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Sail Date: June 2015
The pool on this ship is extremely small and they keep the water so deep you have to be 6'8" to stand on the bottom. Kids and young adults throw drinks, cups and straws in the pool and nobody cleans it up. The whole pool area is ... Read More
The pool on this ship is extremely small and they keep the water so deep you have to be 6'8" to stand on the bottom. Kids and young adults throw drinks, cups and straws in the pool and nobody cleans it up. The whole pool area is crowded, claustrophobic and kind of ugly. Not enough "hot" tubs, which aren't hot anyway. Kids run wild on this ship and do anything they want while NCL employees look on. Kids in the adults only hot tubs, as if it mattered. Entertainment is strange and the theater is too small. You have to sign up for shows and there aren't that many. Rock of Ages was good though. People also change diapers anywhere and everywhere. Elevators are hard to figure. You have to press buttons on both sides and they still go right past the floor you are on. Library is small. I think this ship was poorly designed. It just doesn't have the charm and beauty of say, the Gem/Jewel. It was like they were trying to conserve space everywhere and ended up with the ship seeming cramped. What they did with all the space they saved I have no idea. Rooms are nice. We had an inside cabin and no complaints about size of room or shower. Our son was in a studio and they are surprisingly large for one person and nicely appointed. Food was very good and we have cruised quite a lot. Excellent selection. You could do a lot worse than eating at Shanghai Noodle. The food there is outstanding and it is a complimentary restaurant. If you want to know about how to get around Bermuda and anything else the excursion people don't know jack. Talk to the shopping guy. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
The ship is gorgeous. Every place you look the beauty is outstanding. One big complaint is the pool. There are 2 pools- 1 that is for he kids and slides and the other for everyone else. With approx. 4700 people on board they needed ... Read More
The ship is gorgeous. Every place you look the beauty is outstanding. One big complaint is the pool. There are 2 pools- 1 that is for he kids and slides and the other for everyone else. With approx. 4700 people on board they needed another pool. We tried using it but we walked away since there was standing room only around the pool and inside the pool no room. We used the beaches in Bermuda and knew that the pool was not going to be possible. The entertainment was wonderful- Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor were magnificent You should not miss either one. The food was just OK- the menu was a little confusing and many items were exactly the same every night. Yes I know they all do this but on this ship seemed like more. No shrimp cocktail or escargots :( There are lots of places to eat but we were not able to get there due to conflicts with show times. The balcony is tiny- but someone else told me this so we were prepared. Our cabin steward was great and very accommodating. I would say it was a great week since nothing is perfect. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Traveled with husband and kids , 19 and 21. One would think with a ship holding almost 4000 passengers the pool would be bigger than the one in my backyard. The whole pool area is way too small. Inside stateroom was more than enough ... Read More
Traveled with husband and kids , 19 and 21. One would think with a ship holding almost 4000 passengers the pool would be bigger than the one in my backyard. The whole pool area is way too small. Inside stateroom was more than enough room; beds and pillows very comfortable. Only impressive staff was the waiter in le bistro. Food was very good too in that restaurant but just ok in the main dining area and buffet. Moderno was good too. Really like the cocktail on there menu. Getting sick and tired of all the fees for special areas and special treatment. I question the alcohol content in some of the drinks. Stateroom steward must have been new. Missed a few things including the info on disembarkation!! My family is a lot of fun, so we enjoyed the trip overall. The ropes course and water slides were fun and walked away with more than I spent in the casino. We had fun at the 80s party in Spice H2O and enjoyed the fireworks Loved Bermuda!! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
Ship is way too big with too many passengers for such small hallways and too few elevators. We were told that with children, there were over 4600 passengers aboard. First off, we were in a mini suite and the toilet would not flush. Had ... Read More
Ship is way too big with too many passengers for such small hallways and too few elevators. We were told that with children, there were over 4600 passengers aboard. First off, we were in a mini suite and the toilet would not flush. Had to call plumber. My husband tried to take a shower on first night and got burned from hot water. Couldn't get it any colder. Had to call plumber to fix it. On two of the 7 days, our Air conditioning gave out and when we returned to the room in the afternoon, it must have been 90 degrees in the room, Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best in the complimentary dining rooms. We unfortunately had to pay extra in three of the specialty restaurants which were very good. You should not have to pay extra for food when the cost of food is included in your ticket price. Norwegian truly nickels and dimes you to death with all sorts of fees and gratuities and 18% gratuity on everything. There is even a charge every time you use a slot machine in the Casino. The entertainment was not very good. Fortunately, Arvin and Emily sang in the Atrium and were excellent. We went to see them every night. The Dueling Pianos and Burn the Floor were also very good, but everything else was a waste of time. We even walked out of a couple of shows. It is a real hassle trying to schedule everything as you need reservations for everything. We had to have dinner at 8:30 p.m. a couple of times because we couldn't get any other reservations. Not once could we get a chair near the pool. It was so crowded from first thing in the morning until late in the day. My last Norwegian cruise in 2007 was so much better. I have been on many other cruiselines and have never had these experiences. Don't think I will travel with Norwegian ever again. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2015
I just got back from a cruise to Bermuda on the Breakway. (June 7- 14). Overall the trip was fantastic, but there were definitely some down points. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Getting off the ship not so much. DO NOT take the ... Read More
I just got back from a cruise to Bermuda on the Breakway. (June 7- 14). Overall the trip was fantastic, but there were definitely some down points. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Getting off the ship not so much. DO NOT take the EZ Option to disembark that they offer. It is a nightmare. I would suggest taking the very last option available. This is a 4000 passenger ship with only two sets of elevator banks and two exits to leave. We were on the Deck 9 and tried to walk down to Deck 7 since you could not get on an elevator. They would not let you so we ending up taking a up elevator to get down to Deck 7. Elevator service through the whole cruise was pretty terrible as well. This ship was a bit crowded. Apparently on this cruise they offered buy two get two free. It wasn't really a problem except at the buffet and the itty bitty swimming pool. Didn't even try to go there. Everything else was great. Activities were well planned and fun and the cruise staff for these pretty amazing. We went to a couple of restaurants: Teppenaki (5 Stars), Cagneys (5 stars but do not sit outside before 7:00 PM when docked in Bermuda), Noodle Bar (Ok), Raw Baw (5 Stars) Wasabi (5 Stars), Ocean Blue (5 Stars). Buffet was excellent but too crowded most of the time. Make sure to book Rock of Ages. The only problem I had with that is at the very end, the Cruise Director comes out to announce what was happened on the ship as the cast is taking their applause. Thought that was tacky and unnecessary. She also appeared in one of the last numbers of the show - thought that was strange. Took two shore excursions: The Wild Cat which is a MUST. If you do not do any other excursions, do this one. And the afternoon at Horseshoe Bay which was nice as well. Overall, it was a great cruise, but I will not be interested in traveling on the mega ships any time soon. Much better on the 2,000 passenger ships. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
The seas were as smooth as could be. We took our son and his family on their first cruise and they loved it. The seas were calm and no one got sea sick. The family had a wonderful time especially in the Haven. They treated us like ... Read More
The seas were as smooth as could be. We took our son and his family on their first cruise and they loved it. The seas were calm and no one got sea sick. The family had a wonderful time especially in the Haven. They treated us like kings and queens. Most of the time, we ate our dinners by ourselves overlooking the water. Pampered to all ends. We enjoyed the ship, the excursions, and the shopping. Lots of walking but the exercise was great for all of us. Loved the ship, huge. Lots of people on board but the only time we encountered a lot of people was at the poolside and the atrium. Our pool in the Haven only had us most of the time and then only one or two people. The privacy was wonderful. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
NCL Breakaway, June 7-14 PROS The water slides are exhilarating fun and, because of all the other activities on board, there are no long lines. Also sunning and tanning are great on this ship. You can find a seat on deck 15 by the ... Read More
NCL Breakaway, June 7-14 PROS The water slides are exhilarating fun and, because of all the other activities on board, there are no long lines. Also sunning and tanning are great on this ship. You can find a seat on deck 15 by the pools for more activity or Deck 16 in the same vicinity for less activity but still within earshot of the music. From deck 16 you can go up two levels to the Public Sundeck by Vibe (17) and Freestyle Sun deck (18) where the noise of people disappear and it’s just you and the ocean. The rock climbing wall is a fun challenge but also a place with good camaraderie as each person in line roots on the persons taking their turn to make it all the way to the top to ring the bell. The big screen in the atrium is a great place to gather on either of two floors to watch sports, movies or other entertainment. Atrium bar had great seating and good location to watch TV, enjoy a drink and relax. On a drinking note, buy liquor on the ship. Fabulous prices at Tradewinds, unlike any where else, three liters (bottles) of liquor came to $30. The wine list at restaurants includes bottles of wine for $27-32 that you can take with you to your cabin. This is the best deal onboard. (If you bring the same bottle onboard from your favorite discount liquor store for let's say $10 then pay the $15 corkage fee you save only $2-7 for your trouble.) The cabin steward was great. We had fresh towels throughout the cruise, and the room spruced up twice a day. That's all we needed and we were very grateful for that. A cabin on the 5th floor--forward--was ideal. The three floors above us house guest services, the 24/7 eatery, bars, casino, dining halls, and the gangplank to shore. The top decks with all the parties, water attractions, etc. are a healthy stair climb away, including their crowds, noise, trash and puddles. The Brazilian style restaurant is the best deal on the ship--best food, best atmosphere, best views, best seating, best service! Both the free shows, Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages are a fun experience though mainly for adults. Burn the Floor is great but also somewhat forgettable. The most enjoyable thing about this dance troupe is that they give dance classes in the atrium every day. Rock of Ages was worth the time and entertaining. Shorter than the Broadway version but equally entertaining. CONS Service at bars, such at Maltings and Shakers during evenings are off putting because you wait forever for attention and then you are rushed past. Your impression of any bar, restaurant, or other service may vary with the service you get because the quality of the service is that important to your first impressions. For example, we found a waitress who was kind and attentive, so our first impression of Savor was that it was a better restaurant, even though it was otherwise the same atmosphere, food and seating as it's sister restaurant across from it called Taste. The chairs in the Manhattan Room, Taste and Savor, the Atrium lobby, O'Sheehans, The Boardwalk, the theatre and basically everywhere you sit, unless you came with your own sweet cushion, were ridiculously uncomfortable with either no padding and/or weird slide-you-off slopes. Who's the HGTV Design reject who used to be an accountant and volunteer wartime materials rationer? (If you enjoy coach seating on airlines disregard this con.) The food was horribly fattening and deceiving. Burgers were tasteless dry pucks filled with thickener. Cakes were tasteless dried out sponges filled with thickener. Gnocchi was miniature dry day-old-like dinner buns filled with thickener. Thickener was a tasteless substance filled with thickener. (If you like thickener you are gonna $&¥£%# yourself.) Rubber chickens make rubber eggs, which equals terrible scrambled eggs at the Garden cafe. We tried it with beans, salt, potatoes, and ketchup, but nothing helped these eggs. Uptown Bar and Grille had large different styled burgers and salads but again they needed to be smothered in ketchup and condiments to add juicy to these burgers. The Manhattan Room had such poor service and sense. Anyone dressing up hoping to have the supper club experience, be prepared to have the hostess seat the couple in flip flops and tank tops at the stage to laugh too loud at milk shooting out their noses, while the few tuxedos and gowns in the room are seated near table busing stations or The Shire with Bilbo and the rest of the hobbits. But take heart, the incompetent wait staff working the latter tables will ensure you 30 minutes between contact and courses to hajj to the big band who are wondering why they are playing a Jersey Shore grunge crowd around the dance floor. Bliss Ultra Lounge offered a good getaway from the crowded Spice H2O if you are looking to dance with your date. Though many days the music catered to a younger crowd with merengue, bachata and other Spanish tunes/dances. The photographers do great work but they are also so hard to find. They ought to be posted at all ship events regardless of the hour. Why do photographers have early bedtimes vs every other crewmen up DJ'ing, mixing, serving and more? Bermuda The snorkel park at the Royal Dockyard in Bermuda, where the Breakaway docks, is not free and an awful dump with broken glass, rusty rebar, colonies of water bugs on the rocks, and sharp wreckage, trash and broken cement for the waves to smack you into. If you do not wear water shoes, you run the serious risk of cutting your feet. This place should be shut down. It's dangerous and gross. (Holland America parks in front of Front St., which fronts the water in Hamilton. Better location. Safer.) Take a shot and travel on the buses/ ferries in Bermuda instead of taking a taxi. They make travel easy. Also create your own excursions and itinerary while there. You will definitely find cheaper deals while in the island versus through the ship. Overall: For the cost of two adults traveling to Bermuda with it being the first on this ship, it was decent. The activities are endless and you will never be bored. The food and service could have been better, but if you hunt around the ship you will have a good experience at some point. The crew was okay. Customer service and stewards are helpful but future cruise consultants are more on the pushy side. Bartenders are a mixed bag. Overall the activities and expansiveness of the ship save the day. 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Sail Date: June 2015
We sailed on The Breakaway from NYC...Great Ship! Tons of activities for all age groups! Loved the Broadway shows Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor! We also enjoyed the Cirque Dreams and Jungle Fantasy Dinner Performance. Food was ... Read More
We sailed on The Breakaway from NYC...Great Ship! Tons of activities for all age groups! Loved the Broadway shows Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor! We also enjoyed the Cirque Dreams and Jungle Fantasy Dinner Performance. Food was delicious and readily abundant! Crew/staff were very friendly and helpful...as I lost two very valuable things on the ship that were turned in by Crew as they were cleaning. Pool was a bit crowded and much the party scene. Amble sunbathing space. Restrooms are conveniently located and well marked. Casino was spacious and had lots of games to enjoy. We chose the Famous Homes and Hideaways Excursion in Bermuda...Highly recommend! Very professional and knowledgeable! A great tour for your money. Cabins are typical size as far as cabins go...but the balcony was a bit small. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
I took a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Breakaway. This is my second cruise on the Breakaway having done this same itinerary in 2014. I was accompanied on this cruise by a friend and their son. Embarkation: We stayed in a hotel ... Read More
I took a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Breakaway. This is my second cruise on the Breakaway having done this same itinerary in 2014. I was accompanied on this cruise by a friend and their son. Embarkation: We stayed in a hotel in midtown (6th Avenue) the night before and took a taxi cab to the cruise terminal. The embarkation process was extremely easy and stress-free. All the staff working at the Manhattan Cruise were all very friendly. We arrived at the pier around 10:00am and they started embarkation around 11:30am. We were in group 8 (you are given an embarkation card with a number upon arrival) and were on the ship by 12:00 noon. The rooms were not completely ready at the time we board, but we could go to our stateroom and put away our carry-on bags. Cabin: We all shared a mid-ship mini suite room. There was ample room in the cabin (about the same amount of space in a typical NYC hotel room). The closet space was more than enough space to unpack and store clothing for three people. Plenty of clothes hangers, too! Our stateroom steward was extremely friendly and took care of everything we needed! The room was extremely clean and well maintained. This ship is now in its third year, and you would expect some light wear. However, I was not able to find any. It shows how well NCL is maintaining their ships! Dining: We typically went to the Garden Cafe (Buffet) for breakfast and lunch, and the main dining rooms (Savor/Taste) for dinner. The Garden Cafe is less crowded in the mornings prior to 7am. I am an early riser and typically go to the gym first thing then go for breakfast afterwards. Lunchtime was just as crowded as peak breakfast time. I say crowded, but the size and layout of the Garden Cafe makes it easy to find a seat and get your food. We never had issues. The food in the Garden Cafe was above average. I will say I wish they would provide more kid-friendly foods at the Garden Cafe (Chicken Fingers, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, etc.) were hard to find most of the time there. We asked a staff member one day about the availability of these items and we were told they weren't available and that could be served in the main dining rooms. Kinda weird that they couldn't prepare something that simple in the buffet. We did try to have lunch in the uptown grill one day. NCL has converted this to a build you own burger restaurant. This is nice--however there was a 30 minute wait to receive your order. This was way too long IMO. We had dinner most nights in Savor (All three main dining rooms have similar menus). The service and the food was excellent. I had the best steak and prime rib there. Bravo!! We did have dinner one night in Teppanyaki (The Japanese Habatchi Restaurant). The service and food there was excellent as well. The beverage staff (bartenders) were excellent as well. I really got to know one of the Waves pool bartenders very well, Leo. He was the best staff member I interacted with on the entire ship! Recreation: I did mention that I made use of the fitness center on the ship. The cardio equipment has built in televisions, which is a very nice feature to help pass the time. However, most of the televisions on the treadmills were not working correctly. This is an area that NCL needs to look at fixing/refreshing. I also took on the ropes course a few times. This is a must-do activity while on the ship!! Entertainment: The main show on the Breakaway is "Rock of Ages". Since I was on this cruise last year, I didn't attend the show. I wish NCL could change out the show rotations for those who take similar cruises each year (we met several people that had taken this same cruise three times and share our feelings). iConcierge App: NCL has a nice app for smartphones that allows you to access a lot of information via the ship's wifi and your smartphone. Most of the app is complimentary, however there is a paid portion that allows you to message and call other people on the ship for a $7.95 fee per device. The messaging feature worked great. However, we were not able to call anyone on the ship as advertised. Front Desk Staff: I have one complaint, and the main reason for a 4/5 rating. We had some billing issues in our onboard account. These billing issues were from the speciality dining restaurant cover charge (we were overcharged) and stateroom calls back home (we were overbilled multiple times). I had to make multiple trips to the front desk to get these charges fixed. Each of these trips involved waiting in a long line and having to explain my situation over and over again. This took valuable time away from my vacation that I can never get back, and based on my prior experiences its nearly impossible to get these charges fixed once you disembark. Shore Excursions: I did not take any of the NCL offered shore excursions. Bermuda is a very safe island and can transportation is very easy via public transportation. The same excursions can be taken outside the cruise line at a significant savings. Since we were parked for three days, there wasn't this rush to get off, do something, then get back on. Disembarkation: I opted for the easy walk-off disembarkation. The best way to describe this is "a mess". The lines to get off the ship were extremely long and I could have spent this time relaxing and enjoying the last few hours of my vacation. I will not do the easy walk-off disembarkation again. Overall: I was very pleased with NCL, her staff, and the cruise overall. I have already booked my next NCL cruise, and look forward to another great vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Three of us travelled: my husband (Tom), our adult son (Michael) and myself. I've been on several cruises - NCL, RCI, Celebrity, and some Windjammers. My husband NCL, Celebrity, and some Windjammers; and our son one other NCL. Our ... Read More
Three of us travelled: my husband (Tom), our adult son (Michael) and myself. I've been on several cruises - NCL, RCI, Celebrity, and some Windjammers. My husband NCL, Celebrity, and some Windjammers; and our son one other NCL. Our son lives and works in Manhattan and we had seen the Breakaway when we were visiting him in November. I chose this particular week because it included my husband's birthday. My husband and I took Amtrak from DC on Friday and stayed at a hotel in SoHo for 2 nights. We had used RCI points so there was no cost for the hotel. On Sunday, our son and I were playing in a recital at the temporary Steinway Hall at 11:00 am and this worried me a lot, getting from 1155 Avenue of the Americas to the cruise terminal by 2:00 all aboard. We left Steinway about 12:15 and took an Uber to the terminal. The driver left us the terminal by the Gem about 12:35 but it was an easy walk next door to the Breakaway terminal at Pier 88. We left our checked baggage and went through the terminal process very quickly. We never even had a chance to sit down and we were on board by 1:00. That was the fastest I have ever boarded any ship. The Garden Cafe was crowded but we found a table without much effort. Before we finished eating, it was announced that the cabins were ready. Our cabin - 9918 - was fantastic! It was a bit tight for the 3 of us but we made it work. The balcony was the best part. I had chosen an aft balcony on 9, starboard. We had 2 loungers, 3 chairs and 2 tables and plenty of room to move them and ourselves around. Looking up to the other decks, we could see from the angle that ours was larger than the others above us. As it turned out, looking out over the balcony, we could see the fireworks just fine. There was a lot of storage but some was tricky to find. The bathroom was a good size, as was the shower. There were more shelves in the bathroom than usual and I liked being able to leave my cosmetics and stuff in there. I had read that there was no conditioner in the showers so I brought my own. I also followed advice from Cruise Critic and brought magnet hooks for the walls and those were great for hanging hats, card lanyards and so on. Giant clips, meant for holding towels to chairs were repurposed for clipping our last day paperwork under the TV. About the TV - we never watched it so we can't really comment on the programming. We did watch the info from the deck once or twice to find out about the sea conditions. Our bed was great, very comfortable king sized with 2 pillows each. The steward, Bradley, turned the couch into a nice bed for our son. The end tables on each side of our bed were pretty narrow but we made that work. The lights beside the bed were a little high up, so I'd have to get up to turn mine off. Luckily, I read a Kindle before bed so I never really needed to use the bedside light. Our luggage arrived before 4:00 pm which was really nice. I had been concerned about going on a ship this size but there was really no problem. The elevators were crowded the first day but after that, no big deal. I would like to point out that we mostly always took the stairs going down and walked up if it was only 2-3 decks. When we were in the elevators, they were clean. Both of the RCI cruises I took had sticky elevator buttons, presumably from children using them after eating ice cream or something. One thing that RCI has that I would like to see on other ships was the "day plate" on the floor. Often, I get involved in a cruise and have no idea what the day is, so that would be helpful on all ships. We got the unlimited internet package and it was well worth it for us. On other cruises, I would get the max minutes and always be watching the time - and I would still often run out at the end. I am the web master for a couple companies so I need to spend some time online each day. This internet package was a life-saver for me and we were able to share it between the 3 of us. We also made good use of the IPhone iConcierge app. We used it as a messenger to let others know where we were and we made reservations for 3 restaurants and 2 shore excursions with it. I also checked how our account was doing. That cost us $7.95 per phone and was well worth it. Everywhere we went, crew was smiling and friendly - and everything was very clean. At the end of the cruise, we took the behind the scenes tour and everything was so well run. Amazing. We mostly ate in the Garden Cafe. We also ate once each in Taste and Savor. Our specialty restaurants were Moderno Churrascaria, Teppanyaki and La Cucina. We had been at the Churrascaria on another Norwegian cruise and loved it. This time, we knew not to eat too much earlier in the day! This time, I went lighter on the salad bar portion. The "gauchos" (aka waiters) brought sausages, lamb, both beef and pork ribs, chicken, filet mignon, and garlic beef, among others. Of those, I had the sausages, lamb, chicken and beef before I was too full. All excellent. Michael gave up even earlier than I did! For dessert, I had mango rice pudding - nearly as good as Thai sticky rice with mango. Teppanyaki was a pretty standard Japanese food, on this ship cooked by a Philippines chef (he called himself fake-Japanese). Because it was on a ship, with no flames allowed, there was no onion volcano although another chef tried it with an onion and water for steam. Not as impressive as with oil and fire but clever nonetheless. There were combinations of chicken, beef and seafood (including lobster) served with miso soup, seaweed salad, vegetables and garlic fried rice. I had green tea cake/ice cream for dessert and the others had fruit sashimi. La Cucina was good Italian food. The minestrone was unusual (for us, anyway). We got bowls with a little bit of pasta stuffed with vegetables and a piece of Italian bread on top. Then came the "surprise" when the waitress brought around the tureens of broth that was poured over all. We also attended Cirque Jungle Dreams and Dinner. I had read many complaints about the Cirque dinner so we ate in the Garden Cafe a bit before the show. The food (and show) were great. I told the waitress that I was allergic to shrimp so she offered double filet mignon but I declined. My portion was excellent. The show itself was fantastic, especially for being at sea. The costumes were very clever. Tom was using the Internet Cafe one morning so Michael and I played the 15 minute Sudoko challenge. One of the main challenges of that was they gave a blank form and we had to fill in the starting numbers. I messed up some in copying from the big screen and that made it harder to figure out the answers. After that was Trivia and we did ok as a team. The library was very small and open only certain hours. Tom went back later and checked out a book. The library, game room and halls outside were decorated with photos/history of the Rockettes - the "godmothers" of this ship. 2 of them were on board, giving exercise classes, Q and A periods and photo ops. We played Scrabble a few times in the games room and that was fun. Others played board games like Clue, chess, Yahtzee and card games. Michael did the ropes course. I had planned to go, too, but I was wearing sandals and couldn't go. Tom checked everything out and said he'd try it "later". Unfortunately, neither of us ever got a chance to try that later. On a different day, Michael also climbed the rock wall. Even if I'd been wearing closed-toed shoes, I wouldn't have tried that! Our star athlete, Michael, also used the gym all the sea days and reported that it was really good. The treadmills and ellipticals have sudoko and other games to while away the time. We had no use for any of the Children's Clubs. Generally, we found the service to be excellent and friendly everywhere we went on board. We had occasion to visit Guest Services a few times - Tom cut his hand on something and they were fast with bandaids, antiseptic pads and so on. Michael lost his apartment keys the very last sea day - those never turned up :( We didn't do any entertainment other than the Cirque Jungle Dreams and Dinner which I mentioned above, under restaurants. Tom and I had been to Bermuda on a land stay before but Michael had never been. The first day, we did a bus tour of the whole island. That was very interesting but we had some folks that had trouble getting back to the bus on time. One person ended up being on a regular bus to Hamilton from St. George and we spent quite a bit of time locating her and getting her back with us. If I'd known that would be the, we would have just stayed in St. George and taken the ferry back. Instead, we rushed out lunch to get back on time. The next day, Thursday, we took a bus to BAMZ and the Crystal Caves. When we were in Bermuda before, we'd tried to take the bus from Hamilton to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo but somehow missed the stop. BAMZ and Crystal Caves were well worth the trip. Someday, we will go back to BAMZ when we can spend more time. Friday, I'd arranged for the Restless Native for snorkeling. I had arranged that not through the ship but through CheapCruises and saved $30 per person over others who booked through NCL. I had never done that before so this was a trial run and worked very well. We were back in plenty of time for 4:30 all aboard. This was one of the best snorkel boats we had been on. Shallow enough that I didn't have to worry about drowning getting back on the ship but lots of caves and coral to support fish swimming around. This sailboat also offered noodles for floating with, kayaking, banana boats and paddle boards. Lots of fun - and boat-made cookies. We were in the "Orange" disembarkation group so we had a leisurely breakfast, went back to the cabin to pick up our carry-offs and down to the Atrium. WiFi still worked so I checked my email and we read. The giant screen was showing the staff singing and waving goodbye to us. There was some hold up at Customs on shore so they stopped offloading for a few minutes, then resumed. Our color was supposed to be called about 10. It was called around 9:45. We were off the ship, got our luggage, through Customs and in an Uber by 10:30. Very fast and efficient. We had a great time overall and wouldn't hesitate to take this ship again. I loved our balcony! Having only one port was great so we could use the ship as a hotel was really nice. The one "problem" was Saturday night coming back into New York. There was a lot of cabin shaking/noise (remember, we were on 9 aft). I had read about that in one of the reviews so I wasn't too concerned. I had been expecting noise/vibrating when leaving Bermuda but that wasn't so bad. Coming back to NY was the loudest/shakiest. I'm ready to go again, as soon as I can save up enough money :) Read Less
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