NCL Breakaway!

Our chance to Breakaway…

We cruise a lot – it’s a great way to mix a relaxing vacation with a chance to see new and interesting places. My friends joke that I collect islands, so it was time to add another to the collection. This time, cruising to Bermuda on the beautiful Norwegian Breakaway out of New York City.

Cruise check-in at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal was quick and painless, very organized, and we were on the ship within 30 minutes of arriving. Sailing out of New York City is quite a sight to see – especially during Fleet Week. Pull up a deck chair or grab a piece of railing and stay out there for about an hour and you’ll be rewarded with great views of NY, NJ, and the Statue of Liberty.

The first two days of our itinerary were sea days on the way to Bermuda, which gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ship. It’s a pretty big ship with a lot to see and do. We loved the Adults Only Spice H2O area at the top of the ship for relaxing in the sun with a tasty beverage. For a bit of shade, there’s great outdoor seating areas along the Waterfront.

There’s loads to do on the Breakaway, with scheduled events throughout the day (like an escape room, trivia, seminars, Bingo, painting classes, and more) and plenty of space to relax if doing a whole lot of nothing is more your style. The Breakaway also offers a casino, spa, pools and hot tubs, fitness center, ropes course, water slides, sports court, jogging track, mini golf, an arcade, a rock wall, shopping, an ice bar, lots of bars and lounges, a night club, a jazz club, and more. There’s also several nightly entertainment options, like Broadway-style shows (on our sailing it was Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor), dinner theatre (with Cirque du Soleil), dueling pianos, Second City improv, movies, dance parties, live music, and karaoke.

When you get hungry, there’s no shortage of options to choose from – complimentary areas like the buffet, three dining rooms, and a noodle bar, as well as pay options like sushi, seafood, baked goods from Carlo’s Bakery, Italian, a steakhouse, and Margaritaville at Sea. If you don’t feeling like leaving your cabin, there’s room service too! NCL specializes in freestyle cruising, so you can dine when you want, where you want. And if you want specific times, many options take reservations (and many of the shows to do).

Bermuda is a beautiful country to visit. The pink sand beaches are amazing, the locals are incredibly friendly, and there’s plenty to do both on and off land. Their public transportation system is clean, safe, and reliable. We spent our time in Bermuda exploring the beautiful beaches (insider tip – if you go to Horseshoe Bay, head a few beaches to your left when facing the water to avoid the crowd), doing a Bermuda Triangle sunset sailing cruise, visiting the Fantasy and Crystal Caves, exploring Hamilton and St. George’s, checking out the Harbour Nights festival, enjoying great eats and drinks, and exploring the Royal Naval Dockyard. Bermuda can be a little pricey (the Bermudan dollar is on par with the American dollar, so a little extra pricey for us Canadians), but I’d definitely recommend a visit.

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