Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by steilkurve: Norwegian Getaway is getting it right!
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Norwegian Getaway is getting it right!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Sailed Norwegian Getaway on March 1st in a 2-Bedroom Family Suite in The Haven. We absolutely loved our experience. We hadn't sailed NCL in a while and thought they have done an amazing job crafting a unique cruise product unavailable elsewhere, especially the dining options, debarkation and creating an upscale experience in a secluded portion of the ship.
The Haven was a discovery for us and we are already thinking of booking another Haven experience. The 2-Bedroom Family Villa gave our family of 4 more space and convenience than we've ever had on a ship. The subdued atmosphere of the entire Haven complex also pleased us significantly. Even the kids (8 and 11) enjoyed the calm after time spent in the livelier parts of the ship.
The other two pluses were The Haven restaurant and butler service. Literally 2 minutes from our cabin, The Haven Restaurant food was very good and service top notch. And our butler Lucky was most helpful with special deliveries, even by the More pool.
The only complaint we'd have is cabin cleanliness. Sure the cabin steward came twice a day in their usual unobtrusive way and all the basics were covered such making beds and replacing towels but bathroom countertops and floors could have been cleaner. Ditto with high touch surfaces such as around door knobs and lighting switches. Oh and, the steward had even left the previous passengers robes in the closet. Nothing dramatic, just unexpected in higher tier accommodations like this.
Click this link for my video tour of The Haven and our cabin.
The other highlight of our cruise was the dining. We did not eat in the MDRs once! We either did a specialty restaurant, The Haven Restaurant or the buffet a handful of times. Aside from dinner at the Illusionarium, which was too banquet-like for our taste, dining was excellent. We especially enjoyed Moderno and Ocean Blue, though we did not try all restaurants.
Finally, we liked the design of the ship. It's not gaudy or too flashy. It's refined in most places and tasteful. Only areas that we thought may have benefited from more attention are the Getaway Theatre (really bare bones) and the first deck of the atrium. Thought the Bistro entrance and pavement flooring clashed with the modern feel of the rest of the space.
Click this link for my video tour of the rest of the ship.
Overall, we're glad we sailed the ship. It's made us want to sail NCL again. Less
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Cabin review: 16706
The 2-Bedroom Family Suite gave our family of 4 more space and convenience than we've ever had on a ship. We hesitated for a long time about cabin location to obtain the quietest possible spot. In the end, while deck 15 would have given us cabins below and above us, we opted for deck 16 to be right next to Haven facilities such as the pool and the restaurant. We absolutely loved the proximity. Below us was the thermal suite and above us the private Haven sun deck. We did not hear anything except on a couple of rocky nights when tied-down deck chairs were banging on the deck. We called our butler and he dealt with it rapidly. Aside from quietness and location, we were literally in love with the cabin layout. Us parents had our own room with ocean-view bathroom and the kids had theirs. In addition, we had a living room, perfect for when one member of the party was not sleeping. And of course, the dining table allowed us to have a few comfortable meals in the cabin. There's been much talk about size of balconies and while we've had bigger, we thought it was just fine for the use we made of it. Only small annoyance was cabin cleanliness. Nothing dramatic but you could see that while the steward got all the basics right (beds, towels, etc.), he sped through the cleaning part. A small thing really. We'd do it all over again.
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