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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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
I have to start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised - no hassle getting on the boat - just need PATIENCE people ! Everyone was extremely polite the entire time . Huge ship - a lot of walking but good exercise after the delicious ... Read More
I have to start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised - no hassle getting on the boat - just need PATIENCE people ! Everyone was extremely polite the entire time . Huge ship - a lot of walking but good exercise after the delicious meals . We ate in the specialty restaurants for dinner but also ate in the buffet areas - food was very good . We saw 2 shows which were great - seats in the theater are not at all comfortable and Rock of Ages was a long show . Our room was adequate - we had a mini - suite - large bathroom - king size bed - enough closet space for our stuff Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
this is our second time in the haven - and it is really wonderful - very very expensive - not sure if it's worth what they charge, but it's so good from being personally escorted up to our floor (ahead of the 4.600 people who ... Read More
this is our second time in the haven - and it is really wonderful - very very expensive - not sure if it's worth what they charge, but it's so good from being personally escorted up to our floor (ahead of the 4.600 people who were standing in very long lines) to the private restaurant, to our private pool, to our private deck, etc., etc, it's a wonderful experience unfortunately there are lots of families who were in the haven this year (where oh where do families get this kind of money?) and that private pool was kind of noisy this year - didn't care much for that our private restaurant was very nice - cagney's restaurant, also very very nice, - worth the $30.00 the italian restaurant - NOT WORTH THE $20.00 at all - very ordinary - belongs in the complimentary group of restaurants - how they can charge for this place, i just don't understand the sea blue (i hope that's the name of the fish restaurant) - very over-rated - and very expensive - not worth it moderno was the brazilian restaurant - i think $20.00 - pretty good le bistro was just ok - not worth the money - the restaurant is very pretty and the ambiance is lovely i can't get over the ships pushing these very expensive restaurants on people when you pay for the food in the regular complimentary restaurants to begin with - there's nothing wrong with that food at all these expensive restaurants that they want you to pay for are just a way to make all sorts of extra money for the ship line - and norwegian's not the only one that does it - they all do a note of explanation: - we had the food package given to us free - so that's why we sampled all these places - but if i was just paying for a cruise, i wouldn't want to spend any extra money when i have all-ready paid for the cruise, which includes the food cagney's is an exception if you want a fancy experience - for $30.00 per person, for a special occasion, it's a good deal - a meal like that would run so much more in a fancy steak restaurant - ruth chris for example - this place is just as good as ruth chris (and you can get all the app's you want) the casino's - they don't pay we docked in the royal dockyards - very lovely place to dock - small beach (man-made) but considering the time we got there, it worked for just the afternoon second day we took the ferry to st. georges ($4.00)- another nice little place for tourists - lots of nice little shops - lovely from there, we took the local bus to hamilton - $4.00 per way per person (make sure you get a transfer when you get to hamilton so if you want, and i strongly advise it, you can transfer to the bus that takes you to horseshoe bay beach. - beautiful beach and the bus just let's you off at the top of the road where the beach is - easy to just walk down - when you are done for the day, there is a guy there at the beach who will "take you to the top" (to the road where you get the bus to take you back to the ship) for $2.00 - worth it - another 4.00 for the bus ride back the beach is beautiful - they rent chairs ($11.00 each - cash) and umbrellas (not sure of the price of that) hot dogs and burgers for $5.00 each - cash we like taking the local bus because it's like a tour - you get to see so much of the island and inter-act with the locals for the day, we spent - for the 2 of us - $24.00 - plus the 2.00 "to get to the top" someone said you can get a bus pass for perhaps cheaper, but we knew we just wanted to take the ferry and the buses for the day - so 24.00 was ok for us the 3rd and last day, we took a catamaran ride with the "pink boat" - the Restless Native is the name of it i booked it on line for 65.00 -- go to restlessnative.com (or check it out with trip advisor) the cruise ship charges 93.00 it's a great trip - pulls up right next to the ship and takes you off - to a wonderful spot to swim, snorkle, kayak, paddle boat - whatever you want - we loved it and the guys who ran it - - the best - 3 1/2 hours of fun, rum swizzles and delicious home made (on the boat) chocolate cookies there is another katamaran company also - but we chose this one and we were so satisfied with everything (that company also charges $65 - the cruise ship again charges 93.00) i gave this a good rating because after all, we stayed in the haven - would i give it such a rating if i was in the middle of 4,600 people? - hard to say (don't think so) time to get off the boat - the same 4,600 people standing in line - but because we are haven people, we are immediately escorted off the boat and in less than 2 minutes we are off the boat and thru customs the haven (as expensive as it is) is really heaven Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I got 5 nights of specialty dining and the ultimate beverage package, but BEWARE! You can't have anything in the mini bar, or the bottles of water. That is RIDICULOUS by the way....So lame. When we checked in our cabin attendant ... Read More
I got 5 nights of specialty dining and the ultimate beverage package, but BEWARE! You can't have anything in the mini bar, or the bottles of water. That is RIDICULOUS by the way....So lame. When we checked in our cabin attendant was supposed to explain that, and show us around the room, and he never did any of that. He was also not very friendly and I was not a fan, especially once we got charged $70 for alcohol we thought we already paid for. That set hubby off, he was not happy. The cabin attendant went from barely around to straight up rude once he was in trouble for not telling us about the room and the mini bar. We had an aft facing balcony room, which was awesome! Got some spa treatments, be aware that they are VERY AGGRESSIVE about selling you product. I was pretty upset on my last day in the spa, some idiot put a gym upstairs, and I had a class above me BANGING on the ceiling jumping around. FAIL. The pool was meh, not enough space to accommodate everyone at all, and the hot tubs were always over full. Loved Cagneys, Ocean Blue and Teppayaki, but the Moderno had awful service and he was rude too, and forget Le Bistro. The service in there was AWFUL, and it's right next to the teppanyaki place so all you can hear is them banging. I was absolutely angry by the time we got out of there, food was good but ambiance was awful. We absolutely loved Bermuda, and overall the cruise was great. With a few exceptions, the staff was FANTASTIC! Most of the people you speak to will be nothing but polite and sweet and friendly. I will definitely cruise Norwegian again, the ship was really impressive! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
My husband and I (in our late 60s) have sailed over twenty times on NCL, mainly because they sail year-round from New York (we live in New Jersey), and they have an excellent past-guest program. My husband has not been able to sail in the ... Read More
My husband and I (in our late 60s) have sailed over twenty times on NCL, mainly because they sail year-round from New York (we live in New Jersey), and they have an excellent past-guest program. My husband has not been able to sail in the past few years, so I have cruised with other family members and friends. My favorite ships are the smaller ones (Spirit, Gem, Jewel) but this cruise was with my adult children and their children, ages ranging from 7 to 16. The Breakaway is definitely a family ship, with a young crowd. I had read about the stateroom size but was pleasantly surprised that our family mid-ship balcony was roomy, and the bathroom was larger than I expected. Yes, the balcony is narrower, but still seats two comfortably. Storage is mainly shelving, but there was enough of it for me, and two teenage granddaughters. Even the inside cabin my daughter shared with her young son was a nice size. Even though the ship is large, it is very compact inside. One venue is right next to another, so there is not a lot of "open" space. I did miss "quiet" lounge areas, with windows, just to sit and read, and watch the sea, and when I went to the library, it was very noisy because it is next to the Atrium, where games and music take place. There should have been some soundproofing in there. Also, the casino is in the open center of the ship, so cigarette smoke is a problem walking past. And the jogging track goes directly in front of the entrance to the Uptown Grille--that is a bit dangerous. The water slides, rope course, mini-golf, climbing wall are wonderful for the kids (and any adults who are adventuresome), and my grandchildren enjoyed Splash Academy and Entourage (for the teens). They did not want to get off the ship to tour Bermuda because they were having such a good time on board. Entertainment is different on the Breakaway: there are smaller club-like venues with music, Second City, etc. The theater is small, and there is not a different "act" each night. Rock of Ages plays a few times per week, and so does Burn the Floor. We did not pay extra to see the specialty shows. Food was excellent; many new items I have not seen on previous cruises. We ate mainly in Savor, or the noodle bar, and once in Le Bistro. While the food in Le Bistro was fine, there were more tables, closer together than on the other ships. Because of this, it did not feel like a "special" place to be, and was noisy. My family (the adult children) prefers a more upscale feel for this specialty restaurant. I hope Norwegian, in the future, will not have two of this class ship sailing out of NY. We who are older, I think prefer something more classic and genteel. but for a family cruise, with children, the Breakaway is a wonderful choice. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
As most of us probably do, I spent some time on here in the weeks leading up to the cruise to look at pictures of the ship, read reviews, learn about the port, etc and I got to say, I read some of the most negative reviews on here. Like ... Read More
As most of us probably do, I spent some time on here in the weeks leading up to the cruise to look at pictures of the ship, read reviews, learn about the port, etc and I got to say, I read some of the most negative reviews on here. Like another reviewed said, if you are a real world person, with reasonable expectations about a ship with 4,000 people on it, you will have a great time. I'll give an overall review and then list pros and cons: Overall Embarkation: With never having cruised out of NY, I dreaded this. So much so that it really put a damper on the days leading up to the cruise for me. I live outside of Philly and know all to well how difficult it can be navigating NYC if you don't know it very well. Of course after we got through the Lincoln Tunnel, my GPS lost signal and I ended up making a wrong turn. Luckily there was a NYPD Office on the corner that pointed us in the right direction. Thanks! Once we got about 2 blocks from the Pier, traffic came to a screeching halt, which is what I expected. Fortunately, we gave ourselves plenty of time and once we got through the two lights and made the left hand turn up the ramp to the parking area, we were home free.... Right after we paid the $280 to park for the week... $280! We did some research before we left and there were definitely cheaper options but I wanted to get from my car to the ship and vice versa as easy as possible. And this was well worth it and I would do it again. We parked so close to the ship I could read my license plate from the pool deck during the Sail Away Party. Embarkation was very easy, although crowded... again, expected. I dropped the wife and kids with the luggage while I parked. We then went down the escalator, dropped our luggage with the attendant who was very friendly and made our way through security. Once we got through there, we were given a card with a 34 on it, that was our group. Numbers 1-5 was just called so I was thinking this was going to take a while. By the time we checked in and got our Sea Pass cards, we sat down for 5 minutes and our group was called. Within 5 minutes, we were on board. Very easy process, no worries. Once onboard, it was the usual confusion, where is everything? We ended up at O'Sheehan's because it was just there and we were hungry. We waited about 5 minutes to get seated but that allowed me enough time to grab a beer from the bar. The food was average but I figured as much. I had the Reuben and my wife had the Chicken Pot Pie. I liked mine more than she liked hers. We left there and went to our room. We had a family suite for me and my wife and our three kids (10,7,4). It was nice, nothing exceptional but we don't spend much time in the cabin except to showering and sleeping anyway. Our steward was very friendly and kept the room nice, which is hard to do with our kids! Thanks, Remy! Splash Academy: With 3 kids, this was a must. And all three kids loved it! When we picked them up for lunch and dinner, they kept asking when they could go back. Tons of activities, they made friends, and kept busy, probably more than we did! If you are cruising with little ones, rest easy knowing that they will have a great time. The Youth Counselors are awesome. You even get treated to a last day show they put on in the theatre by all the kids. A lot of fun. Sea Days: One knock I will say with NCL is that there were lulls in the action. Each evening, we would review the activities for the next day and there would be times where not much would be going on. We don't care to spend much time just lying around at the pool so we like to stay busy. During down time, we ended up playing a lot of bingo (never won, of course), throwing darts at O'Sheehan's, or losing money at the Blackjack tables. When there were activities going on, we were right in the action- If you were on this cruise, you may know my wife and me.... We won the Newlywed Not So Newlywed Game Show as well as The Perfect Couple Game on the last evening... We also did a lot of the trivia, saw the Dueling Pianos, saw Rock of Ages (which was awesome), Second City, and just had a good time. The cruise staff was a blast starting with Silas the cruise director, Zesty Zach, Ferdie, etc. Super friendly and just out to have fun. Port: Ah Bermuda, our new travel destination. We were worried, since it is smack dab in the Atlantic, that the beaches would resemble the Jersey Shore. We were mistaken- The bluest water I've ever seen and the pinkest sand. We've done the Caribbean a bunch of times but Bermuda has it beat. On the first day, it was a bit confusing and crazy with getting ferry/bus passes and lines. Overall, it was a solid hour to get tokens and get on the ferry. Once we got to Hamilton, we hopped a cab to The South Swizzle Inn for lunch, which was okay but wayyy too expensive. $64 for chicken nachos, two kids meals, and a Dark and Stormy. From there we walked from Warwick Long Bay, Jobson's Cove, and down to Horseshoe Beach. Incredible. Just the walk from beach to beach was amazing. None of the beaches were crowded but the water was rough due to Hurrican Joaquin. Lots of rip currents. At the end of the day, we bussed it back to the port which was about 20 minutes. On the second day, my wife and I rented a scooter to get around town. NCL warned us about the dangers of renting scooters but we had a great time. We took it from the port for about an hour ride all the way to Hamilton where we walked around and grabbed lunch at a Bistro right on Front Street across from where the Ferry Station is. I can't remember the name (Albertos Bistro, maybe?)... Great food, very pricey. We took the scooter on the ferry back to port to pick up the kids. After we grabbed the kids, we went to Snorkel Beach at the port. I read many bad things about it but we loved it. It was $5 per person (kids free) and there is a bar, restaurant, small beach, not crowded. Very nice. We stayed there the rest of the day. We didn't leave the ship on day 3 as we let the kids sleep as they were exhausted. Food: This is the 4th cruise line we have been on and while the food choices in the main dining areas weren't spectacular, the quality was by far the best. We ate lunch a couple times in Savor/Taste and had dinner there as well as The Manhattan Room each night. We did do Cagney's one night and that was awesome as well. We also got burgers at the Uptown Grille which were very good, and also ate at the Garden Cafe a couple times when we were rushed- it was your average buffet food. Kids liked it though. Me and two of my kids grabbed a hot dog one of the days from the Sabrett Stands- not impressed... I'm a Nathans' guy.... Debarkation: Again- easy. We did the Easy Walk Off with our own luggage and got in ( the insanely long) line around 8:45. The good thing is it did move fast. 15 minutes and we were off the ship. We then were directed towards Customs which was another 10 minute line. From there, we made the 5 minute walk to the elevator up to the parking area. We were one of 4 cars loading up so we were on our way from there in about 5-10 minutes. Before we knew it, were were back through the Lincoln Tunnel heading home. Pros: - Tons of food options. I didn't even get to try everything I wanted to (Noodle Bar, Raw Bar) - Ship was easy to navigate - Cruise Staff was superb - Entire staff, friendly. Not one negative experience with anyone. NOT ONE. - Bermuda. We will be going there. Again and again. - Rock of Ages was awesome. - Food quality. Especially after some of the reviews I read. We were very impressed. - Splash Academy for the kids. Cons: - Selection of food wasn't very creative. A couple times, I settled on a dish because nothing really stood out. - Only one formal night. We like dressing up and most cruises have two Captains Dinners. This was barely one. - Itineraries weren't as packed with activities as other cruises. Unless you like attending seminars on how to get a flatter stomach... - No End of Cruise Show? Really? Overall, a very good time. I would recommend NCL to others. We will probably sail NCL again but probably not next. Carnival is probably just ahead on our list and maybe Royal Caribbean. But NCL had Celebrity beat, for sure. And if you are stressed about sailing out of NYC, it wasn't as nuts as I thought, I would def. do it again! Happy sailing!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my first cruise. I booked the family villa in the Haven on the Breakaway b/c it was cheaper than booking two regular rooms. Boy am I glad I did. Travel to NYC is always bad. We got dropped off by a family member, unloaded, ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I booked the family villa in the Haven on the Breakaway b/c it was cheaper than booking two regular rooms. Boy am I glad I did. Travel to NYC is always bad. We got dropped off by a family member, unloaded, and grabbed a dolly for all our stuff. We were escorted and fast tracked through security on a long walk to a small special area with snacks and drinks to wait to board. The check in process was confusing and they really did not explain things to us. After a short wait we were escorted on board and up a private elevator to the Haven. Our rooms were not ready but they had waiters with food (sliders, fries, canapés, cookies, and drinks) walking around both outside on the top deck, in the bar area, and by the pools. I think the food served in the Haven area is different from the food in the other areas because the fries and sliders were much better than we got on the rest of the ship. It was amazing to be able to get away from the hubub of the main ship to the HAven. Never crowded or noisy. Always had a deck chair, uncrowded pool and hot tubs. The concierge and her assistant introduced themselves (Virginia and Alejandro) and introduced us the the bar (Jelly, Vanj) and restaurant (Pretzel, Bean, Susie) staff as well as our room steward Judy then sent us off to lunch. We went to Sheehans and were seated after a small wait. We had the Potpie because we had read so much about it - it was great, big, and flakey; the fish and chips-fish was great chips were bad french fries; and the corned beef-terrible only two small thin slices of meat. Our butler, Ravi, brought us a cake (meh), chocolate covered Strawberries (just ok), and snacks right after we got in our room. We got snacks every night and after the second night only stuff we liked (PBJ and Grilled cheese for the kids etc) were delivered. The private pool area had a small pool plus deck chairs in another pool, 2 hot tubs, sauna, tables, and snacks and drinks all day in chafing dishes. The only problem was the spa ladies were totally annoying trying to get us to buy spa services. So the other areas of the ship, though. The main pool is tiny and the hot tubs always crowded. I enjoyed the music they played. I didn't notice any problems with the availability of deck chairs I had read about. The Q&As with the staff were interesting, the trivia was fun, the shows were good but my party thought they were all just a few minutes too long. (FYI Listen when they tell you Rock of ages is NOT FOR CHILDREN) Also, bring earplugs to the shows because they are really loud. My 16year old loved the teen club and we hardly ever saw her. The food at the Garden Cafe buffet was pretty bad but there was a lot of it. Tepanyaki was great but again, bring earplugs b/c it is really loud. We did not like the noodle place. The Haven restaurant was really great but the menu was not varied. The Carrot cake there was much better than what they served in the buffet as was the selection of fresh fruit. Overall the staff everywhere was friendly and attentive, the guy that did Zumba was a hoot, the slides were closed often bc of the high seas. If you are going to Bermuda, don't wait in line to buy tokens, just get on the ferries. Tokens cost $4.50 but the line is super long and a waste of your time. Just have $5US pp cash ready and you can get on the ferry with out the extra wait. Pick up a ferry and bus schedule on board or at any store on the island. We ate in local holes in the wall and had great food. Mama Angies on St. Georges was amazing and authentic and cheap. Try the snapper sandwich. Disembarking was a dream. We were escorted by private elevator to a special set of doors and were then escorted through customs. That in itself was worth the extra cost of the Haven. (There was also a reserved elevator car for Haven guests for after the safety drill.) Be aware that the concierge desk is right inside the access door for the HAven and you can only host non haven guests in you room or at the Haven Restaurant (for a $25 pp surcharge) They cant use the pool, hot tubs, etc. The staff knows who belongs up there and will ask them to leave. We got hit with the tail end of a hurricane (30+ foot waves) and everyone was pretty sick most of the last day at sea and Jelly at the bar saved the day by giving everyone ginger candy and seltzer. My advice is cruise less often so you can stay in the Haven. I believe we had a totally different experience than if we had stayed elsewhere on the ship. You don't really need to bring water onboard b/c we never had trouble getting it whenever we wanted some. Bring earplugs. If you book a spa treatment expect that the entire time will be one long high pressure sales pitch for some useless potion or another. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I just got back from a 8 day cruise to Bermuda on NCL Breakaway. I sailed twice before on Royal Caribbean and wanted to try a different cruise line to compare, and I liked the three days in Bermuda itinerary. Overall I liked the cruise ... Read More
I just got back from a 8 day cruise to Bermuda on NCL Breakaway. I sailed twice before on Royal Caribbean and wanted to try a different cruise line to compare, and I liked the three days in Bermuda itinerary. Overall I liked the cruise a lot, but I am not convinced that NCL is for me. The ship is new, clean, very good food, but it did not impress me or wow me as Royal has in the past. This was my first time on a big ship, my other cruises were small ships, more intimate, so that may have something to do with it. Would I recommend it, yes. I had a balcony cabin, 9846, which was nicely sized. PROs: Food in main restaurants and buffets were excellent. Beautiful ship, very new. A lot of bars to visit. The Ad hoc entertainment was very good. Willie on the piano at Shakers, Howl at the Moon, dueling pianos, Guitar and singing, etc. The Second City comedy was good at Headliners. The showers were bigger on this ship than others. For booking we were given the Unlimited Beverage Package as a promotion, and this worked like a charm, no issues. Drinks plus gratuity were included. CONs: Pool area is too small. There is no dance floor between pool and stage, which I have seen on other ships and enjoy. And, there is only one pool. To clarify one for adults, which is the main pool. Two other pools for children. One is in the haven suite I think, and there might be one in vibe, the private beach club. Poorly laid out. I had to do a lot of walking from areas, to elevators, to state rooms, etc. Not enough elevators. Also, only some of the elevators went to high deck 16, others only went to 15. Smoking areas on waterfront really were annoying. And, I think our room/balcony was over the smoking deck, which was annoying. Staff was average. I think because the ship is so large a lot of the staff is in the learning phase. They were not bad, but not great. For example, at the beginning of the cruise I ask for ice every day, and extra towels. I received ice, but never extra towels. Sometimes the bathroom was not clean enough. Sometimes bed was not made well. Sometimes I did not receive an animal; trivial I know, but this becomes a big deal coming back to room. Not enough hot tub space for 4000 people. I was in one once, where on most other cruises I hit it at least once a day; especially after 5:00 PM when older people move off the pool deck to get dressed for dinner. Shows were okay, not great. Rock of ages was lousy. The songs and the singing were good, it's just the show itself was bad. e.g. Plot, story, etc. Food in specialty restaurant la Cucina was not great. I figured Italian would be safest to test and try, but I thought the buffet and MDR were better food. The NCL App did not work at all, it would not register. I downloaded the application before arriving, had to update while onboard. It never registered, and waiting in line at iconnect seemed to be too long to get it to work. The app was supposed to allow you to text each other while on-board. Would I recommend it, yes. Would I re-book this ship myself, probably not. P.S. Getting to Manhattan Cruise Terminal from Philadelphia/South Jersey was a cinch. Drove to Hamilton train station, parked ($10/day, total was $73). Took NJ Transit to Penn Station ($15 pp each way), cab to MCT ($14). Read Less
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