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NCL Cruise Ship ''Breakaway'' Inaugural+Aer Lingus  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12319 times:

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A while ago I was invited to attend the inaugural events for NCL's new cruise ship the Breakaway. I first didnt think I would be able to attend but nearer the time I was invited again and was able to re organise my schedule and accept the invitation.

NCL Breakaway is themed on New York and its home port is NYC. It will sail down to the Caribbean and back.

I decided as I needed to get to Southampton I would take Aer Lingus to LGW and then train it staying overnight in Southampton the night before. Jurys Hotels had an amazing room sale due to their 20th Anniversary so all I paid was GBP20 ! I was able to take a friend so I invited my cruise ship buddy Gareth  

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DATE: 28/APRIL/13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: DUBLIN - LONDON GATWICK
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 29F
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DVJ NAMED ''St. Macárthain''


So I got the ''death bus'' due to its horrible 0330am departure and made my way to DUB. I checked in at the Aer Lingus Gold Circle desk and made my way to security.

Gareth was flying later that day from NOC-LGW as it was easier for him.


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So I placed my order and was not dissapointed !

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So after my fix it was time to head to the lounge :

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I love the floral arrangements and they smelt so fresh . Really was nice.

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Spot the odd one out :

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Orange juice was enough for me after the Choc lounge.

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So daylight arrived , nice to see these brighter mornings.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12450 times:

Soon time to head to the gate :

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Soon it was time to board and Gold Circle members were invited to board at their leisure so I went on first.
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VIDEO CLICK TO VIEW ::




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Soon boarding was completed and we pushed back .

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EI-DUO on its way to AGP !



Dublin zoo ?

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12438 times:

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Pre order voucher :


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The crew came around and asked if I wanted anything. I had to tell them I had pre paid for breakfast. So three times over the last few weeks crew are not looking at the sheet to see who has pre ordered. Not a big issue but would hate to see what would happen if they sold out of breakfasts before getting to a pre ordered passengers row.

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I opted for coffee ( if you can call it that ) Im not a fan of instant and it tasted like dish water. Carte Noir does a passable instant coffee but they dont serve it anymore.




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The flight went by so fast and soon it was time to land into LGW.

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So we pulled up on stand and I disembarked the aircraft thanking the crew for a nice flight.

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I then made my way to the train . LGW was very easy to get through I got from plane to train in less than 15 minutes. LGW really has improved so much over recent years.

I had bought an advanced saver fare with Southern Trains but they had cancelled my service. They also did not tell me and did not email me either!! Thats bad customer service for you. In the end I had to buy a new ticket to brighton for GBP10 and then use my other ticket from there to Southampton. Hopefully I can claim it back.

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So a few hours later I arrived into Soton.

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I made my way to the Jurys hotel before heading out again into town. Later that evening Gareth arrived so I met him at the train station and we found a nice Chinese restaurant.

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After that we were both quite tired so we had an early night .

The next morning we woke up and could see the ship out of the hotels window.

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We decided to check out of the hotel early and head for breakfast. It was a lovely sunny morning.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
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We then made our way to the cruise terminal.

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Soon it was time to board the ship around midday.

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We were allocated a nice balcony stateroom on deck 14 .





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Interesting that the doors opened outwards but it did save space.



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I had downloaded the NCL iConcierge App before arriving to the ship which meant I could pre book restaurants once I could pick up the ships wifi and this service was free. We really wanted to eat at Teppanyaki and its always a popular choice. We had managed to pick up the ships signal before boarding in the terminal so were delighted to secure our chosen dining venue and time.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/NCLBR/file_zps14a0073d.jpg

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French restaurant:

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The waterslides are a big feature on the Breakaway. Gareth decided to go on them while I went to the spa.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
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The Haven is a private area for guests in that accomodation. Its a lovely exclusive area with many amenities.

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The gym and the spa area :

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The chilled cumcumber water was lovely :

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After exploring alot of the ship it was time to grab a bite to eat :

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A quick visit to the Carlos bakery they had some amazing cakes available :

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Grafftti artists making it look more like NYC so Im told .

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Gareth showing off the clear glass looking down to sea

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An Irish pub   What else ......

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The 24 hour dining menu in the Irish pub/restaurant :

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This is a dining and show venue where you pay a cover charge of between $29-39 .

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
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Pay as you go wine stations :

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One thing I love about NCL. You can see whats available and see when things are booking up .

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The balconies are a bit more compact than on other cruise ships .



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After nearly being around the whole ship Gareth and I were invited to look at a private area reserved for guests who pay around $50 for a week for access to this private club. The barman was very nice and opened up a bottle of champagne for us. Apart from two others we were the only ones there so it was quite pleasant. We had a good chat to the barman about his job and he had been on alot of the NCL fleet over the years.

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I can certainly imagine sunbathing here on the days at sea. So relaxing.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/NCLBR/NCLBREAK2/file_zps29cfb1ff.jpg

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An interesting concept first introduced on the NCl Epic is studios for Single passengers. There were complaints that single passengers had to pay for two people so this is NCLs answer to it. I have to say it was nice. They have their own lounge for meeting other single passengers and should two people want to sail together but want their own space and bathroom they have interconnecting ones.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
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Soon it was time to go to the Ice bar for which we had pre booked earlier in the day .

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Soon it was time to head back and shower and get ready for dinner.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
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This is my favourite dining venue on NCL. I just love it . Always a funny show with the chef cracking jokes. The smell of the garlic rice was just to die for. Make sure your partner eats the same as you though otherwise your likely to scare them off LOL...

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To end we had Green tea cake and ice cream. I love it I have to say .

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After an amazing meal we were so full we needed to take a walk . We went to look at ''Spice H20'' which is an outdoor night club. It was not too busy but promised to pick up later.

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Time for a drink. G&T for Gareth and Pina Colada for me.



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Kir Royale .... sure why not  

Time to look at the nightclub again where more people had turned up. I love this concept especially in the Caribbean.

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Later on in the night we got the munchies so decided to head to the 24 hour Irish dining venue.

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After that it was quite late so we decided to head to bed .

The next morning we got up and went to breakfast.

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A favourite of mine as a treat .

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Soon after a lovely leisurely breakfast it was time to disembark the ship. It had been a lovely time and everything had been great to see.

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Gareth and I had a few hours to kill so we decided to head to a hobby shop in Southampton called Rons Rails. He specialises in model railways. Over the last few weeks I have become interested again in a hobby I had as a kid. I have been wanting to buld myself a model railway again so this was a great chance to chat to him and buy some things. As a kid I used to have a train set that filled the whole bedroom   Im not going to have that this time but a medium size set will be nice to have. I have also been bidding for some items on Ebay which I won  

After a nice visit to the shop I came away with enough track to set me up , a level crossing and some magazines which he gave me free of charge. You cant beat these family run shops who really know their stuff and love their hobby.

By that time it was lunch time and so we headed to IKEA for the famous meat balls meal. I also managed to pick up two items that I was unable to find in Belfast or Dublin so it was great to kill two birds with one stone.

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Nice views of the ship from IKEA .

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DATE: 30/APRIL/13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: LONDON GATWICK - DUBLIN
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 5A/C
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DVJ NAMED ''St. Macárthain''



Soon it was time to get the train back to LGW. It was around 1 hour 50 minutes on a direct train. Gareth hinted that he might like to see if we could get on an earlier flight and when he asked the girl at check in this was authorised and we were given row 5 with middle seat blocked.

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We then made our way to the No.1 lounge for a quick stop.

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Our aircraft waiting :

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After around 30 mins it was time to head to the gate. I have to say the No.1 lounge is not as good as it used to be. You used to be able to choose a complimentary made to order hot item but this is not charged. The two PCs upstairs are broken. Also they had a nice library area up stairs too and this was shut and through the glass you could see rubbish and empty boxes just thrown down . Very bad in my opinion and needs to be cleaned up and brought back to what it was.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12335 times:

We got to the gate and boarded the aircraft straight away.

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After boarding was completed we pushed back .

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After take off the crew went around with BOB. Neither of us had pre ordered this time but we both decided to get something.

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Soon enough we were making our decent into DUB.

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We arrived on stand and disembarked the aircraft. Gareth made his way to get his bus and I made my way to mine. It had been a great weekend and the weather had been great too.

Some things we were given from NCL :



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So thats the end of the report. I hope you all enjoyed it . Love to read your comments as usual and appreciate them all.

Aer Lingus performed well as usual. The crew on the return were not the best but what can you do . All flights on time and comfortable. Tasty food served with BOB.

NCL's new ship was lovely. They have gone for more conservative colours and decor than on previous ships and I love it . It really feels more like HAL or CEL. Im sure this ship will do really well not only for New Yorkers wanting to head to the Carribbean but for many passengers who will fly to New York from all over the world. New York shopping and a Carribean cruise ! What more could you want  


Philip / OA260  


User currently offlinecnz3 From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11927 times:

Great report - both the Aer Lingus and the Breakaway.

I was on the Epic in March (SXM), and attended the seminar detailing this ship. Brings back good memories, as you can see a LOT of design influences from NCL's largest ship. It's nice to see that they weren't just blowing smoke with all the selling points they made, like the waterfront/promenade, and the return to rectilinear cabins and enclosed bathrooms. The balconies look really small compared to the Epic, through. The Haven looks great - that pay as you go wine station is new to me and would be very welcome.

Good luck getting any refund out of Southern. I have family in the area of LGW and transit through that area often - always try to take First trains if I can - also to avoid Victoria station if I'm travelling to London. No such choice for you I suppose, going to Soton.

Aside from the lounge, how was your experience at LGW? I haven't been through the airport itself since the late 90's, with all my trips being on Star carriers since then.



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User currently offlineJetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11744 times:

WOW. Can't believe this is NCL! I know I said I may have to give them a try in the other thread, but I think this definitely solidified it. Amazing how far ships have come in the past few years ie Breakaway, Breeze, Oasis Thanks for showing us!


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11556 times:

Hey Phillip

Great report, I'm always surprised about what you can do on these ships! However I must say that wouldn't be anything for me as I get motion sick from the smallest breeze of wind.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11535 times:

Quoting cnz3 (Reply 12):

Hi thanks for the reply Im glad you enjoyed it. Yes they have done a good job it really is something new with the best aspects of Epic included.

Southern are hard to avoid alot of the time but will see what they say anyway. Gatwick airport since it got new owners is a really nice experience. The departures area and security is vastly improved and they are still spending money and renovating other areas. Its great to see it.

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 13):

Yes you should certainly try them im sure you would not regret it. The quality of the food is really good and the numerous dining options and casual approach is great for those that dont want to dress up every night.


User currently onlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11446 times:

Wow the cruise looked amazing. Makes me want to go on one. Thanks for sharing

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11429 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):

Hey Marc   Thanks for the reply. Although you would have been fine on this one as we didnt leave port lol...

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 16):

Yes there really is something for everyone on these ships these days.


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11064 times:

Hey Philip,

Thanks for the great report documenting yet another of our adventures. It really shows up the ship well. She is an amazing vessel. Really well designed and laid out. The balconies were really small though and I still don't think there's enough swimming pool space for those hot sea days in the Caribbean. I'm sure she'll be popular with her guests though.  

Looking forward to our next trip, wherever it may take us.

Gareth

P.S. Where is the pic of the Liberty Stadium from the air that you promised to include?   



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User currently offlinejohruk From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11035 times:

I was on there too!

Although we didn't arrive until late and the ship was heaving by the time we boarded! Great ship and lots to do! It was great to wake up and look out to the balcony and see the sun shining...Felt like we had actually sailed off, instead of staying the night in Southampton  !


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2890 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10963 times:

Hi Phil,

Very informative report as always and plenty of interesting pictures to go with it.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Dublin zoo ?

This is very interesting. On a recent DUB-KIR flight I noticed three hares hopping around near Pier D...thought it was a once off but clearly not. They should really sort it out as they pose a real danger to aircraft.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10948 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 18):
Hey Philip,

Hey mate  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 18):
I'm sure she'll be popular with her guests though.  

Yes it was really nice. They fitted her out to a very high standard. Love the Haven and checked prices today and actually quite reasonable!  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 18):
Looking forward to our next trip, wherever it may take us.

Yes who knows. Always somethings pops up so we will have to keep an eye out.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 18):
P.S. Where is the pic of the Liberty Stadium from the air that you promised to include?   

Punishment for taking away my A319 !! Haha I actually forgot but will post it  
Quoting johruk (Reply 19):
I was on there too!

Hey thats good. I knew there would be a few  
Quoting johruk (Reply 19):
Although we didn't arrive until late and the ship was heaving by the time we boarded! Great ship and lots to do! It was great to wake up and look out to the balcony and see the sun shining...Felt like we had actually sailed off, instead of staying the night in Southampton  !

We were truly blessed with the weather . Out on deck on the Monday with the steel band playing one could be forgiven for thinking we were somewhere else  

How did you rate the ship ? What was your favourite dining venue? Is there anything you didnt like?

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 20):
Very informative report as always and plenty of interesting pictures to go with it.

Hi thanks for the reply  
Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 20):
This is very interesting. On a recent DUB-KIR flight I noticed three hares hopping around near Pier D...thought it was a once off but clearly not. They should really sort it out as they pose a real danger to aircraft.

I dont know about these things but are they a real risk? They seem to run very fast when they want to. If anything was coming Id say they would be well gone.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10943 times:

Hi Philip,

very nice photo report about your latest cruise adventure! Very impressive ship - and the food pictures made me hungry as usual!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
So three times over the last few weeks crew are not looking at the sheet to see who has pre ordered. Not a big issue but would hate to see what would happen if they sold out of breakfasts before getting to a pre ordered passengers row.

That's weak indeed. Btw - the breakfast itself doesn't look overly appealing.


PH

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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10921 times:
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Hey Philip!

Thanks for another signature piece of yours, I enjoyed it  

2 average flight on Aer Lingus and a boat errr... ship prospection, that’s really your cup of tea. I’m always amazed to see what stuff they all put in there: multiple restaurants, theatres, swimming pool, gym,... name it and they seem to have it!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
So I placed my order and was not dissapointed !

Nothing better than a calorie bomb in the wee hours o’ the morning 

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Spot the odd one out

The logojet?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I should have shares in 29F

Yeah - me too. Window last row that is  

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had to tell them I had pre paid for breakfast. So three times over the last few weeks crew are not looking at the sheet to see who has pre ordered. Not a big issue but would hate to see what would happen if they sold out of breakfasts before getting to a pre ordered passengers row.

That’s not good. They apparently don’t see the connection between online ordering and customer service? Are prices cheaper online?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Thats bad customer service for you.

Indeed. That’s what you get with those privatised train companies...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
As a kid I used to have a train set that filled the whole bedroom

Me too! I sold mine many years ago. Too bad I realise afterwards, it would’ve been some cool present for my son. I had a Marklin set.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
so we headed to IKEA for the famous meat balls meal.

This one should be eaten with French fries and nothing but lol!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26949 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10881 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Hi Philip,

Hey Udo  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
very nice photo report about your latest cruise adventure! Very impressive ship - and the food pictures made me hungry as usual!

Yes you would not go hungry there. So many good quality options for everyone there.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
That's weak indeed. Btw - the breakfast itself doesn't look overly appealing.

Indeed it seemed at first that they were delivering these items first which made sense but not in my experience on 4 sectors in two weeks. Still it may not look much but the breakfast is very tasty and not oily and actually is their strong point. I guess it also has to do with preferences. I hate cold meats and cheese for breakfast but then again its a very Continental thing where as the Irish and British prefer hot usually.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
Hey Philip!

Hey Nils  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
2 average flight on Aer Lingus and a boat errr... ship prospection,

SHIP Nils !! I told you lol... The Captain will throw you off if you call it a boat haha... He would see it as an insult.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
I’m always amazed to see what stuff they all put in there: multiple restaurants, theatres, swimming pool, gym,... name it and they seem to have it!

Yes they always are coming up with new innovations. I wonder what next? I personally dont go in for rock climbing walls and waterslides but Im sure many would.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
Nothing better than a calorie bomb in the wee hours o’ the morning 

Yes just a bit .   Was lovely though !

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
The logojet?

Yes the retro jet .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
That’s not good. They apparently don’t see the connection between online ordering and customer service? Are prices cheaper online?

No indeed . Not sure if its not been briefed properly or they just dont bother.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
Me too! I sold mine many years ago. Too bad I realise afterwards, it would’ve been some cool present for my son. I had a Marklin set.

Yes always as you get older you appreciate things that you used to have but at the time didnt realise it. Still a nice project to keep me out of trouble  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 23):
This one should be eaten with French fries and nothing but lol!

I like fries but the mash is much better along with the berry sauce and gravy  


25 Jambost : Great TR Philip, I hope management can inform the crew to serve pre ordering passengers before the BOB service rolls out, seems quite unprofessional.
26 kamloops : Great Report Going to NYC next week, look forward to the breakaway myself, going on the North America Inaugural.
27 Post contains images johruk : Actually I thought it was very good. I must admit it is not a cruise brand I sell alot of (more Silversea/Regent etc) but for the market they are put
28 Post contains images OA260 : Hi James thanks for the reply Yes well at first I thought it was because its new but its hardly new these days . Haha you still got your heart set on
29 kamloops : what is exactly iConcierge, thanks
30 Post contains images OA260 : Thats cool. Yes very similar except throw Crystal in too . NCL is still not big enough in Ireland but I know NCL are keen to change that. For years R
31 reifel : Hi Philip, great report and excellent pictures! Very happy you had a good time on board. Aer Lingus looks nice. I love their livery and would like to
32 shamrock350 : Hi Philip, nice report as always! That NCL ship is certainly impressive, very stylish throughout. I'm not sure getting the meal first was ever actuall
33 Post contains images edina : My "cruise" alter ego missed the Breakaway inaugural as I had too many "airline" commitments this time around, but I'm wishing I had planned a little
34 Post contains images OA260 : Hi thanks for the reply and yes had a fab time Well they are a ''friendly LCC with some frills'' for the fares charged I personally think they offer
35 Post contains images Jambost : Always a pleasure to read up on your travels Poor execution of the service has really let EI down, but they still are the best choice to fly with. Li
36 Post contains images Rogerbcn : Bon dia Philip! A great report covering a great ship, it is impressive the amount of things you can do on board of one of these beasts. Let alone, the
37 Post contains images bananaboy : Great report - thanks for taking the time to write it up. Also,good to see a few other agents comment on the event or who are soon to attend the event
38 kamloops : Thanks again, Downloaded, look forward to using it next weekend, Yes that is true there are a lot auxiliary charges, however if you go with the idea
39 EASTERN747 : Hello....Very nice report and pixs. Maybe I'm alone, but the size of these newer ships is out of control. They are nothing but container ships with co
40 roberts87 : Hey Philip, great report as always with some very interesting pictures from the ship. It looks great! Thanks for taking the time to put it all togethe
41 Post contains images eastafspot : You are really lucky Phillip and this a Great TR! Is it cheaper to get a pre ordered meal deal? Or these online items are totally different? What is i
42 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Philip, Now that sounds like my cup of tea: a cruise ship that stays in port - no seasickness. Quite incredible what they pack on board these vesse
43 aerlingusa330 : It's neat to see an Irish pub on board the ship. It's also neat that it's named O'Sheehan's, named after the CEO of NCL, Kevin Sheehan.
44 thijs1984 : Thanks for sharing the pictures, especially the inside of the vessel is amazing. I have seen this vessel in the distance when she left RTM heading for
45 Post contains images EPA001 : Fantastic report. Thanks for putting in all the work. .
46 The777Man : Hi Philip! Seems like okay flights on Aer Lingus and very nice for you to be invited to the inaugural cruise of a new ship. That must feel very specia
47 FLIEGER67 : Hi, P., great pictures and sure a perfect time to spend a weekend this way. EI looks like solid and the new ship like an amazing example. Well done. G
48 jwhite9185 : Hi there Philip, This bring back a few memories of my trip over to DUB last year! First off you got the same plane I flew home on, secondly, the GC lo
49 Post contains images adamspotter : Hey Phillip, Nice to see another cruiseship report from you, another great report as always! It always amazes me how many things you can do on a cruis
50 Emek96 : Hey Philip ! Impressive report again of your cruise ship trip ! I don't know anything about cruise ships but I think that one looks quite good ! Aer L
51 gingersnap : Very nice report. I'll be sailing on the Norwegian Epic in about 6 weeks so this has got my that little more hyped. Thanks
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