Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakaway launched this week with its weekly cruises out of New York City, and while the ship is gorgeous (our full review will be up soon!), there were just a couple of areas we thought could be improved.
MISS: A Better Infants Program. Yes, the Breakaway allows infants from 6 months up, and provides a Guppies program for infants under 3, but the ship doesn’t provide any child care for those infants. The Guppies program is a program for infants and parents, in a rather small room that is smaller than some staterooms. There isn’t a supervised program or nursery for infants, or babysitting, so if parents travel with a baby, they don’t get a chance to enjoy a romantic dinner alone.
HIT: At Port Kids’ Programs. Even while at port, the kids’ programs for kids 3 to 12 are available. While free during at-sea sails, the programs are $6 per child during port days to cover the cost of lunch for the kids.
MISS: Thin Walls. Our stateroom, mid-ship, level 9, was located just above the 8th floor Shakers Martini Bar. All evening long we were serenaded with piano music, loud singing, and the applause of the audience between songs. Understandable, being above the bar, but our friends had a cabin beneath the fitness center and heard the thumping of those working out above all day. In the spa, while receiving a relaxing massage, the same thuds from the gym were heard throughout the massage, making me jump the first time I heard it. When selecting a room, be very careful to choose a room far from anything that may disturb sleeping children.
HIT: Good-Sized Family Suites. With the exception of the interior family rooms (two connecting rooms with two twin beds and showers), the suites are quite comfy for families. Parents enjoy a king bed while two kids can sleep on the daybed and drop-down ceiling bed, and during the day, the sitting area is a welcome treat. Some rooms feature bathtubs, so request a tub room if you have young ones who don’t handle showers well.
MISS: Kids’ Meals. There are more than two dozen places to eat on the ship, but the kids’ meals, as typical of restaurants are not exciting. Kids eat free in the main dining rooms, and half prize in the specialty restaurants, but that’s only if they order from the kids’ menus. For kids with taste buds, they’ll have to pay full price.
HIT: A Nickelodeon PJ Party. One of the most popular family events/meals is the Pajama Jam. For $20, kids and parents can arrive in PJs to meet and party with characters like Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob, followed by an exclusive buffet.
Have you tried the Breakaway yet? Tell us what your hits and misses are!