Three of us travelled: my husband (Tom), our adult son (Michael) and myself. I've been on several cruises - NCL, RCI, Celebrity, and some Windjammers. My husband NCL, Celebrity, and some Windjammers; and our son one other NCL.
Our son lives and works in Manhattan and we had seen the Breakaway when we were visiting him in November. I chose this particular week because it included my husband's birthday.
My husband and I took Amtrak from DC on Friday and stayed at a hotel in SoHo for 2 nights. We had used RCI points so there was no cost for the hotel.
Our cabin - 9918 - was fantastic! It was a bit tight for the 3 of us but we made it work.
The balcony was the best part. I had chosen an aft balcony on 9, starboard. We had 2 loungers, 3 chairs and 2 tables and plenty of room to move them and ourselves around.
Looking up to the other decks, we could see from the angle that ours was larger than the others above us.
As it turned out, looking out over the balcony, we could see the fireworks just fine.
There was a lot of storage but some was tricky to find.
The bathroom was a good size, as was the shower. There were more shelves in the bathroom than usual and I liked being able to leave my cosmetics and stuff in there. I had read that there was no conditioner in the showers so I brought my own.
I also followed advice from Cruise Critic and brought magnet hooks for the walls and those were great for hanging hats, card lanyards and so on. Giant clips, meant for holding towels to chairs were repurposed for clipping our last day paperwork under the TV.
About the TV - we never watched it so we can't really comment on the programming. We did watch the info from the deck once or twice to find out about the sea conditions.
Our bed was great, very comfortable king sized with 2 pillows each. The steward, Bradley, turned the couch into a nice bed for our son.
The end tables on each side of our bed were pretty narrow but we made that work. The lights beside the bed were a little high up, so I'd have to get up to turn mine off. Luckily, I read a Kindle before bed so I never really needed to use the bedside light.
We didn't take any excursions in Manhattan relative to this cruise. The driver left us the terminal by the Gem about 12:35 but it was an easy walk next door to the Breakaway terminal at Pier 88.
We left our checked baggage and went through the terminal process very quickly. We never even had a chance to sit down and we were on board by 1:00.
That was the fastest I have ever boarded any ship.