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Overall, a great experience and I would not hesitate to do it again. Getaway is a beautiful ship. The main indoor atrium is called 678 Ocean Place and this is where you will find a lot of the entertainment as well as the nicer restaurants and bars. Outdoor activities, the main buffet, and poolside bars are on decks 15 and 16. The ship is clean and well-kept. Cabin: Small, but lots of storage space. We stayed on a lower deck, which was great because it was a short walk up to 678 Ocean Place and and easy walk down to our stateroom from decks 15/16. This meant the only time we needed to get an elevator was going up to deck 15+, which was a HUGE bonus as there can be a wait for the elevators at times. There are plenty of elevators and they are spacious, but I suspect children or adults would push the call button and then run away or change their minds because many, many times, we would stop on almost every floor and the doors would open but no one would get on. Dining: Excellent. I am a big fan of freestyle dining and can't imagine doing it any other way. We mainly went to Flamingo Bar & Grill and the main dining rooms, but all of the food we had was delicious. Once in a while, we would order something esoteric from the menu in the main dining room and it wouldn't be our favorite, but the waiters quickly swooped in to inquire whether they could get us something to replace it. Since we are from Miami, our expectations of the food at Flamingo were low, but it was actually tasty and very close to good Cuban restaurants on shore. Our waiters and the area managers were all attentive and many were very friendly and gave good recommendations. One night, we brought a bottle of wine. My boyfriend finished his glass much more quickly than I could drink mine, and the manager sent over a complimentary glass of wine. I'm not a big fan of buffets, but we had a few breakfasts and lunches there, and the food was good. Entertainment/ Activities: Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet were unbelievable shows. Must see. We weren't able to get advance reservations for all the shows we wanted to see, but if you go 10-15 minutes before the show starts, you can have any available seat (and there were always plenty). During the day, the ropes course is a blast, and there are plenty of game shows to keep you busy. Newlyweds/ Not-so-newlyweds is a must see-- hilarious! We enjoyed the waterslides, but thought that the pools were very crowded. For me, this is where Norwegian missed the mark. There is one small adults-only pool, which is packed at any given hour. On my trip, staff was great about kicking children out of the adults' pool. There are two more small pools next to the kids' area, but both were closed on one of days at sea for cleaning. (Rumor was that someone didn't make it to the bathroom on time, which is not NCL's fault, but it left only the small main pool.) Hot tubs were always packed during the day. There is plenty of nightlife between the bars and club onboard. If you don't have anything else, try the raspberry guava mojito at Sugarcane-- delicious! Service: Excellent and almost every crew member was friendly. Our room steward could have been more attentive, but we didn't mind being left alone most of the time and only missed the chocolates and towel animals one or two nights because we didn't turn on the "make up room" light. As for ports, we loved Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Highly recommend cave tubing in Belize. We didn't care for Costa Maya. Everyone there preys on tourists and there is someone waiting to rip you off around every corner. If you want an excursion, book through NCL. The port area is nice, with a pool and a small beach, so it's a great port to just relax as well-- but leave your wallet on the ship because these people really will rip you off in any way they can think of. We didn't expect to like any of our photos enough to want to purchase, but many of them were so good that we ended up getting a photo package. It was expensive, but worth it. Embarkation and disembarkation were smoother than expected. We had cleared Customs and were outside the cruise terminal about 1 hour after our luggage tag had been called.

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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by Sandy157

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Overall, a great experience and I would not hesitate to do it again.

Getaway is a beautiful ship. The main indoor atrium is called 678 Ocean Place and this is where you will find a lot of the entertainment as well as the nicer restaurants and bars. Outdoor activities, the main buffet, and poolside bars are on decks 15 and 16. The ship is clean and well-kept.

Cabin: Small, but lots of storage space. We stayed on a lower deck, which was great because it was a short walk up to 678 Ocean Place and and easy walk down to our stateroom from decks 15/16. This meant the only time we needed to get an elevator was going up to deck 15+, which was a HUGE bonus as there can be a wait for the elevators at times. There are plenty of elevators and they are spacious, but I suspect children or adults would push the call button and then run away or change their minds because many, many times, we would stop on almost every floor and the doors would open but no one would get on.

Dining: Excellent. I am a big fan of freestyle dining and can't imagine doing it any other way. We mainly went to Flamingo Bar & Grill and the main dining rooms, but all of the food we had was delicious. Once in a while, we would order something esoteric from the menu in the main dining room and it wouldn't be our favorite, but the waiters quickly swooped in to inquire whether they could get us something to replace it. Since we are from Miami, our expectations of the food at Flamingo were low, but it was actually tasty and very close to good Cuban restaurants on shore. Our waiters and the area managers were all attentive and many were very friendly and gave good recommendations. One night, we brought a bottle of wine. My boyfriend finished his glass much more quickly than I could drink mine, and the manager sent over a complimentary glass of wine. I'm not a big fan of buffets, but we had a few breakfasts and lunches there, and the food was good.

Entertainment/ Activities: Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet were unbelievable shows. Must see. We weren't able to get advance reservations for all the shows we wanted to see, but if you go 10-15 minutes before the show starts, you can have any available seat (and there were always plenty). During the day, the ropes course is a blast, and there are plenty of game shows to keep you busy. Newlyweds/ Not-so-newlyweds is a must see-- hilarious! We enjoyed the waterslides, but thought that the pools were very crowded. For me, this is where Norwegian missed the mark. There is one small adults-only pool, which is packed at any given hour. On my trip, staff was great about kicking children out of the adults' pool. There are two more small pools next to the kids' area, but both were closed on one of days at sea for cleaning. (Rumor was that someone didn't make it to the bathroom on time, which is not NCL's fault, but it left only the small main pool.) Hot tubs were always packed during the day. There is plenty of nightlife between the bars and club onboard. If you don't have anything else, try the raspberry guava mojito at Sugarcane-- delicious!

Service: Excellent and almost every crew member was friendly. Our room steward could have been more attentive, but we didn't mind being left alone most of the time and only missed the chocolates and towel animals one or two nights because we didn't turn on the "make up room" light.

As for ports, we loved Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Highly recommend cave tubing in Belize. We didn't care for Costa Maya. Everyone there preys on tourists and there is someone waiting to rip you off around every corner. If you want an excursion, book through NCL. The port area is nice, with a pool and a small beach, so it's a great port to just relax as well-- but leave your wallet on the ship because these people really will rip you off in any way they can think of.

We didn't expect to like any of our photos enough to want to purchase, but many of them were so good that we ended up getting a photo package. It was expensive, but worth it.

Embarkation and disembarkation were smoother than expected. We had cleared Customs and were outside the cruise terminal about 1 hour after our luggage tag had been called.
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Cabin: Small, but lots of storage space. We stayed on a lower deck, which was great because it was a short walk up to 678 Ocean Place and and easy walk down to our stateroom from decks 15/16. This meant the only time we needed to get an elevator was going up to deck 15+, which was a HUGE bonus as there can be a wait for the elevators at times. There are plenty of elevators and they are spacious, but I suspect children or adults would push the call button and then run away or change their minds because many, many times, we would stop on almost every floor and the doors would open but no one would get on.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cave-Tubing
    Memorable experience. We had a bus ride up to the mountains, and our tour guide was great. A traditional Belizean lunch was included, which was beans and rice with stewed chicken and cole slaw. Then we went into the caves, which were beautiful and relaxing. You float along on an inner tube most of the time, and there are a few places where you can get out and swim if you'd like. You wear headlamps and there are LOTS of other groups in the caves, so it's not as scary as it might seem. Bring bug spray, water shoes, towels, a change of clothes, and as small a bag as possible as the rates for renting a locker are extortion. We paid $8 for a locker for about 2 hours and our regular size backpack barely fit. There are decent changing rooms and you do get wet, so it's nice to be able to change into dry clothes for the ride back to port.
    The port is typical-- shops, a few places to eat. Prices are okay but if you can bargain you will get better deals in Cozumel.
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  • Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
    More like Costa Ripoff.
    Mayan Ruins-- cool to see, but it is SO HOT and there is no shade. They packed us into a van and drove 45 minutes to the ruins, where we spent most of the 1 hour tour sweating buckets. Tour guide then called his buddies to tell them he was about to drop 12 tourists off at the beach. We were met by dozens of people trying to sell us everything from kayaks to lobsters. One man followed my boyfriend and I onto the beach, where he tried to sell us a free beach chair.
    The port area is nice, with a pool and small beach area. Leave your wallet on the ship-- everything was at least 4x the price of other ports. If I could do it again, I would not book an excursion here. I would stay in the port area for a few hours and then get back on the ship to enjoy the (hopefully) less crowded pools.
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  • Snorkeling
    You take a short (5 min) taxi ride to an area with a bar, restaurant, and dive shop. You can buy your own snorkel mouthpiece for $3. Guides were pretty good, but they did throw bait to attract fish, which made me feel VERY unsafe. You can stay and snorkel or take a cab back to the port area, and I loved being able to leave whenever we wanted.
    Cozumel has, by far, the best shopping of the ports on this trip.
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  • Roatan
    Beach break-- nice resort, but they would not provide us with towels. No lockers for your belongings.
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  • Beach
    Eco bridge tour-- tour guide was great and this was a great experience UNTIL they packed about 15 of us into a single pickup truck for a 4-5 minute ride back to where we started. We rode in the back of the truck and it was not safe at all.
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