When the new Breakaway class of NCL ships were announced, there were inevitable comparisons drawn between the earlier model, Epic. Now Epic is Marmite – you either love or hate her. Personally, I love her although do admit she’s not the prettiest ship sailing the high seas and has many design flaws. They could drastically improve her looks by painting her monobrow white so it’s not such an eyesore. Breakway, on the other hand, does have the looks but also appears to be a squashed Epic. They do have something in common though – both did a two night jolly from Rotterdam, an overnight from Rotterdam to Southampton and a transatlantic from Southampton to New York. I did Epic’s overnight in 2010 while I’m on Breakaway’s transatlantic this time as I was told when I booked there wouldn’t be one after Epic’s nightmare. However, I was in the Netherlands on the 26th April 2013, the day Breakaway arrived in Rotterdam, so took the train from Amsterdam to have a look. The following pictures are Epic and Breakaway in Rotterdam almost three years apart.
At the time of writing I haven’t been to Mayflower Park for photos in Southampton as I’ll do that when I go across to board. So that’s the exteriors. And interiors? Can’t wait to find out if much is the same or not.