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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
I felt the need to write this review because I went on a cruise to nowhere 2 days on and off... Staff didn't have to go out of there way... Yet they did. Bartenders, room attendants, waiters, casino staff... Everyone exceptional. I ... Read More
I felt the need to write this review because I went on a cruise to nowhere 2 days on and off... Staff didn't have to go out of there way... Yet they did. Bartenders, room attendants, waiters, casino staff... Everyone exceptional. I love NCL and this just confirmed why.. This was my thitd time on this ship and I love it. Passengers were a little different on this trip a kind of strange crowd... But that's what makes this ship so much fun the diversity! I am sailing again in June in the Haven I am counting the seconds!! I had a balcony this time room was nice. Thanks for the special memories my NCL family!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We chose this cruise for my parents wedding anniversary and for a weekend away! The ship was amazing! The larger ships have so much to do and you don't have enough time to do it all. Since it was just a weekend cruise and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my parents wedding anniversary and for a weekend away! The ship was amazing! The larger ships have so much to do and you don't have enough time to do it all. Since it was just a weekend cruise and kind of last minute, we just stayed in an inside cabin with the 2 kids. Being that it was such a short cruise and so much to do on the ship we were barely in there. Food in the main dining room on Valentine's Day was superb and so was the dancing entertainment. The Rock of Ages show is hands down the best show I have seen on a cruise ship ever. It is a must see!!! and more than once if you are lucky enough. I really wish there were more weekend cruises that would go out of New York. These are fantastic weekend away trips giving us a break during the year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
We had not cruised on Norwegian in about 10 years as we had such a bad experience previously. When this cruise came along, we decided to try NCL again and we are glad we did. Embarkation - we arrived at the port around 1:45pm and was on ... Read More
We had not cruised on Norwegian in about 10 years as we had such a bad experience previously. When this cruise came along, we decided to try NCL again and we are glad we did. Embarkation - we arrived at the port around 1:45pm and was on the ship at 2 o'clock. Very easy. The room was a mini-suite on 14th floor. The room is somewhat smaller than most lines & the balcony was very small but the bathroom with a large with full size shower with one large sink and 2 faucets. Plenty of room for storage. Food- We went to Moderno which is a specialty restaurant Brazilian style, It was very good. We ate at the Taste dining room for dinner and breakfast. Food was as good as other lines. We loved that we could get a table for two. Service was excellent. My coffee cup was always filled. We had lunch at the buffet and it was typical. A plus is that they offered real ice cream, not soft serve. Entertainment- We went to Rock of Ages and thought it was great. It was better than the usual shows on cruises. We enjoyed other venues such as bands, singer and piano player, dulling piano players etc. Drinks- the cost was a bit higher than most cruise ships but there was a good poor. Service- It was great. Everyone was attentive, friendly and helpful. I had read on Cruise Critic just; the opposite and we did not find that at all. Negative- smoking in the casino but all cruises have this issue. The casino was jumping and lots of fun. Since this was a 2 day cruise, there was a party crowd. We met lots of people and had a great time. Departure - We waited until 9:30am and the lines were long. Get off on the back of the ship otherwise you have to walk from front to back outside and it was quite cold. We had so much fun we are thinking of doing this again next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Returned from a relaxing weekend on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise to nowhere from New York City. It was a beautiful ship and I enjoyed it very much. Parents took the same trip year ago but myself and sister this was our first time ... Read More
Returned from a relaxing weekend on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise to nowhere from New York City. It was a beautiful ship and I enjoyed it very much. Parents took the same trip year ago but myself and sister this was our first time onboard. All of us stayed in mini-suite deck 9 which was spacious but not very large but was there when we needed it to return to. The bath was good size and shower was fun to use with the two settings on showerhead. Stateroom attendant was attentive. I will break down the cruise: EMBARKATION: (Friday) Left here 8:30am with some light snow on our trip to the NY Waterway Ferry in Weehaken where we parked the car in the parking garage then took the ferry to city side then got into New York City cab to the cruise terminal. Arrived terminal shortly before 10am cleared security, then checked in at the desk and our boarding number was 5. Waited for good hour then boarded via deck 7. Then went to Garden Cafe buffet for lunch not crowded so we got our food then found table. The food consisted of fries, burgers, hot dogs, short ribs, beef roast and much more. The food was very good. Beverages were lemonade, flavored water and water from the Vitality juice machines. Following lunch walked around the ship to check it all out parents give myself and sister tour of all the public lounges and restaurants. I mentioned earlier parents took this same trip last year without us. Then checked out stateroom as I mentioned earlier. Then walked around some more then prepared for muster drill which our station was C4 and was in the Atrium on deck 6 waited like an hour people were not cooperating so the muster drill did not go on time but when it began it ended quickly, They showed video on large screen demonstrating how to use your lifejacket. After muster drill parents and sister went to Moderno on deck 8 for dinner Moderno is the specialty restaurant and I just went to Garden Cafe buffet which consisted of similar items just like lunch. The first nights main dessert was an American flag cake which was strawberry short cake very tasty. Cruising: (Saturday) Saturday was a very windy day and the seas were choppy early morning but conditions improved when the sun came out in afternoon but still cold to do anything on deck. They closed all outside decks since it was very windy but there was one door that was not locked and that was center door entering and exiting Garden Cafe but it was kind of cold out there to walk the decks. They went for breakfast I slept in then walked the ship sat by Mixx Bar deck 6 just people watching until the lunch buffet served. After buffet walked around some more by Mixx Bar then checked out the exercise facilities on deck 16 which look out at the water. They is plenty to see on this large ship. Due to the weather things like the Aqua Park were closed but Friday noticed some people in the Jacuzzis and few in pool which are all heated but you must be very cold when you come out. I was also on that front deck Friday watching us depart the city and it was good weather but windy once the ship got moving. New York City looks vibrant when its dark outside. I had dinner in the buffet then just sitting around there then everyone got there after I finished then they had their dinner. Everyone else after dinner walked around bit I just return to stateroom to pack up little I had with me then to sleep. DISEMBARKATION: Sunday Was up around 5:30am shortly after that we were docking. I think we were due in 8am but earlier arrival. They went for one last breakfast I made sure I was all packed up then they returned then went to deck 7 to disembark the ship it was painless, NCL is the only line that lets you stay in your stateroom until you are free to disembark. Disembarked shortly after 7:30am off the ship to downstairs level clear customers and cross 12th Avenue to get cab no problem getting one returned to ferry terminal on ferry 8:10am return to get our car and in the door around 9am. ALL IN ALL: I enjoyed the NCL Breakaway very much. I would like to cruise on that ship again on a longer cruise to Bermuda maybe this fall or next spring if good deals come up. I never made it to O'Sheehans but definitely will next cruise. O'Sheehans was where parents went for lunch and dinner when they were on Breakaway last year and enjoyed it very much. It was always busy since the ship was full since this was a cruise to nowhere. It is a 24 hour venue which is always open. The age groups of people on this cruise were mixed bag some younger children and mainly adults who like to party and take off from work for three day weekend. They were few older groups onboard too. The ship was always clean everywhere you went. The service was attentive. I never went into the sit down or specialty restaurants. Next cruise maybe like to try Savor or Taste. I had a good time although weather was not very warm since it was late January but next cruise will need to do some things on deck. I recommend the Brekaway to anyone who is looking for a great cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
I'll state up front that this is my first cruise. My wife has cruised a few time before. We went on a 2-night cruise to nowhere out of NYC to celebrate our 40th birthdays. We arrived to the port in New York City around noon and went ... Read More
I'll state up front that this is my first cruise. My wife has cruised a few time before. We went on a 2-night cruise to nowhere out of NYC to celebrate our 40th birthdays. We arrived to the port in New York City around noon and went through the cruise terminal within 15 minutes. I was surprised that we walked onto the ship so quickly. Immediately upon boarding Breakaway I could tell that I liked the style of the ship. The interior decor is fresh and modern, yet warm. Very different than the Peter Max-designed hull artwork, which is quite flamboyant. We went to find our balcony stateroom to set our luggage down. We brought only carry on bags for the quick sailing. We found that our stateroom was already made up for us. However, there were a few spots where the cleaning crew had missed the mark. They were good about fixing the issue later that day and we had no other issue with the cabin. The cabin was a good size for the two of us. I was not expecting a lot in terms of spaciousness and I felt that I was pleasantly surprised how airy the room felt. The decor was clean and modern. The bathroom was roomy, with ample sink area storage and a good size shower. The balcony was wonderful, with a table and two chairs for relaxing. It was on the smaller side and it would be difficult to sit in a recliner on the balcony. The sliding door was very solid and when locked did a great job of blocking out outside noise. Also, as a parent I appreciated the lock mechanism that was set high on the door, away from small hands. Departure from New York City is amazing at night. The skyline all lit up is a sight to behold, as well as the Statue of Liberty. Passing under the Verazzano Narrows Bridge is also a high point of the sail out. I will say that since it is January it was very cold. I was well prepared with lots of layered clothing, gloves, and a winter hat. Dinner at the Manhattan Room was excellent. I have to say I was ready for the food to be pretty blah, but in general I was very happy with the food I received. In particular the fish dishes were excellent. I had a broiled cod dish that was amazing and my wife had salmon that was also excellent. We liked the decor and energy of the Manhattan Room and did both of our dinners there. We had lunch in Taste, which is a seated meal, and the Garden Cafe, which is the buffet. Taste was excellent and the buffet was generally good, though not quite as good as the seated restaurants. The Garden Cafe was a great place to grab a quick snack or ice cream treat though, and provided great views from deck 15 aft. We ate breakfast at O'Sheenan's pub and at Taste. Both very good basic breakfast. My favorite food related thing was the Sabrett hot dog carts that pop up around the ship. Delicious! We went to see Rock of Ages. This is not a show for kids. It is very risqué and they make an announcement to that affect before it starts. As a person who grew up loving hard rock in the 1980s it was a great trip down memory lane. I absolutely loved the show! But definitely not for kids. We also bought entrance to the Ice Bar, which is basically a freezer with a bar and ice sculptures in it. The $20 admission gets you two drinks, so it's in line with other bard on the ship. It was a cool experience, pun intended, and I am glad we did it. Probably wouldn't repeat though. Obviously since it's a winter sailing we couldn't make use of the waterslides. There were a few brave souls in the heated pools and hot tubs. I walked the ship and found an amazing looking ropes course and mini golf. My biggest regret is that we didn't have more time and sail to a warm weather location where we could really enjoy the outdoor facilities that Breakaway has to offer. We docked back at the port of New York early on Sunday morning. We ate breakfast with friends and made our way off the ship at our leisure, around 9:30. It was a simple process to get through immigration and we met our ride outside the terminal. My favorite feature of the ship the the Waterfront, which is the wrap around promenade on deck 8. Many of the restaurants offer outdoor seating in warmer weather and it's just a great place to walk around the ship early in the morning and take in the sea air. Overall we had a terrific time on Breakaway. We would definitely go again, but next time on a longer cruise to a warm weather location and with our kids. For me it was the perfect introduction to cruising and the location in NYC is super convenient.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Well... I have my verdict. The Breakaway is an amazing ship! I was way more impressed with it than I thought I'd be. There is so much to do on this ship and the décor and themes throughout the ship are beautiful. I like the ... Read More
Well... I have my verdict. The Breakaway is an amazing ship! I was way more impressed with it than I thought I'd be. There is so much to do on this ship and the décor and themes throughout the ship are beautiful. I like the Breakaway better than the Jewel class ships. In my opinion its a more fast paced ship than the Jewel class, but you can still relax and do all of the things you like to do on a normal cruise ship and more. There's no reason to stay in your rooms, there's a lot to do. For a ship with 4,000 people on it, I didn't feel crowded at all. Do make reservations for the performances in which you can make reservations... there was a very long standby line at Headliners on day 2. There are several lounges and bars all throughout the ship with great musical entertainment all evening and night. Rock of Ages and Second City (Adult show) were very good. I suggest going to both of them. Rock of Ages was much more raunchy than I expected. It's almost a 2 hour long show, although online it says that its 1.25 hours. If you're offended by cursing then don't go to the Second City adult show. Ocean View was excellent. The Delmonico steak was the best I've ever had and the mussels were very good also. The duck was cooked perfectly, not rubbery or greasy. The risotto of Jonah crab is good, but it has cheese in it. The sea scallops were very good and very large. The calamari was good, although not the best I've had by far. My aunt enjoyed the madras curry bisque also. The cirque dreams and dinner was very impressive and mesmerizing. I suggest doing this if you're even slightly interested. You won't be disappointed. There was magic, acrobatics, juggling and several other acts within the 1.5 hour performance. A secret is... go to Moderno's for the quick buffet at lunch if you're trying to get in and out. Ask for a table near the atrium at Moderno's or Cagney's if you're eating dinner there and you may see the Burn the Floor dance show in the Manhattan room. The garden café is in a square on this ship. You walk around it in circles and sit on either side of the ship. Its actually set up better than on other ships, much easier to get in and out. Unfortunately, the weather was too windy and cold for us to go outside and use the waterpark, rock climbing wall or mini-golf course. Unfortunately, we didn't visit the spa or gym, although we wanted to. The big negative to this ship is the smoking in the casino and cigar lounge. The smoke can be very heavy at times during the day and during those times it travels to adjacent lounges and even further. In my opinion its a big problem, but you really only notice it if there's a lot of people smoking at the same time, which is not often. This could be because we were unable to go outside too. Bliss is in the casino unfortunately. And, the noodle bar borders the casino too. I chose not to eat in the noodle bar due to it being so close to the casino. Carlo's bake shop was good. We enjoyed the chocolate cake and cannoli's. Oddly, our cannolis were nearly frozen. After we let them thaw out they were great. Its hard to find the bake shop because the sign is small and off to the side. Its to the left, just before entering the Prime Meridian bar (in between Cagney's and moderno's). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
I've been thinking about writing this review from the first time I saw the boat. It's so beautiful. Inside and out. Arrival: -You actually park on the pier right next to the boat. NOT across the street like I read in some of ... Read More
I've been thinking about writing this review from the first time I saw the boat. It's so beautiful. Inside and out. Arrival: -You actually park on the pier right next to the boat. NOT across the street like I read in some of the reviews. It is $40/day to park. -Whoever is responsible for keeping the sidewalks salted did not do a good job. Be careful. I slipped and fell on the sidewalk on the parking pier. --We arrived and boarded around 2pm. There was a very short line to get our passes, etc. Easy boarding. I recommend that highly. No need to get there so early and then stand in a long line. -Super fun and friendly crew met us as we got on the boat. Because we boarded so late we were able to go straight to our room. Stateroom: --We had a balcony room. Absolutely lovely. SO MUCH STORAGE SPACE!! Those Norwegians know how to create space. There are actually draws under the couch if you need the space. The mini fridge is in a cabinet but was locked for us for some reason. We didn't inquire. Don't know if that's normal or not. But it was nice to have one if needed. -The room is quite spacious. Nice bed. Fun to have a balcony. Although cold, I stood out on the balcony and watched the sun rise. It was so beautiful. Quite a different perspective. -The bathroom was lovely. Again, TONS of storage space. Only negative was the water pressure from the shower. Oh well....at least it was hot when I wanted it to be. -The rooms were fairly quiet. Seemed like you could hear more of what was going on above than in the rooms next door. I brought a fan with me to create a little white noise. I would probably bring earplugs next time too. The boat: -It's beautiful. Everything is lovely. They seem to have tried to create a very social atmosphere. Encouraging the guests to be with each other. Everything seems to center down the middle of the ship. The atrium is where everything is always happening. Like a giant family room. It was usually quite packed so we didn't hang out there very much. --It's loud. That's my biggest CON to the whole trip. I could never find any place that was quiet to just sit and read or talk with my husband. There was always music playing everywhere you went. Coupled with the crowd noises, it was loud. Even in the dining areas. --Neither my husband nor myself are party people so we don't drink or gamble. Seems like the 2 day cruises are for people to have a quick party over the weekend which is a great idea. I think everyone had a great time. -Perhaps I'm a bit of a party-pooper but I just wanted to find a little quiet spot outside of my cabin to enjoy the boat. The food: --Incredible!!! --I thought the food was fantastic. Good gracious! Even the Garden Cafe buffet was amazing. -I don't know what they put in their scrambled eggs but they're so great! Silly huh? --I personally did not feel the food tasted like an Old Country Buffet at all. I thought it was splendid. Entertainment: -We went to the Cirque show on the first night. The 9:15pm show. Great show. -The music is very loud. The talent is truly a class act. I was amazed at what they could do with their bodies. The girl that juggles with her feet was outstanding! Loved that so much. There are a could of fellows that juggle each other...Amazing! And the couple on the rollerskates had me covering my eyes because of how fast they were going. -The food for the show was good but not as good as I would've thought. Good steak, french fries(huh?) broccoli for dinner. Good appetite. A trio of desserts (small) but very good. -All in all--I'm glad we paid the extra money to go to the show. --We chose not to go to Rock of Ages as the description about the language and sex just aren't our thing. -I highly recommend going to an art auction. They're so very interesting. You learn so much. It's a great way to spend some time. --I noticed that outside one of the restaurants across from Headliners there was some board games set out to play if you wanted to. I thought that was nice. Highlight: -Cruising out of Manhattan at night. Wear super warm clothes and go up on the 15th deck and watch as you cruise past Manhattan. It is glorious! It was awe-inspiring. You must do that!!! --It takes about 45 mins from leaving the port to get to the Statue of Liberty. That's really awesome also. --Another 10-15mins and you'll cruise under the Verrazano Bridge. THAT IS COOL!!! Return: -Back in port by 6am. -NCL let's you stay on the boat until 9:30am. You can go have breakfast and just enjoy your last few hours on board. That was the quietest time of the whole trip. :) --Easy to get off. More walking than getting on board. You have to walk all the way to the very back of the building to go through customs and then walk all the way back towards the city to get to your car. I would suggest exiting the boat at the AFT exit vs the front. Less walking. --Bring a rolling suitcase if you can. --Again, very little salt on the icy sidewalks. It was raining when we got back but the surfaces were so cold that the rain turned to ice. Be careful! All in All: --It was a great experience. I'm so glad we took a little mini-vacay from the kids and did something different. --The boat is wonderful. Cabins clean and fresh. I would highly recommend going. Enjoy!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Hi my DH K and I had a great cruise on the Breakaway 11/30. Some background. K has Parkison and I have had 4 back surgeries in the last 1 1/2 yrs, so walking can be a problem. Yes we stayed in the Haven and it was just what the doctor ... Read More
Hi my DH K and I had a great cruise on the Breakaway 11/30. Some background. K has Parkison and I have had 4 back surgeries in the last 1 1/2 yrs, so walking can be a problem. Yes we stayed in the Haven and it was just what the doctor ordered. It ws peaceful, beautiful and overall a great place to stay. the kids were great and fun. We had a 2 bedroom suite, K used the 2nd bedroom for his naps. The only problem was the tub leaked and both K and I slipped on the floor. K hurt his hip and broke his glasses and I bruised my left ankle. We are fine. The concierge went out of their way to get me a cane and my husband a wheel chair. Also made sure we were OK. I got a free foot message out of it!! The bathtub leak was fixed. Yes we used the concierge and the butler We had dinner 2 times in the room, ate at O'Sheehan OK, Haven Restruant, Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina very good. Did Cirque, Burn the Floor, Dualing Piano, Fat Cats yes busy and more everything was good. Really enjoyed the cruise thanks to ll the people that helped mke it great Casino was for a change good to me. Had a SPA pass but really did not need with the Haven, but did enjoy a message and facial. Yes we would do another cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
I went on this cruise because i am sailing her in December to the eastern caribbean, and i wanted to see what the ship was all about... Really i can't judge the ship too much, because it was only for one night, and a lot of loud roudy ... Read More
I went on this cruise because i am sailing her in December to the eastern caribbean, and i wanted to see what the ship was all about... Really i can't judge the ship too much, because it was only for one night, and a lot of loud roudy people, which i don't enjoy too much..... but getting back to the Gem, i thought that the ship had a very homey feel, and nice and cozy....Definitely the ship was very easy to navigate around on.... I prepaid for a reservation at the Le Bistro which was $20....and had a lovely time dining there, and the food was absolutely delicious, and presented to the table very nicely.... I had the Filet of Beef, which melted in your mouth.... also ate in the Pacific Dining Room for lunch and breakfast the following morning....and i thought that the food was very good, and the food was presented to me nice and hot.... again as i said before, i cannot judge to much on the ship, as i was only there one night....but some of the people that were on the cruise, were down right loud and roudy...even in the Le Bistro, where i ate, they had a large birthday party in there, and those people were so so loud, that some of the guests asked to be moved to a more quieter location.... My cabin was 9549....forward on the ship....it was an inside cabin....and i loved it.... i got the nice cozy feel to the room....and everything was in order..... I am definitely looking forward to my cruise on the Gem in December, and i know that i will have a better experience....as it is a nine night cruise..... It was very convenient for me to get to the pier....I took the LLRR to Penn Station and hopped in a taxi, and i was there in minutes.... Had a very enjoyable time, dispite the loud and roudy people..... Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2014
My husband and I just returned from an overnight cruise to nowhere and had a fantastic experience. We're in our early 40's with 2 small children, so this short trip was a perfect pre-Valentine's getaway. Leaving out of NYC ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from an overnight cruise to nowhere and had a fantastic experience. We're in our early 40's with 2 small children, so this short trip was a perfect pre-Valentine's getaway. Leaving out of NYC was a breeze. We drove up from Philly, went through the Lincoln Tunnel and BAM! There we were! Parked on the deck adjacent to the ship and after a five minute walk were in the terminal. We saw this cruise offered online and immediately jumped on it because of the price, and my hubby upgraded us to a suite (9170) at additional cost. This gave us priority embarkation, and upon boarding we were escorted to Cagney's for a great lunch. After, we went to our cabin which was Aft deck 9. PLENTY of space, espresso machine, king bed, bathtub, champagne, fruit basket, snacks....we might do this more often! We pulled out of port promptly at 6 pm and passed the Statue of Liberty on our way to sea. After all the bad weather of the prior weeks, we were blessed with calm seas and clear skies. It was awesome. But more about the ship.....we've been on the RC Adventure of the Seas twice, and while the Gem is noticeably smaller, it is a very nicely decorated and maintained ship. Never felt crowded or cramped. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was tasty; however, we did not get great service at Moderno. Just extremely slooow. I'd skip the specialty restaurant next time around. There was plenty of entertainment and the acrobat show was amazing! Had a good time with karaoke, danced, listened to the reggae band in the atrium. Ate some more. Drank. Fellow cruisers were festive and friendly.....folks were bending the elbow pretty deep, but not in the frat-party style. FYI - there were very few kids on this sailing. While most of the behavior was relatively tame, it was still an adults vibe. People were out to party and have fun. My little ones would have been out of place. The next morning we ate again at Cagney's (because of our upgrade) while everyone else had the buffet or the other sit-down restaurant. We had to be off the ship by 10 am, and the cruiseline made periodic announcement s to "encourage" our departure. Didn't feel rushed though, and we ate, disembarked and were on the road by 10:30. For $250, it was money well spent and I encourage anyone to jump on this deal the next time it's offered! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
I have been on many cruises, but none in recent years. This was our first trip on the NCL Breakaway! I gave this to my husband for Christmas because I wanted more experiences instead of the usual "gifts". It was a wonderful gift ... Read More
I have been on many cruises, but none in recent years. This was our first trip on the NCL Breakaway! I gave this to my husband for Christmas because I wanted more experiences instead of the usual "gifts". It was a wonderful gift - lots of before and after cruise talk! We will be back! We arrived to the pier around 11:30 or so. We paid our $40 per night to park for convenience purposes! Check in was a breeze! The only delays were because people didn't have what the cruise line clearly asked them for. Bring your drivers license or passport when traveling on this 2-day cruise. Yes, your children need identification as well. We had 2 young travelers (7 and 9 years old) who did not have ID with them. Note: no luggage service for this cruise, so be prepared to carry what you bring. During check in, you will be issued a card for each family member. You must hang on to it all the way up the gangway! It was incredibly smooth with staff greeting you the entire way. They started calling numbers around 12:30 - we were number 29. I think we boarded around 1:15 or so. The cabins weren't ready, but you could put your luggage in the lounge. We opted to be rebels and see if our cabin was ready. It was , so we put our luggage in our cabin and our vacation began! We very much enjoyed our Deck 13 Aft Balcony cabin! What a beautiful view! I loved the bed being right next to the sliders! Our room was clean and roomy! Perfect for the two of us. I'm not sure I would have wanted a 3rd person in that cabin with us, but it does sleep 3. My husband had ordered a bottle of wine and shrimp prior to our leaving port so that we could watch the NY skyline as we went out to sea! The shrimp was excellent and well worth it! Note: There is no room service during this cruise! However, if you pre-order, they do deliver items to your room. Dining highlights: The ribeye at Cagney's! Well worth the upcharge! Lobster Roll from Ocean Blue was another highlight! We enjoyed cannoli from Carlos' Bakery as well! NOTE: Everything was good, but these items stood out as special for us! Shows/experiences: We saw both shows - Cirque Dreams Jungle Dinner and Rock of Ages. The dinner show was great, food was "okay". When the server asked if it was okay if they served my meat "medium", I should have known to ask for medium rare. The meat kept on cooking and it was more than medium when it arrived. No pink center. The food wasn't bad, but it is what I expected from a dinner theater. You are there for the show. I was not a fan of Rock of Ages, but so many others absolutely loved it. I would not judge the show based on my review. I found it to be too long, too loud and quite frankly, the narration was annoying. I wish I had brought a bathing suit! I had totally forgotten it had heated pools! Note: Bring bathing suit next time! Everyone looked like they were having such fun! There is a Glow Party - so bring your white and get ready to get your glow on! There are no fireworks on the 2 day cruise to nowhere which is understandable. Our ship was packed to capacity and that led to congestion in some areas - like the Atrium. Many people were just hunkered down in any bar area they could find just for a seat indoors "by the water". It was disappointing for us that kept searching for a place to sit for a drink. Keep this in mind when the outdoor activities are taken out of play due to weather, you then have to find a way to accommodate everyone indoors. Sinan (sp?) was a great cruise director! Great personality for this job! Many things we never saw and never experienced! We had a very enjoyable time and loved every minute of it! Your cruise is what you make of it!   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian. I have been on Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, and never thought Norwegian was good enough based on what I've read and heard from others. My secretary swears by Norwegian and ... Read More
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian. I have been on Royal Caribbean and Carnival in the past, and never thought Norwegian was good enough based on what I've read and heard from others. My secretary swears by Norwegian and has cruised with them many times, and my January vacation plans got messed up with timing, leaving me limited to a quick weekend getaway on Breakaway. I've heard so many awesome things about how great a ship Epic is, and figured that this shouldn't be all that much different - or so I thought. I've read about the many mixed reviews about Breakaway prior to cruising (and before I booked the cruise), but I didn't let it sway my decisions or thoughts. I'm easy going and can make the best of it if it would have been a bad experience - but it wasn't. Not entirely, at least. It all started with getting to the ship. As I was crossing 12th Avenue to get to Pier 90, there was a flock of people that must have just gotten off the ship, and as I moved over to make room for this woman to get onto the sidewalk from the street, I asked her if she just got off Breakaway, and she nodded and asked if that's where I was going, I said yes, and her response was a mortified look combined with a relieved look, followed with the words "Good Luck"...Oh boy, what am I getting myself into! My wife started to freak out a little, but I just kept telling myself to think positive..... The last time I cruised out of NY was in January '13 aboard Carnival Miracle. I don't recall what time I boarded, but I remember minimal lines, and a quick check in, followed with a smooth boarding process. I had a feeling it would be hectic because of the cruise happening during super bowl weekend, so we made sure to get there early. We were there around 11:30am or so. I walk into the Pier 90 lobby and just see a zoo of people...EVERYWHERE. We walked past them to where we needed to be. We spent about 30 minutes on line, in which we were given a number and told to walk over to the side to wait until our number was called. There were so many people everywhere, and not nearly enough chairs to accommodate everyone. The 30 minutes in line was followed by about an hour and a half of waiting in the lobby packed with people. At around 1:45pm or so, our number was called, in which we were allowed to board. It was relatively smooth aside from the crowd of people, which I guess is expected. My wife kept commenting on the art outside of the ship looking so cheesy, and she expected it to continue inside, but she was pleasantly surprised to see the interior of the ship to be very tastefully decorated. We were starving, so we dropped our stuff in our cabin, and went straight to the buffet in the Garden Cafe. It appeared like many others had the same idea, because it was packed - so packed, that it took a few minutes for us to find a seat to sit. Food was good (for whatever it is that we could eat - more on that shortly). We then walked around the ship and were satisfied with what we saw. This really is a nice ship! I just wished the weather was warmer, but it was chilly and we expected it, so it is what it is. Our room was pretty much what we expected; the room was nice. The bathroom is nice. 2 nit-picks about the bathroom, and that is the water pressure in the shower was a little on the low side, and you borderline hurt your thumb with the amount of pressure you need to push the button to flush the toilet. The beds were comfortable, covers were nice, pillow slightly mushy but I made it work for me. Balcony is a little on the small-ish side, but sufficient for two. Now, our dietary needs are a little unique, as my wife and I keep kosher. We requested kosher meals when we booked the cruise. I never expect the kosher food to be that good, I would compare it to average quality airline food. It's not the fault of the cruise, but we expected it to be sub-par (based on previous cruises on other lines with the same food requests). We went for dinner on Friday night at Taste dining room, and mentioned to our server about our special request, which prompted her to speak to the supervisor, who came to our table and went over everything with us. He was very understanding and helpful to our needs, not to mention knowledgeable about the way certain things need to be with our meals. Maybe it was that we were hungry, but the pre-packaged frozen and thawed/heated kosher meal was better than we expected it to be. We didn't have many choices this time, but what was offered was sufficient. The supervisor showed us the vast kosher menu for us to pick from to have for the next meal, which was good to know that we didn't have to eat the same thing every meal. Worst part of the experience is other people around us looking at us a little funny because we're eating food out of packaged food trays, but we're used to this...oh well! Sorry about the very detailed review...I'm a details kind of guy, but I will try to get to the point... The good: Awesome ship, lots of activities. Plenty of bars for the alcoholics (which I didn't really take advantage of). Food was good at the buffet. I did not try any of the restaurants. The staff was very friendly. The ship was clean, and it was a pretty smooth cruise, so smooth, you almost couldn't feel that you were moving. Rock of ages was excellent. Second City was funny, so much that we went to two of their shows. The ropes course was a lot of fun, not so much of a challenge for me, but enough for me to finish the course feeling satisfied. It was unfortunate that we chose to cruise in the winter and not getting to warmer weather, because I would have enjoyed the outdoor activities so much more if it wasn't for the fact that it was rather cold. The music played around the ship was very good. Bliss lounge, although very crowded, played the music that I enjoy dancing to. The not so good: What's up with NCL choosing to charge passengers to watch certain shows? Considering the length of the ship at a bit over 1,050 feet, has a capacity of close to 4,000 passengers. That's a LOT. Competitive cruise lines with ships at a similar length generally have a passenger capacity of around if not under 3,000. And it showed. The ship was PACKED. There were many times I wanted to play basketball but I couldn't because it was crowded. I wanted to play miniature golf, but I couldn't when I wanted to because it was too crowded. We had to book the shows way in advance because they sold out very quickly, leaving you to be on stand-by in hopes to get in (we did). Many times we wanted to be around the Atrium for certain events taking place and there were no seats to sit, leaving me to either stand or sit on the floor. Majority of the "not so good" is the fact that there were too many people everywhere. My wife and I like to participate in the trivia or games that the staff organizes with the passengers, and although there were a few, there weren't as much as we expected (compared to, say, Carnival, which after me cruising with them only once so far, will confirm it truly is a "fun ship"). The final verdict - Would I cruise NCL again? As much as I prefer the larger ships with all the fun features outside, I'm not so sure I would do it on an NCL ship again unless it's a deal I'd be a fool to refuse. I'd be willing to sacrifice those features to be on a smaller NCL cruise that I will enjoy myself more. So, yes, I would cruise NCL again, but might be more selective on the ships I choose to cruise on. I'm hoping to plan a cruise to Alaska soon, and I'm 75% sure it will be on another NCL ship, that is unless I find a better deal elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
As experienced cruisers with 30+ sailings on a mix of many mass-market lines, and a handful of luxury ones, we booked Breakaway’s 2-night cruise-to-nowhere out of Manhattan on Super Bowl 2014 Friday-Sunday. Check-in was efficient, but ... Read More
As experienced cruisers with 30+ sailings on a mix of many mass-market lines, and a handful of luxury ones, we booked Breakaway’s 2-night cruise-to-nowhere out of Manhattan on Super Bowl 2014 Friday-Sunday. Check-in was efficient, but embarkation was inefficient and confused, perhaps because NCL’s normal venue at Pier 88 was usurped by “The Bud Light Hotel” (aka the Norwegian Getaway) that weekend. Itinerary: Breakaway sailed due south in a slow and fossil-fuel-efficient-manner, thoughtfully reaching as far as about 60 miles offshore the VA-DE borderline before turning back, where it was warm (60‘s) by this winter’s standards. All the outdoor amenities, pool, waterslides, rope course, were open and in use! An unexpected treat! The Ship: Spanking shiny, spotless and new. Breakaway’s interior decor is best described as sober, restrained & tasteful. Nothing at all loud or in-your-face. The only deservedly eye-popping public artwork is arguably Breakaway’s hull livery by Peter Max. If you’re looking for soaring 12-deck atria w/ glass elevators, look elsewhere. The atriums (there are two, the round one quite small) are only two and three decks tall. Someone figured that taller atria would have subtracted from valuable cabin space. The casino (and its smoke & noise) dominates the middle tier and thus most of the smaller atrium, and in fact much of deck 7, one of only three totally indoor decks with all-public venues. Overall, a nice new ship, but clearly designed for maximum # of cabins within a certain gross tonnage, with public space, particularly indoor, at a premium. This is reflected in the design of the MDRs, theater, and atria, and lack of a third, forward elevator lobby/stairwell. The 16 elevators are fast, but their doors are unnecessarily slow, which slows down the works. Breakaway is a 4000-pax ship without the design features and amenities necessary in other mega-ships. Breakaway could have used a fourth indoor public deck. There are other similarly sized (and in fact larger) ships on the market which actually feel more open with more interesting features and might be a better choices. Personally, I preferred my stay on Norwegian Pearl, or by extension NCL’s other Jade/Gem/Jewel-class 2400-pax ships, which, if I had to stick with NCL, I’d pick out of Miami instead of, say, Norwegian Getaway, Breakaway’s new twin. The Breakaway’s venues visited, in no particular order: Teppanyaki ($25): Possibly the largest hibachi-style restaurant at sea, with 12 flattop teppans each seating 8. Beef/chicken/lobster/scallops/calamari/shrimp/veggies/rice/noodles quality excellent. Teppanyaki chef competent, but not as flamboyant as you might experience on land. Notably absent was “flaming stacked onion ring volcano”, probably since that staple of teppanyaki performance flair involves, well, open flame... Moderno Churrascaria ($20): Notable for its salad bar featuring unusual & tasty offerings such as ceviche. Meat quality adequate, but not exceptional. Side dishes uninspired. The signature “passadores” (meat waiters) do come by frequently, until you cry uncle (or simply flip the card to red), but the conventional waiter (sides, desert, etc) seemed a bit overworked, a recurring theme at all the food venues. Incidentally, wine selections were decent and reasonable ($25-$85ish). Found an excellent $28 Chilean cabernet. Manhattan Room (Free), the largest of the 3 MDRs, along with Savor (Free), one of the two smaller MDRs (the other is Taste): Had breakfast and a lunch. Food quality was actually decent. Lavazza coffee very good. Small portions, but that’s a good thing in what amount to all-you-can-order venues. If you’re looking for a vast, soaring 3-deck-tiered MDR with Titanic-class chandelier and curving staircase entrance, look elsewhere. Manhattan Room is all on deck 7, with a center 2-deck opening only above the dance floor (used only for the “Burn The Floor” show). Again, I got the impression that 2 or 3-tiered MDRs were considered a waste of valuable potential cabin space. The specialty restaurants seem much larger than in most other ships; on any 7-10 day cruise, you’ll most certainly, and deservedly, want to try at least a couple of them. SVEDKA Ice Bar ($20 cover): Actually a decent value, by Breakaway standards, since the cover charge gets you two very generous martini-sized ice glasses of a choice of flavored vodkas, no ice cubes necessary!. However, the decor should be rethought as it comes across in person not as a polar wonderland but exactly as what it is, a steel walk in commercial freezer with a few ice sculptures and stacked blocks of ice as a bar counter, with NCL logo. A missed opportunity for a “Wow” design. Slip-on hooded poncho and gloves provided, but temp inside seemed no lower than 20F. You will have no reason to visit more than once. Breakaway Theater showing Rock of Ages (Free): About all I’ll say about this staging is that it appears, as advertised, true to the Broadway version with no language omitted. A taste for (tortured) 80’s metal comes in handy. If you’re looking for a vast ornate tiered theater with balconies and scenery flyloft, look elsewhere. The Breakaway Theater is basically a 600-ish seat rectangular box with one level of sloping seating and essentially no decor. Breakaway pulls it off in such a small main theater (by 4000 pax-ship standards) by showing the same show twice a day every day of cruise, so everyone on a 7-day trip can see it if they wish. Larger theaters (which traditionally show a different show each day) might be a waste of valuable potential cabin space. Reservations get you in early, standbys get what’s left over 10 minutes before curtain. Oh, there’s no actual curtain. Headliners Comedy Club / Second City (Free): Actually nicely done venue, with club and bar seating. Large TVs on wall in case your view is blocked. Second City troupe, a staple of NCL, is competent & funny. They perform different shows (improv/adult/etc), so do inquire as to what format each showtime features. Thus, reservations are a really good idea. Carlo’s Bake Shop ($ varies): Milking the popular “Cake Boss” reality show on TLC, Carlo’s is a very tiny and for some reason always crowded, well, cake, muffin & pastry shop. No seating, save for immediately outdoors on the “Waterfront”. The cakes ($50), assuming you have a reason to buy a full (9”) cake on a cruise ship, adhere carefully to the popular styles available in Buddy’s signature Hoboken NJ shop. One disappointment was learning that the bagged cookies are however baked and packaged in NYC. Atrium Lounge & Bar: The larger of the two atria, featuring NCL’s signature video wall and the band “Impac”, doing a really nice job with a wide repertoire. The bar waitress service was severely lacking, well, waitresses, leading to inordinate waits to order, never mind receive, cocktails. I wonder if NCL realizes how much skimping on the waitstaff here is costing them in missed bev revenue. Sports Complex / Rope Course (Free): An impressively-sized and actually lots of fun rope course with various challenge level sections. My favorite is the 40ft simple beam, with no handholds, way above and along the edge of the ship’s hull. “Walk the Plank” 200’ over the edge is an optional part of the course with a camera that snaps your pic when you’re at the end of the (3” wide!) plank, er, beam. Once on the course, you have lots of choices of path and challenges, but, be warned, no way to bail out until the exit. The finale is a zip-line (more accurately, a trolley-line) to the exit. Accommodates lots of people so no inordinate wait time. Indulge your Nick Wallenda fantasy. Unlike Nick, tethering isn’t optional. Try it. Otherwise, there’s a nice mini-golf course underneath for the acrophobic. Cabin: Balcony Stateroom #12108 which shares the distinction of being the furthest fwd in its class, just under the port-side bridge wing. Incidentally, portside you’ll get a breathtaking view of Manhattan and sunset leaving, and a nice Statue of Liberty view and sunrise returning (at 6:30am). Anyway, so far forward provides a rather long walk to the mid-ship elevator lobby & stairs, never mind the aft lobby. Breakaway could have used a fwd elevator/stair lobby. As many others have noted, there are larger balconies on the seas, but, thus expecting something truly useless, I found the size (3.5 ft deep sliding-door-to-rail) adequate. Two aluminum mesh chairs and a tiny 12”x12” table, suitable for resting two drinks. Cabin desk area features two US 115VAC outlets, two recessed-euro 220VAC outlets, and very good conventional handheld hair dryer, wired captively below desk. Slot near door to hold keycard and enable all cabin power. All lights, and notably the AC outlets, go out when card removed. Wanna charge your laptop while away? Fortunately, any plastic card will do. Generous under-bed storage. Decent sized closet w/hotel style wooden hangers. No drawers. Good mix of CFL and LED room lighting. Bathroom size generous for cabin size. Shallow, but adequate, shelving. Shower stall very generously sized with curved glass enclosure and door. Shower footrest bar. Shower pressure adequate but not invigorating. One universal AC "shaver" outlet above washbasin. Really powerful vacuum toilet! Novelty: Three little LEDs above outside your stateroom door inform passers-by (and presumably your attendant) of your status: white for cabin occupied (card in power slot inside), red for do-not-disturb switch on, and green for pls-make-up-room switch on. Effacive stateroom attendant honored these signals perfectly, as well as a request for extra bath towels (you only get 2?). Overall, std balcony cabins that are not the largest on the seas, and in fact smaller than other NCL ones, but not unpleasant at all. Fine for two, cramped for three. Nice & new & spotlessly clean. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We arrived at the pier around 11:30 on Friday. The security lines moved quickly and off to check-in we went. We used our NJ driver’s license as our photo ID and this worked fine. I did note that people next to us used passports which get ... Read More
We arrived at the pier around 11:30 on Friday. The security lines moved quickly and off to check-in we went. We used our NJ driver’s license as our photo ID and this worked fine. I did note that people next to us used passports which get swiped, so using a passport speeds your check-in a bit. Driver’s license needs all digits manually typed in. It had been announced that boarding would begin at 12:30, and at 12:30 sharp I saw the suites people being escorted on. Then the groups started being called. The rooms weren't ready yet so we took our bags up the stairs to the Garden Café which was not at all crowded. You could also lunch at O'Sheehan's or one of the dining rooms. There was the option to leave your suitcase at the Bliss lounge; the line for this was quite long. Checked our cabins out at 1:30. Two were balcony cabins aft on deck 12—the one angled balcony was nice. The interior deck plan on NCL was right for ours; showed the bed in the middle, but for the other cabin the deck plan wasn’t accurate. And one studio which was cool, as was the studio lounge area. Our cabin was very nice. At this point there were still show tickets available, so don’t worry if something appears as not available online. We then headed outside to the top decks since it was about 50 and sunny outside. The pools are heated and had people in them at various times, and 4 mid-ship (pool area) hot tubs were ready. (the 2 aft at H20 were covered). Muster drill came and went quickly. Efficiency as usual for this. After muster we wandered up to the buffet to check it out and it was crowded. Only one side was open. Wait an hour and it’s much less crowded. Lines were off a little after six and off we went. We stayed on our starboard angled balcony for most of this ride. Yes, we had coats on. Never get tired of cruising down the Hudson out of NY Harbor. Lady Liberty was aglow. We didn’t go to Rock of Ages, but spent time at Fat Cats with Slam Allen and also Howl at the Moon. We always enjoy NCL’s food. The buffet was good, and we ate in Savor Saturday night. The wait is hit or miss; our group of six could have been seated immediately at 7 if all had been present—which they weren’t—so we ended up waiting about 20 minutes. Food and service was good. There was a note in the Freestyle Daily that kids 4-12 eat at 1/2 price from specialty restaurant menus. Other observations: There was no room service available at all. You won’t receive a final bill so take a photo of the tv screen showing your account balance. The fridge in the cabin was locked. Not one of the self-serve wine dispensers was available--even in the studio lounge. There were no martini, mojito, etc. tastings scheduled. No White Hot Party (it’s not a Breakaway thing). Waterslides were not open, neither was the rock wall or ropes course. The ship was quite warm (in contrast to the Gem last month where it was cold everywhere). Various bars have various bar menus—if you don’t find what you like, try another bar. Watch your charges if you use the arcade; some games didn’t work but we were charged for them and it wasn’t fun wasting time at Guest Services trying to have $ removed (some games are $5!) iConcierge app—codes were on your tv—we didn’t use it. $4.99 per minute to use in-cabin phone to call off the ship. I still think the atrium is not the best place for some venues--they need a bigger space indoors as a backup. Breakfast was available in the buffet, one dining room, and there was a scaled-down buffet in Moderno. Sure, the ship seemed crowded in certain places at certain times. That didn't ruin anything for us. Gold and Platinum Latitudes members received a plate of canapes and chocolate-covered strawberries. The gym was empty Friday evening. We went at noon on Saturday figuring people would be eating, but a lot of the machines were in use at this time. Checked out the spa area which smelled really nice. We cruised about 50 miles off the Jersey coast and down toward MD, and then mid-day Saturday headed east a bit and then back north. The water was rough on Saturday since it was quite windy; a lot of white cap waves. But the ship handled it very well I thought. Back at the dock Sunday at 7am and we saw people getting off around 7:30. We were off at 7:45, handed in our customs cards, and to our car we went. Very quick and simple. The debarkation documents asked you to be out of your cabin by 8:30 and off the ship by 9:30. Definitely a fun way to spend the weekend. There are little things onboard here and there that can be annoying, but I don't expect perfection and I don't let little things ruin my bliss when I'm on a ship. :-) Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
This was our 4th CTN with 2 very recent ones on NCL Jewel and Gem, and Carnival Victory a few years back. Our 2 NCL CTN's were in the Winter, so this was a nice change taking a CTN in August as we spent the entire 2nd day at sea in ... Read More
This was our 4th CTN with 2 very recent ones on NCL Jewel and Gem, and Carnival Victory a few years back. Our 2 NCL CTN's were in the Winter, so this was a nice change taking a CTN in August as we spent the entire 2nd day at sea in the sun. Was very hard to find a lounge chair to sun due to the beautiful sunny weather and literally all 3,000 passengers were out there. Lets get the meat and potatoes of the cruise. Overall we had a fantastic cruise, the service was excellent everywhere, from our Cabin Steward, to our Waiters, to the roaming bar servers. Fastest embarkation on record, we got to the Manhattan piers at 11 AM, paid $70 to park, breezed through security, and literally boarded as part of zone 3 by 11:15. We were eating lunch on the LIDO deck by 11:30. Debarkation was smooth, ship returned to the pier by 6:30 AM, and passengers started leaving by 8 AM as they called you off by deck number, no stress no worries, we carried our luggage on and off ourselves. We had balcony cabin 8267, typical Carnival room, plenty of storage, flat screen TV, lots of storage, free products in the bathroom with an adequate shower with shower curtain. Only negative was that our cabin was located too close the lobby elevators and we could literally hear the elevators buzz on arrival and the music from the lobby came up and could be heard in the room. Ship was recently updated in December of 2012, mostly hits, some misses. The whirlpool in the gym had the ugliest brown fake rock formation I have ever seen at sea. This ship still has some of the gaudy decorations that have now been retired by Carnival on the newer ships. The disco was the ugliest one we have ever seen on any ship, piano bar was a blood red and black, thank god they changed designers finally. The pools for some reason by their paint scheme made the water look green and unappealing. We never went in them as the pools were packed during the CTN. Winners of course were the Guy Fieti's burger bar, the burrito bar, the Red Frog bars by the pool, and this ship has the first Fish and Chip's food area that I ever saw at sea and the food there was delicious. We ate both of our lunches at the LIDO buffet, food was good, lots of variety, if you can't find something you like then you are too picky an eater. We ate our breakfasts in the main dining room, that was a great choice as they were not crowded, service was excellent, and food choices of filet mignon, eggs benedict, etc were very very good. We ate our 2 dinners also in the main dining room, mostly hits, nothing to complain about, highlights were the melting chocolate cake, lobster, the soups, etc. The casino was packed, everyone was having fun in there. Surprisingly there was no formal show on night one which worked out well as we took pictures, listened and danced to a very good Latin band, then danced in the packed disco, what a great time. The second night we watched the very entertaining Latin show, we liked the new Carnival glitz show and the short 30 minute presentation. The crowd on the CTN varied from young to older adults, a few kids, and just lots people having a lot of fun. Overall, the was our favorite cruise to nowhere since we got to sun in the beautiful weather, everyone was in a party mood, we stayed up late dancing and people watching, we would take this ship again. This type of vacation hands beats a weekend in Atlantic City or the Poconos, we are already looking at booking our next CTN. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
I always try to go on a yearly Carnival cruise to nowhere when they have it out of NYC. For years it was on the Miracle and every one was great except the last one in 2011 where the crew so obviously didn't give a sh.. it soured me a ... Read More
I always try to go on a yearly Carnival cruise to nowhere when they have it out of NYC. For years it was on the Miracle and every one was great except the last one in 2011 where the crew so obviously didn't give a sh.. it soured me a bit on Carnival. Last year they skipped this cruise for the first time in years but brought it back this year with the Glory. I am certainly glad they did. this time I took my grown kids and had a nice family weekend getaway. Embarking was the quickest EVER. I drove to the pier from NJ and despite warnings from Carnival about parking issues we parked fairly quickly at 11:45 and was on the ship a few minuted after noon. No waiting - have had to wait 1-2 hours sometimes in the past. Rooms were not available until about 1:30 so we had lunch and the Guy Fieri Burger joint was as expected excellent. After the obligatory tour of the ship - it was a new one for me - I got to my room which is typical Carnival - plenty of space and with a balcony door that stays open without bungee cords! Typical of this cruise the open decks were already crowded with loud drunks/partygoers. Dinner at the Emerald Steakhouse was excellent - though I would not recommend the rib eye. The $35 pp charge is really worth it. The Alchemy bar is a great place. The Casino was extremely crowded both days - very lively but I lost some $$$. The on board comedian was good also. Food in the dining room as excellent - Sunday brunch had unusual offerings for a cruise ship and the 2nd night lobster tail dinner was simply the best of any ship I have been on. They were really that good. My only issue on this trip was the entertainment. It was very heavy on Latino entertainment as far as music and the musical show was concerned. Just not my thing. Most people I know hated the show they chose. Plus they did not have a show both nights like in years past. Perhaps since this was a summer cruise and they had so many kids on board they really needed the showroom the first night for the kids activities. Too bad. The previous cruises had much more mainstream shows. All in all a great cruise. The price had dropped also which was nice. The shopping as usual excellent although Carnival has really raised their cigarette and liquor prices substantially over years past but still much cheaper than home. I look forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
Just a little background first,my DW and I have been cruising for 10 years and have been on 8 cruises. We have only been on Carnival and Norwegian. We were on the Norwegian Jewel 2 years ago and are scheduled for the Gem in April. Being we ... Read More
Just a little background first,my DW and I have been cruising for 10 years and have been on 8 cruises. We have only been on Carnival and Norwegian. We were on the Norwegian Jewel 2 years ago and are scheduled for the Gem in April. Being we were on the Jewel a short time ago we didn't need to do to much exploring. The ship is designed well. It's easy to find your way around. We arrived at the terminal at 10:15am and were seated in the waiting area by 10:45. A record in my opinion. We were actually the first ones to go through the metal detectors. We got number 5 for boarding, we thought we would be on sooner than we did. There was some glitch in the boarding but we did get on by 12:15. It really isn't bad waiting. Once on the ship we headed for the buffet area and found all the food there to be very good, many choices for all tastes. DW is a vegetarian and she found enough to eat. After lunch we left the area to give others a place to sit, being it was cold we knew the area would fill up so we went to the Spinnaker lounge to wait for our room to be ready. The rooms were ready earlier than expected and we proceeded to it. We always get a balcony but figured it was a short trip and why not try an obstructed ocean view. The room and the hallway had a strange odor that we noticed throughout the entire cruise. It actually smelled like sewage. We were in room 8590 just in case you wanted to know. We did sail away in the spinnaker lounge as did mostly everyone. We met a fellow firefighter and his wife, it was their first cruise, so we had a lot to talk about. It was great to see the city skyline from there, since all of our cruises are from New York we will probably go there from now on, even on nice days. We decided to check out the main dining room Azur's for dinner, big mistake. My wife ordered the Salmon, there were so many bones in it she couldn't eat it. We sent it back and received an apology from the Maitre D who took our room number, but we never heard about it after that. I'm sure others Salmon wasn't going to be good either. The entertainment on this cruise was top notch. We went to the show that night and loved the show, I won't give it away but only to say you must attend the shows. I know people call this cruise the booze cruise, but after a long day of travel we turned in for the night and slept better than we have in months. The first sea day was filled with many things to do. Most of the big things to do like bingo were held in the spinnaker lounge and it got very crowded. We sat at a four top and met two great people. They were doing a Father-Daughter weekend, she was from Pennsylvania and he was from Massachusetts. Since my birthday was this day my DW treated me to a spa treatment of my choice, she wanted one also so we spent some time there. It was great! We later went to the buffet for lunch and met two other fantastic people who needed to sit down due it being so busy. We hit it off immediately and we were all laughing like we had known each other for years. It turned out it was his birthday that day also. That after noon they had a drawing for a free cruise but it wasn't run so well, it was in the spinnaker lounge and it was mobbed, and ran over the time it was supposed to start, we had to leave due to dinner reservations. My DW wanted the dinner that night to be special and she knew how much I love a good cut of meat. So we went to Moderno, it's a new Brazilian restaurant where they come around with meat on swords and you have a green tag for more or red one for enough. She being a vegetarian,I knew it would be hard to go there, but they had a salad bar and she did have a little meat(don't tell anyone). We got there at 5:30 and weren't served till 6:30, the sides were served after we finished eating. At 7pm we decided to forget dessert and got the check to leave. Other guests were a little more vocal and demanded their money back. In a word the service "stunk", but in all fairness it was the kitchen not the wait staff. We went to the buffet and had dessert there. The show that night was amazing. "Le Cirque Bijou". It is a must see and you should sit higher up in the theater. We did and had a great view. Since we don't drink alcohol, we weren't in the mood to go to many of the bars, but we did go to the Casino which on both nights was packed. Everyone looked like they were having a great time winning and loosing. We lost on the roulette table but had fun doing it. The ship has a cigar room and I sat and smoked a good cigar while my DW read a book. On the last day we decided not to rush off the ship like we usually do. The ship got into New York at 7am, we had an early breakfast and decided to walk off at 7:30. We caught a cab to Penn station and made the 8:10 home. We were home by 9:45am. Overall this was a fantastic 2 days away from it all. We have been thru so much in our lives this past year with Hurricane Sandy and a death in the family, that we needed to do this for our sanity. I highly recommend a cruise to nowhere, we are booked on one in January 2015 on the Breakaway. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
A group of 6 of us booked this cruise last minute. It was such a deal. anyways... it was our first time cursing. Funny, we all swore we would never get on a cruise even if we won one. Haha... well.. here we are, booked one! My partner ... Read More
A group of 6 of us booked this cruise last minute. It was such a deal. anyways... it was our first time cursing. Funny, we all swore we would never get on a cruise even if we won one. Haha... well.. here we are, booked one! My partner & I had an amazing time. Everything is open! This made me happy-- Everything was open. I was talking to one of the crew memebers... he said we cram a 9 day cruise into 1 night. This was awesome! There was so much to do. It was 30 degrees and the pool was open! lol The food was amazing!!!! We ate constantly. There is a salad bar and tons of fruit if your watching calories. Service --- was great! Everyone was friendly! Room-- we got a balcony room, 9th floor. It was very compact. I can't imagine more than 2 in this room. But I guess families do it.... Booze--- it wasn't that expensive! Minibar in room ... Grey goose mini was $6.75 ... not bad. From bar... Jim beam & diet was like six bucks ... again, very reasonable! We loved it! And we will be booking again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
I just returned from a 2-Night Cruise To Nowhere from New York onboard Norwegian Jewel with the family. The cruise was good just to getaway for a weekend with the family. EMBARKATION DAY: Took the NY Waterway Ferry to New York, ... Read More
I just returned from a 2-Night Cruise To Nowhere from New York onboard Norwegian Jewel with the family. The cruise was good just to getaway for a weekend with the family. EMBARKATION DAY: Took the NY Waterway Ferry to New York, then a yellow cab to the terminal, cleared security, then checked in and were given a number to wait for boarding number seven waited about an hour to forty minutes, arrived 11:00am, then waited to be called then boarded ship around shortly after 12 noon, then lunch Garden Cafe, on arrival the person standing entrance sprayed your hands with sanitizer although there was a sanitizer dispenser on the wall, but not everyone notices it and I usually keep my own in pocket with me. THE FOOD: Garden Cafe is the ships buffet restaurant and on first day it was busy since we got on kind of later than normal, still found a place to sit. Offerings on first day were American meatloaf, ham at carving station, vegetables, burgers, hot dogs and chicken breast. These were the foods I enjoyed the most. They also had salad, soup, Asian station, and pizza station. The food was good but not great. There was dessert station which consisted of mousse cakes which was one my favorites, also had gelatiin, lemon-lime and cherry very good. The only beverages buffet restaurant were tea, coffee and water, I only drank water since I don't drink tea or coffee those are not my favorite beverages. The other ships I have cruised there was lemonade or fruit punch there, not this cruise. After finishing first lunch, went down to our staterooms on deck 8 and were ready which consisted of two balconies with connecting door but didn't use either since it was just 2-night cruise. Staterooms 8538 and 8540 were not that spacious, balcony not large but did not use it sinc it was kind of cold. The restroom was not large, but had stand up shower, toilet in the corner and sink in there. MUSTER DRILL: Then around 3:15pm went to Muster Drill which was in Stardust Theater deck 7 was finished within ten minutes. Muster station was A3 which said to go to the balcony level of theater but directed to main level to sit in front all in all it went smoothly. Then still plenty of time to watch the ship sail. The sail away was held in Spinnaker Lounge, did not attend, but went into the cold on deck bundled up and waved towards the city. FIRST DINNER: I went to Garden Cafe, family went to Cagney's Steakhouse, I enjoyed the buffet which was roast sirloin of beef, which I liked, chicken breast, similar to what was offered for lunch buffets. Desserts were mousse cakes and gelatin, they were good. Then after buffet walked around deck, windy and cold but was bundled up and went to sleep no towel animals on this cruise and also no mints when you returned to your stateroom. SEA DAY: Slept in until 10am, then went to Galleria Shops deck 7 just few thing postcards, keychains and pens there. Then late breakfast Great Outdoors deck 12 then lunch Great Outdoors consisted same stuff as buffets following them carving station offered roasted chicken but with bones, had that and chicken breast few burgers, enjoyed the strawberry short cake which was offered. Then walked around little bit then returned to nap. After nap went to buffet which offere pork boneless not thrilled with that, pork scallopini, veal cubes, and same items as usual and dessert. Then walked around and packed for the return trip then sleep until Sunday which was disemarbaktion day. DISEMBARKATION DAY: The ship entered New York 7:00am, family went for breakfast I stayed in finished packing up and around 8:00am left stateroom for deck 7 one deck down and off the ship and in yellow cab all within five miuntes to ferry then on ferry back in at 9:00am great disemarkation did not cleared customs since we didn not have calls, but there was customs paper in our stateroom. Not the best trip but it was good to get away for the weekend on a ship we never sailed before. I prefer Carnival, Celebrity and also Royal Caribbean inside of NCL better ships, the food and everything else is much better, family says same there. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2013
Cruise to Nowehere: 2 night. Pools open and heated. Shower gel and shampoo in dispensers in shower. All rooms have hairdryer. Generous with towels. No disposable cups, bring your own if you want them. Beds were comfortable, have flat and ... Read More
Cruise to Nowehere: 2 night. Pools open and heated. Shower gel and shampoo in dispensers in shower. All rooms have hairdryer. Generous with towels. No disposable cups, bring your own if you want them. Beds were comfortable, have flat and thick pillows, 2 of each. Nice duvet. $12pp/day gratuities. Ice dispensers in buffet have filtered water. Lipton teas, include lemon, orange green and black. We cruised the Norwegian Jewel for a 2 night cruise to nowhere Jan 18-20th. Arrived at the terminal approximately 10:30am. Received group 5 boarding. Not bad since last time we were in the 29th group! Waited comfortably until boarding began. It was delayed today, due to the late arrival of the Jewel from her returning Carribean cruise. Upon embarkation, which went smoothly, we went to the Garden Cafe ( the buffet) for lunch. Some of the hot food was offered on the kind of warmers that looked like flat plates, while others were on steamer trays. I noticed that food was changed regularly; nothing ever looked old/dried out. For lunch I had grilled tilapia, smothered in spinach and a delicious soup- can't remember what kind. We then toured the ship, and decided to take a nap, before the mandatory 3:15 life boat drill. For Friday dinner we ate at the Tsar Palace dining room. Food was OK, but the service was pretty bad. One member of our group asked for steamed vegetables and potatoes, all of which were on the menu. Her meal came after everyone else was finished. Our meals were surf and turf ( skip this); 2 had a nice steak ( recommended) and the last salmon. Salmon was had both nights and was done perfectly. For Saturday's dinner we ate at the Azur dining room. Totally opposite of the Tsar! Staff was so pleasant and helpful, food presented beautifully on the plate. They were obviously proud of their craft, and we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. We should have gone there both nights. Now we know why the Tsar Palace didn't seem crowded, everyone went to Azur. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants. People that ate at the steakhouse- Cagney's- said their steaks were superb. The Tapenyaki restaurant was busy, and we didn't look at any of the others. For lunches we ate at the main buffet, as well as breakfasts. Made to order omelets were done well, and the scrambled eggs were moist and delicious. Be sure to have the baked tomatoes and the ratatouille, which was excellent. We also liked the pretzel breadsticks, mmm! The food stations at the buffet are attractive. There's the hot food, the fruit, the cereals, the pastas, the breads, the asian stir fry, omelets and eggs to order- and desserts. Plenty of coffee/ tea areas. I usually don't like cruise buffet coffee, but I have to say the Jewel's coffee was excellent. Entertainment: Very good on the getaway. We went to the Spinnaker lounge for sailaway for some music and dancing. The Jewel dance crew was there, and people were enjoying themselves. "Jersey Boy Dan" was the emcee/dancer and fun was had by all. The first evening at 8pm show we saw "Band on the Run". A nice show; story line presented as a new nightclub that was opening up. The music and dancing was fun, costumes were bright and tastefully done. Afterward, we walked around, we enjoyed some guitar by Jim Capik. Stop by to see him, he is an excellent guitarist. Saturday we checked out JammRoc for afternoon music. Listed as soul, reggae and jazz, it was very different. The woman had an excellent voice, and we stayed for the whole set. That evening, we say the Circ Bijou show. DO NOT MISS THIS! It was excellent. Get a seat high up, because this show is full of aerialist entertainment. We went early and got a seat in the last row, best seats in the house!! Afterward, we sat The Next Stage band, a Beatles tribute. They were so good, the crowd wanted more after the scheduled hour. They were convinced to play for another 20 minutes. Took a video clip, but when I got home, there was no sound!! The cruise was great. Saturday we put our coats on and sat by the pool on the loungers. There were people in the heated pool, having a ball. The hot tubs were crowded, but I didn't venture in. The weather was nice and sunny. Late Saturday afternoon and all night found us in a rolling type of sea, 2 of our group went to the medical center for some meclizine, which helped them a lot. It is provided free. We will go next year, if they offer the 2 night getaway. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Just came back from a 2 day cruise to nowhere out of NYC on the beautiful Norwegian Gem. The ship was absolutely upscale and exceeded my expectations. This was my first cruise ever and I was very pleased with the ship and fantastic service ... Read More
Just came back from a 2 day cruise to nowhere out of NYC on the beautiful Norwegian Gem. The ship was absolutely upscale and exceeded my expectations. This was my first cruise ever and I was very pleased with the ship and fantastic service Norwegian provided my and my 4 sisters on this cruise. We had a balcony room which was I would suggest having no more than 2 people per room comfortably. The bathroom was extremely small. I am a plus sized gal and I had some trouble putting clothes on in the bathroom - so just be aware of that :) We ate mostly at the Garden Cafe (buffet dining) which all of the food was great!! Great selection and way better than any buffet style I ever had. On the last night on the cruise, we at the Grand Pacific main dining room. The service was very good. Ambiance was excellent and they claim to have 5 star meals here but I did not see this. I orders roast chicken and it was simply okay - nothing I would write home about. For fun, we spent alot of time on the Lido deck (party deck 12) and this was a very fun space. Drinks were fantastic and music and atmosphere was great too. We also spent some time on the Spinnaker lounge. This was a beautiful lounge and dance club. Very chic and modern - highly recommend giving the dance club a try. Great music and again great service as well. We also spent some time in Bliss bar and club. This was a very cool bar with a edgy rock feel to it. I wanted to tell you that I lost mt small black Coach clutch in it with all of my ID's, Ipod, new Iphone 5 in it as well. I was frantic and told the staff immediately. They told me to give them a description of this and to also go to Lost and Found to submit a claim. I was extremely upset and knew that I had lost it forever!! As we were waiting to go to dinner at the Grand Pacific, one of the staff members from Bliss came towards me with my purse on a drink platter. I almost cried!!!! I thanked him so much for finding this for me and told him that "I want to kiss you on the mouth right now!!!" He stood there while I checked my purse to see if anything was missing and it was. This to me was superior customer service which I want to thank Norwegian for setting a great example to other cruise lines. This service would definitely sway me to book a cruise with NCL if nothing else!! I would recommend this cruise for anyone thinking of a cruise to see if cruising is for them. Also, this cruise was extremely affordable. It cost me a total of $500 with gratuities for the 2 night cruise. I also bought 2 bottles of liquor which was included in the total amount that I spent on this cruise. Not a bad way to spend 500 bucks - 2 day cruise out of the prettiest city and all you can eat with spectacular service!!! Thank you NCL for a great time!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My boyfriend and I took a 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Miracle. We met on the same ship a year ago and thought it would be a fun idea to go back to where it all started! We were both nervous that it wouldn't be the same ... Read More
My boyfriend and I took a 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Miracle. We met on the same ship a year ago and thought it would be a fun idea to go back to where it all started! We were both nervous that it wouldn't be the same as a longer cruise (shows, amount of food, activities) and that we would be bored. Both of us are in our late 20's so it was important that we had things to do. Well, I have to say that it was just as good as a 7 night cruise. Everything was exactly the same. The only thing we did not know was that they did have a formal night of dining. Luckily I had black dress pants and he had a dressy pair of jeans. We weren't kicked out of the dining room...they didn't seem to care much. There were people who were dressed far more casual than us and everyone went in the dining room. The downside was that the 2 shows were the same shows from our cruise the year before. I wished they were different and thought the cruise line might have had special shows for this particular cruise. The buffets were exactly the same and there was always enough food. They even had the sushi cart (only for one of the nights)! You even got a daily itinerary just like the longer cruises. We did martini tastings and wine tastings, which were both really fun. They had a lot of things for you to do and we were not bored for a single minute. The nightclub was packed (on our cruise it was empty every night), which was fun. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their 2 days of vacation. The service was wonderful and everything is so orderly and efficient. When the ship docked in the morning we had breakfast at the buffet and then were able to leave right away since we carried all of our own luggage. We were off of the boat by 8:30 AM. This was a great cruise and the perfect amount of time! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
* Background Information: First-time Cruise. We wanted to see if this is something we would enjoy and we did! * Activities - As a first-time cruiser, the activities seem fine. The newsletter was very helpful in deciding what to do and ... Read More
* Background Information: First-time Cruise. We wanted to see if this is something we would enjoy and we did! * Activities - As a first-time cruiser, the activities seem fine. The newsletter was very helpful in deciding what to do and where to go. * Service - was excellent and friendly! * Summary - The buffet had lots of delicious food to choose from and was excellent. We liked the idea of making reservations early on if wanted to eat at a restaurant. This gave us the opportunity to agree on a time and place with the other couple we went with in case we split to other different activities. The Dinner at the La Cucina, italian restaurant was excellent and the service was excellent. However, we think that we made the mistake of not leaving a nice tip thinking that this may have been covered already. We are still not sure. Hate to think that we did. The rooms were very clean. It was nice to see how important cleanliness was to NCL. Hand sanitizers everywhere. With all those people, it would be easy to catch something if you are not careful. * Stateroom - was very clean. I am glad we had a picture window. * Dining - was excellent. * Entertainment - it was fine - as a first time cruiser. * Disembarkation - it was nice to know via the tv and the bill left at door that everything was fine and all we had to do is scan our NCL card to get permission to leave with no hassle. Everything seemed organized and I like the idea of not waiting on long lines for very long. It's just too bad my brother did not get upgraded to a room with at least a window in it. Enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
I am a yearly participant in the NCL GEM cruises to nowhere. This year I had the opportunity to bring two friends who have never cruised before, and one who has not cruised in almost 30 years. The CTNs/one nighters are not your ... Read More
I am a yearly participant in the NCL GEM cruises to nowhere. This year I had the opportunity to bring two friends who have never cruised before, and one who has not cruised in almost 30 years. The CTNs/one nighters are not your typical cruise, especially in the winter. This year we were celebrating my one friend's 50th birthday. The day we were leaving, there was quite a big snow storm in NYC. Since we are traveling from NNJ, we were concerned about being able to get into the city. We left a little later than we may have otherwise, but two of my companions were coming down from even further north and northwest. Driving into the city and parking at the pier presented no problems, although there was a good deal of snow in the parking lot. We arrived at the pier around 11am. This is when I normally arrive. Typically the queues for security and check are out the door by this time. Last Friday, we walked right up to security and were through in a minute. The check in line was also less congested than usual, and we were serviced quickly. At the picture spot just after check in, we were advised that the ship was late coming in and passengers were still disembarking (this was at around 11:20), and embarkation would not start until 12:30 or so. We had a good # (#9), and proceeded to the waiting area. A very nice new feature this year was the ability to view spa services, all restaurant menus (including the MDR)and book appointments. It also looked like you could enroll your kids in the Kids Club/Teen Club, but I had no teens in tow this time, so didn't stop and inquire. We reviewed the menus and decide on LeBistro for my friend's Birthday Celebration. On the sly, we had make note of the birthday, and YES we did want them to SING!!! Boarding started at 12:30 as promised, and by 12:45 we were onboard. We had a nice lunch at the Grand Pacific, although getting drinks was a little slow. Maybe we were just anxious to get the PARTY STARTED!!! While at lunch, we checked the Freestyle Daily. NO QUEST!!! And I was all prepared! They did have a Pub Crawl scheduled, so we decided this would be a fun compromise. :-) One of friends was not drinking that day, and she was going to go to the show--"Get Down Tonight". By the time we finished lunch, our room was ready. We dropped off our things in our room , and I gave the nickel tour to my newbie friends. The tour ended in Spinnaker lounge, where the DJ was just starting to play. Just before we were due to sail away, it looked like a BLIZZARD hit Manhattan! You could barely see the Intrepid docked next to us! The snow squall did not last long, and we were off down the Hudson, sailing past the beautiful NYC skyline and Statue of Liberty. After passing the Statue, we ran upstairs for the breathtaking view as we cruised under the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. After wandering around onboard and checking out the Duty Free Shops, we headed to Magnum's Champagne Bar to enjoy the piano bar. Soon it was time for dinner. We had wonderful service, and one of the best meal I have had onboard the GEM. To top it off, they brought out a cake and sang Happy Birthday! Our meal lasted a full 3 hours, and we missed the Pub Crawl--no big deal--we knew we'd be better off not mixing all those drinks. We went to Spinnakers and caught the tail end of the Battle of the Sexes game, which was fun. We hung around for the comedian, Bud Anderson. We all enjoyed his humor. Immediately after Bud, the band Kenosis played a great variety 70s and 80s dance hits. I had a good time dancing. The Birthday boy joined me, but the other two ladies were content to just chill and watch. We had a great night and were lulled to sleep by the rocking of the ship. We got up, had a nice breakfast at the Garden Buffet. All too soon it was time to disembark. This was a little later than the usual, so we enjoyed the room for an extra half hour or so. My friends are now converts--and hoping the price for the May CTN drops! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Booked this little two-day cruise-to-nowhere as a get away from the hustle 'n' bustle and it was just what the doctor ordered. It was me and another female friend getting away for the weekend. Our second 2-day cruise (first was a ... Read More
Booked this little two-day cruise-to-nowhere as a get away from the hustle 'n' bustle and it was just what the doctor ordered. It was me and another female friend getting away for the weekend. Our second 2-day cruise (first was a Carnival out of NYC back in 2005 or so.) We take the Metro from CT to Grand Central and then a $10 cab ride to the pier. Getting there is so easy in NYC - not my first cruise out of this port, and if you want to make an extended stay of things, there is no better place. We were at the pier by 12:30, as it is only a 2-day, you have to carry on your luggage (though there were plenty of people to help if you needed it.) About a 15 minute line for the security check, a 10 minute line for check in, snap my welcome photo and I was on my way. Our rooms were not ready till 1:30 (on the dot, as promised), so we headed up to the Lido deck for snacks. A little tough to navigate while pulling luggage, but not the end of the world by any means. As we were due for a Nor'easter to be rolling in that day to NYC we took advantage of the sun and ate at the grill, always tough to keep food warm when the breeze was blowing, but the chicken tenders were flavorful and crisp and the staff was cheery. After lunch we went to our room, my first ever obstructed view room. The room was clean and welcoming; I love the luggage mat that is left on the bed, very helpful. Our obstructed view was not too bad. The life boats are just below the level of your feet, and a bit of the wrenching apparatus is level with your railing, but nothing to obstruct your forward view, just your view below. The rain finally rolled in just about Muster time (a necessary event that I always try to enjoy.) It was then we fell in love with our balcony, with Extended-balconies above us, we had a good 3-4 foot over hang that allowed us to sit and enjoy the outside, watch the water and the rain and never get wet. It was perfect. (FYI - odd # rooms are city side when leaving port - had to run down to deck 3 starboard to get pics of Lady Liberty) Our first dinner was great, though our table location was not wonderful, table 140 ALL the way to the back, around the server stations and in a corner. We had no view of the dining room or the servers when they performed. If it had been longer than a 2-day I would have requested to move. Though Erol our server was wonderful. Had Caesar salad, a favorite, the flat iron steak, seasoned great, and crème Brule. A perfect meal. We planned for early seating as we are not really night owls, figured we could see the early show and then go to bed. There was only one show of the big show, and it was at 10:30. So we caught the PG comedy show at 8:30 instead, down in the Mad Hatters ball - a fantastic lounge that was well decorated and fun. We wandered the ship on the way back to our room, tons going on in all of the bars and lounges, the casino was full, people seemed to be having a blast. The wind was picking up and we were rocking for sure, but being mid ship (Front to back and up and down) we really didn't feel the effects of it. Our towel animal was a heart, no really appropriate for a girl's weekend, but as we never saw our room staff, they didn't realize that we were not a couple staying in the room. As a matter of fact our bed was one large bed, and since neither of us cared about rearranging the room for two nights, we didn't bother to call housekeeping. By morning the water was rough, people weaving along the hall ways, I am sure many people were getting sea sick, but we were fine. The rain was gone, the sky was blue but it was very windy. They closed decks 10 & 11 due to wind. We spent the day either on our balcony reading, in the bingo lounge (William was a blast as a host for the AM bingo.) Took the galley tour, such an impressive operation. We tried to grab lunch in the dining room, it was listed as being open till 2:30. By 2:10 they had already stopped seating, wish they would tell you that. By dinner the rocking was finally leveling out. Formal dinner was very nice, we both had the pasta as a starter, yummy. I had the prime rib, cooked perfectly as was my potato. She had the lobster, a winner as well. A table mate said the ribs were amazing as well. Melting cake for dessert, a must at least once on the cruise. Another perfect meal. I noticed this cruise one thing I had never seen on any of my past 5 cruises, on the dining tables is a drink list now, with pricing. It felt like I was at Ruby Tuesdays. Never before had I seen them pushing drinks like that before. Thought that was tacky. Again the evening show was only at 10:30, so we opted for the R-rated comedy show, we got their early as recommended by staff, and we were glad we did. Standing room only. The comedian was great. Stopped into the casino, and caught part of the baseball game in the sports lounge. Another great night's sleep. And as the sun came up in NYC, I got to see Lady Liberty from my balcony. Breakfast was great, as it was the morning before. Our embarkation number was 18, and it took less than an 1.5 hours for them to call us, we waited up in the Lido deck as William made the announcements, he even makes leaving the ship fun! I don't know if there were many kids on board, so Camp Carnival was doing an amazing job as usual. I loved the dEcor of this ship, lots of great period art work, Philip Marlow, Mata Hari, Robin Hood, lots of fun stuff. The grapes all over the dining room were fun and the bars were tasteful. Over all it is a great ship, for a smaller ship (only one main dining room). I would take this ship and / or itinerary again. Read Less

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