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Thomas Schuck

Age: 58

Occupation:Retired American

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Sailing Date: 2013-05-12

Itinerary: Bermuda - Inagural Cruise

My previous cruise experience has been with Royal Caribbean, but when the opportunity came to participate in this hyped-up inaugural cruise, I could not pass up the opportunity. Not only were fairly disappointed, but were we frequently reassured by other Norwegian frequent cruises not to judge Norwegian cruise lines on this poorly designed and managed ship. Although there were few problems, the crew was robotic, the itinerary void of anything actual doable (yes it had a lot of words, but you felt like having TV cable with many channels and nothing to watch). Unlike other cruises, there were no real on-board activities. There was NO celebration of the fact that this was the inaugural cruise.

Like the crew and itinerary, the food lacked any luster and often any flavor in the restaurants. I would recommend only eating at the Garden Cafe if you want flavor. The 24 hour OSHehan's food tasted old and stale, the Manhattan, Flavor and Taste, were good, nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about. As good as your corner family steak and fish restaurant back home. I could not bring myself to try to cover charge restaurants.

In a word. Tiny. This was very surprising since I was always told that RC cabins were smaller than other cruise lines. But my junior suite on the Breakaway with balcony was a fraction of the size of the junior suite that I accustom to on the RC Explorer of the Seas

Poor. On board activities highlighted art exhibits to buy. RC has many free health activities (ballroom dance classes each day on the Explorer, dancing on the deck (during the day). Most of the Breakaway's active activities began at 10:45pm. There were a lot of technical glitches.

One serious problem for this ship and crew: Although they have an appearance of catering to disabled people, they really showed great disregard and placed myself (I walk with a cane) and may other in danger. At the end of a Saturday (May 11) showing of Burn the Floor, with the Lights off, they allowed a large group of next seating people to file in through the handicap section. The handicap section, fearing being trapped in a chaos tried to leave early, only encountering another line of people being let in early. When confronted, the staff was confrontational themselves.

Bermuda is always wonderful, and any all excursions are well worth it. Glass bottom boat with the snorkel trip is great, and the bus tour of the entire island gives a personal itinerary of what to do next.

All in all, every cruise is a great cruise. But for the money, I would choose the RC Explorer of the Seas leaving out of Bayone NJ or the Celebrity Summit also leaving out NYC

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