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Sail Date: August 2015
We did extensive research before going on the Breakaway and were worried about things we were seeing negatively reviewed before going; but being limited on timing of a vacation and wanting to go to Bermuda we booked anyway. We have only ... Read More
We did extensive research before going on the Breakaway and were worried about things we were seeing negatively reviewed before going; but being limited on timing of a vacation and wanting to go to Bermuda we booked anyway. We have only cruised once prior (Disney) and were underwhelmed (food was reminiscent of a bad wedding reception) We decided to go with open minds despite really not enjoying large crowds, being particular when it comes to food and service, and yes-histories of motion sickness. We drove to NYC and parked right at the dock, we found out later there are cheaper options but it was very convenient and a lot cheaper than flying somewhere. For the massive crowds of people we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the process went to actually walk onto the ship (about 1 hour from car to our cabin). The cabins are not huge (balcony) but everything was clean. Throughout the week we engaged in a lot of the entertainment shows that were kid friendly and enjoyed them all. The circus show was good and the dinner was better than we expected. The "how to dance like a Norwegian" show was flat-out hilarious and my kids are still talking about it. We missed the Broadway show because we were told it was age inappropriate for our kids, it would have been nice to have another option. Burn the floor was great though and we loved Deal or no deal (won $50 too) The live comedy acts were funny too. We were able to schedule/get in for everything we wanted but did book the specialty dining before we left on the trip. Yes the pools were crowded and people wake up early to hold chairs all day. We went after breakfast, scouted an area and if no one came by for an hour or so we claimed the chairs. We met others who did the same thing and it was never an issue. Ever. The kids loved all the water slides and the sky course too (although the plank camera was not working). There was always something to do on the ship and we felt the service was great in all aspects; we got credit back at the end and the lines were always manageable at the help desk. Bars were definitely crowded (we had the unlimited package) but during shows servers walked around and we never felt ignored. I will say mixed drinks were better when you were at the bar vs a server coming by but beyond that we had no issues. With all the negative reviews about this, believe me we were waiting for it to be an issue and it never was. They even offered our children non-alcoholic drinks and they were no charge (mudslides or daquaris). Food: we are particular and expect excellence. The first dinner was not good at all-cold salty cod at Taste. The rest of the entire week was fantastic. (and we found out we could have asked for another meal but didn't later on) 2nd least favored was Cirque show but it was hot and mostly tasty-just nothing special. Most of the other meals were at the Manhattan room or speciality restaurants. Mortons is a fantastic steakhouse-ranks with Ruth Chris and worth the money. Teppenyaki was also delicious and worth the extra fee. The regular dining at the Manhattan room was surprisingly good-delicious foods, lots of choices nightly that were not the same and excellent service all around. We ate most breakfasts and lunch in the buffet which were pretty good for buffets and quick. The desserts were so-so in all the restaurants. Bermuda was gorgeous-snorkeling was high lite. One word of advise do NOT purchase the bus passes. Total waste of money they take forever to come through on the route, we ended up missing part of a day for this. The tour buses seem to be better from what we heard or the ferries. Our steward was very nice, we didn't see him very often but he kept our room clean. The other travelers were nice too, no issues of crowding or elevator-hogging like some reviewers have noted. ONE complaint for the entire cruise was the stinky stale smoke smelling casino-smack in the middle of the ship (convenient) and we thought it took away from the beautiful staircase and the Noodle Bar. It's a shame. Febreeze is wonderful thing-or at least pull up the carpets No motion sickness until the last night coming through a storm to NYC. The ship is so big I hardly felt movement all week prior. We would definitely cruise Norwegian again-we had a fantastic time despite being a little nervous from reviews (let me say again we are particular and expect a lot for our money). Disembarking couldn't have been easier-we chose to do it ourselves, walked down to the line, out the Customs line and to our car in less than 30 minutes. The Breakaway didn't disappoint. Read Less
Norwegian Getaway Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 N/A

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