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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by steilkurve

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Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway
Member Name: steilkurve
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin Number: 16706
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
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Norwegian Getaway is getting it right!

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 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.

Publication Date: 04/03/14
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