Very Good Cruise Experience - lacking in some areas: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by RDsMom
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Very Good Cruise Experience - lacking in some areas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
And that brings me to the "adults only" pool. Whenever the kids were in Splash, we would head over to the adult pool for some music and relaxation. There was music, but there was no space to relax. There were constantly kids in the hot tubs (despite multiple signs indicating that they weren't allowed), and security stood by and didn't take action to ask them to leave. There is also a shallow area around the pool meant for sitting, relaxing, and taking in some sun, however this was not a possibility as the pool was over run with college-aged young men and women dancing in this area. Now, I have nothing against dancing. I do, however, find it inappropriate that in the only public pool area meant solely for adults, that we couldn't even actually go in the pool. In addition to dancing (and losing bathing suits), these young men and women were extremely intoxicated and having diving contests off the edge of the pool, which also included throwing each other clear across the pool. I am honestly surprised that no one was seriously injured. Needless to say, there was nothing relaxing about this area, and we were disappointed.
Now onto the Garden Cafe Buffet - the food was mediocre and repetitive, the crowds were unbearable, and the seating was not enough. While there are many dining options on this ship (most of which were good), this is the most casual spot and located directly adjacent to the pools, so it makes sense that during the day, this was also the most crowded. They did not seem to account for that when it came to seating areas, and I would have liked more diversity in the food options as they were the same every day. In addition to the buffet, we ate in the Manhattan Room, Taste, O'Sheehan's, and Cagney's. The food was good across the board, with Cagney's being the best and the Manhattan Room being my least favorite. If you want to eat in a "main" dining room, you're better off going to Taste or Savor. Breakfast is offered at the buffet every morning, but it is also offered as a sit down option at Taste, Savor, and O'Sheehan's - you're much better off with one of those. There is also the Nickelodeon Pajama Jam breakfast - the food was not good, but the experience for the kids was worth the extra cost and includes a free 8x10 picture with the characters ($20 per person).
The entertainment on the ship was also very good. We saw Rock of Ages - definitely off-broadway caliber, but NOT kid-friendly. We also saw the family comedy show at Headliners - it was GREAT and the kids loved it. We also went to Fat Cats. The band in there is very entertaining and it's a relaxing place to have a few drinks. Lastly, we saw Burn the Floor. I was not impressed, however if you are really into ballroom dancing, then you may enjoy it. The three days in Bermuda were great. It was nice to be able to come and go as we pleased on and off the ship, which basically became our floating resort. The three days in port also provided time to take advantage of some of the usually over crowded spots on the ship if you didn't want to spend the entire time on the island. Overall, the trip was wonderful. We had a great time, despite a few issues that we feel can be rectified on the ship itself.
Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze. Ultimately, I would recommend this ship, however go into it aware of the crowds that you will be facing in certain areas (there are about 4,000 passengers traveling each week). Less
The stateroom was clean, well-appointed, and in a perfect, central location. Our steward was excellent and did a wonderful job maintaining the room over the course of the week. Having the balcony is wonderful (I would never cruise without a balcony). We had four rooms in a row and were able to open the walls between the balconies, giving us a perfect spot to relax with one another. When you book, request a port side, mid-ship room.