Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by 262Runner: Fun Bermuda Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway
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Fun Bermuda Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway
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 More 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. Less
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Cabin review: 12372
The cabin was well laid out and had ample storage space for a couple that tends to over pack. Beds were comfortable and the bathroom was standard. Our cabin steward was very attentive and breakfast room service was timely on the days we ordered.
Port and Shore Excursions
This was a sunset cruise on a catamaran that included generous servings of rum swizzles. Captain Smitty and his staff were very attentive and gave a little chat about Bermuda and its history. This was a very relaxing couple of hours that was enjoyed mainly by couples looking to relax on the water and enjoy the nice weather and a gorgeous sunset.
Took the #7 bus to Crystal Caves and took the tour of the 2 caves offered in the tour. Cost was less than $20 per person. Really cool. The walk down may be challenging for the less fit as there are a lot of steps and the surface is wet. Well worth the views that you get and there is an ice cream shop around the corner that makes get sherbert freezes and shakes.
Gibb's Hill Lighthouse
Took a bus to Hamilton as the ferry was on strike that day. About a 45 minute bus ride from port (so take the ferry to save time). Took a cab to Gibb's Hill from Hamilton but it is easier than taking the bus (#7 Route). Cost about $25. The lighthouse is definitely worth the $2.50 admission. The views are amazing and the best on the island plus the reading the history on the walk up is very interesting.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
We rode the #7 bus from the Gibbe's Lighthouse to Horseshoe Bay. We elected to go later in the afternoon to avoid peak sun and crowds. We got there around 3:00 and most of the crowds were leaving so we got a couple of hours on an uncrowded beach. Great swimming on this beach and there are lifeguards on duty for those concerned with safety. Park your stuff and do some walking to some of the less crowded coves that are next to the main beach area.
Royal Naval Dockyard
The Royal Naval dockyard is nothing more than a fortress turned retail. A good spot for souvenir shopping, but make sure you read labels if you are looking for authentic made in Bermuda. There is some history markings that tell the story of the dockyard, but I was rather disappointed with this as it was mainly shopping. We did eat at a restaurant that was Something & Onion. They served mainly British pub fare but they do brew their own beer. They have a nice IPA and English Strong Ale on tap but the food is expensive (but that is common for Bermuda).
We booked a catamaran sailing for a coral and shipwreck snorkeling trip. Captain Smitty and his staff were very courteous and warned passengers ahead of time that the seas were a little rough and not suggested for below average swimmers. He offered full refunds to guests which a couple took advantage of. The water was a little rough, and a few got sea sick, but the captain made sure that there was a lifeline attached to the boat so those that wanted to go in the water could do so safely. Most on the trip got in the water and the dive both in coral and the ship wreck areas were well worth it. I would definitely suggest this for a fun half day excursion
St. George's Walking Tour
We took the ferry to St George's. An all day pass will cost you $15 but includes an unlimited day of ferry and bus transit. It was a 45 minute sail from King's Wharf to St George's. We walked toward the main part of town where we were greeted by an energetic local advertising a local tour. For $5 we got to see some of the old sights of town and get a good history. Well worth it and it dropped us back in town in time to see the reenacting of a town's woman being publicly punished for gossiping. Be sure to see this for a good laugh. The main part of St George's is close to Tobacco Bay which is a nice beach/swimming spot when on that part of the island. It is walking distance.