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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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You get what you pay for

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by paramedic_jim

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Let's start with the check in process. CRAZY!!! Arrive for early boarding between 10-1030. Wait. Then get moved into a Large waiting room to sit for another hour. HMM. At least they provide you coffee and Juice while you wait. Once they call your group to board, Chaos begins as everybody tries to board out of turn.

Sea Days.. Get up before the sun and get you deck chairs!!!! Most are taken before 0830.. Parents. There are only 25 chairs directly in front of the kids play area. Usually taken by 6am. Meaning Somebody wakes up, towels the chairs and goes back to sleep until noon.

-- Adult pool is a standing pool on Sea Days. No swimming or relaxing, Just drinking, belly flops and Cannonballs.

Bars- Order 2 drinks if you can, Lines are terrible. Poorly organized.

Food. Book all you reservations as early as possible or enjoy the buffet. everyday the app would say "sold Out" but sometimes you can walk to them and get a seat. HMM

Ship is fairly clean. They must do it while your sleeping because during the day, you hardly see anybody wiping railings down

Not sure why they host indoor games ect in the atrium. You can hardly see them they get so packed and people stay to watch several at a time. Maybe they should open other larger venues.

Expect only about 1/2 the time on the shore excursion. We never stayed at a beach longer then 2 hours. This was r/t delays on the pier, large crowds, taxis. Maybe best to get a cab to the beach and back and not book a beach excursion. You save lots of money!!! We were told the cruise line get 50-60% of the cost of the excursion. The small guy doing everything gets the rest.

Our Cabin Attendant was exceptional. Really the friendliest and hardest working person for sure!!! People are Slobs. Walk past a few open cabins when they are cleaning them and you will see.

I have been on several other cruises, Paid slightly more and the services were exceptional. This is more of a overcrowded party ship. I thought Carnival was a party ship.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

We had 2 room. The Forward room was loud. You could hear the toilets flushing and the Anchor cables banging

The Balcony cabin was much more quiet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Thomas

I think we got 90 mins on the beach total. A lot of money for 5 people to pay for 90 minutes.


I think we got 2 hours at this beach. Beach was very nice. They have private venders selling drinks, food and crafts at reasonable rates. Again expensive trip for only 2 hours.


Food was very basic. Beach is beautiful. This was the second time going to this Island. In order to have time to shop in town we got roughly 2.5 hours. I think you get 4 if you don't want to shop. Disappointing for the cost not to have more time.

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