26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
If you think that spending a week with the cast of Jersy Shore sounds like fun then by all means book a sailing on the Breakaway. While we did run in to a handful of nice and polite fellow guests they were certainly in the minority. Here ... Read More
If you think that spending a week with the cast of Jersy Shore sounds like fun then by all means book a sailing on the Breakaway. While we did run in to a handful of nice and polite fellow guests they were certainly in the minority. Here is who your fellow passangers are: Loud, me first, pushing, shoving, foul mouthed jerks. NCL has chosen to market to the lowest common denominator of those that live the great New York City area and this combines with NCL's every escalating ala carte style of reaching into your pocket while cruising makes for a truly miserable experience. Even if the fellow passengers had been the nicest people in the world I would not recommend this cruise for one key reason: the food offerings ranged from meh to dreadful. We had perhaps two good meals the whole time that we were on board and that was in Ocean blue (burning a Specialty meal cards AND an "upgrade charge") and the other decent meal we had was in Cagneys. By far the most horrible meal we had was in Le Bistro which, with the menu changes NCL made earlier this year, has now become some horrible Americanized and cost saving driven version of French food that would make the French themeselves weep and nash their teeth. What do I mean? Here is an example: A Warm Goat Cheese salad, which is a French cuisine classic featuring a good church of goat cheese warmed in the over and served with a salad dressed with a French vinegrette, was instead a salad with Argula mixed with romaine lettuce accompanied by two very small rounds of French bread smeared with less than a teaspoon of goat cheese. The Duck confit was actually a chopped mixture of cooked "duck" formed like a meatloaf patty topped with mashed potatoes and the rack of lamb has been replaced with "lamb tenderloin" which was roughly 3-4 oz of over cooked lamb with about a teaspoon of sauce. NCL also continues to find more and more creative uses of the ala carte impulse buying concept of cruisers by charging you for everything possible. I swear that it won't be long before NCL wants to charge you for the soap and toilet paper in your state room. You can expect that your ultimate beverage package doesnt include essentials like bottled water, which NCL now forbids you to bring on (as well as ANY liquid beverages at all as of July 2016) so that the can charge you an obscene amount of money to buy a water package while on board. Most activities on board are either things you must pay extra for (mini golf, rock climbing wall, any group fitness classes, etc) or "activities" that are really a prolonged sales pitch for something NCL really wants you to impulse buy on board. Quasi medical procedures and/or products are disguised as information lectures or "ladies pamper parties". The $20 Beer, Wine or Whiskey tastings include such unusual products as Sam Adams or Jack Daniels, and all items "tasted" are also available in your UBP so why pay $20 bucks to hear you bartender extols the virtual of a beer you can buy at your supermarket at home? Service was moderately ok, but it was pretty clear that the staff takes a lot of abuse from the crowd that NCL has decided to attract and therefore many of them have a "whatever" attitude. Clearly being assigned to this ship amounted to a form of punishment for many of the crew members we spoke to who all said that they would not do more that one contract on this particular ship. And that should tell you something about the experience you can expect if you choose to take this cruise. I should add that I am a Lattitudes Gold member having taken a fair share of Crusise with this line. But this one will be my last. I simply can not recommend this line to anyone at this point because there is nothing special or relaxing about being barraged with a week long sales pitch at every turn while being fed low quality food. I will be finding another line to cruise with and I suggest that you do the same. Years ago when I first started sailing this line I would have recommended then to friends and family. Now I recommend you find other options. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We traveled as two families of 4 and had 4 mid ship mini suites. Checking in at the port was a bit of a pain as our Travel agent and NCL both told us pre-cruise that the teens 17, 15 could be booked in their own cabin as long as the rooms ... Read More
We traveled as two families of 4 and had 4 mid ship mini suites. Checking in at the port was a bit of a pain as our Travel agent and NCL both told us pre-cruise that the teens 17, 15 could be booked in their own cabin as long as the rooms touched, and they did. When we arrived at the check in, both the attendant and the supervisor told us that we had to move an adult into each room. This issue delayed our check in about 45 minutes along with having to go to Guest Services when we arrived on-board so we could get extra keys for the two rooms. After this as sorted the overall cruise experience was very good. Let's start with the negatives: - POOL IS TERRIBLE - WAY TOO SMALL FOR 4k people!!! - No comedian - Improv was just ok - Savor and Taste - Food was not so good. Just average at best. - Room attendant - not much personality and I think he only said maybe 5 words to us on the 7 day cruise. - Rooms could of been cleaner. Large mirrors were dirty Here are the positives: -Cagneys Steakhouse - EXCELLENT - ALL 8 had great meals -Teppanyaki - EXCELLENT - ALL 8 had great meals - GREAT SHOW!! -Moderno - Very Good - Service was impeccable. Walked in 15 minutes early and sat right down. -O'Sheehans - best chicken wings I have ever had on a cruise ship!! - Noodle Bar - Good - Erik, bartender from Maltings was extremely nice, friendly and his service was exceptional! - The Liar show was really funny! - Wine Lovers - ok show, food and wine were very good. Neutral -Garden Cafe - food was typical buffet food. Not bad, but really crowded and hard to find a seat. Gym - Too small - had to wait 10 to 20 minutes for a treadmill or bike. Did not do: Slides Ropes Course Weather did not permit on last day. Rock of Ages Burn the Floor Ice Bar Overall, our cruise was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed Bermuda, The Piano Music, Guitar Music, Casino, and the overall courtesy of the majority of the employees we interacted with. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Hey Kids! Do you like the ocean? The Breakaway Cruise goes for 7 days on the ocean. The NCL Breakaway is a cruise ship that goes to Bermuda and the Bahamas and New York. And other places.The NCL Breakaway Cruise has a lot of pools. One ... Read More
Hey Kids! Do you like the ocean? The Breakaway Cruise goes for 7 days on the ocean. The NCL Breakaway is a cruise ship that goes to Bermuda and the Bahamas and New York. And other places.The NCL Breakaway Cruise has a lot of pools. One pool was in a restaurant. They have a museum. It is a hallway of art. They tell you about safety in case of an emergency. On the TV they tell you about the safety boats. The cruise ship is 3 years old so it won't flip over because it is strong. There is a nice activity called Meet the Captain Day. It is only one day. Go on that day! The captain is so trained and so nice. The NCL is good and I give it 4 stars. NCL is funner than bowling. - Noah (6 1/2 years old, 1st grade, New York City) Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was a family cruise with our grandchildren. Was great for all ages - the kids had a ball. There was so many activities for everyone. It was a beautiful ship and the cabins were roomy, wide hallways and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a family cruise with our grandchildren. Was great for all ages - the kids had a ball. There was so many activities for everyone. It was a beautiful ship and the cabins were roomy, wide hallways and superbly clean! The service staff was terrific, cruise director was the best and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the shows which included "Rock of Ages," "Burn the Floor" and other entertainment which was equally as good. System of reservations for the shows was excellent - always had a great seat for them. The cabin we had was #5186 - mid-ship oceanview room. Quite roomy and exceptionally clean. Cabin steward was fantastic and met all of our needs. I found the halls very wide as compared to other ships. The ship is just beautiful with many choices for food and the public areas were roomy. The only complaint I had was the safety drill. It was much too crowded and confusing. They need to think up a better system. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Went for vacation and medical conference. We went to Bermuda which was beautiful. Had to leave early due to storm. I was not able to do the excursion on the last day due to this which was disappointing but unavoidable. I think the ... Read More
Went for vacation and medical conference. We went to Bermuda which was beautiful. Had to leave early due to storm. I was not able to do the excursion on the last day due to this which was disappointing but unavoidable. I think the captain made a good choice and we had a relatively uneventful ride home. The ship is beautiful, clean, well maintained. Our stateroom was clean and comfortable. The entertainment was superb. The dining was good especially the Garden Café- huge selection of food. The service was excellent, the staff was friendly and efficient. The only downsides were the small pools for the amount of people on board, but as an older adult I was not in to the partying around the pool and it was really for the younger set. The other was the change in disembarkation time which was pushed back almost 2 hours starting at 6 AM. I think passengers felt like they were being rushed off the boat and some expressed resentment about this. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
People I work with told me it was a great ship to sail on. So I went on that. First off: this cruise has way too many people on board and less activities (such as late shows) for the price we paid. There is something in the range 4000 ... Read More
People I work with told me it was a great ship to sail on. So I went on that. First off: this cruise has way too many people on board and less activities (such as late shows) for the price we paid. There is something in the range 4000 passengers. Someone on the ship said that their are 4800? But that must include the 1800 staff as well. Well, you do the math 1800 staff to 4000 passengers? So do not expect to get a waiter to get you coffee and juice while you get your breakfast at the buffet. There was a lot of "Nickel and Dime" stuff too. For one example, room service is NOT INCLUDED on this ship.( I referring to having food sent to your room) It's 7.95 per room service, where as, in the past several cruises I have taken it was done for free. The main dining has you dress casual and with shorts. Really? That's not how I'm used to cruising during my past several cruises. No formal night? No filet mignon? No Lobster Tail? Really? Yea , their is specialty dinning for a price? But, I have always gotten Lobster and Filet Mignon on my past 6 cruises. There were only 2 real Broadway- like shows so they repeated those 2 shows every other day to accommodate the amount of people on board . There was dirt and left food bits under my bed. ( I noticed it the last day when I was getting my luggage out from under the bed). I got a shore excursion package which gave me $150 credit and wasn't informed that I had to spend $50 per day on a shore excursion for the 3 days at Bermuda. Because I in the past I have been to Bermuda 6 times with other cruise lines I did not want to do 3 separate things for 3 days. After a big fiasco I manage to get the $150 for one day. I chose to do something a little different, and go on the " Behind the Scenes Tour" thinking I would meet the actors dancers and captain or Bridge. Right? Wrong. Instead, I say the actors and dancers dressing room and wasn't even allowed to photo it. Then I saw the food services( kitchen)tour which by the way Celebrity gives you for free. Then The Laundry service? Really? And recyclable service. Really? I did get a free photo though, it wasn't free considering that this excursion package was $89 PER PERSON. Thank God that I was credited. There could have been a lot to do on this cruise had there been less passengers. Example, I walked the plank but I had to wait on a 1 hour line. I did manage to play miniature golf on the very first day because we got on the ship real early. The Cruise director and his staff were very nice and very talented singers but I did not feel that personal bond like I have felt in the past with the other cruise directors because you hardly saw them till the last night. They were all over the place accommodating the other 4000 passengers . There were plenty of beach chairs to tan so I was happy about that. The gym was very nice to although I do not know why it was 2 small rooms on such a large passenger capacity ship? Oh, and there were lots of kids/teens onboard this ship including my 13 year old daughter who btw, loved the teen lounge. However, instead of some of the teens / kids staying where they were suppose to stay( not to include my daughter because,if she was not at the lounge, she was with us) teens were sitting on the floors in the elevators ridding them up and down. Kids were running around out side the cabins and nobody was doing anything about it. Even my daughter was telling me how annoying that was. So, I checked up on here from time to time making sure she was with the nice crowd even if it did embarrassed her.( She'll appreciate it later on in life.) Also, the cruise itself is the destination and NCL did not live up to that IMO. So there you have it: my experience on the Breakaway. Past cruises I took are : Carnival twice, hated it the second time around on the Splendor. Royal Caribbean once, Loved it! Princess Cruise ,Caribbean Princess , twice, Loved it! Celebrity Cruise line , Celebrity Summit, twice , Loved it! Here are some of the prices I recall paying for 2 adults and one child/teen from NYC and/or NJ to Caribbean: Princess ocean view: $3200 8 days to Caribbean Carnival Splendor ocean view: $2,900 7 day cruise to Caribbean Celebrity Cruise balcony with drink package: $3,500 7 day cruise to Caribbean Norwegian Cruise balcony and drink package: $4,500 7 day cruise to Caribbean. I hope this helps you picking your next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We heard a lot of things about Norwegian Cruise Lines and after having a horrible cruise on Carnival Valor last year, wanted to try a different line. I want to caveat this review by saying we were in a Haven presidential Suite for this ... Read More
We heard a lot of things about Norwegian Cruise Lines and after having a horrible cruise on Carnival Valor last year, wanted to try a different line. I want to caveat this review by saying we were in a Haven presidential Suite for this cruise, so we did not encounter some of the same issues those in non-Haven cabins have mentioned. For example, we never ate at the buffet or Manhattan Room, Savor or Taste. We did eat at Moderno, la Cucina, Ocean Blue and Le Brea. Most of the time we ate in the Haven dining room. A couple of times we ate at O'Sheehan's. Even though the specialty restaurants I mentioned were very, very good, the Haven dining room was the best of all. Not just the food,but the service was 5 star! We also enjoyed the great bar service we got at the haven bar versus some of the other bars we visited. The Haven courtyard was a fantastic place to spend time. very calm, and snacks and drinks offered all the time. We met several people on this cruise who were also Haven guests, and some who were not, and all seemed to be enjoying the cruise immensely. It was well worth the extra cost. The Haven concierge (don't know if I should mention his name) made sure we had everything we needed and would even check on us when we went to a specialty restaurant to make sure we were taken care of. Embarkation took minutes because we were processed through the Haven staff. Debarkation took even less. Bermuda was great- we are defintely going back. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Wanted to go on the Breakaway, an epic ship. The special dinners looked inviting and the activities as well. This ship is quite big and inviting. I have been on others cruise lines as well as Norwegian before. I wanted to see if this ... Read More
Wanted to go on the Breakaway, an epic ship. The special dinners looked inviting and the activities as well. This ship is quite big and inviting. I have been on others cruise lines as well as Norwegian before. I wanted to see if this cruise and ship met the expectations. I was immediately hit with the smallness of the cabin. We could not maneuver well and the space was limited. I had never had such a small cabin before and I always pick a balcony room. The balcony was also very disappointing. I could not believe how compact it was. We could not sit down and have breakfast very comfortably. Upon arrival at our room the steward introduced himself and offered his services. He was very friendly and seemed accommodating. I immediately requested some more hangars. He visited my cabin with more towels but forgot the hangars. The ship was beautiful. The outside pool was extremely small and often was too full with people for any one to enjoy themselves in a spacious manner. Every staff member and I do mean every, was extremely friendly and nice. Always someone there to meet your needs and keep you comfortable and content. I constantly lost my bearing even after seven days. (my fault I guess). The dining halls were beautiful with very pleasant surroundings. The service was good not great. The food on all levels was good and plentiful. The buffet on the 15th Floor (Garden) was very big and one could find difficulty in finding one's way around. The breakfast hot line (for special made eggs) was always long and made one impatient. However, the chef was always accommodating. Over all the cruise was a success as my company and the people on the cruise made it one big family with everyone out to enjoy themselves. One other big complaint was the shows every night were difficult to get in as the ship has too many people all wanting to go to the same place. As a result I did not see one show in the main entertainment hall. One could says this was my fault as I did not reserve(it was difficult to make reservations) but any of the other cruises I had been on I never missed a show. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We are a family of 5 with 3 older children, 21, 19 and 16 We had a 2 br Haven room on the 15th floor. Embarkation was a breeze as was Debarkation.(but this was Haven so not regular ) The ship is big but it never seemed :crazy: except ... Read More
We are a family of 5 with 3 older children, 21, 19 and 16 We had a 2 br Haven room on the 15th floor. Embarkation was a breeze as was Debarkation.(but this was Haven so not regular ) The ship is big but it never seemed :crazy: except for at the climbing wall - very small space to walk in and no place to sit and watch except for Uptown Grill which is becoming Margaritaville soon. Our Butler Gian was fantastic , and omg by the 4th day we were asking him to NOT bring any other snacks bowls of M & ms, sandwiches , fruit too much!! but appreciated The upper decks 16 and 17 have lots of space forward to relax and a bar right outside Vibe that anyone can use. Yes the main pool is crazy and small but it is what it is, I got into the hottubs every evening in the main pool area no problems. Food was ok to fantastic - there were hits and misses but we just rolled with it, Perfection is not what we expected. Cagneys - fantastic, Moderno it was what we expected , ALOT of food - if you like Lamb? dont miss the lamb chops!!! Le Bistro - very good - I recommend the soups . these were among the best we have ever had including the 4 mushroom soup (I had ) and French Onion that all of the others had, Escargot were very good too. Garden Cafe most mornings for Breakfast is ok , that is where the hits and misses were but I still want some chocolate croissant rolls (YUM) If you come across a fabulous Filipino woman (she usualy was going around with coffee in the mornings) say hello! she is a bright ray of sunshine and those Garden Cafe workers dont get the recognition they deserve! We also ate at the Noodle restaurant really VERY GOOD Dim Sum!! the steamed ones were better than the fried - I just wish they had more! We drove and stayed pre cruise at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ridgefield Park NJ - Highly recommend it - convenient to NYC the night before, took a taxi for 6 and it was under $50 plus tip to the Theater District This is a Park and Cruise hotel so the fee included transportation to the pier the next morning. One word of warning if you have ALOT of luggage or more than 5 people make sure the Hotel knows , we needed 2 cars for the 6 of us AND all of our luggage *7 suitcases) it was not a problem but they need to be aware early so they can call 2 car. It takes about 20 minutes to get there via taxi. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our second time on the #NorwegianBreakaway from NYC to Bermuda (August 14-21 2016) and, I have to say, it was just as good as the first time. Top 5 reasons why I say it's a great cruise: 1. Freestyle cruising. All day ... Read More
This was our second time on the #NorwegianBreakaway from NYC to Bermuda (August 14-21 2016) and, I have to say, it was just as good as the first time. Top 5 reasons why I say it's a great cruise: 1. Freestyle cruising. All day food all night food all included and the best part, you don't have that every night same dinner time that you have to choose on most cruises, where you have to sit with the same people every night and have to be dressed up. I am on vacation and do not want to HAVE to be dressed to eat dinner. You do have options. There is the night out where most everyone gets dressed ,but, not required. The restaurants on board, and there are plenty, only ask you do not wear tank tops. Some ask, and again ask, that you wear pants and closed shoes (sandals are ok) but again not required. Yes, i enjoyed the 2 nights i wore pants and button down shirts but, i do not want to every night. Shhhhh a lil secret, don't tell anyone but, when you go to any of the restaurants included and again there are many, you can ask for double, triple, orders and they will gladly give it to you, at no extra charge. Gluttony at is finest...lol 2. No island hoping. Yes, you dock in Bermuda on Wednesday and leave Friday. You basically have a hotel at the dock that you can get off and on all the time you are docked. Why is that good? Well my feelings are this. I've been to numerous islands on vacations and, well and island is and island no matter where you go. Beaches, attractions, excursions, tourist traps, etc...you have pretty much 2.5 days to explore the island and enjoy its adventures. When on a cruise that island hops, let's say you are out enjoying a...jet ski tour, having fun, now, you realize you need to rush back to the ship, cutting your adventure time, in fears of being left behind, just so you can go to another island and go through the same thing. To much work for me when on vacation trying to enjoy myself. We were able to rent mopeds go to other parts of the island(there are also plenty of ferry,bus, and taxis available) Jet ski, lunch, explore in one day, come back to ship, eat, go back out enjoy local bar and shop than back on ship for a night time party on top deck, and that was just on Wednesday. 3. On board events. You always have something to do, if you want(or not do and just relax). Bingo, karaoke, casino, contests, kids camp (yeah sign kids up and enjoy your time), shopping, dance lessons, shows, movies, spa, gym, wall climbing, rope walking(on top of ship, this is just a few things, there plenty more) and, music (dj and band) all day by the wave pool for you to get your groove on and with the right crowd you can really get your groove on in the sun by the pool. Than continue tour dancing ar night in Spice H2O, in one of the nightly parties and when that ends head to Bliss. If you have the ultimate beverage package yes gratuities are included, but, hey, don't be afraid to tip those bartenders at the pool or at any of the various bars and lounges around the ship. While at the wave pool bar ask for Emerson the bartender tell him you want to taste, try and enjoy a special drink, tell him you want the "Mitch". ;-) 4. Being it leaves out of NYC you get a good mix of people. You have the flavor of us NYC people spiced with those from across the country. Makes for a good time. You can make loads of new friends. Our first time we ended up "partying" with a crew of people we met on board of about 25, this time it was the same. Our NCL family. 5. The staff. Very, very accommodating. Friendly, nice and will go out of their way to help you. They are very attentive. Constantly keeping all areas of the ship clean and neat. At the buffet for example, which is huge, nicely stacked with a variety of good and tasty foods, my wife asked one of the staff where to get a glass of wine. Remember it is a buffet not waiter/waitress service. The staff member my wife asked told her to stay there and she went to go get the wine for my wife. Listen the truth is nothing is perfect. For every good review there will be a bad. The ship is big and has a lot of people on it. Sometimes things can get hectic trying to secure a lounge chair to just lay out and bask in the sun(go out early around 8, leave your stuff on a chair, nobody will bother it). The line might be long to get on the water slides. Pool might not be an Olympic size pool for you to do to laps in but, you can relax in it. There will never be perfect in anything ,but, for me, the people we went with, the people we met and hung with, we thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be going back on it for another trip. No matter what your idea of vacation is you can do it on the #NorwegianBreakaway. My advice is, you're on vacation, relax or get crazy , do a little of both, do what you can't do everyday at home, try new things, and most importantly remember enjoy it. Only one bad thing to know and be mindful of. I hope Norwegian becomes aware of this. Around the wave pool area there is a wooden platform to sit ( I used it as a dance stage during pool parties...lol) on this wooden platform there is like a black grouting. This "grouting" when real hot seems to melt I guess, and, stains your bathing suit. All the suits I wore on the trip now have black "tar" like stains on the Tush. So, if you are going to sit there, enjoy the wave pool, watch the maniacs dance all day (me for example) sit on one of their towels so not to stain your bathing suit. HAVE FUN and do what we did (15 of us and the 25 others we met, became friends with and had loads of fun with) ENJOY the #NorwegianBreakaway Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My wife and I booked the August 14-21 Breakaway sailing on June 30th. We chose to take a Guaranteed Balcony, for the 1st time, and were pleasantly surprised 10 days before the sailing when we were assigned cabin 8722, a Mini Suite with an ... Read More
My wife and I booked the August 14-21 Breakaway sailing on June 30th. We chose to take a Guaranteed Balcony, for the 1st time, and were pleasantly surprised 10 days before the sailing when we were assigned cabin 8722, a Mini Suite with an extended balcony. Guaranteed cabins did not receive any of the NCL booking perks, but our cruise consultants did pay for the gratuities as their perk. I work in Manhattan, but it must have been at least 20 years since I had last driven into the City. We left our home on Long Island about 8 AM and arrived at the parking garage about 9:15 or so. We opted to make a reservation at an indoor garage about 5 blocks from the pier, rather than parking at the pier itself. That saved us about $90. After checking in at the garage one of the attendants drove us directly to the pier, bypassing all the cars that were waiting in line, and dropped us off right in front of a porter who took care of our luggage. He then took our car back to the garage. One of the NCL staffers put us in a line for My Time Dining cruisers which only had 1 couple in front of us. We went through security, paid the corkage on the wine we brought with us, and proceeded to check-in. Check-in took about 5-10 minutes and then it was off to the waiting area to board. We actually sat for about an hour before boarding started. Once it started, we were on the ship in no time. Cabins were available sometime after 1 PM. The room was terrific. It was on the starboard side towards the bow. No noise issues whatsoever. It had a great bathroom with a two-person sink and a large shower. The balcony was about 1/3rd covered by the balcony above. It contained 2 full size loungers with small table and 2 high backed chairs with a large table. We spent a lot of time on the balcony. Our cabin steward was a bit of a disappointment. He never came to introduce himself on the 1st day and just seemed to be very slow at doing his job. I did see a supervisor checking up on him a couple of times. On our 1st day in port, we returned from the beach about 3 PM and our cabin was still not made up. After seeking out the steward, he explained that they had fire drills that morning which slowed him down. The odd thing was that he was the only one still working on the rooms in our hallway when we got back on board. To his credit, he did comply with any request we had throughout the cruise. I don’t recall ever passing by an NCL person on board who did not say hello or ask how we were doing. Everyone was truly pleasant. We found the food on board to be terrific. We had dinner in LeBistro and Ocean Blue on two nights and mostly the Manhattan Room on the other nights. We booked the Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy on our last night and their set menu was good. Breakfast was at either O’Sheehan’s or the Moderno buffet. We enjoyed the on-board entertainment in Fat Cats Jazz Club and at Maltings and Shaker’s Cocktail Bar. We were just a little taken back by the $17.95 charge for a chocolate martini. I don’t recall ever paying that much for any drink in Manhattan. The Burn the Floor dance show was incredible. Rock of Ages had great music; however, their version of the show was rather risqué to the point that announcements were made ahead of time that it may not be suitable for children. Our last time in Bermuda was a 1-day event as a port-of-call on a Royal Caribbean cruise. That time we went to Horseshoe Bay, and did so again this time. The van from the pier to the beach entrance and back to the pier was $14 per person. We thoroughly enjoyed that beach. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella ($40?) and spent our time relaxing, swimming and taking in the landscape around the bay. On day 2 we did a catamaran snorkel/sail in the morning and a catamaran sunset cruise in the evening. We took the ferry over to Hamilton on our last day for some sightseeing and shopping and actually had breakfast in a small café. The weather during the whole cruise was perfect. We were told by some of the native Bermudians that it was unusual for the temperature to climb above 90 degrees, which it did all 3 days in port. Disembarkation was a breeze. We carried our own bags off around 8:15 AM without any wait at Customs. We walked back to the garage, hopped in our car, and back home by around 10 AM. Just in time to hit the diner for breakfast with our kids who surprised us by coming over after we returned home. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We have been on 14 cruises. We have been on Norwegian, Royal Carribean, Carnival, Disney and Celebrity. We had heard many nice things about the Norwegian Breakaway so we decided to try it. Our party consisted of 8 people aged 23 to 66. ... Read More
We have been on 14 cruises. We have been on Norwegian, Royal Carribean, Carnival, Disney and Celebrity. We had heard many nice things about the Norwegian Breakaway so we decided to try it. Our party consisted of 8 people aged 23 to 66. Overall we all enjoyed the cruise. The ship is layed out differently than the other ships we have been on so we were lost for the first day or two. We had a handicapped room as my husband uses a scooter on the boat. Our room was a good size but it was at the front of the ship, very far from the elevator. It was booked as an ocean view but we only had a view of the helicopter pad. My brother was in the Haven part of the ship but his suite was on a different floor on the opposite end of the ship from the Haven amenities. This was upsetting for him as he paid a great deal for the Haven and did not feel that he was a part of it. We had read many poor reviews of the Breakaway, so we were prepared for the worst. We did not experience any of the problems we had read about. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organized and efficient. We were with a handicapped group member so we received special attention. The ship was very clean and attractive. The pool area was very crowded but really no worse than many of the other ships we have been on. We did go down early every sea day to save a few chairs near the pool. We found the other cruisers to be very friendly and polite. We had the drink package and 4 specialty restaurants included with our fare. We had no difficulty getting as many drinks as we wanted. The only difference from other ships was they did not come around pushing the liquor as much. We enjoyed Moderna (the Brazilian restaurant) and Cagneys the most. Service in the restaurants ranged from outstanding to poor depending on how well staffed they were. There were no lines at the buffet and we had little difficulty finding tables. We booked all of our restaurants and entertainment in advance, as on our previous Norwegian cruise we were first time Norwegian cruisers and had great difficulty getting dinner reservations in any restaurant. We enjoyed the Cirque show more than any other. Burn the Floor and Rock of ages were O.K. Don't miss Howl at the Moon, (dueling pianos). They were hysterical and play your requests. The guitarist in Maltings was also very good but it is next to the smoking room which really stunk. We enjoyed the restaurant on the 16th floor for lunch. They make hamburgers to order which were very good. We did not do any excursions as we have done many of them of them on previous cruises. We just took a cab to Horseshoe Bay on the port days. Horseshoe Bay has new management and now has nice beach lounges and umbrellas for rent. 40 dollars for 2 lounge chairs and an umbrella, which they set up for you. We stopped by Seaglass beach for a few minutes as we had heard how pretty it was. Overall we enjoyed our cruise very much. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was an easy drive (less than 2 hours) to NYC as well as diverse activities that would meet everyone's needs/desires. The 1.5 hour wait in a long line to board the ship was very much indicative of what ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was an easy drive (less than 2 hours) to NYC as well as diverse activities that would meet everyone's needs/desires. The 1.5 hour wait in a long line to board the ship was very much indicative of what the week was going to feel like. Throngs of people all jockeying to try and score an advantage over the next person. For example, in order to get chairs by the pool someone would have to wake up between 5-6am and place towel placeholders. Otherwise, you weren't getting a chair until after 3pm. Our stateroom was very small, the carpet was matted, stained and generally showed signs of extreme wear. I normally don't complain or nitpick but it was really dirty and looked like it hadn't been vacuumed for a while. The bathroom smelled like a urinal and old smoke and that smell persisted the entire time. The tile was cracked inside the shower and hair was littered around the edges of the shower door. I felt like I needed to wear flip flops in the shower and questioned how thorough the cabin stewards clean these staterooms between cruises. Overall, it was extremely crowded, lines for the pool, the buffet and elevators all the time. I think if NCL could charge extra for clean air they would. The Cirque show cost extra, The thermal spa cost extra, bottles of water cost extra. I really started to feel like I was being "nickled and dimed" on this cruise. I was ready for it to end. As for the meals, my opinion is this: it's not bad considering you are trying to feed more than 5000 mouths a day. Generally speaking, the menu is diverse, the presentation is very good (desserts always looked wonderful but tasted horrible) but at the end of the day the food is mass produced mediocrity. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Trip from NYC to Bermuda - Much too crowded, takes almost 3 days to arrive & half the time to return. Reservation systems sucks, dropped off everything we thought we had in the bag (restaurants, shows, etc., before boarding). Towels ... Read More
Trip from NYC to Bermuda - Much too crowded, takes almost 3 days to arrive & half the time to return. Reservation systems sucks, dropped off everything we thought we had in the bag (restaurants, shows, etc., before boarding). Towels were soiled, couple we travelled with had ants in their bed. Food is extremely salty and alcoholic drinks very weak. They have the nerve to charge $5.50 for a bottle of water and $5.00 for a Cappuccino. Pool was so crowed that we never even attempted to get in. Disembarking was a nightmare. TAKEAWAY - Use another cruise line that caters to a smaller number of guests so you don't feel like herded sheep! ALSO - Beware of the $13.50 per person per day service charge that will appear on your credit card of record after the fact. My suggestion is to dispute it and they will reverse the charges, since it's a little game they play. Matter of fact, they even have a link to obtain the refund through, since they obviously must get a lot of these requests. Makes you wonder? New onboard management team is poor at best. Not impressed, may never want to cruise again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I went on the eastern Caribbean cruise in August I forgot the exact dates but yes this is a late review. We had a mid ship balcony suite which is really at the bare minimum of what you need space wise, anything less than that it's ... Read More
I went on the eastern Caribbean cruise in August I forgot the exact dates but yes this is a late review. We had a mid ship balcony suite which is really at the bare minimum of what you need space wise, anything less than that it's just to small imagine trying to live in an average size bathroom for days. The room was great except there was weird stain on the bed I can only imagine what ir was and raised the issue with the room stewards and they apologized and quickly replaced that part of the bedding. The bed it self is very firm and of hotel quality definitely built to last everything else in the room is above average. THE SHIP: It's a very well laid out ship the only hectic part was boarding people everywhere trying to get a elevator to get into your room, here is a good tip don't get on at 10 am or the earliest possible boarding time you will wait in long lines, fight people to get into an elevator, you may be trampled by an electric scooter or too, and your room probably won't be ready remember there are only 6 room stewards per floor they have over 500 staterooms to turn over, which means around 80 rooms for each steward to turn over in a few hours, people have gotten off the boat as early as 6am and others as late as 9 am your getting on at 10 nothing will be ready. The ship has plenty of entertainment my recommendations is to go to the kiosk that you swipe your ship key card on and book all your dinning and shows as soon as you get on the boat if you wait you probably will not be seeing a show or eating at your favorite specialty rest. extremely late. Best overall value on the specialty dining is the Brazilian steak house, and the tappayanki rest. the others aren't much better than the buffet food and aren't worth the cover charge of $20- 25 per person. Shows are top notch saw burn the floor and rock of ages high quality shows definitely a cut above!! Also every day your room steward will drop off a daily guide called free style daily and this gives you a breakdown from 5am until about 1am of what is going on through out the ship. Plenty of bars to get a drink, check out carlos bake shop great snacks that can't be beaten, play your favorite board game in the library, pool side table tennis, waterslides, bake in the sun at spice h20 while having a cold one or two, and go under the waterfall to periodically cool off. Pool is always crowded on sea days get there early like 7am for a seat, people will put their personal stuff on the chairs so it looks like someone is sitting there, and they will go off and do other things so they can always have a seat by the pool, trick is to come back in 20 min if no one is sitting there just move their stuff and take their seat, you will probably be gone anyway by the time they come back!! Buffet food is decent they certainly know how to serve volume and quality on the Breakaway , even have vegan food which is a huge plus for a lot of people, salad bar, workers constantly cleaning and refilling food to ensure it's always fresh and keep people fed. Have never had bad service on the breakaway and I have been on it 6 times. Mini golf, wall climb, obstacle course, walk a plank and get your picture taken stories above the open ocean, arcade games, kids activities, bowling, basketball courts, exercise at the gym, spa is over priced, duty free shopping is good for alcohol and cigarettes but jewelry is realty low quality and over priced, don't believe me make the mistake of buying it and bring it to a jeweler on land and they would have sold it to you half priced for the same thing, the sales people work on commission they will tell you anything and everything to sell you jewelry or watch. *******CASINO WARNING***********the games in that casino have higher limits than a typical casino, slot machines are extremely tight and do not pay out anything significant. Black jack automatic shufflers, save your money no one wins anything. overall I have always had a great experience on the Breakaway definitely worth the $$$ and time to see these amazing places. I had a great time at all the destinations we stopped at such as San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, Bermuda basically just beach hopped all day as you only have 5-8 hours at each stop. I wish they didn't spend so much time getting there so we have more time in each port. Should be set up so you get into each port at 5am and leave at 11pm and sail overnight to ports. Shore excursions through NCL are sometimes worth it and sometimes they are 2x as much as what you can book it yourself for if you just wait to get to port and go straight to a tour operator for example glass bottom boat was $50 per person through ncl but I found a different tour operator for glass bottom boat for $30 right on the pier and that was in Bermuda, so if you have extra cash and don't mind paying a little extra NCL shore excursions make it easy. If you look at the price of the cruise you do get what you pay for if they charged less you wouldn't have the same experience because they would have to cut back on food quality, staff, cleanliness , or amenities. ****Very clean even have workers walking around with buckets and clean cotton towels cleaning hand rails, elevator buttons, inside elevators, food establishments are clean everything was clean they don't want anyone getting sick. Plenty to do tons of activities if your bored your doing something horrendously wrong, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Too many hidden costs and not enough activities. I injured myself on the second day of the cruise on one of the cleaning karts due to the narrow corridors. It's also very difficult to meet people and all of the restaurants had the ... Read More
Too many hidden costs and not enough activities. I injured myself on the second day of the cruise on one of the cleaning karts due to the narrow corridors. It's also very difficult to meet people and all of the restaurants had the exact same menu and cooks daily. Nothing to do past 11 pm except gamble at the casinos as even movies were done. The food was of very poor quality at buffets and they could not even make rice. Customer service was incompetent and could not help you after waiting hours in line and much of your cruise is spent waiting for help with service such as for dysfunctional Internet service. You pay daily for cabin service whether your cabin is serviced or not and they also charge outrageous prices for bottled water left in your room. I'd rather know all the costs up front beforehand than to be nickeled and dimed all throughout the cruise. The cabins were not cleaned. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I chose this cruise because it was close to home, and I didn't have to fly anywhere. Bermuda is my favorite place in the entire world. If I could live there, I would. This was my first time on the Breakaway, but my 2nd cruise with ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was close to home, and I didn't have to fly anywhere. Bermuda is my favorite place in the entire world. If I could live there, I would. This was my first time on the Breakaway, but my 2nd cruise with NCL. I was on the Dawn in 2014 with my daughters. This was also my first solo cruise. I appreciate that they have a solo coordinator, but it's not the same person every week. I think if NCL would have a dedicated solo coordinator, then the entire solo experience would be much better. I loved my solo coordinator, but she was so busy with other things, that we didn't really have a lot of solo events. I'm definitely going again. I hope next time there are more solo events. Dining was ok, each restaurant had the same menu, there could be a variety. Rock of Ages, Howl at the Moon, and Wine Lovers The Musical were better than amazing. I can't wait to see them again, next time. Shore excursions were fine. I've been to Bermuda a few times, so I pretty much go out on my own now. I do wish I had known about the VIBE Beach Club before embarking. When I went to purchase a pass, they were all sold out. I also feel that the Spa employees try to sell so many products. I had a spa day to relax but they tried to sell me over $300 in beauty products. I also took the bootcamp class, and the trainer tried to sell me a $600 detox program. All I wanted was to work out and relax. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
Enjoyed the Haven experience.... It was remarkable. Great food in private restaurant, comfortable cabin and impeccable service. Staff catered to every whim and made the cruise a wonderful vacation. The private amenities are definitely ... Read More
Enjoyed the Haven experience.... It was remarkable. Great food in private restaurant, comfortable cabin and impeccable service. Staff catered to every whim and made the cruise a wonderful vacation. The private amenities are definitely worth the additional cost. Stepping outside of the Haven was a different story..... Very crowded, loud, too many people, too tight space, long lines for slides, mini golf, elevators :(. Eating al fresco at the Bistro was a poor choice as the throngs of passengers walking by or waiting for admittance to Teppanyaki did nothing to elevate the dining experience. Very happy to be able to enjoy the Haven's private restaurant and all it had to offer for our remaining meals. Bermuda was beautiful but getting very commercial and a bit crowded. Jet ski rentals encroaching on favorite snorkeling spots and chasing away fish and turtles. Evidence of trash in typically pristine water. The number of private vans, tours and mini buses has increased dramatically and getting around takes longer. Disappointed to see para-sailing over Kings Wharf.... Bermuda was always more refined and relaxed but now is starting to resemble some of the more commercial beach venues in Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas. Still a nice place to visit just not the Bermuda of old. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I chose this cruise because we live in NJ.The embarkation was very smooth for us. we went through the lines smoothly but after being seated the place was packed to the gills with people on lines. Our cabin was very nice and clean. No ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we live in NJ.The embarkation was very smooth for us. we went through the lines smoothly but after being seated the place was packed to the gills with people on lines. Our cabin was very nice and clean. No complaints there. The buffet was ok. Most of the food was the same every day. Merdonos was ok. Tapinyaki was good and Cagney's was awesome! If you don't cook with salt then you will probably find the food too salty. We ate at Taste one night and the rotisserie chicken was fabulous. The staff was excellent all over the ship. The show Rock of Ages was raunchy and very funny. A lot of sexual innuendos. Not for young children and I can truly say there was a lot of children on this boat. Definitely geared towards families with children. Biggest complaint is the lack of adult pool space. There were no chairs available at the pool every day. People were reserving chairs at 5-6 am then they would go back to sleep till 8 or 9am. The pool was way to small for the amount of adults on the ship. You need to love thy neighbor on this cruise because you will only have a few inches between you and your neighbor in the pool. If you got lucky to get a lounge chair on the upper deck be prepared to sweat. There are no cool down showers on the upper deck you must walk down to the crowed pool to try to cool off. Bermuda was beautiful. We did not do any shore excursions with the ship. We just hopped on a taxi to go to the many beautiful beaches. Tobacco Bay was a rip off. They forced you to buy chairs if you wanted to stay. Chairs were $15 a pop. They lined up the beach with chairs so there was no room for you to put a beach towel down. Its not a nice beach we learned the hard way. Horseshoe Beach and Snorkel Park was beautiful. Bermuda is a very expensive island every thing costs a lot. One thing I have learned with this cruise is the cruise port consultant for your shopping is in cahoots with those stores that he recommends. I believe they are managers. I was going to purchase possibly 2 tanzanite pieces at Diamonds international. The sales person was very nice there and we worked out a bracelet purchase. I inquired about a matching necklace and "Jason" was in the store and she got him. Our cruise port consultant went behind the counter with the sales associate and he started to argue about the price of the bracelet in front of me. He told me that the bracelet was a special buy and the $300 price quoted was now $599!! He would not honor the price and handed me back my credit card and walked away. Very rude and unprofessional. I walked out of the store. I will never purchase another piece of jewelry through Diamonds International. So do not believe the personal cruise port consultant is working for you. Their working for the stores. In the end it was a nice getaway and Bermuda's blue water beaches were amazing!! We are thinking of doing Bermuda again next year but will probably go with Royal or Celebrity. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I was very disappointed with the NCL Breakaway cruise out of NY to Bermuda. My wife and I cruised NCL once before on a 3-Night getaway to the Bahamas. Our perception of the cruise was that it was an extended booze cruise. However, we ... Read More
I was very disappointed with the NCL Breakaway cruise out of NY to Bermuda. My wife and I cruised NCL once before on a 3-Night getaway to the Bahamas. Our perception of the cruise was that it was an extended booze cruise. However, we thought it was a function of the 3 night weekend cruise and not endemic of NCL. Unfortunately, we found the 7 night Bermuda cruise to be more of the same. The best areas on the ship were "adults only". The main pool which had a bar, lounge chairs and entertainment was an adults only pool so as a family with 12, 13 and 14 year old girls it didn't make sense to hang out at the adult pool. Not to mention that everyone at the pool was in the process of getting drunk. H2O on the 16th deck also had a nice water feature and deck chairs but was also off limits to kids until 7 pm. The only other pool area was hidden under the waterslide and as a result didn't have any deck chairs around it. So either the kids were in it by themselves or everyone was in it. However, the kids had no desire to go into what we referred to as the "pee" pool because it was full (and I mean full) of little kids. Lastly, the only real show was "Rock of Ages" which was extremely adult themed. The ship warned that it was for "mature" audiences but I thought they were just being safe and assumed that since it was the only show they had that it would be appropriate for my kids. Unfortunately, the show would have been rated "R" if it were a movie. Overall, the shipped was extremely crowded. I am not kidding when I say, you couldn't see the adult pool unless you walked right up the the edge because the entire perimeter was full of adults sitting on the side drinking. By 7:30 in the morning every deck chair was claimed with a towel. We were a party of 13 and required special assistance embarking and disembarking. All I can say is "thank god". It took us an hour to get off the boat and they brought our group to the front of every line. I can't imagine how long it would have taken if we didn't get the special assistance. I also booked 2 dinners through NCL's Special Events so the 13 of us could have dinner together. Both dinners started horribly as we had to argue with the restaurants to get a vegetarian meal (Cagney's was only going to give my daughter sides and salad) and Manhattan wasn't going to seat us all together. On the positive side, the crew was amazing. But I have felt that way on every cruise I've been on. And deck 8, with the indoor/outdoor bars and restaurants was very cool. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose the Breakaway after reading about the ship. It was great to be able to drive to the pier, park on the roof and take the elevator directly to the entrance. NCL did a great job of processing us aboard and our rooms were ready for ... Read More
We chose the Breakaway after reading about the ship. It was great to be able to drive to the pier, park on the roof and take the elevator directly to the entrance. NCL did a great job of processing us aboard and our rooms were ready for us when we arrived on board. We had sailed out of Manhattan on NCL once before, but the sight of the NYC skyline from the Hudson River is always exciting. The ship is huge so it never seemed crowded other than around the pools. There was no way to get a deck chair after 9:00 a.m. I think people must have gone up before dawn to put their towels and things on the chairs. The teenagers loved the rope course, climbing wall and the water slides. We all played miniature golf and went bowling. There was plenty to do on the sea days. We had been to Bermuda many times before so knew our way around, but did take one shore excursion to the beach at the Dockyward and everyone enjoyed all the activities available there. We tried all three dining rooms plus the noodle bar and the Irish pub O'Sheehans and all were very good. The service was spot on and we did not have a single meal that we did not like. We tended to go to dinner by 6:00 to get a table for six easily and it worked great. Our rooms were very comfortable - good beds and a great bathroom with double sinks and a large (by ship standards) shower with many shower heads. We saw their Broadway quality show Rock of Ages one night and it was terrific. If there was one thing that I did not like, it was the location of the casino through the middle of deck 7, including around the atrium. Smoking was allowed and the smoke bothered my asthma enough that i did speak to guest services about it and surprisingly, during our days in Bermuda, they cleared out much of the smell. They gave it a try, which we appreciated. No mattwer who we spoke to on the ship, they acted like we were their only customers, not bad considering they had 3900 of us on board. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Pros: Very clean ship Food was fantastic and endless! Excellent restaurants Ship run efficiently Fun rope course and water slides onboard Very good shows onboard - Rock of Ages was awesome! Three days in Bermuda ... Read More
Pros: Very clean ship Food was fantastic and endless! Excellent restaurants Ship run efficiently Fun rope course and water slides onboard Very good shows onboard - Rock of Ages was awesome! Three days in Bermuda was really fun - there are so many things to do in Bermuda Great teen lounge - my kids loved their independence and kept busy with other kids their age Cons: Ship very overcrowded The staff was efficient, but downright rude on many occasions. They just seemed overworked and not happy to be there. And, no employee seemed to have the same answer to a question. For example, I asked the concierge if my 15 year old son could use the gym - and was told 'yes' there is are no age restrictions. Then when he walked into the gym, an employee very rudely kicked him out for not being an adult. That is one of many examples. ALL lounge chairs have towels thrown on them in the early morn, so forget about getting any seat if you are not one of those chair hogs - Norwegian really misses the boat on this one and allows this Everything costs extra - almost nothing is included in your ticket. Expect to get nickel and dimed throughout the entire cruise. Seriously - there is an extra charge for everything! The specialty restaurants were EXCELLENT, but very expensive. The main dining rooms (extra costs for half the menu) were all very, very good - but there was a charge for the good items on the menu. My room was not in good repair. The bathroom floor tiles were cracked. My bed comforter was torn and ragged. The pillows were absolutely terrible! Very uncomfortable bedding. Everything was overcrowded and had long lines. For example, the rope course had a one hour line everyday. There is no chance of getting into the one tiny pool onboard. I just gave up trying. It took two hours standing in line to board, and two hours in line to get off at the end of the cruise. This cruise just had a LOT of people. Expect a line for everything. They have very strict rules, that made me feel like I was a child being disciplined. For example, I took out my cell phone while in the area looking at the photos they sell - and I was promptly scolded this was a no cell phone area and I would have to leave! (they don't want you tempted to take pictures of your pictures - it was all about making sales for them) This atmosphere of scolding and being monitored, was prevalent the entire cruise. It was uncomfortable. Carnival costs a lot less, and I had so much more fun on that ship than on Norwegian. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Our first time on the Breakaway very nice and very large ship take time to explore the first day. We embarked in NYC no issues. The new rule is no water carried on but you can bring a empty bottle and refill on ship for when you get off ... Read More
Our first time on the Breakaway very nice and very large ship take time to explore the first day. We embarked in NYC no issues. The new rule is no water carried on but you can bring a empty bottle and refill on ship for when you get off in port. Highly recommend meal and beverage package be purchased in advanced, once on board more $$$$!! We were able to pick 4 specialty rest. (only specific ones) and made reservations in advance. The bev. pack was $15. max per drink per person only one drink can be ordered at a time if over $15. you pay the difference. Remember when in NYC port ,taxes still apply. Shows were also booked in advance Cirque with dinner(considered one of the specialty rest.) was entertaining as was Rock of Ages stage show . Our cabin was decent, enough storage room for family of 3. The food was good but not exceptional even in the specialty rest. common areas were very nice but be patient the service can be slow. As usual pool area very crowded, but on deck 16 aft (rear) Spice H2O bar has a great area for sitting in the sun also has a wrap around waterfall for cooling off and mostly adults. Bermuda is beautiful, we purchased bus and ferry passes well worth the cost. The ferries are a quicker in transportation if you are not tired of the water. Prices on the island are expensive( $15. for a burger) we found a supermarket purchased sandwiches, chips and drinks for $20.-$25. much more budget friendly. Beaches are terrific but beware of sharp coral suggest water shoes.The Clocktower shopping center at the Royal Dockyard is worth exploring some of the same items as on Front street in Hamilton. St. George nice to walk around a lot of history. When disembarking get a porter well worth the $10/$20. tipping you will get through customs faster and not have to stand in a long line!!!!! We will definitely be back for another visit. Read Less
Norwegian Breakaway Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.4
Rates 3.0 3.3

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