Northern Transatlantic Cruise: Live Blog Day 11

Disclaimer: Due to the high price the internet on the ship (.99/minute) we were unable to blog live for this cruise.  The events of this article took place on Oct 9, 2018.

Read about our previous day here.

Today we woke up in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Ponta Delgado, Azores. Unfortunately, I was not the first one to wake up this morning as Kendall woke up seasick at 4 AM. This was absolutely bizarre and unexpected as Kendall in over 170 days of cruising has never experienced seasickness despite some very rough conditions.  We got her some medication, and then I hit up the gym.

I thought it was 7AM, and that I was going to need to fight for a treadmill but apparently it was 6AM and the gym was relatively empty.  Since we didn’t go to any of the main entertainment last night where they remind you of time changes, and our room steward did not put a reminder on our pillow, I totally missed this little tidbit of information.  I was not the only one that forgot as there were several other people in the gym looking for the 7AM fitness class.

After getting back to cabin after working out, I dressed the kids and took them to Garden Cafe while we let Kendall hopefully sleep of her seasickness.  The kids chose Cinnamon Toast Crunch as always!

After breakfast, I dropped the kids off at Splash Academy and went to pick up our passports at Moderno, as after the UK and Ireland, they were no longer needed for immigration purposes.  The line was a little long, but moved briskly.  It was thankfully only 15 minutes from beginning to end.

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After picking up our passports, I wandered the ship in search of a place to read for a short bit until the Fruit Carving demonstration, something I always enjoy watching.  As always, the seats were difficult to come by.  This is Maltings, one of the small bars on the ship, and this is pretty much nearly ever other bar and lounge on the ship every day.

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The theme of the cruise continues.

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I headed to morning trivia, and they thankfully moved it out of the atrium into the Spiegel Tent.  This was the first time having the trivia in the Spiegel Tent, which is their theatre for their dinner show Cirque Dreams.  It is a beautifully themed space, and much more spacious than the Atrium.

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It was a little crowded, but seats were relatively easy to come by.  I found a group and joined them.  The questions were more typical general knowledge.  Unfortunately, we did not win.

After trivia, I went to watch the fruit carving, at the atrium.  It was packed as always, and I sat on the floor front and center the same as yesterday.

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He was very fast at carving and I would almost assuredly lose a finger doing that.  It was very entertaining to watch, and he made several items including a beautiful fruit and vegetable bouquet.

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We had some halftime entertainment as a man who walked across stage was egged on by the assistant cruise director to put on a show for us.  He gladly obliged!

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He ended by showing us how they carve the watermelons into the beautiful creations we see on the buffet.

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Afterwards, I went and picked up kids.  We went to O’Sheehans for lunch because it is normally relatively fast service, and it is always nice to have an extra pair of hands to help with the kids at a meal while Kendall was out of commission in the cabin.  O’Sheehans was the busiest we had ever seen it for lunch.  It took 20 minutes for them to take our order and we didn’t get a water until we were halfway done with our meal.  Lucy and I split a cheeseburger and Zack had some nachos and wings.

After lunch we went to check on Kendall.  She was still sleeping, so we wandered around the ship looking for a place to sit.  We eventually came upon the sports activity staff who have been pretty dormant this cruise due to the weather.  They had set up some corn hole, mini golf and ladder golf in Bliss, the ultra lounge on the ship.  Zack, of course, had to try the ladder golf out.  He actually beat the cruise staff, and they weren’t pulling any punches.

Norwegian Transatlantic Cruise Day 11-9 Lucy didn’t want to try at first but she eventually got the courage to try out some corn hole.  She was very proud of the fact she got the bag in the hole.   We didn’t tell her she needed to take at least 15 steps back.

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Lucy also tried her hand at mini golf, and the club was almost taller than her!

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After playing for a bit we went back to check on Kendall.  Kendall she was still sleeping off her seasickness, so we wandered the ship for forever looking for some seats for me and the kids to sit in, preferably out of the way so we wouldn’t disturb anyone.  This ship as beautiful as it is and with all the kid friendly activities outdoors is lacking in indoor children activities unlike the Royal Caribbean and Disney ships we have been on.

I finally found an isolated corner in the Moderno dining room to just let the kids have some down time and chill until Splash Academy opened back up.  The seating problems on the ship continue, but they are now opening up the dining rooms to let people play board games and read to accommodate the crowd and that seems to be helping a little.

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Empty Seats!

After letting the kids have some down time, I dropped them off at Splash Academy.  Apparently, it was an Olympic theme today.

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I then went to progressive trivia in the Spiegel Tent as they moved it from the Manhattan Dining Room.  Unfortunately, they were setting up half the room for their Cirque Dreams dinner show which defeated the purpose of a larger venue as half the venue was unusable.

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The trivia continues to be brutal.   Our team went 7/10.  The questions continue to be miserable composed of obscure quotes and random dates.  At this point, I am doing trivia for a purely social standpoint, because the actual trivia component is just not fun.

I then went for my second workout of the day as there wasn’t anything to interesting on the schedule. I then checked on Kendall, who was thankfully feeling much better now.  I took a shower and then we went to pick up the kids from Splash Academy.

After picking them up we went to watch “Who Wants to Be aBbazillionaire?” in the atrium.  We arrived 20 minutes early to find a seat and shockingly found one.   Only the second time this cruise we have found a seat not on the floor in the atrium.  I entered my name in the bucket was not selected.  Zack was incredibly upset we were not winning a bazillion dollars.  We had to continually remind him it was not real money and the person on stage was not actually winning a Bazillion dollars.

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We decided to go to Taste, one of the main dining rooms tonight, as it was Caribbean night in Garden Cafe and no one in our family is a fan of Caribbean food.

Norwegian Transatlantic Cruise Day 11-14Kendall and I chose the prime rib and it was just ok for me and Kendall.  It was a little on the dry side, and we felt Royal Caribbean’s was better.  This was one of few times we preferred the Royal Caribbean food to Norwegian so far this cruise.

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Zack picked the rotisserie chicken and loved it.

Norwegian Transatlantic Cruise Day 11-15Lucy got the three cheese baked ziti. It took 45 minutes for food to come out which was the same as the previous night.  We actually had time for the dessert tonight, and Kendall, of course, had to order cheesecake, Zack and Lucy had ice cream, and I had my all time favorite, chocolate chip cookies.

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We then dropped the kids off at Splash Academy for “survivor night” and then went to watch “Roxy – A Tribute Band” at Syd Norman’s.  We couldn’t find a seat as we arrived right as the show started so we stood in the back.  It was a ton of fun and they sang all 80s hits.  They had a ton of energy running through the aisles getting the crowd involved.  Unfortunately, Kendall suddenly started feeling seasick again so she went back to the room to rest after two songs.   I watched the rest of the 45 minute show.  The singers were excellent.  We have been really enjoying the small musical groups throughout the ship as they all have excellent talent.

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After the show, I picked up the kids, and we called it an early night and went to bed.  Tomorrow is another day at sea en route to Ponta Delgado, Azores.

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Quick Comparison

Quite possibly the greatest feature of the Breakaway is their elevator system.  They have 16 passenger elevators, 8 forward and 8 aft, and they are BLAZING.  Their algorithm for which elevator stops for each floor is incredible, and it is incredibly rare to ever spend any large amount of time waiting for an elevator.  This is in stark contrast to many RCI ships we have been on, most recently the Adventure of the Seas, where the elevator wait times were excessively long the entire voyage.  If there is one thing NCL did not cut corners on, it was definitely their elevator system.

If you enjoyed this live blog feel free to read our previous live blogs:

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