Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring Break-Away: Touring The Cruise Ship (Part 2)


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

So where did we leave off in Part 1?

Oh yes, our cruise ship, The Norwegian Breakaway
had just sailed down the Hudson River,
bound for Florida and the Bahamas. 

Although it was a beautiful, warm day 
when we left New York City,  
as soon as we hit the open sea,
it was too chilly to be outside. 

We set off to familiarize ourselves with the interior of the ship.
Since we were on one of the largest cruise vessels in the world, 
I thought it would take us a week
to get the lay of the land.
(Wait, does that expression 'hold water' when referring to a boat?)


Our cabin was a "Spa Suite" on the 14th deck.
You tell me if that looks like a suite! 
It gets the "spa" designation because it had a fancy shower,
and I have to say, it may have been 
the BEST shower we have ever used. 
Go figure -- on a cruise ship, of all places!
Mr. Goo Shoes wants to look into getting one for home. 

Yes, it was that good.


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We had a small balcony.
I know, not the best picture, but you get the idea. 
By the end of the week, we had eaten so much,
 the three of us couldn't fit out there together!


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The public areas of the Breakaway are beautiful. 
 This central area was my favorite spot.
The stairs connected the three decks where everything happens...


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The casino, theaters, comedy club, restaurants, and shopping 
were all located on Decks 6, 7 and 8.


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Atrium is the central hub of the ship.
There was always something going on here...
Trivia games, dance lessons, movies...
I couldn't get a good photo of the entire space.


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There were three main dining rooms, 
which were included in the price of the cruise. 
We liked Savor...

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and Taste.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

They were more intimate than the other massive dining room.
Yes, it's amazing what's considered "intimate" on a ship this size! 

They all had the same menus, so it was a matter of ambiance.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes 

There were several "specialty" restaurants, as well, 
but these had an additional cost, 
ranging from $15 to $49 per person.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
La Cucina
 
Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Shanghai's

Then again, there was always the hot dog cart!
If it was up to Junior Goo Shoes,
we would have dined right here every night. 
Two dogs to go, please!

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 A nice feature of the cruise ship was The Waterfront,
an outdoor promenade on Deck 8.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Many of the specialty restaurants 
had outdoor seating on the Waterfront.
But...most nights, you'd freeze your fuzz off out there.
Note to self: 
Next time we take a cruise from NY, go in summer!

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

After dinner, Mr. Goo Shoes and I spent a lot of 
money time in the casino.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

All of the outdoor action was on the upper decks.

 Junior Goo Shoes did it all...

Swimming...

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Water Slide...
(Look at that drop at the very top...oy vey).


Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Ropes course 
(that's it above the Mini-Golf course)...

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Basketball...
(that's not JGS - he wouldn't let me up there when he was playing).

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

   and (deep breath)...
   The Plank.

What is the plank? 
Well, it's something to give mom a little
 heart attack while she's on vacation.
I say "little" only because I didn't actually witness 

Junior GS walking the plank three times.

It was only when he showed me this photo...
and a video that he took while he was on it...
that caused my hair to turn gray.

The plank is eight feet long, 
and extends out over the ship from the 17th deck,
while the ship is moving, I might add.
Yes, there is a harness...
but I still get heart palpitations looking at this.

It looks like he's not too far from the water, right?
Well, have a look at the next photo...

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  -"The Plank"  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Photo by JJ (Junior Goo Shoes' friend)
Could you plotz?

The Plank on Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The first 48 hours on the ship were a lot of fun.
We finally had our sea legs,
but it was time for some excursions. 

To Be Continued...

27 comments:

  1. A city on the water, stores (!) included. ;-)

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    1. Oh, yes, fortunately there was nothing I wanted to buy at the stores!

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  2. Oh, it's time for another cruise. And we just went in late March!! I am a little jealous of the casino action but I laughed out loud when you talked about the shower. The shower on our our Disney cruises is hands down the best shower ever. My Husband wants one at home too!! lol Looking forward to the next installment! xo

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    1. Who woulda thunk it about the showers? As for the casino, I am a cheap-skate and give myself a very small budget! I only play the 2cent machines!

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  3. That plank gives me a shiver just looking at it - one of those things as a parent that's better finding out after the fact :-)

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  4. Thanks. As I have never had the pleasure of going on a cruise, these photos were so enlightening. Glad you all had a good time.

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis! So different from the vacations we used to take!

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  5. There is no way I could do the plank! My kids would love it though! Great photos...I love the little animals they make with the towels!

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    1. No plank for me, either! My son talked about it for weeks before we went. He couldn't wait!

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  6. Such a wonderful way to relax (apart from parting with cash at the casino!!). The plank... yikes! Not good with heights and with the ship moving that must have felt quite disorientating! Thanks for sharing your holiday with us xx

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    1. It was surprisingly relaxing! And my budget for the casino was pretty small, and I stuck to it! I even won a bit, so not bad!

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  7. It all looks so inviting, except for the plank! No way!

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    1. No way for me, either, Michelle! Not in a million years!

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  8. Hopefully, you don't get a duplicate comment from me. I got an error message with the last one. Your cruise looked like so much fun. I'd love the chance to take a cruise someday. That plank looked scary. There is no way I would try that! I thought your room looked like a decent size. I thought they were smaller.

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    1. I didn't get a duplicate comment, so all is well, Kelly!. The room was a decent size -- just a little narrow. There are smaller rooms, but because we were three, we had to get the so-called "suite." If you do decide to try a cruise, you may want to go on a short one, first, to see if you like it.

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    1. Who would have thought that the best shower would be on a cruise ship!

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  10. One word.."WoW" that certainly is a big ship and so many things to do and places to eat!!
    I would have gotten a heart attack too! with the plank it is very, very high!!
    I look forward to the rest of the photo's and story!
    Blessings and a very happy Mother's Day! Catherine xo

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    1. Yes, it was huge, but I actually felt that the public spaces felt smaller than I thought they would. It was like a little floating city! Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, Catherine!

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  11. It's amazing all the things that can be done on water. A basketball practice on a ship? I would be able to loose all the balls at sea!

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    1. HaHa, Magali! They have lots of nets to keep the balls from ending up in the ocean, but I bet I'd figure out a way for mine to go overboard, too!

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  12. I had to laugh..Jr and I would get along...I'd love that hot dog cart too! :) The thing is about hot dogs is that one day they can be mustard and relish. Another day ketchup and sauerkraut. Another day chili dogs. AND...pls tell Jr that when I was just freshly moved out of my home for the first time living with a roommate and poor as church mice that they are EXCELLENT with Spanish Rice A Roni ! :) That was our main dish many a week :)

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    1. Yes, you'd definitely get along! I like a good hotdog, myself! That's quite a dinner, with the Rice A Roni!

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  13. we did the breakaway when it first launched, in August. Even though you didn't have ideal weather, I'm sure you had fewer crowds and shorter lines for the slides, climbing wall, rope course, etc. which is an upside to cruising off-season. It's quite a ship!

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  14. Wow that is quite a ship. We have done two NCL ships, but much smaller. I imagine my girls would love the water slides on the Breakaway, and the plank. We used to get suites when we first cruised and the girls napped during the day, but now they are teens and we get the inside cabins, as we really only sleep there. It saves us tons of money.

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  15. It's not even my kid, and my heart rate is racing just looking at The Plank. Yikes! This looks like a ship that my family would enjoy. I can totally see my kids spending time on that crazy slide, the ropes course and the mini golf. It must have been cold because there aren't that many people in the pool. The restaurants look pretty, and I like the glass step staircase in the atrium. The best shower I've ever had was actually in New York City. I told my husband that it was a good thing we didn't have one because I would never get out, run up the water bill, and then just melt away.

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