It's a fantastic ship- staff REALLY cares. Don't be daunted by the large size- you don't feel it feel crowded in common areas- plenty of places to seclude yourself!
A very beautiful ship!
As a frequent cruiser, this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. The service at all the restaurants was very fast and friendly- they aimed to please every meal. Food was very good. Hubby and I agree that this was about the most beautiful we ever sailed anesthetically- just gorgeous. The adult pool and hot tubs were welcomed, as we don't love loud music or parties poolside. It was clean and the cabin (ours was a mini suite) tastefully decorated with a great balcony. Activities were adequate- loved the Cruise director Casey- very funny. The entertainment a couple of nights left something to be desired as compared to some other lines. The ports were sunny and easy to get to the beaches and shopping even if you don't take the RC shore excursions. Felt safe on all tours. More than half of the guests I'd say were local to the home port so a lot a Spanish was spoken. embarking and disembarking was a dream. My husband and I had a great trip!
The Breakaway in March
This is a huge ship. It was very tastefully decorated, but some areas were too dark for my liking. It is modern and basically very clean. The Sunday we left was a bit chilly and you couldn't swim comfortably until the ship got to Florida two days after debarkation. The hot tubs were clean but NOT hot- no way near 104 degrees as most are. They must have set all of them lower for some reason. We had to choose March due to our kids spring break- would have preferred May of June though.
The bathrooms in our cabins were not carefully cleaned after the last guest because there was personal soap etc. left behind in the showers in both of our room. The cabin and balcony were otherwise great. Aft was a good choice for many of the restaurants and the garden cafe, which was only one deck up from us. I was not happy to have to pay for some of the entertainment- it should have been included.
The shows we did see were good quality and the food in the specialty restaurants were great. Some waiters were great, other were average- but the food was over all very nice and in general they tried to accommodate and please you.
Getting on and off this huge ship was the slowest I've ever experienced- it's just too many people.
Shore excursions were great-loved Kennedy Space Center, at the private island we swam with the stingrays and that was excellent. We just walked around in Nassau because we were there before a few times.
I was with my husband and our three kids who are in their twenties. We loved to dine together and see shows together daily.
All in all it was convenient to leave from Manhattan because we live 30 minutes away- one of the reasons we chose this itinerary. Usually we prefer to leave from Florida and see more of the Caribbean.
....a very nice cruise and a good time was had by all...