Confession: After sailing on Norwegian Breakaway for the first time nearly two years ago, I vowed to never cruise aboard her again. Not because it was a bad trip – it was an amazing time, actually – but rather because of her size. I tend to prefer smaller ships. Specifically, as a New York City homeporter, the Norwegian Gem.
But that was then and this is now, and given that this is my third voyage upon the Breakaway, it looks as though I’ve come to love her. Not quite as much as Gem, but she most definitely has her charms.
I’m one of those people who tends to be at the port as early as possible, so the fact that I didn’t get there this time until nearly 11:30 pm worked my nerves. This was especially true because I was determined to grab one of the limited number of passes available to the ship’s adults-only area, the Vibe Beach Club. (There is another adults-only area aboard the ship, Spice H20, but for peaceful lounging far from the maddening crowd, Vibe can’t be beat.)
Fortunately, my arrival time didn’t really matter, because I was traveling as a guest of Norwegian’s Casino at Seas program. (More on that later.) This meant that upon arriving at the pier, I was escorted straight to a separate check-in area. Literally 10 minutes after arriving at the pier, I was on the ship and headed for guest services to secure my precious Vibe pass.
When boarding, you can tell there are other folks hoping to snag a Vibe pass, because like you, they ar