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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by cschlomberg

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Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway
Member Name: cschlomberg
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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Getaway - Nonsmokers beware

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 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.


Publication Date: 03/28/14
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