Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by ppines: Lots To Do or Just Chill Out!
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Lots To Do or Just Chill Out!
We are hooked on cruising and over the past 40 years, we have been on RCCL, Holland, Princess, Celebrity, Costa, Carnival and NCL. Living near both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale ports affords us the opportunity to take advantage of last minute cruising. We have seen a lot of changes on cruise ships, but there is always room for improvement. Here is my take on the Getaway.
Very quick embarkation. First impression was cleanliness. Hands were sprayed with sanitizer as we stepped foot on deck 7.."washy, washy" was heard many times a day- especially by the buffet.
The Garden Cafe located on deck 15 was large and airy with lots of inside and outside seating on both sides of the deck. A wide variety of hot and cold food was available but nothing special.
Our room(mid ship -mini suite with balcony) was ready at 1:00. Pleasant surprises: coffee pot; stocked refrigerator; bathroom had full size shower equipped with jets and glass frameless doors; large rectangular sink More with double faucets; HELPFUL HINT: you have to insert your key card in a slot next to the bathroom door to turn on the electricity. No directions listed.. we just figured it out.
Balcony was a little small with 2 chairs and small table. View Looking down was lifeboats on deck 8.
Read your "Freestyle Daily" - and take advantage of the free guided ship tour at 1:30. We missed it because we didn't know about it. There's lots to do every single day.... or just chill out and do nothing.
There are some wicker chairs and couches on deck 8 to rest and read or nap.
Make sure you have reservations for Ilusionarium magic show and dinner on the 1st nite, because it is free. Other nites there is a fee. It was my favorite show and dinner of steak and shrimp was good.
Make your reservations for shows and dinners on your room tv or the interactive boards in the public areas by the elevators. Very easy and convenient.
There are 6 complimentary dining areas and 9 restaurants with a fee. A pizza can be ordered and delivered to you anywhere for $5. We had the Ultimate Dining Package- and here is where we ate:
Cagney's Steakhouse- best steak and lobster. The staff addresses you by your first name, which is a welcoming feeling. Service was first class.
Teppanyaki- entertaining and large portions. Fun chef and the other 6 people were very friendly.
LaCucina - outside dining was a pleasant place to watch the sunset and food was tasty.
Le Bistro - disappointed in service and crepes were not on the menu!
Ocean Blue- not included in the package but got 20% discount. Overpriced - but enjoyed by lobster risotto entree. Could not understand why "burnt broccoli" was a side dish. It was the worst thing I ever tasted!
Savor and Taste were 2 smaller versions of the MDR which we ate in for breakfast. Service was slow.
We did not eat in the MDR- Tropicana Room- It had a dance floor in the center for entertainment.
Illusionarium magic show- you asked yourself..how did he do that??? A little too much talk though
Burn the Floor - Latin dancing was good... but 30 minutes too long.... Repetitive routines
Comedians - Funny and entertaining
Legally Blonde - not a fan...music too loud and drowned out the words.
All Shows in the Atrium were my favorite. Audience participation was great! A Must see !!
Fireworks display - lasted 10 minutes and could see them from our port side balcony.
Glow Party and 70's, 80's, 90's Deck Parties..... very loud music but fun to people watch
Farewell Show - keep your eye on Joel- the cruise director in this show. HILARIOUS!!
Lots more to see!!
Things to do - or just chill out!
Rope course, walk the plank, mini golf, rock wall climb, water slides, game room, trivia contests, zumba, yoga, exercise classes, spa treatments, art auction, informational health talks, pool games, bingo, shuffleboard, chess, dance classes, arts and crafts, 3D movies, bowling, circus workshop, blackjack tournaments, rum tasting, Q&A sessions with staff. etc. and that is only a few suggestions.
Been to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau so many times before. Really would rather skip the Bahamas and go to their private island. 4 ships in port made it impossible to move around.
The song "Happy" by Pharell is the perfect theme song for this ship...and is still in my head. The staff video dancing to the song was priceless. Don't miss it on your room tv. You will be singing the tune too!
Behind the Scenes tour aboard the ship visiting the galley, laundry and bridge was great but pricey.($79.00 per person) Very informational - everything you wanted to know on how things work on the ship.
Ship was very clean and still looked new.
Disembarkation went smoothly and right on time.
Room for Improvement
The only adult pool on the ship was too deep (6'8") and way too small.
The jogging track was a misplaced on the ship. Too small through a crowded areas
The corn beef sandwich in O'Sheehans was more like a limp ham sandwich. Skip it!!
Ice Bar- $20 fee includes 2 drinks per person. Only 4-6 people at a time allowed in. Why charge so much for this? They didn't even let us look in. Skipped it!
I did not think the majority of the staff was friendly They only spoke if spoken to first. Very few greeted you with a hello. The senior staff were visible in the Atrium and always acknowledge people.
My husband and I had a great time but our favorite ship is still Allure of the Seas.
Next cruise in December is on the new Princess Royal. Can't wait! Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Getaway 10208
Great room location. Close to elevators. QuietSpacious
Port and Shore Excursions
Why does every ship have to stop here? Atlantis is way overpriced and Nassau is way over crowded with 4 ships in port.
I would rather stop at the NCL out island Great Stirrup Cay.
Ultimate Island Tour and Explorer Tour. Took a bus around the island and then took a boat ride and then back on the bus. Not worth the money.
St. John Tour
The ride to St. John aboard The Island Girl was very smooth. The tour guide David, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He shared a lot of personal experiences about living in St. Thomas. The tour guide in St. Johns was also knowledgeable - but not much to see on the island.
We enjoyed this tour very much.