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We chose this cruise because of the cities, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. We thoroughly researched each city to determine what excursions, if any we would take. If you go to Russia, it is easiest to go with the ships excursions, as you are required to have a visa. It is really difficult to acquire one. Going thru Russian customs was difficult the first day, as they had to type up everyone's visa. Prepare extra time to get thru. The rest of the ports easy on and off. The Getaway is huge. The buffet is over crowded. Be prepared to shove your way thru it or get pushed out of the way. I have never been on a cruise where the passengers were so rude. Also, hold onto your plate while you are dining at the buffet, or one of the wait staff will come by and whisk it away. The tables are too close together and if you want a window seat... you may not be able to easily get past the next table to a drink refill or seconds. The main dining rooms were right beside each other, not spaced thru out the ship. Service was spotty, depending on your servers. A real shame, since in order to escape the throngs of people shoving you are driven to eating in the dining rooms. We didn't eat at any of the specialty dining... since food is included in the price it seemed rather redundant and impractical to spend extra money on food while on the ship. Although, we believe that the crowds weren't as bad in them. The main entertainment was in the middle of the atrium, not in the theater. Kind of weird since the internet room, card room and library were right off that. There were no cute little sitting areas to read or just talk with people. There were no enrichment activities or small group activities, for example other cruises I went on had, beer tasting, mojito making, photography classes, hulu lessons, computer classes, towel folding classes. These smaller classes get people interacting with ship mates and make a more memorable experience. Also, there were additional entertainment that you had to pay for instead of the nightly shows in the theater ( that wouldn't fit 1/2 of the ships capacity at one time).

Prepare for battle at the Buffet

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by travel go girl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
We chose this cruise because of the cities, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. We thoroughly researched each city to determine what excursions, if any we would take. If you go to Russia, it is easiest to go with the ships excursions, as you are required to have a visa. It is really difficult to acquire one. Going thru Russian customs was difficult the first day, as they had to type up everyone's visa. Prepare extra time to get thru. The rest of the ports easy on and off.

The Getaway is huge. The buffet is over crowded. Be prepared to shove your way thru it or get pushed out of the way. I have never been on a cruise where the passengers were so rude. Also, hold onto your plate while you are dining at the buffet, or one of the wait staff will come by and whisk it away. The tables are too close together and if you want a window seat... you may not be able to easily get past the next table to a drink refill or seconds.

The main dining rooms were right beside each other, not spaced thru out the ship. Service was spotty, depending on your servers. A real shame, since in order to escape the throngs of people shoving you are driven to eating in the dining rooms.

We didn't eat at any of the specialty dining... since food is included in the price it seemed rather redundant and impractical to spend extra money on food while on the ship. Although, we believe that the crowds weren't as bad in them.

The main entertainment was in the middle of the atrium, not in the theater. Kind of weird since the internet room, card room and library were right off that. There were no cute little sitting areas to read or just talk with people. There were no enrichment activities or small group activities, for example other cruises I went on had, beer tasting, mojito making, photography classes, hulu lessons, computer classes, towel folding classes. These smaller classes get people interacting with ship mates and make a more memorable experience.

Also, there were additional entertainment that you had to pay for instead of the nightly shows in the theater ( that wouldn't fit 1/2 of the ships capacity at one time).
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Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom
Cabin ID 12445
The cabin was nice. Very small, but we didn't intend on spending much time there other than sleep and procreation. However, since there were no quiet rooms on the ship the last day at sea we spent quite some there.
Our steward was really nice and kept the room super clean. He was really attententive to our needs or assisting us with our luggage.
Next time definitely getting a room with a view and most likely a balcony.
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