lindadbaker2002

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Norwegian Breakaway

May 2017 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Overall a great trip

This was our 3rd trip to Bermuda, the second time on the Breakaway.  This time, I traveled with 2 sisters and 2 daughters.  We got a pretty good price on a family oceanview stateroom on Deck 5, that worked really well for the five of us. (A special thanks to Kathy Trefelletti at , who was patient with several plan changes, knowledgeable, reliable, and gracious to work with.)

Our stateroom was perfect, and our steward Bryan friendly, and always willing to be helpful.  Early on, we asked for a egg crate mattress pad for the sofa bed, which made it more comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised by the ample closet space and the size of the bathroom.  The beds were comfortable, and the room was not noisy.  We were across from the medical center, which was quiet that week.

Since we went in May, there were a number of children, but probably not nearly as many as June through August.  We weren't bothered by the kids, and had no trouble finding lounge chairs on the deck, or any long waits to get into the restaurants.  We liked the food in all the main dining rooms and the buffet, but were disappointed that the Uptown Grill had been replaced by an added fee restaurant.

So, we were very satisfied with accommodations, cleanliness, meals, activities, staff, and even the embarkation and debarkation, though the latter did take a little while.  The one place that I think there is room for improvement is the entertainment.  Having done this cruise in 2015, it was a bit disappointing that the evening entertainment was exactly the same.  We did enjoy Burn the Floor and several Second City improvs,  but did not enjoy Rock of Ages.  It was well enough done, but raunchy and not interesting. It seems a family friendly ship could find a better Broadway show.  Once again, the movies were at inconvenient times, often late at night.  It would be an improvement if there were more evening entertainment options, and if there was more room in the Atrium, where Alvin and Emily were often singing. We really really liked the Broadway singer, and would have enjoyed more shows like that.

This was no fault of the cruise, but we unfortunately had cooler and windier weather than our last two trips.  This meant that our trip to the Horseshoe Bay was not as nice as the past, and that the ropes course and mini golf were closed a couple times due to high wind.  With the upper deck closed, we had to work a little harder to find  things to do, and we were glad we brought some games with us.  A little sad, but by no means disastrous and  Bermuda continues to be beautiful and friendly.

I think we would consider doing this cruise again, but probably not in two years. I think we got good value for the money, and we enjoyed the trip, just not quite as much as last time.

 

 

 

 

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Norwegian Breakaway

May 2015 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Can't wait to go back

We loved the Breakaway.  We went in May, so I suspect there were fewer kids than June, July and August.  We took advantage of the fun activities on board, such as the water slides, ropes course, zip line, mini golf, and hot tubs.  We skipped the climbing wall, but others seemed to enjoy it. We hardly waited in line at all, and the water things had little or no crowding.  The staff was excellent, friendly, and helpful.  The captain himself was on deck several times, chatting with passengers and answering questions.  I have only one area with less than totally enthusiastic approval.  The shows are quite good, though not always kid friendly, but since we didn't have quite enough information for reserving seats at the less popular shows,  we ended up with a couple nights with no shows to go to.  Next time, I would try to get a more complete show schedule for some of the shows not in the main venues, like Second City.  Also, while I enjoyed the dinner served at Cirque de Soleil, I found trying to eat while not taking my eyes off the show and in the dark to be a bit of a distraction.  If we had had a choice, I would have chosen show only, with no dinner.  Some people complain about the food on Norwegian, but I have no complaints.  We ate at the Garden Cafe, Manhattan Room, Savor, Taste, O'Sheehan's, and Uptown Grill.  All are included in the cruise price.  The food was very good and the staff very friendly and helpful.  We liked Savor and Taste better than Manhattan, as we found them to be less crowded and quieter (and maybe a bit friendlier), but again everything was very good. I should note that we ate before 6:30, and had no real waits. Lastly, I have two disappointments, though not directly related to the cruise line.  First, we had a noisy neighbor, whom we asked once to lower the music after 11:00, and that was the end of the music.  However, on the last night of the cruise, for some reason between 11:30pm  and 12:30 am, there was a lot of yelling and banging next door, which we chose to try to ignore.  I wish we had known if there is staff or department to call to request keeping it down.  Second: Snorkel Beach now charges $5 to get on the small crowded and not impressive beach.  We decided to skip it.  Spend $9 round trip instead and take the local bus (#7) to the free and incredible beach at Horseshoe Bay. ( I don't recommend the $30 excursion price from the ship, unless you have trouble walking about 1/4 mile or less from the bus stop down to the beach.) I don't have a lot of cruise experience to compare with, having taken one other Norwegian Cruise to Bermuda and one Princess Cruise to the Caribbean.  This one exceeded my expectations and was my favorite, so far.  Here are some hints that might be helpful: Use sunscreen generously, the sun burns quickly.  There are few clocks, but the boards at the stairways and the tv in the rooms have the time, and can be used to make show reservations.  Do try the water slides and rope course, they are thrilling (to a just past middle aged person and accompanying young adults ) and safe. If you are at all inclined to go ashore, walking around the Wharf area is very pleasant, and Horseshoe Bay is worth the effort. Bring a little power strip for recharging, there are only two plugs.  As well, bring a spare credit card shape to put in the door slot so that you can recharge when not in the room.  Have a great trip. I hope you love it as much as we did.

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Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - I'm glad we brought books and games. Since the upper decks were occasionally closed, we had more activity options. I was pleasantly surprised how little time our group of five spent waiting to be seated at the three main dining rooms, but we tried to avoid going when the big shows were getting out
Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Breakaway - The quality of the activities on the upper decks is excellent. The food is good everywhere, but be sure to try the Uptown Grill for burgers, fries and a great salad. The shows and movies are not set up for optimal viewing times. Plan meals, shows and other entertainment with a calendar or paper.

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