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Sail Date: March 2019
Firstly avoid Deck 14 like the plague !! We had 14148 (Spa Balcony) and it was by far the nosiest cabin I have ever stayed in - due to the main deck being above, along with ping pong tables, stairs to upper decks (external) and storing ... Read More
Firstly avoid Deck 14 like the plague !! We had 14148 (Spa Balcony) and it was by far the nosiest cabin I have ever stayed in - due to the main deck being above, along with ping pong tables, stairs to upper decks (external) and storing point for sun loungers in the evening - bang bang thud thud from 0600 until 2300 every night - eventually we got moved to 14210 - and a nice onboard credit - apparently no one has ever complained about the noise, but even the hotel director was somewhat surprised by the noise generated. Once moved 14210 was quieter, but didnt negate the noise from the pool deck - heavy footed people and kids running around just reveberates through the floor / ceiling. So where possible avoid DECK 14 (Haven suites are fine btw - further fwd and not under main deck area) Otherwise a great cruise, Casino was very smokey - unlike the Bliss which is totally smoke free. Food top notch - boarding was great and getting off was the quickest ever at Miami - leaving the ship to getting a taxi took no more than 15minutes !!! (british passport too) so well impressed with that. H2O nice place to chill out during sea days - plenty of loungers around the ship - but key spots reserved early on (like 6am) !! Brazilian and Cagneys speciality dining was excellent. Cruise director on this voyage was rather bland, and maybe over selling himself - struggled to understand him at times - and just didnt really have the flare and charisma as others on the the NCL ships. Finally, parts of the ship are showing wear and tear - toilets in O'sheehans were riddled with flies (Small fruit kind of ones) brought it to cleaners attention - but still there.....:-( I think its due a refurb this year (2019) so should bring it back up to scratch. Remember though DECK 14 avoid !!! You have been warned. :-) OH and i almost forgot - BURN THE FLOOR is an absolute MUST - so login to your cruise and reserve a seat or 2 now !! simply amazing. (Top tip try and get front row seat in centre) you will see why :-) Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This was a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami. We flew into Ft Lauderdale the day of and immediately took a shuttle to the port (we planned to spend a day in Miami when we returned). The experience immediately started off on the ... Read More
This was a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami. We flew into Ft Lauderdale the day of and immediately took a shuttle to the port (we planned to spend a day in Miami when we returned). The experience immediately started off on the wrong foot when the man taking our bags demanded tips from us. He didn't tell us tips were welcome - he took our bags from us and said "Ok, now you have to tip me, pull out your wallets" Our group would have tipped him otherwise, but this now made us unwilling to do so. However, since our bags were at his mercy we felt as though he had no choice. We had two separate staterooms and he demanded money from both groups. He also threw the trash from the luggage tags straight onto the group and littered into the wind. Not a good first impression. Our greatest disappointment came from the terrible quality of the dining experiences. We ate dinner in one of the main dining rooms for 6 of the nights on our cruise. We ate early and never had to wait for a table but the service was consistently slow. I think there is only a single night where our meal took less than two hours. Even one day when we warned that we had a show reservation and that we needed to be out in an hour and a half, we had to leave before all of our food even made it to the table. We reminded the waiter twice that we had a time constraint and he assured us we would make it, and ultimately we left early and just got a snack at the buffet later. The menu options were completely uninspiring - nowhere near as exciting as the menus that were posted online. Every member of our group had meals that were so bad they had to be sent back - and we are adventurous eaters and foodies. It takes a lot for us to not like something. Some of these dishes include: pacific hake that was overcooked and tasteless, a steak that was ordered medium but came well done with the flavor and texture of leather, "taco cups" that were the saddest excuse for Mexican food I've ever seen. This dish was literally just three Dorito chips with toppings sloppily thrown on. The meat platter served meats where most of them were available upstairs at the buffet, and the sausages were just as disgusting up there. We also ate at Shanghai's one night, where the service was outstanding but the food was average at best. The buffet was hit or miss for us. Sometimes we got great items (funny that the buffet had higher food quality than the main dining rooms). The Asian food options seemed to be standout selections there. We also had disappointing items, but would just go get new plates. After the terrible quality of food elsewhere, we were unwilling to pay more money for a premium dinner that would likely also disappoint. The entertainment quality was great, but the quantity was not. On other cruises, you may only have one option each night, but you can at least see something different each night. The Getaway advertised great shows but then there are only two options since they run multiple nights (without getting nickel/dimed into paying extra for a third show, that is). The comedy was good but the opening act did the exact same show for every set. Each comic had two sets and a theater set, which added up to three shows. But that still left two nights where there was no formal entertainment. Our cabin was an interior cabin, that was as expected and kept perfectly tidy by our cabin steward Patrick. He did an excellent job and could always remember which room was ours whenever we saw him. The ride was a little rocky at times with one of our group getting seasick one day, but I certainly would not blame that on the cruise company as they can't control the ocean. The deck experiences were alright. The pool was smaller than expected but the high number of hot tubs made up for that. The daily live entertainment and shows were decent although I did think the karaoke selections were very limited. For shore excursions, we did our own snorkeling excursion in Rhoatan. At Harvest Caye, we had just planned to do a beach day, which was good because there was hardly anything to do there. I'm surprised it is even an excursion option. I would prefer to see this island skipped entirely and have somewhere more interesting added. It was also disappointing that it was Norwegian's island but we had to go back to the ship to eat for free. Other cruise lines I've been on have served food on their islands. At Costa Maya, we did the Kohunlich and Dzibanche Mayan tours and had a fantastic time. Our tour guide Elizabeth was outstanding and provided a rich experience. It was a long drive, but her stories made it fly by. It was great to see these sites as they are very remote and I doubt I would have ever visited them otherwise. In Cozumel our group went to the Xplor park. Our guide Emilio again did a fantastic job and really went above and beyond. The park was very fun but we definitely felt rushed. We could have used an extra hour or two there. We also had the best food of the trip here with their outstanding Mexican cuisine. We tried stocking up there so we wouldn't have to suffer through another Norwegian dinner. Overall, given that this cruise was a bit more expensive that similar cruises during the same week and was on a newer ship, I was very much disappointed in the value. I think we would have enjoyed ourselves more if we had traveled with Royal Caribbean or Carnival for the week. I also didn't appreciated the constant nickel-diming from the company to pay for additional entertainment/food/services. I would not recommend Norwegian cruise lines in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
The NCL Free Style experience was a welcome deviation from our past experiences. Specialty restaurants exceeded our expectations. Cagneys, Ocean Blue and Modernos. Sea Days were crowded. The Haven seems to take a lot of space for the ... Read More
The NCL Free Style experience was a welcome deviation from our past experiences. Specialty restaurants exceeded our expectations. Cagneys, Ocean Blue and Modernos. Sea Days were crowded. The Haven seems to take a lot of space for the few. Spa was a nice amenity. We were upgraded and would probably pay to utilize the thermal suite. Plus it’s limited so a great way to escape the crowds on Sea days. One pool for non Haven guests is a poor design. Chair hogs were out early. NCL did not enforce any rules regarding reserving. Drink package excludes bottled water and coffee. Ship food and drink package not extended in Harvest Caye- felt we were double charged. Most of the crowd went back to the ship. $18 for two draft beers is a bit excessive. On board shopping is limited. Mojito bar was great along with all others. Outdoor seating was nice. Comedy shows, Cirque (paid) we’re all entertaining. We did our own excursions so cannot speak to NCLs offerings. We now added another cruise line to our options list. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We had cruised the Getaway in 2015. the ship was new and was spotless as you would expect. The ship in 2019 is as spotless as it was 4 years ago. From the initial embarkment everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. getting on and off ... Read More
We had cruised the Getaway in 2015. the ship was new and was spotless as you would expect. The ship in 2019 is as spotless as it was 4 years ago. From the initial embarkment everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. getting on and off any ship is perhaps the only stress on a cruise, but the NCL staff made it very easy. I have been on many cruises and this was perhaps the quickest on/off i have ever encountered. The food was awesome. Cruise food always varies from cruise line to cruise line, but even from ship to ship.The go to buffet was great, the complimentary dinning was excellent and the fine dining was amazing. Cagney's is a must do and the Teppanyaki was incredible. The Teppanyaki was not just a meal but an experience. the Chef made it an event. The Getaway is a large ship, but unlike most large ships it does not try to do too much with too little space. The ship is very open and friendly. Lot's to do. Pool is little small and i would like to have seen more live entertainment on the pool deck, however, it was fun place to be. We found service on board to be superb. The bartenders were very busy, but there was very little wait. Overall, the trip was fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Ship-modern décor Cabin- balcony stateroom nice size Dining- the specialty dining (Steller) the comps. not bad but things closed often and early in my opinion Entertainment- Awesome Service- Fantastic Ports- the ... Read More
Ship-modern décor Cabin- balcony stateroom nice size Dining- the specialty dining (Steller) the comps. not bad but things closed often and early in my opinion Entertainment- Awesome Service- Fantastic Ports- the excursions were great! We did Tab Beach in Hondorous, Kayaking in Belize, Salsa making and dance lessons in Costa Maya and Coral reef sub in Cozmel- ALL Awesome No kids just me and Hubs Absolutely we both agree we will Cruise with NCL again! the package deal was wonderful- I will admit the perks was what convinced us to try NCL and they did not disappoint. I would like to do a different destination maybe Alaska or Hawaii. They will be on the top of my list when I begin planning with my agent. Even the flight on America wasn't bad at all considering we were Eco. we did pay a small upgrade fee coming back. No complaints at ALL Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
NCL will never be a favorite but we had a good Western Caribbean cruise . Wonderful weather, great stops , fun people and getting away from the northern cold. What could be bad .We booked an all inclusive through Sunwing vacations which ... Read More
NCL will never be a favorite but we had a good Western Caribbean cruise . Wonderful weather, great stops , fun people and getting away from the northern cold. What could be bad .We booked an all inclusive through Sunwing vacations which included flights , transfers and an unassigned balcony . The package did not include any of NCL's free offers .All went smoothly . We were thrilled to receive a great midship cabin location 11170 . Ship The ship is in good shape but very crowded . The passenger to space ratio was horrible and what space there is ,is often reserved for Haven, private beach or other revenue producing areas like the spa . It seems everything that doesn't produce revenue is cramped . Corridors , pools theaters etc are all small for a ship this size . It does have lots of fun activities like water slides, rock climbing and a rope course . Somewhat limited hours . Our favorite area on the Epic , Spice/H2O , was unusable due to the fact that more than half was a smoker's location . The giant screen there was very poor . Deck 8 was great with outdoor bars and seating for many of the upcharge restaurants . Food & Drink The food is a mixed bag . The buffet was good , not great . Well laid out with staff doing a good job of replenishing trays . Pizza and made to order crepes were highlights . Ice cream and soft-serve were always available . Desserts often looked better than they tasted . Mains were OK but the dishes served hot were often lukewarm . A tip , Margaritaville was a nice place for breakfast . Limited selection but a great location . The MDRs were well laid out and generally well run . We paid the corkage fee to bring on wine . They misplaced our half drunk bottle one night . After a lot of to and froing they properly offered us a free bottle . They had no problems speeding up our mealtimes at our request or doubling up appetizers or bringing multiple appetizers at the same time . Well done . Highlights were fish and steak . Very little that was adventurous or out of the ordinary . We didn't have the dining package so we didn't go to any of the premium restaurants . One issue was how salty everything was . Needlessly and consistently there was way too much salt in just about all dishes . We really enjoyed O'Sheehan's especially for a quiet breakfast . We enjoyed Shanghai Noodle Bar more on our Epic cruise . Too salty and too close to the smokey casino . Another issue was that reservations were always full for peak times but in truth, the place was often only partially full . The CD said 2800 people had the drink package . We loved the fact that no one is bothering you to buy a drink like on other cruiselines where few have drink packages . Bar staff were generally efficient and nice including the cafe bar . Premium coffee was excellent . Wine prices by the bottle are generally reasonable compared to the prices of other alcohol . Activities We enjoyed the theater shows , Million Dollar Quartet and Burn The Floor . Comedians were fine as were the Howl At The Moon performers . The three were very talented and very quick on their feet . They did shill constantly for bribes to play your requests . Poolside entertainment was silly and fun . We didn't watch the atrium game shows which were well attended . It was very crowded . The casino sprawls out . Unfortunately the smoke also sprawls out and that's a problem for nonsmokers . Cabin Well located, and Fulgencio (Paul) our steward was excellent . I made a short list of our requests and he filled them all flawlessly . I was happy to tip him extra . The cabin is NOT 185 square feet . It is smaller than this . It is well laid out for two but would be very cramped for more due to size and lack of storage . The balcony is the shallowest we have experienced but again fine for two . Good soaps and lotions . Small but well designed toilet . A/C worked well . TV selection was very limited except for news channels . The children's programs seemed to be very well run . Lots of happy children and their parents . Embarkation & Transportation Embarkation and debarkation were both flawless as was the safety drill . Transportation from the airport to the ship and back wasn't . The buses and drivers were good but NCL's organization was very weak . Lots of people not knowing what they were doing with serious delays . Although it was included, I'd be tempted to pay for a taxi next time . DO NOT purchase this service . Ports All ports stops went smoothly . Only a small delay leaving one due to a late passenger . NCL was kind enough to delay departure by a few minutes for him . Summary Another great cruise on another mega ship . There were tons of kids aboard almost all speaking French as it was spring break in Québec . The kids were great but they added to the total numbers . Also NCL Freestyle cruising is a crock . Reservations are very limited and fill up quick especially for prime dining times . For entertainment, you can usually get in by waiting in the standby line . NCL has a decent product but seems to be run by MBA's always looking to nickel and dime a few more bucks . The open smoke filled casino was also an issue . PORTS Roatan , Honduras We booked ROATAN WEST BAY BANANARAMA RESORT BEACH DAY excursion through ShoreExcursioneer . Perfect experience . We walked off the ship and out of the port as instructed and met our driver who had a sign waiting for us . It was only us two so we walked 3 blocks to a lot and got into his Corolla . We arrived at West Bay where we parked and he paid our entrance fee . He waited for us all day until we decided to go back . Deal includes a drink all for $30 each 5 stars . Bananarama itself is sort of rinky dink but we got a good lounge ,partially shaded . Food was much better then expected and the staff were nice . Try the fish . 4 stars Snorkeling was decent when you walked left facing the beach towards the rocks . West Bay beach is packed with wall to wall beach resorts, some higher end then our choice . Lots of vendors and bars .Beach was 4 stars Harvest Caye,Belize Shame on NCL . This is just a money grab. Believe it or not there are no free water fountains on this fake island . The beach sand is sharp seashells and the only live thing in the sea was seaweed which surrounded all swimmers . The washrooms and change rooms were clean and the bars were OK . NCL now runs the ferry off this island . Costa Maya, Mexico We bought an all inclusive pass for Jamie's at the Blue Reef which is just an eight dollar cab ride away . First the very good . For $50 you get unlimited food and drink both of which were excellent served by a caring attentive staff . Basic beach food done well plus excellent ceviche .. The less good was that we were expecting an all inclusive beach club . Mahahual is a crowded little strip filled with all you can stand vendors , beach massages and tacky bars . Jaime's is right in the middle of this . Their change rooms were the unkept washrooms . Finally their menu was limited . I had to push to get fresh fruit and no desserts were offered . How tough is it to have flan, ice cream or cookies ? Cozumel , Mexico We returned to the Money Bar Beach Club four years after first coming and it remains wonderful . There are no charges for any of the facilities including showers,change rooms, spectacular location and superb snorkeling. They only ask that you purchase their food and drink . What a pleasure as the food is fantastic and the drinks reasonable . We got a bucket of beer , and large orders of octopus salad, guacamole and chicken nachos for $80 total with tip . All 4 of us were stuffed .Snorkeling continues to be great . You swim out ,meanwhile boat after boat of snorkeling excursions anchor nearby . Ours is the better deal .A little hard getting into the water as the rocks are slick . Free wi-fi wasn't bad .Taxi's fares are 12-15 per car . We stopped at the Mega store on the way back which was right next to the De Cruceros port for our NCL ship . Great place to shop for booze and everything else .GREAT DAY ! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We sailed on the Norwegian Getaway because we like Norwegian, and they offered friends and family for the week we could travel. Overall, the cruise was excellent. Embarkation went smoothly and quickly. It only took us about 30 minutes ... Read More
We sailed on the Norwegian Getaway because we like Norwegian, and they offered friends and family for the week we could travel. Overall, the cruise was excellent. Embarkation went smoothly and quickly. It only took us about 30 minutes to go through security, check in, and be on board. We visited the Taste restaurant for lunch because we hate the chaos of buffets on embarkation day. The food was good with polite and efficient service. Cabins were not ready by 1:00 as predicted, but it did not matter since we were eating at Taste and relaxed until they gave the all clear for cabins. One issue that we immediately noticed when in the cabin was the lack of outlets. We had only two US outlets, and my husband's bi-pap used one of those outlets at night. There were no USB ports only the two outlets so charging our phones, cameras, electric razor, and tablets was a bit of a challenge because they wanted everything unplugged whenever you left the cabin. Our cabin steward helped us out with this problem, but I recommend having some type of splitter with you unless you have nothing much to charge. We ate in the complimentary restaurants for most of our meals but visited specialty restaurants for 3 nights. The food in both Savor and Taste was good, and we always found something on the menu that we wanted. Servers were polite and helpful, but it still took about 2 hours for dinner. One night we did Cirque, and the food and show were both very good. We had steak and shrimp with a dessert platter that was served before the show. It was delicious. One night we did Teppanyaki and enjoyed everything except the soup. None of use really care for miso soup, but the entrees were good, and our chef was entertaining and very accommodating. Our other specialty restaurant was La Cucina. Service there was excellent, and the food was good especially the shrimp ravioli in lobster sauce. I also had salmon and it was prepared nicely. O'Sheehans was nice for breakfast although the menu is more limited than at Savor or Taste. Entertainment on the Getaway is excellent. The Cirque presentation was well done, and Million Dollar Quartet was especially good. We loved it. My daughter and son-in-law did the Escape room circus mystery, which they said was lots of fun. Howl-at-the-Moon was good the night I saw it, and the Family Circus Workshop was wonderful for our 4 grandchildren. With mini golf, the ropes course, and the water slides, everyone had plenty to do, and just hanging out on the balcony and reading or napping were favorites of my husband and me. We did not do any ship-organized shore excursions opting for a private tour in Roatan, shopping in Costa Maya, and staying on the ship in Cozumel so the little ones had the aqua park to themselves. The private island was a big disappointment for me. Although our grandchildren enjoyed the private island's amenities, I felt everything was rather pricey. We spent as much there as we did on the private tour we booked in Roatan which included visiting with monkeys and sloths, lunch and a nice beach break as part of the tour. If I did this itinerary again, I'd plan for the island differently. I think I would exit the ship later after eating a late morning snack. I'd do 2 or 3 hours on shore and return to ship to avoid purchasing food on the island. We ate as economically as we could, and my husband and I still spent over $35 for lunch. With clam shell rental, which was needed to insure a bit of shade in the hot tropical sun, the day cost us nearly $100. We talked about going back to the ship to save on lunch, but it is a long walk, and my husband can't really do that much walking due to neuropathy in his feet and legs. The complimentary shuttle at the dock helped, but the logistics of going and coming just made it rather difficult to go back and forth. I guess I just feel that Norwegian could make necessities like food and water a bit more reasonably priced since it is their island, and they would be free on the ship. As my title says, overall the cruise was good with great entertainment and decent food. Service was good, and the crew is polite and helpful. The small issues I described did not keep us from having a good time, but they are areas that Norwegian could improve on. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Having dietary restrictions (celiac & dairy), I was nervous about going on a cruise, but I needn't have been concerned. The staff on the Getaway went out of their way to ensure I had the best dining experience possible. The chefs ... Read More
Having dietary restrictions (celiac & dairy), I was nervous about going on a cruise, but I needn't have been concerned. The staff on the Getaway went out of their way to ensure I had the best dining experience possible. The chefs managed to fulfill any wish I had, even to the point of baking a special mini cake so I could celebrate our anniversary with our group and making me a variety of Indian dishes to satisfy my cravings! The stateroom was clean and comfortable with plenty of storage space, including several shelves in the bathroom. Our cabin steward was very attentive to our requests and always greeted us by name, even on the very first day. I could go on and on, but to sum it up, overall it was an amazing experience. I've cruised with a few other lines before but I'll be a Norwegian cruiser from now on! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our first ever cruise and we couldn’t have picked better! Food Excellent always. We loved the Tropicana and main dining rooms which all serves the same menu that never failed to impress. The buffet was great, with ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we couldn’t have picked better! Food Excellent always. We loved the Tropicana and main dining rooms which all serves the same menu that never failed to impress. The buffet was great, with something to eat all the time. Cookies before bed was a great ritual! Shanghai’s was also great and O’Sheahans. The other specialty restaurants were honestly not needed but looked so inviting and we’d definitely try them if we go again. We did try the Teppanyaki restaurant which was great fun and highly recommended (note that it is loud and lively not suitable for romantics wanting intimate meal!) Entertainment A packed schedule with plenty to do. We felt the bingo was over priced and there were lots of extras generally. All the shows were excellent. I particularly loved the Wine Lovers musical which was funny, fun and great value. Cirque was also great with a fabulous meal (although wish we’d have arrived earlier as the meal was a little rushed) Premium All-Inclusive This was well worth the money but did have some irritating drawbacks. It gave us the Ultimate Beverage Package, Coffee and Juice, along with bottled water in our cabin and 60mins WiFi. All gratuities and drinks up to $15 included. This covered pretty much everything we’d need other than some premium beverages and wines. You could use any bar or any restaurant. Frustratingly, the coffee package doesn’t include the Atrium cafe which is the most obvious place you’d want it! The coffee package included ‘specialty coffees at meal times’ so we got around this by going to O’Sheahans which had meal times 5.30am to 9.30pm and carrying our coffees down one flight to the cafe!! The cakes in the Atrium were also extra but looked lovely. The Juice package was a joke and didn’t include freshly squeezed juice at the poolside. Ports Roatan - beautiful upon arrival but very little to do without booking an excursion. We walked briefly away from the pier and felt quite uncomfortable being pestered by the locals. Recommend having a half an hour exploring the little shops at the pier and then having a day on the ship whilst it’s quiet. Harvest Caye - lovely purpose-built island resort. The activities are overpriced but we had a great day on the beach and explored the small zoo-type area which was all free. Costa Maya - a delightful purpose-built port/resort with lots to see. We loved the aviary walkways ($12 and well worth it unless you are scared of parrots landing on you!) Cozumel - we had an enjoyable excursion to some Mayan ruins followed by a trip to a quiet beach. The excursion was an NCL official one and was overpriced but the tour guide was great. There is lots to do at the port and more if you walk down to where the other cruise lines dock (a taxi might be best). It felt pretty safe. Ship The ship was fabulous. Spotlessly clean, so many lovely bars and restaurants with gorgeous decoration and super service. Loads of entertainment in the bars. Lively at poolside on sea days but quieter areas at the back of the ship or along the Waterfront (our favourite part) if you want to chill. Casino was great. Ice Bar is extra but good value - the vodka just kept flowing! We never queued for pool slides or the ropes course (walking the plank was an experience!). Mini golf was great. The video arcades and bowling are extra. There was a nice mix of ages on the ship. Good for families but also for young groups of friends, couples and older people too. The dress code is really relaxed (which we loved as no need to pack suits or a tux etc) but some people chose to if visiting the more posh specialty restaurants. Embarkation and Disembarkation was fine. A wonderful highly recommended trip! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Food: great and I consider myself a foodie; fresh, varied, consistently good. We ate at Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's -- all worth the upgrade. Based on reviews, I was expecting the food to be worse than my last cruise with ... Read More
Food: great and I consider myself a foodie; fresh, varied, consistently good. We ate at Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's -- all worth the upgrade. Based on reviews, I was expecting the food to be worse than my last cruise with Celebrity. It was at par, maybe a smidge inferior, but only a smidge. Mixed drinks were strong, not watered down as I read in prior reviews. Cocktails were a tad weak. But with so many options, there were many ways to enjoy drinking. Just don't go looking for Craft beers. Service: friendly, hospitable, employees were always present to assist; did not have to wait to be served in the MDR as other reviewers experienced. We did eat earlish though, 6:30 on avg Entertainment: lots to take in. This is really where NCL shined. The Million Dollar Quartet and Wine Lovers show were our favs because we love theatre and music. The Wine Show in particular was great fun and very reasonably priced; nice activity to do on a sea day. Comedian Mike Burton and the dueling pianos were also very entertaining. TIPS: You can avoid the wind: at first it felt like every free lounger was in a wind tunnel, but if you try a few spots (there are many beds) you'll be sure to find a tranquil area Unpack and put your suitcase under the bed as others reviewers suggest. Room was a tad smaller than our last Celebrity cruise, but using the storage space provided plenty of room. Breakfast buffet at the Margarita Ville resto is quiet and breezy if you want to get away from the chaos of the garden cafe buffet. Use the App. It's a convenient way to tag activities of interest and was very helpful in booking restos and shows. Would be great to see the paper itinerary phased out soon. TV NCL channel: there's a great pre-recorded in-behind-the-scenes slide show with tons of interesting info about the cruise. 23 000 bottles of beer served per week! Annoyances: Very minor, but here goes. What to pack: website made no mention of bringing 80s attire ... I would've loved to dress up for 80s Night as I still have great gear The clientele. It felt like Jersey Shore on the boat. I like to drink too, but the loud and drunk behaviour starting up fairly early in the day made me want to avoid the pool and bar areas. Luckily there were many loungers and sofas so it was easy to find a quiet space to retreat. Freestyle dining: I find it exciting to dress up and take in a bit of luxury on a cruise -- white-coated wait staff, cloth napkins placed in my lap, decanted wine, etc. So when my fellow diners were still wearing their gym clothes and flip flops from the day, it affected the ambiance of my evening. I'd love to see NCL bring back semi-formal / chic dinner attire. Layout: the boat was narrow and cramped in many places. Like other reviewers stated, it felt like primo space was taken up by shops and speciality restos. My Celebrity cruise had open and opulent public spaces that were a pleasure to puruse. Although the Getaway was a massive boat, I felt we were always pushing through crowds of people. Disposable plastic cups: great job NCL on getting rid of plastic straws. Would love to see the same happen for cups. Reusable hard plastic cups in outdoor spaces would be great to see next. Smoke stacks: could always smell the exhaust on the entertainment deck and hated to see it billowing down on the water slides and outdoor kids areas; I hope NCL are trying to figure out how to mimized their carbon footprint. Their next boat appears to be more green. Overall, this was a fantastic cruise. It exceeded expectations. Food and entertainment are our most important criteria and this cruise had both in spades. Read Less
Norwegian Getaway Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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