Megaship cruise: Staying away in the future
Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Bermuda
Sail Date: April 26, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9720
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Getting more passengers on a ship may be more profitable for the cruise line...but it doesn't satisfy my level of comfort on this 7 day vacation. Main central corridors at times felt like a transfer tunnel at a subway interchange. Elevator banks at times felt like a black Friday sale before the doors opened. Entertainment offerings on Megaships changed from the usual generic musical-dance variety show/stand-up comic/magician/tribute singers to a specific high budget-recognized name Broadway Musical Licensed Show. In this case, Rock the Ages, is over-the-top unnecessarily sexually raunchy (plenty of warnings posted), with so-so music, all in the name of a "famous" Broadway show.
Highlights: Breakaway Bermuda Debarkation Pier party w/crew dancing alongside a welcoming Red Carpet.
Dining superbly excellent (Food, Service) in all Main Dining Rooms (no specialty restaurants necessary - save your money).
Heated pool and Jacuzzis.
Bermuda: Most welcoming hospitable and civil people in the World!
Bermuda: Snorkeling and beaches, good transportation offerings including fast ferries (Hamilton, St. Georges).
Negatives: For the first-time cruisers, be aware that the 40-70 hour crossing from NY-Bermuda more than 50% of the time has a 6-8 hour window of Rough Seas with swells often 10-15 feet. This is especially true in Sept - Oct. but is true in other months as well. Once you pass the continental shelf (about 8 hours out), the waves have a tendency to be at the very least "choppy" as the Captain says.
This is not usually the case on the NY-FL-Bahamas itinerary or any Carribean itinerary (Eastern, Southern, Western).
Negatives: Not sure how to navigate the ship's layout. More steps between stateroom and any activity...sometimes leading to unnecessary frustration (as compared to a smaller or mid-sized ship).
Negatives: Entertainment lounge "Hardliners" has improbably designed hard-wooden chairs that are very uncomfortable nor appropriate for a club. Atrium stage -where the cruise staff are forced to present much of their "group games" (i.e. New Newlywed Game; Deal or No Deal, etc.) - does not have sufficient seating for those who would like to watch.
All in all, my next cruise will be more ship specific (i.e. Pearl, Gem, Jewel, Dawn) so as to keep the fellow passenger count down to below 2,800.
Good Luck on your selection!
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At Dockyard Kings Wharf, there is an imitation pirate ship on water which is actually a small bar, free admission, ...they have a plank open to anyone (at your own risk) that you can jump off of the ship for a 30 ft. drop to the water below. A thrill to try (for adults or children alike).