November 8th 2015
We awoke that Sunday morning and headed towards Albany, NY sometime around 3am. Our 3 hour drive to meet up with Yankee Trails shuttle to NYC and our awaiting ship The Breakaway through Norwegian.
Passports in hand and a smile on our face,,,we drove on through the dark.
We had waited nearly a year for our very first Cruise and I was thrilled. Getting up at 3am didn't seem to hurt so much when your headed to something so wonderful.
Most of the morning was traveling. We got a little lost and had a quickie breakfast at McDonalds before we arrived in just outside of Albany.
Before long we were seeing signs of the ocean...the city skyline and there she was The Breakaway!
I was a panic when I realized our bags were not tagged correctly.....The problem was rectified and we were shuffled off the bus and into Port Authority, (NO PICTURES!!!- I tried and was screamed at!!!...well how was I suppose to know?)
The port experience was...NOT so pleasant. No we were not checked or body searched, but there was an awful lot of confusion. People were everywhere. (I am NOT good with CROWDS. little did I know there were going to be many throughout the week.)
The Breakaway is Norwegian's 2nd largest ship (1st being the Escape which is only just a few weeks old-we got to see her too.) Big Ships means BIG numbers of PEOPLE!!!! Something like 4 THOUSAND were aboard this vessel we were sailing on this trip, not including staff!!!!
There was also a lot of WAITING. (Also something I learned to deal with while on this vacation...not enough to make me NOT want to return however!)
Finally we our boarding number was called and we were stepping on just like in the Love Boat..
Once on the ship we headed straight to our state room to settle in and get our bearings. I was so excited!
While in the room we also received our very first Daily news letter. Each day we were provided with the events and dining hours along with any information.
All of our non specialty dining options were included in the Cruise. There were additional restaurants that offered meals with a price tag. We were more then satisfied with the Complementary meal options. Drinks (Soda and alcohol) were not included in the complementary prices. Drinks were NOT cheep either. I spent $10- on my only purchased alcohol beverage for the whole trip. I bought this on Day 1; my send off cocktail.
By now it was nearing 1pm and there was so much to see. We did a quick walk through of the ship before having our first meal in the Garden Buffet.
A walk through the ship and a few sights to share.
|The upper deck and view of NYC skyline.|
|Rock climbing wall. No I did not even try...|
|Signature Norwegian Cruise Line logo|
|View of the Naval ship docked next to us.|
|This was pretty cool to see too. look at the air planes on deck. This ship is clearly LARGE, and we towered it in the Breakaway.|
|The children's pool featuring Sponge Bob!|
|I got this one of Sponge Bob later in the evening,|
|The Grand chandler in the center of the ship.|
|A playful monkey near the Cirque Du show,|
|Life Boats....Very IMPORTANT!!!|
After dinner we made our way to the Atrium and played some TRIVIA. (It was surprisingly difficult) We teamed up with another couple and all four of our brains couldn't get the correct answers....Do you know how many pigs the average American consumes in a lifetime???? Yeah I still don't know but in was somewhere in the number of 37!!!! WOW