Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by Aixia: A Wonderfully Relaxing Getaway!
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A Wonderfully Relaxing Getaway!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
I sailed on the May 17, 2014 sailing of the NCL Getaway with my husband. What a fabulous cruise! We had sailed on the Breakaway before, so the layout of the ship and the basics similar to both sisters were familiar.
Overall, the food was wonderful, and we ate in the MDR nearly every night. The only specialty dining we did was at Moderno and Wasabi (plus Illusionarium, which I'll get to). Moderno was a first for us, and was simply incredible. Our favorite meal, hands down. Things were a little hit or miss at the Tropicana Room, where service was terribly slow and clumsy one night, and perfect the next (different waiters). Dancing to the live band was fun. Taste and Savor were both great. We ate many breakfasts at the Flamingo Grill, on Deck 16. It was never very crowded, and had plenty of tasty options to choose from. Much less hectic than the regular buffet on Deck 15. We only did one breakfast in the MDR, but it was very nice as well. As has been mentioned in other reviews More and elsewhere on CC, lobster night has changed on the big ships and is now a seafood night (with lobster tails) in the buffet. We went, and the lobster itself was just as good as in the MDR, but now you could get more, along with the other great options, like a tasty grilled fish and a wonderful paella. We went around 7 PM and had no trouble with lines or anything, it was pretty sedate for being the over-hyped lobster night.
I have food allergies, and the wait staff everywhere was incredible dealing with it. I pre-ordered my dinners (and MDR breakfast) for each day either the night before or the morning of. Everything was handled perfectly and I didn't have to worry about getting sick. They really do take great care to make sure allergies are taken care of safely.
Make sure you do the ropes course and water slides, and other activities that this ship provides. They are so much fun, and worth doing at least once or twice. There is nothing like the plank, make sure you go on it, even though it's scary. The thought of it is so much scarier than the actual plank!
We had a spa balcony cabin, which is just like every other balcony cabin, but comes with an included spa pass and is located near the spa. We went every day, and made great use of it. We also met quite a few others with these cabins, since we were all there so often together, and had a great time with them. The spa is lovely, though admittedly pretty loud with the pool jet noise. We liked that the salt room was warmer than it had been on Breakaway, and the steam room was great. And of course, the heated loungers are the best part. There were usually heated loungers open, but if there weren't, the regular loungers were perfect for reading a book or just staring out to sea.
Entertainment was top-notch, as we've come to expect from NCL. The Illusionarium was really fun, and we managed to snag a spot at the 20% discounted first night. It would be worth full price, but hey, take advantage of a price drop while you can, right? We also did the Wine Lover's Musical which was cute, and saw Burn the Floor and Legally Blonde, which were both great too. Legally Blonde has some of the worst wigs I've ever seen, but what can you do? The actors were good though, and I liked the use of the LED screen for scenery.
The ports were ok. We'd been to Nassau many times before, though St. Maarten and St. Thomas were new to us. We'd go back to either of those, but Nassau is getting old. I wish NCL would swap that port with Great Stirrup Cay, or something else entirely.
Overall, we had a great time. We purchased a cruise reward, so now we just have to figure out where to go next! Less
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Cabin review: 14150
We had a Spa Balcony, room 14150. This particular cabin has an angled balcony, which is slightly larger than the regular balcony cabins. The trade-off is slightly less privacy, but only if you're standing at the railing, if you're sitting, no one can see you. This balcony also has slightly more cover than others, due to the shape of the deck above, but we found that to be a good thing. The room itself is a basic balcony cabin just like all the others, just with an included spa pass, and located only one deck down from the spa.
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