I just finished reading the reviews of the Breakaway. I will be on her for a Feb 2nd sailing to the Bahamas. Now, the Bahamas is not our favourite destination, so we intend to stay on the ship and enjoy her amenities. Most seemed disappointed in the fact that NCL tries to suck every last nickel out of you once you are onboard. This is nothing new. We have been on NCL 7 times and this is the general rule. They can be really inexpensive to get on, but there are a lot of extras. However, it is up to you if you want to pay for them. In truth, most ships charge for the same things, but NCL has more to offer. More premium restaurants for example. We were on RCCL once, and they were charging extra for Johnny Rockets! But, if you don't want to "eat out" then just keep with the buffet or MDR. We expect to pay for the thermal suite, and some gambling and drinks. The Java Cafe is our biggest expense. Cruising has changed a lot in 20 years. If you want the traditional experience, try HAL or Princess. But if you want casual, take Carnival or RCCL. Ultra casual, NCL is the ticket. The days of the NORWAY are gone. Cruise lines have to cater to people from all walks of life. Some save for two years to take a 7 day voyage. They just want to relax, and forget their jobs.
Sorry, I went a little off track........
Anyway, NCL is what they have been for years. Nothing has changed in the last 7 except the amenities and the number of choices. They are a very comfortable line. No stress,no worries.