Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review by Sean6365
- Sail Date: September 2017
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Large Balcony
Once on the ship we noticed obvious similarities to the Getaway and Escape. We decided to go relax on the waterfront until our cabin was ready. Shortly after sitting down at the waterfront with our drinks the announcement was made that we could go to our rooms. Our cabin was 8126, a mini suite with a large balcony. This was our first time with a mini suite and large balcony, normally we just do the regular balcony cabins. We immediately noticed the size of the bathroom right away which made my fiancé very happy. We loved having the double sinks, which made it easier to get ready for dinner every night and loved the extra room in the shower. We had the large balcony which was very spacious, the only drawback I could see was the cabins above you could see about half of your balcony to the railing. Our room was always made up very promptly and turn down service was always done prior to us returning back to the room from a wonderful evening.
We had the ultimate beverage package, specialty dining package and $150 obc when we booked the cruise. We always enjoy the beverage package and never had a problem with ordering our drinks the way we wanted them or with a certain number of drinks per day. Just remember that NCL doesn’t allow you to tip your bartender on the NCL receipt anymore. We learned this on our previous cruise on the Escape so we were prepared this time with about $50 worth of one dollar bills. We would tip the bartenders often for their great service or any server that provided great service.
The dining package we had let us chose 3 nights of specialty dining at any of the restaurants that were listed as specialty. We chose Cagney’s, Moderno and Teppenyaki for our restaurants and spread them out to every other night. Every ship that we have been on, Cagney’s has been wonderful with great steaks and great service. The filet mignon was cooked exactly as we ordered and very tender. My fiancé loves Moderno the best because of the variety of food that you are offered from the time you enter to the time you leave. The salad bar that you’re offered to start with has plenty of options to choose from, even for picky eaters. Once you’re finished with your salad and you start the main course which consist of many different kinds of meat on a large metal skewer and several side times that are standard. They will bring out different kinds of beef that are prepared several different ways. This is also the same for the other items brought out which includes chicken, pork and lamb. Once you’re finished with the main course and you flip your card over to red, you will be brought a desert menu. We aren’t big desert eaters so we always choose the fruit plate if it’s offered. Our last specialty that we decided on was Teppenyaki Japanese, which is like many of the Japanese restaurants that you go to locally in your hometown. The atmosphere is very upbeat, loud and seating can be a little cramped sometimes. I’ve seen and heard complaints from people that don’t like the fact that their clothes smell when they leave the restaurant but you should understand that this will happen because the food is prepared directly in front of you. No different than using your grill at home and your clothes smelling because of that. We’ve always had a great time at Teppenyaki, enjoying the food and atmosphere.
As for the other dining facilities that you have that are free, they all have something for someone. The Garden Buffet is what it says, a Buffet. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have different ethnic foods during these times also along with traditional meal items. They also have a different food theme every night which will be in your freestyle daily to let you know what it is that night. If you looking for pub style food and food that you can get after midnight O’Sheehan’s is the place to go. They have a bar area that is separate from the dining area and you can also get ice cream from there, from milkshakes to banana splits. The main dining rooms are very good too, the menu changes daily and some of those will serve breakfast too. All of the dining room hours will be posted in the freestyle daily given to you every evening.
The Breakaway does offer a lot of activities onboard to keep one busy everyday on board, especially when you have days at sea. I didn’t do the rope course or the water slide this go around since this was truly a relaxing cruise for us. We normally have family with us so this was nice to just sit back and relax and spend time on the balcony.
We did catch the shows that were offered on the ship which were Rock of Ages and After Midnight. Rock of Ages incorporates a lot of 80s music and does have foul language used in a comedic way so I wouldn’t recommend bringing small children. We both loved Rock of Ages since we were 80s kids. After Midnight was also a great show, a lot different than Rock of Ages which is good in that you go from one end of the musical spectrum to another. If you love big band music you’ll love After Midnight.
What makes the Breakaway great in my opinion is the staff. The staff on board has always gone out of their way to make us happy, whether it is our room steward bringing us more towels or a server in the main dining room bringing us a specialty drink very promptly. The ship does have a great layout and it will only take a whole day to get the layout down pat.
I know that some people unfortunately have had a bad experience on board a NCL ship but I would definitely recommend given NCL another try. With anything especially cruising, the companies won’t be able to please everyone. I’ve sailed 8 times with NCL and haven’t had one problem with them.
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