Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by cschlomberg: Getaway - Nonsmokers beware
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Getaway - Nonsmokers beware
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Just finished a one week NCL Getaway cruise today, 3/22/14. We cruised to St Martin, St. Thomas & Nassau. Ship was at capacity, and it felt like it. With about 4000 passengers on board it was way too crowded.
We had an inside cabin (no window) as that was all that was available at booking. Bed was a king but it only left about 5'x5' of useful floorspace in the cabin. Bathroom was fine.
Other than being crowded the other major negative was the cigarette & cigar smoke. Casino allows smoking and is not in its own room. It is on deck 7 and you must walk through to pass along deck 7. The smell waifs down the grand staircase to deck 6 and also up to deck 8. Poor design for the casino. Deck 8 is the only deck that you can walk around the outside of the ship. It has the only place where you can sit on deck in peace & quiet. Unfortunately there are even smoking bars outside on this deck so the smoke gets you. Sun decks were 15 & 16. Deck chairs were literally More side to side making it very difficult to even get in them. Way too crowded. Food was very good, with 4 or 5 complimentary restaurants and 8 or 9 that had a "cover charge" ranging from $20 - $50.
Illusinarium magic/comedy show included a dinner which was very good. The show was excellent. The other onboard entertainment was average. The crew and service folks were fantastic. Every single one could not have been nicer or more helpful. They were truly exceptional - I hope they were well paid. We did one NCL excursion - it was snorkeling with "Capt. Nautica". We had captain Rick & his helper Max. Rick & Max were wonderful. Rick was truly consider, friendly and safety minded. However I would not recommend the excursion as the water is murky with not much to see. It was the poorest of the snorkeling we have tried. Skip snorkeling in St. Thomas. Less
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Cabin was too small when bed made into a king. Only left about 5'x5' of useful space to stand up in the cabin. Bathroom was fine. Cabin TV had MSNBC, a financial news network, BBC & Fox news. There were two ESPN channels but they only had European sports coverage (cricket seemed to be on a lot). Bed was very comfortable.
Port and Shore Excursions
We chose "Capt. Nautica" for snorkeling. Our captain was Rick & his mate was Max. Both were great. Max was very helpful and Rick was excellent. Rick was very courteous, friendly, and helpful with the snorkeling. He was very safety oriented. I would trust him with anyone. Unfortunately the waters were murky and there very few fish or turtles to be seen. Only saw yellow tailed snappers when Rick through in some bait. I think St. Thomas is too developed to have waters clear enough for decent snorkeling with a large quantity of fish. I would skip snorkeling in St. Thomas.
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