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This was our 9th cruise with NCL. We were really excited about going on their newest ship, The Getaway. Overall is was very good, but I have a few gripes.

Lounges: There are plenty of bars but there are no quiet, "tucked away" martini bars like their smaller ships have. Most of the other NCL ships have a Star Bar. Quiet, secluded, maybe a little jazz combo or a pianist. Even the more subdued bars on the Getaway open directly to the lobby, or a major walkway, thus making them all noisy and congested. No fun.

Spa: The spa is large, but mostly focuses on "treatment rooms". As usual, we bought the unlimited spa access package. We like to soak, steam, read and relax in a quiet spa environment. No such luck here. The pool areas were frequented by morons who felt the need to yell at each other, thus making the noise level very high. Not relaxing. Also, the Getaway has "coed" steam rooms, saunas, etc. This was a little uncomfortable tor everyone. It';s not as though anyone parades around in the nude, but it's preferable to keep them separate. The other ships do this, and I don't know why NCL decided to change it.

Nothing to read! The "library" is a joke. Very few books, and they only open for one hour, twice per day. If you are busy when they are open, you are out of luck. There is no general store that sells paperbacks or magazines, so it's a real problem. One of our favorite things to do for "days at sea" is to read and relax. With the lack of options, reading AND relaxing were in short supply on this cruise.

Finally, the sheer size of the ship makes for rather impersonal service. Many of the employees seemed to be scowling (unlike the smiles we have always encountered on the older ships), and the cast of thousands just didn't work for them.

So, we've been there/done that. Next time we will cruise with the Dawn or the Star again.

A Mixed Bag

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by timbolester

Trip Details

This was our 9th cruise with NCL. We were really excited about going on their newest ship, The Getaway. Overall is was very good, but I have a few gripes.


Lounges: There are plenty of bars but there are no quiet, "tucked away" martini bars like their smaller ships have. Most of the other NCL ships have a Star Bar. Quiet, secluded, maybe a little jazz combo or a pianist. Even the more subdued bars on the Getaway open directly to the lobby, or a major walkway, thus making them all noisy and congested. No fun.


Spa: The spa is large, but mostly focuses on "treatment rooms". As usual, we bought the unlimited spa access package. We like to soak, steam, read and relax in a quiet spa environment. No such luck here. The pool areas were frequented by morons who felt the need to yell at each other, thus making the noise level very high. Not relaxing. Also, the Getaway has "coed" steam rooms, saunas, etc. This was a little uncomfortable tor everyone. It';s not as though anyone parades around in the nude, but it's preferable to keep them separate. The other ships do this, and I don't know why NCL decided to change it.


Nothing to read! The "library" is a joke. Very few books, and they only open for one hour, twice per day. If you are busy when they are open, you are out of luck. There is no general store that sells paperbacks or magazines, so it's a real problem. One of our favorite things to do for "days at sea" is to read and relax. With the lack of options, reading AND relaxing were in short supply on this cruise.


Finally, the sheer size of the ship makes for rather impersonal service. Many of the employees seemed to be scowling (unlike the smiles we have always encountered on the older ships), and the cast of thousands just didn't work for them.


So, we've been there/done that. Next time we will cruise with the Dawn or the Star again.

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