Norwegian Getaway Dining
There are 28 restaurants on Getaway, meaning diners are spoiled for choice, especially if they don't mind paying extra for meals. Quality varies depending on the venue; we found the main dining room options to be pretty standard, while our favorites were seafood standout Ocean Blue and the ship's two steakhouses, Cagney's (classic) and Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian). Other highlights include outdoor dining along The Waterfront, a Miami-themed supper club and a choice of ethnic cuisines. Foodies might want to look into Norwegian's Ultimate Dining Package, which allows passengers to dine every night in a different restaurant for a set discounted price; cost varies by length of cruise.
As with other ships in Norwegian's fleet, Getaway practices Freestyle dining, meaning there's no early or late assigned seating, and reservations are not allowed in the complimentary dining rooms, except for Haven passengers. Keep in mind, though, that popular extra-fee spots like Cagney's and Teppanyaki fill up fast, so if you have your heart set on a particular venue at a particular time, reservations are essential. Make them well before you board the ship.
Getaway has several complimentary main dining rooms. Located on Deck 6 across from one another, Savor and Taste share the same kitchen and same rotating menu but are broken up into two spaces -- Taste and Savor -- to provide a more intimate experience. Decor is similar with slight color variations. Both dining rooms are furnished with dark woods and glass accents, but Savor's color scheme incorporates blue tones, while Taste's includes red ones. Expect lunch offerings like club and chicken sandwiches, spaghetti and chicken Milanese; dinner entrees that include lemon tilapia, leg of lamb and lobster; and desserts like cinnamon apple pie, chocolate raspberry truffle cake and cheesecake.
The third complimentary dining room, the Tropicana Room on Deck 7, has its own menu, representing the "flavor of Miami," with Latin-inspired choices like ceviche, churrasco steak with chimichurri and chicken with yellow rice. The space aims to capture the feel of a 1940s supper club -- and Norwegian nailed it. The Tropicana Room features floor-to ceiling windows and a central stage/dance floor. The Latin jazz band playing at the front of the room helps to cement that 1940s feel. The space also hosts smaller performances of the "Burn the Floor" Latin dance show.
The ship's main buffet is the Garden Cafe, located on Deck 15. The space is open, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow ocean views. This is where you'll find buffet staples like made-to-order omelets and waffles, pasta and carving stations, grilled items and dessert. The popular soft-serve ice cream machine is up there, too. The Garden Cafe serves breakfast 7-10:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. A smaller breakfast selection is available for early risers from 6-7 a.m., and snacks are served from 3-5 p.m. and again from 9:30-11:30 p.m.
The ship has two casual places for snacks if you don't want to brave buffet lines. The Flamingo Bar & Grill on Deck 16 is conveniently located near the pool. It serves Latin dishes like pulled pork, fried yucca, empanadas and Cuban coffee. Recipes were developed by Norwegian's Miami-based staff, and, in general, they deliver an authentic flavor.
And, finally, O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill is the de facto place for late-night munchies, with pizza, hamburgers and other comfort food available 24/7. With a two-story TV screen, a miniature bowling lane, pool tables and arcade games, you might not ever leave -- unless you're sensitive to noise. The decibel level there can be deafening. It's a good option for breakfast, with standards like omelets and French toast.
Haven passengers have their own separate main dining room within the enclave on Deck 16, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Haven's Lounge and Pool also have their own menus, which don't change during the cruise. The Haven does take reservations for its passengers, a nice perk, particularly if the ship is at capacity.
Judging from the reservation lists, the most popular specialty restaurants seem to be Le Bistro (French), Cagney's (steakhouse) and Teppanyaki (Asian). Teppanaki receives high marks for entertainment value, while Le Bistro and Cagney's deliver a more "foodie" experience.
If you like some patter with your dinner, you'll love the hibachi-style Teppanyaki ($25 per person) on Deck 7. Eight tables/cooking stations (12 people per table) serve 96 diners, so you'll probably sit with people you don't know, but conversations start flowing pretty quick as the "show" begins. Diners are entertained as the two chefs make chit-chat, tell bad jokes and send onions, eggs and vegetables flying through the air (and into the passengers' mouths). Miso soup is served as the starter; entrees include combinations of chicken, beef and seafood (including lobster), and a vegetarian option, all served with ginza salad, vegetables and garlic fried rice. Ice cream or fresh fruit serve as dessert.
Le Bistro ($20 per person) is the place for Francophiles to get their escargot fix; they arrive swimming in garlic butter, with French baguettes for sopping. Diners can enjoy a variety of French fare and a better-than-average wine list. Located midship on Deck 6, the restaurant has seats outside in 678 Ocean Place that are meant to evoke a sidewalk cafe; be warned that this option can get noisy and smoky from the casino above. We prefer the more romantic indoor seating.
Italian food is always a crowd-pleaser, yet La Cucina ($15 per person) never seems to receive the accolades that other Norwegian specialty restaurants get. The Tuscan-influenced space on Deck 8 is charming, with wooden beams, twinkling lanterns and outdoor tables on the Waterfront.
Carnivores have two restaurants specifically dedicated to all things meat, both on Deck 8. Cagney's ($30 per person) has the traditional steakhouse feel, with warm wood and leather. Moderno Churrascaria ($20 per person) serves grilled and roasted meat tableside via roving waiters (called passadors) in a manner meant to evoke a Brazilian experience. There's also a huge salad bar for those who need some greens to accompany all that meat. Be warned: Several sides (mashed potatoes, fried bananas, beans, etc.) will arrive at your table just after you've dug into the salad bar. Combined with the bread that's offered, it's easy to fill up before you've even selected your first piece of meat.
Ocean Blue is a seafood restaurant on Deck 8, helmed by Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian ($49 per person). Unlike other specialty restaurants, where you can order more than one appetizer or entree, you're only allowed to choose one option within each category. (Still, if one of them is Zakarian's famed Dover sole which goes for $68 in his NYC restaurant, you're ahead of the game.) Although the space is small, it's cleverly shielded from the hubbub of the 678 Ocean Place; a meal here does indeed feel like you're at an upscale restaurant. Service is also impeccable, complete with waiters who know their wines.
The adjacent Raw Bar focuses on crustaceans and wines by the glass at a la carte prices. You'll also find an Ocean Blue on the Waterfront takeout window that serves "beachy" favorites like lobster rolls during the day.
Foodies will adore the Chef's Table ($89 per person), a nine-course meal designed to rival onshore restaurant tasting menus. The meal includes a glass of Champagne and two glasses of wine, selected by the Master Sommelier, paired with your courses. You also get to meet the chef and tour the galley. While the Chef's Table takes place in the Haven Restaurant on Deck 16, anyone can pay to attend, but take note: The dinners are only held once or twice during a cruise, and they fill up quickly.
Of course, not everyone wants a long dinner. Several a la carte options on Getaway allow families and others to eat well without making a long commitment.
The a la carte Wasabi, on Deck 8, is a bar, rather than a restaurant, and it's located in a great spot at the top of the spiral stairs and directly opposite Ocean Blue. Sushi starts at $2.25 for two pieces, and sashimi at $3. Rolls start at $3 for a vegetarian and $3.50 for a California roll. The Godzilla roll costs $4.25, but it's worth it: sweet shrimp, mango, avocado, caramelized cashews and coconut. Combos start at $12, and if you're after hot food, try delicious yakitori chicken, prawns and, our favorite, boneless beef short rib ($3.50). It's great for a quick lunch and easy on the wallet, too.
Another easy option is Shanghai's Noodle Bar, with long counter seating around an open kitchen on Deck 7. There you'll find traditional Chinese noodles, wok-fried dishes and dim sum, priced a la carte.
Dessert-lovers will seek out Carlo's Bakery, an outpost of the famous "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro's empire. The Deck 8 space has Oreo cakes, cannolis, cookies and other sweet treats, all sold a la carte. We found the cupcakes pretty to look at, but on the dry side. The cannolis, however, were scrumptious. You can also order custom cakes for birthdays and other special occasions. Tip: If the lines there scare you off, you can order some of the same desserts in the Atrium's Cafe & Bar. The Waterfront also has a Dolce Gelato bar (connected to Carlo's Bakery) that serves up the Italian treat.
Still hungry? Pizza delivery is available 24/7, with pies being brought to you almost anywhere on the ship for just $5 per pizza. And there's always complimentary room service.