Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by tforres3: Inaugural cruise? Very average ship
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Inaugural cruise? Very average ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cruiser Type - Young and Avid (at least yearly) Room Type - Spa Balcony Inaugural cruise of the Getaway
First lets start with the good. The food in the main dining rooms was better than normal (it seems over the years to get good food you had to pay extra and that is what we normally do). Ship was easy to get around and the slides were amazing. The wine lunch musical was so much fun but watch out because if you do both the magic and the wine show they serve the same food.... and it is not very good. Fireworks were fun and we loved the bowling although we never got through a full game without having to call the tech guy.
The Bad: We LOVE going on inaugural cruises as the lines usually do a lot of extra stuff to celebrate the new ship. (ex all kind of momento's in your room, towels with the inaugural date, parties, lots of free drinks being passed out all the time, even the casino's have done stuff like putting 100's in the quarter machines and such) This More ship did NOTHING and I mean NOTHING. I don't even think it was mentioned one time that this was the ships first sailing.
On top of that all but one (3 of the 4) shows were canceled or time times were changed. Even the ones we had to pay extra for. It was such a mess that two of them were scheduled the same night. We assumed they knew what they were doing, but found our self still in the dinner show when the other show started and it was the last night so we missed it all together.
The room was nice, but the balcony was the smallest we have ever had.
The ship only had maybe 1 1/2 pools which were so crowded it was hard to even get in them. The slides were nice, but took up a ton of room and then of course the haven had its own pool which would usually be the adult only pool on other ships.
We purchase preferred seeing for the magic show... well apparently all the seats are considered preferred seating and we were sat almost as far back as you could get, even after arriving 45 minutes before the show.
We did the Ocean Blue celebrity chef restaurant as well. This was a joke... nothing special at all and they don't even have a see in kitchen to see if the food is even being prepared fresh. I was very disappointed by this.
All in all I guess I have come accustomed to the larger ships with more to do. The theater on the ship is tinny so no wonder you have to book everything and there is no nightly shows. No chocolate midnight buffet, just not much of anything. Less
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Cabin review: 14124
Very Very small balcony but the room is nice.
Port and Shore Excursions
If you don't do an excursion it is a little hard to have fun here. Taxis will try to take you to private beaches and get you to sneak on. I would recommend a tour of some kind.
Love St Martin, just get off and take the water taxi to the bars and beach. 20 bucks gets you a couple of chairs and have a great time
Sea Lion Swim
Amazing... so much fun!
A great way to spend a summer ...
Great Cruise On The Escape
Going Again Next Year!
Close but no cigar.......
NCL is not for us.