Our winter "Breakaway" was a two week cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's "Breakaway" departing New York City to the southern Caribbean in January.
The Breakaway offers resort-like, rather than ship-like, entertainment and dining. While other cruise lines have been catching on to this style, Norwegian Breakaway - one of the largest ships in their fleet - outpaces its competitors with sheer number of restaurants, shows and entertainment venues. Our experience on board a 14 day cruise to 8 islands felt very much like a stay at a really good, oceanside resort.
After a couple days at sea investigating the ship, we docked at San Juan, Puerto Rico. We noticed an open air trolley and jumped aboard for a 20 minute ride to the San Felipe del Morro Fortress, shown above. This is a monumental, 16th-century Spanish fortification atop a cliff side promontory, with cannon pointing seaward.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the U.S. dollar is the official currency. U.S. citizens don’t need a passport or a currency converter! More than 70% of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico.
A great way to see the beaches, scenery and wildlife is to rent a car and then hop on a short ferry ride to Puerto Rico's less-touristed sister islands of Vieques and Culebra.
Next on to St. Kitts...