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Sail Date: August 2015
We went to Bermuda 8/30. Plusses: Arrived at Pier at noon and on ship at 1245 Food at Cagneys, Le Bistro and La Bistro is all excellent and outside seating at Cagneys, Cucina and Moderno is very nice Moderno breakfast buffet ... Read More
We went to Bermuda 8/30. Plusses: Arrived at Pier at noon and on ship at 1245 Food at Cagneys, Le Bistro and La Bistro is all excellent and outside seating at Cagneys, Cucina and Moderno is very nice Moderno breakfast buffet offers less than Garden Cafe, but is far less crowded Burn the Floor, Second City, Fire and Ice, Dueling Pianos, lounge singers and Donna Davino were very good Uptown grill burgers and salads and Indian dishes at Garden Cafe are very good Outdoor Seating areas on 8 are very nice Viva Vino wine bottle deal is worthwhile Minuses: Pool, pool lounges and Atrium are always horribly crowded No stand up comics or magicians Main courses at Garden Cafe mediocre Avoid Beverage package unless you drink 8 times a day or more Obnoxious to change Bermuda departure from 5 to 3 after booking but before sailing for no reason Balconies and gym are miniscule Excursions are ripoffs even by cruise line standards. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my wife and my 11th cruise but first on Norweigen, getting the UBP for free helped in our decision to try Norweigen. We drove into Manhattan from Long Island and parked on 57th street, just a few blocks from the pier. The ... Read More
This was my wife and my 11th cruise but first on Norweigen, getting the UBP for free helped in our decision to try Norweigen. We drove into Manhattan from Long Island and parked on 57th street, just a few blocks from the pier. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on the ship before noon. We went up to the up town grill for lunch and there were no crowds and we had a great burger. We explored the ship and found it to be well maintained and a beautiful ship. This was the last week of August so there were a lot of families with kids and overall a crowded ship. The pool area being the most crowded but you can find places that are quiet. I tried to sign up for the vibe club when we got on but it was already sold out. The first day of the cruise we went spice h2o and had no problem getting two lounge chairs. Actually there were available chairs all morning and it never felt crowded, it truly was a quiet place to get some sun and relax and they have a waterfall area for cooling off. We saw the dinner show that night and enjoyed it very much. The food was good, not great but good but overall a good night. Some of the other highlights, the Malting bar on deck 8, where the staff is great and it's a great atmosphere. Cagney's steak house was excellent, beautiful place with great food. Also Shang high was very good and no extra fee! The negatives did not ruin our cruise but we ate at the dining room, Taste, two times and did not have a good meal, there is room for improvement with the included restaurants. Also ordered room service one night and pizza was cold and took over an hour. And like other reviews, pool area was very crowded on sea days. Overall we had a great cruise and enjoyed the ship and the staff very much. We are already booked on the Norweigen Escape for February and we are looking forward to another great cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Just Returning from the Breakaway to Bermuda on Sunday 8/30, I thought I’d write about my observations, likes and dislikes. Hopefully this info can Help you one way or the other. Enjoy. Dining: My wife and I decided we’d take ... Read More
Just Returning from the Breakaway to Bermuda on Sunday 8/30, I thought I’d write about my observations, likes and dislikes. Hopefully this info can Help you one way or the other. Enjoy. Dining: My wife and I decided we’d take advantage of the “complimentary” dining options that we already paid for as part of our cruise. We enjoyed Savor, Taste, and the Manhattan room for dinners. All having the same exact menu, you can preview the entire weeks dinner menus on the “I Concierge” app. We particularly enjoyed the Manhattan room because they had a nice live band with vocalist playing wonderful music at the appropriate volume to enjoy our dinner. The menus generally had a wide selection, and we enjoyed Prime Rib, as well as Rack of lamb among our favorites. Our least favorite was the crab cakes because they were using 3rd rate crab meat I (not even close to lump) O Sheehans, is a good option for an alternative, and generally was not too crowded. They offer 3 rotating featured items for dinner entrees. Prime Rib, Unlimited spare ribs, and a third option I cannot remember. Hot buffalo wings needed work and were soggy and somewhat undercooked. The mozzarella stix were without a question, the worst think I’ve eaten in my life! They appeared as if they were freezer burned for 3 years, with unmelted cheese and taste pretty much like crap. Uptown Grille: a specialty complimentary dining option which we used for lunch only. In addition to make your own salads, they only offer giant custom made 8oz hamburgers, along with (cold) waffle fries. You choose the toppings. Burgers were hot and tasty. The Garden: By far the most widely used option for breakfast and lunch. In fairness We didn’t try it for dinner. Okay, as expected the Selection was good, and quality was mostly good. The main complaint I’ve read over and over and over again is very true. The HOT Food is COLD!! Both for lunch, but most especially for breakfast. You kinda get used to eating cold food, but that doesn’t make it right ! I was tired of eating cold food over and over again, so I did a test. I waited til the existing trey of waffles (and on a 2nd experiment pancakes) ran out, so that I would get brand new replacement trey. The HOTTEST FOOD POSSIBLE, and as SOON as possible! Giant disappointment. The food was still COLD. The only truly safe bet is custom made omlettes, because remember, in my opinion, if you didn’t see the food come directly off the fire, THE FOOD WILL probably BE COLD. Sorry to be repetitious, but they really don’t seem to try much about correcting this issue, and its really my pet peeve. And something they CAN improve on even though buffets are prone to cold food. WIFI- We did not bring laptops/tablets, but chose to bring our iphone 6’s. You can use the iconcierge, to get info on shows, food, etc with no charge. You have to pay for it, if you want to communicate with other passengers also using the same app. But to communicate back home and check on the kids, and facebook etc, you need wifi. We opted for the $59.00 package each at the recommendation of the internet manager, which barely lasted the week. The connection and signal was great, but he failed to instruct us on how to use it properly. You must first connect to the ships WIFI, THEN you must get to a login screen and use your passenger info. Finally you are then connected. In addition, you MUST be sure to disconnect as you’ll be using wifi unknowingly if you don’t, especially with Facebook. Embark/Disembark- actually (almost surprisingly) smooth ! Checking in on Sunday had a few lines which generally moved very well. Getting off the ship on the following Sunday we opted for the carry your own luggage option, thinking it would give us a jump on things. That process was supposed to be 8-845am for those people. We got there early at 745 and the line was amazingly long as others had the same idea. However to our surprise, things moved VERY smoothly and pretty quickly. We were off the ship in maybe 15 minutes. The Cruise director was Silas and the assistant was Adam. They both did a fine job, being pleasant, helpful, energetic throughout the cruise. They were not overwhelming or annoying which can easily happen. Silas made occasional announcements, ran/emceed several events, and was always a pleasant face to see. He even chatted us up at the bar once and seemed genuinely nice. BERMUDA: This was our 2ndat to Bermuda so we knew basically what to expect. We enjoyed shopping in Hamilton and took the Ferry ($4.50) to get there. In addition we visited Horseshoe Bay beach all three days. We love the fact that this beach, although somewhat crowded, offers anything and everything you may want. Full public bathroom including shower. Full snack bar including burgers and chicken fingers. Spring Water was $3.00 and beer was $6. Entertainment: Didn't do the paid entertainment. The Rock of Ages show was great and enjoyable. The "Stomp the Floor" show was really geared toward an older crowd. Showing off different styles of dance. Very possibly, A bit boring for some people. Strictly was all dance. Enjoyed Dueling Pianos on several nights as well as Charlie Love and the silky smooth Band. Jammroc played daily poolside after the DJ. The manditory Bob Marley stuff started things off and then mixed music which was all enjoyable ! Fire and Ice were great and played in the Atrium daily. We tried to see the 2nd city improv group which is free, but performances were limited. I think 3-4 maybe 5 for the entire week. They were sold out and i'm sorry we missed seeing them. On the topic of comedy, I would suggest perhaps that they utilize solo comedians on the ship as we've often seen on other cruises in the past. Just a suggestion. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We had a fun cruise on the Dawn out of Boston. We arrived early (we are platinum and did not need to pick an arrival time). We ended up in group 1 and were on the ship fairly quickly. We brought our carry on to our room and met our ... Read More
We had a fun cruise on the Dawn out of Boston. We arrived early (we are platinum and did not need to pick an arrival time). We ended up in group 1 and were on the ship fairly quickly. We brought our carry on to our room and met our steward, Christian, who was very nice. Then it was off to lunch up at the Garden Cafe. It cleared up a little bit for sail-away but we chose to stay on our balcony while leaving Boston. We had calm seas to Bermuda and back also. My main complaint on this ship would be the chair hogs. If you didn't have a towel out by 8 AM you were not getting a seat. I really wish there was an adult pool because this week there tons of kids on board jumping and cannon-balling into the pool. I prefer ships with an adult pool. We had the UDP so we ate in Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina, and Moderno. We found Cagney's and Le Bistro to be the best by far. We did not have a good experience in Moderno and in my opinion the Olive Garden rest. is better than La Cucina! The entertainment was somewhat lacking on this ship. Didn't care for the duo in the atrium - just not my style of music. There was a one good piano player/singer and one not so great. The entertainment in the main showroom was quite good. NCL cannot control the weather and that could have been better but that's how it goes! We found all of the employees on the ship to be top notch and very friendly. Everyone said hello in the hallways, our steward greeted us by name all the time, our dining room waiters were excellent. We already have 4 more NCL cruises booked and bought two Cruise Next certificates. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
What a fantastic time my family and I had aboard the Norwegian Breakaway in August 2015. Overall we had a great time but there were some negatives as well. PROS: - It was very well organized and convenient to get on and ... Read More
What a fantastic time my family and I had aboard the Norwegian Breakaway in August 2015. Overall we had a great time but there were some negatives as well. PROS: - It was very well organized and convenient to get on and off the ship. - Most of the staff members were so kind and there to help you at every turn - Entertainment! All of the shows that we saw were amazing in their own way. We can tell a lot of thought and effort went in to make these great shows. - The food was probably the best food that we had on a cruise ship! Such a variety especially in the garden café. All of the restaurants had amazing food. - The amount of activities on the Breakaway is just amazing for all ages. From waterslides to ropes course to bowling to a mini golf and rock climbing wall, the amount of activities on this ship will keep you busy all week long! - The Nightlife! All the parties on board were all amazing from the 70's and 80's parties to spice H2O and Norwegians night out! They were all great! - BERMUDA! Bermuda was probably the most beautiful of the Caribbean islands. The beaches were 5 star and the people there were so kind and respectful. It was a pleasure going there. CONS: - The pool deck. I thought that NCL Breakaway's pool deck was very poorly designed. There was a smoking lounge right in the middle of the pool deck, seriously! The pool deck itself was WAY too small to fit 3000+ passengers and was always terribly crowded. There were these 2 bars right in the middle of the pool deck and they just cut off the flow. - The deck plans where very difficult to learn and it took some time to get used to and there were still a lot of twists and turns. - The cabins. That week, we stayed in a regular balcony stateroom. It was VERY tight! We could not fit 4 people and 3 luggage in one room. Not only were the rooms very small, the hallways leading to the rooms where very tight as you can only walk single file. - The theater was very small as well. This theater is probably the smallest that I've seen on a cruise ship. Definitely not fit for 3000+ passengers. - The activity operating hours were ridiculous! For example the ropes course was fun but it was open for only 3 hours per day, from 3:00 to 6:00. Once when I was on the ropes course, it started to lightly drizzle, kinda like a sun shower. They told everyone on the course to get off and that they would re-open the ropes course when the drizzle stopped. 1 hour later, when the rain was way gone, they said it was closed for the rest of the night. Overall it was a very fun cruise, this was our second cruise with NCL, our first being on NCL Gem in 2012. This was an improvement from our last cruise. This is the cruise for you if you have a family, it might not be a great cruise for the older folk. Overall I would give it an 8 out of 10! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
I am an avid lover of the water and did work on the water professionally years ago and finally my wife and our two older boys ages 17 and 21 were finally taking a cruise. Let's just say I was looking forward to it along with my boys. ... Read More
I am an avid lover of the water and did work on the water professionally years ago and finally my wife and our two older boys ages 17 and 21 were finally taking a cruise. Let's just say I was looking forward to it along with my boys. We are familiar with Boston Harbor and approaches to Boston and it was great to see the pilot boat and the harbor islands on departure. Cruising was uneventful weather wise and this was welcomed by my Wife especially because of concerns of motion sickness. I can say that the pre-cruise planning and reservation interaction with Norwegian was easy and efficient. We had the same easiness with the staff and hospitality stewards embarking and disembarking in port without any problems. Our room steward Emmanuel was excellent and greeted us with a smile every time we saw him. He especially made the cruise experience welcoming for us. Our expectations as far as the food , recreation equipment and exercise equipment was surpassed. The food was better than expected at the buffet. The emphasis on cleanliness was noticeable. If you can recommend dining at the sit down restaurants where you are waited on at no extra charge. Did not try Cagney's or any of the upper end restaurants. The only complaint is that I never did get a reply or confirmation that my suggestion was read or reviewed by the ship's senior hospitality officer that "Sargasso Sea" is misspelled on the NAV channel as "Saragasso Sea" in one of the slides. Also they should not charge for tours of the bridge and behind the scenes. As a former officer aboard a merchant vessel it was always a pleasure to explain what happens on the bridge to guests. I provided my email and room number and still no reply. Only promotional material in emails following the cruise. They do have the marketing down and only wish there was more time in Bermuda. And yes the pool area was disappointing and the tubs and pools occupied by either drunks, children, or inappropriate young adults. My boys were turned off mostly by the conduct of a lot of the young adults their age Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
This was the sixth cruise for my wife and me but it was the first time we brought our kids, ages 8 and 12. They loved it, and it was great to see things as if for the first time, through their eyes. This was our first time on Norwegian ... Read More
This was the sixth cruise for my wife and me but it was the first time we brought our kids, ages 8 and 12. They loved it, and it was great to see things as if for the first time, through their eyes. This was our first time on Norwegian since our honeymoon in 1993; we have taken Royal Caribbean and Celebrity since then. We chose Breakaway because it was convenient (we live two hours away from NYC and have no interest in flying the kids down to Florida just to hop on a cruise ship) and because it is marketed as good for the kids, with the water slides and all... Fortunately I am an early riser, so it was not a hardship for me to reserve lounge chairs, but I can see how it would really stink to get up at 6AM only for that reason if you prefer to sleep late on your vacation. This is a common problem on many vacations though, both on land and at sea - except on Royal Caribean's Oasis class ships, where I don't remember having such problems due to the ample multi-deck seating. The water slides were fun to ride with the kids. The lines were long on the first day but after that, particularly while in port and/or late in the day when approaching dinner time, they were not bad at all. I was relieved when my son decided not to try the "free fall" slide, so I was able to escape that obligation unscathed :) The "whip" slide actually picks up quite a bit of speed near the end; you can feel the G-force as you hit a completely dark segment of the tube (particularly the purple one; the yellow one seems to allow more light in), and just as you feel it is getting too unpleasant you hit the straightaway and see the light. The kids enjoy "racing," seeing who will emerge first from their tube at the bottom. The rock climbing wall is pretty standard as climbing walls go. The "ropes course" is something interesting that I haven't seen before. Although I am relatively fit and athletic, I found it nerve-wracking to be up there. I'm not particularly afraid of heights, yet couldn't summon the courage to walk the longest beam that parallels the side of the ship, where the ocean is about 160 feet below you to one side. I did "walk the plank," also nerve-wracking, particularly when you have to turn around and come back. I was literally unable to walk the tightrope; although I tried counterbalancing myself by holding on to the rope that tethered me to the rack above my head, I just could not regain my balance and my whole body was vibrating along with the rope under my feet. I am sure this thing is safe, but couldn't envision what it might be like to fall off, have my feet hanging below whatever surface I was on, and having to get back up there. And in any case, who wants the embarrassment of falling off?? The ropes course ends with a zipline ride, which is way better than the short one on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We did the ropes course together twice, but I skipped "walking the plank" the second time... The food was pretty good. I tend to get a bit grossed out by buffets with tons of people crawling all over them, but the food was generally enjoyable. We ate in the main "Manhattan" dining room every night but one, and always had a good meal. Let's face it, food cooked in mass quantities like this is not going to be as good as a true fine dining restaurant. But it's generally good quality. And I think you have to know what to order. For example, if you're going to order a steak, you have a right to expect that it's going to be significantly better than a steak in Outback or Applebee's, but don't expect it to be steakhouse quality either. The other "free" restaurants, Taste and Savor, have the same exact menus so not worth trying in my opinion. The atmosphere is a little different, but not significantly so - just smaller and a little more intimate. We ate at Taste one night and felt rushed, but in fairness I guess maybe the wait staff is conscious of trying to get people out to shows... One of my favorite food items was the burgers up at the Burger Bar, which is on Deck 16 as part of the Uptown Grill. Big, thick burgers, great country rolls, interesting topping alternatives. And this is going to sound crazy, but they have this brand of ketchup on the tables there called "78 Red." After a lifetime of thinking only Heinz could make ketchup, I found this stuff to be awesome and will be looking for a way to buy it now that I'm home! The only problem with the Burger Bar is the wait time; you order at the counter and they bring the food to your table, finding you with a number you place on your table. Try to go at an "off peak" time instead of right in the lunchtime hour. The Burger Bar area has a smaller breakfast buffet that starts at 8AM; it tends to be quieter and less crowded up there at that time, so is a nice, quick alternative to the big, main Garden Cafe cafeteria, although of course there are far fewer food options. There is a Sabrette's hot dog stand near the pool area, and another on the "adults only" aft deck. We found many of the bars to have long wait times. These folks work hard; I think they are just understaffed. One day at the bar in the Uptown Grill (next to the Burger Bar), one guy was covering the whole bar; it literally took 20 minutes for me to get a beer to go with lunch (but fortunately or unfortunately depending upon your point of view, the burgers had not yet arrived during that time so at least I wasn't returning to cold food). The pool bars on Deck 15 are absolutely insane trying to even get a bartender's attention. The Shakers martini lounge seemed to have just one person covering the whole thing; it took a half hour for her even to get to us one evening (but once she took our order, the cocktails came pretty quickly). One night at Fat Cats, three songs were performed between ordering and receiving our drinks. At dinner in the Manhattan dining room, the wine stewards did not seem particularly attentive to when a second round was required, so be proactive if you want a certain glass of wine with dinner after starting with a cocktail. (Note - we had the "ultimate beverage package," which I recommend if you like to have a few drinks throughout the course of a day; it mounts up quick, unless you are the type that only has one glass of wine at dinner and that's it). The entertainment was outstanding, high-quality stuff. I usually suffer through shows to keep my wife company, and sometimes can't even stay awake. But I enjoyed the Welcome Aboard Show and the Burn the Floor dance show. Fire & Ice is not my kind of music (R&B, Whitney Houston / Tina Turner type stuff) but have to admit that woman has got some serious talent, a powerful voice and stage presence, and filled all the seats in front of her as well as had the attention of the standing room only crowd one and even two levels above her that could see and hear her down through the atrium. She did a Michael Jackson tribute one night that my wife and mother-in-law loved (I did not see it). There was a dueling pianos show. I enjoyed Fat Cats blues club; Charlie Love was a great entertainer and the real deal; many times, "blues" in the lowest common denominator crowd environment of a cruise ship turns out to be more mainstream R&B, Motown, etc., but there was some authentic blues in this set - but also some of the other non-blues stuff noted above. Shakers lounge had pleasant piano music each night, except for the last night when "Justin" was off and they had some less-pleasant acoustic guitar stuff instead. Justin was very kind to my twin 8-year-old daughters, who developed a little "crush" on him and talked to him every night. He gave them a free autographed CD. My girls also had a great experience during Natalie Weiss's show, where she invited all the kids onstage to sing "Let it Go" from "Frozen." Despite my general dislike for shows, particularly musicals, I was excited to see Rock of Ages because 80s hair metal was my college soundtrack. I had already seen the movie and knew the plot was dumb but was looking forward to the live music and theatrics capturing the 80s rock scene. There was ample warning that this show was not for kids, yet I could not believe how many kids were in there. How does a father look his 13-year-old daughter in the eye after a show in which there are F-bombs, simulated sex, a character suggestively dangling nunchakus between his legs while flirting with someone in the audience, scenes that take place in a strip club complete with lap dances and women touching themselves and each other??? Aside from the issue of what's appropriate for children, it is fine to have adult entertainment with adult themes, but some of this was gratuitous even relative to the subject matter of Rock of Ages. (Having not seen the original Broadway play, I am not sure whether this was faithful to the original or added for shock value...) Further, although I wanted to see Rock of Ages since it was available, was it the best choice of headline show on what is supposedly a family cruise??? Speaking of which, there were several incidents that we were not happy with on an allegedly family-friendly cruise. The Welcome Aboard show include a joke by the cruise director asking if anyone on board was "celebrating a divorce." We asked two separate crew members whether an 8PM comedy show was appropriate for all ages, only to find a number of inappropriate things that went over the heads of our 8 year old twins but understood all too well by my 12 year old boy. Even the explicitly "all ages" comedy show at 7PM included some questionable material, including a disturbing skit with parents disliking one of their kids and trying to throw her out of the house for good - oh, and the parents were "dad and dad." A show during dinner at the Manhattan dining room by Burn the Floor included provocative dancing and a song with a chorus repeating the phrase "I want to make love to you" over and over. (Age-appropriateness aside, I also want to mention that they did this same show twice - not sure why they would repeat it instead of doing something different the next time). The very worst kid-unfriendly incident was at an 8PM karaoke show, where a vacationer decides to avail himself of an option in the songbook that includes the words - sung and shown onscreen - "mother f___r." My wife complained afterwards to the DJ, who had a smirk on his face and said he didn't see anything wrong with it! We went down to guest services to complain about the song - as well as the DJ's attitude - and the assistant cruise director (Adam) came to talk to us about it. His response was appropriate but of course we can't know how he actually handled it with the DJ or whether, as promised, the song is actually removed from the book. So bottom line, if you're trying to bring your kids up with some morals and protect their innocence as long as you can, be cautious, even of stuff going on at 8PM. As far as the port-of-call, we have been to Bermuda twice before so exploring the island wasn't our main priority. We walked to Snorkeling Park right near the ship one day, took a bus to Horseshoe Bay the second day, and went to Glass Beach the third (I regret not bringing my snorkeling equipment to Glass Beach, the water was calm and there were a couple of small reefs visible just offshore. The shoreline is very rocky though). Some other miscellaneous comments: - The music on Deck 15 is absolutely brutal. Blaring, urban jungle hip hop. The adult pool looked like a scene from a spring break "girls gone wild" video, with a bunch of teenagers (and adults that think they're still teenagers) dancing around in a drunken stupor with their hands in the air as if to say "Look at me!!!! Look at me!!!!" To each his (or her) own. But the music was obscenely and uncomfortably loud and could not be avoided anywhere on Deck 15, even at the kiddie pools and water slides. Wouldn't some nice reggae, steel drum or calypso music be more appropriate for a summertime ocean cruise??? The band did play some great reggae, but generally not until later in the afternoon, like sometime between 3:00 and 5:00. If you want some peace and quiet, retreat to Deck 16 if you can, there are a few lounge chairs in a quieter, shadier spot up there right near the Uptown Grill; too bad we didn't really notice this until the last day! - Too many restaurants are closed on port days. Why not keep the Burger Bar and the Sabrette's hot dog stand open?? - Nice touch on Deck 8 with outdoor sections to some of the "pay" restaurants and most of the bars (e.g., Fat Cats, Shakers, etc.) where you could be outside and still hear the music. - The ice bar is an interesting touch. I always wanted to go to one of these but with kids and a $20 cover charge, it was not on our agenda. But I was disappointed that they wouldn't let us just step inside for a moment to just see what it looked like. - If you like drinking a few cups of coffee in the morning, or bringing coffee back to your room or elsewhere on the ship, bring your own travel mug or paper cups. There are no "to go" cups on the ship, unless you pay for a specialty coffee at the cappuccino bar. - Get the ship app, I think it's called Norwegian iConcierge or something like that. It costs $7.95 for the week to be able to text other passengers but it was worth it for the convenience, we used it to communicate all the time. It is supposed to also allow you to make calls to other passengers but we could not get that to work. Without an extra charge, you can use the app to access your account or the activities, which is more convenient than carrying the day's paper around and it is also categorized in various ways (entertainment, dining, etc.) as opposed to just chronologically like the hard copy. - For the fitness buffs: The gym was decent in that it included dumbbells up to 85 pounds, pre-set barbells up to 110 pounds, kettlebells up to 35 pounds, and a Smith machine. Better than the Oasis class gyms on Royal Caribbean. However, it is VERY cramped, with almost no open space for those into bodyweight/functional training or CrossFit type of training - except when the aerobics/yoga room is available between classes (note that's where the kettlebells are located). The jogging track is on Deck 16 and does not go around the entire circumference of the ship, so it is relatively short - it takes 25 laps to do a 5K. The jogging track was also wet every morning due to being washed along with the rest of the deck. If you don't run first thing early in the morning you'll be running inches from lounge chairs while dodging people walking aimlessly around carrying their plates of food from the Uptown Grill. This is no good for the runners or the other passengers. I prefer jogging tracks that are on lower decks, shaded by the deck above, and made with the absorbent track material. Also, this track was not wide enough to allow for a passing lane to pass slower runners or walkers. - We did the walk-off with our own luggage. We were among the first 10 or 20 families in line and got off very quickly; we were already in the Lincoln Tunnel within a half hour of the first people being allowed off. Despite some of the negatives cited above, it was a great cruise. It's just natural to highlight some of the negatives to look out for, especially in the hope and expectation that NCL management is monitoring these reviews and can fix the problems to move ever closer to excellence. Actually I would say our experience was pretty close to excellent, but I feel that a five rating has to be near perfection so I usually stop short of a five rating on anything I review. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Embarkation went smoothly; we had put in arrival betw 10:30-11 but was processed as soon as we arrived. Left our carry-ons in our stateroom, our luggage arrived soon after brought in by our friendly steward FRED. Had lunch @ garden cafe ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly; we had put in arrival betw 10:30-11 but was processed as soon as we arrived. Left our carry-ons in our stateroom, our luggage arrived soon after brought in by our friendly steward FRED. Had lunch @ garden cafe (which always had a nice selection of food & very friendly staff). Participated in the required emergency orientation. We missed the sail away party - wish they had posted this information all over so first time cruisers like us would know :-(. It was a whirlwind one week of fun & activities. We watched a couple of complimentary shows, checked out Duelling Pianos (very good!), karaoke, burn the floor dancers gave daily lessons of the various dance form, they also had a guitar player & a piano player on different nights at Maltings & Shakers. They had movies playing in the Atrium, parties on top deck - we liked 70's night, note GLOW party is really for kids. The main dining rooms (Manhattan Rm, Taste & Savor) have the same menu. The Manhattan line can get long so better make rsvn - the only advantage to the Manhattan that I can see is if you have a big group as the room is bigger than the other 2. We tried Shanghai Noodles which is ok. The WASABI was good & prices were reasonable. In BERMUDA, majority seem to have gone to the beach on the first day so Horsheshoe Bay Beach was very crowded. Those who went the second day experienced a more enjoyable time as the beach was not as crowded. We took the ferry to Hamilton the 2nd day & did some shopping. No need to sign up for NCL shore excusions as you can easily make arrangements with any bus or taxi waiting @ the Dockyard. We checked out the shopping mall near the docks on the last day - advice1: keep it close to the ship on the last day in Bermuda: a couple of passengers got left behind bec they weren't back in time for ship's departure. Again, we missed the sail away party :-( As we cruised in AUG, there were lots of kids & young adults - pools were always crowded except for days in Bermuda. Walking/running track on deck 16 is very small. Advice2: Ave. drink costs $10 so if you're only a social drinker, skip the UBP. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
This was our 3rd sailing on The Breakaway and she did not disappoint. The Bermuda itinerary in my opinion is one of the best, 3 days to explore the island. Our first sailing to Bermuda the ship departed Friday at 5 PM but a few weeks ... Read More
This was our 3rd sailing on The Breakaway and she did not disappoint. The Bermuda itinerary in my opinion is one of the best, 3 days to explore the island. Our first sailing to Bermuda the ship departed Friday at 5 PM but a few weeks prior to this sailing NCL issued an email stating it would now depart at 2 PM, bummer! We took advantage of the UBP and apparently everyone else did as well. Considering the amount of alcohol being consumed everyone was well behaved. We purchased the 3 day UDP and dined at Le Bistro, Teppanyaki and Cagney's well worth the cost. There was a massive amount of people on the ship - summer sailing, schools out, to be expected. With that said Embarkation and Disembarkation was a breeze, I really thought it would be a lot worse. Overall this was my best cruise to date. We chose the Aft Balcony B1 and will do so moving forward every time we sail in the summer months. The larger balcony with lounger saved me from dealing with chair hogs on the pool decks. I'll never understand people who think it's right to place towels, shirts, books, etc. on 6 + loungers at 6 AM in the morning never to return until the afternoon. This is a universal problem on all cruises so I don't hold it against Norwegian. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
I was actually really worried about sailing on the Breakaway due to all of the negative reviews it was receiving prior to our cruise to Bermuda. I am happy to say I worried for absolutely nothing. We had a really great time and ... Read More
I was actually really worried about sailing on the Breakaway due to all of the negative reviews it was receiving prior to our cruise to Bermuda. I am happy to say I worried for absolutely nothing. We had a really great time and didn't really find any of the negative aspects everyone was complaining about. We did not find one rude staff member on board. We were always greeted with a smile and a hello. I did however see lots of guests being overly rude and down right demanding/demeaning to the staff on board. The ship staff are there to enhance your vacation, they are not your personal servants. Treat them nicely and with respect and you will get the same in return. We had a balcony cabin and yes the balconies are small compared to other cruise lines but it was ok for what we needed. Our room was always kept nice and clean. I loved the huge shower with the surround plexi-glass door. No more uncooperative shower curtain clinging to the body. The only small complaint I would have is that on sea days they did place the deck chairs everywhere on the upper decks so it was almost impossible to walk by them. A lot of the time you had to wait for people coming in the opposite direction to pass and then you could go as there was barely enough space for one person to walk along the pathway in between the chairs and you ending up tripping on the legs as they were so close. It was also very hard to find a chair that has a bit of shade. The Cirque Dinner show was absolutely stunning and well work the extra fee paid. We also ate at the Brazilian Steakhouse which was delicious!!! The buffet and Taste/Savor also were very good. We had a small problem with our show reservations for Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages. When we arrived for our first show they didn't have any bookings for us for anything and the shows were sold out! I had reserved them both from home a few months in advance. I did receive confirmation but didn't think to print it and take it with me. They let us in any ways and then I went to see the Box Office about our second show and they were able to squeeze us in. So I would recommend printing all of your documents and bringing them with you just in case! Bermuda was absolutely stunning. We were disappointed that NCL decided to leave at 3pm instead of 5pm as we could have used the extra time. We did almost all of our excursions through the ship. The SNUBA excursion was not worth the money we paid for it. The tour guides were very nice but the actual SNUBA was only in about 10 feet of water. We could saved a bunch of money and just snorkeled there as it was pretty much the same view. We have done SNUBA is several other ports before and it was much better elsewhere. In the afternoon we did the Shipwreck Snorkel tour which was amazing. We also did the Crystal Caves and Aquarium. The Crystal Caves were beautiful and a sight to see but we did not like the Aquarium and felt that it wasn't being taken care of very well. We felt sorry for the animals. The Catamaran Sunset Swizzle Cruise was fun as well. Nice just to go out on a relaxing sail and watch the beautiful sunset while having a tasty Rum Swizzle or two or three! On our last day we did the Bermuda Island Drive by Mini Bus. It was very nice and informative and a great way to see pretty much the entire island. We also ventured off to Horseshoe Bay Beach on our own via the beach shuttle one day. This beach is absolutely stunning and one of the nicest beaches I have ever seen. The main beach is huge and has lifeguards on it but it was pretty busy so we wondered to the end of the beach past some big rocks and there were dozens of little secluded cove beaches which is where we stayed. It was great because the rocks provided some shade and it was like having your own private beach. I wouldn't hesitate to get back on the Breakaway again! Read Less
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