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We chose this cruise to enjoy time with friends. Service was middle of the road to slightly above poor. Only one waiter exceeded my expectations. Others didn't even meet them. What do I mean by loud? Everything seemed to have the volume turned way too high. The Atrium area was used for loud, raucous gatherings, with the mic turned loud. Karaoke host told us Guest Relations asked her to turn down the volume 3 times and her response -- "I'm not going to turn it down, let's get louder". Shows even seemed to have the volume up too high. The only true solitude is some type of beach club/lounge for which you have to pay and the Waterfront. Music on open decks seemed overly loud. Our balcony was a few decks above the smoking area, and the roof to keep smokers dry seemed to magnify the sound to our balcony. So, don't expect much quiet and relaxation of that's your goal.. Unfortunate detour due to medical emergency caused us to miss our zip line in Roatan. One of the reasons we selected this itinerary was the zip line through the jungle. With all excursions cancelled, the small shopping area was over run with many of the 4.600 cruisers. Harvest Caye is not ready for prime time. The pluses are the large pool and the Nature Center. Staff were friendly and helpful. The huge negative, which I was told was due to the time of the year, was the mixture of dead seaweed and trash. Many of us were swimming in what was probably a health hazard. The pictures included were further down the beach, but shows what we were dodging while swimming. Costa Maya was an enjoyable port. We selected Chacchoben ruins and enjoyed the guide, along with the tour quite a bit. Unfortunately, we rushed through the last section because of time wasted waiting for other groups to clear so we could get our turn at the earlier sections. Cozumel was enjoyable as well. The horseback riding was booked, so we went independent. Found a gem -- Mr Sanchos Beach Club. Horseback riding, small beach, and a bargain. Instead of $100 per person, we spent $30 on the horseback riding, cabs each way $20, and had time on their "a la carte" beach. That just meant we had to pay for our food, which was reasonable. Sodas $2.50, Nachos $3, Burgers under $10. Met someone who frequents Mr Sanchos and sang its' praises. Beware the Getaway balconies are very small, but you get used to it over time.

Loud cruise, a few disappointing ports

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by captain_buffet

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
We chose this cruise to enjoy time with friends. Service was middle of the road to slightly above poor. Only one waiter exceeded my expectations. Others didn't even meet them.

What do I mean by loud? Everything seemed to have the volume turned way too high. The Atrium area was used for loud, raucous gatherings, with the mic turned loud. Karaoke host told us Guest Relations asked her to turn down the volume 3 times and her response -- "I'm not going to turn it down, let's get louder". Shows even seemed to have the volume up too high. The only true solitude is some type of beach club/lounge for which you have to pay and the Waterfront. Music on open decks seemed overly loud. Our balcony was a few decks above the smoking area, and the roof to keep smokers dry seemed to magnify the sound to our balcony. So, don't expect much quiet and relaxation of that's your goal..

Unfortunate detour due to medical emergency caused us to miss our zip line in Roatan. One of the reasons we selected this itinerary was the zip line through the jungle. With all excursions cancelled, the small shopping area was over run with many of the 4.600 cruisers.

Harvest Caye is not ready for prime time. The pluses are the large pool and the Nature Center. Staff were friendly and helpful. The huge negative, which I was told was due to the time of the year, was the mixture of dead seaweed and trash. Many of us were swimming in what was probably a health hazard. The pictures included were further down the beach, but shows what we were dodging while swimming.

Costa Maya was an enjoyable port. We selected Chacchoben ruins and enjoyed the guide, along with the tour quite a bit. Unfortunately, we rushed through the last section because of time wasted waiting for other groups to clear so we could get our turn at the earlier sections.

Cozumel was enjoyable as well. The horseback riding was booked, so we went independent. Found a gem -- Mr Sanchos Beach Club. Horseback riding, small beach, and a bargain. Instead of $100 per person, we spent $30 on the horseback riding, cabs each way $20, and had time on their "a la carte" beach. That just meant we had to pay for our food, which was reasonable. Sodas $2.50, Nachos $3, Burgers under $10. Met someone who frequents Mr Sanchos and sang its' praises.

Beware the Getaway balconies are very small, but you get used to it over time.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 10822
Cabin was a decent size. Balcony very small, which probably led to the sound of a lot of people sliding chairs (you know that sound). Cabin was a few decks above the smoking area, resulting in both smoke and noise almost constantly on our balcony. View is impaired by roof of waterfront and lifeboats that are out over the water.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Horseback Riding
    Enjoyed our time at Mr Sanchos Beach Club. Maybe not as good as the Horseback riding excursion from the ship, but much cheaper. For 4 of us, we would have spent $300 ($400 minus the $50 per cabin promotion). Instead, we spent $180 -- $35 per person for horseback riding and $20 cab ride each way.
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  • Harvest Caye
    Harvest Caye is not ready for prime time. Pool is fantastic. Nature section is interesting with butterflies and birds. Staff was friendly and helpful. Plenty of activities. Why the 2 star? We were swimming in dead seaweed and trash. This should have to cleaned before we arrived. Probably a health hazard. Enjoyed being able to wash off the sea water with the pool. See pix in my NCL Getaway review.
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  • Roatan
    Poor review because all excursions were cancelled and the shopping area can't handle the 4,600 passengers all trying to get off the cruise's first port. Imagine it would be more enjoyable if excursions had diminished the number of people on land.
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