Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Bermuda

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5 out of 5

Can't wait to go back

Sail Date: May 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
The main shows, Burn the Floor and Cirque were excellent, as was Second City. I liked the music in Rock of Ages, but the show is not family friendly. Overall, I was curious why the movies were at such odd times (Paddingon at Midnight?) or outside, at night, in the cold and wind (The theory of Everything) .
Children's Programs We had no children with us.
Onboard Activities
Loved activities on decks 15 and up. Did them all, several times. Little or no waiting, and a lot of fun.
Destinations and Excursions
Can't beat Bermuda. Didn't do any excursions. We took a bus to Horseshoe Bay.
Cabin / Stateroom
It was perfectly fine for four women, who didn't do much more than sleep in there. Twice, we had a bit of noisy neighbor problem, and didn't know what else to do, but deal with it (or not). Our toilet wouldn't stop running and overflowed on the last night, and I had to call twice to get it fixed, but I expect the staff was busy dealing with luggage and other end of stay issues. We did bring a power strip. a card to put in slot to keep electricity on so as to recharge while not in the room, a night light, and some spare hangers. Overall, we were happy with both the room and the ship.


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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