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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 were ... 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 was ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was my fifth cruise with NCL and I am never disappointed. The ship was beautiful but compared to the other ships such as the Gem and the Pearl the cabins are much smaller on the Breakaway. Even the balcony was tiny on the Breakaway. ... Read More
This was my fifth cruise with NCL and I am never disappointed. The ship was beautiful but compared to the other ships such as the Gem and the Pearl the cabins are much smaller on the Breakaway. Even the balcony was tiny on the Breakaway. My daughter and myself were in the spa mini suite #14758 which were very nice. The only complaint with the spa was that people were saving the thermal loungers with towels and you could not have access to them because the hogged them up most of the time. Our cabin steward Sopi was great. He attended to our every need. He even tried to help me find the band part of my wedding ring which I had misplaced in the cabin. He came in, lifted up the mattress, got a flashlight and scanned the floor looking for my ring. He went beyond his job description. I think he was more worried about my missing ring then I was. I was happy to report to Sopi that I had finally found the other part of my wedding ring. The food and entertainment was good as always. The Breakaway casino was very cruel to me. I gain weight on the food but lost weight in my pockets. There was nothing to do in Bermuda unless you like the beach. Shopping was very limited and the prices were crazy expensive. But all in all, I will be back on NCL for another cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
After reading previous reviews, we were a little worried that the cruise would not be to our liking. It was great!! we (my husband and I) were in a room with our daughter and our 2 year old grandson. Our family mini suite was very nice ... Read More
After reading previous reviews, we were a little worried that the cruise would not be to our liking. It was great!! we (my husband and I) were in a room with our daughter and our 2 year old grandson. Our family mini suite was very nice big bathroom and a tub for the grandson. Our room steward was not the greatest but he was very nice and loved our grandson. We had a perfect week of great weather and calm seas. ship is beautiful and very clean. Almost everyone of the reviews we read said that the pool area was to small and to crowded. While that was true it was a nice area. Pool was a pretty good size. Kids splash area was adorable. Getting a pool chair anywhere near the main pool was not easy but we will usually managed to get something not to far away. Another surprise was the food it was good in main dining rooms (taste & mahattan rooms). Buffet was good for breakfast , lunch o.k. Not great. My husband was over the moon with the hot dog cart, after more than 30 cruises finally a good hot dog. Also the burger restaurant on deck 16 was great. Difinely the best !!! We ordered the three night dining package before the cruise. Went to Cagneys (good but not great) , Italian (good) and the dinner show (great show food just o.k.) If I knew how good the free restaurants were going to be I wouldn't have gotten the dinner package. Rock of ages was great. The last thing but probably the most impressive was the crew. As I said before we have been on more than 30 cruises but the crew on this ship were the best ever. They were so nice to all of us but they loved my grandson. Always stopped and said hello to him. So impressive. Can't wait to go again!!! Bar staff especially by pool were great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Yes.... I was finally able to take a cruise on the Breakaway! I am a big fan of Norweigan and their free style cruising, it really is the best way to vacation. Hey when I am on vacation and I don't want to have to think about too many ... Read More
Yes.... I was finally able to take a cruise on the Breakaway! I am a big fan of Norweigan and their free style cruising, it really is the best way to vacation. Hey when I am on vacation and I don't want to have to think about too many plans or sticking to a schedule. This was my fourth cruise on NCL and it won't be my last. The ship is really nice and it's huge compared to the GEM. Loved all the available activities. There really isn't anything to complain about. I was a bit nervous at first that it would take forever to get anywhere on this boat seeing as it was so much larger than any other ship I previoulsy traveled on. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. It's great that you can now choose the time you arrive to check in. Our room steward, Gerard, was great. He was always friendly, eager to help and very kind. We ate at both the "free" restaurants as well as the "special" restaurants. The food was really good no matter where you ate. So if you are traveling and don't feel like spending extra on the special resturants you will still be happy. If you are a soda drinker, and are too lazy to carry on cans of soda like me, I suggest getting the soda package. It's enough of a hassle dragging suitcases and I don't care to add to that mess by bringing on cases of soda. I didn't really check out many of the children's activities as this trip was a sister's trip and I didn't have any of my kids. I did look around at the children's areas and they looked pretty good. The pool is a bit smaller than on the other ships which may be a bit problematic if you are traveling with kids/teens during the busiest times of the year. I will make note that the pricing was a bit more and I did feel as though I was being nickled and dimed on this boat vs when I traveled on the GEM. Pricing for pictures was just too much. This has to be the only cruise so far that I didn't buy a ton of pictures. Overall NCL does a great job and I look forward to many more cruises with them. Two tips that I think are worth sharing with you: I would suggest downloading the NCL app. It was great to book restaurant reservations, track your spending, and I especially loved the curise count down tracker. Last but not least, if you plan on just roaming around on the island and not booking any excursions via NCL, then just head outside to the terminal and purchase a three day transportation pass. My sisters and I planned to hit the beaches and see the sites so it made sense and saved a lot of money. We literally roamed all over that beautiful island for three days with our passes. Getting around on the island is pretty easy. I will be back on this ship come this August with my husband and kids. They can't wait to try out this ship. I already have my count down clock running. Happy cruising to you all! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We had a great time on the Breakaway. We are experienced cruisers on Carnival, Princess and RCCL, but this was our first cruise on Norwegian, first cruise out of New York and first time to Bermuda. Embarkation was very slow at first, ... Read More
We had a great time on the Breakaway. We are experienced cruisers on Carnival, Princess and RCCL, but this was our first cruise on Norwegian, first cruise out of New York and first time to Bermuda. Embarkation was very slow at first, getting through the first security checkpoint. I guess this is the fault of the Port authority, not NCL. Once we were past that point, things went much better. We dropped our bags off in our room right away and had a really good burger at Uptown Grill. After that we explored the ship until the Sailaway Party led by the cruise director Silas Cook. We were initially disappointed that Julie was not the cruise director because we had heard so much about her, but really thought highly of Silas. The activity staff was very good. We had a balcony cabin on the 10th deck towards the rear of the ship. The only complaint was that we could hear the Disco even three stories up. Our cabin steward Oka was one of the best stewards we have had. One note about the cabin. The electrical plugs were very tight. Some of our rechargers did not fit the outlets (2). Fortunately, our power strip did fit. Our interest in this cruise was because of Burn the Floor. They did not disappoint both in their stage show and dinner performances in the Manhattan Room. I did not care for Rock of Ages, somehow it didn't click with me. We loved the Manhattan Room for dinner, especially when the band was playing and we could dance. The floor was very large and the band played a good variety of dance music. We only wished that they played recorded dance music when the band was not playing. We liked the food on the ship. We only dined at the complimentary options and felt that variety and preparation were very good. We thought the activities staff on the ship were great. They really know how to put on good parties and events throughout the ship. Overall, our first NCL experience was terrific and we want to go back soon. Read Less
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