timcar Posted September 1, 2013 #1 Share Posted September 1, 2013 I just got off the Breakaway this morning, and I will add my review to the many reviews already. Traveling with myself was my husband and 2 children 13 and 11. This was our 5th cruise together and our first on a megaship. We live in central NJ and got to the pier about 10:45, we boarded about 11:30, we immediately went to O'Sheehan's for lunch and got our chicken wing and mozzarella fix. We then went up to check out the rock wall and slides, etc. I can't remember what time the rooms were ready but I think around 1ish. We had a balcony room and after reading all the reviews of the balconies, we didn't find it all that bad. The rock wall, ropes course, spider thing and trampoline bungee were open at certain times during the day and evening, so check out the Freestyle daily every day. There were very long lines for ropes course, rock wall and bungee, BUT if you keep checking back, you will hit it sometimes where there is a very short line. Especially the last sea day, the ropes course was open from 10 to 7, at 10 the line was up the stairs to the basketball court, we went at around 1 that day and there were about 10 people in front of us. The ropes course is so much fun! And yes, I did walk the plank! It really was not that bad and I am terrified of heights. The bungee trampoline line usually stopped taking kids about 1 hour before the close time, so plan accordingly. The rock wall could have been manned with a couple more guys to make the line go quicker. The slides were fun, the purple slide hurts more on your back than the yellow one. I didn't do the free fall since I wasn't able to get my wedding ring off, NO jewelry is allowed on this ride at all! We didn't do any specialty restaurants so can't comment on that. We had absolutely no wait time for the Taste, Savor or Manhattan room. The first few days, we were never told the chefs special (didn't even know there was one) but after we found out about it, they were the better meals. The jerk chicken chef special was awesome! They had a prime rib night at O'Sheehan's on Tuesday and my husband ate there by himself, but later in the week, they had prime rib at the other restauarants. The desserts were just okay. The Garden Cafe seemed to have a better variety most nights and we may have thought about eating there, but we like to sit down and be served. :) I don't know who suggested the Uptown Grill on here, but this place is awesome! Not too many people know about this, but they have some egg sandwiches for breakfast and you can even get an omelet made there without dealing with the lines in the Garden Cafe. my kids would get their breakfast and head upstairs to sit and eat, very quiet and nice. This was especially helpful on port days, as the buffet crowds were crazy! We loved Rock of Ages, and even took the kids, we didn't think it was that inappropriate for our kids. Burn the Floor was nice, but I could have done without it. There are a few different Second City shows, we went to the improv one, it was okay. We didn't mind the card being used to turn the lights on, although, we had to get security to our room because there was someone else's card in our slot. Supposedly the room steward used someone's card from another room and thought it was his "dummy key card" that he uses when he cleans the room. We went to the Ice bar the last night, it was pretty cool :p and now off my bucket list. I was a little worried about freezing in there as I only had on shorts and flip flops under the cape, but it was bearable for the 1/2 hour we were in there. Fireworks were awesome, I thought that Spice H2O would be too crowded but if you walk further in and away from the doors, it is not that bad at all. We liked the party afterward and the party on Thursday night but the farewell party was lame, there were only a handful of people in there. My daughter spent a bit of time in the kids club and had fun, although she didn't like that if she signed herself in, she was "trapped" there for 2 hours. They wouldn't let her sign herself out unless she spent 2 hours in there. My son didn't care for his club too much, I think there is too big of an age difference, the club is for 13 to 17 year olds and he just turned 13 so was one of the younger ones. Overall, my kids and I had a great time, it didn't feel any more crowded than some of the smaller ships I have been on. And I would cruise it again. If you have any questions, ask away. And if I think of anything else, I will add to this. Donna Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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