We arrived at the Port of Miami early, around 11:00 am, and decided to park at the Port, $140 for the week, ouch, but worth it to my wife and me.
Embarkation was simple and fast, as has been our experience with NCL. We were on board the Getaway before noon and in our Mini Suite by 1:00 PM. Mini is a good name for it because it is not much bigger than a standard balcony but the extra room it does have seems to be in the right places. You get a little more room both in front of the couch and surrounding the bed, its not much but noticeable. The obvious extra space is in the bathroom which was nice with dual faucets on a single large sink and a nice sized shower with unfortunately low water pressure.
Overall, I loved the decor on the Getaway, the colors, furniture, and flow were nice. The small spaces to sit both inside and out were enjoyable. We spent a lot of our time in the Spa with the Spa Pass ($199 per person) that gives you access to the Spa Hydro Pool, Saunas, More
Salt Room, and Steam Room. We love this area, as relaxation is a big reason we cruise.
We also enjoyed the Ultimate Dining Plan ($119 per person) that gave us access to all the specialty restaurants. We ate 3 nights at Cagneys, 2 nights at Le Bistro, 1 night at Teppanyaki, and 1 night at Moderno's. Cagneys is a good steak house but their service was a little slow and inattentive, hopefully, over time this will be worked out. Their food however was good. They have these new Wagyu sliders, as a starter/appetizer, and they were fantastic. The steaks we had were good but I would not say great. Not sure I would pay the now $30 per person, but as a part of the dinning plan it was worth it.
Le Bistro was very nice, loved the smaller room, fantastic service, and good food. This was my wife's favorite. We also enjoyed Teppanyaki, it is what it is and was fun for one night. Finally, being a meat guy how can you not love Moderno's? The service was very good, love the salad bar, and of course the meats.
The only other places we ate were in the Buffet, it was nice, and in the Flamingo Bar and Grill above the Buffet. We loved this area (Flamingo) as it was rarely crowded and had a good breakfast with the basics and cook to order omelets as well as Latin Style foods. It is also one of those nice places to sit and watch the Ocean and scenery while you eat.
Overall, I loved the getaway, have been to the ports of call (St. Martin, St. Thomas, Nassau) 3 separate times and enjoyed them as well. There is a lot said about them on CC so I will not talk about our experience.
This is a great new ship. Everyone, for the most part (except for one or two not so happy staff) was fantastic and we can't wait to sail NCL again. Less
Norwegian Getaway Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
Mini is a good name for this suite because it is not much bigger than a standard balcony but the extra room it does have seems to be in the right places. You seem to get a little more room both in front of the couch and surrounding the bed, its not much but noticeable. The obvious extra space is in the bathroom which was nice with dual faucets on a single large sink and a nice sized shower with unfortunately low water pressure. To have such a big shower and to have to stand up against the shower faucet to get water is a waste. Don't get me wrong. I like the room, its decor, but unless NCL adds some other perks to this cabin I probably won't book it again unless I get a great deal that made it basically the same price as a standard balcony. Speaking of balcony, it is definitely small, but on the bright side it seems like you are closer to the ocean when sitting outside or looking out from inside your room.