My wife and 10 yo son sailed on the Breakaway last week. We picked this ship to avoid flying this time. We have sailed on Celebrity and Disney in the past, so we are familiar with many types of ships/cruises. Embarkation was, as many ... Read More
My wife and 10 yo son sailed on the Breakaway last week. We picked this ship to avoid flying this time. We have sailed on Celebrity and Disney in the past, so we are familiar with many types of ships/cruises. Embarkation was, as many people described, a cattle shoot. But, we moved fairly quickly. Once on, we had lunch and moved about the ship, more on food later. Our cabin was ready at 01:30 as promised and the bags arrived maybe by 04:00, so no complaints. Cabin was smaller than we are used to, but it was clean, and fine for the 3 of us.
Sea days are very busy on deck, especially by the adult pool. Kids have a separate area, which is nice, but you can't always keep the gang together, so to speak. Loud, party atmosphere on deck, but we expected that. Need to get up early if you want a chair in the sun by the pool. If not, you'll need to go up one or two decks for the empty chairs. We really didn't mind and managed to be close to pools many of the sea days. For some reason, there seemed to be more servers taking drink orders later in the cruise than the beginning, but plenty of bars around the pool and sun decks to walk up to. We had the drink plan, and it was expensive. They required my son to have the soda plan, even though he does not drink soda, so that added to the expense. I think this should not have to be a whole cabin thing, and an individual one. What if one adult drinks, and one doesn't? I see that you can get more than one drink at a time with one card, so perhaps they want to ensure they get their money. Booze is so cheap, they could let it go, but I get why not. Pool areas clean, pool was closed only once late in an afternoon.
I saw many complaints about the food in this ship, and I can say, without hesitation, we do not agree! Having dined on Celebrity many times, as well as being considered a foodie, I feel I know quality food. The food was very good! The specialty restaurants were great, especially Cagneys and Cucina. The Freestyle Cruise method works well. We never waited for more than thirty minutes for a table, and by the time you get a drink and chat, it's ready. Food in the main dining rooms was terrific. Wait staff is good, but not exceptional. You lose some of the personal attention you get on other shops where the staff is always the same each night at your table. There are exceptions, and they were noted. Food came hot, and always correct. We liked the pace being a bit slower, so we did not feel rushed for the next seating like other ships. Room service is adequate, but nothing special. As far as the buffet, I was surprised at the quality and selection! Breakfast was our favorite! They have these crispy, flat home fries they were so good! I'm sure others will agree. Eggs and omelets made to order, and all the other usual fare. All good, hot and plentiful. By far, the food is much better than anything we had on The Dream last year.
Entertainment is good, but not exceptional. To be honest, I'm never thrilled with entertainment on any ship, except this is where Disney sets itself apart. The shows were ok. Burn the Florr was the best. Rock of Ages is not appropriate,for our 10 yo so we skipped. The Second City had a troupe on the ship and they were fun. They offer family and adult shows, so something for everyone. They show movies in the theatre and Atrium, lots to do all over. In the atrium, don't miss the Lavazza coffee bar and bakery. Best coffee in the ship. It is a la carte, but not expensive at all. We are players and the casino is great. They have it split up, so you can only smoke on one side of casino, which is nice. Never a problem to sit at a table of find a fun machine. Dealers were great and servers for drinks abound. Shopping is minimal, basically the usual jewelry, watches, duty free and beauty. Fun store on the pool deck for stuff for the kids, as well as hats, lotions, etc.
Bermuda was beautiful, excursion we took was great, but you can do whatever you want with the ferry and bus/taxi yourself. Norwegian has a ferry for its passengers, but it was broke down last week. The Bermuda Ferry is only $7 so not a big issue. Clocktower Mall near the dock is nice for usual port shops. There is a restaurant on the pier, and we were going to eat there, but when we saw $30 for a dish of pasta, and the food on the ship being so good, we bagged it! Do not miss Alex and Pete's Homemade Ice Cream, right in the dockyard. Delicious and free wifi!
So, all in all, we have a great time, my son met some nice kids at the pool and we would definitely take this cruise again. The idea of not flying does make it nice. Disembarking was actually pretty painless! We picked the last group, light blue, to leave the ship. Bags were in the terminal, so finding them takes a bit. Many people take their bags with them off the ship and they seems to take much longer to get off. We started disembarking at a bit after ten and we were across 12th ave and in our car by 10:45!! It may not always be that easy, but this time it was. I say, for the convenience, port and ship, this is a great cruise as long as your ok with a pretty crowded ship. Read Less