If you like slow services, same food and same entertainment everyday then this is your cruise. The buffet menu for breakfast and lunch don't change by much, I'll say about 80% is the same. My room service attendant don't clean my room until like 3 in the afternoon, I've seen him about twice only during my whole trip. The one time I tried the main dining room for breakfast, the service was slow. I didn't even get my coffee until after I finished my fruit cup, and another couple left because after 15 minutes and they got nothing, they walked off. I had to flag the matre'd to get more creamer even though I've ask the waiter and he never brought it. We went as a group, and the room were not far, or so we though when we booked it, but apparently the access to the rooms were on opposite side, layout was not convenient. They supply bottle water etc in the room, but I never got a bottle, but I was charged for it.
The outdoor water slide was nice, the pool is salt water and the hot tub was just above luke warm. I didn't try the rope course or rock climbing but looks fine. Zip line was never opened. Teppanyaki was good. I like the live band in Manhattan room during dinner.
The NCL Breakaway is a huge ship with the crowds to go with it. They've tried to break the hordes into many dining venues which does give one more options than a smaller ship. (We missed having a grand dining room although The Manhattan Room with live music and a dance floor was nice.)
The biggest benefits: extraordinary live shows (and the cheap price).
Another plus was staying in Bermuda 2 nights versus the typical in at 7am and out at 4pm. If you like having 5 water slides (for adults - these are fast!), a bowling alley, and numerous kid activities this might be a cruise for you.
Smaller cabins, overwhelming crowds, SMOKING areas scattered around so the odor is many places, poor dining room service, and mediocre food were some of the negatives.
Bermuda great! The pool that is for most of the passengers is about the size of my bathroom. Way to small when your at sea and all the passengers are up there. I've been on much smaller ships that have a larger pool.
Needs more pool area for the number of people. I also feel if they had one out side walk way in one floor that people could walk from one end of the ship to the other end without going thru the restaurant or other public places. They had similar arrangements in American Pride, and also in Norwegian Jewel.
This is our second time on the Breakaway and enjoyed it much better this time! Our favorite parts of the cruise was the cabin comfort, service, entertainment and the H2O waterfall located on deck 16 aft. What really needs improvement are those most uncomfortable seats in the Breakaway Theater. I am still aching today! Foods served in all complementary dining rooms were at best warm, seems to be a problem getting hot food! Of course, after each complaint, food was returned hot! I would recommend this ship to others, it is an overall very good value!
I don't need to lift a finger. It seems like 3 vacations one on the SHIP / then in the port of Bermuda / then on the SHIP again.... so much to do ... go from one great time to another. Never a dull moment... each time I do this trip I experience more fun ... wish the trip never would end. We get so in to the activitys we get lost in time..
had a great time on the breakaway. service was excellent on the ship, staff was friendly and helpful. the ship was clean enjoyed the at sea days. food was ok not great but not bad either. ate at the free restaurants did not experience the ones you paid for. liked the freeestyle eating options never had to wait long for a table. Bermuda was beautiful enjoyed the three days in port. people very nice not pushy or looking at you with dollar signs in their eyes.all in all a nice relaxing week.
The ease of embarkation and disembarking made this trip a breeze. We had a wonderful time on sea days and our time in Bermuda was perfect. our room steward Rene was so attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend this cruise. We sailed on 9/11/16 and had a moment of silence passing by the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Very emotional for all.
This was our third cruise. We have tried carnival and the Norwegian gem but this cruise was by far superior. Excellent service, food and amenities to keep you entertained. We tried both the complimentary restaurants and specialty. All were fantastic. Great cruise for kids as there were plenty of activities to choose from. Free style dinning was great. We would definitely recommend this cruise and Bermuda was amazing as well. For first time vacationers to Bermuda, I would definitely recommend the hidden gems all inclusive tour. Just amazing...
The Breakaway is a great ship, but there isn't enough pool space. The other problem with the pool and hot tubs is rules and regulations are not enforced. Towels are left on chairs at 6:30 AM for hours with no one on them. Children are in the hot tubs for 5-6 hours using them as swimming pools, jumping, going under water. Also, I took the Breakaway last September and this September and the shows are the same. The shows should be changed every 6 months for repeat cruisers. Otherwise, Norwegian is a great cruise line.
If there's a show or restaurant you really don't want to miss, make a reservation well in advance online, or you might miss out. Also, be prepared to spend more onboard than you might have on other cruiselines.
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