Who's been ?
Sailing from NYC in October
Would love to hear Feedback as it is a new ship
We sailed her on June 16th and really enjoyed our trip.
We are Upstate NY, Rochester so we took Amtrak into Penn Station and took taxi's from there, much cheaper than flying or driving and having to park the car. Very comfortable ride, free wifi the entire time and very roomy seats. We did go in Saturday and stayed in the Time Square area, a quick $15 cab ride to the port and off we were!
We booked cabin 14858, very nice and to my surprise the bed was by the balcony which made the room seem so much bigger compared to the Epic with the bed near the bathrooms! Yes small balconies but we still used it everyday and was worth it to us!
Ship was 100% full with tons of kids but really never felt over whelmed by crowds, never waited for any meals and we did not make any reservations for dining. Just showed up and got seated each time! Only wait was 45 minutes to eat outside on the "Ocean Front" area and was a very nice experience.
Crew was friendly, yes some confussion here and there but it was only the 5th sailing so no bother to us.
We thought we wanted to pay for the Vibe adult pool area but it was sold out. We had rain our first sea day and the second sea day was hot and sunny but we had booked the "Behind the scenes tour" at 10 am and by the time we got out to the pool area at noon it was a crazy mess of people! So yes this day the pool area was way to small.
So we hung out at H20, the included adults only area and had a very relaxing time there. No pool, but a waterfall area with benches and then two different hot tubs. At 3 pm each day they rolled out a hot dog stand, included again! Really nice touch
We pre booked the shows we wanted to see online as I wanted to do them on the sea days only, very easy with no problems and we really enjoyed the shows, Burn the floor, Rock of Ages and the Cirque dinner show.
And I would rate them in that order also as which was best in our opinion. Epic's Cirque was much better then the Breakaways, don't get me wrong it was very good but the Epic one was much better
We also walked right into Howl at the Moon and had no problems finding a seat and it was very good!
The casino was very good, left alot of money there!
Bermuda was great, bought the 3 day transportation pass for bus and ferry and well worth it, friendly bus drivers and very helpful with directions and advice of things to do.
Everyone wants to go to Horse Shoe bay, yes beautiful with showers, bathrooms and food but very crowded so the next day we bought the day pass at Coco Reef, $49 each which gave you full access to their beach, chairs, umbrellas, pool, showers, bathrooms, towels and included lunch with one glass of wine! So worth it! No crowds and a very pretty resort and beach.
We typically cruise for the ports of call and think of the ship as our floating hotel so this crusie was not our typical cruise vacation as we don't spend much time on any of the ships but we needed a relaxing trip and sailing in and out of NYC was just amazing and we really enjoyed our time on this ship. There was so much to see and do and no way did we do it all!
So if the itinerary was right we would sail her again!
My fiance and I will be leaving this Sunday on the Breakaway out of NYC. Thank you, so much for your great post. LOT'S of great advice.
Hope you had a great time!
Let us know how it went!
After more than 20 cruises I found this ship to be the worst I have ever been on . Poor service and food to match., A letter to the CEO of NCL elicited no response; understandable if one is trying to defend this ship.
Some of you will have plumbing problems, they will defend this by explaining it is a new ship. Guess they mean you should use the balcony instead.
This ship has come to be called the "Broke Away", an apt description.
We'll be traveling on Breakaway staying in the Haven Spa Cabin. Has anyone stayed in The Haven Cabins? What was your experience?
Looking forward to this cruise, we've cruised many times but this is our 1st cruise on NCL!
If you have been on Royal Carribbean you will be very disappointed. If you have never been on a cruise, or been on Carnival you will probably like it. The food was not very good, the buffet pretty much had the same thing every night. The only 2 restaraunts that were good were Cagney's and Morderno. We also went to the Italian one, it was o.k. The main shows were at best o.k. Rock of Ages was horrible and full of sexual connotations and 4 letter words....really on a family ship??? The pool area is very crowded, the decks need to be wider, they have "wind breaker" glass barriers on the decks which make it very difficult to navigate the narrow isles. If you are not out here early to get a chair, forget it you wont get one. One pool is adults only, the other one kids. The casino is too smokey and gets very crowded. Not much to do after dinner unless you want to drink. Too many extra fees (bars, dining shows, etc) The workers, from cabin steward to waitresses on the whole were not very friendly, didnt go out of their way at all to please. overall very disappointed with this cruise and ship, Not very pretty, elegant, fun, or friendly. We had fun, but we made the best of horrible food and crowds. We will be sticking with Royal Carribbean from now on
Was anyone on the ship last week when a large wave hit it? Was it really bad?
mcmomny , Did you reserve the Coco Reef ahead of time or once in Bermuda?
We were on the ship. Out at Spice H20 on top in the back. Kind of odd, right after the fireworks started. Needed to lean forward and keep balance for about 20 to 30 seconds. A lot of water on deck 15. Nothing was ever said by the crew.
We did not reserve Coco Reef ahead of time but I just recently read that they do want guest to reserve ahead to make sure they don't over fill the resort for the everyday guest.