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Arrival in Miami: We arrived in Miami the night before the cruise. This was a great decision, since there was a tropical storm the next day and many flights were delayed. I definitely suggest getting in at least the night before. Check-in/Embarkation: We showed up at check-in around 9am the morning of our cruise. They pick up your suitcases at the curb where the taxis and Ubers drop you off. Make sure that you have your luggage tags ready. We were caught unprepared and had to stand in a torrential downpour finding the tags. We stood in the security line for a while before they started letting people in through security. I think they started processing people through the security line around 10am. After security, we went to the check-in area. This was a very easy and straightforward process. We then went upstairs and were given a pass saying that we were in boarding group #1. We waited until around 11:30 and were able to board easily. We rushed (not running, but walking very quickly) to guest services in order to get a Vibe pass. We were #16 and 17 in line for these passes. Ship: The ship was very nice. Having never been on a cruise before, I was surprised that so many things are indoors vs focusing on the water/being on sea. But according to others this boat actually has more of a focus on the sea than most. It was difficult to get around on the day of embarkation, but not too overly crowded the rest of the days. We were relatively disappointed with the size of the pool. We enjoy being in the water and it seemed like the pool was *always* completely full. There is much more of a focus on deck chairs and places to lie around. I was surprised that the pool is so deep (over 6 feet). This results in everybody crowding in the super shallow (a few inches deep) area. Cabin: We had an angled balcony cabin. It was nice having a large window to help us wake up in the morning, but we didn't really end up using the balcony much. I had read online that they will put lounge chairs in the angled balconies if you ask. This was not the case for us, and our room steward told us that they cannot do that. The room seemed big enough, though I wish there was more room to put away clothes. The shower and bathroom were a nice size. The bed was very comfortable. Activities: We loved the ropes course, although it was very easy. Never seemed to catch the rock climbing wall while it was open. We enjoyed a lot of the other activities as well, such as trivia, game shows, dance lessons, evening dance parties, etc. There is literally always something going on that was interesting to us. Entertainment: The entertainment on board was adequate. We were not overly impressed. The dance show (Burn the Floor) was ok, but we ended up falling asleep in it. We were also not overly impressed with Million Dollar Quartet, but I think that show would have been enjoyable if you are more into that kind of thing. We really enjoyed participating in the Escape the Big Top event. This is basically set up like an escape room where you work as a group to solve puzzles. The main thing that sucked about this event is that you are competing against other groups. We solved all of the riddles and things far before the other groups, but the final clue is given to everybody- not just the team who actually did all of the work to get to that point. Definitely do not miss the Not So Newlywed Game Show. Dining: We loved almost everywhere that we ate on board. We loved eating at Savor and Taste. These are included and it was nice to get waited on in an semi-upscale dining environment. The Noodle Bar was amazing. It had an hour wait each night, but we still went twice. We really enjoyed Moderno and the Bistro. Cagneys was ok, but we were disappointed after having it hyped up so much online. We would probably not choose to go back to Cagney's again. O'Sheehans tasted like relatively bad bar food. We were disappointed every time that we went to the Garden Buffet- would not recommend this place unless you are looking for quantity over quality. Service: We received outstanding service from every single person on board. We particularly appreciated the service that we received in Vibe. Vibe: It was very nice having a private area where we could get away from the crowds on the ship. We ended up becoming friends with several people here. There were always plenty of available deck chairs and open hot tubs. We never had a wait at the bar. The bartenders greet you the second you walk in and make sure you have a drink the entire time that you are there. It was really cool that they learned our names right away. Darwin (bartender) was definitely the highlight of our trip. The passes were $100 each for the week and were totally worth it. We would have paid far more to have access to this area. Ports: Costa Maya- We did a tour to the Mayan Ruins and then to a Mayan Village. We were pretty disappointed with this port. We expected a much more authentic experience, but the area is built exclusively for cruise ship passengers. The ruins were cool, but we didn't get much of an opportunity on the tour to explore them. The Mayan Village experience was fantastic. Harvest Caye, Belize- We bailed off of this island as soon as humanly possible due to the manufactured nature of it. We took the ferry to Placencia for $25 each round trip. The ferry left at 9 and we returned at 3. They no longer require the 4 hour return time that is posted online. If you want to go on the ferry, get there fast since they can only take a limited number of people. Once in Placencia we rented a golf cart for $35. We were able to drive around all day exploring the town and the neighboring towns. The people in this area were extremely friendly. We had locals invite us to their house and show us their beachfront property, telling us all about the history of the area. It was great and an amazing way to see the area. Roatan, Honduras- We went scuba diving with West End Divers. This is the best scuba diving I have ever done. The reef is beautiful and vibrant with tons of fish. We also saw a sea turtle! Honduras seemed beautiful just driving through the area. We definitely want to return here when we get the chance. Cozumel- We rented a scooter for $40 and drove around the entire island, stopping at various beaches along the way. This was an adequate stop. I have definitely seen much nicer beaches before, and probably would have preferred going to a different port. I would definitely recommend renting a jeep or scooter on your own though. We went to most of the same places that all of the large tour buses went without having to pay $100 for the trip each. Overall, we are hooking on cruises. We loved NCL and the Getaway. We would probably choose different ports next time though.

Amazing Trip - Highlights were Vibe and Scuba in Roatan

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by jbeath1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony Stateroom
Arrival in Miami: We arrived in Miami the night before the cruise. This was a great decision, since there was a tropical storm the next day and many flights were delayed. I definitely suggest getting in at least the night before.

Check-in/Embarkation: We showed up at check-in around 9am the morning of our cruise. They pick up your suitcases at the curb where the taxis and Ubers drop you off. Make sure that you have your luggage tags ready. We were caught unprepared and had to stand in a torrential downpour finding the tags. We stood in the security line for a while before they started letting people in through security. I think they started processing people through the security line around 10am. After security, we went to the check-in area. This was a very easy and straightforward process. We then went upstairs and were given a pass saying that we were in boarding group #1. We waited until around 11:30 and were able to board easily. We rushed (not running, but walking very quickly) to guest services in order to get a Vibe pass. We were #16 and 17 in line for these passes.

Ship: The ship was very nice. Having never been on a cruise before, I was surprised that so many things are indoors vs focusing on the water/being on sea. But according to others this boat actually has more of a focus on the sea than most. It was difficult to get around on the day of embarkation, but not too overly crowded the rest of the days. We were relatively disappointed with the size of the pool. We enjoy being in the water and it seemed like the pool was *always* completely full. There is much more of a focus on deck chairs and places to lie around. I was surprised that the pool is so deep (over 6 feet). This results in everybody crowding in the super shallow (a few inches deep) area.

Cabin: We had an angled balcony cabin. It was nice having a large window to help us wake up in the morning, but we didn't really end up using the balcony much. I had read online that they will put lounge chairs in the angled balconies if you ask. This was not the case for us, and our room steward told us that they cannot do that. The room seemed big enough, though I wish there was more room to put away clothes. The shower and bathroom were a nice size. The bed was very comfortable.

Activities: We loved the ropes course, although it was very easy. Never seemed to catch the rock climbing wall while it was open. We enjoyed a lot of the other activities as well, such as trivia, game shows, dance lessons, evening dance parties, etc. There is literally always something going on that was interesting to us.

Entertainment: The entertainment on board was adequate. We were not overly impressed. The dance show (Burn the Floor) was ok, but we ended up falling asleep in it. We were also not overly impressed with Million Dollar Quartet, but I think that show would have been enjoyable if you are more into that kind of thing. We really enjoyed participating in the Escape the Big Top event. This is basically set up like an escape room where you work as a group to solve puzzles. The main thing that sucked about this event is that you are competing against other groups. We solved all of the riddles and things far before the other groups, but the final clue is given to everybody- not just the team who actually did all of the work to get to that point. Definitely do not miss the Not So Newlywed Game Show.

Dining: We loved almost everywhere that we ate on board. We loved eating at Savor and Taste. These are included and it was nice to get waited on in an semi-upscale dining environment. The Noodle Bar was amazing. It had an hour wait each night, but we still went twice. We really enjoyed Moderno and the Bistro. Cagneys was ok, but we were disappointed after having it hyped up so much online. We would probably not choose to go back to Cagney's again. O'Sheehans tasted like relatively bad bar food. We were disappointed every time that we went to the Garden Buffet- would not recommend this place unless you are looking for quantity over quality.

Service: We received outstanding service from every single person on board. We particularly appreciated the service that we received in Vibe.

Vibe: It was very nice having a private area where we could get away from the crowds on the ship. We ended up becoming friends with several people here. There were always plenty of available deck chairs and open hot tubs. We never had a wait at the bar. The bartenders greet you the second you walk in and make sure you have a drink the entire time that you are there. It was really cool that they learned our names right away. Darwin (bartender) was definitely the highlight of our trip. The passes were $100 each for the week and were totally worth it. We would have paid far more to have access to this area.

Ports:

Costa Maya- We did a tour to the Mayan Ruins and then to a Mayan Village. We were pretty disappointed with this port. We expected a much more authentic experience, but the area is built exclusively for cruise ship passengers. The ruins were cool, but we didn't get much of an opportunity on the tour to explore them. The Mayan Village experience was fantastic.

Harvest Caye, Belize- We bailed off of this island as soon as humanly possible due to the manufactured nature of it. We took the ferry to Placencia for $25 each round trip. The ferry left at 9 and we returned at 3. They no longer require the 4 hour return time that is posted online. If you want to go on the ferry, get there fast since they can only take a limited number of people. Once in Placencia we rented a golf cart for $35. We were able to drive around all day exploring the town and the neighboring towns. The people in this area were extremely friendly. We had locals invite us to their house and show us their beachfront property, telling us all about the history of the area. It was great and an amazing way to see the area.

Roatan, Honduras- We went scuba diving with West End Divers. This is the best scuba diving I have ever done. The reef is beautiful and vibrant with tons of fish. We also saw a sea turtle! Honduras seemed beautiful just driving through the area. We definitely want to return here when we get the chance.

Cozumel- We rented a scooter for $40 and drove around the entire island, stopping at various beaches along the way. This was an adequate stop. I have definitely seen much nicer beaches before, and probably would have preferred going to a different port. I would definitely recommend renting a jeep or scooter on your own though. We went to most of the same places that all of the large tour buses went without having to pay $100 for the trip each.

Overall, we are hooking on cruises. We loved NCL and the Getaway. We would probably choose different ports next time though.
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Family Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 12238
We had an angled balcony cabin. It was nice having a large window to help us wake up in the morning, but we didn't really end up using the balcony much. I had read online that they will put lounge chairs in the angled balconies if you ask. This was not the case for us, and our room steward told us that they cannot do that. The room seemed big enough, though I wish there was more room to put away clothes. The shower and bathroom were a nice size. The bed was very comfortable.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
    The walk to the Native Choice was a few blocks away. It actually seemed like a much shorter walk then I was expecting based on the online description. There were people all over the place helping give directions. I was surprised that they were genuinely trying to help you get where you needed to go, as opposed to trying to sell you on a different trip. You can easily take a taxi here if needed. At Native Choice, we boarded a 15 passenger van with A/C. There was a driver and a tour guide who told us about the history of the area and answered questions the entire drive to the ruins. The drive took about an hour, but was on paved roads that were in good condition. The ruins were really cool to see. The tour guide provided a lot of information about the history of the ruins, which we honestly didn't care much about. We were very disappointed that we were only given 10 minutes to explore the ruins. We would much rather have had less information and more time exploring. After the ruins, we drove 20 minutes to a Mayan village. Here, we learned how to make tortillas and had an authentic Mayan meal. The meal was delicious and one of the best meals that I had on the trip.
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  • Cozumel
    We rented a scooter for $40 and were able to go everywhere that the island tour goes. The beaches were ok, but were covered with a ton of seaweed making them much less enjoyable.
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  • Harvest Caye
    We bailed from Harvest Caye almost immediately. This is a private, completely manufactured island. If you just want to lay around all day in a resort-like area this is the place for you. We took the ferry ($25 round trip) to Placencia. Placencia is beautiful and very authentic. We rented a golf cart for $35 and drove around all day exploring. We felt very safe and people were extremely friendly. We were able to drive all around Placencia and the neighboring town.
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  • Roatan
    Instead of booking an excursion we rented a scooter for $40. We drove around the entire island and were able to stop everywhere that the island tours stop. The beaches were not very impressive and were covered with tons of seaweed.
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