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SHIP - The Breakaway is a beautiful, huge ship with much to do onboard. We never felt too crowded, considering all the people on it. We had a balcony on the 12th floor and the new bathrooms are much more spacious than on the older ships. However, the terrace is smaller due to the newer narrow rooms. Note the door locks - bring a credit card like card or ask for extra room cards. When you go out put the card in the slot so that your electric charges continue to work and the air conditioning stays on in your room. Also, room lights won't work unless a card is in the slot (next to the door). Just push it back down when you return after the room is made up to use the lights. Also, if your sliding doors are unlocked or open the air conditioning will turn off. You can bring a case (sealed) of water onboard with your room tag on it - a great savings from their bottled water. Ask your cabin steward to empty the refrigerator if you aren't going to consume the items in it (extra charges) and you can store your stuff in it. Never did this before and it was handy to grab a couple of bottles for touring or the beach or pool. Note - no free room service any more. There's a charge of $7.95 for it for most hours. ENTERTAINMENT - We were disappointed that there wasn't a show every night in the main theatre since repeat shows were necessary in order to accommodate everyone. The entertainment was good, but you had to pay to see the Cirque Dinner Show, which was similar to the acrobatic cirque show they used to have for free. Second City was in a small venue and many people didn't get to see them, as in the past when they were in the main showroom. The Burn the Floor dance show in the main showroom was great, and they had a bonus show for one night starring one of the leads in Wicked (Elfaba) who was fantastic. Wasn't impressed with Rock of Ages - not like the Broadway version. Missed Howl at the Moon - which everyone loved. RESTAURANTS - The Manhattan Supper Club was wonderful and we ate there several times. There is supposed to be a dress code which is printed in the Daily Bulletin, since it is upscale, except they do not enforce it (nice slacks or skirts/dresses and no suits or jackets required - not too formal). However, several people came in shorts and cut-offs and sandals and looked like they belonged at a more casual restaurant or the buffet. There were also young children that were running around the dance floor playing and nearly missing the poor waiters who were trying to get across the room. People who may have wanted to dance were discouraged with the children on the floor (meanwhile the parents were standing on the sidelines watching them run around until several waiters asked them to get the children back to their tables). We asked a head waiter about the dress code and he said they had enforced it in the beginning cruises, but then got notified by corporate that they should not stop people from going into the supper club, regardless of their attire. Why not? Other cruise lines do! This Club is a really terrific bonus and they should try to keep it a little upscale, and enforce the dress code. Also, they might want to make it Adults Only or children above a certain age. The musicians and singers were great. This is the crowning glory and most upscale offering on any Norwegian ship we've been on in the past 9 cruises. Loved the Brazilian Barbecue - fabulous meal - we were all stuffed with the amount of food and desserts. Le Bistro was, as always, terrific, as was Cagneys. The other two main restaurants Taste and Savor (have identical menu to the Manhattan Club) and are wonderful. One of them is open for lunch when you board, so we went early and had a wonderful formal lunch before the ship sailed. QUIET ADULT AREA - FREE - Didn't use the Haven Private Area and found a nice, quiet area at the back of the boat at Spice H2O for Adults Only NO CHARGE - with two jacuzzis and a waterfall you can sit at to cool off, as well as a bar and small buffet down the hall. They show outdoor movies there at night (family friendly). RIDES, ETC. - The tube slides, bungee, and zip lines drew a lot of people, so get on line early and make sure you wear sneakers - no sandals or other shoes allowed. The two bowling lanes were a nice addition, as was the Ice Bar and outdoor eating at the Specialty Restaurants. SAFETY DRILL - Our big complaint on the last few Norwegian Cruises is that they have a more slipshod way of conducting the pre-cruise safety drill than other lines. For some reason they don't make people practice putting on their vests and going out to their assigned areas on the lifeboat deck so they know where to go if they get lost from the crowd. They just meet in a dining room and get shown how to put on a life vest - half the people don't even watch. It is not in the closet anymore but under the bed. We were hunting for our's when we got in our room. In a real emergency many people may not know how to get their life vests on themselves or their children without a practice run, and I think there would be chaos getting out of the restaurants to their assigned areas on deck without doing it once. We much preferred the old way of having a real practice drill. GET YOUR FERRY SCHEDULE AND MAPS OF BERMUDA AT THE FRONT DESK. THEY RUN OUT. GET THE FERRY/JITNEY PASSES RIGHT AT THE DOCK. TOURING BERMUDA - Bermuda was fabulous, as always and this was our third time there. Love the fact that we are in port for 2-1/2 days. Found a great independent driver named Lewis Foggo (lewis_foggo@hotmail.com) who gave the four us a 5 hour tour for $100 less than Norwegian's in his SUV. He was willing to start our tour at 10:00 rather than 8:00 so we could enjoy breakfast in the dining room. He customized the tour for us and took us to the beaches we wanted to walk on, as well as the scenic spots and neighborhoods on the island. We had a 45 minute lunch in St. George and asked him to join us - he was so interesting and nice and full of great stories and facts about his island. He extended our tour to make up for the time at lunch and when we finished seeing Hamilton suggested that it would be quicker to take the ferry back to the ship when we were ready since the roads clog up during the rush hour (caught a 4:00 ferry back) and it was worth the $5.00 (get a ferry/jitney 2 day pass if you think you'll use it again). . You can take the ferry to Hamilton and St. George (beautiful little town and easy to navigate with little museums and restaurants right at the dock). Note: Returning from St. George the ferry goes first to Hamilton then to the dock. No direct ferry to the dock. Only take cabs with the blue flags (certified and held to rate schedules). All these things are right at the dock - ferry, jitney bus, to Horseshoe Beach, Hamilton, Aquarium, etc., cabs, boat tours, parasailing, etc. and there is even a little beach there (10 minute walk) Snorkel Park Beach where kids can swim with the dolphins, learn to snorkel and snuba, rent chairs, jet skis, kayaks, etc. with a little restaurant. Lovely and convenient - easy to go back to the ship for lunch and return to the beach - especially with kids. Also very interesting is tour of Dockside Area and the little malls and craft shops - potter, glass blowing, etc. The HAMILTON FESTIVAL is on Wednesday nights from about 7 - 10 p.m. Eat early and take the ferry there at 5:30 or 6:00 (check ferry schedule - jitney bus is a long ride with MANY STOPS). SHIP FIREWORKS are on Friday night at 10:45 p.m. If you have a room on the port side you can watch from your terrace.

Complete Review of Breakaway/Bermuda

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Arlene D

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony Stateroom
SHIP - The Breakaway is a beautiful, huge ship with much to do onboard. We never felt too crowded, considering all the people on it. We had a balcony on the 12th floor and the new bathrooms are much more spacious than on the older ships. However, the terrace is smaller due to the newer narrow rooms.

Note the door locks - bring a credit card like card or ask for extra room cards. When you go out put the card in the slot so that your electric charges continue to work and the air conditioning stays on in your room. Also, room lights won't work unless a card is in the slot (next to the door). Just push it back down when you return after the room is made up to use the lights. Also, if your sliding doors are unlocked or open the air conditioning will turn off. You can bring a case (sealed) of water onboard with your room tag on it - a great savings from their bottled water. Ask your cabin steward to empty the refrigerator if you aren't going to consume the items in it (extra charges) and you can store your stuff in it. Never did this before and it was handy to grab a couple of bottles for touring or the beach or pool.

Note - no free room service any more. There's a charge of $7.95 for it for most hours.

ENTERTAINMENT - We were disappointed that there wasn't a show every night in the main theatre since repeat shows were necessary in order to accommodate everyone. The entertainment was good, but you had to pay to see the Cirque Dinner Show, which was similar to the acrobatic cirque show they used to have for free. Second City was in a small venue and many people didn't get to see them, as in the past when they were in the main showroom. The Burn the Floor dance show in the main showroom was great, and they had a bonus show for one night starring one of the leads in Wicked (Elfaba) who was fantastic. Wasn't impressed with Rock of Ages - not like the Broadway version. Missed Howl at the Moon - which everyone loved.

RESTAURANTS - The Manhattan Supper Club was wonderful and we ate there several times. There is supposed to be a dress code which is printed in the Daily Bulletin, since it is upscale, except they do not enforce it (nice slacks or skirts/dresses and no suits or jackets required - not too formal). However, several people came in shorts and cut-offs and sandals and looked like they belonged at a more casual restaurant or the buffet. There were also young children that were running around the dance floor playing and nearly missing the poor waiters who were trying to get across the room. People who may have wanted to dance were discouraged with the children on the floor (meanwhile the parents were standing on the sidelines watching them run around until several waiters asked them to get the children back to their tables). We asked a head waiter about the dress code and he said they had enforced it in the beginning cruises, but then got notified by corporate that they should not stop people from going into the supper club, regardless of their attire. Why not? Other cruise lines do! This Club is a really terrific bonus and they should try to keep it a little upscale, and enforce the dress code. Also, they might want to make it Adults Only or children above a certain age. The musicians and singers were great. This is the crowning glory and most upscale offering on any Norwegian ship we've been on in the past 9 cruises. Loved the Brazilian Barbecue - fabulous meal - we were all stuffed with the amount of food and desserts. Le Bistro was, as always, terrific, as was Cagneys. The other two main restaurants Taste and Savor (have identical menu to the Manhattan Club) and are wonderful. One of them is open for lunch when you board, so we went early and had a wonderful formal lunch before the ship sailed.

QUIET ADULT AREA - FREE - Didn't use the Haven Private Area and found a nice, quiet area at the back of the boat at Spice H2O for Adults Only NO CHARGE - with two jacuzzis and a waterfall you can sit at to cool off, as well as a bar and small buffet down the hall. They show outdoor movies there at night (family friendly).

RIDES, ETC. - The tube slides, bungee, and zip lines drew a lot of people, so get on line early and make sure you wear sneakers - no sandals or other shoes allowed. The two bowling lanes were a nice addition, as was the Ice Bar and outdoor eating at the Specialty Restaurants.

SAFETY DRILL - Our big complaint on the last few Norwegian Cruises is that they have a more slipshod way of conducting the pre-cruise safety drill than other lines. For some reason they don't make people practice putting on their vests and going out to their assigned areas on the lifeboat deck so they know where to go if they get lost from the crowd. They just meet in a dining room and get shown how to put on a life vest - half the people don't even watch. It is not in the closet anymore but under the bed. We were hunting for our's when we got in our room. In a real emergency many people may not know how to get their life vests on themselves or their children without a practice run, and I think there would be chaos getting out of the restaurants to their assigned areas on deck without doing it once. We much preferred the old way of having a real practice drill.

GET YOUR FERRY SCHEDULE AND MAPS OF BERMUDA AT THE FRONT DESK. THEY RUN OUT. GET THE FERRY/JITNEY PASSES RIGHT AT THE DOCK.

TOURING BERMUDA - Bermuda was fabulous, as always and this was our third time there. Love the fact that we are in port for 2-1/2 days. Found a great independent driver named Lewis Foggo (lewis_foggo@hotmail.com) who gave the four us a 5 hour tour for $100 less than Norwegian's in his SUV. He was willing to start our tour at 10:00 rather than 8:00 so we could enjoy breakfast in the dining room. He customized the tour for us and took us to the beaches we wanted to walk on, as well as the scenic spots and neighborhoods on the island. We had a 45 minute lunch in St. George and asked him to join us - he was so interesting and nice and full of great stories and facts about his island. He extended our tour to make up for the time at lunch and when we finished seeing Hamilton suggested that it would be quicker to take the ferry back to the ship when we were ready since the roads clog up during the rush hour (caught a 4:00 ferry back) and it was worth the $5.00 (get a ferry/jitney 2 day pass if you think you'll use it again). .

You can take the ferry to Hamilton and St. George (beautiful little town and easy to navigate with little museums and restaurants right at the dock). Note: Returning from St. George the ferry goes first to Hamilton then to the dock. No direct ferry to the dock. Only take cabs with the blue flags (certified and held to rate schedules). All these things are right at the dock - ferry, jitney bus, to Horseshoe Beach, Hamilton, Aquarium, etc., cabs, boat tours, parasailing, etc. and there is even a little beach there (10 minute walk) Snorkel Park Beach where kids can swim with the dolphins, learn to snorkel and snuba, rent chairs, jet skis, kayaks, etc. with a little restaurant. Lovely and convenient - easy to go back to the ship for lunch and return to the beach - especially with kids. Also very interesting is tour of Dockside Area and the little malls and craft shops - potter, glass blowing, etc.

The HAMILTON FESTIVAL is on Wednesday nights from about 7 - 10 p.m. Eat early and take the ferry there at 5:30 or 6:00 (check ferry schedule - jitney bus is a long ride with MANY STOPS).

SHIP FIREWORKS are on Friday night at 10:45 p.m. If you have a room on the port side you can watch from your terrace.
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Cabin Review

Family Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B3 12762
Bathroom larger than older Norwegian ships. Terrace only holds 2 upright chairs - smaller than usual.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • King's Wharf
    Kings Wharf is the port to dock in when you go to Bermuda. Get the ferry and jitney bus schedule from the Information Booth. Everything is there - all the tour guides ($50/hour for a smaller group island tour than the ship's and about $100 less - also more customized with a stop for lunch if you want) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, cabs (make sure you take one with the Blue Decals (they are regulated by Bermuda and won't rip you off), the ferries to Hamilton and St. George, the jitney buses into Horseshoe Bay Beach (you can stay as long as you want - not just 4 hours) and Hamilton. Right at the dock (10 minute walk) is Snorkel Park and Beach with dolphin experience, snorkel and snuba lessons, pedal boats, kayaks, and all other beach rentals in a quiet little cove with a little restaurant. Great little beach and you can walk back to the ship for lunch, etc. Also. all the tour boats are there - glass bottom, etc. and a very nice mall, a glass blowing factory, art galleries, pottery and craft shops, and the main kings wharf historical buildings which you can tour. A great port with everything right there. Really no need for tours unless you want to do Elbow Beach, caverns, and some other places. MUCH MORE CONVENIENT TO EVERYTHING THAN DOCKING IN HAMILTON!!
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  • New York (Manhattan)
    NOTE: GO TO THE PORTER LINE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BUILDING WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO LUGGAGE - THE PORTER SERVICE IS FREE AND THEY GET YOU AND YOUR LUGGAGE RIGHT THROUGH THE CUSTOMS LINES. THEY HAVE PRIORITY AND YOU CAN TIP AS YOU WISH. TERRIFIC!! DONE THIS 9 TIMES AND WORKS LIKE A CHARM!

    Norwegian Pier 88 at 55th street is difficult to get to if you are coming NORTH on the West Side Highway, since traffic backs up in the LEFT LANES for MANY BLOCKS because only a few cars get to turn left to get over to the pier, since you have traffic also coming across 55th street to the pier. Best to go north in the RIGHT LANES ON THE W.S. Highway and go up to a higher street left turn. Then just come back down the W.S. Highway to 55th and take the right ramp exit to the ship pier. Note: THERE ARE TWO EXIT RAMPS - EMBARKATION DROP OFF IS ON THE UPPER LEVEL RAMP. LOWER LEVEL IS FOR DIEMBARKATION PICK UPS. WE USUALLY GET PICKED UP AT PIER 90 IF NO SHIP IS THERE, SINCE IT'S CROWDED AT PIER 88 WHEN THE SHIP UNLOADS AND OUR DRIVERS CAN FIND US EASILY AT PIER 90 NEXT DOOR. YOUR PORTER WILL TAKE YOUR BAGS DOWN TO PIER 90 IF YOU ASK. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR LUGGAGE THOROUGHLY FOR DAMAGE. ONE TIME THE PORTER PUT THE BAGS ON HIS CART AND THE LIMO PUT THE BAGS INTO THE TRUNK AND NEVER SAW THE WHEEL HAD COME OFF TILL WE GOT HOME. WE CALLED THE PIER AND THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE OR PUTTING IN A CLAIM ONCE YOU LEAVE THE BUILDING! LUCKILY OUR INSURANCE PAID THE CLAIM BUT THEY PREFERRED A CLAIM FORM FROM THE PIER.
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