Breaking New Ground with the Breakaway!! (Pictorial Review!)

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#1
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For those that have read my reviews in the past, this one is going to have a different format.

I posted most of my review in my blog as we sailed this beautiful ship (see link in signature), so rather than rewriting all of that I will focus on a mostly pictorial review with some comments thrown in. Also I can see that we have several excellent reviews already, so let's try a different approach. We'll see how this goes!

Before I begin just let me say that the Breakaway is a gorgeous ship. She truly is the best of the Epic and Jewel classes combined with a few tricks of her own. Our cruises weren't perfect (we were on both the one-night cruise from Rotterdam and the transatlantic from Southampton), but I am sure these growing pains will be ironed out quickly as the crew gets used to the new surroundings and in some cases new menus.

Our adventure with the Breakaway begins in Rotterdam on April 28, 2013. I chose the Hotel New York for its proximity to the cruise terminal. Here was our view from the front door of the hotel on that first morning:



We walked around the pier, snapping more photos before walking our luggage the two minutes to the cruise port:





Check in went smoothly, now it's to the "hurry up and wait" portion of today's events. Could the clock move more slowly???



At last we are on board!!!!

(The Hotel New York as seen from Spice H20.)

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Please feel free to ask any questions as I go along. I'll try to answer anything that I can!

To continue...

We boarded at the forward section of deck 5. Our cabin for the one-nighter was 12310, an aft-facing balcony. We avoided the long lines for the forward elevators by hiking our bags to the aft elevators. A perfect plan as we were whisked to deck twelve with no wait!

Our first glimpse of our one-night home:



From the other side...notice that the door is opening into the hall! There were several times that we couldn't get into the room because we were pushing on the door!



Huge balcony...about 75% covered:



The cabin next to ours was an HC balcony and was open for display purposes. My goodness was it huge!!!



Check out the size of that balcony!



View of Rotterdam from our balcony:

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#4
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Great pics and blog, Cubechick. I really enjoyed reading about your experience on the Breakaway. I cannot wait until June 2nd so I can see her myself!
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Thank you for the additional pictures.

I have been following your review from your blog/site. Very informative! You do a fantastic job!

I know you got on deck 5 in Rotterdam, but when you got off in NY, what deck did they have you disembark from? Does it seem as though they will be embarking on the same deck from NY?

Thank you,
Debbie
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Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the rest
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#8
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Originally posted by dcollette
Thank you for the additional pictures.

I have been following your review from your blog/site. Very informative! You do a fantastic job!

I know you got on deck 5 in Rotterdam, but when you got off in NY, what deck did they have you disembark from? Does it seem as though they will be embarking on the same deck from NY?

Thank you,
Debbie
Thanks for the lovely compliments!

In NY we disembarked on deck 7. Being that it's the first time the ship has been in NY, it's impossible to say for sure that it will be deck 7 going forward. They may play around and see what works best?
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#9
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Thank you so much for the cabin pics - I have booked 12308, which is the one next to yours, in September, so it was great to see what the room and balcony look like!
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Holy cow! What room number was that HC balcony? We get lots of questions on CC about HC rooms and that looks like a winner!

Interesting looking hotel there. I'm with you about location though. We stayed across the street from the port in Seattle for our AK cruise and it was neat waking up and seeing the ship...and even neater having the hotel bellman hand our bags to the ship porters.

Looking forward to more!
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Questions

What's the logic of the doors opening into the hall, and how did that work out? I can see people getting killed hustling down the hallway only to *WHAM*

A previous poster said that power outlets were shut off when you didn't have a card in the slot by the door (e.g., outlets were off when you weren't in the room, not just lights). Is this correct from your experience as well?

Thanks
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After getting settled (which was really just dumping the bags since we weren't unpacking yet), we went to Spice H20 for a beverage. We noticed right away that this is a great spot to see those who are adventurous enough to walk The Plank:



After a quick lunch at Savor (standard lunch menu) and the boat drill we dashed back to Spice for the sail away party:



They need a lot of bartenders for sail away!



The City of Rotterdam really gave us a nice send-off:



You get two pictures of the fire boats because I just loved them!



After sail away, we "snuck" into the Haven for a glimpse. (They had opened up access for travel agents.) We will be staying in the Haven during the transatlantic, so you'll get plenty of pics of that...but here we spy some finishing touches being applied:

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Thanks for the pictures! My elderly parents have that handicap cabin on the aft, we are next store on the other side!
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11/2012 - Carnival Victory - San Juan, Puerto Rico - St. Thomas/St. John - Barbados - St. Lucia - St. Kitts - St. Maarten - (aft-wrap balcony)
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#14
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Originally posted by sdmike
Questions

What's the logic of the doors opening into the hall, and how did that work out? I can see people getting killed hustling down the hallway only to *WHAM*

A previous poster said that power outlets were shut off when you didn't have a card in the slot by the door (e.g., outlets were off when you weren't in the room, not just lights). Is this correct from your experience as well?

Thanks
We were trying to figure out the door thing too. First let me say that the entrances to the rooms are recessed so the doors won't open into the hall and impede (or smack into!) other people.

We thought maybe it was a safety thing until we realized that the cabins in the Haven open inward just like "normal".

So now we're thinking maybe it opens up the useable space in the cabin and makes it feel bigger. These cabins seem to have been put together with a high level of detail and they maximize every inch. We've never been in a room that had so many nooks and crannies to stash stuff.

ETA, we just left a key in the slot at all times to keep the power on, so I can't confirm that the outlets go off if you remove the card.
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Originally posted by sdmike
holy cow! What room number was that hc balcony? We get lots of questions on cc about hc rooms and that looks like a winner!


Looking forward to more!
12908
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11/2012 - Carnival Victory - San Juan, Puerto Rico - St. Thomas/St. John - Barbados - St. Lucia - St. Kitts - St. Maarten - (aft-wrap balcony)
11/2011 - Carnival Liberty 2.0 - Miami, Florida - Cozumel, Mexico - Xunantunich Ruins, Belize - Roatan, Honduras - Grand Cayman - (balcony)
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#16
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Originally posted by Cubechick
We were trying to figure out the door thing too. First let me say that the entrances to the rooms are recessed so the doors won't open into the hall and impede (or smack into!) other people.

We thought maybe it was a safety thing until we realized that the cabins in the Haven open inward just like "normal".

So now we're thinking maybe it opens up the useable space in the cabin and makes it feel bigger. These cabins seem to have been put together with a high level of detail and they maximize every inch. We've never been in a room that had so many nooks and crannies to stash stuff.

ETA, we just left a key in the slot at all times to keep the power on, so I can't confirm that the outlets go off if you remove the card.
The doors opening into the hallway are definitely to give more space in the cabins. They are the same way on Oasis and Allure...excellent feature so when someone is getting something from the closet they don't get whacked with the door of another person entering the cabin
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Originally posted by ibcnusoon
12908
12910 according to the deck plans.
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Originally posted by Cubechick
12910 according to the deck plans.
sorry, yes the HC cabin is 12910. I was looking at my confirmation instead.
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Only one thing I hate so far. That tiny little table on the balcony. No place for two people to have a meal. Will they bring you one if you have a balcony dinner?

Doug
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#20
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A couple of more pictures from sail away:



If you're in the Netherlands, you need at least one picture of a windmill:



Eventually we needed a snack, so we found the Raw Bar that is part of Ocean Blue. After being assured that the oysters had indeed come from Rotterdam, DH ordered a half dozen...here's a pic minus a couple:



While I had the dungeness crab toasts:



Both were very good (although DH did say the oysters he had at the hotel the night before were better).

Unfortunately, this was our only experience with Ocean Blue, so we can't comment further.

We walked around, took the first of 1,000 photos of the famous chandelier:



At the end of the evening, we spent some time with Slam Allen. So glad to see/hear him again!

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