September 2014 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda
Loved the balcony. Only problem was we had requested a non-smoking cabin, which we got, but our next-door neighbors were smoking on their balcony just forward of us and the smoke was coming into our cabin. We had to shut the door, which we didn't want to do. We wanted the ocean air and to hear the waves lapping at the side of the ship .I would suggest that the non-smoking rooms be all on one side of the ship where there's a balcony to avoid that problem. This was my 31st cruise and these same neighbors were arguing the first night. The 2nd night there were two men on their balcony talking until 4:30 a.m. I got no sleep until after that. They also put their balcony light on so that our room was all lit up. We again had to close the door and drapes. The 4th night the couple was fighting again with the "f" word flying around, and I didn't get to sleep until 3:00 a.m. and had to get up at 6;15 a.m. to go on a 5-hr. tour of the island. Upon return, I was exhausted and wanted to take a nap since I only had 3 hrs. sleep on 2 of the last 3 nights, I was almost asleep when they came in and started arguing again. I finally lost it and banged on the wall and screamed Stop it. Stop it. Stop it!!! I reported it to the customer service desk in person and they said I should call 00 and they would send security up to deal with it. I knew I was pushed to the limit and would myself make a scene so that everybody would be awake if it wasn't taken care of. After that, I heard nothing. It was wonderful. I regret I didn't do something sooner. That was the first time this ever happened to me in my 31 cruises, including 13 transatlantic ones.
I thought the food was great. I liked all three included restaurants (and I loved eating there so much more than the buffet. I ate less and enjoyed it more). It's so hectic at the buffet. Always avoiding bumping into someone, trying to find what's there,. and when I was looking for just a hot dog, I couldn't find it. After I filled my plate with other items and ate, then I came across it. Maybe some signs up higher could direct people to the kind of food they are looking for. It was such a relief to eat dinner in the restaurants. I also tried the Italian restaurant for $15. extra and that was wonderful too. The restaurants are so much more civilized. Everyone on the staff was cordial, upbeat and helpful and appeared quite happy. Entertainment was good. Too much smoke sometimes at the casino. (I lost).
I like playing Bingo on other ships more. You get 5 games for $20 instead of 3 for $49. And they still end up with the cover-all each time and then again the last day.
Overall, I had fun, I would do it again hoping the few negative things wouldn't happen again and would use the restaurants for dinner right from the start.