Not So Great: Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by pbmiller32
Overall Member Rating
Not So Great
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
On a positive note, we did like the shows, especially Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor. The 50's/60's singer/band were really good, too. The Not So Newlywed game was fun. The Illusionarium is a must see (+$29 for floor seats including dinner) as is the Q & A with their cast later in the week at the atrium (free). The towel exchange @ the dock when re-boarding after an island stop was a great idea - no need to carry a wet towel on-board and trek to the pool area to exchange it for a dry one. The dining experience was wonderful @ Cagney's (+$30); delicious food, attentive waiters, lovely dining room and a chef who created dishes to accommodate our allergies - just talk with the chef a day or two in advance, tell him what you'd like from the menu, and he'll make it while accommodating your allergies. Having the silverware encased in napkins in a holder on each table in the Garden Cafe was a really good idea - no need to juggle it along with your plate and drink at the buffet. Freestyle dining worked well; no need to dress for dinner. The ropes course, spider web, rock climbing wall, zip line, water slides, trampoline, and mini golf were enjoyed by both of our grandchildren. Our 15 year old granddaughter, who joined Entourage, the teen club, had a blast! She made new friends from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, & Norway as well as the US and said it was her best vacation ever.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few negatives. In order to turn the lights and any electrical current on in the room, your cabin room key or a credit card must be inserted into a slot just inside the door. That means when you leave the cabin there is a possibility of forgetting your key; if you do remember to take it, you cannot charge any electronic devices while you are gone b/c there is no electricity generated; I found this to be a really dumb plan on NCL's part. There is an unforgivable lack of pools on-board - one small family pool, a little kids "wet" area, and a small adult pool. Spice H20 makes absolutely no sense - it's a large area in the back of the ship with a cement center surrounded with lounge chairs in the sun; only a couple of umbrellas are around the perimeter; mini waterfalls provide little respite from the heat. It would have made so much more sense to use this space to build a large pool which could have been covered with a floor (as they do on the Oasis during their water spectacular) in the evenings when events are held there. Not to allow an 11 year old to sign himself out of Splash, the kids club, until he had spent two hours there was ridiculous! The elevators were very small and claustrophobic; none of them surrounded the atrium as is the case on RCCL & Princess. Unless we were in port, our cabin never was cleaned before 1:30 PM, something I've never encountered on our cruises. The ship was way too crowded! It is built to accommodate 3969 - 4000 @ 146,600 GT; our cruise had 4800 passengers - 800 too many. NB: RCCL Oasis is built to accommodate 54,000 passengers @ 225,282 GT, a much better ratio; not once did I feel crowded on that ship. It is obvious that NCL built a ship with smaller rooms, smaller elevators, and smaller as well as fewer pools in order to accommodate more people in less space so they could make more money.
Overall, based on our experience, I cannot recommend this cruise ship for anyone but a teenager. Our 11 year old grandson said the online videos were better than the actual cruise. The 5 adults felt very crowded; it was literally "butt to butt" in the pools. Less
Cabin review: 9188
Very small, the smallest of any cruise ship on which I've traveled. In fact, it was smaller than balcony cabins on RCCL and Princess. The balcony, too, was the smallest I've even encountered on a cruise ship. The bathroom, however, was spacious by comparison. It had a long double/type sink, a large glass enclosed shower with multiple jets, shelves above the sink, 2 cabinets for storage under the sink, and a small drawer for storage under the tissue dispenser as well as plenty of room to move around.
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