. Be careful with some of the upcharges as not all entertainment is included. We knew this going in but did hear some whining at times about some of the "extras." We chose to see the Cirque, Wine Lovers and Second City Shows. The Cirque and Wine Lover shows are excellent and food is included with the admission. I found the food at these shows to be very banquet style but the shows were an 11 on a scale of 1-10. Second City show was good, not great. We also enjoyed Rock of Ages and the Dance Show as they bested anything we had seen on other ships. Rock of Ages may not be enjoyed by elderly passengers and the content is not real appropriate for children.
The Breakaway also offers a great variety of venues such as a Blues/Jazz club and a dueling piano bar. The blues/jazz shows were excellent. The piano bar was also fun for one night, but found it repetitive the 2nd time around. Cruise shows in the Atrium were good and the cruise director was very visible throughout the trip.
It is hard to get bored on a day at sea. I did the rope course several times and walking the plank above the water is definitely a rush. The water slides are fun for all ages but be warned that they will whip you around. There were only 2 pools and it got crowded on sea days. If I could change anything on the ship it would be to add another pool as it has the room. There are also generous amounts of activities throughout the day.
Food on the Breakaway was good. We ate at 3 of the specialty restaurants: La Cucina, Le Bistro and Ocean View. Le Bistro and Ocean View were excellent and worth the extra cost. La Cucina was good, but I found a couple of the Italian dishes that I had in the main dining rooms to be equally as tasty. Service at all the eateries was not as good as other ships that I have been on. It was not bad but just not as attentive as I am accustomed to. The buffet food was also good, not great. The bars offered plenty of variety but beer drinkers be warned that the selection of styles is limited to Pilsners and Macro-Brand American styles which disappointed me.
Embarking and disembarking was very efficient.
I would definitely recommend the Breakaway for this trip as there is a great variety of things to try/do and having 3 days at sea really gives you the chance to enjoy this fine ship.