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Sail Date: October 2015
Embarkation: This was our honeymoon cruise. We left the morning after our wedding reception. Needless to say, we were tired from a night of celebrating. Luckily, embarkation was simple. I was surprised as I left out of Manhattan 10 years ... Read More
Embarkation: This was our honeymoon cruise. We left the morning after our wedding reception. Needless to say, we were tired from a night of celebrating. Luckily, embarkation was simple. I was surprised as I left out of Manhattan 10 years ago on the NCL Dawn. It was an absolute nightmare. We waited hours to get on the boat. This was a major improvement in the NCL cruise port. My new husband and I handed off our luggage, showed our cruise documents and boarded the NCL Breakaway. In fifteen minutes, we were eating lunch in the Garden Cafe. We did have priority check-in. This was a plus. The Breakaway: The ship is absolutely beautiful. The staff is constantly working to keep it clean. On the first day we explored the boat and discovered some favorite bars and spots to relax. If you make your way to the forward of the ship on the pool deck, you will find Vibes beach bar. The bartender here makes great drinks. It's easier to get service here. The main pool bar can get crowded. In the front of the boat on the 16th floor there are cushioned lounge chairs. Most people don't know about them. We loved lounging in this spot with a cold Miami Vice. :) Hint**If you become lost on your floor the fish on the carpet always swim forward. This will help you to know which direction you are walking in. Dining: Cagney's: We ate in several speciality restaurants. Out of those restaurants we enjoyed Cagney's the most. We sat outside on the oceanfront. It was beautiful watching the sunset. Service was slow. If you are in a rush, don't expect to be served quickly at this venue. My husband had a bone-in rib eye. He enjoyed it. I had a pasta dish with lobster and shrimp. I had no complaints at this restaurant and we will dine here again on a future cruise. Le Bistro: We had the honeymoon package. Le Bistro allowed us to eat at this restaurant. I had a delicious steak. The atmosphere was romantic. My husband enjoyed a french chicken dish. For dessert, my husband ordered the chocolate napoleon. I wish I had ordered this. Once again, we had a friendly server. Teppanyaki: We did not have a reservation for Teppanyaki. We walked up to the hostess desk. Luckily, a couple had canceled. They allowed us to sit right down at a table. Teppanyaki was typical Hibachi dining. I had a delicious martini while watching the chef prepare our meal. It was a fun experience. Savor/Taste: We enjoyed Savor and Taste for breakfast as we were tired of the breakfast options at the buffet. For dinner, we felt the options were good. Service was always prompt and friendly. Dinner took approximately one hour with an appetizer, dinner and dessert. If there was a wait, we would get a drink at Mixx. Service at Mixx could be slow, but the bartender would serve us two drinks at once. This made up for the service. We understood that it was busy and weren't in a rush. Entertainment: We loved Rock of Ages. We also enjoyed deal or no deal. Bingo was often played in Headliners. This venue was too small for the amount of people and uncomfortable on the bar chairs. This brings me to the fact that NCL must have a separate entertainment area. The atrium is not an appropriate area for game shows. People were grabbing chairs from the internet cafe and coffee bar. People were attacking chairs when it came time for shows to begin. If you want to see cruise guests turn into animals, come to the atrium 15 minutes before a show. You had to defend your chairs with your life. WIth 4000 people on a boat, game shows must be conducted in an area with stadium seating in order for people to see. Poor set up. Bermuda: We loved being in Bermuda for three days. We went to Horseshoe Bay. This beach is a must-see. We went to Tobacco Bay. This is not as beautiful in my opinion, but has great snorkeling. We also spent a day in Hamilton. We went shopping and ate at an italian restaurant. Spa: We had a couples massage one day. I also went back on the second to last day for a spa special. If you wait until the end of the cruise, they give spa specials. For $159, I had a full swedish massage and a mini-facial. It was very relaxing until the sales pitch at the end. The massage therapist will try to sell you all the products she used during your session. She tried to tell me I have bags under my eyes. I know this isn't true and will not fall for a sales tactic. Disembarkation: A nightmare. The people working at the Manhattan cruise port scolded me several times for being on the cell phone or not standing appropriately in line. I understand it is a secure area, but please do not yell at me like I am a criminal. My beautiful vacation had come to a crashing end. I was back in New York waiting on a long line in the cold. Customs was treacherous. Cruising out of a Boston was a breeze compared to New York. I cruise out of New York out of convenience. I wish I could avoid it, but that is impossible. I'll just have to put on my big girl pants and know customs in New York is rough. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Hi Everyone, just thought I share some advise regarding taking an NCL freestyle cruise. Recently, my husband and I cruised on NCL breakaway from NY to Bermuda. Big and beautiful ship. The entertainment was truly the highlight! Amazing and ... Read More
Hi Everyone, just thought I share some advise regarding taking an NCL freestyle cruise. Recently, my husband and I cruised on NCL breakaway from NY to Bermuda. Big and beautiful ship. The entertainment was truly the highlight! Amazing and truly broadway productions from Rock of Ages, Cirque Jungle to Burn the Floor (Ballroom Dancing Show) were all amazing. Some advise and tips. 1. Book your dinners at restaurants prior to boarding the ship. You can book online and select from all the different restaurants and times you would like to eat for the whole duration of the cruise. Keep in mind, you can always change it once your on the ship but it's definitely worth doing ahead of time so that you don't have to wait for a table. Some of the restaurants charge but others do not. The Manhattan room is not an additional charge, it's an everyday type of restaurant with dance floor and a band playing every night. 2. Book the shows, prior to boarding. These shows have to be booked, you can't just show up or you will be on a waiting list. You definitely don't want to miss any of the shows. So book ahead of time to avoid any disappointments. 3. Formal Night! On an 8 day cruise there was only 1 formal night, it was optional and there wasn't much notice that there was even a formal night. In fact, my husband and I missed it! Since their all about freestyle cruising and people don't want to dress up and everyone can do whatever they like, formal night was not really advertised. When I checked the NCL daily itinerary, I didn't see it in there either. Apparently, it was part of an event called Night Out. If you like taking formal pictures, like my husband and I, I strongly recommend that you keep an eye out for "Night Out" or better yet, ask the front desk/cruise director when the formal night is. 4. Spa Time! If you like to enjoy the spa, always keep in mind, there are always deals/reduced prices on spa treatments when your docked in port and last night prior to the end of the cruise. 5. Have Fun! Make the most of your cruise by exploring the ship, taking in the shows, going on excursions and just enjoying some R&R. I hope you find these tips interesting and helpful. Cruise on! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and celebrated our 5yr wedding anniversary and couldn't have had a better time. The Ship is in tip-top shape with crew constantly working on it. It handled rough seas exceptionally well. Food was excellent at Taste/Savor/La ... Read More
My wife and celebrated our 5yr wedding anniversary and couldn't have had a better time. The Ship is in tip-top shape with crew constantly working on it. It handled rough seas exceptionally well. Food was excellent at Taste/Savor/La Cucina and very good at the O'Sheehan's and Garden Cafe (Buffet). Rock of Ages was worth the reserve, Adults only Improv. Comedy was good. All wait staff was attentive, professional and smiling. All of the bars we visited made our drinks taste and look as they should (including pool bars). Everyone seems to take their job seriously on this boat. If I had to knock one thing, it would be the "open air" Casino. The odd, elongated layout with high priced tables ($10 min. Roulette!) really put a damper on my normal gambling habits. Tons of slots if you're into that, but for the most part I didn't care for it. Oh and be advised of the 45 min. Muster drill...this effects my embarkation rating. Overall, we had a wonderful experience that we'll never forget. We dropped a deposit for a future cruise to get the $100 credit on this past one. We'll definitely cruise NCL/Breakaway again, the credit's valid for 4yrs + transferable = no-brainer. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
For the last year ive been fighting stage four cancer and god knows I needed to let the perverbial hair down. I needed to relax and I did totally. I needed to party and omg I haven't so hard since the 90's I needed to gain ... Read More
For the last year ive been fighting stage four cancer and god knows I needed to let the perverbial hair down. I needed to relax and I did totally. I needed to party and omg I haven't so hard since the 90's I needed to gain weight and god help me all the food was so good I left after one week five pounds heavier. I can not say enough wonderful things about my experience with Norwegian. I can say this...I'm coming back aboard very very soon..perhaps just a few months. I was on the Norwegian breakaway this time and my favorite people were Antoine in entertainment and Silas of course..William my stewart was wonderful. All the staff was exceptional. Rock of Ages totally rocked..my only wonder was where were the angels at the glow party??? Overall I found my time on the ship rejuvenating and necessary. This was my first cruise and now by god I'm a cruiser for life!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and I have been married for 25 yrs and have never been on a cruise. This quite frankly is one of the BIGGEST MISTAKES OF OUR LIVES! We had sooooooo..much fun, I thought it had to be illegal. However No it was 100% OK we were like ... Read More
My wife and I have been married for 25 yrs and have never been on a cruise. This quite frankly is one of the BIGGEST MISTAKES OF OUR LIVES! We had sooooooo..much fun, I thought it had to be illegal. However No it was 100% OK we were like to kids in a candy store. We didn't sleep the 1st night IN fear we you miss something. The Breakaway has everything your heart desires casino style gaming, shows Top Notch restaurants, bars 22 but hey who's counting Clubs, Comedy ,shows ,bowling interactive audience games . An amazing updeck water slides,miniature golf blah blah blah.. Do you get the picture. Let's not forget about the staff totally dedicated to supporting your experience. We're going again in March Bahamas here we come. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Which makes things easier, actually. No Post Cruise Depression. Background: 6 NCL, 10 Carnival, 2 each HAL and Cunard, 1 each MSC and Princess. The good: the crew was excellent. It was so nice to see crew in perfectly tailored ... Read More
Which makes things easier, actually. No Post Cruise Depression. Background: 6 NCL, 10 Carnival, 2 each HAL and Cunard, 1 each MSC and Princess. The good: the crew was excellent. It was so nice to see crew in perfectly tailored uniforms, instead of the sloppy, hastily tucked in look that I've seen on Carnival of late. My cabin steward was great; he always kept us stocked with extra coffee pods and creamers, introduced himself the first hour we were there, and was always in the hallways saying hello. Ryan, cabin 10162. The guest services staff seemed to always be mingling in the line to make sure we were in the right line. Taste, Savor, La Cucina and Le Bistro wait staff were all great. And it's a new ship. Everything is clean and unmarked. 678 Ocean is a nice space. Our cabin was perfect. The Garden Cafe (lido buffet) is a really nice space and surprisingly good. Taste and Savor for breakfast- excellent. The bad: never again will I sail on a mega ship. OMG. First of all, the lido deck, which really encompasses 15, 16 and 17, was designed by a team of schizophrenic madmen. To get from one place to another you are met with walls (the Haven, the ropes course, a huge amount of space for the bottom of the slides, Vibe, basketball course), stairs (up and down, no rhyme or reason- unless the goal was "fill as much on here as possible without regard to flow"), 8 foot tall plexiglass around the vast majority of the decks (with a little slit you can look out of), cheesy kid areas, a way too small pool- the overall feeling is one so removed from being "at sea" that the first thing I did upon trying to get from one end to the other of it was run down and get Vibe passes. Thank god for Vibe. It's an oasis. It's a shame you have to pay $100 to experience a relaxing deck (still with the 8 foot high plexiglass, though) but it's worth it to get away from the insane crowds of people clustering in the available lido deck space. And God help you if it rains. All of those people, the sunburned, passed out people with five dead pina coladas next to their loungers, the little kids, the groups, the strollers and scooters, the teens- will be at 678 Ocean. If you remove the casino portion they're really at 6-8 Ocean. If you remove the giant Park West art hallway and the upsell restaurants, everyone is literally crowded into the atrium/non-atrium, with ear blasting trivia games or whatever else they had going on. And I'm telling you, the volume on that ship is ear splitting. When people tell you to take ear plugs they are not kidding. It seemed as though most people picked the UBP. There was a lot of heavy drinking going on, including the last night, when most people have received their folio and have put the brakes on their spending. It did seem like most people were having a good time at the bars (of course walking by you had the miserable parents with kids in strollers, the scooter brigade- everyone looking for something to do, somewhere to sit or even stand). We picked the UDP: Cagney's: after we started eating our bread the guy at the table next to us said "I think they're having an off night". Yes they were. I returned my 8 ounce filet twice and I never return things. It was just raw inside and I can't.... The sides were really mediocre- the scalloped potatoes were cold and hard. But I didn't feel too bad about sending mine back when another guy at a table near us simply walked out with his wife. He made sure he wasn't charged and walked out. I've never seen that on a ship before. The food took a long time but they brought us extra appetizers. After that experience I changed my next Cagney's to La Cucina, which I know makes no sense but I wasn't going back in there again and La Cucina was the only one available. Good thing because it turned out to be fine. Le Bistro was excellent. Service, food- just a really nice time. This brings me to last night, Teppanyaki. I think my eyes are still swollen from the sodium. Oh my god. I've been to Benihana type places before and knew what to expect. We didn't go to any of the shows so I told my husband, hey this is like we're at a show... (We avoid shows). So it was all good until the chef started drenching everything in soy sauce. I mean drenching and then going back and pouring it on again. The end result was beautiful lobster, steak, calamari and shrimp made so salty that we almost couldn't eat it. My clothes were becoming saturated in smoke, we were sitting there gagging on the soy sauce, so we made an excuse and legged it out of there before dessert. Manhattan: not good. No no no. I had "mushroom stroganoff" which is where I guess you hit when you're at the bottom of the barrel of cost cutting- leave out the beef altogether- and it was horrible. But the Garden Cafe was good- best tasting buffet I think I've ever had. The Indian food was really good. And NCL has really stepped up their game with desserts. They used to be laughable but now they're usually pretty good. Better desserts, great crew, cleanliness, good lido buffet- was this just because we were on a new(er) ship? If I was to go back on Dawn would the good parts remain the same? Is there some way I can experience this and stay the hell away from Breakaway for the rest of my life? Final note: sailing NCL really brings home to me how bad Carnival has become with the cost cutting measures. I have sailed only Carnival for the last four years, except for one HAL trip. It was nice to have Andes mints on the bed. The day you would ever see cold washcloths and lemonade upon getting back to the ship at port on a Carnival ship- wouldn't happen. So I was happy to be on NCL but never again on Breakaway. PS: Bermuda was beautiful ;) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and I had gone on another cruise and after that trip, I told my wife that it would be our last. usually when on a cruise, I feel like I am on a schedule and always waiting in line to do something. My wife had won the cruise so ... Read More
My wife and I had gone on another cruise and after that trip, I told my wife that it would be our last. usually when on a cruise, I feel like I am on a schedule and always waiting in line to do something. My wife had won the cruise so that was the only reason that I had agreed to go. the overall trip was very nice and we had enjoyed our time but overall, I was disappointed with the quality of food and entertainment. We basically had the same type of food every day and compare to the other cruise, entertainment was poor. We had also purchased the beverage package but waiting in line at the bars or waiting for someone to take our order seems to take forever. This was our last cruise, never again, even if it is free. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
We are just off the Norwegian Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. This is the 2nd time doing this cruise and we would do it again in a heart beat. Embarkation was painless. We were on board by noon and our room was ready right away. Dining ... Read More
We are just off the Norwegian Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. This is the 2nd time doing this cruise and we would do it again in a heart beat. Embarkation was painless. We were on board by noon and our room was ready right away. Dining The main dining room, The Venetian was excellent both food and service. We did 3 specialty restaurants and were not impressed. We probably will not do one of those again. The food and service were not worth the extra charges. Entertainment Patti and Jose were spectacular. They performed mostly in the Grand Atrium where it was standing room only. They did a Neil Diamond Tribute in the Stardust Theater and it was also standing room only. The band in Spinnaker Lounge was good and played dance music most nights. The last night was too loud but it was also disco night which is hard to listen to anyway. Second City did a few improvisational shows that were very funny. The Elements show was OK. There didn't seem to be any point or direction to it and again the music was too loud. I don't even remember the other shows. It was annoying though that one side of the balcony was reserved for Haven and suites guests. There was someone there not allowing anyone else into that section. Most of the time those seats were empty. While we were on board the Patriots were playing Dallas and they showed thton football fans. It should have been shown in the Stardust Theater or at least Spinnaker. Cabin and room service We were in an obstructed ocean view, #8568 had very little obstruction. We usually get an inside room so this was a treat. The room was maintained well enough but we found belongings of the previous guests in the drawers so we are not sure how cleaned it was before we arrived. I always bring lysol wipes and spray and do my own cleaning so it wasn't too much of a problem. Room service is free for breakfast but you have to go to the front desk the day before to get the Breakfast order card. They used to be in the room but we never received any from the room steward. We like to have coffee delivered as a wake up while we are getting ready for the day but it only worked out for 2-3 days. Room service at any other time of day is now $7.95 per order. Pools and Hot tubs. There were not a lot of kids on board because it was in October. The crew does not enforce the adult only rules in the Oasis pool and hot tubs. There were kids jumping in and out of the pool and in the hot tubs. It's too bad because it was a nice pool but not very quiet. Smoking The Port side of the Oasis pool was the smoking section on that level, however the promenade deck 7 where the walking rack is, is smoking all the way around. If you are walking to try to stay in shape, having smoke everywhere kind of defeats the purpose. Activities There were scheduled activities on board but we felt that there were not enough that didn't involve spending money. They had board games available in Moderno most days. There were supposed to be Sudoku challenges but there was no one there to urn them when we went to where they were scheduled. Dingo Dave and Andre the cruise director and assistant cruise director were both great. They did a short program each day that played in your room so you would know what was going on. They made all of the activities fun. i will never hear the word hillarious without remembering Dingo Dave. Miscellaneous The ocean was quite choppy, 10 ft. seas. We used the patch for seasickness and for the most part were fine, but one day was pretty bad. Overall we had a great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Flew into Boston on JetBlue non-stop and I love that airline. A $25 taxi ride (including tip) had us getting onboard at 2:15. (Don't worry Sweettee the ship is not going to leave us) My wife loved the room on the 10th floor w/a ... Read More
Flew into Boston on JetBlue non-stop and I love that airline. A $25 taxi ride (including tip) had us getting onboard at 2:15. (Don't worry Sweettee the ship is not going to leave us) My wife loved the room on the 10th floor w/a nice balcony. Off to the 12th floor to the Garden Café for a late lunch buffet style and lots to choose from. Enjoyed the music and party as the Dawn said goodbye to Boston. Our luggage made it safely to our room and dressed for dinner, made it out to the Venetian for a well prepared sit down dinner. We did the free drink package and tipped a buck or two if the service was good and it always was and with a nice smile. Top of the line bourbon was Makers Mark and we loved sipping it slow and listening to the live music that was done first rate. Two very talented piano players and a guy on trumpet that carried us back to New Orleans. We did the three dinner package and would do it again. Great service and food. The Spa massages were the best I have had so ask for Sylvia and relax time (I had three) Rented a mopad and we went all over the island. Next time we will do the bus/ferry unlimited passes ($20 pp per day), Much safer and faster. I could go on but you get the picture. I will be back Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We just got back from our best trip ever to Bermuda. My family was me, husband and daughter. We had a two bedroom family suite (11510). Giam was our butler and Roy was our cabin steward. They both worked so hard and nothing that we ... Read More
We just got back from our best trip ever to Bermuda. My family was me, husband and daughter. We had a two bedroom family suite (11510). Giam was our butler and Roy was our cabin steward. They both worked so hard and nothing that we asked for was ever a problem for either one of them. Our favorite waitperson was Janice from Cagney's. Our bar needs were met by Ray and Irene who were there to help us with whatever we wanted. We loved the entertainment especially Second City. Dingo Dave the CD was great. The food was great. We ate breakfast in Cagney's while lunches were in the buffet. We made all our dinner reservations before we cruised and enjoyed all of them. We had a wonderful trip and look forward to sail again aboard the Dawn in October 2016. Read Less
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