In 2014 I did a week onboard the Norwegian Breakaway out of New York to Bermuda. This was my first experience of the Breakaway class ships and whilst I was impressed, I still didn’t love it as much as the Epic!
I have to say, one of the highlights of the trip was the sail out of New York City.
Out down the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Then down the river further and out under the Verrazzano Bridge.
I was lucky that it was a gorgeous sunny day and the sail away was something amazing! It was definitely the busiest sail away on deck I’ve ever encountered – but it was totally worth it!
Bearing in mind that was just the sailaway – I was in for a real treat!
The itinerary consisted of two days at sea, followed by three days docked in Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda (including two overnights) and then one day at sea back in to New York. I love days at sea, as well as port days, but if you are cruising primarily for the itinerary and the places you were to visit, this may not have been the cruise for you.
We all know I’m a massive fan of Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Breakaway class ships (of which the Breakaway is the first) are very impressive ships. In my opinion, the atmosphere and experience doesn’t match that of the Epic, but I do love 678 Ocean Place, and the Waterfront – a quarter of a mile long waterside promenade meaning lots of restaurants and bars have waterfront areas. This feature is pretty special if you ask me!
The Breakaway was the first ship I “walked the plank” on, completing the high ropes course which was a first for me as well on a ship.
Whilst the studio cabins are identical across all the ships that they are deployed on, the studio lounge on the Breakaway and Breakaway Plus class ships are a lot smaller than that on the Epic, and I don’t feel the are as conducive to socialising and mixing as much, but they have a bar and some seating. During the solo traveller meet ups in the evening it would be really full – almost uncomfortably so, but we made do.
I also feel that the Bliss lounge on the Breakaway (which is another of my favourite evening venues) is not as great either. It’s a smaller venue, in a different location on the ship and for the events it hosts, it’s not as well designed.
Spice H20 also doesn’t have a pool, although it is still a nice space.