Norwegian Breakaway Maiden Voyage: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by KevLK

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Norwegian Breakaway Maiden Voyage

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Where to start? Being the maiden voyage to Bermuda obviously the ship was in perfect condition! The decor was gorgeous and perfect!

We boarded the ship around 11:30 and were able to go to our state room (spa balcony) right away. We were greeted with chocolates, a gift bag and the bottle of wine we pre-ordered so it was great to be able to sit and have a glass of wine on our balcony.Our room was beautiful. Nice and spacious, bathroom was large. The balcony was a little smaller than usual, but the size of the room made up for that. Our room steward was phenominal too! *suggestion - you need to use your room key to turn on the power and lights so if you plan on charging anything, we went to the front desk and they gave us a fake key to leave in while we were out of our room

We next explored the ship. Fortunatley we had 7 days of perfect weather. The layout of the ship was awesome! For such a large ship it was simple to get from one end to the other. Luckily being in the More spa rooms we were one flight of stairs from the spa and pool deck.

The spa was beautiful - and while we are not typically used to co-ed steam and sauna, it was fine. The thermal pool was great and the stone chairs were relaxing. A nice touch was the lemon and orange enfused water. We spent a portion of every day in the spa (sometimes twice a day)- There were times when we were the only 2 people in the spa which was GREAT! And the staff was FANTASTIC!

The main atrium was stunning... the lighted staircase and the warm feel of the Bistro was just fun and yet elegant. It was great to be able to move around to different parts of the casino without feeling trapped.

The Aqua Park was a favorite. The slides were top notch and the free fall was INSANE! We did the ropes course and at first we were scared to death, but after we got comfortable actually walked the plank 3 times (while in port) - Don't think I could do that at sea.

Vibe Beach Club is a must if you want privacy. We paid $79 for the week and it was perfect. 2 huge hot tubs that everytime we were there were the only ones in them. HUGE cabannas that I thought I read you had to pay extra for, but we did not and used them when open. Now that was privacy! Frozen fruit scewers are served there as well.

The restaurants were awesome! We ate at both Taste and Savor for breakfast, Manhattan for a few dinners, Cagney's(AWESOME), O'Sheehan's, Ocean Grill (Fantastic) and believe it or not the Garden Buffet which we typicall NEVER do. But we found the food there to be GREAT! Such a variety and really, really good.

The only shows we got to see was Rock of Ages and Second City. Rock of Ages we heard had some technical problems early in the week, but our show was fine. At first I wasn't sure how to take the show, but by the end we were on our feet!

The FIREWORKS! Wow - hard to believe that could be done off the back of the ship. My only suggestion is don't feel you have to cram into H20 to see them because it was pretty tight - Go to deck 17 or the side of the ship and you will see them. But DON'T MISS!

The Crew! Wow - they definately got the best of the best on this ship. Everyone knew our names and we just loved them. But we have never gone wrong with Norwegian.

I guess I could keep going, but this will definately give you an idea of our vacation. For being the first sailing - there were a couple of very minor things that I am sure will be worked out, but we had NO complaints! LOVED every minute of the being on the Breakaway and looking forward to sailing on the Getaway next year! Less

Published 05/28/13
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