After many cruises on several other lines, this is our first experience on an NCL ship with their Freestyle Cruising.
WE LOVED: 1) choosing from many restaurants each day; 2) not being forced to share a table with other passengers; 3) deciding for ourselves whether to dress up or down; 4) the adult sundeck; 5) quality entertainment; 6) easy-to-make reservations for dinners and shows; 7) engaging programs for toddlers to teenagers that kept them out of the way of adult passengers like us; 8) beautiful décor throughout the ship; 9) good food and good service; 10) and reasonably-priced wifi.
WE DIDN'T LIKE: 1) the fact that there was not enough information given about Bermuda, other than the shore excursions they want to sell you; 2) debarkation was a disorganized nightmare with no recognition of the color-coded time announcements. No one checked, so you could leave whenever you wanted and all 4,600 people funneled through one exit door; 3) the "no steal" clothes hangers with pins that fell right through the metal hooks attached to the closet rod. What an inconvenience!
OUR ADVICE: 1) Bring your own Bermuda travel info or be prepared to research it yourself online while onboard; 2) On debarkation day, carry your own luggage off the ship if possible. One way or the other, be prepared for the mother-of-all-bottlenecks; 3) If you have a choice, avoid sailing in the high season of July and August. In late September the ship was not full and reservations still went fast. Make your dinner & show reservations early in the cruise using the digital boards located all over the ship so you don't lose out; 4) Take advantage of the taxis located on the pier in Bermuda. They are reasonable, have knowledgeable drivers, will tailor tours to your tastes, and you don't need to worry about returning late to the ship since you're docked for three days; 5) BYO clothes hangers; 6) Enjoy the Breakaway and beautiful Bermuda!
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
The Garden Café has seating and the same food service on both starboard and port sides. But one side was always far less crowded than the other. Take a look around before you choose a table or wait in line.