Posted by: wingstravel | May 29, 2013

Follow the Fish on Norwegian Breakaway

By Kate Murphy

I was lucky enough to sail on a 2 night inaugural cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway.

Hint-if you are trying to figure Forward from Aft when leaving your cabin follow the fish on the hall carpet as they are swimming forward.

Artwork on the hull is very colorful and distinctive designed by Peter Max.

NCL Breakaway

New York City is the homeport of the Norwegian Breakaway which is the Best of the Big Apple at Sea. That analogy comes to mind because the ship is exciting, has an energy about it and there are so many fun things to do. Most of the action centers around 678 Ocean Place which is the hub of the ship, the casino, restaurants, and shops all flow from these three decks. The Waterfront on Deck 8 is amazing since most of the restaurants and bars have an outdoor seating area. You literally can dine with the Ocean in your sight line.

The Cabin TV is interactive so you can make dinner and show reservations and it gives you availability in real time which is a big plus. An electronic system allows you to either request “Make Up Room” or put on a “Do Not Disturb”.

Hint-there is only dispenser shampoo and soap in the shower. So ladies pack your own shampoo and conditioner. If you prefer bar soap I have been told you may ask your cabin attendant to get it for you. There is a foot bar in the shower for ladies to shave their legs.

Dress up or dress down that’s what Freestyle Dining is all about. There are 27 Dining Options (some have a surcharge), including Ocean Blue by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian or chose to dine French, Italian, Steak House, etc. The Breakaway also features an onboard bakery created by Buddy Valastro star of the TV series “Cake Boss”.

You can see a Broadway show at sea, Rock of Ages (beware R rated). You can also eat dinner and enjoy a show at Cirque Dreams and Dinner Jungle Fantasy or watch Burn the Floor, a dance show during dinner in the Manhattan Dining Room. Don’t forget fabulous jazz in Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club.

It has an amazing Aqua Park with multi-story waterslides, a sports complex with the largest ropes course at sea, and mini-golf. And last but not least they have a Plank. Yes you can “walk the plank” (harnessed, of course) if you are brave enough. Give Wings Travel a call and we will fill you in on everything else about Norwegian Breakaway. We promise we won’t tell anyone if you skip walking the Plank–I did!

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