We chose the Norwegian Getaway Baltic cruise from Copenhagen on June 3, 2017. Our embarkation experience could not have been better. We arrived at the cruise port in Copenhagen at about 10:30 and we were on the ship not long after 11 ... Read More
We chose the Norwegian Getaway Baltic cruise from Copenhagen on June 3, 2017. Our embarkation experience could not have been better. We arrived at the cruise port in Copenhagen at about 10:30 and we were on the ship not long after 11 without being crowded at all. Once on the ship, it took a pretty good amount of time for the staterooms to be ready, but once they were, it was wonderful. We were in a family balcony cabin on deck 9, and it was incredible. Note that most of the balcony cabins on deck 9 have a partially obstructed view looking down because of the covering over the Waterfront deck on 8, but this did not bother us too much. We did not realize it until the end of the cruise, but there are very large drawers under the sofa that really add to the storage space in the room.
I would describe the overall dining experience as very good, and I am a fan of Freestyle dining, but it had its pros and cons. Pros: the buffet was always great and there was never a time where the entire buffet was closed except between midnight and 5:30 am even if it was just a small section open. I also loved the open air portion of the buffet and that it was never hard to find a table. There are also two bars in the buffet area if you want a drink. There was a different theme each night that corresponded to the port that we were in which I thought was a nice touch. We also tried all three of the included main dining rooms, which were the Tropicana Room, Taste, and Savor. We only went to the Tropicana Room once on the first night and It was not a good experience. There was loud music making it hard to talk, and the service was slow and the waitress was not very friendly. Also, there were small portions and the food was not that good. The next night, we tried Taste, which was better, but still was slow and the food was average. There were Two nights on the ship that we ate at Savor, which was by far our best main dining room experience. The service was quicker and the food was much better. The other included restaurant on the ship, O'Sheehans Irish pub was also a great place to grab a meal, and they are open 24 hours a day. Sometimes we had to wait a pretty long time, but I was a fan. The only specialty dining we did was the Illusionarium dinner show which I highly recommend. They served us Filet Mignon and shrimp, and the show was amazing. I would definitely recommend getting there about 15 to 20 minutes early because some of the tables do not have a very good view of the stage.
One of my only real complaints about this cruise was that I thought the entertainment was rather subpar compared to Royal Caribbean. The first show we saw in the Theater was Burn the Floor. The dancing was good but it matched a Miami itinerary/crowd better than the Baltic itinerary/crowd in my opinion. We chose not to see the million dollar quartet, but we did see the Russian Folklore show which seemed kind of thrown together for the itinerary. Around the ship, there were small bands playing in different locations which were good for the most part, but my only complaint regarding this is when they played in the atrium, it was right beside the internet cafe, guest services, the shore excursion desk, and cruise next, making it very hard to talk. The best show that we saw was the one that we had to pay for in the illusionarium. Overall, I thought the entertainment could have been better. Another tip would be to check out the Moderno breakfast buffet on deck 8. It was much less crowded than the main buffet and the food was great. It was also included even though it is a specialty restaurant at dinner time.
Other Activities around the ship
There were lots of fun things to do around the ship such as the basketball court, the waterpark, mini golf, and the ropes course. Regarding the waterpark, one of the ships biggest attractions, the five waterslides, were barely open. Also, towards the end of the cruise, the two drop out slides were not operational. One recommendation for the waterslides is that I would definitely wear a shirt because they will hurt your back. The high ropes course was a lot of fun, but don't do it if you are scared of heights. Mini golf was also fun but I did not understand why it had to be closed at 10. I did not do the rock wall, but it looked like about what you would expect on a ship. What I would call a major design flaw is the running track. It passes through the busiest part of the deck which is just too crowded to have runners. I also would not recommend signing up for escape the big top.
Overall, the service on the ship was excellent. Our room steward was soft-spoken, but he did a good job of keeping our room made up. All of the wait staff we had was good except for our waitress in the Tropicana room. The whole ship and the bathrooms were always clean and the staff was always friendly.
Ports and excursions.
We were able to visit all of the scheduled ports without issue, which on this cruise included Berlin (Warnemunde), Tallinn Estonia, St. Petersburg Russia, Helsinki Finland, and Nynasham (Stockholm) Sweden. We only booked one excursion through the cruise line in Nynasham which essentially picked us up at the ship and drove us into Stockholm which took about an hour. We also got a brief city tour but it was mostly free time in old town. I think the itinerary was great but a little exhausting if you do an all day tour at every port. I think it would have been good to make it a 10-day cruise with one more sea day.
All in all, it was a great cruise and I definitely would have chosen it again. Read Less