After 20+ years on RCL, Celebrity and HAL we tried a 2 week cruise on the Breakaway due to its very unique itinerary.
After the Caribbean was ravaged by the hurricanes they skipped a few of the usual Eastern Islands and delved down farther South to include the ABC Islands and Martinique, which are rarely visited by cruises from the Northeast.
Nice ship, decent but not up to any of our other cruises even with specialty dining.
Almost everyone sailing has the free bar benefits causing crowding at most bars. and drink servers in the casino, lounges and entertainment venues were far and few to be found.
Embarkation as well as the total cluster jam with baggage of the same color being deposited at three different and separate locations at the pier as we disembarked was horrible. (The cruise left from New York City).
Smoking was heavy in many places and although it doesn't bother me it was very, very smelly.. LOL
Ship was very nice
Stateroom was kept clean and neat but sometimes wasn't ready till the afternoons during the cruise.
Food was passable
Staff was friendly but could have used more at each venue
Major mess at embarkation and disembarking from cruise, possibly due to NYC departure
Choice of COLORS for disembarkation time and baggage areas was left to the passenger's choice with apparently no limit to any particular color, as our color seemed to have been chosen by everyone on board. What a mess...
Itinerary was FANTASTIC and wish RCL or someone ELSE would offer the same for a 2 week sailing from the Northeast, even with 2 usual ports skipped.
We sailed in an extra large veranda stateroom and I imagine the experience would have been different if we sailed in the Haven category.
Did we enjoy the cruise? Yes, as always, but with some critical points. We would not however do it again with NCL and have sailed from the NYC port several other times on HAL with no trouble.